Great Gatsby Lawn Party Celebration
Entertainment will include the fabulous big band sound of the Danny Vincent Swing Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bobbi Ruth. On exhibit will be antique cars and trucks -- beautiful vintage and classic vehicles -- polished, sparkling, and lovingly restored by their owners. Bring your camera to have your picture taken alongside these fantastic vehicles and come dressed in vintage costumes for a photo to treasure.
Animals can join in the fun as dog owners dress their pet in finery for the "Pooch Parade." There will be treats for all entrants and a prize for the most appealing and fashionable pooch.
Continuing the 1920s and '30s theme, a costume competition will be held for adults and youngsters. Ladies can bring back the "Flapper Era" with daytime and cocktail dresses, ball gowns, and bathing suits, and men can show off their style with knickers, vests, formal golf attire, white "Gatsby" suits, tuxedos and tails, and zoot suit apparel.
For more information, visit the Smithtown Township Arts Council online or call 631.862.6575.
Mini Golf Outing in Lake Ronkonkoma
Tickets are available at $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children, with raffles and prizes as well. There will also be a Cup Competition among Rotary clubs. Entry for the club challenge cup is $100.00 per foursome. The winning club will receive an engraved trophy cup to be held until next year's competition and then passed to the next winner.
For questions, donations, or ticket and sponsorship information, contact Barbara Caldwell at 631.874.0151.
Earl Green: "Greenspotting" on Long Island
by Derek Grosso
Earl Green was started in 1994 by Mat Stegner and Dan Silverman after a fateful cup of tea and a hot night of practicing. Or is it the other way around? Since then, they have acquired Sal Finelli, Mike Brook and Paul Wilders. Over this ten-year period of time, the local boys have built an 80-song original repertoire of mixed acoustic and rock sets, and established themselves as one of the top Long Island original bands. Frontman Mat Stegner answered questions on behalf of the group.
[From left: Dan Silverman - Rhythm Guitar, Mathew Stegner - Lead Vocalist and Guitar, Sal Finelli - Lead Guitar, Mike Brook - Bass, and all the way in back on Drums is Paul Wilders].
Where were you all born and where do you currently reside?
All of us are residents of North Merrick, except for Mike Brook who lives in Bellmore.
Tell us a little about what can be found on your CD, "Sneak Preview."
The original album "Sneak Preview" is some of our most classic acoustic recordings. The album was solely recorded with three acoustic guitars and a drummer. On it, you will find no bass parts because we did not have Mike Brook at the time of the recording. "Sneak Preview" is a powerful ambiance of our classic acoustic sound, arrangements and harmonies displayed in a catchy package. Six songs that you'll be singing along to and refuse to take out of the CD player in your car.
If you could have a 'sneak preview' of something what would it be?
Ha! We don't know if we can disclose that kind of perversion.
You guys regularly play charity gigs and events. Please tell us more about that.
Playing a charity is always something special for us. We have played AIDS benefit concerts, for children who cannot afford medical care and others, but I think the most memorable of them all was the Nassau County's 6th Battalion 9-11 benefit concert to raise money for the fallen firefighters' and police officers' families. Any cause is a reason to play for us.
Where did you come up with your name, Earl Green.
Ha! A long story. It's kind of a tribute to Dan and myself [Mat]. It started as a tradition of drinking tea after practicing in my basement all hours of the night. There was this tea bag with an old guy smoking a pipe on it and Dan asked me what flavor it was? I said, "Earl Green." Bleary eyed that I was, I didn't realize it said Earl Grey. Dan started calling me Earl and I started calling him Mr. Green. The name kinda stuck since Dan and I are not your average cups of tea... It happened and we went with it.
Let us in on a funny/interesting story you have about one of your shows.
Wow, there are so many it's hard to say. There was one show when Sal and Dan both broke their strings at the same time and I was the only one left playing. They stood next to me and we started singing a cappella. I felt like a backstreet boy.
Who are some of your musical influences?
I'll give you a mix of everybody's: Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, Chicago and Journey.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Good, cheap Italian food or Lobster!
Guitar tab universe.com
Weird or Interesting
Favorite vacation spot?
Favorite local sports team?
New York Islanders
Best Halloween costume you've seen (or been)?
Sexy Little Bow Pete
Most recent movie seen?
Most dynamic duo, real or fictional?
Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell
Historic figure you would most like to meet, living or dead?
Who would you like to see run for President?
You can play a gig anywhere in the country. Where is it and give us the details?
Madison Square Garden or Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum because I've seen so many shows there and it's my hometown. All of my favorites have played there. It's the big dream.
What's the wildest place you've played on Long Island?
Mulcahy's (3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh)
What has been the band's greatest/proudest accomplishment thus far?
We've been on the radio two times. It was definitely a great moment for us.
What makes Long Island special?
The accessibility to everything, wherever you are, and the beautiful women.
For more on the band, or to check out where they will be playing next, visit www.earlgreen.com
Aisle on the Isle: "Happy Saturdays"
"Happy Saturdays" is not a generic wish for extended pleasant weekends.
It is, instead, the name of a new comedy by Steve Strangio, now in production at Marcalan Glassberg's cozy and charming Authors' Playhouse in Bay Shore.
The play is about the interconnected work and private lives of five employees (four frazzled veterans and one extremely callow new hire) and their unreasonably demanding/borderline sadistic supervisor, the cleverly named, Mr. Jonez. (The name invokes both the commonality of the sadistic bosses we have all endured, and, with the quirky "z" -- which he carefully and literally spells out to the heard-it-all-before employees -- the character's unjustified belief in his own uniqueness and self-importance.)
The action takes place in the break room of a theme restaurant (think Applebee's, T.G.I. Fridays, or any establishment of the "are we having fun yet" variety).
We first encounter Rusty (John Tomasello), a disillusioned, wise mouthed, drink-through-the-day employee. As good friend and former mentor to Johnny (Michael Bogart), the hub of the Happy Saturdays' wheel, Rusty provides both comic asides and eventual pathos to the unfolding story.
Gabrielle is Johnny's sister, another long term drone at the restaurant hive. She recognizes both her brother's potential for more gainful and promising employment -- he has a job offer elsewhere, with a company offering both a cubicle and the possibility of advancement -- and the potential of a love-sick, recently jilted newbie, Billy (performed to great comic effect by Chris Parsons), for more amorous adventures. With great gusto as played by Deanna Whiteman, she is hardly shy about expressing herself regarding either.
Michael Bogart's well nuanced Johnny is smart, funny, and conflicted. Intelligent enough to see the restaurant for what it is, he nevertheless hesitates to move on with his life toward the better opportunity. Held back by inertia, sneering disregard for corporate shills (though, as Rusty correctly points out, he already is one) and lingering feelings for former girlfriend Kay (the appropriately manipulative Joanna Brown), a waitress who sees her body as a means to further her own career goals, it is Johnny's story that most realistically reflects the lives of people we know.
Therein lies my only real complaint with the show.
Mr. Strangio describes his work as combining situation comedy and live theater. I'm not sure that's desirable, or even possible. The two cater to different audiences, serve different purposes, through vastly, deliberately different means. (When Mr. Strangio successfully produces a sitcom based on this show, earning zillions in royalties and residuals, I hope he contacts me to call me a chowderhead. And I hope he takes me to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel to do so, too.)
The deliberately broad comedy is enjoyable throughout, but it is the relationships among the characters which truly engage. Demonstrating the ambivalence felt toward a former lover, the dissonance associated with changing jobs, the evolving nature of a long term friendship, are all the playwright's strengths. To juxtapose reality-based interactions immediately up against strokes of pure comic fantasy is jarring for the audience, and perhaps requires further thought. (Uh-oh. So much for lunch.)
That said, the excellent performance of Jim Vignato as the screaming and relentlessly mean boss with almost no socially redeeming value, must be noted. The production moves along quickly after a bit of a slow start, thanks to the deft hand of director Susan Tromans. Stage manager Alyse M. Anekstein, did a great job -- as did Ms. Tromans and all concerned -- of staging the production in rather tight quarters. Mike Russo, with subtle application of light and sound, helped foster both the restaurant atmosphere and the desired dramatic effect for the actors.
For an interesting theater experience, catch "Happy Saturdays," at the Authors' Playhouse (34 West Main Street), in one of the three remaining performances; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4 and 5.
For more information about the show, call 631.666.7529 or visit HappySaturdays.com and the Authors' Playhouse online.
"Aisle on the Isle" is a series of reviews of Long Island theater events by Aliceann Donnelly, former attorney and college professor, and incurable, lifelong theater junkie.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
MILITARY AIR SHOW
It's a weekend with the Thunderbirds, B-17 Yankee Girl Bomber, Department of Defense Parachute team, 106th Nat'l Guard, C-14 Transport, and military displays all at Jones Beach State Park this Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $8 for parking. Call 631.669.1000 x247 for more information.
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FESTIVAL
The Tri-County Flea Market in Levittown hosts its annual festival this weekend, including rides, entertainment, a petting zoo and fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.
OLD FASHIONED FUN AT OLD BETHPAGE
The Old Bethpage Village Restoration presents sheep shearing, horticultural exhibition, band concerts, and crafts demonstrations with visitor participation, dancing, fiddle music, historic baseball games, military drills and 19th century children's games from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Visit www.oldbethpage.org for details.
Jillian's in Westbury a Source for Entertainment
With individual clubs nationwide varying in size between 15,000 and 75,000 square feet, Jillian's offers food, drinks, and socially interactive ice-breaking entertainment. First opened in Boston in July 1988, Jillian's jumpstarted the billiard themed restaurant industry, according to their website. There are two locations on Long Island; Farmingdale (261 Airport Plaza Boulevard) and Westbury (1504 Old Country Road).
Although it is the smaller of the two facilities, Jillian's in The Source Mall at Westbury has a great deal going on. On Tuesday, May 31, a billiard's tournament will be held at 7:00 p.m. Fight Night is the feature event on May 28 as the boxing match between Julio Caesar Chavez and Ivan Robinson will be shown on several of the large televisions throughout the complex. There is a $5 dollar cover charge on all Fight Nights.
On regular nights, the main attraction is the gaming area where there is an assortment of video and other games such as skeeball, air hockey and super shot. There are also numerous carnival-type games and an area where the tokens from these games can be redeemed for prizes. Living up to the company's "Eat, Drink, Play" slogan, the venue also contains two bar/restaurant areas. More information can be found online at www.jillians.com.
Spring into Summer in Cold Spring Harbor
"This is truly an event for everyone," said Pat Ramsey, President of the Cold Spring Harbor Merchant's Association. "Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the wide array of music and games, while taking their time to find that perfect item or toy from the sidewalk sale."
Fore more information contact Alyssa Nightingale at 631.367.8599 or visit www.cshartscenter.com.
INT "Pops" Up on Long Island
A local hip-hop/pop group, INT, is currently touring the New York and surrounding region after completing their debut album, "Hip Pop," earlier this year.
Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, "Hip Pop" has been called "impressively slick stuff" by Newsday and "very pro, not bad for a young bunch of local boys" by Aural Fix Communique.
INT is a four-member group hailing from towns and cities on Long Island. Their music combines the sounds of R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and Rap and looks to appeal to all ages. The boys are currently filling out performance dates for 2005, with shows throughout Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond.
Stephen "ABBS" Abbondandolo, 19, of Glen Cove; Frank "BoZ" Bossio, 20, of Woodbury; Donnie "D-Braz" Klang, 20, of Levittown; and Kevin "KP" Pabon, 18, also from Levittown, round out the group.
Upcoming performances include the All-Access Lounge at Z-100's Zootopia on May 22, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Sachem East High School in Farmingville on June 4, and the Boulton Center in Bay Shore on June 25. A full list of concert dates and appearances can be found on their website, www.intmusic.com.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
LI SOUND SHIPWRECKS
Richard Timm, interpreter at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, has been researching Long Island Sound Shipwrecks since 1962 and has dredged up the details of 682 wrecks to date. This Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m., he will share a few of his favorite tales. The event is free with a reception afterwards. Call 631.367.3418 ext. 10 or visit www.cshwhalingmuseum.org for more information.
BRITISH HERITAGE & LIVING HISTORY
Discover the legacy of the British amid the splendor of an English country estate at Old Westbury Gardens this Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. The event includes tours, costumed volunteers, dances, puppet shows, demonstrations, animals, plants, and food and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 516.333.0048 or visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
The Smithtown Historical Society presents a Civil War Encampment on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday May 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Talk to soldiers and civilians from the North and South and visit a Sutler's shop. Call 631.265.6768 or visit www.smithtownhistorical.org.
HUNTINGTON ANTIQUES SHOW 2005
Huntington High School presents the Huntington Antiques Show on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 featuring quality dealers in "room setting" booths; country & formal furniture, decorative accessories, folk art and jewelry. Call 631.427.7045 ext. 401 for more information.
Get "Happy" at Authors' Playhouse in Bay Shore
Combining situation comedy and live theater, "Happy Saturdays" tells the story of a group of friends who help each other get through it all while enjoying life. Johnny, Rusty, Kay, Gabrielle, Billy and Mr. Jonez all work at a neighborhood theme restaurant on Long Island called Happy Saturdays. The play takes us through one insanely busy Saturday night and shows how lives can change when friendship is put to the test.
This production has performed several runs, including a successful performance at Carolines on Broadway. This time around, Susan Tromans, Authors' artistic director, is calling the shots.
"I'm extremely happy with this new cast and crew. Everyone is very talented and we all get along (which is what I always look for in a production). The Authors' Playhouse is an amazing place to produce new work and I'm looking forward to many more productions with them," Strangio said.
Strangio, a graduate of Hofstra University, writes for the nationally syndicated comedy publication Cracked Magazine, and was the on-air host for the television program "Your Internet Show" on WLNY TV55. Three of his short films (with two more in pre-production), and five of his plays were produced on Long Island.
Visit HappySaturdays.com for more info and www.authorsplayhouse.org for directions to the playhouse.
Tickets are $15 dollars for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Free parking is available behind the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 631.666.7529.
Discussing the Changing LI Workforce
The dramatically changing demographics in the Long Island workforce will be a key issue addressed at The Long Island Works Coalition conference on Tuesday, May 24 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Smithtown Sheraton.
The half-day event invites local business professionals, industry leaders, state and local government officials and educators to tackle major local issues, such as the dramatic shift in age groups, the entry of recent immigrants into the community, and the increase in employing under-qualified staff.
Moderated by the President of the Long Island Association, Matthew Crosson, the event will also feature speakers who will examine and discuss current workforce issues from varying perspectives. Presenters for the conference are Gary Huth, Analyst for the New York State Department of Labor; Rita DiStefano, Human Resources Manager for Pall Corporation and chair of Suffolk County WIB; and Stu Rosenberg, Professor of Business at Dowling College, who will look at the issues from a historical perspective (immigration in the 1900's versus immigration today).
The format will be open microphone with a question and answer period following the presentations. There is a registration fee of $25 for the conference, which includes breakfast. Call LI Works at 631.843.4014 for further information.
Walk-A-Thon to Benefit Sunrise Fund at SBU Hospital
Hundreds of children, parents, civic leaders, and staff from the University Hospital are expected to participate in the two-mile walk, which begins at the school on Lake Avenue in St. James. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is $15 for individuals and $20 for a family, or free with a completed sponsor sheet. Registration will take place at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event. To obtain a sponsor sheet and additional information, please call 631.382.4455.
In the event of rain, the walk will be held in the Smith Haven Mall. Walkers will meet in the Food Court at 8:00 a.m.
More information can be found online at www.sunrisefund.org.
The NYC Connection: Virtual Central Park
An expansive Web magazine about New York City's oldest, biggest and most-loved green space, Central Park, was launched this week by students of the New Media Workshop of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. NYC24 is written, photographed, videotaped, designed and produced by students in the advanced media workshop, and documents "everything you need to know about Central Park, from how much a hot dog costs at Sheep Meadow Cafe to how many bird species reside in the park."
Kids, weddings, skateboards, Broadway stars, edible plants and squirrels – "Central Park: Core of the Big Apple" covers all these things and more while presenting a colorful tribute to the oasis at the center of the city.
For the past month, 17 students explored Central Park, interviewing the park's inhabitants, photographing daily activity and inactivity in the park and exploring its history.
Contained within the web-zine are original features about quirky and unusual people and places in Central Park, such as "Wildman" Steve Brill, who forages the park for edible plants and wildlife, scenes from movies filmed in the park, Broadway stars playing softball and captivating footage of park roller skaters, runners and performers. A unique, interactive photo essay documenting a full day in the park, from sunrise to sunset, is featured with 55 stunning photographs of Central Park life from April 29, 2005.
Even native New Yorkers and Central Park diehards will learn something new.
For more information visit Columbia Graduate School of Journalism or check out www.nyc24.org.
I Wan Jan Puppet Theater of Taiwan to Perform at Stony Brook University
"What a wonderful way to celebrate the 2005 North American Taiwanese Heritage Week," said organizer and host to the troupe, Stella Shieh. "The group has thrilled and delighted audiences throughout the world. We are honored that they have agreed to come to our area. In this age of plasma TV's, video games and multiplexes, we often lose sight of how enjoyable it can be watching a live performance of a traditional art. This is one that will be truly memorable."
Established in 1931, the I Wan Jan Hand Puppet Theater is one of the most prestigious hand puppetry troupes in Taiwan and the surrounding region. Its founder Li Tien-lu won countless awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NY-based Chinese American Arts Council. Since 1974, he and his troupe have made special efforts to cultivate a new generation of puppeteers. As a result they have spawned countless disciples of the puppet theater throughout the world. Though Mr. Li passed away last August, he did live long enough to see the fruits of his labors: a recent resurgence in the popularity of hand puppetry in his native Taiwan.
The two performances at the Wang Center are at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reserved admission is $10, $5 for students with ID, and $15 at the door. More information may be obtained by calling 631.532.4400. An additional show will be held on May 18th at the Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) in Flushing, NY at 4:00 p.m.
TheCelebrityCafe.com Hosting Auction to Benefit Lupus Alliance of America
The event, featuring live and silent auctions, food, beverages and live entertainment, is set for 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Melville Marriott, located at 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road (off Route 110) in Melville. Tickets are $50 if purchased in advance by calling the Lupus Alliance at 516.783.3370, or $65 at the door.
"Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on a wide array of items--including vacation packages, autographed memorabilia, theater and concert tickets, an in-house concert by Jen Chapin, books and CDs, and gift certificates--while networking, eating, watching live performances and helping a good cause," said Dominick Miserandino, founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of TheCelebrityCafe.com.
Miserandino's motivation to solicit auction items and host the fundraiser for the Bellmore-based Lupus Alliance of LI and Queens stems from his love for his 27-year old sister, Christine, who is afflicted with lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease that causes inflammation of various parts of the body--including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood or skin.
"She goes through a lot, and the least I can do is help an organization that gives her and other lupus sufferers some much-needed emotional and moral support," he said.
Lupus Alliance of America provides education, support and services to people suffering with the disease, as well as to their families and friends, the medical community and the general public. For more information, visit www.lupusliqueens.org.
Cooking with Chef Lia
Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine
It's interesting really, all the reasons I can come up with as to why we cook. In ancient times, people cooked to survive. Would you eat raw buffalo? How determined they were to create a fire by rubbing two sticks together and making contraptions to create a spit to roast the catch of the day. Back in those days, cooking was a full-time job just to get a single meal on the table (did they even have tables?). If I had similar circumstances, surely that is to have to live without my 101 kitchen gadgets. Yes, they call me "gadget girl." In fact, I get kitchen appliances as birthday, holiday, and even anniversary gifts from my husband each year. My girlfriend yells at him each time. But truly, I asked for these gifts... he wasn't TRYING to keep me in the kitchen! I don't do diamonds unless they come in a knife sharpener or something similar. But I digress...
Why else do we cook? Some say they cook to impress others. If you prepare a meal during courtship, your significant other is sure to be swooned by your culinary skills. I remember when I was dating my husband he would invite me to his house for an authentic Chinese dinner. He would cut up all the vegetables perfectly, create his marinade, and toss everything in his newly purchased wok. How impressed I was! You don't only get to a man through his stomach. He certainly got to me by demonstrating his cooking skills, and in doing so created my image of the perfect husband.
Here's the basic reason why we cook: we need to eat. We also want to be sure we know what our families are eating and that it is healthy. Sure, we can go out to eat at a local fast-food establishment or restaurant, but do you really know what you are getting? Is it really nutritious and healthy? Obesity is becoming one of the major reasons for premature death. If cooking for ourselves to assure a healthier life isn't reason enough to do it, then I don't know what is.
Although there are many more reasons why people cook, I would like to point out why I believe we "should" cook.
Cooking is a great way to demonstrate how much we care about those we serve. There is a great amount of satisfaction you get when you know your efforts are appreciated. You also eat healthier and get to spend more time with the family around the dinner table to talk about the day's events. Studies have shown that families who regularly cook and eat together have happier marriages, improved children's health, and stronger family ties. Taking time to plan, shop and create a well-rounded, healthy meal is the greatest demonstration of love and devotion. Although I find the unending list of tasks associated with preparing daily meals somewhat daunting at times, I truly enjoy the process. And if I hear, "Gee Mom this is really good," after that first taste... Wow, how great it feels to know the fruits (no pun intended) of my labor are appreciated and that my family is gaining profound benefits.
Positive feedback from those you cook for can provide you with a "can-do" cooking attitude. My grandmother was a constant source of feedback for my culinary creations when I was young, which is how I think I got hooked on cooking for others. Once you begin to get that kind of feedback, it's addictive. You start to challenge yourself by creating even more complex creations time and again. The more they like what you cook, the more you cook. It's really hard not to want to hear positive comments on each and every dish. Not surprisingly, this makes one want to try harder to please. You see where I'm going with this? And, if you know they are really eating well and enjoying these culinary moments, you know you did your best to thwart the bad diet demons.
If you don't already cook or perhaps you only cook occasionally, you probably haven't felt the amazing sense of gratification it brings. Today, many of us are time-starved and therefore the best we can do is grab the phone and order take-out. Next time, before you think about ordering that mystery food, realize that many recipes today can be completed in 30 minutes or less and that they taste much better! There are many cookbooks, magazines and TV shows to prove it. Simply browse your favorite on-line bookstore or recipe website and I'm sure you will find a gazillion books with 30 minutes in the title.
I know that once you hear the "oohs and aaaahs," you too will begin to get hooked on cooking. You will start to realize that cooking can be a pleasure as well as a necessary part of our day.
Chef Lia Soscia is a personal chef and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services on Long Island. She has been cooking for almost 30 years for friends and family. Lia's Personal Chef Services include home meal preparation, cooking lessons & parties, recipe research and more.
If you have any questions or need help finding recipes to suit your schedule, please visit Chef Lia at www.ChefLia.com or write her at Lia@ChefLia.com. She looks forward to hearing your comments and questions. And continue to check back for more "Cooking With Chef Lia," only in Greenlight Long Island Magazine.
Call for nominations for Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame
Working closely with New York State Parks Commissioner, Bernadette Castro, the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame will now have a permanent home at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. To commemorate inductees, benches with inscribed plaques will be installed at the Carlyle on the Green clubhouse grounds. A press conference announcing this historic event, with the added unveiling of a sample bench, will be held at the Carlyle on the Green on Tuesday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m.
Now in its fourth year, the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame celebrates the humanitarian spirit by inducting volunteer founders of nonprofit organizations whose vision, dedication and drive addressed a community need and began a legacy of service to improve the quality of life for Long Islanders. A special award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism will also be given to a unique individual who has made a significant impact on the lives of others through a lifetime commitment of active citizenship, community service and philanthropy. An independent panel of judges, including community leaders in the nonprofit, business, academia, media, and public service sectors, selects the inductees.
Nomination forms (due July 31) can now be obtained by contacting the Long Island Volunteer Center at 516.564.5482 or by visiting their website.
The Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception to honor 2005 inductees will be held on February 1, 2006 at the newly renovated Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
BELMONT TURNS 100
The New York Racing Association kicks off a season-long celebration in honor of Belmont Park's 100th anniversary this weekend. On Saturday, May 7 there will be free t-shirts with paid admissions (while supplies last) featuring Belmont's anniversary logo as well as musical entertainment by a Barbershop quartet and 3-piece group playing period music. For more information visit Belmont online.
MOTHER'S DAY HIKE
The Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference is hosting a "Mother's Day Hike" on Sunday, May 8 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown. The hike goes for 2 to 3 miles over a scenic path in an historic park. Meet at the LI Greenbelt Trail Office (heavy rain cancels). For more information call 631.360.0753 or visit www.hike-li.com.
MOTHER'S DAY CRUISE
Nautical Cruise Lines of Freeport is offering a Mother's Day Cruise on Sunday, May 8. Give mom the day off by treating her to a relaxing day on the water aboard the Nautical Princess or Nautical Belle. Call 516.623.5712 for more info or visit www.nauticalcruiselines.com.
"A Toast to Life" at Indigo to Benefit the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Collation
Prevention is the Cure Week runs from May 9-15, with events to raise awareness and funds for the cause. HBCAC works to keep breast cancer awareness in the forefront of public concern on Long Island through education, advocacy, involvement and support. More info can be found online at www.preventionisthecure.org.
"We are thrilled that this exciting event will take place at one of Long Island's most popular new restaurants," said HBCAC President Karen Joy Miller. "We thank proprietor Gary Cicerello and the team at Indigo for working so hard... The afternoon promises to be educational, inspiring, and a lot of fun!"
According to Cicerello, Dairyland Gourmet Food Distributor is donating the organic cheeses, while the wines are compliments of Martin Scott Wines, a premier distributor of fine wines from around the world.
"It is also through the generosity of Scott Gerber of Martin Scott Wines and the management of Southwest Airlines," explained Cicerello, "that one lucky raffle winner and a guest will receive a roundtrip flight to California and five days accommodations in the heart of Napa Valley. These businesses stepped up to the plate to support Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and I'm confident the public will as well, by attending 'A Toast to Life' on May 15."
There will be a $20 donation asked the day of the event. The raffle will be held that afternoon, with tickets sold right up to the time of the drawing. To purchase tickets ahead of time, or for more information on the event, contact HBCAC at 631.547.1518, or Indigo restaurant at 631.424.7757.
John Deutzman: WNYW-FOX 5 News, Investigative Reporter
by Derek Grosso
John Deutzman, an 11th-generation Long Islander who now lives in Manhattan, is a reporter at WNYW-FOX 5 News. Throughout his career, he's won nine Emmys and has been nominated more than a dozen times. Known for his aggressive and at times humorous style, John's stories have resulted in arrests, businesses being shut down and dozens of victims getting their money back from scam artists.
John describes himself as a 50/50 mix of his two grandfathers. One was a journalist who owned the town paper, the "Smithtown Messenger," and the other was one of the first cops in town with a reputation for being tough and crazy, but fair.
Congratulations on your recent successes. It must feel pretty good to win not one, but two Emmys.
Thanks! It's always nice to have your peers tell you that you've done a great job with a story.
Where were you born and where do you currently reside?
I was technically born in Bay Shore's South Side Hospital because that was the only hospital near Smithtown at the time. I was raised in Smithtown and I currently have an apartment in Manhattan.
You were raised in Smithtown. What do you remember most about growing up on Long Island?
We lived in a very tight neighborhood. There were lots of kids to hang with. We never locked our doors when we went on vacation. Everyone trusted each other. On a typical summer day I would disappear until dinnertime. These days if your kid did that you'd be calling out the body-sniffing dogs.
Please walk us through a day in your life.
I usually hop on the subway and head to work at the FOX5 studios around 9:00 a.m. Some days we're out of the door as early as 5:00 a.m. staking out some shady character. I'm either in the field working on a story or I'm in the office writing, researching or helping the editing of a story.
Tell us more about your award-winning segments, "Ticket Patrol" and "Mayor's Parking," and how (if at all) they impact the news and views of Long Islanders (or New Yorkers in general)?
"Ticket Patrol" was a tongue-in-cheek "counter attack" of Mayor Bloomberg's Parking Ticket Blitz. We bought a cheesy fake badge from "Toys R Us" and printed up a bunch of fake parking tickets. We went around town ticketing people who were dangerous parkers--doing things like parking in front of fire hydrants or on the sidewalks. It turns out they were all NYPD traffic agents--the guys who write the tickets! We got the message across that the people who write the tickets better start playing by the rules. "Mayor's Parking" was about how the Mayor of Tuckahoe, Mike Martino, magically took over the handicapped parking spot at Village Hall and made it the official "Mayor's Parking Space." The handicapped parking sign was covered over with gaffers tape and Martino's name was put over the tape with cheap letters you can buy at Home Depot. The handicapped spot was moved as far away from the front door of Village Hall as possible. After we chased the Mayor around, The Village of Tuckahoe built a brand new handicapped spot right next to the front door. Imagine that!
How long have you been at the station?
3 ½ years
Brief us on your background before you joined the FOX 5 team.
I started my career in Binghamton, New York. I did everything from shoot camera to anchor the news. My original goal was to be a sportscaster. I went from Binghamton to Springfield, Massachusetts, where I eventually became the main sports anchor for WWLP-TV, the NBC affiliate there. From Springfield I jumped to Miami and switched from sports to news during Hurricane Andrew.
Do you have a favorite or interesting story about one of your reports that you would like to share?
This winter, New York City Councilman Allan Jennings attacked me. He threw a chunk of metal at me while I was doing a standup outside his house. It was all captured on camera. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The event went national and made "The Daily Show" with John Stewart. Despite winning nine career Emmys, the highlights of me getting attacked that played over and over on "The Daily Show" finally gave me credibility with my 16-year old son!
How did you get started in investigative journalism?
In Miami, my boss switched me into the investigative unit. My first story proved that parking meters in Fort Lauderdale were ripping off people big time. Sometimes people were getting half the time they paid for on the meters. After the story aired, the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale had hundreds of parking meters replaced and the story won an Emmy.
Where did you receive your education?
I graduated from Smithtown West High School in '77 and then went to Springfield College in Massachusetts, where I received a degree in Health Education in '81. I did an internship at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Mass., and that's where I caught the broadcasting bug.
Do you have someone who is/was a mentor for you in your career or life?
I studied people I liked on TV. Warner Wolf for his energy level and style. Howard Cossell for his guts to ask tough questions. In this business you need people in charge who are in your corner. I am forever grateful to Keith Silver, the news boss at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Mass., for giving me my first big break. Neil Goldstein, my boss in Miami and New York, for advancing my career and my current boss, Scott Matthews, for his continued support.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Dallas BBQ chain in Manhattan. Tacky but yummy.
Museum of Natural History in New York
TVSpy.com (Gossip about the business)
Fantastic (said in a sarcastic "Seinfeld" way)
Hollywood Beach, Florida
Favorite local sports team?
Favorite place on Long Island?
Robert Moses State Park
Favorite place in Manhattan?
Biking along the Hudson
Favorite place in the United States or abroad?
Most recent book read or movie seen?
Movie: Team America
What newspaper(s) did you read this morning?
NY Post and Daily News
I would like a lifetime subscription to __________ magazine.
Weekly World News (sick right?)
Historic figure you would most like to meet, living or dead?
Former New York Mayor LaGuardia
Most dynamic duo, real or fictional?
Hillary and Bill
Who would you like to see run for President?
You're in a time machine that can take you to one place. Where do you go?
Long Island in the 1500's
Most important life lesson?
Trust your heart, not your head.
What makes Long Island special?
Beautiful beaches and the most legit people left on earth.
We hear you have some great stories coming up in May. Give us the inside scoop.
We're going after politicians who are deadbeats and owe the government money. Exposing a contractor who continues to break the rules on Long Island and giving you tips on how to prevent child abductions... the rest is "top secret" and you will have to tune in to FOX5 News to find out.
You heard it here. Tune in to John and the FOX 5 Team on WNYW-TV or visit www.fox5ny.com.
Fourth Annual "Infusion" at The Downtown
Each year the producers of Infusion choose to work with and donate to a local Long Island charity. Past charities have included Island Harvest and the Breast Cancer Coalition. This year, proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross in Nassau County. Contributions by local sponsors will also be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds being donated.
The event is produced by CrayonMedia, a Long Island-based freelance company that has promoted talented local artists by producing art events open to the public.
"Our exhibitors are established, up and coming, and on the cutting edge. The goal of Infusion is to promote these artists and create a buzz within the community. We also want our local community sponsors to become more visible and to promote their services," stated CrayonMedia in a press release.
For more information, call 516.448.7733 or visit Infusion online.