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September 28, 2005

Dine For America Unites Local Restaurants for Hurricane Relief

Eat Out on October 5th and Raise Money for Hurricane Victims.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the National Restaurant Association has created a nationwide restaurant fundraiser called Dine for America. On Wednesday, October 5, participating restaurants will donate 100% of the funds raised to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The National Restaurant Association has created a nationwide registry of participating restaurants that can be accessed at www.dineforamerica.org. If you own a restaurant that would like to learn more about this event and get involved, log on to their website and register.

September 26, 2005

Cooking with Chef Lia "QuickBite"

"A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children"
Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine

Monday, September 26 is "Family Day," a day to eat dinner with your children created in 2001 by CASA (The National Center on Substance Abuse and Addiction at Columbia University) as a national effort to promote family dinners and parental engagement as a simple, effective way to reduce substance abuse among teens and raise healthier kids.

Family Day emphasizes the importance of regular family activities in parent-child communications and encourages Americans to make family dinners a regular feature of their lives. Frequently eating dinner with your children has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of substance abuse in half! Isn't it worth a try?

I encourage all families on Long Island to take part in this national dinner event. Understandably, not every family has time to cook a meal at dinner time. So, just this once, I will overlook any of you that decide to participate with a take out or restaurant meal. In this case, any meal counts as long as you spend it with your family!

If you would like more information about this great family activity, please click here. And, for those of you brave enough, take the TVLand family table challenge.

Bon Appetit!

Chef Lia Soscia is a personal chef and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services located in Nassau County on Long Island. She has been cooking for 30 years for friends and family. Lia's Personal Chef Services include home meal preparation, cooking lessons & parties and more.

If you have cooking questions, please visit Chef Lia at www.ChefLia.com or write Lia@ChefLia.com. She looks forward to hearing your questions and comments. And continue to check back for more "Cooking With Chef Lia," only in Greenlight Long Island Magazine.

September 23, 2005

Islandwide Picks this Weekend

The Fall Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo takes place this weekend, starting Friday, September 23 and running through Sunday, September 25. Over 200 exhibits offering new products ideas and expert advice all under one roof. For times and ticket prices, visit www.longislandhomeshows.com or call 516.794.9303.

The Huntington Historical Society's Apple Harvest Fair takes place Sunday, September 25 at the Kissam House (434 Park Avenue in Huntington) from noon to 4:00 p.m. Celebrate the fall with yesteryear events, including old fashioned games & story telling, basket weaving & butter churning. Build a scarecrow & join in a country square dance with live traditional music. Pies & sweets available. Call 631.427.7045, ext. 401 for more information or visit www.huntingtonchamber.com.

The Annual Maritime Festival in Greenport is this weekend, starting Friday, September 23 and running through Sunday, September 25. Parade, vendors, music, arts and craft demonstration, Captain Kids Alley, old-fashioned games, kayak derby, whaleboat races, fireworks, and dancing. The event takes place at the East End Seaport Maritime Museum in Greenport. For more information call 631.477.2100 or visit www.greenport.cc.

On Monday, September 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury becomes a cornucopia of "sublime tastes in an elegant atmosphere," including fine wines, excellent cuisine and tantalizing desserts. Proceeds from the Gala benefit The Foundation For Sight & Sound, a charity formed by Gala founder, Mitch Shapiro. Call 631.366.3328 or click here.
(Source: LongIsland.com)

September 22, 2005

Kevin Allen: The Apprentice Season 2 Contestant

by Derek Grosso

KEVIN ALLENWhere are you located right and are you currently working on?
Right now I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I have a few projects going on. I am hard and heavy into my municipal finance company, First Municipal Credit Company as well as working on several production projects through my production company, DreamTeam Productions. Still doing a lot of speaking and appearances -- I love going into companies like GE and Novartis and talking about diversity, which is a big piece of what I do.

Have you had any big news or announcements since you were "fired" from The Apprentice?
The biggest news since I was 'fired' is that I got married!

Looking back, if you had been hired as The Apprentice, how would that have made your life different?
Getting hired as the Apprentice would have been a great opportunity for both myself and the Trump Organization. The Trump Organization gets to benefit from having a minority perspective and I would have been able to learn from the best in the business. Too bad it wasn't meant to be!

If there were an opportunity to do an All-Star Apprentice (with top candidates from all seasons competing again for a job with The Trump Organization), knowing what you now do about yourself and some of the other candidates, would you compete?
I would LOVE to do an All-Star Apprentice. After going through it once I can't imagine how the game would be played having that much Apprentice experience. Intense and competitive -- just like I like it!

In what location would you hope a show like this be taped?
I would love the show to be taped in either Chicago or San Francisco. I think the game changes a lot when you're not in New York. Could you imagine the characters the contestants would be dealing with?

You obviously visited the Island of Manhattan for the show... have you ever been to Long Island? Please tell us about any experiences there.
I have been to Long Island. In fact my first time there was for our housing task. Raj [Bhakta] was our project manager and we got our ass kicked! I did get to see a decent amount of the neighborhood that we were in -- the result of being up for virtually three days straight and making a lot of runs to the local Home Depot! It reminds me of the neighborhoods back in Maryland - very community oriented.

What is your favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is Mama's Fish house in Paia, Maui, Hawaii. It's worth the trip!

Favorite U.S. city?
I love New York but my favorite city is my hometown, Washington D.C.!! The nation's capital is off the chain if you didn't know!

Favorite word?
VICTORY. So dignified and so final.

Favorite TV show?
No, not The Apprentice, but Law & Order. King of the Hill and Good Times are close seconds.

Favorite personal quote?
"Everyone has a plan until they get hit."

Is there anything else you would care to mention that we haven't talked about?
I just want to let folks know that a lot of us from the show really appreciate the support, encouragement and well wishes of all of the Apprentice fans out there. I know some of us take it for granted (some more so than others), but the fans should remember that the vast majority of us really do appreciate everyone who watched us every Thursday night.

Where can fans learn more about you and/or your appearances?
I am always posting information on my website at www.kevallen.com. Anyone can contact me there for request for appearances, comments or questions. And yes, it's really me doing the responding, so ask away!

The Apprentice returns to television tonight for its fourth season on NBC.

September 20, 2005

L.I. Ducks Baseball Weekly Recap

Flock Ends Week 4-3, Can Clinch Second Half Crown This Week

The Long Island Ducks opened last week with a road series in Bridgeport, CT. After dropping the opener, the Flock took the next two games before coming home to Central Islip. Long Island split the four-game set with the Bears after winning the first and fourth games of the series. Lance Davis continued to embed himself in the annals of Ducks history, becoming the franchise's all-time wins leader on Tuesday and, after a scoreless five inning outing on Sunday, earned his 11th victory of the season, giving him the single season record for wins. The Ducks welcome the Lancaster Barnstormers to Citibank Park for a three-game series starting on Tuesday (9/20). With six games remaining in the season's second half, the team owns a 34-30 record and leads the second place Pride by three games in the North Division standings. The Ducks magic number to clinch the North Division's second half crown is four. Any combination of four Long Island wins or Nashua losses will secure a postseason berth.

If the Ducks qualify for the postseason, the opening game is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at Citibank Park. Playoff ticket prices are $8 (standing room only) to $11 (field box seats).

Upcoming Home Games and Events:

  • Tuesday, September 20 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lancaster (6:05 p.m. gates) – The opening game of the final home series of the regular season, as Lancaster comes to town for the last time in their inaugural season.

  • Wednesday, September 21 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lancaster (6:05 p.m. gates) – A trio of great promotions will meet fans coming out to game two of three versus Lancaster. First, the first 1,500 fans at Citibank Park will receive replica stadiums, courtesy of Coldwell Banker, who will also be giving four lucky fans the chance to win a house as part of the Great Home Giveaway. Following the game will be the final Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza of the season, presented by Citibank. Game broadcast live on Cablevision (channel 18).

  • Thursday, September 22 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lancaster (6:05 p.m. gates) – The final regular season home game of 2005 is also Fan Appreciation Day at Citibank Park, Presented by Pepsi. In addition, the World Famous Zooperstars! will be on hand, performing throughout the night. Don't miss out what could be your last chance to cheer on the Ducks in 2005.

    Tickets are available for these games by calling 888.332.5600, logging onto www.liducks.com, or visiting the Citibank Park box office during normal business hours.

  • September 19, 2005

    Long Island Restaurant News

    Fall Prix Fixe at Pacific East
    Pacific East, located at 15 Main Street in Amagansett, is now offering a $21.95 prix fixe all night on Thursday, and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Pacific East at 631.267.7770.

    Film & Food at Nick & Toni's
    Nick & Toni's (136 N. Main Street, East Hampton) has brought back their Film & Food special. On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, all night diners can enjoy a two-course prix fixe and a movie ticket for $25. Menu choices include: Caesar salad or mixed green salad; a variety of pasta dishes, wood roasted free-range chicken or any pizza from the menu. Nick & Toni's is now open Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m. For reservations or further information, call 631.324.3550.

    Southampton Double White Celebration Tasting Party
    Southampton Publick House (40 Bowden Square, Southampton) is celebrating the Double White Ale, recently released in 22 oz. bottles and listed as number one in Witbier (white beers) worldwide by Beeradvocate.com. A tasting party will be held on Friday, September 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., featuring tastings, beer specials and giveaways. For more information, call the Southampton Publick House at 631.283.2800 or visit www.publick.com.

    The Beacon Announces Fall Schedule
    The Beacon at 8 West Water Street in Sag Harbor is now open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The season ends on Sunday, October 2 when they will close until next spring. Call the Beacon at 631.725.7088 for information.

    Fall Hours at Almond and Almondito
    Almond (1970 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton) has announced a change in their schedule for the fall. The French bistro will now be open Thursday through Tuesday, and be closed on Wednesday, with a $19.95 three course prix fixe offered all night on Mondays and from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Almond at 631.537.8885. Almondito (290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton) has also changed its hours for the fall season. They will be open Wednesday through Monday at 6:00 p.m. For further information, call Almondito at 631.329.6700.

    New Fall Menu Items at The Seafood Barge
    Chef Americo Mintegui of the Seafood Barge (62980 Main Road in Southold) has announced the addition of some new fall menu items. The Seafood Barge is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information, call 631.765.3010.

    Fall at The Clam Bar
    The Clam Bar (Napeague Stretch in Amagansett) will remain open seven days a week from noon until dusk serving their fresh seafood specialties until Halloween, weather
    permitting. After October 31, The Clam Bar will be open Friday through Sunday from noon until dusk until Thanksgiving, with daily specials offered as well as the regular menu. For further information, please call the Clam Bar at 631.267.6348.

    James' Prix Fixe
    James on Main (75 Main Street, Southampton) is now offering a $20.05 three course prix fixe every evening from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Diners may choose a salad or soup as an appetizer, one of three entrées and a dessert. The menu will change nightly. James on Main serves both lunch and dinner seven days a week and will be serving a weekend breakfast buffet. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. For further information, contact James on Main at 631.283.7575.

    The Inn Spot Moves Clambake to Thursday
    The Inn Spot on the Bay (32 Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays) has moved its authentic Clambake special to Thursday nights. The special clambake includes a 1 lb. lobster, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and potatoes for $25 per person. The clambake is cooked in the classic style with all of the items cooked together in a traditional bucket. The clambake is also available to-go for $30 per person. For reservations or information, call 631.728.1200 or visit www.theinnspot.com.

    Della Femina Announces Napa Wine Dinner
    Della Femina (99 North Main Street in East Hampton) is offering a Napa wine dinner on Friday, September 30. The special five-course menu, created by executive chef Mike Rozzi, is offered for $95.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine offerings: 2004 Silverado Sauvignon Blanc, 2003 Clos Pegase Reserve Chardonnay Hommage, 2003 Girard Petite Sirah, 2001 Silverado Reserve Cabernet, 2001 Schramsberg Sparkling Brut Rose. Open seven days a week, Della Femina serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 - 9:45 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 - 10:45 p.m. For further information please call Della Femina at 631.329.6666.

    September 15, 2005

    "Mary, Mary" at the Arena Players Main Stage Theatre set to Open September 29

    MARY, MARYThe Arena Players Repertory Theatre will present "Mary, Mary," a hilarious comedy by Jean Kerr on the Main Stage Theatre from September 29 through October 23. The long-running Broadway hit comedy offers an examination of a modern marriage gone hilariously awry. From the author of Don't Eat the Daisies, we meet Mary, who is quite contrary because she is sexually insecure, until she meets a handsome film star.

    The show is directed by Fred De Feis and stars Christine Sullivan as Mary, Skeeter Boxberger as Bob, Sandra Murtha as Tiffany, John Leone as Dirk and Martin Edmond as Oscar.

    Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16 Thursday, $18 Friday and Sunday, and $22 Saturday.

    The Main Stage Theatre is located at 296 Route 109 in East Farmingdale, and is fully accessible to the handicapped. For reservations or further information, call 516.293.0674 or visit www.ArenaPlayers.org.

    September 13, 2005

    Lieb Family Cellars Produces Wine to Raise Funds for 9/11 Project

    Lieb Family Cellars, a winery on the North Fork, is contributing to efforts honoring the memory of those lost in the World Trade Center tragedy. The Mattituck winery will donate a percentage of the proceeds from a special commemorative wine to September's Mission Foundation, a non-profit organization established to support the development of a memorial park on the former World Trade Center site. This is the second year that Lieb Cellars has produced the September's Mission Merlot. Last year, public response was tremendous and the commemorative wine sold out.

    In honor of the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Lieb Cellars has produced another 6,480 bottles of the special 2003 Merlot, which it will sell at the winery and offer for resale to restaurants and wine shops in New York State. Winery owners Mark and Kathy Lieb expect to raise about $6,000 for the foundation. Like most Americans, they were deeply affected by the tragedy. They had both worked on Wall Street for many years prior to 9/11, and, sadly, lost friends and former colleagues in the WTC attacks.

    "We wanted to contribute in our own way to ensure that the tragic events of 9/11 are never forgotten," said Mr. Lieb. "The commemorative wine gives our winery, as well as restaurants and individuals, the opportunity to participate in the annual observance and to support September's Mission Foundation. Through the ages, wine has had religious and ceremonial significance, so it is fitting that it play a role in the annual remembrance of 9/11," he added. "We hope wine shops, restaurants and consumers will join us, as so many did last year, in honoring the memory of those who lost their lives and help support September's Mission."

    Monica Iken, who founded September's Mission Foundation after losing her husband Michael in the 9/11 tragedy, said she deeply appreciates the donation. "Whoever purchases this special wine will not only be remembering the heroes and innocent victims of that terrible tragedy, but will be supporting our efforts to develop programs at the future memorial site, as well as the 9/11 'Living Memorial,' an internet-based web portal project that will be accessible to everyone."

    The commemorative wine is a 2003 Merlot made of grapes grown on the North Fork. The young, clean Merlot, blended with a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak barrels, has aromas of blackberry, plum and black currant. The wine can be purchased for $9.11 at the Lieb Cellars tasting room located at 35 Cox Neck Road in Mattituck, via e-mail or by calling the winery at 631.734.1100. For more information, visit www.liebcellars.com and www.septembersmission.org.

    September 12, 2005

    Long Island Soccer Players Help Kick Cancer

    Kids helping others is what this program is all about as Long Island soccer players are being asked to participate in a new program called Soccer Kicks for Cancer. This is a new youth soccer program from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, US Youth Soccer and the National Soccer Team Players Association. The program is designed to help young people improve their soccer skills and learn the value of community service by raising funds for cancer research.

    The program takes place over a ten-day period in October and November. Players ask family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them for ten days. Sponsors contribute a specific amount for each time the player touches the soccer ball. The player’s goal is 200 touches per day, totaling 2,000 touches.

    According to Brandon Wilmoth, the Society's National Soccer Manager, "This is a win-win situation for clubs and players. Players will not only benefit from this program by improving their soccer skills, but there are also incentives provided for the players, coaches and club for their participation."

    Teams may register at www.soccerkicksforcancer.org. The fall registration deadline is October 10, 2005.

    For more information on Soccer Kicks for Cancer and other programs and services available at the Long Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call 631.752.8500, ext. 37.

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest private organization concerned solely with funding research towards cures for blood-related cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. As a result of ongoing research, overall survival rates for leukemia have tripled in the last 39 years. The Society is dedicated to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fund the mission: nearly 76% of the society's expenditures are directed to research, patient and community services, advocacy, and education. For more information about leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, or to find one of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 57 chapters, visit www.leukemia-lymphoma.org or call 1-800-955-4572. Or to reach the LI Chapter, call 631.752.8500.

    September 09, 2005

    Islandwide Events this Weekend

    The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's 11th Annual Sport Festival takes place on Saturday, September 10 at Cantiague Park in Hicksville from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., featuring miniature golf, nature walks, tennis clinic, Walk-A-Thon and more. For more information call 516.775.5683 or visit www.rmhlongisland.org.

    The Long Island Beach Festival takes place this Saturday, September 10 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Smith Point County Park in Shirley. Learn how you can help protect Long Island's beaches, featuring beach tennis, live music, arts and crafts, sand sculpting, guided walks, educational displays, frisbee tournament, kite flying demonstrations. Call 631.327.6225 or click here for more information.

    The Bayville Waterside Festival, featuring fine art, ceramics, fiber hand-crafted jewelry, leather, stained glass, mixed media and more takes place at Ransom Beach in Bayville this Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call 631.563.8551 or click here for more information.

    The Long Island Live Steamers Run Day takes place this Sunday, September 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Southaven County Park in Brookhaven. The Long Island Live Steamers promotes the hobby of building steam engines of all kinds. Call 631.345.0499 or click here for more information.
    (Source: LongIsland.com)


    Southampton Publick House Kicks Off the 2005 Football Season

    The Southampton Publick House, located at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, is once again offering the NFL Ticket to all football fans. All games are available every Sunday and Monday in the Tap Room beginning Sunday, September 11. Sunday football at the Publick House begins with a traditional Sunday brunch in the Pub Room, including a complimentary mimosa, bloody Mary, or 12 oz. brew for $10.95 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

    Sports fans will also receive $1 off drafts all day and night every Sunday in the Tap Room. Monday Night Madness has become a tradition at the Publick House with $5 burgers, $3 drafts, $0.25 hot wings and $0.25 jalapeno poppers starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Tap Room. A new feature this year is the addition of a half time raffle. Drop your business card at the bar to be entered for your chance to win cool prizes. Both of these specials will continue throughout the winter with complete coverage of the NFL, Mets/Yankees playoff push, the return of NHL Hockey, Larry Brown with the NY Knicks and more. Call 631.283.2800 for more information.

    September 08, 2005

    Local comedians to raise money for hurricane relief

    Laughter has been called the best medicine. With that in mind, Long Island veteran comics, Bob Nelson and Paul Bond will be joined by several other popular local comedians at "Stand Up for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina," two fundraisers scheduled for the evenings of Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22 at two of the Island's top comedy clubs. The proceeds from both benefits will be donated to The Salvation Army to be earmarked for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    On Wednesday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m., Governor's Comedy Cabaret (90 Division Avenue, Levittown) will host "Stand up For Victims of Hurricane Katrina." The headliner for the evening will be celebrated comic Bob Nelson. Also performing that night are Peter Pitofsky, Julia Minerva, Joe Currie and Wyatt the One Man Riot. The emcee will be comic Billy Bingo, a retired member of the FDNY.

    On Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m., at McGuire's Comedy Club (1627 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia), Long Island's popular comedian Paul Bond will be the headliner for Suffolk County's "Stand Up for The Victims of Hurricane Katrina." That night's performers also include Chris Roach, Maria Walsh, Sal "The Stockbroker" Governale, and Pat O'Rourke. Billy Bingo will emcee the show.

    The entire proceeds from ticket sales from both shows will be donated to The Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina relief. Advance tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling Governor's Comedy Cabaret at 516.731.3358 and McGuire's at 631.467.5413. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25 each on the scheduled night of the shows.

    "As a NYC firefighter I've seen tragedy first hand," said Billy Bingo. "The public's warm and generous response to those who suffered losses on September 11, 2001 made a positive impact. Now, it's time to help those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. All the comics are counting on the generous spirit of our fellow Long Islanders to make these fundraisers a great success."

    Long Islander Paul Bond is a comedian/writer/musician who is a frequent headliner at top comedy clubs around the country. Recently, he toured with Jim Breuer as his opening act and band member. He has also appeared on Comedy Central's "Hardcore" and "Metallica" on MTV and has filmed a pilot, "Music Underground," that is currently under consideration for optioning by several major TV networks.

    Long Islander Bob Nelson is a quintessential veteran of the comedy stage. Many have declared him as the Red Skelton of the new millennium. His credits include several HBO specials, including solo performances on the network that include "Nelson Schmelson" and "One Night Stand."

    For years, Governor's and McGuire's have helped launch the careers of some of America's most celebrated comics, including Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O'Donnell and Kevin James, among others.


    Arena Players Second Stage Theatre Presents "The Mercy Seat"

    Please be advised that Arena Players Repertory Theatre will be presenting the gripping drama, The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute, at their Second Stage Theatre from September 16 through October 9.

    In a time of national tragedy, the world changes overnight. On September 2001, Ben Harcourt finds himself in the downtown apartment of his lover, Abby Prescott - who also happens to be his boss. His endlessly ringing cell phone haunts their conversation as Ben and Abby explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they knew just the day before. Will Ben let his family know he's alive or will he and Abby take this chance to create a new life for themselves?

    The Mercy Seat opens Friday, September 16 and plays through Sunday October 9. Performances are at 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 (Friday and Sunday) and $22 (Saturday).

    Arena Players Second Stage Theatre is located at 294 Route 109 in East Farmingdale, and is accessible to the handicapped. For reservations or further information, phone 516.293.0674 or visit www.arenaplayers.org.


    New Fall Prix Fixe Debuts at Fresno in East Hampton

    Fresno (8 Fresno Place, East Hampton) will introduce a new $22 two-course fall prix fixe on Monday, September 12. The prix fixe menu includes an extensive selection of appetizers and entrees from the a la carte menu. Be sure to save room for dessert because you can then choose any dessert for half price at only $4. The Fall prix fixe will be available all night Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:32 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and all night (every night) at the bar. Fresno will continue to offer al fresco seating on their garden patio with propane heaters keeping diners warm.

    September 06, 2005

    From a Sunken Forest to a Seal Watch Cruise

    OUTDOORS: Long Island Offers an Escape from the Ordinary
    Written by the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission for Greenlight Long Island Magazine

    Only on Long Island can you explore a 200-year old Sunken Forest in Fire Island's ocean dunes, hike the beachside Seashore Trail in New York State's only Federal Wilderness area, see the rare Dwarf Pines in the Pine Barren region, or view the bluff-top hiking trails of the Greenbelt Trail system. You can get up close and personal with wildlife on a whale watching boat or seal watch cruise, or see free-roaming deer, a bat conservation site and rare species of birds.

    The Sunken Forest, just behind the dunes of Fire Island's spectacular beaches, offers visitors the opportunity to feel like a giant in a forest that won't grow any higher than the sand dunes that protect it from the ocean's salty wind. Also on Fire Island, the Long Island Seashore Trail offers ocean views, high dunes and wildlife along the barrier beach off L.I.'s south shore, with easy access by ferry or bridge at Smith Point Park.

    The Dwarf Pine Plains of the 100,000-acre Pine Barrens region in Eastern Long Island, is one of only three such sites in the world. Located in Westhampton, these stunted trees grow in defiance of the sandy white forest floor. A trail information center is located in Manorville. The Pine Barrens is a protected area featuring over 150 miles of trails and a rare assortment of plant and animal species.

    The Greenbelt Trail on Long Island winds 32 miles through the woods of Connetquot State Park, traveling up to the high sandy bluffs of Sunken Meadow State Park overlooking the waters of Long Island Sound.

    For more natural interaction, experience life aboard a whale research vessel with the Coastal Research and Educational Society of Long Island, out of Montauk Point. For bat fanatics, Connetquot State Park is the only designated Bat Conservation Society viewing area in New York State, spring through fall.

    Long Island is a bird-watchers delight. The Piping Plover was listed federally as a threatened species, with only 106 pairs nesting here in 1986. Now nearly 400 hundred nesting pairs can be found in places such as Jones Beach State Park and at beaches all along the north and south shores. Or come down to the Nissequogue River State Park in the early evening to see a gathering of the tall-standing, curved-neck egret at the park's fresh water pond in late summer. The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay is a popular site for bird-watchers, while the Morton national Wildlife Refuge in Noyack attracts terns lingering on its sand bars through September. Long Island is home to over 40 preserves and refuges.

    Walking along the winding boardwalk through the dunes of Fire Island at Robert Moses State Park after the summer crowds leave, toward the Fire Island Lighthouse, visitors can view deer and other wild life that roam freely among grass and shrubs behind the beach.

    In fact, some of the Island's best kept secrets are revealed when the cooler weather sets in and the summer crowds have departed. Long Island is home to a large seal population in the winter, which can be viewed during guided seal walks, or seal watch cruises out of Point Lookout in Nassau.

    Long Island also cares for its wildlife through rescue centers, ecology centers and game farms open to the public. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife, such as sea turtles and seals being rehabilitated under their care. The Foundation is located at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, a full-scale aquarium.

    The Holtsville Ecology Center in Brookhaven features a range of animals, from bears to mountain lions; while the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville features a "Big Cat" show and kangaroos.

    Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown acts as a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, and also offers beautiful gardens, trails and a live butterfly house.

    The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium features more than sixty species of New York State fresh water fish, and six outdoor rearing pools holding trout in various stages of development. Feeding is permitted.

    Come explore the unique opportunities Long Island offers and get back in touch with nature.

    The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB & SC) was established to promote the local travel and tourism industry. Based in Hauppauge, the LICVB & SC contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island. www.funonli.com.


    Body Composition Analysis at a Glance

    Written by Mirco Joseph, CSCS, CPT, for Greenlight Long Island Magazine

    Body Composition is the technical term used to describe the different components that make up a person's body weight. When analyzing body composition it is often convenient to think of the body as made of two components: fat and non-fat. The non-fat portion is usually called "fat free mass" or "lean body mass." Not all fat is bad; in fact some of it is essential. Our goal is to eliminate the unnecessary fat.

    The so-called 'lean' tissues, such as muscle, bone, and organs are metabolically active, while adipose, or fat tissue, is not. Adipose tissue can be classified into three different categories:

  • Essential Fat, which supports life, and is extremely important to normal bodily function;
  • Storage Fat, which protects internal organs and supplies some energt requirements; and
  • Non-essential Fat, which serves no real purpose and may be detrimental to health.

    A scale simply takes the sum of everything (fat, muscle, water, hair) and gives an absolute weight measurement. Scales can't determine the lean-to-fat ratio of that weight. An individual can be "over-weight" and not "over-fat."

    Physiologists have developed several different methods of assessing the percent of fat vs. lean mass of an individual. These methods are referred to as Body Composition Analysis.

    The standard for body composition analysis is hydrostatic weighing. Body composition analysis through immersion in water has long been the standard for measuring body fat. Fat weighs less than muscle. Fat and muscle each displace a known amount of water, and have a known mass. If you know how much someone weighs, then you can determine how much water they would displace if they were all muscle.

    Hydrostatic weighing to determine body density, or hydro densitometry, is the accepted standard for measuring body fat.

    Underwater weighing is the most cumbersome method of body fat testing, but it's also the most accurate. A subject sits on a scale in a tank of warm water, blows all the air out of the lungs and bends forward until completely submerged. The subject stays submerged for a few seconds while the underwater weight registers on a high precision scale. The result is then plugged into a mathematical equation. This test is repeated and the best results are averaged to get a very accurate reading of the amount of fat in the body.

    For many years now, all tests are compared against hydrostatic for the sake of validity and margin of error. Hydrostatic results are considered absolute. For some more recent studies, three and four component tests, including hydrostatic weighing, bone density testing via DXA, lung capacity and residual volume testing, and body hydration testing are being used for even greater accuracy. These tests differentiate more components than just fat and lean-body-mass. They account for tissue hydration, and bone density, as well as eliminating error from lung, and intestinal contents.

    Skin Folds Testing
    The most common body fat test uses the skin fold caliper, a device that pinches your skin, pulling your fat away from your muscles and bones. You feel moderate discomfort, like when someone pinches your cheek.

    Typically, the tester pinches three or four different sites on your body, such as your abdomen, arm and back. The thickness of each pinch is plugged into a formula to determine your subcutaneous body fat level.

    Many things can go wrong with a caliper test. The tester may not pinch exactly the right spot, or may not pull all the fat away from the muscle. Or he may pinch too hard and accidentally yank some of your muscle. The calipers must exert a standard pressure and measure thickness to very small levels. Tests can vary greatly from tester to tester. Also, research shows that certain formulas are more accurate for certain ethnic groups, age ranges, and fitness levels.

    Experts give this test a margin of error of four points, meaning your actual body fat percentage could be four points higher or lower than it actually is. In addition, tests show this test is accurate for about 90% of the population, when using the appropriate formulas. Because of the consistency in results, the high percentage of people that this test is successful for, and the low margin of error, this is generally accepted as the best field test, outside of clinical testing such as hydrostatic, DXA and MRI.

    Circumference Measurement
    Anthropometric measurement (girth and length) is a quick, easy and inexpensive method to estimate body composition. Using a standard calibrated cloth tape and a scale, your weight, height, and anywhere from two to four circumference comparisons are used to calculate your body fat.

    This test is based on the assumption that body fat is distributed at various sites on the body such as the waist, neck and thigh. Muscle tissue, on the other hand, is usually located at anatomical locations such as the biceps, forearm and calf. There are a variety of formulas for this test, which vary excessively.

    The YMCA test has been shown to be very inaccurate, whereas the ARMY test compares favorably to skin fold testing in 89% of the population. It has been shown to be inaccurate for women above 40 years old, elderly and very lean. Circumference testing is used in the military due to ease of testing, low cost, relative accuracy and lack of training requirement. When tests are marginal and are challenged, hydrostatic testing is normally used.

    Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)
    Another common method of body fat testing is bioelectrical impedance. One may lie supine while a signal travels from an electrode on your foot to an electrode on your hand. The slower the signal, the more fat you have, because fat impedes the signal. BIA testing divides the body up into 'cylinders.' The arm, the torso, the upper leg, and the lower leg make up four separate cylinders for purposes of this test. The current flows through the body, finding varying resistance depending on the density of muscle, the amount of body fat encountered, and the hydration of your tissue. Bioelectrical impedance can have a huge margin of error, especially if the subject is extremely fat or extremely lean. Dehydration also can skew the results; the signal slows down, and you appear to have more fat than you really do.

    The following rules must be followed to give any credence to the tests:
  • Abstain from eating and drinking within 4 hours of the test
  • Avoid exercising within 12 hours of the test
  • Void (urinate) completely prior to testing
  • Do not drink alcohol within 48 hours of the test
  • Avoid taking diuretics prior to testing

    If you follow all of these rules you can get a pretty accurate reading.

    Mirco Joseph is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, as well as manager of the New York Sports Club in East Meadow, located at 625 Merrick Avenue. For more information, call 516.485.5100.


    Five ways to ace your next job application

    Written by Sam Bresnahan for Greenlight Long Island Magazine

    Whether it's your first job or your fifth, chances are you've already thought about jumping ship and moving to greener pastures. But before you go after that next opportunity, prepare yourself by reviewing these tips for success.

    1) Customize your resume for each job or company.
    OK, you're sending out 25 job applications, so you can use the same resume for all of them, right? Wrong. You are more likely to get a call back if you find out what kind of candidate each company is looking for and what skills are needed for each position.

    Do some background research. For starters, you can go to the company's Web site and view their mission statement, core values, core competencies, etc. Use your network of friends, family and business contacts to learn as much as you can about the company.

    2) List accomplishments, not duties.
    A laundry list of duties and responsibilities at each of your prior jobs makes for a weak, boring resume. A strong resume shows specifically how you contributed to the success of each company you've worked for.

    For example, instead of writing "managed sales account" write "increased sales in my division by 25% over a two-year period." Needless to say, it is unethical and poor form to exaggerate or lie about your accomplishments.

    3) Have a friend review your resume.
    Major newspapers edit their front-page articles at least four or five times before going to press. You should do the same for your resumes. Make sure your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are perfect. Northrop Grumman routinely rejects applicants whose resumes say they want to work for "Northrup."

    4) Be prepared for your interview.
    Do your homework well before the day of your interview. Interviewers will sometimes gauge your interest in the company by how much you know about it. Google the name of the company and see what shows up on various news sites.

    Researching yourself is as important as researching the company. Become familiar with every detail of your resume and be able to explain any gaps in your employment history.

    One of the worst nightmares for a job applicant is being caught off-guard in an interview. Know how to answer the classic tough questions, such as "what is your greatest weakness?" or "tell me about yourself."

    Finally, come to the interview prepared with some questions of your own. After all, one of the purposes of the interview is to find out if you are a good match with the company. Asking intelligent questions shows you are interested in the position and ready for the next step in the hiring process.

    5) Send a thank-you note to each of the interviewers.
    Re-state your interest in the position and thank the interviewers for their time. You can do this by e-mail or postal mail, depending on your timeline and the nature of the company. Make sure your note isn't riddled with spelling or grammatical errors. Sending a thank-you note may seem cliche, but you will stick out like a sore thumb if you're the only candidate who didn't send one.


    Cooking with Chef Lia

    "The ABC’s of Healthy Eating"
    Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine

    It's back-to-school time again and people are rushing around trying to find just the right school supplies and the "oh-so-in" fashion and accessories. This year, we should also put healthy food supplies on the list. Extra activities in addition to the endless workday makes it easy to opt for fast food solutions, which typically don’t include many healthy food ingredients. If we just get as organized with our meals as we do with getting ready for school, we can succeed in eating even a little bit healthier.

    This is also a great time of year when families can take advantage of teachable moments that can arise when trying to encourage healthy eating habits. Our habits are formed early in life. If we make a concerted effort to guide our families in the right direction throughout the year, we can affect a real change in their attitude toward healthy food choices. Children, especially, should be included in the decision-making process of what they eat. When this happens, they learn by doing. It becomes second nature to pick fruit over those potato chips if they just get used to doing it more often and it's their choice. Children can also become empowered to eat better when they are included in the food preparation process, where possible, so that they learn what it means to put a healthy meal together.

    Success in healthy eating habits takes some basic education, careful thought and some planning just like any other subject we study. To begin to learn the ABC's of healthy eating it helps to understand what our daily nutritional requirements should be. Having this basic knowledge helps us to decide what foods we should be eating to give us the energy to succeed in our studies and other activities.

    About The New Dietary Guidelines

    By now you might know that the government has released new dietary guidelines for adults and children. The new food pyramid is a much better guide than previous versions. Children should be eating 4 to 6 servings of fruits and vegetables, at least 3 servings of healthy carbohydrates (like whole grains), and 2 to 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat dairy products a day. Total fat should not exceed 35 percent of calories. And we should always try to minimize the intake of junk foods.

    For more detailed information on recommended dietary requirements, visit the USDA website at www.mypyramid.gov where you can enter in your data to get a specific pyramid plan for you.

    Be Creative in Adding Healthy Food Choices to Your Diet

    We are definitely not going to change our family's eating habits overnight, but we should at least try to add some healthy food choices to our current diet in small steps. For example, if your children absolutely love those horrible, pre-packaged lunch boxes from the supermarket, you can create a much healthier version and get the kids involved in making their lunch as an activity. Simply purchase some plastic containers with dividers that separate the food items. Put out a selection of healthy food choices and let your child pick what to put in each section.

    When my daughter was young she used to get a kick out of our "homemade lunch-able." The main section was usually the protein choice. There you would find wholegrain crackers with cheese and low-fat turkey or ham. She loved building the sandwiches at lunch. The other sections were for the fruit/vegetable selection. And a healthy snack option such as a homemade mix of pretzels and peanuts or a trail mix blend. Many times I would fill a small Thermos (remember those?) with healthy soups and leftovers from the night before. Soup, I have found, is an unbelievably easy way to add vegetables to your child's diet. For some reason if they are camouflaged in the soup base, they taste better! Add some low-fat string cheese and crackers and you have a much healthier lunch option.

    Getting your kids to adjust their taste buds toward simple, unprocessed foods can help them develop healthier choices as they become adults and could help ward off early obesity. Just the other day, I heard a great tip about putting together a list of lunch foods on index cards. Your child can then design their own lunch menu by mixing and matching the cards. Herein, they will learn what healthy food choices they have and in addition, get some extra reading and writing practice! To add to this idea, for younger children, pictures of the various foods make them great flash cards to learn from. This is just one example of a "teachable moment" in food preparation.

    Create a Family List of Favorite Foods (and then find ways healthier ways to prepare them)

    When I worked full-time we ate our fair share of takeout foods. As a result, both my husband and daughter had very high cholesterol levels. After I left corporate America to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a personal chef, I decided the easiest way to transition my family into healthier eating was to rely on their favorite food choices. For example, my family could eat pasta and pizza every day of the week! This really isn’t a problem anymore, though, because I make my own pizza crust using whole grains and my sauce is fortified with various vegetables (which are ground down to hide them). The cheese toppings are also low-fat versions. I can honestly say that they don't really like pizzaria pizza anymore. They really have adjusted to my homemade variety. And it's really fun to come up with new and healthy topping ideas.

    If I make pasta, again my sauce is fortified with hidden healthy ingredients or I vary the style of pasta we have, such as a stir-fry with lots of vegetables and chicken over spaghetti for an oriental variety.

    Any time of the year is great to start learning how to eat better and make healthier food choices. But the back-to-school season is a great time to get your kids involved in learning how to create healthy meal choices and to cut back on some of the unhealthy school lunch offerings. In addition, if we learn how to organize our meal planning and include our families in the process, we can also create healthy dinners and rely less on fast foods.

    ...Special E-book For "Cooking With Chef Lia" Readers:
    I have created a special booklet of family-friendly recipe ideas that I have collected throughout the years. Many of which are kid-tested and approved. I have also included a list of online recipe resources. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please visit my website (www.ChefLia.com) and fill out a contact request form. In the "Comments" section, just let me know you would like the booklet and I will e-mail a copy to you.

    Chef Lia Soscia is a personal chef and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services located in Nassau County on Long Island. She has been cooking for 30 years for friends and family. Lia's Personal Chef Services include home meal preparation, cooking lessons & parties and more.

    If you have cooking questions, please visit Chef Lia at www.ChefLia.com or write Lia@ChefLia.com. She looks forward to hearing your questions and comments. And continue to check back for more "Cooking With Chef Lia," only in Greenlight Long Island Magazine.

    September 05, 2005

    Long Island Bred: The Apprentice's Chris Russo

    by Derek Grosso

    CHRIS RUSSOChris Russo, a Senior Vice President at Gunn Allen Financial in Westbury, can be described in many ways. All of which are indicative of success in business and that of an accomplished entrepreneurer. We caught up with Chris, from Season 2 of NBC's "The Apprentice," to talk about what he has been up to since the show, living and working on Long Island.

    Where are you located right now?
    I still live in Mineola. My office is in Westbury.

    What are you currently working on?
    In June I was in Malibu shooting the show, "Battle of the Network Reality Stars," which aired in August on Bravo. Its 32 reality people competing in sports like they did in the 80's. It was a great time and I hope to be able to compete in a future show.

    Have you had any big news or announcements since you were "fired" from The Apprentice?
    My son Marco Russo was born on August 29th and has been the greatest gift that I received in life. We opened another office on 30 Wall Street, right across from the NY Stock Exchange. It was a dream of mine since I became a financial advisor 10 years ago. I have been a regular on Fox News Networks Financial shows. I have done over 20 appearances which has been a great honor because these were the shows I watched every Saturday morning, and I was a fan of Neil Cavuto. Wow, looking back over the last year I have been truly blessed.

    If you had been hired as The Apprentice, how would it have made your life different?
    Oh forget about it, the opportunities would have been endless. I am very good at taking a situation and maximizing its gains. I could and would have found a way to parlay it into some serious wealth. Keep in mind the key word is wealth not money, there is a big difference.

    You obviously visited the Island of Manhattan for the show... any interesting stories or places you care to talk to us about with regard to Long Island?
    Being a New Yorker it was home for me. I love the fact of not having to drive back on the LIE or take a train home. I lived in the prestigious, globally known Trump Tower. What's better than that?

    If there were an opportunity to do an All-Star Apprentice (with top candidates from all seasons competing again for a job with The Trump Organization), knowing what you now do about yourself and some of the other candidates, would you compete?
    That's a great question. First of all I think it would be a very different show. They would choose the more popular characters, which would have their agents make sure they were getting paid very well to be there. I don't think people would compete as hard because they are already getting paid and just want the airtime not the job. Trust me, that is the ONLY reason anyone would put themselves through such a challenging experience. If you don't believe me, see how many people would compete in an All-Stars, that wasn't going to be televised. And secondly, even if I were chosen my wife would not want me to be away again. It was rough on her while I was gone (she was pregnant) and when I came back all the attention was on me and not the baby. It was a rough crossroad for my wife and myself, so I don't know if I would push my luck. If she were cool about it I would definitely consider it.

    In what location would you hope a show like this be taped?
    New York City. I would need to be close to my family.

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    I enjoy Parkside in Corona, Queens. I have also become a regular at Conti's on Northern Blvd. I can honestly say they have they best food, outside of my own kitchen of course.

    What is your favorite U.S. city?
    Come on man, New York. (Although Vegas is a close second).

    What is your favorite vacation spot?
    Croatia and Vegas

    What is your favorite word?

    What is your favorite TV show?
    The Shield

    What is your favorite personal quote?
    "Sometimes Less is More."

    Is there anything else you would care to mention that we haven’t talked about?
    If there is anyone out there who is looking for a portfolio review, I would love to conduct one for anyone who is interested. Business has been great and I would love to be able to help as many people as possible become wealthy.

    For those who want to know more about Chris, his business opportunities and appearances, visit www.crusso.com.


    Verna Felton: The Apprentice Season 3 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    VERNA FELTONWhere are you located and what are you currently working on?
    I still live in the Seattle area and am working as a Sr. Business Communications Manager for Microsoft Corporation. I have a very rewarding job, and am glad that I had the opportunity to do "The Apprentice," as it has made me appreciate my position and success even more. I am also in the process of writing a book called, "I Quit – Taking back control of your career and personal life."

    You took yourself out of the game in season three and left the show. How does that feel for you and do you have any regrets?
    I have absolutely no regrets regarding my decision to leave and I also do not regret my decision to go on the show. I have learned a huge lesson through this experience. Life is what you make of it. If you appreciate what you have, you will be in a better position to weigh other "opportunities" that come along.

    How much of what we see on camera is an accurate reflection of what goes on, and how much is taken out of context based on what small segments are shown on television, specifically in your final episode walking around the Jersey Shore with your suitcase and NBC cameras in tow?
    Most people don't know this, but the only thing that was going through my head as I was walking was, "Get me out of here. These people are crazy!" Mainly, I was thinking to myself that if they wouldn't get me a ride out of town, I would find my own ride. I did not want to be there. I felt as though I had left my job, my family, and life to participate in something that was not worth my time. You ask how much is real versus taken out of context, and my answer is that this is a TV show. Just because is has the word "reality" in it, does not make it so.

    If you had won The Apprentice, how would that have made your life different?
    As the Apprentice, I would have enjoyed the $250K salary, and opportunities that accompanied it, but would not have enjoyed the tight grip that the producers, NBC, etc. would have still had on my life… dictating where I live, what I say, etc.

    Have you ever been to Long Island? Please tell us about that.
    I enjoyed NY. I have had numerous opportunities to visit in the past on business trips, and look forward to my next trip there.

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    No favorite restaurant. I like all types of restaurants and food, including fast food.

    Favorite city?
    I love Seattle and think it is a terrific place to raise a family.

    Favorite word?

    Favorite TV show?
    Discovery Channel: The Most Extreme

    Favorite personal quote?
    "May the best of your past be the worst of your future," from Long Kiss Goodnight

    Anything else you would care to mention that we haven't talked about?
    I actually think back on the motel task and laugh. I took this game so seriously, when I didn’t really need to.

    Fans can learn more about Verna at www.vernafelton.com.


    Michael Tarshi: The Apprentice Season 3 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    MICHAEL TARSHIWhere are you located right now and what are you working on?
    Boston. I have a two real estate companies, and a Chocolate Bar distribution and manufacturing business, TarshiBAR. One of my most recent ventures is a small upscale restaurant that I am opening with a famous restaurateur. Business in Boston is great, the real estate is booming, the restaurants are amazing and the people are respectful.

    Any big announcements since you were "fired" from the show?
    My life is already great. All the show did was make me a recognizable person throughout the country as well as the world. I have also been involved in a bunch of new shows premiering this Fall and have been offer numerous endorsement deals.

    If you had been hired by Trump, how would that have made your life different?
    I am happy that I did not get hired. To be honest, I would have to take a pay cut if I worked for Trump!

    How often do you speak with Mr. Trump or any of the contestants?
    I'm looking for a huge Real Estate Development Deal to present to Trump. I'm ready to play ball as well as many of the other candidates. I think if all of the real estate people from "The Apprentice" unite and form a Real Estate Acquisition company, we could give Trump a run for his money. I do keep in touch with many of the candidates from all seasons, but some people from our season are not the most upfront, honest people, so I stay away from them. I don't have time for phonies!

    What was the most amazing thing you saw or place you visited while here in New York?
    I do not life too far away from NYC so I always am either in the city or the Hamptons in the summer. The most amazing thing while being in NYC was actually being in Trump's personal office. That was wild, although it's not as big as I expected, my office is bigger!

    You're involved with some great philanthropies. Please tell our readers about how to get involved.
    The best thing that I can do with my new-found "fame" is give back to the community and help in the fundraising for philanthropies. I am currently forming a charitable trust to donate to my favorite charities. I urge everyone to get involved with something.

    Talk to us about TarshiBAR.
    TarshiBAR was the result of me being in Five Star solitary confinement after I was fired from the Apprentice. Contestants cannot go home until the show has finished taping. I said to myself, "Everyone loves chocolate, so let's make a chocolate bar!" TarshiBAR is a milk chocolate bar designed for chocolate lovers. It's just the beginning of the Tarshi Brand -- I am currently working on a line of frozen pastas and pizzas.

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    My favorite restaurant in Boston is Stregga. In NYC, I always got to MASA, the sushi restaurant in the Time Warner building.

    Favorite city?

    Favorite word?

    Favorite TV show?
    The Apprentice, of course

    Favorite personal quote?
    "It's a takeover, and you're either in or you're out!" by Michael S. Tarshi

    Fans can learn more about Michael at www.michaeltarshi.com.


    Stacy Rotner: The Apprentice Season 2 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    STACY ROTNERWhere are you right now and what are you currently working on?
    I live and work in Manhattan. I practice Securities Law at a firm here. Specifically, I work in the hedge fund group of my firm. I have been in talks to write a book and also host a radio show. Besides that, I have become very active in numerous charitable organizations.

    How often do you speak with Mr. Trump or the other candidates?
    Most of us are friends, but it's difficult to see each other on a frequent basis because we are all really busy and live in different cities. I speak to Ivana pretty often. I also speak with Raj, Kevin, Pam and Elizabeth once in a while.

    Have you been to Long Island?
    I have been going to the Hamptons every summer for as long as I can remember. I spend most of my weekends in East Hampton. It's my favorite place to spend the summer!

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    Il Mulino in NYC, and I love Harvest in Montauk and Nick & Toni's in East Hampton! I also love Sam's Pizza, also in East Hampton. It's the best!

    Favorite city?

    Favorite word?

    Favorite TV show?
    Sex and the City -- No contest!

    Favorite personal quote?
    "Things happen for a reason."

    Anything else you would care to mention that we haven't talked about?
    The best part of this experience has been using my name and "celebrity" toward positive ends, such as supporting worthwhile charities. I have recently been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dress for Success, the M.S. Society, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) and American Friends of the Tel Aviv Art Museum (AFTAM).

    Fans can learn more about Stacy at www.stacyrotner.com.


    Stacie Jones: The Apprentice Season 2 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    STACIE JONESWhere are you now and what are you currently working on?
    NYC and LA. Kill Reality, The Scorned (New Line Cinema) and a Radio Show.

    Have you had any announcements since filming the show?
    Endorsements for Seven Jeans, Casino Fortune and Radio 107.5.

    Looking back, how would winning have made your life different?
    Connections in business. I would like to have access to Donald Trump's Rolodex to continue building my small empire.

    If there were an opportunity to do an All-Star Apprentice, would you compete?
    Yes... And I would win.

    In what location whould you hope a show like this be taped?
    NYC. The financial capital of the world and the hardest city in the world.

    The Island of Manhattan is obviously close to your heart, modeling and owning a restaurant here. Tell us about some cool places to go or any experiences you've had on Long Island.
    I like going to The Hamptons in the summer. It's relaxing and fun to get away from the city.

    Tell our readers about what to expect on The Apprentice Cruise.
    Expect to learn a lot about reality TV, reality personalities, business and how to have a good time.

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    Tao is my favorite restaurant.

    Favorite city?
    Los Angeles

    Favorite word?

    Favorite TV show?
    David Letterman

    Favorite personal quote?
    "Without risk, there is no reward."

    Fans can learn more about Stacie at www.staciej.com.


    Heidi Bressler: The Apprentice Season 1 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    HEIDI BRESSLERWhere are you located right now and what are you working on?
    I am currently in NYC and Philadelphia. I split my time, but NYC is my home and truly is the only city I love! I have had numerous appearances on VH-1 and CNN. I also just got my real estate license. My goal is not to work for Trump but to be his competitor.

    Please tell us about the new calendar you are involved with and when it will be available.
    Twelve of the women just finished shooting a calendar called "Fired Up and Giving Back." This calendar is about brains and beauty, and all profits are being donated to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Even Donald Trump is contributing to the cause! It will be out in Fall of 2005.

    If you had been hired as The Apprentice, how would that have made your life different?
    I don't think I would want to have won. Bill was a great choice and is doing an amazing job.

    What do you think of Omarosa's successes, even though you were the one whose side everyone was on throughout the season?
    Omarosa is... Omarosa, but at the end of the day, she is not so bad. I got along with her during "Battle of the Network Reality Stars," and to be honest, I see a change in her. I don't think she even liked being the most hated reality woman. Would I be her best friend? No. But I do know how to get along with her.

    Where do you like to go for fun in New York? On Long Island?
    I love the nightlife. Marquee is the best and I love the food at Ciprianis. I love New York. It is the only city I never get a speeding ticket. I love the Hamptons. I love the Yankees and just New Yorkers in general. I have friends from Long Island because I went to Ithaca for undergrad and American for graduate school.

    Tell us about The Apprentice Cruise.
    How could I forget about The Apprentice Cruise on September 26th. For anyone that doesn't want to miss out on all the fun then they should got to expedia.com or my website, www.heidiabressler.com. It will direct them to The Apprentice Legend Cruise. All the top characters will be onboard.

    What is your favorite restaurant?

    Favorite city?

    Favorite word?
    (Editor's Note: Heidi dropped the F-bomb throughout the interview, and says her favorite word cannot be printed here. Sorry.)

    Favorite personal quote?
    "Life's too short to be a bitch!"

    Fans can learn more about Heidi at www.heidiabressler.com.


    Katrina Campins: The Apprentice Season 1 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    KATRINA CAMPINSWhere are you located and what are you currently working on?
    I started my own real estate company right after "The Apprentice." The Campins Company is built on the mantra that passion breeds success. As such, we strive to align ourselves with skilled, passionate and well respected professionals. Our focus as the boutique real estate firm in South Florida is to deliver the ultimate level of service and marketing expertise to all of our clientele.

    Please tell us about any big news or announcements since you were “fired” from The Apprentice.
    Since the show I married my high school sweetheart, worked for ESPN as a correspondent, worked for CNBC as a real estate correspondent, started The Campins Company, and hosted a Florida-based real estate show.

    Looking back, if you had been hired by Trump, how would that have made your life different?
    I would not have been the entrepreneur I am today. I would not own a Boutique Real Estate Firm. I would not have had the opportunity nor the freedom to expand my client base. I would have been forced to conform and accept limitations. I would not have been my own boss.

    Where do you like to go for fun in New York?

    If there were an opportunity to do an All-Star Apprentice, would you compete?
    Yes! I would love to play the game again, but I would play it very differently.

    How often do you speak with Mr. Trump or any of the other candidates?
    I have continued to cultivate great relationships originally developed during the show. My cast mates became my second family. I adore them. We share a special bond. I am also assisting with many of the Trump projects in Florida.

    Have you ever been to Long Island? Please tell us about any experiences.
    Ereka Vetrini and I went to Long Island to host a party right after our season. I love Long Island!

    When people think of real estate opportunities, New York/Long Island and Florida/Miami definitely come to mind. Tell us about your most exciting or recent deals relative to the two areas.
    Where do I start? I have so many real estate deals right now I honestly don't have enough space to tell you about them. I just love real estate!

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    Oh boy, I love to eat so this is a tricky one. I absolutely love SUSHI.

    Favorite city?
    Miami, of course. NYC is right up there.

    Favorite word?
    Passion. Without passion one cannot be successful.

    Favorite TV show?
    Desperate Housewives

    Favorite personal quote?
    "Passion Breeds Success."

    Fans can learn more about Katrina at www.thecampinscompany.com.


    Troy McClain: The Apprentice Season 1 Contestant

    by Derek Grosso

    TROY MCCLAINWhere are you located and what are you currently working on?
    After the show I was offered to move anywhere from Australia to Alaska, but I chose to stay right where I am living today, Boise, Idaho. I continue to run my little mortgage company and I have done over 100 public speaking events all over the country. Most recently I shared the stage with Dr. Phil at an event in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am working on a new show, which will air September 26, called "Home Team." In it, I travel the country and find deserving families or individuals trying to buy their first home. We surprise them by giving them the down payment and we also pay the first year's mortgage in advance. It's a great concept of giving back. I'm so happy to be involved with a show that that has a cause behind it. You can check it out at www.hometeam.com.

    If you had been hired as The Apprentice, how would that have made your life different?
    I think for sure I would have had to move to the big city, but I am not sure I would have had to work harder than I am working now. I think I would have had one thing to work hard on -- learning the job. I may have had to change the way I dress. And I am sure I would have had to lose the jeans and boots and trade them in for a tie and suit! I am happy the way things ended up and Trump made the best choice.

    What did you think of your first trip to New York?
    Before the show I had never been to NYC or anywhere else back east and during the show we really had no time to visit or see things. Mr. Trump did reward Heidi and I with a ride in his helicopter one time on the show. That made it all worth it because for the first time in my life I got to see the "pretty Lady Liberty." It was amazing!

    Have you ever been to Long Island? Please tell us about any experiences there as well.
    I have been so busy I have not yet taken time to really look around. I hope one day I really get a chance to visit Long Island and Manhattan the way it is meant to be visited. If you know anyone who is a great tour guide let me know!

    How often do you speak with Mr. Trump or the other candidates?
    Mr. Trump and his staff have been more then amazing to me and my family. They always treat us with respect and take my calls. I know the door is always open, but I think Mr. Trump and his staff are more impressed that I do it on my own. And I would be honored to say I got help from anyone involved in the Trump Organization and I hope they feel the same. In addition, I always talk to my life-long friend, Kwame. He can always count on me if he needs anything.

    Tell us about The Apprentice Cruise.
    How great is this! I get to go on a cruise that is dedicated to the cast members of "The Apprentice." All my life there have been so many things I wanted to do and never thought I would be able to do them. Now after the show, I get to do all kinds of things like the cruise. It starts September 26 and we return October 4. It's going to be eight days of fun and excitement! Heck it's going to be my wife and my first cruise!

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    Every restaurant I have ever eaten at in NYC has been great and I look forward to eating at them all again and to finding more great places to eat. I am open to any recommendations.

    Favorite city?
    I have been all over the country and at the end of the day I love to visit NYC but my favorite city is good ol' Boise Idaho!

    Favorite word?
    I am not sure I can say it, and I am for sure my Mama would smack me for saying it. So I will leave it blank for now.

    Favorite TV show?
    I don’t get to watch a lot of TV but when I do, I love "Law and Order."

    Favorite personal quote?
    "Looking up the ass of a dead dog with fleas!"

    Fans can learn more about Troy at www.troymcclain.com.


    The Apprentices: Where Are They Now?

    by Derek Grosso

    They came to New York in search of a dream job with Donald Trump. They made television history and established themselves as a new breed of celebrity professionals. After hearing Trump utter his now-famous (and trademarked) catchphrase to each of them, they still found opportunities to build their companies, excel in the business world, create positive personas and give back to the community.

    We caught up with contestants from all three seasons of NBC's The Apprentice to talk about what they have been doing since the show, thoughts about New York and what experiences they have had on Long Island.

    SEASON 1
  • Troy McClain
  • Katrina Campins
  • Heidi Bressler

    SEASON 2
  • Chris Russo
  • Stacie Jones
  • Stacy Rotner
  • Kevin Allen

    SEASON 3
  • Michael Tarshi
  • Verna Felton


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