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Learn Salsa Dancing in Port Washington

Thursday April 24, 2014

Now that the weather's getting warmer, it's time to get out there and start moving. And what better way than to learn salsa dancing? Come to the Dolphin Cafe on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for lessons with dancer Stefany Coulter. No experience necessary and no partner necessary. Enjoy salsa, chips, guacamole and virgin sangria.

$5 per person. Register by calling (516) 767-2650. The Dolphin Cafe is located within eh Dolphin Bookshop at 299 Mai Street, Port Washington, New York.

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Public Meeting on Puppy Mill Bill - Riverhead - 4/29/14

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman will soon present his Suffolk County Pet Dealer Bill. Although New York State will not allow a full ban on the retail sale of companion animals, this bill will make it more difficult for pet dealers. If you support this bill which will ease the existence of dogs in puppy mills, you should come to the public meeting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverhead Legislative Auditorium - Suffolk County Legislature, Evans K. Griffin Building, 300 Center Drive in RIverhead, New York.

For more information, please call (631) 852-1700.

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day! This holiday started decades ago and has been going strong ever since. There will be celebrations and programs around the world, and there's plenty to do on Long Island to commemorate this holiday and to help preserve our planet.

Find out more about this important day by reading Who Invented Earth Day.

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Happy Easter!

Sunday April 20, 2014

Have a warm, sunny, Happy Easter! Let's hope that spring is really here. I hope that all of my readers are together with friends and family at this time.

For those of you who haven't decided where to bring the kids, if you hurry up, you can check out Long Island Easter Events for the Family. Although many of the events have already taken place, there are still some family-friendly places that will feature Easter celebrations.

You can also check out the April Calendar of Events on Long Island to read about some other happenings in Nassau and Suffolk Counties throughout this month.

Long Island Chef To Appear on the Food Network - 4/21/14

Saturday April 19, 2014

I recently told you that Long Island's own Jay Astafa won a competition on the West Coast: Long Island Vegan Chef Wins Top Honors in Calfornia. But there's more. On Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:30 p.m., Jay will appear on national TV on the Food Network's Rewrapped.

Jay already has a following on Long Island at the 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe, formerly in Rockville Centre and currently in Farmingdale, New York. Along with the usual fare served in pizzerias, Jay offers a sumptuous vegan menu. See my review at 3 Brothers Pizzeria. To learn more about the chef, you can also visit his Facebook page.

You might be interested in reading Best Vegetarian Restaurants on Long Island.

Friday, 4/18/14 - Cuomo Deploying Mobile Command Center to LI - Foreclosure Prevention Help

Thursday April 17, 2014

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be sent to Long Island by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. This will provide foreclosure prevention assistance to homeowners.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano comments, "I thank Governor Cuomo for replying this mobile command center to help residents who are dealing with foreclosure issues. I urge our residents who are struggling to meet mortgage payments to take advantage of this foreclosure prevention assistance."

Governor Cuomo started the DFS foreclosure prevention program in 2012 to help homeowners who faced foreclosure. If you want to take advantage of this help, please bring relevant documents with you, such as records of mortgage payments and correspondence with your lenders. You can meet one-one-one with DFS specialists who will review your individual situation.

Among the issues that DFS staff can disucss with you are your rights as homeowners, alternatives to foreclosure, federal programs like loan modification and other types of relief, how to file complaints with DFS when dispute arise between homeowners and banks or mortgage servicers.

If you are not able to personally meet with DFS representatives, please call the departments toll-free foreclosure hotline at (800) 342-3736 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Homeowners may also file complaints using the department website, www.dfs.ny.gov.

The DFS urges homeowners to be wary of mortgage rescue scams which may be marketed by private businesses. They warn that you should be cautious about anyone who asks for an upfront fee in exchange for a loan modification, saving a home from default or stopping a foreclosure or tax sale. New York State law prohibits the collection of such fees in most cases. Also, many not-for-profit housing counselors will help homeowners negotiate with lenders for free.

They also warn homeowners to be wary of those who say they can save a home if they sign or transfer the deed to another person's house so the homeowner can catch up on mortgage payments or refinance a loan. Homeowners should never submit mortgage payments to anyone other than the homeowner's mortgage company without its approval.

Protect Piping Plovers on Fire Island - Send Comments by Thursday, 4/17/14

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The Audubon Society has sent out information about piping plovers on Fire Island, and your comments are needed by tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

They write: "Recently, the United States Army Corps of Engineers released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Proejct which strives to reduce coastal flooding and protect mainland communities primarily through berm and dune building not he south shore of Fire Island. This important project will undoubtedly reshape a significant portion of Long Island's Atlantic Coast and the important habitats of threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers.

"With your help, we can make sure that the proposed Fire island to Moriches Inlet project provides a balance in storm protection while protecting the important habitats for breeding coastal birds like plovers."

To leave a comment on this issue, you can go to this web page and sign your name.

More info at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center's Facebook page.

Free HydroMassage Experience on Long Island, NY

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Has filing your taxes stressed you out? (And that's assuming that you DID file your taxes in time.) Never fear. HydroMassage can help. Across Long Island, NY (and across the U.S., actually), some business owners are giving out FREE HydroMassages from Monday April 14th through Friday, April 18, 2014. Below is a list of Long Island-based participants. You will first need to download a coupon at www.hydromassage.com/taxday.htm. And please do call ahead to make sure that this promotion is valid and to schedule a time for your free experience. Note: Please do not call Planet Fitness locations. You don't need to. But be aware that there may be a small wait and your massage might be limited to 10 minutes.

In case you're wondering, HydroMassage allows you to remain fully clothed while a wave of water the width of your body lets you experience a heated massage. Note: you won't get wet.

Baldwin, NY

South Shore Spinal Care
974 Atlantic Avenue
(516) 596-2273

Franklin Square, New York
Extreme Wellness
197 Franklin Avenue
(516) 684-9814

Hampton Bays, NY
Planet Fitness - Hampton Bays
250 West Montauk Highway
(631) 723-3174

Lindenhurst, NY
BodyShop Fitness
132 North Wellwood Avenue
(631) 956-3539

Port Jefferson Station, NY
North Shore Chiropractic Center
298 Canal Road
(631) 928-0192

Rockville Centre, NY
South Shore Spinal Care
1 South Marion Place
(516) 596-2273

Selden, NY
Soleil Total Fitness
321 Middle Country Road
Selden, NY
(631) 716-1800

Valley Stream, NY
Dr. Glen Rosenberg, D.C>
210 Sunrise Highway
V(516) 596-2273

West Babylon, NY
DAC Medical PC
422 C Great East Neck Road
(631) 661-6611

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Spa Week on Long Island - April 21 to 27, 2014
How To Find Deals and Discounts at Long Island Spas



Spa Week on Long Island - April 21 to 27, 2014

Saturday April 12, 2014

Have you been working too hard lately? Or are you tired of driving the children from one class to another? You deserve a soothing massage, and soon, at participating Long Island spas, you can get select treatments for the discounted price of $50.

From Monday, April 21st to Sunday, April 27, 2014, Spa Week will take place at hundreds of spas across the U.S., and this includes a number of spas throughout Long Island, NY.

Some of the participating spas are:
NuBest Salon & Spa, 1482 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY
Lord & Taylor Salon & Spa, 1440 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY, (516) 627-1172

Center for Pain Relief & Wellness, 80 West Main Street, Babylon Village, NY, (631) 422-3355

Clarins Spa at Bloomingdale's, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY, (516) 873-2819

Eastern Breeze Nail & Spa, 8025 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, (516) 682-9600

The Spa at East Wind, 5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY, (631) 846-2339

Incentives Organic Spa & Salon, 157 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon, NY, (631) 893-3490

For more information and a full list of participating spas on Long Island, visit Spa Week's website.

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Lichtenstein Sculpture On Loan To Parrish Art Museum

Friday April 4, 2014

Starting on Friday, April 18, 2014, Roy Lichtenstein's monumental sculpture, Tokyo Brushstroke I and II, created in 1994, will be on view on the front lawn of the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY. The artwork is on long-term loan from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, courtesy of Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and the Fuhrman Family Foundations.

The sculpture was created from painted and fabricated aluminum. The two components stand 33 feet high, and are taller than the Parrish museum itself. They are part of a Lichtenstein series of so-called "brushstroke" sculptures that were mostly constructed in the 1990s.

LIchtenstein and his wife moved to Southampton as year-round residents in 1970, and this was the beginning of a long relationship with the Parrish Art Museum and Long Island's East End. In 1982, the museum organized an exhibition of 48 Lichtenstein paintings, and other shows followed.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was an American pop art painter who was active from the 1960s and until his death in 1997. He is perhaps best known for his large paintings based on comic books.

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