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Luxury Living Design Fair Hamptons Contemporary Debuts June 3–5, 2016 Architectural Digest to Host Opening-Night Benefit


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Art fair guru Rick Friedman will debut Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair at the Southampton Elks Fairgrounds (605 County Road 39) on June 3–5, 2016, bringing the first of its kind world-class international home and decor show to the Hamptons.

 

Nine years after creating the first and most successful art fair on the East End, ArtHamptons, Rick Friedman has turned his deft touch to design with Hamptons Contemporary. “After I sold the fine art fairs, I took inspiration from the landscape and luxury synonymous with Hamptons living to create a new experience. Art doesn’t have to be something that hangs on a wall—with Hamptons Contemporary, our canvas is the entire home and the paint is all of the elements that contribute to an artful environment. Visitors at this show will find it all at this new luxury fair,” said Friedman.

 

The 40,000-square-foot Hamptons Contemporary pavilion will showcase Friedman’s vision, as 160+ exhibitors 
(http://www.hamptonscontemporary.com/exhibitors)  have committed to Hamptons Contemporary. The fair will present luxury furniture and appliance manufacturers, one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, state-of-the-art pool and landscape design, home theater specialists, and more. Hamptons Contemporary will celebrate every aspect of luxury home decor and design, both interior and exterior.

 

The Friday, June 3 Opening-Night Preview, sponsored by Architectural Digest, will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF). The special opening-night host committee will include industry luminaries and friends of Architectural Digest and ARF, including Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan, Chesie Breen, Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble, Scott Nelson, Ann & John Pyne, Elizabeth Pyne, and Vicente Wolf. The evening will include a silent auction, featuring a limited edition lithograph by James Rosenquist, along with other donations from select exhibitors, to benefit ARF.

 

The show and additional auction items including a limited edition screen-print by Larry Rivers will also benefit the Southampton Education Foundation, which provides third-party financial support for scholarships and other valuable programs for the students and educators in the Southampton community.

 

The Douglas Elliman Hamptons Brunch by Design, featuring beautiful summer table settings by Vista Alegre, occurs on Sunday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the American Society of Interior Designers NY (ASID) North Garden Lounge and is by invitation only. Guests will mingle with distinguished ASID members, esteemed architects from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the leading Douglas Elliman real-estate professionals on the East End. The breathtaking table settings by Vista Alegre will be on display throughout the fair.  

 

Sylvester & Co. will be partnering with Pointed Leaf Press to bring in world-renowned authors in design and architecture for special book signing events at their booth. Featured Spotlight Exhibits are 30-minute interactive sessions, scheduled periodically throughout the weekend, and geared to inform fair-goers on the current state of the industry. Tour Time, a series of guided tours led by Hamptons-savvy ASID members, will bring attendees to unique design solutions at the fair. During Shop Talk sessions, also led by the ASID, members will discuss stimulating interior design-oriented topics in a roundtable setting. From the psychology of color, to preparing for summer guests, ASID’s design professionals will advise and inspire. These 30-minute sessions will be filled with usable tips and take-away value.

 

The show’s regional media sponsor is Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (HC&G) with additional media sponsors, including Hamptons, BeachLong Island PulseHamptons.comHamptons Beachouse25A Magazine, and the soon debuting Shelter–The Hamptons. Official sponsors includeDouglas Elliman Real EstateSub-Zero & WolfLynx GrillsCiuffo CabinetryCouture Outdoor, and Royal Botania. Participating sponsors include Health-Ade Kombucha Probiotic TeaAges EventsSylvester & Co., GunnStamford Tent & Event ServicesNEA Studio,Cambria, CallaheadBob’s BrandsThe Atlantic SouthamptonBarefoot Wine & BubblySag Harbor FloristHoney Bee Artisan Works,Southampton Social ClubDesigners & Builders Alliance of Long IslandSnack Factory Pretzel CrispsDragonfly Landscape Design,From Chef to Table, and Nicolock.  

 

Friday, June 3 | 5–8pm (Ticketed Opening VIP Preview to benefit ARF)
Saturday, June 4 | 10am–8pm
Sunday, June 5 | 10am–5pm

 

VIP PASS: $100 per couple, includes front-row parking or complimentary valet and exclusive invitation to the Opening-Night Preview party + reserved seating in the theater and early access to events.

 

DAY PASS: $20 per person

 

Please consider Hamptons Contemporary for pre-event coverage, events listings, and on your upcoming editorial assignment calendar. Rick Friedman is available for pre-fair and onsite interviews.

 

For Press Accreditation, Interview Inquires, and Press Fair Passes please contact:

John Wegorzewski 212-729-0834 / alchmyst@msn.com

Douglas MacKaye Harrington 631-375-1387 / ink.dmh@gmail.com

For more information, please contact: 
Tara Berkoski 
631-283-5505  ext.105 / email: Tara@show-hamptons.com

 

For more Hamptons Contemporary details, go to: www.hamptonscontemporary.com

 

Images Courtesy of Show-Hamptons

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Port Washington Residents in Long Island Enjoy Alan Cumming Singing Sappy Songs at The Landmark on Main


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Laura Mogul, Executive Director of the Landmark Theater poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlane at the Landmark On Main































































Alan Cumming Singing Sappy Songs at The Landmark on Main





















Actor Alan Cumming and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


















Actor Alan Cumming and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane posing for a selfie








The Dot & Ed Slade Concert Series proudly presented Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs on May 14, 2016 at the Landmark on Main Street Theater in Port Washington, New York.
Alan brought his hit concert to the historic Landmark theater along with his long-time musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton and performed for two hours with no intermission.  Not only did Mr. Cumming sing sappy songs, he also entertained, awed, engaged and revealed intimate humorous stories behind the history of the music he performed to a sold out audience. 


Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a Smurf, twice. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made back to back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He appeared in a Jay Z video and he wrote a #1 New York Times best selling memoir. He had a photo exhibition named Alan Cumming Snaps! and an award-winning fragrance named Cumming. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, God, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He was on a stamp. He was a teleporting Superhero, a Lee Jeans model and hosted the Tony awards. He is a Tony and Olivier award winning theatre actor, and a multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG award nominated television actor. His portrait was hung in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the spot previously occupied by the Queen, who made him an O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire) in her 2009 Honours List for both his work and his commitment to the progression of LGBT rights in Britain and the United States of America. He switched on the lights of the Empire State Building. He is an Independent Spirit award-winning producer and National Board of Review winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and the Sydney Opera House. He is a Doctor, of Arts, twice. He was named Icon of Scotland in 2005 and was a vociferous campaigner for Scottish Independence. He has designed wallpaper. Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business. The New York Times described him as a bawdy counter-cultural sprite.  He isn’t nearly done yet.


Alan Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After leaving the Academy he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for both his television work (including the Scottish soap Take The High Road) and his stand-up comedy (the legendary Victor and Barry, which he wrote and performed with drama school pal Forbes Masson). But it was the theatre that gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge’s Conquest of the South Pole at the Traverse in Edinburgh. The play transferred to the Royal Court in London’s West End and Alan was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Olivier Award.


He went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre where he won an Olivier award for his performance in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. For the National Theatre Studio he directed Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour La, Bonjour and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He was nominated for Olivier Awards for La Bête and Cabaret, and his sensational Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse in London won him a TMA Best Actor award and a Shakespeare Globe nomination.


He made his feature film debut in Ian Sellar’s Prague opposite Bruno Ganz and Sandrine Bonnaire, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. His introduction to American audiences came with Circle of Friends, followed shortly by Goldeneye and Emma. His first movie shot in Hollywood was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and since then he has alternated between blockbusters such as X2:X Men United, the Spy Kids Trilogy, and smaller independent films like Urbania, Titus (opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange) and Sweet Land (which he also produced). With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and acted in The Anniversary Party, which won them a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit nominations. Most recently he appeared in Travis Fine's Any Day Now, for which he won great acclaim and numerous Best Actor awards around the globe.


In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City, and heralded for his stunning performance as the Master of Ceremonies. He won The Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle,  NY Press, Theater World, FANY and New York Public Advocate’s awards for his work, but for him the biggest prize was finding his new home.


He has continued to work on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera opposite Cyndi Lauper, and Noel Coward's Design For Living, Off Broadway in Jean Genet’s Elle (which he also adapted) and The Seagull, opposite Dianne Wiest. He returned to the British stage in 2006 with the West End production of Martin Sherman’s Bent, closely followed by the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which opened the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival and toured Scotland, before transferring to London and New York. His next collaboration with the NTS and director John Tiffany was a radical reimagining of Macbeth, which premiered at the Tramway in Glasgow in 2012. The following year his tour de force performance stormed Broadway. Alan returned to Broadway, Studio 54 and Cabaret once more in 2014-15, recreating his now legendary performanceopposite the Sally Bowles of Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller.


His many television appearances include Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word, Reefer Madness and Tin Man. He currently plays Eli Gold in the CBS series The Good Wife, for which he has received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, Critic's Circle and Satellite Awards nominations. He is also the host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. In Britain he wrote and starred in the cult sitcom The High Life as well as many other films for the BBC including Bernard and the Genie for which he won a British Comedy award.


Alan’s activism and passion for various civil rights and sex education causes has earned him many humanitarian awards from AMFAR, Human Rights Campaign, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLAAD and the Trevor Project, to name but a few.He lives in New York City with his husband, Grant Shaffer, and their two dogs, Jerry and Lala.


Landmark on Main Street is a not-for-profit community center that enhances the spirit and enriches the lives of the communities of Port Washington and surrounding regions. Their core value is to build the foundation for all that they do: Engagement, Community, Enrichment, Excellence, Welcoming.


The Landmark on Main Street welcomes everyone to their  community... engaging and enriching everyone's life by sharing excellence in the arts!


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Long Islanders Attend The Breast Of Everything At the Melville Mariott



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Founder of The WTFC.org Shari Goldsmith and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 10Th Annual Breast of Everything Fundraiser at the Melville Marriott








































Breast of Everything Scrubzbody Founder and Owner Roberta Perry and TV Host Cognac Wellelane pose for a photo-op at the 10Th Annual Breast of Everything Fundraiser at the Melville Marriott



































Breast of Everything Scrubzbody C- Founder and Owner Michelle Tucker and TV Host Cognac Wellelane pose for a photo-op at the 10Th Annual Breast of Everything Fundraiser at the Melville Marriott























































































Long Islanders Attend The Breast Of Everything At the Melville Mariott























































































Founder of The WTFC.org Shari Goldsmith and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 10Th Annual Breast of Everything Fundraiser at the Melville Marriott



























































TV Host Cognac Welerlane poses for a photo-op at the 10Th Annual Breast of Everything Fundraiser at the Melville Marriott








Long Islanders attended the The Breast Of Everything, the10th Anniversary Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research, Awareness & Education on Friday May 13, 2016 at their new venue, The Melville Marriott.  Supporters and guests experienced casino & shopping night, amazing vendors, door prizes, great raffle baskets and grand prizes.

The Breast of Everything began as a simple fundraiser and has become a way to educate people about breast cancer research. Their 2014 event raised over $24K.  In 2015 it topped over $34,000 and this year they are hoping to surpass that

In 2006, The Breast of Everything℠ began as a simple fundraiser, in Roberta's house, because Roberta Perry and Michelle Tucker of ScrubzBody Natural Skin Care wanted to donate to breast cancer research. They created a scent called Breast of Everything, which donates 50% of all sales to The WTFC.

When Shari Goldsmith of The WTFC.Org joined the fund raising effort in 2010, the annual event moved to the The Hamlet of Old Oyster Bay, in Plainview and grew to over 300 in attendance. Incredible donations were raffled off and everyone shopped the wares of the 40+ vendors. 2011 and 2012 were also held at the Hamlet and were big success years for the event, as well. Over $20K was raised both years.

I sat down with all three women and discussed their journey with this very important cause.  The founder of The 501(c)(3)WTFC,  Shari Goldsmith revealed her special story.

http://www.thewtfc.org/ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization donating 100% of their proceeds to breast cancer research foundations.

To find out more information you can also visit http://www.breastofeverything.com/

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Longislanders Network at PinkTie.org Event

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Co-Founder Rich Cave poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island
























































Co-Founder Rich Cave poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island - Photo by Lenny Stucker
 






















Magazine Publisher Paul Anthony and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island



























News 12 Reporter Elisa DeStefano and Cognac pose for a photo-op on the Pink Carpet at The PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island



























Long Beach Film Festival Founder Ingrid Dodd and Cognac pose for a photo-op at the PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island















































Teresa Steinberg, Cognac Wellerlane and Jennifer Ravell pose for a photo-op at the PinkTie.org Event  at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island





















































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses on the Pink Carpet at the PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island

 








Almost three thousand Long Islanders attended the 4th Annual PinkTie.org Event at the Crest Hollow Country Club.  Pink Tie was founded on the idea of bringing sports, networking and charity together; creating an atmosphere of excitement where people can meet and do business all the while coming together for a great cause.


After the success of their  first two annual events, Pink Tie decided to launch a new initiative, PinkTie1000. PinkTie1000 is a 100% pass through organization, with the mission to compel 1,000 professionals to commit to contributing $100/quarter ($400 per year). In turn they will collectively cut a $100,000 check to local charities each quarter.

PinkTie1000’s core mission is to benefit local organizations, nationwide, in the communities that they serve.  Pinktie 1000 is  predominately volunteer with zero-to-minimal overhead expenses and administrative fees.


This  year's beneficiary is Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation.  The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation has been recognized as the premier organization dedicated to research, education, fellowship and patient care in the fields of oncology and hematology in the Long Island/Tri-State area.  The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation is committed to the ultimate goal of eradicating cancer through the research programs it supports. But we also recognize that cancer has a very human face. As a result, 40% of the Foundation's budget is dedicated to patient care at our four Don Monti Cancer Centers, including the Don Monti Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Unit at North Shore University Hospital.  For more information please visit http://www.donmontifoundation.org.


This year musical performance featured Michael DelGuidice & Big Shot – celebrating the Music of Billy Joel. Past PinkTie.org Events have included sports athletes  Jim Leyritz, Dwight "Doc" Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Walter “Clyde” Frazier, Otis “OJ” Anderson, Joe Klecko, Renaldo Snipes, Greg Buttle, Bobby Nystrom, Wesley Walker, Kevin Plawecki, Cecil Fielder, Jeff Beukeboom, Eric Anderson, Ed Kranepool, Buddy Harrelson, Erik Coleman, Brent Sopel and Gary Sheffield

During the event I was fortunate to speak to Co-founder Rich Cave of Pinktie.org

PinkTie.org has become the backbone of Long Island’s fastest-growing philanthropy movement – a collaborative “go-giving” effort uniting Long Island's socially conscious professionals to make a difference in their community. Last year’s Event raised $300,000 for the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation and hosted to over 2000 guests. This year attendance is expected to once again raise a monumental amount of funds for the Don Monti Foundation, the leader in cancer research on Long Island for over 40 years. - 100% of funds raised will go to the cancer cause!

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Supporters Gather At The 53rd Annual Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle


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Long Island Heart Ball Emcee Former Boxer and Nuitrionist Chris Algieri and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY


























Long Island Heart Ball Honoree Dr. Harold Fernandez and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York




























Long Island Heart Ball Honoree Monte Redman poses for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York


























Director of Community Health Michele Gevat and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York














































Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle
























Actress and TV Host Helen Proimos and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York








































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

 







Physicians, cardiologists and American Heart Association supporters gathered to celebrate the 53rd Annual Long Island Heart And Stroke Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington on May 5, 2016

The Heart Ball and Auction is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership. The evening included dinner, dancing and a silent auction which offered a bountiful assortment of generously donated items.

The evening celebrated the work, mission, donors, volunteers, and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort associated with supporting The American Heart Association. The Heart and Stroke Ball is always an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing the organization to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in our community and across the country.

The American Heart Association’s mission is building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This year 2016 Event Chair was Mr. Philip H. Wachtler from Wahtler Knopf Equities. The 2016 Vice Chair was Adam Silvers, Esq, Managing Partner of Ruskin, Moscou, Faltischek, P.C.

The evening’s honorees included 2016 Cardiovascular Science Award Recipient: Dr. Harold A. Fernandez, Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of Southside Hospital Northwell Health and 2016 Corporate Leadership Honoree Monte N. Redman, President & CEO of Astoria Financial Corporation and Astoria Bank.

Dr. Harold Fernandez’ epic journey brought him from the turbulent violence and drug wars of Medellín, Colombia, to the charm and beauty of the mythic classrooms, libraries, and laboratories of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. On his way to fulfilling his childhood dream of helping others, he endured many struggles. His is a story of inexhaustible love, unfailing determination and human compassion. It shows that in America all dreams are possible.

Monte N. Redman is proud to be a part of Astoria Bank’s longstanding commitment to fighting heart disease and its ongoing support for the American Heart Association. As a leading corporate fundraiser for Go Red for Women and a dedicated sponsor and participant in the Long Island Heart Walk, Astoria Bank is passionate about its role in promoting heart healthy living throughout the communities it serves.

For more information please visit Heart.org


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Amber Ferrari Dazzles the Audience And Lights Up The Stage Like A Cosmic Srar At The Patchogue Theatre At Her Material Girl Concert

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Singer and Songwriter Amber Ferrari poses for a photo-op Backstage at her Material Girl Concert at the Patchogue Theatre































Comic Ike Avelli, Publicist Bernie Fabig and Cognac pose for a photo-op backstage at the Material Concert at the Patchogue Theatre



































Actress Helen Proimos, Singer Amber Ferrari and Cognac pose for a photo-op backstage at the Material Concert at the Patchogue Theatre












































Debra Rothberg and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Material Girl Concert

 







Singer, songwriter Amber Ferrari dazzled the audience and lit up the stage like a cosmic star performing her special rendition of Madonna’s Material Girl at the newly renovated Patchogue Theatre this past Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Long Island native Amber Ferrari is a recording artist, musician and actress who takes the stage by storm and her performances astound even the most energized entertainer. Amber electrifies the crowd and dance floors wherever she performs! Ferrari packs an exhilarating and emotional punch into every live performance of music by Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Janis Joplin and more, as well as her own phenomenal original songs. Her many fans delight knowing that no two shows are ever the same!

Renowned for her distinguished Show “Joplin’s Pearl”, Amber continues to electrify the stage. During the first half of her show she performs the music of some of her favorite artists like Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Pat Benatar, Jefferson Airplane and others (as well as her original music)! The second half of her show is dedicated to the greatest rocker of them all, the legendary Janis Joplin. When she steps out on stage dressed as Janis herself and begins to sing you will feel as if you stepped back in time. With complete command of their styles and with authenticity of the music, even the original artists would find Amber Ferrari and her powerful band a “must-see!”

Amber Ferrari’s new show “Material Girl” which premiered this past Saturday, April 30th was  exhilarating! During the 1st half of the show, by popular demand, Amber performed some of her favorites, as well as her original music. The second part of the show brought audiences back to the 80’s with the Icon Madonna and the hits that got ya’ dancin’ like “Vogue” and “Holiday.”

Before her performance I sat down backstage with Amber Ferrari as she conveyed her excitement about the show and the release of her new CD “Where Your Wishes Fly.”


I also had a chance to chat with Comedian Ike Avellli who opened the concert and introduced Amber.


Ike Avelli began his career in 2009 as a last minute fill-in at a Christmas Party doing Stand Up comedy. The sound of laughter sealed the deal, and he would continue to write and perform his own material.


To find out more info please visit his website at IkeAvelli.net.


To find out more information regarding Singer Songerwriter Amber Ferrari please visit AmberFerrari.com


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North Shore Community Gathered Together At Gold Coast Bank To Honor Dr. Yacov Shamash


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Gold Coast Bank Manager Olga Prado Belleau poses with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Gold Coast Reception to honor Dr. Yacov Shamash




















Gold Coast Board Members Present Award to Dr.Yacov Shamash at Gold Coast Bank Reception






















Cognac interviews Chief Financial Officer Jim Johnis at Gold Coast Bank Reception



















TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr. Yacov Shamash at Gold Coast Bank Reception


 









The North Shore community gathered together and joined the Time Beacon Record Newspapers Networking Event and Reception honoring Dr. Yacov Shamash Vice President of Economic Development at Stony Brook University on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Gold Coast Bank in East Setauket, New York.


John C. Tsunis, Esq., Chairman, founder and CEO of Gold Coast Bank was present to introduce notable elected officials and helped in presenting the various citations and awards to Dr. Shamash. Mr. Tsunis founded the law firm of Tsunis Gasparis Lustig Ring & Kenney, LLP, served as Managing Partner through October of 2014 and remains Special Counsel. Additionally, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Hotels LLC. Among many philanthropic endeavors.


Dr. Shamash is Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. As Vice President, a position he has held since 2000, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s three incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the NYS Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has over 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. In 1994 he led the effort by SUNY’s engineering schools to create the highly successful state-wide SPIR program (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence). During the past ten years, working through the SPIR program, the College has partnered with more than 220 companies to assist them with more than 1,150 projects.


Dr. Shamash is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). He serves on the boards of Keytronic, American Medical Alert, Netsmart Technologies, and Invision.com. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Shamash served as Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and was responsible for the establishment of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits. He has held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. A Fellow of the IEEE, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, and has authored more than 130 publications.


Before the award and citation was presented, I sat down with Dr. Yacov Shamash and he expressed his appreciation.


The event was sponsored by the Gold Coast Bank. All banks are not the same although they may initially appear to be. At Gold Coast Bank you’ll experience the difference as soon as you walk through one of our doors. Through their desire to know and understand your business they are readily equipped to respond to your needs: from cash management to credit lines and loans to merchant and payroll services – all of these and more can be scaled to fit your needs as a business on Long Island.


For more information please visit GoldCoastBankNY.com.


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LONGISLANDERS CAME OUT TO EXPERIENCE AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY AT WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE STATE FOR THE FAVORITE POEM PROJECT


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News 12 Entertainment Journalist and Emcee Elisa DiStefano and Entertainment Journalist TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Favorite Poem Project at The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, NY






































































































Walt Whitman Regina Hunt - Trustee South Country School Board & Library recites her favorite poem at the Favorite Poem Project at The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, NY





















































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane Stands next to a portrait of Poet Walt Whitman at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.








On Sunday April 17, 2016 the community of Huntington gathered at the Walt Whitman Birthplace for a presentation of Democratic Vistas, Multicultural Voices for the Favorite Poem Project. The Favorite Poem Project was founded by Robert Pinsky after the Library of Congress appointed him US Poet Laureate in 1997. Pinsky put out a nationwide call for Americans to send in their favorite poems. He believed that, contrary to stereotype, Americans from all walks of life do read poetry and particular poems have profound, personal meanings for individuals.
Pinksy’s project ignited a fire that spread the country with communities holding their own Favorite Poem readings. The Library of Congress videotaped for their archives 50 individuals reading their favorite poems. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association was very excited to offer their very own Favorite Poem Project. Robert Pinsky is serving as their 2016 Poet in Residence appearing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace on June 4, 2016.
The Favorite Poem Project – Multicultural Voices is part of the Walt Whitman’s Birthplace Associations 2016 program series. Democratic Vistas: Voices of Democracy is sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities.

Entertainment Journalist Elisa DiStefano served as Emcee for the event. Elisa DiStefano is versatile host and seasoned award winning featured reporter. With over a decade of experience in live and breaking news, Elisa reports regularly on the red carpet and at celebrity events featuring A-list talent. She covers the Hamptons Summer scene extensively with access to exclusive events. Elisa was voted Best Local TV reporter by the Long Island Press several years running. She has been honored for her work on her weekly animal adoption segment and was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Cancer Society. Elisa enjoys volunteering her time to help a variety of causes and hosts many charity events including her own Sneakers and Sandals Beach Ball benefiting local organizations. Ms. DiStefano is a graduate of Boston University College of Communications and Delta Gamma alumni.

Not only did I interview Elisa Di Stefano but I also talked to Executive Director Cynthia Shor of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association about the meaning and importance of Poetry.

When asked what distingished a piece of writing as a poem, Mrs. Shor reveals "Well, it’s all about the language. So the language… if it doesn’t rhyme then it has to have other beauty and the beauty can be in the rhythm, it can be in the repetition of the sounds, the repetition of the initial letter and that is what adds the beauty to it. Sometimes there are internal rhymes. So there might be two words next to each other but they don’t rhyme at the end of the line, and so that is the technical skillful part of poetry, and then the other part of poetry like any art is inspiration. So the writer or poet must take the inspiration and channel it through the words using the skills that they can and leave it up to the community of readers to see if it is poetry or not but it doesn’t have to rhyme."

In 1819, Walt Whitman was born in a farmhouse in West Hills built by his father circa 1810. The Birthplace was restored in 2001 and it is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship. The Birthplace is the only NYS Historic Site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the White House Millennium Council named it an “American Treasure.” In 2007, the Walt Whitman Trail, which begins at the Birthplace, was designated a National Recreational Trail by the US Dept. of the Interior.

Whitman’s collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, stands among the masterpieces of world literature. Scholars have name Whitman the “Poet of Democracy” and “America’s Shakespeare.”

For more information please visit http://www.waltwhitman.org/


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GUESTS GATHERED TO SUPPORT THE 20TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE FARM NORTHPORT BARN DANCE FOR LEWIS OLIVER FARM



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It was a hee haw of good time as local residents of Northport, Huntington and Suffolk County gathered together for The 20th Annual Friends of The Farm Northport, New York Barn Dance on April 16, 2016 at the St. Philip Neri Parish Center in Northport, New York.


This festive event featured an assortment of great food from local cuisines, beer, wine, soda, coffee, dessert, door prizes and raffles.

Advance tickets were $50 per person, and tickets were $60 per person at the door. Friends of the Farm is a not-for-profit volunteer group, so all the proceeds made from the event go directly to feeding & caring for the sweet animals at Lewis Oliver Farm, and towards preserving the farm.


he historic Lewis Oliver Farm, located in Northport Village, NY, is a cherished community landmark dating back to the 1800’s. Once a working dairy, the farm is now home to Annabelle the cow, Tiny the pig, Ezra and Onyx the alpacas and friends including goats, sheep, geese, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, bunnies and cats.


Generations of families and friends from within and around the community continue the tradition of visiting the farm where they can spend time with the animals, browse through the Lewis Oliver Country Store and enjoy this uniquely special piece of Northport’s history.
The farm was privately owned up until 2007 when it was jointly purchased by the Town of Huntington and Suffolk County as a means to preserve it. The farm is managed by the volunteer members of Friends of the Farm and through their efforts, has remained opened for all to enjoy with no admission fees of any kind.


The farm is open 365 days a year, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The Lewis Oliver Country Store is open from early Spring to late Fall on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-4pm.



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Stonybrook Residents Celebrate Walter Hazlitt Receving The Brookhaven Community Leadership Award


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The village of Stony Brook, John C. Tsunis, Chairman of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association and owner of the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook joined with the community, business leaders and elected officials to celebrate as they honored Walter Hazlitt on Wednesday April 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Express located at 3131 Neconsett Highway, Setaucket New York. Mr. Hazlitt received this year’s Brookhaven Community Leadership Award.

Hazlitt, 90 was an appointee of former Gov. George Pataki and has spent sixteen years on the board of Suffolk County Community College. Hazlitt, of Stony Brook, was a Suffolk legislator in 1970 and later became a prominent figure in Suffolk County and Stony Brook.

When asked what this award means to him, Walter reveals " It is a chance for me to acknowledge the lifestyle and all the positive things about living in Stony Brook. I have been here for eighty-five years as a summer resident and finally moved here permanently. I have enjoyed the quality of life seeing my children and grand children grow-up."


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