An Interview with Rabbi Shimon Stillerman, Chabad of Islip

Edith Gross Chabad House

For the past decade Rabbi Shimon Stillerman, Co-Founder and Director of the Chabad of Islip Township has been bringing people together on South Shore Long Island and serving as a resource for its Jewish residents, community leaders and local school districts. Their policy of welcome is extended to those of secular lifestyle and interfaith relationships […]

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Long Island Premiere of “Trouble in Mind” by EastLine Theatre

"Trouble in Mind" by EastLine Theatre

“Trouble in Mind,” runs until April 21, 2024, at the intimate BAACA Center in Lindenhurst. This drama was written almost 70 years ago by Alice Childress, the first Black woman to have a play professionally produced in the United States. Childress directed the first production of “Trouble in Mind” at the Greenwich Mews Theatre in […]

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Cake or Pie? With Harlan Coben

Cake or Pie Jane Rosen Header

  Mystery maestro, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of 35 novels, the creator and executive producer of several Netflix television dramas and, I am honored to report, the first interviewee for my inaugural column, Cake or Pie? “Think Twice,” his first Myron Bolitar novel in eight years, comes out in May. […]

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“Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child”: The Gateway’s Heartfelt Theatrical Tribute to Mothers and Daughters


  The place to be on Mother’s Day is the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport for a spectacular event co-hosted by Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern. The afternoon features a one-woman autobiographical play by Bellina Logan, “Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child,” directed by Maggie Soboil. This May 12 fundraiser is a Mother’s Day gift to […]

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A Wholehearted Partial Eclipse at Fire Island School


The educational opportunity was not missed by Fire Island School District (FIUFSD), who arranged an “eclipse club,” weeks in advance of the predicted celestial event, in which students, staff and parents alike were invited to say past dismissal time to witness it together.   While not falling within the range of totality, Long Islanders a […]

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ROTO Returns to Bay Shore

The dearly departed Bay Shore restaurant Roto is making its triumphant return to Bay Shore this summer, at the Shoregate apartment complex on 4th Avenue. The restaurant’s owners, Jack Monahan and Islip native Brock Ferraro, signed a release for one of Shoregate’s storefronts with TRITEC, the East Setauket-based real estate company who built the apartments. […]

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Fire Island Alpaca Farm in Sunken Forest Moves Forward

Plans to convert Fire Island National Seashore’s Sunken Forest into an alpaca farm is one step closer to reality after approvals were obtained from the National Interior Department of Parks (NIDP) at a special Easter Day meeting held on Sunday March 31, 2024.   “We believe this is a win/win for Fire Island and Long […]

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A New Wave for Ocean Beach Trading


Perhaps the most exiting change taking place in downtown Ocean Beach this season is the rebranding of Ocean Beach Trading. The grocery store, conveniently located across the street from Police Headquarters in the Cleggs Hotel, floundered these last few years with sparsely stocked shelves and little in the way of variety. That is all about […]

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