Brick Osteria Begins Showcasing Local Artists

Brick Osteria (Photo source: Facebook)

Brick Osteria, the Italian restaurant at 52 Main St., will show its support for local artists by showcasing their artwork on the walls on a regular basis. The kickoff reception begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 and displays the work of Marvin Arevalo, also known as “Kiwi.” Meet and greet the artist at 9 p.m.

In his work titled “Generation Z,” Arevalo paints portraits of contemporary figures and touches on taboo themes. The painting belongs to a new body of work that bold in color, contour and composition. The homegrown artist often focuses on the female form and highlights hair.

At the reception, there will be $5 drink specials on beer, wine and cocktails, and complimentary artisan pizza and flatbreads.

Brick Osteria will showcase a new local artist every month in 2018.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or

Editorial: Cleanup On Aisle…What?

Grocery shopping should be a pleasant experience, right? Or at least not an unpleasant one. Managers of local supermarkets don’t seem to agree. The volume of music played in most local supermarkets is not just annoyingly loud, it is dangerously so.

Every retail store carefully engineers the environment to get you to spend more money. There are tons of tricks from the colors of the displays to the scents pumped into the air that actually have an impact on consumer spending habits. Music genre, tempo and especially volume greatly influence shoppers.

The decibel level in local grocery stores routinely approach and exceed 90 dB. Prolonged exposure to 85 dB can cause permanent damage to hearing. (Source: Dangerous Decibels NIHL)

In a Psychology Today article, author Emily Anthes states, “Shoppers make more impulsive purchases when they’re overstimulated. Loud volume leads to sensory overload, which weakens self-control.”

The loudness is not an accident. And it sends a message: It doesn’t matter if customers, or employees, go home with irreparable hearing loss as long as the bottom line is nicely in the black.

It’s not just the volume of music either. New chains in the area also employ noisy animatronic animals, one assumes to make the supermarket a fun, amusement park-like experience for children. On the other hand, it can be viewed as indoctrinating them young to expect sensory overload in even the most mundane facets of life. If you haven’t noticed the cacophony, consider when you started learning to tune it out and if the noise is wanted or unwanted.

Next time you can’t hear yourself think while out food shopping, drop by the customer service desk or send an email to the corporate office. Then vote with your wallet. Don’t shop at stores that are actively manipulating you from the second you step through the door and ultimately causing you harm.

If I’m going to go deaf from exposure to loud noise, it’s going to be from attending too many live concerts, not spending too much time in the produce aisle.

—Kimberly Dijkstra

Antiquing on Main Street

Hidden treasures of Port Washington

Chandeliers hang from the ceiling of Old Port Antiques. (Photo by Arien Dijkstra)

Main Street is a bustling thoroughfare through the heart of Port Washington. Filled with independent retail shops, dining establishments, local businesses and entertainment venues, the road is also home to several antique shops. Though Main Street is not the antiquing destination it used to be, there are still many treasures to be found.

Steven Stam, of Stam Gallery at 289 Main Street, has been in the antiquing business for 45 years. Formerly Giles Antiques, the business has been at the same location for decades, offering a constantly evolving selection of antique objects.

“The North Shore of Long Island is the best place to buy in the world,” says Stam, who obtains most of his items from local estates.

While a typical antique shop offers collectibles like Limoges cups and saucers and Depression glass, Stam Gallery carries museum-quality items, including 18th- and early 19th-century American furniture, art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and rare Americana pieces. Recently, a desk he purchased from a Garden City couple became the centerpiece of an exhibition at Budapest’s Museum of Applied Art.

Stam has a particular fondness for Hungarian modern art and primitive American paintings from the first half of the 19th century and has made friends and repeat customers through these shared interests.

A trip to Stam Gallery is like a treasure hunt. Something among the mélange
will catch your eye.

Old Port Antiques is a lovely fixture on Main Street. (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)

MarkMurat Bilgé, of Old Port Antiques at 159 Main Street, bought his first antique piece of furniture at age 16. Born in Turkey, he grew up surrounded by museums and grand palaces showcasing fine sculptures and paintings. He developed an appreciation for art and turned his love for beautiful objects into a career.

“One of the largest handmade crystal chandeliers is hanging in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul,” Bilgé says. Weighing in at four tons, the monumental fixture inspires him.
In the shop, one can find antique chandeliers, late 18th-century furniture, mostly armoires, and rugs as many as 150 years old. In addition to antiques, Bilgé makes custom area rugs and chandeliers to the customer’s specifications.

Objects old and new are on display in the showroom, including a genuine Oushak rug woven from enduring black wool and lustrous gold silk. Hanging from the ceiling are dozens of resplendent chandeliers, created with the same techniques used centuries ago. Craftspeople in Bilgé’s small workshop in Turkey hand-swirl glass arms and hand-cut crystal prisms with precision. Assembly takes place stateside.

On your next stroll down Main Street, visit Stam Gallery and Old Port Antiques. Also pop into Bubba Brown’s Treasures, 302 Main Street, and House of Crystal, 268 Main Street, for more artifacts of a bygone era.

From Long Island To D.C. And Beyond

Women’s March draws historic numbers across globe

Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra
The Women’s March in Washington D.C. drew millions of people, many from Long Island. (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)

The Women’s March On Washington drew a crowd of more than 500,000 women, men and children at the nation’s capital on Jan. 21, as buses departed from Manhasset, Garden City, Riverhead, Huntington and other areas.

More than 50 members of the 600-member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR) participated enthusiastically in Saturday’s march for women in Washington D.C. and the local march in New York City.

Interim Senior Minister Reverend Ned Wight believes that the principals of Unitarian Universalism (UU) support a protest of this nature. “Of our seven fundamental UU principles, the first two affirm ‘the inherent worth and dignity of every person’ and ‘justice, equity and compassion in human relations,'” Rev. Wight stated.

“Following a contentious presidential campaign in which statements were made calling into question the equal rights of women, disable people, immigrants, gay, lesbian and bisexual people, Muslims and other groups, members of our congregation decided to march in solidarity with these marginalized groups,” he continued. “We marched to demonstrate in a public way our commitment to do what we can in word and action to defend and advance equal rights.”

Rev. Wight added, “Unitarian Universalism is a lived faith; marching this weekend was an act of proclaiming our faith in partnership with others who share our commitment to universal human worth and dignity.”

UUCSR was not the only congregation to organize buses to the marches. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Great South Bay arranged a bus to Manhattan and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington coordinated travel to both Manhattan and Washington D.C.

Photo by Nicole Lockwood
The Women’s March united participants with messages of love, unity and equal rights. (Photo by Nicole Lockwood)

The social media campaign #whyimarch, swept the globe in recent weeks, highlighting each individual’s reason for marching.

Jaclyn Siegel of Hicksville arrived in D.C. via a charter bus departing from Garden City.
“I marched because I want my voice to be heard by Washington, our country and the world,” she said. “I want to protect my rights as a woman, and to help protect rights for the millions of Americans who feel threatened by the new administration.”

Jericho’s Robin Weissbratten, the granddaughter of an illegal immigrant, said she knows the United States has historically been welcoming to immigrants and refugees who need shelter from oppression and persecution.

“As an almost 65-year-old woman who marched for women’s rights over 40 years ago, I marched for my daughter and future grandchildren. I simply cannot believe the need still exists to rally for equality,” she said. “As the granddaughter of a union organizer and activist, I marched to make sure that tyranny and fascism do not become the norm. I marched because I am an American and I believe my country is great.”

Dee Driscoll, a leader of the Garden City bus, said she could not be happier to have been a part of the historic day.

“We were a small part of something enormous,” she said. “We need you [20- and 30-somethings] to move forward and get more involved with shaping the future of this country since you’ll be taking the reins one day soon.”

Marchers packed the streets of the nation's capital, many carrying creative signs and wearing pink cat-ear hats as symbol of unity.
Marchers packed the streets of the nation’s capital, many carrying creative signs and wearing pink cat-ear hats as symbol of unity. (Photo by Jaclyn Siegel)

Deborah Denson of Smithtown counts the Women’s March On Washington as one of the most important events in her life.

“My faith in humanity was restored,” she said. “I marched for memories of my grandmother and my mother, for my students and the world my 18-year-old son will inherit. He plans to go to law school to study constitutional law. After the march, he texted he was proud of me.”

Speakers at the D.C. rally included Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, America Ferrara, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Maryum Ali and many more.

Among artists that performed were Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae and Madonna. Keys read a poem summing up the mission of the event: “No hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry. We value education, health care and equality. We will continue to rise until our voices are heard, until our planet’s safety is not deferred, until our bombs stop dropping in other lands, until our dollar is the same dollar as a man’s.”

In addition to D.C., more than 600 sister marches took place across the world. Every continent held marches, including Antarctica, whose protest took place on an expedition ship.

Long Island held it’s own sister march in Port Jefferson. Approximately 800 people attended, many with signs, pink hats and donations for a local domestic violence shelter.

An estimated 3 million participated in marches in cities across the U.S., including New York City, with at least 400,000 participants, Los Angeles, with as many as 750,000 according to some sources, and Chicago, with an estimated 250,000. Other notable turnouts include an estimated 100,000 in Boston, Seattle, Portland and Denver; 90,000 in St. Paul; 85,000 in the Bay Area, 60,000 in Atlanta; 50,000 in Philadelphia and Austin, TX; 20,000 in Houston and Phoenix; and more than 10,000 in Kansas City, Sacramento, New Orleans, Charlotte, Nashville and Tuscon.

Julianna Ryan of West Hempstead attended the New York City sister march and was encouraged seeing that women will not back down even in the face of continual discrimination and disrespect. “We congregated so peacefully and quietly that individual conversations could be heard in the crowd,” she said.“ From feminists to freedom fighters, from environmentalists to refugees and all of our allies, Saturday was a moment to unify us as a family.”

Organizers of the historic event urge participants to continue the movement. Details about the “10 Actions / 100 Days” can be found on Jaclyn Siegel has committed to write letters to her senators. “As a special education history teacher, I will continue to arm my students with strategies to think critically about the information that bombards them every day and to make informed decisions that affect both their present and future,” she said.

Much discussion took place on the Garden City bus to organize grassroots efforts to make a difference locally.

Cheryl Weiss encourages everyone involved to keep the momentum going. “Join groups, volunteer, call email or write your members of Congress,” she said. “Keep the pressure up and thank those whom you believe are working towards goals which align with yours.”

For Anton Media Group’s full coverage of the Women’s March on Washington and New York City sister march, visit Long Island Women Represent At D.C. March

Long Island Women Represent At D.C. March

Shining Studios Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Shining Studios opened its doors in Port Washington just over a year ago. Since then, it has held six full-scale musical productions, 11 musical theatre and acting classes for children ages 4 to 16 and drawn in nearly 100 talented students from Port Washington and surrounding Long Island areas.

The organization has signed a lease for a new studio at 18 Haven Avenue and asks the community to support their campaign to continue bringing creativity and culture to Port. Shining Studios is renovating the space into the first-ever black box theatre in Port to serve as a home for rehearsals and small performances.

In addition, the black box theatre will be used to hold cabaret events, open mic nights, poetry slams and other cultural events. Some performances will benefit nonprofit organizations as a way to give back to the community.

Shining Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $15,000 they need to complete the renovations. Contributors, if they choose to, will have their names listed in future Playbill programs. Sponsors at higher levels will receive other incentives, including private lessons and complimentary tickets to performances.

To back this project on Kickstarter, click here.

For more about Shining Studios, visit

Long Island Haunts

Long Island Haunts
Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve is a hotbed of ghost activity

Long Island used to be home to a dozen American Indian tribes. It was settled by Europeans in the 1600s and the site of major battles during the Revolutionary War. Plantations run by slavery dotted the Island until the Civil War. By the late 1800s, prominent families like the Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts made their homes here. In the early 20th century, Long Island was the epicenter of the the typhoid fever epidemic, and hard hit by tuberculosis and the Great Depression as well. With as storied a past as Long Island has, it is no surprise there are reports of ghostly activity all over the place.

Where are the most haunted locations on Long Island? Read the full list on Long Island Weekly: Long Island Haunts

Long Island Haunts

For more from our Halloween theme issue, including more details about the history of Hempstead House and the Northern Queens Paranormal Research Group’s ghost hunting excursions, click here.


UPDATE: Indictment Looms For Mangano, Venditto

U.S. Attorney Robert Capers held a press conference today to announced details of the indictmenents
U.S. Attorney Robert Capers held a press conference today to announced details of the indictmenents

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested today in connection with a 13-count federal indictment on charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud.

The unsealed indictment charges that Mangano, 54, the highest ranking elected official in the county, traded favors to a wealthy Long Island restaurateur in exchange for free vacations, meals and gifts, including a massage chair and hardwood floors. While the restaurateur is not named in the indictment, sources say it is likely Harendra Singh, who was arrested last year in connection with a multimillion dollar fraud and bribery scheme.

Mangano’s wife Linda, 54, was also named in the indictment, which states that she was paid by the unnamed businessman more than $450,000 for a no-show job at a restaurant from April 2010 to August 2014.

Venditto, 67, was named in the scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official actions beneficial to the restaurateur.

Official actions included the guarantee of four loans totaling about $20 million for the restaurateur, as well as contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said at a press conference.

“Yet again, we announce a breach of trust by two of our public officials. In 2010, Nassau County voters granted Edward Mangano the opportunity to serve by electing him their highest ranking official in the County. Similarly, in 1998, Town of Oyster Bay voters granted John Venditto the honor of electing him their chief elected official. Yet, as alleged in the indictment, both of these men undermined the very system of laws they promised to uphold by furthering their personal interests rather than the best interests of their constituents. Sadly, Mangano also enlisted the assistance of his wife in an attempt to shield his wrongdoing from public scrutiny,” said Capers. “However, no one is above the law and the defendants will now be held to account for their actions.”

The indictment further alleges that the Manganos and Venditto engaged in obstruction of justice in connection with their attempts to cover up their wrongdoing. Meanwhile, Linda Mangano and Venditto are also charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement authorities on multiple occasions.

If convicted, Ed Mangano and Venditto each face up to 20 years in prison if they are convicted of honest services wire fraud, up to 10 years for the bribery charge and up to five years for the conspiracy to commit federal bribery. In addition, Ed Mangano faces up to 20 years for the extortion charge and or the obstruction of justice charge, the Manganos and Venditto each face up to 20 years in prison and five years each for the false statement charge.

While neither Ed Mangano or Venditto, both Republicans, have said they will resign, the arrests could have dramatic repercussions on Election Day as Democrats seek to wrestle away control of the state Senate. In a statement, Senate Democratic spokesman Michael Murphy said the indictments illustrate how “the Nassau Republican machine has done enormous damage to the residents, businesses and taxpayers of Long Island.”

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans held their own press conference on the steps of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building in Mineola, calling for Mangano and Venditto to resign from office.

“When something like this happens, it is incumbent on leadership to move quickly to transition to new leadership,” said Sen. Jack Martins. “The public process has to continue. The taxpayers and residents of Nassau County [must] continue to have confidence in government and understand that [public] services will continue to be provided. Government will continue to move forward, and the issues that are important to the [public] are at the fore, and [government] cannot continue to be distracted in the exercise of [its] responsibilities.”

Best Beans

Tasty coffee drinks and desserts from The Cup
Tasty coffee drinks and desserts from The Cup Coffeehouse

Long Island runs on coffee, and while coffee chains are great for a cup on the go, there’s something special about settling into a coffee shop. These intimate, personal venues allow patrons a chance to relax and unwind while enjoying some high quality espresso and good company. A coffee shop needs more than just excellent coffee to thrive; it needs a cozy ambiance and great service.

Here are some local java joints that offer all that and more.


5 Irma Ave., Port Washington; 516-883-2721

“Sorry, Starbucks—you’ve been replaced!” says one Yelp reviewer. Since 2013, COFFEED has been serving Port Washington residents locally-sourced coffee and homemade pastries. Locals and visitors alike love the homey ambiance, and the outdoor seating. The cafe uses frozen coffee ice cubes to keep their iced drinks cold and full of flavor. Specialties include blueberry herbal tea, Nutella latte, almond croissants and apple cinnamon scones. COFFEED partners with local charities, primarily Community Mainstreaming Associates, which helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sweet Treats on the Wharf

405 Main St., Port Washington; 516-708-1706

Sweet Treats on the Wharf is primarily an old-fashioned ice cream shop, but has a nice coffee and tea selection as well. In addition to Douglas & James Homemade Ice Cream, the parlor serves freshly brewed coffee, espresso, fudge and assorted candies. Visitors must try Columbian coffee and maple walnut ice cream flavors. Go for the sweet treats, stay for fun atmosphere and great view of Manhasset Bay.

For the rest, see Best Beans on Long Island Weekly

Best Beans

Can’t get enough coffee? Check out Long Island Weekly‘s complete listing of coffee shops around the Island: Gotta Have A Cuppa Joe

Gotta Have A Cuppa Joe

Indictments Loom For Mangano, Venditto

Ed Mangano and John Venditto arrested on bribery charges
Ed Mangano and John Venditto arrested on bribery charges

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested today in connection with a 13-count federal indictment on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud.

According to published reports, the charges stem from an allegedly corrupt partnership between the Manganos, Venditto and prominent restaurateur Harendra Singh, who was arrested last year in connection with a multimillion dollar fraud and bribery scheme.

Brian Nevin, spokesman for the county executive, referred all questions to Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating, who has not responded to requests for comment. Venditto’s spokesperson also did not return requests for comment.

The Manganos were arrested this morning at their Bethpage home and taken to FBI headquarters in Melville. Venditto was also arrested Thursday morning. The indictment charges will be released later this morning at U.S. District Attorney Robert Capers’ office in Central Islip.