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Grilling Tips for Memorial Day Weekend


For many, Memorial Day is the first day of the year to test out a new grill or dust off the old one. It’s also the ideal time to refresh your grilling skills or learn some new tips.

Clean and Prep the Grill

Start by cleaning the grill. Preheat it for at least 15 minutes and scrape off any remainders from the last grilling session with a wire brush.

Oil the Grates

Apply olive oil to a paper towel or and coat the grates with tongs. Don’t use vegetable oil because it can catch on fire. Lubricating the grilling surface will give meat a nice sear and helps it caramelize.

Squish or no Squish

Pressing down on burgers causes the juices to run out. This is what makes burgers dry and unpleasant.

Pick a good cut

Ensure burgers will turn out juicy by understanding the different types of protein. Resist the urge to buy frozen patties, and make your own from fresh meat. Chicken burgers can be tricky because they have to be fully cooked. In order to keep them from becoming dry, use light oil and cook them on medium flame. For the best beef burgers, have your butcher prepare a blend of chuck, brisket and short loin.


Regardless of the type of meat you use, make sure to stick with 20 percent fat. Anything less makes for dry burgers, anything more causes the meat to shrink because too much fat will drip out. When making veggie burgers, use sweet or regular potatoes to bind them together. Season tofu, and rub the grates with light oil before you grill.

Don’t over flip

When you’re grilling burgers, always use a spatula to flip them. Only turn them over once. Don’t flip too soon because food will only release when it’s cooked on the bottom.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs need indirect heat to avoid charring. On a propane or gas grill, place them on the top shelf. Keep the dial on the grill at the lowest setting for hot dogs.

Don’t over check

Resist the urge to keep checking on your food because opening the lid constantly increases cooking time and can even lead to under-cooked food.

Let the Meat Rest

When removing your protein, let it rest for five to 10 minutes. This ensures that the meat fibers will release juices towards the center.

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Greenport Harbor Brewing joins the Local to Locals Movement

Greenport Harbor Brewing is crafting the next beer in the Local to Locals series, Local to Locals Hazy IPL.

“When presented with the opportunity to be included in the Local to Locals series we jumped at the chance to showcase the IPL style and scale up production,” said Jon Kelly, Sales Director from Greenport Harbor Brewing.

Head brewer, Pat Alfred experimented with an IPL style (India Pale Lager), known as the cousin the IPA. IPL’s go through a cold fermentation leading to a smooth, clean tasting beer. Alfred has been working on an IPL for a couple of years in his OG series, which was brewed out of the original Greenport Brewery and Tasting Room. He uses old and new progressive methods of brewing and to create a range of styles. It’s hop bill features boil additions of Dr. Rudi and Apollo with dry hop additions of both hops as well as Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe. The beer is finished off with a lager yeast for a nice crisp finish.

This easy to drink beer is only 6% abv and is available starting late next week at participating beverage centers and at the Greenport Harbor Peconic tasting room.

Be sure to follow Local to Locals on Facebook and Instagram for more details.


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Local Rockers Advocate for Music Education


Today is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day. Music education is vital to student’s development in many ways. Music develops language and reasoning, improves memorization skills and pattern recognition, increases coordination and increases engagement and focus. It also builds confidence and provides sense of achievement, teaches discipline, teamwork and encourages creative thinking.

Jenny Mann and Tim Barbour, owners of the music inspired jewelry line Strüng and members of the band Blameshift, are currently in Washington, D.C.  at the National Association of Music Merchants annual Music Education-Fly-In. They are advocating alongside music industry leaders so all children can have access to quality music education programs.

“We are so excited to be attending our first NAMM Fly-In. As musicians ourselves we

understand the importance of music education in schools and we want to pave the

way for the future rockstars. Strüng is all about giving back and this is a

cause we really are passionate about,” said Barbour.

NAMM is a non-for-profit association that is trying to strengthen the music products industry and promote the benefits and beauty of music. They believe every child should learn and grow with music. For more information about the NAMM Fly-In click here.

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Best Drinks from the NY Cocktail Expo

NY Cocktail Expo

The NY Cocktail Expo at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, showcased the hottest craft spirits and cocktails from the best bars and restaurants from Long Island and Queens. Some of the cocktail trends included drinks made with strawberries, gin, floral flavors and a mix of sweet and heat.

Blackbird Kitchen and Cocktails

3026 Merrick Rd

Wantagh, NY 11793

(516) 654-9200

Blackbird Kitchen and Cocktails won first place for their Florentine Codex at the NY Cocktail Expo. This drink contained Benhams Sonoma Dry Gin, sweet corn, cane sugar, Manzanilla Sherry, lime, a coriander tincture, and saline.

Crop & Kettle

(Inside the Long Island Marriot)

3637, 101 James Doolittle Blvd

Uniondale, NY 11553


Pantone is the color of the year, it’s also an eye-catching color for a cocktail. Crop & Kettle, a new bar and restaurant inside the Long Island Marriot, won 2nd place for their Smoked Hemp Cocktail, Purple Haze. Crop & Kettle makes handcrafted cocktails using fresh and homemade ingredients inspired by the Long Island farming industry. Hemp cocktails are currently a big trend on the West Coast, but Crop & Kettle are shaking things up right here on Long Island.

Queens Bully

113-30 Queens Blvd

Queens, NY 11375

(718) 520-8600

Queen’s Bully poured a bright red drink called The Punching Bag containing Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, Destillaré Orange Curaçao, SerendipiTea Blended Tea from Manhasset, house made spiced raspberry syrup and bitters, lime and hibiscus petals for a tart exotic flavor. This drink ranked 3rd place for best cocktail.


26 Clinton Ave

Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 425-0222

Vauxhall in Huntington is a great place for cocktails, craft beers and burgers. Vauxhall whipped up a special cocktail showcasing Death Door Gin, rosé, watermelon, pH adjusted white grapefruit juice and aquafaba (the liquid from soaking or cooking chickpeas.) Even though Vauxhall did not place in the competition, this drink was my favorite by far. If you are looking for a light and refreshing cocktail this summer, head down to Vauxhall.

Spiros Lounge

4 Patchogue Dr

Rocky Point, NY 11778

(631) 744-4100

It’s almost summertime which means, strawberry season. Spiros poured a special cocktail called BB Gun. This cocktail is made with strawberry infused Elijah Craig, Domaine De Canton (ginger liqueur), smoked with applewood and garnished with candied bacon, for the perfect combination of sweet and fruity and smoky and salty. Cheers!

The Brixton

111 Deer Park Ave

Babylon, NY 11702

(631) 587-2000

The Brixton made a Patos Punch with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, Falernum (simple syrup used in tropical drinks in the Caribbean), strawberry shrub, chipotle lime, nutmeg, and Cynar (an artichoke bittersweet liqueur.)

Salt & Barrel

61 W Main St

Bay Shore, NY 11706

(631) 647-8818

Salt & Barrel is an oyster and craft cocktail bar in Bay Shore. They made a High Taird Western Vibe with American Prairie Bourbon, apricots, bananas, tamarind, and habaneros. Be sure to check out their Oyster Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 5-7 pm.

The Rust & Gold

70 Gerard St, Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 629-4431

“The Glory of Love” is not just an iconic song from the Karate Kid soundtrack, it’s also a great cocktail. The Rust & Gold from Huntington made a cocktail called the Koval Glory of Love with Koval Bourbon, Koval Caraway, Grapefruit Oleo Saccharum and Amontillado Sherry. The Koval Glory of Love won the People’s Choice Award for Best Cocktail.

Crabtrees Restaurant

226 Jericho Turnpike

Floral Park, NY 11001

(516) 326-7769

Flower infused drinks are a great way to spring forward. Crabtrees Restaurant in Floral Park made a drink called The Empress Collins 1908, made with Empress Gin, Licor 43, elderflower, lavender club soda, and fennel crystals.

Grotta Di Fucco

960 W Beech Street

Long Beach, NY

(516) 544-2400

Grotta Di Fucco makes delicious pizza and Italian food but also impressive craft cocktails. The Ask Siri cocktail is made with One With Life Tequila (organic tequila), fermented strawberry brown rice syrup, rhubarb bitter liqueur, Genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice), and aromatic bitters. The rim is coated with dehydrated strawberry, raw sugar, Korean chili peppers and ginger for an Asian flair.

Elite VIP Cocktails

The Elite VIP room was a great place to escape from the crowds and noise and retreat to a tropical paradise. This room also had exclusive cocktails and spirits just for VIP guests.

VIP guests got to enjoy a large selection of Don Q Rum that they could sample.

Elite VIP guests could also try specialty drinks behind the bar including a Ginger Mojito, Mango Daiquiri and Pasión Punch.

If you missed this event, grab tickets for the next New York Cocktail Expo August 19, 2018 at Melrose Ballroom here.

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CJ Ramone talks American Beauty

cj ramone

CJ Ramone, from the iconic punk rock band The Ramones, recently released his third solo album “American Beauty” on Fat Wreck Chords. Ramone admitted he wrote the entire album in only 2 weeks in his basement and finished recording the album in 11 days. Rather than trying to make a bold political stance, this album has a positive message of unity and acceptance.

What is your inspiration for the new album American Beauty?

Ramone: It’s no secret things are a bit unsettled in the USA right now. It seems to me everyone is looking at what makes them different from everyone else, with a lot of people fanning the flames. I was hoping to get people to take a step back and just enjoy some really good music and put it all out of their heads for a while. I actually see a lot of good and what’s happening. There has never been more people politically aware or active in our history as they’re all right now. I love seeing them stand up for what they believe is right. It’s inspiring.

 Any upcoming American tour dates?

Ramone: Not right now as I am in the process of relocating my family to the East Bay of San Francisco. Later on this year (November-December) I hope to get back out on the road in the US and Canada as well as some European dates in October. I’m also going to play bass for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes for one show in July which I am really looking forward to.

What current bands do you listen to?

Ramone: JD Macpherson, The Secret Sisters, Mean Jeans, The Interrupters, and Nightbirds.

How has the punk rock scene changed since you joined the Ramones?

The Punk scene now is as much about activism as it is about music.

Do you think the Ramones will replay the iconic venue My Father’s Place in Roslyn when it reopens?

Ramone: It’s only me and 3 of the 4 drummers we had still alive, but I’d love to do it! My Father’s Place is one of thee most iconic music venues to open its doors on my island.

Any chance The Ramones will make an appearance on the last Warped Tour this summer? 

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s me and 3 drummers left, but if my brothers were still alive, you can bet we’d be showing up!

What’s next for you?

Recording records, touring, raising up my family, and living whatever time I got to the best of my ability.

CJ Ramone recently hosted Vinyl Night at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, NY. Be sure to follow CJ Ramone for upcoming tour dates, new releases and pick up a copy of “American Beauty.” Rock on!

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Beverage Trends from the USA Trade Tasting

The USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual wine and spirits show where brands exhibit their products and connect with distributors, importers, retailers and press. This 2 day event was held on May 15th and 16th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Below are some of the current and up and coming trends in wine and spirits industry.

Pink Gin

Ladies, there is a new millennial pink drink that’s trending, pink gin! Move over frosé, pink gin cocktails are going to be the hottest drink this summer. Musgrave Pink Rose is produced and bottled in South Africa. This gin is infused with rose water to give it a beautiful pink hue. Musgrave Pink won the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2017 and Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Award in 2016. Rose Terres de Mistral Gin is handcrafted in small batches and enhanced with 12 provencal botanicals to give the gin exotic notes and gorgeous color.


Caffeine lovers can now enjoy the rich and full-bodied flavored of coffee in their wines and spirits. Andrew Peace Wines from Australia released a Café de Cabernet, a Colombian Coffee infused Cabernet Sauvignon. FAIR. Café Liquor from France, won best tasting liquor at the 2010 New York Spirit Awards. FAIR uses certified Arabica coffee beans that are organically grown and Fair Trade Certified for the best coffee flavor.

Fun and Fruity

Even if you are not going away this summer, drinking rum punch can make you feel like you’re on the beach on a tropical island. Mabi Punch is infused with fresh, exotic and sun ripened fruit and is blended with brown sugar cane and native rum from Guadeloupe. Mabi is an indigenous tree in the Caribbean and its bark is used to make tonic beverages. In Guadeloupe, harvesting the fruit is a way to protect and save the trees. Mabi Punch won the Medaille d’or Paris 2015, hopefully this award-winning liquor will be making its way to the states soon.

Cambusier makes French fruit liqueurs in 13 different varieties. The fruit is organically-farmed, sustainably-farmed, and picked directly, perfect for craft cocktails.

Lautergold have been making liqueurs from the fruit on Ore Mountain in Saxony, Germany since 1734. These premium liqueurs use high quality fruit for the best taste.

Western Son Distillery, makes flavored vodkas in small batches from 100% American yellow corn. These flavored vodkas are gluten-free, kosher, vegan and naturally flavored.

A touch of Sweet and a touch of Heat

Even though the Mary Poppins song states “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” a touch of honey and maple syrup also helps cocktails go down smooth. Several exhibitors showcased spirits with honey and maple syrup. Tomahawk Maple Whiskey uses eight-year-old Canadian rye whiskey and maple syrup for an incredibly smooth taste. Western Honey Pepper Whiskey is an American small batch whiskey, made with premium bourbon and is blended with chili peppers and honey. This whiskey starts off hot, but finishes sweet.

Belle Isle Honey Habanero is award-winning moonshine infused with habaneros and honey for the perfect balance of sweet and heat. Since moonshine is made with corn, this distilled spirit is the perfect gluten-free option.

If you’re looking to spice up your margaritas this summer, Dano’s Dangerous Tequila released a Fresh Pineapple & Jalapeno Blanco Infusion. This tequila is made with 100% Blue Agave Blanco and fresh pineapples and jalapenos, no artificial flavors or extracts. Just like the name implies, this tequila is dangerously smooth, so drink responsibly.

If you’re looking for some sweet without the heat, try Alvisa Honey Brandy. This Spanish brandy is aged for 10 years with a touch of pure honey. Alvisa Honey Brandy has a dark amber color, complex aromas, and is best served on the rocks.

Time for Dessert

If you are looking for something sweet to sip on after dinner, these wines and spirits are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ginja 9 is a sour cherry liqueur from Portugal. Sour cherries (morello cherries) are infused in alcohol and lightly sweetened with sugar. Pour Ginja into into chocolate cups, for the perfect finish to any meal.

The Kourtakis family has been making wine since 1895. Two of their standout wines include Muscat of Samos Kourtaki, a Sweet White Wine and Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras, a Sweet Red Wine. These sweet wines are perfect for dessert and are a great substitution if you like Moscato or Ice Wine.

Cynergy Caramel Infused Vodka, is the perfect way to finish off a meal. The caramel infused vodka is a smooth and delicious shot and is great on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail.





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My Father’s Place: Launching the Next Generation of Talent

My Father's Place

(Photo Credit: Steve Rosenfield)

My Father’s Place, a music venue in Roslyn, NY that first opened in 1971, is reopening inside the newly renovated Roslyn Hotel. The founder of My Father’s Place, Michael Epstein, also known as “Eppy,” decided to come out of retirement. “I’m disgusted with the state of the art of music industry. There are no records, there is no radio, but that doesn’t mean we need to live in a world where if we don’t fix it we’ll be listening to campfire songs singing we’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes,” said Epstein.

The Ramones at My Father’s Place (Photo Credit: Steve Rosenfield)

Between 1971- 1987, My Father’s Place was the venue to go to for the best underground rock, punk and new wave acts including Billy Joel, The Ramones, Blondie, Roger McGuinn (founding member of the Byrds), Rick Derringer (The McCoys), B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, etc. WLIR, one of the most influential alternative rock stations at the time, broadcasted live concerts from My Father’s Place in hopes of making the alt-rock genre mainstream. Epstein also helped launch comedians including Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, and George Carlin to fame.

George Carlin and Michael “EPPY” Epstein at My Father’s Place (Photo Credit: Steve Rosenfield)

Epstein’s early passion for music began when he first saw rock and roll star Ricky Nelson on TV, it inspired him to learn guitar, start a band, and help young artists get their start. His goal is to help shape future stars by developing underground bands and acts. Newer bands and opening acts will not be asked to sell tickets or buy onto tours in order to play at My Father’s Place. “If an act doesn’t sell 200 seats, it’s my fault not the bands. Blaming the bands is just bullshit,” said Epstein.

Often struggling bands have to play gig after gig for no money, while album sales continue to plummet. “A band has to do whatever, beg, borrow, steal to stay together and get their music out. That’s why we are going to be there to help them,” said Epstein.

My Father’s Place will be a venue for original rock, blues and reggae music as well as stand-up comedy. “There is no reason why you can’t put a young band on first and give someone a chance. Otherwise we are going to have a no new memories of songs that brought us to a certain place in our medulla oblongata because there won’t be any new songs, just old songs that will fade away, it’s a big problem, that’s why I came back,” said Epstein.

You will not see any cover bands or tribute bands playing at My Father’s Place, just original music. “Sixty percent of all the artists playing in concert venues are tribute bands and to me that’s a marketing perversion. My Father’s Place is always about developing new talent, we didn’t have cover bands, we didn’t have tribute bands, if you had a band and wanted to play I’d allow you to play, I’d even let you do a token cover, but it was not about putting on a wig and makeup and pretending you’re someone else, there is too much of that,” said Epstein.

My Father’s Place is not looking to compete with other local venues. “I didn’t open this place to piss off the people at The Space, Westbury Music Fair, Jones Beach or The Paramount. We’re a fish in the pond and we got to play nice with the other fish,” said Epstein. Even though My Father’s Place will be predominantly booking up-and-coming acts, original and other well-known acts will be taking the stage as well. Bands will line up to play on My Father’s Place $120,000 PA system, which will be best sound system in the country.

Billy Joel at My Father’s Place (Photo Credit: Steve Rosenfield)

“With our equipment you’re going to hear each individual voice and instrument so it will come out at your individually not just one big wall of sound. This is how records are made. You’re going to go in and hear everything and no matter where you are sitting in the room, this is a quad system you’ll be able to enjoy this sound, this is what’s going to make it special. That’s what’s going to make all the superstars say I want to play on that sound system,” said Epstein.

My Father’s Place will be an intimate supper club that seats only 198 people. This venue is not is meant for college kids who are looking to jump up and down in the pit, while spilling cheap beer on the floor, rather it’s for the mature music lover who appreciates quality sound, tapas and craft cocktails.

My Father’s Place is where the Long Island Iced Tea was originally invented. Once they reopen, they will be unveiling a new specialty craft cocktail, the Long Island Iced Coffee. They will also have fresh squeezed juice, kombucha and other healthy fare on the menu. This venue is located on the bottom floor of the Roslyn Hotel and resembles an old speakeasy from the 20s or 30s, currently a hot trend in the bar scene.

If you want to score tickets for shows at My Father’s Place, join the Friends of My Father’s Place Club. An introductory membership is only $50, and lets you purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public. A membership also provides access to special member-only-events, pre-show meet and greets, discounts on select shows, sneak peek behind the scenes, and much more.

My Father’s Place officially reopens on Friday, June 29, 2018 with Buster Poindexter, aka David Johansen. Join Eppy’s Army and enjoy the newest way to experience great music, right here on Long Island.

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Healing Headbands host ArtHeals Fundraiser

Healing Headbands

Non-profit organization, the Healing Headbands Project, hosted a fundraiser at the Tilles Center to help expand the Laugh Create Heal program. Funds raised at the ArtHeals benefit will be used to expand the Laugh Create Heal workshops to children’s hospitals, community organizations and schools throughout the United States. Local hospitals that currently are involved with the Laugh Create Heal program include Cohen’s Children Medical Center and Stony Brook Hospital.

The Healing Headbands Project combines the healing power of laughter and art to create and heal through special workshops. “When I was in Central American visiting my daughter in Guatemala, I went to a marketplace and saw the most beautiful madras headbands I ever saw in my life,” said Barbara Grapstein, founder of Healing Headbands Project. Grapstein researched, designed and created a comfortable headband made from a nylon/spandex material with a built in sun protector, perfect for patients undergoing treatments. “The headbands are cozy and comfy-feels like a hug,” said Grapstein

“My partner Barbara Grapstein and have dream of helping people creatively heal themselves with their art,” said Joanie Accolla, co-founder of Healing Headbands Project. The money will go towards certifying for Child Life Specialists for the Laugh Create Heal workshop. “Let us know if there’s someone in the community whether it’s your corporation, a hospital that you know, a college campus, we’ll do walks, drives, bike races and we’ll offer headbands and create with anybody,” said Grapstein.

Another important part of the program is the laugh element. Ericka Ruiz, a Laughter Yoga instructor, learned from Dr. Madan Kataria in India to help her patients with Alzheimer’s. “If you laugh, you bond with people,” said Ericka Ruiz. Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. A popular mantra being chanted during Laughter Yoga is “HO HO HO HA HA HA .” This chant helps the body receive 3 times the amount of oxygen in half the amount of time. In only 5-10 minutes you will feel more energy from the oxygen. Laughter Yoga also helps create new connections in the brain by clapping palm to palm and finger to finger. “When you start doing exercises, stretches, getting more oxygen, your body is talking to your brain. You can change the dialogue by moving your body in a positive ways, even if your mind says no,” said Ruiz.

The ArtHeals auction featuring art created in the Laugh Create Heal workshop by fashion designer Donna Karan, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera. “All of these artists have gone through our workshop. It was a real game changer for them,” said Grapstein.

(Donna Karan)

(Mariano Rivera)

(Keith Richards)

For more information about the Healing Headbands and Laugh Create Heal, go to

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Craft Cares fights Hunger with Cans for a Can

Did you know that over 316,000 people on Long Island face hunger? That’s 1 in every 9 people. For the 4th consecutive year, Long Island Cares partnered with LI Craft Beer Week to help raise awareness and collect food donations for the Harry Chaplin Food Bank. “Long Island business people, entrepreneurs who developed breweries here on Long Island, are giving back, they understand what corporate social responsibility is. It’s been a great partnership and we look forward to continuing it,” said Paul Pachter, Chief Executive Officer for Long Island Cares.

Twenty-four craft breweries across Long Island teamed up to create a collaboration brew, that beer enthusiasts can receive when they then donate 3 cans of food for a can of Craft Cares Bi-Coastal IPA, all benefitting Long Island Cares. “The Long Island community gives back to us every day we need to give back to them at least once a year, that’s what this is all about,” said BrickHouse Brewery’s Brewmaster, Paul Komsic.

All the food collected goes to a distribution center in Hauppauge where its sorted and packed into the appropriate categories and delivered to 600 agencies throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. “We’re in need of food all year around, but especially the spring and summer when school isn’t in session, the need for food increases because children are no longer getting free lunch at school,” said Billy Gonyou from Long Island Cares.

Last year, Craft Cares collected over 3,400 pounds of food donations, this year, the goal is to reach over 5,000 pounds. 5,000 pounds of food equals about 4,200 meals for families on Long Island. “Kids are going to be fed this summer,” said Pachter.

Long Island Craft Beer Week

“It’s been the first year Long Island Cares has been through the entire process of making the beer, canning it and labeling it. I’m more into craft beer than ever. I want to check out all these great places and breweries supporting us,” said Gonyou.

If you’re not into beer and want to get involved with Long Island Cares, you can volunteer at one of Long Island Cares four locations, work a special event, help out in the warehouse, write a check, or host food drive/pet food drive. “There are lots of opportunity for Long Islanders to get involved and we welcome people to visit us,” said Pachter.

For more information about Cans for a Can and other Long Island Craft Beer events go to


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Off to the Races at Belmont Park


Saturday, June, 9, 2018, will be the 150th anniversary of the Belmont Stakes. Horse racing is one of the oldest and most widespread sports, which can be traced back to ancient times. Going to the track is also considered a popular pastime and form of entertainment.

Belmont Park is an ideal spot for a corporate outing, date night, and an afternoon with friends and family. Belmont provides a variety of premium hospitality amenities, sure to wow your finest clients. Remember to dress to impress and wear your finest hat to The Belmont Stakes.

(The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce)

Next date night, Party at the Park on Twilight Fridays. Belmont has different theme nights including 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 90s, classic disco, Latin and R&B. Choose the genre of music that you enjoy and have a night filled with fun.

Not sure where to spend an upcoming holiday? Belmont Park offers events for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and 4th of July weekend. Other family friendly events include Breakfast at Belmont and Family Fun Days.

Paint and Sip events are currently a big trend, especially among women. Plan an outing with your girlfriends on Saturday, June 16th and remember to BYOB and snacks.

For the entire Belmont Park race and event schedule, click here.