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Mayor Dorman Attends PARP Event at Andrew T. Morrow Elementary School

Islandia Village Mayor Allan M. Dorman joined Public Safety Code Enforcement Supervisor Kim Davis to take part in the PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) program, which took place at Andrew T. Morrow Elementary School on February 5. 

Both Mayor Dorman and Ms. Davis sat with Ms. Maricel La Cruz’ second-grade class as Ms. Davis read The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines. The book explains how everyone has a unique set of skills and how life is more beautiful and vibrant when everyone’s differences are celebrated. 

For more information, call (631) 348-1133 or visit www.newvillageofislandia.com

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Incorporated in 1985, the Village of Islandia is home to over 3,300 residents and over 1,300 businesses. The village’s proximity to New York City and the North and South shores of Long Island make Islandia an attractive destination for residents and businesses who may be thinking of relocating to Long Island. For more information, please visit www.newvillageofislandia.com.

Local Author Marianna Buffolino to Host Author Discussion at Westbury Memorial Public Library

WESTBURY, NY – Local author Marianna Buffolino will be hosting an Author Discussion on her debut novel, Fallacy: Entangled, at the Westbury Memorial Public Library. The event will take place Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Fallacy: Entangled follows Aria who, along with her twin brother Lorenzo, vows to escape their family’s criminal legacy. After their father’s death, Aria returns home to find Lorenzo leading the family business of organized crime, forcing her to confront her past. Caught in a love triangle and torn between her self-made life and the one she was born into, Aria faces a difficult choice that tests her loyalty and challenges her resolve.

This event offers attendees an opportunity to engage with their favorite author, as Mrs. Buffolino shares insights into her creative process, the inspiration behind Fallacy: Entangled, and the themes explored within the novel. Following the discussion, attendees will have the chance to participate in a Q&A session and a book signing.

Attendance to this event is free, but registration is required. Interested individuals can secure their spot by visiting WestburyLibrary.org.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Westbury Memorial Public Library, 445 Jefferson Street, Westbury, NY 11590

For more information about the event, visit WestburyLibrary.org. For more information on Mrs. Buffolino and her work, visit AuthorMariannaBuffolino.com.

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About Marianna Buffolino
A daughter of Italian immigrants, Marianna Buffolino was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her love for books that pull you into another world has given her the urge to begin writing herself. In addition, Ms. Buffolino has been recognized for her contributions to the Italian-American community. She and her husband live in New York. For more information, visit authormariannabuffolino.com

Gershow Recycling Donates $1,000 to Patchogue-Medford High School Cheerleading Team for Trip to the National Championship

In support of the local community, Gershow Recycling has once again donated $1,000 to the Patchogue-Medford High School cheerleading team to help pay for the costs associated with the trip to the National Championship, which will take place February 9-12, 2024 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is a significant milestone for the team, since it is the second time in the school’s history, and the second consecutive year, that they have qualified for Nationals.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (855)-GERSHOW or visit www.Gershow.com.


Jonathan Abrams of Gershow Recycling (left) presents the Patchogue-Medford High School cheerleading team with a $1,000 check from Gershow Recycling on February 6. The money will be used to pay for the costs associated with the trip to the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship, which will take place at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on February 9-12, 2024.

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About Gershow Recycling:
Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.

Marianna Buffolino Announces the Launch of Her Sophomore Novel, Condemned

Author Marianna Buffolino has announced the launch of her sophomore novel, Condemned, set to be released on February 14. Following the success of her debut novel, Fallacy: Entangled, Mrs. Buffolino returns with another gripping tale of mafia intrigue, forbidden love and the complexities of familial ties.

Condemned takes place in the gritty streets of Chicago, where protagonist Bethany finds herself trapped in a web of family obligations and forbidden desires. As part of the DeCarlo family, Bethany’s life is intricately tied to the machinations of her brother, Luca, a character beloved by fans of Mrs. Buffolino’s earlier work. However, when an arranged marriage causes Bethany to rebel, she forms a forbidden romance with Emilio, Luca’s consigliere, teetering on the edge of a dangerous precipice.

While Condemned serves as a spin-off from Mrs. Buffolino’s debut novel, Fallacy: Entangled, it stands as its own compelling read. Whether readers are returning to Mrs. Buffolino’s storytelling or reading for the first time, Condemned promises to deliver an unforgettable literary journey.

“I’m thrilled to finally share this story,” Mrs. Buffolino says. “I’ve been working on Condemned for a while now, and I can’t wait to take readers along on this journey with me.”

Condemned is scheduled for release on February 14th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Readers can pre-order their copies now on Amazon.

For more information about Mrs. Buffolino and Condemned, please visit AuthorMariannaBuffolino.com.

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About Marianna Buffolino

A daughter of Italian immigrants, Marianna Buffolino was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her love for books that pull you into another world has given her the urge to begin writing herself. In addition, Mrs. Buffolino has been recognized for her contributions to the Italian-American community. She and her husband live in New York. For more information, visit authormariannabuffolino.com.

LIBOR Names Rao Ali Shaan Khan as 2024 REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year

 

Rao Ali Shaan Khan, Associate Broker, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., and 2024 REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year.

The Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR) honored Rao Ali Shaan Khan, Associate Broker, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., as the 2024 REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year.

The 2024 REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year award commends Mr. Khan’s exceptional dedication to advancing the Real Estate industry, embodying what it means to be a  REALTOR® through service to his profession, peers and the REALTOR® Association.

Since joining Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. in 2016, Mr. Khan has consistently delivered the highest level of service to his customers. His passionate dedication, professional expertise, and empathetic approach have set him apart, earning him recognition as a Top Performer, including achieving Top Performer Gold status in 2022.

Mr. Khan has earned several of the Real Estate industry’s highest professional designations and certifications, including Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), At Home with Diversity (AHWD), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Commercial/Investment Real Estate Certification (CIRE), e-PRO and NAR’s Commitment to Excellent (C2X).

Beyond these achievements, Mr. Khan serves on various committees for LIBOR, The New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR), and The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). He is also a Licensed Real Estate Instructor, educating aspiring professionals by sharing expertise, industry insights and practical training while encouraging the highest ethical and professional standards. 

“I am truly honored to be recognized by LIBOR,” says Mr. Khan. “This award only reinforces my commitment to delivering exceptional service and contributing to the growth and integrity of the Real Estate industry.”

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Khan on this well-deserved accolade,” says Ruth Pfeffer, Office Manager, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. “His dedication and contributions have not only elevated our profession but also set a standard for excellence within Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.”

For more information, call (516) 575-7500 or visit www.crrli.com

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About Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.:

Founded in 2006, by Joe and Pamela Moshé, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most progressive Real Estate Agencies, with associated Real Estate Professionals. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial transactions in Long Island and Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. has among the highest in market share for transactions closed, available inventory and listings taken for the last ten years and is consistently among the largest firms. within the Long Island Board of Realtors. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is headquartered in Plainview, New York and maintains branch offices in Queens, Bronx, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Other Charles Rutenberg offices are located in New York City; many locations in Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit www.crrli.com

FIRSTⓇ Long Island Kicks Off 2024 Robotics Season with Distribution of Kits of Parts

Matthew Corrigan, Team Mentor, Great Neck South High School Team #2638 “Rebel Robotics,” posing with CRESCENDO Kit of Parts at KoP Kickoff January 6. 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island kicked off the beginning of the 2024 robotics season with the distribution of Kits of Parts (KoP) to participating local high school robotics teams on January 6. The KoPs were distributed at Schenck USA Corporation in Deer Park, which has been a long standing sponsor of the FIRSTLong Island Regional Robotics Competition and supplier of parts for the robotics teams. 

The event saw mentors and members of various high school robotics teams coming to receive their KoPs after being briefed on this year’s challenge.

The KoPs serve as a foundation for participating teams, providing an array of components donated by suppliers across multiple industries. These kits play a pivotal role in shaping the creative process for the teams as they prepare for the upcoming robotics season.

The 2024 FIRSTLong Island Regional is scheduled to take place at Hofstra University from March 21-23. This is a milestone year in that this will be the 25th year of the FIRST Long Island Regional. The theme for this year’s challenge is CRESCENDO presented by Haas. In CRESCENDO, two alliances of three teams compete in a dynamic game where they aim to score or play notes across three field elements. 

The objectives include amplifying speakers, getting on stage, harmonizing, and taking the spotlight within a limited time. Additional rewards are earned for meeting specific scoring thresholds and cooperating with opponents. Robots start autonomously in their alliance’s zone, playing preloaded notes and collecting more. During driver control, alliances strategically collect and play notes, amplifying speakers for extra points. Cooperative actions in the first 45 seconds influence rankings. As time runs out, robots race to get on stage, deliver notes, and achieve harmony for bonus points. The alliance with the highest score wins. 

“We are thrilled to kick off the 2024 robotics season with the distribution of Kits of Parts,” said Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, FIRSTLong Island. “We look forward to witnessing the incredible creations that these talented students will bring to the competition and bring with them their solutions, teamwork and gracious professionalism.”

For more information about FIRST Long Island, please visit www.firstlongisland.org.

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About FIRST® 

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org. 

About FIRST Long Island

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. To that end, the organization began running FIRST® programs and now runs them all. In 1999, the inaugural FIRST Long Island robotics tournament featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown and culminated in running two events with over 80 teams competing. FIRST® Long Island also hosts its annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. 

LIBOR Names Ruth Pfeffer as 2024 REALTOR® Broker of the Year

The Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR) honored Ruth Pfeffer, Office Manager at Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., as the 2024 REALTOR® Broker of the Year. 

The 2024 REALTOR® Broker of the Year award celebrates Mrs. Pfeffer’s contributions toward enhancing the professional image of realtors and her commitment to LIBOR’s members and mission. 

Mrs. Pfeffer transitioned from her senior role at a Fortune 100 company to become a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson on Long Island in 2004. As the Office Manager at Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., she has played a pivotal role in the company’s growth over the past 17 years, expanding it into one of New York’s largest independent Real Estate firms with over 700 Agents. 

Outside of the office, Mrs. Pfeffer serves on various committees for LIBOR, The New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR), and The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). In 2023, she assumed the role of Class Dean for the inaugural LIBOR Leadership Academy in 2023, where she provided training to the future leaders of the Real Estate industry. 

“I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award,” says Mrs. Pfeffer. “There is nothing that means more to me than to be recognized by LIBOR before my colleagues and fellow Brokers.”

“I wish to congratulate Ruth on her accolade,” said Joe Moshé, Broker/Owner, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. “Her work ethic and dedication have helped to grow our company into one of the premier Real Estate firms in suburban NYC and the boroughs. It is a pleasure to have her with us and to see her hard work recognized by such a prominent Real Estate organization.”

For more information, call (516) 575-7500 or visit www.crrli.com

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About Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.:

Founded in 2006, by Joe and Pamela Moshé, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most progressive Real Estate Agencies, with associated Real Estate Professionals. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial transactions in Long Island and Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. has among the highest in market share for transactions closed, available inventory and listings taken for the last ten years and is consistently among the largest firms. within the Long Island Board of Realtors. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is headquartered in Plainview, New York and maintains branch offices in Queens, Bronx, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Other Charles Rutenberg offices are located in New York City; many locations in Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit www.crrli.com

RANGE1 Offers Firearms Training Class on January 20-21

CALVERTON, NY – RANGE1 has announced they will, on January 20-21, be offering the New York State mandated Concealed Carry (CCIA) training class. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, costing $325 per student.

The classes are for individuals applying for a New York State concealed carry pistol permit and those with an expiring permit who wish to renew.

All attendees will receive 16 hours of classroom and two hours of practical instruction. All classes are taught by New York State-certified instructors.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive documentation acceptable to the certifying agency for their Concealed Carry License.

In addition, beginning in 2024, RANGE1 will offer the 47-hour courses for New York State certified armed guard course, and the eight-hour initial and refresher courses for NYS security guards. RANGE1 will also offer specialized courses in concealed carry, home defense, non-lethal and less-than-lethal firearms.

RANGE1 is located at 368 Burman Avenue in Calverton, located within the Calverton Executive Airpark (formerly known as the Grumman Aviation jet assembly facility). For more information, call (631) 381-0100 or visit www.Range1Riverhead.com.

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About RANGE1:
RANGE1 is a state-of-the-art firearms training facility located within the historic Calverton Executive Airpark. Offering a safe and friendly environment, the 38,000-square-foot indoor facility is designed to provide an enjoyable experience for beginners and experts alike, with live fire ranges accommodating up to 50 BMG in 2024. RANGE1 offers a variety of membership tiers with benefits including 24/7/365 access and discounts on weapons, ammunition and accessories purchases. A limited number of pre-opening memberships are available at a 50% discount. For more information, call (631) 381-0100 or visit www.Range1Riverhead.com.

Christmas Comes Early for Three Local Female War Veterans and Their Families

Received Transfer of Ownership of These Homes, Courtesy of the Village of Islandia and Creation Equity

On December 20, the Village of Islandia and Creation Equity transferred the keys and deeds to three female war veterans — Melissa Pandolf, Sabrina Lacy and Catherine Doherty — and their families at a special ceremony that took place at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia. 

 

The selection of who would receive these homes was based on the need for the often overlooked community of female veterans. Creation Equity donated and rehabilitated these properties.

 

“These veterans served our country and I’m pleased that we were able to work with Creation Equity to thank them for their service and have a positive impact on their lives,” Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, said. “We would like to thank Creation Equity for their assistance in providing these veterans a home, just in time for Christmas.”

 

For more information, call (631) 348-1133 or visit www.newvillageofislandia.com

 

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Incorporated in 1985, the Village of Islandia is home to over 3,300 residents and over 1,300 businesses. The village’s proximity to New York City and the North and South shores of Long Island make Islandia an attractive destination for residents and businesses who may be thinking of relocating to Long Island. For more information, please visit www.newvillageofislandia.com.

Gershow Recycling Donates $2,500 in Support of KiDS NEED MoRE HoLiDAY CHEER BUS Elf Ride

Melissa Firmes, LMSW (left), President/Founder. KiDS NEED MoRE, announces the donation from Gershow Recycling during the organization’s Holiday Cheer Elf Ride in Amityville on December 17. Also pictured with the elves from the Sleigh All The Way team, which was supported by Gershow, are Jonathan Abrams of Gershow (second from right) and John Ray (right), Treasurer, KiDS NEED MoRE.

Gershow Recycling was a major sponsor of the KiDS NEED MoRE HoLiDAY CHEER BUS Elf Ride, which took place at the group’s headquarters in Amityville December 17. The company generously contributed $2,500 as a key supporter of this festive event. 

Jonathan Abrams of Gershow Recycling addressed the crowd during the press conference. “These children have been through a lot in their lives and, today, we want to make this day a very special day for them,” he said. “I wish to commend everyone at KiDS NEED MoRE for the work that they do. This is an organization that truly performs miracles.”

KiDS NEED MoRE is renowned for its various programs aimed at enriching the lives of children and families facing life-threatening illnesses and traumatic interruptions of the normal childhood experience. Each year, since its inception in 2015, the HoLiDAY CHEER BUS Elf Ride has enlisted 1,000 volunteer elves who joyfully deliver gifts to 1,500 children in need across Long Island. 

For more information, call (855) GERSHOW or visit www.gershow.com.

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About Gershow Recycling:

Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products. 

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