Long Island MacArthur Commissioner Discusses Improvements and COVID-19 Travel Recovery at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on December 18. She will also be joined by Deputy Commissioner Robert Schneider and talk about the improvements that have been made to MacArthur Airport in recent months and how smaller airports are recovering faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than larger airports.  

Ms. LaRose-Arken has been the airport’s commissioner since 2016. Since then, she has overseen the reconstruction of the ramp at the west concourse, the installation of TSA’s 3-D checkpoint scanner, the implementation of a new recruitment effort to bring new carriers to the airport and the implementation of health and safety measures during the COVID 19 pandemic. More than $30 million in infrastructure improvements are complete or underway.  

Most recently, the airport celebrated the grand opening of a 31,800-square-foot hangar and office facility for Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. Future plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art Ground Transportation Vehicle Center and pedestrian walkway where travelers will have access to rental cars, buses, ride-shares and courtesy shuttles upon arriving at the airport.

Prior to joining MacArthur Airport, Mrs. LaRose-Arken was Manager of Republic Airport in Farmingdale. She earned a degree in aviation management and flight technology at Florida Institute of Technology and is a commercial, instrument, multi-engine rated pilot.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

 

Gershow Recycling Purchases 50 Turkeys That Were Distributed to Local Families in Need

Eric Kugler (left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presented turkeys to members of FDNY’s Engine 332/Ladder 175 at Bradford Street.

On November 24-25, in celebration of Thanksgiving and in assisting the community, Gershow Recycling purchased 50 turkeys that the company distributed to local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. The turkeys were then given out to families in need. Those who received the turkeys included the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) Engine 231/Ladder 120 at Watkins Street; FDNY’s Engine 290/Ladder 103 “Pride of Sheffield Avenue”; FDNY’s Engine 332/Ladder 175 at Bradford Street; FDNY’s Rescue Squad 252; the Emergency Service Unit; and the New York Police Department’s 73rd and 75th Precincts.

Eric Kugler (second from left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presented turkeys to members of FDNY’s Engine 290/Ladder 103 “Pride of Sheffield Avenue.”
Scott Kolesari (second from right), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presented turkeys to members of NYPD’s 73rd Precinct.
Eric Kugler (second from left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presented turkeys to members of FDNY’s Rescue Squad 252.
Eric Kugler (standing, fifth from right), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presented turkeys to members of FDNY’s Engine 231/Ladder 120 at Watkins Street.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6  188 or visit www.gershow.com

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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.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart Discusses the State of Policing at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on November 20. She will talk about the state of policing and relations between the police and the community.

Ms. Hart is the first woman to be appointed Police Commissioner in Suffolk County. Prior to her position as Police Commissioner, she spent 21 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Long Island office. Her most recent role with the agency was Senior Supervisory Resident Agent, in which she led Long Island’s gang task force. She now focuses on overseeing operations to dismantle MS-13 and end the opioid crisis in Suffolk County. She earned a Juris Doctor degree at St. John’s School of Law.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Mayor Dorman Honors Veterans at Wreath Laying Ceremony

On November 7, Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, took part in a special Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. The ceremony honored those who served and continued to serve in the armed forces.

Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, salutes after laying a wreath in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony on November 7.

For more information, call 631-348

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Incorporated in 1985, the Village of Islandia is home to over 3,000 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 http://www.newvillageofislandia.com.

Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter Joins LIMBA For A Virtual Discussion on the Latest Developments in the Town

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Angie Carpenter, Supervisor, Town of Islip, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on November 6. Ms. Carpenter will discuss the latest developments in the town.

Ms. Carpenter brings more than 20 years of government experience and her extensive financial knowledge to her position. In 1993, she was elected Suffolk County Legislator. During her time in the county Legislature, she served on almost every legislative committee, where her leadership generated countywide initiatives in public safety, education, economic development, consumer protection and cultural affairs. In addition, she served as Deputy Presiding Officer for two years.

In 2005, she was elected County Treasurer. In her position, she worked aggressively and increased interest earnings with all designated depositories and recommended changes to the state’s Real Property Tax Law.

In March 2015, Ms. Carpenter was sworn in as Islip’s first woman Town Supervisor in its 300-plus-year history. She replaced Tom Croci, who was elected to the New York State Senate. In November 2015, she was elected to a full four-year term and was re-elected in 2019.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Laxworx Lacrosse Hardwall Rebounder 2.0 Helps Players Sharpen Their Skills

The Lacrosse Hardwall Rebounder 2.0 from Laxworx.

PATCHOGUE, NEW YORK — When Tom Schaefer was coaching his children’s lacrosse team, he bought them a softwall rebounder to help them with their ball handling skills. But he noticed that it was not very durable and that, over time, the wall’s surface and elasticity started to deteriorate, and the ball would not rebound as quickly. He also had them practice against a brick wall; while the ball rebounded faster than off a softwall rebounder, it did not return at the correct angle.

Every time a new rebounder broke down, Mr. Schaefer had to make a trip to the sporting goods store, which was time-consuming and expensive. “After buying the third one, I told my wife, ‘I think I’ll build my own rebounder,’” said Mr. Schaefer, who also owns and operates two businesses: Schaefer Boatworks, a custom builder of high-end boats and yachts, and T&M Fabrication, a producer of custom and mass-produced fiberglass tooling and parts for the marine, automotive, construction and entertainment industries. Along with his business partner, Mike Bergamine, T&M also makes complete products and sets of parts for buses, fleet trucks and stage sets for Disney.

In 2017, Mr. Schaefer formed Laxworx, a manufacturer and wholesale retailer of hardwall rebounder products for lacrosse players. Drawing upon his boat building experience with his company and his lacrosse playing days in his youth, he released the Lacrosse Hardwall Rebounder in 2018. Since then, Laxworx has sold several thousand Hardwall Rebounders through its website and several other lacrosse retail outlets.

This year, Laxworx released the Lacrosse Hardwall Rebounder 2.0. This upgrade to the original Rebounder has all-new features, including a sleek, extremely stable base/stand, leveling feet that are ideal for use on hard surfaces, and an improved finite playing angle adjustment system. Its patented design is incorporated into the high-density composite wall body.

“Each Laxworx Hardwall Rebounder 2.0, in its design, construction and finish, is a work of art,” Mr. Schaefer said. “It is handcrafted using high-end composite materials and production methods. The end product is a handsome, durable, sturdy, yacht-like quality and finish that will stand up to the elements for years to come.”

Using patent-pending technology from his other businesses, the Rebounder 2.0’s surface is made with marine-grade, UV-stabilized resins, stainless steel hardware, which can withstand the elements, and a patented design that allows for a very natural throw and rebound. “The performance of the Hardwall Rebounder 2.0 is vastly superior to all the softwall rebounders on the market today and will not fade,” Mr. Schaefer said. “The curved playing surface and performance are light years beyond the traditional softwall rebounders.”

Demand for the Rebounder 2.0 has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as players had practices and seasons cancelled and were forced to often work on their skills at home. “This product will help the players improve their skills in anticipation of the spring season,” Mr. Schaefer said.

The Rebounder 2.0 is available for $749. Shipping is free. For more information, call (631) 615-6490 or visit www.laxworx.com.

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Steve Levy Discusses “Solutions to America’s Woes” at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Steve Levy, President, Common Sense Strategies, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on October 23. He will be discussing his latest book, “Solutions to America’s Problems: A Politically Incorrect Conservative’s Take on Maintaining America’s Greatness.”

Mr. Levy has had a career in public service for over 26 years, including three years as New York State Assemblyman. He also served as County Executive of Suffolk County from 2004 to 2011. After leaving government, he formed Common Sense Strategies in order to help government and private businesses use proven techniques to cut their operating costs and enhance efficiencies. He has also written opinion pieces for many media outlets, including Newsday, Fox News, Long Island Business News and Newsmax.

Mr. Levy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University of Law.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

LIMBA Chairman Ernie Fazio and IBEW Business Manager Patrick Guidice Will Moderate a Panel Discussion on “Labor’s Contribution to a Sound Economy”

On October 9, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) will be hosting a panel discussion on “Labor’s Contribution to a Sound Economy.” Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA, will be joined by Patrick Guidice, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 1049.

IBEW Local Union 1049 is one of the largest private-sector labor unions on Long Island with approximately 4,200 members. The union’s membership covers all utility work on National Grid US and Long Island Power Authority properties. This includes electric and gas line transmission, distribution construction and maintenance, line clearance, tree trimming, environmental restoration, wood pole restoration, grounds maintenance, power plant valve repair and replacement, electric generation turbine repair, and tele-data.

Mr. Guidice has been a member at IBEW for the past 17 years. He previously served as the organization’s Assistant Business Manager.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

 

Economist Dr. Martin Cantor Discusses the Viability of Long Island’s Economy at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Dr. Martin Cantor, Director, Long Island Center for Socioeconomic Policy, will be the guest speaker on Friday, September 25. Dr. Cantor will talk about the viability of Long Island’s economy.

 

Dr. Cantor is a Certified Public Accountant, a consulting economist and economic development consultant to public officials, counties, towns, villages, Industrial Development Agencies and communities.

 

He has served as Suffolk County Economic Development Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Suffolk County IDA from 1988 to 1991. During that time, he helped bring Computer Associates to Suffolk County and created over 23,000 jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $1.4 billion.

 

In addition, Dr. Cantor is Chairman of the Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency, which financed the acquisition of the Cohalan State Court Complex, oversaw the construction of the Suffolk County jail in Yaphank and financed the $70 million purchase/leaseback of the H. Lee Dennison Building to Suffolk County.

 

Dr. Cantor provides economic commentary on TV and radio and is a columnist for Long Island Business News. He is also regularly interviewed by The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. He is the author of Long Island, The Global Economy and Race: The Aging of America’s First Suburb. His paper, “Retention of Long Island Millennials at a Community College: Are They College Ready?”, appeared in the international peer-reviewed Journal for Leadership and Instruction.

 

He is an Honorary Member of Delta Mu Delta — The National Honor Society in Business Administration and has been recognized by the National Association of Counties for innovative uses of industrial revenue bonds, international trade promotion initiatives, downtown revitalization policies and minority business incubator initiatives.

 

Dr. Cantor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hofstra University focusing on the socio-economic relationships among education, household income, community and workforce development, and a Doctor of Education degree from Dowling College.

 

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

 

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Jennifer Turner Receives 2020 All-Star Staff Award from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living

Honored during National Assisted Living Week

Jennifer Turner (left), Assistant Administrator/Case Manager, McPeak’s Assisted Living, poses with the 2020 All-Star Staff Award that she received from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living. She is joined by James McPeak (right), Administrator, McPeak’s.

Patchogue, NY— McPeak’s Assisted Living has announced that Jennifer Turner, Assistant Administrator/Case Manager, received the 2020 All-Star Staff Award from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living. The award is given to those heroes in the assisted living community who often accomplish the seemingly impossible or are always there when they are needed the most.

Ms. Turner consistently communicated with McPeak’s staff members every step of the way during the COVID-19 pandemic. She alerted the staff of the latest guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and made sure McPeak’s followed the mandated protocols and new procedures in order to safeguard the health of the staff and its residents.

Ms. Turner joined McPeak’s in 2003 as a Receptionist. In 2006, she met the qualifications required by the New York State Health Department to become a Case Manager. A resident of Bay Shore, she earned her Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Briarcliffe College and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Empire State College.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Ms. Turner said. “It is nice to be recognized for the hard work that has been put in to make sure the McPeak’s continues to make the health and safety of its residents and staff its top priority.”

“We congratulate Jennifer upon receiving this award,” Mr. McPeak said. “Because of her constant communication with the staff on the latest safety protocols, McPeak’s has been COVID-free since June. Her obsession with disease prevention benefits the residents and the staff every day.”

The awards were presented in conjunction with National Assisted Living Week. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living® (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week recognizes the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. This weeklong celebration inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer various events and activities to celebrate the residents they serve, as well as educate the public about assisted living,

For more information on McPeak’s Assisted Living, call (631) 475-0445 or visit www.mcpeaks.com.

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About McPeak’s Assisted Living

Founded in 1956 by James and Katherine McPeak, both Registered Nurses, McPeak’s is an assisted living facility that provides outstanding service, at reasonable cost, to adults and the elderly based on the philosophy that it is a community responsibility to preserve the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of our elderly and infirm residents.  Residents live in a comfortable home-like setting in a former mansion first built in 1924 that has been updated to include numerous safety features and modern amenities.  Smoke and fire protection systems and a new elevator provide a safe alternative to living alone.  Supervision is handled by a trained staff for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Activities, specialized diets and medication management are also provided.