Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Award Winning Photography Show

Award Winning Photography Group Announces Upcoming Show.

Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island (NWPLI)

is proud to announce their annual Autumn Exhibition of Nature Photography.

The Exhibit will once again take place at the Castello di Borghese Winery in Cutchogue, New York and will showcase the group’s work which presents nature, wildlife, and landscape photography at its best.

NWPLI and its membership have been awarded numerous honors for their work.

Exhibition photography will encompass a diverse variety of natural subjects that have been captured with digital and film based mediums, many from Long Island's own natural surroundings. Select images from the exhibition will be also available for purchase.

The exhibition will open Sunday, November 15 and will run through Saturday, December 12, 2009.

The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, during the winery’s regular business hours.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 12-3 PM. Many club members will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

Castello di Borghese is located at:

Route 48 (Sound Ave) and Alvah’s Lane

Cutchogue New York 11935

Tel. (631) 734-5111

Directions are available online at:

For additional information, please contact Terry Buonomo at or at (631) 877-1036.


NWPLI is Long Island based photography organization whose members have combined a love for nature with a passion for photography. This award winning team is comprised of approximately 65 members, many whom have also received individual recognition. The main focus of the group is capturing the essence of nature while not disturbing the elements. Their team approach promotes the exchange of ideas and knowledge, fostering the growth of each team member’s photographic skill. While photography from exotic locales is always welcome, the group’s main subject matter is the diverse natural beauty of Long Island.

Learn more at:


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fishing on Long Island

There are many opportunities for fishing on Long Island. The photo above was taken at Davis Park on Fire Island at sunrise.
These fishermen/women were fishing for bluefish and striped bass. There are many places on Fire Island where you can surf cast.
Follow the links on the sidebar right for fishing information.
Take advantage of all that Long Island has to offer!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Great South Bay Baymen

After Labor Day the Great South Bay is reclaimed by the baymen.
No more vacationing boaters to create turbulence around them, the clam boats and eel catchers can work undisturbed.

Thursday, July 02, 2009




Museum made possible with a grant from the Long Island Index

Plainview, NY (June 23, 2009) -The new Long Island Artifacts Museum at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School opened on May 27. The museum, created by Nick Ventimiglia of Merrick and a social studies teacher at the school, was made possible by a grant from the Long Island Index for the development of a program that engages Long Island students in learning more about the region. The museum will be utilized by students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage district and will be available, by appointment, to school groups from other districts.

Mr. Ventimiglia was inspired to create the museum after taking classes from local historian Beverly Tyler and believes that the museum’s exhibits will be an excellent supplement to the new course he has created called, “Long Island’s History through its Economics”, and a great project for JFK’s students.

The first exhibit entitled “Tools of the Trade” spans over 300 years of Long Island history, and includes farming implements, medical instruments, fishing and manufacturing tools used on Long Island. The oldest artifact in the museum is a tobacco shearer from the 1700’s. Other objects are from Native American cultures, the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression. Most of the items on display are on loan from a private collector and will be rotated each semester.

The students studied the history of farming and industry on Long Island in order to learn more about the donated relics. As part of the project they used their research to create the placards that describe each of the articles and researched patent information to date several items.

Rochelle Morgan, an art teacher at the school, worked with her students to create the montage of Long Island scenes that wrap around the exhibit. The school’s marketing club, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) will be taking over the business of running the museum next year including running tours, creating a web site and outreach programs, raising funds and developing new programs as the exhibits are rotated.

“We are trying to make it an interactive learning experience for kids outside of the classroom” said Mr. Ventimiglia. “Our goal is to make this fun every year. We’re going to come back in September with a whole new set of artifacts.” The next exhibit will be called “Long Island Leisure: Games, Toys, Recreation and Sports of the last 200 years.”

Gerard Dempsey, Superintendant of Schools, commentated that “the development and launch of the museum was a unique and remarkable achievement. It involved several departments, numerous students and a variety of disciplines all working together to accomplish a common goal. I am very proud of everyone who participated. Every student will benefit from this extraordinary learning experience.”

From fourth graders who are learning about local history, to seventh graders learning about New York State history, Mr. Ventimiglia says that he “is confident that the museum will benefit all 5400 students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district, because the museum brings history to life”.


Monday, June 15, 2009

"Breakfast at Belmont"

Photo courtesy of Alida Thorpe
The morning exercise at the Belmont Park Racetrack.

Belmont Park has "Breakfast at Belmont" on weekend mornings.
It's free!! 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing, including guided tram tours of Belmont’s remarkable stable area, trackside commentary of live morning workouts, daily starting gate demonstrations, and much more!

Breakfast at Belmont Park is open to the public on weekends and holidays during the Belmont Spring/Summer Meet 

(May 2 – July 26)

Admission and activities to Breakfast at Belmont Park are free, and an optional breakfast can be purchased.

Check out the info here: Click Here!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New Online Defensive Driving Course Available

Once again I find myself having to apologize to all you big insurance fans out there for not posting more often on what I'm sure is your absolute favorite subject. 

Most of my posts have been about keeping everybody informed about the coastal/waterfront homeowners insurance problems. The problems are still there but there has not been enough change to require me writing about it.

What HAS happened in the car insurance area is that New York State recently approved an online version of the Defensive Driving Course that gets you 10% off your car insurance and up to 4 points off your Motor Vehicle record. Find out more by clicking here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jones Beach Air Show, May 23 & 24, 2009

photo courtesy of Alida Thorpe

The Bethpage Federal Credit Union NY Air Show at Jones Beach
Memorial Day Weekend: May 23 & 24, 2009  10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Don't miss this amazing show.
There will be many events and performers: the USAF Thunderbirds, the US Army Golden Knights, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Super Hornets and 
so much more!

Don't miss it!

If you are going, arrive early!
Also, dress for the beach but bring warmer clothing for cool breezes and a change in weather. 
Don't forget your sunglasses and sun screen!
Bring a towels and beach chairs and be prepared to be dazzled!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Laughing Gull, Summer

Laughing Gull, Summer
photo courtesy of Alida Thorpe
A sign of the Long Island summer 
is the abundance of gulls in their summer plumage!

Sunday, May 03, 2009



Share Your Stories, Photos & Home Movies

In the tradition of WLIW21’s award-winning New York The Way it
Was series, the New York public television station is getting 
ready to explore the story of one of Long Island’s most
interesting communities – Huntington.

Following the tremendous success of New York War Stories, which featured viewer- contributed videos and letters, 
WLIW21’s production team turns to viewers like you once again for stories, photos and home
movies of family celebrations, sporting events, carnivals,
parades and other Huntington activities.

If you lived in
Huntington Village, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Station,
Northport, Greenlawn, Dix Hills and Lloyd Neck
between 1950 and 1990,
please share your memories of the places and people that
will always remind you of your hometown, Huntington.
cameras can capture Huntington today, but need your help to
tell the story of yesterday.

Visit for details.

Send your photos or movies (any format) to:
Stephanie Marsh
P.O. Box 21
Plainview, NY 11803
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want
your submission returned.

All photo submissions will also be considered for the film’s
DVD cover.

Email your stories of life in Huntington as you knew it to

Call 516.367.2100 x8461 with any questions.

Submissions will be accepted through June.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This peacock, showing his full colors, is at the ecology center in Holtsville.
It is a great place to take young children!
 Goats, chickens, an eagle, bears and more, are there for you to see.

Where is it?
Buckley Road
Holtsville, N.Y. 11742 

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring is here!

Spring has arrived on Long Island!
The crocus are popping through the garden soil
and tulips and daffodils are getting ready to show their blooms!
Also, we've spotted some Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds!

Hurray for spring!

Thursday, January 01, 2009


Happy New Year, 2009!
The photo above was taken just after sunrise, January 1, 2009 
New Years Day
Browns Creek near Sayville, Long Island
Click on the photo to see a larger size!

We wish you and your family good health and happiness in the New Year!