Saturday, December 04, 2010

Christmas at Meadow Croft 2010

The "1910 Christmas at Meadow Croft"
will be on held on Saturday and Sunday

December 4th and 5th, 2010
12 noon to 4 pm

Visit Santa, see exhibits, eat cookies, drink hot chocolate,
hear carols on the Roosevelt grand piano.

Holiday displays and collections are on exhibit upstairs and rooms will be beautifully decorated by local flower houses, garden and community clubs.

The rooms will be gorgeous in Holiday Finery, all donations by the organizations listed here:
  • Bayport Flower Houses
  • Bayport Homemakers
  • Daisy Garden
  • Lea Rose Interior Designs
  • Le Soir
  • Neighbors & Gardners
  • Audrey's Bakery
  • Rambling Rose
  • Sayville Flowers
  • Sayville Flower & Garden Shop
  • Sayville Garden Club

All arrangements will be raffled,
with the winners to be called December 6th.
If you haven't purchased raffle tickets already,
they can be purchased at Meadow Croft, December 4th & 5th.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and under.
(This event is not suitable for children under 4. Please no strollers.)


Bayport Heritage Association and the Bayport Memorial Park Board will decorate the
Memorial Park Gazebo
again this year with a lighted tree, roping and bows, the first week of December--
-our own Norman Rockwell lovely holiday scene for the community to enjoy.
Stop by to see the decorations!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Photography Exhibit

Do you love nature photography?
Well, if you do, don’t miss this show!
The NWPLI (Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island) will have its annual Autumn Exhibition beginning
November 7th through December 5, 2010.

The reception, with refreshments, will be November 7th from 12noon-3pm.

It is being held at the
Castello di Borghese Winery in Cutchogue.
The exhibit will showcase the group’s best work in nature,
wildlife and landscape photography.

NWPLI has been awarded numerous honors for its work, most recently winning the Nature’s Best Photography International Awards (Camera Club Category) sponsored by Nature’s Best Photography Magazine.
Visit the group's website:

The photography on display will include natural subjects that have been captured with digital and film cameras.
Photos are from Long Island's own natural surroundings.
Some selected images will also be available for purchase.

The Show will run from Sunday, November 7th - December 5th, 2010,
during winery hours.

For directions to Castello di Borghese…Click Here!

For additional information, contact Lou Buonomo at
I hope you have the opportunity to stop by the exhibit on your yearly autumn visit to the wineries and to the pumpkin farms!
It’s nature photography at its best!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

24th Autumn House Tour-Bayport

The Bayport 24th Autumn House Tour will take place on
Sunday, October 17, 2010.
1 pm to 5 pm

Tickets, $25, go on sale Friday, October 1st at Country Junque on Middle Road in Bayport
and the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Monday, August 30, 2010

'Tis the Season (Hurricane Season, that is)

We will all be watching carefully as Hurricane Earl chugs up the coast this week towards Long Island and the rest of the eastern seaboard. If you want a little more info on hurricane preparedness, here are some handy links: is fema's site. has a cool book you can download. Suffolk has info at and the Town of Babylon info can be found at

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Home Insurance - Going to the Dogs?

I read an interesting statistic recently. These days one out of every three homeowners insurance liability claims across the country is coming from the family dog! Those are lawsuits since they fall under liability, not cases where the dog chewed up a piece of furniture. And that is a national statistic, not limited to New York or Long Island.

Anybody who has changed (or been forced to change because you are 'too close to the water') home insurance in the last few years knows that you now have to answer a bunch of questions about your dog if you own one. Certain breeds are not wanted by almost any insurance company here on Long Island, where lawsuits are even more common than they are in other areas.

The latest development is that ISO, the Insurance Services Office who comes up with the standardizes policy forms used by many insurance companies all over the country, is including a canine exclusion in their next major revision to the homeowners policy form, due to come out later this year. That does NOT mean that all policies will immediately exclude dogs, but it DOES mean that, if approved by the N.Y. State Insurance Department, the exclusion will be available for insurance carriers to use.

I believe this has become one of the 'dirty little secrets' of why there have not been more insurance companies coming in to the Long Island area to write new homeowners coverage after the massive pullout by the 'big companies' that has been happening for several years now (think good hands, good neighbors, etc). I am not criticizing those companies for reducing their exposure to major storms in the New York coastal areas, because they definitely had too much financial exposure to large losses from the inevitable big hurricane.

But the companies that HAVE come in to fill the gaps, including Lloyd's of London, and other 'non-admitted' insurers, have all included dog exclusions in their policies. They can do this because as non-admitted or excess lines insurers, they are not subject to New York rules. So while their hurricane exposure is greater, the day-to-day problem of dogs is gone. This also applies to their exclusions for trampolines, another seemingly minor thing that has become a major issue.

One company has even come up with a specific liability insurance policy to cover dogs. Unfortunately it costs $800 PER DOG! But the reason it's so high is that they feel the only people who will buy the policy are those who feel they have the kind of dog who needs to be covered. So it's not like most folks with a sort of normal, happy-go-lucky dog will feel they need it, but the ones with the pit bulls, dobermans, and rottweilers might.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy July 4th!

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day celebration with family, friends and good food!
Be careful of those fireworks and play safely!
Happy July 4th!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hometown Huntington

Exclusive Premiere
Monday, June 7th at 8 pm on WLIW21
Visit for more information.


From the WLIW website:
There is no place like Huntington. With its harbor villages and picturesque towns it has long been a haven for residents and tourists, ripe with glorious beaches, abundant fishing and a sense of place that embraces both the quintessential Main Street and the height of sophisticated culture. A place where Gold Coast mansions were matched in riches by the cherished storybook childhoods and close-knit communities of post-World War II suburbia. If you were lucky enough to grow up here, you knew Freddie the Shoemaker and Tony the Fruit Man, not faceless chains; the joy of a burger served hot off the train at Hamburger Choo-Choo; and many other special shared memories. WLIW21’s new productionHometown Huntington brings together past and present residents, including Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone, actor Ralph Macchio, cartoonist Bunny Hoest (The Lockhorns), historians, and renowned Huntington families like the Finnegans and Sammis, plus home movies, photos and letters to celebrate a place rich in history, natural beauty and charm. Hosted and narrated by Lloyd Harbor resident Bernadette Castro.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Remember why we celebrate this holiday......

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died
while in the military service.
First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War
(it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War),
it was expanded after World War I.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Suffolk to hold meetings for info on Hurricanes, Flood and Home Insurance

Starting tonight and for the next several weeks, the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services is holding a series of meetings around the County where the topics will be Hurricane Preparedness, as well as how to understand your homeowners and flood insurance and make sure you have the protection that you think you have.

Each meeting will have a presentation from the County, as well as a representative from the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Suffolk County. I will be at the one tonight (May 26) at the Tanner Park Senior Center in Copiague, as well as the one in West Islip next Thursday at the American Legion Hall on Union Blvd. Times are 7-9. Other agents from our Association Board will be at the various other meetings. Check the link below for the schedule.

For more information please visit

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fishing from Captree

Fluke season opens Saturday, May 15th through September 6th, 2010
Fish size, 21-inch minimum and two fish per day, per person

The fishing season is in full bloom with bass, blues, fluke and flounder being reported.
Check out the links for fishing on the sidebar. The photo above is part of the Captree Fleet.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Celebration: Seatuck

Celebrate Earth Day and
the Grand Opening of the Suffolk County Environmental Center.
SEATUCK presents the
April 24th, 2010. 10 am to 7 pm.
Located at 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip, NY.

The Eco-Carnival will be a full day of family fun featuring nature programs, storytellers, animals, face painting, live music, art, games and food!
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the NEW Environmental Center.
Enjoy the 70-acre property.

There will be hands-on activities:
Nature Stations
Salt Marsh Exploration
Birds in the Woods (Bring binoculars)
Insect Adventures (Dig in the dirt)
Green on the Scene (Learn some botanical basics)
Nature Journals (Use art and journal writing)

Food: Taste of the South Shore
Food Court featuring samplings from local restaurants!

Music throughout the day! Live animal show!

Hope you will join us for a day of fun and learning!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Feds Allow FEMA Flood Insurance Program to Expire

Greetings all, and sorry it's been a while since I have posted. But there has not been a whole lot of news to report until now. 

The Federal Government, in its infinite wisdom, has allowed the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to expire as of yesterday, March 1 2010. This is due to the fact that one senator from Kentucky is currently blocking ALL legislation. The Flood Insurance Program has often been used as a political 'football', with senators and congresspeople in non-flood prone areas using renewal as leverage to get things they want.

The good news is that if you currently HAVE flood insurance, it will stay in force until your renewal date. We expect that Congress will take action very soon. The bad news is that if you were getting ready to buy a house, you can't currently buy FEMA flood insurance here on Long Island or anywhere else.

This will probably be taken care of within a few days, but if it's not, there are alternatives to the FEMA program that would enable you to go through with the purchase of your home. Contact us for more information.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day on Long Island, 2010
Here are some ideas to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades and other activities. Be sure to check their websites and confirm the information in case there is a change in plans.

Saturday, March 13

Bay Shore Patrick’s Day Parade. St. Patrick's Church, 9 North Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore. Mass begins at 12 noon. The parade starts at 2 pm on Saxon Avenue and travels west onto Main Street to St. Patrick's Church. For more information:

Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14

The Long Island Children's Museum presents Pinch Pot O'Gold at 3 p.m. on Saturday. This program for ages 5 and up will feature some of the famous myths and legends of Ireland, including those of leprechauns. Children then crafts their own pinch pots to fill with treasures of their own. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 for LICM members.) Celtic Fun with Darlene Graham at 1:30 p.m. each day. At the LICM Theater, this performance explores traditional Irish music. The audience is welcome to join in and sing. For ages 3 years and up. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 for LICM members), $8 for theater only.

Sunday, March 14

Long Island’s oldest and largest parade, the 76th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 2 p.m., north of the Huntington Station along New York Avenue, then turns west onto Main Street, and ends at Saint Patrick’s Church.

Sunday, March 14

Come to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Click here for more info:

Sunday, March 14

The 19th Annual Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade,, starting 11:30 a.m. from Snedecor Ave to Blue Point Avenue along Montauk Highway, usually entertains 25,000 onlookers.

Sunday, March 14

The 60th Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. More info here:

Saturday, March 20

At 12 noon, Rockville Centre presents its 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Click here for more information:

Sunday, March 21

Montauk: Starting at 12:30 p.m., Montauk will host its 48th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, starting at Edgemere Road. Go here for more information:

Sunday, March 21

Glen Cove presents its Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 1 p.m. Go to:

Sunday, March 29-Patchogue: The Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 2 p.m., starting at Main Street.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is here!
Are you planning a special day?
Long Island has an excellent selection of wonderful restaurants.
Make plans now to show your "special" valentine that you care!