The Annual Long Island Fair Returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration

And it’s not too late to enter your homemade craft into the blue ribbon contest.

By Eden Laikin

Attention artisans, craft-makers, botanists, gardeners and overall Long Island Fair enthusiasts: it’s time once again to plan your entry for the Annual Blue Ribbon contest at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The deadline for entry forms is 4pm on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 for Advanced and Poetry and, Friday September 12 by 4pm for all other entries.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are pleased to announce that the 172nd annual Long Island Fair, 2014, will take place Sept. 27 and 28th and October 2-5.

“I invite you to be part of a longstanding tradition dating back 172 years – The Long Island Fair,” Mangano said. “Be among the hundreds of Long Islanders of all ages that come and exhibit their wares and produce products in the magnificent Exhibition Hall each year, making the Long Island Fair like no other. Or, come to the event and simply enjoy a day of wholesome festivities. And, for a truly rewarding experience, you can volunteer for the Fair.”

Aside from the contests, the Long Island Fair offers great entertainment; educational exhibits; games for the children; tests of skill and speed for young and old; craft workshops; contests in photography, poetry, hobbies, needlework, culinary and flower arranging; a new Scarecrow building Contest, and new craft projects for ages 3-5.

As has been the custom each year, you’re invited to enter your handcrafts, original art work, needlework, produce, floral arrangements, models, doll houses and culinary delights into the 6-day event and vie for the “best in class” prize.

For details and contest entry forms, go to and click on the Premium book cover. Or call the Long Island Fair Office at 516-572 8409 to request a copy of the Premium Book, or check your local library. Entries may also be submitted online!

The entry drop off guidelines are as follows:
• Hobbies & Needlework entries can be brought in Monday Sept 22 830am-630pm
• Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables, & Culinary products can be brought Friday Sept 26 8:30am-6:30pm
• Horses or Poultry can be brought between 5pm-8pm on Friday; or between 7am and 9am the next day (Saturday). Culinary may also be dropped off on Saturday morning between 7:30am-8:30am
• Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 5pm-7pm

If you are under the age of 15 and want to learn how to make a handmade craft to enter into the next LI Fair, you can still sign up for a Just for Juniors craft-making class to be held on Aug 23 at 10am. Depending on the age, children can make paper plate art, pot holders and/or friendship bracelets. Fill out this form and email to; mail to The Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Attention: Workshop Leader.

The FAIR will be held on:
Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10am-5pm;
Sunday, Sept 28 from 10am-5pm;
Thursday, Oct 2 from 10am-4pm;
Friday, Oct 3 from 10am-4pm;
Saturday, Oct 4 from 10am-5pm;
Sunday Oct 5 from 10am-5pm

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“Today a jury found Darrell Fuller guilty in the murders of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez and Brooklyn resident Raymond Facey. One can only wonder how a violent felony offender like this, a parolee, could have been on our streets as his rap sheet includes a conviction for attempted murder in 2004 and an arrest for selling crack cocaine on the streets of Nassau County in 2010. The laws of New York State must change if we are to keep our residents and police officers, like Arthur Lopez, safe.

Again, I urge State officials to immediately end parole for violent offenders who break their parole, call upon the State Parole Board to enforce the longest maximum sentence under the law for violent offenders after the first conviction, and reinstate the death sentence for those that kill police officers.

I thank the members of the jury for delivering justice today and extend my deepest sympathies to the Lopez and Facey families as they relive this terrible tragedy.”

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Local Economic Development Corp. (NCLEAC) today announced the agency’s approval of $40 million in tax-exempt bonds financing that will allow Winthrop University Hospital to complete construction and equip critical research laboratories as well as upgrade the computer systems at its facilities.

The bonds, approved at a NCLEAC meeting today, will be used to finance new laboratory space in Winthrop University Hospital’s now-under-construction, 95,000-square-foot research building at 101 Mineola Blvd. in Mineola. In addition, funds from the bond sale will finance an upgrade of the hospital’s computer systems in Mineola and Bethpage. Nassau County is not responsible for payment of interest or principal on the bonds. The hospital is expected to create 23 new full-time equivalent jobs when the project is complete. In addition, the project is expected to generate 250 construction jobs.

County Executive Mangano stated, “The Nassau County Local Economic Development Corp. is strengthening one of Nassau County’s leading medical and research institutions, allowing it to better serve our residents and helping to create new jobs.”

“These bonds will enable Winthrop to complete its state-of-the-art research labs, allow medical discoveries to be more quickly available to patients, support the hospital’s distinguished scientists and attract talented researchers, students and trainees from outside the region,” said Joseph Kearney, NCLEAC Executive Director.

Winthrop, a 591-bed university affiliated medical center and regional trauma center, provided in-patient care for more than 33,000 people last year and logged more than 66,000 emergency room visits. The hospital has 6,000 employees.

About the Nassau County Local Economic Development Corp.
NCLEAC, a local development corporation, was created by the Nassau County Legislature in 2010 to provide assistance for the not-for-profit sector previously supplied by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. New York State regulations that allowed IDAs to fund such projects expired in 2008. There is no out-of-pocket expense for NCLEAC.

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Mangano Congratulates Nassau County Police Explorers

Repeat as National Champions in Drill Competition

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter announced congratulated the Nassau County Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorers for taking home five 1st Place Awards and for earning the National Championship in elite Drill Competition at the National Law Enforcement Conference held last week at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana.

The week-long conference, which is held every other year, provides Explorers from around the United States with competition-based learning combined with educational, hands-on activities that promote personal growth, teamwork, and career development.

In addition to successful defending their Drill Competition championship, Nassau County’s Explorers placed first in a number of categories in both Team and Individual events, including Best Uniform, Post Development, Crime Prevention, and Men’s Fitness.   Thirteen total awards were won along the way.

“On behalf of all the residents of Nassau County, I congratulate the men and women of the Nassau County Police Exploring Program on their outstanding accomplishments at their national competition,” said County Executive Mangano.  “I also applaud their families and the program advisors for all the support and training supplied all along the way.”

“We are extremely proud of the young men and women of the Exploring program and their recent accomplishments at the National Conference in Indiana,” said Acting Police Commissioner Krumpter.  “The Explorers continue to not only win National awards but do great things here in our communities.”

More than 2,500 Law Enforcement Explorers participated in team competitions in Arrest and Search, Crime Scene Investigation, Bomb Threat Response, Judgment Pistol Shooting, and Crisis Negotiation. Seminars on bomb investigations, combating terrorism, executive protection, narcotic trafficking, gang recognition, hate crimes, surveillance methods and technology, and other topics were also offered by professional law enforcement specialists from across the nation.

The Nassau County Law Enforcement Exploring program is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are interested in finding out what challenges are involved in a career in Law Enforcement.  It is open to those who are 14 to 21 years of age and who have completed the eighth grade.

In addition to training with Police Officers, Explorers participate in many service projects and community events throughout the year.  For more information on the Nassau County Law Enforcement Exploring Program, please visit



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Mangano joins Bellone and Congressman Israel to help Veterans find Jobs

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano today joined with US Congressman Steve Israel, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and representatives from a dozen local companies to jointly sign a pledge to implement a Long Island Veterans Work Initiative that encourages companies to hire veterans, many of whom garnered great skills while in the military; and also coordinate and intensify efforts to identify and train veterans throughout Nassau and Suffolk, with an even broader outreach initiative.

The new bi-County plan was announced outside the offices of Henry Schein in Melville, one of the companies to sign The Pledge to Support Our Veterans, so far. The other companies are:  National Grid, GSE Dynamics, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, North Shore LIJ, New York Mets, Perfume Center of America, Orbit International, VJ Technologies, CA Technologies, First Data and D’Addario & Co.

Officials from several of those companies said that by participating, they are reaffirming their full support for veterans who have “served our nation’s defense and strength at home and abroad, and our obligation to honor those still serving,”

County Executive Mangano said the people of Nassau County have great admiration and the “utmost gratitude for the men and women who have selflessly served their nation and this country in the Armed Forces…we proudly serve more than 100,000 veterans in Nassau County.”

Israel said this was an important step in ensuring that our veterans are recognized for the many invaluable skills they possess. “Our veterans, who have put their lives on the line for our country, should never have to worry that they cannot find a job,” Israel said. “However, with the unemployment rate for veterans over eight percent in New York, that’s exactly what many of our veterans are doing.”

Service members transitioning out of military service and back into civilian life face many challenges, one of the most difficult is finding gainful employment, officials said. In 2013, the unemployment rate for veterans in the State of New York was 8.2% while the national average was 6.6%. But, Veterans possess a wide range of invaluable skills, education, training, character and experience that translate well into professional environments. One of the missions of this initiative is to make that known to employers.

Last month, Mangano declared Nassau County a “Purple Heart County” and said that as the son of a Korean War Veteran, he knows the struggles that our returning soldiers face.

“Here in Nassau County, our Veterans Service Agency is working every day to ensure that all returning Vets receive the benefits and services that they rightfully deserve,” Mangano said. ”My administration is committed to taking care of our heroes who have taken care of all of us.”


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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano in partnership with New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran, Senior Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino, and Malverne Mayor Patricia McDonald will host a Free Kids Health Day Event on Saturday September 6th from 12 – 3p.m. at Crossroads Farm at Grossmans located at 480 Hempstead Avenue in Malverne.
It is important to promote healthy, fun, and exciting activities for young children to engage in, so they can learn and enjoy healthy habits at an early age in their lives. In support of keeping our children healthy all residents are invited to come with their families to participate in a day filled with healthy cooking classes, juicing stations, hula hoop classes, yoga classes, dental screenings, vision screenings, grow your own herb garden stations, jump rope tournaments, family hip-hop sessions, a child ID program, yogurt stations, and pony rides.
“This Kids Health Day is a great opportunity for parents to get their children involved in healthy and fun activities while learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said County Executive Mangano. “I urge residents to attend the Health Event and spread the word of wellness through exercise, sports, good nutrition and regular medical screenings. With your help we can create a healthier Nassau County.”
The event is co-sponsored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Coastal Advisors LLC Insurance Consultants, CEO Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado and For more information, please contact Assemblyman Brian Curran’s district office at (516) 561-8216.

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Mangano Brings Davi Back to Nassau




By Eden Laikin

Thousands of concertgoers sprung to their feet Saturday night, as actor-turned-singer Robert Davi took his musical interpretation of Frank Sinatra from atop Nassau’s Lakeside Theatre stage, down to the crowd. Davi left the stage to “You Make Me Feel So Young” and returned with “Pennies from Heaven.” As he strolled, Davi – best known for his tough-guy roles in films including Die Hard, License to Kill and the Goonies – shook hands and crooned his way into the hearts of his fans.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hosted Davi Sings Sinatra – the Second Time Around as part of his free Summer Concert Series at Eisenhower Park. Warm-up acts for Davi included world renowned classical pianist, Svetlana Smolina, and comedian Dave Konig. Davi has been performing his musical salute to “Old Blue Eyes,” around the Globe, for about two years now, most recently in Australia where he received rave reviews. Robert has also played top venues like the Venetian and Orleans hotels in Las Vegas.

In addition to singing such favorites as All the Way, Day In Day Out, Summer Wind and Come Fly With Me, Davi sang a heart-rendering “The House I Live In” after which he saluted veterans, police officers and firefighters from the stage.  His ballads, such as “I Have Dreamed” and “Old Man River” – a stirring tribute to Maya Angelou, enthralled all. Among the luminaries in the audience were 95-year-old Ervin Drake and his wife Edith, recognized as one of the Great Songwriters of all times. Davi sang Drake’s “It Was a Very Good Year,” and then introduced him to the crowd.

A Long Island native, Davi spoke to the audience about his reasons for selecting songs to perform from The Great American Songbook – which he calls the Shakespeare of America – being his desire to bring back the spirit of the US he feels has been lost. Davi ended Saturday’s performance with “New York, New York” to more than 10,000 screaming fans.

His debut album, Davi Sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance, was produced by Phil Ramone and was at #6 on Billboard’s Jazz Charts for several weeks.

Davi said his salute to his idol and old friend, Frank Sinatra, as well as his critically acclaimed interpretation of the Songbook, is “reminiscent not only of Sinatra’s musical accomplishments but also emerges with a deep understanding of the social significance of the music.”

Music icon Quincy Jones once sang Davi’s praises: “Davi has the voice, the tone, the flavor and the swagger. He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.”

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