Champion Boxer Chris Algieri Honored at The Paramount

Left to right: Chad Lupinacci, Chris Algieri, JoAnn Raia, Andrew Raia

Left to right: Chad Lupinacci, Chris Algieri, JoAnn Raia, Andrew Raia

Joined by family, friends, and supporters, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,I- South Huntington) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I-East Northport) recently honored local boxing sensation Chris Algieri (current WBO Light Welterweight Champion) at The Paramount’s Founder’s Room in Huntington. Lupinacci and Raia presented Mr. Algieri with a New York State Assembly Proclamation, which is the highest honor the Assembly bestows.

Algieri, during his acceptance remarks, spoke about how he successfully balanced his athletic and academic interests, and hopes that his story will serve as a source of inspiration. Afterwards, Mr. Algieri availed himself to a room packed full of fans to take pictures and sign autographs.

“As a former school board member, and currently a college professor, I know how valuable role models can be for our children,” said Lupinacci. “I was delighted to hear Chris speak about the importance of education and how he plans to give back to society. The 10th Assembly District is very proud to have produced such an inspiring young renaissance man.”

Joined by family, friends, and supporters, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,I- South Huntington) and Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I-East Northport) recently honored local boxing sensation Chris Algieri (current WBO Light Welterweight Champion) at the Paramount’s Founder’s Room in Huntington. Lupinacci and Raia presented Mr. Algieri with a New York State Assembly Proclamation, which is the highest honor the Assembly bestows.

Algieri, during his acceptance remarks, spoke about how he successfully balanced his athletic and academic interests, and hopes that his story will serve as a source of inspiration. Afterwards, Mr. Algieri availed himself to a room packed full of fans to take pictures and sign autographs.

“As a former school board member, and currently a college professor, I know how valuable role models can be for our children,” said Lupinacci. “I was delighted to hear Chris speak about the importance of education and how he plans to give back to society. The 10th Assembly District is very proud to have produced such an inspiring young renaissance man.”

Contingency Plan for Huntington Commuters With LIRR Strike in Forecast

HuntingtonTrainStationWith the LIRR strike in the forecast, Legislator William Spencer joins state and local leaders to call on the MTA to provide shuttle bus services for Huntington commuters. “With no settlement in sight, a contingency plan to best meets the needs of Long Island commuters is a must. The current plan for shuttle buses misses the mark; it is inadequate for Suffolk County and non-existent for the Town of Huntington. With little time left, the MTA needs to provide the ample services for our large commuter population,” stated Legislator William Spencer, M.D.

Legislator Spencer, joined by state and local leaders, calls on the MTA to provide shuttle buses for Huntington Commuters. The following will meet in a conference today at the Huntington Train Station: New York State Senator Carl Marcellino; New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia; New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci; Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern; Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer; Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone; Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland; Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson; Huntington Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards; Mark Epstein, Chairman of the LIRR Commuter Council; Representative, Huntington Chamber of Commerce; and Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director of Vision Long Island

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the New Harbor Club at Prime

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone holds the ceremonial scissors with Bohlsen Restaurant Group's Kurt Bohlsen on his left, Michael Bohlsen on his right, and members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce on the steps of Harbor Club at Prime, for the new celebration venue's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.  Photo Credit: EXO

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone holds the ceremonial scissors with Bohlsen Restaurant Group’s Kurt Bohlsen on his left, Michael Bohlsen on his right, and members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce on the steps of Harbor Club at Prime, for the new celebration venue’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Photo Credit: EXO

Bohlsen Restaurant Group (BRG) (www.brgroup.biz) opens Harbor Club at Prime, www.harborclubatprime at 95 New York Avenue North, Huntington, NY, 11743, 631.271.5600, a new luxury waterfront venue for weddings, social celebrations, and business meetings.

The new waterfront private event space borrows on the moniker of its elegant sister establishment next door, Huntington Harbor’s Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar (www.restaurantprime.com). Since 2006, Prime has garnered a reputation as the region’s top waterfront dining destination for the most insatiable and fashionable of diners, a who’s who from the worlds of entertainment, sports, politics and business.

Now Prime’s luxury dining experience extends to an adjacent waterfront event venue for 35 to 350 and more guests. Devoted to weddings, social celebrations and business meetings, Harbor Club at Prime is replete with signature Bohlsen quality in design, menu, and service.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, open-air balconies and lushly landscaped grounds are a vantage point for stunning sunset views offset by Gold Coast mansions and luxury yachts. Modern urban design with rich fabrics, sleek finishes, and state-of-the-art technology evoke a timeless elegance. An exceptional fine dining menu and attentive restaurant-style service deepen the exclusive experience.

“We are using the same formula we used to create Prime next door. We strive to combine impeccable service, world-class food, a fantastic beverage program and genuine hospitality with one of Long Island’s finest water and sunset views,” says Michael Bohlsen, who, with brother Kurt, co-owns Bohlsen Restaurant Group launching Harbor Club at Prime.

“We have been honored over the years to have guests celebrate many of life’s greatest moments in our restaurants, from first dates and engagement proposals, wedding and baby showers, to milestone birthdays. Now we get the opportunity to take them down the aisle.”

The group’s portfolio extends beyond the landmark Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar next door to top Zagat-rated Tellers: An American Chophouse and the chic and casual Verace: True Italian in Islip; neighborhood favorite Long Island’s Beachtree in East Islip; the vibrant H2O: Seafood Grill in Smithtown; and Newsday’s #1 restaurant on Long Island for 2012, the four-star Monsoon: Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon Village.

Distinguishing the Harbor Club at Prime from other event venues is its “class not mass” food preparation that is beautifully plated, a top-shelf beverage program and attentive restaurant-style service. From cocktail parties to sit-down-dinners, one will find New American cuisine with inventive twists and classic touches based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients from trusted purveyors. Bounty from local farms, waters and vineyards stars alongside best-in-class USDA Prime 21-day dry-aged beef from the nation’s foremost ranches.

Hors d’oeuvres are presented as elegant bursts of flavor with precision service. For example, mini Kobe beef patty melts with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, ketchup and toasted bun; Kobe franks in a blanket with flakey puff pastry and Dijon mustard served lollipop-style; Hudson Valley smoked salmon and caviar with crème fraiche and chopped chervil served in oversized spoons; and lemon-tarragon lobster salad served on brioche crostini.

Themed stations reflect the world’s cuisine.. There is a pan-Asian “take-out” station with Chinese stir fry, Peking duck steamed buns and Thai bibb lettuce wraps; a Mediterranean station with lamb sliders, hand-made hummus cones and, spanakopita; Italian stations with overflowing antipasto and choice of specialty pasta and risotto; and a New England station with mini-lobster rolls, clam chowder and seafood pot pie. Action entertainment is also part of the scene when chefs roll beautifully presented Sushi Bar offerings or shuck seasonal oysters and clams served alongside jumbo shrimp and cracked crab claws in a Chilled Seafood Bar.

Custom dinner menus may be created from across Prime’s repertoire starting with mix and match appetizer duets designed to please both palate and eye. For example, one may pair Prime’s signature salad — mesclun greens with applewood smoked bacon and warm goat cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette — with either pan-seared potato gnocchi with Parmesan-white truffle sauce or a large jumbo lump Maryland crab cake with caper remoulade. Another favorite salad, tomato and mozzarella with basil, extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic, may be paired with shrimp and lobster wontons, hoisin glaze and mustard oil.

Featured meat and poultry entrees are a 12-ounce center cut of filet mignon or signature 38-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak with scalloped potatoes au gratin and seasonal vegetables; and one-half of a roasted organic chicken with fingerling potatoes, roasted garlic, shallots, oyster mushrooms and chicken jus.

Fish selections are extensive. There is dhana dahl crusted tuna with shredded Asian vegetables in a Thai sriraphai sauce; pan-seared sea scallops with organic quinoa, medjool dates, pistachio nuts dressed with aged balsamic; Atlantic salmon with shitake mushrooms and a truffle jus; and Chilean seabass marinated in soy sake with baby bok choy, shitake mushrooms with Chile threads.

Beverage service is an essential part of the mix. Libations are poured with premium wines, spirits and soft drinks. The group’s sommelier is available too for private wine selection consultations..

“Whether it’s a social, family or business affair, guests can expect the type of high-caliber service, style and cuisine the group strives to achieve each and every day at our well known dining establishments,” adds Michael Bohlsen.

All interiors convey a uniquely modern vibe. A neutral context with crisp, monochromatic and greyscale tones of white, silver, graphite sets the scene for custom-style events.

On the ground floor, through the grand double wood door entrance of the Harborview Ballroom, is a plush geometric-patterned carpet leading to espresso wood floors. Lining the walls are white wave-patterned plaster, etched glass and reflective fabrics that serve as a striking canvas allowing each event’s character to shine through.

A black glass staircase and elevator with glass carriage mark the way upstairs to the Sunset Loft, a luxurious lounge-like space wrapped in wooden panels, textured fabric and bespoke mirrors. Doors open from here onto The Terrace, a glass-railed tropical wood terrace with sailboats and sunsets as the backdrop for cocktails or ceremonies.

A high-definition, built-in audio-visual system ensures exceptional acoustical surroundings, state-of-art video, sound and lighting effects. Broadband connections are secure and high-speed.

Every dimension of Harbor Club at Prime is designed for a 21st century celebration.

Tomorrow’s Rally is Call to Action for Parents and Educators to Support Bill

Rally for education tomorrow, June 18, 2013.

Rally for education tomorrow, June 18, 2013. Please click to enlarge photo.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in Holbrook, a rally will be held to introduce bill A07994 to withdraw New York from Race to the Top and Common Core State Standards.

Address: 991 Main Street, Suite 202, Holbrook, NY.

Letter from Concerned Huntington Resident:

“I’m a very involved parent of a third-grader who attends Southdown Primary in Huntington School District #3. Not turning nine until July 28th, I’m seeing first-hand the effects of these state standards that don’t account for an individual’s cognitive development. Teaching is NOT a one size fits ALL solution! Several weeks back Parents and Teachers against Common Core (P-TACC) picketed outside of Sen. John Flanagan’s office in Smithtown. This was was the result of many, many emails and attempts to schedule a meeting to voice our concerns about the deformation of education we are seeing today. I find it inconceivable that an elected representative REFUSES to meet with his constituents, especially since he is the NYS Chair of Education and accountable to every parent of New York’s school children. Assemblyman Graf’s bill #A07994 already has 24 co-sponsors, including Andrew Raia of Northport and Chad Lupinacci of Huntington Station. We are currently working with the Senate’s, Phil Boyle of Bayport to draft the same bill to withdraw New York from ALL the federal requirements of Race to the Top which includes the  Common Core, High-stakes Testing and the assessments linked to teacher evaluations, data collection and the closing of schools. This was our goal from the beginning… and when I say beginning I mean just 9 weeks ago. See what passionate parents can accomplish. This is far from over, but it’s a great step in the right direction.

See the following sites for more information: http://www.fixnyschools.com/petition/

and http://www.stopccssinnys.com/ (STOP COMMON CORE IN NYS)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/549231011767025/ (P-TACC, parents and teachers against the common core facebook page)

 

Celebrating Long Island’s Young Professionals

Young Professionals networking by the pool.

Young Professionals networking by the pool.

There was excitement in the air on Wednesday evening May 8th at the Crest Hollow Country Club where approximately 300 attendees joined the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce as thirty young people under the age of 30 were honored at the Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals” Recognition Event.  It was certainly a challenge for the panel of judges to select the 30 honorees from such an overwhelming amount of applications this year.  The young professionals selected are not only committed to working tireless hours for their companies but also volunteer many hours within the community.   Each talented honoree exemplifies a “winning” spirit, is committed to Long Island and has greatly dedicated his/her efforts to achieving remarkable success within our local community.   These award recipients are Long Island’s future and each sets an example as a true leader.

Honorees include:

Megan Aloisio – Leviton Manufacturing Company

Jonathan Bonacore – Briarcliffe College

Courtney Bynoe – Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce

Allison Competiello – BAE Systems

Laura Dabrowski – Huntington Historical Society

Timothy Dillon – Briarcliffe College

Corinne Donohue – US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York

Alison Leigh Epilone, Esq. – Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC

Danielle Gatto – Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LP

Michael Gurtowski – Office of Assemblyman Andrew Raia

Paul Imbriale – JVKelly Group, Inc.

Louis Imbroto – Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, PC

Michael Kincaid – WALK Radio

Jason Kitton – XO Restaurant Wine and Chocolate Lounge

Amanda Krummenacker – Fidelity Investments

Kimberly Leahey – Youth Directions and Alternatives

Sean McGowan – Foley Griffin, LLP and Joseph A. Faria, PC

Jessica Mooney – Alliance Resource Network

Stephen Murphy – Northwestern Mutual

Daniel Nathan – Appliance World

Brianna Navarro – Farmingdale State College

John Nieves – Suffolk County Dept. of Social Services

Stefanie Fe Osborne – The Bristal Assisted Living of Massapequa

Marisa Pizza – ACE Marketing & Promotions

Merav Shiloni – The Paramount

Joshua Slaughter – Office of Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning

Lindsay Stanford – Tri-Ed Distribution

Kyle Strober – The Office of US Senator Charles E. Schumer

Kristen Tamburro OD – Eye Vision Associates

Jesus Torres – People’s United Bank

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of sponsors including Briarcliffe College; Leviton; People’s United Bank; JV KellyGroup; Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC; BAE Systems; Oheka Castle; Newsday; Crest Hollow Country Club; Adelphi University; The Seasons at Elwood; H2M architects + engineers; The Paramount; JWC Creations; Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel,PC; Kushnick Pallaci, PLLC; Community National Bank; The Country Printer; Digho; Len Marks Photography; Advance Sound Company and Nightingale & Nightingale,Inc.  Media Sponsors are Village Connection; Huntington Times; Huntington Buzz; Village Tattler and Long Islander.

Pictured from left to right are Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Legislator Kate Browning,  Peter Sloggatt, Managing Editor of Long Islander Newspapers, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland and Huntington Chamber Board Member Brian Yudewitz

Pictured from left to right are Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Legislator Kate Browning, Peter Sloggatt, Managing Editor of Long Islander Newspapers, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland and Huntington Chamber Board Member Brian Yudewitz