If the words “Jewish Community Center” conjure images of ladies playing mah-jong and amateur stage adaptations of Yentl, you obviously haven’t been to the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills.
Head-quartered in a sprawling, 185,000-square-foot building just off Northern Boulevard, this recreational, cultural, educational and social-services organization takes the word “community” quite literally and very seriously.
“This is not a religious organization,” said David Black, chief operating officer. “It operates out of Jewish values, but it is open to all of the people of the world.”
Few things better capture the feel of summer than the three S’s: sun, sand and, of course, seafood. Welcome the warm weather and embrace the fresh flavors of the sea with simple, yet delicious, coastal-inspired dishes.
Always a family favorite due to its versatility, seafood takes on a plethora of flavors, from spicy to buttery and beyond. These crispy crab cakes with spicy remoulade will make your mouth water with every savory crunch, while smooth, creamy risotto with asparagus and shrimp will richly impress even the pickiest of palates.
The relative new kid on the block on the East End, the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company celebrates its fourth anniversary this week. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, the brewery will be throwing a block party-style celebration. There is an open invitation for the public to join owner, staff and special guests to commemorate the past four years and expansion going forward. The gala kicks off with a special keg tapping ceremony featuring a limited edition anniversary brew called #4.
Kimberly Orlic is on a mission to turn this coffee-drinking populace into tea drinkers, one cup at a time, at A New Leaf, her teashop in Garden City. The shop has been open for less than a year, but the idea started 15 years ago when Orlic was a business student at Hofstra University. She needed to create a business plan and decided on a teashop based on the many places she and her family had enjoyed in their travels through Europe and Croatia, her husband’s homeland.
“Tea brings people together,” she says. “They sit down and engage in conversation.” It gives her pleasure when people make the switch, or at least bring tea drinking into their lives. To help with the transition, she sells a blend called Awaken which combines green tea, oolong tea, coconut, white chocolate and coffee beans. People tend to want an added flavor, she says, and the Awaken blend fools the senses.
With Long Island’s graduation season wrapped up, I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the newly minted diploma-holders from high schools and colleges around the area.
And, like every adult any graduate encounters this time of year, I am full of advice. Granted, unsolicited advice, but that doesn’t stop official commencement speakers, so it won’t stop me. Here goes…
Let me preface my remarks by asking parents to hold their applause until I finish speaking; and graduates, kindly refrain from tossing your mortarboards into the air for the next few minutes.
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