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Maui Wowi Wows Smoothie Lovers

Fresh smoothies, Hawaiian coffees, and baristas that greet you with "Aloha," can only be found at one place on Long Island, and that is at the Maui Wowi café on Wantagh Avenue.

 

"The idea of opening a Maui Wowi was appealing because it has a little something for everyone," said Nicole Marsh, who owns and runs the café with her husband Joseph Marsh. "It's healthy, nutritious, and pretty darn tasty."

 

“The ambiance is nice and the drinks are great,” said Stefan Mercus, who is a regular customer at Maui Wowi along with his 3-year-old daughter Juliet. “It’s very family friendly here.”

 

Mercus and his daughter have been coming to Maui Wowi four times a week since the opening, “My wife says I’m addicted,” he said.

 

Maui Wowi had its grand opening on Sept. 7 and business has been growing ever since. “We want people to know that we’re here and we’re open at six in the morning,” said Marsh. “It’s a very convenient location for people who are headed to the train station.”

 

The Maui Wowi menu is made up of all natural, non-fat, fresh fruit smoothies, as well as Hawaiian Coffee. Pastries and snacks are also available, such as bagels and yogurt muffins.

 

"The staff is nice, the layout is nice, it has a nice vibe, and the drinks taste great," said customer George Vanglahn. "The first time I came here I got a Piña Colada smoothie and it was outstanding."

 

In addition to the retail location in Wantagh, Maui Wowi is also active in private catering and events. They’ve done the Massapequa Park Street Fair, and the Long Beach Festival. Some upcoming events that they will appear in are the Sons of Italy Street Fair in Massapequa on Sept. 29, as well as the Wantagh Craft Show and Flea Market every Saturday starting in November.

 

“It’s an experience you will remember,” said Marsh. 


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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