Life on Long Island

The Woodbury Ball for Autism

Rock artist (and Dix Hills' native) Ryan Star,

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

The neurodevelopmental condition known as autism affects a vast number of families across the country, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing last week it had assessed that one in 50 children nationwide have some type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

There are a number of organizations that specifically focus on Long Island families living with ASD, and on April 5,...

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Pride For Youth's 'Spring Fling'

A sign outside the Bunk House lounge in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Finding someone special is never an easy feat; whether you search online, roam the clubs or hope your friends can recommend someone decent to date, the hunt can often be challenging…as in really challenging.

However, on Friday, March 29 The Bunkhouse in Patchogue has a special event ready to go that will allow you to review some worthy companions – and all you need to do to get their attention...

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Lisa Lisa (sans Cult Jam) to perform live

Lisa Lisa, born Lisa Velez, was the first

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Freestyle music and Long Island have had a connection for decades. When the genre’s big days of radio and club play were at its strongest point, LI was solidly tuned in on both fronts – and although today the emotive, simple-sample, danceable tracks and ballads that are the calling cards of the genus are now considered strictly “classic” material, venues in Nassau and Suffolk county still regularly...

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Hamptons summer buzz

Friends, from left to right, Tina Maltz, Ann

(Credit: John Roca)

Although the winter of 2012-2013 is still an all-too fresh memory for many Long Islanders, it’s hard not to begin thinking about what the summer will bring – especially in The Hamptons – as the South Fork is annually transformed into a celebrity-driven, party-minded international hot spot between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

While the complete details of what’s new, what will return and what’s...

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SBSS: 'South By South Shore' coming to Patchogue

The marquee of the Patchogue Theatre for the

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Every spring, the world of music and entertainment centers on the massive series of conferences and festivals known as “South By Southwest” (SXSW) -- an annual March happening that consists of (almost) two weeks of concerts, film screenings and the debut of innovative technologies. For people who love breaking events in culture, it’s an exciting occurrence – but as it takes place in Austin, TX,...

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(Some of) C+C Music Factory at Zachary's

The exterior of Spa Lounge at Zacharys Nightclub

(Credit: David Pokress)

If you are a dance or pop music fan who loves classic tracks, consider a trip to Zachary’s in East Meadow on March 23, as the nightclub will be hosting a performance from C+C Music Factory, one of the early 1990s most-recognizable acts.

In actuality, only one original member of the group – MC Freedom Williams – will be onstage, as Williams continues to perform under the group’s appellation....

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Surf's Out in Kismet announces its 2013 opening date

Patrons enjoy the sun and ocean air at

(Credit: Brian Kelley)

As March brings spring along, the thought of summer fun doesn’t seem as impossibly far off as it may have only weeks ago, during the massive blizzard.

But the damage wrought by superstorm Sandy, on Oct. 29, is another weather-borne reality the Island is still coping with. One area especially hard hit was Fire Island. Subjected to heavy erosion, destruction of property and other trauma, many...

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Late night -- make that 'all night' -- at Bread & Butter Bistro

Looking up at the bar at Bread &

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Bread & Butter Bistro held its grand opening on March 14, and then stayed open for a grand 68 hours straight. A business stunt perhaps? Not at all, as this new restaurant and bar will be ready to serve customers around the clock Thursday thru Saturday every week, all 24 hours each of those days.

Located at the Holtsville Ramada Hotel in the space formerly home to Yogi’s All American Grill...

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DJ Bl3nd on the way to 89 North

DJ Bl3nd (pronounced "blend") will be at 89

(Credit: Steven Haddad / Hashtag Mgmt)

Many celebrity DJs have come to Long Island to spin, but there are few – if any – that perform like DJ Bl3nd.

Without question LI has seen some of the biggest and most beloved mixers from the international dance music scene arrive to ply their trade -- such as Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold and Jonathan Peters, just to name a few – and while these people are often upbeat and move to the music as they...

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Professional players battle at VIP Billiards in Bayport

Billiard balls ready for play. (Feb. 14, 2013)

(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

It’s one thing to pick up a cue stick and play some pool. It’s another to see a great billiards player take a table and put on a demonstration of skill – yet watching two high-caliber talents battle each other across the felt is a special event.

Fans of billiards can look forward to such a scrum as two international stars of the professional pool circuit will be going head-to-head at VIP Billiards...

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