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Sponsored By Explore Brooklyn.

Book your Brooklyn mini-vacation during the week of January 23-31 for 20.15% off select Brooklyn hotels.

Created By BlankSlate

Sure, you had a few days off over the holidays, but they were packed with travel and family stuff, and you probably came back to work more tired than you were in December. Fortunately for you, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week is just around the corner. Book now for a Brooklyn mini-vacation during the week of January 23-31, and you can enjoy 20.15% off of select Brooklyn hotels!


Maybe you want your home base to be in central Downtown Brooklyn, with access to the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Heights. Or maybe you prefer to be near historic Prospect Park in quaint Park Slope. If you’re more into a hip nightlife scene, you might want to stay in Williamsburg. Either way, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week has you covered with hotel discounts, many of which include discounts for local tour companies. Here’s what we have to offer:


Aloft NY Brooklyn (216 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 20% off Urban Oyster Tours
Discount code: EXPLORE (call 718-256-3833 to book)



At Home in Brooklyn (15 Prospect Park West, Park Slope)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off (call 718-622-5292 to book)



Best Western Plus Prospect Park (764 4th Ave., South Slope)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + Discounts on InsideOut Tours
Discount code: EXBK (call 718-768-3100 to book)



Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (229 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off
Discount code: IDOTHBRO (call 718-254-7825 to book)



Marriott NY at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 20% off Turnstile Tours (Offer valid only for stays January 23-25.)
Discount: Book your discounted rate. Corporate/promotional code is C1J



McCarren Hotel & Pool (110 N. 12th St., Williamsburg)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + $20.15 to spend on room service
Discount code: F7B



Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel (228 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 15% off New York Like a Native tours
Discount code: EXPLORE (call 917-281-5188 to book)



Super 8 Brooklyn Hotel (267 3rd Ave., Gowanus)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off
Discount code: EXPLOREBROOKLYN (call 718-534-0451 to book)



Hampton Inn Brooklyn (125 Flatbush Ave. Ext., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off


Now that you have to place to stay, here are some of the best ways to make your Brooklyn stay a memorable one.

— For recommendations of what to do and where to eat and drink, check out the Explore Brooklyn blog and neighborhood guides.
— Download the UrbanBuddy app to your smartphone and get personal recommendations from locals.
— Need a car to get around? AllCar Rent-A-Car is offering up to 50% off (excluding taxes) on any rental before February 28. Use the discount code HOTEL.
— If you haven’t seen the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center yet, you’re missing out! You can get up to 50% off tickets by using the discount code BKNETS. We’ll see you soon in Brooklyn!
— Hungry? Enjoy some brisket and sweet potato bourbon mash at Hill Country Barbecue Market & Hill Country Chicken Brooklyn! Just present the coupon provided by your concierge desk for 15% off a Hotel Week meal.



01/13/15 2:53pm
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Spicy's Riverhead

Spicy’s Riverhead

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

There’s no denying that it is cold outside. You’re probably experiencing some cabin fever, so why not brave the cold and get out of the house for a bit. If you need a little temptation, the residents at Riverhead Care Center have several picks for great comfort food to enjoy during lunch at affordable prices. These North Fork eateries are perfect for those on a fixed income, and will surely leave you cozy inside.

Buoy One – Riverhead

Fried Clams at Buoy One

Fried Clams at Buoy One

Long Islanders sure do love their seafood, and Buoy One in Riverhead is one of the best lunch spots around to get your fill. This laidback restaurant offers a number of seafood specials, and has recently added some options for landlubbers too! Panini combos are available for $12.95, and include half a panini and a soup or salad. Try the grilled shrimp with bacon, Monterey and cheddar cheese, spinach or tomatoes, or the veggie with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, red peppers and goat cheese.

Erik’s Breakfast and Lunch – Southold

Fried chicken sandwich from Erik's

Fried chicken sandwich from Erik’s

You can’t beat a homemade soup and chili in the winter on the North Fork. Erik’s has a great selection that changes daily and will surely keep you warm during lunch. They also have platters for lunch that come with French fries, sliced melon and pickle. These platters begin at $9.95, and options include burgers, fried fish sandwich, chicken salad, and hot pastrami. For simpler options, the kids’ menu includes classic grilled cheese and chicken fingers.

O’Malley’s – Southold

A burger at O'Malley's

A burger at O’Malley’s

If you want a really good burger, you have to go to O’Malley’s on Sound Avenue in Southold. With more than 30 burgers to choose from, a meal here will surely fill you up. All burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, pickle and French fries. Any additional topping you may want to add is just $1. Burgers start at $10.95. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home whether you dine at the bar or in the main dining room. Not a meat eater? O’Mally’s has a number of vegetarian options to cater to your dietary needs.

Phil’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge – Wading River

Pork grilled cheese at Phil's

Pork grilled cheese at Phil’s

This place boasts not only delicious food, but also a casual atmosphere. Phil’s is perfect day or night for sports fanatics and families alike. The already reasonably priced appetizers are half off from 4 to 7 p.m. and include chicken quesadillas, steamed clams, chicken fingers, and more. The yummy sandwiches and burgers range from $6.95 – 8.95.

Spicy’s BBQ – Riverhead

Chicken wings from Spicy's

Chicken wings from Spicy’s

Another Riverhead favorite is Spicy’s BBQ on East Main Street. They have an assortment of barbecue favorites at a great price, including their famous chicken wings, corn bread, mac and cheese, and fried seafood. Platters are the best deal here. There’s an assortment of sides that come with the seafood or barbecue plates, and they average around $8 each.

These hot dishes will surely entice you to brave the cold winter weather and get you out of the house for the afternoon. To make things even better, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Happy eating!

12/01/14 1:52pm
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RiverheadCare Tech

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

We live in a digital world and rely on technology for almost everything. Whether it is to stay connected with friends and family, work or entertainment, or accessing family and health records, technology is a vital part of our everyday lives. For those born before 1960 however, being able to learn and use technology effectively can be a challenge. Here are some ways older audiences can stay connected.


A challenge for seniors is not just that they were born before the start of the digital age, but health conditions that can make using devices more difficult. Those suffering from arthritis have difficulty typing on keyboards, dialing a telephone, and using a remote control. Touch screen devices like tablets are much more user friendly. They are also very visual, and settings can be customized to suit the needs of the user.



Many seniors have family spread out across the country that they would like to keep in touch with. Travel can be difficult and is often a hassle, but a great way to keep up with kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids is through Skype. It is a simple way to interact with loved ones online via video in real time. The software is free and can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and smart phones.


Want to learn something new? Take a class! There are a number of places on the North Fork to learn how to use computers and the Internet. The Riverhead Free Library offers instruction classes to teach e-mail basics, how to use Google, and even how to get to know your computer. Along with libraries, there are adult continuing education courses at local schools that can also provide lessons and workshops on computer use.


This type of technology is perfect for any age drivers. Maps are less common when traveling, and GPS allows you to type in the address of where you need to go, providing turn-by-turn directions with vocal prompts. It is important to remember to program your GPS before you hit the road so that you are not distracted while on your trip. Best Buy has some good choices to look through.

Wireless Home Monitoring

Seniors who live alone or in an assisted living facility face many risks. Wireless home monitoring devices can notify caregivers of emergencies such as a fall, or even track vitals. Certain devices with GPS wiring can also detect if a person has left their home or other areas they may normally spend time. These tools are perfect to allow your loved ones maintain their independence, but also provide help if needed. Here is an updated reprot from Consumer Reports that can help one choose the right device. Consumer Report – Home Monitor Device


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A new form of technology is becoming more prominent across the nation, and is especially useful in rural areas where there are fewer healthcare providers. Telemedicine is the use of information that can be shared electronically from one site to another to help improve a patient’s clinical health status. With new apps coming out, this new technology is easy to use.

Technology continues to expand and develop on a regular basis, and even those born in the digital age have to keep up with the emerging trends. The tips above are a great starting point for those who wish stay connected and in the know.

10/27/14 4:02pm
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The Blob

The Blob

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

The nights are getting darker and the wind seems to be howling louder these days. That’s right, Halloween is just days away! As we carve our pumpkins and don our ghoulish costumes for parties, special time needs to be set aside to truly get into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Watch one of these classic horror films and experience a truly terrifying Halloween this year.

Notorious – 1946



Cary Grant graced the silver screen in a number of films that left his female fans swooning. His roles as the sophisticated, and very handsome, leading man landed him a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious in 1946. The film, released shortly after the end of the Holocaust, is a thriller centered around the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy and the love triangle involving a government agent (Grant) and the leading member of the Nazi group in which she was sent to spy on. From espionage to poison and murder, this thrilling tale leaves viewers on edge.

The Blob – 1958

The Blob

The Blob

While the plot of The Blob is completely fiction, the sense of fear from watching this movie is not. The indestructible alien amoeba consumes its victims and continues to grow in size as it does so. The teenage hero of the film spends his time not trying to defeat the monster, but alerting his fellow townsmen of the danger. Many of his claims are deemed a prank, but the naysayers all learn the hard way. If you fear the blob yourself, the good news is that it is vulnerable to the cold, and the Arctic is where the human-eating creature now resides.

Cape Fear – 1962

Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Attorney Sam Bowden sends a felon to prison for rape, only to have the convict released eight years later with a mission of seeking his revenge. The 1962 production of Cape Fear chronicles Bowden’s fight to keep his family safe from Max Cady as he continues to attack unknowing victims, stalk the family, and murder the innocent. Gregory Peck plays the leading role of the hero who triumphs in the end, but not without a psychologically thrilling fight first.

Carrie – 1976


Based on the novel by the ever-so-creepy Stephen King, Carrie is the supernatural horror film that became a household name. Starring Sissy Spacek as the tormented teenager, this movie includes a lot of supernatural happenings, tons of blood (both human and pig), and enough terrifying acts to keep you awake for weeks. The film has been remade several times, but nothing compares to Spacek’s portrayal of the ill-fated Carrie.

Silence of the Lambs – 1991

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Serial killer films are perfect for Halloween, but few are truly scarier than Silence of the Lambs. With Anthony Hopkins as the incarcerated cannibal, and former psychiatrist, this movie will have your mind reeling and head turning in every scene. The heroine’s safety is secured at the end, but the fate of others is left unclear as cannibal Hannibal Lecter says “I am having an old friend for dinner.” Be sure to have your dinner first before watching.

Many of these classics have also had their remakes, but nothing beats the original. Visit the local library to rent one this week and get ready for Halloween. You may want to have a friend over to watch these horrifying flicks as well. Happy Halloween!

10/07/14 1:50pm
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Homeside Florist

Homeside Florist

Sponsored By Glenwood Village.

An Active Adult Community for Eastern Long Island

Over the years Riverhead has expanded, building up and out. There’s a lot to see and do on a daily basis. From shopping to farm stands, here’s what you will find within a five-mile radius of Glenwood Village; an active adult community.

Fresh Fruits, Veggies, & Of Course, Pumpkins!

Anderson's Farmstand

Anderson’s Farmstand

Anderson’s Farm Stand is right on County Road 58 in Riverhead. Currently they are selling fall vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, and squash, along with different fruits including watermelons. Of course, as with many North Fork farm stands, you will find pumpkins and gourds on bales of hay!

North Fork Wine Trail


The beginning of the growing North Fork Wine Trail is right on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is closest to Glenwood Village, and is fun to enjoy all year round. Whether it be sampling wines in the tasting house or visiting the rescue horses, this vineyard has a lot to offer. It’s the first stop heading east and the perfect place to start a day of touring the vineyards.

Family Fun & Dining

Smitty's American Grill

Smitty’s American Grill

There are many attractions for families to enjoy in Riverhead. In summer Splish Splash is a great way to cool off, while the Long Island Aquarium has fun exhibitions year round. A newcomer to the scene is The All Star bowling alley and arcade. When the fun has been had for the day, families can visit the sister establishment, Smitty’s All American Grill. This new eatery is right within the bowling alley, and players can enjoy a family meal before or after a few games.

Flowers & More Flowers

Homeside Florist

Homeside Florist

Fall may be here but there is still plenty of gardening to be done. There are many local shops, in addition to larger supply stores, that offer a variety of plants and tools for your horticultural needs. Farms like Garden of Eve and Homeside Florist & Greenhouses offer flowers by the bunch along with potted types like mums. Chains such as Talmage Farm Agway are also within close distance.

Big Box Stores

Best Buy - Big Box Store

Best Buy – Big Box Store

Our area offers a number of wonderful local businesses, but there are some things you just have to pick up from one of the big box stores. Best Buy for example has a huge selection of music and DVDs for entertainment, as well as the systems to enjoy these items. If you need large home items such as a new mattress, there is the Sleepy’s full retail store and also an outlet a little further down the street.

Now that you know what’s near, go shop, tour and explore these great local places in Riverhead! Want to see what else is nearby? Check out other places they suggest here (http://www.glenwoodvillage.com/suggested_websites.html). When you are in the neighborhood stop by for a home preview at Glenwood Village.

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Sponsored By REVCO Lighting and Electrical Supply.

Since 1978, REVCO Lighting + Electrical Supply is known for being up on the latest trends and newest products for the residential, commercial, industrial and retail markets.

As the weather begins to cool and thermostats begin to rise, there are a few things to take into consideration to keep your family and your home safe. October 5 marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, and we have some simple tips to help keep you protected.

Check Your Smoke Detector Monthly


Smoke detectors are mandatory in all buildings, and for good reason. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 37% of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. Typically these devices are battery operated, and will alert you when it is time to change the battery. It is still wise to check your smoke alarms monthly to ensure all of the features are working properly. Smoke alarms should be placed on every floor and outside of each bedroom. They are very affordable, making it that much easier to protect your family from a home fire.

Unplug The Unnecessary

Unplugged Applicances

Unplugged Applicances

Not making toast? Unplug the toaster oven. There are many household items that require electricity, but they don’t need to take up space on the counter or continually draw energy when not in use. Items such as coffee makers, microwaves, computer chargers, lamps, and more can be left unplugged easily. In the event of a power surge, the outlets that normally house the devices may still be affected, but the items will not be damaged.

Fix Faulty Outlets Immediately

Faulty outlet

Faulty outlet

Properly secured outlets make all the difference in helping to protect your home from potential fires. Exposed wires are dangerous, especially in areas of the house where they can come into contact with water such as bathrooms or kitchens. Young children could also be harmed if they tamper with the wires. It is important to have a professional assess the outlet to ensure it is properly and safely installed.

Surge Protectors Work

Surge protectors for multiple electrical devices

Surge protectors for multiple electrical devices

There are some things that are just difficult to plug and unplug in your home, such as your home desktop computer, printer, and router, or even the family entertainment system. If you have a number of cords drawing power from one source, a surge protector is a great way to keep those items protected. Surge protectors are an affordable necessity now that homes are becoming more and more hi-tech.

Upgrade Your Electrical Service

Old wiring in your home may be causing a decrease in power, which is not only an inconvenience, but can actually damage sensitive electronics. Older homes especially need to have services upgraded to not only ensure safety, but efficiency. Companies like REVCO use a number of top rated vendors you can choose from based on your needs and budget. You can see a full list here (http://www.revco.org/electrical/).

Fires can spark from a number of things, but with proper preparedness you can help prevent damage to your home and keep your family safe.

09/22/14 11:59am
09/22/2014 11:59 AM

Emily Bosworth running away

Bathing suit season may be over, but that doesn’t mean your body has to stop moving. Let’s face it, the treadmill in the corner of your living room isn’t cutting it, and there are more exciting ways to stay active this fall. From nature trails to special classes to fitness challenges, here are some fun ways to stay fit in Riverhead.

Sponsored By Riverhead Recreation Center.

The mission of the Town of Riverhead Parks & Recreation Department is to enrich the lives of residents through diverse, affordable programs and special events, for people of all ages; as well as provide safe, friendly parks, beaches and community centers for everyone to enjoy.


Ready for a challenge? Riverhead Recreation Department is hosting the 2014 October 30 Day Fitness Challenge this fall. The idea is simple – stay active for 55 minutes a day for 30 days! Participants will be provided with a calendar of various exercises that can be completed within 55 minutes, and offer substitutions for activities depending on what you feel most comfortable with. At the end of the challenge, a winner will be chosen based on the number of challenges completed. The registration deadline is September 30.

Aerial Fitness

Aerial Fitness

A new trend in fitness is exercising in the air. That’s right, through the use of silks and special fabrics, aerial fitness combines the styles of yoga, gymnastics, and training in a unique and fun workout program. While this type of activity may seem challenging, studios like Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga in Riverhead offers numerous classes for all levels. The studio houses three spaces to accommodate multiple types of training in addition to aerial fitness. Classes include TRX, Hot Yoga and Pilates and the newest RealRyder Cycling studio where stationary bikes are a thing of the past as RealRyder bikes move, flow and turn with your body yielding a better workout and core challenge. It’s a fun and exciting way to keep your body going!

Stozky Park Fitness Trail

Trails & Parks

Riverhead is home to a number of nature trails and parks that are open year round. Stotzky Park has a 1-mile fitness trail with 12 stations of various exercises to enhance your outdoor experience. There are also sports courts and fields at the park for leagues or just fun one-on-one play. You can also take your bike to Veteran’s Memorial park and cycle through the 3-mile path, or go for a long, brisk run.

Maximus Gym Class Gear

New Gym, New Classes

A recent addition to the Riverhead fitness scene is the new Maximus Health & Fitness center in downtown Riverhead. The gym has a number of features and equipment for you to workout on your own, or if you prefer classes, there are options available from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., perfect for varying schedules. Whether you want to join a spin class for indoor cycling or the energetic dance class with Zumba, there are unique ways to keep your blood pumping and body going.

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Don’t Forget The Pup!

Our four-legged friends love to play just as much as we do. Be sure to set some time aside for your pup and take him on a trip to the dog park. “Duke” Dog Park (located behind Stozky Park) is the perfect place to let your dog run free. The gated in area is secure, so you can feel free to let your dog off the leash. There are also benches and playthings for dogs beneath the shaded area, keeping you and your best friend cool.

With the cooler weather coming in, being out in the sun only gets more enjoyable. Now that you know of these great fitness activities, get out there and play!

09/15/14 10:34am
09/15/2014 10:34 AM
Young golfer teeing up at Great Rock Golf Course.

Young golfer teeing up at Great Rock Golf Course.

Sponsored By Great Rock Golf Club.

Under new ownership and open for play. Open 7 days a week. In addition to our 18 hole course we have a full practice facility with driving range and short game area.

4 Ways For Kids To Enjoy Golf This Season

It’s that time of year again when the kids are getting ready to go back to school. While daytime play may be coming to an end, the school golf season is beginning and young golfers still have the opportunity to play through the fall. Here are four ways to get kids ready for fun on the green.

1. When To Start Swinging A Club

Young golfer swings a club at Great Rock Golf Course.

Riley McKinnon swings a club at Great Rock Golf Course.

One question many parents have is when should their child start learning about the game of golf. While the answer may seem cliché, studies have shown the younger a player is, the better they will become in the long run. The best age to play is as soon as a child can swing a club. Learning the fundamentals of a golf swing before learning to play other school sports like baseball, lacrosse, and hockey can help develop muscle memory needed for these types of sports that involve swinging.

2. The Best Course Levels For Kids

Course for beginners at Great Rock Gold Course.

Course for beginners at Great Rock Gold Course.

Beginners should spend 95% of their time on the range and at the practice areas of the golf course. There are many lessons to be learned before getting on the green, such as etiquette, rules, safety, club distances, and the fundamentals of each type of shot. Kids are eager to hit the links, so starting them from 150 yards out is ideal to keep the game fun and interesting. Children are less likely to get to the green in the same amount of shots as an adult player, so starting further in keeps them from getting discouraged and also allows them to really enjoy the sport. The best time to play with your child is after 4 p.m., which is perfect for after school play.

3. Great Gear For Play

Set of beginner clubs.

Set of beginner clubs.

As with any other clothing purchased for kids, it is important to keep in mind that they will grow out of it quickly. The same goes for gear. Stores like Golfsmith’s and Pete’s Golf have professionals on hand to help size clubs for kids, and also provide some tips on the best gear for different age groups. Kids are also very impressionable, and want the same gear tour players wear, which can be a bit expensive. If you are on a budget, websites like uskidsgolf.com is a great alternative to the big name brands.

4. Best Tip For Beginners is to have fun.

The most important tip for new golfers is to have fun! Golf is a sport that can be played well into your 80’s and 90’s, so there is plenty of time to improve on your game. It is also crucial to remember that the pros seen on television have spent countless hours on the course each week to get where they are today. No one has ever become a pro at any sport overnight. Proper practice, lessons, hard work and dedication will increase your performance from childhood into your adult years.

Whether teaching your child how to play as a bonding activity or helping them on their local sports team, golf is a great way to keep kids active and healthy. It is a fun sport that can be enjoyed most months out of the year, and for decades to come. Now, time to start swinging!