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01/02/12 9:23am
01/02/2012 9:23 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Hart's Hardware owner Lisa Jerome (right, front) with sons (rear from left) Matt Jerome and Stephen Jerome, and staff members Joe Zawoysky (rear right) and Laura Kettenbeil (front left).

Owners: Lisa Jerome and Karen Goodale
Year established: 1996
Location: 50000 Main Road, Southold
Phone: 631-765-2122
Number of employees: 4
Open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hart’s Hardware is a family-run store that has provided its customers with quality hardware and household items since 1996. The store has been in the same location since before the 1960s, when the Smith brothers used it as a storeroom for their building supplies. Les Hart opened it as a hardware store, then Don Spates ran it, then Bill Goodale, now deceased, became the owner and ran it for 10 years. Though he died in 2006, his wife, Karen, and his daughter, Lisa, have kept the store running and have even managed to expand it.

Nuts, bolts, keys, screens, paint, and a full line of electrical and plumbing supplies are some of the many items at Hart’s Hardware. Services such as glass-cutting are also available to customers.

“A local place with local people, Hart’s is a true small-town hardware store,” Ms. Jerome said. “We have ties to the community, we live and work in this town and can be seen at the market or school.”

“We give true value,” she continued. “Our motto is ‘start right, start here.’ ”

08/24/11 9:59pm
08/24/2011 9:59 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | East End Insurance, Southold, NY.

Management Team: Christine DiBona and Robert Amoroso

Year established: Long-established agency in Southold

Location: 54985 Route 25, Southold

Phone: 631-765-3811

Number of employees: 10

East End Insurance Agency has been part of the Southold community for many years. In September of 2010 the company moved its offices to the Feather Hill complex located in downtown Southold. Most recently they have added two seasoned insurance professional to lead the agency and to serve its clients; Christine DiBona and Robert (Bob) Amoroso. Christine’s and Bob’s number one priority is to search for additional talent to expand the agency’s ability to meet the growing needs of the businesses and private clients of Southold and the East End. They understand that insurance is a key element in effective financial planning and that asset protection is the No. 1 goal of a well-structured insurance program. As trusted advisers, the East End staff is committed to providing their clients with excellent service, whether it’s attention to day-to-day needs or being an advocate in case of a loss.

Christine’s and Bob’s access to the insurance marketplace and technical expertise allows them to service a wide variety of their clients’ risks, including homeowners, automobile, umbrella, commercial property/casualty, marine, life and health insurance. In addition, they have solutions for specific industries that include, but are not limited to restaurants, marinas, salons, retail, contractors, professional services, retirement and nursing facilities. Most recently, through its parent company RMS Insurance Brokerage, East End has become the exclusive agent for a preferred insurance carrier to the restaurant industry. They understand that knowing a clients business is paramount to providing the proper advice to manage their risks and to secure the insurance necessary to protect their assets.

East End staff members know that their clients are facing tough economic challenges and are committed to help them arrange the right insurance programs at the most competitive cost.

“The real value of an insurance advisor is the ability to tap into their personal experiences as professionals in the industry. During our careers, we have experienced and resolved some of the most complex and challenging issues that our clients have faced,” say Chris and Bob. “This background, along with our personal relationships with senior insurance company executives, will deliver significant value for our East End clients.”

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Website: www.eastendagency.com

08/15/11 12:48pm
08/15/2011 12:48 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO Director of business improvement Anne Marie Quaranta (from left), general manager William Fields, sales manager Tim Granito, Chief Honda, sales consultant Arlene Harrison, sales consultant Jeff Schepps and senior sales and service coordinator John Jay Morgan.

Owner(s): Irwin L. Garsten

Year established: 1959

Location: 1375 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Phone: 631-727-0555

Number of employees: 66

Family owned and operated, Apple Honda is a premier new and used Honda dealer serving Long Island where “we provide quality automobiles that our customers can afford,” according to owner Irwin L. Garsten, a winner of Time Magazine Quality Dealer award. Apple Honda has the highest customer loyalty index when compared to any other Honda dealer on Long Island.

Apple Honda lives up to its motto “Where Value and Great Prices Come Together!” A VIP rewards membership card is given to all customers. Apple Honda offers a free loaner car during major repair work, towing within Suffolk County, discounts on service menu items and accessories and free annual inspection.

The experienced and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to its customers and will answer all questions throughout the purchasing process and the duration of ownership. Apple’s auto technicians perform a detailed inspection on every used car, truck, SUV and van. The auto finance department will simplify the process of buying a car, and will work with multiple financial institutions to secure the lowest interest auto loan.

Apple Honda offers professional Honda car repair at its state-of-the-art service facility in Riverhead, where auto repair experts will diagnose the vehicle’s problem and make a repair as quickly as possible and have a stocked inventory of authentic Honda car parts to keep the vehicle running like new for many miles to come.

Its mission statement declares Apple Honda’s commitment “to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing total satisfaction through courteous service, value and a commitment to excellence.”

Sales: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Service/Parts: Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


08/02/11 9:27am
08/02/2011 9:27 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Foreman Rob Merker (left), manager Jonathon Golden (center) and division manager Bryan Kappenberg.

Owner(s): Edgar Goodale, Russell Goodale, Tracy Kappenberg, Laura VanHouten, Kevin Goodale, Greg Goodale, Eric Goodale
Year established: 1948
Location: Corporate office: 100 Precision Drive, Shirley
Phone: 800-378-3650
Number of employees: 400 full- and part-time employees in New York; 70 full- and part-time employees in Rhode Island

Riverhead Building Supply Corp. (RBS) is a family-owned-and-operated independent lumber and building materials dealer that has been serving the needs of the residential construction industry on Long Island since 1948. For over sixty years, RBS has been the supplier of choice for quality-conscious builders, contractors, architects and homeowners in the Long Island and New York metropolitan area. Great service, knowledgeable full-time personnel, contractor sales representatives and a large inventory of top-quality products support the RBS motto, “Build Smarter, Build Better.”

Over the years, RBS has grown to encompass nine lumber yards, located all over the East End as well as further west in Hauppauge, Northport and Mineola. RBS sells all types of lumber and building materials, windows, doors, custom moldings, wide plank flooring power tools, hardware and much more. In the spring of 2009 the company acquired Heritage Wide Plank Flooring of Riverhead and now mills custom molding and flooring in the RBS Calverton Millwork and Manufacturing facility. In the fall of 2009 RBS expanded to Rhode Island, where it operates two lumber yards under the name of JT’s/Riverhead Building Supply.

RBS provides prompt, on-time deliveries and convenient pickups with a large fleet of delivery vehicles, boom trucks, truck-mounted forklifts and tractor-trailers, and experienced operators will deliver materials to the exact job site location.

In addition to its lumber businesses, RBS also includes eight Perimeters Designer Showrooms, six in New York and two in Rhode Island. These stores feature fine cabinetry for the home, custom moldings, millwork and more.

Open Monday-Saturday: see website for specific store hours  www.rbscorp.com

07/20/11 6:39am
07/20/2011 6:39 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Maritime Day School owner Dawn Ward (left), head teacher for three-year-olds Kerry Ward (center), head teacher for four-year-olds and Shana Berkhart.

Owner: Dawn L. Ward

Year established: 2008

Location: 31095 Main Road, Cutchogue

Phone: 631-734-8457

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Maritime Day School was founded in 2008 by two local women who sought to provide a high-quality pre-school program and to make a difference in children’s lives. It offers “a unique education experience” for children ages two, three and four, according to its new owner, Dawn L. Ward.

“It is for families seeking a new direction in their child’s preschool years,” she said. “Notwithstanding our students’ tender ages, we put forth a unique theme-based curriculum which provides a solid foundation for learning. We also seek to provide cutting edge learning tools such as the interactive Smart Board which is being installed in our 4-year-old class, and new educational materials purchased for the 2- and 3-year-old classes.”

Maritime Day School offers a seven week summer program that is both educational and fun. “We believe summer camp should be intriguing and fun, while accomplishing our core goal, education,” said Ms. Ward. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Each weekly theme incorporates a daily art activity, math, language, social studies, singing, literature and science, and all involve a lot of fun and exploration. The children also have the opportunity to get wet and be silly. The first week the classes “traveled” to Egypt to see the great pyramids and learn about Egyptian hieroglyphs. This summer’s lineup includes “Walk like an Egyptian;” “Hang Ten” Beach; “Wizards;” “There’s A Snake In My Boot;” “Wild West;”  “Under the Big Top Circus,” “Knights and Princesses,” and “Do You Have What It Takes?” Survivor.

“Our priority is to provide children with a fun and rewarding summer experience, supervised by educated and seasoned teachers,” said Ms. Ward. “In addition to their extensive experience, all teachers and staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.”

Summer Camp provides children who have never experienced a preschool setting with an opportunity for routine and peer interaction. For children who have previously attended preschool, it provides consistency and maintenance, which can contribute to their success in the following school year. “We can ensure you that your child will be learning while creating summer memories,” said Ms. Ward.

For September enrollment, Maritime offers two daily sessions: 9 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

07/12/11 11:46am
07/12/2011 11:46 AM

PETER BOODY PHOTO | Kids and counselors of the Hayground School's summer camp at the school's campus in Bridgehampton.

Year established: 1996
Location: 151 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton
Phone: 631-537-7068
Number of employees: 13

Hayground School was founded in 1996 on the conviction that all children can and should live a life of the mind, that all children can be serious and passionate readers who are able to engage in serious discourse, that all children can work and study in a community where art is at the center, not the periphery, of life, and where they can develop the habit of compassion.
Hayground School’s mission is to provide an open community school where conventional teaching methods are replaced by new ways of teaching and learning, a program of innovation in a community of diversity, both economical and cultural.
Hayground offers a nine-week summer camp for a diverse group of kids ages 3 to 13. “Hayground is a camp that kids would invent if they could,” said its founding director, Jon Snow. “The kids have lots of time and choices to help them discover what they love to do. We have 400 kids from all over the world,” said Mr. Snow, “as well as kids from New York City and California and points in between.” 
The camp offers all the traditional sports and some non-traditional ones, including “boo yeah,” a game that involves a huge ball held aloft and lots of friendly competition. There is a special chess camp taught by a Serbian chess master.
“We have a big gardening and cooking program,” said Mr. Snow, “where the kids grow and harvest vegetables and then cook them. There are always lots of good things from the garden for the kids to eat,” he said. “They even grow produce for the local food pantry, and the camp has a special farmers market every Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., where the community is welcome to purchase what the kids have grown,” he said.
Hayground camp offers musical residencies to professional musicians, and this summer welcomes The Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans, which was recently featured on the HBO series “Treme.” “The kids have an opportunity to interact with top musicians from all over the world,” said Mr. Snow. “We also have a capoeira dance group from Brazil this summer,” he said. Also on the roster are two Ph.D. research scientists who call themselves the Brooklyn Aerodrome, who will engage the kids in making small planes out of recycled materials that will actually fly. “We also have A&G Hip Hop Dance,” said Mr. Snow, “who will be doing flash mobs with the kids.” The camp even has a flying trapeze every year, where the kids learn to perform like aerialists.

Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

07/06/11 10:47am
07/06/2011 10:47 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Winemart owner Charles Maneri (left) and his son Chuck the manager.

Owner: Charles J. Maneri

Year established: 2001

Location: 757 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Phone: 631-208-8231

email: [email protected]

Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Charles Maneri opened Winemart Discount Wines & Liquors in November 2001 to serve the East End of Long Island. The store, owned and operated by Mr. Maneri and his son, Chuck, has been named Dan’s Papers’ “Best of the Best” several times.

“We knew the Riverhead location was a good one,” said Chuck, who has over 30 years of experience in the business. “We carry a large selection of local wines, as well as wines from California and elsewhere.”

Winemart’s selection of fine wines and spirits is vast and varied, also including vodka, tequila, gin, scotch, whisky and bourbon. They also carry champagne and sparkling wines, including prosecco. Chuck is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and is always on hand to answer questions or offer suggestions.

Winemart offers free delivery to the entire East End on orders of $100 or more (cash only).

06/15/11 10:15am
06/15/2011 10:15 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Salvatore Lotardo, DDS, dental assistants Alyssia Baez and Jennifer Preli, office staffer Tracy Pitocco and office manager Lori Roach.

Owner(s): Salvatore Lotardo, D.D.S.

Year established: 2008

Location: 54 Commerce Drive, Suite 1, Riverhead

Phone: 631-591-3243

Number of employees: 8

Dr. Lotardo opened his original practice in Nesconset in 1992 and a second in Riverhead in 2008. Trained in the latest dental techniques, he offers complete dental solutions, and he and his team have helped thousands of patients achieve smiles that radiate beauty and good health.

According to its website, the practice prides itself on patient relations and promises no waiting and a clean, modern facility. And if patients complete hygiene visits every six months, Dr. Lotardo guarantees each crown and dental implant for five years.

Dr. Lotardo offers beautiful, lasting and functional solutions to improve problem smiles and missing or severely damaged teeth. And Bella Smiles also offers routine cleanings and checkups.

Dr. Lotardo uses his experience to “deliver exceptional care in a caring, calming environment. We use highly gentle techniques to help you maintain and enhance your smile without discomfort or the anxiety that often comes with it.”

For each patient seeking a smile makeover, Dr. Lotardo conducts a personal interview and creates a tailor-made treatment plan. A cosmetic consultation may include digital imaging to preview procedure results and help evaluate options. As a result, troubled smiles are completely transformed.

Other services include veneers and cosmetic bonding to eliminate spaces, mend chipped teeth, reshape crooked ones and hide discolorations. Teeth whitening, at home or in the office, and Lumineers are also available to achieve dramatically whiter teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are used in place of unsightly amalgam fillings.

Dr. Lotardo also has extensive experience in implant dentistry to treat missing teeth with solutions designed to fit each patient’s individual needs. Using custom-fabricated materials, Bella Smilles can restore teeth to their original size, color and shape. Crown and bridge work allow patients to retain their smiles’ natural appearance without removable dentures.

The Bella Smiles team also offers complete orthodontic care for all ages, as well as Invisalign to correct minor problems and improve the smile without traditional braces.
Other services include digital X-rays, nonsurgical solutions for gum disease, single-visit root canals and much more.

Complimentary coffee, espresso and biscotti are always available.

website: bellasmilesnow.com
Open Monday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.