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Back to school: Shopping and advice

Get a head start on gearing up for the school year by shopping for the latest fashion at Long Island shops, staying up to date on trends for kids, teens and college students, and picking up tips on how to help your student succeed.

2018 back-to-school trends

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2018 back-to-school trends

Guide to the latest fashion, gadgets, supplies and more.

Top Trenz

Words of wisdom from LI kindergartners

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Words of wisdom from LI kindergartners

Kids offered practical and sometimes comical tips on how to make new friends, riding a bus and more.

Newsday Staff

New backpacks for kids, tweens and teens

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New backpacks for kids, tweens and teens

Backpack suggestions for every age.

Disney Store

New lunchboxes for kids

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New lunchboxes for kids

Your kids can tote their midday meal to school in style with these new lunchboxes.

Uncommon Goods

Must-have dorm decor

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Must-have dorm decor

Creative items to liven up your home away from home.

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12 back-to-school shopping secrets

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12 back-to-school shopping secrets

How to save money on school supplies, clothing and more.

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Student, teacher discounts at LI shops

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Student, teacher discounts at LI shops

Stores that offer discounts to teachers and students with a flash of a school I.D.

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Back-to-school tech gear students will love

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Back-to-school tech gear students will love

Looking for some cool tech gadgets? We found kid-friendly headphones, laptop-friendly backpacks and more.

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Tricks for a smoother back-to-school routine

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Tricks for a smoother back-to-school routine

From breakfasts to bedtime, LI experts offer their best tips.

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5 hacks for prepping a college application

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5 hacks for prepping a college application

There are costly services to help kids get into college -- and there are others that are more affordable or even free.

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5 breakfast-for-lunch ideas

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5 breakfast-for-lunch ideas

Making lunch doesn't have to mean a lot of slicing and dicing.

Doug Young

Gap year programs for the college-bound

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Gap year programs for the college-bound

14 ways to spend the year abroad.

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Apps to track kids' cellphone use

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Apps to track kids' cellphone use

New ways parents can keep tabs on their children.

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Managing your kids’ schedules

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Managing your kids’ schedules

From academics to athletics, advice on how to ease the pressure of students’ back-to-school calendars.

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Beat the back-to-school blues

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Beat the back-to-school blues

12 tips to help transition to a new school year.

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Tips for a successful school year

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Tips for a successful school year

Long Island teachers and administrators offer advice to help students succeed.

David Franklin

Personal safety items for the college-bound

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Personal safety items for the college-bound

Equip college students with these dorm and campus products to help keep them (and their belongings) secure.

Revolar

Back-to-school makeovers for LI teachers

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Back-to-school makeovers for LI teachers

Three Long Island teachers debut fresh new looks for the new school year.

Bruce Gilbert

100 books every child should read before growing up

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100 books every child should read before growing up

LI librarians chose their favorite books for parents to read to their kids before kindergarten.

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Educational apps for kids

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Educational apps for kids

Amazon's most-popular apps for science, spelling, math and more.

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Words of wisdom from LI kindergartners

Newsday interviewed dozens of recent kindergarten graduates to ask what advice they would give to this year’s incoming kindergarten class. From how to make new friends to what it’s like riding a school bus, the children answered with practical, helpful and sometimes comical tips.

Kindergartners at Tooker Avenue School in West Babylon talked about what they liked and disliked about their classes, and offered advice to incoming kindergartners.

What was your favorite thing about kindergarten?

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    Colton Vera

    North Bellmore

    “Gym and playing fun games. Ship to Shore is my favorite.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “Field day!”

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    Rowan Hardwick

    West Babylon

    “Writing words in our journals.”

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    Melina Kienzl

    Bellerose

    “My favorite thing was when I got the class pet dinosaur named Dino.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I loved learning about science — about the sun, planets and solar system.”

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    Saanvi Ahuja

    Hicksville

    “Decorating gingerbread cookies for the holidays. We got to eat them, too!”

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    Christian LaTour

    Wyandanch

    “My favorite thing was learning letters, numbers and all about animals. My favorite animal is a horse.”

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    Brady Anderson

    West Babylon

    “Singing in the Christmas concert.”

What was the hardest thing about kindergarten?

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    Grace Muma

    Babylon

    “Nothing is hard for me now! In the beginning math was hard.”

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    Natalie Gillman

    Plainview

    “When I just learned how to do math. It was a little tricky.”

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    Lylah Nunez

    West Babylon

    “Trying to play with others and getting to know all the new kids.”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “Nothing was hard — it was easy!”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “Gym. We play Pins Down and it’s a hard game.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “Reading because I can’t even think of the words, but my teachers helped me.”

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    Alexis Forlenza

    Huntington

    “In the beginning of school, I had to cut out words from magazines for homework and it was so hard.”

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    Alycia Gervasi

    West Babylon

    “That we always have to do all of our work!”

What would you say to someone starting kindergarten next year?

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    Maliyah Williams

    Wyandanch

    “If you mess something up, don’t give up. You can try again.”

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    Kevin Flores

    West Babylon

    “You will meet your best friends.”

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    Owen Cunningham

    East Norwich

    “It’s easy. Don’t be afraid. It’s really good. It’s really fun.”

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    Grace Muma

    Babylon

    “I would tell somebody good luck and congratulations! You made it, kid!”

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    Davian Niles Reyes

    Freeport

    “Listen to all of your teachers. You will learn to read in English and Spanish.”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “Be kind, always do what the principal says and you’re not allowed to stick up your middle finger.”

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    Saanvi Ahuja

    Hicksville

    “They should know their letters and numbers. You can talk to people but you can’t touch others.”

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    Josephine Sambade

    Island Park

    “You have to participate! You have to listen to the teacher and sit properly.”

What was the funniest thing that happened in kindergarten?

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    Mia MacDougall

    Plainview

    “When my friend stood on the toilet and we all heard her singing.”

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    Johanna Ferrante

    Massapequa

    “My teacher made a mistake and said ‘everyone sit on your table’ instead of everyone sit in the chair.”

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    Gracie Joannon

    East Norwich

    “My friend had a stuffed pig and put it on her head. The teacher took a picture and and everyone laughed!”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “The funniest thing is hearing people toot!”

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    Penelope Dugan

    West Hempstead

    “When Mr. Dooley dressed up as a poop emoji for Halloween. Everyone laughed at him!”

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    Fanilyn Nahon

    Lawrence

    “When my teacher makes mistakes.”

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    Colton Vera

    North Bellmore

    “We were all in the gym and it was quiet but the speaker started making fuzzy noises. We were all laughing!”

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    Maliyah Williams

    Wyandanch

    “When we got something wrong, my teacher would say bananas. We laugh and then answer in a complete sentence.”

What do you love about your teacher?

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    Emily Sasso

    Oceanside

    “She lets me read a book to the class.”

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    Gracie Joannon

    East Norwich

    “My teacher is very smart and knows things. She lets us do fun things like play centers and recess.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I love that my teacher is beautiful.”

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    Emma Reusch

    West Babylon

    “I like my teachers because they are at school with me.”

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    Abigail Roth

    Seaford

    “She sings songs for us to learn sight words.”

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    Christian LaTour

    Wyandanch

    “She lets me use the computer and I learned about books.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “I loved them because I learned so much!”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “That she has blonde hair like my mommy and she’s very funny and makes me laugh.”

What did you do if you missed your mom or dad?

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    Mason Jackson-Chin

    Baldwin

    “I use my imagination to think that my mom and dad are there.”

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    Mia MacDougall

    Plainview

    “I would go to the nurse and tell her I don’t feel well so she would call my mom and I could say hi to her.”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “I don’t miss my mom or dad. I miss my baby sister Addy. I think about her during the day.”

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    Kelsey Burns

    Levittown

    “Take a deep breath and then take another deep breath. Then I feel better.”

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    Luke Matchekosy

    North Bellmore

    “I brought a picture of my moms to school, and I brought something that reminded me of them to keep in my pocket.”

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    Sophia Venezia

    West Babylon

    “I look at a bracelet my mom gave me.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “If someone is sad, my teacher turned into Wonder Woman to help them not feel sad anymore.”

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    Emily Sasso

    Oceanside

    “I kept a picture of me and my mommy in my backpack.”

What’s your best advice for making new friends in kindergarten?

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    Aiden O’Leary

    Syosset

    “It’s okay you will find a friend and that is the best.”

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    Natalie Gillman

    Plainview

    “Ask, ‘can I please play with you today or tomorrow?’”

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    Josephine Sambade

    Island Park

    “Be nice to them and don’t be rude.”

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    Davian Nile Reyes

    Freeport

    “It was really easy. I found the right people and asked them to play with me.”

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    Mason Jackson-Chin

    Baldwin

    “Just introduce yourself to other kids.”

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    Chloe Williams

    Deer Park

    “When you see someone new, you say hi and tell them your name.”

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    Anthony Chaikowski

    West Babylon

    “I just ask if they want to be my friend.”

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    Madelyn Bretton

    Wading River

    “People who don’t have anyone to play with, try to play with them.”

Do you ride the bus to school? If so, what’s it like?

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    Johanna Ferrante

    Massapequa

    “Yes. I was nervous because I didn’t know how to buckle my seatbelt.”

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    Eylul Yildiz

    West Babylon

    “I like riding the bus because the bus driver is silly.”

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    Madelyn Bretton

    Wading River

    “I was a little nervous but now I like it. My neighbor is on the bus.”

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    Abigail Roth

    Seaford

    “Yes. It’s like you’re on an airplane but on the ground.”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “Yes! I was impressed with all the fun things to see!”

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    Owen Cunningham

    East Norwich

    “It’s weird riding the bus for the first time. There were a bunch of kids I didn’t know.”

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    Broso Greco

    West Babylon

    “Yes, it’s a school bus. It picks me up at my house and drops me off at school.”

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    Kelsey Burns

    Levittown

    “I like when the bus goes fast but there are a lot of bumps!”

What’s lunch like in kindergarten? What’s your favorite lunch and snack?

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    Ella Muilenburg

    Hauppauge

    “You eat and sometimes they perform shows. I love corn dogs and my favorite snack is the ice cream.”

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    Luke Matchekosy

    North Bellmore

    “I like lunch because I get to pick someone to sit with me at the peanut-free table. I like to buy pizza and ice pops.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “First you have lunch and then you have recess. I love green rabbit fruit snacks.”

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    Abram Puccio

    West Babylon

    “I eat a lettuce sandwich, that’s it. And Goldfish for a snack.”

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    Melina Kienzl

    Bellerose

    “So, everyone is loud in the cafeteria. We buy lunch or we eat what’s inside our lunchbox. Then it’s recess.”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “First you get a tray, then you get lunch, milk and fruit. Then you go to your table and eat. I love pancakes for lunch.”

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    Alexis Forlenza

    Huntington

    “Very boring. All you do is sit there and eat lunch. For snacks, I love Oreo cookies and grapes.”

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    Ava Jannotte

    West Babylon

    “We eat lunch in the cafeteria. I like strawberry bread with cream cheese, but if I’m not hungry I throw it out.”

What is the best thing you learned in kindergarten?

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    Fanilyn Nahon

    Lawrence

    “To never give up!”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “Math. I also learned how to read. I like to read the ‘Bad Kitty’ series and history books.”

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    Ella Muilenburg

    Hauppauge

    “How to write, read and solve math problems.”

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    Penelope Dugan

    West Hempstead

    “I learned about a lot of insects. Dragonflies have four wings.”

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    Chloe Williams

    Deer Park

    “Learning new math games.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “Science. My favorite thing was learning about the skeleton. We got to touch pretend bones.”

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    Danielle Morra

    West Babylon

    “I learned how to meet new friends.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I did not know how to read and write my letters, do plus or minus and now I do. I loved kindergarten!”

Feed Me TV Season 3

Feed Me TV Newsday’s Pervaiz Shallwani brings you the scoop on Long Island’s dining scene

Eddie Villatoro grew up watching his father’s immigrant dreams come true inside their family’s pupusa shop in Glen Cove. Using that childhood inspiration, this executive chef has achieved his own dreams inside the kitchen at one of Long Island’s finest steakhouses, all while passing down the same yearning of a bright culinary career to the next generation in the Villatoro family.

 

There was a time when Atlantic Terminal was just a transit hub to travel somewhere cooler. But now that Barclays Center is next door, the dining scene is alive and vibrant, making this a destination spot all on its own.

Everyone’s favorite Italian grandmother invites us on a trip down memory lane, experiencing her story through the foods of her childhood, one shop at a time throughout Queens.

When you see foie gras on a menu in the United States, it is most likely because of Michael Ginor. Many Long Islanders know him as the founder of Lola in Great Neck, but are unaware of his other life as the largest foie gras operator in the country.

In the past two years, Oyster Bay has morphed from a sleepy North Shore hamlet into one of LI’s hottest places to dine.

Long Island nightlife has recently evolved. Innovative bartenders are persuading hesitant diners across the island to try their imaginative craft cocktails, converting more and more fans to the movement.

What is your favorite memory of Toys R Us?

Going to Toys R Us, “the biggest toy store there is, gee whiz!” has created decades of memories for kids and adults alike. Now the major retailer is poised to close or sell more than 800 U.S. stores.

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For a second year, we’ve made a collection of themed notes, so you don’t have to choose between your love for Long Island and your significant other. We’ve got new jokes and puns, plus a few new Long Island references, from a romantic red-light camera to a cuddly Montauk Monster.

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Feed Me TV Season 2

Feed Me TV Newsday’s Pervaiz Shallwani brings you the scoop on Long Island’s dining scene

Robert Biancavilla prosecutes some of the worst criminals in Suffolk County. On weekends, he bakes some of the best bread on Long Island.

Penn Station and the neighborhood around it has never been considered a prime dining spot, but take a moment to look up and you’ll find more than chain restaurants, slice joints and hot dog carts.

At Clay Oven, Lubna Habibi goes against her parents’ wishes, leaving behind a career as an engineer to follow her passion for cooking that challenges the conventions of Indian food as we know it.

A Far Rockaway woman falls in love with a pizzaiolo from Italy, who brings with him an imported 6,000-pound wood-fired oven to make the best pies on the Island.

The three partners behind Lithology Brewing Co. in Farmingdale are committed to more balanced beers that draw their components from Long Island and elsewhere in New York state.

Taylor Knapp is cultivating snails on the North Fork and chefs across the country are rushing to feature the latest edition to the slow food movement.

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St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown. Credit: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, we offer private rooms and there is no extra cost. We currently have five private rooms in our mother/baby unit and all of our birthing rooms are private.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

We have the following classes and support groups: New beginnings maternity tour and prenatal breast-feeding class, offered once a week. The infant care class is offered monthly. Family and friends infant CPR is also offered monthly. Support groups include a lactation support group (once a week), mother’s circle of hope, for women experiencing pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety/ OCD, (meets the second Thursday of every month).

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

Lullaby music plays throughout the lobby when a baby is born. We also offer rest periods at the patient’s request and a la carte meals.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

We are a Level II NICU, providing care for neonates 30 weeks and older. The hospital can accommodate up to seven NICU babies and there is an isolation room, if necessary. We also have a neonatologist in-house available 24/7.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have a labor and delivery suite with five birthing rooms.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

If a patient would like a doula, she can hire one and have her present for support during labor and delivery. We do not have midwives on staff.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

We have a locked unit with surveillance cameras throughout. Visitors use a phone outside our unit to announce themselves prior to entering. Security is also located outside our unit. All well newborns have a security band placed on them in the delivery room. In addition, we have identification bands, which identify the newborn to the mother.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

All of our nurses are breast-feeding coaches. We have a an international board-certified lactation consultant. St. Catherine supports and provides continuous education for all our patients who wish to breast-feed or formula feed.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Photographing and videotaping is allowed once the baby is born and stable. We also have a newborn photographer on site.

What do the rooms look like?

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center maternity room
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center maternity room. Credit: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

We offer a glider for them to rock in.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, any time. You just need to call in advance or register for our weekly new beginnings tour.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Though we do not provide the kits, however, the nurses are competent in completing the requirement for cord blood banking collection for patients who bring in their own kits.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

As a means to include siblings, we provide “I am a big sister/brother” bracelet to all siblings.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Siblings are allowed to visit in our mother/baby unit. Yes, spouses can sleep in the room.

What are the visiting hours?

Though we have open visiting hours, we encourage family to call patients ahead of time as we are a family-centered care facility and encourage our moms, dads and babies to rest as much as possible.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

50 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

To date, our exclusive breast-feeding rate is more than 50 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

16.1 percent of vaginal births included episiotomies.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes, as part of our family bonding, we encourage all of our patients to room in with their newborns. We also have a nursery if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Normal vaginal delivery patients stay two days and our non-complicated Caesarean section patients stay three to four days.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

St. Catherine of Siena is the first and only designated baby-friendly birth facility in Suffolk County, an award that demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to supporting breastfeeding and family bonding. We renovated to accommodate more private rooms for our patients. Mothers, as well as fathers, are encouraged to do skin-to-skin with their newborns immediately after birth.

South Nassau Communities Hospital

South Nassau Communities Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. Credit: South Nassau Communities Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

South Nassau has 26 private maternity rooms as well as labor and delivery suites.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

We’ve developed programs, such as breast-feeding support, to help patients before they leave the hospital. We offer a range of classes, which include baby care, preparation for breast-feeding, infant/child CPR, prenatal yoga, mommy-baby yoga, prepared childbirth class, safe sitter class as well as a sibling class.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

The birth of a baby at South Nassau prompts the playing of the classic Brahms Lullaby over the hospital’s public address system, heralding the birth.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes, we have a Level II NICU. The medical staff includes physicians who are board-certified in neonatology and board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine, as well as registered nurses. The NICU ensures intensive one-to-one care and features a state-of-the-art monitoring system.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, expectant mothers typically labor/deliver/recover in the same room on the L&D floor before transferring to their private room on the Mother/Baby wing until they are discharged home.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Midwives with South Nassau Communities Hospital privileges can practice here, and some are on staff. Up to three labor coaches are allowed to be present in the room during labor and delivery. The expectant mother may choose to bring a doula, as one of her labor coaches. In the event of a C-section, the father of the baby, or significant other, can be present in the operating room.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

The hospital uses a state-of-art infant security system. In order to protect moms and babies, visitors are screened prior to entering our secured L&D and mother/baby units.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

South Nassau is one of two Long Island “Baby-Friendly” hospitals designated by the World Health Organization for its commitment to mothers and newborns and in recognition of its effort to foster breast-feeding. This award recognizes birth facilities that offer breast-feeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breast-feeding their babies. We also established a Lactation Resource Center, which is staffed by professionals certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, to help patients before, during and after their baby is born.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Yes, videotaping and photographing the newborn and the new mother after delivery is allowed. There is also a newborn photography service on site.

What do the rooms look like?

South Nassau Communities Hospital NICU
South Nassau Communities Hospital NICU. Credit: South Nassau Communities Hospital

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

Expectant moms can bring labor balls or something similar — the delivery nurses are happy to work with the mom-to-be as long as the mother and baby can be adequately monitored. We also encourage skin-to-skin contact upon delivery.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, at maternity orientation. Expectant parents will get information about the hospital, see a presentation and take a tour of the maternity unit.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

The South Nassau staff and doctors support and participate in cord blood collection.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The father of the baby, or an adult significant other, can stay with the mother and newborn in the room at all times.

What are the visiting hours?

The maternity unit is open to visitors 24 hours a day.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

The hospital’s C-section rate is 40 percent overall, with a 24 percent primary C-section rate.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

Our breast-feeding rates are consistently more than 90 percent. The exclusive breast-feeding rates at discharge are around 50 percent, and close to 95 percent of South Nassau newborns are at least partially breast-fed.

What is the episiotomy rate?

We have an approximately 8 percent episiotomy rate.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

We promote moms and babies not being separated and are able to sleep in the same room. All assessments and tests for the babies can be done in the room as well. Yes, there is a nursery if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The average length of stay for vaginal deliveries is two days after delivery and three days after cesarean sections. However, the health and wellness of the mother post-delivery is paramount, so the length of stay will depend on how well the new mom and baby are recovering from birthing experiences.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

The hospital’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers a thorough assessment and follow up of all expectant moms and fetuses. South Nassau also implements a gentle C-section approach, if needed. Patients have the opportunity to see the baby at the moment of Caesarean delivery, and experience skin-to-skin contact within minutes after the baby’s birth. Moms can choose music during the surgery (if any).

Nassau University Medical Center

Nassau University Medical Center
Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Credit: Nassau University Medical Center

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, on first-come, first-served basis at no extra charge.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Yes. After birth classes for inpatient, breast-feeding, postpartum depression and more. We don’t offer sibling classes.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

Nassau University Medical Center has baby showers twice a year for expectant mothers and those who have recently delivered. It’s an educational/social event with various learning stations including car seat safety, breast-feeding, prenatal care, newborn care and nutrition. We also provide a tour of the labor and delivery suites as well as light refreshments. When a baby is born, we have the mother or father press a button for a lullaby to be played throughout the unit.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes. We have a Level III NICU with capacity for 20 patients. Care is provided by neonatologist and all registered nurses.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, seven newly built labor, delivery and recovery suites.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Yes, to both.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

Nassau has an electronic infant security system in place.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

All nurses are trained in breast-feeding classes, offered for education on the first, second and third trimester. The hospital has both breast-feeding coaches and lactation consultants.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

No, the hospital doesn’t allow videotaping and doesn’t hire newborn photographers.

What do the rooms look like?

Nassau University Medical Center labor and delivery room
Nassau University Medical Center labor and delivery room. Credit: Nassau University Medical Center

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

We have a birthing tube for midwives’ patients and family members can attend the birth.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

No, but we can accommodate patients who request it.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Yes, spouses can sleep in the room and siblings ages 12 and older can visit.

What are the visiting hours?

Our visiting hours are noon to 8 p.m.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

One of the lowest in the county, 16 percent for primary and 12 percent for repeat for a total of 28 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

We have 90.7 percent of infants that were fed any breast milk, 12.8 percent were exclusively breast-fed and 85.9 percent were breast-fed and supplemented with formula.

What is the episiotomy rate?

The episiotomy rate is 6.6 percent.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes, your baby can sleep in the same room and we also have a nursery, if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Two days for a vaginal birth, three days for C-section as per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendation.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We have a new women’s Primary Care Center, which provides outpatient care for women at all stages of life, with ultrasound, non-stress testing, OB visits, gynecologist visits and more in the Women’s Division. The hospital also has two water birth suites, each with tub and laboring bed, set up like a bedroom. There’s also a waiting room for the family and all the comforts for support while the woman is laboring in the tub. It is an alternate birthing method that some women have found comforting.