Authors Posts by Heidi Sutton

Heidi Sutton

Heidi Sutton

Cary Grant in a scene from ‘North by Northwest’. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense-filled action-adventure “North by Northwest” (1959) will return to more than 700 select movie theaters nationwise on April 2 and 5, courtesy of Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. The star-studded cast includes Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau and Jessie Royce Landis. Audiences will also enjoy specially produced commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz before and after the feature.

Participating theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17 (at 2 and 7 p.m. on both days), Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas (on April 2 at 2 p.m., April 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.) and Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville (on April 2 at 2 p.m., April 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.). For more information or to purchase your tickets in advance, visit


Looks like she’s smiling, doesn’t it? Say hello to Aviana, a two-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix currently staying at Kent Animal Shelter. This sweetheart certainly has a story to tell . . . but she’s too shy to share it. In this case, it may be better not to know because it certainly doesn’t seem like she’s had a good life so far. Aviana would most likely do best in a quiet home where she can take all the time she needs to come out of her shell. With lots of hugs and kisses, she will surely gain some confidence once she sees that the world isn’t such a bad place.

Aviana gets along well with dogs and cats, she is spayed, de-wormed, microchipped and up to date on all her vaccines. Why not drop by and say hello? Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information on Aviana and other adoptable pets at Kent, please call 631-727-5731 or visit

Update: Aviana has been adopted!


Behold! The plotting penguins of Madagascar! Photo by Jennifer Tully

By Heidi Sutton

The cast of ‘Madagascar: A Musical Adventure’. Photo by Jennifer Tully

With much pomp and circumstance, the John W. Engeman Theater closes out its 2016-2017 Children’s Theater season with “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure.”

Excitement filled the theater air on opening day last weekend as the children waited anxiously to catch a glimpse of their favorite animal characters and to enjoy a live retelling of the animated classic. And let me assure you, they were not disappointed.

From the opening number, “It’s Showtime,” to the finale, an audience participation party version of “I Like to Move It,” the entire performance is a wild and wacky and wonderful musical celebration of friendship. The nine-member adult cast, skillfully directed by Jennifer Collester Tully, with several playing multiple roles, capture each original film character’s personality perfectly, especially the hypochondriac giraffe. Aside from performing on stage, the cast often wanders through the audience, keeping the young theatergoers at the edge of their seats with big smiles.

The show’s script follows the original movie closely, making it easy to follow. In the first of two acts we are introduced to best friends Alex the Lion (Andrew McCluskey) Marty the Zebra (Marquez Stewart), Gloria the Hippo (Rita Sarli) and Melman the Giraffe (Suzanne Mason) who are residents of New York’s Central Park Zoo.

Gloria, Marty, Alex and Melman in a scene from ‘Madagascar’. Photo by Jennifer Tully

It’s Marty’s birthday and he makes a wish that he could go back to the wild (which he thinks is Connecticut). Moments later he escapes with “cute and cuddly” penguins, Rico (Alyson Leonard), Kowalski (TracyLynn Connor), Private (Samantha Masone) and Skipper (Danny Meglio) who want to go back to Antarctica.

When Marty’s friends go looking for him, the entire group gets caught in the halls of Grand Central Station by the zookeepers and are tranquilized. When they wake up, the zoo animals are in crates on a ship headed to Africa. Caught in rough seas, the crates fall overboard and the four friends wash up on the shores of Madagascar. There they are promptly welcomed by King Julien (played to perfection by the incomparable Jacqueline Hughes), sidekick Maurice (Connor) and his tribe of ring-tailed lemurs who hope that Alex can protect them from the terrible foosa. Things only get wilder in the second act, but you’ll have to go see it to find out.

The wonderful songs, the adorable costumes by Jess Costagliola and the terrific choreography by Marquez Stewart are simply the icing on the cake. Meet the cast in the lobby after the show for photos and autographs.

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure” through April 30. After a short break, the 2017-2018 season will begin with “Pinkalicious The Musical” from July 22 to Aug. 27, “Cinderella” from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29 and “Frosty” from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. All seats are $15. To order, call 631-261-2900 or visit

Make a garden craft like this unique planter at the Town of Brookhaven’s upcoming horticulture classes. Photo from Town of Brookhaven

Town of Brookhaven’s Ecology Site, located at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville will host adult horticulture classes on Wednesdays, April 5, 19 and 26 and May 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn about starting new plants through propagation, growing vegetables from seeds, spring gardening techniques and how to make unique gardening crafts.

Children ages 3 to 5 years old can also get in on the fun with Spring Pee Wee Gardening Classes on Thursdays, April 6, 20, 27 and May 4, 11 and 18 or Fridays, April 7, 21, 28 and May 5, 12 and 19 with class times from 10 to 11 a.m. OR 1 to 2 p.m. Participants will learn about the environment, animals and plants through crafts and stories. Price is $50 for each 6-week session. Registration deadline is March 29. To sign up, call 631-758-9664.

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On Tuesday, March 28, the Selden Fire Department, 44 Woodmere Drive, Selden will host a Citizen’s Preparedness Corps Training Seminar at 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by Councilman Kevin J. LaValle (R-Selden) with the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and the Centereach Fire Department, Farmingville Fire Department, Ronkonkoma Fire Department and Selden Fire Department. The seminar will feature the National Guard and Department of Homeland Security who will discuss what to do, and what not to do, in case of an emergency. A Q-and-A will follow and additional literature on the topic will be provided. To preregister visit For more information, call 631-451-6647.

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They say the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Find opportunities to give back to your community at a Volunteer Fair hosted by Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adults and teens age 16 and over are welcome to meet representatives from over 20 local organizations including American Red Cross, Art Without Walls, Canine Companions for Independence, Coastal Steward, Family Service League, Friends of Sachem Public Library, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Girls, Inc. of Long Island, Great Strides Long Island, Habitat for Humanity, Hands Across Long Island, Inc., L.I. Against Domestic Violence, LGBT Network, Literacy Suffolk, Long Island Head Start, Make the Road NY, Mentor New York, Mercy Haven, New York Giving Doll, New York Blood Center, Rebuilding Together Long Island, Sachem Community Youth Services, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue, SeniorNet, Sierra Club L.I., Students Taking Action for Tomorrow’s Environment, The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.

This event is free and no registration is required. Call 631-588-5024 for more information.

The Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will host a Job Fair by the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center on Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from over 25 local businesses are scheduled to attend including Attentive Care, Bright Star Care, Catholic Guardian, Certified Laboratories, Combined Insurance, Developmental Disabilities Institute, First In Service Staffing, Goodwill, Home Depot, HW Staffing Solutions, Interim Healthcare, Long Island Cares, Lloyd Staffing, Lowe’s, Maxim Healthcare, National Recruiting Group, NRL Strategies, NY Community Bank, NY Life Insurance, Pier 1 Imports, Prudential, Right At Home, SCOPE, Sears, Sysco, Teachers Federal Credit Union, UCP of Suffolk, Urban League Mature Workers Program and YAI. All are welcome and no registration is required. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For further information, call 631-261-6930.

From left, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station); Supervisor Ed Romaine (R); Scott Meiselbach, owner of Sunrise Construction; Councilmen Kevin Lavalle (R-Selden), Michael Loguercio (R-Ridge), Dan Panico (R-Manorville) and Neil Foley (R-Blue Point); and Town Clerk Donna Lent (R). Photo from Town of Brookhaven

Town of Brookhaven honors Business of the Month

At the March 2 Town of Brookhaven board meeting, Councilman Kevin LaValle honored Sunrise Construction in Farmingville as Business of the Month for March in Council District 3. The award is given to a business deserving special recognition for the positive impact it has on the community. Owned by Scott Meiselbach, Sunrise Construction has been an outstanding community partner for many years, providing jobs for local residents. He also helped repair numerous homes in the area after Hurricane Sandy. Councilman LaValle said, “Scott has been an outstanding leader in the Farmingville community for many years and he’s always ready to help when needed. I am happy to recognize him and Sunrise Construction as the CD 3 March Business of the Month. It’s a well-deserved honor.”

From left, Sean Doyle, Planet Fitness contractor; Rob Trotta; Cara Pagan, regional manager; John Mahoney, Planet Fitness owner; Pat Vecchio; and Eric Apicella, club manager. Photo from Leg. Trotta’s office

RIBBON CUTTING Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) and Smithtown Town Supervisor Pat Vecchio (R) joined Fort Salonga resident John Mahoney and his staff in officially opening his sixth Planet Fitness at 240 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 6, joining locations in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Medford, Rocky Point and Port Jefferson. The gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, circuit training, free weights, abs/core, tanning, Hydromassage and massage chairs. It is open Monday to Friday 24 hours and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. “I think that this Planet Fitness is an excellent fit for the Hauppauge Industrial Park,” said Trotta

Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman campus, 533 College Road, Selden will hold its 29th annual Health Fair on Wednesday, March 29 in the Babylon Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the many college resource tables including Nursing, Paramedic/EMT and Dietetic Technician, enjoy massage therapy and reiki, sample healthy snacks, take advantage of free screenings of body fat to muscle ratio, measure cholesterol, blood pressure and more. Free and open to the public. Call 631-451-4110 for additional information.