Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), the region’s premier privately-held discount retail chain with 146 stores throughout the Northeast, is pleased to announce the return of its “Buy-Give-Get” program to benefit children in need prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Beginning Thursday, July 8, any customer who buys a backpack at OSJL for $15 and gives it back to the store as a donation to children in need, will get a $15 Crazy Deal Gift Card to be used for a future purchase online or at any Ocean State Job Lot store.

“Last year, school-aged students in underserved communities struggled to adapt to distance learning due to a lack of resources. Now, with more and more schools returning to in-person learning in September, these students may not have access to the basic items needed for a positive educational experience,” said David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. “Our customers have answered the call to help our veterans during past ‘Buy-Give-Get’ promotions, and we’re confident they’ll do the same for local school children in need.”

30,000 backpacks are available to purchase as part of the program and will be distributed to students in need across the region in partnership with the New England Patriots Foundation and the USA Veterans Military Support Foundation.

There are three Ocean State Job Lot stores on Long Island: Centereach, East Northport and North Babylon.

About Ocean State Job Lot:

Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held discount retail chain with 146 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, approximately 5,600 employees, and annual sales exceeding $800 million. Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The company was named a “Best Midsize Employer” by Forbes Magazine and a US Best Managed Company by Deloitte.

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, supporting numerous causes, including feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, assisting veterans and military families, aiding animal rescue, caring for children, advancing healthcare, supporting the arts and promoting learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it distributed $15 million in PPE to school systems, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and police and fire departments across New England and the Northeast. Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  Phone: (401) 295-2672; Web:

Dominick Pernice. Photo from St. Catherine of Siena

Dominick Pernice, RT, MBA, has been named chief operating officer at Catholic Health’s St. Catherine of Siena Hospital (SCSH). For the past 13 years, Mr. Pernice has served as the administrative director of imaging services and cardiac catheterization at SCSH and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. 

In his new role, Mr. Pernice will oversee SCSH’s daily hospital operational and administrative functions; design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures; set comprehensive goals for performance and growth across all clinical services lines; and continue to ensure patient safety and patient satisfaction. 

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Pernice as part of St. Catherine’s senior leadership team,” said James O’Connor, SCSH president. “Over Mr. Pernice’s long career at St. Catherine and St. Charles hospitals, he has proven his steadfast leadership, strategic planning and keen decision-making skills in addressing various operational issues. In addition, Mr. Pernice was instrumental in developing the imaging services at Ambulatory Care in Commack. As St. Catherine’s COO, Mr. Pernice will further enhance our hospital’s mission in providing the highest quality of care to our patients.”

Prior to joining Catholic Health, Mr. Pernice served as assistant director of radiology, supervisor of magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound, evening imaging supervisor and radiologic technologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Mr. Pernice earned his Master of Business Administration at C.W. Post University and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Photo from Stop & Shop

Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading Long Island hunger-relief organization, received $96,500 from Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign on June 24. According to Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank, funding received from the Food for Friends initiative will be used to hire a part-time, bi-lingual dietician to promote healthy eating habits among underserved populations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Funding will also support Island Harvest Food Bank’s food collection and distribution programs.

Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign raised more than $2 million for its 12 regional food bank partners, breaking all previous years’ donation records. Throughout May 2021, customers were able to give at checkout knowing that donation would stay local and fight hunger in their communities. 100% of the money raised went to Stop & Shop’s regional food banks in its service areas. Customers were also able to donate non-perishable food items at marked donation bins at each Stop & Shop store to benefit local hunger relief organizations, like Island Harvest.

“Stop & Shop is a longtime and valued partner in our mission to provide essential food assistance and promote positive health outcomes of the people we serve,” said Ms. Shubin Dresner. “We appreciate their ongoing support and generosity and thank their customers for their caring, too.”

“Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign is symbolic of our relationship with Island Harvest,” said Stefanie Shuman, Community Relations Manager for Stop & Shop. “We couldn’t ask for a better friend and partner in the fight against hunger on Long Island.”

Photo from PJCC
Photo from PJCC

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for P..J. Harbour Club on  June 24. The momentous occasion was attended by Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, members of the chamber, family, friends and staff who wished owners Joe Guerra and Michael Russell (holding scissors) the best of luck in their new venture. 

Located at 154 West Broadway in Port Jefferson, in the former Due Baci location, the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, aged steaks and classic cocktails and is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., closed Mondays. Bar hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 4 p.m. to close. For reservations, call 631-309-5800. For further information, visit

Photo courtesy of Allied Foundation

Just before Father’s Day, the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank, headquartered in Melville,  held a special event at Flexible Systems in Hauppauge,  marking the collection, purchase and distribution of 1 million diapers to impact the lives of 40,000 low-income families across Long Island and regionally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Reaching this extraordinary milestone and impacting the lives of so many families in need could not have been achieved without the help of our partners,” said Allied Foundation Executive Director Heather Edwards. “The diapers and supplies collected over the past year provide much-needed relief to young families across the New York regions and Long Island who are struggling with the need for diapers. More parents are facing this strain and are simply unable to afford them due to loss of employment or other hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Allied Foundation collects packages of diapers and distributes them throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties via 50 Agency Partners including Momma’s House, The Safe Center of Long Island, SCO Family of Services, St. Vincent de Paul of Long Island, WIC Programs in Brentwood, Riverhead, Stony Brook Wyandanch, The Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Family Service League, North Fork Spanish Apostolate, The Butterfly Effect Project and The INN among others.

During the past 12 months, donations have come in from the Long Island Community Foundation, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, SAR Family Fund, Yurman Family Fund, Robin Hood, All For The East End, Help Me Grow – Long Island, The JPB Foundation, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Docs for Tots, and Girl Scouts of Jericho-Syosset, Lower School at Friends Academy among others. The diapers will be distributed locally through the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, approximately one in three U.S. families experienced diaper need, a public health issue exacerbated by the growing economic and unemployment crisis caused by the pandemic.

“Diapers are a basic need no baby should ever have to go without. Babies and children in low-income families across Long Island are at greatest risk of suffering the effects of diaper need because many families simply cannot afford diapers. There are no state or federal child safety-net programs allocating dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; however, thanks to the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank and the donations from our partners, friends and allies, diapers are able to get into the hands of financially strained families who need them most,” explained Scott Svitek, MD, Chair, Allied Foundation Board and Partner, Allied Physicians Group.

“Diapers are needed by many families who struggle to afford enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy. This results with diapers being re-used or left on for longer periods of time that leave babies susceptible to painful rashes and infection that can ultimately lead to poor health outcomes. Clean, dry diapers are critical for ensuring good health and well-being for babies and their families,” said added Edwards.

Infants require up to 12 diapers a day and toddlers need about eight, making the cost as much as $80 per month, per child. The Allied Foundation Diaper Bank fills an important void in getting diapers to people facing financial struggles who cannot buy them when there are currently no programs that provide for this. Prices for diapers are forecasted to increase 10 percent or more in the coming months, making it more challenging for families.

Pictured from left to right at the celebration marking this milestone event are: Marty Schmitt, Partner with Flexible Systems (Donor to Allied Foundation), which donates Warehouse Space for Allied Foundation Diaper Bank; New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (District 11); Kerry Fierstein, MD, CEO of Allied Physicians Group and Adjuvant.Health; Allied Foundation Board of Directors Executive Director Heather Edwards; Grecia Morea, Local Mother and recipient of 1 millionth diaper; Scott Svitek, MD, Chair of Allied Foundation Board of Directors; Jeannie DeMaio, representing the Long Island Community Foundation (Donor to Allied Foundation); Noel Raab, President, Five Star Advertising, Long Island Imagine Awards Committee Member (Donor to Allied Foundation); and Tommy DiMisa, Vanguard Insurance Agency, Long Island Imagine Awards Committee Member, Philanthropy in Phocus  (Donor to Allied Foundation) who is holding child Ian Morea (second to last from right).

The Allied Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by Allied Physicians Group, based in Melville, which distributes diapers to families in need across Long Island and beyond.

To learn more about the Allied Foundation and the Allied Diaper Bank of Long Island, please visit or call (631) 386-4185. For more information about Long Island Community Foundation, visit

Photo courtesy of Allied Foundation

Earring Tabu ribbon cutting. Photo from PJCC

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the new owners of Earring Tabú, Kristen Hoffman and business partner Louis Antoniou, on June 10. 

Located at 158 E. Main Street in Port Jefferson, the boutique, which was founded in 1989, offers eclectic handcrafted jewelry, accessories, clothing and home goods from local and worldwide artisans. 

 Pictured from left, Earring Tabú employee Juyu Jensen; Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn; chamber secretary Nancy Bradley; Arnold Hoffman; owner Kristen Hoffman; chamber president Joy Pipe; Port Jefferson Trustee Rebecca Kassay; chamber member Marianne Hennigar;  and chamber 1st VP Stu Vincent. Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich was unable to attend, but sent a proclamation.

Spring hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 631-928-7113 or visit

Photo from TOB
Photo from TOB

Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich visited Buttercup’s Dairy Store in Terryville on June 9 to congratulate the Smith family on their 50th year in business. 

The multigenerational, locally owned and operated business, which opened in 1971, was originally a working dairy farm when the family purchased it in the 1930s. Now, four generations later, the business has a staff of more than 40 full time employees and an inventory that includes a wide selection of dairy products, baked goods, produce, cold cuts, sandwiches, “heat and eat” dinner options and more. 

“Buttercup’s Dairy Store has been a mainstay in Terryville for half a century and they are still going strong. I am grateful to the Smith family for their continuous support of our local community-based organizations, thoughtful land management, delicious cookies, and for being a such a vital part of the fabric of Brookhaven Town,” said Councilmember Kornreich.

Pictured from left, Tyler Smith, Richard Smith and Councilmember Kornreich.

Photo from PJCC

Insight Healing Ministries in Port Jefferson was treated to a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce on May 20. Owner Marianne Hennigar received a Certificate of Congratulations from Town of Brookhaven aide Zachary Baum on behalf of Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich. 

Located at 156 E. Main Street, in Port Jefferson, Insight Healing Ministries uses the concept of Psycho-emotive Anatomy, a body based approach, for physical and emotional healing.

Pictured from left, chamber members Stuart Vincent, Pat Kennedy, Mary Joy Pipe, and Raquel Fernandez; owner Marianne Hennigar with husband Dr. Randy Hennigar; and Zachary Baum, Town of Brookhaven Aide for Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich. For more information, visit

Photo from PJCC

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for iV Bars of Port Jefferson on April 28. Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich and the chamber presented owner Aaron Roberts with Certificates of Congratulations and wished him best of luck in his new venture.

Located at 5400 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, the franchise offers numerous types of intravenous fluids, vitamins and medicines to provide patients with vitamins and supplements to help treat the symptoms of hangovers, boost energy levels, hydrate the body, relieve chronic fatigue, and more.

Pictured from left, Lisa Castellano, iV administrator; chamber members Stuart Vincent and Matthew Fernandez; Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich; Caleb Laues, iV manager; Aaron Roberts, iV owner; and chamber member Raquel Fernandez.

Hours of operation are noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 631-828-2692 or visit

Strictly Business. Photo by Miranda Gatewood

Business people know the power of networking; the power of connecting face-to-face with potential clients, partners, and mentors. While the Miller Center at the Middle Country Public Library has been offering virtual networking for the business community since the pandemic began, nothing beats connecting face to face. Which is why they are excited to be hosting Strictly Business: Back to Business outdoors and in person on Tuesday, June 8. 

Strictly Business. Photo by Miranda Gatewood

Sal DiVincenzo of the Miller Business Center acknowledges the struggles of the local small business community. “Networking is the lifeblood of small businesses. The opportunity to personally interact with potential customers is something every salesperson knows is fundamental to building business and relationships. The pandemic literally put barriers between customers and businesses.” 

The Director of the library, Sophia Serlis-McPhillips continued this sentiment. “The mission of the library’s Miller Business Center has always been to promote economic development on Long Island. This mission has been continuing virtually for more than a year. We are happy to bring business owners and professionals together again at the in-person Strictly Business.” 

An initiative of the Middle Country Library Foundation and held in partnership with the Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce and the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition (BCCC), Strictly Business is a vehicle to promote economic development and encourage chamber of commerce participation in Brookhaven and the surrounding areas.  

“More than ten years ago the BCCC wanted to give back more to the small businesses they represented in the Town of Brookhaven. With this initiative, they collaborated with the Miller Business Center to create Strictly Business. Over time this annual event has grown with more vendors and networking opportunities for our business partners,” says Barbara Ransome, BCCC President. 

Participants missed having this opportunity last year and response to the announcement of an in-person event has been overwhelmingly positive.  Many of the businesses that signed up to exhibit in 2020 were eager to be a part of the event and there is even a waitlist to exhibit. 

Lenore Paprocky, president of the Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce noted, “I know a lot of business owners are excited about meeting in person.” She continued that they are looking most forward to “re-connecting and networking with other local businesses and the community.”

Attendees to this free event will have the opportunity to meet and network with 50 exhibitors made up of a wide-array of local businesses and entrepreneurs. While primarily a business-to-business networking opportunity, the community is encouraged to attend and shop local as a way to support the small business community. There will be photo ops throughout the day and a chance to win a raffle prize. 

“The BCCC is grateful to support the Miller Center, that acts as an essential resource for our most important commodity … small businesses,” said Ransome.  

Discover local businesses at the Strictly Business: Back to Business event at the Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach on June 8 (rain date June 15) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, call 631-585-9393

Participating exhibitors:
Strictly Business.  Photo by Miranda Gatewood

Venture Sponsor

Flushing Bank

Entrepreneur Sponsor

Synergy Wealth Strategies

Mentor Sponsor

Pure Mammography

Partner Sponsors

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

Holiday Inn Express – Stony Brook

SafeGuard Print & Promo

Media Sponsor

Times Beacon Record News Media


Anchor Business Group, LLC

Bay Harbour Insurance Agency

BESTech Education

Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co.

Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce Coalition

Burner Law Group, P.C.

CardHop Inc.

Caring People Home Health Care

CBMS Consulting Services

Central Staff Services

Conference Associates Inc.

Emics Elder Care

Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce

Independent Business Women’s Circle

Insight Healing and Wellness

Integrity Expediting


Island Federal

LeTip Port Jefferson

LI Tech Advisors

Lisa Albinowski, Realtor, Coldwell Banker 

Manantial Cleaning Services, Inc.

Miller Business Center


My Mom Knows Best, Inc.

North Isle Wellness Center of Hope

OB Davis Funeral Home

Peconic Landing

People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union 

Pete Marcano – New York Life

ProSysCon Computers

Rocket Juiced Studio

Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce

Soundview Pregnancy Services

Stay Clean Long Island

Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition

Synack Technology Services, Inc.

TAB – The Alternative Board

The Bristal Assisted Living

Three Village Chamber of Commerce

Times Beacon Record News Media