Photo by Julianne Mosher/TBR News Media

The Long Island Seaport and Eco Center and the Bayles Boat Shop invites the community to tcome cheer on participants in the 11th annual Sikaflex “Quick & Dirty” Boat Building Competition at Harborfront Park, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson on Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.

Boats will be assembled on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., painted on Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon and then participants will take part in a race the same day at 3 p.m. Trophies  will be awarded for first, second and third place and original design. For more information, call 631-689-8293 or visit

'The Whale's Daughter'

Voting for the 2022 Kids’ Book Choice Awards is now underway with Long Island author Jerry Mikorenda in the running in two prestigious categories.

The Northport author’s teen novel The Whaler’s Daughter was nominated in the Favorite Character Crush category for the character of Figgie, and himself for Best Stellar Storyteller.

“It’s an honor just to be considered with all these great authors and I’m particularly happy to see the character of Figgie recognized,” said Mikorenda. “He’s just about the coolest indigenous dude you ever want to meet, and the best friend ever to have on an adventure.”

The Whaler’s Daughter (Regal House Publishing), is a historical seafaring novel that takes place in 1910 on a whaling station in New South Wales, Australia. There twelve-year-old Savannah Dawson lives with her widowed father. She’s desperate to prove to him that she can carry on the family legacy, but no one wants a girl in a whaleboat—that is, until Figgie helps Savannah hone her whaling skills and learn about the Law of the Bay. The story is about unexpressed grief, and how friendship can turn revenge into repentance, anger to empathy, and hurt into hopefulness.

“This award program is great on so many levels because it gives the intended audience final say over the results while also teaching the importance of civic participation and the responsibility of voting,” added the author. “I’d encourage all eligible kids to vote for their choices.”

The Kids’ Book Choice Awards are the only national book awards chosen solely by kids and teens. The Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. The first round of voting is underway and goes until August 20.

KBC Vote 2022

Favorite Character Crush

Best Stellar Storyteller

On April 26, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich attended the 22nd annual Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition (BCCC) Awards Night at the Meadow Club in Port Jefferson Station. 

Established in 1992, the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition represents more than 16 chambers in the Town of Brookhaven. The awards reception honors members that represent the values and mission of the coalition.

During the evening, Brookhaven Town chamber members were recognized by the Supervisor and Councilmember for their service to the business community. In addition to running their own businesses, members share the understanding that small businesses provide jobs to thousands of people and help create a sense of place in the community. 

“Congratulations to all the award recipients. This recognition of service to the business community is well deserved, especially after the difficulties brought on by the pandemic. Small business was hit hard, but now it’s their time to rebound and get back to business as usual,” said Supervisor Romaine.

“I was so proud to see our own Jennifer Dzvonar from the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce; James Luciano from the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Colette Frey-Bitzas from the Three Village Chamber of Commerce be nominated as members of the year,” said Councilmember Kornreich. 

“The town wide winner was our very own Jen Dzvonar. Thank you, Jen and all our Chamber members for everything you do to make Council District 1 a great place to live and do business. Special thanks to Indu Kaur for hosting the event at the elegant Meadow Club, and a shoutout to Barbara Ransome for running a great event,” he added.

Above, 2021 Grand Prize winner 'Inside Out' by Deborah Jahier, a photograph of the Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City. Photo from Gurwin Jewish

Calling all photographers! Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack is now accepting submissions for its 29th annual photo contest. 

Amateur photographers, including students, are invited to submit their best photos for a chance to win a recognition award and cash prizes and the opportunity to have their work permanently displayed in the Center’s renowned Tiffin Gallery for the enjoyment of residents, staff and visitors. 

Nearly 1000 submissions are received each year from across the globe and are judged by a panel of professional photographers who choose the winners based on clarity, composition, subject matter and suitability for display at the Center.

Grand Prize, Honorable Mentions, as well as a Best-in-Show winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, in each of 12 categories: Landscapes, Travel, People, Pets, Children, Wildlife, Nature, Still Life, Student, Altered/Enhanced, Long Island/New York and Action/Sports. 

Gurwin residents and staff will also weigh-in on their favorites, choosing several “Resident/ Staff Selections” from among the entries.

The Gurwin Photo Contest is made possible each year by long-time sponsor The Tiffen Company, in memory of Helen and Nat Tiffen, the company’s founder and former Gurwin resident. Based in Hauppauge, The Tiffen Company is a leading manufacturer of glass filters and other fine products for digital, still, video, motion pictures and television.

Photographers may submit up to seven photographs — color or black and white — at a fee of $5 per photo. Contestants should send their 8”x 10” or 8”x 12” printed photos along with a check payable to Gurwin to 68 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, NY 11725, attention: Gurwin Photo Contest. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2022. 

Photos not selected for an award are repurposed as reminiscence aids, visual stimulation and art therapy, providing a source of comfort and inspiration, specifically for residents in the Center’s Memory Care Unit and Adult Day Care Programs, making each photo submission a “winner.”

Entry forms are available for download online at or by calling the Gurwin Public Relations office at 631-715-2757.

Winning sports action photo by Bill Landon

By Heidi Sutton

From news articles and sports stories to photography, ad projects and classifieds, Times Beacon Record News Media raked in seven awards from this year’s New York Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The winners were announced during NYPA’s annual Spring Conference on April 29 and 30. 

Participating newspapers competed for awards in 67 categories with 132 newspapers submitting a total of 2,481 entries which were judged by members of the Nebraska Press Association.

Former editor Julianne Mosher won third place in the Coverage of Crime/Police/Courts category. “Good reporting of a difficult story,” said the judge.

Sports writer Steven Zaitz won second place in the Sports Writer of the Year category. “Zaitz’s game coverage is very detailed with multiple sources used for quotes adding perspective. He gets his reader intimately familiar with the teams and athletes he’s writing about,” commented the judge.

Sports photographer Bill Landon also did well, winning third place in the Sports Action Photo category, with the judge commenting, “Great action shots of the game, as well as a reaction shot of the win. The combination shows just what this win meant for the team.”

TBR News Media won second place in the Innovate Ad Project category for its coloring book featuring Long Island artists. “Great marriage of talent and time for the dark times of COVID-19. It can be hard to support the arts, and this is a great way to do it. I think this one will get better and better,” said the judge.

The paper placed second in the Best Advertising Campaign category for its Buttercup Dairy Store ads, an easy decision for the judge. “[This] was such a sweet set of ads. I loved that they decided to focus on a few items for their specials. You can tell exactly who the ad is for. And the anniversary ad with the old photos is what did it for me. That level of personalization included into an ad would make me want to shop there! I’d love to hear their stories. Awesome job!”

The paper also won third place in the Best Advertising Campaign category for its Jolie Powell Realty ads. “I’m amazed on the number of runs this ad had and that each time it was very different. I can tell that this took some time. The use of graphics is excellent. Great job!” said the judge.

Rounding out the awards, the paper received an honorable mention in the Classified Advertising category with the judge commenting, “Clean layout, easy finding the section you want.”

“We are, of course, thrilled to continue our winning ways in the annual New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest,” said TBR News Media Publisher Leah Dunaief. “As I like to say each year, blessings on all our clearly talented staff members, without whose Herculean efforts we could not prevail.”

'Kayaks at Bay' by Holly Gordon

Contestants will be eligible to receive prizes, including a free Family Event aboard the historic Oyster Sloop Priscilla. Additional prizes provided by Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Ducks & Splish Splash

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced April 29 the launch of the 2022 Reclaim Our Water Poster Contest, for fifth grade students in the County, to encourage artistic expression and increase awareness of our most treasured natural resource — water. As a part of Reclaim Our Water (ROW), the County’s over-arching water quality improvement initiative, poster contest entrants are to create original artwork depicting their favorite water-related activities in Suffolk County with family and friends, such as swimming, kayaking, fishing, gardening and more, by May 20.

Oyster Sloop Priscilla

Contestants are encouraged to use their creativity, making posters that are humorous or serious, as long as they focus on the contest theme and direct viewers to the Reclaim Our Water website, Prizes will be awarded for first place, as well as for up to four other finalists. The first place winner will receive a free afternoon with family aboard the historic sailboat, Oyster Sloop Priscilla, of the Long Island Maritime Museum. Additional prizes will be provided by the Long Island Aquarium, the Long Island Ducks and Splish Splash. For more information, including rules, guidelines, and entry forms , please visit

“It is so important to involve our students in the work that we are doing now to create a cleaner, safer environment for them and future generations,”  said County Executive Bellone. “Coupling art with environmental awareness does that, in a unique way, to not only achieve our goal of increasing water quality awareness today, but also to pique their interest in protecting water quality for decades to come.”

To stop and reverse nitrogen pollution from cesspools and septic systems, improve water quality and protect natural storm barriers, County Executive Bellone launched the Reclaim Our Water initiative in 2017, which includes connection to sewers in some areas, and the installation of Innovative Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (IAOWTS) where sewers are not a practical or cost-effective solution. A featured aspect of the program includes the provision of up to $30,000 in state and county grants to eligible homeowners for the installation of Innovative and Alternatively nitrogen removal septic systems. As of March 2022, more than 1,030 Suffolk homeowners have utilized the program to install such systems.

This year’s spring coloring contest winner is Julia S.

Happy Spring! Thanks to all the children who entered this year’s TBR News Media Spring Coloring Contest! We had wonderful submissions, making for some stiff competition. 

Congratulations to Julia S. of Setauket for being this year’s winner! The 6-year-old won four tickets to Theatre Three’s The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, just in time for Spring Break.

Special thanks to Theatre Three for sponsoring our contest! See all the other entries online at

Photo from MCSD
Photo from MCSD

Students in Ms. McIntyre’s second and third period Computer Graphics 2 and College Computer Graphics classes at Newfield High School in Selden competed in the NHS Library Logo Design contest after learning about designing logos in class with librarian Ms. Cook. It was a very competitive contest filled with lots of creative original ideas. Congratulations to winner Daniel Savage, finalists Idania Nunez and  Brian Padilla Alvarado, as well as the students in both Computer Graphics classes. 


J & L Dream Productions, Inc. have announced their newest Long Island Queens! On Jan. 16at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Jessica Fuentes from Massapequa was crowned Miss Long Island Teen 2022 and Nadgeena Jerome from Baldwin was crowned Miss Long Island 2022. The event was held at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.

They will begin their year of appearances promoting their platforms and engaging in the Long Island community. Jessica will be promoting her platform of mental health awareness and Nadgeena will be promoting her advocacy of mental health awareness through her initiative #reversethestigma.

Later this year, the 2022 queens will compete for the titles of Miss New York USA® and Miss New York Teen USA®, a title that is no stranger to the Long Island Pageants.

Top 5 Finalists Miss:

Miss Long Island 2022, Nadgeena Jerome, Baldwin; 1st Runner Up, Maxine Cesar, Valley Stream; 2nd Runner Up, Moumita Khondakar, Dix Hills; 3rd Runner Up, Lianne Webb, Baldwin, 4th Runner Up, Candace Johnson, Amityville

Top 5 Finalists Teen:

Miss Long Island Teen 2022, Jessica Fuentes, Massapequa; 1st Runner Up, Angelica Rivera, Merrick; 2nd Runner Up, Kennedy Ramos, Oceanside; 3rd Runner Up, Abigaille St. Fort, Valley Steam; 4th Runner Up, Gabriella Abruzzo, Massapequa

Other Award Winners:

Miss Photogenic Teen: Abigaille St. Fort, Valley Stream; Miss Photogenic: Janette Sheldrick, Centereach; Community Queen Teen: Emily Hall, Valley Stream; Community Queen Miss: Madisyn King, Shoreham; Directors Award Teen: Madeleine Cannon, Massapequa; Directors Award Miss: Lianne Webb, Baldwin; and Pageantry Spirit Award: Matessa Turner, Amityville

Also, I Am An Inspiration Teen: Angelica Rivera, Merrick; I Am An Inspiration Miss: Katrina Albanese, Center Moriches; Leader of Tomorrow Award Teen: Kennedy Ramos, Oceanside; Leader of Tomorrow Award Miss: Nadgeena Jerome, Baldwin; People’s Choice Teen: Erin Garnier & Sofia Garnier, Valley Stream; People’s Choice Miss: Candace Johnson, Amityville; Miss Congeniality Teen: Madeleine Cannon, Massapequa; and Miss Congeniality: Katrina Albanese, Center Moriches.

To follow Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen’s journey to the state title or to request the 2022 queens for an appearance, please contact [email protected] For more information on how you can become the next Miss Long Island or Miss Long Island Teen, visit

Photo from J & L Dream Productions, Inc.

J & L Dream Productions, Inc. has announced that the 2022 Miss Long Island® and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre. Founded in 2008, the Miss Long Island® and Miss Long Island Teen Pageants has held a strong 13 year legacy of young women crowned between the ages of 14 and 28 representing Long Island proudly throughout their reign by attending community services events and promoting social causes they are passionate about all across the region.

The winners of the Miss Long Island® and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant will go on to represent Long Island at the Miss New York USA® and Miss New York Teen USA® pageants this June. Reigning Queens, Miss Long Island 2021, Jasmine Williams of Elmont and Miss Long Island Teen 2021, Olivia Collins of Wading River, will be passing their crowns to two new Long Island Queens on Sunday.

For more information on how to attend or to apply to compete for the dream of a lifetime, visit