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BODY20 ribbon cutting on Feb. 2, 2024. Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Bonnner's office

On February 2, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Mt. Sinai Miller Place Chamber of Commerce President Holly Bottiglieri helped celebrate the grand opening of BODY20, the new boutique fitness studio located at 275 Route 25A, Suite 28, Route 25A in Miller Place, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

BODY20 is a personalized, technology-based workout experience that creates up to 150 times more muscle contractions versus conventional training. Combined with their personalized workout experience, results are achieved in just 20 minutes that would require hours in a traditional gym. 

“I am happy to welcome Body20 to Miller Place and I encourage everyone to stop in meet the staff and see what they have to offer. It’s a great addition to the community and I wish them the best of luck,” said Councilwoman Bonner. 

Pictured from left is Eva Zherberlyaeva (employee); Gianna Marfoglio (employee); Maureen Bond (Mt Sinai Miller Place Chamber) Yvonne Levine (employee); Jim Carlson (Owner), Connie Marfoglio (employee); Holly Bottiglieri (Mt. Sinai Miller Place Chamber President); Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Jade Noll (employee). 

The studio is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays. For more information, call 631-683-3543.

Bonita Mexican Steakhouse grand opening. Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Bonner's office

On January 11, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (second from right) attended the grand opening of Bonita Mexican Steakhouse & Latin Inspired Grill, located in the Crossroads Plaza West shopping center at 47 Route 25A in Rocky Point. 

Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Bonner’s office

The new 3000-square foot restaurant is a diverse culinary experience, drawing inspiration from Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba and can seat up to 100 diners. The owners Steve (with scissor) and Mariella Salazar (third from right), emphasize the international flair with specialty dishes from around the world. 

Bonita’s journey to opening day has been well-documented on social media and it now radiates with a lively atmosphere, reflecting the diverse and flavorful offerings patrons can expect. 

“I am happy to welcome Bonita Mexican Steakhouse to Rocky Point and encourage everyone to stop in, say hello and sample what they have to offer. It’s a great addition to the community and I wish them the best of luck,” said Councilwoman Bonner.

The restaurant is open 3 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday, Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3 to 9 p.m., closed on Wednesdays. For more information, call 631-849-2344 or visit bonitamexican.com.


Right Coast Taqueria celebrated the grand opening of  its newest location at 4088 Nesconset Highway in East Setauket with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 5. 

Brookhaven Town Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, members of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and members of the Three Village Historical Society joined owners David Preisler and Richard Zoob along with General Manager John Negrinelli in the celebration.

The business now has four locations throughout Long Island, including Deer Park, Ronkonkoma and Mineola. The restaurant, which was first established in 2018 at its Deer Park location, serves Mexican food including tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas and much more.

“Right Coast Taqueria had great food and a fun beach vibe, just what we needed on a cold day as we welcomed them to the community. Wishing them the best of luck, now and in the future,” said Councilmember Kornreich.

For more information, call 631-940-8300. To order online, visit www.rightcoasttaqueria.com.

From left, Mary Joy Pipe, PJCC Director; Caitlin Thomson, Kiddsmiles Office Manager; Lance (husband to Dr. Alstodt); Dr. Michele Alstodt, owner of Kiddsmiles Port Jeff Station; Stu Vincent, PJCC President; and Amanda Saviano Kiddsmiles Regional Manager. Photo from PJCC

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce welcomed new partner Kiddsmiles Pediatric Dentistry with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 16. 

Located at 1174 Route 112, Suite B, in Port Jefferson Station, the office is the 3rd location in Suffolk County along with Holbrook and North Babylon and is equipped with the latest state of the art technology including laser dentistry (no needle fillings), digital x-rays and computer imaging in a kid-friendely environment.

Pictured in photo from left, Mary Joy Pipe, PJCC Director; Caitlin Thomson, Kiddsmiles Office Manager; Lance (husband to Dr. Alstodt); Dr. Michele Alstodt, owner of Kiddsmiles Port Jeff Station; Stu Vincent, PJCC President; and Amanda Saviano, Kiddsmiles Regional Manager.

“Thank you to the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and the incredible community for their warm welcome and support.Our team is beyond excited to bring our specialized pediatric dental care to Port Jefferson Station. Come visit us at our new location and experience the Kiddsmiles difference firsthand! We can’t wait to meet you and your little ones,” read a post from Kiddsmiles’ Facebook after the ribbon cutting.

Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. For more information, call   631-254-5437 or visit www.kiddsmiles.com/port-jefferson-station.

Ribbon cutting for D.K. Brothers. Photo from WMHO

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) hosted ribbon cutting ceremonies for three Stony Brook Village Center establishments — D.K. Brothers by Madison’s Niche,  Michael Macrina Architect and Village Hair Studio — on Oct. 24.

Ribbon cutting for D.K. Brothers

D.K. Brothers by Madison’s Niche is a boutique offering a curated collection of men’s apparel, lifestyle gifts, and luxury pet accessories by the owners of Madison’s Niche in Stony Brook Village Center. Guests can expect to shop popular men’s clothing brands like Tommy Bahama, UGG, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and many more. Plus, they have a wide selection of products for a man’s best friend with a section of the store dedicated to pet products like special outfits, accessories, toys, bowls, beds, treats, and more. 

In 2012, Karen McAvoy established Madison’s Niche, drawing inspiration from and naming it after her daughter, Madison. Her daughter Madison has recently joined the business as Vice President. Alike Madison’s Niche, D.K. Brothers takes its concept and name from Karen’s sons, Daniel and Kenneth. 

D.K. Brothers is located at 97K Main Street in Stony Brook Village. They are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 631-779-6457.

Ribbon cutting for MMA

Michael Macrina Architect (MMA) has moved their office into the heart of Stony Brook Village. MMA was previously located at the corner of 25A and Main Street for the past 11 years. Established in 2006, MMA has been in business for 17 years and handles all permits required for construction and renovation. They offer interior & exterior renovations, residential architecture, exterior facelifts, new additions, new homes and more. To learn more about Michael Macrina Architect, call 631-686-6585 or visit www.mmarchitectaia.com.

Ribbon cutting for Village Hair Studio. Photo from WMHO

Village Hair Studio is a hair salon designed to create a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere for any client. They are currently offering haircuts, hair coloring, hair smoothing treatments, make-up services and bridal services. In addition, they offer massages and facials to enhance the beauty and relaxation experience. The salon will soon provide special hair and makeup services for those experiencing hair loss from diseases like alopecia or cancer. 

The Village Hair Studio is located at 97D Main Street in Stony Brook Village. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment call 631-675-0987 or visit https://www.villagehairstudiony.com/.

The ribbon cuttings were attended by Michael Ardolino, Assistant Secretary, Three Village Chamber of Commerce (3VC); Carmine Inserra, Vice President, 3VC; Ed Flood, NYS Assemblyman; Robert Fonti, representing Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone; Madison McAvoy, Vice President of Madison’s Niche; Karen McAvoy, Proprietor of Madison’s Niche and D.K. Brothers; Ed Romaine, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor; Gloria Rocchio, President, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO); Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, WMHO; Jonathan Kornreich, Councilman, Town of Brookhaven; Alexander Piccirillo, representing Senator Anthony Palumbo; Martha Stansbury, Treasurer, 3VC; Ken Kroncke, Board Member, 3VC; Mary Van Tuyl, Trustee, WMHO; Charles Napoli, Trustee, WMHO; Emily McAvoy; Daniel McAvoy; Kenneth McAvoy; Kenneth McAvoy Jr.; Chuck Lohmann, Trustee, WMHO; Daniel J. Panico, Deputy Supervisor and Councilman, Town of Brookhaven; Charlie Lefkowitz, President, 3VC; Collette Frey-Bitzas, 2nd Vice President, 3VC; and Thomas McLaughlin, representing Senator Mario Mattera.


Pictured from left, are Stretch Zone staff members Julia Roberts, Joy Strohmayer, Courtney Cosentino; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Stretch Zone owner Elizabeth Valencia; Mt. Sinai/Miller Place Chamber Alliance President Holly Bottiglieri; and Stretch Zone staff members Sabrina Perrino and Carla Stucklen. Photo from Town of Brookhaven

On Oct. 12, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Mt. Sinai/Miller Place Chamber Alliance President Holly Bottiglieri attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the first Stretch Zone in Suffolk County at 385 Route 25A in Miller Place to wish Stretch Zone owner, Elizabeth Valencia the best of luck in her new venture.

Established in 2004, Stretch Zone has made significant contributions to the field of stretching with its unique tables and patented strapping system, aimed at providing lasting benefits to its users. The company’s goal is to improve mobility and overall well-being.

Stretch Zone offers services to a diverse group of individuals, including athletes, stroke survivors, hip or knee replacement patients, office workers, and people with conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. With the new Miller Place branch, Stretch Zone now has 300 locations in 40 states.

For more information, call 631-743-9719 or go to their website at www.stretchzone.com.

By Raymond Janis

Town of Smithtown officials joined Parks Department staff and local business leaders at Smithtown Landing Tuesday, Oct. 24, announcing the completion of new renovations at the municipal golf and country club.

Town Supervisor Ed Wehrheim (R) described the Smithtown Landing renovation project as a $3 million investment into the facilities and amenities throughout the country club.

“This is the Smithtown residents’ country club, and this is what the residents of Smithtown deserve,” the supervisor said. “They deserve a country club that’s akin to any private country club that’s here in Suffolk County.”

Joe Arico, town park maintenance director, outlined the various improvements that were completed at the Landing, noting that the project aimed to bring the facility “up to code and modern-day standards.”

He referred to kitchen spaces that were “totally renovated,” roofs reframed with outdoor solar panels, construction of a new bar and lounge area, a newly-outfitted patio space and HVAC systems, and handicap accessibility upgrades, among other improvements.

“We can have meetings and weddings and events worthy of celebration at the club now that all of these facilities have been brought up to date,” Arico said, adding, “Aesthetically, we worked on this project tirelessly to make sure it looked good for the people of the community.”

New York State Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown) attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Fitzpatrick’s father, former Supervisor Paul J. Fitzpatrick, had acquired the property on behalf of the town during his administration in the 1970s, approved by town voters through a permissive referendum.

The younger Fitzpatrick commented upon the gradual development of the municipal country club since its acquisition, noting its central place as the “crown jewel” of the Smithtown parks system.

“This place is a place for everyone,” the state assemblyman said. “We have the pools, we have the golf course, and, of course, we have the catering operation.”

He added, “I think the vision that my father had — and brought along the Town Board and the people of the Town of Smithtown — it has paid dividends for many, many years and will pay more in the years to come.”

This park renovation is part of a multiphased $11 million renovation effort across the town, with similar renovations at town-owned facilities such as Long Beach Marina and Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. The initiative will culminate with the completion of one further public amenity.

“We have one more major project that is underway, and that is Callahan’s Beach,” Wehrheim said.

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce (PJCC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new offices for Edward Jones Financial Advisor Michael Sceiford on Sept. 26. The event was attended by members of the chamber, Port Jefferson Village Board, Port Jefferson Rotary Club, staff, family and friends.

Located at 640 Belle Terre Road, Building B, in Port Jefferson, the investment firm helps its customers prepare for retirement, save for education and be a tax-smart investor.

“We congratulate Michael on his new location and beautiful office suites and we wish him much success,” said PJCC’s Director of Operations Barbara Ransome. 

Pictured in photo, from left, chamber member Suzanne Velazquez; chamber president Stuart Vincent; Edward Jones Associate Financial Advisor Tracy Prush; Edward Jones Branch Office Administrator Pam Guido; Stephanie Sceiford with children Claire and Harvey; Michael Sceiford (with scissors); chamber members Nancy Bradley and Brett Davenport; Port Jefferson Deputy Mayor Rebecca Kassay; Bob Huttemeyer from the Port Jefferson Rotary; and chamber members Risa Kluger, Michelle Cruz, Saranto Calamas, Andrew Thomas (seated), Eric D. Cherches Esq. and Mary Joy Pipe.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 631-928-2034.

Ribbon cutting for Hair, Lash and Brow Bar. Photo from PJCC

Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Hair, Lash & Brow Bar in the Village of Port Jefferson on Aug. 6. 

The well-attended celebration included members of the chamber, Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, staff, family and friends who came out to wish new owner Julianna Cordi the best of luck in her new venture and included a catered party, special themed cake, favors, and a champagne toast.

Located at 138 East Main Street, the full-service salon offers everything from blow-outs, hair cuts and color to hair extensions, lash extensions and spa facials. 

Hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment or for more information, call 631-509-5944.

Pictured at the ribbon cutting, from left, chamber members Suzanne Velazquez, Brett Davenport and Mary Joy Pipe, owner Julianna Cordi in center holding scissors, flanked by her parents Anna Maria and Eugene Cordi, TOB Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich and staff members.

Members of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce, Brookhaven Town Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, mascot Dee Dee the Chickadee, staff, friends and family joined Brooke Ramirez in celebrating the grand opening of her second retail location of Wild Birds Unlimited in Suffolk County with a ribbon cutting on Aug. 2. 

Ramirez (pictured with scissors) is also the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop at 911 Montauk Highway in Oakdale, having been the manager of that store prior to her purchase in 2021. After successfully growing the business in Oakdale over 16 years, she has built another “nest” in East Setauket to “bring people and nature together” on the North Shore. 

Located at 4046 Nesconset Highway, East Setauket in the Kohl’s shopping center, Wild Birds Unlimited employs “certified specialists” who will help you shop for bird baths, feeders, houses and a large selection of birdfood for your backyard friends. In addition, the store offers a large selection of nature-themed gift items for the home and yard as well as personal care products. Members of their “Daily Savings Club” receive discounts on food products, earn points towards coupons called “bird bucks” and get member only specials.

Prefer to shop online? Wild Birds Unlimited delivers. The same people that help you in store will pack up your order and deliver it right to your door. 

“I’m happy to welcome a business like Wild Birds Unlimited because of the impact they have on building appreciation of our natural world. They are dedicated to not only benefiting wild birds and the broader environment but are also dedicated to educating residents about our local birds,” said Councilmember Kornreich. 

“This is a wonderful addition to our district, providing a haven for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. I’m looking forward to seeing its impact in our community and ecosystem,” he said. 

Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 631-403-4419 or visit eastsetauket.wbu.com.