Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Emily Davenport via StarNetwork.comIt certainly was a night to remember at the second annual Star Network Kings of Long Island Awards and Networking Event.On Thursday, April 6, nearly 500 people gathered at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck to recognize 45 men from Nassau and Suffolk counties for their work in business and the community.“You are the stars of tonight,” said Victoria Schneps, publisher of The Queens Courier and founder of the Star Network. “We are all thrilled to have you with us.”CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HEREThe evening kicked off with a cocktail hour so honorees and their guests could mix, mingle and get to know each other better. The excitement was contagious.“I would like congratulate all of my fellow honorees,” said Anil Kapoor, President & CEO of SVAM International and recipient of the Excellence in Technology Award. “It’s great to be here tonight.”“I’m extremely honored to be here,” said Jeffrey Levy, Director of Development of New York and VP of Pennsylvania at EIHAB Human Services. “I’m very excited about tonight.”Steven D. Lichtenstein, CLU, ChFC at Forest Hills Financial Group, agreed with Levy, saying, “It feels wonderful to be hanging out with a group of very successful businessmen and women from Long Island.”Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos was in attendance that evening, offering his complements to all the honorees.“I would like to congratulate you for your accomplishments,” said Comptroller Maragos. “Each one of you is an incredibly accomplished, and I know you have a lot more to give.”As the night went on, everyone gathered in the main dining hall to receive their awards for the evening.CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HEREThe Woman of the Year Award went to Kristin Thorne, Reporter for WABC-TV. The Excellence in Technology Award went to Anil Kapoor, President & CEO at SVAM International. The Family Business Award went to the LaSpina Family, proprietors at the Maple Family Centers. The Excellence in Healthcare Award went to Dr. Adhi Sharma, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital. The Champion Service Award went to Billy Richards. The Guests of Honor were Michael Faltischek, Partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C., Robert B. Catell, Chairman of Advanced Energy Research & Technology Research Center for Stony Brook University and Dr. Yacov Shamash, Vice President of Economic Development at Stony Brook University.Ashley Edwards, who was crowned Miss Long Island 2017, was also in attendance at the event.This year’s incredible honorees included: George Andriopoulos, CEO & Founder of Launchpad Five One Six; Dean Bennett, President & CEO of J.K. Bennett & Associates, Inc.; Michael Billia, Senior VP, Regional Manager at Investors Bank; Dilip Chauhan, Director of Southeast/Asian Affairs at the Nassau County Comptroller Office; Tim Coleman, Director of Waiver and Family Support Services at Innovative Resources for Independence; Lance W. Elder, President and CEO at EAC Network; Paul Giotis, VP of Operations at EPIC Long Island; Ron Gold, Founder and President of Marketing Works; Peter Goldsmith, President and Chairman at LISTnet; Joe Graziose, Senior Vice President of Residential Construction at RXR Realty; Michael T. Hanley, Managing Partner at Michels & Hanley CPAs, LLP; Tariq Khan, President of Sentar Fuel Co., Inc., and Niats Realty Corp; David Kirschenbaum, Public Relations Manager at Neiman Marcus, Roosevelt Field; Dr. Krishan Kumar, Board of Trustees of American Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage and Professor & Chair of Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center; Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Superintendent of Freeport Public Schools; Stew Leonard Jr., President, CEO of Stew Leonard’s; Howard Levitt, Chair of Vistage; Jeffrey Levy, Director of Development of New York and VP of Pennsylvania at EIHAB Human Services; Steven D. Lichtenstein, CLU, ChFC of Forest Hills Financial Group; Raj Mehta, Chairman, CEO of Infosys International Inc.; Dr. Steven Mendelsohn, Chief Executive Officer of Zwanger Pesiri Radiology; Dr. Paul Mustacchia, Chairman of Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center; Brendan O’Brien, President of Gold Coast Wealth Management; Paule T. Pachter, Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Cares, Inc.; Eric Penzer, Estate Litigation Partner at Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Danny Pisani, Vice President/Director of Sales at Contour Mortgage Corporation; Jack Schnirman, City Manager of City of Long Beach; Walter Skinner, President of The Skinner Insurance Agency; Michael Smith, Executive Director at ACDS; Salvatore Spano, First Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking Employee Management at New York Community Bank; Nick Symanski, Business Development Manager at Flushing Bank; Joshua Thomas, Vice President of Operations at EIHAB Human Services; Matthew Thompson, Family Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Bill Waibel, President of A+ Stem Labs; Robert M. Werner, Senior VP of Operations, CFO of Parker Jewish Institute; Timothy Williams, Vice President of Santander Bank NA US; and Simon Zysman, Ph.D., President & Founder of Employee Assistance Resources Services, Inc.CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HEREThe evening’s raffle raised nearly $4,000, thanks to a very generous donation by honoree Danny Pisani, who bid–and won–on the trip to Cancun. Proceeds from the raffles went to support EIHAB Human Services and The United Family Beacon House.This event was sponsored by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Investors Bank, Flushing Bank, D & F Development, New York Community Bank, Contour Mortgage, AgeWell New York, Forest Hills Financial Group, Stew Leonard’s, Zwanger Pesiri Radiology, Marketing Works, Broadway Stages, EIHAB Human Services, Bethpage Best of Long Island, Georgi Vodka, Neiman Marcus and Godiva.The Star Network, a division of Schneps Communications, brings the most powerful and active members of the community into one room through many targeted events. These provide face-to-face networking, as well as business building and branding opportunities.Nominations are now open for the Queens Power Women in Business. Email tc[email protected] if you would like to recommend someone to be honored. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected] or call 718 224 5863 ext 201.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater summer concert series kicks off after the return of beach season Memorial Day weekend.Check out what acts are playing the Jones Beach amphitheater this summer! This list will be updated as new concert dates are announced.KTUphoria 2017Kicking off the Jones Beach summer concert series is this year’s pop fest line-up featuring the Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Jason Derulo, Shaggy, Daya, Craig David, Starley and Miley Cyrus. $24-$230. 7 p.m. June 3.Jason AldeanThe country rocker is back again on his They Don’t Know Tour with supporting acts Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver. $46-$400. 7:30 p.m. June 4. Dave Matthews and Tim ReynoldsSince Dave Matthews Band is not touring this summer, the two musicians and longtime friends are instead taking the opportunity to play a rare series of stripped-down, acoustic dates together. $85-$425. 7:30 p.m. June 6.Deftones and Rise AgainstThe Grammy-winning alt-rockers join forces with the punk rock stalwarts and opening act Thrice. $15-$173. 6:30 p.m. June 13.TrainThe alt-rockers best known for their hits “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By” are touring to promote their tenth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat. $29-$333. 7 p.m. June 14. Florida Georgia LineThe brothers who make up Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, will perform their hit single, “Cruise,” which sold 10 million copies, making FGL the first-ever country band to receive RIAA’s Diamond certification. $31-$559. 7 p.m. June 15. BLI Summer JamThe line-up includes Flo Rida, DNCE, Martin Garrix, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Sabrina Carpenter, James Arthur, Noah Cyrus, Nick Tangorra and more. $24-$272. 5 p.m. June 16.Steve Miller BandMIller is known for chart-topping hits “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Rock’n Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jet Airliner,” “Abracadabra” and “Jungle Love,” among many others, and is living testament to rock’s continued power and relevance. Also performing is Peter Frampton, famous for his hugely selling double-live album of 1976, and his chops as a rock-n-roll hero from Humble Pie. $26-$230. 7:30 p.m. June 17.Dierks BentleyThis Arizona-born country crooner returns to LI on the What The Hell World Tour. Opening acts include Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. $35-$355. 7 p.m. June 23.Third Eye BlindIn recognition to their fans for 20 years down, Third Eye Blind will, for the first time in their storied history, play their debut album, considered one of the great rock records of all time, in its entirety, as part of a night of music including their latest, We Are Drugs. With opening act Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff. $24-$184. 7 p.m. June 24.RammsteinThis German industrial band best known for their hit single “Du Hast” will wow fans with their over-the-top pyrotechnics and stage antics. $145-$1,055. 8 p.m. June 25.NicklebackCanadian pop rockers will play their hits “Photograph”, “Far Away” and “Rockstar” on the Feed The Machine Tour with opening acts Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. $22-$194. 6 p.m. July 1. James TaylorOne of the best-selling musicians of all time, Taylor will play his classics, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “You’ve Got A Friend” and “Fire and Rain.” $36-$360. 7:30 p.m. July 7.Vans Warped TourThe nation’s longest running annual music festival returns with its traveling freak show of pop-punk artists. This year, the lineup consists of a good mix of punk, metal and pop artists, including: The Acacia Strain, The Adolescents, After The Burial, The Alarm, Alestorm, American Authors, Andy Black, Anti-Flag and more. $45. 11 a.m. July 8.The Moody BluesThe band will reflect back on five decades of some of the most well beloved music in pop culture history this summer, when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, Days of Future Passed, their epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra. $25-$193. 8 p.m. July 12.Lady AntebellumThis Tennessee-based country band returns to LI to play their hits, such as “Need to Know” and “Just a Kiss,” on The You Look Good Tour with opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. $32.75-$66.25. 7:30 p.m. July 14.Rod StewartTwo of music’s most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers will tour together this summer when Rod Stewart is joined by special guest Cyndi Lauper. Stewart and Lauper have been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism. $30-$420. 7:30 p.m. July 18. IncubusConsidered one of the most popular alternative-metal bands of all time, Incubus pride themselves on evolving their music throughout their storied career. Opening the show is Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion. $25-$237. 6:45 p.m. July 19.ForeignerThe band best known for hits “Cold as Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Wanna Know What Love Is” joins forces with Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. $25-$221. 7 p.m. July 20.Chris StapletonThis Tennessee-based country crooner performs hit hits, such as “Never Wanted Nothing More” with opening acts Anderson East and Brent Cobb. $30-$250. 7 p.m. July 21.MuseThe British prog-rockers with a cult following plays the beach with supporting acts Thirty Seconds to Mars and PVRIS. $59-$415. 7 p.m. July 22.BostonThe classic rock band will play their hits, “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind” and “Foreplay/Long Time” on their The Hyper Space Tour with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. $22-$216. 7:30 p.m. July 23.Brantley GilbertThe southern rocker is touring to promote his recently released album, The Devil Don’t Sleep, with supporting acts Tyler Farr and Luke Combs. $25-$179. 7 p.m. July 27.ChicagoThe self-described rock band with horns performs with the Doobie Brothers. $25-$293. 7:30 p.m. July 28.One RepublicThis Colorado-based pop rock band known for their breakout hit “Apologize” tours with opening acts Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur. $25-$275. 7 p.m. July 29.Kings of LeonThe iconic alt-rockers are touring fresh off a chart-topping radio hit with supporting acts Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. $32-$348. 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Brad PaisleyPossibly one of the most recognizable modern country singers, Brad Paisley has sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards, 14 CMA Awards and has become a registered member of the Grand Ole Opry. Opening acts include Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. $30-$290. 7 p.m. Aug. 3.Goo Goo DollsThe Goo Goo Dolls, best known for the emotional ’98 hit song “Iris,” return to LI on their Long Way Home Summer Tour with Phillip Phillips. $22-$234. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.Jimmy BuffettThe musician best known for his paradise-themed songs is a perfect performer for a summer concert at Jones Beach. Perhaps what’s more popular than seeing the godliness of Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefers themselves is the pre-show Parrothead tailgate, where Buffet fans unite and celebrate the season, which fans spend months preparing in advance. $56-$498. 7 p.m. Aug. 16.United We Rock TourIt’s a trifecta of ‘70s and ‘80s rock masters with Styx, REO Speedwagon and Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder. $20-$252. 7 p.m. Aug. 16.Billboard’s 2017 Hot 100 Music FestivalGrammy Award nominated and multi-platinum selling artists, Major Lazer, Big Sean and Zedd will headline the festival, which returns with another epically diverse line-up that includes more than 30 of today’s biggest music stars. Tickets go on sale May 22. Concert Aug. 19-20.John MayerThis Connecticut-born acoustic pop rock crooner is touring to promote his latest album, The Search for Everything. $36-$406. 7 p.m. Aug. 23.Lynyrd Skynyrd & Hank Williams Jr.Lynyrd Skynyrd’s will be sure to play their greatest hits, including “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” $26-$188. 7 p.m. Aug. 25.Deep Purple & Alice CooperThe English hard rock legends perform with The Godfather of Shock Rock and supporting act The Edge Water Band. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26.Luke BryanThis Georgia-based country rocker is coming to town on his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour. $67.25-$83.25. 7 p.m. Aug. 27.Matchbox 20 & Counting CrowsThese two alt-rock superstars join forces on their Brief History of Everything Tour. $29-$225. 6:45 p.m. Aug. 31.Willie NelsonAdditional tour dates were added to the Outlaw Music Festival Tour by popular demand. Also performing will be The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid and more. Tickets go on sale May 22. Show Sept. 9. Sublime with Rome and The OffspringEric Wilson, the original bassist for Sublime, collaborates with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez to perform the band’s ska hits—”What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time,” to name a few—in place of the late lead singer, Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose two decades at age 28. $25-$189. 7 p.m. Sept. 16.Sammy Hagar & The CircleSammy Hagar and The Circle, the critically-acclaimed supergroup featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, are touring with opening act Collective Soul. $25-$241. 7 p.m. Sept. 23.Laid Back FestivalPresented in the spirit of co-founder Gregg Allman, the all-star line-up includes Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, Peter Wolf and more. Pre-sale begins June 13, general sale opens June 16. Concert Sept. 24.Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is located at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Wantagh State Parkway in Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster.com
The ice tubs are filled, water bottles cooled and coaches’ whistles are all chirping away.It’s August; football season is right around the corner.The Wisconsin football team opened its fall camp Friday at Camp Randall Stadium, where the Badgers will open their 2011 season in a little less than one month against UNLV on Sept. 1.As the final stretch of the offseason kicked off, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema spoke with the media after the day’s practice. Until the full pads come out, Bielema said the first few days are mainly focused on developing team communication and implementing a friendly coaching atmosphere.“One of the things we’re really stressing these first two days is communication, being loud, being emphatic [in the] huddle – not only in the huddle but also out there on the field,” Bielema said.“We talked about accepting coaching. A lot of time young men… they don’t like to be told what they’re doing wrong. They like to hear all the good things.”Here are a few more notes from Bielema:Borland in the middleAfter sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury early last season that also ruled him out of spring camp, sophomore linebacker Chris Borland is finally getting back into the swing of things with the UW defense.Borland, who will move from outside to middle linebacker this season, practiced with the first team during Friday’s practice and, according to Bielema, looks to be in good shape.Bielema described how during a pass-skeleton drill, Borland dove for the ball at one point and landed on his shoulder. But he quickly “popped up and ran.”Bielema said he’s trying to teach Borland to be less “reckless” with his body and play with his feet underneath him more often, meaning a little less diving and reaching.“I think it’ll sink in,” Bielema said.Wilson takes to the fieldFriday marked the first occasion in which Bielema and his staff had the opportunity to work with senior quarterback Russell Wilson, the eagerly-anticipated transfer from North Carolina State.Being the first practice of the fall and it being without full pads, Bielema didn’t have much to praise or criticize, yet he was still complimentary of his newest quarterback.“He’s got great composure. He takes to learning very very easily, obviously a very accurate player,” he said. “Any quarterback can throw without pads on but I thought he showed some really nice things.”Position battles begin to take shapeAt the Big Ten media days last weekend in Chicago, Bielema mentioned seven positions that would feature a battle for the starting spot, including running back, tight end, right tackle, quarterback, SAM linebacker, defensive end and strong safety.When the USA Today preseason coaches poll was released Thursday with the Badgers at No. 10, Bielema was asked if seven positions open for competition seemed like much for a team with such high expectations. He didn’t seem worried, and answered by saying the internal competitions are healthy for the team.“I think all those things are good things,” Bielema said.Return menBielema listed off a roll of candidates for punt and kickoff returners, now that specialist David Gilreath has graduated.Fifth-year senior safety Aaron Henry, freshman Kenzel Doe and sophomore running back James White caught punts during Friday’s practice, while Bielema said “a host of guys” are in the mix for kickoff returner.“James White and Montee Ball are back there,” Bielema said. “You’d like to see maybe Manasseh Garner, and everybody’s favorite, Chris Borland, is back there. I know he can catch kicks. It’s kind of by committee right now.”Looking fitThe UW coaching staff hasn’t been able to see their team in action since spring camp concluded in late April, so Bielema was excited to see how his players sculpted themselves through offseason workouts.Bielema mentioned sophomore defensive tackle Beau Allen trimmed his weight from 335 pounds in the spring to 315, while fifth-year senior wide receiver Nick Toon added 15 pounds to the 205-pound frame he had in April.The head coach also noted the physical development of Borland and defensive linemen David Gilbert and Louis Nzegwu.
ESPN moved up its annual ESPY Awards show from the MLB All-Star break to Father’s Day night this year and changed the focus from athletic achievement to social achievement.The COVID-19 outbreak has canceled, delayed and threatened sporting events and seasons since March. Americans’ reactions to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have increased the desire for changes in race relations. Sunday’s two-hour show acknowledged those narratives and provided recognition to people in the sports world who were dedicated to community service in the previous year. FLASHBACK: Kevin Love describes panic attackA list of the most prominent ESPY Award winners in 2020:Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian AwardNelson Cruz, Twins (MLB)En primer lugar, agradezco a Dios por darme la oportunidad de hacer lo que amo.También le doy las gracias a mis padres que me enseñaron que dar a los demás es mejor que recibir. pic.twitter.com/PJ7vqjPhC1— Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) June 22, 2020Sports Humanitarian Team of the YearLos Angeles Dodgers (MLB)Can’t-Stop-Watching MomentThomas “Snacks” Lee, Jackson State (NCAA basketball)JSU wild. Ya love to see it. pic.twitter.com/EzZ5OzcBr2— DoubleLL’s (@AllHailDorian) March 3, 2020Jimmy V Award for PerseveranceTaquarius “TQ” WairSeahawks LB Shaquem Griffin surprised Taquarius Wair with a special message and this year’s Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. #ESPYS(📍 @Cisco) pic.twitter.com/y1MDDisyVs— ESPYS (@ESPYS) June 22, 2020Pat Tillman Award for ServiceKim Clavel (Boxing) Kim Clavel was on the verge of a boxing breakthrough, but when the coronavirus pandemic struck, she put one career aside for another.Tonight, she accepts the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the #ESPYS. pic.twitter.com/PZk8Sctxs8— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020Arthur Ashe Courage AwardKevin Love, Cavaliers (NBA)”Humbled does not even begin to describe the feeling.”@kevinlove delivers a heartfelt speech after winning the 2020 Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his commitment to growing mental health awareness. #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/EjQdm34ZjD— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020Billie Jean King Youth Leadership AwardJoe Aputo, Batouly Camara, Ally Friedman, Javonn Islar, Chelsea Quito, Elijah Murphy, Niah WoodsThe night also included a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by Snoop Dogg and a Black Lives Matter-themed introduction from co-hosts Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird.”This is our moment to prove that we know a better world is one where Black lives are valued.”@DangeRussWilson, @S10Bird and @mPinoe open the 2020 #ESPYS. pic.twitter.com/ntJzgtkhMq— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020