Fire Island Offers Two Events for Winter Fun

Log Washed up on the Beach with the Fire Island Lighthouse in the Distance.

Located a few short miles from The Colony Preserve, the Wilderness Visitor Center at Fire Island National Seashore is hosting two winter events that embrace the pristine setting of Fire Island.

Two Wintertime Fire Island Events

  1. Welcome Winter
    Welcome Winter, will be fun and educational for the entire family. Celebrate the arrival of winter while learning about the effects of the season on Fire Island. Welcome Winter will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.
  2. New Year’s Day Beach to Breach Hike
    Kick off 2017 with the New Year’s Day Beach to Breach Hike. A three-mile round trip, participants will trek through sand to the breach at old inlet while exploring the splendor of Fire Island. The New Year’s Day Beach to Breach Hike will take place on January 1st, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Both events are completely free and start at the Wilderness Visitor Center at Fire Island National Seashore. Call 631-281-3010 for more information.

UNIQUE HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPTIONS ARE CLOSE TO THE COLONY PRESERVE!

A Pile of Presents, Representing the Shopping Options in Shirley, Long Island.

December 5, 2016 – For the lucky residents of The Colony Preserve in Shirley, the holiday shopping season offers a number of delightful and unique retail options that are easily reached from our residents’ front door! Nearby local neighborhoods like Patchogue and Westhampton Beach are a short drive away, and each provides special one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques where one can find that perfect gift or keepsake. And, of course, just about 20 minutes away is the nationally renowned Tanger Outlet, where the most devoted shopper can find dozens and dozens of famous brand-name shops from A (Armani) to Z (Zales), with every style and taste level catered to at the best values imaginable! The extended holiday shopping hours at Tanger are from 9 AM to (PM Monday through Thursday; 9 AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday; and 10 AM to 8 PM Sunday. Happy shopping!

NEW MAJOR MEDICAL CENTER TO OPEN JUST 15 MINUTES FROM THE COLONY PRESERVE

Knapp Cardiac Care Center.
The Colony Preserve’s premier location is about to get even better. Expected to open by Thanksgiving, the state-of-the-art Knapp Cardiac Care Center will bring even more advanced healthcare options to community residents.

At 60,000 square feet, the three-story Knapp Cardiac Care Center is connected to the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue. The $60 million facility will enable the hospital to expand their cardiac services, and will likely add 50 employees exclusively for the center within the next 18 months.

To learn more about the opening of the Knapp Cardiac Care Center, read the full article at Newsday.com.

THE COLONY PRESERVE RESIDENTS KNOW IT’S ALWAYS SPECIAL AT THE BEACH!

The beautiful beach at Fire Island
November 5, 2016 – Long Island is enjoying an extended “Indian Summer” this autumn, and beach visits continue to be popular for all ages. For residents of The Colony Preserve, a refreshing visit to the pristine ocean beaches of the Fire Island National Seashore is just two miles away and always an occasion for a special memory. Whether you are a surfcasting fisherman, a shell collector, or simply looking for some fresh salty air, the miles of unspoiled beaches at Smith Point offer spectacular scenery, soaring open skies and magical displays of sunlight on the water. The park also offers a variety of regularly scheduled programs all year round, including nature and bird walks, night sky lectures, traditional holiday celebrations, and much more. So just because Labor Day has come and gone, you can still find plenty to enjoy at the shore! For more details, call 631-852-1313.

BRING AUTUMN INDOORS WITH THESE FALL DÉCOR TIPS.

Fall inspired table table arrangement with pumpkin, squash, berries, candles and more.
It’s beginning to feel like fall on Long Island. As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change colors, it’s the perfect time to warm up the inside of your Long Island home by bringing in some of those autumn hues. Ready to turn your single-family home into a cozy autumn retreat? Follow these fall décor tips and autumn decorating ideas.

Fall Décor Tips and Autumn Decorating Ideas

  1. Deck the Décor
    Fall décor is all about bringing the outside in. Nothing does that better than decorating your interior with natural elements like twig wreaths, fallen leaf collages and foliage centerpieces.
  2. Embrace the Burnt
    Burnt red, sienna and umber accents will bring the feeling of fall into every room of your house. The best part, you don’t have to go overboard with new furniture and paint. Just swap out your throw pillows and blankets for something with a touch of burnt orange or brown.
  3. Add a Pinch of Pumpkin
    While pumpkins are the essential fall fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit), it’s easy to over do it. All you need are a few various-sized pumpkins here and there to set the autumn mood. While jack o’lanterns may be fun for the kids, painting a pumpkin in a two-tone pattern or decorating it with a lace doily can add a more elegant fall flare.

Now that you know how to add some fall décor to your single-family home in Long Island, put these decorating tips to use and share the finished product with us on twitter @TheColonyPreser.

LONG ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS OCTOBER 30TH!

Long Island Restaurant Week.
October 14, 2016 – Good news for Long Island gourmets: the much-appreciated Long Island “Restaurant Week” returns again this year, offering eight days of delicious meals and deals throughout Long Island! The fest takes place from Sunday, October 30th through Sunday, November 6th, 2016 and marks the tenth anniversary for the fall version of the event (a Spring week was added in 2011 due to popular demand). This fall over 250 area restaurants will be participating, with venues ranging from Garden City to Montauk, and embracing all kinds of quality cuisine. Diners will enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe meal for $27.95; the price includes a choice of an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert (drinks, taxes and gratuities are additional; please note that Saturday dinners are only offered before 7 PM). For additional details, and for a list of participating restaurants, please go to www.longislandrestaurantweek.com and bon appetite!

SUMMER SALES SIZZLE AT COUNTRY WOODS!

Summer Sun on Long Island

September 2, 2016 – Sales activity at Country Woods heated up dramatically over the summer, with sales volume exceeding one million dollars over the course of just four “hot” weeks. According to Ron Bloomfield, the community’s Director of Sales, “home seekers definitely appreciate the exceptional opportunity that Country Woods offers, with private ranch and two-story homes that represent the best new home values on Long Island!” This quiet, brand new neighborhood offers 3 and 4-bedroom homes with 2-car garages, designer kitchens, luxurious master suites, oversized lots and complete landscaping – at prices from just $344,900 (prices subject to change without notice). The sales office and beautifully furnished model homes are open daily; closed Thursdays. For more details, you are invited to call 631-772-5310.

WHO’S GOT THE BEST BURGER ON LONG ISLAND?

The Best Burger on Long Island.
July 31, 2016 – That’s a question that’s sure to raise a heated debate, but ten of Long Island’s top restaurants will be having a taste-off on August 14th and we are all cordially invited to join in! The event will be held at Shorefront Park in Patchogue which, for residents of The Colony Preserve, is only about 12 miles (or 20 minutes) from the community’s front gates. Ten elected finalists from all over Long Island will face off to see just who exactly has the best burger on the Island! General admission tickets are $30 and include burger tastings, non-alcoholic refreshments, live music and convenient free parking. The event will run from 4 PM to 7 PM on August 14th, rain or shine. Come hungry! For more information, go to www.greatburgerbattle.com

SMITH POINT BEACH HUT: A SUMMER HIT JUST MINUTES FROM THE COLONY PRESERVE

Smith Point Beach Hut

JULY 1, 2016 – Residents of The Colony Preserve don’t have far to travel to enjoy the special sounds and tastes of summer. Just about two miles from the community’s front gate — right on the Atlantic Ocean — is the Smith Point Beach Hut, which has been a seasonal hot spot for years now. With something for all ages, visitors can enjoy all kinds of beach snacks, raw bar, sunset dinners, adult beverages and shakes and ice cream treats that are sure to delight. And every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer is their renowned Lobster Fest, a treat you’ll have to experience to appreciate. And every night in July and August the Beach Hut features live music (and even into late September) of all kinds. Check out Country Night every Monday where you can line dance to your heart’s content! The Beach Hut is open every day. Call 631-281-7788 or check out the website for more details.

WILLIAM FLOYD SCHOOL DISTRICT RANKS HIGH ON N.Y. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION A.P. TEST SCORE RESULTS!

William Floyd High School District
June 4, 2016 – The New York State Department of Education recently released test score data based on 2015 Advanced Placement tests for every school in the state, and the William Floyd School District showed solid results, tying for 15th place against all eligible Long Island schools. William Floyd had 75% of their students earning a score of 3 or higher, which makes them eligible for college credit. Nearly 70,000 Long Island students took these A.P. tests, hoping to earn college credits during their high school years. The Great Neck School District was ranked the highest, with 89% of students earning a grade of 3 or higher. Congratulations to the students of William Floyd!