Top 10 tips on tax planning

first_imgWith both the budget and the end of the tax year just around the corner Simon Young, director of Montpelier Chartered Accountants, outlines his tips on minimising your Corporate and Personal tax burden.1. Cash in some of your capital gains if you made any this year obvious, but often left until the last minute.2. Don’t buy equipment for the sake of it, but if you do need new kit, buy it in your current financial year.3. Offsetting losses against capital gains can be beneficial but very complex. Take professional advice.4. Pension allowances are to shrink drastically next tax year, so put as much as you can afford (up to £255,000) into your fund before 5 April.5. Ensure you are claiming your maximum allowances against tax: business mileage; use of home as office etc.6. Consider incorporating your business if you pay income tax at the higher rate of 40% or 50%, there may be considerable tax saving to be made on incorporation.7. You may be able to reduce your tax bill by changing your staff remuneration strategy so check this before the start of the new tax year.8. Make the most of government-approved incentives for subsidised or tax-free perks, such as mobile phones, meals and childcare voucher schemes.9. Don’t rush to sell your business. Yes, taxes are currently favourable, but they’re likely to remain so: wait for the right time to sell.10. You have until 5 April to put money into an ISA; £5,100 can be put into cash ISA with a further £5,100 into stocks and shares ISA. Returns are free of tax inside the ISA wrapper.l These are only a guide. For more information see www.montpelierchartered.com. You should not take any action or refrain from taking action without first taking suitably qualified professional advice on your specific circumstances.last_img read more

Farmington selectmen discuss 2020 tax rates

first_imgFARMINGTON – The Farmington Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday evening to discuss 2020 tax scenarios, the possibility of accepting a new COVID-19 grant for public safety, as well as other local topics of concern. The meeting opened by introducing the newest hire in the Farmington Police Department, Riley Dowe. According to Chief Jack Peck, the department had a difficult time finding someone to fill the position, but Dowe has been on the job for three weeks now and has proved to be a positive addition. Peck also asked the board to approve their acceptance of a Covid-19 grant of $4,770 to purchase 16 N-95 masks for public safety. The police department is hoping to save some of the grant funds to upgrade respirators. The vote to approve the acceptance of the grant money was unanimous.The board moved to discuss four possible 2020 Tax Rate Scenarios. Most of the debate around this issue was concerning the amount of overlay. The town’s tax assessor recommended trying to build reserve funds in order to better prepare for the 2021 tax season when businesses and individuals alike will be recovering from the financial pains of the Covid-19 pandemic.“I have complete faith in our tax assessor,” Selectman Michael Fogg said. “I think he’s trying to prepare the town as best he can.”The vote to approve the tax assessor’s proposed plan to take $50,000 from the town tif fund and allocate $40,138.79 for overlay, resulting in a tax rate decrease, was met with a 3:1 vote of approval.While on the original agenda for the meeting, the discussion over the Manager’s Annual Performance Evaluation was postponed until the next board meeting on Sept. 8.A new road name change was proposed by two community members who wished to rename their road Rue Petite so that it would translate to “small road.” This was in honor of a former owner of the road, Ron Small. The board members saw nothing wrong with this tribute and unanimously approved it.Other news included a discussion of whether or not the University of Maine Farmington would be able to use Hippach field this season for baseball, but a consensus proved inconclusive. The Parks and Recreation Department has also hired a new Assistant Director, Michael Muse.“We believe he will be an asset to the department,” Town Manager Richard Davis said.last_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Eva Hooker remembers nontraditional path to sisterhood

first_imgEditor’s Note: Sister Spotlight is an effort by the Saint Mary’s News Department to shed light on the shared experience of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College students. We will be sharing the mission and stories of the sisters in an on-going series.Sister Eva Hooker, an English professor at Saint Mary’s, has been a Sister of the Holy Cross for 60 years. She entered the community of the Congregation of the Holy Cross after her sophomore year of college and, apart from a 20-year teaching position in Minnesota, has remained at Saint Mary’s ever since. However, her path to the convent was by no means traditional, she said.“For one thing, my family was Protestant,” Hooker said. “My father worked for the government and was often on assignment out of the country, so my sister and I went to a Lutheran boarding school. My mother became Catholic because she had an emergency and the hospital was Catholic. The priest visited her and one thing led to another.”Both of Hooker’s parents were baptized while she was in high school, and she said she was allowed to choose if she would enter the Church.“The priest who was guiding my parents was very wise,” she said. “He said that because my sister and I were teenagers, my parents couldn’t just force us into the Church. It was his suggestion that they put us in Catholic school. So we changed to Holy Cross Academy in Washington D.C.. I had to study religion just like everyone else, and I got hooked. I got baptized my senior year of high school, and my sister did, too.”Hooker said she first came in contact with the Sisters of the Holy Cross at Holy Cross Academy, and when she applied to college, she decided to go to Saint Mary’s.“My parents wanted me to go to a Catholic college and there were three very good Catholic colleges at the time — Trinity College, Manhattanville College and Saint Mary’s College,” she said. “I was already in Washington, so I didn’t want to go to Trinity. Manhattanville had just moved its campus, and I was wondering where all the boys were going to be. Well, I was told that everyone just goes down to New York, and I knew I wasn’t going to have the money to do that, so I scratched that option off. Saint Mary’s gave me a full scholarship to attend, and that made a huge difference. I still have Sr. Madaleva [Wolff]’s letter.”It was at Saint Mary’s that Hooker furthered her relationship with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and ultimately found her vocation, she said.“The sisters who worked in the college at the time — there were lots of them — were the most vibrant, intellectual women I had ever met,“ Hooker said. “I just wanted to be like them. I had them as real examples of the kind of teacher, sister and scholar that I wanted to be. They were active politically, they read everything, they loved art, they came up to Chicago for different things — their lives were full of 20th-century culture.”However, her path to the convent was not without obstacles, she said.“I had fallen in love with a young man from Notre Dame, and we had really thought about marriage,” Hooker said. “The thing that I really worried about was whether I was going to regret not marrying and having children. That was the piece. I think the sisters got wind of all this because the next thing I knew, Mother Rose Elizabeth, head of the Congregation at that time, sent me a note inviting me to come have a talk with her. I went in fear and trembling not knowing what to think. She was very charming. She really talked with me about religious life and presented it in a very positive way. Then, I don’t know why, I decided that I want to enter now. So I made that decision the spring of my sophomore year and entered the convent that fall.”While in formation, Hooker finished her degree in English from the College, went on to receive a Master’s degree in English from Notre Dame and later earned a Ph.D., also in English.Hooker said the intellectual vigor of the sisters that originally attracted her to the College, and which she tried to emulate today as a professor, ultimately stems from what she perceives as Wolff’s vision.“She was amazing,” Hooker said. “She was charming. You had a real sense of her intellectual power and she was a real example, along with the other wonderful teachers, of commitment to the intellectual life and to having an intellectual life that is woven with a spiritual life. And that’s no small task. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to become that person whom I dreamed of becoming, a sister who taught in college and loved a particular discipline.”Tags: Sister Eva Hooker, Sister Madeleva Wolff, sister spotlight, Sisters of Holy Crosslast_img read more

‘Saturday Night Live’ To Air Show, Observe Social Distancing

first_imgPhoto: NBCLOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules.The comedy sketch show will include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members, NBC said Thursday.The material will be produced remotely, the network said, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the pandemic’s fallout was a shutdown of movie and TV production that included “Saturday Night Live.” Its last original episode aired March 7.“SNL” is known for its guest hosts and musical artists, but NBC didn’t immediately address whether anyone outside the show’s cast would be be part of this Saturday’s episode, which will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. “Saturday Night Live” suffered a blow this week with the death of veteran producer and music supervisor Hal Willner. He had not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but his symptoms were consistent with those caused by the coronavirus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grill Safety

first_imgBacteria love warm environments as much as you enjoy the warm outdoors, and they can turn your perfect holiday weekend cookout into a health nightmare. Food safety is as important when grilling and serving food outdoors as it is in the kitchen because improperly handled food can make you sick.Savvy grill masters should follow these steps from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to keep food safe.CleanWash your hands before you touch food and after you handle raw meat, poultry, fish, seafood or eggs. If your grilling location has no running water or soap, take disposable hand wipes and hand sanitizer. You may want to use disposable gloves when handling raw items. Change into a new pair of gloves between handling raw products and food that is ready to eat.Always keep the area where you prepare food clean and use clean utensils. If you’re working outside, take aluminum foil or disposable plates to use as a clean preparation surface and have plenty of disposable utensils on hand. In the kitchen, keep counters, dishes and utensils clean by washing them with soap and hot water.SeparateSeparate ready-to-eat foods from raw foods that must be cooked to be safe. Keep contaminated surfaces, raw foods and their juices from coming into contact with foods that are already cooked or that can be eaten raw, like fruits and vegetables. Use a clean plate when removing cooked meats from the grill so that raw meat juices do not recontaminate the cooked food.CookMeat or poultry that’s been cooked on the grill can brown quickly on the outside. But is it really done? Take the guesswork out of grilling by using a food thermometer. A food thermometer will tell you when the food reaches the necessary internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that could make you sick.When you check thin foods, like patties or chicken pieces, insert the stem of the thermometer through the side of the food to get an accurate reading. Wait at least 15 seconds to take the reading. Ground beef should reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the center to be safe. Poultry, whether it’s whole or ground, should reach at least 165 F. Beef, veal, lamb or pork (steaks, roasts or chops) should reach at least 145 F and be allowed to rest for three minutes before slicing or serving.ChillChilling or keeping food cold is one way to keep harmful bacteria from multiplying. When thawing frozen foods, use methods that do not allow the food’s surface to warm up while the food is still frozen inside.There are three safe methods for thawing foods:Thaw food ahead of time in the refrigerator.Thaw food in cold water, and change the water every 30 minutes.Thaw food in the microwave and cook the warm food immediately after thawing.If you plan to marinate meat or poultry before grilling, marinate it in the refrigerator, not on your kitchen counter.For serving, keep hot foods at or above 140 F and cold foods at 40 F or lower. Use warming trays and coolers with ice to control the temperature of your foods and keep them out of the temperature danger zone.Celebrate the summer holidays and stay safe while you grill and chill! For more food safety information, visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/food.last_img read more

Interview with Rear Admiral Homero Luis Lajara Solá of the Dominican Republic

first_img very interesting On October 1, 1979, Homero Luis Lajara Solá did not hesitate to predict his future. Neither the rigors of the entrance exam for the Dominican Navy nor his youthful inexperience held him back when the dentist asked him, “And what are you here for?” “I came to be the boss here,” he answered. Thirty years later, the day that he took command of the General Staff of the Dominican Navy, Lajara Solá received an unexpected visit. “I came to greet you because you warned me many years ago, and I know that you’re going to do well,” the dentist told him. The heir of a “genetic” vocation for military life, Lajara Solá, now a rear admiral (upper half), is proud of having risen through the ranks to take command of a military branch, the same post held by his father several decades before. “A unique case,” he affirms. Only two months after the publication of his book La Armada del Milenio: Bitácora de una Nación [The navy of the millennium: Compass mount of a nation], a summary of the Dominican Navy’s history, the admiral spoke with Diálogo during the 2012 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), which took place in St. Kitts and Nevis and was attended by defense and security leaders from 17 nations in the region. Diálogo: In your presentation at CANSEC 2012 you referred to the specific threats that the Dominican Republic is facing: murder-for-hire, illegal migration … Could you explain this a bit more for us? Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Homero Luis Lajara Solá: In the past, people fought for ideals. Now, the enemy doesn’t have ideals, only the ruthless search for money, whatever the cost and however it is acquired. There are no rules of engagement; that’s why the war is more savage. We have the malignant phenomenon of murder-for-hire, which arose in recent years and has had an enormous impact on the roots of our society. We weren’t prepared for a situation of that kind, in which hitmen come to carry out commissions, chiefly in relation to drug trafficking, which is the axis around which all criminal activity revolves. Ninety-five percent of crimes are linked to drug trafficking. In the Dominican Republic, when the DEA [U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency] started working with us, there was a limited focus on preventing the Dominican Republic from being a bridge across which drugs could reach the United States. Subsequently, a new phenomenon appeared; payment in kind, leaving part of those drugs in the country. That was the start of small-scale trafficking, and they started to exploit violent situations in the family, at work, assaults without scruples, such as killing you to steal your cellphone, or that a member of the military, who is trained to defend your country, might become involved with that malignant tentacle of drug trafficking and act as an infiltrator in order to provide information or support to particular drug-trafficking networks, as has happened in our country. In the Dominican Republic, we also have the problem of illegal migration. There are Dominican nationals and nationals of other countries who come into the country and leave illegally for Puerto Rico in fragile vessels known as ‘yolas.’ Previously, someone who made an illegal trip in a ‘yola’ was in search of a better future; now, people deported from the United States in drug cases try to get back to American territory in those vessels in order to resume their drug-trafficking activities. The forceful response of the Dominican Government, and the Ministry of the Armed Forces, has been key. The overarching drug-trafficking cases are where they should remain forever: in prison and with their assets seized. Diálogo: You frequently speak about the “multi-purpose military” and about the role of the military in today’s society. Could you explain to us what this refers to in your country’s particular case? Rear Admiral Lajara Solá: In addition to the constitutional missions of the Armed Forces, which are the country’s integrity and sovereignty, we’re struggling with emerging threats such as drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, and human trafficking, and also training our personnel to preserve the marine environment and provide humanitarian aid to nations that need it … That’s what I call the multi-purpose military. We have to be versatile and justify our reason for being in peacetime and at times of conflict. Diálogo: You’ve said that technology is key in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, and as an example, you mentioned the Dominican Maritime Operations Center, created with the support of the U.S. Southern Command. What does that center consist of? Rear Admiral Lajara Solá: In the Navy, we have the Maritime Operations Center, which really has naval aviation functions, because as an island, we focus on the aspects of maritime surveillance and aerial surveillance, due to our geographical position and the way in which the drug traffickers like to act. At that center, we have available technological platforms such as CNIES [the Cooperating Nations Information Exchange System], which enables us to share information with allied nations. Thanks to that system, we’ve been able to detect illicit flights in our airspace, with support from the U.S. Southern Command. We also have the OTHTIS system [Over-the-Horizon Tactical Information System], which makes it possible to communicate with the Navy’s interceptor boats via satellite; the HARRIS system, which allows us to know which Navy ship we’re communicating with, where it is, and how far away it is; and the AIS system [Automatic Information System]. AIS, which is a requirement of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has been very useful for us. According to IMO rules, every ship with more than 500 tons of displacement is supposed to install a receiver that is connected by satellite to our operations center and provides data such as the type of ship, the outfitter, the type of cargo, the captain’s name, the origin, and the destination, which helps identify maritime traffic in the region. If you see a vessel that doesn’t have the AIS system, well, that vessel needs special attention from intelligence and operations personnel. At the same time, with the new system that will replace CNIES, CSII [Collaborative Sensor and Information Integration], technology is becoming ever more integrated into this battle. Diálogo: During the conference, you offered your country as a possible regional maritime operations center, building on the experience you have in that field. Could you go into greater depth on that topic? Rear Admiral Lajara Solá: We have direct orders from the president, Dr. Leonel Fernández Reyna, through the defense minister, Lieutenant General Virgilio Pérez Féliz, to publicize the fact that regional bodies have our constant and absolute support to strengthen regional peace and security, which are the foundation for the development of our countries. In the arena of the CARICOM countries, we’ve proposed to them that we will be the spokespersons for the Dominican political determination that integration entails evaluating what we have and uniting the components in order to form a powerful entity in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, preserve the environment, and be ready to respond to humanitarian needs. During the conference, I showed a photo of a speedboat that left Puerto Rico with $1.2 billion dollars. JIATF-South informed us that the boat was approaching our territorial waters, we coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard, with the American customs service, and when the boat reached our 11 nautical miles, we took the case, and the result was a successful interception with a seizure turned over to customs. This was done with interceptor boats donated through the “Enduring Friendship” program with SOUTHCOM. That was one of the examples that we wanted to share with the CARICOM nations; that’s why I said at the conference that training, the donation of equipment, and personnel who know how to use that equipment equal success, especially when we also have the exchange of information, trust, and transparency. Diálogo: What is the significance of collaboration with military forces from other nations for your country? Rear Admiral Lajara Solá: In the U.S. case, General Douglas Fraser’s vision since he arrived at the Southern Command has brought a special dynamism to bilateral and multilateral relations, to the hemispheric commitment to regional security. That kind of military policy first of all encourages countries to participate; second, when you provide results, more support arrives, as in our case; and third, we’re creating the strategy of the future in order to get ahead of the problem, as the military personnel that we are. We’ve also been offering for some time the Las Calderas Naval Base, in Baní, in the southern part of the country, for conducting joint exercises. It’s a bay that’s set aside by law for military use. Training and any needed repairs of naval units from allied countries can be conducted there. This would minimize costs and optimize the use of time, resources, and the plans that exist to attain operational readiness of the military, defense, and police forces in the Caribbean region. At the same time, we have a series of agreements, including the bilateral agreement with the United States that allow aircraft to enter our airspace in pursuit of drug traffickers. We have a quite extensive training agreement with Colombia; we have the Tradewinds exercises with the Caribbean countries; we participate in the Panamax exercise; we work with the United States, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean in UNITAS; and we have two traditional exercises with Curaçao, through the Dutch Government, and Martinique, through the French Government. With this vision, we continue to improve our capacities, skills, and coordination, as they are called, and our joint and combined operations, in order to continue in 2012, attaining more objectives and above all, obtaining safer seas and the regional peace and stability that can enable the economic, political, and social development of our countries. By Dialogo January 04, 2012last_img read more

Always be careful saying never…

first_imgI was suckered into reading a “click bait” story recently. 10 Phrases Successful People Avoid (but losers use).Ugh, what a terrible title. But I clicked.And guess what? There was some gold hidden in there.Phrases that losers use? Nope. I think the article listed traps that we all can fall into. Here are three of those phrases.That won’t work.How do you know it won’t work? Even if it’s something that’s been tried before that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work this time. Shutting down ideas without trying them is definitely not the mark of a winner.I can’t do it.OK, negative Nancy, but guess what? If you can’t do it, chances are they’ll find someone else who can. Instead, approach this from the perspective of what you’ll need to accomplish the task. Do you need more training, more support, more supplies, more time? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 10 – 16

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Championship BoxingGCP & WTA present this furious fist fest of epic proportions, featuring Zab Judah, Amanda Serrano and other fighters forging forever forward on their quest for the next knockout. Judah, a five-time world champion, will face off against Hevinson Herrera in the main event. Brooklynite and world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano is one of women’s boxing’s hottest stars—her May 29th bout was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, marking the sport’s return to network television—and this showdown is bound to be nothing short of spectacular! Pow wow! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com$60-$150. 7 p.m. September. 10.Eternity FallenIf you turn up the volume every time “Burn to the Ground” comes on the radio, now’s your chance to see these local rockers up close and personal, live. Touring in support of their latest, self-titled EP, which dropped in August, expect heavy guitar riffs, poignant lyrics, powerful vocals, and a guaranteed great show. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $10. 7 p.m. September 10.Helen Mirren in The Audience—LiveThe Academy Award-winning actress reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth II in a West End production of The Audience, which will be broadcast live worldwide. The story follows a private meeting between the queen and her 12 prime ministers until they make an agreement to break the silence. This outstanding play will take audiences back in time. In real life, Her Majesty has become the UK’s longest serving monarch. She got crowned when she was just 25. As far as we know, the queen does not have any Sex Pistols on her iPod. Mirren probably does. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7 p.m. September 10.Rockin’ Fights 20Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is at it again. He’s excited to announce that Joseph Smith Jr., aka “The Irish Bomber,” will be featured in this upcoming grudge match. From Mastic, Smith started boxing at age 13 and has won multiple titles since. He turned pro in 2009 and is going to show his fans his best boxing moves. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. September 11.Songs in the AtticLong Island veteran singer/piano player David Clark leads Songs in the Attic, performing hits by Billy Joel and other covers. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $32.50. 8 p.m. September 11.Arlon BennettAn Americana/folk-pop songsmith, Arlon Bennett delivers timeless vignettes and melodies that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor, but with an eloquence, emotional honesty and style all his own. Arlon is never afraid to experiment and push his boundaries. His song “Be the Change” from his Summer’s Voice CD, garnered top national airplay on folk radio. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Rd., East Setauket. groundsandsounds.org $12.50. 8 p.m. September 11.DiabolicThis local rapper spits out lyrics and rhymes with a ferocity and darkness both vivid and hypnotic, and can battle with the best—Mecca, Immortal Technique and Rhymefest among them. A member of the Long Island rap collective Dead Rabbits (Leo, eat your heart out)—along with Nightwalker, Taboo, Coal, Elz Sinatra, Buttatones and East Coast—expect a mesmerizing night of rampaging visions atop pulverizing, dangerous beats. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $13-$15. 8 p.m. September 11.Joe DevitoFrom being featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and The Last Comic Standing, this hilarious stand-up comedian is coming to Long Island. His degree from Fairfield University for writing did not cut it for this rising star, because he belonged on stage. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 9 p.m. September 11, 12.United Ink Flight 915 Tattoo, Art and Music FestivalBrowse through 150 booths and meet 250 of the world’s best tattoo artists. Completely open to the public and to all ages, and with a wide variety of things to do for all, it’s the perfect day for the whole family, whether or not they’re thinking about inking. Our live music sponsor, All Music’s Inc., will be showcasing some of the best local bands performing on our outside stage. There will also be plenty of contests, tattooing demonstrations, temporary tattoos for the kids in the awesome kids area, art exhibits, and more! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. newyorktattooshow.com $60 weekend pass, $25 adults, $12.50 kids. Times vary, September 11-13.Click Here For September 11th Memorial Services & EventsRemembrance MemorialInvocation, march, advancement of colors, U.S. National Anthem, full honors wreath laying, full honors flag fold and presentation, rifle volley, Muffled Ruffles and Taps, departure sequence, Remarks by government officials, Benediction, honors featuring the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard—come pay tribute to all who’ve served and made this country great, as well as those lost tragically in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Michael Murphy Division as well as the Marine Corp Color Guard will be participating in this intimate, moving ceremony. Crab Meadow Beach, 447 Waterside Ave., Fort Salonga. 10:30 a.m. September 12.Rascal FlattsThe most awarded country group of the decade is coming to Long Island! Rejoice! Country music fans have been singing along with “I Like the Sound of That,” the fun new single off their album, Rewind, since its release on August 31. With 15 chart-topping singles and their reputation for cutting-edge performances, Rascal Flatts is sure to entertain music fans of all stripes! Pennysaver Amphitheater, Ski Run Lane, Famingville. pennysaveramp.com $49.50-$100. 5 p.m. September 12.Our TownAn opening reception will be held for this inspiring art exhibit featuring Barbara Hadden, a Sag Harbor-based artist who finds the architecture and landscapes of Eastern Long Island a continuous source of inspiration, and Michael A. Butler, a regional artist whose preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. Runs through Oct. 15. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org 6-8 p.m. September 12.Robert KleinBroadway, television, stand-up comedy and film, Robert Klein does it all. Being nominated for two Grammy Awards and a Tony, he is always pushing himself to do more. He has appeared on the films How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and the Back-Up Plan, he has his own HBO specials, and his Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced is now on DVD. This live performance is one you won’t want to miss. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $39-$50. 8 p.m. September 12.The Gong Show LiveThis theatrical extravaganza captures the hilarity, excitement, and deranged lunacy of the beloved television show—in a polished, fully produced theatrical recreation. Bang a gong, gang! YMCA Boulton CEnter for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. September 12.Year of the LocustOn and off intermittently until 2013, this NYC-based band is picking up traction. Now it looks like 2015 will be the Year of the Locust! “Fast, loud, and singer-friendly” sums up this decade-long synthesis of rock and metal. Opening the show are Silence No More, Logan’s Room and Ashes In The Sky. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $10. $13 DOS. 9 p.m. September 12. Civil War re-enactors at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.Civil War Reenactment WeekendThe weekend’s activities encapsulate the entire Civil War in a camp environment by weaving the history of the 119th New York Infantry and its link to Long Island’s past. Presentations include a quartermaster’s tent, the officers’ quarters, an early war Sibley tent, and military drills. There will also be visiting stations illustrating the history of the war and the soldiers who shouldered a musket and fought for Old Glory. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov $10 adults, $7 kids ages 5-12, seniors and volunteer firefighters. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. September 12, 13.Montauk Seafood FestivalLobster rolls, raw seafood bar, seafood crepes, Ahi tuna sliders, sushi, ceviche, chowders, fish tacos—those are just starters! Wash it all down with local Montauk Brewing Co. beer, local wines from Duckwalk and Pindar, or imbibe a tropical twist at Lynn’s Hula Hut right on the festival site. Yes, yes, yes! We’re getting hungry just thinking about all that bounty from the sea! Montauk Marine Basin, 426 West Lake Dr., Montauk. montaukchamber.com Free. 12-5 p.m. September 12, 13. Buddy MerriamFiddle & Folk FestivalHeadlining is Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, with supporting acts including Brooks Williams. Buddy Merriam is also slated to receive the Long Island Music Hall of Fame “Long Island Sound” for “Outstanding Contributions to Long Island’s Musical Heritage.” Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket. fiddleandfolk.com $15 adults, $11 kids. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. September 13.Annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation ExpoThe event will include fishing, solar energy and environmental displays, as well as much more fun for families, children and water lovers of all ages. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about marine species, water recreation and boating safety. Come see displays of fire boats, police and coast guard vessels, kayaks, paddleboards and much more. Captree State Park Boat Basin, Robert Moses Causeway. Free after $8 parking fee. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. September 13.Good Old WarMost likely recognized from their performances on late-night shows Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan, the two-man (originally three) Philly band is slowly connecting with a more mainstream audience. Though down a drummer, the group managed a June release of their album Broken Into Better Shape, which features their lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Warming up the crowd are Pete Hill and King Neptune, formerly NGHBRS) Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $15, $18 DOS. 7 p.m. September 14.Beyond The DivideThis documentary about war, peace and the courage to find common ground is followed by a discussion with peace builder Gary Shapiro, who was an advisor for Mercy Corps in the Somali region of Ethiopia on a project to address inter-clan conflict among youth. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. September 15.Sammy HagarThe superstar rocker and bestselling author will speak about and sign his new cook book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking and Partying Handbook. Fans can eat, drink, and party like the Red Rocker himself, as Sammy shares his love of food, drinks, and rock-and-roll. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. September 15.Motorhead / AnthraxTouring in support of their 22nd (!!) studio album Bad Magic and celebrating their 40th anniversary as one of the most influential metal-punk-thrash bands of all time, Motorhead, aka The World’s Loudest Band, team up with thrash demigods Anthrax for a kick-ass night of rock and roll and relentless head-banging. (This is a truly magnificent thing!) Raise those $14 cups of brew high and sing loud and clear: “The Ace of Spades! The Ace of Spades!” Press music critic Zack Tirana suggests the chant: “Lemmy for president! Lemmy for president! Long live Lemmy!” Opening the show is Crobot. (We love you, Lemmy!) Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20-$49.50. 7 p.m. September 16.Rick SpringfieldHe won’t be paged in as Noah Drake from General Hospital or performing alongside Meryl Streep like in August’s comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash. Instead, longtime mesmerizers of the heartthrob can pleasure their ears with a performance of 1981’s “Jessie Girl.” Supporting acts include Loverboy and The Romantics. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50. 8 p.m. September 16.—Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Chelsea Russell, Desiree D’Iorio, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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