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‘Garden Party’ is theme for Nassau County Museum of Art Gala

May 15, 2014

Dean Cornwell's "Two Women with a Parasol" (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art's "Garden Party". The exhibit provides the theme for this year's gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Dean Cornwell’s “Two Women with a Parasol” (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Garden Party”. The exhibit provides the theme for this year’s gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Masquerade in the Garden, Nassau County Museum of Art’s 2014 Museum Ball, will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The inspiration for the Ball’s decorative theme is the museum’s current exhibition, Garden Party—this black-tie evening of dining and dancing will be as elegant and as lush as the works on view in the galleries. The Museum Ball will be held on the grounds of museum’s historic Gold Coast mansion, gardens and grounds, the former Frick Estate. The Ball is the museum’s major annual fundraiser, providing an important component of the museum’s operating budget, offering support for an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and stimulating educational programs for adults, students, families and school groups. The 2014 Ball also launches the celebration of the museum’s 25th year of serving the communities of Long Island and beyond.

Guests will dance to the music of The Alex Donner Orchestra, and will bid for exciting auction prizes including artwork, trips, jewelry, fine dining and unique event experiences. The Ball also features a raffle for a magnificent diamond ring donated by Ambalu Jewelers. The media partner for Masquerade in the Garden is the prestigious magazine, New York Cottages and Gardens. The handsome Ball invitation is sponsored by Healthplex: Dr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Cuchel, Dr. & Mrs. Martin Kane, and Dr. & Mrs. George Kane.

Masquerade in the Garden is chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications. Members of the Ball Committee include Esther Ambalu, Sara Ambalu, Kimberly G. Bancroft, Eve Califano, Judie Chessin, Victoria Crosby, Lisa Eastman, Thalia Elie, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Natalia Good, Peri Hoffer-Hinden, Karen Loeffler, Joan Hope MacNaughton, Patricia Meyer, Cora Michalis, Joe Pescatore, Kandice Seitz, Ray Sikorski, Irina Sushko, and Linda Ugenti.

Co-chairs of the Journal Committee are Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, both of Wells Fargo Bank. Members of the Journal Committee include Michael D. Brown, Esq., Ohrenstein and Brown LLP; Joseph Canevari, HSBC Private Bank; Ilene S. Cooper, Esq., Farrell Fritz, PC; Deirdre Costa Major, Americana Manhasset; Dr. Stephen J. Cuchel, Healthplex; Brendan J. DeRiggi, Esq., Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP; Mona Engel, Esq., Mona Engel, PC; Brigitte Ferrada-Stetson, Capital One Bank; James Garbus, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, PC; Amanda Gorozdi, Avison Young; Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Suffolk County National Bank; Steven Klar, The Klar Organization; Russell G. Matthews, Albanese Organization; Robert O. Mayer, Mayer CPAs LLP; and Craig Seitz, The B&G Group, Inc.

Tickets to Masquerade in the Garden, the 2014 Museum Ball, on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m., are $1,000 per person at the Patron level, $500 per person at the Friend level and $350 per person at the Junior level (ages 40 and under). All but $200 of each ticket price is tax deductible.

Tickets to the 2014 Museum Ball and raffles for the Ambalu diamond ring may be purchased online at or can be obtained by calling the development office at (516) 484-9338, ext. 16. Call the development office for information on sponsorship opportunities, business partnerships, donor packages and journal advertising.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, west of Glen Cove Road, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A. For current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions, call (516) 484-9337 or log onto

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3rd Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival on Long Island Oct 21-27 Showcases Comedy

October 11, 2013
Gold Coast International Film Festival Ex Dir Regina Gil, flanked by Fred Carpenter, director, Send No Flowers; Jeffrey Gurian, GCIFF head of live comedy programming; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman; North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan, Jackie 'the Jokeman' Martling from the Howard Stern show;  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, announces the lineup for the third annual festival to be held at venues throughout North Hempstead Oct. 21-27 © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Gold Coast International Film Festival Ex Dir Regina Gil, flanked by Fred Carpenter, director, Send No Flowers; Jeffrey Gurian, GCIFF head of live comedy programming; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman; North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan, Jackie ‘the Jokeman’ Martling from the Howard Stern show; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, announces the lineup for the third annual festival to be held at venues throughout North Hempstead Oct. 21-27 © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Now in its third year, the Gold Coast International Film Festival, taking place Oct 21-27, 2013 throughout the town of North Hempstead, will turn Long Island into “Laugh Island” and spotlight Comedy with a program of films and events loaded with legendary comedians, writers and actors.

The theme carries over to this year’s opening night annual Benefit Gala honoree, Susie Essman, “the hysterically inappropriate” star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” who will be the recipient of the Artist of Distinction, Gold Coast International Film Festival Executive Director Regina Gil said during the press announcement of the festival line-up.

Susie Essman is featured in one of the festival films, “The Business of Comedy,” a documentary co-produced by comedian Jeffrey Gurian about what it’s like to make a living in comedy. It also stars Robert Klein, George Wallace, Tom Dreesen, Shecky Greene, Judy Carter, and comedy club owners Budd Friedman, Rick Newman, Richie Tienken and LA Comedy Store manager Tommy Morrie. The screening is followed by one of the free events offered during the festival, a Q&A with Jeffrey Gurian, Richie Tienken, Gary Licker and Scott Sobel and a signing with Gurian for his new book, “Make ‘Em Laugh.” (Soundview Cinema, Port Washington, Sat. Oct 26, at 5 pm).

This “Laugh Island” theme is also represented by the screening of “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor”, a documentary that features five severely wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who are given the opportunity to explore their experiences through the healing power of humor as they work with professional comedy writers and A-List comedias including Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and BJ. Novak, who help them write and perform stand-up comedy routines. The screening features a Q&A with Joe Kashow and Bobby Henline, two of the Comedy Warriors featured in the film.

A live event, “Set List! Stand-Up Without a Net,” is a chance to see top comedians taking on bizarre, outrageous and ridiculous topics as the audience follows along on the screen behind the performer. The show is created by Paul (The Aristocrats) Provenza and his partner Troy Conrad. is being presented Friday, Oct 25, 8 pm at the Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly known as the Great Neck Arts Center).

The most remarkable aspect of the GCIFF – aside from being able to see top-quality films before they are in wide distribution and in our own neighborhood – is the opportunity that most of them afford to hear from principles associated with the film – directors, producers, screenwriters, actors.

Famed actor Paul Sorvino is coming in from Los Angeles to be on hand for a Q&A following the screening of his new film, “How Sweet it Is,” a musical comedy he stars in with Joe Piscopo. Sorvino plays an alcoholic theater owner needs to put together a successful musical in order to pay off his mob debt, but problems arise when the wise guys want to cast their friends in the production (Tuesday 10/22, 7:30pm, Soundview)

Special Events, Panels, Workshops

One of the most wonderful aspects of the Gold Coast International Film Festival are the events, panels and workshops (many free) which bring together major film makers and creative experts.

A major event, which is free,” A Conversation with Jay McInerney,” features the renowned writer of “Bright Lights, Big City,” in an intimate onstage discussion looking ack at the making of the film version of his novel (Sat. Oct. 26, 1:30 pm at Port Washington Library).

“A Star is Born: A Prudent Parent’s guide to Getting Your Kid in Show Business” is likely to be hugely popular. This free event let’s you spend an afternoon with the legendary entertainment attorney Steven Beer (he helped launch Britney Spears) and Broadway Star and Long Island native Nikki Blonsky of “Hairspray” fame (Sun, Oct 27, noon, at the Gold Coast Arts Center).

Another important panel is being presented in conjunction with a life-affirming film, “The Genius of Marian,” which follows the filmmaker’s mother who at age 61 is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and follows her as she works on a book celebrating the life of her own mother, artist Marian Steele. A panel that follows the film features filmmaker Luke White and North Shore-LIJ Health System experts who specialize in Geriatrics, Behavioral Health and Alzheimer’s research. The program is sponsored by NSLIJ’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health (Mon, Oct. 21, 6:30 pm at the Soundview, Port Washington).

A program that will be of particular interest: Ambassador Yehuda Avner will answer questions and sign his best-selling book after the Long Island premiere of “The Prime Ministers,” a documentary based on his book which explores six decades of Israel’s history and brings to life never-before told stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres .A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Simon Wiesenthal Center (Sun, Oct 27, 4 pm, Bowtie Great Neck Cinema).

Another that is certainly to generate interest is “Dancing in Jaffa,” an inspiring documentary about how famed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine teaches ballroom dance to pairs of 11-year old Palestinian Israelis and Jews, changing their perspective, will feature an opportunity to talk with Dulaine (Sun. Oct 27, 1 pm, Bow Tie Great Neck).

The festival features more than 50 films which are selected from hundreds that are screened by the curators (in other festivals, the filmmakers pay an entrance fee to be included).

The Gold Coast International Film Festival has been drawing filmgoers from all over Long Island and from Manhattan (most of the movie theaters and venues are within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad Stations in Great Neck, Manhasset and Port Washington).

Tickets can be purchased in individual segments (12 general; $10/seniors and students, visit or call 516-829-2570 for special event pricing).

Passes include the VIP All Access Pass, $275, which provides access to all screenings, panels, parties and special events (excluding the Opening Night Benefit Gala); and a 6-PackFlex Pass, $60, which gives you six film tickets for the price of five, which can be used in any combination.

For festival information and to order tickets, visit, 516-829-2570.

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Gold Coast International Film Festival Announces The ‘Starring You!’ Casting Call Contest

July 19, 2013
'Gatsby Girls' at a recent Gold Coast International Film Festival event, a preview of "the Great Gatsby" with director Baz Luhrmann © 2013 Karen Rubin/

‘Gatsby Girls’ at a recent Gold Coast International Film Festival event, a preview of “the Great Gatsby” with director Baz Luhrmann © 2013 Karen Rubin/

The Gold Coast International Film Festival invites YOU to audition for a chance to appear in this year’s festival trailer, win a free “All-Access VIP Pass” and walk the red carpet with Hollywood stars! It’s easy to enter online or in person. Just take a 15 second video of yourself acting out your favorite movie line and submit using Instagram or YouTube. Or, come to a Live Audition and we’ll shoot your 15 second video for you. Give us your best “You talkin’ to me?”, “Show me the money”, “There’s no place like home”, or “And this one time, at band camp…” Or any other memorable movie line you like. Be as funny or dramatic as you want. But give it everything you’ve got!



1) Use INSTAGRAM to take a video of yourself acting out your favorite movie line.
2) Add a caption that includes our hashtag: #gcstarringyou
3) Share your video. That’s it! You’re done! (Please make sure your posts are PUBLIC. The “Posts are Private” button on your Edit Profile page should be set to “OFF.”)


1) Take your 15-second video using your phone, video camera or computer.
2) Upload it to YOUTUBE and copy the address.
3) Visit and fill out our entry form, including the address of your YouTube video. You’re done!


We’ll be holding live auditions on location at various events around Nassau County this summer. Just come ready to shine at any of the following locations: *July 19 at the Queen & Satisfaction concert from 5:30-7pm  (Teddy Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay), *July 20 at the Cast of Beatlemania concert  from 6:30-8pm (Michael J. Tully Stadium Field, New Hyde Park); *July 22 at the Harry Chapin Tribute concert  from 5 – 6:30pm (Eisenhower Park, East Meadow); *July 28 at the Monsters Inc. screening from 6:30-8pm (Clinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park); * August 1 at the Best of…Short Film screening from 6:30-7:30pm (Great Neck Arts Center, Great Neck); August 8 at the Big Shot: Billy Joel Tribute from 6:30-8pm (Teddy Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay).  Dates and times subject to change.


As many as 30 CONTEST WINNERS will be selected by our jury to appear in this year’s festival trailer, TV commercial and online promotions.

On top of that, four GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will also each receive a free “All Access VIP Pass” to Festival films and events, and get to walk the red carpet with filmmakers, producers and stars.  (Two Grand Prize winners will be selected by our jury from the top ten auditions that receive the most votes on Facebook, and two will be selected by our jury based on best performance.)

Vote for your favorites on the Facebook page from July 15 – August 9. One vote per day!


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6 Prominent Long Island Authors Present Original Readings At Nassau County Museum of Art June 2

May 30, 2013

The literary arts meet the visual arts on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. when Nassau County Museum of Art hosts six of Long Island’s most prominent writers in an afternoon of original readings from their works. Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears features speechwriter and essayist Robin E. Bernstein; two-time New York Emmy Award-winning essayist Iyna Bort Caruso; author and contributor to Newsday and The New York Times Claudia Cryvatz Copquin; Friars Club historian/head writer and essayist Barry Dougherty; essayist and NY Times “Modern Love” writer Paula Ganzi Licata and author and essayist Ellen Meister.

Taking a page from book readings, which usually involve an author reciting directly from a published chapter, this unique program features writers taking turns at the microphone, each reading an original essay.

“Jerry Seinfeld, who still does stand-up comedy, was recently quoted in The New York Times Magazine about the need to perform for live audiences,” said the event organizer and writer, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin.  “He said, ‘We’re craving the non-digital even more these days, the authentically human interactions,’ a statement that is extremely on-point, particularly for writers who typically work in isolation.”

Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears, at Nassau County Museum of Art on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m., is free with museum admission, reservations are not needed.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A) in Roslyn Harbor. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions or log onto

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Clearview Cinemas has twitter contest to give away tickets to first-ever Gold Coast International Film Festival on Long Island

May 19, 2011
Chasing Madoff

The New York premiere of "Chasing Madoff" promises to be one of the hot-tickets at the first-ever Gold Coast International Film Festival. The documentary chronicles the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigators' ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme that wreaked financial havoc on so many in this community.

Clearview Cinemas is currently holding a giveaway on its Twitter page to win tickets to the first-ever Gold Coast International Film Festival, to be held June 1-5 in Great Neck, Long Island!  Movies will be screened at Clearview Cinemas in Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, New Hyde Park/Herricks and Port Washington.  All Twitter followers have to do to enter is tell what their favorite movie is of all time!  You can follow at:  To learn more about the Gold Coast International Film Festival, and what films will be screened, check out the official site:

Between June 1-5, some 25,000 people are expected in the various venues in the town of North Hempstead to experience an extraordinary program of some 40 films including premieres plus special events such as “Conversations With…,” intimate Q&As with notable filmmakers and “tastemakers”; Insider Industry Panels highlighting various aspects of the  film and media industries; and special screenings and workshops incorporated into the Great Neck Arts Center’s arts in education outreach program.

Bruce Dern is one of those major film personalities who will give the festival its cachet. He is the notable filmmaker/film personality who will be showcased at this inaugural festival in what will be an annual kickoff Tribute event. Dern, who coincidentally and most appropriately was Tom Buchanan in the 1973 remake of F Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby”, is coming in from Los Angeles to spend an evening at Landmark at Main in Port Washington, to discuss his career and meet and greet at a reception that will follow, where he will celebrate his birthday and the receipt of the festival’s first Legend award.

The President  of Israel’s Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences (the equivalent of our Oscars)  is also flying in to be part of a panel, so people can talk to him about how and why the film industry in Israel has become so big and important.

An event oriented around Indian film making sold out in an instant. (Tickets to festival events just went on sale May 16).

During the course of the festival, there will be films from Israel, China, Iran, India, France, England, as well as the United States, with a couple of New York premieres.

There will even be films with a Great Neck connection as well, including the New York premiere of “Chasing Madoff,” which promises to be one of the hot-tickets. Directed by Jeff Prosserman (USA), “Chasing Madoff” is a documentary chronicling the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigators’ ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme that wreaked financial havoc on so many in our own community.

The festival is designed to be accessible, as well, both in the “price points” of tickets, in venues and in programming.

There will be screenings morning to night at Clearview Cinemas (a sponsor) in Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, Herricks, and New Hyde Park. You can purchase a ticket for as little as $15 to one of the movies or panels, or purchase one of three packages: a Patron Gold Pass, at $250, provides access to all Festival screenings on a space-available basis and 25% discount on Festival merchandise; a Premier Gold Pass, at $500, provides access to all Festival screenings and two special events such as filmmaker panels and after-parties (you have to RSVP), Festival tote bag and 25% discount on merchandise; and VIP Gold Pass, at $1000, gets you reserved seating at select screenings, plus parties, panels, and special events, festival T-shirt and tote bag and discount on merchandise. Senior citizens get a discount, too.

The Long Island Railroad, one of the festival sponsors, is enabling patrons to get a  discount on the film tickets by showing their railroad tickets.

This is really a community wide event, with the town and local communities linking up their own events, making the festival, well, more festive.

The Village of Great Neck Plaza, where the Great Neck Arts Center is located, is holding its annual Great Neck Plaza Restaurant Week May 29-June 5 (visit,  and scheduled its wonderfully festive Promenade Night on Middle Neck Road for June 2.

On June 4, the Town of North Hempstead is hosting KidStock 2011, an open-air family festival featuring a musically entertaining blend of folk, rock, “kid hop” and “kindie rock” that parents and their kids can participate in together (Noon – 5pm at North Hempstead Beach Park).

Also on June 4, there is a  “Cinema By the Bay” screening of The Karate Kid at 8:30pm at the Town of North Hempstead Dock  (347 Main St, Port Washington).

Nassau County Museum of Art’s is hosting anOutdoor Screening of Funny Face, George and Ira Gershwin’s airy 1957 musical starring Fred Astaire, June 4, 8:30 pm, (purchase tickets at; free for Gold Coast International Film Festival VIP All Access Pass holders.)

On June 5, Port Washington is holding its 21st Annual HarborFest, with Craft Fair, entertainment, Wells Fargo stagecoach rides, Children’s Fun Park, Enviro-Expo. (Port Washington Town Dock).

Area hotels are getting involved, including the Inn at Great Neck, the Andrew in Great Neck Plaza, and the Roslyn Claremont which have allocated  rooms during an otherwise busy season.

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Nassau County Museum of Art is One of 1300 Museums Offering Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

September 1, 2010
Mort Kunstler's Lion of the Valley-Jackson in Winchester Virginia, 2008

Mort Kunstler's Lion of the Valley-Jackson in Winchester Virginia, 2008, goes on view on Sept. 25, 2010, the same day as the 6th Annual Smithsonian Magazine's Free Museum Day. The exhibit, “For Us the Living” The Civil War in paintings by Mort Kunstler, commemorates the 150 anniversary of the Civil War, and will be on view at NCMA through Jan. 9, 2011 (photo courtesy of Nassau County Museum of Art)

Roslyn Harbor, NY — On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) will participate in the 6th annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. NCMA will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from  A journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event.  Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Last year, two million visitors logged on to to learn more about the program.

September 25, 2010 is opening day for For Us the Living, NCMA’s major presentation of Civil War paintings by Mort Künstler. The exhibition portrays the sights, feelings and drama of the Civil War. Considered by many to be the leading contemporary painter of Civil War scenes, Mort Künstler’s work is esteemed for its dramatic intensity and for an extraordinary level of authenticity that results from intensive research. The exhibition consists of approximately 50 paintings and a selection of documentary objects including a first-time-ever look into Künstler’s creative process through sketches, drawings, preliminary studies, photographs and props. Many of the paintings are from Künstler’s own collection, others are from various private and public collections.

This year, Toyota will enhance the Museum Day experience both in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1—up to $10,000 total—to museum programming nationwide.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at
About Nassau County Museum of Art

Ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is located 20 miles east of New York City on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular 145-acre property in Roslyn Harbor in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold & Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. In addition to the mansion, NCMA, which receives nearly 200,000 visitors each year, includes the Art Space for Children, the Sculpture Park, the Formal Garden, rare specimen trees, marked walking trails and the Art School where an extensive array of beginning to advanced art classes are held for all age groups.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road) in Roslyn Harbor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day. There is a $2 parking fee on weekends (no charge to members). The Museum Gift Shop is open during museum hours. Grace’s Café is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2009.

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National Park Service Urges Visitors to Fire Island National Seashore to take measures against West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes

September 1, 2010

Fire Island National Seashore announced today that a sample of mosquitoes
infected with West Nile virus (WNV) has been found on Fire Island.  The
National Park Service collected the mosquitoes on August 20 from a light
trap at the Watch Hill employee housing area.

Residents, visitors and staff are advised to avoid being outside when
mosquitoes are most active (1 hour before sunset through midnight). Wear
protective clothing (shoes, socks, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and a
hat) and use an effective insect repellent, such as one containing at least
30% DEET. Non-DEET repellents (e.g. herbal-based sprays) are also
effective. (Use much less repellent for children; DEET should only be used
with extreme caution on children under age 3.)  People most at risk of
becoming ill from West Nile virus are those over 50 years of age or whose
immune system is impaired.  Such people are advised to stay away from areas with mosquitoes.

The WNV-infected mosquitoes were from a trap set by the Park as part of its
weekly monitoring program.  Testing was done by the New York State
Department of Health, Arthropod-Borne Disease Program, in Albany.  This
program is a collaborative effort between the Park and Suffolk County
Department of Health Services, which announced the positive results on
August 31.  The freshwater Culex species of mosquitoes in the pool that
tested positive for WNV is not thought to generate a major human health
concern, although this species does potentially bite people, and several
human cases of WNV have been documented in Nassau and Suffolk counties this year. No WNV-infected dead birds have been found this year in Fire Island National Seashore.

The National Park Service works closely with the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Suffolk County Vector Control, and local Fire Island and Long Island municipalities to determine the best course of action to protect residents, visitors and employees of the Seashore.  When threats to human health (such as the presence of West Nile virus) occur, actions to protect the public may include control methods such as applying larvicide or spraying.

The public will be notified 24 hours in advance of any spray event.

Information on the date and exact location of any spraying can be found on
the Suffolk County web site at or by calling
631-852-4939.  Suffolk County Vector Control is currently authorized to
spray within the Fire Island communities using ultra low volume backpack or
truck-mounted sprayers.

The park is continuing its surveillance program to monitor the severity and
extent of West Nile virus in the Seashore. As per the Park’s standard
operation procedures, there will be an amplified surveillance in the area
where West Nile virus has been detected.

Mosquitoes can transmit both West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine
Encephalitis (EEE) from an infected bird to humans and other animals.
However, mosquitoes are a natural part of a healthy salt marsh ecology. The
larvae and adults provide food for many kinds of wildlife, including other
insects, fish, birds, and bats. Some measures taken to control mosquitoes,
such as spraying insecticides, can adversely affect non-target organisms,
possibly affecting fish and other species living in the wetlands.

Therefore, any actions taken to protect human health through the control of
mosquitoes must be weighed very heavily. Suffolk County Vector Control
reports that the materials and techniques they use are thoroughly reviewed
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and Suffolk County in order to
minimize adverse impacts on fish and wildlife species or groundwater.

For general information on West Nile virus, contact your local
health department.  Information can also be obtained from the CDC, New York State or Suffolk County WNV web sites, or one of the park visitor centers.

For more information about Fire Island National Seashore’s mosquito
monitoring program, visit the park’s web site: