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Animal rights advocates protest Suffolk County business Sloth Encounters

ISLIP, N.Y. -- There is a heated battle on Long Island over Sloth Encounters LI.The business provides a so-called "one-of-a-kind experience," allowing one-on-one holding and feeding of the small mammals.As CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, animal advocates say they are demanding its closure.Animal specialist Larry Wallach, along with investors, opened Sloth Encounters LI in Hauppauge this spring, delighting enthusiasts."My business is to educate the public on wildlife. If you go to any other sloth encounter it's nowhere near this," Wallach said. "Humidity, state-of-the-art heaters, enclosures. They have tons of room."But animal rights advocates, led by anthrozoologist John Di Leonardo...

MS-13 Members Sentenced for Killing Victim with Machetes

Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly announced today that Luis Alejandro Varela, age 24, of Mineola, was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison and 27-year-old William Reyes-Fuentes, of Uniondale, was sentedced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of Carlos Rivas-Majano. Varela and Reyes-Fuentes pleaded...

Suspect Nabbed For More Than A Dozen Commercial Burglaries In Suffolk County, Police Say

A Long Island man has been charged for allegedly burglarizing more than a dozen businesses since May, police announced. Robert Porter, age 55, of Kings Park, was sitting in an abandoned vehicle on First Avenue in Bay Shore at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 when Suffolk County Police Third Precinct Anti-Crime officers Jeremy Reichling and John Tighe observed him in possession of cocaine, according to the SCPD.

Activists push to shut down Sloth Encounters business on Long Island

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Snuggly sloths sleep inside a storefront in a habitat meant to simulate the jungles of Costa Rica where they're originally from. "They have a lot of room, a lot of food, the best veterinarian, they're treated amazingly," said Larry Wallach, an animal specialist at Sloth Encounters, which opened in Hauppauge this summer. People can pay to learn about, interact with and feed the animals.

Playland unveils new 'interactive thrill ride' on Aug. 5

Playland in Rye will unveil its newest attraction Friday, a ride touted by park officials as the "first of its kind in North America." The Old Rye Motorbike Factory is an interactive ride where guests can hop on a vintage Italian motorbike equipped with a sidecar and an accelerator, giving them the opportunity to choose their own speed. ...

This thrilling new ride just opened 50 minutes outside Manhattan

It’s always a fun time at Playland, the 280-acre amusement park in Rye that is actually free for Westchester residents to access. But a new ride just opened on site that makes a visit to the complex even more of a must: the Old Rye Motorbike Factory is officially up and running as of today.

New Bookstore Coming to Huntington

The Next Chapter is coming to Huntington. When the beloved bookstore, Book Revue, left the village, Mallory Braun sprung into action, creating a plan to revive the shop. She started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to help. The response was overwhelming and she blew through that goal. Her current fundraising stands at $257,631 from 2,216 backers.

Look inside: LaLa’s Lounge brings Fire Island vibe to Bay Shore

The revamped Swept Away — now bearing the name LaLa’s Lounge — is just off the beaten path of downtown Bay Shore. Once found, the Bayview Avenue restaurant is a taste of paradise for those who wisely choose to stick around. LaLa’s Lounge is the latest restaurant...
Astoria Post

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 23 Units in Woodside, Studios Start at $1,197 Per Month

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 23 units in a new building in Woodside – with rent starting at just under $1,200 per month. The apartments are located in a newly constructed nine-story building on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 51st Street. The mixed-use building, located at 43-46 51st St., has 75 apartments in total and includes 8,600 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
Herald Community Newspapers

Eagle Scout beautifies garden at ACLD residence

With the summer sun shining , the twelve residents of the Oceanside residence for Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (ACLD) have been spending a lot of their time watching out their front window, as birds gather in front of the newly placed standing feeder. Not only do the birds enjoy the shaded spot to eat and rest, but the residents have enjoyed gathering in the living room, practically every day, to observe the birds with one another.

Where to eat outdoors before summer ends

Outdoor dining has exploded since the pandemic. No longer limited to those with waterfront perches or ample patios, restaurants have taken full advantage of sidewalks and parking lots to expand their spaces and serve up sunshine. Before summer ends, head to one of the following spots for some of the best alfresco seating.