6 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • JULY 2018
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Before Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain killed themselves, reigniting calls to destigmatize
mental illness in America, my family struggled with the issue after a relative was diagnosed
with bipolar disorder and another died by suicide.
See our health section for important stories about suicide prevention and our continuing
series on the opioid epidemic.
In the good news department, this month we profile the Grucci family, Long Island’s
fireworks manufacturing stalwarts, during their busiest time of the year. We also take a
look at how freshman Nassau County Legis. Josh Lazafan (D-Syosset), LI’s youngest county
lawmaker, is training the next generation of political leaders, more than ever a powerful
new force in our state.
This month our Destinations feature explores all there is to do on LI’s North Fork, including
what to do on and off the ever-popular wine trail.
On the business front, join me on July 12 at Simplay in Hauppauge for our Health Tech 2.0 Summit, where experts will
share insights into cutting-edge changes in the healthcare industry and offer an opportunity to network with these leaders.
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Volume 197, No. 7 July 2018
9 THIS MONTH
The Village of Muttontown election
ushers in a sea change, Nassau Legis.
Josh Lafazan (D-Syosset) trains the
county’s next generation of leaders
and our continuing series into the
Hempstead School District.
18 COVER STORY
The Grucci family of Bellport pulls the
curtain back on their long history of
manufacturing fireworks and putting
on epic pyrotechnic shows, especially
20 GUEST COLUMNS
Suffolk County Executive Steve
Bellone blames Republicans for not
passing a bill to fund a school safety
measure but Suffolk Legis. Tom Cilmi
(R-East Islip), the GOP minority leader,
writes that Bellone is playing politics.
Recalling summer job lessons, a chat
with Heartland project developer
David Wolkoff, and the Carly Rose
Foundation hosts Christmas in July to
benefit kids with cancer. Also check out
our Health Tech 2.0 Summit preview.
35 HEALTH & BEAUTY
Dr. Simon Zysman touts his successful
approach to drug rehab, spotlight on
suicide prevention, the latest trends in
summer hats, and five products for a
Staging your home for sale, a North
Fork home’s first time on market and a
61 BEST OF LI
A summer roundup of 2018 Bethpage
Best of Long Island contest winners..
We profile Celebrity Chef David Burke,
visit the North Fork in this month’s
Destinations column and Lauryn Hill
headlines the listings. And our pets
section has tips for the dog days of
95 LAST LOOK
Roger Tilles, Long Island’s
representative on the New York State
Board of Regents, shares his wisdom.