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Melanie Iglesias to appear at Aura

Model and actress Melanie Iglesias, pictured here at

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Now that fall semesters at local colleges are underway, area students are already getting back to dealing with such mundane-to-unpleasant realities as the daily hunt for parking spots at school, the buying of textbooks, regular homework and steady sessions of studying – not to mention the stress associated with just having to get out of bed every morning.

However, those among the undergraduate...

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Two 'Christmas in July' parties this week on LI

Although it?s still summer, Santa Claus (as played

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With the summer of 2014 already past its halfway mark, many Hamptons clubs have started organizing for Labor Day weekend.

On the other hand, two East End spots are actually getting Christmas parties ready this week -- so if your need for a fix of Yuletide cheer simply can't wait until December, you'll have a pair of chances to make merry in jingle-bell fashion before August even arrives as...

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Voss Foundation benefit at Georgica

"Blue Bloods" actress Sami Gayle will be co-hosting

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Normally, the more prominent Hamptons fundraisers happen on Saturdays during the summer, but with the Fourth of July landing on a Friday this year, Georgica in Wainscott will be making the unusual move of throwing a buzzworthy gala midweek instead.

While weekends are usually favorable for those who attend the upscale charitable events that fill the East End’s social calendar in June, July...

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Big Shot, Kim Sozzi and Randy Jackson to play free

Michael DelGuidice and his band Big Shot, performing

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When it comes to celebrities, Long Island can brag that dozens of the world’s most famous actors, musicians, athletes and other noteworthy individuals were either born or raised within its boundaries -- and although a large portion of those famous folks have moved on to wherever the world of fame may personally lead, there are a number of Long Island-based talents that, despite scoring significant...

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A late-night party inside Eisenhower Park

A couple dance on the patio of The

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Ordinarily, an attempt to hang out past midnight inside Eisenhower Park would suggest errant, if not deliberately illicit behavior -- but there are actually 10 legally-sanctioned late-night occasions scheduled to occur there before the summer of 2014 concludes -- each of which being an intended exercise in upscale nightlife.

Thursday, June 12, is the kickoff date for the “10 on the Park” party...

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The return of Soiree Noir

Long Island-based burlesque entertainer Betsy Propane. She?ll be

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On its website, George Martin's Strip Steak calls itself an "intimate steakhouse" -- but when the burlesque troupe Soiree Noir is present, its atmosphere may change from simply warm to downright piquant.

Whether or not the appellation “Strip Steak” somehow inspired such a coupling, the Great River restaurant, at 60 River Rd., has hosted this company of frisky females on several prior occasions...

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The Cortland is going way back (with Wayfarers)

A couple of Wayfarer sunglasses, monogrammed with ?The

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Leave it to one of Long Island’s coolest spots to find a way – as in “wayfarers” – to appropriately inject something simple and fun into an offbeat concept and make the mix jell.

Come Thursday, April 10, The Cortland in Bay Shore (a pub once deemed to be the coolest on LI by Newsday) is hosting its latest “Cortland Mortgage & Investment Co.” event, a bash where the bar gets decorated like...

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Unleashed: The Pet Peeves gala returns to help LI groups

Pet Peeves, an umbrella charity that raises funds

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Such amenities as a DJ, cocktails and food usually work well as enticements when it comes to possibly attracting people to patronize a party, but anyone who attends the 12th annual Pet Peeves celebration set for Thursday, March 27 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury will also enjoy the added bonus of being a benefactor.

As it has for the past dozen years, Woodbury-based nonprofit...

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Spoken word is strong at 'The Muse Exchange'

The Velvet Lounge, 10 Woods Corner Rd., East

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When it comes to the arts, Long Island has no shortage of concerts, galleries and other opportunities offering chances to see and hear the work of creative minds -- but in the case of live, local poetry, prospects for performances are much rarer. Of  the venues that do provide stage space for spoken word, there are difficulties with  scheduling and unenthusiastic audiences  that can...

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Power Failure Party at The Cortland

Candles are the only form of illumination allowed

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For those looking to go out and party late at night on Christmas Day, The Cortland in Bay Shore will be turning on its lights and opening for business at 8 p.m.

The Cortland will also be in operation on Thursday, Dec. 26, but on that occasion – despite the fact the doors will be open – the lights will not be on at all.

Problems paying the electric bill, you wonder? Not quite – in fact,...

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