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Joel Baruch, owner of Gotta Getta Bagel, treats all of his customers like family. Photo by Amanda Mayo.

Gotta Get One of Joel Baruch’s Bagels (and Bobkas)

-FIRST PERSON- By Amanda Mayo     At four o’clock every morning, before the crack of dawn, before the birds are chirping and before most people are waking up for work, Joel Baruch heads down to his bagel shop in Woodmere to begin baking the fresh bagels and pastries of the day. The smells of [...]

Criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman, who lives in The Five Towns and has represented various high-profile clients, is a celebrity in his own right. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Local High-Profile Defense Attorney Ben Brafman: “If you do Great Work, People will Start to Take Notice”

By Amanda Mayo Standard Staff Reporter   From the most recent high-profile case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (the former head of the International Monetary Fund) to representing rappers like Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs, to NFL star Plaxico Burress, various mobsters and even pop icon Michael Jackson, criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman is a celebrity in [...]

Jimmy Boyle at the bar

An Inwood Institution: Den Cocktail Lounge

Text and Photos By Susan Varghese   Walking into the Den Cocktail Lounge in Inwood is like taking a step back into the Mad Men era, a time when cigarette smoke wafted in the air, everybody knew everybody, and grabbing a early drink was as common as going to the grocery store. The Den is [...]

Thomas Dale

Former Cedarhurst Resident a YouTube Sensation

By Susan Varghese Standard Associate Editor   The “Sh-t People Say” videos on YouTube were a viral sensation, poking fun at stereotypes while flooding social media outlets. For Thomas Dale, an actor, comedian, and former Cedarhurst resident, it was a perfect opportunity to put his talents into the limelight. “I wanted to draw attention to [...]

Nicola Smith behind the grill at Café Mom. Photo by Susan Varghese

Caribbean Flavor Comes to Cedarhurst

By Susan Varghese Standard Associate Editor   Caribbean flavor has come to Cedarhurst. Ox tails, jerk chicken, snapper and stews, are all available at the new Caribbean eatery, Chef Mom Grill and Bakery, which opened at the end of January. Owner, Nicola Smith, was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the U.S. when [...]

Danny Lobell

Lobell, Former DRS Student, is “Some Kind of Comedian”

By Susan Varghese Funny man Danny Lobell can make a joke about almost anything, but he takes his pizza very seriously. On any given afternoon, Danny Lobell might be found munching on a cheesy slice of kosher pizza at David’s Famous Pizza in Cedarhurst. “I think it holds its own over all pizza — creed [...]

Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman in his home in Lawrence.   Photo by Susan Varghese

91 Years of Achievement: HAFTR Honors Rabbi Klaperman

By Susan Varghese Standard Associate Editor   Every Saturday afternoon in the 1920’s, Gilbert Klaperman and his mother would walk from their home near Central Park to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ready to explore, ready to learn something new. “What’s this?” his mother would ask, pointing to a work of art. She arrived from [...]

Sgt. Stanley Rosenfeld, center, holds his medals and poses with, from left to right, his partner Esther Bogen, his daughter Lynda Rosenfeld and Representative Carolyn McCarthy. Photo by Scott P. Moore.

Hewlett World War II Vet Receives Medals, Recalls Battles

By Scott P. Moore Standard Staff Reporter The thought of enemy aircraft swooping over your warship with only feet to spare in the midst of an epic World War II battle could be considered a terrifying nightmare for some. But for Hewlett resident Sergeant Stanley Rosenfeld, the thought was a reality as he and thousands [...]

Fay Feder and Amy Friedman.  Photo by Susan Varghese

Beauty Buys in Cedarhurst: Kiss and Makeup

By Susan Varghese Standard Associate Editor   Decadent body butter and bold eye shadows from some of the biggest names in the beauty industry can be found right in the heart of Cedarhurst, at Kiss and Makeup cosmetics boutique. Kiss and Makeup also offers brow shaping, makeup application and lessons, laser hair removal, facials and [...]

Breezy Schwartz     Photo by Lia Jay Photography

Making Baking a Breeze at Breezy’s

By Susan Varghese   Cookie cutters and butter-cream icing; pink walls adorned with stripes and decals and Top 40 music playing in the background can all be synonymous with a “happy place,” and that’s exactly what the owner of Breezy’s in Cedarhurst, Brielle “Breezy” Schwartz strives for. “I like working at a place where people [...]

Toby Tobias singing his original song, “Don’t Criticize Me.”  Photo by Scott P. Moore

Woodmere’s “Tune Tutors” Creating Performers [w/ VIDEO]

Text by Susan Varghese Video by Scott P. Moore With a few quick strums on their guitars, Toby Tobias and Emmett Daniels transform a seemingly ordinary Woodmere home into a musical playground. Tobias sings his original song “Don’t Criticize Me,” momentarily closing his eyes, adrift in melody. Daniels strokes some power chords, barely looking up, [...]

Lieto's 1949 Chevy. Photo by Susan Varghese

The Lieto Family: Draping Cedarhurst for over 60 Years

Text and Photos By Susan Varghese   Some things endure, like the 1949 green Chevy that Louis Lieto can be seen motoring through The Five Towns in, heading to his next appointment. Lieto is the owner of Lieto Upholstering and Decorating in Cedarhurst and his Chevy has been visiting area homes for more than half [...]

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