06/24/17 6:01am

Jazmin Carrillo donates supplies to a student in December. (Credit: David Benthal)

On a December trip to San Antonio, Guatemala, Jazmin Carrillo and several friends took a group of students from Programa Suenos to a theater.

Never before had the children, some as old as 13, witnessed a live performance. READ

12/06/16 11:44am
Estefany Molina Dances in the Park

This photo from photographer Estefany Molina’s will be featured in her upcoming show at First and South restaurant in Greenport. (Credit: Estefany Molina)

For the past seven years, photographer Estefany Molina has attended Greenport Village’s annual Dances in the Park, camera in hand to snap photos that bear witness to the spectators’ lives. She’s now sharing these moments in “Monday Night Dances,” a new art show at First and South restaurant.

Molina, who is based in Greenport, began photographing the weekly Mitchell Park events in 2009, gravitating first to the music and then to the people. She had always been interested in live music and the dances presented an opportunity to practice her craft. (more…)

10/07/16 6:02am
Blake Dowling, left, teaches swing dancing at First and South in Greenport earlier this year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Blake Dowling, left, teaches swing dancing at First and South in Greenport earlier this year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The dining room in First and South restaurant once again became a dance floor on Monday as dance instructor Blake Dowling returned for a new season of swing dancing lessons.

Continuing every Monday night through October and November, participants can learn West Coast Swing basics and beyond. All are welcome, whether you are taking your first lesson or improving on what you already know. You do not need a partner.

“We’re excited to get to the point in the year where we can bring the community together and host special activities in our dining room,” said First and South owner Sarah Phillips. “It’s fun to get together with locals and colleagues in this way.” (more…)

07/20/16 2:26pm
Caci North Fork spring pea budino. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Caci North Fork spring pea budino. (Credit: Randee Daddona/northforker)

Newsday released its 2016 list of the top 100 Long Island restaurants and seven North Fork restaurants made the cut.

Six of them are tried and true favorites, while one is a brand new spot quickly becoming a popular destination.  (more…)

05/11/16 6:03am
Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and Founder Jazmin Carillo at last year's fundraiser.

Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and founder Jazmin Carillo at last year’s fundraiser. (Credit: Nina Nickerson, courtesy photo)

Programa Sueños, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide educational benefits to the children of San Antonio el Angel, Guatemala, will host its third annual spring fundraiser Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. The event will feature bites from local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as live music and Bedell wines.

Founded by former North Fork resident Jazmin Carrillo whose family moved from Guatemala to the U.S. 10 years ago, the organization began by providing scholarship programs to 10 children in 2013. In three years, Programa Sueños, which translates to “dreams program,” has grown to benefit 235 children and now offers music and sports programs. It recently partnered with Colgate to also provide dental care for the children. (more…)