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The Guest Curator

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I guess it all began circa 2004. I finally pulled the trigger on a painting I’d seen a year (a year!) earlier at a South Fork art gallery.

I’ve bought houses, a few, in what seemed like a matter of minutes, thankfully without regret. Yet the analysis, the pondering, the sheer dissection of this painting dominated my thoughts as I vacillated back and forth. Read more

Plaza Gallery: “The Hamptons and Beyond: An Artistic Journey”

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Great Neck resident Irwin T. Levy is the curator of the upcoming exhibit “The Hamptons and Beyond: An Anistic Journey.” opening Wednesday Oct. 21, at the Village of Great Neck Plaza Wllage Hall, 2 Gussack Plaza. The opening reception is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Levy is again collaborating with Esperanza Leon, owner of SOLAR Art and Design, East Hampton. SOLAR was the venue for Mood Swings, the Collector’s Choice exhibit that Mr. Levy curated this past summer. Read more

Pest Management

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Along with crickets, which I described in my previous article, the house mouse is another all too prevalent fall invader. As temperatures drop, mice attempt to enter structures for what I refer to as the Survival Triangle; food, water and shelter. Our home and work environments pro vide those necessities to us; unfortunately, it provides it to mice as well. Mice only live for about one year, but are prolific breeders, sexually mature at 35 days, and capable of having its first litter of six to eight pups at 60 days old. With up to eight litters per year possible, one pair of mice and their offspring could potentially translate into 500 mice in one year. Read more

Controlling Crickets

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As we enter the autumn season, temperatures begin to drop and rainfall levels moderate. Leaves begin to fall to the ground and effectively act as mulch. This organic matter retains moisture and serves to insulate the ground, making leaf litter an ideal pest ecosystem. Combining these factors with insect pests trying to enter structures to gain a foothold for the winter, many homes can effectively become a pest’s winter residence. Perhaps the most common insect “house guests” this time of year are crickets. Read more