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Little North Pole Christmas celebration

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Photo by Vito Catalano

The North Pole came to Neponsit Beach for a night and the community celebrated Christmas in style.

Lights showered Joe Mure’s Neponsit Avenue home where he hosted his annual “Little North Pole” event to benefit juvenile diabetes on Saturday. A Christmas display surrounded the house and close to 5,000 people came to see the show, Mure said, including local elected officials, community leaders and thousands of borough residents.

The spectacle raised roughly $200,000 which will go directly to juvenile diabetes research.

Local joints such as VetroLenny’s Clam Bar and Lucy’s sausage and peppers donated heaps of food and local performers sang and danced through the night.

“We put smiles on every single face that was out there,” Mure said. “We put on a show that was both appropriate and great for both kids and adults.”

Then, Santa Claus came to town, riding a sled perched on a flatbed. Several emergency vehicles followed him with their sirens on and lights swirling.

“If you sat out there, you watched Santa Claus show up with the sirens and lights from the sky, you would have a memory of Christmas that will last you a lifetime,” Mure said.

The Little North Pole, a tradition held for nearly two decades, was put on hold last year after Sandy. But now, Mure said they are back, “stronger and brighter than ever.”

“We live in the heart of Rockaway. A year ago, we had nothing,” he said. “I think the kickoff of the Little North Pole was some sort of proof that we’re alive, we’re back.”



Vetro christens its reopening after Sandy

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In the days before Sandy, the quick-thinking staff of Vetro by Russo’s on the Bay removed many of the wine bottles that had been stored in the cellar.

“We were able to save a lot of it the day before by taking it out of the building,” said manager P.J. Connolly.

But when Howard Beach started to flood, the wine cellar and first floor of Vetro were deluged. Nearly everything was destroyed and many of the remaining bottles of the hot spot’s wine were decimated.

Vetro reopened only 38 days after the storm. On Thursday, December 6, four bottles that survived the flood were opened and served in the Vetro foyer to christen the restaurant’s reopening.

So far, the response has been growing from patrons as they start to head back to Vetro.

“Thankfully, we’ve had a nice response from the guests,” Connolly said.

Vetro: Superior quality all around

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For a truly elegant dining experience, visit Vetro of Howard Beach. Exceptional service, an enormous menu, vintage wines and champagnes – all come together in a chic, modern atmosphere on the water.

Our waiter, Lance, was much more than a server, acting as a culinary “tour guide” through the menu that has established Vetro as the talk of the town.

Begin your meal with a glass of red wine, signature to the authentic Italian experience. The sangiovese is rich and full bodied. If you’re in the mood for white, sample the sauvignon blanc: citrusy, light, and pleasantly nutty. Complement your beverage with an assortment of appetizers, including the grilled octopus, which is delicately flavored with garlic, parsley, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you’re searching for something different, order the sushi Italiano – complete with raw sushi-grade tuna wrapped in layers of prosciutto, celery and white truffle oil.

In Italy, people frequently begin their meal with “primi piatti,” a small serving of pasta, anything from spaghetti to cavatelli. At Vetro, this tradition is upheld through the surplus of pasta dishes, available in appetizer portions and with various sauces. My guest and I sampled the lobster ravioli DeGeorgio, a signature dish from Chef DeGeorgio –fresh Maine lobster, draped in rich cognac and heavy cream, truly delicious. If you’re searching for something modest, order the Russo’s spaghetti garlic & oil – spaghetti dressed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Gaeta olives and toasted walnuts: a charming rendition of “poor man’s pasta.”

The entrees at Vetro are perfectly portioned while successful at incorporating new and inventive concepts into classic Italian dishes. In the mood for fish? Order the Chilean sea bass served with plum tomatoes, garlic, shallots, seasoned breadcrumbs and white wine. If you’re a meat eater, the bistecca is for you: aged Sterling silver shell steak doused in a delicious beef broth with burro di Parma, a rich Italian butter.

Painted in shades of deep red and warm gold, and featuring brilliant tableware, rich drapery and light fixtures, the décor upholds a high standard of sophistication. While enjoying the atmosphere, order an espresso and the dessert sampler. The crème brulee was flambéed at our table, a divine combination of custard crème topped with caramelized sugar. My guest sampled the Opera Trio – layered vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut mousse over devils food sponge, glazed with milk chocolate: decadent, flavorful, sweet.

Vetro is the perfect place to spend a night with friends or your loved one- excellent food, a hospitable, informed wait staff and chic atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to host your next event or an innovative culinary adventure, visit Vetro of Howard Beach…you won’t be disappointed.

Vetro by Russo’s on the Bay

164-49 Cross Bay Boulevard

Howard Beach, New York 11414-3444

Tel: 718-843-8387



Monday – Saturday noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Parking: Private lot, valet

Attire: Dressy