z9Notice to motorists: As part of the Nassau County Bridge Authority’s continuing efforts to keep the Atlantic Beach Bridge in good condition, the bridge is scheduled to undergo additional repairs to its bascule leaves on Tuesday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 4, between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

During these times, the bridge will be closed to all traffic, except for ten minutes each hour, as follows: 12:50—1:00 a.m., 1:50—2:00 a.m., 2:50—3:00 a.m., and 3:50—4:00 a.m. At 5:00 a.m., traffic restrictions will end.

These are the last of the currently scheduled nighttime closures for the bridge. The Nassau County Bridge Authority can be reached at 516-239-6900. v

Chanukah Comes Early to Gourmet Glatt. With the recent unveiling of its beautiful yom tov window display, Gourmet Glatt has officially ushered in two weeks of in-store festivities marking the 5774/2013 Chanukah season. “Bringing the kids to see our windows is becoming something of a tradition in the neighborhood,” says store manager Yoeli Steinberg. “So we’re really invested in keeping them fresh and exciting.”

The fun gets stepped up on Sunday, November 24, with a pre-Chanukah extravaganza featuring a concert by the inimitable Lipa and a variety of gifts and attractions for kids, including face painting and a juggling act. The celebration continues throughout Chanukah with lots of special giveaways and other surprises for children and adults alike.

On the seventh night of Chanukah, the store will take the party outside, as it once again teams with Chabad of The Five Towns for a community-wide menorah lighting at Cedarhurst’s Andrew J. Parise Park. Last year’s event drew participants from throughout the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, and beyond, observes Yoeli. “We urge everyone to join us again for a beautiful night of inspiration–and, of course, incredibly delicious doughnuts.”

Shop and Sip. The temperature outside is dropping, and Gourmet Glatt’s got just the thing to take the chill off–complimentary hot coffee. In recent weeks, the store has also installed sleek new meat and produce showcases and expanded product selection in just about every department–check out the garlic-stuffed olives at Schwartz’s appetizing!–and created a separate candy/nut section featuring many sugar-free items and a wide array of beautiful platters, perfect for gifts and Chanukah parties.

A spokesman for Gourmet Glatt predicts that customers will be seeing many more exciting innovations and improvements in coming days. “We’re constantly adding, changing, and upgrading–it’s part of who we are and what we do.”

Part of the Community, Partners in the Community. In keeping with its longstanding policy of giving back to the community it serves, Gourmet Glatt is proud to once again be a sponsor of the popular Motzaei Shabbos Avos U’Banim learning program. The store provides snacks and drinks to father and son chavrusas at the Bostoner Bais Medrash (Lawrence), Yeshiva of South Shore (Hewlett), Shteeble (Rabbi Spiegel/Cedarhurst), and Aish Kodesh (Woodmere).

A small sampling of Gourmet Glatt’s most recent efforts on behalf of Torah and chesed causes around town, around the city and around the world would also include: providing upwards of 100 yom tov meals for families of hospitalized patients serviced by Achiezer Community Resource Center; providing water bottles to participants in the 5K run/walkathon for Our Place, an organization for at-risk youth; providing snacks and drinks to riders in a bike-a-thon for Friendship Circle, an international nonprofit organization that promotes friendships between teenage volunteers and special-needs children; and providing refreshments at a community-wide siyum (held at Sh’or Yoshuv) that capped off a hakoras hatov Shabbos marking one year since Hurricane Sandy.

And the Winner is . . . Seems it’s not just Gourmet Glatt shoppers who value Howie Klagsburn’s expertise regarding food and all things food related. Along with several other prominent food industry experts, Gourmet Glatt’s purchasing manager was invited to serve as a judge at the annual Kosherfest New Product Competition. The prestigious competition, which takes place two weeks before the official opening of Kosherfest (the world’s largest kosher-certified products trade show, held this year on October 29 and 30), names the year’s best new kosher retail and food service products in a number of categories.

While he may have been off-duty from his day job, Gourmet Glatt shoppers were clearly on Judge Howie’s mind throughout his one-day tenure at Kosherfest.

“I was really honored to have been chosen to serve on this distinguished panel. But the best part was getting a sneak peek at all the exciting new products we’ll soon be offering our customers.” v


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