Blaise Rafino and his wife, Diane, have been very busy this summer catering to their faithful customers at Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Glenwood Landing. The couple, married for 42 years, are community mainstays in their 58 Shore Road store at the corner of Scudders Lane—one of the last bait and tackle shops still in business on Long Island.
“We have a lot of families who’ve been coming to us for years and they bring their children, and when their children grow up, they come to us,” says Diane. “Right now it’s snapper season so we have a lot of the local kids buying bait.”
Duffy’s, originally on Shore Road in Glen Cove, was owned by Thomas Duffy. The Rafinos took over the store in 1984 and stayed in Glen Cove until 1999, when they moved to the current location. Next year will be their 15th anniversary in the community.
“Tom had that store for over 40 or 50 years,” says Blaise. “I used to work in the wholesale bait business in Brooklyn and catered to the Duffy family on occasion. When he retired we bought the store from him.”
Like many businesses on Long Island, Duffy’s was affected by the economic standstill caused by Hurricane Sandy. Luckily the store did not suffer any major damage.
“The water from Hempstead Harbor came halfway up our street but fortunately did not reach us,” says Diane. “When we came back we were lucky enough to still have our heat and electricity, which was something we didn’t have at our
home in Huntington.”
The most challenging time for the Rafino family, which includes four children, was in 2008 when an electrical fire gutted the entire store. The couple was forced to do business in a makeshift trailer set up on the perimeter of the property.
They operated this way for months while the store was rebuilt from the ground up.
“What amazed me the most was that the customers who we’ve served over the years rushed down to help us through the whole ordeal,” says Diane. “It showed a true spirit and loyalty, and we are lucky enough to still be here.”
Duffy’s sells everything from rods and reels to popular baits for fresh and saltwater. They even repair rods and reels on site. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”