Friday, February 24, 2017

Skipperdee’s Gets the Nod as Best Ice Cream on Long Island



Yup, it’s official. Skipperdee’s has been selected as the Best Ice Cream on Long Island. The store was nominated for this year’s Bethpage Best of Long Island in the “Best Ice Cream” category and was awarded the top honor on February 21, 2017.

 Together we brought this title to Point Lookout, the place we call home. The official announcement was made after 780,243 votes were cast and tabulated. The public has spoken to name Skipperdee’s Best Ice Cream in the Food section!

Skipperdee’s is located at 26 Lido Boulevard located in Point Lookout and is a celebration of all things sweet and fun. Drop in for a scoop of ice cream in flavors like sweet and salty pretzel or carrot cake, or warm up with an espresso, cappuccino, or other specialty drink. Or stop by for afternoon tea, where they serve hot cups of tea alongside finger-sandwiches and desserts. Bakers work tirelessly to whip up cupcakes and other baked goods like macarons, while classic candies like Goobers and Chuckles await to delight kids young and old.

Richard Zampella worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. He has managed the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel and served as Food & Beverage Manager of the The Essex House Hotel on Central Park South. For 15 years he worked 65 floors high atop Rockefeller Center at the Rainbow Room under legendary restauranteur Joe Baum. In 2010, he created the concept and design for Skipperdee’s Ice Cream Shop in the seaside hamlet of Point Lookout, NY.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Transmultimedia 2016 Video Retrospective



Richard Zampella is a documentary film producer who along with Writer/Director John Mulholland has created content for Warner Home Video and Paramount Pictures. Among their production credits are Sergeant York: Of God and Country, narrated by Liam Neeson. Inside High Noon narrated by Frank Langella and Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen narrated by Sam Waterston. The later was chosen by the New York Times as a Critics’ Pic in October of 2013.

In early 2017 both Mulholland and Zampella have begin post production on a brand new documentary which explores the life and works of Author Elmore Leonard and his place in the American literary pantheon. The documentary discusses how he started, why he wrote what he did, how he arrived at his lean, terse minimalist style of writing.

Get social with Richard Zampella at: facebook.com/RichardZampella.nyc

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Elmore Leonard Documentary Begins Post Production

Elmore Leonard
Image(s) courtesy of: "The Elmore Leonard Archive, Irvin Department , University of South Carolina Libraries"​


Documentary Writer/Director, John Mulholland has wrapped production on his new feature documentary on "Hollywood's Favorite Writer" Elmore Leonard, and has begun post-production on the film.

The documentary is produced by Richard Zampella , who shot the interviews and will be editing the film with Mulholland. Central to the film, adding depth and resonance, is more than half-an-hour of never-before-seen interview footage with Leonard in which he analyzes and discusses how he started, why he wrote what he did, how he arrived at his lean, terse minimalist trademark.

Elmore Leonard is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Swag, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard's writings include short stories and original screenplays that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the FX television series Justified.

On camera interviews include:

Author, James O. Born, Producer & Writer, Wendy Calhoun, Retired LAPD Sergeant, Cheryl Dorsey Writer, Kate Dries, Author, Rachel Howzell Hall, Author, James W. Hall, Elmore Leonard Children, Peter, Chris, Kate and Jane Leonard, Elmore Leonard Wife, Beverly Leonard, Author and Sports Writer, Mike Lupica, Author, Alphie McCourt, Family Friend and Leonard Advisor, Bill Mertz Family Friend, Eliza Mertz, Author, Friend & Bookstore Owner, Otto Pendler, Virginia Tech Film Studies Professor, Stephen Prince, Bailbondsman, Mike Sandy, Author & Leonard Researcher, Gregg Sutter, Washington Post Columnist and Author, Neely Tucker and Producer & Writer, Graham Youst

Director John Mulholland & Producer Richard Zampella's last film, "Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen"  received a New York Times Critic's Pick which opened in theaters in New York & Los Angeles in 2013 and is currently in distribution nationwide.

Monday, January 9, 2017

On the 25 Year Anniversary: Dr Arthur Zampella

Arthur Zampella, MD
Arthur Zampella, Robert Lax and Barry Ulanov Editors of the Columbia Review in 1938

Arthur Zampella Columbia University
Marks, Zampella, Dr Powell, Warsaw, Ferayorni: Members of the  Pre-med Society at Columbia University in 1938

My dad worked as a tour guide in Rockefeller Center while he was a pre-med student at Columbia University. He knew John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who would ask him about his studies. As a child he would stand me before the tablet in Rockefeller Center and read to me the credo he believed in from a man he knew.

“I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”

Life is a series of moments – and as time passes some moments are indelibly seared in our memory. Some moment we can plan for, but the ones that hit us on idle Wednesday are usually the most unexpected and significant.

The last time I saw him at the age of 25, I remember wishing he were young and vibrant like the photographs I had seen of him as a young man.

For all intent and purpose, I was raised by the grandfather I never had. Arthur Dante Louis Zampella was born to Filomna & Erminio Zampella in Jersey City, NJ in 1917. I was raised with an appreciation of a different era. The influences of fashion, music and history were from a different time. Something I would not fully appreciate until I grew older.

Time has a way of making you forget some things, but I can recall that moment 25 years ago as if it were yesterday. Standing beside his lifeless body and knowing that whatever life force that made the man I adored stir... was no longer with me or within him.

I dream sometimes that I see a figure in the distance on the grounds at Idylease. I think it is him as my mind is prone to play tricks on me. As I approach, it is not him… but rather a stranger. A painful reminder that he is no longer with me. He did not leave me willingly.

As I sit at Idylease on this eve of this anniversary. The words he spoke to me two days before he left
are still with me. "One day you will own Idylease and your vision for the property will become true."

Most people I speak with that have lost a parent often tell you that there is no such thing as closure, or “getting over it”. Closure would mean forgetting the past and moving forward, For me, the loss itself reinforces my compassion, especially when I see others lose a loved one. Even though you may fill that void, you will never touch, or talk again. It becomes a part of who you are – like where you grew up or remembering reading a good book or a seeing a play.

We should always tell those close to us how we feel about them, even if they have heard it from us before. Tell them why you love them, speak with them like it’s the first time – and the last time.

Moments matter.

- Richard Zampella
On the 25th Anniversary of the Death of
Arthur Dante Louis Zampella

Monday, October 24, 2016

Richard Zampella Announces Skipperdee’s is Nominated for Best Ice Cream on Long Island

Best Ice Cream on Long Island


POINT LOOKOUT, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Voting has officially begun for Bethpage’s Best of L.I. contest! Richard Zampella, owner & operator of Skipperdee’s in Point Lookout is pleased to announce that his store  has been nominated in the Food Category for the Best Ice Cream on Long Island. Only 15 Ice Cream Stores on Long Island received this distinction in 2016. The contest allows voters to pick a first place winner in each category. The contest allows each individual to vote one time per IP address per day. Please see the categories, nominees, and direct links to vote below; the voting period ends on Thursday, Dec. 15.

FOOD: http://tinyurl.com/hx9ey3f
Best Ice Cream on Long Island: Skipperdees

For the Food Category voting page, visit: http://queenscourier.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Long-Island/Ballot/Food

Help us take home first place!

About Skipperdees

What do you get when you cross an ice cream shop with a bakery, confectionary, coffee house, and toys? You get Skipperdee’s a celebration of all things sweet and fun. Drop in for a scoop of ice cream in flavors like sweet and salty pretzel or carrot cake, or warm up with an espresso, cappuccino, or other specialty drink. Or stop by for afternoon tea, which takes place each weekday afternoon, where they serve hot cups of tea alongside finger-sandwiches and desserts. Bakers work tirelessly to whip up cupcakes and other baked goods like macarons, while classic candies like Goobers and Chuckles await to delight kids young and old.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Afternoon Tea at Skipperdee's in Point Lookout, NY

Richard Zampella

Richard+Zampella

Skipperdees

Beginning October 2016 Skipperdees in Point Lookout, NY will be serving  “Afternoon Tea” featuring savory tea sandwiches and hand crafted sweets Weekdays from 1 - 5PM and Sat & Sun 2PM to 4PM. Closed Wednesdays.

Skipperdee’s is located in Long Island in the heart of Point Lookout, NY where bicycles and golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation.

“Afternoon Tea” at Skipperdee’s provides elegant & proper service that is run daily by owner, Richard Zampella, who oversaw Afternoon Tea service at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Afternoon Tea at Skipperdees is the ideal oasis for mothers as well as those wishing to take a break, relax and enjoy some of the fine delicacies on offer.

Working closely with Serendipi-tea in Manhasset, NY, our afternoon tea menu offers a wide selection of the highest quality loose leaf teas that have been carefully selected from the finest organic tea garden and estates from around the world.

Current offered flavors include “Dahl House” with peach & pineapple; “Secret Garden: with lavender & chamomile, “Chaucer’s Cup” with mango, apple and ginger; “Razzle Dazzle” with apple and raspberry and “Bucaneer” with coconut, chocolate and vanilla as well as seasonal flavors.

Satisfy your sweet and savory tooth by inviting your friends and family for a elegant afternoon at Skipperdee’s Afternoon Tea in an environment that celebrates the “art” of tea.

Guests are also welcome to come in any time for Tea, Coffee, Espresso drinks and a wide selection of hand crafted cakes and pies.

Skipperdee’s Afternoon Tea

Price: $8.75 Per Person. Served with complementary Pelegrino mineral water.
Reservations: Recommended — Dial (516) 431-5000
Time:  M-F from 1:00 – 5:00pm, Sat/Sun 2 to 4PM Closed Wednesdays
Address: 26 Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout, NY
Parking: On Street
Website: www.skippedees.com
View our Tea Menu at: www.skipperdees.com/skipperdees-tea-menu.pdf

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Richard Zampella Launches West Milford History Blog

Richard Zampella at Idylease
Richard Zampella Launches West Milford History Blog

"Most local residents are aware that Idylease has stood on Union Valley Road for many years. When she opened her doors on New Year’s day in 1903, there were 45 stars on the flag, Teddy Roosevelt was President and Orville Wright took flight at Kitty Hawk."

It is not uncommon for me to run into people of a certain generation that either had their tonsils removed by my father, Dr. Arthur Zampella or learned to swim at the indoor pool at Idylease.

I sometimes wonder if local residents are aware of the rich and varied role of Newfoundland’s most impressive historic structure. I hope that this new online repository of memorabilia will solidify and inform local residents about her rightful place in the annals of West Milford History.

Since April of 2016, when I purchased Idylease I have researched many documents and records in the hope of resurrecting memories, personalities and places that have been lost to history. Considerable time has been spent scanning original glass plates, digitally restoring photographs and repairing tattered documents. Over the coming months I will share the results of those efforts with you all.

I fully encourage you all to participate and interact with information that may pertain to previously unknown facts and family histories that are part to the lineage of the place we call home.

Richard Zampella at Idylease
www.idylease.org
August 2016