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

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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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Idylease: Preserving the Past



Preservation is defined as the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic property in all forms. -Richard Zampella

Definition: pre·serve (pr-zûrv)

To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged.
To keep or maintain intact.

Idylease (/ˈaɪdəl.iːz/ “idle-ease”), a former resort hotel located in Newfoundland, New Jersey, was erected in 1902 and is an architecturally and historically significant example of early 20th century resort architecture in Northwest, New Jersey. The only surviving example of resort facilities in the region, it recalls the popularity of the region as the vacationland for the middle class in the late nineteenth century. Edited by Richard Zampella at Idylease

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dr Arthur Zampella: Youngest Editor of “The Columbia Review” in the History of Columbia University

Dr Arthur Zampella

Arthur Zampella received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University on June 1, 1938. He was admitted to the school at the age of sixteen. Zampella pursued a pre-med course in Columbia College. In addition to having held a King’s Crown Scholarship Award, he was also active in extra-curricular activities having been the youngest managing editor & associate editor of “The Columbia Review” in the entire history of the university. 

While at Columbia, Zampella was a member of the King’s Crown Advisory Cabinet and the Debate Council, a member of the university track team and the Van Am Society; Subchairman of the Dean’s Drag, annual charity event; and vice president of the Pre-Medical Society. Zampella was the recipient of gold & silver King’s Crowns, the highest extra-curricular awards of Columbia University.

While attending the Boston University School of Medicine, he was awarded an honor scholarship and upon graduation, successfully passed all examinations by the National Board of Medical Examiners which allowed him to practice in all states and territories as well as numerous foreign countries. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941, serving as a medical officer in the Pacific during World War II.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Idylease Aerial Video



Majestically standing on Union Valley Road since the day she opened her doors to the public in 1903, Idylease remains one of Newfoundland's most beautiful and impressive structures.

For over 25 years Richard Zampella has envisioned an opportunity to celebrate the history and future of the land that he grew up on in Newfoundland, NJ. Consistent with the wishes of his late father, Dr. Arthur Zampella, the property along with it’s historic structure is finally under the stewardship of his son Richard

I hope you enjoy this tribute to this historic landmark and to my father, Arthur Zampella, M.D.

This footage was filmed over the course of several days over the skies of Idylease. Photographed and Edited by filmmaker Richard Zampella -- The video makes use of a DJI Phantom Drone with a Zenmuse 3-D Gimbal and the GoPro HERO 4 Camera.

For more info about Idylease, visit: http://www.idylease.org