Mike Tarascio's life changed forever in 1981 when a business partner offered him a ride to a conference in New Jersey—not in a town car or on a tandem bicycle, but in a small private airplane. The very next year, Mike bought an airplane of his own and founded the business that would eventually become Ventura Aviation. Today, he, his wife, and their sons operate their business out of Republic Airport, where they use their fleet of Learjets, Piper Warriors, and a helicopter to train a new generation of skyborne adventurers. Their goal is to introduce clients to the limitless lifestyle and freedom that comes with personal aviation, and inspire others to make the life-changing decision to learn to fly.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
The auto experts at Broadway Tires keep cars running smoothly by way of engine and tire services, returning rides to customers within 24 hours following repairs. Just as sprinters need running shoes to run and horses need horse-drawn carriages to get around, cars need tires to perform optimally, which is why Broadway Tires carries reputable tires from brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, Yokohama, and Pirelli. An onsite mechanic sees to the maintenance of these rubber shoes with tire rotations and balancing, and also performs oil changes, emissions testing, transmission maintenance, and engine replacement.
Amity Car Wash & Detail Center scours vehicles inside and out with four wash packages—the top two of which include a 48-hour rain guarantee—and three detailing packages. Blue Coral and Simoniz products play major parts in the effort to supply every vehicle with a just-cleaned shine. When not drying cars with hand towels or feeding hood ornaments treats for sitting still, the shop's crew helps local schools, clubs, and sports teams raise money and protect the environment through a Think Green fundraising program.
Sammy's Auto Repair specializes in service for BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but German models aren't their only forte. In fact, the technicians welcome makes and models of all kinds into their garage, whether for one-time repairs or regular oil and filter changes. Sammy's is also a certified New York inspection station, meaning the technicians can inspect your vehicle to make sure it's safe, legal, and definitively not a horse.
Nominated by Long Island Press as one of the best local car washes of 2011, Cottage Car Wash grooms vehicles with extensive wash and indoor detail packages. During the 15-minute deluxe car wash, an exterior bath precedes a flurry of dirt-defying treatments including hot sealer wax, Black Magic tire shine, an undercarriage wash, Velocity clear-coat protectant, and Rain-X protectant. Technicians will also vacuum the interior and shampoo the front two floor mats. The complete detail package commences indoors with an exterior wash bolstered by a paint-pampering Clay Magic treatment. After applying compound and polish to awaken the paint from weather-beaten sleep, technicians slather on protective Carnauba paste wax fortified with Teflon, smear on a layer of hand glaze, and detail the rims to keep the wheels spinning shinily. On the inside, staffers steam clean carpets and upholstery, detail the dash and console, and treat the leather before sending the car off as clean and polished as an egomaniac's trophy case.