Betsy Abraham

Journalist, Writer, Editor

Location icon United States

Content creator with a love for news, entertainment and everything that falls in between. Typos and empty coffee cups are my worst fears.


Recent Articles

Best Brunch in Virginia

Unlike most things in life, brunch is deliciously uncomplicated. There's no end to the variations a good chef can put on the breakfast trifecta of eggs, meat, and cheese, and once you throw in a Bloody Mary (or two), it's easy to wonder why brunch isn't a daily ritual.

Virginia LOVEworks Road Trip

Love is in the air. And throughout Virginia, it's also on walls, outside museums, and in vineyards and parks. More than 50 years ago, a state tourist campaign said that "Virginia is for Lovers," and the slogan stuck.

A Father's Day without their dad

It will be a week of two milestones and many emotions for Ali Guillermo. Sunday will be his first Father's Day without his dad, also named Ali, an intensive care nurse at Long Island Community Hospital who died of COVID-19 in April after treating coronavirus patients.

13 apps to help LI families save money

From shopping, to scheduling, to co-parenting, apps are helping modern families organize almost every aspect of their lives. "Using an app can make a huge difference, especially for a family that's busy with activities or has a lot of kids," says Stephanie Ortiz, a writer and mother of six children ranging in age from 6 to 16.

Selling your house soon? Tips on staging for any budget

Keren Crispin says she knew she needed help the first time she opened her Dix Hills home to potential buyers. When she hosted an open house for the unoccupied 3,000-square-foot property, a couple expressed concern about how their furniture would fit in the expansive space. "I was blown away.

Learn gardening, swap seeds, get free fertilizer at LI Facebook group

When Anna Maria Ramsuchit needs local honey, she heads to Facebook. More specifically, the 37-year-old stay-at home mother from Mastic heads to the Long Island Homesteading Forum, an online community of residents looking to learn more about gardening, swap products, get canning ideas and try to identify that thing growing in their backyard.

Coronavirus forces families to grieve at sparse services

Pepper Bonay-Martin almost didn't make the guest list for her father's funeral. Only 10 people - including the funeral director and two pallbearers - were allowed in the Harlem facility due to regulations imposed by the state because of the coronavirus. That left seven spots open and "my family is huge," says Bonay-Martin, of Massapequa.


CT Creative Studio
At Christian Institutions, Leaders Weigh the Cost of Progress

The first step in passing on a mantle is to make sure it's going into the right hands. Historic Christian institutions have seen an influx of new leadership, with boards calling on both experienced professionals and industry newcomers to steer their organizations.

Long Island Weekly
Pets4Luv Animal Shelter Faces Eviction From Source Mall - Long Island Weekly

New owners of property cite safety issues as nonprofit scrambles to find new home For the past 10 years, they've found dogs and cats loving homes, but now, a Westbury animal rescue is seeking shelter as they face eviction from the Source Mall. Nonprofit animal rescue Pets4Luv received word last week from the Lesso Group ...

Long Island Weekly
As TPS Deadline Looms, Haitians Await Decision On Renewal - Long Island Weekly

As families around America prepare their Thanksgiving meals, an estimated 50,000 Haitians living in the United States face a much more significant problem than what kind of pie to prepare. Nov. 23 marks the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make a decision on whether or not it will renew Temporary Protected ...

Hicksville News
A Final Act of Service

An obituary for Linda Calandrello, a homeless woman who was fatally hit by a car on New Year's Eve.


Long Island Weekly
The Unstoppable Ellie Kemper - Long Island Weekly

Ellie Kemper has filled many roles over the years: redhead, daughter, improviser, bride, mom, receptionist, Kimmy. But sitting down to read through My Squirrel Days, Kemper's collection of personal essays, readers get a much warmer sense of the actress: an insanely talented and hilarious writer who you will immediately want to call your best friend.

Long Island Weekly
Eric McCormack Unlocks His Id On Will & Grace - Long Island Weekly

When Eric McCormack got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month, it seemed only appropriate that it found a home next to Debra Messing's. The two not only play roommates on Will & Grace, but have made their way into the homes of millions of fans worldwide as the show's titular ...

Long Island Weekly
The Optimistic Pessimist - Long Island Weekly

Brad Garrett returns to primetime with Single Parents The only thing more distinguishable than Brad Garrett's tall, towering frame is his deep, booming voice. Best known for his award-winning role as Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, the 6'8″ actor has also lent his powerful voice to some of Hollywood's most beloved movies, including the ...

Long Island Weekly
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Arrestingly Funny - Long Island Weekly

Stephanie Beatriz talks diversity, weddings and looking up to Rosa Diaz When Brooklyn Nine-Nine ends its fifth season on Sunday, May 20, viewers can expect the much-anticipated wedding of Detectives Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago, as well as the show's trademark ridiculousness and witty banter.

Long Island Weekly
Sterling K. Brown Makes His Mark

If he's not already, Sterling K. Brown is about to become one of your favorite actors. Not only does the St. Louis, MO, native have his name tied to three big movies set for release this year and next, but he's also the star of the popular primetime television show This Is Us, for which ...

Long Island Weekly
Lauren Graham: Scene Stealer To Page Turner

Gilmore Girls star talks writing as her latest role Lauren Graham might just be the most underrated actress in Hollywood. Funny, smart and ridiculously talented, Graham won the hearts of fans worldwide as Lorelai Gilmore, a fast-talking, highly caffeinated single mom who always had a pop culture reference at the ready.

Long Island Weekly
Great News Broadcasts Comedy - Long Island Weekly

Navigating the workplace is hard enough-but when your mom is your coworker, things get a whole lot more complicated. That's the dilemma Katie Wendelson finds herself in on Great News, a new NBC comedy that infuses plenty of heart into the funny dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship.

Long Island Weekly
Undressing Clinton Kelly

The Long Island native dishes about his new book, TV shows and styling America's women When Clinton Kelly returns home to Long Island this month to promote his latest book, I Hate Everyone, Except You, he's hoping for a warmer reception than the last time he stopped by.

Long Island Weekly
Waitress Delivers The Sweetest Show On Broadway

Since taking the stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre last year, Waitress has garnered quite the fan following-and it's easy to understand why. Featuring original music from Sara Bareilles, the show dishes out a generous serving of comedy and storytelling, blended together with a terrific score and outstanding performances from the entire cast.


Why LIers love their cul-de-sac houses

Nearly 30 years ago, when Donna Rabin Borenstein and her husband, Steven, were looking for a home, they had a few criteria in mind: four bedrooms, at least three bathrooms, and a quiet street. But there was also one additional feature they were really hoping for.

One Bathroom Brings Families Together

Beard acknowledges that setting time limits on showers might sound a little intense. But with seven people sharing one bathroom, it’s the only way to keep things from dissolving into disarray. And she isn’t alone: Families across Long Island have had to find ways to make it work in homes that have only one bathroom.

Going The Extra Yard

A precisely cut, lush green lawn is more than just a symbol of suburban America; for many homeowners, it’s a badge of honor. However, having the perfect yard isn’t as easy as it looks: there are seeds to sow, weeds to pull and patches to fix, not to mention the mowing. But for these Long Island homeowners, maintaining the best lawn on the block is all a labor of love.

Long Island Living Magazine
Tossing the Traditional - Long Island Living Magazine

Time-honored roses, peonies and hydrangeas join thistle, eucalyptus and lisianthus for a freeform, flowy bouquet from Elegant Designs by Joy. All chairs from Pier1. Photography by Elizabeth Glasgow Roses, peonies and hydrangeas have long held a reputation as the building blocks of a wedding bouquet.

The Westbury Times
Chef Tom Schaudel Brings High-End Seafood To The Vanderbilt

Walking into the Vanderbilt's gorgeous lobby-outfitted with a hand-blown glass chandelier, glass and bronze entry table and custom-patterned marble floor under a 22-foot high rotunda-is enough to prompt guests to speak in hushed whispers, a volume usually suited for museums or libraries.

Long Island Weekly
En Garde At 5T Fencers Club - Long Island Weekly

As one of the millions of people who saw Wonder Woman recently, I too, now have a new life goal to become an Amazon warrior. And while training with a bunch of fierce female fighters on Paradise Island is impossible (unless someone would like to fund this trip, in which case I am extremely willing) ...

Long Island Weekly
The Great Escape - Long Island Weekly

Anton editors test their skills at Can You Escape? LI I guess it's safe to say my coworkers like or at least can tolerate me, because when I asked if they wanted to be locked in a small room with me, they agreed. Or perhaps it was just curiosity that drew them all to Can ...

Long Island Weekly
Mind, Body And SoulCycle

Fitness trends are no new thing-Jane Fonda ruled the '80s with her leg lifts and exercise videos, and Zumba was all the craze in the early 2000s. Since launching in 2006, SoulCycle has followed the same course, with a large dedicated following of fitness gurus, celebrities, business moguls and more praising the indoor cycling class [...]

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