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NFRES: How would you describe your selling style? Gina Galante: You need to really get to know a buyer to determine their wants and needs. Once you have a true understanding of this it is much easier to work with a buyer and select homes that will excite them and keep their interest through the process. Getting to really know your buyer will make a more positive and successful transaction, and form a lasting relationship.

NFRES: As one of the more seasoned real estate agents on the North Fork, what is it that sets you apart from the others? Donielle Cardinale: My family roots run 100 years and four generations deep in real estate. Our roots also run deep on the North Fork, dating back to the 1940’s. I am a very active member of the community and its various organizations. I have a sincere love and knowledge of the North Fork and the people who love it. In addition, I have a background in construction, interior decorating and design, which equips me with the creative knowledge, insight and contacts to prepare your house for sale or help you turn a new house into the home of your dreams.

By Kathryn Bockino “Please do not pity them. Instead help them; do something” is not just a motto for Spirit’s Promise, a Horse Rescue Program at Blossom Hollow Ranch in Riverhead, but a mantra. The founder, Marisa Charles, has rescued thoroughbreds, Manhattan 9/11 police horses, and even horses who were at auction and about to be sold into horrible plights. With about 150,000 horses going to slaughter every year, Spirit’s Promise is a sanctuary, a haven, for these creatures that had nowhere else to go. Marisa didn’t always rescue horses. In fact, this all started because of a midlife crisis. While working for the garment industry, and then in construction, her “biggest problem of the day was what facial I would get, or what color nail polish I would be picking out.” However, once her children went away to school, she realized that she wanted to give back “to the universe.” Her husband, Jeff, was the one who suggested she should start horseback riding in order to connect with nature, and that’s when it all clicked. This would be her new, lasting project.

Commencing on August 14th, the North Fork Designer Show House will once again open its doors. For more than three weeks, the North Fork will be treated to fun, food, and flair. The idea to do this came from seven friends who got together one day, and realized they all wanted to do some type of event for the community. They wanted to create an event that blended together charity, beauty, and the notion of North Fork locality. Kate DiGregorio, from The Corcoran Group, is one of the committee members in charge of running the event and says, “We knew there was one successful in Jamesport years ago, but there hadn’t been one on the North Fork for a while. We thought this would be a great way to generate money for the charities we support.”