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Arrow Security and The Cotocon Group team up to Green up, yet another Long Island building.

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM

When AJ Caro CEO of Arrow Security decided to take on the challenge of creating a new building on what once was an old lumber yard, he knew he wanted to make the building as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible, by doing this he knew not only would he be putting Arrow Security at the forefront of a new “Green Movement” but would also be saving money for the company, which would in turn give back to the community.


AJ Caro and the Arrow Security called Jimmy Carchietta of “The Cotocon Group”. After explaining his vision, Jimmy and his team came down and worked to transform this building into a 100% Green super high powered office. What makes this office so unique is the fact that nothing was overlooked, if it could be made green friendly or energy efficient, it was.


Some of the things The Cotocon group did, starting from the outside was to start with the cars. Arrow Security recently replaced their entire fleet of security vehicles to more eco-friendly models. To honor this, Jimmy and the team put in priority parking for the entire Arrow Security vehicle fleet, as well as for all employees driving low emitting or fuel efficient vehicles. Now that’s a job perk! Also outside landscapers were hired to plant trees and plants to help improve the environment, and replace what was once lost.


The building was designed to use mostly natural lighting by placing large 70 x 70 inch windows around the entire building. The glass used for the windows is known as “Low E” glass. This glass product was chosen because it improves building envelope, and saves against thermal heat loss and gain.


Why use natural light your thinking? Not only is natural light good for conserving energy but also it is also good for its occupants. Daylight is also known to be better for the eyes, and also improves moral and mood. Not only is electrical lighting responsible for a significant amount of the electrical load on a commercial building, but it can also cause excessive cooling loads. Utility costs for a building can be decreased when using natural light. Solar panels also line the roof of the building creating an onsite removal energy system.


Inside the building the list goes on, no stone goes unturned. Literally everything that could be done to create this green office powerhouse has been done. Lets starting with the floors, the flooring throughout the building is made with non-contaminant organic compounds. This is also referred to as “Non- VOC” flooring. They are also hypoallergenic.


Installed is a state of the art, high efficiency HVAC system. Here is where things get “Cool”. This new system has programmable controls enabling the building to pre-program according to day/night, holidays and weekends. This will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs. The air quality in the building has surpassed building requirements.


The walls of the building were constructed with spray foam insulation, to keep the building naturally warmer in winter, and cooler in summer. A high efficiency hot water heater was installed, as well as water conserving fixtures throughout the building. Wait, that’s not all, Jimmy and the Cotocon Team did not stop here. The bathrooms were the last step. How to do make a toilet “Green”? not literally. Well you install dual flushing toilet bowls. These are interactive toilets designed to conserve water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that by the year 2013, an estimated 36 states will experience water shortages as a result of increased water usage and inefficient water management from aging regional infrastructures. Using less water to flush liquid waste makes sense, but in the United States there may be cultural biases that make accepting a more hands-on approach to personal waste harder to accept [source: Safe Plumbing].


It should also be noted that all the materials used in the Greening of the Arrow Security building were all regional materials, and were purchased within a 500-mile radius. Arrow Security and The Cotocon Group’s vision was not only be make a more energy efficient facility, but to also to stay local, by doing this they are improving the community and bringing business back to the East Coast.


By: Brittany Winter (BluChip Marketing)

Long Island Trends Pet Photo Contest

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

How cute is this dog catching his treat? Share your favorite pet photo for a chance to win $50 to Pet Supplies Plus! Winner picked on next Thursday at 12:00pm! 10/31/13

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Photo: How cute is this dog catching his treat? Share your favorite pet photo for a chance to win $50 to Pet Supplies Plus! Winner picked on next Thursday at 12:00pm!

Rob Pannell of Wreckless Lacrosse Becomes Player of the Year Finalist in Lacrosse Magazine.

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM


Congrats to Rob Pannell, of the Cornell/New York Lizards for being a finalist in Lacrosse Magazines Player of the Year! Heres some information on why he deserves to win! The winner will be announced in the December issue of “Lacrosse Magazine” www.laxmagazine.com


-Making the most of 2013 after earning a redshirt due to a season-ending injury in Cornell’s second game of 2012, Pannell finished his NCAA career as the all-time leading scorer in men’s Division I history (354 points) passing Matt Danowski in the Big Red’s NCAA tournament semifinals appearance against eventual champion Duke. He won both the Lt. Raymond Enners Award and the Tewaaraton as the best collegiate player, going No. 1 in the Major League Lacrosse draft to the Long Island Lizards, where earned Rookie of the Year honors after a 25 goal, 17 assist campaign. Rob also signed an endorsement deal with Wreckless Lacrosse Apparel Group, an brand new lacrosse apparel company with sporting goods and apparel set to sit store shelves in December 2013.


Pannell said he’s excited to see all the new products that Wreckless Apparel Group will be coming out with. The Wreckless Lacrosse Apparel brands will have apparel for both training and casual wear, winter and summer.


Congrats on being a finalist Rob Pannel, and Good luck! We look forward to reading about the winner this December 2013.


Rob Pannell of Wreckless Lacrosse Takes Inside Lacrosse to his Hometown!

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM


Rob Pannell's had quite a busy year so far. Returning to Cornell for the spring semester after having to sit out in the fall recovering from a foot injury and traveling to places like Uganda, Europe and Hawaii, he led the Big Red to the Final Four, set the NCAA's all-time points record and won both the Tewaaraton Trophy and MLL Rookie of the Year honors.

He signed endorsement deals with Brine, Wreckless and Wheaties. Most recently, he moved into the Big Apple, specifically the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. It's about a 45-minute drive, and a world away, from his hometown of Smithtown, N.Y., in Suffolk County, Long Island. He said he was never much of a city guy and never saw himself moving there, but he's loved every minute of it since he made the transition this fall.

See the Full Story and pictures at the link below!


Fun at the Pennysaver Annual Flea Market

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Check out this article I wrote for LI Trends on the fun, hustle, bustle, and happenings at last weeks LiPennysaver.com Flea Market!


The Cotocon Group Informs New Yorkers of New Local Law 87

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

What is NYC Local Law 87, and does it affect you? The Cotocon Group can give you all the information you need to know about this NYC Law.

East Boys Soccer Raises Money For Angela's House

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM


East Boys Soccer Raises Nearly $3,000 for Angela's House!!

Charity game raises money for Hauppauge-based nonprofit helping medically frail children and their families.


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Karin Caro on The Corridor Cover!

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Fashion Show for United Cerebral Palsy

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Lovely ladies that are the models for Cathy Berger's Fashion Show for United Cerebral Palsy at Chateau Briand Caterers on October 16th. For tickets please email: cathy@fashionsociete.com

Zicana Featured in Gotham Magazine!

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Elegante Stone in Long Island Pulse Magazine

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Pick up the latest issue of Pulse Magazine to see the spread on Elegante Stone!
The photos are breathtaking!

So proud of them!

Have you voted for Best Of Long Island Yet?

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

If you're home hanging out today, with nothing to do, please consider taking a minute to vote for Long Island Press Best of Long Island. We are extremely proud to be in two categories: #socialmedia and #publicrelations!

We would like to suggest that you vote us in Social Media and you vote for our friend, Ron Wood for PR (he's a great guy and we're not greedy)! Please take our word for it (if you don't already know) that our friends are the best too, and consider placing votes for:

Zicana, Star Promoz, 516 Ads, Ed Mangano, The Cotocon Group, Anthony Zummo, Korte Travel - Vacation & Cruise Planners Travel Agents , Moms Who Kick, Arrow Security, ATTY Collect, Karen L. Garvey, Oheka Castle, Maria Morales-Prieto Hispanic Network, Elegante Granite & Marble, Teresa's Family Cleaning, Farrell Fritz, Matt Silver's Ultimate Class Limousine Worldwide, Fingers Fingerz.