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Top Bellmore Business Stories of 2012

It's been an active year for the business landscape of Bellmore.

Here's a look at some of the biggest stories of the year as featured on Bellmore Patch.

10. Aqua Acquisition Affects Bellmore-Merrick CustomersLong Island American Water, the Lynbrook-based water company that already serves portions of southwest Nassau County, became the largest investor-owned water utility in the state after aquiring several water systems from Aqua America.

9. Former Smithville Café Location Remains Vacant: The former site of the Smithville Café building, located at the intersection of Bellmore Avenue and Bellmore Road, has been sitting unused in its fenced-in lot for several years.

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8. The Cake Gallery Creates Gingerbread Houses for Whoopi Goldberg: Only a few bakers can say they've whipped up confectionery creations for celebrities and The Cake Gallery in Bellmore is among them.

7. New Portuguese Restaurant Opens in Bellmore: Roy Carvalhos and his wife, Elizabeth, have been in the restaurant business for about 20 years, so they decided to bring some of their expertise and Portuguese dishes to Bellmore.

6. Bellmore LIRR Commuter Lot to Get Permit ParkingHempstead Town Attorneys met with the MTA and have agreed to designate 100 permitted parking spots at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road Train Station.

5. Rose Fuger Reflects on Food Network Appearance "A Taste of Home" owner Rose Fuger said that seeing herself on television is unlike anything she's ever experienced.

4. Martha Verdi Named NCCC Small Businessperson of the Year: Martha Verdi has been voted to be NCCC Businessperson of the year in Bellmore for 2012, and she was recognized at the Chamber of Commerce meeting on Aug. 15 at the Vamps Club.

3. Cafe Symposio Closes After More Than 15 Years of BusinessJimmy and Nancy Moniodes, owners of Got Cupcakes?, have enjoyed the Italian-American cuisine at Cafe Symposio for years, so they were shocked when they heard that it closed.

2. Former Jerusalem Avenue Rite Aid Finds New Tenant: A former Rite Aid location that has remained dormant for approximately eight years, the building’s days of vacancy are nearly at an end.

1. JimmyJacks to Reopen on Bedford AvenueLess than four months after JimmyJacks closed for business at 221 Bedford Ave. in Bellmore, the eatery opened back up under new management.

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