Happy Holidays

Coat Drive Poster

Winter officially starts in 22 days bringing cold and snowy weather. For most of us this entails a quicker pace when walking to and from the car, but for those who are homeless winter spells hardship. Warm clothes can be their only defense against the elements and for those who lack warm clothes there is no defense. That is why this winter Rubie’s is teaming up with Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to conduct a coat drive.

Originally founded as the Nassau-Suffolk Partnership for the Homeless in 1985, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless seeks to eliminate homelessness on Long Island and improve the lives of Long Islanders who are homeless or facing homelessness. Efforts put forth by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless results in over $10 million in funding each year. While this is a herculean achievement they can still use your support!

Getting involved is simple. At Rubie’s, we have set up a series of collection bins throughout our Melville office adorning the sign you see above. The bins will be in place until December 20th, just in time to be distributed for Christmas. We encourage you to do the same! Get in contact with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and see if they can collect your donations. In the meantime start spreading the word that you will be collecting warm clothing for the homeless this December and start encouraging others to follow your lead. Happy holidays.

Star Trek House For Sale?

Star Trek fans have paid a considerable amount of money to get their hands on original memorabilia from the show. Items that make it to auction can sell for thousands, sometimes even hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, one of Captain Kirk’s original tunics sold at auction for 72,000 in the summer of 2016. Still, nothing compares to what could be the most expensive piece of Star Trek history to hit the market; a futuristic-looking house worth about $5.7 million.

Originally airing in the 1964, Star Trek attracted the public’s attention by addressing the issues afflicting people of the 60’s in a unique way. As described by the series’ creator, Gene Roddenberry, “[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles”. Audiences were enthralled by this approach and the show initially boasted high ratings. When the average rating of the show dropped by the end of the first season, NBC cut Star Trek’s budget and moved it to an undesirable slot. Roddenberry resigned in protest and Star Trek was canceled after three seasons and 79 episodes.

Luckily for all the Trekkies out there Star Trek found success with the release of the second movie, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. With this second film the cult following was established and primed for the franchise’s return to television with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now, almost 30 years later, one of the houses from season three of Star Trek: The Next Generation has hit the market.

Located in Malibu, California, this piece of Star Trek history comes with four “eclectic” bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an ocean-view terrace, and a “chef-inspired” kitchen. The house can be seen in the third episode of season three when the USS Enterprise answers a distress call from two survivors of a destroyed world living in the house. The home is just as beautiful today as it was thirty years ago in that episode, and it is clear the surrounding area is anything but destroyed.

Star Trek is undeniably awesome and this home is stunning, but $5.7 million?! Like a lot of Star Trek fans, this figure is a little out of our price range. Luckily, our Star Trek costumes offer Trekkies an opportunity to be a part of the star fleet for much less. You don’t have to live in a million-dollar home to live long and prosper, show your love for one of the worlds most popular sci-fi franchises with one of our Star Trek costumes! Go boldly friends, over and out.