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Money Flows Securing sewer project funds (See page 3)

Chamber: Holds installation luncheon for officers (See page 4)

Remember When: A Look at Onderdonk House then and now (See page 51)

Sports: Track & Field team goes into action (See page 50)

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LOCAL MANHASSET NEWS

Envisioning Sewer Funding’s Next Steps there.” Sheehan reiterated. “The Great news is that you have a wonderful senator who’s going to fight for you and will be involved in supporting you.” “That’s great,” said Donno. “We’ll take advantage of every opportunity that we have and it’s going to make our community better.”

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irst, you have to dream something big. Then you need to find the funding for it. Manhasset, like other pockets of the north shore, lacks sewers. Residences and businesses are dependent on cesspools, which for establishments such as restaurants and laundries result in huge costs for cleanings. The Manhasset Chamber of Commerce recently hosted New York State Senator Anna Kaplan (D–Great Neck), who shared her insights and offered advice as chair of the upper chamber’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. “I know the topic of sewers is a very important one to this chamber and to this community, so I’m proud to stand with you to advance your project,” Kaplan said. “I’m here to help find and navigate this process alongside with my chief of staff and counsel, Rebecca Sheehan.” Robbie Donno of the chamber moderated the Zoom meeting and said he has lived in Manhasset for 75 years. He noted the chamber’s efforts in recent years in advancing the building of sewers along Plandome Road to serve the business district. “Right now, we are in discussions with the Town of North Hempstead and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) to allow the district to annex Plandome Road,” Donno said. “We’re going to need funding to take it to the next level. Where do we start?” Kaplan said that she had served as a North Hempstead trustee representing Manhasset, “and these were conversations I had while I was a councilwoman. I worked very closely with the Great Neck Water Pollution District and will continue to do that. At that time, there was interest, but it was very small interest in Manhasset wanting to go into sewers. Obviously, now it’s a much bigger conversation. A lot more people are on board and we want to do everything possible to help that process.”

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Donno noted that about 1,800 people had signed the petition in favor of sewers and said, “We are at a different place now and I think people have woken up to the fact that this [lack of sewers] has hurt businesses, which is one of the primary reasons for doing it,

Going Forward

A view of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District facilities, at left, adjacent to Manhasset Bay. Across the body of water is the Bayview section of Manhasset, a residential area that has potential to be sewered. (New York Interactive Mapping Gateway)

and it’s hurt the bay.” her aides are in close contact with He added, “My parents used to swim Governor Kathy Hochul’s office to learn in Manhasset Bay and if anybody went how this funding will be distributed. to Manhasset Bay and took a dip in it “We don’t have the details yet, but now, they’ll come out glowing in the the good news is that’s a very large dark. I think we have to try to restore amount of money that will be available the resources that we have. This will for these types of projects,” Sheehan improve our community and will said. improve the values of our homes and Sheehan also mentioned the $3 businesses. So I’d like to know billion Restore Mother where to start once we Nature Bond Act, which get past the town, and will be on the ballot I believe we will. this November. Do I come to you, Between the bond My parents used to Rebecca?” and the recently swim in Manhasset Bay “Yes,” said passed 2022-23 and if anybody went to Sheehan with a preliminary state Manhasset Bay and took laugh and the budget, more a dip in it now they’ll come than $1 billion will senator joked that Sheehan had the out glowing in the dark. be earmarked for information, but not water improvement —Robbie Donno the money, to provide. projects. “She’s already had con“That’s another big versations and meetings with chunk of money, but again, a the Great Neck Water Pollution Control lot of it is going to crystallize [in the District,” Sheehan said of her boss. “The budget approval process], so we will senator wanted me to give an overview share details with you as it becomes of how districts and municipalities get available,” Sheehan said, mentioning money and there are various different additional possible sources, such as funding sources. I just want to give a the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. broad-stroke explanation of that.” According to its website, “it provides inThe federal Infrastructure terest-free or low-interest rate financing Improvement and Jobs Act passed in for wastewater and sewer infrastructure December allots about $2.6 billion to projects to municipalities throughout New York State for water projects. New York State.” Sheehan said the senator and “The good news is there’s money out

It was agreed to organize an early February meeting involving Kaplan’s aides, the chamber, the town, the GNWPCD, and the office of Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D–Manorhaven). The governor’s preliminary budget was to be released the ensuing week and Kaplan said there would be clues in it that could point the way forward. Donno observed with a chuckle, “I’m anxious to get this done for a lot of reasons, but most importantly, I’m an old guy. I haven’t got much time left. I like to see this get done.” Kaplan assured him that he would live to be 120. Donno welcomed new North Hempstead Supervisor Jen DeSena, who had joined the meeting minutes earlier. Chamber Co-President Bill Hannan said that talking to restaurant owners and noting the empty storefronts on Plandome Road underscored for him the importance of a sewer project—it would give added incentives to entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to open a business on the business strip. “Ideally, I’d love to see us break ground in 2022,” Hannan said. “It’s good to have goals and it’s good to put pressure on ourselves, but this is good for everybody. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for entrepreneurs, good for foot traffic, good for the elderly to walk to town and get a cup of coffee. So everybody wins. I’d like to see us really put in an effort to get this done and to get it started in 2022.” Kaplan’s district representative, Sabereh Samet, jumped into state, “It may bring comfort that when the senator was a councilwoman she also had a very close relationship the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, so it’s not a new relationship—it’s been going on 10 years.” She added, “The commissioners are all very good at what they do and at getting the funding. Other districts come to Great Neck to copy what they’re doing. So I think you are in a

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ew Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jen DeSena was the keynote speaker at the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation luncheon on Jan. 19. The setting was the King Lounge at the Plandome Country Club and the host was chamber Vice President C.J. Coleman. DeSena, the former executive director of the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), told the assembled that she had sat in the audience the past five years with CASA’s project director, Connie Bruno. She never had imagined that she would be addressing the audience. It was no doubt the first of many occasions when she would be called on to speak as the town’s chief executive. DeSena also administered oaths of office to the chamber officers. Before her keynote, dozens of guests had mingled, exchanged cards and ideas and made connections. Co-President Bill Hannan thanked Co-President Matthew Donno and Co-Vice President Antonietta Manzi for organizing the successful Manhasset Al Fresco events last summer and fall. It involved closing portions of Plandome Road to vehicular traffic and encouraging businesses and other community groups to set up outdoor stands to attract visitors. “Matt and Antonietta have worked extremely hard and you guys did an amazing job and it was not easy, so give Matt a round of applause,” Hannan praised. He also thanked chamber member

Antonietta Manzi poses with her Member of the Year award. (Contributed photo)

Posing after taking their oaths are, from left, T.J. Costello, Robbie Donno, Regina Rule, Bill Hannan, Matthew Donno, Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, Kim Jones, C.J. Coleman and Jared Beschel. (Photo by Frank Rizzo) Nancy Morris for organizing the our community. I am truly thankful organization’s poster contest and and looking forward to chairing this noted that her son was in the Navy year’s events as co-vice president of “and she’s all about service.” the chamber.” Hannan introduced the chamber’s Later, Donno also thanked North new counsel, Jared Beschel, stating, Hempstead councilmembers “He’s a Manhasset resident and he’s Veronica Lurvey and Mariann got four boys, but he still has time Dalimonte—who were on hand—for for us.” helping with the Al Fresco project. The co-presidents heaped addiIn her remarks, DeSena said of tional praise on Manzi, who could her campaign and victory, “I did not attend, and announced her something last year. I decided as the Member of the Year. that I would try to take “She has four my relationship with children, and it’s an the town and the enormous amount trust I build in the of work,” Hannan town and what said. “It’s a reward I ask that you stay engaged I’ve done for the to acknowledge community in and keep following what volunteerism.” we’re doing. Keep letting us the past, and try Donno added and bring that to know what you need. that Manzi is also the town level. I involved with Shop thought this would —Supervisor Manhasset, saying, be a good thing for Jen DeSena “She has her own design government to have.” business, doing personalShe added, “It’s been ized stuff. [Al Fresco] was such an very exciting. I’m very honored amazing thing to [help] revitalize to be here, especially in this room Manhasset after COVID and everywhere so many of you have served thing else. If you see her, give her the chamber.” a shout out and anything you post DeSena singled out Regina Rule [on social media] hashtag ‘Shop of the Manhasset School District Manhasset.’ She’ll repost it and she’ll Board of Education, who got a warm help your exposure.” applause. In a statement to the Manhasset “It’s a very difficult job, so thank Press, Manzi said, “I’m so honored you for doing it because really, to receive this award and want to schools are what keep our home thank co-presidents Bill Hannan and values up and also help our families,” Matthew Donno for giving me the DeSena observed. opportunity to make an impact in She also acknowledged

councilmembers Lurvey and Dalimonte “as far as helping the chamber and the businesses. They’ve been advocating for you.” The supervisor talked about reforming the town government, especially the Building Department, and asked for the community’s input, adding, “I ask that you stay engaged and keep following what we’re doing. Keep letting us know what you need.” She talked of her desire to lower the costs of government, noting, “We’re using taxpayer’s resources, so it’s important that we return that to you when possible. It’s very important that we always put your needs first as the residents and as businesses.” DeSena praised the chamber for advancing the Manhasset sewer project and pledged to do the town’s part to take things to the next level. “Helping businesses is not something that we just say; it’s time for us to do it,” DeSena affirmed. “It has only been two and a half weeks (laughter), so I will have hopefully more to report in my state of the town address in March. So, for now, I want to thank you all for inviting me here. Thank you for all your support. Thank you for what you do for the community.” To comment on this story, email frizzo @antonmediagroup.com


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SEWER from page 3 good place to hopefully as soon as the funding comes down to get that. And you’re also living with a governor who is so environmentally conscious. I think again we’re in a good place to get that funding for Manhasset.” Donno welcomed North Hempstead Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey and said he wanted to meet with town officials to clear any potential hurdles at the town level and fast-track any possible project.

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The chamber held its annual installation dinner at the Plandome Country Club on Jan. 19, and Hannan thanked Donno “for the sewer seminars that he has done all year. He has done an amazing job educating all of us about sewers.” When he asked Donno to give a 30 second or one-minute update, attendees laughed and someone called out skeptically, “One minute?” “We have made tremendous progress with the support of the chamber and the Greater Council,” Donno said, giving the short name for the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations. “We have had meetings with the people on the town board and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. It’s moving forward. I have every confidence that [it will happen].” He again repeated the story of his parents swimming in Manhasset Bay and added tales of seaplanes landing there. “It’s a lost part of our culture that we’d like to recapture,” he said, and mentioned the elected officials that were on board to realize the dream. “I think we are in good shape for that, and that’s all I’ll say.” At the Greater Council meeting on Jan. 12, Donno updated the Zoom attendees, saying that “there was some movement on [the sewer] during the holiday season and right after the election.” Donno related that the GNWPCD attorney sent to the Town of North Hempstead a position paper stating the district’s belief that it can annex the Plandome Road business section for taxing purposes, and there was nothing in the town code that would prevent that. However, former Town Attorney Leonard Kapsalis responded with a paper rejecting that position. Chamber Co-President Matthew Donno said he put in a Freedom of Information Act request for both papers and his father affirmed, “I think we have to sit down with Supervisor DeSena and Councilwoman Lurvey and put everybody in the room. It’s not clear to us if [the town lawyer’s position is correct] and if there is some room [to maneuver]. We should try

Bayview Avenue curves southward and parallels Manhasset Bay, across the water from the waste treatment plant. (Google Street View)

to get creative so that we can actually short circuit the time that it would take to have a formal annexation, which would take some kind of action by the State of New York, and would be two or three years down the road.” Donno was afraid that in this meanwhile other municipalities would expedite their sewer plans and get ahead of Manhasset for the fixed amount of funding. “If the process drags on into lawyers or politics or whatever, we may miss out on that opportunity,” Donno warned. Greater Council President Richard Bentley asked, “Do we know if the Great Neck Water Pollution Control Dstrict actually petitioned the Town of North Hempstead to allow the district to annex Plandome Road?” Donno reiterated that the town attorney had rejected the district’s reasoning, but observed that the

town had hired a new attorney—John Chiara—earlier in January “and things might turn around. From what I understand, the town code or the town laws are mute on the subject.” “Creative problems deserve creative solutions,” Bentley said. Donno replied, “I think that’s exactly right. This is a test of resolve to solve a problem that was a long time coming and everybody said they’re supporting it. We’re going to find out where all the cards lie. We’re trying to get this started.” “And we’re standing there with you, Robbie,” Bentley assured him. Donno said it would take a united effort. “Our interest is to help the businesses because they’ve been hammered and it’s a huge cost,” Donno concluded. “And to improve the quality of Manhasset Bay. It’s a disaster.”

The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) released its Manhasset Sewer Feasibility Study in January 2020. It focused on a primary (Plandome Road, business) and secondary (the Bayview and Shorehaven residential districts) areas of interest. According to the study, the estimated capital cost of the proposed gravity sewer and pump station collection systems are as follows: Primary Study Area: $16,822,000 Secondary Study Area: $23,701,000 The Primary Study Area low-pressure sewer (LPS) alternative cost is estimated at $12,400,000 (26 percent less). This includes $4.4 million in costs for property owners to install and maintain individual grinder pump stations. The Secondary Study Area LPS alternative cost is $20,300,000 (15 percent less). This includes $9.7 million in costs for property owners to install and maintain individual grinder pump stations. The benefits of sewering are well known and can be grouped into environmental, economic and social categories. Connection of the properties within the study area can result in significant reduction of nitrogen discharged to groundwater that flows into local waterways and the Long Island Sound. Economic benefit of sewers would be seen by the ability of local wet businesses (wet uses indicate those with higher water usage and therefore higher wastewater generation such as medical offices, restaurants, salons and laundry operations) to increase, reducing costs of hauling away septic waste and improving local conditions (surcharging manholes and odors) around the businesses. Social benefits include opportunities to create housing above commercial enterprises.

Seek Petitioners For Bayview-Shorehaven Sewers The Bayview-Shorehaven Sewer Action Committee of the Bayview Community Association is asking residents of these areas to sign their petition if they are in support of the idea of sewers in those neighborhoods. An indication of support is not binding. This is solely for the purpose of letting our elected officials know that if we support the project, they should support it as well. We need their support to obtain grants that will pay for both the sewer infrastructure and homeowner hook-ups to whatever sewer system is installed. Residents of Bayview and Shorehaven who are

interested in supporting sewers should email bay viewsewers@aol.com to get a link to the committee petition. Everyone in a Bayview or Shorehaven household may sign the petition. Be sure to also select “Manhasset” as your town to make your sign-up count. To view the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s Sewer Feasibility Study, visit https://bit.ly/3GH LCFL and read the Secondary Area of study section. —Submitted by the Bayview-Shorehaven Sewer Action Committee


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Town Seeks Volunteers For Tree Advisory Committee

orth Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, Councilmember Veronica Lurvey and the Town Board announced that the town is seeking applications from interested residents who wish to be considered for an appointment to the town’s Tree Advisory Committee. In 2021, the town amended its tree code to include a combination of town staff, a certified arborist, and seven members of the public who will provide input and advise the town board on tree-related matters. “One of the things that makes the Town of North Hempstead a great place to live, work, and raise a family is the unparalleled suburban aesthetic exhibited by our tree-lined streets and lush parks,” DeSena said. “The town board worked hard to re-establish the Tree Advisory Committee late last year, and I look forward to searching to find suitable candidates amongst our knowledgeable residents who will help us on tree-related matters. Together, we can continue to work to leave our town a better place than we found it.” “The town board was proud to enact tree legislation last year that will not only benefit our residents, but the communities they live in and our environment as well,” said Lurvey, town board liaison to the committee. “The committee will help us take the next steps as we embark on our journey to preserve trees for future generations and grow the town’s tree canopy.”

The town wants to retain its status as Tree City USA. (Rupert Kittinger-Sereinig | Pixabay)

The newly revamped committee will include seven residents, one appointed by each member of the town board. The committee will meet at least quarterly to work on special projects and assist with creating a community-wide Tree Master Plan. Additional responsibilities will include drafting of an annual report, ensuring North Hempstead remains a Tree City USA, recommending how funds in the Tree Preservation Fund are used—in consultation with the comptroller—and providing recommendations about trees in the town. Individuals interested in applying

for an appointment to the committee can apply by visiting: www.north hempsteadny.gov/treepolicy or by calling 311 for more information. Background: In an email to the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, Inc. (Greater Council), Councilwoman Lurvey made the following comments, which have been edited and modified: “I’m sending a summary of some of the changes and improvements included in the town’s proposed Tree Codes and Tree Policy. They include many changes requested by the Greater Council tree committee,

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including increased penalties, increased and more visible removal notice, arborist reports available on the town’s website, a Tree Advisory Committee that includes residents and an arborist, enforceable replanting requirements (which now include a three-tiered schedule depending on tree size, with in-lieu payments when plantings cannot be made on site, with the payments going into a new Tree Preservation Fund), and 3-inch trees being replanted (measured at 4½ feet). “The input and feedback from the Greater Council tree committee has been an important part of the revision process, and I thank the participants for their time, insights and passion for the issues. Their insights have been important to begin this process, and throughout the process to identify items needing improvement. I must also stress that these proposals reflect a Tree Code and Tree Policy that is intended to work for the entire town, including all unincorporated areas. “The Town Code is a living document, and it is my hope that we continue to improve it as necessary to preserve and grow the town’s tree resource in a way that works for the entire town. These proposals envision a Tree Advisory Committee which is meant to continue to engage on a variety of tree-related issues that are so important for the health, safety and general welfare of the town.” —Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead

Students Write To Healthcare Heroes The Shelter Rock Student Council in Manhasset is thanking healthcare heroes with heartfelt cards. Members recently came together to write notes and draw pictures thanking the workers at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital. Not only were the cards a display of gratitude, they uplifted the spirits of local healthcare employees who have worked hard throughout the pandemic.

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Blakeman Takes On The Governor Executive orders push back against mask mandate

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county boards of education the challenges and risks of vote in January “...to deterCOVID-19 lightly. We are takmine whether or not parents ing a very aggressive approach ew Nassau County and children should be grant- in fighting COVID-19. But this Executive Bruce aggressive approach must be Blakeman wasted little ed the constitutional right to reject mask mandates while in balanced by keeping in mind time in putting his mark on the classroom.” the psychological and ecothe governing agenda and The second executive order nomic risks of every decision generating controversy and pushed back against Howe make as well as individumedia coverage. chul’s December mandate “... als’ constitutional rights.” On Jan. 6, he announced that masks be required in all The county executive also three executive orders that touted his administration’s flout various aspects of Gover- indoor public places unless distribution of more than nor Kathy Hochul’s COVID-19 businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.” 160,000 free COVID test kits restrictions. It noted that New York is on Jan. 8 and 9 and a free In a Jan. 11 appearance only one of eight states in the vaccination pod at Nassau on Laura Ingraham’s show nation that reCommunity on Fox, Blakeman noted quire people College the that during his campaign, County Executive Bruce Blakeman has a discussion with to wear masks same weekend. he “...heard from thousands residents utilizing the county’s free vaccination pod at in indoor In addition, the of parents that they wanted Nassau Community College earlier this month. public places county distribkids to go to school without (Office of County Executive) We are taking a and 13 counuted more than having to wear masks. They ties through110,000 KN95 conference, reacted to feel it’s in the best interest of our children?” very aggressive Blakeman’s orders with the their children—that they learn out the state The Nassau-Suffolk School approach in fighting masks to all have publicly employees of following statement: “People Boards Association criticized better, they’re happier and COVID-19. refused to all public and who have more experienced quite frankly, the parents are the orders. In a letter to the —County Executive enforce the private schools in county government know happier.” county executive, President Bruce Blakeman governor’s in an “effort that state government, state During the interview, he Michael Kelly stated, “New executive to eliminate law, prevails. There’s also questioned the effectiveYork State Education Law is orders. Blakeman reaffirmed any excuse to close Nassau the issue of the state Educaness of most masks against clear as to who has authority his inaugural speech view County schools,” according to tion Department which has COVID-19. over schools. Public school that the county is not in crisis a press release, which contin- direct control over funding of governance is vested in duly Executive Order 1-2022 and most of its residents have ued, “He also thanked Senator schools. I hope I don’t need to elected boards of education, will give local school boards been vaccinated. [Charles] Schumer and Consay any more on that topic.” the power to decide whether the Commissioner of EducaThe third executive order gressmen [Andrew] Garbarino In response, Blakeman told tion, New York State Board to require mask mandates in and [Tom] Suozzi for their Ingraham, “She’s threatening of Regents, Governor of the schools. It asserts that “...forc- gives county employees the option of following mask efforts to secure federal funds local school board meming children to wear masks State of New York and New mandates while on the job. for local governments to fight bers by removing them from could inhibit breathing, lead York State Legislature. Nassau In a statement, Blakeman this pandemic.” office, threatening not to fund County’s boards of education to the collection of dangerous The governor, at a press schools. How does that help impurities, including bacteria, said, “[We] are not taking are creations of New York parasites, fungi, and other State government and not the contaminants and adversely County of Nassau.” The Doctor Responds affect communications in He added, “I call your County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan nated against COVID-19 and new variants the classroom and student attention to the word ‘comity,’ Abrahams (D–Freeport) sent a letter to Nassau have emerged with differing properties. performance.” a term with which you as a County Health Commissioner Dr. Larry EiDespite large numbers of cases, our healthIt affirms that the county former legislator should be fasenstein (who was retained by Blakeman from care facilities are not overwhelmed because government had rejected miliar. Comity defines the rethe previous administration) pointing out that of our excellent vaccination rates. This month, mask mandates and would lationship between sovereign the “directives defy duly issued state health contact tracing has been dramatically reduced governments…governments not enforce them and would mandates orders are both grossly irresponsiand we have seen a reduction in mandatrespecting one another’s exercise its “...home rule ble and blatantly unlawful. It is inconceivable ed isolation and quarantine times. Current jurisdictions, respecting one responsibility to prevent to us that you, as the county’s chief medical evidence…questions the effectiveness of some another’s powers, giving due the state, its subdivisions, officer, would acquiesce in such orders. In our masks based on type, in the setting of Omideference to one another’s or any governmental instiopinion, every doctor with a medical license cron. At no point have I said people should authority. Counties have tution, from infringing on in Nassau County has an ethical duty to raise not wear a mask, nor am I anti-mask. In fact, no more authority to direct the fundamental rights of a his or voice in denunciation of these harmful my position has not changed, in which people school board matters than parent to direct the upbringdirectives. And you, above all, as our County’s have to make the best informed decisions do schools to legislate county ing, education, health care Commissioner of Health, have a special oblifor themselves at the time. CDC and NYS affairs.” or mental health of a minor gation to take the lead in this opposition. Your guidance is available to all residents who want The letter called for Blakechild without demonstrating duty is all the more compelling given your to read more on the topic. My position on man to withdraw the directive that such action is reasonable history of stalwart support for mask mandates, public health has remained consistent but has on school boards making and necessary to achieve a once leading by example by invariably wearadapted as the science reveals itself. As a docdecisions on mask wearing. compelling state interest and ing a mask in public.” tor, I take very seriously my ethical obligation that such action is narrowly Eisenstein, in a statement, responded, to speak the truth, adapt with the science and tailored and is not otherwise What did you think “Nassau County is in a much different posihelp Nassau County residents get their lives of this article? Share served by less restrictive tion than it was a year ago. Since February 1, back in the setting of COVID. Let’s continue your thoughts with me means.” by email at: frizzo@ 2021, most Nassau adults have been vaccithis journey respectfully and safely.” Blakeman asked that all antonmediagroup.com frizzo@antonmediagroup.com

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Iraq/Afghanistan War Monument Planned Post 9/11 veterans to be recognized for their service in Eisenhower Park

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eroes Among Us, a nonprofit organization, has joined with the United Veterans Organization of Nassau County, local Veterans of Foreign Wars groups and the Nassau County Executive’s office to build a monument in Eisenhower Park to honor all post 9/11 servicemen and women. The monument will join other memorials in Veterans Memorial Park which honor veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Monument will be the only monument of its kind on Long Island and one of the first in New York State honoring the courage, dedication, and bravery of United States servicemen and women who fought in military conflicts after 9/11. Over this 20-year period, 7,000 servicemen and women died in battle and 30,000 post 9/11 veterans have died by suicide. The monument will provide a permanent reminder of their service and provide a much-needed sanctuary and

Maya Fernandez of Franklin Square with her rendering of the monument design. Then-County Executive Laura Curran took part in the groundbreaking ceremony at Eisenhower Park last fall. (Contributed photos) reflection space for veterans along with their families. Julie Price, an adjunct assistant professor and faculty advisor at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, said her students have been aiding the effort by the Glen Cove-based nonprofit.

“In the few months we have been working with these groups, we have raised $27,000 towards the cost of the monument with $120,000 still needed to get to our goal,” Price said. “Heroes Among Us, and local veterans groups would like to unveil the Iraq/ Afghanistan veterans monument

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Oyster Bay Animal Hospital Awarded “Vet Of the Year” By Long Island Animal Advocacy Organization BY NATALIA VENTURA

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he Animal General of East Norwich has been named “2021 Veterinarian of the Year” by the Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) organization. LION is the leading animal advocacy organization on Long Island; they were founded at the end of 2012 according to John Di Leonardo, the Founder, President, and Director of Campaigns for LION. They have systematically arrived at fairs showcasing wild animals with LION having managed to convince all of them to end the use of wild animal acts. They have also taken on circuses such as the Ringling Brothers and Cole Brothers Circus. “We had such a big impact on people not buying tickets for Cole Brothers. We ended up turning away thousands of dollars of ticket sales,” stated Leonardo. About a thousand animals are rescued per year from different types of abuse. In order to maintain the well-being of their rescues, LION works with different veterinarians. Their primary veterinarian is Animal General of East Norwich. According to Leonardo, the animal hospital puts in “tremendous efforts and dedication to providing free and low-cost veterinary care to wildlife and domestic fowl rescued from cruelty.” For the past four years, LION has been going to Animal General as their primary veterinarian. Both domestic and wild birds are taken to them. “Animal General is very knowledgeable and has a very good reputation. We’ve been very impressed with their services, it’s very hard to find a very knowledgeable avian vet. Especially for the issues that we deal with. We bring them to Animal General, and we are always confident that they’ll know what to do. They guide us in the appropriate treatments for these animals. Over the years, they have been discounting our services substantially, and even provide us with a lot of pro bono services. I’ve been wanting to recognize them for a really long time. We are very proud to have presented them with LION’s Veterinarian of the Year for 2021,” commented Leonardo. The plaque awarded to the animal hospital featured an image of a chicken, and LION also gave a plant-based care package from Cindysnacks

LION President John Di Leonardo (left) presented Dr. Ellen Leonhardt (right) with the “Veterinarian of the Year” award; Vegan gifts from Cindysnacks awarded alongside the plaque. (Photo courtesy of LION) Vegan Market. The medical director at Animal General of East Norwich, Dr. Ellen Leonhardt, and veterinarian Dr. Danielle Perrone, are on the advisory board of Volunteers for Wildlife, a local wildlife rehabilitation organization. Leonardo stated, “Whether we are asking them to carefully remove ducttape from a goose who was strapped with fireworks, amputate the wing of a chicken maimed by animal sacrifice, bring back to life ailing birds saved from live slaughter markets, or treat animals suffering from years of neglect at Long Island petting zoos, we know that our rescues are in good hands when we bring them to Animal General for an appointment.” Dr. Leonhardt added, “VCA Animal General of East Norwich is proud of our on-going collaborative efforts, working alongside John Di Leonardo, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), and numerous other wildlife rescue groups within our community. We pride ourselves in helping the underserved, moving towards a healthier and safer environment for these delicate creatures, each deserving individualized care, attention, and veterinary medical expertise.” Animal General is the second veterinarian in Oyster Bay to be named

LION is looking to obtain new “Veterinarian of the Year” by LION. property according to Leonardo. The first award was presented to Massapequa Pet Vet in 2018. “The property we have right now is Other successful efforts by LION very nice, and I’m very proud of it but I include preventing the expansion of would really like to expand and have a SeaQuest Aquariums’ mall chain from place that is open to the public.” being in Oyster Bay in 2019. Also, they On their new property in the future, have recently rescued thousands of they would like to have an education animals within a week in Huntington. center for animal advocacy projects, LION recently worked with the and people can learn how to help South Huntington School District animals in their community. LION regarding a drain project the district wants their future location to be more was doing in a nearby sump. publicly accessible. “There were thousands of animals “The two locations I am most interthere. We talked to them, they actually ested in are either on the East End or in halted the project, and they worked Oyster Bay. I would love to be in Oyster with us to relocate the animals from Bay so we can be close to our primary that habitat so they would not die. vet,” Leonardo stated. We ended up relocating about 20,000 As the number of cases increased minnows and tadpoles, about 150 for LION since the beginning of the panbullfrogs, and about 2,000 goldfish,” demic, their donations have decreased. said Leonardo. “It’s been quite a struggle with a lot The South Huntington School more rescues, and a lot less donations. District was presented the “Humane We are proud to do the work that we’re School District of the Year” award from doing, we’ve kept it up, and we keep levLION. eling up. I think the location we have in According to Leonardo, “in places Riverhead is a big upgrade even though like Plainview, Syosset, Old-Bethpage it is not permanent,” Leonardo said. areas, it’s a big dumping ground for abandoned fowl.” They are always open to volunteers What did you think of this story? of all ages who want to get involved Share it with me at nventura@ with helping animals in the communiantonmediagroup.com ty and to help LION.


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New Officers Named For 2022

he Great Neck Alert Fire Company is pleased to announce its new slate of officers for 2022. John Purcell was sworn in as the Company’s Chief, along with 1st Assistant Chief Carlos Gallo and 2nd Assistant Chief Frank Valladares. Also sworn in were Captain Roger Beltran, 1st Lieutenant Tyler Plakstis and 2nd Lieutenant Anthony Guerrero. Dave Hertz was elected as the company’s president and outgoing company president, Michael Berry, was elected as a trustee to the board. Board Chairman William McGirr presented outgoing chief James Neubert with a plaque for his years of service and dedication as Chief of the Alert Fire Company. The Alert Fire Company has been providing volunteer service to the community for more than 100 years. The dedicated members of the Alert Fire department proudly provide fire protection and rescue services to the residents of Great Neck. The Great Neck Alert Fire Co. is always looking for new members. Stop by Alert Headquarters at 555 Middle Neck Rd. or call 516-487-1057 for more information. —Submitted by the Great Neck Alert Fire Co.

From left: Tyler Plakstis, Roger Beltran, Frank Valladares, John Purcell, James Neubert, Carlos Gallo, Dave Hertz, William McGirr and Michael Berry (Contributed photo)

Coat Distribution Event Provides Warmth This Winter Season

The GNPS Clothing Pantry and the South Middle Community Closet recently partnered to host a coat distribution event at Saddle Rock School. More than 100 members of the Great Neck community attended the event to receive free winter coats and warm clothing for children and adults. Coats and clothing were provided through collection efforts by the Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. (SHAI) and by the generous staff and

families of the Great Neck Public Schools. Additionally, as part of a service learning project, Saddle Rock students conducted a hat and glove drive and prepared care kits filled with warm winter accessories. The coat distribution event was organized by administrators, social workers, psychologists, ENL teachers, Staff from Saddle Rock and South Middle schools organized a free coat and educators from Saddle Rock and distribution event for local families. South Middle schools. —Submitted by Great Neck Public Schools (Contributed photo)

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Four Seniors Named Regeneron 2022 Semifinalists

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our Roslyn High School seniors were selected as semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 competition. Congratulations to Lindsay Fabricant, Maya Groothuis, Harshita Sehgal, and Hailee Youn. “I’m so proud of these fabulous four,” said Dr. Allyson Weseley, Roslyn School District’s Coordinator of Secondary Research. “Research was made more challenging by the pandemic, but they persevered and rolled over every obstacle in their paths.” The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. It provides students with a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and novel discoveries of young scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. The 2022 semifinalists were selected from 1,804 applications received from 603

Maya Groothuis high schools across 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and eight other countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists as demonstrated through the submission of their original, independent research projects, essays and recommendations. Fabricant’s project—The Construction and Simulation of a Four-Finger Soft Robotic Gripper—involved creating a soft robotic gripper, which she devised a way to test. In the second phase of her research, she developed a simulation in MATLAB to better understand

Harshita Sehgal challenges with soft robotic grippers. Groothuis’ project—Climate Change Action: The Role of Environmental Efficacy Beliefs—used a regression analysis to look at factors that predict people’s willingness to engage in environmentally friendly behaviors. She found that believing the action was easy and believing the action would be effective in the fight against climate change were both important predictors of taking action. Sehga’s project— Understanding the Evolutionary Development of Radio-Resistance in the Brassicae Family—investigated radio resistance in plants.

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Having learned that some plants actually thrived near the Chernobyl plant following the nuclear accident, Harshita identified a number of genes that could protect plants against the negative effects of radiation. Youn’s project—Why We Vote: How Positive Descriptive Norms and Holding a Minority Political Viewpoint Increase Citizens’ Intention and Responsibility to Vote— looked at the potentially conflicting effects of thinking a lot of people will vote in an election and believing that your viewpoint clashes with the majority viewpoint in leading people to vote. She found that people’s intention to vote was almost entirely

determined by their belief that many other people were voting. Each semifinalist and their schools will be awarded $2,000. Later this month, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be selected as finalists and granted a trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete March 10-16 for part of the $1.8 million in prize money. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Tarrytown, has funded the contest since 2016. While the sponsors have changed since the competition started in 1942, the contest has been run continuously by the nonprofit Society for Science. —Submitted by Roslyn Public Schools

Davis Lane Pigeons Won’t Fly The Coop BY JOSEPH SCOTCHIE

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he Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees held its first public meeting of the new year with its Zoom policy still in place. The board discussed several measures, including banning leaf blowers and paying off old fees. Residents of Davis Lane were also reassured that a pigeon coop will not mean actual pigeons escaping their confines and making noisy trips around the neighborhood. The board approved an amendment to a local ordinance, one that would prohibit the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers. The new law, Mayor John Durkin said, would go into effect in the spring and would not apply to other leaf blowers or to lawnmowers. Lavehim Behreez, a Davis Lane resident, zoomed into the meeting to defend the “custom-made” pigeon coop occupying his backyard.

Behreez, who moved to Roslyn in 2017, said the coop had a sentimental value to him. Behreez maintained that the coop keeps alive the memory of his late mother both for him and other family members. Originally, nine pigeons settled in their new Roslyn home. Since then, one bird has indeed flown the coop, but Behreez maintains the other eight are happy in the Davis Lane residence. Behreez added that all of his neighbors are OK with the coop. Not only that, neighbors bring their children to visit the property and admire the coop. “All the kids look at it,” he told the board. The issue only came up when Behreez was constructing a waterfall in his backyard. That structure, he added, did not need a building permit. During the course of the building process, a neighbor spied the pigeon coop and took photos of it. That incident Behreez said has been an exception. In response to a question from Craig

Westergaard, other neighbors have filed no complaints against the coop. Durkin brought up potential noise problems and health issues, while Marshall Bernstein added that he wanted more input from local neighbors. Durkin seconded that view. “We want letters in the affirmative,” he said. “We don’t want to offend anyone.” Behreez emphasized the sentimental value in keeping the coop. “This is the only thing left from my mother,” he reiterated. “I won’t add anything to it.” The board will take up the issue at the February meeting. This year is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the village. Richard Branciforte, current president of the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, also made a video appearance to announce that the chamber has numerous events planned for the occasion, including a Founders Day event in June. He added that the Roslyn Landmark Society and the Bryant Library staff members will be assisting

the chamber in celebrating the anniversary. The days when an ordinary resident of Roslyn could take the LIRR to Flushing Meadow and take in a Mets game for $2.50 a ticket has, along with a Tom Seaver hard slider, long passed. So it was with real excitement that Branciforte announced that the chamber has secured tickets for a New York Mets-Atlanta Braves ballgame sometime in June. With his other Mets fans, Branciforte hoped that Jacob DeGrom would be back and in action to toss that game. In other business, the board approved a 2015 $3 million Public Improvement Serial Bond interest payment of $124,034, due next month. It also approved a payment of renumeration for wastewater treatment that covered the first six months of 2021, one that totaled $300,134. To comment on this story, email at: jscotchie@ antonmediagroup.com


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Hicksville Water District exceeds goal in reducing warm weather water pumpage in 2021

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he Hicksville Water District (HWD) is proud to announce that it met its goal of reducing outdoor water pumpage in 2021. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has established a goal for all water providers to reduce outdoor/peak season water pumpage by 15 percent when compared to 2012. For Hicksville, this would have meant reducing outdoor water pumpage by 45 million gallons. The HWD exceeded this goal, reducing outdoor water pumpage by 79 million gallons, or 26 percent. “Conserving water is one of the most effective things we can do to protect our precious water source, while also helping to reduce the

District’s operating expenses and keeping costs as low as possiblem,” HWD Chairman Nicholas Brigandi said. “We are thrilled and so proud to see such a dramatic decrease in water usage and we have no one but our residents to thank for that. Not only does this give us confidence that our messaging, promotion and development of water conservation tools has been effective, but it demonstrates that our residents are aligned in our goal of reducing water consumption.” Last year was one of the HWD’s most proactive

years in its history when it comes to the promotion of water conservation. The district conducted public outreach programs throughout

the year, perhaps one of its most important being the promotion of smart irrigation controllers. These controllers are the best way to conserve water during irrigation season, as they use a WiFi connection to read local weather reports and only use the exact amount of water needed to keep residents’ lawns healthy. The district held a smart controller raffle last year and also launched a smart controller rebate program in the summer, the latter of which is still open to residents who apply on the district’s website. Also helping in the

conservation of water is the district-wide switch to smart water meters. These devices feed data directly to the district and instantaneously lets both staff and residents who have signed up for EyeOnWater know how much water is being consumed at any given time. Not only does this help identify high water usage, but also if there is potential for a leak. When excessive water use is not related to a leak, the district regularly reaches out to these residents to alert them of their high water use and provides them with the tools and information needed to reduce consumption. —Submitted by the Hicksville Water District

Farmingdale School District Awarded 360K Grant To Expand Universal Pre-K The Farmingdale Union Free School District has been awarded a $360,000 Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Expansion Grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to increase prekindergarten availability for four-year-old students. The department awarded these competitive grants based on a district’s plan to serve a community’s highest need schools and students, the level of existing prekindergarten services, and the extent to which a district planned to maximize the total number of eligible fouryear-old children served in its programs, among other factors. These funds may be used during the

2021-22 or 2022-23 school years. Senator Kevin Thomas, who supported the district’s application for the grant, said, “Universal Pre-K is a proven strategy for putting children on a path to success in school and beyond. This UPK Expansion Senator Kevin Thomas

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Grant will give more Farmingdale students the opportunity to access high-quality pre-kindergarten programs that will provide the foundation to help them thrive in school.” Visit www.NYSED.gov to view the list of school districts across New York State who will be receiving the grants. —Submitted by the office of Senator Kevin Thomas

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n 1685, Nathaniel Pearsall, the five other original proprietors of the town of Hempstead patent, and the settlers were granted title to the land on which they dwelt. As a proprietor, Pearsall was entitled to claim a 150-acre grant of land within the township and it is thought that his property covered the northwest quarter of the present village of Roslyn Harbor, including much of the land along the northern portion of the shoreline of Hempstead Harbor. When Pearsall died in 1703, he left his extensive farm to his son, Thomas. It is believed Thomas Pearsall built a farmhouse for his family on the property sometime after the mid-18th century. This house at 435 Bryant Ave., in Roslyn Harbor, now incorporated into the estate house Willowmere, (individual component) has been dated to c. 1770, on the basis of molded flat panels above a fireplace that relate to those in other local houses of the period, by Dr. Roger Gerry of the Roslyn Landmark Society. The house was built in place of, and incorporated part of, an earlier house on the site built by Pearsall. Thomas Pearsall and his descendants continued to operate the farm,

and by the 1830s the family holdings had grown to 250 acres, more than a third of the present-day village of Roslyn Harbor. The property included all of the land along the shore of Hempstead Harbor to the northern boundary of the present village line as well as land on the east side of Glenwood Road. The Pearsall farm remained in the family until 1839 when the land was subdivided into several parcels and sold at auction. Mr. and Mrs. William Cairns bought the Pearsall farmhouse and approximately 20 acres of land and transformed it into a country estate, which they named Clifton. In 1882 the estate passed to the Cairns’ daughter, Mrs. Aaron Ward, wife of Admiral Ward, USN, who renamed it Willowmere. Visit https://www.roslynlandmarks.org/profiles/ willowmere-clifton to learn more about this historic home and see additional photos of the property and interior. For information about renting this historic home contact the Colombos-Dooley Team of Compass at 917-453-9333 or 516-315-7781. —Courtesy of Roslyn Landmark Society

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orth Hempstead Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena joined with local elected officials, community leaders, members of the NAACP Westbury/ New Cassel Branch and hard-working members of the Town’s Parks Department led by Deputy Commissioner Tyronza Murray, to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the “Yes We Can” Center in Westbury. The town distributed 450 free care packages to local community members. These care packages contained free COVID-19 home tests, masks, and hand sanitizer. DeSena thanked and commended those in attendance for working to distribute these care packages, especially the Westbury High School and Middle School students and community leaders who helped hand them out. As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” These inspiring young leaders certainly answered the call to service and demonstrated the impact one of Dr. King’s most enduring quotes. —Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead

Supervisor Jen DeSena and other officials gathered in New Cassel for a day of service on Martin Luther King Day. (Town of North Hempstead)

Children’s Clothing Donations Needed Ethical Friends of Children, a program helping needy families on Long Island, seeks clothing (tops, bottoms, pjs, sweaters and socks) in certain sizes. Specific sizes are 3-4, 4-5 and 9-10 for girls and 7-8 and 9-10 for boys. Ethical Friends of Children is an outreach program of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, established in 1985. “We assist more than 2,500 children and their families each year by providing them clothing for children from newborn to size 12 as well as infant furniture at no cost,” said Pat Spencer of Port Washington. The store—staffed entirely by volunteers—lets families pick out the things they need, at no cost to them. Those interested in making contributions of clothing or gift cards should call Ethical Friends of Children at 516-280-5526 or email efoc@ehsli.org to arrange for a drop off. —Submitted by the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

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yster Bay High School (OBHS) junior Aurora Aschettino went undefeated at the Brentwood Holiday Invitational Fencing Tournament, placing first in women’s foil out of more than 50 student-athletes from across Long Island and Westchester County. “I was so excited, I really wanted to win. There was a lot of great competition there,” Aschettino said. Brentwood High School holds the invitation-only tournament annually, except in 2020 due to the pandemic. High school fencers from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties compete across six categories—men’s and women’s foil, saber and épée. In total, more than 280 fencers from 15 high schools competed for the championship in each event. Aschettino won all of her six pool bouts and only received one touch against her in all six rounds—bringing her to the number one seed. From there, she headed to the direct elimination rounds. Aschettino earned a bye in the first round and went undefeated

Aurora Aschettino began her fencing career in 2019 and has climbed the ranks since. (Note: This photo is from a previous tournament.) in the next five, landing first place. Her final bout was against Melina Nicou of Commack, whom she defeated 15-5. “Aurora has been improving so much over the past couple of years,” OBHS fencing coach John Bruckner said. “She hit the finals and came out number one.” Aschettino’s fencing career began in 2019 on the OBHS team. She then joined the East Coast Fencing Club

in 2020 and has had a passion for the sport ever since. “I really like how fast-paced it is. When something you plan out works, it’s so rewarding. There’s a lot you can get out of it,” Aschettino said. “The Oyster Bay coaching staff has been so supportive, and my coach, Gidon Retzkin at East Coast Fencing Club, helped make me the fencer I am today.”

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OBHS junior Aurora Aschettino placed first out of all the Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester County fencers in women’s foil at the Brentwood Holiday Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Schools)

The girls Oyster Bay varsity fencing team, led by head coach John Bruckner, had a successful tournament. In addition to Aschettino’s first place victory, sophomore Nicole Krumholz placed third in the women’s épée event. The district congratulates the entire team on a job well done. —Submitted by Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Schools

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USA Track & Field National 50K Championship Set To Return

he Greater Long Island Running Club 50K run at Heckscher State Park on Sunday, Feb. 27, has been selected by the Mountain, Ultra & Trail Council of USA Track & Field to once again serve as the USATF 50K National Road Race Championship. The event will once again be conducted over a 5K loop on a paved path at Heckscher State Park, giving runners from all over the United States the chance to explore this beautiful piece of Long Island. The 50K will consist of 10 5K loops, and the accompanying 25K will consist of five 5K loops. The run will be conducted under the management of the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Carl Grossbard and Jim Murray serving as the co-directors of the event. The first male and first female finisher in the 50K run will be automatically selected to be part of the 12-runner United States team that will compete in the IAU World 50 K Championship to be held on May 28, 2023 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, so long as they meet the minimum qualifying times of sub 3:00:00 for the men and sub 3:30:00 for the women. Highlighting the 2021 edition of the run was

Preston Johnson hits the tape to win the 2021 USATF National 50K Championship Run at Heckscher State Park.

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the winning performance of Preston Johnson of Kaysville, UT. Johnson had a comfortable lead after nine of the 5K loops, and still had a shot at the race record of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 56 seconds. The effort took its toll in his tenth leg, but he held on with determination to finish in 2:53:19, 38 seconds in front of runner-up Kyle Masterson of Alamosa, Colo. Top honors for the women in 2021 went to Randi Burnett of Dallas, TX in 3:32:01, over four minutes in front of runner-up Regina Lopez of Azusa, CA. Two National USATF Age Group records were set in the 2021 50K—Rick Lee of Bayville, NJ ran a new 60-64 age group record time of 3:31:44, and Gene Dykes of Bala Cynwyd, PA., ran a 3:56:44 to set a new 70-74 age group record of 3:56:44. Grossbard was enthusiastic for the 2022 edition of the Championship run. “Early indications are that every elite 50 Kilometer runner in the country will be heading to Heckscher State Park on Feb. 27,” he said. “We have a great course, the opportunity for record breaking performances and an overall great day for Long Island.” —Submitted by Greater Long Island Running Club

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How Companions In Courage Keeps Hope Alive

Nonprofit provides inspiration for children’s hospital patients BY DAVE GIL DE RUBIO

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hen NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine founded Companions in Courage (CiC) following his 1997 retirement, it was with the goal of creating a foundation to raise funds to build interactive playrooms for children in hospitals throughout North America that would replace the isolation of a hospital with a connection to family, friends and celebrities during each hospital stay. Longtime LaFontaine friend Mark Leff, who serves as lead on the nonprofit organization’s Technology Advisory Board, was recently honored with a citation by the Town of Oyster Bay for his 18 years of service and counting to the foundation and his role in helping forge partnerships between Google, Cisco and Connoisseur Media of Long Island in helping keep this initiative going. Leff’s involvement came out of a meal his and LaFontaine’s family were having out in Montauk back in 2004. “We’re sitting down and having a really nice lunch with the families and the topic of Companions in Courage came up in conversation,” Leff recalled. “I understood the generalities of what he was doing. When he started getting into the specifics, it really fascinated me. It was all about building these playrooms in children’s hospitals that allowed the kids to escape the reality of being in a hospital in these incredible playrooms called Lion’s Dens, the way they were being designed and the technical support being used to do this.” At the time, Leff was a 20-year Cisco employee whose familiarity with high tech enabled CiC to create an initiative called Santa Connection, where patients at children’s hospitals get a personal Santa visit via video conference technology. It’s the kind of event CiC Executive Director Jim Johnson feels is crucial given the kind of duress these children and their families are going through. “In a good year, most of these kids can’t get out to a shopping mall and visit with Santa Claus,” Johnson said. “We’ve been doing this for a number of years and suddenly, it became the hottest ticket in child life because we were providing a desperately needed service for them and their patients. And we were happy to be able to do

raises more money as attendees get to partake in food, drink and a raffle. In working with Corey Roberts of Race Awesome and Bob Cook at the Runners Edge, Leff and his team have raised upwards of $200,000, with the annual take falling between $15,000 to $20,000. Once again, COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench into CiC’s plans with the 2020 Main Street Mile held as a virtual event and last year’s race going live with 270 people taking part and another 30 joining in virtually. In 2022, CiC has been forging ahead with Chromebooks for COVID and the Mane Event, a pair of initiatives being spearheaded by Johnson. “One of the pivots we did was going to work with Google and buy Chrome Books for children’s hospitals, because From left: Main Street Mile Race Director Mark Leff, Alice Leff, Emily Leff, Companions in Courage Executive Director Jim Johnson and Pat LaFontaine they had such a need,” Johnson said. (Photos courtesy of Mark Leff) “There are so many parents that can’t even go in and visit with their children, not to mention siblings and anybody else. The idea of it is to connect the kids to the outside world while they’re stuck in the hospital.” That kind of emotional support also drives the Mane Event, which is a series of short inspirational videos featuring people who have overcome challenges, designed to motivate pediatric patients to get well. Videos drop every Thursday and include a handout Child Life Specialists can use to guide patients through each story and evoke conversations about how the stories relate to their treatments. Video subjects range from Special Olympian Chris Nikic —the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Jaelynn from Maria Fareri Children’s Hosptial Ironman Triathlon to Aimee Mullins, a double-amputee American athlete, that. We have this network of hospitals access inside as easily for obvious actress and public speaker who comreasons,” Leff said. “There were across North America that we work peted in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. challenges with IC [intensive care] with. The child life staff provides us It’s the kind of program Jones feels is a security concerns, logistics and the with information on each patient and crucial emotional lifeline for patients kind of regulations you have to work then we proceed to have Santa chats already dealing with a heavy load. with when it comes to the privacy of with each of the kids. We’re pretty “These 20-minute inspirational/ patients. We do this in a way where proud of that.” motivational videos encourage kids to Santa knows the child’s name, what This year alone, 90 children in 13 heal and get well,” he said. “It inspires they want for Christmas and who their them to have a better time of it while hospitals in the United States and siblings are.” Canada received Santa visits in both they are in the hospital. It’s gotten On the monetary side of the ledger, English and French. And while the some nice acclaim from child life CiC has raised money by hosting the nonprofit has been quite successful people who are the ones that primarily with initiatives like this, the pandemic Runner’s Edge Main Street Mile for the connect with the children. It’s been past 17 years. Up until recently, Leff has thrown up both financial and wonderful, so we’ve been blessed.” was the director for this race that takes logistical hurdles. Visit www.cic16.org to learn more place every Labor Day weekend in “We had to figure out how to make Farmingdale and usually has around the pivot in an environment where To comment on this you’re directly dealing with children’s 500 participants. A post-race fundraisstory, email hospitals and can’t get direct physical er usually held at The Nutty Irishman dgilderubio@antonnews.com


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ith 14,500 Long Islanders behind on mortgages as the State foreclosure moratorium ends on Saturday, Oyster Bay Town Receiver of Taxes Jeffrey Pravato, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll urged New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to extend the deadline for the collection of the first half of General taxes from February 10th until March 10th without the imposition of a penalty. Receiver of Taxes Pravato stated, “With the global pandemic still impacting our economy and 14,500 Long Islanders behind on mortgages as the foreclosure moratorium comes to an end tomorrow, we gather to call on Governor Hochul to grant an extension for people to pay their property taxes. Earlier today, we sent a letter to the Governor requesting a deadline extension for payment of the first half of General taxes until March 10th, without imposition of a penalty. This 30 day extension gives families in a crunch the extra time to line up their finances, consult with their attorney and make a decision that’s best for their household.” Supervisor Saladino stated, “We all know how hard it is to afford property taxes on Long Island. Now, just imagine if you’re also struggling to pay

Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes Jeff Pravato (center) joins with Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Jeannine Driscoll in calling on New York State to extend the deadline for the collection of the first half of General Taxes by 30 days. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Oyster Bay)

your mortgage, and the increasing price of food and home heating oil. That’s why this extension is so important. The Governor can allow local governments to extend the deadline for property

taxes for 30 days. Why not do it? This 30 day window gives homeowners facing foreclosure an opportunity to get their finances in order and have a little extra time to get their property taxes paid. Let’s face it; those facing foreclosure shouldn’t be forced to come up with additional money for late fees and penalties at a time when they’re catching up on their bills - especially when a 30 day extension costs us nothing. Governor, let’s get it done.” Throughout the pandemic, Receiver Pravato’s office has aggressively advocated for leeway and leniency for our hard hit residents when it comes to paying taxes. Prior to the collection of general and school taxes in 2020 and 2021, Receiver Pravato and Supervisor Saladino lobbied New York State for an extension to the collection date, without the imposition of a penalty. When taxes are due, Receiver Pravato has encouraged residents to make their payments online via eCheck or credit card, where a third-party vendor charges a processing fee, or mail their payments to the Receiver’s Office. Additionally, residents can also pay in person via cash, check, money order or credit/debit card at either office or walkup windows at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay and Town Hall South in Massapequa from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. —Submitted by the Town of Oyster Bay

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Long Island Harmonizers Sing From The Soul Chorus enriches lives through harmony and fellowship BY CHRISTY HINKO

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or more than 70 years, the Long Island Harmonizers have been dazzling audiences with their pure toe-tapping acapella harmonies. The Harmonizers are part of the Mid-Island chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (www.barbershop. org) and are the largest chapter on Long Island, made up of nearly 30 members, ranging in age from 30 years old, to some members who are well into their 90s. “You don’t need to be a Pavarotti to join,” said Robert Miraglia, chorus president of the Long Island Harmonizers. “You just have to enjoy singing and be able to carry a tune.” The four-part cappella harmonies in the barbershop-style is rooted in African-American traditions of the South in the late 1800s. The Barbershop Harmony Society has more than 30,000 members across the United States, with affiliates worldwide. It is even noted that the great entertainer Dick Van Dyke is a member of the organization to this day. “We have a bunch of really good guys; we have a lot of fun and have

The Long Island Harmonizers great camaraderie,” said Miraglia. “We all love to sing and we have a great sound.” The all-male chorus is mostly made up of retired men. “They are from all facets of life,” said Miraglia. “Some are and were teachers, firemen, dentists and even one undertaker.” Miraglia has been a member for more than 20 years. “My mom called me years ago and

said there was a group in another chapter that I should go check out after I retired,” said Miraglia. “I went a couple of times; they were phenomenal and friendly.” Miraglia said many of the guys are 30 to 40-year members. “It is a great hobby for many,” said Miraglia. “Singing helps boost the health and wellness, helps the breathing and the memory, keeps guys sharp.” There are no instruments involved; it is all acapella. “The goal of the society is to bring people together in harmony and fellowship,” said Miraglia. “We enrich people’s lives through music.” They try to vary and grow their repertoire often. “More of the older generation remembers many of the songs that

The Harmonizers delight audiences. we sing,” said Miraglia. “Our song list ranges from the 1920s through the 1970s, mostly.” Miraglia said that some of their most requested numbers are The most requested songs that they sing are Something by George Harrison and The Beatles, In the Still of the Night by The Five Satins and Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John in The Lion King. The Harmonizers have been rehearsing via Zoom, but are hopeful to get back into their regular rehearsal spot at Faith Lutheran Church (231 Jackson Ave., in Syosset). They traditionally rehearse on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.longislandharmonizers. org for more information about membership and also upcoming shows.

Blakeman Welcomes Senior Care Facility To County Tuesday, Jan. 18, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman joined Town of Hempstead Clerk Kate Murray, Village of Lawrence Trustee Michael Fragin and other officials to congratulate David Scharf and welcome the Esplanade of Woodmere to Nassau County. The Esplanade of Woodmere is a beautifully renovated vibrant senior living community that offers Kosher dining and a distinctive dementia care program for Nassau County seniors with Alzheimer’s’ or other forms of dementia.

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Westbury Senior Center Weathers Pandemic Change is the silver lining of COVID

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hroughout the past two years of the pandemic, the membership of the Westbury Senior Center have endured irrevocable loss and change, like many of their peers at dozens of senior centers across Long Island. “The pandemic has poised us to grow,” said Paul Ragusa-Schweitzer, executive director for Senior Citizens of Westbury, Inc. “It has forced us to change and modernize; that is the silver lining of the pandemic.” Sadly, the Westbury Senior Center lost approximately 11 of its members throughout the pandemic to virus-related complications. “It’s been almost two years now; I came to the center in September 2020,” said Ragusa-Schweitzer. “At that time, there wasn’t much going on here at the center; we were mostly doing a lot of outreach services.” Ragusa-Schweitzer said that the staff worked out of the center during that time doing a lot of outreach, checking on members, bringing personal protective equipment (PPE), bringing supplies and food to members, running errands for them, helping members to make personal and doctor appointments. “The center still had to run; there are still operational tasks to be done,” said Ragusa-Schweitzer. “We run on a lot of different grants; the work that goes into keeping those grants had to keep going on.” Capitol One Bank provided a small grant to train the center members and instructors how to do virtual programming. “When I came onboard, I felt strongly that two things needed to happen,” said Ragusa-Schweitzer. “The first was to resume providing meals; we quickly started a grab-andgo lunch program to get the seniors out of the house a couple of times a week. The second thing was to get Zoom programs started. A lot of our members, as well as our instructors needs to learn how to do remote programming.” The center did as many outdoor programs as it could, in addition to the online programs. “Change is not something that comes easily,” said Ragusa-Schweitzer. “It was a rude awakening, but it was

Birthdays are always a fun time at the center. time for everyone to come into the 21st century.” Seventy percent of the center members are now using Zoom regularly and have boosted their internet and email skills tremendously. “It was a good thing; we are prepared to be fluid and flexible and deal with the changes as they come.” The center did a soft re-opening in May 2021. “We built back up to capacity throughout the fall,” said RagusaSchweitzer. “Unfortunately, with Omicron numbers on the rise, we had to close to members following our holiday party on Dec. 16, with a plan to re-open again (last week) on Jan. 18.” “Seniors were hit especially hard with this pandemic; many of them are isolated to begin with,” said RagusaSchweitzer. “They come there because it’s the highlight of their social calendar. They come here to see their friends, they are taking classes and doing workshops; they are getting a nutritious meal.” Club members love to play in-person games likes mahjong, canasta and bridge. “Especially for people to don’t have family and friends nearby this is really the place that they come to bond and gather with people,” said Ragusa-Schweitzer. “It’s a difficult position to be in, making the decision about when we are open and when we are closing. I’ve taken a little bit of the flack, but ultimately it’s about their welfare. Visit www.westburyseniorcenter. org to learn more about the Senior Citizens of Westbury, Inc.

Members at the Westbury Senior Center took a month-long break following their holiday celebration in December, due to COVID.

Members at the senior center thrive on gathering and celebrating.

Calendar of events are available on the county’s website (www.nassaucountyny.gov/4735/Senior-CenterCalendars) for the following senior centers: • Bethpage Senior Community Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West • Franklin Square Senior Community Service Center, 619 Fenworth Blvd. • Glen Cove Senior Center, 130 Glen St. • Great Neck Senior Community Service Center, 80 Grace Ave. • Hempstead Senior Community Services, 40 Washington St. • Herricks Senior Community Service Center, 999 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park • Hispanic Brotherhood, 59 Clinton Ave., Rockville Centre • Long Beach Senior Community Service Center, 570 W Walnut St. • New Horizon Senior Community Service Center, 1355 Noel Ave., Hewlett • North Merrick Senior Center, 1260 Meadowbrook Rd. • Oceanside Senior Community Service Center, 80 Anchor Ave. • Port Washington Senior Community Service Center, 9 Carlton Ave. • Wantagh Senior Community Service Center, 3606 Lufberry Ave. • Westbury Senior Center, 360 Post Ave.


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Downsizing Seniors

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Downsizing Delight Ingredients: 1-2 citizens over the age of 65 1 small, medium or large home (the size does not matter because no matter what, it’s full) 6-10 rooms filled with furniture 1 garage packed with items unseen in 10+ years 1,000 or more photos Sprinkle liberally with lots and lots of bric-a-brac Instructions: 1. Take a deep breath. You are not the only one in this predicament. That idea doesn’t help you one lick but imagine that nothing you are going through has not been felt or dealt with before. It is manageable. It is doable. You just need a plan. 2. Start packing for a long trip. Not

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4. Now walk around with green painter’s 7. Now is a great time to invite in all those annoying relatives who want to tape and flag all the things that you help. Buy boxes and tape and show are not sure about. Maybe these are them all the things you no longer want things you like but are not sure about. or need and tell them to help you Ask yourself: will there be room? Do pack them up to go. While they are at I really like it or need it? Maybe these it, ask them to recommend a mover are things that your aunt left you when they liked and trusted and start getting she died that you were never able to quotes now that you know the things let go of out of guilt. They are special, that you are taking with you. nice-to-haves but they may not work in your new home. If there is no 8. As you pack and get those quotes, definite yes or no, then let’s consider start to consider all those maybe these items later. items. Try to measure and understand the dimensions of your new 5. Make a plan for the rest. Go through space and where things will be. Do the house and start to list the items extra pieces of furniture or extraneyou are NOT taking with you. Books. ous clothing items make sense? If you Magazines. Sports equipment. Piano. are on the fence, considering giving Extra furniture. Decorative items that items away to friends and family so are collecting dust. Paintings you nevyou know they will be cherished or er liked which covered up damaged used by someone else. wall paper. Go ahead and be honest

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The men and women of our armed forces have proudly served our country, making a tremendous contribution Northport VA VA Hospital in Northport: 631-261-4400; to American society. The Town of Hempstead has a benefits counselor on www.northport.va.gov staff to assist veterans and their families Nassau County Veterans Service file claims for veterans’ benefits. The Agency town offers veterans discounts at most Located in Building Q of the Nassau town park facilities and on recreational University Medical Center complex. programs. The town participates in a Claims, transportation, and food pantry real property tax exemption program are some of the services provided at this and offers free pet adoptions for vetoffice. Call 516-572-6565 for details. erans who wish to adopt a companion from the town’s animal shelter. Nassau County Veterans Treatment Court Hofstra Legal Assistance First District Court This year’s free consultation services 99 Main St., Hempstead will be held virtually. Contact VLAP@ 516-493-4145 hofstra.edu or call 516-463-7302 to www.nassaucountyny.gov/vtc schedule an appointment. Also visit www.vlap.hofstra.edu/ for more details. Town of Oyster Bay The Oyster Bay Town Veterans Nassau Vet Center Advisory Council (TVAC) was formed Providing transition counselto focus on a range of veterans issues ing, referrals and networking. and establish a network of communi970 S. Broadway, Hicksville. Call cation between the veteran community 516-348-0088. throughout the township. The council Miscellaneous also works on methods to resolve individual concerns and assist veterans VA New York Regional Office: with matters under town jurisdiction. 800-827-1000; www.benefits.va.gov/ The council comprises representatives newyork from various veterans’ organizations VA Life Insurance: 800-419-1473; including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, www.benefits.va.gov/insurance/ the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans L.I. State Veterans Nursing Home: of America, Veterans of the Vietnam 631-444-8500; www.listateveteranWar, Korean War Veterans of Nassau shome.org. County, Disabled American Veterans, U.S. Veterans Affairs- Veterans Resource Jewish War Veterans of Nassau County, Center: 877-927-8387; www.vetcenter. AMVETS, the Marine Corps League, va.gov/ Catholic War Veterans, American Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy Waves Veterans Administration: 631-261-4400 ext. 7565 or 631-241-6182 National. TVAC can be reached at Section 8 Voucher for Homeless 516-797-7875. Veterans (Nassau County): 516-572Town of North Hempstead 1900; www.nassaucountyny.gov/2418/ Call 311 from within the township, Veterans-Affairs-Supported-Housing(516-869-6311). The town maintains a HUD growing list of business and service pro- Nassau County Homeless Help Line: viders who extend generous discounts 516-573-8626 to veterans. —Compiled by Christy Hinko


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arlier this week the New York State Office for the Aging office was notified by a local level office for the aging agency that they have been getting a large number of NY Connects calls from older adults who had received a postcard mailing addressed to “resident” from the National Residential Improvement Association (NRIA) offering to help them get a grant to repair their home. The postcard looks official, but it is not a government program and the company currently does not have a valid business license. NRIA has been reported to the Better Business Bureau multiple times since 2008. This is a scam. Government grant scams are on the rise. With the recently passed federal stimulus bill, scammers are taking advantage of homeowners of all ages by making bogus offers to secure generous grants for home repairs.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:

• Unsolicited phone calls or emails

over the telephone, like your Medicare number, Social Security number or banking information. • Never pay a fee to a company that says it will help you get a grant. • Block or unfriend anyone who offers unsolicited grant information on social media. Even if you are “friends” with that person—they may have been hacked. • Only use local contractors with validated references to do work in your home. from someone claiming to be an official from the Federal Grants Administration (which does not exist), or a nonprofit organization like the National Residential Improvement Association offering grants or funding for repairs. • Social media messages or posts from people excited to share the thousands of dollars they claim to have received from an organization that secures grants for homeowners. • Callers who ask you to pay a fee in order to receive a grant. Federal

grants never charge for grant applications. • Magazine or newspaper ads that offer “free grants.” • Calls or emails that claim you’re eligible for a personal grant that does not restrict how you spend the money.

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• Do not answer your telephone if you do not recognize the caller or number. • Never share personal information

IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF SUCH A SCAM:

• Report it to the New York State Attorney General’s office: 800-771-7755 • Report to the AARP Fraud Watch Network: 877-908-3360 • Report the scammer to the Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org/consumercomplaints/file-a-complaint/ get-started —New York State Office for the Aging

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n Jan. 11, Nassau County Legislator Arnold W. Drucker stopped by Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (SJJCC) in Greenvale to deliver 50 COVID-19 tests to the senior center. The tests were distributed to the SJJCC’s Fay J. Lindner Foundation Senior Services Center—Adult Day Program participants, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s or another degenerative illness. In addition to the program participants, COVID tests were given to the family member or caregiver who transports the program member to SJJCC each day. The remainder of the tests will be distributed amongst SJJCC’s senior population whom Drucker met with virtually on Monday, Jan. 10 during SJJCC’s News Behind the News program to discuss his donation of COVID tests, his tax grievance workshops and to answer any questions. —Submitted by Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center

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Community Services And Resources For Seniors

Nassau County Office for the Aging 516-227-8959 Nassau County Office for the Aging – Wellness Programs The Nassau County Office for the Aging funds varied recreational and wellness programs at some clubs and centers in the county. For information on activities and schedules, contact: 516-539-0150 Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums This department coordinates special programs and facilities for senior citizens at many Nassau County parks. Call 516-572-0200 for details.

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School districts

Local school districts conduct continuing education programs throughout the year. Upon request, the local school district will send their continuing education brochure. Some offer reduced rates for seniors. Board of Cooperative Educational Services Learn a new trade at Nassau BOCES. (BOCES) The BOCES Nassau Technical Center Town and city recreation offers many different evening programs programs for adults. Seniors citizens, 60 years Town of Hempstead of age or older, may be eligible for a Department of Senior Enrichment discount. 516-485-8100 Town of North Hempstead Department of Community Services 516-869-6311 Town of Oyster Bay Division of Senior Citizen Services 516-797-7900 City of Glen Cove Office of Senior Services 516-759-9610

Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center 1196 Prospect Ave., Westbury 516-622-6950

Catholic charities recreational services for senior citizens Bi-County Alliance of Senior Clubs 516-733-7051

SeniorNet SeniorNet, a national organization that is operated locally by EAC Network, provides adults 50 years of age and older with access to, and education about, computer technology and the Internet. EAC Network 50 Clinton St., Suite 107, Hempstead 516-539-0150

Nassau Library System

The public libraries of Nassau circulate books on a variety of subjects, some in large type. Most also circulate videos, DVDs, CDs and books on tape. Some will deliver books to people in the community who are unable to travel due to a disability or extended illness. Many offer workshops and programs of interest. Nassau Library System 900 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale 516-292-8920 —Compiled by Christy Hinko

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Reverse Mortgages: Know The Facts Reverse mortgages have become an increasingly popular option for seniors who need to supplement their retirement income, pay for unexpected medical expenses, or make needed repairs to their homes. Before entering into a reverse mortgage, however, it is important that you understand what a reverse mortgage is, understand the types of reverse mortgages that are available, know the costs and fees associated with reverse mortgages and understand the repayment obligations for these mortgages.

WHAT IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE? A reverse mortgage is a special type of home equity loan sold to homeowners aged 62 and older. The loan allows homeowners to access a portion of their home equity as cash. In a reverse mortgage, interest is added to the loan balance each month, and the balance grows. The loan must be repaid when the last borrower, co-borrower or eligible spouse sells the home, moves out of the home or dies. Most reverse mortgages today are called Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs). HECMs are federally insured. If you are interested in a reverse mortgage, first see a HECM counselor.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR A REVERSE MORTGAGE? In order to qualify for most reverse mortgages: You and any other borrowers on the reverse mortgage must be at least 62 years of age. The home securing the reverse mortgage must be your primary residence. Eligible property types include single-family homes, two-to-four-unit owner-occupied properties, manufactured homes, condominiums and townhouses. You must either pay off the old mortgage debt before you get a reverse mortgage or pay off the old mortgage debt with the money you get from a reverse mortgage. There are no minimum asset, income or credit requirements to qualify for most reverse mortgages.

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As with all mortgages, there are costs and fees connected to securing a reverse mortgage. Fees include those associated with loan origination, mortgage insurance premiums, closing costs and monthly servicing fees. These fees are often higher than the fees associated with traditional

mortgages and home equity loans. Make sure you understand all the costs and fees associated with the reverse mortgage. Be aware that if you choose to finance the costs associated with a reverse mortgage, they will increase your loan balance and accrue interest during the life of the loan.

WILL I HAVE TO REPAY THE REVERSE MORTGAGE? You generally do not have to repay the reverse mortgage as long as you and any other borrowers continue to live in the home, pay property taxes, maintain homeowners insurance and keep the property in good repair. Your reverse mortgage lender may include other conditions that will make your reverse mortgage payable, so you should read the loan documents carefully to make certain you understand all the conditions that can cause your loan to become due.

HOW MUCH WILL I OWE WHEN MY REVERSE MORTGAGE BECOMES DUE? The amount you will owe on your reverse mortgage will equal all the loan advances you received (including advances used to finance the loan or to pay off prior debt), plus all the interest that accrued on your loan balance. If this amount is less than your home is worth when you pay back the loan, then you (or your estate) keep whatever amount is left over. With most reverse mortgages, you can never owe more than your home is worth. The technical term for this cap on your debt is a “non-recourse limit.” It means that the lender, when seeking repayment of your loan, generally does not have legal recourse to anything other than your home’s value and cannot seek repayment from your heirs. Be aware that since the home will likely need to be sold to pay back the reverse mortgage, these types


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Stop Paying Full Price: Ask For A Discount BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF specialsections@antonmediagroup.com

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hen it comes to a senior discount, you don’t actually have to be a “senior” to qualify for one. In fact, the biggest misconception with the word “senior” in senior discount is that you have to be above the age of 65 to make a purchase for less money. However, signing up for an AARP membership for just $16 a year, starting at the age of 50, can put you in the mix for a senior discount too. Restaurants, department stores, transportation companies, movie theaters don’t always have to be paid for in full. Asking for your senior discount at any of the places listed below can save you thousands of dollars a year. • Applebee’s (15 percent off with Golden Apple Card, 60+) • Arby’s (10 percent off, 60+) • Boston Market (10 percent off, 65+) • Burger King (10 percent off, 60+) • Friendly’s (senior menu offered with discounted prices, 60+) • IHOP (10 percent off, 55+) • Subway (10 percent off, 60+) • Wendy’s (10 percent off, 55+) *not all restaurants participate • White Castle (10 percent off, 62+)

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Are you in the mood for a quick snack? Ask for your senior discount at these sweet places. • Dunkin’ Donuts (discount varies, 55+) *not all restaurants participate • TCBY (10 percent off, 55+) Not only do restaurants offer senior discounts, but large companies do the exact same. Remember to ask for the senior discount when purchasing items at these popular stores. • Banana Republic (10 percent off, 50+) • Kohl’s (15 percent off, 60+) • Marshalls (10 percent off on Tuesdays, locations vary) • Michael’s (10 percent off on Tuesdays with AARP card) • Rite Aid (10 percent off on Tuesdays and 10 percent off prescriptions) • TJ Maxx (10 percent off on Tues-

days, locations vary) • Walgreens (20 percent off once a month, 55+ and AARP) *“Balance Rewards” Card required • Wild by Nature (10 percent discounts, 65+ with the store’s Wild Card). Stop paying a fortune on transportation tickets and ask for your senior discount at the following car rental, airline and train companies. • Alaska Airlines (10 percent off, 65+) • American Airlines (discounts vary, 65+) • Budget Rental Cars (10 percent off, up to 20 percent off for AARP members 50+) • Continental Airlines (no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club and special fares for select destinations) • Dollar Rent-A-Car (percent off, 50+)

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car (5 percent off for AARP members) • Southwest Airlines (various discounts for 65+ so call before booking) • United Airlines (various discounts for ages 65+ so call before booking) • U.S. Airways (various discounts for ages 65+ so call before booking) • Amtrak (15 percent off, 62+) • Greyhound (5 percent off, 62+) • Trailways Transportation System (various discounts for ages 50+) When traveling, you’re going to need a place to sleep. Hotels offer multiple senior discounts. • Comfort Inn (20-30 percent off, 60+) • Comfort Suites (20-30 percent off, 60+) • Hampton Inn & Suites (10 percent off when booked 72 hours in advance) • Hyatt Hotels (25-50 percent off, 62+) • Marriott Hotels (15 percent off, 62+) • Sleep Inn (20-30 percent off, 60+) • Holiday Inn Westbury (call for discount) • Holiday Inn Plainview (call for discount)

Social Adult Day Care Program

ocial adult day services programs provide care to frail and disabled older adults in a supervised group setting within the community. Services include socialization activities, supervision and monitoring, and nutrition. Programs also provide personal care that includes hands on assistance with mobility, eating, and toileting (including care of

incontinence). All services are based on an individual care plan and assessment of the participant. Social adult day services provide a break to caregivers and especially gives peace of mind to working caregivers. Participants are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution towards the program, but there is no fee for services.

To be eligible for adult day services, an individual must be: • A Nassau County resident 60 years of age or older • Functionally impaired (needing the assistance of another person in at least one of the following ADLs: toileting, mobility, transferring, or eating, or needing supervision due to cognitive impairment and/or psycho-social impairment).

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The following Social Adult Day Care Programs are sponsored in part by the Nassau County Office for the Aging: Adult Day Care The Friendship Circle 300 Forest Drive East Hills, NY 11548 (516) 485-1545 ext. 135 Sponsored in part by: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center Serving: Roslyn and surrounding communities Herricks Alzheimer’s Adult Day Program Herricks Community Center 999 Herricks Road New Hyde Park, NY 11040

(516) 742-0851 Sponsored in part by: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center Serving: Albertson, Carle Place, East Williston, Garden City Park, Mineola, New Cassel, New Hyde Park, Old Westbury, Roslyn Heights, Searingtown, Westbury, Williston Park Alzheimer’s Senior Day Program The Club 1355 Noel Avenue Hewlett, NY 11557 (516) 374-2670

Sponsored in part by: New Horizon Counseling Center Serving: East Rockaway, Five Towns, Lynbrook, Valley Stream Glen Cove Adult Day Care 130 Glen Street Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 759-2345 Sponsored in part by: City of Glen Cove Serving: Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Locust Valley, Old Brookville, Sea Cliff

Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center 1025 Old Country Road, Suite 115 Westbury, NY 11590 (516) 767-6856 Sponsored in part by: Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center Serving: Nassau County —Department of Human Services Office for the Aging is located at 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Uniondale. Call 516-227-8900 for more information.


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yster Bay Town Councilwoman Vicki Walsh announced that the popular Toddler Arts & Crafts Program will be offered again this winter, beginning on Feb. 1. This six-week program offers classes at the town’s Ice Skating Center Community Room in Bethpage and at the Hicksville Athletic Center, and is open to children ages 2 through 4. “The town’s Toddler Arts & Crafts program is a wonderful way to help support your toddler’s development through nurturing their artistic expression,” said Councilwoman Walsh. “Classes will certainly fill up quickly as this program offers children an opportunity to meet others their age and explore their creativity. Highlights of the program include holiday crafts and ceramics.” Residents who sign their toddler up for the program must choose one class per week, per child. Classes will take place on: • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for 2 year olds and 11 a.m. for 3 and 4 year olds at the Hicksville Athletic Center in Hicksville. • Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for 2 year olds and 11 a.m. for 3 and 4 year olds at the Ice Skating Center Community Room in Bethpage • Thursdays at 10 a.m. for 2 year olds and 11 a.m. for 3 and 4 year olds at

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the Ice Skating Center Community Room in Bethpage. Each class is approximately 45 minutes. The cost of the program is $35 per child who is a town resident, and $45 per child whose care giver is a town resident, but not the child. Space is limited and upon registration, the child’s birth certificate and a tax or utility bill will be required to validate age and proof of residency. A guardian must be present during the class. A smock and supplies will be provided with enrollment. The Toddler Arts & Crafts program is run by the town’s Parks Department, Recreation Division. For further information and registration details, call 516-797-7945. —Submitted by the Town of Oyster Bay

Glen Cove Thieves Targeting Catalytic Converters Six vehicles throughout Glen Cove had their catalytic converters stolen during the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 12. All the vehicles were either Honda Accords or Honda CRVs. The thieves have been targeting Japanese made vehicles like Hondas, Toyotas and Lexus because those vehicles have higher concentrations of valuable metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium contained in their converters. These types of thefts have been increasing throughout Nassau County. Vehicle owners may not realize their catalytic converter has been removed until they start their vehicle and hear a much louder than normal exhaust sound. During the thefts in Glen Cove, there were at least three individuals

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acting together to steal the converters. They are responsible for the thefts and were operating a small four door sedan. They are either using car jacks or crawling under the vehicle to gain access to the catalytic converter. Once under the vehicle, they are using a battery powered saw to cut the catalytic converters off. Glen Cove residents are encouraged to park their vehicles in a garage or a brightly lit area. Residential surveillance cameras that alert to motion and motion detection lights can also be used to deter these types of thefts. If you observe a suspicious person(s) in your neighborhood, notify the Glen Cove Police at 516-676-1000. —Submitted by the Glen Cove Police Department

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he MacArthur wrestling team is in the midst of another stellar season. It should come as no surprise as the Generals are among the top programs in Nassau County. During a recent meet against perennial contender Long Beach, the Generals rallied to secure 32-26 win over the Marines. Sean Napoli’s win at 152 pounds turned the momentum for the Generals and then twins, James (215 pounds) and Matthew (285) Clarkson secured the win. MacArthur’s Napoli was awarded the Jake Kempinski Memorial Scholarship after the match. Long Beach’s Mason Franklin was a co-recipient. The scholarships recognize athletes who demonstrate hard work, dedication and sportsmanship. On Jan. 15, the Generals defeated Seaford, 60-9. The results were: 102 pounds—Thomas Coppola (Mac) pinned Brendan Watson (Sea) 1:38; 110—Matthew Lichter (Mac) dec. Vito Valentino (Sea) 5-4; 118—Jack Godoy (Sea) pinned Jonathan Fox (Mac) 4:08; 126—Mark Napoli (Mac) dec. Patrick McClernon (Sea) 6-3; 132—Junitior Palomino (Mac) pinned Louis Cannata (Sea) 3:52; 138—Killian Foy (Mac) pinned Chris Viggiano (Sea) 1:53; 145—Paul Lichter (Mac) pinned Jordan Minch (Sea) 0:20; 152—Sean Napoli (Mac) pinned Liam Whiston (Sea) 5:50; 160—Aidan Vargas-Colon (Mac) pinned Matt Martorana (Sea) 4:37; 172—Michael Cantwell (Sea) dec. Allan Fernandez (Mac) 3-1; 189—Jake Mauro (Mac) pinned Karl Leudesdorff (Sea) 0:58; 215—James Clarkson (Mac) by FFT; 285—Matthew Clarkson (Mac) pinned Neriel Colon (Sea) 3:19. The Generals also won the Sachem North tournament. The place winners in that tournament included, Thomas Coppola (2nd), Matt Lichter (3rd), Jonathan Fox (4th), Mark Napoli (5th), Junior Palomino (3rd), Killian Foy (2nd), Paul Lichter (champion), Sean Napoli (4th), Vargas Colon (6th), Ben Velasquez (5th), James Clarkson (champion), Matt Clarkson (2nd). MacArthur also holds a 62-8 win over Mepham and a 57-16 win over Division. At a tournament on Dec. 23, MacArthur defeated Chaminade (34-33) and Kellenberg (35-30) in the same day. The MacArthur girls basketball team is 10-3 and 6-0 in Conference AI. Hailey Hnis leads the team with 11.3 points per game. Marissa Carbon, Ryann Murphy, Sara Kealey, Ava Anguili and Gia Stamatelo are key contributors. Over in Wantagh, the girls team is 4-1 in Conference A5. —James Rowan is a Levittown resident

MacArthur’s Sean Napoli en route to win a against Long Beach in the 152-pound division. (Photo courtesy Levittown School District)

Fairfield Students Give Gratitude To Local Law Enforcement The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club at Fairfield Elementary School in the Massapequa School District is all about safety. The mission of the club is to emphasize safe decisions and students decided they also wanted to show gratitude to those in the community who help keep them safe. In recognition of national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9, the SADD club made a basket of goodies for local police officers. Students wrote cards with personalized messages. Several children, who have active or retired members of law enforcement in their families, shared personal stories in their letters. The gift basket also included coffee and coffee cups as well as a bag of Life Savers candy because, as SADD adviser Olivia Marlin noted, police officers help save lives. On Jan. 12, officers Luthy, Valentino and Zimmerman from the Nassau

The Fairfield Elementary School SADD Club presented Nassau County Police officers with a gift basket on Jan. 12 in recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. (Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

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Allstate Foundation Supports United Way Of Long Island With A $10,000 Helping Hands Grant Employees initiate contribution through volunteer work

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he Allstate Foundation recently gifted United Way of Long Island with a $10,000 Helping Hands Grant. The contribution came as a result of a team of Allstate employees initiating a volunteer project with United Way of Long Island’s Stuff-ABus program. The employees who were from multiple Allstate locations, including Lynbrook, Levittown, Farmingdale, Syosset and Melville, combined their volunteer efforts by collecting a wide range of school supplies through an online giving wish list supporting Stuff-A-Bus. Distributed to Long Island school districts, these items are critical to helping young students succeed, especially for children who come from least advantaged families. Allstate Exclusive Agent, Matthew Parmiter commented, “Allstate encourages agents to give back to the communities where we live and work. I’m proud to have coordinated a team of local Allstate agents to help local school children with supplies they need.” The funding received from this grant will be allocated to United Way’s

The Allstate Foundation supported United Way of Long Island with $10,000 Helping Hands Grant. (Photo courtesy of United Way of Long Island)

Long Island Impact Fund, further demonstrating Allstate’s commitment to neighboring families. “Allstate’s contribution both financially and through volunteerism is a powerful way to make a difference,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and

CEO of United Way of Long Island. She added, “We are grateful for their continued investment in programs that promote education and create positive change in our region.” United Way of Long Island and the Allstate Foundation are working

together to provide innovative and lasting solutions to enhance Long Islanders well-being and prosperity. To learn more or to support the United Way of Long Island, visit www. unitedwayli.org. —Submitted by United Way of Long Island

Syosset Public Library’s Upcoming Events February 2022 adult programs

• Cooking Class: Chicken Pot Pie (Virtual) Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. Create your own chicken pot pie for dinner. You will receive a Zoom link, the ingredient list and recipe. To register, go to www.syossetlibrary. org/events/calendar or call 516-9217161 ext. 240. Presenter, The Baking Coach. • Genealogy: Breaking Down Brick Walls (Virtual) Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. - This program addresses the pitfalls and errors often found on census records and provides strategies to overcome them. No registration needed. For the Zoom link, go to www. syossetlibrary.org/events/calendar. The presenter, Sarah Gutman, is a certified genealogist. • The Road to Revolution – Part 2 (In-person) Thursday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. - We will analyze the series of actions from both sides of the Atlantic during the

American Revolution. The presenter, James Coll, is an Adjunct Professor of American and Constitutional History at Nassau Community College and Hofstra University and retired NYPD detective. Masks are required. Check the library’s website before coming to the library to confirm it hasn’t changed to Zoom. • Black Hollywood: African Americans in Film: The Early Years (Virtual) Monday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. - This lecture will feature black film legends and lesser known artists whose talent is an important part of Hollywood’s legacy. No registration needed. For the Zoom link, go to www.syossetlibrary.org/events/calendar. Presenter, Marilyn Carminio. • Title Swap Tuesdays (In-person) Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. - Join the Readers’ Services librarians for a fun presentation of the books we can’t stop talking about. Leave with a list of great reads. Limited to 20 people,

first come, first served seating. Masks are required. Check the library’s website before coming to the library to confirm it hasn’t changed to Zoom. • Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Song (Virtual/In-person) Thursday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. - This talk will showcase the amazing voice of Ella and remind us why audiences loved her. No registration needed for in-person. For the Zoom link, go to www.syossetlibrary.org/ events/calendar. The presenter, Marc Courtade, is the Executive Director of Huntington Arts Council. Masks are required for in-person. Check the library’s website before coming to the library to confirm it hasn’t changed entirely to Zoom. • Author Visit with Dana Schwartz (Virtual) Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. - Author of Anatomy: A Love Story and host of the Noble Blood podcast. Registration is required. To register,

email trending @syossetlibrary.org or click the link on the SPL digital calendar. • Cooking with Chef Ron Fan for Valentine’s Day (Virtual) Friday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. - A cooking demonstration of dishes you can make for a nice Valentine’s Day meal. You will receive a Zoom link, ingredient lists and recipes. To register, go to www.syossetlibrary. org/events/calendar or call 516-9217161 ext. 240. • Songs that Won the Oscar (Virtual) Thursday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. During the presentation, we will revisit many of these beloved songs being performed by the original artists and archival footage of presenters and recipients in Hollywood on the evening of the award show. No registration needed. For the Zoom link, go to www.syossetlibrary.org/events/ calendar. Presenter, Richard Knox. —Submitted by Syosset Public Library


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partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories gave Massapequa High School science students a chance to learn at one of the world’s premier research facilities. Students from the science research program at the high school’s main and Ames campuses recently visited the lab’s Dolan DNA Learning Center for a full-day training session. In addition to speaking with scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, students got to do their own scientific experimentation. They genetically engineered bacteria to acquire resistance to antibiotics; extracted, amplified and separated DNA by agarose electrophoresis; and analyzed genetic information to establish evolutionary relationships between organisms. Ninth graders Madeline Douglas, Edward Pan and Shea Ringel are working on a research project this year in which they are looking to use good bacteria as a safe and environmentally friendly way to reduce iron chloride pollution that can be harmful to animals and plants. They said the trip to Cold Spring Harbor Labs allowed them to become more proficient with science equipment, like Bunsen burners, micropipettes and inoculating

Students from the science research program at Massapequa High School’s main and Ames campuses recently visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Dec. 7. (Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District) loops, that they will be working with. “We used a lot of tools that we’re going to use this year,” Shea said. Pan said that he really enjoyed interacting with the professionals at the lab who have so much knowledge to share. Douglas added that the experience in a lab setting will be very valuable throughout her time in Massapequa’s science research program. Michael Lerch said that he learned how to perform a “clean experiment,” while research partner Finn Curley added

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DeRiggi-Whitton Sworn In For Sixth Term On Monday, Jan. 10, Delia DeRiggiWhitton (D–Glen Cove) was sworn in by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as Nassau County Legislator for the 11th District, which covers Glen Cove, Glenwood Landing, Port Washington and the Villages of Baxter Estates, Flower Hill, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor and Sea Cliff. In addition to representing her constituents in these communities, the legislator also proudly serves on several important committees. She is ranking member of the Assessment, Health & Social Services, and Public Safety

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Young scientists from Massapequa participated in an experiment to genetically engineer bacteria during their visit to the world-renowned science institution. that it was thrilling to visit the lab where the structure of DNA was once discovered. Lerch, Curley and Sofia Marin are working together on a project on how nitrogen in fertilizer affects algae growth in lakes. Accompanying the 35 students on the trip were science research teachers August Eberling, Paul Hesleitner and Carrie Kaplun. Supervisor of Science Daniel Mezzafonte said that this is the first year of a partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Labs, with a goal of giving students more opportunities to experience science

beyond the walls of the high school. Massapequa is one of only three schools to have this relationship with the world-renowned institution and in the spring scientists from the lab will visit science research students at the high school. “The partnership will not only enhance an already successful science research program, but will provide deeper and more meaningful experiences through science investigation to all students of the district,” Mezzafonte said. —Submitted by the Massapequa School District

Assemblyman John Mikulin (R, C,—Bethpage) is joining Long Island Blood Services to host a community blood drive on Jan. 27 to address the severe shortage blood banks across the state are experiencing. He encourages everyone who is able to donate to make an appointment. All donors will receive a McDonald’s gift certificate (courtesy of Long Island Blood Services) and be entered into a drawing to win a complete Mirror at-home gym package—complete with a 12-month membership. “Donating blood is a simple act of selflessness that almost anyone can give,” Mikulin said. “It is the very definition of paying it forward because you never know when you or someone you love might be in need. Donating blood is safe, easy and does not take very long, so please consider becoming a donor. If you are a longtime donor, we thank

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need help.” The blood drive will be held on Jan. 27 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Levittown Fire Department, located at 120 Gardiners Ave. in Levittown. For more information or help scheduling an appointment, contact Ron from the Levittown Fire Department at ronhlawaty@yahoo.com or contact Long Island Blood Services at www.donate.nybc.org/donor/ schedules/drive_schedule/284714 or call 1-800-933-2566. Mikulin represents the parts of East Meadow, Bethpage, Levittown, Island Trees, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Plainedge, Seaford, South Farmingdale, Uniondale, Wantagh, Westbury (Salisbury) consisting of parts of Nassau County. —Submitted by the office of Assemblyman John Mikulin

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in the Congressional district by advising close friend and longtime Representative Gary Ackerman. As his national voice grew, Robert was nominated by President Clinton to serve on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presidential Commission on the Arts and by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. He sits on the Boards of the Center for an Urban Future and Reach Out America. Robert also served for 20 years on the Board of the American Museum of Natural History as a government representative. He has been honored by the LGBTQ Network of LI and Queens and the Long Island Progressive Coalition, in addition to serving as President of Great Neck B’nai B’rith and the American Jewish Congress Long Island Division. The Democratic Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. For more information or to volunteer, visit www. zimmermanforcongress.com. —Submitted by Zimmerman For Congress

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Nassau County Septic System Grants Improving Water Quality

s your septic system or cesspool failing? And even if it’s not, do you want to help improve water quality on Long Island? You might be eligible for a Nassau County grant for up to $20,000 if you replace your conventional septic system or cesspool with a new clean water septic system. In November, Nassau County successfully installed its first ever nitrogen-removing clean water septic system. After Hurricane Ida flooded a Sea Cliff home’s basement and collapsed the cesspool, the homeowner began research on how to upgrade to a clean-water septic system. This resident was able to take advantage of Nassau County and New York State funding and paid significantly less for a clean water septic system compared to a conventional cesspool and septic tank. It was a win-win for the homeowner’s wallet and Nassau’s water quality. Since then, the County has been able to help homeowners install three more systems with many more coming up in the next few months. For decades, the North Shore has been plagued by harmful algal blooms, dense invasive seaweed, fish kills and beach closures. All these ailments are the result of excess nitrogen from untreated wastewater in septic tanks and cesspools. To meet water

A FujiClean CEN Series clean water septic system distributed by Advanced Wastewater Solutions installed at a Bayville home by Affordable Sewer and Drain. (Photo by Katherine Coughlin, North Shore Land Alliance) quality targets, more than 32,000 septic systems on the North Shore of Nassau County need to be upgraded with clean water technology. In addition to reducing nitrogen in our bays and harbors, it is critical that we treat septic wastewater before it contaminates our drinking water. Parts of Nassau County sit directly above a major Special Groundwater Protection Area where freshwater replenishes into a deep-recharge aquifer. Any untreated wastewater that flows into the aquifer will eventually make its way into our drinking water. Clean water septic systems can

remove up to 90 percent of nitrogen from wastewater. Clean water septic systems convert harmful nitrogen in wastewater into a harmless gas by harnessing natural processes. “It is imperative that we upgrade our septic tanks and cesspools now,” said Katherine Coughlin, the North Shore Land Alliance and The Nature Conservancy’s Water Quality Improvement Coordinator. “The longer we wait the longer it will take and the more expensive it will be to fix water quality.” Since last May, Nassau County homeowners and small businesses

owners have been eligible for grants through the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District’s S.E.P.T.I.C. Program for up to $20,000 for the installation and, in some cases, design of clean water septic systems. “The grants are a great way to improve the water quality in the Sound and our local bays at little or no cost to homeowners,” commented Bill Bleyer, president of Friends of the Bay, who has been approved for a grant from the project. “We’re hoping more people apply.” The county has funding for 200 available grants, and to date more than 140 applications have been received and 20 clean water septic tanks are on their way to being installed. With support from the North Shore Land Alliance’s Water Quality Improvement Program, the Nassau S.E.P.T.I.C. Program successfully secured an additional $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan, bringing the total S.E.P.T.I.C. grant to up to $20,000 per applicant. If you are interested in applying for a clean water septic grant go to www. nassaucountyny.gov/septicreplace or reach out to the North Shore Land Alliance at www.UpgradeYourSeptic. org for free assistance through all steps of the grant application and installation process. —Submitted by Friends of the Bay

Glen Cove Mayoral Inauguration It was almost a full house at the Glen Cove High School as many honored guests, residents, families and friends braved the gloomy, rainy weather and were present to watch as our newly-elected mayor, Pamela D. Panzenbeck took her oath of office along with City Council Members Joseph Capobianco, Kevin Maccarone, Jack Mancusi, Barbara Peebles, Danielle Fugazy Scagliola and Marsha Silverman. The afternoon started with bagpipes by John Hubbs and Tim Burns followed by a processional of honored guests and the presentation of colors. After Eva Casale led us in the pledge of allegiance and Richie Cannata’s National Anthem on

saxophone, we were welcomed by Ben Farman, former VFW 347 Commander. John Maccarone led the program as Master of Ceremonies. Many honored guests were present. Among them, Congressman Tom Suozzi, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, and Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips. We heard accolades for Mayor Panzenbeck from several speakers—all complimenting and congratulating our newly elected Mayor and Council Members. Mayor Panzenbeck spoke of her youth and how her family and neighbors shaped the person she is today. She emphasized the role of community and was taught that it

takes hard work, perseverance and dedication to achieve your goals. One of Mayor Panzenbeck’s platforms of engaging our youth was evidenced by her inclusion of guest speaker Michael Renga; singer Shye Roberts; videographer tech Zach Gotterbarn. Each was given heartfelt thanks from the mayor. Adding solemnity to the event, Reverend Gabriel Rach performed the invocation and Reverend Richard M. Wilson gave the Benediction. The entire inauguration ceremony was a success. The newly elected were welcomed enthusiastically and wholeheartedly by all the attendees. —Submitted by the City of Glen Cove

From left: Councilwoman Marsha Silverman, Councilman Kevin Maccarone, Councilwoman Danielle Fugazy Scagliola, Mayor Pam Panzenbeck, Councilman Jack Mancusi, Councilman Joseph Capobianco, Councilwoman Barbara Peebles. (Photo courtesy of City of

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WE LOVE OUR PETS Meet The Mudi: AKC’s Newly-Recognized Dog Breed BY RANNY GREEN

Later that day, she contacted the Mudi Club of America secretary and asked numerous questions about the he Mudi (pronounced moody), breed. Her first Mudi puppy, a yellow one of two newly-recognized male named Beacon, arrived at the American Kennel Club breeds Sacramento airport from Chicago 10 gaining full recognition on Jan. 1, brings days later. Two years later she traveled a little bit of everything to the table. to Hungary to purchase a second. But make no mistake about it, this Her next 180-degree turnabout herding breed with Hungarian origin came recently when she and her huscomes with a few caveats. band, Joe, moved from warm-weather “If not mentally and physically chalLodi, CA, where the dogs sometimes lenged, the Mudi can be barky and trialed in 100 degrees, to St. Ignatius, demanding,” said Susanne Bergesen, MT, on a 60-acre ranch with plenty of Tracy, CA. Bergesen, Mudi Club of sub-freezing days. The dogs have of America corresponding secretary, adapted well, Mytych added. “They added, “This is not the breed for a love getting into the creek on our first-time dog owner. While daily walks. some may call the breed “Sports that involve using their stubborn, I see it as getting Mudi puppies AKC noses seem to be the universal favorbored if constantly drilled. ite among all of my dogs,” she said. They are thinkers, love to “Whether it’s tracking, scent work or learn, learn quickly and do World War II. curly/wavy coat and/or the mernot need lots of repetitions What you see le-colored dogs, the Mudi is common hunting for rats, my Mudis enjoy leadto acquire most skills.” in puppyhood looking and frequently identified as a ing the way. In Montana, shed hunting is a big deal. My youngest Mudi, four isn’t what you get mixed breed,” said Protheroe. months old Triton, an import this year What type of dog is later. Mudi are from Poland, surprised us by bringing that? born with floppy Life with a Mudi The Mudi’s pathway to ears, which will This breed boasts lots of sizzle, from an antler out of our hayfield. Since full recognition didn’t come gradually become the farm to the front room. Colorfully then we have acquired quite a collecThe Mudi is in the herding pricked. Sometion of deer bones, thanks to Triton.” overnight. In fact, it is still fluid and versatile, it competes in group of dogs. AKC a rare breed with only an times Mudis are AKC sports such as conformation, Intrigued by the breed? estimated 450 in the United born without a tail agility, rally, tracking, herding, flyball, Asked to list a few adjectives or States and 3,000 to 4,000 worldwide. It or with a natural stump tail that is not Frisbee, lure coursing and barn hunt. descriptive phrases that capture this was first recorded in the Foundation regarded as a fault. Protheroe said, “My Mudis’ favorite breed, the three cited whip-smart, fast Stock Service in 2004 and has been eliConnecting with a Mudi is like things are doing anything with me.” learner, protective, funny, dependgible to vie in American Kennel Club working a crossword puzzle. It can Living on five fenced acres, her able, devoted, quirky and driven. A (AKC) companion events since 2008. come from many directions. Mudis are on vermin control—and Sometimes mistaken for a “doodle” For Cynthia Protheroe, who saw her pursuit—constantly. “Their prey drive bored Mudi is not a happy Mudi. And yes, it can be barky, having been bred mix by the public, one fancier comfirst Mudi in 2003 at an agility trial in keeps the ground turned over as they pared the breed to a cross between Spokane, WA, it was a Pumi breeder dig following vermin tunnels,” she said. for many generations to sound off while moving livestock and alerting a Miniature Poodle and a German (yes, that’s right) who helped her conWhen it comes to giant transishepherds to intruders or danger. Shepherd Dog both in look and tact a Mudi group and she imported her tion, Mary Mytych has seen it all. In “Being constantly on the alert, an temperament. Yet another noted it first dog from Sweden in the fall 2004. 2008 she was showing and breeding unattended bored Mudi will bark gives the impression of a curly-coatAnd since then, it’s been quite the Smooth Coat Chihuahuas and dised small Spitz. From a familiarity ride. covered a Mudi while reading a book, nonstop,” added Protheroe. standpoint, the Mudi takes a back From puzzled “What type of dog is Legacy of the Dog. “There was a single —Ranny Green writes for the American Kennel Club. Visit www.akc.org/exseat to its two other Hungarian farm that?” questions and her response, “A page with a photo and description of a pert-advice/dog-breeds to read the full brethren, the Puli and Pumi, all of Mudi,” onlookers are still left shaking herding breed, a handy size and easyversion of this breed’s story. which faced near extinction following their heads. “Other than the unique care coat.” specialsections@antonmediagroup.com

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Westbury/Carle Place Lions Organizes Organizers are calling it a successful first club meeting for the newly established Westbury/Carle Place Lions Club. They hope people will help the club make a difference in the area. The club will try to address the needs of the community with food drives, holiday baskets, eyeglasses (the Lions’ original mission was eyesight), etc. For more information on becoming a member email wcplions@gmail.com.

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Certilman Balin Elevates Chen To Of Counsel Certilman Balin Adler & charges and assessments. Hyman, LLP has promoted Chen earned her Juris Noreen Chen of Westbury Doctor from the Maurice to Of Counsel in the A. Deane School of Law at Commercial Lending and Hofstra University and her Banking Group. She was Bachelor of Arts, magna cum previously an Associate at laude, in Speech-Public the firm. Address from St. John’s Chen concentrates her University. As a Law practice on represenClerk, she practiced tation of institutional in the areas of perlenders in multi-family sonal injury, medical and commercial real malpractice, discrimNoreen Chen of Westbury. (Contributed photo) estate mortgage transination and worker’s actions. Additionally, compensation cases. she represents lenders in providing fi- She is admitted to practice in the State nancing to condominium boards and of New York. homeowners associations, secured by —Submitted by Certilman the pledge of common/maintenance Balin Adler & Hyman

Village Sets Meeting, Mayor Office Hours

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The Village of Westbury Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 235 Lincoln Pl. Westbury. The village requires the wearing of masks by everyone in Village Hall, regardless of their vaccination status. Mayor Peter Cavallaro will be available for his regular “Meet the Mayor ” office hours at Village Hall on Thursday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary. To learn more about village events and government, visit www.villageof westbury.org or call 516-334-1700. —Submitted by the Village of Westbury

The Village of Westbury has resumed full parking enforcement at all Post Avenue on-street parking spaces. Most village parking has or soon will be converted from single parking meters to automated pay stations under the village’s downtown revitalization project. Those parking in the downtown should pay for their parking at available pay stations. On Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays after 5 p.m., downtown parking is free all year round for residents and visitors who come to the village to shop dine or enjoy a live event on weekends. Parking fees have not increased. Using the pay stations is simple and intuitive, and they accept credit cards and or coins. —Submitted by the Village of Westbury

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THANK YOU AND FAREWELL...FOR NOW My name is Chris Ruggiero, and I am the general manager of Zim Zari California Coastal Grill. We are located at 4964 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa Park, in the Southgate Shopping Center. We have been here since Jan. 2009. I regret to inform our loyal customers from the last 13 years, that we closed our doors after business hours on Sunday,

Jan. 16. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our patrons that have supported us during our time here. We will be re-launching under a different name, but with a similar concept. Sometime in mid-February, after the renovations are finished, we will be doing business as Vida. As I have explained to both previous and current employees, it was never

about the name on the building. It was about the people. The relationships and bonds that have been formed throughout the years with both the customers and our employees is something that cannot be duplicated. Whether it about someone coming in on a first date, a birthday or simply a cold margarita on a Taco Tuesday, we thank you all for choosing

us. We look forward to seeing some old faces, as well as new. And hope to continue those relationships with the great people of Massapequa, Massapequa Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. In closing, thank you again, to you all that have chosen us. If it was not for the people, we would not have been Zim Zari. —Chris Ruggiero

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Negotiating The Grandchild It’s one of the oldest scams in the book. A predator calls an older adult pretending to be their grandchild. They’ve been arrested and need money immediately or they are going to jail. The grandparent gets so confused and concerned; they will do anything, including forking over thousands of dollars. Many of us see news reports about the scam and wonder how anyone could fall for this. I’ve had this discussion with my soon-to-be 90-year-old mother many times and she assured me that she would never fall for it. Until she almost did. She called me the other day and wanted to come over to talk. “I got a call from Phillip (not his real name),” she said. “He’s in jail and needs money to get bailed out.” “Ma,” I said, “How many times have we discussed this? It’s not Phillip. It’s a scam.” I assured her none of her grandchildren would ever call her first, especially if they only had one phone call. “I know it’s a scam, but it sounded just like him,” she said. “Did he ask you to send him money,” I asked? “No, he wanted me to talk to his lawyer, who would have all the details.” His lawyer? “Another person called you, claiming to be his lawyer?” I asked. “Of course not,” she said. “I called him.” Okay, that’s it. I needed to hear this story from the

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beginning. “Phillip called me from the hospital,” she said. “He had been drinking and was in a car accident that killed someone. He told me his sinuses were damaged, and that might be why he doesn’t sound like himself.” Of course not. “He couldn’t talk right now but would call me back

after he came out of surgery,” she said. “But when he called me back, he was frightened and said to not call anyone about this, especially his father. I asked him how much money he needed, but he didn’t know. So, he told me to call his lawyer, Max Morgan, and gave me his number.” How convenient. “Mr. Morgan told me to send him $8,000 for bail or Phillip was going to go to jail for 90 days,” she said. “I told him I didn’t have that much cash in the house. He said I could send him a bank transfer or buy $8,000 worth of Amazon gift cards if I wanted. I don’t even know how to get an Amazon gift card.” After all, most reputable bail bond agents accept Amazon gift cards. “What did he say when you

A predator calling an older adult pretending to be their grandchild in order to extract money from them is one of the oldest scams in the book.

told him you didn’t have the money?” I asked. “He told me to call him back when I had the money,” she said, “And he gave me Phillip’s case number: 1754938B.” Well, isn’t that nice of him? I took down all the information and called the Seventh Precinct in Nassau County. Although sympathetic, they don’t take on scam cases unless the mark (my mother) forks over the money. The “Monk” in me wanted to call Max Morgan back and see where that would take me. Instead, I just opened a case online with the FBI (usa. gov). They even gave me a case number: 135496554. I’m sure they will solve the case. When my wife told her 94-year-old mother the story, she was surprised that my mother would fall for the scam. “Doesn’t she know to just hang up immediately when that happens?” she said. Ah, the wisdom of the aged. Then a few days later, my mother-in-law got a call from her grandson, who, coincidentally, was in the hospital after a bad car accident that killed someone. Instead of just hanging up, she had a long conversation with her grandson (who refused to give her his name) about what happened and what needed to be done. That is until she told him she didn’t have any money and didn’t even have a car. Then he hung up. —Paul DiSclafani’s new book, A View From The Bench, is a collection of his favorite Long Island Living columns. It’s available wherever books are sold.

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The Frustration Of The Dreaded Computer Update My computer updated again. I couldn’t use it for the better part of six hours, so I frustratedly allowed it to perform the updates overnight. Sometimes, updates are a wonderful thing. They help you to find files faster or they help you to connect and link other data so it is easier to find. Other times, updates can throw you so far off your game that you end up waiting for hours. Our first computer, which was hubby’s work laptop, had the most primitive graphics and often crashed and burned while in the middle of a project. He sometimes used the computer for leisurely activities, like Digger and Frogger. Many times, I hogged the computer in order to finish a game and increase my score. It was decided that we would get a new computer for the household so that I could “make budgets and write Christmas card lists.” Updates were always performed by the IT department, so we thankfully never had to concern ourselves with the task. The first computer we purchased for personal use was an Emachines special. The monitor looked like a small television set and was so wobbly that if touched, it could cause one to suffer from motion sickness until it stopped its bobbling motion. The base unit sat beneath the monitor, although a newer model that we traded when the original

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was recalled stood beside the screen. It always seemed to be too hot to the touch. Miles of wires connected the printer, scanner and telephone. Our old basement desk looked a lot like the circulatory system of an alligator. It always required updating, which was frustrating because the computer was slower than a cephalopod all the time. On a rerun episode of Young Sheldon, the protagonist’s mother purchases a computer for the boy genius. That old computer looked a lot like our first model. After the Emachines succumbed to what is known in the computer world as “the blue screen of death,” we purchased laptops. They were easier to use, required less storage space and were portable. These laptops worked rather well in the beginning, but as time went on and the internal hard drive became

crowded with files, they became sluggish and clunky, even with regular updates. My last computer also went the way of the blue screen, after several months of an inability to turn the screen on. I worked with my neighbor, a computer repair technician, who advised me to get another and download as much information onto an external hard drive before it was too late. I waited too long, and for a moment, I thought everything I had saved over the years had been lost. Thankfully, someone from Microsoft assisted me in the retrieval of my old files. I was able to update the system to a newer version of Microsoft Windows and retained the old files in a folder named “old computer stuff”. It was the one and only time I was grateful for an update, although it took the better part of a full day to complete. Hubby and I purchased a Dell about a year ago from the Levittown Best Buy. I like the laptop very much, but it often updates unbeknownst to us and I find the screen to be either unrecognizable or find that newer functions are difficult to learn. Something has been said about old dogs and new tricks. I honestly think my Luna could learn to roll over faster than I can learn some of these new updates. Our daughter, who moved out over a year ago, left several

of her older laptops on the floor of her bedroom. One of them was infected with a virus that made it impossible to get to the home screen. That laptop became some wonderful therapy along with a sledgehammer, especially since nothing current was saved on it. We had obtained it for middle school projects long past. The other computer was finally rescued from beside her bed. It had not been used since she worked for a different school district at the beginning of the pandemic. She told me that it still works, though her current district supplied her with a newer model. She also does most of her screen work on her cell phone anyway, so the electronic device has become a bit of a dust collector in her apartment. Hubby told her to update the computer, but I doubt that she has taken the time to do so. Especially if her phone downloads data faster. There’s a hilarious meme

out there regarding computer updates. It is a photo of Liam Neeson with a phone to his ear as seen in the film, Taken. The meme sends out a veiled threat: “I will find you and I will update your PC”. There is another of a man who is “waiting for computer to update.” In the split screen below is a picture of a skeleton. It captions the perfect frustration behind computers in need of updating and the length of time required to wait for the update to finish. I’ve noticed that the blue screen Microsoft offers with the words, “Working on updates. Do not turn off your PC–this could take a while”. Truer words were never spoken. —Patty Servidio is an Anton Media Group columnist.

Laptops were the next stop on the technology highway for columnist Patty Servidio, after she and her family graduated from using an Emachine (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Believing When You’re Not Seeing We all know how easy it is to believe when things are going our way when we get a good break, our health is improving or our children are doing well. However, when you can see it, it doesn’t take much faith. The real test is when you can’t see any sign of what you’re believing for. You’re working very hard, but doors aren’t opening. You’re constantly praying, but the medical report isn’t improving, no one is hiring you. You know you’re doing the right thing, but your marriage isn’t getting better. If you were only able to see some improvement, if

RABBI MOSHE WEISBLUM you just felt a little better, at least you would know that it is helping, but often before you see change, you have to go through a difficult time where you’re not seeing

anything changing. If your faith is strong, then at some point you will see what the Almighty was doing behind the scenes and suddenly things are going to shift in your favor. The Almighty was using the obstacle to change you. You were actually growing, getting stronger, developing faith and trust, patience and character. If He would have removed it sooner, you wouldn’t be prepared for where He’s taking you and the blessings He wants to give you. Our attitude should be: The Almighty is good and only wants good for His creations. You have to have faith and trust the process, while you’re waiting things are developing.

The Almighty is bringing it together even though you may not see any improvement. You may not see a sign, but that is precisely when you have to dig down deep and say, “I am not going to let what I’m not seeing convince me that it’s too late or that the obstacles are too big. I am going to keep thanking the Almighty even though it’s not improving, keep expecting even though the reality seems impossible”. Instead of considering how big your stumbling blocks are, start considering how big the Almighty is? He is omnipotent. Our Heavenly father and creator. What you’re up against may seem impossible, but the Almighty can do the

impossible, he can make things happen that we could never do. Many times our promise is taking longer to develop because we’re complaining instead of praising. You must keep an atmosphere of faith, of praise and thanksgiving. Always think of the many blessings the Almighty has already bestowed upon you. So don’t walk away from the nest or get weary in well-doing. Keep believing even though you’re not seeing. If you do this then what you thought was dead, impossible, or couldn’t happen will suddenly come back to life: healing, job opportunities, promotions, relationships, breakthroughs and the fullness of your life.


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THURSDAY, JAN. 27 Holocaust Remembrance The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents “From Awareness to Action: Confronting Antisemitism at Home and Abroad,” An International Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Commemoration from 6 to 7 p.m. Register at www.hmtcli.org. Scotty McCreery At 8 p.m. at the at the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Platinum-selling country artist. Standard tickets start at $35. COVID-19 protocols apply. Visit www.paramountny. com or call 631-673-7300. “My Name Is Not Mom” At 7:30 p.m. at the NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. “An hilarious journey through motherhood with internet sensations Tiffany Jenkins, Meredith Masony and Dena Blizzard.” COVID-19 protocols apply. Standard tickets start at $39.50. Visit www. thetheatreatwestbury.com or call 516247-5200.

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That’s Entertainment The Madison Theatre at Molloy College presents Kelli O’Hara and Seth Rudetsky at 7:30 p.m. O’Hara is one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies with Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and nominations. Rudetsky is a Broadway veteran and broadcaster. Tickets are $85 to $150. The theater is at 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Visit www.madisontheatreny. org or call 516-323-4444.

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Rock of Ages At the John W. Engeman Theater from Jan. 27 to March 13. The five-time Tony Award®-nominated Broadway musical smash tells the story of a small-town girl, a city boy, and a rock ‘n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip. Tickets are $75. The theater is at 250 Main St., Northport. Visit www.enge mantheater.com or call 631-261-2900.

Ken Burns In Zoom Conversation The Friends of Sagamore Hill (FOSH), the local chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, is offering a unique opportunity to hear the documentarian SATURDAY, JAN. 29 and historian/writBranford Marsalis er Geoffrey Ward in The Madison Theatre at Molloy Cola live conversation. lege hosts saxophonist Branford Mar- Find out more at salis at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $95. friendsofsagamore The theater is at 1000 Hempstead Ave., hill.org Rockville Centre. Visit www.madisontheatreny.org or call 516-323-4444. ONGOING

SUNDAY, JAN. 30 Artist’s Talk From 3 to 4 p.m., the Nassau County Museum of Art presents “Ben Schonzeit, The Music Room: The Making of a Masterpiece.” Admission is free for members, $20/non-members. The museum is located at One Museum Dr., Roslyn. Visit www.nassaucounty

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Seashells The Garvies Point Museum presents this exhibit of “nature’s inspired design.” The museum is at 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. Included with general admission, $5/adults, $3/children 5-12. Free for members. Call 516-

Age of the Dinosaurs Opens Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Animatronic prehistoric creatures that look, move and make sounds as they did when they roamed the earth will be in residence at LICM through May 29. Admission is $15, free for members. Visit www.licm. org or call 516-224-5800. Coe Hall Tours Offered Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Jan. 31 at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Explore the Gold Coast estate. Visit www.plantingfields.org. Learn about seashells at the Garvies Point Museum. (Inspired Images | Pixabay)

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his mark on a team that qualified qualify for the state meet in both excited for that.” for the state meet. the 1000 and 1600 meters. Conniff is the son of Cathy and The pandemic subsequently “I tried to look at it as a new Kevin Conniff. He plans to continue disrupted track and cross country season, a new opportunity to start his running career at Emory Universeasons, but Conniff has remained fresh and set new goals for myself sity in Atlanta and major in biology. “laser focused” on training, acin different events,” Conniff said. “Brendan is definitely unlike cording to Steiner. “It’s the first real winter season anyone else I’ve ever coached,” “I got close to a lot of members since my sophomore year, so I was summed up Steiner. of the team,” Conniff said of his sophomore year. “And they wound up persuading me to go out for winter track. From then on, I felt really good about running and continued with it. The juniors and seniors when I first joined were the inspiration for me.” Last fall, Conniff led his team to the Nassau Class B championship and a spot at the state cross country meet, where he ran well below his standards. “I went up to him after the race and he looks at me and says, ‘I’m ready for winter track.’ And he was serious. And he’s been on a tear since the season started,” Steiner said. This indoor season Conniff has established himself as one of the Brendan Conniff en route to winning the 1000 at the Section 8–Confertop middle distance runners in ence 4 championship on Jan. 18. He also won the 3200 and 1600 races the county, with the potential to that evening. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

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FARMINGDALE Ellen B. Acinapuro (nee Binder) of Farmingdale passed away on Nov. 9, 2021 at age 96. Devoted wife of the late Philip J. Acinapuro. Loving mother of Philip R. Acinapuro (Beverly) of Garden City, and Sue Ellen Commender (David) of Larchmont. Aunt and “second mom” to Robert “Bobby” Binder (Marga) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Much cherished Nanny to her grandchildren: Alison, David, Philip, and Kara. A lifelong resident of Farmingdale with a 30 year career teaching elementary and special education students. A devoted member of the Farmingdale United Methodist Church and its bell choir. A former president of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale, an avid swimmer and bridge player. She lived for her grandchildren and her extended family. Consider a memorial donation in Ellen’s name to the Ellen and Philip Acinapuro Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o R. Fullam, Farmingdale School District, 50 Van Cott Ave., Farmingdale NY 11735. Ellen and Philip were educators who believed in the power of learning. Arrangements were entrusted to the McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home, Inc. Vita Vitale, 76, longtime Farmingdale resident, passed away on Dec. 16. Reunited in Heaven with her beloved husband of 55 years, Patrick. Devoted and loving mother to Frank, Denise Vitelli (Anthony) and Patrick (Jennifer). Adored grandmother to Sophia, Ava, Anthony Jr. and Sienna. Dear sister-in-law to Sharron Wood (Jay), Rosanne Murray (George), Kathleen Macholz (William) and Frank (Kelly). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral Mass was held Dec. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Massapequa Park. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Vita’s memory to the American Cancer Society; www.cancer. org. Arrangements entrusted to Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc. Mary Weiss, 90, of Farmingdale, passed

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GLEN HEAD Jeffrey Scott Hood, 74, of Glen Head passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2021, in his family home. Beloved husband of Joy, Dog Dad to Lucky Duck, Father of Jason and Jessica (Robert), Grandfather of Robin (Luigi) & Keegan, Uncle of Rhett (Children; Marley and Samuel), Brother of Tom Stuart, Clark, Robin and the late Linda Lee. Son of the late Thomas R.C. and Pearl White Hood. Jeffrey, a proud Vietnam Veteran, was dedicated to his profession as a master plumber for 49 years. He was the happiest spending time with family and friends in Maine on the lake. GARDEN CITY Joseph Giarraputo passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 10, 2021 at the age of 93. Joseph is survived by his loving wife Natalie; his children: Barry (and Marybeth) Giarraputo, Joann (and Edward) Schwendemann and Natalie (and John) Hammersley; his grandchildren: Brianna, Erica, Joseph and Olivia Giarraputo, Edward, Marc and Janine Schwendemann and William, Lauren and Andrew Hammersley;

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seven grandchildren, Joseph, Melissa, Jaime, Ariana, Nick, Chelsea, and Jade and six great grandchildren. Many dear friends and relatives survive him. Join Joseph’s children at a luncheon to celebrate his life, at 542 Albany Post Rd. in New Paltz from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 26.

GLEN COVE Rosaria Orlando Burzo of Glen Cove, passed away on Jan. 6, 2022 at 84. Beloved wife of the late Giuseppe. Loving mother of Michele (Rosaria), Giovanna Pinto (Ugo), Cono and Rosa Burzo-Olson (Jeffrey). Dear sister of Antonietta Bautti (the late Pietro), Carmela Femminella (Pietro), the late Michelina Marra (the late Antonio), the late Gerardo Orlando (Anna) and the late Rosario Orlando (the late Franca). Proud grandmother of Michelle Pinto, Julia Pinto, Giuseppe Olson, and Valentina Olson. Special great-grandmother of Milania Tirino. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Visiting was at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home of Glen Cove. Mass was at the Church of St. Rocco. Entombment at Holy Rood.

Carmela Maria Giwonja, Of Glen Cove, passed away at the age of 92 on Dec. 23. Born in Brooklyn on July 24, 1929 to Rocco and Assunta DeRienzo. She was married for 60 years to John E. Giwojna who predeceased her in 2010. She is survived by her daughter Joanne, her son John (Bernadette) and her grandchildren Melissa and Brian. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment will be private.

Joseph Douso, of Kissimmee, FL, formerly of Glen Cove, died peacefully on Nov. 21, at age 88. He was the beloved husband of the late Eva (nee Gallart), loving father of Michael (Nancy) and Joseph (Maria). Cherished Grandfather to

Herbert A. Savage Jr., 87, of Dunedin went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 24. He was the loving husband of his deceased wife Jeanne M. Savage for 62 years and loving father of Jimmy, Judy, Bobby, and Brett. He loved his grandchildren Jessica, Chase, Jackson, and Luke. Bert retired as second deputy commissioner of Nassau County Police Department after serving 26 years. After retirement, he owned a seafood restaurant and worked for the Kansas City Royals. In later years, Bert battled Parkinson’s by participating in the Rock Steady boxing program and became a passionate chess player.

LAWRENCE WATERMAN WARD Lawrence Waterman Ward, a longtime resident of Glen Cove and Lattingtown, N.Y., died Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn., with family at his side. He was 95. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1926, he attended schools in Old Brookville and Concord, N.H. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948, and earned advanced degrees from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, where he taught for 32 years, and from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.Y. He was a devoted member of St. John’s of Lattingtown, teaching Sunday school for youngsters. Larry was predeceased by his wife, Grace Elizabeth (Viard) Ward. He is survived by his sons, John of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Chris of Southold N.Y., and a daughter, Anne Jáuregui of Lattingtown seven granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. MEMORIAL GIFTS MAY BE MADE TO THE Professor Lawrence W. Ward PG ’51 Scholarship Fund c/oWebb Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, N.Y., 11542, or to St. John’s of Lattingtown, 325 Lattingtown Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560.

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all successors in interest of any of the aforesaid classes of person, if they or any of them be dead, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and all of whom whose names and places or residence ae unknow to Plaintiff, expect as herein stated; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB; New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; United States of America o/b/o Internal Revenue Service; John Doe #1 through #6, and Jane Doe #1 through #6, the last twelve names being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants, tenants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises being foreclosed herein; Defendants, TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons

is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE

ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $512,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Nassau County Clerk’s Office on May 10, 2007 in Liber M31874, Page 549, covering premises known as 53 High Street, Manhasset, New York 11030 – SBL #2347-27. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendants and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the above-named Defendants, the foregoing Supplemental Summons with Notice is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. David P. Sullivan, J.S.C. of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau, dated December 20, 2021. Dated: January 13, 2022 McCalla, Raymer, Leibert, Pierce, LLC

/s/Kyle Jacobs Kyle Jacobs, Esq. 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 840 New York, New York 10170 p. 347-286-7409 f. 347-286-7414 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the Summons and Complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the Summons and Complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this pro-

cess. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877226-5697) or visit the department’s website at: http:// www.dfs.ny.gov RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s

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LEGAL NOTICES Continued from page 46 distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. 2-9-2;1-26-19-2022-4T#229421-MAN LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE OF NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER’S SALE OF TAX LIENS ON REAL ESTATE Notice is hereby given that commencing on February 15th, 2022, will sell at public on-line auction the tax liens on certain real estate, unless the owner, mortgagee, occupant of or any other party in interest in such real estate shall have paid to the County Treasurer by February 11th, 2022 the total amount of such unpaid taxes or assessments with the interest, penalties and other expenses and charges against the property. Such tax liens will be sold at the lowest rate of interest, not exceeding 10 percent per sixmonth period, for which any person or persons shall offer to take the total amount of such unpaid taxes as defined in Section 5-37.0 of the Nassau County Administrative Code. Effective with the February 2019 lien sale Ordinance No. 175-2015 requires a $175.00 per day registration fee for each person who intends to bid at the tax lien sale. Ordinance No. 175-2015 also requires that upon the issuance of the Lien Certificate there is due from the lien buyer a Tax Certificate Issue Fee of $20.00 per lien purchased. Pursuant to the provisions of the Nassau County Administrative Code at the discretion of the Nassau County Treasurer the auction will be conducted online. Further information concerning the procedures for the auction is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at: https://www.nassaucountyny. gov/526/County-Treasurer Should the Treasurer determine that an in-person auction shall be held, same will commence on the 15th day of February 2022 at the Office of The County Treasurer 1 West Street, Mineola or at some other location to be determined by the Treasurer. A list of all real estate in Nassau County on which tax liens are to be sold is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at: h t t p : / / w w w. n a s s a u c o u n tyny.gov/DocumentCenter/ V iew/17674 A list of local properties upon which tax liens are to be sold will be advertised in this publication on or before Febru-

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ary 03r d, 2022. Nassau County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodations such as those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in all services, programs, activities and public hearings and events conducted by the Treasurer’s Office. Upon request, information can be made available in Braille, large print, audio-tape or other alternative formats. For additional information, please call (516) 5712090 ext. 1-3715. Dated: January 12, 2022 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, NewYork TERMS OF SALE Such tax liens shall be sold subject to any and all superior tax liens of sovereignties and other municipalities and to all claims of record which the County may have thereon and subject to the provisions of the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts. However, such tax liens shall have priority over the County’s Differential Interest Lien, representing the excess, if any, of the interest and penalty borne at the maximum rate over the interest and penalty borne at the rate at which the lien is purchased. The Purchaser acknowledges that the tax lien(s) sold pursuant to these Terms of Sale may be subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/ or may become subject to such proceedings which may be commenced during the period in which a tax lien is held by a successful bidder or the assignee of same, which may modify a Purchaser’s rights with respect to the lien(s) and the property securing same. Such bankruptcy proceedings shall not affect the validity of the tax lien. In addition to being subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts, said purchaser’s right of foreclosure may be affected by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act(FIRREA),12 U.S.C. ss 1811 et.seq., with regard to real property under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC) receivership. The County Treasurer reserves the right, without further notice and at any time, to withdraw from sale any of the parcels of land or premises herein listed. The Nassau County Treasurer reserves the right to intervene in any bankruptcy case/litigation where the property affected by the tax liens sold by the Treasurer is part of the bankruptcy estate. However, it is the sole responsibility of all tax lien purchasers to protect their legal interests in any bankruptcy case affecting their purchased tax lien, including but not limited to the filing of a proof of claim on

their behalf, covering their investment in said tax lien. The Nassau County Treasurer and Nassau County and its agencies, assumes no responsibility for any legal representation of any tax lien purchaser in any legal proceeding including but not limited to a bankruptcy case where the purchased tax lien is at risk. The rate of interest and penalty at which any person purchases the tax lien shall be established by his bid. Each purchaser, immediately after the sale thereof, shall pay to the County Treasurer ten per cent of the amount for which the tax liens have been sold and the remaining ninety per cent within thirty days after such sale. If the purchaser at the tax sale shall fail to pay the remaining ninety per cent within ten days after he has been notified by the County Treasurer that the certificates of sale are ready for delivery, then all amounts deposited with the County Treasurer including but not limited to the ten per cent theretofore paid by him shall, without further notice or demand, be irrevocably forfeited by the purchaser and shall be retained by the County Treasurer as liquidated damages and the agreement to purchase shall be of no further effect. Time is of the essence in this sale. This sale is held pursuant to the Nassau County Administrative Code and interested parties are referred to such Code for additional information as to terms of the sale, rights of purchasers, maximum rates of interest and other legal incidents of the sale. Furthermore, as to the bidding, 1. The bidder(s) agree that they will not work with any other bidder(s) to increase, maintain or stabiliz e interest rates or collaborate with any other bidder(s) to gain an unfair competitive advantage in the random number generator in the event of a tie bid(s) on a tax certificate. Bidder(s) further agree not to employ any bidding strategy designed to create an unfair competitive advantage in the tiebreaking process in the upcoming tax sale nor work with any other bidder(s) to engage in any bidding strategy that will result in a rotational award of tax certificates. 2. The tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) bid, will be arrived at independently and without direct or indirect consultation, communication or agreement with any other bidder and that the tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) to be bid, have not been disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder, and will not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder prior to the close of bidding. No attempt has been made or will be made to, directly or indirectly, induce any other bidder to refrain from bidding on any tax certificate, to submit complementary bids, or to submit bids at specific interest rates.

LEGAL NOTICES 3. The bids to be placed by the Bidder will be made in good faith and not pursuant to any direct or indirect, agreement or discussion with, or inducement from, any other bidder to submit a complementary or other noncompetitive bid. 4. If it is determined that the bidder(s) have violated any of these bid requirements then their bid shall be voided and if they were the successful bidder the lien and any deposits made in connection with said bid shall be forfeited. Dated: January 12, 2022 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, New York 1-26-19-2022-2T-#229443MAN LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff AGAINST MARTIN DEKOM, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated December 02, 2014 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the North Side Steps of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501, on February 28, 2022 at 2:30PM, premises known as 34 HIGH STREET, MANHASSET, NY 11030. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being at Manhasset, Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, SECTION 2, BLOCK 347, LOT 19. Approximate amount of judgment $432,939.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 008566/2013. The aforementioned auction will be conducted rain or shine, in accordance with the Court System’s COV ID-19 mitigation protocols and as such all persons must comply with social distancing, wearing masks and screening practices in effect at the time of this foreclosure sale. Mark S. Ricciardi, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 70438 2-16-9-2;1-26-2022-4T#229472-MAN LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Town of North Hempstead Board of Z oning Appeals Pursuant to the provisions of the Code of the Town of North Hempstead, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIV EN that the Board of Z oning Appeals of said Town will conduct a Z oom meeting, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 10:00am as permitted by a recent change in the NYS Open Meetings Law, and based on the ongoing COV ID-19 pandemic, to consider any matters that may properly be heard by said Board, and will hold a public hearing on said date to consider applications

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and appeals. The following cases will be called at said public hearing. APPEAL #21 179 - Salvatore Abruzzo; 231 Old Mill Road, Manhasset; Section 3, Block 220, Lot 17; Z oned-Residence-A V ariance from 70-30.C to construct additions located too close to the street. The full list of cases for this calendar may be obtained at www.northhempsteadny.gov. All interested persons should appear via the Z oom link below and will be given an opportunity to be heard at such meeting and/or hearing. The Town Board room will not be open to the public and there will be no in-person access to the hearing. All documents pertaining to the above appeals are available via email at bz adept@ northhempsteadny. gov The live Z oom hearing may be accessed at https://us02web. z oom.us/j/82734195604 or via phone at + 1 929 436 2866 or + 1 312 626 6799 or + 1 301 715 8592 or + 1 669 900 6833 or + 1 253 215 8782 or + 1 346 248 7799 using webinar ID: 827 3419 5604. Additionally, the public may view the livestream of this meeting at https://northhempsteadny.gov/ townboardlive. Should you wish to participate in an appeal hearing, it is recommended that you register in advance by sending an email to bz adept@ northhempsteadny. gov no later than Friday, February 4, 2022. Please include your first and last name, street address, email address, any prepared written comments/ questions and the appeal number you wish to be heard on. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. Members of the public can email written comments or questions addressed to the Board. Written comments must be received 60 minutes prior to the meeting. Q uestions and/ or comments which are timely submitted will be accepted and made a part of the record. DAV ID MAMMINA, R.A., Chairman; Board of Z oning Appeals 1-26-2022-1T-#229720-MAN

PORT WASHINGTON LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE OF NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER’S SALE OF TAX LIENS ON REAL ESTATE Notice is hereby given that commencing on February 15th, 2022, will sell at public on-line auction the tax liens on certain real estate, unless the owner, mortgagee, occupant of or any other party in interest in such real estate shall have paid to the County Treasurer by February 11th, 2022 the total amount of such unpaid taxes or assessments with the interest, penalties and other expenses and charges against the property. Such tax liens will be sold at

the lowest rate of interest, not exceeding 10 percent per sixmonth period, for which any person or persons shall offer to take the total amount of such unpaid taxes as defined in Section 5-37.0 of the Nassau County Administrative Code. Effective with the February 2019 lien sale Ordinance No. 175-2015 requires a $175.00 per day registration fee for each person who intends to bid at the tax lien sale. Ordinance No. 175-2015 also requires that upon the issuance of the Lien Certificate there is due from the lien buyer a Tax Certificate Issue Fee of $20.00 per lien purchased. Pursuant to the provisions of the Nassau County Administrative Code at the discretion of the Nassau County Treasurer the auction will be conducted online. Further information concerning the procedures for the auction is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at: https://www.nassaucountyny. gov/526/County-Treasurer Should the Treasurer determine that an in-person auction shall be held, same will commence on the 15th day of February 2022 at the Office of The County Treasurer 1 West Street, Mineola or at some other location to be determined by the Treasurer. A list of all real estate in Nassau County on which tax liens are to be sold is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at: h t t p : / / w w w. n a s s a u c o u n tyny.gov/DocumentCenter/ V iew/17674 A list of local properties upon which tax liens are to be sold will be advertised in this publication on or before February 03r d, 2022. Nassau County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodations such as those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in all services, programs, activities and public hearings and events conducted by the Treasurer’s Office. Upon request, information can be made available in Braille, large print, audio-tape or other alternative formats. For additional information, please call (516) 5712090 ext. 1-3715. Dated: January 12, 2022 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, NewYork TERMS OF SALE Such tax liens shall be sold subject to any and all superior tax liens of sovereignties and other municipalities and to all claims of record which the County may have thereon and subject to the provisions of the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts. However, such tax liens shall have priority over the County’s Differential Interest Lien,

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LEGAL NOTICES Continued from page 47 representing the excess, if any, of the interest and penalty borne at the maximum rate over the interest and penalty borne at the rate at which the lien is purchased. The Purchaser acknowledges that the tax lien(s) sold pursuant to these Terms of Sale may be subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/ or may become subject to such proceedings which may be commenced during the period in which a tax lien is held by a successful bidder or the assignee of same, which may modify a Purchaser’s rights with respect to the lien(s) and the property securing same. Such bankruptcy proceedings shall not affect the validity of the tax lien. In addition to being subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts, said purchaser’s right of foreclosure may be affected by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act(FIRREA),12 U.S.C. ss 1811 et.seq., with regard to real property under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC) receivership. The County Treasurer reserves the right, without further notice and at any time, to withdraw from sale any of the parcels of land or premises herein listed. The Nassau County Treasurer reserves the right to intervene in any bankruptcy case/litigation where the property affected by the tax liens sold by the Treasurer is part of the bankruptcy estate. However, it is the sole responsibility of all tax lien purchasers to protect their legal interests in any bankruptcy case affecting their purchased tax lien, including but not limited to the filing of a proof of claim on their behalf, covering their investment in said tax lien. The Nassau County Treasurer and Nassau County and its agencies, assumes no responsibility for any legal representation of any tax lien purchaser in any legal proceeding including but not limited to a bankruptcy case where the purchased tax lien is at risk. The rate of interest and penalty at which any person purchases the tax lien shall be established by his bid. Each purchaser, immediately after the sale thereof, shall pay to the County Treasurer ten per cent of the amount for which the tax liens have been sold and the remaining ninety per cent within thirty days after such sale. If the purchaser at the tax sale shall fail to pay the remaining ninety per cent within ten days after he has been notified by the County Treasurer that the certificates of sale are ready for delivery, then all amounts deposited with the County Treasurer including but not limited to the ten per cent theretofore paid by him shall, without further notice or demand, be irrevocably forfeited by the purchaser and shall be retained by the County Treasurer as liquidated

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damages and the agreement to purchase shall be of no further effect. Time is of the essence in this sale. This sale is held pursuant to the Nassau County Administrative Code and interested parties are referred to such Code for additional information as to terms of the sale, rights of purchasers, maximum rates of interest and other legal incidents of the sale. Furthermore, as to the bidding, 1. The bidder(s) agree that they will not work with any other bidder(s) to increase, maintain or stabiliz e interest rates or collaborate with any other bidder(s) to gain an unfair competitive advantage in the random number generator in the event of a tie bid(s) on a tax certificate. Bidder(s) further agree not to employ any bidding strategy designed to create an unfair competitive advantage in the tiebreaking process in the upcoming tax sale nor work with any other bidder(s) to engage in any bidding strategy that will result in a rotational award of tax certificates. 2. The tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) bid, will be arrived at independently and without direct or indirect consultation, communication or agreement with any other bidder and that the tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) to be bid, have not been disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder, and will not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder prior to the close of bidding. No attempt has been made or will be made to, directly or indirectly, induce any other bidder to refrain from bidding on any tax certificate, to submit complementary bids, or to submit bids at specific interest rates. 3. The bids to be placed by the Bidder will be made in good faith and not pursuant to any direct or indirect, agreement or discussion with, or inducement from, any other bidder to submit a complementary or other noncompetitive bid. 4. If it is determined that the bidder(s) have violated any of these bid requirements then their bid shall be voided and if they were the successful bidder the lien and any deposits made in connection with said bid shall be forfeited. Dated: January 12, 2022 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, New York 1-26-19-2022-2T-#229443PORT LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC IIEARING ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held by the Architectural Review Board of the Incorporated V illage of Manorhaven at the V illage Hall, 33 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, N.Y. I1050 on

Monday, February 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the following: CASE NUMBER 220 Moritz Maroof 21 Juniper Road Port Washington. NY I1050 Property known as 21 Juniper Road, Port Washington NY. Shown on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map as Section 4, Block 45, Lot(s) 70-72 Changes to an approved application. CASE NUMBER 122 Ressa Familv LLC 38 Dunwood Road Port Washington. NY 11050 Property known as 38 Dunwood Road, Port Washington NY. Shown on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map as Section 4, Block 77,Lot(s) 11,12,55 New two-family residence. 1-26-2022-1T-#229557-PORT LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF APPEALS INC. VILLAGE OF SANDS POINT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT as a result of the number of COV ID cases in New York and on Long Island, and in the interest of the public safety and welfare, the Board of Appeals of the Incorporated V illage of Sands Point, will convene virtually via the Z oom App, pursuant to Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2022, to hold a public hearing on Monday, February 7, 2022, at 6:30 PM on the applications listed below. While this public hearing will be open to the public, there will be no “ in-person” attendance at V illage Hall; and all of the proceedings will be conducted remotely through the Z oom App by using the following link: https://us06web. z oom.us/j/6273845514? pwd= S3IxaXBnY1d5TV RWaWdxc08rWG5GUT09, or by going to www.z oom.us/join and entering 627 384 5514 as the Meeting ID, and 12344321 as the Passcode. Access to the public hearing is also available by phone by dialing + 1 (929) 205-6099 and entering the aforementioned Meeting ID and Passcode. The hearing will be recorded and later transcribed. Continued Cases 1. Application of Russell & Nicole Greenblatt for Site Plan Review pursuant to Section 132-4(A)(1) of the Code of the V illage of Sands Point to construct a new residence on property owned by them located at 61 South Road in a Residence A District and known on the Nassau County Land & Tax Map as Section 5, Block K, Lot 44. 2. Application of Russell & Nicole Greenblatt for variances of the Code of the V illage of Sands Point Section 176-18(A), to construct a new house with a tennis court in the rear yard resulting in a rear yard lot coverage of 24.1% where 15% is the maximum allowed, on property owned by them located at 61 South Road in a Residence A District and known on the Nassau

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as aforesaid stated all persons who wish to be heard will be heard. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS F. WILLIAM SCHMERGEL, CHAIRMAN LIZ GAYNOR, tVILLAGE CLERK 1-26-2022-1T-#229585-PORT LEGAL NOTICE TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT ROLL FYE 2023 INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF SANDS POINT TAX PAYERS OF THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF SANDS POINT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Incorporated V illage of Sands Point for the tax year June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023 will be filed by Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at the Office of the V illage Clerk, 26 Tibbits Lane in said V illage where it may be seen and examined by any person at all times during business hours Monday through Friday between nine o’clock in the forenoon and three o’clock in the afternoon. Forms on which to file are available at V illage Office. In addition Form RP524 Complaint on Real Property Assessment is available online at www.tax.ny.gov. Forms may be filed at the V illage Office from February 1st through Tuesday, February 15, 2022. The V illage requires filing of one original completed complaint form and one copy. LIZ GAYNOR V illage Clerk 1-26-2022-1T-#229586-PORT LEGAL NOTICE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF SANDS POINT GENERAL VILLAGE ELECTION PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the General Election of the Incorporated V illage of Sands Point will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT the Offices to be filled at said Election are: OFFICE TERM Trustee Two years Trustee Two years INC. V ILLAGE OF SANDS POINT LIZ GAYNOR, V ILLAGE CLERK 1-26-2022-1T-#229587-PORT LEGAL NOTICE INC. VILLAGE OF MANORHAVEN WORK SESSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees shall hold a Work Session on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 5:0 0 p.m. at the V illage of Manorhaven, 33 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE These meetings are open to the public. The public is welcome to attend but may not participate in any

portion of the meeting. Persons in need of special assistance should notify the V illage Clerk-Treasurer in sufficient time to permit arrangements to be made to enable such persons to participate. Meeting can also be accessed via Z OOM teleconference. Login details will be available on the V illage website: www.manorhaven.org. Dated: Manorhaven, New York January 21, 2022 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Alex Kovacevic Deputy V illage Clerk-Treasurer 1-26-2022-1T-#229703-PORT LEGAL NOTICE INC. VILLAGE OF MANORHAVEN LEGAL NOTICE BZ A PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Z oning Appeals of the Inc. V illage of Manorhaven will hold a public hearing in the V illage Hall, 33 Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington, New York in said V illage on February 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. to hear the following matters: Z 595 - 59 Orchard Beach Boulevard, Port Washington, NY, 11050, S-4, B-59, L-636 in Z one R4. (Continued hearing) Applicant, Pond Ridge Homes, seeks the following variances: (1) Section 155 – 16 (B) of the V illage Code in order to construct a building with a building area of 45.02% of the lot area where the maximum permitted is 35% ; (2) Section 155 – 35 (A) of the V illage Code in order to maintain the eaves that project into the side yards by 42 inches when cornices, eaves, and gutters cannot project more than 24 inches into side yards; and (3 Section 155 – 35 (E) of the V illage Code in order to maintain an open side entry stair leading to the second floor under both the left and right side of the building when the Code does not permit entry stairs on the side of the structure leading to a second-story, either open or enclosed, covered or uncovered. Z 612 – 10 Sintsink Drive East, Port Washington, NY, 11050, S-4, B-L, L-212,216, the applicant seeks the following: (1) a determination that a variance of Section 155-40A is not required, and in the alternative, a variance of Section 155-40A which section provides that a nonconforming building or structure can be altered, extended or enlarged only if such alteration, extension or enlargement does not increase the existing nonconformity. The proposed plan increases the nonconforming use due to the residential use expansion not permitted in the V illage of Manorhaven Z oning Code C-1 district. (2) a variance from section 15517 (D) which provides that no building shall be erected to a height in excess of 26 feet or two stories, as measured from

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LEGAL NOTICES Continued from page 48 the established street grade. The proposed plans show that the existing height of the building is 28 feet high. The plans indicate expansion of the second-floor residential unit to 28 feet high, 2 feet higher than the V illage of Manorhaven Z oning Code permits of 26 feet high. (3) a variance from section 155-17 (J) which provides that the minimum rear yard setback shall be 10 feet. The proposed plans show an extension of the second floor residential 3 feet from the southeast corner to the rear property line. The V illage of Manorhaven Z oning Code requires a 10 feet setback. This extension is 7 feet closer than the V illage of Manorhaven Z oning Code permits it to be. (Z 613) Matter of 30 Sagamore Hill Drive:, Port Washington, NY, 11050, S-4, B-83, Lots 81-20, and 55-64, the applicant seeks to construct a self-storage facility in the E-1 Z oning District and requests: (1) a variance from section 155-24 (C) (2) in order to construct a building of 35.81’ in height when the maximum height permitted under the Code is 26’; (2) a variance from section 155-46 in order to construct a building with premises providing 10 parking spaces including 2 handicap spaces when the Code requires 161 parking spaces; (3) a variance from section 155-34(A) in order to construct a building with a flat roof where there is no ridge and where there is no proposed ceiling below the roofline, when the V illage Code requires that there be an 18” average air space between the ceiling beams and roof beams; (4) a variance from section 155-30 (D) of the V illage Code in order to construct/place a transformer in the front yard of the subject property when the placement of a structure in the front yard is prohibited; and (5) a special use permit pursuant to section 155-24(A)(7) of the V illage Code in order to construct a self-storage facility within the E-1 District, for which such a special use permit may be requested as long as the storage of combustible materials is prohibited and trucks serving the facility shall have a gross weight (GWT) of no greater than 20 tons. Matter of 23A Kirkwood Road, Port Washington, NY 11050, S-4, B-44, L-267, 375, 377, in Z oning District R-1 the applicant requests variances from: (1) section 155-13.1 (G) Residential District R-1 which provides that no building shall exceed two stories or 26 feet in height measured from established street grade and the applicant proposes a building with a height of 34 feet as measured from the street grade; (2) section 15513.1 (J) Residential District R-1 which provides that the maximum allowed building lot coverage, for a two-family dwelling shall be 25% , and the proposed building lot coverage is 29% ; (3) section 155-35

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Appurtenance Construction in that the applicant proposes to maintain one rear stoop and four air conditioners encroaching into the minimum rear yard setback of 20 feet by having setbacks of 17’ for the stoops, 16’ for the air conditioners and such items are not permitted appurtenance encroachments of the V illage Code into minimum rear yards. Matter of 23B Kirkwood Road, Port Washington, NY 11050, S-4, B-44, L-164, in Z oning District R-1 the applicant requests variances from: (1) section 155-13.1 (G) Residential District R-1 which provides that no building shall exceed two stories or 26 feet in height measured from established street grade and the applicant proposes a building with a height of 34 feet as measured from the street grade; (2) section 15513.1 (J) Residential District R-1 which provides that the maximum allowed building lot coverage, for a two-family dwelling shall be 25% , and the proposed building lot coverage is 29% ; (3) section 155-35 Appurtenance Construction in that the applicant proposes to maintain one rear stoop and four air conditioners encroaching into the minimum rear yard setback of 20 feet by having setbacks of 17’ for the stoops, 16’ for the air conditioners and such items are not permitted appurtenance encroachments of the V illage Code into minimum rear yards. Z 614 – 13 Dunes Lane Port Washington, NY 11050, S-4, B-F- L-962, in Z oning District R-1, the applicant requests variances from: (1) section 155-13.1 (J) Residential District R-1 which provides that the maximum allowed building lot coverage for a two-family dwelling shall be 25% while the proposed building lot coverage is 29 % ; (2) section 155-45K (2) Curb cuts in residential districts which section permits only one cub cut maximum of 16 feet wide in all new dwellings while the proposed plans show two separate driveways with curb cuts of 8 feet wide each. Z 615 – 166 Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050, S-4, B-H, L-29, in Z oning District C-3, the applicant requests variances and or special use permits under: (1) a variance from section 155-45J Parking and loading space which requires that in commercial or industrial districts, each off-street parking area shall have an area of not less than 10 feet by 20 feet, with access drives or aisles, in usable shape and condition, not less than 20 feet, and the applicant proposes to include parking spaces of 9’ x 20’; (2) a variance from section 155-46 Off street parking requirements which section requires a minimum of 5 parking spots and the applicant proposes to provide 2 parking spots; (3) a variance from section 155-17 E Commercial districts which requires that the minimum lot area shall be 4,000 square feet, except for attached row

stores for retail trade, which must have a minimum lot area of 2,000 square feet and the existing lot is 3881.05 square feet, where minimum of 4000 square feet is required; (4) section 155-20A (1) Commercial Retail and Sales Stores (C-3) District which provides that Restaurants and other eating facilities, in this Z oning District require a special use permit from the Board of Z oning and Appeals; (5) section 15520.1 C (2) Business Overlay District (BOLD) under which a special use permit is required for mixed use live/work apartments, and the proposed plans show an apartment located on the second floor, in a BOLD District, thus requiring a special use permit. (6) a variance from section 155-20.1 D (4) Business Overlay District (BOLD) for mixed use live/ work apartments, which provides that with respect to existing uses modified under the BOLD the first floor preexisting commercial uses shall not be limited by siz e. The apartments shall be limited to only studio apartments at 600 square feet minimum siz e, and one-bedrooms at 750 square feet minimum and the proposed plans show a second floor with a two-bedroom apartment. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board will enter into Executive Session from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with the hearing commencing immediately thereafter. Z oom or virtual conference will not be available as this meeting will be open to in-person attendance at Village Hall, 3 Manorhaven Blvd Port Washington NY 11050 . Alex Kovacevic Deputy Clerk/Acting Secretary to the Board of Z oning Appeals Dated: January 18, 2022 Manorhaven, New York. 1-26-2022-1T-#229704-PORT LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Town of North Hempstead Board of Z oning Appeals Pursuant to the provisions of the Code of the Town of North Hempstead, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIV EN that the Board of Z oning Appeals of said Town will conduct a Z oom meeting, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 10:00am as permitted by a recent change in the NYS Open Meetings Law, and based on the ongoing COV ID-19 pandemic, to consider any matters that may properly be heard by said Board, and will hold a public hearing on said date to consider applications and appeals. The following cases will be called at said public hearing. APPEAL #21 146 - Andrew Simons; 38 Beachway, Port Washington; Section 5, Block C, Lot 414; Z oned: Residence-A V ariances from §70- 30.C, 70-30.B and 70-32.6 to construct additions located too close to the street, to install 2 A/C units located too close to

LEGAL NOTICES the street, and to install front yard paving that covers more than 40% of the front yard. APPEAL #21 180 Jason Miller; 38 Reid Avenue, Port Washington; Section 5, Block 61, Lot 274; Z oned Residence-A (Port Washington Historic Overlay District) V ariances from 70-29.C, 7030.C and 70-101.B to construct additions that are too big and an open porch/portico that is too close to the street. The full list of cases for this calendar may be obtained at www.northhempsteadny.gov. All interested persons should appear via the Z oom link below and will be given an opportunity to be heard at such meeting and/or hearing. The Town Board room will not be open to the public and there will be no in-person access to the hearing. All documents pertaining to the above appeals are available via email at bz adept@ northhempsteadny. gov The live Z oom hearing may be accessed at https://us02web. z oom.us/j/82734195604 or via phone at + 1 929 436 2866 or + 1 312 626 6799 or + 1 301 715 8592 or + 1 669 900 6833 or + 1 253 215 8782 or + 1 346 248 7799 using webinar ID: 827 3419 5604. Additionally, the public may view the livestream of this meeting at https://northhempsteadny.gov/ townboardlive. Should you wish to participate in an appeal hearing, it is recommended that you register in advance by sending an email to bz adept@ northhempsteadny. gov no later than Friday, February 4, 2022. Please include your first and last name, street address, email address, any

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prepared written comments/ questions and the appeal number you wish to be heard on. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. Members of the public can email written comments or questions addressed to the Board. Written comments must be received 60 minutes prior to the meeting. Q uestions and/ or comments which are timely submitted will be accepted and made a part of the record. DAV ID MAMMINA, R.A., Chairman; Board of Z oning Appeals 1-26-2022-1T-#229719-PORT LEGAL NOTICE The resolution, a summary of which is published herewith, has been adopted on January 20, 2022, and the validity of the obligations authoriz ed by such resolution may be hereafter contested only if such obligations were authoriz ed for an object or purpose for which the Town of North Hempstead, in the County of Nassau, New York, is not authoriz ed to expend money or if the provisions of law which should have been complied with as of the date of publication of this Notice were not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty days after the publication of this Notice, or such obligations were authoriz ed in violation of the provisions of the constitution. Ragini Srivastava Town Clerk BOND RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK, ADOPTED JANUARY 20, 2022, APPROPRIATING $995,00 F OR

THE INCREASE AND IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES OF THE PORT WASHINGTON PUBLIC PARKING DISTRICT AND AUTHORIZ ING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OF THE TOWN IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EX CEED $995,00 TO FINANCE SAID APPROPRIATION The object or purpose for which the bonds are authoriz ed is the increase and improvement of facilities of the Port Washington Public Parking District, consisting of consisting of (i) acquisition of computer hardware and software, at the estimated maximum cost of $50,000; (ii) reconstruction of Parking Lot 2, at the estimated maximum cost of $890,000; and (iii) acquisition of various vehicles at the estimated maximum cost of $55,000; the estimated total cost thereof is $995,000. The period of probable usefulness applicable to the $55,000 bonds issued is three (3) years. The period of probable usefulness applicable to the $50,000 bonds issued is five (5) years. The period of probable usefulness applicable to the $890,000 bonds issued is ten (10) years. The maximum amount of obligations authoriz ed to be issued is $995,000. A complete copy of the bond resolution summariz ed above shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Town Clerk, Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset, New York. Dated: January 20, 2022 Manhasset, New York 1-26-2022-1T-#229713-PORT

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Manhasset Competes At Conference Meet The 200-meter track at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington hosted the Section 8–Conference 4 championship on Jan. 18. The Manhasset boys and girls teams both finished runner-up to Valley Stream North, but coaches said they were satisfied with the performances. Look for a more in-depth article in an upcoming paper. —Story and photos by Frank Rizzo Ante Magas grabs the baton from Dan Porcelli in the 4x200 relay. The Indians placed third.

Alexandra Messina was part of the winning 4x800 relay. Katherine Kim clears the hurdle in the 55-meter competition.

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Greek Revival Gem In Manhasset BY MANHASSET PRESS STAFF

he overwhelming majority of the houses built in 1836 are lost to history. The Onderdonk House in Manhasset escaped the wrecking ball because it remained in the same family for close to 100 years. And since 1936 it has been in the care of the Strathmore Association. The Greek Revival exemplar was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The following narrative is derived from the Onderdonk Landmark Society’s website. The society is part of the Strathmore Association. The house was built by Horatio Gates Onderdonk, born in 1808 in Port Washington (then Cow Neck) and died in Manhasset in 1886. A lawyer and Kings County (Brooklyn) judge, Onderdonk passed the house to his only son and last of his six children, Andrew J., born 1847. The son died childless and the house passed to his nephew, George O. Linkletter. In 1933, future Levittown builders Levitt and Sons bought the house and surrounding 46 acres to build the North Strathmore development bordering the north side of Northern Boulevard.

According to the narrative, “The house itself served as an office facility for the development, until the formation of the Strathmore Association, a membership organization composed of the owners of Strathmore property. The house and four corner plots adjoining ‘The Circle’ were conveyed to the association on December 3, 1936, and the property has been maintained by the Strathmore Association since that time.” The Onderdonk family plot is still located at the Manhasset Reformed Dutch Church cemetery. The house is recognized as a Town of North Hempstead landmark. A fundraising effort will be started this year to help with vital restoration projects. According to the website, “The Strathmore Association possesses a selection of paper archives dating back to the 1930s. With the assistance of the Manhasset Public Library History Center, the Strathmore Association has been actively scanning these documents.” Visit www.onderdonklandmarksociety.org for more information and links to the Library of Congress materials on the house.

This Library of Congress photo shows the Onderdonk House before it was donated to the Strathmore Association. Photograph was taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey and dated Aug. 19, 1935. (Public Domain)

The Onderdonk House today.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s exciting to be with someone who is thrilled to be with you. Why did you ever settle for less than total enthusiasm? Maybe it just took you this long to get back to the enviable position of loving your own company. When you love your own company, settling for lukewarm attention is something you never have to do. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can train yourself away from worry. Unlike some kinds of learning, this training will be impervious to technological, economic and social trends. It will serve you all of your days. Take the first steps. Practice focusing on what you’re grateful for and turning your mind ever-back to hope and beauty.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Communication is an exchange, not necessarily an agreement. It is in the circumstance of disagreement that respectful, thorough communication is most necessary. This week, those who are cool and conscientious in disagreeable situations will be richly rewarded. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Different situations require a different side of your personality. This week, you’ll be developing your many facets as you deal with both beginners and the experienced as well as dogs, children, government officials, attendants and employers. Switching modes often, you grow in strength and flexibility.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don’t always have to face your fear. Often that’s just too scary. Try dancing with it instead. Turn it this way and that, seeking moves you can warm into. The point is, you’re making efforts. With persistence and a willingness to experiment, you’ll eventually get to the breakthrough. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s no need to rush the getting-to-know-you process. Take it slow; make it last; enjoy the minutiae. Everything relevant will eventually be revealed. The hope is to learn someone over a period of time, ideally long enough to find out how they deal with defeat and, more importantly, how they handle success. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The value of laughter cannot be overstated. You have humor in your life because you’re open to seeing what’s funny. Sometimes you’re the funny one and sometimes you get to be charmed by the lighthearted, unique minds you attract. This week hands you prime comedy cuts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The basics, such as good nutrition and sound sleep, will be main contributors to the plot. The transformation you want cannot happen instantaneously. But by changing what you do, you will see a difference over time. Your best teacher is the task itself. Every repetition is a new lesson. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Fear can prompt people to ask more questions than are necessary. You don’t have to know how everything works to proceed. Comfort doesn’t come from having the answers but from getting in there and doing the thing. You’re courageous enough. Dive in and get the experience. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You wish a certain person would treat you a particular way. You think receiving this treatment will make you happy, so try out the theory. Give yourself the special treatment. Go to the expense; take the time; deliver with gusto. Get love and appreciation flowing through your world; it paves the way for more. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You see a need. An ugly place that could be beautiful; the friendless who could use a friend; the voiceless deserving of an advocate. You fill in blanks, step into roles, dream up solutions; you act. What happens because of you would not have happened unless you had the courage to show up.

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his year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Booker T. & the MGs 1962 instrumental “Green Onions,” a soul classic that not only topped off at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, but became emblematic of the rich Stax/Volt sound coming out of Memphis that would rival Motown’s output up through the early ‘70s. Along with guitarist Steve Cropper, drummer Al Jackson Jr. and bass player Lewie Steinberg (who was eventually replaced by Donald “Duck” Dunn), group namesake Booker T. Jones was part of the house band for the storied label while carving out an impressive legacy for the group itself while becoming one of the first racially integrated rock groups. Unhappy with Stax’s new leadership, Jones moved to California and left both the group and label in 1971, only to enjoy one of the great career second acts. It’s a journey captured in Time is Tight: My Life, Note by Note, a memoir Jones penned and simultaneously released with Note By Note, his most recent studio album. With the seeds planted for this autobiography back in 2007, the Tennessee native took his time pulling his story together. “I wrote the book on American Airlines napkins, Holiday Inn notepads and even in a notebook at my son’s soccer games and it took me about 10 to 12 years to get it done,” he explained. In his memoir, Jones shares the triumphs he’s had within and outside of the MGs thanks to deep musical skills that led to this former child prodigy collaborating with a broad range of artists including Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Neil Young, Bill Withers and Taylor Dayne. At the same time, the septuagenarian Rock & Roll Hall of Famer didn’t shy away from the tragic losses of close friends and loved ones (Otis Redding, ex-wife Priscilla Coolidge, Jackson Jr.) that he experienced and proved to be one of the greater challenges with this project. “I remember being in either

Cleveland or Cincinnati at the airport and Al Jackson getting a call from his wife that Otis had crashed with six of our other people on that plane,” he recalled. “When you’re 23, you’re too young to handle that and don’t know what to do. Going back to remember makes it happen twice.” Fast forward to the present and like so many other artists in the music industry, Jones wound up having his touring plans derailed when the pandemic locked down the entire touring circuit. While he kept busy revamping his home studio (“Since I had to cancel so many gigs, I worked on optimizing my work space”) and launching the Book Records

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imprint with National frontman Matt Berninger, which served as the springboard for the latter’s solo debut Serpentine Prison, Jones is itching to get back on the road. In the meantime, he shared some of his favorite players with Long Island Weekly. George Shearing (August 13, 1919 to February 14, 2011) “[He’s a favorite because he] couldn’t see and he came up with a new melodic concept of playing the melody in octaves and filling in the harmony notes in-between. I do it on a version of ‘Stardust’ that I haven’t

Booker T. Jones is arguably the most commercially successful Hammond B-3 organist. The following is a list of some other notable players. Jimmy Smith Joey DeFrancesco Dr. Lonnie Smith Jimmy McGriff Richard “Groove” Holmes Ethel Smith Jon Lord Shirley Scott Billy Preston Brother Jack McDuff –Dave Gil de Rubio recorded yet. It’s just an amazing concept.” Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 to June 10, 2004) “I loved Ray Charles on electric piano and saxophone. He influenced Hank Crawford. The way he played his grace notes by putting two fingers close together—it’s like he’s trying to get in-between two keys. Who did that before Ray Charles? I don’t know. That was the one thing that made me think I would have no complaints in life if I could go and play that instrument and that’s what has happened to me.” Visit www.bookert.com to find out more about Booker T. Jones and www.longislandweekly.com for a longer version of this story.

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