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or the past eight years, General Douglas MacArthur High School has turned into a sea of blue during the month of April. During Autism Awareness month, students, staff and administration rally together to raise recognition of the disorder and help to educate the community on what it means to “Light It Up Blue.” Vin Causeman is a Social Studies teacher and head of the school’s Autism Awareness Committee. His passion for the cause goes beyond a few weeks out of the year. “In 2011, myself and another staff member decided that we wanted to do something for Autism. I have two children that are on the spectrum and she has a nephew on the spectrum,” said Causeman of the development of the campaign. “Autism has been something that, even when my children were diagnosed, I didn’t know much about and we thought it would be a good idea to get information out there.” The first year of the initiative began with a couple of T-shirts for staff members, while students dressed in blue for a day or two. What started out with 50 people at MacArthur has now blossomed into a districtwide campaign, where every school in Levittown does something for autism awareness. “Now, we have thousands of students, staff and community members that buy our staple T-shirts that we make every year,” said Causeman, adding that activities to raise awareness extend to softball, baseball and lacrosse games, a tennis clinic and walks. “The way it has grown has been amazing. We want a society where people with autism, not just kids, are treated like everyone else and it’s a lofty goal, but what has been accomplished over these eight years not only in MacArthur but


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The communities of Massapequa and Levittown have many things in common. From excellent school districts and a bevy of local businesses to charitable organizations and supportive neighbors, these South Shore towns truly embody what a community is and should be. That is why I have decided to expand our coverage of these areas, adding two publications—our new Massapequa Weekly and Levittown Weekly newspapers. Now offering 19 newspapers covering upwards of 75 communities across Long Island, I am proud to announce these latest additions to the Anton family. These new editions will further highlight the local news, activities, services and award-winning community journalism that Anton’s loyal readers have come to expect and rely on in the Massapequa Observer and Levittown Tribune, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. I am very proud of our team here, as we launch these new titles. With Newsday as our distribution partner, we have strengthened Anton’s position and give even more to our readers and our advertisers. Our president, Frank Virga, also joins in my excitement, noting that offering our loyal advertisers this type of added-circulation will most certainly have a positive impact on their results. Anton also invests in a significant presence across Nassau on high-traffic newsstands, diners, urgent care facilities, Northwell, Winthrop, and North Shore hospitals, high-end auto dealer service waiting areas and hotels. With these two new community publications, Anton is now Nassau County’s largest newspaper group, delivering an average distribution of more than 76,000. As we continue to grow our portfolio, we always keep in mind the end result: the reader. I hope you will share in my excitement and enjoy these new additions into your home.




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in the community with people on the spectrum is beyond what we thought would happen.” High School Principal Joseph Sheehan is not only proud of his faculty and students, but immensely pleased with the growth of classes that cater to these kids. “We have three applied behavioral analysis (ABA) classes with students who have severe autism,” said Sheehan, noting that the staff in the ABA program—Desiree Mendoza, Cindy Kalb and Diane Drury—have been instrumental in working with those students every day. “Those students, when they walk down the hallway, they’re treated like rock stars; they are high-fived, kids come over to them and go out of their way to make sure they are not only valued students, but part of the MacArthur family.” “Kids in those ABA classes have been grand marshals at the homecoming parade, they’ve been part of battle of the classes, they’ve won senior favorite awards and they’re part of everything we do,” added Causeman. “When my kids were diagnosed I immediately thought: what were their lives going to be like? Were they going to be involved in school and able to participate? Now

General Douglas MacArthur High School shows support for Autism throughout the month of April. it’s becoming the norm that they’re just part of everything that goes on, which is what we wanted.” The school raises money for the Autism Society of America’s NassauSuffolk chapter and has been fortunate enough to have some celebrity connections to help spread the word. Causeman said that it is the overall goal to make people aware of autism. “Years ago no one knew that April was Autism Awareness month. We want people to be aware of the things associated with autism so they’re more comfortable around it,” said

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for students to volunteer their lunch periods and weekends to help others because they want to is an unbelievable act of selflessness. “People with autism may be different but they think and feel and understand just like everyone else. They just express those things differently,” said Causeman. “We’ve done a great job, but it’s still going to take a lot of work and we’re not done yet.” MacArthur will continue to hold activities and events throughout the month of April. As Sheehan put it, “It’s a sea of blue at Generals Nation.”

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topics, including her 2016 book, How To Make White People Laugh, her 2012 comedy/documentary The Muslims Are Coming!, as well as her life as an Iranian-American Muslim female comedian. “Someone said to me, ‘oh, you’re a political comedian,’ and I just sort



egin Farsad, an IranianAmerican Muslim, who has built a career out of making people think while they laugh will appear at Farmingdale State’s Little Theatre at Roosevelt Hall on Tuesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. The comedian’s appearance, free to attend, will cover a broad range of

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Negin Farsad broccoli but covering it with a lot of cheese to make it tastier.” The comedian said that what normally turns audiences off from politics and social issues in general is that those topics can be boring and pedantic. “I try to stay away from that and make it warm and inviting,” she said. Farsad’s path to social justice comedy began on a far-more serious track, as she grew up wanting to run for office. Growing up in America as a self-proclaimed “uber-dorky

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ong Islanders will see something a little different the next time they visit the Old Westbury Gardens and Westbury House. The area destination is launching a World War I exhibit to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of the war. Between April and November, guests will be able to enjoy a diverse selection of revolving exhibits, events, lectures, gardens and guided tours exploring Long Island’s role in WWI. “We’re thrilled to be able to share rare archival material with the public for the first time through the launch of a compelling WWI exhibit that tells the story of duty and sacrifice of Long Islanders who

participated in the war,” said Nancy Costopulos, Old Westbury Gardens CEO. “We’ve also partnered with the National World War I Museum and Memorial to present an exciting lineup of diverse activities exploring this period in our nation’s history.” The WWI exhibit will feature photographs, letters and a variety of historic artifacts showcasing the loyalty, service and sacrifice of Long Island families who participated in the war effort. In addition to sharing material from Old Westbury Gardens’ extensive archives, Old Westbury Gardens is also inviting Long Islanders to share personal artifacts and stories from family members who participated in WWI. In addition to the exhibit, Old Westbury Gardens will also be hosting a World War I reenactment and gymkhana garden faire on the weekend of June 23 and 24. “Exhibits like these complement the historic relevance of the Gardens and enhance the visitor experience,” added Costopulos. “This exhibit will enable new and returning guests to explore our nation’s history through the

stories of local Long Islanders.” The WWI exhibit comes on the heels of a successful year of accomplishments in 2017. Key preservation projects in 2017 spanned work that continued to restore the grounds and Westbury House. A three-year preservation effort restored the South Allée and Hemlock Hedge to its original glory. Visitors will soon be able to see the Allée as it was meant to be seen. 2017 also saw the completion of the Westbury House Service Wing Portico restoration, which was removed in the 1970s following structural decline. The Service Wing will be newly available to the public in 2018. The Gardens has also succeeded in preserving 150 years of American

history—caught in more than 10,000 individual documents, photographs, drawings and priceless historic film reels detailing the original family’s life—by working to bring the archives up to modern standards. “Faithfully restoring Westbury House and the Gardens as a whole is essential to protecting and preserving all that is so special about Old Westbury Gardens and the history of Long Island,” said Costopulos. “Our highest calling is to ensure future generations can continue to benefit from this Long Island and American treasure.” For more information, visit —Submitted by Old Westbury Gardens

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IN OUR OPINION Close Call When a luxury coach bus carrying 43 passengers—including 38 Long Island high school students, along with chaperones and the driver—smashed into an overpass on the Southern State Parkway at Eagle Avenue in Lakeview early last week, two young passengers suffered serious injuries, while five others had moderate injuries and 36 suffered minor injuries. Published reports painted a horrific scene with twisted metal, glass everywhere and students, some trapped in the wreckage, screaming for help. The one miraculously missing element amidst the chaos—casualties. Somehow, some way, no parent lost

their child that night. The same, tragically, could not be said about the grim spectacle in Canada’s Saskatchewan province, when a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a tractor-trailer the previous Friday, killing 15 and injuring 14 others. The immense grief on display in photos and interviews with survivors and loved ones is enough to leave any person emotionally shook— especially when reflecting on just how close our own community was to a similar catastrophe. Now with students and other passengers beginning to leave hospitals after receiving treatment for their injuries, it is time to take a close look at the driver’s conduct, the bus company’s regulations and the state’s safety

The Perils And Joys Of Snapchat


wenty-five years ago, the church I was at gave out car bumper stickers with the church’s logo. One of the parishioners noted that his driving had improved dramatically after he affixed the sticker to his car. “I realized that I couldn’t drive like a madman anymore since people would now notice where I belonged,” he said. Isn’t it true for many of us that we can sometimes act differently if we know someone is watching us? How much more true this is when it comes to our children. Children, including teens, are still developing their moral system and are learning about consequences of their decisions. With guidance from their parents and other caring adults, they can mature with a sense of values that will make us all proud. In the meantime, there are land mines out there. I realize that one set of dangers involve online behavior. There was a recent discussion among parents as to whether their teens should be allowed to use a free

messaging app called Snapchat and the responses were mixed. Snapchat is used on phones to share photos, videos, text, and pictures. It has become hugely popular, especially with young people. There is one feature that makes Snapchat different from other forms of texting and photo sharing: the messages disappear from the recipient’s phone after a few seconds. Lots of teens use it as a conversation device. In a conversation, people say something and then they move on. Nothing is recorded for posterity. So too with Snapchat. One person sends something, the other person sees it, it goes away and they go on with the visual conversation. There are a few challenges with this, though. Sometimes people send pictures or texts that are not well thought out. When I’m typing a message to someone, I sometimes erase what I was originally typing and rephrase before sending, out of concern that the other person might misconstrue what I was intending in

measures on the parkway. No charges were levied on the driver, but he was from out-of-state and did not understand the island’s parkway system. Therein lies the crux of the problem: our roadways are often confusing even for longtime residents, let alone charter drivers who rarely, if ever, have to deal with our low overpasses. In fact, if you have ever driven on this island, chances are you have seen a truck hit an overpass, whether that be a low train trestle on a local road or a bridge on the parkway. Obviously posted warning signs are insufficient. It might be time for drastic measures—better to spend millions on infrastructure than thousands on funerals. —Steve Mosco

THE SPIRIT OF THE TOWN Father Ralph Sommer the message. But teens often haven’t developed an internal filter and they might say something mean or prejudiced or inappropriately sexual, etc. Some have even been tempted into sending inappropriate photos of themselves. There are two problems with this: 1. While the photo or message may disappear from the phone, the memory of mean things doesn’t go away. 2. It’s possible for the recipient to take a “screen shot” of the message and save it—and then that can be shared with others. Even parents who can trust their kids with this technology know that their children are still learning and can be coerced through peer pressure to do something inappropriate within this app. And even if their own child doesn’t send anything bad, it doesn’t stop them from receiving something that isn’t right. I see the main problem with this application is that parents can’t

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monitor the online traffic of their children. Some parents subscribe to a third-party application that lets them see the messages sent and received by their children. I like this idea, especially when parents tell their children that they are allowing them to use Snapchat only when the monitoring software is active. This will have the same effect as the bumper sticker had on my friend: when we know someone is watching, we’ll be more careful in what we’re doing. Some kids will skirt this by setting up a second Snapchat account that the parent doesn’t know about, yet. Parents, be vigilant.

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randi Carlile’s name may not resonate like that of Dolly Parton or Adele (who have both recorded her songs), but she’s quietly made quite a name for herself while emerging from the Americana corner of the room. With the release of her sixth studio outing By the Way, I Forgive You, Carlile has added another 10 solid songs to an already impressive canon. Aided and abetted by longtime creative partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth, the Washington State native tapped the production tandem of Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings to tag-team on a project that features the contributions of legendary late string arranger Paul Buckmaster and a cameo by Nashville singer-songwriter Anderson East. As a self-taught musician inspired by Elton John as a teenager, Carlile is and continues to be a huge music fan who was happy to share some of her influences. Elton John

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“As far as new artists go, I’m going to throw a new artist out there who I’m listening to non-stop nowadays and who I think is super-brilliant. I think Sam Smith is unbelievable. He is easily our generation’s George Michael meets Kate Bush. He’s an incredible singer, a total entertainer and a class act all the way around. He’s my favorite new artist right now.”

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“Dolly Parton is pure goodness, is incredibly talented and is a strong woman and brutal feminist without ever having to say so. I feel like a lot of times, they are poles in the music industry. The poles of morality lie with Elton John and Dolly Parton. No one surpasses Elton John and Bernie Taupin and as far as women’s music goes, no one surpasses Dolly Parton as a writer, singer or a musician. She is the princess of country music.”

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Earth Day Celebrations At The Long Island Children’s Museum The Long Island Children’s Museum is inspiring its young visitors to take care of Mother Nature as they try their hand at earth-friendly crafts on Earth Day. Learn how to protect the planet on Earth Day (April 22) and every day. Visitors can also enjoy Mo Willem’s characters come to life in the LICM Theater, explore the art of karaoke and spend time with dinosaurs. Check out the programs and events for the week of April 17 to 22.

stART (Story + Art) April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Join each week as the museum reads childhood classics and introduce new favorites; followed by a take-home, book-inspired craft. This week’s book is The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter in preparation for Earth Day (April 22). After the story, create a Sloth Bear mask to wear home and help raise awareness

Silly Rabbit Spinners April 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Hop into the inner lobby this month to make your own silly rabbit spinner toy to take home. Ages: 3 and up. Free with museum admission.

Music and Movement April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to noon Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm while having fun. Ages: 5 and under. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members).

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Traveling Exhibit: Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice

One Giant Step Backwards: Children get to step back 70 million years as they come face to face with dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period in the newest exhibit at Long Island Children’s Museum, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. This week’s recipe is “Compost Critter” Cups. Ages: 3-5. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).

(oke)? Kick off National Karaoke Week by decorating craft microphones and singing along to popular songs. Show off your voice and just let it go. All ages. Free with museum admission.

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Imagine being American in every way except on paper and knowing that if you are the victim of violent crime, you cannot report it out of fear of being deported. This is the sad reality for nearly 800,000 young immigrants who found hope in DACA. If you’ve heard the acronym but are not familiar with DACA, it refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal program that began in 2012 permitting any person who was brought into the U.S. before the age of 16 the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America, providing they meet certain criteria including no criminal record and attending in high school or college, or serving in the military. According to the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of current DACA recipients are 25 or younger, many of whom were brought to the U.S. as children so they might escape persecution, violence and poverty for the promise of a better life. One young immigrant, Rodrigo Trejo, shared his story with United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country:


“When I was in the 11th grade my step dad was deported to Mexico, but he had a conversation with me before he was sent back. He told me that I was going to have to be the man of the house because he didn’t think he was ever coming back. I didn’t know what he was trying to say at the time, until he passed away crossing the U.S border. He couldn’t bear to be away from his family.” Although Rodrigo became depressed and dropped out of school he bounced back. He reenrolled and graduated at the age of 20. Soon thereafter he applied for DACA in order to continue his education. “I plan to continue my studies and want to help others who have the potential of becoming someone great but because



of similar life circumstances, don’t believe in themselves,” he said. On Sept. 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pronounced, “I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded [effective March 5, 2018].” On Jan. 9, 2018, four months after Session’s announcement, a U.S. District Judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, thus allowing recipients to renew their protected status for two years, re-affirming their legal legitimacy to remain in the U.S. A subsequent appeal of the judge’s ruling to keep DACA going failed. If DACA were to be permanently rescinded it would prevent young immigrants like Rodrigo from applying for deportation protections and work permits, exacerbating the isolation, uncertainty, hopelessness and terror that preceded DACA becoming law. If you follow national news, there is a cat-and-mouse game being played with DACA recipients in our nation’s capital. Let’s not lose sight of the fact

that what is at stake is the physical and emotional well-being of young people like Rodrigo who came to the U.S. as children by no fault of their own. In addition to the shifting sentiments expressed by the president, there is an organized anti-immigrant movement underway in the U.S. led by groups such as the Federation for American Immigrant Reform (FAIR), Center for Immigration Studies and Numbers USA. These nativist groups advocate for white European power and political control, and paint undocumented immigrants with a broad criminalized brush. The issue of immigration in the U.S. is much broader than DACA. Nevertheless, we need to stand up to protect these young people from being rounded up and sent away. If you believe in human rights, doing nothing is not an option. Andrew Malekoff is the Executive Director of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, which provides comprehensive mental health services for children from birth through 24 and their families. To find out more, visit

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From The Rider’s Mouth

Lauren Hough talks about upcoming Longines Masters of New York BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF


How long have you been a professional show jumper?

Well, I just turned 41 (birthday is April 11) and I turned professional when I was 18. [I started riding] before I could walk. (Lauren’s parents, Linda and Champ Hough, were both professional riders and trainers)


What advice do you have for others who may want to try show jumping or learn to be an equestrian?


It takes a lot of patience and perseverance. It is important to ride because you love the horses.


What do you think fans who are new to the sport will find most exciting about watching show jumping?

Two things: The first is that we are dealing with two athletes, the horse and rider. That is very different

Lauren Hough will compete in the Longines Masters of New York April 26-29. from any other sport and it is really special to show the horse/rider bond. The other interesting fact is that men and women compete equally—we are the only Olympic sport where men and women compete against each other.

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How do you train for show jumping competitions?

Horses are treated somewhat like Formula 1 race cars. They get the utmost care so they perform at their best at competitions. Horses can’t just come out of the field and you put a saddle on and go. A lot of thought and effort go into getting horses to peak at the right time. It’s a sport that you work on 365 days a year because the horses need care every day. We usually start working with young horses to bring them along in training programs for years before they reach the top levels.


What are you most looking forward to about the Longines Masters of New York?


It’s fantastic that we have another five-star event and I always like to support a new event in America at the five-star level. It’s new to us, but hopefully we will have a big crowd and good following. We encourage people to come and watch and cheer us on.


What makes the Longines Masters of New York unique from other show jumping competitions?

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The new inception of the Riders Masters Cup that debuted in Paris adds to the excitement of the competition. It’s great to have another team competition and make it exciting for spectators to watch. Also, the fact that the Longines Masters is an indoor series with the possibility of a good bonus for the

grand prix winners up for grabs is really exciting. At the shows, there is a Prestige Village that is open to the general ticket holders and they get to stand at the rail and watch the riders warm up before they go into the competition ring. That is pretty unique and really fun.


What was it like competing in the first leg of the Riders Masters Cup at the Longines Masters of Paris? How does the competition compare to other classes?


The debut in Paris was quite successful. It came down to the very last match, which makes It exciting for the crowd. It’s a very unique competition; no other venue has it. It will be interesting to see what Robert (Ridland’s) strategy will be with the second event in New York. He will want to win on home soil. There are different tactics to use in each round based on the format, where you can really go for broke in the second round. You need a very specific horse for this competition, one that is a speed specialist.


What does it mean for the sport of show jumping to have the Longines Masters Series come to New York?

We had some success in California and with it moving to New York, there is a lot of support behind the event. It’s a big horse area and I hope we can reach out to a new audience to showcase our sport.

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Understanding Liver Disease In Women

While there have been great strides in increasing awareness of many conditions that impact women, there is one that often flies under the radar—liver disease. Many women are surprised to learn that liver disease is among the top 10 causes of death in the United States and that it impacts one in six American women.

As the largest internal organ in the body, the liver plays many important functions, including filtering the blood of alcohol, drugs and toxins; manufacturing essential body proteins and regulating the balance of many hormones. The liver is the only organ that can repair itself but various diseases can cause reversible and irreversible damage. Approximately 5.5 million Americans are currently living with chronic liver disease, and up to 30 percent of adults have excessive fat in their liver which could lead to more serious liver disease. There are more than 100 different liver diseases, and several are more likely to be diagnosed in women, including:

Alcoholic liver disease

A common cause of cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease is more common in women because women absorb more alcohol relative to their body size than men. As little as two drinks a day may be enough to cause this condition. Yet, it is highly preventable by avoiding or minimizing consumption of alcohol.

Autoimmune hepatitis

This inflammation of the liver happens when immune cells mistake the liver’s normal cells for harmful invaders and attack them. It can occur along with other autoimmune diseases like Graves disease, inflammatory bowel disease and lupus. Approximately 80 percent of patients diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis are women.

Viral hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A, B, C, D or E virus. Each type is spread different ways, including by eating unclean food, having sex or sharing needles. With some types, the virus goes away on its own. In others, it can be a lifelong condition. Hepatitis E is particularly dangerous in pregnant women.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

As the most common liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects 60 to 80 million Americans. Excessive fat can be toxic to the liver and cause inflammation. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis in the US with risk factors that include diabetes and obesity. NAFLD is the leading indication for liver transplantation in people less than 50 years of age and it is the most common predisposing factor for primary liver cancer in the U.S.. NAFLD can be prevented by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. In people with NAFLD, diet, exercise and weight loss can reverse the condition. In women, vitamin E can also help reverse this condition.

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LONGINES MASTERS Rides Into New York April 26 - 29 APRIL 18 - 24, 2018


Competition • Special Events • Cuisine • Art





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Action On The Island


Must-See Classes At Famed Show Jumping Competition


ith the Longines Masters of New York riding into New York at the end of the month, you’re guaranteed four days of nonstop, heart-pounding action and the best of luxury lifestyle. Here’s your guide to the must-attend, Olympic-level show jumping competitions throughout the event.

Longines Speed Challenge Friday, April 27, 8:30 p.m. The Longines Speed Challenge—the fastest class in the world—is synonymous with emotion, suspense, and thrilling competition. With prize money of $100,000, the Longines Speed Challenge takes place over the same 1.45 meter course on all three continents and has become one of the most-anticipated highlights in each leg of the Longines Masters Series. Created in Paris in 2010 by EEM, this class requires perfect timing and infinite precision, two values which are dear to the Longines brand, a passionate supporter of equestrian sports. It differs slightly from traditional speed classes because a fault (a knocked over rail) only leads to a two-second penalty, instead of the usual four. A fallen rail needn’t be crippling, therefore, and riders can still hope to make up these two penalty seconds by going just that little bit faster. This modification has given this high-flying sporting class an even more spectacular dimension as riders work to close the gap by speeding up and cutting corners. A full-fledged world speed championship run across three continents, the competition has fans on the edge of their seats as the power and agility of show jumping is on full display.

Andy Kocher and Artemise du Houssoit (Photos by Christophe Taniere for EEM)

Masters Power Saturday, April 28, 1:20 p.m. New this year for Season III of the Longines Masters Series, the peerless six-bar power contest, “Masters Power,” will be making its debut on Saturday. The concept is straightforward: riders each make their way through a line of six obstacles, the last of which—as long as no rider knocks the bar off—is continually raised. Show-stopping thrills are guaranteed, and when combined with the high stakes, the audience experiences a unique event, marveling at each run and being swept away to another dimension, as the riders push their limits to jump obstacles often exceeding a remarkable 2 meters.

Masters Cup Saturday, April 28, at 8:35 p.m. Witness history at the second and final stage of the brand-new Riders Masters Cup. An all-new team-based competition, the Riders Masters Cup was created by EEM in conjunction with the EEF (European Equestrian Foundation) and Longines as Founding Partner. The Riders Masters Cup pits

Preparing to ride for the RidersUSA in the Masters Cup against each other the two greatest show jumping powers in the world—the United States and Europe—in a never-before-seen head-to-head duel-style competition. The first round of the competition premiered in December at the Longines Masters of Paris, when Riders Europe barely edged out Riders USA. Now, as they vie for the title, Riders USA will fight to earn the victory on their home soil. This first-time competition is destined to take the sport to ever greater heights, inviting fans to show their patriotism and share in show jumping’s intrinsic values: discipline, excellence, prestige and teamwork.

Longines Grand Prix Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. The Longines Grand Prix is the grand finale of each leg of the Longines Masters Series, the pinnacle competition in the Grand Slam Indoor of

Show Jumping. A highly technical, Olympic-level course, with approximately 12 obstacles and 15 demanding jumps—up to 1.60 meter in height—with tough sequences and double and triple combinations, the Longines Grand Prix requires horses that are perfectly trained and focused and experienced riders who must not make even the slightest error of judgment if they want to win. To determine the winner, riders who jump clear (or have the same number of penalties), take part in a jump-off, a shorter version of the initial course where time is of the essence. The $350,000 prize money is just the beginning. Any rider winning three victories “straddling” two seasons is entitled to a $1 million bonus, while an unprecedented $2.25 million super bonus is granted to any rider able to sweep all three Longines Grand Prix in a single Longines Masters season, starting in Paris, then heading to Hong Kong, then finishing in New York. As victor of the Longines Grand Prix in Hong Kong, all eyes will be on Patrice Delaveau of France to see if he can win in New York and also in Paris in December to claim the one million-euro bonus. In addition to the Olympic-level competitions, amateur riders, including local New Yorkers Ariana Rockefeller and Clementine Goutal, will have the opportunity to rub elbows with the best of their sport and compete in the same cutting-edge arena. Which competition will be the most nail-biting, the most suspenseful? You’ll have to catch them all to decide.




Inside The Longines Masters Of New York American Leg of the International Longines Masters Series

Bruce Springsteen, Jessica Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at Longines Masters of Los Angeles


ext week, April 26-29, NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will be the setting of the debut Longines Masters of New York. Bringing indoor show jumping to Long Island for the first time ever, the Longines Masters of New York is the must-attend spring attraction, offering something for the entire family. Attracting the world’s top-ranked show jumpers, the four-day event will bring unparalleled sport, combined with unrivaled luxury lifestyle, with one-of-a-kind artwork, shopping, musical performances, Instagram-worthy cuisine and much more. But for those who aren’t familiar with the Longines Masters Series, how did it all begin and how did it comes to New York? More than 10 years ago, Christophe Ameeuw and his team at EEM set out Ariana to bring show jumping Rockefeller to an international stage with the creation of the Gucci Paris Masters. In 2015, EEM introduced the first intercontinental trilogy, which we now know as the Longines Masters Series, “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping.” This year marks yet another milestone for the series as we welcome the competition to New York for its final leg. The ultimate in luxury and culture, New York is the ideal new setting for the American leg of the grand slam of the Longines Masters Series. Taking place at the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, the Longines Masters of New York will be the first prestigious indoor equestrian competition in Long Island, appealing to fans and riders throughout the East Coast, Canada and Mexico. New York horse enthusiasts of all ages have been eagerly awaiting an indoor stadium show jumping event as iconic as past National Horse Shows at Madison Square Garden. For the new generation of equestrians, this will be the first time seeing a show jumping competition in an indoor arena in New York. The coliseum has housed some of the most legendary events and amazing accomplishments. It is home to the ice rink where the legendary New York Islanders brought home four Stanley Cup trophies and the stage where Billy Joel performed 32 times to sold-out crowds. Clearly, under these lights, this is where champions compete and legends rise, and so it is a natural fit as the new home for the Longines Masters of New York. Over the years the Longines Masters Series has welcomed some of the biggest names in sports, Hollywood, business, and more. From the competition ring to the VIP area, you never know who you will spot. Some notable past attendees and

Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook

Kate Capshaw, Destry Spielberg and Steven Spielberg

participants have included Jessica Springsteen and her parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Georgina Bloomberg, Hannah Selleck, Eve Jobs, Jennifer Gates and father Bill Gates, Kaley Cuoco, Iggy Azalea, Denise Richards, Selma Blair, Guillaume Canet and many more. Dazzling spectators in three of the most iconic cultural hubs in the world—Paris, Hong Kong, and now New York—the Longines Masters Series mirrors the art, music, and gastronomic creativity of these cities. Feel your heart pound as you witness four days of the best riding in classes such as the one-of-a-kind Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix. At the Longines Masters of New York, be sure to visit the Prestige Village to

indulge in luxury of all kinds and have a sneak peak of the riders as they warm up for the ring. New Yorkers will have an additional element of excitement for the event as they cheer for New York’s strong group of local riders. Show jumping legends like McLain Ward, Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal and more will have the unique opportunity to showcase their talent in the city they love and call home. Whether you are an avid equestrian fan or have yet to experience the thrill of the sport, the Longines Masters of New York is sure to entertain and delight. Don’t miss out on the action and the opportunity to make history at the debut Longines Masters of New York.




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A Weekend Of Entertainment

EM, creators of the international Longines Masters Series, recently announced the much-anticipated entertainment lineup for the four-day Longines Masters of New York, which will take place April 26-29 at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The international show jumping series will feature a star-studded lineup of live musical performances and DJ sets throughout the debut of the Longines Masters of New York, highlighted by Saturday night’s Riders Masters Cup After Party, performances by New York-based artists, including BLACKOUT, Victory Boyd, Michelle Cleary, Regina Wilson and more. Between all the heart-pounding action, guests will be able to visit the massive 60,000 square-foot Prestige Village to shop equestrian boutiques and premium brands such as Longines, Mark Cross, Hermès Sellier, and Sam Edelman, view one-of-akind artwork from Helmholz Fine Art Gallery, Jen Brandon Studio and Donna B. Fine Art, and more. Musical performances and DJ sets will fill the Prestige Village with toe-tapping beats throughout the entire event, creating an exciting, immersive cultural experience for


Longines Masters of Paris after party (Photo by Christophe Taniere for EEM)

spectators. Singer, songwriter and producer Victory Boyd will bring down the house on Friday, igniting the audience ahead of the Longines Speed Challenge, considered the fastest show jumping competition in the world. In addition to the New York talent, female rock electric string quartet Phat Strad will electrify Saturday with acoustic live sets throughout the day, playing classical, operatic, adult contemporary, classic rock, dance/ electronic and the most-requested

pop hits from the 1980s through today. The group has opened for artists such as Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, John Mayer and Train and will similarly set the stage for BLACKOUT, a New York-based a cappella group. After the top riders from Europe and the U.S. battle it out in a brand-new duel-style competition that will have the fans on their feet and cheering for their team, the Riders Masters Cup, the excitement will continue at the after party in the Prestige Village, which will have the crowds “dancing their hooves

off” in their Sam Edelman shoes as the Barons de Rothschild champagne flows late into the night. New York-based artists will perform the National Anthem ahead of each marquee show jumping class. Brooklyn-based FDNY firefighter Regina Wilson will also be performing the National Anthem during the weekend as a tribute to those who serve in the new home of the American leg of the international Longines Masters Series, which started Season III in Paris and Hong Kong. Additional performers will include singer, songwriter Michelle Cleary, who has performed at Madison Square Garden more than 30 times and sung the National Anthem for Rangers hockey, Knicks basketball, Big East Tournament games, a New York Yankees playoff game and more. The Long Island Children’s Choir, whose mission is to unite children in song, to instill confidence, creative, and cooperation, and to encourage a sense of philanthropy in each of their young artists, will perform ahead of Sunday’s Longines Grand Prix, the most prestigious competition of the Longines Masters of New York. For more information visit www. Tickets are available at

The Glamour Of The Prestige Village

t the end of the month, the Longines Masters of New York will not only bring four days of elite show jumping competition to Long Island, but it will also bring a unique, immersive guest experience called the Prestige Village to ticket holders. Led by Title Partner, official timekeeper and watch, Longines, the Prestige Village will be the Longines Masters Series’ hub for guests to browse and shop for the newest gear, styles and equipment in both the luxury and equestrian industry. Shoppers can peruse brands such as Hermès Sellier and Sam Edelman; Automobili Lamborghini, who will showcase their newest Super Sport Utility Vehicle model, the Urus; Longines, who will display the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” and Longines Grand Prix Trophy; and Ariana Rockefeller, who will debut her new limited edition saddle bag designed exclusively for the Longines Masters of New York. Riders, both professional and amateur, can try the latest in equestrian fashion with items from long-time partners and leading brands such as Kingsland, Equis, Romitelli Boots and LA Saddlery, as well as newcomers like recently launched Vestrum Italy and New York-based Free Reign. Saddle makers CWD and Voltaire will feature their top of the line product and Tagalo will share their

Artist Rita Dee’s “Trailguide” will be on display. newest technology. Brands like Mark Cross, Devialetand Beck & Heun will have interactive booths for guests of all-ages to lean into their equestrian calling. Draw out your competitive spirit at the Mark Cross booth, where the historic Riders Masters Cup trophy will be available for fans to take pictures and #waveyourflag before being awarded to the winner of the second stage of transatlantic duel between the Riders USA and Riders Europe. Once inspired, stop by Beck & Heun, the official makers of the jumps for Season III of the Longines Masters Series,

who will showcase their jumps and create an interactive children’s course for young riders to hop over and dream of their days in the big arena. Step into an immersive sound booth and play your favorite pump up song in the Devialet Immersive Sound Room and experience the power of the Phantom. In addition to shopping, the Prestige Village will also provide guests with a unique, immersive experience with access to musical performances, parties and never before seen access to some of the world’s best riders. From meet-and-greet sessions to watching riders prepare to enter the ring, fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with their idols in a manner unparalleled in show jumping. Looking to bring home a horse? The Prestige Village will set the stage for a number of artists and galleries to display their equestrian-inspired work. These artists and galleries include international graffiti artist El Nino who will spice up the columns of the venue with splashes of color, Jen Brandon Art and Donna B. Artist Rita Dee, will showcase, amongst others, her sculpture, “Trailguide” a lifesize sculpture made of driftwood commemorative of 1956 Olympic cavalry mount, while Lisa Cueman and Donna B will each show their exquisite artistic range in photography and paint, while and Jen Brandon compliments her Custom Horse & Pet Portraits with a live painting demonstration.





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ThoughtGallery Consider these recommendations for upcoming talks, readings and more in and around New York City:

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#YeahYouWrite: Montauk Saturday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. South Edison 17 S. Edison St. 631-668-4200 Fave New York City literary salon #YeahYouWrite heads out to the end of Long Island for a special April gathering. Four East End authors will

be featured, joined by special guest Téa Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife). The authors will read while you enjoy Chef Frank Fuschetto’s delicious cuisine; there will be literary cocktails, readings, a Q&A, and an open mic as well (no cover charge). Science Talks with Claudia Dreifus, Brian Greene and Dennis Overbye: Why Einstein Matters Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave. 212-415-5500 Nearly a century afterAlbert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics, hear from two leading voices in the field. Columbia University physicist and string-theorist Brian Greene is joined by Einstein in Love author Dennis Overbye for a conversation about Einstein’s continuing relevance with New York Times science writer Claudia Dreifus ($35).

Just Announced | Christine Lahti & Michael Moore Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, The New School 63 Fifth Ave., Room U100 212-229-5108 Academy Award-nominated actress Christine Lahti speaks about her new book, True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age, which provides an insider angle on Hollywood and activism. She’s joined by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore (free, registration required).

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APRIL 18 - 24, 2018

Big Debuts Attract Huge Crowds To New York Auto Show BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF

During press preview beginning on March 28, more than 60 world and North American vehicles debuted helping launch the 118th edition of America’s first and largest-attended auto show, the New York International Auto Show. Cont’d on next page

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Big Debuts Attract Huge Crowds To New York Auto Show from previous page

From sedans and crossovers to hypercars and luxury vehicles, this year’s show featured a wide range of launches covering nearly every segment. The Show drew huge crowds of consumers during its 10-day public run, inspiring more than one million visitors with the greatest showcase of today’s models plus a look at the cars and trucks of the future. Next year’s show date has already been set, running from April 19 to 28, 2019. Visit for more information.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19). It is possible to train yourself away from worry, and unlike some kinds of learning, this is a training that is impervious to technological, economic and social trends. It will, in fact, serve you for all of your days. Take the first steps this week. Practice turning your mind to bright, hopeful and beautiful thoughts. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Because of the strong intensity level of your activities, you may not remember a lot about this week, which is why record-keeping will be so important. Your enjoyment will be thorough; your work will be concentrated; your thought processes will break through former comprehension. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There will be times this week when you’re so immersed in the moment that you help everyone around you get into the flow. You radiate beyond what you know. Did you even know you were shining? Love and contribution produce a kind of light undetected by eyes, though everyone can see it. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s the kind of week that makes you think deep thoughts. You’re more curious. You want to know how things work and why. You want to know who is running it and where it’s going. You want to know your purpose inside all of it. The best part about this is that you’ll come up with many satisfying answers. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It’s much easier to move through life without the static of unhelpful thoughts pulling in all sorts of unwanted impediments. This week’s approach could have the effect of an anti-static device: a little humor, a little bewilderment, and you’ll find that you’re sailing through the things that used to be hard for you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Self-control is a tricky matter. It can be as straightforward as telling yourself what to do and then doing it, or as complicated as putting together a marching band of cats. This week your ability to lead yourself will depend largely on your environment. Arrange it so it’s easy to win and/or impossible to lose. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The honors and awards you’ve earned will be a shortcut to respect. People see you’ve been successful, and they won’t make you work so hard to prove yourself up front. Of course, the best people give respect to all without requiring rigorous qualification, and judge people based on what’s exchanged moment to moment. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The “point of no return” describes the phenomenon in which it’s easier to move forward than to turn back. Every journey has such a point, whether a journey of distance or ambition or a relationship. Note that often the heart senses the point of no return much better than the map does. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are plenty of people who equate communication with agreement -- a harmful belief. It is in the circumstance of disagreement that respectful, thorough communication is most necessary. Those who are conscientious in disagreeable situations will be richly rewarded. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Because no one likes to be trapped, you’re sometimes afraid to make a commitment that’s too far reaching, long term or constrictive. However, this is a week when a strong commitment will actually help you out. It will pull you forward, erase uncertainty and make you feel and act more powerful. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). A wet blanket is useful for putting out a small fire, which is why someone who puts the damper on hot ideas and times is sometimes called this. This week, you’ll prefer not to live dangerously. You’ll like the blankets warm and the fires contained in fireplaces, so that when things do heat up, no one has to be the hero or the bad guy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Success at one thing will require you to drop all else that is competing for your focus. This could be tough for you! What will make it easier? Believing in your goal. Bring even just 5 percent more belief and conviction to your aim and you’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make this week.


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AROUND LONG ISLAND Great family events happening this month around the Island

Friday, April 20

Concert Rick and Michele Gedney, known as the duo “Open Book” will perform at 8 p.m. at Our Times Coffeehouse. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for ticket sales. Suggested donations are $20 adults and $15 students with ID; no presales are available. Our Times Coffeehouse is in the Ethical Humanist Society building located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City. Visit www. or call 516-741-7304 for more.

Saturday, April 21

Guitar Expo The seventh annual NY Guitar Show & Exposition will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E.

Join a panel of guest speakers about how to help women take back control of their health and fitness from 1 to 3 p.m. at Metro Physcial & Aquatic Therapy. Reservations are recommended. Visit or call 516-745-8050 for details.

Merrick Rd.) on April 21 and 22. Visit www.nyguitarexpo. com to learn more. Flapjack Fundraiser Join the Westbury Applebees (1300 Corporate Dr.) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Short Stacks for a Tall Cause benefiting local veterans. Reserved tickets are $12 and includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Contact James for tickets at 516-2367349 or jwmerritte@opt

Wednesday, April 25

Caregiver’s Conference The elder law and estate planning firm of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC) presents its 5th Annual Caregiver’s Conference, entitled “Embracing Aging on LI: Life Care Options at Every Stage” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Melville Marriott Long Island. It is open to the public and free of charge. Reserve a seat before April 20 by calling 631-390-5000.

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day

Historical Talk Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents: How women Used Men to Get the Vote, will speak on the untold story of men involved in the women’s suffrage movement at 2 p.m. at the Jericho Public Library. Copies of The Suffragents available for sale and signing.

Thursday, April 26

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Tuesday, April 24

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to 9 p.m. at Clinton G. Martin Park Community Center (1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park). Call 855-544-1250 to register for this free seminar.

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Saturday, April 28

Open House Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) invites all high school students with artistic talent and passion to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. LIHSA is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Prospective students from across Long Island are invited to meet the principal and tour the campus at 239 Cold Spring Rd. in Syosset. Visit LIHSA for details. Recycle Bikes, Sewing Machines Returned Peace Corps

Volunteers of Long Island is collecting used bicycles and sewing machines from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bellport Methodist Church. Items collected will be refurbished by the international project Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace and sent to developing communities overseas. The program does not accept “bikes for parts,” disassembled bikes or tricycles. It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (minimum $10 per item). For more information call Kathy at 631-549-4873.

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Thursday, 19 ITPL Book Chat The Book Chat group, which will discuss Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey To Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the ITPL Community Room. For more information, contact Marilyn Adamo at 516731-2211.

Saturday, 21 12th Annual Earth Day Cleanup Levittown Community Council invites everyone to participate in helping clean up the town. Students needing service credits are welcomed. Event begins at Veterans Memorial Park, Hempstead Tpke. and Shelter Lane, Levittown. For more information, contact Tom Kohlman at 516-221-6590 or

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a telescope being set up to view the night sky, weather permitting. Event begins at 7 p.m. and is for those aged 13 or older with an adult. Register at the Information Desk or call 516-731-5728 ext. 502.

Tuesday, 24 ITPL Budget Vote Budget Vote will be held in the community room all day. Long Island Reads Program: Star Trek Clive Young traces the history of Star Trek and its impact on pop culture. After the presentation, patrons can enjoy a brief virtual reality experience of “ADR1FT.” Event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is for those aged 13 or older with an adult. Register at the Information Desk or call 516-731-5728 ext. 502.

Friday, 27 Friday Afternoon Movies at ITPL ITPL will screen the film The Darkest Hour at 2 p.m. in their Community Room. Not suitable for kids under the age of 13. No ticket required. Live at the LPL: Paul Joseph Quartet Enjoy a performance by Paul Joseph Quartet, who will be playing instrumental jazz covers of George Gershwin hits. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Tickets are limited. For more information, please visit the Information Desk or call 516-731-5728 ext. 502.

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LPL welcomes kids grades K-2 to enjoy children’s book Trouble Gum by Matthew Cordell. There will also be fun activities and prizes. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Registration ongoing at 516-731-5728 ext. 500. Astronomy For Everyone Astronomer Kevin Manning will have a multimedia presentation to share his excitement about astronomy at the Levittown Public Library. The presentation will follow

The Levittown library presents “Astronomy for Everyone” on April 23.

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Astrology: Natal/Birth Chart Reading Professional astrologer Betty Steele will conduct a presentation that explains the alignment of the planets, the astrological houses, and how someone’s astrological sign could reflect their character and patterns. For more information and to register, please visit the Information Desk or call 516-731-5728 ext. 502. Those who register by April 26 will receive a free natal/birth chart the night of the program if they give their birth date.

Levittown Community Council The Levittown Community Council meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Levittown Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and free.


Bowling with Singles The Singles Association of Long Island invites those 25 and older to Levittown Lanes for some bowling. The cost is $7 per game and $4 for shoes. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. There will be a social gathering afterwards at Empress Diner. For more information, contact Vincent Scire at 516-465-3953.

Sunday, 29 Sunday Afternoon Music The Sweetwater Orchestra will be performing in the LPL Community Room starting at 2 p.m. They will perform covers of dance songs ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s. For more information, please visit the Information Desk or call 516-7315728 ext 502.

Tuesday, 1 Paint Nite: Above The Clouds Professional artists teach attendees how to create specific works of art while cocktails are served at TGI Friday’s in Levittown at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Go to events for more information.

Wednesday, 2 Levittown Board of Education Meeting There will be a public budget hearing, as well as a regular meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Levittown Memorial Education Center.

Kindergarten Registration If you have a child/children residing in the Levittown School District and was born between Dec. 2, 2012, and Dec. 1, 2013, they will be eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year. Contact Arlene Mege at 516-434-7058, Central Registration, at Levittown Memorial Education Center, to place your name on the list to receive a kindergarten package for registration. All packages will be mailed out at the beginning of January in 2018.


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s crocuses and daffodils attempt to push through their snowy beds, I’m reminded of a neighbor who has since moved away. Years ago, she reminded me that snow in April was not unheard of. The snowstorm of April 1996, which arrived two days after Easter, brought about a foot of snow to the area. As my husband watched our infant daughter, I went outside and made her an Easter Bunny snowman, complete with a snowy basket of dyed snow “eggs." She clapped her hands joyfully as I carried her bundled form outdoors to show her my work of art. My neighbor was correct, it did in fact snow sometimes in April. I’m hoping it doesn’t make a repeat performance here, because I’m ready for the warm breezes of spring. As I’ve mentioned in the past, our family often went to Agway on West John Street in the early springtime to visit the baby ducks and chicks. Our daughter was absolutely delighted

to watch them as they scurried about their shaved wood bedding and peeped anxiously. She would ask to bring one home, to which we replied a resounding “No.” Instead, we purchased bird seed and fed the birds from a feeder that my husband crafted from some old wood scraps. Feeding the backyard birds seemed to delight her even more, as she was able to watch sparrows and starlings as they gathered outside her bedroom window. Once, a pine warbler flew into our back window and was momentarily stunned. Our girl, who was four years old at the time, donned a jacket and immediately went outside to aid the tiny bird. As she stroked its back, it peeped melodiously, just like the baby chicks at Agway. The glow in her eyes was infectious. Soon, the bird flew off, but not before I captured the moment on camera. I made an impromptu visit to my aunt, who lives a few miles north of Dutch Lane School. We discussed

SEE YOU AROUND THE TOWN Patty Servidio many things, including the impending spring, as well as our shared fondness for feeding backyard wildlife. She mentioned that she never purchased her seed from big box improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, but rather frequented the former Agway, known now as Chestnut Vale Feed. While she conceded that she often paid more at Chestnut Vale, she was happy with the products and suggested that I take a drive over on my way home. Convinced, I made a quick visit to the feed store. I was rather impressed by the amount of feed they carried, for an assortment of animals. Dog food bags were neatly stacked on metal shelving, with easy-to-read pricing beneath. Animal feed supplies, as well as barn and pet supplies, hay, and shavings for bedding were well organized according to animal breed. I noticed a large square of Purina deer block, which keeps nibbling deer away. And yes, they carry what my father would

Big Brother And Alexa Are Always Listening


y friend John Puccio showed me the adorable Easter card his five-year-old daughter Gia created for him. In a child’s scrawl was the message “Happy Easter” and “I Love You”. Turns out it wasn’t the result of a pre-school take-home project. She just wanted to make her Daddy an Easter card, so she did what any other five-year-old would do in 2018; she asked “Alexa” how to spell the words she wanted to write. If like me you are part of the 22 percent of Americans that already own one of these home digital assistants, it seems every day you discover something new it can do for you. These devices, with built in speakers and microphones, are very intuitive and not only perform your requested tasks, like playing a specific song or reminding you of a doctor’s appointment, they remember what you like and even make suggestions. They can be your alarm clock or order take-out food for you. Depending on other smart technology available in your home, they can turn off lights, unlock doors and control your thermostat.

refer to as a “whole slew” of different types of bird seed and suet. As I went to the cashier to make my purchase, I noticed two warmers, off to the side of the counter. There, nuzzled beneath some cedar shavings, were about a dozen fuzzy red and gold baby chicks. I noticed another warmer with a few yellow chicks within, huddled together under the rust-colored lighting for warmth. I was propelled back to that moment when my daughter saw those baby chicks for the first time. As I made my way out of the store, I’m sure that my eyes had the same fond glow that hers had, all those years ago. Chestnut Vale Feed can be found at 150 Duffy Ave., just west of NYSC. For more information, you can contact them at 516-931-0342. You can also visit them online at www.


To me, if I say “hello” to an inanimate object and it answers me back, I immediately think of The Terminator and machines taking over the world. But before you get too dependent on technology that somehow makes the TV remote control no longer needed, remember that Big Brother and Alexa are listening to everything you say. Did you know that devices like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home are “on” all the time? For the Echo, you have to say the word “Alexa” to wake it. Since the device will only respond when you say the magic word, it must be listening all the time to hear it. If the device is always listening, does it also know about your sister getting fired or that little Susie has head lice? Last year, an Arkansas court ruled Amazon had to turn over the audio recordings made by an Echo for evidence in a murder investigation. Seems a man was found dead and floating in a hot tub while the other party goers say they don’t know how it happened. Authorities believe foul play was involved. Turns out someone mentioned

they were listening to music through the Echo and, according to Amazon, there would be a recording available. Imagine that? The Echo was recording audio while they were listening to music. Makes you want to think twice about inviting that cute little companion into your kitchen, doesn’t it? Not sure I want anything recording audio while I stuff a turkey. Not disturbing enough for you? This week, both Amazon and Google applied for extended patents on their devices to develop new listening feature technology they say will improve your life experiences. If the Echo detects crying or problems with your breathing, it can then immediately contact 911 for you. A few weeks ago, I talked about YouTube replacing your Dad—are Amazon and Google now trying to replace your Mother, too? If it hears you coughing, is a hand going to come out of the device to feel your forehead for temperature or will it just order chicken soup from Panera for you? Wait, it gets worse. Google wants to patent a new video-based technology

for their Home device that would have the ability to recognize Will Smith’s face on a T-shirt sitting on the floor of your closet. Then it could provide you with a movie recommendation when his new movie is playing near you. Why can’t they develop technology that would pick up that T-shirt and put it into the washer instead? Do I have to be careful when having a conversation in my house for fear that I’ll be admonished for enjoying reruns of The Honeymooners instead of the new shows trending on Netflix? What if Alexa catches me watching a Yankee game on a night the Mets are off? Will pinstriped memorabilia start showing up in my mailbox? If I curse at Alexa, is she going to get back at me by calling my wife and telling her, “Did you know your husband is out playing golf instead of mowing the lawn?” Maybe I should just unplug the thing and listen to music on my own. “Alexa, where did I put my CD collection?”



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people laugh,” said Porubanova. “In this cultural moment, it is crucial to bring speakers like her to campus and to have our ideas about the world challenged—and to have a laugh.” It is that well-rounded comedy married to social issues that audience can expect from Farsad at her Farmingdale State speaking event—delivered in a way that is most definitely not combative. “I want to make friends with people and to sum up what I do, it’s ‘aggressively delightful,’” she said. “When you have a difficult topic, there’s always a way to make it feel less personal to people.” What did you think of this article? Share your thoughts with me by email at: smosco@antonmedia

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High General Douglas MacArthur of or the past eight years, month a sea of blue during the staff School has turned into month, students, April. During Autism Awareness to raise recognition together and administration rally on what it to educate the community of the disorder and help ” Vin Causeman is a Social Studies Blue. Committee. means to “Light It Up school’s Autism Awarenessout of the teacher and head of the weeks few a beyond goes His passion for the cause that we year. staff member decided “In 2011, myself and another children that are for Autism. I have two said wanted to do something has a nephew on the spectrum,”has on the spectrum and she t of the campaign. “Autism Causeman of the developmen were diagnosed, I even when my children be a good idea been something that, and we thought it would didn’t know much about ” there. to get information out began with a couple t-shirts The first year of the initiative dressed in blue for a day or students for staff members, while 50 people at MacArthur has now with school in two. What started out campaign, where every blossomed into a districtwide for autism awareness. Levittown does something of students, staff and community “Now, we have thousands t-shirts that we make every year,” staple members that buy our awareness that activities to raise said Causeman, adding and lacrosse games, a tennis clinic want a We extend to softball, baseball grown has been amazing. and walks. “The way it’s autism, not just kids, are treated like with society where people been accoma lofty goal, but what has but in everyone else and it’s years not only in MacArthur plished over these eight on page 4 See LIGHT IT UP BLUE

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Tackling The Youth Football Problem BY CHRIS BIRSNER AND DAN QUINONES


here has been a significant rise in people who are concerned about the safety of tackle football over the years, with many studies linking concussions to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, a study published in Brain, a journal of neurology, presents a case that repeated hits to the head, even those that don’t present any signs of injury, are the leading cause of CTE. “There are changes to the brain after these subconcussive type of hits, which are hits to the head or body that causes the brain to change its functionality a bit,” said Dr. Rupinder Johal, a sports medicine physician with Winthrop University. “We’re seeing it a lot at the high school level.” In a study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, researchers from Boston University’s Chronic

Traumatic Encephalopathy Center studied 214 former football players at different levels of the sport and found that playing tackle football before the age of 12 increased the odds of behavioral and cognitive issues later

There are changes to the brain after these subconcussive type of hits. —Dr. Rupinder Johal in life. A total of 1.23 million children ages 6-12 played tackle football in 2015 according to data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. In Johal’s eyes, teaching better tackling methods can be part of the prevention of concussions and CTE, but it isn’t the complete cure.

“There needs to be a little more regulation,” said Johal. According to BrainandSpinalCord. org, it has been estimated that a 9 to 12-year-old playing tackle football in an organized league can take on between 240 and 585 hits to the head each season. The rise of CTE concern has also been a contributing factor in the rise of flag football. Jose Torres, commissioner of the Under The Lights flag football league, loves both tackle and flag football because of what they both bring to the table. “I think they are both great,” said Torres, “I think tackle football, you focus more on the physical aspect of the game. For flag football, you focus more on the skill aspect of the game. Which they are both beneficial.” Torres has had parents sign their kids up for the league who have concerns about their kids playing tackle football, but there are also parents who want

Experts question the safety of enrolling youngsters in contact football. their kids to develop better skills for tackle football by joining the league. “Kids are having fun,” Torres said. “There’s less physical contact and that takes a toll on your body. There’s no question about that. But, you are having fun, you are in a competitive environment and you are still playing the game of football we all love.” While there is no right or wrong answer as to when football players should learn to tackle, those who love football will be watching closely as CTE and concussion concerns grow. “I think we’ll see a lot more come out over the next few years about concussions and CTE,” said Johal. “There’s just so much to research at this point.”

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Organization Joey Foundation Inc. 516-822-5966 Levittown Community Council Inc. 516-579-2831 Levittown Historical Society 516-434-7140 Levittown Island Trees VFW Post 9592 516-579-4420 Levittown Island Trees Youth Council, Inc. 516-241-3680 Levittown Kiwanis 516-731-5016 Levittown United Teachers 516-796-5660 Lions Club of Levittown Marco Polo Lodge #2214 Sons of Italy of America Second Chance Animal Rescue of Levittown 516-448-5096 Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp. 516-731-1485 Phone Services Sprint 516-735-1150 Plumbing Ken’s Faucet & Toilet Repair Inc. 516-796-2100 Printer Minuteman Press 516-731-4892 Real Estate Century 21 American Homes - Lisa Testagrose 516-735-9500 D & F Development 516-437-0900 Island Smart Home Inspection 516-242-2273 Restaurants Domenico’s Restaurant 516-735-5535 IHOP 516-597-5490 Miller’s Ale House of Levittown 516-520-7000 Pat’s Pizza 516-605-0310 Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 516-719-0180 Stewart’s All American 516-654-9835 Treasure Island Desserts 516-874-4880 Retail Crown Trophy 516-731-3051 School Division Avenue H S 516-434-7150 Hunter Business School, Inc. 516-796-1000 Island Trees School District 516-520-2135 Kiddie Junction Preschool 516-735-2547 Kumon Math & Reading Centers 516-520-1500 Learn & Grow Child Care 516-731-1851 Levittown Public Schools 516-434-7300 Neighborhood Entertainment Arts & Theatre, Inc. 516-520-6328 Saf - T - Swim 516-597-5193 Services Melaleuca Wellness Co. 516-395-5520 Senior Security Advisors - Patricia Losito 516-520-5700 TLC Companions & Supply LLC 516-719-0909 William J. Powell Associates, LLC 516-242-0399 WML Enterprises Inc. 516-731-1937 Shipping & Packing The UPS Store 516-735-5120 Transportation All Island Yellow Cab 516-731-1111 Travel Services Christine Surh, Vacation Planner 516-743-8766 Embark Nation LLC dba Cruise Planners 516-558-2630 Friends Travel, Ltd 516-822-5966 Youth Counseling Services YES Community Counseling Center 516-799-3203

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