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Vol. 60 No. 34 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

The Community Newspaper - at the gateway to Jones Beach

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Wantagh’s lacrosse standouts

Jones Beach pipe to ocean is complete by Laura Schofer What began as an nine-year odyssey of protest by a group of community activists to update the 1950s-style sewage treatment process at the Jones Beach sewage treatment plant has come to an end. The long-awaited construction project linking the Jones Beach Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe to the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant outfall pipe is now completed. The project began in August 2010 at a cost of $2 million, paid for by the state. The project went online in July. Now, treated sewage from Jones Beach will be discharged, via the Cedar Creek outfall pipe, into the ocean. Previously treated sewage from Jones Beach was discharged into the Sloop Channel in the Western Bays. The new outflow pipe will help to protect Zachs Bay and the western bays, say environmentalists, including Rob Weltner, president of S.P.L.A.S.H. (Stop Polluting,

Littering and Save Harbors). Bill Fonda, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said, “We have inspected the force main [the main conduit pipe from the plant along Ocean Parkway to Cedar Creek outflow pipe] and connections, and have approved the start up of the force main. “We also have certification from the professional engineering firm of Lockwood, Kessler and Bartlett out of Syosset that the design and construction of the effluent pump station and force main have been completed to state standards. This certification was made on June 27.” Mr. Fonda added that the “Jones Beach outfall pipe to Sloop Channel has been sealed permanently.”

WANTAGH STUDENTS EXCEL AT LACROSSE NATIONALS: Wantagh rising sophomores Joe McGuigan and Jack Fowler and Wantagh rising freshman Kaitlyn Cerasi recently traveled with their teams to Florida to participate in the 2012 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships. Hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the event featured more than 1,200 outstanding young lacrosse players from 18 states. Fifty-one U15 boy and girl teams made their way to Orlando to compete for the national championships over a three day period. Joe and Jack played for the first-place Long Island Express, where Joe, their goalie, was named to Lacrosse Magazine’s All-Tournament team. Kaitlyn, playing for the Long Island Top Guns, came in third place, losing by one goal to the eventual champion from Maryland. Congratulations to all three Wantagh lacrosse players on a job well done!

Environmentalists respond “This project will go a long way to improving the overall water quality in this highly used area, especially for the busy summer (continued on page 2)

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! – 126 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.


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from page 1 “The completion of this project means residents, boaters and beachgoers will have cleaner bays in summer. In particular, the popular Zach’s Bay, which has been prone to beach closures in the past, will be a safer beach for families who love this area!” stated Adrienne Esposito, executive director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Gary Smith, president of the Bellmore-Wantagh chapter of SPLASH, told this newspaper that activism by a

solid group of residents, which included peaceful protests at the Jimmy Buffet summer concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to spread the word of the poor sewage treatment at the plant, likely helped turn the dialogue between the state and the activists. Effluent into the western bays The Jones Beach Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe was discharging into the Sloop Channel (the western bays), a sub-region of the South Shore Estuary Reserve, extending from the western

Governor signs Right to Know law New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Sewage Right to Know Act on Thursday, August 9. The new law, which goes into effect May 1, 2013, requires that publicly run sewage treatment plants provide the public notice after raw or partially treated sewage spills into the water. The law will allow the public to avoid unnecessary exposure to sewage pollution. The law was co-sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) and Assemblymen Harvey Weisenberg (DLong Beach) and Dave McDonough (RMerrick). The Citizen reported in July that the legislation had passed both chambers of the Legislature and was sent to the governor on the final day of the legislative session. Similar public notification laws exist in more than a dozen states including Connecticut, which passed a notification law earlier this year. New York’s Sewage Pollution Right to Know law will require public notification within four hours of a sewage discharge. Notification will happen via local news outlets and on the website of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. In addition, the DEC will produce a

statewide Sewage Discharge Report each year that will report annual discharges and remedial responses taken, said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Sewage will no longer be out of sight and out of mind, but rather it will be in public discussion,” she said. For more than a year many local residents urged both the state and the county to support the passage of a sewage right to know act. Ms. Esposito said that “21,500 letters were sent to elected officials and 50,000 signatures were collected in support of the public’s right to know.” The county passed its own version of a right to know spill bill last October. It provides information about sewage spills to residents if they sign up for an email alert. “I applaud the signing of the Sewage Right to Know law,” said Assemblyman McDonough. “Long Island waterways are an integral part of our community and heritage, and I am pleased that we’ve taken another step to ensure their continued beauty.” New York is the only state with ocean, estuarine and Great Lakes coastlines.

boundary of the Town of Hempstead to the Nassau/Suffolk County line. These embayments are an extensive area of shallow water and salt marsh islands connected by channels and tidal creeks. The bays contain the greatest concentration of salt marsh islands. They are home to many species of marine and bird life, including hard shell clams, flounder, snowy egrets and blue herons. The sewage plant can process up to 44 million gallons of sewage a year, although during the winter months, it processes virtually nothing.

Studies are underway that are evaluating the water quality, fish populations and currents within these embayments. At a hearing held in summer 2011, scientists from Stony Brook University said their study indicated that there is too much discharge from sewage plants entering the system which was not able to be flushed out properly to the ocean, as previously thought. A final hearing and report will be issued in November, concluded Mr. Weltner. – with Douglas Finlay

Police reports come from law enforcement agencies. Suspects are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in court.

charged with Criminal Trespass and Trespass on Private/Village Property.


Seaford A Cherrywood Place, Seaford, residence was burglarized on August 7. Entry was gained through a rear door; jewelry was reported stolen. uuu A Harbor Boulevard, Seaford, residence was burglarized on August 10. Entry was gained through the front door and jewelry and cash was stolen. uuu A 30-year-old man from South Farmingdale was arrested on Merrick Road near Seamans Neck Road, Seaford, on August 11 and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. uuu A 22-year-old Massapequa Park man was arrested in Morton Lane near Anita Lane, Seaford, on August 12 and

Wantagh A man was sitting on a patio in the rear yard of a residence on Hempstead Lane, Wantagh, on August 12 when a man struck him in the mouth with a metal table, causing the victim to lose teeth. On August 13, a 38-year-old man from Riverside Drive, Wantagh, was arrested on Bayview Avenue near Islip Court, Wantagh, and charged with Assault, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. uuu Unknown vandals wrote in black marker on the fence of a residence on Bourne Court, Wantagh, on August 13. uuu A 17-year-old Queens Village resident was arrested on Riverside Drive, Wantagh, on August 9 and charged with Criminal Trespass.

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Jones Beach pipe to ocean is complete

Despite an austerity budget in Seaford during the 2011-2012 school year, Seaford’s turf fields are ready for use. Seaford High School opened its turf field for use in September 2009 . According to Andrew Ward, director of building and facilities for the district, it “went into an austerity budget from July 1, 2011, to June 30 of this year.” However, he does not see a direct correlation between the implementation of the fields and the austerity budget. The fields, he said, were paid for using a bond referendum. Before implementation of the field, between $5-6,000 was allotted for field maintenance. Although an exact amount is not available, Mr. Ward does acknowledge the district has saved money in field maintenance with the new synthetic turf installed. He also notes that the turf fields are easier to maintain. The Seaford School District said it has generated modest income from outside leagues renting out the field because of the synthetic turf. Athletic fields in Bellmore and Merrick Meanwhile, maintenance to the Calhoun, Mepham and Kennedy High School fields was held up over the summer, admitted John Scalisi, director of school facilities and operations of the BellmoreMerrick Central High School District. “We haven’t had time to put a lot of effort into the fields this summer,” he said, such as cutting, reseeding and fertilizing, “because we haven’t had access to the fields as we would have liked.” In so important an issue as grass field main-

tenance in a time of continued calls for synthetic fields, what would hold up grass field maintenance, and could their lack of maintenance affect team play come the fall football schedule once more, where divots and other anomalies have injured players or caused flooding in the past, this newspaper wished to know. “We had track work done over the summer on all three high school fields,” Mr. Scalisi explained, “and we were told by the construction company that worked on them that we couldn’t cross over the tracks to work on the fields until they had completed their work.” However, Mr. Scalisi spoke this time with an air of confidence, and not as someone who was simply trying the latest fandangled trick to see if it would stick. Middle-of-the-field fences used last year to keep neighborhood athletes from venturing on them to play football were also minimized. “We didn’t need the fences much this year,” he continued. Mr. Scalisi instead explained that the district embarked on a solid plan to grow grass that would be more plentiful come fall, would be sturdier and would be able to withstand the limited traffic the district would allow on it. He told this newspaper that, after district crews had cut, aerated (put small holes into the field using an aeration tool to reach deep into the roots) thoroughly fertilized the fields using organic fertilizer – and using no pesticides, and thoroughly watered the fields, the district put covers, or tarpaulins, on the each of the fields over the winter season that were designed to promote growth by trapping moisture and heat and let it seep into the fertilized roots, which were

exposed by aeration. “When we took the covers off in spring for the lacrosse season, the grass was as green as spring right down the middle of the field,” he said. “I was very pleased with what I saw,” he remarked. In peeling back the tarp the middle of the fields appeared just as strong as the edges. Allowing only girls and boys junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams on the field — and no other groups such as parents for graduation, after the lacrosse season ended the district again set about cutting, aerating, reseeding and organically fertilizing the fields, but this time allowing a heavy watering while allowing them to breath in the warm season air. New synthetic field in Freeport While the Baldwin School District and Bellmore-Merrick’s Central High School District have stayed the traditional route of learning new maintenance techniques to keep their grass growing – while saying it saves the district money, the George Emma Jr. Field at Freeport High School is closed until September 15 for the construction of a

new synthetic turf field with markings for multiple sports, as well as new lighting fixtures. Freeport voters approved the capital improvement project last September. Money for the installation of the synthetic field will come from the school district’s capital reserve fund. New York State, through a program called the Qualified School Construction Program, will assist the Freeport School District by absorbing the district’s interest costs. The new field was designed by BJLJ Architects & Engineers, P.C. of Mineola. The contract for construction and electrical work was awarded to the LandTek Group of Amityville, a company that specializes in athletic field construction and renovation. The LandTek Group is the local installer for FieldTurf synthetic turf system. Construction for the synthetic turf and the lighting fixtures cost about $1.9 million, and the carpeting is expected to last eight to 10 years, according to James Robinson, the district’s executive director of business. – Danielle Sopchak contributed to this article

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THE CITIZEN Wantagh•Seaford Founded 1953

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Who are the eco-heroes? Sometimes technology brings overuse of natural resources. Our ancestors in countries such as Israel or Italy, where water was a limited resource, used roof cisterns to collect drinking water and dams to gather rain runoff for irrigation. Tourists are always amazed at how cleverly they met their needs. Today, here on Long Island, we draw on water tables deep beneath the ground water for both our drinking needs and for landscaping, cleaning and industry – all as if this resource was inexhaustible. What will we do if we run out of drinking water – turn to desalization? They say just as wars today are fought over oil, tomorrow’s wars will be over water. Enter the eco-heroes, companies such as Hilton that use water from runoff to water their lawns. As individual homeowners we can also do our part. The nation’s largest township, our own Town of Hempstead, under the leadership of Supervisor Kate Murray, is showing the way. Last week at its showcase Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, the town kicked off its new Eco-Heroes program. Over 2,000 residents have already signed up to purchase either rain collection barrels or composting units from the Town at half-price retail. The rain barrels are designed to integrate with standard gutters and leaders. The water collected is not drinkable but can be used to water gardens and lawns. A typical roof can provide hundreds of gallons of water, according to town experts. Collecting it for use saves homeowners money on their water bills and also helps prevent runoff into bays and waterways. Call 378-4210 to register to receive a barrel for $45. Composting helps reduce expenses for lawn and garden fertilizers and also helps reduce the garbage flow. The town can provide instructions on how to compost correctly and avoid odors. Again, the cost is $45. Call 378-4210 for more information. Parents who conserve water and re-cycle using compost are teaching their children an important lesson, giving them a tangible way to improve our community. They are ecoheroes too!

HE’S AN EAGLE: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla presented the Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to Thomas Benjamin Garcia, of Wantagh, who attained Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, at his Eagle Court of Honor which was held at the Wantagh American Legion Post. Mr. Bonilla congratulated Thomas on this outstanding achievement and told him he should be extremely proud of this accomplishment as are his family and fellow Scouts. Above with Town Clerk Bonilla are Eagle Scout Thomas Benjamin Garcia, his parents Jean and Edward Garcia, Scoutmaster Eugene Gaffney and Howard Taylor representing Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin.

citizen circuit WINE TASTING EVENT: Will be hosted by the Board of Christian Education at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, on Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person (includes wines and light snacks). Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For more information, and to make your reservation, contact: WMCC at 785-1829 or RSVP by September 12. Please be sure to specify if you prefer reds or white. ©©© GARDEN CLUB TO MEET: The next meeting of the Paumanacke Garden Club will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m. at the Wantagh Public Library on Park Avenue. The program for the evening will be a presentation by Bernadette Pepin, master gardener and assistant director of Federated Garden Clubs of New York and Nassau-Suffolk chairperson for the district on perennials, including perennials chosen for color, foliage, sun, shade, moist and dry sites. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be served. ©©© CANDLE LIGHTING: The 9-11 Seaford High School Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony to honor the five Seaford High School alumni and all those who lost their lives tragically on September 11, 2001. will be held at the Seaford High School on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. Service Commitment pledges will be presented to U.S. government representatives. The ceremony will be held

rain or shine. Refreshments will be served. For information call Tom Condon at 592-4320 or Lynda at LSchachner@seaford or ©©© 60TH ANNIVERSARY: St. Frances de Chantal Church is marking its 60th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion there will be several events including a picnic on Sunday, August 26, followed by a solemn Mass on October 21. Also on October 21 a dinner dance will be held at Verdi’s of Westbury. Then on December 9, there will be a rededication of the church. ©©© ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE: Environmental Landscaping & Design’s second annual Food Drive is underway. During the month of August, on the day of your environmental lawn service, you may leave bags (labeled “food drive”) of nonperishable food (canned or dry food) and personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner) on your doorstep. Environmental will pick up and deliver them to LI Cares and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. For details contact ©©© NEW MEMBER OPEN HOUSE will be held at Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center (soon to be renamed Congregation Beth Tikvah), 3710 Woodbine Avenue, Wantagh, on Sunday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue with a vibrant congregation and active Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Chavurah,

free Religious School for first year, reduced membership dues for new members. Call 7852445 for more information and a personal tour. Visit the website: ©©© AUDITIONS are slated for the TBT Junior Players production of the musical “Seussical” by Lynn Aherns and Stephen Flaherty based on the works of Dr. Seuss, at Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue and Oakfield Avenue, Wantagh (you can use the parking lot entrance off Oakfield Avenue). They will be held on Sunday, September 9, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, September 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Who should audition: ages 8-18. Children will play adult and children’s roles. All roles are open. Bring photo and resume and sheet music (something from “Seussical” preferred). An accompanist will be provided. All should be prepared to dance. The director is Pam Kachinsky. Performance dates are December 8, 9, 15, 16. For appointments call 917453-4762 and/or e-mail your picture and resume and questions to ©©© HARVEST FAIR: The Seaford Historical Society has spaces available for its Harvest Fair. The fair will be held Sunday, September 30, on the museum grounds – rain or shine! The fee is $35 per 10x10 space. Spaces are limited. For more information or to reserve your space contact Judy Bongiovi at 783-8629. ©©©

September 11 ceremony

at 3484 Park Avenue, Wantagh, on Tuesday, September 11, commencing at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The ceremony will include a presentation of Remembrance by the post commander, prayer by the post chaplain, comments from dais guests, reading of Wantagh victims, playing of “Amazing Grace,” placing of memorial wreaths, a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps.” If available, it would be memorable if you would join us for this ceremony. For information call 785-9497 or you can visit the Legion website at John Sottnik Third Vice-Commander

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ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES Directory Of Churches And Temples Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church United Church of Christ 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh 785-1829 Reverend Ronald Keith Garner, Pastor Sundays: 10:30 am - Worship Service (Quiet Room Available) 10:15 am - Church School Pre-School/Nursery: Mon. - Fri. Church & Parish Hall Wheelchair Accessible All Welcome

EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Church Of St. Jude (Episcopal) 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh 221-2505 The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, Rector Sundays: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:10 am Sunday School 10:15 am Holy Eucharist 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Wednesdays: 8:00 pm Healing Mass Wheelchair Accessible A Welcoming Congregation!

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church 2197 Jackson Ave., Seaford • 785-3762 Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara Holy Eucharist Sun. & Holy Days 10:00AM Coffee Hour Following Services Sunday School 10:00AM Handicap Accessible



St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church

Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

1100 Hicksville Road (Rte. 107), Seaford 541-3628 Website: Sunday Divine Lithurgy 9:30am Children School/Coffee Hour English language parish serving various ethnic backgrounds including Carpatho-Russian, Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Arab heritage.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Bellmore Presbyterian Church 274 Martin Avenue, Bellmore (516) 785-2590 / FAX (516) 785-3107 Website: Worship Service/Church School, Sundays: 9 & 10:30am Handicap Accessible. A Mainline/Evangelical Community Committed to Transformation and Multiculturalism The Rev. Dr. James W. Barnum, Pastor Air Conditioned Church

First Presbyterian Church of Levittown 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown 731-3808 Worship Service,Sundays: 10:00 am Church School, Sundays: 10:00 am Coffee Hour following worship: 11:00 am Wheelchair accessible. News & Information on our

Reverand Martin R. Nale, Pastor Worship Services: Saturday: 5:00 pm • Sunday : 9:30 am Christian Nursery School: 579-8425 Pre-nursery: 3 & 4 year old classes

(A Traditional Conservative Synagogue)

1373 Bellmore Road, N. Bellmore 781-2650 Daily Weekday Morning Services: 7:30 am Evening Minyan Services: 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday Evening Services at Sunset Saturday Morning Services: 9:15 am Sunday & Legal Holidays: 8:30 am Rabbi Gary Kessler Cantor Eitan Binet Ivy P. Roberts, President Religious School and Adult Education Youth Programs, Sisterhood & Men’s Clubs Please visit:

Temple B’nai Torah (A Reform Congregation)


2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh 516-221-2370

St. Frances de Chantal 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 785-2333 • 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783 Rev. Gregory J. Cappuccino Pastor Phone/Fax -781-6374 • Weekly Mass Schedule: The Reverand Ronald M. Klose, Pastor Sat.: 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. Holy Communion: Sun.: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m. 12 noon; 5:00 Sunday: 9:30 am • Sat. - 5:00 pm p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 am Day Care: 781-8095 • Nursery School: 781-7637 Reconciliation Schedule: Mon.: 1:15 to 2:00 p.m.; Sat.:12 noon to 1:00

Christ Lutheran Church

Temple Beth-El Of Bellmore



3384 Island Road, Wantagh • T- 221-3286

A Traditional Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh 785-2445 please visit: Friday Evening Services: 8:00 pm Saturday Morning Services: 9:15 am Jr. Congregation 10:45 am Nitzanim (3-7 years) 11 am Shabbat Evening Services: Sunset Daily Morning & Evening Minyan Rabbi Alan F. Lavin Rabbi Emeritus Mordecai Rubin Z”L Presidents - Maddy Ross and Stuart Spector Religious and Nursery School Men's Club, Sisterhood, Chavurah Social Club, Seniors, Yiddish Club, Adult Education and Youth Group New Members Always Welcome

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH United Methodist Church of Seaford 2160 Washington Ave., Seaford Phone/Fax: (516) 785-8877

Rev. Dr. Edwin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.



Friday Night Services: 8:00 p.m., thru June 25 7:30 p.m., July and August Saturday Services: 10:30 a.m. thru June 26 Torah Study Group; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. all yr long Rabbi Marci Bellows Cantor Steven Scher Rabbi Deanna Pastrnak, Religious School Director Religious School, Nursery School, Adult Education Youth Groups, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Chai Club, Couples Club, PTA • Interfaith families welcome Please vsit our website:

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To The Citizen: Once again the Wantagh American Legion, Post 1273 will be conducting a ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, to commemorate Remembrance Day. As we have for the past years, we will offer our prayers and kind thoughts to all who were murdered in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. There are few among us who did not know someone or know someone who did know someone that was a direct casualty of this horrific act. Our ceremony will take place at the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273,

Wantagh resident honored

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Ongoing The Wantagh Public Library offers homebound service for patrons who cannot visit the library due to temporary or permanent disability. Library materials can be delivered to you at home, with the exception of new videos and CDs. For information, call the Reference Desk at 2211200. Friday, August 24 10:45 a.m. Summer time for ages 3-6. 8 p.m. Movie Night: “The Hunger Games” Rated PG-13. Monday, August 27 10:30 a.m. Strength, Flexibility and Balance. Wednesday, August 29 10:15 a.m. Stretch and Tone Exercise Class. Thursday, August 30 10 a.m All About E-Mail: learn E-Mail Basics with a “hands-on” class. 7 p.m. Selective Service System meeting.

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Irene Kleshefsky Lic. Sales Agent

1237 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh


Offered by S.A.S. Real Estate:

Mary Whitaker Lic. Assoc. Broker

Lorenzo E. Xiques Lic. Sales Agent

Todd Merk Lic. Sales Agent

Mary Capone Lic. Sales Agent

Open House August 25th Saturday 2 - 4:00 PM 2965 Bayside Court, Wantagh

Jeannine DePierro Lic. Sales Agent

Mary Rose Sinacori Lic. Sales Agent

Anna Risolo Lic. Sales Agent

Enjoy Life In One Of Wantagh’s Finest Areas – “Mandalay By The Bay!” Spacious 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Wood Floors, Central Air Conditioning, Exercise Room, Sunlit Eat-In Kitchen, Great Location To School, Park, Boating / Picnic Area / Fun For all! Plus: a Two Car Garage

For Details: S.A.S. Real Estate (516) 781-5050

Christine Casa Lic. Sales Agent

Bertram Schwartz Lic. Assoc. Broker

We’re now in our 36th year of continuous service to the Wantagh and Seaford communities – 1976-2012

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(516) 781-5050

Angela Testa Lic. Sales Agent


Lois Libutti Lic. Assoc. Broker

Alice Ranero Administrative Assistant

Jessica Sackaris Office Secretary

Stefani Testa Office Secretary

Danielle Hyatt Office Secretary

Melanie Besthoff Office Secretary

Gabrielle Soethout Office Secretary

Jamie Redes Office Secretary

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