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Ace Costello’s Open’s 21st Store written by Lance Walker

Copiague is the chosen spot for Costello’s Ace hardware 21st store. The newest edition 100 to Ace hardware’s Costello Chain is located at the former Dollar Tree at 705 Highway, Weʼre Bigger Than We Look! Montauk Copiague NY 11726. 5 Rooms to Shop! You Never Know What Your Gonna Find At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony numerous officials from the Town of Babylon, including Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, New Items Added Daily Councilman Tom Donnelly and Corinne Disomma the Town’s Tax Purchases of $10 or More Receiver. Assemblyman can not be combined with any other offers Bob Sweeney as well SUNDAY SPECIAL 50% off most items as Suffolk and Nassau Furniture Excluded, ask for details County Legislators 148 West Hoffman Ave Dwayne Gregory and Dave Lindenhurst, NY 11757 Denenberg, Copiague’s 516-473-4688 own Sharon Fatoruso Tues-Thurs 11-7 Fri-Sun 11-6

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who is the President of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce and Representing the Lindenhurst Chamber of commerce Mr. RJ Renna. After a brief ceremony the ribbon was cut, using a pair of garden shears, quite fitting for a hardware store. Visitors were welcomed to a state of the art hardware

store that some consider a Godsend! According to one customer I spoke with, Mary Weinstein of Copiague, “ I am ecstatic that they decided to open this store here. I’m quite active in repairing my home and to have a place like this here just down the road from my house is going to prove to be a sort

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Valedictorian Melissa Castiglione Bound for University of Chicago Ranking first in a class of approximately 550 students is quite an accomplishment! With an impressive grade point average of 103.45, it is no wonder that Melissa, who will lead this year’s graduation procession as valedictorian of Lindenhurst High School, was recently recognized during the annual senior award ceremony. Melissa was the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Lindenhurst Council of PTA Dr. Anthony J. Pecorale Scholarship. An AP Scholar with Distinction, Melissa challenged herself academically with several Advanced Placement courses, such as AP World History, English language, psychology, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics among others. With a passion for science, Melissa plans to attend the University of Chicago in

Shore On Thursday, May 29th, Mayor Thomas Brennan held a re-opening and re-dedication ceremony at Shore Road Park. After Hurricane Sandy hit the park with a 4’ plus tidal surge and

September majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. She is interested in studying epigenetics, which she describes as the study of “everything outside of DNA that effects heredity.” In addition to immersing herself in her academics, Melissa has involved herself in countless activities and clubs. In addition to being a member of the Key Club, Science Club, yearbook club and the Girl Scouts of America, Melissa has demonstrated her talents as a musician in the marching band, jazz band and pit orchestra as a saxophonist. A member of the Tri-M Musical Honor Society for all four years, Melissa describes her involvement in the music program as “a great way to take a step back from my academic studies and have fun while still being productive.” When asked about what she attributes her success to, Melissa explained that she is, “driven. I like to be the best at what I do. It is hard work, but it pays off in the


end.” Recognizing that her drive is not the only factor, Melissa added that her parents played a large role in her success. “They always emphasized the importance of school and kept me on the right track. They encouraged me to get involved in activities that I otherwise may have overlooked. I am so grateful to them for that.” L o o k i n g back at her time at Lindenhurst High School, Melissa notes that she will miss her Lindenhurst High School Class of friends and teachers. 2014 Valedictorian Melissa Castiglione. She said, “The teachers, administration and The district congratulates friends I met along the way have Melissa on her outstanding been wonderful. They believed in achievements and wishes her the me when I didn’t believe in myself, best for a successful and wonderful and it helped me to move forward.” career at the University of Chicago.



strong winds, the park was severely damaged. Since then, the field was completely restored, and a new transformer and electrical system was put in place to power the park. The first

ball game since September 2012 was played on the 29th by the Lindenhurst Nationals, managed by Bill Atkinson and the Long Island Gators. Mayor Brennan invited all to attend the Park’s re-opening and re-dedication of

Thomas Kost Field. At the ceremonies were Village Trustee Daryl Kost and numerous members of the Kost family.


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Shawn Cullinane, Clerk-Treasurer of the Inc. Village of Lindenhurst, has been re-elected to the NYCLASS (New York Cooperative Liquids Assets Securities System) Board of Governors. NYCLASS is a municipal investment cooperative with over 250 school districts, BOCES, fire departments, townships, cities, and villages as members. It is authorized under NYS General Municipal Law with the purpose of collectively investing municipal financial resources to maximize interest and return on investments, as well as provide liquidity and security of the assets on behalf of its members. The Board of Governors establishes policies for NYCLASS and monitors the investments in accordance with NYCLASS guidelines and state law.


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representatives from five regions across New York State. They serve at no compensation for a three year term. Mr. Cullinane is one of three Nassau County and Suffolk County Region 5 representatives.

Lindenhurst since 1988 and Treasurer since 2000. His previous municipal service includes being Assistant to the Town of Babylon Town Board. He has been designated a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) by the International Institute of Mr. Cullinane has been the Municipal Clerks (IIMC) based The NYCLASS Governing Board is comprised of 15 elected Village Clerk of the Village of on his education, training and

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settle for one of the big box stores. Michael then said that, “when you go to those stores, the employees see you coming and run the other way” Local businesses also seem to welcome the hardware giant to the neighborhood! According to several business owners I spoke to this is a sure sign that Copiague is on the rise. One business owner, identified only as “Al” said he fully expects that this store will anchor more growth in this community and looks forward to seeing what other companies follow Costello’s lead and join in on the Copiague community. According to Joey Costello, this store, our “21”st not only provides Copiague with a unique shopping experience, but the type of customer service that Costello customers are accustomed to having. At Costello’s Ace Hardware we strongly believe in training our employees to service our customers as best as possible. In fact, Costello’s offers special training for its employees every March. During this training, vendors are invited down to offer expert advice about the products



they represent so that our employees are well equipped to recommend the right products and proper use of products to Costello’s clients. One of our greatest features at this location is the inclusion of an outdoor garden center. This center will be available year round and will include some really great seasonal items including the normal stuff like flowers and lawn decorations but it will also have a Greenhouse installed before the winter months and will have a great selection of holiday items such as pumpkins and of course Christmas trees. About Costello’s Hardware-, I thought you would enjoy this little history lesson about Costello’s which was found on the company’s website It all began back in 1976.  Our country was going through a terrible recession. Our local economy was devastated.  At this time, our founder, Vincent Costello was forced to close his air conditioning and heating contracting business.  Looking for a means to support his wife and 10



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children, Vinnie stumbled upon a business opportunity, a retail hardware store. Originally opened 1973, it was a small, neglected, under stocked store of barely over 2,000 square feet located in Deer Park.  With no previous retail experience and no other options, Vinnie courageously embarked on a journey that few would ever have dared.  Sales were dismal and the store was in desperate need of attention.  He worked every day for 5 years and managed to make the store profitable.  While most would have been satisfied with this miraculous feat, Vinnie was determined to grow beyond that one small store. By refinancing his home, he opened a second location in 1982.  This 5,000 foot industrial store was also located in Deer Park, on the other side of town.  In 1988, another opportunity arose.  A shopping center was being constructed in the little-known town of Nesconset.  It wasn’t the most populated area, but Vinnie had lived there for over ten years and he thought that the residents of Nesconset would respond

well to a neighborhood hardware store. Did they ever!  The 4,000 square foot store was an instant success, managing to be profitable from the day it opened.  Over the next 4 years, the success of that store helped fuel the expansion of the company to larger stores in Farmingdale and Central Islip. During those early growing years, his children worked in the business and contributed to its success.  Our dad taught us the importance of taking care of our customers.  “Treat them like family”, he would say.  He taught us how to solve their problems and how to learn from them.  Most importantly, he taught us that the most sacred bond between us and our customers is trust. In 2001, with Vinnie’s encouragement and guidance, six of his children opened a 25,000 square foot store in Bellmore.  This store was the size of all of the other locations combined, it was huge.  I remember thinking that we would never be able to find enough products to fill it.  It took some time, but eventually we had a successful home center.

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It’s Official By Deputy Mayor Mike Lavorata

I continue to receive positive and encouraging comments on this column. I am humbled by these kind exchanges and will continue to work hard to make this space both educational and entertaining. Recently, I was asked to speak at a Lindenhurst High School after school group called the TEA Club. TEA stands for Tolerance, Equality and Acceptance. The group asked me to talk about bullying which has become one of the many other problems in ours and other communities. What a great group of kids they are. I was given the VIP treatment and participated in some of their early discussions which included cases where someone was bullied just for the “crime” of being different. I’ll bet you didn’t think

that being different was a crime? Well unfortunately to some, it is a punishable crime. The punishment for this crime is harassment and bullying. It is very sad that in the greatest country that has ever existed on God’s green earth, we still witness innocent children being pushed around by others simply because there is something that they either do not like about this person or because of race, religion and/or sexual preference. One would have thought that we have evolved enough to respect others but it is a sad reality that we have yet to achieve that perhaps impossible goal. However, it was very heartwarming to see these youngsters, many who are in the 10th and 11th grade, encourage each other and build up each other’s sense of worth. There is

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and Godparents to each other’s children. We also talked about Social Media and how it also is a haven for the cyber bully. As we finished the discussion, I felt that I needed to remind these kids that they are all a gift from God, created in his likeness, and that each of them has a special worth, like the young man in the story that I conveyed. Each one can do great things to help someone else who may also be suffering. We then spent the rest of the afternoon talking about two of my favorite subjects, although not Math and Science which they were my two favorites in High School but rather: sports and rock music. I found out there were a few NY Yankees and Rangers fans among the kids as well as a NJ Devils fan actually rooting for the Rangers

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Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, Let me begin by saying thank you for publishing a wonderful essay by Ariana Sago. She is an inspiration. There are three points I should like to address. 1. There is an ad on TV for Chevrolet that mentions three holidays in May: Cinco de Mayo (how is this an American holiday), next is Mother’s Day, and lastly graduation. No where is mentioned, Memorial Day. A Mexican holiday replaces Memorial Day? Tragic. 2. If there are a few inches of rain in NYC, the subway gets flooded, so, where do they out the unidentified remains of the 9/11 victims? Seven stories under ground! What a disrespectful disgrace. 3. We do live in America. Why then do we have to press 1 to continue in English? Shouldnt that be the norm? In closing, I once again


thank you for the wonderful essay by Ariana Sago; and; I also thank you for listening to my rants. I wish more people would read that essay and reflect on how great it is to be an American. Yours Truly, D.B. Dear Editor, I just wanted to thank you for the lovely paper. A few lessons I’ve learned throughout my years, that I thought you, and everyone else could learn... 1. Don’t worry about what other people say about you, you know who you are. 2. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try. and 3. As long as you are doing what you know what is right, never second guess yourself. -A.W.


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BOE to Hold Another Meeting to Discuss Tax Breaks for Veterans By Barbara Capella Loehr

yet, BOE President D o n n a Hochman indicated one will be scheduled in the next few weeks and done under new business. “This time Mr. Ronayne will be the guest Lindy resident, retired Lindy teacher and WWI veteran Sy Razler s p e a k e r . He’ll be urged the Board of Education to consider veterans tax exemptions. able to The Lindenhurst Board of speak more in depth about it,” Education told residents at she told residents at the recent the May 20, 2014 community community forum, which was forum meeting at the McKenna held the same night as the school Administration Building it’ll be budget vote and trustee election. holding another meeting where tax Some Specifics breaks for veterans will be discussed. Hochman is referring to Thomas While no firm date was announced Ronayne of the Suffolk County

Veterans Association, who was originally scheduled to present at the April 24 community forum meeting under new business the different tiers of veterans’ tax breaks the board would need to consider and present to the public before the board would vote on it for the 2015-16 school year. However, as previously reported in the May 23, 2014 issue of The Lindenhurst Gazette, Ronayne was unable to attend that meeting at the last minute, having to attend a funeral of Chris Cosich, who founded the veterans group Honor Flight Long Island. Assistant Superintendent of Business Jackie Scrio was able to give some specifics at that meeting. If the BOE votes to put the veterans tax breaks in place, she said the amount of taxes on homes owned by non-veterans would go up approximately $48.38 on the low end and $140.36 on the high end annually to compensate for lost tax revenue. The actual number all depends on the category - which range from

war veterans and combat veterans to veterans with war-related disabilities and those approximate numbers were based on an average of home value assessment in Lindenhurst of $4,500. Vets Speak Out Many veterans - from WWII to Afghanistan and Iraq - also urged the BOE to consider putting the tax breaks in place at the April 24 meeting, noting it’d help many of them make ends meet when some are older on fixed incomes or younger with injuries sustained in combat. Again, while this special presentation to the public about the tax breaks will be scheduled soon, according to Hochman, no specific date was set yet. In the meantime the next BOE community forum meeting - and the last one for the year - is set for June 11 at the LHS. And the BOE’s end-of-year meeting is set for June 30 at McKenna, according to the district’s website, w w w. l i n d e n h u r s t s c h o o l s . o r g .


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Murphy Defeats Bartolomeo; McKenna & McNeilly Re-Elected By Barbara Capella Loehr

Voters re-elected incumbent Board of Education Trustee Ed Murphy, Jr., who was challenged by former BOE Trustee Julie Bartolomeo. Murphy received 1,304 votes, while Bartolomeo received 812 votes. “I’d like to thank the people of Lindenhurst for having the confidence in me and the leaders in the community for their support,” Murphy told The Lindenhurst Gazette after the results were read at the McKenna Administration Building on May 20. Residents were already gathered to hear the results following a BOE community forum meeting earlier that night. “I’m looking forward to my experience being an asset to the board, especially with the new administration coming in and the significant challenges facing educational funding and reform,” said Murphy. The new administration about which

he was speaking refers to the fact that Superintendent Richard Nathan is retiring at the end of June and LHS Principal Dan Giordano is taking over in July, as previously reported in the May 9, 2014 issue of the Gazette. Voters also re-elected incumbent Board of Education Trustees Val McKenna and Sean McNeilly. McNeilly received 1,477 votes, and McKenna received 1,563 votes. And while both ran unopposed, there was one write-in vote for Walter Price, against McNeilly, and one write-in vote for Phil Renna, against McKenna. Editor’s Note: The Lindenhurst Gazette welcomes your comments about the results of this year’s Budget Vote and BOE Trustee Election. Email us at with your questions, concerns and comments, and you might also see them

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The 38th annual Teachers Association of Lindenhurst awards ceremony was held on May 19 at Lindenhurst High School. This year’s theme was “Common Goal for Our Core: Nourish the Mind.” Teachers selected one student from each grade level in every school for recognition. “We are honoring students who, in one way or another, have made a difference in the lives of their school community,” said high school teacher John Savastano, who also served as cochair of the event with Jennifer Kelly. Upon watching two videos depicting messages of gratitude and strength, and a performance from the Lindenhurst High School a capella




group Song Birds, the awards and scholarships were presented. The Geraldine Cuneo Scholarship was awarded to Samantha Saporito; the Teachers Association of Lindenhurst Scholarship was bestowed upon Rosa Apostolico; the Joseph Pozowicz Scholarship was given to Polina Lotto; and the John Cannestraro Scholarship was awarded to Lucien Coppola. This year, TAL presented the “Friends of Education” award to the Lindenhurst cafeteria staff for their dedication and commitment to the students of the district.

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Lindenhurst Graduation 2014 Schedule

By The Lindenhurst Gazette Staff

The Lindenhurst High School Class of 2014 is set to graduate on Friday, June 27. The commencement ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Lindenhurst Middle School Field. The rain date for the LHS ceremony is Saturday, June 28, at 9 a.m. at the LMS Field. In addition, the LMS Eighth Grade Graduation is set for Wednesday, June 25, at the LMS Field. The rain date for the LMS ceremony is Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the LMS Field. The elementary school Fifth Grade Graduations starts with Harding Avenue’s on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the LMS. Alleghany Avenue’s and Daniel Street’s are both set for Monday, June 26. Alleghany’s is at 6 p.m. at the LMS that night while Daniel’s is at 7 p.m. at the LHS. West Gates’ and William Rall’s are both set for Tuesday,

June 27. West Gates’ is at 6 p.m. at the LMS that night while Rall’s is at 7 p.m. at the LHS. Albany Avenue’s is on Thursday, June 26, at 3 p.m. at the LMS. And the last day of school is set for Friday, June 27, according to the district’s website, Congratulations and good luck, graduates! Editor’s Note: The Lindenhurst Gazette welcomes your graduation - and prom - photos. Email us at with your high-resolution .jpg images, and you might also see them on our websites, www.lindygazette. com and www.babylongazette. com. You can also tweet us @ LindyGazette or post on our Facebook pages, www.facebook. com/lindygazette and www. Be sure to identify who’s in the pictures and include a sentence about each of them. We look forward to your photo submissions!

Lindenhurst HS Inducts 60 into National Honor Society Sixty juniors and seniors from Lindenhurst High School were inducted into the National Honor Society during a poignant candlelit ceremony on May 21 in the high school cafeteria. The evening was attended by parents, district officials, Board of Education members, faculty and staff, who watched with delight as the inductees were recognized for their leadership, character, service and scholarship. During the ceremony, members of the National Honor Society Executive Board delivered speeches and shared anecdotes about NHS Executive Officers gather for a photo at the end of the ceremony. the inductees before presenting High school guidance assists students with the college them with NHS certificates and pins secretary Sharon Logan was also application process, was selected to commemorate their achievement. honored at the event. Logan, who by members of the NHS Executive

Board as this year’s NHS Honorary Member. According to Gabriella Leto, a member of the executive board, Logan was the perfect choice. “She’s been a lot of help with transcripts and everything to do with college,” Leto said. “She has been an overwhelming support system.” Lindenhurst High School Principal Dan Giordano expressed his pride in the NHS inductees and its executive board members. “They are just wonderful,” he said. “They are constantly running fundraisers and doing community service activities, and they do it with such pride. They make our school look really good.” The ceremony concluded with NHS members, both old and new, reciting the NHS pledge before joining their families for refreshments and photos to commemorate this proud moment.

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dictating that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternating red and white stripes to represent the 13 colonies and that the Union states be represented as 13 white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation. Of course, that number of stars increased with each state on our present flag. All our patriot symbols are based on actual events. On September 1314, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner as he sees the flag still flying over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore Harbor after a British bombardment. The pledge of Allegiance appears in the youth companion magazine in 1892 as an anniversary tribute to the discovery of America. On February 23, 1945 the American Flag was raised over Iwo Jima after the United States captured the island during WWII as is immortally displayed in statue and pictures. Congress established June 14 as Flag Day in 1949 and then, on July 4,1960 the 50th star was

added a year after Hawaii became the 50th State of the Union. What a history our flag has as do other memorable symbols. Consider the poppy flower you see each year at this time. Are you aware they are made by our veterans and presented for donations to benefit our service people? But many people do not realize that the poppy represents the sacrifice of our fallen heroes. From the battlefield in WWI, our weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape that was transformed by wild poppies, red as the heroic blood that had soaked the soil. The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives lost in wars and represents the hope that none had died in vain. I give you a brief history of our symbolism because it is personal to me. We live across the street from several proud service men. We are one of of the families who display the flag in honor of them. My son was raised knowing that to display

the flag properly, it was to be lit at night if it was kept out. You honor it proudly for what it represents and remember that it must be treated with respect. The next time you see a person presenting poppies, please consider donating for one. The next time you see a flag waving in the wind, please salute it, even if you do it mentally. If you see a veteran, acknowledge them. So many are avoided. Support your community at the parades that honor the service of those who make sure we are still an independent country. I proudly walked in the Memorial Day Parade in honor of my brother and so many others who couldn’t do it themselves. Our community always shows that we maintain our history as demonstrated in the winning essays last week by our youth who knew the true meaning of Memorial Day. Let the legacy be honored.


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Stress, according to psychology, is defined as “a person’s response to events that are threatening to them”. Stress can produce biological and psychological consequences. Biological stress can affect heart rate, blood pressure, back aches, headaches and even reduce our ability to fight off infections. Psychologically, stress can prevent you from adequately coping with life. Events that cause stress are called stressors. There are three types of stressors, cataclysmic events, personal stressors and background stressors. Let me touch on each of these three stressors. Cataclysmic events are such as Super Storm Sandy or even the 9-11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Cataclysmic events as in Super Storm Sandy, as we know here in Lindenhurst, can bring a lot of stress. First there is the stress of the impending storm and then there is the stress of great loss. There is the stress of the rising water and the stress of the effects after the water recedes. The stresses we face from these events are very strong, but they do not last forever

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and they will seem to fade as time goes on and life becomes normal again. Personal stressors are events such as the death of a spouse, the loss of a job or a major failure in our life. Some of these personal stressors are even positive such as a wedding, a new job or a baby being born. Even the stress from personal stressors seem to pass with time. Background stressors or as defined as daily hassles and is the third major cause of stress. These daily hassles such as waiting in a bank line or, as we are familiar with, traffic jams on Long Island. Another type of a background stressor is a long-term chronic problem, such as, being unhappy with a job or the stress of school work. Learning to cope with stress can affect our lives, our family and even our health. According to Robert S Feldman in his book, “Understanding Psychology”, he gives us some effective ways to cope with stress. They are as follows: 1) Turn a threat into a challenge, 2) Make a threatening event less threatening,

3) Change your goals, 4) Take physical action, and 5) Prepare for stress before it happens. You can cope with stress by spending time with a loved one. Take a walk or have a picnic with the family. Call a friend and talk about some pleasant memories. Learn how you cope with stress and make it a way of life. Understand that drugs and alcohol cannot remove stress and, as a matter of fact, in most cases, it only adds to the stress. Attend a church that really cares about you, has great fellowship and let them minister to you. The Bible gives us some clear ways to deal with stress. The first is to trust God. Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (New King James Version) Secondly, we need to change the way we think. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things

are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (New King James Version) I will conclude with a verse from Romans 15:33, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Editor’s Note: Rick Mullins has been the senior pastor at Evangel Church of God in Lindenhurst for the past 7 years. Evangel is a multicultural, bilingual congragation that boasts of having members from many countries all over the world. Services are offered in English, Spanish as well as Youth Services. For more info visit

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Babylon Memorial Parade written by Jane Carter

As with many of our proud towns did this past weekend, Babylon Village co-sponsored the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th, with the American Legion Post 94. The dedications started way before the parade with the flag raising and laying of wreathes at the Post monument and proceeded to St. Joseph’s, then Cooks Memorial on onward to Babylon Docks where a wreath was cast into the waters to honor those who were lost at sea. In all, the Post members laid 9 wreathes at several other dedicated sites with a final service of taps and a 21-gun salute prior to the parade. The weather allowed for a spectacular crowd who

basked in the sun and lined the streets to honor our heroes. The parade was led by Grand Marshall Al Engevik and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino. Various youth scouts, clubs and bands marched alongside military and citizen groups. At the end of the route the addresses were made by Senator Boyle, Assemblyman Saladino, Suprvisor Shaeffer and Legislator McCaffrey along with County Executive Bellone mingled with the crowd. It was a pleasure to witness the many people who proudly marched in memory of all who have fought to preserve our country. 148

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Lindenhurst Memorial Day Parade The Parade honored veterans from all wars. The Parade began at 8:30 AM at Breslau Cemetery on North Monroe Avenue, with a ceremony, veterans marched onto Newark Avenue to north Delaware Avenue heading South then West on Charles Street. The participants which also included local churches and organizations such as Scouts and various groups as well as local government officials.

The Parade continued to Fireman’s Park then continued on to the World War I monument where Scout troops were part of the ceremonies. At the Monument, benedictions from various religious institutions were offered as well as comments by local community leaders. Service were held to honor our countries military from all wars.

Graduating senior Christina Taparata with Principal Daniel E. Giordano (left) and Sean Rogan a representative from Legislator Kevin McCaffrey’s office received the County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey Community Service Proclamation.

Lindenhurst High School honored approximately 200 students with various scholarships, honors and citations at the Senior Awards. The testimonials recognized excellence and achievements by Lindenhurst High School seniors. Awards were given for accomplishments in subject areas such as math, science, foreign language and music. In addition, students with exceptional service to the community, athletic and artistic prowess, as well as overall educational excellence, were recognized. Principal Daniel E. Giordano

addressed the group at his last senior award celebration as principal, as he takes on the role of superintendent in July. “When we see all of our students’ accomplishments and take into account the time and hard work it took these students to arrive at this point, you know this is the result of four years of dedication, selfdiscipline, study and practice, which has been shared by our students and our faculty. Please know that their accomplishments were realized because they had the support of you, their families and friends.”

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Girl’s lacrosse: 5th/6th Grade Lady Bulldog’s Season Comes To a Close

The 5th/6th Grade Lindenhurst Lady Bulldogs Lacrosse Team’s season came to a close this past Sunday. Although players are overcome with sadness of a season ending, the Lady Bulldog’s stand proud of their accomplishments this season. The 5th/6th grade Lady Bulldogs had a tremendous season and threw everything they had at some of the top girl’s lacrosse programs in Suffolk County. Not only did the girls win lacrosse games, they won the

hearts of the fans and coaches with other and fought to the last whistle. their spirit and attitude during each “The girls have all worked really and every battle. Each and every hard and given up a lot to be a part game they improved on their skills, of this team and we couldn’t be teamwork and confidence in each

more proud of them. Their steadfast commitment and dedication to the team and each other is commendable,” said coaches. The Lindenhurst Lady Bulldogs Lacrosse Association provides programs for players from Kindergarten through 8th grade and welcomes all new players into our program at all ages and encourages skill development at all levels. For more information about the Lindenhurst Lady Bulldog Lacrosse Association and for information regarding registration for next season please contact us at

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Town of Babylon’s Summer Concert Series Is Set by the Lindenhurst Gazette Staff

Each year the town of hosts a summer concert series that’s open to all residents. This year is no different, and the series features a mix of old and new - music genres for residents of all ages and their families to enjoy. All concerts are presented free of charge to residents, but residents are urged to bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Babylon Town Food Pantry. Collection bins will be located at each concert. Concert Series Set Kicking things off, the Paul Joseph Quartet will play at Hermann Griem Park on June 24 and Brennan High School on July 10. Each concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The 2014 concert series also features several tribute bands, including Big Shot, Strawberry Fields, Unforgettable Fire and Jessie’s Girl with Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame. What follows is the full 2014 Town of Babylon Summer Concert Series, replete with band name, date, time and place. It starts with Big Shot, Billy Joel Tribute Band, June 27, 7:30 p.m., Overlook Beach, followed by Unforgettable Fire, U2 Tribute Band, July 2, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell. Next is Strawberry Fields, The Beatles Tribute Band, July 9, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell, followed by Dickey Betts and

Great Southern, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell. After that is Dr. K’s Motown Revue with Sir Duke, Motown and Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, July 16, Overlook Beach, followed by Jessie’s Girl with Constantine Maroulis, July 18, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell. Get the Led Out, Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, July 23, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell is next, followed by Tommy James and the Shondells, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell. Taking the stage next is Bruce in the USA, Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell, followed by Changes in Latitude, Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, August

1, 7:30 p.m., Overlook Beach. Rounding out the series is Dark Star Orchestra, Grateful Dead Tribute Band, August 6, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell, followed by New York Oldies Revue, August 8, 7:30 p.m., Tanner Park Bandshell. Summer Directory Available The complete schedule is also listed in Babylon Town’s 2014 Parks and Recreation Summer Directory, which was mailed to residents earlier this spring. The directory can also be downloaded from the town’s website, The Directory has a variety of classes, concerts and events listed, plus additional information about pool and camping passes, too. 162

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News from Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College continues to prepare students with the education, skills, and critical thinking needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology (with over 8,000 students), Farmingdale equips students with the resources and knowledge sought by today’s emerging industries. Offering bachelor and associate programs, Farmingdale will soon offer its first graduate degree. At Farmingdale, students also have abundant opportunities in experiential learning--internships, clinical training, and guided research-that provide practical instruction and personal growth. Small, personalized classes, a residence hall with suitestyle living, a lush 380-acre campus undergoing major renovation, and a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program with modern facilities make Farmingdale State College one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region. In addition, in 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranks Farmingdale #27 among

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Turning Your Dog Into a Polite “Door Greeter” Many dogs believe it’s acceptable to greet visitors at the door by jumping on them full force. If the dog under 15lbs, then we tend to think it’s cute and lavish the dog with love. However, if the dog is over 50lbs suddenly it’s not so cute, especially when it results in bruising or injury to our visitor even if the dog’s only intent was to say “hi” (obviously I’m not referring to dogs who are aggressive towards unfamiliar people who enter). Our gut reaction is to yell at our poor dog for his brutish, yet overly friendly behavior. So what can we do to prevent this situation from happening again? My advice is to teach a reliable “sit” behavior when visitors arrive, preferably several feet away from the door. This behavior should be

taught and perfected in advance of anyone knocking on the door or ringing the bell. Once learned, it should then be practiced daily with family members and friends knocking at the door or ringing the bell, then to the final phase with less familiar visitors. Dogs of all sizes should learn a proper greeting because not everyone appreciates being jumping on by dogs, even if they are small and cute. There should be no exceptions to the “sit” behavior. In other words, it’s not okay for your dog to greet dad by jumping on him, yet be restricted from jumping on grandpa.

and midway between his ears). Dogs tend to track the treat with their eyes. This causes their head to go up and back, and their butt to hit the floor. As soon as your dog’s butt hits the floor say “yes,” and give the treat. If he backs up or jumps up, try placing your hand closer to his nose. You can also practice in front of a wall so your dog can’t back away from you. Repeat 2550 times, or until he learns to sit.

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Bald Headed Man Rob’s North Lindenhurst Bank by the Lindenhurst Gazette Staff

A North Lindenhurst bank was robbed Thursday afternoon, police said. The Bank located at 120 Sunrise Highway in North Lindenhurst was robbed at approximately 3:00 pm. Police say an unshaven bald headed man entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the man’s request and handed the man an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect, reportedly was wearing a red shirt and grey sweatpants, exited the bank and apparently fled on foot heading northbound on Fulton Street. This robbery appears consistent with recent bank robberies occurring between May 19 and June 5. The prior robberies are as follows: May 24, Capital One Bank, Deer Park May 27, Bank of America,

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Each year Babylon of hosts a summer movie series that’s open to all residents. This year is no different, and the series features several family movies, including Disney’s Frozen. Movie Series Set For starters there’s a drivein movie at Overlook Beach on June 13. That night Jurassic Park will be shown at 8:30 p.m. A donation of $10.00 per carload will be accepted that night for the movie, which will go toward the Town of Babylon September 11, 2001 Hometown Memorial on Ocean Parkway between Overlook and Cedar Beaches. The rest of the movies on the 2014 schedule are free, and next up is Teen Beach Movie on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. on the Town Hall lawn. Rain date is July 8.

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during this playoff run! When the subject switched to rock music, they heard my old man tales (back when Edison and I invented the light bulb) about how I saw Led Zeppelin (I definitely picked up some street cred on that one), the Ramones, the Clash, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, the Who and the 5 times that my wife, Helen and I saw Queen with the late great Freddie Mercury as that was her favorite band (there it is; my usual mentioning of Helen in my column). I even found one kid who heard of my all-time favorite 70s rock band: Be Bop Deluxe (now Google that one). They were somewhat amazed

that I like a lot of the alternative music of today including “Panic at the Disco” and “Paramore” as well as the “Killers.” Not bad for an over-the-hill guitarist/Electrical Engineer turned Deputy Mayor. I am very thankful that the TEA Club asked me to speak to them. I have committed to visiting them again at their invitation. So to Sasha, Kelsey, Ebony, Sky, Joe and the rest of the gang, thank you for adding a little something to my life by making me a part of your afternoon and reminding me of how tough it can be to be a kid, especially in this era of Facebook and Twitter. Please, let’s do it again!


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I also want to let remind everyone that our Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring their annual parade on June 7 to mark the day that they will be hosting the annual drill which is a competition among many of the Volunteer Fire Departments. So please mark your calendars for Saturday on Monday, June 7. The parade will begin at 9:30 am on South Wellwood Avenue in front of Grace Methodist Church and will travel north to Fireman’s Park. As I always close my column, I ask to please feel free to contact me on this or any other matter. Just as I was asked to speak at the TEA Club, I would be honored to

address you group or Scout Troop as well. If you wish to contact me, please leave a message during business hours from 9 am to 4:30 pm with Mrs. Claire Collins at Village Hall at 631-957-7500. I may also be reached on my cell phone is 516-241-9476 but please only use that number after 6 pm or via e-mail at MALavorata@ You may also contact anyone of the Village Board by dropping a line to Village Hall at 430 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757 or sending an e-mail to: villageboard@villageoflindenhurst. com.

Nine New Officers Assigned to the First Precinct is to ensure your community is a safe place to live, work and raise a family.“ Recruits in the academy’s 162nd recruit class receive instruction and hands-on training in criminal and civil law, physical fitness, firearms, arrest procedures and other requirements. Recruits undergo 29 weeks of preparation at the academy and up to 12 more weeks of field training.

On May 19th, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Commissioner Ed Webber, Chief James Burke and several county legislators congratulated 54 graduates of the Suffolk County Police Academy at commencement exercises Monday at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. “You have chosen to invest your life in the career of public service as a Suffolk County Police Officer. You have decided to ensure public safety and put your life on the line for the greater good of Suffolk County. For that I applaud you and say thank you,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. Of the 54 graduates, 37 are

joining the Suffolk County Police Department, while two others are joining the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. The remainder are joining village or other police units or agencies from around Long Island and New York City. “You are the best trained and best equipped police officers that the Suffolk County Police Academy has ever graduated,” Police Commissioner Edward Webber said. “With this training and authority that you have been given as police officers, comes a great responsibility. You are now responsible for protecting the lives, property and rights of the people that you serve. Your job

“As graduates of the 162nd Recruit Class, you are now responsible for the safety and security of the residents of Suffolk County,” Chief of Department James Burke said. “The uniform that you put on every day should be a reminder of everything that being a police officer stands for: integrity, service, and dedication to the community. I welcome you to the Suffolk County Police Department family- today you join a family of brothers and sisters that you will forever be a part of.” Several officers were recognized for their performance during academy training: Most Supportive Elizabeth Tomlin EMT Award

Kola Olosunde Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Daniel Murphy Firearms Proficiency Michael Chicas Top Physical Fitness Christopher Grenia Top Academic Robert Schenker Top Suffolk Police Recruit Kevin Muller Top Overall Recruit Daniel Murphy The new Suffolk officers and their assignments are: First Precinct: Jack Balaguera Nicholas Ceschini Michael Chicas Kristina Famularo Kevin Nolan Nelson Pabon Jason Quilty Michael Sweet Randy Wahid Among those participating in the commencement program were Suffolk County Legislators Sarah Anker, Steve Stern, Kara Hahn, Robert Calarco, Kate Browning, Thomas Barraga, John Kennedy and Kevin McCaffrey.


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Hofstra Congratulates Spring 2014 Dean's List Students Hofstra University congratulates the students named to the Spring 2014 Dean's List for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean's List. The local students named to the Hofstra University Dean's List include: Yeliz Alakas of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Journalism. Christina Buchanan of Lindenhurst, a sophomore majoring in Biology. Desiree Curcio of Lindenhurst, a junior majoring in Psychology. Richard Demaio of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Political Science. Keith Donnelly of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in English. Marissa Espinoza of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Economics. Anthony Giambrone of Lindenhurst, a sophomore majoring in Biology.

Nicolette Gniedziejko of Lindenhurst, a junior majoring in speech-language-hearing science. Joshua Kuperstein of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in History. Carolina Machado of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Spanish. Andrew Manning of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Rhetorical Studies. Mary Mullan of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in English. Alison Nahrevar of Lindenhurst, a junior majoring in Mathematics. Maura Nahrevar of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Film Studies & Production. Conrad Petti of Lindenhurst, a junior majoring in speech-languagehearing science. Angelika Rafalowski of Lindenhurst, a junior majoring in Biochemistry. Daniel Townend of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Exercise

Science. Heather Wagner of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in English. Marie Zuck of Lindenhurst, a senior majoring in Geology. Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university just 25 miles from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention with the resources, technology, and facilities of a large university. Students can chose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering and applied science, communication, education, health sciences and

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Obituaries Christine Schwing - Uebel of Bay Shore, NY on May 10, 2014. Beloved wife of Jon. Loving mother of Nicole, Jon Michael, Jeanine, Briana and the late Cliff and Mary Bridget. Cherished sister of Barbara Silberman. She will be missed by her many relatives and friends. Christine was a devoted nursing manager for 29 years at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Islip, NY. Martin, Hugo Roberto on June 4, 2014. Beloved husband of Lee. Loving father of Rich and his wife Jennifer, Dave and his wife Romina and Hugo Jr. and his wife Nicole. Cherished grandfather of Quintin, Roman, Vance, Avery and Cole. He will be missed by his family in Argentina.

Margaret R. Klein “Midge” was born August 30, 1936 in St. Albens, NY to the late Fred and Edna Read. Midge died June 1, 2014 while she peacefully slept at home. Midge’s family, including brother Fred and sister Phyllis, moved to Amityville and later settled in Babylon, NY. Midge graduated from Babylon high school in 1954. Soon after graduation she met George Klein at the local watering hole, Cod Fish Bobs. They fell in love and married on January 15, 1955. Midge’s first born is Constance Jo, followed by Debra Lynn and Kenneth George. Kenny sadly passed away at the age of 10 months. This tragedy, with the help of family and friends, drew our family closer. Connie and Debbie each had a son, Jake Robert and Jesse George respectively. The grandsons were the light of her life. While Midge worked as a

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bookkeeper and bus driver, her most rewarding accomplishment was that of a Mother and Grandmother extraordinaire. After a long illness Midge’s husband George sadly died in 1983. Midge was a strong woman and her life continued to thrive surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. Midge did find love again with her long time friend Charles Reeves Jr. of Babylon, NY. They enjoyed close to 30 years of love and adventure together. In the words of Charlie “Midge and I always had a damn good time.” Midge is survived by her immediate family, Connie, Nate, Jake, Debbie, Chris, Jesse, Glen and Sheila. CELLAN - Kenneth P., of Lindenhurst, on June 1, 2014. Beloved husband and High School Sweetheart of Patricia (nee Coates). 115

Loving father of Leigh Ann and Gary Klauser, Bradley and Maria, Lisa and Kenny Lippertshauser. Adored grandfather of Matthew, Bree and the late Aubrey,Anthony, Nicholas, Alyssa and Nicole. Cherished great grandfather of Sophia and Jacob. MrCellan was a member of the Lindenhurst Lions Club, NY Grinders Association, Section 11 Wrestler Association and a Member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Lindenhurst High School Hall of Fame. Edward Robert Roehrig November 19, 1958 - June 2, 2014 We hold you close within our hearts and there you shall remain. To walk with us throughout our lives until we meet again. So rest in peace dear loved one and thanks for all you’ve done. We pray that God has given you the crown you’ve truly won.

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BOE Approves Bond Refi for School District By Barbara Capella Loehr

The Lindenhurst Board of Education approved a resolution to allow the district to refinance a bond at the May 20, 2014 community forum meeting at the McKenna Administration Building. “The bond committee watches the markets closely, and if they think they can save money, it’ll recommend a course of action to do so,” Assistant Superintendent of Business Jackie Scrio explained to residents at the meeting, which was held the same night as the school budget vote and trustee election. “The rates are lower now, so we’re looking to refinance this bond, which will yield $310,000 in savings over the course of the bond borrowing of 11 years,” she said. “So after fees, it’ll be about $25,000 to $28,000 in annual savings for the district, depending on the year.” Bond History

The original bond resolution dates back to July 19, 2005 when the BOE at that time adopted it. The resolution authorized the construction of improvements and alterations to all district buildings and associated sites. And before it was adopted by the BOE in 2005, a referendum about it was passed on May 18, 2004. The estimated total cost of the School District Serial Bonds listed in the 2005 resolution was $9,447,300. And now $6,355,000 of the remaining outstanding bonds are set to mature on July 15 in the years and in the principal amounts and bear interest payable on January 15 and July 15 in each year as follows: 2014/$475,000/4%; 2015/$490,000/4%; 2016/$510,000/4%; 2017/$530,000/4%; 2018/$550,000/4%; 2019/$570,000/4%;

2020/$595,000/4%; 2021/$620,000/4%; 2022/$645,000/4%; 2023/$670,000/4%; and 2024/$700,000/4%. The resolution the BOE passed on May 20 authorizing the district to refinance will help with the remaining bonds and keep costs down, as Scrio previously indicated.

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Upcoming Meetings The next BOE community forum meeting - and the last one for the year - is set for June 11 at the LHS. And the BOE’s end-of-year meeting is set for June 30 at McKenna, according to the district’s website, w w w. l i n d e n h u r s t s c h o o l s . o rg .

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