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Volume 2 Issue 8

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Mayor Forms New Task Force to Fight Growing Drug, Alcohol Use by Lindy Youth By The Lindenhurst Gazette Staff


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The new task force consists of concerned residents, parents and community leaders and aims to put forth a coordinated effort to stem the drug and alcohol problem among the youth in Lindenhurst today. Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan has formed a new drug task force aimed at combating the escalating drug and alcohol problem among the youth in the community. Dubbed the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use, Brennan officially announced its formation at the April 23 Clean Up Lindenhurst community meeting at the LMS. He told residents in attendance, “The Mayor’s Task Force seeks to raise community awareness about local youth substance abuse and to make recommendations for community interventions to reduce youth use.”




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B.O.E Appoints LHS Principal Giordano as New Lindy Superintendent By Barbara Capella Loehr Dan Giordano will take the reins from current Superintendent Richard Nathan, who’s retiring at the end of this school year in June. The Lindenhurst School District and Board of Education have selected a familiar face as its new superintendent. LHS Principal Dan Giordano was officially appointed to the position at the April 24 Board of Education community forum meeting at the LMS. On July 1, 2014 Giordano will take the reins from current Superintendent Richard Nathan, who’s retiring at the end of this school year in June. His appointment is effective for three years, until June 30, 2017. The BOE approved the resolution placing Giordano in his new post in front of a full auditorium filled with residents and colleagues, who gave him a standing ovation. His wife, mother, son and daughter and her service dog were also there to share in his appointment. “It feels wonderful. I’ve been here 17 years in the district, and I never realized I’d be getting to this point. I’m very excited. I think I will continue to work well with all of the wonderful staff here and help the district move forward,” Giordano told The Lindenhurst Gazette at the BOE meeting where he was appointed. Going Forward The BOE agreed that Giordano’s vast knowledge and 17 years of experience in Lindenhurst will prove to be an asset as he moves forward in this new role. “We’re looking forward to working with him as superintendent,” she told the Gazette after the meeting. “We are so pleased that Mr. Giordano will be the new superintendent of schools, and are confident that his experience with and knowledge of the community will contribute to his success in the position,” added BOE President Donna Hochman

continued. “Congratulations to Mr. Giordano. He’s truly bleeds Lindy green. He’ll continue to be an asset to the school district, and he’s omnipresent at school functions and in the community at school events and meetings. He’ll continue to work well with his colleagues, staff, the board, the administration and the community. I wish him the best,” Nathan told the Gazette after the meeting. LHS Principal Dan Giordano has been named the new Lindenhurst Schools His Background superintendent at the April 24, 2014 Board of Education meeting. From l to In 1997 Giordano joined the r: BOE Trustees Lynn Aniello, Robert VitIello and Val McKenna, Giordano, district as the assistant principal Trustee Ed Langone, BOE President Donna Hochman, Trustees Patty Ames of the high school. and Ed Murphy, Jr., and Superintendent Richard Nathan, who’s retiring in June. In 2002 he was named Prior to his time in Lindenhurst, “I am thrilled to take on this new principal and was responsible role of superintendent of schools in Giordano held the position of band for the day-to-day operations of the director in the Huntington and Lindenhurst,” Giordano said. “It was school that housed 2,200 students. Levittown school districts. an honor and a pleasure to serve as He was responsible for determining For 37 years he’s also served as a both principal and assistant principal and supervising the school’s budget, of the high school for the last 17 trustee and chairman of the board for curriculum, technology and public the Albertson Fire Company. years. I have always considered relations. Giordano has a professional the Lindenhurst community to be a During his tenure in the district, second family, and I look forward to diploma in educational administration he also served as head principal of continuing to serve them in this new the Western Suffolk BOCES Summer and a Master of Science from LIU Post. He obtained his Bachelor of capacity for years to come.” School in Dix Hills. Science from Hofstra University.

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Storm Rips Through Midwest and Southern United States written by Joseph Kennelly

A large and intense s t o r m system ripped through t h e Midwest a n d Southern United States this past week, the latest example of yet another extreme weather pattern affecting the lives of inhabitants in the crosshairs of Mother Nature. The system produced over 60 tornadoes and caused major flooding in the Florida Panhandle, leaving at least 38 people dead, and rescuers scrambling to aid survivors. Faulkner County, one of the areas hit hardest by the storms, is no stranger to natural disaster. At the request of Governor Mike Beebe, the county was declared a major disaster area by FEMA, and approved by President Obama. The latest damage wrought by severe weather comes almost three years to the day after the largest tornado

outbreak on record ripped through Faulkner County, destroying lives and communities in its wake. The town of Vilonia, still recovering from the storms of three years past, was particularly ravaged by the storm system, and left many questioning why this has happened again. Rarely has a single town been hit so hard by tornadoes along much of the same path as Vilonia. Initial reports estimated that at least 11 souls perished in Faulkner County this time around, with additional deaths in remaining Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Florida. “The devastation, in terms of the power of it, may be as big as I’ve ever seen,” Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas said Monday after he surveyed the scene in Faulkner. Coinciding with the deadly tornadoes, the Florida Panhandle experienced severe flooding and damages that left inhabitants stunned by the power and magnitude of the storm. Rescuers in Pensacola had to use boats to rescue families as the floodwaters rose quickly and unexpectedly. The overwhelming rains

that moved across parts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle dumped almost two feet of precipitation in some areas, stunning officials, and forcing rescues as roads became impassable. “In my mind, the expectation would have been for severe thunderstorms and potential tornado concerns, not the deluge of rain that we’ve received,” said Bill Pearson, a spokesman for Escambia County. I don’t think that was really in the forecast in any way, shape or form.” What started out as an unnamed spring storm had many people in Florida comparing the damages to that of a strong summertime hurricane. In Alabama, the Fish River reaches a flood stage at 11 feet. This storm forced waters to crest at over 23 feet, slightly higher than the record set during Hurricane Danny in July 1997. Additionally, forecasters reported a rate of rainfall seen once about every 200 years when government meteorologists recorded almost 5.7 inches of precipitation in an hour at Pensacola’s airport. As the world begins to feel the effects of nature ever more frequently

and ferociously, it has become clear that these weather patterns are here to stay. Officials and residents should begin to expect the unexpected. Whether it is man’s fault or just natural climate change, the effects of extreme weather are terrifying, deadly, and expensive. From massive hurricanes, to deadly tornado outbreaks, record typhoons, frequent earthquakes, bitterly cold winters, and drought and scorching summers, weather is affecting our lives more directly than ever before. This is the new normal, and humans must adapt to the changes happening before our very eyes. The policy makers and residents have to be responsible and proactive in the future in preparing for natural disasters and alleviating loss of life, community, potential economic loss, and cost of repair. In a world that has never been more globally interdependent, weather in one portion of the world will have a major impact on another, and these problems must be met head on. It remains to be seen, however, whether man will have any say in the matter over Mother Nature. 104


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Councilman Donnelly Congratulates New Eagle Scout Babylon Town Councilman Tom Donnelly recently congratulated Thomas J. Barcia of Boy Scout Troop 104 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor awarded by the organization. A Court of Honor ceremony was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore with other local officials in attendance, including Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey. Thomas’ Eagle Project was

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It’s Official

Perhaps the most important duty of the Mayor and the Board of Trustees is the stewardship of taxpayer’s funds. The Village of Lindenhurst’s budget is nearly $11M but has to go a long way to fund the various departments, pay its employees and provide the services that you have come to expect and for which you are paying for! Therefore, in this column, I would like to elaborate upon a recent purchase made by the Village Board which has come under some scrutiny by some residents. First, may I say that it is not only within your right to question any and all of the expenditures made by any level of government, it is also your duty as an American taxpayer. Fortunately, in our representative democracy, we have the ability to question our government without fear of arrest or another reprisal. Our Constitution was written over 200 years ago with the purpose of Government by and for the people. The Brennan Administration worked

By Deputy Mayor Mike Lavorata

very hard these last 10 years to maintain a great working relationship with the Civic Associations and the many other community groups in our Village. We have always made it a point to respect the opinions of any organization even if it may differ from ours. Having pointed that out, I will now provide the details of the purchase. I am speaking of the building at 272 South Wellwood Avenue. It is a house that is over 90 years old and had long served as the Murov and Ades Law Office among other things and was purchased several years ago by Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Church. While under the church’s ownership, it has housed the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Approximately 10 months ago, the church decided that it wanted to part with the property. I believe that was brought to our attention somewhere about that time. Both OLPH and the Village had the property appraised. One firm placed the property’s worth at about $400K while the other organization

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placed its value at $385K. As you can see, the two appraisals were fairly close in estimation. Thus, the actual sale price was originally set at the lower appraisal of $385K, and a purchase price of $350K was accepted by the Village. Prior to the agreement to construct a new Main Firehouse at 225 South Wellwood Avenue, it was agreed by the Village Administration, the Museum Board and the Historical Society that the Old Village Hall Museum was to be moved to the Railroad Depot,which is located at the corner of South Broadway and South 3rd Street. It has always been a dream of this administration to create our own mini-version of Bethpage’s Old Village Restoration at the Depot. However, it was the collaboration of these groups that made it a reality. Once the decision to move the Museum was made, the Village Historian, the Museum Director and the Museum Board were concerned that moving the Museum off of Wellwood Avenue would inhibit the display of many of the historical items

that were previously housed in the Old Village Hall Museum. Therefore, they inquired about the possibility of keeping the artifacts near its original location, perhaps even in a local storefront. Since 272 South Wellwood Avenue became available, it was thought that the building could be converted into a Museum, and since it was larger than the original Museum, the Village Administration also felt that it would be beneficial for other Municipal use at a future date. For example, several years ago, we investigated the cost of construction which would place a second story on Village Hall with the intent of perhaps, moving the Village Court downstairs and placing some of the administrative offices upstairs. However, a preliminary estimate to update Village Hall in this manner was cost prohibitive in our eyes. We felt that the rebuilding of the Fire Department Headquarters was a far more important project and would improve both fire and ambulatory services for our residents whereas an ...CONT’D on Pg 21

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Mayor Forms New Task Force CONT’D currently some great efforts by numerous groups and organizations taking a stance against drug abuse and underage drinking. Among those most prominent in the past year have been Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition and Clean Up Lindenhurst. Brennan assured, “My task force is not looking to duplicate what’s already being done, but instead to help coordinate the efforts of the various groups and to lend ‘an official arm’ to those groups.” The mayor said he fully expects the task force will play a major role in getting the laws changed concerning drug convictions. One of his first priorities is to encourage and coordinate petitions to both county and state officials to address the weaknesses in the current laws, he indicated. According to the mission of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use, members are “advocates for and with youth, committed to creating a community where our youth can lead healthy lives free of alcohol and drug use.” Task Force Board The board of the Mayor’s Task Force consists of Lindenhurst residents, appointed by the mayor, as well as by task force board’s chairman, Lance Walker. Walker was asked to head up the task force board by Mayor Brennan. He and his family are not only long-time residents of Lindenhurst Village, but he is also the publisher and founder of this publication, The Lindenhurst Gazette, and website, www. In addition to Walker, the new task force includes representatives from the Lindenhurst Board of Education, local law enforcement agencies, the village board, local Lindy church organizations, youth sports, scouting organizations and youth organizations - including

the Lindenhurst Youth Center, Lindenhurst Moose Lodge and Lindenhurst Key Club - as well as business organizations. They include John Mansfield, TAL president; Chris Delaney, who works for Suffolk County government; Frank Panzarella, president, Clean Up Lindenhurst; Val McKenna, BOE trustee; Rev. Rick Mullins, Evangel Church of God; James Campbell, LHS assistant principal; Christina Colucci Noonan, director, Daytop Village; Maddi Arrigali, who’s with the Heer Park-Meridale Civic and the recording secretary for the task force; Judith Raimondi, Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition; Chris Vourtis, who’s with Lindenhurst Rotary Club and the website and social media manager for the task force; and an officer from the Suffolk County Police COPE unit. According to Brennan, the purpose of the task force’s board will be to coordinate data, functions and resources for the common goal of a drug-andalcohol-free environment for Lindenhurst youth. Additionally, the Mayor will appoint a representative to be a liaison with local law enforcement to assist with coordinating the implementation of a community watch program, as well as with providing an accurate avenue of vital statistics necessary for program direction. Mission Going Forward According to the Mayor’s Task Force mission statement, “It’s our belief that when community pools together all of its resources toward a common goal, that goal has a better chance of being reached in a more beneficial and timely matter than if individual groups set out with likewise goals; therefore, the Mayor’s Task Force for Drugs and Alcohol has been created to lend an official arm to the coordination and implementation of critical programs by civic, business and

clerical organizations within the Village of Lindenhurst.” According to Mayor Brennan and the task force mission statement, the coordinated effort will be geared toward achieving the following goals: 1. The Task Force recognizes our children are most susceptible and in danger, and something must be done about it. It must be recognized the powers of government are not limitless, and, therefore, the mayor seeks to address the current drug and alcohol problems with the cooperation and participation of residents, businesses and civic groups alike. 2. To effectively address underage alcohol and drug abuse in our community, the mayor is asking all concerned parties collaborate through the task force for the purpose of a unified program that exhibits a common theme through education and prevention. 3. The task force wishes to increase and educate the community through alliancesponsored activities. We want to provide a safe and healthy community for our children. We believe, through education and awareness, parents can recognize the symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse in its early stages and intervene properly to curtail the damages caused by alcohol and drug abuse among our children. 4. We want our community to know the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and empower the community to make the proper decisions and give the community the opportunity to seek intervention by qualified agencies and, when necessary, law enforcement. 5. We want our children to understand it’s okay to say, “No,” and we want to offer our children healthy alternatives. Community Involvement

To achieve these goals, the task force said it’ll establish “a network of private citizens, community leaders and various human service agencies that are dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort in which the promotion and support of drug and alcohol prevention programs and related activities are enforced.” The Mayor’s Task Force will hold organizational meetings, as well as public meetings during which presentations will be made and citizens not recognized by any particular group will have the opportunity to speak and/ or contribute accordingly in an orderly fashion predetermined by the task force board, according to Brennan. The Mayor’s Task Force will maintain an active website to keep community members updated about its work. The website will also contain resources for parents/community members and information about the efforts of other local groups working to reduce youth drug and alcohol use. The task force will also maintain social media sites for the same purpose. Additionally, according to Mayor Brennan, a review of current codes and vill`age laws will be instituted for the purpose of maximizing the rights and authority of the village, concerning, but not limited to, the enforcement of illegal apartments and/or businesses within the village boundaries which may be contributing to illegal activities. The mayor also encouraged residents to become a part of this task force via their local organizations and/or churches. Interested community members seeking further information could also call either Village Hall at 631957-7500 or Lance Walker, Task Force Board chairman, at 631-4123940.

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B.O.E Candidates Debut at Meet the Candidates Night By Lance Walker

Four Lindenhurst Board of Education 2014 candidates spoke at the PTA Council’s annual Meet the Candidate Night at Harding Avenue Elementary School on April 30. This year there are four candidates on the ballot for the upcoming Board of Education Trustee Election and 2014-15 Budget Vote set for Tuesday, May 20, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the LMS and William Rall, Harding Avenue, Albany Avenue and Daniel Street Elementary Schools. The BOE is the official policymaking body of the district consisting of nine residents elected by the community to serve overlapping, unpaid terms of three years.

as the recording secretary on the Lindenhurst Council of PTAs. Meet the Candidates Night Each of this year’s candidates had a chance to speak about a range of topics at the Meet the Candidates

Who’s Running As first reported on The Lindenhurst Gazette website, Left to Right is Julie Bartolomeo,, on April 22, the 2014 Night at Harding Avenue candidates include incumbent Elementary School on April 30. BOE Trustee Valerie McKenna, It was hosted by the Council, and who’s running for her second questions were moderated by three-year term, and incumbent Suffolk Region PTA. Trustee Sean McNeilly, who was Topics included the tax cap first elected last May. He’s running and their stance on piercing it in again this year for a full three-year the future - all were opposed - the term. biggest issue facing this district McKenna and McNeilly are - they cited lessening resources both running unopposed. and state aid, more community Incumbent BOE Trustee Ed and parent involvement in the Murphy, Jr. - who’s been on the schools, outstanding unsettled board since 1996 - is running for contracts with TAL (teachers’ his seventh three-year term. union), nurses and aides, and He’s being challenged by drugs and alcohol, among others former BOE Trustee Julie - and what changes they’d like to Bartolomeo, who was first elected in May 2011 and abruptly resigned make or see made if re-elected/ elected - they cited increasing in October 2012. She also serves

the amount of information put out to parents and the amount of parents at meetings, advocating changes in Common Core, staying on legislators about funding and mandate relief, more professional development for teachers, taking




provide residents with a look at each candidate, as well as give each candidate the opportunity to answer the same questions about their qualifications, background and stances.


a closer look at special education and bringing back more students in district from various programs including BOCES, and enhancing the schools. More In-Depth Coverage Online The Lindenhurst Gazette will be offering more in-depth coverage about the Meet the Candidates Night and Q&As about the candidates on the ballot on May 20 on our website, www.lindygazette. com. There, in the coming weeks leading up to the May 20 Budget Vote and BOE Trustee Election, the Lindenhurst Gazette will also





Editor’s Note: The Lindenhurst Gazette also welcomes your comments about the upcoming May 20 Budget Vote and BOE Trustee Election. Email us at with your questions, concerns and comments, and you might also see them on our website, You can also tweet us @LindyGazette or comment on our Facebook page,

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Lindenhurst Community Cares presented A Special Event for Youth; that was sponsored by Mayor Tom Brennan on May 1st at the Lindenhurst High school.

Some on a more personal and emotional level than others. However, we can only focus on what we can do as a Community to help our own. Now The production of that we have “Stories of Substance” acknowledged used drama, humor and the problem, music in a creative, the question is, powerful and efficient “Well, what do way to educate students you (or we) plan about making healthy on doing about choices. The dramas it?”. A coalition they put on helped to can have many raise awareness of vital meanings, but the Pictured are the “Actors” from stories of Substance along with our Officials and members of information, and a strong one that appeals the Board of Ed, Village of Lindenhurst, Suffolk County Legislator, Village Board, SCPD and LHS connection was forged the most applicable with the emotions behind to our Community was the organization that presented individual of the Community. substance use, domestic violence, this special event. LCC was self-esteem, sexual assault, started by two concerned mothers depression, bullying, internet safety and long-standing residents of and more. The performances were the Lindenhurst Community written and performed by young decided to embark on a long adults and were developed from journey, networking and forming actual stories. relationships with all facets of At the end of the presentation, our Community. Finally bringing the audience was invited to ask them all together, they formed questions, and one young student “Lindenhurst Community Cares” remarked about how they just went a/k/a (LCC). They have received through a similar situation in school support from Senator Phil Boyle, where another student was smoking Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, an E Cigarette and how it caused Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich We are offering six months of We ar e looking for quite a bit of commotion in the Schaffer, Village of Lindenhurst free outpatient treatment and class. adults, between the Mayor Thomas Brennan, the one month of free medication. One parent who attended with Suffolk County First Precinct, the ages of 18 to 65 with her two children commented to Lindenhurst Board of Education, We will compensate you up to the Lindenhurst Gazette how a diagnosis of bipolar the principals, educators, PTA and $450 for your time and effort if she was not going to attend the many major associations in the disor der and who ar e you are eligible and choose to presentation, She continued to say Community. Together, with their participate. cur r ently depr essed, to that she now knows she would have amazing Board Members, they regretted missing it. She also said have successfully begun to reach If interested, please call Sunia at par ticipate in a r esear ch that the theme “Think about it” out and meet with members of the (631) 638-1544. study conducted by was a great opportunity for her to Community. address certain issues with her own As we all know, S tony B r ook U niver sity children and she feels like the way drugs and under-age drinking H ospital and Yale the scenarios were presented; she are everywhere. It has become now has an easier way to touch on an increasingly overwhelming U niver sity. some “Sensitive” subjects with her epidemic. It is hurting our youth, children. our adults, our business owners, Stony B rook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. Produced by the Office of Communications. 13120734H Lindenhurst Community Cares our residents and each & every

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Now and then one of my Account Executives will ask me to do a little “write-up” about an account. Since, we are a “Newspaper”, I stress to my reps that it is not in good taste to write “advertorials” about clients and for the most part they accept my response and leave it alone. However, Melissa was very insistent about this one, in fact, she just about badgered me to listen to why it was “so important to do an article”, and I have to admit, on this one Melissa was right! Studio Trio, the new Salon that Melissa was so excited about is more than just a “Salon”. It is, in fact, a community based business where the owners, Tori, Naomi and Apryl care about and contribute to the community on a regular basis. Now don’t get me wrong, numerous businesses in Lindenhurst do a lot for the community, and, that being said, I will try to “Spotlight” a business that gives back to the community on a regular basis. So, here is the first “Spotlight on Business” article, and I ask my readers to “Nominate” the next business for this column by emailing me with a brief summary of why you are nominating them to So, indulge me for just a few more moments as I “Highlight” some of the events that Studio Trio has and will be sponsoring, and how what they are doing has, in fact, qualified them for this issue’s 125

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is: “an organization of diverse interest groups and individuals that combine their human and material resources to effect a specific change the members are unable to bring about independently.”. Coalitions bring disparate individuals and organizations together to reach a defined, shared goal. Our mission as a coalition is to provide an opportunity for members of the Community to come together. Whether you are a resident, parent, youth, educator, politician, business owner or organization, we will offer awareness and education to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse in our youth and adults, while working on ways to implement the appropriate strategies for treatment and coping skills. We know what this Town is capable of when we all pull together. We areaz asking you all to come together like pieces of

a puzzle so we can implement sustainable initiatives. Every aspect of this Community is a different part of the pie. The only way to make this effective is if all the pieces come together to make a whole. As a Community, we can do AMAZING things. We have so many ideas and initiatives that we want to put into motion. We aim to influence the youth’s attitudes about drugs; build their self-esteem and drug resistance skills and reinforce these skills through mentoring relationships. We aim to provide safe places for our youth after school and create a healthy educational forum for our youth during the school year and during the summer months. We aim to reach out to our Elementary and Middle School children in an attempt to influence positive life goals and discourage them from

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...updated Village Hall would not. We, as an administration, in a separate transaction from the Main Firehouse project, bonded an additional $450K for the purchase of the house at $350K and an additional $100K for any repairs or upgrades deemed necessary to the building. Since the cost for movement of the original museum was bonded as part of the Main Firehouse Bond, at a cost of $180K (for a new foundation and renovation in its new location), this additional bond would be specifically earmarked for the property on Wellwood Avenue and for some repairs, as needed. The Old Museum will be set up in its original function as the first Village Hall and Police station. Since the bonding for 272 South Wellwood Avenue has been secured, we received $265K in total from the

Historical Society, as well as from grants from various elected officials. We have taken out a mortgage on the property at a very low interest rate and feel that we have enough money between our sources for completion of the projects. The breakdown of the $265K is as follows: $75K in cash from the Lindenhurst Historical Society, $180K grant from NYS Senator Phil Boyle as well as $10K from former County Legislator Wayne Horsley. In addition, the Historical Society has committed to this project with the promise of raising perhaps an additional $25-50K through fundraisers, etc. What is wonderful about this generous gift is how that Historical Society gifted this money to the Village although they will have no ownership in the actual building. But it is their intention to continue to sponsor and/or partner

Thunder Phobia in Dogs by Barbara Pezzanite, Ph.D., CPDT-KA

If you have a dog who frantically tries to find someplace to hide after that first clap of thunder, then you have a dog with “thunder phobia.” Thunder phobic dogs experience extreme anxiety during a thunderstorm. They may pant, whine, salivate, pace, tremble, and run and hide. Not only is it very stressful for the dog, but very stressful for the owner who feels helpless because typically there’s no way to console the dog. Many cases are so severe that it appears as though the dog has completely “zoned out.” Some dogs begin to become anxious as soon as it starts to rain, or if the wind picks up. It’s truly heartbreaking to watch, so how can you help? Desensitization and Classical Counterconditioning First, make sure there are no underlying medical conditions by bringing your dog to your veterinarian. Medical problems can trigger or worsen your dog’s fear. Next, systematic desensitization and counterconditioning (DSCC) treatment can begin. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help enhance the treatment. If your dog does need medication, then chances are he has a severe case of thunder phobia. Severe cases are best

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with the community for Historical Preservation. Many volunteers have already offered their service in any interior alterations that would be needed at the new Municipal Building. Many of the Museum employees, who are, in fact, Village employees, have also offered their services to assist in the alterations. These folks are part-time workers whom along with the several volunteers, help maintain the facilities at the Depot for us. I hope that I have explained the purchase details satisfactorily. I have tried to do so within a limited space in this column because I feel that it is important to continue a frank and honest dialogue with the community, this seemed like a great place to do so. As I close my column, I ask to please feel free to contact me on this or any other matter. 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. As always, it will be directed to any one of us that you would like to address specifically. As promised, I will continue to remind everyone of the Memorial Day Parade. So please mark your calendars for our Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th where will honor our Service Veterans and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It begins at 8:00 am at the Breslau Cemetery and will make several stops along the route from the cemetery through Newark Street to Delaware Avenue and on to Charles Street as we have a second service at Fireman’s Park. From there, we will march to Village Hall for the final tribute to our Service Personnel!

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Check the Big Move Off the Moving To- Do List (BPT) When you’re planning the big move, you’ve probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you’re likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well. By staying organized and adopting a schedule that has served professional movers very well, you can check your big move off your to-do list with ease. If you follow this simple timeline and valuable advice, any move can be quick, easy and organized: Three to four weeks prior to move day 1. Estimate how large a rental truck you’ll need. In general, allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room. For example, a 12-foot truck offers 450 cubic feet while a 26-foot truck offers 1,400 cubic feet for your items.

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2. Round up all the packing supplies you’ll need. Save time by ordering your moving supplies like boxes, labels, bubble wrap One day prior to move day and packing tape online now. Sometimes you can collect boxes 1. Finish any remaining at work or ask your local grocery packing. Pack all your essentials store if they have any you may take. into a suitcase as if you were traveling. This will be the last 3. Start packing. Begin with item you pack and likely the out-of-season and non-essential first one you open at your new items. Remember to label boxes destination. Include items like clearly. This is also a good time to checkbooks, credit cards, IDs, lighten your load. If you haven’t glasses, prescription drugs, worn or used it in a year, donate it house keys and other necessities. to charity or hold a garage sale to garner a little extra spending cash. 2. Pick up your truck rental the day or evening before the 4. Utilize technology. Did move to save time on moving you know you can use your day. Penske professionals will smartphone to quickly and easily get you familiarized with your rent a moving truck with Penske’s vehicle and help you verify the new mobile rental option? Simply best driving directions to your access new home. They’ll even check

to help at your destination. By using this schedule, you’ll have an easy and smooth move without headaches so you can enjoy your new home and look forward to the future. Alternatively, you can also rent a Storage Pod from numerous companies. An advantage of using a storage pod is that you can take as much time as you need to pack and store your belongings as neatly as possible. Another great thing about storage pods is that you can keep the clutter of packed boxes to a bare minimum while the packing is going on. If you are considering a pod, which by the way stands for Portable On Demand storage unit, make sure you shop around for one as prices vary greatly.

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How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond

(BPT) - The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it’s important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activities. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) provides important summertime pet care tips, including: * Provide adequate water and shade * Never leave your dog in the car * Take walks and play outside during cooler hours of the day * Avoid walking on hot pavement that can hurt your dog’s paws * Provide regular flea and tick protection And, if your dog isn’t on a regular schedule of heartworm preventive, now is a good time to start. Many people don’t realize that while mosquito bites are usually a minor irritation for most people, for dogs, just one mosquito bite can be life-threatening. This is because mosquitoes carry heartworm.

Heartworm disease may exhibit few symptoms. When diagnosed, it is difficult and expensive to treat and, if not caught in time, can be fatal. If you don’t live in an area with a heavy concentration of mosquitoes, or if your dog doesn’t spend a lot of time outside, you may think that your dog is not at risk. According to the

American Heartworm Society (AHS), “Heartworm disease is spreading to new regions of the country each year. Stray and neglected dogs and certain wildlife such as coyotes, wolves and foxes can be carriers of heartworms. Mosquitoes blown great distances by the wind and the relocation of infected pets to previously uninfected areas all contribute to the spread of heartworm disease.” The AHS recommends

year-round protection because it is “an easy thing to do and is much less expensive than treating serious, sometimes deadly, heartworm disease.” Leading veterinary organizations including the Companion Animal Parasite Council, the American Animal Hospital Association and the AVMA also support year-round protection. For many people, however, remembering that monthly heartworm pill is easier said than done. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine agreed to revisions under which ProHeart 6, a six-month injectable heartworm preventive, may be administered. The changes were made based on a safety study encompassing 4 1/2 years’ worth of data that demonstrated that predictable safety and efficacy remained consistent as use of the injection increased. This data shows that ProHeart 6 is safe and effective for the prevention of canine heartworm disease for six full months

in dogs age 6 months and older. “Monthly heartworm medications are effective, if they are given on the proper schedule,” says John Santilli of Mayfair Animal Hospital in Cary, N.C. “Unfortunately, many of my clients have busy lives, and, while they have the best of intentions, doses are missed. Heartworm disease is a serious problem here in North Carolina. That’s one reason I rely on the six-month, injectable heartworm preventive. Not only does it give my clients the peace of mind that their dogs are protected against heartworm disease, the biannual visits allow me to make sure that those dogs are healthy in other respects, too. We can check for any dental issues, examine for tumors and help keep our canine patients in good shape for summer activities - and all year round.” As with any medication, it’s critical to consult with your dog’s veterinarian to see if an injectable heartworm preventive is a good option to provide six months of protection to your dog and six months of peace of mind for you.


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Lindy BOE Adopts $146.4M Budget for 2014-15 By Barbara Capella Loehr

Next year’s school budget - up for vote on May 20 - features a 1.48 percent tax levy and a .47 budgetto-budget increase. The Lindenhurst Board of Education has adopted a $146, 370,658 budget for the 2014-15 school year at the BOE community forum at the LMS on April 24, 2014. It features a 1.48 percent tax levy which is under the tax cap, according to school officials - and a .47 budgetto-budget increase. The 2013-14 budget was $145,681,328 and featured a 1.99 percent tax levy. The BOE also opted to use $1,213,394 in reserves to help stay under the tax cap at 1.48 percent. The BOE finalized the budget at the last budget meeting on April 23, 2014 at the McKenna Administration Building, and approved the resolution, thereby adopting the budget, the next night. Budget Breakdown “By proposing a spending plan that is the lowest in 16 years and within the tax cap, the Lindenhurst district continues to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers,” said Superintendent Richard Nathan, noting the .47 budget-to-budget increase is “probably the lowest in western Suffolk County.” He also told residents at the meeting on April 24, “We’re proud to say we’re not cutting any programs with this budget, and any staff cuts and/or shifts are minimal and the result of the declining enrollment at the middle school and low registration in some classes at the high school, as well as a little bit of declining enrollment there, too.” “We’re happy to say this budget preserves all programs, and stays under the tax cap,” Donna Hochman told The Lindenhurst Gazette. The programs that have been at risk of being cut in the past few years have stayed intact: full-day kindergarten, full-instruction music, dance, JROTC, full foreign language curriculum with four world languages, full range of English, social studies and science electives, competitive marching band and full athletic offering. The newly adopted 2014-15 budget also keeps the security guards at the elementary schools, the BOE also told residents on at the April 24 meeting,

generating applause for that. State Aid Several hundred thousand dollars in additional state aid also helped the Lindenhurst School District stay within the tax cap this year. The district originally received approximately $300,000 in state aid, and then received roughly an additional $600,000 in aid, according to Superintendent Richard Nathan.

office supplies, $4,000 taken from extermination services and $3,000 taken from athletic chalk and paint. An additional $85,000 was also cut from BOCES services (specifically the budget for LCD projector replacement was cut by $10,000, and the $75,000 allotted for new computers PARCC assessment was cut, since the state has delayed this mandate). This brought down the number to $

number that was at about $7.8 million three years before that, according to school officials last year. “There are two schools of thought about using reserves. If we take money out now, then we could run out. And we could in two or three years. But if we don’t, then we need to start cutting large things like kindergarten,” Hochman said in the April 25 edition of the Gazette. Staff Cuts Nathan also told residents at the Lindenhurst Council of PTAs meeting at Harding Avenue Elementary School on May 2 where he presented the budget that will go up for vote on May 20 - the district excessed 11 full-time instructional positions. However, he was quick to note these were mainly because of the aforementioned declining enrollment and low registration in certain classes at the secondary grade levels. And they represent a savings of $850,000 for the district, as previously reported in the April 25 edition of the Gazette. Lindenhurst School District administrators and Board of Education “And some of them will either hosted the community forum meeting at the Lindenhurst Middle come back as part-time or full-time School, where the $146.4M Lindenhurst school budget was adopted. in another capacity,” he said. In fact, he added, the district will be adding “That brought us up to $900,000,” 1,335,500 on April 23. two sixth-grade positions next year as he told The Lindenhurst Gazette in At the April 24 budget adoption two eight-grade positions are being the April 25 edition just ahead of the the BOE and superintendent noted eliminated. budget finalization on April 23 and two ABA special education classes Upcoming School Meetings adoption on April 24. were also combined for an additional The BOE meets again for its monthly “Then we just received $150,000 savings of $122,000. That brought the business meeting on May 7 at the in bullet aid, which brought us right to amount of reserves used down to the McKenna Administration Building the cap,” Board of Education president final number of $1,213,394. at 8 p.m. According to the district’s Donna Hochman told the Gazette in All told the district has website, www.lindenhurstschools. the same issue. approximately $19 million in the org, a public hearing will also be “We were recently informed by fund balance, but much of that’s held, where Nathan will present the Assemblyman Bob Sweeney’s office untouchable and allocated to various proposed 2014-15 school budget to about the bullet aid,” Nathan noted items such as TRS, ERS, workers’ residents. then. compensation and unemployment Nathan will also be presenting at “The bullet aid could be used insurance, school officials explained several other meetings and venues for any purpose, but it’s a one-time during last year’s school budget in the next couple of weeks. A full revenue source. We may or may not season. schedule of the superintendent’s get it next year,” Hochman added. Of that $19 million only budget presentations can be also be Offsetting Reserves approximately $5.5 million in found on the district’s website. To get to the final budget numbers, the unappropriated funds are available to The Budget Vote for 2014-15 BOE was originally prepared to use use to lower the tax levy, they said at and the Board of Education Trustee $1.4 million in reserves, according to the time. Election are set for Tuesday, May 20, Hochman in the April 25 edition of the The BOE voted last spring to from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the LMS and Gazette. use $1.1 million in reserves to help William Rall, Harding Avenue, Albany At the April 23 budget finalization bring down the tax levy and stay Avenue and Daniel Street Elementary the BOE did make some minor within the cap. That also brought the Schools. On the same night the BOE strategic cuts to offset the use of unappropriated funds balance down will hold a community forum at reserves, such as $2,500 taken from to roughly $4.4 million in 2013 - a McKenna at 8 p.m.


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Students at Harding Avenue Elementary School participated in the Hip Pickles percussion performance.

Students at Harding Avenue Elementary School in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District enjoyed a special concert from the Hip Pickles Drum Band, featuring Chet Doboe and John Doboe. Through the interactive exploration of percussion instruments and song, students experienced music with the important message of spreading kindness and following the Golden Rule.

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The Hip Pickles, who have performed together for more than 25 years, created a musical program for students to enjoy that coincided with the “Bucket Fillers” character education program. Students enjoyed playing instruments, dancing, singing and taking part in “bucket-filling” demonstrations. “Be a ‘bucket filler;’ do what you can to make a difference and be kind to one another,” said Chet.



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Students of Alleghany Avenue Elementary School in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District took part in a PTA-sponsored science program titled “Fire and Ice,” led by scientist Mike the Caveman.

Students of Alleghany Avenue Elementary School in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District took part in a PTA-sponsored science program titled “Fire and Ice.” The MAD Science organization program involved the study of chemical reactions when various substances were introduced to one another. Observing, and in some

cases, taking part in several exciting experiments with fire, dry ice, water, metal, paper and food products, the student-scientists made observations and hypotheses to predict what changes would take place. Scientist “Mike the Caveman” led the interactive program. The students enjoyed the science assembly, which helped them learn more about the scientific method.

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Sweeney Announces His Retirement written by Lance Walker

NYS Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, D-Lindenhurst, said this week he won’t run for re-election and will retire in December at the end of his 27th year in office, according to published reports. Long-time New York State Assemblyman Robert “Bob” K. Sweeney announced on May 1 that he will not be seeking re-election and will retire this December at the end of his 27th year in office. Sweeney, D-Lindenhurst, said he reached a point in his life that he felt it was time to step down, according to several published reports on May 1 and 2 by Newsday, and The 64-year-old Lindenhurst Schools graduate and resident told Newsday on May 1, “I have decided not to run for re-election. I’ve been debating it for a while, and I felt it was right time to move forward and do some different things. I turn 65 at the end of the month. That’s not necessarily the main factor, but there comes a time in life when, if you want to do other things, you have to make a move or else you might not get to.” Sweeney said in that Newsday article he was going to retire, travel and volunteer - and has a fishing trip to Alaska planned. But he won’t stay on the political scene, as some retired lawmakers do. “No consulting. No lobbying,” he

said in that same Newsday article. Sweeney’s Background After serving 14.5 years as Lindenhurst Village Clerk, Sweeney won a special election to replace Patrick Halpin, who had been elected county executive. Since then Sweeney has represented Assembly District 11, which covers southwestern Suffolk County from Amityville north to East Farmingdale and east to Wyandanch, as well as a sliver of Deer Park. He rose through the ranks to become chairman of the Assembly Environmental Committee, advocating for legislation to expand New York’s bottle-return law, increase money for land conservation and pollution cleanups and establish electronic waste (e-waste) collection programs. In addition, Sweeney’s authored laws that require manufacturers to collect unused mercury thermostats, fight invasive plant and animal species and allow towns to finance homeowner’s home energy improvements by defining carbon emissions as waste. All told, the assemblyman - who received his Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a Master of Public Administration from C.W. Post - noted in Newsday that 350 bills he’s sponsored eventually became law during his tenure in Albany.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone released a statement thanking Sweeney that was printed in a May 1 report on It read: “Suffolk County will deeply miss the dean of our Assembly delegation. Assemblyman Sweeney has been a true public servant for the past 40 years, first serving the residents of the Village of Lindenhurst as village clerk and then all residents of New York State as an assemblyman. In my 10 years as Babylon Town supervisor, his partnership helped countless seniors, families and children, created some of the best parks in the region and improved the environment for all. His efforts are a primary reason why the Wyandanch Rising project is underway today.” It continued: “He has served as a mentor and role model to me and for that I am truly grateful. I thank him for his service and wish him well in his retirement.” Possible Contenders According to the Newsday, among the Democrats mentioned as possible contenders for Sweeney’s seat are three Babylon Town Council members: Tom Donnelly, Jackie Gordon and Tony Martinez. The same report said possible Republican candidates include Lindenhurst Village Administrator

Shawn Cullinane and Amityville Trustee Nick LaLota, according to Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle, noting other candidates might emerge. LaValle told Newsday Sweeney was “a gentleman” who “worked well across party lines.” “We didn’t always agree philosophically,” LaValle said in the Newsday report. “But he worked well with Republican senators to do a lot of great things for his district and for Suffolk County.” According to the LongIslandPress. com report, democrats have a nearly 2-to-1 edge over Republicans in the district - 34,128 to 17,885 - not including minor-party members and nearly as many unaffiliated voters as there are in the GOP.

MUNICIPAL CLERKS WEEK MAY 4 THROUGH MAY 10, 2014 Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk, a time honored and vital part of local government exists throughout the world, and Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk is the oldest among public servants, and Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk provides the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels, and Whereas, Municipal Clerks have pledged to be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all, and Whereas, the Municipal Clerk serves as the information center on functions of local government and community, and Whereas, Municipal Clerks continually strive to improve the administration of the affairs of the Office of the Municipal Clerk through participation in education programs, seminars, workshops and the annual meetings of their state, province, county and international professional organizations, and

Whereas, it is most appropriate that we recognize the accomplishments of the Office of the Municipal Clerk. Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that I, Thomas Brennan, Mayor of the Village of Lindenhurst, do recognize the week of May 4 through May 10, 2014 as Municipal Clerks Week, and further extend appreciation to our Village Clerk and Treasurer Shawn Cullinane, and to all Municipal Clerks for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to the communities they represent. Signed and sealed this 15th day of April two thousand fourteen. Thomas A. Brennan Mayor


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TIBBALL - Dorothy Anna, 98, long time resident of Copiague, passed away on April 26, 2014. Beloved wife of the late William Tibball, Sr. Loving mother of Judith Bottjer, Timothy (Laura) and the late William Jr.(Solidad). Caring sister of Vivian and Edith. Cherished grandmother of Dorothy, William, Jonathan, Brian, Victoria and great-grandmother of Cory, Courtney and Todd. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday at 9:45am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, Lindenhurst. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery. Mrs. Tibball’s funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Lindenhurst Funeral Home.

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SADAUSKAS - Stanley 62, of Lindenhurst on April 20, 2014. Beloved husband of Geraldine. Loving father of Steven. Caring brother of Barbara and Anthony. Cherished uncle of Erin, Ryan, Johnny, Megan, Paul and Taryn. Visitation was held Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9pm. Burial Liturgy was held on Thursday 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Sadauskas’s funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Lindenhurst Funeral Home. Jane Lewis, née Roberts “Back”, Retired Teacher, West Babylon School District, of Babylon Village, LI, on April 25, 2014. Loving wife of Malcolm. Devoted mother of Kim Williams and her husband Ralph, Kenneth and his wife Bonnie, Kevin and his wife Silvana and Jane Tiedemann. Cherished grandma of Michaela Williams, Molly Burns and her husband Nicholas, Brett Tiedemann, Nicole Lewis, William Tiedemann, Ryan Lewis, Marc Lewis, Corey Lewis and Daniel Lewis. Proud great grandma of Emma Tiedemann. Faithful companion of Miss Kitty. Services were held at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes

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With information at our fingertips in a world that wants things soon waiting makes many uncomfortable and not humming a happy tune But there is a sweetness in the process of not instantly having our way proof of this is in the miracle of life as babies aren't born in one day Patience can be part of our journey gathering strength as we go along and when seeing our goal in sight we will be singing a happy song! So let's have patience with ourselves and others even if the wait doesn't make us feel cheery And let us not lose heart in doing good for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary! (Galatians 6:9)


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From The Pulpit

One day there was a hired shepherd who was leading the sheep to pasture. One of the sheep fell in a pit. The shepherd was angry at the sheep for this was an inconvenience, he did not want to get dirty. Instead of helping the sheep, he abandoned him and led the rest of the sheep to pasture. When all the sheep went back to the pen, the owner of the sheep said, “I had 100 sheep, but there are only 99.” The hired hand denied knowing the whereabouts of the sheep, but agreed by night fall to search for it. He went to the ditch where the sheep fell in and thought to himself “this sheep brought me grief.” He picked up a shovel and began to bury the sheep alive. As the dirt fell on the sheep, the sheep began to shake off the dirt. He used his hooves to step on the dirt. Little by little, the sheep rose a little higher with each scoop of dirt. The more he shook it off, the more and the more the sheep put it under his feet, the closer he came to being freed. Now it was night fall, and the hired hand was

tired. He was shoveling all night, and it was dark. He created a big hole in order to bury the sheep alive. Finally, the sheep was freed, and too much of the workers surprise his plan backfired. The sheep survived and came out stronger from his struggles. Realizing that the man intended him harm, the sheep was still happy to see the hired shepherd because he was free. He ran to him to thank him and the hired hand was in shock and turned to run but fell into the hole he created while digging .The good shepherd decided to go and look for the sheep in the morning. When he found the sheep, it was Of Course a little dirty from his experience, but the Good shepherd brought him back and washed his fleece as white as snow. So what happened to the hired hand? Well the Good Shepard called for workers and order them to shovel dirt on him. The workers said ‘Master we cannot do such evil to this man”, but the Good shepherd said not to worry

I m sure the man has learned a lesson from this sheep in order to survive. John 10: 1-15. JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD. In the course of this life, there are many times that we may fall into a problem. The people whom we believe that are there to watch over and protect us or help us sometimes are the one’s that hurt us the most. Realize that when we fall or are injured and are in need of help and dirt is heaped upon us. we need to “shake it off” And put it under your Feet. These trials are the very essence of your survival. Stay calm and don t panic. With each offense, shake it off. God knows the hole you are in He is coming to search for you. What people do in darkness will be exposed by the light. Like this sheep, you can rise out of your pit. Jesus died for our sins, and if you are a little dirty coming out of your circumstance he will clean you as you ask for forgiveness. The sheep could

Salty John’s Fishing Report While some may say that it is too soon to go fishing others would certainly agree that as long as the South Bay is not frozen it’s a great time to go fishing. Besides, as any fisherman will tell you a Bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work, so gather up the poles, stop at one of our great bait shops, hit the deli for sandwiches and a couple of beverages and head for the shore.

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If you feel like you have fallen into a hole that you cannot see a way out of, remember that many in history have gone before you. Christianity is NOT where a bunch of Holy People get together; it is where a bunch of sinners get together. The only difference between a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus and a person who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus is that one has admitted that Jesus died for their sins. It’s not by works that we are saved but by Faith in Jesus. What is your faith in?

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Fluke up to 25” have been caught on both tides not exactly jumping on the reels but out of 40 hooks 21 were keepers. The water is starting to warm up and the warmer it gets the more fish we will catch said “Salt John”, John said he was fishing off Fire Island and caught 12 Bass with 3 “Keepers”.


have been angry with the hireling but instead was happy. The Sheep realized that his actions truly saved his life. For all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, Romans 8:28.


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