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The Interact Club, a community club comprised of Lindenhurst High School students,recently organized a one-week clothing drive in support of the national Teens for Jeans campaign.The campaign, organized by and Aéropostale, encourages students to collect gently used jeans for teens living in local shelters. On May 16, the club members and advisers Gaye Kienle and Jackie Milton,along with school Principal Daniel E. Giordano,met with Assemblyman Bob Sweeney; Town of Babylon Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez;Florence Findley, director of the town’s beautification program; and Noel Campbell, director of the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch. At the meeting, the students proudly presented Ms. Campbell with approximately 50 pairs of jeans for the clothing

The Interact Club, a community club comprised of Lindenhurst High School students,recently participated in the Teens for Jeans collection. Pictured are the members of the club with (back, fromleft) Principal Daniel E. Giordano; Interact adviser Jackie Milton; Assemblyman Bob Sweeney; Interact adviser Gaye Kienle; Town of Babylon Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez; Noel Campbell, director of the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center; and Florence Findley, director of the town’s beautification program.

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AAH Donates 500-Plus Trees, Shrubs to Sandy Families By Barbara Capella Loehr

More than 100 Sandy-affected families received more than 500 trees and shrubs thanks to Adopt a House and Sandy Support Massapequa Style. Hurricane Sandy laid to waste not only hundreds of homes in Lindenhurst and all along the South Shore in October 2012, but it also damaged the landscape, with many trees and shrubs lost or ripped out in the wake of the storm. To help homeowners still rebuilding 17 months after the superstorm, Adopt a House and Sandy Support Massapequa Style recently hosted the Trees of Hope Event at Shore Road Park in Lindy. “So many beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. We wanted to bring life back into our communities,” Adopt a House VP Michele Insinga told The Lindenhurst Gazette. More than 100 Sandy-affected families in Lindenhurst and all along the South Shore received more than 500 trees and bushes at the two-hour event on April 19, at Shore Road Park in Lindenhurst. Each family was able to choose up to three trees, a shrub and a flower to bring the outside of their homes back to life, said Insinga. “All of the trees were small and

ready to be planted. They consisted of various pines, sugar maple - the state tree - butterfly bushes and lilac bushes,” she noted.“The trees were donated by AAH and bought from Nassau County for their landscape program. The families got tickets from an Eventbrite online event. It was the brainchild of Kelly Harris.” “The Tree of Hope Event came to fruition from an idea of mine. I had seen a blurb in a newspaper about a tree program sponsored through the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District. They were offering trees, bushes and shrubs at a very low cost. So I had purchased some for myself, not yet thinking about the bigger

picture. While I was at one of the Adopt a House board meetings, it dawned on me that if I needed trees, then so did other Sandy families! So we voted and approved the purchase of 500 trees, bushes and shrubs! And we would donate them to sandy families. Thus, Adopt a Tree of Hope was born,” said Harris, who’s also with Sandy Support Massapequa Style. There were some pines left over

that went to another group in East Rockaway called The 11518, according to Insinga, and they were donated to residents of East Rockaway, Island Park and the surrounding areas through Dan Caracciolo, who’s with The 11518 and Friends of LI: Communities Helping Communities Post-Sandy. “With a little love and care from their new adopted family, they could grow to be beautiful trees,” Insinga added.



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As a business owner, I strongly meeting believe that small businesses are President the backbone of our economy. It should go without saying that when small businesses succeed the entire community is affected in one way, or another. Aside from the obvious increase in tax revenue that is contributed to the local and state government, jobs are often kept local and spending patterns indicate that when people work locally they also spend locally thus injecting the local economy with money from the local economy, in other words, the money is for the most part, earned here and spent here. Not a bad idea when conditions are favorable, and that is what appears to be happening in our neighboring town of Copiague. I recently had the honor of

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Board of Ed Settles Clerical Contract By Barbara Capella Loehr

However, the Lindenhurst school board is still in negotiations with TAL, as well as the aides and the nurses. The Lindenhurst Board of Education has reached an agreement with one of its bargaining units it’s been negotiating with for a while: the clerical unit. At the May 14 BOE business meeting at the McKenna Administration Building - which was rescheduled from May 7 - the BOE approved the memorandum of agreement with the Lindenhurst Clerical Unit CSEA that was on that meeting’s public agenda. No other details were given at the time of the meeting, but this is the third outstanding contract the BOE has settled with its bargaining units in the past few years. The BOE settled the contract with

the custodians in February 2013, and has since settled the contract with the administrators. The BOE is still in contract talks with three of their six employee units: nurses, aides and TAL/teachers' union, which represents the largest bargaining unit. Due to New York State law, no details regarding contract talks can be made public by either side - the unions or the BOE, but talks do continue. And, in fact, as far as the talks with the teachers’ union go, the BOE went to mediation in August 2012, and is now in fact finding. “The scheduled date is June 26. Once the fact finder completes the review of the books, he’ll make recommendations regarding the contract settlement. Although the recommendations of the fact finder are non-binding, the recommendations will become public,” according to BOE Trustee Val

McKenna, who shared this information as part of her candidate profile on on May 15. She was running for re-election to the school board on May 20 unopposed. She also told The Lindenhurst Gazette in the same article, “Contract

negotiations are confidential; however, I will say this much. I will not support a contract that will provide temporary relief on the front end, while destroying this district on the back end.”

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Boyle Kicks Off 2014 Campaign at Monsoon By Barbara Capella Loehr

The New York State senator spoke about his work as the chairman of the recently formed Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. On May 15, Senator Phil Boyle, R,C,I, Suffolk County, hosted his 2014 campaign kickoff fundraiser at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon Village. A packed room of friends, family and community leaders were in attendance to support the Senator’s first re-election bid. Two years ago, after Owen Johnson announced his retirement, Phil Boyle ran for, and won, the seat held by Johnson for 40 years. The Fourth New York State Senate District encompasses parts of the Towns of Babylon - including parts of Lindenhurst - and Islip. Before winning election to the New York State Senate, Boyle previously served in the New York State Assembly for fourteen years. At the well-attended event Senator Boyle touted his record, noting his

ability to work “in a bi-partisan manner to deliver an on-time and balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes.” A strong advocate for those recovering from recent natural disasters, Boyle is responsible for legislation that gives tax reductions to families who suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. Drug Task Force

Boyle also noted his work as the chairman of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, which aims to examine the issues and solicit input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts. “I would like to thank Senators Skelos and Klein for creating this

important task force to combat this epidemic in our communities,” said Boyle at the time the task force was announced in March. “The heroin epidemic has wrought horrible tragedies throughout our state, and we need to act quickly and galvanize our efforts, funding programs and devising legislation to end this scourge. The primary mission of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force should be and will be to save the lives of fellow New Yorkers,” he said. Since April Boyle has traveled almost 5,000 miles across New York State to conduct hearings on what has been labeled a heroin epidemic. As head of the Task Force, Boyle will introduce legislation that addresses crucial areas including prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Senator Boyle’s campaign can be reached at info@boyleforsenate. com or Box 101, Bayport, NY 11705. Election Day is November 4.

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It’s Official

By Deputy Mayor Mike Lavorata

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments about this column. I am so happy that so many people have contacted me recently to tell me that they are avid readers of it. It is an honor to serve the residents of our Village, and I understand the trust that has been placed in us as an administration by you, the residents and taxpayers of Lindenhurst. It is just as much fun to give you the details of a specific project, activity, event or just a little bit of my seemingly odd sense of humor. It is my goal to give you something to read but at the same time, make it enjoyable. Ask my wife, Helen, who gets quite a bit of honorable mention in this space. Heck, anyone that could be married to me for 32 years deserves sainthood as well as thanks! I have two things that I would

like to briefly discuss in this column today. First, I want to take time to remember to a man who served his community so very well in so many positions as well as was a friend to all. He was a rare breed of human being for whom I have never heard anyone utter an unkind word about him. He was a community leader, a mentor, a colleague but most of all a dear friend. He was the Honorable Arthur M. Cromarty. Judge Cromarty was a fixture in our Village at almost every event. He and his wife, Ellin, were a loving couple who shared themselves with us in both good times and bad times. When Ellin passed away about a year ago, we lost a great lady. She provided much of the strength behind the Judge. Judge Cromarty had a rough time this last year due to his own health issues but through

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it all, he maintained his warm smile, quick wit and love of his community. I believe he was ready to be with Ellin again. He served as Lindenhurst Village Attorney, Babylon Town Councilman and eventually, Town Supervisor as well as one of the most respected and esteemed Justices of the NY State Supreme Court. He was a founding father of the Lindenhurst Kiwanis Club and was a (brother) Knight of Columbus. There wasn’t an organization that he would not assist either as a volunteer or as a mentor. Judge Cromarty was a gift from God to all of those who knew him. When I was first elected to the Village Board in 2004, he was one of the first telephone calls that I received, and I think he was more excited for me than I was for myself. That was Arthur Cromarty.

He was always looking to inspire the “younger” folks. While Arthur and Ellin have been reunited in heaven, I am sure that while they are no longer physically here with us, they are both looking down upon us and will continue to inspire us to move our Village to do great things! We will always remember them. We have many memories of them that will ensure us that they will be a part of our lives forever. We miss them both. The second item that I would like to discuss is the Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force. It is a coalition of individuals and organizations who will be working together to address the issue of a “healthy environment for the drug -and- alcohol-free development of our youth and families.” Mayor Tom Brennan has created a Task force Board which will be

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Letter To The Editor Dear Editor: I recently moved into the neighborhood from South Carolina and was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of the Lindenhurst Gazette waiting for me on “Move-In” day. My family and I have always felt that any community with a strong community newspaper is bound to excel in all areas. After reading the paper, I was feeling somewhat homesick due to the way the paper reminds me of our hometown newspaper. It did not take long though for me to realize that we made the right move and certainly to a community that is closely knit together. We look forward to reading the next edition and once again want to commend you for that hometown feeling we get from reading it. Thanks J.Earl, Lindenhurst, NY

Dear Editor: Recently, my wife of thirty years passed. Due to her family plot being out of state, we had to have her services away from home. Still, knowing her obituary would not be posted in your obituary section I thought I would just check to see if anyone else passed on the same day and that it when I read the poem that was on the same page. I want you to know that I was really touched by it, and I sent it to my sister in law because I knew she would also enjoy it. Please let Annmarie know how much it has touched us at a sad time in our lives and please keep her poems in there as I am sure they will help others. Mr. Carmine Delagado, West Babylon NY Dear Editor: Wow! I love what is happening in your newspaper!


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a street fair in Lindenhurst hosted by the Chamber. I noticed that Clean Up Lindenhurst was in Full Force at the event and as far as I know there was no trouble this time. Perhaps next year it will have more attendance because safety has always been an issue but these Dear Editor. I want to commend guys (and girls) seem to have Barbara for her accurate and timely had it under control. I hope they read this and know that this is one coverage of all the school budget member of the community who reporting. I wish I could make it was happy to see them at the fair. to those meetings, but scheduling Feeling Safer, Lindenhurst, NY simply does not allow. I find her reporting to be quite accurate and Dear Mr. & Mrs. Walker meaningful. I remember when she Look forward to your so was a Patch editor back in the day when the Patch was worth reading. successful issues of your paper. Wish you ever succes with your She always seemed to have an inside scoop. My Compliments to most interesting paper!! Look forward to supporting your you and your staff. patrons. Sincerely, Meria C. Lindenhurst, NY F. Brosan Dear Editor: Recently I was at If I were the competition, I would be worried about you. Please don’t give in when they try to buy you out, which I am sure they will someday. Keep up the fantastic job and best of luck to you .John L. Lindenhurst NY

Vets Urge BOE to Consider Tax Breaks by Barbara Capella Loehr

Residents recently got a chance to speak about the topic of tax breaks for veterans at the April 24 Board of Education community forum at the Lindenhurst Middle School, with many veterans urging the BOE to consider putting them in place. “I hope the Board approves this. It’s important to those who’ve been around a while and paid taxes. It would be a relief. I hope you consider this for all of the other veterans in all of the other wars who’ve served our country,” said Lindy resident, retired Lindy teacher and WWI veteran Sy Razler. “It doesn’t mean so much to me as it does for younger veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. The school tax is the biggest burden. As commander of the United Veterans Council of Lindenhurst, I hear this from all of the fellows. Please think about us,” said Lindy resident, organizer of the annual Memorial Day Parade for the Council and WWII veteran Harry Pro. “My concern is the older veterans. I’m lucky enough to be okay and

able to pay taxes, and I have young children in school, so I’m willing as a vet to let the older vets have this. Maybe we can think outside the box about this,” said Lindy resident and veteran Chris Delaney, who’s also with 9-1-1 Veterans, a Lindenhurstbased non-profit dedicated to helping Long Island’s vets.

How It Started They had the chance to speak under new business, but it’s a topic that’s been on the minds of vets in Lindenhurst for a few months when a number of veterans within the community came to the March 19 community forum at William Rall Elementary School, and pressed the BOE about why this hasn’t been addressed yet, and, further, passed Lindy resident, organizer of the annual Memorial Day Parade for the United Veterans Council of Lindenhurst and WWII veteran Harry Pro urged the for the 2014-15 school year, before of Education to consider veterans tax exemptions. the March 1 deadline, which had Board clearly passed by different tiers of veterans’ tax breaks meeting - the BOE felt it was best the time of said meeting. the board would’ve had to consider to collect as much information as “The Town also didn’t give us and present to the public, giving possible and give the community an much guidance or verbiage, or let residents the chance to speak about opportunity to hear about all us know whether or not it needed it, as well - along with the short of the possibilities and speak to be resolution, or how it should time frame to do all of this and about it before voting on it. be,” Hochman told the Gazette. vote in February, with the many snow Some Specifics So given the complexity of the storms, winter break and only one To that end, the BOE reached out


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One Man’s Search for Soldiers of Past Wars As told by Michael Beach

There are 4,938 soldiers from WWI and 15,326 soldiers from WWII that are listed on the ‘Walls of the Missing’ in World War I and World War II cemeteries for soldiers from New York. Four years ago, Michael Beach of Oklahoma began searching for the stories of the soldiers from his home state who are buried overseas. Recently, however he began the search for as many of the stories as he could find of soldiers from all around the United States. Beach began his journey with a visit to all 23 American cemeteries located around the world where the soldiers from his state are buried. He spent six months traveling through Europe, North Africa, the Philippines and Hawaii, where he placed over 2,000 Oklahoma rose rocks at the graves of the soldiers. Rose rocks are Oklahoma’s state rock, which look like roses and created about 13 million years ago. Beach wanted to each soldier ‘a piece of home’. ”Everything started when I visited a Normandy cemetery and walked up to an Oklahoma soldier’s grave,” Beach shared, “I placed a rose rock on his grave and found about twenty other soldier’s graves that day. When I went back, I visited the 144 Oklahoma soldiers in the cemetery and gave all of them a rose rock.” Beach talked about the struggles he had along the way, from having to dig up the rose rocks himself to having very little food to eat. “On several occasions, I wanted to walk away from my journey and come back home,” he disclosed, “I had very little money and my feet were so badly blistered due to extensive walking. But I worked through the pain so I could get my journey accomplished.”

an apple or orange for breakfast and for supper, pasta and tomato paste. I would also camp with a tent and a sleeping bag I had on my backpack to save money,” continued Beach on his struggles.

because my mom was alive and she knew everything about my uncle buried overseas,’” he admitted. To date, Beach has gathered around fifty stories, some only partially complete, of WWI and WWII members of the military from He spoke about the Oklahoma. “I have found that there motivation he found that kept him are few true ‘stories’ as far as first

” Beach states, “I know that if the stories are fading here in Oklahoma they are fading all around the US.” The stories that Beach collects will be shared with each soldier’s cemetery so that others passing through them can hear the tales and histories of these honorable men.

going: reaching the soldiers. “Once I made it to each of the cemeteries, the thought of going home was washed away and I worked at finding the soldiers,” Beach confided, “It was hard work but I realized that if I didn’t do this, no one would and these men would not have a piece of Oklahoma with them.” After he returned home, he began his search for the stories of the 3,000 Oklahoma soldiers. However he soon found roadblock after roadblock on his way to gathering the stories of these missing soldiers.

Michael Beach is looking for copies of photos, letters, family stories, information about the soldier’s life, and even history of the area during the time the soldiers lived there. Anyone who has any information on a solider who is buried overseas, please contact Beach by visiting apieceofhomeusa. com to arrange a digital transfer.

hand family history from WWI and I don’t want to lose this for WWII or even the other wars,” Beach explained, “When I do a speaking engagements, I tell people to gather the stories of everyone in their family because family members may want to learn about that person at some point in the future.” Beach is now in the process of looking for stories of soldiers from other states, including New York. “I have decided to find at least one story from each state for each of the 23 cemeteries located overseas and Hawaii. I am hoping to collect “All too many times I have had at least one story from New York to “On the days I didn’t have family members tell me, ‘I wish I send to each of the 23 cemeteries a host to stay with, I would have had known about this a year ago where soldiers are listed or buried

Information can also be sent by mail to: Michael Beach, P.O. Box 582 Maysville, OK 73057

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Lindenhurst Students Take

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Lindenhurst Middle School students (front left to right) Emily Mignone and Nicholas Fink, (Behind the window) Kevin Dyson and Matthew Vitahave been using the school’s new television studio to create visual announcements that replicate a news program.

Lights, camera, action! Lindenhurst Middle School students in the media production classes and club have been using the school’s new television studio – complete with control room and green screen – to create visual announcements that replicate a news program. The program is seen throughout the day by students in their classes. By sharing the responsibilities of anchoring, editing and reviewing the scripts, in addition to commanding the

teleprompter, cameras and tri-caster equipment to add images, monitor audio and fill the green screen, students are learning the components of production and exploring possible career paths. “This class is a great experience,” said student Kevin Dyson. “When you see and do something, you understand it better than if you just hear about it.” Student Matthew Vita agreed,adding, “Technology is advancing and we are going with it.”

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National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members

Lindenhurst Middle School National Junior Honor Society inductees for 2014 During a special ceremony held at the Lindenhurst Middle School on May 8, 29 hardworking students, from grades seven and eight, were welcomed as the newest members of the National Junior Honor Society. In order to be considered for induction, students must maintain a 90 average, show leadership, and participate in extracurricular activities. Holding lit candles symbolizing scholarship, leadership, character, service and citizenship, the students

represent the best and brightest of the middle school. Principal Frank Naccarato stated, “We are so proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by these students. These students truly represent what Lindy Pride is all about.” Special thanks to Michelle Corcoran and Eileen Kissane, who serve as advisors to the society and coordinated the beautiful induction ceremony.

VETS Urge BOE Consider Tax Breaks to Thomas Ronayne of the Suffolk County Veterans Association to present the different tiers of veterans’ tax breaks the board would need to consider and present to the public before voting on it. However, Ronayne was unable to attend the April 24 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 also able to give some specifics at the April 24 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 an average of home value assessment in Lindenhurst of $4,500. The BOE also said it would like to have Ronayne present at a future meeting, though no date for that was set at the April 24 meeting, and one hasn’t been set yet as of presstime. The Board also noted any future vote about veterans tax breaks it would have going forward would now apply to the 2015-16 school year.

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Family and a Place to Call Home

written by Jane Carter

Family is very important to our community. When I think about our history, I think about the names of people that pop up throughout our village records. Kost, Weckerle, our Village Historian, Anna Jaeger, all have relatives that have lived here for generations. Even our retiring Assemblyman, Bob Sweeney, who has served our community so well, has a long history here. It seems that when people settle here in Lindenhurst, it becomes their home forever. The more I look into the history of Lindenhurst, the more I feel a personal connection. Both of my great-grandparents originated from Germany, they met in America, married and raised their family

here. My mother was the first generation, and I am the second generation. My parents originally settled in Brooklyn, and one of the apartments we lived in was around the corner from where Tom Wellwood had his law office. I believe my parents read one of those flyers inviting the immigrants to our town to settle. I think, maybe, they wanted to come out here to relocate and start their new life. About twenty-five years, ago my daughter, son and daughter-in-law bought their house in Lindenhurst and eventually raised their family. When my husband passed away eleven years ago, I moved into their house. As a retiree, I offered my services to the election board for federal and school elections. It was at one school election, around five years ago, that I discovered a wonderful thing that encourages me to believe

I was meant to be here. I was working the polls for the school budget vote when a young woman came in with her three children to perform her civic duty and vote. When she gave me here last name, I told her that her last name was my maiden name, as I have done for many years when I hear someone claim that name. She asked me if I came from Brooklyn and if I had a family. I said yes to both questions and told her that I was the youngest of ten children. When she asked if I was Aunt Joanie, I knew she was family because my family were the only ones to call me, being that my first name is Jane. She said her husband’s father was my brother. I then found out that my sister-inlaw and her family were living here as well. Her parents were long time residents of Lindenhurst early on. You see, my mother and father died when I was very young. I left home

when I got married and lost contact with the family. To find them again and meet my nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews is a wonderful thing. What are the chances of a family separated at different times and meeting about fifty years later in a town that was unknown to all of them? We have family here that goes way back just like the Weckerle family that had a park named after them. I am learning more about this town almost every day, all because a young lady decided to do her public duty to vote. This young lady found an aunt that was gone from the family for far too long. This young lady who is married to my nephew are the Publishers Lance and Sally Walker of the Gazette. At the end of the day, all you need is family and a place to call home.

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New CVS Set To Open In July

By Lance Walker

According to our sources at the new CVS/pharmacy at the corner of Montauk Highway and Wellwood Ave, in Lindenhurst NY. Construction

seems to be on schedule. The store is scheduled to open sometime in July, and an exact Grand-Opening date was not available at press time. CVS did

say that the “relocation of our current store at 150 South Wellwood including all operations and employees will transfer to the new store when it opens, and they believe the transition will run smoothly. As of now, grand opening plans are still under development.” CVS also said that the new store location will be “more convenient for our customers to access. It will also be larger than our current store, over 10,000 sq ft vs. over 6,000 sq ft in the existing store and will offer a larger selection of merchandise and a new pharmacy layout.” Grand opening plans are still under development. As for project costs for the relocation, acquisition and building of the new store? CVS

would only comment that they do not disclose that type of information. I also asked CVS if they were aware of any plans for the soon to be former store location in which they could only comment that they were tenants of the property. I also reached out to the Real estate firm that is handling the property at 150 South Wellwood Avenue, and they did not return any of our calls. Buzz on the streets that a Trader Joe was looking into the property could not be confirmed. Keep tuned to the Lindenhurst Gazette for updates as they come available

Lindenhurst Named Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation Mayor Thomas Brennan has announced that the Arbor Day Foundation has again named the Village of Lindenhurst, NY, a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. “We are pleased and honored to be given this designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for the 30th year”, stated Mayor Brennan. The Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane represented the Village at a recent presentation in Albany, New York to accept the Village’s latest Tree City designation. “We are appreciative of this designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. Lindenhurst works hard to keep trees a vital part of our community fabric.” “We all benefit when communities like Lindenhurst place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud

Lindenhurst’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.” The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Lindenhurst has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees: • Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles. • Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife. • Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.

• Reduce energy use and increase property values. More information about Tree City USA can be found at www. a r b o r d a y. o r g / Tr e e C i t y U S A . About the Arbor Day Foundation The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at

Celebrating the 30th year the Village of Lindenhurst is named as a Tree City USA pictured here is Mayor Thomas Brennan and other Village Officials accepting the Tree City USA Flag. Also in the photo are Deputy Mayor Michael Lavorata, Village Horticulturist John Kehoe, Vincent Drzewucki Horticulture & Urban Forestry Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Mayor Thomas Brennan, Trustees Joan M. Masterson and Maryann Weckerle.

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Senator Boyle Honors West Islip Resident On Tuesday, May 13th, Senator Phil Boyle honored Andrea Curran of West Islip at the New York State Senate’s 17th Annual Women of Distinction celebration in Albany. The Women of Distinction event is a time to honor outstanding women whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in communities across New York State. This year’s award recipient, Andrea Curran, served as the manager of the grass roots hurricane relief effort in Lindenhurst known as Camp Bulldog. Camp Bulldog is widely recognized as one of the most successful and long running post-Sandy recovery groups.

This volunteer relief effort that Mrs. Curran helped lead was located at Shore Road Park in Lindenhurst, and provided food, cleaning supplies, information, counseling and legal services to thousands of local victims. “The support and comfort Mrs. Curran provided to the Lindenhurst community, one of the hardest hit areas, cannot be compared,” said Senator Phil Boyle. “Mrs. Andrea Curran is well deserved of the honor of the Women of Distinction Award for 2014.”

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County Executive Declares May Water Safety Month, Offers Tips to Avoid Tragedies

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has declared May Water Safety Month and joined with Suffolk County’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES), the Department of Health and the Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force to offer residents water safety tips and urge residents to use caution while enjoying pools, beaches and waterparks. National Water Safety Month is celebrated in May through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials. It is a project of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) and the World Waterpark Association (WWA). “With Memorial Day approaching, residents and visitors will be headed to our many beaches or to pools,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “Common sense and awareness of the dangers will help keep our

families out of harm’s way. Suffolk County has taken several steps to reduce dangers around water.” Among the steps has taken to improve water safety is enforcement by the Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs of a requirement that retail stores selling pools remind customers that state law mandates alarms on pools with a capacity of at least 24 inches of water. In addition, the County requires that those engaged in the service or maintenance of swimming pools and spas are register with the Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs. Those who build, install and service swimming pools and spas are still required to maintain a Suffolk County Home Improvement License, demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of experience and provide either APSP’s Certified Service Technician, Certified Service Professional or Certified Builder Professional Certificate, depending on work performed. “Water can be dangerous; people have to have safer behavior, in, on

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LHS Announces Class of 2014’s Top 20 Students By Barbara Capella Loehr

The high school has announced the top students from this year’s graduating class. This year’s crop of top students from the Lindenhurst Class of 2014 has been revealed. These Top 20 students have obtained the highest academic rankings among their peers, according to the Lindenhurst School District. They are: 1. Melissa Castiglione 2. Kayla Provenzano 3. Gabrielle Mascio 4. Eleni Kallinos 5. Rebekah Wallner 6. Steven Iannacci 7. Amanda Garcia 8. Eric Johansen 9. Christina Gigante 10. Brittany Keeler 11. Jonathan Pun 12. Kenneth Serwan 13. Nico Eden 14. Claudia Maj 15. Kimberly Dobert 16. Kristina Petroglia 17. Halley O’Connor 18. Anna Domagala 19. Jon Suman 20. Stephanie Longarello

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(BPT) - You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn’t hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it’s time to get outside to spend time with the grill, the garden and the deck. Because the backyard is a space people like to develop with landscaping and gathering areas, they look for building materials that not only provide the strength and durability needed for the project they’re working on, but also those that have the aesthetic beauty preferred for a backyard sanctuary. If you’re planning to update your backyard this summer, consider these ideas: * Add a deck or patio - A gathering space is very important in the backyard, and if you don’t already have one, you’ll appreciate the sense of community and togetherness a deck

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Lindy Welcomes Winging It Aviary

written by The Lindenhurst Gazette Staff My love of Aviculture and my 32 circumstance sell un-weaned babies. years of breeding experience have Winging It Aviary has grown therefore provided me the opportunity to open to meet my customer needs some of my own business in 2011. Winging our birds may not have hatched in our It Aviary started as a small web aviary, but all are raised here in the based bird breeding business with nursery. I have extensive experience a primary focus on education and raising many different types’ hybrid safety for both the bird and their new macaws along with Umbrella and owner. It is my practice to educate Goffin Cockatoo’s both of which new and experienced bird owners are not hatched here in the nursery. before and after the baby leaves my nursery. I will not sell any bird till I take in abused or unwanted birds, I am sure I have provided their new and am currently nursing and reparents with enough education on the training an abused Umbrella Cockatoo species of the bird they are interested and an African Grey Congo. Both in. I also expect customers to have birds will remain here with me till I done their own research on the new feel it is safe for them to be placed addition to their family before I with a new family. It is not uncommon permit the baby to leave the nursery. for me to hop on a flight out of state to pick up an abused bird and or Currently at Winging It Aviary assess the birds living conditions. I breed Lady Gouldian and Society Finch, Red Factor and American Singer Charlie and his Winging it canaries, Cockatiels, Rose Breasted Aviary store will certainly be a nice Cockatoos, African grey Congos, addition to our community. I can Blue Front Amazons and Greenwing almost see future stories and photos macaws. I will not under any appearing in the Lindenhurst Gazette

as Charlie begins to assimilate his business into the community. Charlie has already proven to be a caring person who has reached out to others. While Charlie was in the process of opening his new store, he ran into the usual roadblocks that many business owners have to deal with. At one point, in an attempt to resolve a zoning issue, one of Charlies greatest fans wrote a letter to the village administration asking them to assist Charlie as much as possible. Below is an excerpt from that letter which I thought you would find enjoyable. “Hello my name is Richard Nunziata, I’m 11 years old, and I would like to let you know that Charlie Gonder is more than extremely nice and has a lot to offer to the community besides the best pet store. Charlie has a lot of patience, even when I text him everything I see or hear. He might even be the nicest person in the world. He is as nice

as my mom. Charlie is trying really hard to open his shop and I’m hoping and crossing my fingers that it will happen. Out of the goodness of your heart let Wing It Aviary make the rest of the world smile. It already made my family smile and it probably will make all the other families smile. Charlie is an honest person. He lets me come and feed his baby birds. He’s teaching me how to care for them. It makes me so happy, and I feel so good about myself. He also let me have a Guardian Finch along the way after my beloved bird has fallen asleep and didn’t wake up. Please accept the store to the community and make everyone happy.” signed,


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headed up by the Publisher of this very newspaper, Lance Walker. I have known Lance and his wife, Sally, for many years from their days as Scout Leaders, many other community volunteer efforts and most recently, working together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The goals of the Task Force are as follows: 1. to seek participation between residents, businesses and civic groups to address the current drug and alcohol problems. It will be done through cooperation and partnerships between the said organizations as our children are the targets of these issues. 2. To specifically address the serious problem of underage drinking and drug abuse in our community. It is the task force’s goal to work

together through education and prevention. 3. The Task Force will assist in the increase of community sponsored activities designed to help parents recognize the symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse in the early stages. 4. The Task force wishes to empower the community to make proper decisions and seek intervention using qualified agencies. 5. It is the Task Force’s final goal to teach our children that it IS cool to say NO and that there are healthy alternatives. As an elected official, particularly as Deputy Mayor, I pledge my commitment to the Task Force and will work with anyone and everyone to ensure that the 5 goals are achieved.

Food Allergy Action Month Dear Elementary school parents, I wonder if you all would mind taking a quick moment with your kids today, to remind them NOT to hand out food - especially on the bus or the playground. There are a handful of students in each elementary school who can be killed by common food ingredients. All of our schools have different rules regarding parties (some ask for no food at all, or only packaged & labeled food, etc.), but the bus and playground are very vulnerable places for our food allergic children. Bus drivers and recess aids are not necessarily trained to deal with this, nor is epinephrine available in these places. If every student understands that it is NOT SAFE to hand out food to other kids, children with allergies will be much safer, and their parents can breathe just a little bit easier each day. I know that it can feel like a huge pain sometimes, and in a perfect world we would want kids to embrace sharing food. But kids LIVES are

at risk. My child is only 5 years old, and he understands that he needs always to say “no” to food that has not been checked by me. He turned down the munchkins that were offered to him on the bus yesterday - Thank Goodness. But they get older, and experiment. And not every child can be counted on to be as informed as mine. No matter how vigilant we “Allergy Parents” are, accidents happen, and kids are hospitalized or die. No one - no matter what age wants to be the one who caused that to happen. So for this reason, I’m asking fellow parents who I am sure would “not” want to put a child in harms way to have a quick talk with your kids, reminding them not to hand out their extra treats on the bus, or share their piece of candy on the playground. Ask them to remind each other of this safety rule. In doing so, they can save a life. Thank you so much, Suzy DiPalermo


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Organizational and public meetings will be held periodically where we will be able to exchange ideas and monitor our progress and identify both our successes and failures. These meetings will be announced in both the print and social media. As I generally 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 I have in my last two

columns, 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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Four Real Estate Tips to Help Buyers and Sellers Both Win This Summer (BPT) - The real estate market heats up when the weather does, and spring and summer are traditionally the most active seasons for home sales. This year, industry experts predict that home prices will continue to rise and, with mortgage rates remaining low, the spring and summer real estate season will be competitive for both buyers and sellers. Buying the right house, especially under pressure, isn’t always a sure thing. A quarter of American homeowners who bought the home they’re currently in said they would not buy their home again, according to a nationwide survey from Redfin, the customer-first real estate brokerage, and conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 American adults. Everyone wants to win in the real estate market, but not all do. Fortunately, some simple steps can help ensure both buyers and sellers achieve the best possible outcomes. 1. Don’t go it alone. In the past 10 years, 89 percent of Americans who bought or sold a home

used a real estate agent, according to the Redfin survey. Real estate agents bring value to both sides of a home sale, ensuring that sellers get top dollar and spend less time waiting for their homes to sell, and that buyers get the best home at the best price. To find a good agent, interview several, read online reviews, get recommendations from family and friends and take your time. Look for an agent who makes you feel comfortable. An agent should never pressure buyers to bid on any house, and sellers should never feel pressured to list their home for a price they’re not comfortable with. Historically, real estate agentclient relationships have involved commissions - a scenario that may make some buyers and sellers uncomfortable. Now, there are many other options for people to consider. For instance, Redfin agents earn a base salary and benefits, and receive no commission on home sales. Instead, they receive bonuses based on customer satisfaction. The Redfin survey indicates there is room for improvement in the agentclient relationship. While 52 percent

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Lindenhurst High School Essay Contest written by Lance Walker

In conjunction with the Lindenhurst Hgh School Social Studies Department's director Mr. Finder, The Lindenhurst Gazette sponsored a contest in which students were invited to write an essay on why it is important for Americans to honor Memorial Day. The entries were judged by the students ability to express thought, clarity of writing, spelling, grammar and overall impact. Additionally, students were encouraged to write the essays in 500 words or less. The First Place winner, Ariana Sago of Mrs. Finder's Class will in addition to having her work published in The Lindenhurst Gazette, will also receive a prize of pizza for herself and up to 6 guests at Primavera's Pizzeria and Resturant located at 170 E. Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, the runner up, Shannon Riewarts also has her work published here in the Lindenhurst Gazette.

Additionally, all students that have participated in this contest will receive a free serving at Menchies Frozen Yougurt Located at 646 N. Wellwood Avenue. Additionally the Publisher has decided to upload all essays on our website for your viewing. Below are the 1st and 2nd Place Essays

Ariana Sago 1st Place

What is the first thing that goes through your mind when you hear the words Memorial Day? What does it mean to you? Sadly enough, the true meaning of Memorial Day has been lost by the greater part of Americans today. Many confuse this day for Veterans Day or even Armed Forces Day. It is suitable to honor all our veterans, living and dead, and to recognize their endless contributions to our country, but this is not the true meaning of Memorial

Day. What goes through the mind of an American when they think of Memorial Day? A 3-day weekend? The beginning days of Summer or even a BBQ? Maybe people should start remembering what the soldiers have done for us. Memorial Day means peace and thankfulness to me. It isn’t just about having a wonderful time, it means more than that. Without memorial day, we wouldn’t have freedom. It was created to honor the soldiers of America, but now it is known for honoring the Memorial day parade or sales event. Times and traditions have changed severely, and who have the people of America, even though we live is a free country, our freedom is still not free.

During the celebration, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in front of 5000 members who had come to help decorate the graves of more than 20,000 union and confederate soldiers. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan. In 1873, New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday than other communities started to celebrate Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. After World War 1 the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war, over the years it Memorial day was originally came to serve as a day to remember known as decoration day because all U.S. men and women killed it was a time to give admiration to or missing in action, in all wars. the civil war dead by decorating Throughout other dark times, their graves. The first decoration day was celebrated May 30th, 1868. the history of this nation and the


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Since 1891 Incorporated Village Living at Lindenhurst is a privilege To live in the largest town In Suffolk County around Welcome to the neighborhood Early settler 1861 Thomas Wellwood Brought land for the creation Founded Wellwood Railroad Station Lindenhurst Village has it all Library, OLPH Church, K of C Hall There’s no need to roam Lindenhurst is our home

Lindenhurst High School Essay Contest Cont’d world would have turned out very differently if there weren’t those brave men and women who stayed behind being dedicated to their oath. They protected and defended the constitution of the united states of America. But in a larger sense, their cause was for freedom and liberty. Hopefully, Americans will never forget that Freedom is so amazingly valuable, and liberty can be more valuable than life itself

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Memorial Day is a very important day in the history of the United States. It is the day we remember those who have died in active military service. Many Americans have sacrificed their own lives to keep freedom throughout the country they grew up in. Everyday men and women go to war not knowing if they will make it back home to their families or not. Not knowing if they

will even survive the next hour of their lives. It is important that we take one day out of the year and recognize that people lose their lives every single day for pride and freedom in their birthplace.

for the greater good of their people. They don’t go to war to win a medal or to become famous and rich, they do it because they feel like it’s their civil duty to protect the rights and liberty of those closest to them. This last Monday Lately, people just take this day in May is put aside as a day for as a day to celebrate the start of paying our respect to those men and summer and have barbecues and women who grant us this freedom. cookouts and family get-togethers. This holiday started after the But that’s not what this day is meant for. This day is a day to give civil war when brothers turned thanks and honor to those who have on brothers and Americans were made the ultimate sacrifice for our killing other Americans. Beginning country. If no one stepped up and in the 1860’s people started took action in our military, life holding tributes in the spring for would not be the same for anyone the countless number of soldiers who lives here. Freedom would not that were slaughtered during have been won. These soldiers go to battle. They started decorating war with guns and bombs strapped graves and reciting prayers for to them. They carry hundred pound there fallen comrades. Over time backpacks traveling great distances these ceremonies grew and more not being able to contact their ways to honor the soldiers killed loved ones. They leave everything began to develop. Today, people they have and know behind and have parades to remember these somehow push themselves onwards soldiers. It;s important to have

these ceremonies because it brings people together. The families of these comrades can feel the comfort of others who have been in their situation before and others can learn understanding and help families who have lost loved ones in the wars. People nowadays take our freedom for granted. Like it’s something that they think we are given for doing nothing. Well those people would be very wrong if thats what they thought. We get to come home at the end of each day to our own homes. A place that is just ours without fear of someone coming in one day and taking it all away. That’s a privilege that not everyone gets to witness in a lifetime. But privileges come with a cost, they aren’t free. They cost the lives of millions of innocent soldiers. So on this Memorial Day, go out and thank a Veteran for your freedom.


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S.C. Legislature’s Repubican Task Force written by Lance Walker

An extremely informative meeting on substance abuse in Lindenhurst was held on Wednesday, May 14th.This was a great event hosted by Legislature’s Tom Cilmi, Legis. Kevin McCaffrey and the Legislature’s republican task force. The Lindenhurst Gazette, covered the event and will report on it fully in an upcoming issue. The event invited the audience to speak about experiences they have had either personally or with family members was informative and at times heartbreaking. At one point, someone asked how many people were here who “lost someone to a drug overdose”, to my surprise over 25 people raised their hands as the room grew silent in a moment of disbelief and sorrow. Another interesting discussion was about Narcan (Naloxone) is the safe and effective drug used to counter the deadly effects of overdose from heroin and other opiods. LICADD has been working for years to raise public awareness 125

about this lifesaving tool, regularly offer free Narcan trainings, and increase the availability of Narcan kits. For many struggling with a powerful addiction, and their family members who love them, Narcan has offered a chance to seek help with the support groups and referrals to treatment that LICADD provides. In response to the growing numbers of Long Islanders dying each year of overdose, Suffolk County introduced a pilot program in June of 2012 and over 20 lives were saved within the first month. In that same year, Nassau County


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A Recipe for Success The Copiague Chamber of Commerce’s Biz Expo Con’t Lindenhurst High School. Sharon, a strong community advocate for the Copiague Community Cares organization invited me to attend the Copiague Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo at the Copiague Firehouse. Any reporter will tell you that when you are invited to an event you need to do your homework before getting there, so with notebook in hand I started to drive around the business district in Copiague and after meeting with a few business owners I felt I had enough to at least start my conversations at

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several “Chambers” and I can say without any prejudice that the Copiague Chamber has the proper attitude when it comes to representing different businesses fairly and without favoritism”. Still another business owner said, I almost did not join the chamber because of the way most chambers are “Clicky”, I have to say, we are all equals here. While not everyone is on the Board of directors, everyone has a say” Blizzard Fence Tony Prisco Jr. and Family

the Biz Expo that same night. represented. Keep in mind, I had no “Sign” that said Press on me Upon arrival at the Expo, so as far as they were concerned I was greeted by a couple of I was just an average citizen. I Junior Chamber members who started to ask them questions offered me some literature and about the goods or services they welcomed me with a great amount offered and then I asked each one of kindness and sincerity. As I of them a similar question, and that stepped into the room where the was: How much of your success event was taking place, I was just do you contribute to events such about floored by the excitement as this one sponsored by the that was in the room. You could chamber? Here are some of the feel the enthusiasm and overall responses that were given to me: feeling of success in the air. “From the very first time I Vendors were happily handing joined the chamber I have received our samples, free gifts and some continual support and advice on of the best food in Copiague. how to increase my presence in the community”, another At any of the tables you visited business owner said, “I belong to

many businesses in Copiague are doing better than neighboring towns. They have a chamber that is committed to them, a chamber that is committed to the community and an overall commitment by the community to support the merchants who in turn have made it a point continually to give back to the community. School

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Copiague Chamber of Commerce, Bravo! You have exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to following and reporting on your efforts, your accomplishments and your success. Editor’s Note. For additional photos of the event, please go to and click on the link for the photo albumAlso, if you are interested in joining the Copiague chamber visit their website at

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LEONTI, Silvio of Lindenhurst and Amityville on May 9, 2014 in his 90th year. Loving husband of Rachael, devoted father of Robert and Janis Leonti, Steven Leonti, Patricia Borst, Peter Renna, Phil Renna, Carmel Ann Renna, Tony Renna, Michael Renna, Dan Renna, and Rachelle Sexton. Cherished grandfather of 19 and great grandfather of eight. Dear brother of Philip.

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Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus the Christ. In the Book of Acts, there is a phrase that says “Your prayers and your aims have ascended as a memorial before God.” Throughout the Bible there are many things that are done to help God’s people remember the acts that were done for them by God. The Passover meal is a memorial done annually to remind the Hebrew people of the time of the exodus from Egyptian bondage when the angel of death “passed over” them because of their faithfulness. For us, Christians, every communion service includes the words of institution which quote Jesus saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” May 2014 brings us a few events that cause us to “remember” and be thankful. Mother’s Day, May

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11th, is a day to remember and give thanks for our mothers. President Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Mother’s Day calls us to pause and ask ourselves, where would we be without the love and nurture of our mothers and grandmothers? On Mother’s Day, most of us do all of the tasks that mothers usually do that day, to give mom a break. My mother passed back in 2012, but every Mother’s Day, I try and do something to remember my mother. At the end of the month, May 23rd, we come to “Memorial Day.” This is a day set aside to remember and honor men and women who paid the ultimate price – their life, defending the freedoms we enjoy every day, while serving in the United States military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the

Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many of us “remember” Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. So, on Memorial Day, please remember to be thankful for our veterans and all those that have endured all the hardships of war. We remember also our brave men and women now serving in our armed forces, both at home and abroad. We pray that God brings them safely home to their families and loved ones. In the name of the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus, we also pray that you bring your peace and mercy to our troubled world. Yes, May is a month for remembrance and memorials. Everyday should be a day when we remember all that God has done for us. Every Sunday is a

memorial of the resurrection. Every time we share the sacrament of Holy Communion we do it “in remembrance of Jesus.” So remember your Mom and Grandmother and the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price – their lives. But be sure to remember our Lord and Savior Jesus and try to attend church this week. May God bless you and the Islip United Methodist Church. Yours in the Love of Christ, Rev. Douglas Madlon

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Volume 2 Issue 9  

Lindenhurst, NY 11757 Community Newspaper. Featuring Barbara Capella Loehr, Lance Walker, Sally Walker, Deputy Mayor Lavoratta, Lindenhurst...

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