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Real News, Real People Volume 1 Issue 3

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Two Brothers Honored For Commitment to Our Community When you start a business, any business owner will tell you there are more than enough hurdles to overcome. Add to that a natural disaster like Sandy and you have a recipe for failure, unless, of course, you happen to be Shawn and Don of the SOMO @ 722 American Bistro & Bar. When Shawn and Don took over the former Wellwood Grill, now named the SOMO @ 722 American Bistro & Bar, these two brothers never expected the Great South Bay to get as close to them as it did. On that infamous evening when Super-storm Sandy caused its devastation to the eastern seaboard, they were just 24 hours away from having their GrandOpening. Little did they know that all the hard work they put into the SOMO

@ 722 American Bistro & Bar, would be destroyed before they even got to welcome their first customers through the door. As soon as Shawn and Don realized the extensive damages that hit not only their restaurant but also the neighborhood they chose to open a restaurant in, they knew they had to act fast. The freezers were full of food ready for the grand-opening, and as we all know electricity was fast becoming a distant memory around our area. Without hesitation, these two brothers called in the big dogs. A few phone calls were made, to the Lindenhurst fire department and after speaking with them about the idea, they (the Lindenhurst fire department) called Central Islip fire to come and Continued on Page 9

Applebees Says “Thank You” To Lindenhurst With Free Concert


Photo Credit: The Lindenhurst Gazette KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Applebee’s neighborhood of Lindenhurst, NY, will host a free concert by multi-platinum recording artist and Applebee’s Thank You Movement Ambassador Gavin DeGraw after contributing more than 23,000 messages of appreciation for veterans and active duty servicemembers as part of Applebee’s 2013 Veterans Day effort. Neighborhoods nationwide submitted more than 2 million new messages of “thanks” in Applebee’s restaurants and online at www. as part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement. DeGraw lent his song, “Soldier,” to promote the movement and Applebee’s restaurants’ annual tradition of offering free entrees on Veterans Day for veterans and active duty

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servicemembers. “I’m looking forward to celebrating with Lindenhurst,” DeGraw said. “I’m thrilled to have been the voice of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement this year and for the opportunity to extend my thanks to our servicemembers for all they have done.” The Lindenhurst Applebee’s, operated by Applebee’s franchise group Doherty Enterprises, served nearly 500 free meals on Veterans Day, a 70 percent increase compared to 2012. “We’re thrilled to show our support for current and former members of the Armed Forces every year on Veterans Day,” said Ed Doherty, Chairman and CEO of Doherty Enterprises, which owns 100 Applebee’s restaurants in four states, “and we appreciate our Continued on Page 8

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Pearl Harbor Survivor joins Shipmates in Final Resting Place

The family of Pearl Harbor survivor Coxswain Gale Mohlenbrink commits his ashes to the sea near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rose Forest/Released) PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The ashes of Gale Mohlenbrink, a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, were scattered in the waters by his family near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a ceremony Oct. 29. He wished to be returned to Pearl Harbor, a place he always called paradise, to be reunited with his shipmates killed on that historic day. “Today we return a shipmate back to his brothers in arms at this most hallowed spot,” said Capt. Lawrence Scruggs, deputy commander, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Among those in attendance were Mohlenbrink’s wife, Onah, and daughters Shiela and Corinne. Several Pearl Harbor Sailors were also on hand to pay respects to one of their own.

Chaplain Lt. Rick Tiff, Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, presided over the services. Military honors included a gun salute and the presentation of the burial flag to the family by the Honors and Ceremonies, Joint Base Color Guard. Following the speeches by Scruggs and Jim Taylor, Pearl Harbor survivor liaison, the family gathered on the walkway of the Utah Memorial where Mohlenbrink’s wife and daughter scattered his ashes into the water. “It really gave me a sense of closure,” said Onah. “He didn’t really like to talk about what happened but he came back to visit many times. It was important to him and he always called this place paradise.” “Gale Mohlenbrink was born in February of 1924 and joined the Navy at the tender age of 17. Needless to say, he witnessed the horrific attack at a

very young age,” said Taylor. Mohlenbrink was stationed to the heavy cruiser USS Northampton (CA 26), which was out to sea at the time of the attack. However, Mohlenbrink was assigned to work ashore on the Captain’s Gig and witnessed the attack unfold on Pearl Harbor. “He had been assigned the highly impressive job of assisting in the overhaul and restoration of the Captains Gig,” said Scruggs. “A job entrusted to only the best Sailors, those who could be counted on to come to work early and stay late, the best of the best.” After the attack Mohlenbrink worked to rescue his shipmates and went on patrol in the Hawaiian waters searching for the Japanese Battle Fleet. Heavily outnumbered after the attack, it was considered a potential suicide mission and yet he performed his duties with honor.

Mohlenbrink went on to serve his country with honor aboard USS Northampton in the Doolittle Raid, Battle of Midway and Battle of Guadalcanal earning six battle stars before the Northampton sunk in the battle of Tassafaronga. He survived her sinking, floating in shark infested waters until a Navy destroyer rescued him and fellow shipmates. He later served combat duty on destroyer USS Edison (DD 439), fighting across the globe, before returning to Pearl Harbor in support of the final battles with Japan. He served throughout World War II in Pearl Harbor. Gale Mohlenbrink passed away July 7th, 2013 of natural causes. With assistance from his family and the United States Navy, his final wish to return to the place he called paradise has come true.

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Take A Walk In Lindenhurst Documenting the physical changes on our streets

Dear Editor: Great Job on the paper. We love how you always find room for all the school kids. Thanks for caring! Linda S. Dear Editor: Please let Ashley know I found her story “Get home now” really quite touching. She really expressed her feelings in a very expounding way. Glad to see she made it home safe and by the way, those eels went between my legs also, my wife called them Flotsam and Jetsam from the Little Mermaid. Peter K Dear Editor: Love your newspaper, but, sandy is over. Perhaps we should move on? Witheld by request! Dear Witheld: Really? Sandy is NOT OVER, at least not for all those still fighting the insurance company, fighting FEMA and all the other bureaucracy associated with this mess. Listen, everyone is entitled to an opinion and that is why

I published your comments, but you really need a reality check if you think it is over. When EVERYONE is back home then we can begin to say It is over. Dear Editor: I love the stories and photos in your newspaper and I can see that your newspaper is going in the right direction,May I sugest some local sports coverage. Just a thought, keep up the good work! Billy The coach, Lindenhurst, NY Dear Billy The Coach. I would love to feature sports in the newspaper and our Website, Are you volunteering to cover the events for me? Seriously, If ANYONE has Local sports coverage, photos, details, please don’t keep it to yourslf, Send it to me at Editor’s Note: Do you have an Idea, a suggestion or a Story? Don’t be shy, send it in or Call.

More than a year after Sandy, Lindenhurst and the rest of the south shore continues to rebuild. As we continue to recover, several things will By inevitably change. Our Dan built environment will Horn be getting a much needed resilient overhaul. Our homes will continue to rise and our water’s edge will harden. Apart from resilient improvements, another key aspect of our town is changing. The village firehouse that has been in commission for almost 90 years will be undergoing a complete makeover. Located at the heart and the geographic center of the village, the Lindenhurst Fire Department headquarters has served and protected the Lindenhurst community for decades. In a few short weeks, we will begin to witness the demolition of the old firehouse and the construction of a brand new building, one that will continue to protect us for decades to come. Documenting the physical changes on our streets is something that is very

important to me, being a designer and young architect, and for the future of our village. When it was in commission, the firehouse on Wellwood stood as a symbol of the strength and prosperity of our community. As residents, we should look at the transformation of the village firehouse as a new beginning. A rebirth. A chance to start fresh. It should also symbolize and spark an economic comeback to help the struggling storefronts along Wellwood Avenue. As residents and vital community members, let’s take this opportunity to get out and walk our downtown and see all these changes that are happening. It is also a great opportunity to support our local businesses. I’ve been trying to do just that over the past several months. I’ve been walking, sketching, diagramming and photographing the physical changes that are happening around our town. There are some things you just can’t notice and appreciate driving past at 30 mph. I urge each and every one of you to take a walk around Lindenhurst to see what’s changing for the better.


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My Sandy Story - by Patricia Callaghan How do I begin? Like many others, Sandy hit us hard. I had lived on Ocean street for 30 years and I was accustomed to having the occasional flooded street. The most I ever had was a foot or two of water in the garage which was an inconvenience, but not earth-shattering. Hurricane Irene was on the arisen and I was not worried- but I took heed and packed up my aging animals and went to stay with family. Packing up the animals was no easy task, and after managing to make several trips to different places they were safe. You see my animals do not get along- so I have to find separate places for the dogs and the cats. My husband had the task to put the cats in the carrier- Jack (the cat) refused to cooperate and wiggled all over the place- finally he was put in the carrier upside down hanging by his hind feet. At least he would be safe. Hurricane Irene was a false alarm and we got some water in the garage but nothing I wasn’t used to. So you can see why I was NOT so inclined to leave when Sandy paid us a visit.

WELL-fast forward to October 29, 2012, I was not alarmed by the entire whoop-to- do about Sandy. No need to evacuate- just another false alarm. We had seen it all before. THIS time we had built a rolling platform about 3 feet off the floor for the generator to be safe. So we settled in for a few hours of water, followed by a quick power outage- and then it was business as usual! OR SO WE THOUGHT! The tide came in and it never went back out! This was the strangest storm I had seen. My neighbors saw the National Guard come in and figured something was up with the tide- and made a mad dash out! I had a knot in the pit of my stomach- but it was too late to leave- I would not leave my husband alone with the animals and it was too late to evacuate with them. So we STAYED! I kept looking out the window, hoping to see the water level going down- but no such luck- it came in surrounding us on all sides. It was like a nightmare. No place to go- - No one can reach YOU! And the water kept


Photo Credit: Ruth Zukowski coming up higher and higher. The canals overflowed into your street, your yard, everything meshing into each other until you could no longer make out the fences or the flowerpots

beneath the water line. And then it hitwater rushing into my bottom floor, we scrambled to get the animals up to the Continued on Page 15

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Harding Avenue Elementary School students from Ms. Curran and Ms. Passanant’s classes enjoyed a field trip to the Lindenhurst Public Library. Students listened to two stories about

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privilege of sharing their special day with us,” said Mike Archer, president, Applebee’s. “Veterans Day is my favorite day of the year, as Applebee’s Team Members across the country serve those who have so bravely served us. The Thank You Movement is an extension of that appreciation and our opportunity to honor the commitment of our servicemembers year-round.” On Nov. 11, Applebee’s restaurants served nearly 1 million free entrees to veterans and active duty servicemembers across the country. Applebee’s has served nearly 5 million free meals on Veterans Day since beginning the program in 2009. About Applebee’s International, Inc. Applebee’s ( is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Mo.,

Applebee’s restaurant takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates. About Gavin DeGraw: Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the titletrack, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In

Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. DeGraw’s most recent release, Make A Move, was released in October and has since garnered rave reviews. The current single, the title track, is currently climbing the charts. For more information visit www. gavindegraw - twitter: @gavindegraw

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Multi-Family Home Destroyed by Fire

Tami Lyn Christianson and her 3 teenage boys lived on the 2nd floor of the building.

A 3 family home at 29 East Hoffman Avenue in The Village of Lindenhurst went a blaze yesterday in what some consider to be a suspicious fire. Suffolk county PD Arson Squad was called in by the Lindenhurst Fire Marshal to investigate what caused the fire. Fortunately, while the loss of personal property in all three apartments was great, no injuries to fire fighters or residents were reported. Tami Lyn Christianson and her 3 teenage boys lived on the 2nd floor of the building. At about 230 pm, Tami said there was very loud banging on the door and someone was yelling that the building was on fire. When Tami Lyn came outside she said, “I could see smoke pouring out of the top floor apartment and I realized how bad it was. Tami Lyn and her 3 boys quickly gathered what they could including 2 of their 4 cats and rushed across the street for safety while fire companies from Lindenhurst, Copiaque and Farmingdale battled the blaze which caused significant damage. I asked Tami Lyn what she would do

now and with tears in her eye’s she said simple, “I don’t know”, Thanksgiving and Christams are right around the corner and now we are homeless and I think we have lost everything. How are my kid’s going to go to school like this?” Tami also said that she was aware that her neighbor,Yvonne Jenkins who lived above her in the building was not home at the time of the fire and that she was complaining just a few hours earlier that her “Her heat was not working and that she was using a space heater and her stove to keep the place warm”. Neighbors passing by said that they were surprised that the building “caught on fire.” One neighbor also said that the Landlord just remodeled the building with new windows a new roof and made the building more presentable. The Landlord could not be reached for comment and I also spoke with Rich Lyman, Lindenhurst Fire Marshal who could not comment on the situation because it still being investigated by the arson squad.

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Two Brothers Honored - Continued

Vinny Calabria (right) and James Moskowitz (left).

Local Heroes to be Named Citizens of the Month Vinny Calabria a 31 year veteran Village of Lindenhurst Employee and James Moskowitz a 7 year employee were getting coffee at Rosie’s Ice cream on E. Hoffman Avenue when Vinny noticed a familiar odor of a house fire. Both Vinny and James started to look at the surroundings and quickly realized that the building down the block was on fire. James immediately pulled out his cell phone and called in the fire while, Vinny began frantically pounding on the door alerting the residents to the dangerous fire in the building. With in a few moments, someone finally answered the door and thanked them for “saving them” from the fire.

Vinny said that once they were out of the building they realized they left there cat’s behind and ran back in to get them against my better judgment but they were back out really fast. When I called Jimmy and James “Hero’s” they both argued the point to me and were very reluctant to any Claim of fame, but I insisted and explained to them that I have seen many “Passer bye’s” and what they did was special and needed to be told. We congratulate both Vinny Calabria and James Moskowitz for their heroic acts and we are naming them as the Lindenhurst Gazette Citizens of the Month. a ceremony will be announced in the near future.

help because they were just inundated with serving others in the community as only they can. So here is what they did. The brothers offered all the food and beverages they had as well as a place to set up grills to feed Sandy victims because they figured with all everyone is going through at least they can have a hot meal. Over $5000.00 worth of food was donated, cooked and enjoyed by many in our area. And that was just the beginning. As the food supply started to shrink, others began to bring food there for people to cook. The SOMO @ 722 American Bistro & Bar became a very important drop-off point for our community. The brothers also opened the facilities to the National Guardsman to use as a Mess hall and allowed them to use the facilities as needed. Sometime later, Shawn received a phone call from someone at Village hall asking if they could allow an out of state Christian organization to use the restaurant as

a temporary headquarters and they happily obliged and put others first before their own needs. Eventually, all they did for us during that terrible time led the path for others to jump-in and help nurse our wonderful community back to health again. Not too long after Shawn and Don did what they did, Camp Bulldog opened in the same spot and remained there until January when they were ready to open the doors of SOMO again, only this time, not as a relief center or Mess hall for soldiers but as a unique and quite comfortable American Bistro & Bar, for all to enjoy. Shawn and Don took a terrible situation and acted fast to help our community. It is acts like these that make up the very DNA of our community. We at the Lindenhurst Gazette want to salute the both of these brothers for the actions they took during that dark time in our history and hope that our readers will do the same.

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Back In The Day - “The Long Island Express” By Jane Carter A lot has been written about Sandy and the effects that still linger here on the island. To satisfy my historical curiosity, I spent a lot of time checking records to see if anything came close to the level of devastation. I came across the 1938 storm “the Long Island Express”. In terms of destruction, it is the closest I’ve researched. The storm just happened to barrel across LI on September 21, 1938. Celebrating a recent 75-year anniversary shortly before Sandy hit. With no satellites, they relied on tracking this storm by way of where it hit. The Weather Services was convinced it would turn off to the water. No warnings were issued till the storm began coming into New Jersey. Thus, there is no name attached to that hurricane. Similar to now, proper warnings weren’t given so as not to alarm the people. We had our mourning period and our angry period and then we picked ourselves up and started over. As we

wallowed through the red tape and paperwork, we refused to wallow in self-pity. This community came together and supported those of us who were affected. I am in awe of all their compassion and resourcefulness. When the Government didn’t get rolling, our neighbors of Lindenhurst did. I like to believe it would have been the same back in 1938 when totally unexpected; our south shore communities were inundated with a surge that washed away houses, cars and people. Some bodies were found miles down the shoreline washed up with debris. In 1938, the local newspapers kept our communities informed about the devastation. Much like our Lindenhurst Gazette today, the local Lindenhurst Tribune and several NY papers also reported on individuals and their struggles. I am sure we all have something to be appreciative of during this Thanksgiving season. I am grateful we will be serving dinner at home this year having never missed a holiday

meal here in 23 years. I came to Lindenhurst 10 years ago to live with my family who was already settled here. Having an interest in history and genealogy, I was thrilled to be reunited with relatives that I hadn’t seen in over 50 years, many I had never met. We’ve spent time researching our family tree and enjoy the kinship. I’d like to think that after the Secatogue Indians showed our local farmers what and where to plant their crop, they then shared their meal in celebration of their harvest. The rich history of German immigrants in our village is intriguing as I am the second-generation of German immigrants. What a history we have, I can’t wait to explore more.


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Community working together leads to recovery of Guard soldier’s dog SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (11/29/2013) - When Spc. Jacob Montgomery moved to Washington, Ill., from Champaign six months ago to accept a promotion in his civilian job, he got a pit bull puppy as a companion. But the pup, Dexter, and Montgomery were violently separated on Nov. 17 when a devastating tornado ripped through Washington and completely destroyed Montgomery’s third-floor apartment. Although Montgomery looked through the wreckage of his apartment several times since the tornado, Dexter was nowhere to be found. But on Tuesday, Montgomery got a Facebook note on his smart phone from a neighbor. “He said ‘I’ve got your dog right here.’” After nine days, Dexter was found under the rubble near where the apartment used to be. “The vet said he has no real injuries - just a few scrapes and cuts. He was malnourished, but he’s going to be fine.” Montgomery and his neighbors found a powerful new ally in their search for

pets and property after the tornado. “We train to respond to emergencies all the “I am lucky. All I had in my are all networked together,” he said. time, but I never really had it happen apartment is gone, but my dog was Montgomery’s neighbor had been to me,” said Montgomery, who has all I really had to worry about,” he searching for his cat with an animal been a military police officer with the said. Montgomery is staying with a rescue organization, Rescuing Animals Illinois Army National Guard for more friend near Peoria until he can find a in Need (RAIN) of Central Illinois, than five years and is a member of the new apartment for him and Dexter. when they came across Dexter partly 333rd Military Police Co. of Freeport. buried in rubble. They coaxed the 6-month-old puppy out of the rubble with hot dogs. The neighbor knew right away whose dog it was because of the pictures Montgomery had posted on social media. “As soon as I heard, I went straight there,” he said. “As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going.” “As a National Guardsman, you Dexter, a six-month-old pit bull, and his owner, Spc. Jacob Montgomery of the Illinois Army National Guard were re-united 9 days after their apartment was destroyed by the Washington, Ill. tornado.

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Students Awarded for Exceptional Service Lindenhurst School District recognized 37 students with the prestigious Presidential Service Award, given to those who complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service. Students were honored at a recent PTA council meeting, during which Assemblyman Robert Sweeney presented certificates and pins. These award recipients are leading their young lives by example, the proof being how this program has encouraged others to volunteer their time. A special thank you goes to Lindenhurst High School student Ryan Winston, who accumulated 258 hours of service. Congratulations to the following service award recipients: Gold: Christina Cardino, Leann Dalton, Kayla Geyer,Aaron Lindenberg,

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My Sandy Story second level. All the time thinking how far will this water rise? Whether the water knocked out the power or it went out from the street, I don’t know- I was just glad it was out- so that an electrical fire could not break out. So there we sat in the dark with water rising into the bottom level of my home. I was petrified! I constantly was looking outside in the darkness for any sign that the water was receding-but it was not to be! Then in the darkness behind us was a great ball of light-something was on fire! Somehow we still had cell phone service so we called the fire departmentWe were told it was the Anchorage and they could not get anyone in the area. So it just burnt. Then the cell phones went out-no service. Stranded, helpless, and in desperate condition, I turned to prayer. I asked God to help any of us that were still in the area. And then being so utterly exhausted- I fell asleep. God works in mysterious ways. I woke up about 5am and was able to use the cell phone to contact a family member. ! Amazingly, this was the only phone call that went out for the next several hours. I was finally able to tell someone we were ok and to spread the word. Everyone was so terribly worried, and ANGRY AT US for staying. When the sun finally rosethe worst of it was over.


I looked out to see a few feet of water in the streets but the tide was definitely going out! I am grateful to God that in HIS wisdom He knew to let me sleep- or who knows if I would be here today! When I looked out the window- I saw parts of houses floating down the street, wooden steps and patios were lying all over- lodged up against anything that would stop them. Then it was over- the water receded and we were able to walk around in the muck! The houses’ on the Great South Bay were in shambles. Wood, patio furniture, toys, everything imaginable was out on the street, on the lawns. Everything was covered with seaweed, and a brown muck. We slowly walked out of the house, and towards freedom- the National Guard were there, the Police, the Firefighters, all of humanity coming in to help. But the damage was doneSandy had destroyed our homes! We are not stronger than the storm- we are vulnerable and weak when it comes to Mother Nature- we can only ask for God’s help and hope he finds us worthy! The only outlet from my block is onto Wellwood Ave and towards Shore Road- the intersection was swarming with people –people who wanted to come in to see how their homes had held up- One of my neighbors asked me how did her home make out- I was

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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. speechless- her home was one of the worst hit ones on the block- she had lost her whole bottom floor- not just water- but literally blown away! - How do you tell someone their home has been destroyed? I said it had a lot of damage- she literally fell to her knees in the middle of the block and cried! I cried alongside her! So you see- Sandy has taught me so much! Foremost is that when they tell you to evacuate!! DO IT!!! Never again will I take for granted the force of Mother Nature! -Not that I am a particularly religious personbut I now know to trust in God. As for humility, I learned that so many people go on with their day to day activities never caring about anyone or anythingBUT so many more people are good decent people and will reach out to you to help when the going got tough! I am THANKFUL to all the organizations that banded together to help us in the past year. During the course of my rebuildingone particular morning stands out to me! It was Thanksgiving 2012. We were to go to my families for Thanksgiving dinner that afternoon. I wanted to come to my home to clean a little as I had been doing for the past weeks, throwing out all my belongings and ripping out the foul evidence that Sandy had left behind! Each day I worked on it brought me closer to returning home! I stood

there among the ripped out walls, with no heat, no electric, reflecting on just how thankful I was to be able to be alive another day! The neighborhood was quiet and lonely. Just as I went to throw some trash out, a Red Cross truck came down the block- a older gentlemen stopped the truck and asked if I needed anything- I asked for waterhe reached into the back of his truck and he pulled out a turkey dinner. He told me he was from out of state and he came to Long Island to help the people. How beautiful for someone to leave his home and his family just to drive through these sad neighborhoods and try to make a difference. I was so thankful for this act of kindness- and so I took my turkey dinner- returned to my cold empty house and sat down to eat the very best Thanksgiving dinnerI have ever had in my life-. I thank God for my family, and friends around me. Whoever that man is I wish him the very best life can give- because he taught me a very special lessonthat took me over 55 years to learn! Thankfulness!! Never give up- You are never alone! Don’t sweat the little stuff- be glad that you are alive! I know the Lindenhurst community, and all of the humanitarian organizations are wonderful peopleand I am ever so grateful that you have been with us throughout this ordeal! Remember-- until everyone is home!!


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One of the hardest things an elected official must face is the delicate balance between raising revenue and providing taxpayer By services. While even Trustee Mike during a strong economy Lavorata this is a problem, it is even more so during a struggling economy. This is a daunting task for any municipality, to be good stewards of your money and stay cognizant of our fiduciary responsibility to you, our taxpayers. That is why we have been very prudent in the Village of Lindenhurst, particularly in the last 24 or so years. We never spend more than we take in (did you hear that Washington?). Thus, over that time period, we have run surpluses, albeit sometimes small, but nevertheless there is always money left over after the bills are paid. Just to give you an idea what it takes to run your local government, we rely on property tax revenues (part of your annual property tax bill) to fund $6M of our $11.75M budget. However, about $5.75M is required from other income sources in order to fulfill our mandate to provide essential services, maintain roads, pick up the trash, plow the snow, maintain infrastructure, and fund the Volunteer Fire Department. Other income sources are Utility Receipts Taxes, which constitute about $0.9M; approximately $2M in Residential Refuse Fees; State Revenue Sharing, is nearly $0.5M, another $300K is received in County Mortgage Taxes, and still several hundred thousands of dollars in fines, fees, insurance recovery payments, building permits, etc. By the time all of these items are tallied, it will be about $11.75M. When preparing the budget, the Administration tries to maintain a surplus, or rainy day fund. It tends to be no different than most families try to do with their own finances. For example, just as most of us do at home, we prepare a budget to pay bills, send the kids to college, make a car payment, pay the mortgage and heat the house. However, something always pops up that you didn’t plan for, such a major car or home repair, or an unexpected illness not covered in full by insurance. Nonetheless, we have to pay that additional expense. In a municipality, such items as garbage trucks, fire

trucks, ambulances or infrastructure issues may occur and we are able to meet that unexpected expenditure. Our Village fiscal year begins on March 1st. Therefore we must have a budget in place, which by NYS Municipal Law, must also be balanced and provided to the public by midJanuary. (Yes, a balanced budget! OK Washington, that’s the second one. Do you hear me yet?). A Public Hearing is conducted during our first Village Board Meeting of the year, the first Tuesday in January, where the budget is presented. In the budget, we identify every expected revenue source and anticipated expenditure. Our Village AdministratorTreasurer Shawn Cullinane, along with Deputy Treasurer Louise Schrader, spend countless hours, in consultation with the Mayor, and the Village Board to create a budget that will fit the needs of the taxpayers without unfairly burdening them. It has been our hallmark for over 2-1/2 decades, to ensure that the tax rate is both reasonable and affordable. Lindenhurst Village is blessed with an excellent public school system and being in close proximity to NYC and Eastern Long Island. We have our own LIRR station and are located near Sunrise Highway and the Southern State Parkway. These items help to keep our property values up but we still need to do more! Our increased economic viability can only improve if we have the kind of Village that people want to visit, either to shop or to enjoy one of our fine restaurants. While we all know that more parking would be beneficial, if we have the right kind of retail establishments that folks want to patronize, we will be able to achieve downtown revitalization. As I wrote in my first column, being a Village provides us with the ability to decide upon our “zoning” or home rule. We can decide where a certain project, such as housing or a large scale retail establishment is appropriate, and where such a project would create a detriment to our quality of life. According to our Village codes, there are businesses that are “permitted uses” by zoning codes which include retail stores, restaurants, service oriented businesses like hair and nail salons, stationary stores and fast-food establishments. Continued on Page 20

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Community Calendar Toys for Tots Wednesday, November 27th through Wednesday, December 18th. Items may be placed in the collection box located in the front lobby of Town Hall, located at 200 East Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst December 6th • Dinner With Santa High school, 6pm December 7th • Pearl Harbor Day • Annual Holiday Model Train Display 10am-2pm Town of Babylon History Museum - Old Town Hall 47 W. Main Street Babylon, NY 11702

December 9th • Alleghany Winter Concert 6:30pm • West Gates Winter concert Middle School 7pm • Rall Winter Concert Lindenhurst High School 7pm December 10th • 8th Grade Winter Concert 7pm December 11th • High School Winter Concert 7pm December 13th • Second Progress Report Period Ends Middle School/High School

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Catch 22- another victim of Bureaucracy (Reprinted for clarity) When Super storm sandy destroyed the first floor of the home that Debra had lived in since she was a child back in 1974 she never thought that she would be a “Catch-22” victim of bureaucracy. Debra lives in the home that was “Legally” in her mothers name. Debra has been the sole source of income for the home since then and has paid off the mortgage, pays the property taxes and all the related maintenance of the home. She (Debra) soon realized that her situation was quickly going from bad to worse. As Debra tried to get assistance from Fema, she was denied any assistance because of two reasons. First, she was not the “Legal” owner of the home at the time of the storm and second since the “Legal” owner of the home has another home outside of the disaster zone, no assistance can be offered, it is a “Catch-22”. I have provided every agency with affidavits, canceled checks and any

other proof they have asked for, but, it seems that because I was not the “Legal” owner at the time of the storm, help is just not available.” Debra then went to the Red Cross, the SBA and her homeowners insurance company as well as several other “Relief” organizations and was told the same thing over and over again: “You did not own the home at the time of loss so we can not help you.” Lindy Manpower an all volunteer grassroots organization in Lindenhurst did assist Debra with the rip-out of the first floor providing a valuable service. Catholic Charities has offered some assistance, but Debra is in a desperate way right now. Over a year since Storm Sandy and Debra still has no heat, no kitchen, no bathroom and as you can see by the pictures an uninhabitable home. I asked Debra if she would consider taking out a mortgage on her home

and she explained that the she tried to get a loan from Teachers Federal, but because the home has no kitchen, bathroom or working heating system it will not qualify, again, a “Catch-22” So as of today, Debra has a home she can not live in. Although millions of dollars in donations have arrived at so many charities, Debra does not qualify for them. She owns a home without a mortgage, but can not refinance it and a harsh winter just a few weeks away. There is some good news though, I made a few phone calls and at my request New York Rising is checking into the matter to see how they may assist Debra. I have also been in contact with Anthony Pellati, President of Dashing Dan’s Plumbing & Heating in West Islip NY and he has offered to assist with the heating system. So what does Debra need now to get back in her home? A miracle was

Debra’s answer. “I really can not do much until my floor is repaired. There is some funding available from Catholic Charities, but I really need someone to come in and start rebuilding”. I’d be very happy to return to a “Normal” life again. I’m not greedy, a simple floor, a simple bathroom and maybe a kitchen sink and some heat would be the Best Christmas present ever. We have all been affected by Sandy either directly of indirectly. Some of us have gone from victim to victor while others are still waiting for “Help” to arrive. As a community, I believe we can help Debra and those like her. If you have received help during sandy, perhaps it is time for you to “Pay-itforward”. If you can help Debra or others like her, please do not hesitate. With the holidays just around the corner, your assistance may just be an answer to someones prayers.

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Life Coach Corner - “Give It Up!” It’s a scary thing when you’re in a restaurant, and you see someone CHOKING because something got lodged in their throat By and they can’t breathe! Mark It’s an even scarier thing Dellosso if it’s one of your kids who are choking! They NEED AIR! The body needs oxygen to function! When you are CHOKED you will have difficulty breathing! You need air! Everyone needs air! Whether you are tall of short, fat or skinny, good looking or fair…you need air! Everyone needs air! You can be real smart or just an average Joe, but one thing is certain, “we all have to have air!” Not having air, “Stops” everything! If you have Asthma, you know what I’m talking about! Not having a good air flow “Stops EVERYTHING from going forward!” We need our RESPIRATORY system to work properly! Did you know that everything created is sustained by a system? God created every system! The solar system, your circulatory system, and your respiratory system. You have a respiratory system that has

been set and systemized! It’s operating right now, on its own! You don’t have to even think about breathing because the system has been systematically put in place by our creator! And as long as you “FUNCTION” in the system, of breathing IN and breathing OUT, inhaling and exhaling, you “sustain” all the parts of the body, from the lungs, going to the head through your body to your toes, inhaling what you do need and exhaling what you don’t need. And as long as you inhale what you DO need and exhale what you DON’T need, you can make it! But if you lose the ability to do that, then everything else you’ve ever done, won’t matter at the moment, because you’ve BROKE the system! Offences can break the system, let alone your spirit! Ever been offended? How about deeply or gravely offended? Many of us have been at one time or another, so we know the internal pain and tension that goes along with that! Being offended, and containing such offences are the culprit to many of life’s sicknesses. How you respond to those offences will determine your level of health! “Okay!” you say, “but what can I do?” Start with this; sometimes you just have to decide to

“Give It Up!” Let it go! If you leave it unresolved it will affect you. Did you know that “Forgiveness” is a system? In the gospel of Matthew, Peter wanted some clarification on forgiveness so he asks, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seven times seventy.” The Lord was establishing a SYSTEM of FORGIVENESS, so Peter asks the question, “Yeah well, OKAY, But where do we DRAW the line for that painful brother that offends me time and time again? Is there a boundary? And, is it up to seven times? Jesus responds, “No… I want you to get a SYSTEM in PLACE…up to seventy times seven!” Peter was bringing up a good point! Maybe you too would ask this question. Is there a limit to forgiveness for that person who seems to constantly hurt you? Maybe you know someone like that! They push you, offend you, time and time again, and you TOO want to know, “Is there a limit?” Jesus wants us to put in place, a “Forgiveness System!” “TO GIVE IT UP!” He wants us to FORGIVE and “GIVE IT UP!” Do it quickly! Do

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Often, I have been asked, “Why do we have so many pizza parlors or nail salons?” In fact, the answer is quite simple. While it is discouraged for a business from moving within close proximity to a similar business, it is illegal to deter or attempt to stop them. Another important issue is that a Village, or any other local municipality cannot control laws from a higher level of government such as the State or Federal Government. For example, many people have asked, “Why we don’t have a restaurant in the old Chemical Bank Building on South Wellwood Avenue?” I firmly agree it would be a perfect place for such an establishment; however, the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) has certain laws that make this a difficult proposition. The property in question lies within a 200 foot radius of a church, so a potential proprietor has to make an application to the NYSLA for a liquor license. But there is a good chance that they may not be granted such a license. Therefore, a potential business owner may be reluctant to purchase the property for a restaurant usage only to be turned down for

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a liquor license by the NYSLA. Therefore, we as a governing body work with these higher levels of government, the property owners and landlords, and have even established a “Business Improvement District” or BID, to assist local business owners. The BID is a taxable entity that provides partial funding to improve signage, awnings and building facades. It is important to note that this tax that is not paid for by residential tax payers. It is funded only by those businesses that lie within the BID. Most of Wellwood Avenue and some businesses along Hoffman Avenue constitute this BID. If you would like information on what the BID has to offer, you may contact me at 957-7500 for information. Finally, I wholeheartedly recommend you shop locally. It is our friends and neighbors who own many of the local establishments. Please support them as it is our mutual goal to improve our business district and ultimately, our Village! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Greetings of the Season!

released him, and forgave him the debt.” Likewise, we received mercy! We received forgiveness! Out debt was cancelled! So why is it SO HARD (for us) to FORGIVE others? Notice that the master “Gave Up” the big debt! He cancelled the offence! Now watch what happened next! Matt.18:28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him BY THE THROAT, (Choking him) saying, “Pay me what you owe!” He was just forgiven a debt worth thousands of dollars, and he now goes out and chokes someone who owes him 100 pennies? He was choking him over nothing! Choking breaks the system! Think about it! Have you ever been guilty of Breaking the system “Over Nothing?” This is like BREAKING the SYSTEM of breathing! Inhaling what I do need, exhaling what I don’t need! You’ve been offended… you INHALE but HOLD IT IN! You’re turning blue, but don’t realize you’re CHOKING! You’re suffocating by allowing that hurt to rob you of much needed air! You’ve lost your passion, you’ve paralyzed your vision, because of


some LITTLE things that you haven’t EXHALED and gotten RID of! You’re holding onto the LITTLE things! Some OLD things, some past things, are choking you because haven’t EXHALED them out by “Giving it up!” Many today are not functioning right because they are not breathing right! All your focus is IN, and nothing is going OUT! You’ve stopped loving & stopped living! You’ve stopped engaging people, like you did before you got hurt! You’ve closed up your lungs and you’re NOT BREATHING! “How many times shall I forgive him?” you ask? Then ask yourself this, “How many times shall I breathe?” You can live again by Giving it up and letting it go! Being sinned against is a violation to you! And it is real! But the way to get rid of it is to QUICKLY GIVE IT UP! Otherwise, you VIOLATE yourself, (time and time again as you go over it in your head), way after your VIOLATOR has gone! GIVE IT UP! LET IT GO! You are right in your feeling of HURT, but WRONG in how you’re handling it! Give it UP! If you need help in this area, or need further advice or assistance, you can write to me at

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