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Vol. 79, No. 28



Five arrested in attack, fatal shooting in park

Kion Carter

Charles Spinella

Patricia Quilliam

Dimitri Filacouris

Nassau County Police arrested five people in a fatal shooting that took place  in Haypath Park on Saturday, July 6th at 10:24 p.m. Police arrested  Brandon P. Torres, 22, of Staten Island; Kion Carter, 25, of  Middle Island; Charles Spinella, 17, of Kings Park; Patricia Quilliam, 19, of Greenlawn and Dimitri Filacouris, 21, of  Old Bethpage. According to detectives, Torres, Carter, Spinella and Quilliam all conspired together with  victim Stefon Pierre to commit a robbery against Filacouris. Police say that once the group arrived at the park, Torres and Carter met with Filacouris and Torres immediately took out his pistol and robbed Filacouris. Police say the defendents took one pound of marijuana, a cell phone and keys. Police say the victim, Pierre, started to walk up to the three during the robbery and Torres

shot Pierre as he approached. Pierre was taken to Plainview hospital by his co-conspirators and was pronounced dead by hospital staff on Sunday, July 7, at approximately 5:37 a.m. The investigation into this case continues and detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Homicide Squad detectives at (516) 573-7788 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. Brandon Torres is charged with Murder 2nd degree, Robbery 1st degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree. Kion Carter is charged with Robbery 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree and Murder 2nd degree. Patricia Quilliam is charged with Robbery 1st degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree. Charles Spinella is charged with Robbery 1st degree and Criminal Possession

Brandon Torres of a Weapon 2nd degree. Dimitri Filacouris is charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree.

Hicksville amputee defies odds by competing in Spartan challenge BY GARY SIMEONE Amy Palmiero-Winters just returned from competing in one of the toughest endurance challenges of her life. The Hicksville resident, who lost the bottom portion of her right leg in a motorcycle accident in 1994, spent five days in Africa, competing in the Spartan Extreme Endurance Agoge challenge. The challenge took place from June 19th to June 25th. “I didn’t sleep for like 60 to 72 hours learning how to live the traditional life of the Kalahari bushmen in Namibia,” said Palmiero-Winters. “I spent four days and nights trying to get everyone else who was a part of this to the finish line.” As part of the challenge, participants from all over

the world had to build traditional huts to live in, learn how to hunt with a bow and arrow, fight off thirst and starvation and constantly be wary of wild animals on the horizon. “It’s way more than just your typical endurance event. We had to do things like make fire from rubbing sticks together and learn how to utilize our dwindling supply of food and water. At same time we worked with the local culture helping them build huts and drainage systems and the like.” She said she puts herself through this grueling challenge not for a medal, T-shirt or other material items, but for the camaraderie and to see everyone cross finish line. “What Agoge means to me is loyalty, leadership,

determination and that we’re all as strong as our weakest link. Everybody has one goal to cross that finish line, and once you do it is a huge boost for your self-esteem and truly a life-changing event.” She said that having a strong female presence in her group and among the locals benefited everyone because it gave hope and inspiration to everyone involved in the challenge. Before losing her leg in the accident in Pennsylvania, where she is originally from, Palmiero-Winters said that she had never met any other active amputees. “When you lose your leg there are no handbooks or guides given to you. It is a completely unknown world,” See page 7

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Lazy Days of Summer Picnic Woodbury resident honored The Levittown Community Council will be hosting its 22nd annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 13 at the East Village Green Park, Jerusalem Avenue and Meriden Road. Free admission, free activities, free entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Bring a picnic lunch, blankets and chairs for a day of free fun and activities. For information, please contact event chair Louise Cassano at 516-735-5901 or email

Dance at Knights of Columbus

The Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus will be hosting "The Achords Live in Concert on Saturday, August 24, from 7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The group will perform hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Open Bar, Sandwiches/Wraps, Salads, Dessert, Coffee, Raffles. Cost $35 per person. Please make

checks payable to: Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus. Proceeds for this event will be used for charities. Reservations are required. No money accepted at the door. Call Brian at 516-457-6190 for more information. The Knights of Columbus are located at 45 Heitz Place, Hicksville.

Second half taxes due Town residents are reminded that the Second Half of the 2019 General Tax Levy was due on July 1, but can be paid without penalty through August 12. Please be certain to sign your check, payable to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes. Indicate your property’s S.D. Code, Section, Block, Lot and Phone number on the check. “By law, a taxpayer has a 40-day penalty free period from the date the tax is due during which payment may be submitted,” Mr. Stefanich explained. “After the 40 days, a one percent penalty is added for each month the tax remains unpaid, retroactive to July 1st.” Residents can pay in person, by either cash, check, or credit card (for a service fee), at the Tax Office, Oyster Bay Town Hall West, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, or by check only at Town Hall South (rear entrance), 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa. When paying the tax bill in person, taxpayers are reminded to bring the entire tax bill with their payments.

Residents who prefer to mail in their payments should send them to the Office of the Receiver of Taxes, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771-1539. Payments being made by mail should include the second half stub. Residents should NOT write on, fold, staple or otherwise deface the tax stub as it can cause the computer system to reject payment. Residents now have free access to tax bills online with the ability to pay taxes through ACH check payment or credit card. These services are available through a link on our Town website, Residents should be aware there is a service fee if they chose to pay taxes online (Town of Oyster Bay receives no portion of fee). “When calling the Tax Office for information on property taxes, residents are requested to have the school district, section, block and lot numbers of the property in question available. This information is listed on the tax bill and on the property deed.”

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Avi Hatami displaying his NYS Senate Liberty Award with Senator Gaughran and Brad Wieboldt. New York State Senator Jim Gaughran honored Woodbury resident Avi Hatami with a NYS Senate Liberty Medal in recognition of his heroic efforts which saved Brad Wieboldt’s life. In March, Wieboldt, of East Norwich, experienced a heart attack on a city-bound LIRR train and collapsed. Hatami, a medical student, rushed to perform CPR for nearly 15 minutes on Wieboldt until paramedics arrived. Wieboldt survived, in large part due to the heroism displayed by Hatami that cold March morning. Gaughran and Hatami were joined by Wieboldt at the presentation

of the Liberty Medal. The New York State Liberty Medal award program is the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed by a Member of the New York State Senate upon a resident of New York State. Senator Jim Gaughran said “Avi Hatami is quite simply a hero. His courageousness and commitment to helping others was on full display that cold March morning when he helped save Brad Wieboldt’s life. We are eternally grateful to have such a committed and selfless young man like Avi in our community.”

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Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board will host a special community celebration on Thursday, July 18 at 11 a.m. in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking humanity’s first steps on the moon. The Bethpage community played a critical role in American history as the Lunar Module was built on the site of the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation’s Bethpage facility.  Equipment still sits on the moon today with a “Made in Bethpage, New York” nameplate on them - something that thousands of residents take

great pride in. The Apollo 11 moon landing marked the culmination of America’s Cold War human spaceflight program and positioned itself as a global leader in science and technology. Fifty years later,  the world is remembering the historic mission  and its impact on society and science.  To celebrate the anniversary, the Town of Oyster Bay will dedicate a community park as “Apollo Park” and bestow the name “Lunar Module Way” to its entry. The celebration will be held at B-22 Field, at the end of Hickey Blvd., Bethpage.

Mercy League seeks bowlers

Petar Dunat

The Mercy League is looking for bowlers for its (non-money) Ladies League. The ladies bowl on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. at Syosset Bowl, Jericho

Nassau County Police arrested an 18 year-old Bethpage man for allegedly making sexual advances to a 10-yearold boy in Hicksville. He had previously

Tpk.,Syosset. Come out and join the fun. For more information, please call Dolores Sartor at 516-931-4106.

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been arrested for allegedly touching himself while speaking to a 70-year-old woman. According to police, Petar Dunat, 18, approached a 10-year-old boy on June 18 on Gables Drive in Hicksville, and made sexual advances towards him. Police say Dunat, while driving in a car, approached the child and made sexual advances. The victim went home and told his parents, who contacted police. On July 5, police arrested Dunat for that incident and said that he had been previously arrested on Thursday, June 27 for another incident that occurred at E. Nicholai St. in Hicksville. According to detectives, in that incident Petar Dunat touched himself inappropriately in his car while asking a 70-year-old female victim for directions. He was apprehended and charged with Public Lewdness. Dunat has been further charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

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50th Anniversary Moon Landing Bethpage man arrested for Celebration in Bethpage lewdness, child endangerment


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Nursing center sponsors “Heart & Sole” 5K Run

The Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation has signed on as a “Gold” level sponsor of the Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run, and race organizers couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Based in Woodbury, Cold Spring Hills is a regional leader in subacute care and long-term skilled nursing care.  They deliver customized care specific to their patients’ needs. Their specialized clinical excellence includes orthopedic aftercare, amputee rehabilitation, ventilator care, stroke recovery and dementia care. The Run will be held on Sunday morning, July 21, starting and finish-

ing at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, 121 Central Park Road in Plainview. The 5K Run will start promptly at 8:30 a.m., and will be preceded by a ¼ mile fun run for the youngsters at 8:00 a.m. The Run is once again being managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club on behalf of Northwell Health’s Plainview and Syosset Hospitals. Proceeds of the Run are dedicated to community outreach and scholarship programs at Syosset Hospital and Plainview Hospital. For more information, call the Greater Long Island Running Club office at (516) 349-7646.

All smiles as they announce Cold Spring Hills Center for for Nursing & Rehabilitation renewed sponsorship of the Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run are (left to right) Greater Long Island Running Club Director of Development Jaclyn Dagnall, Greater Long Island Running Club Executive Director Sue Fitzpatrick, Northwell Health Plainview & Syosset Hospitals Community Relations Coordinator Christine Patti, Cold Spring Hills Cold Spring Hills Director of Nursing Leslie Conserve, Northwell Health Plainview & Syosset Hospitals Senior Vice President Dr. Alan Mensch, Cold Spring Hills Rehabilitation Director Ralu Onubogu, Cold Spring Hills Director of Therapeutic Recreation Michelle Russo, Cold Spring Hills Director of Concierge Service Thomas Meehan and Cold Spring Hills Administrator Yossi Emanuel


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Levittown Community Council’s 22nd Annual

Lazy Days of Summer with PRESENTING


SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 11 AM to 4 PM Jerusalem Avenue Park at the East Village Green FREE


Please bring non-perishable canned goods and toiletries to be donated to those in need in our communities.

Bring your own chairs or a blanket and join your neighbors and friends for an afternoon of fun, games, and entertainment at one of Levittown’s magnificent parks. Open to all residents of the Levittown and Island Trees school district communities. For information, call 516-735-5901 or email

Exhibitor opportunities are available. Free for Levittown Community Council organization and business members. All others, contact us at Sponsor opportunities are available for Levittown Chamber of Commerce businesses.


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Levittown high schools designated as NYS Recognition Schools


Shouldn’t His Firm Design Your Medicaid Plan? Vincent J. Russo is the founding father of Elder Law 33 years ago. Vincent literally wrote the book: New York Elder Law and Special Needs Practice. Vincent co-founded the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), ElderCounsel, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Vincent founded Russo Law Group, P.C., with offices in Garden City. Vincent is the creator and co-host of Family Comes First on cable tv.

Division Avenue High School was designated as a 2018-2019 Recognition School for high achievement and high progress under New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan.

Join Vincent J. Russo at our Upcoming Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection Seminar At this informative seminar, Vincent J. Russo will show you: How to get the long-term care you need while protecting your hard-earned assets; how to qualify for Medicaid to pay for long-term care; and the potentially devastating financial consequences of failing to plan.

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General Douglas MacArthur High School was designated as a 2018-2019 Recognition School for high achievement and high progress under New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan.

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Division Avenue High School and General Douglas MacArthur High School in the Levittown Public Schools were recently designated by the New York State Education Department as 2018-2019 Recognition Schools for high achievement and high progress during the 2017-2018 school year under New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan. The two high schools are among 562 schools throughout the state and only 234 high schools to receive the high honor.

To earn the prestigious Recognition School title, a school must fulfill specific criteria. This includes maintaining high academic achievement, be top performing under ESSA, show evidence of student growth and graduation rate, progress during the 2017-2018 school year and meet the required 95% participation rate in the English language arts and mathematics assessment. Both high schools will be awarded with a certificate from Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Photos courtesy of the Levittown Public Schools

From page 1 said Palmiero-Winters. “I went over ten years looking for a new prosthetic, with a lot of failures along the way, before I came across ‘A Step Ahead Prosthetics & Orthotics in Hicksville.” It was 2006, when she met the founder and CEO, Eric Schaffer, and was outfitted with a new leg that same day. “Within a day of meeting him I was walking and running with a new leg in a matter of four hours.”

Palmiero-Winters has worked at the location since 2007 as a Director of Operations, helping other amputees from across the country with adjusting to their new limbs. “There is no other amputee in the world who does what she does, competing in these challenges,” said Schaffer. “But all of that comes second to her running this facility and changing people’s lives in the process. We see so many people who are now happy and complacent in their lives thanks to her.”

Town offers “destination” beach weddings

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Hicksville amputee defies odds


The Town of Hempstead is now offering "destination" beach weddings at its beautiful scenic shoreline locations. Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana will officiate at civil wedding vows at one of the specially selected Town of Hempstead Beaches. Every Saturday, from 5 pm– 7 pm, residents can choose to tie the knot at one of the following locations; Point Lookout Town Park, Lido Beach, or Hewlett Point Park. “Destination weddings are a popular option anytime of the year. For those residents that choose to stay close to home, I am proud to offer a “summer

destination wedding,” said Clerk Sylvia Cabana. “I look forward to making your special day very memorable as we create a unique ceremony at one of the town’s beautiful beaches.” To get you started on your summer destination wedding, you will need a marriage license from the Hempstead Town Clerk’s office at least 24 hours before your ceremony. Call the Town Clerk’s Marriage Department at 516-8123014 to discuss the “where and when” of one of the most important days of your life.

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Take a bite out of science during Shark Week

Get off the beach and into Long Island Children’s Museum to enjoy a range of “jaw-some” activities for Shark Week. Visitors can explore shark anatomy through a scientific dissection workshop, learn about the fish that share the ocean with sharks during story time, create a crazy hybrid creature combining a shark and bug (“shug”) and learn fascinating facts about these ocean predators.

Mash-up Banks

Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26 at 1, 1:40, 2:20 and 3 p.m. Join us in the inner lobby for some animal mash-up fun as you create your own coin bank. Save your coins in a oneof-kind animal mash up creation. Use paint, foam and a variety of materials to make the ultimate creative creature! Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with Museum admission ($4 LICM members).

Calling Young Scientists: Shark Senses

Monday, July 22 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Calling Young Scientists! It’s Shark Week! Come learn about how sharks use their senses underwater and the special adaptations they have to survive in a wet environment. Explore the internal and external anatomy of a dogfish shark through a hands-on dissection! (For this workshop, adults must partici-

pate with children as scalpels are used.) Ages: 5 and up. Fee: $4 with Museum admission ($3 LICM members).

Green Teens

Tuesday, July 23and Thursday, July 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in Our Backyard! Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. This program is made possible with the support of National Grid. Ages: 3 and up. Free with Museum admission.

stART (Story + Art)

Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25 from 1-1:30 p.m. Join us each week as we read childhood classics and introduce new favorites; followed by a take-home, book-inspired craft. This week we’re reading “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. After the story create a colorful school of fish friends for little Swimmy! Ages: 3-5. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).

Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

Wednesday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m.

and 2 p.m. Danny Weinkauf and The Red Pants Band returns to LICM after helping us celebrate our 25th birthday milestone. The Long Island native and GRAMMYwinning bassist for They Might Be Giants, Weinkauf added family and children’s music to his repertoire with the formation of The Red Pants Band in 2014. Joined by band mates Tina Kenny Jones (bass), Steve Plesnarski (drums/ vocals) and Russell Jones (guitar), The Red Pants Band has delighted audiences and critics alike with their catchy lyrics and infectious tunes. Three albums, and multiple awards later, their brand of intelligent pop rock delights a range of generations with such songs as “Champion of the Spelling Bee,” “The Moon is Made of Cheese,” and Our Love Fits.” LICM is delighted to have Danny and The Red Pants Bank back to help us celebrate summer. http://www. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $9 with Museum admission ($7 LICM members), $12 theater only.

Music and Movement

Wednesday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. – noon Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm.

Ages: 5 and under. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).

All About Aquariums

Wednesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. An aquarium is a clear vessel, usually made of plastic or glass, for aquatic plants and animals. Aquariums can range in size from a small fish bowl to a large building and allow people to view and learn about underwater life up-close. Come and learn about some of these creatures and design an “aquarium” for your own underwater world! Ages: 5 and up. Material fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).

Insatiable Sharks

Thursday, July 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Almost all sharks are carnivores and quite fierce hunters, which earns them a top spot on the food chain. These apex predators are built to hunt and some are equipped with over 300 sharp teeth, a sense of smell 1000 times better than humans, and the ability to sense the electromagnetic fields of nearby prey. In celebration of Shark Week we will be learn all about these predators and you can make your own hungry shark craft to take home. Ages: 3 and up. Free with Museum admission. See page 17


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Lee Road Elementary School fifth-graders graduated on June 21. Fifth-graders across the Levittown Public Schools celebrated the end of their elementary school careers during their respective moving up ceremonies from June 18-25. Abbey Lane, East Broadway, Gardiners Avenue, Lee Road, Northside and Summit


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Lane Elementary Schools hosted special ceremonies for their graduates where proud building principals offered words of encouragement and congratulated the students. Central administrators, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald, board members, faculty and


Educational program on Alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer's Association will be holding an educational program "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's" on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. The program will cover: typical age related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer's, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of diagnosis and the diagnostic process, as well as Alzheimer's Association resources. The program will take place at 1000 Woodbury Road, Lower Level Classroom, Woodbury. Visit to register online and explore additional educational programs in your area. You can also RSVP to 800-272-3900.

loved ones were present as the students received their certificates of completion, ready to enter Jonas E. Salk Middle School or Wisdom Lane Middle School in September.


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The student becomes the teacher

MacArthur High School math teacher Joanna Sanford (right) showed her former fourth-grade teacher Theresa Travers her classroom.

Math teacher Joanna Sanford from General Douglas MacArthur High School proudly showcased her nontraditional classroom setup to a special visitor, her former fourth-grade teacher, Theresa Travers, on Feb. 5. Stanford was inspired by a workshop she attended which made her consider an alternative classroom configuration and invited Travers to come in to possibly incorporate the classroom design into her own classes. Her idea to feature round tables in lieu of desks spread to math classrooms not only at MacArthur High School but also Division Avenue High School. With the success of the new configuration, Stanford has shared with other educators the positive affects this change has made. The new math community allows educators to utilize space by walking around the room with ease to help students and increases collaboration with peers sharing tables and the supplies in the center. Travers, who currently teaches math and science at Berner Middle School in the

Massapequa Public Schools, observed her former student as she taught a lesson. Students sat at their round tables with three to four of their peers. At the end of the lesson, the students had the opportunity to ask Travers questions about Sanford, including how she was as a student. “It was very emotional and it was very humbling,” said Travers, upon seeing Sanford teach. “I learned about the circular system of seating the children and incorporating materials in the middle of each table.” Both Travers and Sanford also shared with the class the history of the classroom’s beloved Hot Chocolate Bar. Stationed in the corner of Stanford’s classroom, the Hot Chocolate Bar features a Keurig and cups for students to enjoy the hot beverage during lessons. Sanford was inspired to bring the idea into her own classroom after experiencing it in Traver’s class back in fourth grade. Traver’s explained that she got the idea from her former teacher as well – a sweet treat that has grown from generation to generation. Photos courtesy of the Levittown Public Schools

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First Ever Exhibit of LIFE Magazine’s 6 Women Photographers, Now at New-York Historical Society BY KAREN RUBIN TRAVEL FEATURES SYNDICATE GOINGPLACESFARANDNEAR.COM From its founding in the 1930s to the end of weekly publication in the 1970s, LIFE Magazine elevated and showcased photojournalism. Instead of just being the accoutrement to reporting, the photos were the story, or as Henry R. Luce saw it,

Margaret Bourke-White, one of the first four staff photographers, photographed from the front lines in World War II, and worked for LIFE until her death in 1971 © Karen Rubin/

the photojournalist as essayist. During that time, only six out of 101 fulltime LIFE photographers were women. Now, for the first time, these women – who contributed so much to the evolution of photojournalism as well as the cultural and societal trends they spotlighted - are featured in their own exhibit, LIFE: Six Women Photographers, at the New-York Historical Society through October 6, 2019.

Among Lisa Larsen’s iconic assignments was photographing the John F. KennedyJacqueline Bouvier wedding in 1953 © Karen Rubin/


“For the editors of LIFE—the first magazine to tell stories with photographs rather than text— See page D2

Hansel Mieth is represented by her feature on “International Ladies’ Garment Workers: How a Great Union Works Inside and Out” (August 1, 1938). She worked as a migrant worker in California when she first emigrated to the US from Germany, and photographed fellow migrant workers in San Francisco, the city’s neighborhoods and cultural enclaves before LIFE hired her in 1937, publishing her socially engaged photo says over the next seven years © Karen Rubin/

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First Ever Exhibit of LIFE Magazine’s 6 Women Photographers, Now at New-York Historical Society

Continued from page D1 the camera was not merely a reporter, but also a potent commentator with the power to frame news and events for a popular audience. For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the magazine’s photographers. Between the late 1930s and the early 1970s, LIFE  magazine retained only six women photographers as full-time staff or on a semi-permanent basis.  LIFE: Six Women Photographers showcases the work of some of those women and how their work contributed to  LIFE’s pursuit of American identity through photojournalism,” the curators write. The exhibition features more than 70 images showcasing the extraordinary work created by  Margaret BourkeWhite, Hansel Mieth, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Nina Leen, and Lisa Larsen.  How were these women part of a larger editorial vision? What topics did they cover, and how did their work reflect—and sometimes expand— the mission of the magazine? The exhibit reveals  these photographers’ important role in creating modern photojournalism and defining what  LIFE  editor-in-chief Henry Luce called the “American Century.”  The level of influence that LIFE Magazine wielded was considerable – at its height, one out of every three Americans read the magazine each month. We learn that of the six, three were

immigrants of whom two fled Fascist Europe. In all, they produced 3,000 stories, 325,000 images that curator Sarah Gordon, curatorial scholar in women’s history at NYHS’ Center for Women’s History, and Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head of the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, combed through to select out the 70 images featured in the exhibit. The exhibit, interestingly, highlights not only the photos that were selected for publication, but photos out of the series that were not, as well as the contact sheets. There are also displays with the magazine opened to the page, and notes from the photographers that give extraordinary insight into their perspective, as well as the editors’. Asked how the six featured stories were selected out of the photographers’ 3,000, Kushner reflects, “We thought about what we wanted to show and say – that kept me up at night, how to tie as a thread. The first thought was to show a woman’s point of view, but then we don’t know how a man would have treated the same subject. What the women did was illustrate Luce’s idea, that the photos [depict] the American story.” Yet, except for Margaret BourkeWhite’s famous series on the Fort Peck Dam – illustrative of her talent to show Industrial America and technological progress – the photo essays selected for this exhibit predominantly show

The exhibit, LIFE: Six Women Photographers, at the New-York Historical Society through October 6, 2019, features the work of Margaret BourkeWhite, one of LIFE Magazine’s first four full-time photographers, one of only six women LIFE photographers; her photograph was the cover of LIFE’s inaugural issue © Karen Rubin/

women and women’s issues – wrestling with their place in society after World War II’s independence, the WACS. And even when there is a story, like the Dam, Bourke-White and others showed a great sensitivity to how ordinary people – families – lived. Bourke-White chose to show shantytowns that developed around the dam, and what Saturday night dancehall was like. Her telegram to her editor reads, “Swell subjects especially shanty towns. Getting good nightlife. Nobody camera shy except ladies of evening but hope conquer them also.... May I give one picture FortPeck Publishing booklet for local sale. Would help repay their many courtesies. Could choose pattern picture we probably wouldn’t use anyway.” How did they get their assignments? “Sometimes the women wrote and asked for an assignment, but usually were told to ‘do that’” Kushner tells me. Luce wanted LIFE Magazine to reflect the American Century, and while BourkeWhite documented steel mills and dams – America’s technology and industrial achievements - she also depicted new towns in the middle of no where, “FDR’s New Wild West.” Standing in front of one of the most controversial and substantial photos in the exhibition – Martha Holmes’ 1949 image of singer Billy Eckstine being embraced by a white female fan, surrounded by other gleeful white teenagers - I meet Holmes’

daughter, Anne Holmes Waxman, and granddaughter of the photographer, Martha Holmes., Eva Koshel Castleton. “My mother came on when a lot of men were in the war.” Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she was working as a photographer at the CourierJournal when Life Magazine came to recruit her to come to New York. “She was shaking in her boots, just 24 years old. She never went back.” The exhibit shows the contact sheet with other images of multiracial crowds waiting for tickets and autographs, but the editors chose to publish the more controversial image. They were so concerned that they sought permission from Luce, who agreed with Holmes that the photograph reflected social progress and was appropriate for the story. “Holmes felt the photo was one of her best, claiming ‘it told just what the world should be like.’ The magazine, however, received vicious letters in response and the fallout adversely affected Eckstine’s career,” the notes read. In the weekly report of letters received for April 24 issue, “Fifty-nine readers are very much upset. ‘That picture of Billy Eckstine with a white girl clinging to him after a performance just turns my stomach. Why a teenage white girl conducts herself in this manner over a Negro crooner is beyond me. Juvenile delinquency is bad enough in our own race without mixing it up

A very interesting series, “The American Woman’s dilemma” by Nina Leen, published July 16, 1947, danced around the issue of “how are you going to get them back on the farm, after they’ve seen Par-ee” © Karen Rubin/


with another.” “The most nauseating picture of the year.” “That picture qualifies as the most indecent picture ever published by LIFE.” “ That picture should have appeared in Pravda Your publication of it leads me to believe that Mr. Chambers was not the only Communist on your staff.” Eight readers cancelled their subscriptions, but nine praised the feature. I ask her daughter Anne whether her mother got or lost certain assignments because of being a woman. She related that the only assignment her mother turned down was when, she was 8 ½

months pregnant with her, in 1956, and had to refuse an assignment to photograph Elvis Presley. “It was the one job she couldn’t take.” But she is renowned for her photos of artist Jackson Pollack and the House on UnAmerican Activities hearings. A very interesting series, “The American Woman’s dilemma” by Nina Leen, that was published in the July 16, 1947 issue, danced around the issue of “how are you going to get them back on the farm, after they’ve seen Par-ee” – in this case, women who worked traditionally male jobs and

had independence during the war, now being shoved back into housework and child-rearing rather than pursue a career. “The essay also reflected cultural anxieties about a ‘return to normalcy’ after the Depression and war. LIFE assumed that all women desired marriage and children but voiced concern that a woman’s time was so stretched, she did not have time to pursue her husband’s interests. “The article barely acknowledged that many women had no choice but to find work. It did recognize women’s struggles with child care

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buit disparaged separation as creating insecure children.” Only one of Leen’s photos of an unmarried woman made the cut. “This article represented a clear attempt at setting out women’s choices in the post-war era of societal realignment.” What I notice in the spread of the article that is displayed, is that it is opposite an ad for Singer sewing machines; LIFE Magazine clearly had an investment in women as homemakers, See page D5


Being a “beach bum” has a certain enticing appeal BY CLAIRE LYNCH During the 1980s and 1990s I sat in my cubicle at a Manhattan corporation working on various creative projects. I enjoyed my job but there were times when my mind drifted, when I imagined myself as a beach bum. I would picture myself retired and spending my days relaxing and lolling around on the beach. I was in my 30s and 40s then, too young to retire, but I would dream about when that day would come. I’d have some pretty vivid ideas about being a beach bum. It seemed far away, light years away from my Manhattan job and at the time retirement was. On typical days I would take the L.I.R.R. from my home in Rockville Centre to Penn Station then hop on the #7 subway uptown to my office building if it was wintertime and it was cold out with snow and ice all around. If it was springtime I’d walk to my office, wanting to get some fresh air, wanting to stretch my legs and soak in the atmosphere of the city before starting a busy day in the office. After working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for years and getting three weeks of vacation it was natural for my mind to wander down to the beach, down to the place of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a place where when a thunder and lightning storm rumbled through I’d take shelter temporarily and watch the magic show before me. As scary as it was, it still felt like there was no better place on earth to be. I would always arrive bright and early in Point Lookout, park my car, unpack my things and start walking. Sometimes en route to my spot on the beach I would walk past people barbecuing and if the smoke of the grill wafted my way, I’d inhale deeply of chicken pieces, steaks, kebobs or sausages. Of course that always gave me an appetite. When I got closer to the ocean I would pick out a perfect spot on the beach. I would have a couple of large striped beach blankets, a cooler packed with my lunch, some iced cold iced tea and some light snacks. In my daydream my go-to snack for

the cooler in the summer is a container of blueberries topped off with sugar-free Cool Whip. If the blueberries are fresh and look good at the supermarket I get them, otherwise I buy a large bag of frozen blueberries which taste just as good. The Cool Whip topping gives them a nice sweet taste. My go-to snack is refreshing and it’s nutritious, too. I’d also bring along an assortment of “beachy books” - a good romance novel or some good murder mysteries. Reading some who-dunits or anything that wouldn’t tax my brain when I wanted to just relax and unwind on the beach was ideal. A comfortable collapsible chair and a sturdy beach umbrella to block the sun’s rays when a blue sky was out and not many cumulus clouds were rolling by were necessities on the beach. Sunscreen was a must, too. Sometimes my friends would join me in these excursions and we would walk along the beach for some exercise and to search for the perfect seashells to take home. When we’d had our fill of that we would start skimming rocks if the water was calm. We’d find some nice flat rocks and whoever had the greatest amount of skips was the winner. If bigger waves were rolling in we would watch them crash on the shore. If no one could join me on a particular day, however, I would go by myself and start out at the beach by taking a long barefooted walk. I would pass the time looking at the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and the boats, the barges and the tankers, way out there, going by so slowly (I thought!). I would watch the sailboats drifting by and the motorboats zipping past and I

would wonder who was at the helm, who was steering those magnificent ships. I’d watch the people walking the beach along the water’s edge, collecting seashells or chatting among themselves, and wonder where they hailed from. Most of them were Nassau County residents, I’m sure. My mind would be busily at work and I’d wonder what jobs did they have, what hobbies and interests did they have, who were their family members? I’d imagine them all at work and at home with their families. Whether the beach was quiet or busy I’d watch the seagulls that always seemed to be searching the water’s edge for food - for fish or other little pieces of food. Those seagulls were bold and brazen, unendingly persistent in their search for a meal. When the ocean called me in, when it got too hot to just lie around on the beach, I’d plunge into the cold water, swim around and immediately feel refreshed. Before going ashore I’d float on my back for a while passing the time looking at the vivid blue of the sky and watching any clouds that happened to be drifting by. What shapes and formations did they have? What did they resemble? The life of leisure was pretty enjoyable! Sometimes I’d walk along the water’s edge, cooling off by splashing in the water as I marched along, getting some exercise after sitting around on the beach reading my summertime “beachy books,” eating my snacks and drinking cup after cup of iced tea. As I walked I’d look west for the old Lido Beach Hotel. Whenever I spotted that building, the old hotel, it was my

landmark, my North Star in a way. I knew that I was situated on the South Shore of Long Island, I was clear about that, but that North Star always guided me. How often had I seen it as my family and I drove south on Long Beach Road then east on Park Avenue and Lido Blvd. toward the beaches we wanted to go to? How often have I given directions to people, when asked, for the way to Lido Beach? When I looked up toward the sky and saw the old Lido Beach Hotel I always knew where I was. That was how I got my bearings. Whether I was standing on the beach, driving to Point Lookout or once in a while bicycling there all I would have to do was look up, look for “the castle,” that “Pink Lady,” and I would know exactly where I was. As an adult I was familiar with the local history, but I didn’t know it as a 10-year-old girl. We had only moved to Long Island four years prior from Brooklyn so I didn’t know all about Lido Beach. I had to ask some of the adults who knew all about it, adults who were willing to tell its story to me. By the way, the “Pink Lady” was not to be confused with the “Gray Lady,” which is a nickname for “The New York Times.” The landmark began in 1929 when it opened its doors as the Lido Beach Hotel, as a 300-room beachfront retreat complete with twin Moorish-style cupolas, indoor and outdoor pools, a golf course and beach cabanas. It had a night club called The Lido Club plus a restaurant with some large windows and a retractable roof for dining under the stars. Famous singers like Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand and Connie Francis would go there to sing and entertain people. I could imagine Barbra Streisand, that graduate of Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, belting out “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” at the Lido See page D6

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Filing for Social Security Benefits BY TOM MARGENAU

I get lots of questions about the mechanics of filing for Social Security benefits. Some of the questions seem very basic to me. But then I remind myself that even though I’ve been doing this stuff for 45 years, for most of my readers, filing for Social Security is an overwhelming and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are some questions from overwhelmed people. Q: I am turning 62 in November and plan to start my Social Security benefits then. When and how should I file? Friends have told me I need to start the process at least six months ahead of time because it takes the government that long to get things right. A: I know people like to think of the federal government as this inefficient monster bureaucracy that can’t do anything right. But handling Social Security claims doesn’t fall into that category. In fact, the Social Security Administration processes most retirement claims in just one or two weeks. So you could even wait until November to file for your retirement benefits and everything would be OK. But it’s probably best to start the ball rolling two or three months ahead of time. I’d suggest going online at www. sometime in September to file your retirement claim. Q: Both my wife and I turn 66 in August. I called SSA’s 800 number to set up an appointment to file for our benefits. But I was told the first available appointment at our local Social Security office isn’t until November. They offered us an earlier appointment at another Social Security office 50 miles away. We don’t want to drive that far. What should we do? A: I guess it’s a sign of the times that your local Social Security office is booked up six months in advance. This is what happens when 10,000 new retirees are signing up for Social Security every day, and at the same time, the powers-that-be in Washington have enforced a 15% cut in SSA’s staff. However, I guess we all just have to deal with that. In your case, I’m a little puzzled why you didn’t take that appointment at the other Social Security office. Gosh, I know people who would drive 50 miles to go shopping or to eat at a restaurant. So why not take a onehour drive for a once-in-a-lifetime event like signing up for Social Security benefits? Anyway, if you don’t want to drive, you could file online at However, since both you and your wife are turning 66 this year, I suppose there is a chance you might want to employ the soon-to-be-eliminated strategy called file and restrict. That means one of you would file for retirement benefits while the other files a spousal

claim with plans to save his or her own retirement application until age 70 to get a 32% “delayed retirement” bonus. I’ve been told by many readers that the online claims process isn’t conducive to the file and restrict strategy. So if you want to file and restrict, I’d gas up the car and take that 50-mile drive. Q: I tried several times to get throughto SSA at the 800 number. Both times, I was on hold for more than 30 minutes, and then I just hung up. I need to file for my Social Security. What should I do? A: See my prior answer about ever-increasing workloads and ever-decreasing staff at SSA. All I can tell you is that patience is a virtue. To test the system, I tried calling SSA at 800-7721213 several times. Twice, I experienced the long wait times you did. But another time, I got through almost right away. So you can keep trying to call. Or go online at Q: I turn 66 on Aug. 22. I’ve started the online application process, but I’ve hit a snag. One question asks which month I want my benefits to begin. I do not want any reduced benefits, so I want to make sure I start my benefits at age 66. I’m afraid if I say I want my benefits to start in August, I will get a check in August, which I know is the July payment (because Social Security checks are paid one month late). Or should I say I want my benefits to start in September (which will be the August payment)? A: Don’t worry about the payment dates. Just concentrate on which month you want your Social Security entitlement to begin. In your case, that would be August. So when the application asks which month you want your benefits to begin, you will answer August. Your first check will come in September, but it will be the payment for August. Q: I will be 66 on Sept. 28. I want my full benefits to start when I am 66. The application form is asking me when I want my benefits to begin. Should I say in October because I am not 66 until the end of September? A: Even though you are not 66 until near the end of September, the rules say you are due a full retirement age benefit for the entire month. So you should say you want September to be the month you want your benefits to begin. (And that September payment will be sent to you in October.) Q: I signed up for Social Security when I was 62 years old. I got checks for about 18 months. Then I returned to work full time, so my benefits were stopped. I am about to turn 66 and the earnings penalties will no longer apply to me, so I need to file a new claim to start things up again. I tried doing it online, but it

wouldn’t let me. What should I do? A: The system won’t let you file a retirement claim because you already did that when you were 62. Your benefits were simply suspended when you went back to work. Now that you are turning 66, you merely need to get someone at your Social Security office to “unsus-

pend” your retirement checks. That’s a matter of that SSA representative pushing a few buttons, as opposed to processing a new claim. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM


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First Ever Exhibit of LIFE Magazine’s 6 Women Photographers, Now at New-York Historical Society C ontinued from page D3 wanting the latest appliances. Similarly, that controversial Eckstine spread by Holmes? It is featured in the display is the ad for new Coty eye cosmetics: “Eyes of natural glamour. Newest style in beauty.” Marie Hansen’s series “The WAACs” (September 7, 1942) helped America accept the idea of women in uniform. Hansel Mieth is represented by her feature on “International Ladies’ Garment Workers: How a Great Union Works Inside and Out” (August 1, 1938). She worked as a migrant worker in California when she first emigrated to the US from Germany, and photographed fellow migrant workers in San Francisco, the city’s neighborhoods and cultural enclaves before LIFE hired her in 1937, publishing her socially engaged photo says over the next seven years. Luce wasn’t being progressive in having women photographers for their point of view. He was realizing that women were the market for advertisers. And they were used to socialize women back to their pre-World War II prescribed roles. I am left to wonder to what extent were the projects reshaped by a woman’s perspective, or how much the women photographers were directed to focus on “women’s subjects”. Even Lisa Larsen’s feature, “Tito as Soviet Hero, How Times Have Changed!” (from June 25, 1956) featured s a spread, “Wives Materialize to Greet a Visitor.” I wonder to what extent, as the women photographers cemented their footing, they were able to take a stance instead of be the instruments. We would have to see many more examples of the photographers’ assignments to make that appraisal, and hope these topics will be revealed in future exhibits NY-HS’ Women’s Center. The exhibit is curated by Sarah Gordon, curatorial scholar in women’s history,  Center for Women’s History, and  Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections; with Erin Levitsky, Ryerson University; and William J. Simmons, Andrew Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Women’s History. NYHS brilliantly uses its space to maximize an immersion into Women’s History. Just outside the Women Photographers of LIFE Magazine exhibit is Women’s Voices, a multimedia digital installation where visitors can discover the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the

LIFE Photographer Martha Holmes’ granddaughter, Eva Koshel Castleton, and daughter Anne Holmes Waxman, with one of the photographer’s most controversial and important photographs, of Billy Eckstine © Karen Rubin/ nation, even going back to Colonial America. Featuring interviews, profiles, and biographies,  Women’s Voices  unfolds across nine oversized touchscreens to tell the story of activists, scientists, performers, athletic champions, social change advocates, writers, and educators through video, audio, music, text, and images. There are also displays about the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Women’s Activism and Billie Jean King. And in the middle of the floor is a most sensational gallery devoted to Tiffany, which includes a fascinating display about Clara Driscoll, who headed the Women’s Glass Cutting Department of some 45-55 young  women (mainly 16-17 year olds who would work until they went off to be engaged). And who until this exhibit was unheralded for her role in creating many of Tiffany’s iconic designs. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (77th Street), New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400,

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Museum of Illusions, One of New York City’s Newest, is Packed With Surprises BY LAURIE MILLMAN & MARTIN D. RUBIN TRAVEL FEATURES SYNDICATE GOINGPLACESFARANDNEAR.COM The Museum of Illusions, which opened September 2018 in New York City’s West Village, contains three-di-

Photography is encouraged at the Museum of Illusions; a photograph makes it easier to visualize many of the illusions. Friendly staff members are available to help take the photo.

mensional illusions on the walls and floors which will mesmerize visitors of all ages. You might assume by its name that it is  a children’s museum, about magic which depends so much on illusion. Nor can it be considered an “attraction” although many of the exhibits are interactive and you get to help create the illusions. It is really about educating about the physical and psychological science behind illusion – placards posted near each

One of the fun, interactive exhibits at the Museum of Illusions is where a visitor pokes her head out of the middle of the table, but all you see is a head with no body on top of a table (© Laurie Millman/

exhibit provide the explanations for what you sense. And while the museum does not explicitly delve into magic, when you leave, you will have a better understanding of how some magic tricks work. We thoroughly enjoyed this museum with its many surprises. One of our favorite exhibits was a room with a sloped floor -- a monitor shows that you appear to be growing smaller and smaller as you walk across the floor. Another fun, interactive exhibit is where a visitor pokes her head out of the middle of the table, but all you see is a head with no body on top of a table. Friendly staff are available to give you clues about the illusions, help you figure out where to stand to get the most effective view, explain the science behind a particular illusion or take your picture. In fact, the museum welcomes photography because the photograph makes it easier to visualize many of the illusions. In fact, at the front of the museum, a staff member is ready to have two of your party pose as part of an illusion related to perspective (check out the photo where Marty is patting Laurie’s head -- we are literally a few feet from each other! And no -Laurie is not that small). The museum is housed in a bank building dating back to the pre-Depression 1920s and before you leave, be sure to ask to see the old bank vault. (Be advised: the only downside of the Museum of Illusions is that it has

mobility limitations – there is no handrail on the outside steps leading up to the main door and no alternate ramp, and the second floor is only accessible by a narrow staircase with a banister, there is no elevator. On the other hand, visitors with mobility issues are admitted free.) The Museum of Illusions (77th 8th Ave, New York, NY; is open Monday - Thursday, 9am to 10pm; Friday  - Sunday 8am to 11pm. To explore with smaller crowds, try to arrive before noon. Plan for 45 minutes to 1-½ hours to walk the entire museum, and bring a camera to capture the illusions at their best! Tickets are $19/ adult; $17/senior, military, students with ID; and $15/kids 6-13 years of age (under 6 is free).  Tickets may be purchased online with a small service fee. _____________________________ © 2019 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit, & TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at goingplacesnearandfar. & moralcompasstravel. info. Send comments or questions to Tweet @ TravelFeatures. ‘Like’ us at facebook. com/NewsPhotoFeatures


Being a “beach bum” has a certain enticing appeal C ontinued from page D5 Francis would go there to sing and entertain people. I could imagine Barbra Streisand, that graduate of Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, belting out “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” at the Lido Beach Hotel. Those celebrities and those songs were a major draw. Throughout Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout and other areas, the Lido Beach Hotel became known as the “Pink Lady” because of its bright pink exterior color. In 1971, however, the Lido Beach Hotel closed and it later was converted into a gated luxury condominium building. It sits on 12 sandy beachfront acres and is called the Lido Beach Towers. Its exterior paint color has changed over the years but those beautiful Moorish towers still stand out. The huge condo opened in 1981 with its two Moorish towers intact. It is still visible for tourists and residents to see from far and wide. A landmark is always a landmark. As a short nick-

name, my family and I always called it “the castle.” On foggy days my brothers, sisters, friends and I would ask each other, “Where’s the castle? It’s disappeared!” because the fog would be so thick. In time the sun would emerge again and that castle would reappear before our eyes. It seemed like magic. A co-worker of mine in corporate communications lived in Long Beach at the time that I worked in Manhattan. Many times Kevin and I would go out to lunch with some other friends and inevitably the conversation would drift to talking about Long Beach and the other beaches along Lido Blvd. Kevin remembered the 10 years or so that it took to convert the Pink Lady into condos. In addition to his affinity for that landmark, he liked similar things that I liked about being at the beach - the beach when it was the quietest, when you could hear the waves come crashing in and hear the birds squawking at other each. When it was fun to watch the fishermen on the jetties hoping for

some nibbles on their fishing rods. Kevin, my department’s videographer, would usually take along a colorful kite for his young 6-year-old son to play with. He would show Shawn how to get it ready to lift up into the sky. Holding the string loosely in his hand, Kevin would start running along the sand, slowly letting it unwind until the wind picked up the kite. Shawn would run after Kevin all excited and shrieking at the beauty of the kite flying high up in the sky. Lido Beach and Point Lookout are roughly 20 miles away from New York City but they are, in many ways, a world apart. We corporate workers in Manhattan were usually purposeful and driven. The beach goers on Long Island were much more laid back. My dream while working as a corporate communications manager was to lead the life of a beach bum - which is hard for many of my friends and family to believe - but it’s true. In my imagination I would shrug off the work grind, the daily deadlines and responsibilities, and head down to

paradise. My friends and relatives think that I’m so responsible, so structured and it seems hard for them to think that I would like shirking off those responsibilities for a while to become a beach bum. The funny part about my “beach bum fantasy” is that of course I still had my apartment, still had the comforts of home so when a big thunderstorm broke out or it got too cold or windy or I simply got tired of being at the beach I could get in my car and head home. But in the meantime I’m sinking my bare feet into the wet sand at the edge of the ocean. I see the kids in front of me laughing and frolicking in the water, having a ball, and I know how appealing the ocean and the beach can be. A part of me enjoys the comforts of home but there is another part of me that definitely is a beach bum. It’s an enjoyable time, a time away from life’s demands and a chance to take in the beauty of the land all around. Being a beach bum? Oh, what a lazy life it would be.


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hen you or your agents are showing your home, do you worry about insects in and outside your home this summer? With all the rain we have had during the winter and spring, thus far and may continue to have going forward, mosquitoes and other annoying and flying insects could be a real pain in the butt and hazard and turn off to your purchasers, assuming you have a very pleasant rear yard to relax in. Standing water is a huge breeding ground for those pesky litter critters as well as their potential dangerous bites and itchy aftermath. The last thing you need is to have your buyers bitten and become annoyed when viewing your backyard. Any time it rains, make sure all those pans, buckets or whatever you may have that collects rain water are dumped out and turned over, so water accumulation is eliminated. Also, the closer you are to lakes, oceans or swampy low lying areas, the greater the opportunity for mosquito infestation. Nassau and Suffolk County and NYS owned properties, have many areas, especially recharge basins where water sits and accumulates as a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can reach out to the public works and health department in your county to ascertain, if they will be spraying larvicide to kill the mosquito eggs before they hatch in those areas again this summer. West Nile Virus is directly related to infected Asian Tiger mosquitoes that carry the disease; and last year Nassau and Suffolk County had reported cases, some fatal. So one should cover arms and legs, especially in areas with mosquitoes are and be cognizant of any bites that cause mild symptoms of fever, headache and body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Symptoms in more severe cases can include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Individuals most at risk for severe infection include those over the age of 55 and those with chronic illness or compromised immune systems. Deer ticks, causing Lyme Disease is another serious issue in Long Island, especially where tall grasses and vegetation exists. One should always wear clothing

to cover arms and legs when walking or hiking, especially in Suffolk County. Flea bites are another insect, although much less dangerous, but annoying, as your pets should be protected against. Here is a link to assist in your search for natural remedies for your pets: https://www. dogsnaturallymagazine. com/natural-solutions-tick-season/ As the warm humid and hot weather becomes the norm, homeowners themselves, don’t need any of those issues to cause buyers to not consider your home. I have seen many homes over the years, where the homeowner goes out and purchases bug zappers. It may appear that you are reducing the population of all sorts of flying insects, including mosquitoes, but I beg to differ and the reason is that the light that attracts them, does just that, and you are just attracting a greater population of insects to your property. Citronella drives away bothersome insects such as flies and mosquitoes. You can combat the bugs further by also combining the torches with citrus candles for twice the pest-fighting action. Spray water with lavender or eucalyptus around your patio to create a natural pest barrier. Spraying it on you can also help keep bugs away. Vinegar is a natural deterrent for ants. A combination of half apple cider vinegar (although normal vinegar works just as well) and half water in a spray bottle works perfectly to repel those pests. This concoction can be sprayed around the perimeter of your home, on the legs of tables that have food served on them or even around a screen house or tent. While vinegar is an effective item you can use to get rid of ants, you will need to reapply, as the residual effect is minimal. Another useful ant deterrent is cayenne pepper. When sprinkled in places where ants tend to gather, like areas near sugar and places where crumbs linger, they stay away. The pepper’s spice serves as a deterrent for the ants by telling them that none of the sweet stuff that they’re looking for is there. It acts almost like caution tape. It

can get a little messy, so try to sprinkle the cayenne pepper in areas that aren’t used as much, like a cabinet; especially ones that contain baking supplies or other sweet goods. Another natural deterrent is peppermint oil. Not only does it repel ants, it also repels spiders. In fact, peppermint keeps most pests away, including aphids, beetles, caterpillars, fleas, flies, lice, mice and moths. There are three ways to effectively apply this oil: soaking cotton balls in the oil and hiding them where the insects gather, applying the oil directly to the affected areas, or diluting it with water and spraying the perimeter of areas you’re trying to protect. If you’re diluting the oil, mix 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 16 oz. of water, then pour into a spray bottle. Peppermint oil can also keep some of the spiders out of the areas of the home where they frequent most, in addition to making the house smell wonderful. While this appears to be a simple solution, it’s a game of strategy’ by putting the oil in locations where you suspect pests are entering. With a little trial and error, you should be able to target and focus on those specific areas. It’s all about where you put it, using doorways and entrances to your advantage. Getting rid of crickets in your basement can be done in two ways. Fill a bowl with a few tablespoons of molasses and then fill half way up with water and place in those areas in your basement where you notice the populations of crickets. As they get attracted to the molasses and go in and get stuck and then drown, replace as needed. Also, sticky traps work extremely well too and are another natural way to minimize them. There are also cricket bait you can purchase that will work too. Finding natural solutions for keeping away mosquitoes is always a challenging process. Using a mixture of lavender oil and eucalyptus oil can help prevent them and heal any existing bites. The mixture has a nice fragrant smell compared to most cans of spray you can buy in the store, and it’s as affordable as a bottle of DEET;

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which you should use as a last resort, if you cannot control your issues. But be careful and use precaution and ask your doctor for advice before using. Lavender oil is one of the only essential oils you don’t have to dilute with water to use on the body, although it’s recommended that you speak with your doctor first. All in all, these bug deterrents all do their jobs well, and finding some natural options for your household and family is always a plus. Lastly, here are some choices in plants that you can grow or purchase to strategically place around your home where you know previous issues with mosquitoes existed or might be: 1.) Citronella grass 2.) Basil 3.) Catnip 4.) Catmint 5.) Rosemary and thyme, which lasted longer than DEET as per Seoul National University, in Seoul, Korea. You can call your local exterminator, if you don’t want to bother doing it yourself, but the natural way is always safer and you’ll save money and have potentially less issues with your children and pets. Minimizing eliminating unwanted insects inside and outside your home will add to the desirability of your home and property, while keeping buyers in the game when viewing your home for sale or rent and will add to maximizing its appeal. What natural remedies have you used to keep the bugs away? Philip A. Raices is the owner of Turn Key Real Estate @ 3 Grace Ave Ste 180 in Great Neck. He is a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (G.R.I.) and also a Certified International Property Specialist (C.I.P.S.) He can be reached by email: Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate. Com or by Cell, (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions. To search for property, see what your home is worth or homes that have sold in your area, go to: WWW.Li-RealEstate.Com or we can provide you a free price evaluation, without obligation and or any strings attached!

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Problematic Pollarding BY JEFF RUGG Q: I’ve got two trees in my yard that were pruned years ago -- before I bought -- by someone who had no idea what they were doing. The result is large branches that look like “clubs.” All new growth comes from the end of the clubs. Imagine your forearm as the branch and your fist as the end, with a branch or two growing in every direction. What is the remedy? A: There are two types of pruning that can produce what you have described. Neither is particularly good for the tree’s health, and both are expensive to maintain. Let’s take the worst case first. Your tree was likely “topped,” though regionally it may be called “headed,” “tipped,” “hat-racked” or “rounded over.” It is the most harmful pruning method used on trees. It is common for people to want to reduce the size of a tree, thinking it is growing too large or that it will become a hazard. Ironically, chopping all the branches off creates a much more hazardous tree for the future. Cutting off so much of the tree causes it to go into a defensive mode, as it tries to replace its leaves. The tree forces the rapid growth of many new branches from what is left of the old branch. These new branches are only attached just under the bark -- not fully attached into the old wood, as the cutoff branches were formerly attached. The tree is under a lot of stress, as it uses its resources to grow new branches. At the same time, large wounds must begin to heal, for the exposed sapwood attracts insects and decaying disease organisms. The exposed stubs are the worst pos-

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Central Boulevard Elementary School fifth-graders participated in a Thoughtful Thursday activity on June 20. The final installation of Central Boulevard Elementary School’s monthly “Thoughtful Thursday” series generated new ideas on June 20. As the last exercise of the school year for the Bethpage Union Free School District, students reflected on the projects and activities they participated in throughout the entire year. The teachers then led a class discussion and completed a “Thought Bubble” that summarized the engaging discussions. After looking back on the service already completed, students generated

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PARCEL OF LAND situate at Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 2437/2015 in the amount of $667,051.14 plus interest and costs.

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered May 30, 2018, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the Calendar Control Part (CCP), Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York on July 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM. Premises known as 15 Cornwall Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801. Sec 11 Block 337 Lot 8. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being at Hicksville, in the Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $678,849.39 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 16677/08.

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MIT 5818 4X 06/21,28,07/05,12 SUMMONS IN TAX LIEN FORECLOSURE Supreme Court Nassau County CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I LLC, Plaintiffs, against SAMUEL ZARETSKY, if living, et al., Defendants. To the above named Defendants –YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service or within thirty days after service is completed if the summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Plaintiffs designate Nassau County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the county in which the property a lien upon which is being foreclosed is situated. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Julianne T. Capetola J.S.C., dated June 10, 2019. The object of this action is to foreclose a Nassau County Tax Lien covering the premises located at Section: 51 Block 108 Lot 31 on the Tax Map of Nassau County and is also known 93 Shelter Lane, Levittown, New York. Index No. 613333/2018. Dated: June 17, 2019 BRONSTER LLP, Attorney for Plaintiffs, CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I LLC, By: Nina Khaimova, Esq. 156 West 56th Street, Suite 1801 New York, NY 10019 (347) 246-4889 MIT 5819 4X 06/21,28,07/05,12

NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court Nassau County FGMC IN LIEU OF TRUE CORPORATE NAME FIRST GUARANTY MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff against BRYAN HIGGINS; JESSICA HIGGINS; ALEXA HIGGINS; LAUREN HIGGINS, Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on August 3, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, N.Y. on the 30th day of July, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, Lying and being at Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York. Said premises known as 35 Libby Avenue, Hicksville, N.Y. 11801. (Section: 12, Block: 291, Lot: 22). Approximate amount of lien $ 331,676.57 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 601530-18. Kathleen Wright, Esq., Referee. Stern & Eisenberg, PC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Woodbridge Corporate Plaza 485 B Route 1 South – Suite 330 Iselin, NJ 08830 (732) 582-6344 MIT 5820 4X 06/28,07/05,12,19 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST 2006-CW2, Plaintiff AGAINST William C. Gorman and Lionella Laboni AKA Lionella Iaboni, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 20, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501, on August 06, 2019 at 11:30AM, premises known as 79 WINTER LANE, HICKSVILLE, NY 11801. All

that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York, SECTION 45, BLOCK 305, LOT 2. Approximate amount of judgment $560,045.27 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 611569/2018. George P. Esernio, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 MIT 5821 4X 07/05,12,19,26 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, AS TRUSTEE OF UPLAND MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST A, Plaintiff against HONG FU, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on October 25, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, N.Y. on the 6th day of August, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in or near Hicksville, in the Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York. Said premises known as 92 14th Street, Hicksville, N.Y. 11801. (Section: 11, Block: 399, Lot: 67). Approximate amount of lien $ 544,881.26 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 236-09. Arthur I. Shaw, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street Suite 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 (914) 636-8900 MIT 5822 4X 07/05,12,19,26 NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT In pursuance of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the office of the County Clerk of Nassau County on January 11, 2017, I, Mark Ricciardi, Esq., the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell in one parcel at public auction on August 6, 2019 at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, County of Nassau, State of New York, at 11:30 A.M., the premises described as follows: 15 Jerome Ave Hicksville, NY 11801 SBL No.: 12-309-56 ALL THAT TRACT OF PARCEL OF LAND situate in Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York. The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 008314/2013 in the amount of $525,641.36 plus interest and costs. Todd Z. Marks, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Plaintiff’s Attorney 500 Bausch & Lomb Place Rochester, NY 14604 Tel.: 855-227-5072 MIT 5823 4X 07/05,12,19,26 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO BANK MINNESOTA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE F/K/A NORWEST BANK MINNESOTA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR DELTA FUNDING HOME EQUITY LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES SERIES 20012, V. ELLEN VOORHIES; ET AL. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 04, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau, wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO Continued on page 16

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LEGAL NOTICES Continued from page 15

BANK MINNESOTA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE F/K/A NORWEST BANK MINNESOTA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR DELTA FUNDING HOME EQUITY LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES SERIES 2001-2 is the Plaintiff and ELLEN VOORHIES; ET AL. are the Defendants. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CALENDAR CONTROL PART (CCP) COURTROOM OF THE SUPREME COURT, FIRST FLOOR, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, MINEOLA, NY 11501, on August 13, 2019 at 11:30AM, premises known as 4 RHODES LANE, HICKSVILLE, NY 11801: District 17, Section 45, Block 363, Lot 35: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN HICKSVILLE, TOWN OF OYSTER BAY, COUNTY OF NASSAU AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 4942/2015. Francis P. Alleva, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. MIT 5824 4X 07/12,19,26,08/02

NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS, CWABS, INC., ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-6, Plaintiff – against – MARY DONOVAN, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on September 10, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction, at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York 11501, Nassau County, New York on the 13th Day of August, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau, and State of New York. Premises known as 14 Lee Place, Hicksville, (Town of


NEW YORK; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (EASTERN DISTRICT); STATE OF NEW YORK; “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10” inclusive the names of the ten last name Defendants being fictitious, real names unknown to the Plaintiff, the parties intended being persons or corporations having an interest in, or tenants or persons in possession of, portions of the mortgaged premises described in the Complaint, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance upon the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the date of service or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. If you fail to so appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Elmsford, New York June 7, 2019 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES

2016-CTT AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Alex Zamenhof Esq., Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523 Phone: (914) 345-3020 NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES 2016-CTT IS FORECLOSING AGAINST THE OWNER OF THIS PREMISES. IF YOU LIVE HERE, THIS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN YOUR EVICTION. YOU MAY WISH TO CONTACT A LAWYER TO DISCUSS ANY RIGHTS AND POSSIBLE DEFENSES YOU MAY HAVE. NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above-entitled action is to foreclose a reverse mortgage bearing date March 21, 1996 given by Catherine Carter (deceased) to Hartford Funding Ltd. to secure the sum of $130,000.00 and recorded in Liber 17297 at Page 254 in the office of the County Clerk/City Register of Nassau County on April 12, 1996 and which reverse mortgage was ultimately assigned to the Plaintiff as evidenced by written instrument dated July 14, 2017 and recorded in Liber 42282 at Page 62 in the office of the County Clerk/City Register of Nassau County on August 2, 2017 covering the premises described as follows: 20 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714 The relief sought in the within action is final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the reverse mortgage described above. The Plaintiff makes no personal claim against any Defendants in this action. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Anna R. Anzalone, J.S.C. dated May 29, 2019 and filed May 30 2019 Help for Homeowners in Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice

about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Summons and Complaint You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. Sources of Information and Assistance The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 3423736 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.dfs. Rights and Obligations YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. Foreclosure Rescue Scams Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract Continued on page 17

Continued from page 16 which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. Index No. 603303/2018 Plaintiff designates NASSAU County as place of trial Venue is based upon County in which premises are being situate S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS WITH NOTICE ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE BN 7399 4X 06/21,28,07/05,12 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court Nassau County U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF BEAR STEARNS ASSET BACKED SECURITIES I LLC, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007AQ2, Plaintiff AGAINST Roxana Villanueva, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated May 02, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501, on July 30, 2019 at 11:30AM, premises known as 7 MORRIS ROAD, BETHPAGE, NY 11714. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York, SECTION 49, BLOCK 244, LOT 19. Approximate amount of judgment $530,334.74 plus interest and costs. Premises

will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 17-001466. Michael A. Montesano, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 BN 7402 4X 06/28,07/05,12,19 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau ARTHUR BOULUKOS, Pltf. vs. DAWN WOLFGANG, et al, Defts. Pursuant to order confirming referee report and for judgment of foreclosure and sale dated May 31, 2019, I will sell at public auction at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY on Aug. 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. prem. k/a 32 Lexington Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 a/k/a being in the Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of NY, known and designated as Lot 397 and part of Lots 396 and 398 on a certain map entitled, “Correction Map of Property at Central Park, Nassau County, NY dated 8/15/33” filed in the Office of the Clerk of Nassau County under filed No. 891 on 1/5/34. Approx. amt. of judgment is $539,749.09 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index #18-000253. LEELAND LEWIS GREENE, Referee. THE MARGOLIN & WEINREB LAW GROUP LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 165 Eileen Way Suite 101, Syosset, NY 97176 BN 7404 4X 07/05,12,19,26 NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Supreme Court, Nassau County, on the 7th day of June, 2019, bearing

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Index Number 000592-19, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Jack Kuang. The city and state of my present address are Woodbury, NY; the month and year of my birth are January,1994; the place of my birth is Rizhao, China; my present name is Jack Kung. BN 7405 1X 07/12 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau USBANK CUST/EMP V, Plaintiff -againstFRANCIS CAMERLENGO, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated October 1, 2018 and entered on October 9, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at (CCP) Calendar Control Part Court Room of the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY on August 13, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. premises situate, lying and being in Bethpage, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of Grant Avenue with the Westerly side of Stewart Avenue; being a plot 70 feet by 100 feet by 70 feet by 100 feet. Said premises known as 6 STEWART AVENUE, OYSTER BAY, NY Approximate amount of lien $11,946.38 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. Index Number 4022/2016. LISA SEGAL POCZIK, ESQ., Referee Bronster, LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 156 West 56th Street, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10019 BN 7407 4x 07/12,19,26,08/02

Take a bite out of science during Shark Week From page 8

Kids in the Kitchen Family Series

Friday, July 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. LICM’s popular Early Childhood program expands in the summer to welcome older siblings who enjoy time in the kitchen. Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. Learn about healthy eating and fun ways to stay active with a new exercise activity every week! This week’s healthy treat: Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries This program made possible with the support of Cohen Children’s Medical Center/Kohl’s Care. Ages: 3-8. Material fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Friday, July 26 at 2 p.m. Come be a citizen scientist and study monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab can analyze! Your data will help them understand butterfly migration and will help conserve this threatened species. Each Friday afternoon meet at the front desk to collect information and see how these plants are habitat for visiting monarchs. This program is made possible with the support of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University. Ages: 4 and up. Free with Museum admission.

Splish Splash, Animal Bath

Fridays, July 26 at 3 p.m. Join us in the Yellow Studio in the Feasts for Beasts gallery to learn what goes into the care of LICM’s animals. Join our Animal Program Educator to observe animal bath time. All ages. Free with Museum admission.

STEM Discoveries

Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from noon

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to 2 p.m. Come explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Create, experiment, and tinker as you spark your curiosity. This week we’re exploring engineering. Ages: 4 and up. Free with Museum admission.

Messy Afternoon

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 3:30-5 p.m. We’ll be up to our elbows in oobleck, clean mud and slime … and we hope you’ll join us for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except us! Ages: 18 months – 4 years. Free with museum admission.

Summer Exhibit: Mash-up Menagerie Monday, July 1- Sunday, September 1 Walk through the mouth of a whion (whale + lion), slide down an elester (elephant + rooster) and manipulate the legs and eyes of an octamoose (octopus + moose) in this summer exhibit devoted to creativity and imagination. Join artist-in-residence Scott Larrabee in a summer of creative collaboration. Visitors are confronted with the frames of mixed-up animals and challenged to help finish these fantastical beasts. What type of hide would these hybrid creatures have? Should their coloring be neon bright or camouflage? Over the course of eight weeks, animals evolve through visitors’ imagination and design ingenuity. Families are encouraged to return throughout the summer to contribute to the growth of the Museum’s madcap menagerie and watch the changes these creatures undergo on a daily basis. All ages. Free with Museum admission. All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum Hours: Daily from 10 am.-5 p.m. in July-August (except national holidays).

Friday, July 12, 2019


Division Avenue celebrates the Class of 2019

Division Avenue High School's Class 0f 2019! It was a morning of celebration as more than 200 students from Division Avenue High School’s Class of 2019 entered the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Center at Hofstra University for the high school’s 60th commencement ceremony on June 22. Wearing white and blue cap and gowns to represent their Blue Dragon pride, the graduates were led by building administrators and central administrators including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald, the Levittown Board of Education, staff members and distinguished guests. Assistant Principal Jaclyn Guidice opened the ceremony by introducing Student Council President Madison Gillis who recited the Pledge of Allegiance as Daniella Roselli signed. The senior members of the concert choir, directed by Alison Sellars, performed the national anthem before Principal John Coscia addressed the

graduates. “The future that awaits you is second to none; you are second to no one. You are graduates of Division Avenue High School,” he said. “When you dream of achieving something, always remember: Pride, Honor and Commitment. Good luck everyone and congratulations.” Dr. McDonald followed with her own congratulatory remarks and encouraged the graduates to keep exploring and learning. “Learning is a lifelong process,” she told them. “As you go through life, please look for opportunities to learn something new. If you’re planning on attending college, attack your classes with wonder and joy. Have fun. If you’re going into a place of work, be the best you can be at your job.” Thomas Hutchinson, Division Avenue High School’s valedictorian

Principal John Coscia (left) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald (second right) with Division Avenue High School’s valedictorian Sean Wolf (second left) and salutatorian Michael Adams (right).

Division Avenue graduates Britney Cardenas, Alex Byrne and Natalie Baquet received their diplomas. from the Class of 1990, served as the keynote speaker. Hutchinson spoke about his experience at Division Avenue High School and the mark that Levittown left on him. He compared life to baseball, as he was on the team in high school, and swapped his graduation cap for a Division Avenue baseball cap during his speech. Hutchinson shared some advice with the graduates as they prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives. He told students that progress equals happiness, to find your why and feed it daily, be grateful, always leave your mark and to believe. The Division Avenue High School Symphony Orchestra, along with senior orchestra members, performed “Smooth” by Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas during the ceremony. The entertaining selection was conducted by Mark Martufi. Salutatorian Michael Adams, valedictorian Sean Wolf and Class President

Jenna Horan also addressed their fellow peers, sharing their positive experiences from high school and lessons learned. Before receiving their diplomas, Board President Peggy Marenghi congratulated the Class of 2019 and wished them the best in the future. Proud family and friends cheered as each student was recognized on stage. The graduates then watched a video presentation, featuring photos of their time in Levittown from elementary to high school. Before exiting the ceremony, senior members of the concert choir performed “The Irish Blessing.” The Division Avenue High School Symphony Orchestra led the students out with “March from Athalia” as the proud graduates transitioned from Division Avenue High School student to Division Avenue High School alumni. Photos courtesy of the Levittown Public Schools

Thomas Benz (left) and Edwin Bencosme (right) earned their diplomas.

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Division Avenue graduates Brandon Weissman, Jake Savitt and Jenna Summer.

Board President Peggy Marenghi (right) presented a diploma to her niece Makayla DeRita (left).

Senior members of the concert choir performed the national anthem during the ceremony.

Right to left: Ryan Alvarez, Eric Aguilar, Taylor Ben-Jacob and Jacqueline Cedeno graduated from Division Avenue High School.

Graduate Elaina Braverman (left) was congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald (right) after receiving her diploma.

Keynote speaker and Division Avenue alumnus Thomas Hutchinson showed his school pride with a Division Avenue baseball cap during his speech to the graduates.

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Mid Island Times 07-12-2019  

Local newspaper serving Hicksville, New York

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Local newspaper serving Hicksville, New York