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School Superintendent posts letter on bomb scare BY GARY SIMEONE

In celebration of the holiday season, the Abbey Lane Student Council in the Levittown School District met before school to organize and bag donated Halloween candy for local veterans. Generous staff at Abbey Lane Elementary School and student council members donated the candy. The students worked very hard to place the candy into individual bags, which also contained a note thanking the veterans. Andy Booth of the Levittown American Legion was kind enough to pick up the boxes and deliver them to veterans around Long Island.

Man arrested in stabbing

Nassau County Police arrested a homeless man for assault on Monday, November 28th after he allegedly stabbed another homeless man. According to detectives, the defendant Richard Janicky, 71, (no known address) was on Newbridge Road in the vicinity of West John Street at 7:50 p.m. when he began arguing over money with the 57 year old homeless male victim. Janicky allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the left side of the chest caus-

ing a laceration. Janicky then fled on foot. Second Precinct Police Officers were called and responded. A subsequent investigation led the police within the confines of the Hicksville Mini Storage, 397 Duffy Ave, where they located the defendant inside a silver Ford van covered with a tarp. Janicky was ordered out and placed into police custody without further incident. The victim was transported a local hospital in a Nassau police Ambulance and treated for his injury.

On Tuesday, School Superintendent, Dr. Carl Bonuso posted a letter on the district website regarding the bomb threat in all Nassau County schools. The Nassau County Police Department had sent out a statement late Monday night saying that an individual who claims he heard an unidentified male say, “he puts bomb in every school in Nassau and set them to go off tomorrow” and all schools are advised to be alert to suspicious packages/and or persons. “Rest assured, we have been in contact with school safety officials and our local police precinct and will continue to monitor this situation very closely,” said Dr. Bonuso. “Because the NCPD does not believe the threat is serious, no changes to regular school operations are anticipated at this time.” He went on to say that even though this threat has been described as, “unconfirmed and unrealistic, we nonetheless have taken extra precautions. Please know that the safety of our students and staff as always

remains our top priority.”

Board Notes: (Audit Report) At the school board meeting last Wednesday, the district’s audit committee and external auditor, Cullen & Danowski LLP, met with the Board to discuss their findings. The findings were a summation of the 2015-2016 school year which officially ended on June 30th. The district received an unmodified report which is the highest level of assurance that can be given to a school district. The report said the district was in solid financial shape, compliant with the tax levy cap and saw no immediate risk. Alan Yu, CPA at Cullen & Danowski LLP and Managing Partner for the school district, said that the district had “very good internal controls in place” and made only minor recommendations on upgrading their new software system. The district also received a state audit last winter and received a fantastic report from the State Comptroller’s office regarding their purchasing procedures and policies.

Candlelight evenings at OBV

Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will take place on December 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Candlelight Evenings at OBVR offer a Hallmark card setting of flickering candles inside the Village’s historic homes, along with 19th Century holiday decorations and entertainment, all set within the confines of a rural valley setting. Among the forms of 19th Century entertainment offered will be music, including a

brass quartet and fiddlers playing popular seasonal tunes as well as performers by local schools and organizations, a traditional 1866 decorated Christmas Tree, stories of Christmases past; contra-dancing, and a traditional bonfire. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway). For more information, please call (516) 572-8401.

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“Youth Sports Safety and Physical Activity” session

Winthrop Sports Medicine has been selected to facilitate a “Back to Sports” meeting in partnership with the National Football League and the American Heart Association. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at Winthrop-University Hospital, 259 1st Street in Mineola, Spatz Conference Center, Room A. The session is designed to educate parents, guardians and coaches about

Levittown swim team wins conference championship

youth wellness, the benefits of physical activity, and basic sports safety and proper responses (concussion awareness, heat and hydration, prevention of overuse injuries and cardiac arrest and proper response). The GOAL is to help keep kids healthy and safe as they participate in sports. For questions or to reserve a space, please call Christopher Napoli (516) 6631054 or e-mail cnapoli@winthrop.org by Friday, December 9.

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Levittown swim team coach Colleen Lang with the Conference 3 championship team. An 8-0 season led the Levittown swim team to becoming the 2016 Conference 3 championship team. The team also currently ranks fifth in the Division A county championship meet held at the aquatic center at Eisenhower Park. Coach Colleen Lang said she could not be prouder of the swimmers who worked diligently throughout the season’s practices and meets to acquire the conference championship title. During the conference meet, MacArthur High School senior Rachel Greene set the district dive record of

161.32, exceeding the 2015 record of 144.75. Division Avenue sophomore Hyzell Lim also set a new record in the 100-meter butterfly during the county meet. Jamie Alvino, Alyssa Bourquin, Grace Connors, Victoria Coloma, Angelina Fazzino Rachel Greene, Hyzell Lim and Alicia Renda qualified for individual events at the county meet. The Levittown swim team is comprised of students from Division Avenue and MacArthur high schools and Salk and Wisdom Lane middle schools.

Free “Tobacco Cessation” program offered at Winthrop

Individuals interested in quitting smoking are invited to attend WinthropUniversity Hospital’s free Tobacco Cessation Program during the month of December. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM on December 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, located at 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML_5 in Garden City.

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Hicksville High School’s Natural Helpers club hosted its Fall Newcomers Breakfast, welcoming 70 new students to the school. The Natural Helpers conducted ice-breaker activities with the new students, socialized with them and

helped form new friendships while easing their transitions to the school. Students were grouped with Natural Helper members who share the same study hall or lunch periods. Photos courtesy of Hicksville Public Schools.

The Natural Helpers will help the newcomers transition to the HS.

Hicksville High School Natural Helpers with new students during the Fall Newcomers Breakfast.

Seventy new students were welcomed to Hicksville High School.

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Newcomers warm welcome at Hicksville High School

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Levittown students salute veterans

First-grade students in Maryjo Bergersen’s class at Gardiners Avenue Elementary School in Levittown saluted veterans in honor of Veterans Day. The children discussed why this special day is observed, what it means to be an American and the importance of the American flag. They also used the internet to explore some very informative

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During a unit on Veterans Day, first-graders at Gardiners Avenue Elementary School in Levittown saluted veterans.

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sites on these topics. Students brought photos to class of veterans they know and pictures of family members who served or are currently serving the country from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Merchant Marines. In addition, the students drew pictures and made cards thanking local veterans for their sacrifices and service.

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THE POLICE BLOTTER

Incidents that have occurred recently in the local area include: At 5:30 p.m. on November 1, a 20-year-old woman from Levittown was arrested and charged with Shoplifting from a CVS in Levittown. n

A 51-year-old man from Hicksville was arrested at 1:15 p.m. on November 2 and charged with Shoplifting from Macy’s in Hicksville. n

At Target in Hicksville, a 29-year-old woman from New Rochelle was arrested and charged with Shoplifting at 5:20 p.m. on November 3. n

A 22-year-old man from North Bellmore was arrested and charged with Shoplifting from Target in Hicksville at 12 p.m. on November 4. n

On November 4, between 3:15 and 6:30 p.m., two Amazon packages were stolen from the front of a home on Dawn Lane in Hicksville. n

A baseball mitt, baseball bat, and US currency were stolen from a vehicle on Devon Road in Bethpage between 1 and 8 a.m. on November 6. n

At LA Fitness in Levittown, a pocketbook was stolen from a vehicle at 3 p.m. on November 7. n

A 52-year-old man from Freeport was attested and charged with Shoplifting from a location on Old Country Road in Westbury at 6:47 p.m. on November 7. n

On Vincent Road in Hicksville, a victim has reported that the rear window of her parked vehicle was broken sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 pm. on November 10. n

At Century 21, located on Old Country Road in Westbury, a 21-yearold woman from Farmingdale was arrested at 10:25 a.m. on November 10. She was charged with Shoplifting. n

Between 4 and 6 p.m. on November 10, a victim has reported that the driver’s side window of his vehicle was shattered while it was parked on Marcellus Road in Mineola. n

Driving While Intoxicated was the charge brought against a 58-year-old man from Wellington, when he was arrested on Hempstead Turnpike at Prospect Avenue in East Meadow on November 11 at 2:38 a.m. n

At the intersection of Brook Street and Oak Street in Uniondale, a 33-yearold man from Baldwin was arrested and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated at 3:13 a.m. on November 11. n

A 26-year-old man from Roosevelt was arrested at 9:40 p.m. on November

11 at the corner of Old Country Road and Longfellow Avenue in Westbury. He was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana. n

At a parking lot on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead, a parked vehicle was keyed between 9:15 and 11:35 a.m. on November 12. n

On Nov. 12 at 10:20 p.m., a 24-yearold woman from West Hempstead was arrested on David Court at Ronni Drive in East Meadow, and was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana. n

On Carrie Court in East Meadow, the front passenger side window of a parked vehicle was found smashed on Carrie Court in East Meadow. The damage occurred between 4 and 5:40 a.m. on November 13. n

The rear window of a rental vehicle was damaged while it was parked in the driveway of a home on Sherman Street in Merrick. The damage occurred between 7 p.m. on November 13 and 4 p.m. the next afternoon. n

At Jericho Terrace, located on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, unknown subjects scratched a victim’s vehicle between 8 and 11:55 p.m. on Nov. 13. n

Two men were arrested at 8:30 p.m. on November 13 on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park. A 21-year-old man from Westbury and a 27-year-old man from Elmont were both charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana. n

At 9:30 p.m. on November 13, a 21-year-old woman from Baldwin was arrested and was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana at a parking lot on Corporate Dr. in Westbury. n

At the intersection of Lawrence Street and Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, a 23-year-old man from that town was arrested on November 13 at 10 p.m. He was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana. n

At 3 a.m. on November 14, on Elgin Avenue in East Meadow, a victim has reported that unknown subjects entered and damaged his vehicle while it was parked. n

On November 14 at 5:44 p.m., a 44-year-old woman from Amityville was arrested and was charged with Shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy on East Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. n

A 28-year-old man from Carle Place was arrested and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated on November 15 at 4:25 a.m. He was arrested at the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Carman Avenue in East Meadow. Compiled by Kate and Meg Meyer

Photo courtesy of the Levittown School District

MacArthur High School sophomore Michael Reed, who recently spoke about organ donation at Stony Brook Medical Center, is pictured with principal Joseph Sheehan.

Levittown kidney recipient recruits potential donors

A kidney transplant provided Levittown student Michael Reed, a sophomore at MacArthur High School, with a new purpose in life. Michael was recently invited to speak at Stony Brook University Medical Center about the importance of being an organ donor in recognition of National Organ Donor Appreciation Day. In addition, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center. “I wanted to feel accomplished in life,” Michael explained. “And working with the hospital and participating in more speaking engagements makes me feel like I have acquired that goal.” At 14 years old, Michael received a kidney transplant from his father, who was a perfect match. He said he realizes that he was lucky to have someone in

the family willing to donate a kidney and, to this day, is eternally grateful. Today, Michael is healthy, although he is prohibited from playing contact sports. Since his recovery, Michael has served on the medical center’s youth advisory committee, assisting in the planning and organization of an annual prom for patients residing at the hospital. He also volunteers his time with the medical center’s transportation department, transporting beds and materials to the various departments within the hospital. Michael said he plans on pursuing a career in nephrology. He also wants to continue encouraging people to become a donor. To view his speaking engagement, log onto https://youtu.be/P_s9Vhn4hl4.


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What’s Happening December 2

The film “Now You See Me 2” will be shown at the Bethpage Public Library at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Rated PG-13, the film is 115 minutes long.

December 3

“Winter Wonderland Storycraft”, for ages 4 through 8, will be held at the Bethpage Public Library at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library, children in grades Kindergarten through 5 are invited to join “The Magic of Clay - Holiday Workshop”. Advance registration is required to attend.

December 4

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will perform a concert at 2 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library.

December 5

A bus trip is being arranged by the Bethpage Public Library to attend the “Tropicana Casino and Holiday Show”. The bus will leave the Library at 9 a.m. for those patrons who have pre-registered. “Imperium”, starring Daniel Radcliff, will be shown at the Hicksville Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Rated R, the film is 108 minutes long. The exercise class series, “Simply Stretch & Core Conditioning” will begin today at 1:30 p.m. and continue through February. Advanced registration is required.

December 6

“Mother Goose Time” will be held at the Bethpage Public Library for chlordan ages 18 to 29 months old and their caregiver, beginning today and running for two additional Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and again at 10:45 each day. Advance registrations required. The Hicksville Public Library will hold a cooking class with Judy Sebastiano at 1 p.m. to make a “Chocolate Sleigh”. The program will be repeated again on Wed., December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Please register in advance to attend.

December 7

Sal St. George will be at the Hicksville Public Library to share information on “Steve Martin! The Early Years” at 1 p.m. “O. Henry’s Christmas Gift”, presented by David Houston and Diana Heinlein, will be presented at the Bethpage Public Library at 2 p.m. At 7:15 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, Catherine Martin will hold a craft program for teen on making “Festive Holiday Ornaments”. Please register in advance.

December 8

The Baking Coach will offer two sessions of a cooking program to prepare “Gingerbread House Cookies”. Teens are invited to attend either today at 4:15 p.m. or on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. Please register in advance for either class.

December 9

Shirley MaLaine stars in the film “Wild Oats” at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m at the Bethpage Public Library. Rated PG-13, 96 minutes long. “Author Talk with Debbie De Louise” will be held at the Hicksville Public Library today from 2 to 3 p.m., when she discusses her recently-released mystery novel, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

December 10

“AARP Smart Driver” class will be held at the Hicksville Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required. “Frosty The Snowman Cupcakes” are the subject of this food preparation class with Chef Rob Scott for children ages 3 to 5 with their caregiver. The session begins at 2 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. The Baking Coach will offer a cooking program to prepare “Gingerbread House Cookies”. Teens are invited to attend at 2 p.m. Please register in advance. At 3:15 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library, Chef Rob Scott presents “Winter Games and Cupcake Making” for children in grades 1 through 5.

December 11

“Gene Casey and the Loan Sharks”, a premier Rockabilly group, will perform a concert at the Hicksville Public Library at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

December 12

Tika Sumpter stars in the film “Southside With You” at the Hicksville Public Library at 1:20 p.m. 84 minutes long, the film is rated PG-13. The “Tweens ‘n’ Teens” group of the Bethpage Public Library will hold a “Crime Scene Investigation Mystery” between 7 and 8:30 p.m. today. Please register in advance to attend.

December 14

The Afternoon Book Discussion group at the Hicksville Public Library will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th are invited to join a craft program to make a “Holiday Wreath” at the Hicksville Public Library at 7:15 p.m. Please register in advance to attend. The Hicksville Public Library will hold a cooking class with Judy Sebastiano at 6:30 p.m. to make a “Chocolate Sleigh”. Please register in advance to attend.

December 15

“Party Starters for the Holidays” with Chef Rob Scott, will be held at the Hicksville Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.

December 16

The film “Christmas Eve”, starring Patrick Stewart, will be shown at the Bethpage Public Library at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Rated PG, running 95 minutes long.

December 19

The Hicksville Public Library hold a “Book to Film” discussion at 12 noon and will then be showing the film “Indignation”, starring Logan Lerman, at 1:30 p.m. Rated R, 110 minutes long.

December 20

“Laughs At the Library” with Mark Brier, standup comedian, will be held at the Hicksville Public Library at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, Sharper Training Solutions will share “Online Job Search and Resume Writing” tips. Registration is not required.

December 21

The Baking Coach will be at the Hicksville Public Library at 1 p.m. to demonstrate on basic mix to create

“Baker’s Dozen Cookie Mix”. Please register in advance to attend. Cathy Cromer begins her series of “Zumba” classes today at 6 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, and will continue through the beginning of February.

December 22

Hicksville Public Library will hold a “Poetry Reading” from 6:30 through 8:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required to attend. The Young Adult Reading Club of the Bethpage Public Library will meet to discuss the second book in the series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. The Hammer of Thor will be the topic of the discussion, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. for students in grades 6 through 12.

December 23

“Star Trek Beyond”, rated PG-13 and running 120 minutes long, will be shown at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library.

December 27

A special live theater for children will be held at the Bethpage Public Library at 2 p.m. with “Jack Frost”, performed by the Plaza Theatrical Productions Group. Children 4 and up with their families are invited to attend.

December 29

The Hicksville Public Library will be holding a Blood Drive through Long Island Blood Services from 1:30 through 7:30 p.m. in the Kenneth S. Barnes Community Room of the Library. Please set up an appointment through the Reference Desk. “The Magic and Comedy of David Levitan” will be held at the Bethpage Library at 2 p.m. for children ages 4 and older, with their families. Please register in advance to obtain tickets. Compiled by Meg Meyer

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Burns Avenue students dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Burns students give thanks

Students at Burns Avenue Elementary School in the Hicksville Public School District celebrated Thanksgiving by participating in a variety of activities prior to the holiday. Dressed as either Pilgrims or Native Americans, students

spoke about what they are thankful for, created festive wreaths and enjoyed healthy Thanksgiving meals. The activities served as a fun and informative way for students to understand the significance and historical context of Thanksgiving

Photos courtesy of Hicksville Public Schools

Burns Avenue students created wreaths.

Hicksville’s string success and more

Music students at Hicksville High School have been recognized in a variety of ways for their remarkable talents and achievements. Five orchestra students were selected by a committee of orchestra teachers for the Long Island String Festival Association based on their NYSSMA solo scores from spring 2016. These students are Christopher Kim, Esther Kim, Michal Lewkowicz, Momina

Miyan and Srishti Tyagi. Eleven music students were named All-County and will perform at the Tilles Center on Jan. 14. The festival features band, orchestra and chorus students, all of whom were selected by a committee of music teachers who based their selection on NYSSMA solo scores from spring 2016. These students are Samantha Brown, Kate Cimino, Katie Jergensen, Christopher Kim, Esther

Kim, Victoria Leong, Michal Lewkowicz, Cara Noetzel, Andy Penavanda, Steven Rodriguez and Jade Vila. Sophomore string student Michal Lewkowicz earned a $500 scholarship toward private study; he is one of just four students across Nassau County to be awarded this scholarship. The district extends its congratulations to these standout music students. Photos by Hicksville Public Schools.

Hicksville HS orchestra teacher Amy Noll and Michal Lewkowicz.

All-County (l-r): Katie Jergensen, Cara Noetzel, Samantha Brown, Michal Lewkowicz, Christop-her Kim, Steven Rodriguez, Kate Cimino, Jade Vila, Andy Penavanda, Victoria Leong (Esther Kim not pictured).

LISFA students (l-r): Hicksville HS orchestra teacher Amy Noll, Srishti Tyagi, Momina Miyan, Christopher Kim and Michal Lewkowicz (Esther Kim not pictured).


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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays By Karen Rubin (Our review of our favorite places for families to spend the winter holidays continues from 11/25). Portsmouth, NH: Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’ Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro

prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations. (December 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18; Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm. Friday Dec 16, 5-9 pm). Purchase tickets in advance at the Strawbery Banke Visitors Center at 14 Hancock Street and online, www. strawberybanke.org. There are also Guided Holiday House Tours, weekdays, Dec 26-31 of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum offered  on the hour, 10 am to 2 pm. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free. For more information on Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth sactivities and participating hotels, visit www.VintageChristmasNH. org. Complete the experience with a

Wentworth By-the-Sea © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com stay at Wentworth by the Sea, an AAA Four-Diamond resort and member of Historic Hotels of America, delightfully set on an island just across from historic Portsmouth, NH. Ask just about anyone who grew up in New Hampshire and they wax nostalgic about spending holidays at this grand resort hotel that has graced the shore since 1888. Among its amenities: an 8,500 sq. ft. spa, magnificent indoor pool, Wentworth Dining Room with original handpainted ceiling mural. Check the website for special packages including Romance, Golf, Dining, and Spa, and holiday programs. Wentworth By the Sea, 588 Wentworth

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Road, New Castle NH 03854, 603-4227322, 888-252-6888, info@wentworth. com, www.wentworth.com. Victorian Cape May Christmas Victorian Cape May at Christmas offers six weeks of festive tours and events sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, 2017. The wonders of the season are on display at “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years,” at the Carroll Gallery located in the Estate Carriage House, 1048 Washington St. Here you See page D2


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can experience an exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, toys and much more! Friday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Gallery is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary. Admission is free and free parking is available. Take a guided, daytime, living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas, during Physick Family Christmas House Tours, presented from the viewpoint of a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) through Jan. 1, 2017; hours vary. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. During the Historic District Trolley Tour, you’ll get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); tour times vary. Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., decorated in true Victorian style for Christmas and presented through the eyes of a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s, during the Combination

Mohonk Mountain House, New York © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear. com Trolley/Physick Family Christmas House Tours. $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12). Tours are offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Hours vary. Relive the memories of Christmas past on Lamplighter Christmas Tours, self-guided evening tours of Cape May’s inns or private homes specially decorated for the holidays. Hear a holiday presentation by the owner at each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit and enjoy warm beverages and holiday treats. Adults $20; children (3-12) $15. Offered 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 2-23; Saturday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 28, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,

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Dec. 31. Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides feature a member of the East Lynne Theater Company who will regale you with a Victorian holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May’s festively decorated Historic District. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. Tour begins and ends at Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street except for the Nov. 19 tour which leaves from the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Offered Fridays, Dec. 2-Dec. 23, Saturdays, Nov. 19-26; Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 18; and Monday, Dec. 26-Saturday, Dec. 31). Hours vary. Advance reservation strongly recommended. Thousands of Christmas lights and holly transform Cape May during the holiday season. Take one of the many

Holiday Lights Trolley Rides through Cape May’s Historic District to see cheerfully decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music. Rides last about 30 minutes and admission is $12 Adults; $10 children (ages 3-12). Offered nightly, Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Hours vary. (No tours Dec. 3, 10, 12, 17, 24 25) Trolley rides leave from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street at Ocean (except for Nov. 19 trolley rides, which leave from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.) Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas on a trolley ride through town, then take a guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas during the Evening Yuletide Tour. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Adults $22; children (3-12) $14. You can also take just the house tour portion, the Evening Physick Estate Tour, a 30-minute guided tour of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. Included is a visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. Both tours offered every evening, Nov. 25 through Dec. 30, except Dec. 3, 10, 12, 17, 24 and 25. Hours vary. MAC also offers holiday-themed food

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cars converted to the most delightful rooms, wonderfully furnished in period pieces (but with modern amenities like high-speed wireless Internet access). The train station offers marvelous dining places (including a saloon-style restaurant where the waiters take turns singing), and cute shops. You can climb aboard the historic locomotive, and dine in the dining car as well. The music of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” immediately rings in your ears (it plays fairly constantly). The original motel, which is still used, offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, gardens. There is even a historic train ride on a trolley. Also, a free electric shuttle from the bus terminal next door takes you downtown. I don’t know when I have had a more enjoyable and interesting stay. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402, 800TRACK-29 (872-2529), www.choochoo. com. Grand, Glorious & Historic Hotels You can’t go wrong in choosing a Historic Hotels of America member hotel or resort for personality, character, connection to place, authenticity and overall aura that makes for a unique

experience so perfectly fitting for your own family tradition. Here are just a few of our favorites for the holidays: Mohonk Mountain House, located 90 miles north of New York City in the Catskills,- is the very definition of a getaway-from-it-all retreat. From festive décor and favorite traditions to cozy wood-burning fires and a wealth of outdoor recreation, the historic Mohonk Mountain House exemplifies a quintessential holiday getaway. The atmosphere at Mohonk is exceptional any time of the year, but is absolutely breathtaking for the holidays: spectacular hand-made swags, Victorian decorations, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display throughout the House. Families who want to create a festive atmosphere in-room can inquire about holiday decorations, including an ornamented ‘eco-tree’ and stockings hung above their fireplace, filled with goodies. Cozy wood-burning fireplaces can also be found in 124 out of 259 guest rooms – more than any resort in the nation. The spirit of the season fills Mohonk Mountain House, National Historic Landmark resort, throughout December with many cherished

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and wine tours and events. For more information. Contact Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org. Chattanooga Choo Choo Chattanooga, Tennessee offers a surprising array of extraordinary experiences: walk through a secret underground ice cave and see Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, explore a nocturnal fantasyland with more than one million star-bright twinkling lights high atop Lookout Mountain; hop on board a train for a North Pole adventure; C ontinued from sing page Christmas D3 carols and dance with Santa on a river cruise; meet coral reef Santa divers; build creative gingerbread houses; watch animals open their own Christmas presents, visit the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Get the full scoop on planning a holiday getaway in Chattanooga at www. chattanoogafun.com/winter. The Chattanooga Choo Choo offers an absolutely magical experience. The historic hotel (and member of Historic Hotels of America) is literally created out of the historic railroad station, where you can stay in one of 48 Victorian train

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traditions, including the family Yule Log Hunt, a Trim-A-Tree Party, the nightly lighting of the Menorah, holiday craft-making and caroling. Workshops on wreath making, cookie decorating, seasonal tablescapes and more are also offered. Outdoor recreation options abound, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing (weather permitting), along with ice-skating at the resort’s stunning open-air Pavilion. Mohonk also offers an awardwinning, eco-friendly Spa (it was named the Number One Resort Spa in the United States by CondéNast Traveler). Spa amenities include an outdoor heated mineral pool, an indoor heated swimming pool with underwater sound system, a yoga/motion studio, comprehensive fitness center and solarium. For reservations, call 855.274.4020 or visit Mohonk.com. Other Historic Hotels of America favorites: Cranwell Resort & Spa, in the Berkshires - like being on a grand estate - equipped with every luxurious amenity - world class spa, indoor pool, See page D5

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Finger Counting and other Math Stories BY MARJORIE GOTTLIEB WOLFE Someone once said, “Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.” My uncle, Harry Goldberg, was a math professor at Brooklyn College. If he were alive today, he would chuckle at the following math stories: n

Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) discussed the Common Core math, and we never laughed harder. He shared the following CC math problem: Q. Jack used the number line below to solve 427-316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right and what he should do to fix his mistake. Colbert said that CC teaches two important workplace skills: math and passive aggressive note writing. A second question: Q. Mike saw 17 blue cars and 25 green cars at the toy store. How many cars did he see? Write a number sentence with a gray box for the missing number. Explain how the number sentence shows the problem. A second grader in California answered the question as follows: 17 + 25 = 42. I got the answer by talking in my brain and agreed of the answer that my brain got.” n

Jo Craven McGinty (WSJ, Oct. 22-23, 2016) wrote about school children who count on their fingers. Many people discourage finger counting for fear it

impedes learning. The opposite appears to be true. The bottom line: Studies have shown that children with better finger perception tend to be more skilled at mathematics. Dr. Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics, wrote, “We’re not saying everyone should count on their fingers their entire life. What’s being said is, if you really know your fingers well, that’s going to help you. It’s a strategy that you can count on.” n

A parent questioned the Common Core math curriculum. His youngest son was in kindergarten and was given the following math problem: There are four airplanes flying then two more airplanes join them. How many airplanes are flying now? The father was very disappointed by the simplicity of the problem. “What confuses you?” he asked his five year old child. The child answered,” I know 4 + 2 = 6 but I can’t figure out what the airplanes have to do with this.” n

A mathematician and an engineer are on a desert island. They find two palm trees with one coconut each. The engineer climbs up one tree, gets the coconut, and eats it. The mathematician climbs up the other tree, gets the coconut, climbs up the other tree and puts it there. “Now we’ve reduced it to a problem we know how to solve,” he said.

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An engineer, physicist and a mathematician are staying at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. The hotel is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. Designed by Morris Lapidus, it has 1,504 rooms, with two towers, 12 restaurants and bars. The engineer wakes up and smells smoke. He goes out into the hallway and sees a fire, so refills a trashcan from his room with water and douses the fire. He goes back to bed. Later, a physicist wakes up and smells smoke. He opens his door and sees a fire in the hallway. He walks down the hall to a fire hose and after calculating the flame velocity, distance, water pressure, trajectory, etc. extinguishes the fire with a minimum amount of water and energy needed. Later, the mathematician wakes up and smells smoke. He goes to the hall, sees the fire and then the fire hose. He thinks for a moment and then exclaims, “Ah, a solution exists!” and then goes back to bed. n

Salome, a young apprentice cobbler of Chelm, took as his bride a girl of his own age—18. Imagine his surprise when, three months later, his new wife gave birth. Naive as he was about such matter, he was nevertheless astounded at this phenomenon, so he rushed to the rabbi’s home. “Rabbi,” he exclaimed, “you will

find this difficult to believe, but my wife just gave birth to a baby.” “Wives usually do,” commented the rabbi. “But we have only been married three months. My own mother, she should rest in peace, told me it takes nine months to make a baby. Believe me I am terribly worried.” “What are you talking my head off for?” asked the rabbi as he stroked his beard and reflected upon this strange occurrence. When he had meditated long and earnestly he spoke to the young man, his voice unusually kind. “We will solve this mystery with talmudic logic, through the asking of questions.” “First, my son, you say you have been married for three months?” “Yes, Rabbi.” “Your wife has lived with you for three months?” “Yes, she has.” “And you have lived with your wife for three months?” “Yes.” “There you have it, young man. Add up the total: Three months plus three months plus three months. How much is that?” “Nine months, Rabbi.” “Correct,” said the rabbi gently. “Be happy. Peace be with you and yours. Now go home to your wife and ninemonth baby.” Isn’t math wonderful?


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Please Stop Confusing SSI with Social Security BY TOM MARGENAU

I sometimes feel like I should spend the first half of the column explaining to readers that the Supplemental Security Income program is not Social Security. And then I should spend the second half of the column explaining that the Social Security program is not SSI. But I will bet my next pension check that, after writing that same column each week for a year, I will still get emails from readers who confuse the two government programs. Here are two examples from this week’s email inbox. First email: “Both my wife and I are getting SSI. I want to know this: If we move from California to Texas, will our SSI checks continue in the same amount?” Second email: “My mother is getting Social Security. She wants to move to Costa Rica where she thinks she will be able to live more cheaply. Can she get her Social Security checks in Costa Rica?” I’m going to come back later and answer these questions. And given the subject of today’s column, I will give you a hint to unlocking the clue to the answers. Turns out the husband and wife who want to move from California to Texas are getting Social Security, not SSI. And the woman whose mother wants to move to Costa Rica is getting SSI, not Social Security. But before I get to the answers, I’m going to explain the difference between Social Security and SSI -- maybe for the one-thousandth time in this column! Most people know what Social Security is. You work. You pay taxes. And then when you retire or become disabled, you start getting Social Security checks based on what you paid into the system. Or if you die, your widow, widower or minor children start getting monthly benefits -- again, based on what you paid into Social Security during your working years. And it is obvious to me that most people do not know what SSI is. Supplemental Security Income is a federal welfare program that pays a small monthly stipend to people who are 65 or older who are very poor; or to people who are under 65 but disabled who are very poor. How poor? Usually they have to have monthly income of less than about $730 per month to qualify for SSI payments. Many people confuse SSI with Social Security for a variety of reasons. One is the name. Supplemental Security Income just sounds like some kind of supplemental Social Security program. It is NOT. Another reason for the confusion is the fact that the Social Security Administration runs the SSI program for the federal government. But that is all they do. They manage the program.

To repeat: SSI is not a Social Security benefit. And SSI payments are not paid for out of Social Security funds. The money for SSI comes out of the government’s general operating funds. In fact, Social Security’s trust funds are even reimbursed from the general funds for the costs of administering the SSI program. And getting back to that name business. So many people think that SSI stands for Social Security income. In other words, when millions of people say, “I’m getting SSI,” they think they are saying, “I’m getting Social Security.” But when I hear you say, “I’m getting SSI,” or when a Social Security representative hears you say that, we think you are saying, “I’m getting Supplemental Security Income.” So it’s not really just a matter of semantics. By phrasing a question using the wrong terminology, you are going to get a wrong answer. And speaking of wrong answers, let’s get back to those two questions that came from readers that I mentioned near the beginning of this column. When the couple who wanted to relocate from California to Texas wrote and asked if their SSI checks would change because of the move, I answered telling them that their benefits would very likely change. Because SSI is a welfare benefit, the payment amount depends on your living arrangements (whether or not you own a home, rent, share expenses with others, etc.). Also, the payment rate can change from one state to another. For example, California is a bit more generous with its SSI payments than is Texas. So I told the couple making the move to Texas that there was a pretty good chance their SSI benefits would go down when they headed to the Lone Star State. Well, they later wrote back to tell me that when they checked with the Social Security people, they learned that their payment rates would stay the same. And surprise, surprise -- that’s because they were not getting SSI, as they told me, but instead were getting Social Security benefits. And it was the opposite story for the mother thinking of moving to Costa Rica. I initially told the daughter that her mother could move just about anywhere and still get Social Security checks. She later emailed me and told me that a local Social Security representative explained that her mother’s checks would stop if she left the country. Even though the daughter told me her mother was getting Social Security, she’s getting SSI. As I pointed out earlier in this column, SSI is a welfare benefit. And this country does not send welfare benefits overseas. So if mom leaves the United States, her SSI checks will stop immediately. So please, dear readers, repeat after me: Social Security is not SSI, and SSI

is not Social Security. If you use the wrong terms when asking questions, you’re going to get wrong answers. If you have a Social Security question,

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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays Continued from page D1 cross-country skiing, and about halfhour up the road, downhilling at Jiminy Peak (www.cranwell.com). Omni Mount Washington at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire: A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been attracting generations of families ever since. It’s located literally across the street from Bretton Woods, a marvelous ski resort, and also offers a spa and cross-country

Florida. Each offers exquisite atmosphere, service, amenities and each has its own personality, character, and special connection with the people and place. For more information, visit HistoricHotels.org. Hey Dude! We had an entirely different holiday experience at the Pinegrove dude ranch, an old-fashioned all-inclusive Catskills Mountains family resort with horses and a “Toy Story” cowboy vibe. So festive, warm, friendly and utterly delightful. It’s a nonstop giggle for children of all ages. Parents will slip back into their own childhoods while

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Historic train car turned into an enchanting sleeping room at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, Tennessee © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com skiing. It’s also close by to the outlet shopping town of North Conway, NH (www.omnihotels.com/hotels/brettonwoods-mount-washington ) The Sagamore, Bolton Landing: Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains on its own island on Lake George, the Sagamore opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. It’s a magical place. Nearby, go sledding or crosscountry skiing on The Sagamore’s golf course, or hop its shuttle bus to ski at Gore Mountain, about 45 minutes away. We have scores of favorite Historic Hotels - there are 275 members in just about every state and territory. Those that offer a grand resort experience include The Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania; Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia; Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, Delray Beach, Florida; The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, and the Don CeSar (www.loewshotels. com/don-cesar), both in St. Petersburg,

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Nassau County Museum of Art Exhibitions Celebrate Century of Photography’s Masters BY KAREN RUBIN

For the first time, all of Nassau County Museum of Art’s galleries are devoted to the art of photography, collectively giving a retrospective and perspective on 100 years and some of the most important photographs and photographers in history. The exhibit is on view through March 5, 2017. On view in the Main Galleries on the first floor are two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, Michigan: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling  and  Light Works: 100 Years of Photos. On view in the Second Floor Galleries is  New Photos: Long Island Collects, important photographic works of the last half century from private Long Island art collections. Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling: Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling

photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs. Light Works: 100 Years of Photos: From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000. Coincidentally, the opening at NCMA occurred the same day as Time published its “100 Most Influential Photos of All Time,” and notably, several in this exhibit have been included among those deemed the most influential including Eadweard Muybridge’s breakthrough

photo, “The Horse in Motion,” from 1878; Edward Steichen’s “The Steerage” (1904), Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” (1932), Dorothea Lange’s “The Migrant Mother” (1936) among them. New Photos: Long Island Collects focuses on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day, from private collectors. Among the artists included in New Photos: Long Island Collects  are John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman. The Museum is offering a variety of public programs to amplify the experience of visiting these three exhibitions. Two films are screening daily: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression  and  CartierBresson’s Century. Three  Brown Bag Lectures  illuminate the art and the artists included in these exhibitions. Other public programs are inspired by the exhibitions:  Sketching in the Galleries, and  The River, a concert

performed by the musical ensemble ETHEL. The Museum’s family programs from November 19 to March 5 similarly draw inspiration from the exhibitions: Neiman Marcus Family Sundays, February Break for Art and two Super Family Sunday offerings, Winter Wonderland and Merrynaking in a Gold Coast Mansion. For further information on these programs, visit the Museum’s website, nassaumuseum.org/events. Even the museum’s gift shop artfully presents items that evoke the exhibit. A Destination The Nassau County Museum of Art is a destination in itself. Most of the 145 acres that are now the Nassau County Museum of Art originally belonged to poet, lawyer, conservationist, political activist, patron of the arts and preservationist William Cullen Bryant, who settled in Roslyn in 1843.  The long-time editor of the New York Post built his home, Cedarmore, and founded Roslyn’s public library.  In 1862, he built a cottage for his

Dr. Harvey Manes poses with Andre Kertesz’s “Chez Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum with NCMA Mondrian,” a print which he also has in his collection President Angela Susan Anton and Director Karl Emil © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com Willers © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

One of the most famous photos of all time, Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Blank Slate Publisher Steven Blank tours the Ansel Mother, Nipomo California” (1936) is on view in “Light Works: 100 Years Adams exhibit with State Assemblyman Charles Lavine of Photos” at NCMA © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NCMA Director Karl Emil Willers with gallery goers © 2016 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com


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friend and fellow poet, Miss Jerusha Dewey (you can see the cottage when you explore the hiking trails). In 1900, Lloyd Stephens Bryce purchased Bryant’s ‘Upland Farm’ and commissioned architect Ogden Codman, Jr. to design Bryce House, the present mansion. Henry Clay Frick, co-founder of U.S. Steel Corporation purchased Bryce House in 1919 as a gift for his son, Childs Frick, a Princeton graduate who became a vertebrate paleontologist and naturalist. Be sure to make time to explore the grounds of this magnificent estate: Sculpture Park: Approximately 40 works, many of them monumental in size, by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others, are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s magnificent 145-acre property. Walking Trails:  The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration. Gardens:  From restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the museum’s 145 acre property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Explore expanded gardens and beautiful new path to the museum. Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Red Maple Market Café is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Call (516) 4849337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

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Eadweard Muybridge’s breakthrough photo, “The Horse in Motion,” from 1878 © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com  __________________________________________________________________________ © 2016 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit  goingplacesfarandnear.com  and  travelwritersmagazine.com/ TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at  goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress. com  and  moralcompasstravel.info. Send comments or questions to  FamTravLtr@ aol.com. Tweet @TravelFeatures. ‘Like’ us at facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays C ontinued from page D5 galore, indoor pool, even laser tag, plus nightly shows and entertainment, three meals daily plus snacks and the holiday atmosphere is so special. They regularly offer specials for Christmas and holiday times. Check the site for specials on February Recess, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and school vacations. Pinegrove Ranch, 30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson N.Y. 12446, Ulster County, Reservations: 800-346-4626, email info@pinegroveranch.com, www. pinegroveranch.com.

Gift of Travel Consider giving a gift card or gift certificate for a travel or vacation experience. Many cruiselines (for example Norwegian Cruise Line’s gift cards can be used toward the cruise vacation or onboard experiences, like a massage or specialty dining), hotel companies (for example, Catania Hospitality Group which has the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich on Cape Cod, the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Cape Codder Water Park, John Carver Inn & Spa in Plymouth, the

Mrs. Shapiro talks about preparing for Hanukah at Strawbery Banke, the living history museum in Portsmouth NH © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.

Hearth ‘n Kettle Restaurants, Grand Cru Wine Bar and WaterFire Tavern, as well as gift shops, not only has gift cards, but offers special bonuses, www. cataniahospitalitygroup.com), even tour operators (for example Globus, www.globusjourneys.com/Gift/, Apple Vacations, www.applevacations.com/ gift-certificates/, and Southwest Vacations, and offer gift cards where you can purchase a denomination that can be applied to the trip or upgrade or some special activity or experience. One of our favorites for gift cards is

spafinders.com. Check the terms and how the cards or certificates can be applied. Best to choose an entity that offers lots of choices. _______________________________ © 2016 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit goingplacesfarandnear. com  and  travelwritersmagazine.com/ TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at  goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress. com and moralcompasstravel.info. Send comments or questions to FamTravLtr@ aol.com. Tweet @TravelFeatures. ‘Like’

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OFFICE SUPPORT: Part time, may lead to full time. Some property management experience helpful. Some Word, Excel, Outlook skills required. Experience with QuickBooks a plus for future planned implementation. Wide range of clerical duties including data entry, photocopying, faxing and mailing correspondence; assist in handling requests for information from various city agencies. For consideration, please submit cover letter with resume to: trusdale.properties@gmail.com Old Westbury, Long Island location.

COMPANION CAREGIVERS NEEDED! Immediate Openings throughout Eastern LI, South/ North forks. Flexible part time hours. $11/hr, driver’s license/ background check required. Call 631-779-3689 email: eliinfo@seniorhelpers.com MATH TUTOR NEEDED: Garden City mom seeking an 8th grade math tutor with possibility of continuing into high school. Please call Jen 516-526-8353 MEDICAL ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST: Part time for busy pediatric practice. Experience preferred but will train. Great personality, work ethic. Fax resume 516-767-8961 or email pugliesem@prodigy.net

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AN ERRAND RUNNER 45 YEAR GARDEN CITY RESIDENT Will run errands, grocery shop, drive to doctor, take to airport or anything else you need done. Call Cathy 516-741-1318

COMPANION AVAILABLE Available Full Time Looking for someone to take care of your elderly parents in the comfort of your own home for peace and tranquility? 18 yrs. experience, references, driver w/ reliable vehicle. Please call 516-410-1892 or 516-270-0888

CAREGIVER: Seeking a patient, experienced care provider to care for your elderly loved one? If so, please contact me. I would be happy to assist. Call Marva 917-302-5482

ELDER CARE AVAILABLE Live in/Live out, 10 yrs experience, references. Will cook, clean, laundry, etc. Please call Pauline 718-413-0941

CLEANING AVAILABLE: EXPERIENCED POLISH HOUSE CLEANER Good references. Very honest, reliable, responsible and hard working. Own transportation. English speaking. Flexible days/ hours. I will do a good job. Please call 516-589-5640

HAN DYM AN: looking to work in exchange for free rent. Things I do: House sitting, painting, carpentry, local shopping, local driving. Currently living in Port Washington. Please call me at 516-305-3153. Thank You.

CLEANING Houses, Apartments, Offices. Experienced. Reliable & Dependable. Reasonable prices. Free estimates. Supplies provided. Own car. Good references. Call Aura 516-503-5136

NOW INTERVIEWING.... Co-investors re 1. Professionally appraised “unique & oversized” residential property with commercial neighbor. 2. Professionally managed multi use space in busy retail community. Central Nassau. Mail proforma background checks to Sheila at 209 Glen Cove Road, Box 143, Carle Place, NY 11514

CLEANING SERVICES FOR OFFICES OR HOMES. Available 7 days a week. Excellent references. Own transportation. Gift Certificates available! Call 516-974-8959 CNA / HOME HEALTH AIDE Available for quality care at home for your elderly parent. 16 yrs experience CNA / HHA is highly recommended. Licensed driver with reliable transportation. Please call 516-361-4229 or 516-417-4898 No agencies please.

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Career Training TRACTOR TRAILER TRAIN ING C LASSES forming now. If qualified train daily or weekend. Financial aid, Pell Grants, Post 9/11 GI Bill, job placement assistance. National Tractor Trailer School, Liverpool and Buffalo, Branch 1-800-243-9300 www.ntts.edu/admissions

Announcements GRANDPARENTS - Send in your grandchildren’s photos and enter our “World’s Most Beautiful Grandchildren” contest. Just send a photo and a brief description of the child (or children) along with your name and address to: Litmor Publications, Beautiful Grandchildren Contest, 81 East Barclay St., Hicksville N.Y. 11801. We’ll do the rest!

HUNTERS Our hunters will pay top $$$ to hunt your land. Call for a free base camp leasing info packet & quote 866-309-1507 www.basecampleasing.com

Adoption ADOPT: Caring married couple looking to adopt. Stable employment and a loving happy home awaits your child. Please call Blair and John at 1-888-753-9328 ADOPTION: UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Need help? FREE assistance. Caring staff, counseling and financial help. You choose the loving, pre-approved adoptive parents. Joy 866-922-3678 www.ForeverFamiliesThroughAdoption.org Habla Espanol.

Marketplace ELECTRIC SCOOTER: Literider, brand new. Paid $1200. Asking $600. Please call 516-414-5212 GARAGE SALE GARDEN CITY Fri & Sat Dec 9 & Dec 10 9am to 3pm 115 Wyatt Rd NO EARLY BIRDS! Many new household items, jogging stroller, car seat, pocketbooks, Christmas items. INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Consignment Shoppe and Auction House Open 7 Days a Week Consignments by Appointment Monthly Live & Online Auctions Tag Sale, Appraisals and Estate Sale Services Complete House Cleanouts Moving Services Home Staging Services 839 Stewart Avenue Garden City, NY 11530 516-279-6378 www.invitedsales.com MOVING SALE: GARDEN CITY CONTENTS OF BEAUTIFUL HOME Saturday December 3 9am to 3pm 104 Wetherill Rd (off Stewart) Living room furniture, Thomasville dining room set, 2 leather chairs with ottomans, Lenox, crystal, wood etageres, linens, new bedding, lamps, many holiday items, new men’s clothes, end tables, pictures, mirrors and much more. NO PREVIEWS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 1920’s carved oak Jacobean 6 piece dining room set, sideboard, refractory dining room table, 4 chairs, 1 Captain. Cash & Carry Only. $888. Call 516-236-6464

Wanted to Buy ABE BUYS ANTIQUES: Silver, paintings, rugs antique cars & all contents. All Cash! 917-817-3928 LOOK! Old clocks and watches wanted by collector regardless of condition. Highest prices paid. 917-748-7225 LOOKING TO BUY! Oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, Call George flatware. 718-386-1104 or 917-775-3048 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718-598-3045 or 516-270-2128. www.iBuyAntiquesNYC.com


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*BROWSE *SHOP *CONSIGN A.T. STEWART EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOP China, Silver, Crystal, Jewelry, Artwork, Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4 Every Tuesday: 10% Senior Citizen Discount. All proceeds benefit The Garden City Historical Society 109 Eleventh Street Garden City 11530 516-746-8900 email: store@atstewartexchange.org www.gardencityhistoricalsociety. org INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Tuesday, December 6 9:30 am 317 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington, NY 11050 Packed with collectibles, fine furnishings, ladies’ accessories, garage items and books..... Visit www.invitedsales.com for pictures and details ! WILLISTON PARK: Resurrection Thrift Shop shared ministry between St. Aidan’s and Resurrection housed at Resurrection. 147 Campbell Ave @ Center Street. OPEN Thursdays 9:30-1 and Saturdays 10-2. 516-746-5527. Jewelry, clothing, household items, etc. DONATIONS accepted Monday through Thursday 9am-1pm. CHRISTMAS SHOP open November 12th through December 22nd.

Yard Sale GREAT NECK/LAKE SUCCESS:: Saturday and Sunday December 3rd and 4th from 10am to 2pm. 22 Olive Street. Clothes, bedroom, desk, household and much more!

Pets Pet Services A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-505-9717

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DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING Doggie Day Care Boarding Dog Walking Backyard Clean-up GC Resident 516-382-5553

Automotive Autos Wanted D O N A T E Y O U R C A R to Wheels For Wishes, benefitting Make-a-Wish. We offer free towing and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Call 631-317-2014 Today!

Real Estate For Rent Apartment for Rent GARDEN CITY BORDER Spacious, APARTMENTS: bright studio apartment $1,275+ electric, gated parking, laundry room, air conditioning, dishwasher, hardwood floors, near LIRR. NO BROKER FEE. www.gcbapts.com 516-742-1101. Available December 15th GARDEN CITY Prestigious GC apts. 1,2,3 Bedrooms available. Doorman, New Kitchen & Baths, Wood Floors. $2300 & up Five rooms, 2 Bed, FDR, EIK, corner unit, parking. $2,800 Garden City Properties 516-746-1563 516-313-8504

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Real Estate For Rent Apartment for Rent MINEOLA Modern, updated 1 BR. Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, CAC, large windows, high ceilings, washer/dryer, garage parking for 1 car included. Perfect downtown Mineola location. Close to everything; restaurants, cafes, shopping, LIRR (less than 40 min to Penn Sta). $1,975/month, $100 application fee. Landlord pays broker’s fee. Available immediately. Call Patrick Diskin, Famiy Tree Realty 516-551-5478

Office Space GREAT NECK DENTAL OFFICE: located 1 block south of LIRR. Large, modern dental office 2-3 days per week. Use of digital x-ray equipment, sterilization area, laboratory and equipment. Does not include instruments, handpieces or dental office supplies. Storage area provided. Details, please email: greatneckdds@yahoo.com

Real Estate For Sale Condo/Co-Op For Sale PORT WASHINGTON: Mill Pond Acres. Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 full baths. Nantucket style condo in 55+ gated community. 24 hour security. Features: Vaulted ceilings with skylights, fireplace, central air, backyard with garden and patio, garage, handicapped accessible, indoor pool, tennis and gym. By owner. By appointment only. Qualified buyers only. $959,000.00 Contact John at 917-435-8098. Email: jebreen18@gmail.com

Lots for Sale LAKEFRONT LAND SALE! 5 acres, 343 feet water front, unspoiled lake, woods, views, perfect for getaway cabin. 3.5 hrs NYC! $99,900. EZ terms. 888-905-8847 NewYorkLandandLakes.com

Out Of Town Real Estate ABANDONED CATSKILL MTN FARM! LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres, assessed value $95,700 available now for $89,900! Valley views, woods, fields, apple trees, great hunting! 3 hrs NYC. Owner terms! 888- 479-3394

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ALFRED, MAINE: Looking for a better life? Considering retirement options? This historic and beautifully updated 30 room building built in a “U” shape was built in three sections (1770, 1808, 1908)and then joined. Includes 4 easily rented and beautifully upgraded apartments and 6 retail or professional offices, a 900sf. carriage house or an amazing workshop. Alfred, Maine is 4.5 hours from Long Island in the lakes region of Southern Maine. It’s an elegant, historic and vital town with all amenities. The community is warm and very accepting. Our excellent Elementary School is a short walk away. Ball fields, park, tennis courts and the beautiful town beach on clear and peaceful Shaker Pond is a 2 min bike ride. The Beehive will allow you to live in one of the terrific apartments, cover your expenses and STILL generate a profit. Please visit www.Beehive-Alfred.com for photos and a look at Alfred. $449,000. Please contact: MLS#4600528 Ship Bright, Coldwell Broker Home, 207-831-8420 direct or the local owner Rick at 516-512-4825. We have a terrific group of all the service providers you could use and they are all very dedicated to this most prestigious building in Alfred. At rates that will seriously surprise you in a good way!

AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Handyman & Remodeling *Kitchen Installations *Furniture Assembly *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 23year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Call BOB 516-741-2154

Services HOME CARE & HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES: We provide these services: Live in or out maids, companions, home care, housekeeping. Haya’s & Rona Agency. Haya office 516-482-4400. cell 516-298-9445. Rona office 516-441-5555 cell 516-316-0111. 25 Great Neck Road, Suite 3, Great Neck, NY 11021 NEW YORK MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: Joan Atwood, Ph.D. An experienced therapist makes all the difference. Individual, couple, family therapy and anger management. 516-764-2526. jatwood@optonline.net www.NYMFT.com

Computers COMPUTER REPAIR AND INSTRUCTION Chaminade Graduate Eliminate viruses, malware, bloatware, adware, spyware Computer Instruction Home & Business Networking Reasonable Rates Call Phil at Aspect Networking 516-830-3366 OR email: support@aspectnetworking.c om

LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard. 646-996-7628 SKY CLEAR WINDOW and Restorations Inc. Window Restorations, Outdated Hardware, skylights, Andersen Sashes, new storm windows, wood windows, chain/rope repairs, falling windows, fogged panes, mechanical repairs, wood repairs, restorations, all brands. Call Mr. Fagan, 32 years experience. 631-385-7975 www.skyclearwindow.com

Painting & Paperhang JV PAINT HANDYMAN SERVICES Interior-Exterior Specialist Painting, Wallpapering, Plastering, Spackling, Staining, Power Washing. Nassau Lic#H3814310000 fully Insured Call John 516-741-5378

Party Help LADIES & GENTLEMEN RELAX & ENJOY Your Next Party! Catering and Experienced Professional Services for Assisting with Preparation, Serving and Clean Up Before, During and After Your Party Bartenders Available. Call Kate at 516-248-1545

Tutoring CHEMISTRY TUTOR: Call Jonathan, Ivy League Ph.D. AP, SAT II, Regents. I also tutor Biology, Physics, Earth & Environmental Science. or itutorchem@gmail.com 516-669-0587 COLLEGE ESSAYS: Make your application stand above the rest. Call Jonathan. 516-669-0587 or ifixessays@gmail.com, an Ivy League PhD with proven Ivy League results.

GRANDPARENTS - Send in your grandchildren’s photos and enter our “World’s Most Beautiful Grandchildren” contest. Just send a photo and a brief description of the child (or children) along with your name and address to: Litmor Publications, Beautiful Grandchildren Contest, 81 East Barclay St., Hicksville N.Y. 11801. We’ll do the rest!

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MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE Our excellent cleaning team will get your home or office spotless! Available Monday thru Friday 7am to 6pm Supplies provided if needed Own transportation Excellent references provided CALL 516-849-2026

MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314 ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314 MATHEMATICS TUTOR: NYS certified math teacher. Experienced and patient. All elementary and middle school grades. HS Algebra, Geometry and SAT prep. Text or call Ken 516-526-8315 or email: kmctutor79@gmail.com SPANISH TUTOR: Spanish Grammar-Literature, FLACS A FLACS B, Exam Preparation/ Comps. William Cullen, M.A., Spanish, S.D.A. Chaminade HS, Fairfield University Alumnus. 5 1 6 - 5 0 9 - 8 1 7 4 . wdctutor06@aol.com. References furnished upon request. STOCK MARKET INVESTORS, ATTN: Let me show the advantages of using stock options to participate in market volatility with less capital. Protect profits and gain income. 516-288-2110 STOCK MARKET TUTOR: Retired banker and experienced stock market trader available for tutoring high school students on the stock market. Should have some knowledge of the market. Adults welcome. Text/call Ron Goldberg 516-567-8434

Instruction PIANO LESSONS By Ira Baslow. Experience the joy of playing the piano. Private lessons in your home, free noobligation piano lesson, all levels, all styles, all ages. Beginners a specialty. 516-312-1054 www.iwantmypianolessons.c om

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SPRING INTO ACTION LET US CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WINDOWS GARDEN CITY WINDOW CLEANING Home Window Cleaning Service by Owner Free Estimates Inside & Out Fully Insured 25 Years Experience 631-220-1851 516-764-5686 STRONG ARM CLEANING: Residential and commercial cleaning specialist, post construction clean ups, shipping and waxing floors, move ins and move outs. Free estimates. Bonded and insured. 516-538-1125 www.strongarmcleaningny.com

Services 1-866-WE JUNK IT: All phases of rubbish removal & demolition. Residential, commercial, construction sites, kitchens, bathrooms, clean-ups, attics, basements, floods, fires. All size dumpsters. Same day service. Fully insured. Bob Cat service. w w w. 1 8 6 6 w e j u n k i t . c o m 516-541-1557

Services A & J MOVING & STORAGE: Established 1971. Long Island and New York State specialists. Residential, Commercial, Piano & Organ experts. Boxes available. Free estimates. www.ajmoving.com 516-741-2657 114 Jericho Tpk, Mineola NYDOT# 10405 COLLEGE ARTS ADMISSIONS: College Counseling in the Visual and Performing Arts. Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama. Film, Instrumental & Vocal Music. Audio Recording & Production. Theatre Technology & Production. Visual & Graphic Arts. Resume, Essays, Repertoire Lists. Michele Zimmerman. 516-353-6255 CollegeArtsAdmissions@gmail.com www.CollegeArtsAdmissions.co m COMPLETE JUNK REMOVAL /DEMOLITION SERVICE: Strong Arm Contracting Inc. We haul anything and everything. Entire contents of home or office. We clean it up and take it away. Residential/Commercial. Bonded/Insured. Free estimates. 516-538-1125 OLD VILLAGE TREE SERVICE: Owner operated since 1989. 24 hour emergency service. Licensed/insured. Free estimates, member LI Arborist Assoc. Please call 516-466-9220 PSYCHOTHERAPY: Efrat Fridman, LCSW. Individual, couple and family therapy. effiefrid@gmail.com 2 Pinetree Lane, Old Westbury, NY 11568. 516-224-7670 or 225 West 35th Street, NY 10001 718-887-4400

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Join the Last Hope cat rescue and adoption team! Volunteer orientations are held at our Wantagh adoption center the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 PM. Reservations not needed, but please fill out and fax a volunteer application in advance to 516-765-9181. You can download the application from our website: http://lasthopeanimalrescue.org. Click on “How to Help”, then “Become a Volunteer!”. Our adoption center is located at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. We look forward to having you on our team.


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Our next Last Hope Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd from 10: AM-2 PM at Church of the Advent, Advent St., Westbury. We would appreciate donations for the sale. New items are best. With Hanukkah and Christmas at the same time this year the season will be very busy. Please do not bring books, clothing, records, cassettes or furniture as they don’t typically sell. Jewelry is always popular around the holidays. We can always use more because we sell so much. As we don’t have storage space, donations can be brought to Advent on Friday, December 2nd from 2:30 to 7 PM during set up. If you have any questions please contact Maureen at toestetra@hotmail.com. Read more about our organization and our wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption: http://lasthopeanimalrescue.org

SHOPPING FOR SUPPORT Clipping pet item coupons for Last Hope is a great and easy way to give your support. Every coupon we receive helps to defray our costs, particularly for dog and cat food. They can either be dropped off at our adoption center at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, or mailed to Last Hope, PO Box 7025, Wantagh 11793. Please share our need with your friends and family. Thank you! Visit http://lasthopeanimalrescue.org to read about Last Hope’s programs and to see the fabulous array of fantastic felines eagerly awaiting adoption into their forever homes!

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17 LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of DJ BUNTY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/2016. Off. Loc.: 52 Felice Crescent, Hicksville, NY 11801. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Saurav Mahajan, 3149 Wilmarth Pl. Wantagh, NY 11793. Purpose: NYS Requirements MIT 5469 6X 11/11,18,25,12/2,9,16 LEGAL NOTICE SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index #: 3060/2012 Filed: 11/10/16 Plaintiff designates Nassau County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NASSAU 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 2007-HE7 Plaintiff, -againstJeffrey DeLuca, Nassau County Public Administrator, as Administrator for the estate of Jules Schwabinger, Michael Alpert, Esq. Guardian Ad Litem on behalf of Jules Schwabinger’s respective heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in the real property described in the complaint herein, Keith Schwabinger as heir to the Estate of Jules Schwabinger, Rick Schwabinger as heir to the Estate of Jules Schwabinger, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Henry Lung, Esq. DBA Law Office of Henry Lung, Esq., United States of America, Citibank (South Dakota) N.A., Eddie “Doe,” Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): 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 on the attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service; or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York; or within sixty (60) days if it is the United States of America. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. 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 (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bay Shore, New York January 5, 2016 FRENKEL, LAMBERT, WEISS, WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP BY: Pamela Flink Attorneys for Plaintiff 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.: 01-031152-F0l TO: Jeffrey DeLuca, Nassau County Public Administrator, as Administrator for the Estate of Jules Schwabinger 240 Old Country Road Mineola, NY 11501 Keith Schwabinger as heir to the Estate of Jules Schwabinger 2002 Longbranch Lane Clearwater, FL 33760 Rick Schwabinger as heir to the Estate of Jules Schwabinger 6910 Yellowstone Blvd., Apt. 222 Forest Hills, NY 11375 United States of America 92 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501 Citibank (South Dakota) N.A. 701 East 60th Street North Sioux Falls, SD 57117 MIT 5471 4X 11/25,12/2,9,16 LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That the Town Board did heretofore adopt Resolution No. 642B2016, finalizing the Annual Budget for 2017, for the various commissioner run special improvement districts within the Town of Oyster Bay, for the fiscal year commencing on January 1, 2017. Revenues, as estimated from tax levies and other various sources, will equal and provide funds for the following expenditures: Garbage Districts Fund - $1,670,218.00; Sewer Districts Fund - $3,958,665.00; Water Districts Fund $20,941,150.00; Fire Districts Fund - $36,078,994.00; Library District Fund - $801,431.00; Park Districts Fund - $650,706.00. Pursuant to the provisions of Town Law the salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows: Supervisor - $140,000.00; Town Board Members (6) - $57,500.00 each; Town Clerk $102,000.00. The Town Budget for the fiscal year 2017 as duly adopted by the Town Board and summary of the enacted Budget with supporting information and data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, commencing November 22, 2016 at the Office of the Town Clerk in Oyster Bay. TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF OYSTER BAY, JOHN VENDITTO, Town Supervisor, JAMES ALTADONNA, JR., Town Clerk. DATED: November 15, 2016, Oyster Bay, New York. MIT 5472 1X 12/2

LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That the Town Board did heretofore adopt Resolution No. 642A-2016, finalizing the Annual Budget for 2017, for Town Funds, and special districts, for the fiscal year commencing on January 1, 2017. Revenues, as estimated from tax levies and other various sources, will equal and provide funds for the following expenditures: General Fund (Full Town) - $120,617,066.00; General Fund (Part Town) $10,953,718.00; Highway Fund $55,274,190.00; Drainage District Fund - $3,639,830.00; Fire Protection Fund $8,106,437.00; Lighting District Fund – $3,817,876.00; Park Districts Fund - $47,139,972.00; Garbage Districts Fund $45,002,875.00; Public Parking Fund - $8,148,530.00; Water Districts Fund - $185,821.00; Solid Waste Disposal District Fund - $32,268,382.00. Pursuant to the provisions of Town Law, the salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows: Supervisor - $140,000.00; Town Board Members (6) - $57,500.00 each; Town Clerk $102,000.00. The Town Budget for the fiscal year 2017, as duly adopted by the Town Board, and summary of the enacted Budget with supporting information and data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, commencing November 22, 2016 at the Office of the Town Clerk in Oyster Bay. TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF OYSTER BAY, JOHN VENDITTO, Town Supervisor, JAMES ALTADONNA, JR., Town Clerk. DATED: November 15, 2016, Oyster Bay, New York. MIT 5473 1X 12/2

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LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE Hicksville Water District Please take notice: The regular scheduled meetings of the Board of Water Commissioners of the Hicksville Water District for the year 2016 will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 5:00 PM, unless otherwise announced. The meeting will be held at the Water District’s office, located at 4 Dean St, Hicksville, New York Board of Water Commissioners Hicksville Water District Karl M Schweitzer Nicholas J Brigandi William Schuckmann MIT 5474 1X 12/2 LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That the Town Board did heretofore adopt Resolution No. 642B2016, finalizing the Annual Budget for 2017, for the various commissioner run special improvement districts within the Town of Oyster Bay, for the fiscal year commencing on January 1, 2017. Revenues, as estimated from tax levies and other various sources, will equal and provide funds for the following expenditures: Garbage Districts Fund - $1,670,218.00; Sewer Districts Fund - $3,958,665.00; Water Districts Fund $20,941,150.00; Fire Districts Fund - $36,078,994.00; Library District Fund - $801,431.00; Park Districts Fund - $650,706.00. Pursuant to the provisions of Town Law the salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows: Supervisor - $140,000.00; Town Board Members (6) - $57,500.00 each; Town Clerk $102,000.00. The Town Budget for the fiscal year 2017 as duly adopted by the Town Board and summary

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L E G A L N O T I C E S From page 17 of the enacted Budget with supporting information and data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, commencing November 22, 2016 at the Office of the Town Clerk in Oyster Bay. TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF OYSTER BAY, JOHN VENDITTO, Town Supervisor, JAMES ALTADONNA, JR., Town Clerk. DATED: November 15, 2016, Oyster Bay, New York. BN 7180 1X 12/2 LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That the Town Board did heretofore adopt Resolution No. 642A-2016, finalizing the Annual Budget for 2017, for Town Funds, and special districts, for the fiscal year commencing on January 1, 2017. Revenues, as estimated from tax levies and other various sources, will equal and provide funds for the following expenditures: General Fund (Full Town) - $120,617,066.00; General Fund (Part Town) $10,953,718.00; Highway Fund - $55,274,190.00; Drainage District Fund - $3,639,830.00; Fire Protection Fund $8,106,437.00; Lighting District Fund – $3,817,876.00; Park Districts Fund - $47,139,972.00; Garbage Districts Fund $45,002,875.00; Public Parking Fund - $8,148,530.00; Water Districts Fund - $185,821.00; Solid Waste Disposal District Fund - $32,268,382.00. Pursuant to the provisions of Town Law, the salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows: Supervisor - $140,000.00; Town Board Members (6) - $57,500.00 each; Town Clerk $102,000.00. The Town Budget for the fiscal year 2017, as duly adopted by the Town Board, and summary of the enacted Budget with supporting information and data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, commencing November 22, 2016 at the Office of the Town Clerk in Oyster Bay. TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF OYSTER BAY, JOHN VENDITTO, Town Supervisor, JAMES ALTADONNA, JR., Town Clerk. DATED: November 15, 2016, Oyster Bay, New York. BN 7181 1X 12/2

THE VIEW FROM HERE

The Electoral College Dilemma BY BOB MORGAN, JR.

Whither the electoral college? Current counts indicate that Hillary Clinton likely won the popular vote by about 2.3 million votes of the 135 million or so votes tabulated, approximately a margin of 1.8 percent. This percentage margin exceeded the margin of such winning candidates as John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Richard M. Nixon in 1968. Ms. Clinton’s margin in the popular votes comes entirely from one state, California (amazingly still counting votes), where she has over a 4 million vote plurality at this writing; put in another way, Donald Trump won the remaining 49 states by just under 2 million votes. Of course, Mr. Trump likely will receive 306 electoral votes to 232, and will be sworn in as President on January 20. Not surprisingly, supporters of Ms. Clinton have called for the end of the electoral college and the substitution of a national popular vote. Somewhat ironically, Donald Trump also favored an end to the electoral college in 2012. In fact, it is not particularly clear if one party or the other is favored over the years by the electoral college, which usually does vote for the popular vote winner. It helped Mr. Trump this year and George W. Bush in 2000, but it probably would have helped President Obama in 2012 if he and Mitt Romney had the same number of popular votes. And we don’t know what

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would have happened this year if there were no electoral college. Mr. Trump for example likely would have made a serious effort to dent Ms. Clinton’s huge California margin. There is something intuitively appealing in a democracy about having its leader selected by receiving the most votes of the people. Also, the model envisioned by the Founders of presidential electors as wise leaders from different states who use independent judgment and conscience in selecting a president never really took root. Rather, the electors are party stalwarts (not to say hacks) who can be counted to cast their votes unanimously for the party nominee when they meet at their state capitol (the meetings will be on December 16). It is also not completely fair that voters in swing states like Ohio and Florida receive disproportionate attention from the candidates. Nevertheless, while at least for me this is not a matter of great principle, there are quite a few practical reasons to be hesitant in replacing the electoral college. One major practical result of eliminating the electoral college is that there might be many more serious candidates on the ballot than we have now. This is because a candidate with regional or ideological appeal, but little desire to build a national coalition across state lines, might have a plau-

sible chance of winning with 25 or 30 percent of the voters on the support of dedicated followers. For example, one can imagine a Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz-like figure winning a narrow plurality of the vote in a multicandidate race despite broad opposition to their candidacies. The new system might have to provide for a runoff election, but even this would be problematic, since we might end up with a SanderCruz choice. Second, a national popular vote at least raises the possibility of much greater election fraud. Right now, it is an almost complete waste of time to cheat in all but the swing states, but this would change completely. The problem would be exacerbated in that the electoral machinery in one-party dominated states might well be controlled by that party. Some of these problems might be addressed by nationalizing the vote counting process, but this step, controversial in itself, might provide additional incentives to hackers who then would only have one system to compromise. Right now, the chance of a constitutional amendment ending the electoral college are slim and the other alternative, a state compact requiring electors to choose the popular vote winner, even if workable, is a long way off. I suspect this may be a good thing.

Town of Oyster Bay announces annual ‘Toys for Tots’ Drive Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone joined with Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano to announce the annual kick-off of this year’s “Toys for Tots” collection drive, which will run through December 15th, in an effort to collect new, unwrapped toys to be used as gifts for children throughout the community. “Under the direction of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the ‘Toys for Tots’ Drive follows a mission to help ensure that children in need, within our area, do not have to go the holiday season without something to bring them happiness,” Councilman Coschignano said. “By helping those in need experience the wonderful embrace of the holiday season, contributors will get to play an active role in bringing happiness to one of our nation’s most valuable resources for the future, our children,” Councilman Macagnone said.

For those who wish to donate to “Toys for Tots”, collection boxes can be found in the following Town facilities: Oyster Bay Town Hall North (54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay); Town Hall South (977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa); Department of Public Works Facility (150 Miller Place, Syosset); The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center (at Bethpage Community Park - 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage); Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park Community Center (Motor Avenue, Farmingdale) and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Community Center (Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury); and The Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center (South Broadway, Hicksville). For more information, contact the Councilmen, co-chairs of the collection drive, at (516) 624-6619 or (516) 624-6305; or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.


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The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family. Several holidays are celebrated in this relatively short time period, making this one of the most festive times of the year. Many holiday celebrations focus on the exchange of presents, which may be exchanged with relatives, friends and even coworkers. But are you familiar with the origins of exchanging gifts? Gift exchanges trace their origins to both religious and secular traditions, each of which has helped shape the holidays into what they are today. Christmas People exchange gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day all over the world. For Christians, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe was a gift from the Creator. From a religious standpoint, gifting others around Christmastime can be traced back to the stories of the Three Kings (also referred to as the “Three Wise Men”) who visited Jesus after his birth. Frankincense, a fragrance involved in worship; gold; and myrrh, an incense associated with funerals, was presented. These gifts symbolized worship in Christ, that He would be the King of Kings, and that suffering and death would come to Him. Another giver of gifts is part of many Christmas

celebrations. St. Nicholas, a fourth century saint, is a beloved figure across the globe who has a reputation for giving gifts in secret and helping the needy. The figure of “Santa Claus” is based on St. Nicholas, and the blending of the two has evolved as history has mixed with folklore and personal traditions. Hanukkah Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The word “hanukkah” actually means “dedication” in Hebrew. The Jews, including Judah Maccabee, helped drive

the Syrians out of Jerusalem. In one of Judaism’s most central texts, Maccabee and others witnessed a miracle at the temple. Even though there was only enough oil to keep a menorah’s candles burning for one day, the flames continued for eight nights. Traditionally, gelt, or money, was given as a Hanukkah gift. Many Hanukkah gift givers aim to give gifts that are thoughtful and sweet. Money is not exchanged as much today, with other gifts taking its place. Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is an American holiday that pays homage to traditions and cultural influences from Africa. The holiday was developed in 1966 by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga. The focus of Kwanzaa is on family and the harvest as well as certain principles, such as unity and faith. Gifts make up one of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa celebrations. However, gift-sharing is not the central part of this special holiday. Gifts are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by their children. Gifts are exchanged in abundance this time of year. The traditions behind the giving of presents is far-reaching and based in religious, secular and cultural traditions.


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The benefits to buying local this holiday season

Holiday shopping dominates many people’s free time between the day after Thanksgiving and the final days before Christmas. While many people may shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those days still account for a relatively small amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars that are spent each holiday season. Shoppers now have a bevy of options at their disposal as they embark on holiday shopping season. Traditional in-store retailers are still around, and online shopping continues to grow in popularity with each holiday season. But many holiday shoppers are looking to buy local this holiday season, and such a decision can pay a host of dividends for both shoppers and the communities they call home. • Buying local benefits your local economy. Studies from Civic Economics, an economics and strategics planning firm, found that independent, locally-owned retailers return a far greater percentage of their revenue into their local economies than national chain stores. One such study examined the disparity between revenue recirculation among independent, locally-owned businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina, versus four major national chains in the city. The former recirculated 51.1 percent of revenue into the local economy, while the latter recirculated less than 14 percent. Similar results were discovered in many cities, indicating that buying local not only benefits local business owners, but also the communities those owners and their customers call home. • Buying local creates jobs in your community. One of the biggest ways local business owners in Raleigh recirculated their revenue in the local economy was

job creation. While national chains also create jobs, such jobs only benefit your community if the chains are located within your community. If your local mall is a considerable drive away, chances are the chains within that mall are not employing many of your fellow community members. Local businesses in your community are more likely to employ residents of your town. • Shopping local may provide access to more unique gifts. In addition to the economic benefits of buying local, shoppers may find merchandise made by local craftsmen is more unique than mass-produced items found on the shelves of national retailers. Recipients may cherish more unique items that they cannot find on their own, and that appreciation may even spur them to visit more local retailers after the holiday season has come and gone, benefiting their own communities in so doing. • Local business may provide a more personal touch. Buying from national chains has its advantages, but customer service is not always one of them. Should your loved ones encounter problems with their gift that requires assistance, they might be forced to wait on the phone for extended periods of time as they and thousands of others wait for customer service representatives to answer their calls. Local businesses do not deal with nearly the volume of customers as national retailers and, therefore, are capable of addressing concerns more quickly and personally than large chains. Buying local not only benefits small business owners, but it also pays dividends for their customers and the communities they call home.

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How to send gifts to faraway friends and family Reconnecting with loved ones come the holidays is not always possible, especially when family and friends are spread out across the country, if not the globe. Even though these people may not be close geographically, they’re still close in our hearts and, therefore, still on our holiday shopping lists. Some issues arise when sending gifts to faraway friends and family. Distance necessitates shipping gifts or making travel arrangements. To make that process less complicated, consider these suggestions. • Package gifts wisely. When shipping gifts, exercise caution to ensure the item arrives on time and in one piece. The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for the shipping industry, and packages may endure a few bumps along the way. For fragile items, use extra packing peanuts, newspaper or other protective wrapping material. Choose the right size package so the gift does not move around much inside of the box. If the gift is expensive, insure the package in the event it gets lost or damaged. Also, you may want to spend a little more money to have the shipment tracked and a confirmation sent when the package is delivered. This can offer some peace of mind during a hectic time of year. • Take advantage of free shipping offers. Many retailers offer discounts on shipping rates during the holiday season. Shop at retailers that offer such discounts, as shipping costs can be ex-

orbitant depending on the sizes of the packages being sent. In addition, online retailers may allow you to ship the gift directly to its recipient, which can help you ensure the gift gets to its destination on time. • Give gift cards and certificates. Gift cards are an easy item to ship, and can be sent within the regular mail for the cost of a stamp. Certain retailers may have digital gift cards or certificates that allow buyers to email a special code to the gift recipient, who can then redeem the code for a purchase credit. This is a convenient, fast and inexpensive way to send holiday wishes. • Don’t forget about inspections and customs procedures. Items shipped out of the country may be delayed by customs inspectors at their ultimate destination. Assume that certain packages may be opened or detained, and ship such packages early so the gifts still arrive on time. Packages that look unusual or like they’re hiding something may be prone to inspection more so than others. Be honest about declarations of value and what is contained in the package. Also, realize certain items, like fruits, vegetables, plants, or seeds, may be prohibited. Learn the international shipping rules for your gift’s destination prior to sending anything. Distant family members and friends may be out of sight but certainly not out of mind come the holidays. When it comes to sending gifts, ship smart.

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Athletes inspire young learners

Third-grade students throughout the Bethpage Union Free School District gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators regarding their favorite books and discussion on why reading is so important on the road to achieving success. The various team captains shared their favorite books with the young students, and offered helpful advice. The third-graders were then divided into teams, with senior athletes providing guidance through basketball challenges. Throughout the rest of the year, the captains will visit the younger students in their classrooms to help inspire them both athletically and academically.

Photo courtesy of Bethpage Union Free School District

Senior athletes discussed reading with third graders

Hicksville author visits Burns Avenue School Students at Burns Avenue Elementary School in the Hicksville Public School District received a visit from author Dan Yaccarino, who spoke about some of his work and discussed the importance of reading among other life lessons

Photos courtesy of Hicksville Public Schools

Burns Avenue Elementary School students during a workshop conducted by author Dan Yaccarino.

in a series of workshops. With some of his books displayed, Yaccarino offered perspectives on his experiences as an author, illustrator and television producer, and students had the opportunity to ask questions in an interactive forum.

Author Dan Yaccarino spoke to students at Burns Avenue Elementary School.


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happy From your neighbors at Douglas Elliman Real Estate The best part of this season is the opportunity to say thank you for your business throughout the year. We are grateful to the communities we know, love, and live in, for entrusting us with your real estate needs locally and globally. We wish you a joyous and happy holiday season.

Visit us at ELLIMAN.COM/OFFICES for a full list of our locations. With 81 offices nationwide plus the international scale and scope of Knight Frank Residential, the Douglas Elliman network reaches across 58 countries and 6 continents. Chances are, your buyer is already in our network.

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The Mid-Island Times & Levittown Times  

● Published: Friday, December 2, 2016 ● Issue: Vol.76, No.47