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Torah unveiling held at Jericho Jewish Center BY GARY SIMEONE

It was a special celebration at the Jericho Jewish Center last Sunday, as a Torah Siyum (Completion) event was held in the main ballroom. The event took place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with an unveiling of the new scroll and a dance of the new Torah. “We are celebrating this generous gift of the commandment with the dedication of this new Torah scroll,” said Rabbi Ben Herman, of the Jericho Jewish Center. “This event brings our whole congregation together and its through generations that we repair these scrolls.” The new Torah scroll was donated by a long-time member of the congregation, Neil H. Cohn, in honor of his parents, Norman and Harriet Cohn, who recently passed away. In the Jewish custom, in the

Dancing the Torah under a Tallit (representing a Huppah) into the Ark

merit and honor of a deceased individual, the congregants undertake what is known as a ‘Mishnah Study,’ with the goal of holding a siyum. “This is a monumental opportunity to have this new Torah scroll in our congregation,” said Rabbi Herman. At the unveiling ceremony, the scribe, whose name was Zerach Greenfield, wrote in the new Torah by hand. Members of the Cohn family and various members of the congregation, came up at different intervals to write messages in and personalize the new book. At the end of the event, members of the congregation took part in a dance underneath a Tallit, representing a type of canopy in the Jewish religion. They danced into the Ark. For more information on the See page 6

Jericho student’s organization helps kids ‘adapt’ to toys BY GARY SIMEONE

Jericho High School junior Michael Dicpinigaitis’ ambition to help kids with orthopedic problems began after watching one of his mom’s speech pathology videos. The video showed a group of kids using toys that were formatted with larger switches which made playing easier for them. “I started this organization a few months ago, with the goal of adapting toys for children with orthopedic impairments across Long Island,” said Dicpinigaitis. “I wanted to do something to give back to my community, help others, and make a difference.” By adapting the toys, which include motor-controlled cars, ball machines and various plastic toys, the electrical components of the toy are redistributed so children can access a larger, easily maneuverable

switch. “Basically any toy with a battery and an internal switch can be adapted,” said Dicpinigaitis. “Switch access is not only important for independent play, but also is extremely important for children with complex communication needs and complex bodies. Learning consistent access to switches helps them learn the skills they need to access a speech generating device which will open their world to communication.” Currently, Michael works with five different schools across Long Island, giving students access to these type of toys. The schools include Nassau BOCES, Suffolk AHRC, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) Suffolk, Henry Viscardi School and Angela’s House of Stony Brook. His organization recently started working with the Long Island TRIAD Center, loaning toys to their proSee page 6

Michael working with one of the children.

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New self-defense program offered The Town of Oyster Bay will offer a new Self-Defense Instructional Program that offers participants a blend of taekwondo, aikido and meditation taught by a certified instructor. The 10-week program, instructed by Grand Master Gene Perceval, is open to residents and nonresidents aged 18+ on either Mondays or Thursdays beginning in July. Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Michele Johnson stated, “The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to offer residents an opportunity to learn self-defense, including different styles of kicks and wrist grabs, which helps one escape holds in an unexpected situation.  Be proactive, join

the program and help develop increased mental and physical health.” Self-Defense Instruction Program Classes are offered on Mondays, beginning July 8th at 6pm and on Thursdays, beginning July 11 at 3 pm. Both Monday and Thursday classes will take place at the Hicksville Athletic Center, located at 167 Broadway in Hicksville.  The fee for one 10-week session is $60 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Registration for this new Self-Defense Instruction Program is underway. For more information, please contact the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Parks at (516) 797-4125 x. 2.

Syosset DECA chapter competes in international event

Front row, from left: Aayush Turakhia, Vikram Anand, Jake Greenberg and Sayan Varma Second row, from left: Superintendent Dr. Tom Rogers, Advisor Glen Bauman, Josh Baby, Seth Marcus, Emma Goetz, Maiya Raghu, Ronit Dhulia, Jesse Levitan and Azam Lalani, Administrative Assistant Maryanne Rinaudo-Concessi, and Photo courtesy of the Syosset School District Principal Dr. John Durante Over 22,000 students recently competed at the DECA International Career Conference competition in Orland, Florida. Syosset High School sent 34 students to compete and returned with one first place finish, 4 top 10 finishes, and 6 finalists. Syosset High School sophomore Jake Greenberg finished first in the Principles of Business Management and Administration event. Out of the 559 competitors from New York, he was the only one to place within the top 3. Aayush Turakhia, Sayan Varma, Vikram Anand, and Jesse Levitan placed in the top 10. The finalists include Josh Baby, Seth Marcus, Maiya Raghu, Emma Goetz, and Azam Lalani, with Ronit Dhulia also receiving a silver medal in the semifinals. Members who were not competing participated in DECA’s emerging leader series.

DECA Inc. is a not-for-profit student organization with the mission of preparing high school and college students around the globe for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Students prepared for the competition during weekly meetings with the help of a dedicated officer team, chaperones, and advisor, Mr. Glen Bauman. While in Florida, the team attended opening and closing ceremonies, as well as two awards sessions at the convention center. The team also visited the Universal Orlando and Disney theme parks. Congratulations to the Syosset DECA chapter on their success!

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nity’s Memorial Day parade for more than 25 years. In that role, he is known for diligently highlighting the sacrifice made by those who gave their lives in service to the United States and recognizing veterans in attendance at the parade. “When I think of it what it means to be a public servant, the example of Gus Scutari immediately comes to mind,” Legislator Lafazan said. “In Syosset, he applies that determination to serving veterans through the American Legion and ensuring the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice is always honored and cherished. I am proud to recognize Gus for all he has done and continues to do, and I am even prouder to call him a friend.”

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grams for local families. “Many of these schools and organizations don’t have the access to these types of toys, “ said Dicpinigaitis. “Soon I’ll be collaborating with the engineering program in my High School, and my hope is that they can help me expand the inventory of my program so we can

reach more people.” He said that he is also exploring the realm of 3D printing assistive technology solutions, which can help students with disabilities use switches to turn the toys off and on. More information on Michael’s organization can be found at Jerichoadaptstoys.org.

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Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers of People with Dementia Presenter: Donna Stefans, Esq. Lecture given by the Alzheimer's Association. Topics covered: legal planning that fits your needs, legal documents you will need, how to find legal and financial assistance, strategies for a long term plan of care, and government programs that help pay for care. Registration is required. Call 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/crf . Free. No registration required. Programs will take place at the Syosset Public Library.    225 South Oyster Bay Rd. Syosset. For more information, go to www.syossetlibrary.org

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Religious school open house Come down with the family and learn about Temple Chaverim’s Religious School on Tuesday, June 11, between the hours of 5:30–6:30 pm. With flexible class schedules including optional online learning for fifth and sixth grade students enrolled with ShalomLearning and an interactive learning environment Temple Chaverim Religious School brings Judaism alive and relevant to the students. Craig Wolfson, chairperson of the Religious School Committee, noted: “Temple Chaverim offers a top-notch religious school experience. We offer welcoming, technologically advanced programs

with an emphasis on a love of Judaism. If you are looking for an enthusiastic group of teachers, staff, parents, and students, then this is the place for you.” Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller, Temple Chaverim’s incoming rabbi, will also be here to meet with those who are interested in Religious School for September. She is excited to be a part of Temple Chaverim and is looking forward to meeting everyone in the community. For further information, please call Eileen Schneyman or Debbye Brandell at 516367-6100 or email info@templechaverim.org.

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Movie: “Destroyer” (Action/Drama/History) An L.A. detective must come to grips with her past job as an undercover officer during an investigation in the desert that ended in tragedy. Starring Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany Rated R. 2 hours.

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The Advent of Film Noir: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of “Double Indemnity” with Richard Knox Film historians view Billy Wilder’s 1944 classic “Double Indemnity” as ground-breaking on many fronts. In addition to challenging Hollywood’s production code by converting James M. Cain’s very dark novella into cinema, Wilder established a template for many of the “film noir” works that followed including “The Big Sleep” and “Night and the City”. During this program we will have

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Syosset High School math teacher John Chae was recently honored by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as part of the Distinguished Teacher Recognition Program. He was nominated for the award by former Syosset High School student Laura Weintraub. Each year, RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award recipients are given the opportunity to nominate high school or community college teachers that have had a profound impact on their academic career. “Mr. Chae has been supportive and helpful in fostering my love for math and sparking a new interest in computing,” Laura stated in her nomination submission. “Mr. Chae’s ability to push me toward computing has led me to purse a degree in cybersecurity with a focus in software development.” This is the second year in a row a Syosset High School teacher has been awarded by RIT, with math teacher Mike Cascone receiving the award in 2018.

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com/Campgrounds). We have a personal favorite: the Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA is a true camping resort, set along a creek (tubing, fishing) and close by the Erie Canal (cruises, biking), and most unique of all, a chance to mine for Herkimer diamonds! The Herkimer KOA offers unbelievably delightful themed cabins (would you believe a cabin with its own planetarium?), fabulous activities. Choose a cabin, cottage or RV or tent site. (Herkimer Diamond KOA, 4626 State Route 28, Herkimer, NY 13350, 315-891-7355, www.herkimerdiamond.com.) The most intriguing in my book is the full-service Lion Country Safari’s award winning KOA campground located adjacent to the 320 acre drive through wild animal preserve and theme park, yet secluded enough for a restful campout (though you are apt to hear the lions roaring), offering RV sites, tent sites and rustic cabins (http://www. lioncountrysafari.com/koa/, 561-7931084). Dude Ranches One of the best family experiences (a nonstop giggle) is on a dude ranch. New York State actually has several of them, such as Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, Hudson Valley, (845691-2927, www.rockinghorseranch. com), which has been delighting generations of families with its all-inclusive fun (meals, entertainment, activities and riding). Pine Ridge Dude Ranch (the new owners of the venerable Pinegrove Ranch), 30 Cherrytown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446-2148, 866-6000859, www.pineridgeduderanch.com).

Ridin’ Hy, an absolutely delightful guest ranch in the Adirondack State Park, near Lake George, Warrensburg, NY, Warrensburg, NY 12885, 518-4942742, www.ridinhy.com. But if you want your cowboy hat to really mean something, go where you can be a cowpoke for a spell, here are other suggestions from Gene Kilgore, publisher of www.top50ranches. com,  www.ranchweb.com  and  www. ranchvacations.com. In the  Canadian Rockies, Three Bars Guest and Cattle Ranch (www.top50ranches.com/ ranch-vacations/three-bars-ranch); California’s  Rankin Ranch  has run cattle at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada mountain range since 1863 (https://ranchweb.com/tour/ bill-rankin/); Colorado’s  Lost Valley Ranch  in the front range of the Rockies (https://ranchweb.com/tour/ lost-valley-ranch/); Montana’s  Nine Quarter Circle Ranch  (https:// ranchweb.com/?s=quarter+circle); Wyoming’s Paradise Ranch in the Big Horn Mountains has been a dude ranch since 1907 (https://www.top50ranches. com/ranch-vacations/paradise-ranch). Check out the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association members (www.coloradoranch.com, 866-942-3472), like the luxurious C Lazy U Ranch which since 1919 has provided highest level of personalized service, professional horsemanship programs, firstclass amenities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet meals and upscale accommodations; or the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, which opened in 1912

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and considered the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in Colorado, is also ideally located just southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park and nestled in a peaceful valley along the Colorado River. Resorts with a Twist Sebasco Harbor Resort, MidCoast, Maine: This resort (“Pure Maine”) manages to be a delightful cross between fine resort and a camp, with plenty of opportunity to be outdoors, while still enjoying such refinements as golf, full-service waterfront Fairwinds Spa, plus marvelous activities like kayaking (do the moonlight kayak trip, it is beyond fabulous), boating. Actually, you can imagine Sebasco being the kind of “camp” that the Gilded Age moguls would have for one of their holiday homes. Nestled among whispering pines on the rugged coast Sebasco spans 550 acres with breathtaking views and a wealth of activities the entire family can enjoy. We stayed in the converted Lighthouse for the most magical experience. Check out special deals. (Sebasco Harbor Resort, 29 Kenyon Rd., Sebasco Estates, ME, 04565, 877-389-1161, www.sebasco.com). Among our favorite grand, historic resorts for families for facilities, activities programs, destination, sense of heritage and “place,” and overall aahhh experience: Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont on 700 acres of Lake Champlain shoreline is about the best

family-friendly luxury resort you can imagine. Just about every activity you would want is on hand: golf, hiking, biking, kayaking, cruises on Lake Champlain, fishing, watersports, tennis, outdoor pool children’s activities program (4800 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT 05491 info@basinharbor.com, 800.622.4000 or 802.475.2311, www.basinharbor.com). Mountain Top Inn & Resort, tucked in a Courier & Ives landscape in Chittenden, Vermont, near Killington, has all the charm, the warmth, the cozy, intimate hospitality of a country inn, and all the luxury, amenities, activities and quality dining of a resort. It offers just about every outdoors activity you can imagine, even an equestrian center, private lakeside beach, children’s adventure camp, tennis, disc golf, clay-bird shooting, and hiking, biking, golf nearby. (195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, Vermont 05737, 802-4832311, www.MountainTopInn.com) A real novelty in historic hotels (and a fantastic city to visit) is the Choo Choo Train Hotel in Chattanooga, TN, where you actually stay in a historic train car (motel rooms also available), and the station is the restaurant and lobby. So fun! (1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, 423-266-5000, 800-Track29, choochoo.com) Other favorites: Mohonk Mountain House (gorgeous setting, water sports, horseback riding, fantastic hiking, climbing, Victorian ele-

gance); Equinox, Manchester, Vt. (all sports including falcon training, world-class spa,); The Sagamore, Bolton Landing on Lake George NY (Gilded Age ambiance); The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania (added benefit: proximity to Hershey theme park); Cranwell Resorts, Spa and Golf Club, Lenox, MA (proximity to all the culture of Lenox, including Tanglewood, plus historic sites like Melville’s home, Arrowwood);The Boulders, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania. (Many more ideas at historichotels.org, 800-678-8946.) Also, many of the mountain resorts known for skiing transform into summer destinations: Smugglers Notch is renowned for having the best children and family activities program anywhere, smuggs.com); Stowe, Vt. (famous for its TopNotch Resort, stowe. com), Hunter Mountain (huntermtn. com), the Vail resorts (www.snow. com/info/lodging-sale.aspx), and just about every other major ski resort these days, where ski slopes turn into mountain biking terrain, ziplines, hiking trails. Interestingly, they typically offer great rates and package deals for summer. Cruising Cruising is always a great choice for families – a way to see lots of different places with minimal hassle. Best itineraries (and cruiselines that have best family programs) are to Alaska,

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the Galapagos (really a favorite for grandparents to take their grandkids). I would also suggest Bermuda as a fantastic cruising destination, easy to reach from the New York metro area, that is so rich in culture, history and nature (beaches!) (Royal Caribbean sails from Bayonne; Norwegian from New York) For those who want a floating resort with rock walls, ropes course, ziplines, glitzy Broadway and Las Vegas-style entertainment and great supervised children’s activity programs, the most acclaimed lines are Royal Caribbean; Norwegian Cruise Line; Carnival Cruise Line; Disney Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. (See more at www.cruisecritic.com; booking help at cruisecompete.com). But here is a novel choice: Maine Windjammer Cruises – these are historic sailing vessels repurposed for passengers, that ply the waters around Rockland and Camden, Maine in the Penobscot Bay. The experience is more rustic (part of the fun!), where passengers can help raise and lower sails, even steer, help serve and gather plates for meals served in the galley or on deck. You can even choose to sleep out under the stars instead of in the cabin, which is outfitted more like you would expect of summer camp, with bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities (hot showers are available). All the cruises typically include a See page D5

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The best movie in my opinion just happens to be … BY CLAIRE LYNCH Quick - think of your favorite movie. Why is it that one and not another movie? Is it “Gone With the Wind,” “The Godfather” or “The Matrix”? Is it by any chance “The Wizard of Oz,” “Maleficent” or a newer one like “Hellboy”? I saw the Leonardo DiCaprio version of “The Great Gatsby” when it came out in 2013 and I loved it. Leonardo stars as the lead character, Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire plays Nick Carraway. The movie was so good that it won academy Awards in 2014 for Best Costume Design and for Best Production Design. They were well deserved - the movie was great! The basic plot: Nick, a Midwestern transplant, ends up living next door in 1922 to Jay Gatsby who is a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. Nick can’t help himself from being drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, their loves and their deceits.

Then again, I saw the Robert Redford version of the same movie when that one came out in 1974 and I loved that movie, too. It stars Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby. It also stars Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern and others. I would probably like any version of “The Great Gatsby” since I am a big F. Scott Fitzgerald fan. Ever since reading the novel in my high school English class in Rockville Centre (it was mandatory reading!), I have been hooked on all things Gatsby. So in terms of movies, I have to say that has been my favorite. As far as I am concerned, “The Great Gatsby” stands the test of time. It has a certain appeal for any New Yorker and Long Islander - its fictional story is set in West Egg and East Egg, generally assumed to be Great Neck and Port Washington. It’s also assumed that West Egg is where the self-made money people live and East Egg represents the established aristocracy. As Nick the narrator explains, the American dream was originally about discovery, individualism and the pursuit of happiness. In the 1920s depicted in the novel, however, easy money and relaxed social values have corrupted

this dream. Born into poverty, Jay Gatsby discarded his old identity in order to be accepted by the wealthy residents of New York City. His primary goals are to earn their respect and win the heart of Daisy Buchanan, his old flame. Daisy is Nick’s cousin and Nick is Gatsby’s neighbor. Whenever Nick runs into Gatsby he calls Nick “old sport.” He wants to foster a friendship with Nick so that he can get back in the good graces of Daisy. Also, Gatsby thinks that by calling Nick “old sport” it sounds like he belongs to old money. He isn’t old money, however. Jay Gatsby is a character that he made up. Jay Gatsby’s birth name is James “Jimmy” Gatz. He was born into poverty in rural North Dakota and at 17 he changed his name to Jay Gatsby. Over the next five years he learned the ways of the wealthy. Jay Gatsby wants to come across as cultured, a socialite and educated although he only spent five months studying at Oxford University because after World War I American officers could study at British or French col-

leges. He wants to impress people - he wants people to think that he is “an Oxford man” but certain people pick up on the fact that he didn’t graduate from Oxford.At one point in the book and movie Jay Gatsby gives Nick and Daisy a tour of his house and he shows them his closet full of elegant, expensive clothes. Gatsby mentions that he has “a man in England” who sends him new clothes at the beginning of each season. Gatsby then begins to throw his colorful, imported shirts onto a pile as Nick and Daisy watch in amazement. What Jay Gatsby wanted out of life was unattainable but for years he kept dreaming. As one writer notes (on enotes.com), Gatsby creates an image of himself and a dream both based on illusions. He believes that he can repeat the past and attain whatever he desires. His American Dream is also a myth, however, an ideal of materialism as the formula for success. It’s all an illusion. Gatsby’s search for success and for his idealistic love ends in tragedy. I won’t reveal the climax of the book but let me just say that it’s a real page turner. See page D6


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The Social Security Benefit You’ve Never Heard Of BY TOM MARGENAU

Q: I will admit I am a bit of a wonky nerd. I like researching arcane bits of historical minutiae. Recently, I got interested in Social Security BIC codes. I was able to figure out most of the benefits associated with each code. But one puzzled me: the “J” BIC, which my limited research said are “special age 72 benefits.” I know about the enhanced benefit you can get if you wait until age 70 to claim your benefit. But is there some hidden extra benefit you can get at age 72? A: Gosh, talk about a blast from the past. I haven’t heard any mention of Special Age 72 benefits, usually referred to as Prouty benefits, for about 30 years. It makes for an interesting story, which I will share in a minute. But first, I will give a quick answer to your question. No, there are no longer any hidden benefits you can get at age 72. Also, before I get into the story about Prouty benefits, I should explain your reference to “BIC” codes. BIC stands for Beneficiary Identification Codes. They are simply letter codes that designate the various kinds of Social Security benefits. There is no alliteration attached to these code assignments. In other words, you might think that “R” would designate retirement benefits or “S” might refer to spousal benefits. But that’s not the way they were set up. It’s just a straight alphabetical progression of all Social Security benefits. For example, “A” stands for retirement benefits. “B” was assigned to designate benefits to a wife. (Later, when benefits to husbands were added to the law, they became “B1” benefits.) “C” is for children’s benefits. “D” is for widows. And it keeps on going, all the way to “W,” which refers to benefits for disabled widows. If you are curious about these codes, just Google “Social Security BIC codes” and you will find the complete list. Anyway, there in the middle of the pack of codes you will find “J” benefits. You will also find “K” benefits. “J” is used to designate a Prouty beneficiary, and “K” is the wife of a Prouty beneficiary. In a nutshell, Prouty benefits were set up in the 1960s to pay a small monthly stipend to people who were too old to have had a chance to work and pay enough taxes into the Social Security system to become insured for regular Social Security benefits. The sponsor of the legislation was Senator Winston Prouty of Vermont. I have no idea if this story was true or not. But back in my early days of working for the Social Security Administration, when Prouty benefits were still being routinely awarded, the word being spread from one SSA rep to another was that Prouty had parents who didn’t qualify for regular Social Security, so he crafted this legislation to help out mom and dad (and eventually, hundreds of thousands of others). I don’t recall all of the rules. But I believe a Prouty beneficiary with no Social

Security work history had to be age 72 before 1968 in order to qualify for a monthly check that I think was less than $100. There also were other rules for people who had some Social Security covered work, but not enough to qualify for regular Social Security benefits. Or they might have had enough work to get a very small Social Security check. But if the Prouty rules would pay them more money, they would get a Prouty benefit instead of their regular Social Security check. But no matter what their situation, the rules were always tied to the attainment of age 72. Thus the term “special age 72 benefits.” Because almost all the people who were eligible for these benefits were born before 1896, it is highly unlikely there are any Prouty beneficiaries still alive today. So I’m sure that all “J” and “K” BIC codes are now just historical footnotes. Q: My mother’s Social Security award letter has my stepdad’s Social Security number on it followed by “B3.” Can you explain what that is all about? Is her own Social Security number still valid? A: Last question answered first. Yes, her own Social Security number is still valid. She would use it any time she is asked for her number, like on a tax return or if she ever applies for a job. But she is claiming Social Security benefits off of your stepdad’s record, so her Social Security “claim number” is his Social Security number followed by the BIC “B3.” And checking that list of codes online, I see that “B3” designates an “aged wife, second claimant.” So what that means is that your mom must be the second wife who is claiming benefits on your stepdad’s record. So maybe he had another wife who was getting benefits on his record and then she died? (I’m guessing she’s dead and not divorced because there is a separate BIC for the latter status.) By the way, some readers may be wondering what happened to B2. I mentioned earlier that B is the code for a woman getting wife’s benefits, and B1 is the symbol for someone getting benefits as a dependent husband on his wife’s Social Security record. And now we just learned that B3 is the code for a woman who is the second person to file for spousal benefits. A B2 is listed as “a young wife with child in care.” So who exactly would that be? Well, if a retiree was married to a younger woman and if they had a child (hey, it happens), then the child would get benefits until he or she was 18 years old. That child’s BIC code would be C. And if the mother was not working, she would also be due benefits on the retiree’s record, and her BIC would be B2. I know from experience that many readers are surprised (and usually upset) to learn that those kinds of benefits are paid. But there simply aren’t that many B2s out there. When an older guy is married to a younger woman, more often than not, she is working, and her earnings would prevent her from collecting B2 benefits.

By the way, what is even more uncommon than a B2 benefit? Well, that would be a BY benefit. The BIC list says that a BY beneficiary is a “young husband with child in care.” In other words, that would be a situation in which an older woman getting Social Security benefits is married to a younger man, and they had a child. For obvious biological reasons, it would be very unlikely that an older retired woman would have minor children of her own. More likely, the husband had a child from a previous

marriage, and that minor child would legally be due benefits on the woman’s account as a stepchild. And if the young husband/ father wasn’t working, he could get a check, too. It’s all possible, but highly unlikely. In my almost 50 years of working on Social Security matters, I have never met or even heard of a BY beneficiary. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast.net. COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

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lobster bake on a secluded beach. Many of the cruises have special-interest themes, and some are very dramatic that include a Schooner Gam, where all the historic schooners gather in one place and tie up and passengers can go and visit; there is also an annual Schooner Race which is tremendous fun. Visit the Maine Windjammer Association for a list of the eight ships in the fleet and description of age-ap-

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Philadelphia (www.visitphilly.org); Newport, RI (www.discovernewport. org); Old Sturbridge Village, MA (www.osv.org), and Portsmouth, NH to experience the Strawbery Banke Museum (www.strawberybanke.org). And what about immersing in today’s headlines? One of the best family destinations in the world is the nation’s capital, Washington DC, where you can visit the Capital, the National Archives, Museums of the Smithsonian Institution (19 of them)

The Space at Westbury, Long Island’s newest state of the art concert hall and special event center, is the perfect place to see your favorite stars and to stage your next special event. Cruising through a lock on the Erie Canal on the Herkimer’s boat during a stay at the Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com propriate sailings (usually 10 years old) and themed cruises (music, storytelling, whaling, wellness, seamanship, among them). In the past, we have sailed on the Victory Chimes (the largest in the fleet) and the American Eagle (www. sailmainecoast.com, 800-807-9463). Another novel experience is renting a canalboat on the Erie Canal (like a floating RV), tying up where whimsy takes you and exploring the canaltowns on foot and by bike on the tow-path that has been turned into a bikeway. It’s an amazing way to immerse yourself in history, and terrific fun to go through the locks, and have the bridges lift just for you. Mid-Lakes Navigation, Skaneateles, has these specially designed Lockmaster canalboats that are easy to maneuver, very comfortable, and oh so charming. (800-545-4318, info@midlakesnav.com, midlakesnav. com). Living History, Immersive Experiences For more living history (and theme parks and golf and spa to boot! Colonial Williamsburg (www.colonialwilliamsburg.com), with the option to stay at The Williamsburg Inn or Williamsburg Lodge and Colonial Houses (historichotels. org); Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (historyisfun.org);

including the National Air & Space Museum, Museum of American History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution Building (the castle), the National Zoological Park (National Zoo); as well as private museums including the Newseum and

From Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, engagements, weddings to corporate meetings, holiday parties and product launches we welcome you to make The Space your space, the venue of your dreams. To make an appointment please call 516.283.5569 or email info@thespaceatwestbury.com • www.LIconcert.com

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250 Post Avenue Westbury, NY 11590 Attraction tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 800-745-3000. Tickets can be purchased for all shows at The Space box office Fridays from 12pm-6pm and show nights from 5-9pm.

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How it really was: We can presume that the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was enamored with “all things New York.” That’s interesting because Fitzgerald was born almost 1,200 miles away in St. Paul, MN. He was born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald in 1896 to a family whose father was a descendant of Francis Scott Key who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Fitzgerald family moved often and Scott spent his childhood in St. Paul, Buffalo, and Hackensack, NJ. In St. Paul, he attended the St. Paul Academy and saw his first published story appear in the school newspaper. Of the Fitzgeralds’ three children, Scott was their only son. He attended Princeton University and in 1917 left to join the Army. In July 1918, while he was stationed near Montgomery, AL, he met Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. They both went to a dance at a local country club and hit it off. They fell deeply in love, and, as soon as he could, Fitzgerald headed for New York determined to become a success and to marry Zelda. Scott was working at an advertising job in Manhattan at $90 a month. Zelda broke off their engagement and waited for him to get a better job or at least have a more substantial income. In the spring of 1920 Fitzgerald’s first book, “This Side of Paradise,” was pub-

lished. His book was a revelation of the new morality of the young and it made Fitzgerald famous, according to Britannica.com. He married Zelda that same year and for the first four months of their marriage they lived just 50 miles away from New York City in Westport, Ct. Scott was 23 and Zelda was 19. It was a long honeymoon for the Fitzgeralds but perfect for both - he wanted to write, she wanted to swim and they both wanted to party. For many people the Fitzgeralds represented the talent, the sophistication, the glamour and the excess of American life of the 1920s. It was “The Jazz Age” after all. During the Jazz Age American culture was changing and many Americans became more financially affluent. The era was post-World War I but years before the crash of the stock market. Jazz music was popular and dancing skyrocketed during the 1920s. Before the stock market had crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression started, culture was booming in America. Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald made the most of it, socializing whenever they could. They wore fancy clothes and costumes sometimes and did some name dropping along with many other people. In 1921 their daughter, Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald, was born in St. Paul where they had returned for a short time. The Fitzgerald family moved to the French Riviera in 1924 and joined a group of American expatriates - of

other writers, artists and celebrities - to write. Shortly after their arrival in France, Fitzgerald completed writing “The Great Gatsby” which many people regard as his most brilliant novel. It was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York on April 10, 1925, when Scott Fitzgerald was 29 years old. All of his divided nature is in this novel. Scott Fitzgerald is the naive Midwesterner who arrives in New York and has always been preoccupied with achieving the “American Dream.” Jay Gatsby personified this - or does he? - and as the compassionate Yale gentleman, Nick Carraway, acts as the objective narrator. “The Great Gatsby” is considered by most to be the most profoundly American novel of its time. The book explores the themes of love and loyalty. There are seven additional themes that appear in “The Great Gatsby.” They are money, class in society, the American dream, relationships, failure and death, morality and selfidentification as outlined in blog. prepscholar.com. In real life, Scott Fitzgerald’s financial struggles to succeed as a writer, the ups and downs of their marriage and her struggles with mental health all provided him with plenty of material to write about and to draw from. The happiness that F. Scott Fitzgerald sought all his life was fleeting. Zelda had to be confined to a sanitarium. It is said that he struggled with alcohol-

ism for many years. Fitzgerald’s books weren’t financially profitable until several years after his death so to pay his bills, in 1937 he left the East coast to pursue work as a film screenwriter in Hollywood. He only worked at that job for about three years. In 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald died at the age of 44 in Los Angeles, Calif., of a heart attack. He is buried in Rockville, MD. The Big Screen did a good job of portraying Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” both in 2013 and 1974. Who doesn’t like watching both Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford in the movie theatre, after all? In their white suits with their finely tailored shirts they come across as very, very handsome. “The Great Gatsby” has got it all - it’s got love, suspense and intrigue. It’s also got plenty of action. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never really know what’s going to happen next. I’m not a cinephile, someone who is very fond of movies, I am definitely more of a bibliophile, someone who likes books, but I do like going out once in a while and watching a great movie on a very Big Screen. My feeling is that the story comes across very dramatically on a very Big Screen. So here’s to my favorite movie or your favorite movie and whatever great new movie happens to be coming down the pike. I’ll be waiting for it.

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We’re on Vacation! Best Ideas for Families to Get Out & Go this Summer C ontinued from page D5 International Spy Museum. Plan a visit at Washington.org. As for theme parks, zoos, aquariums and research centers: consider different experiences that give insider access: Be a zookeeper for a day at Busch Gardens Tampa (which in addition to being a superb themepark is a fantastic zoo, https://buschgardens.com/tampa/ tours/keeper-for-a-day/); go behindthe-scenes at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of “Dolphin’s Tale” ( https://www.seewinter.com/visit/ activities/behind-the-scenes/); have a sleepover (“Snore & Roar”) at the National Zoo, Washington DC (https:// nationalzoo.si.edu/events/snore-roarsleepovers-families) or the Palm Beach

Zoo, which also offers camp programs. Some of our favorite themeparks: DisneyWorld (Orlando), Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando), Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Colonial Williamsburg, Hersheypark. _____________________________ © 2019 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit goingplacesfarandnear.com,  www.huffingtonpost.com/author/karenrubin & travelwritersmagazine.com/ TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at goingplacesnearandfar. wordpress.com & moralcompasstravel. info. Send comments or questions to FamTravLtr@aol.com. Tweet @ TravelFeatures. ‘Like’ us at facebook. com/NewsPhotoFeatures

A school in Kahna, India. “The mix of wildlife and cultural experiences in India is particularly suited to parents who want to ignite their family’s passion to make a difference in the world. It will instill a genuine sense of gratitude and appreciation for life, for the opportunities we have, and for the things we take for granted.” Wildplanet has a family-focused program to India. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com


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hope everyone enjoyed the Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends and remembered those who, over the last 244 years of our existence, sacrificed for our democracy and freedom and hopefully there will be less wars and more diplomacy and communication to solve disagreements and issues. When you or your agents are showing your home, do you worry about insects in and outside your home this summer? With all the rain we have had during the winter and spring, thus far and may continue to have going forward, mosquitoes and other annoying and flying insects could be a real pain in the butt and hazard and turn off to your purchasers, assuming you have a very pleasant rear yard to relax in. Standing water is a huge breeding ground for those pesky litter critters as well as their potential dangerous bites and itchy aftermath. The last thing you need is to have your buyers bitten and become annoyed when viewing your backyard. Any time it rains, make sure all those pans, buckets or whatever you may have that collects rain water are dumped out and turned over, so water accumulation is eliminated. Also, the closer you are to lakes, oceans or swampy low lying areas, the greater the opportunity for mosquito infestation. Nassau and Suffolk County and NYS owned properties have many areas, especially recharge basins where water sits and accumulates as a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can reach out to the public works and health department in your county to ascertain, if they will be spraying larvicide to kill the mosquito eggs before they hatch in those areas again this summer. West Nile Virus is directly related to infected Asian Tiger mosquitoes that carry the disease; and last year Nassau and Suffolk County had reported cases, some fatal. So one should cover arms and legs, especially in areas with mosquitoes are and be cognizant of any bites that cause mild symptoms of fever, headache and body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Symptoms in more severe cases can include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

Individuals most at risk for severe infection include those over the age of 55 and those with chronic illness or compromised immune systems. Deer ticks, causing Lyme Disease is another serious issue in Long Island, especially where tall grasses and vegetation exists. One should always wear clothing to cover arms and legs when walking or hiking, especially in Suffolk County. Flea bites are another insect, although much less dangerous, but annoying, as your pets should be protected against. Here is a link to assist in your search for natural remedies for your pets: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine. com/natural-solutions-tick-season/ As the warm humid and hot weather becomes the norm, homeowners themselves, don’t need any of those issues to cause buyers to not consider your home. I have seen many homes over the years, where the homeowner goes out and purchases bug zappers. It may appear that you are reducing the population of all sorts of flying insects, including mosquitoes, but I beg to differ and the reason is that the light that attracts them, does just that, and you are just attracting a greater population of insects to your property. Citronella drives away bothersome insects such as flies and mosquitoes. You can combat the bugs further by also combining the torches with citrus candles for twice the pest-fighting action. Spray water with lavender or eucalyptus around your patio to create a natural pest barrier. Spraying it on you can also help keep bugs away. Vinegar is a natural deterrent for ants. A combination of half apple cider vinegar (although normal vinegar works just as well) and half water in a spray bottle works perfectly to repel those pests. This concoction can be sprayed around the perimeter of your home, on the legs of tables that have food served on them or even around a screen house or tent. While vinegar is an effective item you can use to get rid of ants, you will need to reapply, as the residual effect is minimal. Another useful ant deterrent is cayenne pepper. When sprinkled in places

where ants tend to gather, like areas near sugar and places where crumbs linger, they stay away. The pepper’s spice serves as a deterrent for the ants by telling them that none of the sweet stuff that they’re looking for is there. It acts almost like caution tape. It can get a little messy, so try to sprinkle the cayenne pepper in areas that aren’t used as much, like a cabinet; especially ones that contain baking supplies or other sweet goods. Another natural deterrent is peppermint oil. Not only does it repel ants, it also repels spiders. In fact, peppermint keeps most pests away, including aphids, beetles, caterpillars, fleas, flies, lice, mice and moths. There are three ways to effectively apply this oil: soaking cotton balls in the oil and hiding them where the insects gather, applying the oil directly to the affected areas, or diluting it with water and spraying the perimeter of areas you’re trying to protect. If you’re diluting the oil, mix 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 16 oz. of water, then pour into a spray bottle. Peppermint oil can also keep some of the spiders out of the areas of the home where they frequent most, in addition to making the house smell wonderful. While this appears to be a simple solution, it’s a game of strategy’ by putting the oil in locations where you suspect pests are entering. With a little trial and error, you should be able to target and focus on those specific areas. It’s all about where you put it, using doorways and entrances to your advantage. Getting rid of crickets in your basement can be done in two ways. Fill a bowl with a few tablespoons of molasses and then fill half way up with water and place in those areas in your basement where you notice the populations of crickets. As they get attracted to the molasses and go in and get stuck and then drown, replace as needed. Also, sticky traps work extremely well too and are another natural way to minimize them. There are also cricket bait you can purchase that will work too. Finding natural solutions for keeping away mosquitoes is always a challenging process. Using a mixture of lavender oil and eucalyptus oil can

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The Cheapskate Gardener BY MARY HUNT The only difference between gardeners and cheapskate gardeners is the amount of money they spend to achieve the same results. The truth is, like no other hobby, gardening is actually more productive when the cheapest -- even free! -- supplies are used. CONTROL WEEDS Newspaper. It’s cheap, and it works beautifully. Cover the area with 10 layers of newspaper, and then spread mulch or compost over the top. Plant whatever you like by poking a hole in the paper for the seed or plant. Homemade weedkiller. Dissolve 2 cups salt in 1 gallon white vinegar, and add 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap. Move some of the vinegar to another container so you have room to get all that salt in there. Then replace the amount you removed and add the soap. Apply with a spray bottle. Caution: Repeated use will sterilize the soil to where eventually nothing will grow. It’s ideal for driveways, paths and walkways. KEEP CATS AWAY Ammonia. Sink small open containers (baby food jars are good) into the soil up to the rim throughout the garden, and fill with household ammonia. Cats hate the smell of ammonia. Pepper. Sprinkle the garden with ground black pepper. Purchase it in bulk at a warehouse club

or bulk grocer, and apply liberally to the affected area. It won’t harm the cats but rather simply irritate their paws, so they’ll go somewhere else to dig. Plant flowers. Marigolds have a pungent odor that repels cats and other bugs and animals. Plant them among your vegetable and flower gardens. FEED YOUR LAWN AND PLANTS HOMEMADE LAWN FOOD 1 cup Epsom salts 1 cup antiseptic mouthwash 1 cup liquid dish soap 1 cup ammonia 1 can beer Mix the following in a large container. Fill a hose-end sprayer jar that mixes its contents with water. Attach to the hose, and give your lawn a generous dose. Yum. (Set the dial so this recipe mixes with 20 gallons of water. You can figure that out. I know you can.) PROMOTE NEW GROWTH To guarantee the healthiest plants in town, when planting trees, shrubs and evergreens, scatter 10 unused match heads and 1 cup of Epsom salts in the planting hole. This promotes new growth and helps strengthen stems and roots. Cheap fertilizer. Add 2 teaspoons plain

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household ammonia to 1 gallon water. Allow it to sit in an open container (and out of reach of kids looking for a drink) for a full 24 hours. Use on plants instead of commercial fertilizer. Caution: If you use more ammonia, it will be too strong, and you will burn your plants. BUILD SOIL Fireplace ashes. Spread wood ash from your winter fires onto the garden beds. Also known as potash, it will gradually build the soil, adding potassium as well as 32 trace minerals. And it’s free! Increase acidity. Drench wet soil with fullstrength white vinegar (or drench dry soil with a 50-50 vinegar and water solution) to increase the acidity of the soil for plants like azaleas and gardenias. Mary invites questions, comments and tips at EverydayCheapskate.com, “Ask Mary a Question.” This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County of Nassau MTGLQ INVESTORS, LP, Pltf. vs. HAE JIN CHOI, et al, Defts. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale entered June 29, 2018, I will sell at public auction on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) of the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY prem. k/a 33 Willets Dr., Syosset, NY a/k/a Section 15, Block 58, Lot 28. Said property beginning at a point on the Northwesterly side of Willets Drive, distant 105 ft. Northeasterly from the extreme Northerly end of the arc of a curve connecting the Northwesterly side of Willets Drive, with the Northeasterly side of Raynham Dr., being a plot 100 ft. x 60 ft. Approx. amt. of judgment is $509,964.16 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index #716/2014. SCOTT BRAZILLER, Referee. DRUCKMAN LAW GROUP, PLLC, Attys. for Pltf., 242 Drexel Ave., Westbury, NY. File No. 36500 - #97018

SYO 4279 4X 05/24,31,06/07,14 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court Nassau County U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE OF THE NRZ PASS-THROUGH TRUST V, Plaintiff AGAINST FLOR ANGELA NEIRA SCHWARZ AKA FLOR ANGELA SCHWARZ IF LIVING, AND IF HE/SHE BE DEAD, ANY AND ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF, CLAIMING, OR WHO MAY CLAIM TO HAVE AN INTEREST IN, OR GENERAL OR SPECIFIC LIEN UPON THE REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THIS ACTION; SUCH UNKNOWN PERSONS BEING HEREIN GENERALLY DESCRIBED AND INTENDED TO BE INCLUDED IN WIFE, WIDOW, HUSBAND, WIDOWER, HEIRS AT LAW, NEXT OF KIN, DESCENDANTS, E X E C U T O R S , ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES, LEGATEES, COMMITTEES, LIENORS, AND ASSIGNEES OF SUCH DECEASED , ANY AND ALL PERSONS DERIVING INTEREST IN OR LIEN UPON, OR TITLE TO SAID

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be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 15-000877. DOROTHY R. LOCASCIO, ESQ., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 SYO 4282 4X 06/07,14,21,28 NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Supreme Court, Nassau County, on the 10th day of May, 2019, bearing Index Number 19/000473, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Jacqueline Keenan Rush. The city and state of my present address are Syosset, NY; the month and year of my birth are July, 1970; the place of my birth is Huntington, New York; my present name is Jacqueline Marie Rush. SYO 4283 1X 06/07 NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Supreme Court, Nassau County, on the

26th day of March 2019, bearing Index Number19-000303 a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Chris Raymond Luke. The city and state of my present address are Woodbury, NY the month and year of my birth are October, 2008; the place of my birth is Los Angeles, CA, USA; my present name is Chris Raymond Meshrekey. SYO 4284 1X 06/07 NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Supreme Court, Nassau County, on the 26th day of March 2019, bearing Index Number 19-000302 a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Kevin Raymond Luke. The city and state of my present address are Woodbury, NY the month and year of my birth are November, 2006; the place of my birth is Cairo, Egypt; my present name is Kevin Raymond Meshrekey. SYO 4285 1X 06/07

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Sold Price: $1,150,000 Date: 02/19/2019 5 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1

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10 Fieldstone Drive, Syosset Sold Price: $725,000 Date: 04/30/2019 4 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Exp Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: Syosset Total Taxes: $10,878 MLS# 3097441

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Lot Size: 50x200 Schools: Syosset Total Taxes: $20,562 MLS# 3085535 Houses featured on this page were sold by various real estate agencies

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Woodbury | $1,599,000 |5-BR, 3.5-BA |Web# 3126649

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