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BALLOON HATS were in abundance at the the Curé of Ars annual summer BBQ on Sunday. Gerard Portilla, along with his family, enjoyed friends, food,

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Korean War memorial unveiled page 7

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NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! 57 local people’s names were in y our community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

BELLA MILLER revealed herself as the model on the cover of Ms. Calonita’s newest book “Belles.”

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ended, attendee Bella Miller revealed that she was the model on the cover of Ms. Calonita’s book “Belles.” The 16-year-old model is from Chicago but was in New York for a modeling job. Posing for the cover of “Belles” was her first modeling job. Bella said of Ms. Calonita, “I’ve always wanted to meet her.” Besides being on the cover, Bella is a big fan of the book “Belles” and said, “I love it. I felt like I had a lot in common with it. I couldn’t stop reading it.” Danielle Santevecchi, 13, of Merrick, who attends Kellenberg Memorial High School, won Kieran Scott’s book “This is So Not Happening” in the raffle. She attended the Beach Bag Book

Club because “I like seeing all the authors” and said it’s interesting to hear how they come up with ideas for their books. Emily Cotter, 12, from Bellmore, who attends Grand Avenue Middle School, told this newspaper that she attended the Beach Bag Book Club last year, last month and this time “so I could meet the authors.” She had read “Belles” and said it was “really good.” She won Melissa Kantor’s book “The Darlings in Love” in the raffle and said she’s “excited to read it.” Emily reads a lot “because I like to write stories” and hopes to become a better writer by reading. ©©©

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The second Beach Bag Book Club of the summer, held last week at the Merrick Library, featured author Kieran Scott. The other scheduled Long Island author, Melissa Kantor, didn’t attend due to an emergency. Kieran Scott is a veteran author of teen fiction books. Her most recent book is “This is So Not Happening” of the “He’s So/She’s So” trilogy. The teen romance trilogy, which includes the books “She’s So Dead To Us” and “He’s So Not Worth It,” follows an unusual couple through the crazy time that high school can be. Ms. Scott describes the couple as “a boy from the rich side of town and a girl from the poor side of town.”

The drama continues in the third and final book of the series “This is So Not Happening” when the characters are forced to deal with a teen pregnancy and relationship stress. Ms. Scott said of the controversial teen pregnancy topic, “I wanted it to be realistic.” Having attended in 2010, this is Ms. Scott’s second appearance at the Beach Bag Book Club. She said of host Jen Calonita, “Jen does a great job” at getting a large crowd to attend the Beach Bag Book Club. Ms. Scott said that “teenagers can be spotty with attendance” to book discussion events, but every year the Merrick Library has a full and eager crowd. More than 20 teens were in attendance. She said that she writes for teens because “there’s so much to explore, so much to write about” during that time in life and everything seems so much bigger and more dramatic as a teenager. Growing up in New Jersey, Ms. Scott said, “I loved to read when I was a teenager” and “I write what I would’ve liked to have read back then.” Ms. Scott also publishes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, from which she’s published the “Private” series and many other books. She said that she enjoys having two names, but joked, “I feel like Kate Brian is way cooler than me.” The mystery “Shadow Lands” is her next Kate Brian book that comes out in January. Altogether, Ms. Scott said she has published over 100 books during her entire writing career. Ms. Calonita and Ms. Scott discussed book covers during the panel. They talked about what sells as a book cover and the struggle between both the authors’ and the publishing companies’ visions. Ironically, after the book cover panel 1287MA2706CF

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Curé of Ars Parish BBQ is a big blast

FATHER CHARLES MANGANO, the pastor of Curé of Ars Church, greeted the parishioners and their families as everyone enjoyed the festivities.

SMCCA begins clean-up weeds on curbs around the park, it is not allowed to use weed killer because it is a protected area. He said they will need to find another way to keep it clean. Another problem SMCCA noticed is that cars are allowed to park at the pond late at night. As a result, Mr. Baker said that the people in the cars, usually teenagers, throw their garbage out the window and make the park even filthier. To this problem, Mr. Camerlengo mentioned that people should not even be at the park because it closes after dark. Geese at Cammann’s Pond are also considered problematic because residents often step in waste from the birds. Because the geese are protected under law, one SMCCA member recommended that people stop feeding the geese, which may decrease their population. Of the Friends of Cammann’s Pond Park committee, Mr. Camerlengo said that it will be of great assistance to the county. – Leah Sobel


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At last Tuesday’s South Merrick Community Civic Association meeting, the Friends of Cammann’s Pond Park committee was formed to help with the upkeep of the local site. Joe Baker, president of SMCCA, explained that although the pond has been cleaned three times within the past year, it is not enough. “The routine cleaning is picking up trash around the park,” said Mr. Baker, “not actually cleaning the pond.” Because of this, Cammann’s Pond is often dirty and unpleasant, he said. In April, the Boy Scouts organized a “Spring Clean Sweep,” where they went on a canoe in the pond and picked up things such as bikes and shopping carts. Actions like this help keep the wild life of Cammann’s pond intact, said Mr. Baker. Frank Camerlengo, the deputy commissioner of Nassau County parks, said he would help SMCCA by discussing with the county what it can and cannot do to the pond. For example, although it is the county’s responsibility to take care of the

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An ounce of prevention... Next Tuesday is National Night Out, when communities across the country gather for fun and to get to know their law enforcement friends better. Around here, the Nassau County and Freeport police, together with other community organizations, are hosting a Night Out at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport, starting at 6 p.m. Gangs and teen violence can be prevented. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Police and their communities always need to know and work with each other. As they say, “If you see something, say something.” And one way is for police to visit classrooms and become known and trusted friends of the kids. Another is to organize sports events for kids and teens to help them use their energy in positive ways and learn teamwork skills that will serve them in whatever jobs they choose. Where young people have hope of a good future, the lure of crime is less strong. Our police are doing these things and more to help build the character of law-abiding citizens. Neighborhood watch groups could always benefit from more young members, just like the auxiliary police and junior firefighters. And these young members can develop skills that could help with their future careers. For example, more than one young ambulance volunteer has become a medical doctor. National Night Out highlights the importance of community policing, work that goes on every day of the year.

DOG DAYS DELIGHT: Merrick Life introduces you to Goldie, Joy Oberstein’s 18-month-old cockapoo. Goldie, a resident of Merrick, is an entrant in the newspaper’s cutest pet contest. Send a photo and some information about your pet to be entered to win great prizes sponsored by Animal Appetites of Wantagh. Don’t forget to e-mail your contact information to

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Kennedy High School alumni will be reconnecting generations through the magic of rock n’ roll on Sunday, August 18, starting at 6 p.m. at KJ Farrell’s, 242 Petitt Avenue, Bellmore. Matt Levine and Joe Zogbi will be alternating until 7:30 p.m.; The Core takes over until 10 p.m. and After Dark continues until closing. A small cover charge will go towards Kennedy scholarship funds. Anyone looking to participate in future events can contact For information visit ©©© A RALLY is planned for Monday, August 6, at noon on the front steps of the Nassau County Executive Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola to demand that the county Legislature hold hearings on County Executive Ed Mangano’s proposal to privatize the county’s sewage treatment plants. ©©© NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME: On Tuesday, August 7, at the Veterans Memorial Park in East Meadow, neighborhoods throughout Nassau County are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 29th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is designed to • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness • generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event will feature the Nassau County Police Department Explorers Program, R.E.A.C.H. (Return Every Adult and Child Home) Program, Information on Megan’s Law, Child I.D. Kits, Candle Lighting

Ceremony and a Demonstration by the Nassau County Arson Robot. Educational literature on Child Safety, Personal and Property Safety, Internet Safety and Drug Prevention will be available. The First and Third Precincts POP units will be on hand to answer questions on public safety. Refreshments will be served. Balloon animals, glitter face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, the Amateur Observer’s Society of New York and Annabel’s Entertainment will all be on hand for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. See related story on page 15. ©©© SUMMER BBQ: The Social Ministry Committee of St. John’s Lutheran Church invites the community to its annual summer BBQ on Tuesday, August 7, from 6-8 p.m. The speakers will be from the Long Island Crisis Center in Bellmore. Christine Cione is its quality control specialist and Sabine is the street outreach project coordinator. They will talk about their ministry in the area. The menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, salads and desserts. A freewill offering will be taken. The church is on Merrick Avenue and Margaret Boulevard across from the middle school. Call the church at 379-3858 to reserve. All are welcome. ©©© BIBLE SCHOOL: For two consecutive weeks, Merrick United Methodist Church will provide a three-day/week activity program for grade school-aged children. The morning “camp” will be held on TuesdayThursday, August 14, 15, 16 and August 21, 22 and 23, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Merrick United Methodist Church, 1425 Merrick Avenue, in Merrick. Children from K-6 are invited to participate in arts and crafts, singing, recreation, snacks, and a 25-minute classroom experience, all based on the theme “Beach

Party…Surfing Through the Scriptures.” To register call the church office at 378-9222 and a flyer/form will be mailed out. Cost is $15 for the first child, $25 for a second child and $35 for three kids from same family (for late registration, add $5 to the registration total). Send your registration to 1425 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, 11566. To park enter on Little Whaleneck Road, one block east of Merrick Avenue, between Cedar and Henry. ©©© GOLF OUTING: The 2012 Ronnie E. Gies Memorial Golf Outing benefitting Cpl. Kevin P. Vaughan, USMC will be held Wednesday, August 22, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Links & Woods at Cherry Creek, Riverhead. A bus will be provided for free from Cure of Ars Church leaving at 6:30 a.m. sharp. For information call Bobby at 322-4799. ©©© TEEN/TWEEN CONTEST: Check out Merrick Life’s Facebook page for its summer reading contest with teen author Jen Calonita. Become a fan on Facebook at and upload a picture (or ask a parent) of you and your best friend doing something around town, write a family-friendly caption and you are entered to win a book by Ms. Calonita, author of the “Belles” series. You can also email to Merrick Life will give away six copies of the book, autographed for the winner, and a chance to meet Ms. Calonita. The contest is open to ages 10-18. ©©© SEMI-ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE: The Sacred Heart School Auditorium, at 730 Merrick Avenue, will be the site of the parish’s semi-annual blood drive on Friday, August 10, from 2:45-8:45 p.m. For information, call Sister Lynn at 379-6123.

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HONORED: The Long Island Ar ts Council at Freepor t recently honored Merrick’s Robbie Rosen and others at the 2012 Hat and Ar tist Luncheon. From left are Nina McCann and Robbie Rosen from “American Idol” Season 10, a 2012 Calhoun High School graduate. Regarding last week’s Merrick Life stor y about Robbie, he writes the lyrics to his own songs, though his dad contributes a word or two from time to time.

by Sarah Gallagher Grade 5 Mrs. Angela Greco Just Fill A Bucket You brighten someone else’s day And fill a bucket when you say Kind words to people that you meet On every Merrick road and street Or you could lend a helping hand When a classmate doesn’t understand Just fill a bucket A bucket filler is someone kind Who tries to keep other people in mind They’re never selfish, never rude They don’t give teachers attitude And no matter what they do Their goal is always to Just fill a bucket A bucket filler has a heart of gold But a bucket dipper’s is full of mold While a bucket filler is kind and sweet Bucket dippers like to cheat Fillers fill buckets, without a doubt Bucket dippers dry them out Just fill a bucket While a full bucket makes you feel good inside You will want to cry when your bucket is dried So don’t rain on someone else’s parade Make sure the kindness inside you never fades And to all you bucket dippers out there Find some time and simply care Just fill a bucket

Be a Bucket Filler by Seamus O’Driscoll Grade 4 Ms. Carrie Levitt Be a bucket filler It’s easy to do. You will enjoy it, and others will, too! Invite a friend over To come and play. Do not hesitate, start it today! Play with the kid Who is new at school. Or tell your parents you love them, filling a bucket is kind and cool! Say “Hi!” to the mailman Walking by your house. Remember to feed your dog, your frog or your mouse. Ask your brother or sister To come in the pool. Don’t be a bucket dipper, don’t carry the dipping tool. Bucket dippers may give out Really bad feelings. If someone is being bullied, give their bucket some healings. Once in a while

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Keep A-Merrick-A Beautiful winner from Sacred Heart CONGRATULATIONS TO SACRED HEART PAROCHIAL SCHOOL WINNERS of Keep A-Merrick-A Beautiful Contest 2012! The theme this year was “Be a Merrick Bucket Filler.” The winners are Brain Herrera, kindergar ten; Matteo Rincon, first grade; Raquel Fernances, second grade; Christopher Rerrone, third grade; Raven Rivera, fourth grade; Megan Huggard, fifth grade; and Nicole Targia, sixth grade; Abigail Sheusi, seventh grade; and Amelia Rosentahl, eighth grade.

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by Douglas Finlay What began as a “police action” in Korea a scant five years after WWII finally received its own memorial on Saturday as a Korean War monument was unveiled at Bellmore’s Veterans Memorial Park on Bedford Avenue. The memorial joins WWI, WWII and Vietnam War memorials at the veterans park near the Bellmore train station. “We’re very pleased to finally be remembered,” remarked Howard Plattner, commander of the Korean War Veterans Nassau County Chapter 1. “It’s about time, after all,” added Korean War veteran Dick Doster of Wantagh. Bernie Hoffman of Merrick, former commander of the Merrick Post 1282 of the American Legion, told this newspaper that Pat Yngstrom, Commander of the American Legion Post 1746 in North Bellmore, told him that Korean War vets weren’t being represented by a memorial in their honor at the Veterans Memorial Park on Bedford Avenue. “I spoke to Howard [Commander Plattner] and he talked with Senator Fuschillo,” said Mr. Hoffmann.


Mario Dell’Aera of Levittown reminded Merrick Life that “Nobody knew it was a war” back then. It was called a police action initiated by the United Nations soon after the end of World War II. North Korean troops entered into South Korea and the U.S. went to its aid, via the U.N. When soldiers came home from the conflict – it was called a conflict, not a war – there was nothing made of their heroism, said Gene Marshsteiner of Levittown. Over 54,000 soldiers died in the conflict in just three years. There have also been 131 recipients of the Medal of Honor for bravery during the conflict.“We appreciate their remembrance of us today with the memorial,” he said. It wasn’t until June 27, 2005, that Senate bill S.1512 granted a federal charter to the Korean War Veterans Association that met the requirements for a veterans service organization. The bill allowed veterans to get benefits for injuries sustained during the Korean conflict, even though Congress never declared it an official war and the conflict only ended by a cease fire declaration. The Korean War spawned household names such as “Pork Chop Hill,” “Incheon” and “M.A.S.H,” one of the

most popular television programs. The comedy program portrayed an Army hospital attending to wounded troops in South Korea. When the difference between soldiers now fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and those who fought in the Korean conflict was asked about, Commander Plattner said that soldiers today don’t actually know who the enemy really is. “We knew the name of the people we were fighting,” he said. “We were fight-

ing the Communists.” He added that soldiers today are often sent for second and third tours of duty, creating further stress on them. State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. spurred installation of the stone memorializing those who died in the Korean conflict. “This is older grant money that was available for this type of this dedication,” said the senator. – With additional reporting by Janurie Ulett, a Merrick Life intern.

FINALLY GETTIN’ SOME RESPECT: Several members of the Korean War Veterans of Nassau County, Chapter 1, from neighboring communities gather around a new memorial stone at Bellmore’s Veterans Memorial Park with state Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., which is dedicated to those who died in the Korean conflict. The stone now stands among memorials for WWI, WWII and Vietnam War veterans. Merrick Life photo by Douglas Finlay

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Thursday, August 9, 2 p.m. Attention news junkies! If you follow current events, join the Merrick Library’s discussion group, moderated by local historian Jack Bilello. The club looks behind the headlines of stories local, national and international. Learn more about what’s going on in our world! All are welcome to attend.

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The Fabulous ’50s Linda Ipanema and Stan Edwards present a tribute to the wonderful singers and songs of this exciting decade. More than a tribute, Linda and Stan undercut nostalgia and sentimentality with raucous comedy and irreverence. This husband and wife duo, despite being opposites, complement each other with their sentiment, warmth and talent. You’ll be up singing, dancing and clapping through the entire performance to the songs of yesterday, including “Music, Music, Music”; “Mambo Italiano”; “Heart of My Heart”; “Sincerely”; “I’m Yours”; “Chances Are”; “Rock Around the Clock” and more all-time favorites. Linda and Stan guarantee to put a smile on your face and love in your heart! The concert is Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m. Picnic suppers encouraged.

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Designed on a platform of safety first, the Freeport Water Taxi is the latest way for people to not only see the beauty of the bays, but have the chance to experience a different kind of local transportation. Rick Cohen is the owner and one of four captains of the boat My Bonni V. Named after his wife, the 44-foot catamaran is Freeport’s new water taxi and tour service. The boat sails passengers to and from Freeport’s Nautical Mile and Point Lookout, and runs one-hour daytime and sunset cruises. With a maximum capacity of 28 people, the boat provides an ample amount of room to sit and view the breathtaking scenery. The taxi also has a designated “splash zone,� where you can get wet— boat traffic and large waves permitting. While life jackets line the ceiling, you probably won’t need them since Captain Rick takes you at a relaxing five miles per hour. Mr. Cohen and his daughter Emily, 23, purchased the boat in March and started the service on Mother’s Day. Since then, the taxi has been wildly successful and is booked solid on many nights. “Right now the one-hour tours are more popular, but the taxi service is slowly catching up� in popularity, said Mr. Cohen. Mr. Cohen, an Oceanside resident, chartered a fishing boat for eight years, and his family spent a lot of time in boats. “I’ve been on the water my whole life,� said Emily, who is also the deck manager and crew. The Freeport Water Taxi is an innovative attempt to help eliminate the need to drive after drinking. Customers can call the water taxi to make the trip between Point Lookout and Freeport. The water taxi is “based on a no drinking and driving platform,� said Mr. Cohen. “My other boat is down the canal and every Sunday I would see an endless parade of cars that represent a drinking and driving incident.� The taxi’s main purpose is to allow people to have fun and get to their destination in a sensible and safe way, he explained. The Freeport Water Taxi has quickly become known for its sunset cruises, which are generally booked. The trip, which starts at 7:30 p.m. every day, begins in Freeport and travels along the bay, giving passengers beautiful views of the ever-changing colorful sky from all sides of the boat. On Wednesdays, Rachel’s Waterside Grill partners with the taxi and conducts a sunset wine and cheese cruise. The hour-and-a-half cruise, for $29.95 per person, includes wine, cheese and fruit platters, a dessert buffet and coffee. On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, the taxi runs from 3-10 p.m., while on Friday and Saturday people can board the boat from 3-11:30 p.m. Prices range from $7-$25 and the trip is free for children under three years old. The Freeport Water Taxi has privileges behind most of the restaurants on the Mile. They are able to dock and conveniently chauffeur customers to and from these restaurants, which includes The Schooner, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Bracco’s, Tropix, E.B. Elliot’s and more. Additionally, private charters are available Mondays and Tuesdays. Since the Freeport Water Taxi and Tours has been on the water, it has offered specials for the Memorial Day air show, the June Point Lookout fireworks show and for events such as

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The Merrick Library Board of Trustees announces it has appointed two new trustees to fill two recently vacated seats. Art Sacharoff has been a resident of Merrick for 30 years. Mr. Sacharoff was a New York City math teacher. Now as a retiree, he enjoys spending time with his family. Being an avid reader led him to become interested and involved with the Merrick Library. Donna Rosenblum, a Merrick resident for 19 years, has been an educator for 23 years. She started as a social studies teacher, and then became a school


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from page 10 (whose ancestors were pirates) to the start of the Sandy Creek trail. There, we traveled through the rainforest for four hours, a place that looked like the movie set directly out of “Jurassic Park.” Although it was humid and inclement, we had a lot of fun and I would absolutely recommend this oncein-a-lifetime experience to anybody who is looking for an adventure. That evening, while we were at dinner, we heard the familiar “boom” of fireworks. This just goes to show how welcoming and accommodating the people of St. Martin are to Americans.


Rebecca M. Rood Goldman of Merrick has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. Staff Sergeant Brandon Luchsinger from North Merrick has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 1-69th Infantry of the Army National Guard. Staff Sergeant Jason Olmo from Merrick has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-69th Infantry of the Army National Guard.

The next few days were spent relaxing at our home and frequenting the pool with the view of the ocean. During this time, we went to Marigot, the major city on the French side of the island, and did the majority of our shopping. Although the restaurants we went to were top notch, they were mostly empty because the summer is considered the off-season. While St. Martin is an island of tranquility and leisure, it is also a home to exhilaration and adventure. If you ever visit this multifaceted place, make sure to take advantage of each aspect as much as you can.

ed from Villanova University at the spring commencement ceremony. Casey Burbes of Merrick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Sean Gorton of Merrick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Matthew Laurino of Merrick earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Ryan McCann of Merrick earned a Master of Accounting and Professional Consultancy degree. Michael Scarpa of Merrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

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