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ONE FOR ALL! The North Bellmore Fire Department joined with other departments on Sunrise Highway on Saturday to honor the funeral possession for Oceanside
native Lance Corporal Greg Buckley killed in Afghanistan. The flower truck – and procession – was headed for Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn. .
Bellmore resident wins lawsuit over county by Douglas Finlay Martin Tretola of Bellmore, owner of T&T Gunnery on Merrick Road in Seaford, won a $5 million civil lawsuit against the Nassau County Police Department after a federal jury determined that a county police officer violated Mr. Tretola’s civil rights by falsely accusing him of reckless endangerment – a felony, causing a loss of business and financial harm. Attorney Steven Jay Harfenist of Friedman Harfenist Kraut & Perlstein in Lake Success told this newspaper that Officer Eric Faltings had Mr. Tretola arrested in 2007 after Mr. Tretola, in 2006, would not release a gun – owned by a friend of Mr. Faltings – to Mr. Faltings
unless or until he could produce paperwork for the gun. “Mr. Tretola would not release the gun to Mr. Faltings without proper documentation,” Mr. Harfenist said, “because Mr. Tretola wanted a paper trail for the gun,” and without the documents there would be no paper trail. “He was acting legally,” Mr. Harfenist said. Mr. Tretola, was arrested on June 1, 2007, for reckless endangerment. Mr. Tretola was said to be operating a “makeshift gun range” in which guns were being repaired and tested near an active gas heater, Mr. Harfenist stated. “The police department never tested that gas heater before they made the arrest because, had they, they would have
learned it hadn’t been operating for years,” Mr. Harfenist remarked. The reckless endangerment charge was dropped in 2008 by the Nassau County district attorney’s office. “There was no true bill,” Mr. Harfenist said, “they found no culpability.” The same year Mr. Tretola filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit in federal court against the county for violations of his civil rights. Arrested again Mr. Tretola was arrested again in 2011, this time in a county sting operation, and charged with selling illegal “assault weapons” along with his son and other gun store owners.
“That charge against Mr. Tretola was dismissed by the Grand Jury in late April, early May,” Nassau district attorney spokesman Chris Munzing told this newspaper. The charges against his son and the other defendants were also dropped, said Mr. Harfenist. “Mr. Tretola lost countless sales of guns because his inventory was placed in his other store in New Hyde Park,” he continued. “When someone comes in to a purchase an item and you don’t have it,” that is a loss of income, he said. He lost sales of some 900 guns, Mr. Harfenist said. He said the jury’s decision proved to be (continued on page 7)
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Driving safety is probably not the first thing on most teens’ minds, but teaching teens safe driving practices should be the first thing on parents’ minds. To help keep teen drivers out of harm’s way, the Community Parent Center offers these driving tips for the back to school season and throughout the year: • Always wear seatbelts: driver and
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Who are the eco-heroes? Sometimes technology brings overuse of natural resources. Our ancestors in countries such as Israel or Italy, where water was a limited resource, used roof cisterns to collect drinking water and dams to gather rain runoff for irrigation. Tourists are always amazed at how cleverly they met their needs. Today, here on Long Island, we draw on water tables deep beneath the ground water for both our drinking needs and for landscaping, cleaning and industry – all as if this resource was inexhaustible. What will we do if we run out of drinking water – turn to desalination? They say just as wars today are fought over oil, tomorrow’s wars will be over water. Enter the eco-heroes, companies such as Hilton that use water from runoff to water their lawns. As individual homeowners we can also do our part. The nation’s largest township, our own Town of Hempstead, under the leadership of Supervisor Kate Murray, is showing the way. Last week at its showcase Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, the town kicked off its new Eco-Heroes program. Over 2,000 residents have already signed up to purchase either rain collection barrels or composting units from the town at half-price retail. The rain barrels are designed to integrate with standard gutters and leaders. The water collected is not drinkable but can be used to water gardens and lawns. A typical roof can provide hundreds of gallons of water, according to town experts. Collecting it for use saves homeowners money on their water bills and also helps prevent runoff into bays and waterways. Call 378-4210 to register to receive a barrel for $45. Composting helps reduce expenses for lawn and garden fertilizers and also helps reduce the garbage flow. The town can provide instructions on how to compost correctly and avoid odors. Again, the cost is $45. Call 378-4210 for more information. Parents who conserve water and recycle using compost are teaching their children an important lesson, giving them a tangible way to improve our community. They are eco-heroes too!
THE MISSING PIECE: Ten years after 9/11 took the lives of three of the Bellmore Fire Department’s finest – Sean McCarthy, Kevin Prior and Adam Rand – the department will formally dedicate a steel beam from the World Trade Center at the fire department’s memorial plaza during memorial ceremonies on Tuesday, September 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
bellmore bits PROPERTY TAX WORKSHOPS: Equipped with specially configured computers linked to Nassau County’s database, Department of Assessment staff will process property tax exemption applications (veterans, senior citizen, cold war veterans, volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, limited income disability, and home improvement) on Tuesday, September 4, from 13 p.m. at the North Bellmore Public Library at 1551 Newbridge Road. In addition, Nassau County also offers two types of School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemptions: Basic STAR (for residents who own and live in their own home, condominium or cooperative apartment with an annual household income of $500,000 or less) and Enhanced STAR (for senior citizens aged 65 years or older with annual incomes of $79,050 or less). For information regarding Basic and Enhanced STAR or any other property tax exemption program, contact the Department of Assessment Exemptions Division at 571-1500. ©©© PREVENTING SUICIDE: Long Island Crisis Center of Bellmore will hold its 4th Annual “Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk... Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide” Walk in Long Beach beginning at 11 a.m. on September 30, on the Long Beach Boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard. The benefit will help the Long Island Crisis Center to help save lives on Long Island. $25 minimum is the suggested donation per walker. Walkers can register at www.longislandcrisiscenter.org or by calling 826-0244.
©©© C E L E B R AT I N G 7 5 Mepham High YEARS: School will celebrate its 75th Anniversary Homecoming with festivities on the weekend of Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15. Mepham is providing opportunities for local businesses to participate in this event through advertising in a special 75th Anniversary Journal. Be part of this historical publication! You may also wish to place a booth at the homecoming event, for just a modest donation. The 75th Anniversary celebration will also showcase the Homecoming football game with the Mepham Pirates taking on the Kennedy Cougars! This Bellmore vs. Bellmore rivalry will bring many local residents to the event. For information, contact Mepham PTA President Caren Kabak at 330-1921. © © © THE GARDEN IS OPEN: The Garden at St. Mark, an organic garden begun last year by the congregation at St. Mark the Evangelist Church at 1692 Bellmore Avenue, North Bellmore, is now open to purchase organic vegetables at its farm stand on Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Whatever vegetables are in season are what will be sold at the stand. Crops include lettuce, cucumber, radishes, zucchini, squash, potatoes, garlic, onions, beets and cabbage. Herbs and flowers are also being sold. All proceeds from the sales are put toward supporting the garden and helping those in need. ©©©
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BINGO FOR KIDS: Temple Beth-El of Bellmore will hold Bingo For Kids on Tuesday, August 28. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with play beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. The snack bar will be open and serving a variety of reasonably priced items such as soda, ice cream and other snacks. Reservations are also being taken for Birthday Party Bingo. Contact Nell at 826-8169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the temple office MondayFriday at 781-2650. ©©© 100TH CELEBRATION: St. Barnabas Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a large Mass at the church on August 25 with Bishop Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. © © © DROPOFF SITE: County Legislator Dave Denenberg’s office at 2818 Merrick Road is an official dropoff point for donations to Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Needed are cereals, juices, peanut butter, rice, jelly, pasta, cookies and crackers, pancake mix and canned fruits, meat, vegetables, soups and fish, among many foods. Also welcome are school supplies, pet foods, new toys, baby care, birthday party supplies, new blankets and personal care items. For information call Mr. Denenberg’s office at 571-6219, or the Harry Chapin Food Bank at 631-582-3663. Or visit www.licares.org. ©©©
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Bellmore Life Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Page 6 COMPLETELY ENGULFED: The Bellmore Fire Depar tment responded to a repor t of a car fire near the intersection of Ansboro Place and Wilson Avenue. Upon arrival Chief of Depar tment Daniel Holl advised incoming units of a fully involved car fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by Bellmore firefighters. A nearby garage was slightly damaged.
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REVVED UP: Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) attended the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores’ Friday Night Car Show recently. The car show is a weekly event held every Friday night, weather permitting, from May through the end of October. Three Fridays during the year the Rock Underground, a local music school and Bellmore chamber member, provides music for patrons. From left are Billy Handy Jr. (Rock Underground band member), chamber President Debby Izzo, Steve November (Rock Underground band member), Legislator Denenberg and Jimmy Partland (Rock Underground band member).
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ENTERTAINING LIFE Women ‘whisper and shout’ over love by Danielle Sopchak
even the story the book creates; it’s the feeling when reading through each woman’s poem. It’s the mutual understandings prompting hushed laughs and slight smiles and the repressed urge to scream, “I know exactly what you mean.” “We don’t show our strength/by lifting pallets of pipeline/hefting bags of concrete or bales/of peat moss – though we could…It’s not our wish to be oppressed or depressed/ pushed around stomped on or spit on/ not impossible for us to embrace our tenacity and our femininity – yes, we can.” – J R Turek. East Meadow photographer and poet Bob Harrison took the front cover photo of the anthology, “within the Twin Preserves [in Wantagh], looking southwest” toward the sun.
differences allow young women to reveal the joys and the hectic life of a mother while allowing an older generation to remember their first love, heartbreak and the hardships of teenage years. The poems are a lovely way to learn, grow and understand the times and trials of other women. Nowhere in the book, while reading the poems, are any facts to distinguish the poets from each other except for their names. They have no defining features that make one the poet laureate and one a 12-year-old girl who just started to become interested in poetry, for example. In this anthology, these women beautifully tell life’s tales together. The most compelling aspect of the compilation is not the overwhelming number of poets, their skill levels or
In “Whispers and Shouts,” a new anthology of poetry by women of Long Island compiled and edited by Gail Goldstein and J R Turek, the poets bring together their poems and stay within the theme of love …all from the distinctive female perspective. In her preface, Ms. Goldstein says that “over 70 poets, ranging in age from preteen to octogenarian, from novice to poet laureate and published author, responded to the call for submissions.” The variety in ages and skill levels of the poets allows the compilation to tell an out-of-order life story, the book being arranged alphabetically and not by topic. The life story told makes the book a distinctive and interesting read. The
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Free concerts aren’t over yet by Laura Amante Even though back to school is upon us summertime concerts continue. There is still time to enjoy the last of the free summer concerts and movies outside that are free.
Town of Hempstead Tonight, August 22, 8 p.m. at Averill Boulevard Park, Elmont. Enjoy rock 'n' roll with Long Island's own Good Rats. Thursday, August 23, 8 p.m. at Merrick Road Park, Merrick. Enjoy Rag Doll as it performs a Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons tribute. Friday, August 24, 8 p.m. at Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore. Enjoy a giant screen presentation of the movie “Kung Fu Panda 2.”
Nassau County concerts Concerts are held at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Thursday, August 23 Pakistani American Night.
Thursday, August 30 Movie Night: “Adventures of Tin Tin.” Saturday, September 8 Pakistani American Festival. Sunday, September 23 Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Sunday, September 30 Eddie Money at the 2nd Annual Car Show.
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The 2012 City of Long Beach Summer Concert continues. Tonight, August 22, at New York
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ENTERTAINING LIFE Raising funds for Nicola Tesla’s lab by Douglas Finlay Bellmore resident Victor Elefante has been on the verge of getting a film about inventor Nicola Tesla finished for several years now, But, like the subject he is chasing – who eluded fame in his lifetime – Mr. Elefante has been coming up just short. Mr. Elefante, a member of the Bellmore Lions Club, a volunteer and president of the Bellmore Fire Department’s West End Engine 3 – as well as member of BFD’s Board of Trustees – and winner of the Town of Hempstead’s Make A Difference Award, had a commitment of $4 million from an investor to make a big production film called “Fragments from Olympus – the Vision of Nicola Testa.” “We had a letter of commitment for $4 million to be able to make the movie,” Mr. Elefante told this newspaper. But the investor fell ill and the revenue is now far from certain. “We are looking for another major investor to produce the film,” he said. He said that had the investor not gotten ill, “we would have shot the film last year.”
Plot thickens The plot thickens when adding the urgency with which Mr. Elefante had hoped to produce the film. “With onequarter of the proceeds we had hoped to keep Nicola Testa’s laboratory, Wardenclyffe, running in Shoreham.” At least $1 million is needed to keep the laboratory open as a nonprofit museum and center for science. Making the movie last year would have provided the needed funds to guarantee the center would remain in the hands of science. Mr. Elefante became involved in the creative entertainment field – and subsequently became the production supervisor of “Fragments from Olympus” – after seeing Sikorski and Calomino’s off-Broadway play “Tower of Babble” in 2001, a play based on Mr. Tesla. Mr. Elefante approached Mr. Sikorski several years later to volunteer to work with Mr. Sikorski. Mr. Sikorski filmed a teaser of his awardwinning play using the actor Leo Rossi (“Analyze This,” “The Accused”), and the trailer won the 2011 International Movie Trailer Festival.
Mr. Sikorski’s screenplay for “Fragments of Olympus” was chosen winner of the International Long Island Film Festival’s (the Suffolk County version) Black Tie Screenwriting Competition. The film, however, is yet to be shot. Which is why Mr. Elefante is searching the corridors of fundraising in the hopes of snagging an investor who can help the film find its home – while keeping the Tesla Center for Science open for the purposes of true science. “Mr. Tesla,” said Mr. Elefante, “never received any monetary rewards for his inventions and discoveries,” Mr. Elefante said. He said that Mr. Tesla “just wasn’t into earning money with his inventions.” Mr. Elefante said that Mr. Tesla tore up a contract he had with George Westinghouse because he didn’t want the money. Yet, Mr. Tesla is credited with helping in such monumental discoveries as the X-ray and wireless communications. “MRIs use a measurement called the Tesla when measuring units while operating the imagery,” he said. For information about how you can contribute to keeping the Tesla Center in
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Bird walk at Hempstead Lake State Park Hempstead Lake State Park will be the location for the South Shore Audubon Society Bird Walk on Sunday, September 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All are welcome. Walk leaders, other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Bring binoculars. The bird walk is free of charge, but state park fees apply. The group will meet in Parking Field 3, Exit 18 South, from the Southern State Parkway. Rain will cancel the bird walk. For information, you can log onto www.ssaudubon.org or call Steve Schellenger at 987-8103.
Parks Department at 292-9000, ext. 255. You can also satisfy your “appetite” for excitement by sampling a “taste” of the Clam and Rib Eating Contests on Saturday, September 29, at 1 p.m. The festival’s youthful flavor is highlighted by puppet shows, circus performers, animal acts, pony rides, a petting zoo and science exhibits. This year’s festival will also unveil some of the biggest and bounciest inflatables ever frolicked upon. Guests can also stroll the boardwalk to water’s edge to “dig” the sand castle contest or “race” in Sunday’s Biathlon. KJOY’s popular morning team “Steve
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Additional support has been provided by Atlantic Nursery of Freeport. Anyone interested in entering the Clam Eating or Rib Eating contests can call 812-3307. The Family Festival runs from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on both Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30. Lido Beach Town Park is at 630 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach. Admission and parking are free. Up-to-the-minute festival information is available by calling 292-9000, ext. 382 or by visiting the town’s website at TOH.LI.
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