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PLAYOFF BOUND: Kennedy’s varsity volleyball team made it look all-too-easy in a 3-1 win to wrap up the season and advance to the playoff finals. Having won three previous champioships in a row, seniors want the unprecedented opportunity to leave school having won championships in all four high school years. See story on page 8.

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Residents challenge NB school committee by Douglas Finlay The North Bellmore School District Committee to Explore Educational

Options (CEEO) meeting last week became contentious when at least two attendees challenged the committee’s findings, suggesting that the group was simply a distraction to appease the pub-

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lic, and complaining that the committee was not putting forth a 3-5-year plan. The lack of such a long-term plan would put the district in the same situation next year, forcing it to cut even more, one audience member said. All evening the committee discussed the possibility of closing a school – taking a straw poll in which 19 of 20 committee members in attendance agreed that a school would have close – and discussed programs vital to the students, as well as programs that could fall under the category of discretionary spending. Some programs, such as the Alpha program and an arts program, are jewels in the district, said committee member Dan Checkla, and shouldn’t be touched, even as they could be considered discretionary. Others programs, such as the Certified Special Education program, could actually bring in tuition, one committee member suggested. Arnold Goldstein, superintendent of schools, reacted to an audience member

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who suggested during the question-andanswer portion of the program that the school board had already concluded a school would have to be shut to make up the mounting deficit, and that the committee was just there to appease the public. The attendee made his remark after Mr. Goldstein said, while discussing issues with the committee, that an outside organization was interested in renting out the school. Committee member Nina Lanci mentioned earlier that Police Activity League (PAL) groups in the communities would be interested in renting the fields, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops interested in renting out the gyms and other rooms if any school was to be closed. Mr. Goldstein said that the integrity of the school board was beyond question, and it is doing everything in its power to keep the programs in place during this “unprecedented economic crisis” the (continued on page 2)

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district finds itself in. Mr. Goldstein said that “We thought after renewing contracts that things would change, but they haven’t.” Some members of the committee also reacted to the audience member’s inference that the committee had been doing nothing. Board member Caren Kabak said “Everyone of us struggles” in the committee to find ways to save money to avert a school closure, but the task was becoming more daunting [to keep one open] as the numbers were crunched. The audience member then apologized to the committee members, saying he didn’t mean to offend them. Attendee Dave Harrison peppered Mr. Goldstein with questions about a 3-5-year plan Mr. Harrison believed the school board was not considering in creating future years’ budget. “If you close a school, show us a concrete plan for the next year or two, to live within criteria. If it has to happen [closing the school] present a plan for the next few years, and how to close the gap over several years,” he implored. Mr. Goldstein told Mr. Harrison that not all information was available at the moment to determine if a school has to be closed, but said the committee would be looking at eliminating busing of up to two miles as a means of finding savings, which would be permanent. Extending busing to two miles would save $400,000, one committee member reported. Mr. Goldstein said the district had little flexibility on how far it could go in keeping class sizes relatively small. To save just one salaried teacher position, he said school class sizes could increase to 30 or 31. He said that by eliminating school busing altogether, the Princeton Plan could again be considered as a good way to save more money. His comment echoed committee member Pete Mayo’s prepared remarks read at the meeting. The statement said that by eliminating busing the Princeton Plan could again be put on the agenda as a means to save additional money. Angela Bennett, another committee member, told this newspaper that taking a referendum to raise taxes to close the deficit would not likely work because, according to new state law, there has to be a 60% majority of the community in favor of raising taxes, and there doesn’t appear to be a majority vote for raising taxes. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at Saw Mill Road School.


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GETTING IT ALL OUT: Some members of the audience vented their frustration at the rapidly turning events in the North Bellmore School District to close a school to close a deficit gap. Partial elimination of busing is also under consideration.


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Sponsored and passed: • $500 million for sewage treatment plant upgrades and capital projects throughout our district • $300 million for environmental protection • $100 million for park improvements • Volunteer firefighter, EMT and Auxiliary tuition assistance programs • Expanded veteran’s exemption and programs (Warriors to Work) Proposed: • Real assessment review reform • Right to know of a sewage spill bill • Nassau Hub development at no cost to taxpayers • Opposed 2011 budget due to deficits, record borrowing and tax and fee increases • Opposes sweetheart contracts to the politically connected and costly outsourcing of jobs • Opposed privatization of county sewage treatment plants and Long Island Bus • Opposes imposing a new toilet tax on, and passing the cost of county assessment mistakes to, our schools, villages and fire departments

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3 Dave Denenberg secured record funding for the numerous revitalization projects in Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Wantagh and Seaford; for environmental projects at Mill, Millburn and Smith Ponds; for improvements at Camman’s Pond, Cedar Creek, Cow Meadow, Laursen/Meroke and Wantagh parks and preserves; and for county road projects on Babylon Turnpike, Bellmore Avenue, City Avenue, Guy Lombardo Avenue, Jerusalem Avenue, Merrick Avenue and Road, Newbridge Road and Wantagh Avenue. He also secured increased funds for our community based youth programs, anti-gang programs, wellness council, PTAs, schools, sports leagues and veterans.

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the Freeport-Merrick Rotary Club, Tuna Club and the Sons of Italy. Mr. Denenberg is a past-president of Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick and is a PAL travel soccer coach. He is David Denenberg actively involved in the PAL and variLegislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) ous little leagues. represents Nassau County Legislative Legislator Denenberg secured funding District 19. He is serving his sixth term. for community revitalization in Bellmore, Legislator Denenberg is ranking member of Freeport, Merrick, North Merrick, North the Planning, Development and Bellmore, Seaford and Environment and the Wantagh, where the counPublic Works Committees, ty installed brick pavers, and is a member of the curbing, decorative lightFinance, Government ing, and benches, and Services and Operations resurfaced roads in the and Public Safety business district. Committees. He successfully sponHe is the only legislator sored projects for new to maintain a district office, playgrounds, ballfields and doing so at his own courts in Cedar Creek, expense. He also hosts Cow Meadow, Wantagh bimonthly public meetings and Washington Avenue (more than 360 to date) on Parks and improvements to many issues. facilities at Camman’s He sponsored Nassau’s Pond in Merrick and open space protection and Tackapausha Pond in open space funding laws David Denenberg Seaford. and authored the voter refLegislator Denenberg erendum, which secured a led an aggressive program to maintain $50 million environmental bond approved and restore South Shore ponds. This by voters in 2004, and a $100 million enviincludes multi-million dollar projects at ronmental bond program approved by votMilburn Pond in Freeport, Mill Pond in ers in 2006. The $50 and $100 million bond Bellmore and Wantagh, Smith Pond in programs are saving Nassau’s open spaces. Bellmore and Merrick and Camman’s Legislator Denenberg has increased Pond in Merrick and a stormwater profunding for youth programs as well as tection project that included over 350 domestic violence prevention, suicide precatch basin inserts. vention, drug and alcohol and mental Legislator Denenberg has a degree in health agencies. chemical engineering from Cooper Union, He is on the boards of the Bellmorea law degree from Brooklyn Law School Merrick and Seaford/Wantagh Wellness and is a partner in the New York and Long Councils, SPLASH (Stop Polluting and Island law firm Davidoff, Malito & Littering And Save our Harbors) and Hutcher. He and his wife, Cara, have three Merrick Kiwanis Club. He is a member of children: Amanda, Danielle, and Aron. the Bellmore Kiwanis Club and Lions Club,

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A Voters Guide This is the last issue of your community newspaper before the November 8 election. It is also the week we traditionally publish the portion of the League of Women Voters Guide that affects our publication area. It is reprinted with their permission. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group of voters, with membership open to both men and women, but founded by women when they gained the right to vote. In addition to the annual voters’ guide, the league also publishes guides to registering to vote and obtaining an absentee ballot, contact information for elected officials, and various research papers on issues of interest. They train to be moderators in local candidates’ debates. And they host forums on important issues also, all this as unpaid volunteers doing their civic duty. Years ago the league honored your community newspaper’s publisher along with Joye Brown of Newsday’s editorial board. A dear friend, now gone, came to the luncheon and brought me a T-shirt she had decorated with the image of the Statue of Liberty, whose 125th anniversary we celebrate this week. She had made one minor change. The statue wielded a pen instead of a torch. Bente Hamann must have loved the Statue of Liberty as much as she loved New York City. She came to this country with her husband when he joined the art department of the fledgling United Nations. Here, she launched a career as a journalist and later book designer and production chief at top New York publishing houses. He rose in the United Nations to become its Postmaster General. He was the artist who designed the “flag” or distinctive nameplate of this newspaper. Together, they raised a daughter, Kristine, who became a lawyer and has held important posts in the state and city justice system. They helped raise two granddaughters, one a lawyer and the other a designer. You could say all three generations have lived the American Dream, promised by the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to our shores. Bente Hamann’s artistic rendering of that symbol of our freedom wielding a pen makes me think of many famous journalists who have brought light to important subjects that affect our freedom. But it also makes me think of the League of Women Voters, helping us to make informed decisions on voting day. Our thanks to them, and to the public spirited sponsors who are helping us bring the voter’s guide to you this week. They are listed below: Genworth Financial – Marge Elias; Merrick Pediatric Dentistry; MP Family Health; Piccolo Ristorante and Bellmore Life. – L.T.

ALL THE RIGHT CAUSES: State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., Republican of Merrick, and staff braved a stiff weekend morning rain to collect some 200 pounds of unused medications for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which keeps them out of unauthorized hands and out of local waters. The staff also collected over 1,000 used cell phones for soldiers overseas.

bellmore bits PLEASE RETURN THE BASKET: A Bellmore Life reader on Barbara Court in North Bellmore reports that a festive basket she uses to hold candy for children at Halloween, in which the children are allowed to take one piece at a time using the honor system, was stolen, and that she would like it back. The owner is handicapped. She requests the basket to be put back on the front steps, and no questions will be asked. ©©© COUGARS VARSITY FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BOUND: The Kennedy Cougars varsity football team capped off its season with a huge win over New Hyde Park 21-6, putting it in the playoffs as the eighth seed in the conference. The running game was again effective for the Cougars in its victory. Matt Delbianco had 14 carries for 71 yards and a TD, Tom Ferner had seven carries for 59 yards and a TD, and Chris Racalbuto had four carries for eight yards. With the win the Cougars end the season with a record of 5-3. This is the best record a Kennedy varsity football team has had since the Cougars won the championship in 1973. This playoff birth is one of the few they have had since 1973, and its been a long time comming. The Cougars will face an undefeated Garden City team on Saturday at 3 p.m (time subject to change). It will be a tough game for the Cougars, but as we have seen in the NFL this year, upsets are possible. – Eric Homburger ©©© DRIVING IN THE SAFE LANE: The Community Parent Center in conjunction with the will present the Driving in the

Safe Lane program, designed to reduce teen crashes and save lives through parent/teen awareness and education on Monday, November 7, from 78:30 p.m. at Brookside School, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. The program targets parents as key players in influencing their teens to drive safely and responsibly by addressing safety measures and recommending parental guidelines that reinforce these measures; reviewing state driving laws and parental responsibility; providing information about risky behaviors and adolescent development; and distributing informational packets promoting safe driving. To register or for information call the Community Parent Center at 771-9346 or e-mail to ©©© NEW VICE-PRESIDENT: Sandy Johnson, Merrick resident and owner of Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, P.C. on Pettit Avenue in Bellmore, has been elected vice-president of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Nassau/Suffolk Chapter. In addition, Sandy is an adjunct professor at Five Towns College, president of the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, immediate past-president of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce and active in the NYSSCPA. ©©© P O S T - P R O M FUNDRAISER: The Bellmore-Merrick Wellness Council will hold a post-prom fundraiser featuring zumba at Brookside School Gymnasium, Friday, November 4, 6-10 p.m., with the zumba class starting

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at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person (pre-registered), or $20 at the door. There will be vendors, raffles, prizes and 50/50. All are invited. For information 992-1073. ©©© BOARD TO MEET: The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education will meet tonight, November 2, at 8 p.m. in the Board Room at 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. All are welcome to attend. ©©© FLAG DAY: The United Veterans of Nassau County will hold Flag Day at Newbridge Road School on Thursday, November 10, to teach the class what the stars and stripes on the flag mean. ©©© VETERANS DAY: The North Bellmore American Legion Post 1749 will salute the veterans on Friday, November 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Newbridge Road School. All are welcome to attend. ©©© “WELCOME TO LAWN GUYLAND”: Comedian Stevie GB performs “Welcome to Lawn Guyland” on Saturday, November 5, from 8-10 p.m. at Bellmore Fire Hall Theater, Pettit Avenue. Written by Steve Gianturco. Upcoming comedienne Robyn Schall also performs. For information and tickets visit www.nyentertainment, or call 783-3199. ©©© BLOOD DRIVE: Gunther Elementary School, at 2600 Regent Place, North Bellmore, will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, November 8, from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Donations are wanted.. For information call Ann Marie Brogan at 783-9117.

Thank you to everyone To Bellmore Life: I am writing this letter to say thank you to the many people who attended and helped organize The 5th Annual Alex’s Run For A Reason last month. It was a wonderful tribute to our precious daughter, Alex. We are so pleased that this year we have raised over $25,000 for the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) program, and were able to spend the day

with hundreds of friends, family and neighbors. To date, over $225,000 has been raised in Alex’s honor. It is important to mention the many people and businesses that contributed their time, energy and resources to ensure the days success. It truly warms our hearts to see so many people come together to see the event through. Thank you to all our sponsors, the businesses that donated prizes for our raffle drawing, businesses that donated the refreshments and the individuals that donated their talents for the children’s activities. We would also like to thank the Town of Hempstead for the use of Newbridge Road Park. For more information about the event and the SUDC program, or if you would like to make a donation, please go to Danna, Brian and Brandon Richardson

Rummage sale set for Sunday The Sisterhood of Temple Israel of South Merrick will hold an indoor garage sale (rummage sale) on Sunday, November 6, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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To Bellmore Life: Parents and taxpayers in New York State may not be fully aware of the burden that has been placed on them, as well as on their children, by new laws mandating increased testing of students as a means of evaluating teachers and administrators. State law now requires that 20% of a teacher’s yearly evaluation must be based on student performance on state standardized tests, and that an additional 20% must be based on so-called “local assessments.” Many educators strongly believe that this testing is counter-productive, expensive and harmful to our children. Excessive testing causes them to lose valuable instructional time due to test preparation and administration; it puts additional unnecessary pressure on our students; and it costs districts money that they cannot afford to spend. The State Education Department has made it nearly impossible for these “local assessments” to be created locally, by the educators who actually work with the students. Instead, districts are being put in a position, against their wishes, where they

must purchase exams from corporate publishers, at a cost of as much as nearly $20 per student. This year, Bellmore-Merrick is doing this to follow SED regulations in the middle schools in English and math. Next year, the state plans to expand the testing to all subject areas in middle school and high school, at additional cost. This is yet another unfunded mandate that districts across the state are being forced to deal with. We are being compelled to spend large sums of money on testing, at a time when state aid is being cut, expenses are increasing and a tax cap is being imposed on us. Moreover, our students are already overtested. Do they really need additional tests that are designed primarily not to educate them, but to evaluate their educators? Teachers and administrators obviously must be accountable as professionals for the jobs that they do. No one would argue that point. But to give students additional high stakes tests, at great cost to school districts, in order to supposedly accomplish that goal, is both financially and educationally damaging. Children are being used as political pawns in the movement for “education reform,” and it is simply wrong.

ACTIVE IN HIS PROFESSION & COMMUNITY graduate of Marist College, Judge Parga earned his Law • Former Director of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Suffolk Degree at Hofstra Law School. County, currently Director of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County. • Former Eagle Scout, Nassau County Kiwanis.

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baseball (as coach, manager and sponsor), and Catholic Youth Organization (as CYO coach and manager). He is involved in several philanthropic annual events that include providing turkeys (during Thanksgiving), coats (during the Mark A. Bonilla, a former Seaford resiwinter), and toys (during dent, made history in 2003 by Christmas/Three Kings Day) to becoming the first Hispanic to be underprivileged families elected to a townwide position in throughout the Town of the Town of Hempstead. This is Hempstead. the first public official position he Mr. Bonilla earned his has sought and held. Bachelor of Science degree in He is a first-generation Puerto Criminal Justice from St. Rican-American whose parents John’s University and a were born in Ponce and Vega Doctorate of Jurisprudence Baja, Puerto Rico. He is the sevfrom Touro College, Jacob D. enth of eight children and the only Fuchsberg Law Center person in his family to obtain a (Central Islip). He was a trial college degree and postgraduate Mark A. Bonilla attorney, having practiced in degree (law degree/license). virtually every area of the law including His public service began in college when criminal law, real estate, domestic relahe served as guidance counselor for Youth tions, landlord-tenant and personal injury. Ministries, assisting troubled teens. In law He was also a referee for several Nassau school, he mentored several high school stuCounty Supreme Court justices and active dents, encouraging them to remain in school with various committees of the Nassau and refrain from violence and gang activities. County Bar Association. A current Bellmore resident, Town Clerk He lives in Bellmore with his wife Bonilla is involved in many community Karen and their four children, Jared, organizations such as the Knights of Alec, Elena and Sophia. Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Little League The following is the official biography of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, a Republican:

The challenger The following was submitted by the campaign of Democratic challenger Steve Anchin. Steve Anchin is a business management professional with strong administrative skills and excellent communications and problem solving abilities. A lifelong resident of the Town of Hempstead since his family moved to Levittown/Wantagh in 1951, he received his B.A. Degree from Adelphi University and participated in a graduate program in public adminisSteve tration at New York University while an assistant to the Hempstead Town supervisor. A New York City English teacher and member of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), followed by a peri-

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Holiday bazaar to be held The Community Presbyterian Church in Merrick, at 2101 William Place, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar and Sale on Friday, November 11, from 7-9 p.m., and on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Items available to purchase include jewelry, antiques, white elephant, new gift items, baked goods, small furniture, homemade blankets and crafts, books, previously enjoyed Christmas items,

toys and games. Admission is free, but the church asks everyone to bring a nonperishable food donation for local pantries (optional). A special booth will also be set up for monetary donations to the North Shore Animal League. Coffee, refreshments and lunch may be purchased during the bazaar. The church is handicapped accessible. No outside vendors. For information call 378-7761.

od as assistant to the supervisor, in 1971 he entered his family’s retail wine and spirits business and later developed a national wine importing company as the U.S. importer of Carmel Wines of Israel. “During those years,” said Mr. Anchin, “I learned how to run businesses efficiently, making every dollar count.” He served on his Woodmere synagogue’s Board of Directors, participates in his children’s Cub Scouts, Little League and soccer teams. Now, as a senior, he is a Five Towns real estate sales agent and on the board of directors of the Woodmere Merchants Anchin Association. He has been politically involved for many years in his community. Mr. Anchin has lived in the Five Towns since 1960, currently residing in Hewlett. He is married and has two grandchildren.

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Borecky Gets the Job Done! Aqua Water – Pressured Town to establish Water Authority. Wantagh Strip Club – The Board voted for the strip club and a year later voted against it. Cullin was asleep at the wheel. So now it’s in court.

Protecting Waterways – Founding member of Sludge Stopper to fix sewage spills and led taskforce that defeated the project to build an island to import/export LNG.

Cell Towers – Founded Telecommunication Taskforce to seek responsible placement of cell antennas and writing code to address future installations.

Improvements – Procured stop signs and road improvements in areas such as the “Campgrounds” and implemented Merrick Avenue Beautification Project.

Borecky’s Goals LOWER TAXES – Cut the fat in the Town’s budget Stop excessive mailings JOBS NOW – Bring jobs to the Town through Strategic Economic Development Plan ROLL BACK THE RAISE that Cullin voted for herself after the last election. PUBLIC WATER NOW CAPITAL PLAN FOR ROAD AND PARK IMPROVEMENTS Borecky is President of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association; Chair of the Telecommunication Taskforce and the LIRR Parking Lot Committee; Board member of the Merrick historical society and member of the Merrick Kiwanis, American Legion Auxiliary Merrick Post 1282, Operation SPLASH and Surfrider Foundation.


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The North and Central Merrick Civic Association and the South Merrick Community Civic Association co-hosted a “Meet the Candidates” last week at Merrick Road Park Clubhouse. The event was attended by about 50 residents and 16 candidates. The many candidates for judicial positions made it clear early on, and often, that, ethically, they could only discuss their qualifications and not politics.

Second District Court judge Democratic candidate Judge Carmen St. George said she had been a prosecutor for over six years in Queens before joining a private firm to practice civil litigation. She said her expertise has been called upon as a commentator for both CNN and Fox News cable TV networks. Republican incumbent Anthony Paradiso said his judicial philosophy is, “You can’t administer justice in cookiecutter fashion. What’s right in one situation may not be right in another. Each case is different. I try to do what’s right in each situation without prejudging a case.” Republican incumbent Gary Knobel said he has been an Oceanside resident off and on since 1972. Mr. Knobel said, “I waited a long time to be a judge.” He said he worked as a law clerk for a number of judges and that he also presides over psychiatric retention hearings for Nassau County. Republican incumbent Eric Bjorneby

County Court judge Democratic candidate Elizabeth Kase said she was running for a 10-year term in the felony court because “I want to devote myself again to community service.” Judge Kase said she had been a felony court prosecutor in Manhattan before joining her father’s private practice in Garden City. She has since taken over that practice and is also serving as an appointed judge in Baxter Estates in Port Washington. Judge Kase said she was found “well qualified”

said he has spent 23 years as a Brooklyn prosecutor and served in the state attorney general’s office. He said, “I have the kind of background that prepares me very well.” Judge Bjorneby said he has been endorsed by the CSEA and the Nassau County Sheriffs Association. He grew up in Valley Stream and now resides in Malverne. Democratic candidate Kristen McElroy said she was a district attorney in Nassau County and is running because she wants to make a difference. She is now working at a private practice that assists legal aid clients when there is a conflict with legal aid. Ms. McElroy said she practices solely in Nassau County, mostly in district court, and that being both a prosecutor and a defense attorney are important attributes for the job as district judge. Democratic candidate Anthony Rattoballi said he was a district attorney in the homicide trial bureau in Queens, but now specializes in criminal defense. Mr. Rattoballi said he has prosecuted and defended a variety of criminal cases. He is a member of 9/11 Trial Lawyers Care, an organization that provided legal services to the families and victims of the September 11 attack.

Town of Hempstead supervisor Democratic candidate Gary Port is an attorney practicing matrimonial and commercial law. He is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He said, “How many nice Jewish boys in the ’80s join the Army? I did, because I have a sense of purpose.” He said people are leaving the Town of Hempstead because there are no jobs. “Without jobs everything falls apart.” He said, “I promise if I get elected I’ll cut the Town of Hempstead supervisor salary by 25%.” He said he’d cut other town board salaries by 10%. He said he’d cut mailings. He said in order to bring in jobs, “We need to market the town. We need to fix the zoning.” 13th Legislative District Democratic candidate Patricia Maher, an East Meadow resident, said, “I believe I can cross party lines.” She said she has been endorsed by the PBA and the CSEA. Ms. Maher said she is against the Republican redistricting plan for the county Legislature. Republican incumbent Norma Gonsalves said, “Why do I want to continue to serve? When you are successful and getting the job done it’s important you continue to do what you do best.” Legislateor Gonsalves

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from previous page said she is an advocate for the environment. She said she did vote for redistricting based on the census results. 19th Legislative District Merrick chiropractor Fred Jones is running as the Republican challenger in the 19th Legislative District. Mr. Jones said, “I just don’t like the way things are going. Nassau County is broken.� Mr. Jones said has been a resident of Merrick for 27 years and is a volunteer in the Freeport Fire Department. When asked about closing police stations, he said he believes in “consolidating� police precincts and redistricting with substations. Mr. Jones said this will not cause a loss of police jobs. Democratic incumbent Legislator Dave Denenberg said, “We really have to make Nassau County sustainable in the long run.� He said, “We don’t want to lose our quality of life.� He said he is against closing down police stations. He said, “We really have an issue where our public safety and quality of life are at risk.� He cites a reaction time of 57 seconds to the recent pit bull attack. He said, “Nassau County also needs targeted development in our traditional downtown areas.� Town of Hempstead Clerk Steve Anchin, the Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town clerk, said, “I am a businessman, I’ve been a businessman all my life. I believe it’s time to bring a business background to the town.� The town clerk position handles licensing such as hunting,

fishing, marriage, and also birth and death certificates. Republican incumbent Town Clerk Mark Bonilla of Bellmore said the Town of Hempstead is the largest passport accepting facility in the county. He said he spearheaded both the Child Safety Program where children are photographed and finger printed, and the new Senior Citizen Identification Program. The Senior Citizen Identification Program also includes photographs, fingerprinting as well as indentifications with doctor and medical information. Hempstead Town’s Fifth Council District Democratic challenger Claudia Borecky said, “I think there’s a lot of fat in the Town of Hempstead.� She said, “I’d stop mailings. I’d plan to get more industry in the area.� She said specifically that she’d like to see more biomedical research in the town. She said she’d work to get rid of “archaic� zoning laws. She said the town needs mixed zoning with small apartment buildings in downtown business areas, so stores can flourish and people can take pride in where they live. Receiver of Taxes Democratic candidate Wilton Robinson Jr. said, “We need someone with fiscal responsibility. I can be an advocate for the people of the Town of Hempstead.� Mr. Robinson said he plans to have forums to explain to people about their taxes. He closed with, “We are in disarray and we need to fix it.�

Protesters seen at Billy Dean’s by Douglas Finlay Protesters were seen at Billy Dean’s club on Newbridge Road in North Bellmore last week, calling attention to last weekend’s protest in Wantagh. Hempstead Town spokesman Mike Deery told this newspaper that Billy Dean’s has a cabaret license in North Bellmore to operate live performances by employees until March 2012. He said, however, that Green 2009, owner of Billy Dean’s, had not been displaying its public assembly license in the window, and had to go to court simply to prove it has one. He added that the town asked the club to address specific construction issues within the basement. He also said that over the years the town has investigated the club at night and found no nudity being displayed inside the club. Protests continue in Wantagh Meanwhile, residents continued their protest in front of Billy Dean’s construction site in Wantagh on a rainswept weekend, saying they would not let up until a state appeals court also denies Green 2009, owner of Billy Dean’s, a license to open a cabaret at the proposed restaurant. “If you visit Billy Dean’s website it says he owns the number one strip club in the county,� remarked Billy Milano, brother of Kevin Milano who has spearheaded the opposition to Green 2009. Mr. Milano added that the zoning board approved the license for a cabaret, even when Mr. Dean’s reputa-

tion is that of a strip club owner. Mr. Dean owns Billy Dean’s strip club in North Bellmore. He said the protesters would remain vigilant and protest until the appeals court denies Green 2009 a cabaret license. An attorney from the town board was also present at the protests. “We had our attorney there representing the supervisor and councilmembers who have voiced their disapproval of the cabaret,� said Mr. Deery. He said the town administration was hopeful Green 2009 would be denied on appeal. Democratic candidates for town supervisor, town council and county legislative districts were at the rally to also oppose the appeal. In June 2010 the board approved Green 2009’s application for a cabaret license and it began building a restaurant at 3500 Sunrise Highway. But residents living down the street and in the vicinity took up protests against the proposed cabaret, saying it would bring in Las Vegas-style entertainment, which could include lap dancing and barely clad women. After months of protests the town asked Green 2009 to reapply to the zoning Board of Appeals for the new cabaret license and, in September, it was denied the application. Denise Salowski, a Wantagh resident at Saturday’s protest, said the neighbors have been “very concerned about the clientele that would have come in to the neighborhood,� and the type of business it would be.

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A Bellmore motorcyclist was killed in a car accident in East Meadow last Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m., Nassau police reported. According to detectives, an 18-year-old woman was driving a 2004 Mazda southbound on Newbridge Road and attempting to make a left turn onto Lawn Drive when a collision occurred with a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle being operated northbound on Newbridge Road by Sean Goebel, 44, of Bellmore. Upon impact the victim was thrown from the motorcycle. Mr. Goebel was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital personnel at 7:40 p.m. The driver of the Mazda was also taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. There is no apparent criminality and the investigation is ongoing. ©©©

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On October 21, a 25-year-old from Judith Drive, Bellmore, was arrested on Ardmore Place near Marion Street, Bellmore, and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and three violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. ©©© A unknown suspect paid for merchandise with a fraudulent credit card in July at World Wide Puppies and Kittens, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore. ©©© Unknown vandals threw rocks at the window of PC Richard, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, on October 21, breaking it. ©©© A Merrick Road, Bellmore, resident reports a lock securing his back yard was cut and automotive parts were stolen on October 22.

large selection of gift baskets to help with holiday gift selections. The church bar will again offer a time to sit, relax and enjoy a menu of homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches and other specialties. Admission is free.

The Freeport United Methodist Church, 46 Pine Street, will hold a Vetereans Day weekend fair on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The fair will feature crafts, jewelry, new and handmade items, baked goods and a

Brotherhood concert coming Thanksgiving. Musical coordinators Rita and Richard Gilley are helping to plan the program based upon the responses they are receiving from the various organizations who have performed in the past. Additional reminders will follow as the November date nears, but this is, as the vernacular goes, “your first heads-up.” – from the Brotherhood Council

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The Annual Brotherhood Council Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, at 2 pm. The auditorium at Calhoun High School in Merrick will be filled to capacity to see and hear the hundreds of musically talented performers of all ages help lift the spirits. Co-presidents of the council, Anne Burke and Lawrence Garfinkel, hope your calendar will transport you so you can participate in this most welcome highlight of


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