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Vol. 50 No. 47 (USPS 049-500)

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KENNEDY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Kennedy High School’s Students for the Month of October include, from left, back row, Jake Simon (social studies); David Glaser (instrumental music); Amanda Mirsky (math); Madison McGlone (LOTE); Juliana Stagliano (vocal music) and Jessica Beris (ar t). From left, in front row, are Sara Rosenzweig (science); Sarah Lamber t (phys- Markella Lios (family and ical education); Rachel Cor win (health) and Alma Syla (English). consumer science)

NB school committee: Close Gunther by Douglas Finlay Tensions were high among residents and North Bellmore School District committee members around 9:10 p.m. last Wednesday as both waited for a final count on a vote to close one school that would help close a projected $2 millionplus budget gap expected in 2012-2013. A late rally by some committee mem-

bers – with the support of many in attendance – to close a larger school almost derailed the vote, moving district Superintendent Arnold Goldstein to end any further discussion in order to take the vote. Of 21 committee members at last night’s meeting, 12 voted to close Gunther, while six voted to close Newbridge, two voted to close WEEKEND FIRE: North Bellmore firefighters open a wall to expose fire in a Cape Cod-style home at 100 Laux Place near Janet Avenue. The fire occurred Saturday morning, and brought North Bellmore firefighters to the scene. An additional engine was called from Bellmore along with a ladder from Wantagh. The fire was brought “under control” in about 20 minutes and there were no injuries.

Dinkelmeyer and one voted to close Park Avenue. After the vote was taken residents, especially those from Gunther, charged that the proceeding did not give them an opportunity to voice their opinions before the vote was cast. They also charged once again that the school district had made up its mind over a year ago to close Gunther, adding that the committee meetings were developed only to appease residents. Superintendent Goldstein answered both charges, saying that once the recommendation to close Gunther by committee members was given to the North Bellmore School District Board of Education, another public hearing would take place in which Gunther parents could express their concerns. He added that there had been no intent on his part – or any other committee member or board member – at any time over the last year to suggest that Gunther

would need to close. Gunther parent Darlene DiPrima told Bellmore Life that closing Gunther “is only a band-aid. Close a larger school,” she said, if the district wants to realize more savings. “Nothing they said here is believable anymore.” Candice O’Connell said she has a special needs child, and it would mean her child would have to wake up earlier to ride on a bus, and may feel more vulnerable in such a setting. Another resident, who did not want to be identified, then shouted to the board that a building [Gunther] would now sit vacant in the middle of a neighborhood. “It will be become a target for vandals,” she said, as it abuts many homes in the neighborhood. Many in the committee, including Park Avenue parent Angela Bennett and Martin Avenue parent Pete Mayo, said a school such as Newbridge would benefit the dis(continued on page 2)

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trict better by being closed, because “It is on a main commercial road, and could generate rental income in that location more than a building in a residential setting.” Mr. Mayo told the committee in open discussions that he had intended, like many on the committee, to vote to close Gunther. But he then studied the numbers of students who would be moved from one school to another, realizing there would be more equitable student distribution in closing a larger school. Committee member and Dinkelmeyer parent Jennifer Angelou countered that the reason for the committee was to determine the closing that would have the least impact on students throughout the district, and all criteria developed by the committee pointed to Gunther. During public discussion after the vote was taken, parent Mike Dolan asked if raw data would be available, because he believed all numbers in the presentation “appeared to be driving toward a Gunther conclusion.” At one point, Mr. Goldstein admitted he could not understand the point of view that closing a larger school would provide any more benefit. “Cost savings between closing a small school and a large school are negligible,” he said. Another attendee reminded the committee and Mr. Goldstein that at the initial committee meeting on September 15, Dr. Robert Fowler, hired by the district to study and recommend how to

close the $2 million budget gap, had recommended closing two schools in his report. “Why not just close one larger school then?” the resident asked. Dr. Fowler denied recommending closing two schools in his report. Attendee John Christiansen asked Mr. Goldstein if a cost-per-pupil analysis has been done to determine the vote’s conclusion. Mr. Goldstein answered instead that the committee had looked at the costs of heating in all the schools, had looked at the costs of teachers and their contracts, of custodial staff and cafeteria assistant costs, at busing, at the current conditions of buildings and a host of other economic variables. Frank Russo, superintendent of buildings, told the committee upon questioning that all buildings will soon convert to natural gas heat, reducing heating costs significantly. Committee member Nina Lanci was emphatic in saying that $4 million in bond money had been spent to upgrade Newbridge Road School, which included a new roof, sealed windows, new boilers and several other major improvements. “That’s not the school you want to close,” she implored other committee members. “That was bond money, not regular budget money,” remarked Deborah Gruber Martorana on Bellmore Life’s Facebook. (see criteria for closing on page 5.)


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Committee majority votes to close Gunther

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ORGANIC GARDEN PARTY: At left are Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Ms. Salem and Councilwoman Angie Cullin.

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Making a difference in one’s community usually doesn’t happen overnight. A new idea is like a seed – it starts small, but if it’s tended to properly and well cared for, it starts to grow, eventually realizing its true potential. Coincidentally, one of Bellmore resident Susan Salem’s greatest ideas began as a seed – as many seeds, in fact – and blossomed into a 5,000square-foot organic garden at St.

Mark the Evangelist Episcopal Church, a garden that has provided half-a-ton of organic produce for needy residents. Susan brought this [distinctive] idea to the church last January, and in the next several months, the church received a grant from Episcopal Charities to help subsidize the cost of the garden. St. Mark has also forged a partnership with The Long Island Council of Churches Emergency Food Pantry in Freeport, which helped distribute 1,000 pounds of organic foods to underprivileged residents. Through

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COMMUNICATING: State Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr. (back right) is pictured with Shore Road Principal Patrice Matthews (second left), Christine Davison (left), and members of Shore Road’s RAK Pack with some of the phones they collected for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program.

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TV APPEARANCE: Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R,C, I-Merrick) will appear on the Cablevision program “Meet the Leaders” this month and in December. The assemblyman discussed numerous topics including the his recent appointment as Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety, the New York state budget, his on-going food drive and upcoming community events in the 19th Assembly District. Residents can watch the show during the months of November and December on Channel 118 of Cablevision’s Woodbury System at the following times: Mondays at 6 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Fridays at 1 p.m.; and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ©©© CHILD SAFETY CHECK: Nassau County Legislator Dave (D-Merrick) Denenberg announces a child car seat safety check on Thursday, December 1, from 10 a.m.noon at 2818 Merrick Road in Bellmore. Child car seats are required for children under the age of seven. A traffic safety educator will be available to check child car seats for proper installation and security, by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment to have your car seat installation checked, call Legislator Dave Denenberg’s office at 571-6219. ©©© UNSUNG HEROES: Bellmore Life is looking for members of the community who unselfishly give their time or resources to help others throughout the year. If you know someone like that, send us a letter or a few words about that person for our December 14 issue. You may also e-mail us at

or write on our Facebook wall. We’d love to hear from you. Additionally, we are asking local nonprofits to provide us with a wish list of goods and services it needs and we will print them in the December 14 issue as well. Don’t forget to include a brief description of your organization. Who knows, there could be some fairy godmother (or godfather) out there to make your dreams come true this holiday season! ©©© CHRISTMAS CAROLING WALK: The Walk In Love for Jesus Church will hold is sixth annual Christmas Caroling Walk on Saturday, December 17, at 7 p.m. beginning at the church, 906 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore. There will be a fellowship gathering after the caroling walk. ©©© HOLIDAY REVELING: Bellmore Village’s 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza will take place on Friday, December 2, at the Bellmore Veteran’s Memorial Monument. The overwhelmingly popular horse and carriage rides down our main street, Bedford Avenue, will be available from 69 p.m. Last year these rides drew great numbers of families from Bellmore and surrounding towns and we expect the same this year. Also, we will again offer trolley rides, which will take families down Bedford Avenue and on a short tour of local residential streets to view the holiday decorations. Of course, caroler's will fill the air with festive music. There will also be available pretzels, hot chocolate and roasted peanuts. At 7 p.m. there will be the festive lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Veteran’s Memorial. Many of our local officials will also be present for the tree lighting. ©©©

FLEA MARKET DATES: The remaining Bellmore Lions flea market dates are on Sundays, December 4, 11 and 18, at the Bellmore train station parking lot on Bellmore Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Rates are $35 for one spot, which includes spot for one car. For information call Weinman’s Hardware at 5242157. © © © E N T E RTA I N M E N T BOOKS: United Cerebral Palsy of Merrick/Bellmore/ Oceanside Auxiliary is selling entertainment books for 2012 for $30. These books are packed $5,000+ worth of money-saving coupons, for dining out, travel, entertainment, shopping and much more. Each book features bonus cards for merchants, $5 off shopping discounts in Waldbaum’s or Pathmark, a mobile key tag to discover savings on your mobile device and additional online savings. Call Camille Lubeski at 486-0150 for your book. © © © MAHJONG LESSONS: The Juliets (Just Us Ladies Invited To Enjoy Thursdays) of Temple Beth-El of Bellmore invite all ladies to join them on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. for free mahjongg lessons and/or a place to play and enjoy a pleasant afternoon. Bring a friend or come alone – the Juliets will find you others to play with. They meet in the social hall of Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Road, North Bellmore. Handicap access is at the front of the building. Contact Martha at 448-3476 or Linda at 581-7812, or via email at

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To Bellmore Life: I wanted to thank the students at Mepham High School and Shore Road Elementary School [see photo page 4] for participating in my “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program. Students from both schools did an outstanding job. Each phone they collected will go a long way towards bringing our servicemen and servicewomen closer to their loved ones back home. Thank you again to Mepham and Shore Road students for working so hard to make a difference in the lives of others.

To Bellmore Life: Thank you for reelecting me as county Legislator for the 19th Legislative District. It is a privilege and honor to serve on your behalf. It is also extremely humbling to be reelected by an increasing plurality. I will continue to try to be as accessible, responsive and effective as possible. To that end, I continue to maintain my district office at my own expense, hold at least two public meetings per month and make my office available to assist on any and all issues. It is essential to put people and issues before politics. Indeed, now, more than ever, we need to work together at every level to secure a sustainable future for Nassau County. We must create job and economic

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opportunities and protect our quality of life without raising taxes. This requires expanding our revenue base through targeted commercial and residential development in our traditional downtown areas and business centers throughout the county. This also requires fiscally responsible budgeting and providing services effectively and efficiently. I am dedicated to these tasks and to serving you. Thank you, again. My family and I extend our best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season and new year. David Denenberg, Legislator 19th Legislative District

From Norma: Thanks To Bellmore Life: I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to you, the residents in Legislative District

13, for your untiring support during this campaign season and especially, during my tenure as your legislator. I have served with a sense of dedication and commitment [to earn] your trust and confidence. It was your trust and confidence in me that brought about success on Election Day. I am more than proud to continue serving you for an eighth term as your county Legislator. You can be assured that I will work with the same level of commitment as I have done for the past 14 years. You deserve no less. Once again, I thank you for your continued trust and confidence in me. In closing, I wish you and your families peace and prosperity during the holiday season and throughout the coming year. Norma L. Gonsalves, Legislator 13th Legislative District Alernate Deputy Presiding Officer

Criteria cited for closing Gunther School


COUNTY TAX PREPARATIONS: County Legislator Dave Denenberg presents a taxpayer assistance program on Wednesday, November 30, at 1 p.m. Freeport Memorial Library 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, to provide information about tax exemptions and to pick up or drop off applications for the STAR (School Tax Reduction), Enhanced STAR, senior citizens, veterans, Cold War veterans, limited income and disability, volunteer firefighter/EMT and home improvement exemptions. Exemption specialists will provide assistance and answer questions. The other date is Friday, December 16, at 1 p.m. at the Wantagh Library, 3825 Park Avenue, Wantagh.

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• Because both Dinkelmeyer and Martin Avenue have large-size classrooms with bathrooms, they most closely fit Gunther’s large-size classrooms with large-size bathrooms. • Gunther has the smallest full capacity available – 400 – to absorb students from other schools. Gunther also has the smallest student body – 239 – that would be moved, keeping student impact throughout the district minimal. Saw Mill Road has 512 students, Newbridge Road 394 students and Dinkelmeyer 351, by comparison. Said committee member Ann Marie Antener, “There is more wiggle room in large-capacity schools” to absorb more students. • An important issue was in operating costs to run a large building with a large population over a smaller building with fewer students. Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said there would be greater efficiencies in staff in a larger building. Frank Russo, superintendent of buildings, said Newbridge Road School was in excellent shape to realize savings after

$4 million in bond money upgraded many aspects of the building. He added that a conversion to natural gas from oil would present more savings. A contrary argument put forth by some committee members suggested that with no students in a larger building, there would be fewer costs to maintain it, such as heat, groundskeeping and regular maintenance. • A more compelling issue focused on children with special needs. Mr. Goldstein said that more district classes for special needs were moving to Martin Avenue, and that all the district’s special needs children already go to Martin Avenue in summer. “All self-contained classes are being considered for Martin Avenue, regardless of what school closes,” said Mr. Goldstein. While concerns of mainstreaming (or inclusion) were addressed, Carol Eskew, deputy superintendent, told the committee that special needs children are no different in their need to experience beneficial changes, such

as new perspectives that a move might bring. She added that many staff would go with them to their new classes, with no disruption expected. Other criteria included the desirability of the property for rental purposes. “We can’t predict what would be more desirable a property” at this time, said committee member Helaine Stublick. Newbridge Road School was believed by some committee members, including Pete Mayo, to hold more promise as a rental facility because it is located on a major commercial road, and is now in good shape to be rented. Many Gunther parents, including Deborah Martorana, said there were more cost savings to be realized in closing Newbridge. Krista Lugauer said a more centralized school would have helped with costs and more equitable distribution of students. In that regard, Newbridge was not a centralized school, so could have been closed. – Douglas Finlay

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The North Bellmore School District’s Committee to Explore Educational Options voted to close Gunther school by applying research it had done to specific criteria it had developed months earlier. The vote got an unexpected surprise, however, when six committee members voted to close Newbridge Road School, casting aside the criteria and believing more cost efficiencies would have been realized in closing a larger school. • The committee determined, for example, using a formula suggested by Dr. Fowler of 85% capacity, that Gunther students – at 239 – could be accommodated at both Dinkelmeyer and Martin Avenue schools with valuable room to spare for future growth in both schools, before reaching the 85% capacity level. By moving students from other schools, such as Dinkelmeyer, Saw Mill Road, Newbridge Road, Park Avenue and Martin Avenue, 85% capacity would be more difficult to achieve, with less room for growth.

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State police report that Nancy M. Boland of Waltoffer Avenue in North Bellmore has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of her ex-husband Walter Boland, who was found on a bike path along Wantagh State Parkway last Friday morning by a jogger. An autopsy determined he had died from a single stab wound to the lower abdomen. An investigation into the incident led police to charge Ms. Boland after it was learned a domestic dispute took place at their home. State police say the stabbing took place late

Wednesday evening, and that Mr. Boland never received medical attention after receiving the wound. The police report said that Ms. Boland drove around with Mr. Boland’s body for approximately four hours before placing the body on the bike path at 4 a.m. State Police Public Information Officer Frank Bandiero told Bellmore Life that while the investigation was still ongoing, no one else is being charged at this time. Ms. Boland was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Car chase leads to capture Nassau County police report the details of two arrests that occurred after a car chase along Merrick Road last Friday at 10:25 a.m. in Bellmore. According to county detectives, Seventh Precinct officers were dispatched to a robbery at Rite-Aid at 2410 Merrick Road. One of the responding officers saw thieves fleeing the scene in a 2001 Green Kia. As the officer attempted to stop the car it evaded him, driving erratically, passing stop signs and sideswiping a car. The alleged thieves lost control of their car and struck another car, which was stopped at a light in the right lane of Merrick Road, westbound at Beech Street. The passenger of the fleeing vehicle, Boris Jairala, 32, of Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, exited the car and ran. He was apprehended and placed

into custody. The driver of the car, Edward Danziger, 47, of Cropsey Avenue, Apartment 16H in Brooklyn, resisted arrest when he was placed into custody at the scene of the accident. The defendants had attempted to take $975 worth of Duracell batteries from the Rite-Aid store. When an employee saw what the defendants were doing, she called police. It was at this time the defendants pushed past the employee of the store and exited into their car. No injuries were reported at this time. Both defendants are charged with Robbery. Mr. Danziger is also charged with Reckless Endangerment degree and Resisting Arrest.

POLICE INVESTIGATE ON the northbound Wantagh Parkway, north of the Park Avenue Bridge, after a dead male body was discovered Friday.

Holiday train show stops at Cradle of Aviation Nassau County and Trainville Hobby Depot will host “Take the Planes to the Trains II” on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale. This year the model train show will feature exhibits from local train clubs including Trainville Hobby Depot’s N Scale Layout, Long Island Hotrack, Long Island Traction, Great South Bay Club O Scale Layout, Trainmasters of Babylon, Long Island N Trak and N-Scale T-Trak.


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Bellmore Life Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Page 8 RETIRING: Hempstead Town Councilman Gar y Hudes (third left) presents of ficial Town of Hempstead Cer tificates of Recognition to Nassau County Police Depar tment Bureau of Special operations retirees, who were recently honored at their retirement par ty held at Westbur y Manor.

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Bryan Ching of North Bellmore has been named to the Summer 2011 President’s and Dean’s lists at Berkeley College’s New York City campus. Ariella Serur of Bellmore was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society. Ms. Serur is a musical theater major in the college’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Andrew Kruter of Bellmore, is


Holiday Section December 14/15 Start the holidays with our full-color ad special in all 4 newspapers. For $185 your quarter-page Full-color ad will run in all of our newspapers, and be listed online. ($285 for half page • $585 for a full page) CONGRATULATIONS, DENISE AND BRIAN: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark A. Bonilla (center) recently performed the wedding ceremony of Bellmore residents Denise Curro and Brian Grosso at Jericho Terrace in Mineola.

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Senior flu vaccines Free flu vaccines will be available to senior citizens as part of the Town of Hempstead flu vaccination program. The town is partnering with the Nassau University Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital to provide the flu vaccines at Hempstead Town senior centers in Wantagh, Levittown and Merrick. Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Hudes stress the importance of seniors receiving an annual flu vaccine, as mature people are at an increased risk of health complications stemming from the common flu.

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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick) has begun his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive. “Extend the Holidays” is a toy drive the senator organizes each year for the benefit of children in Winthrop Hospital. Toys are delivered after the holiday season, so that children can experience the joys of receiving a holiday gift throughout the year. “This is a wonderful tradition which, through the assistance of the community, puts smiles on the faces of many children each year. I welcome anyone who is interested in participating in this program to contact my office,” said Senator Fuschillo. Local residents and community organizations are invited to participate in Senator Fuschillo’s “Extend the Holidays” toy drive by making dona-

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Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AU PAC) announces the return of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.� This staged reading, dramatized by Barbara Feld and directed by Adelphi’s Brian Rose, will be held on Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m. in the Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Avenue, Garden City. Although the performance is free, in the spirit of “A Christmas Carol,� audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food products. Alpha Psi

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Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue and Oakfield Avenue, will host a 7:30 p.m. community family friendly Shabbat Service on Friday, December 2. Using a special prayer book in English and Hebrew, Rabbi Marci N. Bellows, Cantor Steve Sher, the teen and youth choirs will lead the service. A desert plate will follow immediately in the social hall. Temple B’nai Torah, a Reform congregation of over 500 families, serves the South Shore of Nassau County, including Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, East Meadow, Levittown, Seaford, Massapequa and Massapequa Park.

The Council of Leagues of Mercy Medical Center invites the community to join in the annual Tree of Lights holiday celebration on Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. The proceeds from this year’s Tree of Lights fundraiser will support the acquisition of new, state-of-the-art ancillary equipment for the radiology department that will facilitate and improve the quality of specialized imaging procedures. Lights can be purchased for the tree in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a special event, or in honor of a special person with remembrances recorded in a Tree of Lights book that will be displayed in the hospital’s main lobby during the holiday season. A special mass will be held at noon in the hospital chapel on Tuesday, January 12, for all those remembered in the Tree of Lights. To purchase a memorial light or for information about the Mass, call the league office at 705-1833.

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Dr. Lori Landrio is hosting a food drive for the month of November at her Merrick office, 2126 Merrick Mall. To help L.I. Cares with their mission for “A hungerfree L.I.,” please donate canned goods and nonperishable items. For every three items donated receive a 5% discount on the purchase of eyeglasses. For information call the office at 546-4800.

Paul Anka’s brand new album is “Songs of December,” and he brings his Christmas My Way Concert Tour to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. For membership information, visit “Songs of December” is the first seasonal recording from music icon Paul Anka in more than 50 years. Recorded at both the legendary Capitol Studios and Ocean Way Recording Studio in Los Angeles, “Songs of December” features 11 holiday classics produced by the original ‘teen idol’ Paul Anka.

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Grand Central exhibit On February 1, 2013, the MTA Metro-North Railroad and the New York Transit Museum will have an centennial exhibit celebrating the opening of the terminal. The museum and the railroad are seeking donations for this exhibit and for its permanent collection. Loans also will be considered. Potential donors should send a digital photo and a brief description of the object, including the dimensions, current location, along with the prove-

CenterPoint Church donates 1,275 pounds of food for Thanksgiving This Thanksgiving, CenterPoint Church in Bellmore conducted a food drive, gathering over 1,000 pounds of food and distributing it to those in need. According to a recent study (the 2010 Hunger in America report), there are an estimated 283,700 low-income individuals on Long Island annually. This represents an increase of 21% since 2006. With the growing number of those hungry on Long Island, and with the holiday season upon us, a local church decided Thanksgiving would be an excellent time to try and make a difference. This is the chuch’s second major food drive this year, asking its members to fill bags with nonperishable (canned and/or boxed) food items and bring it to church on Sunday, November 20. With over 500 people in attendance on Sunday, CenterPoint Church received over 1,200 pounds of food. Bags were

immediately loaded by volunteers onto a moving truck and delivered to Island Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. “I am so proud of our church,” said Pastor Henry Fuhrman. “Thanksgiving is a time for us all to reflect on all God has given us and to offer Him thanks. I can think of few better ways to acknowledge His blessings than to give generously to those in need. We really came together and made a tremendous contribution to help end hunger on Long Island through this food drive.” Island Harvest was grateful for the large donation.“The congregation is to be commended for their thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest. “Thanks to their hard work, local families who have been affected by the bad economy or other circumstances have been given some hope.”

3434 SUNRISE LLC has been formed as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Art. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of New York (SSNY) on October 19, 2011. N.Y. Office Location: Nassau Co. SSNY is designated as Agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to: 2477 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710. Term: Indefinite Purpose/Character: Real Estate BL 279 6T 11/2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 12/7 NOTICE OF PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM Notice is hereby given that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Bellmore Fire District in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, at a meeting held on the 14th day of November 2011, duly adopted the following Resolution, subject to a permissive referendum. RESOLUTION #1 A Resolution authorizing the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Bellmore Fire District, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, to sell or otherwise dispose of personal property of the Fire District consisting of one 1996 Pierce Heavy Duty Rescue vehicle which vehicle is no longer necessary for any of the uses or purposes of the District at such time and upon such terms and conditions as the Board in its discretion may determine; said monies realize

there from to be used toward the purchase of one new vehicle. Be it resolved, by the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Bellmore Fire District in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, as follows: Section 1. The Board of Fire Commissioners is of the opinion that the present rescue vehicle is no longer of use to the District and the District is in need of a new heavy duty rescue vehicle and the Fire District is to sell or otherwise dispose of the present vehicles. Section 2. That it is determined that the monies to be received from the sale of the vehicle will not exceed $200,000.00 Section 3. Any monies or sums to be realized from the sale of the vehicle shall be paid into the Vehicle Capital Reser ve Fund, established pursuant to Resolution #1 herein, thereby reducing the amount of money necessary to be borrowed. Section 4. Pursuant to Section 6-g Subdivision 5 of the General Municipal Law, any money received there from shall be paid into such Capital Reserve Fund. Section 5. The estimated cost of such purchase should not exceed nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000.00). Section 6. This resolution is adopted subject to a permissive referendum. By Order of the Commissioners of the Bellmore Fire District.

Robert Angrisani, Secretary Bellmore Fire District November 14, 2011 BL 285 1T 11/23 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NORTH BELLMORE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT NORTH BELLMORE, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Pursuant to Section 402-a of the Education Law a Public Hearing for discussion of the Committee to Explore Educational Options (“CEEO”) recommendation on school building utilization and proposed closing of the Gunther Elementar y School in the North Bellmore Union Free School District (“District”) and a review of the advisor y Committee’s Educational Impact Statement, will be held on December 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Saw Mill Road School, Saw Mill Road, North Bellmore, New York. A copy of the CEEO’s Educational Impact statement may be obtained from the District’s web site commencing November 23, 2011, and upon request, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, Mar tin Avenue, Bellmore, New York except for Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a meeting of the Board of Education will be held on December 13, 2011 to consider the recommendation of the CEEO. BL 287 2T 11/23, 30

Notice is hereby given that the fiscal affairs of the Bellmore Union Free School District for the period beginning on July 1, 2010 and ending on June 30, 2011, have been examined by Cullen and Danowski, LLP, and that the report of the external auditor and a written response to the examination has been filed in the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, where it is available as a public record for inspection by all interested persons. Bellmore Union Free School District Pursuant to Section 1721 of the Education Law, the following is the Annual Financial Report of the Bellmore Union Free School District for the School Year Ended June 30, 2011 Revenues: Real property taxes Other tax items Charge for services Use of money and property Sale of property and compensation for loss Miscellaneous State sources Federal sources Medicaid reimbursement Total Revenues Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 2010 Restricted Assigned; Appropriated Assigned; Unappropriated Unassigned Fund Balance Total Total Revenues & Fund Balance Expenditures: General Support Instruction Pupil transportation Employee Benefits Transfers Debt service Principal Interest Total Expenditures Ending Fund Balance - June 30, 2011 Restricted Assigned; Appropriated Assigned; Unappropriated Unassigned Fund Balance Total Total Expenditures & Fund Balance Analysis of School Lunch Fund Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 2010 Add Revenues Total Revenues & Fund Balance Less: Expenditures Ending Fund Balance - June 30, 2011 Analysis of Special Aid Fund Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 2010 Add: Revenues Total Revenues & Fund Balance Less Expenditures & Interfund Transfers Ending Fund Balance as of June 30, 2011 Analysis of Debt Service Fund Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 2010 Add Revenues & Interfund Transfers Less Expenditures & Interfund Transfers Ending Fund Balance as of June 30, 2011 Analysis of Capital Funds Beginning Fund Balance - July 1, 2010 Add Revenues & Proceeds Total Revenues & Fund Balance Less Expenditures & Interfund Transfers Ending Fund Balance as of June 30, 2011 BL 286 1T 11/23

$18,637,339 $2,644,634 $517,073 $71,739 $3,351 $347,899 $3,691,349 $264,787 $0 $26,178,171 $3,283,283 $4,027,525 $243,317 $2,471,784 $10,025,909 $36,204,080 $3,249,209 $15,017,098 $1,383,367 $5,511,395 $270,587 $625,000 $222,616 $26,279,272 $3,050,958 $4,356,000 $347,848 $2,170,002 $9,924,808 $36,204,080 $1,898 $49,838 $51,736 $50,239 $1,497 $0 $1,382,960 $1,382,960 $1,382,960 $0 $181,451 $2,641 $0 $184,092 $485,668 $469 $486,137 $0 $486,137

CHSD NCTE winners writing their own stories Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll for his Impromptu Writing, which was a topic designated by the NTCE about a significant literary work. Brendan is a member of four honor societies and has held the position of class president of both the freshman and sophomore classes. A three-season athlete, Brendan has served as captain of the cross-country, winter track and spring track teams, and has been named All-Conference. In addition, Brendan is a member of the Key Club, Mock Trial and Fragments Literary Magazine.


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