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Vol. 50 No. 48 (USPS 049-500)

Bellmore, NY 11710

The Community Newspaper

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Santa’s back in town!

HO HO HO! Above, Santa waves hello to the children after arriving last week. At right, the Romano family: twins Louie and Justin, age 2 – in stroller; Joey, 4; and Kayla, 6; along with mom Kathy and dad Louie pose with Santa after his arrival at ACE Hardware on Merrick Road to open the Holiday season. See him on Friday during Bellmore Village’s Holiday Festivities.

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Candidates vie for Bellmore Fire Commissioner Four candidates are vying for a seat as a commissioner on the Bellmore Board of Fire Commissioners in an election scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, at the Bellmore Fire Department headquarters, 222 Pettit Avenue. Here are two candidates. The other two will appear next week.

on the Board of Fire Commissioners in the Bellmore Fire District. I have been a resident of Bellmore for over 28 years, and have raised my three children in the community.

Several awards I have always been an active volunteer in our community. I achieved Lifetime Allison DeQuatro Membership from the Bellmore My name is Allison DeQuatro PTA. I have been a member of the and I am a critical care emerSpecial Education Parent Teacher gency medical technician with Association (SEPTA) and a parthe Bellmore Volunteer Fire ent advocate for the Board of Department. I have been a memSpecial Education for the ber of Bellmore Fire Bellmore-Merrick Central High Department and the Advanced School District. In addition, I am Hook and Ladder Company for a recipient of the Pope Pius X the past seven years. I hold the Award from the Diocese of title Engineer of Ambulance Rockville Centre for my 15 years Allison DeQuatro 6011. During my years of servof dedication and involvement in ice I have worked on the Adam the religious education program at St. Rand-Kevin Prior Memorial Golf Outing Barnabas Parish. committee, and sat on the executive board I am running for Board of Fire of the Nassau County Firefighters Commissioners because, as an EMT-CC Emerald Society for over five years. and an employee in the medical field, I I am running for the upcoming open seat (continued on page 2)

Craig Maltz On Tuesday, December 13, I, Craig Maltz, will be seeking the position of Fire Commissioner in the Bellmore Fire District election. All Bellmore residents who are registered voters can vote. This year is important to support the right candidate. I will do my best not to raise taxes while maintaining your fire department. The election takes place at the Bellmore Fire Department Headquarters 230 Pettit Avenue, across from the train station, from 29 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13. I am an active member of the Bellmore Fire Department and serve as the treasurer of Bellmore West End Engine Craig Company 3. During my time in the department it has been my honor to serve on the department’s Color Guard, the Old Fashion Drill team, as assistant coach to the softball team, and on numerous department and company committees.

As an active member of the community, I have served as both the treasurer and president of the Kennedy High School Sports Booster Club. I am proud to be a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and to have received Life Membership from the Bellmore PTA. My service to the community was recognized with the receipt of the Nassau County Police Commissioner Award. I have lived in Bellmore for over 43 years, graduated from Kennedy High School in 1973 and received a Bachelors degree in business from Hofstra University in 1977. I have been a business owner for over 31 years. For the last 16 years I have owned and Maltz operated Stride Rite Shoes of Merrick, and in 2006 I started up a Funeral Supply Company called ShivaShade Inc. This year I got together with former JFK alumni to start up the JFK Alumni (continued on page 2)

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about y our neighbors! – 84 local peoples’ names were in your community newspaper last week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

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see training programs put back into the department. I want to see more community involvement, through programs and activities offered to schools, senior centers and our community members. I would like policies implemented that would allow community members to join the fire department to perform duties other than those of a firefighter. I want the community to feel comfortable coming to the fire department for assistance when they are in need. With your support, as a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners, I, together with the existing board, can provide the community with the care they deserve. Please support me on Tuesday, December 13, by voting for Allison De Quatro. Voting will be held at the Bellmore Fire Department headquarters, 222 Pettit Avenue, from 2-9 p.m.

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Business experience cited The commissioner’s office consists of ex-chiefs, ex-captains, paramedics and EMTs. What is needed is a business person to provide a well-rounded board that can

act in the best interest of the taxpayers. A commissioner’s job is to handle the fiscal end of the district. A commissioner runs the district, while the chiefs run the fire departments. With my business experience and my dedication to the community, I believe I will be an asset in the commissioner’s office. My goal is to be fiscally responsible to the Bellmore taxpayers while, at the same time, maintaining state-of-theart equipment. I will also continue to support our chief’s office so it can keep our EMTs and fire department members properly trained. Please consider my education, my business background and my many years of dedication to the Bellmore community and Bellmore Fire Department when you vote. I believe I will be an asset to the commissioner’s office. Your vote counts. On December 13 every resident can make a different by casting their vote for Craig Maltz for Bellmore Fire Commissioner.


from page 1 Craig Maltz Association, for which I am the treasurer. The commissioners are now looking to go green. This project would cost our taxpayers a large amount of money. As a commissioner, if I am able to secure a grant, then it might be feasible. The district does save money by buying its fuel cooperatively. I would also like to see us save additional monies by partnering with other agencies to service our emergency vehicles. There are other ways to save our district money from simple ways of controlling our expenditures, maintaining our buildings and vehicles, and watching our overhead. Negotiating the best price for our insurance, phone lines, Internet and our everyday expenditures is what the fire commissioner’s position is all about.


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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by Joe Bianca, head coach of the Calhoun Colts football team, and student captains of the Calhoun Colts Football Team, announced a major push to boost safety on high school football fields by improving standards for football helmets. The Children’s Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act (S. 601) would ensure that football helmets meet new safety standards to protect younger players from concussions. The bill addresses a critical gap, as the current voluntary industry created safety standards for football helmets do not specifically address concussion risk or youth-size helmets. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 920,000 athletes under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and clinics for footballrelated injuries in the year 2007. The bill Senator Schumer is cosponsoring will establish a process for new, youth-focused safety standards. Nine months after the bill is enacted, the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will judge

whether the current voluntary standards are adequate to protect safety, and whether voluntary compliance is likely. If the CPSC determines that the voluntary standards and compliance have not encouraged substantial improvements in on-field safety, the CPSC will issue mandatory rules for helmet standards. New products would also be subject to independent, third-party testing before being certified to the new safety standards. The legislation also allows the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to impose penalties on companies and stores that use false claims to sell protective gear to football players. The bill, also sponsored by Senator Mark Udall of New Mexico, is supported by a diverse coalition, including the Brain Injury Association of America, the Consumers Union and the National Football League (NFL) Players Association. “With concussions on the rise among our young athletes, there is not a moment to spare when it comes to stricter safety standards for the helmets that Long Island players wear on the field each day,” said Senator Schumer.

“Hall of Famers and parents all agree – whether it’s a short practice or the big game, we need to know that all new helmets being produced are meeting the highest standards. That is why I’m urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to get in the game and help adequately protect youth players’ health on Long Island, throughout New York and the rest of the country.” The bill would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet new safety standards that address concussion risk, and other critical needs of youth football players. The legislation also benefits consumers and parents by increasing civil penalties for false advertising. Senator Schumer’s support of this legislation to establish tough football helmet standards comes in light of the rising rate of concussions and the growing evidence of their health risks, especially among young athletes. Football has the highest incidence of concussions of all sports that children and teenagers participate in. About 4.4 million children play foot-

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Shop locally this Holiday season! Local economic stimulus is something we can make happen, especially during the holiday shopping season that is about to begin. Let us not wait for Washington, D.C. to wake up our economy. When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base. 2. Non profits receive greater support. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners. 3. Unique businesses create character and prosperity. The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the businesses that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property. 4. Environmental impact is reduced. Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community’s walk score than out-of-town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. 5. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the fewer people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution. 6. Customer service is better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they are less likely to blow you off or be rude because they have to face you day after day. 7. Local business owners invest in community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future. 8. Public benefits far outweigh public costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores. 9. Competition and diversity leads to more consumer choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. 10. You matter more. We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community business than the large big box stores. To read more about going local check out Ecolocalizer, a great site that provides news, ideas and inspiration to “Think globally, act locally.” James W. Reed, Former Deputy Commissioner Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs

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bellmore bits 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. ©©© MENORAH LIGHTING: The community is invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights as the chamber hosts the 15th Annual Menorah Lighting. Please join us on Tuesday evening, December 20, at 6 p.m. as it lights the first candle on the beautiful Menorah located at the entrance to the Veterans Memorial on the corner of Broadway and Bedford Avenue in Bellmore Village. Religious leaders from local synagogues will lead us in prayer as we light the beautiful 10-foot silver Menorah. This year’s celebration will include the singing of traditional Chanukah songs led by students of the Hebrew and nursery schools. There will be chocolate Chanukah gelt and wonderful giveaways, compliments of The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores. The chamber invites friends

and neighbors of all faiths to join in this delightful celebration. ©©© 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. ©©© 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 (continued on page 5)

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discover savings on your mobile device and additional online savings. Call Camille Lubeski at 486-0150 for your book. ©©© ONGOING FOOD DRIVE: State Assemblyman Dave McDonough continues his food drive for the hungry, and asks you to drop off any nonperishable food items that will go to food pantries within the community. His office is at 404 Bedford Avenue in Bellmore Village. Call 409-2070 for information. ©©© NBCA TO MEET: There is a meeting of the North Bellmore Civic Association on Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the North Bellmore Public Library. If you have a community issue that needs to be addressed, come and join us. You have a voice at the North Bellmore Civic Association.

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Slips, trips and falls Accidents involving slips, trips or falls happen every day, but many accidents can be avoided. Nurse educator Nancy Langdon will be at the library on Monday, December 1, at 1 p.m. with a short film and some important information. Join us!

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It was all treats and no tricks when the Girl Scouts from Bellmore Troop 905 stirred up some kindness for Halloween. Senior citizens who attend EAC’s Hempstead Senior Community Service Center received a caldron filled with cookies, brownies and other treats for their Halloween party. Educational Assistance Corporation’s Hempstead Senior Community Service Center is a home-away-from-home for seniors from the African American and Haitian communities. Bellmore resident Carol O’Neill, regional director for EAC’s senior and nutrition services, remarked, “We depend upon the generosity of people in our communities to provide extra goodies for the seniors throughout the year. It means so much to them to know that others are thinking of their well being.” About EAC EAC provides an array of educational, vocational, counseling and criminal justice services. The organization’s 66 programs protect children, create opportunities for seniors, promote healthy families and communities, empower people through employment

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Returning seniors offer promise Last week, the varsity team roster was announced. Lead by Coach Chris Patten, the 2011-2012 Varsity Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs are Nick Abbene, Dominick Albi, Christopher Altomare, Thomas Apa, Steven Azzara, John Bedell, Nikolas Boesenberg, Mike Capilupi, Landon Cooper, Christian Corona, Pat Grubb, Troy Grubman, Joe Hannon, Dan Hulse, Nicholas Lewis, Brenden Lloyd, Joseph Mark, J.J. Santagata, Chris Sharkey, Christopher Silvester, Jacob

Smart, Dan Smith, Robbie Sturiano, Matthew Waldmann and Allen West. This is a team full of talent and they will be lead by returning veterans Nick Abbene, Steven Azzara, Jacob Smart, Brenden Lloyd, Landon Cooper, Matthew Waldmann, Joseph Mark, Dan Hulse, Dan Smith and Allen West. They will play a key role in this team’s success. – Eric Homburger

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The Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs welcomed in the new season with a 2-2 tie against Cold Spring Harbor at the Newbridge Road skating rink last week. With spirits high and adrenaline rushing, the Bulldogs took the ice, getting off to a fast start and setting the tone for the rest of the game: fast and physical. For the first five minutes or so the play was mainly in the Bulldogs offensive zone. Although they were moving the puck well, the Bulldogs were not able to get off many shots, and were unable to capitalize on two Cold Spring Harbor penalties. Midway through the first period, the Bulldogs took a penalty that led to the first goal of the game. Captain Nick Abbene scored shorthanded to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Bellmore-Merrick dominated the game through the remainder of the first, outshooting, outhitting and outskating Cold Spring Harbor, and continued the aggressive play into the second period. Early in the second, Cold Spring Harbor managed to get a few crisp shots on net but goalie Jacob Smart was there to make the saves. With 9:27 left in the second he made the save of the game, an outstanding glove save, to keep the score 1-0. However, penalties quickly began to plague the Bulldogs. With two penalties assessed at once, Cold Spring Harbor had a 5-on-3 man advantage for two minutes and scored, tying the game at 1-1 with a hard shot from

the top of the circle. With the goal Cold Spring Harbor awoke from its periodlong sleep to take control of the game. With 1:50 remaining in the second, it scored to make it 2-1. A bad giveaway by the Bulldogs at their own blue line led to a breakaway for an opposing player, who managed to get it by goalie Jacob Smart to take the lead in the game. The Bulldogs came out fast and furious in the third period, once again dominating the play. With 12:19 left in the game, Nick Abbene pocketed his second goal of the game, knotting the score at 2. The Bulldogs finished the game with 19 shots on goal and eight penalties. Those eight penalties would prove to be a major reason in the tie. Bulldogs forward Joe Mark said, “[we took] too many penalties.” J.J. Santagata added that, “We played the ‘whole’ game down. You can’t win like that.” But it’s early in the season, and things will change. As Joe said, the team chemistry isn’t there yet. This team has only been practicing together for a week, so you can’t expect everyone to play amazing together. The Bulldogs next game is Sunday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m, when they face off against Lynbrook. The game will be at Long Beach. So come on out and support The Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs, as they look to get their first win of the season.


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DRIVING FOR A CAUSE: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Bellmore Office hosted a food drive at King Kullen in Bellmore recently. Volunteers from the office collected more than eight shopping carts full of food and toiletries. The Bellmore food drive, held in conjunction with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s “Fall in Love with the American Dream” Open House event, benefitted St. Barnabas Church, a nondenominational food pantry in Bellmore. “I’m so proud of my team and thankful to all those who donated,” said Cathy Har t, the Bellmore office’s branch vice-president. “As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to remember our neighbors in need. It was a pleasure to share with those who need it most.”

Raising funds for the Invisible Children During the 1980s in Uganda, Alice Lakwena became the leader of a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). LRA emerged when Ms. Lakwena believed the Holy Spirit spoke to her. During her epiphany, the spirit ordered her to overthrow the Ugandan government – using children. When Ms. Lakwena was exiled her cousin, Joseph Kony, took over command of the rebel movement.

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the students in Calhoun’s Senior Experience class plan to raise $32,000. It is important for the Bellmore-Merrick communities to help the class, because your donations are going to a good cause. With this amount of money we could help end this engagement. The Senior Experience class in Calhoun is having fundraisers for this cause. Two of them include a bake sale and a senior sleep-in. If you are a parent coming to the teacher conferences on Thursday, December 1, please stop by the Senior Experience bake sale. The sleep-in is for

Calhoun seniors on Friday, December 2. The event will start at 10:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 a.m. In the sleep-in Calhoun students sleep in the gym because children in Uganda, known as “night commuters,” have to sleep in the center of town on the ground in fear that at any moment Joseph Kony may take them. The Calhoun Senior experience class encourages the community to attend these fundraisers or go to the fundraising page at

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U.S. Congressman Pete King reminds all those participating in Medicare that the open enrollment period ends on Wednesday, December 7. “Every year, people with Medicare get to explore new choices and pick the health and drug plans that work best for them,” Congressman King said. “If you are currently participating in Medicare

and would like to change your plan, please do so by the Wednesday, December 7 deadline to ensure that you are properly enrolled in your new plan and have all the essential plan materials and membership cards in hand on January 1, when new coverage starts.” According to Congressman King, there will be a wide range of health and

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Holiday happenings in our neighboring towns On The Nautical Mile The Annual Nautical Mile Boat Parade, sponsored by the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Join the fun and watch the parade of boats make their way down the Nautical Mile all lit

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Here comes Santa Claus! Santa will arrive in a fire truck at Wantagh Park on Saturday, December 3, at 1 p.m. Children can meet with Santa to give him their wish list at the Wantagh Park Community clubhouse. There will be candy, cookies and hot chocolate distributed by his elves. This event is sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Parks and the Wantagh Bay Yacht Club.

Holiday lighting The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce lights the community’s

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