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Wishing you a Happy Chanukah and very Merry Christmas from Bellmore Life

Serving the Bellmores since 1964 Printed on recycled paper

Vol. 50 No. 51 (USPS 049-500)

Bellmore, NY 11710

The Community Newspaper

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Bellmore Life photo by Douglas Finlay

SANTA’S ON HIS WAY: This home on St. Marks Avenue is ablaze with shimmering lights in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. Many homes in Bellmore are alight this holiday season, to show Santa the way to their homes.

Gunther Elementary to close by Douglas Finlay

HOLIDAY HAPPENING: Josh Levine of Kennedy helped host an event with Nancy Marcello at Across the Universe on Bedford Avenue on Saturday to raise funds for the INN (Inter faith Neighborhood Network). Local bands played all afternoon. See stor y on page 3.

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North Bellmore’s school board voted 5-0 last week to close Jacob Gunther School on June 30. Parents will begin receiving notices by mid-January of what school their children will attend next fall. Of the students attending Gunther, 130 will be transferred to Saw Mill Road School, and 79-80 will be transferred to Dinkelmeyer, Superintendent of Schools Arnold Goldstein announced. Also passing was a resolution to hold elections as early as state laws allow to let the community decide if it wants to reduce busing to two miles, from the current 1/3-mile for grades K-3 and one mile for grades 4-6. Reducing busing could help the district realize close to $1 million in additional savings still needed to close the roughly $2 million 2012-13 budget deficit gap. Closing the school is projected to save the district up to $1 million. After passage of the Gunther resolution many in attendance walked out, while others – during public comments – began a barrage of criticism toward the board, claiming it was unfit to govern because it didn’t see the deficit problem

coming. At least two community members called for the board to be voted out. Board President Grace Cramsie said the problem was twofold, and that one of those, the underutilization of space within the six buildings, could no longer be tolerated in the budget. When asked by an attendee how long the district had known about the underutilization, she said the district had known about it for years. No intention to close building at first Ms. Cramsie said that when underutilization of space due to decreased enrollment first came light years ago, there was no intent to close a building then. “You had a responsibility years ago and you didn’t do the job then?” Deborah Martorana asked. “We had hoped that earnings would change the problem, but they haven’t,” she said. “We didn’t want to have to go to 30 students per classroom,” she said, adding that the district doesn’t want to go that way now. Instead, Ms. Cramsie identified the state’s new 2% tax cap placed on the district as finally forcing the board’s hand to

close the school because of underutilization, at only 50% at present. Other reasons tipping the scale included reduction of state and federal aid to the district. Carol Barnao told the board that closure of the school will end a 40-year family tradition within the school: Her brother, Salvatore Monello, has a scholarship in his name given to a Gunther student every year. “A whole family tradition is being taken away here,” She said. “We have a voice and you didn’t let us have it,” said Ms. Barnao. Dave Liebowitz told the board it was rushing to judgement on the school, suggesting it did not look at the impact closing the school would have on the neighborhood. ‘The money is there” to keep it open, he said. “The school has been there 55 years.” He then said it was “time to get a new board voted in.” “This is not a happy day for us,” Ms. Cramsie said of the decision. “We took everything into consideration,” she continued. “It was just an issue of undercapacity” that the budgets could no longer protect. Jack Raia followed Mr. Leibowitz’ (continued on page 2)

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Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg (LD 19) is calling on state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the legality of privatizing the county’s sewage treatment, as well as its contract with Morgan Stanley. The firm was awarded a contract to evaluate and formulate a request for proposals (RFP) for the privatization, through sale or lease, of the county’s sewage treatment infrastructure and assets. The county has three sewage treatment plants, including the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Seaford, the Bay Park water treatment facility in East Rockaway and the Glen Cove treatment plant. Legislator Denenberg made the announcement at a press conference at the Cedar Creek Park last week. A formal letter calling for an investigation was sent to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli last Wednesday. “The Republican majority just ratified an inside contract with Morgan Stanley, which was entered into clandestinely 18 months ago,” said Mr. Denenberg in a news release. “Under the contract we are spending $500,000 of taxpayer money to figure out how to sell sewage treatment plants that were built with federal and state funds. How can we ever sell public assets built with public money?” But the county has defended its position in its multiyear plan, pointing to other “U.S. governments that have successfully pursued similar P3

transactions.” The memorandum regarding the contract with Morgan Stanley from Timothy P. Sullivan, deputy county executive of finance, stated, “It is anticipated that this transaction will generate net revenue of approximately $400 million for the county and aid in bridging the gap to achieving long-term recurring budgetary balance. Additionally, this transaction will retire approximately $465 million of debt.” Another rating downgrade Just last week a rating service, Fitch, downgraded the county’s bond rating, Fitch’s second, citing among other things the sale of the sewage treatment assets for one-shot revenue being used to balance the budget. Mr. Denenberg, in his letter, wrote that the proposed privatization “is a classic one-shot budget gimmick that will result in higher sewage charges to taxpayers and less public oversight of this vital county function and environmental issue.” Mr. Denenberg is also requesting that the investigation look at the Morgan Stanley contract with the county and “whether state municipal laws and/or regulations with respect to proper bidding processes and proper contracting processes were violated.” The contract was first brought to the Legislature for a Rules Committee review and vote on December 5, although Morgan Stanley had been retained in the spring of 2010 for $24,500.

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This newspaper previously reported that Morgan Stanley will receive $100,000 for its contract with the county per quarter for 2012, as well as another $100,000 for the last quarter of 2011. The contract never went before the entire Legislature. It was put through as a rules-only contract. Personal service contracts, such as this one, do not have to be approved by the entire Legislature. Additionally, prior to the December 5 vote, Morgan Stanley had been hired for $24,500, a sum that does not need full legislative approval. “The Republicans, including Dennis Dunne and Peter Schmitt, voted for the contract,” Mr. Denenberg told this paper in an earlier interview. “It couldn’t have passed without Dennis’s vote.”

But Legislator Dennis Dunne (LD15) said “misinformation is being given out. This vote was for the Morgan Stanley contract only to explore our options, not for privatization. I did what everyone should do. I did my due diligence for a study that might help us find a way to remove some of the tax burden to the people of Nassau County.” Mr. Dunne added, “This will be an above-board process. I told Tim Sullivan there must be public hearings so that there is a record, so that everything is transparent. But it may never happen and if it does, I will listen to what the people want. If they want me to vote no, I’ll vote no.” – Laura Schofer

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from page 1 lead that there was money in the budget still to pay to keep the school open at least another year. Money still in the budget? “There is a balance of over $2 million in the budget,” Mr. Raia said, looking over documents he had in his hand. “I can’t comment on those documents,” responded Mr. Goldstein, “because I don’t have them in front of me.” Mr. Raia touched upon the fund balance,

asking why it couldn’t be used to pay forward the school next year to keep it open. Ms. Cramsie told the audience that the budget does have a positive fund balance every year, but that balance is applied to the following year’s budget to keep the tax levy down. “For the last two years we have had fund balances of $3 million that we have applied to the following year’s budgets,”she said. If they didn’t, she continued, tax levies would be in the 7-8% range every year. She said the board is not going to saddle the

community with such tax levies every year. Mr. Goldstein answered a question that had come up during committee meetings about what plans the board had in place for the next five years to ensure that the need to close another school does not arise again in following years. He said that the fund balance was a positive step, but added that reserve funds would be tapped into in future years to help with any unexpected costs that may arise. Reserves funds such as the insurance reserve fund, the unemployment fund, the

worker’s compensation fund, the ERS fund and unreserved appropriations fund were examples. “We will slowly release them to supplement decreasing aid or decreasing fund balances,” he said. He added that other sources of income in coming years would include possible rental income from the vacant building, new contract negotiations coming in 2012 and the fund balance.

High School students rock out for charity Local high school musicians gathered last Saturday at Across the Universe on Bedford Avenue to raise money for a local homeless shelter, the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). The event was hosted by Kennedy student Josh Levine and Mepham student Nancy Marcello. Playing everything from Metallica to Pink Floyd to Three Days Grace, the air was filled with music. Alex Eschmann, Steven LaRose, Jared Miller, Matt Leftkowitz and Josh Stechman, as well as others, performed and showcased their musical talents in

an attempt to raise money for the homeless shelter. The event lasted for hours and there wasn’t a minute that went by without music and laughter in the air. It was truly a fun and entertaining way to raise money for charity. All of the money raised will go to the INN to provide shelter, food and clothes to families in need. Josh Levine said, “This is a great way to give back to the community, especially in the holiday season.” Owner Bruce Sgobbo of Across the

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Be creative this holiday season Madison Avenue dictates many of the gifts on our holiday shopping lists, especially those for the kids. Others require more thought. Some of the most imaginative and appreciated gifts can be had right here in our hometown, sparing us from crowded parking lots at the malls and big box stores while helping support the local economy. Local merchants help pay for local schools and services and they often sponsor local teams and give to local houses of worship. Here are a few of our favorite presents given or received during holidays past: • Resetting a cherished ring at Gennaro Jewelers in Bellmore, where they also served ruggulah while we waited. • A gold leaf to leave the cellphone on from Nature’s Museum in Bellmore. • Sheet music for a Taylor Swift song special ordered by New World Music Center in Baldwin and getting a favorite guitar repaired. • A beanie bear from Merrick Flower Shoppe and a chance to visit with the folks who have helped sponsor Santa’s visit for many years. • A gift certificate for hot yoga sessions. • Calendars for all the family featuring the wedding photos and created at J&D Card and Gift Emporium in North Merrick. • A kit from the post office in Wantagh that lets you create your own postage stamps using a photo of a loved one. • Dinner at The Schooner on the Nautical Mile in Freeport. • Chipping in for an operation for a beloved pet. • One lady at the local drug store was buying 10 flashlights, one for everyone in her family. She said they would be useful for the folks and fun for the kids. Great idea! Perhaps these ideas will also help you as last-minute shopping ideas. And may we add that a gift subscription to your hometown paper lasts for 52 weeks! We are happy to report one of our Merrick readers saw the ad about “Boutique Alley” in Wantagh and Seaford, enjoyed discovering them, and also finding out where the Curtain Shoppe had moved. Many younger readers attended the Toxin concert in Bellmore benefiting Toys for Tots. And Luanne’s in Merrick is giving a good chunk of its last-minute shopping sales to United Cerebral Palsy. Mutts and Butts in Merrick donated a truckload of pet food to Bobby and the Strays Animal Shelter in Freeport. Now that’s the holiday spirit!

GRAND CACHÉ: Grand Avenue’s Yorker Club and its advisors, Dan Rummenie and Dominik Bargiel, sponsored their annual canned food drive recently. During a three-week span, over 1,000 cans of food (24 boxes) and over $1,700 were collected by the generous students and faculty members at Grand Avenue Middle School. The proceeds will be donated to help out families in need throughout the Bellmore community during the holiday season.

bellmore bits VOLUNTEER TO SAVE A LIFE: Make 2012 the year you make a difference in someone’s life! Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), the 24 hour-a-day, 7 daya-week, suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline, is recruiting volunteers to participate in its upcoming counselor assistant training program. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible (around-theclock) to accommodate the individual needs of volunteers. The free, comprehensive orientation training program takes place over three 3-hour sessions at the crisis center’s office in Bellmore. January’s training will be held on three successive Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m. on January 11, 18 and 25. February’s training will be held on three successive Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on February 11, 18 and 25. For information, visit LICC’s website, and click on “Volunteer;” then call 826-0244 to schedule an interview. ©©© BINGO FOR KIDS: Temple Beth-El of Bellmore will hold a Bingo For Kids on Tuesday, December 27. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open and serving a variety of reasonably priced items such as pizza, soda and ice cream. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with play beginning at noon. Temple Beth-El is at 1373 Bellmore Road in North Bellmore. For information call the temple office, Monday through Friday, at 781-2650 or email Special drawing for all who attend for a bag of sporting equipment. one chance for

attending and one chance for every new attendee you bring. ©©© BLUE’S CLUES: Plaza Productions presents “Blue’s Clues Live” on Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31, at The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, beginning at 11 a.m. $10 for reserved seats. For reservations or information call 699-6870, or visigt ©©© S E M I N A R O N PA RT Y DRUGS: Community Parent Center, in partnership with the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, Bellmore School District, North Bellmore School District, Merrick School District, North Merrick School District and Legislator David Denenberg, presents the “Dangers in Your Medicine Cabinet: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Children,” a substance abuse prevention presentation on Wednesday, January 11, at the Brookside School in North Merrick. The guest speakers will be Detective Pamela Stark of the Community Affairs Division of the Nassau County Police Department and Steve Chassman, LMSW, clinical director of LICADD. Their discussion will focus on prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse by children, which have become the new “party” drugs for many tweens and teens. ©©© COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED: Residents of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, with or without children in the schools, are invited to participate on the District Budget Lay Committee. The first meeting will be on January 18, at 7

p.m. at the Brookside School. Community members on the committee will act in an advisory capacity to the members of the school board, as well as district administration.Various district administrators will present and explain program needs. The committee will have the opportunity to review the proposed expenditure budget for the 20122013 school year. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should contact Cynthia Strait-Régal, deputy superintendent, at the administration offices, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick 11566 by January 14. Or call 992-1020. ©©© CHARITY HOCKEY GAME: The BellmoreMerrick High School District’s hockey team, the Bulldogs, have joined the Merrick Lions Club in sponsoring the Second Annual Charity Hockey Game to benefit Purple Heart Pups on Monday, January 9, at 9 p.m. at Newbridge Arena. The Bulldogs are playing the Jericho High School varsity team. The evening will also feature such fun-filled events as raffles, door prizes, a 50-50 and a Chuck-a-Puck. Newbridge Arena is in Newbridge Park, the south terminus of Newbridge Road in Bellmore. Suggested donations are $3 per adult and $1.50 per student. For information you can visit, or call Frank Fontana at 377-6565 ©©© CHANUKAH SERVICES: There will be a minyan every morning at Bellmore Jewish Center during Chanukah, December 20-28, at 6:30 a.m., Monday-Friday. The evening minyan will be at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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The RC Church of the Sacred Heart in North Merrick will hold a bereavement support group for those who have lost loved ones starting Monday, January 9. It will run for eight Mondays, from 7:309:30 p.m. at the Parish Center, 720 North Merrick Avenue. For information call Sr. Lynn at 379-1356, ext. 19, or the parish outreach at 379-6123.

Taxpayer forums Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin Jr. has announced his winter series of taxpayer forums: on February 9 at 2 p.m. at Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Avenue, and February 21, 2 p.m. Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue. Mr. Clavin will discuss important issues such as assessment challenges, tax exemptions, tax discounts, property tax payment dates and convenient tax payment options. Forums are free, and all are welcome to attend. For information about taxpayer forums, call the Office of the Receiver of Taxes at 538-1500.

Senior foreclosure seminar The next free Nassau County Bar Association mortgage foreclosure free legal consultation clinic is Monday, January 9, 3-6 p.m. at the NCBA headquarters, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. Attorneys have volunteered to provide one-on-one guidance, advice and direction to any Nassau County homeowner who is

concerned about foreclosure matters or is already in the foreclosure process involving property in Nassau County. In addition to meeting one-on-one with a volunteer attorney, housing counselors from the Nassau County Homeownership Center and Community Development Corporation of Long Island are on hand to help with loan modifications. Reservations are required by calling the Bar Association at 747-4070. Attendees are asked to bring their mortgage documents to the clinic. Bilingual attorneys fluent in Spanish will be on site. Attorneys bilingual in Russian, Haitian Creole, Korean, Chinese, Hindi and many other languages will be made available upon request when homeowners call to make reservations.

Senior flu vaccines Free flu vaccines will be available to senior citizens as part of Hempstead Town’s flu vaccination program. The town is partnering with the Nassau University Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital to provide the flu vaccines at town senior centers in Wantagh, Levittown, Franklin Square and Merrick. Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Hudes will 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.

policenews Police reports come from law enforcement agencies. Suspects are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in court. A 40-year-old resident of Newbridge Road, Bellmore, was arrested on Merrick Road, Bellmore, on December 1 and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired and three violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. ©©© A 46-year-old resident of Farmingdale was arrested on Merrick Road near Midwood Avenue, Bellmore, on December 2 and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Reckless Driving and seven violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. ©©© A 58-year-old resident of Legion Street, Bellmore, was arrested at WalMart, Sunrise Mall, Massapequa, on December 11 and charged with Petit Larceny. ©©© A house on Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore, was burglarized on December 9. Entry was gained through a rear win-

dow and cash and assorted jewelry was stolen. ©©© A Judith Drive, Bellmore, residence was broken into on December 10. Entry was gained through a rear sliding-glass door and assorted jewelry was stolen. ©©© STS Tire and Auto Center, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, was reported damaged by unknown vandals on December 5. ©©© Ten different areas of damage were reported done to the windows at Harley Davidson, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, on December 5. ©©© Unknown thieves stole an inflatable snowman from the front yard of an Orange Street, Bellmore, residence on December 5. ©©© A man dropped his wallet containing credit cards while putting air into his tires at the Hess Gas Station, Merrick Road, Bellmore, on December 11. An unknown thief then stole the man’s property.

Medical trial Winthrop-University Hospital Clinical Trials Center and Jai Grewal, MD, a neuro oncologist from Winthrop, are conducting a clinical trial of an investigational drug for patients with recurrent (relapsed) malignant brain tumors, including anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas. Dr. Grewal is seeking patients whose brain tumors have grown or come back, despite previous treatment with surgery and radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. To be eligible for the study, participants must be 18-70 years of age and must have a tumor that measures greater than 1 cm in volume (seen in a MRI). They will be randomly assigned to either the experimental treatment or standard of care. All individuals enrolled in the trial will receive some form of treatment. The experimental treatment involves the placement of a catheter into the brain tumor into which a research medication

Forty years ago Bellmore Life was donating gifts from the community to those in need during the holidays. Other places and organizations that were collecting gifts were the Kennedy High School Key Club, Friendly’s Ice Cream Store and Temple Beth-El members. The gifts were being brought to places such the Pilgrim State Hospital and the Patterson Home. For the first time the St. Barnabas Parish had a three-day Christmas fair, from December 3-5. Main attractions included a sweepstakes booth and booths selling plants, cakes and handmade items. Marge Carberry was the chairlady of the fair, Isabel Quarticelli was the chairlady of the cakes and Catherine Carey was the chairlady of plants. 25 years ago The National Society to Prevent Blindness was making sure parents were buying safe gifts and not dangerous ones. The program reminded


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 provenance to the extent it is known, to Transit Museum Archivist Carey Stumm at carey.stumm

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remain dark in his memory for the next few days. We will re-open after his funeral. I will have that date as soon as possible. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.” Reactions on the diner’s Facebook page included one from Rick Barry: “Words can not express how heartbroken the entire Barry family feels. We loved George. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family. We are there for you!” And from Jodi Chenoff Goldblatt: “OMG! I am so sorry. I have been coming to Thomas’s since I was a little girl with my parents and now bring my kids there. It was always so nice seeing you and your brother. We are all thinking of you and are very sorry for your loss.” George Koukoulas is survived by his mother Maria Koukoulas of Fort Lee, New Jersey, brother Tom of Wantagh and sister Marina of Greece. The funeral was yesterday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, with interment at Greenfield Cemetary in Uniondale.




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George E. Koukoulas of North Bellmore, co-owner, along with his brother Tom, of Thomas’s Ham & Eggery in Carle Place, died last week. He was 53 years old. Born on June 5, 1958, he died last week of heart failure. According to Newsday, he collapsed before he could be taken to hospital by his brother Tom for an angiogram. Mr. Koukoulas was the man behind the counter at Thomas’s since he and his brother bought the diner in 1984. The authentic eatery serves homemade chicken sausage as part of its extensive breakfast menu, and “George” was always there to fill the empty cup of coffee, ask how the meal was and ask what else he could provide a diner with to make the dining experience one-of-akind. He took orders by memory. He knew the regulars by name, and would engage in conversation as soon as he saw them, as though he was a friend or brother. He would often recite the specials of the day to his patrons, or suggest an alternative. He was also known for his lambs dishes prepared during Easter. One has to be at the eatery before 9 a.m. for breakfast – especially on weekends – to get a seat, as a line would form, making it a long wait otherwise. The wait staff is always pleasant and efficient, no doubt out of respect for George, who treated everyone with kindness and respect. As popular as the restaurant became for breaksfast, there is a line for lunch too, where fresh sandwiches and an assortment of other favorites are also served. Dinner is also served at the diner. Tom Koukoulas announced on the diner’s Facebook that “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the death of my big brother George. The diner will


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Bellmorite George Koukoulas, famed counterman at Thomas’ Ham & Eggery, dies at 53

While the holidays can be fun and joyful, many people experience stress and anxiety during this time of year. The American Institute of Stress recommends that you take time to pinpoint the source of your stress. Once you have determined the trigger of your feelings you can take measures to reduce the physical and emotional effects. Holiday stress can stem from financial burdens from holiday shopping, too many social obligations, dealing with the recent loss of a loved one and the physical stress of overindulging. To ensure that your holiday is enjoyable and as stressfree as possible, there is a strategy that you can incorporate into your life. Nutrition can play a big part in reduc-

ing stress. “When our bodies aren’t operating at peak efficiency, we feel stressed, and our immune systems aren't operating at the level they should be,” comments Gilles-Khouri, the director of deans/St. Mary’s Healthworks at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. “The holidays can play havoc with our health. In winter we tend to crave fats and sweets, but ironically, the more fat and sugar we eat, the less energy we have, and the more stressed and run down we feel.” Another thing overly stressed people tend to do is skip meals. With busy lives, it’s important to take time to eat several small meals a day to keep your energy going and to prevent mindless snacking.

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If you do not have time for meal preparation, Dr. Dana Walters of ChiroMom recommends choosing a wellness shake that is low in sugar and rich in nutrients, including protein and fiber. Exercise increases your overall health and well being, and also has stress-relieving benefits. The Mayo Clinic reports that virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever. Even if you are not an avid athlete, a 10-minute brisk walk can improve your mood and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep which can ease your stress levels. Chiropractic adjustments can also be

beneficial to help reduce the effects of stress on our bodies. An adjustment helps remove muscle and nerve tension from the body, thereby reducing stress, says Dr. Walters. When irritation from the nervous system is removed we can function better overall and handle stressful situations more effectively. Andrew Weil, MD, said that “Massage therapy that focuses on eliminating muscle spasm and trigger points can be a useful adjunct with chiropractic therapy.” Dana Walters, DC, ChiroMom, is at 2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore. Or call 221-1212.

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C u ré of A rs RC C h u rc h 2373 Merrick Avenue 623-1400 Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Mass celebrated in both the church and parish hall. 6 p.m. Mass celebrated in church. 11 p.m. – Nativity – on the front lawn of the church. Midnight Mass celebrated in church. Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. – all Masses celebrated in the church.

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From The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue, executive director, Long Island Council of Churches: Christmas comes right after the longest night of the year. It is a joyful time but not necessarily an easy one, and it is good to remember those whose lives are harder than our own. Many of us worry about paying the bills, holding down a job or finding a job, holding only our homes or putting food on the table. The good news is that God is with us even in the darkness, even when we are poor or lonely. Jesus was, after all, born in a barn and not in a mansion. This Good News becomes real whenever those of us have a little more than we need share it with those who have too little, and when we work together to see that no child goes hungry in the dark. The Russian missionary Herman of Alaska, who is called the patron saint of the Americas by Orthodox Christians, said, “I have no fine speeches to make, but from the bottom of my heart I pray you to wipe the tears from the eyes of the defenseless orphans, relieve the suffering of the oppressed, and show them what it means to be merciful.” May you be blessed this month with enough to celebrate what your have and enough to share with others. Shalom/Salaam/Shanti/Pax

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The administration and staff at Kennedy High School recently named a student from each academic department to receive “Student of the Month” recognition, to highlight their achievements and/or efforts for the month of November. The students are Jake Simon (English), Mallory Bernstein (languages other than English – LOTE), Michael Blane (business), Timothy Montera (art), Kelly Ruppieko (vocal music), Kaitlyn Tenenbaum (health), Devin Oatkin (physical education), Melissa Robinson (science), Anastassia Thibodeau (instrumental music), Luke Massaro (math), Samantha Mangiaracina (family and consumer science), and Stephanie Vogel (social studies). OUTSTANDING: From left are Jake Simon (English), Mallory Bernstein (LOTE), Michael Blane (business) and Timothy Montera (art). Kelly Ruppieko (vocal music)

Stephanie Vogel (social studies) A CUT ABOVE: From left are Devin Oatkin (physical education), Melissa Robinson (science), Anastassia Thibodeau (instrumental music), Luke Massaro (math) and Samantha Mangiaracina (family and consumer science).

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MERRICK 2 BDR APT Newly decorated Private Entrance $1,350 MARY ELMORE REALTY 868-6660


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HOME SHARE/ LONG ISLAND May be able to help you! Home Share/Long Island links senior homeowner who have extra room in their homes with adults who need an affordable place to live. Personal interviews, background checks and reference investigations are provided. Possible matches are offered, but the decision is yours. For more information, call (516) 292 - 1300 Ext.2312 HomeShare/Long Island is a collaborative partnership with Family Service League, Intergenerational Strategies, and Family and Children’s Association. Family and Children’s Association acts in compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968

THE HOLIDAY TURKEY GIVEAWAY: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (right) participates in the Holiday Turkey Giveaway with Father Charles Omotu at Saint Barnabas Church in Bellmore. Father Omotu was on hand to receive the food, which was distributed to needy families throughout the community.

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF NASSAU LARRY BRAND AND ROBERT FRIEDMAN Plaintiff, AGAINST MURLAN KREKU, et al. Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 05/02/2008 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York 11501 on 01/10/12 at 11:30 AM premises known as 977 NEWBRIDGE ROAD, NORTH BELLMORE, NEW YORK 11710 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Nassau, City and State of New York Section, Block and Lot: Section 51 Block 530 Lot 23 Approximate amount of judgment $17,442.08 plus interest and costs. Premises will

4:00pm. The Board of Fire Commissioners will open bids on Januar y 9, 2012 at 6:00pm. The Board of Fire Commissioner reser ve the right to review all bids before awarding the bid. All bidders will be notified in writing of the Board of Fire Commissioners decision. Any questions on this bid may be directed to District Superintendent John J. Caluori at 516-409-4704. BL 293 1T 12/21 Please take notice that the organizational meeting for the North Bellmore Fire District of the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, New York, will be held on the ninth day of January, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. on that day at 1500 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, NY This notification is being given pursuant to the provisions of Section 94 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York. For the BOFC, John J. Caluori Superintendent North Bellmore Fire District BL 294 1T 12/21

be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #8385/07 STEPHEN FROMMER, ESQ., REFEREE Cristina Cline, Esq., Referee Peter T. Roach and Associates, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, 125 Michael Drive, Suite 105, Syosset, NY 11791 Dated: 12/02/11 BL 291 4T 12/14, 21, 28, 1/4 The Board of Fire Commissioners of the North Bellmore Fire District are now accepting bids for one (1) 2012 –Chevrolet Tahoe for the North Bellmore Fire District. Specifications for this piece of apparatus will be available from District Superintendent John J. Caluori at 1500 Newbridge Road, Nor th Bellmore, NY 11710. All Bidders will give a fair trade in value for a 2002 GMC Envoy Vin # 1GKDT13S222472367 Interested parties must submit a bid in writing, placing their bid in a sealed envelope, with the words “2012 – Tahoe� clearly written on the front of the envelope. All bids are due by January 9, 2012 by

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Hearthstone 2059 Merrick Road, Merrick NY 11566


Outstanding Agents Outstanding Results Call Us For A Free Home Market Appraisal!

On behalf of all of us at RE/MAX Hearthstone may you all have a Happy Holiday Season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.


In keeping with the tradition of giving we are proud to send a helping hand to the Long Island Cares, Harry Chapin Food Bank. Please feel free to drop off any canned or packaged food products at the collection box in our office.

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