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Bellmore Fire Department installs new officers by Vincent Scaduto

GRAND AVENUE MIDDLE SCHOOL’S January Students of the Month, from left, are Seamus Healey, Joseph Massaro, Matthew Campagna, Stacy Brief, Stephanie Kaplan, Priscilla D’Alessandro and Anne Fallon. Not pictured is Student of the Month Stephen Tarantino.

The Bellmore Fire Department celebrated its 115th annual Installation of Chiefs and Officers on Saturday. Daniel Holl was sworn in as the 62nd Chief of the Bellmore Fire Department. Chief Holl started his career in the Bellmore Fire Department as a member of its junior squad in 1979. He rose through the ranks, first as a lieutenant and captain of Engine 601, and then as assistant chief to become chief of department in 1993. Chief Holl would spend another four years as an assistant chief and nine years more years as captain or lieutenant of Engine 601. In 2009 Mr. Holl was once again elected to be second assistant chief. Chief Holl is a firefighter with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) assigned to Ladder Company 115 in Long Island City, Queens, and a public education specialist with the Public Education Division of the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. On this night Chief Holl was joined by his wife Christine and his sons Ryan, a member of the Bellmore Fire Department Junior Squad, and Kevin. Also sworn in were First Assistant Chief Christopher O’Brien and Second Assistant Chief Stephen Marsar; Captains Andrew J. Smart, Vincent Montera, Michael Miller, Michael Irving, Timothy Carroll, Maureen Curley and Thomas McGovern; and Lieutenants Michael Massaro, Jordan Leibner, Joseph Ancona, Thomas Stoerger, Denis McCann, Joseph Lieto, Howard Rand and Dennis Rich. Vincent Scaduto is public information officer and ex-captain of the Bellmore Fire Department.

Let us entertain you! CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT Daniel Holl being sworn in by Commissioner John Johnstone. From left are Commissioner John Johnstone, Mrs. Christine Holl, Chief Holl, and Ryan and Kevin Holl. See related photo on page 9.

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The Bellmore Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is building a new Kingdom Hall on Pea Pond Road in North Bellmore. The group has been around for decades and, because of changing demographics, the reconstruction is designed to accommodate congregation members of both Bellmore and East Meadow, which total close to 100 in each community. “We are looking to increase space for Bible education,” Anthony DiRusso, coordinating minister, told this newspaper. “We have increased the property from 2,800 square feet to 3,900 square feet.” The new building will offer more parking and be handicap accessible. He noted that parking for congregants in previous years was difficult at times because there was not enough space, so they had to park on side streets around the neighborhood. “There will now be over 41 spaces,” he said. The first Kingdom Hall was built in 1959. Additional property was purchased in 2001, with plans of expanding. However, in

2009, the hall was demolished because of original plans for the purchased property changed. In September 2011, construction of the new Kingdom Hall began, using both lots to build on. Jehovah’s Witness congregations stretch from Merrick to Massapequa. The first four Kingdom Halls were in Bellmore, Massapequa, Bethpage and Farmingdale. But when the Farmingdale and Bethpage halls relocated to their own properties, East Meadow joined Bellmore. The Massapequa hall was eventually closed. The building boasts the newest in “green,” or environmentally friendly, features. For example, the new structure will be powered by photo-voltaic cells that provide the electricity. The energy is retrieved from sunlight using solar panels and is converted into electrical power. Anew geothermal wellwater system, which will regulate both the heat temperature and cooling air inside, draws water from wells below the property. Mr. DiRusso added that the new systems will save running and operating costs by 80-90%. “The new hall is community oriented; it fits in with the community,” he said.

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Funds from the congregants are going towards the cost of the construction. Mr. DiRusso added that additional funds became available when the hall in Massapequa was closed and sold. With the added space and increased sanctuary, the new hall will hold approximately 100 congregants. Proceeds from the services will be put towards the general funds to help pay for the Bellmore building.

“The Town of Hempstead is satisfied with our building plans,” Mr. DiRusso told this newspaper. With more parking spaces, members will not need to park in the street. All of the people helping in the construction, from carpenters to heating contractors to lunch preparation during work, are volunteers from the local congregations. The congregation hopes to have the new Kingdom Hall finished by the summer.

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FRIENDS OF TACKAPAUSHA: Residents gathered outside Tackapausha Museum on Friday to support keeping the facility open. Lorraine BondiGoldsmith, president of Friends of Tackapausha, addresses the crowd. Bellmore Life photos by Paul Roberts

Close to 80 people were on hand for a rally on Friday at the Tackapausha Museum in Seaford to introduce the community to a newly formed group – Friends of Tackapausha Museum and Preserve. President Lorraine Bondi-Goldsmith told residents that “we are here to partner with the county to assist in operating the museum and in maintaining the preserve. Places like this are vital to all of us and it’s so important to keep them open.” The county agrees and Eileen Krieb, a deputy parks commissioner, said, “We share a common interest. We want to partner with the Friends of Tackapausha and are in the process of ironing out details. The museum is not closing and we plan to

open sometime in April.” With this in mind, The Friends of Tackapausha, a newly formed 501c(3), will hold its first public meeting on Monday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Seaford Public Library to discuss its mission and possible programming. “Any Nassau County resident who would like to become involved [in the Friends] is invited to attend,” said Ms. Bondi-Goldsmith. Richard Schary, president of the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve and an advisory board member for Friends of Tackapausha, spoke about his experience with the Massapequa Preserve: “Twelve years ago the Massapequa Preserve was in trouble and the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve was founded in cooperation with Nassau County. I am

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The county has made a big investment here, including money from the environmental bond as well as capital funds.” Ms. Krieb explained that the county has invested $1.8 million in Tackapausha, including “$500,000 from the 2006 environmental bond,” and is creating an outdoor classroom. “The design was completed by a certified landscape architect. Site work is being proposed to be done in-house. All equipment and installation will be done inhouse. The budget for this project is $75,000,” she added. “We have new exhibits and are still adjusting details for the animals. Animal care will be with trained staff certified through U.S. Fish and Wildlife,” she said. Ms. Krieb said the cost to run Tackapausha in 2011 was $164,449. The county will remain responsible for all infrastructure, utilities, staffing and animal care including veterinary care. While some residents urged the county to hire a full-time director at Tackapausha, Ms. Krieb said the county “intends to hire a director of museums with trained staff required per site.” Also, “the Friends will create a calendar of events for the year and, if it is feasible, the county will assist in printing, promotion and some funding,” said Ms. Krieb. Lisa Schary, a member of the Friends of Tackapausha, summed up the sentiment of many of the residents who were pleased to hear the museum will open again. “The sun will come out tomorrow,” she sang.

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Something to learn from Seattle Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where fish mongers throw salmon to each other over the heads of customers, is a famous tourist attraction, and also the inspiration for essays about how to make business fun and successful. But there is lots more about Seattle we can learn from in big and little matters. • Seattle has a mix of condos, apartments and one-family houses with many pocket parks. Some of these have “pea patches” where, for about $30 per year, you can rent your own little garden and plant vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes. Even in winter the gardens in the Trolley Park have fresh kale, cabbages, Brussels sprouts and mint. What a boon community gardens like that would be for apartment and senior housing dwellers here! Also schools. One class in a nearby elementary school here on Long Island donates its produce to the INN. • There are more dogs than kids in Seattle. Hence the common practice of doggie tieups and water bowls outside stores. Stores with a pawprint in the window allow dogs on leash to bring their owners along to shop. Bars and cafes like Norm’s in Fremont also allow dogs inside. Judging from all the locals who walk their dogs to our annual festivals, that would be a draw here too. • Seattle’s emergency medical teams are the nation’s leaders in saving heart attack victims because of a concerted effort, and also in part because of success in educating people to recognize the telltale signs of a heart attack. Preventive medicine and patient education are huge. Seattle physicians are available for e-mail questions and print out instructions of what to expect for patients, much like you might receive on leaving the emergency room at hospitals here. • The University of Washington has a testing center where students taking online courses can also take their tests. How about using testing centers at our state universities to administer state-required tests to high school students on weekends? This would free up teachers from proctoring duties and give students more classroom time. • Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing all are Seattle success stories. And last week, while in Seattle, President Obama visited Boeing to point out how important it is to encourage American companies to do their manufacturing here in the USA. On a more local level, when we do our shopping in our hometown we help support the merchants who share our tax burden and contribute to local charities.

COATING A NEED: Daisy Troop 950 of South Shore Countr y Day School in Bellmore collected slightly used coats for children. They delivered the coats to Busy Bee Cleaners of Merrick, where owner Rober t Bernstein will clean the coats for no charge. Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla presented Troop 950 with a community ser vice award, and will be distributing the cleaned coats to children who need them. From left, at bottom, are Mikayla Finamore, Levittown; Katelyn-Salvesen, East Meadow; Rachel Boucher, East Meadow; Renee Stolberg, East Meadow; and Savanah Gonzalez, Baldwin. In top row are Chris Vicedomini director; Alyssa Casale, troop leader; Rober t Klopfer, director; Mr. Bonilla; and Rober t Bernstein.

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“FOREVER PLAID”: Plaza Theatrical Productions presents “Forever Plaid” Sundays, March 11, 18 and 25, at 2 p.m. The “Plaids” are a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles and humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the ’50s, including “Catch A Falling Star,” “Heart and Soul” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” “Forever Plaid” is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 for seniors. For individual and group ticket information, and reservations, call Plaza Theatrical Productions at 5996870, or visit ©©© CHSD BOARD MEETS: The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, February 29, at 8 p.m. in the board room at 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. All are invited to attend. ©©© CAST CALLS: Bellmore Players will present “Fiddler On the Roof.” Auditions will be Monday, February 27, and Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Bellmore Jewish Center, 2550 Centre Avenue, Bellmore. For information call Ira at 647-1467. ©©© NORTH BELLMORE BOARD TO MEET: The North Bellmore School District Board of Education will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Martin

Avenue School, 2616 Martin Avenue. All are welcome to attend. ©©© REIKI: Bellmore Reiki Healing Circle will meet in Studio 3, at Dorothy’s School of Dance. 2815 Merrick Road, Bellmore, Saturday, February 25, at 1:15 p.m. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing. Donations are greatly appreciated. ©©© NOTICE TO NONPUBLIC S C H O O L PA R E N T S : Bellmore School District parents are reminded that New York State law requires a written transportation request annually by April 1, from parents or guardians of students (grades K6) who plan to attend private or parochial schools outside the school district in which they legally reside. Requests must be submitted prior to April 1 for the school year beginning September. Transportation application forms for the 2012-2013 school year are available at the Bellmore School District, Business Office, 580 Winthrop Avenue, Bellmore, 11710 or on its website at, under the “District” tab. Parents of new students to the district must call the superintendent’s office at 679-2911 to register their child/children, even though they will be attending a private or parochial school outside the Bellmore School District. ©©© BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: A three-on-three basketball tournament will be held

at Kennedy High School on Sunday, March 4, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds will go to the 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition. Teams will play in grade levels 5-12, or in adult groups. No more than four to a team. $10 per person if paid before Tuesday, February 21, $12 after that date. Food and drinks will be available. To register contact Brett Keller at Or drop off or mail to Lifestyle Sports, 1891 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh 11793, Attn: B4BC. Checks should be payable to 1 in 9: The Breast Cancer Action Coalition. Also contact Brett at 659-2211, or you can visit ©©© VOLUNTEER HELP WANTED: A blind 61-yearold Merrick woman is looking for female volunteers to keep her company. She would like as many volunteers as possible, and asks that they sit with her, talk with her and take her out. They can be high-schoolaged to senior citizens. She requests company all year long, during the week and on the weekends, in the afternoon. She has lived in Merrick all of her life, attending Chatterton Elementary School, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Kennedy High School. Her parents have died and she is lonely. Contact Allyn Weisenberg at 546-3838 if you are interested. ©©© NONPUBLIC STUDENT T R A N S P O RTAT I O N : Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District parents are reminded that New York State law requires a written transporta-

ef for ts, combined with suppor t from their families, friends and teachers, enabled them to raise over $3,300 for the cause.

tion request annually by April 1 from parents or guardians of students (grades 7-12) who plan to attend private or parochial schools. Requests must be submitted prior to April 1, for the school year beginning in September. Transportation application forms for the 2012-2013 school year are available at the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Business Office, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick 11566 or at the district website, ©©© NEW OFFICERS: The new officers of The Smithville South Hook, Ladder and Engine Company 1, Ladies Auxiliary of the North Bellmore Fire Department for the 2012-13 year, are Darlene Sherwood, president; Debbie White, vice-president; Ginny Marschall, treasurer; Dottie Lotten, recording secretary; Bonnie Ryan, financial secretary; Jeannine Lang, corresponding secretary; and Annette Skolocky, sergeant-at-arms. ©©© BLOOD DRIVE: A blood drive will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus, at 2333 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore, ©©© ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE: The Bellmore United Methodist Church on Clarendon Avenue will hold a community Ash Wednesday Service tonight, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed. All are welcome. ©©© FUNDRAISER: Bellmore-North Bellmore Mercy League will sponsor an Atlantic City Showboat trip on Monday, February 27. The bus departs from St. Barnabas parking lot at 7:45 a.m. The price is $40/$30 slot play. No refund will be given without replacement. Send checks to Alice Goldsmith, 2055 Bergen Street, Bellmore 11710. Make checks payable to Mercy Medical Center. For information call Alice at 781-2783 or Emily at 781-7330 ©©© ICE SKATING SCHEDULE: Newbridge Arena, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore, offers ice skating on Wednesdays 4-6 p.m., Thursdays 8-10 a.m., Fridays 8:30-10:30 a.m., 1:45-3:45 p.m., 4-6 p.m., 8:30-10:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m. ©©© TEMPLE CELEBRATES 60: As part of Temple Beth-El of Bellmore’s 60th anniversary celebration the temple has

$6. To reserve your seat or for any questions, contact Jackie at 459-7500. ©©© FREE LECTURES: The Hazak Chapter of the Bellmore Jewish Center announces two programs that are open and free to the public, made possible by The New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities Program. The first program, today, February 22, at 1:30 p.m., offers “Faces of Jewish Humor: The Saga of the Shlemiel and the Shlimazel,” a lecture by Ruth Adler, professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature at Baruch College. The second program, on Wednesday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m., is “Political Humor: A Look Back in Anger Mixed with Mirth,” presented by Joseph Dorinson, professor of history at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. These lectures will be held at the Bellmore Jewish Center. Pre-registration is necessary. Call Bill at 221-2056. ©©© ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold “An Evening of Good Food and Good Fellowship” St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be served. Advance ticket sales start Sunday, February 19. Cost is $15 for adults, $7 children 6-12 years. Under five years,

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invited Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum to be its Scholar-in-residence for Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. Rabbi Rosenbaum is the son of the temple’s founding rabbi, the late Rabbi Nathan Rosenbaum. Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum will dine on Friday evening with sponsors and speak at Shabbat morning services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in psychology, ED.M. in special education from Rutgers and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Rosenbaum is the creator of two national programs for the Jewish Conservative Movement entitled Make a Lulav Shake and Sneak Into Shul this Yom Kippur. He is the producer of over 20 Purim Shpiels (spoofs), among them “Megilli Vanilli,” “The Cohen Heads” and “Blazing Shrudels.” June 10 will be the temple’s 60th Anniversary Gala. Go to for information. Temple BethEl of Bellmore is at 1373 Bellmore Road in North Bellmore. For information call the temple office Monday through Friday at 781-2650. ©©© SPRING AUCTION: The Park Avenue Elementary School PTA will host its Annual Spring Auction on Thursday, March 15, at the East Meadow Jewish Center, beginning at 7 p.m. Dinner is $40 and tickets start at

free. There will be raffles, traditional music and fun. The church is at 1294 Bellmore Avenue, North Bellmore.


Kudos to Kennedy students To Bellmore Life: A few good news items from Kennedy...Congratulations to Luke Massaro and Stanley Ramdhany Jr., who were named Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Applause to Kayla Babbush who was named one of the top runners-up in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in New York. The program judges recognized eight New York students as Distinguished Finalists. Kayla is the founder of the Teens For Life organization, through which she has coordinated CPR and AED training for more than 1,200 students. She has also lobbied New York legislators to one day have CPR training mandated for high school students. Kayla also qualified for the President's Vounteer Service Award and has received a certificate and letter from President Obama. How impressive! Lorraine Poppe, Principal

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CHSD SHARKS MAKE A SPLASH: Last weekend the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks par ticipated in the Long Beach Polar Bear’s Super Bowl Sunday Splash in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their

Wenshaw Park will hold a community welcome home celebration for CPL Kevin P. Vaughan, Friday, March 9, from 4:45-6 p.m with a line up along the celebration route, Winifred Drive, Merrick (starting at the corner of Shaw Drive and ending on Whittier Avenue) to cheer Kevin as he arrives home from combat in Afghanistan. For information, e-mail Wenshaw Park Civic Association at or call 379-1032.

Doo wop Curé of Ars Parish Center, at 2323 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, will host its annual Rock ’n Roll show starring The Devotions, Saturday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. $45 per person includes dancing, buffet dinner, beer, wine, soda, 50/50 chances and raffles. To reserve your ticket call 623-1400, ext. 105.

Yoga on their minds The Long Island Yoga Association will hold a workshop on Sunday, March 10, from 1-4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 407 Main Street, Farmingdale. For information call 631-261-1777 or visit Or e-mail to

Music lovers expo The American Legion, Broadway and Veterans Boulevard in Massapequa, will sponsor a Long Island Music Lovers Expo on Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, tapes, 45s, singles, T-shirts, posters and memorabilia; dealers from around the Northeast carrying rare, new and used music in rock, metal, jazz, R&B, alternative, classical, new age, soul, show, sound tracks, folk, comedy, disco, new releases, imports, out of print; and collectibles will be on hand. Records start at $1 and CDs at $2. New CDs are $9. Free parking across from Long Island Rail Road. Admission is $5. For information call 973-209-6067, email to or you can visit

Merrick Chorale rehearsals Beginning Tuesday, March 6, The Merrick Chorale’s rehearsals will be getting back into full swing in preparation for the spring concert, called Mostly Gershwin, to be held early in June. The chorale rehearses every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m., September-May, with a short break in February. Rehearsals are now being held in the music room of the Merrick Avenue Middle School at 1870 Merrick Avenue, North Merrick. The songs of George Gershwin offer the perfect opportunity for joining your


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voices in the rhapsody of choral harmony. Herbert Bradensten, the chorale’s director for this Spring performance, invites sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to join in the fun of singing in the Merrick Chorale. Call 378-2285 for information.

Goods and services auction The Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center at 3710 Woodbine Avenue, Wantagh, will once again present its “Goods and Services Auction” on Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Included will be many items and services, such as dinners, shows, jewelry, a day at the races, gift certificates, raffles and more. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be served. For information call 785-2445.

Jobs fair Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick) will hold a Job Resource Expo to help individuals looking for jobs better prepare themselves to find employment. The event will be held on Friday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Freeport Recreation Center, at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport. Senator Fuschillo’s job resource expo will help job seekers learn tools that will help improve their chances of gaining employment. Those in attendance can have their resumes reviewed, learn interviewing skills and job-searching tips, and speak with career counselors. Participants can also learn about job training programs, upcoming civil service exams, higher education, social service assistance programs, vocational and educational services for individuals with disabilities and starting a small business. Residents who would like information about Senator Fuschillo’s Job Resource Expo can call his office at 882-0630 or visit

Work and keep your benefits The National Alliance on Mental Health of Queens/Nassau is sponsoring a How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits talk on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zucker Hillside Hospital Sloman Auditorium, 226 Street and 76 Avenue, Glen Oaks. The speaker is Evan Feuer, MA, LMHC, and vocational counselor at Sign On Village. Learn from Mr. Feuer how to find a job through work incentives and still keep your various state unemployment benefits.

edge-of-your seat conclusion. The show can be seen on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. Student and senior discount price is $17 on Fridays and Sundays. For information call 868-6400.

Poetry readings On Sunday, March 18, poet Jack Anderson will read from his 10 books of poetry in the multipurpose room of Wilbur Arts Center at Molloy College, beginning at 3 p.m. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship. Also on the bill is Mario Susko, survivor of the Bosnian war, who has written 30 collections of poetry and teaches at Nassau Community College. The readings are free. Call 678-5000 for information and directions.

Brooklyn Rider On Friday, February 24, Molloy College will present Brooklyn Rider, a

Self-defense class Save Seaford Sports is hosting a oneday self-defense class for women ages 13up. The class will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. at All Stars Gymnastics in Levittown. The cost is $20. Make checks payable to Save Seaford Sports. The class will be given by Lenny Romeo, seventh-degree black belt from the Tai Zen School of Self Defense. Contact Stephanie Coakley to confirm your spot at or call 477-4862. Register early.

Hempstead Town offers free tax assistance to seniors The Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment is offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) to help senior citizens prepare their income tax returns. The free program is being offered to seniors at various local libraries and senior centers. “The VITA Program has a long and successful history of helping seniors who require assistance filing their tax returns,” said Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. All VITA tax preparers are resident volunteers who have been trained by the town’s Department of Senior Enrichment in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Seniors who attend one of the tax preparation sessions must bring their 2010 tax return, W2 form, 1099 form (for interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, IRAS and annuities), 2011


general and school tax receipts, STAR exemption records, Social Security cards and photo identification. Required documents also include itemized expenses (if applicable), such as medical and prescription bills, mortgage interest, contributions and/or insurance premiums. Residents may be asked to complete additional paperwork at their session. “I would like to thank our group of VITA volunteers for their help in making this program possible,” concluded Ms. Murray. “I urge all of our senior residents to take advantage of this free tax program.” To view a VITA program schedule, seniors can call the Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment at 485-8100, or visit the town’s website at

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A life coach experience Life coaches help people make positive changes in their lives. Certified Life Coach Susan Soll invites you to a workshop tonight, February 15, at 7 p.m. Sign up at the reference desk.

Knitting and Crochet Club Alice Dictor offers tips and techniques and the informal club meets in the community room of the library on Thursday, February 16, at 7 p.m.

Safe driving classes Sign up now for an evening defensive driving class with Steve Schwartz on Tuesday, February 21, and Thursday, February 23, 7-10 p.m. Fee: $35. The next AARP safe driving class will be held on Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $17 with your AARP card, or $19.

Meet photographer John Telfer Meet the photographer whose work is now on display in the library’s community room on Sunday, February 26, from 2-4 p.m.

Current Events Club Do you enjoy keeping up with politics? Are you interested in current events and contemporary history? Join historian Jack Bilello at the library on Wednesday, February 29, at 2:30 p.m. for a lively informal discussion!

Relax and enjoy an hour of meditation on Wednesday, February 29, at 7 p.m. Greg Gordon, a volunteer from the Dipamkara Meditation Center, leads the program.

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Bridge players meet every Tuesday, 14 p.m. and mah jongg players meet on Thursdays. Any questions? Call Patti Paris at the library.

Download eBooks and audiobooks Learn how to download free from the library’s website to your new Nook, the Sony eBook reader, your iPad, smartphone and lots more on Wednesday, March 7, 2- 4 p.m. and again at 7-9 p.m. The program will be repeated on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Fee: $5. Computer beginners are invited to sign up now for an Introduction to the Computer on Wednesday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

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by Claudia Borecky The Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations has been formed to provide a strong, united voice to address issues that affect the county. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of civic associations that can be found at The first issue that the coalition seeks to address is the county’s proposal to sell or lease three sewage treatment plants. These facilities are public assets owned by county residents and taxpayers. We, the people, are uniting to save our assets. The coalition is demanding full disclosure of the county’s proposal, transparency and oversight prior to sealing any deal, including citizens’ review along every step of the process. The coalition will request that a citizens’ advisory committee be established so that resident-taxpayers of the county and own-

ers of the facilities have a recognized voice in any decision. The coalition believes that public oversight is necessary to protect against potential increases in costs to the taxpayers of Nassau County, loss of local control and the possibility of the buyer and lessor negatively impacting the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of families and environment. Balancing a budget County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to sell or lease the Cedar Creek, Bay Park and Glen Cove sewage treatment plants for $1.3 billion to balance the 2012 and 2013 budgets. For investing such a large sum of money, a private investor would expect to reap huge profits from tax dollars. It’s been proven time and again, locally and across the country, that once a profit-driven private entity takes over a

revenue-neutral municipal service, fees skyrocket to negatively impact residents. This one-time budget fix is included in the 2012 budget, and was approved by the Nassau County’s legislative majority in October 2011. Subsequently, the Rules Committee voted along party lines in December 2011 to contract Morgan Stanley for $100,000 per quarter to assist the county in finding a buyer/operator. Morgan Stanley will receive an additional fee of not less than $5 million if any deal is made. Mr. Mangano will have his onetime budget fix; but residents will not have input in a billion-dollar deal that will impact our county for generations to come.

Clubhouse in Merrick. Over 60 civic associations expressed interest in joining. It is divided into nine regions throughout the county, each region electing a director to its Executive Board. Although the coalition is in its infancy, the urgency of Mr. Mangano’s proposal has ignited a spark that is spreading like wildfire throughout the county. If you’d like to learn more about the county’s sewage treatment plan or help stop this the plan, visit “We the People Save our Waters” on Facebook. For information regarding the coalition, call Claudia Borecky, president, North and Central Merrick Civic Association, at 9726988, visit, or email

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Local band members are ‘Allies’ toward success and participated in Calhoun’s On Tour program. Sean has been playing bass for six years, though he pragmatically notes that when he began working, the time he had available to play quickly dwindled. Of course, he was playing alone. Now, playing as a band, the members agree that the band is a top priority, and they always make time for their rigorous rehearsal schedule. When questioned about the chemistry of the band, Joe explains that the members do not consider each other friends, but rather brothers. “Families are forever,” he declares, and they consider themselves family. Seeing the band together, it’s difficult to believe they aren’t related by blood. The comfortable, easygoing relationship among the four is obvious, with a palpable connection that shows in their interactions. The band describes itself as alternative rock, but Ryan is quick to clarify. “We don’t really feel a label is necessary. It’s all about expression.” With influences including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Brand New, the members draw from multiple sources of inspiration to create a sound distinctly their own. Again, the band’s overall message of unity and equality shows through in the effortless way in which they mesh the different aspects each member brings. And it’s not only the band members who

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The members agree that the parts they write individually often work together as if they were planned – when they weren’t. And if it doesn’t work, they move on. “You can tell if it’s not genuine,” they nod. Joe says that this incarnation has brought out a certain maturity in all of them, which goes with the overall evolution they describe, individually and as a group. “I used to try to write in metaphor,” he says. “The upcoming EP is a heart-on-my-sleeve record.” When asked what they plan next, a number of answers were offered, all with one theme – positivity. “You’re wasting energy by thinking negatively,” Ryan says. More information on Allies can be found at, and the band can be reached at This year the band anticipates new and exciting opportunities, and their fans look forward to seeing what they can accomplish. – Ilana Mele

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Meet Allies, an aptly named group of talented young musicians ready to take the Long Island music scene by storm. Singer and keyboard player Joe Villafane, 19, hails from Merrick and graduated from Calhoun High School. Guitarist and backing vocalist Ryan Higbie, 19, is a Seaford High School graduate, as are drummer Alex Kaufman, 19, and bassist Sean Banicki, 20. The band, formerly known as Along the Falls, has changed its name to reflect the recent change in lineup. The members explain that the current incarnation of the band was not what Along the Falls had been known for, and recently settled on its new name. The four band members are modest and talk more about each other’s strengths than their own – with a few good-natured jabs interspersed, of course. Of drummer Alex, Ryan says, “He’s not a normal drummer, he’s a serious percussionist.” The percussion major at Nassau Community College then rattles off at least six instruments he plays, and adds that he’d like to learn more about his instruments. Ryan began playing bass in seventh grade, and taught himself guitar in early high school. He credits his skill as a vocalist to Seaford High School teacher Yvonne Bendzlowicz, saying, “I had no idea I had a voice until I worked with her.” Joe has been singing since fourth grade, has studied with voice teachers

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ENTERTAINING LIFE Anne Mark, Chris James, Nick Vermitsky at Song Box The Song Box presents Annie Mark and Chris James, and Nick Vermitsky on Saturday, February 25, at 8 p.m. at a private residence in Seaford. Annie Mark and Chris James What to expect at an Annie Mark and Chris James show? Straight-up, heartfelt, no-nonsense harmonies throughout, interspersed with Chris’s inspired guitar work supported by Annie’s simple, steady rhythm guitar. Annie and Chris are a dynamic duo whose eclectic mix of originals and covers pack a punch and leave you wanting more. Whether playing with Chris, adding a harmony on a recording, playing with her all-original band The Miss Trees, performing an intimate solo performance with her guitar or Celtic harp, Annie Mark’s pure love of music and song shine through. Meanwhile, Chris James can be heard fronting his own band The Hideaways as well as lending his talents to The Last Hombres, The XLerators and the Welldiggers when not working as a session player on many recording projects.

Both Annie and Chris participate in NYRMA (the New York Roots Music Association), an organization of talented local musicians whose goal has been to make the world a better place through live music. Nick Vermitsky Local guitar virtuoso Nick Vermitsky is a 30-year veteran player who has studied classical music and the art of Big Bill Broonzy and the folksingers of New England. He is a master of rapid-fire high-energy 6- and 12-string finger style playing a la Leo Kottke (one of his heroes). In a recent review, The Island Ear said, “Nick plays with incredible speed and delicacy… He has proved himself an artist of the highest quality.” He peppers his performances with unusual arrangements of popular tunes, as well as his own compositions and quirky humor. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated, and advance reservations are required. You can make advance reservations by sending an e-mail to songbox@opton- You will be sent a confirmation and directions via return e-mail. Reservations can also be made at 5795365. Leave a message with your name and phone number and you’ll be called back to confirm and give you directions. The Song Box house concert series is now in its 11th season. Seating is limited to about 35. A pot-luck buffet is served during the break between performers – bring something if you’re feeling creative. Coming Saturday, March 24: Bob Westcott and Hungrytown (Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson).

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In Tune – with Paul Biondi New Year’s resolutions (part 1) Are they measurable and specific? For example: “I want to play really fast” isn’t measurable and specific; “I want to play Paganini ‘5th Caprice’ at 130 bpm [beats per minute]” is. Do your goals excite and inspire you? What rewards will these accomplishments bring into your life that will make it worth putting in the work? I once had a student who wanted to learn to play the guitar because every time he was at a party, he found that the guys who played guitar got the attention of all the women in the room. His desire to be “that guy” was a goal that inspired him. Are you committed to doing everything in your power (within reason) to make it happen? I always say “within reason” because I remember teaching a

beginner guitar student with a goal to play his favorite songs within a few of months. He was so determined to meet his goal, that he wore the calluses off his finger tips (yuk) practicing five-plus hours a day. Concern about his diminishing attention to schoolwork and socializing, his parents and I helped him create a practice schedule that allowed for a more well-rounded approach to meeting his guitar goals. To get you started, here are some typical goals I see from my students: be able to tune guitar by ear; get a record deal; start a band; play at a battle of the bands; learn to play all the songs on “Dark Side of the Moon”; play at friends’ parties to get a date; transcribe one pop/rock song

a week; make a demo; get paid to play; make a living from music. Look over these goals by other students. Do they all fit the criteria above (are they measurable and inspiring)? Which column would you place them in? Now it’s time to organize your goals. Take out a sheet of paper and create three columns. Label the columns something like “short” “medium” and “long” or whatever wording you prefer that represents a probable completion time of three months, six months and one year or longer. Organize your goals by placing them into the appropriate columns. Next, we’ll look at how to create a plan to make your goals a reality.


The celebratory mood of New Year’s Eve fades away like the last sputtering sparks of a Roman Candle on the Fourth of July. For a lot of people, goals for losing weight, getting better grades or a better job and eating healthier are in full-swing. For musicians, what we want is to take our skills to the next level. So now it’s time to ask, how are your musical goals coming along? Good? Not so good? If making goals is a habit still new to you, search online for your favorite musicians. If they’re still breathing, you’ll find them discussing their plans for 2012 and beyond. You’ll read about professional guitar players studying new music theory material and acquiring new techniques and skills. Touring artists (with laptop in tow) are studying composition, music production, scoring for film, etc., to get themselves ready for bigger and better things. This approach of always having a goal in mind is not only exciting, but a necessity for staying motivated. And it’s critical if you’re auditioning for a competitive music program or desirable gig. Besides, musicians who don’t aspire to improve their skills eventually become stuck, frustrated and bored. So how do we go about creating and completing goals? There are many approaches. To help you get started, I’ve consolidated some practical and easy to follow guidelines that I post on the bulletin board in my studio as a reminder to my students. I would like to share them with you. It begins with organizing your imagination. Start by articulating what you really want to accomplish. Next, create a plan for how you will make it so. As you think about your goals and dreams, ask yourself the following questions:

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Specialized schools AND CAMP DIRECTORY Friedberg JCC Family of Camps 15 Neil Court, Oceanside 766-4341 The Friedberg JCC Family of Camps offers a variety of camping experiences for children ages, 2-16. Three preschool camps are conveniently located in Oceanside, Merrick and Long Beach, and are held in modern, well-equipped surroundings. Each includes sports clinics, drama, music, swim instruction, arts & crafts, professional entertainment, Judaic culture and more. Campers, grades K-4, enjoy the beauty of 450 wooded acres while participating in swim, sports, drama, Judaic culture, nature, science and a professionally-designed golf driving range and a NEW challenge course. Campers in grades 3 & 4 enjoy horseback riding and overnight adventures. Explorers, a transition program for grades 5 & 6 have the luxury of traditional day camp, a variety of day trips and extended overnights. Voyagers (grades 7-9), designed with teens in mind, includes fantastic day trips and extended overnights to destinations such as Canada and Boston. Transportation for camp is provided on air-conditioned buses and meals are included in most camps. Specialty camps offered by the JCC include Theatre Camp (ages 5-12), Camps for Children with Disabilities and Sunrise Day Camp, the only dedicated day camp in the nation for children with cancer and their siblings.

Friedberg JCC Family of Camps – Merrick/Bellmore Branch 225 Fox Blvd., Merrick 379-9386 Welcome to the Friedberg JCC Early Childhood Summer Camp Experience! At our Merrick/Bellmore Preschool location, we strive to incorporate our school year philosophy into a vital, active and -- most importantly -- fun summer program for children! Our camp program is unique because Early Childhood is all we do. Our experienced early childhood specialists coordinate to bring weekly themes that are filled with creative crafts, dramatic play, dance, movement and loads of sports! Our sports program includes ProSoccer, yoga, judo, tee ball and tennis. Our supervised swim program offers one-on-one instruction. Friday Shabbats, entertainment, trips for fours and fives, “Super Science” and lots of “silly days” make our pre-school camp a unique and genuine early childhood camping experience for your child. Our professional dedicated staff will give you peace of mind and provide your child with a nurturing environment. This summer trust the specialists in Early Childhood Education and give your child an experience where they will blossom and grow!

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Twin Oaks Country Day School & Camp 458 Babylon Turnpike, Freeport 516-623-4550 For over 35 years, Twin Oaks has been a leader in camping for all ages. From tots to teens we offer a full program of sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. 2 heated pools, spacious fields, an Arts and Crafts center, a large indoor gymnasium/theater and state of the art playgrounds make Twin Oaks the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Elective programming including, a “Broadway style production”, “Cool Crafts”, “Culinary Magic” and many more offered to our 2nd thru 4th grade campers. Our Gemini Teen Travel Program from 5th thru 8th grade and our Gemini Adventure partial travel program from 4th6th grade are the best travel programs around. Join the fun for summer 2012. The excitement of Twin Oaks continues all year long in our nursery school with the thrill of lFor over 35 years, Twin Oaks has been a leader in camping for all ages. From tots to teens we offer a full program of sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. 2 heated pools, spacious fields, an Arts and Crafts center, a large indoor gymnasium/theater and state of the art playgrounds make Twin Oaks the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Elective programming including, a “Broadway style production”, “Cool Crafts”, “Culinary Magic” and many more offered to our 2nd thru 4th grade campers. Our Gemini Teen Travel Program from 5th thru 8th grade and our Gemini Adventure partial travel program from 4th6th grade are the best travel programs around. Join the fun for summer 2012. The excitement of Twin Oaks continues all year long in our nursery school with the thrill of learning. Our caring, nurturing staff provides the best education. Our fully accredited school prepares your preschooler for and easy transition into elementary school. Our hands on academic experiences are available from toddlers to our Full Day Kindergarten. Call us and give your child the gift of learning. Our caring, nurturing staff provides the best education. Our fully accredited school prepares your preschooler for and easy transition into elementary school. Our hands on academic experiences are available from toddlers to our Full Day Kindergarten. Call us and give your child the gift of learning.

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Temple B’nai Torah Nursery School and Summer Program 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh Tel - 516-781-KIDS (5437) A place for learning and nurturing for all children and their families! Our school program offers fun-filled educational experiences for ages 18 months through Kindergarten Enrichment. Our curriculum includes such activities as reading readiness, computers, science, math, cooking, creative movement, and music. Our entire staff is experienced, caring, trained in CPR, first aid, and is NYS certified. We have a security system with a private entrance, and a fully fenced-in playground with safety padding. We have an indoor playroom, and our entire building is air-conditioned. We offer half-day, mini-day, or full day programs for 35 days. Early drop off and late-stay available. Our Summer Fun Program accomodates children from 2 years, 9 months to 7 years old. Each week is a special theme, and snacks to go along with it. Special events include “Backwards Day,” and “Crazy Hat Day.” Each day the children have the chance to experience the outdoors by going into the playground, playing sports, and then some water fun with the sprinkler, water table, and water games. Registration now in progress for Summer Fun & Fall Programs. Call 516-781- KIDS (5437)

South Shore Country Day School & Camp 54 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE! 1149 Newbridge Road North Bellmore 785-3311 South Shore Country Day School & Camp has been operating a private preschool and elementary school, as well as a summer day camp since 1958. South Shore provides your child with a developmentally appropriate educational experience. Programs include Mommy & Me, Terrific Tots, Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Enrichment, First Grade and Second Grade. Specialty programs include field trips, music, computers, gymnastics, and Spanish and more. They have NYS Certified Teachers and the school is chartered by NYS Board of Regents. South Shore Day Camp has programs from Tots to Teens! Camp activities focus on promoting self-esteem, making friends and having fun! Morning, Mini Day, and Full Day Sessions are available with 2-3 or 5 days options. South Shore’s safe, secure campus includes air conditioned buildings, a tree-house playground, in-ground pools, and athletic fields. Daily nutritious snacks, lunch, and door to door airconditioned mini bus transportation is included. Our Teen travel program for grades 7 and 8 includes 4 overnight trips at no extra charge. Our Explorer program for grades 5 and 6 include 1 overnight trip at no extra charge. We do not charge extra for morning or evening extended hours! All our prices include everything! There is no fine print!

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ENTERTAINING LIFE County holds first film advisory board meeting Nassau County hosted its first Film Advisory Board meeting, formed to promote the resources Nassau County has to offer the film industry. The duties of the members of the board are to promote Nassau County and its sites as locations for filming activities, solicit available locations for film purposes that are listed with the Nassau County Film Office, serve as ambassadors of Goodwill for the film industry when dealing with different villages/cities/etc. in Nassau County, as well as to promote the county’s film festival – The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), held each second week in July at the Bellmore Movies. Together, 30-plus movies and television shows resulted in $90 million being spent in the local economy, as well as

producing revenue for the county. To stay on this path and aid in our economic recovery, the Nassau County Film Commission has hosted a Film-Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour of the County two years in a row. This business-friendly model encourages the industry to work in the region and create jobs in Nassau County and it is these new jobs, and new industries, that are so desperately needed here on Long Island. All members of the board were appointed to a two-year term by County Executive Edward P. Mangano, who spearheaded the board’s development. Movies and television shows are now being filmed in Nassau County on a regular basis. “Salt,” the major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie, and the recently released “Man on a Ledge,”

were both largely shot in Nassau County. Additionally, many television shows are being filmed around Nassau. “Royal Pains,” the hit USA TV network television show, is filmed on several locations throughout the county, including the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Other county facilities have also been used, including the Sands Point Preserve for filming the Fox television show, “Running Wilde,” and the county jail for the television shows “The Good Wife,” “Unforgettable,” “Person of Interest” and the “Smurfs Movie.” Other movies and television shows filmed in the county include “Arthur,” “White Collar,” “Gossip Girl,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Wall Street II,” “Win-Win,” “Rescue Me” and “Dark Horse.”

Film Advisory Board members include: Jackie Martling (comedian and actor); Joe Gannascoli (actor), Kory Mills-Diskin of Jade Productions, Parviz Farahzad of Grumman Studios, Lyndsey Lostritto of Gold Coast Studios, Angela Susan Anton of Anton Newspapers, Debra Markowitz, director of the Nassau County Film Office; Laura Siegel of Creative Entertainment Connections, Bruce Feinberg of BMF Studio, Dan Brennan, Dan Brennan Media, Bellmore resident Sal Del Giudice of Tangerine Films, Larry Strong of Tufux Entertainment, TJ Collins of Poseidon Productions, Clint Smith of Sunset Entertainment, Michael Arbouet of Mad Prodigy Films, and Fred Carpenter, independent filmmaker.

Find your entertainment here You don’t need to go far to find great entertainment and activities. Check out these opportunities, practically in your backyard! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, 794-9303 April 7-8 – Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour. April 28 – Rammstein. NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, 334-0800 March 24 – The Fresh Beat Band. April 1 – Mythbusters: Behind the Myths.

April 9 – Kevin James. April 13 – Zebra. April 14-15 – Moody Blues. April 18 – Tower of Power/War. April 20 – Smokey Robinson. April 21 – Liza Minelli. April 22 – Greg Lake. April 27 – Chicago. April 28 – Bob Weir – solo acoustic. The Paramount Huntington, 631-673-7300 March 1 – Matt Nathanson. March 2 – Children of Bodom. March 4 – Jane’s Addiction. March 11 – Dropkick Murphy.

March 23 – Jefferson Starship. April 4 – Blue October. April 17 – Guster and Jeff Garlin. May 12 – Dark Star Orchestra. Mulcahy’s Wantagh, 783-7500 March 4 – Filter. Our Times Coffeehouse Ethical Humanist Society Building Garden City March 16 – Chasing June. May 18 – The Jammin’ Deva’s.

Rachel’s Waterside Grill, 281 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport Thursday February 23 – Bellmore’s Danny Langdon from 7-10 p.m. Danny will perform acoustic songs from his debut CD “Hard Lessons” as well as some of his favorite cover songs. Download “Hard Lessons” at For information call 546-0050, or visit All shows are subject to change without notice. Above lists may not be complete. Visit the venue websites or call for further information to confirm times.

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Facilities include a beautiful indoor, air conditioned classroom with many windows and skylights, and a beautiful outdoor shaded playing space with 3 play sets to accommodate all ages, along with a wide variety of outdoor toys. Kosher breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are served daily to ease the burden on parents. Flexible schedule of half days, full days and extended hours are available for children aged 12 months to 4 years old. The Jewish ELC also offers a great first camp experience for your very young child, with water play, sports, baking and specialist instruction in gymnastics, music, karate, drumming and more. Special discounts for early registration! For a preschool or daycare experience ‘where every child counts’, choose the Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore!


It’s time for ‘Long Island’s Got Talent’ Attention Long Island students! Can you carry a tune? Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so get your audition DVD submitted now for Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Long Island’s Got Talent 2012! Created by WMHO’s Youth Corps, Long Island students will get an opportunity to show off their talents this spring. It’s open to Long Island students 10-17

years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time award is given in October. Talent must be nonprofessional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is Thursday, March 1, and there is a $25 entry fee. A total of $25,000 in scholarships will be awarded from Five Towns College and a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the

first-place winner, courtesy of Competition Automotive Group. Those contacted after DVD submission will be asked to perform at the first round on March 23 at WMHO’s Educational and Cultural Center. Semifinalists chosen will perform at WHMO’s Summer Concerts series and final performances will take place in October where the winners will be chosen. For full details and Official Entry Form,

call 631-751-2244 or visit Created in 1998, the WMHO Youth Corps is a student volunteer group operating under the auspices of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization. They provide growth and leadership experiences for young people in grades 6-12 through various activities and community service projects.

University band students and regional high school bands will perform at the eighth annual Long Island University Band Festival Concert Sunday, March 3, at 8 p.m at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the LIU Post campus. Dr. James McRoy, chair of the LIU Post music department and music professor, will lead the festival band as artistic director and conductor. Guest conductors will include Scott Dunn, Matthew Sisia and Julie Giroux, who also will serve as the event’s composer-in-residence. The festival will feature performances by the LIU Post Wind Ensemble, LIU Post Symphonic Band, Baldwin High School Wind Symphony, and East Meadow High School Wind Ensemble in conjunction with the Tilles Festival Band (a 180-member ensemble consisting of the university

band students and the two participating high school band ensembles.) During her career, Ms. Giroux has composed and orchestrated music for television and film. In 2011, she received an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction” – the first woman and the youngest person ever to win the award in that category. She has scored music for Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli and Peabo Bryson, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Reba McIntyre and other recording artists. General admission tickets are $10, and $8 for students and seniors. For information, and to request tickets, call the Tilles Center Box Office at 299-3100. LIU Post is at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville. The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is now known as LIU Post.

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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING NORTH BELLMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY NORTH BELLMORE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Librar y District Meeting and Voting upon the appropriation of necessar y funds and tax levy to meet the estimated expenditures of the North Bellmore Public Library for the fiscal year 2012-2013, and the election of a Library Trustee for a full five-year term, to the position currently encumbered by Alvin Johnson, whose term of office will expire June 30, 2012 will be held at the Nor th Bellmore Public Library on Newbridge Road, opposite the firehouse in North Bellmore, on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and as much longer as may be necessary for all voters then present to cast their votes. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT: 1. Pursuant to Education Law Section 2014, personal registration of voters is required and no person shall be entitled to vote at said meeting and election whose name does not appear on the register of said Library; and 2. Any person shall be entitled to have his name placed upon such register provided he is known or proven to such Board of Registration to be entitled to vote at the meeting or election for which such registration is prepared to vote at general elections; and 3. Qualified voters may register at the North Bellmore Public Librar y on Thursday,March 22, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Voters having previously registered for any Annual or Special Librar y or School District Election or Meeting, or who shall have voted at any Annual or Special Meeting or Election held or conducted at any time within the past four (4) calendar years prior to the preparation of the register, or who are registered to vote at any general election pursuant to

Section 5-210 of the Election Law of the State of New York are considered registered to vote. Such register will be filed in the office of the Director of the Nor th Bellmore Public Library five (5) days preceding such Special District Meeting and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District during such days between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 4. In accordance with Education Law No. 2018-a, application for absentee ballots for the Library Special District Meeting may be applied for at the Library. Such application must be received by the Board of Registration at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or on the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. The Board of Registration shall make a list of all persons to whom absentee voters' ballots have been issued, and have it available during regular office hours until the day of election. Such list shall be posted at the polling place during the election. No absentee vote ballot shall be canvassed unless it is received not later than 5:00 PM on the day of the election. BUDGET PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the Nor th Bellmore Public Library for the purpose of discussion of the said expenditures of funds and the budget thereof. Copies of the proposed 2012-2013 Library Budget will be available at the Nor th Bellmore Library during regular librar y hours (9AM-9PM Monday-Thursday, 9AM-6PM Friday, 9AM-5PM Saturday and 1 PM-5PM Sunday) commencing fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the Special District Meeting of April 5, 2012 and at the polling place on the day of the Special District Meeting. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the candidates for

the office of Library Trustee shall be nominated by petition. Each petition shall be directed to the Secretary of the Library Board of Trustees and shall be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the District, shall state the residence of each signer and shall state the name and residence of the candidate and specific vacancy for which a candidate is nominated, including at least the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent, if any. In the event that any such nominee shall withdraw his candidacy prior to the election, such person shall not be considered a candidate unless a new petition nominating such person in the same manner and with the same limitations applicable to other candidates is filed with the Secretary of the Library Board of Trustees. No person shall be nominated by petition for more than one separate office. Each petition shall be filed with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the North Bellmore Public Library between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, not later than the thirtieth (30th) day preceding the day of the election, to wit: March 6, 2012 at 5 PM. BY ORDER OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES NORTH BELLMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY BL 304 4T 2/8, 22, 3/7, 21 Notice of formation of Family Homes of LI LLC. Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 01/03/12. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be ser ved. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2386 Penny Court, Bellmore, NY 11710. Purpose: any lawful activities. BL 305 6T 2/8, 15, 22, 29, 3/7, NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE BELLMORE MEMORIAL LIBRARY TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special District Meeting

of the qualified voters of the Bellmore Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, will be held in the Bellmore Memorial Librar y, 2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, New York, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. prevailing time, for the purpose of voting, by voting machine, upon the following items: To adopt the Annual Budget of the Bellmore Memorial Library for the fiscal year 2012-2013, and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the School District; and (2) To elect one (1) Trustee to the Bellmore Memorial Library board to fill a five year term commencing July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2017, as a result of the expiration of the term previously held by Emily Schreiber. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that for the purpose of voting at such meeting on April 18, 2012 the polls will be open between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. prevailing time, and the voting will be held in the Bellmore Memorial Librar y, 2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, New York; and FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for the Bellmore Memorial Library’s purposes, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any resident of the School District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding said meeting, except Sunday, from the Library, located at 2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, New York, during regular business hours; and FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that petitions nominating candidates for the office of Trustee of the Bellmore Memorial Librar y shall be filed at the Bellmore U.F.S.D. District Office, 580 Winthrop Avenue, Bellmore, New York not later than 5:00 p.m. prevailing time Monday, March 19, 2012. Each petition must be directed to the

Clerk of the Library, must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the District and must state the residence of each signer and the name and residence of the candidate; and FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to the provisions of Education Law, personal registration of voters is required, and no person shall be entitled to vote at the meeting whose name does not appear on the register of the School District prepared thereof. All persons who shall have been previously registered for Annual or Special School District Meetings and who shall have voted at any such Annual or Special Meeting held or conducted at any time within the four (4) calendar years prior to April 18, 2012 shall be entitled to vote at this Special District Meeting. In addition, all those who are registered to vote with the Board of Elections of Nassau County pursuant to Article 5 of Election Law shall be entitled to vote at this Special District Meeting. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to the provisions of the Education Law, absentee ballots for the selection of a Trustee of the Library and for the adoption of the annual budget may be applied for at the District Clerk’s office located at the Winthrop Avenue School, 580 Winthrop Avenue, Bellmore, N.Y. during regular business hours. Such application must be received on or before April 10, 2012, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2012, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter; and no such ballot will be canvassed unless it shall have been received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. prevailing time, on the day of the vote/election. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the Bellmore Memorial Library during regular business hours on each of the five days prior to April 18, 2012 except Saturday, Sunday

and holidays; and FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a qualified voter whose ability to appear personally at the polling place is substantially impaired by reason of permanent illness or physical disability and whose registration record has been marked “permanently disabled” by the Board of Elections pursuant to the provisions of the Election Law, shall be entitled to receive an absentee ballot pursuant to the provisions of the Education Law without making separate application for such absentee ballot. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Registration will meet at the Bellmore Memorial Library in said district on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of preparing the register of the school district for such Special District Meeting and for any meeting of said district subsequent to the Special District Meeting; at such time and place any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed upon such register provided that he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be entitled to vote at the meeting or election for which such register is to be prepared and as is authorized by the Education Law of the State of New York. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public information hearing will be held at the Bellmore Memorial Library, Bellmore, New York on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussion of the expenditure of funds for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES BELLMORE MEMORIAL LIBRARY Randy Yee, District Clerk DATED: February 2012 BELLMORE, NEW YORK BL 310 4T 2/22, 3/14, 28, 4/11

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David Meyers of North Bellmore, a member of the class of 2013, was named to Tufts University’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 semester. Michelle H. O’Mara of Bellmore, a sophomore in elementary education, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at SUNY Oswego. Shelby Levinson, studying media and communications in her first year at Northeastern University in Boston, was named to the Fall Dean’s list. She is 2011 graduate of Mepham. Thomas Pisano of Bellmore was named to the fall 2011 Caldwell College Dean’s List. David D’Alto, Hikaru Inuzuka, Andrew Krauss, Nicholas Pedersen, Rena Semertzidis, Alexander Traum, Harrison Uzwy, Cara Veneziano and Meredith Walker of Bellmore; and Ryan Heller, Jason Seligson, Jessica Wald and Jarret Yahney of North Bellmore, were named to the University at Albany’s Fall 2011 Dean’s List. Marisa Scimeca of Bellmore, and Kelly Farrington, Stephanie Fiorello and Sarah Leibowitz of North Bellmore, have been named to the Fall 2011 Dean’s List at Hofstra University. Alise Lingenau of Bellmore was named to the Fall 2011 Provost’s List at Hofstra University. The following area residents were

named to the Dean’s List at SUNY Cortland for the Fall 2011 semester: Aeryal Davison, a freshman speech and language disabilities major and Samantha Sand, a junior adolescence education/Spanish major, both from Bellmore; and Caitlyn-Marie Clarke, a freshman pre-major major; Joseph Ferreri, a freshman adolescence education/social studies major; Neal Gursky, a senior kinesiology: fitness development major; Robyn Macy, a senior professional writing major; Jenna Sidor, a sophomore childhood education major; and Kaitlyn Paolillo, a junior inclusive special education major, all from North Bellmore. Kathy Ruvolo of Bellmore was named to the Siena College President’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. Siena College is in Loudonville, New York. The following local residents were named to the Dean's List at Ithaca College for the fall 2011 semester. Patrick Mazzella of Bellmore, a junior acting major, was named to the Fall 2011 Dean’s List at Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Ariella Serur of Bellmore, a sophomore musical theater major, was named to the Dean’s List at Ithaca College's School of Humanities and Sciences.

Alexander Ambrecht of Bellmore, a sophomore television-radio major, was named to the Dean’s List at Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications. The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List in Poughkeepsie, New York, for the Fall 2011 semester: Eric Anderson, Class of 2015 majoring in mathematics; Edward Crean, Class of 2013 majoring in business administration/emphasis on finance; Lia DeGregorio, Class of 2013 majoring in psychology/special education, and Daniel Whelan, Class of 2012 majoring in biology/adolescent education, all from Bellmore; and Andrew Noe, Class of 2014 majoring in biology/adolescent education, Jennifer Rizza, Class of 2014 majoring in mathemetics/adolescent education; Lana Tenaglia, Class of 2014 majoring in psychology; and Jane Tracy, Class of 2013 majoring in English-writing/adolescent education, all from North Bellmore. The Fall semester Dean’s List at Bryant University in Smithfield,

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Winning one for little Bobby Mulcahy’s of Wantagh will host Little Bobby’s Battle Against Cancer on Saturday, March 31, from 3-7 p.m. to raise funds for two-yearold Bobby Genovese, who has stage 3 liver cancer. Because little Bobby is undergoing chemotherapy and will need a new liver, his parents

and Mulcahy’s ask for your kindness in helping them raise funds during a party for Bobby. $75 includes raffles, bottle beer, great food and live music. For information visit or Little Bobby’s Battle Against Cancer on Facebook.

Rhode Island, includes the following area residents: Sam Rosen, a sophomore business administration major from Bellmore; and Marissa Cohen, a sophomore business administration major; and Dana McNamara, a senior accounting major, both from North Bellmore. Heather Muscara, a junior secondary education major, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 semester in the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences at Rider University at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Marissa Cohen, a sophomore in business administration from North Bellmore, was named to the Fall 2011 President’s List at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Jenna Ellis of Bellmore and Jennifer Helft of North Bellmore have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Michelle H. O’Mara of Bellmore, a sophomore elementary education major, has been named to the President’s List

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