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FACING OFF: Founding member Billy June Sr. of the Bellmor e-Mer rick Roller Hockey league drops the puck to begin the second annual BMRH alumni game at the roller rink on Bellmore Avenue, drawing former roller hockey enthusiasts from Barbados to Florida to Las Vegas. Funds raised go to provide equipment for teens who can’t afford to play. See more photos on page 16.

IT TAKES CHAMPIONS to lead a Bellmore Little League parade, as these BlueFire girls did Saturday to kick off the league’s season of fun and games. North Bellmore-North Merrick Little League also began play Saturday. See more photos on back page. Bellmore Life photos by Douglas Finlay

While one public official told Bellmore Life the new state aid to local schools in the 2013-2104 New York State legislative budget “is never enough,” school officials were still glad to see modest increases that will help maintain the status quo of class sizes, programs and teachers – rather than incur more losses. “State aid to schools is only about 12% of a school budget now, where it used to be between 16-20%,” remarked Dr. Joseph Famularo, superintendent of Bellmore schools. He reminded this newspaper that while there have been several million dollars of cuts in recent years, his district was glad for the aid it could get. He thanked the several state senators on Long Island, including Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., for their uncompromising work in getting as much as they can for local schools. Bellmore Schools will see a $32,897,101 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, an increase of $953,21l from 2012-13’s budget of $31,943,890, for a tax levy increase of 2.98%. Of the $304,551 in state aid to the district, or 7.74%, according to budget figures from the state’s Department of the Budget, the aid will go to maintain “our excellent programs while also keeping the tax levy down,” Dr. Famularo concluded. Mark Schissler, new superintendent for business at North Bellmore Schools, remarked to this newspaper that the new $50,498,245 2013-14 budget will include an increase of $776,128 in state aid, or 6.99%. The 2013-14 budget also reflects a 2.5% tax levy increase from 2012-13’s $48,101,775 budget. “These modest increases in state aid are going toward maintaining the tax levy increase at less than 3% while maintaining programs,” Mr. Schissler (continued on page 7)

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First use of the empty building in 10 years by Douglas Finlay North Shore Farms will be coming to a corner near North Bellmore residents soon. By a unanimous decision, members of the Town of Hempstead’s zoning Board of Appeals voted to allow a special exception requested by the supermarket chain to occupy a building larger than 9,300 square feet at 2520 Jerusalem Avenue, a two-lane highway. In 2004 the town ruled against merchants moving into such large buildings without first getting special exceptions from the zoning board. Reinaldo Nunez, president of the North Bellmore Civic Association, told Bellmore Life “the community will expect North Shore Farms to be good neighbors,” or the supermarket could feel the “weight of the community” come to bear on it. He said being a good neighbor involved adequately addressing garbage concerns, maintaining traffic and keeping the environment clean. Conditions set forth in granting the special exception include adding new plants and building higher fences, putting no garbage in the dumpster before 6 a.m. for pickup at 7 a.m., and working with the state’s Department of Transportation to change the timing of the traffic light at Pea Pond Road and Jerusalem Avenue to accommodate 23 school buses and other vehicular traffic when school is let out.

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would no more than a 1% yearly increase in traffic with the North Shore Farms as a tenant in the community. Bill Bonesso, attorney for North Shore Farms, said he had witnessed a vote at a Forest City Community Association meeting and counted 351 in favor of North Shore Farms, and 18 opposed. Jeff Toback, attorney for those opposed to the supermarket, said he had up to 800 signatures of residents opposed to the North Shore Farms occupying the building that has been empty for close to 10 years.

discuss resolving any further issues. But Mr. Bonesso told this newspaper that he met with several residents at Mr. Denenberg’s request before the zoning board hearing, and discussed with them what the supermarket was prepared to do in the neighborhood. “North Shore Farms wants to be a good neighbor to the community, and it is doing what it can to help,” Mr. Bonesso said. He noted that many of the conditions the supermarket chain told residents it would implement became conditions the zoning board imposed upon the supermarket in order to open. “But the supermarket won’t entertain suggestions that may impact its core business,” Mr. Bonesso said. “It did prove it’s case with the board, after all.”

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Robert Tom Riordan of North Merrick, a dedicated advocate for veterans and a devoted family man, died on Thursday, April 19. He will be remembered for his “just ask” philosophy that ensured that other veterans and soldiers received their fair share and were never forgotten. Mr. Riordan is survived by his wife Margaret of 50 years and his three children: Peggy Vento (Michael), Anne Manson (Steven) and Robert (Megan), as well as his brother, Paul. He is the grandfather of Ryan, Patrick Matthew, Tara, Christopher, Timothy, Kevin, Julia, Brian and Sara, and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Although his first name was Robert, everyone knew him as “Tom.” According to his daughter Peggy, “It was my great grandmother who said the name ‘Robert’ was too big a name for such a little baby and she called him Tom. It stuck,” she explained. Tom Riordan grew up in New York City and served in the United States Marines from 1951 to 1953. He married Margaret in 1962 and in 1969 the couple moved to North Merrick. He joined the American Legion in 1988 and became a member of the North Bellmore American Legion Post 1749, where he served as president of the post’s

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Building Corp. He later served as commander for three years. During his term he obtained a grant of $60,000 to help renovate the post. But Mr. Riordan saw that his hometown post in Merrick had dwindled and in 1997 he transferred into Merrick Post 1282, where he attracted many new members. He has been honored many times, including Merrick’s Man of the Year in 2001, recipient of the Town of Hempstead Veterans Medal in 2002, election as Nassau County’s commander of the American Legion in 2005, recipient of the Nassau County Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and induction into the state Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2010. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of one of our community’s most devoted leaders,” said state Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr. in a statement to Bellmore Life. “Tom was a tireless and passionate advocate for our veterans. Whether it was organizing service projects to benefit veterans in the Northport VA hospital, working with students to help send care packages to troops serving overseas, or coordinating veterans’ remembrance cere-

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BREAKFAST AWAITS: Seniors at the Bellmore Senior Center are treated to free tickets from Kiwanis Club Past-President John Scalesi Jr. for this Sunday, April 28’s Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Sunrise Highway, beginning at 8 a.m. From left are Florence, Jerr y, Bob, Josephine, Mr. Scalesi and Rosanne. Funds raised will go for charitable works in the community. For information call 225-5618.

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BUFFET DINNER: The Rosary Society of St. Barnabas Church will hold a buffet dinner and fashion event tonight, at 7:30 p.m. featuring fashion by Dress Barn in Massapqua, The event is being held at the American Legion Hall, Park Avenue, Wantagh. Tickets are $35 per person. © © © NORTH BELLMORE BOARD: The North Bellmore School District Board of Education will hold its monthly meet on Tuesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. at the Martin Avenue School, 2616 Martin Avenue, Bellmore. The public is invited to attend. © © © PLANT AUCTION AND SALE will be held on Monday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Centre Avenue, Bellmore. Merrick Garden Club members will offer choice selections from their well-tended gardens for purchasers to plant in their own gardens. For information and directions, call Wendy Murbach, club president, at 546-6303. © © © CAR SHOW IS BACK! The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores will begin a new season of its Friday Night Car Show in parnerhsip with the Town of Hempstead on Friday, May 3, from 6-10 p.m. at the LIRR parking lot on Sunrise Highway between Bedford Avenue and Bellmore Avenue. Over 300 antique and custom cars will be on display. The town showmobile will help open the car show by featuring live entertainment. © © © STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The Kennedy High School PTA has scheduled its annual Staff Appreciaton Luncheon for Thursday, May 2. Parents are asked to help by making desserts or making a monetary donation to support the event. To donate money, put it in an

envelope marked “PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon” and place it in the PTA mailbox at school. Desserts must be delivered to the school on May 2, by 10 a.m. To coordinate your donations, contact Stacey at 238-4985 or Janet at 242-8100. © © © BELLMORE BARKS: The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores is holding its annuals Bellmore Barks on Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dellamore Municipal parking lot between Bedford and Bellmore Avenues. Fees include $50 for vendor booths, and $10 entry for each dog. Nonprofit booths are free, as are people entering the event. Event includes contests, doggy gift bags, a four-legged fiesta and a four-legged fashion show. All dogs must have vaccinations, be socialized and well behaved (aggressive dogs will be asked to leave). All owners must keep dogs leashed, pick up after their dogs, and sign a release form. For information you can visit © © © C I N C O D E M AY O FUNDRAISER: Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council 3689 will hold a Cinco De Mayo celebration for superstorm Sandy victims Sunday, May 5, 3-8 p.m. at 2333 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nassau County Hurricane Relief Fund. Food, music, drinks, Sangria, beer, soda and raffles. Additional superstorm Sandy relief and resources will be available on Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at Bellmore Knights of Columbus Hall, all for $40 per person. Light refreshments will be available. Project HOPE will be offering free and confidential counseling services. Call to reserve 785-9407. Make checks payable to the Bellmore Knights of Columbus. © © ©

MEPHAM WHO’S WHO: An induction ceremony and brunch will be held at noon, Sunday, May 5, at Guy Anthony’s, 2208 Jerusalem Avenue, North Merrick. The cost will be $30 per person (RSVPs a must). Checks can be payable to Mepham Alumni Association (marked “Who’s Who” in the memo space) and mailed to W.C. Mepham Alumni Association, 2401 Camp Avenue, North Bellmore 11710, c/o M. Hennessy. For information call Brian Levy at 781-4966 or email © © © MEPHAM HALL OF FAME: The W.C. Mepham Alumni 2013 announces its Who’s Who Hall of Fame inductees for 2013. Receiving Who’s Who Awards are Ruth M. Adams (deceased), faculty, 1937-43; Robert J. Levine, Class of 1951; Peter N. Boulukos, Class of 1955; Dolores Audrey Kuneth Taisey, Class of 1965. Receiving Meritorious Service Awards are Roslyn (Lynn) Setteducati Bible, 1965, and Gail Ann Hochberg, 1967. © © © S E P TA S E M I N A R : Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, in conjunction with Bellmore-Merrick SEPTA and Community Parent Center, will host the workshop How to protect your child legally and financially, offered by Andrew Cohen, Esq. and Mitch Weisbrot, CLU, that addresses eligibility for government benefits, guardianship, estate planning and supplemental needs trusts. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Room B169 at Calhoun High School, 1786 State Street, Merrick. For information, call Cheryl Gitlitz, LCSW, at 992-1349. To learn about the speakers, you can visit and © © ©

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Natalie Giovino, a senior at Kennedy High School, has received first place in the category of medicine in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. She will now move on to compete as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair being held this year in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research took into account that a major obstacle in the fight against cancer is the development of resistance to current treatments. Her study investigated the mechanism of resistance to selumetinib, a drug used to treat uveal melanoma. Using uveal melanoma cells that were either sensitive or resistant to selumetinib, she identified proteins that mediate this resistance and studied the effect of treating melanoma cells with a combination of selumetinib and another drug, MK2206. This drug combination increases the potency of either drug alone. A clinical trial investigating this combination therapy is planned based on the finding presented in her study. It is an accomplishment to have a real-life application based on a high school student’s discovery. The school wishes her great success as she travels to

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The South Merrick Community Civic Association will meet at Cammanns Pond Park on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. for its 3rd Annual “Spring Clean Sweep.” Local Girl and Boy Scout troops are participating in the event. All residents are also welcome to participate. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves. This event is scheduled to coincide with planting and cleanup of areas including Merrick Road post office, Julian Lane Park and Clubhouse Road at Merrick Road the following weekend. For information contact SMCCA President Joe Baker at 978-8310 or email

Earth Day hike The Friends of Tackapausha will observe their first anniversary with an Earth Day hike on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the LI Greenbelt Trail Conference, the easilypaced walk will go for 3-4 miles, and is free. Rain will cancel the hike. Hikers will meet in front of the museum entrance, which hikers may want to see before or after the hike for $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors and children. Do not wear open-toe shoes or sandals. For information call Richard Schary at 826-8339.

“Which Way Home” Molloy College’s Madison Theatre will present the documentary “Which Way Home” tonight, April 24, at 7 p.m. “Which Way Home” ( dramatizes the plight of children who attempt to cross the border of Mexico into the U.S. There will be a panel discussion following. The screening is free and open to the public. For information contact Maria Dove, Division of Education, 678-5000, ext. 6796, or email to

Job expo State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will hold a Job Resource Expo on Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m.noon at the Freeport Recreation Center,

130 East Merrick Road. The senator says with the job market “extremely competitive, there are programs and services at the job expo that can help residents improve their chances of finding employment.” Participants can learn about job training programs, upcoming civil service exams, higher education, social service assistance programs, how to start a small business and more. For information call the senator’s office at 882-0630 or visit

Hats off to women The Guardian Brain Foundation will hold a Hats Off To Women fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, from noon-4 p.m. at Red Restaurant, 417 New York Avenue, Huntington. Wear a hat, and indulge in brunch, raffles, a 50/50 doorprize. Guest of Honor is Sue Kahn Wolk. For information on sponsorship call Mary Pallotta at 631-271-3292, or visit

Widows, widowers Long Island NAIM Catholic Widows and Widowers Club will meet at the VFW Post 7277 Hall, 191 Veterans Boulevard, Massapequa, on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. Proof of widowhood is required. DJ Ray will spin the sounds. For informatoin call Maureen at 7814763.

W&W dance The Long Island NAIM widows and widowers will hold a dance from 8 p.m.midnight at the Massapequa Elks, 191 Veterans Boulevard, Massapequa. Cost is $14. DJ Ray will spin the music. Call Maureen at 781-4763.

LI Orchid Festival The Long Island Orchid Society will host the first Long Island Orchid Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum on May 3, 4, and 5. The festival will feature numerous orchid vendors from around the world and include lectures from advanced orchid growers. Admission to the festival is free.

Man captured after fleeing police in drug deal Nassau police captured a man in a North Bellmore backyard after he fled a drug deal gone wrong in Seaford. Officer DeLuca at police headquarters told this newspaper that Robert Sands, 18, of Farmingdale, was observed by Sev- enth Precinct police at New York Avenue and Conway Street in Seaford transacting a deal of crack cocaine with a buyer when the police moved into arrest both. Officer DeLuca said that Mr. Sands then jumped into his 2004 Nissan and drove it into the police car before fleeing the scene and heading west on Jerusalem Avenue. Mr. Sands abandoned his car at West Shelley Road in North Bellmore. He ran until he entered the front door of a house on Bellmore Road, according to Officer DeLuca, and then ran out the back door into the backyard. Police then set up a perimeter in the backyards using Jax, a police dog. Mr. Sands was apprehended a short time later. He is charged with Criminal Sales

Teen talent search underway “Reach for the Stars Teen Talent Search” will return to Eisenhower Park this July. Two winners from prior competitions have moved on to American Idol fame: Kevin Covais in 2003 and Robbie Rosen in 2009. “The exciting Reach for the Stars Teen Talent Search, one of the highlights of the year for the teens in our community, will once again be held at Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park,” remarked County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “There are many gifted young people here in Nassau and I encourage all interested teens to use this competition as a platform to showcase their talents and shine like a true star!” Applications may be obtained at any Nassau County Park, museum or library, and can also be downloaded from the Nassau County website at Applications have also been distributed throughout the community. All applications must be accompa-

nied by copies of proofs of age and Nassau County residency, as well as photo ID, and must be postmarked by May 20. Originals of all proofs of ID must be presented at audition. A $25 application fee also applies. The competition is for solo vocal talent only.120 contestants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis from applications received. All contestants must be at least 13 but no older than 19 years of age on the day of the finals, July 1. Auditions and finals will be held at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums. Information and applications may be obtained by calling the Parks events office at 572-0200 or by visiting the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums website at

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The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church will hold its annual spring fair on the front lawn on Saturday, May 26, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fees are $50 for vendor space (10 feet x 10 feet). Bring your own table or rent one from the church. Eight-foot table is $10 (limited availability). For information you can contact or call 785-1829. The church is at 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh.

Vendors wanted The Wantagh Preservation Society is again holding a “Spring Yard Sale” to be held on Saturday, May 18, at 1700 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, on the museum grounds, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 19. The fee is $35 for a 10-foot-wide space, an additional space is $25. Merchandise of all sorts can be sold (but no food or beverages can be sold by vendors). For information or an application call Elaine at 785-0761. Or


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To Bellmore Life: In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians. While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school

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provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers. Strong school libraries build strong students. Schools must empower our students to be ethical decision makers, effective users of information, creative thinkers and innovative problem-solvers. School library programs are critical to provide all students and the entire school community with the resources, the instruction, the opportunities and the leadership to prepare for college, career and lifelong learning. Certified school librarians:

• Provide technology to the entire school community and the necessary instruction to find the most reliable information, how to stay safe online, and how to use this information ethically. This is digital literacy. • Provide students with vicarious experiences with other cultures, mores, and lifestyles for a better understanding of themselves and their place in society. • Provide for interaction with carefully selected resources and tools necessary for students to create products that demonstrate authentic learning. • Collaborate with teachers to select the most engaging and appropriate resources and learning experiences, to co-teach subject content and the criti-

cal thinking skills needed to meet the Common Core State Standards. • Involve the school community in literacy initiatives and teaching reading comprehension skills in order to ensure that students think critically, and produce knowledge from the ideas and information with which they interact. We call on the members of the Board of Education of every school to please consider these points before making a decision to eliminate any school library program run by a certified school librarian. Carol Ann Germain, President New York Library Association; Sue Kowalski, President of NYLASection of School Librarians (SSL)

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Long Island Film/TV Foundation on producing the Filmmakers Connection meetings and the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), held annually in Bellmore. Some past interns have gone on to become promotions managers of local radio stations, lawyers, location scouts, placement managers in the entertainment field, and other varied positions in the film and commercial industries. You must be good on the phone, computer literate and dependable. The Nassau County Film Office is open from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:45

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New school aid maintains programs, teachers from page 1 In an email to this newspaper, Cynthia Strait-Regal, superintendent for business at the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, she said that the increase of $1,133,459, or 6.52% in state aid would be “helpful” by allowing the district to “be less reliant on applied fund balances.” Applied fund balances refer to any unspent monies that are carried over

the following year’s budgets. However, Ms. Strait Regal said that, unlike the other two school districts who would keep their teachers, “Our teacher layoffs...were due to a decrease in enrollment.” The district will see a tax levy hike of 3.48% in the 2013-14 budget, based on a budget of $135,920,888 and the need to collect $106,814,583 of that through the tax levy, or $29,106,305.


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Brookside ‘battle’ raises $4,500 for post-prom party Friday night’s Battle of the Bands at Brookside School raised $4,500, Community Wellness Council Executive Director Fran Licausi wrote on Bellmore Life’s Facebook page. She commented that the bands “were amazing,” and that White Castle donated $2,000 – in addition to 700 hamburgers for the event. She told this newspaper later that Arizona Beverage Corp. also donated soda and water for the event. She wished to thank those two sponsors and Rock Underground – which provided the bands and judges for the event – for a successful night of support. Lighting and sound was run by HDH Davidson with Donald Davidson on sound and Nick Manganiello on lighting.

The funds will go toward the Community Wellness Council’s annual Midnight Madness post-prom party Thursday, June 20, at Zachary’s in East Meadow from midnight to 6 a.m. Ms. Licausi told this newspaper that she has seen several seniors come to the event after less-than-successful soireés into New York City nightlife. She said there is live entertainment at the Midnight Madness post-prom party, plenty of noshables and breakfast is served in the wee hours. The Community Wellness Council will host more fundraisers in the coming weeks to meet its budget of hosting the Midnight Madness post-prom party, now in its sixth year.


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Calhoun High School’s Senior Experience class hosted its Seventh Annual Fashion Show last Thursday, raising over $10,000 to benefit the Long Beach School District, whose schools received severe damage from superstorm Sandy. The money was raised through ticket sales, donations and raffles. Students from the Senior Experience Class, as well as teachers from the school, modeled clothing from Saks on Fifth Avenue, Reign, Esquire, Runway Couture and Max & Gino’s. The theme of the night was based around Disney and Pixar’s upcoming sequel to “Finding Nemo” called “Finding Dory.” Lizzie Fitzpatrick starred as Dory, who had accidentally misplaced the money raised for the Long Beach School District. The whole night was given over to student hosts and actors Lindsay Grice, Jenn Hazel, Hollie Foster, Jacob Derwin, Rebecca Costa, John Dominguez, Emily Marinello, Claire Bricken and Sam DePasquale searching for Dory, and whose energy and kept the show moving forward. Students, teachers and teachers’ children modeled clothing throughout the night. Memorable moments include teacher Ryan McSherry modeling a classy bright red tuxedo from Esquire Tuxedo with matching sunglasses, and teacher Nicole Morris walking down the runway with her infant son, Gavin (who was also wearing sunglasses). “Planning has been fun, and a lot of hard work,” Kari Schafer told at the show, as she was the primary student planner for the

Jacob Derwin is in the Senior Experience Class and an intern at Bellmore/Merrick Life.

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SENIOR EXPERIENCE STUDENTS Rebecca Costa, Jenn Hazel, Hollie Foster, Lindsay Grice, Kari Schafer, Jacob Derwin, Alexa Weinblatt and Breana Goldstein present the total amount of proceeds raised for the Long Beach School District.

Kennedy Unplugged delivers by Dylan Campbell Kennedy High School held its annual JFK Unplugged talent show last Thursday night in the three-quartersfilled chorus room. The rhythmic event was not only a source of entertainment but held an even bigger meaning: One dollar of the $10 admission was later donated to the Bellmore food pantry. JFK Unplugged was a chockful array of entertainment and talent that appears to be hidden within the Kennedy student body. Its host, Austin Koenigstein, along with performers, made the night as successful as anticipated. Each per-

formance was outstanding, a result of the readying and try outs prior to the occasion. The preparation by artists brought out peak performances, such as the eloquent piano playing of Eric Fegan on “Take a Pebble,” contrasted by the slightly more humorous, charismatic and entertaining performance by Jeme Casco and Joe Chiarovano of “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Bare Naked Ladies. Along with these performances was the stunning voice of Mara Friedman in “Body and Soul” and the outstanding harmonies of Rebecca Jellinek, Austin, Sarah Lermsider and Jake Sachs in “Because” by The Beatles that helped shape the

memorable night. The event was also marked with an alumni performance and Music Booster snack sale of donated food from local places such as Mary’s Pizza. All in all, the uncovering of hitherto hidden talent was a great experience for the all attendees. Blake Lingenau, Kennedy student and music enthusiast remarked, “This event was a favorite. It shows a different side of school past all the books and tests. The different dimensions and sides of Kennedy are what makes it great.” Dylan is news editor of the Kennedy Cougar Crier and a Bellmore Life intern.


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The Song Box Presents… Entertainment venue begins its 13th year

Tina Lear The Song Box of Seaford presents Tina Lear and Wild Ginger on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Tina Lear She’s lived in Switzerland, Los Angeles, Wyoming, Italy, Seattle, New York, you name it. Tina Lear has been on a long, fascinating journey to where she is now: writing music and teaching yoga in New York. When she was four, Ms. Lear started playing the piano at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland. Showing a gift for music, she continued playing classically for 10 years. She then heard her first Joni Mitchell album and...enter songwriting.

By the time she was 18, she was a member of the Warner Brothers Film Actors workshop, and had played at the famed Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. After a long-term marriage ran its volatile course, she confesses, “I finally realized that my life’s blood is in music.” The rich results of that realization can be heard in the three albums that followed: “Classified Ads” (1994), “Full Moon Big Circle” (1998) and “The Road Home” (2000). In 1999, she met award-winning playwright Elise Forier-Edie, who had a script she wanted to turn into a musical. That first musical, “Escape from the Box,” was just the beginning of an incredibly productive collaboration. In the decade since they met, she and Ms. Forier-Edie have created three additional musicals: “Valerie and the Bear” (2002), the award-winning “Cathy’s Creek” (2005), and “Rebel Girls” ( under development).

monies and lilting counterpoint vocalese – performed on the artistic high wire of no musical accompaniment – suggest an alternative to contemporary ideas about World music, performing overlooked gems from remote global provinces and interpreting them through the eyes and ears of womanistic humanism. Wild Ginger is a reacquaintance with the unbounded possibilities of culture's first musical instrument – the human voice – and a celebration of that instrument as a communicator of joy, unity and change in a variety of

Wild Ginger If music is the universal language, then three-woman a Capella vocal ensemble Wild Ginger is the bridge between musical cultures. With a repertoire of African chants, European chansons, Latin-American roots music, Negro spirituals and American folk songs, Candice Baranello, Caren Jacobs and Maureen Keelty are paving the high road between musicology and pure entertainment. Wild Ginger’s taut three-part har-

the earth's languages. The Song Box house concert series is now in its 13th year. This month’s show will be held at a private residence in Seaford. Seating is limited to about 35. A pot-luck buffet is served during the break between performers – bring something if you’re feeling creative. Please make advance reservations by sending an email to You will be sent a confirmation and directions via return email. The suggested donation is $15. © © ©

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Coffee, cake and concert for cancer research On Saturday, April 27, from 7-9 p.m. the social hall in Temple Beth Am of Merrick and Bellmore will be the location for the first ever “Coffee, Cake and Concert” presented by Relay For Life team Footprints for a Cause, and the Temple Beth Am Youth Group, BATY. With dozens of desserts for guests to enjoy, hot drinks and acoustic music performances from some of the

best local acts around, the “Coffee, Cake and Concert” will be a fantastic fundraisng concert for people of all ages to attend. Admission will only be $5 for attendees 18 and younger, and $7 for attendees older than 18. “Why spend $10 on a movie you aren’t even going to like, and waste your Saturday night, when you could come to this event, spend much less, and have an awesome time with some

friends while raising money for cancer research?” said Melissa Robinson, vice-president of BATY and a member of Footprints for a Cause. Some of the acts include Kevin Burke, Jacob Derwin, members of Baked Goods, and Think Outside the Bach, with more acts being added on as the event gets closer. Mark your calendars and be sure to come to the “Coffee, Cake and

Concert” on April 27, from 7-9 p.m. All proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society, and it’s sure to be an awesome Saturday night! If you are planning on coming to the event and want to bring a dessert to be served there with you, contact Jacob Derwin at -Jacob Derwin

PUBLIC NOTICES LEGAL NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, the Board of Fire Commissioners (BOFC) of the North Bellmore Fire District of the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York, on the 8th day of April 2013, has adopted a Resolution, published herewith, and this resolution shall not take effect until thirty (30) days after its adoption, nor until approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of electors of such Fire District affected, qualified to vote at the Annual Election of Fire District Officers, voting on such proposition, if within thirty (30) days after its adoption and publica-

tion there is filed a petition, signed and acknowledged, or proved in the same manner as a deed to be recorded, by resident taxpayers of said Fire District, owning taxable real property aggregating at least one-quar ter (1/4) of the assessed valuation of all the taxable real property of the Fire District, as such valuation appears on the latest completed assessment roll of the Town of Hempstead, in which the Fire District is located, protesting against such resolution and requesting that it be submitted to the qualified electors of the Fire District affected, for approval. The BOFC OF THE Nor th

Bellmore FIRE DISTRICT OF THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU, STATE OF NEW YORK, HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS; WHEREAS the BOFC has determined it to be in the best interest of the Fire District to add an extension and alteration to an existing truck room bay at Smithville South HL&B Company # 1. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the net sum of $200,000 be withdrawn from the Capital Reser ve Fund established for the purpose of such expenditures and that such expenditure is subject to permissive referendum. The unencumbered balance in that

account, as of April 1, 2013 was approximately $250,000.00 Issued: April 9, 2013 Board of Fire Commissioners North Bellmore Fire District John J. Caluori Superintendent BL 410 1T 4/24 BELLMORE-MERRICK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE TO BIDDERS VENDOR____________ Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Education, Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, Merrick, New York, at the Business Office, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, Nor th

Merrick, New York ll566-1500, for the following categories up to the times on the dates indicated: May 15, 2013 10:30 A.M. Periodicals Photography Athletic Equipment School and Office Equipment and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. All information for bidders, specifications and bid forms may be obtained at the above-mentioned address. The Board of Education, Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, reserves the right to waive any informalities in, or to reject any or all bids, or to accept that

bid, or any part of that bid, which in its judgment is for the best interests of the School District. All bid awards are pending budget approval. The School District may receive bids for the above listed items periodically during the 2013-2014 school year, if necessary. These bids will not be re-advertised for this purpose. The frequency of bid solicitations will be determined by operating requirements. Board of By order: Education Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District By: Cynthia Strait Régal Deputy Superintendent BL 412 1T 4/25

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Art – for Kennedy High School’s sake KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL Chapter of the National Art Honor Society recently held its induction ceremony, turning a classroom into a full-fledged art gallery exhibiting selected works of 35 new inductees. Coordinated by Vanessa Albaneze and assisted by art teachers Lisa Federici, Mark Booth, Sarah Ritchie and Carissa Roche, the National Art Honor Society honors and recognizes exceptional art students. These students must maintain over a 90 average in all of their art coursework and have selected examples of their work judged. The candlelight induction ceremony was led by Chapter President Ricki Rothchild, and Rachel Martino and David Luft.

NEW EAGLE SCOUTS: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla attends the Eagle Scout Cour t of Honor for Jef frey T. Gallagher, Christopher J. Kosowski and William A. Novello at the parish hall of Saint Barnabas Church recently. At the event Mr. Bonilla presented Jef frey, Christopher and William each with a Town of Hempstead “Of fice of the Town Clerk” Citation for achieving Scouting’s highest honor. With Mr. Bonilla are Bellmore residents Eagle Scout Jef frey T. Gallagher and his parents Mark and Susan Gallagher, Eagle Scout Christopher J. Kosowski and his parents Paul and Linda Kosowski, and Eagle Scout William A. Novello and his parents Gar y and Mar y Novello.

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The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law and to close an unintended legal loophole, allowing convicted drunk drivers to escape the mandatory ignition interlock requirement under Leandra’s Law. “Leandra’s Law includes an ignition interlock requirement to help prevent convicted DWI offenders from driving drunk again. Unfortunately, many offenders are evading this requirement by transferring ownership of their vehicle and then claiming not to own a vehicle,” said Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., chairman of Senate’s Transportation Committee and a sponsor of Leandra’s Law. Leandra’s Law was passed in 2009 following the death of 11-year- old Leandra Rosado, who was killed while riding in a car driven by her friend’s intoxicated mother. As part of Leandra’s Law, all convicted DWI offenders must install and use an ignition interlock in all vehicles they own or operate for a period of at least six

months after their DWI conviction. Ignition interlocks are breath test devices linked to a vehicle’s ignition system that prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath. However, many convicted drivers don’t install an ignition interlock, claiming they do not own or operate a vehicle. They then wait for the interlock period to run out, and reapply for a license without ever having to use the interlock. Some drivers temporarily transfer ownership of the car to a relative or friend, who then allows that person to drive it without an interlock. According to the most recent statistics from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, more than 70% of the over 37,000 DWI offenders statewide required to install an ignition interlock in their vehicles have failed to do so. The legislation sponsored by Senator Fuschillo (S1941) would close this loophole and strengthen Leandra’s Law by: • Clarifying that offenders must install

ignition interlocks on any car they own or operate or the car they used to commit the DWI offense. Offenders would not only be required to install and maintain an interlock, they would also be prohibited from driving without one. • Requiring offenders who demonstrate good cause for not installing any interlock to instead wear a transdermal alcohol monitoring device, such as an ankle bracelet, which would detect whether the offender has been consuming alcohol in violation of their sentencing conditions. As with the interlock, the costs of installing and maintaining the device would be borne by the offender. • Preventing offenders from getting a license without fulfilling either the interlock or transdermal alcohol monitoring device requirement. This would ensure that offenders cannot avoid alcohol monitoring, eliminating a major incentive to try and evade the interlock requirement. • Requiring DMV to receive specific authorization to remove the interlock

restriction; it would not automatically be removed after six months. • Making it clear that failing an interlock is a violation of the offender’s sentencing conditions. • Creating felony charges for convicted DWI offenders who drive drunk again while holding a conditional license.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

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no more that four tractor-trailers delivering goods each week. Trailers would not be allowed to remain on premises. Zoning board conditions require tractor-trailers to refrain from delivery between 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., and 2:30-4 p.m. when Saw Mill Road School children are coming to and leaving school, M-F. Garbage shall not be placed into any dumpster before 6 a.m. for pickup that day. The zoning board requires an extensive rat eradication plan be implemented before renovation begins, and carry on to prevent any

rodent infestation into the neighborhood on a regular basis. A drive-through window, opened when the property was operated by Rite-Aid, would be removed. $117,100 are paid each year in taxes on the property, of which 60% go to the North Bellmore School District. The westernmost driveway on Jerusalem Avenue would allow for entries into the property from both directions, but only a right turn when leaving. There would be no left turn onto Jerusalem Avenue. The northernmost driveway on Pea Pond Road will be an entry only, and a right turn out only. The southern-

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Page 15 Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Bellmore Life

State legislature strengthens Leandra’s Law

Page 16 Bellmore Life Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ALL-FOR-ONE: Clockwise, local officials bestow citations upon BM Roller Hockey league founders; Bellmore Little League parade rolls down Bedford Avenue; Elmo and Scooby Doo frolic at NB-NM Little League opening day; players march in Bellmore parade; NB-NMLL President Jerry Marino thanks everyone for coming; the Newbridge Road School band plays the National Anthem.

Bellmore Life photos by Douglas Finlay

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