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Dr. Beth Christensen surveys the small windowless room piled high with cardboard boxes. They are filled with plastic bags of sediment – sand and gravel in assorted shades of gray, some light and powdery, others thick and wet. These bags help to tell a story – not just about the water that laps our shores but about what kind of future we will have living within the water’s reach here along the South Shore Estuary. “When Sandy hit, it was an amazing opportunity for scientists to see how a storm of this magnitude can change the environment,” said Dr. Christensen, a geologist and director of the Environmental Studies Program at Adelphi University. “People forget that this is a dynamic environment. Coastal systems are about change, even when we do our best to stabilize it, it still changes,” she remarked.

The plan Over the past six months teams of scientists have looked at a variety of elements – water temperature and clarity, salinity, the impact of the Fire Island breach, sea level, chlorophyll amounts (for brown tides and algae blooms) and sediment transport. Marine studies of the South Shore estuary were in place prior to Sandy’s landing, helping to provide a reference point for scientists. These studies include an intensive mapping of the bays by the U.S. Geological Survey and a study of nitrogen levels in the bays called the TMDL study (Total Maximum Load) spearheaded by Stony Brook University. Dr. Christensen, with a team of scientists from Adelphi, spent late fall and the winter collecting sediment in the western bays – Hempstead Bay (West, Middle and East Bays) and South Oyster Bay – as well as Fire Island. They are measuring sediment changes to determine how the storm moved sand from one place to another. Dr. Christensen said that a large scale movement of sediment in the western bays has created “pockets of sediment one to two meters high.We expected 20 feet of water and there is only five feet of water,” she explained. The Adelphi team is also mapping debris, testing the sediment for metals such as mercury and looking for traces of sewage in sediments. “We want to see if the storm churned up and moved around some of the sewage by Reynolds Channel,” she said, adding that

SPRING PLANTING: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla met with members of Bellmore Girl Scout Troop 911 to support their efforts in selling plants on May 11 in Bellmore. With Mr. Bonilla are Scout Leader Kathy Avanzato, Scouts Lauren D'Avanzo, Danielle Schwab, Alexandra Dooley, and Emily Maielio, and volunteers Adrienne and Lena Pollich, Aileen D'Avanzo and Laura Spahn.

BELLMORE HEAT ON THE RISE: The Bellmore Heat 14u Travel baseball team, following last year's impressive 71-14-3 record, are back again in championship mode this season. This past weekend, the team won the 14u Grand Slam America Championship in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. From left, in bottom row, are Harrison Ivers, Dennys DeLosSantos, Georgie Savas, John Strawa and TJ Rullo. In top row are Coach Strawa, Ryan Connolly, Charlie Neuweiler, Ken Degruchy, Coach Rullo, Nick Lisi, Ryan Neuweiler and Coach Neuweiler. Not picturedf are Tyler Griffith, Ryan Karp and Cory Callamusso.

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other members of the Adelphi team will use this information to look at “bio-accumulation issues.” Some early findings “The bay is our laboratory,” said Dr. Christensen, who said that each study informs the other. All this research “has the potential to inform the public on how to manage our resources and [assist] in making [public] policy.” For example, Dr. Christopher Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, is studying water quality changes. His studies point to an overgrowth of certain types of algae blooms due to nitrogen overgrowth. “We see them as brown, and red and green tides,” he said. Locally, Dr. Gobler has discovered that ulva, or sea lettuce, has had a “huge five fold growth within the western bays,” and “grows like wild near the outfall pipe from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant,” where there are also high levels of sulphur. While it is still too early to see how the storm will effect algae growth within the bays, Dr. Gobler said that “nitrogen is accelerating the disappearance of salt marshes and eelgrasses. The nitrogen weakens the salt marshes, thus increasing flooding,” he explained. Our changing coastal landscape Meanwhile, nitrogen levels have fallen further east in the Great South Bay, said

Dr. Gobler. There, superstorm Sandy ripped apart the barrier beach at Fire Island, creating a new inlet and allowing a free exchange of water between the ocean and the bay. And the bay is coming back: scientists are seeing cleaner oxygenated water and with it a chance to restore fishing and shellfishing. “This is a natural progression – storms create new inlets along barrier islands,” said Dr. Christensen. SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) member Victor Consiglio is a longtime proponent of opening the inlets. “Encroachment of land to water along the barrier island has cut off the bay’s circulation with the ocean,” he wrote in his report “Saving the Great South Bay.” But some residents want the breach closed because of flooding concerns. They believe that with the higher tides and storm surges, the breach must be closed up to avoid flooding. Marshall Brown, the founder of the organization Save the Great South Bay, disagrees. He wrote on the organization’s webpage, “It is flooding everywhere, not just on the South Shore of Long island...This is not the work of one puny inlet a tiny fraction of the size of Fire Island Inlet. This is climate change. This is what it has done to our coasts and weather in such a seemingly short time already.” “We’ve had enough unusual [weather] events to now understand a new normal of extreme uncertainty,” said Dr. Christensen.

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The silver lining We live in some of the finest communities in the world and have “benefits not found elsewhere,” as former Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta put it, while addressing the Society of St. Vincent De Paul as their honoree at their annual golf outing last week. And that privilege leads to a “sense of complacency and security until a tragedy like superstorm Sandy strikes,” he added. Fortunately, he noted, there is a silThomas Gulotta ver lining to the dark clouds because “per square mile, Long Island houses more volunteer organizations than any other place in the USA.” One of the many but unique, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul provides the “human and spiritual element” to its work, which includes home visits to those who need help by unheralded “miracle workers.” Two of the Society’s miracle workers are Joan and Jim Delaney of Baldwin. Joan Delaney is featured in the Society’s video, which can be seen on its website at svdprvc.org. In it, she points out that on the side of the signature green trucks it says “We help people,” not “We help certain people.” The Society helps people of all races, creeds, ages and income levels. Especially after superstorm Sandy, “those who normally would get along couldn’t get along,” as Society President Paul Hodermarsky of Bellmore put it. The church in Long Beach was under water, so members from other parishes stepped up and helped out, setting up temporary distribution centers. One storm victim who could not stay in her own home still found time to help others in similar circumstances. On one recent day, she made several home visits to assess other people’s needs and then went shopping for furniture for herself. The Society provides furniture for free for those who need it but also sells to the public at several locations. Mr. Gulotta told how he went to buy a side table at one of those stores and mentioned he was being honored by the Society at its golf classic. “You still have to pay full price,” he was informed and cheerfully did. Longtime friend and former Freeport Chamber of Commerce President Frank Pellicione described Tom Gulotta as a giving person, a caring person “no matter your political stance, religion etc.,” and funny. “Tom willl take the time for you. He will make you feel welcome. He is a true friend.” he added. In addition to St. Vincent de Paul, Tom Gulotta has been involved with over 65 community organizations, including serving as Chairman of Catholic Charities. He is C.E.O. of Executive Strategies, Director of the United Nations Development Corporation and Special Counsel at Albanese and Paul Hodermarsky Albanese.

THE 2013 CHSD CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS was held on Sunday. Art and music from Mepham, Kennedy, Calhoun, Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue Middle School students was displayed throughout Brookside School. A spectacular show of the Central High School District’s talented students was something to be proud of.

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: This year’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. in North Bellmore at the Newbridge Road School Veterans monument, hosted by the American Legion Post 1749 of North Bellmore and the Vietnam War Veterans Association. After an invocation and memorial service, a parade with begin at 10 a.m. and march down Bellmore Avenue, where it will make a left at Oak Street, go to Bedford Avenue, turn right and march down to the Veterans Memorial Park at Bedford and Broadway. At 11 a.m. another memorial service will begin, hosted by the American Legion Post 948 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2770. The parade will include firefighters and officials from both the Bellmore and North Bellmore Fire Departments, bands from the North Bellmore schools, the Grand Avenue Middle School band, and school bands from both Mepham and Kennedy High Schools. Also marching will be members of the Corvette Club, who support veterans. American Legion Post 1749 member John Ambrose, World War II veteran, is expected to be Grand Marshal of the event. For information on the parade call Frank Colon Jr., president of the United Veterans Organizations of Nassau County, at 435-7066. ©©© STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: The annual Strawberry Festival will be held from Thursday, May 30., 611 p.m. through Sunday, June 2, noon-6 p.m. at the BOCES school grounds, corner of Jerusalem Avenue and Newbridge Road. Sponsored by the Bellmore Kiwanis and Bellmore Lions Clubs, there will be a crafts and gifts show sponsored by Nassau County Craft Shows, and live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fabulous rides on the midway, plenty of Strawberry foods and drinks, pie-eating contests, rides, live music. Friday night and Saturday and Sunday $2 admission. Children under 5 free. Thursday, May 29, 611 p.m.; Friday: May 30, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, May 31, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, June 2, noon-6 p.m. Parking is free. For information visit www.thestrawberryfest.com. ©©© WALKATHON FUNDRAISER: Mepham AWOD, Key Club and SADD will sponsor a walkathon fundraiser for Boston Marathon survivors today, May 22, from 2:15-3:45 p.m. on the school track. For information call John at 225-6518. ©©© FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER: Boy Scout Troop 577 of North Bellmore will hold an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, May 25, from 8-10 a.m. at the Applebee’s, 2650 Sunrise Highway. The cost is $8 per person for a breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage (coffee, juice, soda or tea). Tickets can be purchased at the door and breakfast will be served between 8 and 10 am. For information, call Marie Spohrer at 783-7994. ©©© ROB BARLETT TO APPEAR: Back for his annual sideman for the “Don Imus In the Morning” show Rob Barlett will appear at the Bellmore Movies on Saturday, June 22, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Forty-two dollars for general admission, and $47 for VIP first 12 row seats. You can visit NYEntertainmenteClub.com or call 785-4234. See page 8. ©©© CHILD SAFETY CHECKS: A traffic safety educator will be available at 2818 Merrick Road, Bellmore, to check child car seats

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for proper installation and security, by appointment only, on Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m.noon, and Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m.-noon at Legislator Dave Denenberg’s district office, 2818 Merrick Road, Bellmore For an appointment call Legislator Denenberg’s office at 571-6219. ©©© STOP & SHOP FUN DAY: Stop & Shop supermarket on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore is sponsoring a funfilled day to raise funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering Children’s Hospital on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. Children and adults will be able to “dunk the manager” between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a bake sale and raffles. The raffles and fun continue at the Wantagh Lanes bowling alley with unlimited bowling for $5 per persons, from 6-9 p.m. ©©© CHSD BOARD TO MEET: A work session will be held by the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education on Friday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the boardroom at 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. ©©© TIMMY GILROY MEMORIAL SUMMER LEAGUE: Registration begins for summer baseball league starting up again for six weeks starting July 8-August 12, Monday-Thursday at St. Barnabas/SEAS parking lot. Grades 4-12, intramural and travel, register Tuesday, May 28, 6-9 p.m., and Monday, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church/SEAS lobby, Bedford Avenue. For information call 442-1046. ©©©


MERCY FUNDRAISER: The Bellmore/North Bellmore Mercy League will hold a summer luncheon at Wildfish, 507 Guy Lombardo Avenue, on Tuesday, June 4, from 1-4 p.m. Cost of $30 includes soup or salad, chicken w/rice and vegetable; pasta primavera; or salmon and vegetable along with soda, tea or coffee and dessert. There will be a cash bar. For information call Emily Smith by May 24, at 781-7330. Make checks payable to Mercy Medical Center. © © © SUPERSTORM SANDY RELIEF AND RESOURCE FAIR: The Bellmore Knights of Columbus will hold a superstorm Sandy relief and resource fair on Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Project Hope will also sponsor the fair. Nassau County and Town of Hempstead departments will participate to answer questions homeowners still need regarding insurance claims and elevating their homes, if necessary. Attorneys and CPAs are expected to be on hand to help with budgeting costs, for free. There is no cost to attend the fair. For information call 785-9407. © © © COMMUNITY POLICING: County Legislator Dave Denenberg hosts a meeting on community policing and quality-of-life issues on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Bellmore Public Library, 1551 Newbridge Road. Police will discuss precinct consolidation of the First and Seventh Precincts, recent burglaries, staffing, crime, traffic enforcement, neighborhood issues and more. Mr. Denenberg also asks residents to bring expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications to dispose of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, between 7-9 p.m. For information call Leg. Denenberg’s office at 571-6219. © © © CPR COURSE: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will sponsor a free citizen CPR course for residents on Saturday, June 1, at the North

Bellmore Library, 1551 Newbridge Road, from 10-11 a.m. Trained CPR professionals from Bellmore-Merrick EMS will instruct residents on what to do when in an emergency situation where someone needs CPR. Program participants will learn lifesaving, hands-only CPR techniques from a certified CPR instructor, and be able to practice CPR chest compressions on a mannequin. AED demonstrations will also be performed. There is no minimum age or prerequisites to participate. Those interested in taking part in this free program must register prior to the event by calling Senator Fuschillo’s office at 882-0630. © © © HE’S ON T.V.: Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R,C,IMerrick) will appear on the Cablevision program “Meet the Leaders” during May and June. Assemblyman McDonough and host Pat Halpin discussed numerous topics, including the New York State budget, the assemblyman’s ongoing food drive and upcoming community events in the 14th Assembly District. Residents can watch the show on Channel 118 of Cablevision’s Woodbury System at the following times: today, through Sunday, June 30: Mondays: 8 a.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 6 p.m.; Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m.; Fridays: 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; and Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. © © © REIKI: Reiki Healing Circle will be held at Dorothy’s School of Dance, 705 Bedford Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Donation is $5 per person. © © © THOMAS REYNOLDS RUN: The second Annual Thomas Reynolds Charity 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore. The event is being sponsored by three local charities: The Thomas Reynolds Foundation (www.thomasreynoldsfoundation.org), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School (www.steas.org) and Special

Spaces (www.specialspaces.org). The race begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration will be held at 9 a.m. Cost of the race is $20 with pre-registration by Saturday, June 1, and $30 on the day of the race. For information call Christine at 680-2226, or kathyspacesny@aol.com. The first 100 participants the day of the race receive a shirt!

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Long Island Senator Jack Martins from the Mineola area is the sponsor of a Workers Compensation bill, which would make acupuncture more accessible by allowing injured workers to receive acupuncture treatments from NYS licensed acupuncturists. More scientific studies are testifying to the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments as time passes, and it is therefore imperative that it be available to everyone, as long as it is done by a licensed practitioner. The Acupuncture Society of New York is trying to advance the Public Safety Bill, which would include the practice of herbs into the practice of licensed acupuncturists in order to ensure the safety and proper use of these naturally healing plants. These can be turning points in our community in regards to public health. Let us take a step forward by urging the passage of these bills, which will update our current systems to fit the progression of modern times. Evangelina Jacobson

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Bellmore firefighter George Kopp dies at 96 Editor’s note: This story, in memoriam to Mr. Kopp, 96, who died Monday, first appeared in Bellmore Life on February 15, 2012. Funeral arrangements are still being set. by Eric Homburger Bellmore has had its fair share of firefighters since the town was established, most of which were volunteer firefighters. Ninety-five-year-old George Kopp was one of those firefighters. Mr. Kopp came to Bellmore in 1929 – when there were plenty of open spaces – after living in the Bronx for 11 years. At the age of 29, in 1946, he followed his father and brothers’ footsteps and joined the fire department. He spent 63 years as a part of the Bellmore Fire Department in several capacities during that time. He was a secretary, he was “on the hose” and he ended as the captain of the Fire Police. Mr. Kopp’s first fire was a big one. There was a fire in some of the stores on Bedford Avenue, and he was called in. At the time he was “on the hose” and he described it as a “major fire.” Besides taking part in the fire department, Mr. Kopp also ran an engraving plant for 30 years, as a second job. Mr. Kopp is now “retired” from his job at the department. Due to an illness, he is unable to work but, as he said, “I never really retired.” But this hasn’t stopped him from visiting the station whenever possible. Whenever he returns, he tells stories of the old days to all the other members of the department. As Chief Daniel Holl said, “He is a great guy.” John Scalesi Jr., ex-captain of the Bellmore Fire Department and a member of the Bellmore Volunteer Exempt Firemen’s Benevolent Association, said “George is an interesting man and great storyteller. He tells stories of his old war days in the medical unit, and he’s very precise and thorough in their telling.”

Who will be the Bellmores’ Father of the Year It’s time for children, wives and friends to nominate a “Father of the Year” for 2013. All nominating letters must be received by Thursday, June 6, at noon. The annual contest has been a Bellmore Life tradition since 1978. Nominating letters of approximately 300 words may be mailed, emailed or brought to 1840 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, 11566. The email address is lmedit@optonline.net. The contest is cosponored by the Chamber of Commerce

County Police Department gets superstorm Sandy funds U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Nassau County Police Department was awarded over $3,423,420 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for emergency protective measures in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. “Nassau County Police put their lives on the line to take care of residents in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding for emergency protective measures is critical in making sure that residents of Nassau County are not on the hook entirely for these expenses. Thank you to the police officers of Nassau County who worked around the clock to ensure the safety of their community.”

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George Kopp He said Mr. Kopp has a good sense of humor, and always makes sure he collects – or tries to – the $2 during association meeting nights. As a member of the Long Island Firefighters Antique Association, Mr. Kopp has also been instrumental in rebuilding the antique fire engine in the rear of the exempt hall. When asked what his favorite thing about his job was, he said that helping other people who had a problem was his favorite. Since Mr. Kopp started, Bellmore has changed a lot. He said that today kids go off to college, come home after college and then leave for good to pursue their best option in life. Because of this, there is a lack of “younger people” volunteering for the fire department. Volunteers are a huge part of the community. These men and women risk their lives to save others, and the fire department is always looking for new volunteers. Mr. Kopp was feted for his 95th birthday at the Bellmore Fire Department on Pettit Avenue on Sunday, February 19.

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Make the commitment to lead a more healthful life with trainer Fabiana Rezak this June. The Silver Sneakers exercise program will be held for four Mondays in June at 10:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Sign up at the help desk for four sessions at $15, and be part of a program that teaches us to have the benefits of healthy aging.

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On Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., Arnie Hollander will read some of his poetry. There will be an open mic, so please join the group and enjoy an evening of poetry at the Bellmore Memorial Library.

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On Wednesday, May 29, at 2:30 p.m., join us for the library’s lively monthly news discussion moderated by local historian Jack Bilello.The community is welcome to attend.

Meditation for personal growth Find a peaceful and inspiring way to cope with life’s challenges. Join Greg Gordon on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. for an introduction to meditation for personal growth. The program is free and open to the public

REEL Chat Librarian Martha DiVittorio presents a movie and discussion on Friday, May 31, at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

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On Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m., the distinctive Dixieland/Swing Band led by Micki Grant returns to the library. The band specializes in tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. They have appeared on the Long Island, Queens and Manhattan swing scene for many years playing the kind of music everyone loves. The community is welcome to enjoy a lively afternoon concert!

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Solar power is free! Dan Sabia of Built Well Solar Corp will explain how solar energy works, at the Bellmore Memorial Library on Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. He will also provide details about the current LIPA rebates and tax credits that make solar-electricity and solar hot water affordable right now!

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Rob Bartlett returns to Bellmore ShowPlace Long Island comedian Rob Barlett, Don Imus’s funnyman sidekick for over 21 years on the “Imus In The Morning” radio program and Broadway actor, will return to the Bellmore Movies-ShowPlace on Saturday, July 22, at 8 p.m. to pick up where he left off in December, when he last appeared at the ShowPlace. Doors open at 7 p.m. Mr. Bartlett started his standup career in the Long Island comedy clubs, including the Brokerage Cabaret in Bellmore, but began acting and singing on Broadway in 1998. Last year he began his comedic comback at the Bellmore Movies – though he still keeps his day job as Imus’s sidekick. Of Broadway – in which he appeared in “Chicago” – he says he loved the camaraderie of the casts he

worked with, marching in the Thanksgiving Day parades and doing other public events that helped promote the shows he has been in. Now back in standup, he says he practices new routines regularly and may offer a few surprises for the Bellmore Movies show. “It’s always good to come back home,” he told this newspaper recently. “It’s an intimate theater, and it will require some new routines.” But he makes clear he will still showcase his older characters and routines. Tickets are on sale now at the Bellmore Movies box office by calling 783-3199 or visiting 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. Or you can visit the website NYEntertainmentClub.com or call 785-4234. ©©©

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Entertainment at your library Island songwriters Alex Loredo Stone on piano, and Lynn Hughes and Chris Mosera on guitar, three talented performers from Island Songwriters Showcase, will perform at the Bellmore Memorial Library on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. The Island Songwriters Showcase is a Long Island-based volunteer organization of songwriters with a shared goal of becoming better songwriters through peer review, coaching, collaboration and performing. It’s

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“Silver Linings Playbook” Life doesn’t always go according to plan for Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), he discovers after finding himself back with his mother and dad (Robert DeNiro), Wednesday, May 29, at 1:45 p.m. at North Bellmore Public Library. Free. 2 hours.

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Longtime Eagle Scout launches new kayak adventure After 37 years in Boy Scouts, local resident Jerry Foster has taken his love of the outdoors to the next level. This Memorial Day weekend, he will launch his own mobile kayak rental business, Freeport Kayak Rentals. “I joined the Boy Scouts in 1973, and I simply fell in love with the outdoor program,” Mr. Foster explains. “My favorite activities always centered around water and included fishing, swimming, lifesaving, rowing, sailing and canoeing, Mr. Foster told this newspaper. “Since earning Eagle Scout in 1981, I have continued to stay very active in Scouting, moved to the south shore and became an avid boater and kayaker. Now I’ve decided to ‘do what I love’ and open Freeport Kayak Rentals to help others enjoy and learn to appreciate our great South Shore bays,” he continued. “Not only is kayaking a fantastic, healthy activity, but it gives each of us a chance to see Long Island’s bays from a completely new perspective, and respect them for the life they give to us,” he said. On Friday, May 24, Freeport Kayak Rentals will officially open for business, offering kayak rentals, lessons and eco-tours for singles, couples, families and groups at very reasonable fees. Although there is no traditional storefront, reservations are made online or by phone, and Mr. Foster

brings the boats and equipment to you. Kayaks can launch from Waterfront Park, at the end of South Long Beach Avenue in Freeport, just five blocks from the Nautical Mile. Waterfront Park allows paddlers easy and safe access to Baldwin Bay. Kayakers can spend a few hours—or all day—paddling the calm bays, bird watching and discovering the natural beauty of our local waters. For those looking for a great workout, several routes are also available to test your physical strength and stamina. Later this summer, Freeport Kayak Rentals will also be offering stand-up paddle board rentals, beginner classes and, of course, kayaking Merit Badge classes for Boy Scouts. “I am so excited to bring this wonderful sport to our local community” said Mr. Foster. “Everyone should take this opportunity to paddle—even if it’s just for two hours—to escape the stresses of everyday life, take a minivacation, and to feel alive again. That’s what kayaking has to offer. It’s a beautiful activity.” To help you get on the water faster, reservations are made online at FreeportKayakRentals.com by calling 1-855-WE-KAYAK, or texting 6378498. You can also meet Mr. Foster at the Freeport Festival on June 1. Stop by for a chance to win a brand new Ocean Kayak, valued at more than $600.

‘Real Radio’ – from a Bellmore resident by Jacob Derwin “The Real Radio Show” with Frankie Dee has been bringing unscripted and unpredictable content to the tri-state area airwaves for six years, and is still going strong. The show was started by host Frank Calvacca – aka Frankie Dee, who lived in Bellmore for 30 years and attended Kennedy High School. Originally airing on the now-defunct WLIR-FM six years ago, Mr. Calvacca has brought together a cast of hosts, including Mark Mendoza, Henry K and the Krissy, “The Car Girl.” Having bounced from station to station over the years, they eventually struck a deal with AM 970: The Answer, for broadcast Saturday nights at 11 p.m. What exactly is “The Real Radio Show”? “Off the wall, mayhem...pretty much keeping it real,” said Mr. Dee. “I want people to see behind the scenes. Some of these [other radio] shows are so polished and prepared, I want to keep it real.” Mr. Dee got into the radio business in a back-door way. “I wanted to be a rock star,” he said. “I was in a band called Divinity Angels of Rock. We had our first interview on WLIR and DJ Cody loved the way I handled myself... so they offered me a job.” Mr. Dee has since interviewed over 100 celebrities, including Dee Snider of

Twisted Sister, Eddie Money [Mahoney], Chubby Checker, and Peter Criss and Gene Simmons of Kiss. In fact, he says his interview with Gene Simmons is one of his most memorable. “He talked about the rumors about Kiss, he talked about his infidelity with his ex-wife...he’s only human. There’s no need to crucify celebrities, I’m not going to try to defame anybody; no right to judge. They’re only human...They’re entertainers and if they’re entertaining us and taking our minds off of the stuff we have to deal with, then we should be applauding them.” “The Real Radio Show” plays all types of music. Mr. Dee didn’t want to be pigeonholed by an “oldies radio” or “pop radio” label. The show highlights good music of all types, “from rock to hip-hop.” Free-form, he called it. “The Real Radio Show” even allows indie bands and artists to send in their music to the station to potentially be given some airtime. If you like honest, noncategorized, unscripted music and entertainment from some “real” guys such as Frankie Dee, tune into to “The Real Radio Show” on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. on AM 970, or check out their live stream on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on UStream.tv/channel/the-real-radioshow. For information on the show, you can visit TheRealRadioShow.com.

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COMMUNITY CONCERTS COMING TO A CLOSE: “Welcome to our last conMerrick-Bellmore cer t,” Community Concer t Association president Mark Manas before the 59th season finale began at Mepham High School on Saturday evening. Carrie Hassler and her bluegrass band performed after driving here from Tennessee. The band includes Darell Webb on mandolin, Jeremy Arrowood on bass, Jared Hensley on guitar, Jacob Joins on dobro and Elmer Burchett on banjo. The MBCCA plans a final farewell concert this fall, Mr. Manas said. He told this newspaper that declining membership caused the group’s demise, despite varied kinds of concerts designed to appeal to younger audiences.


Calhoun’s Noreen Prunier heads to Nashville by Kimberly White Calhoun senior Noreen Prunier has wanted to perform her whole life. She often reminisces on her days as a child when she would put on shows at family events. She loves the idea of an audience focused in on her original music. Noreen’s childhood memories of singing and putting on performances for her family was fun until sophomore year of high school, when she decided she wanted to take her music career into new heights. When Noreen started to write her own music she begged her mom to buy her a guitar. Her previous experience in playing the viola and piano made her more adaptable toward learning the guitar she explained. She said it was very easy to learn, being she already has a musical background. In an interview on the Rutgers radio station, she got to talk about her music and got the opportunity to inform the audience about her album set for release on iTunes the following week. She explained that her inspiration comes from multiple different genres of music. Her style of music and passion for writing songs comes from her major inspiration, Taylor Swift. “I really wanted to be able to write songs that anyone could relate to, like Taylor Swift does.” Noreen’s songs are filled with new love, lost love and heartbreak. Her favorite writ-

ten song is “Livin’ On Fire” because, as she says, it is the one song she fully wrote herself and did not co-write. She is proud of how “catchy and fun, yet meaningful” the song became. Two of Noreen’s songs, “Livin’ On Fire” and “Box Of You” include a music video that can be found on Noreen’s YouTube channel. Noreen’s album, consisting of these two songs and a third song, “Sparks Fly,” can be found on iTunes today. All her recordings took place at Westfall Recording Company in Farmingdale. Noreen frequently co-writes with other artists and performs all around Long Island, sometimes traveling to Nashville to perform there. She enjoys traveling to Nashville to network her music and meet music industry professionals. Noreen is working with a web designer for her new website and is close to partnering with a few clothing companies to promote and sponsor her music. Noreen reports that she will be moving to Nashville in August and attending Belmont University in the fall. In a span of five years, Noreen’s ultimate goal is to more full develop as an artist and find her voice as an artist and songwriter. She concludes, “I hope to also get a record label while I’m down in Nashville.” Kimberly White is in the Calhoun Senior Experience class and an intern at Bellmore Life.

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SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, FIRST MORTGAGE STRATEGIES GROUP, INC., Plaintiff vs PAUL ANTONACCI, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on May 09, 2012, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CCP (Calendar Control Par t Courtroom) in the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on June 04, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., premises known as 2543 Townhouse Circle, North Bellmore, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 56, Block 473 and Lot 32. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 3782/08. Francis X. McQuade, Esq.,

Referee Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530, Attorneys for Plaintiff BL 416 4T 5/1, 8, 15, 22 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, North Merrick, New York ll566-1500, for the following categories up to the times on the dates indicated: June 5, 2013 10:30 A.M. Music Supplies Photography Supplies - Rebid and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. All information for bidders,

specifications and bid forms may be obtained at the abovementioned address. The Board of Education, BellmoreMerrick 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. By order: Board of Education Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District By: Cynthia Strait Régal Deputy Superintendent BL 422 1T 5/22


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