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Vol. 60 No. 26 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

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Thursday, June 28, 2012


Local graduates move on... MOMENTS TO REMEMBER: At right, three proud Wantagh graduates pose during Wantagh High School’s ceremony. Below right, Seaford Salutatorian Matthew Provenzano joins his fellow graduates at the Seaford graduation ceremony. Directly below, twins Michael and Christopher Accordino decorated their caps with a special message at MacArthur’s commencement.

Miss Wantagh pageant June 29 “Hard to believe that we are getting ready to crown a new Miss Wantagh,” began Ella Stevens, Fourth of July Association president and Miss Wantagh Pageant coordinator. “We are very grateful to Wantagh Schools for allowing the pageant to be held there again this year. With growing interest and support from the families and friends of the Miss Wantagh contestants as well as merchants in the community, the Fourth of July Association would like to invite the entire Wantagh community so that everyone in our town will be able to enjoy this wonderful event,” she added. This year’s semifinalists are already preparing for this special event, which is scheduled for Friday, June 29, at the Wantagh High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. They have been visiting merchants throughout our town introducing themselves, practicing their

speeches and attending rehearsals. You can follow their moves by visiting the Miss Wantagh Facebook page. “It’s very important that everyone understands that the Miss Wantagh Pageant is not a beauty pageant. It is a pageant whereby the academic excellence and community service these semi-finalists bring to the table are highlighted. It is not uncommon to find that past Miss Wantagh participants have continued giving back to their community or have shown leadership qualities in their respective careers,” Ms. Stevens said. At the pageant the semifinalists will tell a panel of judges and the audience all about their achievements and aspirations. They will also answer questions, posed by the judges. “Their talents will not go unnoticed as they have put together a little skit for everyone’s entertainment,” added Ms. (continued on page 2) Stevens.

Wantagh celebrates the Fourth “Come one! Come all!” exclaimed Fred Parola of the Fourth of July Parade Association, as he announced that the annual Fourth of July Parade will be held Wednesday, July 4. Assembly for the parade will be behind the Wantagh 5 & 10 Shopping Center at 9:30 a.m. Step off is 10 a.m. This parade has been a favorite tradition for Wantagh residents and it’s very easy to see why. “Nothing is quite like the view on Wantagh Avenue when you see everyone coming out of their homes and sitting on beach chairs or blankets all lined up to see the parade,” stated Mr. Parola. “The success of this parade is attributed to parade coordinator Lorraine Rhoads, who has worked tirelessly to enlist and synchronize all the marchers and floats that walk through Wantagh’s streets in celebration of our country’s birthday for all these years. From the smallest to the finest, Wantagh’s parade makes a hit in this community. Everyone loves a parade,” he added.

The parade route begins on Park Avenue and heads north on Wantagh Avenue to Island Park Road where it heads east to Beech Street. From Beech the parade comes to its final destination at the Wantagh Elementary School, after passing by a panel of judges that await them in the showmobile that’s parked alongside the Wantagh Railroad Museum. Part of the ceremony at the school is the announcement of the winners of the awards ranging from the most patriotic to the most creative floats as judged by this panel. “Finally, the ceremony ends with the crowning of the new Miss Wantagh – another tradition – spotlighting the beautiful young ladies who competed for the title. The pageant, which is coordinated by Ella Stevens and Donna Hartofilis, has been a hit with the community for more than 50 years. All in all it’s a wonderful tradition and a great day for Wantagh and its residents.

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A VISIT FROM MOM OF THE YEAR: Kathy Cerasi, winner of The Citizen’s 2012 Mother of the Year Contest, was recently welcomed with her gift prizes by a few of the contest’s participating sponsors. Above, At Wantagh’s Iavarone Bros., Joseph Michael Iavarone and Nicole Forero present Kathy and 5-year-old-daughter, Juliana, with a gift basket filled with delicious Italian delicacies and treats. Below, Concord Cleaners is one of Wantagh’s oldest businesses and a peren-

nial Mother of the Year sponsor. Owner Bob Audette welcomes Kathy with her gift prize of a $25 gift certificate for any dry cleaning, laundry or storage service. Right, Paul Leonard, for 31 years owner of Wantagh’s Animal Appetites, presents Kathy with a $25 gift certificate. Does the Cerasi household include pets? Says Kathy: “When you have four children, you have pets....This prize will be used immediately!”

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evening learning what these young ladies, vying for the title of Miss Wantagh 2012, have accomplished. Let’s give these young ladies a great show of support for all they have already accomplished and for the great things they are about to do in their future. Join us on Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. at Wantagh High School for the 56th Miss Wantagh Pageant,” Ms. Stevens concluded.


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from page 1 Unlike other pageants, where a winner is declared, in the Miss Wantagh Pageant, the new Miss Wantagh is not crowned that evening. That occurs at the conclusion of the 4th of July ceremonies on Wednesday, July 4, on the steps of the Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street. “So, please mark your calendars, because you are invited to spend an


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What is the role of precipitation? Even though Long Island has had

Educating the Public Nassau County has a system in place where the public can only water their lawn on odd/even days, depending on their house number. Residents are also not allowed to water their lawns between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is done because water evaporates at a faster rate when it is hot outside, such as during the day, Ms. Meyland said. Many people have their lawns set up on an automatic schedule, which then can water their lawn even when it is unnecessary. “People can install a moisture sensor as part of their irrigation systems,� said Ms. Meyland, “If your lawn does not need water that day, it will automatically skip a day.� Even though following a pattern for water use does not help save water, it is still beneficial to the aquifers, she said. “Following this system helps to spread out the demand of the water facility,� said Ms. Meyland. It is also important not to water a lawn during the day, because this water will evaporate at a much faster rate due to the sun and heat, she added. Ms. Meyland thinks that people can be educated through newspaper columns that discuss what is going on with the water supply. “If the public were more aware about what is going on with the water supply,� she said, “they would be more willing to support changes that are needed to better protect our water.� She also believes that the public would know how much water they used if it was easily readable on their water bills. “The information is not provided on the bill in a way that the everyday person could understand,� said Ms. Meyland. It is important that residents know how they are misusing water, and the steps they should take to conserve it, she said. Water is a finite resource, and we have to manage how we use it,

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she added. “Water that is not taken up by plants evaporates,� said Ms. Meyland. It is important that the public follows the watering schedule so that the aquifers do not get more damaged, she added. “We are upsetting the balance of aquifers,� said Ms. Meyland, “which leads to saltwater intrusion.� Editors Note: Sarah Meyland is the

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Career development at SHS by Shana Berman Students in the Career Development Program (CDP) at Seaford High School spoke this month at Seaford’s SEPTA meeting. The mission of this program is to teach students, ages 15-21, vocational and interaction skills the students can use in their work environments. The students who spoke at the meeting told the audience where they practice their vocational skills, stated their job responsibilities and what they loved most about their jobs. The job sites that participate in this program include L&M Publications (The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen), Seaford Library, Dollar Tree, Barnes and Noble, Seaford Cinemas, Waldbaum’s, Applebee’s, Waffle House, TJ Maxx, Modells, Walmart, Marshall’s and Old Mill Nursery. The program has been able to adjust their job sites to include the interests of students who wish to pursue a certain career. For example, this year World

Gym, T.G.I. Friday’s, Central Island Heathcare and Catholic Charities of Seaford have been added to the program. Some tasks the students perform are typing, stocking shelves, working in loss prevention/security, organizing, bagging groceries, assisting the elderly, assembling book displays and cleaning. Time management, articulation skills and work habits are learned and enforced through this program to help students acquire and maintain jobs. At this time, Seaford’s program has some former students who are currently working at Old Mill Nursery and Dollar Tree. JC Penny has also offered some of the current students positions to work during the 2012 holiday season. We are very pleased with all of the Seaford High School students and their accomplishments. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Shana Berman is a job coach at Seaford High School’s Career Development Program.

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Next time you water your lawn or rinse off your patio, think twice about how much water you are really using. Aquifers, which are how Long Island receives its fresh water, are being damaged due to community overuse and lack of precipitation. “Long Island is at a deficit,� said Sarah Meyland, co-director of the Center for Water Resources Management at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) since 2006. “The lack of fresh water coming into the aquifers over the course of the year increases the chances of both saltwater intrusion and aquifer damage,� she said. Long Island uses three different aquifers: Lloyd, the smallest and deepest aquifer, Magothy, the largest aquifer that holds the most water, and Upper Glacial, which is the newest aquifer. “The different materials in the aquifers are sand, gravel and clay. The water in the aquifer is stored in the tiny spaces in between the sand grains. Due to both the dry weather and public overuse of water, there is a shortage of water,� Ms. Meyland said. Along the South Shore of Long Island, the fresh water comes into direct contact with the salt water. The fresh water, moving slowly in the aquifers, is pushing towards the coastal water, and the salt water is pushing towards land. When there is too much fresh water coming out, it allows the salt water to push inward, into the aquifers, she said. “The people on the South Shore,� said Ms. Meyland, “are the first ones who see the consequences of how we [negatively] use our water.� People often overuse water, and many of them do not even realize that they are doing so, she said. A general false assumption, said Ms. Meyland, is that overwatering your lawn does not waste water. “Many people think that that water goes back into the aquifers,� said Ms. Meyland, “but it does not. It evaporates into the atmosphere.� Water use increases 300-400% over the summer, due to pools, sprinklers and other outdoor use, but the water use is often wasteful, she said. “We lose a lot of water over the summer,� said Ms. Meyland, “and we have difficulty making it up over the winter. People also waste water by hosing down their driveways, decks, and patios. It is important to educate the public on the misuse of water, and how it is impacting our water supply now and in the future.� The last time Long Island had a rain deficit was in the 1960s. In 1965 and 1966, the Northeast had a severe drought, known as the 100-Year Drought, when the water had the greatest drop. This drought was exacerbated by local pumping, Ms. Meyland said.

many rainy days recently, it is not enough to aid the aquifers, she said. Due to the overuse of water and the lack of precipitation, the aquifers still have 50% less water than normal. It is much better to get scattered rain days instead of a large nor’easter, because when there is too much water, it runs off, and then that water is lost, said Ms. Meyland. When there are scattered rain days, the amount of water does not overwhelm the aquifers, which then results in the aquifers capturing more water, she said. The lack of precipitation this past winter is also affecting the aquifers. “Due to the past dry winter,� said Ms. Meyland, “there is 50% less water in the aquifers now than in a normal year.� She thinks that warmer, drier winters seem to be a trend, stating, “this seems to be the way the climate change shift is occurring.� She is unsure, though, if it is related to global warming. “It is too early to know for sure,� said Ms. Meyland, “because we are at the front end of change.�

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CUTTING AWAY AT HUNGER: Seaford’s Majestic Salon & Spa is an official Island Harvest location for contributions of non-perishable (canned and packaged) food, to then be distributed to over 500 agencies and programs for the needy on Long Island. Dropping by with a substantial donation is Bill Arnold, owner, Rudy’s A-1 Auto Repair and 2011 recipient of the community’s Honorary Patriot Award. Accepting are, from left, Majestic co-owners Lisa Dupuy, Juanita Duran and Iris Slotkis. Food may be dropped-off through the end of June.

citizen circuit 60TH ANNIVERSARY: St. Frances de Chantal Church is marking its 60th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion there will be several events including a picnic on August 26, followed by a Solemn Mass on October 21. Also on October 21 there will be a dinner dance at Verdi’s of Westbury. Then on December 9, there will be a rededication of the church. In conjunction with these events, St. Frances de Chantal will publish a 60th Anniversary Commemorative Journal. If you are interested in supporting the journal please contact the parish at 785-2333, ext. 325. The deadline for ads is July 15. ©©© ALL YEAR REUNION – Save Seaford Sports celebrates Seaford Pride with an all-year Seaford High School reunion at Mulcahy’s on Saturday, July 14, from 3-6 p.m. Cover charge of $ 50 includes open bar, food and live band. Proceeds will help reinstate fall/winter middle school sports programs. To purchase tickets you can contact Andrea or George Tickets will also be sold at the door. ©©© NIGHT AT THE RACES in Seaford will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2197 Jackson Avenue. Admission is $12. Food and dessert will be served. Call 785-3762 for information.

©©© ANNUAL BARBECUE: The Wantagh Memorial Congrgational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, will hold its July Fourth Barbecue at noon. It will be held on the lawn behind the church following the Wantagh parade. Tickets are on sale now. $15 for the very hungry, $12 for everyone else. For tickets or information call 785-1829. Leave a message and your call will be returned. ©©© BASKETBALL LEAGUE the Bellmore-Merrick Basketball League wishes a healthy, safe summer to all players, families and friends. To register now for the 2012-13 season go to, or write to P.O. Box 1228, Bellmore. ©©© VETERANS FUNDRAISER: Join the New York Veterans Advisory Group for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, open bar and raffles at the annual NYVAG fundraiser on Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorare Caterers in Seaford. NYVAG is a nonprofit organization that provides housing to homeless veterans. Make a difference in the lives of these forgotten heroes! RSVP required. Go to for more details on purchasing tickets to the fundraiser or call Dex at 398-4120. ©©© SEAFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S MUSEUM: at 3890 Waverly Avenue, Seaford, 781-5184, will be open Sundays from 2-4 p.m. during

July, August and September. The third schoolhouse in Seaford and then a firehouse, this 1893 building, a Town of Hempstead Landmark, has historic displays including a schoolroom area, a parlor, farming and carpentry tools, photos and a 1906 Seaford Skiff. Admission free. ©©© VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Seaford’s United Methodist Church is now accepting applications for this summer’s Bible school in session from Monday, August 20, thru Friday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fees are $25 for the first child, $20 for the second, and $15 for third or more. For an application call Seaford Methodist Church: 785-8877. ©©© SAVE SEAFORD SPORTS IS BACK: The Seaford school budget passed; many of the programs were retained. But three seasons of middle school sports were canceled. We plan to reinstate our fall, winter 1 and winter 2 sports seasons. Many of our current volunteers are moving up to the high school and we need new people with new ideas to run our fundraisers over the summer. We plan to consistently advise middle school parents and supporters of the latest fundraising information, plus monthly status updates over the summer break. To receive our e-mail advise: We look forward to hearing from you. – from Save Seaford Sports ©©©

Seaford library Monday, July 2 3:30-5:30 p.m. Babysitting and First Aid. Learn about the do’s and don’ts of feeding, diapering and caring for infants and young children. First aid, safety skills, and the handling of emergencies will be stressed. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice diapering. Two registered nurse instructors will present certificates of completion to

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EAGLE SCOUT: Spencer Schiappa of Troop 5, Massapequa, recently completed his Eagle Scout service project in Tackapausha Preserve. Spencer’s project, cosponsored by the L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference and the newly formed friends of Tackapausha, rerouted the hiking trail away from a hazardous crossing on Sunrise Highway at the Massapequa-Seaford border. The old route led hikers and joggers across Sunrise Highway where there was no intersection, crosswalk or stoplight. His troop blocked off and covered up this misplaced trail, leading it to an intersection with a striped crosswalk, a stoplight and a high-tech pedestrian crossing signal. They also picked up a large amount of trash dumped in the woods off Sunrise Highway, and cleaned out the L.I.R.R. underpass along the trail. In addition, Spencer has contacted state Senator Charles Fuschillo and the state Department of Transportation, requesting the installation of “pedestrian/hiker crossing” signs on both sides of Sunrise Highway.


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Ongoing The Wantagh Public Library offers homebound service for patrons who cannot visit the library due to temporary or permanent disability. Library materials can be delivered to you at home, with the exception of new videos and CDs. For information, call the Reference Desk at 2211200. Monday, July 2 9:30 a.m. Wantagh Public Library Board of Trustees reorganization meeting with business meeting to follow. All are welcome. 7 p.m. “I Must Be Dreaming” at the library. Back by popular demand, ventriloquist Steve Petra’s puppet show of comedy, illusions with audience participation. Wednesday, July 4 Library closed: Happy Fourth of July. Thursday, July 5 7 p.m. Installation of the Student Art Show.

those who successfully complete the course. For ages 11-18. Registration at the Reference Desk has started. Friday, July 13 4-5 p.m. Bird House Crafting. $3 materials fee. Paint, color and stencil a wooden birdhouse. Bird food supplied. Can be used outdoors or for decoration. For those ages 10-18. Registration at the Reference Desk began Friday June 22. Summer Concert Series Music for a Saturday Evening: Saturday, July 7 The Tribunes. A 5-man a-capella Doo Wop Group featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Library, to be held in the parking lot at the library. Saturday, July 21 Just Sixties. All classic ’50s music including the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and Cher among many others as well as the sharing of fun facts about the songs, artists and events of the time. Brought to you in partnership with the Seaford Chamber of Commerce to be held in the parking lot of the library. Saturday, August 4 Risky Business. This very popular Long Island band will dazzle you with their extensive playlist of rock songs covering artists from the fifties through today, presented in cooperation with the Seaford Lions Club, to be held in the parking lot of the library. Wednesday, August 22 Bus Trip. Bus leaves at 9:45 a.m. Cost $90. Come to the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor to see the sensa-


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Do commuters think the LIRR is on the right track? by Linda Delmonico Prussen A variety of commuter complaints were discussed at an open forum held by Legislator Dave Denenberg at the Freeport Memorial Library last week. The forum covered issues affecting commuters on the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. On hand to address commuter concerns was Patrick Gerakaris, branch line manager, South Nassau District, and Robert Brennan, Director of Government and Community Affairs for the LIRR.

Penalty fees questioned Ironically, earlier in the day the railroad experienced problems with its ticket machines at various stations, causing commuters to have to buy tickets on the train and pay the penalty fine for not purchasing tickets before boarding. A Bellmore commuter asked if the railroad was aware of the problem, and officials say they were, and able to put a message regarding the issue on the stations’ electronic monitors, which they did, why were commuters still charged the higher rate on the train? Mr. Brennan said, “In a perfect world no one would be charged the higher rate.” While commuters can receive a refund on the overpayment, the onus is put on them to fill out a form on their ticket and mail it in. Mr. Gerakaris admitted, “It is an inconvenience, but some of these things are out of our control.” When pressed as to why, if the railroad knew there was a problem, conductors weren’t instructed to simply

charge passengers the regular fee without the penalty, he replied, “It’s a level of internal controls we have to enforce.” He said as the outage was intermittent “We have to ensure the machine is not working.” He said this was done by investigating each overpayment claim received, checking the time and the machine in the system to see that there was actually an equipment failure. He added, “We try to be as customer service-focused as possible.” One commuter suggested that penalty fees be eliminated on weekends when less seasoned commuters take the train into the city with their families. He said doing so would increase ridership and encourage people to leave their cars at home.

Expiration dates A commuter asked if the MTA had any plans to return to six-month expiration dates on tickets instead of the current two-week “good for” period. Mr. Brennan said while the MTA has no plans to return to the longer period, legislation in Albany was in the works to do just that. Unfortunately, late breaking news suggests that at least for now that won’t be happening, as the bill has some legal language issues and the legislative session ended Thursday, June 21.

Parking problems It’s no secret that trying to get a spot at the Merrick or Bellmore train station during a normal workday is a challenge. Claudia Borecky, president of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association, has been trying to get per-

mit parking for residents. She asked if there was any headway made on her attempts, but was told there had been no new movement on the issue. A Freeport commuter complained that taxi cabs can take up to 17 spaces, often parking diagonally, making it nearly impossible to get a space at that station as well. Mr. Brennan said of the cabs, “They are allowed a certain number of spots.” But he said he will report the issue to the MTA to be investigated. Mr. Denenberg said he also received several complaints on the same problem.

Safety A commuter reported severe flooding on the Merrick and Freeport platforms during the recent rains. He said, “There is a constant flooding problem.” He added in the wintertime the water freezes and in the summer the water pools damage the concrete. Mr. Brennan said, “We can definitely look into that.” A commuter voiced his concern over nighttime loitering at the Freeport station. Mr. Brennan said, “Mayor [Andrew] Hardwick and I talk and we are very aware of the quality-of-life issues at the Freeport station.” Mrs. Borecky asked that the bottom step of the stairs at the Merrick station be painted white so those with vision/perception problems would have an easier time navigating the stairs.





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A commuter asked about the lettering on the Freeport station. Mr. Gerakaris said, “We have the order in to replace the letters and we hope to get that done real soon.” A Bellmore commuter asked that a hook be installed on the back of the door in the women’s bathroom. She complimented the railroad on the cleanliness of the bathroom, but said, even though clean, women would prefer not to have to place their coats and purses on the floor when using the bathroom. Both Mr. Brennan and Mr. Gerakaris said this would be addressed. Mr. Gerakaris urged commuters to sign up for the MTAs E-Alert system so that alerts regarding the railroad could be sent directly to each commuter’s cell phone via email or text.

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REAL ESTATE Mary Dee Lic. Assoc. Broker

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1237 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh


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Offered by S.A.S. Real Estate: Mary Whitaker Lic. Assoc. Broker


Anna Risolo Lic. Sales Agent

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We’re now in our 36th year of continuous service to the Wantagh and Seaford communities. 1976-2012

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