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Vol. 59 No. 47 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

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Thursday, November 24, 2011


Remembering Wantagh’s Officer Califano Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department and members of Police Officer Michael Califano’s family recently held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano: He was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. He was from Wantagh. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Schimel authored a law, cosponsored by Assemblyman McDonough, renaming the Glen Cove Road bridge overpass, which crosses over the Long Island Expressway, the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.” The law was passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August. The bridge, located in Old Westbury, is near the site where Officer Califano was killed. “Michael Califano was a devoted police officer and a loving family man who always went above and beyond to help others, whether he knew them or not. We must never, ever forget the ultimate sacrifice he made for the people of Nassau County. Renaming this bridge in Officer Califano’s honor will help ensure that his legacy of service and heroism will always be remembered,” said Senator Fuschillo (R-Merrick). “By naming the bridge, we honor the memory of police officer Michael Califano and in a small measure thank his family for his dedication and service,” said Assemblywoman Schimel (D-Great Neck). “I am pleased to have been part of the initiative and to cosponsor this measure, making this tribute to Officer Michael Califano a reality. Memorializing Officer Califano through this tribute will ensure that the people of Nassau County never forget his dedication to our communities,” said Assemblyman McDonough (RNorth Merrick). Officer Califano, a 12-year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, died tragically in the line of duty on February 4 while performing a routine traffic stop. He was (continued on page 2)

IN HONOR OF: State Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr., at right, is pictured with Michael Califano, Officer Califano’s oldest son, unveiling a replica of the sign memorializing the Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.

Seaford’s Sander, Wantagh’s Stabile ‘Make a Difference’ Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town Board recognized 14 extraordinary community members for contributions to their local neighborhoods at the 15th Annual “Make A Difference” Awards ceremony. “The inspirational people being honored are truly the unsung heroes of our communities,” said Ms. Murray. “Their selfless acts of volunteerism and leadership are true symbols of Hempstead Town, and make our township such a great place to live, work and raise a family.” The honorees have all dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of others. Hundreds of nominations were received for the prestigious award. Those selected, Supervisor Murray noted, have quietly carried out acts of generosity for many years. Whether speaking of people with special needs, the elderly or the less fortunate, Danielle Sander of Seaford is making a difference for so many, espe-

cially those who are particularly vulnerable. As the owner of All Stars Gymnastics in Levittown, Danielle has a successful business that she uses in her mission of making a difference. Danielle recently celebrated her business’ 10-year anniversary by showing her appreciation to the community, hosting a free carnival in the gym’s parking lot. Each day, she makes a difference in the lives of her students by teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and building up their confidence and self-esteem. Danielle hosts a Special Olympics program for children with autism at the gym, helping to increase their self-confidence as well. She also adopts a family in need each year, and adopts a nursing home during the holidays, donating gifts for the seniors. Demonstrating her love for people and the depth of her character, Danielle donates her hair for wigs to go to cancer patients. Danielle Sander is also an active member of the

community, working with the Levittown Chamber of Commerce, the Seaford-Wantagh Broncos Organization and donating to many local school fundraisers. Florence Stabile of Wantagh is 97 years young. Born into a gifted family, Florence first began her passion – playing the piano – at the tender age of seven. She studied classical music, with her style greatly influenced by Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. Now in her golden years, she maintains her status as a professional entertainer and enriches the lives of others – from school children to seniors – with her talent. As the director of music at the Bellmore and Wantagh Senior Centers, Florence is continually making a difference in the lives of our golden residents right here in the Town of Hempstead. Since 1978 Florence has been volunteering her musical talents at senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living (continued on page 2)

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! – 90 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

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from page 1 facilities from here on Long Island to Queens to the Florida Keys. She can perform just about any song the seniors request, without having any music from which to play. She brings memories to all those she entertains and makes a difference in each of their lives. And while Florence brings joy to the lives of her fellow seniors, she also educates and enthralls the young by volunteering at the North Bellmore

School District’s After School Cultural Arts Program. “Our award recipients do not seek recognition, expect rewards or even look for a simple thank you. These special people just care. They care for their neighbors, their colleagues, their friends, their families and their communities,” concluded Supervisor Murray. “Tonight we are personally thanking them for making the world a better place.”

In memory of Officer Califano from page 1 killed when his patrol car, which was stopped on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway with its lights flashing, was hit from behind by a flatbed truck. The driver of the truck was allegedly asleep at the wheel and subsequently arrested on charges, including criminally negligent homicide. Approximately 100 members of Officer Califano’s family, including his wife Jackie and three sons Michael, Christopher and Andrew, attended the ceremony, as did over 100 members of the Nassau County Police Department. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano also attended the ceremony.

Said Peter Paterson, first vice-president of the Nassau County PBA, “Our brother Police Officer Michael Califano was a devoted and dedicated officer who served our Department and County with honor. We made a vow that his ultimate sacrifice and service would never be forgotten. Renaming this bridge in his memory will help honor that commitment. On behalf of all the members of the Nassau County Police Department, we thank Senator Fuschillo, Assemblywoman Schimel, and Assemblyman McDonough for their efforts to make this tribute to Officer Califano a reality.”

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARDS: Danielle Sander of Seaford (center, above) and Florence Stabile of Wantagh (center, below) were honored by, from left, Hempstead Councilman Gary Hudes, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Hempstead Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla.


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In full cooperation with the Long Island Railroad the Wantagh Fire Department hosted a mass casualty incident drill (MCI Drill) recently. The incident, a major derailment, took place in a siding just east of the Freeport railroad station. Prior to the drill, meetings were held as to what was allowed and disallowed on railroad property. In addition, the railroad hosted an instruction seminar about the types of trains, the dangers of working in and around trains, the dangers of high voltage and how their emergency equipment works, such as the opening of doors and windows. Some 40 Explorers from the Wantagh, Levittown, Massapequa and Merrick Fire Departments met at Wantagh’s Station 6 at around 7:30 a.m. There they were met by four young ladies of the GC Tech Cosmetology Class, who applied various moulages to the Explorers. The Explorers were taken aboard with injuries ranging from lacerations to compound fractures, from chest pains to hysteria and included those that were to be unconscious or combative. Once railroad and fire supervisors were in place and all actors aboard the train, the alarm was transmitted at 9 a.m. through Wantagh’s Field Com 4. Fire units from Wantagh arrived, made a quick assessment as to what occurred, set up a command post and put the wheels in motion for additional help. Additional ambulances from Wantagh along with ambulances from Bellmore, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa and the Seaford Fire Departments, responded. In addition, the Wantagh/Levittown Ambulance Corp. responded to provide

assistance in the event that any of the actor/players actually were injured. The Office of Emergency Management, the MTA Police, the Nassau County Fire Service Academy and the Nassau County Police Ambulance Bureau with an MCI Unit also responded. The MCI units carry additional medical equipment that would be needed in such an incident. As rescue personal opened emergency doors and entered the train, a medical command post was set up along with a Triage Area. The Explorers aboard the train all had cards of various colors to indicate the type and severity of their injuries. They were tagged by rescuers and removed from the train. Those that could walk did so while others were backboarded and carried from the train. Upon assessment of the severity of their injuries, they were classified and placed in ambulances for removal to the hospital (Freeport Fire Headquarters). At about 10:45 a.m. the drill concluded. All the injured were accounted for and a short critique ensued by observers of the drill. Except for a few minor discrepancies, such as a dangling strap on a backboard, the drill went off without a hitch. Some things that were instituted (sked-stretchers) to make the removal of victims easier were praised. At precisely 11 a.m. the train, right on schedule, began to move from the siding to be placed back in service. All units that responded to the scene were thanked for their assistance, and fire units that relocated in Wantagh’s Station 1, East Meadow with an Engine and Ladder, Massapequa an Engine, North Bellmore an ambulance and North Merrick an ambulance were released “with thanks.”

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Forget Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is coming This year, “Black Friday” sales are even starting on Thanksgiving at some big box stores. The mad rush that claimed the life of a young Walmart employee crushed in a stampede some years ago is starting. We can expect parking lot rage, long lines at checkout counters, sticker shock and all the signs of the holiday shopping that make it the antithesis of what it is supposed to be. But, take heart, Small Business Saturday is coming. A promotion started by American Express, it means showing your community spirit by patronizing small businesses run by your neighbors and friends. Small Business Saturday means shopping where they know your name. It means strolling downtown in your hometown and looking in all the windows for a serendipitous gift idea. Your local merchant is also often the one that helps support your child's team and gives to the PTA for school events. She helps shoulder the local tax burden and gives to local charities. The beautiful holiday decorations are funded by your local chamber of commerce, which also organizes several holiday events to help bring the community together. Church and temple bazaars are also great places to find unique gifts that will be treasured for a lifetime. If you have no other choice, endure Black Friday. But enjoy Small Business Saturday. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit. And send us your stories about how you spent Small Business Saturday. We would love to share them.

A MAJESTIC ANNIVERSARY: Seaford’s Curt Schmitt drops by Majestic Salon and Spa to congratulate co-owner Juanita Duran on the Salon’s ninth anniversary of their opening on Merrick Road. The Salon is known for it’s tireless community involvement and excellence in customer service. “We are so glad to have chosen Seaford nine years ago,” said Ms. Duran. “This is an exceptional community, and we’re proud to contribute to its ongoing growth and development.” As trustees of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Schmitt is the Chamber’s immediate past-president, and Ms. Duran is first vice-president.

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CHRISTMAS FAIR: More than 60 artisans for your shopping pleasure Friday, December 2, from 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m-4 p.m. in the Msgr. Thomas G. Leavey Auditorium, St. William the Abbot School, 2001 Jackson Avenue, Seaford (two blocks east of the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, one block south of Sunrise Highway). In addition to all the wonderful items, hot and cold food, fresh evergreen wreaths, attic treasures, baked goods, raffle baskets and grand 50/50 will be offered. Of course, Santa Claus will visit the boys and girls. ©©© CHANGE OF VENUE: Due to the renovation of the Wantagh Library, the monthly meeting of the Paumanacke Garden Club will be held at Wantagh High school at the usual time of 7:30 p.m. The program for the evening will be given by Marion Romeo and will be on “Floral Designs to Enjoy at Home.” The date of the meeting is November 30. ©©© SEAFORD SNOWFLAKES: Those festive snowflakes courtesy of The Seaford Chamber of Commerce will again be installed throughout the community, albeit now assessed with a LIPA utility bill. To defray this cost, the chamber seeks Snowflake sponsors at $250. Utility pole sponsors are $100 per pole. Or, donate dollars or a prize to the chamber’s holiday party raffle (funds will also absorb the LIPA bill). Send checks payable to the

Chamber, PO Box 1634, Seaford 11703, or call Curtis Schmitt at 785-3380. ©©© A D O P T- A - FA M I LY: Anyone wishing to participate in the Adopt-A-Family program can contact Levittown Schools either Gina Interdonato (579-2921 or or Esta Lachow (520-1546 or by Sunday, December 11. You will receive an informational form with specifics relative to the student or family assigned to you. Gift cards in any amount for local stores are also welcomed. Last year, along with the Board of Education, PTSA, members of the Levittown School District staff, Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce, over 160 students/family members were adopted and provided with gifts, clothes and food during the holiday season. Please consider participating as a means of community service. ©©© SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: November 27 is Small Business Saturday! Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced his support for “Small Business Saturday,” to encourage shoppers to support their local small businesses this holiday season. Tell the community your Small Business Saturday specials, and encourage shoppers to become your customers while saving time, money and gas. Do you accept American Express? Cardholders will receive a $25 credit when they spend $25 or more at a participating local business on Saturday, November 27. Visit Advertise your specials with The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen, Bellmore Life, Merrick Life and The Freeport-Baldwin Leader. E-mail, or call 378-5320 today! ©©© THE SEAFORD BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS will hold its regular monthly meeting for the Wednesday, month on November 30, 8 p.m. at the Seaford Fire headquarters, 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford. All meetings of the Seaford Fire District are open to the public. ©©© UNSUNG HEROES: The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen is looking for members of the community who unselfishly give their time or resources to help others throughout the year. If you know someone like that, send us a letter or a few words about that person for our December 14 issue. You may also e-mail us at or write on our Facebook wall. We’d love to hear from you. Additionally, we are asking local nonprofits to provide us with a wish list of goods and services it needs and we will print them in the December 14 issue as well. Don’t forget to include a brief description of your organization. Who knows, there could be some fairy godmother (or godfather) out there to make your dreams come true this holiday season! ©©©

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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 221-1200. Monday, December 5 The library is presently closed. Anticipated opening is Monday, December 5. The anticipated opening for the Community Room is Monday, December 11. Thursday, December 15 Join us when we travel to the Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, December 15, to see their production of “Home For The Holidays,” your favorite holiday songs as well as some new numbers. A selection of six different luncheon entrees will be available for you to choose from on the day of the trip. Cost of $73 per person covers admission and transportation. Bus will leave the library parking lot at 9:15 a.m. Make checks payable to Wantagh Public Library and mail to library at 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh 11793.

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Representatives from the County Executive’s Office, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Assessment and the Department of Social Services will be on site. No registration is required. Monday, December 5 2 p.m. Winter Speaker series. Join the former chairman of the Panama Canal Commission, Robert McMillan, when he brings you an insider’s look at the history and the future of Panama and the canal. No registration required. Tuesday, December 13 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enhanced STAR Senior Citizen Tax Exemption help is a program to assist qualified seniors in completing their Enhanced STAR and Senior STAR applications. Appointments are not necessary and seniors will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also no charge for this service. Bring your renewal application with you and copies of your 2010 Social

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To The Citizen: On November 10 The Citizen printed a letter by Al Kaiser in response to a letter of mine printed on November 3 concerning Rep. Peter King and President Obama’s proposed Jobs Bill. The proposed bill would have cost approximately $450 billion over 10 years, not $14 trillion as stated by Mr. Kaiser. Much of the bill’s benefit would have been realized as part of an extension and expansion of the current reduction in payroll taxes paid by wage earning Americans. Moreover, the entire cost of the bill would have been paid for by a surtax on individuals earning in excess of $1 million annually, the so-called “millionaires tax.” In other words, it would not have added a dime to the national debt. Voters in our district should understand that a significant portion (43%) of our accumulated $14+ trillion national debt which Mr. Kaiser mistakenly referred was incurred since 2002 under the presidency of George W. Bush, primarily due to tax cuts which benefitted the wealthiest Americans, two undeclared and unfunded wars and an unfunded Medicare drug benefit. Peter King was one of the most influential congressional leaders during that time and a strong supporter of Bush. I find it rather amusing to think that King’s newfound fiscal conservatism is anything more than politics as usual, of which we have had more than enough. Eric Jurist

A typical high school response To The Citizen: In response to the letter “A Chance Encounter” by Eric Jurist appearing in the Citizen on Thursday, November 3, all I want to say is, “Wow.” But “Wow” is a typical high school level response, which would have been appropriate for me when I was a student at Seaford High School, Mr. Peter King’s alma mater. But calling one of your constituents (whether or not he ever voted for Mr. King, Mr. Jurist is still his constituent) “the big loser” is also a typical high school response, and completely inappropriate language for an elected official. One would think that by this stage in his life and career Peter King would have moved beyond his years at Seaford High School and matured just a bit, but apparently not. I also find it extremely ironic that the Republican’s big mantra has been, “jobs, jobs, jobs,” and yet when our President presents a solution, the Republicans are the first to shoot it down. Instead of, “You’re the big loser,” how about an alternate jobs plan from Peter King? How about saying to this unhappy constituent, “I’m sorry you disagree with me, but I have an alternate plan available on my website that I think you’ll find to be a better solution than our President’s.” Probably because Mr. King has none, as do none of the other Republican candidates. You can be sure that I’ll vote for someone with a better answer than, “You’re the big loser.” Andrew Stieglitz SHS Class of 2010


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State police report that Nancy M. Boland of Waltoffer Avenue in North Bellmore has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of her ex-husband Walter Boland, who was found on a bike path along Wantagh State Parkway last Friday morning by a jogger. An autopsy determined he had died from a single stab wound to the lower abdomen. An investigation into the incident led police to charge Ms. Boland after it was learned a domestic dispute took place at their home. State police say the stabbing took place late Wednesday evening, and that Mr. Boland never received medical attention after receiving the wound. The police report said that Ms. Boland drove around with Mr. Boland’s body for approximately four hours before placing the body on the bike path at 4 a.m. State Police Public Information Officer Frank Bandiero told The Citizen that while the investigation was still ongoing, no one else is being charged at this time. Ms. Boland was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Church: 4:00 PM (Family Mass), 6:00 PM (Mass with Youth in Mind) and 12:00 Midnight (Carols begin at 11:00 PM) Auditorium: 4:00 PM Mass Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day Church: 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12 Noon Auditorium: 12:00 Noon NO 5:00 PM MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

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Seaford Middle School students, somber and engaged, hung on the words of anti-bullying lecturer John Halligan as he delivered a heartwrenching story of his son, Ryan, who committed suicide in 2003 after years of being victimized by bullying and cyber bullying. The presentation is part of a month-long campaign aimed at spreading awareness and helping others who endure the same pain. Mr. Halligan took his audience back to when his son was born, his developmental struggles growing up, how he tried to deal with the bullying that tormented him for years and the depression that followed. With unwavering conviction, Mr. Halligan drove home the point that since his son’s death, “My family’s lives have never been the same.” He expressed the core-shaking anger he felt towards those who bullied his son and the process of dealing every day with his son’s tragic death. “When you bully, you bully an entire family,” Mr. Halligan said. “Parents get upset; siblings get upset…but you can correct a wrong and make it right. You can always turn an ink blot into a butterfly,” he said quoting a favorite art teacher. The presentation was brought to the school through a $2,500 donation from the Seaford Community Wellness Council and arranged by Seaford Middle School Social Worker Nancy Kaplan. It was also presented to parents, middle and high school students in the evening at Seaford High School. “His presentation puts a face behind the computer and shows that this boy was part of a family that was also deeply affected by bullying,” Ms. Kaplan said. “I guarantee you there are people in your lives that love you more than you will truly understand, please don’t take that for granted,” he urged his adolescent audience. “I beg you to ask for help if you need it. I know you’re embarrassed. I know you’re ashamed, but please, don’t be afraid to go to an adult who can help you.” Students asked with curiosity many questions about his family and the people who victimized his son. They also asked questions such as, “What have you learned from your son’s death?” “I am much more in tune to your world than before. It’s not just about throwing a punch like in my generation; it’s about throwing words on the Internet.”Another student asked, “What made you want to do presentations?” “I thought I’d only do this once,” he confessed. “…but then I got a call from a girl who expressed how Ryan’s story changed her; how she went to the girls she tormented in middle school and apologized to them, and how she felt so much better. Because of her, and the other e-mails that followed, it made me want to do it again and again… I know there is one person in this room that will take this presentation to heart and will go up to someone and apologize. That moment will be life-changing.” After his son’s death, Mr. Halligan was responsible for the passage of two Vermont laws: the Bully Prevention Law Act 117, which established bullying prevention procedures in schools, and the Suicide Prevention Law Act 114, which he wrote and was passed unchanged in April 2006. The law relates to teaching about

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