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Vol. 60 No. 37 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

The Community Newspaper - at the gateway to Jones Beach

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Welcome back to school!

READY FOR CLASS are these students at Forest Lake School, Wantagh. photo courtesy of Debra Pinciotto of SYNTAX

STUDENTS RUSH TO CLASS on opening day at Seaford photo courtesy of BOCES Manor School.

Referendum on sale of Seaford Avenue School sale October 16 Seaford residents will be called to the polls on Tuesday, October 16, to vote on a referendum to sell the 5.66-acre Seaford Avenue School property to BK at Seaford, LLC. The referendum comes after the Board of Education voted to enter a contract of sale to BK at Seaford, LLC, the owners who are the principals of The Engel Burman Group, for nearly $5.2 million. The Garden City-based real estate group is proposing to build 113 housing units for a selling price of $350,000 to $400,000 per unit. Board of Education President Brian Fagan called the referendum “a very important step for the district. If passed, the district would benefit from the addi-

tional tax revenue of nearly $500,000 and would save an estimated $100,000 on the basic maintenance costs associated with the property.” The school building was last used to educate Seaford students back in 1981and was leased to Five Towns College until 1992 and then Nassau BOCES until 2010. The district, being unable to secure another lessee for the building, has left it vacant for the past two years. This reduced the district’s revenues by approximately $400,000 annually. According to district officials, the fate of the property has long been a topic of discussion for board members and administrators as they wrestled to find the best “fit” for the community and the school

district. They weighed the pros and cons of refurbishing the building for future use at an estimated cost of $5-6 million, or selling it to a viable buyer for about the same price to construct new housing. Enrollment estimates for the near and distant future do not indicate any need for the future use of this building by the district. After deciding to enter into a contract with real estate marketing firm GrenierMaltz to market the sale of the building and property, BK at Seaford, LLC expressed interest in the property. After months of negotiations, an agreement was reached and approved by the board. This agreement is now subject to approval by a vote of the Seaford School District resi-

dents. “This vote is the culmination of many months of deliberating and negotiating to find a fair and equitable proposal for our community and our district,” said Superintendent Brian Conboy. Every resident who is 18 or older is encouraged to come out and vote on this issue in the Seaford School District. The district will conduct an informational meeting about the proposed sale on Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in the Seaford High school Auditorium. Residents may also find information on the district website at For more information on The Engel Burman group you can visit

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! – 20 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

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awareness about the plight and potential of the far too plentiful pit types lingering in shelters and foster care. Activities include an adoption fair, speakers, vendors, trainers, holistic rehabilitation experts, community outreach, lug nut weight pulling demo, Tellington Touch demo and more. A Pit Parade is planned around 1 p.m. Other shelters plus invited community outreach rescue groups are expected to bring several breed ambassadogs (either adoptables or alumni), each with a chaperone, to participate in the procession. Tia Torres from the Animal Planet show “Pit Bulls & Parolees” is expected to attend, as she did last year. The goal is to have Bully breed representation from Long Island, New York City and Connecticut to share ways to help these dogs find responsible homes while preventing their rampant breeding and abuse. For information: or 631-671-2588.

Calling all Wantagh gridders! Wantagh High School varsity football will be playing historic game number 500 as the first home game of the season on Saturday, September 15, at 1:30 p.m. against MacArthur High School. If you are part of Wantagh High School varsity football alumni and would like

to be announced at the game, please contact Bill Bogatz, the voice of the Warriors, at and include your name, year of graduation, position played and uniform number. Go Warriors – past and present!

The second annual Bully Breed Brigade will take place on Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh on Saturday, September 22, but the festivities will begin that Friday evening.... Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue invite you to attend “Yappy Hour,” Friday, September 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Mulcahy’s Pub, 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh. Grab some friends and join us for a fundraiser at Mulcahy’s as a “Kick-Off” celebration to Saturday’s Bully Breed Brigade. Proceeds benefit Last Hope, Inc., Tia Torres’ Villa Lobos and Roman Gottfried’s Holistic Pet Services. Entertainment will be provided by John Larocchia aka “NY Fire Comic.”

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Are you aware of the pit bull plight and the overwhelming number of pit/bully breeds languishing in shelters? The second annual Bully Breed Brigade is designed to show that shelters and rescues throughout Long Island are united in strategizing ways to help our overflowing pit bull populations. The public is invited to this adoption and information event. Attendees are asked to leave their dogs home, unless invited guests. Hosted by Last Hope Animal Rescue and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, the Second Annual Bully Breed Brigade will happen on Saturday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, the street that adjoins the two shelters. Most of the shelters, rescues, demos will be set up in front of Hempstead Shelter (3320 Beltagh) with the overflow in the Last Hope parking lot (3300 Beltagh). The day will be devoted to public

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Wantagh A 1996 red Ford Mustang was parked at the Wantagh train station on August 28 and the owner entered the diner. Upon return he discovered his vehicle missing. uuu A bicycle was stolen from the bike rack at the Wantagh train station on August 29. uuu Unknown vandals broke the rear windshield of a Twin Lane North, Wantagh, resident’s 2001 gold Honda Accord on August 29.

Seaford A man discovered his bicycle missing from the Leaky Lifeboat Bar, Merrick Road, Seaford, on August 20. uuu Damage to the door and engine of a bulldozer by unknown vandals was discovered on Ocean Avenue, Seaford, on

Nassau police are investigating a Robbery that occurred on Friday, September 7, at 10:55 p.m. in Levittown. According to detectives, the 28-yearold female victim was working at the House of Yau on North Jerusalem Avenue when an unknown man entered into the restaurant, displayed a knife and demanded money. The robber then fled on foot eastbound on North Jerusalem Avenue with an unknown amount of cash. The robber is described as being six feet tall, 170180 pounds, age 20-30, jeans, dark-colored sweatshirt, and glasses. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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The Nassau County Temporary Districting Advisory Commission met on Wednesday, September 5, and announced the first round of public hearings regarding the mapping of the county’s legislative districts. Nassau County is required to draw new legislative maps that adjust for changes in the population and assure accurate representation of the electorate. This process takes place every 10 years. The new districts will go into effect for the November 2013 elections. The hearings are as follows – Thursday, September 20, Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, September 24, Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, September 27, Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, October 3, the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m. The hearings will review the commission’s work to date, including the resolutions for suggested standards for redistricting presented by the Democrats and Republicans. The commission met in May and June and then last week. No resolution has been passed to date. “As we have said before, we want this process to be an open and transparent process as you, Mr. Maroney, said at the first meeting,” said Nancy Rosenthal, co-chair of the League of Women Voters redistricting committee. “At the last meeting [June 28] both sides could not agree on a resolution, therefore we are presenting to you what we consider our consensus resolution, which we hope you will adopt,” she added. The League’s resolution supports “all

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Dress for success Bellmore’s Brett Cohen has put himself and his hometown on the map with his prank on passersby in Times Square some weeks ago. At first, the YouTube video shows him hanging around the same area in a T-shirt. Then you see him emerge from a building with a button-down shirt, greased hair, sunglasses and most importantly, an entourage of bodyguards and camera men. Suddenly, everybody thinks he must be famous. The main message of the video is how easy it is to fool people. But the flip side is how important it is to dress for success. Because so many famous or rich people dress casually these days, young people may get the idea that they can too. And that can hurt them in their efforts to impress possible employers. Just as sports teams have uniforms, many places of employment do too, whether it is white shirt and tie or business casual. Even business casual requires certain brands and styles. Always, good grooming and cleanliness are important. When you dress for success you will be amazed what can happen.

Happy New Year Next week, our Jewish readers will be observing the New Year, often walking to temple for services. This is a time of celebration, of rededication, of gathering with family and friends. We wish all a very Happy New Year, and we thank our local temple members and spiritual leaders for all they do to make our community a better place in which to live.

RESCUED: A Levittown firefighter carries 19-year old Olivia Disconti of Wantagh to safety after her car was stuck in deep water in the intersection of Loring Road and Chimney Lane, Levittown. The incident occurred on Wednesday, September 5, as she was en route to her first day of classes and heavy rains caused storm sewers to back up.

citizen circuit VENDORS WANTED! The Wantagh Preservation Society will once again be holding its Autumn Yard Sale, Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, October 14) $35 for a space that includes car. New, used, crafts and collectibles may be sold. For application or more information, call Elaine at 7850761 or you can email ©©© GARDEN CLUB MEETS: The Paumanacke Garden Club will meet on September 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wantagh Library on Park Avenue. “Anyone Can Grow Roses,” presented by Peggy Grimsley, will be the program for the evening. Come see how easy it is to grow beautiful roses. Refreshments will be served. ©©© RACE FOR EDUCATION: St. William the Abbot School’s student “Jog-a-Thon,” on Thursday, October 25, will raise funds to purchase enhanced classroom technology for their students. Donations are tax-deductible, while corporate event sponsors receive valuable brand exposure on race day, plus in-school, yearbook, and online. For contributions and sponsorship opportunities, contact school Principal Margaret Grimaldi at 785-6784 or you can visit ©©© RELIGIOUS ED OPEN HOUSE: Hosted by the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation (SNUUC), 228 Soouth Ocean Avenue, Freeport, on Sunday, September 23, an invitation is extended to one and all to meet

members of this community, and discover their religious education programs, faith and traditions. The program begins with a “Welcome-all Reception” at 10:15 a.m., followed by service at 10:30 for adults. During the service, children may attend a religious ed class. Q&A, further discussion and refershments follow. For details, reservations, contact Marilyn Pignataro at 448-5602. Please visit ©©© WINE-TASTING EVENT will be hosted by the Board of Christian Education at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, on Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person (includes wines and light snacks). Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For reservations, call 785-1829. or RSVP by September 12. Be sure to specify if you prefer red or white. ©©© MILITARY BRIDGE: Christ The King Episcopal Church will sponsor a military bridge on Friday, September 28, at 7 p.m. Price is $7 per person. The church is on DeWolfe Place, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, East Meadow. For information call 731-3902. There will be refreshments and prizes for all. ©©© COUNTRY WESTERN PARTY: A country-western party will be hosted by the Nassau and Queens Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday, September. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the

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Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh. The facility is completely accessible. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 16, and includes food, beverages, music and line dancing lessons by Sidekicks, plus you’ll have a real good time. For information and tickets call Nancy at 353-2566. No tickets will be sold at the door. ©©© OPEN HOUSE: Weight Watchers will host a free Lose for Good open house event on Saturday, September 15, in Wantagh, 1153 Wantagh Avenue, from 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Baldwin, 672 Sunrise Highway, from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Levittown, 3507 Hempstead Turnpike, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Massapequa, 5500 Sunrise Highway, from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The open house will benefit Island Harvest so please bring a non-perishable item to donate. This is a special one-day only offer. There will be prizes, refreshments, recipes and more. For all participating locations you can visit Good. ©©© HARVEST FAIR: The Seaford Historical Society will host its annual Harvest Fair, on Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pumpkins, mums, fresh baked goods and crafts. Entertainment will include Erik’s Reptile Adventure at noon, the Seaford High School Jazz Band, face and pumpkin painting and much more. They will also be selling hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, soda and the Powell family chowder.

Route 135 improvements coming New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced the start of a $34.4 million construction project to renew the aging pavement, install planted medians and provide updated safety improvements on state Route 135/Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway between Merrick Road and state Route 24/Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County. The NYSDOT project includes performing concrete pavement repairs and installation of new asphalt overlay between Merrick Road and Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24) including ramps, as well as drainage improvements, new guide rails, bridge rail and joint replacements, installation of curbs, sign upgrades, landscape plantings, and the installation of a new concrete center median with plantings in certain areas. To maintain the safety of motorists, the speed limit will be reduced throughout the construction area and work will take place during off-peak daytime and night time hours as follows: One or two travel lanes will be closed in the northbound and/or southbound

directions, Monday through Friday as follows: Merrick Road to Sunrise Highway/state Route 27: one or two travel lanes may be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunrise Highway/Route 27 to Southern Parkway: one travel lane may be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; two lanes may be closed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Southern State Parkway to Hempstead Turnpike/Route 24: one lane may be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. At least a single travel lane will remain open to motorists throughout the roadwork area during the day. The closures are expected to continue until the end of the year. For 24/7 up-to-date traffic and travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit Motorists may also obtain travel information from the INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at and on their hand held communication devices at

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To The Citizen: The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of an important milestone pertaining to the Seaford Avenue School, located at 2165 Seaford Avenue. As you may or may not be aware, the Seaford School District owns five schools in the district, including the Seaford Avenue School. This school, which was built in 1935, educated Seaford’s students until June 1981. In September 1981 all of the district’s elementary students were reassigned to the Harbor and Manor Elementary Schools. Once it was no

ly $100,000 in annual insurance, maintenance, security, and other miscellaneous costs. Each year the building remains vacant, the district loses potential tax revenue which is estimated at approximately $500,000. Keeping a vacant building will lead to its increased deterioration and result in additional unnecessary expense and potential liability to the district. In October 2011 the district contracted with the real estate firm of GreinerMaltz to market the building and land. Greiner-Maltz marketed the building and land to approximately 1,500 potential suitors who had the credentials to buy the building and land and/or lease it. Of the 1,500 potential suitors, BK at Seaford, LLC, the owners who are principals of the Engel-Burman Group, presented an offer to the Board of Education. After negotiations over the past several months the Board of Education accepted their final offer to sell the building and land for a price of


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To The Citizen: Constitution Week, September 17-23, marks the 270th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. The ideals expressed in this document are reinforced each day by the success of the system to which it gave birth. But this system cannot function without an enlightened public. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) urge all who know their rights, freedoms and duties as citizens to study the Constitution. Only then will it be defended and preserved. The Wantagh Public Library has a display showing all the things one may want to know about the Constitution. Ellen B. Cook, Vice Regent, Jerusalem Chapter, NSDAR

longer used for the education of Seaford’s children, the school was leased to Five Towns College for 10 years beginning in September 1982 and then to Nassau BOCES from 1992 through 2010. The rental of the building from 1982 until 2010 generated annual revenue for the district and became part of the revenue stream when developing the district’s annual operating budget each year. When BOCES, our last tenant, consolidated its operations a few years back and no longer needed the use of the Seaford Avenue School, they vacated the building and thus the district’s revenue stream was reduced by approximately $400,000 annually. For the last two years, with no rental income, the building remained vacant and cost the taxpayers approximately $100,000 per year for regular maintenance, security, insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses. After BOCES vacated the premises, the Board of Education and the district administration began a discussion regarding potential uses of the building, including renovations for the possibility of educational services in the future or leasing it again to generate revenue for the district. In the fall of 2010 all district residents were informed about a survey we posted on the district’s website asking various questions in an effort to gain information about the sentiment of the community concerning the future of the building and land. The results of that survey were discussed at a public meet-


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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. Friday, September 14 10:45 a.m. Fall Storytime for ages 3-6. 8 p.m. Radio Club. Saturday, September 15 10:30 a.m. SAT Practice Test. Monday, September 17 Registration for Quilting Class with Arline Wood. 10:30 a.m. Strength, Flexibility and Balance. 6:45 p.m. Evening Tot Time for ages 2-4. Tuesday, September 18 11:30 a.m. Seniorobics with Ellen Coven. 12:15 p.m. Simply Stronger with Ellen Coven. 7 p.m. Camera Club. Wednesday, September 19 1:15 p.m. Fall Storytime. 7 p.m. How to Reduce Your Taxes. Thursday, September 20 10:15 a.m. Tot Time. 11:30 a.m. Tot Time. 7 p.m. Young Adult Book Club Group: This month we will be reading “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. 7:30 p.m. Friends of The Library meeting.

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$5,193,500. This sale is conditioned upon two items. The first is that the sale is subject to the approval by the voters of the Seaford School District. The second condition is that BK at Seaford, LLC, obtains the necessary zoning approvals from the Town of Hempstead to build 100 to 113 condominiums. The revenues from the sale of the building and land, and the future property tax revenues from the new residences will have a positive financial impact on the school district. What’s next? As information becomes available, we will post it to the district’s website: In addition, on October 4, 2012 at 7 p.m., prior to its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Education will host an informational meeting in the Seaford High School auditorium concerning the sale of the building and all of the implications of that sale. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions of the district and the proposed interested buyer, BK at Seaford, LLC. We encourage you to attend this meeting prior to the vote to gain important information and have your questions answered. On Tuesday, October 16, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. the registered voters of the school district will be asked to vote on a proposition concerning the sale of the Seaford Avenue School building and property. Thank you for your attention to this important matter and please give serious consideration to attending the informational meeting on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the Seaford High School Auditorium. Seaford Board of Education: Brian W. Fagan Richard G. DiBlasio Bruce A. Kahn Susan Ruona Jeanmarie Wink Superintendent of Schools: Brian L. Conboy

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With backpacks, lunch boxes and supplies in hand, more than 2,500 Seaford students returned to school September 4. New this year is the full implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards throughout the district. The new standards aim to promote college and career readiness by better developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. To foster the development of 21st century learning skills needed to be competitive in college and the workplace, students at the middle and high school were welcomed with new Apple

computers, the first phase of a five-year technology upgrade plan that will outfit the district’s elementary schools with similar equipment next year. New SMART Boards were also added to classrooms throughout the district, thanks to Senator Charles Fuschillo who secured $40,000 in bullet aid for the district. In addition, a new kindergarten playground was erected at Seaford Harbor Elementary School, funded through a $38,000 grant awarded by Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 20, at 10 a.m.

THE TUOHY FAMILY was the first to arrive at Seaford Harbor Elementar y School. With their dad, Cliff, are fourth-grader Kathleen and her twin b r o t h e r s C h r i s t o p h e r, left, and Patrick who began first grade.

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p.m., and as much longer as may be necessary for all voters then present to cast their votes. SCHOOL ELECTION DISTRICTS: The boundaries of the following School Election District shall be as heretofore determined and published by the Board of Education and the place in each election district for registration and voting shall be as follows: a) FIRST SCHOOL ELECTION DISTRICT - Registration and voting at the Seaford Manor School, Washington Avenue, Seaford, New York. Community members who reside within the geographic boundaries of the Manor Elementary School shall be required to cast their ballots at the Manor Elementary School. b) SECOND SCHOOL ELECTION DISTRICT - Voting at the Seaford Harbor School, Bayview Street, Seaford, New York. Community members who reside within the geographic boundaries of the Harbor Elementar y School shall be required to cast their ballots at the Harbor Elementary School. The geographic boundaries for these attendance zones is set forth on the transportation map contained within the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, and may be reviewed upon request. PERSONAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS All qualified voters of the School District must be registered in the School Registration books in order to vote on October 16, 2012. The following persons shall be eligible to vote: All persons who shall have presented themselves personally for registration in accordance herewith and all persons who shall have previously registered hereunder for any annual or special meeting or election and who shall have voted at any annual or special meeting or election held or conducted during the four calendar years

prior to 2012 (i.e., 20082011). In addition, all persons who are registered to vote pursuant to the provisions of section three hundred fifty-two of the Election Law of the State of New York shall be eligible to vote. Registration of voters not previously registered and eligible to vote shall continue to take place until October 9, 2012, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the District Clerk’s office. The District Clerk shall prepare the Register of the School District on the dates and times above specified, and any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such Register provided that at that time, he/she is then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school meeting or election for which such register is prepared. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that the District Clerk shall also be present during the annual School District election at each schoolhouse where voting shall take place for the purpose of preparing a register for School District elections held subsequent thereto. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Register of Voters so prepared as aforesaid shall be filed in the District Clerk’s Office upon its completion where it shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the School District, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on each of the five days prior to the date set for the election except for Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that there will be a Seaford Avenue School Voter Referendum Informational Meeting on October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Seaford High School, 1575 Seamans Neck Road, Seaford, New York. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Education has, pursuant to the

Education Law, adopted a resolution to provide for absentee ballots for the election of members of the Board of Education, the adoption of the School District budget and referenda in accordance with Education Law Section 2018-a. Application for absentee ballots may be made at the District Clerk’s office on Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the District Clerk’s office on Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., until the day of election. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Education shall convene a special meeting thereof within twenty-four hours after the filing with the District Clerk of a written report of the results of the ballot for the purpose of examining and tabulating said reports of the results of the ballot and declaring the result of the ballot. The Board of Education hereby designates itself to be a set of poll clerks to cast and canvass ballots pursuant to Education Law, Section 2019-a subdivision 2(b) at said special meeting of the Board. Dated: August 30, 2012 By Order of the Board of Education Seaford Union Free School District Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York Carmen T. Ouellette District Clerk WSC 805 4T 8/30, 9/13, 27, 10/11 The Senator Norman J. Levy and Joy Levy Charitable Foundation's return is available for inspection at 265 East

66th Street, Apt. 6B, New York, NY 10065 during regular business hours, by any citizen who requests inspection within 180 days after the date of publication. The foundation’s principle manager is Jerry Saslow, (516) 889-4730. WSC 807 1T 9/13 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff, -vsALLYSA LEIGH CORP.; TERRY BIVONA; AND PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE Index No. 07-20936 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT: In pursuance and by virtue of a Short Form Order duly granted by this Court in the above entitled foreclosure action, dated August 20, 2012, and entered in the Nassau Clerk’s Office, David Paul Weiss, the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder on October 16, 2012 at the Calendar control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive Mineola, New York 11501 at 11:30 AM, the premises described in the Short Form Order as set forth in Schedule A annexed hereto, Subject to and together with all covenants, easements, and restrictions of record affecting the above described premises as recorded in the Nassau County Clerk's Office and subject to the provisions of the filed Short Form Order and the Terms of Sale. Said premises is commonly known as 2851 Ocean Ave., Seaford, NY 11783. JUDGMENT AMOUNT: The Judgment amount is $1,642,124.40, plus plaintiff's costs and disbursements, and attorney fees, all with interest, plus advances

made by the plaintiff until the date of the sale, pursuant to said judgment. DATED: September 10, 2012 David Paul Weiss, Referee HISCOCK & BARCLAY, LLP Jennifer M.S. Byrne Attorney for Plaintiff Office and Post Office Address One Park Place 300 South State Street Syracuse, New York 132022078 Direct all inquiries to: Deborah J. Little, Paralegal Phone no. (315) 425-2848 All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being at Seaford in the Township of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, known as and by lot numbers 155 to 159 inclusive on a cer tain map entitled “Seaford Harbor, Bay Section, situate at Seaford, Long Island, Nassau County, property of O.L. Schwencke Land and Investment Company” said map surveyed by George A. Fairfield, C.E. and S Mineola, New York and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on the 4th day of August 1927 as Map No. 886, Case No. 2576 being more par ticularly bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Naomi Street with the easterly side of Ocean Avenue; running thence North 7 degrees 26 minutes 40 seconds East along the easterly side of Ocean Avenue, 85 feet to Montauk Lagoon; thence South 82 degrees 33 minutes 20 seconds East along Montauk Lagoon, 100 feet; thence South 7 degrees 26 minutes 40 seconds West, 85 feet to the northerly side of Naomi Street; thence North 82 degrees 33 minutes 20 seconds West along the northerly side of Naomi Street, 100 feet to the corner, the point or place of beginning. WSC 808 4T 9/13, 20, 27, 10/4

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• With the hurricane season upon us, board President Michael Cucci reminded citizens that Wantagh High School is deemed a Red Cross designated emer-

Taxpayer Checkup Forum Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced that he will host a series of property taxpayer checkup forums at local libraries. As part of his commitment to making government work effectively for the residents of the township, Mr. Clavin will discuss important issues such as assessment challenges, tax exemptions, tax discounts, property tax payment dates and convenient tax payment options. “At my upcoming property tax forums, residents will have an opportunity to get a “taxpayer checkup,” address any concerns that they may have and obtain valuable information about challenging the assessed value of their property,” said Mr. Clavin. “As we approach the annual filing period for property tax exemptions, it is important that residents understand the types of property tax exemptions for which they may be eligible and how to apply for them.” Property Taxpayer Checkup Forums are scheduled as follows: September 19, 7 p.m., Wantagh Library,

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