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by Jim Golding Monday’s routine agenda meeting ended with some stunning surprises for Freeporters when Mayor Robert Kennedy announced new developments that usher in an era of change. After approval of the agenda items, the mayor announced a nearly 5 percent credit on residents’ electric bills for one year beginning May 1. As explained by Electric Department Superintendent Anthony Fiore, because of “off-system sales” of electricity to the grid, the result has been $1.3 million in net profit that will be passed along to department customers and spread out over a 12-month period. Mr. Fiore said the decrease will appear in the energy portion of the monthly electric bill under the line item “rate modifier” where residents will see a figure subtracted from the cost of their electricity. In Mr. Kennedy’s next surprise, he announced “I’m very happy to say the
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Go take a hike Your community newspaper aims to burst into your life with color, vigor and vim this week. Our writers and designers, including our high school interns, have been busy preparing inspiring and creative works. We want YOU to go take a hike, as many already have, at Cedar Creek in Seaford and the walkway to Jones Beach, at the Faith Laursen Meroke Preserve on the Bellmore-Merrick border, at the Norman Levy Park and Preserve atop the former Merrick landfill, at Cow Meadow and the Brookside Preserve in Freeport or at Silver Lake in Baldwin. We want YOU to check out the waterfront at Wantagh Park, Newbridge Road, Freeport’s Nautical Mile and Baldwin Harbor. We want YOU to get out in the garden and check on the crocuses, daffodils and blooming bushes that add a splash of color and promise of summer to come. We want YOU to rev up your fitness plan doing something you really enjoy so you will keep doing it several times a week. And we want YOU to visit the local farmers’ markets and fresh supermarkets and try new, healthy fruits and vegetables instead of forcing yourself into some bland diet to get ready for wearing that swimsuit. Color works better because it is a lifestyle change for the better, one you will not want to quit. If you already subscribe to your community newspaper, you already know about the many local civic and youth organizations that could use your help. We want YOU to consider joining one, or forming one of your own if you see a need that is not being met. Superstorm Sandy was a great equalizer, affecting rich and poor alike, and bringing out strengths many did not know they had. We are moved to live among so many heroic neighbors. We want YOU to check out local stores and businesses that may need your support. They are the ones who donate to the local youth organizations, civic and religious groups. The best way to be reborn as a community is to help each other.
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HONORING THE FREEPORT ANGELS: Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Freeport residents Theresa Duran, Jean Blaney, and Carolyn Jimenez for their efforts following Hurricane Sandy during a Women’s History Month Celebration last month. The women, known as “The Freeport Angels,” walked the streets of South Freeport just days after the storm left it virtually underwater. They helped get blankets, clothing and other necessities to neighbors who lost their belongings, and then began a “Food Delivery Brigade” which delivered more than 1,500 hot, home-cooked meals to those without power. From left are Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, Theresa Duran, Carolyn Jimenez, County Executive Mangano; Jean Blaney and Legislator Rose Walker.
Fundraiser for Freeport Trailer Coloki, a 501c-3 nonprofit organization providing human needs to those living in poverty, is hosting its second annual fund-raiser for the Freeport trailer, a place to hire day workers located on Bennington Avenue. The fundraiser will be held at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Avneue in Wantagh, on Saturday, April 13, from 5-9 p.m. There will be a live band performance by Cat Parr and Friends; dancing, dinner and an open bar. Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via paypal at www.Colokiinc.com. All proceeds go to the the organization.
Freeport GOP meets The Freeport Republican Club will meet at the Carousel of Learning School, 87 Pine Street, on Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. Please use side entrance. Come join us and welcome our newly elected Mayor Robert Kennedy, village trustees and village justice. Coffee and cake will be served. – Carole Marquart
Friends of Freeport host seminar The Friends of Freeport will host a seminar, Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Recreation Center on the hazards and prevention of mold, post Sandy. Speakers David Newman, NYCOSH and Dylan Becker. All Hands Long Island, will address mold hazards particular to superstorm Sandy measures taken thus far and best practices for control and prevention.
On Saturday, April 13, at 5 p.m. the church will present “Celebrate the Victory: Love, Peace and Joy and the Joyful Dancers Dance Ministry Jubilee.” Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under. The Freeport United Methodist Church is located at 46 Pine Street in Freeport. For tickets or information call the church office at 378-0659.
Island Rail Road trestle (Baldwin/ Freeport). Bring work gloves. A rake would also be helpful. All children must be supervised by adults. Scout groups and other community organizations are welcome. Volunteers will also be working on invasive removal. You can call Rich Kopsco at 825-6792 if your group will be able to help, or for further information. For further information about the South Shore Audubon Society, log onto www.ssaudubon.org.
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The 2013 Mitchell Rabbino National Healthcare Decisions Day, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, will be on Tuesday, April 16, from 10-11 a.m. at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport. Presenter Laura J. Burns from The Burns Law Group will discuss legal procedures and documents that will help seniors make better, more informed decisions with regards to health care and finances, guardianship issues, wills and probate: everything you need to be aware of. Admission is free. Call Deacon Bruce Burnham for further information and to register for this seminar: 7714194 Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Northwest Civic Association is back in business. Any resident who owns property in northwest Freeport (north side of Sunrise Highway to the Roosevelt border and from the west side of North Main Street to Brookside Avenue/Milburn Creek) is invited to join. The next meeting will be Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library.
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Clean up Brookside Preserve Sunday, April 14, is your chance to help nature at the Brookside Preserve. The South Shore Audubon Society will lead a cleanup which will begin at 1 p.m. at the Brookside Avenue entrance. The entrance is on Brookside Avenue, 1/2 block north of Sunrise Highway and the Long
Tai Chi for seniors The Freeport Recreation Center Senior Center will be holding Tai Chi classes for seniors on Thursdays from 12:301:30 p.m. in Room 101. Sessions begin Thursday April 18, and include the following Thursdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6. Instructor is Marvin German; The cost is $24 for eight sessions. Register at the front office of the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport. For more information call Deacon Bruce Burnham, senior program director, at 771-4194.
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Celebrating 50 years in the Baldwin community, The Irish Pub will be honored as an Historic Baldwin Business by the Baldwin Civic Association and local elected officials on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. The pub will also offer celebratory specials on April 12 and 13. The Irish Pub has its roots in the Station Pub at 734 Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, which was purchased by Dennis Daly in 1963. He renamed it The Irish Pub and at that time the Irish Pub was only one of two places serving Guinness on Long Island. In April 1978 two young brother-inlaws from Queens, Jimmy Kearney and Brian Hanrahan, purchased The Irish Pub from Mr. Daly. They knew nothing of the bar business but had both been around pubs with their fathers as young boys. Jimmy’s father worked as a bartender part time for many years and dreamed of owning his own place someday. They began working alongside the existing bartenders. Jimmy “Buckets,” who started at The Irish Pub in 1974, can still be found at The Irish serving up a good drink, a good time and a lot of laughs. At that time there was Irish music on the first Friday of every month. On Sunday afternoons The Irish girls performed from time to time. A few years later Jimmy bought out his partner and would never have dreamed that 35 years later he would still be in the business. There was the “Irish Invasion” of the 80’s when a few great guys from the town of Donegal, Ireland, started working at the pub. And somehow they survived the economic downturn in the late 80’s, when
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many businesses had to close their doors. Over the years there have been some famous folk that have stopped in for a drink or two, among them Taylor Dayne, Abe Vigoda, Joe Franklin, and band members from The Cars and The Allman Brothers. In the past The Irish Pub has sponsored softball teams, and currently still has dart teams. They have also participated in various fundraisers over the years. During Hurricane Sandy, before any of the food had a chance to spoil, it was all cooked and brought to the local firehouses. On a fateful day in May 2007 a certified letter came from the landlord saying the property was sold and The Irish Pub was given 30 days to vacate. After a memorable Farewell Weekend, where parts of the bar were taken along with the outside sign (which hangs today on the outside of a former employee’s garage), The Irish Pub closed its doors on June 30, 2007. When the decision was made to re-open, only Baldwin locations were considered. Less than a year later, in the beginning of May 2008, The Irish Pub opened its doors at 834 Merrick Road, Baldwin. Robert Humphrey’s (Bobby) is the Manager, and Jimmy and Angela Kearney (Treasurer of The Baldwin Civic Association) are the proprietors. They have enjoyed a peaceful existence in the Baldwin community and thank their customers, past, present and future for their support and patronage. To celebrate this milestone, they will be offering a buffet and $1 domestic pints and $3 imported pints between 2 and 7 p.m. on April 12 and 13.
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On Thursday, April 18, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Town of Hempstead Mammography Van, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., will be at the Library. Please call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 882-0630 to make an appointment or for further information.
Opera on the big screen On April 18, 1 p.m. William Coble will present Part 2 of the opera “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi. Verdi successfully captures the tension and horror of Shakespeare’s weak-willed would-be king and his determined, murderous wife.
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Friday, April 12 •Feelings into Art!@ Pollock and Expressionist Art, 7 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m.; AA, 4:30 p.m.; OA, 5:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. • Kids’s Cafe, Friday evening supper for local families in need, 5:15 p.m., ETS Youth Division, 87 Pine Street. Saturday, April 13 • YA: SAT Review Class, 12 p.m.; V.I.T.A., 1 p.m. Delta, 9 a.m.; Bid Planning Committee, 10 a.m.; Phi Beta Sigma, 2:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library.
On Friday, April 12, 7 p.m., Joyce Raimondo, author/artist, will explain how a splash of paint can become a great work of art. Discover how artists Jackson Pollock and other modern artists express their emotions with paint. Then get your feelings out as you create your own Pollock-inspired drip painting. This program has a $2 fee, for materials, payable at time of preregistration at the Reference Desk.
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Sunday, April 14 • Art Reception, 2 p.m.; LI Composers Alliance Concert, 2 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library.
Monday, April 15 • V.I..T.A, 10 a.m.; YA: Junior Great Books.ESOL, 2 p.m.; SP: computer First Grade. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters, 7 p.m.; Group Meditation, 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. Plumbing Board, 8 p.m., Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road. Tuesday, April 16 • Look. Listen, & Learn: 1 p.m.; Memoir Writing, 2 p.m.; CR: Tween Cafe, 5 p.m.; YA: Babysitting workshop, 6 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. • Planning Board, 6:30 p.m., Village Hall, 46 North Ocean Avenue. Wednesday, April 17 • Willie, the World, and the Law, 2 p.m.; Library Board Meeting, 8 p.m.; ESOL, 10 a.m.; Coda of Freeport, 12 p.m.; AA, 4:30 p.m.; Freeport Democratic ClubBoard meeting, 7 p.m.; American Legion, 7 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. • Freeport Village Hall Court in session, Judge Cacciatore presiding, 9 a.m., 40 North Ocean Avenue. Court watchers are welcome. • Zoning Board of Appeals 7 p.m., Village Hall, 46 North Ocean Avenue Freeport Board of Education, Adoption of Budget, 7:30 p.m., Atkinson School Thursday, April 18 Mammography Van, 8:45 a.m.; Opera on the Big Screen, 1 p.m.; Core 4 6 p.m.; CR: Circle Time, 7 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m.; OA, 4 p.m. 4 p.m.; LIAACC, 6 p.m.; LI Scandinavian Society, 7 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library.
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by Jim Golding County Legislator David Denenberg’s community meeting last week continued to address several issues relating to the Long Island Rail Road that persistently plague commuters. Among those in attendance at the public library forum were newly elected Mayor Robert Kennedy of Freeport and the LIRR’s representatives Robert Brennan, director of government and community affairs, and Patrick Gerakaris, the branch line manager for South Nassau.
Issues relating to safety, cleanliness, parking and lighting Mayor Kennedy noted several problems at the Freeport station that are “not acceptable.” “The escalators are not working, the bathrooms are bad and the garbage pails are overflowing at five in the morning.” This is not acceptable,” he repeated. “Look at the concrete area, this hasn’t been cleaned in years. I’d be glad to work with the MTA to keep that place clean. The mayor also said there is a need for “effective lighting. We’ve lost our security. You put good lights in there and the village will pay the electric bill,” and he also asked that security cameras be installed. Responding to the cleaning issues on the platform the mayor had raised, Mr. Gerakaris said that a cleaner visits the Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre stations at 5 a.m. and does a night cleaning between 4 p.m. and midnight. A garbage van stops at the Freeport station between 9 and 10 p.m., but he would reevaluate the procedures. Earlier in day, the mayor and Mr. Denenberg had issued a statement calling on County Executive Edward Mangano to name a candidate to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from Nassau County, the only county currently without representation. The position has been vacant for two years. Mr. Denenberg said the county execu-
tive had previously indicated that a list of names was submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo for approval, but would not release the list of nominees. He also said that Mayor Kennedy agreed to serve on the LIRR Commuter Council.
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Other concerns Several others attending the meeting complained about the difficulty of finding parking spaces and the need for more resident commuter spaces at several stations, especially at Merrick where there in no permit parking, and taxi cabs, livery cabs and vehicles from nearby auto repair shops occupy several commuter spots. As far as permits being issued, the Town of Hempstead has responsibility for the parking lots and no town representatives were present at last week’s meeting. At the Wantagh station, the installation of an elevator may still be two years off. Mr. Brennan confirmed that the MTA’s budget does include the Wantagh station in its capital program. Improvements are planned for the platform and the escalator will be redone. “The capital program is a five-year program,” he said. “And we have to rely on Albany to get our money. It’s the same with Metro North and the MTA.” He added that Seaford “got full station renovation and has an elevator now and the escalator works.” Also planned is installation of air conditioning at the Bellmore station. He explained that commuters can receive notification about elevators and escalators that are out of operation at stations through a scrolling screen at Penn Station and by signing up for tweets, texts and e-mails. For e-mails, you can visit www.mta.info, click on lirr, and sign up for customer information alerts. Mr. Brennan also said that commuters, especially handicapped riders, experiencing emergencies with the elevators or escalators or having other issues, can call 511 for assistance on a 24-hour basis.
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Dr. Kishore Kuncham, superintendent of the Freeport School District, was honored before more than 240 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 14 honorees to receive the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award. The distinction is bestowed annually on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to honor those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals have made strides towards accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success.
The awards were presented during a gala held by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget. “Dr. Kuncham has been described as “a visionary, a strong and caring leader, and a fierce advocate for children,” said Nassau BOCES board member Ronald Ellerbe, who is also a Freeport school board member and newly elected village board trustee. “He has faithfully served the Freeport School District for the past 18 years, as assistant and deputy superintendent respectively, and currently as superintendent. Under his leadership, the district achieved its highest graduation rate in recent history,” Mr. Ellerbe added. The district’s science research program has produced contenders in the national Siemens Math, Science & Technology Competition for the past
EDUCATION PARTNER: Dr. Kishore Kuncham, superintendent of the Freeport School District (center), is presented with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award by Nassau BOCES Board members Deborah Coates (left) and Ronald Ellerbe (right).
two years. Dr. Kuncham’s budgetary prudence and long-term planning raised the district’s Standard and Poor’s bond rating to “AA,” ranking it among the top six districts in the state. Out of 700 school districts audited by the state comptroller’s office, Freeport was one of only 39 to have a flawless report. Dr. Kuncham has served the Freeport School District for 18 years, moving into his current position from the offices of assistant superintendent and then deputy superintendent. He has served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers, the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal’s Board of Governors, New York Benefits for Educators and Student Trust (NYBEST), and the Nassau Association of School Business Officials. He is a board member of Reform Educational Finance Inequities Today and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and was recently appointed to the board of directors for both NYBEST and the United Way of Long Island. Dr. Kuncham has achieved the International Eagle Award, the most
prestigious award in his profession, as well as the New York State Parent Teacher Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award the PTA has to offer. He has earned the SCOPE Award for Administrative Excellence, the Long Island Arts Council Arts Education Award and the Indian-American Leadership Initiative’s Distinguished Educator Award. He has been honored with the India Independence Day Award by County Executive Edward Mangano, as well as the India Republic Day Award by the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay respectively. He was granted the Rotary Club’s Civic Leadership Award and was named Citizen of the Year by the Salvation Army. “Tonight we are honoring 11 people and three organizations that have all proven that they are innovators as well. Individually and collectively, they have had a powerful impact on public education in this county – and we have all benefited from their efforts,” said Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers.
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by Mark Treske My training is in dealing with words, not hammers, nails and saws. But it was with a view toward home improvement for a good cause – rebuilding Freeport houses damaged by superstorm Sandy – that I recently volunteered to help with a repair by Friends of Freeport of a house on South Long Beach Avenue. I was greeted by two dozen volunteers, ready to work, with a variety of stories – some experienced, some not, some heavily affected by the storms, some less so. Volunteer Rich Cantwell told this writer that members of Friends of Freeport joined together shortly after the storm, forming work crews and volunteering to gut houses and make them liveable, although in some cases other help is needed and offered. “We do what is needed,” he said. The house we worked on that day had already been gutted, so the day’s task was to put up insulation and drywall. The volunteers are organized by a more experienced volunteer who, after going over rules and procedures for keeping the workers safe, then asks, “Who knows how to put up drywall?” Having to answer no to that query, I spent the next while helping to insulate two rooms. This was my first time in an affected house, and you have no idea till you see this. The rooms are stripped to the bare walls, there is no lighting, and one can almost feel the effect of the storm still the life was sucked out of the rooms
along with some of the furnishings. But the Friends of Freeport volunteers bring to their work a spirit and enthusiasm as insulation is cut and stuck into the frames of the rooms. Before long, sheets of drywall are marched into the rooms and another step has been taken to erase the traces of the superstorm. Extreme yardwork I asked one of the people in charge what needed to be done next. “Drywall,” I was told, and then sweeping and cleaning. Being unable to help with that, I went outside, where coffee and doughnuts were available for the volunteers. At that time I found a task I was much better trained for than insulation – yardwork. Tree limbs were the main casualties of the storm on my home in North Valley Stream – but nothing prepares you for the task of dismantling an azalea that has been under five feet of water. Debris must be cleaned, and a discussion ensues as to whether the whole tree is dead and should be removed. A decision is made to cut it down to size in the hope that it will revive in the spring. A friend and fellow Rotarian, Norann McManus, stops by with an offer of assistance. Told that yardwork implements are needed, she departs and returns with several rakes and other garden implements. A pickup is launched in the back yard, and one of the volunteers warns, “If you’re going back there, wear gloves.” Indeed. The frame of a tent is back there, turned
into tinker-toy-like pieces by Sandy. Garbage is picked up. Nowhere elose have I seen such a display of the storm’s fury as in those few feet of back yard. Nonetheless, another house has been reclaimed, at least in part, from the storm. In addition to the repair work, groups such as Friends of Freeport instill hope by pulling a community together with the goal of returning Freeport, house by house and yard by yard, as near as possible to the time before there was a superstorm Sandy. The future Friends of Freeport are one of many organizations formed in communities to
provide local disaster aid. Mr. Cantwell is enthusiastic about the concept of a COAD (Community Organization Active in Disaster), in which churches, businesses and service organizations join together to help their hometown through a disaster. He thinks such an organization could work toward having a plan in place to save time in responding to needs in future emergencies. In the meantime, Friends of Freeport needs volunteers and assistance to continue its vital work. You can contact them online at friendsoffreeportny.org or on Facebook at Friends of Freeport NY.
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Freeport 2013-14 school budget under tax cap by Mark Treske Freeport school board President Debra Mulé said it succinctly – “We were able to hold it off for one more year.” In a word, the board presented a revised 2013-14 budget proposal at its April 3 meeting that will stay within the property tax cap – but at a considerable cost. After speaking briefly about this year’s process, which he described as “excruciating,” Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham turned to the district’s executive director for business, James Robinson, who reviewed the budget and the process up to the present time. In February, the budget contained an expenditure increase of $8.8 million,
largely owing to pension costs and contractual salary increases. Minus $1.2 million more state aid and an allowable tax levy increase of $2.8 million, the process started with a deficit of $4.8 million. Clearly, cuts were in order and in March, prior to the spring recess, “Phase 1” cuts were included in the proposal. These included reductions in staffing, athletics and intramurals, textbooks and community school, and would result in cuts of 20 staff positions, including 11 teachers and three elementary guidance counselors. “Phase 1” resulted in a reduction of $2.15 million, with the district still $2.8 million over the cap. “Phase 2” reductions were readied before the recess,
Electric rebate coming, Plaza West lawsuit settled from page 3 amount.” Deputy Mayor Carmen Pineyro announced that Freeport will soon receive about $2.04 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance. Quality-of-life meetings will resume for residents beginning April 16, with either the mayor or a trustee being available to hear concerns from the public. The mayor said the meetings would take place between noon and 8 p.m. either in his office or the trustees’ room. Electric Department Superintendent Fiore also announced a major upgrade in electrical distribution in the southwest part of Freeport. He said two substations that are more than 50 years old will be eliminated: one on Bayview Avenue and the other on Front Street near the municipal parking lot. “It is well overdue,” he said. The project, affecting about 2,300 customers and expected to continue through the end of April, will result in a savings of electricity and “will eliminate flooding issues for us.” Work will take place beginning at midnight Friday to early Saturday morning, and weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Mr. Fiore said letters have already gone out to affected customers and the village website for the project shows a color-coded progress map of areas completed, those currently being worked on, and areas to be scheduled for completion in the near future.
Agenda items approved Trustees acted on the following: • Advertising for bids for roof replacement at Power Plant 2. • Awarded a bid for aqueous ammonia
for the electric department. • Retroactively approved a contract with Nassau County for $5,700 to participate in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program from October 1, 2012, to September 30. The program will enable the Police Department to target aggressive drivers in the village at certain peak periods, such as holidays. The following bids were awarded: • $18,375 for annual tree removal contract to GTX construction Associates of Freeport. • $101,184 for drainage shelf valves to Red Valve Company/Tide Flex Technologies of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. • $84,124 for lot clearances in the village to F. Acosta Landscaping. $82,051 for debris removal to Pascarella’s Landscaping of Old Bethpage. • Trustees also amended the traffic code relating to handicapped parking on public streets, adding Liberty Park Drive, north side, easterly for 284 feet on the north side of Liberty Avenue; and added a tow-away zone at Southside Avenue and South Main Street. • The board also approved closing three Electric Department capital projects: the Ray Street and South Main Street Condominium Project and transferring $155,825 to pay the bond, the capital project for various distribution and power plant projects and to transfer $7,606 in unused funds to pay down the bond; and the South Main Street Renovation and to transfer $37,306. Deputy Mayor Pineyro also announced a peace march on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 9 a.m., at Freeport High School, the result of collaboration between the village and the school district.
which would have included the elimination of full-day kindergarten, a grade 36 class-size increase and the loss of at least 20 staff members. The state approved its budget during the recess, and the budget picture was improved somewhat, as the final figures put the state aid increase at $2.4 million, allowing the district to save all-day kindergarten and two elementary school librarian positions for 2013-14. The grade 3-6 class-size increase will be enacted, along with a reduction of 4 enrichment teachers. The final “Phase 2” reductions will come to $1.31 million, including 9.5 total staff reductions. The proposed final expenditure budget will be $156,362,834, an increase of $5,350,580 or 3.54%. The tax levy increase is $2,592,260, or 3.09%, under the revised district tax cap of 3.1%. The budget will be formally approved at the April 17 budget/action meeting at Archer Street School. The reaction on the dais was one of relief rather than joy. Dr. Kuncham noted that in the quest for fiscal and educational responsibility, that the cap will continue to require large cuts in the future, holding out the possibility of piercing the cap in 2014-15. Board President Mulé again spoke for the board, saying “we can’t continue to make these cuts.”
Public comment Frank Grossman observed that, for all
the talk about cuts, the budget continues to go up, and wondered what was responsible. Dr. Kuncham noted that a large part of the increase is pension costs that are mandated by the state, and contractually agreed upon salary increases. “If we didn’t make the cuts,” said Dr. Kuncham, “the increase would be greater.” Alan Jay reminded the board that school districts, by state law, were not allowed to declare bankruptcy. Dr. Kuncham, while acknowledging this fact, described the issue, as he has in the past, of “fiscal and educational insolvency.” The latter “is just around the corner,” and will make it increasingly difficult to avoid the former.
Other business Dr. Kuncham issued a brief statement on behalf of the district regarding the recent arrest of Dodd principal John O’Mard: That the district had taken “swift and appropriate action” in the matter, and was continuing to cooperate with the State Education Department as well as the Nassau County District Attorney. In a brief action agenda, the board appointed Sharon McCabe interim assistant principal at Dodd. When a resident questioned why the situation was not dealt with earlier, district officials, while noting that they cannot discuss the specifics of the matter, insisted that the district had gone through the proper procedures in the case.
The robots are coming by Robert L. Harrison The Freeport High School Devils and the Baldwin High School Bruins competed again in the 14th annual Long Island FIRST robotics competition at Hofstra University. The university hosted the event at the Mack Arena to more than 49 local teams including one from Brazil. Freeport and Baldwin received their robot kits six weeks ago and were guided by teacher advisors to construct a moving/working robot to compete in the games. As
teacher/mentor Kevin Harrison said at the games, “It is a great learning experience for the students at Freeport.” Both the Devils and Bruins fought well with their robots and each scored three wins and seven losses. Another local South Shore high school team, the Seaford Vikings, was honored by receiving “The Highest Rookie Seed Award.” FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” All of the high school students are looking forward to again being challenged in their learning skills next year.
Police precincts remain The Nassau Police First Precinct in Baldwin and the Seventh Police Precinct in Seaford will not merge as originally planned because of the effects of superstorm Sandy, the Nassau County Police Department has announced. A decision to keep the two precincts open was reached after the county reexamined the needs of Nassau County residents along the South Shore corridor. The Seventh Precinct in Seaford took on a significant amount of water during superstorm Sandy, said county spokesperson Katie Grilli-Robles, leav-
ing only the First Precinct intact along this South Shore corridor. The original plan was to consolidate eight precincts into four. County officials asserted this would streamline policing and save the county $20 million. However the county “has already achieved its savings due to the elimination of 250 desk jobs,” said Ms. Grilli-Robles. The First Precinct in Baldwin was scheduled to shut down on November 1 but the storm hit and plans changed, indefinitely. Together both precincts serve 307,000 people. – Laura Schofer
THE RED DEVILS: Freeport High School Robotics Team. photo by Robert L. Harrison
Police reports come from law enforcement agencies. Suspects are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in court. A Long Beach man has been arrested in connection with a criminal impersonation that occurred in Freeport on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. According to detectives, a woman, 38, while walking on Church and Main Streets, was approached by a man in a white minivan with a brown lower panel, who continually yelled at her to get into the minivan. As she kept walking, he threatened to arrest her and identified himself as a police officer. The woman then ran into PLS Check Cashing on East Sunrise Highway. The man followed her in and demanded the employees open the security door, but they refused. He again identified himself as a police officer. The employees called police and the man fled the scene in an unknown direction. First Squad detectives arrested Raymond J. Roth, 48, on March 27 for the crime. He is charged with Criminal Impersonation, Attempted Kidnapping and Attempted Burglary. uuu The First Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred in Baldwin on Wednesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. According to detectives, a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were at their residence on Brooklyn Avenue when there was a knock on the door. The
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Real Estate man opened the door and observed an unknown man who displayed a black handgun. The robber entered the home and ordered the victims to lie on the floor in the kitchen. Three other unknown robbers entered the residence and went to a bedroom where they removed cell phones, an unknown amount of cash, X-Box video game system and jewelry box containing assorted jewelry. The robbers then fled the scene by unknown means. No injuries were reported and there is no further description of the robbers. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. uuu A menacing occurred on Friday, March 29, at 12:35 p.m. in Freeport. According to detectives, the victim, 20, while shopping at Avenue Menâ€™s Wear and Shoes, on South Main Street, was approached by an armed man, six feet tall, wearing a black doo rag, black shirt and red sweatpants. The robber displayed a black handgun and the victim, fearing for his safety, ran from the store. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported. Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
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Talk this spring has turned increasingly elevated over whether to raise homes along canals and other waterfronts to new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood guidelines of 12 feet. Not simply because of damage wrought from superstorm Sandy, but as a means to survive in the future on Long Island. This newspaper spoke with residents who took that “leap of faith” to elevate their homes, and how they believe it will pay off for them by enabling them to remain on Long Island. SPLASH (Stop Polluting, Littering And Save Harbors) President Rob Weltner has lived all his life in Freeport. “Floods have been a normal way of life for everyone in south Freeport,” Mr. Weltner said recently. He said, for example, when he was young, people dined at the old Seabreeze Restaurant (at the bottom of Woodcleft Avenue) at around 5 p.m. By 7 p.m. he and his friends would help patrons at the restaurant push their cars out of the parking lot because the tide had come in and flooded it. As an adult he experienced the same fury as a homeowner whenever nor’easters and rains deluged his block and others. “We used sand bags, insulation, pumps, everything to try to keep the water out. The last thing I wanted to do was raise the house,” he said.
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But in 2000, after reading of a new program by FEMA in The Leader, he had a change of heart, deciding instead to take the chance of raising his house. “I didn’t know what it might look like,” he said. “No one else had done it before. “FEMA offered to raise the house 10 feet [the specification at the time] and pay for two-thirds of it,” he told this newspaper. It was a new program FEMA offered to residents who were continually underwater from storms and paying ever-higher insurance premiums. The new program was thought of as a way help them save house and home. “It was like going to a closing,” he remembers of sitting down with FEMA to contract for raising the house. “We were required to show receipts of flood repairs, such as sheetrock insulation, receipts that proved we had floods and tried to alleviate the problems.” Mr. Weltner also had to “fork over” $30,000 of the estimated $90,000 cost of elevating his house 10 feet to FEMA as further proof he meant business. To say nothing of the contract he had to sign with general contractor John Talty of Rockville Centre to show he was ready to participate in raising the home. He said the family moved away in November 2001 after completely removing all items from the first floor – and other floors as a precaution. “Your house is open and vulnerable to anyone when they are working on it,” he told this newspaper.
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In addition to raising the house, the landscaping around it had to be raised to conform to the newer heights and inclines of the raised house. Living in a basement apartment in Freeport, hopeful a storm wouldn’t come along in the meantime, he moved back into his home in April 2002. “Expect delays,” he said. With years of flooding there would be rotting, termites and any number of hitherto unknown issues that would require addressing once revealed. He said the house is now perched on stilts driven deep into the ground, with the house resting on steel beams atop the stilts. “If it rested only on cement or blocks, water would eventually come in and wash soil from the foundation,” he said. As a homeowner with a raised house, the pressure is now off concerning whether the house will flood anymore or not. “I don’t have to be a weatherman anymore.” Although his house doesn’t flood
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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. FIRST TRADE UNION BANK, PLAINTIFF VS 49 MERRICK ROAD FUNDING LLC, ET AL DEFENDANTS. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: EDWARD L. KAVANAGH, ESQ., THREE SCHOOL ST., SUITE 207, GLEN COVE, N.Y. 11542. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosue and sale dated DECEMBER 24, 2012 I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the CLP Courtroom of the NASSAU COUNTY SUPREME COURT, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, MINEOLA, N.Y. 11501 on TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2O13, at 11:30 A.M. Premises in Freepor t, New York and described as follows: All and in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, bounded and described as follows, BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of West Merrick Road, distant 137.66 Ft. from the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of West Merrick Road with the westerly side of Church Street and more fully described in filed judgment. Premises known as 49 WEST MERRICK ROAD, FREEPORT, NEW YORK. Section 62, Block 75 Lots 251, 266 & 267. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $3,361,299.73 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 09-24338, MICHAEL C. WOLKOW, ESQ., REFEREE. FL 293 4T 3/21, 28, 4/1, 11 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS BANKER'S TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE AND CUSTODIAN FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC., MSAC 2007NC4, Plaintiff, Against TIMOTHY DILLON, et al, Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered 6/7/2010, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at CCP (Calendar Control Part Courtroom) in the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY 11501 on 4/23/2013 at 11:30 am premises known as 2702 Milburn Avenue, Baldwin, New York. ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Baldwin, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York. Section 54 Block 283 Lot 225 Approximate amount of lien $594,099.28 plus interest and costs; premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 14688/08 Jeffrey W. Toback, Esq., Referee Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, Armonk, NY 10504 Dated: 3/11/2013 File Number: 70941091 MNH FL 294 1T 3/21, 28, 4/4, 11 Notice of Formation of Personnel Healthcare Management LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the Secretary of State, SSNY of New York, on 3/29/12 office location Nassau County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process; to: The LLC, 91 Washburn Avenue Freeport, NY 11520. Purpose: Any Lawful activity. FL 298 6T 3/28, 4/4, 11, 18, 25, 5/2 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NASSAU Index No. 13098/2011 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS
Plaintiff designates Nassau County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premises is situated. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2005-4, Asset-Backed Cer tificates, Series 2005-4 Plaintiff, - against Dawayna Ashe, Gregory Ashe, if living, and if any be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, Sand Canyon Corporation f/k/a Option One Mor tgage Corporation, Midland Funding LLC DBA in New York as Midland Funding of Delaware LLC A/P/O GE Money Bank, United States of America, Internal Revenue Ser vice, New York State Depar tment Taxation and Finance Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on tbe attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop tbis foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bay Shore, New York July 25, 2012 By: Jennifer R. Brennan, Esq. Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 20 West Main Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.:01-042218-F00 TO: Dawayna Ashe Gregory Ashe United States of AmericaInternal Revenue Service New York State Department of Taxation and Finance FL 299 4T 3/28, 4/4, 11, 18 Notice of Sale Supreme Court Nassau PHH Mortgage Corporation vs. Alexander Bienenstock, Sandra Bienenstock; et al Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624. Pursuant to Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale granted herein on October 26th, 2012, I will sell at Public
Auction to the highest bidder at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Cour troom, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola NY, 11501. On Tuesday May 7 th, 2013 at 11:30am Premises known as 766 West Broadway Woodmere NY, 11598 SEC: 39 BI: 197 Lots: 73 All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Woodmere Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York. Approximate amount of Judgment $313,556.43 Plus interest and cost. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No. 10/006374 Kimberly Lerner Esq., REFEREE The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff FL 301 4T 4/4, 11, 18, 25 NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION, BUDGET HEARING AND VOTE OF BALDWIN UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU STATE OF NEW YORK, TO BE HELD ON May 21, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual district meeting budget/hearing of the qualified voters of the Baldwin Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Board Room of the Administration Building, Hastings Street, Baldwin, New York in said School District for the transaction of such business as is authorized by law including the following purposes: 1. Presentation and discussion of the budget for the operation of the district schools for the school year beginning July 1, 2013. 2. Presentation and discussion of the budget for operation of the Baldwin Public Librar y for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013. 3. Transaction of such other business as is authorized by law. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the vote upon the appropriation of necessar y funds to meet the necessary expenditures for the school year 2013-2014, the library appropriation, and on all propositions duly filed with the Board of Education, to fill two vacancies for Trustee on the Board of Education, and to fill one vacancy on the Board of Trustees of the Baldwin Public Library shall be held in the gymnasium of the Senior High School Ethel T. Kloberg Drive, East of Grand Avenue, Baldwin, New York, in said School District on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, between the hours of 7:00AM and 10:00PM. The qualified voters will fill the following vacancies: The office of Kim Taylor, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013, and expiring on June 30, 2016. The office of Mary Clark, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013, and expiring on June 30, 2016. The office of Shireen Abed, a member of the Board of Trustees, of the Baldwin Public Library, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2018, and to vote on the following propositions: PROPOSITION NO. 1 “RESOLVED, that the Proposed Budget of the Baldwin Union Free School District of the Town of Hempstead, County of
Nassau, State of New York, for the fiscal year 2013-2014 be adopted, and that an amount to be determined be raised by tax upon the taxable property of the School District after first deducting the monies available from State Aid and other sources.” PROPOSITION NO. 2 “RESOLVED, that the proposed Budget of the Baldwin Public Library for the fiscal year 2013-2014 be adopted, and that an amount to be determined be raised by tax upon the taxable property of the School District after first deducting the monies available from State Aid and other sources.” PROPOSITION NO. 3 SHALL the Board of Education of the Baldwin UFSD be authorized to per form (1) roof replacement at Brookside Elementary School; (2) roof replacement at Lenox Elementary School; (3) roof replacement at Milburn Elementary School; (4) roof replacement at Steele Elementary School; (5) window replacement at Meadow Elementary School; (6) HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) at Baldwin Senior High School; (7) HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) at Baldwin Middle School; (8) masonry reconstruction at Baldwin Middle School; (9) renovations to the parking lot at Steele Elementary School; (10) purchase and installation of a communication system at Baldwin Senior High School; and (11) purchase and installation of open enclosure for protection of grounds equipment stored at the grounds building located on the Brookside Elementar y School/Baldwin Senior High School campus, including all ancillary and incidental work required to be performed, in an amount not to exceed one million four hundred forty two thousand two hundred fifty nine dollars ($1,442,259), the source of said funds being the capital reserve fund in the amount of eight hundred seventy six thousand four hundred twenty nine dollars ($876,429), unspent EXCEL funds in the amount of two hundred twenty thousand one hundred ninety six dollars ($220,196) and unspent money from prior authorizations from the voters for capital projects (fiscal years 2002 to the present) in the amount of three hundred forty five thousand six hundred thirty four dollars ($345,634)? PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the voting shall be on voting machines as provided by the Education Law and the polls will remain open from 7:00AM until 10:00PM and as much longer as may be necessary to enable the voters then present to cast their ballots. The District Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to have the necessar y ballot labels printed for said voting machines in the form corresponding as nearly as may be with the requirements of the Education Law. The condensed form of the budget proposition and the text of all other propositions to appear on the voting machine and a detailed statement in writing of the amount of money which will be required for the school year 2013-2014 for school purposes, specifying the purposes and the amount for each will be prepared and copies thereof will be made available, upon request, to any taxpayer in the district at each school building in the district in which school is maintained between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM during the period of fourteen days immediately preceding said election of May 21, 2013, excluding Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, and at such annual election. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the election shall
be held in accordance with the Rules for the Conduct of Meetings and Elections adopted by the Board of Education. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the nominations for the office of members of the Board of Education and office of member of the Library Board, unless otherwise provided by law, shall be made by petition subscribed by at least 54 qualified voters of the District, and filed in the office of the Clerk of the District between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM not later than the 30th day preceding the meeting or election at which the trustees shall be voted upon. Such petition shall state the name and residence of the candidates. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be considered elected to their respective offices. Where terms are of different length, the candidate receiving the highest vote shall be elected to the longest term. A nomination may be rejected by the Board of Education if the candidate is ineligible for the office or declares his unwillingness to serve. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that any proposition or question to be placed upon the voting machines shall be submitted in writing by petition subscribed by at least 135 qualified voters of the District and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the District between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM, not later than the 30th day preceding the meeting or election at which such question or proposition shall be voted upon, except that this rule shall not apply to those questions or propositions which are required to be stated in the published or posted notice of the meeting or to those propositions or questions which the Board of Education has authority by law to present at any annual or special meeting of the District. Registration shall also be permitted in the office of the District Clerk at Baldwin’s Administration building during the hours of enrollment of children for a school term and also from 8:00AM to 3:00PM on any school day at any of the District schools not later than five days preceding the school meeting and election. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the register shall include (1) all qualified voters of the District who shall personally present themselves for registration; and (2) all previously qualified voters of the District who shall have been previously registered for any Annual or Special District Meeting or election held or conducted at any time within four (4) years (2009-2012) prior to preparation of the said register; and (3) voters permanently registered with the Board of Election of the County of Nassau. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Registration will further meet during the hours of voting at the Annual District Election on May 21, 2013, for the purpose of preparing a register for District meetings or elections to be held subsequent to May 21, 2013. Said register shall include (1) all qualified voters of the District who shall present themselves personally for registration, and (2) all qualified voters of the District who shall have been previously registered for any annual or special District meeting or election held or conducted at any time within four calendar years (2009-2012) prior to the preparation of said register. The Register shall be filed in the Office of the District Clerk of the school district at the Administration Building, Hastings Street, Baldwin, New York where it shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter between the hours of 9:00AM and 2:00PM on each of the five days prior to the day
set for the election, except Sunday, and on Saturday by appointment only. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that application for absentee ballots for the school district election may be applied for at the office of the Clerk. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the office of the Clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Sunday, and on Saturday by appointment only. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this Board 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, to meet at the Baldwin Senior High School for the purpose of examining and tabulating said reports of the result of the ballot and declaring the result of the ballot; that the Board hereby designates itself to be a set of poll clerks to cast and canvass ballots pursuant to Education Law 2019a, subdivision 2b at said special meeting of the Board. Dated: March 18, 2013 Baldwin, NY BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BALDWIN UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK Mary Hobbs, District Clerk FL 302 4T 4/4, 11, 25, 5/2 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING FREEPORT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Nassau County, N. Y. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Freeport Union Free School District, Nassau County, New York, shall conduct its Annual Budget Vote and Trustees Election on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The vote will be by voting machines at the designated polling places set forth below, between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. (local time). TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the following matters will be submitted to the registered voters of the Freeport School District: (3) Three Propositions: Proposition #1 SCHOOL BUDGET RESOLVED that the Annual School Budget be adopted and the necessar y amount be raised by a tax upon the taxable proper ty located in Freeport Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, Freeport, New York, for the School Year 2013-2014. Proposition #2 FREEPORT MEMORIAL LIBRARY BUDGET RESOLVED, that the Freeport Memorial Library Budget be adopted and the necessary amount be raised by a tax upon the taxable proper ty located in Freeport Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, Freepor t, New York, for the Freeport Memorial Librar y for the year 20132014. Proposition #3 The Board of Education of the Freeport Union Free School District is hereby authorized to expend the sum of $1,300,000 representing monies from the capital reserve fund established in March 2009 for the following purposes: HVAC upgrade/replacement of Boilers/Burners at the J. W. Dodd Middle School; Security and Safety upgrades and enhancements District-wide; Bathroom Renovations Districtwide; Ceiling Tile Replacements District-wide, including all ancillary and incidental work required to be performed in connection with said projects. Since the funds to be expended hereunder are from the Capital Reser ve Fund, approval of this proposition will not require a tax levy upon the real property of the district.
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PUBLIC NOTICES issued will be available in the District Clerk's Office until May 20, 2013, except Sunday, May 19, 2013, during regular office hours. Absentee ballots will be accepted in the Office of the Clerk of the school district no later than 5:00 P.M. on May 21, 2013; any ballot received after that time will not be counted. Candidates for the Office of School Board Trustee must be nominated by a petition signed by at least forty-five (45) qualified voters of the District. The petition shall state name and residence of the candidate and shall state the name and residence of each signer. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be considered elected to their respective offices. Where terms are of different length, the candidate receiving the highest vote shall be elected to the longest term. However, a nomination may be rejected by the Board of Education if the candidate is ineligible for the office or declares his unwillingness to ser ve. Petitions shall be filed between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. no later than April 22, 2013 at the Office of the District Clerk. A statement of the amount of money which will be required for the School Year 2013-2014 will be available to the taxpayers at any of the School District buildings between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. not later than May 7, 2013, excepting Saturdays and Sundays or holidays, and at such annual election. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Proper ty Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part; and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a lottery shall take place on April 22, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of determining candidate placement on the ballot should additional candidates file nominating petitions. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a budget hearing will be held on May 8, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. o'clock in the Caroline G. Atkinson School for the purpose of discussing the expenditures of funds and budgeting thereof. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a proposition in writing by petition of least one hundred and thirteen (113) signatures of
(2) The election of two (2) School Trustees of the Board of Education for a full term of three years beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2016 to succeed Michael Pomerico and Anthony J. Miller. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Registration shall be open, in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York, every school day in the Administration Building, 235 North Ocean Avenue, between the hours of 8:30 o'clock a.m. and 3:30 o'clock p.m. (local time) until May 14, 2013, for the Annual Budget Vote and Election to be held on May 21, 2013. In addition the Board of Registration will be open May 7, 2013 and May 9, 2013 from 6:00 o’clock p.m. until 9:00 o’clock p.m. for residents to register to vote for the Annual Budget and Trustee election to be held on May 21, 2013. Any person who is not registered with the School District or who is not registered in the General Election or who has not voted at any annual or special district meeting or election held within the last four calendar years (2009-2012) must register in order to vote on May 21, 2013. The voting registers will be open to inspection by any qualified voter on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from May 16, 2013 to May 20, 2013, excluding Sunday, May 19, 2013, and between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. noon on Saturday, May 18, 2012 at the Office of the District Clerk; and at each polling place on election day, Absentee ballots will be available for the election of School Board Members and the Budget Vote. Applications for absentee ballots are available in the Office of the District Clerk at the Public School Administration Building, 235 Nor th Ocean Avenue, in Freeport. To have an absentee ballot mailed to your home, a completed and signed application must be in the District Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Application for an absentee ballot must be made at least 7 days before the election if the ballot it is to be mailed to the voter or up until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, May 20, 2013 if the ballot is to be personally delivered. The right to vote by absentee ballot will be subject to the approval of the Board of Elections. A listing of all people to whom absentee ballots were
qualified voters of the District is required to place a proposition on the ballot. The petition must be filed in the Office of the District Clerk on or before 5:00 P.M. o'clock (local time) April 22, 2013. Petitions for propositions which are required by law to be included in the notice of the annual meeting must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on or before March 22, 2013. The Board of Education reserves the right to edit or amend any proposition without changing the intent thereof. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the election shall be held in accordance with the Rules for the Election of School Board Members adopted by the Board of Education. QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOTING 1. A person shall be a citizen of the United States. 2. Eighteen or more years of age. 3. A resident of the District for a period of thirty days or more preceding the election at which he or she offers to vote. 4. Must be registered to vote. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the school election districts within the school district are as follows: DISTRICT N-l The Atkinson School Voting District is contained in the area, which is west of North Main Street, south of the nor therly School District Boundary Line, and east of Milburn Creek and north of the Long Island Railroad. DISTRICT N-2 The Columbus Avenue School Voting District is contained in the area which is north of the Long Island Railroad, east of North Main Street, south of the most nor therly District boundary line and west of the Meadowbrook Parkway. DISTRICT S-3 The Bayview Avenue School Voting District is contained in the area which is south of the Long Island Railroad right of way and west of the Eastern boundar y line which runs south down South Long Beach Avenue to the southern property lines of the properties on the south side of Smith Street, then west along said property lines to the easterly property lines of the properties fronting on Bayview Avenue, thence proceeding south along said property lines to the easterly proper ty lines on Branch Avenue and then southerly along the eastern boundary lines of said proper ties fronting on the east side of Branch Avenue to the northern property lines of properties fronting on the north side of
Lewis Street, thence easterly along said boundary to Randall Bay. The southern boundary is the Village Line and the western boundary is the Village Line. DISTRICT S-4 The Archer Street School Voting District is contained in the area which begins at the southerly side of the Long Island Railroad right of way where same intersects with the westerly boundary lines of properties fronting on the west side of Long Beach Avenue; thence running easterly along said right of way to the westerly boundary lines or properties fronting on the west side of Henry Street; thence southeasterly along said boundary lines to the intersection with South Main Street; thence southerly along the west side of South Main Street to the intersection with Mill Road; thence easterly along the south side of Mill Road to the intersection of Mill Road and Freepor t Creek; thence southerly along Freeport Creek to the northerly boundary lines of properties fronting on the nor th side of East Bedell Street; thence easterly along said proper ty lines to the Village Line also known as Freepor t Creek; thence southerly along said line to the most southerly Village Line; thence westerly along said Village Line to Hudson Bay; thence north and northwesterly along Woodcleft Basin to Sportsman's Channel; thence north along said Channel and its extension to the center line of Atlantic Avenue; thence westerly along said center line of Atlantic Avenue to the easterly boundary lines of properties fronting on the east side of Bayview Avenue; thence northerly along said boundary lines to the intersection of the southerly boundary lines of proper ties fronting on the south side of Smith Street; thence easterly along said boundary lines of properties fronting on the west side of Long Beach Avenue; thence northerly along said boundary lines to the point or place of beginning. DISTRICT S-5 The Giblyn School Voting District is contained in the area which begins at a point where the easterly boundary lines of properties fronting on Bayview Avenue intersects the center line of Atlantic Avenue running thence easterly along said center line to the western boundary line of properties fronting on the west side of Sportsman's Avenue; thence southerly along said lines to the Sportsman's Channel;
thence southerly along said Channel to the Woodcleft Basin; thence southeasterly along said basin to easterly boundary of Village Line running along Hudson Bay; thence southerly along said boundary line to the southerly boundary of the Village Line also known as Little Swift Creek; thence westerly along said Village Line to a point where same intersects Randall Bay; thence northerly along said Bay to the intersection of the northerly boundary lines of properties fronting on the north side of Lewis Street; thence westerly along said boundary line to the easterly boundar y lines of properties fronting on the east side of Branch Avenue; thence northerly along said boundary lines to the intersection of the east boundary lines of properties fronting on the east side of Bayview Avenue; thence northerly along said boundary lines to the point or place of beginning. DISTRICT S6 The Cleveland Avenue School Voting District (now based at the Freepor t Family Community Center, 30 Albany Avenue) is contained in the area which is south of the Long Island Railroad right of way, east of the eastern boundary of District S-4, with the eastern and southern boundar y being the village boundaries. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION Debra Mulé, President Mary R. Bediako, Ed. D., District Clerk FL 303 4T 4/4, 11, 25, 5/2 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 177-41 105 LLC. Arts of Org filed with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/26/2012. Office loc: NASSAU Cty. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail a copy of any process to: 177-41 105 Ave, Jamaica NY 11433. Principal business address: 4 Delaware Circle, Freeport NY 11520. Purpose: any lawful acts. FL 305 6T 4/4, 11, 18, 25, 5/2, 9 Notice of formation of SAP TRANSPORT LLC. Filed with NY Secretary of state (SSNY) on 01/09/2013 office located in Nassau County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be ser ved.SSNY shall mail process to c/o the LLC, 569 Broadway Westbury New York, and 11590.purpose: Any lawful activity. FL 307 6T 4/4, 11, 18, 25, 5/2, 9 NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
It is the policy of Meadowbrook Care Center Inc., located at 320 West Merrick Road, Freeport, New York 11520, not to discriminate because of Race, Creed, Religion, Color, National Origin, Sex, Gender, Handicap, Disability, Blindness, Source of Sponsorship, Source of Payment, Marital Status, Age, Sexual Preference, Genetic Predisposition, or Carrier Status in employment or in the admission, retention and care of residents and patients. All persons and organizations that have occasion to refer prospective residents or patients to Meadowbrook Care Center Inc., are advised to do so without regard to the person's Race, Creed, Religion, Color, National Origin, Sex, Gender. Handicap, Disability, Blindness, Source of Sponsorship, Source of Payment, Marital Status, Age, Sexual Preference, Genetic Predisposition, or Carrier Status. FL 310 1T 4/11 SHARPS DISPOSAL SERVICE Meadowbrook Care Center, a skilled nursing facility, located at 320 West Merrick Road, Freeport, New York 11520, offers a community service for the collection and disposal of home-generated sharps (syringes, needles and lancets). To ensure safety, all sharps must be placed in OSHA approved containers with tight fitting screw tops which are shatterproof, leak proof and puncture resistant (0SHA approved containers can be purchased at medical supply stores.) Community residents can bring properly contained sharps to Meadowbrook Care Center on designated days and times. Call Meadowbrook Care Center Inc. at (516) 377-8200 for days and times. FL 311 1T 4/11 Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Supreme Court, Nassau County, on the 30 day of January, 2013, bearing index Number 001010-13, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Nassau County Clerk, located at 240 Old Country Road, Room 108, Mineola, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Leotta Jermaine Sayles. My present address is 595 Westminster Rd. Apt. Private House, Baldwin, NY, 11510; I was born on January 11, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York; My present name is Leotta Jermaine Haffenden. FL 312 1T 4/11 Notice of Sale Supreme Court Nassau County WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS
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by Laura Schofer It’s called the Blueway Trail and it is a project that will create a network of access points for canoeing and kayaking along the South Shore estuary, from Atlantic Beach in the west to Massapequa in the east. Last Thursday a group of water enthusiasts gathered at the Freeport Recreation Center to brainstorm on how best to take advantage of the natural beauty of the bays as well as their historic, scientific and cultural significance to Long Island ... all from hand-powered water vehicles. People huddled over maps that had been spread across six different tables. Each table concentrated on a different part of the Bay: the West Bay including Atlantic Beach, Long Beach and East Rockaway; the Middle Bay, broken up into two sections – one for Baldwin and Oceanside and the other from Freeport east to Merrick; the East Bay including Merrick, Bellmore Wantagh and Seaford and South Oyster Bay in Massapequa. Zhennya Slootskin of Going Coastal, Inc., one of the groups spearheading this project along with the Village of Freeport and the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, explained the process to the 50 or so attendees. Using stickers, participants were asked to map the best put-in spots for handpowered watercraft. “Where do you access the water? Think about water conditions,” she said. At each table, participants spoke about the challenges or hazards at each proposed site for put-in including low water, fast currents and heavy motorboat traffic. Participants also spoke about land characteristics – what are the barriers to access
and infrastructure needs. Finally, participants charted a bay trail suggesting the best route between launch sites and the best pathway through hassocks and staying clear of natural areas. Ms. Slootskin also wanted to know if “there is a trail theme – maritime, fishing, nature birding, clamming?”
Proposals The West Bay trail has some established launch spots said participants, but they believe that Hewlett Park would also be a very accessible put-in site as well as Bay Park. The trail could include Swift Creek and the Harbor Isle beach area down past Barnum Island to the Long Beach Recreation Center. Participants from the Middle Bay Baldwin table, suggested using Baldwin Park as its main launch site so that water enthusiasts could paddle to Oceanside Preserve and Marine Nature Center and then to Oceanside Park, where a new put-n spot would have to be created. Meanwhile, participants from the Middle Bay, Freeport, table said the best place to put in would be Waterfront Park. They recommended an inside trail going east to west with a stop at Woodcleft Canal. They cautioned that there should be a five mile an hour zone up to the Loop Parkway to slow down motor boats and Jet Skiers. The proposed put-in site for the East Bay could be at Newbridge Road Park. Presently there are two put-in sites in this part of the Bay including Norman Levy Preserve and Wantagh Park. The East Bay group suggested a water trail to Jones and Middle Crow Islands but cautioned paddlers about the heavy motor traffic.
The South Oyster Bay group suggested a put-in site at Alhambra Road and the Massapequa Cove because it has a shallow sandy beach and hard bottom. Presently you can put in at John Burns Park but it is very crowded. They suggested either going east to the Dingy Shop at the Massapequa/Amityville border or heading to Zach’s Bay or over to Jones Beach, Field 10. Although Tobay
Beach is a good place to kayak it is not open to residents outside of the Town of Oyster Bay on weekends. In closing Ms. Slootskin thanked participants and asked them to sign up to become an official launch-site evaluator and to take the Paddler Survey online. For information go to www.southshoreblueway.com and also subscribe to the Trail Newsletter and updates on its website.
MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS: The Baldwin Middle School Chamber Orchestra and Drumming Club kicked off the month-long celebration of Music in Our Schools Month by performing at the Empire State Plaza, Albany, last month. The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) celebrates Music in Our Schools Month each year by staging these noon-hour concerts in the mall each workday. Legislators stop by to meet the students from their districts, introduce the groups, award citations, and take photos with the students.
PUBLIC NOTICES TRUSTEE FOR OPTION ONE MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-06 ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-06 Vs. CARMIN C. PERRONE, A/K/A CARMIN C. VINCI; VICTOR PERRONE JR., et al, Defendants. Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624. Pursuant to Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale granted herein on or about November 1, 2011. I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola NY 11501. On Tuesday 5/14/13 at 11:30AM Premises known as 999 Windermere Road Franklin Square, NY 11010 Sec: 35 BI: 501 Lots: 18. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being in Town of Hempstead, at Franklin Square, County of Nassau, and State of New York. Approximate amount of Judgment is $535,239.83 Plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No. 09-026205 ROBERT F. HARPER ESQ., REFEREE The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624. Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s) FL 313 4T 4/11, 18, 25, 5/2 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. WASHINGTON MUTAUL BANK F/K/A WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
THE DIME SAVINGS BANK OF NEW YORK, FSB, Pltf. vs. VERNON WADE, et al, Defts. Index #1035/06. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Aug. 25, 2006, I will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Cour troom of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. prem. k/a 171 Pennsylvania Avenue, Roosevelt, NY. Said property located at a point on the Westerly side of Pennsylvania Ave. distant 122.58 ft. Nor therly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Nor therly side of Whitestone Ave. and the Westerly side of Pennsylvania Ave.; Running thence NW, 115.80 ft.; Thence NE, 79.20 ft.; Thence SE, 129.43 ft. to the Westerly side of Pennsylvania Ave.; Thence along the Westerly side of Pennsylvania Ave. SW, 80.37 ft. to the point or place of beginning. Judgment amount, as amended by “So Ordered” Stipulation dated 4/14/12, is $196,297.00 as of April 26, 2012 plus costs and interest. Appeals taken in Appellate Division, Second Department under docket nos. 201203831, 2012-00666 and 2012-08567. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. CORNELIUS DROOGAN, Referee. CULLEN AND DYKMAN, LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., 4th Flr. Garden City, NY. #82376 FL 314 4T 4/11, 18, 25, 5/2 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA TRUSTEE; Plaintiff(s) vs. CYNTHIA DUBOIS-JOHNSON; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about November 28, 2011, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Cour troom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501. On May 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM Premises known as 55 North Columbus Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520 Section: 55 Block: 230 Lot: 251 AND 252 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, known and designated as and by Lot 251 and 252 on a certain map entitled, "Map of East Randall Park, Freeport, property of Charles H. Sigmond surveyed February, 1904 by Alvin G. Smith, C.E. comprising 340 on Map No. 45, New Map No. 328 As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $476,949.14 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 8325/08 Michael Alpert, Esq., REFEREE
FL 316 4T 4/11, 18, 25, 5/2 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AUGUST 1, 2006, FREMONT HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-B , Plaintiff, Against MARIE MAUD ETIENNE, et al. , Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered 4/30/2010, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at CCP (Calendar Control Part Courtroom) in the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY 11501 on 5/14/2013 at 11:30 am premises known as 1690 Grand Ave., Unit 12A, Baldwin, NY 11510 ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being a part of a Condominium in Baldwin County of NASSAU and State of New York, known and designated as Unit No. A12 Tax Unit 111, together with a 2.49 percent undivided interest in the common elements. Section 36 Block 395 Lot 525 Approximate amount of lien $238,181.32 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 15061/08. Elisabetta Tredici, Esq., Referee. Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, Armonk, NY 10504 Dated: 2/11/2013 File
Number: 7090624177 JVR FL 317 4T 4/11, 18, 25, 5/2 NOTICE TO BIDDERS ROOF REPLACEMENT FOR POWER PLANT 2 FOR THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that the Purchasing Agent of the Incorporated Village of Freepor t, New York, will receive sealed proposals for “Roof Replacement for Power Plant 2” until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in the Main Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 46 North Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York 11520, at which time and place they will be opened publicly and read aloud. The Village will schedule a mandatory bid project walk through for all interested bidders on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, with an inclement weather date of Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Power Plant 2, 289 Buffalo Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. If a bidder does not attend the site survey, that bidder will not be allowed to respond to the bid. Specifications, proposal and proposed contract may be obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 46 North Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, April 15, 2013, until 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 30, 2013. There is no charge for the bid documents. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals received and subject to these reservations, shall award the contract to the lowest qualified
and responsible bidder. Bids which, in the opinion of the Board, are unbalanced shall be rejected. In submitting a bid, bidders agree not to withdraw their bid within forty-five (45) days after the date for the opening thereof. Kim Weltner Purchasing Agent Village of Freeport VILLAGE OF FREEPORT Issue Date – April 11, 2013 FL 318 1T 4/11 NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Freeport will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:30 A.M., in the Municipal Building, Main Conference Room, 46 North Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York. It is anticipated the Board will adjourn the Legislative Session and enter into Executive Session at 7:30 A.M. Pamela Walsh Boening Village Clerk DATED: Freeport, New York April 11, 2013 FL 319 1T 4/11 Notice of Formation of Hoskins LLP. Arts. of Org. filed with Secretary Of State of New York (SSNY) on January 24, 2013. Office is located in Nassau County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any process to Hoskins LLP, 165 Moore Avenue, Freepor t, N.Y. 11520. Purpose: Any lawful activity. FL 320 6T 4/11, 18, 25, 5/2, 9, 16
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by Laura Schofer The Hempstead Town Board approved the new councilmanic districts, 5-1, after a contentious public hearing Tuesday, April 9. For the residents of Baldwin and Freeport, there is little change. Voters will remain in Councilmanic District Five, represented by Councilwoman Angie Cullin of Freeport, and District One, a town board seat held by Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. Both voted in favor of the new map. The map is required to be redrawn every 10 years to reflect changing population as revealed in the latest census. The latest federal census shows there is a growing minority population in some parts of the Town of Hempstead, including Elmont, Valley Stream, Freeport and Baldwin. There are approximately 760,000 residents in the town. The new map has a deviation of 5.93% (well within the accepted deviation as required by law) from the most-populous to the leastpopulous district. However, dozens of residents urged the town board to put off the vote on the proposed map in order to weigh public comment, and to hold additional public hearings in the evening when more residents are able to attend. Residents also asked the town board
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Millions will have been spent to restore the popular Jones Beach boardwalk and several of the state park’s environments when opening day, Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, arrives, remarked state Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. in a walk along the boardwalk last week with this newspaper. Calling Jones Beach a “jewel of the New York State park system,” he continually fields calls from constituents asking when the boardwalk and other Jones Beach features such as the boat basin and the theater will reopen. “There is a lot of progress to report,” he said, looking across the expanse of the repairs underway. Sue Guiliani, Jones Beach State Park director, told this newspaper that 70% of the boardwalk sections that were damaged by superstorm Sandy have been repaired. She said many of the sections that were buckled by the surge to look like roller coasters could actually be nailed back down and strengthened without the need for repairs or replacements of boards.
Evacuation and return “I left the beach at 11 a.m. the morning of the storm and returned by 10 a.m. the next morning,” Ms. Guiliani said. She said Jones Beach authorities were in constant contact with the National Weather Service, which advised them days earlier the storm was going to be a bad one and no one should be left on the beach. She has worked the beach for 35 years and had never seen such devastation upon returning. “I walked from the West Bathhouse to Field 6 and there was water everywhere, moss and grass dangling and laying all about, sections of boardwalk were in the parking lot, the lots also filled with sand and water, and some were collapsed because the sand underneath had been washed away, she remarked. Senator Fuschillo said the “devastation was immeasurable” upon first witnessing it two weeks after Sandy had hit. “Everywhere you looked, it was all destroyed.” But he learned that residents also have a “sense of ownership” about
Jones Beach and are concerned about its condition. “Most of the work I do these days has to do with the effects of Sandy and rebuilding or repairing the damage” to make it whole again. That is why he is in regular contact with Ms. Guiliani to get the latest reports. Although the straight boardwalk at Field 6 sustained the most damage – the surge carrying it and piles of sand into the parking lot – the Central Mall is where the most work is being done now. Planks of epewood, a Brazilian hardwood, are being nailed down. Some small sections of plank were turned over, revealing former nail marks but an appearance of being new. Scaffolding on the towers at the West Bathhouse come from a New York Works project contracted earlier. “Up there is where Robert Moses had his office,” Senator Fuschillo pointed to a large picture window at the western flank of the bathhouse. He said all restoration and repair was being done to original specifications. A new roof at the Field 6 concession stand is nearing completion, and a drive along the beach showed several new lifeguard shacks in various stages of construction. Groups of 3-6 construction workers were seen at varying intervals along the boardwalk. At the theater – while several acts, including Maroon 5 and country sensation Blake Shelton have been booked – all the seats in the orchestra had been removed and the stage was being rebuilt. “There used to be a revolving stage underneath the main stage,” and that
was completely damaged, she said. She added that the electrical services on the first floor, consisting of transformers, substations, splicers, routers and other apparatus, were completely submerged and destroyed. “They have been placed on the second floor now,” she said. Former New York Jet Marty Lyons, an executive at Lan-Tec, was at the theater with other Lan-Tec personnel to measure for installation of new synthetic turf that will be placed the VIP section to the right of the theater, where the tents used to be. A boardwalk from the VIP section was in a rebuilding stage. Particularly damaged was the West End boat basin, docks that receive boaters wishing to picnic at its tables as they recreate in the bays. “The storm came in from the northeast and pushed the docks and the brick into the corner of the basin,” said Ms. Guiliani. Bricklayers could be seen using tools to scrape and smoothen the walls to apply mortar for the bricks. A carpenter was using a circular saw to cut wood from several piles of wood salvaged from the surge. Three of four Field 10 fishing docks have reopened – with some minor activity observed – even as a fourth dock stands alone, a mere broken skeleton as a reminder to the storm. Said Senator Fuschillo, “All the construction taking place would have become necessary eventually through the years,” but the surge actually hastened their refurbishment. “Now, this will all last another hundred years.”
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Houses spring to life from page 18 four feet, but when Sandy came it flooded his home two feet. “It wasn’t enough, apparently,” he said. He applied for an Increased Cost of Compliance grant and is close to getting it. He said he also received flood insurance money and would use that and the ICC grant to raise the home to 11 feet. However, with the price going at $100,000 and more to raise a house, he said he would not take out a small business loan but, rather, subsidize the rest himself. Hiring Heavy Equipment of Hauppauge to raise his home, he said it took about one-and-a-half days to raise the house, after several days of preparation. He remained living in the house while the lifting took place. “My wife was ill at the time and they raised it while she was in the house.” His neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she and her husband paid off their home years ago and they, too, were set on retiring in the home. Unlike others, however, she raised her home three years ago when there was no demand for raising a home, and the costs weren’t as high. She told this newspaper she has lived in the house 32 years. In 1991
she remembers getting some water into the house from the unnamed nor’easter that tore through the area. She added that when they first moved in the tide was about a foot lower than it is now. She used Dawn House & Building Movers, the same mover the Spotos down her block just used to raise their house 16 feet. That family was featured in a televised public service announcement created by the Town of Hempstead. Mr. Fisher’s neighbor told this newspaper she raised the house four feet. She said that when applying to the town, there was code in place that said the roof of the house could be no more than 30 feet high from the center of the road. “I don’t think they have that code anymore,” she said, because FEMA requests homes to be at least 12 feet high now. At an elevation of four extra feet, with Sandy’s surge the water came up to her first floor, “moistening” the floor boards. She is undecided whether to take the route Mr. Fisher has taken to raise his house once more to 11 feet. But it’s almost tempting, with forecasts for more storms and the tide having risen a foot in recent memory. KEITH FISHER of Seaford stands in his doorway after his home had been raised 11 feet. This is the home’s second raising.
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by Kevin Halton, Jr. Has your new year’s resolution of losing weight got off to a slow start this winter? Why not begin the spring season by springing into action with a better diet, which new studies have indicated, may now result in improved memory? A new book has been garnering much notice and attention lately. It’s called “The Alzheimer’s Diet.” Authors Richard S, Issacson, M.D. and Christopher N. Ochner, Ph.D., published this step-by-step nutritional approach for memory loss prevention and treatment. Dr. Issacson is vice chairman of Education, Deptartment of Neurology at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. With a Columbia University fellowship, Dr. Ochner is the head of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt College of Physicians and Surgeons. Together, they have developed a useful, informative guide to dietary strategies, proven to have a positive impact on the health of our brain and our body. The book states: studies have indicated that over time, certain foods and beverages have shown to interfere with memory function. The common denominator in these foods is, of course, sugar. Also to blame are any foods consumed that turn into sugar: white bread, soda, fried foods, cake, chips, crackers, bacon, hot dogs, etc. More bad news: your favorite vanilla mocha dulce latte is way off the charts! Apparently, nothing litters the brain like foods that become sugars in our bodies. The book offers a complete diet and useful guidelines for avoiding sugary foods. One strong recommendation in preventing memory loss is: adding more seafood to your daily diet.
It’s well documented that seafood is an excellent daily diet substitute for just about any main course on the menu. After all, most fish are low in carbohydrates and saturated fats, and high in antioxidants (nutrients that protect and repair damaged cells). And while this is good nutritional news for everyone, the authors suggest seafood, with its unusually high content of omega-3 fatty acids, has shown to be helpful in protecting against premature brain-aging and memory loss in a growing number of patients. So, how to familiarize yourself with the bounties from the sea? If you are already a devotee of seafood, you may simply want to tell your local fish market staff you want to try new varieties, additional methods of preparation, and new recipes. You may even make that backyard grill more accessible, even in the off-season. But for those not nearly initiated, here’s some sage advice: visit a local, reliable fish market and have a conversation with the folks behind the counter. They love to talk fish, which is good, because they do so all week long. Your fish market friends can steer you in the right direction regarding kitchenfriendly fish and easy dishes to prepare. For example, you might begin with a baked or broiled salmon (and you too might uncover that grill). Top the salmon with a dollop of mango sauce and served with asparagus and whole grain brown rice. You can also try grilling whole fish such as bronzini, sea bass, or red snappers. What a delicious way to improve memory and get your new year’s resolution back on track! Good health to all! Kevin Halton is a sales associate at Two Cousins Fish Market, on Freeport’s Nautical Mile. Call 379-0793.
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