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CHSD notches new Intel semifinal winners by Douglas Finlay The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District continued its winning ways with the announcement that five students from its three high schools had been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search contest. The students, Asia Brown from Calhoun High School; Brett Gossett, Ross Iscowitz and Ross Shulman from Kennedy; and Bilal Siddiqui from Mepham; are involved in the district’s Advanced Science Research program begun in 2001 under the auspices of thenSuperintendent Thomas Caramore. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL Can mice make decisions using sound? Ross Iscowitz worked on the behavioral analysis of auditory decisionmaking in mice that may one day help scientists unravel the mysteries of autism in humans. In January 2011 Ross began preparing for his work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory by reading scientific journals such as the American Journal of Neurology. “I’ve always been interested in neurology,” he told this newspaper, and was eager to do research to learn if cell phones play a role in the growth of brain tumors. But, “I couldn’t find any mentors” because of controversy over the subject, such as private studies being conducted even as the government continues to state the safety of cell phones. Instead, he shifted his topic in order to move forward: Could mice decide what to do based on sounds they heard? Because there are mice with autism, he wanted a control group to compare to the mice with autism as a means of better understanding the mice with autism. The laboratory work, conducted in the summer of 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Anne Churchland, a neuroscientist, began by creating a box with nose pokes – center, right and left holes that a mouse puts its nose in. Once the mouse understood to put its nose in the center hole, it was subjected to noise from either the right or left and had to decide which way to go for its reward: the right or left. “Over time, there was a dramatic increase in the proportion of proper deci-

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sions,” said Ross. The study involved not only the noise factor (the beep, beep, beeps) but a duration of time – or waiting – about whether to go to the right or left. The longer a mouse waited, the more was inferred the mouse was waiting longer intervals to get more information as to what precisely to do. The conclusion, or at least assumption that could be drawn, is that mice are somewhat intelligent problem-solvers. “Mice are a species in which genetic tools are available,” Ross said. Because there are “models of mice with autism,” he said information provided to scientists from this study could help them compare the brains of autistic mice with these control-group mice to further understand the mechanisms of autism in mice – and ultimately, humans. Ross will attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Detecting the residue of bias Brett Gossett worked on a testing method that may one day help teachers to develop more accurate testing to eliminate any residue of bias toward children with disabilities. Beginning his research in the summer of 2010 at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital System’s Cohen Children’s Hospital, he worked with Drs. Andrew Adesman and Ruth Milanaik to develop specialized essays. His goal: to determine if there is bias in teachers toward children with disabilities, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In developing the essays, “I had to find a way to compare children with disabilities to those without,” Brett told this newspaper. According to Barbara Franklin, an ASR teacher, Brett “created fake essay compositions” in which he described himself as a child with ADHD, as a child with cerebral palsy or a child with diabetes. “Diabetes acted as the control [neutral] group,” said Brett. The essay was: As a kid with an affliction, how do you handle that affliction? The essay was mailed to 5,184 middle school English teachers around the country. “It took me a week to put stamps on (continued on page 3)

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TOMORROW’S LEADERS are, at top, Asia Brown of Calhoun High School and Bilal Siddiqui of Mepham High School. Above are Ross Shulman, Ross Iscowitz and Brett Gossett of Kennedy High School.

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Mepham High School Immunological cells denied food Bilal Siddiqui actually began his project, “Investigating Endogenous Expressions of Indoleomine 2,3 Dioxygenase in Metastatic Melinomas,” in summer 2010 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and continued it throughout the school year into summer 2011, under the mentorship of Dr. Taha Merghoub. “When my cousin became ill with leukemia in winter 2009 I knew what I wanted to study in my ASR class. With the help of Dr. David Kommer [Advanced Science Research teacher] I tried contacting Dr. Merghoub. Until the summer of 2010 I read all his papers,” Bilal told this newspaper at his home. Once he got into the lab, “I had no idea what was going on,” he said. “I hadn’t taken an AP [Advanced Placement] biology class so I had no idea about lab protocol or how experiments were conducted.” He looked at others’ experiments to get ideas, and also read a Georgia Tech study involving the enzyme IDO (indoleomine 2,3 dioxygenase) as a mechanism in cancer that suppresses immunology. Finally settling in at the lab, he was provided with slides of melanoma cells from various parts of the body where the cancer had metastasized and, with a microscope, injected antibodies into those cells to target IDO. “The cancer cells picked up those

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antibodies and glowed brown,” he said. The IDO was expressing itself, he said, by glowing, up-regulating. It was producing IDO. The correlation of the up-regulation, or the down-regulation, was that T-cell activity responsible for immune responses was decreasing. “The cancer cells continued to produce IDO, which was then suppressing the T-cells,” he said. Specifically, the up-regulation of IDO showed that it was producing so rapidly that it was breaking down tryptophan too quickly to be absorbed by T-cells. With tryptophan an essential nutrient for T-cell activity and sustenance, IDO was denying the cells nutrition. T-cells could then not perform their immunological functions properly. The study proved that the up-regulation of IDO was suppressing T-cell functions vital to anti-cancer activity. He said over 2,000 samples were analyzed in just one month alone in developing the conclusion. Bilal suggested that the study could be applied to liver cancer and other cancers in the future. Meanwhile, depending upon which school accepts him for fall studies – Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown or Cornell – to study biochemistry and perhaps lead to a career in immunotherapy – Bilal will work again at MSK this summer with the express purpose of finding inhibitors that could block production of IDO. – Douglas Finlay

Focusing on genetic expressions Calhoun High School’s Asia Brown’s paper, titled “Analysis of Altered Gene Expression in Human Colon Cancer Cells Exposed to the Methylation Inhibitor 5-aza-2’deoxycitidine,” was inspired in large measure by her Advanced Placement biology teacher Kim Lascarides, who is also a teacher in Calhoun’s Advanced Science Research program. Other teachers at Calhoun’s ASR program include Nick Pappas and Jennifer Pefanis. Mr. Pappas characterized Asia as being wholly passionate in her love of science and research. “I began preparing for a subject for my ASR class in February 2011 and had Mrs. Lascarides as my biology teacher,” Asia told Merrick Life during an interview at her home. “She noticed I had an interest in oncology so it encouraged me to read Dr. Ellen Li’s papers on the subject.” Dr. Li is a cancer researcher at Stony Brook University’s Medical Center. Mrs. Lascarides also helped Asia to become part of Simon’s Summer Fellowship Program, involving 33 students who would study at the medical center in the summer of 2011. The subject: epigenetics, or how DNA interacts to methylation inhibitors to create different genetic expressions in colon cancer cells. Her mentor: Dr. Li. The human body methylates itself naturally, but Asia became interested in what happens to colon cancer genes when they are exposed to the methylation inhibition process using deoxyci-

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Can CO2 stave off drought? Ross Shulman’s study of soy bean leaves under drought-stricken conditions while applying carbon dioxide may help scientists work toward building more sturdy crops in the growing face of a fastchanging atmospheric environment. Beginning his research and lab work in the summer of 2010, and working through





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them all, working all day,” Ross laughed. Included in the packets of essays – in which a teacher got only one of the three essays – was a grade rubric, or standards to follow, such as rating punctuation from 1-6, rating grammar from 1-6, and so on. The essays were pre-tested using the Fleisch-Kincade Readability level for grade 7 level readability. Brett received 557 responses, immediately applying a statistical analysis to ratings he got back. While he was prepared to prove a negative bias toward children with ADHD, what the numbers showed, once crunched, was a positive bias in favor of those children with cerebral palsy! “I expected ADHD students to

the year into the summer of 2011 at Brookhaven National Laboratory with Dr. Alistair Rogers – who mentored 2010’s Intel Semifinalist Daniel Bornstein – Ross requested soy bean samples to be grown for his lab work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s SOYFACE (Free Air Concentration Enrichment) facility. Ross knew that in drought conditions, the depletion of nitrogen in the soil leads to a lack of nitrates (nutrition) in the plant for sustenance, because without the nitrogen the plant cannot convert it to nitrates. The study was to discover if increased levels of carbon dioxide even in a plant stricken with drought – and depleted of nitrogen – could increase the nitrogen content in the soil to increase conversion to nitrates and better nutritional stability. “I hoped that increased levels of carbon dioxide would decrease the impact of drought by increasing the soil moisture content,” he said. Once he received the samples from the SOYFACE facility, however, he was surprised to learn when analyzing drought-





stricken leaves that carbon dioxide increases did not in fact increase nitrogen content in the leaves. “I found just the opposite to be true. I found that the more elevated levels of carbon dioxide the fewer levels of nitrogen were available.” Carbon dioxide, he said, made the impact of drought even worse. Continued decreases on the amount of nitrogen in plants would lead to a decrease in the quality of plants used for feeding the world’s population while it reduced the yields of those crops. With the level of carbon dioxide now at 378 parts per million (ppm) in the atmosphere and expected to grow to 585 ppm by the year 2050, he said work would need to be taken by scientists to find ways to create more sturdy crops to stave off an impending drought from rising carbon dioxide levels. Although undecided as to what school he will attend, he intends to study the chemical, physical or environmental sciences to become an educator and researcher.

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Public-private partnerships can help drive infrastructure improvements and the economy forward by State Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr. The father of America’s Interstate Highway System, President Dwight Eisenhower, once wrote that its “impact on the American economy – the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction…was beyond calculation.” Decades later, those same words hold true as New York faces its own infrastructure and economic crisis. Investing in transportation projects can, and must, be a part of the solution to both problems. But while President Eisenhower’s challenge was building a system to bring communities closer together, ours is fixing a system so they don’t drift apart. Much of New York’s transportation infrastructure was built during the President Eisenhower Interstate era, and its age is showing. Many major projects that have languished for years, most notably replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge, cannot be put off any longer. 6,200 of New York’s 17,400 state and local highway bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the state Department of Transportation. So how does New York pay for everything while facing a multibillion dollar budget deficit, a weak economy and escalating project costs that far outpace traditional funding sources? Just as our infrastructure can’t remain stuck in the 1950s, neither can our thinking when it comes to solving this problem. That’s why New York State needs to explore innovative ways to finance and deliver projects, most especially public-private partnerships. Public-private partnerships (P3s) enable governments and the private sector to partner in the design, construction, financing and delivery of transportation projects. Given the private sector’s vested financial interest in completing projects on time and under budget, P3s often perform more efficiently than their counterparts. Thirty-one states and Puerto Rico enacted laws authorizing P3s for infrastructure projects for these reasons. New York should do the same. The Legislature recently approved Governor Cuomo’s proposal to authorize state agencies to utilize the simplest form of publicprivate partnership design to build procurement, which helps expedite the delivery schedule by combining the project’s design and construction phases under a single contract. It’s a good start, but New York shouldn’t limit itself to this one system alone. Legislation I sponsor would give the state’s principal transportation agencies the flexibility to utilize other types of P3s so that we can access new sources of private-sector capital and take full advantage of the economic benefits. Used properly, P3s could alleviate some of the financial burden and risk to the state, and stretch current funding farther, enabling more projects to move forward in these tough economic times. That’s a critical benefit. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 25,000 jobs are created for every

GOT TILES? Earlier this month, Calhoun Principal David Seinfeld hosted a mah jongg tournament at the high school. The fundraiser, organized by teachers Alana Baard, right, and Rochelle Battersby, supported an anti-bullying program called Challenge Day. Participants came from near and far to join the fun and raise money for this imporatnt cause. Local businesses donated prizes for this event.

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by Linda Delmonico Prussen “There are two topics that America hasn’t dealt with well: drugs and sex,” said Steve Chassman, LCSW, of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. It was a provocative statement he hoped would perk up some ears, open some eyes and perhaps save some lives. Mr. Chassman spoke to about 50 people last week at Brookside School in a presentation titled, “The Dangers in Our Medicine Chests.” The program was inspired by a disturbing report from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that indicates an 82% increase in Oxycodone prescriptions from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Chassman and Nassau County Police Detective Pam Stark were invited by the Community Parent Center; the newly formed BellmoreMerrick Coalition against Substance Abuse; the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District; the Bellmore, Merrick, North Bellmore and North Merrick elementary school districts; and county Legislator Dave Denenberg.

Of course, prescription painkillers can greatly improve the quality of life for those who need them but, unfortunately, many of these drugs are being illegally prescribed or stolen, and abused by teens and adult drug addicts, said Detective Stark. Mr. Chassman and Detective Stark described cases where they or people they knew were prescribed many more pills than needed for their medical conditions. The superfluous pills are stored in the medicine chests of countless Long Islanders, resulting in an unintentional “side-effect”: Teens are finding a new and easily accessible way to get high. “We’ve become a pharmaceutical nation,” said Mr. Chassman. “Twelve, 13 and 14 year olds are moving to the most powerful narcotics on the face of the planet.” In fact, according to him, prescription drugs are the drugs of choice among abusers, ages 12 and 13. As Mr. Chassman explained, the brain’s normal surge in dopamine, derived from natural pleasures, is on overdrive when under the influence of oxycodone and similar drugs, often

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Richard Ronan, chairman of the Water Authority of Southeastern Nassau County, had good news and bad news for residents at its seventh meeting held at the Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse last week. The good news: WASENC has hired the law firm of Sahn, Ward, Coschignano and Baker of Uniondale to provide legal services to the water authority as it explores the possibility of a public takeover of Aqua New York. Aqua is a private water company that provides water to Wantagh, Seaford, Bellmore and Merrick as well as parts of Massapequa. Additionally, WASENC has received $75,000 – $50,000 from the Town of Hempstead and $25,000 from the Town of Oyster Bay – to continue research and address other costs associated with a feasibility study on the possible takeover. “We had thought we’d be able to do the study with very little money, including some state grants. But with the present economy there was no grant money available. We went to the county, looked for federal funding, there was nothing. We are very pleased that in an economy like this the towns were able to help us. They could take a lot of heat for this,” said Mr. Ronan. WASENC board members Richard Ronan, Edward Kennedy, John Reinhardt and Walter D’Amato then voted to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for professional services for engineers and accountants. The board will give 30 days to respondents and then review proposals and conduct interviews in an executive session. Board members believe the study could take about five or six months to complete, once all the experts are hired and in place. And the bad news: Mr. Ronan explained that Aqua New York and Long Island American Water were meeting last week before the state Public Service Commission in Albany to negotiate the terms of the sale of Aqua New York to American Water.

Although WASENC asked the PSC if the water authority could be kept informed of the negotiations, the request was denied. “Aqua and American Water went to the courts to conceal all internal numbers and this request was granted by the judge,” explained Mr. Ronan. “We can’t see those numbers [which refer to the value of the company].” Mr. Reinhardt added that this was “an arms-length transaction. We would have liked a more open dialogue, but that is not the case. The administrative law judge ruled to keep some information secret. They [Aqua and American] cite a third party as reason for the privacy. They don’t want us to know about the method of their studies. It hurts us, but we’ll do our own evaluation,” he said. “It makes no difference if we buy from one company or another,” added Mr. Ronan. But residents disagreed. “Now I learn that Aqua is selling to American and we can’t find out what’s going on?” asked Joseph Post. “There should be an open-door policy; it’s about freedom of information. Why doesn’t this apply? Can we appeal the judge’s ruling? Why duplicate [the study] when the information [about the value of the company] exists?” “Why should the court block the public? Why does the PSC allow the sale when there is a possible public sale?” asked Douglas Sherna. “Just the fact that a private company has that right [to block information] over the public is another reason to have public water,” added activist Claudia Borecky of North Merrick. Mr. Reinhardt said the pending sale was “a distraction. We are moving ahead on the evaluation study and if we were to go to court to intervene [in this matter] it would cost us money.” “We need to move forward on this,” said Mr. Ronan, who encouraged the public to write an e-mail to the PSC to “let them know what you think. They need to hear from you.” Mr. Ronan said WASENC had asked that any hearing on the sale be held local-


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Water Authority moves forward despite setbacks

FRIEDBERG JCC’S recent Festival of Lights benefit raised more than $102,000 for the JCC and Sunrise Day Camp.The gala honored the following individuals for their generous contributions to the community: Seated are Joe Levin of Rockville Centre and Arnie Preminger, JCC president and CEO. Standing, from left are Michele Vernon of West Hempstead, Phyllis Robinson of Long Beach, Debbie Blank of Hewlett, Joanne Hamroff of Merrick and John Ingardia of Bellmore.

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Drug use and progression Mr. Chassman described the progression of drug abuse in five stages: experimental use, recreational use, misuse, abuse and dependence. He included alcohol in the program with a description of binge drinking. “The mentality of binge drinking is ‘Tonight I want to go out absolutely annihilated. Tonight I want to go out and get wasted.’ ” He said it was important to include alcohol in the lethal mix, because “Alcohol kills more adolescents than all other drugs combined.” Statistics recently released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support Mr. Chassman’s warning. According to the CDC, more than 38 million adults binge on alcohol at least four times per month. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on one occasion. The CDC says some college-age drinkers report consuming as many as nine drinks during an episode. On the subject of heroin abuse, both Mr. Chassman and Detective Stark said the drug is now cheap and powerful, so while some potential addicts may have drawn the line at using needles to inject heroin, it now can be smoked. They said many teens get their first taste of the highly addictive drug accidentally, believing they are smoking a type of marijuana called hash or hashish.

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“This was an inner-city problem,” said Det. Stark, “but it’s not just an inner-city problem anymore.” As for arresting drug users, the detective said, “We look really good when arrests are down. We don’t want arrests and we can’t arrest our way out of this.” Causes “Drugs, at first, are a short-term solution to other problems,” masking a lack of coping skills, said Mr. Chassman. Curiosity, peer pressure, anxiety, social acceptance, depression, escape and to lower inhibitions are typical reasons for drug use among teens, he said.

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the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) to function in states that legally mandated segregation. This organization worked hard to improve the standard of living for African-American children living in rural areas. Clean drinking water, sewage treatment and providing school supplies, including books, were some of their accomplishments. In 1970, the PTA and NCCPT united and became one. Mrs. Butler is also considered to be one of the cofounders of PTA, and her photo hangs beside those of Mrs. Birney and Mrs. Hearst at the National PTA Headquarters in Chicago. Over the years, the importance of the child has grown and the PTA’s

On February 17 the PTAs across the country will be celebrating the 115th birthday of their founding. The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. It comprises parents, educators, students and other individuals who are concerned about the education, health and welfare of children and youth. Co-founded by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst in 1897, the goal of these two women was to draw people together to work for better homes, schools and communities for all children. In 1926, Selena Sloan Butler, with the help of the National PTA, founded

Nonpublic school busing deadline is April 1 Merrick: Transportation requests for students in the Merrick School District who attend nonpublic schools must be filled by April 1, or within 30 days after residence is established. Applications must be filed annually. A separate application is required for each child. Transportation is provided only to those schools within a 15-mile radius of the child’s home. Requests should be sent to Merrick Public Schools, Business, 21 Babylon Road, Merrick 11566. For information call 992-7260. North Merrick: Request for transportation to private or parochial schools outside of the North Merrick School District must be received by April 1. Children must be registered in the North Merrick District first before submitting an application. Families moving into the district after April 1 are given 30 days after moving in to submit such a request.

Transportation is not provided by the district for children who have completed sixth grade or for children who will bot be five years old by December 1, to schools more than 15 miles from the child’s home, or to school’s less than two miles from the child’s home. All requests for transportation should be address to North Merrick UFSD, Dr. Irene H. Lenhart Administrative Center business office at 1057 Merrick Avenue. Applications may be picked up at the business office at Fayette School between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students entering middle school or high school should contact the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School district, 1260 Meadowbrook Road. Only corner bus stops will be provided for the school year. No house stops will be made. All students must be officially registered with the district.

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meet PTA members from other areas. On February 17 schools and councils across the nation will celebrate in various ways, including honoring deserving people; presenting PTA history; creating displays of photographs and memorabilia; planting trees; holding poster contests; acknowledging winners of Reflections, a PTA cultural arts program; and by having a birthday party, featuring performances by the students. Another way to become involved, meet PTA members and share ideas is to attend various workshops held by the Nassau District PTA throughout the year. The partnership of parents, educators, students and other concerned individuals has created a powerful voice for all children. Today, there are almost seven million PTA members nationwide. Children needed us in 1897 and they need us even more today. Although the image of PTA has changed, the goals that the founders set have remained the same: to serve the needs of all children.

Last chance for the Merricks’ 2012 First Baby of the Year

It’s that time of year once more when Merrick Life begins its search for all newborn babies who were born on or as close to January 1 as they could get. If you live in the Merricks and are expecting a baby – or have just given birth – in January, then Merrick Life would like to feature your baby as the First Baby of the Year. The winner of Merrick’s First Baby of the Year contest will receive prizes of one dozen long-stem roses from Merrick Flower Shoppe; a $10 gift certificate from Garfield Pharmacy; a $25 gift certificate to Merrick Bagel Cafe; $100 for birth announcements from Printing Emporium; a special gift from Stride Rite of Merrick; a free package of disposable diapers from Savall Drugs; a gift of children’s books from North Merrick Public Library; a $25 gift certificate from Zuckerman’s; two flats of flowers from Island Greenery; a $25 gift certificate to Piccolo Ristoranté; children’s books from Merrick Library; one free week for mom and guest from World Gym; and a one-year subscription to Merrick Life, your community newspaper.


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image of a “cookie-baking, fundraising” group has diminished. PTA has sponsored programs and supported projects that deal with such vital issues as: school bus safety; child restraint systems; seatbelt laws; kindergarten and hot lunch programs; the juvenile justice system; health issues and childhood immunizations; substance abuse; violence on television; and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. None of these programs would be possible without the support, dedication and involvement of those who truly care about children. Each year since 1897 the PTAs, both national and statewide, hold annual conventions to set polices by voting on resolutions and bylaws, and to elect officers. By attending presentations and workshops, it is an opportunity to learn about various issues and concerns that affect young people. In addition, it is a measure of enhancing personal growth by developing leadership skills. Attendees can also share ideas and concerns, and

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date to people in terms of the rally at Rockville Centre, I heard “we have CYO games” or “we have a mandatory confirmation retreat.” Without rallies like these there won’t be any CYO, without rallies like these there will be no reason to be confirmed. Once the Catholic schools go, then there will be no more church leaders coming through

the ranks. Parishes start to close because no one is around to run them, and then the church, as a whole, dies. So what good was the confirmation retreat, or the CYO basketball game? If my kids have to miss a CYO game to go down to the diocese and tell them that what they are doing is wrong, I am OK with that. We all have to make our own deci-

sions, and do what we feel is right. I want to fight. I want to fight for Catholic schools, I want to fight for our kids, I want to fight for Mrs. Kahn, I want to fight for our teachers, and I will even fight for the ones who don’t realize that they should be fighting. – Shane Pallotta

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We have many things going on that I want to update you on. We have joined forces with three other schools slated for closure: Prince of Peace, St. Ignatius and LaSalle. We have come up with a joint plan for each to take out at least one full page Newsday ad in the coming weeks, to continue to hammer home the idea that closing Catholic schools is wrong. Our ad will be more of the generic variety about Catholic schools in general, as we don’t want any of our beloved Sacred Heart employees bearing the brunt of the ad from the diocese. Lately, we have gotten so many conflicting viewpoints from people. “What do we hope to gain?” “There is nothing we can do,” “I already signed up at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,” “We can’t support a private Catholic academy.” Here is what I have to say to those...If we sit with our hands folded and do nothing and act like sheep, and go with the herd, in 10 years time Catholic schools will be a thing of the past. I firmly believe that the financial plan for the diocese going forward is to close the schools and rent out the facilities. That is their plan. We (Catholic schools) are overhead, pure and simple. Cut out the overhead and turn the facilities into money-making ventures. If you have already run out and signed your child up to another Catholic school, I hope you are preparing to do this all over again. The Bishop [William Murphy] said he doesn’t want to close any more schools while he is bishop. But who knows how long he will be bishop? Private Catholic schools are probably the only way our children and grandchildren are going to be assured of a Catholic education in the future. If we want our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have a Catholic education, we have two choices. Knock some sense into the church that they need to keep the schools open indefinitely, or form private Catholic academies. That’s it. I have been looking for empty school buildings to start something up. I went to Curé of Ars and was told, “The diocese won’t like that.” I had a meeting with the superintendent of the North Bellmore School District and they would be happy to rent us Jacob Gunther Elementary School in North Bellmore, but at 52,000 square feet and $20 per square foot, that isn’t going to work. I have asked the Sacred Heart Rectory if we can have our own building and it has not been helpful. That leaves me with continuing to try and knock sense into the diocese. When I mentioned the January 21

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Parents from North Merrick’s Sacred Heart School have joined forces with three other schools slated for closure: Prince of Peace, St. Ignatius and LaSalle. A rally will take place near the rectory of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Quealy Place in Rockville Centre beginning at noon on Saturday, January 21. The rain date is January 28.


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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick) was honored Tuesday by Autism Speaks for his tireless advocacy for individuals with autism. Senator Fuschillo received Autism Speaks’ Autism Advocacy Award for authoring New York State’s autism insurance reform law. The law will enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The

law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out-ofpocket costs for autism treatment and therapies, which many insurance companies refuse to cover. The law takes effect on November 1. Autism Speaks also honored Senator Fuschillo’s many years of work on behalf of families with autism by renaming the award the “Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. Autism Advocacy Award.”

Breast cancer screening slated State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick), along with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will sponsor a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, February 16, from 8:45 a.m.noon at the North Bellmore Public Library, 1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore. Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on first-come, firstserved basis. On-site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self-examination. Patients and their physicians will be

notified of the exam results. NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows: • The program is open to all Nassau County women ages 40 and over who, if they have no health insurance, will incur no out-of-pocket costs. • Women covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will have their carrier billed and must bring their information card to the screening. NuHealth policy now requires patients to be responsible for any co-pays charged by their carrier.

SENATOR FETED: Senator Fuschillo, right, receives the newly renamed “Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. Advocacy Award” from Michael Giangregorio, left, Autism Speaks’ Long Island volunteer executive chair and a Merrick resident; and Diane Cahill, Autism Speaks’ New York State advocacy chair and a Lindenhurst resident.

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When should you take your child for their first dental visit? This is often the first question parents ask when they find out that I am a pediatric dentist. Most people are surprised to find out that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child’s first dental visit occur by age one. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Dental Association also agree with this recommendation. Some children may not have many teeth at that age, but as soon as those teeth are present in the mouth and exposed to foods and drinks, they are susceptible to cavities just like those of older children or adults. By establishing a “dental home” at an early age, good oral hygiene and dietary habits can be introduced that will foster

good lifelong habits and prevent cavities at an early age. Very young children are also more prone to dental trauma due to their developing curiosity and underdeveloped motor skills. No one wants their child’s first visit to the dentist to be a trauma visit for a broken front tooth or any other dental emergency for that matter! These early visits are often quick and simple. They are aimed at detecting problems early in order to prevent larger problems in the future. This is also a good opportunity to evaluate the need for fluoride supplementation, since most Long Island tap water does not contain fluoride. Early preventive visits have actually been shown to save money in young children by preventing the need for more extensive and costly treatment in early childhood. “But aren’t those teeth going to fall


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out anyway?” This is the inevitable follow up question I also always get! Of course, the answer is yes, but those teeth are there for a reason and that is why it is important to maintain them. While most children begin losing baby teeth around age six, the process is often not complete until approximately age 12. The last teeth to be lost are the molars, which have the highest rate of cavities. The baby teeth allow good nutrition through proper chewing, aid speech development and maintain space for the developing permanent teeth. Maintaining good oral health is also a very important part of overall health, by preventing the spread of infection to other parts of the body. This can lead to abscesses, pain and even hospitalization in severe cases. The good news is that most of this can be avoided with good homecare and regular visits with your dentist. For information you can visit or on pointers on how to care for your child’s teeth and other helpful information.. Rania Elbaz, DDS, can be found at Merrick Pediatric Dentistry, 1469 Merrick Avenue, Merrick. Call 547-1997 for an appointment. Or you can visit

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about what the future holds. Perhaps this article, written by a 17year-old girl who suffers from this condition, will help awaken the scientific world to the need for more research, will inform the general public about the symptoms and problems of individuals with malabsorption issues and will inform those who have similar symptoms, but haven’t had a diagnosis as yet, as to what it might be and to encourage them to see a doctor.


There is an old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but not for everyone. An apple, or any fruit, a cookie, a glass of milk, a vegetable, all but the number of foods one can count on the fingers of one hand, can bring the doctor around, or cause serious discomfort for sufferers of malabsorption, a serious, life-altering ailment. Malabsorption is characterized by difficulties in the digestion or absorption of nutrients from food substances. It is also a main symptom of a larger entity called the malabsorption syndrome, which is an alteration in the ability of the intestine to absorb nutrients adequately into the bloodstream. This irregularity can cause bloating, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, continuous burping and other severe digestive discomforts. The list of causes, alone totaling over 200, plus signs, symptoms, clinical features and complications is so long it can boggle the mind. On the other hand, the suggestions for aiding the individual suffering from malabsorption are very few, among which the most popular is to avoid the foods that induce discomfort to that individual. In many cases, this brings little-to-no relief. Unlike other serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, MS and many other diseases and conditions, malabsorption does not have a large cadre of doctors

or scientists seeking a cure. It has no marches, TV fundraisers, celebrities jumping onboard to publicize the ailment or to raise money for finding a cure. Doctors are stumped as to how to handle it except to suggest the elimination of many foods. As a result, little has been done to find a satisfactory way to deal with the condition, let alone to find a cure. Individuals who suffer from malabsorptions may miss many school or work days, have problems eating in a restaurant or at someone else’s home, often do not feel well enough to attend social events and have difficulties traveling. Their sleep might become impaired as well. As a result, the life of the victim becomes very different and limited. Although it is an enormous health care problem in the United States today, it is generally unknown to the general public. Frequently, the ailment is misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or other gastro-intestinal problems. It is also frequently misinterpreted by those acquainted with a sufferer as being psychosomatic, attention seeking, hypochondria, an eating disorder or as being some other mistaken condition. This misunderstanding of the actual ailment, and its affect on the sufferer, creates negative consequences for that individual, including the loss of friends and many enjoyments of life, feeling ill, being limited to very few foods, missing out on many things that others experience and concerns


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Nearly 13,000 American women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011, and more than 4,000 died from an advanced form of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Regular Pap tests, which detect significant abnormal cell changes that may arise before cancer develops, reduce deaths from cervical cancer. Women who have never been screened or who have not been screened in the past five years face a greater risk of developing invasive cervical cancer. Most medical experts agree women age 21 (or younger, if they are sexually active) to about 70 should be screened every two to three years. Women should seek expert medical advice about when they should

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DINOSAURAMA: Norman J. LevyLakeside school recently held Dinosaurs Rock, a dinosaur, fossil and mineral assembly. Owner Neil Brown of Dinosaurs Rock,, brought dinosaur fossils and specimens for Levy-Lakeside second-grade students to touch, look at and learn about. It was as though Mr. Brown brought a dinosaur museum to school. Students also did a little fossil digging of their own, and were able to bring home a few of the fossils. The kids really were excited and enjoyed the program. At right with second-grade students from Ms. Mitchell’s class, are adults, in back row from left, PTA Cultural Arts Representative Elisa Kandel; Mr. Brown; and LevyLakeside Principal Libby Trencheny.

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MERRICK FIRE DEPARTMENT’S 88TH ANNUAL INSTALLATION ceremony was held recently. State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. and state Assemblyman Dave McDonough offered their congratulations and best wishes to the department’s new chief, Thomas J. Fernandez Jr., as well as Assistant Chief Michael Gargan and the rest of the incoming officers. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough also thanked outgoing Chief Frank Vanderlofske for his service to the department and the Merrick community. Senator Fuschillo (right) and Assemblyman McDonough (left) flank new Merrick Fire Department Chief Thomas J. Fernandez Jr. (left center) and Assistant Chief Michael Gargan (right center).


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KENNEDY COUGARS’ WINNING WRESTLERS celebrate their hard-earned victory over perennial crosstown rivals, the Mepham Pirates. by John Luxmore The Kennedy Cougar Wrestling team hosted its crosstown rival Mepham Pirates last week. Add in that it was Kennedy’s Jam the Gym night and you have all the makings for a dramatic evening of wrestling. Jam the Gym is an event to promote school spirit. This event is promoted for weeks through Kennedy and always draws a huge crowd of supporters. The Kennedy varsity cheerleaders were on hand to cheer on the boys and fire up the crowd. The wrestling started at the 99-pound weight class with Ben Sather gaining a decision over Mepham’s Pekoff, 14-11. Next up was Tyler Smith facing Jaime Dunn in the 106-pound weight class. This was a rematch of the Sprig Gardner finals earlier in the season, which Kennedy won. In their first meeting Jaime eked out a one-point victory, but this night in front of

his home crowd Tyler pulled out a close match, winning by the score of 6-4, earning three team points for Kennedy and a trophy for most outstanding wrestler. Kennedy went on to win the next four matches, including the 126-pound weight class in which Roman Esposito was victorious in an exciting 13-8 win over Mepham’s Mauro. In other matches, Robert Person of Kennedy defeated Mepham’s Sherlock with a pin 40 seconds into the match. Mark Levine gained a major decision over Mepham’s Spiegel. Senior Tyler Goldberg edged out Mepham’s Clougher 5-4 in a very close, exciting match. Brian Schwartz pinned Mepham’s Garrett 3:27 into the bout. In the 138-pound weight class, Mepham earned its first team point when Wray won a close decision over Kennedy’s Tanner Zalud. At the end of

the night the Kennedy Cougars won by the score of 56-15. The Cougars, led by head coach Brian Degaetano and seniors John Luxmore, Mike Esposito, Mark Levine, Jeff Scialo, Matt Acceta, Mark Plutno, Tanner Zalud,

Tyler Goldberg and Spencer Frankel, as well as juniors Richie Luxmore and returning county champion Robert Person. They were last year’s conference champions and seem ready to give it their all and try to win it again.

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School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, he completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.


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The Calhoun Colts varsity kickline continued its traditional excellence in competition at the January 8 event held at Nassau Community College. The squad tied rival Mepham in pom and finished second among multiple competing teams in kick. The kickline continues its winter season with two more Long Island competitions during February. Good luck, team!

Boys’ swimming The boys swim team began their season with two nonconference wins against Manhasset and Great Neck South. Following those matches the boys lost a hard-fought battle against perennial power Long Beach, in which many of the boys swam personal-best times. Austin Kowalsky has already qualified for the state championships, which will be held in Buffalo this year, in both the 50- and 100yard freestyle events. The squad lost its January 6 meet with Jericho by a score of 96 -85.

Ice hockey The Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs got their season off to a fast start with a 7- 2-1 mark in their opening 10 games. Captain Nick Abbene spearheaded the Bulldogs by recording an impressive 23 goals in the opening 10 games.

Wrestling The Calhoun wrestlers have competed in a number of early season tournaments. Wrestlers Jenard Rosemond, Eddie Lopez, Willy Jutt, Jesse Picarello and Joe Marcantoino have placed in multiple tournaments. The squad is now in the midst of its five-league dual-meet season. Good luck to the Calhoun wrestlers this winter.

Varsity boys’ basketball Competing in the tough Conference AA II, and with a young roster that includes four sophomores, the boys’ varsity basketball team came into the season with more questions than answers. The Colts have more than met the early season challenge and are playing a solid brand of basketball that bodes well for the remainder of this year and the future. On December 28 the Colts knocked off conference rival Wantagh 60-46 in a road game, led by sophomore Brian Downey’s 13 points. After losing a tough home game to Plainview-JFK on January 3, the Colts earned another conference road win on January 6, defeating East Meadow 50-43. Improving their league mark to 3-1 with a January 10 home win over Port Washington, the Colts dropped a heartbreaker on January 13, when an off-balance 3-point shot at the buzzer resulted in a 43-42 loss to Hicksville.

Varsity girls’ basketball The Colts’ girls’ varsity team was defeated 41-34 by Valley Stream Central on December 20, but then earned a 50-41 road win over East Meadow on January 6.

JV boys’ basketball The Colts JV boys’ basketball team has persevered through a difficult early season schedule and is starting to hit its stride. After suffering consecutive losses to Valley Stream Central, Wantagh (where a 7-point lead in the last two minutes was overcome by three 3-point shots by the Warriors to pull out a 45-42 win over the Colts), Plainview-JFK and East Meadow, the JV squad garnered its second victory of the season with a 38-32 home win over Port Washington on January 10. The team proceeded to earn its first road victory of the season by defeating the Hicksville Comets 57-49 on January 13. - report courtesy of Calhoun Sports Boosters

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PUBLIC NOTICES At a Surrogate's Court, held in and for the County of Nassau, at the Surrogate's Office, County Cour t House at MIneola, in said County, on the 20th day of December, 2011 PRESENT: HON. EDWARD W. McCARTY, III JUDGE OF THE SURROGATE'S COURT Order for Service of Citation by Publication File No. 2011-366704 In the Matter of the Probate Proceeding, Will of EDWARD J. LEYSER, JR., Deceased A Citation having been duly issued in the above entitled matter, and the petitioner having produced proof to my satisfaction that the place or places of residence of Helen Leyser who is a person cited upon this proceeding as distributee of Edward J. Leyser Jr., the above named decedent, who cannot, after diligent inquiry be ascertained; and, that if said person be dead, that the names or parts of the names, and place or places of residence, of any and all unknown persons, who are the

respective executors, administrators, heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, devisees, husbands or wives, or successors in interest of said deceased persons are unknown, and cannot, after diligent inquiry be ascertained and that personal service of the Citation cannot, with due diligence, be made upon them within the State. I DO HEREBY ORDER and direct that the service of the said Citation upon said person and any and all unknown persons whose names or parts of whose names, and whose place or places of residence are unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained, who are the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, husbands or wives, or successors in interest of said persons, if any be dead, and on any and all other persons interested in the estate of Edward J. Leyser. Jr., the above named decedent, late of 2171 Washington Street, Merrick New York in this County be made by publication thereof in one newspaper to wit: in the Merrick Life at 1840 Merrick

Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 378-5320 being a newspaper printed and published in the County of Nassau, once in each of the four successive weeks, which is the time I deem reasonable: And it appearing to my satisfaction by the petition and affidavit upon which this order is granted, that the petitioner cannot, with reasonable diligence, ascertain a place or places where said distributee, if living or if any of them be dead, where their respective executors, administrators, heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, devisees, husbands or wives, or successors in interest of said persons, if any be dead, and on any and all other persons interested in the estate of the above named decedent would probably receive matter transmitted through the Post Office. I do hereby dispense with the deposit of any papers therein directed to them. Hon. Edward W. McCarty, III Judge of the Surrogate’s Court SURROGATE'S COURT - NASSAU COUNTY

PROBATE CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent File No. 2011-366704 TO HELEN LEYSER and any and all unknown persons whose names or parts of whose names and whose place or places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascer tained, distributees, heirs-at-law and next-of-kin of the said Edward J. Leyser Jr., deceased, and if any of the said above distributees named specifically or as a class be dead, their legal representatives, their husbands or wives, if any, distributees and successors in interest whose names and/or places of residence and post office addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. GREETINGS A PETITION having been duly filed by Brian Vanderhoef, residing at 131 Ossipee Mountain Road, Moultonboro, New Hampshire 03254 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the

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Surrogate's Cour t, Nassau County, at 262 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York, on February 8, 2012 at 9:30 o'clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Edward J Leyser Jr., lately domiciled at 2171 Washington Street Merrick New York admitting to probate a Will dated March 21, 2005 copy of which is attached, as the Will of Edward J Leyser Jr. deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [X] Letters Testamentary issue to Brian Vanderhoef S/ HON. EDWARD W. McCarthy, III, Surrogate Dated, Attested and Sealed, December 20, 2012 (Seal) S/ ANDREW L. MARTIN, Chief Clerk This Citation is served upon as required by law. You are not obligated to appear in person. If you fail to appear, it will be assumed that you consent to the proceeding, unless you file written verified objections thereto. You have a right to have an attorney-atlaw appear for you.

Name of Attorney: Pasta, Needham & Taylor, Esqs. Address: 436 Willis Avenue, P.O. Box 119, Williston Park, New York 11596 Phone: (516) 742-0101 Note: 22 N.Y.C. CSR.R. 207.7 (C): Proof of Service shall be filed on or before the second day preceding the return date. In computing such period of two days Saturdays Sundays and legal holidays shall not be taken into account. ML 887 4T 12/29, 1/5, 12, 19 Notice of Formation of a LLC: Name: Stonehenge Antiques Co., L.L.C., filed with NY Secy. of State on 12/06/11. Office location Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to PO Box 7528, Freepor t, NY 11520. Purpose: any lawful activity. FL 851 6T 1/19, 26, 2/2, 9, 16, 23 ML 888 6T 1/19, 26, 2/2, 9, 16, 23

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