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F FI IE EL LD D O OF F H HO ON NO OR R 2 20 01 11 1 The Merrick Kiwanis Club began a new service project this year honoring veterans. At the Merrick Street Fair Kiwanis members sold flags for a “Field of Honor” currently at the Veterans Memorial Park on Merrick Avenue across from Camp Avenue. The flags are on display from November 1 through November 15 and are meant to make those people passing by think about our veterans – past and present – and to appreciate what they do for us every day. Residents filled out forms that had areas for those In Honor Of as well as In Memory of ... All proceeds from this fundraising effort will be donated to support veterans’ projects. Kiwanis President, Cathy O’Malley along with the other club members want to say thank you to all veterans. The Merrick Kiwanis Club is involved in many projects in the community. We are the club with a heart. For information regarding Merrick Kiwanis, call Chairperson Doug Mills at 223-2220.

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Not acting on behalf of majority Barbara Haimsen of the Bellmore PTA asked the board why residents in the elementary districts couldn’t vote for synthetic fields during recent elections. Several board members commented that a meeting in February ended with board members defeating a proposal to bring the synthetic field vote to the public by a 6-2 straw poll. Ms. Haimsen said board was not acting on behalf of the majority of residents by keeping the fields from a full residential vote. “Why not let the community decide if it wants to pay for a field or not?” instead of the board arbitrarily deciding it would not put the issue to the voting public, she asked. But trustees Janet Goller and Diane Seaman explained that passing a bond to pay for the fields would impact fees and other incidentals, for example, in the years the bond would be applied, and would likely lead to cutting other programs to help pay for it.

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on how 11 Calhoun players could have come down with hypothermia playing football last week, and wondered if there was an underlying issue leading to the incident. “Hypothermia is not a football injury,” she said. “We are your constituents,” she reminded the board. Saul Lerner, district athletic director, told the board that in his 16 years as athletic director he had never encountered the problem that Calhoun experienced that week. “I was at that field at eight in the morning, and conferred with coaches, looked at weather reports and it was decided we could play a game on that field,” he said, “just like the majority of athletic directors in Nassau County decided that day.” He said the game would not have been played that day if “we felt it would be unsafe to play.” Players from Plainview Kennedy High School and Garden City High School also suffered hypothermia playing that day. Mr. Pinto reminded the board that the fields being played on were grass fields, which collect water and pool. “This wouldn’t have happened on a synthetic field.” However, he blamed the referees for not stopping the game, as those at Plainview Kennedy did at halftime that day.

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Mr. Pinto told this newspaper after the meeting that he disagreed with that assessment, saying the district had paid for new tennis courts – complete with new surfaces – and new running tracks for the district at no extra cost to taxpayers. He added that the Freeport community had recently voted for a new synthetic field, and it would be paid for with existing capital funds available. Another attendee then leveled the same charge of arbitrary decision-making against the board regarding majority wishes when she inquired why graduation programs at commencement exercises no longer included schools the students would be going to. Henry Kiernan, superintendent of schools, told the attendee that it was a new board policy the last couple of years to not list the schools students would be attending, to protect those who may feel uneasy about not going on to university after high school. The attendee told this newspaper after the meeting that both parents and children work hard to get a child into a university, and to be not recognized for that work was unfair – and against majority wishes.

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A warm-and-fuzzy evening quickly turned cool during last week’s Central High School meeting once the floor was opened up for public comments. Several students from the three high schools and two middle schools opened up the meeting, being feted for their accomplishments. The evening included songs by Grand Avenue Middle School Choir, a skit from Merrick Avenue Middle School students and updates from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham students – all to cheers and applause. Once certificates were presented across the student spectrum, and proud parents filed out with smiles on their faces, the meeting addressed the cold realities facing the district, including an ominous warning from the district’s audit counsel that leaner budgeting days lay ahead. Auditor Andrew Yu said the board – depending upon the outcome of a lawsuit against Nassau County by school districts for shifting tax certiori payments to school districts, the loss of federal stimulus money that had netted the district $3 million over two years, and the real concern of even less state aid money next year – would have to dip into its reserves even more in the coming years if it wanted to continue existing programs without raising taxes on residents. He added that new unfunded mandates from the state could further erode existing reserves. John Pinto, former board member and PAL lacrosse coach, asked Mr. Yu precisely how much money was in the Accrued Liability Reserve, a fund for teachers who retire. Mr. Yu responded it had $7.325 million.

The amount of the Accrued Liability Reserve has been crucial to Mr. Pinto’s argument with the board that it could be accessed to pay for three synthetic turf fields that could provide new sports revenues for the district. After the meeting, however, board Trustee Janet Goller and former board President Nina Lanci said only a state law could permit the district to access the funds without being charged with a misdemeanor. They said Mr. Pinto claimed that Deputy State Assembly Speaker Earlene Hooper had introduced legislation to provide that access, but that they hadn’t seen it, believing it to be languishing in the Legislature.

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World War I, also known as the “Great War,” was officially concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, at 11 a.m. in 1918. November 11 of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that day as “Armistice Day” in honor of the peace. This day was marked with public celebrations and a twominute halt to business at 11 a.m. In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington Cemetery with a ceremony on November 11. After this dedication, Armistice Day was adopted in many states and at the federal level as a

day to honor veterans. This was made official in 1938 when an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. Only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, World War II broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947 but did not become official until 1954 when Congress passed the bill, signed by President

Eisenhower, proclaiming November 11 to be Veterans Day. A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent however that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans and in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date. Today, Veterans Day is still observed on November 11 as a national holiday to honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. A national ceremony takes

VETERANS AND SERVICEMEN TOGETHER: Merrick Post No. 1282 members join the United States Coast Guard in flying the colors at Jones Beach. Merrick’s Post members have “adopted” the U.S. Coast Guard station and offered membership to the Merrick Post. To date, a number of crew members joined Post 1282.

place at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Locally, the Merrick American Legion will hold a ceremony at 10:40 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial. See the letter on page 5 for more information.

2011 unofficial election results in Merrick Hempstead Town Supervisor (Elect 1) Kate Murray*4 ..........................2,078 Gary Port ........................................1,457 Hempstead Town Clerk (Elect 1) Mark Bonilla*4 .........................1,835 Steve Anchin ..................................1,509 Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes (Elect 1) Don Clavin*4 ............................1,983 Wilton Robinson ...........................1,335 Hempstead Town Council, District 5 (Elect 1) Angie Cullin*4 ..........................1,732 Claudia Borecky .............................1,335 Nassau County Legislature, District 19 (Elect 1) David Denenberg*4 ..................2,829 Fred Jones ..........................................768 Nassau County Court Judge (Elect 1) Elizabeth S. Kase4......................1,884 Angelo Delligatti ............................1,530 Nassau District Court, District 2 (Elect 3) Carmen St. George4 ..................1,724 Eric Bjorneby ..................................1,287 Kristen McElroy4.......................1,974 Gary Knoebel ..................................1,629 Anthony Rattoballi 4..................1,654 Anthony Paradiso ...........................1,543 * Incumbent 4 Winner

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Veteran’s Day 2011 Veteran’s Day, celebrated at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, can add the eleventh year, 2011 this year. It is also an anniversary year for World War II, of which we have fewer and fewer veterans among us. This year’s special Veteran’s Day section, coordinated by Laura Schofer, focuses in part on them. Recently, I was up in the attic and had an “Eureka” moment. That old suitcase now used to hold old papers, when turned on its side, revealed a stamp marking it as the property of “Faith Brewer, American Red Cross,” my mother and former publisher of this newspaper. Obviously, she had used it while serving overseas on the India, Burma front, something I had never noticed before. My niece, Clara Laursen, spent several months typing up poems my mother wrote in her youth. And my brother, Chris, collected letters she wrote home from the war and articles she placed as part of her job providing coverage of the Red Cross to encourage more donations. These were sent to the national museum at Arlington National Cemetery that chronicles the role played by women Faith Brewer Laursen in the military. 1915-1993 While overseas in the service, photo by Pilar Montes Toscano my mother endured many of the conditions the nurses and soldiers did, suffering a life-threatening disease and being nursed back to health with oriental medicine. But she also enjoyed traveling and made lifelong friends. She felt very lucky to be coming home after the war, and to be an American.

A local hero State Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr. was recently honored by the TriState Transportation Campaign, along with Sandy Vega of Wantagh (mother of accident victim Brittany Vega), for his work towards passage of the Complete Streets Law. Now he has come through again for his constituents, this time working for six long years to get insurance coverage for children with autism. Inspired by a Merrick family, the Giangregorios, he became a fixture at autism events, helping them to achieve greater exposure. Meanwhile, in Albany he was continually negotiating to get his bill through. Last week, he was present when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law. How important is this to you? The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one-in-70 boys is diagnosed with autism, as are many girls. Early diagnosis and treatment can make an enormous difference in the life of a child, an adult, the family and the community. That’s how important. Once again, thank you Senator Fuschillo.

VETERANS HONORED AT MASS: On Sunday, November 6, Father Zachary Callahan presided over the 11:15 a.m. Mass at the Curé of Ars Roman Catholic Church which honored members of the America Legion Merrick Post 1282 and members of the American Legion Auxiliary Merrick Unit 1282.

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Sandy Johnson, Merrick resident and owner of Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, P.C. on Pettit Avenue in Bellmore, has been elected vice-president of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Nassau/Suffolk Chapter. In addition, Sandy is an adjunct Professor at Five Towns College, president of the Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women, immediate past-president of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce and active in the NYSSCPA. ©©© ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Community Presbyterian Church in Merrick, at 2101 William Place, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar and Sale Friday, November 11, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free, but the church asks everyone to bring a nonperishable food donation for local pantries (optional). A special booth will also be set up for monetary donations to the North Shore Animal League. Coffee, refreshments and lunch may be purchased at the bazaar. The church is handicapped accessible. No outside vendors. For information call 378-7761. ©©© SAVE THE DATE: Calhoun’s Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Fundraising Dinner will be held Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m. ©©© CALLING ALL BOOKLOVERS – INCREDIBLE FINDS: The Friends of the Merrick Library now have rare books valued from $30 to $100 or more for sale at $5 each. Visit our Wednesday afternoon book sale at the library wing on Merrick and Kirkwood Avenues from 1:30 to 5 p.m. with extended hours on the first Wednesday of the month until 8 p.m. The books are on view in the Wing’s curio cabinet. Drop in, browse, shop and help us support the library by becoming a member of the Friends.

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(BOE) vibe left me dismayed. While I went there to address the board on an issue other than turf, that subject inevitably came up. I understood both the board’s position and the community’s position. Parents were vocal about having the community vote to decide on turf fields for the high schools, and the board reasoned a need for funding in order to put such a vote to the residents. [See story on page 2]. While the board has a fiscal responsibility to both the district and taxpayers, the same board has also been elected by these taxpayers and is accountable to them. They were elected to represent us. If their constituents are asking for a public vote, this cannot continue to be dismissed. There are residents who represent both sides of the coin on this issue. But if this board was elected by the people to represent the people, then why not trust the people? An educated voter is the best voter. The burden is on the school board to educate the voters as to any tax implications, funding and voting issues. Let the taxpayers make their own decisions on this issue, as they will represent

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For November, the Cruisin’ Canines Club is sponsoring a Pet Food Drive for Long Island Cares. People who come to the walks can bring unopened dry or wet dog food, dry or wet cat food, treats, collars, leashes, bird food, fish food, cat litter or small new toys. This helps fellow Long Islanders that are down on their luck keep their pets at home instead of having to surrender them to a shelter. If you want to donate, but can’t make it to the walks, you can drop off your items in Bellmore at the office of Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, 2818 Merrick Road, or

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Transitioning students with disabilities Bellmore-Merrick CHSD SEPTA and the Community Parent Center present Transitioning Students with Disabilities from High School to College on Tuesday, November 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Calhoun High School, 1786 State Street. The panel presentation, for students and their parents, includes topics such as post secondary options; no IEP in college; idea vs. ADA 504; ACCES; post high school planning, and parent and student perspectives on post-secondary experiences. Colleges participating in this event include Adelphi University, University of Iowa, REACH Program, Molloy College, Hofstra University, Farmingdale State, Pace University, Landmark College, St.

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Mason S. Chambers 169th Regiment Hart Island, New York Harbor Clarence Anspake, president of the Historical Society of the Bellmores, comments: Mason’s regiment’s next move was to Petersburg, Virginia, where much combat took place. Near the end of 1864 they were at Wilmington, North Carolina, for an attack on Fort Fisher. Combat took place here on Christmas Day through January 15, 1865, and caused the loss of 53 more men. In a few more months the war

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American Legion Boys State is a summertime educational program for high school juniors focusing on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. This past summer two boys from Merrick – Louis Eiler and Daniel Harding – participated thanks to the American Legion Merrick Post 1282. Below is Louis Eiler’s recollection of his time at Boys State.

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Boys State 2011 took place between June 26 and July 1 at Morrisville State College. On Sunday, June 25 I got on a bus full of boys from all over Nassau County who were all eager to learn about

our government, discipline and leadership as well as to make friends. We arrived at Morrisville State College late that afternoon. We were asked to sign in, pick up a water bottle, twoT-shirts and head to my room. I carried my bags and supplies up a flight of stairs to the second floor where my room was located. On this floor was “my city” for the week. After an hour or so, meeting boys from other parts of New York State, we had a county orientation. At this orientation we learned about what we would be doing for the week ahead. Each morning would be the same but each afternoon there was a different schedule. Monday afternoon we were split into two political parties – Democrats and Republicans – and city officials’ nomina-

tions took place for each party. After electing city officials to run against the other party’s nominated official, we held the final city elections. After this, we were allowed to attend our sport of choice, which we participated in every afternoon. Dinner followed. On Monday night there were county elections. This meeting ran late and as a result we were sent to bed after the meeting was over. On Tuesday afternoon there was the long awaited state elections. This was one of the best parts because you meet people that weren’t in your city, have fun and be yourself. On Wednesday afternoon, we finished nominating our party’s state officials and after dinner nominees from both parties made their speeches on why we should elect them. Then we voted for our choice.

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The traditional start of Thanksgiving week in our community – the Kiwanis Club of Merrick’s annual Pancake Breakfast – will be held on Sunday, November 20, from 8:30-11:30 am at Calhoun High School. Stacks of pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee are on the all-youcan-eat menu, along with a “stack” of raffle prizes, including tickets to sporting events and other items and gift certificates donated by local businesses and citizens. The club will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for its Food for Those in Need drive. There will also be free blood pressure screening, a sports memorabilia silent auction, visits from surprise guests, and a book sale. The Pancake Breakfast is a great way to socialize with friends and neighbors, give the parents a rest before they have to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey later in the week, and support “the club with a heart” as it continues to work on behalf of the community by raising money to help needy families, stu-

dents and senior citizens, and by providing funds for medical research and care for sick children. It is also an opportunity to see our local students involved in community service, as members of the Calhoun High School Key Club and Merrick Avenue Middle School Builder’s Club will be taking orders and serving the food and beverages. Tickets to the pancake breakfast are $5 in advance, and $6 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens, students and children are $3. Kiwanis is a service organization for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. The Kiwanis Club of Merrick meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Borrelli’s Restaurant, 1580 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. For further information about joining, making donations, or participating in the club’s many exciting and worthwhile projects, check out the website: www.merrickkiwanis.com or contact Membership Chairperson Douglas Mills at 223-2220.

State of the art station The neighborhood Holms Service Station is growing and offering incentives to come and check it out. This Merrick Avenue gasoline filling station is slowly turning into a state-ofthe-art Mobil station. Peter Holmstedt, owner for 41 years of Holms Service Station, wants to welcome all current and new customers to witness the change. On November 15, at 8:30 a.m. there will be a drawing and five $100 holiday gift cards will be given away that day. Customers who use ExxonMobil

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once because they had no brakes. “We had to go into a ditch at the end of the runway because we couldn’t stop the plane. The wheel hit the hole and pulled out the engine.” Another time “we ran out of fuel as we were coming down the runway.” There is one mission Mr. Buczak will never forget. It was mission number 11. “It was the first day of a three-day mission to bomb Munich, in July of 1944” said Mr. Buczak. On their way back from Germany, over the North Sea, the crew had to “ditch” the plane. Heavy flak knocked out the plane’s engine and the propeller wasn’t working properly. They had to land in the North Sea and wait for rescue. “We had made a perfect ditch,” said Mr. Buczak. But there was a problem with the life raft. It was lodged under the tail. “If we didn’t get that life raft out, we wouldn’t survive,” said Mr. Buczak. He dove under the tail and pulled out the life raft. “I didn’t think about what I was doing. There’s no time to think. We were trained for this. We had practiced a lot.” There were more problems the crew had to face. A German E boat kept circling the downed plane, hoping to take Buczak and his crew as prisoners. “Luckily, American P-51 fighters shooed the E boat away.” Shortly afterwards, the crew was picked up by a rescue team and brought back to England. “Twenty four hours later, we were back, bombing our target in Munich.” Other missions took Mr. Bruczak all over Germany to oil refineries, railroad yards, ball bearing factories and the submarine pens. “The oil refineries were particularly well protected,” said Mr. Bruczak. You knew you were going on a really tough mission when the commander would tell you that a chaplain of your faith was at the back of the room and available to speak with you. I used to say, tell him to fly the mission for me,” Mr. Buczak laughed. “Right after D-Day, we carpetbombed the German Panzer Division in St. Lo. That mission was done in three stages. We [the 457th] came first, followed by field artillery and then Patton came through, that’s when he began his drive through Europe.” Mr. Buczak also recalls how the 457th led the Eighth Air Force in bombing Peenemunde. “We were the fifth or sixth plane in the lead for the Air Force. When I looked back I could see 1,000 planes. They looked like mosquitoes over the water.”

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Mr. Buczak’s total combat time from the first bombing mission to the last bombing raid was 133 days, which was record time and a first for the 8th Air Force. “Our crew volunteered for speeded up service. We could have completed much sooner,” said Mr. Buczak, “but we ran out of B-17s. We totaled out [wrecked] four B-17s, all the spare planes in our squadron. Our plane, the ‘Duchess’ was always in and out for repairs because of flak damage,” he added. Flak are explosives used to down planes that came in “three sizes – 88s, 105s and 155s,” said Mr. Buczak “and would rain down on us.” The ball turret is attached to the underbelly of the B17. The gunner sits in the circular turret, which is just four feet in diameter and is responsible for downing enemy planes. It is an extremely vulnerable position. The tight quarters make it difficult for the occupant to get in and out of. “That’s why I got the job,” laughed Mr. Buczak. “I’m a small guy and it was all right in there, but I wouldn’t recommend someone tall getting inside. But I was one of the few guys who could wear a parachute; if I had to I could roll right out. It was okay.” Mr. Buczak added “you have to be airborne to get in it, at about 10,000 feet.” His first mission was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His bomb group didn’t see much action that day but he had “360 degrees of visibility. I had the best seat in the house. I saw everything – strikes and hits.” Mr. Buczak still remembers the sight of the massive fleet of ships making their way towards the coast of France. His second mission flying over Paris was not so easy. Four planes out of the six were downed. “It was common to lose at least one to three planes. Each plane held nine men,” said Mr. Buczak. On this mission, all four engines of his plane were hit and leaking oil, and a crewmember was wounded. There was no oxygen system and the plane had 135 flak holes. In an article written by the Nassau Daily Review in 1945, Mr. Buczak described what happened. “Gas was leaking down near a supercharger. If it gets into the supercharger that means a fire and a blown-up ship. We limped into a landing, fire broke out, but the crash crew was there and saved the plane,” said Mr. Buczak. Mr. Buczak crashed two more times but was never hurt. “Somebody was helping me out,” he said. He crashed

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in Bellmore Life in 2002. It was such an interesting story we are reprinting it again with the permission of the Buczak family. Mr. Buczak is now 87 years old. Steve Buczak was born under a lucky star. At almost 78 years of age [2002] he is alive to tell a tale that is the stuff of Hollywood movies. Mr. Buczak of North Bellmore was a STEVE BUCZAK ball turret gunner in a B17 with the 457th Bomb group in England during World War II. He flew a total of 33 missions over Germany, France and Holland, firing twin 50-caliber machine guns at German fighters trying to attack his plane from below. In the course of six months in 1944, Mr. Buczak survived three crashes and a ditching in the North Sea as well as numerous occasions when heavy artillery fire could have downed his plane. He was 20 years old at the time. In 1943 Mr. Buczak was in the first group of 18 year olds drafted from Bellmore. He was sent to Camp Upton and then to Miami Beach for basic training, where they “teach you how to survive,” he said. Mr. Buczak received airplane engineering training in Gulfport, Mississippi, and in Las Vegas enrolled for aerial gunnery training. “That’s when they teach you how to fire a 30-or 50-caliber machine gun. It’s heavy but young guys have a lot of strength and can handle it. They also teach you not to burn out the barrel. It’s one thing I knew I could never forget. You can go to a 15 or 20-shot burst but after that you burn out the barrel and you have no weapon. Believe me, you don’t want that to happen. It would be pretty embarrassing and dangerous, too,” said Mr. Buczak. Mr. Buczak received additional flight training in Ardmore, Oklahoma, before sailing with Patton’s Third Infantry to England just before D-Day. “We were about 20 or 30 guys with the infantry,” he said. Mr. Buczak was assigned to the 457 Bomb Group, 750 Bomb Squadron of the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force in Glaton, England. This group was later called the “Fireball Outfit.”

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Like many boys of his generation, Freeporter Bernie Rader wanted to do something for his country. The year was 1943. Bernie Rader was a 19-year-old boy from Brooklyn, who along with a group of about 10 friends, went down to the recruitment office to enlist and bluffed his way through an eye test to ensure he would be accepted into the United States armed services. “I thought I might be 4F because of my eyes, but a buddy of mine stood behind me and whispered while I read the eye chart, and I got in,” he said. In May 1943 Mr. Rader received his “greetings from FDR and went into basic training. By August 1944 I was sent to England, then onto to France,” he explained. Mr. Rader was a Private First Class with the 94th Infantry, Company K, 301st Regiment. He landed in France just after the Allied Forces had made their historic landing at Normandy that June. At this time General George S. Patton was beginning his historic march, first through France, and then eastward through Europe. Meanwhile, Mr. Rader’s regiment was stationed in Brittany, which still had a few strong German garrisons. “I saw a bit of fighting during the month of September [1944]. I was on patrol, not too bad,” he explained. And then on October 2, Mr. Rader, and 54 other men were sent into the French countryside after learning that some German soldiers wished to surrender. They found no one there but saw a few French farmers skirt out of their way. The company landed in a meadow when they were ambushed. “A shot rang out and they started to fight. There was artillery and machine guns. We started back to the lines but the Germans had surrounded us. We had to fight. I think it was about 11 a.m.,” said Mr. Rader. The fighting continued for the next few hours. “Around 1 p.m. a mortar hit the ground, first about 50 feet, then 25 feet. I felt the dust and then they hit me with shrapnel,” said Mr. Rader. “I couldn't fight. I was bleeding and I was dazed. I just lay there thinking I was dying. I thought about my parents,” said Mr. Rader, who stretched out his arm and hand. “I still have shrapnel in me.” The fighting continued. The Americans tried sending in another

company, but re-enforcement couldn’t get through. “At about 6 p.m. we realized we had to surrender. We didn’t have much ammo. Five Americans were killed and there were 20 of us wounded,” said Mr. Rader. One American soldier spoke a bit of German and negotiated the surrender. “There I was on the ground and I took off my dog tags and gave them to my buddy – George Boyd. I’m Jewish and we decided it would be a good idea to bury them,” said Mr. Rader. “The Germans came in and we raised up our hands, but a German sergeant told us to put our hands down because we had fought valiantly.” The Germans took the injured prisoners to a hospital in Lorient. Those who were not injured were taken to Fort Surville prison on the French island of Ile de Groix. This area was being held by about 66,000 Germans but they were encircled by the American troops. “A German major named Schmidt questioned me about my dog tags. I was a little afraid of him,” said Mr. Rader who kept a prayer card of Jesus above his bed with the saying “I am with you always.” He did this to avoid any suspicion. “He kept asking me questions about my dog tags. I told him I lost them,” said Mr. Rader. “Are you American, British, French,” demanded the major. “All I was required to say was my name, rank and serial number – Bernard Rader, private first class, serial number 3296290. This made him angry but one of my sergeants, a man named Harrington, told Major Schmidt that I was an American.” Mr. Rader spent 47 days in the hospital in Lorient. “I saw a lot of things,” said Mr. Rader, who looked away as if lost in thought. He didn’t speak of those “things,” but showed this reporter a list he made of his 140 favorite foods – bacon, waffles, banana split, pecan rolls. “We were starving. They gave us a piece of bread with a bit of lard for breakfast, the same thing for lunch and then this watery, nothing soup. The Germans had the same rations but were able to go out into the countryside and get some food from the farmers,” explained Mr. Rader. “I remember the French Red Cross came for a visit and brought me an apple. I ate it, rind and all.” Likewise, the prisoners on Ile de Groix were also starving. But there, an

American soldier somehow managed to sneak out a letter explaining the POWs’ situation and asking for food and supplies. That letter eventually ended up in the hands of Andrew Gerow Hodges, a senior field director for the Red Cross. Mr. Hodges wrote to the Germans asking if the Americans could deliver supplies and finally, after some negotiations and a face-to-face BERNIE RADER, POW ON STRETCHER meeting between the two sides, the Germans agreed. All in all, 149 men were exchanged. “We got some food, even O’Henry By October 1945 he came home to [candy] bars. We had to give to the Brooklyn. For his valor, Mr. Rader Germans too,” said Mr. Rader. received the Bronze Star Medal, a Mr. Hodges made 13 trips in total, Purple Heart and is also a recipient of crossing the river from the American the French Legion of Honor awarded side of Etel to the German side of La to him by President Sarkozy in 2007. Magouer. Nowadays Mr. Rader tells his story During one of those exchanges Mr. to schoolchildren as well as at Hodges suggested to Major Schmidt libraries. “I want the kids to know that an exchange be made for the how important it is to serve – it could American, British and French prisonbe the Peace Corp, Habitat for ers of war for the German prisoners Humanity, Teach for America but you of war. have to give back. That’s what its all “Mr. Hodges said why house, cloth about,” he said. and feed our guys, let’s exchange rankfor-rank, conditionfor-condition,” said Mr. Rader. “One of the conditions for the exchange was that the POWS wouldn’t fight in this theatre,” said Mr. Rader. The Germans agreed and on November 16 the first of three exchanges for POWs took place. “It was the first and only time during the second World War that this occurred,” said Mr. Rader. He was one of the first 79 to be exchanged. “There was a sixhour cease fire [on November 19] and they put me on a stretcher and into the boat, and then to a hospital in Reine,” THANKS BUDDY! An advertisement, above for War Savings said Mr. Rader. Stamps.

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Yeoman Bill Halleran lives through Pearl Harbor by Laura Schofer “They just kept coming.” That’s how Bill Halleran of Merrick described the bombing of the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese fighter planes on the morning of December 7, 1941. “It was three minutes to eight, 7:57, when I heard these loud explosions and deafening noise,” he said. Mr. Halleran, a Yeoman, First Class, United States Navy, assigned to the U.S.S. Phoenix, was standing in the executive’s office with three other yeomen when the attack began. “I looked out the porthole to battleship row. I could see the meatball [slang referring to the image of the Japanese Rising Sun on the side of the planes] and the planes were dropping torpedoes into the side of ships. ‘Hell, I said, we’re at war.’” Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. History.com describes the events of that day. “At 8:10 a.m., a 1,800 pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the time the attack was over every battleship in Pearl Harbor – U.S.S. Arizona, U.S.S. Oklahoma, U.S.S. California, U.S.S. West Virginia, U.S.S. Utah, U.S.S. Maryland, U.S.S. Pennsylvania, U.S.S. Tennessee and U.S.S. Nevada – had sustained significant damage.” Yeoman Halleran was assigned to the U.S.S. Phoenix, a light cruiser that had just returned from a tour of duty in the Philippines, where they were ordered to “see how many Japs were there,” he said referring to the building tension between the United States and Japan that indicated that war may be just over the horizon. At the time, American intelligence officers didn’t think the Japanese would attack American soil. Instead, they believed an attack might occur somewhere in the South Pacific or the Philippines. “Our ship was the only one in the [seventh] fleet with a gunnery, turrets and an engineer. We had

lots of artillery. That’s why they picked us,” he said. But there was nothing in the Philippines and the U.S.S. Phoenix made a stop in Manilla, picked up a general court martial prisoner who was confined to the brink and returned to Pearl Harbor. “That day, it was pandemonium,” said Mr. Halleran. “Over the loudspeaker, I heard ‘All hands, man your battle stations.’ I secured two portholes in the exec office. I tried to climb the ladder through the scuttle but it was too tight. So I went to the port side, up the scuttle. One chief yelled ‘give me a hand with the canvas,’ ” said Mr. Halleran. The canvas is used to protect the guns and needed to be pushed aside. “We started to cut down the canvas, which was blocking the guns. The chief and I pushed it over the side of the ship.” “I went to my battle station – After Con, which is three decks above the main deck.” Mr. Halleran explained that After Con is the command center where operations would take place, if the bridge is destroyed. “There I was, in After Con and my exec never showed up. That made me the senior [officer]. I knew I just couldn’t stand around,” he said. “We had four 50-caliber guns, two on port and two on starboard, but no electric power and no ammunition so I elected to go to the ammunition room.” Mr. Halleran leans back in his chair and closes his eyes, imagining his journey that day. “Remember, I was three decks above the main. I had to go through scuttles, bulkheads, then three decks below the main. I took a belt of 50-caliber ammunition and hung it around my neck. The ends dragged on the floor and I kept thinking as I climbed each ladder and went through each compartment, ‘if this lets loose, things will go flying.’ I made two trips like that,” he said. Back on After Con, Yeoman Halleran watched down below as the general court martial prisoner they had transported from Manilla, “had attached himself to the five-inch guns and was loading ammunition manually,” he said. Mr. Halleran explained this was an enormously huge task that was usually done electronically. “The guns are huge and rough. It’s all machine and I see him using his right hand to load, and it looks like a piece of raw chopped meat. But he just kept loading.”

Mr. Halleran said he was pretty sure he shot down one plane. “We used tracer bullets in the early years of the war and I saw the plane and it was smoking and landed in the sugar cane fields beyond,” he said. The barrage lasted about two hours. Mr. Halleran remembers the “attacks seemed to come in waves, but I really didn’t have any concept of time. You just did what you had to do.” Mr. Halleran said the U.S.S. Phoenix was lucky. There were few casualties on board. However, 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded that day. Additionally, eight battleships and 200 airplanes were destroyed. A day after the attack, President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; three days later the United States was also at war with Germany and Italy. As for Mr. Halleran, he spent the next four years fighting in the Pacific. In 1945 he left the Navy and by 1947 he

BILL HALLERAN settled in Merrick with his bride, Rosemary. Together they raised their three sons in Merrick.

Sending letters home... William Bennett, a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, describes life after V - E Day in Bavaria, Germany; including luxurious hotel rooms and exhibitions of Hermann Goering’s stolen art. “Berchtesgaden 28 May 1945 Dear Mother, Am enjoying a two day pass at a resort on Lake Konigsee. The weather is wonderful and it’s a great set up here. Have a room overlooking the lake at the Hotel Schiffmeister - very deluxe. It’s run by a couple of staff of Germans and we have just about everything you could imagine - excursion boats, canoes, speed boats, horses, tennis, several orchestras, etc. We are waited on hand and foot and have been getting the best cooked food I’ve had since leaving the states. Much more of this and we would be badly spoiled. The latest addition here is a contingent of WACS who are on their way up. The division is still ferreting out some top Nazis in their mountainous hide-

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aways here. There is plenty of room to take cover in this part of the country and it may be sometime before they are all rounded up. Everyday a few German soldiers are picked up coming down from parts high up in the Austrian Alps where they didn’t even know the war was over. They are surprised to see that Americans have taken over ground here and can’t understand what happened. All kinds of loot is being recovered in this area, and the 101st already has on display an exhibition of some of the things Goering had hidden away that are

reputed to be worth many millions. His collection makes up a good sized museum in itself. Well, that’s it for now. Love, Bill”

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Cookie Cucurullo flies perilous missions in Pacific by Laura Schofer

A fly boy who loves the poetry of Rudyard Kipling – Constantino (Cookie) Cucurullo of Wantagh – flew 50 missions as a ball-and-nose-turret gunner in the Pacific theatre during World War II. He has a wall filled with medals, including an air medal with three clusters, which he waves away as “just something I got for missions that were considered out of the ordinary.” He does not explain any further, leaving the silences in between his words to speak about what this reporter imagines were feats of bravery. A design engineer by training, Mr. Cucurullo, who’s grandfather came to the United States from Naples, Italy, in the second half of the 19th century, worked for the Remington Corporation with top secret clearance from the FBI, before he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. “You either could serve with bomb site maintenance, armament school or aircraft mechanic. I chose bomb site maintenance but couldn’t work there because I was told I was only a second generation American, even with my FBI clearance,” said Mr. Cucurullo. Mr. Cucurullo then chose aircraft armament and volunteered for gunnery school but flunked out because he was color blind. But when he was transferred to the Greenville Army Air Base, a surgeon asked him why he was not in gunnery school, because of Mr Cucurullo’s perfect height and weight. “When I told him I was colorblind, he asked me if I could read the calender on the wall. ‘What color are the numbers, he asked?’ I said red. He said ‘You’re in.’” Mr. Cucurullo spent three months in gunnery school at Tyndall Field Florida. “They teach you air-to-air gunnery. You must listen to the training so that if you get into a situation the training will help you,” said Mr. Cucurullo. “They put you in two seater planes, in the back seat and have you stand up and fire. They tie you with a gunner’s belt so you don’t flip out of the plane. The WACs fly the two targets and you fire at those,” he explained. “They will put you in a pressure chamber and pressurize at 20,000 feet. Things happen. If you have a tiny air hole from a cavity, the air will expand and could pop the cavity or create inordinate amount of pressure on your jaw nerves,” he said. “At 30,000 feet you have to put on a gas mask. They cut your oxygen off and have you write your name. You don’t get more than a couple of letters down before you pass out. It happens that fast. You must wear that mask.” Mr. Cucurullo was assigned to the second bomb squadron, 22nd Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps, and was stationed in New Guinea, from where

he flew missions. 107 men were assigned to this group. He first flew in the B25, which has a top turret. He flew 25 missions in this plane. Then he flew another 24 missions in the four engine B24 in the ball turret and nose turret. He also flew one mission in a B17. “We’d lose about 10% [of the men] in each mission,” said Mr. Cucurullo. “We had no fighter cover so the Japs medium bombers would be about 1,000 feet above us and drop phosphorous bombs on us.” Mr. Cucurullo said the Japanese “were good flyers. Their zeros [type of plane] were better than the B40.” But Mr. Cucurullo said men in the Army Air Corps were “fortunate. If everything goes right you go back to base. And when we die...well, the air force dies clean shaven.” Some of the targets were Japanese air fields “because we wanted to soften up the beaches for the marines to land,” he said. “I have to give those guys a lot of credit. They really slogged their way through the war. The ground troops and marines are fighting infinitum.” Other missions were to destroy oil refineries and manufacturing sites. “My last mission was to the Pandansari refinery, Balikpapen, Borneo,” he said. Mr. Cucurullo kept a diary about his missions that was taken away from him, but he still was able to record some details. The printed page he showed this reporter reads: “2,550 mile round trip. Oct. 10, 1944; 18 hour trip. Bombing excellent; target destroyed 40-50 Zekes, Oscars, Hamps and Tojos. Interception for 40-50...” “It was almost a perfect mission. We had 45 tons of high explosives that were used and our bombardier dropped those five bombs right on the nose of the refinery,” said Mr. Cucurullo. Mr. Cucurullo survived 50 missions and three bouts of malaria while in the Pacific. “The island we were based on was called ‘Death Island’ by the native people. Soldiers contacted all kinds of diseases – malaria, typhus, dysentery and this creeping crud, which formed as little blisters on your fingers and when the blisters burst your skin would peel. It just ate away at your skin.” During those 50 missions Mr. Cucurullo said he carried in his overalls “rosary beads, crucifixes, religious medals my mother sent from home. By the time I finished [the missions] it looked like I was carrying grapefruits in my pockets,” he chuckled. When he left for home, “the other guys asked me to empty my pockets. They each took something to keep with them for good luck.” Mr. Cucurullo returned home at the end of 1944 and went back to work at the Remington Company, married Kathryn Schott and moved to Wantagh in 1951.They raised their two sons and

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A letter home.. Korea: Dec. 1, 1953 Hi Folks This is a copy of our Thanksgiving menu (below). We really had quite a meal. They gave us Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday off and then called a 3 day bivouac yesterday. Me and 2 other guys stayed back in the wire section to handle any lines that went out and boy did they go out; we’ve been on the go steadily. It poured like mad for days and the rain just stopped a little while ago. It was sleeting most of yesterday. I’ve got a new job now. I am in charge of Battalion signal supply. Its a pretty good deal. I’ve got to go on guard in a couple of minutes so I’ll have to sign off. Love to all, Ray P.S. Thanks for the Christmas Card Raymond Priger lived on Oak Street, Bellmore.

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Theodore W. Ruhmann of 18 King Avenue, Selden, NY, formerly of Grundy Place North Merrick, died Saturday, November 5, age 81 at Mather Memorial Hospital, in Port Jefferson. He worked at Frittello Construction Company in Uniondale as a supervisor. Mr. Ruhmann was predeceased by his daughter, the late Deborah Lesmeister and one son, the late Theodore Ruhmann Jr. He is survived by his granddaughter Christine Dissmore, great grandchildren Montana and Braydan as well his niece Ronnie and

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nephew Ronald Weber of Selden, NY. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 10 at N.F. Walker, Inc. 2039 Merrick Avenue. The North Merrick Fire Department held a service on Wednesday, November 9. Internment will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Pinelawn.

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of Bernice and Irving (deceased), brother of Arthur, Kenneth and Jeffrey, all from Florida. Funeral services were held October 23, at Star of David Memorial Chapels in West Babylon.

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Lawrence E. Haller, PhD., a 37-year resident of Merrick, died on Thursday, October 20. He was born October 6, 1944, in Chicago. Dr. Haller graduated from the University of Illinois, University of Florida and Fordham University. He

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PUBLIC NOTICES Notice of formation of the East Coast Drum School LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 8/19/11. Office located in Nassau County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 63 Jenkins Street, Merrick, NY 11566. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ML 877 6T 10/20, 27, 11/3, 10, 17, 24 NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE NORTH MERRICK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Education of Nor th Merrick Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York, adopted on October 11, 2011, a Special District Meeting of the qualified voters of said School District will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM at HAROLD D. FAYETTE SCHOOL, 1057 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York, for the purpose of voting upon the following Proposition: PROPOSITION 1: It is resolved that the Board of Education is authorized to expend an amount not to exceed $1,200,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund established by the voters on May 19, 2009, for the following purposes and based upon the following estimated costs: 1. Concrete and asphalt repairs at the Camp Avenue and Old Mill Road Schools $ 552,000 2. Removal and replacement of asbestos flooring at the Camp Avenue, Harold D. Fayette and Old Mill Road Schools $ 232,000 3. Renovations in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the Harold D. Fayette and Old Mill Road Schools $ 339,000 4. Renovation of gymnasium safety equipment at the Harold D. Fayette School $ 20,000

5. Contingencies and Adjustment of Estimates $ 57,000 TOTAL $1,200,000 The Board is authorized to expend, during the 20112012 school year, the estimated costs for each categor y, provided that the total expenditure of the total does not exceed $1,200,000.00 The source of the funds was the transfer from surplus monies remaining in the general fund and/or other reser ves during the 2008/2009 and 2010/2011 fiscal years and the expenditure thereof will have no effect on the tax levy. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that personal registration is required in order to vote at said Special District Meeting. Voter registration for the District is ongoing until Wednesday, December 7, 2011, from 9:00 o’clock A.M. until 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time), Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, at the office of the District Clerk, 1057 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York, and on Monday, December 5, 2011 between the hours of 4:00 o’clock P.M. and 9:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) at the Harold D. Fayette School, 1057 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York for the purpose of preparing a register of the qualified voters of the school district for said Special District Meeting, at which time any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration he/she is known or proven to the satisfaction of such Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at said Special District Meeting. The register of the qualified voters of said School District prepared for the Annual Meeting and Election held on May 17, 2011 shall be used by said Board of Registration as the basis for the preparation of the register for said Special District Meeting to be held on December 12, 2011. Any person whose name appears on such register or who shall have been previously registered for any Annual or

Special District Meeting or election and who shall have voted at any Annual or Special meeting or any election held or conducted at any time within four (4) calendar years prior to December 12, 2011, will not be required to register personally for this Special District Meeting. In addition, any person otherwise qualified to vote who is registered with the Board of Elections of Nassau County under the provisions of the Election Law, shall be entitled to vote at said Special District Meeting without further registration. Immediately upon its completion, said register will be filed in the office of the District Clerk and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District until the day of the election, December 12, 2011, Sunday and legal holidays excepted, between the hours of 9:00 o’clock A.M. and 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) and on Saturday, December 10, 2011, by appointment only. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the office of the District Clerk. If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the Clerk of the District no later than 3:00 o’clock P.M. on December 5, 2011. If the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 4:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) on December 11, 2011, the day before the Special District Meeting. Absentee ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk by no later than 5:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) on December 12, 2011. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the office of the District Clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays, between the hours of 9:00 o’clock A.M. and 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time). Only qualified voters who are duly registered will be permitted to vote.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION NORTH MERRICK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Town of Hempstead, Merrick, New York JOANNE LONG, DISTRICT CLERK 1057 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York Merrick Life: October 27, November 10, November 24 and December 8 Merrick Herald: October 27, November 10, November 24 and December 8 ML 879 4T 10/27, 11/10, 24, 12/8 SECTION 00100 - INVITATION TO BID PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that separate sealed bids for a Roof Replacement project at the Nor th Merrick Public Library will be received by the Board of Trustees, Nor th Merrick Public Library, located at 1691 Meadowbrook Road, Nor th Merrick, County of Nassau, New York on November 23, 2011 at 11 o’clock, a.m. at which time they will be publicly open and read aloud. Bids shall be sent to the attention of Mr. Thomas Witt, Library Director, North Merrick Public Library. CONTRACT NO. 1 - Roof Replacement Digitized files of the Plans and Specifications in portable document format (PDF) may be obtained commencing November 9, 2011 at 10:00 am. The portable document format (PDF) files are furnished without guarantee of compatibility with the Contractor’s software or hardware, and BHC’s sole responsibility for the electronic media is to furnish a replacement of defective files. Each potential bidder shall register with Beatty, Harvey, Coco, architects via fax at 631-3001011 to obtain the credentials to download the plans and specifications from the architects file share website. All of the following information is required prior to any credentials being furnished to the potential bidder: Company name that the bid will be submitted under, company address, company phone and fax number, contact person and company electronic-mail (E-mail) address. Bidders

must additionally include their Federal Express number with their information. Upon receiving the above complete information, download credentials will be transmitted to the bidders supplied E-mail address and received by each bidder within 24 (twenty-four) hours starting as of the commencement date stated above. Only those bidders that have registered with the architect shall be eligible to furnish a bid. Those bidders submitting a bid but not registering with the architect are not eligible and will have their bids returned to them unopened. A Pre-Bid Conference to review the Scope of Work will be held on November 16, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Participants will meet at the North Merrick Public Library located at 1691 Meadowbrook Road, Nor th Merrick, New York 11566. The project conference is highly recommended for all bidders. All questions and requests for clarifications must be submitted in writing, (via fax or mail), and received no later than November 16, 2011 to: Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, LLP 325 Wireless Boulevard Hauppauge, New York 11788 Fax: 631.300.1011 Answers to bidders’ questions will be published in writing to all bidders of record no later than November 17, 2011. Bid Security in the form of a Cer tified Check or Money Order, payable to the order of the North Merrick Public Library, or a satisfactory Bid Bond executed by the Bidder and an acceptable surety, in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total amount of the Bid, shall be submitted with each Bid. The surety issuing the Bid Bond shall have a minimum policyholder rating of “A“ as listed in AM Best’s Insurance Guide and be licensed to conduct business in the State of New York. Each bid must also be accompanied by a Letter of Intent from a surety company acceptable to the Owner, which letter shall assure the Owner that the Bidder, if awarded the contract, will be able to secure from the surety the required bonds in the required

amounts. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish and pay for satisfactory Payment and Per formance Bonds covering 100% of the work. The Surety providing bid security and performance and payment bonds shall have a minimum policyholder rated of “A“ as listed in AM Best’s Insurance Guide and be licensed to conduct business in the State of New York. No bidder shall withdraw his bid within forty-five (45) days after the formal opening thereof. All bids shall include the certificate as to non-collusion by Section 103-D of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York and shall also contain a non-segregated facilities certificate which shall provide that the bidder does not maintain or provide for his employees which are segregated on a basis of race, creed, color or national origin, whether such facilities are segregated by directive or on a de facto basis. Each contract will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or the proposals will be rejected within forty-five (45) days of the date of opening proposals subject, however, to the right reserved by the Board of Trustees, Nor th Merrick Public Library, to waive any informalities in, reject any or all proposals, accept any bid in whole or in part, or to advertise for new proposals, if, in the opinion of this Board of Trustees, the best interests of the Library will thereby be promoted. This invitation is an offer to receive proposals for a contract and not an offer of a contract. The contract will contain a provision that every laborer and workman employed on or about the work contemplated by the contract shall be paid not less than the prevailing rate of wages which are set forth in the contract documents. BOARD OF TRUSTEES, NORTH MERRICK PUBLIC LIBRARY THOMAS WITT, LIBRARY DIRECTOR ML 881 1T 11/10

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HELPING DISABLED VETERANS: Dogs like Raleigh help make life better for blind and disabled vets. for more than a year. They take the soldiers and their families out for their first dinner away from the hospital and when they are finally released, continue to provide mentoring and counseling regarding VA services, adaptive sports lessons and field trips. NAF leads by example; that there is life after amputation. Purple Heart Pups has held several events and has raised over $40,000. Lisa’s daughter, Tonia Marie Dolinka, hosted a “Thanks for Giving Party” in a local Pub in Laurel, Maryland and Mitch Barber, a Merrick Lions member organized a fundraiser hosted by the Bellmore-Merrick High School’s hockey team, the Bulldogs, at one of their games. Two events in October 2010 and April, 2011 were held at Four Towns Firefighters’ Training Center in Merrick. The first was a walk and a family festival and the second was a walk with dogs and a dog show. All events were marvelous successes, well received and enjoyed by all. The next Purple Hearts Pup event will be held at the Training Center on June 3, 2012. A video of our walk and dog show is available on Verizon Fios at www.mylitv.com. Simply type Purple Heart Pups in the search box. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.purpleheartpups.org or www.facebook.com/purpleheartpup.

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When Merokian Lisa Siano walked into Frank Fontana’s studio to join Merrick Lions, neither one realized what was in store for this fledgling service organization. Ms. Siano had an idea for a fundraiser to benefit disabled veterans and needed help. Merrick Lions was just forming and needed a project. It turned out to be a perfect match, and Purple Heart Pups was born. The Lions formed the Merrick Lions Foundation and obtained 501 (c)(3) tax status to allow all donations to be tax deductable. The impetus to start Purple Heart Pups was a Guidedog Foundation puppy named Raleigh, who was raised by Lisa’s sister, Toni Pincus. Raleigh grew up and was accepted into the America’s VETDOGS program of the Smithtown Guidedog Foundation and became a physical therapy dog at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Raleigh and two other physical therapy dogs help hundreds of veterans who have suffered from blindness, hearing loss, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and seizure disorders. After reading letters and seeing videos of the remarkable improvement the veterans experienced, Lisa was inspired to help disabled veterans obtain the services they desperately need. Two organizations benefit from the Purple Heart Pups fundraisers. America’s VETDOGS provides service and companion dogs for blind and disabled veterans. These dogs help out by leading the blind, retrieving prosthetic devises or other items, opening doors, even preventing seizures. The veteran receives the dog, trains and stays with dog at the America’s VETDOG facility, and receives follow-up training all at no cost to the veteran. The cost of breeding, veterinarian bills, housing, training and transportation for the veteran is estimated at approximately $55,000 per dog. The National Amputation Foundation (NAF) was started in 1949, by WW I veteran amputees. It is comprised solely of combat and service connected amputees, and NAF mentors. The organization serves veterans who suffered loss of limb(s) during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of NAF travel to Walter Reed Hospital every six to eight weeks to visit with disabled veterans who may be there

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