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Celebrating the Declaration of Independence Vol. 75 No. 26 (USPS 340-100) Merrick, NY 11566
The Community Newspaper
Thursday, June 27, 2012
by Larry Garfinkel, President Historical Society of the Merricks
There is no mystery surrounding the date that we in Merrick and North Merrick celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We gather as we have for more than 20 years to read this important document – line by line – both young and old, and both resident and visitor. The Historical Society of the Merricks will again be at the Gazebo in Merrick just north of the LIRR train station (and just west of Merrick Avenue) on July 4 at 10 a.m. to keep this little but important “habit” alive. In keeping with the mission of the society there is always more to research about the specifics surrounding the document and the events as they unfolded. Long Island and, indeed, most of southern New York, including the city, was not entirely sympathetic to the revolution and did much to help the British troops while they were here. The area did have its pockets of Revolutionists and both sides needed to hear the words of the Declaration of Independence as it was delivered to the various communities. We can imagine a morning in which
READING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE will take place at the gazebo on Wednesday, July 4th. Above are SMCCA President, Joe Baker, NMCCA President Clauda Borecky and Marian Gutin-Fraker, chamber past president. the alarm was clanged in our Merrick area where farmers, merchants and others, and their families, gathered to hear the words. We reenact that moment – no loudspeaker, no ruffle of drums – just a loud voice slowly reading the words – the soaring words pledging a better tomorrow and including a scathing indictment of King George, the first official step
in declaring independence in the face of perceived injustices. Come and bring the children for an hour or so before you go about your July fourth celebration. It is a wonderful moment in the Merricks that make us unique. Also we are once again offering free bus tours of both Merrick and North Merrick after the reading – two separate rides with the
knowledgeable and affable Judge Jerry Medowar hosting the tours. Members of the Historical Society who have preregistered will receive first “dibs” on attending but there will be other seats available.
“There is no transparency,” said Mr. social justice advocacy, religious forDeere, referring not only to the closing mation (including numerous programs of Sacred Heart School, but also the disand committees), liturgy and music and missal of the nuns from their ministries youth outreach programs, which “susand the financial status of the parish. tain and help grow the parish,” Three nuns from two Catholic orders explained parishioner Maureen Droge. – the Dominicans “ S i s t e r Sisters and the “Bishop [William] Murphy states Marjorie was Sisters of Mercy really the heart categorically that he has no – were under and soul of intention to close the parish. contract to Sacred Heart,” In fact, [the diocese is] working said Sacred Heart Gina to strengthen the parish.” parish through Arcabascio, August 31, to who has been a provide Ministry services to parishparishioner at Sacred Heart for 24 years ioners. These services include parish and has worked with all three nuns in varoutreach such as bereavement support ious ministries. “How will the ministry and consolation, visitation to hospitals, succeed without them? Without these nursing homes and to the homebound; ministries, how will the parish grow?”
Initially two of the three nuns were cut back to part-time positions in an effort to save money without eliminating ministries, but then the pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Father Joseph Nixon, eliminated their positions. “They still worked full time,” said another parishioner who asked to remain anonymous. “It was never discussed with the stewardship council. It was never discussed with anyone. A letter was left in their [the nuns’] boxes on a Thursday night that told them their services were no longer needed. No one saw it coming,” said this parishioner. “It was cowardly.” Sister Mary Hughes, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, said “it was a most
Whither Sacred Heart Church?
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It began with the closing of Sacred Heart School, which had provided a Catholic education for several generations of local children. Then in April, three nuns who served as pastoral associates were abruptly dismissed from Sacred Heart Church. Now some parishioners are concerned that Sacred Heart Church, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is a parish that “is diminished in spirit and revenue,” said Bill Deere, a parishioner who has been a member of Sacred Heart parish since he was a boy; a former Sacred Heart school board president and a member of the parish’s finance council until December of 2011.
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unfortunate situation and we had a private meeting with the pastor and the diocese. We are working with the diocese to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” she said. Father Nixon declined to be interviewed for this article. However, he placed a notice in the weekly bulletin on April 15 stating that it was his decision to eliminate the three positions in order to curtail spiraling costs due to an increase in the monthly payments for the building of the new church – which opened in 2010 – and the closure of the school as of June 30. “As of the first of the year [January], our monthly payments on the [new] church have gone up from just under $6,000 (we were paying off only the interest) to just under $50,000 (now paying off the principle). This will last until we can work out a mortgage with payments that will be more within our means to pay off — but they will certainly be much higher than just paying off the interest,” Father Nixon wrote. “In addition, closing our school will mean some one-time but significant expenditures over the next few months. To that end, a careful look at how we can best continue to meet your needs with the least amount of cutting and at the same time lower our expenses means we have had to eliminate three staff positions...” In the same bulletin, Father Nixon assured parishioners ministry services would continue. Three nuns remain at Sacred Heart, including two nuns in charge of religious education. Sister Lynn Katon remains a pastoral associate with parish outreach.
Closing the school has only exacerbated financial burdens, claims Mr. Rossi. “We [the parish] are still responsible for contributing 15% towards the diocesan education subsidy,” he said, and that comes from the weekly collection. “But school parents and many of their supporters will no longer conSacred Heart Church tribute to the parish,” he warned. A prepared statement from Sean The parish has about 3,400 families. Dolan, spokesman for the Diocese of Offertory contributions are down. Mr. Rockville Centre, said, “Since his Vessillo said the weekly bulletin shows [Father Nixon’s] appointment as pasa drop of several thousand dollars less tor one year ago, Rev. Joseph Nixon, each week. in cooperation with the Sacred Heart Mr. Deere said he and other parishparish Finance Committee, is workioners “are taking a personal stand. No ing with the Diocese of Rockville contribution. I can’t give support if Centre to address the financial chalthere is no support to the congregation. lenges currently faced by the parish. I’ve spoken with others and they are Father Nixon is grateful to the many taking the same position.” parishioners who have expressed supIn the meantime, Mr. Deere said he is port and prayers for him. still attending Mass at Sacred Heart but “Bishop [William] Murphy states “feels distracted. But I won’t give up. categorically that he has no intention to This is not just the pastor’s parish; it’s close the parish. In fact, [the diocese is] our parish – the people’s parish.” working to strengthen the parish. We All these financial issues make some urge all parishioners to look to the parishioners wonder if Sacred Heart future and to work with their good pascould go bankrupt, forcing the diocese tor to that end. With the good will and to close the parish and sell its assets. “I trust in God, together we can make this think that’s the end game,” said Gina parish a great witness in this century.” Arcabascio.
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Former Finance Committee members William Deere, John Rossi and Andy Vessillo (also a former trustee of Sacred Heart Parish) believe the very actions taken to curtail expenses have placed the parish on a downward trajectory. “We had a plan in place to refinance the church’s construction loan, before it matured,” said Mr. Rossi. The debt on the new church is $2.3 million, Mr. Rossi reported, but could have been reduced to $1.7 million through a special diocesan initiative. “In February [of 2011] we were granted $200,000 in matching diocesan funds assuming we, the parish, could independently raise $400,000,” explained Mr. Rossi. He added that a fundraising campaign was put in place to raise that money. Meanwhile, Mr. Vessillo was in the process of working on financing the remaining $1.7 million for a 20-year period. “You cannot get a mortgage in the usual sense for parish property,” said Mr.Vessillo. “It has to be a loan. We were in discussion with the Christophers – a Catholic organization – to loan the money, which would have been between $15,000 to $17,000 a month.” But the loan matured in January without any agreement in place. “I don’t know what happened,” said Mr. Vessillo, who left his position on the Finance Committee and as parish trustee in December. “Father Nixon hasn’t shared any information. We haven’t seen a financial report in over a year. However, the pastor has final say on all budgetary matters.” “He is the CEO and has final word,” added Mr. Rossi.
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by Diane Miskit The Camp Avenue School gym was transformed into a Hawaiian themedreception hall for an intergenerational dinner dance last month. Our sixth grade “seniors” hosted a fun-filled afternoon for “senior guests” from several Bristal Assisted Living facilities. There was dinner, dancing, entertainment and music by the school Jazz Band. We are so proud of our sixth grade students who interacted with the senior guests in a kind, gracious manner. Our students were able to appreciate that those in their 80s and 90s truly are national treasures. The talented Karen Nolan choreographed and instructed students for the Hula Dance, the musical Craig Willis taught the sixth grade students the Hula Song, and the exuberant Peggy Rakas directed the talented jazz band throughout the afternoon. A big thank you goes to community sponsors who generously donated delicious foods for this special dinner: Via
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Camp Avenue seniors host seniors Roma, La Piazza, Souper Fry, Milos, Roma, Boswell’s, Suburbia Prime Meats, Tomato & Basil, Crave, Pit Stop, Outback, Plattdeutsche, Ward’s Deli, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Thank you to the faculty and parents who served on the Senior to Senior Social Committee, the many parents for their generous donations and to the faculty, which volunteered to chaperone the special event!
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from page 1 South Merrick will be given after the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Gazebo. There are approximately 36 historical sites in the Merricks. The first half of the tour will have participants walking from the gazebo to the LIRR waiting room to reflect on that location’s past, including seeing Roxey’s grave. The tour takes off by bus, going north on Merrick Avenue for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The bus returns to the gazebo around noon for a 30-minute break and will then view the sites south of Sunrise Highway. “The tour seats are first come, first served. There is plenty of room on the bus so, no matter what tour you take, you should have no problem taking the tour,” said Judge Medowar, who has been running this program for over 25 years. “We will see sites of our early inhabitants, our Native Americans [who were] known as ‘Indians.’ We will learn about the Algonquin Nation and the Merokee tribe, and their leader Chief Tackapausha. We’ll also learn about our early settlers who came from England in the 1640s, and their dealings with both the Dutch government of New Amsterdam and the British government of New York, Peter Stuyvesant having surrendered to the British in 1664,” continued Judge Medowar. “We’ll explain the role that the body of water that runs through Merrick known as the “Meadow Brook” played in our early history,” he adds. “Merrick had the honor of George Washington making an inspection tour, which included Merrick and a stop off at the Hewletts on Merrick Road.” The Historical Society of the Merricks looks forward to seeing you at the Merrick Fourth of July Celebration and the Reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776, the Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, thatmankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpa-tions, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States... We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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NEARLY 900 STUDENTS GRADUATED from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High Schools this past Sunday. The three ceremonies were indoors and celebrated at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
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HE’S NUMBER 1! CONGRATULATIONS to Brad Honigman, Calhoun class of 2002, who graduated first in his class from the University of Arizona, School of Law. ©©© TEEN/TWEEN CONTEST: Check out Merrick Life’s Facebook page for its summer reading contest with teen author Jen Calonita. Become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com /merricklife and upload (or ask a parent to) a picture of you and your best friend doing something around town, write a familyfriendly caption and you are entered to win a book by Ms. Calonita, author of the “Belles” series. Merrick Life will be give away six copies of books, autographed for the winner and a chance to meet Jen. Contest is open to ages 10-18. ©©© SUMMER SERVICE: Temple Beth Am will hold its weekly congregant led summer services beginning Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. These services are “short, sweet and give each summer Sabbath a delightful start,” says incoming President Pamela Brandenberger. The one-hour services will be held in the sanctuary on the upstairs level of the temple. Access is from the rear parking lot. The community is welcomed to participate, especially those considering joining the congregation. Every Friday night from 7-8 p.m. the temple will host an open house for potential members. For information, call the temple office, which will be open all summer with slightly reduced hours. The office phone number is 378-3477. You may also visit its website at www.templebethammerick.org for information. Temple Beth Am is the only Reform congregation in the Merricks and Bellmores. The temple is located at 2377 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, on the corner of Kirkwood Avenue. ©©© BASKETBALL LEAGUE the Bellmore-Merrick Basket-ball
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candy shop on Merrick Avenue where all the kids would go to buy candy, gum and baseball cards. Roxane told a story of Ralph and Silvia who, knowing every child on the block, were once able to help a lost little girl find her way home. When Mrs. Goldstein moves from Merrick, she will miss both her house and the comfortable feeling that Merrick gives her. Since moving to Merrick in 1949, she has become a mother of three, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of one. Despite all of the changes that Merrick has gone through since she first moved here, Mrs. Goldstein still loves her community, and will miss it. “Merrick is one of the luckiest places to live,” she said
A letter from Bruce Goldstein Roxane Goldstein Camp Avenue elementary school, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Calhoun High School. They now live in Dallas, Syosset and Atlanta, respectively, but refer to Merrick as their “home base.” “Merrick grew and grew,” she said, “and even the trees grew bigger.” One of Roxane’s fondest memories of Merrick was the friendly neighborhood
I grew up in Merrick. My parents purchased their home at 2 Woodland Terrace in the fall of 1949. My dad, Dr. George Goldstein, opened his office at that time and it was attached to the house, although it had a separate address of 254 Merrick Avenue. Mom and Dad watched Merrick grow from a small community “way out on Long Island” to the bustling town it has become. I recall our street being (continued on page 6)
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Longtime Merrick resident Roxane Goldstein is getting ready to say goodbye to her community and her home, after living in Merrick for over 62 years and raising her family here. At age 86, Mrs. Goldstein is finding her five-bedroom house a little too big for just her, but she is still reluctant to leave. Roxane Goldstein grew up in Connecticut, and moved to Detroit with her husband because he had to do medical residency there. Her husband was from Brooklyn, and they decided to move to Long Island in July 1949. Mrs. Goldstein was in her early 20s. Her house was built in 1948, and it was a model house. “When we first moved in,” she said, “there was nothing across the street.” Mrs. Goldstein described what moving to Merrick was like after World War II had ended. Once men came home from World War II, they started moving from Brooklyn and the Bronx to Long Island. “It was sort of like an immigration,” said Roxane, “with people were moving from the city out to the suburbs.” Her first reaction of Merrick was that it was “like being back home in the country.” When Mrs. Goldstein first moved to Merrick in 1949 it was a lot more rural. She described the community when she first arrived as being small and friendly, with one bank and one grocery store. Merrick Road and Merrick Avenue were not as commercialized, in fact they were home to huge estates that even had horses grazing on the front lawn. Her husband, Dr. George Goldstein, who was a physician, also had a passion for
photography, and Roxane’s house was filled with his stunning photographs. Her husband opened his physician’s office on Merrick Avenue. From the start, Mrs. Goldstein loved Merrick, describing it as “such a pretty little town and such a warm, friendly place to live.” Even though Merrick has grown and developed over the years, Mrs. Goldstein still feels that Merrick is a distinctive place to live and a wonderful area to raise a family. Mrs. Goldstein’s three children, Bruce, Ronald and Marcia, all loved growing up in Merrick. She remembers as a young mother walking everywhere with her children and the impact Merrick had on them. “All the kids on the block knew one another and were around the same age,” she recalls. While living in Merrick, Mrs. Goldstein spent her time volunteering locally. She ran a Golden Age Club, which was held at the Merrick Jewish Centre every Thursday afternoon. Different activities were held there for men and women, such as playing Bingo and working on handiwork. Mrs. Goldstein also worked on a fundraiser for the Camp Avenue school. For 10 years, she performed in different productions, including the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. “Those productions were absolutely fun,” said Mrs. Goldstein, “It was a wonderful activity that the PTA started.” She also volunteered at a thrift store in Freeport for 40 years. “Working in the thrift store was fun,” she said, “and I met interesting people. It was an enlightening experience.” “There were many children on the block,” said Mrs. Goldstein, “and they all knew one another.” Her children attended
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by Carissa Gagliardi â€œBooks can take you wherever you want to goâ€? is the quote that inspired the theme for Merrick Libraryâ€™s new mural. Local students are now getting involved and working together to create an inspiring mural on a wall of the Childrenâ€™s Program Room in the libraryâ€™s childrenâ€™s section. Eleven students from Calhoun High School, grades 10-12, are volunteering their time to paint a compilation of scenes from around the world.
The mural takes you on a trip across the globe, depicting many locations, monuments and figures. They include Egyptian pyramids, The Great Wall of China, penguins of the Antarctic, Japanese architecture, the Grand Canyon, St. Basilâ€™s Cathedral in Russia, the cliffs of Ireland, gondolas of Venice, Italy, a detailed Eiffel Tower in France, San Franciscoâ€™s Golden Gate Bridge, a Spanish dancer and the Broadway street sign of New York City, among many other places. A child sitting on a stack of books is depicted admiring these scenes, relaying
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Woodland Terrace in the fall of 1949. My dad, Dr. George Goldstein, opened his office at that time and it was attached to the house, although it had a separate address of 254 Merrick Avenue. Mom and Dad watched Merrick grow from a small community â€œway out on Long Islandâ€? to the bustling town it has become. I recall our street being nothing more than a tar and gravel road when I was a kid! Merrick was a great town in which to be raised and my parents helped make it so. My dad, who passed away in 1975, was the school doctor at Calhoun for many years and donated many hours of his time to the community. In his quiet way, he was a pillar of the community. He was the neighborhood doctor, affectionately known as Dr. George. Same with my mom; she has volunteered her time for over 40 years for many organizations. She did this selflessly as
she believes it is important for all of us to help the less fortunate. There are so many wonderful memories of growing up in Merrick: the Merokee Lanes, the Gables Theatre, The 5&10, playing in the â€œwoodsâ€? before LH Martin (now CVS) and that entire strip mall came to be, Sam & Tonyâ€™s Pizza, Little League games at Smith Street School, Whitneyâ€™s, Georges (Mr. and Mrs. Piti were beautiful people), Ralphâ€™s (later Samâ€™s) and I could go on and on. Soon, my mom will close on the sale of her home for the past 62+ years. She is in remarkably great health and is very sad to leave her home, which is only the second home in which she has ever lived. This will close a chapter in all our lives â€“ my mom, my brother Ronald Goldstein (Syosset), my sister Marcia Goldstein (Atlanta) and me (Dallas) â€“ as we will no longer have what we have called all these years, â€œhome base.â€? It is with sadness that I write these words but at the same time, I wish all
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SENIOR WRITERS WORKSHOP: Talented senior writers and instructor Paula Rodenas pose onstage at the Merrick Theater after the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment’s Creative Writers’ Workshop presentation.
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The writers covered both serious and humorous subject matter in many forms, including rhyming poetry, free verse, prose, short stories, monologues, haikus, cinquains (stylized five-line poem, folklore and vignettes short skit.) David Stayer, who is blind, recited his work as he read it in Braille at the podium. In his prose, “Essential,” he questions the meaning of the word “essential” and says, “As we move through the senior phase of life, we prove that we are still essential.” Mr. Stayer also performed a comical vignette “Flying Anywhere” with his wife Loraine Stayer. Hazel Marie Watson read her prose “Shall We Dance?” with great enthusiasm, and even dressed to match descriptive phrases such as “ribbons in her hair” and “orchid corsage.” Ms. Watson also read her poem “Twenty-three,” during which she wore a dramatic hat and described her marriage of 48 years. The final reading by Bernice Busch, titled, “Our Symbol, Our Treasure,” gave homage to Flag Day. Ms. Rodenas told Merrick Life, “I thought they all did a wonderful job.” All works by the seniors, read and unread in the presentation, will be published this fall in an annual compilation titled “Musings of Maturity XXIV.”
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Local senior residents read from their own original works Wednesday, June 13, in the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment’s Creative Writers’ Workshop presentation. The Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts hosted the annual event in which talented authors express themselves through the therapeutic outlet of creative writing. The 16-week Creative Writers’ Workshop gave seniors the opportunity to produce inspired compositions and share them with the community. Short stories, poems and memoirs written by seniors were read aloud to the public. The workshop’s instructor, Paula Rodenas, said that because the workshop was extended three weeks from last year, the writers were able to produce more work, but “they would write all year if they could.” The talented workshop members included Bernice Busch, Marion Anna Campagna, Cecelia Tumminello De Luso, Paul Freeman, Molly Friedman, Nancy Friedman, Phyllis Grimes, Dorothy Halbig, Howard Nacht, Patti Nacht, Miriam Oberreuter, Nina Rose, Angela Stagno, David Stayer, Loraine Stayer and Hazel Marie Watson. Nina Rose, 88, of North Bellmore, says she likes to write because “it’s just fun.” She believes “putting things on paper that you have in your head” can help you remember events and overcome things that bother you. Miriam Oberreuter, 68, of Merrick, said, “I write because I like it.” Ms. Oberreuter enjoys writing about her childhood. She read aloud her version of Chilean folklore entitled “The Undershirt of the Happy Man,” a tale her grandmother used to share. Ms. Oberreuter told Merrick Life, “Some people are real writers, I’m just an aficionada.” Throughout the workshop, seniors wrote about a variety of themes in a range of styles. “I love it, it gets me out of bed in the morning,” said Ms. Rose of the workshop. “It’s something to look forward to.”
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ENTERTAINING LIFE Young Merrick musicians wow ‘em at The Cup by Michael Trageser
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Every Wednesday night The Cup coffeehouse in Wantagh has an Open Mic night. Last week’s Open Mic featured two young Merrick residents – guitarist/singer Harrison Bromberg, 14, and singer Halli Finkelstein, 13. This reporter has the pleasure of calling these two talented teens friends and I was looking forward to hearing them live. After listening to a few other acts, I wished Harrison and Halli good luck as they approached the stage. After a brief introduction from Harrison, they went right into the first song, Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocket Full of Sunshine.” Hearing it reminded me of what great musicians they are – Harrison effortlessly strumming his guitar with the precision of players three times his age. Halli, on the other hand, sang beautifully. Soaring on the borderline of alto and soprano, she showcased her amazing, powerful voice with this song. Up next was a cover of the Rolling Stones’ 1971 classic “Dead Flowers.” Harrison and Halli are both huge fans of the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ’n Roll Band of All Time,” and it showed in their faithful cover of one of the Stones’ more mellow, country-flavored tunes. Despite this, they also made it their
own, with both giving a performance that gave Mick Jagger and Keith Richards a run for their money. Once again, Harrison played amazingly and Halli belted out the song. Overall, it was a great cover of a great song. For their last song, Harrison and Halli chose “The Time Warp” from the 1975 cult classic musical film “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Out of the three songs they played, this is the one they really made their own. While the original is an over-the-top glam rocker, Harrison and Halli made it into a low-key acoustic song, while keeping the energy of the original. Halli even did the dance from the film. After their last song, they came off the stage to a huge round of applause. I left The Cup with a great memory that I will carry for a long time. Overall, seeing Harrison and Halli perform at The Cup was an amazing experience and a great night with great friends and music. If you’re interested in performing at The Cup or checking out one of its Open Mic nights every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. For information you can visit www.thecupcoffeehouse.com. If you want to see Harrison and Halli’s performance, it is posted on YouTube under the title “Harrison and Halli at The Cup.” Michael is 14 years old and recently graduated from Merrick Avenue Middle School.
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ENTERTAINING LIFE Enjoy free summer concerts to lighten up the night by Laura Amante Looking for a fun night under the stars? Look no further than your local town parks! There are free summer concerts and movies outside that are free to enjoy. TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. Town Park, Point Lookout The Annual Independence Day salute with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, featuring fireworks and a salute to veterans. Rain date: Sunday, July 1. Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m. Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore Enjoy Bad Medicine, a Bon Jovi tribute band. Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m. Acorn Lake Park, Levittown Listen to Who Are Those Guys?, a rock ‘n’ roll band. Thursday, July 12, 8 p.m. Speno Park, East Meadow Enjoy the Glimmer Twins, a Rolling Stones tribute band.
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. Baldwin Park, Baldwin Shirley Alston Reeves of Shirelles performs a concert with post show fireworks sponsored by the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m. Seamans Neck Park, Seaford Listen to Higher Ground, a Stevie Wonder tribute band. Thursday, July 19, 9 p.m. East Village Green, Levittown Killer Joe and L’il Cliff & The Cliffhangers will perform a tribute to the Blues Brothers. Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Merrick Road Park, Merrick Enjoy Half Step, a Grateful Dead tribute. NASSAU COUNTY Concerts are held at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Friday, June 29 Polish American Night.
Saturday, June 30 TD Bank Celebrate America Fireworks and Show (starts at 5:30 p.m.). Sunday, July 1 Turkish American Night. Monday, July 2 Swingtime Big Band. Tuesday, July 2 Swingtime Big Band. Thursday, July 5 Movie Night: “Spy Kids – All the Time in the World.” LONG BEACH All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Monday, July 2 Long Beach Road Beach Enjoy the music of a trio of Breslav Hassidic musicians from the city of Tsfat. Tuesday, July 3 New York Avenue Beach Listen to the band Alive & Kicking
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Paris on a whim! by Leah Sobel Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of a little place called Paris. My mother frequently went on work trips to the city, and my eyes always shined when she brought home chocolates in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. I knew I had to go before I ventured off to college, where I would be given adult responsibilities that may hamper my ability to be a world traveler. So, to Paris I went for a long weekend and, although it is a very large metropolis, I was able to see all that I wanted to. The first day, my family and I went to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, where hundreds of people lined up to see the beautifully colored stained-glass windows, the 14th Century gothic architecture and, of course, the place where Quasimodo found love for Esmeralda in the acclaimed Disney movie. We then traveled to the Louvré, where Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa painting is hung and witnessed. I rushed up the stairs of the museum to see her face, and when I came upon it, the first thing I noticed was how small the actual painting really is! Everywhere I walked while in her presence her eyes followed me! Her magnificent expression is something to be admired, as one really cannot realize the conundrum of her facade. An old train station transformed into a building to hold some of the world’s greatest art, the Musée d'Orsay is truly a sight to be seen. This museum contains some of the greatest impressionist and post-impressionist works from artists such as Monet, Degas and Van Gogh. Although we stayed there for a few hours, we were not even close to seeing everything the museum has to offer. The Pompidou Centre, the modern art museum whose exterior displays an embellished post-modernist style, cannot be missed. The large structure is dressed in
vibrant colors, just like the paintings inside. Though I am not the biggest fan of modern art, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of Andy Wa r h o l ’s works, among many others. On my third day in Paris, my Leah and the Eiffel Tower in Paris dreams came true as our tourist boat on the Seine River approached a glorious structure: the Eiffel Tower. Here, we took the lift up to the first of three floors in the tower and ate lunch overlooking all of Paris. After lunch, it was time to face my fears, because I am terribly afraid of heights and, because the elevator was not working from the first to the second floor, we had to walk some 300 stairs. After the terrifying and tiring walk up, we took the elevator to the third and final floor. Words cannot describe the beauty of the view and the humbling effect it has on a person. In the end, all my fear and worrying was worth it. Our final day in Paris was spent on top of the Arc de Triomphe and in the stores of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. There is something for everyone on this street: while the women spent hours in all three floors of H&M, the men in my family went to the Virgin Megastore where every book, CD, DVD and video game you can think of is translated into French. To those who have never been to Paris, I have some words of advice: go to top of Notre Dame, see more than the Mona Lisa at the Louvré, eat lunch at the Luxembourg Gardens, stay in an apartment instead of a hotel, go to the food markets on a Sunday morning and, most importantly, bring your walking shoes.
Band confesses to creating mix of musical styles by Carissa Gagliardi Matt Smutko, lead singer of the band The Confessions, confesses his love for music and the facts about his group. Based in Wantagh, The Confessions comprises guitarists Joe Finnerty and Jeff D’Amato, bassist Bob Murphy and drummer Brad Singer, along with frontman Mr. Smutko. Each band member has had a love for music from a young age. The Confessions originally came together inadvertently when Mr. Murphy’s son’s band needed another band to open for them. “From then on the group just stuck,” explained Mr. Smutko. The original members Mr. D’Amato, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Singer have been playing together for about five years and in 2011 the addition of Mr. Smutko and Mr. Finnerty provided the group with a dynamic quality. The band members get together about once a week to practice their expanding song list. The Confessions, a strictly cover/tribute band, have classic rock roots, but are exploring new genres such as pop, alternative and modern rock. Mr. Smutko describes the group as a “band in transition” because, even though they will always be a classic rock band, they are looking to branch out into other styles in hopes of attracting a larger and younger audience with a wide variety of tastes. Mr. Smutko says they are “trying to revamp and integrate new material” in
order to reach the shifting listener landscape, but that the band “always was and always will be about classic rock.” Their growing song list includes songs and artists ranging from Blink 182 to Billy Joel. The band’s musical influences span a variety of rock groups, but The Beatles seems to stimulate favoritism among the members, for Beatles’ songs appear frequently in their set lists. The Confessions have the collective goal of developing a presence on Long Island. Mr. Smutko states, “We definitely want to get our name out there more prominently.” He hopes that the wide variety of music in the band’s set lists will make The Confessions memorable and enjoyable to listeners. The Confessions recently performed at the Strawberry Festival in Bellmore. Mr. Smutko described the experience as a lot of fun; the band enjoyed being outside on a big stage with an audience of all different ages. When asked what advise The Confessions would give to other aspiring bands, Mr. Smutko’s words were simply, “Don’t quit or get disillusioned. If you know that you’re good, keep at it and somebody will notice.” The Confessions will be playing next at Callahan’s Bar and Restaurant in East Meadow on Saturday, July 7, at 9:30 pm. Check out The Confessions at www.facebook.com/theconfessions.
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This month my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to kayak down the Meadow Brook at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, after reserving a spot on a guided kayak eco-tour. The excursion under sunny skies lasted about an hour. Accompanied by two guides, we kayaked two miles down the calm brook and into Merrick Bay, where we were free to explore the wetlands, the pier and Merrick houses on the water. We observed wildlife, such as two ospreys protecting their nest, chirping when we came near.
It was an altogether enjoyable experience, even when my boyfriend flipped his kayak and fell into the brook! One of the tour guides said that was the first time he witnessed someone fall out. The trip combined exercise, tranquility, recreation and overall fun. I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature. Reservations are taken on a firstcome, first-served basis. A $10 deposit is required per kayak when the reservation is made. Children under eight years old are not permitted. Children ages 8-15 must be in a tandem (twoperson) kayak with an adult. It costs $25 for a single kayak and $35 for a tandem. Call 804-2000 for information.
KAYAKING DOWN THE MEADOW BROOK: The Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve guided kayak eco-tour ramp.
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“This will be an evening of laughter and music you can’t refuse,” warned Sal Richards, comedian and one of three – along with his brother Guy Richards and cousin Steve Diamond – entertainers who will light up the Bellmore Showplace on Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. Known as the Italian Connection, the threesome of two comedians and a singer do “schtick a la The Rat Pack,” comedian Sal Richards told this newspaper. He was referring to the famed but loose-knit group of famous entertainers of the 1960s that included Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop whose clean fun on stage drew legions of fans across the country – and around the world. But, Mr. Richards reminded, it will be a show “the whole family can come to.” The 90-minute show includes each performer doing his own act, and then the three coming out to close the show with a song – or two. Mr. Richards, veteran entertainer who counts Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters among his many friends, opens the act and is followed by cousin Steve Diamond, who sings in the vein of the great Italian-American crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Jerry Vale. He will be followed by the hilarity of Guy Richards to wrap the set before
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Summer Reading Challenge calendars available New York State Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R, C, I-Merrick) is sponsoring the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge at elementary schools in his district. The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to encourage students to continue learning — through reading — during the summer weeks. “Just because the school year is over doesn’t mean that students should stop reading,” Assemblyman McDonough said. “The Summer Reading Challenge encourages parents to read with their children, and teaches youngsters the importance of reading in their efforts to become lifelong learners,” he added. Assemblyman McDonough has distributed over 5,000 Summer Reading Challenge calendars to elementary schools throughout the 19th Assembly District. The calendar includes a list of recommended books students and their parents can read during the summer months. The recommended reading list suggests books written for students from preschool
age to sixth grade, and includes categories such as adventure, fantasy, friendship, humor, mystery, poetry and sports. During July and August, if a student marks the calendar for each day he or she reads for at least 15 minutes and reaches at least 40 days, the reader receives a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. “Many local school districts have agreed to distribute Summer Reading Challenge calendars to their students. Their support is essential in promoting learning and reading during the summer weeks, and making this program a success,” Assemblyman McDonough concluded. If you would like information or want to request a Summer Reading Challenge calendar, you can contact Assemblyman McDonough’s district office at 409-2070 or you can send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/David-GMcDonough/.
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KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL’S GRADUATION ceremony showed former Merrick Life intern, Eric Homburger, above, donning the cap and gown before he heads off to Aldelphi University.
MTA police said there was an armed robbery on the eastbound platform of the LIRR’s Merrick station Sunday, June 24. A customer was robbed of $400 by two thieves who had gotten off of the same train at 8:55 a.m. They then fled. There are no arrests to report. ©©© A 48-year-old Bedford Avenue, Merrick, woman was arrested at the Seventh Precinct in Seaford on June 12 and charged with Petit Larceny. ©©© A 49-year-old Bethpage man was arrested on Sunrise Highway near Babylon Turnpike, Merrick, on June 14 and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
©©© Unknown thieves entered a 2011 white Cadillac and 2010 gray Lexus that was parked in a driveway on Shore Drive, Merrick, on June 12 and stole a radar detector, iPod and CDs. ©©© Jewelry was removed from a table during a festival at St. Demetrios Greek Church, Hewlett Avenue, Merrick, on June 16 or 17. ©©© Unknown suspects were discovered living in a vacant house on Lindenmere Drive, Merrick, on June 8. No forced entry was observed.
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from page 6 Calhoun High School art teacher Michael Goldberg, who assembled the students, said, “I was looking for an allstar crew of artists with certain characteristics.” The students had to be good painters who could think independently but were also team players, he said. “As artists, we can be very stubborn, so being able to work together as a team with other artists is crucial to the success of a project like this.” Farah Serur, who recently completed 10th grade, said, “Painting is an outlet for me to express my creativity.” While painting a detailed African elephant, Farah added, “I have a very unique painting style and I think it works well with everyone else’s.” Ellen Firer, director of Merrick Library, called on local students to create the mural because “the wall was begging for something.” Ms. Firer said she wanted “something with heart” that was appropriate for children, but not too juvenile. The Children’s Program Room will be used by kids of all ages from babies to sixth-graders for activities and programs such as Mommy and Me, arts and crafts and story time. The main wall will display the student artwork, but Ms. Firer hopes to have the other walls painted in the near future. Graduating senior Lisa Marino said she got involved in the project because “I think it’s great to give back to the community and be a part of something like this where everyone works together.” Both Ms. Firer and Mr. Goldberg hope the mural has a tremendous impact on the kids utilizing the room. Ms. Firer
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The South Merrick Community Civic Association hosted several guest speakers at its monthly meeting on June 19. The main speaker was William Varley, president of New York American Water Company, who explained how American Water plans to provide and service water since they took over Aqua New York on May 1. Several residents asked him why rates are higher than communities that have public water service. He said that his company has to pay property taxes whereas public water suppliers do not. He claimed that these taxes increase water costs by about 32%, and that excluding this difference the supply costs for his company would be about the same as other suppliers in the area. He told the audience that the water quality is inspected daily and that water only costs about a penny per gallon. He promised to meet frequently with civics and work closely with residents to help improve communication. Mr. Varley predicted that WASENC would conclude that a pubic takeover of water supply for the area would prove uneconomic because the cost to do so would be several times what American Water paid for Aqua New York. Nassau County Police Officer Faraczek from the 7th Precinct’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit spoke about the low crime rate and reminded residents to use
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