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Vol. 76 No. 11 (USPS 340-100) Merrick, NY 11566

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Thursday, March 14, 2013


by Kimberly White

For the past six years Calhoun High School has organized a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Over $300,000 has been raised during the past six years and this year the organizers and attendees are determined to achieve the same success as previous years. Students, staff and local members of the Bellmore-Merrick community are invited to the Calhoun gym on Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. to get involved and donate to this foundation. This St. Baldrick’s fundraiser isn’t just for boys. Although shaving one’s head is where the event and name originated from, girls are also encouraged to attend and donate just a couple of inches of their locks to be sent and made into a wig for cancer patients who have experienced hair loss due to treatment. Peter Magnuson, teacher at Calhoun, expresses his passion for the event every year by planning and organizing – and even getting involved in – the event himself. He shaves his head each year to show his support for the cause. Many of the boys sports teams at Calhoun agree to shave their heads, which encourages team building and shows an immense amount of support. Mr. Magnuson admits, “Many staff members are integral to the success of this event.” Joe Bianca and Jeff Harthunian are two of Calhoun’s teachers/coaches who get their teams involved in fundraising as well as shaving their heads at the event. Alana Baard, cosmotology teacher for Calhoun, takes care of cutting the girls’ hair and shaving of the boys’ heads. She contacts local hair salons and gets them to donate their time in participating in the event. For anyone interested in donating money or just attending the event, Lori Biscardi creates raffles and handles the process of donating ponytails to the Locks of Love foundation. Mr. Magnuson adds, “It is not too late to get involved. You can still go to and search for Calhoun High School to register and donate money for the cause.” If you can not attend the event you can contribute by going to that website and donate straight from your credit card. Calhoun and other schools in the community have shown great support and have proven to make this event as successful as possible. Senior and cancer survivor Dean Brownworth was fighting brain cancer at the time of the event last year. But with his cancer in remission, he will be attending St. Baldrick’s cancer-free. He overcame his battle and continued playing for the boys varsity basketball team this winter. His strength has influenced not just Calhoun’s involvement but the community’s involvement for the event as well. Sofia Tibaldi, a four-yearold girl battling cancer, will be honored at this year’s event. Show your support by donating money and/or your time and attend this wonderful event supporting an amazing cause. Kim White is in Calhoun’s Senior Experience class.

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GETTING READY FOR THE BIG SHAVE are members of the Calhoun faculty and students in the cosmetology program who will be volunteering for St. Baldrick’s on Tuesday, March 19, in the Calhoun gym. From left are Jay Kreutzberger, Lori Biscardi, Katrina O'Brien, Joe Bianca, Courtney Nolan, Toni Albanese and Danielle Ferette. Inset, Calhoun senior Dean Brownworth (inset photo) who missed most of 11th grade while he was suffering from brain cancer, will be this year’s event honoree and a shavee, having raised over $3,500.

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by Laura Schofer The county Legislature waited until the 11th hour last week to vote on a legislative map that moves 359,173 voters of out their present districts. But the map also restores Legislator David Denenberg to the Legislative District 19, which includes Bellmore, Wantagh, south Seaford and most of Merrick. North Bellmore, along with North Merrick, will remain in the Legislative District 13 represented by Legislator and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves. The vote, with 10 Republicans in favor of the map and nine Democrats opposed, took place before a standing-room-only crowd that shouted “shame!” and “veto!” said Steve McFarland of the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition. The map was signed into law by County Executive Edward Mangano on Friday. The new map was created in compliance with the law that requires legislative districts to reflect the changing population as revealed in the latest cen-

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sus. Districts are redrawn every 10 years. The new map creates 12 heavily Republican legislative districts out of a total of 19 legislative districts. Critics have accused the legislature of “partisan gerrymandering and dilution of the voting rights of communities of color,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY. The communities of Elmont, Hempstead and Freeport are divided; Roslyn is split up into four districts, as are the Five Towns. But Francis Moroney, Republican spokesman for the map, told this newspaper that accusations of splitting up minority communities and violating the voting Rights Act were false. “There is only a small deviation of 4.85% in the map,” he said. The law allows for a deviation of as much as 10%. He further pointed to three heavily minority districts – District 1, with an 86.8% minority representation; District 2, with a minority representation of 71.7% and District 3, with a 56.3% minority population.

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by Samantha Pandolfo A budget presentation talk that emphasized both a declining budget and enrollment of students for the school district now and in the future was presented during last week’s Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Budget Lay Committee meeting at Brookside School in North Merrick. The state will provide 12.7-13% aid for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, lower than the over-20% the district received in 19921993, said Cynthia Strait Régal, assistant superintendent for business. “Things have not panned out so well for us,” said Ms. Régal of the steady budget decline since 2007-2008. High school district enrollment is at 5,889, with the four component elementary school districts at 6,100. In 20072008 there were 6,165 students at the high school level, and 6,539 in the component districts. Next year it is anticipated there will be around 5,700 students enrolled for both. According to Ms. Régal, every year the class size is projected to get smaller so that by 2019-2020, every class will have fewer than 900 students. Because of the loss of students, there was a reduction in teacher FTEs (Full Time Equivalents). In addition, classes that generally have

fewer than 20 students will not be available for 2013-2014. Sequestration has affected the budget, which resulted in the loss of money from the federal grants (IDEA and Title 1) of $72,000 between March 1 and June 30. In a full year, it would equal a total $181,000 in losses, which must be made up in general funds. Employee benefits take up over 25% of the budget, including retirement, insurance, FICA and Medicare. Anti-bullying program On the agenda was Athletes Helping Athletes, still being developed and redesigned as a local program. One proposed idea for the program name is “Peer Athletic Leadership Association.” A theme was discussed for 2014 that will focus on an anti-bullying program, pairing high school juniors and seniors with sixth-grade students in the district. The hope is to start in the elementary schools and have the participants involved in the program at every grade level. Awards and recognitions Many students and parents were in attendance to see multiple awards handed out to recipients from all three high schools. First recognized was Kennedy High School’s Principal Lorraine Poppe, who

won a Town of Hempstead 2013 Outstanding Woman Pathfinder Award in Education. The award was presented by Supervisor Kate Murray in a ceremony on March 5. “The number of nominations the Town of Hempstead received was overwhelming,” said CHSD school board President Marion Blane, adding that she was “so proud” of Ms. Poppe’s award. Ms. Poppe was honored for her contribution to the community, especially during superstorm Sandy, in which Ms. Poppe coordinated a community dinner to help those in need. Also recognized were seniors Eric Fegan and Jordan Liebman from Kennedy, both finalists for the National Merit Scholarship. Eric excels as an AP scholar with distinction, and is a member of three honor societies and the math team. He has been chosen as candidate for the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Jordan is a member of four honor societies and is also a member of Athletes Helping Athletes. He is an active volunteer at his synagogue, and has been accepted into Yale University. Louis Hernandez, a junior at Mepham High School and “exceptional athlete,” received acclaim for being a New York State and Nassau County Wrestling Champion.

His record stands at an extraordinary 51-1, with his career record at 105-10 and a total of 16 tournament victories. Louis now holds the record for the highest number of tournament champion victories by a Mepham wrestler since 1964. In addition, he is the first state champion from Mepham since 1984. The audience was privy to a presentation by Kennedy’s 2013 Virtual Enterprise class, which has an ongoing project named “Cupcake Break.” Started in October 2010, Cupcake Break is a virtual company that runs an upscale and luxurious bakery that specializes in “unique, high-quality delicious desserts.” This mock business presented its status and future projections of sales and revenue. Coming in first place in Long Island’s Business Plan Competition, the Cupcake Break team includes Alexa Butterman, Michael Capilupi, Joseph Coppola, Bari Driggin, Harris Fein, Dustin Ginsberg, Matthew Gurvitz, Lindsay Keshner, Joshua Kotler, Jordan Liebman, Jacob Lurie, Ryan Mohr, Matthew Murphy, Zachary Raskin, Allison Strumeyer and Jessica Vinokur, along with their facilitator, Victoria Cardinale. The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 8 p.m.

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An idea Young people drive like their parents, Tom Vanderbilt reported in the latest issue of AAA New York’s magazine for members of the American Automobile Association. He shared information from a recent survey that found nearly two-thirds of American high school students said their parents are the greatest influence on their driving. This can be good or bad. As Leon James, a professor of driving psychology put it, the back seat can be a “road rage nursery.” On the other hand, a Finnish study showed the closer children felt to their parents the less likely they would be to drive aggressively. What can we do to build better drivers? According to a study in “Accident Analysis and Prevention,” cited in the AAA article, “parents with poor driving records were more likely to have children with poor driving records.” And so comes this idea. How about including parent driver education in partnership with their children’s? Already, children do a lot of their practice driving with their parents. This idea would just add a classroom aspect to the program. Many parents participate in driver education classes every three years in order to reduce their car insurance costs. If these programs could be included in the programs their children follow, they would not be spending any extra time. But the benefits could be enormous because they would be spending that time with their children and for the sake of their children. We can all use a brushup on our driving skills. In one recent driver education class, the instructor left his students feeling like they had been kicked in the stomach. Nobody saw it coming. After describing a tragic accident in which a couple was rear-ended by a speeding driver, he told the class what could have prevented the accident. If, while stopped at the light, the driver had glanced in the rearview mirror he would have seen the car approaching. How often do you use stoplight time to tune a radio or perform some other task? But you are never safe when you are on the road and should never relax your vigilance for a minute. Driver education programs can help even the best drivers keep their touch.

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He also denied the charge of partisan politics. “The map was drawn blind to incumbency.” However, Legislator David Denenberg pointed to the community of Merrick, which has been carved up into three separate districts. North Merrick is part of Legislative District 13 represented by Legislator Norma Gonsalves; most of Merrick is represented by David Denenberg in Legislative District 19 and an approximately half-square mile area just east of Meadowbrook Parkway is now in the Legislative District 5, along with Baldwin and parts of Freeport. It is represented by Joseph Scannell. “The line was literally drawn around my house. I am the only house on McCord Avenue that was placed back into the 19th district,” said Mr. Denenberg. “All my neighbors are in the Fifth District.” Mr. Denenberg’s house was placed back into Legislative District 19 after his constituents from Bellmore, Merrick and Wantagh rallied strongly against the move at the hearings. “While I am humbled and grateful to all those who came out to support me, I am angry that Merrick has been split up,” said Mr. Denenberg. Still, he said “the deviation [in Merrick] is acceptable.” Despite the fact that Legislative District 19 is overwhelming Republican, Mr. Denenberg, a Democrat, has been its representative for the last 14 years. In the last election Mr. Denenberg took 71% of the vote. “I believe that people vote for the person, not the party,” said

by P.O. Kurt Faraczeck Nassau County Police Department 7th Precinct POP Unit The Nassau County Police Department wants you to keep your auto and its contents safe and secure. It has noticed a recent change in certain crimes relating to automobiles. Some of the following suggestions are quite easy to do and they limit the possibility of theft of your auto or its contents. When leaving your car unattended, close your windows and lock the doors. Half of all stolen cars are left unlocked. Remove the keys, because one-fifth of all car thefts are caused by leaving the car unattended while the engine is running. It takes only about 10 seconds to steal your idling car while you are in the convenience store. Park the car in a well-lit, busy parking lot or a lot with an attendant. At home, park your car in your garage or lighted driveway. Do not leave your insurance cards, registration or title in the glove box. Leave the originals in a safe place and only carry the copies in your wallet. This hinders criminals from impersonating you when they are stopped by the police. Never leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, backpacks, purses, iPods and GPS (global positioning system) devices in plain view. If you must leave items in the auto, please lock them out of view in the trunk. Always lock your car doors, especially when it is night. Criminals usually break into cars when it is dark

because it makes it harder to spot them while they walk down the block looking for valuables in unlocked vehicles. Criminals are also observing you when you drive up to gyms, parks, malls, running tracks, etc. They notice when you arrive at your destination and watch you put the valuables under the seat or in the trunk of the car. As soon as you leave they will break into the car and steal the valuables. To deter criminals from breaking into your unoccupied auto, put the valuables into the trunk before you arrive at your destination, or carry them with you. Larcenies of GPS units from autos have always been a concern to the police department. When the vehicle is unattended don’t leave your GPS unit in plain view on the windshield. Another tip is to take down the GPS holder and wipe the suction cup residue off the windshield. We’ve noticed an increase in the thefts of tires and rims. The thieves can steal all four tires off your car in a less than a minute. They usually steal the tires in the early morning hours when you are sleeping. We recommend that you install a locking lug nut on each rim. A set of locking lug nuts from an auto parts store cost around $40. A new set of tires and rims can easily cost thousands. The thieves will usually pass your car because they have to make too much noise using a sledge hammer to knock off the locking lugs. Overall, the best advice to deter thieves is to always lock your auto, park in a well-lit area and leave no valuables in your unattended auto.

What can special ed students expect in middle school? Both Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District middle school buildings will host a program on Wednesday, March 20, to inform special education parents on what to expect when transitioning from elementary schools. Grand Avenue Middle School’s event will run from 6:307:30 p.m. and Merrick Avenue Middle School's is 8-9 p.m. The talk will be designed for students who require additional educational support, but is also open to those not requiring special needs. Eric Arlin, the new director of special education and pupil personnel services for the district, will

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Philip L. Williams Scholarship deadline nears The Philip L. Williams Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Philip L. Williams Scholarship Fund, will be presented by the Merrick Post 1282 of the American Legion to a deserving high school senior who best exemplifies the qualities of Commander Williams. Mr. Williams’ core values were focused on strong morals: patriotism, family values, community service and a strong work ethic, said his wife Sharon. Mr. Williams was an inspiration because he took every opportunity to exhibit and incorporate these morals in his life, she added. He made a difference to his fellow veterans and co-workers, and to his family and friends, by reminding all to integrate these values into everyday life. The Williams family hopes to find a

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by Dylan Campbell The highly anticipated Kennedy competition Dancing with the Teachers last month was filled with favorite Kennedy staff members not only dancing, but hosting and judging. The Sandy Relief fundraising event was filled with many memorable events and dances. The evening started with a $1,000 donation to the Cougar Sandy Relief

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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (RMerrick) recently served as a guest reader to Stacey Vigna’s first grade class at Birch Elementary School as part of Birch’s annual Community Read-In Day. Senator Fuschillo read “America Is” by Louise Borden and Stacey Schuett, to the class. The book illustrates the different parts of America and teaches children to celebrate the people, places and principles that make our country great.

miles from the child’s home. All requests for transportation should be addressed to North Merrick School District, Dr. Irene H. Lenhart Administrative Center business office at 1057 Merrick Avenue. Applications may be picked up at the business office at Fayette School between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students entering middle school or high school should contact the BellmoreMerrick Central High School District, 1260 Meadowbrook Road. Only corner bus stops will be provided for the school year. No house stops will be made. All students must be officially registered with the district.


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Merrick: Transportation requests for students in the Merrick School District who attend nonpublic schools must be filled by Monday, April 1, or within 30 days after residence is established. Applications must be filed annually. A separate application is required for each child. Transportation is provided only to those schools within a 15-mile radius of the child’s home. Requests should be sent to Merrick Union Free School District, Administrative Business Office, 21 Babylon Road, Merrick 11566. For information call 992-7260.

Police reports come from law enforcement agencies. Suspects are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in court. Nassau police reported an arrest for forgery on Monday, March 11, at 3:40 p.m. in Merrick. According to detectives, Earlene Wilson, 67, of Roosevelt, entered Chase bank at 1696 Merrick Road and attempted to open an account using a fake $100 bill and a fake New York State driver’s license. She was apprehended at the scene without incident. She is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. ©©© Unknown thieves broke a window of a vehicle parked at Xtreme Gym, Hewlett Avenue, Merrick, on February 27, and

stole a pocketbook, credit cards and cash. ©©© Unknown thieves shattered the front passenger-side window of a vehicle locked and parked in a driveway on Byron Road, Merrick, on February 28, and removed an iPad. ©©© Unknown vandals shattered the passenger side window of a locked vehicle parked on Whaleneck Drive, Merrick, on February 28, and removed a laptop with accessories. ©©© An unknown suspect pumped gas at the BP gas station, Merrick Road, Merrick, on February 27, and didn’t pay the full amount that was due. The suspect fled the scene. ©©© A 29-year-old Wakefield resident was



arrested at Sunrise Highway and Frankel Boulvard, Merrick, on March 1, and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. ©©© Five people traveling in a car at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, were injured when they struck – or were struck by – another vehicle that went through a stop sign at the intersection of Schermerhorn Street and Carroll Avenue in North Merrick, North Merrick Fire Department Fire Chief Jim Rogers told Merrick Life (see photo page 5). Chief Rogers could not determine who missed the stop sign, but said one car ricocheted off of a parked car from the impact after colliding, to create substantial debris on the street. “There was major damage to the three



vehicles involved,” he told this newspaper. He said the injuries suffered by all five occupants were not life-threatening, and the North Merrick FD transported one occupant to Nassau University Medical Center, while a Merrick Fire Department ambulance transported another occupant, and two Nassau police ambulances transported two more occupants. “One occupant refused transport to the hospital,” he told Merrick Life. He added that one occupant required a trauma team for treatment. All occupants were accessible to reach after the collision had occurred and were not trapped, he said. Chief Rogers said there a full department response to the collision in anticipation of injuries and fire. – D. Finlay




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Federal budget cuts Money has been taken away from 9/11 funding with Mrs. McCarthy saying it is a battle going forward. The money in dispute was funds to help first responders that have fallen ill since the attack on 9/11. She vows her continuing efforts to make sure that those who served receive funding so that they can get appropriate and necessary healthcare. Discussing budget plans, Mrs. McCarthy brings up Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed cuts, which came out this week. Rep. Ryan’s spending cuts could potentially be over $4 billion. Mrs. McCarthy worries about entitlements and a proposed Medicare voucher program that she firmly contends. As a former nurse, Congresswoman McCarthy understands the value of healthcare and Medicare benefits, going on to emphasize the effects this new budget will have on the seniors who depend on it most. Changes to Social Security are another concern with the potential for a “Means Test,” which would change the cap on those with higher salaries. Local and foreign affairs In international news, Mrs. McCarthy brings up issues concerning NATO and the United States financial support of the program, pointing out that other countries need to do their part in support. Her Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act, which she cosponsors, is a proposed import-export bill that she addressed. Mrs. McCarthy stated that many new members didn’t believe in it, but that it is a self-sustaining program with the prospect of bringing $10 billion to Long Island’s economy, adding, “That helps all of us.” Concerning energy policy, Representative McCarthy said that Long Island is at the end of the line in getting utilities, adding that Long Island especially needs to explore more options for getting and conserving energy. She implored residents to look into solar power – for which Nassau County gives tax breaks – because this type of alternative energy is

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Rebuilding after superstorm Sandy Rep. McCarthy discussed federal aid for Sandy, including the distribution of emergency relief funds for both individual residents and for the local townships, as well as general issues Long Island is facing in the storm’s aftermath. Funds that the Island needs to help rebuild are a concern. “It’s through no fault of anyone that we had that terrible storm,” said Rep. McCarthy, bringing up the substantial damage to Long Island’s protective barrier, and the extensive rebuilding necessary for Long Beach’s barrier islands. On FEMA and their involvement, she said, “FEMA is not there to make you whole – FEMA is to help you get you through an emergency.” She advises residents – especially those who live near or on the water – that they may not have coverage for the next storm so should review their insurance policies.

Community update Sergeant Richard Herman of the First Precinct went over the local police reports, mentioning that the proposal to close the First Precinct is still an open issue. Giving the crime breakdown since January 1, he said there has been one robbery, one stolen car, two incidents of car break-ins and over three drug arrests. The issues of drug distribution on Columbus Avenue in North Bellmore

were also mentioned. County Legislator Dave Denenberg commented that the precinct is aware of the situation and it is an ongoing investigation. Adam Haber, a candidate for county executive, was in attendance and invited residents to an upcoming Democratic Club meeting with Mr. Denenberg and him in Rockville Centre on Thursday, March 28, to discuss local issues. Mr. Haber also mentioned his program for free mold and sheetrock removal, and that anyone in need should contact the All Hands volunteer group ( The next North Bellmore Civic Association meeting will be held on Monday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m. 1287MA2706CF

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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF FORMATION, FISHER SPEECH AND LANGUAGE INNOVATIONS, PLLC Articles of Organization Filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/06/2012. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the PLLC to c/o: THE PLLC, 3324 Robbin Lane, Merrick, N.Y. 11566 Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. ML 927 6T 2/14, 21, 28, 3/7, 14, 21 SURROGATE'S COURT - NASSAU COUNTY PROBATE CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent File No. 2011-363666 To ANTHONY MELECCA, JOANNE BARRET and any and all unknown persons whose names or parts of whose names and whose place or places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascer tained, distributees, heirs-at-Iaw and next-of-kin of the said JOSEPH A. MELECCA, deceased, and if any of the said above distributees named specifically or as a class be

dead, their legal representatives, their husbands or wives, if any, distributees and successors in interest whose names and/or places of residence and post office addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. GREETINGS A PETITION having been duly filed by FRANCESCO TAGARIELLO, residing at 1620 East Drive, Merrick NY 11566 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate's Cour t, Nassau County, at 262 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York, on April 3, 2013 at 9:30 o'clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of JOSEPH A. MELECCA, lately domiciled at 1787 MARGARITA COURT, MERRICK NY 11566 admitting to probate a Will dated MARCH 16, 1995 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of JOSEPH A. MELECCA, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [ X ] Letters of Administration c.t.a. issue to FRANCESCO TAGARIELLO HON. EDWARD W. McCARTY III, Surrogate Dated, Attested and Sealed, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 (Seal) Michael J. Murphy, Chief Clerk

This Citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear, it will be assumed that you consent to the proceedings, unless you file written verified objections thereto. You have a right to have an attorney-atlaw appear for you. Name of Attorney: GREGG A LUCKMAN ESQ Address: 16 VERBENA AVE., FLORAL PARK, NY 11001 Phone No. 516-679-0008 A TRUE COPY OF THE WILL OFFERED FOR PROBATE MUST BE ATTACHED TO THIS CITATION Note: 22 N.Y.C.R.R. 207.7 (c): Proof of Service shall be filed on or before the second day preceding the return date. In computing such period of two days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be taken into account. ML 928 4T 2/21, 28, 3/7, 14 NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE MERRICK LIBRARY TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special District Meeting of the qualified voters of the Merrick Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, will be held in the Merrick Library,

2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:00 am, prevailing time, for the purpose of voting, by voting machine, upon the following items: 1. A proposition for the appropriation of funds to be raised by a tax levy for the cost of the operation of the Merrick Library in said district, for the school year 2013-2014; and 2. To elect one (1) Trustee to the Merrick Library Board to fill a five year term commencing July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2018. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that for the purpose of voting at such meeting on April 16, 2013 the polls will be open between the hours 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. prevailing time, and the voting will be held in the Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York; and NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of library trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the District, Clarice Rebentisch, 21 Babylon Road, Merrick, New York, 11566 no later than March 17, 2013. Every such petition shall be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the district or 2% of the voters who voted in the previous annual election of members of the Board of Trustees of the Librar y,

whichever is greater. Said petition must state at least the name and residence of the candidate. Personal registration is a prerequisite for voting at all meetings in this school district, and no person will be entitled to vote at such annual meeting and election whose name does not appear upon the register of the school district, which shall have been prepared for such meeting and election; except that any person, a resident of the district, who is permanently registered with the Nassau County Board of Elections to vote at elections other than a school district election and whose registration is current, shall also be qualified to vote at this election without further registration; and NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that, in accordance with Education Law, application for absentee ballots for election of Trustees of the Merrick Library Board and the Merrick Library Budget and any referenda may be applied for at the office of the Clerk of the District. A list of absentee voters will be maintained in the District Office and available for inspection for five (5) days prior to the budget vote and election and shall also be pos- ted at the polling place. The Voting Registers will be open to inspection on week-

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LOCAL FAMILIES PARTICIPATE in MJC’s Amazing Passover Challenge.

by Jacob Derwin Over 30 families took the Merrick Jewish Centre’s “Amazing Passover Challenge” on Sunday. Modeled after CBS’s “The Amazing Race,” The Amazing Passover Challenge dispersed over 100 people around the area to complete games and do mitzvot (good deeds) along the way. “We call it a challenge because it’s not a race! Please be careful!” said Rabbi Charles Klein before teams began their journey.

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