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Dueling bills – one sponsored by the Republican majority and a second by the Democratic minority – have been introduced into the Nassau County Legislature to prohibit the acceptance of hydrofracking wastewater into county sewage treatment facilities, including Cedar Creek in Seaford, Bay Park in East Rockaway and the Glen Cove plant. The bills, both Proposed Local Law 2012, seek to keep what both parties deem to be “toxic byproducts” from being brought into sewage plants. The Republican bill states “fracturing fluids are comprised of water and chemical additives, including but not limited to biocides, surfactants, viscosity-modifiers and emulsifiers.” The Democratic bill points to the possibility of “known carcinogens” [as a byproduct of hydrofracking]. “Hydrofracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, is a new and controversial method of extracting fossil fuels out of the Earth by forcing water, chemicals and sand into deep underground rock formations to break them up. This process releases natural gas. Some fear that the wastewater produced by this process will contain many contaminants. A recent state Department of Environmental Conservation draft Environmental Impact Statement has identified four sewage plants in Nassau County as potential recipients of wastewater if hydrofracking begins in Marcellus, New York (on the border of Pennsylvania). Both bills conclude that the county sewage facilities are “not capable of efficient handling flowback,” says the Democratic version of the bill. “Tertiary wastewater treatment facilities treat water to remove nitrogen, phosphorous and carbons but do not treat for all the chemicals in fracturing fluid and flowback water.” says the Republican bill. Both bills also acknowledge that “Nassau County’s wastewater treatment facilities discharge treated water into waterways, which feed into Long Island’s sole source aquifer,” reads the Republican bill. “We are acting now on behalf of all Nassau residents to say no to additional wastewater in Nassau’s sewer system,” stated Legislator Denise Ford, who sponsored the Republican version of the bill. “Given [Edward P. Mangano] the county executive’s desire to privatize our [sewage] plants, this ban is particularly important because a private operator is likely to process as much wastewater as possible for as much money as possible to the detriment of our environment and our taxpayers,” responded Legislator David Denenberg of Merrick, who sponsored the Democratic version of the bill.

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The Merrick Library is proposing an expenditure budget of $3,349,490 for the 2012-2013 year or an increase of $15,277 from last year. The tax levy increase – the amount of money to be raised by taxes – will increase by $25,277. This represents a tax levy increase of .8%. Library Director Ellen Frier said “We are doing our best to keep improving the level of services here at the Merrick Library for our patrons. We are working hard to keep costs within reason, especially as we have seen increases to health insurance and retirement costs.” The Merrick Library will hold its budget hearing on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. The library budget vote is the following day, Wednesday, April 18, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the library.

The tax levy increase – the amount of money to be raised by taxes – will increase by $124,360 from last year. This represents a tax levy increase of 6.3%. “This budget is the product of three months of work and discussion by the board and the library’s director, Tom Witt,” said Board Presdient Bill Pezzulo. “We go over every line in the budget, looking for a balance between preserving library services and being fiscally responsible. That’s how we were able to present zero-tax increase budgets in 2009, 2010 and 2011.” Mr. Witt agreed. “For the past three years we didn’t increase the tax levy at all. We have to do it now.” The largest increase to the library’s budget is for staff salaries and benefits, which is going up by $56,994. “These are state mandated increases to the pension plan,” explained Mr. Witt. The North Merrick library is also proposing to increase spending on library materials and databases by $1,386, and includes spending to address the increased demand for downloadable e-books. Mr. Witt pointed out that the North Merrick Library makes many titles available and has close to a dozen e-readers, including Kindle, Nook and Sony Readers that patrons may borrow. The library trustees will make a

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representative noticed her vehicle with the hood up, after a man in a van attempted to jumpstart her car. Merrick Life also spoke with Alissa Marti, marketing director for KJoy. “This is not the first time an event like this has happened, but this is the first one of the year. We are the community heroes giving a break at the pump” said Ms. Marti. She loves the idea of reducing the price because it gives exposure to the radio station and establishes it as part of the local community. “We actually started setting everything up at 2 a.m., and that’s when the first car showed up. But the majority of people began arriving between 10-11 a.m. “We officially opened the pumps at [noon].” When asked how the stickers were distributed, she replied that the whole event was on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once a car was in its position, it received the number. “Whatever spot you had, that’s the number you got,” she said. Merrick Life also spoke with “KJoy Morning Show” hosts Leeana and Steve. “We are spending the entire day serving our supporters. Since noon, we have been pumping gas for every single car.” Leeana and Steve are part of the “KJoy Morning Show” weekdays from 5-9 a.m. 1287MA2706CF

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had other plans for the day but said her priority was saving money. “As consumers, we need all the help we can get today, especially with the state of the current economy.” She listens to KJoy on a regular basis and that is how she learned of the offer. Melissa A., who was in car 89, received a text from her mother from Levittown. She thinks it is a great idea, but said that more pumps should have been available because the line was moving too slowly. But not everyone agreed with the event. Perhaps it was just because he was the final car, but Chris was not entirely pleased. “It’s ridiculous for only $20, I’m using more gas waiting in this line than the amount I’m going to receive.” Since he was the 98th vehicle, KJoy stuck a poster on his back windshield reading “Kiss My Gas! Line Ends Here!” Another driver created her own equation for the day. Eileen Pepe proposed this problem: “If there are a total of 98 cars and it takes five minutes to fill up 10 gallons, how long is the wait if you are car 77, and how much patience is required to wait for only $20?” Her car battery died because she turned her car off, but left the TV on in the backseat for her child, which added to the frustration. The car was jumpstarted after a KJoy

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and cars were allowed to fill up 10 gallons, rounded up from 9.8. Merrick Life spoke with many lucky drivers waiting patiently for their opportunity. “We just wanted to give it a shot today,” said Massapequa residents Tammy and Jimmy Dipietro. They were car number 73, and arrived at 11:40 a.m. “We heard it on Channel 12 and figured, why not? Let’s see what its all about.” Cars received stickers given out by KJoy representatives with a number on it from 1-98. Whatever position they were in line is what number they were labeled. Car number 78 was Lillanne Sabia, who

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Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Saturday, March 30 – Palm Sunday, 5 p.m. Mass. Palm Sunday, April 1 – Mass at 8, 10 a.m. and noon and 5 p.m. Monday, April 2 – Confessions will be heard from 3 - 9 p.m. in the church. Tuesday, April 3 – Reconciliation, general prayer service. Holy Thursday, April 5 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m. in the

church followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 p.m. Good Friday, April 6 – Passion of the Lord, 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 7 – Confessions, 10-11 a.m. Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8 – Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and noon. No 5 p.m. Mass.

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378-9222 Palm Sunday, April 1 – Service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The Sunday School will have a Palm Stripping Party at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor where the children will separate the palms into single strips in time for morning worship. Holy Thursday, April 5, Maundy Thursday Love Feast – 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion will be observed. Good Friday, April 6 – Prayer vigil from 8:20 a.m.- 2:40 p.m and 4:20 -6:40 p.m. in the chapel. Our congregation will join with others in the Bellmore-Merrick area for a joint Good Friday worship service to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the East Meadow United Methodist Church. Easter Sunday, April 8 – The Long Island Council of Church’s Ecumenical Easter Dawn Worship will be held at Jones Beach, parking field 6, just east of the East Bath House, 6:30 a.m. For information, call the LICC office at 565-0290.

The Community Presbyterian Church 2101 William. Place 378-7761

Sunday, April 1 – Communion Palm Sunday service 10 a.m. Children are invited to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt following

worship service and invited to enjoy some hot cross buns! All are welcome. Thursday, April 5, Maundy Thursday – Candlelight Tenebrae and Communion service, 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8 – Special service at 10 a.m. with special music and a “living cross.” Easter bonnets are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

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Sunday, April 1, Palm Sunday – Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship Service, 11 a.m. Evening Worship Service, 6 p.m. Sunday April 8, Easter Sunday – Morning worship service, 11 a.m. Evening worship service, 6 p.m.

Passover, Saturday, April 7 – Congregation Ohav Sholom will host a Community Seder on the second night of Passover, 8:15 p.m The cost to attend is $62.50 for adults and $37.20 for children under 12. There are discounts and subsidies available, and a limited number of incentive grants for low or nocost participation. For information or to reserve your seat at the Seder table, call 378-1988 or e-mail seder@mbjewish.org.

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Sunday, April 1, Palm Sunday – The Holy Communion, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 – Solemn Holy Communion, 10 a.m. Hosted by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West – opposite the park in Manhattan. All are welcome. Holy Wednesday, April 4 – Individual confession and absolution. Maunday Thursday, April 5 – Solemn Eucharist in main church, noon. Solemn Holy communion (includes stripping of the altar.), 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 6 – The Way of the Cross, noon (Sanctuary remains open for prayer and meditation until 3 p.m.) Tenebrae, 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 7 – the Great Vigil of Easter, Festive Holy Eucharist, 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8 – Feast Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord, 9:30 a.m. and

Search for Leaven in the home Thursday, April 5 – in the evening. Arrange for Chametz Sale by Friday, April 6-10 a.m. Service for First Born Friday, April 6 – First Day Service, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7– Second Day Service, 9 a.m. Sunday, April 8 – Service, 9 a.m. Evening of the Seventh Day Thursday, April 12 – Seventh Day Service, 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, Service 9 a.m. Eighth Day Service 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 – (includes Yizkor) 9 a.m. Yizkor Service, 10:15 a.m. Concluding Evening Service, 8 p.m. Passover concludes, 8:25 p.m.

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If “to privatize or not to privatize” Nassau’s three sewage treatment plants is the question, at a recent meeting of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association, attended by over 30 residents, the answer would be a resounding no. Legislator David Denenberg, Democrat of Merrick, gave an impassioned speech explaining why he believes the plants should remain public entities and not be sold or leased to help close the county budget deficit. “I am against giving these assets away,” he said. Legislator Denenberg acknowledged much maintenance work and upgrading must be done at the plants. He said the money to complete the projects is already allotted in the county budget and is available. “The money is there, it’s authorized, the debt is already incurred. The real concentration should be on getting these projects done,” he said.

Public vs. private Mr. Denenberg said while he was all for free trade and competition in Nassau’s

economy, “When you flush your toilet there’s only one place it can go.” In cases where individuals cannot make choices, the utility should remain public, he said. “Keeping it public allows you to come to me or another legislator.” North and Central Merrick Civic Association president Claudia Borecky echoed that statement in a PowerPoint presentation she gave later that evening. Mrs. Borecky expressed concern about the lack of transparency frequently found when dealing with private entities, “You can’t FOIL a private company as you can with a public company,” said Ms. Borecky. To FOIL a company is to use the state Freedom of Information Act to find out facts regarding that company’s practices.

The bottom line To draw a comparison, Mr. Denenberg asked attendees if they had public or private water. One public water client said water bills totaled about $280 per year, a private water user said bills were closer to $1,200 per year. During her PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Borecky declared that according to

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Nassau, although there has not been an occurrence in North Merrick. He said that most often these criminals prey on the elderly, as one perpetrator distracts the homeowner while a partner burglarizes the house. Sgt. Rothenberg also warned about a large increase in cases of identity theft. He advised attendees to notify their banks in the case of a lost or stolen credit card, and to notify the police of any fraudulent charges. Mrs. Borecky spoke specifically of trying to get parking permits for the Bellmore and Merrick train stations. She said after researching the issue, “We’re the only two stations along the Babylon branch that don’t have parking permits.” The Wantagh and Seaford stations have parking permits, said town Press Secretary Susie Trenkle-Pokalsky. The town is negotiating with the LIRR regarding permit parking in Bellmore, and has contacted the LIRR regarding Merrick parking permits, she said. Mrs. Borecky also informed residents of the newly formed Nassau Coalition of Civics.

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Remembering former Man of the Year Walter Mintz from page 3 organized the board, motivated the staff, energized community leaders, cajoled any and every elected town, county, state and federal official he could find. And remarkably, he convinced the community to approve the funding referendum for the new building. The result stands prominently on Merrick Avenue. I was in the building on Monday and there was barely an empty seat. More than a library, it’s become as much a town square and community center. It gives Merrick that important sense of place that connects and grounds people. Our family plans an appropriate honor to him at the place he loved. While living in Merrick for 45 years, Dad was not at first a born joiner – that was really my mother’s world. Instead Dad was focused on running a business. At home, he taught himself woodworking, coached Little League, and read. Read a lot. And that meant that every errand out of the house included a visit to the library. [his children] “We need to make a quick stop,” he would say to [his children] Peter, Carol and me as we pulled into the library parking lot. “There’s a new Churchill biography in,” he would explain. An hour later, after he read through every dust jacket of every new book in the nonfiction section, our reward would be an ice cream cone and a short treatise on Churchill’s war strategy. My mother would smile when he’d come back home with three chocolate-covered kids, four

books, and no milk or groceries. Every day, throughout his life he would have at least three or four books going. Right to the end, even while weakened by the cancer, he still was managing “Catherine the Great” audio book. No subject interested him more that his own heritage. His love of learning was deepest when it came to Judaism. The son of a kosher butcher and then a Yeshiva student, Judaism provided a moral construct, an intellectual frame, a sense of connection. hough he wasn’t necessarily religious, being a Jew was profoundly meaningful to him. His continuous study along with the hundreds of books throughout our house on Jewish history, ritual and genealogy, the Talmud, the Yiddish language, are powerful testament to this. There was another arena of spirituality for him too – football and the New York Giants. Dad played and loved the game. He started with it in his Brooklyn neighborhood, where the only youth team was with the Catholic parish. Not sure what to do with a Jewish kid, Father Dominic insisted that Dad play under the pseudonym, Wally Mincini. Playing for Lincoln High, he went on to become one of the best tight ends in the city, and was recruited to play in college. Realizing the prospects for a 5-11, 190pound Jewish tight end with a bum shoulder were pretty limited, he wisely passed on college football to get degrees from Columbia and then CCNY [now the city University of New York]. But football and the Giants were always (continued on next page)

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a constant for him and for us. Nothing thrilled him more than when we got to sit in the owners box at Giants stadium. After watching games for decades in the hard, cold bleachers of the Polo Grounds, he was thrilled when we got to watch a game from the owner’s box. And in that magnificent symmetry of life, the last picture we have together was with Peter and I celebrating last month’s Super Bowl win. In business, in the community, in sports,

in his Judaism, he left his mark. But no more so than with his own family. With my mom, they were a great team. From their first date at Guy Lombardo’s in Freeport, they clicked. And for 55 years, they flourished as one in their shared interests – theater, community service, travel, grandchildren. And most recently, throughout every minute of every difficult day, my mother was there for him and for us. Solid and loving. Caring and beautiful.

For them, for my mother, for Carol and Bill, Peter and Leslie, Helaine and I – for us all, Dad’s is a life worth celebrating, a life worth emulating, a life worth living. Dad we love you.

From Ellen Firer, library director Walter joined the Merrick Library Board of Trustees in 1990. He was president of the board for the majority of that time, leading the board during the changing and challenging times all libraries were facing. Walter was a true visionary. He knew the library was about books; but he also knew that there was so much more to what we were offering the Merrick community. The building was just the physical embodiment of the dream of a community center, a place to read, relax, interact, learn, create… Walter joined the Nassau Library System board; as a representative of an area including seven libraries, he took seriously his charge to represent the libraries that fell within that area, as diverse as Merrick, to North Bellmore, to Roosevelt, to Uniondale. Walter took his responsibilities as Nassau Library System board member to heart; but his true love was the Merrick Library. The board, administration and staff knew the hard work Walter put in to this library, and as a result we all respected and loved him. We are always asked to [offer tours] other directors, other trustees, to show them not just the building, but our service models and technology. Walter was the backbone of it all – and he will be sorely missed.

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Specialized schools AND CAMP DIRECTORY Friedberg JCC Family of Camps 15 Neil Court, Oceanside 766-4341 www.friedbergjcc.org The Friedberg JCC Family of Camps offers a variety of camping experiences for children ages, 2-16. Three preschool camps are conveniently located in Oceanside, Merrick and Long Beach, and are held in modern, well-equipped surroundings. Each includes sports clinics, drama, music, swim instruction, arts & crafts, professional entertainment, Judaic culture and more. Campers, grades K-4, enjoy the beauty of 450 wooded acres while participating in swim, sports, drama, Judaic culture, nature, science and a professionally-designed golf driving range and a NEW challenge course. Campers in grades 3 & 4 enjoy horseback riding and overnight adventures. Explorers, a transition program for grades 5 & 6 have the luxury of traditional day camp, a variety of day trips and extended overnights. Voyagers (grades 7-9), designed with teens in mind, includes fantastic day trips and extended overnights to destinations such as Canada and Boston. Transportation for camp is provided on air-conditioned buses and meals are included in most camps. Specialty camps offered by the JCC include Theatre Camp (ages 5-12), Camps for Children with Disabilities and Sunrise Day Camp, the only dedicated day camp in the nation for children with cancer and their siblings.

Friedberg JCC Family of Camps – Merrick/Bellmore Branch 225 Fox Blvd., Merrick 379-9386 www.friedbergjcc.org/camp Welcome to the Friedberg JCC Early Childhood Summer Camp Experience! At our Merrick/Bellmore Preschool location, we strive to incorporate our school year philosophy into a vital, active and -- most importantly -- fun summer program for children! Our camp program is unique because Early Childhood is all we do. Our experienced early childhood specialists coordinate to bring weekly themes that are filled with creative crafts, dramatic play, dance, movement and loads of sports! Our sports program includes ProSoccer, yoga, judo, tee ball and tennis. Our supervised swim program offers one-on-one instruction. Friday Shabbats, entertainment, trips for fours and fives, “Super Science” and lots of “silly days” make our pre-school camp a unique and genuine early childhood camping experience for your child. Our professional dedicated staff will give you peace of mind and provide your child with a nurturing environment. This summer trust the specialists in Early Childhood Education and give your child an experience where they will blossom and grow!

Future Stars Summer Camps offer the finest weekly specialty day camps at two convenient locations, The College at Old Westbury and Farmingdale State College. Summer 2012 camps run from June 25 – August 17. Programs are directed by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches who share a passion for working with children. At Future Stars Summer Camps we play with confidence, enthusiasm, and a genuine love of the game! Future Stars at The College at Old Westbury Conveniently located on Rt.107 minutes from the LI Expressway in Nassau County. A picturesque 500 acre campus offering programs in Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Circus Arts, Dance, Drama, Lacrosse, Magic, MultiSports, ‘Flag’ Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swim, Tennis, and Volleyball. Call 516-876-3490 for more information. Visit www.fscamps.com for details. Future Stars at Farmingdale State College Conveniently located on the Rt.110 corridor on the Nassau/Suffolk border. A beautiful 300 acre campus offering programs in Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Magic, MultiSports, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. Call 631-609-0438 for more information. Visit www.fscamps.com for details.

Maplewood School and Summer Program 2166 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh 221- 2121 Situated in a spacious wooded area, Maplewood’s activities include a serene blend of moderately sized buildings, athletic fields, sunny playgrounds, and shaded lawns. A non-sectarian private school, Maplewood is chartered by the New York State Board of Education for Nursery, Kindergarten, and Elementary Grades for ages 3-12. Our Nursery School, Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum encourages freedom of expression, and the development of self confidence. A spectacular Summer Program is offered for ages 3 - 12. Visit us at www.maplewoodschool.com

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Twin Oaks Country Day School & Camp 458 Babylon Turnpike, Freeport 516-623-4550 www.twinoaksdaycamp.com For over 35 years, Twin Oaks has been a leader in camping for all ages. From tots to teens we offer a full program of sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. 2 heated pools, spacious fields, an Arts and Crafts center, a large indoor gymnasium/theater and state of the art playgrounds make Twin Oaks the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Elective programming including, a “Broadway style production”, “Cool Crafts”, “Culinary Magic” and many more offered to our 2nd thru 4th grade campers. Our Gemini Teen Travel Program from 5th thru 8th grade and our Gemini Adventure partial travel program from 4th6th grade are the best travel programs around. Join the fun for summer 2012. The excitement of Twin Oaks continues all year long in our nursery school with the thrill of lFor over 35 years, Twin Oaks has been a leader in camping for all ages. From tots to teens we offer a full program of sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. 2 heated pools, spacious fields, an Arts and Crafts center, a large indoor gymnasium/theater and state of the art playgrounds make Twin Oaks the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Elective programming including, a “Broadway style production”, “Cool Crafts”, “Culinary Magic” and many more offered to our 2nd thru 4th grade campers. Our Gemini Teen Travel Program from 5th thru 8th grade and our Gemini Adventure partial travel program from 4th6th grade are the best travel programs around. Join the fun for summer 2012. The excitement of Twin Oaks continues all year long in our nursery school with the thrill of learning. Our caring, nurturing staff provides the best education. Our fully accredited school prepares your preschooler for and easy transition into elementary school. Our hands on academic experiences are available from toddlers to our Full Day Kindergarten. Call us and give your child the gift of learning. Our caring, nurturing staff provides the best education. Our fully accredited school prepares your preschooler for and easy transition into elementary school. Our hands on academic experiences are available from toddlers to our Full Day Kindergarten. Call us and give your child the gift of learning.

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Temple B’nai Torah Nursery School and Summer Program 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh Tel - 516-781-KIDS (5437) A place for learning and nurturing for all children and their families! Our school program offers fun-filled educational experiences for ages 18 months through Kindergarten Enrichment. Our curriculum includes such activities as reading readiness, computers, science, math, cooking, creative movement, and music. Our entire staff is experienced, caring, trained in CPR, first aid, and is NYS certified. We have a security system with a private entrance, and a fully fenced-in playground with safety padding. We have an indoor playroom, and our entire building is air-conditioned. We offer half-day, mini-day, or full day programs for 35 days. Early drop off and late-stay available. Our Summer Fun Program accomodates children from 2 years, 9 months to 7 years old. Each week is a special theme, and snacks to go along with it. Special events include “Backwards Day,” and “Crazy Hat Day.” Each day the children have the chance to experience the outdoors by going into the playground, playing sports, and then some water fun with the sprinkler, water table, and water games. Registration now in progress for Summer Fun & Fall Programs. Call 516-781- KIDS (5437)

South Shore Country Day School & Camp 54 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE! 1149 Newbridge Road North Bellmore 785-3311 South Shore Country Day School & Camp has been operating a private preschool and elementary school, as well as a summer day camp since 1958. South Shore provides your child with a developmentally appropriate educational experience. Programs include Mommy & Me, Terrific Tots, Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Enrichment, First Grade and Second Grade. Specialty programs include field trips, music, computers, gymnastics, and Spanish and more. They have NYS Certified Teachers and the school is chartered by NYS Board of Regents. South Shore Day Camp has programs from Tots to Teens! Camp activities focus on promoting self-esteem, making friends and having fun! Morning, Mini Day, and Full Day Sessions are available with 2-3 or 5 days options. South Shore’s safe, secure campus includes air conditioned buildings, a tree-house playground, in-ground pools, and athletic fields. Daily nutritious snacks, lunch, and door to door airconditioned mini bus transportation is included. Our Teen travel program for grades 7 and 8 includes 4 overnight trips at no extra charge. Our Explorer program for grades 5 and 6 include 1 overnight trip at no extra charge. We do not charge extra for morning or evening extended hours! All our prices include everything! There is no fine print!

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Facilities include a beautiful indoor, air conditioned classroom with many windows and skylights, and a beautiful outdoor shaded playing space with 3 play sets to accommodate all ages, along with a wide variety of outdoor toys. Kosher breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are served daily to ease the burden on parents. Flexible schedule of half days, full days and extended hours are available for children aged 12 months to 4 years old. The Jewish ELC also offers a great first camp experience for your very young child, with water play, sports, baking and specialist instruction in gymnastics, music, karate, drumming and more. Special discounts for early registration! For a preschool or daycare experience ‘where every child counts’, choose the Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore!

The Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore enables its young children to grow academically and socially through the SPICES approach to education. That is, they address the children’s Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Spiritual development. Licensed by NYS, small classes and warm, certified teachers guarantee individualized attention and the highest commitment to the students. Children are recognized for their uniqueness and the Jewish ELC does its best to cultivate their individuality through learning and playing. Jewish traditions and values along with an array of subjects like math, literacy readiness and dramatic play are incorporated into the classroom curricula. Programs focus on areas like sensory and perception development, selfhelp, motor skills and emotional growth. Children are encouraged to grow through learning and creative expression during indoor and outdoor playtime.

Current Events Club Thursdays, April 12 and May 10, at 2 p.m. Attention news junkies!: If you follow current events, the Merrick Library’s discussion group, moderated by local historian, Jack Bilello is the place to be! He looks behind the headlines of stories local, national and international. Learn more about what’s going on in our world! All are welcome to attend. Video game tournament for teens Wednesday, April 4, 3-5p.m. The popular Game Tournament is back. The library will set up three gaming consoles, and provide snacks and prizes. Participants will be able to vote for games during sign- up. Sign up at the teen/media desk. From the Children’s Room On Monday, April 9, the Alley Pond Environmental Center presents a variety of animals, including a snake, a lizard, a rabbit and a dove. Children ages 2-4 with a caregiver will enjoy this program from 11-11:45 a.m. Children in grades K and up will meet from 12-12:45 p.m. There will be lots of hands-on fun. Limited registration begins on March 30. On Wednesday, April 11, Trent Arterberry will entertain children in grades K and up from 11 a.m.-noon., with storytelling, mime, music and puppetry to create endearingly funny characters. There is no registration for this program meeting in the Multipurpose Room. The family movie, “An American Tail” will be shown in the Children's Program Room on Friday, April 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. for children ages 4 years and up. Follow Fievel Mousekowitz, a boy mouse, on his journey from Russia to America. The film is Rated G and there is no registration needed.

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ENTERTAINING LIFE This band is signaling for takeoff… Signal For Pilot,” there is no doubt. The band is preparing to perform in the semifinal round of The Break contest on Saturday, March 31, at Ollie’s Point in Amityville (with the band hitting the stage at 5 p.m. sharp), competing for a chance to play at this year’s Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, May 18-20. Their songs have recently been played on various college radio stations, and they are in the process of planning a tri-state area tour for the summer months. For information on this distinctive group of musicians, visit www.signalforpilot.com, look for them on Facebook, or e-mail at signalforpilot@gmail.com. – Ilana Mele

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Most musicians identify themselves within a basic genre. Few need to create an entirely new one to describe their sound. Enter Signal For Pilot, and its self-described “alteronica” music. Signal For Pilot is Wantagh High School graduate Chris Ruzika on drums, percussion and vocals, Levittown natives Scotty Truelson and Tom Assortato on, respectively, keyboard, synth and vocals, and guitar and vocals, and Bayville natives Patrick Flanagan on guitar, vocals and electronics, and Katie Piscitello on bass. The “Pilot” story begins in 2009 with a Craigslist advertisement that brought longtime musicians Patrick and Chris together. They began playing local gigs, and soon met Scotty and Tom, originally on bass. Patrick’s girlfriend Katie had been at every show from the start, and while Tom was playing bass, his true passion was guitar. Inspiration struck, and Tom moved over to guitar while Katie learned bass with flying colors, despite her lack of any musical background. When asked about the band’s name, drummer Chris explains that a painting by English-born Edward Moran, titled “Signaling for a Pilot Off Sandy Hook,” hangs in his uncle’s home. He was drawn to the image of pilot boats guiding a larger ship into the harbor, and likened it to the music’s ability to draw listeners into their musical world. Backing up, what exactly is “alteronica,” and how does the band create a world to draw fans into? Alteronica is described as a mix between alternative rock and electronica. The band’s music draws on many different influences spanning the decades between The Beatles and modern groups such as Foo Fighters, Muse and Incubus. This newspaper got a sneak peak of the band’s forthcoming extended play (EP) album, to be available online shortly. The music is almost multi-sensory in its presentation, and yet is entirely pleasant and engaging. The skillful use of each instrument with the addition of electronics creates an atmospheric sound that mimics the lyrics in their theme. The result is a layered effect, not unlike the consuming experience of watching a film – except of course, it is an auditory-only experience in this case. In addition to their music, the band is working hard to create self-sufficiency. With a strong artistic background – members are experienced in graphic design and filmmaking in addition to theatre and music – they have been able to accomplish a great deal in-house. The band members rehearse in an eclectic area designed and decorated with assorted colors and textures, which they say is a reflection of the band. Drummer Chris points to a vinyl banner hanging in the back: “We made that.” They also film their own music videos and screenprint their own Tshirts. When Chris continues, “We are


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ENTERTAINING LIFE On Tour performs ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Calhoun this weekend by Anthony Belbol The end of the school year is coming soon, which means that seniors in Calhoun’s On Tour program are preparing for their last [high school] shows, ones they want to remember the most. This newspaper interviewed four seniors on how they will be prepare for “Kiss Me Kate,” which continues this weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7 p.m. in the Calhoun High School auditorium. The play was first performed on Broadway in 1948 and was written by Sam and Bella Spewack. It is a modern version of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of The Shrew,” and is a love story between a woman, Kate, and a man, Pertruchio. One of the most difficult roles to prepare for is the lead role of Kate, played by Rebecca Friedman. Rebecca says, “The best way for me to fully understand Kate or other characters is by putting everything in the character’s point of view.” Rebecca adds, “The best situation is when I can relate to the character with my everyday things, so that I can put that toward playing the part on stage.” Rebecca’s character Kate keeps denying that Pertruchio loves her and wants to marry her. So Rebecca, when on stage, has to see the point of hating men.

Rebecca says she appreciates the assistance of Lindy Rosenthal, who is in charge of costumes. Lindy helps Rebecca dress up for the part while she rehearses the part, which helps her ease into the role. Lindy described how costumes help prepare actors for “Kiss Me Kate.” “Each person gave us a few dollars so we could buy T-shirts from Michael’s. Once we give the T-shirts out, each person can decorate them whatever way they want with Sharpies, paint and glitter, as long as it says on the back: “No day but today.” Lindy also described what other clothes the cast will wear, depending on what the performance calls for. For “Kiss Me Kate,” the cast will wear jeans, and some of the girls who will do splits and toe touches decided to wear leggings. The two types of shoes worn in the play were combat boots by the girls, and sneakers by both girls and boys. Program booklets will provide the audience with all the information they need to know about the actors and actresses – and the show. Chrissy Ganci is a member of programs, and she told Merrick Life how her crew prepares before each show. She says the first four things people preparing programs do are write autobiographies, Who’s Whos, collect ads from local businesses and ask parents to fundraise for On Tour.

The Who’s Who are descriptions of past performances of each actor. The programs also feature photos of them. The last three things that help fill the programs are cast lists, synopsis thank yous and a letter from the On Tour president, Steph Mazzella. Once that is all settled and organized on the computer, it is printed out and folded by staff, ready to be handed out to the audience. Some people know how to stay in character quite easily, including Connelly Miller, who plays Gremio in “Kiss Me Kate.” Connelly says that “I use my dreams, fears and emotions toward the character that I am on stage.” He also points out that “Blocking out

your habits and being more like your character than you is another key component.” Connelly is a senior and believes that every year he gets better as an actor at persuading the audience that he is another character. What the On Tour Company shows is that when all the actors and crews work together they can pull off a great show. Whether a person is acting, building the set or preparing the clothes worn in the show, everyone has a job to do before the play starts – so the show goes on! Anthony Belbol is in the Calhoun Senior Experience program interning at Merrick Life.

Bellmore singer releases new album Bellmore native Debbie Miller has released her sophomore album, “Measures and Waits” this week. A mix of humor and honesty, Ms. Miller’s distinctive lyrics and playful melodies have captured audiences across the country. Ms. Miller, who lives in Seattle, is returning to the East Coast to celebrate the new album with a release party at Rockwood Music Hall this Saturday, March 31. The album’s title is a play on the phrase “weights and measures,” and describes the album’s frank discussion

of the toils of waiting for love and “measuring” – quantifying the big and small things that make up life. Ms. Miller attended Newbridge Road and Saw Mill Road Schools in North Bellmore and graduated from Calhoun High School, where she participated in the On Tour program. The New York release show is at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, Manhattan. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit thedebbiemiller.com.

Comedy tribute coming to the Bellmore Movies by Douglas Finlay Many of Long Island’s best comedians, who developed their comedy routines during the burgeoning Long Island comedy club scene from the mid-1980s to 2000, will gather at the Bellmore Movies LiveStage on Sunday, April 1, to pay a special fundraising tribute to ventriloquist Vince Dantona, who died recently at age 62. He is being remembered as among the most elegant and loved of all Long Island comedians for his warmth of spirit, gentleness and generosity. All proceeds will go to his family. “These comedians paying tribute to Vince all came up with him during the explosive growth of the Long Island comedy club scene during the mid-80s,” remarked Rick Morgan, organizer of the tribute, promoter and longtime close friend of Mr. Dantona. And all on the bill are confident players who now perform nationally on TV and stage, in cruises, clubs, theaters, for corporations and private halls – and are “funny as hell,” he added. Mr. Dantona’s talent as a ventriloquist, his humaneness, and his kindness and generosity came through repeatedly from the words of many friends who will be at the fundraiser – and who shared the stage with him. “One time he was performing at a club and an inebriated woman became offended at something George [Vince’s puppet] said,” remarked comedian and close friend Al Isaacs. “So the woman gets up and throws a drink in George’s face. Vince quickly asks the lady, ‘Ma’am, what are you doing?’ The lady shoots back to Vince: ‘You stay out of this!’ ” “That’s the best compliment to hear,” said fellow ventriloquist Peter Michaels. Mr. Michaels vividly remembers stopping by a club one night after he had fin-

ished performing to see Mr. Dantona per“It’s amazing that he could carry a form with George. show with just one puppet,” he said, “At some point in the show the string “because multiple puppets [characters] breaks that works George’s mouth, so help to change and shape material Vince eyes me in the audience and says to throughout a show.” them – by moving George’s lips with his Each puppet, he offered, “is its own hands – that he’s going to do a ‘little suract” in which the ventriloquist can offer gery’ and be right back,” Mr. so much more material. “I Michaels recalls. was impressed with what “So the two of us get to he could accomplish as a work behind stage and I ventriloquist with just one fashion a coat hanger-type puppet.” of mechanism that will “George was Vince to the allow Vince to move nth degree,” remarked Mr. George’s mouth, he added. Michaels, “warm, never “Vince goes back out and mean spirited.” Sometimes, the first thing George does is Mr. Michaels added, turn to Vince and say to him, “Puppets are the best part of ‘What’s the matter with us [ventriloquists].” you? You don’t even know Mr. Warren, like Mr. how to fix a string, you little Paparklis, was often the Vince Dantona s---?’ ” generous recipient of a and George “Watching Vince work show Mr. Dantona couldn’t with George on stage was make. just magnificent,” said comedian Chilly “I didn’t mind if they called my puppet Most, who shared billings with Mr. George instead of Leroy,” said Mr. Dantona. “He made George feel so real, Warren whenever he substituted for he connected with his audience, George’s Vince and George, who had top billing. eyes moving side-to-side.” “It was just a great feeling that Vince Comedian Maria Walsh said that when cared about you to give you a gig. It’s she first started working with him, Vince unusual for comedians to do this sort of would bring in his suitcase, with George exchange because of all the competition in it. “George started speaking from the that’s around,” he continued. suitcase,” she recalls one time, “asking Vince ‘who’s there?’ ” A classy ventriloquist When George was taken out of the “When I first met my wife and brought suitcase, he looked at Ms. Walsh and her with me to a gig I was sharing with said: ‘Oh, she’s just my size,’ and then, Vince, she didn’t like ventriloquists,” said Mr. Isaacs. ‘Would you like to get in my suitcase?’ ” “She was afraid of them [perhaps from “George was a sweet little wise guy,” those “Twilight Zone” and “Chucky” added fellow ventriloquist Ken Warren. episodes?] but she loved George and she loved Vince.” He could carry a show Close friend and comedian John Ventriloquist Greg Paparklis rememRizzo called Mr. Dantona “A special bers Mr. Dantona as a generous man, and kind of guy. He was cheerful, optia ventriloquist who could make an entire mistic, upbeat, just a very cool cat” comedy routine work with just George.

who never “dished dirt on anyone.” In the comedy business, he said, that was a major accomplishment. Comedian Paul Bond told this newspaper that during a roast given in Mr. Dantona’s honor a few years ago at a comedy club, he got attention (don’t all comedians want it?) by dressing up as George, putting on the hat, the clothes and likeness of George, got on stage and played George as he would be...40 years from now! John Blenn, a North Bellmore playwright who was an entertainment reporter for 30 years, said Mr. Dantona was born to be an entertainer, and entertainment was his first love. “He had a kind word for everyone he met. And he was a clean ventriloquist!” he concluded. “Vince was one of the purest guys on the comedy circuit because he encouraged everyone, and was loved for it,” remarked comedian Carie Karavas.” Comedian Palma Florentino explained that “No matter what went on in the environment around him, he always took from it the good, and he applied it to his comedy.” “Vince,” added Ms. Karavas, “has been taken from everyone’s lives far too early.” “Even George looked sad at the wake,” said Ms. Walsh. “George was speechless,” said comedian Randy Levin. But, concluded a wistful Chilly Most, “Vince is now on the road once again with us all...sharin’ the love.” The comedy tribute extravaganza to Vince Dantona is being produced jointly by Rick Morgan and by Gary Smith of NYEntertainmentClub.com. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. For tickets call 785-4234 or 631654-0507, or you can visit dantona.eventbrite.com, and nyentertainmentclub.com. Or call the Bellmore Movies at 783-3199.


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BOARD OF EDUCATION BELLMORE-MERRICK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT CLAIRE NEUFELD DISTRICT CLERK ML 900 4T 3/29, 4/12, 26, 5/10 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE BELLMORE-MERRICK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District will hold a Public Hearing on May 2, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Administration Building located at the Brookside School, 1260 Meadowhrook Road, Merrick, New York, for the purpose of transacting all business as is authorized by the Education Law, including, but not limited to, discussion of the expenditure of funds and budgeting therefore relative to the appropriation of necessary funds to meet the necessary expenditures of the Central High School District for the school year 2012-2013 and on propositions involving the expenditure of funds or the levy of tax, at which time and which place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof concerning the same will have an opportunity to be heard. AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that a copy of statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school purposes (school budget) and copies of propositions involving expenditure of moneys and the operation of the school system for the ensuing year, will be available to any taxpayer in the District seven days immediately preceding the public hearing except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, at each schoolhouse in which school is maintained during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that a Real Proper ty Tax Exemption Report, prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law, will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part; and shall be posted on District Bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District's website. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BELLMORE-MERRICK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT CLAIRE NEUFELD DISTRICT CLERK ML 901 4T 3/29, 4/12, 26, 5/10 ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING AND ELECTION NORTH MERRICK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Budget Hearing of the inhabitants of the Nor th Merrick Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York, qualified to vote at school meetings in said District, will be held at HAROLD D. FAYETTE SCHOOL, 1057 MERRICK AVENUE, Merrick, New York, on the 8th of May, 2012, at 8:00 PM for the transaction of such business as is authorized by Education Law. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that voting on estimated expenses for School purposes for the school year 2012-2013 and for voting upon such propositions as may properly come before the meeting, and for the election of two members of the Board of Education will be held in said District at the said HAROLD D. FAYETTE SCHOOL on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Voting will be on machines, and polls will be open for vot-

ing between the hours of 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM on that day. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that at the Annual District Election of the North Merrick Union Free School District, qualified voters of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District shall vote for the following purposes: (A) vote upon the annual school budget for the year 2012-2013 and to authorize the levying of a tax upon the taxable property of the district for the foregoing purposes. (B) To vote upon such other propositions as may properly come before the meeting. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that pursuant to the resolution adopted by the Board of Education, personal registration is in effect in the North Merrick Union Free School District. The Board of Education has designated Wednesday, May 2, 2012, between the hours of 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM for the Board of Registry to meet to prepare the Register of the School District at the HAROLD D. FAYETTE SCHOOL, 1057 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York. Residents may also register on school days between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the District Clerk’s office at the HAROLD D. FAYETTE SCHOOL until five days before the District vote. Qualified residents of the North Merrick Union Free School District must register at this time if not previously registered, in order to be eligible to vote on the North Merrick School District Election and to vote on the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Budget and Propositions. Any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such register provided that he/she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the District Clerk or a member of the board of registration, to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the annual district election for which such register is prepared. Chapter 629 of Laws of 1975, amends section 352 of Election Law and provides that any person, otherwise qualified to vote, who is registered under the provisions of Article 15 of the Election Law for general elections, will be entitled to vote at all school district meetings and elections without further registration. NO PERSON will be entitled to vote at the Annual District Meeting and Election of the North Merrick Union Free School District and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School Budget Vote whose name does not appear on either the Register of the North Merrick Union Free School District or the County registration by the County election officials no later than ten (10) days prior to the Annual District Election. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that pursuant to the Education Law of the State of New York and Board Resolution, voters qualifying to vote by absentee ballot may apply and receive an absentee ballot from the District Clerk of the District. 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 Sundays. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a copy of the statements of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school purpose, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any qualified voter of the District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the Annual Meeting except Saturday, Sunday, or Holidays, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM at each of the school houses in said District, to wit: CAMP AVENUE, HAROLD D. FAYETTE, and OLD MILL ROAD SCHOOLS and at

the Annual Meeting. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Register of the school district shall be filed in the office of the District Clerk located at the Harold D. Fayette School, 1057 Merrick Avenue, within said District, where it shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the School District, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on each of the five days prior to and the day of the Annual District Election, except Sunday, and on Saturday, May 12, 2012 by appointment. AND NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Board of Registration of the Nor th Merrick Union Free School District will meet during the hours of voting on May 15, 2012, at the polling place for the purpose of preparing a register for District meetings or elections to be held subsequent to May 15, 2012. Said register shall include: (1) all qualified voters of the Union Free School District, who shall present themselves personally for registration; and (2) all qualified voters permanently registered with the Nassau County Board of Elections; and (3) all previously qualified voters of the District 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 District meeting or election held or conducted at any time within the four calendar years (20082011) prior to preparation of the registration of voters. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that petitions nominating candidates for the office of Member of the Board of Education of the North Merrick Union Free School District must be filed with the Clerk of the District between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on or before April 16, 2012. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that for the purpose of electing two (2) members of the Board of Education of the Nor th Merrick Union Free School District, for the following two (2) positions: (1) The office of Trustee, presently held by Alyse Middendorf, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2012, for a new term commencing July 1, 2012 and expiring on June 30, 2015. (2) The office of Trustee, presently held by Neil Brown, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2012, for a new term commencing July 1, 2012 and expiring on June 30, 2015. Each of the above vacancies is a separate office and a separate petition is required to nominate a candidate to each separate office. No person shall be nominated for more than one separate office on the Board of Education. A nomination may be rejected by the Board of Education if the candidate is ineligible for the office or declares his/her unwillingness to serve. Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, must state the name and residence of the candidate, and must describe the specific vacancy for which the candidate is nominated, setting forth at least the terms of office and the name of the incumbent, and must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the North Merrick Union Free School District or 2% of the number of qualified voters in the last election of a school board member, whichever is greater (for this election a minimum of 25 signatures is required on the petition for candidacy). PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this Board shall convene a special meeting thereof within twenty-four hours after the filing with the District Clerk of a written report of the results of the ballot for the purpose of examin-

ing and tabulating said reports of the result of the ballot and declaring the result of the ballot; that the Board hereby designates itself to be a set of poll clerks to cast and canvass ballots pursuant to Education Law §2019-a, subdivision 2b at said special meeting of the Board. 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 ML 902 4T 3/29, 4/12, 26, 5/10 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING, ANNUAL MEETING, ELECTION AND REGISTRATION OF VOTERS, MERRICK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public budget hearing of the Merrick Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, will be held at the Katherine E. Reif Administration Center, Merrick, New York on May 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussion of the expenditure of funds for the 2012-2013 school year and the budgeting thereof and for such other business as is authorized by the Education Law of the State of New York. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the vote upon the appropriation of the necessar y funds to meet the estimated expenditures of said school district for the 2012-2013 school year (school budget) will be held at the annual meeting of said school district on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Norman J. Levy-Lakeside School, Merrick, New York. Voting shall take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Voting machines will be used for voting at said annual election. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that an election to fill three (3) vacancies, each for a term of three (3) years, for the office of member of the Board of Education, will be held at the Norman J. Levy-Lakeside School, Merrick, New York, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The polls for voting at said election will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the school year 2012-2013 for school purposes may be obtained by any resident of the district during the fourteen (14) days preceding the vote, except Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays, at the schools of the district from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, Pursuant to Chapter 258 of the Laws of 2008, Section 495 was added to the Real Property Tax Law and requires the School District to attach to its proposed budget an exemption report. Said exemption report will show how much of the total assessed value on the final assessment roll used in the budgetary process is exempt from taxation. The report will list every type of exemption granted, identified by statutory authority, and will show the cumulative impact of each type of exemption expressed either as a dollar amount of assessed value or as a percentage of the total assessed value on the roll, the cumulative amount expected to be received from recipients of each type of exemption as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) or other payments for municipal services, and the cumulative impact of all exemptions granted. This exemption repor t shall be

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Vincent Alexander Magliochetti Vincent Alexander Magliochetti, 83, a resident of Merrick for more than 50 years, died on Saturday, March 24. He was born in Glen Cove on February 3,1929. At Glen Cove High School he was captain of the football team and received a football scholarship for Washington College, Maryland. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became a commissioned officer. He attended the officer course of the

Chemical Corps School of the United States Army and, after being awarded his diploma, served in Korea. He continued to serve as a first lieutenant in the Reserve of the United States Marine Corps until 1956. In his civilian professional life, he worked in the field of chemical industrial adhesives in positions of laboratory research, and development and production management. During his retirement years, he was an active presence in his son’s automobile dealership. He remained an avid sports fan throughout his life and continued to play tennis and golf until his death. He

also enjoyed a broad selection of music from Dixieland jazz to grand opera. In his youth he played the trumpet and was a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios. He installed speakers throughout his house and always listened to music. Vincent is survived by his wife Francesca, his sons Alex and Mark, his grandchildren Alexandra and Michael, and his sisters Mary and Joan Ann. Donations can made to Memorial Slaon-Kettering Cancer Center, 63 Third Avenue, 28th Floor, New York 11017 or Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury, 11797-9834. Visiting was at the N.F. Walker Funeral Home, 2039 Merrick Avenue, Merrick. The funeral was at Curé of Ars on Wednesday. Burial was at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

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Gertrude Whitton Gertrude Whitton, 95, died on Friday, March 23, at Doscher Memorial Hospital of Southport, North Carolina. She was a resident of Bushwick Avenue, Merrick, for over 50 years. She was the wife of the late James. Mrs. Whitton is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Jack) Garnier of Southport, North Carolina, and two sons James (Pat) Whitton and the late William Whitton. She was the sister of William O’Leary and the grandmother of Tina, Jimmy, Jason, Alyson, Britt, Erik, and Scott. Gertrude was the great-grandmother of Nichole, Michael, Cori Ann, Tyler, Casey, Ethan, Cameron, Blake, Linnea and Astrid. Visiting was at N.F. Walker Funeral Home, 2039 Merrick Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said today, March 29, at 10 a.m. at Curé of Ars Roman Catholic Church, 2323 Merrick Avenue, with burial at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury. Donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation % Closer to Home Capital Campaign, 1414 Physicians Drive Willmington, North Carolina 28401.

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PUBLIC NOTICES posted on any bulletin board maintained by the District for public notices and on the website maintained by the District. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the Clerk of the District between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012. Such nominating petition must be signed by at least forty-two (42) qualified voters of the district. The three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to office. Personal registration is a prerequisite for voting at all elections in this school district, and no person will be entitled to vote at such election whose name does not appear upon the register prepared for such 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. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the Board of Registration and the District Clerk will meet at the District Office in said district on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of preparing the register of the school district for such election; at such time and place, any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed upon such register provided that he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be entitled to vote at the meeting or election for which such register is to be prepared. Qualified individuals may also register between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on days when school is in session

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at the schools of the district, except that no registration shall take place less than five (5) days preceding the election, this year May 10, 2012. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the Board of Registration will meet on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the Norman J. LevyLakeside School, Merrick, New York, between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. to prepare the Register of the School District to be used for meetings or elections held subsequent to the annual School District election and budget vote, at which time any person may be entitled to have his or her name placed on such Register provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of said Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school meeting or election for which said Register is so prepared.

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the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. No absentee voter ballot shall be canvassed unless it shall have been received at the office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the election. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the office of the District Clerk on each of the five days prior to the election except Sunday. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the Board of Education shall convene a special meeting thereof at the Katherine E. Reif Administration Center within twenty-four hours after the filing with the District Clerk of a written report of the results of the ballot, for the purpose of examining and tabulating said reports for the results of the ballot, for the purpose of the ballot and declaring the results of the ballot; that the Board hereby designates itself to be a set of poll

clerks to cast and canvass ballots pursuant to Education Law Section 2019-a.2-b, at said special meeting of the Board. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that at the election of the Merrick Union Free School District, qualified voters of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District shall vote for the following purposes: To vote upon the annual school budget for the 20122013 school year, and to authorize the levying of a tax upon the taxable property of the district for the foregoing purposes. To vote upon such other propositions as may properly come before the meeting. DATED: March, 2012 Merrick, NY BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MERRICK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT CLARICE REBENTISCH, DISTRICT CLERK ML 903 4T 3/29, 4/12, 26,

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