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Vol. 76 No. 24 (USPS 340-100) Merrick, NY 11566

Meet the Merricks’ Father of the Year

The Community Newspaper

Thursday, June 13, 2013

by Colin Hekimian and Patricia McKay

MANSON FAMILY STANDS WITH DAD STEVEN: From left are Anne and his three children: Brian, 10; Julia, 11; and Sara, 8.

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CHAMBER HONORS: From left are Merrick Professional of the Year Armando D’Accordo’s wife Barbara and Mr. D’Accordo of CMIT Solutions, Merchant of the Year Merrick Surgical’s Leo and Andra Levine with Alana and Eric. Merrick Life photo by Paul Laursen

According to 11-year-old Julia Manson, her father is the best daddy in the universe and sent in a letter to nominate him. So let Merrick Life introduce you to the Merricks’ Father of the Year, Steven Manson. His response was one of surprise, with a slight hesitation in his voice. After he recovered we asked him about being Father of the Year and he put the call on speaker so everyone could hear. He was nominated by his wife, Anne, and his three children: Julia, 11; Brian, 10; and Sara, 8. Mr. Manson grew up in North Massapequa and has lived in Merrick for 14 years since he and his wife bought their first house. He married his wife, Anne, a longtime Merokian, at Sacred Heart Church. His wife Anne is the daughter of Tom Riordian, American Legion Commander of Post 1282, who recently died. Mr. Manson referred to his fatherin-law as the “Mayor of Merrick.” Mr. Manson works for the Nassau County Computer Administration, working service reports. He also finds time to attend every school award show, concert, and presentation that his children are a part of. At the end of each event his children participate in, he hands them a bouquet of flowers to show his love and support. Daughter Julia says, “He always tells me how wonderful I am in everything I do. He makes me feel very good about myself.” He goes to every track meet, dance recital, gymnastic show and softball game they are a part of. Mr. Manson is an avid sportsman,


most notably for his love of golf. When asked what he will be doing for Father’s Day he said “visiting the parents, my wife’s family, and her sister but first I will get in a round of golf.” His other main hobby is watching football. He looking forward to getting his daughter Sara to go to the golf clinic at Eisenhower Park. He is also known as a great grill master to his children, namely for his excellent barbeque ribs he cooks for his family in the summer. Besides his love of sports and grilling, the Merricks’ Father of the Year is exemplary with computers and technology. He has videos of his children from their days of birth up until the present. Julia shares a lot of time with her father, and the love and admiration she has for her father is evident in her letter. Mr. Manson tells her that “Whenever you’re sad, I’m sad. Whenever you’re happy, I’m happy.” The two experiment with making new fruit smoothies. And Mr. Manson spends time with his children by jumping on their backyard trampoline. Julia says that he always makes up funny moves on the trampoline that they unsuccessfully try to replicate. The children say, “It’s really fun with him!” The Manson family spends a lot of time going to Lido Beach together, as well as going to the Forest City pool and family bicycle rides. Mr. Manson’s mother-in-law and brother-in-law both live in Merrick, within one mile of him. His sister-in law lives in Bellmore. The strong family atmosphere in the Manson family, rooted in the Merrick community, (continued on page 3)

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! 109 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe y ours is in this week! See inside.

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A MUSICAL SALUTE: Clockwise, from top are the North Merrick Jazz Band, the Calhoun-Mepham Chamber Orchestra, MAMS “Word of Mouth” a cappela group, and the Calhoun High School Jazz Band. Merrick Life photos by Erin Donohue

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helped to make Steven Manson an obvious candidate for the Merricks’ Father of the Year. A father who is always present and actively involved in his children’s lives is a valuable thing, and that cannot be overstated. His children generously refer to their father, Steven Manson, as a super dad. The contest is cosponored by the Chamber of Commerce of Merrick and Merrick Life, your community newspaper. Many valuable prizes are awarded by local merchants and businesses. Any pair of sunglasses from Savall Drugs, a free week for two from World Gym, a gift certificate for a men’s haircut and shave from Telestar Haircutters, a gift for Dad from Printing Emporium, a $25 gift certificate from Piccolo’s Ristoranté, one propane tank refill from Island

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The winning letter I have one nominee for Father of the Year! You know who that is? Steven Manson! He is my daddy, and he is the best daddy in the universe! Why is he the best father? Well that’s easy! All through the month of May, my school held awards, concerts and presentations. I can’t remember ONE my daddy didn’t go to. At the end of each one, he handed me a bouquet of flowers to show his love and support. He always tells me how wonderful I am in everything I do. He makes me feel very good about myself. He talks about stories from when he was a kid, (he was very adventurous) and stories up to when I was three years old! Wow! Such a good memory! Every time he tells me a story, it puts a huge smile on my face

Whenever I’m sad, he cheers me up with his stories! He always says, “Whenever you’re sad, I’m sad! Whenever you’re happy, I’m happy!” That always makes me smile! He also loves to cook. He makes the BEST ribs! (You have to try one!) He always barecues for the entire family! In the summer he makes hamburgers and hot dogs! We also experiment and make fruit smoothies together! He always comes to every track meet, or dance recital, or gymnastics show, or horse show and every softball game! He loves to play on our trampoline with us! He always makes up funny moves on the trampoline! We try to do it with him, but we always mess up! It’s really fun with him! He is amazing with computers and videos, so he made videos of us from when we were babies. He has videos of us from when we got home from the hospital to when we were a year-and-a-

half-old! He is, as you can call it, a super dad! He is the perfect father for Father of the Year! We love him and we hope you can see how great a father he is! Thank you for reading this essay on why Steven Manson should win as father of the year!

– by Julia Manson, 11 years old.

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What their daddy built The first Christmas after we were married, my husband’s sister sent us a porcelain Nativity scene. And so one of the first things my husband made for our son was a Nativity town, much like he and his brother and sisters had made in his childhood. The sky was a sheet. The earth was a blanket, covering hills made from books and towels. Streams of aluminum foil, bridges of twigs, plastic barn animals and buildings made from whitewashed cardboard completed the scene. At night, when only Christmas lights as stars twinkled, it was positively magical. Now my son makes a scene like that with his kids each December. When my older daughter was big enough to play dollhouse, her daddy made one out of sheetrock and wood, with picture frame windows. It was massive and definitely out of proportion for most standard dollhouse furniture, but a hamster could happily be put to bed in it. She treasured it, but mostly the fact that her father cared enough to make it for her. Our third child is an animal lover, and so it was entirely appropriate that her dad made a doghouse for her, again no standard plastic doghouse but definitely a ringer for the one in the Snoopy cartoons. It was mostly for show, but did make a place for a nice nap for two North Carolina red hounds, one of their many rescue projects since she was small. Each of our children, born five and then over 10 years apart, had a different daddy in a way. The first, a young doctoral student, writing his papers with his son sleeping by his side. The next a professor traveling the world and often away, commuting by air from a distant university. The third a department chair and academic publisher and soon to be grandpa. But all three inherited his talent and enthusiasm for teaching. All three love singing and hiking. All three love the fun foods he makes. And, of course, they love him, dearly. We send our congratulations to all local fathers on Father's Day. Each in his own way has helped build a family and an important part of our community. LT

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meandering around merrick NCMCA MEETING: The North and Central Merrick Civic Association has invited the Town of Hempstead to speak at its next meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. The various town departments will address town issues, such as road improvements. First Precinct police officers will begin the meeting with a report on criminal activity in our area.. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Claudia Borecky at 9726988 of email if you have any questions or concerns. Your calls will remain confidential. © © © CHSD WORK SESSION: The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Monday, June 17, at 8 p.m. in the board room at Brookside School, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick. The subject of synthetic fields may be discussed. © © © S AV E T H E D AT E : T h e 30th Reunion for Calhoun High School, Class of 1983, will be held Friday, July 5, at the Holiday Inn, Plainview. For information, send an email to calhoun83reunion@gmail. com or join the Facebook group “Calhoun High School Class of 1983 Alumni.” © © © FLAPJACK BREAKFAST: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold a flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s on Sunrise Highway on Sunday, July 21, between 8 and 10 a.m.The goal of the foundation is to raise $14 million in 2013. Tickets are $10. Tickets must be pre-purchased. To pre-order tickets or for information contact Lori at 378-8991 or through email

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DEDICATION: A plaque was installed at the Veterans Memorial Park on Merrick Avenue in memory of Past Merrick American Legion Commander Philip L. Williams on Saturday. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 adopted a tree with the North and Central Merrick Civic's Adopt-A-Tree program. NCMCA President Claudia Borecky led the dedication. County Legislator Dave Denenberg, ALA President Lucy Murphy and Sharon Williams spoke in honor of the memory of Commander Williams. Grandchildren Madison – who read a poem – and Jacqueline presented their grandmother, Sharon, with a painting/collage of a tree with the poem, and a photo of their grandfather embossed on the painting. Above are the American Legion Auxiliary, Legislator Denenberg and the Williams family.

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by Douglas Finlay Before roughly 65 parents last week at Brookside School Marion Blane, in her last speech as Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s president of the Board of Education, signaled the future board’s willingness to begin the process of finding ways to secure funds to build synthetic fields at the district’s three high schools. “There is much work the district has to do about buildings and grounds, and about education,” Ms. Blane remarked. “Funding any new fields will not be easy,” she continued, “but we must ensure the long-term viability of our future.” She then said the school board would explore issuing a bond and look at fundraising to raise revenues for both the field and new educational opportunities. She announced the board has contacted two synthetic turf field providers, LandTech and SprinTurf, to evaluate the district’s fields and come up with cost structures. George (Skip) Haile, a board trustee and part of the first generation of parents in the district to speak in favor of synthetic fields over six years ago, told Merrick Life after the meeting he is encouraged by the direction of the board and suggested a bond could be floated to take care of sporting

needs as well as new educational and facility needs. Eric Strezenec, coach and a former Merrick Father of the Year, expressed concern that the board doesn’t load up any bond with “pork,” and instead creates a bond specifically related to the fields only – in order to be acceptable to the community to vote yes. “There are other ways to pay for structural and educational needs, through other funds or capital projects,” he said. $800,000 per field Mr. Strezenec told the board he believed it would cost no more than $24 more per year/per household over 10 years to pay for three fields. However, Mr. Haile said that cost per year would be for a $3 million bond, and the bond may be for more. Anthony Calamusa, like Mr. Haile among the first generation of parents and coaches to call for synthetic fields to help athletic students improve their chances in sports while providing better safety, said one field would cost approximately $800,000 and include lining for soccer, football and lacrosse, drainage and a letter on the field indicating the school, such as a K for Kennedy, M for Mepham or C for Calhoun. He said the cost of the field would

Ellen Brach, who developed the BellmoreMerrick parents/students Facebook page, said, “Let’s put aside the past animosities, and the cycle of neglect and failure, and move on a new journey together. It’s time for turf!” Another woman in the audience implored the board to give a time frame as to when the community could expect the board to provide an announcement as to when it could get the funds to build the fields.

increase as more frills were added, such as lights, equipment storage huts, benches and other additions. Perhaps helping the board look toward synthetic fields for the future is the condition of the present grass fields, which have not responded well to aggressive maintenance through seeding, aeration, organic fertilizer and frequent watering. Over $200,000 was spent for each field for aggressive work, which required specialized work by field crews. But superstorm Sandy also delayed any chance of reinvigorating the fields, as at least one field lay damaged from flooding, said one school official who asked not to be identified. Another reason for a possible change in direction is the development of BellmoreMerrick parents/students in favor of turf fields Facebook page, a third-generation group with over 1,493 members pushing for synthetic turf. After Ms. Blane explained to the attentive audience the history of the process for paying for the fields – that state law allows use of reserves for only the purpose they are created for, such as employee sick time and vacations, leading to the unavailability to use these reserves for school fields –

Sports vs. education Of major concern throughout the years synthetic fields have been an issue in that the funds going into turf fields were perhaps better off going towards the educational component of school, including advanced computer technology, newer textbooks and newer science labs. Conventional wisdom said that new turf fields and bleachers are great for the athletic community but do not represent the entire student body. Available funds would have greater student body impact if they pay for renovations of restrooms and elevators, for example, as well as new science labs. (continued on page 11)

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about rescinding the reserve fund to get access to $3 million to pay for the fields. “They refused,” he said of his request. Mr. Pinto was subsequently censured by the board for his proactive stance on attempting to secure funding for fields through the EBALR. Mr. Pinto is hopeful Senator Fuschillo and state Assemblyman Dave McDonough can sponsor legislation specifically for the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to permit access of roughly $3 million from the EBALR to pay for the fields. Allowing access to $3 million of roughly $7 million in the EBALR would keep the cost of a bond down, and it would

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But Michael Zalinski told the board, “In other schools academics and education are not separate from sports. There is no need to pit sports and education against each other.” He said turf fields give a sense of pride in a school. “It’s about pride in your school and pride in your environment,” he said. He argued that “new turf fields would foster a sense of school pride that will translate to academics.” Graduating Mepham student Ross Schulman, an Intel semifinalist, said he hopes the board can balance the needs of education and athletics, going forward. “I hope supporters for new turf fields will also show support for more science equipment as well,” he concluded.

reported on a meeting among Mr. Pinto, John Rossi – then-North Merrick school board member, and state Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. in Senator Fuschillo’s Freeport office. The issue concerned the Employee Benefit and Accrued Liability Reserve (EBALR) fund, in which Mr. Pinto and Mr. Rossi believed they could use a portion of the fund to pay $3 million for fields. At the meeting, in a phone conversation with the assistant state comptroller, the senator learned that if the school board had developed the fund, through resolution it alone could rescind it. “In 2002 the Central High School District board developed the EBALR in a resolution that would pay for employee sick time, vacations and health benefits,” Mr. Pinto said. He told this newspaper that in 2003 then-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi passed legislation banning such a fund from paying for health benefits. But external auditors, he continued, did not tell the board until 2008 that such a law had been passed. With some $10 million in the fund by that time, Mr. Pinto, then a CHSD board member, approached the board to see


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Mr. DeTommaso is in the national Lacrosse Hall of Fame but does not emphasize that as a particular strength. “I am an educator first,� he told this newspaper. Other big names retire Aside from Dr. Kiernan, 14 other teachers or employees of the district are retiring. Those in attendance at the meeting to be feted included Maryellen Carney, Ellen Johanson, Michael Dolber, Michael Muscara, Dr. Philip Katz, Sandra Munz, Lucille Cosentino and James Doherty.

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With the announcement that Dr. Henry Kiernan – a Fullbright scholar who brought such educational innovations as the MAP program, Virtual Enterprise and the Big History curriculum into the district – was retiring, John DeTommaso, the new superintendent, was introduced at the meeting to a standing ovation. Said resident Ken D’Auria, “I’m very excited he’s here. Coach Deeto [what players called him as lacrosse coach] was my coach.� He implored the board to move

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TWO VECHICLES STUCK IN FLOOD: An elderly woman and a woman with two children were rescued at the intersection of Hedge Lane and Merrick Road as water quickly flooded from torrential rains. The elderly woman was rescued by a Nassau County police officer who was able to pull her to his car and get her to dry land. Next, firefighter and EMT Joe Miner waded through the water to rescue the two children and the mom, taking them to the Medical Arts building on the corner, said Ron Luperello, Merrick Fire Department spokesman. The storm caused extensive flooding and many were reminded of superstorm Sandy. After the heavy downpours Friday from Tropical Storm Andrea, Cammann’s Pond was flowing over the grass, and the end of Lake End Drive was under water. Other streets had water coming up over the curbs. The waters receeded quickly after the rain slowed.

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Nassau police are investigating a robMerrick Road, on May 29 and stole cash bery that occurred on Tuesday at 4:50 a.m. and jewelry in Merrick. ©©© According to Seventh Squad detectives, The front door glass of a storefront was an unknown subject armed with a black discovered broken on Sunrise Highway, handgun approached the walk-up window at Merrick, on May 30. Dunkin’ Donuts, 56 Sunrise Highway, and ordered a cup of hot chocolate. When the 39-year-old attendant returned to the window the subject produced a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied, and the subject then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. There were no injuries. Proceeds were an undetermined amount of U.S. currency. The robber is described as a male black, early-to- A VEHICLE REPORTEDLY JUMPED THE CURB and mid twenties, approximate- hit the front of the Verizon store on Merrick Road. ly 5’7”, 125 pounds, wear- There were no injuries and no structural damage. ing a dark shirt, sunglasses Only the glass fascade was damaged. photo by John Scalisi Jr. and a gray scarf covering his face. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. ©©© Unknown thieves broke the rear window of a vehicle at the Merrick CVS,

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LAW AND ORDER AWARDS: County Legislator Dave Denenberg (DMerrick) attended the Merrick American Legion Post 1282 Law and Order Awards ceremony at the Merrick American Legion Post Hall last month. Shown are Nassau County American Legion Commander Joseph Reale, county Presiding Of ficer Norma Gonsalves, Legislator Denenberg, Post Commander Edward Sholander, Joseph Ambrosino, James O’Neill, Detective John Barnett, Captain John Antimisiaris, ex-Captain Ryan Cassidy and Captain Ronnie Gies.

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• Senior Loan Office • NMLS# 409883 Office: (631) 533-9682 • Cell: (516) 455-5655 eFax: (866) 902-4748

888Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 420 Hauppauge, NY 11788

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