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A history of Veterans Day The Seaford American Legion Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Edwin Welch Jr. Post, 1132 at 2301 Penatiquit Avenue in Seaford.
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Wantagh’s American Legion remembers The Wantagh American Legion is comprised of veterans who served our nation during a time of war. We commit ourselves to the community, state and nation. Our post is very involved in the community. For instance, just after September 11, 2001 we gave $2,000 per child of all Wantagh residents lost on that terrible day, totaling $32,000. The post members often visit the VA hospital at Northport and also host vets from the hospital at the post for a spaghetti and meatball lunch. We also sponsor the Once again the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273 will be conducting a “Veterans Day Ceremony” on Friday November 11 to honor those who have served in the Armed forces of the United States of America. As we have for the past years, we will offer our prayers and kind thoughts to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Our ceremony will take place at the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273, located at 3484 Park Avenue,
Memorial Day parade in town. Our post is also involved with the youth of the community. Each Memorial Day we sponsor an essay contest at the Wantagh Middle School “The Meaning Of Memorial Day.” The three top winners carry our banner in the Memorial Day Parade and receive cash awards. There is a Boys State Program where 1 deserving 11th grade student will attend a one week course at an upstate college run by a Marine reserve detachment, teaching all about state government and a little disWantagh, on Friday, November 11, commencing at 10:30 a.m. Rain or shine. The ceremony will include a presentation of Remembrance by the Post Commander, prayer by the Post Chaplain, comments from Dais guests, playing of “Amazing Grace,” placing of Memorial Wreaths, a Rifle Salute and the Playing of Taps. For those who wish to present a floral wreath, please have the wreath delivered to the post by 9 am.
cipline, paid for by the post. We are planning on visiting the lower school grades to teach flag etiquette and respect. We attend all Eagle Scout ceremonies in the community, and support the Wantagh Boy and Girl Scouts. Each year our color guard and pipe band lead the little league parade for their opening game, and the color guard leads the Wantagh High School home coming parade. Veterans Day and 9/11 memorial are also very special to all of our members. We hold ceremonies at our post and attend a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at the Pinelawn National Cemetery every year. We have meetings on the first and third Tuesday every month and are always looking for Veterans to join our ranks. If you have served in the military in the time of war we would love to have you. John Menechino Commander Wantagh American Legion Post 1273 3484 Park Avenue Wantagh 11793
World War I, also known as the “Great War,” was officially concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, at 11 a.m. in 1918. November 11 of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that day as “Armistice Day” in honor of the peace. This day was marked with public celebrations and a two-minute halt to business at 11 a.m. In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington Cemetery with a ceremony on November 11. After this dedication, Armistice Day was adopted in many states and at the federal level as a day to honor veterans. This was made official in 1938 when an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. Only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, World War II broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,00 in battle. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947 but did not become official until 1954 when Congress passed the bill, signed by President Eisenhower, proclaiming November 11 to be Veterans Day. A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent however that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans and in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date. Today, Veterans Day is still observed on November 11 as a national holiday to honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. A national ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Locally, both the Seaford and Wantagh American Legion will hold ceremonies.
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The Seaford Board of Education welcomes the involvement of Seaford community members to work on its annual budget and fiscal analysis. The members will be asked to review the process and to contribute ideas and suggestions. The work of this group will help to establish priorities and weigh options, as the budget framers will be asked to wrestle with the list of needs while keeping in mind that there is now a stateimposed tax levy cap.
Budget Advisory Schedule The first budget committee meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, for the purpose of organization and review of its format and goals. Budget information will be available for
review prior to the first of six regular meetings that will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room located in the Manor Elementary School on the following dates: • Tuesday, December 13 (committee only) • Tuesday, January 10 (committee only) • Tuesday, January 17 (committee only) • Tuesday, January 31 (committee only) • Tuesday, February 7 (committee only) • Tuesday, February 14 (committee only) Then join the board of education at the following meetings:
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MAKING A SPLASH: From left are Mary Schroeder, Wantagh Park Pool Director; Doreen Principe, Island Harvest; County Executive Edward P. Mangano; and Carnell Foskey, Commissioner of Nassau County Parks and Recreation.
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Veteran’s Day 2011 Veteran’s Day, celebrated at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, can add the eleventh year, 2011 this year. It is also an anniversary year for World War II, of which we have fewer and fewer veterans among us. This year’s special Veteran’s Day section, coordinated by Laura Schofer, focuses in part on them. Recently, I was up in the attic and had an “Eureka” moment. That old suitcase now used to hold old papers, when turned on its side, revealed a stamp marking it as the property of “Faith Brewer, American Red Cross,” my mother and former publisher of this newspaper. Obviously, she had used it while serving overseas on the India, Burma front, something I had never noticed before. My niece, Clara Laursen, spent several months typing up poems my mother wrote in her youth. And my brother, Chris, collected letters she wrote home from the war and articles Faith Brewer Laursen she placed as part of her job pro1915-1993 viding coverage of the Red photo by Pilar Montes Toscano Cross to encourage more donations. These were sent to the national museum at Arlington National Cemetery that chronicles the role played by women in the military. While overseas in the service, my mother endured many of the conditions the nurses and soldiers did, suffering a lifethreatening disease and being nursed back to health with oriental medicine. But she also enjoyed traveling and made lifelong friends. She felt very lucky to be coming home after the war, and to be an American.
A local hero State Senator Charles Fuschillo was recently honored by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign along with Sandy Vega of Wantagh (mother of accident victim Brittany Vega) for his work towards passage of the Complete Streets Law. Now he has come through again for his constituents, this time working for six long years to get insurance coverage for children with autism. Inspired by a Merrick family, the Giangregorios, he became a fixture at autism events, helping them to achieve greater exposure. Meanwhile, in Albany he was continually negotiating to get his bill through. Last week, he was present when Governor Mario Cuomo signed it into law. How important is this to you? The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in 70 boys is diagnosed with autism, as are many girls. Early diagnosis and treatment can make an enormous difference in the life of a child, an adult, the family and the community. That’s how important. Once again, thank you, Senator Fuschillo.
CITIZEN READER WINS – When Realty Advisors’ Laura Dupkin Memisha announced her annual “Thank-you-For-Making-Me-Wantagh’s-#1-Realtor” Contest in The Citizen, Wantagh resident Judith Rowland entered, emerging as the winner! The grandmother of six won $ 400 in gift cards from Iavarone Bros., Staples and her favorite restaurant and gas station. Participating in the ensuing Award Ceremony are, from left, Realty Advisors’ Associate Carly Cucci; Broker Associate Laura Dupkin Memisha; Judith Rowland; Owner Broker Chris Kaufman; and Broker Associate Peggy Petrelli.
citizen circuit TOT SHABBAT: Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue (corner of Oakfield), Wantagh, will host a Tot Shabbat service Friday evening November 11, at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to join Rabbi Marci Bellows, Cantor Steve Sher, Gail Goldstein and Emily Altman for this special early childhood Shabbat experience of singing and storytelling. Temple B’nai Torah, a Reform congregation of over 500 families, serves the south shore of Nassau County, including: Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, East Meadow, Levittown, Seaford, Massapequa, and Massapequa Park. ©©© MOBILE OFFICE HOURS: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will hold mobile office hours at the Seaford Library, at 2234 Jackson Avenue in Seaford, from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16. All residents are invited to participate in the program. Mobile office hours brings government services directly to residents in their own community. Residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs, or would like to express concerns about a particular issue can come and share them with Senator Fuschillo in a one-on-one setting. No appointments are necessary. Residents who can’t attend but have an issue can call his office at 882-0630 or e-mail him at Fuschillo.nysenate.gov ©©© RELIGION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The League of Women Voters will sponsor “Religion and the Public
Schools...a Survey of the Legal History” on Wednesday, November 16, at the Levittown Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Professor Thomas Schweitzer of the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College will discuss a number of important cases that bear on the way religion and the public schools relate to the Constitution. One of these cases is Aguilar v. Felton (1985) that said that New York City’s program using federal funds to pay the salaries of public employees who provided remedial education in parochial schools violated the First Amendment. Then in 1995 this case was overruled. All are welcome to this timely meeting. ©©© SHOPPING BAG BINGO: The Ladies Auxiliary of Empire Hose Company will sponsor a Shopping Bag Bingo on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The Empire Hose Company is at 2300 Merrick Avenue, Merrick. For information call Jackie Gavigan at 868-1319 or Lee Hlavacek 632-9928 ©©© HOLIDAY FAIR: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seaford is hosting a holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. There will be homemade crafts, holiday gift baskets, Christmas greens, grandmother’s attic, cookie walk and international cheese board. Eat at Cafe Noel. The fair will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 2025 Washington
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It was less than a year ago that the Wantagh Board of Education put the Wantagh swim and dive teams on the chopping block of budget cuts. The boys and girls swim and dive teams were the only teams to be identified as not worthy of having a 2011-2012 season. After a town meeting and many letters, calls, e-mails and meetings from parents, teachers, coaches, students and alumni, the board decided to allow Wantagh to keep their swim and dive program but with the conditions of a smaller team and fewer days in the pool. The fall girls’ team was limited to just 2 days a week in the water. But that did not stop a team on a mission. Some girls joined club teams at their own expense to keep up their performance levels. Others who could not get to a pool spent more time with Head Coach Chris Rafferty and Assistant Coach Heather Jones on dry land drills, to keep their cardio and strength training consistent. So, what did this team on a mission accomplish after almost having no team at all? The Girls’ Wantagh Swim and Dive team won the Conference II championship for the first time since 2004 by going undefeated at 8-0. In addition, they finished third overall in the division behind two powerhouse swim schools, Bellmore-Merrick and Manhasset. Some highlights: The top diver, eighth grader Victoria Zozzaro, set a new Wantagh school diving record. Sophomore Shannon Gordon finished fourth in the county in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle and is .7 seconds away from the Wantagh school record. Eighth grader Kelli
Schmidt finished in the top 10 in the county in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Eighth grader Annie Reindl also made the county finals in the freestyle and butterfly. The 200 freestyle relay team (Jackie Beshlian, Shannon Gordon, Nicole Charkowick, and Kelli Schmidt) finished eighth and the 400 freestyle relay team (Kristina Goehringer, Shannon Gordon, Kelli Schmidt and Annie Reindl) finished seventh at the County Championships on Saturday, November 5. But, most important…the seven seniors, Kathryn Aguilo, Rebecca Friedman, Kristina Goehringer, Sophia Koukoulas, Devon Luckey, Victoria Mulé and Gianna Torre get to graduate from Wantagh as undefeated conference champions instead of students that had their team “eliminated.” So, thank you to all the parents, students, teachers, alumni and board members for keeping the Wantagh swim and dive program active. There are at least 30 girls that now have something to be proud of for the rest of their lives. And a note to all school boards…Please, as you consider your budgets for 2012-13, how wrong it is to put any team on the “elimination” list. Especially one that just went undefeated and won a conference championship. There are always ways to win…studentathletes just have to be given the chance to compete. Congratulations Coach Rafferty and the Girls’ 2011-12 Wantagh Swim and Dive Team! – David Gordon Proud Wantagh swim and dive parent
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Ongoing The Wantagh Public Library offers homebound service for patrons who cannot visit the library due to temporary or permanent disability. Library materials can be delivered to you at home, with the exception of new videos and CDs. For information, call the reference desk at 221-1200. The library is closed. Anticipated opening is Monday, December 5. The anticipated opening for the Community Room is Monday, December 11.
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by Steve Ellers The gridiron wasn't as frozen as Green Bay’s Lambeau Field on Saturday, October 29. The weather wasn't as dreadful as it was for George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge. However, in wet snowy weather and under slushy field conditions, the MacArthur Generals (7-1) found a way to endure Mother Nature’s wrath and leave Port Washington with a 50-6 annihilation of the Vikings (0-8) in their rear-view mirror. It was MacArthur's seventh consecutive win. Generals running back Brett Ellers led the way to victory from MacArthur’s opening drive. He and quarterback Gerard Cunningham marched their team 62 yards before Ellers capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Ellers scored on each of MacArthur's first three possessions in the first quarter with TD runs of 11, 4 and 17 yards and also contributed three successful two-point conversion runs.
The co-captain and senior added a 5yard TD run in the second quarter, and finished the day with 147 total yards rushing and 4 TDs on 16 carries – all in the first half of the game. RB Tyler Eppich ran for 60 yards on five carries and added a 29-yard touchdown run to put the Generals up 30-0 before Port Washington finally scored their only TD of the game. Running backs Ryan Scarano (29 yards rushing) and Brendan Smith (61 yards rushing) both rushed for third quarter touchdowns from 23 yards and 1 yard, respectively, to sew up the scoring for MacArthur. On defense, Eric Schiffman (1 sack), Mike Rotondo (1 interception), Dom Danetti (fumble recovery) and Andrei Dinoro (fumble recovery) led a fierce Generals’ resistance that snuffed out Port Washington’s attempts at mounting an attack. Neither rain, sleet, snow or frozen field could stop the Generals on this arctic-like October day. As it turned out, neither could the Vikings.
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The second portion of the Wantagh Fire Department’s 2011 Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held at Station 1, 3470 Park Avenue, Wantagh, on Tuesday, November 15, from 3:30 -8:30 p.m., in cooperation with the Blood Donor Center of the Nassau County Medical Center. Blood donors must be between 17 and 75 years, in general good health, must weigh at least 110 pounds, and must not have donated blood in the last 56 days. Volunteers with a history of Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease and/or stroke will not be accepted. However, those with diabetes, that is not insulin-dependent and is under control will be allowed. Those over 75 years must meet all criteria and provide a physician’s letter. Social Security numbers are required so donations may be crossed checked for health reasons. Since donations are being accepted during the evening and may interfere with supper, the Blood Drive Committee and Ladies Auxiliary will host a light dinner. It is estimated that 900 pints of blood are needed daily. With that thought in mind, the Wantagh Fire Department urges all who can donate to come out and participate in this worthy cause.
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Forest Lake Elementary School students did something a little different for Halloween. They went on a journey without ever leaving their cafeteria. They heard a Native American flute, an Aztec wind whistle, a rain stick, an Australian didjeridoo, crystal singing bowls and more, all from Journeys with Sound performer Darius Kaufmann. It was a Music of the Earth assembly. The children heard wolf and owl sounds, sounds of nature—wind and rain—all played with these interesting musical instruments.
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same pain. “Our experience has been and continues to be that bullying goes on through all the technology that is available to students,” Ms. Kaplan said. After hearing his “incredibly powerful” presentation, Ms. Kaplan immediately booked Mr. Halligan and waited a year later for the next available date. She also secured the $2,500 for the program through the generosity of the Seaford Community Wellness Council. “His presentation puts a face behind the computer and shows that this boy was part of a family that was also deeply affected by bullying,” Ms. Kaplan said. The program will be presented during the school day, November 15, to sixth, seventh and eighth graders and then to parents from 7-8:30 p.m. at Seaford High School. Parents are encouraged to bring only their children of middle-school or high-school age because of the sensitive nature of the presentation. Students will receive a description of the presentation beforehand, and teachers will receive a list of questions and activities that can be addressed in class after the program. Ms. Kaplan said the once-a-week advisory period at the end of the day will be expanded to two periods to be used for follow-up question-andanswer sessions, and to explore how to address the issue further. ©©©
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When students walk through the halls of Seaford Middle School in the coming weeks, they will be faced with a blitz of reminders about the dangers and consequences of bullying and cyber bullying, and what they can do to stop it. Through the work of the club Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), students will promote anti-bullying with a flurry of posters, T-shirts, rubber bracelets and bookmarks conveying the message, “Take a stand, lend a hand: Stop bullying.” The slogan, provided to the club by Positive Promotions, is the latest addition to those who already flank the cafeteria, library, gyms and other parts of the school, perpetuating the message throughout the school year. “We talk about bullying a lot throughout the year. This anti-bullying campaign and activities are a way of spotlighting the issue on a continual basis over several weeks,” said Nancy Kaplan, Seaford Middle School social worker. On Tuesday, November 15, in the midst of the campaign, students for the first time will hear a powerful presentation by John Halligan, a father whose son committed suicide in 2003 after years of being victimized by bullying and cyber bullying. Mr. Halligan speaks to middle and high school students throughout the country about his son Ryan’s tragic experience to spread awareness and hopefully, save others enduring the
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WII ball turret gunner of a B17 in World War II Mr. Buczak’s total combat time from the first bombing mission to the last bombing raid was 133 days, which was record time and a first for the 8th Air Force. “Our crew volunteered for speeded up service. We could have completed much sooner,” said Mr. Buczak, “but we ran out of B-17s. We totaled out [wrecked] four B-17s, all the spare planes in our squadron. Our plane, the ‘Duchess’ was always in and out for repairs because of flak damage,” he added. Flak are explosives used to down planes that came in “three sizes – 88s, 105s and 155s,” said Mr. Buczak “and would rain down on us.” The ball turret is attached to the underbelly of the B17. The gunner sits in the circular turret, which is just four feet in diameter and is responsible for downing enemy planes. It is an extremely vulnerable position. The tight quarters make it difficult for the occupant to get in and out of. “That’s why I got the job,” laughed Mr. Buczak. “I’m a small guy and it was all right in there, but I wouldn’t recommend someone tall getting inside. But I was one of the few guys who could wear a parachute; if I had to I could roll right out. It was okay.” Mr. Buczak added “you have to be airborne to get in it, at about 10,000 feet.” His first mission was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His bomb group didn’t see much action that day but he had “360 degrees of visibility. I had the best seat in the house. I saw everything – strikes and hits.” Mr. Buczak still remembers the sight of the massive fleet of ships making their way towards the coast of France. His second mission flying over Paris was not so easy. Four planes out of the six were downed. “It was common to lose at least one to three planes. Each plane held nine men,” said Mr. Buczak. On this mission, all four engines of his plane were hit and leaking oil, and a crewmember was wounded. There was no oxygen system and the plane had 135 flak holes. In an article written by the Nassau Daily Review in 1945, Mr. Buczak described what happened. “Gas was leaking down near a supercharger. If it gets into the supercharger that means a fire and a blown-up ship. We limped into a landing, fire broke out, but the crash crew was there and saved the plane,” said Mr. Buczak. Mr. Buczak crashed two more times but was never hurt. “Somebody was helping me out,” he said. He crashed
once because they had no brakes. “We had to go into a ditch at the end of the runway because we couldn’t stop the plane. The wheel hit the hole and pulled out the engine.” Another time “we ran out of fuel as we were coming down the runway.” There is one mission Mr. Buczak will never forget. It was mission number 11. “It was the first day of a three-day mission to bomb Munich, in July of 1944” said Mr. Buczak. On their way back from Germany, over the North Sea, the crew had to “ditch” the plane. Heavy flak knocked out the plane’s engine and the propeller wasn’t working properly. They had to land in the North Sea and wait for rescue. “We had made a perfect ditch,” said Mr. Buczak. But there was a problem with the life raft. It was lodged under the tail. “If we didn’t get that life raft out, we wouldn’t survive,” said Mr. Buczak. He dove under the tail and pulled out the life raft. “I didn’t think about what I was doing. There’s no time to think. We were trained for this. We had practiced a lot.” There were more problems the crew had to face. A German E boat kept circling the downed plane, hoping to take Buczak and his crew as prisoners. “Luckily, American P-51 fighters shooed the E boat away.” Shortly afterwards, the crew was picked up by a rescue team and brought back to England. “Twenty four hours later, we were back, bombing our target in Munich.” Other missions took Mr. Bruczak all over Germany to oil refineries, railroad yards, ball bearing factories and the submarine pens. “The oil refineries were particularly well protected,” said Mr. Bruczak. You knew you were going on a really tough mission when the commander would tell you that a chaplain of your faith was at the back of the room and available to speak with you. I used to say, tell him to fly the mission for me,” Mr. Buczak laughed. “Right after D-Day, we carpetbombed the German Panzer Division in St. Lo. That mission was done in three stages. We [the 457th] came first, followed by field artillery and then Patton came through, that’s when he began his drive through Europe.” Mr. Buczak also recalls how the 457th led the Eighth Air Force in bombing Peenemunde. “We were the fifth or sixth plane in the lead for the Air Force. When I looked back I could see 1,000 planes. They looked like mosquitoes over the water.”
Peenemunde is where the V1 rockets were assembled. For all his heroic deeds, Mr. Buczak was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the air medal [five times], four Major Campaign Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. He is also a member of the Goldfish Club, an English organization of men who were “ditched” from planes. You always had to be prepared,” said Mr. Buczak, referring to the chance of having to parachute out over enemy territory. “I had this tiny silk map [of Europe] that I carried, along with French and German currency. I had photos of myself, in civilian clothing, so I could pay the underground for a fake passport. I also carried two 45s, under my armpits, not to shoot anyone, but to hold off civilians.” Luckily, Mr. Buczak never had to face such a scenario. Mr. Buczak finished his tour of service at Mitchel Field. After the war he went into the construction business, married his wife Dorothy and raised his four children in North Bellmore. Now, when Mr. Buczak reflects upon his time overseas, he thinks, “It was a very exciting time of my life. Some guys just get lucky or they don’t see too much action. I don’t know how to figure it out. I guess your number is either up or it’s not your time,” he said. –Laura Schofer
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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in Bellmore Life in 2002. It was such an interesting story we are reprinting it again with the permission of the Buczak family. Mr. Buczak is now 87 years old. Steve Buczak was born under a lucky star. At almost 78 years of age  he is alive to tell a tale that is the stuff of Hollywood movies. Mr. Buczak of North Bellmore was a STEVE BUCZAK ball turret gunner in a B17 with the 457th Bomb group in England during World War II. He flew a total of 33 missions over Germany, France and Holland, firing twin 50-caliber machine guns at German fighters trying to attack his plane from below. In the course of six months in 1944, Mr. Buczak survived three crashes and a ditching in the North Sea as well as numerous occasions when heavy artillery fire could have downed his plane. He was 20 years old at the time. In 1943 Mr. Buczak was in the first group of 18 year olds drafted from Bellmore. He was sent to Camp Upton and then to Miami Beach for basic training, where they “teach you how to survive,” he said. Mr. Buczak received airplane engineering training in Gulfport, Mississippi, and in Las Vegas enrolled for aerial gunnery training. “That’s when they teach you how to fire a 30-or 50-caliber machine gun. It’s heavy but young guys have a lot of strength and can handle it. They also teach you not to burn out the barrel. It’s one thing I knew I could never forget. You can go to a 15 or 20-shot burst but after that you burn out the barrel and you have no weapon. Believe me, you don’t want that to happen. It would be pretty embarrassing and dangerous, too,” said Mr. Buczak. Mr. Buczak received additional flight training in Ardmore, Oklahoma, before sailing with Patton’s Third Infantry to England just before D-Day. “We were about 20 or 30 guys with the infantry,” he said. Mr. Buczak was assigned to the 457 Bomb Group, 750 Bomb Squadron of the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force in Glaton, England. This group was later called the “Fireball Outfit.”
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World War II POW gets out alive
Like many boys of his generation, Freeporter Bernie Rader wanted to do something for his country. The year was 1943. Bernie Rader was a 19-year-old boy from Brooklyn, who along with a group of about 10 friends, went down to the recruitment office to enlist and bluffed his way through an eye test to ensure he would be accepted into the United States armed services. “I thought I might be 4F because of my eyes, but a buddy of mine stood behind me and whispered while I read the eye chart, and I got in,” he said. In May 1943 Mr. Rader received his “greetings from FDR and went into basic training. By August 1944 I was sent to England, then onto to France,” he explained. Mr. Radar was a Private First Class with the 94th Infantry, Company K, 301st Regiment. He landed in France just after the Allied Forces had made their historic landing at Normandy that June. At this time General George S. Patton was beginning his historic march, first through France, and then eastward through Europe. Meanwhile, Mr. Rader’s regiment was stationed in Brittany, which still had a few strong German garrisons. “I saw a bit of fighting during the month of September . I was on patrol, not too bad,” he explained. And then on October 2, Mr. Rader, and 54 other men were sent into the French countryside after learning that some German soldiers wished to surrender. They found no one there but saw a few French farmers skirt out of their way. The company landed in a meadow when they were ambushed. “A shot rang out and they started to fight. There was artillery and machine guns. We started back to the lines but the Germans had surrounded us. We had to fight. I think it was about 11 a.m.,” said Mr. Rader. The fighting continued for the next few hours. “Around 1 p.m. a mortar hit the ground, first about 50 feet, then 25 feet. I felt the dust and then they hit me with shrapnel,” said Mr. Rader. “I couldn't fight. I was bleeding and I was dazed. I just lay there thinking I was dying. I thought about my parents,” said Mr. Rader, who stretched out his arm and hand. “I still have shrapnel in me.” The fighting continued. The Americans tried sending in another
company, but re-enforcement couldn’t get through. “At about 6 p.m. we realized we had to surrender. We didn’t have much ammo. Five Americans were killed and there were 20 of us wounded,” said Mr. Rader. One American soldier spoke a bit of German and negotiated the surrender. “There I was on the ground and I took off my dog tags and gave them to my buddy – George Boyd. I’m Jewish and we decided it would be a good idea to bury them,” said Mr. Rader. “The Germans came in and we raised up our hands, but a German sergeant told us to put our hands down because we had fought valiantly.” The Germans took the injured prisoners to a hospital in Lorient. Those who were not injured were taken to Fort Surville prison on the French island of Ile de Groix. This area was being held by about 66,000 Germans but they were encircled by the American troops. “A German major named Schmidt questioned me about my dog tags. I was a little afraid of him,” said Mr. Rader who kept a prayer card of Jesus above his bed with the saying “I am with you always.” He did this to avoid any suspicion. “He kept asking me questions about my dog tags. I told him I lost them,” said Mr. Rader. “Are you American, British, French,” demanded the major. “All I was required to say was my name, rank and serial number – Bernard Rader, private first class, serial number 3296290. This made him angry but one of my sergeants, a man named Harrington, told Major Schmidt that I was an American.” Mr. Rader spent 47 days in the hospital in Lorient. “I saw a lot of things,” said Mr. Rader, who looked away as if lost in thought. He didn’t speak of those “things,” but showed this reporter a list he made of his 140 favorite foods – bacon, waffles, banana split, pecan rolls. “We were starving. They gave us a piece of bread with a bit of lard for breakfast, the same thing for lunch and then this watery, nothing soup. The Germans had the same rations but were able to go out into the countryside and get some food from the farmers,” explained Mr. Rader. “I remember the French Red Cross came for a visit and brought me an apple. I ate it, rind and all.” Likewise, the prisoners on Ile de Groix were also starving. But there, an
American soldier somehow managed to sneak out a letter explaining the POWs’ situation and asking for food and supplies. That letter eventually ended up in the hands of Andrew Gerow Hodges, a senior field director for the Red Cross. Mr. Hodges wrote to the Germans asking if the Americans could deliver supplies and finally, after some negotiations and a face-to-face BERNIE RADER, POW ON STRETCHER meeting between the two sides, the Germans agreed. All in all, 149 men were exchanged. “We got some food, even O’Henry By October 1945 he came home to [candy] bars. We had to give to the Brooklyn. For his valor, Mr. Rader Germans too,” said Mr. Rader. received the Bronze Star Medal, a Mr. Hodges made 13 trips in total, Purple Heart and is also a recipient of crossing the river from the American the French Legion of Honor awarded side of Etel to the German side of La to him by President Sarkozy in 2007. Magouer. Nowadays Mr. Rader tells his story During one of those exchanges Mr. to schoolchildren as well as at Hodges suggested to Major Schmidt libraries. “I want the kids to know that an exchange be made for the how important it is to serve – it could American, British and French prisonbe the Peace Corp, Habitat for ers of war for the German prisoners Humanity, Teach for America but you of war. have to give back. That’s what its all “Mr. Hodges said why house, cloth about,” he said. and feed our guys, let’s exchange rankfor-rank, conditionfor-condition,” said Mr. Rader. “One of the conditions for the exchange was that the POWS wouldn’t fight in this theatre,” said Mr. Rader. The Germans agreed and on November 16 the first of three exchanges for POWs took place. “It was the first and only time during the second World War that this occurred,” said Mr. Rader. He was one of the first 79 to be exchanged. “There was a sixhour cease fire [on November 19] and they put me on a stretcher and into the boat, and then to a hospital in Reine,” THANKS BUDDY! An advertisement, above for War Savings said Mr. Rader. Stamps.
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Yeoman Bill Halleran, survived Pearl Harbor by Laura Schofer “They just kept coming.” That’s how Bill Halleran of Merrick described the bombing of the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese fighter planes on the morning of December 7, 1941. “It was three minutes to eight, 7:57, when I heard these loud explosions and deafening noise,” he said. Mr. Halleran, a Yeoman, First Class, United States Navy, assigned to the U.S.S. Phoenix, was standing in the executive’s office with three other yeomen when the attack began. “I looked out the porthole to battleship row. I could see the meatball [slang referring to the image of the Japanese Rising Sun on the side of the planes] and the planes were dropping torpedoes into the side of ships. ‘Hell, I said, we’re at war.’” Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. History.com describes the events of that day. “At 8:10 a.m., a 1,800 pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the time the attack was over every battleship in Pearl Harbor – U.S.S. Arizona, U.S.S. Oklahoma, U.S.S. California, U.S.S. West Virginia, U.S.S. Utah, U.S.S. Maryland, U.S.S. Pennsylvania, U.S.S. Tennessee and U.S.S. Nevada – had sustained significant damage.” Yeoman Halleran was assigned to the U.S.S. Phoenix, a light cruiser that had just returned from a tour of duty in the Philippines, where they were ordered to “see how many Japs were there,” he said referring to the building tension between the United States and Japan that indicated that war may be just over the horizon. At the time, American intelligence officers didn’t think the Japanese would attack American soil. Instead, they believed an attack might occur somewhere in the South Pacific or the Philippines. “Our ship was the only one in the [seventh] fleet with a gunnery, turrets and an engineer. We had
lots of artillery. That’s why they picked us,” he said. But there was nothing in the Philippines and the U.S.S. Phoenix made a stop in Manilla, picked up a general court martial prisoner who was confined to the brink and returned to Pearl Harbor. “That day, it was pandemonium,” said Mr. Halleran. “Over the loudspeaker, I heard ‘All hands, man your battle stations.’ I secured two portholes in the exec office. I tried to climb the ladder through the scuttle but it was too tight. So I went to the port side, up the scuttle. One chief yelled ‘give me a hand with the canvas,’ ” said Mr. Halleran. The canvas is used to protect the guns and needed to be pushed aside. “We started to cut down the canvas, which was blocking the guns. The chief and I pushed it over the side of the ship.” “I went to my battle station – After Con, which is three decks above the main deck.” Mr. Halleran explained that After Con is the command center where operations would take place, if the bridge is destroyed. “There I was, in After Con and my exec never showed up. That made me the senior [officer]. I knew I just couldn’t stand around,” he said. “We had four 50-caliber guns, two on port and two on starboard, but no electric power and no ammunition so I elected to go to the ammunition room.” Mr. Halleran leans back in his chair and closes his eyes, imagining his journey that day. “Remember, I was three decks above the main. I had to go through scuttles, bulkheads, then three decks below the main. I took a belt of 50-caliber ammunition and hung it around my neck. The ends dragged on the floor and I kept thinking as I climbed each ladder and went through each compartment, ‘if this lets loose, things will go flying.’ I made two trips like that,” he said. Back on After Con, Yeoman Halleran watched down below as the general court martial prisoner they had transported from Manilla, “had attached himself to the five-inch guns and was loading ammunition manually,” he said. Mr. Halleran explained this was an enormously huge task that was usually done electronically. “The guns are huge and rough. It’s all machine and I see him using his right hand to load, and it looks like a piece of raw chopped meat. But he just kept loading.”
Mr. Halleran said he was pretty sure he shot down one plane. “We used tracer bullets in the early years of the war and I saw the plane and it was smoking and landed in the sugar cane fields beyond,” he said. The barrage lasted about two hours. Mr. Halleran remembers the “attacks seemed to come in waves, but I really didn’t have any concept of time. You just did what you had to do.” Mr. Halleran said the U.S.S. Phoenix was lucky. There were few casualties on board. However, 2,500 men were killed and another 1,00 were wounded that day. Additionally, eight battleships and 200 airplanes were destroyed. A day after the attack, President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; three days later the United States was also at war with Germany and Italy. As for Mr. Halleran, he spent the next four years fighting in the Pacific. In 1945 he left the Navy and by 1947 he
BILL HALLERAN settled in Merrick with his bride, Rosemary. Together they raised their three sons in Merrick.
Sending letters home... William Bennett, a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, describes life after V - E Day in Bavaria, Germany; including luxurious hotel rooms and exhibitions of Hermann Goering’s stolen art. “Berchtesgaden 28 May 1945 Dear Mother, Am enjoying a two day pass at a resort on Lake Konigsee. The weather is wonderful and it’s a great set up here. Have a room overlooking the lake at the Hotel Schiffmeister - very deluxe. It’s run by a couple of staff of Germans and we have just about everything you could imagine - excursion boats, canoes, speed boats, horses, tennis, several orchestras, etc. We are waited on hand and foot and have been getting the best cooked food I’ve had since leaving the states. Much more of this and we would be badly spoiled. The latest addition here is a contingent of WACS who are on their way up.. The division is still ferreting out some top Nazis in their mountainous hide-
aways here. There is plenty of room to take cover in this part of the country and it may be sometime before they are all rounded up. Everyday a few German soldiers are picked up coming down from parts high up in the Austrian Alps where they didn’t even know the war was over. They are surprised to see that Americans have taken over ground here and can’t understand what happened. All kinds of loot is being recovered in this area, and the 101st already has on display an exhibition of some of the things Goering had hidden away that are
reputed to be worth many millions. His collection makes up a good sized museum in itself.. Well, that’s it for now. Love, Bill”
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Cookie Cucurullo - Fly Boy of the Pacific
A fly boy who loves the poetry of Rudyard Kipling – Constantino (Cookie) Cucurullo of Wantagh – flew 50 missions as a ball-and-nose-turret gunner in the Pacific theatre during World War II. He has a wall filled with medals, including an air medal with three clusters, which he waves away as “just something I got for missions that were considered out of the ordinary.” He does not explain any further, leaving the silences in between his words to speak about what this reporter imagines were feats of bravery. A design engineer by training, Mr. Cucurullo, who’s grandfather came to the United States from Naples, Italy, in the second half of the 19th century, worked for the Remington Corporation with top secret clearance from the FBI, before he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. “You either could serve with bomb site maintenance, armament school or aircraft mechanic. I chose bomb site maintenance but couldn’t work there because I was told I was only a second generation American, even with my FBI clearance,” said Mr. Cucurullo. Mr. Cucurullo then chose aircraft armament and volunteered for gunnery school but flunked out because he was color blind. But when he was transferred to the Greenville Army Air Base, a surgeon asked him why he was not in gunnery school, because of Mr Cucurullo’s perfect height and weight. “When I told him I was colorblind, he asked me if I could read the calender on the wall. ‘What color are the numbers, he asked?’ I said red. He said ‘You’re in.’” Mr. Cucurullo spent three months in gunnery school at Tyndall Field Florida. “They teach you air-to-air gunnery. You must listen to the training so that if you get into a situation the training will help you,” said Mr. Cucurullo. “They put you in two seater planes, in the back seat and have you stand up and fire. They tie you with a gunner’s belt so you don’t flip out of the plane. The WACs fly the two targets and you fire at those,” he explained. “They will put you in a pressure chamber and pressurize at 20,000 feet. Things happen. If you have a tiny air hole from a cavity, the air will expand and could pop the cavity or create inordinate amount of pressure on your jaw nerves,” he said. “At 30,000 feet you have to put on a gas mask. They cut your oxygen off and have you write your name. You don’t get more than a couple of letters down before you pass out. It happens that fast. You must wear that mask.” Mr. Cucurullo was assigned to the second bomb squadron, 22nd Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps, and was stationed in New Guinea, from where
he flew missions. 107 men were assigned to this group. He first flew in the B25, which has a top turret. He flew 25 missions in this plane. Then he flew another 24 missions in the four engine B24 in the ball turret and nose turret. He also flew one mission in a B17. “We’d lose about 10% [of the men] in each mission,” said Mr. Cucurullo. “We had no fighter cover so the Japs medium bombers would be about 1,000 feet above us and drop phosphorous bombs on us.” Mr. Cucurullo said the Japanese “were good flyers. Their zeros [type of plane] were better than the B40.” But Mr. Cucurullo said men in the Army Air Corps were “fortunate. If everything goes right you go back to base. And when we die...well, the air force dies clean shaven.” Some of the targets were Japanese air fields “because we wanted to soften up the beaches for the marines to land,” he said. “I have to give those guys a lot of credit. They really slogged their way through the war. The ground troops and marines are fighting infinitum.” Other missions were to destroy oil refineries and manufacturing sites. “My last mission was to the Pandansari refinery, Balikpapen, Borneo,” he said. Mr. Cucurullo kept a diary about his missions that was taken away from him, but he still was able to record some details. The printed page he showed this reporter reads: “2,550 mile round trip. Oct. 10, 1944; 18 hour trip. Bombing excellent; target destroyed 40-50 Zekes, Oscars, Hamps and Tojos. Interception for 40-50...” “It was almost a perfect mission. We had 45 tons of high explosives that were used and our bombardier dropped those five bombs right on the nose of the refinery,” said Mr. Cucurullo. Mr. Cucurullo survived 50 missions and three bouts of malaria while in the Pacific. “The island we were based on was called ‘Death Island’ by the native people. Soldiers contacted all kinds of diseases – malaria, typhus, dysentery and this creeping crud, which formed as little blisters on your fingers and when the blisters burst your skin would peel. It just ate away at your skin.” During those 50 missions Mr. Cucurullo said he carried in his overalls “rosary beads, crucifixes, religious medals my mother sent from home. By the time I finished [the missions] it looked like I was carrying grapefruits in my pockets,” he chuckled. When he left for home, “the other guys asked me to empty my pockets. They each took something to keep with them for good luck.” Mr. Cucurullo returned home at the end of 1944 and went back to work at the Remington Company, married Kathryn Schott and moved to Wantagh in 1951.They raised their two sons and
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A letter home.. Korea: Dec. 1, 1953 Hi Folks This is a copy of our Thanksgiving menu (below). We really had quite a meal. They gave us Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday off and then called a 3 day bivouac yesterday. Me and 2 other guys stayed back in the wire section to handle any lines that went out and boy did they go out; we’ve been on the go steadily. It poured like mad for days and the rain just stopped a little while ago. It was sleeting most of yesterday. I’ve got a new job now. I am in charge of Battalion signal supply. Its a pretty good deal. I’ve got to go on guard in a couple of minutes so I’ll have to sign off. Love to all, Ray P.S. Thanks for the Christmas Card Raymond Priger lived on Oak Street, Bellmore.
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Holiday fair The Freeport United Methodist Church, 46 Pine Street, will hold a Veterenas Day weekend fair on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Methodist Church bar will once again offer a time to sit and relax and enjoy a menu of homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches and other specialties. Admission is free.
Healthy PlanetThanksgiving Join Healthy Planet for its 18th annual Healthy, Green and “Turkey-Free!” Thanksgiving celebration. Writer, speaker and consultant Michael Parrish DuDell will lecture on Sunday, November 20, at Sweet Hollow Hall, Gwynne Road, Melville, (just
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Opening show Lantern Theatre presents “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick at Congregation B’nai Israel, 91 North Bayview Avenue, North Freeport. The shows are on Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. November 13 and 20. “The Curious Savage” is a heartwarming comedy about money and greed. Admission is $18, seniors and students $16 on Saturday only. For reservations and group sales call 221-4485.
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ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES Directory Of Churches And Temples CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church United Church of Christ 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh 785-1829 Reverend Ronald Keith Garner, Pastor Sundays: 10:30 am - Worship Service (Quiet Room Available) 10:15 am - Church School Pre-School/Nursery: Mon. - Fri. Church & Parish Hall Wheelchair Accessible All Welcome
ORTHODOX CHURCH St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church 1100 Hicksville Road (Rte. 107), Seaford 541-3628 Website: www.stgreg.org Sunday Divine Lithurgy 9:30am Children School/Coffee Hour English language parish serving various ethnic backgrounds including Carpatho-Russian, Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Arab heritage.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Church Of St. Jude (Episcopal) 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh 221-2505 www.theChurchofStJude.org The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, Rector Sundays: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:10 am Sunday School 10:15 am Holy Eucharist 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Wednesdays: 8:00 pm Healing Mass Wheelchair Accessible A Welcoming Congregation!
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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Bellmore Presbyterian Church 274 Martin Avenue, Bellmore (516) 785-2590 / FAX (516) 785-3107 Website: bellmorepresbyterian.org Worship Service/Church School, Sundays: 9 & 10:30am Handicap Accessible. A Mainline/Evangelical Community Committed to Transformation and Multiculturalism The Rev. Dr. James W. Barnum, Pastor Air Conditioned Church
LUTHERAN CHURCH Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783 Phone/Fax -781-6374 • www.ourredeemer.net Ronald M. Klose, Pastor Holy Communion: Sun. - 9:00 am & 10:45 am • Wed. - 7:30 pm Sunday School: 9:00 am Day Care: 781-8095 • Nursery School: 781-7637
Christ Lutheran Church 3384 Island Road, Wantagh • T- 221-3286 Rev. Martin R. Nale, Pastor • www.CLCWantagh.org Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11:00 am Sunday School and Confirmation Classes: 9:40am Christian Nursery School 579-8425 Pre-nursery - 3 & 4 year old classes
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SYNAGOGUES Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center A Traditional Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh 785-2445 please visit: www.fwjc.org Friday Evening Services: 8:00 pm Saturday Morning Services: 9:15 am Jr. Congregation 10:45 am Nitzanim (3-7 years) 11 am Shabbat Evening Services: Sunset Daily Morning & Evening Minyan Rabbi Alan F. Lavin Rabbi Emeritus Mordecai Rubin Z”L President - Toby Kase Religious and Nursery School Men's Club, Sisterhood, Chavurah Social Club, Seniors, Yiddish Club, Adult Education and Youth Group New Members Always Welcome
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ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Frances de Chantal 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh 785-2333 • www.stjanefrances.com Rev. Gregory J. Cappuccino Pastor Weekly Mass Schedule: Sat.: 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. Sun.: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m. 12 noon; 5:00 p.m. Reconciliation Schedule: Mon.: 1:15 to 2:00 p.m.; Sat.:12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
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Five students from John Andersen’s seventh-grade band in the Wantagh Middle School were chosen to perform in the 2011 Middle School Honors Band Festival at Hofstra University, held on October 21. The selected students were: Abigail Cullen, flute; Elena Scarano, clarinet; Charles Interrante, alto saxophone; Daniel Hirsch, trumpet; and Brian Tretter, tuba. Mr. Anderson said, “These students are the cream of the crop. Some are playing with my eighth-grade band. It was an amazing day and I was very proud.” The Middle School Honors Band Festival is sponsored by the Hofstra University Symphonic Band and directed by Dr. Peter Boonshaft. Now in its ninth year, the event is designed to enhance the education and development of band performers and reward the accomplishments of the finest seventh-grade band students. In preparation for the culminating concert performance, several hundred seventh graders from Nassau and Suffolk counties had the opportunity to rehearse with the Hofstra University Symphonic Band. The students combined with the Hofstra band for the concert to form the collective festival band. Wantagh Director of Music Paul Sulkin stated, “This wonderful musicmaking event gives these young musicians the opportunity to share and learn from outstanding university musicians in a unique concert experience. We congratulate these fine young musicians on having been chosen for this special event.”
Zoning calendar The following cases will be called before the Board of Appeals of the Town of Hempstead today, November 16, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall. 1119/11. WANTAGH – John LaPadula, Maintain pool equipment not permitted in side yard, E/s Bellaire Street, 332.93’ S/o Bellaire Street (f/k/a Bellaire Court), a/k/a 2417 Bellaire Street.
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HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS and family members from the Harbor and Manor Elementary Schools spent a beautiful fall day getting a healthy dose of exercise. They participated in the 16th annual Autumn Classic, a family fitness day coordinated by the physical education department. The event promotes how fun exercise can be, especially when done with family or friends. Participants walked or jogged for 45 minutes around the Seaford High School track.
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Wantagh student is an art star dent-artist Katherine Sneddon was selected and recognized by the Arts Alliance with one of only 20 Awards of Merit. Katherine’s work has been recognized by many arts organizations and she can now include this prestigious designation among her awards.
ARTIST: From left are Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Paul Sulkin, award recipient Katherine Sneedon and art teacher Amy Sue McPartlan, who submitted Kate’s application for the LIAA award.
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Read The Citizen weekly! PUBLIC NOTICES Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No. 07-002627 Jonathan C. Juliano Esq., REFEREE The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624. Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s) WSC 724 4T 10/20, 27, 11/3, 11 Legal Notice for Fire District Election Annual Election of the Wantagh Fire District December 13, 2011 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the annual election of the Wantagh Fire District shall be held on December 13, 2011 beginning at 2:00 o'clock P.M., voting to be at the following polling places: Stations No. 1 - 3470 Park Avenue, Wantagh, Station No. 2 - 844 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, Station No. 3 - 2529 Neptune Avenue, Seaford, Station No. 4 - 991 Alken Avenue, Seaford, and No. 5 2895 Merrick Road, Wantagh. The polls shall remain open until 9:00 o'clock p.m., or as much longer as necessary to enable the voters then present to cast their votes for the pur-
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LEGAL NOTICE SEAFORD FIRE DISTRICT ANNUAL ELECTION DECEMBER 13, 2011 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Annual Election of the Seaford Fire District will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m, at the Seaford Fire Headquarters Building located at 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford, New York, for the purpose of electing one (1) Commissioner for a five (5) year term, commencing January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2016. PLEASE BE ADVISED that only those persons residing in the fire district who have registered to vote with the County Board of Elections at least twenty-three (23) days before December 13, 2011 shall be eligible to vote. PLEASE BE ADVISED that candidales for District Office shall file their names in petition form with the Secretary of the Seaford Fire District at the offices of the District located at no. 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford, New York, no later than twenty (20) days before the date of such election. Said
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filing shall be submitted in the form of a petition subscribed by twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the Fire District to the Fire District Secretary. Petition forms shall be made available by the Fire District Secretary. Dated: Seaford, New York October 24, 2011 PETER J. REILLY Fire District Secretary Seaford Fire District WSC 731 1T 11/10 LEGAL NOTICE SEAFORD FIRE DISTRICT PREPARATION OF REGISTRATION ROLLS ANNUAL ELECTION OF THE FIRE DISTRICT PLEASE BE ADVISED, that the Board of Elections of the Seaford Fire District shall meet on the 13th day of December, 2011, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the Fire District Office located at 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford, New York for the purpose of preparing the rolls of registered voters of the Seaford Fire District. The annual election of the Seaford Fire District will be held immediately thereafter on the 13th day of December, 2011 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00
p.m. at the Fire District Office/Fire Headquar ters Building located at 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford, New York. PLEASE BE ADVISED that only those persons residing in the fire district who have registered to vote with the County Board of Elections at least twenty-three (23) days before December 13, 2011 shall be eligible to vote. PLEASE BE ADVISED that candidates for District Office shall file their names in petition form with the Secretary of the Seaford Fire District at the offices of the District located at no. 2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford, New York, no later than twenty (20) days before the date of such election. Said filing shall he submitted in the form of a petition subscribed by twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the Fire District to the Fire District Secretary. Petition forms shall be made available by the Fire District Secretary. Dated: Seaford, New York October 24, 2011 PETER J. REILLY Secretary Seaford Fire District WSC 732 1T 11/10
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