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Vol. 60 No. 25 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

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Graduation 2012

THIS COVER was designed by Moriah Hixson of Wantagh, winner of The Citizen’s cover design contest.

NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! – 37 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

WMS students move up

Seeking Miss Wantagh ‘61

MacArthur’s Class of 2012

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Wantagh Middle School’s eighthgrade class participated in the district’s annual “Crossing Over” ceremony on June 9 in the Wantagh High School auditorium. Assistant Principal Anthony Ciuffo introduced four student guest speakers Samara Kalmus, Michelle Izzo, Brandon Blumstein, and Kyle Sliwak - each of whom reflected on their unique, special memories from time spent at the middle school over the past three years. Ciuffo then conducted the “Crossing Over” ceremony in which students walked from

the left of the room to the right, symbolizing their crossing from the middle school to the high school level. Moving-up certificates were distributed by Principal Dawn Matrochano, High School Principal Carolyn Breivogel, High School Assistant Principal James E. Brown, Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana DiCapua, Assistant to the Superintendent for Instruction Maureen Appiarius and several members of Wantagh’s school board.

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MOVING UP: Above, a student receives his certificate and congratulations from Wantagh school board president Bill Russack. right, WMS graduates celebrate their progress and prepare for the new world of high school.

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They are all special Wellesley (Massachusetts) High School teacher David McCullough Jr. caused quite a stir with his graduation speech telling the new graduates “you’re not special.” Though he went on to tell them that everybody is special and that they should care about others and follow their dreams for their own sake, not some reward, that second part seemed to get lost in the media frenzy. Perhaps these tough economic times are making some people too hard-hearted and discouraged and therefore willing to shoot down the hopes of others. But how long does the perverse joy of watching someone else trip last? About a minute. How long does the satisfaction of helping someone else up the ladder last? A lifetime. Here at your community newspaper we have had the privilege of working with several members of the class of 2012 through BOCES, Senior Experience and other programs. Each brought a special contribution in his or her own way and enriched your experience as a reader while exploring a possible career. A win-win deal, we think. And the world is a better place because they are here. The Class of 2012 brings many talents to the table. They are skilled in Internet research, social media and communicating in general. That is a good thing. We hope that they will all be voting in the next Presidential election and helping determine the future of our country. They have not been sheltered from the “real world.” Many of them have been out working already and plan to continue to do so during the rest of their education. They will also be shouldering student loans, something not typical in many other countries with which they will be competing in the world marketplace. In fact, some countries pay their students to study, as if it were a job, not a privilege. Should we envy the class of 2012? Yes and no. They will have to struggle in a tough economy, but they have a chance to make a better tomorrow for all of us, because they have both youth and knowledge on their side. They are all special. – L.T.

A TOAST TO THE QUEEN! Members of the Wantagh Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County, as well as the baritone section of the Twin County Sweet Adelines, recently celebrated a coronation tea in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne of the United Kingdom. Tea, sandwiches, scones and a trifle were par t of the pomp and circumstance and fun and camaraderie that helped to make the day complete. Anyone interested in joining either the Homemakers Council or the Twin County Sweet Adelines can call Nine Pesce at 783-0267. Cheers!

citizen circuit DANCE RECITAL: Clare’s Studio of Dance, which has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, will be holding its annual June recital on Saturday, June 23, from 6 -9:30 p.m. at Wantagh High School. ©©© NIGHT AT THE RACES: in Seaford will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2197 Jackson Avenue. Admission is $12. Food and dessert will be served. Call 785-3762 for information. ©©© ANNUAL BARBECUE: The Wantagh Memorial Congrgational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh will hold its July Fourth Barbecue at noon. It will be held on the lawn behind the church following the Wantagh parade. Tickets are on sale now. $15 for the very hungry, $12 for everyone else. For tickets or information call 785-1829. Leave a message and your call will be returned. ©©© ALL YEAR REUNION: Save Seaford Sports celebrates Seaford Pride with an all-year Seaford High School reunion at Mulcahy’s on Saturday, July 14, from 3-6 p.m. Cover charge of $50 includes open bar, food and live band. Proceeds will help reinstate fall/winter middle school sports programs. To purchase tickets contact Andrea Poole-ampoule@ optonline.net or George Kernjvkern@verizon.net. Tickets will also be sold at the door. ©©© BASKETBALL LEAGUE the Bellmore-Merrick Basketball League wishes a healthy, safe summer to all players, families and friends.

To register now for the 2012-13 season go to www.bmbb.org, or write to P.O. Box 1228, Bellmore. ©©© PATRIOT AWARD DINNER: The 9/11 Seaford High School Memorial Committee is pleased to announce that the Tenth Annual Patriot Award Dinner will be held on Monday evening, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Woodbury Country Club. The evening will honor the memory of the five Seaford High School alumni who perished on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center. They are Tommy Haskell, Timmy Haskell, John Perry, Rob Sliwak, and Michael Wittenstein. Scholarship awards will be presented to Seaford High School graduating seniors who are representative of the spirit and lives of the five alumni. Honorary Patriot Awards will be presented to Susan D. Ward and Charles J. Wroblewski. The committee will also honor the memory of John F. Capano posthumously. Tickets to the dinner are still available. You can see the seaford911.org website for additional information. ©©© SAVE SEAFORD SPORTS IS BACK: The Seaford school budget passed and many of the programs our children needed were retained. But three seasons of middle school sports was not put back into this year’s budget. Save Seaford Sports is busy making plans to get back our fall, winter 1 and winter 2 sports seasons. Many of our current volunteers are moving up to the high school and we are looking for new people with new ideas to run our fundraisers over the

summer. We would also like to keep the middle school parents and our supporters informed about our latest fundraising information, and monthly status updates over the summer break. We need to expand our e-mail list so we can keep you informed. If you would like us to add you to our e-mail list please send it to saveseafordsports@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you. – from Save Seaford Sports ©©© VETERANS FUNDRAISER: Join the New York Veterans Advisory Group for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, open bar and raffles at the annual NYVAG fundraiser on Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorare Caterers in Seaford. NYVAG is a nonprofit organization that provides housing to homeless veterans. Make a difference in the lives of these forgotten heroes! RSVP required. Go to www.nyvag.org for more details on purchasing tickets to the fundraiser or call Dex at 398-4120. ©©© CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: Clare’s Studio of Dance will celebrate 50 years of teaching with a dance recital at Wantagh High School on Saturday, June 23, from 6-9:30 p.m. Some 120 graduates are coming from California, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and other points to pay tribute to Clare Mundy, owner of the dance studio. They will participate in a special number. Ms. Clare began the studio in September 1961 to help pay for tuition to Molloy College, then a Catholic college for women. The dance studio does not compete, but instead focuses on relationships.


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Debra Drummond Cathy Ward Barbara Bowdish Adela Sotelo Nancy Sotelo Rita Curran Robin Howard Terry Clark Valerie Georgalas Maureen Kavanagh Nina MacGinn Jennifer Craig Margaret Esposito Brenda Butler Noreen Reilly Noreen Reilly Marissa Harte Lynn Ohlander Lucine Humes Elise Henderson

1989 Coleen Walsh 1990 Andrea Weinstein 1991 Gerrie Murphy 1992 Diana Wille 1993 CarrieAnne Lorenz 1994 Cristina Lashuk 1995 Sari Schenker 1996 Linda Cleet 1997 Jennifer Gabriel 1998 Laura Procida 1999 Meghan Elliott 2000 Doretta Raffio 2001 Rena Malik 2002 Briana Kane 2003 Samantha Spindel 2004 Marisa Porcelli 2005 Kristina Doucet 2006 Erin Dempsey 2007 Mary Kleshefsky 2008 Katina Mountanos 2009 Eden Held 2010 Kelley Garland 2011 Kara Arena 2012 “As we prepare for the 2012 crowning of Miss Wantagh, it would be an

absolute delight if we could complete our list and post their stories and pictures on our Facebook page and website,” continued Ms. Stevens. “The future is always shaped by the past’s contributions. And in Wantagh, we have more than 50 years of past contributions worth noting. We are fortunate that many of our past crowns continue to live in Wantagh and one particular Miss Wantagh – Dorothy Langhans (1963) went on to become Miss New York State,” she added. Therefore, if you are, or know, Miss Wantagh 1961 (pictured), you can call 409-1645 or email Ella Stevens at misswantagh@optimum.net. The 2012 Miss Wantagh Pageant is Friday, June 29, and the crowning of Miss Wantagh will be Wednesday, July 4. “At that time, we will be adding the name of Miss Wantagh 2012 to our list of crowns. Therefore, we would also like to complete the list by filling in the name in the space next to Miss Wantagh 1961,” concluded Ms. Stevens.

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“Do you recognize this young woman? This picture belongs to Miss Wantagh of 1961...but who is she? The Fourth of July Association will be crowning its 56th Miss Wantagh in a few weeks, but we still have an unanswered question: where is Miss Wantagh of 1961?" asked Wantagh Pageant Coordinator Ella Stevens. If you were at the crowning of Miss Wantagh in 1961 or know the whereabouts of this Miss Wantagh, you can call Ella Stevens at 409-1645. The list below is almost complete for all those crowned Miss Wantagh since 1956. They are as follows: 1956 Lynn Clayton 1957 Carol Doyle 1958 Virginia Burling 1959 Laurel Conlon 1960 Joan Bieler 1961 ? 1962 Lorraine Dainotti 1963 Dorothy Langhans 1964 Suzanne Hunt 1965 Linda DiPasca 1966 Antonia Zarrogina 1967 Sue Garofola

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Wantagh library 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 2211200. Friday, June 22 10 a.m. Playdoh Playtime for all ages. 1 p.m. Miss Wantagh Pageant rehearsal. Saturday, June 23 11 a.m. Miss Wantagh Pageant rehearsal. 2 p.m. A Concert for Summer Days with Hal Laufer. Call to reserve your seat. Monday, June 25 12 noon. 2012 Summer Reading Program Club Kickoff. Tuesday, June 26 6 p.m. Zumba.

Wednesday, June 27 7 p.m. Live Animals from the Center of Science Teaching and Learning. A Family Program. Thursday, June 28 7:30 p.m. Garden Club.

Seaford library Monday, July 2 3:30-5:30 p.m. Babysitting and First Aid. Learn about the do’s and don’ts of feeding, diapering and caring for infants and young children. First aid, safety skills, and the handling of emergencies will be stressed. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice diapering. Two registered nurse instructors will present certificates of completion to those who successfully complete the course. For ages 11-18. Registration at the Reference Desk has started. Wednesday, August 22 Bus Trip. Bus leaves at 9:45 a.m. Cost $90. Come to the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor to see the sensational Tony-award winning Lillias

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Levittown library Tuesday, June 26, from 7:-8:30 p.m. Own the Night Teen Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party. Join us for the opening celebration of our 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program, featuring karaoke with 2 Xtreme Entertainment, crafts, refreshments and more! No fee. Registration is required. Children’s summer reading program for children entering grades K to 6 in the fall of 2012. In-person registration has begun in the Children’s Department.

Upon registration you will receive a separate Summer Reading Flyer. Activities will begin on Monday, June 25, and end on Wednesday, August 15. No fee. Registration required. Read-to-Me-Dreamers For children up to 5 years (not yet entering kindergarten) and their parents. Registration began Monday, June 18, in the Children’s Department. Activities will begin on Monday, June 25 and end on Wednesday, August 15. No fee. Registration is required. Any book review after the first three may be submitted either on paper or electronically and will be entered into a drawing to win additional prizes at the End of the Summer Program party on Monday, August 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Refreshments will be served and a prize drawing will be held at the party. All forms of reading material, fiction, nonfiction, and e-books are acceptable. Friday, June 22 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feature Film in the Community Room – no tickets or fee required. “Hugo,” Rated PG, 2 hrs. 6 minutes. AARP Driver Safety Program Offered once or twice a month. Preference is given to Levittown School District residents. Fee: $17 for AARP members; $19 for nonmembers (check or money order). Live Homework Help—via Internet Free online help from tutors is available (from library or home) for students in grades K-12 (and college intro) from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Log onto our website at: www.nassaulibrary.org/levittown.

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MacArthur High School Class of 2012 Christopher Accordino Michael Accordino Joseph Agostinacchio Matthew Anarumo Ralph Angieri Mikayla Attanasio Ji Baek Amanda Balan Kenneth Balling Raymond Barber Daniel Barrett Samantha Barrett Alison Batchelor Devin Battino Angel Behrens Samantha Bellomo Marina Benenati James Bennett Taylor Bensen Jessica Bickmann Katelyn Birdsall Melissa Biscardi Conor Blank Lisa Blitstein Zachary Bobick Tiffany Bollati Louis Bologna Rose Borge Samantha Borodin Morgan Borst Serinna Bradfield Colleen Bradley Carli Braithwaite Michael Braithwaite Vincent Branciforti Jessica Brandon Marie Briceno-Knag Matthew Brock Thomas Brock Kristen Brown Katherine Bryson Karina Burack Lauren Burkhardt Andrico Caballero Gregory Caine Amanda Cantos Alexandra Carman Jordan Carrillo Matthew Cartledge Alexa Casamassino Christina Cassiere Jacqueline Catalano Benjamin Catalanotto Joseph Cataldo, Jr. Denisse Ceballos Deena Ceffalia Ariel Chasen Alexa Checco William Cheshire Erik Chevez Joseph Chiaramonte Alyssa Chirico Stefania Chomczyk Mohammad Choudhry Enzo Ciccotelli Krysta Cicio Paul Cigna Thomas Clark Tyler Cleary Kelly Clifford Molly Cohen Kristina Coiro Michael Collins Ryan Connolly Ryan Conway Daniel Cook Matthew Cooper Anthony Cormace Andrew Cottone Tyler Cox Alexi Cruz Belky Cruz Kevin Cuellar Kerrie Curnuck Matthew D’Aguanno Carolann Dalton Ginamarie Daly Nicholas D’Ambrosio John Davis III Kimberly DeGasero

Ryan Dennison Anthony Depplito Andrew Derby Christina DeSantis Lauren Desiderio Keith Deutsch Matthew Diana Samantha DiChiara Veronica Dimberio Edcel Dinoro Nicholas Diomede Megan Dockweiler John Dominguez Thomas Donovan Douglas Driver-Benjamin Brian Dumont Tomasz Dunski Nicholas Efthimiades Jaclyn Eichner Adam Elba Ayman Elghonami Brett Ellers Tyler Eppich Donald Epple Domenick Errante Damon Evans, Jr. Emily Ewald Alexis Falkman Daniela Farruggio Angela Fenezia Alexa Fiore Jordan Fisher Frank Fontano Kelly Fordham David Forrest Danielle Frantino Michelle Gagnon Gabrielle Galluzzi Kaitlyn Gambino Rebeka Gatto Anthony Giametta Haley Gilreath Jacquelyn Giotta Christa Giuliano Stefani Gomes Margherita Gray Brianna Greene Amanda Gross Jessica Grzybowski Stephanie Guadagno Rebecca Gula Dayna Guzikowski Ashley Hall Jennifer Handel Anthony Hatter Tyler Haug Casandra Hein Kimberly Heinau Ashley Hellberg Sarah Hendrickson Kevin Herold Jessica Hirsch Rebecca Hopkins James Horbach Amanda Howlett Jenna Howlett Tanner Huggard Thomas Iacono Haley Jahrmarkt Sarah Johnson Parth Joshi Ashley Kalstek Matthew Kaplan Ashley Kaufman Ikmanjot Kaur Nicholas Kaywood Kathryn Kelly Kelly Kempf Shayne Kerr Natalie Kershaw Stephen Kirk Kenneth Klein Rebecca Koenig Jordan Kohlman Timothy Koski Cynthia Kowalski Andrew Kratzer Scott Lacoff Albert Lai Lisa Lamendola

Michael Laurence Dakota Leary Justine Lebedz Steven Lee Fing Jason Leistman Rebecca Levy Michael Lisi Candice Livoti James Loglisci Briana Lombardo Brandon Lopez Frank Lorenzo Melaina Louie Steven Lyktey Emily Lyons Mark Macapobre Alex Madathilparambil Amanda Magnus Michael Maguire Allison Mahon Sana Malik Stephanie Malin Steven Malinowski Mikaela Malise Brianne Malloy Christine Mancini Markanthony Mancusi Kristianna Mandato Zachery Marcello Alicia Marciano Ruth Martinez Brittany Masterson Jeremy Mathew Stephanie Matousek John Mazzarella Megan McCabe Joseph McClean Colleen McDermott Christopher McGovern Michael McGuire Jackie McKinnell Lindsey McLaughlin Kayla McQuillan Katrina Medina Raja Mehta Kevin Mendez Samantha Menendez Joseph Meyer Stephanie Meyer Megan Meyerback Jennifer Mitchell Joseph Monge Lisa Monno Julia Moore Margaret Moore Jenna Morace Nicole Morringiello Pasquale Mosca Gerard Mule Jillian Mulholland Michelle Murphy Colleen Murray Hayley Myles Joseph Nastazio Samuel Natal Taylor Navarro Lindsy Oberman Liam O’Malley Shannan O’Mara Steven O’Meara Thomas O’Reilly Rachel Ortiz Frank Palermo Kathryn Pallini Annamaria Palumbo Mingyi Pan Juan Paniquita Elizabeth Panzica Helen Papayannakos Kristi Papenhausen Christopher Perez Anthony Piccininni Alexander Popko Ryan Quattropani Jessica Race Eduardo Raiz Jenna Randazzo KateLynn Randazzo Della Rao Christina Regan

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Michael Ragon, principal of Seaford High School, and the Scholarship Fund Committee would like to express thanks and appreciation for the generous donations made to our fifth annual scholarship drive. Through their generosity, we were able to present monetary awards to deserving students at our annual Community and Senior Award Ceremony that was held on June 5. Thank you to the many SHS staff members who contributed to “Wearing of Green Fridays,� and special thanks to the following people who generously contributed to our Fifth Annual Scholarship Drive: AGA Enterprises Ltd. Ginny Portanova Alger American Association of University Women Apple Air Conditioning Fred Aron, Class of ’65 Arrow Home Improvement Association of Retired Teachers of Seaford Paul Abenante, Class of ’65 Patricia Birkeland, Retired Harbor Teacher Stephen and Judy Bongiovi, retired teacher Raymond Buckley, retired principal Giovanni Caboto of the Sons of Italy Capano family Vincent Charavolo, retired MS teacher Thomas B. Corsitto, Inc. James DeRosa, retired guidance counselor Patrick Donaldson, Class of ‘73 Gail D’Onofrio Dougherty family Earl Dridge, retired HS teacher Encore Music Parents Association Suellen Farino, Class of ’58 Catherine Finelli, retired HS teacher

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Wantagh High School Class of 2012 Syed Zain Ali Abidi Kathryn Aguilo Emily Marie Akley Chelston R. Ang Marwan Araim Henry Thomas Arnold Paul J. Augello III Robert Bailey Seth A. Baker Ryan Joseph Baker-Urzua Gabrielle Rose Balduf Nicole Dawn Balnis Matthew Balzano Michael John Barrett Tara Mary Basile William Batterbee Samantha Marie Beck Stephen Francis Beckwith Brandon Ross Berman Ryan William Bernardo Nicholas Charles Bertuglia Jonathan J. Biscardi Lauren Elizabeth Blackmore Brittany Skye Borneman Annie L. Borowski Katharine D. Boyce Joseph W. Brasile Brooke Gillian Breyer Sarah Jane Brooks Marie Alexis Brown Tara Nicole Brown Michelle Rose Buccheri Rebecca Rae Byrnes Ryan John Cacchioli Taylor Michael Cain Joseph Scott Calautti Matthew Cano Brian Caruso Marissa Caruso Robert R. Casaburi Emily Nicole Catron Nicolette Rose Celiberti Deborah P. Chan Zachary Chan Alec R. S. Chapoteau Shaun Victor Charkowick Daniel Mark Charytonowicz Glenn Chiarello Alexander J. Cho Victoria Lynn Christopher Brianne Julia Clark Teresa Maria Clark Russell Eric Cohen Anthony Nicholas Consoli Shaymus Contorno Christopher Daniel Coppola Christina Marie Corbett Kaitlyn Nicole Corcoran Cody Ryan Cornacchio Vincent Costagliola Kaleigh Anne Craig Jessica M. Cuozzo Thomas J. Dagger IV Danielle Marie Darby Michael Darnell Shannon Mary Davis Amanda C. Della Ragione Gabriella A. De Maggio Shannon Marie Dempsey Alexander Jon Denaro Domenick N. Desiderio Sabrina DeSimone

Joshua Harry Diamond Anthony P. Diliberto Brian A. Doherty Troy Arizona Doliner Matthew A. Dolley Bridget Mary Donlon Lisa Georgia Douglas Samantha Brittany Drucker Kristen Mary Drumm Richard L. M. Duartes Allison Taylor Dunn Aaron Jordan Dzigas Stephen Daniel English Rachel Frances Epstein Sarah M. Eschmann Steven T. Falco Ryan N. Fiorillo Christopher M. Fiscella Kiera Felice Fitzpatrick Michael G. Fitzpatrick Kristyn Nicole Flynn Kyle Joseph Foglietta Kristina Nicole Follo Rachel Sara Forman Jennifer Rose Fraccalvieri Lauren Michele Fraccalvieri Tyler Scott Frappied Andrew Thomas Freire Rebecca Eve Friedman Gregory M. Fuimefreddo Caroline Elizabeth Galgano Michael Garcia Thomas Benjamin Garcia Kelley Frances Garland Maureen Patricia Gavin Audrey Lynn Gebhardt Ryan Gendels Nicole Genova Christopher Genovese Victoria Kelsey Giambalvo Anthony James Giardina Joseph Michael Giardina Kristina Goehringer Jake Tyler Goldstein Juliana R. Goode Russell Frederick Greaker Ashley Nicole Grief Alexandra A. Gubista Amanda Rose Guele Casey L. Hannigan Stephanie Hart Zachary Held Jared Alick Herrmann Moriah Cheyenne Hixson Michele S. Hoffman Kathleen C. Honan Chad S. Hrenko Ryan E. Hung Jenny Ilibassi Marc H. Iskandar Richard E. Jamison Justin William Jaros Lauren Ashley Jezierski Ariane Elizabeth Jong Samantha Kaiden Tyler J. Kaplan Matthew Brian Kaufmann Rory M. Keane Keara Rhiannon Kelly Brittany L. Kemp Kristin Kempa Shannon Eileen Kerley

Gera Kirby Gregory K. Klarides Alexander Koukoulas Sophia Alexandra Koukoulas Jonathan Kramer Samantha Marie Kratzer Saralynn Krinick Kupperberg Lauren T. Kushner Christian Jeremy Labenberg Carmella R. LaRosa Margaret Antoinette Laurino Michelle Lucille Layton Ashleigh Leibrock Jessica Nicole Lettini Jessica S. Leuchtmann Candice J. Lira Christopher James Loew Christopher Michael Loucas Devon Luckey Jessica Lucrezia Samantha Ann Lucy Alexandra Luttinger Christina Marie MacKay Diana Catherine Malizia Eric J. Malmud Elaina Mansley Stephen Christopher Marchioli Rebecca F. Marden Alexa Nicole Marsico Steven Masetti Jessica Christine Masi Amanda Rose Matteo Louis R. Mattera Caroline Mazzer Rebecca McCarthy Shannon Taylor McCarthy Allison Jean McClain Shannon McDonald Melissa Rose McFadden Brendan Thomas McGrath Cassidy Meaney Troy H. Merkle Kellie Ann Mignoli Kimberly A. Miller Michelle Miller Allison Mitchell Elaine Nicole Mitchell Bridget Jean Moore Kevin Moran Matthew Moran Cody Mortimer Jillian Motschwiller Peter J. Mountanos Victoria Diana Mulé Nicholas Mullen Kristin Marie Murphy Jason P. Naranjo Rachael Natasha Neroda Janine Nethaway Loretta O’Brien Edward G. O’Donnell Michael Anthony Olive Mark Anthony Oraa Jacqueline Paccione Joshua Palas Kevin T. Palazzolo Lauren Pennino Justice Michael Perez Gregory Louis Perlin Kimberly Persky Samantha L. Persoff Christopher Michael Piccirillo

Kaitlyn Louise Piscitelli Katie Piscopio Michael Thomas Porreca Allison Prestia Daniel Jerome Pugh Kimberly Quigley Briana G. Quirk John Randazzo Justine Ré Daniel Gerard Reilly Jr. Timothy Christopher Reilly Joseph Dominic Repetti Michael Robbins Joseph Robert Meghan Elizabeth Roche Anthony Aniello Rodin Douglas A. Rogers III Samantha Renee Rothermel Conner Ruggles Fabian G. Ruiz Emma Ryder Kierstin Ryder Jake Richard Saronka Anthony Thomas Scarda Michele Coccia Schablin Melanie Lynn Scicchitano Geraldine Lindsay Sciolto Laura Sgambati Briana Sheridan Allison Maehrlein Shindler Alexander Richard Shortell Allison Margaret Sierra Krystin A. Sinclair Alex J. Skrapits Brenna Grace Smith Meghan Patricia Smith Amanda Marielle Smook Katherine Marie Sneddon Jessica Rae Solomon Jared A. Sossner Christopher John Stahley Cory Stavis Michael Leonardo Stewart Elizabeth Rose Stirling Alexander Fackovec Swyst Cody Tartamella Gianna Marie Torre Deirdre Tragner Muhammad Usman Carissa Marie Valera Nicholas Vangeli Steven Vangeli Nicole Anthia Vasilakos Thomas M. Verdi Samantha Joe Villacampa Michael Thomas Virga Andrew Robert Vissicchio Erica Ashley Vitucci Michael James Vitucci Brian Eric von Bargen Mickey Wallace Ryan Scott Walley Kristina F. Washington Alexander M. Wedel Michaela Rae Weil Gregory Edward Welch Nicholas H. Winkler David Zaitz Steven A. Zeravica Nicholas C. Zerner Jordan Cole Zucker

Graduates of Maria Regina School Joseph Aaron Michael Accetta Phillip Almodovar Viana Alves Christina Calabrese Francesca Cardinale Natalia Carmenate Danielle Corsi Jessica DeSimpliciis Jonathan Diaz Danielle Flanagan

Christopher Giglio Angelynn Hoang Hendrick Jacques Tinadj Jeffries Amanda Kelly Bryce Lanza Deanna Lopez Michael LoSchiavo Kevin McGee Samantha McNamara Samantha Migliore

Vincent Montello Camryn Nici Shannon O’Donoghue Arisa Ossandon Rutheria Pierre Kyle Purcell Zachary Rizzuto Crystal Rolland Julia Rooney Dulce Ruiz Juliana Santoro

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Alexander Wedel

Wantagh High School announces Kristyn Flynn as the Class of 2012 valedictorian and Alexander Wedel as salutatorian. Both of these academically outstanding students have driven themselves to excellence over the last 13 years and are fine examples of the well-rounded individuals who graduate from the Wantagh School District.

Kristyn Flynn Kristyn Flynn has earned many awards during her tenure at Wantagh High School. This year alone, she was named an AP Scholar with Honor, received the Dartmouth Book Award, and is serving as a member of the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. She has completed a total of eight Advanced Placement courses, earning herself college credit on every test she has taken so far. Kristyn is president of the Spanish Club, a cadet/ambassador with the Girl Scouts, and a member of the

Alexander Wedel, salutatorian and Kristyn Flynn, valedictorian school’s Key Club and Science Olympiad. Excelling in sports, in addition to academics, Kristyn currently serves as captain of the varsity tennis team, for which she earned the designation of Most

Valuable Player, and is a member of the school’s badminton team, for which she was named All-Conference last year. She plans to attend SUNY Stony Brook in the fall and major in biology/pre-med.

Equally as impressive, Alexander Wedel has made significant contributions to the school community. Captain of the varsity wrestling team, he has won AllCounty honors this year, in addition to leading the team to a state Dual-Meet Championship. Academically, Alexander was named an AP Scholar, received the Harvard Book Award, and is serving as a member of the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, Key Club and the Science Olympiad. He was also chosen to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in 2010. Alexander volunteer coaches with the Wantagh Youth Program and plans to continue club sports at college in the fall. He intends to major in biology at Cornell University. Congratulations to both of these talented students, as well as all of their peers, who have strived for excellence these

Wantagh Middle School Class of 2012 Taylor Adragna Christopher Albanese Peter Albanese George Albert Alexus Argueta Georgina Arianas Alana Aro Nicole Avana Summer Babel Keriann Balnis Nicolas Barberio Claire Barrett Kimberly Battaglia Dylan Beckwith Lauren Bednor Alaina Bello Anthony Bendetti Grace Beshlian Stephanie Beuttenmuller Natalie Bloniarz Brandon Blumstein Ilana Blumstein Kayla Bonasera Ashley Bouchard Jennifer Breyer Gianna Brown Mark Buchner John Burke Joseph Calise Kristen Callahan Domenic Carroccio Benedetto Carroccio Jr. Stephen Carson Robert Casey Amanda Caso Kaitlyn Cerasi Gillian Chowske Jack Christophel Alexander Christopher Harley Clark Alexa Cohen Nicholas Colombi Brian Connolly Olivia Conti Kelsey Contorno James Conway Madison Conway Kevin Cook John Correa Alexa Costanzo Bridget Craig Stephen Crist Frank Cupelli Andre DaLomba Matthew Danza Allison D'Costa Arianna DeCarolis Brittanie DeCarolis Matthew Deedy

Nicholas DeLeo Joseph DelGais Nicole DelPozzo Christina DePaulis Michael Derham Ryan DeVito Luca DiMatteo Michael Donlon Melanie Drago Ryan Droluk Meghan Drumm Jeremy Dzigas Andrew Eget Jeremy Eletto Vincent Esposito Jr. Brian Faraczek Lauren Farrell Rebecca Fassman Ashley Faverey Heather Felix Justin Finnerty Monique Fiscella John Fitzgerald Nikolas Forte Christopher Frawley Christian Gagnon Helena Gardner-Labas Jennifer Gawronski Nikki Gaynor Sara Geller Courtney Gendels Christopher Geniale Michael Gerardi Jessica Giacone Amanda Giardina Steven Gonias Victoria Gorgone Kevin Gouldsbury Joseph Graham Emily Gray Danielle Green Timothy Grief Julia Guida Amanda Gustafson Jordan Haas Katherine Hagan Michaela Hagan Ashley Hayden Robert Hegarty Scott Henderson Christine Henkel Nicole Hilton William Hogan Nicholas Holmes Samuel Hutt Jake Hynes Christina Imbro Anna Ingrilli Michelle Izzo

Nicole Jaeggli Sophia Janotha James Jennings Charles Jolly Samara Kalmus Elizabeth Killian Trent King Erik Kirchner Justin Kleczka Skylar Klein Justin Konopa Michael Korwan Gregory Krassner Samantha Kratz Chase Kravetz Christian Krug Ruth Kupperberg Haley Labo Nicole Lack Nicolette Laino Thomas Lang Ciara Langan Christian Langenfeld Jack LaPadula Giovanna LaRosa Makayla LaRosa Emily Latif Matthew Legovich Olivia LeJouan Maryssa Leventhal Michael Libretto Julia Liljehult Kyra Lipman Nicholas Lira Sophia Liu Kyle Loney Ryan Loweree Rebecca Lucher Nady Luna Colm Magner Matthew Maniet Trevor Markin Ava Marshall Audra McCarthy Payton McCarthy Sean McDermott Colin McGroarty Timothy McKenna Megan McLoone William McVeigh Kathryn Meaney Kyle Mecchella Jordan Mejia Jeffrey Memisha Samantha Mendolia Danielle Merting Christina Mitchell Evan Moeller Colin Monahan

Michael Monahan Megan Moran Maxwell Moritz Brooke Motis Christopher Mountanos Lauren Muldowney Chaz Mullen Thomas Muller Amanda Murad Joseph Murphy Kerrin Murphy Casey Mutell Kyle Naversen Mary Obregon William O’Brien Matthew O’Connor Colin Orgass Shea O’Sullivan Allyson Ottomano Christopher Palas Nicole Palas Matthew Palazzolo Laura Panagis Lauren Passarelli Samantha Paul James Perrone Robert Piccirillo Nicholas Pierce Brianna Plevka Nicolette Profera Fiona Quail William Quinn III James Quirk III Jordan Rabinowitz Louis Rafter Alexis Rahner Shannon Rahner Alexander Rebuffi Annie Reindl Hannah Riddle Amanda Roach Victoria Rocco Justin Rockitter Jennifer Rodriguez John Rohan Dominick Romano Holly Romero Ashely Rosa Stephanie Roth Christine Rowan Marina Rudolph Richard Russo Alexis Russolello Kayla Ryall Corey Sachs Kaylee Samaritano Justine Sansotta Jamie Sansverie Kelli Schmidt

Matthew Schroh Dylan Schwasnick Steven Sedig Jacqueline Sgambati Kerri Shea Julia Sileo Jake Sinacori Eric Skrapits Kyle Sliwak Nicole Sliwak Darcie Smith Michele Smith Sara Sneddon Kevin Sparke Alexander Stacy Jeffrey Starr Alexander Stein Judy Streib Emily Sullivan Bruno Surace Morgan Taboada Meghan Tanella Jonathan Tanner Osama Teepu Mary Tigue Grace Tirino Catherine Tobia Alex Tomeo Giana Tramantana Kyle Triola Nikolaos Tsakos Robert Tucker Adrianna Vaccaro Julie Van O'Linda Francesca Venezia Christopher Vitucci Brendan von Runnen Brian Wagner William Waldvogel Amanda Walpole Lauren Walpole Shannon Warburton Siobhan Warburton Alexis Ward Sean Watson Christina Weber Keith Wehr Kevin Weitzman Eric Wenz Ryan Willix Natalie Winter Jessica Wright Tasmiyah Yaqub Andrew Zagorski Christopher Zeravica Cristina Zirilli ©©©

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by Eugene Wood Remember gym class back in school? My gym class was the first class of the day, and we would go out in the cool mornings and do some calisthenics. You know: the jumping jacks, rotate your knees, hips. Then we would sit on the ground and stretch our legs in different positions. The teacher would say that these were designed to warm up the muscles and get the body ready to perform whatever sport we were going to play that day. This, in turn, would prevent injury. I carried this belief with me for a very long time and have used the analogy of the car. Any mechanic will tell you that it’s best to warm up the engine of the car before going anywhere. We all like to give ourselves a good stretch every now and then. It feels

good, so there must be a reason that the body likes to stretch. If you watch an animal wake up, you’ll notice that one of the first things they do is stretch (and sometimes yawn). I am bringing up this topic because a lot of my clients are runners, dancers and weekend warriors. Many complain of tight hamstrings or shin splints or other problems that diminish their ability to do the activities they love. Questions about stretching come up all the time in my practice. I also incorporate a lot of stretches in my massage sessions. There are many books on the topic of stretching and more than a few theories as to when we should stretch or why we should stretch. Not everyone agrees and you will hear experts contradict each other about stretching. It is very confusing so I wanted to share the latest research with

Camp offers fun and fitness by David Stempler “Our children simply aren’t getting enough exercise!” This all-too-frequently heard statement reflects a frustration felt by many parents, especially those with children in grades 1-8. Not very debatable is the fact that our kids are now glued to the video screen for alarming periods of time each day. Sure, they are interacting, socializing and gaming on the fields of play, but not ones with green grass, blue skies, fresh air and exercise (sorry, there is currently no app for this!). A solution to giving your child a breather from “wi-fi world” might be a local, reliable summer sports day-camp that brings outdoor fun, games and exercise into your child’s daily routine. If I may use the Sports Day Camp at World Gym of Wantagh as an example (it’s one with which I’m fairly familiar), children quickly learn, experience, and play: soccer, basketball, kickball and karate. There are also board games, arts and crafts, and even dance. For those ages 7 and up, there’s swimming in our own on-premises pool. Want to improve speed and agility for a certain sport in the coming school year? That’s here too. Here’s a profile of how a professional, well-organized sports day camp will

work for your chid: • Camp offers programs for boys and girls, ages 4-12. • All campers are separated into age groups. • Every 45 minutes a different activity may be experienced. • All activities are non-competitive. • All activities are introduced and managed in the spirit of fun through teamwork, Fair play, respect and adherence to the rules. • Camp duration is ideally early July through late August,: providing ample time to experience and enjoy the fun and benefits of a healthy, outdoor sports and exercise program. • There is a working-parent-friendly early drop-off capability. At camp’s end, it’s not unusual to find your child is happy for the experience, healthier looking and, not surprisingly, somewhat more self-confident. Some weight loss will not be out of the question, along with a vigorous, happy glow that only comes from running, jumping and swimming. There’s really no secret here: having fun through exercise is what kids really love to do...if given the opportunity. David Stempler is manager of World Gym, Wantagh, at the east end of Park Avenue. David or Camp Manager Barbara Larrea may be reached at 826-5555.

you to help you understand the role of stretching. If you’re really serious about stretching, you have to learn how muscles function. With the Internet, it is very easy to find a website that can give you this information. Simply Google “how muscles work” and you will find plenty of information. You will learn that each muscle has some fibers that tell the muscle how long it should be. These fibers are called Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO) and if a muscle stays in a shortened position long enough, the GTO will “reset” the muscle to that length. Now, one idea is that stretching will lengthen the muscle fibers. When you lengthen the fibers of a shortened muscle, you will increase the function of that muscle and thus enhance your performance. This is where it gets interesting. Dr. Daniel Pereles is a runner and conducted a study to look at the role that stretching plays in preventing injuries to runners. He recruited 2,729 volunteers. He then told half of them to stretch their quadriceps, hamstrings and calves for three to five minutes before running. The other half were told to run without any stretching at all. He found that stretching did not have any effect on injury rates, however, he did find other causes of injury. Heavier runners were more likely to injure themselves. Runners who had recently injured themselves were more likely to harm themselves. As for stretching, he found that those runners who switched

stretching routines were more likely to get injured. This means that if they used to stretch before the run and were put in the group that did not stretch, they were more likely to get injured by 40%. Also, those that did not stretch before running and then switched to stretching before the run increased their injury rate by 22%. Even though Dr. Pereles found this trend, he can’t exactly explain why this is so. His advice is to stick with what works for you. Another study conducted by Jacob Wilson, PhD supports the notion that stretching is not really good for enhancing performance or injury prevention. In his study, he found that runners who stretched didn’t run as fast as those who did stretch in a 30-minute performance run. Dr. Wilson seems to think that stretching may change the running pattern, which may cause injury. He suggests that before a run, you warm up with a walk. There are different types of stretching, as well. Static stretching is a elongated, fixed position held for 30 seconds or more. Dynamic stretching uses controlled movements to improve range of motion, loosen up muscles, increase heart rate, body temperature and blood flow. Because of this research, I have had to change my beliefs about stretching. I also tell my clients to do what’s best for them and I show them how to perform some dynamic stretches. Mr. Wood is a licensed massage therapist.

Update on Dental Care

What You Drink Affects Your Teeth There May be More Acid and Sugar In Your Favorite Soft Drink Than You Think

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soft drinks. P.H. is the measure of acidity and alkalinity. The P.H. scale runs from 14 (alkaline) to 1 (acid) with 7 (water) being neutral.

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Seaford High School Class of 2012 Lisa Marie Abreu Michelle Allaire Lauren Allen Joseph Andersen Conor Anderson Michael Attanasio Matteo Baldan Emily Baldwin Kathryn Banicki Sean Bartlett Sabrina Biaggi Antoinette Bonafede Justin Breuer Jessica Brodsky Colleen Brostowin Maria Brzezinski Blake Buchinski Kevin Butler Jessica Caleco Joseph Cancellieri Mila Capone Jaclyn Cappello Katherine Caputo Hannah Cariddi Kimberly Cascio Kevin Chen Melissa Cirillo Samantha Cirillo Catherine Clark Katelyn Clark Lauren Clymer Keith Congero Loredana Consiglio Joseph Costanzo Danielle Cottone Ashley Cox Katelyn Cozzolino Robert Crum Meaghan Curley Jay D’Acunto Dominic D’Arpa Juliann D’Erasmo Kathleen da Silva Rebecca DelGiudice Matthew Delphine Jaclyn DelPozzo Emily Demino Richard DiBlasio Casey DiGianni Nicolette Diodati Marvin Dizon Lauren Dombrowski

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Meet MacArthur valedictorian and salutatorian Melissa Slyper

Lauren Saunders

Melissa Slyper is an AP Scholar with Distinction and an Intel Semifinalist and has acquired an academic average of 101.3615. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math and Tri-M Music Honor Societies, Science Olympiad, Science Research team, and Mathletes team. She also represents her class as the senior class vice president. Melissa is senior captain of the varsity tennis team and has a penchant for music. She recently volunteered with the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) and assisted at an Israeli day camp for students affected by rocket fire while living on the Gaza Strip.

Lauren Saunders is an avid musician who has played the flute as a section band leader, as well as in the winter wind ensemble and the pit orchestra. She is treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Math Honor Society. Lauren was designated as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit winner and concludes her academic studies with a 101.2643 average. She is a member of the Long Island Challenge team, Mathletes, and the Science Olympiad team and has performed in several school musicals. Community service is also an important component in Lauren’s success, and she has spent countless hours as vice president of the B’nai Torah GENERALS-IN-CHIEF: Valedictorian Melissa Slyper (left) and Youth organization. salutatorian Lauren Saunders flank Principal Kathleen Valentino.

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of the World Culture Club and a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Someday, Lauren Dombrowski hopes Honors Chorale, Jazz Choir, Model to be as influential to someone as her Congress and Key Club. She won mother has been to her. Considered the numerous academic awards, including person who most inspired her to be her the President’s Award for Educational best, Lauren says she wouldn’t be valeExcellence and those for Advanced dictorian of her Seaford High School Placement Calculus BC and Advanced senior class today if it weren’t for her Placement Physics. She also continues mother’s guidance and support. to take dance lesHer influence sons at a local acadhas helped Lauren emy and has volunachieve a weighted teered to help choregrade-point average ograph plays at the of 110.658, which led middle school. As a to her acceptance member of National to the University Honor Society, she of North Carolina, tutored others in Chapel Hill. There, math and science. she plans to study She also participated biomedical engineerin several communiing and take advanty service activities tage of study abroad ranging from opportunities. fundraising walks to While Lauren assisting with blood excels in math and drives. science, she also is As she prepares to well-read and has a head south to conpassion for the arts and tinue her academic culture. She loves career, she is guided music and theatre, by her greatest studies all types of Lauren Dombrowski strength — her dance and enjoys travdetermination and eling. As a foreign drive to do well, and a piece of advice language student, she took a high school she hopes younger students planning out trip to France and Spain. their futures will heed: “Step outside of “The best part of high school has your comfort zones and try something been learning from wonderful teachers that you may not be 100 percent confiand spending time with close friends,” dent in, because eventually you will find she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing something that you love and wish to about my high school experience.” pursue.” In high school, Lauren was president

Speaking contest, the first Seaford has ever seen, and his talent as a trumpet player was evidenced in jazz band, pit Seaford High School salutatorian band, community band and brass ensemMatthew Provenzano lives by the advice ble. He was also a marching band drum he recently offered underclassmen: major and a member of the Tri-M Honor “Take advantage of every possible Society for music excellence. opportunity. Try every club, every His greatest achievement, he said, was sport…expand your horizons because winning the public speaking contest, you never know where new interests something he worked will take you.” towards throughout his With a 110.612 high school career, parweighted gradeticularly through his point average and experience in Model a host of leaderCongress. There he ship and extracurmade lifelong friends, ricular activities had “a voice” and felt to his credit, part of something speMatthew is headcial. ing to Cornell Matthew earned a bevy University this of academic excellence fall to study comawards recognitions, puter science. including the President’s Matthew’s sucAward for Educacess has been tional Excellence, the fueled by his pasPrincipal’s Recognition sions — playing Award and the Award trumpet, reading for Overall Excellence political and hisin Physical Education. torical non-ficHe also logged in tion, working on Matthew Provenzano numerous hours voluncomputer softteering as a tutor and ware and hardfundraiser to benefit the ware and travelcommunity. ing. A leader among his peers, he was His drive for success, he said, stems president of National Honor Society, from his greatest strength, his “endless president of Model Congress, and vicepersistence,” and his greatest weakness, president of Freshman Buddies, a sup“perfectionism.” But his greatest source port program for incoming high school of inspiration comes from his late brothfreshmen. er Daniel, who is a constant reminder His natural talent for public speaking that “not only is every day a miracle, but crowned him the winner of the Nassau that the most important day is today.” County Theodore Roosevelt Public

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Seaford Middle School Class of 2012 Evren Acar Cynthia Acevedo Jillian Ackerman Katherine Agostinelli Gabriel Ahmed Paul Alberti John Allen Amanda Anderson Andrea Anderson Emily Angelastro Gina Armano Shannon Assenza Vincent Baffa Ryan Barraco Evan Bartlett Michael Biaggi Brianna Bonagura Nicholas Bonfiglio Michael Bottarini Daniel Boulukos Jessica Brock Kimberly Brown Kevin Burdick Hansel Cabrera Taylor Cadet-Skair Derek Calderon Alyssa Cappello Amelia Cariddi Ashley Casazza Christian Castillo Kristen Cella Kelly Chamberlain Danielle Christian Bryan Cibrano Ciara Cillis Vincent Coacci Christopher Coakley Alison Coggins Kelly Conlon Daniel Connell Nicholas Couvaris

Peter Couvaris Thomas Couvaris Margaret Crean Michael Crum Daniel Cummings Amanda Cupo Thomas Dandola Devon Daskalakis Dara Davison Tracy DeLeon Robert DelLatto Antonio DelPrete Vincent DiBono Alexis DiCapua Elyssa DiCostanzo Colleen Digney Kevin Digney Danielle DiNapoli Lauren DiPreta Danielle DiPrizito Dylan DiSalvo Victoria Dragotti Nikole Draws Dana Duggan Ethan Earlie Grace Eiseman Jillian Emanuel Nicole C. Esposito Natalie Falco Nicole Faranda Frank Fernandez Nico Fiorello Jessica Fischetti Frank Frederick Rosalia Fucarino Thomas Gallagher Gianluca Gencarelli Wolfgang Gess Jacob Glatzerman Thomas Glynn Robert Goldstein

Matthew Grogan Kathryn Haglich Donna Harlukowicz Michael Harris Matthew Harwood Thomas Herman Kayla Hieronymus Robert Hoffman Jennifer Hughes Nicholas Jordan Zakary Kapilevich Kaelin King Nicholas Kocienda Russell Kohler Brooke LaMere Nicholas LaMere Stephanie Langmaack John Lanyo Jack Lasher Frank Lauretti Stephanie Lawlor Alana Lazar Maria Leon Cory Levy Min Li Nicholas Liuzzi Peter Lochner Alyssa Lombardo Michael Lucatorto Christopher Luisi Ryan Lynch Breanna Mahoney Alyssa Mallery Christie Manzick Eleni Markopoulos Sophia Mattheos Gabrielle McDonald Matthew McGrath Keith McHugh Meghan McLaughlin Sidney McLaughlin

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THE FUN BUS comes to Our Redeemer Nursery School in Seaford! The graduating four-year-old classes were treated to a session on the Fun Bus! This interactive Fun Bus enhanced the learning going on in the classroom by using a hands-on approach to fitness. The students had a blast!

OUR REDEEMER NURSERY SCHOOL enjoys All School Picnic at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford! Thanks to fundraising dollars, Our Redeemer’s preschool students and their families were treated to a wonderful picnic. The day of fun included face painting, inflatable bouncers, cotton candy, and Jump Bunch Fitness games! It was a great day!

Beginning Thursday, July 12, Nassau County residents are invited to enjoy a concert under the stars, free of charge, showcasing some of the local area’s most talented musical acts. Experience the beautiful waterfront location that Wantagh Park provides while listening to music ranging from jazz to classical. As the concerts are outside, concertgoers are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. The concerts are as follows: Thursday, July 12: SixGun SixGun, the tri-state area’s premier country/rock band, is best described as “County with a Kick.” Tight harmonies and hot leads have become their trademark. American and European audiences as large as 35,000 have stomped, danced and cheered to their dynamic sound. SixGun’s blend of music appeals to everyone. Thursday, July 19: Banooba Taking cues from all of their influences – including funk, jazz, reggae and rock – Banooba is the latest hybrid to successfully incorporate all of these elements into their own signature sound. Having been compared to a range of bands, including Sublime, The Allman Brothers, Blind Melon, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Incubus, Steely Dan and

Average White Band, people’s description of their music varies depending on who you ask. Thursday, July 26: Jazz by Marken Marken Music, Inc. is a full-range musical entertainment company supplying bands, orchestras, combos, cocktail hour music, DJs, and more. Marken Music, Inc. encompass swing, pop, Latin, classical, jazz, specialty, rock and ethnic music. About Wantagh Park Wantagh Park has been part of the county park system since 1961. Consisting of 111 acres, the park provides a waterfront location and numerous opportunities for recreation, along with seating areas that allow visitors to relax and enjoy the magnificent view. There are five tennis courts; one basketball court; one- and two-mile walking paths; a two-mile Fitness Trail that provides a jogging or walking trail, and 20 attractive and simple fitness stations that incorporate a variety of exercises. Athletic fields include three softball fields and one baseball field, two of which are lighted; and a playground. For information, call the Nassau County Parks Public Information Office at 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museum website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES Lions Club of Seaford PO Box 1772, Seaford, NY 11783 Proudly Funding Scholarships in 2012 for: Stephen Cace, Nicole Prodan, Matthew Provenzano, Eric Salvo

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Seaford Manor School teacher Katie Haug was honored before more than 200 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 11 honorees to receive the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award. The distinction is bestowed annually on those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in tangible ways. A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to honor those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals have made strides to accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success. The awards were presented during a gala held by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget. “A pillar in her community, Katie Haug is ever present, providing support and encouragement to students, parents and colleagues alike,” said Michael Weinick, vice district clerk of the Nassau BOCES Board. “Whether in the classroom where she teaches, on the basketball court where she coaches, or at a community event in the town that she loves, it is obvious that she has made a difference in the lives of many.” Ms. Haug began her educational career in 1996, teaching sixth grade at

Seaford Middle School. After a year, she moved to Seaford Manor Elementary School, where she spent the next 15 years teaching first and second grades. A constant presence on the district’s curriculum writing committees, Ms. Haug works tirelessly to find new strategies for routine curriculum. She is always among the first to pilot new programs, regularly integrates technology into her lessons and is vigilant in her mission to ensure that she delivers individualized instruction to each of her students. A strong advocate of collaboration, Ms. Haug has dedicated the past 10 years to working on the district’s Integrated Co-Teaching Model, as a member of the Shared Decision Making team, and has served as a PTA teacher representative. Giving as much of herself to her students outside of the classroom as in, she devotes her extracurricular time to coaching cheerleading and girls basketball at the middle school. Ms. Haug holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Molloy College and a master’s degree in technology from the New York Institute of Technology. A lifelong Seaford resident, she lives in her beloved community with her husband and two daughters. “Tonight we are honoring 11 people who have proven that they are innovators,” said Dr. Robert Hanna, deputy superintendent for Nassau BOCES. “Individually and collectively, they have had a powerful impact on public education in this county, and we have all benefited from their efforts.”

HONORED: Katie Haug (center) is presented with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award by Nassau BOCES Board Vice District Clerk Michael Weinick and District Clerk Susan Bergtraum.

2012 GRADUATION CLASS of The Susanna E. Heiman Religious School, Temple B’nai Torah in Wantagh. These eight teens from Wantagh, East Meadow, Massapequa, and Melville, who balanced their time with work, home, secular and religious school, will begin college in September pursuing careers as a special education teacher, electrician, pediatrician, rabbi and business worker. Bottom row: Rabbi Marci Bellows, Samantha Kaiden, Shoshana Rubinstein, Breana Baron and Rabbi Deanna Pasternak, director of education. Middle row: Andrew Derby, Jason Rudolph and Cantor Steven Sher. Back row: David Berkowitz, Seth Baker, Alexander Denaro and Tyle Novet.

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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

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!

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church 2197 Jackson Ave., Seaford • 785-3762 Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara Holy Eucharist Sun. & Holy Days 10:00AM Coffee Hour Following Services Sunday School 10:00AM Handicap Accessible www.stmichaelseaford.org

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St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church

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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.

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

First Presbyterian Church of Levittown 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown 731-3808 Worship Service,Sundays: 10:00 am Church School, Sundays: 10:00 am Coffee Hour following worship: 11:00 am Wheelchair accessible. News & Information on our website:www.levitfpc.org

Rev. Martin R. Nale, Pastor • www.CLCWantagh.org Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11:00 am Sunday School and Confirmation Classes: 9:40 am Christian Nursery School 579-8425 Pre-nursery - 3 & 4 year old classes

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1373 Bellmore Road, N. Bellmore 781-2650 Daily Weekday Morning Services: 7:30 am Evening Minyan Services: 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday Evening Services at Sunset Saturday Morning Services: 9:15 am Sunday & Legal Holidays: 8:30 am Rabbi Gary Kessler Cantor Eitan Binet Ivy P. Roberts, President Religious School and Adult Education Youth Programs, Sisterhood & Men’s Clubs Please visit: tbebellmore.org

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St. Frances de Chantal 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 785-2333 • www.stjanefrances.com 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783 Rev. Gregory J. Cappuccino Pastor Phone/Fax -781-6374 • www.ourredeemer.net Weekly Mass Schedule: The Reverand Ronald M. Klose, Pastor Sat.: 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. Holy Communion: Sun.: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m. 12 noon; 5:00 Sunday: 9:30 am • Sat. - 5:00 pm p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 am Day Care: 781-8095 • Nursery School: 781-7637 Reconciliation Schedule: Mon.: 1:15 to 2:00 p.m.; Sat.:12 noon to 1:00

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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

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH United Methodist Church of Seaford 2160 Washington Ave., Seaford Phone/Fax: (516) 785-8877 church@seafordumc.org

Rev. Dr. Edwin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.

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Friday Night Services: 8:00 p.m., thru June 25 7:30 p.m., July and August Saturday Services: 10:30 a.m. thru June 26 Torah Study Group; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. all yr long Rabbi Marci Bellows Cantor Steven Scher Rabbi Deanna Pastrnak, Religious School Director Religious School, Nursery School, Adult Education Youth Groups, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Chai Club, Couples Club, PTA • Interfaith families welcome Please vsit our website: www.temple-bnai-torah.org

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Adventures on Promise Island coming to St Jude Lifesaving Love! will be the theme of the Church of St. Jude’s 2012 Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held daily from Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m.-noon at 3606 Lufberry Avenue (south of Jerusalem Avenue, 2 1/2 blocks east of Wantagh Avenue). Ample parking is available behind the church buildings. The program is free and open to the public. According to the Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, St. Jude’s priest and rector, this year’s Vacation Bible School focuses on how God’s promises never change. “Amid the swaying palm trees, exotic wildlife and welcoming sunshine, kids will learn of “God’s promises,” Fr. Hofer said. Specifically, they will learn that God is with us, saves us, cares for us, answers us and gives us what we need,” he added.

St. Jude’s Vacation Bible School is open to children ages 3 (potty trained) through grade 6. Those in the seventh grade and older are welcome to join as helpers. Although the program is free, free-will donations are encouraged to help offset the costs of the program. To register children as participants or helpers or to answer questions, contact the parish office at 221-2505 or via email at sjwantaghverizon.net. The registration deadline is June 30. The Church of St. Jude (Episcopal) is a welcoming community of faith serving the greater Wantagh and Levittown communities for 55 years. It serves all regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic condition. For more information about St. Jude or the Episcopal Church, contact the

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occurred Saturday night in Seaford. According to detectives, a park employee discovered graffiti on the handball court and a picnic table on the east side of Cedar Creek Park. There were anti-Semitic statements along with a swastika and the number “54” written in black magic marker on the wall of the handball court. In addition, there were the words “Hail Hitler,” and an eagle with a swastika and the number “54” in the middle drawn on a picnic table in the same area of the park. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous, police said.

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St. Markella Greek Orthodox Church, Jones Avenue North, Wantagh, is under construction and a tent on the property is serving as a temporary church. Unknown suspects damaged the tent on June 12 by cutting the fabric and removed cash from inside. Unknown suspects reportedly gained entry into the tent three other times in the past three weeks.

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allowed staff to grow but realized some moments too. They’ve been ‘ranting’ staff needed guidance and direction,” he about my push to conserve paper, so I joksaid. ingly sent a memo on paper about conThroughout his years in Seaford, his serving paper; one staff member pasted it proudest moments have to his door,” he been when a student laughed. acknowledges a staff Recognizing the member or even himsocial issues related to self, “especially a stutoday’s teens, Mr. dent who may have had Ragon addressed them difficulties and made by bringing in outside significant improvespeakers, initiating new ments in his or her programs and changing commitment to be protocol. Under his successful,” he said. leadership, the “Quantitatively, movFreshman Buddies proing the school into gram was developed by higher levels of Assistant Principal achievement, and havCarisa Burzynski and ing more students staff. The program pairs accepted into more repupperclassman with utable colleges and unininth-graders to help versities have been them become acclimatPrincipal Michael Ragon proud moments.” ed to the high school. Bringing some levity Speakers are consisto his day recently was the film club who tently brought in to discuss bullying and came in to tape him in a skit they precyberbullying, including well-known planned. speaker John Halligan, who lost his son to “They gave me an award for my perbullying. New safety procedures were formance,” he said grinning – The enacted for students attending proms, Seaford High School Scott Boegle Film which include a mandatory pre-prom Festival Award for Best Faculty Member meeting and a contract outlining proper Performance. “With staff, we have our behavior at prom that must be signed by

students and parents. “The community is more knowledgeable and committed to addressing the social issues facing students today,” he said. When asked what his legacy would be, Mr. Ragon pensively responded, a continuation of raising student achievement, improving instruction and educating parents and empowering people in the community. Every district is unique to its culture, traditions and history. Seaford is much steeped in tradition. It is very important. There are generations who have raised their families in the district. Mr. Ragon grew up in Glendale, Queens, holds a bachelor’s degree from York (CUNY) College, and a master’s degree in math education and an administration certificate from Queens College. He was inspired to become a teacher when he began helping friends with different subjects and found that he enjoyed the environment. He worked in New York City as a math teacher and as an assistant principal and worked in the Lindenhurst School District before coming to Seaford. A 33-year resident of Mineola, Mr. Ragon is married to Joyce, has two daughters and sons-in-laws, Christina and Chris, and Jennifer and Marty, and one grandson, Martin.

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