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Vol. 60 No. 49 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

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Thursday, December 13, 2012


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Wantagh A woman parked her vehicle on Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, on November 20. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered it scratched.

How WFD weathered the storm by Harry Loud The tragic events of superstorm Sandy tested the limits of the Wantagh Fire Department this past October. The storm, which slowly began on Sunday, October 29, and finally ended on Wednesday, October 31, rained havoc upon our community. During the height of the storm we unfortunately had to compete with three high tides, along with high winds which changed to the southwest and thus prevented the tides from ebbing, and a prolonged tidal surge. The entire area south of Merrick Road was inundated with water and the remainder of the Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown area sustained high wind damage. Wires and trees were down throughout, with many landing on homes and cars. With flooding a probability, Station 3 in Seaford Harbor was evacuated. The apparatus was moved into Station 1 but the firehouse, which was recently renovated, was severely damaged. Some 14 members and their families, totaling 32 people along with an additional eight members and their families totaling 20 people from Station 5 on Merrick Road, were displaced. With the storm moving in, additional dispatchers were called to duty. An Emergency Operations Center comprised of chiefs and commissioners was established below the dispatchers office in an

effort to sort out priority alarms and to determine the whereabouts of all apparatus so as not to duplicate any alarms. From October 29 through October 31 the department answered 200 calls and an additional 127 from November 1 through November 5. This was in addition to the hundreds of miscellaneous calls that were received but which did not warrant a fire department response. The alarms consisted of people endangered from the flooding, wires down and arching, trees on homes and cars, overturned oil tanks, car fires and house fires which fortunately were quickly controlled and were not in areas which were flooded. In all, the fire department response to this storm went well. It is unfortunate that many of our members were displaced, although they continued to respond. Our hearts go out not only to our members but the entire communities of Seaford Harbor and South Wantagh which took the brunt of the storm. Wind damage, although serious, is nothing compared to six feet of water rushing through your home or lifting it from its foundation. The magnitude of this storm, its effects and its after-effects will be felt for years to come, and hopefully all can rebuild and rebound back. Henry Loud is public information officer of the Wantagh Fire Department.

uuu Unknown thieves removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle parked at the Wantagh train station, Brooklyn Avenue, on November 20. uuu A 30-year-old Sand Hill Road, Wantagh, man was arrested at Sunrise Highway and Rose Place, Bellmore, on November 24 and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and two violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. uuu An 18-year-old Beech Steet, Wantagh, man was arrested on Bayview Avenue, Wantagh, on November 29 and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and three violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. uuu

A residence on Princeton Drive North, Wantagh, was burglarized on November 27. Entry was gained through a rear door, and jewelry was stolen.

Seaford Unknown thieves stole two cameras from a vehicle parked at Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford, on November 12. uuu Unknown thieves removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle, which was parked at the Seaford train station parking lot on November 27. uuu Unknown thieves removed an oil tank from the side of a house on Widgeon Place, Seaford, on November 17. uuu



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East Quogue, at 30:52. Wantagh Chamber Treasurer Dennis Peckof f with son Jeremy, 14, and daughter Natalie, 12, position themselves at race’s end to congratulate all 406 runners crossing the five-mile finish line. Postrace snacks and beverages were available to all, compliments of Mulcahy’s. See photo on page 14. photo courtesy of Jim Colotti,

Santa brings belly fat as well as presents Although Santa Claus and a turkey are common symbols of the holiday season, the body shapes of these “celebrities” may not be quite the look you’re going for. But among gravy, cookies, airplanes, long car rides and back-to-back football games on TV, there are lots of excuses to wind up looking like a butterball on January 1. So, you’re going to learn how to stay fit during the holidays with the best exercises and workouts – and timing tips so you’ll be able to squeeze in your calorie-burning and strength training sessions. Tip 1: Choose exercises that move as many body parts as possible. Lunges, treadmill running, rowing, push-up variations and exercises that use multiple joints will burn more calories in a short amount of time. Aim for 20-minute intervals of 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest. Tip 2: Choose exercises that move body parts quickly. During the busy holiday season, when you need to get in a quick workout that burns as many calories as possible, the act of moving explosively will ensure you burn more calories during the workout and for the hours following the workout. Include moves such as medicine ball slams and throws, lunge jumps, treadmill sprints

and fast bicycling. Tip 3: Choose exercises that you don’t usually do. Although you need to use caution so you don’t injure yourself by trying something too advanced for you, if you choose exercises your body is unfamiliar with, you’ll burn more calories in less time, because your body won’t be as efficient at those exercises. If you usually bench press, try pushups, or if you usually squat, try squat jumps or lunges. Don’t be afraid to branch out – it will make your body better, and sharpen your mental skills too! The most effective Holiday workout You’ll need to know how to put together an effective holiday workout that burns many calories in a short period of time that can be done anywhere. Whether you’re at Aunt Shirley’s for Christmas or need to sneak into your garage on Christmas morning, the following workout can be done anywhere, and uses some of the most effective exercises mentioned earlier in this article: • Warm-up with 100 jumping jacks. You can split them into 10 sets of 10, five sets of 20, four sets of 25, or just do all 100 at once. • Do 10 lunge jumps for each leg. If lunge jumps hurt your knees, do 20 body weight speed squats.

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WANTAGH’S CLASSIC 5-MILER: The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce and Mulchay’s Pub & Concer t Hall produced the community’s 20th Annual Snowball Run, a five-mile run through the streets of wintr y Wantagh. The race, open to all for par ticipation, was won by Malverne’s Peter Hawkins, left photo, with a 24:38 elapsed time, and among women, Tara Farrell of

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Global, local and knocking at your door by Erin Donohue Your community newspaper is local, yet global all at the same time! We get tons of questions and requests from readers, teachers, even those who used to live in town, about past issues, specific articles or how to keep up with what’s going on, our answer — find us online! All four of L&M Publications newspapers are on the web, and our addresses are: You can use the name of our newspapers to find us on Facebook and our corporate name on twitter @lmpublications. During the recent superstorm and the communications mess that followed, this community newspaper took to social networking to reach our readers and disseminate information. With smartphones providing many residents with contact with the outside world, we had a total reach, through Facebook, of over 54,000 people in the three week period from storm to most residents having their electricity returned. Our website numbers jumped 300% over our weekly average – it was evident that readers and former residents turned to us for updates on the damage and recovery efforts. A few days into the recovery, Assistant Editor Doug Finlay (Bellmore Life) took a ride with Legislator Dave Denenberg to see the repair progress (or lack of) by LIPA. This trip turned out to be pivotal, not only for us as a news organization but for our readers. We were the first to communicate the need for residents to have their damaged electric panels certified by an licensed electrical contractor. This bit of info had not been reported prior to the storm, and getting the information out after was nearly impossible – except for our website. Our reach proved to be great as neighbors called neighbors and spread the word. The area major news outlets did not pick up the information for almost four days after us. We fielded emails, texts and Facebook messages from current and former residents. One particular incident that comes to mind is a request from a daughter who could not reach her dad. The daughter, who lives out of state, could not reach her 70-plus year old father because phones were down (at home and his place of work), she didn’t know any of his friends/neighbors and he didn’t have a cell phone. The daughter wanted desperately to find out if her dad was OK and seeing the photos we posted on our pages, she knew our community was hit really hard by the storm. What did we do? Editor Paul Laursen went out to the dad’s home – found out he was OK and suggested he call his worried daughter. He sent the daughter an email that he was fine and did not sustain much damage to his home. Our weekly newsletter launched over the summer and reaches over 1,000 subscribers. It is usually used as a tool to link back to our web(continued on page 8)

STORM RELIEF IN SEAFORD: The Seaford Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and Seaford School District PTAs, has created a funding organization to provide immediate financial aid to residents whose homes were ravaged by the recent storms. Among Seaford's businesses to immediately respond to their need is Universe Gas Heating, Central A/C & Appliance. Presenting Chamber President Ken Jacobsen with a $1,000 check is Universe President Bill Powell Jr. Contributions may be mailed to: Seaford Chamber Relief Fund, PO Box 1634, Seaford, 11783. For details call 695-2827.

citizen circuit HUGS EVENT A SUCCESS: The Wantagh 6-12 HUGS held a food drive at King Kullen on Wantagh Ave. on Saturday, November 17. All the items were given to Student Council to make baskets for about 45 families in need from superstrorm Sandy. A special Thank You to Jim Pierce who helped organize the drive and to all our volunteers who helped make this drive a huge success. To our community, Thank You for your generous donations. If interested in sponsoring a family for the holidays, contact Tricia Hagan at 220-5361. ©©© SEAFORD SCHOOL CALENDAR REVISED: A revised school calendar to make up for time lost as a result of superstorm Sandy was approved by the Seaford Board of Education on December 6. School will be open February 20, 21 and 22; March 25 and April 1 and 2. These dates include three emergency makeup days that were originally slated on the calendar. The Board of Education is negotiating alternate make-up dates in case schools need to close due to inclement weather. © © © NEW “GOOD GUY” AWARD DATE: As a result of the recent storm damage in our communities, the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce has postponed the “Good Guy” Award Ceremony and Dinner. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, the event has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, January 16. Greater detail to be published in near future issues of The Citizen, and posted on

©©© SEAFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SANDY RELIEF FUND: The Seaford Chamber of Commerce, in a coordinated effort with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and the Seaford School District PTAs, sponsoring a relief fund for superstorm Sandy victims. Monetary donations are needed. Mail checks to Seaford Chamber Relief Fund, PO Box 1634, Seaford 11783. © © © KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: The Seaford Manor Elementary School will be holding kindergarten registration on Thursday, January 24. Applicants must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2013, and it is necessary that an original birth certificate with a seal, record of immunization and two proofs of residence be presented at the time of registration. For more information you can contact Susan Keegan at 592-4073. The Seaford Harbor Elementary School will be holding kindergarten registration on Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30. Applicants must be five years of age on or before December 1, and it is necessary that an original birth certificate with a seal, record of immunization and two proofs of residence be presented at the time of registration. For more information you can contact Lisa Hraska at 592-4113. © © © CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY PARTY: The Wantagh Chamber of

Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Johnny Malone’s. You can sponsor this event, $100 per sponsor. For information contact Floyd Earl at 785-4000, ext. 110, or email © © © SQUARE DANCE: Grab you partner and get ready to circle to the left at the annual square dance fundraiser on Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue and Oakfield Avenue in Wantagh. A professional caller will take you through the steps from Do-si-do to Alamand Left. There will also be Line and Partner dancing. $32 per person includes hot chuckwagon dinner, snacks, soda, desert, coffee – advance reservation are a must by calling 826-4909. Bring your own square or let us pair you up. © © © AUDUBON WALK: Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at Mill Pond Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, December 23. The group will meet at the park on the north side of Merrick Road, west of the Wantagh State Parkway (on the Wantagh/Bellmore border). Bring binoculars. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free of charge. Rain or snow will cancel the bird walk. For more information log onto or telephone Steven Schellenger at 987-8103.

If deadline passes for reassessments, money could be lost by Douglas Finlay

A success despite Sandy To The Citizen: In spite of Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter, the Wantagh community came through to make the November book sale presented by the Friends of the Wantagh Public Library a success. The Friends extend a hearty “thank you” to everyone who donated books and to those who came to support the sale. We raised a considerable amount to enhance the library’s service to the community. We also thank The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen for supporting our efforts by publicizing the sale and helping to generate interest in it. Others deserving thanks are the members of the Friends of the Wantagh Public Library whose enthusiasm and participation in the sale, from setting up the room to serving during the sale itself, made the event possible. Without them there would be no book sale. We are also grateful to the

many Wantagh students who volunteered their help. Keep in mind that all those books had to be carried into the room, sorted into categories and placed on the tables. And we thank the members of the library staff for their continuous support and assistance. This is the time of year when the Friends of the Wantagh Public Library are asked to renew their memberships for the next year. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining us. We work hard but enjoy doing it for the good of the library and the Wantagh community. If you are interested in becoming a Friend for 2013, please contact the library for further information. Applications are available at the main desk Again, we thank everyone who helped make our sale so successful. This sale is indeed a community event! Barbara Braine, President The Friends of the Wantagh Public Library

Working with homeowners In an email to The Citizen Acting Assessor Jim Davis said the department is working diligently to correct any irregularities as they develop. “The Department of Assessment has been working with the nearly 400 homeowners who contacted the office regarding the devastation of their homes. In addition, the assessor’s office has been and will continue to meet and reach out to the local officials, assessors and homeowners in affected areas during this time of crisis. “A portion of the tentative assessment disclosure notice that will be mailed to all


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What values are our homes? “What values are our homes if we can’t live in them?” remarked Richard Landau of Merrick, attending the press conference on Wantagh Avenue, where contractors with masks on could be seen milling around in front of several homes, dumping bags and other home debris onto the curbside and into dumpsters in driveways. Grass on the lawns has turned yellow, not from impending winter, but from oil spillage. “I had six boats on my property,” he continued, “and two of those boats ended up in my garage.”

Mr. Landau has been living in a hotel, first in Hauppauge and now in Syosset, since the storm hit on October 29. Legislator Denenberg told those assembled that at a committee meeting on Monday in the county Legislature he spoke with a committee member and asked what was being done to publicize the need for residents to call the Department of Assessment to ask for a reassessment of their property now that they cannot live in their homes. “The committee member said that the county executive and the department were ‘looking into it,’ “ said Mr. Denenberg. “We are the middle-class and we pay all the taxes, so what is the rush with this deadline?” asked Mr. Walsh. “After this disaster, how can you sell your house?” asked Nick Mavorson of Bellmore. He asked what the government is doing about tomorrow. Mr. Solages told those assembled that “If the government itself is in crisis, how will it be able to help those who need it the most?”

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In the midst of a South Wantagh neighborhood still emanating the pungent odor of petroleum that spilled from home heating oil tanks during superstorm Sandy’s surge, Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg (DMerrick) and Carrie Solages (DElmont) called on County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the county’s Department of Assessment to extend the time homeowners have to request an extension for a new reassessment. Mr. Denenberg said that Department of Assessment officials have not been down to the area going door-to-door to take a look for themselves at the destruction that has occurred from oil that seeped into homes – to render them uninhabitable – to consider reassessing the properties at a lower value. “FEMA has been down here, the Red Cross, but not the county executive or the Department of Assessment,” Mr. Denenberg continued. He said the deadline for residents to request a schedule for a re-evaluation of their home severely damaged by the storm is January 2.

Waterlogged “I had water up to my chest the evening of the surge, and the water was red from oil having spilled into it,” added Neil Walsh of Wantagh Avenue. His home is now gutted, and he said it would be cheaper for him to raise his home completely to clean the foundation – at $30,000 – than to have it cleaned with the home still standing — at $81,000. “What’s the better choice?” he asked. He said he’s living in a rented house in Bellmore.

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Residents: What’s the rush?

Wednesday, December 19 10:15 a.m. Stretch and Tone Exercise Class. 1:30 p.m. Winter Storytime for ages 36. Thursday, December 20 8:45 a.m. Senator Fuschillo hosts mammography van. 10:39 a.m. Tot Time. 11:30 a.m. Tot Time. 7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library Meeting Please note: During the month of December, the Wantagh Public Library will be featuring the art work of Barbara Segal in the Community Room.

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 221-1200. Friday, December 14 10:45 a.m. Winter Story Time for ages 3-6. 8 p.m. Radio Club. Saturday, December 15 2 p.m. Friends of the Library. Tuesday, December 18 10 a.m. Winter Storytime 11:30 a.m. Seniorobics with Ellen Coven. 12:15 p.m. Simply Stronger with Ellen Coven. 7 p.m. Library Board of Trustees meeting.

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Changes coming to Wantagh school calendar An adjustment to the Wantagh school calendar as stated in a previous ConnectEd message, both March 15 and April 1 will now be days on which students attend school. Additionally, in order to provide necessary instructional time for our students, all five days of the February break will now be instructional days. Specifically, school will be open from Monday, February 18, through Friday, February 22.

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Please note that although Presidents’ Day is a legal holiday, it is one of the few such holidays on which school can be in session. Although at this time the Spring break has been preserved, should further days be required due to any upcoming inclement weather, this vacation time may need to be abbreviated as well. – Maureen Goldberg Acting Superintendent

Our Seaford community was severely affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Much of the Harbor area was devastated by the water surge and high winds, and virtually no part of our hamlet was unaffected. Most homes and businesses lost electricity and heat for some period of time. Some residents remain without essential utilities. Those of us who have spent our lifetimes in Seaford have never seen so much physical damage or emotional suffering. But, we will recover and we will be stronger and better. Fellow residents have rallied around those in need. Each of us has seen and heard of acts of charity and good works that make all of us proud to be from Seaford. Your Seaford Library was so pleased to be able to open the library for extra hours and on a Sunday (when we are normally closed).

Residents were able to get warm, charge up their phone and other electronic devices, do some recreational reading, and talk and socialize with fellow neighbors. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I extend a heartfelt thanks to our caring administration and compassionate staff for making this possible. The library was there to assist its residents. That is our ongoing commitment to the community. As we continue to pick up the pieces throughout our hamlet as we head into the season of Christmas and Chanukah, let us all say a prayer and have a kind thought for our fellow residents whose restoration continues. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” God bless Seaford! – Peter J. Ruffner President of the Board of Trustees



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Boys And Girls In Wantagh Living South Of The Southern State Parkway $100.00 Per Player 12 And Under $165.00 Per Senior Player Age 13 To 16 $275.00 Per Big League Player 17&18 Big League Plays a 25 Game Summer Schedule

Registrations Received After 12/31 will be subject to a $15 Late Fee We Will Not Honor Requests!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Players Will Be Grouped At Random By Little League Age Only!!! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012 Wantagh Sr. High School Cafeteria 10:00 A.M. Until 2:00 P.M.

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Give the gift of music this holiday season by Paul Roberts Now that it’s possible to download virtually any recording from any era, why not create a holiday program for yourself, or someone you love? In fact, here’s a very thoughtful gift idea: download and burn a disc of holiday music from the recipient’s favorite, or best loved decade! There’ll be no “re-gifting” here! 1930s and ’40s • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland. • Let It Snow – Vaughn Monroe. • White Christmas – Bing Crosby. • I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby. • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Mills Bros. • Christmas Island – Andrews Sisters. • Snowfall – Claude Thornhill. • Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo. • Jingle Bells – B. Crosby/Andrews Sisters • Winter Wonderland – Guy Lombardo. • Santa Claus is Comin to Town Tommy Dorsey • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones. • Christmas Night in Harlem – Paul Whiteman. 1950s • The Christmas Song – Nat “King” Cole. • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer – Gene Autry. • Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson. • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd. • It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby. • There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays – Perry Como. • Donde esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios. • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley. • Nuttin’ For Christmas – Barry Gordon. • Chipmunk Song – David Seville. • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms. • Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt. • Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte. • Silver Bells – B. Crosby/Andrews Sisters. • Baby’s First Christmas – Connie Francis. • Christmas Waltz - Frank Sinatra 1960s • Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams. • It’s the Holiday Season – Andy Williams. • Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone

Chorale. • Pretty Paper – Roy Orbison. • Christmas Auld Lang Syne – Bobby Darin. • We Need a Little Christmas – Soundtrack: “Auntie Maime” • Marshmallow World – Darlene Love • Little St. Nick – Beach Boys • Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee • Snoopy’s Christmas – Royal Guardsmen. • Amen – The Impressions. • You’re All I want for Christmas – Brook Benton. • Jolly Holly Christmas – Burl Ives. • Old Toy Trains Roger Miller 1970s • Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses. • This Christmas – Donnie Hathaway. • Christmas Blues – The Eagles. • Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano. • Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters. • Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney. • Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon. • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen. • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson Five. • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg. • Doesn’t Have to be That Way – Jim Croce. • Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby. 1980s • Do They Know it’s Christmas Time? – Band Aid. • When My Heart Finds Christmas – Harry Connick, Jr. • Last Christmas – Wham! • Hey Santa – Wilson-Phillips. • Silent Night – Wilson-Phillips. • Christmas Time is Here – Ray Parker, Jr. • Grandma Got Run Over – Elmo and Patsy. • This One’s for the Children – New Kids on the Block. • Greatest Gift of All – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. • Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins. • Step Into Christmas – Elton John. • Christmas in the NFL – Willis the Guard and Vogorish. 1990s - present • You’re All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey. • Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler.

Holiday Service schedule Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church

1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh 785-1829 Christmas Eve services: Family Service at 5 p.m. Carols and Candles at 8 p.m. Midnight Service beginning at 11:30 p.m.

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5:30 p.m. – Family Service 8 and 10 p.m. – Candlelight Services Christmas Day: 10 a.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church The Rev. Ronald M. Klose 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford 781-6374 Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. – Family Service 7 and 11 p.m. – Candlelight Services Christmas Day: 11 a.m. ©©©

• Peace on Earth – David Bowie and Bing Crosby. • Jingle Bells – Barry Manilow and Expose. • Home Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love. • Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and Heartbreakers. • Please Come Home For Christmas –

Jon Bon Jovi. * Twelve Pains of Christmas – Bob Rivers. • Christmas Through Your Eyes – Gloria Estefan. • Silent Night – Boyz to Men. • Saviour’s Day – Cliff Richard. ©©©

Be a healthy holiday host by serving seafoood! by Kevin Halton, Jr. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! And by now you may be planning and soon-to-shop for a holiday gathering at your home. Whether welcoming a big crowd for a sumptuous feast or simply a glass of champagne, here’s a menu suggestion your family and friends will love: substitute one or two meaty main course entrees (and at least two or three bacon-laden hors d’oeuvres) with healthy, delicious fare from the sea. Your guests will greet a seafood-themed menu both pleasantly surprised and filled with sheer delight. It’s easy to understand why. A seafood-graced menu sends a wonderful message to guests: “You are about to dine on fat- and gluten-free fare that is both satisfying and heart-healthy!” Seafood is, after all, a treat for the taste buds, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins A and D, and cholesterol-lowering omega-3 fatty acids. Here are a few suggestions to offer a few guilt-free seafood dining choices, designed to make your guests happier, and your holiday party a truly memorable dining experience. • Appetizers: Serve a platter of fresh, impeccably-prepared oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops! Add a bit of octopus and squid to the delight of many more guests than you think. Your local fish market experts will guide you through the entire process. They’ll listen to your needs, offer great advice, then create dazzling, ready-to-serve platters of exactly what and how much you should purchase and serve. And of course, be sure to purchase top quality in the seafood you buy. You’ll then be assured you’ll be serving the most heart-

healthy, fat-free, not-to-be-forgotten party fare possible...give this a try! • Entrees: Lobster must be first addressed. To many, the very sound of that word conjures up one of life’s most pleasing dining experiences. Whether they are baked, broiled or steamed, whole lobster or lobster tails will be enthusiastically received and consumed. Still have the grill out? Fire it up and take advantage of this made-for-lobster device. Consult your fishmarket friends on how much to buy, then you can visit for easy recipes and an unforgettable dining experience! Now here’s a seafoodentree news flash: Any fish, farmed or caught, are far more nutrient-dense, fat-free and healthier for you than almost any meat you may serve. And fish are just as easy or easier to prepare! Consider wild Alaskan salmon, U.S. farmed tilapia, farmed bay scallops, tuna steaks or flounder fillet. Visit and you’ll be sure to receive great raves. Will there be a lot of children attending your holiday party? Don’t worry what to serve the kids while the adults are enjoying your baked salmon with asparagus. As it turns out, most children are big fans of just about any type of fish served. Just go-easy on the “ it’s good for you” advice (this has always been a kid-turn-off) and let them dig in! So, make this a memorable home-forthe-holidays feast, but don’t do it alone. Visit a reliable, experienced fish market and give your guests the gift of fitness with a festive feast from the sea. Happy holidays! Kevin Halton Jr. is a sales associate at Two Cousins Fish Market on Freeport’s Nautical Mile.

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Emily Hughes, Johnny Weir to skate at Christopher Morley Park “Holiday Dreams on Ice,” an Olympic Ice Show, starring two-time Olympian Johnny Weir and Long Island’s own Olympian Emily Hughes, is coming to Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn on Sunday, December 16, at 7 p.m. “Nassau County is pleased to bring this fun, family ice show featuring Olympians and young skaters from our community to the ice rink at Christopher Morley Park,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “This show promises to be entertaining as well as inspiring and memorable for our young skaters.” The show also features Olympian, U.S. National Champion and World Bronze Medalist Nicole Bobek, Two-Time U.S. National Bronze Medalist Ross Miner, Ice Dancing U.S. National Bronze Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donahue, U.S. Junior National Champion and World Junior Medalist Jason Brown, U.S. Junior National Champion Max Aaron and national competitor Samantha Cesario. The heartwarming and entertaining holiday show will offer young skaters from the area the chance to skate in the show on the same ice as their Olympic heroes. Ticket information is available at The show was initially scheduled for Abe Stark Rink in Brooklyn. But, due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the facility was unable to play host to the show. Aspiring skaters, ages 5-16 interested

in joining the cast for the show, can participate in Holiday Dreams on Ice by signing up at All levels of skaters are welcome to have a chance to be a part of an Olympic Ice show and meet the stars. Johnny Weir, a three-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympian and World medalist, is one of the superstars of figure skating and an emerging pop-culture icon. He is the star of his own reality TV series “Be Good Johnny Weir” on the

Logo Network. Emily Hughes is a native of Great Neck, and was a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. She is the younger sister of 2002 Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes. Emily graduated from Harvard University in 2011. “Performing on Long Island is always special for me because it’s my home,” said Ms. Hughes. “Johnny, the entire cast and I look forward to getting Long Islanders into the holiday spirit with this fun, family show.”

Kennedi Coughlin, one of the young skaters participating in the show added, “I am so excited to come to New York City to spend this Christmas with all of my skating role models. It’s a Christmas wish come true to share the ice with such amazing Olympic athletes.” Visit, email or call 212-600-4330.

HOLIDAY FUN IN WANTAGH: Above is The Wantagh High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Santa and Legislator David Denenberg at the Wantagh Preservation Society’s Holiday Open House and Carol Sing last Sunday. At right, runners participated in the 20th annual Snowball Run sponsored by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce on Saturday. photo courtesy of the Wantagh Preservation Society and

Candlelight evenings at Old Bethpage this weekend On Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, Old Bethpage Village Restoration will host a Candlelight Evening and Craft Show from 5-9:30 p.m. At this holiday craft show you can see 19th Century buildings lit by candle-

light, and enjoy music by local schools and organizations, an 1866 decorated Christmas tree, the Holiday Brass Quartet, old time fiddle music, Civil War-era Christmas songs, stories of Christmas’ past, a traditional bonfire and hot apple cider.

Seeking penalty free access to investment funds by Laura Schofer Keith Eckels stood in the living room of his two-story house on Barnes Avenue in Baldwin. Brand new sheet rock had replaced the water-soaked walls damaged by superstorm Sandy. “It’s a good beginning,” said Mr. Eckels but more needs to be done, much more. “My contractor said it will cost $125,000 to repair the damage and that doesn’t include the contents,” he said. And like many other residents whose homes were damaged by superstorm Sandy, his savings “are depleted. There just isn’t any way to move forward right now,” said Mr. Eckels. But Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Tony Santino have proposed a way to help homeowners and businesses make the road to recovery a little smoother. At a press conference at Mr. Eckels’ home on Tuesday, Supervisor Murray called upon the Town of Hempstead’s federal delegation – Congressional representatives Carolyn McCarthy, Peter King and Gregory Meeks, as well as New York’s United States Senators Charles Schumer

and Kristen Gillibrand, to sponsor legislation in Washington that would waive penalty fees for premature IRA withdrawal for homeowners seeking to make house repairs in the wake of Sandy. Supervisor Murray said the proposed legislation would also strike down premature withdrawal penalties on other deferred payment investments such as 401K plans. “We have a responsibility to help our homeowners,” said Supervisor Murray. “That is what we do and as issues arise we, in government, must address them to help people.” Supervisor Murray said a letter was sent to federal legislators asking for their assistance. “Long Island has a long road to recovery ahead as a result of superstorm Sandy’s devastating landfall here over a month ago. The extent of damage to many homes, businesses and infrastructure throughout our area is staggering, and the cost of repairs is daunting,” she wrote. Flooding and wind damage, mold and sewage remediation, home heating oil spills, fire damage, all from Sandy, are estimated to be in the billions. To date, Nassau County has received its first installment of $16 million in Federal Emergency

Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursements to pay for damage. Supervisor Murray said there were over 11,000 homes in the unincorporated Town of Hempstead that suffered some damage, including 1,100 homes that had significant damage. Although FEMA is administering reimbursements to pay for some damage expenses as well as administering the STEP Home Repair Program, homeowners and businesses may need to initially lay out money for the cost of necessary repairs. At the same time, many Americans have money invested in Individual Retirement Accounts and other deferred payment investments. However, penalties are imposed for premature withdrawal. Under these dire circumstances residents need access to their capital without penalty, said Supervisor Murray. For example, if a homeowner needs access to money for a new roof, they would pay a 10% penalty for withdrawing the needed funds from their IRA. Some financial institutions also charge a $40 administrative penalty fee as well. “People are hurting financially. No

one anticipated the destruction and the costs involved to save their home,” said Councilman Santino. “This is a common-sense solution to help people put their lives together. Supervisor Murray and Councilman Santino are also asking federal legislators to consider a measure that would implement five-year income averaging for income tax purposes. Such a measure would mitigate the income tax implications of a one-year spike in income associated with a large withdrawal from deferred payment plans that would be used for Sandy repairs, said Supervisor Murray. Will federal officials sponsor and endorse such legislation? “I spoke with Congressman King this morning and he is on board,” said Supervisor Murray. Town spokesman Mike Deery said federal officials are “looking into it.” “Senator Schumer is currently working on a number of ways to help those devastated by superstorm Sandy and that includes ways to allow them to reduce their tax burden,” said a prepared statement from the senator’s office.

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WANTAGH COMMISSIONER JAY COHEN assists in the unloading of the OEM trailer. WFD photo by Harry Loud

Disaster assistance continues by Harry Loud Disaster relief continued this past Sunday, December 2, in Seaford Harbor when the Red Cross, in cooperation with AOL, The Patch and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, arrived at the Wantagh Fire Department, Station 3. The firehouse, which is slowly being restored after storm damage, was used to stockpile supplies which were delivered for area residents. Model/TV personality Heidi Klum

arrived with a convoy of three trucks carrying the supplies. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross and pitched right in with Wantagh firefighters and County Executive Ed Mangano in the unloading of the trucks. The trucks were carrying clothing for children and cleaning supplies while the OEM trailer carried food, toiletries, portable heaters, gardening tools, pet food and blankets. Some 100 area residents took advantage of the help.

ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES Directory Of Churches And Temples 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 The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, Rector Christmas Eve - December 24 5:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 12:30 a.m.

Family Mass with Children’s Nativity Tableau Pre-Service Music Festival Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist Christmas Eve Reception

Christmas Day - December 24 10:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharisr with Music

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

ORTHODOX CHURCH St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church 1100 Hicksville Road (Rte. 107), Seaford 541-3628 Website: 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: 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 ALL ARE WELCOME

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Frances de Chantal 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 785-2333 • 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783 Rev. Gregory J. Cappuccino Pastor Phone/Fax -781-6374 • 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 • Saturday: 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


Christ Lutheran Church

3384 Island Road, Wantagh • T- 221-3286 Reverand Martin R. Nale, Pastor Worship Services: Saturday: 5:00 pm • Sunday : 9:00 am Sunday School & Confirmation: 10:00 am Christian Nursery School: 679-8425 Pre-nursery: 3 & 4 year old classes

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

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

SYNAGOGUES Congtegation Beth Tikvah Formerely Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

A Tradiditonal Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh T - 785-2445 please visit: Friday Evening Services: 8:00 pm Saturday Morning Services: 9:15 am Jr. Congregation 10:45 am Nitzanim (3-7 years) 11:00 am Shabbat Evening Services: Sunset Daily Morning & Evening Minyan Rabbi Alan F. Lavin Rabbi Emeritus Mordecai Rubin Z”L Presidents - Maddy Ross and Stuart Spector Religious and Nursery School Men's Club, Sisterhood, Chavurah Social Club, Seniors, Yiddish Club, Adult Education and Youth Group New Members Always Welcome

Temple Beth-El Of Bellmore (A Traditional Conservative Synagogue)

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:

Temple B’nai Torah (A Reform Congregation)

2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh 11793 516-221-2370 Rabbi Marci N. Bellow • Cantor Steven Scher Rabbi Deanna Pastrnak, Dir., Religious Education Friday Evenings: First Friday 7:30 pm Family Shabbat Service Second Friday - 5:30 pm Tot Shabbat 8:00 pm Shabbat Third Friday - 6:00 pm refreshments, 6:30 - 7:15 pm Shabbat Service Fourth/Fifth Friday - 8:00 pm Shabbat Service Saturday Mornings: 9:00 am Torah Study Group



Religious School • Nursery School • Adult Education • Chai Club Youth Groups • PTA • Sisterhood • Brotherhood • Couples Club Interfaith families welcome • Please visit:

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Nassau police offer holiday safety tips The Nassau County Police Department is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of Nassau residents during the Holiday season. NCPD’s regular marked and plainclothes patrols will be intensifying their coverage of shopping malls and commercial areas. The patrols will be augmented by patrols from the NCPD’s Mounted Unit and Bureau of Special Operations. Concurrently, dedicated patrols have been assigned to the major malls within the county, putting additional police officers at those locations during peak hours. In addition to shopping safety, county police will also be looking for drivers and occupants who are not complying with seat belt laws. This includes children who are not in child safety seats or buckled in their seat. Police officers will also be vigilant watching for drivers who are drinking and driving on all roads in Nassau. Handicapped parking violations will be strictly enforced. Parking in handicapped spaces are reserved for those with visible permits. Before leaving home Plan your shopping trip carefully. Know where you are going and what routes you will take to get there. If possible, arrange for a friend to go shopping with you. There is safety in numbers. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will be taking. Additionally, let them know when you expect to return. Leave your home secure, engage alarms and give the appearance that your home is occupied by leaving the lights on in the most frequently used rooms. Don’t leave valuable items out in the open. Secure them in closets, safes, etc. When parking Always park in well-lit areas. Note the location of your vehicle in the parking lot to conveniently return after shopping. The police also urge you to always lock all your doors. Remove all items, such as radar

detectors, laptops or packages and hide them in the trunk, glove compartment, out of sight. Also, avoid parking near vans or other vehicles with covered cargo areas, and avoid carrying large handbags. Carry only what is necessary. Don’t forget to look around the parking lot for suspicious persons before you exit your vehicle, and don’t get out of your vehicle until you are ready. If you don’t feel safe, stay in the car or drive away. While shopping Keep your money and credit cards in your front pocket and try to limit the number of credit cards and cash you’re carrying while shopping. To avoid being a victim of “identity theft,” be aware of exposing credit cards, debit cards and other identification at the cash register and ATMs. Thieves will use cell phones to capture card information without your knowledge. Also, be aware of any other type of “distraction”-types of crimes that typically occur during this time of the year. When returning to your car Never leave the store with your arms full of packages. Use a courtesy cart. Don’t forget to have your car key in hand, ready to unlock your door. Check the parking lot for suspicious people and look around before you exit the store. Do not return to your vehicle if you see people loitering nearby. Carry a whistle or other audible device. If you feel threatened, use it. If you’re inside your vehicle, lock your doors and honk your horn to attract attention. Check underneath, in front and in back of your car as you approach it. Check the front and rear passenger seats inside your car before you enter it. If you are planning on returning to the store, never leave your packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk or place them on the floor, and cover them with a blanket or jacket.

FROEHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN (MERRY CHRISTMAS): Vienna, Austria, is decked out for the holidays. photos by Morgan Schofer

Why I love classical music by Mark Treske Whatever one’s background or beliefs, the Holiday season creates strong feelings and emotional reactions, based on our life experiences. Some of my strongest reactions involve music – classical music. As a Jew, my emotions are not religious per se, but a reaction to the crucial meaning of the time of year – loving my fellow man. My earliest memory is tied up with the work my father called “a perfect gem” – “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. Menotti went deep into his own memory banks to write it – he had a commission to write a Christmas opera. Running short on time and ideas, he was strolling through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and stopped in front of “The Adoration of the Magi” by Hieronymus Bosch. It all came back – Italian children received their gifts from the Three Kings rather than Santa Claus. From that reaction came this matchless tale of a crippled boy and his poor, widowed mother, who are visited by the Three Kings following the star. The climax comes when Amahl offers the child his most valuable possession – his crutch, and a miracle happens – the crippled boy can walk! Hardly a year passes to this day when I miss this eloquent statement of the real meaning of the season. “...The child we seek doesn’t need our gold, With love, with love he will build his kingdom...”

The growing tree When I first came to New York from California, I lived with my aunt for awhile. My aunt Anne took upon herself the task of “making a New Yorker out of me.” Trips to Broadway and the Met were arranged – and in December we went to Avery Fisher Hall to see “The Nutcracker.” Generations of New York kids remember seeing “The Nutcracker,” many of them because of the New York production where the Christmas tree in the back of the first scene sud-

denly grows until it dominates the whole room. While not a big fan of ballet, “The Nutcracker” is loved because of the appeal to fantasy that is so much a part of this season. “The Nutcracker” given to Clara by her uncle Drosselmayer suddenly springs to life, and Clara is transported to the Land of Sweets, meeting a fantastic assortment of sugar plum fairies, Cossacks, Indians and others. Christmas brings out the child in everyone, and nothing does that better than “The Nutcracker.” And, of course, it has Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music too.

Hallelujah! Living with my aunt meant becoming a singer, and the holidays were an active time. I took part in a holiday concert every year, with all the Christmas carols one would want to hear, plus various other classical works in the holiday spirit – the Rossini “Amen Chorus,” Pergolesi’s “Magnificat,” Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Pietro Yon’s “Jesu Bambino.” Years later, in a different choral group, I had the ultimate holiday experience, ringing “The Messiah” – in The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. “And the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace! Handel was inspired – he wrote all three parts of the “The Messiah” in just 21 days! Name one other classical work for which there are sing-ins – you just show up with your score and join your voice with lots of other enthusiasts. If God expresses himself through art, then singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” expresses better than almost anything else the power of God and the beauty and joy of human existence – and the holidays call on us to put aside everyday cares and remember how wonderful it is to be alive.

Local businesses held a Hurricane Relief Party in Wantagh on Tuesday, December 4, with proceeds from the event to benefit the Wantagh 6-12 Association HUGS committee. The HUGS committee was created to help Wantagh residents struggling through difficult times, and in the past month has been helping families in need following Hurricane Sandy. Building Your Image LLC, a Wantaghbased publicity consulting company, as sponsor of the event, provided the venue, refreshments, supplies and goodie bags. The party featured live music performed by Dan DelVecchio and Randy Palumbo of local band Face The King and guests enjoyed creative appetizers courtesy of Audrey Gebhardt of Plays With Food. Between eating, socializing and acquainting themselves with the many raffle prizes, guests had the opportunity to peruse handmade stained glass by Ravencroft Designs and Girl Junk clothing from LD Tees, sample products and order gifts from Heidi Felix, independent Mary Kay beauty consultant, and view the new

handmade jewelry collection offered by Wantagh-based company Duchessa. Licensed massage therapists Eugene Wood and Jennifer Nelson offered chair massages, with all proceeds being donating directly to the fund. Raffle prizes were abundant, having been generously donated by Building Your Image LLC; Duchessa; Ravencroft Designs; LD Tees; Eugene Wood LMT; Jennifer Nelson LMT; Sapporo; Plays With Food; Wantagh Woods Chiropractic; Denise R. Langweber LLPAttorneys at Law; Margin Electric; Mark Krieger's Independent Healthy Products; Be Fabulous Foundation Inc.; Heidi B. Felix; Wantagh.LI and Harmony Yoga and Dance. At the close of the evening, all donations, proceeds from raffle tickets, massage fees and a percentage of sales from the vendors were tallied for a total of $1,111 which was presented by Mary Redler of Building Your Image to Ann Burke and Trish Hagan of the HUGS committee. Also collected were a number of new toys for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation annual toy drive.

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: Denise Langweber, Esq. and Dr. Barbara Rosinsky of Wantagh Woods Chiropractic join Mary Redler of Building Your Image LLC in presenting the proceeds of the Hurricane Relief Party to Ann Burke and Trish Hagan of the Wantagh 6-12 Association HUGS Committee.

photo by Lauri Beckerman

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ending June 30, 2012, have been audited by an independent public accountant. The report of this audit is available in my office for inspection by any interested party. Carmen T. Ouellette District Clerk WSC 840 1T 12/13

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Levittown School District calendar revised Levittown school board trustees recently voted to revise the school calendar in response to days lost during superstorm Sandy. Under the revised version, students will attend school from Wednesday, February 20, through Friday, February 22, previously reserved for the winter break. Board President Michael Pappas said, “Although losing vacation time is

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