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Thursday, July 19, 2012


Seafor dites address the Gr umman plume

WATER WOES: NCCCA president Greg Naham and NCCCA Grumman/ U.S. Navy plume committee chairman Phil Franco of Seaford. RESIDENTS LISTEN at the meeting.

Outrage grows – so does the plume by Linda Delmonico Prussen About 100 angry residents crowded the Seaford Fire House Thursday night to express their outrage over the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to address the “Grumman Plume.” Greg Naham, president of the Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations, said “We realize the urgency of this quality of life issue.” He said, “The clock is running,” referring to the July 30 deadline for the DEC to receive public comments on the issue. The NCCCA arranged an informational/action plan meeting with a presentation by Massapequa Water Commissioner John Caruso. The plume was created, Mr. Caruso said, from years of what were at the time

legal dumping practices of chemicals by Grumman in Bethpage, a major defense manufacturer, and other area companies. Mr. Caruso said of the aquifer in question, “This is our number one water supply.” He explained the science of the water supply and the history of Grumman and the plume dating back decades. The debate on treatment Mr. Caruso said the DEC’s plan is to treat affected wells. He said, “Right now we have seven wells that require treatment, three that will require treatment and 22 that are threatened.” Rather than wait to treat affected wells, Mr. Caruso said it would be more effective to put in a line of recovery wells along the Southern State Parkway, creating a barrier at the southern-most end of the plume containing the

plume. Then he said the water should be sent back north towards the Grumman area where a treatment facility would be created to treat the water before re-injecting it into the water supply. He said, of the water cycle, if not stopped, “It can carry the plume into the Great South Bay.” He said containing and treating the plume would in the long run be more cost-effective than trying to treat the areas it affects as it spreads. Anthony Sabino, an attorney for the Bethpage Water District, spoke urging residents to write to the DEC to have that agency stop the plume before it reaches more public supply wells. Politics aside… Phil Franco, the chair of the NCCCA Grumman/U.S. Navy Plume Committee,

said this is a bi-partisan issue with support local politicians from both parties. Republican New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino spoke and said, “The Navy must be responsible to spend the money to fully hydraulically contain this plume and mediate it.” Mr. Saladino said he introduced a bill into the assembly to try and make the plan to hydraulically contain the plume a reality. He added, “We realize the importance of clean water for ourselves and future generations.” Democratic county Legislator Dave Denenberg was also on hand to lend his support. “They must delineate the extent of the contamination, then they can contain it and remediate it,” he said. (continued on page 2)

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Wantagh triathlete goes the distance page 2

Wantagh loses two sports legends page 3

Seaford Lions are busy! page 14

Levittown school board reorganizes page 17

by Carissa Gagliardi After swimming 1,500 meters in the Hudson River and biking 24.8 miles along Manhattan’s West Side Highway, most New York City Triathlon athletes put on their running shoes to complete the 6.2 mile run through Central Park, but not David Kruysman—instead, this Wantagh resident attaches his left prosthetic running leg. Mr. Kruysman, 43, of Wantagh, competed in the New York City Triathlon on Sunday, July 8 along with 3,000 others. Sporting bib number 2726, Mr. Kruysman, a rescue firefighter for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), finished the race in three hours 23 minutes and 47 seconds. Due to a birth defect resulting from premature childbirth, Mr. Kruysman wears a prosthesis just below his left knee. He recently qualified as one of five parathletes to participate in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October. Mr. Kruysman has a prosthetic leg specifically for competitive running, another for biking with a bicycle pedal at the end that attaches to his bike and a more comfortable 24/7 leg for everyday use. “I swim without my leg,” said Mr. Kruysman because, as he described it, “it’s like swimming with a cinderblock.”

This is Mr. Kruysman’s third NYC Triathlon, competing in 2012, 2011 and 2009. He said, “Any kind of race in New York is enjoyable.” Mr. Kruysman enjoys competing year after year. “You’re always trying to beat your own time from the year before” (which he has). His favorite triathlon event is the swim because “I was a lifeguard for many years,” said Mr. Kruysman, so he is the most comfortable with this event. “Swimming in the Hudson [River] is always an adventure,” said Mr. Kruysman. He recalled the challenge of swimming besides floating dead fish in the river during this past race. Mr. Kruysman has lived in Wantagh for six years with his two children Aidan, 8, who attends Mandalay Elementary School, and Zoey, 4, who attends Trinity Lutheran School, and his wife Amy, who works at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset. Mr. Kruysman said that although training for triathlons keeps him away from his family at times, they are his biggest support system. Mr. Kruysman has always been an athlete, playing sports throughout his youth when he attended Garden City High School and Nassau Community College. He plays lacrosse and participates in track and field and triathlon events with the FDNY.

Future competition plans Mr. Kruysman’s triathlon competition schedule continues throughout the summer. Thursday, July 19, was the annual FDNY Rockaway Triathlon at Rockaway Beach. Mr. Kruysman said the race is a big rivalry in the Fire Department for bragging rights. He also said it’s a good training race for the big Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City on August 11, in which he intends to participate. He described the Ironman competition as “a beast of a race.” This 140.6-mile course includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile

Advice Mr. Kruysman gave some thoughtful advice to fellow athletes. “It’s you versus you. You’re the only one that can make it happen.” To others with prosthetic limbs Mr. Kruysman said, “We’re all in it together. It’s what you put into it that’s what you get out of it.”

Plume causes outrage from page 1 Prior models of containment and cleanup Mr. Caruso said the DEC claims there is no model for a cleanup of this magnitude. He disagrees. Mr. Caruso said there have been three similar instances of massive water cleanups on Long Island. One, he said, was the bus garage in East Meadow. He said the cleanup of contamination there began in 1982 and was completed in 2005. The next, he said, was the Nassau County Fire Training Center in Old Bethpage which he said was started in 1989 and is ongoing. Mr. Caruso said the sewer system was installed to clean up nitrates. He said it was started in 1949 and after some 30 years helped to clean the upper glacial water supply. July 30 deadline to send comments to the DEC To download a letter to send to

bike and 26.2-mile run. “It’s the highest profile triathlon race of the season,” said Mr. Kruysman. Mr. Kruysman’s most anticipated race is the 34th annual Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on October 13. This is the largest triathlon race worldwide and consists of tough Hawaiian terrain and climate. The black lava rock fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii dominate the course and athletes battle crosswinds of 45 mph and scorching 95degree temperatures. Mr. Kruysman was recently one of five parathletes that qualified to compete in this Ironman competition along with 1,800 others. Mr. Kruysman said, “It was quite a shock I was selected for it” after completing an extensive written application.

WANTAGH RESIDENT David Kruysman, 43, poses in competing attire with his running prosthetic leg.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, one may log onto the NCCA website: For information on e-mailing and/or phoning the governor’s office one may log onto the Massapequa Water District Website here: To contact the commissioner of the state Deptartment of Environmental Conservation one may write to: Commissioner Joe Martens, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, 12224. While all who spoke stressed that placing blame was not the goal, Mr. Caruso said this is not a case of illegal dumping but of poor acceptable dumping practices at the time. Mr. Denenberg said, regardless of whether it was legal dumping practices at the time, if contamination results, it is the responsibility of the parties who did the dumping to pay for the cleanup.

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Wantagh triathlete goes the distance

Last April, Wantagh High School athletics lost two “founding fathers” of its sports programs, Robert “Bob” Miller and Alfred “Harry” Jacklin. In the 1950s, Coach Miller started Wantagh’s boys’ lacrosse program. A few years earlier, Mr. Jacklin, along with Jim Grady, established Wantagh’s boys’ baseball program. For many years, Mr. Grady was the varsity coach and Mr. Jacklin served as Mr. Grady’s junior varsity coach.

County Lacrosse Officials Association’s Man of the Year. Mr. Miller was predeceased by his wife Lynne. He leaves his daughter, Cindy Miller, his son, Paul and his daughter-in-law, Lori, as well as two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Such a kind, understanding individual, Bob Miller will be missed dearly by family, friends, colleagues and by all of the Wantagh students and athletes who he counseled and coached in his lengthy career.

Harry Jacklin Bob Miller Harry Jacklin grew up in Robert “Bob” Miller Ozone Park. He graduated Mr. Miller was born in New from Bishop Loughlin High Jersey where he attended high School. He began his college education at school. After high school, he enlisted in the St. John’s University but it was put on hold United States Navy. When he finished his by his service to his country in World War military time, under the G.I. Bill, the federII. During WW II, he fought in the United al government funded his college tuition at States Army. At the end of the war, using Syracuse University. Mr. Miller earned money provided by the G.I. Bill, Mr. both his undergraduate and graduate Jacklin completed his undergraduate educadegrees there. While at Syracuse, he distion at Manhattan College. He obtained his covered the game of lacrosse and played for master’s degree from Hofstra University. the Orangemen. In 1951, Alfred “Harry” Jacklin was After graduation, Mr. Miller and his hired to teach secondary school mathematwife, Lynne, moved to a new residential ics in the Wantagh Public School District. community in Westbury. One house away Like his long-time neighbor, friend and colon Lace Lane, he met Alfred “Harry” league, Bob Miller, he was multi-talented. Jacklin. They would become lifelong In addition to his classroom responsibilifriends and neighbors, and ultimately colties, he was the junior varsity boys’ baseball leagues in the Wantagh School District. coach and the junior varsity boys’ basketMr. Jacklin had been recently hired to ball coach. teach mathematics at Wantagh secondary With his arrival at Wantagh, he teamed schools. He knew about an opening at the up with Jim Grady to create one of the elite high school. He informed Mr. Miller about high school boys baseball programs in this job possibility. Mr. Miller applied for Nassau County. In 1979, Coach Grady the job and was hired. For years, he was the moved up to become the district’s athletic attendance officer at the high school. Years director. Coach Jacklin replaced him as the later, when his position was phased out, he varsity boys’ baseball coach. He coached became a guidance counselor in Wantagh’s until his retirement in 1985. What Coach junior high school where he completed his Grady and Coach Jacklin established over a career. half century ago, has continued up to the In his career, not only did Mr. Miller present. counsel thousands of students but after A bundle of energy, during the spring of establishing the Wantagh lacrosse program, his first decade in Wantagh, Mr. Jacklin he trained numerous athletes in the sport of taught his math classes and after school had lacrosse, “the fastest game on two feet.” In either junior varsity baseball practice or a the 1960s, he took a leave of absence from baseball game. Then, several nights a week, coaching and became a Nassau County he traveled to Jones Beach for fast pitch boys’ lacrosse official. In 1963, he was softball games under the lights. selected to be the president of this organiThe teams that played in this league were zation, the Nassau County Lacrosse nearly professional. These teams had Officials Association. national reputations, teams such as Meenan When the coach who replaced him in the Oil, Grumman, Musicaro’s from Long 1960s was promoted to an administrative Island, and the DeJur Cameramen from position in Wantagh, Mr. Miller was asked Connecticut. Mr. Jacklin was an important to coach the varsity team. He accepted and player in this league. coached this varsity program from 1972 While working at Wantagh, he ran the until his retirement in 1990. The high point teen center and the summer programs. of his coaching career was in 1973 when After school and on weekends, Mr. Jacklin his Warrior team defeated traditional was a Nassau County boys’ soccer official Nassau powerhouse Elmont for the Nassau as well as being an NCAA football official. County Championship. Another weekend activity that he worked at In retirement, he returned to lacrosse offifor over a half century was his involvement ciating, training and working with first-year with the New York Giants football team. In referees. In 2006, Coach Bob Miller was the booth with the legendary Bob honored by being selected as the Nassau

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The last frontier A man on his boat can thumb his nose at his boss, escape a nagging wife for a bit and head for the open seas. The feeling of freedom is huge. But the truth is that the sea is tougher than any boss and less forgiving than any wife. A captain of a boat needs to know what he is doing. These days, many experienced boaters are leary of going out on welltraveled waterways because there are too many reckless and inexperienced boaters around. The situation must be much like it was back over a hundred years ago around here. No longer was it just Mr. Vanderbilt who was racing down his especially constructed motorway with his friends. More and more Sunday motorists were heading out to Coney Island and the Rockaways. It was time for traffic signals, and driver’s licenses. Many people have come to the conclusion that boaters need licenses now too. Several recent tragedies on local waters have reinforced this position. State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. of Merrick will be introducing a bill to require safety training for anyone who operates a boat. Boaters will be required to provide proof of completing a boating safety course when they register or re-register their boats. That captain’s cap will signify the person in charge really does know his or her stuff. The law will also will ensure that he or she is sober. Laws regarding boating under the influence will more closely mirror those regarding driving under the influence, with increased penalties for driving drunk with a child onboard. Offenses for operating a motor vehicle, boat or snowmobile under the influence will be linked together in determining penalties for repeat alcohol abuse offenders. Driving privileges will be suspended for boating offenders and vice versa. Believe it or not, there are boaters out there in the dark who do not know that in between the green light and red light ahead lies a boat. Some are sober, some are not. But for their own sake and the sake of those onboard that boat ahead they need to know.

citizen circuit HARVEST FAIR: The Seaford Historical Society has spaces available for their Harvest Fair. The fair will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 on the museum grounds – rain or shine! The fee is $35 per 10x10 space. Spaces are limited. For more information or to reserve your space contact: Judy Bongiovi at 7838629. ©©© LACROSSE CLINIC: Molloy College lacrosse team and NCAA Head Coach Eric Petrullo will host a lacrosse clinic for Save Seaford Sports: 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, grades K-5, at Seaman’s Neck Park. Donation is $25. To register, you can contact Andrea Poole: ©©© HELP FOR HEARING: Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh announces that a limited number of hearing assist devices will be available at all services. Even with the use of microphones and amplification the temple leadership realized that people were sometimes struggling to “hear” the service. A project, spearheaded by Rita Hofer and Jan Friedman with donations from various sources, the temple has upgraded its sound system and purchased devices, similar to the ones used in theaters, so that allow people can fully partake in the service. The system has been designed for people who own their device, with the correct frequency setting, can use them. In addition, Temple B’nai Torah has a number of large print prayer books. It is hoped that the temple will be able to augment the current

limited supply of hearing devices and large print prayer books, with continued donations. ©©© GARDEN CLUB MEETS: There will be a meeting of the Paumanacke Garden Club on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. in the community room at Wantagh Public Library on Park Avenue. Award winning writer, photographer, poet and teacher of New York-area garden clubs, Solita Stephens, will speak about “Native Plants.” Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. ©©© FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL ’77 REUNION: A 35-year reunion on Firday, August 17 at the Coral House in Baldwin from 8:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $85 per person includes open bar, dinner, DJ, dancing and a fun time! Pay online or get check mailing information at RSVP is required by August 10. ©©© LIKE TO LAUGH: Get a group of friends together or come alone and meet new people for an evening full of laughs while helping Wantagh’s Last Hope Animal Rescue on Thursday, August 2, at Governor’s Comedy Club. Tickets are $20 (all of which is donated to Last Hope). There is a two drink minimum (can be soda, coffee, etc.). The club offers a full menu so come early and have dinner. Raffle baskets and a 50/50 will be featured. All donations benefit Last Hope's dog/cat rescue efforts and community outreach programs such as Fix A Feral. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All should arrive by 7 p.m.

NEW FOLK DUO! Mary Kleshefsky (left) of Wantagh was recently awarded a Yale fellowship giving her the opportunity to form a band and go on tour this summer. The folk duo, Emma and the Naysayer, will be touring a por tion of the East Coast from July 26 through August 15 with per formances in numerous cities along the way. You can visit their website, www., for more information and their itinerary. The tour will culminate with a performance at Pianos in New York City on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. There will be no cover charge and there will be a happy hour, so please join them! Mary and Emma Akrawi, of Stuart, Florida, are both undergraduates at Yale University.

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On Sunday, August 5, there will be a fundraising event at the soccer fields of Wantagh High School, 3297 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event is dedicated to the memory of Ben Sassoon, who graduated from Wantagh High School in 2009, and studied accounting and finance at Hofstra University and the University of Maryland before taking his life at the Bellmore train station on March 28, 2011 at the age of 19. Ben had a passion for soccer, playing for the Wantagh Seaford Tidal Waves, Comets, and the Wantagh High School Varsity soccer team. He was a 2008 recipient of the All Conference Award for Nassau County Boys Soccer. Registration for the Day of Soccer will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the games beginning at noon. Players of all ages

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Library concerts in Seaford Saturday, August 4 Risky Business. This very popular Long Island band will dazzle you with their extensive playlist of rock songs covering artists from the fifties through today, presented in cooperation with the Seaford Lions Club, to be held in the parking lot of the library. Saturday, August 18

Mersey Beat. A very well-renowned Beatles tribute band that plays all the greatest hits of the Fab Four in character, brought to you in partnership with the Seaford Wellness Council. To be held in the parking lot at the Seaford train station by the gazebo. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Just bring your chair and enjoy!

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Seaford library 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 White as the legendary blues singer Maybelle Smith. Miss White will blow the roof off Bay Street Theater as she brings Maybelle to incandescent life. Luncheon is on your own. Registration has begun at the Circulation Desk. Friday, July 27 4-5 p.m. Midnight Moon Cake. Create your very own mooncake frosted with butter cream and covered with sprinkles, licorice and M&Ms. Register now at the Reference Desk. Thursday, August 2 10:30 a.m, or 7 p.m. “Muppets” Enjoy an hour of stories, a film and a craft. Ages 3-7 without an adult. Registration is not required. Wednesday, August 1 4-5 p.m. Chocolate Goodies. Cool off with a variety of deliciously decadent chocolates. $3 materials fee. Registration at the Reference Desk has begun. Monday, August 6 4-5 p.m. Afternoon Book Chat and Pizza Party. Join Miss Cindy and Eric Wasserman for a chat about your favorite books and authors. Just bring a book that you are reading this summer and we will share some of our favorites with you. Pizza will be served. Those entering grades 5 and up are invited to register at the Children’s Desk beginning Monday, July 30.

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Local bands light up LI nights This newspaper has had the privilege of introducing its readers to a number of impressive local musicians, and when someone local achieves something notable, we want you to know. Several of our previously featured bands have had busy summers – read on for updates on some of our local favorites. Face the King, with Eric Zirlinger, Bellmore’s Joey Dammacco, Wantagh’s Dan DelVecchio and new drummer Randy Palumbo have a lot to be excited about. They recently won the opportunity to play at Vans Warped Tour 2012 on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. In order to win, they had to beat out over 20,000 other bands nationwide. Face the King is scheduled to play at The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia on August 24, and back on Long Island at the Middle Country Beer Garden in Centereach on Saturday, August 25. The band is participating in a contest to have a song featured in a Dodge commercial. Visit Face the King at, or on Facebook for more information.

Signal For Pilot, who recently also had a line up change, comprises Chris Ruzika of Wantagh, and Patrick Flanagan and Scotty Truelson of Levittown. The band recently released its debut EP, titled “Aurora.” It is available online at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Music Store, Zune Marketplace and streaming on radio. This September, Saturday and Sunday the 29-30, Signal for Pilot will be performing as part of the Songwriters Showcases of American New Music Festival in New York City. Visit Signal for Pilot at or on Facebook to keep up with the latest news. Merrick rockers TOXIN will be performing at Tanger Outlets at The Arches in Deer Park as part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series on Saturday, August 4, at 6 p.m. This is their second performance with the concert series for the summer. This free show is open to all, and is a great opportunity to support the band while enjoying the outlets. Visit, or visit them on Facebook for more information. – I.M.

Rachel’s Waterside Grill: a delicious seafood retreat by Laura Amante, Carissa Gagliardi, Arielle Martinez and Leah Sobel A stormy day did not stop four Citizen interns from enjoying a delicious lunch at Rachel’s Waterside Grill on the Nautical Mile, part of the new Freeport Water Taxi route. They were greeted by Rich Venticinque, one of the owners, and Leticia Polanco, a manager, who provided delicious samplings of their menu and an opportunity to learn more about Rachel’s Waterside Grill. Rachel’s Waterside Grill has been open for 16 years, and is busiest on summer weekends. It’s known for its seafood, such as lobster sliders, tuna nachos and baked clams. This restaurant

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from page 7 casual atmosphere, Rachel’s is a great place for Sunday morning brunch or a celebration lunch with a big family, since they also cater parties.

The lobster sliders were simple but delectable sandwiches. The housemade lobster salad was served sloppy-Joe-style on hamburger buns. The lobster sliders were made up of lobster salad, corn chow-chow and potato salad served on toasted potato slider rolls. It’s hard to get enough of this delicious sandwich. Rachel’s stir fried calamari put a different twist on a classic anytime appetizer. The fried calamari was served with a sweet teriyaki dipping sauce. The calamari itself was a bit chewy, but still you’ll be back for more. The calamari was served with a teriyaki dipping sauce rather than the more common marinara sauce, making this appetizer a distinct variation of a common seafood dish. The chili-seared ahi tuna is one of Rachel’s most popular entrée dishes. This dish was prepared rare, with a wasabi potato spring roll, marinated seaweed salad, fried leeks and a wasabi lime drizzle. This spicy rare tuna is great for anyone who enjoys a spicy kick with his or her food.


Fishing limitations affect restaurants Restrictions on clamming and fishing are affecting restaurants all along the Nautical Mile. With the bays closed to clammers, restaurants that depend on clams, such as Rachel’s, have been forced to acquire clams elsewhere. Mr. Venticinque said Rachel’s gets its clams from Virginia, but mollusks from these warmer southern waters have a shorter shelf life compared to the 3-4 day shelf life of Long Island clams. “Long Island clams are the best clams,” said Mr. Venticinque. Fishing regulations have also limited the number of catches that are allowed. This forces Rachel’s Waterside Grill to buy product from other countries and out of local areas. “It drives the prices up,” said Mr. Venticinque, “but it has not affected business.” Seafood review Presentation of the dishes was impressive, and the decent-sized portions won’t leave you hungry and are worth the price. The marinated seafood martini is a cool and refreshing lunch appetizer menu item. The shrimp “martini” was a salad-like appetizer, made with shrimp and mussels on top of strips of bell peppers served in a martini glass. The shrimp and vegetables made a fresh and flavorful combination and the glassware gave the dish a pleasing appearance.

Sunset cruise Starting this year, Rachel’s Waterside Grill organized a partnership with the Freeport Water Taxi to form a wine and cheese cruise. This event began in June and is expected to continue “for as long as people want it to,” said Mr. Venticinque. The taxi sets sail every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and costs $29.95 per person. On the tour, wine, cheese, crackers, desserts and fruit will be served to each guest. The cruise, which runs for an hour-and-a-half, gives its customers great views of the sunset and the perfect time to spend with family and friends.

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Rachel’s Waterside Grill: a delicious seafood retreat Rachel’s menu changes two or three times a year, and it changes to celebrate big events such as Octoberfest and Big Fat Tuesday with special menus. “Everything we do is fresh, every day,” said Mr. Venticinque. “We have seafood coming in seven days a week. It’s all about quality.” Rachel’s Waterside Grill is a top-shelf seafood restaurant that is sure to please the whole family. Rachel’s is on the Nautical Mile at 281 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport. THE SHRIMP “MARTINI” was a salad-like appetizer, made with shrimp and mussels on top of strips of bell peppers ser ved in a mar tini glass.

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