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Thursday, December 15, 2011


The only gift is a portion of thyself – Ralph Waldo Emerson NAMES MAKE THE NEWS: Read about your neighbors! – 51 local people’s names were in your community newspaper this past week. Maybe yours is in this week! See inside.

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by Laura Schofer Veolia Environnement, the French conglomerate and owner of Veolia Transportation, which was to be awarded the Long Island Bus contract, announced on Tuesday, December 6 that it plans to exit the transportation business. It has put Veolia Transdev up for sale, along with its regulated water business in the U.K. and solid waste operations in the U.S., reported the Wall Street Journal. Veolia Environnement will be focusing on its water operations. “This is like the sword of Damocles,” said Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg. “There is no time to find someone else to take

over LI Bus operations.” The MTA contract to run the bus system for Nassau County will expire December 31. Veolia was to take over as of January 1, pending a vote by the county legislature on December 19. “Maybe we can keep MTA in place for six months while we look at other contractors, but we’ll have to see how this develops,” said Mr. Denenberg. However, at press time County Executive Edward Mangano indicated he would move forward with the deal with Veolia, as they have provided assurances that the sale in Europe would not effect the American operations of Veolia Transportation, which would still be able to fulfill its contract with Nassau County. The term of the


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contract is five years, after which time a five-year renewal is possibile. Mr. Denenberg said he and other members of the Democratic caucus met with representatives of Veolia over the weekend to get some assurances from them that there will be no fare increases or cuts in service for one year and no cuts to ABLE riders for three years. Additionally, “Veolia has made offers to all the bus drivers and maintenance workers, although there will be a reduction in administration,” said Mr. Denenberg. Michael Setzer, Vice President of Veolia Transportation, wrote in a letter to this newspaper that the county’s contract with Veolia gives it “control in a number of ways including operating the bus system under the oversight and control of both the county and a transit committee comprising county residents. The contract will also provide little discretion for Veolia over route adjustments and will require Veolia to issue a quarterly report. “The contract also allows the county to make changes to the contract and to unilaterally terminate its relationship with Veolia with 90 days notice. Veolia must give the county one-year’s notice of termination.” County Comptroller George Maragos reviewed the contract and concluded there were both pros and cons to the deal. “While Veolia will reduce 11 bus

routes initially affecting 3,800 daily riders, the MTA was proposing eliminating 25 weekday and two weekend routes affecting more than 16,800 riders,” said his report. “The annual subsidy expense [by the county] will be reduced to $6.6 million from the current level of $9.1 million.” However, some of the risks include “no MetroCard reciprocity arranged with the MTA which will affect as many as 32,600 weekday or almost 33% of LIBS daily weekday riders who would lose some or all of the value of the MetroCard.” He also noted “potential service cuts may impact the portion of federal ($16.4 million Capital grants) and state ($53.9 million in operating assistance) funding received by LIBS due to a reduction in service level. This risk would be the same or greater under the MTA plan. The for-profit nature of the proposed Veolia contract may present an unknown new risk that should be manageable,” said the report. “There are some variables I have concerns about, things that must be in the contract,” said Mr. Denenberg. “Otherwise they can increase the fare for riders and increase what they charge the county. They may also have to reduce routes [in order to turn a profit]. It’s a big risk but at this point, there could be no bus service. If they make some guarantees, I’ll vote for it. We’re between a rock and a hard place,” he concluded.

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Guest editorial by Betty Borowsky, Ph.D. The South Shore Audubon Society is shocked and dismayed that County Executive Ed Mangano has said he plans to close Garvies Point and Tackapausha Museums after 2 p.m. and on weekends, and to lay off the full-time staff. The two sites house the most important natural history museums in Nassau County, and Mr. Mangano’s planned action will effectively close them to the public, who visit after school hours and on the weekends. We are urging the County to keep them open with their current staff. Closing or downgrading these facilities would be a huge loss to the Long Island community. They are designed to educate our children about the unique natural history and environment of Long Island, and there is no other comparable place for them to obtain that knowledge. Tackapausha is of special concern to our chapter and dear to our hearts. SSAS (South Shore Audubon Society) adopted this important local site many years ago. We note, with great chagrin, that the $1 million renovation of Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is almost completed. The improvements to the museum will provide even better and more informative exhibits. Meanwhile, the museum continues to house a unique collection of live animals that are the cornerstone of its educational programs. These can only be maintained by appropriately licensed personnel, At a time when monies are so scarce, it is absolutely unacceptable to waste any amount, never mind $1 million – especially when it is already spent and, with so little more added, would benefit the community so much. We have been informed that it costs about $250,000 per year to run Tackapausha – a truly modest sum compared with other county expenditures, such as the $2 million that was spent on a special election this past summer for a bond issue, and especially considering how much that money buys for the residents. Long Island’s museums and preserves contribute enormously to the outstanding quality of life that draws people to and keeps them on Long Island in spite of its huge tax burden. Remove these attractions and the Island will suffer the loss of its middle class, and consequently a large part of its tax base. To help Tackapausha, a new support group, “The Friends of Tackapausha,” has been formed and is working to establish its nonprofit 50l(c)(3) status. Members of SSAS are urged to join and lend their support to this new organization. We also call on our members to either call or write Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums’ Commissioner Carnell Foskey. Urge the Commissioner to keep these museums open. It is of the greatest importance to us and to all the residents of Long Island that both Tackapausha and Garvies Point Museums be saved from even partial closure and curtailment of services. The facilities are unique, irreplaceable institutions in Nassau County, and their loss to the public would deprive our children of a priceless educational resource. Letters can be addressed to Commissioner Carnell T. Foskey, Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, Eisenhower Park Administration Building, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, 11554. He can be reached by phone at 572-0200. Alao, call, write, or e-mail your county Legislator and tell your representative to do everything possible to keep these important parks and preserves fully staffed and fully open to county residents.

TOYS FOR TOTS: Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne Sr., attended the Toys For Tots at the VFW Hall on Hickory Lane in Levittown. From left are Major Chuck Kilbride, Matty DeGregorio, Staff Sergeant Gomez, Levittown Fire Department chairman Joel Bearman, Levittown Commander Barry Scher and Legislator Dunne.

citizen circuit CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: The children of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, would like to invite you to their Christmas Pageant “Do You Hear What I Hear?” on Sunday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by the Chime Choir and the Chancel Choir who will be presenting a world premiere of the anthem “Three Kings” by British composer Harold Jones, with text based on the famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. All are welcome! Please bring a donation of nonperishable food that will be donated to the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. Call 785-1829 for more information. ©©© BIRD WALK: Join the South Shore Audubon Society on a bird walk at the west end of Jones Beach State Park on Sunday, December 18. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the northeast corner of the parking lot at Jones Beach west end parking lot two. Rain, snow or temperature below 25 degrees F will cancel the bird walk. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Bring binoculars. The bird walk is free of charge. For information, log onto or telephone Steven Schellenger at 987-8103. ©©© LONG ISLAND GENERALS TRAVEL BASEBALL: Baseball tryout and workout for the Summer 2012 season: 1314 year olds, 2-3:30 p.m.; 1516 year olds 3:30-5 p.m.

Tryouts will be held at the MacArthur High School Gym, 3369 North Jerusalem Road, Levittown. Tryouts and teams are run by college baseball players. The tryouts are on Sundays, January 15, 22, 29, February 12 and 19. For information please call 355-6207 or ligenerals ©©© CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY: A live animal program and crafts will be at the South Shore Audubon’s annual Holiday Party for children at the Tackapausha Museum on Saturday, December 17 from 1-3 p.m. The party will include a live bird presentation, refreshments, and craft tables for making nature related items. The Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is located at 2255 Washington Avenue in Seaford. Admission for this event is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 5 to 12; and free for younger children. For information contact the museum at 571-7443. ©©© THEISSEN TOY DRIVE: Beginning twenty years ago with one toy, the 20th Annual John Thiessen Children’s Foundation Toy Drive is now underway, bringing smiles to Long Island’s underprivileged and physically ill children. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to 1881 Wantagh Avenue, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, December 17 or 18. To help grant a child’s special wish, bring a monetary donation, payable to JTCF. For details, call 679-5098. All

donations, and resultant smiles, are tax deductible. ©©© SEAFORD SNOWFLAKES: Those festive snowflakes courtesy of The Seaford Chamber of Commerce will again be installed throughout the community, albeit now assessed with a LIPA utility bill. To defray this cost, the chamber seeks Snowflake sponsors at $250. Utility pole sponsors are $100 per pole. Or, donate dollars or a prize to the chamber’s holiday party raffle (funds will also absorb the LIPA bill). Send checks payable to the Chamber, PO Box 1634, Seaford 11783, or call Curtis Schmitt at 785-3380. ©©© HOLIDAY GALA: The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce will hold its holiday gala on Wednesday, December 21, 6 p.m. at Johnny Malone’s Restaurant, 1227 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. For details, call chamber President Chris Brown, at 679-0100. ©©© COAT DRIVE: The Wantagh Junior Chamber of Commerce has organized a community coat drive. Drop-off dates are from now until December 16 in the main lobby of Wantagh High School. All coats will be donated to Big Brothers and Sisters of Long Island. For further details contact the Junior Chamber’s Mediator, Wantagh High School business teacher Jamie Stanulis – ©©©

Wantagh Rube Goldberg machine at conference exciting opportunity for the students and the district.” Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, sculptor and author, a Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, device or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. Because this was a complicated machine to set up, Wantagh High School was allowed to bring 15 students to New York City to assemble the invention, even though 20 students originally built the machine: Zachary Bindell, Andrew Bloniarz, Kate Boyce, Shaymus Contorno, Wes Craig, Matt Dolley, Gene Gaffney, Ariana Gagliardi, Alyssa Kelly, Avery Kratzer, Perri Levine, Elaina Mansley, Richard Myers, Michael O’Hara, Jaclyn Onufrey, Kenny Peluso, Kaitlyn Pfundstein, Krystin Sinclair, Lindsey Stevens and Bridget Wiffler. Wantagh’s Rube Goldberg machine was displayed on stage for the duration of the conference, which was streamed live on the Internet. At the end, the students set off the machine for all in attendance.

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Kaitlin Pfundstein, a sophomore in Ody Svolos’ science class, was chosen as a winner in TEDYouth’s essay contest. TED is a non-profit organization that brings together people from the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Organizers of TED believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. This year for the first time, organizers of TED conferences created an event for school-age children. The theme for the 2011 TEDYouth Day was “Play, Learn, Build and Share.” Kaitlin was one of four students invited to attend TEDYouth’s first conference in New York City on November 25. Wantagh Director of Science and Technology Kathy Cahill stated, “In her essay, Kaitlin wrote passionately about her experience with the Rube Goldberg competition during the 2010–11 school year. The organizers of TEDYouth were very interested in this. They sent an email inquiring if Wantagh would be willing to create a Rube Goldberg machine that would serve as the backdrop for the speaker podium at The Times Center in Manhattan. This was a wonderful and

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WHS SCIENCE STUDENTS built a complicated Rube Goldberg machine, which was displayed on stage at the annual TEDYouth Conference in NYC.

Seaford library Thursday, December 15 8:45 a.m.-noon Breast Cancer Screening. The mammography van will be at the library to conduct no-cost screenings. This program is sponsored by New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo. The van will be located in the back parking lot of the library. Call 8820630 to schedule an appointment. Monday, December 19 10:15-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mini Movie. Come and watch “Caillou – Winter Wonders” and “Winnie – Season of Giving.” Snack will be served and don’t leave without your coloring sheet. No registration is required. Tuesday, December 20 7-8 p.m. Pilates. Cost is $25 for all classes. Each person standing in line may register for one additional person. Registration has begun at the Reference Desk. Tuesday, December 20 1-3 p.m. Creative Playtime. Join in for hours of fun-filled activities. Choose from board books, puppets, toys, music, tunnels, ball-pits and a play-doh table.

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Ongoing The Wantagh Public Library offers homebound service for patrons who cannot visit the library due to temporary or permanent disability. Library materials can be delivered to you at home, with the exception of new videos and CDs. For information, call the reference desk at 221-1200. The Wantagh Public Library reopened to the public on Monday, December 5. We thank you for your patience while the library was under renovation and look forward to seeing and serving you in our newly refurbished library. Thursday, December 15 Join us when we travel to the Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, December 15, to see its production of “Home For The Holidays,” including your favorite holiday songs as well as some new numbers. A selection of six different luncheon entrees will be available for you to choose from on the day of the trip. Cost of $73 per person covers admission and transportation. The bus will leave the library parking lot at 9:15 a.m.

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by Laura Schofer The beginnings of all things are small. – Cicero


Piled high on our dining room table is a mound of papers that looks like junk mail but is really a heap of gold. No, it’s not a sweepstake coupon or lottery ticket. The piles of papers are appeals from charities and non-profits. Instead of getting money, our family is going through those papers to give away money. Sometime during the Christmas season, my husband and I, along with our two children, read each and every appeal that we have received throughout the previous year. I keep them in a special file and pull them out for our annual “give away.” It’s become quite a tradition in our house that began about ten years ago. This holiday is about giving thanks, giving gifts and giving new opportunities. It’s also about a commitment to our beliefs – that it is better to give than receive and that the good deeds we perform matter most in our lives. We begin our annual give away with a special meal. It starts with lentil soup, “a food that is as hearty and full as our lives,” I tell my son. The meat holds some significance as well. The next course includes a pork roast and a salad of oranges and red onions because “life is both bitter and sweet,” I tell my daughter. Dessert is something simple, usually a sweet bread because “three things are good in a little measure, and bad in large: yeast, salt and hesitation (Talmud),” my husband tells our children.

The table is set with place cards that are about the “give-away.” For example, this year our place card read, “To talk goodness is no good; only to do it is, (Chinese Proverb).” Other place cards have included: “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants (Epicurus) or “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? (George Eliot).” Then we start our work. Each one of us has an allotted amount of money “to spend.” Now that my children are teenagers, they are expected to give a little of their own money, whether it has been earned by working or through an allowance. There are some ground rules. Everyone must read every appeal. Everyone must agree on who should receive money and how much the organization should receive. There have been some disagreements over the years. My son, Drew, once threatened to pull out of the “give-away” because he thought my husband and I were swayed too much by our Hippie politics (whatever that means.) When we first began this practice our children were still quite young. But they understood that even the small amount of money they had to give would be for someone else’s welfare. Now their pocketbooks are larger but so is their understanding of the big and sometimes sad world. Believe it or not, even as teenagers this is one of the few “family” activities they willingly participate in. Each of us has our favorite causes or should I call them passions. My daughter Morgan always gives money to an

organization that cares for abandoned babies. My son Drew gives money to a group that assists runaway and troubled teens. I like to give to social service programs. My husband supports advocacy groups in the fields of education, the environment and human rights. But then there are the surprises. Each year we receive new appeals. What I always find astounding is the number of worthy organizations who are trying in some small (or big) way to change the world for the better. One year we gave money to a group that provides livestock for poor families in third world countries. Another year we gave money to a work cooperative for Native American women. Our parents teach us our first lessons

in life. Hopefully, my husband and I have taught our children a little bit about giving and living. Perhaps one day, when they are grown and have children of their own they will remember the “give-away” and continue a family tradition. Editor’s Note: This piece was originally written for our holiday section in 2002. Today, those two teenagers are young adults in their 20s, who live away from home. But we still continue this holiday tradition. Many of the solicitations now come through e-mail, which I pass on to my children. When we do sit down for Christmas dinner, we still have a lively discussion on the merits of each solicitation.

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19TH SNOWBALL RUN WANTAGH’S ANNUAL FIVE MILER: For the 19th consecutive year, The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce and Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall teamed up to produce its classic five mile run/walk through the festive thoroughfares of Wintr y Wantagh. Mulcahy’s then hosted a post-race reception for all runners, their families and friends. Soon to join them (right photo) is race finisher, Wantagh attorney, Mitchell Rich. Photos courtesy of Wantagh.LI

SANTA VISITS HEMINGWAY’S WE'VE BEEN GOOD ALL YEAR, SANTA: An annual Wantagh holiday tradition, on the second Saturday in December, is “Lunch with Santa” at Hemingway’s. The Wantagh Avenue American Bar & Grill first serves up a special lunch for parents and kids as they await the appearance of that jolly old elf. Then, upon his arrival, Santa welcomes each individual child to sit and have a chat over what would cause great delight on Christmas morning. Last Saturday, Santa was assured by all present that they’ve all been been good as gold, and that many toys and gifts may be left under their tree.

JOHN THEISSEN TOY DRIVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM: Under the watchful eye of Santa (volunteer Art Merahn), preparations are now underway at the John Theissen Children's Foundation to deliver thousands of new, unwrapped toys to Long Island's hospitals in time for Christmas. For the past 20 years, the Foundation’s mission has been to bring happiness and smiles to the Island’s physically ill and underprivileged children. Taking a break from helping John Theissen sort and load the toys at the 1881 Wantagh Avenue location are volunteers below (left to right): Jake Gantman; Lexie Orbach, Heather Theissen, Hannah Theissen (on Santa's lap) and Amanda Orbach. At right, Brownie Troop 2347 of Massapequa’s Unqua Elementary joins the effort, with each member bringing a toy for a needy child.

The Church of St. Jude (Episcopal), Wantagh, will celebrate the hope for Christmas, that is the birth of the Christ Child, in festival and meditative ways at its annual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses and at a special Blue Christmas Mass on Wednesday, December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Christmas Eve services will be held at 5 p.m and 11 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be held at 10:15 a.m. The Blue Christmas Mass will be held at 8 p.m. All services are open to the public regardless of faith or denominational background. The Church of St. Jude is located at 3606 Lufberry Avenue (just south of Jerusalem Avenue and only 2 1/2 blocks east of Wantagh Avenue). There is ample parking available behind the church facilities. According to the Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, St. Jude’s priest and rector, this year’s services will

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focus on providing hope in a world full of angst and fear. “As We live in rapidly changing time, nothing gives greater comfort and hope than remembering the coming of the Christ Child,” Fr. Hofer said “Additionally, this year we are recognizing that Christmas is not always joyful for all – especially due to death or sickness. At our Blue Christmas service, we will acknowledge this pain together and seek ways to move beyond our blueness into wholeness. Questions about Christmas services should be directed to the parish office at 221-2505 or at The Church of St. Jude’s is a welcoming Episcopal community of faith serving the greater Wantagh and Levittown communities for over 55 years. For more information about St. Jude or the Episcopal Church, please contact the parish offer or visit its website at

by Laura Schofer Judy Bongiovi of Seaford loves her community. She is a resident member of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, the corresponding secretary for the Seaford Historical Society and an active member of St. William the Abbot Church, where she volunteers her time as a bereavement facilitator. She is an unsung hero, a volunteer who makes a difference in the lives of the people who live in her community. “All of this blends together,” Mrs. Bongiovi explained. “ Seaford is a special community – very close knit and the people are so kind. Here in Seaford you still have that small town feeling.” That’s why Mrs. Bongiovi first became involved in the Seaford Historical Society. “Seaford has a rich history and I wanted to see it kept alive. We’ve been able to get the museum open – it’s painted now and with our Harvest Fair fundraiser we’ve been able to accomplish a lot of things. It’s especially rewarding when the children come to the museum and we can tell them a little bit about the history of the town, the place they live.” It’s also why she recently joined the Seaford Chamber of Commerce. “I wanted to give back, to keep that feeling of community that is so important,” she explained. Carla Powell of Seaford calls Mrs. Bongiovi someone who works tirelessly without expecting any thanks or praise, “someone who devotes her talents and hundreds of hours each year to others,” she wrote. “All this while being an active wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter!”

What is especially dear and near to Mrs. Bongiovi's heart is her work as a bereavement facilitator at St. William the Abbot Church. “I work with a support group for those who have had a significant loss. We meet for eight weeks and help to provide guidance discussion, readings. We talk about journaling. We discuss the different stages of grief,” said Mrs Bongiovi. “Jessica Mullin [now deceased] began this and it has been an inspiration for me. I have had significant losses in my life so I wanted to help. It’s very rewarding to see others come through the journey. At this time of year it is especially difficult for a lot of people.” Mrs. Bongiovi said it has sometimes been difficult to work with the bereaved. “You get emotionally involved, but my daughter is a social worker and she’s helping me learn how to detach and stay strong.” It is also very rewarding, claims Mrs. Bongiovi. “We have people who come back and show the others how it is possible to go on. We encourage people to volunteer, to give back in their loved one’s name. When you volunteer, you feel good,” she explained. “We have one man who works in a soup kitchen; another has a happy hour at Knights of Columbus. I know a woman who crochets blankets for veterans. There is a woman, in her eighties who works with St. William the Abbot’s INN program, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead,” said Mrs. Bongiovi. “I used to help out. We would get out about 900 sandwiches for that evening. I should get back to that. Yes, I need to do that,” she murmured.

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THE WANTAGH GOLD FOOTBALL TEAM proudly displays its trophy.

Wantagh 10/11 year olds win championship by Alison Lorch On Sunday November 27, the Wantagh Gold Football team won the Tier 1 Pony Division Championship in the Nassau-Suffolk Football League. The 10 and 11-year-old boys topped off an unbeaten season by defeating a previously unbeaten Rosedale Jets team by a score of 7-6. The game was a defensive battle that saw both teams score in the first quarter. Rosedale scored first on their first possession, but failed to convert on the extra point attempt. The Wantagh offense then took over and marched down the field with runs by Tommy Rohan and Gavin Casey. The Wantagh offensive line gave Quarterback Chris Hogan excellent protection and opened up some big holes for the running backs. Casey scored on a six-yard run and the Warriors were able to convert their extra point attempt to take a 7-6 lead. Rosedale took the ball in the second quarter and drove down to the Wantagh two-yard-line, but the Warrior defense held them back to hold

onto the lead. The second half was a defensive battle that saw both teams exchange possessions, with neither team coming close to scoring. Wantagh's strong offensive line was anchored by center Liam McDermott, with big blocks all season by Danny Graham, Gavin Guerrera, Sam Cioffi, Don Schaumloffel and Dylan Findlay. Wide receiver Finn Duignan was a game changer all season with many touchdown receptions. Running backs Casey, Rohan, Chris Murad and Matt Ryall ran hard all season. Wantagh’s defense this season was its strongest with big tackles by linebackers Gavin Casey, Chris Murad, James McCarron, Don Shaumloffel, Dylan Scott, Patrick Brown, Don Conway, Jake Gelada and Matt Romano, defensive backs Tommy Rohan, Jack Conklin, Jason Corso, Ryan Tariche, Andrew Hughes, Owen Anderson and linemen Billy Bonasera, Sam Sloves, Gavin Guerrera, Sam Cioffi, Vincenzo Larosa, Rob Griffo and Joe Moritz.

Seafordite in burglary arrest The Seventh Squad reports the arrest of a Seaford man for a burglary that occurred on Monday November 21, at 5 a.m. in Seaford. According to Detectives, Michael Hance, 32, of New York Avenue was discovered inside Dairy Barn on Jerusalem Avenue by the store manager

who arrived to open the business. The alleged burglar attempted to pry open the safe with a crow bar before fleeing the scene. The Detectives located and arrested Mr. Hance without incident on December 8. He is charged with Burglary.

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Feeding the hungry by Laura Schofer Every Friday morning Mattie Shalofsky of Wantagh volunteers at the Interfaith Nutrition Network’s soup kitchen in Freeport. She has been there for 10 years – helping with the set-up and preparation of food as well as serving and cleaning up. She is one of the “small miracles” that Jean Kelly, Executive Director of INN, speaks about in her ‘Welcome Message’ found at the INN website. “The INN has become a true conduit for people’s compassion and is a living example of how people of all faiths can share their common faith in humanity. The miracle of giving takes place each day at the INN. All we have to do is to show up and be a witness and loving participant,” said Ms. Kelly. For Mattie, the experience is more practical than spiritual. “My husband retired and was looking for something to do. Someone told him they needed volunteers at the kitchen [INN] in Freeport. So we went together,” explained Mattie. “He worked in the kitchen and I helped out front.” That was ten years ago and Mattie is still “out front” helping her neighbors. “Trader Joes gives us bread and we get some fruit donated and make some fruit salads,” she said. “At noon, we officially open. We all have different stations,” Mattie explained. “First you get bread, then a main course like lasagna, chicken, sausage and peppers; there are potatoes, a vegetable, soup and pizza, also fruit and salad,” she said. “I believe we see about 75 to 125 people each visit. They

line up outside and wait for us to open. We go to our stations and serve lunch.” The Freeport INN serves a hot lunch five days a week, Monday through Friday. “You do see some of the same people. We smile at each other in greeting, but I don’t know their names,” she said. Mrs. Shalofsky gets in around 9 a.m. and is usually there until 1 p.m., cleaning up. But this is not a chore. “It is a congenial atmosphere; very pleasant,” she said. Mrs. Shalofsky added that “it’s not just me. There are a group of us that go each week. We’ve become friends. Mattie provided a list of the Friday volunteers including Joan Carey (Amityville); Tony and Dolores Genovese (Massapequa); Fran and Artie Greenfield (East Meadow); Gloria Kastein (Bellmore); Ron Lacey (Massapequa); Linda Jewels (Freeport), Carol Wilson (Wantagh); Jim Smith (Freeport); Helen Spencer (Massapequa) and coordinator Regina Greene of Bellmore. When this reporter asked Mrs. Shalofsky what inspired her to do this, she looks bemused as if this was the simplest task in the world. Her silence seems to say that the simple truth is that people need help. Finally, Mrs. Shalofsky replied, “It feels good.”

About the Interfaith Nutrition Network The INN is a grass-roots, volunteer based agency that is dedicated to feeding hungry neighbors within an atmosphere of dignity and respect. In addition

to its soup kitchens, there is an emergency shelter program, a long term housing program and a veteran’s housing program. For more information go to or call 486-8506.

INN’s wish list this Holiday Season The most needed non-perishable food drive items: Canned meats; canned tuna and Salmon; peanut butter; jelly (no glass); canned or dry soups; canned stews and chili; tea bags; coffee (ground); canned pasta; canned vegetables; canned fruits; canned pasta (Spaghetti “O’s”); hot and cold cereals; rice; cake mixes; pancake mix; syrup; powdered milk; packaged pasta (Macaroni and Cheese, etc. ); juice boxes; canned juices; canned beans; Spam; canned gravy; granulated sugar; baby food and cereal (glass jars accepted); baby formula (Enfamil/Similac); granola bars; cereal bars.

Most needed personal care items (travel size preferred) Toothpaste; toothbrushes; deodorant; disposable razors; hair brushes and combs; shaving cream; mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner; facial and toilet tissue; soap towels; laundry bags and laundry baskets; socks (new); men’s underwear (new) Baby Items including diapers; baby wipes; baby clothes; baby socks; baby tee shirts; baby formula.

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Easing hunger in your neighborhood In addition to the Interfaith Nutrition Network the following churches provide food to the community: St. Barnabas in Bellmore: 785-6243 Curé of Ars in Merrick: 632-1400 Holy Redeemer in Freeport : 378-0665 Long Island Council of Churches, Freeport 868-8289 Maria Regina in Seaford: 795-7438 Refuge Church of Christ, Freeport 8680400 Sacred Heart in Merrick 379-6123 Salvation Army, Freeport: 771-7982 St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh: 7852333 St. William the Abbot, Seaford 6798532 St. Christopher’s, Baldwin: 223-0723 St. James in Seaford 735-8690 Spanish Evangelical Church, Freeport 771-7982 Word of Life Ministries Freeport: 5462883

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James Reed - A volunteer’s volunteer James W. Reed is a master communicator and a friend to hundreds of organizations, from local community groups to the United Nations. For more than 25 years, Mr. Reed has used his network of connections to help others. Through both his role as deputy commissioner of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, and his work with civic and charitable organizations, it is easy to see that education, combined with a happy and healthy life, is his priority. Professionally, Mr. Reed was the former deputy commissioner of the Office of Consumer Affairs for Nassau County. He was also a founding member of the Nassau County Police Explorers Board of Directors, which helps youth, ages 14 to 20, succeed and excel in career opportunities, life skills, character development and leadership roles. Additionally, Mr. Reed has served as a super-distinguished Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, a member of the Freeport Salvation Army Corps advisory board, a member of the Board of Directors at the Nassau County Salvation Army and a Government Liaison chair for the Long Island Chapter of ASIS International. He believes strongly in public education and information, giving as many as 300 speeches a year. His assistance to diverse communities has been recognized and appreciated by those groups that have benefited from Mr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to make life better for all. Much of Mr. Reed’s service to underserved communities has been in Long Beach, Westbury/Carle Place, Freeport, Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead,

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three daughters. From what he has learned from the daily challenges as a single parent, he is better prepared for even greater issues in his public and private life.

What volunteering means to me by Jim Reed For almost 30 years I have volunteered my time, talents, expertise and labor to numerous community organizations in the hopes of helping those less fortunate than myself. I have come in contact with thousands of others who have dedicated themselves to improve the lives of others, whether within their communities or anywhere across the world. We help the many, or we help the few – a wonderful thing. People volunteer for various reasons – to give back, since they are enjoying the good life; to do good and expose their businesses to others; or to just do good because there is a need. One of the first entrees into volunteerism is to have someone ask us to get involved in a good cause. That is only the beginning. After that, this “do-gooding” often takes over our mind, spirit, heart, soul, and body, which is a good thing. Volunteering, at first, may come in small doses. However, once this ‘virus’ builds up, you slowly, but surely, accelerate your efforts to make an even bigger difference, to the benefit of a few, or many. This may not be intentional, but it happens very often, whether we are conscious of it, or not. This mysterious phenomenon overcomes and we succumb to being humani-

tarians of the world. There is no real explanation as to why we do what we do, but we do it. Banding together in groups such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy, Cancer Society and Arts Council, we tend to make a positive difference. For many, it is selfless sacrifice, and no one need know what we do or have done or intend to do. We are not looking for rewards or recognition, but are hopefully achieving the results we have sought to make. “In numbers, there is strength,” and that is proven time and again through the efforts of these organizations. “Many hands make our work lighter” is another saying that is often heard, and it does apply nicely, since what may appear insurmountable often becomes an achievable task thanks to everyone’s joint efforts. There are so many individuals or groups who make a difference but may not receive any fanfare for their actions and activities – people such as Tommy Valenti, Lois Howes, David Opatow, John Nuzzi, Kim Scharoff, Doug Mills, Joel Meyerowitz, Susan Axelrod, Joe Ventre, Robin Held-Asighieri, Darlene Mayers, Julie Marchesella, John Scott, Pat Buckland, Debra Mulé, and so many more. If you know someone who should be recognized for what they do, send me an e-mail ( with their name and contact information, and a description of their good deeds, so that we may contact them regarding inclusion in a future edition of this newspaper.

The magic wand by Laura Schofer It all began with a magic wand. I had seen it in the toy department at Martin’s and begged my grandmother to buy it for me. It was a glittery item with a battery operated handle that made the star light up. The magic wand was, in the mind of this seven-year-old, just like the one Cinderella’s fairy godmother used to make that poor girl’s wishes come true. I figured if it worked for Cinderella, it would work for me. Over the next few weeks I spent a great deal of time thinking about all the things I would do with my magic wand. I wanted lots of pretty clothes and a room of my own so I wouldn’t have to share with my little sister. But I also wanted the magic wand to make things better for other people. You see, my cousin Patricia had just been diagnosed with a nonmalignant brain tumor, called an hemangioma. The doctors discovered that it was growing and needed to be removed because of the pressure the tumor was creating on her brain. There would be a number of surgeries and in the end it left my cousin severely handicapped. I remember standing outside the hospital, along with my other cousins, while my parents, and my aunts and uncles took turns going into the hospital to visit my cousin Patricia. I wished hard for the magic wand. It was just what I needed to make everything all right. And then in the Fall of 1964, my wish came true. I was given the magic wand for my birthday. I was delighted and made my secret wishes. But there were no new clothes and no room of

my own. Most of all, my cousin Patricia was getting sicker. It must have been broken. I told my grandmother she had to return the magic wand and get me a new one. But the new wand didn’t work either and I ended up throwing a temper tantrum. That’s when my mother threw it in the garbage. No magic wand for me. Meanwhile, my grandmother took me by the hand and sat me down. She patiently asked me why I wanted the magic wand. Between my tears and sobs, I told her about my secret wishes. She listened. “You don’t need a magic wand to get things done.” That was all she ever said and at the time I didn’t know what she meant. But now I know she was right. I think about that magic wand each holiday and wonder about getting things done for others. This holiday issue is dedicated to those individuals in our communities who have their own magic wands. These are the individuals who use their talents and passions to help make the world a better place. They are the real life fairy godmothers and fairy godfathers we all wish for. They are an inspiration to all of us, and on behalf of the staff here at L&M Publications, we thank them. As you read the stories about some of these special people, I hope you will be inspired to join their ranks and create a bit of your own magic this holiday season. From all of us here at The Citizen, Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas. May the holiday bring you peace and joy.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla at St William the Abbot’s 35th Annual Christmas Fair where he presented a Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to Co-Chairwoman Lianne Dunne and Mary Esposito who are with their children Jillian Dunne and Julianne Esposito. Also present are the Yahner family, father James and his children Jimmy, Joseph, Jonathan and Jackson.

YOURS FOR A DOLLAR: Seaford’s recently opened Dollar Store (Merrick Road, next to the Post Office) was paid a welcome visit by our local public officials and the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, with citations of appreciation for choosing a Seaford location. Posing for a quick picture are, from left, Cara Gallone, representing County Legislator David Denenberg; Owners Christie and Matthew Masi holding daughters Hannah and Olivia; Hempstead Town Supervisor, Kate Murray; Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla; and Seaford Chamber of Commerce president Ken Jacobsen.

MacArthur’s stars at gridiron dinner by Steve Ellers Once again, the MacArthur High School Generals football team was well represented at this year’s 46th annual Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association Gridiron Banquet held at the



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Chabad’s Menorah car parade This year, in honor of Chanukah, Chabad of Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh is planning a Great Menorah Car Parade for the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., led by four U.S. soldiers from the 169th Infantry Division in a Humvee and gun truck along with two limousines, leading to the lighting of the Merrick Chamber’s 12-foot Menorah! Participants will spread the light of Chanukah as they travel in convoy from the Merrick Golf Course parking lot to the Merrick railroad station on Sunrise Highway and Merrick Avenue, culminating in the kindling of the 12-foot Menorah. Dignitaries and community leaders will give their greetings at this special lighting ceremony. There will be live music by Azamra DJ, hot latkes, jelly doughnuts and dancing! Chanukah, a celebration for all time, is highlighted by the kindling of the

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the deadline for submitting applications for all property tax exemptions for the 2012-2013 school and general fund tax year has been extended to Tuesday, January 3. All federal offices and post offices will be closed on Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. “With the filing deadline fast approaching, I urge any qualifying homeowner who has yet to file for a property tax exemption to submit their application as soon as possible,” stated County Executive Mangano. “There is no filing fee to process any exemption application and Department of Assessment personnel are available to answer any questions regarding the filing process and forms." In addition to offering Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, and Home Improvement exemptions, Nassau County also administers New

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LETTER OF INTENT: Wantagh High School senior lacrosse player Michael Fitzpatrick, a faceoff midfielder, has signed to play lacrosse at Dowling College. Dowling is a Division II lacrosse program. Michael was part of the 144 Wantagh team last year that made it to the Nassau County Class B Semifinals. Director of Athletics Jennifer Keane and the rest of the Wantagh community are very proud of Michael!

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Home for the holidays Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray invites you to join in on the fun on Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town Animal Shelter for the Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair. Come by with the family and enjoy the festivities, including a visit from Santa Claus, raffles and free giveaways. See the shelter’s cuddly cats and dogs and consider taking one home for the holiday season – all adoptions at the event are free! “Especially during the holiday season, few things can equal the joy of giving a loving cat or dog a home,” Supervisor Murray said. “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the holiday season at this year’s Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair.” In addition to waiving all fees, newly adopted pets will also receive rabies vaccinations, spaying and neutering services and microchipping, free of charge. And thanks to the generosity of Jo-Mar Grooming, IAMS and Manetto Hill Animal Hospital, all pets adopted at the Home for the Holidays event will receive a free gift. Visitors can also partake in raffles for dog and cat gift baskets. All raffles will benefit the Animal Shelter’s Tails of Hope Fund. The fund helps to finance extraordinary medical surgeries for ailing animals and also covers other

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Senior flu vaccines Free flu vaccines will be available to senior citizens as part of the town’s flu vaccination program. The town is partnering with the Nassau University Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital to provide the flu vaccines at town senior centers in

Wantagh, Levittown, Franklin Square and Merrick. Supervisor Murray and Councilman Hudes will stress the importance of seniors receiving an annual flu vaccine, as mature people are at an increased risk of health complications stemming from the common flu.

Medical trial Winthrop-University Hospital Clinical Trials Center and Jai Grewal, MD, a neuro oncologist from Winthrop, are conducting a clinical trial of an investigational drug for patients with recurrent (relapsed) malignant brain tumors, including anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas. Dr. Grewal is seeking patients whose brain tumors have grown or come back, despite previous treatment with surgery and radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. To be eligible for the study, participants must be 18-70 years of age and must have a tumor that measures greater than 1 cm in volume (seen in a MRI). They will be randomly assigned to either the experimental treatment or standard of care. All individuals enrolled in the trial will receive some form of treatment. The experimental treatment involves the placement of a catheter into the brain tumor into which a research medication targeting TGF-Beta will be infused slowly over several days. To find out if you qualify or for further information, please call Kimberly Byrnes, clinical trial coordinator at Winthrop-University Hospital Clinical Trials Center, 663-9582 or e-mail

A comment from Mr. Dunne Editor’s Note: Owning to deadline constraints, Nassau Legislator Dennis Dunne’s comments regarding possible sewage plant privatization did not appear in last week’s edition of the Citizen. The article discussed the recent vote of the county legislature’s Rules Committee to contract Morgan Stanley at $100,000 a quarter to study privatization. They are included

below: Mr. Dunne said “I must do due diligence and look at all the options, and that includes doing a study to see if we can save the taxpayers money.” “It may never happen,” said Legislator Dunne. “But we must consider all options. If the people don’t want it, then I will vote against it. That’s the bottom line.”

PUBLIC NOTICES Notice of Formation of LAND 4 US 3, LLC. Ar ticles of Organization filed with Secretar y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/08. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LAND 4 US 3, LLC, 3660 Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783.Purpose: any lawful act or activity. WSC 734 6T 11/24, 12/1, 8, 15, 22, 29 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF NASSAU H & R BLOCK MORTGAGE CORPORATION Plaintiff, AGAINST LINDA WEBER, A/K/A LINDA A. WEBER, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS SURVIVING JOINT TENANT OF OLGA

WEBER, et al. Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 6/23/2009 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Cour t Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 **on Tuesday at 11:30am** on 1/10/2012 at 11:30 AM premises known as 1896 BOURNE COURT, WANTAGH, New York 11793 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Wantagh, Town of HEMPSTEAD, County of Nassau and State of New York Section, Block and Lot: 57-219-31 Approximate amount of judgment $340,995.35 plus inter-

est and costs Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #3483/08 Daniel Jason Baker, Referee Steven J. Baum PC, Attorney for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 1291, Buffalo, NY 14240-1291 Dated: 11/8/2011 WSC 736 4T 12/8, 15, 22, 29 Notice is hereby given that a license (serial # 1259280) for liquor, wine and beer has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor, wine and beer at retail on-premises at a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 3266 Merrick Road, Wantagh, NY. NVSE Jade Corp. dba Sapporo Japanese Restaurant. WSC 737 2T 12/8, 15

OUR REDEEMER NURSERY SCHOOL held its first annual Bible Fun Day. The theme was “Noah’s Ark, God Keeps His Promises.” The children learned the Bible story in class. They made an ark craft and enjoyed a snack of animal crackers. They also had their first chapel visit of the school year with Pastor Klose. “And the animals came by two by two...” The fun filled day also included a farm animal petting zoo in the school’s courtyard. This was a wonderful spirit-filled day! The events of the day were made possible with a grant received from the Lutheran Crusader Fund at LuHi.

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46 SMS students in National Junior Honor Society During a formal ceremony before family and staff, 46 Seaford Middle School students who have demonstrated strong academic and civic promise were inducted in the National Junior Honor Society. The number of inductees nearly doubled over last year when 24 students became members. Selected students must have a gradepoint average of 90 or above and possess the five qualities of which the society defines itself: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Once inducted, each student is required to complete six or more service hours per month while maintaining a 90 or above average. “Induction into the National Junior Honor Society is a testament to the dedication and commitment these students have to their academics, their school and community,” said Seaford Schools Superintendent Brian Conboy. “We wish them continued success

throughout their high school careers.” Congratulations to Gabe Ahmed, Paul Alberti, John Allen, Gina Armano, Ali Coggins, Amelia Cariddi, Ashley Casazza, Daniel Connell, Maggie Crean, Daniel Cummings, Amanda Cupo, Elyssa DiCostanzo, Alexis DiCapua, Colleen Digney, Nikole Draws, Ethan Earlie, Gracie Eiseman, Jillian Emanuel, Nicholas Faranda, Nico Fiorello, Kathryn Haglich, Donna Harlukowicz, Jennifer Hughes, Zakary Kapilevich, Kaelin King, Brooke LaMere, Min Li, Nicholas Liuzzi, Alyssa Mallery, Eleni Markopoulos, Thomas Mineo, Sean Mohr, Beth Perry, Michelle Reynolds, Elizabeth Ryan, Victoria Sapraicone, Christiana Schmitt, Elizabeth Schutzman, Taylor Sforza, Teresa Stewart, Chelsea Stieglitz, Paul Twibell, Danielle Vaiano, Molly VanDusen, Lauren Vicari and Justin Zaccoli.

POLAR EXPRESS: Dressed in their pajamas and robes, Seaford Manor Elementar y School kindergar tners boarded the Polar Express, had their tickets punched by the conductor, played by Principal Debra Emmerich, and traveled to the Nor th Pole. During their journey, they listened with wideeyed fascination as Assistant Principal Patricia Gelling read the magical holiday stor y by Chris Van Allsburg.

ANDREW BLONIARZ of Troop 656, Wantagh recently completed his Eagle Scout project, jointly sponsored by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and the Friends of Massapequa Preserve. Andrew built and installed six ten-foot sections of raised wooden walkway along a portion of the Greenbelt Hiking Trail in the preserve. Prior to Andrew’s project, this area became very muddy, and impossible to hike through after every heavy rainstorm.





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