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Vol. 61 No. 31 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

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Thursday, August 8, 2013


Summer picnic fun

We are the champions!

OUR REDEEMER PICNIC: Families from Our Redeemer Nurser y School in Seaford (above) had a great time with their friends at their annual picnic at Seaman’s Neck Park. The day of fun included inflatable bouncers, face-painting and cotton candy.

LACROSSE CHAMPIONS: Five Wantagh girls (right) won the USA U15 National Lacrosse Championship in Florida last week. From left are Nikki Sliwak, Kaitlyn Cerasi, Kelli Schmidt, Olivia Conti, Darcie Smith and Grace Beshlian.

Democrats, Republicans spar over sewage funding by Douglas Finlay The Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic caucus turned up the heat on the Republican majority over its $722 million funding request to repair the county’s Bay Park sewage plant and other repairs needed within the aging county sewage system, by requesting more oversight be accomplished in the form of legislative hearings. On July 19 County Executive Edward P. Mangano created the Waste Water Treatment Plant Advisory Committee to oversee aspects of bonding the $722 million for the repairs, but Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams remarked at a conference on Monday in legislative chambers that the committee was just “Mr. Mangano policing himself, it has no real teeth to it.” Legislator Dave Denenberg voted with Republicans to approve the $722 million after the Legislature had recently bonded $247 million for the specific purpose of repairing Bay Park’s adjustors, scrubbers and pumps, and $15 million for repairs to the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Seaford.

The Cedar Creek money includes $14 million for controls on older control units and $499,000 to design digesters there, according to Mike Martino, spokesman for the county Department of Public Works. Legislator Abrahams told those at the press conference that while the Legislature had approved $262 million for repairs, “The Mangano Administration asked for only $16 million in approval from NIFA [Nassau Interim Financial Authority] for repairs.” trust the Mangano “We Administration wants to get these issues resolved as we do but, as President Reagan once said, ‘Trust...but verify,’ ” remarked Democratic Legislator Robert Troiano. To the six legislators at the press conference, verification would be more credible through legislative oversight than through executive oversight. Legislator Wayne Wink told the press that, while he had been in the Legislature only during the Democratic Party’s last two years as a majority, “We used to have meetings on finances all the time. Now, there are no meetings

at all” in the sewage matter. Former Democratic Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs told those assembled that when the Democrats became the majority the county was near junkbond status. “Rehabilitating the sewage plants will be the largest rebuilding expense of plants in the county’s history, so we can’t risk the reimbursement of monies without complete oversight’” of the sewage issue, she said. But Republicans say the newly formed Wastewater Plant Advisory Committee, established on July 19 to evaluate the status and progress of the repair and rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plants, will act as oversight. The 14-member committee includes one member appointed by County Executive Mangano, one member by the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves , and one appointed by the Legislature’s minority. The committee also includes one member for each of the following organizations: Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Operation SPLASH; Sludge Stoppers; League of Conservation Voters; Point Lookout

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Civic Association; Vision Long Island and the Nassau Coalition of Civic Associations. Two representatives of the Nassau Suffolk Building Trade Council will also sit on the Committee. The committee will help to ensure that repairs and rehabilitation of the county’s sewage treatment plants take place in a timely and efficient manner, said county spokeswoman Katie GrilliRobles. They will meet bimonthly with the Commissioner of Public Works and the Office of Legislative Budget. “The Democrats are seeking political cover after being criticized for limiting repairs at the sewage treatment plants. Environmental groups and editorial boards across Long Island all know that repairs must be fully funded and completed in an expeditious manner that’s void of political games. County Executive Mangano calls upon the Democrats to end the political games and fully fund the critical repairs needed to protect homeowners, the environment and our local waterways,” said Brian Nevin, senior policy advisor for Nassau County. -Laura Schofer contributed to this story

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by Laura Schofer “We can’t build an ark, so we need to find a viable solution,” said Rob Weltner, executive director of SPLASH, at a meeting held at the SPLASH headquarters, still in the midst of renovation after being hit by superstorm Sandy. Mr. Weltner told an assembled audience of contractors, homeowners and municipal employees, that “we have to keep an open mind and look at all kinds of solutions to fix this [flooding] problem.” At the meeting was Frank Kelly, CEO of Global Defence Systems and its subsidiary UK Flood Barriers, invited by SPLASH to make a presentation about his company’s flood mitigation products. He told the audience that one way to combat the changing weather patterns is to use the force of nature – in this case rising flood waters – to trigger passive systems, including backflow devices and flood walls that are deployed when the water level rises, and keeps the flood water away from our homes. This design concept was pioneered by the Dutch, who know “a little something about mitigating flood waters. They design flood barriers for a one-in-10,000 year event,” said Mr. Kelly. He recommends a combination of protective measures to combat flood events and could include door and low-level window barriers, nonreturn valves for sewage and utility pumps, the installation of sumps and pumps, and airbrick replacements. But each house, each situation, is unique, said Mr. Kelly, who has been to Freeport on three occasions since December to evaluate the damage the recent storms have caused to homes and businesses in Freeport.

“We have been desperately searching for answers,” said Mr. Weltner in a telephone interview. “I have contacts with environmental groups around the world and they are way ahead of us. They said take a look at what we are doing in the UK [United Kingdom]. We’ve adapted, so can you. So we took a look.” For example, in Cockermouth, a town in Cumbria, the northwestern region of England, the Rivers Derwent and Cocker both broke their banks after a record rainfall of 12.3 inches fell in just 24 hours in 2009. Water levels rose eight feet, two inches and the river flow reached 20 knots, resulting in over 200 million English pounds (over $300 million) worth of damage to homes, possessions and businesses in the area. This flood was considered to be a one-in-450-year occurrence. Cockermouth’s economy depends in part on tourism. There is the Cockermouth Castle and the town was the home of William Wordsworth, the English poet. The Allerdale Borough Council knew it needed to address the flooding situation and chose to install a self-closing barrier (over 115 liner meters) along the River Cocker to rise in a flood event and offer protection to the town. Otherwise, the barrier is not seen and does not mar the landscape. “Our situation here [on Long Island] is different, but we can learn from what others have done. Some of it is common sense,” said Mr. Weltner. For example, homes in the village of Chew Magna, south of Bristol, England suffered extensive and continuous damage from the eight floods the town has suffered over the last 40 years. To complicate matters, the village is a designated conserva-

tion area – homes are landmarked and the exteriors cannot be drastically altered. The Bath and North East Somerset Council decided to apply for grant money to help identify properties at risk and came up with a plan to protect those homes. It used a variety of measures, including door and low-level window barriers, nonreturn valves for sewage and utility pipes, the installation of sumps and pumps, and airbrick replacements. The first phase secured 33 houses; the second phase secured an additional 39 homes. “Some of this stuff, we can do. It’s cheap, like a sewage backflow device. Just think what this would have meant to people here,” said Mr. Weltner. What’s the next step? Last month’s event at SPLASH headquarters on the Nautical Mile was the first

opportunity to introduce local contractors to ideas and products that may help mitigate flooding. Mr. Weltner said SPLASH will work with contractors and architects to help them learn about the different flood mitigation techniques. “We will help them incorporate what they have done with these new products and ideas,” he said. Furthermore, SPLASH will recommend contractors who have developed expertise in flood mitigation techniques and products to homeowners. Interested homeowners may contact SPLASH at “People are going to need to do a variety of things to keep the water out,” said Mr. Weltner. “We can’t stop a tsunami but we can stop tidewater. It’s a better than elevate or evacuate.”

CITIZEN SLIP: In reporting Rich Clark’s Father of the Year visit to Vision of Cedar Creek in Seaford last week, we misspelled the last names of the owner and office manager. They are (shaking hands with Mr. Clark, left): Dr. Eric Tennenbaum, O.D., and Office Manager Judy Tennenbaum. Our apologies, and thank you for your sponsorship.

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SPLASH: Mitigating flooding in your home

Films at Cedar Creek August 13: Ghostbusters – sunset 7:56 p.m. August 20: Back to the Future – sunset 7:46 p.m. Cedar Creek Park is on Merrick Road in Seaford, east of Wantagh Avenue. There is no formal seating at Cedar Creek Park, so movie-goers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. If weather conditions are doubtful, call 572-0355 after 7 p.m. For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, visit the website at:

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kregler of Wantagh welcomed their first granddaughter, Ellie Carmina Kregler, born on May 20, weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Her

parents and big brother are Mr. and Mrs. James G. Kregler and Aidan of Bellmore. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Collins of Melville also celebrated this happy occasion.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that Movie Nights at Cedar Creek Park will be returning this summer. Beginning at dusk, films will be shown on Tuesdays, August 13-20. Admission is free. “We have had such great feedback and attendance at our annual Summer Movie Nights in Eisenhower Park, that we have expanded our outdoor movie series to Cedar Creek Park as well,” said Mr. Mangano. “It’s a fun event for the whole family to attend.” Cedar Creek Park Summer Movie Night Schedule:

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ies both in Ontario, Canada, and Madrid, Spain, focusing on bilingual instruction (English/French) as well as Spanish immersion. Miss Siri is also a Seaford resident and is the mother of two sons. Please visit our school at the Open House on Saturday, August 10 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), to meet Miss Siri and Miss Christine, check out our facilities and register for the fall. Join us for face painting, crafts and enjoy our interactive iPad station. The greatest compliment you can give us is a referral! Please invite your friends and family to the event and ask us about our referral program! Contact us today to register for the Open House! Seaford Community Preschool is at 2160 Washington Avenue (corner of Washington and Waverly Avenues). – from Seaford Community Preschool

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Seaford Community Preschool is proud to introduce two new co-directors, “Miss Christine” Kollar and “Miss Siri” Willis. Miss Christine has been a passionate, invigorating presence as a teacher here at Seaford Community Preschool (SCP) and most recently, as our program coordinator. Prior to joining SCP, Miss Christine was a program innovation manager for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker. Miss Christine is a Seaford resident and is the mother of two sons and a daughter. Miss Siri is an experienced public school teacher with pre-K through grade 12 New York State teaching certifications in reading and elementary education. While she has spent most of her professional career as a public elementary school teacher in the Valley Stream community, she has also engaged in international stud-

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THE CITIZEN Wantagh•Seaford Founded 1953

(USPS 665-800) An Independent Newspaper Published Weekly on Thursday by L & M Publications, Inc. Faith and Johannes Laursen, Former Publishers

Publisher: Editor: Paul Laursen x 20 Assistant Editor: Sales Manager: Advertising: Staff Writer: Circulation: Production Manager: Graphic Artists:

Linda Laursen Toscano x 19 Supervisor: Nicolas Toscano Mark Treske Jill Bromberg x 16 Paul Roberts x 27 Laura Schofer Joyce MacMonigle x 25 Marilyn Loheide Judy Ammerman x 22, Pat McKay x 22,

1840 Merrick Ave. Merrick, N.Y. 11566 Telephone 378-5320 FAX 378-0287 e-mail: Subscription: Classified Dept. Display Ads Editorial Dept. Website: Periodicals postage paid at Wantagh, N.Y. and at additional mailing offices. Price 75 cents a copy. $18 a year; $32 for 2 years; $45 for 3 years; (Outside Nassau County $40 per year.) Postmaster: Send address change to:1840 Merrick Avenue, Merrick 11566 Composition responsibility: Not liable beyond cost of space occupied by error. Not responsible for return of materials submitted for publication. Materials submitted may be used in print and on line editions.

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Like a family “When one starts a newspaper, it’s almost like a child – one never stops caring about what happens to it.” So wrote Grace Anton, wife of Merrick Life founder Karl Anton, in congratulating my parents, Johannes and the late Faith Laursen, on their 30th year of ownership of the paper back in 1988. And so as we prepare to hand over ownership of our notso-young newspaper “children,” The Freeport-Baldwin Leader, 1935, Merrick Life, 1938, The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen, 1953, and Bellmore Life, 1964, to Richner Communications we trust that each will continue to be “the glue that helps hold a community together and the spur that helps keep it moving forward.” The Richner family also has its roots steeped in printer's ink. Like my father, Cliff Richner is a former president of the New York Press Association, the professional organization that has kept community journalism alive in New York State. NYPA provides continuing education for journalists, advice on the economic aspects of running a newspaper and group buys for advertisers for the wide variety of newspapers serving all kinds of communities and cultures all over the state. Like many other newspapers we couldn’t have done it without them. Cliff and Stuart Richner run Herald Community Newspapers, a second-generation ownership and the second largest employer of print journalists on Long Island. They are also out front in online journalism with responsible news reporting. My mother used to say, “Being a subscription paid newspaper means that our community papers are invited into the home, and are often kept around the house for days. “Whether they subscribe by mail or pick up the paper at local newsstands, many residents consider us part of their family...and we consider them part of ours.” Including our online audience, we reach over 30,000 readers on an average week. We want to thank all of our staff, our family of subscribers, as well as our advertisers and community activists, for 55 years of newspaper ownership by the Laursen family. Together, we helped make a difference, raising railroad tracks, founding needed social services and cultural organizations, preserving land for future generations, building better business districts, informing voters and chronicling the very fabric of our lives. It’s been an honor to know you. L.T.

History of The WantaghSeaford Citizen The Wantagh Citizen was founded in 1953 by Harry La Belle. His mission statement was to “chronicle with accuracy and impartiality, reflecting Wantagh’s Way of Life – an integral fibre in the fabric of our great country.” In the mid 1970s, when Johannes and Faith Laursen bought The Citizen, they gave it the same motto already held by neighboring Bellmore and Merrick Life. The newspaper

SEAFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUE: The Seaford Fire Depar tment was aler ted for a rescue call involving chest pains at the home of Frank Errico in Seaford on Januar y 22. Mr. Errico repor ted to the crew that he had chest pains after shoveling snow. While in the SFD ambulance, Mr. Errico went into sudden cardiac and respirator y arrest. The SFD rescue crew immediately went into action and star ted CPR, applied a defibrillator and successfully resuscitated the patient. He was then rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage where the emergency room staf f continued life suppor t ef for ts. Mr. Errico later was transferred to St. Francis Hospital where he spent many months recuperating. Having sur vived this medical emergency, Mr. Errico and his family visited the Seaford Fire Depar tment in June to thank the rescue team for saving his life. From left are Pat Errico, John Errico, Fire Company president Jef f Fannon, Rose Errico, Frank Errico, SFD Chief Dom Bova, EMS Captain Ray Kuhner, EMT CC firefighter Ryan Gale. Missing from photo are EMT-B Harr y Silverman and firefighter Bob O’Keefe.

citizen circuit NEW MEMBER ITEMS: With $6 million in Democratic member item grants approved by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority last week, Legislator Dave Denenberg received $40,000 for equipment for the Wantagh Fire Department; $36,000 for Seaford High School’s 9/11 memorial; $40,000 for Mandalay School; $20,000 for Wantagh Elementary School; and another $40,000 for Wantagh schools between him and Republican Legislator Dennis Dunne Jr. u u u JOE TAYLOR BENEFIT: Joe Taylor is a 27-year-old, newly married, fun-loving guy. Life was just beginning for him and his beautiful wife, Nicole. After being married for two years, they just moved in to their new house which they saved for years to buy and he just started a new job two days prior to being admitted to the emergency room. Today, after three major heart surgeries, Joe is hospitalized awaiting a heart transplant. As a member of the Scarmozzino and Winter families, who are all Wantagh High School Alumni, Joe and his wife Nicole Winter-Taylor

need assistance in the unexpected, overwhelming expenses. All are invited to support them on Sunday, August 11, 4 p.m. at ET Quigg’s, 2807 Merrick Road, Bellmore. There is a $20 donation as well as $3 Quigg’s Summer Ale, with proceeds to benefit the Joe Taylor fund. There will also be a band, BBQ, 50/50 and raffles (please bring beach chairs). If you cannot attend donations can be mailed to ET Quigg’s, checks payable to Nicole Winter-Taylor. u u u BREAST CANCER SCREENING: New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, August 15, from 8:45 a.m.-noon at the Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick. Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a firstcome, first-served basis. Onsite nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results. NuHealth’s guidelines

aimed to be “the glue that helps hold a community together and the spur that helps keep it moving forward.” It was soon expanded to be The Wantagh-Seaford Citizen because, as local Congressman Peter King, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, noted, the communities share many organizations, such as the WantaghSeaford Homeowners Association. Their annual median household income is $77,000. Along with press awards, The Citizen and its staff have received citations from the homeowner's group, Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion, the cham-

for the program are as follows: • The program is open to Nassau County women. • Women who are covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will have their carrier billed and must bring their information card to the screening, along with a prescription from their physician. NuHealth policy requires patients to be responsible for any co-pays charged by their carrier. • Women ages 50 and older without health insurance will be eligible to be enrolled in a grant program which covers the costs of the screening at no out-ofpocket cost to the patient. For information call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 882-0630 to make an appointment. u u u WOODY ALLEN FILM SCREENING: Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh and Temple Beth Am of Merrick invite the community to screen the 1989 Woody Allen classic “Crimes and Misdemeanors” starring Woody Allen, Martin Landau, and Claire Bloom at Temple B’nai Torah – 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh to celebrate Selichot, or Days of Forgiveness on Saturday evening, August 31, at 7 p.m. The evening begins with Havdalah followed by the film and a discussion on how it relates to the holiday and desert.

bers of commerce and several other local groups. Wantagh is known for its Independence Day Parade and Miss Wantagh Contest. Both the Wantagh and Seaford historical societies have homes in historical buildings. The communities are also known for parks and preserves, including the Wantagh Park and Cedar Creek Park, Tackapausha Preserve and Twin Lakes. And, of course, they are the “Gateway to Jones Beach!” We have bound volumes on hand dating back to 1972, and microfilm versions are available at the local libraries.

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Scott Bersin, principal of Seaford High School, and the Scholarship Fund Committee would like to express thanks and appreciation for the generous donations made to our sixth annual scholarship drive. Through their generosity, we were able to present monetary awards to deserving students at our annual Community and Senior Award Ceremony that was held on June 5. Thank you to the many SHS staff members who contributed to “Wearing of Green Fridays,” and special thanks to the following people who generously contributed to our Sixth Annual Scholarship Drive: Apple Air Conditioning Fred Aron, Class of ’65 Association of Retired Teachers of Seaford Paul Abenante, Class of ’65 Patricia Birkeland, retired Harbor School teacher Ronald and Beverly Bode, retired science teacher Stephen and Judy Bongiovi, retired teacher Bravo Music Parents Association Raymond Buckley, retired teacher, coach and administrator Capano family Vincent Ciaravolo, retired Middle school Teacher Thomas B. Corsitto, Inc. Fay Hope Cusick, retired English teacher Linda DaSilva James DeRosa, retired guidance counselor Gail D’Onofrio Dougherty family Encore Music Parents Association Suellen Farino, Class of ’58 Flower Barn Edward Fryman – Seaford Foot Care Patrick Gallagher, retired teacher and administrator Laurene DiCorpo Gallway, Class of ‘65 Robert Gates and family Cathleen McGinn Gillen, Class of ‘65 Richard Glickman Golub family Jeffrey Goldstein, Class of ‘65 Brian and Marilyn Griffin Hamilton family Diane Hooker, retired Harbor teacher Victoria Dimmick Johnson, Class of ‘65 Lenore Jones, Class of ‘65 Marilyn and Edward Kern Klein family Long Island Blood Services Eugene Maron, Class of ’61 Massapequa Kiwanis Memorare Council of K of C Rory Michaels, retired assistant principal Ellen Moss, retired Harbor teacher Keith Murphy, Jostens Frederick and Nancy Murray, Class of ‘65 Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union

Russ Noblett, Class of ‘65 Charles O’Shea Funeral Home Lynn Baolto Parra, Class of ‘65 Curtis Parsons, Class of ‘65 Barbara Richko, Retired MS teacher Nancy Mac Neill Rishagen, Class of ‘65 Gail Herrick Saccone, Class of ‘65 Susan Satriano Foundation Seaford Alumni Association Seaford American Legion Seaford Chamber of Commerce Seaford Family Chiropractic – Dr. Gary Sgroi Seaford Historical Society Seaford Lions Club Seaford Middle School/High School PTSA Seaford SEPTA Seaford Wellness Council Pamela Schreiner, retired teacher Evelyn Lucia Smith, Class of ‘65 Monica Smith family Patricia Stamm, alumna and retired reacher St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Sultan Agency Target – Take Charge of Education


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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. Friday, August 9 10:45 a.m. Friday Summer Storytime for ages 3-6. 11:30 a.m. Bide-A-Wee: Read To Dogs Program. 8 p.m. Radio Club. Saturday, August 10 Library closes at 1 p.m. Monday, August 12 10:30 a.m. Strength, Flexibility ad Balance. 2 p.m. Book Buddies Number Six. Tuesday, August 13 10:30 a.m. Dot Paint Design. All ages are welcome. 11:30 a.m. Seniorobics. 12:15 p.m. Simply Stronger. 1 p.m. Canasta. 7:15 p.m. Starry Night Storytime with Miss Kelly. Wednesday, August 14 8 a.m. Library trip: Sag Harbor Bay Street Theater: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. 10:30 a.m. Writing Your Memoirs. 7 pm Chess Club. 8 p.m. Camera Club. Thursday, August 15 6:30 p.m. Photo Shop.

Wednesday, August 14 10 a.m. Bus Trip. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” $92. Join us on our yearly trek to Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Lunch is on your own at one of the many eateries in Sag Harbor. Register at the Circulation Desk. Wednesday, August 14 2 p.m. Film: “Admission.” Registration is now required. To reserve a seat, call the library at 221-1334. Registration has begun. Friday, August 16 4-5 p.m. Ice Cream Extravaganza. Learn how to make ice cream the oldfashioned way and compare the taste of store-bought and homemade ice cream. Then make your own sundae. Lots of participation and fun. Recipes will be given out. Register now at the Reference Desk. Summer 2013 Concert Series All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Just bring your chair and enjoy! The Seaford Public Library takes pride in presenting its Summer 2013 series of free concerts in partnership with the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library, Seaford Lions Club and Seaford Wellness Council. Saturday, August 17 Turnpike Joe and the Traffic Jam. New York Premier Classic Rock/Party Band covers such performers as ZZ Top, Buddy Holly, Creedence, Chuck Berry, KISS, The Stones, Steve Miller, the Beatles, Tom Petty, as well as originals. The concert is brought to you in part-

nership with the Seaford Wellness Council, to be held in the parking lot of the Seaford train station by the gazebo. Tuesday, August 20 2-8 p.m. Blood Drive. The need for blood affects us all. Nine out of ten of us will need blood some time in our lives. Anyone in good health between the ages of 17 ad 75 may donate blood. The procedure usually takes seven to ten minutes. Anyone donating blood will receive two free Mets tickets. Appointments are recommended. Register now. Friday, August 23 10 a.m.-4 p.m. AARP Mature Driving. Cost $17 for AARP members, $19 for non-members. Payment by check only. One check per person.

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Wantagh Second Squad detectives and the Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) reported the arrest of five suspects in Wantagh at 12:55 a.m. on Friday. According to detectives, the CIRRT team was patrolling the Wantagh area when they observed a blue colored four door 2011 Hyundai with four occupants parked at the intersection of Mayer Road and May Road. The right rear passenger exited the vehicle as a fifth suspect approached. The two men exchanged what appeared to be a clear plastic bag with a leafy brown substance for an undetermined amount of cash. The passenger re-entered the vehicle and the car left the scene. Police officers conducted a Vehicle and Traffic Law stop of the vehicle. The right rear passenger, Michael

Myers, 20, of North Massapequa, was observed putting the clear plastic bag with the leafy brown substance in his pants pocket. The suspect was also found to be in possession of three clear capsules containing a tan colored rock-like substance and a black handled switchblade knife. He is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of Marihuana and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. The investigation revealed that found inside the vehicle was three small blue pills identified as Oxicodone and two bags containing a tan and brown colored powdery substance alleged to be Heroin. Arrested at the scene were: the driver, Adriana R. Rivera, 19, of North Bellmore; front passenger, Jessica A. Levyns, 19, of Bellmore; and left rear passenger Tyler J. Woods, 20, of Massapequa. Each of these defendants are charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. The fifth suspect, identified as

Homicide in Wantagh The Nassau police Homicide Squad is investigating a homicide that occurred in Wantagh on Sunday at 4:06 p.m. According to detectives, Seventh Precinct Police officers responded to a 911 call for a body slumped over a log in the Mill Pond Park Preserve. Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased

male (race unknown at this time). The deceased was transported to the Nassau County medical examiner’s office for autopsy. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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without any proceeds, police said. Later that same day Mr. Fattakhov gained access to a home on Whaleneck Drive in Merrick through a window and removed a gold necklace and diamond bracelet, police said. Mr. Fattakhov entered a home on Harvest Road in Wantagh on Thursday, July 25, through a kitchen window by cutting the screen, and removed assorted jewelry and a laptop computer. He exited the residence through a door. He attempted to enter a home through a window on Tally Lane in Wantagh the same day but was unsuccessful, police reported. During the morning hours of Monday, July 29, Mr. Fattakhov entered a home on Eastern Avenue in Bellmore by slashing the screen of a kitchen window and removed a laptop computer, cash and assorted jewelry, said police. The suspect was identified through witnesses who observed him leaving the scene of some of the burglaries, and he was taken into custody without incident. Some proceeds were recovered at the suspect’s residence. Mr. Fattakhov was charged with eight counts of burglary.

Nassau police arrested a Bellmore man at his home at 2:50 p.m. on Monday after identifying him as a suspect in several local burglaries and attempted burglaries. According to Seventh Squad detectives, Sergey Fattakhov, 23, of Public Highway, attempted to gain entry to a residence on Beech Street in Wantagh through a rear door on Wednesday, June 26, but was unsuccessful. He also tried to enter a shed on the property through a window, but also failed. There were no proceeds. Between Sunday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 2, he broke into a residence on Centre Avenue in Bellmore through a basement window. He removed an iPad, iPod, cash and sports memorabilia photos, police reported. Mr. Fattakhov next attempted to enter a residence on Bayview Avenue in Wantagh on Monday, July 8, but fled the scene without any proceeds after being confronted by the homeowner, police roported. On Tuesday, July 23, he attempted to enter a residence on South Hewlett Avenue in Merrick through a side window but was unsuccessful and fled


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by POP Officer Kurt Faraczek NCPD Seventh Precinct The Nassau County Police Department has noted a change in the pattern of residential burglaries within

the confines of the Seventh Precinct. While the police department has implemented directed patrol assignments to address burglaries in your neighborhood, we would like to disseminate the following burglary pre-

vention tips: Burglary prevention tips • Don’t leave windows open or unlocked when the house is unoccupied. • Lock rear gates when not in use. Most burglars will break into your house from the rear where they are less visible to people on the street. • Prune overgrown shrubbery which may hide windows and doors. • Do not leave valuables in bureau drawers in the master bedroom; this is the first place where a burglar will look. • Take close-up pictures of your jewelry. Videotape the interior of the house and keep a copy at another location. • Write down the make, model and serial number of your property. Mark other valuables with an identifying number to help us in tracking down your stolen items. • Have interior lights and a radio/television on timers which go on and off at varying times of the day. • Do not have packages left on the front step all day: if you cannot stay home, arrange for a delivery time or have a neighbor take in the package. • Have a neighbor watch your house if you’ll be away. • Don’t publicize your absence from

the house on the Internet or on voicemail. • Consider installing an alarm and post alarm signs around the perimeter of your residence. • Eliminate the outside mailbox by inserting a mail slot in the front door or the garage door. This not only helps prevent burglaries but also hinders identity theft. • Have outside doors of solid core wood or metal clad; steel doors and frames are the most secure while hollow core doors with wood frames are easily kicked in. • Replace the strike plate screws with longer steel screws that go through the doorjamb and into the door frame. • Use deadbolts with at least a oneinch throw, thereby making the mechanism more difficult to pry or kick open. • Ensure that sliding doors have metal pins or a metal bar installed to prevent them from being pried open. • Install outside motion detection lights at the corners of your home and high enough so that the intruder can’t unscrew the bulb. • If buying a safe, make sure it is of good quality. Many safes that people buy are fire safes which are easily broken into. Bolt down the safe so a burglar can’t carry it away.


LIBRARY CONCERT: Runaway Train, a five-member country band from Delaware, performed in the Seaford Public Library parking lot, sponsored by the library and the Seaford Lions Club. The next free library concert will be Saturday, August 17, featuring Turnpike Joe and the Traffic Jam, at 7:30 p.m. See page 6. Citizen photos by Paul Laursen

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU OneWest Bank FSB, Plaintiff, against Joanne Tutino; Enzo R. Tutino, et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 10/13/2010 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Par t (CCP) Cour troom of the 100 Cour t, Supreme Drive, Cour t Supreme

Mineola, New York 11501 on 09/10/2013 at 11:30AM, premises known as 2986 Valley Road, Wantagh, NY 11793 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being at Wantagh, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, SBL NO. 51-289-1. Approximate amount of judgment $475,210.67 plus

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Elisa Blank, a recent graduate of the Institute for Leadership Congregational Educators, has been named Religious School director at the Susanna E. Heiman Religious School of Temple B’nai Torah in Wantagh. With over 20 years experience Ms. Blank is New York State certified in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and grades 7-12 (social studies). Her career and family are Long Island-based. Married with two children, she is a resident of South Huntington. Active in religious education since 1995, she was most recently

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EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Church Of St. Jude (Episcopal) 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh (516) 221-2505 The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, Rector Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8:00 A.M., 10:15 A.M and 6:00 P.M.

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LUTHERAN CHURCH Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 2025 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783 Phone/Fax -781-6374 • The Reverand Ronald M. Klose, Pastor Holy Communion: Sunday: 9:30 am • Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday School: 9:30 am Day Care: 781-8095 • Nursery School: 781-7637

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Frances de Chantal 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh 785-2333 • Rev. Gregory J. Cappuccino Pastor Weekly Mass Schedule: Sat.: 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. Sun.: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m. 12 noon; 5:00 p.m. Reconciliation Schedule: Mon.: 1:15 to 2:00 p.m.; Sat.:12 noon to 1:00

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.

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

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Temple B’nai Torah (A Reform Congregation)

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

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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: 10:15 am Christian Nursery School: 679-8425 Pre-nursery: 3 & 4 year old classes


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


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