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Brush Fire Engulfs West Hills

Renderings of the future Walt Whitman Shops were released this week, along with announcements of new stores opening next year. HUNTINGTON STATION

A brush fire covered 4 acres of West Hills Park in Melville late Sunday night.

New Faces At Whitman Shops By Mike Koehler

Additional details about the former Walt Whitman Mall have been made public. Walt Whitman Shops, renamed in October 2011, will add six new stores and alter three current stores once construction ends in the fall of 2013. Mall owner Simon Property Group confirmed that Anthropologie, Free People, Hanna Andersson, Henri Bendel, Swarovski and Vera Bradley are all slated to join the mall.

At the same time, the Apple Store, Caché and Victoria’s Secret will be relocated, renovated or expanded. More stores will likely be added to that list, Simon officials said, as the project further unfolds and leases are signed. “Through this project, we are providing shoppers with everything they could ask for; more stores and premium brands as well as more dining options in a thoroughly revitalized setting,” said Simon Property Group Vice President Thomas Schneider. Schneider also confirmed that Simon has acquired all necessary permits, began

By Stephanie DeLuca

work and is on schedule. Simon is in the process of expanding the mall along the Route 110 side and adding second floors in select areas. The project will add 72,000 additional square feet of rentable retail space. The project also calls for an interior redesign, the addition of 150 parking spaces, pedestrian-friendly streetscaping, the relocation of the bus stop to the south side, and a new, modern transfer facility. Corporate Public Relations Manager Les Morris said last month that the “Walt Whitman Mall” sign will be replaced before the winter holiday season.

Flames swept across 4 acres of West Hills County Park in Melville late Sunday night into Monday morning. The fire started at about 11:30 p.m. Over 100 firefighters battled the blaze for three and a half hours using “stump-jumper” brush trucks and ATVs to get access to the fire. “It’s a very thickly wooded area,” said Jason Bernfeld, second assistant chief at the Melville Fire Department. “There’s a main trail and (Continued on page A22)


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Hopping Into Spring What does an Easter bunny wear… when it’s nearly 70 degrees out? Hopefully Mr. Cottontail has shifted over to his springtime coat. With the bright sunshine, warm rays and blue skies, I can’t remember an Easter Sunday quite this lovely in a long time. That makes the trip to visit my nieces and nephews – post egg hunt, of course – for a day filled with family, food, and more chocolate than you could shake a stick at. Good times, indeed!

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I briefly thought about hopping in with my wellworn Buick station wagon… but alas, I didn’t. I went back to navigating the roads, content in the fact they would be plenty happy with their contingent of Skylarks.

Blast off!... I really thought Burger King teamed up with NASA. One of my nephews was in town for the holidays and only had time to meet me for a quick bite before he sped off back to college. Burger King is his favorite (he says it’s the onion rings). I Who thought of the Easter bunny anyway? only got a soda – my stomach can’t take that kind of Bunnies are small cute creatures, but who thought food these days – and let me about making a grown-up-sized costume for people tell you, that was more than to wear? I was driving up New I bargained for. But boy, IN THE KNOW York Avenue in Huntington WITH AUNT ROSIE have times changed since my village the other day and days as a young person who passed by the Super Runners loved to frequent fast food Shop. Displayed in the window was a giant white joints. Apparently the fast food chain has not only bunny running with an Easter egg basket. It gave replaced their menu with TV screens, but they reme a fright! No wonder why small kids who are placed the soda fountain with a retro-futuristic soda forced to take a picture with the Easter bunny are machine. Shaped like an old-fashioned refrigerator, scared and want to run for the hills! this beast has a large touch screen for patrons to choose a myriad of soft drink brands and flavors. I Keeping Easter alive… Someone gave me an watched a few other customers use it, and I believe Easer lily plant last week, and I have been doing my almost everything between water and Mello Yello darndest to keep this thing alive. I don’t have the comes in five different flavors plus the original greenest thumb in the land, but I’m not half-bad, recipe. either. But this one just doesn’t seem to want to bloom in that very special, look-like-soundingBugs or snow?... The Huntington Fire Departtrumpets kind of way. One did open up by Sunday, ment has a nice, quiet memorial for their fallen but it has already browned. Anyone know how to brethren in front of the station. There’s a monucare for this particular plant? ment, a bench and what I believe may be a cherry tree along Wall Street. I was making my way And a beautiful Passover too… With all this through the intersection last week, when a car apEaster talk, I have to take a moment to wish all parently zoomed past before I ambled through. That my Jewish friends a happy Passover. I hope your kicked up the wind and sent white petals filling the holiday was full of family, friends, tasty treats and air and descending upon me. At first I frantically reflection. tried to beat what I thought were swarming bugs That one’s sort of egg-shaped… On my trip to and then I started wondering how it could snow in such warm weather. After a few seconds, the light visit my family, I made my way through Garden City, bulb in my head finally clicked on and I took a but noticed there were tons of roads closed throughminute to admire the beauty before moving on. out. Not only did that make the trip a little bit of a pain, but it piqued my interest – what could they be up to? Turns out the main stretch was closed for an (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comEaster Sunday classic car show. It was massive, too – ments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your there were hundreds of cars, everything from Tin neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know Lizzies to narrow wood-paneled milk truck-looking the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o things all the way to vintage pony cars and modern, The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY drop-top Camaros. The selection was so diverse that 11743. Or try the e-mail at

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A Huntington Station man was arrested on April 6 in connection with a theft. The employee, 31, allegedly took money from his employers’ cash register. He was charged with grand larceny.

Shop Window Broken Suffolk police were called to a small business in Huntington Station on April 5 about criminal mischief. The complainant found a store window broken.

That’s Just Immature A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police on April 4 after finding graffiti on their house. An unknown person used black spray-paint to paint a penis on the home.

Tow Trucks Do Not Make For Good Getaway Vehicles Suffolk police arrested a Ronkonkoma man for allegedly trying to steal a Dix Hills woman’s car. The complainant said someone backed a tow truck into her driveway and used it to steal her 1981 Ford Mustang. The 44-year-old was charged with grand larceny.

Thief Likes Electronics Suffolk police were dispatched to a Dix Hills home on April 4 in response to a burglary. The thief apparently entered the home by kicking in the back door. A laptop, netbook, iPad and iPod were missing.

‘Explicit Graffiti’ On Playground Suffolk police responded to a South Huntington park on April 3. The responding officer found explicit graffiti on the playground.

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Suffolk police were dispatched to a South Huntington home about graffiti on April 2. The responding officer found letters were painted on their 1977 Wellcraft boat.

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A Melville resident called Suffolk County police on April 6 about a burglary a few days prior. An unknown person apparently broke a front window before making off with a flat-screen television.


Northport Village police responded to Fort Salonga Road early on April 1 to assist Suffolk County police search for a suspicious individual. The subject was seen in front of an electronics store with his foot on the door. When approached by a Suffolk County officer, the subject said he was stretching his ankle while on his way to his doctor. The man was dressed in all black, with hat and a bag containing gloves and a flashlight. Further investigation revealed that he had a folding knife in his pocket. The responding officer searched the area for any signs of criminal activity, but was unable to find any signs of tampering. Village police remained on scene until the investigation was complete.

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By Mike Koehler

A Melville pharmacy and employee were part of arrests made for an alleged scheme to bilk Medicaid out of $155 million using black market medications. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Glenn Schabel and three other defendants illegally acquired drugs, dispensed them to customers and billed the state. “The ringleaders of this complex scheme not only cheated the state Medicaid program out of millions of dollars, but preyed on some of New York’s most vulnerable patients just to make a quick buck. These crimes are intolerable, and the perpetrators will be held accountable for breaking the law,” Schneiderman said. “Our office will continue to protect taxpayers and consumers from schemes that threaten the safety of the public.” According to the indictment, the scheme occurred in MOMS pharmacy – a high-volume pharmacy with satellites in Suffolk County and Brooklyn – and parent company Allion Healthcare. Schabel was the supervising pharmacist and compliance officer for MOMS pharmacy. Schabel, the attorney general alleged, accepted bribes to purchase more than $274 million worth of black market HIV medications from a web of shell companies, controlled by Stephen Manuel Costa, of Florida. Costa allegedly obtained drugs by various illegal means, including ones that had been stolen, were expired or were unused from prior prescriptions. Costa, incorporating four separate entities to camouflage the sale of medications, is believed to have furnished millions of black market HIV drugs that were dispensed to MOMS patients, many of whom rely on Medicaid. At the same time, Schabel directed Allion to bill Medicaid despite knowing the drugs were purchased illegally. Schneiderman’s investigation also revealed that Ira Gross, another licensed pharmacist, allegedly brokered the sale of the illegally diverted drugs between Schabel and Costa. The fourth defendant, Harry Abolafia, created false invoices for Costa’s companies to make the transactions appear legitimate. Schabel, Gross and Abolafia were all allegedly rewarded with a portion of Costa’s profit: $5,336,465, $21,165,374 and $1,429,612, respectively. Schabel was charged with seven counts of felony filing a false instrument, two counts of felony grand larceny, one count of felony receiving a bribe, one count of felony conspiracy and multiple counts of felony criminal diversion of prescription medications. He pleaded not guilty and is free on $75,000 bond until a June 6 court appearance.

Hoping For Fast Results On 110 Locals: We’re happy DOT is focusing on area, but wrap it up ASAP Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

State Nabs Pharmacist

By Danny Schrafel

With construction underway at both ends of Route 110 in the Town of Huntington, residents and business owners are adjusting to heavier traffic, construction delays and new traffic patterns at one of Long Island’s busiest highway interchanges. In Melville, the New York State Department of Transportation is building a new bridge for the Northern State Parkway over Route 110, and is reworking the high-volume Exit 40 interchange. More than 120,000 motorists use the interchange every day, said DOT Public Information Officer Eileen Peters, and the bridge that crossed Route 110 was more than 65 years old. The $56.1-million project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. A third project, which includes adding a lane on Route 110 between the Northern State and the LIE, drainage improvements and new sidewalks, is scheduled for completion two years after a planned spring 2013 groundbreaking. It is expected to cost about $25 million. “It’s a very, very high volume interchange there, and the entrance/exit ramps did not meet current engineering standards. They’re being reconstructed as well,” she said. The Northern State bridge and reconfiguration is the second leg of a major Route 110 corridor improvement plan. The first project expanded the bridge over the Long Island Expressway at Sweet Hollow Road to three full lanes in each direction and improved vertical clearance for trucks. The $28.3-million project was completed in late October. Additional projects to expand the LIE service road are being planned. In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Pinelawn Road bridge over the Long Island Expressway will have its deck replaced as part of the New York Works municipal works program, designed to stimulate the economy by focusing on projects that can break ground in 2012 and address a pressing infrastructure need. Residents said they are still adapting to the new traffic patterns, or just avoid the construction area altogether. Debra Giaime, president of the Bagatelle Civic Association, said the temporary Northern State bridge over Route 110 is a tight fit, especially for drivers in SUVs. She added that motorists have been making multi-


A giant pile of dirt looms over Route 110 and the Northern State Parkway in Melville, the site of a major overhaul by the New York State Department of Transportation. lane sweeps on Route 110 to avoid missing the new on-ramps. Most of the time, she and her neighbors do their best to avoid the area altogether. “Sometimes you have no choice. There are definitely issues with it now. Hopefully it’s resolved when it’s done,” she said. “We’re all creatures of habit and we were so used to the way the parkway was arranged. Hopefully, it’ll be finished expeditiously and will achieve the reason for the change,” added Sheila Saks, past president of House Beautiful Dix Hills Civic Association. “People are not familiar with the new traffic patterns. There are long delays on Route 110 and hopefully the end result will be worth all the inconveniences. It’s still early.” Avoiding the area has repercussions for the many eateries on the Route 110 corridor. Arthur Blaire, manager at the Gemini Deli in Melville, said the first round of construction by the LIE hit the deli particularly hard. “The construction last summer, rerouted all the traffic away from here,” he said. “When they finally finished, the traffic had gotten used to going elsewhere.” The Northern State construction hasn’t hurt business as much, he noted, but traffic jams snarl their deliveries. “It makes our deliveries that much longer,” Blaire said. “The construction hasn’t been terribly good to us.” Although their main headquarters on Sweet Hollow Road is not far from the heaviest construction, the Melville Fire Department has been able to navigate the additional congestion, Melville Chief Michael Carrieri said. Their three substations allow volunteers to circumvent Route 110 as needed. “We are geographically dispersed, so we are able to service north and south of


Estimated Cost

the parkway,” he said. “We have ambulances at each fire house, a fire truck at each firehouse, and we can dispatch out of the closest firehouse.” While Alissa Taff, president of the Civic Association of Sweet Hollow, said she’s glad the DOT is working on Route 110, the area is currently “a mess.” She argued the DOT could have done more to inform residents about what was going on with the project. “The bridge is very noisy when they go over that temporary bridge,” she said. “People who live there are not very happy about that. I hope they’re doing everything they can to speed it up.” Peters urged residents and business owners to hang on to their patience for just a bit longer. When the Northern State’s old granite bridge was demolished in March, there were weekend closures to accommodate the demolition. Now, most lane closures are scheduled to happen Monday-Friday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The only major difference in the finished product will be when motorists are heading south on 110 and want to go east on the Northern State, Peters said. Instead of the current cloverleaf, motorists will take a left onto the parkway at the current signal. “We’re working very closely with businesses and homeowners to make sure they have contact names and numbers in case they have any questions,” she said. The project has already reaped results, Peters said. The fall 2011 work has already achieved “major drainage improvements,” and she said more benefits are on the way. Anyone who wants to have access to up-to-date information on delays and road closures can call 511 or visit on their smart phone. “These are major, major projects that are going to provide numerous safety and mobility benefits for everybody,” she said.


Estimated Completion

Route 110

Expanded bridge over LIE

$28.3 million


Expand Service Roads

$4.6 million

Fall 2012 groundbreaking planned

Fall 2013

Pinelawn Road/ Carll’s Straight Path

Deck replaced for bridge over LIE

$5.2 million

Fall 2012 groundbreaking planned

Fall 2013

Northern State

New bridge, Exit 40 interchange

$56.1 million


End of 2013

Route 110

Utility upgrades, new lanes between LIE/Northern State

$25 million

Spring 2013 groundbreaking

Spring 2015

Modified jug handles for left turns at 25A/110 intersection

$6 million

Preliminary Design Stage

Fall 2018

Route 110/ Jericho Turnpike

Completed late October 2011


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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro For A Cause Hills West graduate will hike in Tanzania to raise funds for autism foundation By Stephanie DeLuca

When Justin Abrams, of Dix Hills, was 7 years old, his father took him to Island Rock in Plainview to try indoor rock climbing for the first time. It was 9:05 p.m. The lights were still on but there were no cars in the parking lot. After banging on the front door, the manager let him in, and ever since then Abrams was hooked. His love for climbing has turned into something bigger. Abrams will soon tackle Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money for the Spectrum Designs Foundation, along with two other events. Spectrum Designs Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers gainful employment and meaningful vocational opportunities to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Spectrum Designs – the business itself – creates custom-made T-shirts and apparel for other organizations, business and events. Abrams, 23, chose this organization because he believes “100 percent in equal employment opportunity” and that individuals should be hired in the workplace based on their skills rather than who they know. His goal is to raise $100,000. “What triggered this whole thing for me is I recently saw articles [Long Islander Newspapers] wrote on the two guys in my area who biked across the country,” Abrams said. “I don’t know them… but it sparked something for me.” Abrams will make his way to Tanzania, Africa at the end of May to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – one of the tallest, free-standing mountains in the world, peaking at over 19,000 feet. “It’s a mix of emotion going on right

now. I’m so focused on my cause and my reason for going that it hasn’t really set in for me yet,” he said. “I’ve had experience in the 10,000 feet but nothing at this extreme.” Since the journey will bring him through five different climates, Abrams will be packing everything from shorts and a T-shirt to a full down outfit. The tour will start out in the grasslands plains of Tanzania and trek through a rainforest, flower fields and grassland. Then they’ll go through a subarctic zone, where there are neither trees nor wildlife, and end in the arctic zone, where the top of the mountain is covered in glacier. July is the beginning of winter, so the weather will be in sub-zero temperatures. “I’ll be sleeping in a tent every night, and since I’m with a guide they provide the meals and setup of shelter and all amenities,” said Abrams, noting he will also take a high-altitude suppressant medication called Diamox. The Half Hollow Hills West grad said he will be recording his experience and is currently looking for sponsors willing to donate a SPOT satellite messenger so he can get internet access and post his journey online. “It’s going to be an unbelievable experience and I’m fortunate enough to be in a physical condition where I could be doing it,” Abrams said. “I’m grateful that I have support and I was able to join with an organization like Spectrum.” Nicole Sugrue, director of development and the community liaison for Spectrum Designs Foundation, said it’s a privilege for Abrams to be doing this for the organization. “We were very excited that he wanted to do this outrageous adventure,” she said. “Being that there are many good causes… We thought him wanting to in-

Dix Hills native Justin Abrams, 23, will put his mountain-climbing skills to the test when he tackles Kilimanjaro next month for charity. clude our nonprofit for seeking a goal, that was admirable of him.” For the closure of April, National Autism Awareness Month, Abrams has planned a Dance for a Cause zumba event on April 28

at Lucille Roberts in Commack. For $10, participants can take the zumba class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can register on or (Continued on page A22)


Munching With The ‘Lunchingtons’ Retired Huntington graduates meet up in Florida for lunch and chitchat By Stephanie DeLuca

Graduating high school can be bittersweet. One often moves away from his or her childhood friends and embarks on the next chapters in one’s life. Fortunately for some, like the Lunchingtons, those chapters can still include old friends. Huntington native Beverly Brooks, 66, founded the Lunchingtons, a group of Florida retirees – and graduates of Huntington schools – who go to lunch, catch up with one another, and relive their memorable high school years, reminiscing about places like Hamburger Choo Choo and the like. Brooks, who currently lives in Vero Beach, Fla., said their first get-together was in 2009. They later decided to advertise their small lunches on Facebook. Anyone from Huntington can join the Facebook group “Lunchingtons,” which currently has nearly 300 members. “It started a couple of years ago where several of us got together… and then it started getting a little bit bigger,” Brooks

said. “It occurred to me a couple of months ago that the majority of the people I know from Huntington are on Facebook so I thought it would be a lot easier for me to communicate to everyone at once.” Group members range in age from being in their 50s to 70s, with most having graduated from either Huntington or Walt Whitman high schools. Brooks said she wanted to keep the purpose of the group limited to their “lunches and chitchat.” The Lunchingtons meet either once or twice a month in Florida. Brooks contacts them via Facebook, email or the phone. She said she tries to plan lunches around out-of-towners’ vacations, as some members still live in Huntington, while others have moved to different states. There have been 26 lunches since the group’s inception. “We just pick a restaurant… Sometimes we get three people and sometimes we get 18,” Brooks said. “I call ahead and warn them. One of the restaurants gives us the back room where we can be New Yorkers.” Huntington High School graduate Pat

Dow, 69, said she met many people through the lunches that she didn’t know before. “You meet people you never knew before but you have so much in common with,” Dow said. “I’m living [in Port St. Lucie, Fla.] but Huntington is home.” They even wanted to have a name for themselves. They came up with names like “The Lunch Bunch” and “Seniors Eating,” but Lucille Corcoran Buergers, who graduated from Huntington High School in 1966, came up with the “Lunchingtons” and everyone thought it was perfect. Huntington High School graduate Anne Marie Anderson, a graphic designer for the University of Central Florida, came up with the group’s logo. Brooks said she’s still friends with people from her kindergarten class and even reconnected with an old boyfriend through the group. “We speak the same language,” Brooks said. “Even if you don’t know someone, you do know them.” “Meeting up with people from your hometown, it’s like you never left,” Dow added.

Beverly Brooks, founder of the Lunchingtons, reconnected with high school colleagues through the group, which meets for lunch in Florida. Four of them were in the same homeroom at Huntington High School, Class of ’63.

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Town Defends Yogman By Danny Schrafel

Huntington officials are disputing an allegation by Councilman Gene Cook that outgoing Comptroller Tracy Yogman improperly asked a deputy to take a webinar bearing continuing professional education (CPE) credits on her behalf. In a March 27 letter to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Cook includes an email, dated Nov. 14, which led him to speculate on Yogman’s intent when she asked a deputy to take a webinar on salary and wage budgeting processes for her if she was on jury duty. The course is eligible for continuing professional education (CPE) credits. “I have no idea if the comptroller would have used the CPE credits towards her CPA requirements, and I am certainly not accusing her of anything other than a lack of good judgment, [but] by putting a subordinate employee in a position to act illegally spoke volumes to me in regards to the character and integrity that was involved in this request,” Cook wrote. Town spokesman A.J. Carter said Monday that Cook’s suspicion is misguided. After being questioned about the request following a union complaint, Director of Personnel Lisa Baisley and attorney James Clark, whose work for the town focuses on labor issues, investigated in late 2011. “They found that nothing wrong had happened. Nobody was asked to do anything improper,” Carter said. Yogman had signed up for the webinar and paid to take the course, he said. When she learned jury duty may interfere with

that class, she offered her spot to a deputy because she believed her colleagues would benefit from taking the course. There was never a question of Yogman claiming CPE credits, the spokesman added, because she does not need additional credits to maintain her certification. “Since the town had already paid for it, she figured the town as a whole might benefit from someone sitting in and taking it,” he said. Ultimately, jury duty did not conflict with the webinar, Carter said, and Yogman took the course. The town announced March 28 that Yogman would be leaving her post as comptroller, effective April 20, to go back to the not-for-profit sector. When he learned about her departure on March 27, Cook called for an external audit in an email to Deputy Supervisor Pat Del Col, which his town board colleagues and Leo were copied on. Cook also said Yogman should step down immediately. Cook told the state comptroller’s office her resignation came a week after he requested a resolution from Leo directing the town to hire an outside auditor; Supervisor Frank Petrone, however, said Yogman had briefed him several weeks earlier about another job opportunity she planned to take. Petrone defended Yogman’s track record and accused Cook of creating “havoc” with unfounded allegations that could jeopardize the town’s AAA bond ratings. Mark Johnson, deputy press secretary for State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, said they are reviewing Cook’s request. “No decision has been made,” Johnson said.


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Machines clear debris at the Indian Head Ranch Monday after Supervisor Frank Petrone declared a state of emergency.

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Town Acts On Debris By M. Koehler & D. Schrafel

After a second flare-up Saturday in a mulch pile that has been smoldering at Indian Head Ranch since last week weekend, Supervisor Frank Petrone declared a state of emergency Monday that allowed the town to break it up and cart it away. Construction vehicles broke apart and moved the pile, which Chief Fire Marshal Terence McNally described as being 300 feet long, 200 feet wide and 40-60 feet tall. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said

declaring a state of emergency is rarely exercised, but necessary, considering the ongoing threat to neighbors and vegetation could not be ignored. “This is an extreme measure, but it is part of an ongoing legal saga,” he said. The cost to clear the mulch will be added to their Huntington tax bill, added Councilwoman Susan Berland. McNally described the situation as a “nuisance fire” that has been a drain on volunteer firefighters. “The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded six or seven times in past week,” he said. “Some volunteer firefighters have been spending as many as 40 hours on the site.” The owners of Indian Head Ranch on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington were ordered by the State Supreme Court April 3 to shut down what the town describes as an illegal mulching and wood-chipping business. In issuing a temporary restraining order, which was later extended to April 12, New York State Supreme Court Justice Stephen M. Behar prohibited ranch owners Wayne and John Dougal, Big Doug’s Enterprises and Indian Head Ranch from operating their wood chipping and mulching business at 1130 Jericho Turnpike. The temporary restraining order also directs the ranch to keep all horseback activity at least 400 feet away from the midline of Jericho Turnpike. The April 3 order came one day after the mulch pile on the Huntington side of the property began smoldering. Five fire departments and 50 firefighters responded, according to an affidavit filed by Huntington Fire Marshal Paul Latuso. The town is seeking a permanent restraining order to end all illegal uses of the property and to force the property to be brought into compliance with state fire code and Huntington town code. The Indian Head Ranch would also be directed to obtain permits, certificates of occupancy and certificates of permitted use for all of its buildings, which Jim Matthews, special counsel to the town, lists in an affidavit as: a mobile home, a structure commonly referred to as the Tucson Gardens building, a five-bay cement block building, a steel riding arena and a wood frame barn/stable. Any building that does not have a certificate of occupancy must be cordoned off until Indian Head is in compliance with state and town code. Wood chip piles, mulch and logs must be removed from the property. The town is also seeking permission to enter the property for random inspections. Latuso issued two state summonses against Indian Head Ranch, alleging the Dougals were storing and processing compost without a required emergency plan; a third town summons was tied to open burning. The fire marshal said he believes decomposition of mulch and other organic material in the pile was the source of smoke and steam, and unless the situation is fixed, it could happen again – or catch fire. “The volume of organic material in this pile… creates heat and the heat creates combustion, which generates smoke and steam,” he said in the affidavit. The Indian Head Ranch was rezoned in 2011 to allow the construction of Kensington Estates, an age-restricted, luxury senior condominium community, on the property. The zone change was filed with the Secretary of State on April 1, 2011, and the proposal is currently undergoing site plan review by the town.

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Stop-Work Order At Cook’s Home By Danny Schrafel

A stop-work order was issued at the home of Councilman Gene Cook last Tuesday after inspectors said he did not submit required paperwork related to a garage being constructed on his property. According to variances granted Feb. 9 by the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals, Cook is building a 1,140 squarefoot, detached three-car garage with a decorative cupola for his home in Greenlawn. The upper portion of the garage must remain open, with no access for storage of habitable space, according to the condition tied to the variance. An inspector from the Department of Engineering Services requested the stopwork order that Tuesday, stating Cook had not filed an engineer’s letter to validate the installation of a pair of No. 5 reinforcement bars in the footing of the garage. The order also said Cook had not filed documentation of a footing inspection, compaction of soil and soil conditions. The councilman maintained he has handled everything related to the project correctly, and that his architects and engineers working on the project have performed the required inspections and will submit the paperwork as soon as possible.

“Nothing I did was illegal. Everything I did was done to code,” he said. “It’s common sense. You build a garage, make sure everything is set right and put the paperwork together. The town is going to do the frame Gene Cook inspection and we’ll go from there.” When asked if his home was being targeted for political reasons, Cook said he didn’t know. “You know something? You can figure it out. I’m asking a lot of questions,” he said. “I’m not happy with how the business of the town is being handled. People in certain places, I guess, are trying to obstruct that.” Town spokesman A.J. Carter said “this arose in the normal course of business and was handled by the building department in the same way as it handles all permit issues.” “We have been made aware that a stop-work order was issued,” Supervisor Frank Petrone added. “This is a matter that needs to be resolved between Mr. Cook and the Building Department.”



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Patience, People. Patience. The Route 110 Corridor in Melville is the pike reconfigured. largest employment hub on Long Island. A State Department of Transportation Infrastructure has lagged behind the area’s spokesperson said the project has been growth, but that’s changing as the State De- planned to minimize disruptions. Road clopartment of Transportation tackles several sures are being done at night, and the most projects meant to improve traffic flow and recent major disruption – demolition of the make the roads safer. Northern State overpass – was done primaThe first of several projects – widening rily on the weekend. the Route 110 overpass where it crosses the That said, a project on so large a scale is Long Island Expressway – is complete. A not going to go unnoticed. Traffic has been second phase, to reconfigure the road at the snarled as drivers cautiously adapt to a new Northern State Parkway interlandscape. For those who find change, is underway, though if you EDITORIAL the high speed concrete bottleuse the road regularly you already neck disconcerting, take heart. know that. Traffic has been slow to adapt to It’s only temporary. When it’s all over, monew patterns that followed demolition of torists and residents can expect roads to be the old granite bridge over Route 110 and faster, safer and better equipped to handle traffic has been snarled, particularly at peak the traffic that’s thrown at them every day. times. Until then, leaving a little extra time and The improvement projects will continue driving with an extra measure of caution moving northward and ultimately see the will help keep tempers in check and traffic intersection of Route 110 and Jericho Turn- moving as smoothly as is possible.


Real Revitalization Means Code Enforcement DEAR EDITOR: In response to Joan Cergol’s article last week entitled “Huntington Station is Rising Again,” Joan tries to make the point that the latest town revitalization plan will succeed where others have failed because this time there are more people engaged in the process. With all due respect, getting people engaged in the process hasn’t been the problem; the problem has been getting the town to listen to what the residents are saying. If we are going to fix the problem, we all need to stop the political spin and shoot straight with each other. The claim that back in “early 2002 when Supervisor Frank Petrone started working on his Huntington Station revitalization agenda we were lucky to get 20-30 people in a room to offer input” simply isn’t accurate. In fact on April 22, 2002, in a meeting the town might like to forget, 1500-plus residents packed Huntington High School to offer their input on a proposed 2002 revitalization

plan. The plan was to build high-density apartment buildings up and down Route 110 and the Broadway corridor. The community opposition was so strong, that night the consultants were fired, run out of town, and the plan shelved. What was the number one thing the community said they did want at the 2002 meeting? Code enforcement with a focus on illegal and substandard housing, much of it owned by absentee landlords. The history of blight often starts with one bad landlord buying a single-family house on a once peaceful street, and then carving it up into multiple illegal apartments. With it often comes overflowing trash, the lawn becomes a driveway, more cars jam the streets and worse. Incredibly, often these landlords are paid using our tax dollars via the nonelected, non-accountable, Huntington Housing Authority’s Section 8 program. So in effect, the town helps finance the very blight they claim they want to revitalize? Ten years have passed since the 2002 plan, and the town presents another revitalization report. Again it includes a rec-


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ommendation for high-density housing, possibly as many as 1,600 apartments, contained in four- to eight-story apartment buildings. When we voice our strong objections, we are told to basically ignore the 100K report, it’s only a draft and that we are turning the page. I sincerely hope so. RICHARD MCGRATH


Chrissy’s Wish To Life DEAR EDITOR: My husband, Mario, and I are writing on behalf of the millions of people who continue to struggle daily with a mental illness. Our daughter died by suicide on July 25, 2006, at the age of 26, after suffering for more than half of her life with depression and bipolar disorder. Chrissy’s Wish was born days after our daughter’s death when my husband retrieved her belongings and discovered a library of medical textbooks, journals and articles which Chrissy was researching herself, desperately seeking answers to her illness. Chrissy

never found the answer, but left us her quest to continue. We chose to partner with the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, formerly NARSAD, after speaking with the American Mental Health Association. BBRF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity where 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to the mental health research in the form of treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, and anxiety disorders such as OCD and post traumatic stress disorder, just to name a few. Since the inception of Chrissy’s Wish Memorial Fund, and thanks to the generosity of so many including the generosity of an anonymous donor who matched our donations dollar for dollar, we have been able to donate over $300,000 to mental health research. So much more is needed! It’s too late for Chrissy, but not too late for the millions who continue to struggle and search for their peace of mind. Through the support from the 2011 event, two researchers have been chosen to be Chrissy’s Wish NARSAD Grant Awards recipients: Martine M. Mirrione, Ph.D. of Brookhaven National Laboratory, will use our funds to test a potential new target for deep brain stimulations (DBS), a therapy for severely depressed, treatment-resistant patients, in which electrodes are implanted in the brain.

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Anne Schaefer, M.D., Ph.D. of The Rockefeller University, will use her funds to explore the epigenetic mechanism of mood regulation and is distortion during depression. The sad fact is that every person, whether personally, or through a loved one or close friend, has or will be affected by mental illness. One in every four people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a mental illness each year, but how many people don’t reach out for help and are not even part of this statistic? It’s also a sad fact that the medical and research communities do not fully understand the workings of the brain and therefore cannot effectively treat many of the illnesses. Many medications are effective for a time but many unfortunately lose their effectiveness, or the side effects become more debilitating than the illnesses themselves. The answer is research and research takes money. The Sixth Annual Chrissy’s Wish Memorial Fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, July 13. There is so much more needed and with your help we will find “that world over the rainbow without mental illness.” For more information regarding Chrissy’s Wish and to get to know the woman behind the fund, please log on to or call 631-243-3573. LINDA ROSSI

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Talented Teens Showcased On TV MSG Varsity returns competition for LI’s best young singers, dancers later this month From left, the Hills West Wranglerettes, St. Anthony’s student Jamel Hudson, Walt Whitman High School’s Amelia Profaci and Matthew Mayer, of Commack High School, are the local acts in MSG Varsity’s talent competition next week. By Jasmine Weber

A handful of talented local high school students will see their smile faces on television next week as they compete in the most competitive talent show on Long Island. MSG Varsity’s talent show, which premiers April 18, will feature local high school students with exceptional talents in singing and dancing. Thirty-two acts are slated to compete in the individual vocalist, vocal ensemble and dance ensemble categories. Long Island native Jared Cotter, a previous American Idol semifinalist, will host the show. The goal for Long Island’s best musicians and dancers is to win a chance to

work with professionals. During a period of four days, each act was able to perform and record their song or dance. Audiences at home will be invited to vote at for their favorite male vocalist, female vocalist, dance ensemble and vocal ensemble. Those receiving the most votes move on to the next round. Winners of the individual vocalist categories will receive a two-day experience in a professional recording studio and photo shoot. They will be able to work with a producer to develop a demo CD or video with a customized album cover. The best vocal ensemble will be treated to a Broadway workshop, in which they will be able to see the musical and then learn about choreography, staging,

and music from people who worked on the production. The winning dance ensemble will participate in a dance ensemble taught by a dancer from the Broadway show they will be treated to that day. For the contestants, this is an experience like no other, giving them the opportunity to dive into show business. Matthew Mayer, of Commack High School, is competing in the individual vocalist category. “It feels unreal. I never knew that people my age could have an opportunity to do something as professional as the MSG Varsity Talent Show,” Mayer said. “I feel like some sort of celebrity.” St. Anthony’s student Jamel Hudson and Walt Whitman High School’s Amelia

Profaci are also competing in the individual vocalist category, while the Wranglerettes of Half Hollow Hills West are competing as a dance ensemble. Students auditioned at SUNY Old Westbury back on Dec. 10, 2011; audition videos were also accepted online until Jan. 6. Last year’s season of MSG Varsity Talent Show finished with Elya Vasiliey as the top male vocalist, Samm Sclafani winning the female vocalist category, Kaleidoscope of Cedar Grove High School named the best vocal ensemble and Clarkstown North High School winning the dance ensemble. The show is scheduled for 8 p.m. on MSG Varsity – channel 14 on Cablevision service.


Virtuoso’s Historic Piano Stops In Melville Half Hollow Hills photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

A legendary Steinway piano and the man who tuned it for Vladimir Horowitz for more than 20 years were at Melville’s Steinway Used Piano Gallery last week for a special gathering. Former Steinway piano technician Franz Mohr, a native of Germany who came to the United States in 1962, tuned the piano for Horowitz and traveled with him on tour until the virtuoso died in 1989. “It stays so well in tune, this piano – it’s unbelievable,” he said, striking the keys as he perfected its pitch. Last Thursday, Mohr dove into the piano with a manual tuning fork to prepare the instrument for a special event at the Steinway gallery April 5, which included performances on the historic piano and a question-and-answer session with Mohr. The gallery took reservations from pianists seeking to play the instrument from April 4-7. “When you’re sitting playing an instrument that was played by a legend, you can’t help but feel good,” gallery manager Barry Tognolini said. “You know your hands are on the same keys that a legend’s hands have been.”

Mohr prepares the piano for performances last Thursday with a tuning fork, just like he had for Horowitz from 1962-1989.

Steinway Used Piano Gallery manager Barry Tognolini, right, and former Steinway piano technician Franz Mohr take a moment behind Steinway CD-503, the personal piano of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowotiz. The Steinway family gave Horowitz a piano in 1934 as a wedding present when he married Toscanini’s daughter, Wanda. In the early 1940s, Steinway replaced the first piano with CD-503, and Horowitz fell in love with the unique

tone and characteristics of the handcrafted instrument. “Since it is hand-crafted, each piano is a little bit different, and a matter of preference,” Mohr said. “For instance, [classical pianist Arthur] Rubinstein would

have never played this Steinway – it was his preference. Rubinstein needed another… which had much more resistance. Each one feels a little different.” Horowitz loved the Steinway so much that it became his exclusive touring piano for the last years of his life. Horowitz flew the piano to Moscow for a homecoming concert – his first in the Soviet Union in 61 years – in April 1986. The first task, Mohr said, was to get the piano out of his E. 94th Street Manhattan apartment and get it on a plane to the Soviet Union. “Horowitz was number one. In a way, he still is,” Mohr said.


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Eight Days Of Dining It’s one of the few times you’ll be grateful for an eight-day week. Long Island Restaurant Week runs Sunday to Sunday, April 22-29 with some of the Island’s finest offering a threecourse prix-fixe menu for $24.95 (Saturday until 7 p.m. only). Check the website, More than 20 participating restaurants are favorites in the Town of Huntington.

Grasso’s 516-367-6060 134 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor Honu 631-421-6900 363 New York Ave., Huntington Jonathan’s Ristorante 631-549-0055 15 Wall St., Huntington

Andrea’s 25 631-486-7400 6300 Jericho Trnpk Commack

Legal Sea Foods 631-271-9777 160 Walt Whitman Road #1108, Huntington Station

Besito 631-549-0100 402 New York Ave., Huntington

Mac’s Steakhouse 631-549-6300 12 Gerard St., Huntington

Bin 56 631-812-0060 56 Stewart Ave., Huntington Bistro Cassis 631-421-4122 55 Wall St. #B, Huntington Black and Blue 631-385-9255 65 Wall St., Huntington Bravo Nader 631-351-1200 9 Union Place, Huntington Café Buenos Aires 631-603-3600 23 Wall St. #A, Huntington Cirella’s 631-385-7380 14 Broadhollow Road, Melville Four Food Studio 631-577-4444 515 Broadhollow Road #400, Melville

Old Fields Restaurant 631-754-9868 81 Broadway, Greenlawn Perfecto Mundo 631-864-2777 1141-1 Jericho Turnpike, Commack Piccolo Mondo 631-462-0718 1870 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington Ruvo 631-261-7700 63 Broadway, Greenlawn The Clubhouse 631-423-1155 320 W, Jericho Tpke., Huntington Tutto Pazzo 631-271-2253 84 New York Ave., Huntington Fado 631-351-101010 10 New St., Huntington

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Local Photographer Captures NYC’s History Shutterbug’s art selected for inclusion in city historical society’s permanent collection By Stephanie DeLuca

While many people see the world in color, a local photographer paints pictures of New York in back and white. Ray Germann, of Huntington Station, a member of fotofoto gallery since its inception in 2003, was selected to be in the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection at 170 Central Park West in Manhattan. A total of 177 of his photographs of Manhattan were chosen. “It felt great to be recognized,” Germann said. “It’s a nice feeling to know after walking around the city of New York, someone actually wants your photographs.” Germann, 62, has been taking pictures of street scenes in New York City as well as landscapes, the Adirondack region and small towns in upstate New York for the last 30 years. The collection that was selected is of documentary photographs of the New York City streets. Many of the pictures are of architectural structures and people in various neighborhoods including Battery Park, Washington Heights and Midtown. Marilyn Kushner, curator and head of the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections at the New-York Historical Society, said many photographers send her work, but she saw something special in Germann’s pictures. “When people have images of New York, I will at least see them, and when I choose pictures, they have to be fine art or documenting New York City,” she said. “His did both, which was wonderful.” Kushner felt that Germann did an amazing job capturing Manhattan in this specific moment in time. “She said my work will be more important 50 years from now because it’s of what’s going on right now,” Germann said. Kushner has worked for the New-York Historical Society for the last five years and has a PhD in art history.

One hundred and seventy-seven pieces of Ray Germanns’ artwork are in the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection. She noted that if they do not continue bring in new materials, it will all just be history. Recently, she brought in pieces of artwork from Occupy Wall Street. The New-York Historical Society has a museum with more than 1.6 million pieces of work and a library with pictures and documents dating back to the 1800s. Kushner said many art students and architects come to the New-York Historical Society to get an idea of what a particular time period looked like. Germann’s collection will be at the library as well as online for the public’s use. Germann said his project is ongoing and tries to take a trip into Manhattan at least one day a week. Germann took photography classes at Suffolk Community College and The New School in Manhattan. However, photography isn’t his only passion. Germann is also a musician who plays the saxophone. He used to tour around the United States and Europe with various bands for about 15 years.


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Ray Germann captured Worth Street in Manhattan, which is part of the collection.


Macadoo’s Nod To Simpler Times

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Foodie SECTION INVITE THE FOODIES: The Foodie crew is out and about townwide. Restaurant owners, chefs and food fans are invited to submit news and notices to The Foodies, c/o Long Islander newspapers, 322 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743, or e-mail To suggest reviews, email or call Peter Sloggatt at 631-427-7000.

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Northport’s Macadoo’s Grill takes the trappings of a simpler time – when burgers and milk shakes were king at the roadside diner – and puts its own, inventive spin on it while maintaining the original magic. The brainchild of Northport native Nicole “Nappy” Offermann, Macadoo’s opened last July. She has also owned Batata Café next door for the last seven years; her father, Nick, runs Barrister’s Coffee and Tea in the back of Batata Café. Nicole’s goal with Macadoo’s was to create a menu of comfort foods with an extensive burger list – everything you’d think of at a summertime barbecue – coupled with fun appetizers unique to the area. “I don’t think there’s a place like this, and Northport really needed it,” she said. Nicole started us off with hearty chili ($4.95 cup, $6.95 bowl for beef or turkey; $1 less for three-bean vegan). Topped with a dollop of sour cream, chopped onions and cheese, it has a nice kick to it and sets the mood well. Fans of fried pickle spears ($5.95) will be pleased with breaded, salty dill spears and homemade honey mustard. Classic Buffalo wings ($6.95 for eight, $9.95 for 12 and $14.95 for 20) are

Hearty, beefy chili comes topped with sour cream, cheese and chopped onions. baked, then fried lightly, to keep the chicken tender and juicy. The lip-smacking, finger-licking buffalo sauce has plenty of heat without being overpowering. For New Orleans flair, check out the peppery gumbo ($5.95 cup; $7.95 bowl), loaded with Andouille Sausage and shrimp. Next up was tender, lean brisket, topped with superb homemade, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Brisket is one of several items available as a platter ($13.95 with one side/$15.95 with two) or on a roll ($7.95.) Juicy, savory pulled pork ($5.95 on a roll; $11.95/$13.95 as platters) is another winner – try it on a

a spoon, dive in and conveniently “forget” to share. Mac and cheese fans must pencil in a trip to Northport as soon as they can. In addition to the extensive burger list, we’re looking to check out their halfdozen salads, the Northport-Style Cheese Steak with peppers, onions and cheese ($6.95) and the chicken-fried steak ($5.95 on a roll, $11.95 with one side/$13.95 with two) on a return visit. Regardless of what you order, the most important thing to remember to bring is a hearty appetite.

Macadoo’s Grille Owner Nicole Offermann teams with manager Jaki Finkel to bring fast, friendly service to the regulars at Macadoo’s.

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roll with homemade coleslaw. If you dig the barbecue sauce as much as we did, pick up 16 oz. for $3.95. Baked beans ($3.95 family style) and macaroni and cheese ($4.95) are two of 13 available sides. Now we love the sweet beans as much as anybody else, but Macadoo’s four-cheese, melt-in-yourmouth mac ‘n’ cheese stole the spotlight – a perfect dish to serve family-style, find

Atmosphere: Roadside grill with vintage flair Cuisine: Burgers and Southern staples Price: Inexpensive Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday: Noon-9 p.m. Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.

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Southdown Marketplace chef Ieronomous Pefanis’ roast butterflied leg of lamb stuffed with spinach and feta on the way to the oven. KALÓ PÁSCHA: It’s Greek to us, but if you’re Greek you know it says, “Beautiful Easter to you.” Since the Greek Orthodox Church follows a different calendar than the rest of Western Christianity, Greeks will celebrate Easter this coming Sunday, April 15. In the home country, celebrations for this highest of church holidays culminate with a feast of whole spiced lamb or goat roast over an open fire. If that’s too ambitious an undertaking, Ieronomous Pefanis, executive chef for Southdown Marketplace (205 Wall St., Huntington 631-351-9660 and Christina’s Epicure in East Norwich offers this oven-sized recipe: Roasted Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Spinach and Feta 4-4.5 lb butterflied leg of lamb; ½ cup extra virgin Greek olive oil; 1 lb Greek feta (crumbled) 1/2 lb baby spinach 2 Tbs fresh mashed garlic 1 cup fresh oregano, finely chopped 1 cup fresh rosemary finely chopped 1 cup fresh thyme finely chopped 3 Tbs Salt 2 tsp pepper Butcher string Preheat oven 350 degrees F To prepare the marinade, combine extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper and mix well. Wash the butterflied leg of lamb with cold water and dry with paper towels. Use half the marinade and spread inside leg of lamb. In a mixing bowl, combine fresh ba-

by spinach and feta. Place the mixture inside the middle, roll up the meat and tie with butcher string. Pour the rest of the marinade over the stuffed leg of lamb and roast at 350 degrees allowing 25 minutes per pound. Allow roast to rest before carving lamb in slices to serve. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: An app on the market will put an end to your whining when you can’t think of a good wine pairing. The N a t a l i e MacLean app is the latest from the wine guru, author of Wine expert Natalie “Red, White MacLean has an app on and Drunk the market to help you make the perfect wine and All Over” and “Unquenchfood pairings. able: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” Under the Pairings tab of the wine app, you’ll find Natalie’s top five matches for Mother’s Day Brunch: Spanish omelette with Pinot Grigio; spinach and bacon quiche with Sauvignon Blanc; crepes Suzanne with Icewine; French toast and raspberries with champagne; and smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels with Pinot Noir. Natalie’s top five wine matches for Father’s Day barbecue are: seared pepper steak with Shiraz; planked salmon with Riesling; flame-broiled hamburgers with Zinfandel; grilled chicken with Chardonnay; and BBQ pork chops with Merlot. The app also allows you to access tasting notes, scores, prices, recipes and food pairings; search 150,000 wines at retailers across the country; and create a wine journal with your own wine notes and pictures. The app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Find it at POLITICAL PUNDIT AT PRIME: Political commentator Bill O’Reilly enjoyed dinner with friends and a view of Huntington Harbor last Friday night at Prime – An American Kitchen and Bar (117 New York AvBill O’Reilly enue, Huntington 631-385-1515 “The O'Reilly Factor” host downed a dozen littleneck clams followed by a gnocchi appetizer specially prepared by Chef Gregg Lauletta as a mid-course to share, and a crab cake. O'Reilly also indulged in the chocolate cake for dessert. HEY, DUDE: Bad Dawgs devotees (44 Gerard St., Huntington 631-923-1201) can now snap up the Dude Ranch Dawg ($3.75), a deliciously devilish creation boasting French fries, shredded cheddar, bacon and ranch dressing. The featured Dawg of April joins a roster of dozens of dogs, hamburgers and other goodies.



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LI Oysters In NYC By Stephanie DeLuca

The light, briny flavor of Saddlerock oysters, which are unique to East Northport, has made it April’s “Oyster of the Month” at a legendary oyster bar in Manhattan. Saddlerock oysters from K&B Seafood – a distributor in East Northport – will be featured on the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurants’ menu for this month. “It’s an honor and it’s a nice recognition,” said Tom Kehoe, president and CEO of K&B Seafood. “They’ve been good customers to us and any time we can do something with them we look to do it because it’s a relationship that’s gotten better and better every year.” Chef Sandy Ingber has worked at the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan for 22 years. He has been choosing an “Oyster of the Month” for the last six months as a promotion for the restaurant as well as for the distributors. “We haven’t used Saddlerock very often… [But] the oysters are plump and have a light, briny taste and it comes from Long Island,” Ingber said. Each type of oyster has its own distinct flavor depending on the soil, climate and geography. The Saddlerocks, which are about three-and-a-half inches in diameter, are priced at $2.15 per oyster. “We’re excited,” Kehoe said. “Grand Central Oyster Bar is the pioneer oyster seller in America.”

Northport Trustee and President of K&B Seafood Tom Kehoe with Reg Tuthill of Oyster Pond Shellfish. The Saddle Rock name originated in the mid 1800s. Saddle Rock oysters formed in the East River near Norwalk Harbor. Eventually, the name died out and Kehoe brought it back and trademarked “Saddlerock,” now one word. “It stands out because it’s from East Northport,” Kehoe said. “It’s a local oyster and the only local oyster in this area.” Kehoe, who is also a Northport Village trustee, and his partner Roger Boccio have been involved with K&B Seafood for 21 years. The distributor stocks about 50 different varieties of oysters from the Northeast, West Coast, East and West Coast of Canada and the Baja peninsula in Mexico. The two have had a relationship with Ingber since K&B Seafood’s inception in 1992.

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Hundreds of bicycles line the walls and center of Cycles Plus, although closer to 1,000 are actually available.

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Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

Patrick Martone has years of bicycling experience to offer along with high-end gear for sale at his Huntington store, but he doesn’t discriminate against riders of any level. Martone’s new Huntington village location of Cycles Plus opened in January and carries bicycles, helmets, apparel and other goodies for all cycling enthusiasts. “We’re a full-service bike shop. We’re not pigeon-holing ourselves as just a high-end shop,” he said, adding that he can help “someone who is a tri-athlete and someone who wants to buy a bike for his kid.” Tucked away on Wall Street between the Huntington Fire Department and Waldbaum’s, Cycles Plus looks like just another small store after a cursory glance. But step inside and three tiers of bicycles line both sides of the walls. Martone said about 250 are on display, although they stock closer to 1,000 bicycles. The selection includes professional racing bicycles – including arm rests for riders leaning forward, street racing bikes with thicker tires for going off-road and colorful bicycles for young children. As a partner with popular brand Specialized, Cycles Plus sells only Trek and Specialized bicycles. That partnership also allows Martone to use the company’s custom fitting system. Combining computer software with multiple video cameras, Cycles Plus can customize not only the seat, but the stem, pedals and multiple other components for the perfect fit. Martone includes a fitting with every road racing bike he sells. The partnership between the two companies also means Cycles Plus always has the latest and greatest products from Specialized, becoming the first store with such a partnership in the tri-state area at the time the Wall Street location opened this winter. “We share the same philosophy in what we do with bicycles. Specialized is a leader

in the bike industry and it’s somebody we wanted to be partnered with. They really lead the industry today,” Martone said. “They give back to cycling, and that’s what we do.” Cycles Plus is a major sponsor for the Mighty Hamptons Triathalon, scheduled for Sept. 9 in Sag Harbor. Expecting 1,500 to participate, Martone said he will also donate one of his triathlon bicycles as a grand price. The Huntington store is also a primary sponsor for Long Island Triathlon Team (LITT). Created three years ago, President Steve Rand approached Martone about a partnership; that relationship is now stronger than ever. “I promote him, he promotes me. We’re a pretty good team,” Rand said, noting they wear his logo on their uniforms and hold meetings in his stores. Many of LITT’s members are from Huntington and nearby central parts of Long Island, the president added, including himself. Martone explained that he supports triathlons because they have been the largest growing contingent in Long Island cycling culture. Of course, the owner of Cycles Plus has plenty of first-hand experience with riding. “Back in the ’80s, cycling was my passion,” he said. That passion translated into business; he opened Cycles Plus in Port Washington back in 1986. He opened a store on New York Avenue in Huntington in 1991 and closed the Port Washington store in 1995. “I felt Huntington was a better location than Port Washington,” he added. These days Martone doesn’t have much time for casual bicycling. The man who once rode century and double century courses now tries to find an afternoon or two when he can sneak away from the store for a 30-mile ride up to Caumsett State Park. And yet, the owner said he enjoys his new life, even if the life of a small business owner leaves him more focused on selling than cycling. “No regrets. I love it,” Martone said.

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understand how to give and get tips to increase everyone's bottom line. Join them every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at their weekly morning networking meeting. For more information, contact Dave Muller, 631-831-1921. RSVP a must.

Power Breakfast Join business professionals at BNI Executive Referral Exchange’s breakfast networking meeting every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Dix Hills Diner, 1800 Jericho Turnpike, Dix Hills. 631-462-7446.

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Zumba For A Cause

For four Thursdays – April 12, 19, 26; May 3 – join the Women’s Center of Huntington and explore values, relationships, dreams and hopes, 7-9 p.m. $10 members/$15 non-members, per session. 631-549-0485.

Join instructor Annette Weiss for a great Zumba workout, and help children with autism and special needs at the same time. Classes are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. $5 a class/$25 for six. RSVP to 631-351-8672. Proceeds goes to the Chai Center Friendship Circle program.

Torah Living Join The Chai Center for a weekly dose of thought-provoking practical applications for today’s living based on the weekly Torah portion on Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. $7 suggested fee. RSVP required. 631-351-8672.

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Townwide Fund Gala The Townwide Fund of Huntington will celebrate 50 years of supporting Huntington notfor-profits at an anniversary gala fundraiser at Oheka Castle on April 19, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the fund’s success. The party begins at 6 p.m. with piano music and cocktails, followed by a full night of celebration. The night will culminate with a live auction by Clark Gilles, former Townwide Fund Honoree and former Captain of the New York Islanders, of a “Weekend at Oheka” which will include golf, spa, and a hotel suite for two at the landmark castle. $200 per person/table of 10 for $2,000.


95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • On display in April, “Bike Works.” Before it was considered important to act on changing the environment, Robert Mielenhausen was creating images utilizing the bicycle. He returns to this subject with a mixed-media tour. • An educational seminar by Northport firm, Energy by Choice, explains how solar energy works, what products are available, and what the cost considerations are Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.

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Commack Public Library

Monster Mini-Golf will host a free party for children of military personnel at their Deer Park location, 410C Commack Road, on April 15, 10 a.m.-noon. RSVP to Beth Delli-Pizzi, Fighting 69th Family Readiness Group, by email at

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Enjoy a lively program of music, toys, and games for toddlers. A parent or adult caregiver must remain with the child during this program. Meets Mondays through April 23. 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. • The Town of Huntington Youth Bureau’s Project Excel will teach students in grades 812 all the ins and outs of finding a summer job on Monday, April 16, 6 p.m. Learn interview skills, find out who is hiring and become eligible for the Town of Huntington Youth Odd Job Placement program.

Music At The Lab Baritone Mischa Bouvier, winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, will perform April 13, 6 p.m. in the Grace Auditorium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road. $20. Call 516-367-8455 to reserve a seat.


Larkfield Roads), East Northport on April 21, 5:30 pm. Adult $15/children $10 includes dinner, dessert show and a bingo card. 631-499-4655.

SUNDAY Party For Military Kids

Live local bands take over Finley's of Greene Street, 43 Greene St., Huntington, every Saturday night at 11 p.m. Join in the fun and food!

Monster Mini-Golf will host a free party for children of military personnel at their Deer Park location, 410C Commack Road, on April 15, 10 a.m.-noon. RSVP to Beth Delli-Pizzi, Fighting 69th Family Readiness Group, by e-mail at

Sock Hop

LI Authors Group Book Fair

Go back to the ’50s with the Sons of Italy Perry Como Lodge’s Sock Hop on April 14, 7 p.m. at the St. Philip Neri Parish Center, 15 Prospect Ave., Northport. Contact Janet Serrao at 631-262-9848.

More than 20 of Long Island's best authors will be at Martha Clara Vineyards on April 22 from noon-4 p.m. The free event includes live music by “Hart & Soul,” free drawing for an Amazon Kindle, and samples from Martha Clara. 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead.

Live Music

Praise Him Coffeehouse Enjoy a three-course meal for $20 along with entertainment April 21, 6:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Presbyterian Church, 497 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn, featuring the comedy of John Shea, pianist Ray Melograne, and The SpiritLifters. $20. Reservations required by April 18. Call Bob at 631-754-3467 or email

Earth Day Expo The Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day with an expo April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot at 100 Main St., Huntington. The day includes: opportunity to recycle e-waste; opportunity to shred documents; a Green Showcase about solar energy, composting, organic gardening and kids’ activities; live touch tank from Cornell Cooperative Extension; Touch a Truck event; and shrinkwrap disposal for boaters. 631-351-3171.

Lacrosse Jamboree To increase the awareness for Public Access Defibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation is hosting the 11th Annual Louis J. Acompora Memorial Lacrosse Jamboree April 21, at Veterans Park, 279 Bellerose Ave., East Northport. In addition to a barbecue and DJ, the jamboree will host three highly ranked boys’ league games and six youth lacrosse games. Check for full schedule.

Spring Rummage Sale Browse gently used and new clothing for men, women, children and infants, as well as baby items, toys, books, shoes and assorted household items, plus many surprises at the Spring Rummage Sale, Sunday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Monday, April 23 (also Bag Day), (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., sponsored by the Sisterhood of the Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-427-1089.

MONDAY College And Career Fair Representatives from more than 140 colleges and universities will be available April 16, 7 p.m., at Commack High School’s College and Career Fair. In addition, military personnel will be on hand to explore careers in the armed forces and business professionals from the Commack area will answer questions and offer career insight and advice.

Aging And Saging Deal with changes in your life with a splash of empathy and humor at the Aging and Saging support group. Meets Mondays except holidays from 10 a.m.-noon at the Women’s Center, 125 Main St., Huntington. 631-549-0485. $10 members, $15 non-members, per session.

Bingo/Mystery Dinner Enjoy a mystery dinner at Christ Lutheran Church, 189 Burr Road (corner of Burr and

Leg. Spencer’s Listening Tour Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer,

representing the residents of the 18th Legislative District, will host a community meeting to give constituents an opportunity to share their concerns or issues. The next “Listening Tour” is 7-8:30 p.m. on April 18, Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack.

TUESDAY Recycle And Network The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Green Committee hosts a Business Recycling Day and networking event April 17, 3-7 p.m. at the chamber, 164 Main St., Huntington. Recycle business documents, electronics, cartridges and batteries while participating in outdoor networking with refreshments and music. 631-423-6100.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Gamin' Ride – a 50-foot interactive mobile theater filled with aroma technology, giant screens, flashing lights, surround sound, vibrating seats, Xbox, PS3 and Wii – visits Friday, April 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sign up required. • Through April 30, bring in one canned or nonperishable food item with each of your overdue items and your fines will be waived.

Elwood Public Library Free Help For Vets Long Island Cares dedicates every Tuesday afternoon from 12-4 p.m. to “Military Appreciation Tuesdays,” specifically assisting veterans, military personnel and their families at the Hauppauge and Freeport emergency pantries. Appointments can be made by contacting

Caregiver Support Group Conducted by Jewish Association Serving the Aging, a caregiver support group meets April 3, 6-7 p.m. at The Bristal, 760 Larkfield Road, East Northport. RSVP recommended; contact Patricia Damm at 631-858-0100 or This group is intended for but not limited to family members and friends of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments.

WEDNESDAY Yom Hashoah A Yom Hashoah observance honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust will be held at Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., Huntington, 7:30 p.m., with special emphasis on the Portuguese rescuer, Aristides de Sousa Mendes and a keynote address by Dr. Sylvain Bromberger, Sousa Mendes visa recipient, followed by coffee and dessert.

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3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Librarians will be available to show you how to download eBooks from to your eReader on Saturday, April 14: 10 a.m. for Nook users; 11:30 a.m. for Kindle users. • Motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan presents poetry as the everyday expression of life’s events and one’s emotional response to those events. Hear her seminar, “Poetry: The Path to Within,” April 16, 78:30 p.m. Call 631-499-3722 to register.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Sondheim’s Company broke new ground as a “concept musical” and won him a Tony Award for best score. Meet five married couples and their “pet” bachelor, Bobby, as they explore the good, but mostly bad and ugly aspects of human relationships on Thursday, April 12, 2:30 p.m. in Dix Hills. • Bring your Nook, iPad, and Kindle device and be ready to share tips and ask questions on Friday, April 13, 2:30 p.m. in Dix Hills.

Harborfields Public Library 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • A memorial honoring the life of Peggy Teufel will be held April 15, 2 p.m. Teufel was instrumental in founding the library and its Friends

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organization, and other organizations, including the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Townwide Fund of Huntington and Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association. • Career counselor Karen McKenna will discuss specific actions any job seeker can take to compete more effectively in today’s challenging job market on Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Baritone Mischa Bouvier, winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, will perform April 13, 6 p.m. in the Grace Auditorium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road. $20. Call 516-367-8455 to reserve a seat.

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Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Artist Lisa Ahronee Golub’s “A Visit to the Bronx Zoo” is on display at the Station branch through April 27. Raised in Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland, Golub came to the United States to attend Wellesley College, and later settled in Huntington. • Get moving in an exercise class for all ages to loosed joints, improve overall strength and mobility, and promote cardiovascular health on Friday, April 13, 10-11:15 a.m. in Huntington Station.

Northport-East Northport Public Library Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Is your child ready for toilet learning? Are you? A workshop on April 17, 7 p.m. in Northport led by child development educator Kerri Reda will discuss signs of readiness and offer guidelines to successful toilet learning. • The Northport branch continues its new daytime Film Classics series with Classic Westerns: “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) on Thursday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.; “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) on Thursday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Eco-Photo Explorers will take you on a multi-media journey of her maiden and final voyage. The show on April 16. 7-8:30 p.m. will discuss the search for the wreck, the technology used to find it and controversy regarding the recovery or artifacts. • Bob & Irma Mandel will present a journey to Israel, with its exotic array of people, food, markets and historic landmarks Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m .


Bare Bones Theater at the Posey School, 57 Main St., Northport. 1-800-838-3006. • In Sam Shepard’s dark comedy “True West,” two brothers’ sibling rivalry is both terrifying and hilarious. Runs for six performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, April 1214 and 19-21 at 8 p.m. $20.

Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Holocaust Remembrance Day will be honored on Wednesday, April 18, 4 p.m. with the U.S. premiere of “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.” $20 members/$25 non-members – price includes dinner. Also showing Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. $9 CAC members/$13 non-members – price includes bagel breakfast at 10:15 a.m. • In light of the recent death of Davy Jones, a Tuesday, April 17 tribute will blend song promos, ads, and films of rare live performances by the Monkees, famous for sons like “The Monkees” theme song, “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” 7:30 p.m. $9 members/$13 public.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Enjoy tunes from the Great American Songbook featuring Arnie Gruber and his band on Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. $10.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Spring musical theater classes begin April 16. • You’ve got to be a star on “42nd Street,” opening April 14.

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Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • The paintings of STANKO, on display through April 26, are bold and eye-catching, and depict familiar images such as sunflowers, beach scenes and even grilled cheese sandwiches with bright fields of color outlined in black. STANKO’s unmistakable "New American" style.

130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926. • The 2012 season kicks off with Larry Shue's outrageous comedy, “The Nerd,” on Saturdays, April 21, April 28, and May 5 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 22 and May 6, 3 p.m. $15 adults/$12 seniors and children under 12.

Tilles Center For The Performing Arts LIU Post Campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 516-299-3100. • Pop culture icon Florence Henderson will showcase her musical and dramatic talent on Friday, April 13, 7:30 ($52) and 9:30 p.m. ($42). This debut performance in the Cabaret at “Club T” series will feature “America’s Favorite TV Mom”, sharing anecdotes and songs from her starring roles on Broadway.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • Featuring the work of three renowned, innovative printmakers from the metropolitan area, “Bebout, Johnson, Welden: Mixed Media Prints” will be on view through April 29.

b.j. spoke gallery 299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • For the April 1-29 show, Elizabeth Ehrlichman shows watercolors and prints in “Fruitful”; Barbara Grey shows watercolors and collage work in “Ancient Visions”; and gallery artists show a variety of styles and themes in “My Choice I.” Reception Sunday, April 15, 3-6 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Features New York State's largest collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds. • The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is pleased to announce the return of its hit program, Pollywog Adventures, for kids ages 3-5, offers participants an opportunity to learn about the watery natural world that surrounds us. Every first and third Thursday, April through June, 11 a.m.-noon.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 -18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418. • “Right Whales: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” is on display until Labor Day 2012. Thought to be on the brink of extinction, right whales are among the rarest animals on earth.

fotofoto Gallery 14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • Dis-Integration by Lois Youmans and Femme by Lauren Weissler now on display.

Heckscher Museum Of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and

Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • “A Way with Words: Text in Art” presents art that includes words, lettering, or numbers as subject, design element, or to convey information. On display through April 15. • The 16th annual “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum” exhibition, on view until April 22, features a diverse selection of works by art students in grades 9-12 from more than 52 public and private schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center Welwyn Preserve. 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040 ext. 100. • On display April 15-June 30 is the work of Auschwitz survivor Ludovit Feld. A Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration will be held Sunday, April 15, 1-4 p.m. with special guest Silvia Fishbaum, Feld's former student and lifetime friend.

Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Art in the Art-trium: 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. Gallery Hours: Monday Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-271-8423. • “Nature’s Bounty” at the Art-trium Gallery runs through April 30.

Huntington Historical Society Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. • Learn about the Town of Huntington’s role in the Civil War in an exhibit at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building. • The society is sponsoring a trip to the Italian lakes and Greek islands, featuring a sevennight eastern Mediterranean cruise Oct. 3-14. • Stroll through Huntington’s Old Burying Ground and learn a bit of history, a bit of folk art and intriguing stories on Thursday, April 12. Meet at the Soldiers & Sailors building at 2 p.m. $5 members/$10 non-members.

LaMantia Gallery 127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • The gallery welcomes back Edward Gordon and introduces Daniel Del Orfano.

9 East Contemporary Art 9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • “Earth, Fire and Light,” the works of Hugh McElroy and Richard Vaux, is on display until April 28. This show of recent works represents the pit-fired clay sculptures by McElroy and the nature inspired archetypal lightscapes created using powdered carbon by Vaux.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • “50 years of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities. • “A Taste of Northport” continues at Crossroads Café on Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Three-course meal is $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

Ripe Art Gallery 67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296.

74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish Discovery Museum provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children 3-13 years old and their families, classes and camps. Now on exhibit: The Alef Bet of Being a Mensch. “Zye a mensch” is a Yiddish saying that means "be a decent, responsible, caring person,” infusing both the best blessing and the best that an educator can wish for his students.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555.

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • “The Spirituality of Poetry: From Walt Whitman to Mary Oliver – The Reading & Writing of Poetry,” facilitated by Annabelle Moseley (WWBA Writer in Residence 2009), takes place the last Sunday in March, April, May and June, 1-3 p.m. $10 (due at first session). • Children ages 3-11 can enjoy a storytelling performance by Sima Freierman, a mother, teacher and performer, on Saturday, April 21, 1-3 p.m. $8/child, two chaperones free.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Long Island military veterans and their families are welcome to enjoy a free comedy showcase on Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. Pick up free tickets at the box office or email

Ridotto, Concerts with a Touch of Theatre At Old First Church, Route 25A in Huntington. 631-385-0373. • “The Boundaries of Eros” explores the many faces of love in Paris around 1900. Featuring songs by Poulenc, Satie, and Hahn, and cello music by Debussy, Faure and Poulenc; with Tammy Hensrud, soprano, Dmitry Volkov, cello, and Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano, on Sunday April 15, 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 (seniors), $15 (members), and $10 (students).

VOLUNTEERING Helping Furry Friends Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of animals. Free training provided. Visit or call 631-368-8770 ext. 204.

Walt Whitman Birthplace If you are interested in literature or history, the Walt Whitman Birthplace has fascinating and rewarding part-time volunteer positions available. Free training provided. 631-427-5420 ext.114.

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Free Comedy Showcase Fire spreads in park Photo by Steve Silverman

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The Paramount announced this week it will welcome Long Island military veterans and their families to a free Comedy Showcase on Saturday, April 28. “We’re excited to be partnering with The Paramount on this big show” said comedian Paul Anthony, who produces The Paramount’s monthly Comedy Series. “Tickets for this special performance are being made absolutely free to all Long Island veterans and veteran organizations across Long Island. The show is just a simple way to say thank you, and recognize the local military personnel, veterans and their families for their important contributions.” The Paramount approached Anthony with the idea after hearing about Our Heroes Night Out, a program he produced for homeless vets at the Northport V.A. Medical Center. “It all came together very quickly,” Anthony said. “Laughter has the ability to bring people together, and that’s really

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what we’re hoping to achieve here. We’re hoping to bring laughter and fun into the lives of the Long Island Veterans community. With the Paramount Comedy Series quickly becoming the most popular comedy showcase on Long Island, we’re making plans for this special performance to be a very memorable one.” Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets will be available through local veterans organizations, by e-mail at, or veterans with military ID can pick up their tickets at The Paramount Box Office, located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington village while supplies last. The box office is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during events. Performers will include Maria Walsh, “America’s Naughtiest Mommy” and national headliner, and Chris DiStefano, direct from Caroline’s and the NYC comedy scene. More comedians will be announced soon.

Melville Fire Department Assistant Chiefs Ron Russmanto, left, and Jason Bernfeld, right, discuss firefighting strategy. Bernfeld used an ATV to gain access into the fire scene at West Hills County Park.

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the fire was off of the main trail deep in woods, which was inaccessible, so we used the ATVs to transport personnel and equipment.” Four firefighters suffered minor injuries such as bumps, bruises and smoke inhalation. Two were treated by rescue personnel at the scene and the other two were taken to North Shore Plainview Hospital for treatment. Bernfeld said the two firefighters were treated and released.

“They’re doing fine,” he said. Bernfeld noted weather was a contributing factor to how the blaze started. “Human influence” may also have played a role, but he could not say for sure. Fifteen trucks from Melville, Dix Hills, Huntington, Huntington Manor, Cold Spring Harbor, Deer Park, Wyandanch, West Islip, Bethpage and Plainview fire departments responded. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue Coordinators were also on scene to provide assistance.

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Dix Hills firefighters work to put out a shed fire in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

Fire Sparks In Shed The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to reports of a structure fire in the vicinity of Vanderbilt Parkway and Winthrop Drive early Sunday morning. Shortly after midnight on April 8, firefighters found a fully-involved shed fire next to a home on Winthrop Drive near Suncrest Drive. About 35 fire-

fighters responded with four engines and an ambulance and quickly had the blaze under control, led by First Assistant Chief Tom Magno. Two cars parked nearby and the side of the home sustained fire and heat damage, and the shed was totally destroyed, fire officials said. There were no injuries reported.

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nating money or donating time,” he said. “Do something for other people who can’t necessarily do it for themselves. Spectrum Designs Foundation is a sub-organization of a larger organization called the Nicholas Center for Autism, a nonprofit that teaches individuals with autism basic life skills. Abrams spent the last month with the individuals in Spectrum. Brent Lillard, 20, has Aspergers and is one of Spectrum’s onsite graphic artists. He designed the fliers for the fundraiser. “What Justin is doing is just a fine example of a person in our community that is making an effort to spread Autism awareness,” Sugrue said. “I wish there were more people who could take it upon themselves and we could only hope more young people could follow in his footsteps.” Abrams is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Old Westbury with a degree in sociology. He was recently accepted to New York University for a social work program but may defer the offer to pursue medical school.

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Soccer Ace Trains With U.S. Team Dix Hills’ Dylan Greenberg, a top college pick for ’14, joins 35 athletes at camp By Danny Schrafel

A rising young star on the American soccer scene is back in Dix Hills after attending a U.S. National Under-18 team training camp in Carmel, Calif. Left-back Dylan Greenberg, a sophomore at Half Hollow Hills High School West, was one of 35 young men invited from around the world to join the camp from March 25-April 1. Greenberg said he found out he’d been selected about a week before; once the scramble to pack his things was over, he was off to California. “It was great,” he said. “Coach Javier [Perez] was awesome… He has a lot of experience as a former Real Madrid [youth academy coach]. It was very interesting.” The camp, operated by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, is designed to bring top-notch players together in one setting, said Neil Buethe, the academy’s senior manager of communications. Prospects are discovered through a nationwide scouting network, which collaborates with coaches to determine a pool of players. The camp itself, one of several

held each year, consists of a mixture of soccer drills, fitness and scrimmages against local club teams during the week. “It’s a good place to put kids against high-level competition and see how they perform, and also it’s an opportunity to provide them with high-quality training,” he said. “You’re teaching them some of the same styles in terms of what the men’s national team is doing.” Focusing on the under-18 group provides an effective bridge between FIFA’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups, Buethe added. Greenberg believes he rose to the occasion, and said he plans to bring the lessons back to his club team, Albertson S.C., a contender in the Soccer Academy’s East Conference Liberty division. “I think I played really well – I think it’s the best that I’ve played,” he said. While Greenberg continues to sharpen his skills, he already stands out among the crowd. He is currently the top college prospect in the class of 2014, according to College Soccer News. Greenberg is getting his passport ready for a possible European trip over the summer that includes Portugal and England.

Soccer star Dylan Greenberg continues to rise after being invited to train with the U.S. National Under 18 team in California in March. “There are a couple of trials in England and hopefully that goes well,” he said. Now 5’ 7”, Greenberg said he’s considerably faster, stronger and smarter than two years ago when he traveled to Argentina. Sustaining an ankle this injury this fall playing for the Hills West Colts after colliding with the keeper in a mid-October

game against Comsewogue, Greenberg has scaled back his playing schedule to limit the stress on his body, but his devotion to soccer hasn’t waned a bit. “Ever since I’ve been playing, I’ve always been interested,” he said. “I love the game, I love watching it… it’s just my life. Every time I play, I love it.”

The Half Hollow Hills Newspaper, April 12, 2012  
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