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By Arielle Dollinger

Blues guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd returns to The Paramount June 19.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Digs To Blues’ Roots By Peter Sloggatt

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There aren’t many manatee mailboxes in Dix Hills, jests a crew member on the set of “The Nest,” but this one was brought in specifically for the movie, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which is filming at this Astro Place house this month.

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Forest Park Alumni Say Farewell By Arielle Dollinger

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What’s it take to be called a guitar god? Well, when blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan recognizes you as a prodigy at age 7… when you’ve shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13… when you’ve played alongside the likes of B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, the surviving members of Howlin’ Wolf’s and Muddy Waters’ bands… when Guitar World magazine puts you right behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton on their best blues guitarists lists… That’s when you can be called a guitar god. One man fits that bill: Kenny Wayne Shepherd. After electrifying a packed house last year at The Paramount with

In the 14 years that Caasi Harris has been living on Astro Place – a quiet Dix Hills street not far from the library and the high school – she and her family have lived relatively undisturbed by the likes of Hollywood hotshots. And then she read a letter in her mailbox, which explained that Nest Film Productions LLC was looking to film a movie with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler along with male lead Ike Barinholtz, called “The Nest” in a house like hers. “They came in and looked at my house and took pictures,” Harris said. “And then they came back another day and they were looking at the backyard and the pool, and they came with the director and a few other important people from the movie.” She has not heard from them since; the “important people” have decided to film at an empty house around the corner, she said. But still, Harris said it was exciting.

Tom Dana remembers playing a Beethoven Sonata on the piano at his sixth grade graduation in 1973, in the spot on the gym floor underneath the basketball hoop. Jackie Lippolis-Snyder and Susan Meyers-Kaplan remember singing “Memories” at their graduations in 1976 and 1980, respectively. Before the camera’s shutter blinks, Corrie Young brushes her fingers against the lower lids of her light blue eyes to wipe away tears. Dana, Snyder, Meyers-Kaplan andYoung were four of the dozens who visited Half Hollow Hills’ Forest Park Elementary School for what will likely be the last time on June 5, during a planned gathering of alumni. The school, along with Chestnut Hill Elementary, will be closed at the end of the school year. “This place is just a very special place for learning, and it’s like a family,” said Young, (Continued on page A15)

Corrie Young and Vicki Genovese – each Forest Park alumna whose children attended the school, as well – came back to say “goodbye” last week, with the school set to close at the end of the school year.


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Ten goats are being called in to stop invasive plant species from taking over Oak Brush Plains State Preserve, just by eating their way through them. By Arielle Dollinger

A group of wide-eyed, floppy-eared goats arrived at the Oak Brush Plains State Preserve at Edgewood last week to dine on invasive plant species whose uncontrolled growth could overtake native plants. The Anglo-Nubians – a breed of goat developed in England through crossbreeding with goats of African or Middle Eastern origin and known for floppy ears – are here from upstate New York as participants in an experimental effort by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to eliminate invasive plant species. Ten goats have found a temporary home within a 6-acre enclosure on the grounds of the DEC-managed Oak Brush Plains State Preserve, bordering Dix Hills and Commack. The goats will stay for about four months. “The arrival of these goats gives us a new tool in our arsenal to control invasive species on the property,” said DEC Regional Director Peter A. Scully. “Hopefully, they will bring a voracious appetite which will soon rid this section of the preserve of these quickly spreading invasive species.” Non-native species like autumn olive and

mugwort, according to the DEC, are overrunning the 812-acre preserve’s native plants and putting the area at risk for such dilemmas as loss of wildlife and tree species, and habitat degradation and loss. The borders of the goats’ living space will be marked by a solar-powered electric fence. In late September, they will take their skills elsewhere. The goats’ ride, and caretaker, is New York-native Lawrence Cihanek. Cihanek had goats as a milk herd in the 1980s, but took a break from goat ownership during his career in advertising. When he retired from the advertisement business, he figured that he would move to Rhinebeck to make and sell goat cheese. He did move to Rhinebeck; he has never made any goat cheese. After receiving and responding to an email from a man in Staten Island looking for a New York goat herder, Cihanek found his way into the invasive species management business. His “retirement” now involves working 60 hours a week, caring for and transporting his goats. He has goats in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The goats Cihanek brings to each location are those he decides are best-suited to the need at hand. “They’ve got to be calm enough that they’re not going to run away if they escape,” he said.


DA: Man Aimed To Sell Dope Police seized 5 grams of heroin and other drugs when they arrested a suspected Dix Hills drug dealer May 30, the Suffolk County DA’s office said. Police arrested 47-year-old Michael Stern at his DeForest Road home after executing a search warrant. There, police seized 5 grams of heroin, valued at $450, which he intended to sell, the DA’s office said. Law enforcement also seized two cell phones, more than 360 mg of Methadone Hydrochloride and a small amount of crack cocaine.

He faces counts of criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, a B felony; criminal possession of methadone, a C felony; criminal possession of a narcotic drug, a C felony; as well as a criminal drug possession misdemeanor and a traffic violation. Stein was held on $15,000 bail and $30,000 bond, but was released on his own recognizance June 5. He is due back in court Aug. 25, according to online court records. -SCHRAFEL

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Clownin’ Around At St. Luke Carnival By Danny Schrafel

Don’t let the fancy dress fool you – that clown is a deacon! Deacon Debbie Gnad, of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Dix Hills, shed her cleric’s clothing Saturday for some Technicolor garb for the parish’s church carnival. Held every two years, the affair drew hundreds of families to the church for a day of games, food, music, raffle prizes, face-painting, a petting zoo and more. Dix Hills Fire Department volunteers were also on hand to give youngsters an up-close look at a fire truck. ELWOOD

At Last, ‘Seasons’ Hearing Is Here By Danny Schrafel

After a nearly two-year buildup, the longawaited public hearing for The Seasons at Elwood is right around the corner. This Tuesday, June 17, the Engel Burman Group will formally go before the Huntington Town Board for a zone change from R40 residential to R3M classification to allow for the 360-unit, 55-and-over community, which they are seeking to build on current 37-acre Oak Tree Dairy site along Elwood Road. All of those homes will be for sale. The latest plans, filed on Feb. 24, include 56 residential buildings. Twenty-two of them – all of the homes visible from Fair Oaks Court and Elwood Road – are four-home buildings, with two residences on each floor. Those homes would be built beyond a 100-foot setback from Elwood Road. Each of the homeowners in those smaller buildings will have a dedicated garage. The remainder of the units proposed for the core of the property, will be situated in 34

eight-unit buildings. Other amenities proposed for the development include a clubhouse, a pool, and a walking path around the perimeter of the property. If the zone-change is approved and the project advances, Engel Burman Group has also pledged to dedicate more than $1 million to traffic improvements along Elwood Road, mostly by synchronizing traffic signals along the stretch. Other planned improvements include: widening and rebuilding sidewalks near the entrance to the Elwood-John Glenn High School/Middle School campus entrance and installing flashing school speed limit beacons to remind motorists of the 30 mph zone near the school. Two entrances – one on Elwood Road near Hammond Road and a second, rightturn only entrance and exit on the southern part of the property by Fair Oaks Court – are planned. Turnout for the 7 p.m. hearing is expected to be especially heavy, which will be held at Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington.

A rendering and site plans for The Seasons at Elwood. The developer, Engel Burman Group, will go before the Huntington Town Board Tuesday, June 17, to seek a zone change to make the development possible.

Town Orders Second Traffic Study For ‘Seasons’ By Danny Schrafel

The town will take a second look at potential traffic impacts stemming from the proposed 360-unit Seasons at Elwood 55and-over community. The Town of Huntington Planning Board voted unanimously May 29 to order a review of a traffic study, filed by VHB Engineering, analyzing potential impacts should the community be built. Engel Burman Group is eyeing the 37-acre Oak Tree Dairy parcel along Elwood Road for the senior community. Engel Burman is picking up the bill for the new study. They have sent a $2,300

check to pay for the study, which will be deposited in an escrow account, town spokesman A.J. Carter said Monday. The town has selected RMS Engineering to conduct the review, Carter said. Planning Board officials said during their May 29 meeting that there was “some concern by the residents in the area that the consultant’s report on traffic might not be thorough enough,” resulting in the Huntington Town Board asking the Planning Board to “facilitate a review of that consultant’s work.” The study, submitted when the proposal was 444 units, indicated that the development would add 60 cars to an existing 1,400-vehicle afternoon rush-hour peak.

The future construction of Matinecock Court, an East Northport affordable housing complex that has been mired in litigation for decades, is also factored into those traffic projections, officials said at the time. Carter said by approving the independent study, the town is following through on a pledge made earlier this year to order an independent traffic study for the hotlydebated development. But Jim Cameron, president of Preserving Elwood Now, a civic group which opposes the development because of density and potential traffic and school-district impacts, said he was skeptical of the value of a new study, especially with Engel

Burman picking up the bill. With traffic and environmental impacts on the forefront, a handful of members of the group protested along Elwood Road last weekend and plan to do so again on Saturday. “Who’s paying the bill? The customer is always right,” he said. And with Town Hall choosing the new consultant, Cameron said he was also concerned about whether it would be a truly independent review and expects more of the same from the new study. But Carter stressed that Engel Burman had no role in choosing RMS, adding that the engineers were chosen from the town’s list of approved traffic engineering firms.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Danny Schrafel

Everything On Tap


theater to world music and professional dance Wine on tap?... Between iPhones and iPods troupes. I personally can’t wait for the Long Island and iPads, I just haven’t been able to imagine what Philharmonic, but that’s a ways the technological geniuses of this age will come up away, on Aug. 9. Visit with next. That’s why I was so surprised when I and found out that Osteria Da Nino IN THE KNOW check out the lineup for yourhas wine on tap now! On tap! WITH AUNT ROSIE self! Like beer taps, but with what I would argue is the classier beverage. It isn’t cheaper, Belmont bust … Once I’m told, but it sure is easier to get more wine in less again, for the sixth time this century, folks got their time. The waiter comes over and pours a glass from a hopes up for a potential Triple Crown winner in Calitiny carafe and leaves the carafe there in case you fornia native, American Thoroughbred racehorse Calwant more. My dinner there the other night was just ifornia Chrome. I tell ya, I wasn’t excited one bit. unbelievable, especially because I was so intrigued Had a tip come in just a few hours before the race: by that tap technology. I’m also told that this might “Bet on the No. 11 horse,” they said, “he’s going to not be such a new thing, but it sure is new to me! pull ahead.” Now I, of course, being a thoroughbred What else would be good to have on tap? myself, would never step foot into the world of gamChew on this… My gosh, have you seen the goats bling, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a feeling that ol’ California Chrome was going to fall short. In at Edgewood? At Oakbrush Plains State Preserve, my opinion, the Triple Crown drought – we haven’t there’s a 6-acre enclosure with 10 goats. They eat the had a winner since back in 1978 – is the best thing to plants, the autumn olive and mugwort, that are growever happen to horseracing. Hype gets built over and ing over the ones that are supposed to grow there. over again, and seemingly every single year that hype They’re cute, the goats. They aren’t babies – the baby gets dashed in the final race: the Belmont Stakes. goats are cuter – but they’re here to do a job and we What’s not good for horseracing is owners calling can’t put babies to work, now can we? But be careother owners “cowards.” For those of you that ful, I almost learned the hard way when I went to try haven’t heard, California Chrome’s owner, Steve to pet them: There’s an electric fence around them so Coburn, had a few choice words for NBC Sports folthat they can’t get out (and probably so that we can’t lowing the race where he called out those horses that get in). Thank goodness somebody warned me as I didn’t compete in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness reached out. That would’ve hurt. Stakes – the first two stakes of the Triple Crown. It’s coming… One of my favorite Huntington pas- Trash talking isn’t in my playbook and it shouldn’t be in yours either – especially not if your horse just times, the Summer Arts Festival! Every year I am so lost a race witnessed by over 36,000 people. impressed with the job put forth by the Huntington Arts Council to bring free concerts to the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park six nights a week. That’s a lot of performers coming to our town, and (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comall we have to do is mosey on down to the park with ments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy live music on a sumneck of the woods, write to me today and let me know mer night. This year’s festival starts Thursday, June the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 14 Wall Street, Huntington NY 26 with the Huntington Men’s Chorus, and the fun 11743. Or try the e-mail at continues all summer long, with everything from live



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An 18-year-old from Dix Hills was cuffed on a criminal mischief rap after he let his fist do the talking June 4. Police said that at 5:21 p.m. that day, the teen decked a 2012 Toyota Corolla on Elmwood Drive, punching the hood with sufficient force to cause a dent.

Check, Please Police took the keys from a 30-year-old Melville man May 30 after they discovered he was driving drunk. The man, driving a 2009 Pontiac, was pulled over at 12:30 a.m. that day at a DWI checkpoint at the corner of New York Avenue and Church Street in Huntington Station.

Out Of The Wok And Into The Fire A 37-year-old Huntington Station man was arrested in Huntington Station on disorderly conduct and trespassing charges May 25. Police said that at 8:05 p.m., he was told to leave a Chinese restaurant on New York Avenue, but refused. Cops then found the man being a major roadside pain in the neck, continually walking in and out of pedestrian and car traffic, causing both to grind to a halt.

Planning Ahead, Are We? Police are investigating a June 4 smash-and-grab theft case in Melville. Police said that an Elkland Road resident called them the next day after discovering the driver’s side window of their car had been smashed. The apparently health-conscious bandit snatched a first-aid kit from the car.

This Smacks Of Trouble

Cruisin’ To A Problem

Photo by Arielle Dollinger.


Brawn, Not Brains

Two men were arrested in an automobile located near Route 231 at the Northern State Parkway May 30. Police said the two men, ages 62 and 54, were charged with loitering – unlawful use of a controlled substance after being discovered in the vehicle while in possession of heroin.

“We’re like a speedboat; we turn around immediately. We’re not a tugboat that has to go through levels of bureaucracy and bologna until it can turn, and it’s a very slow turn – if they turn at all.” Emma Fabrizio, 9, Kayla Olson, 9, Cassidy Olson, 9, Caitlin O’Malley, 9, and Addison Olson, 6, are happily savoring sweets from Lics in Northport village on June 1.

A thief smashed the windows of two cars parked at a Melville home June 4. Suffolk County Police got the call on June 5, after the Woodmont Road homeowners discovered that someone has smashed the front driver’s side windows of their 2013 Hyundai and Nissan overnight. While the crook or crooks didn’t take anything from the Hyundai, they did filch an EZ-Pass from the Nissan.


A 27-year-old Wheatley Heights woman was busted for driving without a license, police said. The woman was cuffed after being discovered behind the wheel of a 2010 Infiniti, which she was driving southbound on Dix Hills Road near Livingston Place. One problem – police discovered at 9:15 p.m. that her license was suspended, and had been put on ice at least three times.

Out Of Tune A 44-year-old Huntington man was arrested, accused of assaulting someone with a weapon May 25. The catch – the weapon was a guitar. Police said that the man decked the complainant in the eye with his guitar at the corner of New York Avenue and Elm Street at 1:30 p.m. The man was also found to be in possession of prescription pills. The complainant required eight stitches for his injuries.

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Busy Week For FD Photo by Steve Silverman

Firefighters contain a blaze to this Hunting Hill Drive home’s attic early Monday morning. Whether on the road or at homes, Dix Hills firefighters have had plenty to contend with this week. Their most recent response brought them to a Hunting Hill Drive home shortly after midnight Monday, where volunteers quickly knocked down an attic fire under the command of First Assistant Chief Robert Fling and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. The Greenlawn Fire Department assisted with a Rapid Intervention Team, while the Huntington Manor and Deer Park departments provided standby vehicles at headquarters. Thanks to an aggressive interior attack, the fire did not spread from the attic; however, smoke and water damage was found throughout the house. Fire officials said the incident appears to have been caused by an electrical issue. Days earlier, first responders aided a mother and baby after their SUV flipped on the eastbound LIE near exit 50. Fire officials said the SUV hit the Jersey wall and flipped at about 2:15 p.m. June 7. Mother and child both suffered neck and back injuries and were taken by Dix Hills Rescue Squad to Good Samaritan Hospital. Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano led the response. But the Dix Hills firefighters’ busy week got off to a hectic start June 5, when firefighters tackled three car crashes in a one-hour span. A teen was first taken by Medivac from the High School East to Stony Brook

Dix Hills volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel transfer patient to a Suffolk Police Medivac helicopter at the Half Hollow Hills High School East. University Medical Center after being struck by a car on Astro Place at about 4:25 p.m. Thirty-five minutes later, at 5 p.m., they were off to Deer Park Avenue and Commack Road, where a limousine and four other vehicles got tangled up in a wreck. There, Dix Hills Rescue Squad took one man to Good Samaritan Hospital with neck and back injuries. The final call of that one-hour stretch came at 5:30 p.m., where firefighters extricated a woman from a car following a two-car crash on Deer Park Avenue and Half Hollow Road. Dix Hills Rescue took the woman to Huntington Hospital for back and neck injuries. Assistant Chiefs Napolitano and Berkowitz directed all three responses; Assistant Chief Fling was also on hand for the limo accident and vehicle extrication.


Man Accused In Shooting By Danny Schrafel

A 22-year-old from Dix Hills faces multiple charges after he allegedly accompanied an East Islip man on a shooting spree that damaged homes in Great River, East Islip and Islip Terrace. Suffolk police allege Frank Wolfe accompanied 24-year-old Kyle Rowlinson, 24, of East Islip, on an overnight rampage throughout the Third Precinct, in which the men peppered three homes and a car with gunfire. According to the criminal complaint, Wolfe fired “multiple shots” from a shotgun into a residence, and admitted to firing two rounds into a home at Provost Street in Great River at 11:30 p.m. May 26. Fifteen minutes later, he fired “multi-

ple rounds” into a residence at Keswick Drive in East Islip, then followed up about an hour later by firing a handgun at a 1998 Nissan Altima and a home on Manhasset Street in Islip Terrace. In the Islip Terrace incident, Wolfe told police that “he rolled down the car window and fired a weapon at cars until the gun was empty,” according to the criminal complaint. Wolfe faces four counts of reckless endangerment, a D felony, and criminal mischief with intentional damage to property, a misdemeanor. His alleged cohort faces similar charges. Wolfe remains jailed on $100,000 cash bail and $300,000 bond, and was due back in court after press time on June 10. Wolfe’s attorney, Thomas Kalish, could not be reached for comment by press time.




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Longtime shipper of shellfish goes global By Danny Schrafel

After decades focusing his efforts on growing K&B Seafood in the USA, Northport’s Tom Kehoe has his sights set overseas and a foot in the door for the booming Chinese market. Kehoe recently returned from three weeks in Shanghai, and will visit again in September. Then, it’s off to Moscow, a return to K&B Seafood’s first international breakthrough. He’s been in Moscow seven times in four years. But China, Kehoe said, is especially ripe for American businesses to prosper, thanks to rapidly growing prosperity in the middle class and mass migration to urban areas. K&B is already shipping seafood to Shanghai and Hong Kong, and is looking to expand into meat and other products. “They’re going through a revolution right now… The middle class per-capita is coming up,” he said. “They’ve had a tremendous crisis of confidence with food safety… People with a few dollars don’t want to feed their children Chinese food if they can help it, so within the past two or three years, there’s been a tremendous demand for EU and U.S. food.” During an interview Sunday at The Whale’s Tale at Britannia Boatyard in Northport – one of his local clients – Kehoe showcased one of the products headed over-

seas. Today, a platter of a dozen Saddle Rock oysters, harvested in Huntington Harbor and Eaton’s Neck, took center stage. Those oysters are marketed as Saddle Rock and Matinecock Oysters – the Saddle Rock brand is a reference to a waterfront village near Great Neck, where there was a bustling oyster trade in the late 1800s. “Once they wiped the reef out, the name died out, so we resurrected the name and trademark,” Kehoe said. Similarly, the Matinecock name references a Long Island Native American tribe that were expert fishermen. For Kehoe, the international focus is a new wrinkle in a career that began in 1975 after concluding his tenure in marketing for Xerox. “At this stage of my life, I never thought I’d be a world traveler like this, but it’s fascinating,” he said. “A good chunk” of his business remains focused on local distribution in the metro area at eateries like Whale’s Tale, Pumpernickel’s, Bistro 44 and Skipper’s, as well as country clubs and dining destinations like Mac’s Steakhouse and Prime. His shipping business also brought seafood to west coast locales like San Francisco and Las Vegas. “From that, it developed into an international business,” he said. K&B Seafood’s first international breakthrough was in Russia, which remains a strong market. But world events can inter-

Tom Kehoe displays a dozen locally-grown Saddle Rock oysters at The Whale’s Tale Sunday. Kehoe said China is a major emerging market for American food firms. vene, as did the recent crisis over the sovereignty of Crimea. “We lost them when the Crimean thing started in late February… We got our first order back last week,” Kehoe said. “It left a huge hole in our business.” With the situation more stabilized recently, business opportunities are emerging in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. And Kehoe said his local political experience – he was a

Northport Village trustee for eight years – has been invaluable, and now he’s hoping to share his knowledge with other firms through his sister firm, Seaflight Logistics. “I think we’re offering a service to the customers, and I think we can offer a service to a lot of American firms that want to get into this market who don’t know how to do it – not just with food, but with other items,” he said.

Finally, An Answer: What Is Wealth Management? By Peter Klein

We hear these terms bandied about – a financial advisor, a financial plan, a stock-broker a cash flow plan? What does it all mean and how does it affect my wallet? I am here to un-pack the concept of wealth management, once and for all. Wealth Management can be best defined by the following equation:

WM = IC + AP (WE, WT, WP, CP) + RM (CRM, ERM) IC = Investment Consulting AP = Advanced Planning (which is comprised of Wealth Enhancement, Wealth Transfer, Wealth Protection, and Charitable Planning) RM = Relationship Management (Client Relationship Management and Expert Relationship Management) Let’s start with Investment Consulting (IC in the equation). All wealth managers say they do investment consulting—and some, admittedly, are more committed than others. It is an important part of the wealth management experience, but it is only one part. What you need to look for with respect to investment consulting is not so much prior results, but rather commitment. A commitment

to the profession, to the science of investment management and portfolio management. What credentials does your wealth manager have? Have they invested time and resources to remaining on the cutting edge of this fast moving science? What we need to see here is someone who is passionate about the markets and the economy; who lives and breathes it. But again, IC is only part of the wealth management equation. Being a steward for our client’s assets through advanced planning techniques is a key component of wealth management. Advanced Planning is a critical differentiator. Only 10 percent of the wealth managers actually do advanced planning. It is, in my definition, comprised of 4 components: Wealth Enhancement, which is maximizing our client’s cash flows, after taxes. We want to focus on net returns, where tax efficiency is a critical circumstance. While most wealth managers are not CPAs, that doesn’t mean they cannot be mindful to tax effects on portfolio choices. Wealth Transfer is making sure the client’s assets are properly titled—that their beneficiary statements are completed and that their assets will pass in a manner consistent with their wishes and in a tax efficient manner. Much of this is incorporated in estate planning, which requires legal counsel, but the true wealth manager is proactive enough to start the discussions and collaborate with the estate attorney.

Wealth Protection is where the wealth manager is making sure that the client’s assets are not unjustly taken from them; making sure that they have the most effective insurance programs in place at the right price. Reviewing insurance policies (both P&C as well as life) is an important facet of wealth management. A good wealth manager has an expert team—in legal, accounting, insurance and other fields. It is also good practice to utilize technology. Charitable Planning is essentially legacy development, ensuring that the client’s values are passed down for generations to come. Many investors today want to instill their values for the next generation – and the one after that. Investors see a family foundation, for example, as a way to not only give back but also one where the entire family can be involved. Imagine the family gathering a few times a year to discuss which nonprofit organizations they are going to support? So that is advanced planning and its four components, but the comprehensive definition of wealth management is not complete. At the end of the day, wealth management is a people business. Relationships make all the difference, and how one manages those relationships can make a huge impact on the entire wealth management experience. The Relationship Management part of the equation is divided into two components: Client Relationship Management and Ex-

pert Team Relationship Management. I sum up client relationship management with the term “Proactive Empathy,” where we strive to know our clients very well, both on a financial level as well an emotional level. Wealth management clients should be taken through a defined process to uncover where they are today and where they want to be in the future and identify any gaps in between where they can assist. The final part of the equation is the expert team and the relationship that the wealth manger has with his team. Many of our clients are bombarded with info from their attorney, their CPA, their insurance professional, their banker, their tax counsel, etc. A good wealth manager will serve as the family’s financial quarterback, collaborating with the other professionals so that the clients are able to see the glide path and continue on it. Wealth management is important for everyone—those with wealth who need to keep (or grow it) and those who need assistance in achieving their long-term financial plans. While it can mean many things to different people the bottom line is the same, with proactive empathy being a good steward for your client. Peter Klein is managing director and partner of Melville-based Klein Wealth Management. His articles will appear regularly in Long Islander News’ Business Section.

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Canon Boosts Lunch Joints, Hotels

One Canon Park, the gleaming five-story, 668,296 square-foot office complex on the Long Island Expressway Service Road, is more than just the camera giant’s North American headquarters. The sprawling 52-acre campus, which officially opened in July 2013, now hosts more than 1,400 employees and about 300 consultants, including some of the firm’s top executives. Employees began streaming into the new Melville headquarters as early as February, months before the official grand opening took place. For some local businesses, the influx of new workers has meant a shot of adrenaline for their bottom line coming at just the right time. And the possibility of a second phase to the Canon headquarters, which could bring an additional 750 employees to the area, could mean an even greater impact, especially with the estimated $70,000-per-year average salary of the typical Canon employee, as projected years ago by Suffolk County officials. Chris Arvans, whose father Andy owns the Sweet Hollow Diner, said Canon’s presence has softened the blow inflicted when number of other major anchor businesses, like mortgage companies, Sbarro

and Adecco, left or are on their way out. “It’s helped a lot,” he said. The diner is a “stone’s throw away” from Canon’s new headquarters, and much of the new Canon business at the Sweet Hollow Diner comes during the lunch hour, where Canon employees, easily identifiable in their lanyards, are making it a regular destination, the owner said. “I know a lot of the faces – they’re becoming familiar faces,” Arvans said. Canon has also made an impact through the corporate office and direct work with businesses. Melville Chamber of Commerce President Mike DeLuise said Canon has been “very proactive” in reaching out to businesses, universities and government with hopes of strengthening the Route 110 corridor. One example: the Hilton Long Island has an account with Canon, handled by the hotel’s sales manager. They’ve become active participants in the Melville Chamber, he added, and have worked closely with banks and other businesses to inquire about working together. “They reach out to the companies and they’ve been doing to one-on-one with the local businesses,” DeLuise said. “The feeling I got was they were going to do what they could do to make individual businesses stronger.” That connection has also paid local div-

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By Danny Schrafel

Canon’s 1,400 employees have provided a welcome boost to business at the Sweet Hollow Diner, Chris Arvans said. idends for shop owners like Mary Hauptman, who has noticed an increase in sales at her retro-styled Happy Times Café since Canon came to town. “The people that did come here that

found out about it, they met some of the people at a conference and then they heard about it,” she said. “Canon is great… We’ve had some people come over, and they’re such nice, lovely people.”

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It’s a jungle out there, but the small businesses of Huntington are find ways to navigate it. Berry Healthy Café, Green Cactus Grill, and Huntington Play ‘n’ Trade are just three businesses around town that believe they have an advantage over corporate juggernauts offering similar, services. These advantages, as owners and managers of all three businesses said, offer a flexibility and attention to detail that services bogged down by corporate ownership simply cannot compete with. “We’re like a speedboat; we turn around immediately,” Paul Schreier, owner of Berry Healthy Café in Huntington Station, said of his business. “We’re not a tugboat that has to go through levels of bureaucracy and bologna until it can turn, and it’s a very slow turn – if they turn at all.” Schreier, along with his wife, Joan, opened Berry Healthy Café on Walt Whitman Road in 2011 and have been serving smoothies, yogurt, wraps, salads and more ever since then. The couple credited their ability to listen to customers and supply them with what they want in keeping the business up and running. “It’s flexibility, it’s market attention, it’s being able to execute – that’s the big word here,” Schreier said. “If we make a decision... We execute the plan; that’s the key.” But smoothies isn’t the only small business industry finding success in Huntington with mobility. Brenden Black, a manager

Joan Schreier, second from the left, co-owner of Berry Healthy Café in Huntington poses with her staff for a picture last week. for Green Cactus Grill – a Centerport-based Mexican chain with 10 locations including Jericho Turnpike and Huntington village – believes that personability and smart, economical, decisions are what’s keeping small businesses alive in Huntington. “I think the small businessman is more multi-faceted. We’re all hands on. I could be prepping one minute, I could be washing pots the next,” Black said. “I think if you ask all of the shop owners in town, they’ll say it’s a lot of hours a week, a lot of days and, you know, their hearts and souls are in the business.” Green Cactus Grill began in Black’s family as his wife’s father and his brother opened their doors in the early ’90s to start the company. Black has had experience in

the restaurant business his “whole life,” as he said, and has worked for bigger companies, like Panera Bread, and owned his own small restaurants, like Nag’s Head. With the surge of companies like Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Red Mango in recent years – the companies have opened 1,800, 1,600, and 200 locations respectively across the United States and worldwide since their conceptions – local business owners have felt substantial pressure being placed upon the small business market by major corporations. To combat this, some look towards keeping their service top-notch so to keep customers coming back on a consistent basis. One such business owner is Rob Conte, owner of Huntington Play ‘n’ Trade, a fran-

chisor video game buyer and seller. “We have to have customer service,” Conte said. “We have to sit there and say to the customer, ‘How can I help you?’” This gives businessmen like Conte an advantage over big-box retailers like Best Buy or GameStop in that he’s able to offer a more personable and relatable experience for his customers, where he can work with them to solve their problems and send them home happy. For example, Conte recalled a distraught grandmother who came into his store last Christmas like a deer in headlights. “She walks in, and she just sighed,” Conte, who immediately approached the women to help her, said. “I said, ‘Alright, it’s not that bad. Let’s try to help you through this.’ And all she was looking for was a couple of games.” Conte helped the woman find her games and sent her on her merry way, ostensibly earning a customer for life. Situations like this – no matter whether they unfold in the smoothie, burrito, or video game industry – are happening every day and very well may be what’s keeping small businesses afloat in Huntington. “My customers can buy Grand Theft Auto anywhere. They can buy it at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, they can buy it on the internet and just stay home,” Conte said. “We offer services taking in games that go all the way back to Atari and all the way forward to PlayStation 4 and clean discs, so we’re a little unique. We’re a little different so the customer recognize and appreciate that.”


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Support Housing For Seniors It has become painfully clear that Long Is- in truck traffic on Elwood Road. land’s housing model no longer works. While The Seasons at Elwood’s developer has tracts of single-family housing served a pur- pledged $1 million for traffic safety improvepose in the post World War II era, they fall short ments to Elwood Road. of filling the housing needs of two critical Engel Burman has gone back to the drawing groups: young people and seniors. board several times, reconfiguring its site The Town of Huntington has an opportunity plans and reducing the number of units by to help meet the needs of one of those groups – nearly 20 percent, from 440 to the present 360. seniors – with the proposed rezoning of the Oak They have offered a covenant that would proTree Dairy property for the Seasons at Elwood. hibit school-aged children from living at the If approved, the project by Engel Burman de- development. They have met repeatedly with velopment group, would provide needcivic interests who seem to be ed housing for those 55-and-older who EDITORIAL unbending in their wish for would like to stay on Long Island, but nothing but single-family no longer want or need to live in large, single- homes to be built at the site. family homes. This town doesn’t need more single-family The project is a good one with many benefits homes as much as it needs a housing alternative for the community beyond the creation of 360 for seniors. units of reasonably priced, needed housing for The Seasons at Elwood will generate needed those 55-and-over. tax revenue for the town and schools. It will For one thing, there will be a projected $2- provide needed housing for seniors whose chilmillion increase in tax revenue to the Elwood dren have grown and wish to move into smallSchool District, a district that has in recent er homes but remain in town, near their famiyears had to tap cash reserves in order to avoid lies and the amenities they have grown used to large tax increases. In addition, it would replace having. an industrial use – the Oak Tree Dairy milk proThe Huntington Town Board will hold a pubcessing operations – that is not in keeping with lic hearing on the rezoning proposal this comthe character of the neighborhood. Those oper- ing Tuesday, June 17, 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The ations have brought quality of life complaints Seasons at Elwood is a good project that defrom the surrounding neighborhood and result serves support.

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Support For Senior Housing The following letter was sent to Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone in support of the Seasons at Elwood senior housing proposal. It is printed here at the author’s request. DEAR MR. PETRONE: My name is Stuart Zimmer, and I am 72 and my wife is 69. Elwood has been our home for over 44 years. We chose Elwood since, in 1970 when we moved here, it boasted the top school district in New York State. We have sent two sons, now adults, through the Elwood school system, and believe that both our sons have received a comprehensive and broad education. Unlike many of our friends and neighbors that have “fled” to Florida, we love the area and want to re-

main here. However, as “empty nesters,” we find that our large single-family home no longer fits our living style. The announcement of a Seasons development at the Oak Tree Dairy site for people 55-plus has come as a godsend for us. We could not be more in favor of this development then if we were building it ourselves. I am sure you are cognizant of the fact that senior housing is in very short supply in Huntington, and especially in Elwood. My wife and I have no desire to leave the area or our sons or grandchildren, and we wish to continue living close to them. Our neighbors, doctors, and merchants are, after all these years, almost like an extended family. By voting against senior housing, you are going to force not only us, but many others out of Huntington. Do you really think that’s a smart decision? I have been privy to most of the

arguments in opposition to the Seasons. And for the life of me, I cannot understand why some residents are so resistant to it. From what I read, the Seasons developer has made several modifications to their original proposal to accommodate the wishes of those opposed to the development. They have scaled the project down from 444 homes to 360 homes, included an exclusion barring anyone below the age of 18 from living in the development. So the Seasons developers have been reasonable and sensible in meeting many of the opposition’s main points. Many Elwood residents object to the increased traffic on Elwood Road that this development might bring. From my view, living just off of Elwood Road, this street has long outlived its usefulness. It is in dire need of moving into the 21st Century. Elwood Road needs to be widened to accommodate all the

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Correction Can we get a mulligan? In last week’s Summer Fun Guide, under golf, the Dix Hills Country Club on Half Hollow Road was listed, but is now closed. The town’s Dix Hills Park golf course, which has 9 holes, on Vanderbilt Parkway was inadvertently omitted.

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propriate. In the conflict currently taking place between those that oppose and those that favor the Seasons development, the term “no-brainer” comes to mind – a term that refers to something that requires little effort to understand. It seems to me that this term can aptly be applied to the decision to move forward with the Seasons development at Elwood. In fact, as I stated, I am hard-pressed to understand why some residents are opposed to its construction. On June 17, you can rest assured that my wife and I will be at the town hall meeting to lift our voices in support of this senior housing project. Hopefully our appeals will be heeded be the Town of Huntington Zoning Board.

increased traffic that now travels on it. During a normal rush hour, it backs up for miles. So whether or not Seasons is approved, Elwood Road needs to be widened. Some Elwood residents argue that people selling their homes to move into the Seasons will be purchased by families with schoolaged children. Who else is going to be in the market for large singlefamily homes if not people with school-aged children? Again, whether or not Seasons goes forward, most seniors that sell their homes will sell to families with school-aged children. So whether or not Seasons is approved, seniors selling their homes will create added students in the Elwood School District. Certain Elwood residents argue that it is better for a residential community like Elwood to retain an industrial dairy in its midst instead of replacing it with modern residential housing. [That] makes no sense! Why would anyone fight for dairy with an open air sewage treatment plant in their community? Elwood is, and should continue to be, a residential community. Lastly, Elwood has always been a high-taxed community. From my understanding, if the Seasons at Elwood is approved, it will add over $2 million of needed tax revenues. Often times, certain terms come into the American lexicon of speech that sounds particularly ap-

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Art And Function Meet At The ‘Axxseam’ By Danny Schrafel

12B School Street in Northport is now where the worlds of art, unique home interiors and expert woodworking will unite under one roof. The space is now home base to Axxseam, the umbrella organization covering the five pieces of his business – AKKE Woodworks; AKKE Functional Art; Gallery 37; AKKE 780 custom furniture and AKKE Builders & Craftsmen, a new startup with lifelong friend Anthony Medico, which will focus on kitchens, bathrooms and extensions, and ultimately, home construction. “Now I have these five brands, and I can tie them all together,” Axel Yberg, Axxseam’s owner said. “And that’s when we created Axxseam.” Previously, Yberg said he tried to blend the construction, office and gallery space in the storefront into a manufacturing hybrid, but the various uses didn’t blend well – it was too loud and dusty, and finished projects gobbled up space. “I thought that was cool… to watch the artisans at work,” he said. “But when you build cabinets, you’re building a kitchen; as it’s being built, you’re storing it somewhere. It takes up so much room – we were putting finished cabinets into the

gallery, and it was stuffed with cabinets.” He’s since decided to move the building part of the business – making the cabinets, furniture and functional art pieces – off-site, while keeping his business offices and gallery space in downtown Northport Village. But step inside and the look and feel is much the same. There’s still a decidedly Manhattan cool to the space, and the first thing you’ll notice is that ping-pong table like no other. It’s called “Pingtuated Equilibripong” – a play on the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which deduces that evolution is caused by rapid, explosive change in organisms. A one-of-a-kind table that Yberg built in August 2011, it’s the piece that put Yberg on the map internationally. The name of the gallery is a reference to another serendipitous occurrence in his artistic life. Yberg makes a living through his woodworking business, AKKE Woodworks, which produces finished interior woodworks, and AKKE Functional Art, which creates one-of-akind modern furniture. After working as an equity trader until 2001, Yberg started a carpentry business in 2006 in which he created finished interior woodworking for homes and businesses. One of his early contracts was with The Paramount in Huntington village. He approached managing partner


Nautical Notes: Exploring Some Famous Historic Ships By Henrietta Schavran In my last article, I discussed famous ships, the names of which have become familiar to us. Most were vessels involved in some way with military activities. Many historic ships sailing on quests other than military are recorded in our collective maritime memories as well. Perhaps the earliest story comes from Greek mythology in which the ARGO, manned by Jason and the Argonauts, sailed the ancient seas in search of the mythical Golden Fleece. It was believed in the ancient world that the ARGO was the very first ship to sail the seas. In more recent times, the name H.M.S. Beagle brings to mind another nautical search: that of the naturalist, Charles Darwin, who took several voyages on the Beagle to study the natural world and the evolution of species. The first Beagle was a 90-foot, two-masted barque, crewed by over 70 seamen, built in the early 19th century.

Commercial fishing has been a continuous principal maritime activity everywhere. In the 19th century, New England produced a two-masted schooner known as the Gloucester Mackerel Purse Seiner, built with specialized gear to speedily catch fish, salt them and prepare them for market. The schooner, Mystc, built in 1877, was this type of tall ship, fast and efficient, ideal for the rugged seasonal mackerel fishing industry. The Mystic was in the classic movie, “Captains Courageous,” starring Spencer Tracy. Among American merchant vessels of the recent past, the clipper ships mirror the challenge and courage of tall ships sailing around the dangerous waters of Cape Horn. One of the most famous clipper ships of the 19th century was the Flying Cloud, which set a world record of 89 days going around Cape Horn from New York to San Francisco! In the realm of yacht racing, do you know how the title of the America’s Cup came to be? In 1851, a black schooner, the America, sailed to England’s Isle of Wight, the only foreign vessel to compete against

With friends and family looking on, Axel Yberg cuts the ribbon last weekend on the revamped 12B School Street headquarters of Axxseam, the umbrella organization that ties his home improvement, woodworking and functional art businesses together. and friend Dominick Cattogio in search of space to do the work; the partners offered him unit 37 in an industrial park on East 2nd Street, where his company stayed for 18 months. When it came time to move, Cattagio told him about space on School Street in Northport, which he took in November 2012. With the new focus, Yberg said he plans to also leverage the School Street 15 of England’s finest yachts in a rugged 53 mile racing course. The America not only came in first, but had no runner up. Queen Victoria, upon hearing the news, declared that henceforth the beautiful silver trophy rewarded to the winner would be known as The America’s Cup to honor the American victors. All school children are familiar with the Clermont, the first steamship that sailed up the Hudson River in 1807, led by its proud inventor, Robert Fulton. With the advent of steam, passenger travel on the water became a flourishing industry. In the early 20th century, luxury ocean liners were popular as recreational travel to Europe. The most luxurious of those early ships, the Titanic, tragically became a celebrated name when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean during its maiden voyage and sank with over a thousand persons still on board. One of the most touching stories told by surviving passengers is the bravery of the eight musicians who stayed on deck playing music to calm the passengers and who continued to play as they went down with the ship. Let us not forget the Mayflower, which brought brave families to our shores not for recreation but to escape tyranny. Since then, untold millions of immigrants have sailed to our country to seek a better way of life for themselves and their families. Over and over, we hear of the passengers in steerage who, upon passing the Statue of Liberty, got on their knees and in tears prayed in silence. Nowadays, multitudes of ships, commer-

space as a venue for private events, the permanent collections of AKKE Functional Art and his sister Signe Yberg, as well as the works of visiting artists. With the new arrangement, Yberg said he’s hoping to create a welcoming atmosphere for all of his clients – and himself as well. “I love this space. This space is my home,” he said.

cial and pleasure, sail our oceans daily. However, we still nostalgically recall the famous ships of yore that mirror the fortitude, courage, and adventurous spirit of the mariners who gave the fabled ships their fame. Henrietta Schavran, a native New Yorker and Huntington resident, has a Ph.D. from NYU and has been a businesswoman, historian, writer and lecturer. She is Flotilla Commander, Coxwain and Instructor in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and enjoys sailing her sailboat with family and friends.


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H2M VP Leads Smart Growth Honorees Vision LI to honor new Huntington Chamber chair for regional leadership By Danny Schrafel

Vision Long Island will honor the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s new skipper for his efforts to foster smart growth across Long Island. Hundreds of smart growth advocates will converge on the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury Friday, June 13, to celebrate the winners of the 13th annual Smart Growth Awards, hosted by the Northport-based smart-growth development advocates. But if you ask architect Bob Scheiner, who was installed in late May as the Huntington Chamber’s chairman, about the call from Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander to tell him that he would be honored with their Regional Leadership award, Scheiner admits he initially demurred. “I said, ‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’ There are so many people, who are in my opinion, much more deserving,” said Scheiner, of Commack, senior vice president of H2M architects + engineers in Melville. To Alexander, however, feting Scheiner was a no-brainer. That’s due to his longtime commitment to promoting affordable housing, collaborative efforts with local

governments – “generally the most productive entities that get smart growth done,” Alexander said – his community involvement, and expertise in infrastructure, a vital component of advancing smart growth projects. “The guy is just passionate about the community, and that comes through,” Alexander said. Scheiner’s career began after graduating from college, when he first began working with his father as an architect before heading RIC to the Levitt Organization for eight years. In the mid70s, he made his way to local government, where he served as the initial director of community development and planning in the Town of Riverhead. During his nine-year tenure, he worked his way up to serve as deputy supervisor, and was the go-to man for all capital improvements in the township. After completing his work in Riverhead, he returned to the private sec-

tor in 1986 when he joined Melville-based H2M, and he’s been there ever since. Scheiner said the diversity of his experiences has given him a unique insight as to what smart growth is all about. “You’re trying to promote growth that’s sustainable in areas that are transportation nodes that can be exciting areas for young people and older folks to find housing and culture and entertainment,” he said, noting that H2M has been on the vanguard of proLEXANDER viding the infrastructure needed to foster that sort of development in towns and villages across Long Island. Scheiner will receive the Regional Leadership award alongside Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a smart-growth champion who has recently become a vocal advocate for increased rental housing opportunities in Nassau. Other awards focus on projects in the

“The guy is just passionate about the community, and that comes through.” —E A , Vision Long Island Executive Director

Vision Long Island will honor Huntington Chamber chairman Bob Scheiner, of H2M architects + engineers, Friday at the Smart Growth Awards. realms of community revitalization, environment, sustainability, transportation, sense of place, housing choices, strengthening of existing communities, mixed-use development, community leadership and compact building design. The awards will be held Friday, June 13 at the Crest Hollow Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242, email or visit


State GOP Slate Faces Challengers By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s Republican state legislature delegation will face challengers this November as they aim to hang on to their respective seats for another two years. To win his seventh term, 12th District Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R-East Northport) will have to withstand a challenge from attorney Jeffrey Naness, a Dix Hills resident who currently serves on the Town of Huntington’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). In the 10th Assembly District, Chad Lupinacci (R-Melville) will face retired Dix Hills Water District administrator Dominick Feeney Jr. In the State Senate, Carl Marcellino (RSyosset) will face a rematch from Locust Valley’s David Wright, who lost to Marcellino last year. Incumbent John Flanagan (R-E. Northport) will run against Joseph Lombardi (D-Centerport). In the Assembly races, in which all the candidates call the Town of Huntington home, it appears both contests will be collegial ones. In the case of Naness and Raia, both men say they genuinely like each other, and they recently performed together at a charity fundraiser in Northport – Naness, 47, a member of District Court candidate Jim Matthews’ band, Just Cause, played keyboards as Raia, 46, did a guest spot on vocals. That doesn’t stop them, however, from disagreeing on key issues, and one of the biggest is gun control. Naness criticized Raia’s vote against the NY SAFE Act,

which was passed in January 2013 in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. just weeks earlier. But Raia, who said he supports background checks and “a whole host of initiatives,” said he voted against the SAFE Act because it was “defective” and later threw his support behind legislation backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to tweak it. The errors came, he argued, because “it was rushed through in the middle of the night.” The two also differ when analyzing the performance of Cuomo, who is up for reelection this year. Naness said he is “pretty supportive overall of the governor’s agenda,” especially on matters of gun control, passing on-time budgets, taxes, spending and campaign finance reform. “It’s a kind of reasoned, middle-of-theroad approach,” Naness said. While Raia also credits Cuomo for shepherding spending cuts and four consecutive on-time budgets to fruition, the assemblyman noted he is also proud of his own efforts to fight Common Core, fight LIPA’s tax certiorari lawsuit regarding their power plant in the village, and battle Democratic, New York City-powered Assembly majority and speaker Sheldon Silver. “When I agree with the governor on issues, I tell him,” Raia said. “When I disagree with the governor on issues, I also tell him.” Naness said his experience in local government, particularly 13 years on the Town of Huntington’s Zoning Board of Appeals, gives him a good feel for gov-

ernment. Raia said voters should return him for another two years because of his track record of strong constituent service and “fighting for the community that I represent and fighting for our share.” Meanwhile, in the 10th district, Lupinacci, 35, who is seeking his second term, faces a challenge from Feeney, 59, who currently works as a consultant for the Suffolk County Water Commission after a 37-year career with the Town of Huntington. A lifelong Democrat who became a committeeman at age 18 and was involved in party efforts even before that, Feeney Jr. is also deeply involved in the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Huntington division, where he has long been a key organizer of the parade and was just this March the annual celebration’s grand marshal. The Democratic challenger said he would bring two key assets to the table for Huntington residents. “The main thing I could bring to the table is I would be a majority member of the Assembly, and Chad, unfortunately for him, is in the minority,” he said. “And my field of expertise is water treatment and water quality – that’s what my career has been, and it is now in the forefront.” Lupinacci, however, said voters should return him to the Assembly so he can continue to fight for his district, especially on education issues. “We’ve done a lot of good things,” he said. “We increased the amount of state aid to Long Island schools, reduced the gap elimination adjustment, and we’re going to continue to work on that and ensure [Long Island schools] get their fair share.”

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Lupinacci added that he’s backed STEM scholarships for top students attending SUNY and CUNY universities; recently introduced legislation that would require all Common Core exams to become public documents immediately after being administered; and pledged to focus on mandate relief in a new term. The freshman Assemblyman said he will also focus on supporting efforts to boost the middle-class and promote a more business-friendly environment in New York, while backing legislation that would require carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings statewide.

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CAMP& EDUCATION ASK THE COLLEGE COUNSELOR How can I be successful in my freshman year? By Daniel Kalina

You did it! You graduated from high school and now you are off to college. Congratulations! Although it will be a very exciting time for you, it will also be a very different way of life. You’ll start college with a clean academic slate, along with a lot of independence and many critical decisions to make. The decisions that you make and the actions you take during this first year of college will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience. Be smart about it and you will not only survive your first year of college, but also thrive and enjoy success in college. The first few weeks on campus are extremely critical for all new students. Whatever you do, being yourself works best to enjoying your college experience as much as you can. Feeling some stress and homesickness is normal, but it can be shortlived if you focus on the positive. You should know that most colleges have health and counseling centers to provide help if you need it. You don't have to face these issues by yourself. Here are some suggestions for success: Attend orientations. The faster you learn your way around campus, and around all the red tape, the more at ease you'll feel and the better prepared you'll be when issues arise. Get to know your roommate and others in your residence hall. The students you live with, most of whom are going through similar experiences and emotions, are your main safety net; possibly for all your years, not just freshman year. Get organized. In high school, the teachers lead you through all the homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments, sometimes for the entire semester, and they expect you to be prepared. Do whatever it takes to know when assignments and projects are due. Know your course requirements and due dates. One of the poorest excuses a student can give a professor is: “I didn't know it was due today.” Find the ideal place to study. It may be your dorm room or a small corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done while avoiding as many distractions as possible. Take advantage of the study resources on campus. Just about all colleges have learning labs and tutors available. Do not miss class. Sleeping in and skipping that early-morning class will be tempting at times – avoid the temptation. Besides learning the material by attending classes, you'll also receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc. Get to know your professors and instructors. “Getting to know” your professors can prove to be invaluable, especially if later in the semester you run into some snags. Professors schedule office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students. Get to know your academic adviser. This

is the person who will help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters, and deciding on majors and minors. This person is a key resource for you and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts. Never hesitate to request another adviser if you don't click with the one first assigned to you. Always keep your own record of courses completed and needed to complete your degree requirements. Many students do not graduate on tine because they are missing one class. Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don't tip the balance too far in either direction. Stay healthy, eat right, get enough sleep, and avoid the “Freshman 15” by sticking to a balanced diet. Strive for good grades. Make time for you. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you. Don't procrastinate; prioritize your academic tasks Get involved on campus. A big problem for many new students is a combination of homesickness and a “feeling of not belonging.” A good solution is to consider joining a particular group. You will make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school. Stay on campus as much as possible. Try not to leave campus too soon or too often. The more time you spend on getting to know the campus and your new friends, the more you'll feel at home at school. Keep track of your money. If you've never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. Find ways to stretch your money, and as best you can, avoid all those credit card solicitations you'll soon be receiving. The average credit card debt of college grads is staggering. You've done all it took to get accepted to college. Now enjoy all your hard work while laying the groundwork for a successful college career. Become resolute in your efforts to make it through your freshman year and college graduation. Take advantage of your network of new friends and professors, have fun while learning as much as you can, and get the most out of your college experience. Dr. Constance Staley, a professor of communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and author of “Focus on College Success,” offers the following words of wisdom to help freshmen succeed in their first year and beyond. She tells students to: “Build bridges, not walls. College isn’t just about going to class. As in the business world, it’s also about networking and building connections. Engage and interact with other students… There are literally thousands of relationships to be made in college, and you never know where these relationships will take you. They could help you study for and ace your next exam, or get a job 10 years down the line.” Good Luck and enjoy! Daniel Kalina is a Commack-based education consultant.



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Italian, On Tap By Arielle and Katy

On tap at Huntington’s Osteria Da Nino are six whites, six reds and four beers, as the Main Street establishment, open once again after recent renovations, introduced its wines on tap last Thursday. “The idea of wines on tap was born of ‘mirroring’ our sister restaurant, Sapsuckers,” said General Manager Kelley Danek. The sister restaurants, owned by Nino Antuzzi and creating what is perhaps a perfect juxtaposition, are located across the street from each other. Sapsuckers’ burgers-and-beers atmosphere features a rotating selection of 16 craft beers; Osteria Da Nino’s rustic Italian scene will now feature a rotating selection of 12 smallproduction wines. “The wine themselves are priced relatively the same as more conventionally packaged bottled wines, but there are several benefits otherwise,” Danek said. “It is a reduction in packaging, as each keg or barrel holds the same as approximately 26 bottles. Once the wine is tapped, there is an ease of serving as there are no corks to pull or bottles to dispose of.” Those dining at the restaurant will also have the choice of size: diners can order a glass, or the equivalent of about three glasses in a 500-milileter carafe. With the wine on tap, Osteria Da Nino can also better-control wine temperature. The whites will sit at 48 degrees; the reds will stay at 60 degrees. And then there is the food. The Arancini ($8), whose name translates to “little oranges” for their resemblance to the fruit, are fried and filled with risotto, saffron and mozzarella and served in a shallow pool of tomato sauce. The

The Arancini, whose name translates to “little oranges” for their resemblance to the fruit, are fried and filled with risotto, saffron and mozzarella and served in an appropriately-shallow pool of tomato sauce.

Joanna Durante works the wine tap, a new addition behind Osteria Da Nino’s bar. Zucchine Fritte ($8) are gently crispy but not oily or greasy. Dusted with semolina and enhanced by lemon, these zucchini fries are served with a garlic aioli. The Paglia e Fieno ($16) – an Italian pasta dish whose name translates directly to “Straw and Hay” – is a blend of green and cream colors. A combination of spinach and semolina strand pasta and decorated with wild mushrooms, the dish sits in a bowl of truffle oil-enhanced cream and is one of the most popular and wellliked menu items, according to one waiter. The Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli ($16) combines flavors similar to those of the Paglia e Fieno, minus the all-enveloping cream. With parmesan, brown butter and sage, the ravioli finds a balance between heavy and light. Dessert at Osteria Da Nino shares the

Saturday night’s dessert special, featuring flaky pastry with cream and berries, was like eating air with flavor and calories. same talent for finding that heavy-light balance. The flourless chocolate cake does not taste like it is missing a single ingredient, even on a full stomach after a meal more filling than can be imagined. Saturday night’s dessert special, featuring flaky pastry with cream and berries, was like eating air with flavor and calories. Osteria Da Nino and sister Sapsuckers have a third and fourth sibling. Also in the village is Red Restaurant on New York Avenue – still closed for renovations following the March 1 fire that forced its temporary closure – and in Kings Park, there is Cafe Red.

The tuna, served rare, is sushi grade and was a special on the restaurant’s menu this past Saturday.

The Paglia e Fieno – an Italian pasta dish whose name translates directly to “Straw and Hay” – is a combination of spinach and semolina strand pasta and decorated with wild mushrooms, dressed in truffle oil-enhanced cream.

Osteria Da Nino 292 Main St., Huntington village 631-425-0820 Atmosphere: sophisticated, modern Italian Cuisine: Rustic Italian, with Sardinian touches Price: Moderate

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you’ve got a farm stand on Pulaski Road and summertime’s rolling around. What’s a fella to do? Something old, and something new, it turns out. First, the old – at Kerber’s Farm (309 West Pulaski Road, Huntington, 631-423-4400) Nick Voulgaris brought back classic roasted corn, with a convenient walk-up station and seating area to grab a quick nosh in the sun. The new – the lobster roll ($17.50) is delightful in its simplicity, combining fresh Maine lobster and celery, chopped, tossed in pepper and mayo, piled high in a lightly-toasted potato bun and served with kettle chips and a pickle spear. Combine that with ice cream and old-fash-

Kerber’s Farm is offering up lobster rolls and roasted corn this summer with convenient roadside service. ioned sodas, and you’ve got a winning combination for summer fun with food. SWEET DEAL: Did you get your free donut

on National Donut Day on June 6? Bake shops around town were handing out the round treats for free in honor of the “holiday,” which was started by the Salvation Army during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the agency’s social service programs, and commemorate the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided donuts – as well as writing supplies,

Reinwalds supervisor Jose Cuji holds up a tray of goodies on National Donut Day. stamps, clothes-mending and homecooked meals – for soldiers on the front lines during WWI. The day was so popular that Reinwald's Bakery (495 New York Ave, Huntington, 631-424-4034, was cleaned out of their famous jelly donuts by mid-afternoon!

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Father’s Day, Every Day On The James Joseph Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Arielle Dollinger

For 20-year-old James Joseph Schneider and 50-year-old James William Schneider, almost every day is a father-son day. The two watch the sun rise and set over the water, from their boats – the James Joseph II, a 65-foot open party boat, and the James Joseph III, a 38-foot, six-passenger boat that takes out private charters. But the Schneiders’ boats have seen more than just Huntington’s waters and James Joseph catching his first fish. On Sept. 11, 2001, James William Schneider took his boat into the water to help to evacuate Manhattan after the World Trade Center was attacked. “My brother was a New York City detective, and he called me,” James William Schneider said. “[The Coast Guard] asked for help because they had shut down all the bridges and tunnels, and that was the only way off of Manhattan.” The boat appears in an 11-minute movie, narrated by Tom Hanks, about the evacuation effort. When the younger Schneider turned 19, he got his captain’s license – a 100ton master near costal license – but he has been fishing since the age of 2. “I caught my first fish with my grandfa-

All grown up: James Joseph Schneider his father, James William Schneider, have been doing the father-son thing on the water for decades. ther when I was 2 years old,” he said. His grandfather, Robert Schneider, is a now-76-year-old retired commercial lobsterman and fisherman. The elder Schneider still takes trips on the James Joseph II and III, though. Working with family, James Joseph Schneider said, is “interesting.” “Working with family can be tough at times,” he said. “But… it’s also rewarding.” Working on boats, he noted, is rewarding in itself. After graduating Harborfields High School in 2012, he tried classes at Suffolk Community College and decided that college was not for him. He just wanted to be on the water, working. “You meet people from all different walks of life,” he said. “You see stuff every day that most people don’t get to see every day… You’re on the water for sunrise and sunset.”

And every day, at sunrise and sunset, he and his father are together. “It’s definitely tough working with family,” he said. “Because I guess, if you get into a disagreement about something… it’s a little different than working with a regular boss who you’re not attached to.” The pair has been spending most of their time together since the younger Schneider was very young. James William Schneider was a single father. “We get to spend tons of time together,” James William Schnieder said. “It’s a little difficult at times, you know, when one of us has to be in charge, but other than that, we don’t miss out on anything because we pretty much spend every day together.” He remembers when his son would go out fishing with grandpa and pull his own lobsterpots. In August, the Schneiders will wel-

come a new set of children onto their boats in honor of an annual town activity that gives 30 children the chance to be a “fisherman” for a day. “Waters in Huntington are so beautiful,” said Councilwoman Susan Berland, who partnered with the Schneiders and the Suffolk County Senior Citizens Fishing Club & Imperial Sportsmen Club of Long Island to run the program about five years ago. Children who want to participate write an essay about why they want to go fishing and what they think is most important about the sea. Those who cannot write sometimes draw pictures. “It’s been a great program, the kids have a great time,” Berland said. “[The senior fishermen] teach them the joys of fishing, the tricks of fishing.” Visit for more information.


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Hello, Edie!

Hills East Student Center Dedicated To Hall Monitor

By Danny Schrafel

Photo by Adrian Nelson

A seminal figure in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States will be leading the 24th annual celebration of gay pride in Huntington village this Saturday. Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff on a pivotal Supreme Court case which led to overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last summer, will lead the parade. For David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, which has organized the parade for the last three years, his relationship with Windsor is one of mutual admiration. “She’s a big fan of LIGALY [Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, one arm of the Network], and we all adore her and thank her for what she did for everyone in her brave fight and subsequent victory,” Kilmnick said. “We felt it was really important to bring a civil rights hero and icon to Long Island.” DOMA, which was adopted in 1996, defined marriage as being between a man and a woman, banning the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Windsor sued the federal government in 2009, when she was denied a federal estate tax exemption after her spouse, Thea Spyer, died. The IRS ruled at the time that the exemption did not apply to same-sex couples and charged Windsor $363,053 in estate taxes. After years in court, the Supreme Court ruled in her favor June 26, 2013, tossing out DOMA and ordering the IRS to repay Windsor, with interest. After DOMA was struck down, laws

Civil rights icon Edie Windsor is headlining the Long Island Pride parade through Huntington village Saturday afternoon banning same-sex marriage in a number of states have similarly been thrown out by judges, leading to hopes that same-sex marriage may be a reality in all 50 states much sooner rather than later. That feeling, Kilmnick said, should be palpable on parade day. “I sense a real sense of enthusiasm and excitement about this year’s event,” he said. Following the parade, which is scheduled to step off at noon, parade goers will spill into Heckscher Park for PrideFest, featuring dozens of community organization booths in the park and musical performances on the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage. Long Island native and former Lloyd Harbor resident Taylor Dayne is set to headline the festivities. “We’ve really transformed the event and PrideFest,” Kilmnick said. “We want to make sure people want to be there. It really is a day of celebration – there’s something for everybody at the park.” Town officials said the parade route, which begins at the Cinema Arts Centre, proceeds down Park Avenue, turns left onto 25A and leads to Heckscher Park, will be re-opened to vehicular traffic by 3:30 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills High School East Principal Dr. Jeffery Woodberry dedicated the school’s student center to late hall monitor Lucy Macchia on Monday. Macchia, known for being a sweetheart with a penchant for honesty as a hall monitor of High School East, died in February of cardiopulmonary arrest following a battle with a slew of illnesses, including lung cancer, her family said. She was 84. In her 38 years working in the Half Hollow Hills School District, the Deer Park resident worked in the kitchen at

the since-closed Hills School, as a lunch monitor at Paumanok Elementary School for 19 years and then, finally, as a hall monitor at High School East for 20 years. Her daughter, Joann, worked with the school to find a place to call Lucy’s; the school chose the student center.

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Farewell, Forest Park (Continued from page A1)

former Parent-Teacher Association president whose children attended Forest Park. “It’s just a very special place, in the woods.” Forest Park’s imminent closure is a result of declining enrollment, according to the school district. Despite a petition effort to prevent the closure by district residents, the Deforest Road school will close. Last Thursday’s farewell event was the idea of Vicki Genovese, whose children went to Forest Park and are now in the ninth and 11th

grades in the district. Genovese is currently finishing a term as the PTA’s vice president of membership at High School West and will be PTA president of the high school next year. “We get to walk the halls and just reminisce,” Genovese said of the farewell visitors. Isabella Dana, a high school senior headed for Cornell University in the fall, visited Forest Park with her father, Tom – the 1973 alum who played the sonata. “I went to my kindergarten class-

room and I started crying,” she said. “It’s really sad.” A crowd in the hallway outside the gym found its way into the room with the wooden floors and basketball hoops. A table against the near wall sat covered in pricemarked forest green, gray and gold in the form of jackets, sweatshirts, plaid pajama pants, T-shirts and mugs. There was a basket of pens, white with green writing on the side, to serve as free pieces of Forest Park memorabilia. Soon, they will be artifacts.

Jackie Lippolis-Snyder and Susan Meyers-Kaplan – each Forest Park alumna whose children attended the school – came back to walk the halls of the school for the last time.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd to bring on the blues (Continued from page A1)

a guitar-driven mix of blues, rock and Hendrix, Shepherd is set to return to the venue June 19 as part of his “Goin’ Home” tour. And as if Shepherd himself wasn’t enough – pedal steel-guitar wizard Robert Randolph will open the show with his electrifying, energetic blues-gospel-soul sounds. Shepherd’s appearance is among the first stops of his American tour celebrating his new album, “Goin’ Home,” which celebrates a career milestone and brings him back to the roots of the blues. “Coming up on the 20th anniversary of the release of my first record and reflecting on the first 20 years of my career brought me back to where it all began for me,” Shepherd told Long Islander News in a recent interview. The album features some special guests, including Ringo Starr, Keb Mo’, Joe Walsh, and tour mate Robert Randolph, along with Shepherd’s band – “an all-star lineup of musicians” – digging deep into the roots of the blues sound. “Goin’ Home” pays tribute to the music that first inspired a very young Shepherd to pick up a guitar, including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. “The band has been very vocal about hearing old-fashioned blues,” Shepherd said. In choosing the songs for “Goin’ Home,” he said, “We went through a lot of

catalogs and looked for a lot of songs that hadn’t been recorded too much, songs with a good vibe that had positive energy.” The result is a package of “not-so-standards” with a definite blues vibe: “I Love the Life I Live” (featuring Joe Walsh); “You Done LostYour Good Thing Now,” “Boogie Man” and “House is Rockin” among them. “Born Under a Bad Sign,” featuring Keb’ Mo’ and the Rebirth Brass Band, is perhaps the most familiar track on the album. “Everything is not the obvious first choice. We shied away from the obvious choices,” Shepherd said. Still young for a seasoned performer, the 36-year-old musician is self-taught and learned his craft by imitating what he heard on recordings by guitar greats. Like many of them, Shepherd doesn’t even read music. “I just play what sounds good. Most of my heroes didn’t know how to read music either,” Shepherd said. “I don’t encourage it. Studio musicians, the musicians on the late night, TV talk shows, they have to know how to read music.” For Shepherd’s fans, playing by instinct works just fine. In Kenny Wayne’s hands, guitars weep, bleed and scream. They coax and cajole; they slash and burn. They do whatever he tells them to. His live performances channel Hendrix and in fact, often include covers of “Voodoo Child” and other Hendrix hits, honed in during his days touring with

“Experience Jimmy Hendrix.” “The best experience is getting on stage and playing in front of people,” Shepherd said. “Playing on tour these last 20 years, I’ve matured. When you’re young you want to play fast and everything’s exciting. I’ve learned from watching the masters.” It’s no big leap to imagine that tomor-

row’s guitar prodigies will be saying the same thing about Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Shepherd plays The Paramount Thursday, June 19; Robert Randolph and the Family Band opens. Tickets range from $25 to $65 at the box office, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, or go to

‘Nesting’ in Dix Hills (Continued from page A1)

“This is one of the most exciting things to happen on our street,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it… They seem to have put in lots of palm trees and Spanish moss on all the trees and I believe it’s supposed to be Florida.” According to Harris, the letter she found in her mailbox said that the film would tell the story of characters who wanted to have one last big party before their parents sold their childhood home. Filming on Astro Place and Etna Lane is set for eight days between June 10 and July 7, according to a letter sent to residents along with the company’s request that residents do

not use lawnmowers during filming due to the noise. Many scenes involve exterior shots, however, and will will be dependent upon the weather. “We may ask to hold vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow for short periods of time during filming,” the letter reads, noting that residents should make an effort to exit their neighborhood a certain way during filming times. The production company said in the letter that it will do its best to minimize impact on the neighborhood. NBC Universal representatives did not provide comment before press time on Monday. The movie has an expected release date of December 2015.


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Artist Michelle Carollo standing with one of her most recent installations, on display in the Patchogue Art Gallery until June 21. ART

Huntington’s Double Threat: Michelle Carollo, Art Creator And Culture Cultivator By Megan Connor

By day, Michelle Carollo works at the Huntington Arts Council to help develop art in all forms on Long Island – painting, writing, spoken word, and everything in between. She’s the grants coordinator, managing the New York State Council on the Arts Program, which awards grants that fund art organizations and individual artists in Nassau and Suffolk county. “A lot of the time, the biggest issue is letting young, emerging artists know about this opportunity, because most of them are unaware this is open to them,” Carollo said. But her community work doesn’t stop there – she is also the artistic director for SPARKBOOM, a project the arts council designed to help provide opportunities for artists on the island. Her job is all about helping local artists grow, she said. “There might be this really interesting group of poets that hang out at bars and do amazing spoken word and nobody knows about it, so were trying to give them visibility,” Carollo said. The kickoff event for the second year of SPARKBOOM is June 21 in Huntington Station, and it’s set to include spoken word from six emerging poets, an outdoor sculpture garden featuring over 20 local artists, painting and live music. But Carollo’s contribution to the community goes far beyond cultivating Long Island’s art scene – she’s a part of it too!

Right now, Carollo’s individual installation work, entitled “Bubblegum Vanity,” is on display in Patchogue. “My concept for this piece came from my interest in the idea of furniture – vanities. So I created a vanity combined with quirky materials found dumped on the side of the road. And I thought, how could I put this together to make it feel like a throne?” Carollo said. Carollo, a Farmingdale native, certainly made this artwork majestic – “Bubblegum Vanity” stands larger than life at 10 feet high. A red carpet invites the viewers to walk up to two parallel mirrors and see their reflections reinvented as kings and queens. She said reinvention is what she does best. “I find recycled goods and materials – trash. Things that people dump on the side. I like to call them treasures. I stick them in my studio and think, ‘Oh, I can do something with that!’” Carollo said. The artist added that more than anything, she wants her art to be inviting and interactive with the audience. “The idea is for people to come up to the vanity and take selfies. So for the work to work, you really need the human being. I want you to be a part of my work, not just looking at it,” Carollo said. The SPARKBOOM event, called “Beards, Bards and BOOM,” will be at the Walt Whitman Birthplace on June 21 from 7-10 p.m. The free event includes food courtesy of Batata Cafe. For more information, visit

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Principal To Students: Kindle ‘The Flame Of Truth’ St. Anthony’s welcomes the Class of 2014 to its ranks of Friar alumni By Megan Connor

Valedictorian Grace Cimaszewski, of Babylon, is headed to Columbia University.

Salutatorian Elizabeth Scanlon, of Huntington, will attend Northeastern University in the fall. Long Islander News photos/Megan Connor

On Saturday morning, as most of Long Island rested leisurely in their houses, St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington was bustling with life, preparing for the graduation of the Class of 2014. From the melodies of the student choir, to the rumble of the Celtic Friar Bag Pipe Band, to the quiet roar of conversing parents, noises engulfed the building’s student center. But as Valedictorian Grace Cimaszewski took her rightful place on stage, everything faded out and only one voice mattered: hers. “It’s our turn to go out into the world as adults and forge our own way. In the words of Thomas Edison, the reason why opportunity is missed by most people is because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work. We have all strapped on our overalls in these four years one way or another,” she said. The importance of hard work and discipline was a continuous theme throughout the duration of the ceremony. Its benefits were never more tangible than when students were presented with various academic, artistic and athletic awards. The eyes of students lit up as their names were called and they publicly accepted a certificate of their ac-

complishments. Cimaszewski, who is bound for Columbia University, did not fail to mention how deserving her peers were of the various awards they received. “The varsity team spent hours practicing and competing, earning countless titles. The research program also spent countless hours writing papers and presenting their work. And the stage club sacrificed so much of their free time rehearsing and filming,” the valedictorian said. After all of the awards, medals, and standing ovations, St. Anthony’s Principal Brother Gary Cregan took center stage to redirect attention towards something unexpectedly relevant and grounding: an eternal fire in India. “In the Indian subcontinent lies a temple that is reported to have a continuously burning flame—that could be older than 2,000 years old. Imagine a flame tended to constantly by priests, spending their whole lives for this sole purpose. In a strong sense, this is an apt metaphor for what we did at St. Anthony’s – we added intellectual kindling to the eternal flame of truth,” Cregan said. Cregan succeeded at reminding every person – children, students and parents alike – that our quest is not solely for medals, honors and ceremonies, but rather something less tangible, and perhaps more real: truth.

Friars get ready to turn their tassels on stage at their graduation.

Graduates who are also members of the Celtic Friar Bag Pipe Band participate in the procession.

The St. Anthony’s choir provided music on the day.

The St. Anthony’s Student Center was transformed into graduation headquarters.

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Elwood Public Library 3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Father’s Day is nearing, so bring your children ages 2-3 to listen to some stories and make something for their special dad, grandpa or uncle. The program is on Thursday, June 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m. • Relax with a Friday afternoon movie on Friday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m. Call the library for more information.

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Graphite pencil artist John D. Herz will have a one night art show benefiting The Max Cure Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity whose mission is to raise money to fund the development of less toxic treatments for children and also to provide financial support to low-income and military families who have a child battling cancer. On June 19, 6-9 p.m., the LaMantia Gallery, 127 Main St., Northport, will show Mr. Herz’s work, for which 30 percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to the Max Cure Foundation.

Art For A Cause Graphite pencil artist John D. Herz will have a one night art show benefiting The Max Cure Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity whose mission is to raise money to fund the development of less toxic treatments for children and also to provide financial support to low-income and military families who have a child battling cancer. On June 19, 69 p.m., the LaMantia Gallery, 127 Main St., Northport, will show Mr. Herz’s work, for which 30 percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to the Max Cure Foundation. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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known as the tango. Come dress to impress (but be comfortable) for classes on Monday nights, 7-9:30 p.m. at Spirit of Huntington Art Center, 2 Melville Road North, Huntington Station. 631-470-9620 or email Suggested donation: $10 per person/$15 per couple.

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SATURDAY Pop-Up Diva The Pop-Up Diva hosts its first big event June 14 (rain date June 21) at Station Sports, 25 Depot Road, Huntington Station, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., bringing small and micro business owners and local customers together in order to build interest in their businesses. Shopping with the vendors is free, then go play! Station Sports is offering a round of mini-golf, 1 round of target paint ball, get 1 batting token, and 12 arcade tokens for $15. Call The Diva at 631629-4699 or visit

Fresh Eats The Northport Farmers' Market begins its seventh season running every Saturday until Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Located in the Cow Harbor parking lot at the foot of Main Street, it overlooks beautiful Northport Harbor.

Italian Cultural & Heritage Festival An Italian Cultural and Heritage Festival, sponsored by the New York Commission for Social Justice, will take over the Historical Brush Barn in Smithtown on June 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring Italian musical entertainment, a market place, wandering minstrels, cultural presentations and art and literature displays, an Italian car show, cooking demonstrations, folk dancers and a puppet show. For more information, contact Charlie Lucie at 631-499-8684 or email at

Live Music 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!

SUNDAY Find Your Center Find inner peace in an ongoing weekly class for beginners and newcomers every Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dipamkara Meditation Center, 282 New York Ave., Huntington. 631549-1000.

MONDAY Argentine Tango Classes Experience the subtle communication between partners as you learn the passionate dance

Sing! Stretch! Dance! Play! Enjoy a fun-filled class that includes parachute play and bubble play and meet other Jewish moms at The Chai Center in Dix Hills. The free class takes place Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children ages 6-36 months. Pre-registration required by phone or online: 631-351-8672.

Free Help For Vets Every Tuesday from 12-4 p.m. is “Military Appreciation Tuesdays,” when Long Island Cares specifically assists veterans, military personnel and their families at the Hauppauge and Freeport emergency pantries. Appointments can be made by contacting


cation and more. For more information, or to schedule a private tour or visit the next open house, call 631-656-2110 or go to

Meet With A Senior Advocate The Suffolk County Office for the Aging brings senior advocates to the Town of Huntington assist seniors with information gathering, completion of eligibility or recertification applications and referrals to appropriate community agencies. Catch them at: Huntington Nutrition Center, Wednesday, June 25, 9 a.m.-noon; Paumanack Village I & II (Greenlawn): Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Paumanack Village V & VI (Melville). Appointments are encouraged; drop-ins welcome. 631-853-8200.

Play your heart out at an acoustic open mic night every Wednesday at Caffe Portofino, 249 Main St., Northport, 7-10 p.m.

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.

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Enjoy art? Diana Berthod’s quilts and multimedia paintings inspired by her beloved equines will be on display through July 30. • Bring your children ages 2-5 to a Father’s Day-inspired craft on Thursday, June 12. Sign up online to make an apron for Dad to use while barbequing.

Big Data, Big DNA

Commack Public Library

Mike Schatz explains what happens when big data meets DNA – in using genome sequencing to study the genetic components of cancer, autism and other complex diseases, and to probe the natural world to develop more robust crops and biofuels – on June 18, 7 p.m. in the Grace Auditorium of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor. Free and open to the public. For reservations or more information, visit or call CSHL Public Affairs Department at 516-367-8455.

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Enjoy a friendly game of bridge or mah-jongg in the Community Room every Friday, from 15:30 p.m. • Join the library’s weekly Thursday showing of newly released films, all movies beginning at 2 p.m. This week, the movie is “12 Years A Slave” (rated R).

Check Out Five Towns Do you qualify for a scholarship? Five Towns College in Dix Hills invites you to stop by during Spring Enrollment Days every Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find out if you qualify. New and transfer students welcome for on-the-spot evaluations. Application fees will be waived. Five Towns College focuses on audio recording technology, music, music business, theatre arts, filmmaking, mass communi-

Harborfields Public Library 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Bring your child in grades 1-2 to origami! They will listen to stories and practice folding paper into a variety of animals and shapes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. • Don’t let arthritis hold you back. Join an arthritis exercise class on Thursday, June 12, from 10-11 a.m., with certified instructor Eden Bennett. This is a 10-week session with a $25 fee.

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. www • Artist Susan Phillips exhibits “Observations” in the main gallery through June 24. • Have you always wanted to play Canasta but never knew how? Jacqui Palantnik will guide you through the game on Monday, June 16, 10-11:30 a.m. Class size is limited.

Open Mic Night

Click On This Learn how to develop a social media plan for your business on June 18, 5:30-7:15 p.m. at the Huntington Business Incubator, 1268 New York Ave., Huntington Station. Instructor Brian Wilson will teach you how to set up a social media strategy for your business that will include: defining your audience, using various social media sites and tools, creating engaging content and setting and measuring your social media goals. Registration is free with RSVP to Diane Teets at 631-351-2881 or by email to

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Play chess with other community members Monday, June 16, anytime from 2-5 p.m. in Dix Hills. Bring your game! • Safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs through the Suffolk County Police Department’s Operation Medicine Cabinet. Needles or liquid medications will not be accepted. Please place medications in a plastic bag prior to disposal on Wednesday, June 18, 1-4 p.m. in Melville.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Through a grant from New York State, the library offers Google Nexus 7 tablets for borrowing. Browse the web, download a book, play games and more with just a touch of your finger. Tablets can be checked out for two weeks on an adult Deer Park library card. • Pajamas are allowed, and in fact encouraged, for PJ Story time on Thursday, June 12, from 7-7:45 p.m.

Northport-East Northport Public Library Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Sit back, relax and watch a movie! The film “Philomena” will be screening on 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13 in Northport. • Interested in graphic art? Get introduced to Photoshop on Monday, June 16, 7-9 p.m. in Northport.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • Join the library for a Friday Flick on Friday, June 13. The film “Ride Along” beings at 7 p.m. • Cure the Monday blues with a movie, “The Invisible Woman.” It’s at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Watch Alan Ayckbourn’s “A Small Family Business” on Thursday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the general public. • Join film historian Glenn Andreiev for a gripping talk about dark, bone-chilling films. See film clips and rare stills from films like “Dracula,” “The Invisible Man” and “Frankenstein” Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. $10 members/$15 general public.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Watch three different scenarios unfold in the same hotel room in “Plaza Suite,” running through June 13.

Township Theatre Group At the Helen Butler Hall Theatre at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave., Amityville. 631-2139832.

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Make Your Own Flag For Flag Day!

CASTING CALLS Northport Symphony Orchestra

Did you know ships could talk to each other using flags? In honor of Flag Day, explore flag designs, including signal flags used on ships, on Saturday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Design your own flag! Ages 5-12. Free with paid admission. Members free. 631-367-3418.

The Northport Symphony Orchestra seeks new members in all sections. Repertoire ranges from Baroque through classical and romantic to early 20th century. Music Director Richard Hyman is an award-winning music educator and composer. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. usually at East Northport Middle School. Email to arrange an audition. Website:

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. • Come see a unique exhibit entitled “Transcendence,” featuring sculpture, installations and two-dimensional works through June 21. • “A Seduction of Color: The Paintings of Mary Abrams”, opening on Saturday, June 28. A reception for the artist will take place the following day, Sunday, June 29, 3-5 p.m. Comprising landscapes, harbor views, still life paintings and intimist interiors, the exhibition will be on view through July 13.

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. • . Elieen Shaloum’s “Between The Lines,” new works of collage and paintings, and John Macfie’s “My Imagination,” recent acrylic paintings, are on view through June 28.

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. • Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation Day and The Turtle & Tortoise Pageant will take place on June 14, with live, exotic reptiles and amphibians presented by the Long Island Herpetological Society. • On Sunday, June 15, fathers get in free in honor of Father’s Day.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-3673418. • Save the date for the Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, July 19, 7-11 p.m. • Did you know ships could talk to each other using flags? In honor of Flag Day, explore flag designs, including signal flags used on ships, on Saturday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. Design your own flag! Ages 5-12. Free with Paid Admsn. Members free.

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. • “Under the Influence,” a student exhibition, is on display through June 29.

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. • The permanent exhibit explains the 1930s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others: people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and Polish intelligentsia.

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. • “A Day on Long Island” is on display at the Main Street gallery through June 16.

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. • Exhibit “The Times They Were A-Changing – 1960s & Huntington’s Response” on display at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building. • Hop a boat and tour the Van Wycks-Lefferts Tide Mill, built in 1795, throughout the spring and summer: June 25, 10:15 a.m.; July 14, 1 p.m.; July 28, 12:30 p.m.; Aug. 11, 11:45 a.m.; Aug. 22, 1:45 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. $10 members/$15 non-members. Reservations required.

LaMantia Gallery 127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • Following the success of their display of exclusive featuring never-before-seen Dr. Seuss artwork, the gallery displays a permanent collation of estate-authorized art.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • “Window Shopping Through Time” is a recreation of 10 stores that were located on Main Street and Woodbine Avenue spanning about 100 years, from the 1880s’ Morris City Grocery with their fresh produce and dry goods to the 1980s 5&10 with their ribbon and toys.

Ripe Art Gallery

12b School Street, Northport. • Visit Northport’s newest gallery and check out the resident artists.

1028 Park Ave., Huntington. TuesdayThursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 631-239-1805. • Phetus has been on the premises of RIPE, creating new works for the First Day of Summer kickoff event on Saturday, June 21, entitled “Stripped.”

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Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

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 $6-8/adults, $46/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • “Rhythm & Repetition in 20th Century Art,” on view through Aug. 10, focuses on artists who use repeated shapes depicting natural, manmade, or abstract forms as a method to organize their compositions.

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours through April 15: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 students with ID and seniors 62 and older, and $3 children 12 and under. Mansion tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The planetarium’s new show, “Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown,” has regular showings on Tuesdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center

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. April admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240, ext. 114. • Schedule at a time convenient for your group for high tea and transport yourself back in time as your group experiences High Tea in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25/person. 631-427-5240, ext. 113.

MUSIC & DANCE Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Long Island’s top contributors to Doo-Wop, The Belmonts and The Acchords, reunite on one stage in a nostalgic look (and listen) back to some of the best vocals of the ’50s Saturday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. $40-60.

The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Enjoy the musical stylings of Voyage—A musical tribute to the band Journey, featuring Hugo. Show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. • Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs with special guest Robert Randolph Thursday, June 19, at 8 p.m.

DONATINS WELCOME Help The Troops Call Home Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci’s Huntington Station district office is an official drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. To help the troops call home by donating your old cell phone, stop by or mail your phone to 1783 New York Ave., Huntington Station, 11746. 631-271-8025.

VOLUNTEERING Cosmetologists Wanted Hospice Care Network is seeking New York State-licensed cosmetologists to provide 2-4 haircuts per month for community members facing life-limiting illnesses. Download an application at or call 516-224-6423.

Be A Museum Docent The Huntington Historical Society is currently seeking volunteers to train to become Museum Docents at the historic David Conklin Farmhouse Museum. The museum is located at 2 High St. in Huntington village and is a fascinating interpretation of the Colonial, Federal and Victorian time periods. No experience required – an interest in local history is a plus. Training is provided. Call 631-427-7045 ext 403.

Seeking Volunteer Advocates The Family Service League’s Ombudservice Program of Suffolk County is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for nursing home, adult home and assisted living facility residents to help ensure they receive quality care and their rights are protected. 631-427-3700 ext. 240.

Artistically Gifted Needed The Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack is seeking artistically gifted volunteers to partner with residents in a new program, “heART to heART” aimed at helping people with varying levels of cognitive

ability express themselves through art. Contact Judie at 516-931-5036 or

Don’t Hibernate. Help The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP SUFFOLK) needs adults 55+ to help in organizations throughout Suffolk County. Dozens of opportunities available in this federally funded program for just about any interest or skill. Visit or call 631-979-9490 ext.12 for more information.

Friends At Home Looking to earn some community service hours while changing a life? As part of the Friends@Home program, a project of The Ariella's Friendship Circle at the Chai Center in Dix Hills, visit a child with special needs in an environment they are most comfortable: their own homes. Together, bake cookies, play games, create arts and crafts, read books and more. Contact Nati or Sara at 631-351-8672 or

Be A Friend Of The Bay Friends of the Bay is in need of volunteers who can help convert water quality data, which is currently kept in an excel sheet, into a Microsoft Access database. Assistance is also needed with ArcView GIS, to configure maps of the watershed. Call 516-922-6666 or email

Be A Host Family Huntington Sanctuary is seeking families or individual adults to become Host Homes, which provide temporary shelter to youth between ages 12-17 who are experiencing a family crisis. Contact Jennifer Petti at 631-2712183 for more information.

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.

Helping Runaway Kids Share your ideas and opinions on how Huntington Sanctuary, a program of the Huntington Youth Bureau, can help youth ages 12-21 who run away or who are at risk of running away. The group’s advisory board meets one Thursday a month at 6 p.m. Call 631-2712183.

Eyes For The Blind Suffolk County’s Helen Keller Services is looking for volunteers to visit blind who are homebound to socialize and aid in reading mail, possibly provide transportation. 631-424-0022.

Help American Red Cross The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Suffolk County Chapter is looking for volunteers to assist in emergency shelters, at fires and natural disasters, with veterans, at community events or at the office. Free trainings provided. 631-924-6700 ext 212.

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Legendary Season Ends For Colts Hills West falls to East Meadow in the Class AA Long Island championship, 3-2

One of the greatest seasons in the history of Half Hollow Hills West softball came to an end on Friday. In the Class AA Long Island softball championship, the Colts fell, 3-2, to East Meadow (19-2). “Without question it was the most enjoyable and fulfilling season I’ve ever had,” Bill Mitaritonna, head coach of Hills West (22-4), said. “We had the best season in school history, with winning the Suffolk County championship, but I think it was the best season for another reason.” That reason, Mitaritonna said, is that his team was 100-percent together, 100-percent of the time. Mitaritonna, who has coached Hills West to several Long Island championships in boys’ basketball, said that his 2014 season with the Colts’ softball team was by far the most fun he’s ever had. Francesca Casalino, Hills West’s main leader and superstar pitcher, agreed. “This is the closest I’ve ever been with a team,” Casalino said. “Since they’re all underclassmen, finally getting to know these girls one-on-one throughout the year was amazing.” The Colts showed their appreciation for Casalino after the game at Mitchel Field in Uniondale when Casalino was visibly – and understandably – upset after the game. “She’s as tough as nails,” Casalino’s mother said from the bleachers while holding back tears of her own. “I’ve never seen her like this.” Several Colts came up to Casalino, pat-

ting her on the back, some leaning in for a hug, as Hills West exited the softball field for the last time this season. “They were devastated that they couldn’t have practice on Monday,” Mitaritonna said. As for the game itself, Hills West had trouble capitalizing on opportunities to bring runners home. In the first inning, the Colts loaded the bases with 2 outs. However, East Meadow’s pitcher, Kerri Shapiro, struck out Colts’ sophomore Sarah Auricchio to end the threat. “Our philosophy was to jump on them early,” Mitaritonna said. “We didn’t get it done in the first inning, and then it took us another five innings to get another opportunity.” With East Meadow jumping on the board in the third inning thanks to a 2-RBI double from Shapiro, the Colts had a hole dug out for them that they just couldn’t climb out of. After two more opportunities to score in the fifth and sixth proved unsuccessful, East Meadow widened its lead to 3-0 after Claire Travis drove a ball over the wall to start the bottom of the sixth. “We knew that they were going to be a tough hitting team and that they were going to score runs,” Casalino, who will attending Yale University to study and play in the fall, said. “That’s what it was going to come down to, one or two big hits for either team.” The Colts refused to go down without a fight, though. In a situation eerily similar to Hills West’s comeback victory over Hauppauge

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Sophomore Alyse McAlpine, left, after laying down a bunt in the first inning for Hills West in the Class AA Long Island softball championship on Friday. in the Suffolk County championship, the Colts had the tying run on second with 2 outs after sophomore Nicole Graber ripped a double down the line to score 2 runs and bring Hills West within one in the bottom of the seventh. However, Shapiro induced a ground ball from Alexandra Parkas, a freshman, and the game was over. “I just want to thank the parents, friends and fans who all came out to support us,” Mitaritonna said. “I was very lucky to be able have this team, and I’m proud and honored to have been a part of it.” While the Colts graduate a “legend,” as Mitaritonna said, in Casalino, the future

still looks bright for Hills West as she is the only senior on the team this year. “You can’t replace a legend in [Casalino], but, long story short, we’ll find a way to get back to the playoffs,” Mitaritonna said. Granted, Casalino, who pitched a perfect game this season, is almost assuredly the most important component of this year’s team, but the Colts aren’t letting that get them down. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year,” Alyse McAlpine, Hills West’s sophomore second baseman, said to Mitaritonna. “But we’ll find a way to get back.”


Shredding For A Cause At Veterans Skate Park Kids take to the bowl for annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest Long Islander News photo/Andrew Wroblewski

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Skateboarding has long been seen as an enemy to institution, adulthood and order, but Jack Fass, recreation supervisor for the Town of Huntington, sees things differently. “Unfortunately skateboarding has a bit of a bad reputation – I don’t know where that comes from,” Fass said at the Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest on Saturday. “I think it’s a stereotype. For the most part, these kids are polite and they just love to skateboard.” The Town of Huntington hosted the seventh annual Lenny Lamb memorial at Veterans Skate Park in East Northport on Saturday, when over 60 skaters came out to show their support for the sport, Lenny Lamb, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation – to which all of the proceeds from the day went. Lamb was killed in a 2007 motorcycle accident while he was just a seventh-grader at Oldfield Middle School. Lamb’s classmates banded together to remember him in the way they best could: skateboarding. “[Lenny] was known his love for skateboarding,” Kerrie Brierton, one of Lamb’s former teachers, said. “After the accident happened the first kids wanted to raise some money to get him a yearbook so that they could all sign it,

Eddie Henriquez, of Greenlawn, lands a trick in a practice run before the Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest at Veterans Skate Park in East Northport on Saturday. but when he passed away they kept going and wanted to get something dedicated to him at the Greenlawn Skate Park, like a bench or a plaque.” Instead, once the kids approached the town, the memo-

rial skateboarding contest was created. “It’s hard to believe that seven years ago we presented the first event at the Greenlawn Skate Park,” Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said in a press release. “Since that time, this sport has grown so much which prompted the addition of the second skate park at Veterans Park.” This year, several competitions were offered, such as best trick, street course and flow bowl, and were tiered so that beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters could all participate. One of those skaters was Eddie Henriquez, a friend of Lamb, who has been participating since the contest’s conception. “I met him on my bus in elementary school and we became friends because he knew I skated and he skated too, so I said, ‘Alright, let’s skate,’ and we became good friends after that,” Henriquez, now a student at Harborfields High School, said. “He was very generous, very caring – a nice kid, you know? He’d appreciate this contest and if he was here he’d be skating in it.” With over $2,000 usually being raised “in a good year” by the contest – according to the event’s coordinators, Joe Mannix and Steve Zacharevitz – Lamb’s name will continue to help kids in need, and promote the sport of skateboarding.


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