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FBI: Day Care Worker Traded Child Porn Work-study student of Reach CYA’s program at Sunquam Elementary School arrested Half Hollow Hills photo/Sara-Megan Walsh

By Sara-Megan Walsh

A Reach CYA gym assistant at Sunquam Elementary School was arrested on child pornography charges last Friday. Michael Hopkins, 23, was arraigned for transportation of child pornography in interstate commerce in Central Islip before Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson on Feb. 5. The former Five Towns College student was released on $300,000 bond secured by his parent’s Mineola home. “This has really turned us upside down. It’s so upsetting and distressing to learn of something like this,” said Reach CYA Executive Director Roseann Miceli. “Whether it be a teacher or anyone who breaks the trust and the kids, this is horrible.” Hopkins has worked as gym assistant at Reach CYA’s after-school program at Half Hollow Hills Sunquam Elementary School since September 2009 under a federal work-study program. He was arrested following a yearlong FBI investigation into child pornography trading, which Reach CYA was informed of Feb. 3. FBI agents claim to have discovered Hopkins visiting child pornography chat rooms in February 2009 under the username “Mike23NY” and “Craftymofo,” according to an affidavit. In December 2009, police said Hopkins informed an undercover agent he would be meeting a 14-year-old Coram girl for a sexual encounter and implied he had lots of videos. In wasn’t until January that police found Hopkins openly sharing files of girls ages 6 and 9 engaging in sexual behaviors with adult men, according to the

A gym assistant at Sunquam Elementary school was arrested in connection with child pornography on Friday. affidavit. An FBI agent said they downloaded five pictures from him. According to court records, police used a Yahoo e-mail address that Hopkins provided in September 2009 to get an IP address, which they traced by to his parent’s Mineola home. In a Feb. 3 search, police said they found his computer’s peer-to-peer sharing system had a file labeled “tech” which contained approximately 100 images and 30 videos of child pornography.

Hopkins admitted to police he had been trading and viewing child pornography for approximately eight years, finding the images “sexually gratifying,” according to the affidavit. “When we learned of the FBI investigation earlier this week, we were informed there was no evidence he was actively abusing children,” Miceli said on Monday, noting Hopkins had resigned last Wednesday an hour before Reach CYA was scheduled to meet with the FBI. His duties involved assisting staff members in organizing and supervising recreational activities from 3:15 to 6 p.m., five days a week. Under Reach CYA policy, Hopkins was always accompanied by a full-time staff member, Miceli said. “It really comes down to the million dollar question of, ‘How can we know what a person is doing in the privacy of their own home on their computer?’,” Miceli said. The executive director said Hopkins was fingerprinted and underwent a full background check prior to employment, but no previous criminal record was found. Miceli said he had no disciplinary record and she had received no complaints from parents or staff members regarding his conduct. Reach CYA administrative staff members were present Friday night as parents picked up children to answer questions, and a letter was sent home with program attendees. Sunquam Elementary School also sent a letter of notification home with students. Hopkins faces from five up to 20 years in jail if convicted and is being represented by a public defender. His next court date was not scheduled by this newspaper’s publication deadline.


Knicks Basketball Legend Dies At 84 Dix Hills resident Dick McGuire served as coach, player, scout for more than 50 years By Danny Schrafel

Seven-time All-Star basketball player Dick McGuire, who spent more than 50 years as a facet on the New York Knicks staff serving as a coach and talent scout, died on Feb. 3 of natural causes at Huntington Hospital. McGuire, a longtime Dix Hills resident, was 84. Born in the Bronx, McGuire was raised in Rocakway Beach, Queens and played basketball for St. John’s University in the mid1940s. While playing at St. John’s under coach Joe Lapchick, the team won the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in 1943 and 1944, an unbroken record that earned the team a ticket to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Dick was the greatest, both on the court and off. He was a warm and friendly guy. He loved basketball, and was a real team player,” said teammate Anthony Agoglia, former principal of Candlewood Junior High School in Dix Hills. “For me, it was and will always be, a privilege to have played with him at St John’s, and later, against him, when I transferred to St. Francis College.” Following college, McGuire joined the New York Knicks, where he was a seventime All-Star from 1951 to 1959, and is ranked third for all-time assists with 2,950. His jersey, No. 15, was retired in 1992 and hangs in the Madison Square Garden rafters McGuire was a New York Knickerbocker for 53 years and was a part of the team for the last 45 years consecutively. He coached the Knicks from 1965 to 1967, and later swapped spots with Red Holzman and

became the team’s chief scout and an assistant coach. Agoglia said his interest in sports extended to the next generation of players, making him a natural fit in his later role in the Knicks as a talent scout; he attended games to find the next big player as recently as a few weeks ago. “At the end of the school year at Candlewood, the Athletic Department would host a dinner for the athletes and their parents and I would invite Dick as the keynote speaker. He was a real inspiration to the students,” Agoglia said. McGuire most recently served as a senior basketball consultant, who scouted and offered input to the general manager and coaches. He is survived by his wife, Teri, children, Richard Jr., Leslie, Michael and Scott, and seven grandchildren.

Fourth from left bottom row, Dick McGuire, pictured in 1944 as part of the St. John’s University basketball team, was a fixture for the Knicks.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

How’d It Get There In The First Place? A security guard for a Broadhollow Road property in Melville called Suffolk County police on Feb. 6 about a suspicious vehicle in the lot. The car had no license plates or rear taillights. Suffolk police relayed the registration number to New York City police, who couldn’t track down the registered owner. They were to try again the next day, and the vehicle would be impounded if it was stolen.

Walking Into Trouble A Dix Hills man called Suffolk County police about a suspicious SUV in front of a neighbor’s home on Feb. 6. He told police a dark SUV pulled up in front and two unknown men walked to the driveway. The complainant yelled at them, he said, prompting the suspects to leave. A search of the area turned up nothing.

Dizzy Woman Refuses Aid After Gas Alarm Sounds Suffolk police rushed to a Dix Hills house just after midnight on Feb. 6 for possible carbon dioxide poisoning. A 56-year-old resident said she heard the detector go off and felt dizzy. The Dix Hills Fire Department responded, but the woman refused medical assistance.

Casing The Vehicle? A Dix Hills man called Suffolk County police about a suspicious person in his driveway looking into his vehicle late on Feb. 6. The suspect left in an unknown SUV with plates ending in 9028.

How Not To Get A Date A 16-year-old female walking in Huntington on Feb. 6 called Suffolk County police about a suspicious man who wouldn’t leave her alone. She told police a black man in a parked silver SUV called out to her to tell her that she was pretty. She ignored him and continued walking. The man drove away, only to quickly return and ask for a date. She took the business card he was offering in hopes he would leave, which he did without further incident. Police identified the driver as a 37-year-old Brentwood man.

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Shelter Resident Calls On Behalf Of Royalty Suffolk police received a call from a woman at a Huntington homeless shelter before dawn on Feb. 6. She said the Prince of India told her to do it. A supervisor at the shelter said she sometimes gets like that. No further police action was taken.

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Town Board Sues Naughton Over Hirings Claims department head ignoring hiring rules; Naughton threatens countersuit By Danny Schrafel

For the second time in a decade, the Town of Huntington and Highway Superintendent William Naughton are wrangling in court over employment in his department. The Huntington Town Board sued Naughton on Feb. 3, accusing him of ignoring town hiring and promotion protocol. According to court documents, Naughton allegedly attempted to hire eight workers over the course of two weeks without town board approval. The suit names Naughton, the eight workers he allegedly tried to hire and their union, Local 342 Long Island Public Service Employees. Additionally, Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter said Naughton tried to give 15 employees raises. “He never came to the board, and he just proceeded to fill jobs that didn’t exist,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “Mr. Naughton refused to cease and desist… he was advised by the town attorney of his

responsibility and that of the In the 2006 decision, Judge board’s, and he totally ignored Robert W. Doyle ruled such a that and continued to have dispute was unlikely to happen these individuals on the job.” again. That ended last week, when “Since each of the the eight men were informed appointees was ultimately they would no longer be asked hired, and it is speculative to work for the Highway whether the plaintiff will ever Department, Naughton conagain seek to appoint individufirmed Monday. als to positions for which there The suit seeks to prevent are no budgeted vacancies, this Naughton from hiring indecase no longer presents a genpendent contractors or filling William Naughton uine controversy and its resoluvacancies without town board tion will have no immediate approval, prevent the men from providing effect on the parties,” Doyle wrote on services for the Highway Department, and March 30, 2006. seeks dismissal of a grievance filed by Naughton referred calls on the current Local 342, which represents blue-collar suit to attorney Tom Levin, a member of workers in Huntington government. Meyer Suozzi English and Klein in This is the second time in 10 years that Garden City, who accused the town of Naughton and the town board have gone usurping Naughton’s ability to do his job. to court regarding employment. In 2000, Levin sent a letter to Town Attorney John Naughton sued the town, demanding that Leo on Jan. 25 saying the highway superfive appointees be placed on the payroll. intendent consulted him regarding matAfter the town countersued, the case conters “[involving] disputes as to the statucluded in 2006 with both sides’ suits tory authority of Mr. Naughton, as an being dismissed. independent elected official, to employ

“It is speculative whether the plaintiff will ever again seek to appoint individuals to positions for which there are no budgeted vacancies, this case no longer presents a genuine controversy and its resolution will have no immediate effect on the parties.” — HON. ROBERT W. DOYLE Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice in a 2006 ruling on a lawsuit between Naughton and the town. various persons within the appropriations made by the town board for that purpose.” “His position is: The town has been interfering with his ability to run his department,” Levin said. “He has statutory (Continued on page A17)


Middle School Student Raises $1,500 For Haiti More than 100 kids play gaga in Syosset to benefit Red Cross earthquake relief

Sometimes, all it takes is a dense, foamy ball, 100 kids and a big goal to make amazing things happen. Just ask Reed Fitterman, a 12-yearold student at West Hollow Middle School who came up with the idea to host a fundraiser at Ultimate Gaga in Syosset, which raised more than $1,500 for the Red Cross’ Haiti relief programs on Feb. 5. “When I woke up one morning and heard the news that an earthquake hit Haiti, I was thinking that it was one of the poorest countries and I realized we could do something about it,” he said. “I know that everybody loves this, and I knew everybody would come.” Gaga is a fast-moving sport in which players – as many as 40 at a time – swat a foam ball about the size of a volleyball at their opponents’ lower bodies and do their best to dodge incoming gaga balls in an octagonal arena. As the number of players decrease, the number of balls increase, and the winner is the last person standing. The sport has its roots in Israel and gained popularity through Jewish day camps around the world. The name comes from the Hebrew word for “touch.” Reed’s mother, Janet Fitterman, said her son figured gaga would be a good vehicle to use to raise money for their cause. Through e-mails and word of mouth, the event spread to Candlewood Middle School and beyond; about 100 kids made the trip to Syosset. “It feels good because that means a lot more people could come,” Reed said. Charging $20 at the door, Ultimate Gaga contributed $12 per ticket to the Red Cross in addition to extra cash and shoe donations. “It’s something that has come from his heart and he thought it would be a fantastic way to get middle schoolers togeth-

er to get donations for Haiti relief,” Janet said. “I can’t stress how generous Ultimate Gaga is for holding this.” The sport has experienced a rebirth in recent years, Ultimate Gaga co-owner Lou Candel said. The 23,000-squarefoot facility, which contains five gaga pits, a basketball court, video arcade and seating areas, has been open since last February. A second event will dovetail with Reed’s fundraiser, Candel said – Ultimate Gaga’s monthly middle school night will also serve as a vehicle for raising money for the Red Cross. The owner said the event came together rather quickly – in just a few days – and that staff members donated their time to work the event by selling concessions and supervising gaga pits. For Melville’s Brandon Ehrlich, who refereed during the evening, the decision to volunteer was easy. “It’s a good cause. It’s that simple,” he said.

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By Danny Schrafel

More than 100 students, led by Reed Fitterman, inset, participated in a fundraiser Friday at Ultimate Gaga in Syosset for the Red Cross’ Haitian relief efforts.


Hills Pours Out For Haiti The Half Hollow Hills School District has launched a massive effort to raise monetary donations and basic necessities for Haiti, which has been overseen by Francesco Fratto, district coordinator of Foreign Languages and ESL. “It’s our hope it reaches the people who do need this. We are a very fortunate community, its good to see a community that’s looking to help others,” Fratto said. As of Monday, Half Hollow Hills had raised approximately $19,000 in donations through its elementary and middle schools, while the fundraising efforts remain ongoing in both high schools. A major recent donation came from the Cassatta family, who donated 20,000 bottles of water to Half Hollow Hills High School West towards its fundraising efforts for Haitian earthquake victims.

Legislator Steven Stern, left, recognizes the generosity of the Cassatta family, who donated 20,000 bottles of water to Half Hollow Hills High School West towards its fundraising efforts for Haitian earthquake victims.


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Questioning The MTA Payroll Tax Chamber hosts man who is suing for refund By Sara-Megan Walsh



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Small business owners across the Town of Huntington expressed outrage coughing up the MTA payroll tax in December, but one Long Islander is taking it to court. The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee invited businessman Bill Schoolman to discuss his viewpoint that the MTA payroll tax is unconstitutional at their meeting last Friday. As owner of Classic Coach and Hamptons Luxury Liner transportation, Schoolman filed a lawsuit in December that is sure to raise new talking points. “We want to learn more about the issue. It’s an important issue our members wish to learn more about, and this is an opportunity to do so,” said Tom Glascock, chair of the chamber’s Government Relations Committee. Schoolman said as a small business owner for over 35 years in the transportation industry, he was angered by the initial passage of a .33 percent tax of an employer’s payroll in May 2009. The business owner said he has kept careful track of the MTA’s business practices, calling them fiscally irresponsible and a “failed business” model. “I’m being asked to pay $20,000 a year to give to my corrupt competitors,” he said. “Somehow I have to absorb it. We have added 30 drivers in the past year, so it will probably increase my borrowings and eventually increase prices.” He hired legal counsel and began digging, which 11 drafts later led Schoolman to file a lawsuit against the MTA, Gov. David Paterson, State Senate members and others based upon six causes for action for a statewide refund of the $1.35 billion paid so far.

Three of the reasons cited have to do with the legislative procedures surrounding the creation of the tax. Schoolman claims local governments failed to invoke a special “home rule message” required for passage of a law affecting local governments, such as the Town of Huntington, but not all of New York. The businessman also claims the State Senate did not receive 2/3 of votes, as required for passage of the tax into law, citing NY Constitution, Article IX, Section 2, or 2/3 votes needed to appropriate its funds. The other half of the “causes for action” that serve as Classic Coach/Hampton Luxury Liner’s basis for the lawsuit have to do with the purpose of the law, and how its intended purpose breaks the New York State constitution. “The State of New York cannot assume the debts of an authority. We’ve [New York State] been doing that for years, but we’re the first one to test that,” Schoolman said. These complaints are currently under litigation with the legal firm Nixon Peabody hired to represent the MTA, one of the most expensive in New York, according to the business owner. With Schoolman’s detailed investigation of the tax in preparation for the lawsuit, Glascock hoped he could help Huntington’s chamber members better understand its details. “Hopefully we’ll be in a better position to understand how it works, the issues, what are the dollar figures and how much does this cost small businesses,” Glascock said before the presentation. “My goal over the next year is to speak to every single business group in the entire metropolitan transportation district,” Schoolman added.

“I’m being asked to pay $20,000 a year to give to my corrupt competitors. Somehow I have to absorb it.” — Businessman Bill Schoolman on the MTA payroll tax


FD: Weather A Factor In Fatal Car Accident An early morning crash in Melville last Wednesday left no witnesses and no survivors. Jean Xavier, 32, of West Babylon was killed after crashing into a tree along Ruland Road in Melville on Feb. 3. Suffolk County police said that Xavier was driving a 1999 Nissan Maxima westbound on Ruland Road at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he lost control of his car. The vehicle jumped the curb and struck a tree in front of 107 Ruland Road. The Melville Fire Department responded to the site of the accident. Fire Chief Robert Warren said no attempt was made to extricate the driver from the motor vehicle due to the

severities of his injuries. Xavier was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and taken to the Office of Suffolk County Medical Examiner in Hauppauge, N.Y. Police said it appears that excessive seed and slippery road conditions were contributing factors in the crash. “The road itself is prone to many motor vehicle accidents and weather definitely played a role in the crash,” Warren said. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or with further information to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8247 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. —WALSH

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Meet The New Lawman Former beat cop returns to Second Precinct By Mike Koehler

“Sometimes they just need you in certain areas. You go where you’re told to go. Fortunately every time I was moved it Edward Brady was transferred to the was for the better and there was a chalSecond Precinct just before New Year’s, lenge to be met,” Brady said. but it was hardly unexpected terrain for Commissioner Richard Dormer pulled the Suffolk County police veteran. Inspector Joseph Blaettler from Brady was promoted to the Second Precinct and reasinspector and became comsigned him to head Internal manding officer of police Affairs in November. Brady, operations within the Town of however, was attending the FBI Huntington, the same place National Academy – a 10-week he began his 30-year career. program offered four times a “I was happy coming back year to veteran law enforceto the place I started as a PO ment officials. Suffolk police [police officer]. You see how often send representatives, things have changed and get although Brady was the sole to speak to the young officers student during the late 2009 and get to explain to them, ‘I class. know the challenges you face With 35 different courses because I did it myself,’” he offered by the FBI, the inspecEdward Brady said. “I’ll tell them things tor said he studied leadership they weren’t aware of. Back when I was a and ethics, conflict resolution for police PO, we had a terrorist bombing here in executives and computers before graduMelville at the Huntington Quadrangle.” ating on Dec. 11. Brady joined the Suffolk County Police “I felt it would help me in my career,” Department in 1979 and was assigned to Brady said, noting that many commandthe Second Precinct. He spent eight years ing officers attended the program. patrolling Melville, Dix Hills and South He formally assumed command of the Huntington. Second Precinct on Dec. 14. In the interA promotion to sergeant in 1987 led to im, Deputy Inspector Thomas Napoli a transfer to Smithtown’s Fourth Precinct held the fort. as patrol supervisor; he later became a Back in Huntington, Brady promised member of Crime Section. He was proto continue providing quality and timely moted to lieutenant in 1996 and transpolice services to the public. He also ferred to Internal Affairs. A promotion to agreed there has been increased crime captain in 2000 also carried a transfer to and violence in Huntington Station, a sitthe Sixth Precinct and a job under the uation that Blaetter began to tackle. With inspector and deputy inspector. Brady additional personnel from within the was promoted to deputy inspector in department, Blaettler began the 2005 and assigned to the First Precinct in Huntington Station Initiative. Brady said Babylon as the Executive officer. He the program will continue, although served a stint as commanding officer of crime in the area has since decreased. the Property Bureau from 2007 to 2008, “The officers here are hard working,” before being promoted to inspector last the inspector said. “It seems like there’s July working under the chief of the always calls being dispatched and officers department. answering as quickly as they can.”


Hills West Club Adviser Loses Battle With Cancer By Alessandra Malito

Students and staff at Half Hollow Hills High School West experienced a deep loss when paraprofessional Irene Goodman died on Jan. 31 due to cancer. She was 61. An active community member and Wheatley Heights resident, Goodman involved herself in the best way she could – through education. She was a member of many different outreach programs and helped special education students, but was most known for her position as adviser of the African-American Student Organization (AASO) at Hills West, a club whose goal is to educate themselves and others on AfricanAmerican heritage and culture. “Mrs. Goodman was the most genuine, soft-spoken woman I knew. Her presence alone commanded a respect from her students that was unimaginable,” said Alyssa Lloyd, a 2008 Hills West graduate and former AASO president. “Mrs. Goodman didn’t have to speak a word for the room full of loud high school students to silence in respect. She honestly cared so much for us, and that was completely evident by the amount of time she spent with us.”

Goodman made sure her students had a good time and meaningful experience as members of the club. “She made sure every single student who participated in AASO was involved in the community,” Lloyd said. “She also brought us into neighboring communities such as Wyandanch.” In Wyandanch, she would have the students volunteer with the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Program and the Head Start Program for toddlers. When the students weren’t helping the community, they were helping each other learn about the African-American culture. “She brought her students to museums in the city to remind us all of our heritage,” Lloyd recalled. “Annually, she and her husband would come together to hold a holiday feast in the Hills West cafeteria. This feast commemorated our forefathers and honored the seven principles of Kwanzaa.” Goodman’s resignation two years ago was due to her diagnosis in cancer. “I was there when she resigned from her job and it was a complete shock. We as the students had come to love Mrs. Goodman, and we couldn’t imagine the club without (Continued on page A17)

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Learning Laws From Those Who Make Them Legislator D’Amaro joins Huntington officials at Half Hollow Hills PTA brunch At this brunch, more than just bacon and eggs were on the menu. Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D – North Babylon) joined several Huntington elected officials at the annual Half Hollow Hills School District’s Legislative Brunch on Feb. 4. Sponsored by the Half Hollow Hills PTA Council, the event gave students, administrators, teachers and parents from Half Hollow

Hills the opportunity to meet with the officials in both one-on-one situations and as a group to become more informed on the legislative issues that impact the school district, ask questions and offer suggestions. “The Half Hollow Hills Legislative Brunch is always a great forum because of the wonderful sharing of ideas that take place,” D’Amaro said. “It is impera-

Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro, right, joins Huntington Town Council member Mark Cuthbertson and several students at the 2010 Half Hollow Hills School District Legislative Brunch.

tive that we keep informed about what is on everyone’s minds so that we can seek ways to turn those thoughts into legislative initiatives. As always, I was

impressed with the knowledge and interest of the high school students. They are an excellent reflection of the Half Hollow Hills School District community.”


Ms. Senior America Honored Ms. Senior America, Dix Hills’ Gail King, received a proclamation from State Senator John Flanagan in Albany on Feb. 1 for her work around the county to raise awareness for breast cancer, literacy and seniors. Flanagan invited her before the senators, where he presented King with her proclamation. She also received a private tour of the Capitol and met with Gov. David Paterson for a few minutes. Continuing on her whirlwind reign as Ms. Senior America, King said she was on her way to Florida and had engagements in Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Missouri in the coming weeks, where she’ll be visiting

King received a private tour of the Capitol in Albany and met with Gov. David Paterson. women’s and children’s hospitals and meeting with a playwright in Virginia. “It’s an incredibly wonderful whirlwind of activity,” she said. That whirlwind, she noted, will bring her back to Huntington this March, where she’ll be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Look for her in the procession behind Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, she said. -SCHRAFEL

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Experts Deal The Straight Dope On Drug Use Doc, DEA agent, Catholic social worker and others discuss health hazards at seminar Photo by Brenda Lentsch

By Mike Koehler

By this point, many know that heroin and opiates are gripping Huntington, along with all of Long Island, but what many people don’t know is that heroin literally dissolves the brain. Dr. Stephen Dewey has studied the effects of drug use on the brain at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research for 25 years. On Thursday night, he showed some of his findings to hundreds of community members in the Commack High School auditorium. One set of images revealed how brain activity for users slowed and eventually stopped over time. “If you sniff or inject heroin, you will dissolve the brain,” Dewey said, pointing out that the lack of contiguous brain activity and destruction of the go/no-go receptor hinders users from breaking the addiction. Dewey was one of six experts from different walks of life called upon to discuss Commack’s drug problem at the Commack Coalition of Caring’s Parent Academy event. The guest list included Suffolk Legislator John Kennedy (R-Nesconset), DEA Special Agent Charles Bernard, Suffolk police Inspector James Rhoads and Father Frank Pizzarelli. The seminar offered the crowded auditorium different voices because, as Commack school psychologist John Kelly said, “It’s not good enough to tell someone it’s bad for you.” For example, Bernard explained the route heroin takes, from the making of

Father Frank Pizzarelli, also a social worker, had children at last week’s Commack drug seminar stand hand-in-hand in front of their parents as a metaphor for the future. the drug to it finding its way into a Long Island resident, complete with photographs, video and anecdotes. About 6,600 tons of heroin are made annually and America is the top market. Poor farmers in Mexico, South America and Asia begin the process by harvesting raw opium gum from the opium poppy plant – a labor-intensive process. They cut the flower once its petals have fallen, wait for the ooze to congeal and scrape off the gum. It is then boiled in water with lime, often in oil drums. Morphine forms on the surface, is drawn off, reheated with ammonia, filtered and boiled again until it is reduced to a brown paste. That morphine is then heated with acetic anhydride and other chemicals until it becomes heroin. A kilogram of heroin from Mexico

would sell for under $10,000, Bernard said, but could be smuggled into New York City for $70,000. Once in the United States, it would be processed in up to 30,000 decks – single servings. Each deck sells for about $10 in New York City and $15 on Long Island. When every transaction stemming from that kilogram was completed, he said, there’s about $180,000 in profit to be made. Dewey also revealed how addictions and other diseases “represent a change in function before anatomy.” While MRI and X-ray machines show the body’s makeup, PET scans reveal activity and function. Using PET imaging, the doctor can monitor dopamine levels in the brain. Commonly known for producing the sense of euphoria, brain dopamine also affects movement, the thought process

and other aspects of daily life. All drugs of addiction affect brain dopamine levels, he added. For example, Dewey referred to his own 17-year-old son struggling in math class. When he does well on a test, the teen’s brain dopamine levels increase by 15 percent. If he were to start taking crystal methamphetamine, it would spike by 800,000 percent. The doctor touched on the science and hazards attached to substances like alcohol, marijuana and cocaine, but he surprised the audience about the dangers attached with two more accepted drugs – caffeine and tobacco. Caffeine is by far the most abused drug in America and is an addictive substance. Just the smell of coffee in test subjects triggered increased brain dopamine in regions involved in addiction. But what’s more surprising, Dewey said, is that excessive coffee consumption can increase the risk of drug abuse. “Caffeine can set the stage for an addiction to a drug they normally wouldn’t be addicted to,” he said. On the other, tobacco increases the sense of pleasure. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes and chewing tobacco kills MAO B, an enzyme that breaks down brain dopamine over time. Dewey said that 89 percent of alcoholics smoke, as do more than three quarters of methamphetamine and cocaine addicts. Cigarettes were also among the most likely-used drugs by Commack students. According to a two-year survey in the dis(Continued on page A17)


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No Winners Here When government sues itself, there’s only out the town board having the ultimate say one loser – the taxpayers who are footing over spending, “it’s a banana republic.” That’s perhaps a bit over the top, but it does accuthe bill. That’s essentially the situation with the rately categorize what happens when an offiHuntington Town Board suing Highway Su- cial – elected or otherwise – disregards the perintendent William Naughton over his hir- policies of the body elected by the people to ing of several employees, apparently in viola- administer the town budget process. Mr. Naughton may disagree with the town tion of town law. From what we know of the situation, board’s authority to control his budget, but breaking the law is not the answer. Naughton has attempted to cirThis paper believes that the propcumvent a town board-imposed freeze on new hires and raises. He EDITORIAL er place for the highway superintendent to seek a solution is a court argues that the board is hampering of law. At the same time, we recognize that the his ability to serve the people who elect him. It seems clear that the town board is in con- very expensive lawyers on both sides of the trol of the money. They collect the taxes and courtroom will be paid for by the people of this they are in control of the spending. If every de- town. Therefore, we call on both sides in this partment head or other elected official decid- dispute to come to the table. Choose a third ed argued that they hired more people be- party acceptable to both, state your case and cause their department couldn’t properly submit to binding arbitration. The alternative function, there would be no control over town is a possibly lengthy court case with taxpayers footing the bill for both sides. The taxpayers spending. The town supervisor commented that with- can’t come out the winner on that one.


Protect Yourself DEAR EDITOR: Financial fraud and identity theft are troubling and increasing problems for Long Island seniors. I recently hosted a telephone town hall with senior citizens in my district to share tips on how they can protect themselves from these scams. One of the issues that came up was the conflict between two instructions: to leave your social security card at home and to keep your Medicare card with you at all times, which has your social security number on it. Seniors should not have to worry that keeping their Medicare card for medical emergencies will make them more vulnerable to financial fraud or identity theft. Because of the concerns I heard on my telephone town hall, I co-sponsored the Medicare Card Security Act, which would require the commissioner of Social Security and the secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that social security numbers are not displayed on Medicare cards. This common-sense piece of legislation will make seniors safer and their personal identity information more secure. Senior citizens in our community, who have worked their whole lives, raised their

families and supported our economy, shouldn’t have to worry that the Medicare card that should help take care of them could actually be hurting them. It is my goal to make sure that the seniors in my district are taken care of and have all the resources they need. If you or a senior in your life needs assistance or has been a victim of fraud, I encourage you to connect with my office at 631-951-2210. STEVE ISRAEL

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Naughton: Not Just Another Department Head DEAR EDITOR: It is heartening to see William Naughton, our long-time superintendent of highways, fighting back against the Huntington Town Board, which voted on Feb. 3 to file a lawsuit seeking to block him from hiring needed personnel. Naughton has retained legal counsel and is considering a countersuit. The town board’s action (surprisingly, by unanimous vote) was taken during an unscheduled Wednesday morning meeting, less than a week before a scheduled town board meeting. As an independently elected


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official, the superintendent of highways is not beholden to the town board. Yet the board continues to usurp Naughton’s authority. Its lawsuit is a cynical act of political retaliation against him for refusing to kowtow to the board’s head honchos, Supervisor [Frank] Petrone and Councilman [Mark] Cuthbertson. In an open letter to Huntington residents last October, Naughton wrote that the town board has “sought to diminish my accomplishments by preventing me from filling a number of vacant and much needed positions in the Highway Office and by not allowing me to spend the requisite funds to pave and rehabilitate more roads and improve drainage conditions in many areas of our town – which you have paid for with your tax dollars.” Naughton further noted that “While $35 million in capital spending was approved over the past several months – much of it towards a second ice rink that will serve just a small percentage of our residents – I, as an independently elected town official, have been unconscionably deprived of the use of monies in the highway budget to properly maintain and improve roadways that benefit residents in neighborhoods and communities throughout our town. In so doing, our town board has usurped my authority and

Letters to the editor are welcomed by Long Islander Newspapers. We reserve the right to edit in the interest of space and clarity. All letters must be handsigned and they must include an address and daytime telephone number for verification. Personal attacks and letters considered in poor taste will not be printed. We cannot publish every letter we receive due to space limitations. denied you fair value for your hard-earned tax dollars.” More recently, when a December snowstorm dropped a foot-and-a-half of snow on Huntington roads, six highway department vehicles sat idle because there were no employees to drive them. While our town board is quick to spend money on pet projects benefiting a few favored people or communities, providing for the clearing of roads and public safety during a snowstorm is not a priority for them – especially if doing so interferes with their ability to seek to settle a political score with the superintendent of highways. Mr. Cuthbertson, in particular, would rather cast aspersions on the character of anyone who dares to question town board actions and motivations. Although he is an independently elected town official, and a very popular one at that, the town board continues to treat our superintendent of highways as if he’s just another appointed department head. While other independently elected officials (Town Clerk and Tax Receiver) apparently can function within town board-imposed financial restrictions, the shifting needs of the highway department are such that William Naughton can’t – and won’t. Indeed, the actions of this town board are only “getting his Irish up” and bolstering his determination to fight for his employees and Huntington taxpayers.

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Not content to interfere with the superintendent of highways’ ability to run his department by blocking the release of funds for vacant positions that he has the right to fill, the town board, under the guise of a supposed mandate to do so, has the chutzpah to seek to dictate whom he may retain as legal counsel to defend him against its mean-spirited lawsuit. As reported in The New York Times a few years ago, Huntington town boards have a predilection for legal action, retaining as outside counsel a number of lawyers who have contributed handsomely to the campaign coffers of its members. This obscene practice continues despite the fact that Huntington has more lawyers employed in its town attorney’s office than any other municipality on Long Island. Incidentally, while Supervisor Petrone has the audacity to bemoan what he calls “reckless spending” on the part of the superintendent of highways, he and his town board colleagues just created another $50,000 part-time job (with full-time health benefits?) in the already bloated Town Attorney’s office for a former town councilman. Is that what the supervisor meant by “All government officials must practice prudent financial management to ensure that no taxpayer dollar is wasted”? MICHAEL KORNFELD


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Long Island Houses Masterpieces Heckscher Museum exhibit examines unique residences built through 1900s Half Hollow Hills photos/Jennifer Rosenthal

By Jennifer Rosenthal

Our homes hold many individual treasures and memories, but often times we don’t think of them as pieces of artwork. The Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930-2010 exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art takes a deeper look at modernist Long Island homes and architecture over the past 80 years and portrays them in an artistic light. Since everyone can identify with living in a home, Assistant Curator Lisa Chalif was confident the exhibit will appeal to all. The exhibit takes curious museum visitors on a journey through four different stages of Long Island architecture: Pioneers of the 1930s, Mid-Century Modernism 1945-1970, Modernists after 1970 and Residences Designed Since 2000. The evolution of architecture throughout the history of Long Island unfolds in front of you through an array of interesting drawings, photographs, blueprints and models. Each piece shows how architecture on Long Island has modernized but still maintains the arcadia ambiance, a place for simple pleasures and rural quiet. It’s an element of our hometowns that may sometimes be forgotten in the chaos of school, work and other daily activities. Architecture in the 1930s was a stage where new materials were being investigated and architects were attempting to create low-cost housing. And yet the houses displayed in this section were still unbelievably complex, as was Laurence Kocher and Albert Frey’s “Weekend House,” a black-and-white photograph of a double-tier, cube-like home. Of note in the photograph is a family enjoying the

Half Hollow Hills East art students take a respite from viewing the Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930-2010 exhibit for a photo. afternoon in the shade underneath a tier of their home. Robert Moses started developing new expressways and there was increased optimism about life in the suburbs in the 1940s. This optimism was reflected in much of the artwork from the MidCentury Modernism portion of the exhibit, especially Eduardo Lacroze’s colorful “Light in Through Window.” I watched many people stop for a few extra seconds to admire this watercolor rendering of a proposed expansion. Moving onto the next part of the exhibit, I was blown away by a 3-D model crafted by Robert Venturi. His cardboard and pencil model of the Kalpakjlan House is almost identical to the photograph of the finished home. And although the 1970s were a time when homes were viewed as a machine for living and there were new technologies and labor-saving appliances, I was drawn to Eduardo Lacroze again because his “Tree House” brought serenity to a complex time period. The house fit seam-

lessly into the area’s natural surrounding and it seemed to belong in the midst of hills and trees. The last part of this exhibit visited homes that have been built after 2000. Digital prints and models showed houses that are so beautiful that they could be computer backgrounds. Each house has a unique architectural structure and the perfect location. These contemporary homes are remarkable and cannot be justly described in words. After circling the exhibit several times, I began to watch as Chalif ’s earlier predictions were confirmed and people of all ages, including several students from Half Hollow Hills High School East, pointed and gasped at various pieces in the exhibit. Sophomore Brian Springal smiled as he told me how he’s visited many art museums, but found this collection interesting and different from the others. The students from Kimberly Norris and Allyson Uttendorfer’s drawing, painting and photography classes searched the exhibit trying to pick one

Eduardo Lacroze’s “Tree House” depicts a Modernist-style home constructed on Long Island after 1970. inspirational piece of artwork to emulate in an upcoming assignment. Trying to pick a favorite proved very difficult, since all of the pieces are incredible. But this exhibit is more than just a bunch of remarkable photographs, as it conveys the need to preserve our architectural history. A number of the houses have been either destroyed or renovated, and many Long Island residents don’t realize the treasures that are right in front of them, Chalif said. The Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930-2010 art exhibit is being shown until April 11 at the Heckscher Museum of Art, located at 2 Prime Street in Huntington. For further information, call 631-351-3250 or visit


Huntington Sweet On Danny DeVito’s Liqueur Photos by Brent Eysler

Huntington got a ray of sunshine on Saturday in the form of a comic actor promoting a bright yellow lemon-flavored liqueur. Danny DeVito visited Bottles & Cases in Huntington on Feb. 6 to promote his line of premium limoncello, made with organic lemons from Sorrento. Customers left with their very own signed bottle of limoncello. “It’s like pouring yourself a glass of liquid sunshine straight from Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula,” the drink’s website,, reads. The New Jersey-born actor, 65, famously appeared in a loopy, drunken state on “The View” on Nov. 29, 2006 and blamed his inebriated state on too many glasses of limoncello with George Clooney. Less than a year later, Danny DeVito’s Premium Limoncello was born.

Actor Danny DeVito signs a bottle of his limoncello for customers in Huntington.

A lucky fan shakes hands with DeVito after buying a bottle of the actor’s lemon-flavored liqueur.


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Thoughts For Your Valentine Valentine’s Day shoppers, keep it local this season. That’s the message from a consortium of businesses participating in the “Huntington Hot List,” a selection of specially chosen items, fine dining hot spots, upscale boutiques and signature styles to help shoppers find that ideal gift. Hot List members have added a few selections for Valentine’s Day. Naming Heckscher Museum (2 Prime Ave., Huntington, 631-351-3250, as a “Hot Spot” for Valentine’s fun, other suggestions include: a “Nicole Batki” red tie-back gown in a jersey knit accented with rhinestones with a matching red clutch, from Francine’s Fashion (5 Green Street,

Huntington, 631-629-4364); a two-button peak lapel men’s suit in medium gray, from Beltrami: A Men’s Store (315 Main Street, Huntington, 631-421-0117,; jewelry from Libutti Jewelers (336 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-427-0126,; and hair and makeup from Spa Adriana’s (266 Main Street, Huntington, 631-351-1555, “Romance is in the Hair” collection. In addition, Spa Adriana is offering a “Lover’s Liaison Package” in the MayaSpa couples suite. Enjoy 80-minute tandem full-body massages and individualized aromatherapy for $165 per person; steam shower is an additional $35.

Items from the “Huntington Hot List” this Valentine’s Day include clothing from Francine’s Fashion and Beltrami: A Men’s Store; jewelry from Libutti Jewelers; and hair and makeup products from Spa Adriana’s “Romance is in the Hair” collection. Photo taken at the Heckscher Museuem.


Sending Special Love ‘Notes’ When it comes to annually sending its barbershop quartets out to elicit laughter, a few blushes, applause and teary thank you’s, the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society likes to think of it as giving the best “pitch” possible. This year, the quartets – dressed in tuxedos and bright red bowties – will be fanning out into communities of Nassau County and Western Suffolk on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 to sing two songs to surprised listeners on behalf of the romantic hearts of those who wish to send them a love song. For $50, barbershop quartets arrive unannounced at predetermined locations to deliver the music, hand-written messages from the senders and silk roses between the 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call 516-521-9534 or visit The local Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, with members in

A barbershop quartet from the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society personally delivers a singing Valentine and message from an admirer in 2009. Huntington, is part of a national organization of approximately 26,000 members, and one of over 800 chapters in the U.S. and Canada with affiliated organizations around the globe.

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CAMP& EDUCATION Funding Future Leaders Photo by Brenda Lentsch

Graduating from high school and moving on to college could put a dent in your bank account, but scholarships can help alleviate the burden. The cost of college may increasing, but so are the opportunities available to ease the financial burden. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHCNYTSA) is awarding over $500,000 in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Students in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Fairfield County) Tri-State Area are eligible. RMHC and its local chapters provide aid to outstanding graduating high school students who cannot afford the cost of a college education and strive to offer these students the chance to fulfill their educational goals. The scholarships are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Interested parties can download an application at or call 866851-3994, before Feb. 16.

“The RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program is part of our ongoing commitment to support students from communities with limited access to educational and career opportunities,” said Gerald McCoy, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. “It is always rewarding to see the results of our winners, as we watch them graduate college and pursue their dreams.” The RMHC-NYSTA Scholarship Program is comprised of four individual scholarship programs: RMHC/ASIAAsian Student Increasing Awareness Scholarship; RMHC/AAFA-African American Future Achievers Scholarship; RMHC/HACER, for students of Hispanic ethnicity; and RMHC/Scholars, for all students regardless of ethnic heritage. To date, RMHC National has awarded more than $32 million to help high school seniors attend college.




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The Foodie crew is out and about townwide. Restaurant owners, chefs and food fans are invited to submit news and notices to The Foodies, c/o Long Islander newspapers, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743, or e-mail To suggest reviews, e-mail or call Peter Sloggatt at 631-427-7000.


A Sweet Spot For Authentic Thai Food By Pete & Rosie

For lovers of Thai food, the search for authentic Thai cuisine can entail a drive. The Foodies ventured from our normal stomping grounds to try Siam Lotus, a little gem of a restaurant on the south shore. Located in a modest storefront in Bay Shore, Siam Lotus has a following among those who seek authentic Thai cuisine, and it doesn’t disappoint. Walking into Siam Lotus, it’s authenticity becomes apparent from the décor. It is pleasantly decorated in shades of pink and green for the lotus flower, after which it is named. But it’s the pictures of the royal family of Thailand on the walls that give visitors their first clue that this is the real deal. The real deal it is. Members of the Poom family, who own and operate the restaurant, brought their recipes from the homeland. For those of us raised on burgers and fries, the Pooms’ cuisine opens doors to a new world of flavors and sensations. And contrary to what you may believe about Thai cooking, it’s not all about the heat. There are indeed many dishes for those with a devilish love of all things hot and spicy, but there are just as many dishes that are delicately flavored with sophisticated nuances of floral and citrus. The menu is extensive – it will take several visits before you even begin to scratch the surface. Most dishes go by the Thai names, but there’s an explanation with each, and mercifully, a code number to the left that makes it easy to communicate what you’re looking for. Go ahead and try the Thai pronunciation if you like, but to be safe, point and order by the code number. Among nearly a dozen appetizer selections, Satay (barbecue, beef or chicken, $7.95) is a safe favorite.

Siam Lotus 1664 Union Blvd., Bay Shore 631-968-8196 Cuisine: Thai specialties ranging from delicately flavored to devilishly hot, all beautifully presented. Atmosphere: Family run, comfortable and casual. Price range: Moderate. Hours: Lunch: Tues-Fri, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Tues-Thurs, 4-9:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sun 4 to 10 p.m.

Specialties range from all kinds of seafood to meat and vegetarian dishes.

Whether it’s a delicately seasoned chicken dish or a spicy shrimp platter, Siam Lotus provides authentic Thai specialties. Fried Calamari ($8.95) is for those lovers of hot sauce, but we love the Crab Rolls ($9.95) with crab, shrimp and pork, spiced and wrapped in sheet tofu, then fried and topped with peanut sauce. The mix of flavors and textures is superb. Those favoring lighter fare may opt for the salads. The Shrimp and Chicken Salad ($12.95) is delicately flavored with a lime base and a dash of chili pepper. It’s large enough to share to start your meal or enjoy as a main course by yourself. On the entrée side of the menu, Curries ($14.95) are a reliable favorite, and there are a half dozen to choose from. Siam Lotus excels with seafood and those dishes comprise our favorites. Volcano Shrimps ($15.95) are a hot and spicy combination of grilled jumbo shrimp with garlic and chili sauce and served with cauliflower and broccoli. Siam Garden ($16.95) combines chicken and



Presentation is tops at Siam Lotus.

shrimp with Thai chili paste and mixed vegetables. Peanut sauce figures prominently in many dishes. We enjoyed the Siamese Chicken ($17.95), a chicken breast marinated in Thai curry, served with cool chopped cucumber salad and curry rice and topped with peanut sauce. We also look for dishes flavored with coconut, a prominent feature of many dishes. Vegetarians will find more than enough selections, and noodle lovers will revel in the half dozen dishes on the menu. And while it hasn’t enticed us yet, we’ll eventually try one of the three Frogs Legs dishes on the menu ($15.95). In numerous visits, we’ve never gone wrong at Siam Lotus. It’s warm and welcoming, and the wait staff (often family members) is attentive and friendly. The tastes and flavors are usually just what we’re looking for, but more often, we enjoy discovering new flavors.

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People In The News The Melville law firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has stepped forward to be the title sponsor of the 13th annual Kings Park 15-Kilometer Run, and several of the partners in the firm will again be taking on the challenge of the hills of Kings Park. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from the Town of Huntington are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 9.3-mile run on March 13 at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park. The run will serve as the 15-Kilometer Championship event for the Long Island Association of USA Track & Field. Local athletes have been especially prominent in the Kings Park run over the years. In 2009, a strong local contingent was led by 17-year-old Dix Hills speedster Terrence McElhatton, who finished 11th overall and second in the 15 to 19 age group; Linda Ottaviano of Cold Spring Harbor, who was the first woman over the age 50 to cross the finish line; Kevin Carroll of Huntington Station, who was the top finisher in the 55 to 59 age group; and 12-year-old Michael Brannigan of East Northport, who was the top finisher in the 14 and under age group. Race organizers are looking for another strong turnout from the Town of Huntington in 2010. Race management is in the hands of the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Steven Toto serving as the race director. The net proceeds of the run will be distributed to Kings Park School District athletic programs, with a substantial donation also being made to the American Brain Tumor Foundation. The entry fee for the run is $20 ($18 for members of the Greater Long Island Running Club) if you sign up in advance, and $25 for those who wait until the day of the run to register. For entry forms or more information, call run director Steven Toto at 516-3497646.

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ning and environmental service firm, held an employee raffle to raise money for a local charity called Rocking the Road for a Cure. “H2M supports charities that make our community a better place. Rocking the Road for a Cure provides many families with the programs and support they need. It is our pleasure to support such a great organization,” said H2M President and CEO John J. Molloy. Rocking the Road for a Cure, located in Little Neck, N.Y., is a community-based nonprofit organization founded to provide free educational and homebound wellness programs, case management, counseling, recreational therapy and other support services for women and

men going through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Their mission is to restore strength and confidence, as well as rebuild spiritual, emotional and physical well being. In other H2M news, in lieu of holiday cards this year, the firm made donations on behalf of their clients to the Interfaith Nutrition Network. Each client received a postcard notification that these donations were made in their name. The Interfaith Nutrition Network addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner.

H2M President and CEO John J. Molloy presents a donation to Dawn Frey, president and founder of Rocking the Road for a Cure.


THE PERFECT Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run Director Steven Toto, rear left, joins with Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid partners, standing from left, James Devine, Alex Gayer, Louis Fiore, Scott Fiore, Zach Murdoch, and, seated from left, Robin Abromowitz, Ralph Rosella, David Lazer and Sam Yedid in celebrating the firm’s 13th year of support.

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Love Of Dogs Is A Lifetime Career Pet shop owner showcases Westminster Weekend Shows at Nassau Coliseum Half Hollow Hills photos/Sara-Megan Walsh

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Huntington Businesses By Sara-Megan Walsh

An East Northport business owner has unleashed plans to let Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum go to the dogs this weekend, and he couldn’t be happier about it. Don Snyder, owner of Doggie Don’s Pet Center on Laurel Road, has brought The Westminster Weekend Shows to Long Island this weekend. As a precursor to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Show, hundreds of pedigreed dogs representing approximately 115 breeds will compete in agility contests and best in breed. “I want to show people how great the Long Island dog community really is,” Snyder said. The East Northport business owner is president of The Westminster Weekend Shows, having started the event to bring together the various breed clubs, organizations and breeders throughout the New York City metropolitan areas. After nine years at the Meadowlands Exposition

Snyder’s local pet store chain was born out of his love for dogs, which can never have enough toys, he said. Center in New Jersey, the show has moved closer to home as it’s grown to include the three out of seven groups – the Hounds, the Sporting group, and the Terriers – and feature two newly recognized breeds, the Irish red and white setter and the Redboned Coonhound. “I got into this to give back to these breeds, which all do rescue work,” Snyder said. “I want to support rescue work and, most of all, give back to the dogs.” The East Northport business owner is no stranger to dog shows, and certainly not the ring. Snyder said he began attending dog shows as a groomer over 40 years ago while he was still a teenager. He cultivated a clientele and recruited his friends to work under him, becoming owner of five pet stores by age 21, starting with

Don Snyder, owner of East Northport’s Doggie Don’s Pet Center, stands proudly alongside the plaques and ribbons he’s won showing dogs in competitions similar to The Westminster Weekend Show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this weekend.

Doggie Don’s in East Northport. “I love dogs, absolutely love dogs,” Snyder said. “My friends don’t believe I still do this, but I love it.” Facing increasing competition from giant pet super-stores and the economic downturn, Snyder said he owns and manages Doggie Don’s Pet Center and Deer Hills Boarding and Grooming with his wife, Tracey Monahan. He has expanded his business to sell fish, parakeets, leashes, cages, beds, toys and pet food for everything from cats and dogs to alpacas. His love for dogs is apparent by the endless wall of dog toys in all shapes and colors. “This is the original store and it’s close to my heart. I’m with these people through three, four generations of dogs,” Snyder said.

The puppy eyes that stole his heart are those of English Springer Spaniels, which he raises and breeds. Snyder has competed in many dog shows with his black and white spaniel Madam President, who has won Best In Show over 31 times and was awarded Best of Breed by the Westminster Kennel Club in 2008. As such, he’s invited the best as to The Westminster Weekend Series to compete. Judges are flying in from England to Australia to judge dogs from as far away as California and New Mexico. Snyder said there will be puppies as young as 6 months old to older veterans in a mix to suit all crowds. “With dogs, there’s always enough for everybody. There’s always room for more dogs,” he said.

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wide selection. Over 40 of their 60 different panini are available gluten-free, or they have cheese, beef and spinach ravioli, personal pizzas and of course, the salads. There’s even a gluten-free beer. “We are trying different pastas and will be adding them to our gluten-free menu shortly. Providing gluten free is a learning process, but were committed to having an alternate menu for those who need it,” said La Bottega owner Joe Quirke. GOOD2GO OPENS: There’s a new delicatessen in town. Good2Go Deli (147 Woodbury Road, Huntington 631-2675500 has opened, specializing in take-out orders from dawn to dusk. Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the Glicker family’s deli at a rockin’ ribboncutting party. Check out their menu at



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authority as an elected official, and we believe they are interfering with it.” The highway superintendent plans to file a countersuit, Levin said. Naughton, elected as a Democrat, has been publicly clashing with the Huntington board since October, when weeks before Election Day he sent a letter blasting the board for “usurping his authority” and stripping him of funding needed to maintain roads. In December, he endorsed a ballot measure to create councilmanic districts, a measure which the entire board opposed. Each of the eight men Naughton allegedly tried to hire recently were notified by letter from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19 and

again from Jan. 26 to 27 that they were not employed by the town, were not placed on the payroll because there were no vacancies and that they were performing services at their own risk. Naughton attempted to pay six of the men as outside contractors, but was denied, according to the lawsuit. After the town refused to pay the six workers, a grievance was filed by the labor union and presented on Jan. 22 to the Highway Department, demanding wages and benefits. Deputy Highway Superintendent Carl Cavanaugh granted the grievance, but the town again refused to pay. Petrone said Naughton is “sending the message that he has little regard for the pocketbook of the average taxpayer and

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her,” Lloyd said. “I know that she wanted to remain strong about the diagnosis, but I feel as if she didn’t want anyone to worry about her. The mother within wanted to protect her children and I really could understand that.” Although Goodman did resign officially, her devotion to the club never ceased. “Even when she resigned, she still came to meetings and helped us with our activities because she knew that we depended on her so much,” Lloyd recalled. Not only was she an important person to the club, but to the whole school and

district as well. “Irene Goodman was an important member of the Hills West community,” said Hills West principal Debra Intorcia. “She encouraged our students to respect themselves and others and to take advantage of the educational opportunities at High School West. Even though she was ill these past two years, she continued to maintain a presence in our school and will certainly be missed by everyone whose life she touched.” Goodman is survived by her husband, Charles, and children, Julian and Michelle.

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trict, cigarettes ranked second with 9 percent using them. Alcohol led the pack with 26 percent, while 7 percent of students admitted to using marijuana and 4 percent abused prescribed medication. Some of that, Kelly said, stems from parents not keeping tabs on their prescriptions and community members turning a blind eye towards underage drinking. Pizzarelli, who works as a social worker, referred to such tolerance as “reprehensible.” “One of my observations is the level of denial, ignorance, it’s-not-going-to-hap-

pen-to-my-kid is troubling,” he said. But if the reactions of several parents interviewed by The Long-Islander are shared by others, Pizzarelli may not have much to worry about. Both Corrine Santonastasio and Bill Vecchio admitted they are worried about their children getting involved with illicit drugs. Santonastasio has two daughters, in fifth and ninth grades, while Vecchio has a son and daughter, all of whom have never been caught abusing drugs. “You hope they go down the right path,” he said, alluding to a sense of powerlessness parents sometimes feel.

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that it is up to the town board to ensure it is clear to department heads that the supervisor’s office has final say on appropriations. “Without the authority vested in the governing body of a municipality, we could easily be saying it’s a banana republic,” Petrone said. “We’re not going to run a banana republic.” This dispute over Naughton’s staffing levels began again in September 2009, when he asked the town board to, by a resolution, reinstate funding for a dispatcher and six automotive equipment operators (AEOs), which was denied. A month earlier, the town reinstated five highway positions at Naughton’s request, positions totaling $135,637, according to the town. Naughton later asked the town personnel officer to post vacancies for seven bluecollar positions in the Highway Department, which she did not do because the vacancies were not funded. Naughton then allegedly attempted to hire four workers on Dec. 31, 2009 to serve as AEOs without having a line to pay them. Eight days later, he allegedly moved to hire three more men – two laborers and one guard, to start later in the month. On Jan. 15, he acted to fill an AEO position, according to court documents. However, after funds for vacant positions were transferred into contingency accounts at the end of 2009, none of those positions existed, and Naughton would need town board approval to open them again. Under hiring procedures implemented 11 years ago, funding appropriated for positions that become vacant are placed in contingency accounts, and the money in contingency can only be released with board approval.


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School Notebook

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Charlene McLaughlin's third-grade class poses in front of the ceiling-high inflatable planet they used to learn about earth science.

Hands-On Geography Forest Park Elementary School children in the Half Hollow Hills School District have been studying the Earth in a unique way. Students had the opportunity to explore a giant inflatable Earth that children and teachers could enter. “Our Living Planet” explores nearly all earth science topics including climate, habitat, geology, water systems, geography and the environment.

Promoting Mandarin In School The Half Hollow Hills School District hosted a meeting to discuss the importance of teaching Mandarin in class. Currently, only a few districts teach

Mandarin on an elementary level, although 12 districts on Long Island offer the language as part of their high school curriculum. In attendance was the state foreign language representative from Albany, Kin Chee, professors from NYU and representatives from Asian and Chinese institutes. The meeting, the first of its kind on Long Island, aimed to accomplish necessary steps to develop and secure Regents exams and assessments for this globally important language. Long Island has always been on the forefront of educational issues. Only 3 percent of schools in the nation offer Mandarin. The officials at the meeting hoped to change that and offer Asian languages as part of the elementary curriculum throughout Long Island.

Half Hollow Hills Board of Education Vice President Jeanine Bottenus, Superintendent Sheldon Karnilow, teacher Ying Yhang, foreign language representative Kin Chee and districtwide coordinator of Languages Other Than English and ESL programs Francesco Fratto at Hills’ meeting on the importance of teaching Mandarin in schools.

Sixth-grade students in Ying Yhang's language class at Candlewood Middle School are in one of the few school districts to offer Mandarin.


A20 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • FEBRUARY 11, 2010 THURSDAY Chatting About State Matters Senator John Flanagan of the 2nd Senate District is bringing his office and staff to the East Northport branch of the Northport-East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport, as part of his Mobile Office Hours program on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Staff will be available for two hours for one-on-one meetings regarding state matters. Appointments required. 631-361-2154.

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Business After Hours Get your business cards ready. The Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours networking event on Feb. 11, 6 - 8 p.m., at Family Service League, 790 Park Ave., Huntington. RSVP 631-423-6100. Enjoy food and donated by Prime and Seaholm Wines & Liquors of Huntington while learning how Family Service League can help your employees, co-workers, family and friends.

Building Community Join the Huntington Neighbors and Newcomers Club for an information lecture on gold and precious gems on Feb. 18, 10 a.m. at the Harborfields Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. Refreshments will be served. 631-651-9243. Free.

Love In Every Stitch Love to quilt? Join the quilting group at Old First Church to make quilts for cancer patients, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 631-427-2101.

FRIDAY Lost A Loved One? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with others who have recently lost a loved one, with Licensed Mental Health Counselor Margie Demshock presenting, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 53 Prospect Road, Centerport, on Feb. 12, 7 - 9 p.m. 631-754-9045.

Mental Health Awards Federation of Organizations will hold its annual Community Mental Health Awards Luncheon, featuring guest speakers Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, on March 5, noon, at the Huntington Hilton. Sponsored by Pfizer. RSVP by Feb. 22, 631-669-5355, ext. 1102. $50.

Jazz It Up Listen to live jazz music every Friday night at The Elks, 195 Main Street, Huntington, featuring Halley’s Comets from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. $5.

Valentine’s In Black And White Make time for old-fashioned romance on Valentine’s Day with a showing of “Casablanca” at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, on Sunday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m. after lunch in the Sky Room with a decadent chocolate dessert. $15 members/$20 non-members. 631-423-7611. entertainment by the “Glee”ful You Choir and special guests on Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at Union United Methodist Church, 1018 Pulaski Road, E. Northport. $20. 631-261-1303.

Soft, Fuzzy Spot In Your Heart Let your “Heart Go A-Stray” at Huntington’s Little Shelter Animal Rescue’s Valentine’s Day adoption event on Feb. 13 from noon – 5 p.m. Activities include free giveaways, bake sale, gift items and more.

Roast Beef For Your Valentine Treat your valentine to a roast beef dinner and

Huntington, in the Main Meeting Room on the lower level, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free.

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SUNDAY Lovely Stroll Take a slow, moderately-paced 5-mile hike through Caumsett State Historic Park in Lloyd Neck on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. $4 adult/$3 children. Reservations required 631423-1770.

Princess For A Night Celebrate Valentine’s Day Cinderella-style at Oheka Castle, 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, on Feb. 14, 6 – 11 p.m., with a three-course dinner and dancing. $225 per person. Advanced reservation and payment required, 50 percent off room rates. 631-6591400.

MONDAY Red Is For Passion Love the color red and enjoy living it up? The Red Hat women are looking for new members who enjoy going places and making new friends. Their motto: Fun, Frolic and Friendship. If interested, contact 631-271-6470 or

Children of all ages can enjoy stories read by a member of Barnes & Noble’s staff every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 - 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport. Free. 631-462-0208.

WEDNESDAY Get Into the Arts Attend Usdan Center’s open house on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn about their 40 programs, the site and other offerings for children ages 6 to 18. 631643-7900.

Business Breakfast Pull on your power suit and join other 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. 800853-9356.

Help For Kids Of Divorcees Children in grades 3 - 5 can find support at a new separation/divorce group hosted by Family Service League on Wednesday nights, 5:30 6:30 p.m. at 790 Park Ave., Huntington. 631427-3700.

Celebrate Good Times The Huntington High School class of 1952 will be holding a reunion the weekend of July 9 11, 2010 at the Melville Marriot. 631-499-7163 or 301-462-9850.

TUESDAY Go Green, Literally Learn how to make your garden eco-friendly at the Organic Turf Show on Feb. 16, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Roosevelt Hall, SUNY Farmingdale, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale featuring DEC Credit workshops on organic weed control and soil biology, venders and much more. $65 pre-registered/$75 day of show. 631-7778281 or 631-963-5454.

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Dix Hills Branch: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631-421-4535. hhhl suffolk li ny us • Seniors can get help filing their taxes from Internal Revenue trained AARP counselors on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring your W-2s and 1099 form, and other supporting documents. • In Dix Hills, learn the basics of Microsoft Word and its many uses on Mondays, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, and March 1, 11 a.m.

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Jodi Picoult To Speak Tickets now on sale to see author Jodi Picoult speak about and sign her new novel, “House Rules,” at Huntington High School on March 5, 7 p.m., presented by Book Revue and the Huntington Organization of Music Parents for Arts in Education. “House Rules” is the story of a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome who is suspected of murder. $30.42 includes ticket and book, available at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-271-1442. Portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to OOMPAH for AIE.

Half Hollow Hills Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • An artist’s reception will be held for Maxine Jurrow on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., whose work is on display in the gallery through February. • The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15.

Starflower Experiences is hosting a series of Green Living Seminars at the Melville branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library at 7 p.m., usually on the second Thursday of each month. Next up on Feb. 11: Healthy Clean Homes with Stan Halpern. The library is located at 510 Sweet Hollow Rd. Call 516-938-6152. REACH Community & Youth Agency is sponsoring a skiing and snowboarding trip to Shawnee Mountain on Feb. 18, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Open to middle and high school youth and families. $75 per person includes coach bus, transportation and lift ticket. Equipment rentals extra. 631-549-9417.

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Check out the library’s website for the latest on new arrivals.

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Every Tuesday, join Herstory writers group “Black, Brown & White” for a bridge-building women’s guided memoir writing workshop taught by Lonnie Mathis at Huntington Station Enrichment Center, 1264 New York Ave., 7 – 9 p.m. $35 per class with monthly discounts. Newcomers welcome. 631-676-7395.

Calling All Shutterbugs The Huntington Camera Club meets every Tuesday, September through June, at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St.,

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Learn how to use Window Explores to find and view drives, folders file, copy and move them in Computer 4th grade on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. Registration required, cardholders only. • Explore the photography of Peter Blasl, “Inspired By Nature” through Feb. 21 in the Main Art Gallery. Blasl has won numerous awards. He prefers to photograph birds, animals, flowers, and the scenic vistas of the east end of Long Island, where he has been a lifelong resident. In the Station gallery, Ann Scolnick’s “Views From The Lens” on display through Feb. 20.

Northport-East Northport Public Library 151 Laurel Ave., Northport. 631-261-6930. 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport. 631-261-2313. • Join Michael Libresco-D’Innocenzo to look at Current Events in Perspective on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. • In the East Northport gallery, Jane BishowSemevolos shares his photography incorporating the work of famous artists into digital images. In Northport, painter Ed Hall’s work reflects the diverse people, land and seascapes he has encountered from Long Island to Africa.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pigeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411. • “Swimming in a Different Sea,” an exhibit featuring paintings by artist Sylvia Harnick, on display Feb.13 – March 11 in the gallery. Artist’s reception on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2 – 4 p.m.

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Cold Spring Harbor Public Library 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Watch the seasons change in front of your eyes by turning a flowerpot into a snowman on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Bring the family!

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Spice up your dinners in a Family Cooking Class with chef Charlie on Afghani Cuisine on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Demonstration followed by tasting, with copies of all recipes. • All are welcome to participate in the annual Adult Winter Reading Club. Read five books and win a prize and a chance to win the raffle. Direct questions to Brian Bonelli at the Reference & Information Desk,

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Protect yourself on the roads with a Defensive Driving Course on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. – 3p.m. $25 payable by check or money order only.

294 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-2930674. • Learn about the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy in “Pinocchio!”, Jan. 9 – Feb. 14. Performances at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, $10.

Arena Players Repertory Theatre 296 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-2930674. All Main Stage Productions performed as scheduled. Friday, 8 p.m. $18; Saturday, 8 p.m. $22; and Sunday, 3 p.m. $18. • Guy Haines and Charles Bruno meet on a train and, because they are strangers, they think they can say anything while chatting, but when murder is suggested, Guy finds out the conversation may have gone too far in “Strangers on a Train,” showing through Feb. 14. $20-$25.

Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • As part of the “Out at the Movies” series presented by the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, “And Then Came Lola” is a lesbian action film and a nod to the arthouse classic “Run Lola Run.” The film shows Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. $9 members/$12 public, includes reception.

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• Make time for old-fashioned romance on Valentine’s day with a showing of “Casablanca” on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. after lunch in the Sky Room with a decadent chocolate dessert, 4 p.m. $15 members/$20 non-members.

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Enjoy the extraordinary jazz of seven-string rhythm guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, still going strong at 83, on Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. $20. • Rockin’ the Paradise, one of Long Island’s hottest tribute bands performing the music of Styx, takes the stage on Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. $25. Rockin’ the Paradise was named after Styx’s fourth consecutive double platinum album “Paradise Theater,” which brought the band its highest popularity in 1981 with songs such as “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.”

The Minstrel Players Of Northport Performing at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926, • “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward’s will be performed on Saturday, April 17 and 24 at 8 PM, and Sundays, April 18 and 25 at 3 PM. $15 Adults and $12 Seniors/Children. Group rates available for 10 or more.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main Street, Northport. 631-261-2900. • “Run For Your Wife,” the story of a mischievous cab driver who has two wives, two lives and one crazy schedule, takes over the Engeman stage through Feb. 21.

Star Playhouse At the Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-462-9800 ext. 136. • “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!” will be held March 13 and 27, 8 p.m. and March 14, 21 and 28, 2 p.m.

Tilles Center For Performing Arts 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. 516-299-3100. • Long Island’s own Melissa Errico performs with Malcolm Gets on Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Featuring the music of Michel Legrand, Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen, Melissa and Malcolm’s show will take you on the journey of two actor-musicians who met in school and found their way to Broadway and beyond, always with a healthy dose of laughter and mischief. $30-40. • Be blown away by the Pink Floyd Experience featuring the iconic songs of Pink Floyd on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. $40-65. C.W. Post Nutrition club and RockCanRoll will be collecting donated non-perishable food items.

CASTING CALLS Seeking Strings The Northport Symphony Orchestra formerly the Northport Community Orchestra is seeking new members in all sections. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings. 631-462-6617.

Cloggers Wanted The Bruce Spruce Cloggers Dance Company is seeking dancers for future shows on Long Island. Dance background wanted; preferably experience in tap, clog or Irish-step dancing. 631-476-1228.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Alfred Van Leon Gallery 145 Pidgeon Hill Road. Huntington Station. 631-549-4411 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 .am. - 9 p.m. Wed. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 6 p.m. • In “Complimentary Contrast,” two friends exhibit their vastly different work side by side through Feb. 11. Sylvia Sherwin Goldberg paints in oil pastels using the human form and animals as her subject, while Marsha Gold Gayer uses materials such as charcoal, and nupastels, to draw the human form.

Alpan Gallery 2 West Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 631-423-4433. • The gallery will be closed throughout February.


A Lovely Stroll Take a slow, moderately-paced 5-mile hike through Caumsett State Historic Park in Lloyd Neck on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. $4 adult/$3 children. Reservations required 631-423-1770.

includes dinner in one of the most unusual and romantic settings on Long Island, the Vanderbilt Mansion, on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes appetizers, wine, a tour, dinner, and a laser light show. Guests may have a message projected on the stars. $100, by reservation only.

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1 - 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Musician and storyteller Johnny Cuomo presents and interactive experience for children of Irish Tales and Tunes on Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m. Ages preschool to sixth-grade.

The Whaling Museum 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. • Mixed-media artists address a variety of concerns in “Fragile: Handle With Care,” with most focusing on living organisms. On display through Feb. 14.

Artastic Destination 372 New York Ave., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed., Thurs. & Sun 1 - 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 1 10 p.m. 631-424-7074. • Enter another world with “Enchanted Realms” by Robyn Bellospirito, on display through Feb. 28.

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. • View works from talented artists in the Artist’s Choice exhibit on display until Feb. 25.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3 - 12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516692-6768. • Every Monday until the end of February, “Fish Friends for Mommy and Me” is a 45-minute activity for children ages 3 - 5, 11 a.m. Children can learn about fish, feed trout and do a craft. Pre-registration required. • Join in the Hatchery’s February Vacation Programs on Feb. 16, 17, and 18 for children in grades –6. Participants will explore and learn about winter habitats, migration and hibernation as well as take part in games and crafts.

architectural history of Long Island over the past 80 years, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to Marcel Breuer, from Jan. 16 to April 11. The exhibition is a new narrative, charting the region’s development from a largely agrarian society with a significant role as a leisure destination to a mature suburban culture. • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Heckscher Museum with tango music and classic tango dancing – even learn a few steps – on Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. View the exhibition “Couples: The Art of Attraction” while enjoying appetizers from Caf Buenos Aires in Huntington, along with wine from Long Island’s Paumanok Vineyards. Members $20/non-members $25. Registration recommended.

Huntington Historical Society Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin House, 2 High St. issam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave. 631-4277045, ext. 401. • It’s teatime for Dolly and Me! Children should bring their favorite doll and a tea cup to share stories about their dolls, create a yarn doll, do simple embroidery and make a toy on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1 – 3 p.m. $10 per child, adults free. Call to make a reservation.

Joseph Lloyd Manor House Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck Saturday-Sunday 1- 5 p.m. last tour at 4:30 . Adults $3, Children 7 -14, $2, groups by appointment only. 631-692-4664.

LaMantia Gallery 127 Main St., East Northport. 631-754-8414.

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372 New York Ave., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5 - 8 p.m., Saturday 12 - 8 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • The Short Show, a group exhibition, opens Jan. 29.

716 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-421-0258. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association P.O. Box 354, Greenlawn. 631-754-1180.

Harbor Light Images 377 New York Ave., Huntington. Gallery hours: Tuesday 11 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, 10 - 3 p.m., Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 631-629-4444.

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. • Long Island artist Shain Bard s original work of her well-known “Birches” painting will be on display, in addition to new pieces and originals will be on display in the Main Street Petite Gallery through March 15. • Member artists present “Life Stories” expressed through art on display through March 8 in the Art-trium.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 4:30 p.m. 631-7579859. • The “Low Tech... And That’s the Way It Was” exhibition brings you on a nostalgic trip in time by examining everyday life and the tasks and tools of a simpler era.

Ripe Art Gallery 67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. 5 p.m.

Suffolk Y JCC 74 Hauppauge Rd., Commack. 631-462-9800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1 - 4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • Take “A little Journey to the Caribbean” going back in time to the founding of Richmond Hill in Queens and the early years of this Jewish neighborhood, while taking a look at the Indo-culture brought by its immigrants on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. $62 member/$70 nonmember includes trip, coach, lunch and gratuities. Pre-register by Feb. 12.

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Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., first Fridays from 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 631-351-3250. Admission $6-8/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $45/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • “Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930 –2010” highlights the significant

180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12 - 5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $3 per person. 631-854-5555. • Treat your valentine to a special day that

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 -18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418. • “Tales & Treasure: From the Attic & Archive,” an exhibition exploring the 1800s through artifacts and stories is on display through Labor Day 2010. • Explore the seven seas by watching “Hook” and creating your own pirate’s hat on Monday, Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Free with admission. RSVP 631-367-3418.

MUSIC & DANCE Ridotto, Concerts with a Touch of Class At Old First Church, Route 25A in Huntington. 631-385-0373.

VOLUNTEERING A Loving Touch The Hospice Care Network is seeking licensed massage therapists who are passionate and committed to making a difference for their new complementary therapy program, which will provide services at Franklin Medical Center in Valley Stream, Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway and the Hospice Inn in Melville. Two-day training course provided by the organization. or 516-832-7100.

Voice For The Children Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center are seeking volunteers to assist with general office duties during daytime hours. Candidates should be positive, energetic and professional with good communication skills. Resume and three references required. 631689-2672 or fax resume to 631-751-1695.

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 insure they receive quality care and their rights are protected. 631-427-3700 ext. 240.

Hands-On History The Huntington Historical Society is seeking volunteers to work in the newly restored Museum Shop and serve as Museum Guides giving tours of historic property. No experience necessary; training is provided. 631-427-7045 ext. 403.

Meals On Wheels Huntington’s Meals On Wheels needs volunteers to deliver midday meals to shut-ins for about two hours once a week. Substitutes also needed to fill-in occasionally, as well as nurses to screen potential clients. Call 631-271-5150 weekdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thrifty Hands Needed Huntington Hospital Auxiliary’s The Community Thrift Shop needs volunteers for merchandise pricing and floor work on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 631-2713143.

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Thunderbirds’ Struggles Continue Team regularly finds itself falling behind as clock winds down, still searching for first win Half Hollow Hills photos/Sara-Megan Walsh

By Sara-Megan Walsh

The Thunderbirds are continuing to energetically battle through their season, despite the frustration of repeatedly finding themselves coming up short as the clock counts down. The Half Hollow Hills East girls basketball team fell to the Centerreach Cougars 37-31 at home on Feb. 4. Despite a disappointing fourth quarter, the team’s valiant effort to give it their all was evident through the final minutes when the Cougars denied them a long sought-after victory last Thursday. The game was slow to heat up as both teams considered each other cautiously after their earlier match-up. The Thunderbirds had played Centereach on Jan. 14 and, after losing 45-36, were determined to avoid a repeat. In a defense-heavy first quarter with few baskets, the Cougars managed to take an early 6-4 lead. The Thunderbirds began to find their stride in the second period, all eyes on the basket. Hills East nearly outscored Centereach 2-to-1 as freshman Ashley Walker lead the team in scoring, making two 3-pointers to take a 13-11 lead.

Sophomore Tara Wirth goes up for a basket against the Centereach Cougars on Feb. 4. The Cougars came out sharp in the third quarter, making a 7-point offensive push holding Hills East scoreless. Sophomore Gabby Diamandis broke through Centereach’s defense with skilled ball handling to score 2-points, making the score 18-15, and changing the

momentum of the game. The Cougars offense was left scrambling as they were unable to reach the basket for more than 5 minutes. A pair of baskets by senior Janel Gardner in additional to a couple of free throws helped Hills take a 21-18 lead by the end

of the third. Gardner’s aggression surged into the fourth quarter as the senior made the first basket of the period, bringing Hills’ lead to 23-18. It seemed it was enough to tip the scales as the Cougars took control, tying the game at 25 midway through the quarter. As the clock wound down, tensions mounted as a Centereach girl shouted loudly that a Hills girl had fouled her. The first timeout was called by the Cougars, only to have a second timeout called by Thunderbirds coach Yvan Garcia less than 15 seconds later. Despite his attempts to rally the team, Hills fell behind by 5 points. A pair of free throws by Gardner brought Hills East within striking distance, 33-30, with a minute left. Senior Kelsy Cunningham and Diamandis attempted a rushing technique to regain control of the ball as seconds clocked down, but their actions caused referees to give Centereach 6 free throws for a 3731 victory. Hills East currently stands in last place in League III, with several losses by slim margins. Their last game of the season was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon against Smithtown East, after this newspaper’s deadline.


Colts Off And Running To The Playoffs Half Hollow Hills photos/Alessandra Malito

By Alessandra Malito

Half Hollow Hills West’s varsity basketball team has gone undefeated this season in 15 games, guaranteeing them a spot in the playoffs. The team has been going strong with its skilled athletes performing well for them. Senior Tobias Harris, who received national attention when he signed with the University of Tennessee, has been leading the squad this year, while Tavon Sledge has also done “everything we wanted,” said assistant coach Bryan Dugan. Captain Aaron McCree has also been playing well. “Tyler Harris has been doing everything right on offense and defense,” the assistant coach added, referring to Tobias Harris’ younger brother. Meanwhile, one player has been playing well regardless of his role change. Emile Blackman, who last year led the team, has given that position to the older Harris and has taken on smaller but necessary roles to win, according to Dugan. Last year, Blackman “led the team in scoring and rebounding,” he said. One of the highlights this season was the Jan. 18 game against Bishop Loughin, known to be one of the best Catholic league teams in the state. “That game really brought us together as a team,” Dugan said.

The Colts are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. During overtime, both Blackman and Tobias Harris fouled out, but the Colts still came out on top, 75-72 after winning 7-4 in overtime. “Still being able to win was one of the most exciting parts of the season,” said Dugan. “Our success this season has been more than Tobias and Blackman.” On Feb. 8, the team celebrated the senior players during Senior Night, an annual event that has been going on for the past 11 years. During this celebration, the team highlights all senior players. This year, they were also expected to honor a former basketball and football player, Stephen Bowen, during halftime.

The crowd cheers on the Hills West Colts, who are undefeated this season. Bowen, who graduated for Hills West in 2002, worked with varsity football and junior varsity basketball coach Kyle Madden. He is now a defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys. Bowen was expected to be at the halftime with his family and participate in the first jersey in Hills West history to be retired. During the game, which concluded before press time on Monday, onlookers may have seen will able to see Tobias Harris approach his 2,000th point. The Senior Night game, which was played against Bellport High School and was the last regular season home game of

the year, wasn’t a manner of saying goodbye, as it usually has been in the past. “It’s weird with our playoffs, I don’t think of it as the last night of the season,” said coach Bill Mitaritonna. “Last year it was really exciting because we won that game to go to the playoffs. But there is so much time left in the season.” The season ends on Feb. 11 when they travel to Smithtown West. However, the last home game of the season will “always be a special night,” added Mitaritonna. “The season has been special in every way. I’m going to miss the seniors, but we still have a long road ahead of us,” he said.

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