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Canon Site Plan Gains Town Approval

The $636-million Canon U.S.A. headquarters in Melville is one step closer to being built. By Mike Koehler

Construction on Canon U.S.A.’s new headquarters could begin in May. The Town of Huntington approved Canon’s site plan on March 18, two years after they submitted for the 52-acre property and three years after they purchased the former Melville pumpkin farm. The Planning Board’s approval opens the door for the town to issue building permits for the $636-million project. Once finished, the 668,296-square-foot

facility will stand five stories tall, with a one-story basement. The single structure will consist of a main center tower, two large wings and glass walkways connecting them. Plans also call for a pair of garages to be built. The facility will serve as the headquarters of Canon U.S.A. and the command center for international parent corporation Canon’s dealings in North and South America. “We appreciate the strong support we have received for our project from the Town of Huntington,” Canon U.S.A Vice

The Huntington Planning Board approved Canon U.S.A.’s site plan for a new 668,296square-foot headquarters last week. President Seymour Liebman said. “This approval is a major milestone and we look forward to the approval process continuing so that we can soon celebrate moving to shovel-ready status.” Canon U.S.A. officials have said they currently employ approximately 1,200 people in their Lake Success location, but would employ 2,000 within 10 years. A study by the Long Island Association – a business organization supporting

growth – estimates that the Canon U.S.A. project could increase Long Island’s gross regional product by $1.3 billion and create up to 10,000 associated local jobs. “Canon U.S.A.’s Americas Headquarters will be a significant addition to the Route 110 corridor, and should attract additional development, cementing Melville’s status as Long Island’s downtown,” Huntington Supervisor Frank (Continued on page A15)



Dems: ‘No Going Back’ For Levy As county executive runs for GOP line, residents rally for more cops By Danny Schrafel

Going Green in Huntington

Democratic leaders representing Huntington said County Executive Steve Levy will be running for re-election as a republican if he fails to capture New York State’s governorship. The county executive announced Friday he would switch parties to run as a republican for the state’s top office because they recognized the fiscal crisis the state was in and agreed that his brand of fiscal conservatism was the right way to fix it. “I stand here today with a record of controlling taxes, cutting spending while maintaining, and at times, enhancing and improving, services,” he said. “The story here today is not one man’s change

of party registration. The story here today, and for the next seven months, will be the fundamental change we can bring to the great state of New York.” For Levy, the political upswing is clear – a riveting political coup that brings him to the top seat in New York State government with loads of political capital. If he loses? Democrats won’t take him back, several prominent democrats in the Huntington area said, leaving it to republicans to possibly send a defeated candidate who switched to their party prior to running for governor back to the county executive’s seat. “The Democratic Party will not accept him back,” Legislator Jon Cooper (D – Huntington) said. “Frankly, a number of democrats (Continued on page A15)

County Executive Steve Levy, above at a Huntington chamber event last year, announced that he would run for New York governor as a republican, earning him praise from Suffolk County republicans but scorn from hundreds outside his office on Monday. They argue he’s not addressing a crime wave and other key issues striking several communities in Suffolk County sufficiently.


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Community Unites Amid Differences Half Hollow Hills photos/ Alessandra Malito

Students man a table to raise awareness about polio on Unity Day. By Alessandra Malito

Members of the Half Hollow Hills community came out in numbers on a gorgeous spring day over the weekend to celebrate the different cultures and organizations within the district for Unity Day. Themed “One Tree, Many Branches,” the Unity Day fair, an annual event provided by the PTA Council Diversity Committee, brought together numerous clubs and organizations from the both the district’s schools and elsewhere so they could teach and learn about each other. The event gives people who “don’t know or would like to know but don’t ask” the opportunity to learn, according to Chris Black, a member of the Concerned Fathers association. He, along with fellow member Greg Elder, were at Unity Day promoting their organization geared towards information about influential

African-Americans. They took part in their presentation with the Mothers Club as well. Groups not based on ethnicity but rooted in differences also participated in the fair. Little People of America was around the day of the fair to provide information on dwarfism. “It was a wonderful day to bring the whole community together,” said Mike Petruzzelli, president of the Little People of America’s Long Island chapter. Crafts were donated by the Hills Foundation for the younger people who attended the event. There were also fundraisers for certain causes, including raising money to help fight polio. “I lived in India so I know the polio problems and I just wanted to help,” said Reba Lamba, a freshman at High School West who is also a member of the Interact Club in charge of the fundraiser. Fellow member Michael Tiongson was also

Mike Petruzzelli, president of the Little People of America’s Long Island chapter, lauded Unity Day as a time to bring the community together. helping out at the stand with her. The day was not without entertainment, as different acts including a break dancer, step teams and cultural dancers performed. There was also an international food court which included meals from around the world and an abundance of desserts. Each school in the district was present and had its own table. In addition, Legislator Steve Stern (D – Dix Hills) had a booth at the event to promote his “Shed the Meds” program, a community-wide pharmaceutical dispos-

al day. Its goal is to reduce the potential for children and young adults to gain access to over-the-counter and prescription medications, including antibiotics and controlled substances, and prevent these medications from penetrating the drinking water if they are disposed of improperly.

More Unity Day photos on page A10.


Crossed Signals Over Antennas Civic group gains State backing in fight over aesthetics, Temple will conceal devices By Sara-Megan Walsh

A Melville civic group’s opposition to a Plainview temple’s plan to install cell an-

tennas gained backing from the state, as a meeting did little to assuage the community’s fears. Members of Sweet Hollow Civic Association met with T-Mobile attorneys last

Friday to discuss plans to install nine cell antennas on the roof of neighboring Temple Chaverim. Despite assurance the antennas will be concealed, Melville residents have gained backing from New


Man Arrested In Robbery Spree By Sara-Megan Walsh

A homeless man was arrested Friday night and charged with going on a twomonth armed robbery spree through the Town of Huntington. Alejandro Leguillow, 39, was charged with five felony counts of first-degree robbery with a dangerous instrument in Central Islip court on March 21. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail. Suffolk County police with the assistance of U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Leguillow last Friday in connection with five 2009 robberies, four in the Huntington area, at approximately 5:30 p.m. in Calverton, N.Y. “We enlisted [the Marshals] help to assist us in the investigation because

they travel to other parts of the country,” said Suffolk Det. Sgt. Richard Auspaker. “We thought he may have fled the area for a while, but it turns out he was back in the area.” Auspaker said the suspect was uncooperative with officers at the time of the arrest. Police said Leguillow entered a Melville Dunkin Donuts on Walt Whitman Road on Nov. 26, 2009 armed with a large kitchen knife. The robber threatened an employee behind the counter and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. That incident was the second in a string of five robberies mostly within the Town of Huntington. “He was known to frequent the Huntington area, but moved around a lot,” Auspaker said. Leguillow is charged in a spree that

police said began on Nov. 12, 2009 when he entered a Huntington Carvel store on Route 25, and threatened an employee with a knife before fleeing with cash. Police said he struck again on Nov. 17, 2009, robbing a Telestar check cashing business on New York Avenue in Huntington Station in a similar fashion. After the Melville robbery, Auspaker said Leguillow continued his pattern by striking a Commack Dunkin Donuts on Commack Road on Dec. 21, 2009. He stands accused of robbing a Bancuscatlan check cashing facility in Brentwood on Jan. 6. The detective said the arrest of Leguillow is based on months of investigation that eventually led to a positive identification in a surveillance video. Leguillow is scheduled to appear in court on March 25.

York State against the antenna based on its perceived visual impact. “There’s that typical ‘not in my backyard’ feeling we all have. This is basically in my backyard,” said Melville resident Virginia Alese, a 20-year resident of Manetta Hill Road. Alissa Taff, president of Sweet Hollow Civic Association, said homeowners are against T-Mobile’s request to the Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to place nine small panel antennas with equipment cabinets on the roof of Temple Chaverim. She cited concern over its aesthetic impact, as T-Mobile needs two variances to install the antennas in a residential area and exceed its current zoning height regulation of 40 feet. The organization’s argument got an unexpected letter of support from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “The Long Island State Region has reviewed the request by T-Mobile and find that the proposal is contrary to the goals of the New York State Heritage Area System and would impact the natural beauty of the view shed of the Northern State Parkway,” wrote Michelle Somma, Land Management and Regulatory Affairs coordinator for the New York State Parks (Continued on page A15)


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May The Road Rise Before You Street in Huntington village – we just call it the Gulf station on the corner – did the other day as meet you and the wind be at your back…” The road a way to let everybody know about what they do. sure rose for the hundreds of runners out Saturday They poked their heads in, morning for the Townwide said how-do and dropped Fund’s St. Patrick’s Run. It IN THE KNOW off four bags of cookies, was a beautiful morning with WITH AUNT ROSIE which is nearly manna a warm sun. The runners took from heaven when you’re off from the starting line at Coindre Hall to the putting a special paper toplaintive sound of a lone bagpiper. Four miles later, gether on Friday afternoon. If you must know, they bravely faced the very hill they had run down they were sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, at the beginning. Having walked up that very hill on and banana macadamia nut cookies along with a my way to watch the runners, I didn’t envy them. I coupon for a smorgasbord of car repairs. The huffed, I puffed and my shins ached. And I hadn’t cookies were delicious and the Buick does need been running for nearly four miles before. new windshield wipers… I might have to swing by. Thanks guys! Good health… I heard one congressman call it the vote of a lifetime. After an historic vote this Instant crocus… I pulled out my new digital weekend, Washington lawmakers passed a national camera to show a friend the photos I’d taken of a health care bill. It’s not perfect, but the fact that my batch of crocuses in my garden. She took out her friends who lean right and those on the left are both camera and showed me practically the very same grumbling about its imperfections is a good sign to picture also taken that very morning. I’m usually me that a spirit of compromise prevailed. Congratuwatching them in anticipation for days before they lations, America. I have to admit that the 2,500finally burst open. Was I not paying attention or did page document is a bit much for me to tackle. I’m they just appear instantly this year? putting faith in the fact that most civilized nations provide basic health care benefits and they haven’t gone bankrupt. Surely, we can figure it out as well. Taste of summer… How did you spend your Saturday? It felt like we’d gone from winter to sumJingles that sell… I had a good laugh with a mer without stopping for spring. I was in the village friend this weekend remembering some of the old during the early part of the day and it was bustling. jingles from television and radio commercials. Do I ended the afternoon on the south shore enjoying a you remember, “Get your hands on a Toyota, you’ll burger, fries and a Coke while watching the boats never let go,”? We had a good laugh imagining a come in at Captree State Park. A perfect meal, as far driver with a white-knuckled grip on the steering as I’m concerned. wheel as the car accelerated on its own. Can you remember what products these ad slogans were creatAnswers to the ad quiz… Clairol hair coloring, ed to sell? “Only her hairdresser knows for sure.” Noxzema shave cream, Ajax liquid, Kellogg’s Frost“Take it off. Take it all off.” “Cleans like a white tored Flakes and Wisk detergent. nado.” “They’re grreeeaaaat!” and my favorite – with its a guilt-ridden dose of embarrassment – “Ring (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comaround the collar… ring around the collar.” The anments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your swers, later on.

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Say Something! A Dix Hills man went to Suffolk County police headquarters about repeated phone calls from one subject on March 21. He told police he placed an advertisement in a newspaper about a rental property with his home phone number. He spoke to the subject once, who called to arrange an appointment to view the property, but later called back to reschedule. He told police the man now continues to call without saying anything. Police called the subject, who said he was having phone problems and the calls were unintentional.

It’s Just A Little Water Suffolk police received reports of heavy flooding on a Melville street before dawn on March 19. A water main had broken and was emptying onto Spagnoli Road. The Melville Fire Department was unable to stop the flooding, and the South Huntington Water District shut off the water main. Police could not reach the owner of an affected business. In the meantime, the flooding subsided later that morning.

Old Man Chases Kid Off Yard A Dix Hills woman called Suffolk County police about a dispute with her neighbor on March 19. Her 9-yearold son was playing on her 70-year-old neighbor’s property with a large stick, when the man took the stick away and told the child to leave the property. The situation was resolved.

Elderly Woman Can’t Breathe Easy Suffolk police rushed to a Dix Hills home when a resident complained of difficulty breathing on March 19. The Dix Hills Fire Department took the 86-year-old woman to Huntington Hospital.

Father Gets Call About Abducted Son A Huntington Station man called Suffolk County police about an ongoing child abduction investigation on March 21. He told police the case was originally opened 11 years ago when his mother-in-law took his son to El Salvador and had not allowed any contact. The complainant told police he did not recall his case number or the detective’s name. He told police he received a call from his brother-in-law about the child before dawn that morning and wanted to document the situation. Police advised him to contact the missing persons unit regarding the ongoing investigation.

Fire Burning In Teepee Late At Night

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A Huntington woman called Suffolk County police about a neighbor causing a disturbance with a teepee and open fire just after midnight on March 21. She told police her neighbor erected a 30-foot teepee with a fire inside, and was playing loud drums. The drums stopped, but the other woman would not extinguish the fire. The Huntington Manor Fire Department put it out and the neighbor was issued a summons for an open fire. She had no permit for a teepee or fire pit.

Man Approached Girl A woman called Suffolk County police to complain that a suspicious man was trying to talk to her 7-yearold daughter at Heckscher Park on March 19. She told police the suspect appeared to be a white man in his 40s, wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt. Police searched the park for the suspect, with no results.

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Bright Idea Advances Contract awarded for energy-efficient lights By Danny Schrafel

Thousands of Huntington’s street lights may be emitting a slightly greener glow in the coming weeks. The town has hired contractors to start replacing energy-guzzling lamps with more energy-efficient models. Welsbach Electric, based in Plainview, was awarded the requirements contract to install thousands of induction light bulbs in street lights throughout the town. Work will begin “imminently,” as soon as contracts are finalized, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. “We’re doing the most inefficient ones first,” Chief Sustainability Officer Terese Kinsley said. “The 250-watt bulbs will be going down to 120-watt; the 150s down to 80-watt.” The Town of Huntington received nearly $1.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, better known as the stimulus package, to buy and install the energy-efficient street lights. The funding will allow

as many as 3,500 of the town’s nearly 19,000 existing cobra head overhead high-pressure sodium lamps to be replaced, starting with the 250-watt and 150-watt bulbs to maximize savings. Kinsley said the proposal will allow the town to take a major chunk out of its $4.8 million LIPA bill, of which about $2 million goes to street lighting. Language in the resolution describes induction lighting as “proven technology” that has been in use for a decade. Because the lights have no filament to burn out, maintenance and bulb replacement fees drop sharply. Illumination quality is the same or better, and electric bills can be cut in half. The end goal, the resolution continued, is to improve energy sustainability and reduce the town’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and its carbon footprint. The town awarded a separate contract on Dec. 30, 2009 to Crystal Lighting to begin buying the induction bulbs. “It’s the first of many renewable energy initiatives we’re undertaking,” Cuthbertson said. “Street lights have a very high impact – you get a lot of bang for your buck.”


Explosion Burns Baker

Flash fire ignites as bagel maker opens oven By Mike Koehler

A blast of fire left an innocent baker hospitalized with second and third-degree burns to 15 percent of his body on Sunday. Suffolk police and Dix Hills Fire Department officials confirmed it was a flash fire that seared Alejandro Garcia, 35, at First Class Bagels in East Northport. Garcia, of Roosevelt, opened the oven door at 3:20 a.m. when flames shot out, said Second Assistant Fire Chief Tom Magno. “Thank God it was just him in the store, otherwise a lot more people would have been hurt,” Magno said. A shockwave from the large burst of fire blew out a window at the front of the store, which owner Dean Constantatos said would be replaced on Tuesday. But the conflagration, fire officials said, produced no more fire and just some smoke that caused minor damage inside. Constantatos said on Monday that customers were surprised to hear about the fire.

“A lot of people didn’t even know. They didn’t know what happened. It looks like nothing happened, except for the front window,” he said. About 40 firefighters arrived at the scene, extinguishing the fire and ventilating the building in less than an hour. Garcia was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital with serious burns to 10-15 percent of his body. Magno did not know the baker’s condition on Monday, although hospital officials said he was in “critical” condition. His boss said he hopes Garcia recovers quickly. “We feel bad he got hurt. We love the guy. We hope he gets better fast. I don’t care about anything else, as long as he gets better,” Constantatos said. The source of the fire is still under investigation; Suffolk police’s Arson Squad was called to the scene. Magno said it did not appear to be suspicious, adding that gases may have built up inside the oven and ignited as he opened the door. Police could not be reached for comment.


Pushing Ant-Graffiti Plan By Alessandra Malito

Legislator Steve Stern (D – Dix Hills) and Town Councilwoman Susan Berland are joining forces to support the well-being of Half Hollow Hills and fight graffiti with a group of high school students. The concern, they said, is that graffiti is no longer just a nuisance, but also a means of sending out the wrong messages. To solve the problem, students will be helping the elected officials clean graffiti and attempt to prevent more from being added, with the support of local businesses.

“We are creating an ongoing effort,” Stern said. “Half Hollow Hills kids will be a part of this investigation.” “It’s unacceptable to have it continuing in the community and affecting our quality of life,” he added. Along with cleaning, the students will help identify those who draw or use graffiti in the community. “It’s our young people actively involved and taking pride in our community,” Stern said. Berland also “looks forward to bringing it together,” she said. “We don’t want this in Half Hollow Hills and we don’t want it to stay. You violate it, we remove it,” Berland said.


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Students To State: Don’t Cut Our Funds Teens take educational opportunity to voice concerns about state funding cuts By Alessandra Malito

Students from the Half Hollow Hills PTA Legislative Committee visited Albany for a day-long trip to fight against budget cuts to their district last week. Each year, students of the committee go to the capitol to fight state aid cuts that could be detrimental to their educational experience by interfering with funding for programs available to them, and this year they fought no differently. Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R - E. Northport) was involved in the group’s trip to Albany this year. “It’s always a pleasure to have them come to Albany,” Raia said. “Half Hollow Hills is the best of the best. They not only excel in their studies, but they excel in the fighting to save those studies from budget cuts.” He added that having students visit and engage themselves is an integral part of their experience. “I always look forward to Half Hollow Hills coming up and having questions asked and letting them see how the process works. It’s an intricate part of that process,” he said. “By Half Hollow Hills coming up, students coming up knowing the issues, they put a face on what a budget cut would do. When you cut education, it hurts students and putting a face on it helps.” The governor’s proposed budget has a

“When you cut education, it hurts students, and by putting a face on it, helps.” — ANDREW RAIA, Assemblyman gap elimination adjustment in which the district could lose $2.7 million in state aid. Two new shifts in cost the governor is also proposing include a preschool education service, which the county and state usually fund, and a summer education service, which is provided for 70 percent by the state, 10 percent by the county, and other 20 percent by the district. By recalculating the formula, the new numbers would “invert our responsibilities,” said Half Hollow Hills Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Facilities Victor Manuel. Instead of paying 20 percent, the district would be required to foot 77 percent of the cost. There would also be an additional cost of $673,000 for special education services. Always a conversation point in Albany between the students and legisla-

Students from Half Hollow Hills visited Albany last week to learn about the legislative process and fight against budget cuts. tors is the equity. Currently, Long Island as a whole educates 17 percent of the students in New York State, yet Long Island only receives 12 percent in state aid.

“It was a phenomenal trip and a learning experience for the students,” Manuel said. “The students did an outstanding job speaking on behalf of the students.”


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By Alessandra Malito

The Half Hollow Hills community came together last week to celebrate the 113th year of the PTA and those who have put their time into their school district. During the annual Founders’ Day event on March 18 at the Melville Marriott, more than 300 people including Half Hollow Hills administrators, PTA members, teachers, staff members, students and parents ate and danced as fellow district residents received awards. After the Half Hollow Hills Blue Notes entertained the audience, eight people received certificates of appreciation for their hard work in their careers. Award winners included Coordinator of Instructional Computing and Family and Consumer Science Ellen Robertson, former supervisor of English Language Arts Sy Roth, Director of Social Studies Jeffrey Morris, PTA member Marla Capozzi, Otsego Principal Sharon

Stepankewich, Chestnut Hill Principal Linda Rudes, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Michael DeStio, and chairperson for the district’s nutrition and wellness committees Christina Noriega. Councilwomen Susan Berland and Glenda Jackson and Legislator Steve Stern were at the event to congratulate and present official proclamations to the eight award recipients. The PTA has given more than $200,000 in scholarships to needy students over the past six years. The members of the PTA have also dedicated 60,000 hours of volunteering. “Most important is bringing everyone together to celebrate the PTA while raising money for our scholarships fund,” said PTA president CorrieAnn Young. The event raised more than $19,000 that will go to graduating seniors in economic need. “It was nice to see such a great attendance,” said Young. “It seemed like people really enjoyed themselves.”

The Half Hollow Hills Blue Notes opened the evening with their harmonious tunes.

PTA Council President Corrie Ann Young, center, with special event co-chairs Tina Shek, left, and Suzanne Hausner.


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Doing It Right The Huntington Planning Board last Tax abatements and a package of incenweek gave the go ahead to site plans sub- tives helped company officials to choose mitted by imaging giant Canon which in- Huntington over locations in other states, tends to build its North American head- and we’re glad they did. Likewise, the comquarters in Melville. The action paves the pany’s application has been “fast-tracked” so way for the company to secure building that construction can get under way as soon permits necessary for construcas possible. EDITORIAL tion to begin at the property. We look forward to the day Luring Canon to the Melville/110 when Canon opens its doors corridor is a home run for Huntington. It is where Walt Whitman Road meets the LIE, anticipated that within 10 years, Canon will and encourage town officials to seek out and employ 2,000 and be responsible for cre- secure more companies like Canon, and agation of an associated 10,000 jobs. Its work- gressively market the Town of Huntington as force of well paid professionals will signifi- a great place to do business. You can’t have cantly strengthen the local economy. too many homeruns.


A Call To Action The following letter was sent to the Huntington Town Board. Excerpts appear below with the author’s permission. Dear Supervisor Petrone and Town Council Members: I am writing not as a school board member, but as a parent, community member and lifelong Huntington resident. Where are you? I am so disappointed in your lack of support, leadership and action. On Monday night at our school board meeting, the only representative from the town was Joan Cergol; not a single elected official showed up. I realize that you have busy schedules, but if the situation in Huntington Station does not call for your immediate and continued attention, I'm not exactly sure what does. How do you sleep at night? Do you thank God that your kids aren't going to school at Jack Abrams Intermediate? Do you roll over and say, "Phew, glad I don't live there?" Well, my daughter is a fourth-grader at that school; my son was a student there as well. We love the school. We love the community and I do not want the school moved because town authorities and the legal system can't figure out a way to make the neighborhood safe, not only for the students, but for the families in the area. Shame on each and every one of you.

This recent shooting occurred on New York Avenue, in broad daylight, with innocent bystanders and cars all over. This, and only this, should be your immediate concern right now. If we do not stem the violence and reclaim the area, the criminals win. And I live less than a mile away. I grew up in Huntington Station, within walking distance to Huntington High School and what was then Huntington Elementary. I graduated from the high school, as did my siblings and my husband's entire family. The blight and neglect that has been allowed to foster, while Huntington village gets bricks and Dix Hills gets a second skating rink is incomprehensible to me as well as many others in the community. I have been hearing about "revitalization" since moving back to Huntington 13 years ago. I have seen almost nothing change. In September, I stood proudly at the press conference in front of the former Tilden Brake Site, excited that finally, something would happen. It is now March, and nothing is different. Nothing. How can that be possible? I've heard your words, but have yet to see you take action to give substance to those words. Moving Jack Abrams Intermediate would not solve anything. Basically, we'd be surrendering the neighborhood to the gangs, and before you know it, we'll be discussing safety at Woodhull In-


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termediate, the village, the bay, and yes, even Cold Spring Harbor. This is your moment to be heroes. Do something now; act and lead in the way we elected you to lead. Put your differences with the county aside and work with them and the state to take back our streets now. Or, resign and let us elect people who aren't afraid to do the hard work. I believed Mr. Petrone when he sat at our school board meeting last fall and committed to working with the school district. I told my friends and colleagues that finally, the town and school district were talking and working together. I feel like a fool. I got sucked into believing things would be different, but it's just politics as usual. I will no longer remain silent. EMILY ROGAN


Building A Consensus DEAR EDITOR: I want to thank my fellow town board members for joining me in opposition to defeat the rental registration proposal. This clearly demonstrates how elected officials from different parties can work together and put down a bad idea together. It shows how one voice, with the help of civic leaders, can turn the tide and build a consensus with reasonable elected officials. It’s about doing the right thing. The proposal was against affordable

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. housing initiatives and even usurped HUD guidelines making it unconstitutional. The proposed fee to be charged against Section 8 housing was nothing less than a tax in disguise. In fact, it even had the potential to reduce the number of safe and affordable housing units. The defeat of this proposal is a resounding victory for all the residents of Huntington. Let’s hope it never rears its ugly head again. MARK MAYOKA

Huntington Councilman

Restoring The Empire State DEAR EDITOR: Albany is often referred to as the most dysfunctional state government in the nation. Of late, our governor has done little to detract from this image by embroiling himself in several controversies. While only time will tell the future of the Paterson Administration, it is apparent that New Yorkers are tired of the distractions in Albany and want results. Lieutenant Governor Ravitch recently met with legislators to give his proposal to help balance the state budget. During his presentation, he outlined the enormity of the fiscal deficit the state faces and highlighted the need to make tough decisions. In private, he also detailed the lack of political backbone of some

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legislators to make any unpopular decisions and vote for what is in the best interest of the state. It is this lack of political courage that threatens the future of New York. As your elected official, it is my job to make the tough decisions that will keep the state solvent. In doing this, I am willing to put my political career on the line and go against the tax and spend culture that exists in Albany. But first, lawmakers must be given the opportunity to do their job. This means that legislative leaders must allow rank-and-file members in both houses to make the tough choices necessary to move New York out of this fiscal crisis. We must deliver an ontime budget that reduces state spending, eliminates government waste and, most importantly, does not raise taxes or borrow against our children’s future. In the history of our state, New Yorkers have come together in times of crisis and have relied upon our elected officials to lead us down an uncertain path. In the coming weeks and months, with your help and guidance, I will do what needs to be done to make New York the Empire State once again. As I tell my kids, I am trying to do what is best for our family. I ask only that you trust me to do what is best for New York. JIM CONTE

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Stars To Show They’ve ‘Got Talent’ Two sets of live auditions to be held for Long Island performers in arts council showcase Photos by Frank Sposato and Leon Herzon

Christian Verfenstein of Huntington performed Chopin like he was in Carnegie Hall at last year’s competition.

Centerport’s Ryan Talierco’s harp playing was well-received last year. By Sara-Megan Walsh

Think you have what it takes to be a star? Find out this Saturday. The Huntington Arts Council will be holding live auditions for its second annual “Got Talent? Long Island” competition starting March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Huntington School of the Performing Arts. With a highly competitive field last year and a bigger venue, this year’s competition is sure to attract attention. “The level of talent last year was just incredible, but we are absolutely certain that this year’s performing artists will top even that high bar,” said Andrea Maire, who chairs the event. Huntington Arts Council Executive Director Diana Cherryholmes said over 60 entertainers auditioned last year,

Amelia Profaci, of Huntington Station, won the Audience Appreciation Award at last year’s “Got Talent? Long Island” competition. ranging in age from 10 to 60, across a wide variety of genres from instrumental classical jazz to hip hop dancers and comedy. “It’s not on particular genre that we look for. We look for the best in whatever genre, or discipline, they present to us,” Cherryholmes said. “What people create can be completely out of the box and yet on target in terms of quality and performance.” Auditions are for Long Island residents and are first come, first serve with doors opening at 1 p.m., registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. Dance acts and

those which include fire or animals are prohibited. Cherryholmes said approximately 20 finalists will be selected from amateurs and professionals to compete on May 12 at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center before an anticipated 300-member audience. This year’s judges include singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, daughter of Harry Chapin, and John Platt of WFUV radio. In 2009, 13-year-old singer and actor Christopher Borger of Wantagh won the judges’ vote, selected to bring home the title and a grand prize that this year includes a $500 cash award, an opening performance at the Summer Arts Festival and a $1,000 scholarship to Five Towns College. “All over Long Island, there are so many performing artists whose work is high quality. One of the goals of the

Huntington Arts Council is to provide performing artists opportunities to advance or even start their careers,” Cherryholmes said. Auditions will also be held on April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Huntington School of Performing Arts, located at 310 New York Ave. Contestants must complete the application form, provide the fee and will given 5 minutes to audition, which includes any time needed for setup. A single upright piano will be provided, but artists must bring their own accompanist. Those performers who cannot make the Saturday auditions can fill out and mail in the two-page application on the Art Council’s website,, by April 12. Be sure to include a video or DVD footage of your audition with the $25 member/$30 non-member fee.


Reviving An Egg-Cellent Tradition Heckscher, Town hall prepare for first Easter egg hunt in more than 30 years By Danny Schrafel

The Easter Bunny’s helpers will be hard at work in the coming weeks – that’s because they will be working to revive the town’s Easter egg hunt after a lengthy, decades-long absence. The 2010 version will take place near Heckscher Park’s ballfield on April 2. Children, who must be accompanied by guardians, should bring their own basket

or bag to collect eggs filled with candy and other goodies, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. Prizes and a free art project will be on tap from the Heckscher Museum. Cuthbertson expects the event to be a fairly low-key, leisurely welcome to spring. “We see other towns that have done it and it seemed like a nice spring event… and we have a nice venue for that type of thing,” he said.

Back in 1965, Mary Reck was a 7-yearold participant in the egg hunt. She found a silver egg, earning a Humpty Dumpty toy, a gift card for long-defunct Toys Galore in Huntington, a picture in the April 22, 1965 edition of The LongIslander and a letter from thenSupervisor Robert Flynn. “I remember being at the park and I found this egg. I remember screaming and yelling,” she said, recalling vividly the mad dash for the prized eggs. “They

were real eggs, spray-painted with silver… that was a pretty big thing when you were 7.” Now an employee in the supervisor’s office, she will be a part of the tradition again after a 30-year hiatus. “It was really cool when I heard it was coming back,” she said. “They need to do things like that for the kids.” For more information, call town hall at 631-351-2877. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be canceled.



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Catching Green Fever If you are reading this, you are a consumer. You decide what to stock your kitchen pantry with, how to care for your lawn, which products to use in your house and how many miles you put on your car; Bottom line, you make choices, and that is where we come in. As your local newspaper, we feel it is our responsibility to keep you abreast of what is happening in your community and how you will be affected. A common result of those efforts is making you, the reader, an educated consumer. You hold in your hands this year’s Green Guide. Educational in purpose, it is meant to in-

form you of various opinions out there on the “going green” movement and make you aware of how others in your community are responding to that movement. From your local government to your children’s schools, it seems everyone has caught the green fever, cutting down on paper printouts and signing energy efficiency contracts. Perhaps you have noticed more solar panels on the roofs of your neighbors’ homes. Even businesses in the private sector are jumping on board, designing their offices to use no paper and more natural light. If you are so inclined to live a greener life, we

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Advancing Greener Government Town, village officials outline efforts to preserve environment and educate Ife photo anny chrafel

Fill ‘er up and plug it in! One of the town’s six electric-powered MINI Cooper hatchbacks fills up in between uses. Town employees in a number of departments use the cars during daily runs through the town. By Danny Schrafel

ow does the Town of untington plan to mark Earth ay this year? For starters, take your electronic waste to Town all on April and they will safely dispose of it. And that’s just the start of its efforts in keeping the town environmentally healthy. The town’s second annual Earth ay Expo, scheduled two days after the th annual Earth ay observance, is designed to provide practical solutions to recycling electronic waste like batteries, printers and computer e uipment; while also providing education toward conserving natural resources and pursuing alternative forms of energy. “You can bring your old printers and computers, pull up and take it right out of the trunk,” hief ustainability fficer Terese insley said. “I have a toaster oven and two printers that I’m going to pull up with,” she added, laughing. It’s an easy event to wrap one’s fingers around, but it’s the tip of the iceberg in greening efforts the town and its incorporated villages are pursuing. The town is focusing on alternative energy insley said she hopes to find funding to investigate the feasibility of using wind turbines to power concession stands at parks, and a re uest for bids FP will soon be released to install a demonstration project of solar panels on the Town all roof. “ hat we’re looking to do is streamlined and more for residential use,” she said. “ e’re going to have a kiosk that in real time shows how much energy the solar panels are saving.” ne of the town’s recent projects is replacing cobra head street lights with more energy-efficient induction models. untington, insley said, spends . million on energy each year, and about million of that is to power the town’s , -odd sodium street lamps. If they converted all of them the first dose of American ecovery and einvestment Act funding covers , or so they could cut that figure in half. Incorporated villages in the Town of untington are also involved in environ-

mental advocacy. orthport, with its seafaring roots, relies on the health of the ocean for one of its pri ed industries shell fishing to survive, and two members of the village board, ayor George oll and Trustee Tom ehoe, are active in that field. In , oll and other lobstermen faced a massive lobster die-off that put their livelihood in peril. “It was not a natural thing, so to speak, in our minds. There was a human element; maybe not a particular element,” he said in a uly , interview with Long Islander Newspapers. “It could be a combination of different things settling in the bottom. You see a difference at low tide around storm drains; it’s a different smell than it used to be.” egislation sponsored by ongressman teve Israel secured million to fund the ong Island ound tewardship Act and the ong Island ound estoration Act. In loyd arbor, orothea appadona chairs the illage onservation Board,

County Executive Steve Levy inspects solar panels. It’s a field of renewable energy the Town of Huntington wants to get involved with, and they plan to install photovoltaic panels on Town Hall’s roof as a teaching tool for residents. which produces programs designed to cultivate appreciation for the environment and inspire residents to preserve it. Each year, the conservation board hosts the Banbury onference, a conference on one selected environmental topic. For children, the Great est unt, scheduled for ay , employs the skills of artist Tonito alderrama. e’ll help children collect natural ingredients with which to make a giant bird’s nest. hen they’re done, children will be able to sit in the finished nest and assume the perspective of a baby bird. At the town level, plans are in the works to replace A T and garbage trucks with cleaner running models. In addition, six of the town’s work vehicles are electric-powered I I ooper hatchbacks the town leases from abberstad I I in untington tation as part of a nationwide oneyear test run. n a full charge, the electric I I has a

-mile range and takes approximately four hours to fully charge from a wall dock unit. hould electric cars be a part of the future, the town has the foundations in place for such a development, with five solar-powered electric car-charging stations and reserved premium parking for alternative-fuel automobiles on the way. Per town code, any commercial construction larger than , s uare feet including anon’s elville head uarters must be EE -certified. illages like Asharoken are also pursuing EE -certified construction. “They need to move in this direction anyway. They’re doing it with or without us,” insley said. “People want to work in a building that’s a green building. There’s a premium on the s uare footage to rent it’ll lease uicker, and in this market, even if you’re not getting a premium like you were even two years ago, it’ll lease faster.”

Featuring roadside trunk service, the Town of Huntington will hold its annual Earth Day Expo on April 24, offering residents an easy way to dispose of electronic waste like old computers, batteries and spent televisions.

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Going Green Starts At Home Residents trade common items for reusable alternatives, new technology By Sara-Megan Walsh

Ever pick up a plastic bottle on the side of the road and toss it in a recycling bin? any untington residents are environmentally conscious about recycling, but there’s much more you can be doing to go green. The Town of untington has instituted several programs geared towards building greener business models and encouraging its residents to re-use and recycle. ocal residents and environmental organi ations suggest stepping up and being pro-active; It’s simply about chaning your habits. Think of it as a springtime resolution to yourself and the earth. “I think for the most part it’s like an unspoken rule. People know they should be conscious of it. hen people are looking, they recycle those bottles; when people aren’t looking, they throw it into the garbage,” said ames Ptucha, a ix ills resident and member of the Four Towns ivic Association. Ptucha said he regularly puts cereal boxes, tissue boxes and similar items into his cardboard recycling bin, and water bottles into the plastic bin. The Town of untington is one of the only municipalities on ong Island that accepts plastics numbered - for recycling, in addition to collecting aluminum cans,

newspapers, cardboard and batteries. untington tation resident Elissa ard, , said residents could be doing much more than recycling to live a greener lifestyle, conscious of their impact on the environment. “I think it’s about paying a little more attention to what you do. A lot of times people do things out of habit and don’t think about it,” she said. As the director of sustainability for ision ong Island, a orthport-based nonprofit aimed at creating smart growth communities, ard has substituted items in her daily life with green alternatives. “ henever my light bulbs burn out, I replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs,” she said. ard said other changes she has implemented include keeping a small, compact nylon shopping bag inside her purse to carry home purchases in rather than using a plastic grocery bag. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of iti ens ampaign for the Environment in Farmingdale, is encouraging other residents to hop on the “BY B” campaign Bring Your wn Bag. Esposito said another one of her top five suggestions for residents looking to go green was to switch to non-toxic, chemical-free cleaners for their home. “There’s a lot of products now in stores that don’t have harmful chemicals in them.

“I think it’s about paying a little more attention to what you do. A lot of times people do things out of habit and don’t think about it.” — ELISSA WARD, Huntington Station resident e have way more options now than ever before,” she said. The green movement has pushed the creation of non-toxic, chemical-free versions in a variety of household items. ard said when re-doing her home she purchased low volatile organic compound paint, which lacks chemicals fumes that can lead to headaches or irritation. he also keeps her yard chemical free by composting her food scraps and yard trimmings for an organic fertili er for her vegetable garden. Esposito said replacing pesticides in gardens and lawns with organic compounds are particularly important on ong Island. “Apply these pesticides on your lawn and they wind up in ground water or coastal waters. There’s no sense poisoning

the earth when you’re walking on it,” she said. untington Bay couple ichael and endy Busby took going green to the next level in arch , when their Bay Avenue house became ong Island’s first EE eadership in Energy and Environmental esign certified home. Their home is an example of the many green technologies that are available for residential use. enterport resident teven Engelmann works with solar panels as the regional manager of The olar enter in Plainview, formerly in ix ills. e said approximately systems have been installed on ong Island with nearly , systems installed in assau and uffolk counties, including his own home. The olar enter offers photovoltaic systems that create electricity from light starting at , after IPA, ew York tate and federal tax rebates, Engelmann said. omes with southern facing roofs are ideal, he said, and can produce enough energy to help power neighbors on the grid and payback the initial investment in eight years. A smaller system costing , can be purchased to heat hot water for domestic uses, and pays for itself in approximately six year. “People don’t just have to make the decision to help the environment. It’s a financially sound decision,” he said.

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Businesses Saving Serious Green Companies throughout Huntington share how they help the environment Ife photo archives

Canon’s proposed headquarters is expected to use more sunlight and less artificial lighting. By Mike Koehler

Green is the hot trend in commerce, and in this case it doesn’t mean money. ompanies and corporations around the globe are adding phrases like “energy efficient” to their products and boasting how “carbon neutral” their facilities are. But be cautious, untington hamber of ommerce member onald iGiacomo said. iGiacomo accused some businesses of greenwashing disingenuous promotion as environmentally friendly. “Green is being used all over, but people don’t know what it is,” he said. “They’re just using the word in a marketing promotion.” There are, however, a number of businesses within the Town of untington that appear to be legitimately concerned about the environment. ot surprisingly, the chamber is in that group. The chamber’s Environmental ommittee, chaired by iGiacomo, is charged with designing, educating and promoting “real green initiatives” for members. That includes hosting workshops and seminars to educate business owners and developing a business directory for green products and services. “ e are constantly striving for initiatives in the town to make it a greener place to live,” the chair said. “A lot of the work is very important, especially now with green being so in and important.” Protecting the environment is also a key ingredient in untington drafter arren Green’s business. hen creating plans for rustic indal edar omes, The Green esigner uses no paper. Green made the decision after he left indal as a full-time employee and started his own business in . “ nce I reali ed I don’t need to be in the office full time and can be in the field emailing plans and that I don’t need paper anymore ” he said. “It’s much easier, it’s much more green, it’s less money. I also left indal edar to volunteer on a coffee farm in awaii. I was able to take my computer with me and design from afar.” anon . .A.’s new head uarters in elville was also planned with the environment in mind. ompany officials announced two years ago their facility will be silver EE eadership in Energy and Environmental esign certified. anon’s site plans, approved just last week, call for the structure to be constructed with glass and light-colored aluminum panels. The glass walls would al-

The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce has worked to provide businesses with information on going green, from the annual Going Green Symposium, above in 2009, or the upcoming Economic and Environmental Expo in April. low more sunlight in, reducing the need for artificial lighting. And while in excess of , gallons of water would need to be pulled daily from wells in the outh untington ater istrict, anon’s plans call for water saving methods. rought-resistant plants will be preferred and ponds will be designed to collect rainwater, where bacteria would break down nitrogen compounds and organic materials. The head uarters is also expected to be designed aesthetically with the environment in mind. According to plans, the south side of one garage will be covered in a mesh that allows vines to grow. And around the property, trees will buffer the facility from nearby homes and highways. Plants may also be a part of the future mall Business Incubator in untington tation. oug Aloise, director of the ommunity evelopment Agency, said they hope to have a “green roof” when the incubator opens for business later this year. “A green roof helps with insulation. It’s a green vegetative roof. It retains the stormwater runoff without going into storm drains,” untington hief ustainability fficer Terese inley said. inley added the green roof may not be feasible, but solar panels capable of generating nearly kilowatts will definitely be installed courtesy of a grant from ongressman teve Israel ix ills . The incubator will also be home to energy efficient heating and lighting, and use percent of the existing building when they renovate the structure. “From day one, upervisor Petrone wanted this building to be EE certified,” Aloise said.

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Green For The Next Generation

In its Fourth ational eport on uman Exposure to Environmental hemicals, the enters for isease ontrol found chemicals in people’s blood or urine that have never before been measured in the . . population. Among them were bisphenol A BPA , found in many plastics, which may have potential reproductive toxicity, the reported. cientists found BPA in more than percent of the urine samples representative of the . . population, using data from to . BPA is a chemical used in polycarbonate plastic, including some baby bottles, plastic bottles, food storage containers and aluminum can linings. tudies have shown exposure to large amounts of BPA can stunt development in young children. It has also been linked to cancer and, as an endocrine disruptor, reproductive and development disorders in animals. ociety has changed, and technology has evolved faster than some say responsibility has. uffolk ounty became the first in the nation to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups in April , despite the Food and rug Administration’s stance that BPA in baby bottles posed no safety concern and the chemical industry asserting that the products are safe. The move was hailed across the country as progressive thinking towards protecting the next generation. But health and environmental advocates say there are more toxins lurking at every corner that they believe are linked to an array of diseases growing more and more common. onstrained by circumstances such as the time it takes to conduct longterm studies and funding for awareness projects, they are left asking o we live in a reactive society or a proactive society? “The advocacy community, when it comes to why and common threads, we think that there are environmental triggers of disease that are common among many different diseases,” said aren iller, president and founder of the untington Breast ancer Action oalition. “It makes no difference whether you have a family member diagnosed with cancer or diabetes, Parkinson’s or horrific asthma. It is a life-altering, life-threatening, familychanging experience and what we can do collectively in this green movement is care about the next generation.” Not ‘Little Adults’ hildren, advocates say, are the ones

who stand to be most affected should the green movement not take hold. “There is a definite connection. Environmental triggers are part of the e uation that affects our health,” iller said. “These environmental triggers which mutate and damage and send incorrect signals, especially to the most vulnerable of our population, the developing child, are singularly important.” hildren are not simply “little adults,” according to r. Philip andrigan, program director for ount inai edical chool’s hildren s Environmental ealth enter. They are uni uely vulnerable to toxic exposures released into the environment every day. Pound per pound of body weight, children take more of the toxins into their bodies. ith immature metabolic pathways, they do not detoxify or excrete toxins in the same way adults do, thus chemicals remain in their blood stream longer. Finally, they have more years of life ahead of them, and more time to develop chronic diseases that may be triggered by early environmental exposures. hat’s more, these diseases appear to be on the rise. “ ver the past years, chronic diseases of environmental origin have become epidemic in American children, and are the diseases of greatest current concern,” r. eonardo Trasande, co-director of the hildren’s Environmental ealth enter, wrote in testimony to the . . enate Environment and Public orks ommittee in eptember . Asthma has more than doubled in freuency since , he said, and birth defects, cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit disorder are on the rise. Autism rates in particular are increasing sharply, at more than percent a year. Evidence that many environmental chemicals contribute to causation of disease in children is also increasing, Trasande continued. That is where groups like the untington Breast ancer Action oalition B A become major players.

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Carrots are on the “dirty dozen” list of foods researchers say you should always buy organic.

Karen Miller promots the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition’s “Look Before You L.E.A.P.” kits to educate children and families on avoiding environmental toxins. board game starring the lively ibbet the frog. The coloring book portrays ibbet avoiding toxins by doing such things as eating organic fruit and walking away from bus and car fumes, and also contains word pu les for older children. The clever, brightly colored board game brings fun for the whole family as players move forward or backward on the board depending on what card is drawn take two steps back for microwaving plastic, for example. To bring the ook Before You .E.A.P. kit into your home, contact the B A , located at ew York Ave. in untington, at or visit, where many materials can be downloaded.

A Healthy Leap Forward To help protect those vulnerable little ones, the B A recently launched the “ ook Before You .E.A.P.” endeavor to help educate parents and children on how to avoid common environmental toxins. In these bright yellow kits, parents will find a fact sheet on .E.A.P. lead poisoning, endocrine disruptors, air pollution and pesticides as well as a coloring book and Ife photo archives

Eating organic foods is one way to avoid consuming foods sprayed with pesticides.

Going Green May Not Cost You Green A greener lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean emptying your wallet and maxing out your credit cards. tart with your instinct, iller suggested. “If it smells bad, it is bad. If it kills the weeds and the ladybug ,” she said, giving a thoughtful nod. “ e’re part of the environment. It’s not the environment and me, it’s not wellness and sickness. It’s everything.” ne way to go green starts with your dry cleaning. ry cleaning chemicals include perchloroethylene, known to affect the human nervous system if breathed for short periods of time and to cause liver and kidney damage over long periods of time, according to the EPA. iller suggested finding a dry cleaner that does wet wash cleaning or one that uses ynex, an organic chemical. If that is not an option, simply remove your clothes from the plastic bag your cleaning comes in before leaving the store and shake or air out the clothing before bringing it into your car or home. Absolutely don’t, iller said, keep the clothes in the plastic bag in your closet. Another green method involves paying attention to the plastics you buy, since endocrine disruptors are found in everyday plastic products. Each plastic container or bottle has a number inside the recycling triangle. Avoid plastics labeled , or and don’t reuse plastics labeled , which are

most water and soda bottles. In addition, use glass baby bottles, choose silicone nipples and pacifiers, and don’t microwave food in plastic or with plastic wrap on it, according to B A documents. Plastics are not the only thing to pay attention to at the grocery store. iller suggested buying organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible even if that means spending the same amount of money but getting fewer items because pesticides have been associated with smaller head si e in infants, while others are also endocrine disruptors. Pay attention to the P label, iller said. If the first digit is a , the item was grown using pesticides; means it is organic. If buying all of your fruits and vegetables organic isn’t possible, the Environmental orking Group suggests at least opting for organic when it comes to the “dirty do en” peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarine, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots and pears. ext, take off your shoes at the door to your home, as they could have picked up a pesticide during their travels. “Pesticides stay forever on the soles of your shoes,” iller said, pointing to a finding by the ong Island Breast ancer tudy Project that found traces of T in the environment, although it had been banned for nearly years by that time. “ ince most families have carpet, you’re always unearthing it; it never goes away,” iller said. Finally, the timeless classic ash your hands. The B A offers wallet-si ed cards detailing which plastics to avoid, which fruits and vegetables to buy organic, a toxic trigger chart, and a shopper’s guide to cosmetics. isit, pop by their office, or call for your own travel-si ed tip guide. “This card, people have said it has empowered them,” iller said, holding up the card on plastics. “ trangers come over and say, This card changed my life.’” ater, financially committing to a greener lifestyle whether that be redoing your house with bamboo flooring or investing in allergy-protective mattress pads and pillow covers can send a powerful message and may even encourage economic growth by supporting a market with a long-term future, iller said. “Actually making the statement of going into green stores, you have really become a powerful advocate for your health,” she said. “It’s a message when you put your dollar down.”


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Schools Teaching Lessons In Green By Alessandra Malito

t. Patrick’s ay may have come and gone, but the color green is still all over Town of untington schools with their initiatives to be environmentally friendly with efforts to save energy and money. The outh untington chool istrict, for example, secured an million energy efficiency contract with Ameresco of ewburgh, .Y. that will reduce their energy usage by percent. It is estimated the agreement will save the district more than million over the next years, meanwhile paying for itself and its e uipment in that time. “ e are getting million in building upgrades including solar energy at the high school that will tie in perfectly with our expanding science programs, and this will all take place with no cost to residents,” said outh untington uperintendent Thomas hea. Projects will include a olar Photovoltaic Array installation; replacing , light bulbs and ballasts and , fixtures to energy efficient ones; exterior door replacements; high efficiency transformers and automatic lighting controls. Expected to begin in the spring, the projects will also use local contractors, boosting local businesses. “It’s important to do what they can at whatever level,” said outh untington spokesman teve Bartholomew. “ et the district be an example. hether you’re renting or have a home everyone should conserve energy any way they can.” imilarly, the ommack chool istrict has automatic lights that shut off after the room is empty after a certain amount of time. The district also uses double-sided printing and has machines with e-mail capabilities. In addition, the district’s heating system can run on either gas or oil, and will do so depending on which is the most efficient and cost-saving at the time.

St. Anthony’s students in the Help Our Planet Earth club promote recycling of paper and batteries in their school. any school districts are moving toward curbing the amount of paper they use. ommack officials said there are fewer handouts due to the popular website for teachers, eBoard, and the district implemented a new program called “Backpack ews, ” a system that directs parents to the school’s website for notices, avoiding the need for paper fliers and newsletters. The innovation has had a total savings, based on paper costing . per page, of , . . ommack officials said they also saved the district

, in labor, materials and postage by digiti ing their back-to-school packets sent at the beginning of the school year. ow, the only items mailed to the students’ homes are their schedules and locker assignments. ike ommack, alf ollow ills uses the eBoard system. They also purchased a hybrid bus in the beginning of . The bus, which cost the district , as opposed to a regular diesel rear-engine bus at , is meant to re-burn gases and “drastically (Continued on page A8)

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Schools plant environment into lesson plans Photo by Brenda entsch

Commack students Brandon Fishman, Michelle Hall and Alexandra Gianakas from the French Honor Society sort bottles to be recycled. The money raised will be donated to a local charity. (Continued from page A7)

reduce those exhaust gases emitted into the environment,” said Assistant uperintendent of Finances and Facilities ictor anuel. The hybrid uses half the amount of gas as a regular bus to go the same distance. hile it is unknown exactly how much the district will save due to fluctuating gas prices, the bus will “pay for itself within the next five years,” anuel said. chool administrators aren’t the only

ones getting involved. hristian askaros, a senior at alf ollow ills igh chool East, went so far as to enter a contest last year to win a hybrid bus for the district. Although he did not win, he put a lot of effort and research into it, and the district ended up purchasing one anyway. “I am very concerned with saving energy. There’s no point in wasting it,” the student said. “I think the hybrid was important because although it was slightly higher in price than a regular bus, not

No plastic water bottles in this office: At Lloyd Harbor School in the Cold Spring Harbor School District, Principal Valerie Massimo, Assistant to the Principal Christina Parent, and secretaries Cecile McGann and Donna Buttacavoli are setting the standard by using “Klean Kanteen” eco-friendly steel water canteens to reduce the use of water bottles and Styrofoam cups. only will we be saving lots of money, but the environment as well.” askaros is a part of a green club called “ alf ollow ills Goes Green,” which is a subdivision of Youth to Youth Teaching. Their goal is to help the school learn about the benefits going green has on the environment. At t. Anthony’s igh chool in outh untington, environmentally conscious students are actively involved in elp ur Planet Earth, or PE. The organi-

ation, advised by science teacher ay Patelli, is in charge of recycling paper and batteries hether it’s a staff member, student, teacher, or administrator, it’s evident that the going green is in motion is within the Town of untington’s schools. A project big or small, from using solar power to recycling water bottles, can certainly show how going green is not only good for the finances and environment, but good for the community as well.


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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.


Comedy Night At Ludlow Bistro By Pete, Mike & Lil

Yucks were on the menu at udlow Bistro last week. ot the kind of yucks that have anything to do with food. ather, the kind that have to do with laughter. At times it was side-splitting. The Foodies were in the house last onday night when udlow Bistro in eer Park presented omedy ight. For a head, a full house devoured a three-course meal while enjoying the talents of some home-grown comics. It was a great way for udlow to fill the house on what otherwise would have been a customerless onday night the restaurant is closed on ondays , said udlow coowner Bryan onnelly, our host for the evening. A threesome, we arrived a few minutes early to the restaurant that shines like a bright orange beacon on eer Park Avenue. The color is no less vibrant inside, where dramatic lighting and contemporary artwork adds to the hip, modern atmosphere. In anticipation of the show, we were seated stadium style all three of us facing front and center. hile servers tended to the or so guests that filled the dining room, emcee ike Parenti stepped to the mic to warm up the crowd. A comedian himself, Parenti is coowner of comedy show producers omedy To Go, which hosts unday night open mic nights at hesterfields in untington. In fact, the producers like to point out that it was at hesterfields, then known as innamon’s, where comedians evin ames and Eddie urphy were discovered n the comedy menu at udlow were up-and-comer arcus ohnson; oward tern how regular al “The tockbroker” Governale; an honest to God ventrilo uist, r. Bob Baker, with his saucy, spinster puppet, ucille; and headliner arie aravas, an edgy bordering on abrasive T standup comic whose credits include ew oke ity on the etro hannel, Telemundo’s omedy Picante, and the ust for aughs Festival in ontreal. The comedy got rolling at about the same time as the food, and ohnson served us the appeti er a warm up to the main course. e had a choice of five first-course offerings, and in this case we each chose differently a aesar salad of romaine hearts had plenty of parmesan; and a salad of mesclun greens with still warm dollops of deep fried goat cheese, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette was a sweet way to begin the meal. A crispy Thai hicken egg roll, ordered on the owner’s recommendation, was the star of the appeti ers. e broke Foodie tradition and rules when two of us ordered the same entr es, but blame the enthusiastic staff

Chocolate-drizzled banana egg roll.

Ludlow’s housemade spaghetti with meatballs.

Crispy Thai chicken egg roll.

Classic dessert: a warm brownie with a scoop of ice cream.

who couldn’t rave enough about the spaghetti and meatballs. omemade pasta in a chunky and flavorful sauce of plum tomatoes, garlic and basil were a perfect bed for the half-do en savory, beef and pork meatballs. ne of our party went with a can’t-go-wrong marinated skirt steak and must-try herbed fries. Following up comedy wise, r. Baker maintained an entertaining dialogue with the first puppet he ever owned a goofy teenager that recalled harlie Bergen and friends and a sidekick obviously purchased in more prosperous times, the crusty ucille Goldman, whose raunchy repertoire started with gynecology jokes and got spicier from there. If we were thinking we were in for a night of humor less than suited to dining, al the tockbroker’s act confirmed it. al’s potty humor and arie aravas’s ong Island housewife shtick pushed the envelope as far as dining room humor goes, but had us laughing, even wiping away tears. It was nothing a warm brownie with ice cream couldn’t solve, or for that matter, an attractive plate of banana egg rolls dri led with chocolate syrup.

Dr. Bob Baker and his goofy sidekick. udlow Bistro’s omedy ight was a winner for both the comedy and the food. e’ll head back on a “normal” night and work our way around the regular menu.

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than one panini. Panin s, panin ? hen opinions differed, a check on revealed that panini s the plural of the single noun panino, which in Italian translates literally to “small bread roll,” and “outside Italy, pan n is often incorrectly used as a singular word like sala , also an Italian plural noun and is sometimes even solecistically pluralised into pan n s.” , we got the answer, but then we had to look up the word “solecistically.” It refers to a word that is incorrectly used.

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MARDI GRAS FEAST: an you find a harder working assemblyman than one who cooks for his own fundraiser? ook no further than Andrew aia who represents the th Assembly istrict. aia’s campaign fundraiser this past unday was a ew rleans-style feast for foodies with a ardi Gras theme, all prepared by the candidate with a little help from his friends. orthport Trustee Tom ehoe, who owns B eafood wholesaler in East orthport, flew in the crayfish; restaurateur Peter acarrubba made the pulled pork barbecue and sweet potato pie; and aia himself made crispyskinned, deep-fried turkey rubbed with Emeril’s finest rub. Fat Tuesday came on unday for aia supporters. mmmm. PANINI CONUNDRUM: The Foodies had a lengthy discussion on what to call more



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Assemblyman Andy Raia pulls a turkey from the deep fryer for his Mardi Gras fundraiser Sunday.

ivo Gerard t., untington , celebrates Easter with a special brunch menu on unday, April from a.m. to p.m. Two prixfixe menus will be offered at . and . . Both start with complimentary mimosa or vanilla-mango smoothie with fresh mint, and a choice of Irish oatmeal brulee with marinated strawberries; yogurt, berry and granola parfait; sliced fruit with honey, lime yogurt dressing; clam, white bean and pancetta chowder; fried calamari salad with salsa verde dressing; roasted beet, ricotta salata and pistachio oil; unday brunch salad with bibb, endive, radicchio, pears, blue cheese and orange-balsamic vinaigrette For the . main course, choose Eggs Benedict; egg white omelet with tomato, asparagus, goat cheese and Fontina; eggs baked in prosciutto with tomatoes, spinach and mo arella; Brioche French toast with carameli ed bananas and cr me fraiche; grilled chicken panino with marinated eggplant, roasted peppers and mo arella; flatbread of asparagus, tomato, prosciutto, two eggs, mo arella and chive cream; or agyu cheeseburger with pancetta and carameli ed balsamic onions and fries. For the . main course, choose aesar salad with chicken; ricotta pancakes; egg frittata with prosciutto, grape tomatoes, spinach and mo arella; or asparagus mushroom risotto with crispy shallots and red pepper coulis.

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THURSDAY Shakespeare In 90 Minutes atch as three classically trained actors of the are ones epertory ompany attempt the impossible perform e ery hakespeare play e er written in minutes. tili in arious techni ues such as rap performance art and e en reudian analysis Tom hillemi ohn Dorcic and Nino scensio will tackle omeo and uliet Othello amlet and more at the osey chool of Dance ain t. Northport on pril and p.m. . . .

Calendar O M M U N I T Y

Get Vaccinated! uffolk ounty Department of ealth er ices will be holdin a free N accination clinic on arch p.m. at alt hitman i h chool . ill oad untin ton tation. accination is recommended for all New ork tate residents o er months old.

Get The Last Licks

Mike Agranoff will sing English and American folk songs plus original compositions on guitar, piano and concertina at the Last Licks Café at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 109 Browns Road, Huntington, 8:30 p.m. with an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Sharing the bill is Gathering Time, an acoustic vocal trio. $15, $13 seniors and students. 631-4279547.

Responding To Suicide The ommack oalition of arin presents afe uardin hildren Durin Difficult Times ommunity esources and esponse to uicide on arch p.m. in the ommack i h chool uditorium. earn from e perts about the connection between mental health problems and suicide community resources and appropriate ways for the community to respond when a suicide occurs.

Combating Hatred The Di ills ewish enter will host braham o man national director of the ntiDefamation ea ue as he talks about ombatin atred nti- emitism in Our orld on arch p.m. anderbilt arkway Di ills. .

Zap A Bully ackie umans h.D. will introduce her new book ays to a ully at ook e ue New ork e. untin ton on arch p.m. The Northport author will share practical ways that parents and children can face the challen e of the per asi e problem of bullyin in our schools and nei hborhoods.

Hidden Treasures ind ust what you re lookin for at an indoor ara e sale on arch a.m. p.m. at hrist utheran hurch urr oad ast Northport. .


o e to uilt oin the uiltin roup at Old irst hurch to make uilts for cancer patients e ery Thursday at a.m. .



All Aboard! et a limpse at local talent at Northport rts oalition s oets in ort ni ht with open mic readin s featurin poet eor e eld on arch p.m. at affe ortofino ain t. Northport. or ste enschmidt

Celebrate Good Times The untin ton i h chool class of will be holdin a reunion the weekend of uly at the el ille arriot. or .


Jazz It Up isten to li e a music e ery riday ni ht at The lks ain t. untin ton featurin alley s omets p.m. .

SATURDAY Egg-Stravaganza! elebrate aster with untin ton s ittle helter nimal and doption enter s aster - tra a an a and prin lin featurin an e hunt kids ames a bake sale and more on arch noon p.m. at the shelter arner oad untin ton. ri es for most creati e headwear ens arks ine rt hoto raphy will be offerin portrait sessions for two photos or four wallet-si ed pictures to benefit ittle helter. ain date on pril .

Easter Egg Hunt eet the aster unny hunt for e s hear the aster story and ha e your picture taken on pril a.m. ain date unday pril p.m. at the an elical o enant hurch edar oad ast Northport. www.eccenorthport.

Get The Last Licks ike ranoff will sin n lish and merican folk son s plus ori inal compositions on uitar piano and concertina on arch at the ast icks af at the nitarian ni ersalist ellowship rowns oad untin ton p.m. with an open mic at p.m. harin the bill is atherin Time an acoustic ocal trio. seniors and students. . www.lastlickscafe.or .

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Telling Herstory ery Tuesday oin erstory writers roup lack rown hite for a brid e-buildin women s uided memoir writin workshop tau ht by onnie athis at untin ton tation nrichment enter New ork e. p.m. per class with monthly discounts. Newcomers welcome. .

Calling All Shutterbugs The untin ton amera lub meets e ery Tuesday eptember throu h une at the untin ton ublic ibrary ain t. untin ton in the ain eetin oom on the lower le el p.m. ree. www.huntin toncameraclub.or .

Children’s Story Time hildren of all a es can en oy stories read by a member of arnes Noble s staff e ery Tuesday and Thursday from a.m. arnes Noble . ericho Turnpike ast Northport. ree. .

March Madness The thrift shop at Trinity piscopal hurch ain t. Northport is holdin a half-price sale on all clothin durin arch. ours are Tuesday Thursday riday and aturday a.m. p.m.

WEDNESDAY Business Breakfast ut on your power suit and oin other business professionals at NI ecuti e eferral chan e s breakfast networkin meetin e ery ednesday a.m. at the Di ills

hildren in rades - can find support at a new separation di orce roup hosted by amily er ice ea ue on ednesday ni hts p.m. at ark e. untin ton. .

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Public Library arbor oad old prin arbor. . cshlibrary.or . earn how you can aid the . . oast uard at their au iliary trainin pro ram on Tuesday arch at p.m. old prin arbor unior and senior art classes take o er the art allery in a display of skill throu hout arch.

Commack Public Library auppau e oad ommack. . eniors can et free help filin their ta es at the Ta ssistance on riday arch p.m. esidents o er with low to moderate income should brin their forms forms and any other information related to income or e penses. ppointments are necessary. ll are welcome to participate in the annual dult inter eadin lub. ead fi e books and win a pri e and a chance at the raffle. Direct uestions to rian onelli at the eference Information Desk bonelli

Deer Park Public Library ake e. Deer ark. . Need help fi urin out what do with your retirement sa in s plan after a layoff or switchin obs oll It Take It ea e It o e It presented by Thomas awler of dward ones helps you e aluate your options on Thursday arch p.m. ind out how you can use the credit of your life e periences towards a de ree at mpire tate olle e Information ession on onday arch at p.m.

Elwood Public Library ericho Turnpike lwood. . www.elwoodlibrary.or . heck out the library s website for the latest on new arri als.

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Harborfields Public Library roadway reenlawn. . e ready for some friendly competition with an afternoon of in o for adults on riday arch at p.m.

Huntington Public Library ain ranch ain t. untin ton. . tation ranch New ork e. untin ton tation. . atch the recently released melia based on the life and mysterious death of melia arhart on Thursday arch at p.m. at the ain ranch. ook a trip escape the cold and disco er the world throu h books and acti ities. e ister as a family for inter eadin lub and pick up your eadin Itinerary at the outh and arent er ices eference Desk. Throu h readin tra el to si continents in two months. ach week add stickers to your tra el book and recei e pri es for readin to ether.

Northport-East Northport Public Library aurel e. Northport. . arkfield oad ast Northport. . www.nenpl.or . earn more about word processin workin with te t and files in omputer irst rade on Thursday arch a.m. In the ast Northport allery ane ishoweme olos shares his photo raphy incorporatin the work of famous artists into di ital ima es. In Northport painter d all s work reflects the di erse people land and seascapes he has encountered from on Island to frica.

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ture features Isle oyal the adlands Death alley and other sites.

ills ranch anderbilt arkway. el ille weet ollow oad. . Take a ourney throu h Our National arks with aurie ampbell on Thursday arch at p.m. in the Di ills branch. lide lec-

i eon ill oad untin ton tation. . ind out more about the water you are drinkin and how it ets there at the on Island ater onference on Thursday arch noon. ookin for employment The . . ensus ureau will be holdin open testin for temporary employment opportunities on ednesday arch a.m. p.m.

THEATER and FILM Arena Players Children’s Theatre oute ast armin dale. . The clowns present their own take on ack and the ean talk eb. arch on aturdays and undays at p.m.

Arena Players Repertory Theatre oute ast armin dale. . ll ain ta e roductions performed as scheduled. riday p.m. aturday p.m. and unday p.m. . on Day s ourney Into Ni ht by u ene O Neill which reli es a fateful day for the Tyrone family in u ust takes o er the ain ta e arch pril . aradise ey by Dean oyner deals raphically with interro ation techni ues used by mericans to ain information as a I a ent has to et inside a erman doctor s head to learn of a accine or risk disaster. It is showin on the econd ta e throu h pril . erformances are ridays and aturdays p.m. and undays at p.m.

Cinema Arts Centre ark e. untin ton. www.cinemaartscentre.or . . eer ars directed by nat aron takes iews on a no-holds-barred e ploration of the beer industry told from an insider s perspecti e shows on Thursday arch p.m. ilm followed by discussion and tastin with tuart aimes co-owner horline e era e aul Dlu okencky of lind at rewery in enterport and ohn ie ey ich andenbur h of reenport arbor rewin . members public includes reception. oin New ork ity comedians The aspberry rothers as they mock the ampire phenomenon Twili ht on aturday arch at p.m. members public.

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts i e Towns olle e N. er ice oad Di ills. o Office . www.dhpac.or ay tribute to hica o with its ast cultural


history that created musicians includin ionel ampton bluesman uddy aters and bi band in of win enny oodman with on Island tribute band e innin s on riday arch p.m. . edisco er acbeth by illiam hakespeare a thrill-ride of human response to ambitious and temptation set in the alternate uni erse of post-apocalytic under the direction of athy urtiss on pril at p.m. and unday pril at p.m. adults and students seniors.

Shakespeare In 90 Minutes

Watch as three classically trained actors of the Bare Bones Repertory Company attempt the impossible: perform every Shakespeare play ever written in 90 minutes. Utilizing various techniques such as rap, performance art and even Freudian analysis, Tom Chillemi, John Dorcic and Nino Ascensio will tackle “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello,” “Hamlet” and more at the Posey School of Dance, 57 Main Street, Northport, on April 1 – 3 and 8 – 10, 8 p.m. $20.00. 1-800-838-3006.

The Minstrel Players Of Northport erformin at ou hton all theatre at Trinity piscopal hurch ain t. Northport illa e. www.minstrelplayers.or . lithe pirit by Noel oward will take the sta e on aturdays pril and at p.m. and undays pril and at p.m. adults and seniors children. roup rates a ailable for or more.

allia eon in uneeta ittal inn ea yun sub hin arie Tra er ichard au Nola irin are on display throu h pril .

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

Art League of Long Island

ain treet Northport. www. ohnwen . Dial for urder a classical psycholo ical thriller in which a former tennis star plots to kill his wealthy wife takes the sta e arch pril with performances on Thursday ridays and aturdays at p.m. and undays at p.m. select dates at p.m. .

ast Deer ark oad Di ills. allery hours a.m. - p.m. weekdays a.m. p.m. weekends. . www. rt ea ue I.or . o an e hibition of d ance lacement hi h school art students works from across on Island on display arch .

Star Playhouse

ain t. untin ton. allery hours onday unday a.m. - p.m. until p.m. on riday and aturday. . ee the talent of the po inners how featurin the work of artists selected by ornelia eckel editor of rt Times on display throu h arch .

t the uffolk ommack. ello uddah formed arch p.m.

auppau e oad e t. . ello adduh will be perp.m. and arch

Tilles Center For Performing Arts Northern oule ard rook ille. www.tillescenter.or . . The ershwins or y and ess an allblack drama that mer es classical opera a and roadway that opened in will be performed on riday arch at p.m. Tickets . . . roadway star essica olasky of an of No Importance ra y for ou and hess performs her own music on aturday arch at p.m. and p.m. . . .

CASTING CALLS Got Talent? uditions for amateur and professional entertainers for the untin ton rts ouncil s ot Talent on Island will be held at the untin ton chool of erformin rts on arch and pril p.m. uditions are first come first ser ed doors open at p.m. re istration be ins at p.m. No dance acts animal acts or fire. rts ouncil members non-members. iano a ailable but performers must brin their own accompanist. www.huntin tonarts.or . .

Seeking Strings The Northport ymphony Orchestra formerly the Northport ommunity Orchestra is seekin new members in all sections. ehearsals are ednesday e enin s. . northportorchestra.or .

Cloggers Wanted The ruce pruce lo ers Dance ompany is seekin dancers for future shows on on Island. Dance back round wanted preferably e perience in tap clo or Irish-step dancin . .

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Alfred Van Leon Gallery id eon ill oad. untin ton tation. on. Tues. Thurs. ri. .am. - p.m. ed. a.m. - p.m. at. a.m. - p.m. un. p.m. eace etween s Our urroundin s featurin work by illian amy eata ruk and ulie O Daly raduate students in the aster of ine rts pro ram at . . ost. will be on display throu h pril .

Alpan Gallery est ar er t. untin ton. allery hours ednesday - aturday a.m. - p.m. . www.alpan allery selections from li lah erdian andra enny yl ia arnick eun ee i

b.j. spoke gallery

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery oute old prin arbor. Open se en days a week a.m. - p.m. adults children and seniors o er members and children under are free. . http www.cshfha.or earn about freshwater fishin on on Island from N Department of on ersation biolo ist eidi O iordan on arch . ree with admission.

fotofoto Gallery

role as a leisure destination to a mature suburban culture. The museum is now acceptin entries from Nassau and uffolk ounty artists for its inau ural on Island iennial e hibition to be displayed uly ept. in honor of its th anni ersary celebration. ccepted media include paintin s sculptures drawin s prints photo raphs and mi ed media.

Huntington Historical Society ain office library ain t. untin ton. useums onklin ouse i h t. issam ouse useum hop ark e. e t. . http www.huntin tonhistoricalsociety.or earn about the women and men of the nder round ailroad on on Island from Dr. athleen esor author of The oad to reedom the nder round ailroad New ork and eyond on Thursday pril at p.m. as part of the onklin ouse ecture series. ree for members non-members. loyd ane and loyd arbor oad. loyd Neck aturday- unday - p.m. last tour at . dults hildren roups by appointment only. . www.splia.or .

LaMantia Gallery ain t. ast Northport. www.lamantia



Martin Lerman Gallery

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Harbor Light Images New ork e. untin ton. allery hours Tuesday - p.m. ednesday - p.m. Thursday riday a.m. - p.m. unday a.m. - p.m. . www.harborli htima

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Heckscher Museum Of Art rime e. untin ton. useum hours ednesday - riday from a.m. - p.m. first ridays from p.m. p.m. aturday and unday from a.m. - p.m. . dmission - adults - seniors and children members and children under free. . rcadia uburbia rchitecture on on Island hi hli hts the si nificant architectural history of on Island o er the past years from rank loyd ri ht and hilip ohnson to arcel reuer from an. to pril . The e hibition is a new narrati e chartin the re ion s de elopment from a lar ely a rarian society with a si nificant

aturday pril . The anderbilt s lon -standin sprin e ent includes unny reakfast at a.m. followed by a e hunt in the anderbilt ose arden weather permittin an aster basket and bonnet parade ames photos with unny and i l hick and a special planetarium show Trip to the lanets at a.m. dults members children members. eser e tickets by phone or on the museum s website.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Old alt hitman d untin ton tation. ours ednesday- riday - p.m. aturdays and undays a.m. - p.m. dmission adults seniors students and children under are free. . www.waltwhitman.or hildren can brin in sprin with a poem at Nested oems on aturday arch at p.m. ublished poet and e perienced art instructor nne in sbury will uide children in writin poems on colored paper e s then creatin a pipe cleaner and feather nest for them. . per child reser ations are re uired. stonished ar est featurin poetry written at tony rook edical enter on medical humanities compassionate care and bioethics on the e perience of illness and healin will be held on unday arch at p.m.

The Whaling Museum ain treet old prin arbor. useum hours Tuesday- unday a.m. - p.m. adults seniors students family military and children under are free. . www.cshwhalin museum.or . Tales Treasure rom the ttic rchi e an e hibition e plorin the s throu h artifacts and stories is on display throu h abor Day .


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Ridotto, Concerts with a Touch of Class t Old irst hurch oute in untin ton. . www. idotto.or . ear anadian-Israeli pianist ichael erko sky in recital on unday pril at p.m. The winner of the ale ordon ompetition and uilliard oncert competition will perform eetho en s Tempest onata o art s The Turkish arch and works by is t includin is t s transcriptions of three chubert son s. members students seniors public. eser ations recommended.

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Developers Keep Earth In Mind LEED certification just one way consulting firm helps businesses stay green Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

esigning a housing community offthe-grid is just one of several eco-friendly endeavors for Green Peak Group. hile the auppauge-based consulting firm typically works with business clients to make their offices green, co-founder and untington Township hamber of ommerce member onald iGiacomo said it’s a special project. “ e are working on beta program to build near net- ero homes. These homes will work nearly off the grid,” iGiacomo said. “That will allow a homeowner to operate his home without paying IPA and ational Grid.” ne of the company’s investors was interested in making the project come to life, he added, and has provided property where a do en homes are already slated to be built. The program, however, is still in

Green Peak Group co-founder Gene Stern, left, at the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Going Green Symposium last year. research and development, and nowhere near completed. “ e should be putting the model up in the next few months,” iGiacomo said. In the meantime, Green Peak will continue working with commercial building owners throughout the tri-state area to renovate their existing structures or construct new green buildings. ith less than two do en employees, Green Peak relies on a

consortium of other companies including elville-based Group to take advantage of wind, solar, geothermal and other natural energy resources. ost of their work comes in the form of eadership in Energy and Environmental esign EE certification. reated in , EE is a set of standards accepted across America for environmentally sustainable design, construc-

tion and operation of green buildings. Applicants are awarded points in categories like materials and resources, sustainable sites, water efficiency and indoor environmental uality. The property is then awarded one of four ratings depending on their scores. But the EE process, iGiacomo said, is lengthy and complicated. In , he and two others created Green Peak Group to help companies navigate the procedure. “I think that with all the green bu about, it was spinning peoples’ heads,” he said. “ e’ll go in there, do all the research and present the best case scenario.” Green Peak usually performs an initial assessment of the building, looking into A and other systems. A report card of sorts is created from the research, and used to direct the company’s green plans. The business will also help others become environmentally friendly, even if they choose not to pursue EE certification. ith their assessment in hand, iGiacomo said his staff can help save anywhere from to percent on energy costs. “If the building is anti uated from the ’ s and we come in, you’re talking about some huge savings,” he said. “The return on investment doesn’t necessarily come from being EE certified.”

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Eat This, Huntington! ext time you head out to lunch in untington, better hope there’s no calorie count flashing before your eyes as you grab that sandwich or pi a slice orld famous chef o o i pirito was at Book evue promoting his newest cookbook “ ow Eat This of America’s Favorite omfort Foods, All nder alories” on Friday. Time will only tell if i pirito take’s on untington’s vast array of eateries are true. Chef Rocco DiSpirito an you imagine what he would say with talked up his book in the sampling of comfort food we have at our Huntington last week. fingertips? From the pi erias to the bakeries, owners should hope he’s not there with a calculator figuring out its stats.

Three’s A Crowd

Mariah Carey is sharing the top spot with Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

There’s a saying that two’s company, but three’s a crowd. After all, arborfield’s native songbird has reali ed her days alone at the top are over. Mariah Carey has long held the title of being the female singer with the most o. pop songs six for the record on ielsenB radio chart launched back in . owever, she’s been joined by ady Gaga and Beyonce after the duo’s hit “Telephone,” making for an uncomfortable threesome ill arey be able to reclaim her position on top of the charts? e don’t know, but it seems ady Gaga and Beyonce are full steam ahead, with youth on their side.

Sean’s Love Letter To Obama loyd arbor native ean Hannity is coming out with his first new book in six years, and let’s just guess for a minute the president won’t be keeping a copy on his nightstand. That’s because the new text, “ onservative ictory efeating bama’s adical Agenda,” charges the commander-in-chief of trying to “dismantle the American free-market system and forfeit our national sovereignty” and calling conservatives to unite to get the nited tates back Sean Hannity is on track, “while we still can.” heery, we know. hitting the road annity’s book will be backed by a coast-towith a rallying cry coast tour of bookstores, featuring some of the for conservatism. right’s most popular figures dropping in as special guest stars. tay tuned for his inevitable visit to Book evue, which always proves to be a packed house.

Fiddy’s Gonna Make You Dance Earlier in the month, the ix ills property that rapper Cent’s mansion used to stand on before it burnt down was put on the block, and it’s worth uite a bit more than cents. The asking price on the . -acre lot is just shy of a half million smackers, according to a listing posted by eller illiams Greater assau. The entire property is cleared and comes e uipped with a driveway rigged up with radiant heat, making it priced to sell, his brokers say. You may recall the tract had a , -s uare-foot, six-bedroom home and five bathrooms, and

The Dix Hills lot that rapper 50 Cent’s home used to stand on before it burned down is up for sale, and it’s worth more than half a dollar. Fiddy, born urtis ackson, bought the joint in for . million. is son, his son’s mother and he lived there until that is, until the place burned down. The fire was deemed “suspicious.”

Half Hollow Hills’ David Lerner, above with Variations dance studio Artistic Director Erin Lopez, will play the role of Michael Banks in Broadway’s “Mary Poppins.” “I like being in front of live audiences. I won’t sing in front of one person; I have to sing in front of a thousand people. Acting, singing, dancing they’re all really fun.” avid erner is turning in a few days, but he received his birthday present early the lead in Broadway’s “ ary Poppins.” erner will be playing the role of ichael Banks, one of the children the infamous magical nanny cares for. A student at est ollow iddle chool, he said he is excited to be joining the ranks of those on the Great hite ay. “It’s a dream come true,” the young actor from elville said. “I’ve always wanted to, from the day I was born, always wanted to be on stage and perform. Every day it feels more and more real.” erner is a triple threat of



other professional Texas old’em players, unday’s game at the ilton Garden otel meant plenty for the elvillebased orseAbility. The tournament is an annual fundraiser for the not-for-profit, which

ills, where he most recently played inus in “You’re a Good an, harlie Brown,” and the hite Plains Performing Arts enter, where he recently played liver in “ liver ” e started at the ultural Arts Playhouse in Plainview, where an agent spotted him in action and began working with him. erner starts rehearsals in April and will take the stage of the ew Amsterdam Theatre on ay for a six-month run, rotating the role with two other boys and performing between two and four times a week. As for a young boy managing so many lines, the child actor is not worried. “I usually just read the script a couple times and then I start looking at one particular line and say it over again and over again,” he said. “Then I try to do it without looking and keep practicing and finally remember it.”

Hoopster Szczerbiak Finds New Home BA mainstay ally er ia finally ended speculation this winter and retired after a decade of playing ball with barking knees. ow the old pring arbor native is back home, reportedly raising three young children with his wife. But c erbiak, , hasn’t completely left basketball. The retired swingman is now using his years of experience on iacom’s new B ollege ports network. uring the regular season, he worked one night a week as a studio analyst. e will be more

Animals At The Table “ esus” may not have made an appearance, but a charity poker tournament for a therapeutic riding program likely attracted other card sharks. hile the stakes were too low for hris “ esus” Ferguson and

singer, dancer and actor. In addition to taking singing lessons, the sixth-grader has studied at sdan enter for the Performing Arts in heatley eights for four years and taken dance lessons at ariations dance studio in untington for two years. “ ong Island really offers a lot,” erner’s mother, aria, said. he added that her son showed an interest in performing arts at an early age. “ hen he was years old and started to watch the i ard of ’ movie, whenever the carecrow came on, he would sing and dance along with the video,” she said, adding that erner asked to take performance lessons when he got older. “ e knew he really wanted to do that,” she said. Years later, erner would find a place on the stage doing performances at alf ollow

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Vanderbilt Grapples With Insurance Bill Huntington legislators support ‘reasonable repayment plan’ to settle sizable debt By Danny Schrafel

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A proposal to absolve the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum of more than $180,000 in back insurance payments has stalled, but legislators have announced their support for creating a payment plan to settle the debt. Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D – Holbrook) proposed absolving the Vanderbilt of $180,677.70 in unpaid self-insurance bills dating back to 2005, citing continued financial struggles. Legislative budget analysts said the museum could owe as much as $400,000 dating back to 2001, the last time they paid into the insurance program. “The Vanderbilt Museum does not have the financial resources to make this sizable reimbursement payment,” Lindsay’s bill reads, “Forcing the Vanderbilt Museum to make this reimbursement payment would undermine the progress that has been made to restore the museum’s fiscal health.” Legislators representing the Huntington area, though, aren’t sold on absolving the Vanderbilt entirely of its debt on principle and the county’s lack of capital. The proposal was tabled on Feb. 25 in the parks committee. “I want them to succeed, but this is less about the Vanderbilt and more about protecting taxpayers,” Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D – North Babylon) said. “I have a $66-million budget gap to close and we’re already in the beginning of March. Every penny counts… we’ve already raised park fees and we did more permanent fixes by giving them [10 percent of the] hotel-motel tax [proceeds].” Legislators Vivian Viloria-Fisher (D – Setauket) and Jon Cooper (D – Huntington) shepherded through a one-year park fee increase to provide $750,000 for the Vanderbilt in the 2009 operating budget after its endowment’s stock portfolio crashed. When the park fee increase was adopted over County Executive Steve Levy’s veto, Cooper vowed it was a one-shot deal. The fee increases sunset this month. “I want to continue to be supportive of the Vanderbilt – we’ve done many things over the last couple of years – but these are payments that do need to be made,” Legislator Steve Stern (D – Dix Hills) said. “As of right now, I can’t support eliminating the necessity for those payments, but I would like to pursue any possibility of alleviating an immediate burden to the Vanderbilt.” The three Huntington legislators said, however, they are willing to work out a payment plan to get the Vanderbilt back up to speed without breaking the bank – a “reasonable repayment plan,” Stern said. “The problem is they don’t have the money to pay for this,” Cooper added. “Whether it’s an installment plan, maybe ask for 50 cents on the dollar… all of the options are on the table.”

County legislators are considering ways to help the Vanderbilt pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars in back insurance payments.




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Hills Celebrates Culture, Diversity At Unity Fair Photos by Felice Kristall


Standing in front of the district-wide art project “One Tree, Many Branches,” Half Hollow Hills administrators and Board of Education trustees congratulate the PTA Council Diversity Committee.

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Local Students Make City Debut

Emily Greene of Northport with her artwork, displayed in New York City March 18-26.

Students of Usdan’s Honors Art Collective made their New York City debut with their artwork. By Alessandra Malito

Long Island art students of the Usdan Honors Art Collective were given a chance to show their artwork in New York City last week at a gallery show. The exhibit, called “Facets,” featured three-dimensional paintings by seven members of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts’ most selective program for high school art students. Among students displayed in the exhibit were Dix Hills’ Brandon Wall and Northport’s Emily Green, as well as Leah Anton of Old Bethpage, Maritza Feliciano of Oceanside, Amanda Pinsker of Old Bethpage, Anne Schindler of Rocky Point and Danielle Sternberg of Plainview. “The show was great,” said Usdan teacher Craig Mateyunas. “All the kids were great. They thought it was a really good experience. They were excited to see their work in a space in the city, and they were all happy with how it turned out. People there had a lot of positive things to say.” The Usdan Honors Art Collective is a year-round selective program of advanced studio art, museum study and career preparation for Long Island students in 10th through 12th grades. Membership in the collective begins with a summer of study at Usdan Center and continues with twice monthly fall and winter studio art classes, and frequent visits to New York museums. The students in the program are dedicated to their artwork and improving

their skills. “I think the great thing about the program is that it allows students to work with other kids from other schools who are into art as much as they are. It lets them start forming bonds and forming ties with other people and connections with other students when they go on,” Mateyunas said. His assistant echoed his sentiments. “They’re extremely great. They come in with a lot of knowledge of the art and the art program,” said Hillary Broder. Green and Wall are both hardworking students within the program. “Emily Green is a talented kid but also puts a lot of work into everything she does. She really cares about her artwork and learning new things,” Mateyunas said. “Brandon is a student who is really caring and tries really hard at what he does, and strives to learn stuff in everything he does. He is a very hardworking student who really just wants to learn and understand art and just improve himself as an artist.” The program, which teaches students how to make art as well as speak about their art, is something very helpful to students in the future. “I just think it’s a really great program. It definitely offered me so many opportunities in the college application process,” Green said. “It taught me to speak about my work.” She suggested anybody who is majoring in the fine arts or visual arts to participate. For more information, visit



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School Notebook

Compiled by Luann Dallojacono

In recognition of the technological leaps taken in local classrooms to enhance learning, 10 tri-state area schools, including Signal Hill Elementary, were honored as winners of the fifth annual Chase Multimedia in the Classroom Awards at the Celebration of Teaching & Learning, a premier professional development conference for educators hosted by THIRTEEN & WLIW21. Students and teachers from the winning schools received a $1,000 cash prize from Chase, founding sponsor of the event. The Chase Multimedia in the Classroom Awards highlight the achievements of individuals using innovative techniques to enhance the K-12 curriculum. Winning submissions utilized various platforms of multimedia, demonstrating how students and teachers alike are using technology to transform and improve the classroom experience. “This year we saw a record number of submissions for this competition, proving to us that not only are advances in technology inevitable but they are a welcomed necessity in the classroom,” said Kimberly Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “This is why Chase believes it is so important to recognize those who are fostering these advances. We are celebrating the future of innovation through our students and teachers who truly understand how to use these tools to their full educational potential.” Signal Hill earned recognition for a multimedia project. “The Chase Multimedia in the Classroom Awards are a special moment during the Celebration of Teaching & Learning when we take a moment to highlight local talent that infuses creativity and technology into the classroom each day,” said Ronald Thorpe, vice president and director of education at WNET.ORG. “These schools have taken information

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Transforming Learning Through Technology

Chase’s Mark Rigdon congratulates Sanam Muhayya and Renee Clarke of Signal Hill Elementary School for their multimedia project “There’s an Animal in Trouble.” and transformed it into an exciting learning experience to be shared with and to inspire others, just as all those involved in the Celebration aim to do.” The “Celebration” event takes place at the Hilton New York and brings together educators, experts and activists from around the globe for hands-on workshops, exhibits on the latest educational tools and interactive sessions.

Lessons From Kelso The Frog

Throughout the seven elementary schools in Half Hollow Hills, there is an emphasis on character education, and at Otsego Elementary, Kelso the frog has become a familiar character. Kelso (physical education teacher Eric Micalizzi) leads the way, teaching students to make good decisions. In the interactive assembly presentation, the concept is reinforced by the original song: “You gotta stop, think and try a better way, before you get in trouble and spoil your day,” sung by Otsego students. This year’s presentation included an original book written and illustrated by second grader Julie Jacobs.

Otsego students learn valuable lessons from Kelso the frog.

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Local pols react to Levy’s political party change (Continued from page A1)

were happy to see him switch… there’s no going back at this point. The Republican Party can have him.” “He may even face a primary; that remains to be seen,” Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D - N. Babylon) said. Suffolk County Republican chair John Jay LaValle said if it came to that, they would “absolutely, 110 percent” run him on the GOP ticket. Huntington Democratic Committee Chair Mary Collins said she wasn’t surprised by the switch, saying she was merely “waiting for that shoe to drop for a long time.” “He’s been way too fiscally conservative, socially conservative to appeal to me and the people in Huntington,” she said. “He was never particularly popular in Huntington.” Levy was the focus of a rally outside his Hauppauge office on Monday afternoon. The crowd of nearly 200 included seven legislators, one assemblyman and union representatives demanding Levy hire a class of 200 cops paid for by a 3 percent tax increase in the police portion of the 2010 budget. So far, Levy has only committed publicly to hiring 70.

Cooper said those officers were necessary to push back against a wave of street crime, the proliferation of heroin and gang violence wracking several communities in Suffolk County. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve had five shootings and two stabbings [in Huntington Station],” Cooper said. “Parents have pleaded with me to get more cops on foot patrol, more cops on bike patrol, more cops in the gang suppression unit, and I don’t want to wait for a kid in my district to get killed.” At the rally, a Levy staff member passed out letters, telling the protestors that Levy was unable to attend because of a death in the family. Levy said it was “unfortunate” that the organizers of the rally did not coordinate with his office, but noted he is continuing his dialogue with top Huntington school officials. Cooper anticipated a strong challenge from democrats if Levy fails to win the governorship – a more likely outcome after failing to gain the majority of conservative support upstate, he said. Levy spokeswoman Rene Babich called the Conservative committee meeting an “unweighted recommendation” with little meaning until the party convention in June.

Legislators D’Amaro, Cooper and Steve Stern (D – Dix Hills) vowed to work with Levy as county executive to ensure the best for Suffolk County. “I have always provided leadership in a bipartisan manner, not by party label, and my primary concern will always be who is best able to represent the interests of our community,” Stern said. LaValle said the party was “very satis-

Canon HQ gets OK (Continued from page A1)

Petrone said. “We look forward to the next step – construction – that will provide work for Long Island’s construction unions now and pave the way for additional jobs in the future.” According to an environmental impact study Canon U.S.A. submitted two years ago, the new headquarters will qualify for silver LEED certification. Office buildings will be constructed with glass walls and light-colored aluminum panels, designed to use more sunlight and less artificial light. The garages will be made with concrete panels, although the southern

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Department, in a letter dated March 8. Somma said the proposed site falls within the Long Island Northern Shore Heritage Corridor, a stretch of land north of Route 25/Interstate 25 running from Queens to Orient Point set aside by the state legislature due to its number of historic landmarks in 1982. As the Northern State Parkway was created to provide scenic access to state parks, she said, state regulations restrict the use of signs, billboards, lighting and other installations within the zone. Temple Chaverim President David Heymann said he had carefully considered the antennas’ visual and believes it follows state regulations. “It’s not like a tower sticking up that you’ll be able to see from all points on Long Island,” Heymann said. The president said plans call for the antennas to be installed along the back of the building, which falls in the Town of Huntington, hidden behind “stealth enclosures” designed like a French mansard roof façade. He said visuals from T-Mo-

bile show the antennas would not be visible from surrounding Washington Avenue or Manetta Hill Road opposite the parkway. “I know there’s the whole ‘not in my backyard’ concept. Given from an aesthetic point of view, we felt that it wouldn’t affect the community,” Heymann said, noting a temple board member who approves of the plans lives on Washington Avenue. Sweet Hollow Civic Association members said that the effort to conceal the antennas can’t disguise the new construction’s imposing height. “That doesn’t make it any shorter and that doesn’t make it go away. That just dresses it up,” Taff said. “I live next to the parkway. I knew that when I bought the house, I was going to have noise and such. I waived those options. I didn’t buy a house along a commercial property,” Alese added. Somma suggested T-Mobile should have to demonstrate a clear public need for the antennas and provide evidence of their search for alternative locations. Yet,

the plans filed with the ZBA cite St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue was considered, but required a tower to be built. “They didn’t offer any indication they tried to find commercial locations. They are near several commercial corridors,” Taff said. Plainview residents have been embroiled in a bitter three-year battle against T-Mobile’s proposal before the Town of Oyster Bay to install a tower at a local Fairway. “I’m sympathetic to anyone who has a house and a neighbor does something they don’t like,” Heymann said. “If it does get approved, we will see if we can address their concerns. We want to be a good neighbor as a religious institution that prides itself on community service and give back to the community.” Temple Chaverim stands to receive an undisclosed sum from T-Mobile monthly for lease of its rooftop, the president said, enough to warrant considering the proposal while keeping its neighbors in mind.

Obituaries Kristen Clark

Kristen Mary Clark, of Melville, died on Feb. 18 following a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. She was 28. Born in Manhasset and raised in Melville, Clark was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when was just a year old. When she was 7, she took her first horseback riding lesson, which led to a passion for horses and riding that endured her entire life, her family said. She owned and rode several horses, winning medals and ribbons at the Hampton Classic and Lake Placid Horse shows. When she graduated from Half Hollow Hills West High School in 1999, she joined two of her friends on an eight-day horseback riding tour around the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. After graduating, Clark attended Stony

Brook University, where she graduated with a degree in history. She continued her studies at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus, earning a master’s degree in American History. Her history studies sparked an interest in law, which she pursued at Hofstra Law School. She died during her second year of studies. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Clark joined the Melville Fire Department as an EMT, serving for four years before resigning due to health reasons. She later returned as a secretary for the Melville Fire Department. Clark was active in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, first with the 65 Roses club and the New York Mets, and participated in numerous Great Strides Walk-aThons. She met her husband, Dan Clark, in 2003; the couple married three years

fied” to have Levy on board with the GOP. However, Barney Keller, spokesman for Levy’s opponent, Rick Lazio, scoffed at his announcement as “ridiculous and an insult that anyone in the Republican Party would support a liberal democrat who called Obama’s stimulus package ‘manna from heaven’ and voted for the largest tax increase in New York history.”

later in October 2006. In 2002, Clark underwent a double lung transplant, receiving lobes of lungs donated by her uncle, Mike Carley, and aunt, Sharon Carley. In 2009, she needed a second left lung transplant, and her aunt, Geraldine Carley, donated a lobe. Clark is survived by her husband, Daniel, parents, Nick and Judy Jacobellis, her grandmothers, Maureen Carley and Phyllis Jacobellis, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Feb. 22, with arrangements by M.A. Connell Funeral Home. In Clark’s memory, please send donations to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,425 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 318, Melville, NY 11747.

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Student Steals the Stage Junior Ashton Hsu stars in Walpurgis Night By Sara-Megan Walsh

A Half Hollow Hills High School East dancer will steal the lead spotlight in a one-act ballet at the Staller Center this weekend. Melville resident Ashton Hsu, 16, will be performing in the 31st annual Ballet Education and Scholarship Fund (BESFI) Spring Gala’s production of Walpurgis Night at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University on March 26 and 27. The role is the next step for the young dancer who has already won prestigious acclaim in several roles and titles. “Being able to dance major roles with excellent partners in a great theater alongside professional guest artists is a dream come true. I am really excited about the upcoming performances,” Hsu said. The Hills student has been cast in the lead role of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and revelry, in Walurgis Night. The role’s dances will put Hsu’s powerful jumps, excellent beats and high balloon on display as he partners with Anna Craddock. Hsu will also perform in the male lead of

the “Gypsy Pas,” a character dance for eight performers, during the Gala. The gala is hosted by BESFI, a not-forprofit organization whose primary goal is to promote ballet education in Suffolk County by providing grants, offering scholarships and providing workshops to local dancers. Student dancers will perform alongside professionals: Boyko Dossev, of the Boston Ballet; Steven Melendez, of the Estonian Ballet; and Matthew Prescott, formerly of the Joffrey ballet. Hsu has been dancing ballet for six years at the Seiskaya Ballet School in St. James. He has been praised for his talent in several performances, returning for the second year to perform the lead role of the Nutcracker in Seiskaya’s production of the holiday classic this winter. The junior’s dance credits include first place at the BESFI Challenge Men’s Division, first at the Metro Talent Competition, and Mr. Junior Metro title. Tickets for the main stage production can be purchased at the Staller Center Box Office at 631-632-ARTS (2787).

Hills East junior Ashton Hsu will star in the lead role of Bacchus, opposite Anna Craddock, in the one-act ballet Walpurgis Night at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University on March 26 and 27.


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Colts Shoot For State Championships Team beats Rochester East, then falls short against Christian Brothers Academy in finals Photo by Felice Kristall

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After a nail-biting win at the buzzer in the semifinals, the Colts came up short in their attempt to win their school’s first basketball state championship. The Half Hollow Hills West boys basketball team traveled upstate to beat Rochester East High School, 59-57, in the Class AA quarterfinals to be outshot by the Christian Brothers Academy of Albany, 71-53, in the finals. The Colts were the No. 1 seed as they traveled up to Glen Falls to play in the quarterfinal rounds on Saturday. Hills West got off to a slow start as Rochester East took an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter. The second period, the Colts picked up their game as they began to fight, scoring 16 points to finish the first half down by two. Senior Tobias Harris led the Colts scoring 24 points over the course of the game, 6 from the foul line. Hills West came out with a vengeance outracing Rochester East on the hardwood in the third quarter, scoring 22 points to 16, to come from behind to take the lead. Junior Tyler Harris scored 15 points during the game, hot from outside with three 3pointers and two free throws. Many of

Hills East junior Tyler Harris contemplates his next play during the team’s win over Uniondale for the Long Island Class AA Championship. The team went all the way to the state finals. the Colts put figures on the board as Tavon Sledge scored 7 points, Emile Blackman scored 6, Aaron McCree scored 4 and Chris Cox nailed a 3-

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outscored the Colts, 18-16, but a last-second basket thrown at the buzzer catapulted Hills West into the finals with a shot of adrenaline, winning 59-57. The Colts faced the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) of Albany in the State Class AA finals. Their goal of bringing home a championship title was not to be realized. Hills West found themselves evenly matched as the game got underway in the low-scoring first quarter, tied at 7. It took a while for CBA to find a way to infiltrate their tight defense, as the Albany team surged ahead by 8 points to take a 27-19 lead at the half. The Colts remained hopeful as Sledge found a hot streak, his quick breaks and high-jumping action leading to a seasonhigh 33 points for Hills West. Blackman and Tobias Harris scored 8 each. The Albany team still found a way in, outscoring their opponents 18-10 as the Colts ran into foul trouble. Over the course of the game, CBA managed to wrack up 27 points in free throws, compared to Hills West’s 12. The 15-point margin is almost equivalent to CBA’s margin of victory, winning 71-53. Overall, the Colts ended the season 242 claiming the Suffolk County Class AA title, Suffolk overall title and Long Island Class AA Championship title.


‘Hometown’ Park Hosts 50K Run Runners from across the country took top honors the Caumett 50K in Huntington this month. After Legislator Jon Cooper (D Huntington) welcomed runners to his “hometown” park and sounded the horn sending the 50K runners on their way. Perennial Caumsett 50K superstar Michael Wardian of Arlington, Va. did it again during the March 7 run, taking his third consecutive victory. Wardian covered the 10-loop, 31.07-mile course in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 50 seconds, a scant 40 seconds short of the race record that he set in 2008, but a solid 8 minutes ahead of runner-up Malcolm Campbell of Marietta, Ga. Scott Jaime of Highlands Ranch, Colo. finished third, and top Master Dan Verrington of Bradford, Mass. crossed the finish line in front of the Winter Cottage at Caumsett in fourth place overall. Yolanda Flamino of Hancock, N.H., the women’s winner of the Kings Park 15K several years ago, emerged as the women’s champion in the 50K, with a time of 3:34:26. That brought her to the finish line comfortably in front of runner-up and first-place female Master Annette Bednosky of Jefferson, N.C. Jill Perry of Manilus, N.Y., who was the second-place finisher in the women’s division in 2009, scored third this year.

The race served as the 2010 50Kilometer Championship for USA Track & Field, and both Wardian and Flamino qualified for a paid trip to the International Association of Ultrarunners World Trophy 50K Run in Galway, Ireland this fall. Marty Knapp took top honors in the accompanying 25-kilometer run, with a time of 1:37:48, followed by runner-up Jeffrey Votteler only 29 seconds later. Laura Brown, running for the Gubbins Running Ahead team, took top honors among the women with a time of 1:55:33, with Charlotte Johnson finishing second and Emma Riconda, of Northport, in third. A total of 89 runners completed the 25K. In addition to Riconda, several Town of Huntington athletes did well in the Caumsett runs. In the 50K, Stephen Uresk of Greenlawn scored 15th place overall in 3:45:44; while Amanda Goddard of Fort Salonga finished in 5:44:15; Peter Breen of Huntington Station finished in 5:46:08; and Geri O’Brien of Huntington scored in 5:46:35. In the 25K, Nick D’Anna of Huntington was the first local finisher, finishing seventh overall in 1:53:53, followed by: Emma Riconda of Northport (1:58:12), Harry Broere of Northport (2:03:00), John Greene of Dix Hills (2:04:1), Ron South of Huntington (2:12:20), Ralph

John Greene of Dix Hills paces himself in the Caumsett 25K. Haebich of Melville (2:25:54), John McGovern of Huntington (2:40:02) and Joe Sarro of East Northport (3:37:57). From a weather standpoint, Caumsett finally hit a great day with bright sunshine and temperatures that reached well into the 50s by early afternoon. Many remember that last year it was bitterly cold, and the last finishers completed the course just in time to escape the snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow on Long Island later that night and into the following morning. “Rookie” race director Amy Goldstein of the Greater Long Island Running Club

Three-time winner Michael Wardian crosses the finish line of the Caumsett 50K. organized the event with the support of a senior staff that included Coordinator of Volunteers Ric Diveglio, Logistics Coordinator Fred von der Heydt and USATF-Long Island representative Carl Grossbard.

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The Half Hollow Hills Newspaper publish 03/25/10

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