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Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story Jewish center remembers those killed in World War II, dedicates Czech Memorial Scroll By Sara-Megan Walsh

“The power of survival is so strong, you would do anything to survive.” Holocaust survivor Leah Fischer Lee shared the story of her plight in Nazi concentration camps with members of South Huntington Jewish Center of Melville on Sunday during their Yom Hashoah service. The event marked the start of Holocaust Remembrance week, April 11-17, as the congregants recalled those killed during World War II in a solemn ceremony. “Tonight we remember the individual people who passed away, those lives cut short,” said Rabbi Ian Jacknis. “There is no way to fully remember what the Holocaust was about.” However, Lee’s story was one of survival against all odds. She said the Nazis declared war on her native homeland of Poland in 1933, which was occupied by the time she was 14 in 1941. Her children asked the survivor to step forward to share her story with next generation, so it would not be forgotten. “We were absolutely devastated,” Lee said, describing the raid of her home. “One early morning we heard the sound of machine guns and someone screaming, ‘Jews get out, get out, get out.’” The invading Nazis forced her family into a fenced-off ghetto, four families to a house. Lee’s journey began as they took her from a Lithuania work camp, where

The South Huntington Jewish Center dedicated a Czech Torah Memorial Scroll to its museum, picked by Herb and Margie Pryves, above, which serves as permanent reminder of those Jews killed during the Holocaust and their ongoing struggle to preserve the Jewish culture. she was forced to shovel gravel into trains for construction of a new highway, then working in fields in Latvia and Estonia camps with hundreds of other Jews. “We had no names, as a name was too good for us. They tried to humiliate us as much as possible,” she said.

The survivor said many times she simply did whatever she was told, from digging potatoes out of a field with her bare hands to submitting to bodily inspections without question. There was one time she rebelled, attempting to escape. “When it got dark we ran into the woods.

[The Nazis] didn’t see us, we were lucky,” Lee said. “But after a few hours we went back to the highway and rejoined our group. We didn’t know where else to go.” Throughout the journey, she stressed the importance of her staying with her family and keeping her faith. A symbol of the European Jews’ will to preserve their culture, Ritual co-vice president Jeffery Kreinces said, was a Czech Memorial Scroll dedicated as part of the synogogue’s museum on Monday. Kreinces said the Torah scroll is one of 1,564 recovered from the Nazi raids of the town of Tabor, Czech Republic during World War II. The Germans had stored many Jewish artifacts in Prague as they planned to later build a museum of the “extinct race.” These scrolls were discovered in 1964, upon which they sent to Westminister, London for careful cataloging and preservation. South Huntington Jewish Center congregants Herb and Margie Pryves brought home the Czech scroll during their 1999 trip to London, which is on permanent loan to the synogogue. South Huntington Jewish youth carried candles in solemn procession during the Yom Hashoah program, as they read aloud dozens of names of Jewish children killed during the Holocaust from 1993-1945. Some read the names of their great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles from their own families, to demonstrate how they will forever live on.


Anti-Cyberbullying Bill Raises Questions Educators, protection agencies support proposed law but have legal, enforcement concerns By Sara-Megan Walsh

As Suffolk County considers new anti-cyberbullying laws, educators and protection services officials speaking up in support admit they have reservations about enacting it. Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper (D-Huntington) will present legislation that will criminalize cyberbullying of children 18 and under at the county legislature’s April 27 meeting. The bill has drawn support based on nationally publicized cases, but many feel legal issues surrounding its constitutionality, enforcement and effectiveness must still be answered.

“So many deaths have been caused by cyberbullying a new term has arisen – not homicide, but ‘bullycide.’ It’s nationally recognized as a real problem, a growing problem and it’s only going to get worse as more people use the internet and social networking sites,” Cooper said. His legislation defines cyberbullying as committing repetitive acts of abusive behavior, threatening, intimidating, insulting, tormenting, humiliating, etc., through electrical communication over a period of time. The bills calls for perpetrators of any age found guilty cyberbullying a child 18 and under to face up to a $1,000 fine and/or one year in jail.

As of Friday, 10 of Suffolk County’s 18 legislators had signed on to co-sponsor Cooper’s bill including Leg. Steven Stern (D-Dix Hills). “I think Legislator Cooper should be commended for purring in the bill. Cyberbullying should be a crime, and if nothing else, it helps raise awareness with regard to the issue,” said Legislator Louis D`Amaro (D-N. Babylon). While several local child education and protection agencies said they supported the bill, they questioned its legality and future effectiveness. “We question whether it’s enforceable

“At the end of the day, we can’t legislate kindness and civility. As much as we’d like to criminalize meanness, it’s pretty hard to do.” — ALANE FAGIN, Executive Director of Child Abuse Protection Services

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Sunday night and it struck me that I use my kitchen telephone less and less. I make my long distance The art of Northport… I calls on the cell phone on headed to Northport Village weekends when the calls are IN THE KNOW Sunday afternoon for the free. I’ve also all but given up WITH AUNT ROSIE first-ever Northport Artwalk. using an old-fashioned adIt was delightful. Twenty dress book because I have everyone’s numbers on artists showed their works in my cell phone. Once you’ve looked them up on the 20 stores, most of whom had to remain open late phone, it’s easier to just go ahead and connect than for the event. Here was entertainment at both ends to have to punch the numbers on the house phone. of Main Street, which was crowded with folks popJust as I was wondering to myself why I bother havping in and out of the stores, meeting the artists ing a land line at all, I noticed on the bill an inordiand taking in all that the beautiful day had to offer. nate number of calls made to my cell phone numI began the night thinking that only Northport ber. Why do I call myself, you ask? I misplace the could pull off this kind of thing. By the end of the cell phone so often that I need to have another night I was thinking how wonderful it would be to phone that I can call it from. And that’s why I can’t do the same thing in Huntington village. give up my land line, even if the only calls I make from it are to my own cell phone. Spring has sprung… and rather suddenly at that. It seems that short spell of summerlike weathJust once more… before I die will someone give er prompted every living thing to come to life at me a thank you wave after I’ve gone out of my way once, myself included. I was so busy looking down to be a considerate driver? It’s not the reason I leave in search of that first crocus that I failed to look up. a gap between me and the next car, just so you can When I finally did, the trees are starting to bud, pull your car into traffic. That’s just because I think flowers are blossoming just about everyone I see traffic moves better when we’re all considerate of has a smile on his or her face, including the crazy one another. Nor is it why I slow down to allow you squirrel that calls my neighborhood home. to move into my lane. No, that’s because you had your blinker on for a minute and a half while the Turkey crossing… Last week I told you about three fools ahead of me cut you no slack. Whatever the crazy “Goose Crossing” signs that are springing my reasons… is it too much to ask for a little acup for the sake of making Huntington safer for Canaknowledgement? Just a wave, or raise your travel dian Geese. Well it seems that “Turkey Crossing” mug in a little gesture of thanks. signs may be in order for Cold Spring Harbor. A Pondering parking meters … In observing the friend told me that recently a wild turkey caused quite a stir on Main Street, strutting up and down morning coffee rush on Wall Street one morning, I the street, walking up and down stairs and onto thought about the debacle that is the parking meter. porches and attracting all sorts of attention. Perhaps It appeared to me that one person would park, feed a “Turkey Strutting” sign would be more appropriate. the meter, run in to a shop to get his or her coffee, and be off again in maybe 5 minutes, leaving a good (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have com55 minutes on the meter. The next 11 coffee seekers ments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your then can take advantage of the first coffee seeker’s neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know quarter. Too bad these folks can’t get together to the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o agree on some kind of rotating system, because by The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY my count, if 11 other people are going to get use of 11743. Or try the e-mail at



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Seriously, Nobody Took Cash Lying On The Ground? An anonymous complainant reached out to Suffolk County police on April 11 after finding money blowing around Route 110. The responding officer found $17 and vouchered it at the Second Precinct.

Don’t Park In Handicapped Spots If You’re Not Suffolk police confiscated a handicap pass from an Amityville woman’s vehicle in Melville on April 10. The 28-year-old driver parked in a handicapped spot with her mother’s state permit hanging from the mirror. Police took the permit and issued her a citation after she told the responding officer that her mother was at home.

At Least She Left A Note A Lindenhurst man called Suffolk County police from Route 110 in Melville on April 10 when he found the driver’s side rear corner of his vehicle damaged. He told police he also found a note with a phone number. He spoke with a woman who claimed responsibility and provided her insurance policy information. Witnesses at the scene claimed a dark gray Yukon Denali struck his vehicle. Police advised him to keep the notes and contact them again if the information is incorrect.

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A Levittown woman called Suffolk County police from Melville on April 11 after a tire struck her moving car. She was driving along Route 110 and Pinelawn Road when it bounced into the front driver’s side. The tire was inadvertently sent flying by a Lindenhurst woman. The second driver struck the tire on the roadway with her undercarriage; damage was unknown at the time of the report.

A released convict called Suffolk County police for assistance with a drug problem on April 10. The Huntington Station woman told police she had spent 30 days in jail and began using narcotics when she came home. The woman wanted help getting to Huntington Hospital to start detoxifying. Police took her to Huntington Hospital.

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An Inwood man disappeared from an evangelical conference at a Melville hotel on April 11. The 62-yearold man’s wife said he went out the day before looking for public transportation and never returned. Suffolk police advised her to return home and, if he’s not there, file a missing person’s report with the Nassau County police. She said he was in good health with no medical conditions.



A Halesite store employee called Suffolk County police around dawn on April 11 when someone illegally purchased beer. An unknown man walked into the store and tried to buy it. When he was told that he couldn’t, the suspect took the beer and left $20 behind. The report was filed for documentation purposes only; the complainant did not want any additional police assistance.

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Town Gears Up For 40 Years Of Earth Day Schools, government and businesses prepare events as landmark anniversary approaches Photo/Felice Kristall

By Danny Schrafel

As schools throughout the Town of Huntington gear up for the 40th annual observance of Earth Day on April 22, the town plans to celebrate with its own Earth Day Expo at Town Hall. Two days after Earth Day, the town board is preparing to transform Town Hall’s parking lot into an environmental hub during its Earth Day Expo for the second consecutive year. Running from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 24, the expo aims to promote recycling and showcase environmentally sound practices in an accessible package for all ages. “We obviously want to raise awareness of what initiatives the town is taking, but also to make people aware of what products are out there that people can avail themselves to,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who is presenting the expo with Supervisor Frank Petrone. Plug-In to E-Cycling, sponsored by Covanta, gives residents an opportunity to properly recycle electronic waste like cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, fax machines and televisions. Cuthbertson said he and his family were looking to part ways with some cell phones and other assorted e-waste. Covanta will give residents $5 for any mercury thermostats brought to be recycled. This is the second year Covanta has offered the incentive, Tina Varone, facility controller of Covanta Huntington, said. “We received about 27 types of different mercury products [last year],” she added. Shred-It, the oldest providers of on-site document destruction, offers residents the chance to deposit their outdated private

Bottoms up! Students in the Half Hollow Hills school district, like these youngsters at Chestnut Hill Elementary, are moving away from disposable plastic bottles in favor of reusable, more environmentally-friendly ones. documents in the shredder, while GreenLogic Energy, TD Bank, Energy By Choice and LIPA are co-sponsoring a Green Showcase. The presentation boasts demonstrations of residential solar energy, green cleaning, organic gardening and composting along with raffles and gifts. The first 150 families to bring 10 plastic grocery bags to be recycled will receive a reusable canvas grocery bag from Wild By Nature. A bin will also be on-site at the Expo for boaters who need to dispose of shrinkwrap. Quickly outpacing tarps as the preferred

way to protect boats during the winter, shrinkwrapping vessels creates an average of 14 pounds of plastic waste after the boats are unwrapped in the spring. The town is working to capture the material and keep it out of the waste stream. “The Department of Waste Management is working with a local company to recycle this material,” Cuthbertson said. “This will help keep tons of this material out of our Resource Recovery Facility.” Anybody who wants to dispose of waste but can’t make it to the expo can do so at

Huntington’s Recycling Center, located at 641 New York Ave., Huntington. Aimed at the younger expo guests, Touch-A-Truck offers kids a chance to climb on and learn about how fire trucks, rescue vehicles and dump trucks work, as well as their safety features. Electric MINI Coopers, used by the town as code enforcement vehicles, are also expected to be onsite, Cuthbertson said. With events planned throughout the week leading up to Earth Day, the Half Hollow Hills School District is also working to go green. Students at Chestnut Hill Elementary School have been hard at work promoting recycling and selling reusable bottles to reduce use of disposable bottles in anticipation of Earth Day events later next week, and the school district has already introduced hybrid school buses to their fleet to cut fuel consumption. In addition, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington has a series of speakers and films through the month of April with a focus on the environment each Wednesday night. They started with “Earth Days – The Seeds of a Revolution,” a film directed by Robert Stone which chronicles the evolution of the environmental movement leading up to the first Earth Day in 1970. The next two weeks – the “Let’s Retake Our Plate Film Festival” presented by Whole Foods Market – feature “Fresh,” a film celebrating farmers, trendsetters and business people moving toward a sustainable future, and “the End of the Line,” which focuses on the impact of over-fishing on the ocean. Both films are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 21 and 28, respectively, with guest speakers to follow. Tickets are $9 for members, $13 for nonmembers.


Home Energy Efficiency Program Launches Town announces goal to help 2,000 homeowners conserve power, save money Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

A Huntington couple has placed themselves on the front lines of a federally financed town effort that aims to help as many 2,000 homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient. Huntington residents Frank and Marilyn Urso, owners of Long Island Village Realty, were the first in Huntington to undergo an energy efficiency audit as part of the Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program, the town board announced April 7 at the family’s home. Under the program, which is funded by $345,000 of the $1.725 million Huntington received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), an energy efficiency service technician visits a home, conducts a computer-generated energy survey and prepares an action plan for improvements. “This program will achieve two important objectives by showing homeowners how they can save money on their energy costs and providing work for local contractors,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. The Ursos expect to save $700-$800 this year by doing simple things like installing new circuit breakers, reducing phantom loads on appliances and changing light bulbs. Those savings would pro-

The town board, flanked by energy efficiency experts, LIPA representatives and Congressman Steve Israel, launch Huntington’s program to improve energy efficiency in homes throughout the town. The kickoff came at the home of Frank and Marilyn Urso, the first family to undergo a Huntington energy audit under the program. vide seed money for larger improvements to energy systems, appliances, structural improvements and ultimately green energy like solar power. “From there, you have a person who is more motivated who now would bring in a contractor to do more extensive work on the building envelope, on the insulation,” said Chuck Schwartz, director of LI Green, which is overseeing the program for Huntington. Once a homeowner is ready to take those larger steps, they can call upon resources provided by technicians, includ-

ing a list of certified contractors, federal tax credits, utility rebates and other financial incentives. Congressman Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) said the national pilot project would reduce energy bills, create “green-collar” jobs during a recession and wean the nation off of foreign oil. “The market for energy efficiency in the United States is $400 billion… in jobs waiting to be filled making homes [and] commercial office buildings more efficient,” the congressman said. “What we’ve got to do is find ways to return our invest-

ment, to make it easier for people like the Ursos to lower the LIPA bill for their home by making the investments in those energy technologies.” The Ursos have worked with LI Green for several years, so they were familiar with the process, Marilyn said. “Because I’ve been doing it and know of it so long, it is, for me, a natural evolution,” she said. “It would show homeowners it doesn’t have to be a 50-year old house that they need to fix.” Homeowners looking to participate begin by making a refundable $100 deposit with LI Green. The technician, who will be using a Motorola PDA equipped with software by energy efficiency web software supplier EnerPath, will then take real-time energy survey results in homes, print the results and upload the data to LI Green/EnerPath servers for follow-up analysis. The average survey, explanations and contractor referrals take an hour-and-a-half. With strong interest, the retrofit program could continue beyond its federal funding, help more families and give Congress incentive to send more money to Huntington for similar programming, Petrone and Israel said. Anyone interested in scheduling a survey can visit or call 631-721-1908.


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Rumblings Of A ‘Family Feud’ In Hills PTA game night to pit teachers, administrators against each other for charity By Sara-Megan Walsh

Half Hollow Hills’ faculty might find themselves racing to guess how many times the average Candlewood Middle School student texts each day this Friday.

The Half Hollow Hills PTA Council will host the first Hills Family Feud on April 16 at 7 p.m. at High School East. The district’s teachers and staff will be put to the test of how well they know their students at the fundraising event. “All of the buildings consider them-

selves a family and we thought this would be right up their alley,” said PTA member Tina Shek, one of the event’s co-chairs. Shek said 12 teams, one from each of district’s schools including the Fran Greenspan Administrative Center, will be paired up to face off, answering ques-


Tips For Going Green With Solar The Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA) is continuing its efforts to go green with the installation of solar panels on the roof of its Technical Services Building. “It is imperative that we all take individual initiatives in conserving energy especially since we are one of LIPA’s biggest customers,” chairman Michael LoGrande said. It is estimated that to date, nearly 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide have not been emitted and 1,500 kilowatt hours of energy has been saved because of the solar panels, installed in late 2009. They are mounted at a 10-degree angle, facing south. Sensors to monitor solar irradiance, solar panel temperature, ambient temperature and wind speed have also been installed to get the most effective use of these solar panels. “The solar panel installation is part of a series of efforts by the Authority to go green,” said Special Projects Coordinator Jeffrey Szabo. “We will effectively utilize solar energy and consider energyefficient alternatives in our day-to-day actions.”

The Suffolk County Water Authority is going green with the installation of solar panels on the roof of one of its buildings.

tions Hills students answered on forms early this year. Questions such as “What is your favorite zoo animal?” and “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” will be mixed with traditional Family Feud topics over three rounds, averaging three to five questions per round. “We want it to be affordable family fun like ‘Let’s go out and have a good time’,” Shek said. PTA Council President CorrieAnn Young said the highest-scoring team will receive a $500 credit towards bringing an arts and educational program to their school, with second place receiving $250. All proceeds will benefit the PTA scholarship fund, which annually provides grants to graduating seniors. One of the most anticipated match-ups of the night will be the administrative office team which includes Superintendent Sheldon Karnilow, Assistant Superintendent Victor Manuel and several board of education trustees taking on the staff of Vanderbilt Elementary School, Shek said. “Of course, I’m rooting for Vanderbilt because it’s my home school, but each of the schools has their own personality so I can’t wait to see them come out,” she said. Sunquam Elementary School held a Family Feud pep rally last Friday to get ready for the event. The doors of Hills East’s auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m., with the feud beginning 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door with general seating.

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Connor On The Road Again Northport man pedaling for cancer day camp Half Hollow Hills photo/archives

Gene Connor after his Jan. 1, 2008 Victory Ride with his sisters, TaMara Clemmer, left, and Winnie Connor, right, and his wife, Amy. By Mike Koehler

Fresh off his success in raising $12,000 for the American Cancer Society, Gene Connor is hopping onto his bike again with charitable intentions in his heart. The Northport father recently announced a Connor’s Army Victory Ride on April 18 to raise money for Sunrise Day Camp. “We’re trying to help children with cancer and that’s where Sunrise Day Camp comes in,” Connor said. A theater teacher at Syosset High School, he pedaled more than 2,000 miles commuting to and from work in 2007. He pledged to collect $10,000 in 2006 after three sisters and his mother were diagnosed with cancer within a two-year span. Seven other bicyclists joined Connor for the final 25-mile round trip on Jan. 1, 2008 – deemed the Victory Ride. But when the cyclist, his wife, Amy, and their family began looking into riding again, they decided bigger wasn’t actually better. “We needed to do something that was local and would help the cancer society on a local basis. The American Cancer Society and big organizations, while they need the funds, are pulling from all over the country. We were looking on Long Island,” he said. Connor learned about a walkathon for Sunrise Day Camp from Syosset students. Based in Wheatley Heights, Sunrise is a full-service camp designed for children with cancer and their siblings at no cost to parents. “It is a very special place where children can come, free of charge, and enjoy a summer filled with fun, friendship and activities – things that are often denied them because of their medical condition,” Assistant Director Amy Pilott said. Bolstered by a decade of experience teaching dance and theater in camps, Connor said he knows how essential the

summer camp experience is. “This is something those kids need, maybe more so than other kids,” he added. “We thought Sunrise would be the perfect opportunity.” Fifteen riders – more than twice participating in his first Victory Ride – had signed up as of last Thursday. Connor said his goal is to have 40 other people riding with him at 10 a.m. In addition to moving the event to a warmer month, he hopes to attract more people by offering a variety of rides. Less avid cyclists can ride 13 miles around the camp, while others can choose to pedal to and from Syosset High School. The new Victory Ride will also feature a 44-mile trip that touches Syosset High School and north shore communities. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the camp grounds, where the $25 participation fee will be collected. Unlike other years, Connor is also asking riders to solicit donations from friends and families. As of April 8, they had raised $1,300, nearly a quarter towards their $6,000 goal. “That would help them tremendously,” Connor said. “It’s all used for the students to be able to go to the summer camp.” Sunrise officials publicly offered their gratitude to the Northport man. “Sunrise Day Camp exists solely through the generosity of others. Private donations from foundations, businesses and events like the ‘Connor’s Army Victory Ride’ help offset the staggering costs of staffing and running Sunrise programs,” Pilott said. Connor also revealed he will volunteer at Sunrise this summer as a dance and drama specialist, which earned more kudos from day camp officials. “Not only will Connor’s Army benefit our campers financially, we know that through Gene’s work with our campers this summer they will experience joy, creativity and feel his personal commitment to them,” Executive Director Michele Vernon said.



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Bar Goes Up In ‘Suspicious’ Blaze Rare Olive Lounge ‘totally destroyed’ by fire, nearby stores sustained water, smoke damage

A Huntington bar and nightclub was destroyed by a “suspicious” fire that was no April’s Fools Day joke. The Rare Olive Lounge was gutted by an early morning fire that damaged neighboring storefronts along the West Hills portion of West Jericho Turnpike on April 1. Town of Huntington Fire Marshals said the fire is suspicious, but the cause of the blaze remains under investigation at this time. Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter said fire marshals are still investigating. Suffolk County Arson Squad has opened an investigation into the fire, but is still awaiting lab results. They refused to comment in the interim. An automatic alarm alerted the Huntington Manor Fire Department to a fire at the bar around 3:40 a.m. April 1. Second Assistant Chief Fred Steenson Jr. said when firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was billowing from the

Rare Olive. Upon entering the building, Steenson said firefighters discovered the interior had been consumed by fast-moving flames and was beginning to burn itself out. No one was inside the bar at the time of the fire. “It looked as if it had started in the bar area, and the whole bar itself was on fire,” he said. Huntington Manor firefighters, with aid from the Greenlawn, Huntington and Melville Fire Departments, had the fire under control within 45 minutes. But by then, the damage had already been done. “It’s a total loss - the entire place. It’s a total loss inside,” Steenson said. Smoke and water damage extended to the adjoining Three Angels Gifts and four other stores within the shopping center including a hair salon, dry cleaner, nail spa and yoga center. Neither the owners of the Rare Olive Lounge nor Three Angels Gifts store could be reached for comment. The Rare Olive Bar had been

Photo by Steve Silverman

By Sara-Megan Walsh

Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to an early morning fire that gutted Rare Olive bar on April 1, which the Town of Huntington’s fire marshals believe to be suspicious. listed for sale by commercial real estate listing service LoopNet on back in November 2009, described as a newly-

renovated nightclub/lounge of over 2,000 square-feet with “weekly bar sale average $17,000 and up to an addition-

al $5,000 with catering.” The listing was modified on April 2 to read “retail property – off market.”

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Scouts Feed The Needy

Given the shortages in the local food pantries, local Boy Scouts were out in full force to turn the tables as the Scouts of the Matinecock District of the Boy Scouts of America took part in the "Annual National Good Turn, Scouting for Food" event on March 20. Canned and boxed goods were dropped off at John Glenn High School in Elwood, where Scouts from East Northport’s Cub Scout Pack 5, Pack 52, Pack 238, Pack 312, Boy Scout Troop 5 and Troop 52; Northport’s Boy Scout Troop 410, Troop 8 and Venture Crew 2011; Huntington’s Cub Scout Pack 181and Boy Scout Troop 360; Huntington Station’s Cub Scout Pack 34 and Pack 406 and Boy Scout Troop 34; Commack’s Cub Scout Pack 403, Pack 125, Pack 322, Boy Scout Troop 125 and Venture Crew 324; Greenlawn’s Cub Scout Pack 471, Pack 417 and Troop 471; South Huntington’s Boy Scout Troop 218; Hauppauge’s Cub Scout Pack 3333 and Boy Scout Troop 343; Dix Hills’ Cub Scout Pack 457 and Boy Scout Troop 309 and Troop 409; Kings Park’s Cub Scout Pack 75, Pack 379 and Boy Scout Troop 75; Centerport’s Troop 113; and Elwood’s Boy Scout Troop 174 and Troop 200, as well as members of the Order of the Arrow, manned the drop-off station. Over 19,422 pounds of food was distributed to more than a dozen local food pantries in the community and across Long Island, including Northport’s Ecumenical Lay Food Council, Our Lady

Boy Scout troops and volunteers help collect over 19,000 pounds of food for food pantries in need. Queen of Martyrs Church, Huntington’s Community Food Council, Helping Hands Mission, St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, East Northport’s Mana Ministries, St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Greenlawn Presbyterian Church, Kings Park’s Lucien Memorial Methodist Church, Huntington Station’s Gloria Dei Church, Family Service League, Hauppauge’s Temple Beth Chai and St. Thomas Moore R.C. Church, Long Island Cares, Commack’s Christ the King R.C. Church, Commack United Methodist Church, and the Eastern Farm Workers in Bellport.


Town Takes Back Blocks Purchase clears way for 16 affordable units By Danny Schrafel

The final piece of an affordable housing puzzle has been put into place, and the Town of Huntington is one step closer to transforming a dilapidated corner into affordable, owner-occupied housing. Town officials worked with Suffolk County to finalize the purchase of three homes at 4, 6 and 14 Columbia St., clearing the path to 16 affordable units as part of the Take Back the Blocks program. Eight 2,000 square-foot duplexes are slated to be built on the approximately 1acre site, which includes the land for the three homes and an adjacent property already owned by the town. Each home will contain a garage and a legal accessory apartment. The estimated price for each home is $200,000; priority will be given to Huntington School District residents. The eight new structures will replace broken-down, dilapidated homes owned by absentee landlords, and demolition is to begin as early as next month, said Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter. “This is what Take Back the Blocks is all about – replacing substandard living units with decent housing, and replacing absentee landlords with residents who have the pride of ownership. When completed, this project will go a long way toward stabilizing this neighborhood,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. The town and county paid $778,000 for the three homes, with the town’s portion coming from its Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Suffolk is contributing $100,000 for infrastructure improvements. Construction for the eight new houses will be covered by a $1.56 million state Restore NY

Communities grant to the town. When finished, they will be available to first-time homebuyers who meet income requirements. Tenants and buyers for the 16 homes will be selected by lottery. “I hope this is something that will go far beyond Columbia Street and move on to other projects in Huntington and Suffolk County,” Legislator Jon Cooper (D – Huntington), who helped secure the county portion, said. “We’re removing the sort of housing that does not contribute to quality of life in a community.” Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said the eight new homes would give families an opportunity for home ownership, and the accessory apartments within each are intended to help the owners pay their mortgage. “Eight first-time homeowners will realize the American Dream of home ownership, and this program will be an important first step towards revitalization of the Columbia Street neighborhood,” Councilwoman Glenda Jackson added. This is the third Take Back the Blocks project. A house at 32 E. 6th St. in Huntington Station was purchased and rehabilitated by Housing Help with technical assistance from the town last year, and 1 Tower St.’s renovation is nearly complete. The latter, currently used by the town’s Public Safety department, will be up for sale in the “very, very near future,” Carter said. “These units are going to be created for home owners who will have a stake in their community. The ‘Take Back the Blocks’ program is such an important program for Huntington Station and goes a long way to provide an opportunity for community rehabilitation,” Councilwoman Susan Berland said.



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A Home Run For Huntington Canon U.S.A. will break ground in Road of the Long Island Expressway will Melville on May 3. bring construction jobs to the area. When Three cheers for that. With the global completed, it is expected that 1,200 emeconomy still far from recovery, at least we ployees will work there, a number that is exhave a bright spot to point to in the Town of pected to rise to 2,000 in the next decade. Huntington. Equally important, the company’s presence Canon, a worldwide powerhouse in the could account for as many as 10,000 supphoto and imaging industry, port jobs. went to great pains to keep its EDITORIAL Landing Canon was a home run headquarters on Long Island. for Huntington, and the speed The Town of Huntington and Suffolk Coun- with which it has been able to proceed is rety went through great pains to see that they markable. It’s a testament to what can be were able to stay. The result is a win-win for accomplished by town and county governthe Town of Huntington. ments when there is leadership, a clear Construction of Canon’s nearly 700,000 goal, and the wherewithal to get the job square-foot building on the South Service done.


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DEAR EDITOR: My congressman, Steve Israel, along with those other Long Island representatives who voted for passage of the health care bill, deserve a thank you from all Long Islanders and Americans. These representatives were able to step back from the day-to-day highs and lows (and at times shrill name-calling from the left and right extremes) and pass what will amount to a historic bill. This nation’s citizens will finally have universal health coverage, and now 32 million Americans will no longer have to fear that becoming ill will lead to bankruptcy. The bill also will allow parents to no longer fear that a pre-existing condition will jeopardize their children’s ability to receive health care at some point in the future long after they are gone. Nor will those who have insurance today through their employers be constrained from starting a business or switching jobs for fear of losing insurance coverage. All of this, and the bill is projected by the CBO to reduce the deficit. After the smoke has cleared, our Congressman Israel and the other representatives that voted for its passage have shown courage and conviction in passing a responsible and momentous bill that will

DEAR EDITOR: New Yorkers owe a great deal of gratitude to Congressman Steve Israel for his courageous vote to reform our broken health care system. Congressman Israel’s vote is a win for health care access and ensures millions more women and families will have access to vital, life-saving health coverage. The bill emphasizes prevention and guarantees access to affordable basic care like cervical and breast cancer screenings. It protects women against gender discrimination by private insurers, ends the practice of dropping coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and significantly increases access to reproductive health care. Put simply, Congressman Israel stood up for families across the country by voting for this historic health care bill that increases access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. I applaud Congressman Israel for his dedication to the women and families of New York. Thanks for making our voices heard. KATE FRIEDMAN

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Happy 90th The following letter was published on the Heckscher Museum of Art’s website. DEAR EDITOR: Since the [Heckscher] Museum opened its doors to the public on July 10, 1920, it has become a leading cultural institution on Long Island and a well-recognized regional museum in the United States. Today, the Heckscher Museum of Art boasts a formidable permanent collection of more than 2,200 works, predominately American and European in origin, dating from the early 16th century to the present. Among these works are more than 125 pieces donated by August Heckscher, who built the museum, then referred to as the Fine Arts Building. A native of Hamburg, Germany, and a resident of Huntington, Heckscher was an industrialist and real estate developer who gave “the people of Huntington, especially the children” the 18.5-acre Heckscher Park in which the museum is located, and an endowment for the upkeep of both.

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. Most of the endowment funds vanished after the stock market crash of 1929. It was not until the 1950s, when a group of private citizens and the Town of Huntington formed a partnership to operate the museum that the institution began to grow and flourish. Since that time, the Heckscher Museum of Art has presented many landmark exhibitions ranging from Ansel Adams & Edwin Land: Art, Science and Invention; to Michal Rovner: Video, Sculpture, Installation; and most recently, Long Island Moderns: Artists on the North Shore from Edward Steichen to Cindy Sherman. Over the years, the museum has offered an array of public and educational programs enjoyed by thousands of visitors and as many as 7,000 students annually. During its 90th anniversary year, the Heckscher Museum of Art will present exhibitions and programs that focus on its roots on Long Island. The current exhibition – Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 19302010 – features residences designed by leading architects and explores the role the area played in the Modernist and Post-Modernist movements.

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The next exhibition – The Heckscher at 90: Then and Now – surveys key works in the permanent collection and features many recent acquisitions. On July 30, the Heckscher Museum will present, in collaboration with the Cinema Arts Centre, its firstever Long Island Biennial. These, as well as three special exhibitions highlighting works from the permanent collection, build on the Heckscher Museum’s nine decades of offering cultural experiences that enrich the lives of all who live in and visit Huntington. We hope that you, your family and friends visit the museum often during this anniversary year. JUDITH JEDLICKA

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Wheatus Doesn’t Want Fame Again Northport guitarist: Band is happy with middle ground as UK tour approaches By Mike Koehler

From touring with Joan Jett to leading his own band through five albums, music certainly has provided Northport’s Brendan B. Brown with an interesting life. Brown, 36, is the lead singer, guitarist and manager for Wheatus – known for their hit single “Teenage Dirtbag” in 2000. The band is scheduled to play in Farmingdale next month before trekking out to Europe for another tour. “It would fill a book, what we’ve been through,” he said. Brown’s adventure in music began long before Wheatus. Growing up in Northport, hard rock legend AC/DC and progressive rock superstars Rush captured his imagination. Brown picked up a guitar as a child and learned to play along with the bands’ music. But life threw him a curveball in the summer of 1984, when Ricky Kasso tortured and murdered Gary Lauwers in the Aztakea Woods of Northport. Cops nabbed Kasso wearing an AC/DC shirt and the alleged killer’s love of heavy metal groups and Satanism became well known. People began making an inaccurate connection, Brown said. “I was 10 years old walking around with a guitar case with AC/DC stickers…” he said, adding that his parents refused to let him attend Northport High after the murder. By 1995, he signed on to play with Hope Factory, which included Joan Jett.

Wheatus will play at the Crazy Donkey before heading overseas to Europe and finishing their next album. Just playing guitar at this point, Brown joined them on tour from 1995-1996, getting his first taste of playing on the road. He taught himself to write music after a “lame experience” with a defunct label. Wheatus was born in 1997, comprised of Brown, a four-track, and a bass and drum machine. He later recruited brother, Peter, on the drums and friend, Rich Liegey, on the bass. Wheatus played to crowds at the Mercury and Lunar Lounges every few months. “We tried really hard to make sure it was. It was mostly our friends, but the circle started to reach out to people we didn’t know,” Brown said. “The next thing we knew, Columbia Records were talking to us.”

They signed a contract in 1999, and their self-titled album was released through Sony on Aug. 15, 2000. “Teenage Dirtbag” took off across the globe, especially overseas, earning quadruple platinum honors in Australia. Single “A Little Respect” also found support in Europe, charting third in the UK and spiking to 19 in Austria. Support in America was lacking for their first album, as well as the European reception for the band’s second album, “Hand Over Your Loved Ones,” in 2003. Brown attributed all of this to the major record labels’ inability to cope with market changes. “They made all the wrong decisions regarding the Internet and MP3s,” he said.

“I wouldn’t advise any young artist to sign with a major label. It’s the worst thing you can do for your career.” Wheatus escaped their Columbia deal in 2004 and released their second album in America in 2005. Later that year, they released “Too Soon Monsoon” by themselves. After touring in Europe again, the band started working on “conceptual volume-based series” “Pop, Songs and Death” at end of 2008. The music is tied to a story, and will be released with accompanying comic books. The first volume, “Lightning EP,” was released in 2009, and the second “Jupiter EP,” is due to be released on May 1. “I had a guy recently compare it to Yes and Frank Zappa. I don’t know if there’s a contemporary analogy that would work. It’s pop at times, meaning you can sing along to it, but nothing terribly avantgarde,” Brown said. Peter and Liegey are no longer with the band, although Wheatus has grown to include six other performers. Wantagh-native Gerard Hoffmann plays keyboard and Islip-native Matthew Milligan mans the bass. Detroit-based Kevin Garcia sits behind the drums, while Australia natives Karlie Bruce and Johanna Cranitch join Connecticut resident Dannielle Elliot in supporting Brown’s singing. The seven-person band is kicking off an east coast tour next month, which caps off with a performance at the Crazy Donkey’s Club Loaded on May 28 in Farmingdale. (Continued on page A23)


Hunting Down Huntington’s History Check out all 10 museums in town for a free DVD in the annual Museum Challenge By Dara Liling

Hundreds of years’ worth of local history will be at your fingertips this weekend as the Town of Huntington’s Museum Challenge kicks into high gear. With the $10 purchase of a guide map on either Saturday or Sunday, individuals and families will gain access to 10 of Huntington’s most famous historic sites from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. These locations range from the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum – a fully equipped whaleboat from the 19th century – to the birthplace of one of America’s most famous poets, Walt Whitman. Other destinations include the Henry Lloyd Manor House in Lloyd Neck, the pre-Revolutionary War Conklin Farm and the Northport Historical Society Museum. The Huntington Arsenal, Conklin Farmhouse, Daniel W. Kissam House, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, John Gardiner Farm and

Huntington Lighthouse complete the list. All 10 spots offer firsthand connections to Long Island’s past. “The town’s history is what makes it unique. It is important for people to understand about where they live and why it is the way it is,” said Town Historian Robert Hughes. The Museum Challenge, Hughes said, was started as a way to increase attendance at the town’s historical sites. Another goal in organizing the two-day event was to encourage residents to visit historic venues they may not under normal circumstances. The event received an enthusiastic response in prior years and is now on its third year. “People who participate get to learn more about their town’s history and the many organizations working to preserve that history. Huntington is fortunate to have many wonderful museums that don’t always get the visitation they de(Continued on page A23)

Kids practice their knots at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, which is one of 10 participants in this weekend’s Huntington Museum Challenge.


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Health Fitness Fifty 50+Plus Producing Better Knees Huntington Hospital surgeons using new MRIs to create 3D images before operating

A customized template for a knee replacement is manufactured prior to surgery. By Mike Koehler

European physicians have pioneered the technology since 1998, but doctors in Huntington Hospital have been putting new knee replacement equipment to good use since last year.

Surgeons in the Center for Orthopedics and Joint Replacement are among the first in the region to use a revolutionary new system involving magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] to improve precision of total knee replacement surgery. “This patient-specific technique saves (Continued on page A11)

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time in the operating room, requires fewer surgical instruments, and results in a more precise operation than traditional knee replacement surgery,” said orthopedic surgeon Paul Choi. The computer-guided system just recently replaced was more dependant on the physician and patient, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery James Gurtowski said. With the old system, patients were under anesthesia for a longer period of time while surgeons hand-measured and made fine adjustments to replacements based on X-ray images. MRI technology provides a CAD/CAM [Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing] system in the physician’s office. The patient’s knee can then be scanned and illustrated as a three-dimensional image. Patient-specific instruments are manufactured for the day of surgery. “It allows you to do all of your pre-op and sizing in your office before you get in the operating room. It reduces the number of steps in the procedure and gives you a custom fit,” Gurtowski said. He added that the three-man surgical team has used the MRI technology in 25 cases within the past six months. There

were no problems in any of them. Unlike earlier techniques, Gurtowski said this system helps bring all surgeons to the top of their game. “When you put up the X-rays, you can’t tell if I’ve done the knee, if Dr. Choi has done the knee, if Dr. [Peter] Green has done the knee; they’re just perfect,” Gurtowski said. For years, knee replacements don’t actually consist of replacing the entire joint. Instead, surgeons resurface the knee and replace it with cobalt chrome, polyethylene and other materials. Done correctly, the prosthesis can support weight from the hip, through the center of the knee and down to the center of the ankle. And when a knee replacement boasts computer precision, they are more likely to last longer and act correctly. “If your car is out of alignment, the tires wear quicker. If your prosthesis is out of alignment, it wears out quicker,” Gurtowski said. “It’s a step forward in the evolution of knee replacements.” Patient Stanley Czerwinski, 79, completely agreed. Choi performed Czerwinski’s knee replacement seven weeks ago. “As far as I’m concerned the operation was a smashing success,” he said. “I had no pain or discomfort whatsoever.”



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Elvis To Rock Out Teddy Bear Ball Rainbow Chimes’ annual fundraising gala expected to boast Las Vegas atmosphere By Sara-Megan Walsh

A Huntington childcare center is thrilled to have Elvis performing the Teddy bear rock next Saturday. Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Education and Care Center will be hosting its fifth annual Teddy Bear Ball on April 17, 7-11:30 p.m. in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The nonprofit’s main fundraising event aims bring a taste of Las Vegas’ atmosphere to Huntington for an evening. “I’m trying to duplicate the experience I had when I walked into the Bellagio in Las Vegas,” said Rainbow Chimes’ Delegate Director Allan Kasof. “All my senses were excited and I could do anything I want.” This year’s benefit honors the work of Rainbow Chimes founder and Executive Director Kathleen Roche for her dedication to children and chef Vincent Michaels, executive vice president of operations for Matteo’s restaurants, for his community service. Kasof could find nobody better to pay them tribute than the king of rock ’n’ roll himself. World-renowned Elvis Presley impersonator Don Anthony will perform at 8 p.m. as Long Island resident Peter Boglino displays select items from his more than 500 pieces of Elvis memorabilia. “He’s considered the No. 1 Elvis fan in the world,” the director said. Don’t be surprised if you think you see Elvis’s bike behind him. Custom motorcycle designer, Long Island resident “Copper” Mike Cole, will be displaying seven of his bikes ranging in value from $45,000 - $75,000 during the event. A mint condition 1969 Harley Davidson motorcycle in white and chrome will provide stage backdrop as “Elvis” sings. Cole will also be making a future appearance on the television show “Ocean County Chopper” shown on the Discovery Channel, Kasof said. Live entertainment for the evening will feature Frank Wilson’s Cavaliers, a

“I’m trying to duplicate the experience I had when I walked into the Bellagio in Las Vegas. All my senses were excited and I could do anything I want.” — ALLAN KASOF, Delegate director of Rainbow Chimes doo-wop musical group performing songs from the 1960s, as well as Italian ballad singer “Sylvia” accompanied by a pianist. Anthony will return to the stage at 9 p.m. performing as various members of “The Rat Pack” including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more. To escape the noise, Kasof said attendees can enjoy food samples from Rothmann’s and Matteo’s Restaurants topped by Entemann’s desserts, or try their luck at casino games ranging from roulette to black jack using $300 in Teddy Bear chips. The delegate director said prizes will be awarded to those with the most chips at night’s end. “I bring to the Teddy Bear Ball a much more slick kind of approach then they’ve had in years past,” Kasof said. “This one is going to be over the top.” For a true Las Vegas feel, he said to stop by the Elvis Wedding Chapel before the night’s over for an instant spoof wedding officiated by “Elvis.” Don’t forget to Stuff-A-Bear for $10 to choose a Teddy bear to bring home for the kids, Kasof said. Tickets for the black tie optional event are $60 at the door, which includes food, entertainment, valet parking and cash bar. All proceeds will help offset Rainbow Chimes’ government funding cuts and help provide scholarships.

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People In The News Several local students attending the University of Delaware made the 2009 fall semester Dean’s list for having grade point averages of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester, with no temporary grades. From Dix Hills: Nicole Aizaga, a senior Animal Science major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Christopher Gerges, a junior Communication Interest major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Kirsten Mueller, a freshman Pre-Vet Medicine & Animal Bioscience major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Margaret Myones, a junior Political Science and Chemistry double major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Sadie Pincus, a junior Music EducationGeneral/Choral major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Jennifer Popkin, a senior Natural Resource Management and Agriculture & Natural Resources double major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Jennifer Rosenthal, a sophomore English Education major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Evan Schwartz, a junior Foreign Languages & Literatures major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Zachary Sidrane, a sophomore University Studies major in the College of University Studies; Weilyn Tsai, a senior Human Services, Education & Public Policy major in the College of Education and Public Policy; and Brittany Wolf, a senior Sociology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. From Melville: Jason Aaron, a senior History major in the College of Arts and Sciences; Cari Covell, a freshman Civil Engineering major in the College of

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“When the disaster struck in Haiti we all felt as though we needed to do something,” said Jeannine Libutti, owner of Libutti Jewelers in Huntington village. “We thought of doing a raffle or donating a percentage of the store’s profits or sending an appeal to our customers. We ended up doing all three.” By raffling off a diamond necklace, donating a percentage of profits and through customers’ direct donations, Libutti

Jewelers raised a total of $3,186. The money will be donated to International Disaster Emergency Service Organization to aid in continuing relief efforts in Haiti. “We are inspired by the generosity of the people in Huntington and we feel blessed to be in a position to help aid in this worthy cause. Although a couple of months have gone by since the disaster, we cannot forget those that are in need,” Libutti said.

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Dressing Men, ‘From T-Shirts To Tuxedos’ Beltrami’s owner makes his move to Huntington village after 25 years in Great Neck Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

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Huntington Businesses By Danny Schrafel

Whoever said ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ obviously never met Ben Youdin. After more than a quarter-century owning a menswear store in Great Neck, he moved Beltrami to Huntington village last June, and he said he’s been pleased with what he’s seen so far. Customers from Great Neck and the surrounding hamlets are making the trip to the village. “Customers who have discovered me have become repeat customers, and I see that we’re going to be good neighbors here,” he said. After graduating from college in 1978, Youdin was hired by Neiman Marcus, where he went through their management training program and became an assistant buyer before he branched out on his own. Youdin opened his first store at 10 Bond Street in Great Neck in September 1980, and later expanded to 12 Bond Street a few years later. He then moved to 100 Little Neck Road before finding his way to 315 Main Street in Huntington last June.

Beltrami owner Ben Youdin moved his store to Huntington village last June after maintaining a shop in Great Neck for 25 years. He said intricately-detailed casual shirts, like this vibrant green one, are one of several big trends to follow for spring 2010. “Once you pass Great Neck, there is really no town, per se, with a downtown to speak of other than Huntington,” he said. “I like the fact that people do come to this town from all around the surrounding area… everybody I know said something about a favorite restaurant they have here.”

Most of what he sells at Beltrami is Italian-made or Italian clothing produced in Canada, where “after Italy, they make some of the finest clothing in the world,” Youdin said. Shopping at Beltrami is designed to be a complete one-stop experience for men of all shapes and sizes. Along with the

suits, sport coats and ties, Beltrami features selections of Jack of Spades-brand denims, casual pants and T-shirts, sweaters and button-down shirts. Greek-educated tailor Emmanuel Dritsas, who has worked with Youdin for 17 years, does on-site alterations, which are included with any purchase. Connections with several design houses allow the store to offer custom clothing available in less than four weeks. Setting up for his spring collection, Youdin said natural colors and fibers are big this season, along with wrinkle-resistant clothing and high-twist dress pants. Flat front trousers are being favored over more forgiving pleated pants, he added. “It all has to do with the way the garment fits. Men do work out, and they want to show their physique,” he said. “They want to show they have spent time in the gym.” A new area of interest is casual, colorful shirts that one can wear untucked, Youdin said. Detailing in the collars, sleeves and underneath the bottom of the shirt provide a stylish flair, and many of the colors these shirts are offered in are vibrant ones that many probably have not have worn in a while. That diversity of choice is what Beltrami is all about. “We are all about having everything for a man, from T-shirts to tuxedos and everything in between,” Youdin said. “Evening wear, tuxedos, tuxedo accessories, shoes, T-shirts, underwear, socks… a man can come here and get everything he needs from A to Z.”

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A group of Half Hollow Hills East students is off to represent New York in the national finals of the “We the People” program.

A We-The-People Win

The “We the People” team from Half Hollow Hills High School East knows their Constitution. The New York State Bar Association’s Law Youth and Citizenship Program announced that Half Hollow Hills East High School is the statewide champion of the We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution competition, the national academic contest on the U.S. Constitution. The team will represent New York in the national finals to be held in Virginia and Washington, D.C. this April. Half Hollow Hills East, under the guidance of teacher Scott Edwards, accumulated the best scores of the nine high schools that attended the New York State final hearings in Albany on March 6. The students studied for months to prepare for their roles as experts testifying on constitutional issues in the simulated congressional hearings. A panel of 19 judges rated the students on their knowledge of the Constitution and their ability to relate today’s news and court cases to various constitutional principles. The first round of the national finals will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. April 24–25. The competition involves entire classes making presentations and answering questions on constitutional topics before a panel of judges recruited from across the country. Constitutional scholars, lawyers and government leaders, acting as congressional committee members, will judge the students’ performances. The combined scores from the first two days of those hearings will

determine which classes will compete in the championship round on April 26 in Senate hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. That evening, the winning classes will receive awards at a special ceremony held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The annual three-day final competition is the culminating activity of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. The New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Program (LYC) administers the nationwide program in New York. LYC is the third-largest civics and law-related education program in the country.

Preparing Students For A Bright Future

This year’s 21st Century Learning Community Forum on March 15 addressed the issue of how to prepare students to meet the challenges of a global society. Panelists included Half Hollow Hills Superintendent Sheldon Karnilow, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Mary Rettaliata, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Michael DeStio, Assistant Superintendent for Research, Assessment and Special Services Patrick Harrigan, Director of Instructional Technology Corinne Carriero, Director of Mathematics Ron Labrocca, and Director of Science John O’Farrell. The forum included a video presentation, remarks, and questions and answers, moderated by Assistant Superintendent for Districtwide Administration Kelly Fallon.

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Town apologizes for candy shortage, chaos Half Hollow Hills photo/Sara-Megan Walsh

Many who showed up at the egg hunt were left wandering, asking where the Easter eggs were. By Sara-Megan Walsh

Some called it the ‘worst Easter Egg Hunt ever’ while others complained it was over before it even began. The Town of Huntington’s first Easter egg hunt at Heckscher Park in over 30 years left children crying as they clutched empty baskets on April 2. Unseasonably warm weather during a school vacation caught town officials unprepared for what unfolded. More than 1,000 children with parents, older siblings and guardians in tow started amassing on Heckscher’s ball field beginning at 10:30 a.m., finding brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candy spread over the park fields and playground. By the 11 a.m. start time, many started to realize the 1,600 eggs scattered by the town weren’t going to be enough for everyone.

“Frankly we were overwhelmed with the large turnout of people but that does not excuse the fact that we could have planned better for the event,” wrote Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who said he took “full responsibility” as the sole organizer of the event. Once the start was announced over speakers, children, their older siblings and parents ran in a mad dash towards the nearest eggs, jumping and climbing fences to be he first to get those on the playground. Many children began crying as they were separated from their families, others because there were no eggs left. Angry parents approached officials yelling, as comments there weren’t enough eggs, unfair advantages and failure to separate children into age groups were raised. Cuthbertson said he encourages anyone with suggestions to contact him at


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The burger wars are on. It started when the Foodies asked the question, “Who makes the best burger in the Town of Huntington?” Fans of our DineHuntington page on Facebook were quick to respond, naming their favorites as Huntington’s best burger. Of course, there were as many opinions as there are burger joints out there, and like everything food related, it’s all a matter of taste. The burger scene in the Town of Huntington covers the full spectrum of tastes. Whatever your preference, it’s out there. There are $3 burgers, there are $25 burgers, and there’s a world of burgers in between. From one-handed sliders to two-fisted meals, they range from the simple classic burger on a bun to complex creations that can’t be contained on any size roll. And everyone has their favorite. What follows is a glimpse into Huntington’s burger world. The Foodies want you to take up the burger wars challenge: get out there and try them, and let us know what you think at our DineHuntington fan page on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you know what to do. If you’re not, become one. Go to and click on the “Become a Fan” button. Then tell everyone who makes the best burger in the Town of Huntington. To get you started, here’s an overview of some of the town’s top burgers. 34 New Street 34 New St., Huntington 631-427-3434 Whether he’s working on pizza dough or a white plate, 34 New Street chef/owner Steve Camas is an artist who loves innovative and surprising food combinations. His burger, however, sticks to the classic combination. It’s built around a half-pound of Angus beef, grilled to order and served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, American or cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, or bacon, and served with french fries. $12. Mention the Burger Wars challenge and Steve will throw in a free glass of beer with your burger. Canterbury Ales 314 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-4404 If Canterbury Ales owner Billy Hoest had one of those signs like McDonald’s – “Billions Served” – we wonder what the number would be. In 33 years, Billy’s served a lot of burgers. Canterburger fans swear by them. The original Canterburger – 8-oz. patty on a Kaiser roll with the usual trimmings ($12.99); the California Canterburger, with sliced mushrooms, avocado, sprouts, slaw and

The burgers at Smok A Burger’s are no-nonsense.

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mozzarella ($13.99); Cajun Bleu Burger, with melted bleu cheese and buffalo wing sauce; and the Buffalo Canterburger Prime bison with the usual trimmings ($12.99) are just a few. Christopher’s Courtyard Cafe 8 Wall St., Huntington 631-271-0111 Huntington village favorite Christopher’s Courtyard Café brings some exotic offerings to the burger table. In addition to the basic favorite, Chef Frank has created some specialty burgers for the adventuresome foodie. Jack’s Wild West Burger with bleu cheese and hot sauce ($12); the Fiesta Burger with salsa, guacamole and cheddar jack ($11); and Bruno’s BBQ Steak Burger, with Christopher’s famous barbecue sauce, sautéed mushrooms and onions ($12). Not exotic enough? Give the ostrich or bison burgers try. La Bottega 9 Wall St., Huntington 631-271-3540 A surprise contender in the Burger Wars challenge, newly opened La Bottega serves up the colossal “Norbie Monster,” named for its creator who on most days can be found at the cash register. The Norbie starts with two ground beef patties with bacon, pepperoncino cheese, hot peppers, red onions, tomato and mixed greens with spicy mayo, garlic and oil on a grilled panino roll. If you can finish that monster, dessert’s on Norbie. $14.

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Jonathan’s Ristorante 15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055 One of the Foodies’ favorites, Jonathan’s burger is a simple classic. Available at lunchtime or from the bar menu only, it’s a generous sirloin burger topped with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion slices on Jonathan’s signature rustic bread with skinny fries and a small arugula salad. It’s not the northern Italian cuisine for which Jonanthan’s is famous, but it’s nonetheless a classic, and best eaten at the bar. $14.

One of Huntington’s burger capitals, Rookies’ “Hall of Fame Steak Burgers” are two-fisted creations that require you bring an appetite. The Old Timer: applewood smoked bacon, American Cheese and Rookies secret sauce ($11.99); A-1 Peppercorn Burger: peppercorn with A-1 steak sauce, bacon, pepper jack and crispy onion straws ($11.99); Rookies Burger: cheddar, bacon, and slow-cooked pulled pork ($12.99); Louisiana Lightning: blackened, spiced and topped with bleu cheese, sauteed peppers, caramelized onion and chipotle pepper dressing ($11.99); The Bronx Bomber: 1/2-pound dry-aged sirloin with caramelized onions, Applewood bacon bits and bleu cheese ($18.99). Or build your own. A mention of the Burger Wars Challenge will get you 20 percent off your entire check.

Porto Vivo 7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486 Another new kid on the block, Porto Vivo is known for high-end cuisine in a elegant setting, but its lively bar scene just got better with the addition of a burger to the bar menu. It’s a woodgrilled Angus Prime burger with crispy pancetta, Fontina cheese and caramelized balsamic onions, served with Vivo’s herbed French fries. The sexiest burger from the brunch menu just became the sexiest thing at the bar.

Smok A Burger’s 380 Larkfield Road, East Northport 631-226-2600 At this no-frills eatery, single burgers ($3.69 to $4.69) and double burgers ($5.42 to $6.19) come with your choice of free toppings, including lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions, jalapenos, sautéed onions, mayonnaise, Chipotle sauce, fried onions, sautéed mushrooms and grilled peppers. Home of the $5 combo (cheeseburger, French fries and soda. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.), newly opened Smok A Burger’s cranks out burgers all day long… they gotta do it well. Mention the DineHuntington Burger Challenge for a free small ice cream along with your combo.

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CHUCKLES FOR DINNER: Meehan’s of Huntington (371 New York Ave., Huntington 631-351-0831 will bring laughter to your plate as they host a night of comedy on April 24. The lineup of four comedians from the Long Island Comedy Festival will entertain in the Oak Room at Meehan’s beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. JAZZ BRUNCH: Join the gang at Northport Village coffeehouse Caffe Portofino (249 Main St., Northport Village, 631-2627656) at their next Sunday Jazz Brunch on April 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Waffles, eggs and more, coffee or tea and two hours of great jazz, $15 per person. Reservations recommended. LADIES NIGHT: Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486 launches its new cocktail menu for spring with a Ladies Night Launch Party on April 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Try delicious cocktails designed and handcrafted using innovative new products like Faretti Biscotti Famosi, a new cream-based liqueur that evokes the flavors of biscotti; and St. Germain, an artisanal liqueur made from the blossoms of elderflowers. It’s handplucked from the Alps… just like Porto Vivo’s owner, Philipp. Can’t make the launch party? Every Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m., specialty cocktails or wines by the glass will be $6 for the ladies with complimentary hors d’oeuvres for all. Also launching is a new bar menu including a prime Angus burger with killer caramelized onions; Montauk lobster sandwich; flat bread pizzas and more.

wines for $44. To add to the atmosphere of these special evenings, there will also be live music by solo guitarists Mike Dorio and Pete Mann from 7-11 p.m. For menus, go to honukitchen .com. STRAIGHT FROM THE BARREL: Some of the top wineries on Long Island’s East End are offering an opportunity to sample their vintages directly from the barrel. Deals vary from winery to winery; visit individual websites for more details. Participating wineries include: Castello di Borghese, Peconic Bay Winery, Waters Crest Winery, Cutchogue; Clovis Point and Jamesport Vineyards, Jamesport; Macari Vineyards & Winery, Mattituck; Martha Clara Vineyards and Palmer Vineyards, Riverhead; Pindar and Raphael wineries, Peconic; Shinn Estate, Mattituck; and Wolffer Estate Vineyards, Sagaponack. SPICING IT UP: Panera Bread (160 Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station 631-424-0060; 4097 Jericho Tpke., East Northport 631-858-0789) rings in the wilder side of spring with new bold and spicy Cuban Chicken Panini: chicken, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, chipotle mayo, sun-dried tomato ale mustard on freshly baked focaccia; and the Jalapeño and Cheddar Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with egg, Vermont white cheddar and smoked ham.

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Combating cyberbullying (Continued from page A1)

or not. There are some basic issues of free speech,” said Alane Fagin, executive director of Child Abuse Protection Services. “At the end of the day, we can’t legislate kindness and civility. As much as we’d like to criminalize meanness, it’s pretty hard to do.” Cooper said he anticipates controversial First Amendment issues will be raised but cited that federal laws have proven that the free speech clause does not defend imminent physical threats or “fighting words,” expression of messages likely to provoke a physical response. Thomas Grimes, a 48-year-old retired NYPD detective who presents lectures on cyberbullying, said it is the most important problem many children face, though getting evidence to enforce the law maybe difficult. “It becomes difficult to proactively en-

force because there’s nothing tangible,” Grimes said. “Fear is not tangible, but it is realistic.” The Half Hollow Hills School District held a parents’ forum on cyberbullying on April 5, in which SCOPE Assistant Director for Community Services Cindy Pierce Lee gave parents an overview and guide to the workshops she holds for the district’s fifth-grade students. SCOPE Education Services is a nonprofit organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to provide educational assistance to schools. “There’s mixed feelings about whether a law is really going to stop, especially in adolescents, our kids from doing anything,” Lee said. “My feeling is if we have a law in place that addresses some of these extreme case that can happen online with ids, at least if something happens, you can do something about it.”

‘Dirtbags’ on tour (Continued from page A9)

“We’ve never done it before. I did jump on stage with Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional and [we] did a version of ‘Teenage Dirtbag.’ I’m looking forward to getting on stage and doing a proper show,” Brown said. Just two days later, they’ll hop on a plane and fly over the Atlantic Ocean for a month-long tour in England and Austria. Unlike many bands, Wheatus has chosen to eschew set lists for requests from their stronger European following. “At this point over there we have four albums they are familiar with. There are different pockets of enthusiasm, depending on how old the audiences are,” Brown said. They’ll return in late June, and immediately set about finishing the re-recording of

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serve,” Hughes said. Each stop on the challenge’s itinerary will contain a trivia question relating to the site. For example, visitors to the Walt Whitman Birthplace will be asked to find out the number of fireplaces in the house. Those who stop at all 10 destinations will earn a 50-minute DVD narrating Huntington’s history. “What is unique about Huntington’s history is that we can trace the town’s existence going back to its founding in 1653,” said Town Archivist Antonia Mattheou. The Huntington Town Clerk’s archives will also open its doors to participants of the challenge. “One of the things we like to exhibit is the oldest record that we have in the archives. That is the original deed dating back to 1653 which is the origination of the Town of Huntington. And we also have the town’s charter which was dated in 1666,” Mattheou said. If history hunting leaves you hungry, local restaurants like Canterbury Ales, Good 2 Go Deli, Kozy Kettle, La Bottega Gourmet and Munday’s will be offering discounts in support of the event. Guide maps are available for advance purchase by contacting any of the participating locations or calling the Huntington historian at 631-351-3244.

their first album. He confirmed the release date is set for the album’s 10th anniversary. After that, the band will continue to produce new material. Just don’t expect another rise to stardom, highlighted by a three-song performance sandwiched between Meatloaf and Beyonce and televised to millions. “I can’t say I really enjoy that level of intensity. We’re looking for a middle ground where we have a more realistic and smaller scope we can get our hands around,” Brown said, noting they won’t disappear either. “There will be Wheatus albums coming out until I’m dead.”


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

FRIDAY Share A Laugh Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy to help save homeless animals at “Stand-Up For Little Shelter II” to benefit Huntington’s Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center at Jokerz Wild Comedy Club on April 23, 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton, 333 S. Service Road, Plainview. Featured comedians include Johnny Rizzo, Rob Cividanes, John Santo, Les Degan and Meredith Daniels. $15 in advance at, $20 at door. 21 and older, two drink minimum.

SATURDAY College Open House Visit Farmingdale State College during its annual Spring Open House on April 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Nold Hall for a tour of campus, meet-n-greet with faculty, financial aid experts, learn about degree programs and more. Reserve your spot at

Teddy Bear Fundraiser Go where the Teddy Bears go to play at the Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Center’s fifth annual Teddy Bear Ball in honor of their 30th anniversary on April 17, 7-11:30 p.m. Sponsored by Rothmann’s Restaurant Group with tasting from Rothmann’s Steakhouse, Matteo’s, and Entemanns deserts with cocktails and spirits. $50 in advance, $60 at door. Black tie optional event. 631-427-6300.

Raise The Barn Join the Town of Huntington for the 14th annual Barn Dance Land and Sea Extravaganza featuring a clam bar by Chefs Bret and Eric of Northport Fish and Lobster on April 17, 7–11 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Center, 15 Prospect St., Northport. $45 per person in advance/$50 at the door includes live music, raffles beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. 631-724-6440 or

Beach Scenes Meet Long Island author John Hanc as he speaks about and signs his new book “Jones Beach: An Illustrated History” on April 17, 7 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free. 631-271-1442.

Tea For Two Get together with friends to enjoy tea, scones and sweet treats at the seventh annual High Tea on April 17, 3 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of St. Margaret, 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. In addition to tea, shop for handcrafted jewelry. $18, advanced purchase only. 516-692-5268.

Greener Earth Grab a cup of joe at Starflower Experiences’ coffeehouse-style auction fundraiser on April 17, 7 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran church in Huntington Station. Items for bid include night at the Inn in Fox Hollow, a historical WWII plan, American Sailing Association’s Basic Keelboat training and more. Free. 516-938-6152.

SUNDAY Autism Awareness Learn more about autism at Happi Act’s Autism

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. Check out the library’s website for the latest on new arrivals. Dix Hills Branch: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631-421-4535. Learn the essentials of composing a dynamic cover letter at “Cover Letter Writing” on Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Dix Hills branch. Make the right choice when remodeling your kitchen with advice from Peter Collins of Alure Home Improvements on Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the Dix Hills branch. • Take a trip to New York City on the “Do As You Please Bus Trip” on May 19. There are two drop-off spots: Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art with pick up at 6 p.m. $24 per person, tickets on sale April 17.

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Meet television star Kathie Lee Gifford as she speaks about and signs her new children’s book, “Party Animals” that teaches we are all special because we are different, on April 16, 7 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free. 631-271-1442.

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Meet television star Kathie Lee Gifford as she speaks about and signs her new children’s book, “Party Animals” that teaches we are all special because we are different, on April 16, 7 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free. 631-271-1442. Listen to live jazz music every Friday night at The Elks, 195 Main St., Huntington, featuring Halley’s Comets, 7:30-11:30 p.m. $5.

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cancer and heart disease from Dr. Michelle Kobbe on Monday, April 19, 7 p.m. Register in advance, seating is limited. • Get advice on how to plan ahead for your funeral from a representative of Claude R. Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Register in advance, seating is limited.

Awareness Entertainment and Enlightenment Event on April 18, 1-5 p.m. at the Huntington Hilton. Event includes short talk and film on autism with refreshments followed by Long Island pop singers performing a variety of today’s music, and a performance by soft rock band Flame, whose lead singer Michele is autistic. $45 per person, $35 seniors, $30 students and children. 631-269-5330 or

Follow the Flock Join the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon’s Spring Search for Migrants at a designated area where over 240 species of birds have been reported for bird watching on April 18, 9 a.m. Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center. 516-802-5356.

MONDAY Red Is For Passion

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society at “Tracking a Hidden Spectacle: Using Radar and Acoustic Monitoring to Study Nocturnal Bird Migration” lecture by Dr. Andrew Farnsworth on April 17, 7 p.m., at Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 516-766-0273.

Find A New You Challenge yourself to live a healthier lifestyle as the Extreme Makeover Challenge presented by Buckley Family Chiropractic Center in Greenlawn kicks off on April 21, 7:30 p.m. with a step-by-step program to help you make permanent lifestyle changes. $45 for T-shirt, a copy of “Maximized Living Makeover,” admittance to all lectures, gym membership and discounts at local healthy establishments. $500 and $250 cash prize for those with largest lifestyle changes at end of challenge. 631-7544333.

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

Pull on your power suit and join other business professionals at BNI Executive Referral Exchange’s breakfast networking meeting every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Dix Hills Diner, 1800 Jericho Turnpike, Dix Hills. 800853-9356.

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Help For Kids Of Divorcees

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


Children in grades 3 - 5 can find support at a new separation/divorce group hosted by Family Service League on Wednesday nights, 5:306:30 p.m. at 790 Park Ave., Huntington. 631427-3700.

Calling All Shutterbugs The Huntington Camera Club meets every Tuesday, September through June, at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington, in the Main Meeting Room on the lower level, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

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

WEDNESDAY Find Your Flock Discover different ways to track birds with the

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Learn the basics of word processing in Microsoft Works 2007 on Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.-noon at the Huntington Station branch. • “Golda’s Balcony,” a tight-knit story of love and peace through the eyes of Golda Meir on the eve of the 1973 Yom Kippur War in Israel, shows on Sunday, April 18, 3-5 p.m. at the Main branch.

Northport-East Northport Public Library 151 Laurel Ave., Northport. 631-261-6930. 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport. 631-261-2313. • Listen as The Northport Symphony Orchestra, under Richard Hyman, demonstrates how instruments create a musical palette using Mozart’s 35th Symphony in “Ideas to Music: Composer, Orchestra & Listeners” on Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m. • Find out “How to Have a ‘Sell Out’ Garage Sale” from experienced seller Helen Ensmenger on Monday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pigeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411. • Meet local author and attorney Bill Tucker as he discusses his latest book Kingsway 37 and the process of writing and developing a book on Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.


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

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Get practical advice on how to manage your money when you go off to college at “Freshman Finances 101” on Monday, April 19, 7 p.m. Register in advance. • Join art historian Donald Dwyer for a slide show and lecture on “Velazquez” on Tuesday, April 20, 7 p.m.

THEATER and FILM Cold Spring Harbor Public Library 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Celebrate April as National Poetry Month with readings from “Paumanok: Poems and Pictures of Long Island” and a photography exhibit on Sunday, April, 2-4 p.m.

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-499-0888. • Jazz it up at The Arnie Gruber Jazz Ensemble’s performance featuring songs from the swing era, including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Register at the circulation desk. • Discuss “The Economy: How We Got Here and Where Do We Go Now?” as part of the Events, Issues and Viewpoints series on Tuesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. First hour is devoted to current events, second hour to the economy.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Learn about the “Power of Antioxidants,” what they do, and whether they can help prevent

Arena Players Children’s Theatre 294 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-293-0674. • “Rumpelstiltskin,” a play based on the fairytale, takes the stage April 10-May 16 with performances: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. in Farmingdale; and Saturdays, 3 p.m. at the Centerport Carriage House, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. $10.

Arena Players Repertory Theatre 296 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-2930674. All Main Stage Productions performed as scheduled. Friday, 8 p.m. $18; Saturday, 8 p.m. $22; and Sunday, 3 p.m. $18. • “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill, which relives a fateful day for the Tyrone family in August 1912, takes over the Main Stage March 26-April 18. • Have a laugh as 2 S.I.C. Second Stage Improve Comedy performs on Saturday, April 17, 10:30 p.m.

Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaarts-

Please mention The Long Islander Newspapers when doing business with our advertisers. 631-423-7611. • “Neither Memory or Magic” directed by Hugo Perez, telling the life story of Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti’s final days in Nazi concentration camps, will be shown on Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. $9 members/$13 public includes discussion with director and reception. • “Local Hero” pits an American businessman against a Scottish Hermit reluctant to sell property to a corporation stars Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Showing Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. $12 members/$16 public includes film, discussion and reception.

Curtain Rise

The Minstrel Players of Northport will take the stage for “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward on Saturdays, April 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 18 and 25 at 3 p.m., performing at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-7322926. $15 adults and $12 seniors/children. Group rates available for 10 or more.

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Rediscover “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, a thrill-ride of human response to ambitious and temptation, set in the alternate universe of post-apocalyptic 2020 under the direction of Kathy Curtiss, April 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. $12 students and seniors/$15 adults.

The Minstrel Players Of Northport Performing at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926, • “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward will take the stage on Saturdays, April 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. $15 adults and $12 seniors/children. Group rates available for 10 or more.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main Street, Northport. 631-261-2900. • “Broadway Dreams” featuring five of Broadway’s finest vocalists will celebrate some of the finest musical moments from “The Great White Way” on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. $50.

Star Playhouse At the Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-462-9800 ext. 136. • Go back and celebrate the Roaring ’20s with “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Saturdays, May 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, May 16, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. $21 public/$16 seniors and students. $18 members/$14 member seniors and students.

Tilles Center For Performing Arts 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. 516-299-3100. • The 18th annual Long Island Guitar Festival April 14 - 18 will include performances by Jerome Ducharme, the Newman/Oltman Guitar Duo and “New Music For Guitar.” $90 all-events pass for members/$125 public. Tickets for individual events available on website. • Violin maestro Itzhak Perlman will perform pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. $51.50 - $111.50.

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

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

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Alfred Van Leon Gallery 145 Pidgeon Hill Road. Huntington Station. 631-549-4411 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 .am.-9 p.m. Wed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. • South Huntington PTA will present the exhibit “Beauty is…” starting April 12.

Alpan Gallery 2 West Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 631-423-4433.

Art League of Long Island 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • “Circle of Friends II” featuring a collegiality of


artistic endeavors among friends in its second year on display April 9-May 2.

p.m. as part of the Conklin House Lecture series. Free for members/$5 non-members.

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299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • “Ex Tempore” ink by Lis Dreizen will be shown alongside John Macfie’s high-gloss acrylics in “SeaScapes” and “Great Escapes” April 6 - May 2.

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

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3 - 12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-6926768. • Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 11-17, with special activities for children all week. Free with admission. • Enjoy a day of fun and games as children under 12 fish on the brook for rainbow trout in the Tidal Raceway during the annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

fotofoto Gallery 372 New York Ave., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • “Antarctica: Journey To the Extreme” featuring photographs by Kodak professional partner Holly Gordan on display April 9-May 16.

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

Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Art in the Art-trium: 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. Gallery Hours: Monday Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-271-8423. • A “Juried Portrait Exhibit” will be on display in the Main Street Petite Gallery March 18-May 3. • “Streetwise,” an exhibition showing a different perspective of the streets we cross every day or come upon, is on display in the Art-rium Gallery through June 28.

Heckscher Museum Of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 631-351-3250. Admission $6 -8/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $45/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • World-renowned guitarist Carlos BarbosaLima will offer a master class on Saturday, April 17, 3-5 p.m. Free with admission. He will then perform a mix of classical, Brazilian, popular and jazz styles in concert as part of the Gallery Recital Series from 7-8:30 p.m. $15 members/$20 non-members. • “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum” featuring work from art students grades 9 - 12 from more than 50 private and public schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk County is on display April 17-May 2. Opening reception on Sunday, April 18 from 3-5 p.m.

Huntington Historical Society Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin House, 2 High St. Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave. 631-4277045, ext. 401. • Learn about the women and men of the Underground Railroad on Long Island from Dr. Kathleen Vesor, author of “The Road to Freedom: the Underground Railroad, New York and Beyond” on Thursday, April 15 at 2

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

hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 - 18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418. • “Tales & Treasure: From the Attic & Archive,” an exhibition exploring the 1800s through artifacts and stories, is on display through Labor Day 2010.

MUSIC & DANCE Ridotto, Concerts with a Touch of Class At Old First Church, Route 25A in Huntington. 631-385-0373. • “Desire and the Emperor” about the emperors of 19th century Europe: Napoleon, Wilhelm II, and Franz Josef with musical tastes that contrast their political ambitions as shown by Soprano Elizabeth Hillebrand sings Mozart’s grand aria from Don Giovanni, “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrate” on Sunday. May 2 at 4 p.m. $20/$18 seniors/$15 members/$10 students.

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

Martin Lerman Gallery 716 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-421-0258. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m. • “Rome,” a mixed-media art exhibition by Robert Mielenhausen, is on display through May 27.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • Visit the museum as part of the Town of Huntington’s third annual Museum Challenge on April 17 and 18. Admission is free with purchase of a map for $10, one map is needed per family. Open both days from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • “Recording Memories, a Historic Overview: Over 150 Years of Scrapbooking, Journaling, Photo Albums and more” is an exhibition sponsored by Not Just a Scrap of Centerport, on display in the main gallery.

Helping Furry Friends Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of companion animals. In addition to volunteering to be hands on with our cats and dogs, there are other opportunities available in the offices, at events, satellite adoption locations and fundraisers. Visit or contact Anne Ryan,, 631368-8770 ext. 204.

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

Ripe Art Gallery 67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • “Graffiti Under Glass,” the newest series by visual artist Kate Kelly, is on display through May 8.

Seeking Volunteer Advocates

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74 Hauppauge Rd., Commack. 631-462-9800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available • Find something special for Mother’s Day, a birthday, wedding or yourself at the Shop & Schmooze Boutique on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit JCC’s scholarship fund.

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

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $3 per person. 631-854-5555. • Bring the family to “Our Night Out” featuring a springtime surprise bedtime story under the stars in the planetarium on April 18, 6 p.m. Wear your pajamas, grab a pillow and bring a favorite stuffed animal. $7 public/$5 members. Reservations strongly recommended.

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

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

Thrifty Hands Needed Huntington Hospital Auxiliary’s The Community Thrift Shop needs volunteers for merchandise pricing and floor work on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 631-271-3143.

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

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Visit to find the answers to the Huntington Museum Challenge on April 17 and 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour the Birthplace and find the answer to one of the trivia questions.

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Broken Foot Slows Star Pain sends Harris limping out of McDonald’s All-American Game By Mike Koehler

Tobias Harris has become a celebrity in Half Hollows Hills and collegiate circles for what he does on the court. But with the Colts’ playoff run over and college practice just a few months away, he’s riding the pine. A broken foot will keep Harris off the court and away from basketball activities for up to another six weeks. “We’ll just see what happens. You can’t really control things like this,” he said. Harris broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot – a small bone that connects to the smallest toe – during the McDonald’s High School All-American Game in Ohio on March 31. The initial injury was sustained earlier this year, but worsened though the week of practice before the game to the point it kept him sidelined for the entire second half. He scored 13 points and collected 4 rebounds during the 12 minutes he played in the first half. The Men’s East team held a 59-51 advantage at halftime, but the Men’s West rebounded in the sec-

ond half to claim a 107-104 victory. Not only was Harris unable to help his fellow top high school players rebound in that game, but he was ineligible for the Nike Hoops Summit in Oregon last week and can’t play in the Jordan AllAmerican Classic at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The first game pitted the top young American players against their counterparts throughout the world. The other game includes the top 20 high school players in the United States. “I was just upset that I couldn’t play in the other games,” Harris said. “I’m just gonna heal the foot and come back stronger.” The Colts’ star did join his teammates last week at the Rose Garden in Oregon, cheering them on from the sidelines and spending time with them off the court. But when daily practices with the University of Tennessee begin July 8, Harris has no doubts he’ll be the force the Volunteers expect him to be. “I’ll be ready,” he said. Harris is a swingman who caught eyes as a talented young player for Hills West

early in his career. He left the district after his sophomore year for Long Island Lutheran for his third season. At the time, he began working with trainer Briton Kelly on a strength and conditioning program. He returned to Half Hollow Hills in April 2008 as one of the premier high school players across the nation and ready to lead the Colts to the state tournament. Former Hills West coach Bill Mitaritonna said the 6-foot, 8-inch athlete plays like a shooting guard in a power forward’s body. His strong shooting has continued, but the additional training helped him become a very physical presence underneath the boards fighting for rebounds. Harris revealed his decision to play for Tennessee in December to a crowd at the ESPN Zone in Manhattan. He drove in with his family in a limo; the announcement was also broadcast on ESPNU.

A broken right foot will not prevent Hills West’s Tobias Harris from playing at full strength for the University of Tennessee.

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The Half Hollow Hills Newspaper published for April 15 2010

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