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THURSDAY, JULY 26 , 2012


Union Pickets Israel Campaign Kickoff In face of communication workers protest, congressman touts record on middle class Half Hollow Hills photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

The kickoff celebration in Plainview for Congressman Steve Israel’s (D-Dix Hills) re-election campaign was met with protests from a telecommunications union angry at his stance on a pending telecommunications deal. Dressed in red, dozens of Communication Workers of America (CWA) members from Long Island and New York City were protesting Verizon’s offer to purchase spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks, which is pending FCC approval. Michael Gendron, executive vice president of the Communication Workers of America Local 1108, said that a specific portion of the deal will allow Verizon to stop building out its FIOS network and stifle competition between themselves and cable companies. “The impact on us for our jobs is going to be devastating. The impact for consumers will be devastating because you’re going to have a few companies controlling the industry,” he said. Gendron said the CWA asked Israel to add his name to a letter, which was signed by 32 House Democrats and sent to the FCC and Department of Justice on July 9 to object to the deal. Israel was not one of them, and the union said it was a betrayal of middle-class workers. (Continued on page A13)

At his campaign kickoff Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel found many friendly faces of supporters, including Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilwoman Susan Berland, above. But outside, Israel supporters mixed with Communication Workers of America protestors, right.


Beams Arrive For Northern State Bridge State DOT says project ‘on schedule’ for 2013-2014 finish as tons of steel are delivered Half Hollow Hills photos/Danny Schrafel

The view of the new Northern State bridge, heading northbound toward Huntington Station Sunday.

By Danny Schrafel

Massive steel beams for the new Northern State Parkway bridge over Route 110 have arrived and are being put to use, state officials said last week. Getting the steel beams to Melville is a bit of a Herculean task, requiring coordination from multiple levels of government, DOT Public Information Officer Eileen Peters said. “They weigh 250 tons apiece and they have to be transported from out of state,” she explained. “They need police escorts. When they crossed the George Washington Bridge, they had New York City and State Troopers escorting them.” Two of the hulking beams arrived on Thursday. Another four made it to Melville on Friday, and the last four were to arrive on Monday. A planned Northern State westbound closure, which would have allowed for a project

to refresh the pavement markings on the entrances, was delayed to accommodate the deliveries. “We had to postpone it because it was a priority and rightfully so,” Peters said. Peters said the state is unable to commit to a new date for the pavement work, but it would be for just one night to refresh the pavement. The majority of the work, she added, will continue overnight from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. “The closure for the pavement markings [will be] the only one we’ve had in months and months,” she said. The project remains on schedule and is going well, she said, in large part thanks to a temporary bridge installed next to the construction site. That allows the state to work on the bridge, but keeps traffic flowing. The New York State Department of Transportation is building a new bridge for the Northern State Parkway over Route 110 and reworking the Exit 40 (Continued on page A13)


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Making Noise On The Music Scene By Mike Koehler

What started out as a high school band is on the right track to becoming a main act some time soon. The Como Brothers Band, made up of three St. Anthony’s High School graduates, recently attracted the attentions of Warped Tour, MTV and Dodge. With Matt Como on bass, Andrew Como handling guitar and lead vocals, and Dorian Costanza on drums, the trio first started playing their blend of blues, pop and rock when they were at the South Huntington Catholic high school. Matt said he and his brother always put integrity and originality into their song-writing, even if they didn’t take it “as seriously back then.” Fast forward to earlier this summer when The Como Brothers Band entered an online contest to perform at the Warped Tour music festival at Nassau Coliseum on July 21. Warped Tour officials reached out to the band on July 13 when the voting ended with good news – they finished third and would be one of four bands to play live. “It was pretty exciting to be picked out of so many bands,” Matt, a 2007 Friar, said on Friday. “We’re still kind of in shock.” Those emotions didn’t have much time to wear off as the graduates took the stage in Uniondale with thousands anxiously waiting on Saturday. Although the festival typically stars punk rock and heavy rock bands, the bassist said their blues-pop-rock music was well-received. “We were a little bit of a different feel for the venue, but people appreciated it. It was all positive and we really had a good experience,” he said.

The Como Brothers Band of St. Anthony’s graduates has hit a chord with Warped Tour and MTV, and now has a chance to partner with Dodge. But the contest didn’t end there. All four bands played on Saturday and the act that performed the best is to be invited to travel with Warped Tour for their remaining two weeks. Matt said Monday they hadn’t heard which band would move on, but he was impressed with the competition. “I saw a couple of them play. They were all very good,” he said. However, the band does know that their music has been heard by millions. Their song “Can I Be Matched With You” was aired on the July 25 episode of MTV’s

“The Real World: St. Thomas.” The Como Brothers Band released their first album, “Speed of Sound,” in early 2012. All four songs, including the one chosen by MTV, are available on iTunes. Just how MTV ever found out about the St. Anthony’s grads still puzzles Matt, but the network reached out to the band in June about licensing all of their songs. “I guess they have people scouring the Internet looking for songs they like. I guess they found it from a friend of a friend,” he said. MTV called back on July 13 – the same day Warped Tour contacted the band – to inform them of the July 25 episode. “It was a very good day to say the least,” Matt said. MTV now has the legal rights to use more of their songs, although they have not mentioned any specific plans to the band yet. At the same time, The Como Brothers Band is also in the hunt to partner with Dodge. The trio entered a Facebook contest hosted by the auto-maker to have their music used in a 2013 Dodge Dart commercial. Bands began soliciting support earlier this month and will have until July 30 to have as many people download their songs for free as possible. The Como Brothers Band ranked no. 14 of 100 on Friday with “Underneath It All,” and still believe they can crack the top three. Dodge will have finalists write a new song inspired by their car and the winner will be heard in the commercial. “We’re looking to get enough votes to creep into the top three,” Matt said. The Dodge contest can be found at http://www.rev e r b n a t i o n . c o m /c . / l 4 / 1 0 0 2 6 0 5 5 / 1 4 1 7 1 / L a bel/959085/Artist/link.


A Downtown ‘Renaissance’ Beginning

A scheduled ribbon cutting for Huntington Station master developer Renaissance Downtowns’ new Huntington Station Community Outreach Center on New York Avenue was moved indoors July 18 as rain poured outside, but it certainly didn’t dampen CEO Don Monti’s enthusiasm. “If this was a wedding, this would be good luck,” he quipped. With officials from Huntington Town

Hall and school districts standing alongside Renaissance leaders and community activists, Renaissance officially kicked off its “Source the Station” campaign, an effort that aims to spark the far-reaching revitalization many have long awaited. The outreach center at 1266 New York Ave. is sandwiched between the Huntington Station Enrichment Center and the site for the town’s Small Business Incubator. The center will be the nerve center for Renaissance Downtowns’ “crowdsourced placemaking,” a media-based method de-

Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel


Crowds Celebrate Noel Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Walkers packed the streets of Huntington Sunday to celebrate the life of Noel Mohammed. The crowd walked the mail route he had for many years as a postman. Mohammed was stabbed to death June 16 at his Spring Road home. Pictured, Mohammed’s widow Doris, right, hugs Martha Grill, who helped organize the event.

Supervisor Frank Petrone and Renaissance Downtowns President Don Monti cut the ribbon on Renaissance’s Community Outreach Center in Huntington Station Wednesday evening. signed to solicit community input. “Renaissance Downtowns at Huntington Station is proud to work with the Huntington Station community to create a shared vision for the revitalization of its downtown area,” Monti said. “There is a tremendous history of commerce and culture within the Station, history that provides a foundation to create a redevelopment plan that will provide significant social, economic and environmental benefits – what we call the ‘Triple Bottom Line’.” To achieve the triple bottom line, concepts must be socially, economically and environmentally responsible, Monti said. Residents and stakeholders can upload ideas directly to the Source the Station website, Ideas are then voted on by registered Source the Station members. Renaissance Downtowns then conducts feasibility studies on the most popular ideas and works with those stakeholders to find local entrepre-

neurs who can make the vision a reality. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the group went across the street to the Station Sports arcade on Depot Road for fun, games and a barbecue. Revitalization efforts will focus on the Route 110 corridor, from Olive Street to just south of the Huntington Rail Road Station. The goal is to create a redevelopment plan, officials said, that will allow a walkable, vibrant downtown to again flourish in Huntington Station. Renaissance’s development philosophy combines mixed-income residential, retail, commercial, entertainment, cultural and educational uses mixed with parks and open space, all of which is directed by community input. “Commitment to that Triple Bottom Line is what allows us to create communities that are livable and economically viable,” Monti said. (Continued on page A13)


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Gratitude In Action Thanks, Noel… I’ve been in town a long time

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(don’t you dare ask how long) but I’ve never seen anything quite as wonderful as I did this weekend. Hundreds of people gathered It’s summertime… so reto celebrate the life of Noel IN THE KNOW member to take a breath and Mohammed, a beloved postWITH AUNT ROSIE enjoy it! For some reason, man in Huntington and a relimany of us triple-book ourgious leader in his native Wyandanch, this Sunday selves into oblivion, concenby recreating his mail route on foot. And it was trutrate on all the details to get us through the day and ly that – a celebration, a massive expression of gratfocus on some source of misery. I was in downtown itude for the joy Noel brought people on his route Huntington on Friday evening with my head swimand everywhere else he traveled. It was a remarkming in plans, work and anything else that could be able thing to hear of that line of people coming up shoehorned in there while a light rain continued to the hill on Elm Street – it must have been a quarfall. Like a burglar breaking into a jewelry store, the ter-mile long! I don’t know about you, but I’d bet blues music from Heckscher Park abruptly cleared even money Noel was watching all of this unfold out my head. I realized the rain wasn’t falling all with his great, big Noel smile. that hard and it was sure nice not to be hot and sticky. I realized the minutia of our lives isn’t really Johnny 5-0 in your 6 o’clock… Am I the only all that important. I realized it’s summertime, and I person who feels like a convicted felon on the lam should relax because life is too stressful the rest of whenever a police car shows up in my rear view the year. mirror? I can be 5 mph under the limit, sober as a fox with my hands at 10 and 2 and my body still And it’s never a bad time for… a shout-out to kicks into super-convict mode. My heart starts racall of those serving our country overseas! I was just ing, my hands get clammy and I lapse into tunnel reminded that Supervisor Petrone’s daughter, U.S. vision. And that’s just if a cruiser switches lanes into Air Force Captain Julie Petrone (I wonder if ‘dad’ mine. If the lights go on, even if it’s so the officer outranks ‘captain’?) is en route to do a six-month can race off to someone’s aid, it gets 10 times worse. tour in Afghanistan. It got me thinking. People I watched a state trooper pull up behind someone seem to pay attention to the brave souls who volunthe other day and I immediately felt sympathetic – teer to protect this country, especially intently and a little uneasy. around the patriotic holidays – Fourth of July, MeOn the beat… While we’re on the topic of police: morial Day, Flag Day, that sort of thing. But how often do we think about those folks on an average I was walking in Huntington village Friday night day? Do me a favor – keep them in your thoughts when I couldn’t help but notice a few more cop cars and prayers as they take on these missions abroad. – or so it seemed – on patrol. Maybe it was just a Godspeed to Captain Petrone and all of our soldiers normal Friday night patrol – the village is mighty in harm’s way. busy then, especially when a big movie like the Batman flick first comes out. Or maybe I was just noticing because of the horrible massacre that hap(Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have compened in that Colorado movie theater the night bements, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your fore. The carnage is absolutely mind-boggling, unneck of the woods, write to me today and let me know fathomable and appalling, and my heart aches for the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o those poor people. But either way, whether it was The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY planned or not, thanks to the Suffolk County Police 11743. Or try the e-mail at

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A South Huntington resident called Suffolk County police on July 21 to complain about criminal mischief. The complainant said someone damaged two tires on their 2001 Chevrolet Blazer while it was parked in the driveway.

Cops Searching For Trendy Thieves A South Huntington branch of a Long Island fashion store was victimized by thieves on July 21. Suffolk police responded after two female suspects stole clothing.

Glass Breaks Glass A Greenlawn resident called Suffolk County police on July 21 to complain about criminal mischief. The complainant said someone broke a window on their Jeep Cherokee with a beer bottle.

Burglar Alarm Does Its Job A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police about an attempted burglary on July 20. A basement window was pried open, but it tripped the alarm and the would-be thief fled the scene without ever getting inside.

Thief Has Anger Issues A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police on July 20 to report a possible burglary. The responding officer found that someone had entered through a window before damaging walls, doors and televisions. Nothing was reported as missing though.

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A Lloyd Harbor resident called Suffolk County police on July 18 to report a theft. The complainant said a diamond ring had been stolen from their home the day before. Workers had recently been in the home.


A 19-year-old Mastic man was arrested by Suffolk County police on burglary charges in connection to a Dix Hills incident on July 22. The defendant allegedly entered a home through a window, took car keys and stole a 2012 Kia parked in the driveway two days earlier.


A 38-year-old Huntington Station woman was arrested by Suffolk County police on misdemeanor assault charges. The woman allegedly punched a man in the face.

Dog Bites Juveniles On Property Northport Village police responded to Maple Avenue on July 18 after a dog bit a child. Police determined a group of youths were walking on the property of a Gilbert Street home when a dog from that property bit a child. Police advised the child’s parents to have the youth checked out by a doctor. The dog’s owner provided police with a Town of Huntington license and rabies vaccination. Both parties were advised any further action would be civil in nature.

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Boating Forum Planned By Danny Schrafel

With the horrors of the July 4 boating disaster that killed three children in Oyster Bay Harbor still raw, Huntington town officials have scheduled a special boating safety forum on Aug. 7. Sponsored by Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the one-hour forum will be held in the town board meeting room at Huntington Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. The forum is designed to prepare boaters for what they may face on the water – especially in crowded waters. Topics are to include: weather and communication, vessel preparation, emergencies and search and rescue scenarios. “We hope that this forum will serve as a refresher for boaters, reminding them of what to look out for, what to do and what not to do when our harbors and bays experience congestion due to events,” Petrone said. The town is also expected to record the seminar so it can be shown on the town’s government access television channels and website. The forum is being hosted in conjunction with the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs, the Huntington Harbormaster’s Office, the United States Coast Guard and Auxiliary, the Suffolk County Police Marine Division, Neptune Power Squadron, local fire departments and incorporated villages. “I encourage all boaters to take advan-

tage of this unique opportunity to hear from experts and to have questions answered,” Cuthbertson said. “Boating is, to me, one of the greatest activities that exists. There’s nothing better than a day on the water,” Pam Setchell, president of Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, said. “But it’s to be respected. It’s to be taken seriously. You wouldn’t go jump on the luge in Lake Placid for the first time without some instruction.” The next event that will create large crowds in Huntington Harbor is the annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest over Labor Day weekend. Setchell said if attendance levels remain constant, as many as 750 boats are expected around the lighthouse in Huntington Harbor. The daytime event draws a largely respectful, sensible crowd and there have been few problems, but every bit of additional knowledge helps, she noted. “It’s definitely about teaching respect in going to an event like that,” Setchell said. “There’s a concern of making people aware there is a way to depart and a way not to depart.” “Anyone planning to watch that display from their boat should take note of the advice this forum will offer to help them navigate to and from the event safely,” Councilwoman Susan Berland said. Space at the safety forum is limited. Anyone wishing to attend should register by calling the Huntington Harbormaster’s Office at 631-351-3192 or via email to


State Reviews Boat Laws By Danny Schrafel

In the aftermath of the boating accident that killed three children earlier this month, a state hearing has been scheduled to examine current boating laws and regulations in New York State – and whether changes are needed to better protect the public. The hearing will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Oyster Bay Town Hall. The New York State’s Senate’s Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by State Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), will conduct it. Marcellino said the family of Victoria Gaines, a nearly 8-year-old Huntington girl who was one of three children killed in the Fourth of July boat disaster in Oyster Bay, contacted him for help in boosting safety on the water. David Aureliano, 12, of Kings Park, and Harlie Treanor, 11, of Huntington Station, perished as well when the three children were trapped in the boat’s cabin after it capsized. “This hearing will provide us with a forum to hear the concerns and ideas of all those involved in recreational boating,” Marcellino said. “Unfortunately, you have people out on the water now who might not realize how dangerous their actions can be. As a state, we need to review current policies to ensure we make boating a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.” In-person oral testimony at the hearing is by invitation only, but anyone who wishes to provide written testimony should contact Marcellino’s Albany office

at 518-455-2390. Among those invited to testify so far include: the Gaines family, the U.S. Coast Guard,Nassau County Marine Bureau, Town of Huntington Department of Maritime Services, Town of Oyster Bay Marine Enforcement Division and boating community members. New York State has one of the oldest boating education programs in the country, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadron, provides boaters of New York State with approved boating education courses that are recognized in all 50 states and Canada. However, the law does not mandate many residents to take those courses. Current law requires boaters from ages 10-18 to take a boating safety course if they want to operate a vessel independently. Otherwise, younger boaters can do so with adult supervision, and adults are not required to take a safety course before taking to the water. “Despite the emphasis on safety and boater education, tragic accidents continue to occur. The purpose of this hearing will be to review current state laws and regulations governing boating and possible changes to further preserve life and allow the waterways to be responsibly enjoyed by all,” Marcellino said. New York State, Marcellino said, has more than 480,000 registered vessels, along with many more that do not require state registration. Oyster Bay Town Hall is located at 54 Audrey Ave. in Oyster Bay.



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School Board Member Tapped For 10th AD After Conte bows out, GOP picks Lupinacci to run for State Assembly seat school and earned his law degree in 2004. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor there. Lupinacci also worked in Conte’s office, focusing on conA longtime fixture on the South Huntstituent services and education issues. ington Board of Education has been seDuring his undergraduate studies, he lected by Republicans to pick up the interned with then-First Lady Hillary mantle for Assemblyman Jim Conte in Rodham Clinton, assisting her with corthe 10th Assembly District Race. respondence, speechwriting, and schedHuntington Station resident Chad uling. He also was an Lupinacci, 33, was chosen archivist for the Clinton last week to run for Conte’s Presidential Library. seat against Huntington “He enjoys government Station’s Joe Dujmic, 33, a as a process instead of the family law specialist and partisan politics, and I find former Assistant County that very refreshing,” Attorney and prosecutor. LaValle said. Lupinacci will carry the Lupinacci made history Republican, Conservative in 2004, when he was electand Independence lines. ed to the South Huntington Conte announced last Board of Education at age Monday he would not run 25. Along with lifelong for re-election in order to friend Nick Ciappetta, the focus his energies on retwo were the youngest ever covery during an ongoing Chad Lupinacci has been elected to serve on the battle with cancer. tapped by Republicans to board. A year later, he was Suffolk County GOP challenge Joe Dujmic for chairman John Jay LaValle Jim Conte’s Assembly seat. licensed to practice law. Huntington Station resisaid Lupinacci is “a very dent and longtime commuexciting candidate” with a nity activist Dennis Garetano, who deep resume for a 33-year-old man – served on the school board with Lupinacespecially on educational issues. ci, said he has been involved in the com“This is a guy that’s ready to serve and munity since a young age. has developed over the past eight years “The first time I met him, he was a an expertise on issues that are critical to mentor in South Huntington, helping the community,” LaValle said. kids graduate,” Garetano, said. “He’s alA 2001 graduate of Hofstra University, ways been involved.” he continued his studies in their law

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He described Lupinacci as a hardworking man who Huntington Station and the 10th Assembly District would be “lucky” to have as a representative. “We have an opportunity for us in Huntington Station to get another guy who is strong and has lived here his whole life,” Garetano said “He’s going to be a strong advocate for everything we

care about. He’s always done the right thing by the people of South Huntington.” “He’s a really good guy. When you meet him and you get to know him, he really grows on you really quickly,” LaValle said. “You realize he’s got very good intentions and his heart’s in the right place. There’s no ego in it.”

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Filling A Camp Void Group wants to offer needy kids summer fun

Huntington Youth to Camp Initiative’s committee members with Project Directors Matt Sanchez and Anuj Rihal.

Hills Director of Guidance Joseph Toles, center, with supporters at Huntington Youth to Camp Initiative’s first fundraiser. By Alessandra Malito

Anuj Rihal and Matt Sanchez met at Harborfields High School. Now, years later, they have started an organization together to help children in need. The Huntington Youth to Camp Initiative holds fundraisers, including a car wash that will be held next week, to raise thousands of dollars to help children attend camp. They joined together with the Joseph Toles Foundation, operated by Half Hollow Hills Director of Guidance Joseph Toles, the pair’s former gym teacher and club adviser of Natural Helpers in high school. Their organization was created as a project of the foundation. The project sees to it that underprivileged children are able to go to camp during the summer. “There are various camps in the Town of Huntington,” Rihal said, adding that about five to eight camps could be the home to future campers through the organization. “Our goal is to help the families that can't afford $8-9,000 for camps for two to three weeks.” The two have been working on this project since last October, looking for

grants and fundraising. In May, they held a private fundraiser in Centerport with raffles and food that raised $2,000. Overall, they have raised more than $15,000. Being able to go to camp if a child wants to is an important experience, the two said. “During the school year there are a ton of opportunities provided,” Sanchez said. “During the summer, there's a void. We're dedicated to filling that void.” Because this is the first summer after they've started and it’s short notice, they're partnering with nonprofit Family Service League, which already has an established program in the town. In the future, they'll be looking to grow more as their own program so that they can have an application process for camps. “Matt and I are watching this thing come to fruition, and it’s really a great success,” Rihal said. “So far, there's a great response from the community.” There will be a car wash and BBQ on Aug. 4 at First Presbyterian Church on 491 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 for an exterior car wash will go toward the support for the summer camp program.



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A Renaissance Ahead Despite foul forecasts and an afternoon reaching and comprehensive effort. And downpour on July 18, the show went on as that’s going to take buy-in from the entire Renaissance Downtowns Huntington Sta- community. tion cut the ribbon on its community outRenaissance brings a unique approach to reach offices. Huntington Supervisor Frank the table. Its Source the Station campaign Petrone and members of the town board utilizes the power of the internet and borjoined officials from Renaissance Down- rows social media technologies to give the towns for a ribbon-cutting that also community a true voice in the development launched the company’s “crowdprocess. Its aim is to identify sourced placemaking campaign” what the community wants, and EDITORIAL bring about consensus on concalled Source the Station. Designated by the town board crete plans. Consensus is the facas Master Developer for Huntington Sta- tor that is too often missing from develoption revitalization, Renaissance Down- ment plans. towns brings a unique approach to the Now is the time to get involved. Commuprocess that officials hope will ultimately nity members can visit the placemaking lead to a re-energized and reinvigorated website,, to propose Huntington Station. ideas, cast their votes and participate in disRevitalization has long been on the town’s cussion forums, or go the old-fashioned agenda. In recent years, numerous efforts route by visiting the Source the Station ofhave brought about some positive changes. fice and meeting with a community outHowever, to bring back the vibrant, walka- reach liaison. ble and self-sustaining downtown that once Community involvement is key, so do was in Huntington Station will take a far- your part.

representatives who successfully voted to repeal and kill Obamacare. ANTHONY CASERTA


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Huntington Station DEAR EDITOR: We are a diverse group of Huntington Station, town and regional stakeholders who have found common ground and intend to finally see Huntington Station revitalization move forward after 43 years. At this juncture we are looking forward to Renaissance Downtowns acting as the lead agency for the Huntington Station revitalization effort. Their mission for the revitalization of Huntington Station will be to manage public support for redevelopment by the train station. Let’s all fully participate in their process and give the Renaissance Downtowns group the ability to develop a plan without delay. We will work diligently in any way necessary to assist this revitalization process for the future economic well being of the Huntington Station community and its residents. DENNIS GARETANO

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save money. However I do not agree with his opposition to raising the retirement age. So many of us are now working longer that I believe it would make Social Security (including Medicare) viable. Moreover, I must ask about his vote for Obamacare in which $500-plus billion was taken out of the Medicare fund. How does this protect my Medicare benefits? Furthermore, the new Obamacare replacement adds: tons of new bureaucracy; end of life and death review boards; forces young people to buy unwanted insurance; includes financial exclusions for union, government and certain companies’ employees (thereby creating a two-level caste system for America); and has government “non-doctors” agents deciding how my health care monies are spent! It is interesting to note that I was forced to pay into Medicare so that I would not squander my health care monies – only to see the government reorient the monies. Finally, I also want to thank the bi-partisan Congressional

DEAR EDITOR: As the summer season enters into full swing, the risk of contracting mosquito-borne infections like West Nile virus, a disease transmitted from birds to mosquitoes that can cause encephalitis and other health problems, dramatically increases. While no local residents have been diagnosed with West Nile this year, the virus has been identified in a crow in Northport and in a sample mosquito pool test in Islip. [I urge] all county residents to call the Department of Health Services’ Public Health Hotline at 631-787-2200, Monday through Friday between 9 am – 4 pm if [you] spot dead birds in the community. Calls made during non-business hours may be left on the phone answering machine. West Nile virus was first detected in Suffolk County in 1999. Although not everyone who is bit by an infected mosquito will develop the disease, it is a very serious and potentially fatal ailment. It is estimated that 20 percent of those who become infected will develop some form

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of West Nile illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. It can lead to West Nile encephalitis or meningitis with severe symptoms including high fever, muscle weakness, stupor and disorientation. Since 2001, when the first human case of West Nile virus was identified in Suffolk County, there have been nearly four dozen human cases and several deaths attributed to the disease. In addition to spotting dead birds that may be carrying the disease, take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Make sure windows and door screens do not have holes and tears, trim overgrown bushes near the home and make sure that stagnant water does not accumulate in bird baths, empty flower pots, abandoned tires or chair cushions. Dump the water in children’s pools immediately after use and avoid going outdoors from dusk to dawn – peak mosquito-biting hours. Residents who do go outside at these times of day should wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Insect repellent containing DEET has been proven to be most effective at reducing mosquito bites. For more information, visit the Department of Health Services’ web site at or call 631853-3055. LOU D’AMARO

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Jazz Takes Over Summer Arts Festival By Laura Jungreis

Jazz is a theme this weekend in Heckscher Park as the Summer Arts Festival continues on the Chapin Rainbow stage. The lineup this week also includes musical theater, vocal groups, and indie rock. Friday, July 27 brings to the stage a special tribute concert to Clem DeRosa and his swing jazz band. DeRosa, who led over 30 performances at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, died in December 2011 in Denton, Texas. John Chicherio, of the Huntington Arts Council, called DeRosa a pioneer of jazz education in schools. “We’re delighted to have his family coming back,” Chicherio said. Conductor Richard DeRosa will lead big band and jazz pieces. On Saturday, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will take the stage. The group, known as BBQ, consists of Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone, Dan Brubeck on drums, Mike DeMicco on guitar, and Chuck Lamb on the piano. According to Chicherio, the Brubeck brothers are carrying on the musical legacy established by their father, Dave Brubeck, a jazz pianist. “They’re a terrific jazz quartet,” Chicherio said. The jazz weekend continues Sunday night with jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy. The band rotates 25 regular musicians. At the core of the band is Robert “Sput” Searight on drums, Shaun Martin

The Brubeck Brothers jazz quartet plays the Summer Arts Festival on July 20. on the keyboard, and organist Cory Henry. The band’s influences stem from jazz and rock as well as gospel and R&B. The Broadhallow Theatre puts on “Pinkalicious” Tuesday, July 31. The theatre group began in 1972 as a touring company, but today has two main stages for performances. “Pinkalicious,” originally a children’s book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, has been adapted into a musical. The show follows the story of a young girl who loves pink so much she turns pink. On Wednesday, the Twin Shores Chorus and the Island Hills Chorus perform a capella songs. The Twin Shores Chorus

is all men, singing barbershop harmonies in four parts. The Island Hills Chorus also cherishes the barbershop sound, but is an all-female group. The music will range from show tunes and patriotic songs to love songs, jazz ditties and spiritual melodies. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Natalia Zuckerman will play on Thursday, Aug. 2. The indie-rock musician’s songs feature a slide guitar playing style and witty lyrics. Her sound reflects influences from folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues. The Northport Community Band will also perform Thursday, in the Northport Village Park at 8:30 p.m. The perform-

Jazz continues Sunday night in Heckscher Park with jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy. ance, entitled “Spanning the Centuries” will feature Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and two cannons, as well as songs like “America the Beautiful” and “Forgotten Dreams.” During the final song, children from the audience will be invited onstage to blow bubbles, a Northport tradition. The free Summer Arts Festival concert series runs Tuesday-Sunday until Aug. 11 on the Chapin Rainbow stage in Heckscher Park, located at Prime Avenue and Route 25A. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Bring blankets, cushions and chairs for seating comfort in the park. Visit for more information.


Touring Huntington’s Only Surviving Mill By Laura Jungreis

The only surviving tide mill on Long Island’s north shore is open for tours again. In 1795, the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill was built in Huntington. The mill, now owned by the Nature Conservancy, once captured water during high tide and stored it in a millpond. The water poured out when the tide was low, turning a water wheel as it rushed past. This process created power that helped farmers turn crops like oats, wheat and corn into flour. Other similar mills along Long Island’s north shore existed, but the Van WyckLefferts Tide Mill is the only one with the original building, dam and large wooden gears still in tact today. The Huntington Historical Society has been offering tours of the mill starting earlier this summer. Cathi Horowitz, outreach coordinator for the historical society, explained that tours used to be offered, but were suspended while the conservatory did conservation

work on the mill. “We’ve collaborated with the Nature Conservatory for many years,” Horowitz said. Now, the work is finished and the tours will resume. The two-hour tour begins with a short boat ride to the mill. Possessing the physical ability to climb stairs as well as climb in and out of the boat is required for participation. The tour is $15 per person, and $10 for members of the historical society. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted. Horowitz suggests wearing sneakers and dressing for the weather. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat may be appropriate. And she always recommends bringing along a camera. “There are lovely photo opportunities,” Horowitz said. Tour times run according to the tides and are offered July 31, Aug. 15, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. Advance registration is required. Call 631-427-7045 ext 403 for a full schedule and to register, or visit for more information.

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Fireman's Fair Promises Fun For Families

Fireworks, a parade, games, raffles and treats all contribute to a successful Fireman's Fair, and the East Northport Fire Department is holding one soon. The fair will start on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 4. A parade on Wednesday filled with fire trucks, firefighters and a marching band from 20 departments will kick off the festivities. This year's fair, which is a tradition for more than 50 years, boasts more games of chance and booths, and a new array of food, which includes traditional chicken fingers, French fries, pizza, corn on the cob, zeppolis, cotton candy, ice cream, hot dogs and clams.

Raffles will include cash and prizes, from tools, bicycles and candy to a range of cash prizes from $1,250 to a grand prize of $5,000. The fair is a fundraiser for the fire department, but also a way to give back to the community and create a relationship between neighbors and the department. “It's a good night for families to come up and enjoy themselves,” Second Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler Jr. said. “It's more of a community service to provide rides and a fair.” The parade will begin on Larkfield Road and Clay Pitts Road and continue north on Larkfield Road to the firehouse and fairgrounds. The fair will be from 7-11 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, and 5-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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The Cusp Of A ‘Much-Needed’ Food Movement By Alessandra Malito

Families no longer have to go to the supermarket to get their food – they can go right in their backyard to pick their next meal, and a Huntington native is determined to help ease the transition. Earl's Kitchen Gardens is owned and operated by Elizabeth Ann Rexer Leonard, whose initials make up the name. The company provides families with an opportunity to make their food right at home. “I started this company for two reasons,” Leonard said. “One, because I love the outdoors and two, because I'm really committed to growing food and teaching other people how to grow their own food.” The company installs and maintains raised box beds and container gardens in backyards. They use organic seeds and starter plants. If families don't have the proper amount of space to incorporate a garden into their backyards, there are container gardens. Leonard became familiar with the business from her work on farms in New York and in New England. “That's where I got the know how,” Leonard said. “I was always bothered by

Elizabeth Ann Rexer Leonard, of Earl’s Kitchen Gardens, plants the seeds for growing produce with her children at Goose Hill school. the amount of waste on the farms; if something wasn’t ‘market pretty,’ we threw it in the compost. Most of that food was edible, it just wasn't picture perfect, so I decided I wanted to show people how food is grown by putting it in their backyards.” Her love for the business may have grown from her family, according to her

sister, Louise Rexer Smith. “She must have developed my father's love for vegetable gardens, as I recall him growing radishes, carrots and tomatoes and diligently turning the soil in his garden,” Smith said. “For years, she helped my brother, Robert, at his farm and then later in Rhode Island while attending

URI [the University of Rhode Island], she worked for a farm for many years .” Leonard also works at Rexer-Parkes, a clothing store her mother owns in Huntington village, but when she isn't there, she's out and about planting away, whether it's aesthetically or for harvest. “Food is being scientifically altered not for the benefit of a higher nutritional content but so it can last longer and travel farther distances before rotting and getting into a supermarket,” Leonard said. “Backyard veggies get picked and eaten the same day. There's no travel or shelf-life involved. The food doesn't lose its nutritional content when eaten fresh.” The company now has 12 family gardens as clients and three schools. “While her business has taken off over the last two years and her commitment grown deeper and deeper, I hear whispers of gathering people to create good compost, to create a garden for an elderly home and more public schools,” Smith said. “She's gathering people who want to be involved and all at a pace that is uniquely and quietly her own. She's on the cusp of creating a much-needed movement and this is only the beginning.” Visit


Friars Celebrate 10-Year Reunion

St. Anthony’s High School’s Class of 2002 reconvened Saturday at the Huntington Hilton in Melville to channel their Friar spirit at their 10-year reunion. Even Father Brian Barr, who was the school’s chaplain when they were students, made an appearance to celebrate Mass at the school’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, which was completed in 2008. Pictured are the Class of 2002, and Brother Joshua DiMauro, O.S.F. with organizer Amanda Ciurleo.


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The Best of the Best

Notice anything familiar about our cover? Each letter spelling out “Best of Huntington” comes from the sign of a store or restaurant identified by our readers as their favorite, the best of the best. It is a fitting summary of this month’s LIfe edition, which celebrates all that is great in this town. Readers poured out their thoughts on our submission forms to help us create what you’re about to read, a compilation of your choices for the top picks in town, from where to shop and find that perfect pizza slice, to where to get a

movie star haircut or take in the sunset. There was no formula to make this list or set of criteria a place or establishment had to meet. This is simply a rundown of what our readers wrote in to say was the best in their minds – everyone in here is a winner in our eyes. If your favorite place isn’t listed, send in your form next year to ensure they get their proper recognition. Are you so Huntington savvy that you can identify where all of the letters on the cover came from?

Michael Schenkler Publisher The official newspaper of the Town of Huntington; Half Hollow Hills School District; Harborfields Public Library District; South Huntington Water District; Cold Spring Harbor School District; Greenlawn Water District; South Huntington School District; Village of Lloyd Harbor; Village of Huntington Bay; and the Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Dix Hills, East Northport, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington, Huntington Manor and Melville Fire Districts.

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Call us at 631-427-7000 or email There might be a prize in it for you! This section was compiled by Samantha Galina, Laura Jungreis, Katherine Vibbert and Jamie Weissman. Some of our readers’ favorites, clockwise from top left: Jakes Island Outpost - Life Is Good, Centerport’s Senior Beach House, Smokaburger, Yogurt Crazy, Besito, La Fontana, Fado and Village Creperie

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Best Sunset

The jury is still out on who has the best sunset in town. If you like to “walk and look at all the sunsets” Huntington resident Laurene Naparuno recommends West Shore Road, while Therese Starling of Northport enjoys the view from Northport Village, above. A child enjoys a sweet treat at Ben & Jerry’s on Free Cone Day.

Homemade hot fudge at Herrell’s Ice Cream is the perfect topping.

When it comes to ice cream, Helen Pascucci suggests Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (298 Main St., Huntington) because they have the “Chunky Monkey” flavor, banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts, and “benches outside” to take in the busy streets of the village. Another popular ice cream choice among readers like Laurene Napurano of Huntington is Herrell’s Ice Cream (46 Gerard St., Huntington), owned by Rick Meuser, because their “ice cream is made on premises” and the “yogurt is

unbelievable!” The frozen yogurt craze has hit the Town of Huntington as well. Centereach resident Brittany Hesler goes to Yogurt Crazy (300 New York Ave., Huntington) because of the “great selection, very clean and such a welcoming feeling.” The franchise also has locations at 2195 Jericho Turnpike in Commack and 737 Fort Salonga Road in Northport. Meanwhile, Chelsea Walters of Oakdale thinks Red Mango (24 Wall St., Huntington) has the best frozen yogurt – “it’s healthy and delicious,” she said.

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Best Bakery/Sweet Shop The staff at Haven Hair Salon is a favorite among readers.

Gluten-free baked goods, like these cupcakes, is what Wild Flours specializes in. Murphy also praises Reinwald’s (495 New York Ave., Huntington) as the best bakery because of the “wonderful assortment of breads, muffins, cupcakes, and pastries.”

Bon Bons Chocolatier owner Mary Alice Meinersman with homemade candy apples, a reader favorite. Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington) is the best in Huntington because of Mary Alice and her courteous staff that sell the most delicious homemade chocolate. Check out the back room July sale. Barbara Murphy of Huntington says A Rise Above Bake Shop (333 Main St., Huntington) is the best because owner Mary McDonald and her polite staff “have the most delicious cookies and cakes. Every holiday there are special shaped, decorated sugar cookies.”

Beth Lone of Huntington thinks gluten-free bakery Wild Flours Bake Shop (11 New St., Huntington) is the best in town because of their excellent products, cleanliness and professional service. Cali Hochman of Huntington says Wild Flours has the “healthiest, most delicious baked goods in New York, and they have the sweetest staff and the most beautiful shop!” Shana Einhorn of Huntington claims they have the best blueberry muffin ever. Barbara Daniels of Plainview says: “Everything is good. There is always non-dairy and gluten-free and vegan treats. The owner and staff are very friendly.” Irina Ponyevez of Huntington says Wild Flours provide her with the first glueten-free products she has liked. And Bobbie Sobel of Huntington says owner Carolyn is a “jewel.”

Whitfleet of Huntington Station goes there for its “beautiful salon” and “talented staff.” Alicia Hemerlein of Islip also values Jon Megaris salon for the “friendly staff” and “wonderful service.” Brittany Hesler of Centereach appreciates the salon’s “wonderful environment.” Arline Pollack of Long Beach nominates Jon Megaris Hair Salon because it has “the best haircuts and best service.”

Haven Hair Salon (294 Main St., Huntington village) is a popular choice among readers who want that perfect cut. Oyster Bay Cove resident Marlene Fitzsimmons goes there for the “great service” and “great hairstylists.” Dix Hills resident Rosanna Kascak and Ali Gabriele also tout the service. Kelly Garone of Kings Park goes says her “girlfriends recommend it highly.” Melville resident Tawni Engel says Haven has “awesome stylists” and “really good prices!” Because they’re “very accommodating” and have “great service,” Kim McCormack goes there. Chelsea Walters of Oakdale says that Haven is the best hair salon because it has “great styles and is a cool salon.” Speaking for the men, Richard Mosquin of Cold Spring Harbor goes to Haven for its “incredible services” and “great stylists.” Dave Sapper of Huntington enjoys the “great haircut” he gets. One Haven stylist stands out among the rest for some readers. Lloyd Harbor’s Diana De Rosa visits Haven for Josephine. Cold Spring Harbor resident Gloria Bordeman says the salon is “very accommodating – love Josephine.” Jon Megaris Hair Salon (245 Main St., Huntington) is another popular hair styling spot for readers. Jordana

Melville resident JoAnn Veit recommends the town’s Senior Beach House (Centerport Beach House, Little Neck Road, Centerport) because they have a “beautiful beach, beautiful house, all for the seniors of Huntington.” The historic building – the first farmhouse in the area, erected circa 1782 and purchased by the Town in 1963 – has traditionally been open six days a week during the beach season. This year, it opened for the first time on Saturdays, too. The Beach House is adjacent to the Town’s senior beach. It includes a porch, meeting rooms, card rooms, a television room, and, outdoors, bocce courts and a pavilion.


The Life Center was praised by readers for its caring staff and peaceful environment. When it comes to your health, readers say The Life Center (214 Wall St., Huntington) stands out among the rest. Founded by co-directors Kay and (Continued on page LI 4)

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ommends The Life Center because it has “great people” who are “very helpful.” St. James resident Susan K. likes it because it has “kind, professional, knowledgeable people” and offers “a variety of healthcare services.” And Susan Magliato of Huntington goes there specifically for Denise Maletta because she’s “invested in her patients’ recovery.”

Readers think Huntington Hospital is one of the best around. (Continued from page LI 3)

Barbara Posillico, a mother and daughter team with over 25 years of experience as psychotherapists, the wellness center combines services that include counseling and psychotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition, massage, hypnotherapy, life coaching and divorce mediation. Jane Hellman of Syosset says, “The Life Center provides therapeutic services in an atmosphere of warmth and comfort.” Steven Pinto of Huntington

Station thinks it is the best because “it is one of the most unique and effective health centers on Long Island.” Leslie Schult of Huntington and several others value The Life Center for its “wonderful people.” Syosset resident Julie Hochman goes to The Life Center because “the staff and services at the Life Center are amazing!” Northport’s Barbara D. likes The Life Center because it is a caring, kind, and comfortable practice.” Dix Hills resident Marie Forelli rec-

Laura Folgers thinks Island Better Hearing (1-03 Schwab Road in the Clock Tower Plaza in Melville; 205 E. Main Street in Huntington) is the best because they take pride in helping their patients. As a healthcare professional for more than 25 years, Island Better Hearing makes sure they fit you with the best hearing aid for you. Owner and founder Robert Trentacoste, who also uses hearing aids, attended college to become an optician as well as being a licensed hearing aid dispenser. Robert’s daughter Lori Trentacoste is the current owner. Lori and Island Better Hearing were selected as the Hearing Review’s Best of 2011 Hearing Healthcare Professionals. Jodi Sodowsky thinks Moss Opticians is the best in Huntington because of the great service and selection. Celebrating their 69th year in business, Moss Opticians asserts that the shop still focuses on the same values that made them successful back in the day. Current owner Randi Jaburek has been the proprietor for more than a decade, but her past is intertwined with the family that founded the business. Huntington resident Harriet Miller

likes Huntington Hospital (270 Park Ave., Huntington) because it has “kind, speedy, professional service and wonderful volunteer help.” The hospital is a vital community healthcare resource, from its fully staffed and equipped Emergency Department – the centerpiece of the hospital’s New York State designation as a Level 2 Trauma Center – to its full range of advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities. Its Cardiac Catheterization team in the Mariani Family Cardiology Center can be mobilized at any time to perform life-saving balloon angioplasty and stent placement, and board-certified physicians staff its Clark Gillies Children’s Emergency Care Center. In the Dolan Family Health Center, internists, pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and nurse practitioners take care of the primary health needs of the uninsured and medically indigent. In addition, Huntington’s team of nursing professionals has been recognized for excellence with the prestigious Magnet designation – an honor conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Committee. Alexis Barr says the Cold Spring Harbor Pharmacy (36 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) is the best because the pharmacists are knowledgeable and caring with great gifts.

Best Clothing Store The men of Huntington often find themselves at J. Ogilvy (261 Main St., (Continued on page LI 5)


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ety, style, and staff.” Chelsea Walters of Oakdale values Ooh La La for its “awesome selection.”

Ooh La La brings fashion forward in Huntington village. (Continued from page LI 4)

Huntington). Just ask Northport resident Anastasio Megaris, who says you can find the “best deals on men’s clothes” there. Megaris also suggests Milk and Honey (249 Main St., Huntington) for “great deals on great clothes.” The fashionistas in town flock to Ooh La La (306 Main St., Huntington). Mollie Heitmann of West Babylon thinks that Ooh La La clothing store is the best for its “price, vari-

Readers have always loved the Community Thrift Shop (274 New York Ave., Huntington), which has been offering quality merchandise at bargain prices for 50 years. Six local non-forprofit agencies – Huntington Hospital, The Visiting Nurse Services & Hospice, the Family Service League, Cancer Care, and Day Top Village and Planned Parenthood – have returned over $4.8 million to the community since 1961. Barbara Barthels of Huntington Station loves the Community Thrift Shop for its helpful staff, along with Carol Murray of Huntington who says the store has “good clothes in fine condition.” Huntington’s Anne Brier Chamber shops there because they have “great bargains” and “terrific, helpful staff.” A “great selection and low prices” is why Dix Hills’ Diane Haslett goes there. Barbara A. Anenth of Huntington says you should shop there because its “the best of the best! Low prices, great and beautiful people.” Huntington resident Marie Sorensen shops at the Community Thrift Shop because the have the “best buys on designer clothing, antiques, and other treasures.” Harriet Miller of Huntington says the Community Thrift Shop is the “heart and hub of Huntington” and has “great clothes and books, reasonable prices, and all volunteer staff.” Huntington resident Steve Miller visits the shop because it’s “volunteer run” and he “can find anything I need.” (Continued on page LI 6)

Milk and Honey is a place for “great deals on great clothes.”

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Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Vine and Roses (331 Main St., Huntington) is the best clothing store in Huntington because Eileen, the owner, “designs one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry pieces. The store is outfitted with vintage clothing, scarves, hats, and jewelry – separated by vibrant colors, so [it’s] easy to find those special accessories.” Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Fox’s (379 New York Ave., Huntington) is the best in Huntington because “Shari and her courteous staff greet you and welcome you to shop for the most beautiful dresses, tops, shoes, and handbags. Well-known designers at affordable prices. Check out the second floor!” Then again, there is always the Jake’s Island Outpost – Life is Good Store (249 Main St., Huntington). William Weller shops there because of “its character, optimism.” The shop is owned by two former NYPD officers William and Jean Ann Weller. The store carries all things Life is Good, including a pet collection of collars and bowls, travel and tote bags, and Tshirts, among other things. Its wide variety of optimistic and cheerful goods means there’s something for everyone. To find that perfect antique, Shawn Gordon of Rockville Centre thinks Huntington Antiques Center (129 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor), is the best because of the beautiful items and good sales. He says, “It’s relaxing and fun to just visit.” Barbra Fisher of Huntington agrees, saying it’s the best

The Heckscher Museum of Art is a hub for culture in Huntington village. because of the “great selection and pleasant shopping experience.” And William Watman thinks Huntington Antique Center is the best because the selection appeals to different tastes.

Best Place For Car Repairs For “great honest service,” Huntington resident Anne Brier Chamber likes Village Green Service Station (219 Broadway, Huntington Station).

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mends the Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., Huntington) for the “best art exhibits and program for children, families, and adults on Long Island!” For a place in town that “celebrates our rich architectural history,” Cynthia Scudieri of Huntington suggests driving down the gateway entry way to town along Park Avenue.


Readers love the care their children get at Gloria Dei Preschool.

When it comes to taking care of their little ones, readers had tons of wonderful things to say about Gloria Dei Preschool (22 East 18th St., Huntington Station). Helen Pascucci likes their “dedicated, caring staff,” and Melville resident Marion Harris describes it as an “excellent preschool.” Ellen Bourquin likes Gloria Dei’s

preschool because of the “excellent staff” and the fact that the “children learn a lot.” Joyce Moore of Huntington nominates Gloria Dei as the best because it’s “inexpensive and has great camaraderie, a receptive principal, and great hours.” Kathi Galotti adds that they “teach our children well.” (Continued on page LI 14)


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

Who’s Got The Best Eats In Town? You wrote in, and we listened. Here are our readers’ votes on who dishes out the best food in the Town of Huntington.

introduction. Because they have the “best view, great food,” and great drinks, Huntington Station resident Jordana Whitfleet goes to Prime (117 New York Ave., Huntington), where Executive Chef Gregg Lauletta dishes out top-notch fine cuisine. For “amazing cuisine,” Northport resident Anastasio Megaris suggests Swallow (366 New York Ave., Huntington). The restaurant, specializing in small plates, has captured Long Islander Newspapers’ Foodies’ hearts as well, as Jimmy Tchinnis dishes up unique creations.

Best Pizza/Italian Prime is said to have the best food and view of Huntington Harbor around.

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If you like “lots of variety,” Helen Pascucci recommends Spuntino (Pathmark Shopping Center, 687 Old Country Road, Dix Hills) for pizza. But Mollie Heitmann of West Babylon thinks Rosa’s Pizza (313 Main St., Huntington) is the best because of its “great food.” Chelsea Walters of Oakdale agrees, saying simply, it’s “delicious.”

Readers love the pizza at Rosa’s in Huntington village. Bill Sachelari, of Huntington, weighs in on the pizza debate, saying Fattusco’s (1019 Fort Salonga Road, Northport) serves up the best slices of all.

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cause they have the best pizza with delicious homemade tomato sauce. Mike Reeds says the newcomer to the Huntington village pizza scene, Porto Fino (395 New York Ave., Huntington) has the best pizza in Huntington. When it comes to Italian food as a whole, Dix Hills resident Diane Haslett likes Piccolo (215 Wall St., Huntington) because of its “great food.” The restaurant is a Long Islander Newspapers Foodie favorite as well, especially that private table on the left near the window. Huntington’s Steve Miller eats at La Fontana (672 Walt Whitman Road, Melville) for its “consistently delicious food, good prices,” and “friendly service.” Jodi Sodowsky thinks Primo Piatto (138 E. Main St., Huntington) is the best in Huntington because the food is excellent.

Best Exotic/International For the “delicious sushi” and oriental salad bar, Huntington resident Anne Brier Chamber recommends Good Peoples Farm (46 Gerard St., Huntington). Deeming it the “best Mexican restaurant around,” Dix Hills resident Diane Haslett goes to the upscale Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington), a John Tunney creation. Mollie Heitmann of West Babylon and Chelsea Walters of Oakdale both love Besito for its “delicious food.” Adding a unique flavor to town, Huntington Station resident Jordana Whitfleet suggests Portuguese restaurant Fado (10

European Republic is known for its French fries. Skorpios owner Theotokis Goussis (right) and chef Nick Venizelos serve authentic Greek food at their Huntington restaurant. New St., Huntington) for its “excellent, fresh food” and “wonderful service.” Anastasio Megaris of Northport calls Skorpios Restaurant (340 New York Ave., Huntington) the best place for Greek cuisine, along with Alicia Hemerlein of Islip who appreciates the friendly staff. Owner Theotokis Goussis came to the United States almost 40 years ago from Corfu, Greece. Established in 1979, the restaurant makes everything, from soups to dessert. Brittany Hesler of Centereach says, “It feels like you’re eating in Greece!”

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Aunt Chilada’s Manager Juan Gomez knows his way around a Mexican kitchen. ily of Northport. The family loves the “world’s best cheese enchilada” because it is “cheesy, rice and bean goodness!”

Best Breakfast/Lunch For “really good, extremely affordable food,” Huntington Station’s Jordana Whitfleet goes to European Republic (339 New York Ave., Huntington), where all hail the French fry and tons of dip choices.

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For those looking to have “egg sandwiches made like mom,” Huntington resident Cynthia Scudieri suggests Bay Deli (94 New York Ave., Halesite).

The competition is stiff, but Aunt Chilada’s Mexican Grill (729 Fort Salonga Road, Northport) makes the best cheese enchilada, according to the Zatulskis Fam-

Huntington resident Mimi Taylor eats at Robke’s Country Inn (427 Fort Salonga Road, Northport) because it has “the best $10 lunch in town.” The Foodies’ agree;


For “delicious crepes” and “the best coffee,” Huntington Station resident Jordana Whitfleet likes Village Creperie Café (335 New York Ave., Huntington). The Foodies also go there to take in a Nutella cookie once in a while. Judy Rufer of Melville, Daniel McGale of Huntington Station and countless others told us that La Bottega (9 Wall St., Huntinton) has the best salads, panini and food in town. “Everything you try has a great flavor,” “delivery is fast,” and it’s “clean and cozy.”

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with a reunion and street fair. The Zatulskis family of Northport goes to Smokaburgers (380 Larkfield Road, East Northport) for its “hamburger/cheeseburger combos – great taste and great price, and quite an extensive menu too.”

Best Diner The Golden Dolphin restaurant (365 Main St., Huntington) gets Huntington resident Mimi Taylor’s vote for best diner, however, because “everything is good.” We’ve also heard the portions guarantee leftovers. A Foodie favorite for breakfast and lunch, Munday’s (259 Main St., Huntington) is hailed by William Weller of Huntington as the best diner for its “charm,” and Brittany Hesler of Centereach loves the restaurant because it serves breakfast all day and has “delicious food.” Nancy J. Berg of Huntington Station calls it the “best family restaurant.” Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Munday’s is the best in Huntington because they serve the best breakfast and lunch in t o w n . “Every day the menu

People love the charm and food at Munday’s.

changes –with a variety of omelets, pancakes, and sandwiches. Each day Joan outdoes herself with the Halloween decorations – a must see!”

Best Pub/Casual Restaurant Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Canterbury Ales (314 New York Ave., Huntington) is the best in Huntington because “Billy and his wonderful staff keep us coming back for tasty pub-comfort food, with the best beer selection in town! Watch for special brew tastings.” With its big-screen and personal TVs and stellar food, Rookies Sports Club (70 Gerard St., Huntington) is a top choice among readers. Victoria Shannon says Rookies is the best because of the brilliant servers, delicious and flavorful burgers, amazing beers on tap, cheesy nachos and delicious wings. Patti Cooke likes Rookies because of the “big juicy delicious burgers, awesome wings and friendly and efficient service.” Laura Engelhart enjoys the extensive menu, crispy and juicy wings, friendly service and juicy and cheesy burgers. Charlie Carter likes it for much of the same reason: “wings, service, burgers and lunch.” Chris Baldante says Rookies is the best in Huntington because of the “bangin’ wings, staff, QuickDraw, burgers, TVs and booze.” Sam writes to tell us that Rookies is the best because of “the TVs for sports and wings, the beer is seasonal and delicious, the bartenders are hot and amazing and the turkey minis are delicious.” Mike Reeds enjoys Rookies because of “the outstanding service and great food

Rookies got praise for its wings. and drinks. The burgers that are cooked perfectly every time and the beautiful women serve with a great attitude.”

Marketplace Huntington resident Cynthia Scudieri likes Southdown Market (205 Wall St., Huntington) because it’s “clean and fresh…always.” Carol I. Levatino of Huntington likes it for the “variety, quality,” and service. Whether it’s grabbing a quick lunch wrap, or buying dinner for that night, this marketplace is fresh and welcoming.

Southdown Market is a favorite for some readers. Suzanne Savino likes that the food is “delicious and healthy.” Kristen Bruno and Centerport resident Darryl St. George recommends it if you’re looking to eat “healthy, great food.” Frank Leonick of Massapequa enjoys the “unique dishes,” and Northport resident William Zagerine likes the “fresh, seasoned food and great service.” Jack McRobb of Northport puts it simply: they have the “best food!”

Barbara Murphy of Huntington says Waldbaum’s (60 Wall St., Huntington) is the best in Huntington because it is the best-kept secret, with the most beautiful floral bouquets and plants, long-lasting and inexpensive. She says you can purchase a lovely red, white and blue arrangement for $9.99. The newcomer to Northport’s section of 25A, The Purple Elephant (81 Fort Salonga Road, Northport) already has a following. Deer Park’s Christopher Bohbid goes there for the “great food, on the water” while Huntington resident

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JAKE TURNS ONE: Jake’s Wayback Burgers (1964 Jericho Turnpike, E. Northport 631864-5555) rang in their first anniversary in the Elwood Shopping Center July 14. They were joined by Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland to cut the ribbon on their first year. A raffle for a year’s worth of free burgers, won by Northport’s Freddie Fredericks, raised $220 for the Hero Hunger Help Project at the Northport VA. By the way, Susan’s a fan. “The burgers were delicious and the homemade fries are the perfect side dish,” she said following the event. You’re preaching to the choir, councilwoman.

GELATO, ANYONE? As hot as this summer has been, count us in! Foodie favorites Primo Piatto (138 E. Main St., Huntington 631-935-1391) is featuring MaximoPino gelato and sorbetto, served from a cart in the front of the restaurant. Open up the windows and guests eating outside can walk right up and get a scoop of something delicious. Gelato choices include chocolate, mint chocolate chip, pistachio, cookies and cream, tiramisu and Hazelnut cream; for sorbetto, strawberry and lemon were on the menu when we last visited.

PUCKER UP: Friday, July 20 was National

Lollipop Day, for all of you candy lovers out there. But did you know the little sucker has a big history? Legend has it that the lollipop concept has been around since prehistoric times, as early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick. It isn’t quite clear how its modern form – hard candy on a stick made for sucking – came to be, but the history of its name is. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, first called the candy a “lollipop” in

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the early 1900s after his favorite race horse. In case you missed the celebration (or want to celebrate again – we won’t tell) go to one of the many fine confectioners in Huntington and stock up.


under the radar and enjoyed a peaceful harborside dinner to Huntington's Prime An American Kitchen & Bar (117 New York Av.e, Huntington 631-385-1515, Wearing a black bomber jacket and maxi dress, the “Full House” star turned fashionista, joined by friends, dived into sushi, salads and strip steak with house dessert before being piloted away.

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Best Pet Care Northport’s Zatulskis family suggests the North Shore Animal Center (264 Vernon Valley Road, Northport) when it comes to caring for furry friends because it it “animal care at its finest – from boarding to grooming. Doug, Gloria, Nicole, and staff are top dogs in their field.”

Best Nursery Because of the “variety, quality,” and “service,” Huntington resident Carol I. Levatino likes Fort Hill Nursery (188 E. Main St., Huntington). Started by brothers Dave and Adolph Aebisher in 1965, the nursery is family-owned and operated, providing services and products to beautify and educate the Huntington area.

Best Camp Because of its “very nice owner” and “great jewelry,” Dix Hills resident Diane Haslett goes to Time Source Jewelers (332 New York Ave., Huntington). Marie Sorenson of Huntington goes there for its reasonable prices, “beautiful new and antique jewelry” and the fact that watch repairs are done on the premises.

Best Place To Moor A Boat

The best place to moor a boat is at Seymour’s Boatyard in Northport, according to Holly Levis-Dolan of Northport.

The Huntington YMCA camp (50 E. Main St., Huntington) is the best camp in town because it has the “best directors, staff,” and “family fun!”, says Huntington resident Laurene Napurano.

Best Bookstore

Readers say Book Revue (313 New York Ave., Huntington) is the best bookstore because it brings in well-known authors, like Dick Van Dyke in 2011. Barbara Murphy of Huntington says it is “Huntington’s little jewel of a bookstore – with a bevy of star attractions, well-known authors, speaking about and signing books. The children’s section welcomes youngsters with colorful displays.”

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Some shoppers in Huntington think of the store East West, located on New York Avenue, as the skater store. Others classify it by the hip-hop brands carried. Sometimes it is even know as the hat store. But owner Jesse Moss insists the store is all of these things. “The cool thing with East West is you can’t really pigeonhole us,” he said. “We try to be all things to all people.” The family-run store stands out from others in the area through the unique styles it carries. “Long Island is a mall culture,” Moss said. “We try to seek brands that you can’t really find there.” East West carries alternative brands like Diamond Supply Co., American Needle, and Maui and Sons. It is the only store in Huntington village to carry Toms shoes, the owner said. A men’s store so far, it also sells women’s footwear, and in August it will expand to carry women’s ware, when clothing by Obey will be added to the racks.

East West carries a wide range of items, from skater gear to hats and shoes. Moss will soon be attending a trade show to find new, interesting brands. East West actually has roots in Huntington village. In the 1990s, Moss’ mother had a store in Huntington called Village Tees. Moss worked there after school until the increasing rent became unaffordable. The family then regrouped and opened East West at its original location near the courtyard by Heli Sport. Moss described

this space as “off the beaten path,” and was thrilled to be able to move to New York Avenue. Now, he said, they are “right in the middle of the action.” East West also has a store in Westbury, N.Y. and sells merchandise online. While Moss does the buying for the stores, East West is still family oriented. Moss’ father helps with the bills and his sister works in the store. Besides the funky style of the clothing,

Moss credits his employees with giving the store a fresh energy. “The vibe is always positive,” he said.

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interchange. More than 120,000 motorists use the interchange every day, according to the DOT, and the bridge that crossed Route 110 was more than 65 years old. The $56.1-million project is on schedule, Peters said, for a winter 2013-2014 completion date. A previous project expanded the bridge over the Long Island Expressway at Sweet Hollow Road to three full travel lanes in each direction and improved vertical clearance for trucks. The $28.3-million project was com-

pleted in late October. The Pinelawn Road bridge over the LIE will have its deck replaced as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Works municipal works program, and another project, which is to include adding a lane on Route 110 between the Northern State and the LIE, drainage improvements and new sidewalks, is scheduled to begin in 2013. Anyone who wants to have access to up-to-date information on delays and road closures can call 511 or visit on their smart phone.

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“We’ve always been there for him. He tells us that he’s for middle-class jobs, he supports workers – this deal’s a job-killer and quite frankly, we need the people that when they say for jobs, for middle-class jobs, they’re for workers, to actually do the things necessary to protect those jobs,” Gendron said. But Israel said that was not the case, and that the deal is an essential step toward improving wireless infrastructure. “We have gone from first to 17th in the world in broadband deployment, so I think we need as much wireless spectrum as we can get,” Israel said. “They have some concerns with that position. They think that I should have been more aggressive in terms of protecting the workers who were installing landlines.” Israel said his and the union’s difference of opinion was an understandable one. “When you sometimes anger people on the left in labor and you sometimes anger people on the right in big corporations, it means you’re in the middle, where most of my constituents are,” Israel said. “This is a very specific contract issue they’ve asked me to become involved in. They have the right to say whatever they want. I just happen to respectfully disagree with them on this issue.” A handful of protestors shouted at the Israel kickoff gathering and honked their horns as they were leaving the protest, but otherwise remained at the front driveway of the parking center with signs. Other than brief interruptions, the kickoff went smoothly as guests lined up for pictures with Israel and chatted with each other. In his comments to supporters, Israel

recognized Supervisor Frank Petrone, whose daughter, Air Force Captain Julie Petrone, shipped out to Afghanistan for duty. And he praised Councilwoman Susan Berland, who, after Israel won his seat in Congress, took his spot on the Huntington Town Board by winning a special election in 2000. Reflecting the reach of the new Second Congressional District, which includes much of the North Shore moving west, guests included a state senator, assemblymen and legislators from Queens, through Nassau County and western Suffolk, including the Huntington delegation – Legislators Steve Stern, Lou D’Amaro and William Spencer – to the Suffolk Legislature. After thanking his volunteers for their dedication, Israel said the race against his Republican challenger Steve Labate would not be an easy one. “No election is going to be easy for the foreseeable future,” Israel said a pollster told him. “Two years ago, people were angry – two years later now, people are anxious… they want solutions.” But Israel said he was anxious to prevail and continue to advocate for policies that create jobs in America, improve wages, maintain home values and strengthen Medicare – in a nutshell, “whose ideas are better for the middle class and working families.” “Show me one country in the entire course of human history that did better when its middle class did worse. It never happened,” Israel said. “The British Empire. The Spanish Empire. The Dutch. You know when they began their decline? When they lost their middle class.”

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As described by Renaissance, “crowdsourced placemaking” is a grassroots, social media effort through which community stakeholders can contribute to the real estate planning and development activities in Huntington Station. It uses online voting, web forums and in-person meetings to ensure residents get a real say in what gets built in their town as part of a revitalization plan. Most recently, this model was put into place in Hempstead Village in Nassau County, where Renaissance is also the master developer. Renaissance is also the master developer in Nashua, N.H., Bristol, Conn. and Waterbury, Conn., representing $7 billion in potential development. Monti is also a managing partner for the development team for of Glen Cove’s Glen Isle mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Supervisor Frank Petrone said Renaissance’s focus on community outreach parallels the town’s values and was a key factor

in why the developer was chosen. “The opening of their office, in a townowned building, will further cement their relationship with the community and increase the flow of ideas that will help in Huntington Station’s continued revitalization,” Petrone said. The town board selected Renaissance in July 2011 as the hamlet’s master developer. Renaissance will absorb all of the planning costs – approximately from $500,000 to $1 million per community the company works in. “The process works in a way where we want to be at risk, and we want to be vulnerable,” Monti said in a July 14, 2011 Long-Islander report. “If it works, wonderful; if it doesn’t work, we’re not asking for anything other than the opportunity to work with the town.” To get involved in crowdsourced placemaking, visit the Community Outreach Center in person, call 631-629-4660 or visit


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morning networking meeting. For more information, contact Dave Muller, 631-831-1921. RSVP a must.

Power Breakfast

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

Zumba For A Cause

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


Wine And Dine For Charity

Join the Northport Rotary Club for “An Evening of Wine and Fare at OHEKA Castle” on Aug. 9 from 6-10 p.m. $140 per person; includes charitable donation. Enjoy an evening of fine wine, food and music with OHEKA Castle as your elegant backdrop. Buy tickets online at Limited tickets; advance purchase a must. No sales at the door.

Torah Living

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

FRIDAY History Of OHEKA Castle

Authors Joan Cergol and Ellen Schaffer will speak and sign their new book, “OHEKA Castle,” July 27, 7 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-271-1442. Learn about the history of this Huntington mansion, restored to its Gold Coast glory by Long Island developer Gary Melius.

Sports Psychology Workshop

Dr. Michael Kennedy and sports psychologist Tery Grant explain how to achieve peak performance on the field and bust through slumps on Aug. 3-4 at The Kennedy Sports Medicine and Wellness Center, 226B New York Ave., Huntington. $150. 516-627-0625.

SATURDAY Sunset At Seymour’s

Celebrate the Northport Historical Society’s 50th birthday at Northport’s historic Seymour’s boatyard on July 28, 5 p.m., featuring foods from Northport’s Purple Elephant Specialty Foods, raw bar by K&B Seafood, music, wine, beer, and launch tours of Northport Harbor. $100, proceeds benefit the society. 631-7579859.

Church Yard Sale

Visit Union United Methodist Church, 1018 Pulaski Rd., E. Northport on July 28 for a church yard sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Toys, furniture, books, glassware, lamps, linens and much more. 631-261-1303. Will be held indoors if raining.

Workin’ At The Car Wash

The Huntington Youth to Camp Initiative, a project of the Joseph Toles Foundation, hosts a car wash and barbecue Aug. 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 491 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn. $10 for exterior wash. Proceeds support summer camp programs for youth in the Town of Huntington.

Fresh Veggies And Fun

Help raise money for the Long Island Community Agriculture Network’s Gateway Garden at a fresh vegetable sale Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Face painting, games and other entertainment for the kids; live music,cooking demos, expert lectures on square-foot gardening and other topics, gardener contests (for most creative and most productive garden), a potluck and a 50/50 raffle. Corner of Lowndes Avenue and Route 110, just south of the Big H Shopping Center in Huntington Station. Rain date Aug. 5, 12-4 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • On display through July 31 is the art of Denis Ponsot, whose career started in 1966 while traveling through France with his father.

Commack Public Library

Night Of Swingin’ Dance Enjoy a free outdoor summer concert, “Swingin’ On Broadway with Bill Wilkinson and the Long Island Swing Band,” on Friday, July 27 at the Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. Ballroom on the Bay dance instructors will start the evening with a free swing dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., the 19-piece orchestra of the Long Island Swing Band promises to get the joint jumpin’ in their encore performance at the Harborfields Public Library. Hear the talented young singers from the Huntington Children’s Choir during the band’s intermission. 631-757-4200.

Bocce Tournament

The annual Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce Tournament is Aug. 4, 9 a.m. Teams of four will compete at Mill Dam Park in Halesite. Free. 631-351-2877.

Live Music

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

Golfing With The Elks

The Huntington Elks hosts its 34th Annual Anthony “Biff” Bifulco Golf Outing on Aug. 6 at Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport, honoring member Raymond E. Sipel. Includes breakfast, buffet dinner and cocktails at the Huntington Elks Lodge. Outing supports veterans, Boy and Girl Scouts and other charities. $160 per person, $640 per foursome; $50 for buffet dinner and cocktails only. Call Walter Kostrzewski at 631-549-1084 or Bob dos Santos at 631-261-9886.

SUNDAY TUESDAY Free Hearing Screening

A free hearing screening, sponsored by local audiologists Bari Engelsberg-Vecchio and Seth Ofgang, of the Huntington Hearing and Speech Center, and Legislator William Spencer, will be held July 30, 1-4 p.m. at the Dolan Family Health Center, 284 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn. Call 631-271-6263 to make an appointment.

Huntington Lighthouse Tours

Tour historic Huntington Lighthouse, now in its 100th year as an active aid to navigation, on Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23. Tours depart from Gold Star Battalion Beach, West Shore Road, Huntington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested donation: Adults $15, seniors $10, children $8, family of four $30. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of the lighthouse. Only flat rubber soled shoes are permitted. 631-4211985.

Get On The Leader-Ship

The 2012 IYF World Camp New York presents a leadership training camp Aug. 26-30 at the Mahanaim Campus, 300 Nassau Rd., Huntington. The purpose of the camp is to teach participants the heart that can ignite real change in the world. 1-888-634-8436;

Red Is For Passion

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

MONDAY Stress Management Workshop

Learn how to transform your stress to empower your life July 30, 7-9 p.m., at the Women’s Center of Huntington, 125 Main St., Huntington. 631-549-0485. $10 members, $15 non-members.

Free Help For Vets

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

Chamber Night at Station Sports

Join the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce at Station Sports Family Fun Center, 25 Depot Road, Huntington Station, Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m. Call 631-423-6100 or visit

WEDNESDAY World Premieres Usdan Gala

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts presents its annual Gala Concert on Aug. 1, 7 p.m. at the McKinley Amphitheater in Wheatley Heights. The concert will feature “R ‘n B,” a Usdan-commissioned jazz work by critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Ted Rosenthal, performed by the Senior Jazz Ensemble and conducted by Andrew Giammalvo; Maurice Brandon Curry’s newly choreographed version of George Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” with the Senior Ballet Ensemble and Senior Band IV, conducted by David Schecher; and Usdan’s Junior and Senior Choruses in a performance of Michael Torke’s “Song of Ezekiel,” composed for youth chorus, depicting the prophet Ezekiel speaking of the world, conducted by Eileen Benedict and Karen Lehman DiMartino. $25. or 631-643-7900.

Tips For Business Owners

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18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • What brand makes the best vanilla ice cream? And chocolate? Taste test three different brands each, and vote on a winner for each flavor on Tuesday, July 31 from 2:303:30 p.m. For children entering grades 4-5.

Deer Park Public Library

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Join the library for a monstrously fun story time, featuring monsters, monsters and monsters on Monday, July 30 from 3-4 p.m. For children entering grades K-2.

Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Learn some fun stamping techniques using stamping ink, markers and colored pencils. Then take those colorful stamped images and use them to decorate three greeting cards on Monday, July 30 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Listen to fun stories and share some doughnuts with dad or another special grown-up on Saturday, July 28 from 10-11 a.m. Dix Hills branch. • Join for a story time and crafts featuring some nocturnal animals on Tuesday, July 31 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Melville branch.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Enjoy an outdoor summer concert, “Swingin’ On Broadway with Bill Wilkinson and the Long Island Swing Band,” on Friday, July 27. Ballroom on the Bay dance instructors start the evening with a free swing dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., the 19-piece orchestra of the Long Island Swing Band promises to get the joint jumpin’ in their encore performance at the Harborfields Public Library. Hear the talented young singers from the Huntington Children’s Choir during the band’s intermission.

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Meet and chat with Chris Grabenstein, award-winning author of the Haunted Mysteries Series, which feature hero Zack and feisty dog Zipper. Discuss his book “The Crossroads” and hear about his new book, “Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers” on Monday, July 30 from 3-4 p.m. Main branch. Registration required. • “Colors That Sing,” silk paintings by Vivien Pollack, is on display at the main branch throughout August, with a reception Saturday, Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313.

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Please mention The Long Islander Newspapers when doing business with our advertisers. • Investigate the science of magnetism, conduct simple experiments and create a refrigerator magnet with educator Victoria DeLuise on Monday, July 30 from 2-2:55 p.m. Online or in-person registration. East Northport branch. • Do you want to be a fashion designer? Learn how to sketch like a professional designer and create finished pieces using fabric swatches on Tuesday, July 31 from 3-4 p.m. For teens entering grades 6-12. $4. East Northport branch.


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Get Your Ears Checked A free hearing screening, sponsored by local audiologists Bari EngelsbergVecchio and Seth Ofgang, of the Huntington Hearing and Speech Center, and Legislator William Spencer, will be held July 30, 1-4 p.m. at the Dolan Family Health Center, 284 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn. Call 631-271-6263 to make an appointment.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • Have you ever wondered what farm animals do at night? Where do they sleep? Do they behave just like you when it’s time for bed? Come and enjoy a story about what happens when you are dreaming, make a farm craft and visit with a farm friend on Tuesday, July 31 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Registration required.

THEATER and FILM Bare Bones Theater

at the Posey School, 57 Main St., Northport. 1-800-838-3006. • Neil Simon’s “Fools” shows for seven performances on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 and 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. – as well as Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. $20. Set in the Ukrainian village of Kulyenchikov during the late 19th century, the comic fable tells the story of a town whose villagers are cursed to be idiots. All appears hopeless until a young schoolteacher comes to work in the village and eventually unveils his plan to break the 200year curse once and for all.

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Part of the “Anything But Silent: Silent Classics” with live music accompaniment by Ben Model, watch “Her Sister From Paris” (1925), where Constance Talmadge plays dual roles as twin sisters, one plain and the other glamorous, on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. $9 members/$14 public. • Enjoy bagels with a screening and discussion of the 1966 classic comedy “The King of Hearts,” starring Alan Bates as a British World War I soldier on a secret mission to a French town that has been taken over by the inhabitants of the local mental hospital, on Sunday, July 29. Brunch at 10 a.m., film at 11. Part of the Vic Skolnick Sunday Schmooze, hosted by Fred Craden. $10 members/$15 public.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, formed in 1990, with its repertoire of more than 100 songs, plays Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $30.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – a musical about love in the suburbs – is a touching and insightful look at love and relationships. Opens July 5. $60. • Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Youth Theater Series presents “Rapunzel” July 14Aug. 19, Saturdays at 11 a.m., Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. $15.

AUDITIONS LIU Post Chamber Musicians

Auditions for the 31st Summer Season of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival continue by special appointment. The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival offers gifted music students (ages 10-18), college/conservatory students and young professionals the opportunity to study and perform in a rich musical environment. To schedule an audition, call 516-2992103 or visit

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

weekends. 631-462-5400. • What happens when you gather a group of local artists who share insights, critique one another and support each other in their craft? You find yourself with a talented group of dynamic contemporary artists called the “Critique Group of Long Island.” A compilation of their work will be featured in a new exhibit, “Critical Thinking: 12 in ‘12” in the Jeanue Tengelsen Gallery.

b.j. spoke gallery

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • Visiting artist Henry Butz’s exhibition “Banished from Sayville” shows distorted, color digital nude photographs representing four years of work. On display through July 29.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Features New York State's largest collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 -18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418. • “Right Whales: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” is on display until Labor Day 2012. Thought to be on the brink of extinction, right whales are among the rarest animals on earth. • Calling all budding paleontologists! Touch amazing fossils from prehistoric oceans, including trilobites and find out what it's like to use rocks to study the past on Sunday, July 29 at 1 p.m. Cast your own fossil to take home. Ages 5-12. Free with paid admission.

fotofoto Gallery

14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • The fotofoto artists have asked others whose work they admire to participate in the summer invitational exhibition from Aug. 3-26, with an opening reception Saturday, Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • The Heckscher Museum and Cinema Arts Centre are pleased to present the Long Island Biennial, a juried exhibition featuring work by artists and filmmakers who live in Nassau or Suffolk County. Show at Heckscher features 52 artists, 13 of whom call the Town of Huntington home. Film presentation at Cinema Arts Centre in July.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center

Welwyn Preserve. 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040 ext. 100.

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. • The “Masters Show” concludes July 30 at the Main Street Petite Gallery. • Heckscher Parks hosts another group of performing artists this week as the Summer Arts Festival continues on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. Enjoy a “Jazz by Genre” festival weekend July 27, 28 and 29 with, respectively, a Tribute to Clem DeRosa (swing band jazz), the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (contemporary jazz), and Snarky Puppy (new jazz fusion).

Mensch. “Zye a mensch” is a Yiddish saying that means “be a decent, responsible, caring person,” infusing both the best blessing and the best that an educator can wish for his students.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The Arena Players Repertory Theater presents “Tales of Neverland: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy” through Aug. 26 at the Carriage House Theatre Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. • The next event in the museum’s Summer Arts Series is the Live-Art Jazz-Fusion Festival on Sunday, July 29, 1-6 p.m. Forty artists will be speed-painting to live jazzfusion bands on the Great Lawn. $7, bring a chair. Event is weather permitting.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Youngsters ages 7-12 can immerse themselves in a fun learning experience as they make history come alive July 30-Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Children’s Summer Program Week. $125 per child/$110 per additional sibling.

Huntington Historical Society

Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. • Tours of the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill, the only surviving mill in Huntington, offer patrons a unique way to enjoy Huntington’s rich heritage. Private tours, accessible by a short boat ride, will be held: July 31, Aug. 15, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. Call ext 403. $10 members/$15 non-members. • Quilt in the Conklin Barn on Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. in July and August. Call Joan at 631-421-2382. • A pub crawl on July 26 will address “Huntington in the 19th century,” led by Town Historian Robert Hughes. $5 members/$10 non-members (drinks not included, but there will be discounts).

LaMantia Gallery

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

9 East Contemporary Art

9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • Agnieszka Serafin-Wozniak presents a solo exhibition “La Sylphide” July 27-Sept. 8.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • “50 Years of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities.

Ripe Art Gallery

67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • “Retablos” by dojoro, aka Doris Rowe, a retired art teacher at Northport High School, are a sophisticated Andean folk art in the form of portable boxes which depict religious, historical, or everyday events. On display through Aug. 3. 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish Discovery Museum provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children 3-13 years old and their families, classes and camps. Now on exhibit: The Alef Bet of Being a

Suffolk Y JCC

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • “Joshua Radin: Underwater Tour 2012” on Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. • Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. brings to the stage “Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing – Rockin’ Fights 4.” $50 and $100. • Celebrate the ’90s on Tuesday, July 31, 8 p.m. with at Summerland 2012 with Sugar Ray, Everclear, LIT, Gin Blossoms and Marcy Playground. $50, $65, $75 & $99.


Advocates for seniors, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona, an elder law firm in Melville, is seeking submissions for a program that helps seniors in need. Examples of wishes that GDGC may grant include plane fare to bring families together, home improvements, and prescription drug coverage. Applicants must be 65 or over with income of no more than $1,500 per month for single individuals and $2,000 per month for a married couple. A letter or statement under 750 words describing the senior’s need must be submitted along with a Wish Request form. Applicants should also document how they have contributed to society. Application on the GDGC website at


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

Helping Furry Friends

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

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Finnegan’s Readies For 100th Anniversary Celebration includes unveiling of refreshed mural, reunion and Wall Street fair By Jamie Weissman

The hands of artist Phillip Jordan have been steadily at work, restoring the 140 faces on the mural on Finnegan’s Way. But when he unveiled his touch-ups this Friday, there were two new faces on the 34year-old masterpiece. “One was [musician] Harry Chapin, as a picture on the wall,” Jordan said, adding that the other was a long-time Finnegan’s fixture. The unveiling is part of a month-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap Room in Huntington village, culminating next week in a reunion and street fair on Wall Street. The celebration kicks off with a bartender’s reunion on Friday, July 27, when over 20 past Finnegan’s bartenders will travel cross-country to visit their old stomping grounds. “For me I think I’m the senior statesman now, and I’ve been doing it since 1966, tending bars in this town, but I know all of these people. I haven’t seen them in a long time, and they’re all looking forward to touching base with everybody,” Tom Forte, manager and bartender of Finnegan’s, said. The bartenders will meet at Finnegan’s, where they will take guests back in time with a Finnegan’s classic, a whiskey sour. “They had this special goblet glass. It was Finnegan’s whiskey sour. That was the drink of the day,” Forte, who has been with Finnegan’s for 22 years, said. The event continues on Saturday, July 28 with a street-wide anniversary celebration from 6-10 p.m. Wall Street will be closed from Gerard Street to Main Street

Longtime Finnegan’s bartender and manager Tom Forte and chef Tacho Marcia with a restaurant license dated 1912. The restaurant and tap room celebrates its 100th anniversary with a reunion and fair next week. to make way for a celebration that will include a blessing over the building “for the next hundred years” and performances from the U.S. Marine Guard, an Irish band, and dancers from Dancin’ Feet Studios. “We plan to sell beautiful T-shirts that we made up for the 100 years. We’ll be selling hamburgers, sausages, chili and sandwiches,” Forte said.

During the celebration, revelers will be able to take in the newly restored mural, which depicts “the people of Finnegan’s” from years ago. “People forgot about it all these years. It’s all back to life again,” Jordan said. Jordan completed the mural in December 1978 after his brother, a Finnegan’s employee, told him about the blank wall

next to the restaurant. “My brother worked in the restaurant, and then when I graduated art school, he said, ‘Phil, there’s a big wall here on the side. Maybe you want to do something with it.’ Then I met the owner and he trusted me. The owner was Rusty Pettit and he said, ‘OK kid, do it’,” Jordan recalled. Today, 100 of the faces have been identified. “I think as time goes on we will eventually get all of them,” Jordan said. The artist, with the assistance of interns Beth Roche and Leah Silverman, has been working to restore the mural for three months. “I changed some shirts to make it a little more colorful. The colors are going to fade so I just pumped up the colors to make them brighter and happier,” Jordan said. “I am just really honored to be a part of the Finnegan’s history and flattered that the town appreciated it and enjoyed it so much. It’s nice to make a lasting impression on the town. I never anticipated all of this stuff when I originally did it.” Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap Room opened in 1912 and is the oldest continuous operating bar in Huntington. Andrew Finnegan was the original owner of the pub. Today, it’s owned and operated by the Lessing’s Hospitality group. “The most important thing about Finnegan’s is you’re guaranteed a good meal, and if you’re alone, you’re guaranteed good company. You’ll never feel lost.” Virginia McLaughlin, a longtime Finnegan’s customer, said. Admission to the Finnegan’s celebration is free. If you’re able to identify anyone on the wall contact Tom Forte at 631-4239696 or Phil Jordan at 631-742-1224.


Chamber’s 28th Annual Golf Outing A Hit

Pictured from left to right are Golf Committee members Brian Yudewitz and Michael Agnes; Huntington Chamber Chairman Robert Bontempi; Assemblyman Andrew Raia; Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland and golf outing honorees Vincent DeMarco, Sheriff of Suffolk County, Don Monti, president and CEO of Renaissance Downtowns, and Luis Mendez, president and CEO of Noches Latinas International Consulting. Several notable local figures were honored at the Huntington Township Chamber for Commerce’s golf outing for their contributions to the community. At its 28th Annual Golf Outing at the Indian Hills Country Club in Northport, the chamber honored Vincent DeMarco, sheriff of Suffolk County; Don Monti,

president and CEO of Renaissance Downtowns; and Luis Mendez, president and CEO of Noches Latinas International Consulting. The event included an abundance of golfers who competed with friends and colleagues. The night concluded with a dinner following a day of fun in the sun.

Attendees enjoying the evening’s golf reception and dinner at the Indian Hills Country Club in Northport.


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People In The News

Compiled by Luann Dallojacono

Brianna Bifulco (second from left) of Huntington Station and Alissa Puglia (second from right) of Melville have received a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship and SyF Simon Choice Award Scholarship respectively. Alissa Puglia of Melville and Brianna Bifulco of Huntington Station have received a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship and SyF Simon Choice Award Scholarship respectively, each valued at $1,400. The scholarships were awarded in partnership between Walt Whitman Shops and Simon Youth Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities to youth. Walt Whitman Shops Director of Mall Marketing & Business Development Nancy Gilbert and Guest Services Lead Sam Cassidy honored the students with over-sized checks, plaques and gifts recognizing their fine achievement, during a

ceremony at Walt Whitman Shops. The SyF Simon Choice Award Scholarship winner, Puglia recently graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School East and was active in both academics and community service during her high school years. A member of the high honor roll, Puglia dedicated her time outside of school to help others by assisting teachers with grading, conducting tutoring of her peers and lowerclassmen and being a participant in Relay for Life, raising money for the American Cancer Society. She plans to major in paralegal studies at St. John’s University in New York in the fall. Bifulco is a recent graduate of Walt Whitman High School and exemplified

herself through academic excellence, leadership skills, and participation in both school and community activities. During her high school years, Bifulco was a member of the dance team and was a PTA Reflections first-place winner at the state and regional level for dance. She also served as a class officer, participated in video yearbook and was on the honor roll. She plans to study public relations at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, NY in the fall. “We are very proud of the Simon Youth Scholarships program, because it has given us the opportunity to support the academic endeavors of promising youth right here in our community,” said Nancy Gilbert, director of mall marketing & business development for Walt Whitman Shops. With a combined value of more than $1 million, Simon Youth Scholarships have been awarded this spring to at least one student in every nationwide community that is home to a Simon property. The highly competitive program awarded one scholarship for every five applicants that applied at or their local Simon property. “Anything is possible with education, and Simon Youth Foundation is committed to igniting this kind of hope in students,” said J. Michael Durnil, president and CEO of SYF. “We are proud that our Simon Youth Scholarships help remove financial obstacles that would otherwise prevent deserving young people from pursuing the dream to attend college or another post-secondary institution.” For the past decade and longer, the Greater Long Island Running Club has donated a substantial portion of the proceeds of the annual Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run to the Brain Tumor Foundation, and this year the club continued

Steven Toto, right, presents a check to Zazel Chavah O’Gara of the Brain Tumor Foundation, center, as Ralph Rosella of Lazer Aptheker law firm in Melville looks on. the tradition. Race Director Steven Toto and Ralph Rosella, managing partner of the most generous event sponsor, the Melville law firm of Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, presented a $2000 check to Zazel Chavah O’Gara of the foundation. The presentation took place at Lazer Aptheker’s Melville office. “It is an honor and a real pleasure to be able to make this donation to the Brain Tumor Foundation every year,” Toto said. “Thanks to the continuing support of Ralph and all the other good people at Lazer Aptheker, we have been able to assist the Foundation once again in its ongoing efforts to battle the deadly scourge of brain tumors.”


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Former Friar Sails To Summer Olympics By Luann Dallojacono

Former Friar Erik Storck is in London preparing for his Olympic debut. Storck, a 2003 St. Anthony’s High School graduate, and his teammate, Trevor Moore, of Vermont, will compete to bring a gold medal in sailing back to America in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kicks off with opening ceremonies this Friday. “We arrived a few days ago, and are settled into the village,” Storck, 27, wrote on the pair’s website on July 19. “We are getting accustomed to going through a metal detector to get back to our housing and to get to our boat. The level of security and media coverage are both greater than anything we’ve seen, but we are comfortable with it.” The pair will be competing in the 49er class, which was first included in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. A 49er is a double-handed twin trapeze skiff type sailing dinghy, where the two crewmembers handle different tasks on the helm as they make tactical decisions and handle most of the sail control.




St. Anthony’s graduate Erik Storck and teammate Trevor Moore are in London preparing for the Summer Olympics. Storck’s father, John, learned to sail and growing up on the waters of Asharoken. He passed on his passion to his children. “We all kind of took a liking to it early

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it’s just kind of gone from there.” Long Islander Newspapers will be following Storck’s journey in London, publishing his website’s blog. Although there will be no televised coverage of sailing, it can be streamed online for those who can get CNBC and MSNBC on their cable or satellite service. Visit for more information. Storck and Moore will race from July 30-Aug. 8. The last day is the Medal Race. “We have had such an outpouring of support while home for the final two weeks before the Olympics. Being home for the Fourth of July (for the first time since 2008), was a special treat, and reminded us of what we are going to represent when we compete in Weymouth,” Storck wrote on the website. “As we near the end of our journey, and we keep our eye on the podium, we want to thank everyone who has been with us. Know that you will be with us in Weymouth, and that for us will make a difference.” For more information, visit


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