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More and more mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile virus, which could translate to additional human cases. Fourteen isolations in the Town of Huntington, including findings in Dix Hills and Melville, added to a total of 76 positive samples in Suffolk County. Thirty-eight mosquito samples tested positive between July 27 and July 29. The samplings show a 55 percent increase from last year, said Dr. Scott Campbell, who leads the mosquito trapping for the Suffolk County Health Department. Health officials said there appears to be a high chance of exposure this season, which may turn out to be worse than in 2008 when four people died of the virus. Two Long Islanders have already contracted the virus: a 72year-old Huntington man was admitted to the intensive care (Continued on page A21)

Mosquitoes in Dix Hills and Melville tested positive for West Nile virus, but while a public health threat has been declared in Nassau County, no such threat had been declared in Suffolk as of Monday.


Relief At The Pump? Cap would eliminate county sales tax when fuel is over $3/gal Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Suffolk County parents have been able to ease their minds knowing that their children will be putting at least one less bad thing into their mouths – the potentially hazardous chemical often found in baby products known as BPA. On Dec. 1, parents across New York will be able to do the same, since the state took the county’s lead in banning it. In a rare unanimous decision, New York State legislators voted to pass the BisphenolA (BPA) Free Children and Babies Act, which prohibits the sale of baby bottles, pacifiers, cups, straws and sippy cups for children ages 3 and under made with BPA, a compound found in many plastics. Governor David Paterson signed the bill into law last Tuesday and it will go into effect on Dec. 1. Karen Miller of the Breast Cancer Action Coalition in Huntington and Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) quickly pushed the bill into the state assembly after Suffolk County became the first legislative body to pass a comprehensive BPA ban in March 2009. “It is an absolute outstanding victory,” said Miller. “It’s like, check it out Long Island, your representatives are representing you.” More than 6 billion tons of BPA are used each year and the chemical is found in 95 percent of people tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The compound mimics the effects of estrogen in the body, which may pose an array of health risks to everyone, but especially children and young girls. The danger with the hormone-inducing chemical is that it exposes children to estrogen at much younger ages, and people with a longer exposure to estrogen are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Animal studies have also linked BPA with infertility, weight gain, behavioral changes, prostate cancer, diabetes and early onset puberty. The NIH is seeing girls enter puberty as young as 3 years old and say it is a growing trend.

Beware Of Their Bite 38 additional mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Photo/CDC

State Follows Suffolk In BPA Ban

By Danny Schrafel

Legislators overwhelmingly approved a new gasoline tax cap in Suffolk County, arguing the move is a fiscally responsible way to provide relief at the pump for residents. However, the three legislators who voted no, including one from Huntington, said the tax cap is a politically motivated gesture that saves taxpayers little and could blow a big hole in the already-strapped county budget. The 15-3 vote on Aug. 3 will cap the county’s 4.25-percent portion of sales tax, beginning in March 2011, if statewide wholesale fuel costs exceed $3 per gallon. The cap is projected to save taxpayers about 61 cents each during the balance of 2011 if gas prices remain level, according to a financial impact analysis conducted by the nonpartisan Legislature Budget Review Office. County Executive Steve Levy said he would sign the bill. Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-N. Babylon), who appeared at a July press conference with Legislators Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) and Tom Muratori (R-Ronkonkoma), said the move, projected to cost the county about $410,000 in 2011 and $2.5 million over five years based on June 2010 blended prices, is a “fiscally responsible” way to put money directly back into residents’ pockets at the pump without increasing property taxes or hurting the county’s bond rating. “It is also an excellent way to wean ourselves off of a regressive tax, which disproportionately affects the middle class, during a time when the revenues coming in from that tax are already at historical lows,” D’Amaro added. “It can provide additional discretionary income to families. It’s another important way we can hold the line on taxes in Suffolk County,” Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) said.

Santiago Meneghetti pumps gas at the Larence Hill Service station in Huntington on Monday. Suffolk County approved a gasoline tax cap that, starting in March 2011, will allow the county only to tax the first $3 of fuel prices. Romaine, who sponsored a similar resolution in 2006 that would have capped the gas tax at $2 – said the $3 cap provides relief for the poor, families and people living on fixed incomes. Muratore added the gas tax cap could help send revenue to other areas in the county, spur economic growth and encourage the county to tighten its belt. “We’ll still get the money back because people, instead of (Continued on page A21)


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

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Unaccompanied Pocketbook Stolen

Huntington Has A Song!… A couple of weeks Good thing sharks don’t get close… Last week ago, I told our readership that after watching was officially “Shark Week” on the Discovery Chan“Golden Girls,” I thought it was time Huntington nel, and what a hype it was. I had a song to be proud of. haven’t seen that many large Well a Mr. Stanley Glick, from IN THE KNOW Jaws-like creatures since… Dix Hills, responded to my cry WITH AUNT ROSIE well… last “Shark Week.” All for help – my plea has been week I heard the hoopla on answered! The lyrics are great and the tune is fresh. sharks this, and sharks that. This composer, who has been a part of Huntington My coworkers and I even for 32 years, and clearly knows his stuff about the watched sharks on television jump out of the water town, did an excellent job and I’m just so darn hapto attack birds and seals. Now, I know we have our py to have had him read my column. Just thinking scares once in a while, but it’s nothing compared to about the catchy song gets me singing along to it! the attacks that happen in South Africa so often. Now if only I could make it my ringtone on my cell Whew, good thing those sharks don’t really come so phone… close to Long Island shores!

Suffolk police were called to a Huntington Station bar about a stolen pocketbook on Aug. 6. The complaint told police she stepped outside and left her purse behind. When she returned, the pocketbook, and the credit cards inside, were gone.

Mysterious ways… Talking with a bunch of friends in sort of hushed tones because the subject warranted it, one acquaintance of mine wrapped it up neatly with a simple explanation – or so she thought. “God works in mysterious ways,” she softly declared. I shot back, “What’s that about, anyway? Heck, I gotta think that if anyone has the ability to cut straight to the chase and be straightforward, it’s Him!”

Suffolk police were called to a South Huntington nursing home on Aug. 5. The complainant said someone entered her locked room and stole jewelry and cash.

I like it hot and spicy!... So I came across this

food calendar that lists every day as being a national holiday for a food or beverage product. We apparently have a lot of interesting ones in August, such as Zucchini Day (Aug. 8) or Lemon Juice Day (Aug. 29). Something I definitely want to celebrate, though, is Hot and Spicy Day, which is Aug. 19. I love spicy foods, although I’m sure I haven’t tried everything. My favorite thing to do is put hot sauce on all sorts of foods, even bananas! Are there any recipes for good spicy foods? I’d just love to start preparing for all the cookin’ that will happen in my kitchen that day!

Grillin’ up fun… This time of year it seems like

a gal could hit a barbecue every weekend… at least if she plays her cards right. On Rosie’s calendar this weekend is a BBQ “Fun”-raiser benefitting Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and Kiwanis Club of Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at West Hills Day Camp in Huntington. The $12 per person ticket price ($8 for the kids) includes steak, chicken and burgers from the Outback. It’s a great family day with all the fun you’d expect to have given free reign at a summer camp, plus music, raffles and an old-time baseball exhibition game. Reservations at

Live, but delayed… It seems the Town of Huntington is finally broadcasting its town board and other meetings on FIOs and Cablevision’s public access channels. Word is that the last town board meeting on Aug. 3 was taped for delayed broadcast so that folks at home can see for themselves just how fascinating those meetings can be. One friend of mine expressed disappointment that it isn’t broadcast live. I bet I know the reason for that. Seems to me that if you could watch this stuff live at home, you wouldn’t bother coming to the meetings. Even the press would stay home. (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at

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Suffolk police responded to a Melville store after an employee reported that a piece of her truck was stolen on Aug. 4. She told police that she drove to work and parked. When she went to head home, she thought the vehicle sounded loud. A quick search revealed the catalytic converter was found missing.

Shoes Walked Out On Their Own? A Huntington shoe store employee called Suffolk County police on Aug. 4 to report shoes as stolen. They told police an unknown person removed assorted shoes since the last inventory check.

Woman Took Drugs, Vodka, Red Bull Northport police rushed to Main Street on Aug. 4 when they received a tip about a woman passing out on a building’s front steps. The responding officer interviewed the woman, finding her conscious but unresponsive. Police spoke with her physician, who revealed she was taking anti-anxiety medication. Further investigation revealed a soda can containing Red Bull and vodka. The Northport Fire Department took her to Huntington Hospital.

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A Northport man was arrested for harassment on July 31 by Village police after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend. She told police they had an argument that became heated, at which point he pulled her off the couch by her hair and dragged her into the kitchen. He then reportedly choked her and hit her with his open hand. She told police he pushed her before arguing more and going to sleep in different rooms. The defendant agreed over the phone to turn himself in. He was released on his own recognizance and was due to return in early August.

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A Dix Hills woman was arrested for harassment on the morning of Aug. 3. The complainant told police the woman struck her in the face and eye with an open hand. The defendant was arrested for second-degree harassment, a violation.

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Suffolk police were called to a Huntington home about a theft on Aug. 6. The complainant said they left a door open on the vehicle, which was parked outside the house. A GPS was taken.

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Budget Cools Deficit, Burns Wallets Boasts higher taxes, millions gone for schools, hospitals and the environment By Amanda Lindner

The 125-day late state budget passed last week will close New York’s $9.2 billion deficit – courtesy of residents’ wallets. Shoppers will temporarily pay a higher sales tax, philanthropists will get less of a tax break, more than a billion dollars in rebate checks won’t be given out and a cigarette tax will become permanent. Meanwhile, schools will lose $1.4 billion, hospitals will get $19 million less in state aid and a $78 million cut for the Environmental Protection Fund could mean trouble for Long Island’s beaches and parks. Starting Oct. 1, Long Island shoppers will pay an 8.625 percent tax on items less than $110. Then in April, the sales tax will go back to 4.625 percent for items less than $55. The temporary increase is expected to bring in $330 million in additional revenue. Seniors and homeowners looking for their tax rebates will be waiting on an empty mailbox as the approved plan did away with $1.6 billion for the Middle

Class STAR rebate program. While the middle class is getting fewer dollars, the rich and poor will have to get by with less too, as charitable donations won’t be worth as much of a tax break. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy isn’t happy with the plan and says the budget makes it more difficult to live and work. “We are disappointed that there is no property tax cap and that we lost millions in aid,” said Levy. “And the biggest impact is the loss of an economic development program that gave tax incentives to businesses to locate here.” Spending cuts were the key to ending the deficit, which means while families are paying more in taxes, students and teachers will be getting less. Long Island schools will lose $173 million in aid, leading to possible teacher layoffs, bigger class sizes and fewer programs. There is an expected $607 million in federal funds for schools, but most of the aid is expected to go to larger urban areas such as New York City, Albany and Buffalo – not suburban schools on Long Island. This doesn’t bode well for many

teachers and school employees, like those in South Huntington, for example, who already gave a week of unpaid work last year. “The federal money, frankly, will come too late. We have already set programs

“We keep tipping away and tipping away and eventually we are going to fail” — HARBORFIELDS SUPERINTENDENT FRANK CARASITI on Long Island schools losing state funding and schedules for the school year based on the staff cuts and available spending,” South Huntington Superintendent Thomas Shea said. “We built our budget based on the assumption, now correct, that we wouldn’t get any funds restored, which we didn’t.”

The school district plans to reduce its equipment and supplies by half, and no musical instruments or sports uniforms will be purchased. Harborfields Superintendent Frank Carasiti is also feeling squeezed by the budget. “We keep tipping away and tipping away and eventually we’re going to fall,” he said of what would happen if the school continues to get less funding each year. “We will survive this year and we just hope for the best next year. If I have to reduce the staff again, that is a concern, a major concern.” More bad news for residents is the $78 million cut for the Environmental Protection Fund, a program to keep up recycling programs and keep beaches, bays and parks clean. The spending slash was the most dramatic cut for the program in history. This will especially impact Huntington, which suffers from storm water runoff. Centerport Harbor was closed for 107 days last year, setting a state record. With less money to keep up the landscape, more closings may be (Continued on page A21)


Beating The Heat In Huntington Residents enjoying the beach, ice skating rink to keep cool in above-average temperatures By Casey Schneider

John Solarino of Melville and Kristina Fittipaldi escape the heat with a day of kayaking. cold drinks and a few friends are all you need, at least according to Chris DeNicola of Melville.

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The end of the summer may be approaching, but with plenty of scorching hot days still on the horizon, Huntington residents are finding different ways to stay cool. With monthly average temperatures above average and on the rise from June to August, it’s no surprise people are desperate to beat the heat. June was hotter this year that average, up from a 60-degree average to 72 degrees in 2010. As hot as it has been in the month of August, the average high temperature has been 84 degrees, slightly higher than usual but without breaking the record high for the month. On Aug. 3, 2006, Huntington Station experienced feverish temperatures of 103 degrees. One way residents are staying cool and getting out with the entire family is visiting the Dix Hills Ice Rink in Dix Hills Park on Vanderbilt Parkway. No matter

how hot the air is outside, the mercury never climbs over 40 degrees in the rink. Vin Bivona, a rink guard at Dix Hills Ice Rink, said he loves going to work this time of the year to escape the heat. “There is no better place to stay cool in the summer than here,” Bivona said. Also located in the Dix Hills Park is the Dix Hills pool, another source of relief from the summer heat. Like the ice rink, the pool has discounted rates for all Town of Huntington residents and is open to anyone who needs to beat the heat. Other residents said they are busy enjoying their heat-busting hobbies during the summer. John Solarino, of Melville, said he spends his days kayaking with his girlfriend Kristina Fittipaldi. “A kayak ride is a great and inexpensive way to get out of the heat,” said Solarino, who added he launches out of Merrick. The beach is also a fun and cheap way to enjoy a day in the sun. A cooler full of


High-Speed Chase Ends With Arrest Alleged street racer catches cop’s attention, leads officer on pursuit By Mike Koehler

Brandon Harrell, 22, may have been racing other motorists on Melville Park Road last weekend, but he could not outrun police. Suffolk County Officer Jeffrey Fong was patrolling Melville at 1:25 a.m. on Aug. 7 when he noticed several vehicles drag racing. The racers sped off in different directions once they caught sight of

the officer, police said, but Fong kept one vehicle in sight. A 1993 Honda sped along Melville park Road, swerving between lanes. Not far behind, Fong maintained a safe distance and waited for the driver to slow down to a normal speed. He stopped the vehicle safely on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills near Deer Park Avenue. Harrell, of Brentwood, was arrested and charged with illegal speed contest and

reckless driving – both misdemeanors. He was also charged with several traffic violations, according to the state court sources. Harrell was arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip later that day. He remains incarcerated after failing to post the $7,500 cash bail. He’s due to appear in court again on Aug. 13. Deer Park Avenue has long been known on the street racing scene, although Suffolk police said Farmingdale is the current hotspot.

Rink guard Vin Bivona stays cool while helping camper Daniel Imperato of Huntington off the ice at the Dix Hills Ice Rink.


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Volunteers Needed For Memorial’s Arrival By Alessandra Malito

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall will be coming to Huntington in October, and the town still needs more help to prepare for its arrival. The Town of Huntington has put out a call to potential volunteers for numerous tasks, including publicity, safety, hospitality, programs and ceremonies, ground site and construction and motorcycle escort. There is also a list of things to be donated, including lumber, mulch and plants, fencing, candles, chairs, flags, telephones, tents, computers and meals. After almost two years of the town working to arrange its trip to Huntington, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will hit Huntington this fall. It has been visiting towns throughout the nation since 1984. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and can be made payable to the Town of Huntington. “Honoring our veterans, thanking them for their sacrifices and for protecting and preserving our freedoms is something that each American should be extremely mindful of,” said Councilman

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Rep. Steve Israel and Charles Spencer of Dignity Memorial hold a photo of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall surrounded by members of Dignity Memorial, the Northport VA Medical Center and veterans groups. Mark Cuthbertson, who is sponsoring this event. “During the first weekend of October, residents in the Town of Huntington and surrounding communities will be able to do just that by paying their respects to the men and women in the military who sacrificed their lives for ours in the name of freedom.” If interested in volunteering, contact

Cuthbertson at 631-351-3171. For more information on the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, visit

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a three-quarter-scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.


Law Firm Granting ‘Wishes’ For Seniors Elder law attorneys fundraising for new program to help retirees on fixed income Photo by John Woodward

Jack Genser, David Genser, Jennifer Cona and Howard Dubow, partners at Genser Dubow Genser & Cona law firm, got the idea for their “Senior Dreams Come True” program from their clients.

By Catherine Toor

A local law firm is bringing working pro bono to a new level. Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GBGC) launched last month its “Senior Dreams Come True” program, which will raise funds to grant “wishes” to seniors with limited financial means. “It’s like Make-a-Wish for children, but for seniors,” said Jennifer Cona, managing partner at the Melville-based law firm. “We’re not looking to grant anything outrageous, just something that would make a difference.” This includes airfare to visit a loved one, home improvements or alterations, an outfit for a special occasion or coverage for prescription drugs not covered by

insurance. Seniors over the age of 65 with an income of no more than $1,500 per month for single individuals and $2,000 for married couples can submit a wish request form for a chance to get their wish granted. “Senior Dreams Come True” is a subdivision of GDGC Charitable Events, a program that has supported many Long Island charity events and has even created a music scholarship. The idea for the senior program came from the firm’s clients themselves. GDGC, which was founded in 1968, specializes in elder law, assisting their clients with trusts and estates, and seeing how the economy has effected this division of Long Islanders inspired the firm to help, Cona said. “Long Island is so expensive, and seniors are all in a fixed-income situation,”


Both Lowe’s Stores Moving Forward Home improvement chain confirms two locations opening nearby By Mike Koehler

With all the news of a future Lowe’s Home Improvement store replacing the Commack Multiplex breaking this summer, don’t forget about the Huntington Station branch. Lowe’s acquired the defunct Huntington Townhouse property in June 2008 for $35 million. They intend to demolish the existing 148,000 square-foot catering hall, spokesman Gerard Littlejohn said, and replace it with a 103,000 square-foot store –

the middle of three sizes they use for their stores. A representative of the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals said an application for a special use permit has been submitted for their Oct. 14 meeting. According to the application, Lowe’s is looking to erect a retail store of 155,604 square feet including storage and receiving areas. Littlejohn said the process is proceeding as expected and on time. Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2011, he added, while the store should be open in the first quar-

ter of 2012. No timeline exists over in Commack, which Littlejohn said means they also have not selected which size store to build yet. They bought the 13-acre property in June for $20 million. “We did close on that property. The actual movie theater is going to stay open for up to the next two years,” the spokesman said. Although the Commack store would technically be over the border into Smithtown, both branches would be less than 10 miles and 20 minutes away from each other.

said Cona, describing the frightening predicament. A 2008 study by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that 16.9-18.4 percent of retired households in New York receive retirement income. While the total number of retirees receiving income has increased, another study in 2008 revealed that a 15-percent majority of elders in the country over 65 have an income of $25,000-$35,000 a year, down from 19.6-percent in 2003. “From seeing what they needed, if the rest of us could help out a little, it would really make a difference,” Cona said. While GDGC has yet to receive any Wish Requests, the firm has acquired many requests to support the program. The firm also hopes to raise money during their Aug. 19 fundraiser at Chili’s restaurant on Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of each bill from diners who show “Senior Dreams Come True” vouchers. Cona expects the event to raise between $300 and $1,000. “The wishes that we’re looking to grant aren’t that outrageous, so that’s like two wishes right off the bat,” she said. GCGC is also planning another fundraising event in November. Clients and friends of the firm will be invited to a silent auction at a local painting school, with half of the proceeds from sales going directly towards “Senior Dreams Come True.” “It’s not necessarily the more money, the more extravagant the wishes,” she said. “The more money, the more it can be spread around.” Complete applications and additional information on “Senior Dreams Come True” can be found on the Genser Dubow Genser & Cona website at All materials must be sent by either e-mail or postmarked by Oct. 15.

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Term Limits Get Hearing By Danny Schrafel

Got an opinion on the merits of implementing term limits in Huntington? The town board wants to hear them. The Town Council voted unanimously at their Aug. 3 meeting to schedule a 6 p.m. public hearing on Sept. 21. “I’m very, very happy and pleased that it’s moving to the next step to a public hearing,” Councilman Mark Mayoka, the resolution’s sponsor, said. The hearing is for an amended term limit proposal. An original draft of the local law would have set a two-term, eightyear limit on town council members holding a particular office, whether the terms run consecutively or not. The new version, which Mayoka said was a compromise, extends the limit to three consecutive terms at 12 years and includes the town clerk, receiver of taxes and highway superintendent. The clock for term limits would begin for all officials elected during and after 2011. Supervisor Frank Petrone, who seconded the motion to hold a hearing with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, said he is warming to the concept of term limits. They could fight stagnation, offer elected officials opportunities to serve at different levels of government and bring the ideas they developed at each level with them, Petrone said. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I wouldn’t

have said this several years ago, but given the situation we’re currently in, especially at the state level, I’ve really begun to really rethink what is important for people and for the community,” Petrone added. The amended proposal convinced Cuthbertson to vote to hold a public hearing. “I’ll make up my mind at the conclusion of that,” he said. “That’s the term they have in the County Legislature – it makes the most sense to conform to that if you’re considering term limits.” Councilwoman Susan Berland said she still believes voters implement the best limits by returning elected officials they like and booting the ones they don’t. “If there’s an elected official who’s doing their job and the electorate likes, the choice is taken away from the electorate,” she said. “I don’t like my choices being taken away from me; I’d rather exercise them myself.” Stating her position “has not changed,” Councilwoman Glenda Jackson agreed with Berland. “We certainly need experience on the board. Ultimately, the people decide who’s in office and for how long,” she added. Due to a particularly heavy schedule for the Sept. 21 meeting – a vote on AvalonBay’s 490-unit development on 26.6 acres in Huntington Station is expected that night – all public hearings, including term limits – begin one hour earlier than usual, at 6 p.m.


County Firing Bill OK’d Cooper says he has votes to override veto

By Danny Schrafel

A proposal that could clear the way for a long-stalled measure to fire the Suffolk County police commissioner passed the Suffolk County Legislature Aug. 3 one vote short of a supermajority. Legislators voted 11-6, with one member abstaining, to reaffirm the view that the County Legislature has the right to remove appointed officials in Suffolk County government for cause. The measure is an important step in maintaining the legislature’s stature as an independent, co-equal branch of government on par with the county executive’s office, bill sponsor Jon Cooper (DHuntington) said. “If we don’t approve this, we would be ceding authority, that [legislative counsel] George Nolan already thinks we have, to the county executive,” Cooper said. “That would be disastrous.” Dan Aug, spokesman for County Executive Steve Levy, said a veto is likely. “It’s been well-documented that the county executive has concerns about this, as does the county attorney,” Aug said Monday. Cooper first proposed the right-toremove the amendment to the Suffolk County charter in mid-May, which would affect department heads and members of county boards, commissions and agencies. Any person targeted for removal must be given “reasonable notice” and an opportunity to be heard before the resolution is voted on. The resolution would be vetted and analyzed like any other law that goes before the legislature. That local law would give the legislature the authority to hold a vote to remove Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, a

matter that has been tabled since March. Nolan argues the County Charter gives the legislature the right to bump a county executive appointee; however, County Attorney Christine Malafi testified before the Public Safety Committee in April that the county charter says officials appointed by the county executive can only be fired by the county executive. With Nolan’s aid, Cooper was able to rebuff a push to define the word “cause” in Cooper’s resolution to clarify the legislature’s powers. “Three times, [Nolan] said, ‘you should not define cause, leave it up to the legislature,’” Cooper said. “I took our lawyer’s advice.” State law says proof of “malfeasance” is required to remove a person, but again leaves it up to the governing body to determine what malfeasance is. Since a removal vote is subject to the county executive’s veto, most would likely require a 12-vote supermajority to be enforced. Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), arguing the right to remove is “an important power to continue to have,” agreed with Cooper in setting a high bar for termination. “‘For cause’ should equal something that rises to a high degree, not mere differences in policy,” Stern said. “It should be a high bar because we’re talking about something extremely serious. It really should have that type of support in the legislature.” Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-N. Babylon) has recused himself from the debate because his wife, Malafi, would be subject to the new law should it stand. Expecting a Levy veto, Cooper said he’d get a 12th vote to override. Cooper claimed last week he was already in talks with two of the six “no” votes to secure the final vote tally he needs.



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Shelter Has Chance For Spotlight Upcoming movie ‘Smitty’ recognizes benefit of animal shelters, asks for locals to be featured Half Hollow Hills photo/Alessandra Malito

By Alessandra Malito

Little Shelter in Huntington has a big opportunity barking at its door – the chance to have a poster advertisement featured in the movie “Smitty,” a film about how important it is to adopt animals. The opportunity would not only give Little Shelter a bigger name, but also give others the chance to see what it’s like to have an adopted animal brought home. Little Shelter is currently in third place in the online contest which asks visitors to the film’s website to vote for their favorite pet organization. “It’ll help spread the word,” said Jodi Record, communications and events manager for the shelter. “They’ll see who we are and what we do and look us up and possibly donate.” Little Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter, is run mostly by volunteers. President Maryann Chernovsky, who has been working there seven days a week for 21 years, is also a volunteer. It takes $2 million to run Little Shelter, and the amount of time spent by the 45 paid workers and huge volunteer staff is too much to count, according to Record. “It takes a lot of time to keep Little Shelter and raise money to keep the doors open,” she said. This movie will draw attention to the hard work and the homeless animals that Little Shelter fosters. Its creation also aims to draw attention and awareness to the benefit of adopting animals. The movie stars Peter Fonda and Mira Sorvino.

Little Shelter’s Jodi Record with Pinky, an abused pitbull that recently underwent plastic surgery and is looking for a home. Loveable mutt Smitty gets left behind by his owners when their home is foreclosed on and ends up in an animal shelter. A troubled youth and his grandfather take Smitty home, and the dog helps repair broken relationships within the family.

Little Shelter is not new to the camera. They have been featured in the news whenever asked, and have been in TV spots, including “Underdog to Wonderdog.” Voting for placement in the movie ends Oct. 1. For more information and to vote, visit


Restaurant Coming to Oheka Castle? Town sets hearing for owner to pitch 60-seat eatery with outdoor dining By Mike Koehler

A potential restaurant at Oheka Castle will be the main course of a public hearing next month. The Huntington Town Board scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Oheka owner Gary Melius confirmed he’s looking to open some type of restaurant to help draw more guests to his hotel, but has yet to decide what the menu will offer. “I gotta do something because people won’t stay here. There’s no restaurant,”

he said, adding it will seat no more than 60 people. Melius filed plans with the building department back in February seeking permission to alter 17,066 square feet on the first floor and 2,592 square feet on the second floor in connection with a restaurant with outdoor dining. The owner also said he was cutting a door through an outside wall, which required special permission. He said the Huntington Historical Society gave their approval. “It’s not that much of an alteration, but it’s the code so we filed for it,” Melius

said. According to a June letter from Town Attorney John Leo to Deputy Director of Department of Engineering Services Hugh Lowery, he was unsure if a public hearing would be required. According to prior covenants and restrictions placed on the property, Oheka Castle may be home to a luxury hotel and spa with no more than 50 rooms, a maximum 300 member private club

with meal service from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and use for banquets in specific areas. Banquets are limited to the main and entry floors and can only happen one at a time. The private club is prevented from having adult entertainment. A Building Department official said the February plans were unavailable because they were being reviewed. He also said something may be missing from the application.


Tips For Going Green The environment may be the last thing on your mind while having a night out on the town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make at least one good decision while enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Drink responsibly by choosing to drink something local. Shipping drinks long distances not only wastes gasoline, but emits greenhouse gases as well. With more than 50 wine producers on Long Island and four of them in Western Suffolk, these adverse effects can be significantly reduced while boosting the local economy. If you want to drink something more exotic but feel guilty, don’t worry. According to the American Association of Wine Economists, shipping wine by sea is less carbon-intensive than driv-

ing wine cross-country. According to a National Geographic graphic from May 2009, it takes 4.4 pounds of carbon dioxide to ship a 750 mL bottle of wine from Napa, Calif. to New York City. It only takes 0.3 pounds to ship it from Bordeaux, France and 0.4 pounds to ship it from Santiago, Chile, according to the graphic. Rather have a beer? Instead of grabbing a can or bottle, try whatever is on tap. According to a March 2008 study in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, a keg of beer has a 68 percent lighter carbon footprint than a bottled brewski. Buying in bulk really can make an environmental impact.


Oheka Castle’s owner is looking to add a restaurant to add to the hotel’s draw.

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Jewelry Brings ‘Strength And Courage’ Breast cancer survivor discovers way to give back to others with bandana creations By Kristen Catania

Chemotherapy takes a lot out of a person. Energy is zapped, motivations are changed and lives are rearranged. But for Denise Vinci of Commack, chemotherapy gave her a way to give others something all people need at some point – strength and courage. During her bout with breast cancer in 2005, Vinci suffered from hair loss due to the intensive chemotherapy she received. As a result, she began wearing bandanas on her head, in every color possible, to match what she was wearing. After she went into remission, she still had her bandanas and wanted to find a way to give back to others and give them hope. And so the idea of Strength and Courage Jewelry was born. “My husband and I were trying to come up with a name, something catchy and cute,” she said. “We couldn’t think of anything we loved, and I thought, why not just name it what it is? Strength and courage. That’s what I want it to bring people.” Vinci, who has been a preschool teacher at Tree of Life Preschool in Commack for 14 years, began playing around with her bandanas and some beads, making bracelets with unique designs for her family and friends. She keeps them trendy, using Swarovski crystals, Lampwork hearts, and Pandora-style beads.

Commack resident Denise Vinci is using her bout with breast cancer to inspire others through her “Strength and Courage” jewelry line. Everything is made from her own two hands, in a small office in her family’s basement. “You always see jewelry in sterling silver, gold, with fishing wire, string – nothing is made from bandanas,” she said.

Denise Vinci’s jewelry incorporates bandanas like the ones she wore when undergoing chemotherapy.

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“They’re completely unique in that way.” A unique aspect of the bracelets, aside from the bandana, Vinci said, is that everyone has their own story behind it, and you don’t know that story until you ask. Other cancer survivors have even donated their own bandanas to the cause, bringing an even more personalized

touch to the bracelets. News has spread quickly about her designs traveling by word of mouth through groups of friends and others struggling with some sort of conflict in their lives, Vinci said. The bracelets have even made their way into North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, California, Maine and Australia. “I’ve gotten calls from people who just like the design, people who know someone struggling with cancer, or someone struggling with a problem like a tough divorce,” she said. “It’s rewarding. I like when people feel comfort from my designs. Any kind of comfort, we all need that in our lives.” Vinci receives a large amount of feedback from those who purchase her bracelets, including letters, calls and emails thanking her for what she’s giving the world. She’s even had specific requests for bracelets. She recently received a call from a woman whose 11-year-old granddaughter had recently died from leukemia and wanted bracelets made from the girl’s pajamas for her family. “My goal would be somehow that everyone would know about the bracelets and what I’m doing,” she said. “I see it as a ‘pay it forward’-type of present. One person gives that gift to someone, who passes it on to someone else… then I feel like I’ve helped so many people.” For more information, or to purchase a bracelet, visit, or e-mail Vinci at


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Make The Music Happen Members of the town’s zoning board of vaudeville-theatre/movie-house-turnedappeals are weighing the merits of an appli- concert-hall. cation that can place Huntington indisThe Paramount is an ambitious undertakputably at the forefront of Long Island’s cul- ing that more than doubles the occupancy tural and musical scene. of the IMAC theatre. It requires creative apIf you think Huntington is already the proaches to solve parking challenges. Under center of the Island’s cultural map, the plans detailed for the zoning board, the Paramount Theatre will make you think Paramount will lease an under-utilized again. Three local businessmen have out- town parking lot to provide valet service, lined a plan to bring a state-of-the-art per- and ticketholders will get incentives to park formance venue of a size and quality that at remote locations like Town Hall and near will attract national talent to the the LIRR. A shuttle service – acEDITORIAL tually charming trolley cars – heart of downtown Huntington. The Paramount is the next incarwould get the folks into town for nation of the former IMAC theatre, which the show. folded last summer. For many years, IMAC The theatre would be a tremendous boost was at the vanguard, presenting jazz and to the local economy – particularly the imblues performers who couldn’t be seen at portant restaurant industry. People from other concert halls. But others followed across the Island would visit Huntington, IMAC’s success and competition from small spend in local shops and dine in our many concert halls in Patchogue, Bay Shore and restaurants. At a lesser occupancy, the thePort Washington helped spell the end of the ater doesn’t attract the talent that assures legendary concert hall. its success. It’s time again to reinvent the former The Paramount deserves a yes vote.


Thank You DEAR EDITOR: I read the article [Kristen Catania] wrote in [the July 29, 2010 issue] about Brandon and myself, “Mother-Son Team Star In Film.” [Kristen] did such an amazing job with the story. We are both very pleased with your coverage of our story and the information you gave about “Taught To Hate.” Articles like [this] will help us to spread the word even more to help stop hate crimes. Thank you. Much gratitude also goes out to Luann Dallojacono and Peter Sloggatt for their interest and involvement in seeing this story make it to print. HELEN PROIMOS BRANDON HANNAN

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Great Reception DEAR EDITOR: Thanks to The Long-Islander for its coverage of the cell tower controversy on South Huntington Water District

property at East 17th Street in Huntington Station. Who has time to monitor the activities of small local authorities such as the South Huntington Water District, when there is so much going on in federal, state, town and school district politics? That’s exactly what the South Huntington Water District board of commissioners is counting on. Why do they not return phone calls about the tower? Letters to elected officials – Paul Tonna, Ciro DePaola and George Kopp – go directly to their attorney, Michael McCarthy, for response. What do they have to hide? Would they have voted to approve a tower if it were in their own front yards? When I first called the district in December, the general administrator of the district, Richard Wurtz, responded by saying, “Gee, I drove by and thought they put up a new flagpole.” I live directly across from the plant entrance. After the stop work order was issued by the Town of Huntington, work continued on and off for weeks,


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at odd hours of the night. Workers cannot gain access to the site without the knowledge of district employees. Pretty obvious they have a vested interest in the tower going up, and fees paid by cell companies are quite lucrative; do the math. The district posts nothing on its website with regard to where these fees are going. Why are these elected officials evasive and running for cover? Seems like the boys may have been caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar! BILL AXMACHER

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Use The Vets At Abrams DEAR EDITOR: Back in 1984, when my eldest of five children entered kindergarten at Huntington Elementary, we had heard there was “some” crime on the street behind the school. Like most parents seeing their first child off to school, we were concerned. We had also heard about what a terrific school it was and about the fine teachers that were going to make such a

Letters to the editor are welcomed by Long Islander Newspapers. We reserve the right to edit in the interest of space and clarity. All letters must be handsigned and they must include an address and daytime telephone number for verification. Personal attacks and letters considered in poor taste will not be printed. We cannot publish every letter we receive due to space limitations. positive impact on our most important possession. It is such a shame to hear this news of the closing of the now Jack Abrams School. In all those years my children attended there, never was there any thing to fear. From the moment those buses pulled up, teachers, and quite a few, were outside greeting the children. Year after year, we sat outdoors under the beautiful trees next to the school, watching our little ones compete in field day. Never once did I hear a shot fired or feel unsafe. And again, year after year, we attended the concerts of our children after dark, and never once do I remember being afraid. In my opinion, there were other things that could have been tried – less drastic than running from a “possible” criminal. One of those things that could be considered still would be to close roads leading to the school during school hours and evening events. To secure these roads, my suggestion would be utilizing our local veterans. Then, the residents who live on those streets would have to show proof of that fact. Many of the children who were enrolled at Jack Abrams have relatives of all ages that have served in the military. These highly trained individuals are “in the business,” so to speak, of defending and protect-

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ing. So much time and money has been invested already in our veterans, yet when they come home they struggle to find work. As a veteran myself, I see many of them at the VA Hospital for appointments – and lots of them have free time on their hands. I bet they would just jump at the chance to guard our little ones so we could get back to the business of learning. A quick glance at the local paper will show, no community is immune to crime – not Dix Hills, not Melville, nor Cold Spring Harbor. Remember: Nobody closed the city after Sept. 11. DEBBIE SORENSEN CARBONE

Centerport Former Huntington resident

Clarification The alleged hate crime mentioned in last week’s “Possible Hate Crime Is A Hot Topic” article did not occur outside Honu. A source familiar with the case confirmed it happened outside Danu, and that police used the other restaurant as a landmark while chasing after the suspect and on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.

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Folk Singer Heads ‘Over The Rainbow’ Judy Collins comes to Huntington to promote book inspired by legendary song By Alessandra Malito

A Grammy Award-winning singer has turned her connection with a famous song into a way to inspire others with its words. Folk singer Judy Collins will be coming to Huntington next week to promote “Over the Rainbow,” a book featuring the lyrics of the title song of the same name from “The Wizard of Oz.” The lyrics of the song, which has been an important aspect of Collins’ life since birth, have given way to a book with illustrations by Eric Puybaret. It also includes a three-song CD set, featuring Collins’ version of the song that made Judy Garland famous. In fact, that’s actually where Collins got her name. “They loved playing the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ in our home and it practically became my lullaby,” she said. “A lot of my childhood memories are blend-

ed in with that song; it’s helped influence my creativity and passion for discovery of magical places real and imagined.” The song came out the same year that she was born, in 1939. “I have a close relationship with the song,” Collins said. “We’ve had a brushing relationship. Being able to sing it was a treat.” Collins has been in the music industry for 50 years, and has also written several books, including “The Artist’s Way” and “Sanity & Grace.” She also co-directed an Academy Awardnominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. Brico was also Collins’ piano teacher as a child. Her new CD, “Paradise” recently came out in May. Children of today may not have as long a relationship with the book’s lyrics as Collins was able to have, but the book has the potential to mean something to them, she said. “It’s so beautiful and the

Judy Collins song’s so beautiful, so they match. It’s something that’s very special – to be able to look at something together and possibly learn the song and have that experience that people don’t have very much of a chance of nowadays with your kids,” she said. Collins is also a children’s social activist, and works with UNICEF.

Collins will promote “Over the Rainbow,” a book of the famous song’s lyrics. It includes a three-song CD recorded by her. “That’s the way I was brought up,” she said. “If you’re not helping somebody, you’re not doing enough.” She will be presenting the

book at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Book Revue, located at 313 New York Ave. in Huntington village. For more information, visit


Long Islanders Look Back In Time Romantic portraits from 19th century show town’s history through artistic creations By Alessandra Malito

The Town of Huntington wasn’t always as lively and filled with people as it is now. At one point, it was quiet and rural. Now, with the “Romantic Long Island” exhibit at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), viewers will have the chance to see just what it was like back “in the day.” Long Island was an inspiration for artists during the 19th century. Artists, including graphic artist Fanny Palmer, Currier & Ives and others came to nearby locations to draw what it was they saw in front of them. “These artists recorded things the way they looked back then and people who are painting now are recording what they’re seeing now, which can be very different,” said Margie Burkett, public affairs officer for SPLIA. “Since we’re a historic preservation group, we educate people on how Long Island used to look.” Mediums of artwork include paintings, watercolors, drawings and lithographs. There’s also a civil war drum made by A. Rogers of Flushing. “It’s worthwhile for people who live

“View of Huntington Station” from 1880 by Edward Lange is one of the many pieces on display at the “Romantic Long Island” exhibit at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. around here to see this exhibit,” Burkett said. The exhibit was put together by guest curator Franklin Hill Perrell, former curator of the Nassau County Fine Arts Museum, and SPLIA Director Robert MacKay. “We normally don’t think of Long Island as such a romantic place, but the art in this exhibition shows it to be that,” Perrell said. “It shows the beauty of Long Island, especially reveals the spirit behind

it. They knew they lived in visually a beautiful place and the art highlights the relationship of the immediate presence of nature: the nearby seashore, farmland and village life has reflected a sense of well-being on a domestic level which would demonstrate Long Island was one of the best places to live.” The SPLIA gallery is located in Cold Spring Harbor at the corner of Route 25A and Shore Road. It is open Wednes-

“East Hampton From The Church Belfry,” like other pieces of 19th century work in the exhibit, captures the Long Island of long ago. day through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibit is on display through January 2011. Admission is $1. For more information, visit


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Seafood Comes To Life At Harbor Mist By Danny Schrafel

For a twist on a classic, try the cornmealbreaded calamari over avocado puree.

Atmosphere: Colonial home, Amalfi coast flair Cuisine: Fresh flavors of the Mediterranean Price: Moderate-Expensive Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days bor; the downstairs dining room accommodates another 70. Décor of the Amalfi coast is present throughout the entire three-story home. A couple of factors make the Harbor Road location key to Cold Spring Harbor for a restaurateur and the village alike – coming from Laurel Hollow and Woodbury, it’s the first thing motorists see in the village, and the bustling night crowd gives them a great first impression. Until Barman and Michelle were up and running, there was only one restaurant in the entire village. Recent Huntington transplant, Terrence Cave, whose career highlights include tenures at some of New York City’s best restaurants, created a menu that draws inspiration from all corners of the Mediterranean, from Spain through Italy and to Turkey. Meals begin with a plate of hummus and whole-grain bruschetta. The thick hummus has a spicy kick that won’t put off sensitive palates; their bruschetta is cool, crisp



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With its extensive seafood menu, attention to detail and fresh ingredients, Harbor Mist is bringing a new culinary breeze into Cold Spring Harbor. Open just a few months now, hosts Barman and Michelle Sharifi are both veterans of the restaurant business – they’ve managed Pasta’s Café in Manhasset, Osteria D’Angelo in Manhattan, Café Rustica in Great Neck and Taverna/Aqua Blue in Roslyn. Since Barman has brought restaurants to historic homes before, making this house everybody’s else’s home didn’t phase him at all. Walk in and enter the cozy, quiet bar to the left; a small, bright dining room is in a room to the right. Upstairs can hold 90 for catered affairs and boasts a gorgeous view of the har-

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Fresh scallops are served in a delicious, robust sage butter made with home-grown spices. and a little bit smoky. With tender fish and a mild avocado puree that brings out the bright flavors of key lime vinaigrette (and a squeeze of lemon, if you wish), Cornmeal-Dusted Calamari ($10), offers a new take on the first-plate classic, which is also on the menu for $9 with homemade marinara. Other appetizer choices are mostly from the sea, including Mussels Provencal ($9), Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($14), Clams Oregenata ($10), Yellowfin Tuna Tartare ($12) and Confit of Duck ($9). Chilled seafood includes a Wild Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($15), Long Island Little Neck Clams ($8), East Coast Oysters on the Half Shell ($11) and Lobster Cocktail ($15). Enticing pastas include Linguine in Clam Sauce ($18), Lobster Ravioli, Orecchiette ($19) and a Truffle Wild Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan and truffle shavings ($22), that Michelle said is one of her favorite dishes on the menu. Harbor Mist offers a variety of steak, lamb, chicken and veal for meat lovers, and their work with fruta del mar – the fruit of the sea – excels. With an eye for local suppliers, Cave’s Caramelized Sea Scallops ($24) are superb – delightfully tender in a sage brown butter sauce that is loaded with flavor thanks to the homegrown spices. There’s no tricky solution to browning the scallops – the natural sugar in them makes the magic happen, Cave said. Also check out the Alaska Salmon ($24), Asian-inspired SesameCrusted Yellowfin Tuna ($26) and

Spicy hummus and crispy flatbread with smoky whole-grain bruschetta makes for a unique starter that makes Harbor Mist’s Mediterranean flair clear. Grilled Montauk Swordfish ($26). Make sure to save room for dessert – Michelle’s influence is apparent on delightful confections like creamy Italian Cheesecake ($7), Peach & Berry Cobbler a la mode ($8) bursting with large, warm pieces of fruit, and Cannoli ($7) boast remarkably light, crunchy shells that are filled just before they’re served. Check out their weekly three-course Lobster Bake special and prix-fixe menus, a great way to explore the menu at Harbor Mist. One dining room is open for dinner and dancing on Saturdays, and a jazz pianist fills the bar with swinging sounds on Fridays.

Homemade cannoli and blueberry peach cobbler a la mode are two decadent selections from Harbor Mist’s dessert menu.

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SUMMER AT PORTO VIVO: Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-3858486, is celebrating summer with specials and entertainment in the bar and lounge. Hollywood Happy Hour kicks off every afternoon from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with half-price cocktails and beer. Sample some of their specialty cocktails such as: watermelon cocktail with Bacardi, watermelon, fresh mint, a splash of lime and sprite; Legend

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WINE TASTING: The wine bar is uncorked at Bin 56 (56 Stewart Ave., Huntington 631-812-0060 www.bin56 .com) where a California wine dinner will be held featuring Napa Valley’s Cartlidge & Browne Winery on Monday, Aug. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A very special menu has been prepared to complement the wine offerings: tuna wrapped oysters with saffron tomato water paired with a Cartlidge & Browne Sauvignon Blanc; pan-roasted King Kong prawn over Spanish black rice with citrus butter sauce and a Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay; Kobe beef sirloin with mushroom potato tart and red wine shallot butter with a Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet; and for a sweet ending, Bing cherry and bitter chocolate bread pudding with lemon verbena ice cream and a Noval Black Porto, Portugal. The cost is $60 per person and reservations are a must.

of Moscow with Stoli vodka, Canton ginger liqueur, fresh lime juice and ginger ale; Toasted Almond Joy with Malibu rum, amaretto and Appleton white rum; and 007tini with Stoli Ohranj, orange juice and sprite. In addition there are daily specials. Martini Mondays start off the week with half-priced martinis until 9 p.m. On Wednesdays, grab the guys because it's Guys’ Night Out featuring half-priced brews and cocktails until 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, attention is on the ladies with Ladies’ Night featuring $6 glasses of wine and $6 cocktails starting at 4:30 p.m. and continuing all night. Friday is Meet and Mingle night featuring half-priced cocktails until 7:30 p.m. Dance the night away as Bobby Beats Live spins the platters starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The bar menu is always available at Porto Vivo, featuring fried Long Island calamari, wood-grilled Wagyu beef sliders and a tapas sampler with crabcake, calzone, braised short rib tortelloni and broccoli rabe sausage among the selections.




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‘Splashes’ Trading In Pain For Paint Huntington artists bring color and comfort to medical facilities, ‘Extreme Makeover’ Half Hollow Hills photos/Amanda Lindner

By Amanda Lindner

Inside the serene, historic setting of Coindre Hall, Heather Burggée and her team of artists use every color in the rainbow to brushstroke life onto blank walls and white canvases, creating murals which are donated to medical centers across the county. Burggée’s Huntington-based nonprofit organization, Splashes of Hope, paints personalized, original pieces for hospitals, nursing homes and treatment facilities to bring a sense of comfort to patients and visitors. The donor-funded organization, now in its 14th year, has built quite a name for itself. In June, Splashes of Hope teamed up with hundreds of volunteers to help the Lutz family, who has six adopted children with Down syndrome, for the recent “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build in East Setauket. The episode is expected to air in the fall. “We got to meet the family and the kids loved their rooms. They were just over the moon. It was an intense experience,” Burggée said. The organization also hosted the “Kids’ Tent” for children volunteers and auctioned off painted hardhats and its “Sky of Dreams” mural to help the Lutz family maintain their new home. “It was weeks’ worth of work in two days and it was just amazing to see how many people would come out to do any-

Splashes of Hope artist Frank Bandiero paints the cover of a hospital coloring book. Splashes of Hope last Wednesday presented a mural to the Pal-O-Mine Equestrian nonprofit. From left, Tiffany Harris, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian rider and volunteer; Lisa Gatti, Pal-OMine founder; Heather Burggée, Splashes of Hope founder; Barbara Spindler, rider and groomer. thing they could…The energy was just so palpable,” she said. The idea for the organization came about when Burggée’s friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a type of leukemia, while attending art school. “The environment he was in was so bleak and depressing,” she said. “We talked and came up with the idea to create artwork that would be more conducive to the healing process.” When her friend died, Burggée put their plan to action and painted the first mural in a children’s hospital in Westchester County. “Your train was painted in such a way that the children think it is looking at


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Artist Frank Bandiero is currently working on the cover of a coloring book that will be given to children in the radiation department of a New Mexico hospital. In the painting, colorful fish swim around doctors wearing stethoscopes while playing musical instruments. “We try to mix in things that the kids would normally see while in the hospital so that those things don’t seem as scary,” he said. Despite the state of health many of the children and people who receive their work are in, the Splashes of Hope team is sure to keep their positive outlook. “We have a great, great time. Our hearts and souls are in it and we’re just happy to be able to give our talents to help bring a smile to somebody’s face,” Burggée said. “It’s really fulfilling to be able to change the entire atmosphere with just a little paint.”



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Hi-Hook Nets All Aspects Of Fishing Shop carries rods, reels, bait and tackle to help fishermen prepare for any type of sport Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Jennifer Rosenthal

Fishing is a fun and popular activity for Huntington residents, and Hi-Hook Bait & Tackle is always right there with them. The Huntington-based fishing supply store prides itself on having everything nesessary to prepare for a successful fishing trip. “We sell rods and reels, do repairs, do custom rods, have a full line of tackle, have fresh and frozen bait, and carry surf fishing tackle and rods,” said owner Robert Berry. The store is covered in rods, tackle and bait of all different shapes, sizes and colors. There is even a children’s section that contains fishing rods with various cartoon characters for both boys and girls. “We cater to every aspect of fishing. Freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing… pretty much all fishing,” explained Berry. “And we will begin to carry off-shore tackle in the spring of 2011.” Berry, who is also the chief of the Huntington Fire Department and a con-

Hi-Hook Bait & Tackle owner Robert Berry has been a Huntington resident all his life.

This fishing supply store can help you prepare for a successful fishing trip.

The store is covered in rods, tackle and bait of all different shapes, sizes and colors.

tractor, has owned Hi-Hook with his wife, Dianne, for almost two years. Store bird Cornelius happily greets customers as they enter the store. “I’ve been in Huntington my whole life and I love fishing. I know the waters extremely well, which allows me to help customers pick the appropriate bait for

the location they plan to fish,” Berry said. The store even weighs fish and displays photographs of their clients with their large catches. So far, the biggest fish that has come into Hi-Hook is a 50pound, 4-ounce striped bass. “This is a great business. We are always extremely busy and we work a lot of

hours, but it’s worth it,” Berry said. “We meet a lot of really nice people and we get to see a lot of cool fish.” The busy Berrys hope to expand and move to a bigger location sometime in the future, but as for now, they are extremely happy with their business and current location.


Arts Fest Final Week Brings Big Hits Long Island Philharmonic, James Cotton ‘Superharp’ Band to end festival with a bang By Kristen Catania

The Huntington Arts Council’s 45th Annual Summer Arts Festival comes to a close this week, with the James Cotton “Superharp” Band wrapping up a phenomenal summer of artistic and musical performances. The Alloy Orchestra will take the stage on Aug. 12, performing “Nosferatu.” This three-man musical ensemble uses peculiar objects to perform live accompaniment to classic silent films. An unusual combination of percussion and state-ofthe-art electronics gives the orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. “Nosferatu” was chosen after an audience voted this past spring. On Friday, the MacTalla Mór band will perform classic Celtic music. Gaelic for “great echo,” MacTalla Mór is a harddriving band performing groundbreaking “AmeriCeltic” roots music, using The Great Highland Bagpipes, piano, vocals and bodhrán (an Irish drum) to create a dynamic mix of Celtic, rock, jazz, hip-hop, Calypso and fusion music. Their ancient and modern instruments, along with their Gaelic and original songs, brings the past to life, creating a

The MacTalla Mór Band brings AmeriCeltic musical styles to the Heckscher stage on Friday, adding an international sound to this week’s Summer Arts Festival.

The James Cotton “Superharp” Band wraps things up for the 2010 season as the final act of the summer on Sunday.

musical extravaganza for the whole family to enjoy. The Long Island Philharmonic will perform on Saturday, under the direction of David Stewart Wiley. The Philharmonic was founded in 1979 by folk singer Harry Chapin in collaboration with Maestro Christopher Keene and several area business leaders. Since then, the orchestra has provided cultural and educational benefits to Long Island residents and its surrounding boroughs. If possible, bring one nonperishable food item.

as one of the most sought-after, harddriving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today. All performances take place on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Hecksher Park at 8:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on while enjoying the performances. For more information on the Summer Arts Festival, visit the Huntington Arts Council website at, or call the Festival Hotline at 631-271-8423 ext. 5.

Long Island Cares will be available to take your donations starting at 7 p.m. The festival wraps up on Sunday with the James Cotton “Superharp” Band. Cotton, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, is the winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards and is known for his ability to bringing the audience to its feet, dancing, screaming, and having a good time right along with him. “Superharp” continues to showcase Cotton’s immense talent, and keeps him


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‘I Am Stu Pitt’ Takes Off New comic strip calls Huntington home

Coindre Hall, depicted in the comic above, is just one of the many Huntington landmarks in Danny DeBruin’s new comic strip novel “I Am Stu Pitt.” By Catherine Toor

If you’re a Huntington resident, you may find some scenes in Danny DeBruin’s new comic strip novel “I Am Stu Pitt” a little too familiar. That’s because the lifetime Huntington resident has filled the pages with local landmarks, references and inside jokes. “We had to make him a Huntington guy,” DeBruin said of the title character, Stu Pitt, a middle-aged Huntington resident who never gave up his dream of becoming a rock star. “In his case, he has no talent, but the dream hasn’t left him.” Stu Pitt chases stardom while maintaining a job at the local supermarket, “Castro Food Emporium,” a fictionalized take on Southdown Supermarket, which remains part of the shopping center on Wall Street today. “A lot of comic strips use generic towns that people live in, but they just don’t use the name,” said DeBruin, citing Gotham City from “Batman” – a take on New York City – as an example. “I thought, ‘Why not just make it Huntington?’” Originally, Pitt was supposed to be a bartender, but at the suggestion of one of DeBruin’s two eldest daughters, who initially inspired him to write the comic, he changed it. “All my friends wanted to be rock stars, so this was like an inside joke to them,” he said. A self-described “middle of age Long Islander,” DeBruin grew up in Huntington village. A professional cartoonist since age 18, he has been drawing since

age 5 and has fond memories of going to local beaches, Coindre Hall and walking into town with kids from the neighborhood. DeBruin attended Huntington High School for a short time, but graduated from a private institution. He stayed on Long Island for college, attending Stony Brook University, and later earning a master’s degree from Molloy College, in Rockville Centre. Before becoming a teacher, his profession for the past six years, DeBruin was in publishing for 15 years, working as a freelance cartoonist. “There are a lot of Long Island references in the comic strip as well,” he said, naming angst felt and meager salaries as examples. Based on the positive responses received thus far, DeBruin remains certain of his decision to set the comic strip in Huntington. “It’s easy [for residents] to pick things out,” he said. Other examples of localities include Coindre Hall, Southdown Pizza Kitchen and Lovers Lane. But don’t worry if you’re not from Huntington or Long Island – DeBruin said you’ll still find his comic entertaining. “[Stu Pitt is] is just a knowable character,” he said. “If you’re not him, you know someone just like him.” Purchasing information for “I Am Stu Pitt” can be found on the comic strip’s website, According to DeBruin, an online version of the cartoon is soon to be released, along with two more books from the “I Am Stu Pitt” series.

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Campers Transported To Days Of The Renaissance Sweet Hollow Road became the gateway to the Renaissance last month as West Hills Day Camp. Campers were treated to a Renaissance Festival on July 22 as part of the camp’s 2010 “Summer for the Ages” theme. Each week, the Huntington camp focuses on a different historical period and develops programs and activities for campers related to that specific time in history. Campers from nursery school-aged through seventh grade were hard at work creating special game booths for their Renaissance Festival. “Knights of the Round Table,” “Pin the Shield on the Knight,” “Maid Marion’s Wedding Chapel” and “Michelangelo’s FacePainting” were just some of the campers’ creative endeavors. There were four prize booths where the campers redeemed their game booth tickets for special prizes. The campers also enjoyed rides including a carousel,

After getting their faces painted at the festival, these girls enjoyed one of the rides. train, Ferris wheel, bounce castle and dunk tank.

West Hills Day Camp treated its campers to a Renaissance Festival last month as part of their 2010 theme, “Summer for the Ages.”

These campers and their counselors are all smiles after a day at their Renaissance Festival.

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seen next year. “The news is not good. Without the money, we’re going to have more closed beaches and more polluted water,” Adrienne Esposito, of the nonprofit group Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, said. “The point is, we need state help.” In the midst of a healthcare crisis, Long Island’s 23 hospitals may have to cut programming and lay off health care workers due to state hospitals’ $18.8 million loss, especially since there is already expected to be a 3.3percent federal fund cut in October. “Hospital costs are up exponentially,” said Theresa Jacobellis, director of public affairs at Huntington Hospital. “We don’t have plans to make any major cuts yet, but the government is the major contributor to funding health costs. If we keep getting less and less though, the reality is we’ll have to really make those changes. There is still a lot of uncertainty.” Along with Levy, Governor David Paterson is not pleased that a real es-

tate tax cap was not included, but said that closing the debt gap will improve the state’s fiscal health. “We didn’t borrow a dime,” said Paterson in a media interview. The governor’s office said that the fiscally responsible budget would help turn the corner on the economic crisis and put New Yorkers on the path to recovery. Though the plan will help the state get back on the economic track, it leaves many residents with much to be desired. “…This budget was not worth the wait,” State Comptroller Tomas DiNapoli said in a press statement. “There are significant risks in this budget and little has been done to align recurring spending with recurring revenues.” After much contention, an item that didn’t make the budget was a plan that would allow SUNY and CUNY schools to set their own tuition rates. The proposal was taken out in order to move the plan along. The budget approval was the second-latest in history by just a few days.

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unit at Huntington Hospital last week and a 66-year-old New Hyde Park woman was confirmed with the virus last month. Only the Nassau case has been determined by the state, though both samples tested positive by hospital labs. The state issued a public health threat for Nassau County, which reported an additional 18 West Nile mosquito pools last week. “We’re seeing them in high numbers all across the island,” said Campbell. “It’s the earliest isolation we’ve seen in a while. You don’t want to be bitten.” The reason behind the high numbers isn’t clear, but county health officials said that the rainy spring and hot, dry summer could be to blame. Mosquito larvae feed on organisms in water and grow in warm, sunny weather, leading to successful reproduction, according to the National Wildlife Health Center. Most people infected with the virus will experience few or no symptoms, but those most at risk, including residents more than 50 years of age or individuals with compromised immune systems, can experience high fever, headache, muscle weakness, vision loss, and in some cases death, according to county health services.

“We’re seeing them in high numbers all across the island... You don’t want to be bitten.” — DR SCOTT CAMPBELL, Suffolk County Health Department County health officials recommend residents cover their arms and legs when outdoors, wear insect repellent as directed and avoid being outside in the early morning and at night when mosquitoes are most active. Also, the county urges homeowners to rid their yards of any standing water including flowerpots, empty containers and to bring dog bowls inside. Water in birdbaths and “kiddie” pools should be changed every three days to avoid mosquito breeding. One way the county is able to track the movement is by recording the locations of dead birds infected with the virus. So far, 16 birds have tested positive in Suffolk. To report a dead bird, call the public hotline at 631-787-2200. To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

People In The News Michael Shampanier of Dix Hills received a graduate degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He majored in Visual Arts Education. Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students from Huntington and Dix Hills received scholarships during the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s year-end scholarship and award ceremony. Kathryn Jokipii from Huntington received the Glenn Keever Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship was established by the N.C. Association of Educators to honor Keever’s 25 years of service as an association executive. Rachel Scall from Dix Hills received

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the L.C. Gifford Distinguished Journalism Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Gifford, former publishers of the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record. The Gifford family provided scholarships for many UNC journalism students and supported the journalism program at Hickory High School.This year, the school presented more than 100 scholarships and awards totaling nearly $200,000. The journalism school has more than 800 undergraduate students across specializations that include advertising, public relations, strategic communication, reporting, editing and graphic design, photojournalism, multimedia, and electronic communication.

County Executive Steve Levy, center, signs the bill banning BPA in certain children’s products with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, right, Legislator Steve Stern, left, and health activists including Karen Miller, second row, center.

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“So many people don’t know about the dangers of BPA for children, pregnant woman and everyone in general,” Stern said. “It’s not the kind of thing you can see, smell or taste and it continues to be used in so many products we utilize.” As more and more studies link the chemical with a range of health hazards, many individual companies and manufactures have removed BPA from their products. Babies R Us, Gerber, Disney First Years and many others have all selfincentivized to use and sell safer alternatives to BPA. Since the Suffolk County ban, at least seven other states have followed, creating

similar legislation to rid stores of BPA plastics. “What was so exciting is that we were able to become a model for the country. It shows that Suffolk County leads the way for important health developments,” Stern said. “It continues an important trend for many potentially harmful products to stay BPA free for all of us.” Miller warned that while retailers are banned from selling the BPA products, some items may still trickle into dollar stores. The county is enforcing the law through consumer complaints and inspections. First-time offenders will be hit with a $500 fine, and $1,000 the second time.

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spending on gasoline, they’ll go out to dinner,” he said. “It’s a win-win for everybody.” The three legislators who voted no – Jon Cooper (D-Huntington), DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) and Vivian ViloriaFisher (D-Setauket) questioned whether the tax cut would truly benefit residents in the face of a mammoth budget deficit. “At best, it was symbolic. At worst, it’s pandering,” Viloria-Fisher said. Denouncing the decision as a “horrible vote” and “totally political,” Cooper said there were better tax cuts if Suffolk taxpayers were to be the recipients – home heating oil, for one. He also questioned whether money would really get back into taxpayers’ pockets. “All the experts told me this would be pocketed by the gasoline companies,” he said. “Even if I’m wrong, [this] would cost the county about $500,000 that that we don’t have right now. Five-hundred thousand dollars could pay for 100

surveillance cameras, five cops and a dozen probation officers that are watching child sex offenders.” Citing the Budget Review Office’s fiscal impact statement, Gregory, chairman of the Budget and Finance committee, said there is a possibility of a property tax increase as a result of the cap. “If we don’t replace that revenue, it’s going to be a $1.11 [per taxpayer] impact on the property tax bill,” he said. “It’s one thing to say we’re going to cut spending and lower property taxes; it’s another to say we’re cutting spending because we made a cut to revenue.” Supporters of the measure, however, said the property tax increase would not come to fruition, because they intend to cut the difference from county spending. The property tax column in Budget Review’s fiscal impact statements is a formality that assumes spending increases or decreases in revenue would be made up by tax increases.

A22 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • AUGUST 12, 2010 THURSDAY What’s Weighing You Down? Tried weight loss programs, reading books and walking miles, but the scale hasn’t budged? Explore the weightier side of life together and find new and gentle ways to care for yourself with the Women’s Center of Huntington on Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. $10 members/$15 non-members. Call 631-549-0485 or e-mail for location.

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Small Business Workshop Pick up tips at a small business workshop on Aug. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus in Room 123 of the Health, Sports & Education Center. Topics include review of legal and payroll issues and solutions, and five steps to the rapid growth of your business. Pre-register by Aug. 9, 631-239-1702.

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

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Make the no-bake scrumptious delight, chocolate mousse pie, with the baking coach on Monday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. • Join Doreen and Ellen for a fun time featuring buccaneers, royalty and surprise crafts at “Pirates and Princesses” on Friday, Aug. 13, 10:15-11 a.m. For ages 3-5 not yet in kindergarten.

Half Hollow Hills Library Dix Hills Branch: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631-421-4535. • Readers of all ages will experience new ways to enjoy digital books and more from their public library as they learn how to download audiobooks, eBooks, music and videos through instructional videos and interactive computer stations on Thursday, Aug. 12, 1-7 p.m. in Dix Hills. • Children of all ages are invited to explore different art mediums over the summer each Thursday through Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. The library will supply the materials; children supply the imagination.

Harborfields Public Library

FRIDAY 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


Raisin’ The Fun Bring the family down for a day of fun on Aug. 14, 11-3 p.m. as the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Huntington Kiwanis Club celebrate their annual barbecue “Fun-raiser” at West Hills Day Camp featuring live music, mini golf, bouncy castle, swimming, paddle boats, raffles and Chinese auctions, a poetry circle, celebrity guest appearance and more with food from Outback Steakhouse. At 12:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Atlantic baseball team will play an exhibition game, showing what the game was like in the 1880s. $12 adults/$8 children 6-12/children under 5 free.

BBQ Throw Down Watch as barbeque masters Smoking Sloe’s of Northport, Armadillo Grille of Babylon Village and Big Apple BBQ of Glen Cove battle it out for bragging rights on Aug. 21, 2-9 p.m. at Fountainhead Congregation, 782 Larkfield Road, East Northport. Concert, blow-up rides, raffle and more. $11 per person, includes pulled pork, BBQ chicken or beef brisket with two sides. Order tickets by Aug. 16, 631-4625048.

Mystery Writer Uncovered Meet longtime Northport resident and internationally acclaimed mystery writer G. Hugh Bodell at Caffé Portofino, 249 Main St., Northport, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m. Bodell will chat about his “Treachery In Turtle Bay” collection, tales full of greed, corruption, danger, murder and techno-sleuthing based on real events taking place in the world of politics and diplomacy. Visit

New Tunes For A ‘New Day’ Hear the latest tunes from TransJazz as they perform songs from their latest CD “New Day” on Aug. 21, 8 p.m., at Samantha’s Lil Bit of Heaven, 287 Larkfield Road, East Northport. Vanessa Daley-Johnson is the featured singer of this eight-member intergenerational and interdenominational band, whose new tunes revolve around the theme of hope. $15 donation, advance reservations required. Visit,


Chevrolet Impala and 1965 Ford Mustang. Free for car owners and the public.

MONDAY Philanthropy Classes Northport nonprofit A Midwinter Night’s Dream, an ALS organization, is hosting classes on the principles and techniques of fundraising at its new Philanthropy Center, 155 Main St., Northport. Three sessions on “The Art of Helping Others” for grades 1-3: Aug. 9-13 from 9-11 a.m.; Aug. 16-20 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Aug. 23-27, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Two sessions on “Taking Steps to Make a Difference” for grades 4-5: Aug. 9-13, 11:301:30 p.m.; Aug. 23-27, 9-11 a.m. Two sessions on “Teaching the Future Philanthropists” for grades 6-8: Aug. 16-20, 9-11 a.m.; Aug. 23-27, 2-4 p.m. $100 suggested donation. 631-6518113 or to register.

Movies In The Park Bring the family down for a treat on the big screen at the Town of Huntington’s Movies on the Lawn Program. Next on Aug. 25 at Crab Meadow Beach: “Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince.” Bring lawn chairs, blankets or picnic dinner. Movies begin at dark. In inclement weather, movies will be shown at Elwood Middle School, 478 Elwood Road, Elwood. Free. 631-351-3112.

Cure Cancer With Terri To help a Kings Park family in need, a benefit at Shanahan’s, 515 Old Dock Road, Kings Park, will be held Aug. 21, 1-5 p.m. $50 adults/$15 kids/10 and under free. Featuring bottled beer, wine, soda, BBQ, buffet, Chinese auction, silent auction, 50/50 and music.

SUNDAY Shoepallooza A family concert by Lee Knight will be held Aug. 29 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport. Donation requested to benefit children from Habitat for Humanity to purchase new shoes for September. Children of all ages are invited to wear their favorite shoes and dance and sing along. Concessions and a guitar raffle will also be available. 631-261-7670.

Glimpse The Light Hop a boat and take a guided tour of the Huntington Lighthouse on Aug. 22, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., leaving from Gold Star Beach. Tours are first-come, first-served if weather permits. Sneakers or other flat-soled, rubber shoes required. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children ages 5-12 or $20 for fourperson family. No children under 5 permitted.

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

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

WEDNESDAY Classic Chrome Beauties Marvel over the polished lines of classic cars every Wednesday evening at the Huntington Station Business Improvement District’s Classic Car Show, from 5-9 p.m. in the municipal parking lot at the corner of New York Avenue and Church Street. Cars on display have included a 1926 Ford Model T, a 1963

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

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

Fore! Tee off at the second annual Order Sons of Italy in America Perry Como Lodge Golf Outing on Sept. 22 at Crab Meadow Golf Course, 220 Waterside Ave., Northport. Registration at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. $170 per golfer (all inclusive); dinner only, $70. Contact Rick Annichiarico at 631-724-3697 for more information. Tee sponsorships available.


31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Many gardeners enjoy the challenge of training plants to a standard form but might be unsure which plants are suitable for this type of pruning and growth habit. Learn more at “Gardening Lecture: Trained Bonsai and Training Tec” on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. • Join Capt. Jerry McGrath and learn about sportfishing on Long Island on Thursday, Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m. in the large meeting room.

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Artist Richard Drouin’s oil paintings, “The Pull Of The Universe,” which deals with the ideas of the cosmic forces, will be on display until Aug. 31. • In “Impetuous Paintings II,” Yankee Peddler artist Gretchen Fuss creates unique and distinctive, abstract and semi-abstract landscapes in acrylic on canvas, on display through Aug. 30. Artist’s reception Saturday, Aug. 14, 2-4:30 pm.

Northport-East Northport Public Library 151 Laurel Ave., Northport. 631-261-6930. 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport. 631-261-2313. • Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the movies with a showing of “G Force” on Aug. 14, 2 p.m., for children ages 6 and up; adults and siblings welcome. High-tech spies, who happen to be guinea pigs, discover the fate of the world is in their paws in this Disney film. • In the Northport art gallery in August: “Adventures in Art” land and seascapes as well as dance abstracts by Frank Ohman, who began his critically acclaimed ballet career with the San Francisco Ballet. While performing and then eventually teaching dance as director of the New York Dance Theatre and the Ohman School of Ballet in Commack, he painted in his spare time.

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South Huntington Public Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • In the gallery through August, Monica Agosta’s “Reflections” express the artist’s love of her art. She had received numerous awards and has served on juries and panels on Long Island and in New York.

145 Pigeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411. • Join film expert Clive Young on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. as he traces the history of visual effects in movies, from early efforts in the late 1800s to today’s computer-enhanced creations. You’ll never look at a Hollywood blockbuster the same way again! • Bring copies of your résumé and dress for success at a job fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., presented by the Suffolk County Department of Labor’s One-Stop Employment Center.

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Win prizes with Friends of the Library’s CPLingo night on Friday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. $5 per person for a set of cards. • Put your smoothie craving to good use at Friends of the Library’s fundraiser on Aug. 19 at Tropical Smoothie Café on Larkfield Road. Mention the Friends and a portion of the sales will be donated to the library. • Nothing cures the summertime blues like relaxing with a good book. Water your mind with the Adult Summer Reading Club through Aug. 27. Win something just for signing up! Email

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Make Thursday night movie night on Aug. 19 with “The Lovely Bones” (PG-13).

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THEATER and FILM Arena Players Children’s Theatre 294 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-2930674. • Explore the world of “Alice in Wonderland” as it takes the stage at the Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House through Aug. 29. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. $10.

Arena Players Repertory Theatre 296 Route 109, East Farmingdale. 516-2930674. • “Ancient History” by David Ives is a humor-

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ous battle of the sexes in which Ruth and Jack believe themselves to be perfectly suited for one another until one of them suddenly mentions marriage and they both take a closer look at their relationship. Now showing on the main stage.

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Celebrate the music of Santana with tribute band Milagro, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. $25. • Uncle Floyd returns with an evening of comedy on Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. $20.

Bring copies of your résumé and dress for success at a job fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., presented by the Suffolk County Department of Labor’s One-Stop Employment Center at the South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pigeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411.

Alpan Gallery 2 West Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 631423-4433. • See new works by artist Jae Hi Ahn in the gallery starting in August.

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. • “Inside & Out: The Landscapes and Interiors of William Starkweather,” an early 20th century American painter whose use of watercolors and oils providing a visual diary of his life, is on display through Aug. 15.

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. • Paperworks 2010 Winners Show is here. MOMA’s juror, Elenore Hugendule, has selected 27 artists to display their works now through Aug. 20.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • “Damn Yankees,” based on the book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop about a man tired of watching his favorite baseball team lose to the New York Yankees who trades his soul to become a star baseball player, eventually leading to a showdown in a musical comedy, will run through Aug. 29. Performances are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 2 p.m. and, on select dates 7 p.m., on Sundays. $60.

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. • The Hatchery’s trout are always hungry. Watch fish-feeding demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m. on the hour through the end of October. • Summer Enrichment programs are offered for children in grades kindergarten and older starting in July and August including “Close Encounters of the Natural Kind” and “Nature Photography.” For detailed information on various programs, visit the website. • The Hatchery holds the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish and amphibians. Visitors can tour two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout or try the “Catch & Keep Fishing” program.

Star Playhouse

fotofoto Gallery

At the Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-462-9800 ext. 136.

372 New York Ave., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • The IN Show: An Invitational Exhibition showing now through Sept. 12.

The Minstrel Players Of Northport Performing at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926,

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

Tilles Center For Performing Arts 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 516-299-3100. • Tickets on sale for Diana Ross’ “More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour” on Sept 14, and Idina Menzel on Oct. 2. • Vendors are now being accepted for the annual Fine Arts and Craft Fall Spectacular Sept. 12, featuring artists, photographers, jewelry, potters, crafters and more. Contact Terry at 516-221-6593 or

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

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

Alfred Van Leon Gallery 145 Pidgeon Hill Road. Huntington Station. 631-549-4411 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.


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Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Hot Shorts: Enjoy the best short films from the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and show off your own shorts on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the production of the 2010 Festival Nov. 12-18. Members $15/public $20, includes screening, cocktail reception, and festival pass prizes for hottest, best-dressed and funkiest shorts. • Experience the films of Charlie Chaplin as they should be seen: on the big screen, in the community of an audience, in the Chaplin film series. Next up: “Modern Times” on Thurdsay, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.; and “Limelight” on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. $10 public/$6 members. • Don’t be scared to enjoy double features in 35mm every Saturday night through August at Brett Sherris’ Summer Camp Cinema. On Saturday, Aug. 14, 11 p.m., it’s “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead.” Then on Aug. 21, the science fiction cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring the Unconventional Conventionalists shadowcast is back by popular demand at 11:45 p.m. Visit

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. 631-351-3250. • Long Island Biennial 2010 opens for its inaugural presentation of 44 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs by professional artists on Long Island selected from over 250 entries by Dr. Isabelle Dervaux July 31-Sept. 26. Visit to vote for people’s choice award.

Huntington Historical Society Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin House, 2 High St. Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave. 631-4277045, ext. 401. • “From House Calls to Hospitals” featuring Dr. Samuel Teich’s 1940s-era office and life, is on display at the Conklin House.

Joseph Lloyd Manor House Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck Saturday-Sunday 1-5 p.m. (last tour at 4:30). Adults $3, Children 7 -14, $2, groups by appointment only. 631-692-4664. • Now through January 2011, “Romantic Long Island: 19th Century Images” celebrates its artists’ recognition of their surroundings as a place apart with its own pictorial vocabulary and aesthetic dimensions. $1 admission.

LaMantia Gallery 127 Main St., East Northport. 631-754-8414. • “Spain and Its People: As seen through the eyes of its artists,” a comprehensive show of Spain’s top artists including landscapes, still life and figurative paintings, will open Aug. 21.

Martin Lerman Gallery 716 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-421-0258. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • See where art meets technology as John Bechtold and Saul Umanzer put their artwork on display through August.

Northport Historical Society Museum

P.O. Box 354, Greenlawn. 631-754-1180.

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • “Recording Memories, a Historic Overview: Over 150 Years of Scrapbooking, Journaling, Photo Albums and more” is an exhibition sponsored by Not Just a Scrap of Centerport, on display in the main gallery. $3 suggested donation.

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Ripe Art Gallery

Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association

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. • Enjoy a scenic view of the Juried Landscape exhibit with works selected by juror Bill Christ on display through Sept. 7. • Artists can receive practical and professional advice in individual consultation sessions with NYFA MARK alumna Linda Lee Nicholas and Naomi Grossman. Appointments ($10 for 20 minutes, twoappointment limit) are being scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the arts council’s Main Street office. Call Assistant Director Florence Dallari at 631-271-8423 x12 or e-mail • This week at the Summer Arts Festival in Heckscher Park: Three-man musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra on Thursday, Aug. 12; Celtic-roots McTalla Mór Band on Friday, Aug. 13; the Long Island Philharmonic on Saturday, Aug. 14; and the final act of the season, James Cotton “Superharp” Band on Sunday, Aug. 15. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All others, 8:30 p.m.

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. • “Original Owner,” showing automobile-related photography by the working team of Cliff Gardiner and John Keller, is on display. • The third annual Homegrown Film Festival continues with “The Wizard Show,” a creative screening of “Harry Potter” with a show of Wizard artwork by various artists on Aug. 13; “A Night of Shorts” featuring all short films by a group of local film makers on Aug. 20; and “Lebowski Fest,” a special screening and celebration of “The Big Lebowski” on Aug. 27.

Suffolk Y JCC 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available.

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 MG Car Club–Long Island Centre’s 30th annual Concours Sanitaire on Aug. 22 will display American cars and British makes including Jaguar, Lotus, Bentley and AustinHealey. Rain date Aug. 29. In a “sanitaire” show, cars are judged by how they look, paint condition and overall cleanliness. All participants must register before the event and pay the $30 entry fee. To register, contact Steve Becker at 516-485-8830 or by email: Or visit

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Bring the family down for a day of fun at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Huntington Kiwanis Club annual barbecue “Fun-raiser” on Aug. 14, 11-3 p.m. at West Hills Day Camp featuring live music, mini golf, bouncy castle, swimming, paddle boats, raffles and Chinese auctions, a poetry circle, celebrity guest appearance and more with food from Outback Steakhouse. $12 adults/$8 children 6-12/children under 5 free.

The 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. • “Tales & Treasure: From the Attic & Archive,” an exhibition exploring the 1800s through artifacts and stories, is on display through Labor Day 2010.

Wilkes Gallery 91 Main St., Northport. 631-261-4007. • Artist Arlene Paternayan will show her work Aug.11-25. She received her master’s from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus and works in a variety of styles.

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

MEETINGS Pantry Seeks Volunteers Farmingdale- based Hope for the Future Ministries’ food pantry is seeking volunteers to help prepare for it’s grand re-opening. The food pantry burned down last year, and volunteers are desperately needed in the office, warehouse, kitchen, etc. 631-752-5771.

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

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

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Lady Hawks’ Flight Ends At Finals Team finishes second in state after winning District 34, Long Island championships

Jillian Weinsten, one of the youngest on the team, pitches in the state championship. By Kaellen Hessel

Although the Half Hollow Hills Lady Hawks might not be state champions this year, playing their hearts out made them all winners as they represented Long Island in the state finals. The team, made up of 9- and 10-year-olds, had quite the journey last month as they became District 34 champions and then Section 6 champions, making them the best team on Long Island. At the state finals in Fredonia, the team lost 6-5, bringing their season to an end. A trophy ceremony took place Tuesday to celebrate their accomplishment. “Some kids play sports their whole lives and never experience something like this,” said Margaret Weinstein, mother of pitcher Jillian Weinstein. Margaret said the girls cried for hours after the loss, but the coaches and parents kept telling them it wasn’t about winning, it was about taking this moment with them for an entire life. As time went on, the girls put the experience into per-

They may not be New York’s champions, but here on Long Island the Lady Hawks are our champions. spective and realized how much they accomplished, she added. The mother said this team of “punky, spunky and wild” girls each grew a lot as a team and individually. When the season started, the girls would crack some jokes at practice but their dedication and competitive nature grew as the season wore on. By the end, they were all very serious at practice, concentrating in the 100 degree weather on being their best for each two hour game, she said. The talent that came out of the team was amazing, especially for children so young, the mother said. Each girl contributed in her own way. “It was all about the team as a whole,” she said. That team is: Rachel Gassler, Michelle Kaplan, Julia Nomberg, Natalie Villa, Alex Parkas, Jillian

The Lady Hawks take the field as one of New York’s best 9 and 10 year old teams. Weinstein, Rachel Katz, Amanda Garrison, Kristen Ulmer, Delaney Milo, Nina DiNardo and Dani Blaustein.


Hawks Finish Second In District 34 Tournament By Jennifer Rosenthal

The Half Hollow Hills Lady Hawks placed second in the District 34 Tournament on Saturday at Tanner Park in Copiague. The 11- and 12-yearold girls were undefeated all season, but lost 3-2 in the championship game to Commack North. “It was a hard-fought game that could have gone either way,” coach Rich Pino said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way, but the girls had a great season.” There were several strong offensive and defensive plays during the game. Alexis Kleet pitched an amazing sixinning game, consistently throwing strikes and staying strong under pressure. Adding to the defense that inning was Renee Pino, who caught a line drive at second base and tossed it over to first for a double play. Offensively, Courtney Rosenthal hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which allowed Alyse McAlpine to score and tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first inning; Alexa “Callie” Califano hit an RBI single allowing Sabrina Odierno to score the second run in the fifth

After an undefeated season, the 11- and 12-year-old Lady Hawks fell to Commack North in the District 34 Tournament on Saturday. inning. “The girls play extremely well together and I am very proud of them. They had great coaches who supported them

all the way,” said Califano’s mother, RoseAnne. “We’ll get them next year!” Managed by Phil Kleet and his two coaches, Scott Odierno and Rich Pino,

the other team members are Gabrielle Barone, Rose Cipoletti, Olivia Garrison, Samantha Katz, Gianna Nemeh and Sarah Pezzotti.

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Hawks Save Win For Title Game Half Hollow Hills upsets Commack for just first time in five games this season By Mike Koehler

They always say the fifth time is the charm, right? After suffering their only four losses to Commack South this season, the Half Hollow Hills National team finally changed their luck. Nicknamed the Hawks, the Hills squad of the juniors division outslugged Commack 12-7 in the District 34 Championship on Saturday. No. 2 Hills (20-4) defeated everyone else during the regular season, Assistant Coach Joe O’Donnell said, but could not find an answer for No. 1 Commack (231). That included a defeat in the Williamsport championship round. “It was a little bit of revenge for them,” O’Donnell said. “It was a monkey off their backs to finally knock them off.” The Hawks’ bats sparked to life in the very beginning, helping the underdogs plate 6 unanswered runs. They also chased Commack’s starting pitcher from the game without yielding a single out. Both teams exchanged runs for the rest

The District 34 Junior Division Champions are: (front row) Adam Kahn, Bryce Dailey, Jordan O’Donnell, Camron Weissler, Anthony Carrai, Chris Mincone, (second row) Lou Venuti, James Litchhult, Mike Dwoskin, Justin Pelletier, Devin McDonald, Francis Gacek, (back row) Manager James Litchhult and coaches Ira Kahn, John Gacek, Glenn McDonald and Joe Mincone. of the game, but Commack could not overcome the early deficit. “It sort of buoyed them for most of the game,” O’Donnell said. The assistant coach praised their opponents, referring to the adage that you’ve got to beat the best to be the best.

“They were the best; it was a big win for the kids,” he said. What makes 2010 even more special for the Hawks is the fact that they’ve got another year to make another incredible run. Everyone in the juniors division must be 15 years old or younger.

O’Donnell said most of his team are 13 or 14; only one player is 15. “It’s a really good group of kids. A lot of these kids played together at West Hollow or Candlewood Middle,” he said. “[We’re] looking to hold over the core for next season.”





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Join Us For The 2010 Off The Outback Grill

steak chicken burgers etc. . . . Cash Bar, Swimming Pool, Live Music, Large Cash Raffle, Tea Cup Auction, Hole-in-One Contest, Free Miniature Golf, Paddle Boats, Free Bouncy Castle, Ball Field Available, Free Play Area for Kids, Poetry Circle, Face Painting, Vendors

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$12 adults $8 children 6-12

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Internet Reservations: Questions: 631-559-9171 Tickets also available at the gate the day of the event

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