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Hundreds waited in line Friday morning to be the first customers inside Microsoft’s new store at the Walt Whitman Shops. Later, John Legend, right, sang for guests during a meet and greet. Read more on Long Island’s only Microsoft store on A16.


Walking The Long Road Back From Addiction Hundreds attend forum on rising drug use and death rates across Long Island Half Hollow Hills photo/Mike Koehler

Hundreds gathered around tables set up by the 40 different rehab and recovery centers offering information before the forum began.

By Mike Koehler

Sara had a normal childhood growing up in East Northport. But when she spoke at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington village on Friday evening, it was as a recovering heroin addict from Baltimore. Sara, whose last name was not given for privacy reasons, was one of several trying to drive home the reality of the Long Island drug epidemic at the Speak Up Long Island forum. More than 400 filled the church’s pews as Sara shared how she started smoking marijuana at 13, was offered cocaine at 15 and started stealing from her family at 16. Given an ultimatum to get help or get

out, she admitted that she was clean for seven months before getting into heroin. Living without friends and family, she went through detox 23 times and overdosed three times. “I reached a point three years ago where I was emotionally and spiritually, and almost physically, dead,” Sara said. She went through rehab in Connecticut and was sent to a halfway house in Maryland. Sober for almost three years, Sara told the crowd she’s lucky to have friends and family, and to be able to help others. Friday’s forum was organized by the Fallen on Long Island – a contingent of parents and families who recently lost (Continued on page A13)


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At Shelter, He’s The Leader Of The Pack Officials credit dog behaviorist with boosting successful adoptions of Pit Bulls Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

Pulling up to the Town of Huntington Animal Rescue and Adoption Center at the end of Deposit Road/Rescue Way in East Northport, a familiar sound rings through the air. A chorus of barking dogs, many of them pit bull terriers or mixes, begin barking at the shelter’s newest visitor through the chain-link fences of their outdoor kennels, lined up in a long row. As of last week, there were about 30 dogs in the town shelter system, Animal Shelter Supervisor Gerald Mosca said. That’s the lowest number in more than a decade. One of the reasons is because the number of successful adoptions – especially for pit bulls – is growing. That’s key for an animal shelter – of the 30 dogs at Huntington last week, about 25 of them are pit bulls or mixes, Mosca said. One man’s leadership and expertise – Kings Park’s Christian Papa – is being credited for that turnaround. Papa, who owns the Broadview Dog Center, has a knack for rehabilitating dogs once deemed unmanageable and for establishing training regimens so volunteers can build on that growth. One of the earliest success stories was a 4-year-old pit bull named Jordan. When the pup first arrived at the shelter about a year and a half ago, he was unstable and unpredictable, with a particular dislike for Mosca. As Papa screened each dog at the shelter, he said he immediately gravitated to Jordan. “I knew I was going to be able to help

Dog behaviorist Christian Papa plays fetch with Lucy, a pit bull at the Huntington Animal Shelter in East Northport. She is one of 30 dogs, and one of many pit bulls, Papa has worked with to make more suitable for adoption. him,” he said. “What I saw was not necessarily aggression – I saw a dog that was not getting the right exercise mentally and physically.” By the time he was adopted about a month ago, Mosca and Jordan were inseparable. “He turned around completely,” he said. “When he went to leave here, there’s videos of me rolling around with him on the ground outside.” Papa tests each new arrival’s temperament to determine suitable settings for each. Each dog is then assigned an individualized training program to address his or her trouble areas. The dogs – and the volunteers – are color-coded, which pairs the higher-needs dogs with more skilled handlers.

Using a “pack leader” methodology designed to establish leadership and balance, Papa calls on his education from the Animal Behavior College and studies of human behavior, dog psychology and animal behavior to develop programs that get the dogs on track for a forever home. “In order to train a dog to do anything, you have to have patience and consistency,” he said. Papa began at the animal shelter about a year ago as a volunteer. In 2011, he participated in the shelter’s Field of Dreams adopt-a-thon, and his seminars got the town’s attention. Shortly after, Mosca went to Supervisor Frank Petrone and Deputy Supervisor Pat Del Col to make the case for hiring a trainer to make the dogs more

adoptable. Papa has been working at the shelter for about two months now. the Town Board approved a one-year contract with Papa through which his company gets $30 an hour and up to $30,000 for the year. “Ittookalittletimetogetitapproved,butthey were in total agreement with it,” Mosca said. Two more dogs could be on the same track as Jordan. One is Brock, a “happygo-lucky guy” who Papa said can be walked with ease by his 8-year-old daughter. And then there’s Lucy – a twoyear resident of the Animal Shelter who arrived with her sister. “She didn’t trust everybody, especially if she didn’t know you. She was very leery of people at first,” Papa said. But last week, she was mugging for the camera, running laps and giving puppy eyes to this visitor with hopes of a round of fetch with her red ball. Not only is the training program improving adoption rates and rehabilitating dogs, it may also be making strides toward rehabilitating the pit bull’s image. Pit bulls have long been marked by a stigma of being vicious and aggressive, but Papa stressed no dog is born that way. It’s a creation of owners, especially of those who exploit the pit bull’s strength, size, and fierce loyalty. “There’s a lot of media attention that pit bulls get. They get it simply because there are people out there that train these dogs to be fighting dogs,” Papa said. “There is not a single dog or breed in this world that is an aggressive breed. Puppies aren’t born with the instinct to kill another dog.”


Petrone: Budget Requires ‘Very Difficult Choices’ Proposal includes millions-worth in layoffs and parking fee increases By Mike Koehler

More layoffs are part of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone’s preliminary budget. Petrone unveiled his proposed $181.7million operating budget and $8.6-million capital budget for 2013 on Friday morning. “The focus of this budget is to main-

tain critical and essential services at necessary levels without a cumulative tax increase,” Petrone said. His plan calls for a $7,693,177 increase in spending. If approved as is, property taxes would rise by $900,000, or 0.83 percent, to $109,686,705. That would add about $15 to the average tax bill. Petrone attributed some of the increases to mandated pension and health

insurance costs, projected to rise by $2.7 million in 2013. They also lost $4 million from one-time revenue in debt services related to Covanta. The supervisor also planned to cut 15 white-collar jobs for $1.5 million in personnel savings unless a deal can be worked out with the CSEA union. “Opportunities to achieve additional operational savings in the same manner are becoming more difficult to find,”


Family Speaks Out On Missing Man The family of missing Huntington Hospital executive George Richardson has broken its silence. Almost a month after Richardson went missing in Montauk, his wife and children issued the following statement through the East Hampton Town Police Department: “Mary Richardson and her family would like to thank Detective Sgt. Robert Gurney, the East Hampton Police Department and all of the volunteers for their tireless efforts over the last four weeks in investigating the disappearance of George Richardson.

As you might imagine, this has been a very difficult time for our family. “George is a loving husband, a caring father, a wonderful son and brother, a fun uncle, a great brotherin-law, special son-in-law, friend, and a valued co-worker. His disappearance has left a hole in the hearts of all those who love him. Our family is trying to help the Richardson children deal with a pain that no one can imagine and have made a conscious decision to do so out of the public eye. We hope you will respect our privacy as we do so.

“The outreach to our family has been tremendous and we truly appreciate all the prayers and love we have been given. We know that Detective Sgt. Robert Gurney and his team are doing everything that they can to bring George back to us and for that, we are most grateful.” George Richardson, of Dix Hills, was last seen on Aug. 28. He was in Montauk vacationing with his wife and three boys. Last week, police began looking into a missing boogie board lead, but have not released any new information since.

Petrone said. “This fact coupled with flat revenues, the impact of continual increases in state-mandated personnel costs, and the increases in the price of commodities and energy, all over which the town exerts no control, means that the 2013 budget requires very, very difficult choices.” The preliminary budget also calls for $4.1 millions in additional parking and recreation fees, much of which is tied to parking fees. Currently it costs $50 a year to park in any of the town’s lots or garages; this plan would increase the rate to $75 for outdoors and $600 for inside the South Parking Garage. Councilwoman Susan Berland, who voiced her support for Petrone’s offering, said the town’s parking fees are significantly lower than other options on the market. “I know people that park at Hicksville. There are private lots where you pay $100/month,” she said. “I’m still contemplating that issue and looking forward to the public hearing to see how constituents are feeling about that issue and the other revenue raising ideas.” That public hearing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. Revisions can be made after the hearing, but a final budget must be adopted by law no later than Nov. 20. According to their current schedule, the town expects to adopt a budget by Nov. 7.


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Ready For Fun At The Fall Festival Just In Case…you haven’t been reading the ban-

when others, especially fellow Empire State residents, keep the memory those brave souls alive. Well done!

ners, signs or rest of the paper, this weekend is the annual Fall Festival in Heckscher Park. Beginning Bum Bum… Watch out on Friday afternoon through criminals, Richard Belzer is Monday evening, crowds will IN THE KNOW coming to town. The “Law & gather for food, live music, WITH AUNT ROSIE Order: SVU” co-star is comcarnival rides, vendors and ing to Cinema Arts Centre other wholesome family fun. Admission to the festion Oct. 10. He’s going to val grounds is free, but costs a few bucks for rides screen his favorite episode of the show, take quesand grub. And while you’re fighting your way tions, and sign his new book. Maybe it’s the backthrough the crowds at this landmark event, make bone of Det. John Munch’s dry humor, but Belzer is sure you stop and say hello to my coworkers. I hear as much a comedian as he is a serious actor. That they’re going to be manning a booth somewhere in makes far more sense than the unsolved mystery in the park. the office of Long Islander Newspapers: Why does everyone love Law & Order: SVU? Belzer’s appearRight Twice A Day…I’m sure it’s just a simple ance was mentioned in the newsroom, and almost oversight, but as the self-proclaimed “world’s largest everyone fessed up to watching too many syndicatwatch store,” shouldn’t the clock outside Tourneau ed repeats for their own good. The other versions of at Walt Whitman Shops be on time? I had been Law & Order got mixed results, but SVU was the window shopping in the mall the other day and rehands-down winner. alized I was supposed to meet one of my girlfriends before long. Looking at the large clock hanging in Winners Don’t Do Drugs… Anyone else rememfront of me, their clock was not even close! ber that phrase from the ’90s? What about Nancy Speaking Of Accuracy… So much for the week- Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in the ’80s? I crossed my fingers – and toes – and always hoped end being a washout. I kept hearing that it was gothe message would get through that drugs are daning to be wet from Friday into this week, including gerous. And yet, anybody who attended the drug fothis past weekend. Sure, there were pockets of rum at St. Pat’s on Friday evening learned that heavy rain, but so much of it was dry enough to go heroin and prescription abuse and related deaths window shopping, play ball or get work done are still rising! These aren’t homeless bums in New around the house. I cross my fingers that will hold York City; these are cheerleaders, musicians, mathup because it’s certainly nice to enjoy the bright foletes and other neighborhood kids getting sucked liage in comfortable weather that only requires a into this black hole. One expert said the 15-year light sweater. path from the first marijuana joint to doing heroin Running To The Towers… I’m not surprised, but is now down to just two years. I was going to say that I’m not here to instill a sense of panic, but I I am proud to hear some locals made the trip into probably should. We need to protect our kids and New York City to participate in the Stephen Siller our communities. Tunnel to Towers Run last weekend. The 5K run commemorates how Siller, an FDNY firefighter in (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comBrooklyn, couldn’t drive his truck through the Brookments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your lyn-Battery Tunnel on Sept. 11, 2001. Instead, he neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know donned his turnout gear, grabbed his supplies and the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o ran into Manhattan. He was killed when the Twin The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY Towers collapsed. As a New Yorker, I appreciate 11743. Or try the e-mail at

POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

At Least Hide It In The Glove Box Suffolk police were dispatched to Melville on Sept. 28 about a break in. The complainant said someone broke a window on their parked 2013 Dodge Avenger and stole a wallet.

Alleged Carjacker Loses New Wheels A 16-year-old from Huntington was arrested by Suffolk County police on Sept. 28 on robbery charges tied to a carjacking in Huntington village. The male teen allegedly stole a 2009 Honda CRV while the complainant was driving on Clinton Avenue and Gerard Street less than an hour before.

What Part Of Don’t Come Back Was Unclear? A 44-year-old Melville man was arrested by Suffolk County police on Sept. 27 and charged with criminal mischief, possession of burglar’s tools and trespassing. The man allegedly used wire cutters to cut security tags off merchandise at a Huntington Station department store. He was told not to return to the store after a 2010 petit larceny arrest there.

Guess He Was Desperate For A Haircut A 43-yard-old Lindenhurst man was arrested by Suffolk County police on Sept. 27 for petit larceny. He allegedly stole hair clippers from a drug store in Huntington Station.

Now They Don’t Have To Roll Down The Windows Suffolk police were dispatched to Huntington Station on Sept. 26 about reported criminal mischief. The complainant said a male youth broke the rear window on their 2000 Jeep Cherokee with a rock.

Was It The Food? Suffolk police responded to a Huntington village restaurant about a possible harassment on Sept. 26. An employee said an irate customer wouldn’t leave. The 68-year-old man was charged with harassment.

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“Over the past few years there’s been an enormous transition in technology, and it’s finally caught up with the world of movies. It’s honestly the biggest transition in film since the arrival of sound.” Digital Era Forces Changes At Movie Theater, PAGE A11

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Suffolk police were called regarding an incident at a Wilson Tech school in Dix Hills on Sept. 25. A 16-yearold from East Northport was struck in the head by another student. The victim went to St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown. No arrests were made.

Her Return Policy Wasn’t Legit A 47-year-old Islip Terrace woman was arrested by Suffolk County police on Sept. 25 and charged with grand larceny. Employed at a Huntington Station department store, she was allegedly issuing fraudulent returns.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Chimneys Northport Village police responded to Laurel Avenue about a possible fire on Sept. 24. Upon the responding officer’s arrival, a chief of the Northport Fire Department found smoke was emanating from a backyard chimney. No further police action was necessary.

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Hills Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Pictured with Assistant Principal/Senior Class Advisor Roberto Trigosso, right, are Hills East’s National Merit semifinalists: (front row, from left) Michelle Wang, Shreyas Havaldar, Sachi Patil, Puja Bansal, Brian Levy, (back row, from left) Helen Liu, Tyler Fisher, Amanda Luper, Benjamin Sorkin, Rekha Korlipara and Abhinav Patil. Sixteen seniors of the Half Hollow Hills School District have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. High school students enter the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)–a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each

year, and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. The semifinalists from High School East are Michelle Wang, Shreyas Havaldar, Sachi Patil, Puja Bansal, Brian Levy, Helen Liu, Tyler Fisher, Amanda Luper, Benjamin Sorkin, Rekha Korlipara and Abhinav Patil. From High School West, the semifi-

Pictured with Principal Wayne Ebanks, left, and Assistant Principal/Senior Class Advisor Brett Kindelmann, right, are Hills West’s semifinalists, Kevin Jiempreecha, Max Lee, Sandhiya Kannan, Wasif Islam and Azaria Zornberg, nalists are Kevin Jiempreecha, Max Lee, Sandhiya Kannan, Wasif Islam and Azaria Zornberg, “The accomplishments of these students are amazing,” said Half Hollow Hills Superintendent Kelly Fallon. “Every last one of these students embraces the best of what Half Hollow Hills has to offer – strong academics and a commitment to quality learning

environment . The entire Half Hollow Hills Community applauds these students on their outstanding academic achievements.” To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements. Finalist standing is revealed in February.


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Election 2012 Candidates Trade Blows Over Education

Joe Dujmic By Danny Schrafel

With about a month to go before Election Day, 10th Assembly District candidates Joe Dujmic and Chad Lupinacci traded their sharpest barbs yet on the issue of education funding. Lupinacci, who is running with Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families backing and currently serves as a trustee on the South Huntington Board of Education, rolled out his strategy to streamline education costs on Sept. 26. “Absent increases in state aid, efforts must be taken to reduce the cost of public education. The legislature must honor the commitment it made to mandate relief when it passed the tax levy cap,” Lupinacci said. Lupinacci’s proposal includes: refraining from adopting new unfunded mandates and allowing all existing mandates to “sunset” so the state can reevaluate them. He also urged the state to “stop shifting costs” to school districts, citing preschool education and administering Regents examinations as examples. He suggested relaxing restrictions on outside sources of income for school districts, such as advertising revenue or donations. Lupinacci said the paramount issue the state must address is the inequity between the number of students it educates and the amount of state aid the region receives. “The best way to remedy this is to recognize the high regional cost of living and doing business on Long Island in the various aid formulas,” he said. “Long Island currently educates 17 percent of the state’s students but receives only 12 percent of state aid.” Dujmic fired back two days later, calling Lupinacci’s plan “surprisingly tone-deaf.” Dujmic particularly honed in on a proposal that would allow school districts to ask parents to pay for the costs of sports, extracurricular activities and transportation. “My opponent's proposal would force parents to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for their child's activities. What about the financially struggling family with a talented athlete or musician? What are their options?" Dujmic said. “What about families with working parents who rely daily on

Chad Lupinacci the school’s buses? If they can't afford Mr. Lupinacci's ‘pay-to-play’ transportation system, then are their children walking dangerous roads and long distances? Or will they be excluded from receiving an education?” The rest of Lupinacci’s plan, Dujmic argued, lacks substantive solutions. “My opponent today released an education initiative that is peppered with talking point platitudes, but offers no real plan to address the inequity in state aid that for too long has overburdened the taxpayers of Long Island school districts,” Dujmic said. Lupinacci dismissed Dujmic’s allegations, arguing his Democratic opponent twisted his proposal in order to score political points. Lupinacci stressed that “pay-to-play” proposal is designed to give school districts the ability to discuss it with parents should a district no longer be able to fund such programs. “He basically takes that and says I want families to pay for everything. That’s not true,” Lupinacci said. Dujmic also rapped Lupinacci for his votes as a school board member to raise taxes by 51 percent over nine years, which he called an act of surrender to an inequitable state aid formula. “In the past nine years, Mr. Lupinacci's only answer to inadequate state aid has been to raise property taxes in South Huntington,” Dujmic said. “The real answer requires someone in Albany who will tirelessly advocate for equity and comprehensive reform, not just throw up their hands and raise taxes.” Lupinacci said Dujmic’s comments on taxes showed the candidate did not understand how the school budget process works. After a school board adopts a budget, it goes before voters, who must then approve it in a majority vote if it adheres to the tax levy cap. Should it pierce the cap, 60 percent approval is needed. As to the state aid inequity, Lupinacci said it has been an issue for 30 years, and that Democrats in the State Assembly have consistently dropped the ball on representing Long Island’s needs. “We need to elect a representative who will fight for our rightful share of state aid and not be a rubber stamp for the Democratic majority,” Lupinacci said.

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Tuning In To Help Troops The town and Receiver of Taxes Ester Bivona, inset, are on a quest to purchase iTunes gift cards for soliders overseas.

By Danny Schrafel

A town official and Army mom is undertaking a new campaign to bring music to soldiers serving overseas. Huntington Town Receiver of Taxes Ester Bivona and the town began “Tunes for Troops” on Sept. 26, a fund drive with the goal of sending iTunes gift cards to soldiers fighting overseas. Bivona said the campaign was inspired by phone card drives that were ongoing while her son, U.S. Army Major John Bivona, was serving in Iraq. With communication much improved, she’s taking the advice of Air Force Captain Julie Petrone and raising money to fill a new need in the Middle Eastern theater. Not only will the drive provide soldiers with music, it will also provide Petrone with a new avenue through which she can

interact with soldiers, Bivona explained. “Julie said the thing they needed was iTunes cards,” she said. “That would bring the soldiers in to come get a card, and enable them to come in and talk to her about some of the issues that were happening.” The Huntington Human Services Institute is collecting the iTunes donations, making all contributions tax-deductible. The Human Services Institute will then buy cards directly from Apple and ship them to Captain Petrone. “It makes it easy to do,” Bivona said, noting that more traditional care packages will be coming together soon. Checks should be made payable to the Huntington Human Services Institute and mailed or delivered to the Receiver of Taxes’ office at Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington. For more information, call 631-351-3372.

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Tough Times, Tough Choices Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone The supervisor’s proposal also calls for last week released a preliminary budget for some increase in commuter parking and the Town of Huntington that, if adopted, recreation fees. In these cases, it is approwill bring layoffs unless concespriate that increases are borne by sions can be negotiated with users instead of taxpayers townEDITORIAL unions. wide. The proposed $181.7-million We are pleased there is no reoperating budget increases spending over peat of last year’s proposed cuts to arts orcurrent levels by $7.7-million and increase ganizations – cuts that were ultimately reproperty taxes less than one-percent and versed by vote of the town board. The arts add about $15 annually to the average tax are an important aspect of Huntington life bill. and the Town’s financial support is critical. Like the business community, the Town Thoughts? has seen steady increases in pension and A public hearing on the budget proposal health insurance costs. And like many busi- will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 and the finesses, it has seen revenues decrease. nal budget must be adopted by Nov. 20.

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The Future Depends On It DEAR EDITOR: Last Thursday, Dr. John King, state education commissioner, had the opportunity to hear the concerns of our district regarding the state of education. A panel asked Dr. King pointed questions on the key issues affecting education today: Given the tax cap, state and federally imposed mandates, and the numerous assessments imposed on our students, how are we to take our very limited resources and ensure that we continue to provide the best possible education for our children? Our children need to be prepared to enter the world after high school – no matter where their path may take them. While our children certainly have an obligation to do the best they can, we all have a responsibility to ensure that they succeed. The Race to the Top’s educational reforms are supposed to ensure that all students are well educated, but are they? Vocational training, music and art programs, kindergarten and Advanced Placement classes are not “extras.” They are integral to the education of many stu-

dents. Yet often, these are the very programs to be cut when money is tight. Smaller class sizes are not a luxury; they help ensure that teachers have the time and resources to help their students succeed. But class sizes have been increasing in many districts again due to financial constraints. It is critical that our elected officials at all levels hear our concerns. We cannot sit idly by while our children’s education is decimated. Now is the time to contact your state and federal legislators. Now is the time to attend your board of education meetings. Now is the time to be the voice of our children. In a world focused on fulfilling mandates, assessing our students at every turn, and keeping within a 2-percent tax levy cap, we need to stay focused on our future – our children. We are testing many new ideas all at the same time. We are potentially negatively impacting a legion of children who are caught in a storm of competing needs for very limited resources. Let us hope that these children are able to weather the storm and come out well prepared to continue their journey. Our


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Are You “Ready”? DEAR EDITOR: According to SERVPRO disaster cleanup professionals in the Huntington area, Hurricane Isaac was a recent, powerful reminder about the importance of disaster preparedness – not only for those in the path of the storm, but for homeowners everywhere. “Natural disasters come in different forms, depending on where you live,” said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of Servpro Industries, Inc. “For some, tornados pose a threat. For others, it’s drenching rain, high winds, flash flooding, lightning strikes, snow and ice, or even out-of-control brush fires. The one thing all of these extraordinary events have in common is that they can strike with little warning and can turn your life upside down.” Each year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness

Month. SERVPRO, as a coalition member of FEMA’s Ready Campaign, says that this is the perfect time to take some simple steps to help weather a sudden emergency. SERVPRO Franchisees are trained professionals in helping homeowners prepare for natural disasters, cope with the immediate aftermath and then put a plan in place to restore their properties. Isaacson says one important disaster readiness step all families can take is to build a basic emergency supply kit, stocked with necessities to keep each family member (and pet) supplied with water, food and required medications for at least three days. A basic “Readiness Kit” would include: * Water (one gallon/person per day) * Three day non-perishable food supply * Manual can opener * Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio * Flashlight and extra batteries * First aid kit * Whistle (to signal for help) * Dust masks or bandanas * Local maps * Important documents, such as copies of insurance policies,

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Richard Belzer Conspiring To Visit ‘Law & Order’ show’s Det. John Munch to probe theater By Jacqueline Birzon

Audience members will have the opportunity to crossexamine their favorite “Law & Order: SVU” detective during an exclusive appearance in Huntington next week. Actor Richard Belzer, known for playing “Law & Order” cop John Munch, will visit the Cinema Arts Centre Oct. 10 for a night of comedy and learning. There to promote his new book, Belzer will discuss “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups,” which provides a historical assessment of the most notorious conspiracy theories to sweep the nation, including Marilyn Monroe’s death and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At the event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., audience members will get to see Belzer’s favorite episode of “SVU,” as well as receive a signed copy of the book, which last week appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list. “I’m really excited to come to the Cinema Arts Centre and show clips from my acts, SVU and do a book signing,” Belzer said. Belzer, who began his career as an investigative reporter at The Bridgeport Post in Connecticut, said that if he hadn’t gone into acting he would have became either a journalist or a historian. “I was always fascinated by history, and the new book

is actually a history book. We explain how the word conspiracy has been demonized, and how people in positions of power add grist to the mill by associating conspiracy theories with nut jobs,” Belzer said. Co-authored with investigative reporter David Wayne, the book is entirely based on fact. “The public is hungry for new information and aren’t as trusting of the media and government as we once were. They’re more sophisticated than they’ve ever been,” Belzer said. Jud Newborn, special events curator for the Cinema Arts Centre, is passionate about the message Belzer will bring to the Huntington community. “Richard really cuts across a range of areas in entertainment and pop culture. Intriguingly, in keeping with the conspiracy-theory oriented character he plays, he’s actually concerned himself with conspiracy theory,” Newborn said. “Whether or not you believe in conspiracy theories, his intention as a real friend of democratic critical thinking, and to keep your mind active and not take everything our government presents to us, or what any government in the world presents at face value. It doesn’t mean that he’s right or wrong; it means he’s done a lot of research for these reasons.” Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Arts Centre box office (423 Park. Ave., Huntington), or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets are $25 for members of the centre and $35 for non-members. Visit for more information

Actor Richard Belzer, who plays John Munch on “Law & Order: SVU,” will visit Huntington next week to share his favorite episode of the show and promote his new book on conspiracy theories.


Art Gallery Takes On A Global Perspective By Jasmine Weber

The new exhibit at Huntington's fotofoto gallery takes on a global theme as professional photographers Holly Gordon and Kristin Holcomb display documentations of their world travels. The show will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. “Holly Meets Hokusai” is a presentation of a series of photographs Gordon, a former art teacher, shot in Maui, on the Ke'anae Peninsula. With NIK editing software, her color photos of the crashing surf and lava rock of the Pacific Island have transformed into the monochromatic pieces that will be featured at fotofoto. Her final pieces took a turn for the abstract, resembling both lithographs and Japanese watercolor landscapes. Gordon’s initial inspiration for the project was the world-famous “Great Wave” print by Hokusai. After viewing the work of art in Monet's Garden, she was inspired to dig up her collection of Maui photographs that she had taken three years prior and give them new meaning. Upon completing her homage to the Japanese woodblock print, she became “utterly astounded” by her creativity. “I had no idea what was going to happen when I started playing around with this,” she said. “I was so excited by it that

Holly Gordon’s “Great Wave.” it took me a few days to settle down.” Holcomb's photos will be featured alongside Gordon's. Her photographs were taken in all regions of the world, some shot in the frigid Arctic Circle and others on the Equator, where she faced the scorching sun to document the landscape. Holcomb traveled to the far corners of the world to view and document the natural light she encountered. She made this her focus of her fotofoto exhibit entitled “Rapture,” expanding the idea of natural light past sunsets. She takes the

Kristin Holcomb’s “Rapture #3.” viewer out of their comfort zone of artificial fluorescent lights and exposes the tremendous natural beauty the Earth holds. The artist said her project is focused on helping the viewer “see how incredibly beautiful the natural light is and how moving the light is.” “When you have a camera in your hand, you start thinking about other things that interest you that may be subtle,” she said. That idea is portrayed in the photographs she produced form her travels,

featuring tremendous views from above the clouds and astoundingly powerful storms took over the landscape. The women’s photographs will be open for viewing Oct. 5-28. On Saturday, Oct. 6 between 5-7 p.m. there will be a public reception for the artists. In addition, an “Artist Talk” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Fridays 5-8 p.m., Saturdays 12-8 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m. The gallery is located at 14 West Carver St. in Huntington. Call 631-549-0448 for more information.


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Lighting Sparks For Young Writers, Artists Huntington Businesses By Mary Beth Casper

Everyone has a story to tell. At Pulitzer & Panetta Writing and Art Studio in Huntington village, children, teens and adults learn to tell their stories through creative writing and art instruction. “We think there’s a spark of creativity in everyone just waiting to be lit,” said Susan Panetta, co-founder and art instructor at Pulitzer & Panetta (P & P). Panetta and her business partner, Lisa Pulitzer, love lighting those sparks. Neither woman has a degree in education, yet they have been inspiring students by offering out-of-the box, fun lessons that unleash creativity since 2008. Pulitzer, a Huntington resident, is a former reporter for The New York Times and The New York Post. She’s also the author and co-author of several best-selling non-fiction books, including “Stolen Innoncence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs,” which she wrote with Elissa Wall. Panetta, of Northport, was the first art director for Manhattan’s Lincoln Center and most recently held the title of art director for Long Island Parents Magazine.

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As mothers (each has two children), they’ve witnessed first-hand how challenging it can be in today’s techno-obsessed world for kids to find time for creative play. “There are cell phones, video games, and computers taking their attention,” Pulitzer said. “Today’s kids don’t play the more imaginative games that previous generations did.” After teaching a creative writing course for children at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in the summer of 2008, Pulitzer was asked by many of the parents where their children could take creative classes during the school year. Not knowing of a place, Pulitzer approached her friend, Panetta. They decided to offer classes on weekends that fall. Their workshop went full-time in the fall of 2009, when the tenant from whom they sublet space at 51 Gibson Ave. went out of business. “The landlord approached us to take over the lease,” Panetta said. The two women took the risk and three years later, they offer classes six days a week and have expanded their curriculum to include acting lessons, journalism courses, chess classes, creative writing and art instruction. They also offer memoir writing and art courses in the evenings to adults. “There’s a definite creative niche to fill for children and teens,” Pulitzer said. “Today’s public schools are spending more time preparing children to pass mandated exams. There’s little time for creative instruction.” At P & P, everyone finds encouragement. The one rule that is strictly en-

Susan Panetta and Lisa Pulitzer’s love for the arts has blossomed into a passion for teaching. forced is that no student can ever say, “I can’t.” Each is guided to express him/herself creatively. That means taking walks to nearby Heckscher Park where youngsters are encouraged to take in all the sights and sounds in order to find characters and situations that they can include in short stories, poems, drawings or paintings. Sometimes music becomes a great motivator in art classes. Children spend time painting to an ever-changing array of musical arrangements, their brush strokes matching the tempo of each song they hear. “We also offer Meet the Artists classes where children learn about the lives of famous artists and writers,” Panetta added. Children write and illustrate their own story books. Their drawings, paintings, poetry and short stories are included in

brightly colored anthologies which are sold at Book Revue once a year. “The children have the opportunity to read their work and sign copies of the books for the store’s patrons,” Pulitzer said. In addition, the journalism students publish a newspaper quarterly to practice their journalism skills. Susan Viscuso’s son, Jack, 9, has been a student at P & P for two years. “Jack always loved to write, but now he can sit for hours at a time working on his stories,” Viscuso, of Northport, said. “He loves what he calls the teamwork of the students, as they encourage and inspire each other.” While Pulitzer and Panetta find great joy in the work they do, they are very conscious of the problems running a business brings. “We’re not business people. We are creative,” Panetta said. “Right now, we rely on word-of-mouth to get students. We need to find ways to promote our workshop. There are bills that we need to pay and that can be tough.” The women admitted that there have been times when they believed they could not keep going, but each time they have thought about closing, one of their students has had a breakthrough. That encourages them to forge ahead.

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Field of Honor The “Field of Honor” flag will consist of a 3 x 5 ft. flag mounted on an 8 ft. pole placed in precision rows on the front lawn of Huntington Town Hall. Your flag will have a custom printed yellow ribbon personalized with your dedication. The impressive display of 1,000+ flags will be up from October 20 through December 8, 2012. Cost is $35 per flag. Your flag will be available as a momento after December 8, 2012, once the “field” has been disassembled. ORDER YOUR FLAG IN THE FIELD OF HONOR TODAY __ I would like to donate $35 for a flag dedicated in the name of: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ PRINT NAME OF HONOREE OR ORGANIZATION

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ATTENTION RUNNERS: REGISTER TODAY TO RUN THE 2ND ANNUAL KIWANIS CLUB OF HUNTINGTON A 10-Kilometer Run on a figure-8 course through the Town of Huntington. The race will finish at Town Hall in the midst of 1,000 American Flags raised to honor all our Veterans for the Veterans Day Holiday. TEE SIGN STILL AVAILABLE FOR HECKSCHER PARK AWARDS CEREMONY - WILL INCLUDE FIELD OF HONOR

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MORDECHAI ROSENSTEIN October 18th, 19th and 20th Thursday, October 18: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. OPEN HOUSE to see and make art with the artist! Italian organizations, bands and community groups will march down Main Street on Oct. 7 for the annual Columbus Day parade. Above, Italian singer Christopher Maccio at last year’s parade joins the Sons of Italy Perry Como Lodge. The annual Columbus Day parade in Huntington village, an Island-wide celebration of Christopher Columbus and Italian heritage, is on for 2012. Taking place on Sunday, Oct. 7 on Main Street, the parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until roughly 3 p.m. Traditionally, more than 3,000 members of the Sons of Italy, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Suffolk County police bagpipers, veterans’ organizations and other community organizations will march. This year’s theme is “A Tribute to the

Wounded Warriors.” The grand marshals are Bernadette Castro, CEO of Castro Convertibles and former New York State parks commissioner, and Marine Captain James Byler, a Marine wounded in Afghanistan. The parade is sponsored by the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) and the Town of Huntington. OSIA is the oldest and largest organization of Italian Americans in the United States and now has more than 745 chapters throughout the country.

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It’s time to chow down at the meatball-eating contest!

The Italian theme continues after the Columbus Day parade on Sunday with the annual meatball-eating contest at the Long Island Fall Festival. Sponsored by Rosa’s Pizza, the contest continues to be a crowd favorite in Heckscher Park. The rules are fairly simple – scarf down as many meatballs as you can in

60 seconds. Rosa’s makes about 500 meatballs for the contest, and with their kitchen crew on the task, it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to make all of the meatballs. The contest begins at 3 p.m. To sign up, call 631-423-6100, visit, or register in advance at

Saturday, October 20: 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Reception to View Mordechai's Art & Informal Chat with the Artist Call temple office or check website for complete schedule

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Huntington Restaurant Week set for October 7-14 The dates have been set for the restaurant event of the year in Huntington, the dining capital of Long Island. Dine Huntington Restaurant Week will be October 7-14, 2012, showcasing restaurants from

throughout the Town of Huntington, from Cold Spring Harbor to the Smithtown border. For eight days, Sunday through Sunday, October 7-14, participating restaurants will treat customers to a 3-course dining experience for $24.95 per person plus tax and tip (Saturday until 7 p.m. only). Dine Huntington Restaurant Week attracts diners to Huntington Township restaurants from all over Long Island. “Huntington is famous for the diversity and quality of its restaurants. From the day Huntington Restaurant Week started four years ago, it’s been an eagerly awaited event,” said Michael Schenkler, publisher of Long Islander Newspapers and Dine Huntington Restaurant Week organizer. “As restaurant week approaches and the excitement builds, thousands of Foodies check out the menus posted on the website,, and watch for updates on the DineHuntington Facebook page.” With some of Long Island’s finest restaurants among the 43 participating eateries, Huntington Restaurant Week is a foodie’s delight. But the thousands of visitors it brings to town are beneficial to neighboring businesses as well. “When you see crowds in town, visiting restau-

rants on what would otherwise be a quiet weeknight, you know we’re having an impact,” said Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bob Bontempi. “Over the years, it’s pumped millions into the local economy, generated tax revenues and brought customers to other businesses.” Patrons can line up their Dine Huntington Restaurant Week itineraries by logging on to where menus from participating restaurants are posted. Dine Huntington Restaurant Week is a collaborative venture of Long Islander Newspapers and the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship support from Ideal Cheese. Newly opened in Huntington Village (at the back of the Crushed Olive, 278 Main Street, Huntington 631-923-3434) Ideal Cheese offers more than 60 cheeses from around the world. Their knowledgeable staff will guide you through the cheese selections, offer samples and give insights on food and wine pairings. Additional sponsorship from Yelp-Long Island (visit, The Paramount, and Huntington Village Business Improvement District helps spread the word.

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Grasso’s 134 Main Street Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-6060

Mac’s Steakhouse 12 Gerard Street Huntington 631-549-5300

Porto Vivo 7 Gerard Street Huntington 631-385-8486

Besito 402 New York Avenue Huntington 631-549-0100

Grill 454 88 Veterans Mem Hwy Commack 631-499-4454

Mascalli Restaurant 277A Larkfield Road E. Northport 631-757-2404

Prime 117 New York Avenue Huntington 631-385-1515

Bistro Cassis 55B Wall Street Huntington 631-421-4122

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Honu Kitchen & Cocktails 363 New York Avenue Huntington 631-421-6900

Neraki 273 Main Street Huntington 631-358-3474

Red Restaurant 417 New York Avenue Huntington 631-673-0304

Black & Blue 65 Wall Street Huntington 631-385-9255

Huntington Social 330 New York Avenue Huntington 631-923-2442

Nisen 5032 Jericho Turnpike Commack 631-462-1000

Ruvo Restaurant 63 Broadway Greenlawn 631-261-7700

Bravo Nader 9 Union Place Huntington 631-351-1200

Jellyfish 441 E. Main Street Centerport 631-261-1900

Old Fields Restaurant 81 Broadway Greenlawn 631-754-9868

Tutto Pazzo 84 N. New York Avenue Huntington 631-271-2253

Café Buenos Aires 23 Wall Street Huntington 631-603-3600

Jewel Restaurant 400 Broadhollow Road Melville 631-755-5777

Osteria Da Nino 292 Main Street Huntington 631-425-0820

Twisted Vine 24 Clinton Avenue Huntington 631-549-5555

Christopher’s 8 Wall Street Huntington 631-271-0111

Jonathan’s Ristorante 15 Wall Street Huntington 631-549-0055

Perfecto Mundo 1141-1 Jericho Tpk Commack 631-864-2777

Vitae Wine bar & Restaurant 54 New Street Huntington 631-385-1919

Cirella’s 14 Broadhollow Road Melville 631-385-7380

Kashi 12 Elm Street Huntington 631-923-1960

Piccola Bussola 970 W. Jerico Tpk Huntington 631-692-6300

Crossroads Café 26 Laurel Road E. Northport 631-754-2000

Kura Barn 479 New York Avenue Huntington 631-673-0060

Pomodorino 326 W.Jericho Tpk Huntington 631-425-1196

Fado 10 New Street Huntington 631-351-1010

Legal Sea Foods 160 Walt Whitman Rd Huntington Station 631-271-9777

Porto Fino Restaurant 395 New York Avenue Huntington 631-673-1200

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SWEETNESS AT SWALLOW: Our favorite small plates restaurant has some seasonal items on the menu, so we stopped by Swallow (366 New York Ave., Huntington 631547-5388 to indulge our watering mouths. We nearly melted in our seats with one bite of the Chili Prawns ($16), four sweet prawns swimming in a red sauce made with garlic, Thai chilies and ginger. Thank goodness the succulent red sauce was served with two big slices of Texas Toast to slop it up with. The Chili Prawns Vie tnamese at Swallow. Spare Ribs ($13, in a ginger caramel sauce) are a falloff-the-bone must these days. COOKING, THE TWO BLONDES WAY: The kids are back to school. Why shouldn’t you go, too? Dena and the gang at Two Blondes and a Stove (22 Clinton Ave., Huntington village 631-673-1300) are offering a series of cooking classes that will have you dishing out delights in no time. Start on Monday, Oct. 22 by learning basic Italian, where the Blondes will share family recipes and show how easy authentic Italian can be. Menu: zucchini pancakes, penne with homemade “Sunday Sauce” and mozzarella-stuffed meatballs and



panna cotta. Or explore Ultimate Brunch Ideas on Nov. 5, where you can learn how to create a mouth-watering brunch for any occasion. Menu: ultimate baked goodies, lemon ricotta pancakes with roasted apples, sausage and Swiss chard strata. Prompt 7 p.m. start time, $100 p.p. plus tax and gratuity; reservations a must. MMM… PIE: As the leaves start changing color, the ovens start warming up for autumn. And that means Young’s Farm is hard at work making a dazzling display of decadent pies for the Hogans to offer up at Sweetie Pie’s On Main (181 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-9500). Here’s some of the list – apple, apple crisp, dark cherry, peach pie, Toll House Cookie pie, raspberry peach, pear crumb, pecan and pumpkin. Those who have a sweet tooth but special dietary needs, fear not: there’s a gluten-free chocolate almond torte and sugarless bumbleberry. MORE NERAKI: Seafood fans, check this out: Greek hotspot and DineHuntington favorite Neraki (273 Main St., Huntington 631-385-3474) announced they’ll be opening up three hours earlier on Sundays, moving the start time up from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. And for anybody who appreciates the freshest catch around, that’s very good news, indeed.

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Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Carnival Stage Easy Company’s performance may bring you back to a time of poodle skirts and drive in movie theaters. Their 50’s style swing is sure to get the audience taping their feet and dancing. Easy Company seamlessly blends 50’s swing and modern rock together for an original sound.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 5:45 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage The only bitter end for this band is when their set is finished. Known as the “best party band,” this five-piece cover band is well established on Long Island. Playing Classic Rock, New Rock and Dance, the band’s enthusiasm and energy will have audiences dancing throughout their set. Lead singer Rick Haller has played with local bands Fourcast and BCS with drummer Larry Borgese, and drummer and vocalist Joe Borgese. Bassist and sound mixer Scott Wilson worked as a sound engineer for two of the top companies in the country, and later formed the band “Bird Section.” Keyboarder and vocalist Dante Fiorio toured the tri-state in the ’80s with “The Rage.” Later on he played with “The Fuzz.”


PROSPECT STREET BAND Saturday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m., Chapin Rainbow Stage Prospect Street Band takes their unique blend of rock, gospel, pop, jazz and blues to stages across the island. Along with its rare sound, the seven-member band includes guitars, percussion, and unusual instruments such as a mandolin and dobro.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Bill Scorzari from Huntington-based Paradiddle Studios is ready to take the stage this weekend. The singer-songwriter is currently working on releasing solo albums, “The Promised Land” and “Just The Same.”

MARC PHILLIPS Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Carnival Stage Rhode Island native Marc Phillips has made his mark on Long Island’s music scene as professional musician over the past 22 years. Phillips’ accomplishments include playing with artists such as America and The Whalers. His current shows typically consist of a set list of music from the 60’s, originals and current favorites.

VISTA HILL Saturday, Oct. 6, 1:45 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Since 2004, Vista Hill has been sharing their “feel-good” music with audiences across the tri-state area. Their music is built so that people can relate to the words, no matter their age. Vista Hill concerts attract fans ages 4-84. They are now recording 12 new tracks in the studio.

EARL GREEN Saturday, Oct. 6, 2:45 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Native Long Island band Earl Green will take the stage on Saturday with original songs including “Goodbye,” “Medication,” and “Indecision.” Known for their unique style of acoustic/alternative music, Earl Green has been on the Long Island music scene for over 10 years. Recently, the band opened for national acts Stryper and Bullet Boys.



Saturday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Carnival Stage Anthony Raffa is joined by long-time band members Glenn Dodd on lead guitar and vocals and Dean Cardinale on drums. Anthony's early performances include being opening act for Hall and Oats and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., Chapin Rainbow Stage “Don’t Stop, Living On A Prayer” may just sound like a jumbled mix of song titles, however its actually two songs from Bon*Journey’s set list. Bon*Journey repertoire combines Bon Jovi’s and Journey’s hit songs and albums. While the songs may not be original, Bon*Journey’s energy and stage presence is truly unique.

HYNDSIGHT Saturday, Oct. 6, 3:35 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage

CHARLIE DANE Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Carnival Stage Charlie Dane’s success and talent are way beyond her years. The Oyster Bay teen has already performed at over 100 shows in the past two years. Dane is an accomplished musician who has performed at venues all over the island, including singing the national anthem at New York Islander Hockey Games. This singer/song writer beautifully blends pop and rock into original songs, all of which are on her website.

With the power of hindsight, this band realizes the success and talent of the ‘80’s band The Pretenders, and is inspired by their music. The Pretenders style combined rock, reggae and pop, and included songs “My City Was Gone,” and “Kid.” Originally formed to celebrate and cover The Pretender’s music, Hyndsight’s repertoire now also consists of more recent, popular songs. The band attracts diehard Pretenders fans, as well as Top-40 listeners.

CAMPFIRE ALL STARS Saturday, Oct. 6 7 p.m. Carnival Stage Come cozy up to the campfire. Campfire All-stars, that is! This six-member band blends traditional, Latino and world style rhythms to create their sound. Newest member of the band, vocalist Jen Sweeny, takes the band to a whole new level with her “musical atomic bomb.”

BLUE SKY REIGN Saturday, Oct. 6 8:30 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage You may recognize the members of this Huntington band from their gigs at Nag’s Head Ale House. The group first united in the ’70s, and regrouped recently to bring listeners the great rock from the ’70s. They also help many charitable causes by performing fundraiser shows. (Continued on page 18)


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YOUTH BE TOLD AKIVA THE BELIEVER Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. Carnival Stage Akiva The Believer takes drumming to a whole new beat. As a Master Drummer, Akiva reintroduced drumming into Jewish prayer settings. He is known worldwide for his unique and artistic approach to drumming and Jewish prayer. He has played with some of the top names in Jewish music, including Shefa Gold and Debbi Friedman.

MODERN JUSTICE Sunday, Oct 7 5:30 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage This rock and roll cover band certainly does the Long Island’s music scene

Sunday, Oct. 7 3:30 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Don’t let their size fool you. They may be young, but 13-year-olds Lennon, Madden and Alex can rock and roll like pros. With Alex on the drums, and Lennon and Madden rocking out on the guitar, audiences will be in shock upon discovering their age. Their inspiration includes The Beatles, Rush, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Youth Be Told covers many of these artists’ songs, and also play their own originals.

justice. Modern Justice covers the classics, including The Beatles, The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin and Alice in Chains. This wide variety of rock provides a fun show that will make audiences want to get up out of their seats and dance.

BEGINNINGS with a tribute to PHIL ANTONUCCI Sunday, Oct. 7 6:30 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Beginnings has entertained audiences across the country with their renditions of the timeless music of great American band Chicago. At the festival, they will honor Phil Antonucci, a Huntington musician who died in August of cancer. Antonucci was the band’s frontman, but also earned accolades behind the scenes as a recording engineer and as a sound technician for a variety of local media outlets including CBS, Fox, Cablevision, YES, and SNY. Hosted by Scotto Network and Village Connection

ALMOST QUEEN Sunday, Oct. 7 8 p.m. Chapin Rainbow Stage Thunder bolt and lightening-very very frightening! Almost Queen takes their own approach to the “Queen Experience,” complete with lighting, effects and costumes. Almost Queen has sold out shows across the country.

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Digital Era Forces Changes At Movie Theater With 35-mm films soon to be obsolete, arts center must purchase costly new equipment Photo by Rene Bouchard

By Jacqueline Birzon

The Cinema Arts Centre of Huntington has shown 35-millimeter films on the silver screen for the last 35 years – a tradition that will be compromised in 2013 when film production companies stop manufacturing 35-mm films. A new, nationally implemented standard will require the Cinema Arts Centre (CAC) to replace its three, 35-mm projectors with digital ones, or be forced to close. CAC leaders on Oct. 1 launched a $220,000 Digital Cinema Campaign to accommodate the switch. Each new projector will cost the roughly $65,000$70,000. Dylan Skolnick, co-director at the CAC, said that the technological shift has threatened the vitality of movie theatres across the country. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, as of Sept. 29 a total of 3,568 of 5,732 small arts theaters in the U.S. had already converted to digital. “It doesn’t just affect us. Over the past few years there’s been an enormous transition in technology, and it’s finally caught up with the world of movies. It’s honestly the biggest transition in film since the arrival of sound,” Skolnick said. Already having raised $46,000, Skolnick is optimistic about the fundraising effort. However, he said the campaign’s success is contingent upon the community’s response.

Two 35-mm celluloid film projectors used to screen movies at the Cinema Arts Centre will be considered outdated by 2013. “This is an exceptional situation where we have to do this or we would have to close. So we’re really hoping people will hear the message and respond,” Skolnick said. According to Skolnick, the CAC prides itself on the diverse experience it offers movie-goers. “We’re an independent, not-for-profit art house cinema attached to the world of film, and the audience wants new movies, and new big movies. We also

have an audience that loves the classics, silent movies, documentaries,” he said. “We do all that because we are there for all those people who love that, and it’s an important part of our mission in all kinds of ways.” There are obvious benefits to making the switch to digital, such as better picture quality and higher durability than materials used to preserve 35-mm films. Director of Development Rene

Bouchard said the Digital Cinema Campaign will strive to involve community volunteers in fundraising activities, as well as bring people together over an issue that threatens a cultural cornerstone of the community. “In a lot of ways it’s an opportunity,” Bouchard said. “It’s complex because we have two messages we want to get across at the same time. One is that if you care about our future you need to support us now, because without this equipment we can’t operate. At the same time, we don’t want people to be afraid to invest in us, and if there is enough community support we will make our goal.” The campaign will be what Bouchard calls a “massive effort,” with volunteers sending out letters, announcements and posters calling on the community to support the CAC’s mission. If the campaign is successful, the CAC will also retain its 35-mm projectors and continue to show special feature screenings of films in that format. “We need to be active, working hard, so supporters see it’s an extraordinary moment and we hope they dig a little deeper than they usually do, give more and we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Skolnick said. The Digital Cinema Campaign will continue throughout the year until the goal is reached. To contribute to the effort, visit and look for the Digital Cinema tab.


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Shopping Centers and The Retail NetMelville resident Melissa Naeder, a work. retail real estate broker, has joined the growing roster of brokers at Garden Karen Tenenbaum, owner of City-based Sabre Real Estate Group Melville-based Karen J. Tenenbaum, LLC, the metropolitan area’s newest reP.C., is well on her way to growing her tail brokerage firm. business into a million dollar enterprise Naeder, appointed a director at Sabre, as a result of winning the 2012 Make is working on the Long Island expanMine a Million $ Business competition. sion of national retailers such as Pet Make Mine a Million $ Valu, AT&T, Blink Fitness Business program, an initiaand Starbucks Coffee. tive of Count Me In for She formerly was director Women’s Economic Indeof leasing at Commercial Rependence and American Extail Associates, Great Neck, press OPEN, is designed to where she worked for five help women entrepreneurs years representing such nastrengthen their vision, build tional tenants Sears/Kmart, their strategy and take their Five Guys, Denny’s and businesses to one million dolSarku Japan. Prior to joining lars in revenue. Commercial Retail AssociTenenbaum was one of 30 ates, she worked as an assoawardees (selected out of 72 ciate at Sutton & Edwards, contenders), representing 11 now Colliers International, states, who competed at the from 2005-2007. She previMelissa Naeder event described as a cross beously worked in property tween “The Apprentice” and “American management for Avalon Bay Properties, Idol,” and won by giving her two-minute Gables Residential and Trammel Crow. elevator pitch in front a panel of judges “Melissa is a very talented and knowlranging from past awardees to small busiedgeable broker and we are very excited ness experts and other event attendees. to have her on our team. Her solid work As a Make Mine a Million $ Business ethic, reputation and experience make program awardee, she receives: six her the perfect fit to enhance our tenant months of free coaching and business and landlord services at sabre,” said education in Count Me In’s Business AcSabre principal Jayson Siano. celerator Program, one year’s LegislaNaeder holds a bachelor’s degree in tive membership to Women Impacting marketing from Long Island UniversiPublic Policy (WIPP), special considerty’s C.W. Post campus. She volunteers ation for PR opportunities throughout time with the Huntington Interfaith the year, and inclusion in the Make Homeless Initiative. She is also a memMine a Million $ Business Yahoo group. ber of the International Council of

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Microsoft Opens First LI Store On Route 110 John Legend performs inside after rain cancels outdoor show with Taio Cruz

Victor Watson was on his feet for 14 hours in line inside the Walt Whitman Shops Friday morning. Fresh off a night shift from his job in Old Westbury, the Freeport resident was among the hundreds waiting for the grand opening of Long Island’s first Microsoft store. “My oldest son needs a laptop, so I wanted to see what’s available,” he said. Microsoft officials estimated 500 people were present for the unveiling. But in addition to raffles and a DJ for those spending hours in line, the first 200 were to also gain access to a private John Legend and Taio Cruz concert outside the

mall that afternoon. Inclement weather, however, forced Microsoft to cancel the performance. A company spokesman said Legend held an impromptu performance inside the store during a meet and greet later that evening. The Huntington Station store, along with a Westchester location that also opened on Friday, are Microsoft’s only locations in New York State. Not unlike the nearby temporary Apple Store as the original is undergoing renovation, the Microsoft Store is brightly lit with computers abound and a distinct lack of cash registers. Technical Advisors are Microsoft’s version of Apple Geniuses and Xbox 360s are set up throughout the store.

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Xbox 360 was a popular draw at the new Microsoft Store.

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children to drug abuse. President Susan Roethel, of Huntington, founded the organization after her daughter died at the age of 22. “My daughter is one child in this room. There are too many of them,” Roethel said, holding a picture of her daughter from the pulpit. Many in attendance had a heartbreaking tie to the cause. Roethel invited other parents with children lost to drugs to join her and add their pleas to hers. What followed were tearful recollections of good sons, daughters, siblings, nephews and others who became addicted and died without warning. Many parents criticized insurance companies for keeping their children from recovery programs out of selfish greed, even after the user was willing to go. Other speakers like Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) Executive Director Jeffrey Reynolds and Seafield Treatment Center representative Anthony Rizzuto also ripped into insurance companies for denying aid. “What they’re doing, to me, is criminal,”

Rizzuto said. Reynolds said insurance companies will refuse to cover inpatient services until they fail the outpatient counterparts multiple times. And, he added, they’re a lot quicker to sign off on prescribing more pills. He cast part of the blame for what he called a “crisis” on the pharmaceutical industry. “The constant drumbeat that ‘there���s a drug for this and a drug for that’ has led us here. It’s part of the puzzle,” he said. But Reynolds also said that the community can work towards alleviating the epidemic. Police departments and schools are part of the equation, he said, but individuals have to take action. He suggested parents have conversations with their children about substance abuse and participate in drug dropoffs. “There are a whole bunch of things we can do to make this problem a little better,” the director said. LICADD Clinical Director Steve Chassman said the increasing number of youths turning to drugs are using them in lieu of coping skills. Society has not caught up with the faster speed of life brought on by technology and children

lack adequate coping skills to handle their emotions, he added. When a teenager gets involved with drugs and alcohol, Chassman noted that problems with relationships, problems at school and problems with the law are frequently early indications of trouble. Once somebody becomes addicted, Rizzuto said the first thing that needs to occur is an assessment to uncover the extent of the addiction. And while he admitted getting the user to the assessment isn’t easy, Rizzuto said it’s just as important that family and friends stay educated and empowered. A memorial candlelight walk around the block was held to honor the youth who have already succumbed to addiction. But the forum also attracted parents like Ann Ragone, of Melville. Mother of a daughter in eighth grade at Stimson Middle School, Ragone said her daughter has heard other students openly talk about using marijuana. “When she came home and told us last year… it was so casual; she said the kids are talking about it,” the mother said. Ragone also said she was disappointed that more teenagers and schools weren’t

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Forum addresses addiction, abuse

Susan Roethel holds up a picture of her daughter as she pleads with community members to keep other teenagers from using drugs. in attendance at the forum on Friday. Roethel later confirmed that other forums are expected for different parts of Long Island. “I still say there’s got to be more work on bringing it out to families. If it doesn’t hit you right away or you don’t think your child is involved in it, like I was… They think that it’s not going to happen to them. I have to work on how I can get it out to families,” the president said.

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The Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and Huntington’s Rexer-Parkes host a fall fashion event to benefit HBCAC’s Prevention Is The Cure campaign on Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Rexer-Parkes, 35 Gerard St., Huntington village. RSVP to 631-547-1518.

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Throughout October, Walt Whitman Shops will Paint the Mall Pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Girl’s Night Out is Oct. 11, when the mall and GEM Magazine LI will be “Celebrating The Strong Long Island Woman” with a night of fashion, fun and friends from 5-8 p.m. The evening includes giveaways, food sampling, wine-tasting, networking and musical performances by “American Idol” Season 9 contestant Leah Laurenti and 2012 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sweet Suzi. Attendees can register at Simon Gift Services.

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M'Yad L'Yad, Long Island’s Helping Hands, hosts an evening of study and sharing with Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, discussing “The Internet & Jewish Law” on Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., South Huntington Jewish Center, 2600 New York Ave., Melville. Free, but RSVP to or call 631-486-6636.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Join the library’s popular book discussions series. Next up on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. is: “Homer and Langley” by celebrated author and soon-to-be Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Champion of Literacy E.L. Doctorow.

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Help is on the way for those Long Islanders still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene. Sponsored by Catholic Charities, Long Island Volunteer Center and Health & Welfare Council of Long Island, a walk-in center will be set up Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. at the Huntington Library, 338 Main St., Huntington. Volunteers will address unmet needs such as housing, debris clean-up, and transportation.

Join Huntington Town Historian Robert Hughes, for a walking tour of historic Huntington village on Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m. The tour will trace the village’s development through the 19th century including the town’s colonial cemetery, early civic structures, as well as the devastating fires and real estate deals that shaped the village into one of Long Island’s vibrant downtowns. The tour will end at Huntington’s oldest pub, Finnegan’s Tap Room. $20. Call for reservations and starting points: 631-6924664. Pictured is the southeast corner of New York Avenue and Main Street c. 1910. open the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s 2012-2013 season of monthly First Saturday Concerts at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A) in Centerport. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert, which is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., are $25; $20 for FMSH members. They may be ordered online at or purchased at the door.

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Also part of Walt Whitman Shops’ Paint the Mall Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a health and wellness expo will be held Friday, Oct. 12, to Sunday, Oct. 14. Various health-related vendors will be located throughout the mall, displaying information and educating shoppers on the products and services they offer.

The Eastern Shore Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Suffolk County Chapter Inc., host the second “Link, Leverage and Lead” Legislative Breakfast on Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon at the Huntington Hilton, 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville. In attendance will be the congressional, state and local elected officials and candidates who will run in the November 2012 elections.

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Health & Wellness Expo

Long Island’s best singers take the stage in Northport on Oct. 5, 8 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 270 Main St. $10 suggested donation. 631- 261-8808.

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

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

SATURDAY Running The Hills Of Centerport

The Huntington Beach Community Association has revived the 5K run/walk race it became famous for, and runners will trek the 3.1-mile course through the hills of Centerport on Oct. 6. $15. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Huntington that supports 18 local nonprofits. Registration and check-in start at 7:30 a.m. Visit for registration forms and more information.

Walking Their Way Into Folk Music

Toby Walker returns to Long Island on Oct. 6 to

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • The library’s gallery re-opens in October with the work of Carol Marano, a local artist and teacher who paints in watercolor and oils. She has led many trips through Italy and many of her paintings reflect these annual visits.

Commack Public Library

Internet And Jewish Law

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

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library

Paint The Mall Pink

The North Shore Civil War Roundtable presents a lecture by noted historian and author John V. Quarstein. Quarstein is the author of “Big Bethel,” considered to be the first land battle of the Civil War. He is also the director of the Virginia War Museum. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn.

are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. $5 per class, $25 for six. RSVP to 631-351-8672. Proceeds goes to the Chai Center Friendship Circle program.

SUNDAY A Walking Tour of Huntington Village

Sunday, October 14, 2012/3PM-5PM Join Huntington Town Historian Robert Hughes, for a walking tour of historic Huntington village on Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m. The tour will trace the village’s development through the 19th century including the town’s colonial cemetery, early civic structures, as well as the devastating fires and real estate deals that shaped the village into one of Long Island’s vibrant downtowns. The tour will end at Huntington’s oldest pub, Finnegan’s Tap Room. $20. Call for reservations and starting points: 631-692-4664.


memorabilia to celebrate its centennial anniversary of The Huntington Lighthouse. The display includes correspondence between the Lighthouse Establishment and Lighthouse Keeper Robert McGlone, and an original painting of the lighthouse, which will be auctioned. On display in the Town Hall lobby, 100 Main St, Huntington, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-421-1985.

TUESDAY Free Help For Vets

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

WEDNESDAY Classic Car Show

The Huntington Station Business Improvement District hosts a car show at Station Sports, 25 Depot Road, Huntington Station, from 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday.

Tips For Business Owners

Serious about growing your business? LeTip members are respected professionals who understand how to give and get tips to increase everyone's bottom line. Join them every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at their weekly morning networking meeting. For more information, contact Dave Muller, 631-831-1921. RSVP a must.

Power Breakfast

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

Zumba For A Cause

See The Light

Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia has organized an exhibit of Huntington Lighthouse artifacts and

Join instructor Annette Weiss for a great Zumba workout, and help children with autism and special needs at the same time. Classes

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631-421-4535. • If you're a Mad Men maniac or just curious about the show, watch Season 2 with others on Tuesdays, through Dec. 11, 7 p.m. in Dix Hills.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Get ready for Harborfields Public Library’s Mega Book Sale on Oct. 13-14 from 1-4 p.m. Friends of the Library is accepting donations of used books in good condition. Scanners will not be permitted in the sale room, and there will be no previews ahead of the scheduled opening times.

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Aspiring writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join published author Terry Tomasino in a Writers Workshop Series. Meets Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3:45 p.m. in the Main branch.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Join the Northport Reader’s Theater for staged readings of three short comedies entitled “Three Stages of Amore” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. in Northport. Each play offers a peek at the lives of diners in an Italian restaurant and the various stages of their relationships. • On display in East Northport is “Marilyn’s Fantasy Workshop Dollhouse Miniatures.” Artist and retired teacher Marilyn Aitken specializes in the design and production of miniature furniture, food products, tools, toys, household items, and artwork.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411. • Elinore Schnurr’s most recent series of paintings will go on display Oct. 6, with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Lately, the artist has been interested in images from the outside looking in, and a selection of those paintings comprise her latest show. The selection will be on display through Nov. 2.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaarts-

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Please mention The Long Islander Newspapers when doing business with our advertisers. 631-423-7611. • Filmmaker Matthew Berkowitz of Plainview hosts legendary artist and writer Dean Haspiel, of HBO’s “Bored To Death” and Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor,” as he presents his work and discusses going from print comic books to graphic novels to web comics and beyond, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. • Take advantage of a rare up-close and personal evening with actor Richard Belzer, featuring a retrospective of his “Detective John Munch” TV performances and cutting-edge comedy career on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7.30 p.m. $25 members/$35 public. Reception/book-signing included.


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Photo by Larry Sribnick

Walking Their Way Into Folk Music Toby Walker returns to Long Island on Oct. 6 to open the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s 2012-2013 season of monthly First Saturday Concerts at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A) in Centerport. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert, which is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., are $25; $20 for FMSH members. They may be ordered online at or purchased at the door.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • “The Children’s Hour,” the ground-breaking drama by playwright Lillian Hellman, will be staged Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 11-13, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors or students.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Watch the Neil Simon musical about the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful dance hall hostess, despite endless disappointments and bad luck with men in “Sweet Charity,” showing through Oct. 28. $65.

Township Theatre Group

631-421-9832. • In the Long Island premiere of Ken Ludwig’s rollicking comedy “The Fox on the Fairway,” members of two rival country clubs are utterly devoted to golf and will do absolutely anything to win the annual Inter-Club Tournament – and the large bet riding on the outcome. Shows Oct. 5 & 6, 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 2 p.m. at the Helen Butler Hall Theatre at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave., Amityville. $20 general/$18 students, seniors.

AUDITIONS LIU Post Chamber Musicians

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

Performing Arts Training

Open auditions are being held at the Huntington Center for Performing Arts: Musical Theater: Les Petits Danseurs - a dance school for children; Huntington Ballet Academy exclusively offering the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum; Suzuki Music School - string and piano training using the Japanese method and traditional lessons; Long Island Ballet Theatre - providing professional performing opportunities for students. 310 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-271-4626

of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 -18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418.

fotofoto Gallery

14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • Holly Gordon presents “Holly Meets Hokusai,” a debut exhibition of digitally recreated images using NIK software and photoshop of the Ke’anae Peninsula, Maui; and Kristin Holcomb presents “Rapture,” photographs of natural light from around the world, through Oct. 28. Reception on Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m., and an Artists’ Talk on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • Robert S. Neuman’s “Ship to Paradise” focuses on the colorful, large-scale, mixedmedia drawings in which Neuman addressed the timeless question of human folly. On display through Nov. 25. • Celebrate First Friday at The Heckscher Museum of Art on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. with the Peter Mazzeo Duo. These dynamic, high energy musicians will be sure to have you up on your feet with a unique selection of pop, rock, and acoustic sets. Extended viewing hours from 4-8:30 p.m.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center

Welwyn Preserve. 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040 ext. 100. • The new permanent exhibit explains the 1920s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others: people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and Polish intelligentsia.

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MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • Sandra Benny and Richard Vaux present “Retrospective Exhibition,” through Oct. 28.

b.j. spoke gallery

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • Beginning Sept. 5, the gallery artists’ exhibition fills two rooms with paintings, mixed media artworks and installations.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Features New York State's largest collection

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. • With a black lit gallery and visions of ghastly art at the Main Street Petite Gallery, the student exhibition “Nightmare on Main Street,” on display next month, is sure to be a thrill. K-12 students are invited to apply for this juried show. Visit the website for more information. • A Comedy Cabaret fundraiser, featuring comedy improv duo Isaacs & Baker as well as a buffet dinner, will keep you laughing Oct. 4, 6 p.m. at the Thatched Cottage in Centerport. $40 members/$50 non-members.

Huntington Historical Society

Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. • Tours of the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill, the only surviving mill in Huntington, offer

patrons an unusual way to enjoy Huntington’s rich heritage. Private tours, accessible by a short boat ride, will be held Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. Call ext 403. $10 members/$15 non-members. • Join Museum Educator Michael Goudket for a history of Victorian spiritualism and a reenactment of a 19th century séance on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Conklin Barn. $12 members/$15 non-members.

LaMantia Gallery

127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • Robert Finale presents captivating landscapes and Richard Johnson displays exquisite paintings of the human face and form in a show opening Saturday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m.

9 East Contemporary Art

9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • Elizabeth Mallia presents “Transitory Moments” in a solo exhibition through Oct. 21.

Northport Historical Society

Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631757-9859. • “50 Years Of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities. • The second annual Fall Family Fun Day is Saturday, Oct. 6, noon-2 p.m., featuring arts and crafts projects, “old-fashioned” games and other surprises. $5 per family for members/$10 per family for non-members.

Ripe Art Gallery

67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • A multi-level exhibition from the twisted mind of Anthony Zummo, “Impressionism Is Not Dead,” opens Saturday, Oct. 6, 7-10 p.m. On display until Oct. 18.

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. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish Discovery Museum provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children 3-13 years old and their families, classes and camps. Now on exhibit: The Alef Bet of Being a Mensch. “Zye a mensch” is a Yiddish saying that means “be a decent, responsible, caring person,” infusing both the best blessing and the best that an educator can wish for his students.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The Arena Players Children's Theatre opens its fall season on Saturday, Oct. 6, with “The Ghost of Sleepy Hollow,” bringing Ichabod Crane and the fearsome Headless Horseman to life. Performances are in the Carriage House Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. through Nov. 11. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for children. Children under 3 are free. Reservations suggested. Call 516-293-0674 or visit

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • E.L. Doctorow, the decorated author of “Ragtime,” will be honored as a Champion of Literacy at the fourth annual Benefit for Literacy Gala at Oheka Castle on Oct. 11. Tickets for the gala, a dinner-dance that runs from 6:30-10 p.m., are $250. • The next Poetry in Performance on Saturday, Oct. 6 features Peter Balakian with Alan Semerdjian and Nancy Keating from 6:15-9 p.m. $10, includes wine and cheese reception.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Recently announced, The Wallflowers play Sunday, Nov. 11. $25, $35, $55 & $80.

Ridotto, Concerts with a Touch of Theatre

631-385-0373. • The Les Jeunes Virtuoses String Orchestra presents “Crossing Boundaries” on Sunday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m. at the Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. This European-American ensemble performs a program with romantic serenades by Elgar and Tchaikovsky, his “Souvenir de Florence.” Also on the program are Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major and the delightful virtuosic String Sonata for Orchestra by Rossini. Tickets are $20, $18 (seniors), $15 (members), and $10 (students).


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

AID & ASSISTANCE Free Training For Post-9/11 Vets

United Veterans Beacon House offers post9/11 veterans free training and job placement assistance in the green construction industry. Contact Tim Scherer at 631-665-1571 or The course will start at the end of September.

Emergency Home Repair Program

Are you “underwater” on your mortgage but making payments on time? Do you need an emergency repair on your home, but can’t get a home equity loan because you are underwater? You could eligible for up to $5,000 for emergency home repairs if your income does not exceed 120 percent of the HUD median income for Long Island ($129,000 for a family of four). Apply to the Emergency Home Repair Program. Call Susan at Housing Help Inc., 631-754-0373.

VOLUNTEERING Help Friends Of The Bay

Friends of the Bay is in need of volunteers who can help convert water quality data, which is currently kept in an excel sheet, into a Microsoft Access database. Assistance is also needed with ArcView GIS, to configure maps of the watershed. Call 516-922-6666 or email

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Spotlight Still Shining On Lady Hawks Half Hollow Hills’ Lady Hawks are still in the spotlight. After a celebration at Otsego Elementary School on Sept. 21, the girls of the Half Hollow Hills Minor and Major soft-

ball teams received another kind of honor, this time from the town. The girs were recognized at Huntington Town Hall on Sept. 24 for bringing home the second-place title at the state level for their districts.

Coach Michael Dreitlein with the 9/10-year-olds of the Half Hollow Hills Minors team above, celebrating at Otsego with assistant coaches, and below, being honored at Town Hall.

The 11/12-year-olds of the Half Hollow Hills Majors team with coach Terry Ulmer above, celebrating at Otsego, and below, being honored at Town Hall.


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Hills Boys Volleyball ‘Kills’ The Competition Half Hollow Hills photos/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

The Half Hollow Hills varsity boys volleyball team is taking the league by storm this season. Currently 6-1, the players have their eyes set on the county playoffs. Having recently defeated defending county champions Lindenhurst 3-1 on Sept. 24, the team took down their second biggest competitor, Sachem East, at Saturday’s Sept. 29 game, winning 3-0. According to Coach Todd Donaghy, Sachem was a tough team to beat. “They have an outstanding outside hitter who has verbally committed to Ohio State and they were very big at the net,” Donaghy said. But one player’s commitment to Ohio State wouldn’t stand in the way of the team, which has players from both Half Hollow Hills high schools. At Sachem East, team captain and senior Calvin Manchenko led the team with 28 kills and 8 digs, bringing Manchenko’s total number of kills this season to 190. Starting center and captain Brett Rickles had 42 assists and ran a good offense, Donaghy said. John Natalone and Dimitri Patronis combined for 7 kills out of the middle attack, and Luke Perlowski and Peter Griffenkranz added 8 kills and led a balanced attack outside of Manchenko’s huge match. “The team is playing great team volleyball right now. As good as Calvin is, it’s not just Calvin. His teammates are a great supporting cast,” Donaghy said. The team captains agree that the objective for the season is to get back into the playoffs.

Half Hollow Hills boys volleyball captains Brett Rickles, Peter Griffenkranz and Calvin Manchenko have a little fun on the court with fellow senior Dimitri Patronis. “The playoffs this year are definitely doable – just by playing the best that I can, and the team backs me up on that,” Manchenko said. “We all mesh well and play with a really high intensity; we all get pretty pumped up. We’ve got a really good coach and I’ve learned a lot.” Ranked No. 6 on the Island, the team is confident in its ability to make it to playoffs this season. “We definitely have the ability to make it to the championships,” Patronis said. “We’re a strong team, and just knowing that our team is capable is a highlight for me.” The team next plays at home against Northport at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

Captain Calvin Manchenko prepares to set a serve.


Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Hills East Soldiers On Despite Tough Run Senior midfielder Fred Fils-Aime hones in on his skills. BOYS SOCCER

Colts Charging Hard By Jacqueline Birzon

Senior quarterback R.J. Nitti sets up for the pass. While the Half Hollow Hills East varsity football squad kicked off the season with a win, they have yet to pull off another successful game after moving up to Division I this season. Connetquot clipped the Thunderbirds’ wings at the Sept. 29 game, defeating Hills East, 47-26. Quarterback R.J Nitti

scored touchdowns and had two interceptions that game. The team hopes to take down Patchogue-Medford on their home turf on Saturday at 6 p.m. - BIRZON

The Colts continue to be an undefeated force on the soccer field with a 6-0 standing this season. The Half Hollow Hills West team recently conquered Huntington, 20, on Sept. 27, and took out Comsewogue, 3-0, on Saturday. At Huntington, junior center midfielder Cody Cao scored one for the team along with sophomore Kobie Fraser. At Comsewogue, junior forward Jaylan White and sophomore midfielder Joshua Koval each scored, and Fraser’s final

goal gave the team a 2-0 lead in League IV. Senior goalkeeper David Golinowski had 4 saves during the game, granting him his third straight shutout this season. According to Coach Doug Gannon, the Colts typically place within the top 20 teams in the state. With 44 consecutive wins since October 2008, the team expects to follow through with their top 20 placement and hopes to advance from its current No. 12 spot. The team will face off against their toughest rivals, Deer Park, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4.

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