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VOL. 18, ISSUE 17

Red, white and blue flew proudly on the grounds of the Fran Greenspan Administration Center last weekend in a display prepared by students of the Half Hollow Hills School District. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, students in the school district’s Senior Experience Program planted hundreds of U.S. flags in a solemn formation on the front lawn of the administration center, which is located on Half Hollow Road in Dix Hills. The display was meant to honors the military, veterans and first responders who have protected and defended the country. MELVILLE

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Residents: We Need A Supermarket By Jano Tantongco jtantongco@longislandergroup.com

With a shell of a defunct Waldbaum’s store sitting vacant in the Melville Mall since last year, nearby residents have lost a nearby convenience and are instead traveling elsewhere for their supermarket needs. Last October, mall landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust bid on and won back the lease of the former Waldbaum’s space from Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. This came after A&P filed for bankruptcy, prompting a (Continued on page A38)

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After the Waldbaum’s in the Melville Mall on Walt Whitman Road closed last year, nearby residents have been left without a nearby, big-name supermarket and are instead traveling elsewhere for groceries.

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TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

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A Brentwood man has been arrested and charged for killing a Bay Shore man in Huntington village last week, Suffolk police said. Samuel White, 32, of Brentwood, was charged with first-degree manslaughter less than a day after police allege he killed 39-year-old Edwin Rivera on May 25. White was arraigned at First District Court in Islip the next day. Police said White was arrested at 4:55 p.m., but did not provide further details. Two pedestrians found Rivera bloodied, unconscious and lying next to his 2015 Mercedes on Clinton Avenue near Mary Carroll’s pup at around 3 a.m., according to police. The driver’s side door of the vehicle was open, and it was parked facing southbound on Clinton, a one-way northbound street. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad brought Rivera to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Kevin Beyrer, detective lieutenant commanding officer of the department’s homicide squad, said during interviews with the press that Rivera’s face was bloodied when he

Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the Suffolk Police Homicide Squad, details the investigation into the murder of a 39-year-old Bay Shore man on Clinton Avenue in Huntington village last week.

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Arrest Made In Village Murder Investigation

Suffolk police arrested Samuel White, inset, last week for allegedly killing 39-year-old Edwin Rivera in Huntington village on the morning of May 25. Above, police investigate the crime scene. was found. Beyrer said police are treating the investigation as a homicide, and police later confirmed that Rivera’s death was ruled criminal. Beyrer said Mary Carroll's was “uninvolved” with the investigation. Cheryl Borden, 49, who lives nearby, was shocked when she passed by the scene on the morning of the investigation. “This is a great town,” she said. “Up in Huntington Station is bad, and they’ve been doing crackdowns. But down here in the village?” Borden continued, “This is a

walking town with a lot of families and people walking their dogs. It’s very scary.” Police said Rivera’s body was turned over to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. A Suffolk police spokeswoman said in an email last week that the case is “not connected” to a second investigation being conducted by police involving a man who was found dead in Huntington Station on My 22. In the second case, William Sarcenolima, 33, of Huntington Sta-

tion, was found partially in the roadway on West Hills Road between 7th and 8th avenues at around 4 a.m. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad brought Sarcenolima to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was also turned over to the Suffolk Medical Examiner. Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392, or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220TIPS.


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TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

LGBT Network President Defends Parade Cancellation

David Kilmnick, inset, president of the LGBT Network, is defending the network’s decision to cancel this year’s L.I. Pride parade in Huntington, citing safety issues, cost and a desire to retool the structure of the parade. The annual pride festival will still be hosted in Heckscher Park on June 11. By Jano Tantongco jtantongco@longislandergroup.com

David Kilmnick, president of the LGBT Network, has defended the decision to cancel this year’s L.I. Pride parade in Huntington, citing safety issues, cost and a desire to retool the structure of the parade. “We still feel the parade is important and necessary, but it needs to be done in a different way,” he said, emphasizing that it was not cancelled permanently, but will be happening next year to retool the event and address safety concerns. While this year’s parade is cancelled, the annual pride festival will be hosted in Heckscher Park on June 11. Kilmnick added, “It’s our responsibility when we’re bringing out 15,000 people to Huntington to make sure that everyone is safe.” After rumors circulated that the parade was not happening, Kilmnick posted a letter to the organization’s website, explaining that safety concerns prompted the cancellation. After this, LGBT community members created a Facebook page to speak out against the move. The group, LI LGBTQA+, plans to host a Visibility Walk on June 12, one day after festival in Huntington is scheduled. In article published by Long Islander News last month, LGBT advocates Erinn Furey and Tom Verni claim that Kilmnick and the LGBT Network are monetizing the event. Both said the network is discarding the efforts of advocates who worked to institute LI Pride to begin with. The annual event has been held in Huntington since 1991. In that same year, Kilmnick was one of three event organizers to appear in court, forcing the Town of Huntington to grant a permit to host the first pride parade after it was initially denied.

Kilmnick said that putting the festival, alone, is resource intensive, typically requiring outsourced security guards and over 100 volunteers. “If you’re going to have a quality festival that people want to come to, you have to be able to have resources for that,” he said. Kilmnick also said that the parade usually costs $10,000 to put on. He also said that, before the network took over production of the parade, spectatorship had been dwindling. After that, attendance spiked from 3,000 to 15,000, he said. Kilmnick also said many parade goers also attended the festival in the park afterward, claiming the festival is the main draw of attention. Furey and Verni also criticized the network for shortening the route of the parade, and for moving the event from a Sunday to a Saturday. In response to the route, Kilmnick said that business owners appealed to the network, saying they didn’t want the streets closed, impeding sales. He disagreed with that thinking, “You’re going to have 11,000 people in this town. Take advantage of it. To me, that’s a smart business decision.” As for the move from Sunday to Saturday, Kilmnick said hosting the event on Saturday gives it more visibility, referring an event relegated to Sunday as “marching in a big closet.” Kilmnick also provided an explanation for why LGBT Network Social Media Manager Adam Lombardi filed a report with Suffolk police after Furey made a post to the network’s Facebook page expressing anger with the cancellation of this year’s parade. Kilmnick said the network wasn’t considering filing such a report. He said Town of Huntington officials instructed the network to report any suspicion of threat, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may be.

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POLICE REPORT Compiled By Jano Tantongco

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June… This month seems to be a popular

the future no longer walked and simply propelled themselves on motormonth for many, especially the schoolchildren. ized chairs featuring all their And, it’s also that time again for us to dive into beloved touchscreens and the etymology behind the name. In Old English, gadgets not yet known. I’m all the term simply meant “midIN THE KNOW for progress, but I think we summer month,” according to WITH AUNT ROSIE should stop and ask ourselves the Dictionary.com blog. But, how far is too far? And bedigging a little deeper, the sides, they don’t even actually month of June derives from the Latin, Iunius, hover! which meant sacred to the Roman goddess Juno. Interestingly, she was known as the patron godClean Up After Pups Please… As an anidess of marriages and childbirth. Summer wedmal lover myself, I understand the importance of dings, as popular as they are, may have started bringing your dog with you to take a brisk walk as a tradition based on the lore that those celein the village on those sunny days. I also underbrating their weddings in June would be particustand the importance of having clean streets and larly blessed. I have had the pleasure of seeing not having unwanted substance on the bottom of many weddings over the course of my life. Each my shoe. If you bring your dog out and he or one has its own unique beauty, but there’s nothshe has a little accident, please clean up after ing like a summer wedding to ring in the season. them. The other day, I was walking to my car So, next time you’re attending a wedding during and almost sprained my leg to dodge a pile of this month, feel free to relish in the extra ausdog doo that I nearly stepped in. I’m not Ladainpices! ian Tomlinson, so that sudden side step took a lot of energy out of an ol’ lady. For those who Hoverboards… So, what’s the deal with are unaware that it is dog-walking season, bethese new fangled contraptions called hoverware. I’m sure you don’t want to track someboards? I’m starting to see more and more peothing stinky in your car and in your home. ple riding these devices down sidewalks, and I just can’t make up my mind about them. Even at my age, I consider myself an advocate for tech(Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you nology. When we threw away our rotary phones, have comments, ideas, or tips about what’s hapI was the first among my friends to champion pening in your neck of the woods, write to me tothe touch tone. But, there’s something about day and let me know the latest. To contact me, these two-wheeled mini-vehicles that remind me drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, of something concerning. I once watched the 14 Wall Street, Huntington NY 11743. Or try the Pixar film, “Wall-E,” with my grandchildren and e-mail at auntrosie@longislandergroup.com) was thoroughly disturbed when the humans of

Pup Of The Week: Daphne Photo courtesy of Huntington Animal Shelter

Up for free adoption at the Huntington Animal Shelter (106 Deposit Road, East Northport) this week (through June 8) is Daphne, a 5-year-old lab-pit bull mix. Daphne is very people-friendly. She is very dog tolerant, though, so she would do best in a home without children or other animals.

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TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

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Before a statue of his role model, Theodore Roosevelt, and a group of supporters, James Gaughran denounced the corruption of government officials in Albany. The current Suffolk County Water Authority chairman, and former Huntington Town councilman, compared the status of Albany today to that of the 19th and 20th century when the infamously corrupt Tammany Hall reigned. Roosevelt fought against that institution in his early political career. And Gaughran said last week that he plans to fight a similar battle this election season as he runs for the seat in the state’s 5th Senate District. “I’m going up there and we’re going to take them on,” he said. “The cost of this corruption is felt most by Long Island taxpayers and especially the kids of Long Island who go to public schools and are being shortchanged on education funding that they desperately need.” Gaughran, of Northport, hopes to unseat Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), who has held the seat since 1995. The 5th Senate district encompasses an area from Glen Cove to the Smithtown border primarily from the LIE north, and includes most of the Town of Huntington. While he launched the campaign from Oyster Bay – Marcellino’s home base – Gaughran is well known within the Huntington township. He served as a Huntington councilman from 1984-1987. He was then elected to the Suffolk County Legislature, where he remained from 1988-1993. Gaughran, who also runs his own private practice as an attorney, has been Suffolk’s Water Authority chairman since 2010. Rich Shaffer, chairman of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee, which has officially backed Gaughran, said in a statement that Gaughran would be a “different kind of Democratic state Senator,” one that “will fight corruption in Albany, and take on New York City Democrats and Mayor DeBlasio when he has to, to protect the interests of Long Island.” Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), who is running for the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, also supported Gaughran’s run. “I would say that Jim is the right man at the right time,” he said. “We need to clean up Albany because New Yorkers are furious with rampant corruption.” Gaughran emphasized that his plat-

James Gaughran, Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman and a former Huntington councilman, is running for the 5th Senate District seat, challenging Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino. form would focus on issues including banning outside income for state legislators; prohibiting politicians, officials and candidates from spending campaign funds for personal use; eliminating backroom deals in Albany; and empowering local voters to remove officials who damage municipal credit ratings in corrupt dealings. “Everything is done behind closed doors. Budgets are passed with very little time. We need to have full public debates,” Gaughran said. Gaughran also vowed to keep Long Island a priority, unlike “people in the legislature that promote New York City at the expense of Long Island,” he said. This resonated with Sherry Pavone, 40, of Northport, who attended Gaughran’s campaign announcement and said she wants a candidate free from New York City influence. She added, “I’ve known Mr. Gaughran for many years. He is the epitome of an honest politician -they’re very rare.” Responding to a new candidate in the running, incumbent Marcellino responded Tuesday. “Every two years, I have an opponent. This time is no different,” he said in a statement. “I am honored to serve the people of the 5th Senate District and, over the next few months, I will be asking for their continued support and confidence.” State Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), who previously worked as a legislative assistant for Marcellino, threw his support behind the incumbent in an interview Tuesday. Raia said Marcellino has “always represented the district with zeal.” Raia added, “He’s done a fine job championing the interests and concerns that are important to the folks.”

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History Worth Marking Earlier this week an historical marker Whitman’s day is now part of the Gerard was unveiled near the spot where Walt Street parking lot. The otherwise nondeWhitman first produced his newspaper, script location now sports a large plaque The Long-Islander. The marker reads: noting the spot’s relevance to local history, THE LONG-ISLANDER. The Long- and, in particular, in journalism’s history. Islander newspaper was founded by Walt Late in his life, Whitman described Whitman in a barn on this block in 1838. It The Long-Islander as his “first real venis still published nearby. — Press Club of ture.” While his legacy to the world was LI 2016. his groundbreaking poetry, he also left a The marker is one of hunlegacy to Huntington, the dreds produced by the Town EDITORIAL newspaper which he founded Historian’s office that call in 1838. attention to locations of historical signifiWhitman’s newspaper was an all-concance. This one came about thanks to the suming, start-to-finish job. He gathered the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter news, wrote the stories, composed the of the Society of Professional Journalists, as paper, literally one letter at a time, inked part of an ongoing project to mark places sig- the forms and pulled the copies one sheet nificant in the history of journalism on Long at a time. And when it was done, he Island. The Press Club donated the funds to hitched his horse Nina to a cart and delivproduce the marker, and the Town Historian, ered the paper to his readers. working with the Huntington Historical Financial success eluded Whitman and he Society and Walt Whitman Birthplace, pin- soon sold the publication, but continued pointed the location to be marked. working as a journalist for papers such as The barn from which Walt Whitman, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Under subsequent then a journeyman typesetter, produced his owners, The Long-Islander thrived and connewspaper, The Long-Islander, stood tinues to play in important role in keeping behind a stonecutter’s shop on Main residents informed of important news. Street. The barn was later moved, and, We’re proud to be a part of that legacy, after falling into disrepair, was eventually and to continue it as a tradition of good jourrazed. The area where it stood in nalism ongoing for nearly two centuries.

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‘Lead By Example’ This Summer Dear Editor, It’s that time of year again: My office is accepting applications from high school and college students from the Huntington area (ages 15 and up) interested in participating in the 5th Annual “Lead by Example” summer internship program! “Lead by Example” is an initiative coordinated

through my office that seeks to connect students with local businesses for a six-week summer internship experience. This program has successfully made more than 80 matches over the past four years, and gives students from all backgrounds opportunities to learn, network and obtain experience in a real-life work environment. Time and again, these unpaid internship opportunities have proven to be successful in helping participants culti-

vate the necessary work and communication skills they will need in the future. This year’s program will run from July 11 to August 19. If you are interested in applying, or have any questions, please contact my office as soon as possible at 631-854-4500. WILLIAM R. SPENCER Suffolk County Legislator (D-18th District) Centerport

Dear Editor: I would like to respond to the letter entitled “What Is This Town Coming To,” posted May 26. I am a good Christian, and a liberal democrat, who realizes people have opinions and lifestyles that are different than mine. I don’t always agree with them, but as a good Christian I was raised to embrace all people and not to ostracize, marginalize and oppress those who are different from me. A young woman who is an Atheist says “Thank you” and that’s an example of being fresh? Having pink or blue hair (with a belly showing) causes a reaction of “where are their parents?”

It bewilders me why Mrs. Deltan, and the other “good Christians” like herself, believe it is “BS” to embrace a world that is full of difference. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. It’s presumptuous to say “Merry Christmas” to everybody. It’s joyful to say “Happy Holidays” – that covers it for all! Your hair is blue? You are an Atheist? You don’t celebrate Christmas? Those things don’t make this country bad, they make this country great; a place that is full of difference living in peace. Stop sullying the name of good Christians and give yourselves a title that more suits your beliefs. I for one hope God blesses us all. ALICIA WESTON USIS Huntington

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Marisa Vitali’s story isn’t just about the struggles of drug addiction. It’s about triumph, and perseverance to overcome her greatest challenge in life, drug addiction. The Northport native is sharing her story through “Grace,” a short film inspired by her first year clean from heroin addiction. “With the film, I really wanted to start a conversation about recovery, and bridge the gap between addicts and non-addicts,” Vitali, who wrote, produced and stars in the film, said. “Since we’ve been screening it, people have come together to share their own experiences with addiction -sometimes for the first time, and getting comfortable with that.” Vitali portrays the film’s main character, Janice, a waitress at the Depot Diner who is faced with the challenge of gaining custody of her daughter, Grace, while trying to survive her first year clean. “My first year clean was probably one of the hardest and most challenging times in my life,” Vitali said. “It’s the first time you’re faced with all these feelings of guilt, shame, remorse, resentment, anger, pain and you don’t have a drink or a drug to hide behind so you have to face all those things and not use.” The film was released in May 2015. Vitali has partnered with the North-

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‘Grace,’ A Story About Overcoming Addiction

Northport native Marisa Vitali tell her story of overcoming addiction in short film “Grace,” which she starred in, produced and wrote. port-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force to screen “Grace” at the John W. Engeman Theater on Tuesday at 7 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and silent auctions will benefit nonprofit community agency Youth Directions and Alternatives. The task force was instrumental in helping Vitali film “Grace” in Northport village three years, she said. Vitali said the film's important message is: “We do recover. It’s not always about the problem. If we can all be a little more compassionate around the nature of addiction and we can talk

Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport Village is one setting in short film “Grace,” a story inspired by Northport native Marisa Vitali’s first year clean from heroin addiction.

about a solution as opposed to problem, there won’t be as much of a problem.” Growing up, Vitali attended Northport High School around the time her battle with addiction began. She requested that her age and year of graduation not be published. For Vitali, her addiction started as a progression. She said her first sip of alcohol came in junior high school, eventually growing older and growing into the party said. She started using drugs as she got more and more ingrained that scene, she said. “The ‘party’ ended as I eventually progressed to heroin during my last year of college,” Vitali said. “Then your world slowly becomes smaller and smaller, and you end up using to live and living to use. She added, “It becomes a very narrow existence.” Vitali said she felt “hopeless,” “delusional,” and didn’t think getting clean was even a possible. However, she eventually began her journey toward becoming clean, spending three months in rehab, and then a year in an outpatient program in Huntington Station. Now clean for nearly 15 years, Vitali is sharing her story through “Grace.” The film has earned several awards,

including a win for Vitali as “Best Actress in A Short Film” at this year’s Queens World Film Festival. Other awards came in 2015, including best drama at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival; the audience award for best short film at the Long Island International Film Expo; and the raising awareness award at the Golden Door International Film Festival. Vitali is primarily an actress, graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in drama. She said her acting teacher inspired her to start writing the script for “Grace” after motivating students to be proactive and tell their own stories. Vitali wrote the script the next day and began producing the film six months later. Also cast in the 13-and-a-halfminute long film are Alysia Reiner, known for her role in “Orange is a New Black;” Zach Grenier, known for his role in “The Good Wife;” Chris Kerson, known for his role in “True Detective;” and Stephanie Brait, known for her role in “I Just Want My Pants Back.” “Grace” was filmed, in part, at Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport Village. Filming also took place in Manhattan. On showing the film in her hometown, Vitali said she is “super excited.” “I mean it’s really kind of a homecoming of sorts, to be able to come full circle and to screen in Northport,” she said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be able to do that.” Tickets for next week’s showing at Engeman Theater are available for $10-$30 at the box office, or from Engemantheater.com. VIP tickets ($30) include a meet-and-greet with Vitali and food supplied by Tim’s. Vitali is also in the process of putting together a lesson plan for the film so it could be distributed to health curriculums and potentially used as a teaching tool to speak to the nature of addiction and recovery. “I feel like I’m just a vehicle in this, it’s not about me,” Vitali said. “If I can share this message with as many people and if I can touch one person with this message then my job is done.”


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After serving three years in the army, Irving Weiss earned the rank of sergeant major of the 95th Infantry Division’s 358 Field Artillery Battalion, and earned several unit medals, including two bronze stars for distinguished service. By Janee Law jlaw@longislandergroup.com

World War II veteran Irving Weiss, of the 95th Infantry Division Artillery, said the primary danger artillerymen faced during the war was being hit with enemy bombshells. They were typically indicated by a sound, not sight, Weiss, 94, of Dix Hills, said. “You can’t see anything,” he said. “But it has to be a shell. As soon as you hear that you're being shelled, you take cover.” When the sound goes away, he continued, “then you resume what you were doing.” Although Weiss was never been hit by a shell -- and for that he’s grateful -- he said there were many men in his unit who were wounded, if not killed, by a shell. Weiss eventually returned home from his three-year stint overseas, utilizing the GI Bill to attend Columbia University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in literature in 1948. He married his wife Ann, had four children and was worked as an English professor at SUNY New Paltz for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. Today, when the New York City native thinks back on the war, he remembers fondly the diversity that surrounded him in his unit. “I met more interesting people in the three years when I was in the

army than I can think of in any time of three years,” Weiss said. “Being in the army was one of the greatest experiences of my life.” But he was hesitant to join at first, he said. After graduating from James Madison Brooklyn High School in 1939, he enrolled for one year at Brooklyn College. He transferred to the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. After school was over, Weiss was drafted into the army at 20 years old. “I remember I did not want to be drafted,” he said. “I had a fellowship to study Latin and Greek at the University of Iowa, and I had to give it up.” He continued, “My life was ruined and, with adolescent egotism, I didn’t know what I would do. I felt terrible.” An only child, Weiss said his parents were in tears the day he was drafted. His father, a veteran of World War I, knew what his son was going to face in war. After basic training in upstate New York, Weiss was sent to join his outfit of 15,000 men in San Antonio. Weiss experienced two years of training in several terrains, including California for desert training; Louisiana, where battle was simulated for soldiers at the Louisiana Maneuvers; and West Virginia for mountain training. In May 1944, Weiss’ division was sent overseas to England.

World War II veteran Irving Weiss holds a book detailing the history of the 95th Infantry Division, which served in during the war. “We stayed in England until after the June 6 invasion, and we landed about two weeks after,” Weiss said. Using dock landing ships to travel across the English Channel, the soldiers landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. They marched straight into 2.5-ton trucks, and were transported to southern France, where they were assigned to George Patton’s third army. “I remember being scared with a feeling of general apprehension,” Weiss said about arriving to the beach. “But we had to be alert, and active, because we didn’t know what was going on. And, at that time, I was simply a private.” As part of the artillery, Weiss handled firing off howitzers, a weapon that uses trigonometry to target a specific area in the field so it can go over the heads of the infantry fighting on the front lines. Weiss said his unit is most commonly known for its efforts in the Battle of the Metz, from which earned the nickname “Iron Men of Metz.” “One unit was almost completely decimated because they couldn’t find a way to get into the castle -an old medieval castle, it had all kinds of protection,” Weiss said. “So we were called in as the next unit, and we accomplished it. We were famous for capturing the city of Metz.”

The artillery kept a safe distance between the infantry, who would send commands to fire the howitzers overhead through a wire system, Weiss said. For the remainder of the war, Weiss and his unit continued to push the Germans back, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge before Germany surrendered in 1945. Weiss moved up the ranks, earning the rank of sergeant major of the 95th Infantry Division’s 358 Field Artillery Battalion. He also earned several unit medals, including two bronze stars for distinguished service.


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A Taste Of The 2016 Dining Guide The sun is shining, temperature is rising and skies are clear in Huntington as summertime draws ever closer. What better way to celebrate the wonderful weather than with a day or night filled with great food and drink in the restaurant capital of Long Island? Huntington offers one of the most diverse restaurant selections on the island, constantly supplying something different for foodies to munch on for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Find below a taste of what Huntington has to offer, and continue inside this issue for Long Islander News’ annual Summer Dining Guide to Huntington. 7T8 78 Main St., Northport 631-651-8808 On the menu: Shrimp Fra Diavolo, extralarge tender white shrimp with caramelized cippolini onions, plum tomatoes, hot peppers, lemon zest, dry sherry and butter sauce over cavatelli Bistro Cassis 55B Wall St., Huntington 631-4214122 On the menu: Sandwich du Boucher, sliced steak, caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese

Bin 56 56 Stewart Ave., Huntington 631-812-0060 On the menu: Coconut shrimp, served with sweet chili sauce Bistro 44 44 Main St., Northport 631-262-9744 On the menu: Lobster over Spinach Ravioli, served with shallots, herbs and cream Café Buenos Aires 23 Wall St., Huntington 631-603-3600 On the menu: New York Strip Steak, grilled Argentine style steak served with roasted potatoes and vegetables

The Ravioli di Rabe at Cinque Terre is the perfect dish for pasta lovers. Christopher’s 8 Wall St., Huntington 631-271-0111 On the menu: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, sliced beef sautéed with onions, topped with cheddar and served with fries and slaw Cinque Terre Ristorante 872 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station 631-923-1255

Neraki has a Georgie lunch special that is savory and tasteful in all the right ways. On the menu: Triofe Monterosso, homemade triofe pasta sautéed with sundried tomatoes, pesto, and Pecorino Romano cheese H2O 215 W Main St., Smithtown 631-361-6464 On the menu: H2O Roll, shrimp tempura, cucumber, spicy tuna, eel sauce and spicy mayo Jonathan's Ristorante 15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055 On the menu: Gilled Sirloin Burger, Swiss cheese, tomato, onion and arugula served with fries La Piazza 512 Walt Whitman Road, Melville 631-425-0500 On the menu: Linguine Al Cartoccio, shrimp, crumbled sweet sausage, Sambuca-infused creamy pink sauce, baked and served in a foil pouch Masalah Grill 195 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-271-1700 On the menu: Chicken Tikka Platter, Tandoori chicken sauté in a pan with onions, tomatoes, capsicum and seasoned with spices over basmati rice and topped with signature sauces Neraki 273 Main St., Huntington 631-385-3474 On the menu: The Georgie, grilled chicken, red peppers, feta, and balsamic vinegar on grilled pita

The truffle aroma wafts from the plate of Maiale con Vegetali Tartufati at Jonathan’s Ristorante.

Prime 117 New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 On the menu: Seared Yellowfin Tuna, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno buerre blanc and olive tapenade

Storyville’s shrimp and grits can leave diners thinking about grits for days. Sandbar 55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor 631-498-6188 On the menu: Grilled Swordfish, edamame, peas, potatoes, grilled ramps and creole emulsion Storyville American Table 43 Green St., Huntington 631-351-3446 On the menu: Shrimp and Grits, jumbo gulf shrimp sautéed with bacon, scallions, white wine and cream, served over stone-ground sharp cheddar cheese grits Zaro’s Café 135 W Jericho Trpk, Huntington Station 631-271-4478 On the menu: Gyro Platter, sliced seasoned lamb and beef over rice with grilled roasted peppers, fresh mushrooms, red onions, and served with Greek salad and side of Tzatziki or red onion sauce


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American Table (43 Green St., Huntington, 631-351-3446) is hosting a special event prior to tonight’s Bourbon Street Bash show down the block at The Paramount theater. One complementary Hurricane drink or appetizer will be supplied to ticketholders before the show, which will feature New Orleansbred rock and roll band Cowboy Mouth and special guests The Grave Jinglers and Quarter Horse. The IMC Restaurant in Huntington has introduced a prix-fix menu featuring three restaurant is open 5-8 p.m. tonight, courses and a wine for $24.95. and the show is expected to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the choice of Riff Pinot Grigio, Nicolas short ribs with spring vegetable box office, or online at paramount- Malbec, Nicolas Pinot Noir or Aus- risotto; and lobster linguine with ny.com, for $15-$35. picion Cabernet to drink. For the lobster bisque sauce and cherry first course, IMC is offering tomato tomatoes. But make sure to leave MENU OF THANKS: IMC Restaurant salad, quinoa salad, duck salad, some room for dessert, which in(279 Main St., Huntington, 631-824- wedge salad or burrata. Customers cludes s’mores, mouthwatering 6222) has introduced a “Great Deal can get their fill during the second cheesecake or donuts. The menu is of Thanks” prix-fixe menu featuring course, which includes an 8 oz filet available 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays a three-course meal with wine pair- mignon with a choice of creamed through Thursdays and Sundays ing for $24.95. Customers get a spinach or mashed potatoes; braised from 4-9 p.m.


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AVIATION

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Prepping for his aerobatic flight last week, Cold Spring Harbor High School student Alex Monaghan sat calmly and confidently as worldrenowned pilot Sean Tucker explained he would be experienced Gforces, subjecting his body to forces several times his own weight. “I’m not worried at all,” said the confident Monaghan, sporting a chin strap tan that he got from playing lacrosse. Tucker routinely experiences up to 10 Gs in his own air shows, which equates to pressure equivalent to 10 times one’s body weight. “I’m not going to do that, unless you want it,” Tucker joked. “Give it a shot,” quipped Laurel, Monaghan’s mother. The 14-year-old eighth grader got his opportunity to fly with the pro last Thursday, after being selected for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, which is chaired by Tucker. The Young Eagles program allows youths to apply for free flights, introducing them to aviation with one of the EAA’s pilots. Monaghan applied for the program after his mom caught wind of it from researching the Jones Beach Air Show in Wantagh. The family learned then that not only was Monaghan accepted, but he would soon be flying with Tucker himself. Showing up at the SheltAir avia-

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Eighth Grader Soars As ‘Young Eagle’

Cold Spring Harbor High School student Alex Monaghan spread his wings, flying with aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker, named a “Living Legend of Flight, by the Smithsonian Institution. tion hangar at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Monaghan sat with his mother to discuss preparation with Tucker. Tucker advised Monaghan to tense his muscles while experiencing G-force to prevent too much blood from flowing away from his head, possibly inducing unconsciousness. Strapping in, Monaghan boarded the aerobatic plane, an Extra Flugzeugbau EA300, weighing just

Alex Monaghan found himself earning his first set of wings as a Young Eagle with the legendary pilot Sean Tucker, who celebrates this year the 40th anniversary of his very first air show.

1,400 pounds. After a short taxi on the runway, Tucker and Monaghan took off. Monaghan rode in the front with a steering stick all of his own. Tucker emitted a smoke trail from the plane, making a guiding path for the newly minted pilot to follow. This let him perform barrel rolls, dives and pull-ups, with Tucker handling the throttle. Laurel flew aboard an open-door chase plane, seeing her son fly in such a plane for the first time. After about 20 minutes of aerobatics, the pair returned to Earth, with Monaghan visibly exhausted, but still all smiles. “You’re a tough kid,” Tucker exclaimed, adding that the body isn’t adapted to handling G-forces. Monaghan weighs 165 pounds. So, experiencing up to 3 Gs, he weighed three times that, 495 pounds. Tucker also explained that when flying upside down, which they also did, one’s body experiences negative G-force, resulting in weighing less than one’s normal weight. His mother hugged him and was just as elated as he was. “I’m so proud of you. I can’t believe you did all the cool stuff,” she said. Monaghan is now a member of the EAA and can enroll in free flight classes to further his aviation education. He recounted that as a child, his favorite toy was an air-

With pilot Sean Tucker on the throttle, Alex Monaghan wielded his own control stick, performing aerial acrobatics like barrel rolls, dives and pull-ups. craft carrier. “The aerobatics were so much fun,” said Monaghan. “I’m just tired right now.” “What’s really fun is to share flight with a young kid cause it lights that spark within. It presses their buttons to dream. And, Alex had a blast.” “I’m really joyful in my job, and to share the magic of flight with Alex is an honor for me.” Tucker, who has 26,000 hours of flight time under his belt, said he’s “still learning the art form.” He’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of flying his first airshow and flew in the Jones Beach airshow, which took place over Memorial Day weekend.


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DINING GUIDE With summertime rapidly approaching, our local Town of Huntington restaurants are serving up some fantastic dishes! Inside Long Islander News’ 2016 Summer Dining Guide are some of the finest offerings that Huntington has to offer, with menu items, special promotions, and more right at your fingertips. No matter what you are craving – whether it’s American, European, Asian, Latin American cuisine – the restaurants featured inside are sure to electrify your palate. Without a doubt, Huntington sports an incredible culture around our unparalleled dining establishments. So bring your appetite, enjoy the season, Dine Huntington in these exciting months and begin your summer dining exploration.

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20th Annual Garden Party Is Next Week By Janee Law jlaw@longislandergroup.com

Several local high school students and philanthropist Caroline Monti Saladino are expected to be honored during the 20th annual Garden Party at Oheka Castle, which will be hosted next week by Friends of Oheka, a nonprofit that works to preserve the Huntington castle. The local high school students are expected to be honored with the Otto Kahn Award, an honor bestowed upon talented artists. Kahn, a 20th-century investment banker and art patron, was the original builder of Oheka Castle -- which is currently owned by political power broker Gary Melius. The seven high school seniors are David Gabriel Lerner, of Half Hollow Hills High School East; Emma Kowalchuk, of Harborfields High School; Dylan DelGiudice, Aaron Feltman, and Caroline Tonks, of Huntington High School; and Dayna Ambrosio and Olivia Galante, of Northport High School. The student will also receive a

scholarship of $2,500 to continue their education in the arts. Since its inception, Friends of Oheka has provided more than $125,000 in scholarships funded through the annual Garden Party. Saladino, of Cold Spring Harbor, has been the president of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation since 2005. During the Garden Party, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on June 8, Saladino is set to be honored with Friends of Oheka’s first-ever Humanitarian Award. The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation was founded by Saladino’s parents in 1972 to honor their son Don who died at 16 years old from acute myeloblastic leukaemia. The family organization has funded millions to support hospitals and research centers like North Shore University Hospital, the Joseph & Tita Monti Research Center in Cold Spring Harbor and the Don Monti Cancer Center at Huntington Hospital, which was recently created. The Garden Party will offer wine, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and

The 20th annual Garden Party at Oheka Castle is scheduled for 5 p.m., June 8. dessert. Prizes and gift baskets will also be raffled away. And special performances will be given by the Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band; the Walt Whitman High School Chamber Orchestra; and past and present Otto Kahn Award recipients. Friends of Oheka began in 1996

to support Melius’ restoration efforts to protect, preserve and raise awareness of the architectural treasure. Oheka Castle is located at 135 West Gate Drive. General admission tickets are $125. Reserving a table of 10 is $1,000. For more information, call 631-367-2570.


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Health &Wellness Can You Get A Spectacular Smile Faster? By Dr. Inna Gellerman info@longislandergroup.com

Advances in orthodontics have made significant differences in the precision of teeth alignment and they have also had a dramatic impact on the amount of time it takes to achieve a spectacular smile. There are several options available today. One of the most dramatic changes to orthodontics has to do with the use of robotics. SureSmile is a system that makes straightening teeth more precise, accurate and faster than traditional braces. The SureSmile system was developed out of technology used for 3D printers. It uses a detailed image created by a 3D computer that maps out individual tooth movements to create a treatment plan. Custom arch wires are then created by a robotic system to achieve

extraordinary levels of accuracy. Other devices used to accelerate orthodontic treatment are used after braces are placed on the teeth, and they can also be used with aligners. These appliances have received FDA approval and have been used in the U.S. for a number of years, so safety is not an issue. They do require prescriptions from orthodontists, to be sure that they are properly used. Two of the most popular appliances that can accelerate your spectacular smile are Acceledent Aura and Propel Orthodontics. Our office offers both so that we may provide our patients with the care that is best suited for them. Propel Orthodontics works by stimulating bone remodeling, which helps the teeth move into alignment faster. Propel works with the body’s own biology to stimulate the bone surrounding the teeth, which helps the teeth move faster into their best position. There’s no recovery time, very little

discomfort, and patients love knowing they are reducing their time in braces. The Acceledent Aura system is different and equally effective system. This is a simple appliance that the patient wears for 20 minutes a day that rests comfortably in the mouth, almost like a mouth guard. Tiny vibrations, known as micropulses, are sent to the teeth through the appliance, which very gently accelerates the movement of the teeth. How else can you accelerate your spectacular smile? One of the most basic things for orthodontic patients to know is that they are a big part of their own treatment. It’s so important that patients wear their appliances, whatever they are using, exactly as directed. If rubber bands are part of a treat-

ment plan, leaving the rubber bands off when you are supposed to wear them will only extend the amount of time that the braces need to be worn. Retainers need to be worn as directed. Another big factor is coming to appointments. The appointments are usually not very long, but they are where the orthodontist and her team make sure that your teeth are moving in the right way, make any necessary adjustments, and make sure that patients are following directions. Dr. Inna Gellerman is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. She founded Gellerman Orthodontics, in Huntington, in 2003, and is actively involved with many community organizations.

Autoimmune Disease Treatment Alternatives By David Dunaief, M.D info@longislandergroup.com

Autoimmune diseases affect approximately 14-22 million Americans, with 78 percent of them women, studies show. More than 80 conditions have autoimmunity implications, according to the National Institutes of Health. A few are rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, thyroid disorders, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. With autoimmune diseases, the immune system inappropriately attacks organs, cells and tissues, causing chronic inflammation. Thus, inflammation is the main consequence, and it is the theme tying these diseases together. Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases tend to cluster; once you have one, you are much more likely to acquire others. Drug Treatments The mainstay of treatment is immunosuppressives. For example, the typical RA drug regimen includes methotrexate and TNF-alpha inhibitors, like Remicade (infliximab). These therapies are thought to help reduce the underlying inflammation by suppressing the immune system and interfering with inflammatory factors such as TNF (tumor necrosis factor) alpha. Diseasemodifying RA drugs may slow or stop

the progression of joint destruction and increase physical functioning. According to its package insert, Remicade reduces C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation, significantly compared to placebo. But there are several concerning factors with these drugs. First, the side effect profile is substantial. It includes the risk of cancers, opportunistic infections and death, according to the label’s black box warning. Opportunistic infections include diseases like tuberculosis and invasive fungal infections. It is no surprise that suppressing the immune system would increase infection rates. Nor is it surprising that cancer rates would increase; the immune system helps fend off malignancies. One study showed that after 10 years of therapy, cancer risk increased approximately fourfold with immunosuppressives. Second, these drugs were tested and approved using short-term randomized clinical trials, although many patients take them for 20 or more years. Remicade was approved with approximately two years of data. Third, when you treat one inflammatory factor, it throws off homeostasis, inviting other problems. I definitely think drugs have a role. I recommend that if you need to be on immunosuppressive drugs, take the lowest dose for a short interval – at most, the study period length– to avoid (Continued on page A30)


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THURSDAY Alternatives For Children Golf & Tennis Outing

Alternatives For Children will host its 11th annual golf and tennis outing on Thursday, June 2, at the Huntington Crescent Club (15 Washington Drive). Golf registration runs $400-$1,600 depending on party size, and include luncheon, awards dinner, green fees and cart. Tennis registration is $275 per person, and includes a round robin tournament, use of equipment, a one-hour clinic with the club’s pros, brunch, cocktail hour and dinner. Sponsors can register as a foursome, or single golfer. Cocktail hour and dinner is $125. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit Alternatives4children.org.

Calendar

David Amram Performing

David Amram, a widely acclaimed artist in several musical genres, will close out the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s current season of First Saturday Concerts on June 4 at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, Centerport). The 8:30 p.m. concert, during which other musicians will join him, will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $25 ($20 for FMSH members) may be purchased online at Fmsh.org using a credit card or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the FMSH website or call 631-425-2925.

SUNDAY Improvisations On Chopin

A concert by Alex Pryrodny is slated for 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at St. John’s Episcopal Church (12 Prospect St., Huntington). A meet the artist reception will immediately follow the show. Advanced ticket purchase is $20; at the door is $25. Or become a patron (4 tickets, $100) with a listing as a patron in the program. Call for reservations, 631427-1752.

MONDAY Mercy Haven’s 17th Annual Golf Outing

On Monday, June 6, Mercy Haven will

Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-692-6820. Cshlibrary.org. ·Local artist Anne Gunthner will offer beginner watercolor painting classes on Tuesdays from June 7-June 28 at 1-3 p.m. The June 14 class will meet in the Hands-on Learning Center. All other classes meet in the Large Meeting Room. Check with information services for the list of supplies. Register at the information services desk with a $70 check made payable to the library.

Commack Public Library

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Simon & Garfunkel Tribute

SATURDAY

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FRIDAY From their mesmerizing rendition of “Sound of Silence” to their playful version of “Cecilia,” fall in love again with the music of Simon & Garfunkel as The Guthrie Brothers take a journey through the catalog one of the most recognized folk rock duos ever. South Huntington cardholders can get free tickets for garden seating at the outdoor concert beginning June 3. Print them online at shpl.info, or get them in person at the Circulation Desk. Ticket aren’t required to sit on the upper lawn, but bring a blanket or chair. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the theater. Friday, July

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Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), presents its eighth annual Usdan Chess Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 5 at its specially designed Hexter Chess Center in Wheatley Heights. Open to grades K-12, the tournament is US Chess Federation-rated. To register, call 631-643-7900, write to info@usdan.com, or visit www.usdan.com. $40 registration fee. host its 17th annual golf outing, raising funds for the agency, which provides housing and support services to those who are homeless or living with mental illness. The outing will be held at Hamlet Golf & Country Club (1 Clubhouse Drive, Commack. The all-day schedule for includes 10 a.m. registration, a breakfast buffet, 12 noon tee off, lunch, and for both golfers and non-golfers, cocktails and dinner from 5-8 p.m. Hole-in-one prizes, raffle baskets and a silent auction will also be part of the event. For more information, visit Conta.cc/1OSrQFA.

TUESDAY “Grace”

Northport’s very own Marisa Vitali shares her compelling story about addiction and recovery in her short film, “Grace,” which was filmed at Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport Village. The Northport-East Northport Drug & Alcohol Task Force will present the film at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on June 7. . The film contains explicit language. Tickets are available for $10 for teens (ages 14-18); $20 for adults; and $30 for VIP. There will be a VIP reception 6-7 p.m., and a showing of the film and discussion from 7-9 p.m. Event also includes silent auction and raffles with proceeds benefiting the YDA.

WEDNESDAY Oheka Garden Party

Oheka Castle’s 2016 Garden Party honors will honor philanthropist Caroline Monti Saladino, president of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, and award scholarships to seven talented high school students, Wednesday, June 8, 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $125 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet din-

ner, wine, dessert and entertainment. Gatsby style attire is welcome. Proceeds raise scholarship funds for students of the arts. Info: 631-367-2570.

UPCOMING/ONGOING By The Sea

Photography and art by Kerry Irvine and Matt Albiani will be on display at Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors (251 Main St., Huntington). An opening reception is Thursday, June 9, 6-8 p.m. RSVP to michele@ekbinteriors.com.

American Legion Blood Drive

American Legion #360 is hosting a blood drive Wednesday, June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at its 1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington space. Eligibility criteria includes: Donor card or ID with signature or photo; minimum weight of 110 lbs.; no tattoos over the past 12 months; eating well (low fat) and drink fluids; age 16-75 (16 year olds must have parental permission and those over age 76 must have a doctor’s note). For more info, or to schedule an appointment, contact Glenn Rodriguez at Americanlegionpost360@aol.com

‘Lockhorns’ Creator Coming To Town

Bunny Hoest, creator of “The Lockhorns” cartoon, is coming to town to showcase a new collection of classic cartoons “Lockhorns” hand-picked from her alltime favorites. Hoest will be at Book Revue (313 New York Ave., Huntington) on Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m.

AT THE LIBRARIES Library-hosted events and programs are reserved for cardholders of their respective library unless otherwise noted.

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631499-0888. commack.suffolk.lib.ny.us. · Babies will enjoy nursery rhymes, simple stories, movement, songs and finger plays with the Bouncing Babies event on Thursday, June 2, 10-10:30 a.m. For ages 2-18 months.

Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631499-3722. elwoodlibrary.org. · Make a sunflower while listening to the story of “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. Ages 2-3. Thursday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road, 631-421-4535. hhhlibrary.org. · Father’s Day Fun: Make some crafts for the father in your life. Thursday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Ages 35 with parent or caregiver. Dix Hills branch.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. harborfieldslibrary.org ·Join with friends to discuss popular young adult manga and graphic novels. For young adults. Each Monday in June, 4-5 p.m. Advanced registration required.

Huntington Public Library

Main branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631-427-5165. Station branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631421-5053. thehuntingtonlibrary.org. ·Staff from the Apple Store at Walt Whitman Mall will provide on-screen presentations about Apple products. Bring Apple devices for hands-on help, or watch, listen and learn before considering a purchase. Saturday, June 4, 10-11 a.m. For adults. Huntington branch.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-2616930. (East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. nenpl.org) ·Learn how to kayak on Thursday, June 9 at the Northport branch. Kayaking expert Kevin Stiegelmaier will provide tips on how to get started. Program begins at 7 p.m.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. shpl.info. ·From their mesmerizing rendition of “Sound of Silence” to their playful version of “Cecilia,” fall in love again with

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the music of Simon & Garfunkel as The Guthrie Brothers take a journey through the catalog one of the most recognized folk rock duos ever. Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. South Huntington cardholders can get free tickets for garden seating at the outdoor concert beginning June 3. Print them online at shpl.info, or get them in person at the Circulation Desk. Ticket aren’t required to sit on the upper lawn, but bring a blanket or chair. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the theater.

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THEATER/FILM Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org. 631-423-7611. ·Winner of Grammy and Academy Awards for its pulsating song score, “Purple Rain” is the now-classic semiautobiographical tale of The Kid, a Minneapolis musician navigating the club scene while dealing with a romantic rival and a difficult family life. Saturday, June 4, at 10 p.m. $4 for members, $5 for public. (USA, 1984, 111 min., Rated R | Director: Albert Magnoli).

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. johnwengemantheater.com. 631-261-2900. · Thoroughly Modern Millie, through July 10. Tickets from $69.

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. ArtLeagueLI.net.

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. 631-5495106. bjspokegallery.com. ·Poets Aloud, open mic night for poets, is held the second Friday of every month, 7:30-10 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

MUSIC/DANCE Five Towns College Performing Arts Center

305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746. 631-656-2110. FTC.edu.

The Paramount

David Amram Performing David Amram, a widely acclaimed artist in several musical genres, will close out the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s current season of First Saturday Concerts on June 4 at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, Centerport). The 8:30 p.m. concert, during which other musicians will join him, will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $25 ($20 for FMSH members) may be purchased online at Fmsh.org using a credit card or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the FMSH website or call 631-425-2925.

Foto Foto Gallery

14 W. Carver St., Huntington 631-5490488. fotofotogallery.org. Hours: Wednesday Saturday11 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday11a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 12-5.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $6 for adults, $46/seniors, and $4-6/children; members and children under 10 get in free. 631351-3250. ·Masters of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe. Traces the artist’s career through early trompe l’oeil works to more recent paintings combining trompe l’oeil realism with modernist tendencies. On display through Aug. 28.

Huntington Arts Council

Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday noon-4 p.m. 631-2718423. huntingtonarts.org.

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 ages 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org. · Pollywog Adventures: An hour of funfilled nature activities including crafts, stories, games, and fish feeding! Juice and snacks will be available. Free with admission. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.

Huntington Historical Society

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Northport Historical Society Museum

301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. 631367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org. Tuesday through Friday, 12-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11-5 p.m. (closed Monday). Admission $6 adults, $5 children and seniors. · Current exhibit, If I Were A Whaler, is an immersive exhibit encouraging imaginative exploration of a whaler’s life.

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. huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org ·The Old Burying Ground Tour is slated for Saturday, June 16, at 3 p.m. Tour begins at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building (228 Main S., Huntington). 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. northporthistorical.org. · For an afternoon of historical fun, take a self-guided walking tour of the Northport’s historic Main Street, Tuesdays-Sundays, from 1-4:30 p.m. Available in the museum shop at $5 per person.

Green River Gallery

117 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Thursday 12 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.5 p.m. 631-692-8188. · Featuring paintings by Robert Patrick Coombs and Eric Sloane, N.A. (19051985) Long Island’s premier gold coast artist of the mid-20th century. Ongoing show on view.

Ripe Art Gallery

1028 Park Ave., Huntington. TuesdayThursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ripeartgal.com. 631-239-1805. · Tom deGruyl, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow? solo show, through June 11. · Margaret Minardi, solo show, June 18July 9. Artist reception, Saturday, June 18, 7-10 p.m.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 students with ID and seniors 62 and older, and $3 children 12 and under. Mansion tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. vanderbiltmuseum.org. · Afternoon mansion tours begin in the courtyard of the historic house once owned by William K. Vanderbilt II. Tours are Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a $5 fee, in addition to the price of admission. Check the museum’s website for listing times.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. waltwhitman.org. • Schedule at a group high tea and transport yourself back in time in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25 per person. 631-427-5240, ext. 120. teaparty@waltwhitman.org.

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631673-7300. Paramountny.com. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. ·Bourbon Street Bash featuring New Orleans’ Own Cowboy Mouth with special guests The Grave Jinglers and Quarter Horse. Tonight, 8 p.m. Doors open an hour before show time. Tickets $15-$35. ·Friday Night Fever Featuring The New York Bee Gees with special guests Raniere Martin: A Tribute to Donna Summer and Disco 54 “The Ultimate Disco Experience.” Friday, June 10, 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$35.

Ridotto

Concerts at Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. www.ridotto.org. Reservations recommended: 631-385-0373 or ridotto@optonline.net.

VOLUNTEERING Be A Museum Docent

The Huntington Historical Society is currently seeking volunteers to train to become Museum Docents at the historic David Conklin Farmhouse Museum. The museum is located at 2 High St., in Huntington and is a fascinating interpretation of the colonial, federal and Victorian time periods. No experience required – an interest in local history is a plus. Training is provided. Call 631-4277045, ext. 403.

Helping Furry Friends

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of animals. Free training provided. Visit littleshelter.com, or call 631-3688770, ext. 204.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

If you are interested in literature or history, the Walt Whitman Birthplace has fascinating and rewarding part-time volunteer positions available. Free training provided. 631-427-5420, ext. 114.

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A Camp That’s Expressive In Nature By Janee Law jlaw@longislandergroup.com

When the late Andrew McKinley built the Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in 1968, he wanted to provide children the opportunity to develop their artistic craft while connecting with nature. He decided that most of the learning spaces should have the best of both worlds. Many buildings on the campgrounds have a roof overhead and floorboards, but their walls give way to the outdoors. “Nature is such a big part of the camp day,” Lauren Brandt Schloss, executive director of the camp, said. “It’s part artist summer colony, part camp… It’s very unique.” With more than 40 classes, the multidisciplinary camp offers programs for children ages 4-18 that include music, dance, visual arts, creative writing and theater arts. The nonprofit 140-acre campus is equipped with three stages, a 900seat indoor/outdoor amphitheater and more than 70 studios. Schloss, 44, said that students can study multiple programs at once during the summer, and can also experience other programs like nature, recreational arts, and chess.

Since 1968, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights has offered children ages 4-18 the opportunity to develop their artistic ability while connecting with nature. “I’m very obsessed with the ideas and forms of expression of young people,” Schloss said. “That’s what motivates me in the work I’ve been doing is develop new and contemporary ways to help kids develop their own voice with incredible skill.” She added, “For me this is like a dream.” Schloss said she loves to work with the camp’s students, they’re “one of the most amazing things about Usdan,” she said. “They’re really cool kids.” Schloss added that it’s “the world you want to see,” as students are di-

verse in personality, learning style, physical ability, race, mindset and economics. “If you want your kid to embrace the opportunity to be creative, to develop their skills, and you want them to have a unique summer experience in nature, then Usdan is a great place to be,” Schloss said. “It’s giving your child the opportunity to really experience what it’s like to be an artist in an incomparable setting of nature. It’s a very happy place to be.” The Wheatley Heights came is located at 185 Colonial Springs Road. Students also learn to be creative

thinkers, to problem solve in ambiguous situations and to collaborate. This year’s season starting on June 27, Schloss said the anticipated enrollment is 1,550 students hailing from across Long Island, New York City and Westchester County. “I expect to see a lot of experimentation. It’s something that I think is crucial for arts organizations and educational organizations is to never be static.” Schloss, who lives in Manhattan, said. “Artists are always supposed to be pushing the limits of what’s possible.” The nonprofit day camp has several summer program sessions, including a seven-week session that runs June 27-August 12; a four-week session that runs June 27-July 22; and two three-week sessions, one of which starts June 27 and end July 15, and a second that starts July 25 and runs to August 12. Tuition starts at $2,950. Usdan also offers scholarships and tuition assistance for the seven-week program.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts With more than 40 classes, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts offers programs for music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, theater arts, and programs in nature, recreational arts, and chess.

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BUSINESS Nearing Retirement? Time to Get Focused asktheexpert@longislandergroup.com

If you are within 10 years of retirement, I hop you’ve spent some time thinking about this major life change. The transition to retirement can seem a bit daunting, even overwhelming. If you find yourself wondering where to begin, the following points may help you focus. Reassessing Your Living Expenses A step you will probably take several times between now and retirement – and maybe several more times thereafter – is thinking about how your living expenses could or should change. For example, while commuting and dry cleaning costs may decrease, other budget items such as travel and health care may rise. Try to estimate what your monthly budget will look like in the first few years after you stop working. And continue to reassess this budget as your vision of retirement becomes reality. Consider All Your Income Sources Next, review all your possible sources of income. Chances are you have an employer-sponsored retirement plan and maybe an IRA or two. Try to estimate how much they could provide on a monthly basis. If you are married, be sure to include your spouse’s retirement accounts as well. If your employer provides a traditional pension plan, contact the plan administrator (HR) for an estimate of your monthly benefit amount. Do you have a rental income? Be sure to include that in your calculations. Is there a chance you may continue working in some capacity? Often retirees find that they are able to consult, turn a hobby into an income source, or work part time. Such income can provide a valuable cushion that helps retirees postpone tapping their investment accounts, giving them more time to potentially grow. Also, it may help you to delay starting your Social Security distributions letting it grow by 8 percent a year. Finally, don’t forget Social Security. You can get an estimate of your retirement benefit at the Social Security Administrations website, ssa.gov. You can also sign up for a my Social Security account to view your online Social Security statement, which contains a detailed record of your earnings and esti-

mates of retirement, survivor, and erage 65-year-old married couple Huntington’s Jon L. Ten Haagen, disability benefits. would need $213,000 in savings to CFP, runs Ten Haagen Financial Manage Taxes have at least a 75-percent chance of Services, Inc., a full-service indeAs you think about your income meeting their insurance premiums pendent financial planning firm, and strategy, also consider ways to help and out-of-pocket health care costs in he is here to answer your questions. minimize taxes in retirement. Would retirement. And that doesn’t include In this bi-monthly column, Ten it be better to tap taxthe cost of long-term care, Haagen will answer your financial questions and help you with his able or tax-deferred which Medicare does not expert financial advice. Don’t be shy, accounts first? Would cover and can vary subour expert is here for you, so feel free part time work result stantially depending on to ask away! Email your questions to in taxable Social secuwhere you live. For this THE EXPERT reason, you might consid- asktheexpert@longislandergroup.co rity benefits? What m today, and let our expert help you. about state and local er a long-term care insur*Ten Haagen is an Investment taxes? A qualified tax ance policy. Advisor Representative offering secuprofessional can help you develop an These are just some of the factors rities and advisory services offered appropriate strategy. to consider as you prepare to transithrough Royal Alliance Associates, Pay Off Debt, Power Up Your tion into retirement. Breaking the Inc., member of FINRA/SIPC, and a Savings bigger picture into smaller cateregistered investment advisor. He is Once you have an idea of what your gories may help the process seem a also an active community member, possible expenses and income look little less daunting. serving on several nonprofit boards like, it’s time to bring your attention Thank you for joining us again this and as executive officer of the back to the here and now. Draw up a week – we hope our articles are of Greater Huntington Boating Council. plan to pay off debt and power up your interest and educational to you. **BACK IN HUNTINGTON: The retirement savings before you retire. Please share your thoughts and ideas offices of Ten Haagen Financial Why Pay Off Debt? for future articles with us. RememServices, Inc. have moved back to 191 Entering retirement debt-free — ber, always seek the expertise of a New York Ave., Huntington. Friends including paying off your mortgage profession – contact a Certified Fiand clients are welcome to stop by, — will put you in a position to mod- nancial Planner (CFP) to help guide check out the new office and share a ify your monthly expenses in retire- you through the many financial hurcup of coffee with the expert! ment if the need arises. On the other dles. Have a wonderful week. hand, entering retirement with a mortgage, loan, and credit card balances will put you at the mercy of those monthly payments (and changing interest rates). You’ll have less of an opportunity to scale back your spending if necessary. Why Power Up Your Savings? In these final few years before retirement, you’re likely to be earning the highest salary of your career. Why not save and invest as much as you can in your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan and/or your IRAs? Aim for the maximum allowable contributions. And remember, if you are 50 or older, you can take advantage of catch-up contributions, which allow you to contribute an additional $6,000 to your employersponsored plan and an extra $1,000 to your IRA for 2016. Account for Health Care Finally, health care should get special attention as you plan the transition to retirement. As you age, the Rosalie Drago, Long Island Regional Director for Workforce Development portion of your budget consumed by Inc. (left) at first regional manufacturing innovation conference held at health-related costs will likely inLaunchPad Huntington on Tuesday. crease. Although Medicare will covParents and students attended last Huntington, bringing together er a portion of your medical costs, week the first-ever regional manu- Long Island-based manufacturing you’ll still have deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Unless facturing event focused on technol- companies, technology service you’re prepared to pay these costs out ogy jobs in Long Island’s manufac- companies, top regional educators of pocket, you may want to purchase turing sector. and business people to showcase a supplemental insurance policy. The event was hosted by Work- career opportunities in local adIn 2015, the Employee Benefit Reforce Development and LaunchPad vanced manufacturing. search Institute reported that the av-

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more severe or unknown side effects. You should also check your liver enzymes regularly. So what else is available? Medical nutrition therapy and supplementation offer additional options. Nutritional studies In a study using data from the EPIC trial, raising the level of b-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid bioactive food com-

ponent, by a modest amount had a substantial impact. Participants drank the equivalent of about one glass of freshlysqueezed orange juice a day with a resultant 49 percent risk reduction in RA development. While there are few studies that specifically tested diet in RA treatment, some have shown anti-inflammatory effects, using inflammation biomarkers, such as CRP and TNF-alpha. A study

that looked at the Mediterranean-type diet in 112 older patients showed a significant decrease in inflammatory markers, including CRP. Another showed substantial CRP reduction with increased flavonoid levels from vegetables and apples. And astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in fish, significantly reduced inflammatory factors in mice, including TNF-alpha (8). It is important to treat autoimmune

diseases early. Medication is one option. Lifestyle modifications may work in tandem with medications while maintaining body homeostasis. Dr. David Dunaief is a speaker, author and integrative medicine physician focusing on the integration of medicine, nutrition, fitness and stress management. For more information, visit Medicalcompassmd.com, or call 631-675-2888.


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Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin is coming back to Huntington for what could be his final fight in The Paramount’s boxing ring, at least according to the boxer’s promoter. “He’s about to break into the top,” said Joe DeGuardia, president and CEO of promotion company Star Boxing, which represents Seldin, who is slated to Rockin’ Fights 24 at The Paramount on June 17. DeGuardia continued, “It’s the opportunity to see him before, unfortunately – or fortunately – he moves to venues that are much, much bigger and you don’t have the opportunity to see him up close in a fantastic place like this.” DeGuardia compared Seldin’s undefeated career, which has included 14 fights and 14 wins at The Paramount, to those of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith. Both Algieri, a Greenlawn native, and Smith saw similar success when boxing in downtown Huntington prior to launching their careers. “It is a perfect place for fighters to be developed,” DeGuardia said. He said he is “expecting for Cletus to be in a world title fight this fall.” But first, Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs), the WBC Silver International champion, will have to go through Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) in a 10round junior welterweight contest. Selig, a 34-year-old veteran with nearly a decade of experience in the ring, is “a banger,” DeGuardia said. “He has fought real top dogs,” he said. “And, in this particular fight, he’s fighting at his real weight.” This could prove to be a test for Seldin, but DeGuardia said he does expect him to continue with his style of boxing, which includes lots of pressure and knockouts. “He’s an exciting fighter, the type of fighter who will come forward with punches,” DeGuardia said. An ode to his nickname, Seldin also has “an unbelievable knockout punch.” “It’s a fan-friendly style,” he added. “If you like knockouts, Cletus is one of those guys

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‘Hebrew Hammer’ Poised To Take The Next Step

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin is poised to take the next step in his boxing career, but first, the undefeated Shirley-native is set to take on Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on June 17 at The Paramount. where when you come to see him, don’t blink.” Also in store for fans will be a slew of undercard feats, including bouts between Daniel Gonzalez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) and Carlos Winston Velasquez (24-24-2, 14 KOs); and Naim Terbunja

(7-1) against Lanny Dardar (3-5, 1 KO). The show is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 17, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50-$200 and can be purchased from either the box office or Paramountny.com.

Melville residents left without local supermarket (Continued from page A2)

swath of closings, including several stores in the Town of Huntington. Lisa Geiger, marketing manager for Federal Realty, was asked if there are any new developments regarding the space. She said in a May 16 email, “At this time, I do not have anything to announce regarding the former Waldbaum’s space.” Since there are currently no major, big-name supermarkets located in Melville, resident have reportedly been traveling to other hamlets,

such as Woodbury and Plainview, in search of everyday grocery items. On Friday, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was concerned when he learned of this. He said he doesn’t want residents to have to travel to have their supermarket needs met. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised in the other spaces that have been left vacant by virtue of this bankruptcy, so we’re still hopeful that’s going to be the case,” he said, adding that he looks forward to

Federal Realty soliciting another grocery tenant for the space. “I would think from their perspective, it’s well-suited, too,” he said. Alissa Taff, president of the Sweet Hollow Civic Association in Melville, echoed the councilman’s statements. Taff, who lives near the West Hills-Melville border, said the closure has especially affected residents closest to Route 110. “I think it’s a hardship on many people. It affected a fair amount of people in that area,” she said. “I

think we need to do something to encourage a large supermarket chain to come here and provide the goods and service that the area requires.” Victoria Belous, a 15-year Melville resident, explained that the former Waldbaum’s was an “easy stopover” to pick up groceries in daily traveling. On not having that anymore, she said, “It’s a huge inconvenience.” Belous said she now often shops at the ShopRite in Plainview, or the King Kullen in Huntington.


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HillSPORTS BOYS LACROSSE>> ST. ANTHONY’S 18, CHAMINADE 5

Big First Half Sets Table For Friars’ CHSAA Title

The 2016 St. Anthony’s boys lacrosse team is this year’s CHSAA Class AAA champion. The St. Anthony’s Friars led 11-2 after two quarters of this year’s CHSAA boys lacrosse championship game against Chaminade. The top-seeded Friars only grew that lead in the second half, claiming an 18-5 win over second-seeded Flyers, and the CHSAA Class

AAA championship. The Friars, who finished the regular season with just two losses, were fueled by Jared Nugent. He scored four goals and dished out four assists for a game-high eight points. Elsewhere, St. Anthony’s also

got offensive production from Thomas Heagerty, who scored five goals; and from Kyle Gallagher, who scored twice and assisted two other goals. Chris Merle finished with two goals and one assist; Ryan Rogers added a pair of goals; Bo Waters

scored one goal and added one assist; and Nick Gamba, Jon Huber, James Pryor and Dauzia Etete contributed one point each. Between the pipes, Friars goaltender Tom Linger made eight saves, and Sean McCusker made one save.

BOYS TENNIS>> HILLS WEST 4, HILLS EAST

Colts Overcome T-Bird For Suffolk Championship The Colts of Half Hollow Hills High School West are, once again, Suffolk champions. The third-seeded Colts defeated the top-seeded Thunderbirds of High School East, 4-2, last Thursday in the final of the county’s postseason team tournament. Jackson Weisbrot helped fuel Hills West win, claiming first singles 6-4 and 6-2 over Abhinav Srivastava, of Hills East, a team that was undefeated through the regular season. The pair of Aziz Rashidzada and Dan Rubinowitz also pulled out a point for the Colts, managing 6-4 and 7-6 (3) match results over Hills East’s Adam Wilck and Justin Dubler. For their last two points, the Colts turned to Spencer Kirshman and Rohan Mathur in doubles play, and

Tyler Nierman in singles play. Kirsham and Mathur beat Adam Stein and Paul Rhee 6-4 and 6-2, while Nierman defeated Bradley Weltman 6-1 and 6-3. The win for Hills West came after three rounds of tournament play for

the Colts. First, on May 18, the Colts defeated 14th-seeded Miller Place 7-0. The next day, Hills West kept it run going with a 6-1 win over sixthseeded East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson. In the county semifinals, the

Colts took down second-seeded Commack 5-2. Next up for the Colts is the Suffolk Division I individual tournament. It’s scheduled to begin at High School West, 9 a.m. on June 7.

GIRLS LACROSSE>> ST. ANTHONY’S 14, SACRED HEART 10

Lady Friars Are CHSAA Champs Kira Accettella and Annalisa Genco each produced four points to help lead the St. Anthony’s girls lacrosse team to a CHSAA Class AA title last month with a 14-10 win over Sacred Heart.

The Friars maintained a 7-6 lead over Sacred Heart to start the second half. From there, they extended their lead to the final four-point advantage. Accettella scored three goals and added

one assist while Genco scored had two pairs of goals and assists. St. Anthony’s also got offensive firepower from Maggie Reynolds (two goals, one assist); Caitlyn Concannon (two goals, one assist); Meaghan

Graham (three goals); Sabrina Cristodero (two goals); and Jill Freeman (one assist). Minding the net for St. Anthony’s was Charlotte Campbell, who made four saves to preserve the win.


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