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Cook Screens For Town Supervisor

550 Run To Remember Alec Photo by Jack McCoy Photography


By Danny Schrafel

(Continued on page A17)

A crowd of more than 800 runners and supporters at Half Hollow Hills High School West on Saturday kept the memory of a little boy alive at Alec’s Run, held in honor of a Dix Hills child killed when a car backed over him. April 27 marked the ninth year of the event, with the second largest turnout in history. Read more on A11.


Selling Suffolk, Around The World Bellone: Foreign trade could bring big boost to Route 110 corridor Half Hollow Hills photo/ Danny Schrafel

Town Councilman Gene Cook may have moved to the front of the pack in the Huntington GOP’s search for a 2013 supervisor candiGene Cook date. Cook, an Independence Party member elected to the town council in 2011 with Republican backing, screened before the Huntington Republican committee on April 24. If he gets the nomination, he would go up against Democratic incumbent Frank Petrone, who has been the town supervisor for nearly 20 years. While running Cook for supervisor in November puts the GOP’s push to retake the town board at risk, it could also bring a bigger payoff should they win the supervisor chair and the two town board seats up for grabs in November. One of those two seats is currently in the hands of Republican Councilman Mark Mayoka while the other belongs to Democratic Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Both are running for re-election. A clean sweep would give the Republicans control of the board for the first time in more than a decade. Huntington Republican Committee chairwoman Toni Tepe said Cook went before the committee and asked members if they had any interest in him running for supervisor. The response from the 60 in attendance, Tepe said, was almost unanimously positive. “Although I am a member of the Independence Party, the members of the Town Republican Committee were overwhelmingly enthusiastic of my candidacy for the office of supervisor for the Town of Huntington,” Cook said. “I share their concerns about the current majority’s fiscal mismanagement

Tom Glazer, who manufactures GiGi New York handbags and accessories in Melville, said the expanded foreign trade zone would help make his business more competitive.

By Danny Schrafel

Businesses along the Route 110 corridor may be a major beneficiary of an effort to boost Suffolk County exports. Elected officials on Friday pushed the U.S. Commerce Department to approve a proposed expansion to Suffolk County’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) to make it easier for companies to participate remotely. The current FTZ zone is centered around Ronkonkoma, but the possibility of participating remotely has owners of businesses in the Route 110 corridor excited about the prospect. Participation in the FTZ allows businesses to waive a

portion of federal taxes for goods coming into the zone, pay less for assembling or manufacturing products in the region before shipping them overseas, and pay lower customs fees on products made with imported materials. The effort, backed by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), was announced at the International Warehouse Group’s Melville facility. “What we’re asking the Department of Commerce to do is expand that designated area so more businesses in different locations can have the benefit,” Gillibrand, who was appointed to President Obama’s Export Council in February, said. (Continued on page A17)



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Thunderbirds Join The Fight Against Cancer Teachers, students raise $1,600 with music talent at the 2nd annual E Factor revue By Lauren Lopez

The lecture hall at Half Hollow Hills High School East was transformed into something very different on Friday night. Instead of the usual school assemblies and drama performances, the lecture hall was used for something unique: the second annual E Factor. Hosted by students Stefanie Grafstein and Bryson Owens, the E Factor was designed to raise both money and awareness for cancer. The show featured performances from High School East students as well as the judges, who are students with various interests in music. Designed after hit talent shows “The Voice” and “The X-Factor,” the E Factor was designed as a fun way the school community could fundraise for cancer research. The $1,600 in proceeds collected Friday night were donated to the American Cancer Society. Organizers said they donated $1,858 last year. Owens came up with the idea in the summer of 2011. He was personally affected by cancer after his grandfather died of lung cancer in 2009 and his mother was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. She is now in remission, but the cause remains important to Owens. After getting approval, friends Chenoa Justinvil and Stephanie Thomas proposed a fashion show as part of the evening, to which Owens agreed. Estelle's Dressy Dresses donated dresses for the fashion show. Students and teachers worked together to make the second annual E Factor possible. The evening consisted of singers, rappers, dancers, a capella groups and bands. The winning prize, a $50 gift card, was given to Sheimyrah Mighty. The winner was determined by the four judges: Tiffany Coleman, Tavon Thames, Brian Tolep and Amanda Elie. Each judge chose one finalist. The audience then chose who they thought should win. Besides the performances, there were also three fam-

Hills East students competed in the E Factor talent show to raise money for cancer research. ily tributes. These tributes were given by friends and relatives of the Catania family, the Delaney family and the Owens family. Having dealt with cancer first-hand, these families were able to shed some light on how serious the disease is and how cancer affects people, as well as keep the memories of their lost loved ones alive.

“I feel people get involved due to the fact that a lot of people know someone who was affected by cancer. Cancer is a very serious disease that affects everybody whether you have it or know somebody who has [or] had it. It doesn't discriminate, and I feel a lot of people want to join in on the fight against cancer,” Owens said.

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Murderer Gets Life, No Parole By Mike Koehler

A one-time millionaire and partial owner in Synergy Fitness Clubs convicted of three murders will never be a free man again. Christian Tarantino, 45, of Dix Hills, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to three life terms in prison without the possibility of parole. “For almost a decade, Christian Tarantino was a one-man crime spree, engaging in armed robbery, murder and murder conspiracy to cover his tracks,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said. “He controlled his confederates the old-fashioned way - by murdering them... Tarantino thought that human life was his to take. He will now spend the rest of his life contemplating the just results of his actions.” Tarantino was convicted twice in 2011 of murder in connection to a 1994 armed car robbery. He, Louis Dorman and two others stole nearly $100,000, and Dorman killed guard Julius Bumgardt. Later, Tarantino caught wind Dorman was talking about the robbery and killed him. An investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI and Nassau County Police Department in 2000 revealed Tarantino’s DNA matched a hair fragment recovered from the getaway car used in the robbery. The DNA led Vincent Gargiulo, brother-in-law of Dee Snider and Tarantino’s long-time confidant, to secretly record a conversation that September, the defendant implicating himself. But when Gargiulo used the tape to blackmail Tarantino and others in 2003 for $500,000, the Dix Hills man hired one of his gym employees to shoot the blackmailer. The tape was anonymously mailed to the NYPD. FBI analysis confirmed it was authentic and became part of the case. Tarantino was charged with all three murders in May 2011, although a mistrial was declared when the jury deadlocked on the Gargiulo case. He was retried and convicted in May 2012. Tarantino was not sentenced on the first two cases after the 2011 trial, but remained in custody. Each of the three counts carries a mandatory life term of imprisonment. “Because he ruthlessly took the lives of three others, Tarantino will spend the rest of his life behind bars. One victim was an innocent man doing his job, murdered in cold blood during a robbery. One was a robbery confederate of Tarantino whom he killed for fear of cooperation with the government. The third victim was also killed to silence him, when he threatened to expose Tarantino. This murderous conduct has been met with stern justice,” FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge George C. Venizelos said.

Community Answers The Call Fire, ambulance departments report solid membership By Mike Koehler

The number of volunteers at fire departments and rescue squads across the Town of Huntington is on the rise, or at least largely unchanged. Both the Commack Fire Department and Huntington Manor lead the pack as the only departments with a waiting list, but membership is at solid levels throughout the Town of Huntington. Commack Chief Peter Paccione said their total of 146 firefighters is the most in department history and brushes the cap of 150. He brought on six new members in February, part of a switch from recruiting twice annually to once a year. “It’s nice [having a list]. I know some of the departments, for a while it was very hard for them to get membership,” Paccione said. Huntington Manor currently has 130 firefighters and EMS volunteers, Chief Fred Steenson, Jr. said, up from 118 in recent years. “I’d say for the past three to four years we didn’t have a list. We were hurting on members,” the chief said. A sudden influx of members – six last month – brought the waiting list back into play. Steenson, who accepts new members three times a year, said he has half a dozen names on the list. More than half of the departments within the town reported growing membership rolls in recent years. The Dix Hills, Cold Spring Harbor, Halesite, Centerport and Greenlawn fire departments joined Commack and Manor with stronger numbers. Rich Sorrentino, recruitment officer in Dix Hills, said their 163 members is a slight increase, about 10 new volunteers, from five years ago. Greenlawn Chief Scott Waryold said they’re “not hurting for membership” with 115 volunteers. The

Dix Hills Fire Department is one of seven volunteer agencies within the Town of Huntington with growing membership rolls. 94-member number in the Centerport Fire Department is one of the highest they’ve ever seen, said Chief Nicholas Feely. Cold Spring Harbor bumped up its membership by more than 20 percent in one year, up to 55 members, said Chief Chris Ingwerson. Halesite Chief Dan McDonnell said the 80-member number in his department is among “the highest we’ve had in years.” Many of the remaining departments did not share in that growth, with their numbers largely unchanged in recent years. Membership rolls in the Melville Fire Department, Northport Fire Department, Huntington First Aid Squad and Huntington Fire Department are all at status quo, officials said. First Aid Squad First Deputy Chief Tim Ebert said they have 284 active members. Many work on the two full crews between 7 and 11 p.m., but there is a glaring need for daytime help and some for weekend coverage. Evening shifts have been full for

at least six years and any openings would come from within the department. “We get a lot of applicants, but they don’t necessarily fill the need,” Ebert said. Northport spokesman Jim Mahoney said his department’s 114-member mark has been consistent, although it’s a significant improvement from the 1970s. Department members then had to live within village proper – not Crab Meadow, Fort Salonga or Asharoken – and membership was too low. Now including those surrounding areas, the village department is close to their 120-member cap. “We’re very fortunate that we have a community who is interested in what we do,” Mahoney said. Officials in the Melville and Huntington departments both reported attrition balancing recruitment around 125. Huntington Chief Ken Cochrane said they gain half a dozen volunteers every year, but lose some (Continued on page A16)


Candidates Run Unopposed By Jacqueline Birzon

Two trustees on the Half Hollow Hills Board of Education, both running unopposed for three-year terms, will be seeking reelection when the school budget goes to vote on May 21. Dix Hills native Eric Geringswald, 50, has served on the school board for four years. Appointed in 2008, Geringswald has sat as chair of the policy committee and is a member of the education committee. The Half Hollow Hills High School West alumni (’80) has three children currently attending school in the district and a fourth who recently graduated from High School East. Geringswald, a product manager who develops web-based products for banks and law firms, moved from the area for 13 years, only to return in 1993 to raise a family. “[We came here] for the educational opportunities, for my kids and family. It’s great, and it’s always been home to me… I’m really ingrained in the community,” he said. As chair of the policy committee, Geringswald is tasked with updating district

Eric Geringswald

David Kaston

policies that have been in place for decades. Through this role, Geringswald works with the state, collaborates with the district’s legal counsel and collaborates with the board to adopt change and provide a “good comprehensive overview” of district policies. Throughout an arduous budget planning process, Geringswald said the board members have worked well together. Despite disagreements, he said, the trustees are able to come to a consensus when tough decisions have to be made. “Really as a governing body, our job is to be supportive of whatever the resolution is, and we definitely work really well as a group… In terms of limitations of what we can do, unlike most school districts, we

didn’t have fat, so there was nothing that was bloated [on the budget],” he said. Trustee David Kaston, 49, was appointed to the board last August, and joined the board just in time to participate in planning for the 2013-2014 budget. “This is an interesting year, being involved with the process… It was a difficult year to come in, and I think we did a phenomenal job being able to save just about every program and be able to essentially save money by reworking the middle school day from nine to eight periods and, put simply, with reduced enrollments, were able to save money,” he said. The father of three has lived in Dix Hills for almost 12 years, moving to the area for the “great schools.” Kaston, who received his law degree from Boston University, serves on the district’s audit committee. “I’d like to see our reputation continue to increase in terms of rankings and within the state, and to see our kids get into the college of their choice by both improving the district and making them both collegeand career-ready after graduating from Half Hollow Hills,” he said. “Our district offers a AAA rating, offers wonderful extracurricular and community services for the kids, and it’s a great neighborhood to raise a family.”


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Time Stops For No One

Arrests On Aisle 2

Frozen in time… Have you noticed that the

or a walk through the park, and they work the strangest hours I’ve ever seen! So grab a friend and clocks on Main Street have been a little bit… um, get your daily dose of vitamin D. And if you have a off, lately? You might have observed that the hands favorite springtime activity on the big ornamental clock that’s senior citizen-friendly, on the corner of New and IN THE KNOW email me at Main streets in the village has- WITH AUNT ROSIE I n’t moved in quite a while. need some new stomping Here’s what happened, according to my snoops: The grounds. power surge a few weeks ago that knocked the electrical grid out along New York Avenue zapped the Welcome home, snowbirds... I feel like a little clock, too. But rest assured, a fix is on the way – I kid saying this, but springtime brings with it anothheard that the local business groups are looking for er wonderful thing: my friends are back! So many quotes on getting the big clock up and running of my nearest and dearest went down to Florida for again and finding the money to fix it. Turns out, big the winter. I can’t say I blame them. What’s left clocks ain’t cheap to reboot. I’m looking forward to here but that chill through these old bones? Oh how it, though – the moment where it’s not only beautiI hate it! Trading that in for sunny weather, peaceful, but right more than twice a day… ful waters (hopefully) seems like a no-brainer! But the nieces and nephews won’t let me go; you should Can-do spirit… The other day, two dogs got my see the pouts they put on their faces. Anyway, I am attention – a big, brown dog, and a little, fluffy very happy to have my lunch bunch back and ready brown dog, both gaily bounding along Main Street to enjoy the Town of Huntington’s great outdoor on a springtime walk. As I am known to do, I dining. watched the adorable canines a bit and admired from afar. Then, I noticed – the big, short-haired Irony… To reference my post from last week brown dog had just one hind leg! It didn’t stop him, about the wooden sign on Park Avenue that says though, from dashing along nimbly – with a notice“Fire LIPA Mgmt,” I saw something on Monday that able spring in his step as he balanced on one hind made me chuckle. As I rolled down the road, I paw – keeping up a brisk pace on the sidewalk as he come to a stop at the Woodhollow intersection beappeared to be really enjoying life at that moment. cause a LIPA worker is standing in the middle of It just goes to you show you a thing or two about the road with a stop sign in hand. I look to see what life, and it’s a reminder to keep your chin up before the commotion is about, and it’s LIPA doing some you throw in the towel too quickly. work, right next to the sign. Boy oh boy, did I wish I had a camera in hand, because to get a LIPA truck End the hibernation!... The warm weather and that sign in the same frame would have been seems to finally have arrived, none too late considgrand. ering that spring began last month. Now that the cooler air has been excised, we can finally take to (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have the great outdoors and start getting ready for the comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in summer. That’s right, it’s time to work off those exyour neck of the woods, write to me today and let me tra pounds from the winter. Exercise is also a great know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt way to gain energy and fight depression. I don’t Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntwant to hear any excuses! Even the folks here in the ington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at office find time to go for a ride through the woods

Two people were arrested on April 19 for allegedly shoplifting from a Huntington supermarket. Suffolk police said the 16-year-old and 46-year-old woman were stealing groceries from the Jericho Turnpike business. They were charged with petit larceny.

Where Did He Go? Northport police fielded calls about a white man wearing army fatigues and carrying a rifle case on April 17. The complainant said the suspect also had a backpack. Northport police searched the area, but determined he already left on Elwood Road. Suffolk County police also received reports that the subject was near Northport High School. No further police action was possible.

Just Learning To Park Northport police were dispatched to Douglas Avenue about a parking complaint on April 17. The officer determined the subjects in the parked vehicle were talking. No further police action was necessary.

PD: Driver Had Drugs A Northport man was arrested by village police on April 17 after allegedly driving while ability impaired by alcohol. Police said the 31-year-old also possessed marijuana. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, driving while ability impaired, and not having an insurance certificate.

Houdini Car A Northport police officer was approached by an unidentified man while on patrol early on April 17. The complainant said he was at the bar and that his SUV was not where he parked it. He did not want to make a report, saying he would just grab a cab home. Police found the SUV near Union Place; the location was passed to the next shift in case the complainant returned.

Hungry Thieves Northport police responded to Woodbine Avenue about missing property on April 16. Police were dispatched about a residential burglary. The complainant said someone tampered with her door lock while she was out. English muffins were stolen from a duffle bag. The complainant did not see any damage on the lock and a check of the lock revealed it was properly installed.



“I want to be not only a role model with nutrition but a role model with preventive measures.”

Frankie Randazzo, 5, plays the keys as Crestwood Country Day School’s kindergarten class puts on a music show.

Student Involved In Fight A woman went to village police headquarters on April 14 about a prior assault. A resident told police her son had been involved in an altercation near the William Brosnan Building. She took her son to Huntington Hospital to have his broken nose and right hand healed from the fight. His mother was unsure what to do. The case is still being held, pending additional information.

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Children of Canon U.S.A. employees practice exchanging business cards during Take Your Child to Work Day. MELVILLE

Kids Day At Canon HQ A class of almost 60 kids joined the more than 1,000 full-time employees in Canon U.S.A.’s new Melville headquarters to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day on April 25. Children ages 7-11 saw their parents’ workplace, learned about the environment and practiced business skills, like exchanging business cards. Company officials also helped them create a 1-2 minute commer-

cial, using Canon cameras. “We were excited to give our staff the opportunity to share with their children their work experience and give the children a behind-the-scenes look at the new Canon headquarters,” Corporate Communications Division General Manager Bunji Yano said. “The children loved participating in the fun and collaborative activities, while learning about future career options at Canon.”


Hills Takes On Autism Bowling event supports kids on the spectrum Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

When tasked with a single community service project for his bart-mitzvah last year, Drew Quinto was determined to affect long-term change. Rather than signing up for a one-time experience, Quinto and his parents, Paul and Allison, founded Hills vs. Autism, an organization that promotes tolerance for children on the autism spectrum. This year, with the help of his parents and his brother, Quinto will host the second annual Hills vs. Autism Bowling fundraiser at Commack Vets Lanes on Friday. The event, which raised $15,000 last year, fundraises for various local groups and agencies that provide social and recreational services for adolescents and teenagers on the spectrum. The issue hits home for Quinto, who has a close relationship with his older brother, Corey, who is on the autism spectrum. “We as a family felt there was a need for socialization, and we thought it would be great to make a donation in that way,” Quinto said. “We thought socialization because people who donate for autism usually donate toward research, and at this point there’s no cure, and social programs are important, so this was really the right place to start.” Last year, Hills vs. Autism donated a chunk of their proceeds to bring a challenger lacrosse team all the way from Maryland to play in a tournament against a Half Hollow Hills-based team. The challenger league provides students on the autism spectrum with the chance to participate on a team sport, a valued opportunity for any child.

Drew Quinto and his older brother, Corey, model their custom Hills vs. Autism shorts. Quinto, a member of the Hills East lacrosse team, also remains active with the local challenger league. The Quintos have also donated to the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center’s theater program, an interactive afterschool experience for students to engage with peers over common theatrical interests. Corey has found his passion in the industry and is an aspiring film critic who can quote movies along with the most seasoned of critics. Corey has also participated in a vocational program where he shadowed employees at a local movie theatre, learning the ins and outs of the industry. “I’ve seen a change; he gets more excited and positive,” Quinto said of his brother since finding his passion. The event is set to take place on May 3, from 7-10 p.m., and will feature raffle items and custom Hills vs. Autism shorts for purchase. For more information on the organization and event, go to

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Raia, Lupinacci Back Recall Push Assembly GOP: allow voters to toss out elected to fight corruption By Danny Schrafel

With hopes of fighting corruption, Assembly Republicans, including the two representatives in Albany from Huntington, are backing a constitutional amendment that would give voters the option to throw out state elected officials through recall elections. Under the proposed amendment, a recall election would be triggered if petitioners gather signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters. Once the petitions are verified, the governor would set a date for the recall election. The recall came to national prominence in 2003, when California Governor Gray Davis was turned out of office and replaced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. More recently, Indiana Governor Scott Walker held onto his job following a June 2012 recall election. Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R-East Northport) said the recall election proposal is the first of a 10-point plan by Assembly Republicans designed to push back against institutional corruption that has plagued Albany. Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an anti-corruption package including the creation of an independent enforcement unit at the State Board of Elections to investigate and prosecute election law violations; eliminate the Wilson-Pakula crossendorsement requirement to open primaries to more candidates; and reduce the time it takes to change party enrollment. But Raia argued that is insufficient and

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci speaks to Assemblyman Andrew Raia on the floor of the Assembly. The two are backing the Assembly Republican Conference’s proposal to bring recall elections to New York via a constitutional amendment. still leaves a window for lawbreakers to survive. “If you look at Malc Smith’s forms and Pedro Espada’s forms, all of their financial disclosure forums and ethics forms were all spotless,” he said, referencing two State Senators who have been arrested in the last year. “If someone wants to commit a crime, you can have them fill out all the forms you want in the world and they’re going to commit that crime.” Raia’s Huntington colleague in the as-

sembly, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (RHuntington Station), also backed the recall amendment. “It’s something that creates more electorate oversight, so I think it can be very useful,” he said. The road to recall in New York State will be a long one. The amendment must first pass both the Assembly and State Senate in two separate legislative terms. Then, it goes to the voters, who will make the final call.

“The voters would get to decide whether recall elections are a good idea,” Raia said. One political science analyst, however, argued the threat of recalls could grind New York government to a halt. David Luchins, the chairman of political science department at Touro College, argued the proposal flies in the face of longheld American political traditions. “I find it ironic that Republicans of all people would be pushing recall,” Luchins said. “The founding fathers were very, very reluctant to have instant decisions. They feared mob rule.” Existing procedures allow for elected officials to be removed by impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors, Luchins argued. He said the voters who recall supporters are aiming to empower would instead end up being disenfranchised. “You’re dealing with special elections, a smaller group, the true believers – you’re really disenfranchising the public,” he said. But Raia argued the proposal has built-in safeguards to prevent a snap judgment. The petition threshold, and the effort needed to collect thousands of signatures is one, he said, and the lag time between petitions being verified and the actual vote is another. He cited last summer’s Scott Walker recall effort as an example of the effect of a “cooling-off period” in play. “They [his opponents] acted very quickly, but by the time the recall election actually came up, cooler heads prevailed,” Raia said. “The public is a lot smarter than politicians give them credit for. I have faith in the public that they wouldn’t have a knee-jerk reaction.”


GOP Town Board Field Winding Down By Danny Schrafel

With about a month to go before its nominating convention, the pool of candidates seeking the GOP nomination to run for Huntington Town Board alongside incumbent Mark Mayoka is a little smaller than it was. Attorney Mike Brown, who serves as Lloyd Harbor’s village justice, confirmed on Friday that he withdrew his name from consideration for the nomination early last week. Brown, a former Suffolk County prosecutor, has been in private practice since 1995. Meanwhile, Alissa Sue Taff, a Huntington resident in the Half Hollow Hills School District is also considering whether she will pursue the nomination. Taff is best known as a community activist and the longtime president of the Civic Association of Sweet Hollow. “I’m talking to a few different people and weighing all my options,” Taff said Friday. Taff, 62, said she screened in January because she felt her extensive efforts as a community activist – as a Half Hollow Hills school board president and later, civic association president, gives her valuable insight to good government, sound budgeting, staffing and negotiations. “I thought I could make a difference,” she said. “I have a lot of experience as a civic leader working with many town issues, and I’ve worked with civics across Huntington. I have a feel for issues across Huntington.”

Robert Conte

Robert Lifson

The remaining four candidates – businessman Robert Conte, former State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lifson and attorney Josh Price – show no signs of their interest wavering. Peter Dennon, whom Huntington GOP Chair Toni Tepe said screened for the post, did not return calls for comment by press time Monday. Conte, 48, of Huntington Station, who ran in 2011 against Ester Bivona for receiver of taxes, is the proprietor of the Play N Trade video game store in Huntington village. Conte said he gained valuable experience in 2011 and had no doubt he would be back to try again in 2013. “I knew the day after the election I would be looking to run for town board two years later,” he said. Conte said preserving Huntington’s water quality, dealing with Huntington village’s parking crunch and ensuring wise management of density and land use across the town are key issues.

Mark Mayoka

Josh Price

“The Town of Huntington is pretty much developed, so when someone wants to develop, it has to be the right one. There’s no room for mistakes anymore,” Conte said. Wise land use is also a core issue for Huntington’s Lifson, 63, a State Supreme Court Justice from 1995-2008 and the Huntington Republican Committee’s chairman from 1989-1994. “I have a deep love of the township and I care about it,” he said. “It’s not the town I grew up in, but I would like to preserve some of it as I remember for my children.” Lifson called for greater adherence to the town’s Horizons 2020 Comprehensive Plan and close scrutiny of development proposals. He also said the town board’s current meetings should be amended to encourage more debate. He suggested allowing residents to pool their three-minute windows so one spokesman can offer an extended presentation, and recommended routine matters be broken out onto one agenda, leaving contro-

Alissa Sue Taff

versial topics aside for a separate agenda. Like Lifson, Price, 41, of Commack, has plenty of experience at the state’s highest courts. Price argued before the Court of Appeals in 2011 in defense of the party’s Wilson-Pakula cross-party endorsement of Councilman Gene Cook; he also represented council candidate Bill Dowler in his 2007 recount battle with Glenda Jackson. Price moved to Huntington in 2001. As he became more familiar with local government, “the more I saw things that need changing,” he said. “The town board seems to really like to float bonds that should be part of the regular budgeting process,” he said. He argued the town’s leadership has become stagnant, and advocated a more laissez-faire approach to government, particularly on affordable housing. “The market is supposed to figure out where homes get built and who lives in them,” he said.

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THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • MAY 2, 2013 • A7 Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Downtown Huntington Station, pictured on the north side of the LIRR tracks, is part of a major focus area of Renaissance Downtowns’ development strategy for Huntington Station. HUNTINGTON STATION

Renaissance Unveils Development Strategy Calls for new mixed-use along New York Ave., with focus near train station By Danny Schrafel

Renaissance Downtowns officials submitted their mixed-use development strategy for revitalizing Huntington Station to Town Hall on Friday. The core of the development strategy focuses on the areas surrounding the Huntington LIRR station, broken into Huntington Station Downtown North and South. Their strategy emphasizes mixed-use development and reutilizing underused municipally-owned parcels to stimulate the economy and make Huntington Station stand out as a regional destination, Renaissance officials said. On the north side of the tracks, the development strategy calls for pocket parks at the entrances to pedestrian bridges over New York Avenue, building a boutique hotel and office building at the southwest corner of Railroad Street and New York Av-

enue, creating a retail center along Railroad Street, and developing open land earmarked for Columbia Terrace for veterans housing. South of the train station, the development strategy calls for reconfiguring streets and parking north of 2nd Street to improve circulation, to create sites for mixed-use buildings and to allow for replacement parking, and creating mixed-use development on the Rotundo site and municipal parking lots. According to Ryan Porter, vice president for planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns, a core feature of the area is The Centre at Huntington Station, a large mixed-use residential and commercial development suggested by a member of Source the Station, the grassroots online campaign Renaissance Dowtowns used to engage the public. “Over time, as we’re able to develop that area to the southwest of the tracks, where it kind of backs into the Rotundo site, that

could be a more central area for the downtown area. There’s a lot of property back there,” said Ryan Porter, the vice president for planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns. The specifics of The Centre, he stressed, have yet to be determined. “We don’t have the answer to that question yet – it’s a strategy document,” he said. As part of the public-private partnership, Renaissance spent its own money to develop the plan, and the only benefit they receive is the first right to develop municipally-owned properties in Huntington Station, Porter said. Anything they propose building in those municipally-owned lots, he stressed, will be subjected to the same review process as any other proposal. Should the town board give Renaissance the green light to proceed with its development strategy, several things would all be factored in throughout its designs, including efforts to improve transportation infra-

structure, access to public amentieis like parks and increased public safety. (Continued on page A16)

Weigh In On Huntington Station’s Future Renaissance Downtwons will present their Huntington Station Development Strategy at Town Hall twice on May 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. Before you weigh in, you can review the document at these locations: • Online at • Source The Station’s Community Outreach Center, 1266 New York Ave., Huntington Station • Huntington Town Clerk’s Office, 100 Main St., Huntington • South Huntington Public Library • Huntington Public Library’s Main and Station Branches


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Expand Suffolk’s Foreign Trade Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone process is onerous, and it can take two years was joined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilli- to get approval. brand and other elected officials in Melville Allowing a sort of “remote access” to the last week to push for an expansion to a for- trade zone and streamlining the approval eign trade zone designation that would boost process would achieve the desired goal of ingrowth and attract new businesses to Suffolk. creasing exports. Perhaps more importantly, The officials are asking for the U.S. Com- it would allow existing local manufacturing merce Department to rewrite regulations to businesses to expand their operations, resultmake it easier for manufacturers to partici- ing in more jobs and ultimately increased lopate in the county’s Foreign Trade Zone. De- cal commerce. signed to increase exports as well as encourThe Foreign Trade Zone makes sense, but age manufacturers to locate their why should it be limited to a businesses here, the trade zone grants EDITORIAL small geographic area? We economic incentives that level the wonder if the geographic area playing field for Suffolk when compared to should just be expanded to include other upregions of the country where costs are lower. and-coming manufacturing areas, like the The trade zone was established near Is- Melville/Route 110 corridor. But if that canlip’s Macarthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, not be done, at least this proposal will make and many businesses have taken advantage it easier for the host of manufacturers already of the incentives, providing employment operating in and around that corridor to take and increased economic activity locally and advantage of the benefits. Providing them indoing their part to boost the nation’s ex- centives and giving them a competitive edge ports. It is possible for manufacturers to par- will not only help increase the nation’s exticipate in the trade zone “remotely,” but the ports, but bring local benefits as well.

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DEAR EDITOR: Thank you so much for your attention to “Scapino!” and for the nice review. I'm very glad you were able to attend. You're correct: The set is unusually involved for a Bare Bones production, but the play really called for it. We put it together in such a way that it can be disassembled and stored on the side of the room in 20 minutes. We have to do that after each rehearsal and performance to free up the space for the dancers. We all so appreciate the article by Mary Beth [Casper], as well. Jeff Bennett has really established a first-class operation that is serving the community different ways – not the least of which is helping people launch second careers in film and stage acting. It was nice meeting you, and I hope to see you at a future production!

DEAR EDITOR: As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the American Lung Association of the Northeast wishes to call attention to the volunteers who give their time and talent to further our mission of saving lives by preventing lung disease and improving lung health. Our organization could not run as smoothly and effectively as it does without our dedicated volunteers. Day in and day out, our volunteers give their time and, more importantly, their support to help us reach the millions in our region affected by lung disease and air pollution. Volunteers wear many different hats. From board members who dedicate endless hours to our mission, to the more than 700 who spend Father’s Day weekend at the Trek Across Maine or at one of our events across the Northeast, and even those who pass out healthy air flyers at the statehouse, our volunteers all play an equally crucial role in the organization.

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DEAR EDITOR: [I am] alerting local residents about the Suffolk County Office for the Aging Spring 2013 Senior Advocate Schedule. Senior advocates are county representatives who come out into the community and assist seniors with information gathering, completion of eligibility or recertification applications and referrals to appropriate community agencies. With the cold and unpredictable winter weather behind

us, it’s an ideal time for Suffolk County seniors to get out and visit with their local senior advocates to learn more about all of the critical programs that are available. Nobody should ever have to go without food, medical attention or other necessities, which is why our senior advocates literally bring these vital programs and services directly to our seniors in their own communities.” Senior Advocates meet with interested and needy seniors aged 60 and over at regularlyscheduled times in specific locations throughout the community. This spring, they are visiting the following locations in the Town of Huntington: • Huntington Nutrition Center: Wednesdays, April 24, May 29 and June 26 from 9 am-12 pm • Paumanack Village I & II (Greenlawn): Tuesdays April 23 and June 18 from 10 am-1 pm • Paumanack Village III & IV (Greenlawn): Thursday, May 9 from 10 am-12 pm • Paumanack Village V & VI (Melville): Tuesdays, May 14 and June 11 from 9 am-12 pm • Huntington Library: Monday, May 13 from 10 am-12 pm

• South Huntington Library: Thursday, May 26 from 10 am11:30 am Advocates provide assistance with food stamps, Medicare savings programs, Medicaid applications and Heating Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) applications. They also answer questions and make additional recommendations and referrals. For more information about available services, or for directions to any of the aforementioned locations, please call the Suffolk County Office for the Aging at 631-853-8200. Appointments are encouraged but dropins are also welcome. No individual will ever be turned away. Senior citizens are the backbone of our community, and for more than three decades, the Suffolk County Office for the Aging has assisted these very important residents by giving them full and trouble-free access to critical services. I urge every senior resident to take full advantage of this professional community outreach program so that they don’t miss out on the County’s network of services. LOU D’AMARO Suffolk Legislator

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Dix Hills Center Presents Spring Festival Performing Arts season includes theater, jazz, barbershop quartets There’s bound to be something for everyone at the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts this season. “The 2013 Spring Festival of Performances” features a variety of musical programs, jazz ensembles, the annual Guitar Extravaganza and a capella groups and more. The season kicks off with “High School Musical 2” on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, at noon and 3 p.m. The award-winning Five Towns College Theater Division presents the Disney Channel’s sequel to the blockbuster movie that led to some of the most popular shows of the same genre, like “Glee.” Tickets are $10. “Mostly Barbershop – The A Capella Show” on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m., features a capella ensembles whose repertoire varies from Barbershop to contemporary pop music. The program includes performances by the Five Towns College Men’s A Capella Chorus, the Five Towns College Women’s A Capella Chorus and the Long Island Sound Chorus. Tickets are $10. “The Spring Concert l” on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. will feature the Five Towns College Concert Pops and Five Towns College Chorus. The Pops will be conducted by Dean Karahalis performing favorite traditional and contemporary concert band selections from Hollywood and Broadway. Under the direction of Jeffrey Lipton, Five Towns College Chorus will perform standard and contemporary choral selections. Tickets are $10. The Guitar Extravaganza on Thurs-

“An Evening of Jazz” on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. features the Five Towns College Jazz Orchestra and Swing Band. day, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. celebrates the great jazz guitar teachers of the 20th century, including Dennis Sandole, Adolph Sandole, Hall Overton, Lennie Tristano, Sal Salvador and Joe Monk. Following the program, there will be a Meet the Artists reception and a guitar display featuring rare manuscripts, original memorabilia and other classic jazz

instruments. Tickets are $10. “The Great American Songbook & Broadway Bound” on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. is two shows in one. The Great American Songbook celebrates the popular music songwriting period between the 1930s and 1950s. Broadway Bound is a cabaret revue with theatre songs ranging from classic Broadway standards to

new tunes from modern shows. Tickets are $10. The Five Towns College Jazz Ensembles will perform a free concert on Monday, May 13 at 5 p.m. The show will feature students from Five Towns College classes, performing American Songbook standards and jazz. “An Evening of Jazz” on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. features the Five Towns College Jazz Orchestra and Swing Band. Tickets are $10. “The Spring Concert II” on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. features the Five Towns Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Choir. The chamber orchestra performs music from the greats such as Mozart to Sondheim, while the vocal ensemble is inspired by 50 years of contemporary musical artists. The choir performs traditional and contemporary choral pieces. “We are so pleased to present a Spring Festival this year that offers a varied selection of music featuring the talents of our remarkable students and faculty as well as performances by seasoned musicians,” said Sandy Hinden, director of the center. “Audience members can renew their spirits and enjoy the longawaited spring season with this upbeat and entertaining lineup.” The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center is located at Five Towns College, located 305 North Service Road in Dix Hills. For more information and ticket sales, contact the box office at 631-656-2148 or visit


Fashion Community Join Forces Rexer-Parkes and Nahla & Co. celebrate partnership with May 8 fundraiser By Jasmine Weber

Rexer-Parkes has been a staple in Huntington village’s fashion community since it opened 33 years ago. The family-owned women’s specialty store is celebrating its upcoming partnership with shoe company Nahla & Co of Cold Spring Harbor by hosting a benefit in honor of Christy Turlington Burns’s charity Every Mother Counts. “It seemed a logical marriage,” said Francine Rexer, owner of the Rexer-Parkes boutique. The Rexers and Nahla & Co.’s owner Tracey Kaplan were acquainted long before the two decided to join forces and combine their stores into one location on 35 Gerard St., Huntington. The combination allowed Rexer-Parkes, which once specialized in women’s clothing and accessories, to now introduce shoes and more handbags into the mix, and for Nahla & Co. to perform the opposite.

Although it won’t be Rexer-Parkes’ first benefit, their May 8 event will be the first hosted in honor of Every Mother Counts, as well as its first in celebration of its combination with Nahla & Co. The May 8 event will ring in the partnership by hosting a raffle for gift certificates to numerous stores, including RexerParkes and Nahla & Co., as well as “baskets of cheer” from the Joanina Wine Shop in Huntington. One-hundred percent of raffle proceeds and 15 percent of sales from that evening will go will go towards Every Mother Counts. According to Louise Rexer Smith, Every Mother Counts is “a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. It seeks to inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide.” “This [the event] is particularly appropriate because Mother’s Day is coming,” Francine Rexer added.

Rexer-Parkes is celebrating their partnership with Nahla & Co. with a fundraiser to end deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth.


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Dix Hills Fire Department Chief Thomas Magno, right, takes the oath of office from Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Philip Tepe, left, at the installation of officers.

The chief officers of the Dix Hills Fire Department, from left, are Chief Thomas Magno, First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Second Assistant Chief Thomas Napolitano, and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. At the Dix Hills Fire Department’s annual inspection and installation, several officers were installed for 2013. Department Officers installed were: Chief Thomas Magno, First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Second Assistant Thomas Napolitano, Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz, Secretary Hillary Bogi, Treasurer Todd Cohen and Sgt. at Arms Fred Reithel. Company One included: Captain Thomas Smith, First Lieutenant Karl Krage, Second Lieutenant John Vierling, Secretary Esraa Abd El Fattah and Treasurer David Critelli. Company Two included: Captain Brett

Tepe, First Lieutenant Howard Kaplan, Second Lieutenant Nick Barbu, Secretary Eytan Pick, and Treasurer Marc Ligator. Company Three included: Captain Tony de Cesare, First Lieutenant Matthew Montag, Second Lieutenant Joseph Williamson, Secretary Craig Caviness and Treasurer John Brower. Rescue Squad included: Captain Matthew Mattone, Company #1 Lieut. Scott DiPino, Company #2 Lieut. Shragi Schupak, Company #3 Lieut. Frank Caria, Secretary Jessica Mattes and Treasurer John Brower. Fire Police included: Captain Thomas A. Smyth and Lieutenant Thomas McClane.

Outgoing Chief Richard Granahan of the Dix Hills Fire Department is presented with a Proclamation by Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern, on behalf of County Executive Steve Bellone. Granahan was recognized for his dedicated service and leadership as chief from 2011-2012. From left, are Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Chief Thomas Magno, Granahan holding his son Thomas, 5, and Stern.

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Run Keeps Alec’s Memory Alive Ninth event in name of 16-month-old killed by car raises money to help other children By Jacqueline Birzon

A crowd of more than 800 people came out to Half Hollow Hills High School West on Saturday to keep the memory of Alec Neslon alive. In April 2004, the Nelson family lost their 16-month-old son, Alec, in a tragic accident after a grandparent ran him over when backing out of a driveway. Since their son’s death, Bill Nelson and his wife, Adriann, have advocated tirelessly for safer driving regulations, as well as giving back to the community in Alec’s name. The April 27 Alec’s Run event featured a 4-mile run around High School West, and children participated in a half-mile run on the field of the school. With the help of St. Luke’s Church in Dix Hills, St. Elizabeth’s in Melville, the Dix Hills Fire Department and the Second Precinct, the annual run raises money for the Alec William Nelson Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit the Nelson family founded in their son’s memory. This year marked the ninth official run, and according to Bill Nelson had the second largest turnout in the history of the event, with 550 registered runners. “The race was a wonderful day for friends, family and the community to come out for… It celebrates the life of our son, Alec, and it serves to educate people about the dangers vehicles can pose to

“Itcelebratesthelifeof ourson,Alec,andit servestoeducatepeople aboutthedangersvehiclescanposetoyoung children.” — BILL NELSON, Dix Hills resident young children,” Nelson said. According to Nelson, more than 100 children are killed by backovers a year. Each week, 48 wind up in the emergency room and two lose their lives. The Nelsons have gone to Capitol Hill dozens of times to meet with various senators and congressman to lobby for the Cameron Culbransen Safety Transportation Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in 2008. According to the

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Nelsons’ website, the law established guidelines for brake-shift interlock – where a car cannot be put into gear without a foot on the break – as well as auto-reverse sensors in windows to prevent a child from asphyxiation by a power window. Nelson said above all, blind zones in vehicles must be addressed, since drivers have incredibly limited sight distance when backing up. Along with Kids And Cars, a grassroots organization that promotes awareness of child safety around automobiles, the Nelsons are advocating for better ways for drivers to see what’s in their blind spot. In addition to the family’s work with Kids And Cars, the Alec William Nelson Charitable Corporation works with the Hospice Care Network to help provide free bereavement counseling for people who have recently lost a loved one. The group also established “Alec’s Fund” in the Half Hollow Hills School District as a way to give back to students in the community who are less well-off financially than their peers. Each year, the fund gives back by financing a fifth-grader’s end-of-school field trip, purchasing a child a book at a book fair, helping students buy school lunch and alleviating the sometimes expensive cost of attending senior prom. Over the last nine years, the foundation has raised over $30,000 to give back to kids in the school district. Looking ahead,

Alec Nelson Nelson hopes his organization continues to influence positive change and opportunities for children both in the Half Hollow Hills community and throughout the country through safer vehicular legislation. “We want to get people together and celebrate his life, and in the meantime, raise some monies to help his life make a difference, a small difference, in other peoples life this way,” Nelson said.


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

New Name, Same Food We Love

The overhang at 9 Wall St. may bear a different name, but the quality of food, service and management at New York Panini remains the same. Formerly La Bottega of Huntington, the name of the Wall Street eatery changed last Monday. Joe Quirke, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Phyllis, and Ray and Rose Polito, said his and four other La Bottega locations on Long Island underwent a name change because the stores were going in “different directions” from the franchise. Quirke promises at least 90 percent of the menu options have made their way to the New York Panini menu, which now has “more freedom” for customization and new food items. “Mostly, it was just the name that changed. Now, we have the freedom to add on, and we’re less restricted,” Quirke said. A former New York City Police Department detective, Quirke said when he was looking to open shop in 2009, Huntington village was the only place he would do business.

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“Really this was the only place I would have gone. There’s a nice mix of people from different communities, and it seems to be a hub… Everyone seems to come this way, it’s really the center,” he said. In four years, the restaurant has catered to a market of its own. With an extensive salad menu and 62 different panini options, the restaurant makes health-conscious meals accessible to all types of diners. The store offers curbside pick-up, delivery and in-house seating, with a wide array of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. “You have to have something for everyone,” Quirke said. New York Panini offers a wide array of seafood and Italian-inspired antipasti dishes, including the grilled shrimp appetizer ($10.50) of fresh, plump shrimp which can serve as an easy substitute for an entire meal. The fried mozerella wedge ($6.50), new to the menu, is made with New York Panini’s homemade mozerella, sliced thin and breaded. This savory appetizer, with just the right amount of breading and crunch, goes down easily - and quickly. Fried calamari ($9.50) is on par with most traditional Italian restaurants, and the cap-

New York Panini co-owner Joe Quirke poses with two of his most popular menu items, the Parma Salad and the Avocado Salad. rese with tomato and mozerella, drizzled with balsamic, is a fresh palate pleaser. The Avocado Salad ($10.50), served with grilled chicken, iceberg lettuce, shredded mozzarella, avocado, toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes and balsamic, is “by far” the most desired item on the menu, the owner said. The Parma Salad ($10.40) certainly gives the avocadothemed medley a run for its money, with romaine lettuce, breaded chicken cutlet, tomato, red peppers, olives, red onions, shaved parmigano and balsamic dressing. Each of Quirke’s 29 salad options feature simple ingredients in a colorful and tastefully fresh display. Quirke said simplicity has proven a pathway to success, and when ensuring fresh products that are high in quality, you have to allow the basic, original flavors speak for themselves. Refusing to compromise the integrity of his products, Quirke has found that sticking to the basics and light seasoning allows his food to do just that. “We keep most dishes simple. We’re always responsive to everyone’s dietary needs. A lot of our menu items we don’t over season; we stick to using garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Sometimes, less is better,” he said. However, New York Panini’s Seafood Risotto ($18.50) is one dish where more is definitely better, served with fresh calamari, shrimp, clams, risotto, and sautéed in garlic, olive oil, basil, pepper and parsley. The Lemon Chicken ($17.95) sets the stage for a perfect marriage of white wine, lemon and fresh parsley coating over thinly sliced and succulent chicken breast.

The linguini and shrimp pasta dish, served in a plum tomato sauce, is savory and has just the right amount of heat. The New York Cheesecake ($5.50) is creamy and fluffy with just the right amount of sweet. It can be ordered with a dusting of chocolate syrup and whipped cream, or in its most basic form. Quirke said outdoor seating by the Clinton Street parking lot will open mid-May.

New York Panini 9 Wall St., Huntington 631-271-3540 Atmosphere: Casual Cuisine: Italian Price: Inexpensive to moderate Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

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Where Diet Meets Delicious As stated in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Mediterranean approach to diet is the way to go. Join us at Neraki where this way of preparing fresh fish, produce and meats is our way of life.





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DINE HUNTINGTON.COM CINCO DE MAYO – May 5 is fast approaching, and with that can only mean one thing – Cinco de Mayo in Huntington and a visit to John Tunney’s Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100 The appetizer special is Lobster Queso Fundido Fiesta ($14), fresh Maine lobster with tinga and rajas topped with queso Oaxaca cheese. For the ultimate margarita, there’s the premium Patron Platinum Tamarindo Margarita ($22), with passion fruit Cointreau Noir Orange Liqueur. Prizes will be up for grabs, too. NEW MENU RISING – Copenhagen Bakery (75 Woodbine Ave., Northport 631-7543256, a can’tmiss destination for fresh breads, pastries, cakes and pies, is expanding its horizons. Since completing a major overhaul this March owner Flemming Hansen is now offering breakfast fare like pancakes, waffles and egg sandwiches, and is getting into other dishes like crab cakes and steak sandwiches. A children’s menu is also coming.

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CELBRATE MOM: Mother’s Day is fast approaching – have you made your reservations yet? If not, an old Foodie favorite is Jonathan’s Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055) celebrates Mother’s Day with a prix-fixe brunch and special dinner selections on May 12. Brunch, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., is $29 p.p. ($16 for children under 10) plus tax and tip; for $36 p.p., you’ll also get two Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Brunch appetizers include a choice of: lentil soup; gazpacho di pomodoro; tomato and mozzarella; fritto di

Flemming Hansen’s Copenhagen Bakery is expanding its selections. calamari; smoked salmon, creme fraiche, caviar and baby arugula; baby artichokes alla romana; classic Caesar salad; or Maryland crab cake, corn, baby greens, pachini and fennel salad. For your main course, select from: homemade waffles with fresh blueberries and vanilla gelato; frittata primavera with goat cheese, tomato and arugula salad; French toast with fresh strawberries and vanilla gelato; paillard di pollo with tomato, red onion and string bean salad; Scottish organic salmon, caramelized fennel and roasted tomatoes; pumpkin ravioli, shaved parmigiano, amaretti and butter/sage; and shrimp scampi, jasmine rice and asparagus. Dessert is brioche bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake or gelato or sorbet.

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‘Moms Who Kick’ Fighting Cancer LI mothers unite to promote physical fitness and find a cure for breast, ovarian cancer By Jasmine Weber

A group of local mothers is working to literally kick out of town cancers that affect women. Moms Who Kick (MWK) raises money to empower women, educate about breast and ovarian cancer, and raise funds to find a cure. The Oyster Bay-based group, consisting of mothers 18 and over, some from the Town of Huntington, raises money to fund cancer research and to promote women’s health through preventative measures and a healthy lifestyle. Joanne Hutchins, a Long Island native, founded Moms Who Kick in 2008 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hutchins, who is the organization’s president, a mother, martial artist and personal trainer, has worked to expand the charity and its impact on the community. According to Hutchins, MWK is meant to “inspire, motivate and empower women to lead a healthy lifestyle… Physical fitness coupled with a nutritious diet can enable recovery and may prevent certain cancers.” MWK works year-round to create its an-

Moms Who Kick members Asia Lee, Victoria Serrano Cuomo, Joanne Hutchins and Marisa Randazzo Marciano join Drs. Iuliana Shapira and Annette Lee of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, to which the nonprofit recently donated $25,000. nual calendar, which, according to Hutchins, “showcases women who exemplify the mission and live by the mission.” It is released at a gala and fashion show held each October. The calendar is a tribute to women

Jeannine Tayler-Stack of Northport won the Moms Who Kick’s model search.

whose lives have been transformed by breast and ovarian cancer in some way. Some of the calendar’s models come from the charity’s Model Mom Search Competition. The search is meant to give inspirational women who exemplify the charity’s

The Moms Who Kick 2013 calendar cover.

mission the chance to be models for the annual calendar. Now producing their fifth calendar, the charity has grown tremendously. This past year, it donated $25,000 to the North Shore LIJ Cancer Institute. One of the most recent winners of the Model Mom Search is Northport resident Jeannine Tayler-Stack. As a nutritional and health coach, she works with women who have pre-cancer and cancer to keep their health at its best possible. She also works with survivors on how to, according to Tayler-Stack, “get their bodies strong again and get the toxins out of their system.” “Preventative measures are the best step,” Tayler-Stack said. “I want to be not only a role model with nutrition but a role model with preventive measures. I love the fact that Moms Who Kick is about inspiring not only the research and a cure for cancer—breast cancer and ovarian cancer—they’re also about preventative education.” For more information, visit

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Fire departments see mixed youth participation (Continued from page A3)

of the college-aged members. Melville Chief Michael Carrieri said some younger members leave for college or a new job, but others just lose interest after a few years. “We seem to get new folks every year, but we lose a few folks,” Carrieri said. The Melville chief said his primary target is empty nesters. “Maybe those are some of the folks who are willing to donate their time,” he said. “Obviously you’ve got to be in good health.” On the other hand, younger members are heavily sought after in departments like Huntington First Aid, Commack Fire and Cold Spring Harbor. “The majority of college students are great; they go to school locally,” Ebert

said. “We have seen people looking to go into medical school. We’re a great thing to put on a resume. They get into med school and we never see them again.” Squad recruiters are more cautious, he added, although many of the younger members who join tend to stick with the department. Paccione said he has seen a number of members just out of college recruit their friends. “Most of them have been around with us for a while. You leave one or two, but the majority of them stick it out. Most them are already in college. We very rarely take younger ones where they’re in college,” he said. Ingwerson added that they actively recruit at Cold Spring Harbor High School.

“Recruitment from the high school is key to getting those younger individuals who want to volunteer. As they get indoctrinated through the fire department, they tell their friends,” the chief said. Nearly all of the departments reported varying level of success with juniors programs, in-house like Northport’s Smokeaters or external organizations like Explorers, that teach teenagers what goes into saving lives. “It teaches them about the FD. It teaches them about firefighting and some basic first aid training- how to use a defibrillator. They also learn CPR. It’s pretty comprehensive,” Mahoney said, adding that current First Assistant Chief Joe Pansini was once a Smokeater. The Explorers fall under the Boy Scouts

of America. The students elect their own captain and lieutenant, and learn both how to save lives and how to fundraise. When they graduate the program and come back from college, those younger members already know how the department works. Membership in these juniors programs begins as young as 12 and continues until 18, when they can legally join the fire department. “A lot of juniors become full-time members when they turn 18,” Ingwerson said. Anyone interested in joining a volunteer department is asked to contact the appropriate headquarters. Officials with the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps and East Northport Fire Department did not return requests for figures or comment.

Renaissance files plan for downtown redevelopment (Continued from page A7)

The development strategy begins just outside Huntington village, where plans for the “neighborhood transition area” suggest reinforcing the area’s residential look and the nearby single-family home community. Moving north, the second area – a mixed-use area at Woodland Street and New York Avneue – would continue to support a mix of light industrial, automotive and office uses. “Portions of this could be repurposed – it’s the first municiapl opportunity site we’re looking at,” Porter said. The Development Strategy considers the property as a potential site to relocate industrial uses in the Huntington Station Downtown Area

near the train station. The third neighborhood area, focused on Holdsworth Drive and New York Avenue, includes the Big H Shopping Center, where the focus is on creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment, promoting commercial development and using existing parking more efficiently. “The Big H shopping center provides more of an autocentric feel. One of the things that we feel is important is working with the private owner to create a shared parking scenario so you could develop more of that site,” Porter said. At the Gateway Plaza neighborhood area, a concept developed by the Laurel Group calls for complementing the com-

muntiy garden with a children’s nature play area, an amphitheater and a nature, agricultural and education center. The zone also contains underutilized municipal lots along New York Avenue, which would be the site of mixed-use developments and adaptive reuse. They also woud look at getting development udnerway at 1000 New York Ave. and the Northridge proprety adjacent to Yankee Peddler Antiques. The southernmost mixed-use areas, at Pulaski Road and New York Avenue, and at 11th Street and New York Avenue, are being eyed as a community anchor just south of downtown Huntington Station, where the focus would be on promoting

mixed-use development, improving public safety and making underutilized sites more productive. A community recreation area, focusing on Manor Field Park and on the James D. Conte Armory building, is marked as a future community recreation hub. Should the town board approve Renaissance’s development strategy, the developer is aiming to begin in-depth zoning analysis , which is epected to culminate at the end of 2014 with groundbreaking on phase I of their project. Renaissance is aiming to break ground on catalyst properties, such as 1000 New York Ave., Northridge and Columbia Terrace by the end of the year, officials said.

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Cook screens for super (Continued from page A1)

and believe that the residents of this town are ready for a new Town Hall independent of partisan politics, fiscally conservative and responsive to their needs.” Cook’s announcement comes after State Senator John Flanagan (R-E. Northport) announced April 12 he would not run for supervisor. The same day Cook screened, Huntington Bay Mayor Herb Morrow also made his case to the Republican Committee as to why he should lead the GOP ticket. Earlier in the year, Huntington attorney Ed Smyth and Huntington builder Peter Saros screened for the nomination. Cook brings a number of strategic benefits to the Republican Party should he run. For one, he has a chance of taking the Independence line from Petrone, who won 1,656 votes on the line in 2009. Cook did not have Independence backing in 2009 when he ran unsuccessfully for town board as the Republican candidate, but received the Independence line in his victory year, 2011. State Independence Party Chair Frank MacKay did not return calls for comment by press time Monday. The Conservative line, on which supervisor candidate Peter Nichols won 3,020 votes in 2009, could also go to Cook, who had Conservative backing for town board in both 2009 and 2011. While Cook hasn’t screened with them yet, Huntington Conservative Chair Frank Tinari said the opportunity is still available. “If he asked us to screen we’d take it under advisement and take it from there,” he said. Cook could also bring fundraising strength to the Huntington Republicans. In his 2011 campaign, Cook raked in nearly $67,500. He told the committee he could more than double that sum in a supervisor bid. Still, he has a long road to climb to match the combined war chest of Petrone and

Cuthbertson. Combined, the pair has nearly $650,000 in the bank as of their last campaign finance filing in January. They have both held large fundraisers since then. A new campaign finance filing is due in July for all active political committees. Picking Cook for supervisor also has its risks. There is little personal risk for Cook – he does not have to give up his town board seat to run – but if he leads the ticket, Republicans would have to win all three available seats to lock up the majority, since Cook would vacate his council seat if he wins. If Cook does not run, whichever party wins two of the three available town council seats would also win control of the board. But paired with the risk is the potential for a huge political windfall. With a clean sweep, a party that has been in the minority since the late 1990s could position themselves to claim a supermajority. Immediately after the election, they would have a working 3-1 coalition formed by Independence member Cook and two Republican council members, and could appoint a fourth member to fill the seat. A special election would be held in November 2014 for candidates seeking the balance of Cook’s council term, which would expire in 2015. However, if Cook and just one Republican council candidate win, the board would be split, with Democratic Councilwoman Susan Berland, a second Democrat elected in 2013, Cook as the supervisor, a Republican elected in 2013, and a vacant seat. Cook’s seat could remain vacant unless the divided board agrees on a consensus candidate. While Governor Andrew Cuomo could call a special election to fill the vacancy, election law experts say such a step is rarely taken. Tepe said the GOP’s Nominating Committee would meet this week as they begin to finalize November’s ticket. The chairwoman said the announcement of their candidates would come later in the month.

110 in on foreign trade (Continued from page A1)

County Executive Steve Bellone said the Route 110 corridor in Melville could be a major beneficiary of the expanded program. The area currently hosts 125,000 jobs, and nearby Republic Airport in Farmingdale is a site where a major transit-oriented development and bus-rapid transportation may be on the way, as well. “This is certainly an area we think is ripe for expansion of these types of export businesses,” Bellone said. And with markets booming in places like Brazil and India, encouraging more exports is a key to economic development, said Kevin Law, president of the Melville-based Long Island Association. The current FTZ is centered on a 52acre property near Long Island Macarthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Since 1980, the Town of Islip has managed the zone, which generates $500 million-$1 billion in regional economic activity, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci said. Countywide, Suffolk businesses generate $7 billion in exports. While some businesses have relocated to the zone to tap into the benefits, it isn’t feasible for all, especially under current economic conditions, Bellone said. It is possible to join the FTZ remotely, through an Alternative Site Framework, but the process can take up to two years to complete. Suffolk County’s pending proposal would reduce that window to 9-12 months. “If there’s one thing we hear over and over again from businesses, it’s that things take too long, the processes are

too difficult and we’re missing out on opportunities,” Bellone said. Jeffrey Heydt, CEO of the International Warehouse Group, said an expanded FTZ would allow his company, which manages storage and assembly services for some of New York’s largest businesses, to save money, expand and hire new workers. “This will allow for importers and exporters to grow and use the FTZ as a tool to help their bottom line and assist them in being competitive globally,” he said. The import-export benefits are exactly what caught Tom Glazer’s attention. Glazer, whose Graphic Image leatherbinding company also makes GiGi New York handbags and accessories, said joining the FTZ would provide a substantial boost. “We do 80-90 percent of our manufacturing of our goods here, but almost all of our materials come from overseas. And leather’s the big one, and it’s expensive,” he said. The company produces high-end products bound for retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Tiffany and Co. and also operates a factory and outlet store in Melville, which employs up to 200 during peak holiday season. “Anything that makes you more competitive helps,” he said. Gillibrand said she was scheduled to meet with Francisco J. Sánchez, the under secretary of commerce for international trade, on Monday to push Suffolk’s proposal.


A18 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • MAY 2, 2013 THURSDAY First-Time Homebuyer’s Seminar

A seminar for first-time homebuyers will be held May 2, 7-9 p.m. at the Harborfields Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call Housing Help Inc. at 631-754-0373.

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Calendar O M M U N I T Y

Single Mingle

Are you single and looking for an alternative to online dating sites? The next Long Island Single Mingle event is May 2, 7-10 p.m. at The Paramount Founders Club, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Presale only. $50.

her memoir “Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life” on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • The spring season kicks off Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, at noon and 3 p.m. with “High School Musical 2.” $10.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Tony Award-winning comedy “Boeing Boeing,” the story of an architect juggling three fiancées who are all flight attendants, plays through May 5. $55.


The Minstrel Players of Northport

at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport. 631-7322926., • The Players perform Tim Kelly’s “The Butler Did It, Again!” on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. $15 general/$12 seniors and children.

Artists In The Attic

Artists in the Attic present an open studio evening for the group exhibit “ART(that matters) – What Do You Stand For?” on April 26, 6-8 p.m. at 1038 New York Ave., Huntington Station, above the Yankee Peddler. Meet the artists, see their work, share conversation, and enjoy refreshments and music.


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


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!


Talent Show

‘Boeing Boeing’ Leaves The Terminal Soon Time is running out to see Tony Award-winning comedy “Boeing Boeing,” the story of an architect juggling three fiancées who are all flight attendants, at John W. Engeman Theater At Northport, 350 Main St., Northport. Plays through May 5. $55. 631-261-2900.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS 11 a.m.-noon. Register by phone or online: Chai Tots Preschool, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-351-8672.

Free Help For Vets

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

The 13th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival will take place on May 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Heckscher Park in Huntington. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, live entertainment and a children's parade. Don’t forget your camera! 631-351-3099.

Friendship Circle Yoga Program

A Yoga program for children with special needs will be held Sunday, May 5, noon-12:45 p.m. at The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. 631-351-8672. RSVP to Serena Kindler at $10 per session.

MONDAY Crochet, Crochet

The Long Island Crochet Guild meets at the Halesite Firestation, 1 No. New York Ave., Huntington the first Monday of the month (except September) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Beginners welcomed. Bring assorted hooks. Contact for questions: or 631-427-5373. Next meeting: May 6.

Aging And Saging

Members of an “Aging and Saging” group shares their experiences at The Women’s Center of Huntington, 125 Main St., Huntington, on Mondays (except holidays) from 10 a.m.-noon. $15 members/$10 non-members. 631-549-0485.

See The Light

Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia has organized an exhibit of Huntington Lighthouse artifacts and 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 Mommy And Me Yoga

Free Mommy and Me yoga classes are offered in Dix Hills every Tuesday. Walkers: 12 Months and up, 9:45-11 a.m. Crawlers: 6-12 Months,

A local cable TV talent show is looking for all types of talent (except bands). Singers, impressionists, comedians, magicians, and other performers/acts welcome. Register online at or call 631-2237011. Auditions are open to all ages. Registration in advanced is required – no walkins permitted.

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

FRIDAY 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.

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • There will be an artist reception for Jeanne Rogers on Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 p.m. Her work will be on display. • Children ages 2-5 are invited to decorate a potholder for Mother’s Day on Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Commack Public Library

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Adults are welcome to play Bridge and Mahjong on Fridays at 1 p.m. through May. • There will a yard sale and bike consignment on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Deer Park Public Library

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Still in need of a present for Mother’s Day? Make one at a Mother’s Day Craft Workshop on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. and again on Sunday at noon. • Young adults entering grades 6-9 in the fall interested in reading are invited to enter the 2013 Battle of the Books.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Are you a parent or caregiver to an infant? Learn what to do in a medical emergency on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. in Melville. • Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., meet for friendly English conversation practice. All are welcome, refreshments provided. Call to register: 498-1225.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • The toddler movie “To The Artic” will be shown Friday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. • Artist Vincent Franco will be at the library Monday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Are you a parent and looking to talk to other parents? There are parent-to-parent sessions on Wednesdays at noon. • New Horizons String Orchestra invites the public to sit in on their rehearsals on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • “Les Miserables” will be shown Friday, May 3 at 1:30 pm at the East Northport location. • Are you a senior who has been diagnosed with diabetes? On Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. learn from an expert the symptoms of diabetes, the diabetic diet, medications and more.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • The Greenlawn American Legion will be collecting worn American flags May 3- July 1. • Are you a fan of Star Wars? Join others fan to create Star Wars origami on Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.


Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Homework help is being offered for students in grades 3-7 on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. through May 28. • Are you a fan of Star Wars? Join other fans in creating Star Wars origami on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Meet star Sally Kellerman at a special screening of Robert Altman’s classic black comedy classic, “MASH”, followed by interview, Q & A, reception and book signing of

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. • Entries are being sought for their annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair at Heckscher Park in Huntington on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

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.

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.

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.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • “Car Culture: Art and the Automobile” on display April 27- Aug. 11.

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 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.

Huntington Arts Council

Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St.,

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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. • “Living Color” shows in the Art-trium through June 17.


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Tiptoe Through The Tulips The 13th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival will take place on May 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Heckscher Park in Huntington. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, live entertainment and a children's parade. Don’t forget your camera! 631-351-3099.

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. • Learn how clothing was made, from “Sheep to Shawl” at the festival on May 5.

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.

9 East Contemporary Art

9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • “Transitional Man,” a solo exhibition by Northport’s John Fink, is on display through May 5.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • The latest exhibition, “Northport Collects II,” celebrates the passion for collecting by highlighting the unique and varied collections of members. On display through June.

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. • “I HAD” by Jeremy Zierau is currently on display.


Headquarters: 161 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Joseph Lloyd Manor House: Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck. 631-692-4664. • “Long Island at Work and at Play,” early 20thcentury photographs from SPLIA’s collections, is now on display Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 through April 15: 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. • The newly renovated planetarium is now open. Check the website for show times. • The Arena Players Repertory Theater presents thriller “The Deadly Game,” runs through May 12 at the Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House Theater.

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: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240, ext. 114.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Tickets for the June 25 show featuring

Drowning Pool with special guests Eye Empire and Asha Alia go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.


Concerts with a Touch of Theater. At Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-385-0373 • Legendary pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter play a two-piano program with music by Mozart, Schubert, Arensky, and Rachmaninoff, on Sunday May 5, 4 p.m. $10 (students), $18 (seniors), $20 (adults). Reservations recommended.

DONATIONS WELCOME Bike Drive for Sandy

A Bike Drive for Sandy will collect used adult and children’s bicycles in coordination with Project Nivneh, an organization specially created to provide Hurricane Sandy Relief to area residents. Bicycles can be dropped off at South Huntington Jewish Center, 2600 New York Ave., Melville, Mon.–Thur., April 29-May 2, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or Sun., May 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Call Robyn Schmigelski at 631-766-3748.

Help The Troops Call Home

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci has registered his District Office in Huntington Station as an official drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. To help the troops call home by donating your old cell phone, stop by or mail your phone to 1783 New York Ave., Huntington Station, 11746. 631-271-8025.

AID & ASSISTANCE Help After Sandy

Touro Law Center has opened a legal hotline at 631-761-7198 that is staffed Monday-Friday 9-6 by law students and attorneys from the bar associations. Bilingual and Spanish-speaking lawyers are available thanks to the Hispanic Bar Association.

VOLUNTEERING Seeking Volunteer Advocates

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

Artistically Gifted Needed

The Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack is seeking artistically gifted volunteers to partner with residents in a new program, “heART to heART” aimed at helping people with varying levels of cognitive ability express themselves through art. Contact Judie at 516-931-5036 or

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

Be A Host Family

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

The Hospice Care Network is seeking licensed massage therapists who are passionate and committed to making a difference for their new complementary therapy program, which will provide services at Franklin Medical Center in Valley Stream, Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway and the Hospice Inn in Melville. Two-day training course provided by the organization. or 516-832-7100. Huntington Hospital Auxiliary’s Community Thrift Shop needs volunteers for merchandise pricing and floor work on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 631-2713143.

Seniors Helping Others

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program offers volunteer opportunities throughout Suffolk County ranging from tour guides and soup kitchens to hospitals and mentoring for energized adults 55+. Training, travel reimbursement and liability insurance are included. 631979-0754


Helping Furry Friends

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

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.

Helping Runaway Kids

Share your ideas and opinions on how Huntington Sanctuary, a program of the Huntington Youth Bureau, can help youth ages 12-21 who run away or who are at risk of running away. The group’s advisory board meets one Thursday a month at 6 p.m. Call 631-271-2183.

Eyes For The Blind

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

Help American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Suffolk County Chapter is looking for volunteers to assist in emergency shelters, at fires and natural disasters, with veterans, at community events or at the office. Free trainings provided. 631-924-6700 ext 212.

Time For Meals On Wheels

Meals On Wheels of Huntington is in need of men and women to be volunteers, who work in teams, delivering midday meals to shut-ins. Two hours required, one day a week. Substitutes also needed to fill in when regular drivers are unavailable. There is also a pressing need for nurses who can volunteer to screen potential clients. Times are flexible. 631-271-5150.

Nursing/Rehab Center Needs Help

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP SUFFOLK) needs adults 55+ to help in organizations throughout Suffolk County. Dozens of opportunities available in this federally funded program for just about any interest or skill. Visit or call 631-979-9490 ext.12 for more information.

Friends At Home

Be A Day Care Provider

Looking to earn some community service hours while changing a life? As part of the Friends@Home program, a project of The Ariella's Friendship Circle at the Chai Center in Dix Hills, visit a child with special needs in an environment they are most comfortable: their own homes. Together, bake cookies, play games, create arts and crafts, read books and more. Contact Nati or Sara at 631-351-8672 or

A Loving Touch

Thrifty Hands Needed

Be A Friend Of The Bay

Our Lady of Consolation, a 450-bed nursing and rehabilitative care center located at 111 Beach Drive in West Islip, is seeking compassionate individuals willing to volunteer their time as transporters, Eucharistic Ministers, office assistants, recreational therapy assistants and spiritual care companions. Volunteers needed seven days a week, days and evenings. Age 14 and older only. 631-5871600, ext. 8223 or 8228.

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with general office duties during daytime hours. Candidates should be positive, energetic and professional with good communication skills. Resume and three references required. 631689-2672 or fax resume to 631-751-1695.

Little Flower Day Care Network is recruiting for those interested in becoming registered New York State Child Day Car providers. Must be 18 years or older. Call 631-929-600 ext. 1239 to arrange for an appointment in your home with a day care social worker.

Voice For The Children

Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center are seeking volunteers to assist

Alcoholics Anonymous

With their first meeting in Huntington opening in the late 1940s, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope so that they may stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism. Call (631) 654-1150 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., or visit for information and a meeting list.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who meet regularly and share their experience, strength and hope to stay clean and help others seeking recovery from addiction. Meeting list at, or call 631-689-NANA (6262).

Overeaters Anonymous

Held every Monday, 10 a.m.-noon, at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 167 Wolf Hill Road, Melville, an Overeaters Anonymous (OA) group meets in the adjacent building, Living Waters Spiritual Center, in the downstairs meeting hall. Free babysitting available. 631271-4455; 631-475-5965 for additional meetings in OA’s Suffolk region.

Nicotine Anonymous

Trying to quit smoking, dipping or chewing tobacco? You don't have to do it alone. Nicotine Anonymous – Ann’s Hope, a 12-step program of recovery from nicotine addiction, meets every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Huntington Hospital. New members welcome at any time, but meetings on the third Wednesday of each month feature a special welcome.

Eating Disorders Support Group

Huntington Hospital hosts a confidential, professionally-led support group open to people with eating disorders, their families and friends on the first Sunday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. in the One-South Conference Room.

Sociable Singles

The Singles Division of the Y JCC hosts weekly discussions for singles over the age of 55 on the first and third Thursdays of each month, 35 p.m. Free for members, $4 for non-members. 631-462-9800.

Jewish Dating

The Dix Hills Chai Center is offering to help Jewish singles who are tired of Internet dating and the bar scene find their soul mates. In a personalized and confidential environment, thoughtful matches will be arranged. Visit or call 631-351-8672.

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Adding The Action Into ‘Ready, Set’ Father-son team of professional athletes create sports films for major corporations S p o t l i g ht O n

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

Cold Spring Harbor product Jay Jalbert earned a tremendous reputation within the national lacrosse scene, excelling both with the Seahawks and in Major League Lacrosse. But Jay was not the first in the Jalbert to stand out in sports. His father, Joe, turned a career as professional skier into a role as a stuntman for Robert Redford, and ultimately his own business – Jalbert Productions. “We are a sports television production and distribution company, specializing in high-impact television documentaries. We go from creation and concept to execution, shooting, packaging and distributing on a global basis,” the company president said. After more than four decades in business, the production company has more than 500 hours of programming picked up by major networks and four official Winter Olympics films in their archives. That library includes short web clips, commercials, series programming and full documentaries for more than 200 companies, including AT&T, Visa and General Motors. Jalbert Productions has ongoing projects with Red Bull, Under Armor and Tough Mudder, and will be working with U.S.A Cycling, the United States Ski and Snowboard Team, and United States Olympic Committee. “Most of those clients came to us because of our connections, sales effort, reputation, networking… We have a niche and we’re not only known in the production world, we are also well-known in the TV market for our distribution,” Jalbert said. Unlike the average production company, Jalbert Production specializes in sports media. That includes shooting video that requires the cameraman to be almost as athletic as the athlete. Joe Jalbert was born and raised in Idaho, and eventually became a competitive skier. He joined the U.S. Ski Team and competed against others from around the world until 1968. A year later, he joined the cast of “Downhill Racer” as a technical director and stunt double. The film

: Former professional skier Joe Jalbert and retired professional lacrosse star Jay Jalbert lead the family’s high-impact sports film production and distribution company. told the story of an ambitious ski racer, played by Robert Redford, who made the Olympic team and wins the gold medal. Jalbert filled in for Redford himself. “Working with Redford was a special treat at that time in my life,” he said. The film debuted in 1969 and Jalbert Productions opened their doors in New York City in 1970. The company’s first production was “Impression of Utah,” a documentary on the state again involving Robert Redford. They quickly moved into sponsored films for popular ski companies like Rossignol and Salomon. Jalbert took on the writing and director duties, and hired other cameramen, but he also remained behind the camera himself. In fact, the elder Jalbert only stopped shooting five years ago. The younger Jalbert has also worked a camera during his eight years with the family business, although he focuses more on directing and production as a vice president. “Our cameramen over the years have had to be not only good athletes themselves, but aggressive. We constantly work in extreme conditions, both altitude-wise and weather-wise. Today, the digital world has made our equipment, smaller, lighter, much more flexible in difficult filming situations,” the president said. Films begin either as an idea by Jalbert Productions staff or as a request from a client. In either case, the ensuing process is the same. They started with a “show treat-

ment” – a written synopsis of the show anywhere from thre to 20 pages. It moves on to finalizing the concept, determining shooting locations and finalizing the budget. The actual filming can be short-lived, like a three-day shoot in Boston for Red Bull Cliff Diving, or be a lengthy process, like their eight weeks of shooting around the world for a documentary on Olympic freestyle skier Toby Dawson. Born in Korea, Dawson was adopted by a skiing family in Colorado before winning the bronze medal in the 2006 games. Jalbert Productions reunited him with his biological father, met his adoptive parents, shot some competition footage and filmed him working as an instructor. Once the footage is pulled and organized, several teams simultaneously start the next phase. Writers work with the editor on producing a script, some choose the soundtrack for the piece, and others in distribution start pitching the show to network affiliates in 120 markets. “The stations know our product and know our distribution service,” Jalbert said, adding that 99 percent of the time the stations find a space for their productions. He added the distribution component in 1985, after several years creating hundreds of shows for NBC and CBS, as a way to control both ends of their content. “Content is king, but the show is only as good as its distribution base and the number of eyeballs that see it,” Jalbert said. Business has grown naturally over the years, he added, never “taking off” at any specific point. The company started in Manhattan, but moved to Huntington in 1985. He found found a “substantial talent pool” commuting from Long Island to New York City, but Huntington also provided a great place to raise his family. His wife of 41 years, Susan, hails from Centerport. Jay Jalbert brought the creative and production aspects back to the city four years ago, leaving the distribution staff in Huntington. “Being based in Manhattan has certainly ramped [up] our creative and production position. Just being in New York City is a plus,” his father said. Despite the recession and shaky economy, both sides have performed well in recent years. The president expects no major changes in the years to come. “I envision continuing to grow,” he said.

Jalbert Productions 230 New York Ave., Huntington 631-351-5878


Huntington Fans Cheer On NY Islanders Half Hollow Hills photos/Luann Dallojacono

From left: Fan Jamie Trombino takes a photo with players from the Islanders’ farm team; Islanders veteran Mike Bossy speaks to the crowd; and Islanders Ice Girls work the merchandise table in the Paramount lobby.

Hockey fans swarmed The Paramount on April 25, but not to catch live music. Instead, they caught a live NHL game as the theater played host to a playoff watch party. Fans’ eyes were locked on three big screens over the stage and balconies of the

concert venue as the playoff-bound N.Y. Islanders took on the Philadelphia Flyers. The event was free to the first 1,000 fans who ordered tickets. Islanders prospects from the farm team mingled with the crowd and posed for photos,

while Ice Girls and mascot Sparky kept the crowd entertained. Islanders greats Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy even stopped by to share some memories and throw their support behind the 2012-2013 team.


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Colts Still Charging Toward A Playoff Berth

Despite a recent loss to their Half Hollow Hills East rivals, the Half Hollow Hills West Colts are three games shy of earning a shot at the playoffs. The Colts had a dramatic loss to the Thunderbirds on April 27. While they scored 6 goals in the first half, their lack of driving offense in the third period cost them the win at the Ray Enners tournament. At the game against East, Hills West’s Jeremiah Sullivan added 3 goals. Blake Heller and Michael Lucarelli each scored 2 goals, and Willie Holmquist scored one. Goalie Erik Mikelinich had 16 saves. Hills East won, 16-8. Hills West fell during an intense game at Northport’s Veterans Park last Thursday, when the Colts grappled with offensive consistency. The ball frequently seemed to wind up in their defensive end, with the Tigers offense taking charge. Hills West lost to Northport, 13-6.

Ryan Ozavath and Sullivan each scored 2 goals. Heller and Lucarelli both added a goal to give Hills West 6 points by game’s end at Northport. Mikelinich had 9 saves. The Colts trampled the Eagles on April 19, defeating them at home 20-2. West scored 13 unanswered goals in the first period, and scored all 20 by halftime. Ozvath scored 5 goals with 2 assists, Riley Forte scored 3 goals with 4 assists, and Holmquist, Curtis Weingard and Matt Nicholls each added 2 goals. Cody Carlson, Conor Diaks, Malcolm Flynn, Lucarelli, Grant Southard, Sullivan and Anthony Lucarelli all scored one point to give Hills a tremendous edge over Brentwood. Goalie Nick Badaracco had 3 saves. The Colts played at Hauppauge on Monday, but scores were not available by press time. Hills West will host Sachem North at 4 p.m. on Thursday, and will take on East Islip at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

A player from Hills West snatches the ball during last week’s game at Northport.


Hills East Upsets West Rivals in Lacrosse Thunderbirds rock Colts with 16-8 victory at Ray Enners Tournament By Jacqueline Birzon

Despite a rocky season, the Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds boys lacrosse team brought an aggressive attitude on to the turf last Saturday, defeating their Hills West rivals 16-8. The inter-district game marked the annual Ray Enners Tournament, an annual game in honor of football, basketball and lacrosse team captain Raymond Enners. Enners attended Half Hollow Hills High School before there were two high schools, and

was an All-County, All-Long Island and honorable mention All-American athlete who served in the U.S. Army as a young adult. Enners was killed in the line of duty in 1968, and has been honored for his character ever since, both on the district and county level. According to Hills East Head Coach Gordon Hodgson, the tournament is always a great day for the players and community at large. Despite East’s lagging record in Division I, the T-Birds brought an aggressive game against their district counterparts.

“We kind of jumped all over them early. We just had a great overall team performance. We came out and took it over and had quite an explosion in the second half. But you want them to play better in the second half then the first, because that’s when it counts,” Hodgson said. The Hills game started out strong on both sides, with a score of 7-6 at halftime. But Hills East scored 7 unanswered goals in the third and fourth periods, and by the time West found a response, the clock ran out. Senior Jesse Parker scored 6 goals with an assist. Dan Bockelman added 3 goals


Lady Colts Steal First Place Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

The Half Hollow Hills West Lady Colts, tied with Hauppauge for first place in League IV, are guaranteed a spot when the softball playoffs begin. The 9-3 team recently defeated Newfield 11-1, when star pitcher Francesca Casalino went 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs and struck out 15 batters in seven innings. She allowed only 3 hits to lead the Lady Colts to victory last Saturday. On April 24, Hills West lost in a close non-league game against Centereach, 4-3. Casalino tied a career-high the day before against North Babylon, but with 17 strikeouts and only one run allowed on 2 hits, she pitched a complete seven innings to lead Hills West over Babylon 9-1. Hills West lost its ground against rival and co-first-place contender Hauppauge on April 20, losing 1-0. At Whitman the day prior, the Lady Colts triumphed in a 6-1 win over the Lady Wildcats. Alyse McAlpine went 4-for-4 with two doubles and 2 runs. Rightfielder Gabrielle Casalino and

A Hills West Lady Colt takes a swing at bat. shortstop Alana Campo each had 2 hits for Hills West. Francesca Casalino struck out 12 in a 2-hitter to lead Hills 6-1 over Whitman. Hills West played at Smithtown East on Tuesday, and hosted Copiague on Wednesday, but scores were not available by press time. The Colts will play at Riverhead on Friday at 4 p.m.

and one assist. Justin Rothstein scored 2 goals and had an assist. Evan Peller Jordan Shapiro, Andrew Gomez, Nick Pellegrino, Anthony Ramaizel and Dylan Mastradea each scored a point for East. Goalies Dontate Misfud had 2 saves and Jordan Eichholz had 15. “Jesse Parker played really well. His first 4 goals really got us going, and Anthony Ramaizel, who transferred from attack to mid has been a leader out there on the field, and Justin Rothstein has been playing very well all year,” the coach said. On April 25, East fell to West Islip, 14-5. Peller, Pellegrino, Ramaizel, Shapiro and Joe Tesoriero each added a goal. Earlier in the week, the T-Birds tripped up at Connetquot, where they lost by a single point, 16-15. East lost the game with 1:30 left in double overtime. Parker and Pellegrino added 4 goals each and Bockelman scored 2. Hills East defeated Commack on April 19, 18-5. Parker and Bockelman both scored 6 goals, while Pellegrino and Rothstein each added 2 goals. In order to qualify for playoffs, the coach said, the team must win the next five games of the season. Hodgson added that since his team has such a young presence with limited upperclassmen, the season has been a learning experience for both the players and the coach. “They know what they have to do. The motivation is making the playoffs – we can’t afford to have a let down. The burden is on them; it’s in their hands to get the job done,” he said. Hills East hosted Walt Whitman on Tuesday, but the score was not available by press time. The T-Birds will play at Bay Shore on Thursday at 4 p.m., and will host Longwood on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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