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A10-yearLittle Fish Takes On The Big Apple old Candlewood student Anthony Pierini to step into the Broadway spotlight By Jacqueline Birzon

He’s a little fish in the Big Apple. Anthony Pierini, 10, hooked a role in the Broadway debut of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Big Fish,” which previews at at the Neil Simon theater Sept. 5. The play officially opens one month later, on Oct. 6. Based on the 2003 Oscar-nominated film “Big Fish,” starring Ewan McGregor, “Big Fish” tells the story of a young son and his journey demystifying his father’s life. Pierini plays the role of young Will, the son, as he tries to piece together stories - sometimes myths - of his father’s life. The second youngest of the Pierini clan, Anthony is one of three young actors in his family. Influenced from an early age by his older sister, Marisa, Anthony was never shy about his intentions to both compete with and, try

to fill his older sister’s shoes in the acting world. A recent graduate of Otsego Elementary in Dix Hills, the Wheatley Heights native said he likes to dabble in both onscreen and musical acting. “I do everything, but I really like theatre. I like it because it’s live and… you get to see the people getting entertained,” Pierini said of Broadway. Entering the sixth grade at Candlewood Middle School in September, Pierini balances his schedule by attending school in the mornings and practices lines and attends auditions in the afternoon. In a field where practice makes perfect, Pierini is fortunate to be practicing his passion in the process, often spending his free time reading and memorizing lines for plays and auditions. A seasoned performer, he played the role of Michael in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. Pierini said he was

confident going into the Big Fish audition last April. Pierini, who will star in the Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances, will share the role of Young Will with another actor. Pierini’s mother, Elisa, is also her son’s manager. She established PierSant Talent, a Manhattan-based agency to manage her three child actors including Anthony, Marisa and her youngest daughter, Nicolette. “Anthony has always had that special quality of making people laugh…it’s been an amazing journey, instantaneous, and Anthony came on board [along with his sisters] and been so successful,” his mother said.

Candlewood Middle School sixth grader Anthony Pierini, 10, will appear in the Broadway musical “Big Fish” at the Neil Simon Theatre.


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Water Main New Firehouse Blazes Green Path District aims for LEED-Silver ranking on its new substation Extension Approved Huntington’s Town Board signed off Aug. 13 on for a project designed to improve water quality in the Dix Hills Water District. The town entered a $9,900 contract with Melville-based design firm H2M to design a 250-foot water main extension to connect manes under Seneca Court and Tree Hollow Court. The project is designed to eliminate two dead-end water mains, which will increase fire flow and improve water quality, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. The entire project should cost about $34,500, Carter said. “It is a relatively inexpensive and minor project,” Carter commented.

Melville Fire District officials put the first shovels in the ground for their upcoming Amityville Road substation Saturday.


By Danny Schrafel

Melville Fire District officials broke ground on a new, environmentally friendly, $4milllion substation Saturday. The one-story substation, located off Route 110 on Amityville Road near the Northern State Parkway, has a 8,623square-foot footprint on 0.83 acres, and includes a partial cellar, a truck room doubled in size and improved ventilation systems. District officials said the cost is in the area of $4 million, which will be drawn from Melville FD’s capital reserve fund. Melville FD Chief Michael Carrieri said the new facility would bring immediate safety improvements for volunteers using the facility. “The firehouse we had before was very, very small, especially (Continued on page A14)


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State Education Commissioner ‘Gives An Inch’ But King sticks by Common Core in meeting with area superintendents at High School East

One week after the release of highly contested test scores, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King met with over 300 superintendents and educators at Half Hollow Hills High School East Aug. 16, when he acknowledged the state may have moved too quickly in implementing the new Common Core learning standards. While the Half Hollow Hills school hosted the event, it was sponsored by Western Suffolk BOCES as part of a Joint Management Team conference series, NYSED spokesperson Dennis Tompkins said. “Moving forward with the second year of the Common Core implementation and the release of scores, the commissioner wanted to talk with superintendents and other educators about the next steps as to how to move forward from here,” Tompkins said. South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, who attended the conference, said it was clear from his presentation that the commissioner fundamentally believes in the new Common Core standards. Bennardo said that while academic rigor should be commended, the pace of implementation was the biggest problem for school districts, teachers and students. The South Huntington superintendent said that the commissioner seemed to accept some audience members’ positions that the rigorous standards were implemented too quickly, and students and educators were blindsided. “I don’t think that turned him from his rock solid beliefs about the Common

Core, but I do think he’s making a concerted effort at this point to communicate with constituents that these scores are a completely new ball game and they don’t mean that anyone… is any less intelligent [today] than they were last week,” Bennardo said. “It’s a completely new baseline.” Bennardo said the temperature of the room was confrontational at times, but members of the audience remained respectful and professional. “There is a piece of you that wants to jump up and say, ‘Do you realize these changes you suggest are coming so fast, putting a tremendous amount of stress on the system?’” he said. “But by the same token he accepts that…at least he’s aware of what everyone’s feeling now.”. When assessment results for students in grades 3-8 were released to school districts throughout the state last Monday, educators and parents were disappointed to learn that under the new learning standards, just 31 percent of students in New York State achieved a “proficient” rating in math and 31.1 percent received “proficient” scores in English. Tompkins said the department chose to label students as “proficient” or “below proficient” rather than use the term “failing” on the new Common Core grade scale. A student can received a performance ranking ranging from level 1 to level 4, and can score level 1, “well below proficient;” level 2, “below proficient;” level 3, “proficient;” or a level 4 score of “excel.” English and math results were released to school districts last Monday and according to Tompkins, are typically released to students and their families


An $18.5-million overhaul of Pinelawn Road is one step closer to reality after County Executive Steve Bellone signed off on $3.3-million in seed money to start the project. The 20-percent commitment entitles the County to qualify for an additional $15.2-million in federal aid that will fully fund the project. Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-N. Babylon) said the project would improve safety and promote new economic activity on one of the most traveled roads between Babylon and Huntington townships. “It’s a very high volume traffic area,” D’Amaro said. “It’s also a safety concern because there’s a higher volume of accidents in the area.” The first phase -- realignment of Pinelawn Road at the Ruland Road/Colonial Springs Road intersection in Melville – includes removal of the center median and widening of Colonial Springs Road by adding a second lane in each direction between Pinelawn and Little East Neck roads. “These areas are well-known bottleneck points during rush hour,” D’Amaro said.

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King speaks to administrators at High School East Aug. 16. by the end of the first week in the school year. The education commissioner spent nearly two hours at High School East, where he ran through an 83-page Power Point presentation and took questions from educators in the audience. “I don’t think he’s backing down, away from his beliefs,” Bennardo said, adding that King appeared to be on the students’ team as far as getting them to the next level of academic success is concerned. “We all want our children to succeed in college and careers and we know that in order to accomplish that, we need to raise our expectations at every grade level,” King said in an interview after the conference. King’s spokesman said Monday that it’s hard to compare last years’ results, which had a 75.4 passing rate in English

in 2012 and a 67.2 percent passing rate in math, with student performance on this year’s test reflecting the new Common Core. “There was an understanding on both sides of the aisle and that he came out of the game accepting there is a common concern out there, and I think that tempered [the discussion],” Bennardo said. Half Hollow Hills Superintendent Kelly Fallon, along with Northport-East Northport Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Rosemaire Coletti; Huntington Superintendent James Polansky; Cold Spring Harbor Superintendent Judith Wilansky and other administrators from public schools in the Town of Huntington attended the Aug. 16 conference. Fallon declined to comment on the conference for this article.


Pinelawn Overhaul Moves Another Step Closer By Danny Schrafel

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By Jacqueline Birzon

“It is not uncommon to see cars backed up along the entire length of Colonial Springs Road between Pinelawn and Little East Neck roads.” Various drainage improvements, including a recharge basin to mitigate flooding, new curbs, sidewalks and traffic signals, and a full depth asphalt pavement resurfacing, are also included. The second phase of the project will focus on Pinelawn Road in East Farmingdale and calls for realigning the existing offset intersection at Conklin and Long Island avenues at its intersection with Pinelawn Road. The county will buy adjacent land to widen and reconstruct the intersection. Phase one planes are under state and federal review, and construction is expected to begin by spring 2014. Work on this phase should take 18 months. Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone commended D’Amaro’s efforts to secure the funding, which he said will improve traffic flow in the heart of the Route 110 corridor. D’Amaro said he is confident the county will secure the needed federal funding to make the project a reality. “We’re leveraging the county portion of the project and the money is available. I’m confident we’re going to get the funding,” he said.

Tonna To Resign From IDA By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s Paul Tonna will resign Thursday as chairman of the Industrial Development Agency, the former county legislator confirmed Monday. The former legislator and Presiding Officer, who was appointed chairman by the Suffolk County Legislature just a bit more than six months ago, said he is resigning to avoid perception of conflicts of interest in his IDA votes. “It’s my fault – I never saw this coming,” he said. Tonna serves as Executive Director for Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership, a group of leaders from Long Island's public, private and not-for-profit sectors who address hot-button social issues on Long Island. His affiliation with the group, which now has hundreds of members, has required him to sit out numerous votes, he said. “The law as written says that even if there’s a perception of a conflict – what does a perception mean? That could be anything. There are tons of people I know there. It’s countless,”

Paul Tonna Tonna said. During the June meeting, Tonna sat out on more than half of the IDA grant votes and hinted that he might step down because of it. “I’m just being very conservative. I never want there to be a day where people say, ‘look at Paul, Paul has all these contacts and he’s giving it [IDA grants] to his friends, not based on the merits,’” he said. “I don’t want to ever be subject to


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Danny Schrafel

Straight Talk Enough already… It seems like hardly a day

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viously. It would have a bocce court. And most importantly, it would be a ranch castle, one story – because this girl isn’t what she used to be!

passes by when another silly political maneuver comes to my attention in this, what is becoming one of the most remarkable elecMaking castles out of tion years I can ever rememIN THE KNOW sand… Even though my agber. One of the most impactful WITH AUNT ROSIE ing bones can’t climb a flight parties I can recall was the of stairs like they used to, I Fusion-Economy party back in the ‘50s – that can’t imagine I’d need as helped Bob Flynn get elected. The most recent one much strength to assemble a castle made from – this “Stop The LIPA Tax Hike” party I hear about sand! But when you’re digging with the big boys, a – might not pack the same oomph this November. background in architecture might help. One of our Now, I’m all for active engagement in this extraordireporters wrote a story about a 56-year-old man nary American experiment of ours, but I grow who is a sand castle connoisseur. What a hobby to weary of the empty buzzwords. So that’s why I’m have! Something small and family oriented that proposing the creation of one more little party – the started when his children were babies blossomed “Stop The Political Baloney” party. A party that calls into a 20-plus year family affair, and a fun activity for common sense and voting for the person who that even his 26-year-old daughter still helps out you think does the best job for you, regardless of the with. I wonder what kinds of hobbies this family D or R next to their name. Simple, straight-ahead takes up in the wintertime…igloo building, perand to the point. Anybody want to help me collect haps? petitions?

Another thing… I don’t know about you, but is anybody else a little bit alarmed at how much money is pouring in for this Town Board race? The six major-party candidates right now, as of mid-August, are reporting combined campaign funds of over $1.1 million. That’s right – over a million! I can’t imagine what they’re going to do with all this cash, but heavens knows I can think of a lot better uses for it than glossy literature pieces that I’ll get in my mailbox and toss in the garbage just as soon as I see it’s political mail. Getting sandy… Sorry if a “sandy” reference put you in a tizzy – I know it’s a sensitive word these days and may conjure some less-than-happy memories – but I’m not talking about the superstorm. I’m talking about sand castles! I haven’t made a sand castle since I was probably 12 years old (I’m not saying how many years ago that was, in case you were wondering!), but seeing all the advertisements about the town-sponsored castle-making contest at Crab Meadow Beach, to be held today before the drive-in movie, is making me want to relive my glory days. That’s right – I was quite the builder. My castle had it all, fit for a princess. I think if I built a castle today, though, it would be quite different. Instead of a moat, it would be a river of chocolate, ob-

Take a look around… do you ever notice the historic markers posted outside of homes or businesses around Huntington village? During a brisk walk — Aunt Rosie’s version of a jog — I noticed that my own office building sits on the property of what used to be a thimble factory built in 1836! A onetime Wall Street nightclub was once the site of the town’s first fire department. For a town that has such a rich history it’s, dare I say, “cool” to take a look back at the way things once were. Though I’m sure the original thimble factory that sat on our property did not come with a wireless internet connection, it’s nice to imagine what was unfolding at the very spot I sit in almost two centuries ago. Part of me hopes that in 100 years from now, a marker will stand outside of this building as a record of where our beloved newspaper was once made; but the bigger part of me hopes that in 100 years from now, our treasured local newspaper will still be chugging along. (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at



Marines from the Huntington Detachment 792 of the Marine Corps League held their annual picnic at Scudder Beach in Northport. Pictured, the oldest (Barbara Kruse) and youngest (Timothy Irish) enjoy the festivities.

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Purse Snatched From SUV Suffolk Police responded a grand larceny complaint at 7:45 a.m. Aug. 15. The complainant said an unknown person broke the car window on a 2013 Honda Pilot on Paumanok Drive in West Hills, stole her pocketbook and then later used her credit cards.

In The Dumps Police responded to complaints of a man sitting by a dumpster on Henry Street in Huntington Station at 7:35 a.m. Aug. 14. Upon request, the man left without incident.

Would-Be Burglars Cut Screen Police rushed to an 11th Avenue home in Huntington Station at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 after receiving a burglary complaint. A window screen had been cut, and another was removed. However, nothing was taken from the home, police said.


Pregnant Woman Injured In Crash By Jacqueline Birzon

A pregnant woman just three months shy of giving birth was seriously injured at White Post Farms Saturday when she was hit by a moving car. The woman, Anika Vorndamme-Cajigal of Lindenhurst, was standing near her parked car at the Melville farm when 79-year old Edward Henselder, of Melville, accidentally stepped on the gas rather than the brake pedal and hit Vorndamme-Cajigal and five parked cars. According to Sgt. Richard Auspaker of the Suffolk County Second Precinct, the cars sustained minor damage and no criminal charges have been made against Henselder because it was a motor vehicle accident. Vorndamme-Cajigal, 37, suffered two broken hips and was transported by Melville Rescue to Huntington Hospital where she was treated for serious injuries. No one else at the scene, including Henselder, was injured, Auspaker said. The victim was listed in stable condition later that evening, Huntington Hospital spokeswoman Julie Robinson-Tingue said Monday. However, Vorndamme-Cajigal was transported to North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset that same evening for treatment. Manhasset Hospital Spokeswoman Alexandra Zendrian confirmed the patient was still in stable condition, but did not speak to the status of the 6month old fetus. Hendsler’s Honda was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, police said.

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Police rushed to a Wolf Hill Road address in Dix Hills shortly before midnight Aug. 16 after receiving reports of a robbery. The complainant said an unknown man punched him and stole his backpack, which contained a wallet.


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GOP Taps Their Piggy Banks By D.Schrafel and J. Birzon

Huntington’s Republican candidates are digging deep to fund their 2013 election efforts, state financial disclosure forms show. And their decision to do so has made the battle for control of the Huntington Town Board a million-dollar race. Those filings reveal that town council candidate Josh Price loaned his campaign an additional $100,000, for a total of $125,000 so far. Councilman Mark Mayoka made a $101,000 loan, while Supervisor candidate Gene Cook kicked in $50,000 of his own bankroll. The loans bring the Huntington GOP candidates’ war chest to a combined $390,505.05, closing their funding gap with their Democratic rivals’ $742,446.94 cash on hand and pushing the combined bankroll of the six major-party candidates to $1,132,951.99. Supervisor Frank Petrone, has $489,926.49, while Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has $223,315.71 and council candidate Tracey Edwards has $29,204.74. Mayoka said that he’s “strongly considering” loaning his campaign more to complement fundraising efforts. But Democratic chair Mary Collins countered that big money is not necessarily a sign of a strong campaign. “I think it’s better if you have people support you and contribute to your campaigns than to self-finance,” she said. “When you self-finance, it’s an ego trip.” But Price said it’s the only way the GOP ticket can overcome the massive campaign accounts Petrone and Cuthbertson have built, and to ensure candidates in the future do not have to face a similar predicament. “If you’re not in a position where you have enough personal wealth to contribute, it makes it almost impossible to defeat an incumbent,” Price said. “It’s the only way to guarantee that 8 years, 12 years from now, whatever is decided as term limits, the vot-

ers of Huntington will truly have a choice.” Collins said the Democratic team, which showed little fundraising activity in the Aug. 13 report, is planning events in September and October. Meanwhile, Republican Supervisor primary candidate Robert Lifson, who has $6,600 on hand, said he has two fundraisers scheduled in the next two weeks and is close to meeting his financial goals. Lifson said that the increased activity shows that primary challenges by himself and Town Council candidate Mark Capodanno are “a very healthy thing.” “If they have a cogent message that resonates and is positive and they’re willing to put that capital at risk, more power to them,” he said. “I haven’t seen that yet – I don’t know if anybody else has.” Highway Superintendent William Naughton, seeking re-election in a threeway September primary has a bankroll of $122,613.73, according to his 32-day preprimary report. Naughton spent over $40,000 in expenses between early March and mid-April for fundraising and advertising efforts. The incumbent collected over $6,500 in contributions during the month of July alone. Town Parks Director Don McKay, another Democrat on the ballot for the Sept. 10 primary, had $13,085.33 in his campaign piggy bank as of the Aug. 13 filing. However, McKay said Monday approximately $10,000 more came in from a Northport fundraiser he held last week. “As far as money goes I think I’m in good shape and have enough money to get my message out,” McKay said Monday. Democratic opponent Kevin Orelli has a balance of $31,075.46. The highway hopeful said he is confident he has the funds necessary to get him through the primary. Based on his official July periodic report, Conservative Highway Opponent Peter Gunther, who’s received Republican Party backing in the Highway race, has over $19,000 to his name in campaign contributions.


The Party That LIPA Built By Jacqueline Birzon

In an effort to raise awareness and give voters more options in November’s town board election, Democratic candidates for the Huntington town board ticket created the Stop the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Tax Hike party line. Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and town council candidate Tracey Edwards launched the alternative line in late June, and collected over 2,500 signatures well exceeding the 1,000 signature minimum. Town Democrats were permitted to carry petitions for the party, but were restricted from signing them if they had previously signed Democratic petitions for the candidates, committee Chairwoman Mary Collins said. “It gives people another option to voice their opinion on a very hot-button issue... that’s what that line is about.” The Democratic candidates recruited registered voters, including some interns at the Huntington Democratic Committee to collect signatures throughout the village. Some who carried were seen outside of businesses on Main and Wall Streets, sharing their party platform with village residents who passed. According to Cuthbertson, the party carried petitions over the last six weeks and gathered a substantial number of signatures prior to the Aug. 20 Suffolk Coun-

ty Board of Elections deadline. “The idea came to light in June as part of all the things going on with this issue. We wanted to keep the issue front and center, and thought ‘what better way to do it then to have it as a ballot line?,’” the councilman said, adding that many constituents were “dying to sign” up and voice their opinion on an issue of “critical importance.” According to town officials, LIPA is suing the Town of Huntington to recover $270 million in property taxes paid since 2010. The dispute originates to disagreements over the assessed value of LIPA’s Northport power generating station, which the town currently estimates is worth $3.43 billion. LIPA has argued the plant is worth a dramatic 90 percent less than the originally assessed value, determined in 1997, but were legally barred from challenging that assessment because of a previous tax certiorari agreement that expires this year. The town is currently battling LIPA’s suit in court; the Northport-East Northport School district is also involved in pending litigation. Should the Town and school district lose their case in court residents of the Northport-East Northport school district stand to see school taxes increase by as much as 60 percent while Town of Huntington residents, according to town officials would have their property taxes increased by 15 percent.



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Dix Hills Park’s Golden Year Marked Half Hollow Hills photos /Danny Schrafel

More than 1,000 residents took advantage of 50-cent prices for a swim in the town pool.

Former Supervisor Bob Flynn Sr. receives a proclamation from Supervisor Frank Petrone Saturday during the 50th anniversary celebration of Dix Hills Park.

Dogs from the town shelter system, including Goldie and her companion, Animal Control officer Liz Maffe, prepare to meet an adoring public.

Pony rides were another popular attraction for the younger set at the fair.

Town residents took advantage of retro prices offered for the golden anniversary bash for Dix Hills Park Saturday. The town sold 1,019 50-cent admissions to the pool, 413 50-cent skating sessions at the ice rink and 110 $2 rounds of golf during the day, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. All told, town officials estimate up to 2,500 came to Dix Hills Park Saturday. The town also paid tribute to the man they call “the father of Dix Hills Park,” former Town Supervisor Bob Flynn Sr. Flynn Sr. and another major architect of the January 1963 purchase of 144 acres of the Havemeyer estates, former Town Attorney Leon Lazer, were on hand to see what has become of the land 50 years later. Petrone praised Flynn Sr., now 91, for showing the leadership to establish precedent back in the 1960s to buy land for parks and open space. -SCHRAFEL

Kids tried their luck on inflatables of all shapes and sizes lined up at the park.

Natalie and Robert Mikovic check out a vintage fire truck on display from the Dix Hills Fire Department.

Town officials past and present prepare for a ceremonial tee-off at the golf course. From left: Councilman Mark Mayoka; former Town Attorney Leon Lazer, who helped the town buy what became Dix Hills Park in 1963; Councilwoman Susan Berland; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson; Parks director Don McKay and former Parks director Emerson Boozer.

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DIX HILLS Photo by Steve Silverman

Dix Hills fire Chief Tom Magno thanks Good Samaritan Peter Demidovich, who spotted a house fire Sunday.

Good Samaritan Steps Up By Cat Tacopina

Melville real estate agent Peter Demidovich hadn’t expected a drive home from a Boy Scout meeting would result in him saving a family’s home from bursting into flames. After leaving his troop’s meeting Aug. 18, Demidovich said he wanted to drive past a house on Branwood Road in Dix Hills that he had recently sold. After driving past, he found himself on Suncrest Road. That’s when he noticed smoke coming from 17 Suncrest Dr.

“When I first saw the white smoke coming from the house, I figured it was a family barbeque,” Demidovich said. “It wasn’t until I noticed the flames that I knew something was wrong.” Demidovich said flames reaching three to four feet high were rising from under the bushes. He parked his car and he ran up to the front door to try and get the attention of anyone living there. After ringing the doorbell didn’t work, Demidovich started banging on the front door. The son of the man who owns the house answered and Demidovich told him there was a fire on the side of the house (Continued on page A14)



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A Sea Change New York State Education Commissioner for students whose performance levels were Dr. John King met with a group of educators not up to usual standards. – including most area school superintendents So what happened? last week – and conceded that the state may The commissioner conceded that perhaps have rushed into implementing the new Com- the pace of implementing the new Common mon Core learning standards. Core curriculum was rushed, but he mainThe meeting came a week after tained his commitment to the test scores for last year’s tests restate’s participation in the new naEDITORIAL vealed results that were disaptional education standard. pointing at best: 31 percent of stuSuch a sea change requires more dents statewide achieved a “proficient” rating than a pull-the-trigger approach. The state in math and 31.1 percent were rated “profi- education department must immediately adcient” in English. dress its failure with a workable plan for New York’s poor showing is distressing, school districts. At the same time, there must particularly in an area where education is so be assurances that the most onerous part of important. Long Islanders pay high property the standards – student and teacher assesstaxes to maintain high educational standards ments – will not be implemented before stuand historically, educators have worked hard dents have been properly prepared to reach a to meet and exceed goals. It’s distressing too higher bar.

Lifson’s Has My Vote


It’s Time To Stop Demonizing ‘The Renter’ DEAR EDITOR: “Were you ever a renter?” Every time I ask this question, just about everyone answers, “yes.” Of course most of us were renters: as young workers just getting started; as young married couples saving up to purchase our first home. Renting is a natural part of the life cycle, unless you can’t find an apartment or home to rent. More and more, this is what’s happening in Huntington and on Long Island. Only about 18 percent of our housing stock is rental, compared with 35 percent in Westchester – a County quite similar to Suffolk. While most Long Islanders were once renters, somehow we have demonized “the renter.” We don’t want them in our neighborhoods; we don’t want their children in our schools; we consider them irresponsible and transient. “We have met the enemy, and they are us.” The results of these unfounded prejudices are dire. The Long Island Index reports that there were 15 percent fewer 25-34 year olds on Long Island in 2009 than there were on 2000. Young people are leaving in droves to find affordable rental housing elsewhere, after we spent about $300,000 educating each of them in our public schools, grades K-12. A Stony Brook Uni-

versity study found that 67 percent of people 18-34 years old are “very” or “somewhat” likely to move off Long Island in order to find affordable housing. Many who don’t leave wind up living back home with their parents. Business leaders are warning that this “brain drain” is threatening the very health and future of our economy. Businesses are leaving or choosing not to move here because of our housing shortage. A Long Island Association study called our lack of affordable housing “a prescription for disaster.” We all need to wake up: It is not rental housing that will undermine our economy and thereby depress our property values but the lack of it. Despite this grim picture, we again read that civic groups in the Half Hollow Hills School District are protesting the 117unit Sanctuary affordable housing complex at Ruland Road in Melville because it will contain rental apartments. (“Civics Scuttle Settlement of Housing Suit,” August 15, 2013.) These units comprise the settlement of a lawsuit that has been tied up in the courts for over a decade. The proposed complex will create 77 affordable one-bedroom rental apartments that are desperately needed to keep our young workers in Huntington. It will also contain 34 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom


units desperately needed by young working families. Last fall, 1,000 of my Half Hollow Hills neighbors turned out at a school board meeting to protest plans to merge schools or cut programs due to our district’s budget shortfall and declining student enrollments. The school district needs more tax revenue; it can benefit from more children; its young residents need affordable rental housing. The Sanctuary at Ruland Road will generate tax revenue for the district; it will add at most 30 to 50 children to the school rolls; it will stem the flow of maybe 77 more young people out of Huntington. Supervisor Frank Petrone pulled the resolution accepting the Ruland Road settlement in order to give the local civic groups an opportunity to voice their concerns. Having done so, the resolution should be placed back on the table for a quick vote, and it should pass. The Sanctuary at Ruland Road, as an affordable rental housing complex, is right for Half Hollow Hills and it’s right for Huntington. Editor’s note: Koubek is President of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition. RICHARD KOUBEK Dix Hills

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DEAR EDITOR: I fully support the candidacy of my friend Robert A. Lifson in the Republican Primary for Town Supervisor. For over 20 years, I’ve known Bob to be a person of character, commitment, and intelligence who cares deeply about the issues facing the Town of Huntington. As a former New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice and Chairman of the Huntington Republican Committee for five years, Bob is uniquely qualified to tackle serious town issues. His extensive knowledge of both the strengths and problems facing Huntington today, coupled with his balanced and reasoned approach to issues, makes him the best choice to represent the Republican party in this November’s election for Huntington Town Supervisor. In my 12 years of elected office, first as a Suffolk County legislator, then as Suffolk County Presiding Officer, I found Bob to be consistently on the pulse of what matters most to the residents of Huntington and a distinguished Republican leader. As a graduate of Huntington High School, he has deep roots in Huntington and is a strong voice and advocate for initiatives that will move Huntington forward, specifically trimming the town’s budget and attracting new businesses and jobs.

Bob’s impressive ability to solve complex problems and his skill at working with others of all viewpoints to achieve common goals is reflected in his distinguished judicial career and community involvement. He earned his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, and later, a Masters of Public Affairs from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Combining law with public service, Judge Lifson was counsel to State Assemblyman John Flanagan for the Committee on Higher Education, Confidential Law Secretary to Justice Paul J. Baisley of the State Supreme Court for Suffolk County, and Chief Counsel to State Senator Norman Levy. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook, trustee of the Huntington Historical Society, past president and member of the Kiwanis Club of Huntington, and a Captain in the New York State Guard. Bob’s dedication, honesty, and exceptional skills put him in the best position to represent the Republican Party in this important primary. He is the positive force Huntington needs right now and I unreservedly support his candidacy in the Republican Primary for Huntington Town Supervisor.

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Painter Returns As Toast Of The Town Huntington native Issac Rudansky headlines Sedoni Gallery’s Cocktails For A Cause By Arianna Davis

Artistically inclined since he was a child, Isaac Rudansky is now living his dream of painting vibrant, abstract pieces for a living. A Huntington native who currently resides on the South Shore, Rudansky developed a passion for drawing and painting at a young age. “My parents put me in art school. I didn’t like it. [There were] too many rules, too much structure, and you had to do things a certain way. But, I was always dabbling in different areas of art, and then, in the beginning of high school, I got into portraits in black and white,” he said. However, it didn’t take long for Rudansky to realize that creating portraits wasn’t for him. He believed that it didn’t allow him to express his creative freedom and artistic license. Rudansky then decided to switch gears and embark on the endeavor of painting colorful pieces. But, the transition wasn’t so easy. “Color was always something that was scary to me. It made me nervous because there are a lot of rules about color. So, I took a few classes, and I didn’t like those classes either. But, I just started practicing and experimenting with different styles, and now I’m here,” said Rudansky. Rudansky’s oil and acrylic paintings generally focus on the ambiguity of human energy and emotion. Music, memories, human nature, and dance are all common themes in his animated pieces. “I try to not make it so clear exactly what it is I am painting. I mean, you can tell if it’s a painting of a musician or a painting of a mother and her children, but there are aspects to the painting that are unclear. So, I hope that each person can see it and find something in there to relate to based on their individual life and their perspectives and their experiences,” he said. A creative connoisseur, Rudansky sometimes builds his own tools out of scrap metal in order to manipulate the design in

a painting. A typical painting can be created in as little as a few hours or as long as a few weeks. Rudansky says it all depends upon the subject matter and detail. He mainly sells his artwork around Long Island and throughout New York City. Though Rudansky notes Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning as two of his main inspirations, there is another artist who has made a significant impact on him. “There’s an artist in Ashville, North Carolina. His name is Gerard Jonas, and he’s my idol now. I think he’s the coolest guy in the world. He does a lot of very abstract stuff. He also started doing photorealistic portraits, but now he does some representational artwork and paints to live music in his studio,” he said. Through his experiences, Rudansky has come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as good or bad art. “You may not be able to paint a portrait. You may never be able to paint a reflection in water. But, that’s not an indication of good artwork. I believe anybody can learn how to paint [or] draw,” Rudansky said.

A painting this size could take artist Isaac Rudansky several weeks to create. However, acrylic paint speeds up the process by allowing him to do multiple layers in a short amount of time.

Rudansky’s oil and acrylic paintings generally focus on human energy and emotion.


Arts Council Announces 50th Birthday Bash Gala celebration planned for October in The Paramount’s exclusive Founder’s Room The Huntington Arts Council is marking their golden anniversary in high style this October. The organization is hosting its 50th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 5 in the Founder’s Room at The Paramount in Huntington village. The gala will honor Paramount founding partners Stephen Ubertini, Brian Doyle, Dominick Catoggio, and Jim Condron. Organizers said the gala promises a celebration full of music, food, special memorabilia, high-end auction items and more, all happening within a unique space tucked away in the Paramount typically reserved for members only. The gala is being framed as a kick-off moment for the Arts Council’s next 50 years of brining entertainment, cul-

tural enrichment and artistic opportunities to the Town of Huntington. The Huntington Arts Council is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that works tirelessly to enrich the cultural, social and economic life of the community by nurturing the professional development of artists, providing timely news and events via Arts Cultural News (90,000 distribution), and by introducing arts to children through our "Journey" Arts-in-Education program that reach 40,000 Long Island school children each ear. The Huntington Arts Council also hosts art and photography exhibitions in our beautiful Main Street Petite Gallery in Huntington Village. We also present a free Summer Arts Festival -- now

in its 48th year -- at the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park. Since being founded 1963, the Huntington Arts Council has celebrated the diversity of Long Island' s cultural resources through sponsored activities, programs and publications that advocate cultural awareness and education. The Huntington Arts Council is the official arts coordinating agency of the Town of Huntington and serves as the primary re-granting agency in Suffolk County for the New York State Council on the Arts. Tickets are $175. For questions, information or sponsorship packages, call Executive Director Diana Cherryholmes at 631-271-8423, ext. 13.


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Stan Brodsky’s Language of Art

Stan Brodsky used to travel around Europe with his easel and paint the landscapes of Italy, France, Greece and Israel, but now in his older age, he has retired to his quaint suburban home in Huntington to paint the Huntington Bay mudflats. His landscape paintings are constantly changing, but his attention to what he calls the “language of art” remains constant. The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington is exhibiting his work through Dec. 1 in a retrospective show that celebrates his career as a painter. Today, he is one of Long Island’s most prominent artists. The journey he took to become so noted was a long and winding road. As a child, he grew up in Brooklyn and was the son of an impoverished truck driver. When he got older, he decided to join the army in 1943 to fight in combat in World War II. Three years later, he returned to the United States and decided to further his education. The G.I. Bill was in effect, which allowed him to attend the University of Missouri to study photojournalism. He also took a few elective classes in life drawing and beginning painting. He got his degree in the winter of 1949 but said photojournalism just didn’t feel right to him anymore. It was painting and drawing that had his attention. “I enjoyed photojournalism, but it became understandable that my real desire was to go back and become an artist,” Brodsky said. He decided to pursue his passion and attended the University of Iowa to get his master’s degree in fine arts. He graduated in the summer of 1950 and decided to go back to Europe since he still had six months left on the G.I. Bill. It was there that he got to embark on his painting career. He said he met a young man from Switzerland who took him around on his motorcycle to paint Europe. They traveled around Paris and Spain, and Brodsky painted whatever captured his interest. About a year later, he returned to America without a job. He landed parttime work at Fairleigh Dickinson college teaching art appreciation for one semester and then moved onto substitute teaching at Forest Hills High School in Queens, Music and Art High School in Manhattan, and Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. Brodksy went onto bigger and better things in 1954 when he got a position at the University of Delaware as a college in-

structor for art education. “It was my first full-time college position, so I was able to teach things that I hadn’t taught before,” Brodsky said. In 1958, he connected with C.W. Post, then a new, rising campus of Long Island University, where he became an assistant professor. It was there that he realized that he wanted to eventually become a full-time professor. “I knew that I wanted to teach college, and in order to teach college you either have a reputation as a painter or you have a doctorate,” Brodsky said. He enrolled in the Teachers College at Columbia University and spent six years working towards his doctorate in art education. Eventually he achieved his goal and became a full-time professor at Long Island University’s Post campus for 31 years. He is now a professor emeritus. Since he didn’t have to spend all of his time studying and taking tests, he had a lot more free time to start painting. “I only started painting full time when I was 40 years old,” Brodsky said. “So my career as a painter started when I was 40.” He started to exhibit his work in 1965, first at libraries on Long Island and gradually, later, in New York City. “If you want people to see your work, you have to get it out of your studio,” Brodsky said. He began to have solo shows in a wellknown gallery in Manhattan’s SoHo area called Gallery North. With media attention and good reviews, his prominence began to build. Recently, the Heckscher Museum of Art selected a few examples of his paintings from the 1970s that show his changing interpretation of landscape. When he came to Long Island in 1965, he spent 10 years painting the Huntington Bay and Huntington Harbor. “I was struck by the mudflats and the changing tides,” Brodsky said. “That became my subject matter.” His interpretation of landscape changed because he traveled again. He went back to Europe in the ’70s and stayed with a family he met when he went there in 1951. He painted all across Italy, Greece, England, and Israel. Shortly after, he went to New Mexico on a family vacation with his children for five weeks. He quickly wasn’t studio painting anymore; he was painting right in the middle of the landscape. “In New Mexico, the color of the earth is beautiful; it’s brown, it’s burnt sienna, ochre. The light is very strong. There’s

Half Hollow Hills photo/Lauren Dubinsky

By Lauren Dubinsky

Prominent artist Stan Brodsky, of Huntington, takes a moment in his studio. A retrospective of his work is on display at the Heckscher Musuem of Art until December. mountains, red rocks, gray rocks, all those things,” Brodsky said. Four years ago, he went to Arizona, and his interpretation of landscapes changed again. Instead of painting the whole landscape, he focused on objects in the landscape and painted them. “I wanted to feel like I was right in there walking through,” Brodsky said. When he paints, Brodsky said, he listens to the language of painting. Color, shape, movement, space, and light are all of the things he absorbs before he takes his first brush stroke. He said what sets him apart

from other artists is the lively energy and graceful sensitivity to color that his paintings exude. When describing how he paints, he compares it to a woman looking for a dress. “She looks at different colors, different cuts, different forms, different length,” Brodsky said. “It’s all the same in painting. We all have different preferences.” Brodsky will be honored at the museum’s Celebrate Achievement Benefit on Nov. 15. Visit for more information.

Art League Instructors’ Exhibition Opens Aug. 24

William Merrit Chase and students, Shinnecock Hills, late 1890s. Kate Freeman Clark Collection, Marshall County Historical Society, Holly Springs, MD.

The Art League of Long Island boasts world-class award winning artists on its roster of visual arts instructors. The Art League is proud to showcase their amazing work in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery August 24 to September 22. An open house and opening reception is August 24, 11a.m. to 3 p.m. On opening day, get a glimpse of what goes on in the Art League’s art studios. Live demonstrations by Art League instructors cater to students of all ages. For the younger set Mary Nagin is conducting a drawing and painting demonstration. For those 14 and up, Beth Drucker demonstrates fashion drawing. For adults and teens 16 and up there will be drawing and painting by Mary Nagin, Glass Bead Making by Gea Hines, Printmaking by Stephanie Navon Jacobson, and Mosaics by Libby Hintz.

The artists’ reception takes place amid artwork on display in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. In addition, works created by students in Paul Bachem’s “Theory of Landscape Painting for Beginner/Intermediate” classes will be on display. Also at the reception will be live musical performances featuring Patrice Mullen, Janice Buckner, and the guitar trio of James Erickson, Brian Fleming, and Andrew Falino. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. The event is free. The gallery is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Art League of Long Island is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. For more information call 631-462-5400 or visit

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THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • AUGUST 22, 2013 • A11 Foodie photos/Danny Schrafel

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Dinner And A Show At Samurai nimbly between his fingers, striking them against the stainless steel grill in front of him. Then, with a burst of flame, he fired up the grill and began bouncing an egg on his spatula, which was soon enough cracked on the griddle for our steaming order of fresh fried rice ($2.75 supplement to hibachi entrees.) More flashy handiwork comes after our main courses – certified, aged Black

By Danny & Jackie

If you’ve never been out for a Japanese hibachi dinner before, be prepared for dinner and a show. That was certainly the case at Michael Cheng’s Samurai Hibachi Steakhouse. Our hibachi chef Andy kicked it off by twirling his cooking fork and spatula

Side Dish

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Mace Colodny shows off the bar at the soon-to-be-opened The Shack in Huntington village. RAISING ‘THE SHACK’: Mace Colodny’s

all-seasons The Shack (46 Gerard St., Huntington) is soon opening its doors, the owner reports. As soon as some final inspections are complete, the restaurant will be ready to open to diners seeking “clams and chaos” and lots more. Inside, Mace has created a cool, comfortable space in the onetime tanning salon, a look replete with distressed wood that Mace brought in himself from upstate New York. The bar is a particularly attractive focal point of the space and is accented by a line of sunset-colored globes hovering above. We’re looking forward to enjoying our first helping of their famous fried clams – without having to worry about dodging the elements like one must at the Centerport location, which is strictly outdoors. (We’re sure Mace and the gang are happy, too!) SWEET COMEBACK: Chocolate makes

everything taste better – even Twinkies. The candy and ice cream shop Kilwins (293 Main St., Huntington, 631-271-

Kilwins Production Manager Jill Ajamy shows off the newest dipped dessert, chocolate-covered Twinkies. 4200, is celebrating the return of the iconic snack cake – it returned to shelves in July after a hiatus when Hostess filed for bankruptcy in November – by doing what they do best: covering it in chocolate. The sugar rush sells for $4.95. GROWLERS TO-GO: Want that beer to go? You can do it at Finnegan’s (5 Wall St., Huntington, 631-423-9696) with their new growlers, which hold 4-5 pints of beer and keep it fresh for two weeks. For $20, fill that baby with Lessing’s Local Ale, a German in style and toasty flavored beer brewed by Blue Point Brewery and named after the pub’s owners, Lessing’s restaurant group. You even save money by returning with your empty growler; refills are $15.

Owner Michael Cheng opened Samurai seven years ago as a fun, party-oriented companion to more intimate Tomo, also in the village. Angus steak ($30), shrimp ($19) and scallops ($20) land on the grill along with an accompanying vegetable medley of mushrooms, zucchini, onions, broccoli and carrots. After stacking the onion neatly into a cone, he throws oil on the mix, lights it up and gets to work at chopping, sautéeing and seasoning. (Look alive – somewhere before your main entree is off the grill, a cube of zucchini will be headed toward your mouth, propelled from the end of Andy’s spatula.) The end result is a steaming assortment of bite-sized delights at the end of a chopstick. The scallops’ complementary flavor palate pairs up best with the ample butter used to give the grill its sizzle; the cubed steak juicy and tender, and the shrimp fresh and seared for an extra kick. For a fine intermezzo, be sure to order up some Japanese staples like savory pork gyoza ($6.50), warm salted edamame ($5) or an OMG roll ($14) from the sushi bar that we’re confident will make you say just that. The arrangement of spicy rock shrimp and mango topped with spicy crab and crunchy lobster with special sauce has it all going on – sweet and spicy, crunchy and meaty, for a taste that can’t be beat. Samurai was an outgrowth of Cheng’s clientele at Tomo up the road looking for a bigger bar, more hibachi and a larger space for catering and parties. The result is a hip, upbeat space with a modern vibe and a menu that focuses on best sellers and customer favorites, where Tomo offers a wider selection of sushi and a more intimate atmosphere. The fun-filled environment has a tendency of opening minds and putting a smile on your face, Michael explains. Hibachi-style dining has been widened the horizon of more than one fussy child because of the cool, engaging presentation, and there’s nothing like seeing Grandpa trying to eat zucchini on the fly.

Hibachi chefs like Andy bring entertainment and steaming-hot hibachi dining to your table before your eyes.

We’ll bet the OMG roll will make you say just that once you take a bite.

Samurai Hibachi Steakhouse 46A Gerard St., Huntington village (631) 271-2588 Atmosphere – Hip and urbane party destination Cuisine – Japanese and hibachi Price – Moderate Hours – 3:30-11 p.m., seven days

Classic pork gyoza is a perfect starter for sharing at the table.


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Back To School Math Understanding Is Key To Success For Girls An epidemic is sweeping the nation. Girls are at a disadvantage when it comes to success in math and science, and the future does not look bright if parents don’t act now. In the next 10 years, 80 percent of all jobs will require technical skills, according to Labor Department statistics. And jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are expected to grow twice as fast as all jobs. But currently, the ratio of boys to girls enrolled in STEM courses is a staggering six to one, putting girls at a severe disadvantage to excel in these fields in the future. STEM jobs require strong mathematical aptitude. So when it comes to your daughter’s math classes, these statistics should motivate you not to let her off the hook. From design to computer science, studying math now means enjoying a world of professional options later. How do you steer your daughters toward classes that can help them develop the skills and interests necessary to pursue these careers? • Find math role models: Leverage

your own professional network to educate your daughters about these fields. Do you have a friend who works in math, science or engineering? Ask her to talk to your kids about her job, what she studied in school, and how math applies to her everyday work and life. This discussion can be a great inspiration. • Take a field trip: Show girls that math can be fun through weekend field trips. Visit a science museum or take a tour of an architecturally impressive building to learn how it was designed. Take your daughter’s interests into account to plan outings that will spark a deeper interest in real world mathematical applications. • Gear up: It’s not enough to sign up for higher-level math courses. Be sure your young mathematicians are equipped to succeed in their classes. A high-quality graphing calculator is crucial. Look for models with a high-resolution color LCD and full textbookstyle display that include features and functions that enhance the understanding of lessons and bring math to life. For example, PRIZM, a graphing calculator from Casio, enables students to experi-

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With an increasing emphasis on STEM education, taking certain steps can help girls excel in science and technology coursework. ment by creating their own graphs over pictures, from a library of real-life scenes. The fx-9860GII Pink provides built-in spreadsheets, probability functions and many types of regressions, and works three times faster than previous models. To learn more, visit • Be musical: When you’re listening to your favorite tunes, don’t forget that music and mathematics go hand-in-hand. Understanding the fundamental principles of music may help your daughter strengthen her visuospatial reasoning

and succeed in her math courses. In a study published by “Nature,” the science journal, students improved their mathematics test scores significantly after several months of musical training. Encourage her to join the school band or take piano lessons. In today’s economy, having a solid mathematical foundation is becoming increasingly important. So don’t let historical gender imbalances in these fields hold your daughters back. With a little encouragement, getting girls hooked on math can be easy as pi.

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BACK TO SCHOOL No Matter Your Age, Breakfast Is Essential Everyone knows it’s important to make sure children have breakfast before school, but college students and busy parents also need a dose of morning nutrition. Breakfast, which refers to “breaking the fast,” is the first meal of the day, usually consumed when the body has gone about eight to 10 hours without food. Eating breakfast is often associated with a higher nutrient intake and being a smart way to start the day. When it comes to college students and parents, far too many admit to being a breakfast skipper. Thirty-one million adults skip breakfast, according to a recent National Eating Trends survey. And millennials, aged 18-34, are the largest population of breakfast skippers. Today, with schedules busier than ever, it’s easy to simply focus on getting the day started. “Whether you’re in college or chasing after school-age kids, it’s easy to forgo breakfast to stay on-schedule,” said Betsy Frost, Manager at General Mills. “The tradeoff hits mid-morning with what people are calling the ‘hangries’ -- the feeling of being ‘hungry’ and ‘angry’ or irritable,” she adds. With this in mind, Frost and her colleagues at General Mills recently unveiled BFAST, a new breakfast shake containing the nutrition of a bowl of cereal and milk. It has eight grams of protein, eight grams of whole grain (48 grams recommended daily) and three grams of fiber, and comes in chocolate, vanilla and berry flavors. More information is available at Indeed, more on-the-go parents and college students are opting for easy options they can consume on their way to work or class, or while getting ready to race out the door, say food industry experts. “A drinkable breakfast shake that doesn’t need refrigeration fits into life no matter what you’ve got on your plate for the day. It’s perfect for busy breakfast skippers,” says Frost, who is reaching out to young breakfast skippers via Twitter and Instagram. We’ve all heard from our mothers that breakfast is the

Millennials ages 18 to 34 are the largest population of 31 million Americans who skip breakfast, according to a recent National Eating Trends survey. most important meal of the day and now there is research to support the benefits of breakfast: • Breakfast consumers have healthier body weights: People who consumed breakfast daily had 20 percent lower risk of developing obesity and 19 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a breakfast frequency and metabolism study conducted in 2013 by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. • Breakfast can make you healthier: People aged 20-39

who regularly had breakfast, including ready-to-eat cereal, had lower cholesterol levels and were less likely to have high blood pressure, compared with breakfast skippers, according to a study published in 2012 by The Nutrition Society. It’s important to get all members of your family to have breakfast, no matter if they are grade schoolers about to board the school bus, college kids racing to their first class, or busy moms and dads trying to juggle it all.



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that could get ugly. “The house has wood shingles on it and the way the fire was spreading, I think the house could have easily caught fire and suffered from some heavy damage,” Demidovich said. According to Demidovich, the fire department and police officers were at the house within minutes. While waiting for first responder units to arrive, Demidovich and the residents of the house used water from the pool to douse the flames. Three fire trucks were dispatched to the house. The fire was out within 20 minutes of first arrival. Dix Hills Fire Chief Tom Magno said even though the department has not yet

found the definitive cause of the fire, he said it’s likely the fire started with the pool heater. A press release from the fire department said pool supplies and shrubbery on the side of the house were damaged by the fire, as was the house’s exterior. Magno said there were no injuries. Demidovich said on any other day he may have kept going, but something prompted him to investigate further. “When I first drove by, I hadn’t thought anything of the smoke when I saw it,” he said. “I’m not sure what exactly it was that clicked, but I think it’s that I would have wanted someone to do the same for me and my family if I were on the other side of the situation.”

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the truck room,” Carrieri said. “These guys were gearing up one foot away from the side of the truck when the truck was rolling out – it’s very dangerous.” The facility, which will be one of Melville’s three substations, will also provide additional training and storage space for volunteers. Not only is the facility conscious of the volunteers who will use it, it is also being built to be environmentally friendly. Jimmy Carchietta, a representative of the Cotocan Group, the project’s LEED consulting firm, is expecting the substation to receive Silver certification. “We’re setting a benchmark for the Town of Huntington… we’re setting a benchmark for Long Island, really,” added Robert Rodrigues, site supervisor

for the construction management firm, Alden Group. The path to LEED ranking began right after demolition, officials explained. Excavation for the new substation began on Monday. “We’ll be recycling the existing building and using all that material to come back to the site as base material,” Carchietta said. “We’re also going to be also recycling the bank run that comes out of this facility, and that’s going to go to the concrete plant.” High-efficiency equipment, which will reduce the use of electricity, water and heat, is also being incorporated to limit the ongoing environmental impact. Officials are hoping the exterior will be complete by November, allowing crews to work through the winter on the interior and finish the project by July 2014.

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Carlson’s Has Deep Roots In LI Farming

Denise and Rich Carlson are the driving force behind East Northport’s Carlson’s Farm Stand, bringing local produce to shoppers July 1-Nov. 1.

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Huntington Businesses By Danny Schrafel

An unassuming farm stand at 472 Elwood Road in East Northport is shining a light on Long Island’s deep agricultural roots as it brings locally grown produce – some from as close as Melville – to a growing base of devoted customers. Carved out of what used to be a 400acre potato farm along Elwood Road and abutting John Glenn High School, Denise and Rich Carlson opened the current Carlson’s Farmstand three years ago. Their mission is simple – from July through Nov. 1, to bring the best, freshest produce to their customers and support every small Long Island business they possibly can. “Your farm stand customer wants it to be on Long Island,” Denise said. “They want local stuff.” The Carlsons grow their own tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, peppers and cantaloupe on 10 acres in Melville. They’re currently growing pumpkins and corn stalks for Halloween, their last major push before closing up the farm stand for the season on Nov. 1. And everything else – except for Jersey peaches, a customer favorite – she prides her on exclusively supporting Long Island farmers, bakers and artisans. “That is what I pride myself of… just anything I can to support the small Long Island businesses,” Denise said. “We try to be a true Long Island farm stand.” In their first three years, they have taken a slow and steady approach to growing the

Rich Carlson’s day on the family’s 10-acre Melville farm begins bright and early at 5 a.m. to stock the farm stand. business, adding new Long Island and Huntington products as they go like Melville beekeeper Fred Munzer and Northport-based Morning Sunshine breakfast cookies by Northport’s Lisa Harris. They expanded the farm stand into a historic machine shop about a year and a half ago, a building replete with historic implements from farming’s bygone years. Now, they’re looking at opening a second farm stand near their 10-acre property in Melville at the beginning of their next season. The Carlson family has farmed in East Northport since 1898, and it’s a lifestyle that has to be in your blood in order to succeed, Denise Carlson explains. During the off-season, Denise works as a social worker, while Rich operates a welding and metal shop. “Farming is a hard life. Not a lot of people want to do it. she said. “Rich is gone from 5 in the morning – he starts picking for four hours, and then he’s there during the day. It’s a 12-15 hour day, seven days a week.”


A16 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • AUGUST 22, 2013 THURSDAY Around Huntington Village

The authors of pictorial history book “Around Huntington Village,” Dr. Alfred V. Sforza and Antonia S. Mattheou, will sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, on Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m.

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A Super Drive-In Movie

Pull the car right up on Aug. 22 for a drive-in movie at Crab Meadow Beach to see the 1978 original movie classic, “Superman” featuring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman, the last in the Town of Huntington’s Movies on the Lawn series. Movie begins at darkness (8:30-9 p.m.). Pack lawn chairs in the event the drive-in lot fills early. In inclement weather, performance will be held indoors at James H. Boyd Intermediate School, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Elwood, at 7:30 pm. 631-351-3112.

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • New Horizons String Orchestra invites the public to sit in on their rehearsals on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. • The library will show Oscar-nominated film “Hyde Park on Hudson at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

FRIDAY Bring in the Fest

The East Northport Festival will begin on Sept. 6, with a performance by the Fast Lane Eagles Tribute. The festival is free and open to the public.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • The next Book-A-Trip is to The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 26. $75 • The library will host a magic workshop on Friday, Aug. 23 for kids entering 5th grade. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Red Is For Passion

Huntington Station Awareness Day

Support one of Huntington’s most historic hamlets by getting involved in the fourth annual Huntington Station Awareness Day parade and fair on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The parade starts on E. 15th Street and concludes in the Church Street municipal lot with a fair filled with food, fun, music and vendors. For more information, call Dee Thompson at 631-425-2640.

Live Music

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

SUNDAY You Auto Come to The Vanderbilt

An antique car show will be held at the Vanderbilt Mansion on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The show will be held on the Great Lawn and is free after admission to visit the Vanderbilt estate.

A Family Morning Treat

The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport will show performances of “Jack and the Beanstalk” on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 8. Performances will also be held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by visiting Tickets are $15.

It Doesn’t Get Any Fresher

Huntington Village’s Farmers Market is open in the Elm Street lot. The Long Island Growers Market continues its seasonal tradition in downtown Huntington, which runs through Nov. 24. The market will be open from 7 a.m.-noon each Sunday.

MONDAY Aging And Saging

Members of an “Aging and Saging” group

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Give your brain a workout while having fun. Work on simple, easy-to-handle puzzles designed for seniors with memory loss on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Call 631-498-1238 to register. • Therapeutic Yoga for adults will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 at 9:45 a.m. Registration is $32. 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • “Move and Groove” is open to 3-5 year olds on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. The event features music for kids to boogie to and is free. • The summer membership art show, “Long Island Pen Women,” is on display through Aug. 28.

Looking to brush up on your Torah knowledge? The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills will hold weekly discussions concerning Torah views through a contemporary lens. The discussions take place Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m. 631-351-8672.


Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Harborfields Public Library

Touching Up On The Torah

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

• The Mahjong Group will convene on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. No prior registration is required.

Pay-To-Get-Out Horror Marathon Cinema Arts Centre presents Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and four other films as part of the 2013 edition of its annual Pay-To-Get-Out Horror Marathon Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 10:30 p.m. The full line-up includes: The Cabin on the Woods; Excision; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer; Frontier(s); and a surprise fifth feature. Marathoners who last the night pay $15 members, $25 non-members; those who escape early pay $25 members, $35 non-members. Info at 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.

Cabaret Art Show/Art Exhibition

Huntington artist Erich J. Preis presents a solo exhibition, “Cabaret”, through Sept. 30 at Campari Ristorante in Northport.

TUESDAY Free Help For Vets

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

All Hail “Queen Kelly”

The Cinema Arts Centre will host a showing of Erich von Stroheim’s masterpiece “Queen Kelly” on Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature live accompaniment from MoMa’s Ben Model. The event is $9 for members and $14 for the public.


AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • The library will host a seminar on putting together an art portfolio for high school students looking to apply to art schools in the future. The event will be held on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Commack Public Library

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • The library will feature Health Coaches on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. to help you better your diet and lifestyle routine. The event is open to adults.

Deer Park Public Library Free Summer Concerts For Vets

Northport VA Medical Center’s free Summer Concert Series for veterans, their families, and the public takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden Courtyard. Aug. 28: The HooDoo Loungers and VA fireworks display. 79 Middleville Road, Northport. 631-261-4400, ext. 7275, 7276, or 7183.

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.

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Have you been interested in using an iPad to read a book or play a game? The library now has iPads available that are preloaded with preschool apps for use in the children’s room. • The library is offering SAT classes on Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 68:30 p.m. $85. Call 631-586-3000.

Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • “Adult-Literacy @ Elwood Library” will be held on Monday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. The event is to help build English language proficiency and tutor in citizenship.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • Looking to center yourself this summer? The library will be hosting Tai Chi for beginners and those looking to add some relaxation into their life. The program goes until the end of August, every Monday at 9:30 a.m. • Senior Game Day will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

THEATER and FILM Bare Bones Theater Company

57 Main St., Northport. 631-606-0026. • The company presents the 2nd Annual Alumni Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. featuring three short films directed and acted by alumni of the company’s drama school. $10.

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • The Cinema Arts Centre will host the 2013 All Nite Pay-To-Get-Out Horror Marathon on Saturday, Aug. 24. Five horror movies will be shown over a 12-hour period.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • The fall season starts Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. when The Bandits pay tribute to Bob Dylan. $25-$35.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Laugh the night away with “Nunsense.” $55 • Comedy Night resumes on Wednesday, Aug. 28 with Nuns Unplugged. Tickets are $30.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island

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

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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

weekends. 631-462-5400. • An Open House will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 that goes from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event hosts exhibitions from the league’s distinguished art instructors and free art demonstrations.

Don’t Hibernate. 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.

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. • The exhibit “Art in Three Dimensions” is on display through Aug. 29.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Wacky Water Wednesdays continue throughout the month. The wackiness features sprinklers and bubbles, and goes from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

279Main 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. • An exhibition of works by current and former artists celebrates the gallery’s 10 th anniversary. On display through Aug. 25. • An art talk will explore the role of small galleries in the greater art world on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2 p.m. Thomas Werner, international lecturer and curator will join Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review and Ivy Brown of Ivy Brown Gallery.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective” is on display until Dec. 1. It celebrates the career of one of Huntington’s most prominent contemporary artists.

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., 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. • SparkBoom’s Off The Walls block party is Saturday, Aug. 24, 2-6 p.m. in the parking lot behind 213 Main St., featuring free food, live music and street graffiti artists who will transform the arts council’s building.

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. • Exhibit “The Times They Were A-Changing – 1960s & Huntington’s Response” on display at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building. • An Evening of Wine Under the Stars will be held on Friday, Sept. 6 from 7-10 p.m. • Tours of the historic Tide Mill are offered

Friends At Home throughout the summer. The next is Monday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m. $5 members/$10 non-members. Advanced registration is required.

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. • The gallery will feature a father-son exhibit titled “Redo Reinax2” beginning on Friday, Aug. 23. There will be a reception on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. to meet the two artists, sculptor Charles Reina and painter Doug Reina.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • The new permanent exhibit, “Our Stories: the History of a Community,” transforms half of the Society’s gallery space into a timeline, tracing the history of the Northport-East Northport community and rarely seen photos and artifacts from the Society’s collection. • “Sunday at the Society” will continue on Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. Musician John Corr will perform a series of sea chanties. Admission for non-members is $5. • Sept. 15 is Cow Harbor Day.


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.

time as your group experiences High Tea in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25/person. 631-427-5240, ext. 113.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Stone Temple Pilots returns to Huntington with Chester Bennington and special guest Filter on Tuesday, Sept. 10. • Tickets are now on sale for an intimate solo/acoustic performance by Citizen Cope on Thursday, Oct. 17.


Concerts with a Touch of Theater At Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-385-0373

DONATIONS WELCOME Help The Troops Call Home

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci’s Huntington Station district office is 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.

Supplies For Students

Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern is teaming up with Presiding Officer William Lindsay of the Suffolk County Legislature to bring school supplies to more than 300 homeless children throughout Suffolk County. Legislator Stern will be collecting numerous kinds of supplies, such as glue sticks, markers and many other items. Items can be dropped off at Legislator Stern’s district office, located at 1842 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, New York 11743.

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 Summer Shakespeare festival will continue through Aug. 25. Tickets are $15.

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. • Schedule at a time convenient for your group for high tea and transport yourself back in

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.


The Huntington Historical Society is currently seeking volunteers to train to become Museum Docents at the historic David Conklin Farmhouse Museum. The museum is located at 2 High St. in Huntington village and is a fascinating interpretation of the Colonial, Federal and Victorian time periods. No experience required – an interest in local history is a plus. Training is provided. Call 631-427-7045 ext 403.

Seeking Volunteer Advocates

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

Artistically Gifted Needed

The Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation

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

Be A Friend Of The Bay

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

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.

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

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‘Underdogs’ Place Second In National Tournament By Jacqueline Birzon

At the “crown jewel” of competitive youth soccer tournaments, winning the silver medal still earns bragging rights. The Dix Hills Elite U15 boys soccer team earned them when they took second place at the USYouth Soccer National Championship July 27, and four players were recognized for their outstanding performances against teams from throughout the country. The elite team fell 2-1 in the final round of the week-long tournament in a doubleovertime heartbreaker to defending champions, Santa Barbara SC White. However, the loss came after Dix Hills racked up an impressive hat trick of wins against teams from Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland. Qualifying for the national tournament with a 3-1-3 record under their belt and clinching the New York State cup for the second year in a row, the team of 11 jetted to Overland Park, Kan. to take on the best of the best in the sport July 23-27. Coached by All-American collegiate player and graduate assistant coach at St. John’s University Dominic Casciato, the team swept through the first game of the tournament against Lehigh Valley, Penn. 2-0. The scoreboard was null for most of game one until Dix Hills’ Rich Mastrangelo scored a goal with 15 minutes left on the clock. Chris McAuliff’s goal with under two minutes left on the clock was the icing on the cake, advancing the Elite to face off against the Dallas, Texas-based 98 Premier team. According to Casciato, the team snagged it the by the skin of their teeth, scoring their only two goals with less than 10 minutes left in game two. According to the official summary from the US Soccer League, Dallas appeared to be in control of the ball until the 65th

The Under-15 Dix Hills Elite Boy’s Soccer team placed second at the July 27 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Kansas. minute when New York struck back with a vengeance. They were down 1-0 when James Contino scored the first goal. Nick Elkins put in the winning goal with just three minutes left in the game. Dix Hills Elite took on fellow national league representative for the Eastern division, the Bethesda Lions, of Maryland, in the deciding game before one team represented the area in the national championship. Up until the 69th minute of game three with 15 minutes left, it could have been anyone’s game. But Dix Hills’ Michael Sclafani capitalized on Bethesda’s sloppy footwork in the 69th minute, and scored the deciding goal that put Dix Hills on the National Championship map.

The US League’s website credits Dix Hills goalie, Joseph Tristano, for deflecting two attempted goals from Bethesda. “We had some exciting games until the last minute, at finals,” Casciato said. Down 1-0 through most of the first half, Dix Hills’ Christopher McAuliffe jumped on a corner kick and tied the game with 15 minutes remaining. Unfaltering for the remainder of the game, the teams went into double overtime to determine a victor. Sadly for Hills late in the second overtime period, Santa Barbara scored on a “tough call” foul shot and put the game to bed. Santa Barbara defeated Dix Hills 2-1. “We’ve recovered some,” Casciato said. “I thought we were really capable of doing well and I think boys surprised me [fighting back] in the finals a little bit.”

The U15 practices almost year-round, Casciato said, putting in three to five days a week at Half Hollow Hills High School West, or at Five Towns College’s indoor facilities during the winter. Many of the boys also play for their high school varsity team, and have the advantage of getting coached by both Casciato and the coaches in the Half Hollow Hills district. “It’s a big part of why we were so successful, because we were very well prepared. Everybody knew what was expected of them and they did it all on their own,” Casciato said. Three Elite team players, Tyler Spellman, Joseph DeStefano and Mastrangelo were named to the Top 11 tournament team, as voted by opposing coaches. Half Hollow Hills East sophomore Spellman, a goalie, was the recipient of the Golden Glove Award, and was recognized for his performance as “the” stand out goalie in his age group. DeStefano was also named the Most Valuable Player of the national tournament and was the recipient of the Golden Ball Award, awarded to players in each division who have had the “greatest competitive impact” in the championship games. Destafano, an Elite player for four years, said the U15 coach taught him the importance of possession. “I just had to focus on the team really, not just [myself] as an individual. I definitely felt like my hard work was paying off, and it was a good confidence booster,” he said. Casciato said the team is taking the month of August off from training, a first for the elite team. But the coach said the team will hit the field running starting next month, and will have their shovels ready to clear the high school field when snow fall dares to get in their way of practicing the sport they love.


Dix Hills Players Shine At Brine By Jacqueline Birzon

Hand-picked from a pool of 250 of their peers, Dix Hills’ Sean Lulley and Cameron Mulé were a part of the Long Island North middle school team that worked their magic and brought home the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic title. Lulley and Mulé, both 14, were two of fewer than 20 players chosen to represent the Long Island North Eastern region at the July 5 national tournament, which pitted middle school lacrosse players — the best of the best — against each other in a fourday tournament in Baltimore, Md. The powerhouse pair tried out for the team in November, and received word of their selection in the winter. “I was really happy [to get picked] because this would be a big accomplishment; it was a stretch for anyone to make it, but when I found out I got picked I was really excited,” Lulley said. The Long Island North Team upset teams from Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Boston, Alabama, Georgia and Rochester — often by a landslide — to take home the Academy Boys Championship. According to the official league website, Long Island

North scored a total of 78 goals and gave up only nine. The boys first defeated the Alabama team, 14-1, on July 3; and went on to dominate a team from Georgia, 11-2, later that same day. Mulé and Lulley said they were not surprised by the wins, but rather by the point spreads. “The Long Island team was very good, but the other teams didn’t have as much chemistry as us so we beat them bad,” Mulé said. “I was surprised a little bit but mostly about how badly we beat the other teams. I knew we’d do pretty good, but we beat some teams by 10 [points].” And the final win for the championship was no exception; Long Island North defeated Rochester 13-2 in the final. “We cruised through it pretty easily. But I think it keeps us humbled… it got to a point where we knew we were going to win and [had to decide,] ‘are we gonna be cocky about it or just be ourselves?’,” Lulley said. “It just gives us a sense of class… [remembering] there’s always someone out there who could give us a really good game.” Lulley, who will be a ninth grader at Half Hollow Hills High School East this fall, said since starting the sport at 4 years old,

he’s made a relentless commitment to improving at the sport. “I’m a competitive person in general, even in pool basketball,” the athlete joked. “I just always wanna win and… try to get to the top. Finally, I got there.” His best friend since before elementary school, Cameron Mulé, often trains in tandem with his friend. Mulé, who will attend High School West next month, was selected to play on the Hills West Varsity Lacrosse team as an eighth grader last spring during the final quarter of the season. Mulé’s father, Jim, is a former Major League Lacrosse player who played as a starting goalie for both the Long Island Lizards and the Philadelphia Barrage pro teams and has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for his up and coming protégé. “He taught me everything he knew, and we just practiced together every day,” Mulé said of his pre-tournament regimen. The pair tried out for the team last November, and received word of their selection to the regional team in the winter. “It felt really good to know that our team was the best team there, in the country,” Mulé said. “It felt really good.” Ron Caputo, an assistant lacrosse coach

Cameron Mulé and his best friend Sean Lulley were a part of the Long Island North Lacrosse team, which won the Brine National Championships last month. at Duke University and camp director, said the Long Island North team was the “most talented group of players in the nation and by far the most impressive grouping of players to have competed” in the last three years of the competition.

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