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Still Giving Full Force After Sandy Photo by Felice Kristall

With their first week back in school devoted to school spirit, students at Chestnut Hill Elementary collect donations for Superstorm Sandy victims. They gathered paper towels, toiletries, hand sanitizers, cleansers, warm gloves, scarves, coats and non-perishable food items in big cartons in the school lobby.



Landlord Dies In House Fire Tenant, police pull owner from building; blaze under investigation By Mike Koehler

A Dix Hills man remembered as a good neighbor died in a house fire a week before Thanksgiving. Kenneth Horadnitsky, 62, was in his Lauren Avenue home just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 15. Horadnitsky’s tenant came home, Suffolk County police said, and noticed smoke. Neighbor Kim Spadoni said Dave McPhie opened the front door, exposing flames inside through a glass door. He yelled across the street to her to call for help while he went to find his landlord. Dix Hills firefighters responded to reports of a house fire, Second Assistant

Chief Robert Fling said, but they heard about a victim over the scanner en route. When they arrived at the single-family home, Fling said they found fire primarily in the living room by the front door. His crew of 55 firefighters had little trouble extinguishing the blaze while McPhie and police pulled Horadnitsky out. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Fling said the Commack Fire Department had a team present. Both Arson and Homicide detectives are investigating the fire. They did not suspect foul play. “He was a really dynamite guy. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for me as a neighbor,” Spadoni said.

William Pelinsky lives behind Horadnitsky’s house on Commack Road. The neighbor said he only noticed flashing lights from the emergency vehicles that evening. He found broken windows and yellow tape around the house when he drove over on Friday morning. His neighbor for 15 years, Spadoni said Horadnitsky was a recovering alcoholic and received support from many in the neighborhood. Sober for three years after his father’s death, she said Horadnitsky began struggling after his sister died a few years ago. He worked at House of Bagels in Commack, she added, which is owned by McPhie. The tenant could not be reached for comment.

Town Hits Brakes On Fee Hikes By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s Town Board voted Nov. 15 to adopt the 2013 town budget, which includes amendments that allowed the board to cut back on steep hikes on parking garage permit fees. In a special morning session, the board adopted the $181.2-million operating budget for 2013 by a 3-2 vote. Councilmen Mark Mayoka and Gene Cook voted no. (Continued on page A3)


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Supervisor ‘Pleased’ With Labor Talks By Danny Schrafel

Supervisor Frank Petrone said negotiations between the town and their white-collar labor union are “going very well” as they seek to cut labor costs by $1.5 million without laying off workers. Throughout the 2013 budget process, the town has sought $1.5 million in givebacks from the 198member CSEA Huntington Unit of Local 852, the town’s white-collar unit, which has been working without a contract since the end of 2011. The CSEA contract came up during last Thursday morning’s special budget meeting when Councilman Mark Mayoka asked why the $1.5 million in savings were being included in the 2013 budget before an agreement had been reached. Mayoka, who asked Persich if it was “reasonable to include a hope item” in the budget, asked for an update from Persich, and Town Attorney John Leo quickly jumped in. “Those negotiations are ongoing right now, and they are very sensitive negotiations,” he said. “The union has been very cooperative with us, and we are working and hope to come to a settlement that will show a significant savings.” Supervisor Frank Petrone maintained that the $1.5-million line was far from a “hope item.” The savings, he stressed, would happen – it was just a matter of how. “It could be through layoffs, it could be through contract negotiations. It could be a combination of both,” Petrone said. “The dollar amount is there, and that dollar amount in this budget will have to be realized.” “And I think the supervisor has made that clear publicly,” Councilman Mark Cuthberston added. “We don’t want to go down that road. We would prefer to negotiate, but all options are on the table.” Petrone said he was happy with the progress and that just “one or two points” had to be resolved. “I’m hopeful we will have a resolution to this very shortly,” he said. Rich Popkin, president of the CSEA Huntington Unit of Local 852, said his union would continue to work toward striking a delicate balance in reaching a new agreement. “We are looking to help the town in their time of need as best we can while still protecting our members from layoffs and their cost of living,” he said.

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Budget (Continued from page A1)

“This is a budget that we can live with – a realistic plan that balances responsible spending with maintaining necessary services,” Petrone said. The finalized spending plan rolls back for this year a proposal to increase commuter permit fees at the town’s municipal parking garages from $50 to $600, in exchange for guaranteed spots for permit holders. Instead, the town voted to take the resident commuter parking lot permit fee increase they had proposed – from $50 to $75 – and apply it to the municipal garages, as well, while maintaining first-come, firstserve parking for permit holders. The cost of a non-resident permit will increase from $50 a year to $150, also across the board. “To be fair to everyone, we wanted to find a way so that we could offset that,” Petrone said. “The reason you have public hearings is to see what the public thinks,” Councilwoman Susan Berland added. “[What we heard was that] it’s not the time to do this. At the same time, we had to raise the fee somewhat to be more realistic and defray costs.” Petrone and Interim Comptroller Andrew Persich said that under the new fee model, the town will still subsidize parking operations to the tune of a half-million dollars. The town will also add approximately 100 daily commuter spaces at each train station. Existing spaces will be marked off as daily pay spaces, town spokesman A.J. Carter said, and the cost for a daily spot will increase by $5 to $10. The new spaces and increased rate will generate about $400,000 in new revenue. The town will make up the net reduction in new parking revenue – $581,000, to $1.419 million – by: eliminating a $54,574 IT staff position; each town board member giving back a nearly $2,000 raise; cutting $117,207 of professional staff funding in the supervisor’s office; and by incorporating late-breaking health insurance savings and debt service savings. The general fund tax levy will increase by $110,369, and $100,000 in new franchise fees will be factored in. Overall taxes will increase by 0.83 percent, or about $19 for the average

The town budget, approved on Nov. 15, raises permit fees for the town parking garage by $25 per year – a far cry from the $550 a year increase proposed at the start of the budget process in September. homeowner, the town said. The amendments sparked new arguments between Mayoka, Petrone and Cuthbertson in the minutes before the budget was adopted. Mayoka asked Persich if the amendments were made to correct errors in the preliminary budget. Persich said that was not the case. “There are no errors. This is a very tough year for budgeting. We’ve had some shortfalls in revenue and we had to make certain changes,” Persich said. “We’ve come up with solutions to balance the budget.” But after the meeting, Mayoka, concerned by the number of changes from the preliminary budget to the final draft, said he was not convinced. “There’s truly a lack of confidence in the budget document in its entirety – as far as the estimates produced and the assumptions built into it,” he said. “I have a problem with the interim

comptroller – I’ve never gotten a decent number out of the guy yet,” Cook said. “I asked, there’s $117,000 [cut from the] town’s supervisor’ office. From what? We should know what’s going on so we can do the business of the people.” Mayoka was also prepared to present a resolution to roll back all of the parking fee increases, but Councilman Mark Cuthbertson argued his shelved plan would have blown a hole in the budget. One dangling participle remains – the capital budget. While the town board voted 3-2 to adopt the $8.675-million capital budget, a four-vote supermajority is required to bond the money. The 2013 capital budget includes upgrades for the Dix Hills Water District, the Gerard Street municipal lot in Huntington village, a centralized parking meter system for the village, numerous technology upgrades and improvements to the South Parking Garage and general Highway funding.


Battle Over Town Board Salaries By Danny Schrafel

A budget amendment that would have rolled back Huntington Town Board members’ salaries by 10 percent was angrily denounced by Supervisor Frank Petrone as new evidence that Councilmen Mark Mayoka and Gene Cook played politics with the 2013 budget. But Cook fired back Friday that it was Petrone who should be ashamed. The proposal came after the four council members – all part-time employees by definition – agreed to freeze their salaries at $76,966, foregoing a $1,989 raise. Mayoka then moved to roll salaries back another 10 percent – along with Supervisor Petrone, who was budgeted to receive a raise. The supervisor’s salary increased by $4,360, from $158,543 to $162,903. After the amendment was defeated by a 3-2 decision, Petrone said Mayoka’s proposal, seconded by Cook, was just another example how the two injected politics into the budget process. “It’s inexcusable and it’s dirty. They

should be booted out of office because they’re not representing the taxpayers,” Petrone said. Mayoka defended his efforts and, in a way, embraced the supervisor’s condemnation. “If you consider advocating on behalf of the residents political or grandstanding, then I accept that definition,” he said. Cook denounced the supervisor for voting to keep a raise during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. “You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s not the time for doing that at all, and he has some nerve in doing it,” Cook said. “He accused us of playing politics. What politics, when our job is to look out for the people? We’re here to look out for the people – nothing more.” Cutting the yearly pay of policy-making officials is a way to set the tone for the entire town, Mayoka said. “In the leadership role, we should be setting the example,” he argued. But Councilman Mark Cuthbertson argued that it was unfair to make Supervisor Petrone be the only full-time elected

official to take a pay cut. “It singles out the supervisor as an elected official, but it does not decrease the salary of the town clerk, the tax receiver of the highway superintendent,” Cuthbertson said. “It’s not just the supervisor – it’s us, too,” Cook added. “We make the policies, we have to make this budget for the town residents… We should be looking out for the town residents.” The supervisor said that between three years of no raises and a new 10-percent health insurance buy-in now required of all blue-collar, elected and appointed officials, it’s akin to having taken a 10-percent cut already. Besides, the supervisor argued, he is leading by example by reducing the size of his staff, and said the town had increased the size of the council office staff by two positions at the request of Mayoka and Cook. “Every year, I’ve taken a position out of my budget only to set some example. I had hoped the council office would have offered a position,” he said.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

$60 For A Box Of Twinkies?

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So much for the end of the world… Twinkies,

the people in our own backyard that need clothing, cleaning supplies and food. When you give thanks the snack cake invented in 1930 and known for this year, in whatever culture and/or religion you their reputation to survive nuclear holocaust – not practice, please keep these true by the way – appear to people in mind. And if you have gone the way of the Dodo IN THE KNOW aren’t too tired from gorging bird. Hostess Brands filed paWITH AUNT ROSIE on dinner, consider lending a perwork in U.S. Bankruptcy hand for a few hours. Court last week to shut down and lay off 18,500 employees in the wake of a bakers’ strike. The comBy the same token… please pick up a few extra pany is looking to sell of its assets, which I hope ingoods if you’re making another pre-Thanksgiving clude the recipe for Twinkies, but customers are gotrip to the supermarket. This is an excellent time to ing crazy in the meantime. Stories are flooding the not only buy non-perishable food for both Sandy net with supermarkets running out of the last Hostvictims and the needy in your community, but some ess’ last shipment of snacks, one referencing an stores and community agencies are collecting holieBay seller looking for $59.99 for each box. At least day food items for their patrons. If you can find they’re offering free shipping! someone collecting, help share the holidays with everyone and make a donation. Probably not hiring them… To the fellow that posted a hand-made sign for “Tree Removel” on PuIt’s back… A nincompoop is at it again, targeting laski Road and Park Avenue, might I suggest proofpeople for money by pulling at their heartstrings. reading in the future? I can only imagine more peoThis really aggravates me, especially in light of all ple are going to mock the sign than actually call. Then that is happening in New York right now. These teleagain, it caught my eye, but not for good reasons. phone scams have gotten so bad that the police department was prompted to send out a release about If you haven’t bought a bird yet… consider a it! The police said the pattern looks like this: a pofresh turkey. Frozen birds need days to thaw – Buttential victim will receive a phone call from someone terball recommends at least one day for every 4 claiming that they know a family member who is pounds. However, the Department of Agriculture somehow in trouble and needs money wired immesays fresh turkeys are best cooked within 1-2 days of diately. Or other times, the caller claims that they purchase. But while prestuffed frozen turkeys are have just been in a motor vehicle crash with a relagenerally safe, the government says to avoid tive of the victim who refuses to pay for the damage, prestuffed fresh turkeys. The Makinajian Poultry and goes so far as to claim to be holding the relative Farm doesn’t carry turkeys, but you may be able to at gunpoint! The victim is then asked to withdraw find fresh whole chickens right here in town if the money from an ATM and the caller will guide them stores run out. Oh, and be careful with deep-frying to an institution where they can wire money. Please those suckers! I hear horror stories every year about please please, dear readers, find a way to verify your people and homes set ablaze by flaming oil. relatives’ whereabouts before doing anything. I know it must be scary, but it breaks my heard that people Be thankful… not forgetful this holiday. Just bewill fall for these terrible scams. cause 99 percent of us have power and are largely back to our regular routines, there are still many (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have Long Islanders, and some folks in New York City and comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in New Jersey, that have had their lives turned upside your neck of the woods, write to me today and let me down. Whether they are dealing with extended powknow the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt er outages, sewage leaks, major house damage or Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntcomplete house destruction, these people don’t have ington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at a warm house for family to feast together. These are



Two Melville men were arrested on burglary charges on Nov. 14 after allegedly attacking their victim. The complainant said two burglars entered the bedroom of his Melville home, where they struck him with a wrench, and kicked and punched him before making off with a cell phone. The complainant was treated at a local hospital. Both 18-year-old defendants were charged with burglary.

Teen Fingered For Five-Finger Discount A Huntington Station resident was charged with petit larceny on Nov. 14. A store at Walt Whitman Shops reported clothing was stolen, accusing the 16-year-old in custody.

Despicable Suffolk police responded to a South Huntington school on Nov. 13 about damage to a Sept. 11 memorial. Police said an unknown person broke off the arms of the crucifix. No arrests have been made.

Getting Rowdy In Here Suffolk police were dispatched to a Dix Hills gentlemen’s club about two incidents on Nov. 13. The first was a harassment call. A security guard accused the subject of punching him in the face, causing a bloody nose. No arrests were made. A manager at the club also reported an assault. He told police a female patron struck him on the left side of the head with an empty beer bottle.

Yes, Rocks Do Break Glass Suffolk police were dispatched to a Huntington deli on Nov. 12 about criminal mischief. The complainant said someone threw a rock through a glass window, causing it to break.

That’s Some Party A Huntington resident called Suffolk County police on Nov. 12 to report a major theft. The complainant said they held a party in their home, only to later find two laptops missing.

Neighbor Intervenes In Burglary “He accused us of playing politics. What politics, when our job is to look out for the people? We’re here to look out for the people – nothing more.” Members of the Huntington Detachment 792 of the Marine Corps League celebrated the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 10 at Finnegan's in Huntington village with manager Tom Forte.

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Holiday Cheer Returns

Organizers of the town’s third annual Holiday Parade and Street Festival are hoping a later start time will help the event become the crowning moment of Small Business Saturday. By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s holiday spirit will be on full display Nov. 24, and the town is promising their third annual celebration will be the biggest and best ever – for visitors and business owners alike. The Holiday Parade and Street Festival in Huntington village will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, capping off Small Business Saturday with Long Island’s biggest electric light holiday parade and float contest. “This is only the parade’s third year, but already it has become an institution and an integral part of the holiday season in Huntington,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “This is another example of what makes Huntington such a special place during the holiday season and year-round.” Fire departments, scouts, and veterans and civic groups are scheduled to participate in the parade, which will begin at the Big H Shopping Center and proceed north on New York Avenue to Main Street, where it will proceed west along Main Street past the reviewing stand at Wall Street to West Neck Road. Last year’s event attracted 10,000 revelers, according to estimates. There will be competitions for the best floats in two categories – fire department and commercial – and the best-decorated business. The ceremonial holiday tree lighting has also been moved to the intersection of Wall and Gerard Streets, where the tree will stay for the holiday season. Wall Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Gerard Street until 9 p.m. for a street festival, which will include performances from local groups and promotions from local merchants. Parents can bring their children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, popular characters including Snoopy, The Grinch, Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer, Elmo and Woody. The Halesite Fire Department will have Buddy the Elf on board the actual sled used in

filming the movie “Elf.” Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served, play games in the Gamin Ride truck or take a horse and buggy ride. Several steps have been taken for this year’s extravaganza to leverage it as a business opportunity for local merchants. Ellen O’Brien, executive director of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has been promoting Small Business Saturday in their advertising, and noted that the later start time will give visitors more time to shop in stores offering specials for the day. “We’re encouraging them to come for the day and stay for the parade. We’re trying to create a synergy with Small Business Saturday,” she said. Councilman Mark Mayoka’s office said 50 to 60 businesses in Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor have agreed to participate in Small Business Saturday. Those businesses will have special fliers in their windows, and will be showcased on the town’s Small Business Resource and Recovery Center website. “We intend to pick up many more businesses between now and next week,” Mayoka said. The parade and festival’s sponsors include the Town, the Huntington Village and Huntington Station Business Improvement Districts, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington and Huntington Manor Fire Departments and the Huntington Chiefs’ Council.

As You Celebrate, Give Back Anyone coming to the holiday parade is encouraged to bring non-perishable food to help replenish the Huntington Food Council food pantry, depleted as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Bins will be placed at locations along the parade route and at the festival.

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By Mike Koehler

David Jackson spent close to $20,000 in 2011 for a $63,000 solar energy system capable of generating nearly 10,000 watts of electricity and heating 80 gallons of hot water. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the Huntington Station resident still had no power and no hot water. In theory, solar energy systems should be capable of keeping the lights on. But Sail Van Nostrand, owner of Northport-based Energy by Choice, said current technical limitations are to blame. “Because you have the ability to export energy, the underwriters laboratories require that in the event there is no power on the grid, your system turns off instantaneously so you avoid sending power into the injured grid,” he said. Or as Jackson said, it’s designed to avoid sending electricity through wires while linemen are working. Most solar energy systems used on Long Island are grid-tied, Van Nostrand said, and cut off when the power does. Jackson’s system was useless for two weeks until his home was repowered. And since the solar water system relies on an electrical pump, that failed as well. “I’m not upset that the solar panels weren’t working. It’d be nice if they did, but I understand the danger to the linemen,” he said. But with his phones ringing off the hook and most callers unaware of this key drawback, Van Nostrand said a workaround does exist. Grid-tied systems are the most economical, hence their popularity. A significantly more expensive option, is a battery backup. Capable of connecting to old and new systems, Van Nostrand says the battery can kick in during a power outage and trick the solar power system into working. Batteries range in storage capacity, although the business owner said they’re typically designed to run critical loads like an oil burner and refridgerator. They could also power the solar water pump as well. One of his customers in Asharoken had a battery system installed. And while folks like Jackson and Van Nostrand sat in the dark, he was one of few with power immediately after Sandy. “It got him through the crisis,” Van Nostrand said. Jackson said the battery backup option would cost him about $10,000 to power nearly everything in the house. The battery would last for about 10 years, he said while propane generators last longer and cost about the same. Now he’s debating between a gasoline generator, a propane generator and the battery backup. “My guess is I’ll go with propane,” he said.

One Million Could Join Lawsuit Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Solar Energy No Help After Sandy

By Mike Koehler

A Melville attorney who filed the beginnings of a class action lawsuit against LIPA and National Grid this week claims his primary motive is a need for change in utility management. Kenneth Mollins filed the suit in State Supreme Court in Mineola on Tuesday, charging the utilities with gross negligence, fraud and breach of contract. “We feel by way of this lawsuit, we’ll be able to look into what happened and shine light on the areas that really need resolution,” the attorney said. Mollins filed the lawsuit on behalf of his brother, Jeff Mollins, a Plainview resident, and Jason Abelove, an attorney who lives in Oceanside. After hearing complaints from his brother about a lack of power and from the attorney about getting the runaround, Kenneth Mollins said he heard a caller on a New York sports radio station say out-ofstate crews were stuck waiting for hours for LIPA to arrive. He personally spoke with crews, who verified the statement. Mollins also referenced a Public Service Commission report after Tropical Storm Irene, which indicated major problems in LIPA’s infrastructure and preventative maintenance. Utility officials have since publicly said they have not had a chance to implement any changes yet. Meanwhile, the attorney said calls kept coming in. Some were from people who lost power, others from people who lost family members. Disgusted by what he was seeing and hearing, Mollins filed the suit. “They weren’t prepared and they were telling people things that weren’t

Marilyn Lavi, holding an electric candle she’s used to get around during a two-week power outage at her Lloyd Harbor home, can see the utility trucks at Quentin Sammis West Neck Beach from her deck. But as of Nov. 14, she still didn’t have full power at her home. She is one of several Long Islanders with a story to tell in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some of whom are looking to sue. true,” he said. With the action filed on Tuesday, the next step is for LIPA and National Grid to respond. After that, the court can decide to certify the lawsuit as a class action suit and set the criteria for complainants to join. Mollins expects the court will not take that step for several months. But once it does, he said as many as 1 million claimants may join. “I expect this class action may be the biggest ever filed,” Mollins said. If the case does move forward and the claimants win, the Melville attorney did not deny he would financially profit. However, he said his focus is more on making sure this situation never happens again.

“[Making money is] not the reason I’m doing this one. I volunteer in churches, I’ve been to Staten Island helping people. I feel there’s a significant need for accountability,” he said, adding that they are considering donating some of their possible financial gains to charities and local communities. LIPA officials did not return requests for comment. Related but unconnected to the lawsuit, Mollins also contacted acting New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott to investigate where ratepayers’ payments were going, especially if it was being used to pay executives’ salaries. “If [she] finds criminality, we’re asking for arrests,” he said.

Sen. Marcellino: LIPA ‘Failed Miserably’ By D. Schrafel & M. Koehler

Blasting their “snail-like” response, “glaring lack of communication” and “epic failure to plan ahead for post-storm restorations,” Senator Carl Marcellino, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, will hold a public hearing to look at the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) storm preparation and restoration polices, and to examine the industry standards, best practices and post-event analysis of the utility. “LIPA’s preparedness systems are fatally flawed. They failed during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and things only got worse during Superstorm Sandy,” Marcellino said. “While I commend our emergency responders and law enforcement officials for working hard to meet the needs of Long Islanders, it is clear that we must again take a look at LIPA’s response and determine if they are truly prepared and competent to go forward and provide services for the residents and ratepayers on Long Island. These ‘experts’ have had plenty of time to prepare for a storm such as this; they have failed miserably.” Marcellino said he is “furious” that the agency failed to implement any recommendations, touching on outreach, improving their outage map, training for call center staffers, outage reporting, staffing levels and electrical system maintenance,

from a post-Tropical Storm Irene hearing held in 2011. “I want and demand answers to why LIPA cannot get it right. My committee did a thorough review of LIPA and their oversight during Tropical Storm Irene and put forth many strong recommendations,” he said. “The ratepayers have been left out in the cold, literally, during this last storm for over two weeks and no one at LIPA can tell their customers why?” Under withering criticism from levels of government all the way up to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany, LIPA CEO Michael Hervey has said little about attacks from politicians, consistently stating he’s focused on restoring power to his customers than engaging in a back-andforth with politicians. A date for the hearing has not been set. A Marcellino aide said the hearing would be scheduled once power is restored to all LIPA customers and service is steady once again. Marcellino is not the only one probing the utility. Cuomo formed a commission Tuesday to investigate not just LIPA, but all of the state’s power utility companies. The 10-person commission will investigate the response, preparation, and management of LIPA, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). That includes reviewing actions taken before and after recent weather disasters, and making recom-

mendations to reform and modernize these utilities. NYPA maintains 17 plants and transmission lines to provide electricity to government agencies, neighboring states and private utilities for resale. NYSERDA coordinates the state’s activities on nuclear energy matters, conducts energy research, promotes energy efficiency and creating green jobs. “From Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, to Hurricane Sandy, over the past two years New York has experienced some of the worst natural disasters in our state's history,” Cuomo said. “As we adjust to the reality of more frequent major weather incidents, we must study and learn from these past experiences to prepare for the future.” According to the governor’s executive order, the commission is authorized to subpoena and enforce witnesses’ attendance, administer oaths and require production of materials necessary for an investigation. At the same time, all state agencies, boards, divisions and offices are required to cooperate with the commission. The 10 members of the commission stretch from all corners of New York State. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is Long Island’s sole voice. In response to the commission’s formation, LIPA Communications Director Mark Gross said that “with the extreme weather patterns we have seen, a statewide study is appropriate.”

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Schools Eliminating Winter Vacation By Mike Koehler

Students found themselves with an unexpected vacation from school in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and now they are learning it will cost them some scheduled days off. As of Friday, three of the eight school districts in the Town of Huntington have already approved canceling their winter break in February, and at least three more were considering the option. State law requires New York districts offer 180 days of instruction for state aid purposes. Education Commissioner

John King is permitted to excuse up to five days for extraordinary circumstances, but only if they cannot be made up through vacation days before Regents exams in June. The State Legislature can make temporary changes to the requirements. For the 2011-2012 school year, they extended the number of days King can excuse to 10 in the wake of a disaster or declared emergency. Another such bill was recently filed for the 2012-2013 school year. The boards of education at Harborfields, Cold Spring Harbor and South Huntington were the first to eliminate

some of their vacation days. Cold Spring Harbor Superintendent Judith Wilansky said the district reinstated classes for Feb. 18-22, as well as April 1 – the day after Easter. They lost eight days of instruction to the storm with just two snow days built into the calendar. The board elected not to tap into the week off connected to April 1. “They looked at the spacing of the vacations and if they maintained that week as a vacation, there would have been 17 weeks of instruction following. They felt that was a long haul for the students to their AP and regents,” Wilansky said. The changes leave them with one

Store Owner Cuffed In $60K Scam A Wyandanch man was arraigned Nov. 14 after attempting to bilk his insurance company out of $60,000 by falsely claiming his store was burglarized at the height of Superstorm Sandy, police said. Wilguens Mentor, 28, owner of Fly Forever Sneakers on Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights, called police Oct. 31, reporting that during the worst of Sandy, his business was broken into and more than $60,000 in merchandise had been stolen.

But when First Squad detectives investigated, they determined the report was false and nothing was taken. Police determined Mentor had filed the report with the intention of submitting a false claim with his insurance company. Police arrested Mentor on Nov. 13 and charged him second-degree felony

attempted insurance fraud, a felony, and third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor. Mentor has retained private counsel, but information about his attorney was not available. Mentor’s next court date is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2013, in Suffolk County First District Court.

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emergency day in the calendar. Should the district be forced to call a snow day or otherwise close, they can use that day, cancel the spring recess or add two superintendent’s conference days. In South Huntington, Superintendent Dave Bennardo revealed that not only will Feb. 19-22 and April 1 be reinstated as school days, but May 24 will revert from a conference day to a school day. “These changes will allow us to meet the current New York State minimum, regain important instruction, and preserve a few days for winter snow emergencies,” Bennardo said in a letter to staff. Harborfields administrators announced that school would be in session on Feb. 18-22 and May 24, and a superintendent’s conference day will be added for June 24 – after graduation. Superintendent Diana Todaro said these changes allow for 181 school days as per state law. But if two snow days are needed this winter, they will restore March 25 to a school day. Additional snow days would be pulled from the March recess. As of Friday afternoon, officials at the Half Hollow Hills, Northport-East Northport and Huntington school districts were considering holding class during the February break. The topic was expected to be discussed at board of education meetings for all three on Monday. Commack and Elwood School District administrators did not return requests for comment.


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Much To Be Thankful For This week, family, friends, and in some That’s because in many communities, peocases, complete strangers, gather in remem- ple lost their homes and everything in them. brance of the first Thanksgiving, when the Nearly 100 people in the New York area first immigrants to the American colonies alone died as a result of Sandy. It will be years gathered to celebrate their very survival. Pil- before we are fully recovered from the physgrims in search of freedom from religious op- ical effects of the storm. pression, their journey to the New World was Every cloud has its silver lining, and in the no cake walk. After a long ocean voyage they case of Superstorm Sandy, it is in the countfaced a harsh winter, disease, hunger and nu- less number of amazing stories about people merous other trials that surely had many helping others. Whether it’s by helping a questioning the wisdom of their decisions. neighbor, volunteering in the hardest hit arAs you gather family and friends eas, organizing fundraisers or together this Thanksgiving, keep in EDITORIAL donating to relief organizamind the trials being faced by many tions, people are reaching out fellow Long Islanders this year. While Super- and selflessly giving to ease others’ pain. storm Sandy did substantial damage here, This Thanksgiving, keep in your hearts and the Town of Huntington was largely spared prayers, those who were worst hit by the hurfrom the destruction the storm brought to ricane. Better yet, turn those thoughts into communities on the South Shore. Yes, the action. Volunteer organizations like Long Isstorm wreaked havoc here, leaving a path of land Cares, Island Harvest, Red Cross, Salvadown trees and utility wires and record num- tion Army and so many more have been gobers without heat and power in their homes. ing non-stop since the storm. Find out how However, in light of the damage done in oth- you can best lend them a hand, and do it. er communities, you’ll hear people saying In the spirit of the season, we wish you a things like, “I had no power for 10 days but I happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be can’t complain.” grateful for.

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Continue Sandy Recovery By Shopping ‘Small’ DEAR EDITOR: I would like to thank everyone who has been working tirelessly and continuously to help those in need since Hurricane Sandy hit our shores. I am grateful for the outstanding service provided by local fire departments, first aid squads, veterans, volunteers and Town of Huntington employees during this crisis. Oct. 29 for most of Long Island heralded an unprecedented change of life, marked by the lack of electricity and all of our modern conveniences. Many of us feel like we have lost the last two weeks of our lives and are surprised to find Thanksgiving and the holiday season are fast approaching. We are all trying to rebuild and get back to a state of normalcy. I would like to remind everyone that Small Business Saturday is next week, Nov. 24. We have all suffered losses but we can’t let Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter

Athena dampen our spirits. Small Business Saturday follows the busiest shopping day of the year, known as “Black Friday.” Many of the small businesses in our area are offering special discounts and promotions. Let’s help these small businesses survive and focus our buying power on a local level. Small Business Survival Strategies have never been more important after the crushing blow of Hurricane Sandy. I hosted a workshop with representatives from FEMA, the New York State Small Business Administration, LIDC, Disaster Continuity Experts, local banks and others reaching out to assist Long Island in this time of crisis. Helping Huntington’s Small Businesses Recover from Hurricane Sandy is vital to our community. The workshop program will be featured on the Government Access channel (Cablevision 18 & FIOS 38) and linked to the local chambers of commerce. The Small Business Resource and Recovery Center is located


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What It Means To Live In Huntington DEAR EDITOR: Now that life is slowly getting back to normal for many residents of Huntington, I wanted to make sure to take the time to thank several people in the Town of Huntington who really were standouts during what was a very scary and unfathomable event. I would first like to thank the owners and employees of Park Avenue Deli. The day af-

ter the storm they were serving up breakfast and that important commodity, ice, with smiles on their faces even when they were under an incredible amount of stress about their own homes and families. To their customers that day, being able to get a hot breakfast of coffee and an egg sandwich, in the middle of all the chaos, meant that maybe everything was going to be OK after all. Next I would like to thank Dr. Gary Alex. My 98-year-old father, who was staying with us for the storm, had a dental emergency. I had seen Dr. Alex's office near my home and I thought that I might be able to navigate there through the storm debris. Neither my father nor I are patients of Dr. Alex, but he did not hesitate to have us meet him at his office, which was also without power. He and his very kind staff proceeded to take great care of my dad, doing it all without electricity. The storm and its aftermath were stress-

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ful enough without knowing that my Dad was in pain as well. I can't thank Dr. Alex enough for taking such good care of him. I would also like to thank Legislator William R. Spencer and his staff for opening up their office to those in need of warmth and access to power for re-charging. The staff was so friendly, helpful and welcoming, it made one feel much less disoriented in the storm's aftermath. Lastly, I would like to thank Huntington Superintendent of Schools James Polansky for using every means possible to keep students and parents in the loop regarding the schools and for his concern for student safety as well. These people all made a big difference, some just to myself and my family and others to many. I am proud to live in Huntington.

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Huntington-Based Reality Show To Debut ‘Growing Up Gold Coast’ gives glimpse into the lives of aspiring young professionals By Jacqueline Birzon

Growing up on the Gold Coast isn’t always easy. With Suffolk County’s 7.5-percent unemployment rate as of September 2012, the job market is increasingly less forgiving for ambitious young adults who hit the ground running in their search for jobs, a task which often becomes a job in itself, minus the benefits. The Huntington-centric reality series “Growing Up Gold Coast,” which debuts Sunday, Nov. 25 on the Lifetime network at 9:30 a.m., follows a group of 20-somethings during a transitional period of their lives where they struggle to find their identity in an environment that fosters competition. Many of the show’s cast member’s residents of the Huntington area. Show director Jim Kelly, a Commack native, said the village was the ideal location to build the show around. “I grew up around here, and I always thought that this was an area where you find a concentration of young, ambitious people,” Kelly said. The series, which screened a sneak peak at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Nov. 13, highlights the interaction of work and play in the lives of these aspiring young adults. Kristine Wynne, 22, graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 2008 and currently works in real estate, with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher. A recent alum of Stony Brook University, Wynne has always been interested in the entertainment industry, but before pursuing her career goals she wants to show the world what she’s really about. “We have a really good cast and group of kids. We’re driven and working hard for what we have,” Wynne said. Northport’s Chris “Gucci” Gucciardo, 28, said that with a life of luxury comes big shoes to fill, and the pressure to succeed often impacts the career, and recreational decisions, made by young adults. A Harborfields High School graduate, Gucciardo carries the weight of one day leading his family’s real estate development business on his shoulders. With a self-proclaimed ambition to be an “ambassador of Long Island,” Gucciardo said he wears his Long Island badge with pride. “I’ve always been driven and I have a good grip on reality. I work hard and play just a little harder. Everything

The cast of Growing Up Gold Coast, which premiers on Nov. 25 on the Lifetime network. has to be earned, and we want to show people that we work hard for what we have here. As the oldest son I want to continue my family’s legacy, and know that I can I wake up smiling every day,” Gucciardo said. While critics have compared the show to the likes of the “Jersey Shore” series, Kelly said the series underscores the dynamic interaction of factors that go hand in hand with growing up, and not just the “fun side.” “There’s an inherent pressure put on kids growing up… The bar is set high, and pressure is high, and with access to money you see a combination of work pressure and partying, and in the morning it’s back to the rat race. It’s interesting to watch,” he said. “A big part [of the show] is going out at night and blowing off steam, and it’s Huntington village for these kids.” AJ Scordio, 25, is originally from Sands Point but frequents Huntington village because of his day job. A Bucknell University graduate, Scordio took a job on Wall

Street for one month before quitting to pursue a career that would foster his creative side. His stepfather lives in Huntington Bay, and Scordio decided to take a job as a waiter at Buenos Aires Café while he figures out what he is meant to do. Danielle Suydam, 22, lives in East Northport and graduated from St. Dominic’s High School in Oyster Bay in 2008. The soon-to-be reality star enjoys hitting up Christopher’s and Honu on the weekends, and said that joining the show was a dream come true. “It was completely unexpected and too good to be true,” Suydam said. “It’s been a great experience, and I hope people see that we’re good people, loving people, and that we care about each other and stick together through it all.” Suydam joins her co-stars, including Jill DeVito of Dix Hills, Sal Triolo of Huntington, and Sean McCann of Northport for the series television debut.


Singing Songs For Sandy Relief Huntington musicians playing together on Saturday for donations By Jasmine Weber

Long Island musicians will perform together in Centerport this weekend with aspirations of raising awareness and collecting donations for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 24 will provide entertainment for both families and adults. From 5-6 p.m. there will be child-friendly and interactive performance from Patricia Shih, a family-themed educational songstress from Huntington; Bash the Trash, an environmentally friendly and educative group of musicians; and Tom Chapin, the Grammy award-winning acoustic guitar player and singer hailing

from Huntington. Starting at 8 p.m. there will be a show planned for adults. Chapin will make another appearance, as will Long Island-born blues singer Toby Walker. The concert’s proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Items will also be collected for the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank. The suggested donation is $25 and a donation of one of the following: diapers, baby formula, water, nonperishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies; bottled drinks, new blankets, socks, gloves, hats and scarves. Sandy devastated the entire eastern shore only days before Halloween with raging 90 mph winds. Massive waves devas-

tated the beaches of the eastern shore and destroyed homes with flooding and damage due to wind. Thousands of people, weeks after the storm, are still left powerless with no heat in their homes. Many Long Islanders lost their entire livelihoods. The concert will be held at the Congregational Church on 20 Washington Drive in Centerport. To reserve tickets in advance, which is strongly recommended, email and send a check payable to The American Red Cross with the memo line "Hurricane Sandy Relief ". Mail to Patricia Shih, PO Box 1554, Huntington, NY 11743. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For further information call 631- 549-2332.

Tom Chapin headlines a benefit concert for Sandy relief on Saturday.


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Support Still Wavering On Bamboo Law

Come rain or wind-blown snow, Huntington residents are concerned about bamboo. While a Nov. 7 public hearing on a proposal to regulate the plant was considerably shorter than a previous hearing mostly due to blizzard-like conditions caused by a nor’easter, about a halfdozen residents registered their support via email. With the modified law being considered, public opinion, and the arguments both pro and con, changed little. Supporters urged the town to regulate bamboo to curb what they described as a perilous blight that destroys property and endangers public health, while others questioned the wisdom of imposing new restrictions on a matter that should be handled between neighbors, or in court. The law would allow the District Court to impose monthly fines for any resident who allows their bamboo to encroach on a neighbor’s property, and would ban the planting of “running bamboo” on their property, which is defined as any bamboo that “encroached, spread, invaded or intruded upon any other property or right of way.” Those who presently have running bamboo can keep it – but they have to keep it on their own property. With Supervisor Frank Petrone pledging his support for the law, Councilwoman Susan Berland has a path to call it to another vote again. The question is – can she get the third vote for it to pass? Berland said regulating bamboo is too

important to be stymied. “Bamboo takes over properties and it needs to be regulated before it’s too late,” Berland said. “I hope more than one of my three colleagues wakes up to that fact and comes on board.” Councilman Mark Mayoka, who abstained last time the issue came to a vote, said the fine structure caught his attention. Anyone whose bamboo encroaches on private property will be issued a notice of violation and be subject to fines starting at $250-$500 and capping out at $2,500 a month. Anyone who plants or replants running bamboo will be subject to a $250-$500 fine for every month it is allowed to exist. “I’m very concerned about the fines and how they will impact the residents,” he said. Councilman Gene Cook, who told a constituent suffering from intrusive bamboo that he had shoots grow through a hot tub on his property when he lived in Port Washington, argued Berland’s legislation “still does not help that guy.” “I have not made up my mind yet,” he said. “There’s some issues with Susan’s legislation that don’t work for me, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to her.” And Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who said last month he had “a general concern about whether you can really regulate in this area effectively” and needs to study the issue more, said that review is still underway. “We’ve been so caught up with everything else that I haven’t had time to study the issue,” he said, alluding to Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath.

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A handful of residents are vocal about their support of legislation to regulate bamboo.

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Ongoing Art Auction To Aid Council Artists across town are using their talents to help an organization that supports them through thick and thin. Over 50 pieces of artwork are on display at the Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Petite Gallery for the 2012 Auction on Main exhibit. Patrons can bid on the works, donated by arts council artists, through Nov. 30, when a clos-

ing reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. The auction serves as one of the main fundraisers for the nonprofit arts council. The gallery is located at 213 Main St. in Huntington. For more information, visit or contact Florence Dallari 631-271-8423 ext. 12. Pictured is some of the art up for auction.

NYC4 by Don Thiergard.

New Concourse by William Lowe.

Golden Orchid by Jack Pierce. WinterBirch Forest by Shain Bard.

Modernity in Acient Rome by David Jaycox. Whisper in the Night 2010 by Sang Hyun Chung.

Still Life by Stokely Webster.


A Teaching Opportunity

Italy by M. Ellen Winter.

The Huntington Arts Council had some special visitors on Saturday as teacher Margarita Stakhovich brought her exchange students to see the Auction on Main exhibit. The students are on a study tour program from Korea, provided by Mahanaim, a postsecondary school in Huntington. As part of the program, teachers create engaging activities where the students go out to meet new people and use the English they learn in the classroom. At the arts council, the students were able to appreciate the diverse forms of artwork and also express themselves in English, asking many questions to the staff.

Cotton Snow by Andrea M Gordon.

Peconic Pond by Angela Stratton


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

Fighting Hunger With The Foodies Foodie photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

Coindre Hall was the destination for foodies Nov. 13 as restaurateurs, wine, beer and chocolate purveyors set up shop in the stately, historic waterfront mansion to raise money for the Island Harvest food bank. And as one might expect at any gathering of culinary practitioners, Huntington was well-represented in the 20 or so restaurants dishing out small plates of their favorites. The event, an annual magazine cover party hosted by Long Island Pulse, has become a November tradition to support Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization dedicated to ending hunger and reducing food waste. Volunteers distribute food to nearly 570 pantries, soup kitchens and other local feeding centers. “We raise a lot of money, we get to meet a lot of new people who don’t know about hunger on Long Island and it’s just a great opportunity for us,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, the organization’s Presi-

Legal Sea Foods, which has a location at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, was a hit for rich clam chowder and Blackened Ahi Tuna Wontons. dent and CEO. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Island Harvest and all of Long Island’s food pantries have been pressed into extraordinary action. As of Nov. 13, they moved 1 million pounds of food in the last week and a half, and she expected to move many millions more by the end of the year. Sandy was a catastrophe that hit (Continued on page A14)

Jackson’s Restaurant owner Shelby Poole and manager Ryan Ullah serve jambalaya, salad and egg creams at Coindre Hall.


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LI restaurants dish out aid at tasting party Foodie photos/Danny Schrafel

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home for the organization, she said. “I have 35 people on staff, and each one of them has left their families at home in the dark. Many of them have left 5 feet of water to come to work so that we can help to feed other people that are really in need,” Shubin Dresner said. “The dedication of our staff has truly been tremendous.” Shelby Poole, owner of Jackson’s (6005 Jericho Turnpike, Commack 631-4620822) joined her manager, Ryan Ullah, in dishing out hearty Jambalaya, smoky and satisfyingly spicy, bursting with chicken, Andouille sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions and Creole rice. They also had light and refreshing Mama Loo Salad, combining napa, crispy noodles, carrots, cucumber, red dressing and Tahini dressing in a light, refreshing dish. And for traditionalists, there were classic, fizzy Chocolate Egg Creams. Legal Sea Foods (160 Walt Whitman Road, No. 1108, Huntington Station 631271-9777) was on hand with hearty clam chowder and delicately seared Blackened Ahi Tuna, paired with seaweed salad, pickled ginger, wasabi sour cream and sesame, all served in a crunchy wonton. The combination marries complex flavors and textures into a harmonious, complementary package. Moving on, we decided to check out a new old friend, visiting Dena Fenza’s table for Two Blondes and a Stove (26 Clinton Ave, Huntington village, 631673-1300) where she was ladling out shot-glass-sized samplers of Roasted Butternut Squash soup. Autumn gourds were a popular theme at several restaurants’ tables, and Dena stood out with a savory, textured soup that warms you up with salted fall flavors and an ever-sofaintly-sweet finish from the crushed amaretto cookie crumble garnish. Keep an eye for this one in their rotating soups of the day, especially as the temperatures drop. For our main course of sorts, where better to go than Coindre Hall’s in-house restaurant? That brought us to the setup for the Chateau at Coindre Hall, where head chef Matt Kozak was presiding over

Matt Kozak, the head chef for Coindre Hall, serves tender short ribs. Dena Fenza readies hand-held helpings of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup at Two Blondes And A Stove’s table. a winter vegetable medley and fork-tender braised beef short rib in a red wine reduction, a traditional fall-winter offering that really hit the spot. With four courses down, that leaves us with dessert, and we decided there’s no better way to close out the night than to visit Mary Alice Meinserman and her daughter Susannah to see what Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington, 631-549-1059) had on hand to satisfy the ol’ sweet tooth. With a selection of chocolate-covered goodies, truffles galore and hazelnut chocolates, there was something for any chocoholic - or earthling, for that matter - to delight in. Ninety-six percent of all cash donations go to support Island Harvest’s programming, collecting and distributing food, Shubin Dresner said. Couldn’t make it, but want to give? It’s as simple as texting “hunger relief ” to 266266 and selecting a donation from $10 to $500.

Side Dish

For a sweet finish, we stopped by Bon Bons’ table and were greeted by Mary Alice Meinesman and her daughter Susannah.


POWER DINNER: Where do power brokers take a meal around here? Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House and one-time presidential candidate, followed up a book-signing appearance at Huntington’s Book Revue with a meal at Jonathan’s Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington Village 631-549-0055 last Monday, Nov. 12. In town to promote their book “Victory at Yorktown,” Gingrinch, his wife and co-author Callista, and a few friends talked politics while dining at a round table in the center of Jonathan’s dining room.

A new cookbook from The Crushed Olive has recipes using the store’s infused olive oils and balsamics.

WHAT CAN TWO BLONDES TEACH YOU? Plenty if it’s about cooking. The owners of Two Blondes and a Stove (26 Clinton Ave., Huntington village 631-673-1300 have created more than Huntington village’s newest breakfast hotspot. Their after-hours cooking classes are also proving to be pretty popular. This week’s is sold out but

there are still spots available for the next Dec. 3 class on creating the Ultimate Cocktail Party, and Dec. 10 class on creating the Ultimate Holiday Dinner Party II. Classes are hands-on, in the kitchen, and what makes them even better is that you get to eat all three courses that you prepare in class. LIKE OIL AND VINEGAR… Any foodie who walks into The Crushed Olive (278 Main St., Huntington Village 631-423-1500 is like a kid in a candy store. But the array of flavor-infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars can almost be mind-boggling, if not overwhelming. To help customers best use their products, The Crushed Olive has published “The Infused Palate,” a cookbook filled with 93 recipes from appetizers through desserts that shows you how to incorporate their olive oils and balsamics into easy-to-understand recipes. The book is the work of Eileen Sanger Profit of Miller Place, who works at The Crushed Olive’s Stony Brook location; it is available at all of The Crushed Olive’s locations.

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Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

Whether it comes in the form of skis, wakeboards or fat tire bikes, Glenn Pashley is in the business of fun. Pashley is the owner of Heli Sport, a Huntington village business that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. “We deal with people’s fun,” he said. Most of the store’s products fall into one of two categories: winter sports or summer sports. They carry a variety of skis and snowboards for the colder months, and wakeboards, paddleboards, kayaks and water skis for the warmer months. When Pashley opened the store in 1987, it was after eight years of experience working at Soldier Mountain in Idaho. Traveling west for the ski season and returning to New York in the summer, he opened his shop after a friend mentioned how many Long Islanders travel west in the winter. “He was right; there’s a huge skiing community that travel and have second homes,” Pashley said. And in the very beginning, the plan was for Heli Sport to open only during the winter to tune skis. Quickly they discovered that skiers were coming to their shop

and paying them for work that other stores do for free. “They liked the way their skis were handling,” he said. They began selling skis and boots as time wore on, later adding clothing and other soft goods. But the summers off never panned out, since the store started selling BMX bicycles before they were popular. As business improved every year, they added more and more inventory for summer sports. Now, Pashley said, their summers are almost as good as their winters. For the time in between and throughout the year, he also stocks skateboards, longboards and the gear to go with it. The longer variation has become more popular in the past few years, Pashley said, as their softer wheels create less vibration on rougher terrain. “You get out on the local roads, they’ve been getting beaten up, making them rougher and rougher,” the owner said. Heli Sport sells their longboards for anywhere between $99 and $600. The Huntington store also carries something called an Elliptigo – a device designed to combine cycling, running and elliptical machines. Shaped like a bicycle missing a seat, the rider uses two elliptical-style pedals to propel the contraption at speeds similar to a bike. “It’s designed for people who want to get a workout and travel. When I first looked at it, I thought it was stupid. By the fourth time I rode on it, I thought it was brilliant,” Pashley said. Using it himself about 20 minutes a day

for errands and transportation, the merchant said he’s lost weight and gained muscle. Now one of their hottest products, Heli Sport sells three different models. The price ranges from $1,799 to $3,499 based on the number of gears. But it’s not just the Elliptigo that gets personal use at the Huntington store. Pashley said he looks for the best products and tries to use everything. “We thoroughly torture-test everything we sell. That’s probably why we’re still here. We buy the good goods,” he said. The staff at Heli Sport also knows their stuff, whether it’s from experience or education at the store. Pashley employs at least one full-time person to help him in the store, but can bring on multiple parttime staff as needed. Customers, he added, can also expect strong service from him and his staff. In addition to answering questions, store employees focus on solving any problems that arise. “I deliver paddleboards all the way from Tarrytown to Montauk,” Pashley said. Heli Sport did run into a rough patch a few years back when recession hit, although Pashley said his loyal customers kept him alive. His business, he added, is more dependent on weather than the economy. They thrive in cold, snowy winters when shoppers need jackets, skis and other gear, just like they benefit from sunny summers when people are more motivated to go outside. “Even though the economy is good or

Half Hollow Hills photo/Mike Koehler

Making A Living On Fun Heli Sport sells skis, clothing and other gear for outdoor enthusiasts

Owner Glenn Pashley poses next to an Elliptigo, goggles and other gear at Heli Sport. bad, it doesn’t do us any good if we don’t have the cooperation of the weather,” Pashley said. Moving forward, the merchant hopes to frequently change the products in his store, but not their venue. Pashley said he wants to stimulate people into doing great things outdoors. “When it’s not fun anymore, I’ll close the doors,” he added.

Heli Sport 308 New York Avenue Huntington, NY 11743 631-549-1127


Going To ‘Boot Camp’ For Sandy Relief By Danny Schrafel

Fitness enthusiasts can get the workout of a lifetime while supporting a family who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. Huntington Fit Body Boot Camp will host a fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1 to support a family of four in Mas-

sapequa whose home was destroyed for a second time in two years. The family, trainer and owner Ahmed Tafti said, just finished rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene when Sandy destroyed it again. “Sandy came in and brought 5 feet of water,” he said. “[The home is] basically ruined. They can’t use their house anymore.” Following the hurricane, Fit Body

Boot Camp posted on Facebook, seeking ideas for how to give back. As a result, they learned of the family’s plight and stepped up. “We decided, let’s do it for them,” he said. For $20 a person, participants in the Dec. 1 fundraiser can partake in three hours of boot camp workouts, spread across six 30-minute sessions. Raffle


Musical Night For Displaced Family By Danny Schrafel

A night out on the town with an award-winning New York City musical director is being turned into a fundraiser to support a family displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Darius Frowner, a Bistro Award-winning New York City cabaret musical director and pianist who has played in major New York City venues such as The Duplex, The Metropolitan Room, The New York Hilton, Sardi’s and The Rainbow Room, is the featured performer at an open mic fundraiser at Huntington village’s Fado restaurant on Nov. 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. “Darius is phenomenal,” organizer

Linda Ray, director of the Huntington Cabaret, said. “He directs a lot of my shows. He’s really great. I think people need the relief of a really fun evening also as they’re doing good.” The fundraiser’s benefactors will be a family in Freeport that lost their entire home as a result of the historic superstorm, which especially ravaged Long Island’s south shore and the Jersey shore. Ray said the event will offer an opportunity to give back, restore spirits and for musicians to put their talents to good use. “Let’s have fun, because people need fun right now, and let’s raise money for a family that needs it. We should be out there with our talents to help the community,” she said.

Frowner has been a featured pianist at The Duplex, NYC's renowned piano bar, for 20 years, and a frequent collaborator with prominent Broadway performers. He was musical director and pianist for Norm Lewis, currently starring on Broadway in “Porgy and Bess,” at The Kennedy Center. “Best of New York City” and “Best of Long Island” raffle baskets, including restaurant and theatre tickets, prominent hair-salon certificate and jewelry, will be up for grabs as well. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20, and there is a one-drink minimum. A snack menu will be available. Checks should be sent to: Linda Ray, 163 Nassau Road, Huntington, NY 11743. For information, call her at 631-673-5577.

prizes, featuring gifts from local vendors, will also be included. “It’s a 30-minute session with two and a half minutes of warm-ups and two and a half of stretching at the end,” he said. “It’s very similar to a military-style basic training – a lot of core strength training, a lot of cardio. We do a little of everything.” Huntington Fit Body Boot Camp routines incorporate basic exercises like jumping jacks and pushups, as well as more advanced tools like battling ropes, monkey bars and a 2,500 square-foot padded floor. Monetary donations and items can also be sent or dropped off at their boot camp location. Ahead of the event, they’ve taken to some novel ways to both promote physical fitness in their members and raise money. “We have raised money using fun ways – like encouraging people to walk or bicycle in,” Tafti said. “Each time they did, we would contribute $5 to the family.” Tafti said clothing is especially important at the moment, as well as household items and gift cards to make those purchases. Fit Body Bootcamp Huntington is located at 586 New York Ave., Huntington, approximately a quarter-mile north of the Big H Shopping Center. For more information, to sign up or to get clothing sizes for the family members, call 888-600-4817 or visit


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FRIDAY Nominate A Nonprofit The inaugural Long Island Imagine Awards will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, and nominations are open to acknowledge some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization and located and serve in either Nassau or Suffolk can apply to win $5,000. Visit Deadline is Nov. 30.

Nov. 26 from 10:30-11 a.m. • Come listen to the story “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Walsh and create a craft to take home on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 10:30-11 a.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Enjoy the opera “Carmen,” a smoldering tale of passion, adventure and tragic obsession by French dramatist Prosper Merimme and made immortal by French composer Georges Bizet in 1875 on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dix Hills branch. • Get ready for wintry weather with a snowy story craft on Monday, Nov. 26 from 10:3011:30 a.m. at the Melville branch.

Harborfields Public Library 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Celebrate Barbie with a story, craft, snack and Barbie bingo on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. For K-2. • Create a greenery kissing ball that will last for months on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 7-9 p.m. Supply fee $10.

SATURDAY Tony Bennett To Sign Memoir

Huntington Public Library

Legendary singer, artist, and performer Tony Bennett appears at Book Revue on Nov. 24, 7 p.m. to sign his memoir, “Life is a Gift,” a collection of soulful reflections and philosophies from his life and career. Bennett has won 17 Grammys, sung for 10 presidents, and performed for royalty. 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-271-1442.

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Put your creativity and dreams to work and make a LEGO masterpiece on Friday, Nov. 23 from 6-6:45 p.m. at the main branch. For grades 1-3. • Let people admire the beautiful and useful scarf you’ll wear around your neck this winter. One skein of super bulky yarn will be provided as well as practice yarn. Please bring US size 15 20” circular needles. In-person registration with a $25 non-refundable check made out to Huntington Public Library. Monday, Nov. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the main branch. • Find out about “Greening Your Home: How to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient and save money at the same time,” on Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the main branch. Presented by the Long Island Progressive Coalition. Call 516-541-1006.

Jamming For Sandy Relief Grammy Award-winner Tom Chapin, Toby Walker, Patricia Shih and Bash the Trash will be featured performers in a Nov. 24 concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, New York, to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Family show is at 5 p.m.; adult show at 8 p.m. Suggested donation of $25. Supply donations also accepted. Email Patricia Shih at to buy tickets.

Get Fit, Help A Family Fit Body Bootcamp, 586 New York Ave, Huntington, will host a Boot Camp Marathon fundraiser on Dec. 1, in support of a local family that lost their home for a second time since Hurricane Irene last year. $20 per person, features raffles and a three-hour marathon boot camp workout starting at 11 a.m. Call Kathleen Tafti at 516-909-8347.

Breakfast With Santa At The Mall For the first time, Walt Whitman Shops will host Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. on Dec. 1, sponsored locally by California Pizza Kitchen, Audi of Huntington, Acura of Huntington and Lexus of Smithtown. $10 per person/free for children under 2. Seating is limited. Reservations accepted at Simon Guest Services through Wednesday, Nov. 28. Proceeds to benefit Simon Youth Foundation.

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 Open Mic For Sandy Relief Huntington’s Fado restaurant (10 New St., Huntington 631-351-1010) will host an open microphone night with award-winning musical director Darius Frowner on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Meets With Everyone This Year Holiday magic has returned to Walt Whitman Shops. From now through Dec. 24, children can be photographed with Santa in Center Court. Returning again this season is the “Cutest Santa Photo Contest,” hosted on Walt Whitman Shops’s Facebook page. In addition, Pet Photo Nights will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. The Caring Santa event, dedicated to children with special needs, provides a subdued environment to visit Santa from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Concerts With A Touch Of Theater Ridotto, Concerts “with a Touch of Theatre,” presents “Musical Splendor of Versailles,” featuring French chamber music of the 17th century with narration and projection by The Repast Baroque Ensemble of New York: Amelia Roosevelt and Claire Jolivet, violins; Mark Rozendaal, lute; and Avi Stein harpsichord, with narration by Margaretha Maimone. Performance is Sunday Dec. 2, 4 p.m. in the Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $10 students/$18 seniors/$20 adults. Reservations: 631-385-0373, or make stops throughout town over the next two months: • Huntington Nutrition Center: Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, 9 a.m.noon; • Paumanack Village I & II (Greenlawn): Tuesdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; • Paumanack Village III & IV (Greenlawn): Thursday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-noon; • Paumanack Village V & VI (Melville): Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-noon. 631-853-8200. Appointments encouraged, drop-ins welcome.

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

TUESDAY 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

Business After Hours Join the Melville Chamber of Commerce for an after-hours networking session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6-8 p.m. at Mac’s Steakhouse, 12 Gerard St., Huntington. RSVP to or 631-777-6260.

Calling All Needleworkers The Suffolk County Chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild of America holds its monthly meeting Nov. 27, 7 p.m. at Half Hollow Hills Library, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. All level stitchers welcome. Call Pat at 631423-3738.

WEDNESDAY Rejoice and Give Thanks

MONDAY Seniors, Get Your Questions Answered Senior Advocates – who provide assistance with food stamps, Medicare savings programs, Medicaid applications and Heating Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) applications – will

Center yourself in the joy of the Thanksgiving season by joining the Commack United Methodist Church in worship at 486 Townline Road, Commack, just north of Route 25 at Commack Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Noon. In the evening there will be a worship service with special choral music at 7:30 pm in

the main sanctuary. Call 631-499-7310 or visit

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

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

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Meet new friends and use your imagination to build awesome creations with LEGOS on Friday, Nov. 23 from 2-3 p.m. For ages 7-12. • Do you give many small gifts to a large number of people? Do you need quick gift exchange ideas? Join Chef Richard and learn how to prepare great economical and fun holiday gifts using food and a little imagination on Monday, Dec. 3 from 7-8:45 p.m. Registration deadline Nov. 26.

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • “Get Fit Where You Sit” with a therapeutic chair exercise class designed for seniors or those with disabilities who are unable to participate in our regular yoga or exercise classes. Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 12-1 p.m. • Redesign, restyle, recycle and learn the basic techniques to revamp any T-shirt or sweatshirt. Please bring your own shirt with you on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Northport-East Northport Public Library Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • On display in the East Northport gallery, “Masks in the Sea of Faces” by former LongIslander graphic artist Sheauwei Pidd shows off her love of colors and mood, as well as movement. • Play rhythm instruments while librarians adapt stories, songs and movement activities to match the attention span of your toddler on Monday, Nov. 26 from 10-10:30 a.m. at the East Northport branch. • Join the library’s new poetry reading and discussion group led by Bob Little and explore the ideas of various poets and the forms they use on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the East Northport branch.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • “Casablanca” premiered in NYC on this day in 1942; enjoy the classic on Monday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m. • Media maven Rich Knox returns with a look back at the great musicals of the past century. Come and relive the amazing performances that enthralled theatergoers on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Watch Princess Merida as she makes her own path during a showing of movie “Brave” on Friday, Nov. 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. • Create and keep your surprise creation with LEGOS on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 4:305:15 p.m. For grades 1-6.

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • A lost classic of Australian cinema reemerges nearly 40 years later. Filmmaker Ted Kotcheff will appear live via Skype following the “Wake in Fright” screening on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. $10 members/$15 public. • The Barr Sinister Jazz Group and the Northport Jazz Band will play live jazz in the Sky Room Cafe to benefit the Vic Skolnick Life of the Cinema Campaign on Friday, Nov. 30 at 9:45 p.m. $10 donation. Wine by Bottles & Cases, food by Whole Foods.

Elwood Public Library

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • With a big friendly bear as your guide, children can find shapes in a book on Monday,

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148.

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(Continued from page A18) • The Winter Festival of Performances begins Dec. 1 with children’s theater performances of “The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous fable that is said to have inspired the founding of the Cub Scouts. Performances will be on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. $10.

Tony Bennett To Sign Memoir Legendary singer, artist, and performer Tony Bennett appears at Book Revue on Nov. 24, 7 p.m. to sign his memoir, “Life is a Gift,” a collection of soulful reflections and philosophies from his life and career. Bennett has won 17 Grammys, sung for 10 presidents, and performed for royalty. 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-2711442.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Celebrate the holiday season with a thrilling new twist on the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” Michael Wilson’s adaptation is a creative re-telling of Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Sponsored by North Shore LIJ and running from Nov. 20-Jan. 6. $65. • Christmas has been cancelled! Or at least, it will be if Santa can't find a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Fortunately for him, there's “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” showing as part of the Youth Theater Series, Nov. 24-Jan. 6 on weekends and special dates. $15.

The Minstrel Players of Northport At Houghton Hall - Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926. • Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” takes the stage Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. $15 adults/$12 seniors, children. • Submission are now being accepted for “It Happened One Act” play festival. Deadline is Jan. 15, 2013. Visit the website for more information.

AUDITIONS TV Talent Search MSG Varsity’s Talent Show is back for its third season, and casting is now open for talented high school singers from across the region. Ultimately, 16 vocalists will be chosen to perform. Open to all high school students throughout the tri-state region. Audition either by going online to and uploading a video of themselves performing, or by attending an in-person audition from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Lindenhurst High School; sign up online.

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

MUSEUMS/EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • The first of a two-part exhibit featuring about 200 works of art created by their many talented members will be on display Nov. 4-25.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Features New York State's largest collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds.

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

fotofoto Gallery 14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 124 p.m. 631-549-0448. • A solo exhibition by Ralph Masullo is on display until Nov. 25.

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. 631351-3250. • Robert S. Neuman’s “Ship to Paradise” focuses on the colorful, large-scale, mixedmedia drawings in which Neuman addressed the timeless question of human folly. On display through Nov. 25.

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

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. • “Bold,” featuring artists that grab the viewer with their unique and striking artwork, opens Friday, Nov. 16 with an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the ArtTrium including a music performance by Shenole Latimer. Running through Feb. 25. • View and bid on over 50 pieces of artwork in the 2012 “Auction on Main,” through Nov. 30.

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. 631-427-7045, ext. 401. • The next “Lunch & Learn” is Thursday, Nov. 29, 12:30 p.m. at Black & Blue restaurant. $40 members/$45 non-members. • The annual Historic Holiday House Tour is Dec. 2, featuring five private historic homes in the Town of Huntington that the public will see for the first time. Noon-4 p.m. Tickets are limited.

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. • “Serendipity: A Solo Exhibition,” is a comprehensive show of 2D and 3D works of art by Puneeta Mittal, on view through Dec. 2.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-7579859. • “50 Years Of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities. • The Antiques Show will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the William J. Brosnan Building (formerly Laurel Avenue School), 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport. Originally scheduled for Nov. 4, the show was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

a home equity loan because you are underwater? You could eligible for up to $5,000 for emergency home repairs if your income does not exceed 120 percent of the HUD median income for Long Island ($129,000 for a family of four). Apply to the Emergency Home Repair Program. Call Susan at Housing Help Inc., 631-754-0373.

VOLUNTEERING 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

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.

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 631-271-2183 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.

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Walt Whitman Birthplace

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The Arena Players Repertory Theatre presents Anthony Horowitz's comic-thriller “Mind Game” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. through Nov. 25. $20$25. Call 516-293-0674 or visit

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.

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Get in the holiday spirit at “A Yuletide Family Day” on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m., featuring a holiday sing-along, visits with Santa, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” crafts and face-painting. $7/child, chaperones free. Call 631-427-5240, ext. 113 to register.


Friends At Home 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

Helping Runaway Kids Share your ideas and opinions on how Huntington Sanctuary, a program of the Huntington Youth Bureau, can help youth ages 12-21 who run away or who are at risk of running away. The group’s advisory board meets one Thursday a month at 6 p.m. Call 631-2712183.

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

The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, Jan. 19 concert “A Diva, A Comedian & Broadway for the Children of Huntington Station.” • Enjoy “An Evening with The Monkees” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. • WALK 97.5 FM presents Daughtry and 3 Doors Down on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

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Concerts with a Touch of Theater. at The Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-3850373 • Enjoy the “Musical Splendor of Versailles” with Repast Baroque Ensemble and narrator Margaretha Maimone on Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. $20 general/$18 serniors/$15 members/$10 students.

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 insure they receive quality care and their rights are protected. 631-427-3700 ext. 240.


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

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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 Assn.

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Band Rallies For Relief Half Hollow Hills photo/Luann Dallojacono

The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue energizes fans at The Paramount. An Irish band became official members of the “Strong Island” nation last week when the musicians donated their ticket sales to Hurricane Sandy relief. Performing on the stage of The Paramount in Huntington, The Script elated current fans and made a few new ones on Nov. 8 at the “Strong Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert.” The trio from Dublin energized the crow while also acknowledging the hard times Long Islanders are facing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The atmosphere at The Paramount was lively as usual, but with a palpable philanthropic spirit in the air. The Huntington village theater has been collecting food and toiletry donations since the storm, and commemorative “Strong Island” T-shirts – like the one band frontman Danny O'Donoghue sported at the end of the band’s set – were on sale in the lobby.

Funds brought in from both ticket and Tshirt sales will benefit the Red Cross. The Script was originally scheduled to play The Paramount on Dec. 5, but rescheduled to help fundraise. The band received a special introduction from reporter Arnold Diaz, reporter for WNYW’s “Shame Shame Shame” segments. With a microphone in hand and a captive audience, Diaz didn’t miss the chance to take a shot at the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), saying what was on the minds of many. “We are not broken, although LIPA is doing its best to put the last nail in the coffin. Should we put LIPA in the hall of shame forever?” he said to cheers. Anger with LIPA aside, the concert seemed successful in its goal to lift the spirits of Long Islanders, heart-warmed by the band’s support. -DALLOJACONO

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Hills East Tennis Clinches Suffolk Title Photo by Patti Stern

By Jacqueline Birzon

A superstorm and a nor’easter wasn’t enough to hinder the spirits of the Half Hollow Hills East girls tennis team, who brought home the Suffolk County championship title for a second year in a row. While the team didn’t fare as well at the Long Island Championship game against Syosset on Nov. 15, Coach Tom Depelteau said the county title was the Lady Thunderbirds’ real goal. “Our goal was to win the county. Anything we accomplished beyond that would just be gravy as long as they tried their best,” the coach said. Leading up to their winning game on Nov. 14, the Lady T-Birds defeated three other teams in the playoff series that led to their triumph. The team took on the No. 16 seed, Sayville, at home on Oct. 24, where fourth singles player Gabrielle Raziel had two 6-1 sets against her opponent, and the team walked away with a 7-0 victory. On Oct. 26 the girls went head-tohead with Mercy, also sweeping a 7-0 victory. Senior captains and first doubles team Amanda Luper and Emily Spevack showed up their opponents 6-2, 6-4 during the quarterfinal round. Luper, along with second singles player Allison Huber, joined forces to win the individual Suffolk County doubles title over their Hills West rivals. While the duo advanced to the state championships, they lost during the second round in Albany on Nov. 5; however Half Hollow Hills West senior Zenat Rashidzada won the Suffolk County Singles title on Oct. 22 (2-1) against Shoreham-Wading River’s third-seed singles player.

The Half Hollow Hills East girls tennis team has won the Suffolk County Championship title two years in a row. Before the storm disrupted the season schedule, the team played East Islip on Oct. 27 and walked away with yet another 7-0 triumph, despite East Islip’s crown of League III champions. First singles seed Vanessa Scott, a sophomore, defeated her opponent in both sets and helped bring the team to a 16-0 record overall for the season. “The earlier games were a lot less competitive, and went by quicker than most games we played. We walked off with a lot of 6-0 sets, and we didn’t lose a single set during the first two games of the play-

offs,” Depelteau said. The final round of the playoffs was set for Saturday, Oct. 27, however it was pushed back two weeks due to inclement weather and, subsequently, Hurricane Sandy, causing the team to be “idle” for nearly two weeks. When they finally stepped on the court to play Hills West, the undefeated Tbirds were ready for takeoff. Hills East beat Hills West during both games they played earlier this season, and strutted onto the courts with the same expecta-

tion for playoffs. Doubles team Rebecca Stern and Natalie Habeich walked away with a close win against their Hills West opponents Mina Sarcevic and Hailey Ozswath 6-3 and 7-6 in their doubles sets. Third singles player Brynn April, a freshman, fulfilled an undefeated personal record this season, securing the last match of the game and giving East the edge over West’s Nikaylah Williams 6-3 and 6-2, bringing the team to a 4-3 overall victory against the sister school. Hills West finished second in the Division I league, with an 15-3-0 overall record for the fall season. Depelteau said the final score of the Long Island Championship game (0-7) against Syosset on Nov. 15, was misleading, as many matches within the set were close calls. According to the coach, Huber performed particularly well against Syosset, and her game came down to a series of spilt sets rather than a third set. Huber played a “super tiebreak” against her opponent and lost 7-10. Scott lost that day to the county champion all-state player. Depelteau said the team was not surprised by the loss, as Nassau has consistently won over the Suffolk team in championship games over the past seven years. “We came up short,” he said. “But our team had a lot of good chemistry this season and our girls cared, worked hard and weren’t just playing for themselves, so it was a real team effort. There were plenty of times when top players carried the season, but when they were faced withy tough opposition someone else on the team always found a way to step up.” With the season over, the Lady Thunderbirds will say goodbye to Luper and Spevack, who will graduate in the spring.


Townwide Fund Readies For Thanksgiving Run Despite Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter, the Townwide Fund of Huntington’s 27th annual Four-Mile Thanksgiving Day Run and 1K Fun Run is still on. The race starts at the American Legion Post 360 in Halesite on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, with the fun run beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the 4-mile run at 9 a.m. Due to the continuing construction at New York Avenue and Mill Dam Road, runners are advised to take Wall Street/West Shore Road north from Main Street (25A) and park at the ball fields of Mill Dam Park. “The race course has been checked and we are all ready,” said Bea Hartigan, who has organized the Townwide Fund fall runs since at least 1982 and is known throughout Huntington for her leadership role in the race. To register online, visit or go to to download forms that can be printed and mailed to the Townwide Fund office at 148 East Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743. To register in person, go to Super Runners Shop in Huntington, located at 355 New York Ave ( Super Runners Shop has been a dedicated sponsor and resource for the Thanksgiving Run for over 25 years. The Townwide Fund extended its thanks Long Island Land Rover Centres, which has supported the Townwide Fund’s Thanksgiving Day Run for more than eight years. Long Island Land Rover Centres provides the fund with the official pace car and driver, volunteers and runners in addition to their financial support as the “name” sponsor. For more information, visit or contact Executive Director Mary Timmons at 631-629-4950. The Townwide Fund of Huntington was founded in 1961 by a group of pri-

The kids are off and running at last year’s Townwide Fund of Huntington Thanksgiving Fun Run. vate citizens who wanted to help local charities raise funds. The organization's essential mission was to keep money raised in Huntington within the community. Now over 50 years and $10 mil-

lion later, The Townwide Fund continues to infuse local organizations with the support they need to provide vital health and human services to the people of Huntington.


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