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Toy Drive Donates Gifts By The Thousands Set back by Superstorm Sandy, organizers make up for lost time and triple in contributions Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast, the Plumitallo family of Dix Hills were worried their annual Sunshine Toy Drive wouldn’t be as successful as it has been in years past. A stroke of luck and generosity, however, allowed the Dec. 15 drive to secure toys for an additional 400 children this holiday season, donating a total of over 2,000 toys to children in need. Simply by word of mouth, Cindy Perez, vice president of Valrico Ventures in Texas, learned of the effort and donated $10,000 to the drive on the company’s behalf. Subsequently, Valrico’s New Jersey-based partner company, S&D Transfer, matched Valrico’s donation and contributed an additional $10,000 to go toward the purchase of toys and gift certificates to stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot. S&D also donated a company truck that was used to store and bus the toys that were purchased during shopping ventures. This year, event organizers Mike, Hope and Victoria Plumitallo catered to a

Victoria Plumitallo sits with countless gifts that were donated on Dec. 15 to children in need and those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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PD: Sweet Hollow Hall Fire Was Arson Fire chief says blaze was burning long before the 911 call was made

The fire that ravaged Sweet Hollow Hall last week was started intentionally. Suffolk County police said Arson detectives determined the blaze that destroyed the historic building in West Hills County Park on Dec. 10 was no accident. “Why would anyone want to destroy that place? There’s nothing there. It’s in the middle of a county park,” said Alissa Taff, president of Sweet Hollow Civic Association. According to police, someone intentionally set the fire around 1:25 a.m. that morning. Flames grew, ultimately leaving behind just brick and charred remains. The roof is completely gone, said Melville Fire Chief Michael Carrieri, who responded with 30 firefighters. The building was originally construct-

ed as a school for the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow. When the church moved to Old Country Road, the building was sold to Suffolk County. It has since become a home for nonprofits like Starflower Experiences and the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island. “It has history,” Taff said. Starflower Executive Director Laurie Farber said her organization used the hall and the park to help people better understand the environment. With a group of kids scheduled for a class just days after the fire, Farber moved that program to Manor Farm, but said they lost a substantial amount of necessary materials for that and other programs. “There’s stuff there that is irreplaceable because you can’t get that stuff there again. We keep hoping, there’s a chance we can get in and salvage something. We haven’t heard back,” Farber

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The blaze that ravaged Sweet Hollow Hall last week was arson, according to Suffolk County police.

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Actress Is Her ‘Idol’ Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Cathy Moriatry embraces Toys of Hope founder Melissa Doktofsky at Oheka Castle Friday.

Young children look up in wonder at the staircase of Oheka Castle Friday, which was filled with Toys of Hope volunteers in famous cartoon character costumers.

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Filling A Castle With Love Toys of Hope’s annual extravaganza hosts hundreds of needy kids By Danny Schrafel

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Cathy Moriarty, the actress who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Raging Bull,” only met Toys of Hope founder Melissa Doktofsky this summer. But in that short time, Doktofsky, a Huntington philanthropist, has made an indelible mark on her new friend, who recently moved to Dix Hills. “She’s my idol. I don’t know what else to say. I love her so much. She’s like my sister,” Moriarty said. Now, the Oscar-nominated actress is a national spokeswoman for Toys of Hope, something she agreed to “automatically,” she said. “Probably one of the best highlights of my life – and I’ve had a great life, I have three beautiful children – was meeting Melissa,” Moriarty said. The actress was one of several celebrities at Toys of Hope’s annual holiday party for needy kids at Oheka Castle on Dec. 13. “What she does for so many people – look at this today. The kids went wild. It is amazing,” Moriarty said. Moriarty and Doktofsky met through mutual charity work, the actress explained, and they bonded quickly. And by all accounts, the actress had a blast at Oheka. “I did the Chicken Dance, I’m embarrassed to say,” Moriarty said with a smile. “The kids killed me – they were way better.” Moriarty made her big mark on the silver screen in 1980 with her first film credit. She played Vikki LaMotta, the wife of Robert De Niro’s lead character, in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” earning an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. Later, she played supporting roles in films like “Kindergarten Cop,” and took the lead as the villain Carrigan Crittenden in the 1995 family film, “Casper.” Reflecting on the star-studded 1212-12 Concert for Sandy Relief that filled Madison Square Garden just the night before Toys of Hope celebrated the holidays at Oheka, Moriarty said that since she lives in Dix Hills now, she could focus much more intensely on supporting Toys of Hope. And she has big goals for supporting her new friend. “Since I live here, I can do so much,” she said. “We’re going to get a lot of people from that 12-12-12 concert to this charity.”

Oheka Castle once again became the center of holiday cheer Thursday morning as the Huntington-based Toys of Hope Children’s Charity hosted its annual holiday party for needy kids. “If we can make them feel special for just one day, then we’ve helped spread the spirit of the holiday season within the community,” Toys of Hope founder Melissa Doktofsky said. More than 250 children from the Head Start program, the federally-funded preschool program, received a gift bag of toys, clothing and more for themselves and their families from a cast of volunteers dressed in costumes and stars of TV, film and music. But most of all, Doktofsky said, an intangible gift – love – might be the most important thing the children leave the castle with. “The younger we get them, the younger we can let them know they are loved and supported,” she said. “It really affects their lives and makes them feel good.” For the 14th year at Oheka Castle, young children were ushered through the majestic front doors of the historic estate and greeted by costumed volunteers and Huntington Manor Fire Department volunteers. Once upstairs, the children are taken to a decorated party room full of dancing, face painters, magicians, treats and toys. There, celebrity guests also make their way around the room, and this year’s group included: Angela Simmons, star of MTV’s “Run’s House” and fashion designer; John Pankow of Showtime’s “Episodes;” “Nurse Jackie” star Stephen Wallem; “X Factor” featured performers Lyric 145; and actress Cathy Moriarty, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Raging Bull.” This is the kickoff event for Toys of Hope’s holiday season, Doktofsky said. As a continued arm in their Hurricane Sandy relief work, they will be bringing parties to Head Start locations in some of the hardest-hit areas, including Long Beach and Far Rockaway. “We’ve taken an active part in Sandy relief,” she said. “From day three of the storm we have been on the scene, driving through towns, knocking door to door.”

Dancing, magic, face painting and gifts were the order of the day at historic Oheka Castle.

Toys of Hope founder Melissa Doktofsky thanks Huntington Manor Fire Department volunteers for taking part in the annual celebration.


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My Christmas Wish To the families of Newtown… I wish you a night of peace. What a terrible tragedy I have awoken to every day on the news since last week, first the unknowns, now the faces of those beautiful firstgrade angels gunned down by a manic gunman in Connecticut. I don’t know how that town, let alone the families of those youngsters, will be able to have any semblance of a normal Christmas this year. It’s heartbreaking. Though for some this tragedy has sparked a desire for action and a heated debate on gun control, for me, I just can’t stop thinking about these families and the upcoming holidays. They will most certainly be on my mind this Christmas.

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kind of Hanukkah and Christmas those families have been and will be able to celebrate is beyond me. Hopefully, it is with the comfort of family and friends, and they are able to forget about what they have lost, at least for one night.

To our heroes overseas… that you feel the love of the people you protect. We thank you for your selfless service. To those spending the holidays in the hospital… I wish you that the holiday spirit find you and your family, wherever you are, and bring light into your life.


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Stop Calling! A Dix Hills resident called Suffolk County police on Dec. 13 about harassment. The complainant said an unknown person keeps calling their home phone from a blocked number. When they answer, the caller says nothing.

At Least They’ll Smell Good Suffolk police were dispatched to a Huntington Station drug store on Dec. 13 about a theft. Someone made off with assorted fragrances from the store.

Beyond Playing Rough A Huntington Station teenager was arrested for misdemeanor assault on Dec. 12. The 17-year-old allegedly threw another teenage boy to the ground, breaking his elbow.

That Doesn’t Belong To You Suffolk police were dispatched to Huntington Station on Dec. 12 about a robbery. The complainant said two unknown males approached him and forcibly stole his wallet.

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Two Charged In Robbery With Knife Two Huntington Station men were charged with robbery on Dec. 10. The 24- and 26-year-olds allegedly robbed a man of money at knifepoint.

Cops, FD Aid Bleeding Man Northport Village police rushed to Laurel Street before dawn on Dec. 12 after getting reports of an injured man. Finding the man bleeding, police administered basic first aid until the Northport Fire Department arrived. He was taken to Huntington Hospital.

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A motorist called Suffolk County police to report criminal mischief in Huntington on Dec. 15. The complainant said she was driving north on Woodhull Road when two teenagers threw an orange traffic cone at her vehicle. The driver’s side mirror of the Nissan Altima was damaged.

Suffolk police were dispatched to Huntington Station on Dec. 11 about a possible assault. The complainant said two men approached him in the street. After beating him up, the victim sustained a broken leg.

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A Northport police officer went to Nassau County First District Court to arrest a Commack man on Dec. 7. The 24-year-old was wanted to failure to appear. He was taken to Northport headquarters, where he was released on $100 cash bail. The defendant was due to appear in Northport Village Court on Dec. 10.

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Projected School Budget: ‘Nothing Is Sacred’ By Jacqueline Birzon

The Half Hollow Hills Board of Education will turn to community collaboration to determine where the district will make close to $9 million in cuts for the 2013-2014 academic year. To assess the resident opinions, on Jan. 8 the district will launch a two-week online survey seeking specific feedback regarding the direction of the budget. The district will hold its first open meeting in preparation for the 20132014 budget on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Half Hollow Hills High School East, and will launch the survey the following day. Board of Education President James Ptucha addressed rumors during a Dec. 10 school board meeting that touched on concerns over the closure of Candlewood Middle School. Ptucha confirmed that those are indeed “rumors.” He said the board has yet to make any official decisions regarding where cuts will be made and will look to the public for direction. “Everything is on the table. Every school is subject to closure,” Ptucha said. “We’re making sure everybody is involved in the decision.” Last year, the district made nearly $9 million in budget cuts without directly affecting student programs. This year, however, the 2-percent tax cap holds dif-

ferent implications for the district. Superintendent of Schools Kelly Fallon said factors such as decreased enrollment—which this year falls between 100-150 students—among all schools brings the district to a different place than before. The district approved a budget for the 2012-2013 school year that called for the termination of 35 teachers and 26 other staff members. They saved an additional $1,260,000 by voting on a hard salary freeze for administrators for the 20122013 and 2013-2014 school years. “I cannot tell you we are in the same place as we were a year ago,” Fallon said. The superintendent stressed the importance of considering “annual trends” and looking to the future when making decisions about next year’s budget. Board of Education Vice President Frank Grimaldi said that while the board was able to trim “most of the fat” from last year’s budget, this year, “nothing is sacred.” “We’re trying to be as transparent as we can be… There is nothing on the table that is sacred. We have to dig and dig and dig as far as we can go to make this work,” Grimaldi said. The survey will expire on Jan. 21. The board will hold an open meeting on Jan. 28 to discuss the results of the assessment.


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One of the regional impacts of Superstorm Sandy’s wrath – the widespread, extended school closures it caused – will affect the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. After closing for several days after the record-breaking storm, more than 60 school districts, including many in the Town of Huntington, decided to make up instruction days during the mid-winter break, which is traditionally tied to President’s Day. That could be a bit of bad news for the Vanderbilt, said Interim Director Lance Reinheimer, because that’s typically their busiest week of the year. “Generally, that week is the best week of the year when our planetarium is open,” he said. “That week, we have admissions in the neighborhood of $8,000-$10,000.” With the planetarium scheduled for a 2013 reopening, Reinheimer was aiming to get it online in time for winter break. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to be a major draw year-round, but especially so during mid-winter break. “The combination of having something as spectacular as this planetarium and winter recess would have been phenomenal,” he said. With that week’s attendance expected to drop as a result of the reshuffled school calendar, Reinheimer said he is looking at reshuffling winter break hours for workers as needed, and the staff will have to

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Mourners Remember Jovan Belcher By Mike Koehler

Loved ones came to see Jovan Henry Allen Belcher one last time on Wednesday at Upper Room Christian World Center before the former Kansas City Chief was laid to rest. Belcher, 25, killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Missouri home on Dec. 1 before driving to Arrowhead Stadi-

um. After running into and thanking General Manager Scott Pioli, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Assistant Coach Gary Gibbs, he killed himself. “God is not a god who judges us on our thoughts and opinions of other people,” Pastor Dawn Mixon said. Instead, she said God knew who Belcher would become. According to friends and family, he was a kind man who had no issues putting in hard work. He loved car-

toons like SpongeBob SquarePants and immediately connected with children. When the Chiefs visited children during his rookie year in 2009, the linebacker sat with a young boy named Ryan. Devoting his complete attention to the child who read to him, Belcher later encouraged the boy, telling him that he could be anything he wanted to be. Despite the presence of hundreds of black-clad mourners and Belcher’s body ly-


Bringing Comfort To The Needy Legislators rally to host countywide blanket drive for winter By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s legislators are teaming up to give their constituents a new way to help keep the needy warm this season. Through Jan. 15, donors can drop off comforters and blankets at about 15 locations in Huntington and Babylon. Once gathered, Island Harvest, veterans and homeless organizations will distribute to the blankets to those in need. Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) is sponsoring the drive alongside colleagues Legislators Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), Lou D’Amaro (D-N. Babylon) and Deputy Presiding Office Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon). Stern said the community has stepped up impressively in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to address diverse needs, and with the mercury dropping, it’s time to shift

gears once again. “One of the greatest needs we continue to hear about is warm blankets, especially as we approach the cold weather months,” he said. “We’ll be using our local district offices as drop-off sites so our neighbors can make a meaningful difference for many of our Suffolk county neighbors who need assistance.” Drop-off locations in Huntington are: Spencer’s office, 15 Park Circle, Suite 209, Centerport; Stern’s office, 1842 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington; D’Amaro’s office, 130 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station; Family Service League, 790 Park Ave., Huntington; Huntington Station Enrichment Center, 1264 New York Ave., Huntington Station; and Huntington Fire Department, 1 Leverich Place, Huntington. For more information, call Spencer’s district office at 631-854-4500.

ing in a silver casket, the word funeral was rarely uttered. Mixon described the event as a homegoing and celebration of life. And as family, friends, teammates and others came to say goodbye to the West Babylon native, there were as many boisterous songs and fond memories as tears and sad stories. A slideshow of pictures from Belcher’s life, ranging from childhood to adulthood, streamed above the stage. But for many, it remained a solemn occasion. There was no shortage of hugs, handshakes and tears. Women manned the aisles, ready with boxes of tissues. Belcher’s body lay in a silver casket with white lining inside. “J Belcher” was stitched in the inner door, and mementos rested next to his body. Red and white flowers lay atop the casket, while yellow flowers – symbolizing his success with the West Babylon varsity football team – and pictures stood at each side. Following the service, his body was moved to a silver hearse for burial in North Babylon. Mixon likened Belcher’s death to a wound. It hurts at first and will cause a rough scab as it heals, she explained. It may reopen several times, causing pain and further reminders of the wound as it heals. “You’re gonna go through some rough spots, Momma Cheryl,” she said. ”You’re going to feel the roughness and pain. But you’ll never lose the memory of Jovan.” Belcher and Perkins left behind 3month-old daughter, Zoey Michelle Belcher. “To give a daughter a name that means life [Zoey] means he loved life,” Mixon said.

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‘Seasons’ Storm Brews In Elwood Developer pitches to Huntington chamber committee; opponents urge town feedback By Danny Schrafel

Supporters and opponents of Engel Burman Group’s proposal to build the 444unit Seasons at Elwood, a 55-and-over lifestyle community at the Oaktree Farm Dairy, are stepping up their efforts to make their case. Engel Burman representatives, including Co-Founder and Principal Steven Krieger, met with the Government Relations committee of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Dec. 7. The committee agreed to send the proposal to the Huntington Chamber’s Executive Committee, which will consider endorsing the proposal during is Thursday meeting. At the same time, opponents of the proposal, many organized under the umbrella of Preserving Elwood Now (PEN), are ramping up efforts to fight with a letterwriting campaign, a postcard mailing in collaboration with the Elwood Taxpayers Association, and by urging residents to share their displeasure with the Huntington Town Board during their Dec. 18 meeting. The Seasons at Elwood calls for 444 units on 37 acres on Elwood Road between Burr and Cedar Roads, for 12 units per acre in R3M zoning. First-floor homes, which include a basement, will be approximately 2,660 square feet; upstairs homes, including lofts, will be about 1,624 square feet. The selling price is proposed at $450,000, which Engel Burman said is comparable to average condominium prices. Since the proposal was announced in March, major sticking points that remain are traffic and density, along with concerns over impacts on the school district, said James Cameron, a PEN co-founder. “The biggest issue is density – the idea of high-density, multiple-family homes in a single-family community and all the things that come along with that,” he said. Cameron said the organization is deeply concerned about traffic, noise and air pollution. “Elwood Road obviously cannot handle it – it can’t handle what it has now,” he said. But Michael McCarthy, the attorney for Engel Burman, told the chamber committee Friday that both concerns are “red herrings.” Engel Burman told the chamber committee they are willing to accept a

Engel Burman’s proposal for the 55-and-over Seasons at Elwood lifestyle community, rendered above, is generating strong opinions both pro and con. covenant on the property that would cap the allowable density at 12 units per acre. R3M zoning, which Engel Burman is applying for, allows up to 14.5 units per acre. With the large setbacks and ample green space in the plan, “you’d never even know the project was there,” McCarthy said. The developer will also prohibit anyone under age 18 from living at The Seasons. But opponents argued the proposal could still result in an influx of students in the district after “empty nesters” move into The Seasons and young families buy the single-family homes left behind. They also argued the proposal could jeopardize passage of school budgets. A fact sheet prepared by Engel Burman Group argues that will not be the case. According to demographics at The Seasons in East Meadow, just 5 percent of residents came from within the school district, and many came from out of state to be closer to their grandchildren. Senior homeowners have plenty of incentive to support school budgets, they said. “People 55-plus are typically purchasing the last residence they will purchase,” it reads. “They need to protect that investment by doing what they can within the community to enhance their residential values.” Engel Burman officials argue the proposal would have a limited impact on traffic, adding about 60 cars during the peak afternoon rush hour to 1,400 already on the road, according to traffic studies. To address concerns, Engel Burman has pledged $1 million

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The Elwood School District would see about $1.7 million a year in new taxes, and Engel Burman has committed to paying $ 1 million upfront to ease the transition between Oaktree Dairy and The Seasons. Building The Seasons would create 200300 new construction jobs for up to three years, but the true economic stimulus, he said, would come from the 600-700 new residents who would live in The Seasons. “It comes down to jobs – it comes down to much-needed senior housing in Huntington,” McCarthy said. McCarthy and Krieger warned that if The Seasons is not approved, Oaktree Dairy will be left with no choice but to sell the plant to a large dairy processing corporation, which will step up production with round-the-clock daily deliveries and increased truck traffic to the property. For now, though, Cameron and PEN are calling what they see as a bluff. “I don’t see the proof in that. When we did meet with the developer, he did show us a letter from Oaktree Dairy that they would ramp up their operations, and Oaktree Dairy has to come out and say out that publicly,” Cameron said. “We’re hearing that through a third party. I don’t know what to make of that.”

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Tackle Gun Control Now Our current Congress is not known for its recreational shooting or hunting. ability to get things done. Certainly not for They do not belong in the hands of anyits ability to break an impasse. Too often one outside the military and they should be partisanship and posturing have stood in banned. Period. the way of compromise and conciliation, Congress needs to tackle much more – and the result is a Congress whose record of like requiring more stringent background accomplishment is scant. checks for those purchasing any That must change, if only to kind of gun. pass meaningful gun control laws. EDITORIAL Gun control laws have long Last week’s massacre at Sandy been a political football and the Hook Elementary School in Newtown, result has been that moderates and middleConnecticut must shake to nation out of its of-the-roaders punt. complacency. Congress should act immediWe can postpone it no longer. We owe it ately to first ban the sale of military style as- to the 20 children who were among the sault rifles, the weapons used by the New- dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School to town gunman. They are not necessary for tackle at least the most pressing gun control self defense, and certainly not necessary for issue.

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Newtown Tragedy Raises Local Questions DEAR EDITOR: In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, I would like to challenge the Town of Huntington, its citizens, leaders and elected officials to respond to begin to change the debate on guns on our society. There is no doubt you cannot legislate against a maniac intent on doing someone harm with a gun. And lord knows gun laws won’t change on a federal level. However, it begs to ask some questions of local officials: Does the Town of Huntington have a list of all of those individuals to have a license to own a gun in this town? How does it monitor those licenses and individuals? If an individual has a record of mental illness, what is the town prepared to do to take that gun away? What are the laws for those caught for owning a gun illegally in New York; and what can be done on a local

level to make those laws even tougher? What are the consequences for those caught with a gun on or near school grounds? I hope this is a start to a dialogue to which the town board can show some leadership that could be recognized and duplicated the world over. REG WAGNER


Keeping Kids Safe Is Priority Editor’s note: The following was posted on the Half Hollow Hills School District’s website. DEAR EDITOR: As our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown, Conn., we are reminded there is nothing more important than the safety of our loved ones.


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As we return to school this week, we will carefully monitor the needs of all students. School psychologists and counselors will be available to provide any support that is necessary. Safety in the school district will continue to be a priority. Security personnel are present at each school and emergency management plans are in place. Please know that the board of education and district administration are committed to regularly reviewing District Emergency Plans and procedures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. Below you will find links to several resources that may assist you in discussing this extremely unfortunate event with your children. Please contact your child's school if you need further assistance. • National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence ( )

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Serious About Gun Control DEAR EDITOR: Once again we see mass murder perpetrated by a gunman. It is time to be serious about gun control. Reinstate the band on assault weapons, limit the number of weapons per person to one, ban mega clips and limit the purchase of clips, fully fund and guarantee the continual updating of the gun registration data

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base and require all vendors of weapons –stores, gun shows, etc. – to check it before a sale. The Second Amendment’s original intent was to enable “well regulated” militia to protect citizens from invasion by French or British forces, and incursions from hostile Indian tribes on the Western frontier. We no longer face those problems. It is time fro the National Rifle Association to support rational gun control. If you need an AK47 to hunt, you do not belong in the woods. For target practice, the mega clips can be kept by the range and checked out for use and returned before leaving the range. As for guns in the home for protection, research shows that the majority of people shot in this country are shot by someone they know; they are not intruders. So, “if only outlaws have guns,” we will be safer.

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Calendar Girls - And Guys - Share Wisdom

The Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated wisdom by turning the spotlight on 13 residents, ages 82-101, by featuring them as calendar models. The seniors were honored during a Dec. 11 reception at Book Revue, where students from Harborfields High School gave a musical performance and residents read excerpts from the calendar shoot. The Commack-based facility hired a professional photographer and makeup artist to conduct a photo shoot highlighting 13 residents who were asked to pose for the calendar. and share one piece of advice for younger generations. The shoot came about as the result of a brainstorm between Cheryl Silberman, community outreach liaison for Gurwin Jewish Fay J. Lindner Residences, Gurwin Public Relations Director Dennine Cook, and Staci Rosenberg-Simons, director of marketing for Gurwin Jewish Fay J. Lindner Residences. Silberman said every Gurwin resident has a story, and the calendar shoot was a way for the facility to honor the residents. “My office is also someone’s home, and I’ve heard many stories from residents about their families and political views…all seasoned by life experiences. The idea really arose from a desire to share their wisdom,” Silberman said. David Robinson, 87, said his number one piece of advice is to smile. Having served in the Navy during World War II,

Robinson was forced to cope with a number of difficult and unforeseen hardships. During those times, Robinson said he was inspired by a simple quote that hung above his bunk, which read “the man worthwhile is the man with a smile.” The veteran has carried that lesson with him throughout his life, and said he is better off for it. Gene Schwarz, 89, was one of more than 10,000 children taken from their homes in Austria, Germany and Poland and sent to orphanages in England during World War II. Despite her subjection to intolerable cruelty, Schwarz’s advice to younger generations is to always be kind. “It was very difficult. I lost my whole family. If not for the generosity of the people who cared for us, I too would have perished,” Schwarz said. “Be kind, even to those you don’t know. Kindness and generosity are everyone’s responsibility.” Shirley Leos, 90, is a practicing psychologist who continues to aid her longtime patients over the phone. Shirley’s advice to younger generations is to listen. “There is so much these days to distract one from actually hearing what others are saying,” she said. “Listen before you speak. Really hear.” And David and Dorothy Stopsky, 84 and 82, who have been married more for more than 59 years, urged young people to value love. “People today think that marriage should always be easy. As soon as it gets difficult, many just get divorced. True love isn’t always easy. Every day, remember why you got married. Remember why you fell in love,” he said.

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By Jacqueline Birzon

Herman Gancz and Helen Stemple autograph copies of the Gurwin From Generation to Generation “L’Dor v’dor” calendar. Gancz’s advice is to “be confident,” while Stemple says to “volunteer.”


In New Exhibit, Still Life Is Still Beautiful By Melissa Holzberg

The subjects of the exhibit may be still, but the Huntington Arts Council’s current show is rather moving. The arts council celebrated the opening of its fourth annual “Still Life” exhibition on Dec. 7. Its Main Street gallery is now home to drawings and paintings that create the likeness of an inanimate object such as a bridge or fruit. This exhibition recognizes 21 artists who have brought the still life artistry of the Golden Age of Dutch into the modern and contemporary world. The artists were chosen by juror Antonio Masi, who is revered for his works that reflect the city’s most iconic structures. Whilst judging the entries, Masi looked for the storytellers who were able to portray a theme without having to come right out and say it. “Still life painting has a long and glorious tradition from the great Dutch painters, Caravaggio and Chardin to our modern painters like David Leffel. The high quality and beauty of the pieces selected for the ‘Still Life’ exhibition reflect this tradition, often applying it within the context of a contemporary subject matter,” Masi said.

“Still Life” juror Antonio Masi congratulates artist Anne Gunther, who won Best in Show for “Portrait of my Father.” Huntington Arts Council organizers were pleased to report that the opening event continues to be a larger success each year and the exhibit continuously gains more attraction within the community. “The event was packed and everyone had a fabulous time. [The council] has been running this for years now and each time it gets continuously better,”

Huntington Arts Council representative Julia Weston said. Inspired by the Dutch Golden Age, artist Mary Ahern brought the techniques of pencil work and watercolors to the beauty of the modern world through sketching from different angles and shading techniques. “I have a background in art history so

classical geometric still lifes have always been something that interests me. My still life is pyramidal shape because I wanted to replicate the classical compositions that have an emphasis on geometric themes,” Ahern said. “Still Life” runs until Jan. 28 at 213 Main St., Huntington. Visit or call 631-271-8423.


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Bike Shop Is Like A Family Open for nearly 60 years, Commack Bicycle staff ‘trusts’ each other Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

The biggest challenge with selling bicycles isn’t the price or the selection. It’s getting people excited about them. John Puglisi, manager of Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center, said he and his employees regularly find themselves fighting video games and iPhones when it comes to getting children’s attention these days. Kids riding bikes through neighborhood was a common sight 20 years ago, he said; now it’s a rarity. “The biggest problem is getting kids out of the house,” Puglisi added. But after almost 60 years in the business, Puglisi doesn’t believe digital distractions are going to put the brakes on the Commack Road store any time soon. “The store is going to stay open, without a doubt. We’re still making money,” he added. Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center began in the mid-1950s when Argentinean rider Peter Mellow founded Peter’s Bike Shop across the street from their current location. Bob Kalinowski, a laid off telephone company worker, took a job with Peter in the mid-70s and bought the company from him in 1977. The business moved to Jericho Turn-

pike in 1986 and became a state-of-theart store. “When you came in, it was unbelievable,” Puglisi said. Kalinowski sold the business to Hank Kane in 1988, which lasted just one year before going under. Kalinowski revived the store and moved it to a smaller location on Commack Road. As the 1980s ended and the 1990s began, friend and former employee Fred Rommeney Sr. took over the business. He moved Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center to its current location, a larger store, in 1991 and ran the shop until his death in 2009. Rommeney’s son, Fred Jr., took over ownership, with Puglisi as an experienced manager to help guide him. While everyone may not be related by blood, the manager said the owners and employees have been a family for years. He and the younger Rommeney were on the same BMX team as teenagers in the 1980s, and many of the younger staff referred to Kalinowski as “Uncle Bob.” That family atmosphere, Puglisi said, establishes trust between each other. “The most important thing with business is that you can trust the people running it or working it,” he said. “If you can trust them, they’ll eventually learn.” Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center carries a wide variety of bikes, helmets and accessories. There’s something for the family with children, something for the businessperson commuting and even something for the competitive cyclist. They carry brands like KHS, Free Agent, SE, Redline and Fuji. That’s different from the selection at a

big box store, Puglisi said, which carry bikes built with cheaper parts, a very short warranty and a price tag of at least $250. The bicycles at Commack Bike tend to start closer to $300 and peak around $1,500, but include a better product and warranty, he added. “There is nothing easier to sell than a good product. I don’t care if you’re selling golf ball, socks or whatever. A good product will sell itself. You can warranty a good product and stand by it,” the manager said. The difference in price at their store, Puglisi added, reflects lighter weights and better features, like disc breaks. A more expensive bike is likely to be made of carbon fiber and employ hydraulic disc brakes, while a cheaper model may have a metal body and rim brakes. One of the most popular products at the Commack store are 29ers – a mountain bike with 29-inch wheels instead of the normal 26-inch wheel. Becoming popular in the last few years, these bikes reach higher speeds than their predecessors. Also popular at Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center are single-speed bikes. Although many new bikes have no shortage of gears, Puglisi said single-speeds are low-maintenance and work well for commuters. “When you ride one, it’s geared in the middle, very durable, great for short commutes,” he said, adding that prices are in line with their other bikes due to the quality. Including Rommeney Jr. and Puglisi, four people work in the store part-time. All four are knowledgeable about bicy-

Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center owner Fred Rommeney Jr. may be the biological son of the previous owner, but staff say they’ve long run the business like a large family. cling, the manager said, but it also puts them under the microscope. “It’s not like you go into Target and you talk to the guy in your baby section about your bike, and then the guy in vacuums,” he said. “When they come back here, it’s going to be one of us.” Commack Bicycle & Fitness Center 194 Commack Road, Commack 631-462-2453


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Foodie SECTION Foodie photos/Danny Schrafel

Owner Ralph Colamussi and Executive Chef James McDevitt, holding Simply Grilled New York Strip Steak and Lobster Cantonese, offer an eclectic menu for diners at Centerport’s Jellyfish.

Jellyfish Blooms On The Harbor By Danny Schrafel

A sign outside Ralph Colamussi’s Jellyfish Restaurant warns customers that jellyfish stings can be extremely pleasurable. Now, we wouldn’t recommend bellying up for a zap from the rest of the bloom, but sign us up for Centerport’s version. Jellyfish continues a long history of restaurants at that address in Centerport dating back to 1910. The building also has residential roots back to the mid1800s, when it was the site of the Francis Cottage before being replaced with the Charles H. Whitney Mansion in 1881. Colamussi said he has one project to complete on the building – restoring the building’s top story and widow’s walk – before it is restored to its Whitney-era splendor, the culmination of nearly four years of work. Dine at the “Jelly Bar,” the destination for clams and oysters, sushi and old-fashioned soda fountain, equipped with a vintage Coca-Cola tap, for creations like floats, banana splits and egg creams. Or for a more formal setting, dine in the Veranda, which was once the Whitney Mansion’s open-air deck that encircles the structure. Upstairs, the Vanderbilt Room will be opening soon for a more intimate setting, and a neighboring room will be available for small catering, for parties of 30 or so. Some of Ralph’s favorite detail work, he said, is the Italian-crafted glasswork, from hand-strung bubbles to jellyfish

Unique glasswork is a theme of the décor, and these jellyfish chandeliers include finishing work by Huntington artisans. chandeliers in the main lobby. Look on the underside for stained glass work by Huntington’s Merich Gulsen, owner of L.I. Custom Stained Glass. With Executive Chef James McDevitt, of Northport, a veteran of Restaurant Hapa in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Budo in Napa, Calif, at the helm in the kitchen (Continued on page A14)

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FLYING THE COOP: Eddie and Allison Nobre, the proprietors of downtown favorite Fado, are spreading their wings. The husband-wife team is putting the finishing touches on their second restaurant, The Chicken Coop, at 44 Gerard Street in Huntington village, the former home of Bad Dawgs. Their new restaurant will be a destination for takeaway rotisserie chicken and family-style sides. Word on the street is they’ll have a signature delivery vehicle – we’re told Eddie’s importing a threewheel car from his native Portugal for service to your home.

way to eat an oyster is raw, but for the rest, Oysters Rockefeller is one of the signature dishes of the historic seafood restaurant at Grand Central Terminal. Here’s Chef Ingber’s Oysters Rockefeller (serves 4): 24 Royal Miyagi oysters on the half shell; Creamed Spinach; Hollandaise Sauce. Remove oysters from their shells, arrange shells on a baking sheet and spread 1 tblsp. creamed spinach into each shell, top each with an oyster and broil about 1 min. Remove from the broiler and nap each oyster with about 1 tbsp hollandaise sauce. Broil until the sauce browns, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

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The Volcano Roll, one of many sushi choices, really brings the heat. (Continued from page A12)

and General Manager Jack Chang, who previously managed Manhattan’s Nobu, on the floor, Colamussi said his goal is to have something for everybody on the menu, from fish and chips and burgers to sushi and elegant entrees. Amid the deep menu, they’re focusing on sushi, steak and seafood as their staples. The sushi bar is prolific and diversified and is fast emerging as a favorite for dining in and takeaway. Strawberry Heaven ($10) is a great starter roll for sushi rookies, dressing up a classic spicy crab roll with sweet strawberries and mango puree atop the rice. While the aptly named Kiss

of Fire roll ($14), with super white tuna, salmon and tobiko, brings heat dancing across your tongue, the Volcano Roll ($18) really brings the fire with crunchy spicy tuna and avocado, topped with tuna. For straight-up decadence with a zing, look no further than the outrageous and delectable Lobster Roll ($31), flash-fried and trimmed with juicy lobster claws. Simply Grilled New York Strip ($38) is melt-in-your-mouth tender and served with tender potatoes topped with sweet caramelized onions and a light watercress salad. Wild Striped Bass ($27) is another favorite – flaky and buttery, a note of smoky chorizo permeates the dish, which

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Jellyfish takes to the sea

Striped Bass is creamy and savory, boosted with flavorful chorizo. is served atop creamy corn chowder and baby clams. Lobster Cantonese & Pork Belly ($34) brings the Far East to your table, marrying sweet, tender lobster tails with a savory rub, served in a julienne vegetable stir-fry. New developments are coming fast and furious at Jellyfish – in addition to opening the second floor imminently, Colamussi will debut his late-night menu during a New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring favorites from the menu, but served as small plates. We can’t wait for the warmer weather – noting can beat dining alfresco with a killer view of Centerport Harbor.

Jellyfish 441 E. Main St., Centerport 631-262-0300 Atmosphere: Trendy Cuisine: Eclectic, with a focus on sushi, seafood and steaks Price: Moderate-Expensive Hours: Sun, Tues - Thurs 5 10pm Fri - Sat 5 - 11 pm

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School Notebook

Compiled by Luann Dallojacono

Vanderbilt Trots To Wellness Each year, Vanderbilt Elementary School’s Physical Education Department organizes a Turkey Trot Run. The race is an effort to encourage students to be physically fit and to inspire them to be active and live healthy lifestyles. This year, students learn about the components of physical fitness, getting into shape and eating healthy. “The students used their physical edu-

cation classes prior to the race to practice their cardiovascular endurance,” Physical Education Teacher John Schroeder said. “We spend eight days in our Healthy Steps program working on aerobic fitness which led to improved times,” Physical Education teacher Bryan Dugan added. The 300-yard run allows students to work at their own level, and all students who complete the race receive a certificate of accomplishment.

Photo by Felice Kristall

Photo by Felice Kristall

All of Vanderbilt’s physical education teachers – John Schroeder, Brian Harris, Rich Von Voigt and Bryan Dugan – agreed that this year’s Turkey Trot was one of the best ever, and commend the Vanderbilt Elementary students who completed the Turkey Trot.

Five Teachers Receive National Board Certification

At the Dec. 10 Half Hollow Hills Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Kelly Fallon proudly announced five teachers newly recognized as National Board Certified Teachers, “the gold standard” in teaching excellence. Pictured from left are: Staff Development Coordinator Silvia Scognamillo, Director of Social Studies Lorraine Lupinskie, Candlewood/West Hollow Middle Schools teacher Elissa Reichstein, High School East teacher Jessica Nolan, High School East teacher James Nolan, Candlewood Middle School teacher Namrata Dixit, High School East teacher Patrick Rendon, Board of Education President James Ptucha, Board of Education Vice President Frank Grimaldi, and Superintendent Fallon. “The students ran extremely well despite the muddy and blustery conditions,” said Physical Education teacher Rich Von Voight. “Not only did the students run well,

they were very supportive of each other,” said Physical Education teacher Brian Harris, commenting on the good sportsmanship and enthusiasm displayed by all of the Vanderbilt students.


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Fire torches historic hall (Continued from page A1)

said on Friday. She added that the organization is hoping to keep an appointment it has to educate students from a private Huntington school in May. “We’ll try the best we can. It won’t be as nice or polished, in terms of materials and settings, but we’ll try,” Farber added. Sweet Hollow Hall not only served as the rehearsal space for the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island, but it also housed their percussion instruments and their music library. Board member Mark Flanzraich said the library, which was worth almost $50,000, was totally destroyed. The orchestra has some insurance on their collection, although the spokesman said it won’t cover every piece. Instead, Flanzraich said they will have to rebuild their library over the upcoming years. He expected the group to spend as much as $1,000 for each of their eight annual shows for the next several years to replace the missing music. “We had at least 500 titles down there, if not more,” he said. The orchestra found rehearsal space and borrowed timpani drums from churches in Nassau County for a concert on Sunday. They enter a mid-winter recess now and are scheduled to begin practices again on Jan. 30. By then, Flanzraich said they hope to have a new home.

Both Starflower and the orchestra are accepting donations on their websites, with hopes of returning to life before the fire. However, if emergency responders had been notified earlier, the building may not have been destroyed. Carrieri said a passerby noticed smoke in the area around 1:20 a.m. and called 911. When they arrived, the fire was well-developed. “It appeared to have been burning for quite some time before it was reported,” the chief said. Firefighters were forced to battle the flames from outside as the roof began to collapse. They were able to enter the building towards the end, but not before major damage had already occurred. Both Crime Stoppers and Arson detectives have issued a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist. Tipsters can anonymous call 1800-220-TIPS or 631-654-1211. Meanwhile, Greg Dawson, commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation for Suffolk County, said the remains will be razed in the near future. “It’s a safety hazard, so we have to take it down,” he added. Dawson said it was too early to determine if Sweet Hollow Hall would be rebuilt. Such a project would require receiving estimates and finding funding. “It’s being considered certainly,” the commissioner said.

Toy Drive triples in size

Sunshine Toy Drive organizers Michael, Victoria and Hope Plumitallo during the Dec. 15 drive. (Continued from page A1)

wider range of children, including those directly affected by Sandy. Hope Plumitallo said that donations encompassed children within a wider age-range than in prior years, serving children from birth to 19 years old. The toys were also of a “high caliber” this year because of the companies’ donations, she added. The drive will send between 500 and 700 stuffed animals to Oakwood Primary Center in South Huntington. In addition to contributions from the private companies, the Huntington Manor, Dix Hills, Greenlawn and Melville fire departments each donated to the cause. Other local contributors included Duffy & Duffy Law Firm, Park Shore Day Camp and restaurant Spuntino’s of Dix Hills.

Huntington resident Tara Bishop organized a toy drive of her own, “Piff ’s Gifts,” in honor of her late brother. Unsure of what to do with the gifts, Bishop donated the proceeds to the Plumitallos’ cause. The drive is unique in format in that it is set up like an actual toy store. Tables are covered with gifts for parents to browse through, and a wrapping station is available on-site. The Sunshine Toy Drive started in 2006 when then-third-grader Victoria begged her parents to help her organize a drive to help underprivileged children. Six years later, “Sunshine,” now a freshman at Hills West, said it’s all worth it. “It makes me feel very happy, seeing the parents cry when they find a gift,” Victoria said.

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A18 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • DECEMBER 20, 2012 THURSDAY Frank Ohman’s The Nutcracker Commack-based New York Dance Theatre, under the direction of Frank Ohman, presents its 31st season of “The Nutcracker” at Hofstra University on Dec. 22 at noon and 5 p.m. $35 general/$28 seniors and children 12 and under. 888-695-0888.

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government for the examination on Thursday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Station branch.

Northport-East Northport Public LibraryNorthport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-2612313. • 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. • In Disney animated film “Brave,” Princess Merida, an archer and self-reliant young woman, makes a decision which defies custom and brings chaos to her kingdom. Shows Friday, Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m. in East Northport.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • Part of the Friday 007 Filmfest, “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) shows Friday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. • Young adults can create melting snowmen out of buttercream, fondant and assorted candy decorations on Thursday, Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY Holiday Lights Festival The 2nd annual Newsday Holiday Lights Festival is every weekend (Fri.-Sun.) through Dec. 30, 6-10 p.m., 235 Pinelawn Road, Melville. Visitors can enjoy more than 1,200 feet of illuminated holiday light displays including 58 brand new exhibits, as well as carnival games, crafts, photos with Santa, and full-size ice skating rink. Presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Lord & Taylor. $4-$8 ($1 of which goes to Newsday’s Help-A-Family campaign). Visit

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre

Christmas Show Upper Room Christian World Center presents “The Night the Angels Sang” Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23, 5 p.m., a portrayal of the true meaning of Christmas, as seen through music, drama and dance. $10. 631-242-5359 ext. 200. 722 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills.

SATURDAY Get The Last Licks The Last Licks Café presents the Northportbased band Cola on Dec. 22. Open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. (sign up at 7) at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, 109 Browns Road, Huntington. $10 general/$5 students.

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 Harbor Holiday Events The Cold Spring singers carol along Main Street as you shop in Cold Spring Harbor on Dec. 23.

Jazz In The Sky Room The Barr Sinister Jazz Group will play live holiday jazz in the Sky Room Café at the Cinema Arts Centre to benefit the Vic Skolnick Life of the Cinema Campaign on Friday, Dec. 21, 9:45 p.m. $10 suggested donation, refreshments included. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. Funds support programs, operations and to help purchase digital projection equipment. stop at the Huntington Nutrition Center Wednesday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-noon. 631-8538200. 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.

Celebrate Christmas at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 11 Ogden Ct., Huntington Station, on the eve: 7 p.m. family service with liturgical dancers, candlelight and celebration of the Hoy Eucharist; 9 p.m. festival Eucharist with jubilate choir, brass ensemble and handbell choir. 10 a.m. Christmas Day celebration. 631-423-1013.

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

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

The Minstrel Players of Northport At Houghton Hall - Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926. • Submissions are now being accepted for “It Happened One Act” play festival. Deadline is Jan. 15, 2013. Visit the website for more information.

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.

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • The library is forming a Chamber Music Ensemble led by Mr. Stanley Stock, retired music teacher and is looking for musicians. For more information and to register, call 631-498-1229. • Build strength, flexibility and stamina with a workout designed for those with arthritis on Wednesday, Dec. 26, noon-1 p.m.

Power Breakfast

Harborfields Public Library

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.

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Stop by the gallery this month to see the quilts handcrafted by members of the Huntington Quilters Guild. • Children in grades K-2 can listen to stories and make a craft for the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m.

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

Christmas Worship

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • After the winter break, the Wild Women of Comedy return Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., featuring comic duo MEL & EL, and comediennes Vanessa Hollingshead and Jessica Kirson.

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Build your own gingerbread house using cookie cut outs, royal icing and lots of candy. Every patron takes home a completed gingerbread house on Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY Free Help For Vets

Hear the timeless Christmas story amidst your favorite Christmas songs and carols with a live ensemble and singers in an intimate, candlelit service on Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. at Island Christian Church, 400 Elwood Road, East Northport. Visit or call 631-8223000.

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • On behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Deer Park Library is accepting toy donations for children in need. Please drop off your new and unwrapped toy in the “Toys for Tots” receptacle by the Circulation Desk. • Chef Charlie returns to do a program especially for kids on Thursday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

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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.

Christmas Eve By Candlelight

Deer Park Public Library

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

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 through 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.

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0888. • Are you game? Play bridge and Mahjong Friday, Dec. 21, 1-6 p.m. • Students in grades 6-12 can enjoy dinner and a movie, “Men In Black 3,” on Thursday, Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m.

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Animation auteur Michel Ocelot’s magical collection of fantasy characters “Tales of the Night” screens on Friday, Dec. 26, noon, as part of the Cinema For Kids series. $11 public/$6 members/$7 seniors and students/$4.50 children under 12. • The Barr Sinister Jazz Group will play live holiday jazz in the Sky Room Cafe to benefit the Vic Skolnick Life of the Cinema Campaign on Friday, Dec. 21, 9:45 p.m. $10 suggested donation, refreshments included.

WEDNESDAY Classic Car Show

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Children in grades K-2 can create their own miniature winter wonderland in a snowglobe on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 3-4 p.m. • Practice Tai Chi for Health on Friday, Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m.

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-499-

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • “New Paintings” by William Pardue at the Main Art Gallery wanders over a range of themes, styles, and mediums. On display through Dec. 29. • Carlos Manjares explains the process of becoming a citizen, prepares you for the citizenship interview and reviews U.S. history and

Tilles Center For The Performing Arts LIU Post Campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 516-299-3100. • The Cashore Marionettes brings the celebration of life for which master puppeteer Joseph Cashore is renowned to Tilles Center Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., with “Simple Gifts.”

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. • On display through Dec. 29 in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery is the Members Exhibition, Part Two, featuring over 130 pieces of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, and photography.

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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. • Through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., create your own holiday ornaments for display on the hatchery’s Christmas tree. • Take a photo with Santa and munch on candy canes as he tours the hatchery grounds on Saturday, Dec. 22, 1-3 p.m.

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

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Have A Ha-Ha-Happy Holiday! Laugh in the holidays as The Paramount theater presents an all-new “Ha-Ha-Holiday Show” on Saturday, Dec. 22, featuring international headliner Sherry Davey, Rob Falcone who has appeared on HBO and Comedy Central, and Dan Naturman, who has appeared on Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Hosted by Long Island’s own Paul Anthony. $20-$25. 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-6737300.

Heckscher Museum Of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • “Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries” explores the various realist movements. On display through March 24. • “Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show” focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show and explores the impact of European Modernism on American art in the early years of the 20th century. On display through April 14.

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. • An exhibit of photographs and artifacts honoring Abdol-Hossein Sardari, the Iranian envoy stationed in Paris who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is on display through December.

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 at the Art-Trium, runs through Feb. 25. • “Still Life” is now on display in the main gallery.

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. • To celebrate the first anniversary of the gallery, the exhibit “99: A Collection Of Original Small Works” on view through Jan. 20.

Northport Historical Society Museum 215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • “50 Years Of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities.

Ripe Art Gallery 67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Women’s clothing store Rexer-Parkes presents a special showing of paintings by Ripe Art Gallery artist Maxine Jurow titled “Black Velvet” through February 2013. 35 Gerard St., Huntington.

Suffolk Y JCC 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish

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

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The Arena Players Repertory Theatre presents “Cliffhanger” by James Yaffe, running through Dec. 23. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $25 on Saturday. Call 516-293-0674 or visit

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Laugh the day away at the Paramount Comedy Series “Ha-Ha-Holiday Show” on Saturday, Dec. 22. $20-$25. • Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra rings in 2013 with shows on Dec. 30 and 31. • Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, Jan. 19 concert “A Diva, A Comedian & Broadway for the Children of Huntington Station.”

DONATIONS WELCOME Comfort-A-Family Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern, Island Harvest, veterans organizations homeless advocates are collecting new or gently used comforters. Donations for “Comfort-A-Family” can be dropped off at 1842 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until Jan. 15. 631-854-5100.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Voice For The Children Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center are seeking volunteers to assist with general office duties during daytime hours. Candidates should be positive, energetic and professional with good communication skills. Resume and three references required. 631689-2672 or fax resume to 631-751-1695.

A Loving Touch The Hospice Care Network is seeking licensed massage therapists who are passionate and committed to making a difference for their new complementary therapy program, which will provide services at Franklin Medical Center in Valley Stream, Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway and the Hospice Inn in Melville. Two-day training course provided by the organization. or 516-832-7100.

Thrifty Hands Needed Huntington Hospital Auxiliary’s Community Thrift Shop needs volunteers for merchandise pricing and floor work on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 631-2713143.

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

SOCIAL/SUPPORT/12-STEP Alcoholics Anonymous With their first meeting in Huntington opening in the late 1940s, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope so that they may stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism. Call (631) 654-1150 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., or visit for information and a meeting list.

Narcotics Anonymous

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.

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

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Overeaters Anonymous

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

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.

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

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

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Colts Steal First Game Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Early Season A Roller Coaster By Jacqueline Birzon

A player from Hills West passes the ball mid-jump to a teammate during a scrimmage against Amityville earlier this season. The Colts are out to an early lead after winning their first league game. By Jacqueline Birzon

The Half Hollow Hills West boys basketball team (1-0) won its first league game of the season against Bellport on Dec. 13. Returning point guard junior Terry Harris gave an outstanding performance, contributing 26 points to the

Hills West side of the scoreboard. Harris also had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and scored the winning point during overtime. Earlier in the season coach Bill Mitaritonna projected that Harris would be the team’s lead scorer, with an unselfish attitude on court and being an overall “amazing distributor” of the basketball. Trailing Harris in the most-points-

A Colts player debates his next move during a scrimmage against Amityville earlier this season. earned category was senior guard Jamir Blackman, scoring 17 points. Senior forward Marcus Solomon scored 8 points and had 14 rebounds, whereas David Lewis and Dylan Harlem scored 2 points each on net. The Colts scrimmaged Bishop Loughlin at home on Dec. 18, and are set to take on Hauppauge on Dec. 20 at home at 4 p.m.


T-Birds Drop First League Match Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Forging into league play, the Half Hollow Hills East girls basketball team would say the glass is half full. Prior to a Dec. 13 game against Northport, their first league game of the season, the Lady T-Birds soared above the competition with a 2-1 overall record. Last Thursday’s loss however brought them to a 0-1 league record, with an overall of 2-2. The Northport loss was a difficult one, as Hills trailed Northport 39-58 in the final period. The score was tied during the first quarter, but afterwards struggled to keep up. During that game, South Carolina native Maia Rivers scored 17 points on net while her sister, Mischa Rivers, scored 2 points. Ashley Walker scored 14 points and Julia Gnieser shot 6 points on net for Hills East. While their first taste of league play did not fare as well as expected, Hills East slammed their opponents during the two nonleague games prior. On Dec. 6, the girls visited Sachem North and took home a 6-point win, 3226. Walker led the way with most points scored, bringing in 15 points, followed by Gnieser who scored 13 points. Kristen McKenzie and Danielle Lulley scored 2 points each. Most impressive of all was their Dec. 10 non-league win versus Shelter Island, where Hills East crushed the opposition with an over-50-point win; the final score was 59-6. The success was a team-wide effort led by Gnieser, who scored 13 points, Walker and McKenzie, whom each scored 9 points, Maia Rivers, who scored 8 points, and Mischa Rivers, who scored 7 points, Nicole Berganskas scored 4 points, and Amanda Luper scored 3. Lulley scored 2 points along with teammates Ruth Gaillou and Sam Bozzella. The Lady Thunderbirds played their second league game of the winter season on Dec. 18 against Walt Whitman, however scores were not available by press time. The girls are slated to play Central Islip at home on Dec. 20. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

By Jacqueline Birzon

The Hills East Thunderbirds’ league record (0-1) serves as a less-than-accurate depiction of the team’s true investment in the 2012-2013 winter season. With a non-league record of 4-2, the team has adopted a practice-accumulating strategy that Coach Peter Basel felt would best prepare the team for league play. The team fell short in the first league game of the season at Northport, losing 54-61. The score was extremely tight in each period. At their worst, Hills East trailed 5 points behind during the second period. Mike Simon scored 22 points for the T-Birds, and Matthew Boyd scored 13. Donald Butler scored 6 points, and Julius Jackson and Jordan Mcrae accumulated 4 points each. Despite their efforts, Hills never caught up with Northport’s lead. Prior to their league loss, Hills East was riding high off the coattails of two consecutive non-league wins, first to Mepham followed by Syosset. Hills East slaughtered Mepham (8338) and trumped Syosset (64-46). At Mepham, Boyd scored 15 points, Butler scored 12 and D.J. Paul scored 10 points

A player from Hills East works to keep the ball out of Commack’s court during a non-league game earlier this season. for the Thunderbirds. Justin Fackler and Simon scored 8 points each. Assuming half of Hills’ points during the Syosset game, Boyd made 23 points, Simon added 13 and Eli Schwartz made 8.

Hills East played Walt Whitman on Dec. 18, however scores were unavailable by press. On Dec. 21, they are slated to travel to Central Islip for a league game that will start at 4:15 p.m.

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Half Hollow Hills Newspaper - December 20, 2102  

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