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What’s The Buzz On The Bee Decline? Local beekeepers are losing 40-70 percent of their hives, consistent with a national trend – and no one can pinpoint why. Read more on A2. Right, Huntington’s Richard Blohm inspects a hive at Richter’s Orchard in East Northport.


Training Grounds OK’d By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s Town Board approved the Dix Hills Fire District’s request to streamline plans to construct a new fire training facility on Deer Park Avenue. The board voted unanimously to exempt the fire district from site plan review and town zoning code, clearing the path for them to build a two-story, 27-foot prefabricated building behind Station 1 at 590 Deer Park Ave., on the east side of Deer Park Avenue south of MacNiece Place. The Battalion Chief model, manufactured by Fire Facilities,

has approximately 2,556 square feet of interior space in two stories and a small attic. The base model contains a burn room on the first floor; Dix Hills’ model will include a small burn room in the attic, as well as a wraparound apron. It will cost a maximum of $550,000, and the funding will be entirely drawn from the district’s Capital Reserve Land and Building Fund. “Nobody came to speak in opposition to it, and any of the neighbors that had issues, the department spoke with them and alleviated their concerns,” said Councilwoman Susan Berland, who sponsored the measure.

“They’re very excited to get this up and going and provide this training for their members.” Fire officials said building the facility would give its 175 member safe, hands-on firefighting training without having to travel out of district to the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, where training time is at a premium. Neighbors whose property is directly around the proposed site raised concerns about potential quality of life impacts, although following a meeting with Dix Hills and Fire Facilities officials, some of those concerns seemed to be allayed. (Continued on page A12)

Dix Hills Fire District officials got the go-ahead July 9 to build a Battalion Chief fire-training facility, similar to the one pictured in East Patchogue’s Hagerman Fire District, behind Station 1 on Deer Park Avenue near MacNiece Place.


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Local Beekeepers Weigh In On Epidemic Half Hollow Hills photos/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

The bee population is declining, and that’s not good news. According to local experts, about one third of the food we eat benefits from honey bee pollination, a $15-billion annual industry. Beekeepers around the country are abuzz with theories about what’s causing the decline, and Dix Hills master beekeeper Fred Munzer blames invasive mites for much of the phenomenon. Munzer started keeping bees in 1975 and today boasts a colony of 50 hives, which he keeps at 10 different locations across eastern Long Island including his own backyard, Mediavilla Orchard in Dix Hills and Woodburn Nurseries in Melville. The practice started as a family activity and a hobby that would “pay for itself” with profits from honey sales. Forty years later, the hobby has served Munzer and his family well. Each hive is home to anywhere from 20,000-60,000 bees, and populations typically die off during the cold winter months. Munzer said he lost about 40 percent of his bees this past winter, the largest decline he’s seen so far. Relative to local beekeeper Richard Blohm, who resides in Huntington and keeps bees at five locations throughout the north shore, Munzers’ colonies did very well. Blohm entered the season in November with 45 hives; reportedly only 13 hives, or 30 percent of his inventory, survived when he returned to check on them in early April. “It’s never been that bad,” Blohm said. The 70-percent blow to Blohm’s collection coincides with a national trend in honey bee decline. According to a May 7 United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Report (USDA ARR), since the 1940s the number of managed bee colonies in the U.S. has dropped from 5 million to 2.5 million, while the demand for pollination services has continued to increase. An October 2012 USDA National Stakeholder Conference on Honeybee Health report calls for habitat enhancement, cautious pesticide use and improved colony management techniques. All are needed to improve the health of declining bee colonies. “Healthy honey bee colonies are critical for meeting the demands of food production in the United States. Currently,

Beekeeper Richard Blohm smokes the bees before opening hives. The smoke makes the bees less aggressive, he said. the survivorship of honey bee colonies is too low for us to be confident in our ability to meet the pollination demands of U.S. agricultural crops,” the report said. The demand for honey bee pollination has become so high that almonds, California’s cash crop, now require over 60 percent of all managed colonies in the U.S. to maintain. Unable to identify a single cause for population decline, experts have coined the term “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) to explain the die-off phenomenon. Scientists have identified symptoms characteristic of the disorder, namely an almost completely empty hive. In the instance of CCD, beekeepers will find a live queen with virtually no other live adult bees present. Also missing, Blohm said, are the bee carcasses. All the bees seem to disappear without a trace. Both Munzer and Blohm report findings consistent with CCD, having checked up on some hives only to find they were empty in the spring. According to an annual USDA-funded survey, total losses of managed honey bee colonies across the U.S. in the 20122013 winter were 31.1 percent. The 2011-2012 winter brought a 22-percent loss nationwide, an abnormally low figure compared to the 2006-2011 average

Richard Blohm shows a bee inserting a stinger into the beekeeper’s fist in East Northport. Blohm’s years of exposure make him essentially immune to the painful effects of a bee sting, he said.

of a 30.5-percent decline each year. With bee populations on the decline, the threat of higher food prices lingers over American consumers. “If losses continue at the 33-percent level, it could threaten the economic viability of the bee pollination industry. Honey bees would not disappear entirely, but the cost of honey bee pollination services would rise, and those increased costs would ultimately be passed on to consumers through higher food costs,” the ARS report said. According to Munzer, the Varroa mite, originally from India, is the main culprit when it comes to bee decline. The mite infiltrates a hive by latching on to young larva, sucking the blood until the bee can’t function or grows extremely weak. Munzer said the debilitating effects of the mites coupled with harmful pesticides create the perfect storm for bee decline. “It’s weakened the bees; they do not live quite as long as we’d like them to. They aren’t as strong as they used to be,” Munzer said. “There are other things happening and we don’t know whether this total problem we’re having is strictly due to mites… [Experts] are also blaming pesticides. It might be part of the problem but it might only be part of the problem because the bees are weak,” he explained.

Blohm said experts are speculating that a combination of nutrition and stress on the bees and chemicals and pesticides used in the environment are also harmful to honeybees. New pesticides used on lawns, as well as pesticides sprayed at large commercial farms, weakens the colony. Bees, Blohm explained, feed on the pollen of plants and flowers containing systemic pesticides. Once a bee picks up a trace amount of a chemical, they bring it home with them and infect other bees in the hive. Scientists can’t definitively link the spraying of pesticides to CCD, Blohm said. In the past, bees infected with pesticides would be found dead in piles outside of a hive. “You don’t see that with Colony Collapse,” he said. Blohm keeps his bee collection at several farms and orchards mainly in the Huntington/East Northport area. When he started practicing the hobby in the 1970s, Blohm said a 10-percent loss over the winter was normal. However as time passed, a 30-percent loss became the expected average following a cold and snowy winter. His hobby typically yields about 7002,000 pounds of honey after a successful spring and summer season, Blohm said.

A colony of bees make honey in one of Richard Blohm’s hives in East Northport.

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Gutted Home’s Owner Gets Roasted Facing demolition threat, deadline looms to submit revised plans

The owner of 6 Majestic Drive in Dix Hills, a home that was gutted by a Halloween 2011 blaze, faced fire once again – this time from angry neighbors and the Huntington Town Board on July 9. Town officials told owner Michael Baron of Bayville that if revised plans weren’t filed by Wednesday to bring into compliance the home and pool, which has been cited several times for lacking a certificate of occupancy, the town will proceed toward demolition, town spokesman A.J. Carter said Monday. But as the town board grilled Baron during a July 9 hearing, he claimed that the Building Department has been obstructing efforts to rebuild. Baron applied for a permit June 14 to repair the home and bring the pool into compliance, Carter said. That same month, General Services began obtaining demolition quotes, he added. According to town records, Baron and his cousin John, of Melville, bought the property at foreclosure in April 2006. The

home was badly damaged by fire Oct. 31, 2011 and was first added to the blight registry in April 2012. They entered a restoration agreement with Town Hall that September and were mandated to begin reconstruction by Nov. 30, but “nothing happened,” Carter said. Tim Stauder, who lives next door to the home, urged the town to forget about rebuilding the home and to bring in the wrecking crew. “I hope you people just move forward with what is planned with this property. I don’t see how he could actually rebuild this house. I think we need to move on,” the neighbor said. Frank Lagrua, who also lives nearby on Majestic Drive, told the town board he regularly chases teenagers from the “vacant burnt-out hole” that remains after the fire. “The gentleman doesn’t live there, and it doesn’t appear that he had any intention of ever living there. This gentleman has done nothing to cooperate with this community. Absolutely nothing,” Lagrua said. But Baron argued that he, too, is a victim in the case. He complained that the

Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

Owner Michael Baron has until Wednesday, July 17 to file plans with the town to repair 6 Majestic Drive, pictured on July 15. The home was badly damaged by fire on Halloween 2011. town never notified him by certified mail of prior blight hearings and said he only found out about the July 9 hearing from Stauder hours before.

Baron also claimed the town’s building department has been stringing him along since January 2012, alleged town staff has (Continued on page A12) Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel


Town Closes On Erb Farm Religious group sells 5-acre parcel for $1.5 mil; soccer fields planned By Danny Schrafel

The Town of Huntington now owns the 5-acre Erb Farm parcel in Dix Hills, and the part that was once on track to be a culde-sac, then a Hindu house of worship, is now on the road to becoming soccer fields. “It’s great to see what happens when a community comes together, and I’m just very pleased for everyone that we’re finally at this day,” neighbor Michael Neidell, who led efforts to convince the town to buy the land, said. The town spent $1.5 million to buy the parcel and closed on it in mid-May, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. Supporters said the purchase is a rare acquisition in the southern part of town that will meet growing demand for soccer fields. “We appreciate the community's reevaluation of the park concept… as well as Sadhu Vaswani's re-evaluation of this location for their house of worship, making the purchase possible,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. Tenative plans call for a regulation-size soccer field as well as a half-sized field with on-site parking. A home on the property will be used for bathrooms, offices and storage. “It’s really perfect for soccer fields – it’s totally level and all the buffers are immediately built in on the sides,” Councilwoman Susan Berland, who sponsored the proposal with Petrone, said. She plans to host community meetings in the fall to finalize plans. Steps toward the acquisition began in 2007. After the Huntington Planning Board approved a four-home cul-de-sac at 146 Burrs Lane, the EOSPA committee recommended that the town board consider buying Erb Farm for active parkland. However, the town backed off after residents opposed the concept. Two years later, the non-denominational Sadhu Vaswani order bought the land, with plans of building a 200-seat church with parking and gardens. That, too, faced op-

position from residents who raised concerns of traffic generated by the temple, and by May 2010, a park was on the table again. Negotiations began in July 2011, and the town signed off on buying the land for $1.5 million in October 2012. John Breslin, the attorney for the Sadhu Vaswani, said the group was “disappointed” by the outcome and alleged neighbors essentially “ran them out of town.” They have since found space in Queens, he said. “The soccer fields are going to be far more activity than the church would have ever been. The level of activity at the church would have been very, very nominal – but it never got to that,” Breslin said. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said the

parcel was a rare opportunity to buy land in the south part of town. “This is why we take special pride in having acquired this site,” Cuthbertson said. “It’s also why it is so quizzical that our two colleagues didn’t vote to do that.” Councilman Gene Cook voted no, and Councilman Mark Mayoka abstained in the September 2012 vote to fund the purchase. Mayoka declined to comment. Cook said the town cannot afford to take 5 acres off the tax rolls or to maintain a new park. “The cost of maintaining property is just exorbitant and we don’t have the personnel to maintain it,” he said. “When we put soccer fields on, there’s additional cost and the taxpayers are getting slammed.”

Councilwoman Susan Berland and Michael Neidell, a resident who rallied support for the town to buy Erb Farm in Dix Hills, review tentative plans for the 5-acre parcel Friday.


Larger Fines In Updated Noise Code Mayoka alleges overreach; Cuthbertson slams ‘ridiculous’ claim By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s town board voted July 9 to double the minimum fine for a first noise code violation and to make it easier to issue violations. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, updated definitions of sound devices to include modern devices such as MP3 players and increased the first-time noise violation fine to $100. The revised code also requires the property owner or lessee to submit their contact information and sign off on any permit obtained by a party planner for use on their property. It also makes the property owner and permit holder alike to be held responsible for violations. The 4-1 decision, which came the same

day as a public hearing on the amendment, was not without some static. Councilman Mark Mayoka, who voted no, argued the amendment would require almost anybody having a party on their property to pay a $25 fee to register for a noise permit. “One of the town attorneys told me a special event is where this noise restriction would apply. Apparently, a special event would be like a graduation party or an anniversary party,” Mayoka said. “This noise resolution would require thousands of families to pay fees to the town to have these parties.” Cuthbertson said his claim “has absolutely no basis in fact.” “It’s ridiculous. It’s him grandstanding in an election year to cause trouble,” Cuthbertson said. Residential property owners or

lessees who use a sound device, defined as radios, stereos, musical instruments, TV sets, loudspeakers or other similar devices for “personal purposes at their residences and not in connection with a special event at the site” do not need to get a permit, but must keep noise levels to a reasonable level. The town’s noise code is designed to minimize “unreasonably loud and disturbing noises that are prolonged, unusual or unnatural in their time, place and operation.” “Previously, if you had a special event, which is defined as over 100 people, you had to get a permit,” Cuthbertson said. “That was previously the law. Nothing changed.” Similar exemptions exist for religious, government, sporting event and emergency alert systems.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Beat The Heat

Armed Robbers Steal Phone, Money

How are you escaping the heat this summer? Some of you may be heading north, and I wouldn’t blame you It’s so hot… that even Chuck Norris is sweating. as we’re reaching near-100-degree temperatures here. Now that I’ve fulfilled my awful joke quota of the But I do think you can stay loweek, I’m taking a moment to remind you that it’s cal and still find ways to cool gosh-darned hot out there, and IN THE KNOW down. Here are my Rosie-fied probably will be for a while. WITH AUNT ROSIE ways to stay cool in a Heat waves are part of the scorcher: 1. Take in a show at summer, just like blizzards are part of the winter. the air-conditioned Dix Hills Keep drinking plenty of fluids – and no, martinis Performing Arts Center, Engeman Theater or Paradon’t count – and stay in the shade or air conditionmount; 2. Sip on a cocktail on the water (Prime or The ing. That goes for our furry friends too; they can’t Whale’s Tale should give you quite the view!); 3. Buy speak so you have to be their voice. It probably doesone of those little portable fans; 4. Wear an itsy-bitsyn’t hurt to keep extra water in the car too, some for teeny-weenie-yellow-polka-dot bikini; 5. Go to the you and some for the radiator. Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Luau How’s the beach? Seriously, let me know. There at Sunset on July 31; and 6. Hang out near an open refrigerator. Now, some of these ideas are better than are so many in the Town of Huntington, let alone the others, but all are guaranteed to give you some kind of rest of Long Island, that it’s hard to choose which relief from the heat. You’re welcome! one to hit. Has the water warmed up yet? Any room in the sand for another blanket and umbrella? Can 7-Eleven lawsuit… The folks in the bullpen – you park within walking distance of the beach? that’s news speak for editorial department – are tracking down a story about more legal action involving 7Open late… To help beat the heat, the Town of Eleven and the Town of Huntington. While they dig Huntington is keeping the beaches and pools open into the meat of the story, I want to share a juicy later than usual this week. Although they normally morsel someone pointed out to one of our reporters. throw in the towel at 6, lifeguards will remain on duVisit the Town of Huntington’s new website and click ty until 7:30 p.m. at Crab Meadow, Centerport and the link for HTTV. Find the video for the July 11 Quentin Sammis/West Neck Beaches. The Dix Hills ZBA meeting and fast forward to the 1’9” mark. You pool is open until 8 p.m. Public skating sessions are should see local engineer and clog-aficionado Daniel held at the ice rink from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-FriKarpen interrupt the meeting at 7:11 p.m. to anday; from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from nounce a 7-Eleven lawsuit on 7/11. The board was 9-10:30 p.m. Wednesday (adults only); and from not amused, but I’m laughing! 8:15-10:15 p.m. Friday. In addition, for those of us who have already wrinkled in the sun, the Senior (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have Beach House at Centerport Beach is open from 10 comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. your neck of the woods, write to me today and let me on Sunday. The Village Green Senior Center is open know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Hunt-

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A pedestrian in Huntington Station called Suffolk County police after being robbed on July 12. He was walking along Pulaski when a group of men stole his cell phone and money. The victim said one of the men carried a gun.

How Did They Know? A Dix Hills resident called Suffolk County police to report a break-in on July 12. Someone broke into a garage and stole a wallet from a 2001 Lexus. The vehicle was unlocked.

Burglar Only Damages Door Suffolk police were alerted to a Dix Hills burglary on July 12. Someone broke a lock box on a foreclosed home three days earlier and damaged a door inside.

How Did They Get In? A Huntington resident called Suffolk County police on July 11 about a burglary. The complainant said someone stole cash the day before. Police could not determine the thief’s means of entry.

Don’t Fall For This A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police on July 11 after being targeted by a scam. The complainant said she was told her brother was held hostage after an accident. She did not send any money.

And, It’s Gone Suffolk police were notified about a theft at a Commack bank on July 11. The complainant said he left his wallet on the counter two days earlier, only to find it gone.

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A Cold Spring Harbor resident called Suffolk County police on July 11 to report criminal mischief. The complainant said someone damaged a brake light on their 2005 Mercedes the day before while it was parked in the driveway.


Leaf Them Alone! A Huntington Station-based tree service company called Suffolk County police about harassment charges on July 9. They complained about harassing calls coming into the office.

Did you sport this outfit in the ’60s? Or watch this TV? Check out more nostalgia from the influential decade in the Huntington Historical Society’s “The Times They Were AChanging: 1960s & Huntington’s Response” at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St., Huntington.

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Northport Village police arrested a Huntington Station woman in connection with illicit drugs on July 4. Police observed the 27-year-old sitting in the driver seat of a 1993 Toyota with a black shoelace tied around her left arm and a syringe in her right hand. Police said she refused to get out of the vehicle after repeatedly being ordered to and had to be forcibly removed. The syringe, which contained heroin, and the shoelace were recovered. Police charged her with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Double-Primary Looming For Cook? Acker files petitions for Independence run; Lifson challenges on Republican ballot By Danny Schrafel

Councilman Gene Cook could face two primaries in his bid for Huntington supervisor if signatures submitted by Independence and Republican challengers withstand scrutiny. Former Huntington Maritime Services Director Harry Acker, a Centerport resident, said he filed about 500 signatures – clearing the 250-signature minimum for an Independence candidate – in an effort to primary Cook for supervisor on the Independence Party line. Cook, a registered Independence member, is the party’s designee to run for supervisor. While Acker admits he’s a long shot to win, the senior harbormaster said he would use the candidacy to give voters a choice and keep boating safety issues in the forefront of public discourse. “I did a lot of soul searching and thinking about it and I’m going to do it,” Acker said Monday, the deadline to either accept or decline a petition to run. “It’s more of

an advocacy thing rather than Gene Cook or whoever it might have been.” Meanwhile, former State Supreme Court Judge Robert Lifson, of Huntington, filed more than 1,800 signatures to challenge Cook on the Republican line, for which Cook is also the designee. “It’s not about me. It’s about the process,” Lifson said. “People really want to have a voice in who the candidates are. Republicans are craving a Republican alternative.” The filings sparked an angry reaction from Huntington Independence Party Chairman Ken Bayne, who alleged Monday that incumbent Supervisor Frank Petrone’s fingerprints are all over the primary challengers. Petrone backers confirmed the supervisor, who is running on the Democratic line for a sixth term, did not file Independence petitions. Bayne argued Acker is doing Petrone’s bidding in an effort to throw up roadblocks to Cook’s campaign. “Acker, who worked for Frank Petrone for decades, coincidentally thinks he want to (Continued on page A12)

Cuthbertson, Edwards Get Independence Party Line Four-term Democratic incumbent Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and challenger Tracey Edwards are the Independence Party’s designated candidates for Huntington Town Council, party sources confirmed late Monday. Cuthbertson said, “It’s nice to be the standard-bearer of people who are registered in other parties.” “I’ve run with the Independence line since I first came into office [in 1997], so I’ve been a successful candidate for the party before. So we’ve always looked to work together,” he said. Edwards said she is grateful for the support. “I’m looking forward to knocking on as many doors for the Independence Party as I can so I can learn what’s important to them,” she said. “I want to be their voice as well as the voice for the Democratic Party and the Working Families line.” Cuthbertson, of Greenlawn, and Edwards, of Dix Hills, are running against one-term Republican Councilman Mark Mayoka, of Cold Spring Harbor, and Republican challenger Josh Price, who hails from Commack. Atop the ticket, Democratic incumbent Supervisor Frank Petrone is seeking a sixth term against

Mark Cuthbertson

Tracey Edwards

Councilman Gene Cook, an Independence Party member with Republican backing. In the meantime before November, Mayoka and Price may face a challenge from former Councilman Mark Capodanno, who filed more than 1,500 petition signatures in an effort to force a primary on the Republican line. Republican Party officials confirmed they are reviewing petition signatures submitted by Capodanno and former State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lifson, who filed petitions to primary Cook on the Republican line. Former Maritime Services Director Harry Acker, of Centerport, is also seeking to primary Cook on the Independence ballot. – SCHRAFEL



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Vinnie Candurra’s Legacy Lives On Town dedicates memorial garden at Dix Hills Water District headquarters Half Hollow Hills photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

Outside the Dix Hills Water District’s headquarters, town officials on Friday dedicated a memorial garden and bench – complete with a rock billowing water gently out its top – in memory of longtime Water District staff member Vincent Candurra. It was a fitting tribute to a man who used to joke that “water is my life.” “May it be here forever and on, and may people realize that people do make a difference,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. Candurra died in 2010 after 21 years with the water district. He started with the Dix Hills Water District in 1986, retiring in 2007 as a senior water treatment plant operator. “This is something that’s very special. It doesn’t happen quite often, but Vinnie was a special person. Everyone loved him here and he loved all of you,” the supervisor said. Vincent’s wife of 40 years, Connie, said the garden, granite memorial bench and water sculpture are a fitting tribute to a “very special man that touched all of our lives.” “We had this built so you can take a little time out of your day to enjoy this peaceful area and the simple sound of flowing water that Vinnie thoroughly enjoyed,” Recalling Citizens Advisory Committee meetings they attended together, Councilwoman Susan Berland said he had a knack for lifting spirits anywhere he went.

Supervisor Frank Petrone and councilwoman Susan Berland join Colleen Candurra in dedicating the garden, which includes flowing water through a rock sculture. “With a guy like Vinnie in the room, by the time the meeting was over, everybody was happy,” Berland said. Along with Candurra’s family, leaders of the South Huntington and Greenlawn Water Districts were on hand to pay tribute. “You see from the bench – water is my life – it really has to be that way and you really have to enjoy it to last as long as Vinnie did,” said Kevin Carroll, South Huntington Water District superintendent.

“He was sincerely dedicated to the business. He loved what he did,” Greenlawn Water District Superintendent Bob Santoriello added. “He had a great passion for it and his family.” John Hennessey, the superintendent of the Dix Hills Water District, said Candurra was the first person to teach him the water business after he transferred over from the town’s highway department in 1998. “He was like everybody’s father, but at

Colleen Candurra shows her grandchildren Harrison, Santino - pointing - and Christian Candurra the bench dedicated to their grandfather, Vincent, at the Dix Hills Water District headquarters Friday. the same time everybody’s brother and everybody’s best friend. He was all three of those people for those who knew him,” Hennessey said.

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Civic Group Drops War On AvalonBay Greater Huntington Civic will not appeal court decision on 379-unit development By Danny Schrafel

The Greater Huntington Civic Group’s legal battle to stop AvalonBay Communities’ 379-unit project in Huntington Station is over.

Greater Huntington Civic Group President Steven Spucces announced July 11 that the organization’s executive board would end its efforts to appeal a Nov. 19 decision in State Supreme Court dismissing their lawsuit against AvalonBay and the Town of Huntington.

The civic group filed its notice of appeal Dec. 24 and did not file a brief within the six-month window, Spucces said. Through an Article 78 lawsuit alleging illegal spot zoning and violations of state environmental review laws, the group sought to overturn the town’s June 2011


No More Notice Before Searches? By Jacqueline Birzon

The next time the town plans to conduct a search of your home, they may not have to tell you about it. Hoping to amend town code, Huntington Town Attorney Cindy Mangano is calling for a public hearing to discuss whether or not it is necessary for the town to notify residents by certified mail that inspectors are coming to survey property. Councilwoman Susan Berland endorsed the change of code, which currently requires the town to notify potential offenders by mail that inspectors are coming. According to Berland, state criminal procedure law does not require written notice by mail. Many neighboring towns, the councilwoman added, do not

require notice from the attorney’s office. Once an attorney shows probable cause and secures a warrant from a court judge, most inspectors can proceed without notifying the landlord. “It’s an undue burden on the town to have to give written notice to a person or landlord who you’re going to exercise a warrant,” Berland said. Typically, administrative search warrants are executed in the context of illegal housing or accessory apartment dwellings, Berland said. The town has issued three administrative search warrants so far this year and executed eight last year, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. When the town notifies an absentee landlord of the inspection by mail, the landlord in question will often use the

time before the visit to make alterations to the property so that during inspection, town code is complied with. Closing the loophole will make for a more effective process, the councilwoman said. The amendment still requires the attorney’s office to present probable cause in court to obtain an administrative search warrant. The town attorney’s office may apply for an administrative search warrant only “after a subject owner refuses or fails to permit inspection after notice by certified mail.” Mangano’s code change says the certified mail requirement is an “undue procedure that hampers the Town of Huntington’s ability to effectively enforce town code.” The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Town Board meeting.

decision to change the zoning of the 26.5acre parcel on East 5th Street to accommodate AvalonBay’s 379-unit plan. But State Supreme Court Justice Joseph C. Pastoressa tossed the suit, ruling that sufficient environmental review occurred and the civic group failed to prove illegal spot zoning took place. While Spucces said the group stands by its arguments against the AvalonBay proposal, it will shift its energies away from the development that spurred the creation of the Greater Huntington Civic Group. Its advocacy on AvalonBay, Spucces said, has given the group a seat at the table with developers pitching projects in Huntington. “It is incumbent upon us to stay vigilant in identifying proposed projects in their infancy, at a point when our membership can have truly meaningful input,” Spucces said. “That’s why our executive board has shifted the group’s focus and resources to making sure we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to new proposals and alerting our membership to their potential scope and impact.” Supervisor Frank Petrone, who sponsored both versions of the AvalonBay proposal when they came to a vote, said he looks forward to continued collaboration with the Greater Huntington Civic Group. “We both share the goal of making the quality of life in Huntington Station even better and of creating the housing, cultural and economic opportunities that will achieve that aim,” Petrone said.


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Watch That Slope If a proposed amendment to town code is goals – getting code violations corrected – approved, town inspectors will not need to we wonder if it’s really necessary to go down tell you they are going to enter your home this road. when violations are suspected. Advocates will argue that in order to obtain Town Attorney Cindy Mangano is advocat- an administrative warrant, the town must ing for a change the code which currently re- show probable cause and make the case to a quires that a homeowner be notified judge. But all it’s really doing is by certified mail before an adminis- EDITORIAL eliminating an administrative trative search warrant is executed. step – the written notice – before That essentially gives possible vioachieving the end result. lators a heads-up, allowing them to make We wonder how the National Security changes and alterations that bring their prop- Agency (NSA) got to the point where it now erty into compliance. invokes “the interests of national security” to If the change is adopted, that written notice justify its warrantless wiretapping of Ameriwill no longer be required. cans’ phone calls. Ask yourself… If the objective is to catch violators red…Do we really want to go there? handed, we guess that’s a good thing. But The town board will hold a hearing on the considering that both the surprise visit and proposed amendment at its Aug. 13 meeting, written notice presumably achieve the same 7 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall.


A Snapshot Of My Campaign DEAR EDITOR: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 1,800 enrolled Republican who signed and those that circulated my designating petition for supervisor thereby preserving their right to vote in the September primary. It would be a great disservice to them and all the electors of Huntington if the current GOP leadership has so little faith in their selection of a person not enrolled in our party to be the Republican standard bearer, that they are afraid to allow all the Republicans in the town the ability to validate or invalidate their decision to “reward” someone who has deserted our party. More significantly, the Republican electors in Huntington are entitled to know what the competing candidates have done and what positions they intend to advance in the forthcoming electoral contest. For those who may not follow town issues closely, I would remind them, that as a lifelong Republican and former leader of our party, I have a deep and abiding commitment to this community and our party that transcends the current election cycle. I have been a consistent

advocate of strict adherence to our updated master plan. Deviation from that plan via an increase in density should only be countenanced where there is an enduring recognizable benefit to the public that outweighs the deficits of such deviation. In this regard, I with many other concerned citizens, have successfully opposed the creation of townwide Transit Oriented Districts which, if enacted, would have permitted the densest housing formula in our Code – 13.5 units to the acre – in the hamlets of Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Station, Greenlawn, and East Northport. I have also opposed other schemes/proposals which would impose massive increases in housing density – adding to the tax burdens in our school districts in direct conflict with Huntington’s master plan. I have also reminded the town board of the importance of securing the independence and integrity of the Planning and Zoning Boards by eliminating the “holdover” members on those boards. Shortly thereafter all vacancies on those boards were filled. While others, including my opponent have remained silent, I have for more than two years spoken about the importance of addressing the difficul-

ties posed by the tax certiorari proceeding stemming from the privatization of the Northport Power Plant and the loss of the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) previously paid by LIPA. As the only candidate for town office, who as an elected justice of the NYS Supreme Court, has actually presided over tax certiorari proceedings, I submit I am better equipped to understand and respond to the challenges posed by the plan currently under discussion. I intend in the next few weeks to share my detailed thoughts with you on the various alternatives that may be available to us in this regard. During the upcoming campaign I will outline other land use policies, including the necessity of infrastructure enhancements to attract private investments as an alternative to intense residential development, which will result in tax revenues that will exceed any governmental expenses attendant to such use I will also offer ideas for more efficient and effective tools of promoting proper code enforcement to protect you from those struggling to preserve their quality of life from those that take advantage of lax code enforcement. I will also take steps, if elected, to make town government

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Keep The Farm Bill Whole Editor’s note: The following is a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Tammy Baldwin, Mark Begich, Richard Blumenthal, Bob Casey, Dianne Feinstein, Angus King, Patrick Leahy, Robert Menendez, Chris Murphy, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren, and Ron Wyden, urging Senate Leadership keep the Farm Bill whole. DEAR [SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY] REID: We wish to express our deep concern with the recent develop-

ment in the House of Representatives to split the Farm Bill into two separate bills – one for nutrition programs and one for all the other farm programs. We urge you to oppose any efforts to split the Farm Bill. The House’s unprecedented legislative maneuver disrupts a decades-long balance between urban and rural interests. This balance has long ensured that American farmers have the protections they need to grow enough food to feed hundreds of millions of people around the world, while also ensuring that American families have the resources they need to meet their basic food needs. We believe that splitting the Farm Bill, while appearing to be politically expedient in the short-term, will undermine future efforts to pass robust agricultural policy that also protects the food safety net for millions of Americans. Reauthorizing the Farm Bill is clearly a top priority in the Senate, as demonstrated by the Senate’s successful passage of a bipartisan Farm Bill only a few weeks ago. The Senate Farm Bill was a negotiated bill that balanced a variety of interests and passed by wide margin (66 to 27). As we move forward, please ensure that the will of the Senate for a comprehensive Farm Bill is sustained. Thank you for your leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with you to ensure America’s farmers and hungry families are supported through a comprehensive Farm Bill. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND U.S. Senator

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more responsive to you, by scheduling more frequent town board meetings and permitting separate meetings for land use matters and allowing longer and more meaningful citizen participation via lengthier presentations where both opponents and proponents can transfer their allotted time to qualified representatives of their points of view, thereby creating a more accurate and focused record of the merits and demerits of any land use proposal. This is but a thumbnail sketch of some of the ideas I will raise during the campaign. I look forward to a frank and open dialogue with my opponent as to the various problems and policy alternatives confronting our community. Once again I would like to thank those that have helped make this possible

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Folk Music To Take Over Heckscher Park Free, all-day festival begins at noon July 20 with acoustic sets, with main event at 8:30 p.m. Photo by Jake Jacobson

By Arianna Davis

Folk music fanatics will flock to Hecksher Park on Saturday for the eighth annual Huntington Folk Festival. Featuring more than three dozen folk artists from the New York metropolitan area, the festival begins at noon and runs into the late evening. This free event, hosted by Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond and, is part of 48th annual Summer Arts Festival, organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets. Headlining the festival will be Yonkers, N.Y.’s own Spuyten Duyvil. This Americana-roots ensemble puts a spin on traditional jug band music with a bluesy-rock twist. At 8:30 p.m., Long Island native Marci Geller as well as guitarist Josh Joffen will open the main event on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. From noon-6 p.m., there will be an unplugged artist’s showcase featuring bands that each have their own unique, folky flair. These artists, who come from New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, will be performing in two separate tents throughout the evening. “The festival usually draws approximately 300-400 people in the afternoon and 2,000 in the evening,” Michael Kornfield, editor of and head of the Huntington Folk Festival, said.

Yonkers-based Americana-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil headlines the eighth annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 20, at Heckscher Park. The free event is from noon until late in the evening. The 44-year-old Folk Music Society of Huntington has two free concerts a month. It was established in the late 1960s by a group of Huntington residents who wanted to preserve and share the beauty of folk music. With membership currently in the hundreds, its mission remains the same.

“Part of the mission of the Folk Music Association is to hold a concert series that helps local artists as well as touring artists be seen by a booking committee, thus, giving the artists exposure. The types of music that are played vary from bluegrass…blues to contemporary and sea shanty,” Kornfield said.

The Huntington Folk Festival is one of the many nighttime events featured in the Summer Arts Festival, a 40-night concert series in Heckscher Park. For more information, visit or Heckscher Park is located at Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue in Huntington.


Dose Of Culture At Summer Arts Festival By Lauren Dubinsky

Sol y Sombra kicks off the Huntington Summer Arts Festival on Friday, July 19 with their “Latin soul” music. The evening will also be filled with the spicy music and dances of the flamenco, tango, and mariachi. The upbeat Americana band, Spuyten Duyvil, will be performing their high-energy mix of jug band, blues, old jazz, gospel, and punk rock music on Saturday, July 20, as the headliner of the day-long Folk Music Festival. The tenor guitar and Bouzouki player, Mark Miller, also a vocalist, said the band is excited to play the festival. “We’re really excited about the outdoor setting, relaxed nature of it and to get so many musicians together,” Miller said. The band just finished recording a new record, “Temptation,” which will be released in October. They will be performing it at the festival and will sell pre-released copies of it. A “Blues in the Night” evening on Sunday, July 21 will feature two notable blues musicians, Corey Harris and Toby Walker. Harris is a blues and reggae musician who was awarded a MacArthur “Genius

The Summer Arts Festival’s “Blues in the Night” on Sunday, July 21 will feature two notable blues musicians, Corey Harris and Toby Walker. Award” Fellowship in 2007 for his creative and unique combination of reggae, soul, rock and West African music. Walker is internationally and nationally acclaimed as a roots music finger style guitar virtuoso. His music is a bit different from Harris’ sound; instead of reggae and

soul, Walker plays a mix of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock, and old-time jazz. For Family Night on Tuesday, July 23, the Broadhollow Theatre Company will put on a production of “Freckleface Strawberry.” It is a new musical based on the New York Times best-seller by actress

Julianne Moore. “Freckleface Strawberry” tries everything to get rid of her freckles from scrubbing them with soap to concealing them with makeup but her friendly classmates show her that her freckles are what make her unique and special. The Huntington Community Band will perform on Wednesday, July 24 with the theme, “In the Good Old Summertime.” They will play foot-tapping classics that commemorate the American community band and the important role it plays in American history. The fiery music group, Incendio, will put on an energetic and ethnic performance on Thursday, July 25. They describe their style as “Latin-guitar-world-fusion,” because they incorporate Middle Eastern, jazz, celtic, and rock into their music. The free Summer Arts Festival, organized by the Huntington Arts Council, runs Tuesday-Sunday until Aug. 11 on the Chapin Rainbow stage in Heckscher Park, located at Prime Avenue and Route 25A. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and usually 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Bring blankets, cushions and chairs for seating comfort in the park. Visit for more information.


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Bistro Cassis Is The Crème De La Crème Foodie photo/Ross Weber

By Luann & Ross

If you’re looking for something different, raw steak tartare has good flavor and texture to it.

You don’t have to go to a steakhouse to get top-of-the-line cut. Bistro Cassis’ Steak au Poivre Vert features a peppercorn sauce that adds a nice bite. Pair it with a French Bordeaux.

We’ve had it before, but we love it so much we had to get it again. Cassis is probably the only place we trust to make the escargot ($11) properly, and they nail it every time. Parsley adds a touch of color to the dish of six pieces sitting in tiny pools of melted butter, topped with tiny circular pieces of toast. Dinner brought two beautiful plates to the table. The Steak au Poivre Vert ($34) was the favorite at the table and showed us that we don’t have to go to a steakhouse to get a steak that’s tops. A perfectly cooked New York strip steak is served with fresh green peppercorn sauce, potato gratin and the vegetable of the day. The peppercorn adds a nice bite. Tuna is another dish we wouldn’t think to order at a French restaurant, but we found ourselves immensely satisfied by the Thon au Sesame ($31). Pan-seared, sesame-crusted tuna, a deep reddish purple center and pink on the edges, is served sliced with baby arugula salad and a light

The sesame-crusted tuna is cooked just right.

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Human beings are creatures of habit, and that is especially true when it comes to what we eat. We find our favorite restaurant or two, patronize it frequently, and order what we know we love, over and over again, once in a while straying from our go-to dish. That had been the case with us and Bistro Cassis, a cozy little French restaurant in Huntington village. With sure-fire winners like the Coquilles St. Jacques et Crevettes (shrimp and scallops in decadent truffle cream sauce), the best French onion soup in town, salmon, duck breast and leg confit, and mussels – oh those plump, perfect mussels! – we have had little incentive to stray. Until now, that is. We last reviewed Bistro Cassis three years ago, so this time around we wanted to really test the restaurant’s depth. We were not surprised to find that Bistro Cassis is much more than just the French staples for which it is known. Our waiter, Jared, was our captain, leading us through uncharted Foodie territory of dishes we typically wouldn’t order. Every one was a work of culinary art, showing off Bistro Cassis’ breadth and extreme attention to detail. With glasses of a sweet, full-bodied French Bordeaux in hand (as they say, life is too short to drink bad wine), we started with manager Gabriel Garcia’s favorite: Steak Tartare ($14), a dish for which the freshest ingredients are a must. Cassis delivers a well-seasoned plate, where capers and Dijon mustard add life to every forkful.

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Desserts at Bistro Cassis are truly works of art. Left, the Mille-Feuilles (puff pastry with fruit). Right, the phenomenal Poire Pochée (poached pear) with caramel gelato.

sesame-ginger vinaigrette. A pineapplemango salsa adds a hint of sweetness, balanced by pine nuts. Desserts are truly works of art. While crepes always make for a nice end to a meal, this time we went with the phenomenal Poire Pochée ($8). If you like pears, you will love this honey Muscat poached pear. It normally comes with vanilla gelato, but take it from the Foodies and ask for the caramel gelato instead – it’s absolutely decadent. Perfect for sharing a light bite, the Mille-Feuilles ($9), alternating layers of puff pastry and raspberries and blueberries set in marscapone cream, is almost too pretty to eat. It satisfies the sweet tooth. Couple fine dining with Bistro Cassis’ city-like charm, and this restaurant is sure to satisfy any occasion or casual night out. It was bustling even on a Tuesday night, as diners chatted over great food and wine and waiters carried pots and pots of mussels back and forth. French artwork adds exotic flair, while blown-up “Lockhorns” comic strips featuring the restaurant bring a sense of familiarity.

Service is impeccable; glasses are rarely empty and bread appears almost out of nowhere when your plate is empty, which is wonderful since you can’t seem to stop dunking it in the escargot butter. Garcia is a gracious host at this Reststar Hospitality Group establishment. Our visit confirmed for us that Bistro Cassis does it all, and does it all well. It can be our restaurant du jour every day. Bon appétit!

Bistro Cassis 55b Wall St., Huntington 631-421-4122 Cuisine: Fine French Atmosphere: European bistro Price range: Moderate-Expensive Hours: Lunch: Mon.-Sat. noon-3 p.m.; Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.; Sunday Brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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DINEHUNTINGTON.COM TEAMING UP FOR PETS: Prime: An American Kitchen and Bar (115 New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 will host a special pet adoption event for the North Shore Animal League from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The mobile adoption unit will be stationed on the waterfront, where prospective providers of forever homes can visit the Animal League’s cats and dogs up for adoption. The open adoption event, also featuring a display of supercars from Ferrari-Maserati and Sunseeker yachts, immediately follows a private reception featuring North Shore Animal League spokeswoman Beth Stern. “I thank Prime for hosting this wonderful adoption event for the Animal League. I have experienced firsthand how adopting pets can change your life. There are so many wonderful animals to be found in local shelters,” Stern said in a release. WHAT A TREAT – With a poem on their Facebook page, Starbucks announced the

much-awaited summertime return of their month-long Treat Receipt promotion starting July 15. It reads: “Roses: red. Violets: blue. Treat Receipt: back, tomorrow @ 2:00.” Be sure to hang onto your receipt from any purchase before 2 p.m. because it’s your ticket to a $2 (plus tax) grande iced beverage of any type. In addition to the menu of frapuccinos, it’s a great way to explore their exclusive Clover-brew menu without too much outlay. Enjoy it now – it won’t last long! DINE OUTSIDE: Looks like Spice Village Grill (281 Main St., Huntington 631-2714800 has expanded its outdoor dining space. A new awning is in place on their Wall Street frontage, giving more folks who might want to try out their authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine alfresco a new opportunity to do so. Then again, if you ask us, we don’t think you can go wrong at Spice Village whether you eat indoors or out.


Developer Plans Retail Store Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

The vacant Sun Ming Restaurant at the intersection of Round Swamp Road and Jericho Turnpike will be turned into a women’s retail store once developers acquire the necessary town permits. By Jacqueline Birzon

Site plans for the old Sun Ming restaurant on Jericho Turnpike will go from a mystery to Mystique—a women’s retail store. Developers of the 1000 W. Jericho Tpke. property, which lies at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Round Swamp Road, plan to demolish the abandoned, blighted property and turn it into Mystique Boutique, a chain store with locations already in Melville, Manhasset and Manhattan. Architect Edward Dickman, the Great Neck-based designer in charge of the project, said construction on the 8,000 squarefoot, box-retail store will begin as soon as the town issues demolition and construction permits. Dickman hopes the project will break ground in several months. In addition to work on the former restaurant, Dickman said the One Thousand C,

LLC group, owned by David and Jacob Cohen of Great Neck, will renovate the two-family house that sits in back of the restaurant on the property. The previous owners, the architect said, converted it into an illegal housing, “dormitory” structure for Sun Ming’s waiters and employees. Dickman said Friday that the group is currently looking for clearance to go ahead with the residential renovation. While the property provides enough parking to comply with town code, the group is requesting a variance due to the residential area in back. The issue, Dickman said, is not a lack of spaces, but a question of commercial versus residential parking plans. The group will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals Aug. 15 when they will request a special use permit and business depth extension in order to convert the restaurant to retail.




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been confrontational and “basically seems to be against me.” But Councilwoman Susan Berland said he hasn’t received any permits to repair the damage because his plans have not been satisfactory and his architect has not submitted revisions. “You haven’t participated with your neighbors at all to rectify the situation,” Berland said. “If your architect doesn’t submit drawings that are accepted, then your architect has to go back and make the changes.” About three weeks ago, Baron said, he

received a letter from the Huntington Town Attorney’s office to come in and pay for his permits. On July 8, he said he was notified by certified mail that 6 Majestic Drive was a blighted property, but was not informed of the hearing. However, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson told Baron he was skeptical of his allegations. Initial blight notices were sent to 6 Majestic Drive because it was the only address Public Safety had on record for the owners at the time, Carter said. However, when the Barons came to Town Hall to negotiate a restoration agreement, they pro-

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vided new contact information. “The address they gave us at that last September is where we sent notice,” Carter said. Supervisor Frank Petrone also seemed unconvinced of Baron’s claims of misconduct, but said he would investigate. “I mean, I’ve seen things happen in every department and every individual is human, but I think this is a little farfetched,” he said. “If there is any truth to some of the things you’re saying, we’ll deal with it and we’ll deal with you. If there isn’t, we are going to proceed quickly.”

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Smoke and fire for the training towers are produced by straw, hay or wood, and where those materials come from is closely tracked. Construction noise should be minimal during the six- to eight-week build, and any noise created by firefighters undergoing training will be contained within the building, fire officials said.

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run against his former boss and Gene Cook, the party’s official designee,” Bayne said. “He [Petrone] could have circulated his own name and requested or negotiated a WilsonPakula to run a primary. He chose not to do it that way and, in my estimation, selected a registered member of the party who may have allegiance to him to automatically qualify by submitting signatures.” Bayne also made similar claims about Lifson’s efforts to run a Republican primary against Cook. “He [Petrone is] the only one who benefits. I don’t see Bob Lifson benefiting from challenging in a primary. I don’t see Harry Acker benefiting,” Bayne said. Petrone and Cook did not return messages for comment by press time Monday. Lifson and Acker denied they were acting on Petrone’s behalf. “I’m not doing it at Frank Petrone’s direction. I really haven’t had any conversations with Frank about it,” Acker said. Lifson said it was “insulting” to allege he is doing Petrone’s bidding, arguing that his critics are “conflating a lot of things” to reach that conclusion. “I have no problems working with people of the other party to form consensus. To do some good things, you have to work with people you don’t necessarily agree with,” he said.

Also denying ties to Petrone in their primary bid is former Councilman Mark Capodanno, of Centerport, who submitted approximately 1,500 signatures in an effort to force a Republican primary for Huntington councilman against incumbent Republican Mark Mayoka and fellow party challenger Josh Price. “I wasn’t thrilled with the choices. I’m not thrilled with the potential of Gene Cook as a supervisor. I’m not sure he’s ready to be,” Capodanno said. “I’m not being forced or pushed by anybody. I truly enjoyed the job and I feel I could do a good job.” Meanwhile, Huntington GOP ViceChair David Reilly confirmed general objections to Capodanno and Lifson’s petitions have been filed. Bayne said that his “understanding is Gene himself” will file general objections as a member of the party. With general objections in place, that gives the petitioner until next Monday to file specific objections to signatures. “We’re reviewing them at this point in time to determine whether they have a valid petition or not,” Reilly said of the Republican petitions. Reilly also confirmed that Huntington’s Vivienne Wong, who threatened a Town Council primary, and Huntington Bay Mayor Herb Morrow, who considered a Supervisor challenge, did not file petitions.

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Aqua Car Wash and Detail owners Scott and Andrew Goldberg, who are identical twins, have established their business as a go-to staple in Huntington despite wide-spread competition. HUNTINGTON

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Huntington Businesses By Jacqueline Birzon

When the Goldberg twins bought their first car wash in Huntington 10 years ago, they gave the already successful business a complete detailing of their own. Aqua Car Wash and Detail owners Scott and Andrew Goldberg dabbled in the apparel business before setting their sights on the car wash industry in 2003. Once the New York Avenue location in Huntington popped up on their radar, it was just a matter of months before they called the site their own. Inspired by a family friend’s car wash, the Goldbergs began scouting out car washes all over Long Island and New York City to see how others operated their business. “We saw others, and we wanted to be a lot more detail oriented,” Scott said. “We have a lot of heart, we really care, and we try to exceed expectations.” Since taking over Aqua in 2003 the Goldberg brothers have built a stable, loyal client base in the Huntington area. At least one of the twins is present “99.9 percent” of the time, especially when business peaks between Fridays and Sundays. A challenge in the car wash biz, Scott said, is you never know when business will pick up. Scott said the Huntington car wash gets slammed in April/May when pollen begins to cake on cars, and in the wintertime following a snow storm. Dayto-day weather conditions are tricky to plan around as well, since the car wash can’t always operate when it rains. The brothers said they made a special commitment to keep the car wash a hand

wash, Scott explained. The 20-plus employees at Aqua use wool, hogs hair knits and brush tips when washing a client’s car rather than relying solely on machines. In addition, Scott said, the wash uses high-end soaps, waxes and cleaning chemicals when treating client’s prized possessions. “No one cares as much as the owner,” Scott said. Clients can opt for: the basic, full-service wash ($17.49) which includes a soft hand wash, an interior vacuum, window cleaning and wheel bright; the super wash ($20.24) which includes a triple foam polish, hot wax and under body wash; or the deluxe wash ($26.69) which includes Rain-X complete surface protectant, cleaning of four floor mats, air freshening and wheel bright. The “best” wash ($34.98) includes a coat of blue corral protection. A complete detail ($199.95) takes about half a day to one day to complete, and calls for a full-service hand wash, claying and compounding, polish, wax, shampooing of carpets and mats, leather cleaning and conditions as well as cleaning crevices with a toothbrush. An exterior detail ($124.95) utilizes most of the exterior services as a complete detail, but does not clean the inside of the car. Express detail packages cost less, from $59.95 for a shine and $124.95 for an interior. The finishing area is where the brothers are often found, for final vacuuming, drying, and cleaning procedures. “I try to spend most of my time here because this is where the customer can see the car, the finished product, and that way I can make sure it’s up to standard,” Scott said.

Aqua Car Wash and Detail 616 New York Ave., Huntington 631-673-3758


A14 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • JULY 18, 2013 THURSDAY Hurricane Safety Seminars

Assemblyman Andrew Raia in conjunction with the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management hosts free Hurricane Safety seminars from 7-8:30 p.m. on: Thursday, July 18 – Half Hollow Hill Library; Tuesday, July 23 – Northport Library; Tuesday, July 30 – Harborfields Library; Monday, Aug. 5 – Commack Library; and Thursday, Aug. 15 – East Northport Library. 631-261-4151.

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Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • On Friday, July 19, 1 p.m., catch the movie “Quartet” (R).

Dinner And A Sand Castle

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

FRIDAY Open House At Knox School

The Knox School hosts an open house on July 26 at 2 p.m. Meet the headmaster, members of the admissions office, faculty, students and parents who will take you around the 48-acre campus of the private college-prep day and boarding school. 541 Long Beach Road, St. James. 631-686-1600 ext. 414, or visit

Red Is For Passion

Love the color red and enjoy living it up? The Red Hat women are looking for new members who enjoy going places and making new friends. Their motto: Fun, Frolic and Friendship. 631-271-6470 or

SATURDAY Folk Festival

The Eighth Annual Huntington Folk Festival will take place at Hecksher Park on July 20. The event begins at noon and goes on into the early evening hours. Live bands such as Spuyten Divyl and The Levins will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

Carnivores In Captivity

Meet carnivorous plants at a free presentation by Eric Kunz of Seemore Gardens, Long Island’s only certified grower of these amazing endangered plants, Saturday, July 27, 5 p.m. at Gateway Park Community Garden, Lowndes and New York Avenues, Huntington Station.

Shed The Meds

Get rid of your old or expired medication safely at a “Shed the Meds” program on Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-noon at the Huntington Fire Department, 1 Leverich Place, Huntington. Call Senator Marcellino’s Office at 516-922-1811.

Bocce Tournament

Registration is currently underway for the Annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Young adults can join Miss Jackie to make a pair of colorful flower earrings, using acrylic petal beads and Swarovski crystals as centers, on Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Have you been interested in using an iPad to read a book or play a game? The library now has iPads available that are preloaded with preschool apps for use in the children’s room. • Student volunteers show you all your phone can do for you at a Smart/Cell Phone Clinic on Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.

The Northport Community Band hosts free concerts at the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand overlooking Northport Harbor every Thursday through Aug. 1. All concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. at Northport Village Park (cancelled if raining). Coming up: July 18, “Music from the New World”; July 25, “Go for the Gould”; and Aug. 1, “Final Bow... For Now”, including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with dueling cannons. Call 631-261-6972 or visit

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Free Concerts At Northport Bandstand

Pack up your picnic supper and family and catch the second performance of this season’s Movies on The Lawn Program with drive-in flick “Free Willy” on July 25 at Crab Meadow Beach, 445 Waterside Avenue, Northport. In addition, enter the town’s Second Annual Sand Castle Contest. Gates to Crab Meadow open at 4 p.m. To register, call 631-351-3112 or visit Movies begin at darkness (8:30-9 p.m.). In inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at James Boyd Intermediate School at 286 Cuba Hill Road, Elwood at 7:30 p.m.

• Children of all ages can meet animals of the undergrou2nd including a monkey, snake, and a kangaroo on Tuesday, July 23, 4:30 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

How Mavericks And Rule-Breakers Changed the Movies Spend a summer Saturday morning watching and making fascinating films as filmmaker and film history writer Glenn Andreiev teaches an entertaining and fact-filled three-hour course on how maverick filmmakers molded “moving pictures” into the endlessly imaginative art form it is today. Saturday, July 20 at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. $30 members/$40 public. Babylon Bocce Tournament. The free event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. at Mill Dam Park in Huntington (West Shore and Mill Dam Roads). Teams of four can register through July 31. Call 631-351-2877 for information and to register.

Huntington Station Awareness Day

Support one of Huntington’s most historic hamlets by getting involved in the fourth annual Huntington Station Awareness Day parade and fair on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The parade starts on E. 15th Street and concludes in the Church Street municipal lot with a fair filled wit food, fun, music and vendors. For more information, call Dee Thompson at 631425-2640.

Center of Huntington, 125 Main St., Huntington, on Mondays (except holidays) from 10 a.m.-noon. $15 members/$10 non-members. 631-549-0485.


Summer Blood Drive

Northport-East Northport Public Library

WEDNESDAY Free Summer Concerts For Vets

Registration is open for the Townwide Fund of Huntington’s Summer Series Games. Tickets are $65 per person per individual event, or teams of six can purchase tickets for all three events at $150 per player. Events include: July 21 Backyard Games (KanJam, Cornhole and Ladder Toss) and BBQ in Elwood Park (Cuba Hill Road near Elwood Road), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; volleyball at Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; bocce ball tournament, Sunday, Aug. 18 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mill Dam Park. or call 631-629-4950.

Northport VA Medical Center’s free Summer Concert Series for veterans, their families, and the public takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden Courtyard. July 24: Kerry Kearney Band (Mississippi Delta); July 31: The Liverpool Shuffle (Beatles tribute); Aug. 7: The Bobcats (rockabilly); Aug. 14: Tommy Keys Band (barrelhouse boogie woogie); Aug. 21: Big Daddy & The Blues Brothers (Blues Bros tribute); Aug. 28: The HooDoo Loungers and VA fireworks display. 79 Middleville Road, Northport. 631261-4400, ext. 7275, 7276, or 7183.

It Doesn’t Get Any Fresher

Power Breakfast

MONDAY Aging And Saging

Members of an “Aging and Saging” group shares their experiences at The Women’s

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • New Horizons String Orchestra invites the public to sit in on their rehearsals on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m.


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

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • An English Conversation group meets every Tuesday starting July 16 and ending Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon. The group will discuss American culture and daily life situations. Free and open to all, no registration required.

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

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!

Summer Games Are On!

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Free Help For Vets

There will be a blood drive on July 23, 2-8 p.m. at Island Christian Church (South Lobby) at 400 Elwood Road, East Northport. 631-8223000 or Call Long Island Blood Services at 800-688-0900.

Live Music

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Give your brain a workout while having fun. Work on simple, easy to handle puzzles designed for seniors with memory loss on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. in Dix Hills beginning July 11. Call 631-498-1238 to register. • The Long Island Chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes guest speaker Ret. NYPD Det/Sgt. Joseph Giacalone on Saturday, July 27, noon, in Dix Hills. Giacalone is the former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Homicide Cold Case Squad and author of “The Criminal Investigation Function.”

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.

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • The next Book-A-Trip is to The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 26. $75. • Join the Vic Vincent Group and experience the sounds of Elvis, The Tokens, Dion and the Belmonts, Buddy Holly, and the Beatles as they perform favorites from the 1950s and 60s on Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. in Northport.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • The library’s outdoor concerts continue Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. with Captain Jack.

THEATER and FILM Bare Bones Theater Company

57 Main St., Northport. • Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” plays at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Set in the mountains of County Galway, the play tells the twisted, darkly comic tale of a lonely woman in her 40s, trying to escape from the rule of her aging, cantankerous mother. $25.

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaarts-

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THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • JULY 18, 2013 • A15 the best that an educator can wish for his students. 631-423-7611. • Spend a summer Saturday morning watching and making fascinating films as filmmaker and film history writer Glenn Andreiev teaches an entertaining and fact-filled three-hour course on how maverick filmmakers molded “moving pictures” into the endlessly imaginative art form it is today. Saturday, July 20. $30 members/$40 public. • Celebrate the nation’s favorite pastime with a selection of vintage newsreels that bring baseball’s rich history to life. “Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels” screens on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. $10 members/$15 public. The program includes rare footage of Stan Musial’s 3,000 hit and Babe Ruth’s last game as a regular.

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Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • Pianist Judith Alstadter performs “Women Composers: Romantic to Ragtime,” the music of 19th and 20th century European and American women composers, on Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Laugh the night away when “Nunsense” opens July 25. • Try something different at Engeman with comedy nights on Wednesdays, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

The Minstrel Players of Northport

130 Main St., Northport. Houghton Hall. 631732-2926. • The annual one-act show, “It Happened One Act-II,” opens Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m., with a second show at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28. The show hosts eight original short plays.

AUDITIONS A Christmas Carol

The Minstrel Players of Northport are holding auditions for “A Christmas Carol” on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will be auditions for all roles, save for Mrs. Dilber and Ebeneezer Scrooge. Auditions will be held at Houghton Hall at 130 Main St. Those auditioning should bring a resume and headshot. For more information, call 631-732-2926.

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. • “Into the Wood”, exhibiting July 13-28, features prolific painter Shain Bard’s body of work, including still life and her signature woodland themes, and Roger Schroeder’s folk art woodcarvings and small-scale furniture.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

From Romantic To Ragtime Pianist Judith Alstadter performs “Women Composers: Romantic to Ragtime,” the music of 19th and 20th century European and American women composers, on Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m. at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • “Car Culture: Art and the Automobile” on display through Aug. 11.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center

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

Huntington Arts Council

bers. Advanced registration is required.

LaMantia Gallery

127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • Robert Finale presents captivating landscapes and Richard Johnson displays exquisite paintings of the human face and form. 9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • Richard Vaux’s “The Archetypal Lightscapes” is on display July 19-Aug. 18 with a reception on Saturday, July 20, 5-7 p.m.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • The new permanent exhibit, “Our Stories: the History of a Community,” transforms half of the Society’s gallery space into a timeline, tracing the history of the Northport-East Northport community and rarely seen photos and artifacts from the Society’s collection.


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. • The Summer Arts Festival in Heckscher Park continues every night Tuesday-Sunday.

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

Huntington Historical Society

Suffolk Y JCC

Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. • Exhibit “The Times They Were A-Changing – 1960s & Huntington’s Response” on display at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building. • Tours of the historic Tide Mill are offered throughout the summer. The next is Thursday, July 25, 1 p.m. $5 members/$10 non-mem-

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 Beauty Queen of Leenane

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Legends in their own town, as well as the entire ska universe, Huntington-based ska band The Scofflaws play for the hometown crowd as the opening act for the British band, The Specials, Thursday, July 18. $35-$65. • The next Star Boxing event is Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now. • Indie-pop sensations Tegan and Sara headline a benefit concert for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on July 25. “Real L Word” star Amanda Leigh Dunn will host the event, which also features a special DJ performance by The Jane Doze.


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

DONATIONS WELCOME Help The Troops Call Home

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci’s Huntington Station district office is an official drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. To help the troops call home by donating your old cell phone, stop by or mail your phone to 1783 New York Ave., Huntington Station, 11746. 631-271-8025.

AID & ASSISTANCE Help After Sandy

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

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

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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. • Free ice cream for all hatchery visitors on Saturday, July 20, 4-6 p.m.

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Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

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.

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240, ext. 114. • Schedule at a time convenient for your group for high tea and transport yourself back in time as your group experiences High Tea in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25/person. 631-427-5240, ext. 113.

9 East Contemporary Art

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299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • On display through July 28, “Breaking Down Barriers” is a community outreach group exhibit with FREE (Family Residences and Essential Enterprises) artists.

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours through April 15: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 students with ID and seniors 62 and older, and $3 children 12 and under. Mansion tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The newly renovated planetarium is now open. Check the website for show times.

Bare Bones Theater Company presents Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Set in the mountains of County Galway, the play tells the twisted, darkly comic tale of a lonely woman in her 40s, trying to escape from the rule of her aging, cantankerous mother. $25. 57 Main St., Northport.

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Paintings Inspired By Iceland’s Landscapes By Katie Schubauer

Artist Richard Vaux of Huntington is a featured solo exhibitor at the 9 East Contemporary Art Gallery. The exhibition, called “Archetypal Lightscapes” encompasses an array of Vaux’s major oil and acrylic paintings from the past ten years. The title of the exhibition is derived from the unique combination of light, color, and geometric shapes and lines that Vaux uses in his artwork, which has been described as “abstract impressionism.” Vaux said he chose this title because it invokes “nature without specifics.” “When people look at my paintings, I don’t want them to get distracted by something it reminds them of,” Vaux said. “I wanted to keep the titles of my works sort of vague so that people can really appreciate the use of color and the paintings themselves without getting distracted.” “Archetypal Lightscapes” was heavily influenced by Vaux’s experience in Iceland. His most recent trip to the European country was in 2003, when Vaux served as an artist in residence at the Hafnarfjordur Institute of Culture and Fine Art in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. Vaux described the 20-plus hours of sunlight, the drastic weather changes, and the prehistoric landscape as some of the country’s features that inspired his work. The paintings featured in “Archetypal Lightscapes” display an enormous spectrum of color ranging from deep blues and purples to vibrant yellow and reds. Vaux said he creates these paintings by priming

Huntington artist Richard Vaux uses a unique combination of light, color, and geometric shapes and lines in his artwork. the surface with white and then adding layer upon layer of translucent color over the course of several weeks and even months. Vaux compared himself to a musical composer who uses visual elements rather than audio elements. “I use line, color, form, rhythms, har-

mony and balance to organize and compose visual music,” Vaux said. “I orchestrate the highlights and the shadows to give the illusion that light is moving through the composition.” Vaux’s career as an artist began in college. He attended the University of Mia-

mi Ohio and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1963. In 1964, he gained his first major exposure at the Flushing Meadow Worlds Fair where two of his paintings were displayed in the New York State Pavilion. One year later, he was drafted into the army and stationed in Germany for several years. Upon his return, he attended graduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. The inspired young artist then began teaching at Adelphi University while pursuing his professional career as an artist. Vaux said the surge of interest in art that occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Soho, N.Y. gave him major exposure and contributed to his success. “My career started as a combination of momentum and adrenaline. I was really fired up and I still am,” Vaux said. Vaux’s artwork has been featured in many galleries around the world including the James Yu Gallery in Soho, the Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, and the Gallery Robe in Tokyo among others. Vaux said he is particularly excited about this exhibition because it will be his first solo exhibition in Huntington since 1977 when he was featured in the Heckscher Museum of Art. “Archetypal Lightscapes” opens Friday, July 19 and runs until Aug. 18. 9 East Contemporary Art Gallery is located at 9 East Carver St. in Huntington and is open from Friday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, July 20 from 5-7 p.m.


An Artistic Journey ‘Into the Wood’ By Arianna Davis

The Art League of Long Island is bringing wood to life with the “Into the Wood” exhibit. Hosted at the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills, the exhibit features the work of Shain Bard and Roger Schroeder, who capture the essence of the woodlands through various media, like woodcarvings. The exhibit is on display through July 28. Susan Peragallo, the gallery coordinator for the Art League of Long Island, noted the exhibit for its disparate methods, materials, and subjects. “Shain Bard’s luminescent paintings depict the wooded landscapes alive with light. Roger Schroeder's folk art furniture and wooden carvings bring the wood itself to life with wonderful carvings, the rich colors of the wood enhancing each work. Bard and Schroeder's work complement each other in surprising and unexpected ways,” she said. Bard has been artistically inclined since she was a young girl and will now have several of her oil paintings displayed in the exhibit. She is most wellknown for creating paintings of trees. “[My favorite piece], I guess, is ‘Birches on a Slope.’ I love birch trees and the markings on trees. They speak to me. It’s like they’re some type of oriental calligraphy,” Bard said. No stranger to the art world, Bard has taught classes and displayed her art at both the Art League of Long Island and the Huntington Arts Council. “I’ve been teaching at the Art League

Roger Schroeder’s small-scale furnaiture is featured in the “Into the Wood” exhibit in Dix Hills. a long time… a couple of decades. I’m also affiliated with the arts council. I did a one-person show there a few years ago,” she said. Schroeder refers to himself as a folk artist who brings out the best of both American and exotic woods. “While the expression ‘folk artist’ has connotations of a certain primitiveness, my work is done with as much refinement as I can muster. My small-scale furniture is done with exacting joinery and a fine finish, and my woodcarvings of nautical eagles and fish are executed with exacting cuts and smooth surfaces,” Shroeder said.

Shain Bard’s “Pond with duck,” showing in the Art League of Long Island’s “Into the Wood” exhibit. He became serious about building furniture and carving in 1976. Shroeder’s latest creation is a small-scale Victorian bed that took four months to complete. “Anyone who has seen it seems to have a ‘wow!’ moment,” he said. The Art League of Long Island has been entertaining local art enthusiasts

with exhibits and classes since 1954. Throughout the summer, exhibits are only available for a short time and feature local artists. No admission fee is required. The gallery is located at 107 East Deer Park Road. For more information, visit



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Little-Leaguer Wins Cooperstown HR Derby

Twelve-year-old Steven Marino made the Half Hollow Hills community proud when he defeated more than 30 other players in his age group to win the Cooperstown Homerun Derby. Marino, an incoming seventh-grader at Candlewood Middle School, defeated players from across the country in the homerun skill competition June 29 at the Cooperstown All Star Village when he hit 10 homeruns to take home the championship title. Marino and his travel team, the Long Island Falcons, visited the upstate baseball haven for a week-long tournament for 12-year-olds. The tournament calls for team competition as well as individual competitions, including the homerun derby challenge. More than 35 teams from across the country, as far as Georgia, California and Florida, traveled hundreds of miles to attend the Cooperstown event. At the homerun derby, where players were tasked with hitting as many homeruns as possible with just five outs, Marino hit seven homeruns in the first round to advance to the second, which took the

top two sluggers from the first round. Marino hit three homeruns in the second round, outscoring his opponent’s two, to take home the derby plaque. “I felt nervous but I was happy to win for my team. I was pumped to be in the competition,” Marino said. After the win, his father said, Marino’s teammates swarmed the field and, in a celebratory fashion, crowded around him at home plate. The Long Island Falcons finished the tournament as the third-seeded team, but lost during the playoff round. A baseball player from the age of 5, Marino continues to practice regularly with his Little League team, the Half Hollow Hills Hawks. In addition to practicing with the Hawks and the Falcons, Marino said he often practices with his father and two brothers, one of which, Michael, plays for the varsity Colts at Half Hollow Hills High School West. Looking ahead, Marino has his sights set on a successful summer season with the Half Hollow Hills Hawks in Dix Hills.

Photo by Deb Marino

By Jacqueline Birzon

Dix Hills’ Steven Marino, 12, smiles with his Cooperstown Homerun Derby plaque. Marino won the individual challenge after making 10 home runs in a two-round elimination contest.


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