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New Face On School Board By Danny Schrafel

After former school board President Jeanine Bottenus resigned her post over the summer, new leadership is at the helm of the Half Hollow Hills School Board after a new trustee was appointed and two longtime members were tapped for leadership roles. Melville’s David Kaston, an attorney with a local practice, emerged from a pool of roughly 50 candidates for an open trustee position, said school board President James Ptucha. Kaston was sworn during the Half Hollow Hills School Board’s reorganization meeting Aug. 27, taking Bottenus’ spot. She resigned in late July after eight years on the board because of emerging family commitments. Kaston’s professional experience, his perspective as a western Melville resident since 2001 and his more than 10 years as a civic activist as head of the Sweet Hollow Farms Homeowners Association will be a benefit to the board, Ptucha said. “He’s charismatic, he’s well-spoken. He does represent folks from the way far western end of the district,” the president said. “He’s dealt with unions in negotiating contracts. He was just a nice overall package.” Kaston, the father of a Hills East senior and freshman and a Sunquam eighth-grader, has coached flag football, baseball and basketball, and supported his oldest daughter as she competed in dance. As his commitments wound down, the opening on the school board came up, he said. (Continued on page A13)

Road Safety Debate Returns By Danny Schrafel

When Laura Glen moved to Round Swamp Road in 1999, an unsettling development quickly emerged. “We immediately had accidents right in front of my driveway,” she said. A recent rash of spectacular crashes only drew renewed attention to the stretch of road that connects Huntington and Melville. A head-on crash Aug. 20 injured four, and a landscaping truck tipped near Manetto Hill Road on Aug. 27. Since last year, Glen has reached out Town Hall officials with emails, including pictures of wrecks as they happen, to drive her point home and demand action. Noting that children wait for school buses with their parents every day along the stretch, she is urging the town board to act – and act quickly. “I’m not letting go until I see it happen,” she vowed. “It’s the principle of it.” A major contributing factor, she argued, is a sharp, hilly bend on Round Swamp Road just hundreds of feet north of her house. While the speed limit is 20 mph for that bend, there is also hardly any shoulder – two feet at most at the widest point – so if a vehicle breaches the double-yellow line on the two-lane road, there are few options to navigate the stretch safely. “Some of it is speeding, yes. Some of it is drivers texting,” Glen said. “But it’s so narrow there. Even this traffic light – there’s still going to be accidents because there’s no way for you to move over because there’s no shoulder.” Glen said she first began lobbying Town Hall for relief in the early 2000s and rejoined the fight last winter, which began the process toward installing a new traffic light and four traffic feedback signals. The traffic light, Transportation and Traffic Safety director Steve McGloin said, is a rest-on-red signal, designed to reward drivers who follow the speed limit with uninterrupted driving. Those signals should be in place in about two months, officials said.

Melville’s Laura Glen explains how a Cadillac SUV crashed into a tree in front of her home in late May 2011. She is urging the Town Board to widen Round Swamp Road, but town traffic experts say that will counteract new traffic calming measures they’re implementing. “It’s red on all sides. As vehicles approach, there’s detectors that detect a vehicle 400 feet or so out,” he explained. “If you approach at 30 mph, you’ll hit the detector and by the time you get to the signal, it’ll turn green so you don’t have to stop. If you’re going faster than 30, it’ll still be red when you get to the signal.” A pair of driver feedback signs will be installed at the intersection of Westvale Lane and Round Swamp Road, while the other two will be located near Kingsley Road. Numerous curve signs alert drivers to the 20 mph bend near Glen’s home. And traffic-calming markings – white paint hashmarks up and down Round Swamp Road – were added last week. A relatively new concept in traffic control,

McGloin said they are designed to give the driver the impression that they are going faster than they really are. Glen said the traffic light and feedback signals should help calm traffic, especially on the southbound side. She still has concerns, however, about the flow of northbound traffic, and argued the shoulder should be widened to allow drivers room to navigate an emergency. “If northbound traffic gets close, southbound does a knee-jerk reaction [and goes off the road],” she said. But McGloin said the driver feedback signs should address some of her northbound concerns. “Any cars northbound will hit this driver (Continued on page A13)


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Heartland Town Square Still Alive Developer says his high-density project is awaiting SEQRA approval Plans to erect high-density housing, retail and office space on 452 acres of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center are still alive. Heartland developer Jerry Wolkoff confirmed Monday that his Heartland Town Square project has not changed since he and son David purchased the land for $20.1 million in 2001.

“We’re going through the SEQRA process, answering all the questions,” Wolkoff said. The project would combine 9,130 residential units with more than 1 million square feet of retail space and 4 million square feet of office space built in phases over 15 years. When completed, the developer said it would bring in 26,000 new jobs.

Residents and municipalities have expressed concerns over traffic, sewage and other issues connected to the potential high-density community. “It takes time for it to happen, but we’re on a positive path,” Wolkoff said. -KOEHLER


DA: Boyfriend Pulled A Fast One On Police Photo by Steve Silverman

By Danny Schrafel

After a red Mercedes-Benz convertible dragging a 30-foot tree and a lamppost crashed through the Huntington home of two sisters in their 90s, former Brooklyn resident Sophia Anderson was arrested May 28, accused of drunk driving. But prosecutors now say she wasn’t behind the wheel at all. Following an independent investigation by the Suffolk County DA’s office, prosecutors indicted her then-boyfriend Daniel Sajewski Sept. 19, accusing him of driving through the house and convincing Anderson to lie to cops and say she was the driver. DWI charges against Anderson were dropped, but she is still facing prosecution, accused of lying to police. “The defendant said to Sophia Anderson – ‘You have to do this for me. You have to say you were driving. I can’t afford to get into any more trouble,’” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “The defendant’s worries and concerns… that particular evening that he couldn’t afford to get into any more trouble turned out to be just the opposite.” In court Sept. 20, Anderson apologized to 96-year-old Helen Indiere and her 94-year-old sister, Virginia Bennert, whose home Sajewski is accused of plowing through, and for lying to authorities. Her attorney, John LoTurco, said Anderson will cooperate fully with Spota’s office and is ready to testify against Sajewski if needed. Sajewski, of Brooklyn, was held without bail after being charged with lying to police, DWI, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief in an 11-count indictment. Spota said he was on probation in

Daniel Sajewski, far left, is accused of driving a Mercedes-Benz through this Huntington home on May 28 and convincing his then-girlfriend Sophia Anderson to take the blame. Suffolk County for selling ecstasy to an undercover police officer, and has previously failed to appear for sentencing in Nassau and Kings Counties. Carl Benincasa, Sajewski’s attorney at the time, said his client had completed a rehabilitation program upstate and has been meeting court obligations while they have worked together. He declined to comment on details of the case. “We had no idea this indictment existed until [Tuesday] night, so we haven’t really had a chance to review the allegations and conduct our investigation,” Benincasa said Sept. 19. Since being indicted, Sajewski has hired Central Islip-based Martin Lorenzotti, Benincasa said. Before the crash, Spota said, Anderson, Sajewski and friends were drinking heavily and taking cocaine at Sajewski’s parents’ home until 4 a.m., when they ran

out of beer. The crash happened when the couple was on the way back from the Halesite 7-Eleven with more beer, Spota said. Sajewski allegedly pleaded with Anderson to tell police she drove the red convertible, top-down, through the home of Indiere and Bennert. As to why she would take the fall for her boyfriend? LoTurco said she was in love with Sajewski, and well aware that with his rap sheet and the fact that he was on probation, he would face harsh punishment. In her “highly intoxicated” state – she registered a .30 BAC in a breath test taken after the crash, equivalent to 15 drinks – Sajewski manipulated Anderson with “false promises, false love and false commitment,” her attorney said. “He promised to pay for the lawyer, bail her out and take her on vacation – none of those promises came to fruition,” LoTurco said. “When she was sitting in

jail, sober, she began to understand the gravity of her poor judgment. That’s when she told her parents and that’s when she told me.” Police repeatedly questioned Anderson at the scene “because they suspected something was amiss,” Spota said. In the days following the crash, Anderson’s attorney urged prosecutors to take another look and open their own investigation. When Indiere questioned Sajewski as to who was driving, Spota said he pointed at Anderson. But Indiere, who spoke little to reporters during the press conference, said she was suspicious. “I think we all did. We all had doubts,” she said. During the independent probe, prosecutors said the story that Anderson was the driver quickly unraveled. The first hints came from Huntington Hospital, where Anderson was treated. Sajewski refused hospitalization, Spota said, adding that an X-ray technician discovered a laceration, caused by a seatbelt, across Anderson’s right shoulder, which indicated she was in the passenger seat. An orthopedist who treated her said there was “no way” that she was the driver, Spota added. A Suffolk County restaurateur at the hospital also “clearly saw” that Sajewski was drunk, and had a laceration on the left side of his shoulder and going down, showing he was on the driver’s side when the car crashed, Spota said. The DA also added that DNA collected from the driver’s side airbag matched Sajewski. About 10 days after the accident, Sajewski and Anderson were in Brooklyn with friends, and the friends said Sajewski admitted to driving. Every time the two met, Sajewski would frisk Anderson (Continued on page A13)


County Giving Small Businesses A ‘Boost’ By Danny Schrafel

Suffolk County’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) kicked off a new small business growth program last week by welcoming a software startup from Manhattan to its new Huntington village digs. Work Market, an $11-million firm which develops software for small businesses, received $51,250 in incentives, including reduced county fees, property tax incentives, networking opportunities and short-term leases, to relocate their business from New York City to Huntington. Already employing 33 staff members, they agreed to hire 15 new employees this year and another 10 next year as

part of the deal. The average salary for the new sales-oriented staff will be around $90,000, IDA officials said. Work Market is the first company to receive incentives from the IDA through the new Boost program, which was launched July 24. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs create high-paying jobs in economic growth sectors like IT, biology and life sciences, pharmacy, green technology and energy businesses. The Boost grant incentivized a $110,000 renovation project, including new equipment, supplies, materials and property tax relief, on the firm’s new Wall Street office space. “The Boost program will provide the launching pad for smaller innovation

companies to grow and develop in Suffolk County,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Landing Work Market through the new Boost program demonstrates the Suffolk IDA is aggressive about creating a pro-growth environment and securing jobs.” Work Market CEO Jeff Leventhal said it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. “The Suffolk IDA is showing its willingness to open their arms to the startup business community with their new program,” he said. “Their aggressiveness in wanting Work Market to open in Huntington, along with the benefits they are providing, were significant factors in our decision-making for our new expansion.”

IDA Director Anthony Manetta said the Boost program brings the agency into a new realm, allowing them to support the growth of smaller businesses. Currently, many IDA incentives are for projects exceeding $1 million and have longer-term commitments. The Boost program will allow small startups to get in on the action, and Manetta said several other Huntingtonbased companies are being considered for Boost grants. “For a larger company, $50,000 might not be too enticing,” Manetta said. “But for startups and companies in their growth phases, $50,000 is a good infusion to put back into their company, hire employees and to support business growth.”


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Autumnal Musings

No Arrests In Coworker Spat

Welcome aboard… to autumn 2012! Fall began

driving along Pulaski Road recently when I saw a Tiki bar suddenly appear on the road, and it was officially this Saturday, and hundreds celebrated the moving! A couple of passed cars later and I discovlandmark another way – by marching down New ered it was resting on the York Avenue to celebrate the bed of a pickup truck. I’m historic hamlet of Huntington IN THE KNOW not sure where they were goStation. One of the dogs – I WITH AUNT ROSIE ing, with it, but it’d have think he was pawing along been mighty nice for them to with the Dolan Family Health Center – was dressed offer passing motorists a up as pumpkin, most appropriate togs for the occapiña colada – virgin, of course. sion, don’t you think? Anyway, I love autumn for the changing leaves, the vibrant foliage, children Gather round the fire… But now that Tiki bar back in school learning and the gentle briskness in season is winding down, let’s look ahead to the winthe air. The Fall Festival in Heckscher Park is pretty ter. And according to some time-honored experts, keen, too. What’s your favorite fall feature? Drop get ready to bundle up. The Farmer’s Almanac is me a line and let me know. calling for a cold and snowy winter. The temperatures are beginning to struggle reaching the low 70s Who opened the barn door… With fall comes as September ends. Apparently one resident is football, and with last night’s football game comes preparing for a winter straight out of “The Day Afsome seriously dirty mouths. So last night, if you ter Tomorrow.” You’ll know when you pass by this were watching Sunday Night Football on NBC, Broadway house and see stack after stack after your ears did not deceive you – you heard thoustack of cut firewood. I’m no lumberjack, but my sands of people, in crisp unison, chanting a cerGoogle-finger is working, so I would estimate this tain eight-letter barnyard epithet – very loudly – guy had at least six cords of wood on his side lawn. on live TV. It’s just the latest chapter in football It’s bigger than a fence! fans’ displeasure with replacement referees, who have been catching heck lately for the calls they’re …and save room to Dine! It’s that delightful making in the games. I guess the fans finally time of year again – time to Dine Huntington! As of reached their breaking point over the weekend this writing, we’ve got dozens of fabulous Huntingand let ‘em have it. Veteran broadcaster Al ton hotspots ready to dish out their best in special Michaels said it the loudest call for manure in the $24.95 p.p. prix-fixe menus from Oct. 7-14. At least history of television, and I think he’s right! They one of your favorites will be on there, I’m sure, and kept their protest going for a couple of minutes it’s a great time to try a new place, expand your before they calmed down. After I stopped staring horizons and bring your friends around Huntington at the TV wondering if I was hearing things, I had Township in fine style. Keep an eye on www.dineto tip my hat to those folks. Not for what they to see the latest developments in were saying, but their precision timing was most the upcoming culinary extravaganza. impressive.

Aloha… Someone told me over the years that any alcohol being transported in a car should be kept in the trunk just to prove the driver wasn’t drinking any. I have no clue if that’s legitimate or complete malarkey (A.R. note: Don’t drink and drive. Ever.), but like a good journalist; I’ve got a follow-up question. What happens if your trunk is a bar? I was

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Suffolk police were dispatched to a South Huntington restaurant on Sept. 21 about harassment. The complainant said another coworker hit them, causing their nose to bleed. No arrests were made over the dispute.

Thief Grabs Camera, Laptop A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police on Sept. 20 about a theft the day before. The complainant reported that a camera and laptop were missing.

Jewelry Missing From Home A Melville resident called Suffolk County police on Sept. 20 about a burglary. The complainant said they walked in and saw a rear screen pushed in. Jewelry was missing.

Burglar Alarm Does Its Job Suffolk police responded to a CPA’s office in South Huntington CPA on Sept. 19 after a burglar alarm was set off. Nothing appeared to be missing. Police determined it went off after an unknown person attempted to enter through a window.

Not Going Anywhere For A While? A Huntington Station resident called Suffolk County police on Sept. 19 about possible criminal mischief. The complainant said someone slashed three tires on their 1997 Honda Passport SUV a few days earlier.

So Much For Cooking A real estate agent called Suffolk County police on Sept. 19 to report a robbery at a vacant Huntington Station house. The complainant said a contractor noticed pipes and a stove were stolen a few days earlier.

Glass Table Takes A Beating A Greenlawn resident called Suffolk County police to report damage in their backyard on Sept. 19. The complainant said someone entered the yard, broke a glass table and threw items from the shed across the yard.

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Suffolk police were summoned to a Melville sporting goods store on Sept. 19 about a theft. The complainant said she made a purchase and left her wallet at the register. When she returned shortly after, it was gone. The wallet contained cash, credit cards, debit cards and personal papers.

Paintball Drive-By A Dix Hills resident called Suffolk County police on Sept. 18 after getting hit with a paintball from a passing car two days earlier. The complainant said the gunman was a passenger in a black Acura that did not stop.

Are They Connected? Suffolk police also received a call about a paintball drive-by in Dix Hills on Sept. 17. The complainant said someone in a white sedan shot her on Sept. 16, causing a welt and bruising.

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Town Pushes State To Regulate Bamboo Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Bamboo, anybody? Huntington resident Sharon Sacks holds up bamboo that she cut down in her yard during the Sept. 24 Town Board meeting. By Danny Schrafel

Huntington’s Town Board voted unanimously Monday evening to formally urge the state to classify “invasive, creeping and traveling bamboo” as an invasive species. With the state moving to identify and regulate invasive species between now and Sept. 1, 2013, Councilwoman Susan Berland, who sponsored the request, argued the timing is right to lobby the state. “They’re going through and deciding what goes where, and I want them to put invasive bamboo on the invasive species list,” Berland said. The councilwoman’s push comes three months after legislation she sponsored to regulate bamboo was defeated. The law would have required property owners to prevent their bamboo from spreading to another parcel, or face fines for every day invasive bamboo trespassed. The state’s Environmental Conservation Act, signed in late July by Governor Andrew Cuomo, takes effect on Jan. 20, 2013. That legislation directs state agencies to rate invasive, non-native plants and animals on a 100-point scale, based on the ecological and socioeconomic threat they pose. Any specimen that scores more than 70 points or is already banned federally will be illegal to sell, possess, import, buy, transport or introduce in New York State. Anything scoring between 50 and 69.9 on the scale is to regulated, allowing for a wide range of possible restrictions. Depending on how the state acts, the town might not have to enact new local laws, Berland said. But she said she is

working on legislation to complement the state should it be needed. “In the interim, let’s see if we can agree that it should be on the invasive species list. It’s a step in the right direction,” she said. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who argued Berland’s first town law proposal would set the stage for a slippery slope of over regulation, voted in favor of reaching out to the state. “Whatever follows from that, I don’t know, but I don’t have a problem urging them to take a look at this issue,” Cuthbertson said. And Councilman Gene Cook, who argued Berland’s first proposal would have placed an undue financial burden on homeowners and allowed government overreach into private property, threw his support behind the new measure. “With the towns making these laws, it gets way out of whack. It should be state-regulated,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do for the town to ask the state to look at it.” Councilman Mark Mayoka, however, argued in favor of banning the sale of bamboo in Huntington, but was rebuffed last week by Town Attorney John Leo. Mayoka reiterated that request Monday morning during the Town Board workshop, but voted in favor of Berland’s request that evening. “He sent me a memo that said, ‘we can’t ban the sale of bamboo,’ even though eight other towns have banned the sale of bamboo,” Mayoka said Monday morning. Leo said it would be futile for towns to try to ban bamboo sales. “We are preempted by state law,” he said. “If these other towns have done it and they are challenged, my opinion is they will lose.”



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It’s The Year Of The Lady Hawks Half Hollow Hills Minor and Major softball teams nearly sweep state summer titles

Hustle, heart and determination are what brought the Half Hollow Hills Minor and Major softball league teams to their respective state playoff games, where both brought home the second place title for their districts. This year is the first time both teams from the district have made it to the

playoffs at the same time, said Minor coach Michael Dreitlein. The minor league division of the Lady Hawks, composed of 9-10 year-olds, and the major division of 11- and 12year-olds, credit their success to maintaining a positive attitude and excellent sportsmanship. “One thing I found to be consistent with the girls was their positive attitude. Thirty minutes after the game

Half Hollow Hills photos/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

ended, our girls were chatting with the other team, hanging out and exchanging phone numbers. They had really good sportsmanship,” Dreitlein said. The minor league team attended the state playoffs in Syracuse and the major league visited Stony Point for their final game of the season. The girls’ achievements were recognized Friday night with a celebration at Otsego Elementary School, where fam-

Coach Michael Dreitlein stands with his assistant coaches and the Lady Hawks.

Coach Terry Ulmer is all smiles with the major division of the Lady Hawks.

ilies and the players came together to rejoice in the girls success. At the party, the coaches rewarded the girls with team jackets, as well as trophies that rivaled the girls’ height. Terry Ulmer, who coaches the major league division, said the team would never have made it as far as they did had it not been for the support of the girls’ parents. “They were really supportive and dedicated to the sport, bringing the girls to practices. We really couldn’t have asked for a better group,” Ulmer said. Both Dreitlein and Ulmer have played the sport throughout their lives and have daughters that play on the team. Minor Lady Hawks second baseman Noelle Rivera and center fielder Emily Ross said they have made lifelong friends from their involvement on the team. “It’s really exciting. At the playoff game everyone was cheering, and we saw our siblings and families in the stands. When we started playing it was a great way to make new friends, it’s been a really great experience,” Rivera said. This positive approach was shared by the major division of the Lady Hawks, who live by the mantra “team first, me second.” Dani Blaustein, who plays shortstop, said being positive is a big part of what makes playing for the Lady Hawks so much fun. “If someone is having a bad day we are always there to pick each other up. We’re always cracking jokes,” Blaustein said. Megan Diamond, who plays catcher for the minor team, warned that this is not the last time the Lady Hawks will soar. “It was exciting to play in Syracuse, whether we won or lost it was a good experience, and we’re going to make it up there again next year,” Diamond said.

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Missing Boogie Board Latest Clue In Search

Huntington Hospital executive and Dix Hills resident George Richardson went missing from Montauk on Aug. 28. East Hampton Town police have recently said a missing boogie board may reveal new leads.

East Hampton Town Police are still searching for a missing a Dix Hills resident and Huntington Hospital executive. George Richardson, 50, was reported missing when he and his family made the trek to Montauk for an extended weekend trip from Aug. 25Aug. 27. When they went to check out of their hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 28, he was nowhere to be found. Det./Sgt. Robert Gurney said they’ve recently begun looking into a boogie board theory. The family took four boogie boards from their Dix Hills home; only three are accounted for. Police said he frequently left early in the morning to go for walks, although they weren’t sure where he went while in Montauk. At the time he left, they could only confirm Richardson was wearing glasses and an orange baseball hat. He is described as a white man, standing 5-feet and 6-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has short gray hair and a small scar on his chin. Anyone with information about Richardson is asked to call police at 631-537-7575. A hospital spokeswoman had no new information. -KOEHLER



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Bring Us More A new program designed to spur small for the IDA: small business. The $11-milbusiness growth in Suffolk County kicked lion firm received just over $50,000 in inoff in Huntington last week when officials centives to relocate their business from of the county’s Industrial Development New York City to Huntington. The comAgency (IDA) welcomed a software start- pany expects to hire 15 new employees up to its new offices on Wall Street in this year and another 10 next year, nearly Huntington village. doubling its workforce. With an average This is the agency that salary over $90,000, the combrought Canon to Melville. Over EDITORIAL pany’s workers will contribute the past few years, the IDA has to the local economy and create created thousands of new jobs in Suffolk greater demand for housing. County by putting together tax breaks and It should come as no surprise that the other incentives to encourage companies first company lured to Suffolk under the to locate here. The agency’s focus has IDA’s new program chose Huntington been luring large business. Yet the great- Township as its new home. It’s the Island’s est growth potential is found in the small culture capital, the dining capital, the business sector. capital of everything good… just the kind The reception in Huntington last week, of place that well-paid, upwardly mobile attended by local elected officials, not on- employees want to live. ly welcomed a new employer to HuntingWe say, bring us more, Suffolk County ton, but marked a significant new focus IDA.

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Difference Between Life And Death DEAR EDITOR: Thousands of people around the country die or are left disabled after a heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke because they do not get lifesaving treatment in time. The American Heart Association works with local emergency medical professionals to ensure the newest and most effective treatments are being used when it comes to cardiac emergencies. “Emergency medical professionals including 9-1-1- operators, paramedics and emergency department personal work hard to shave minutes off the time it takes to provide proper medical care to heart attack or stroke victims in order to save lives and reduce permanent disability,” said Paul E. Harnick, MD, FACC, cardiologist, Cardiovascular Medical Associates, PC and vice president of the American Heart Association’s Long Island

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In Need Of A Kick-Start DEAR EDITOR: Former Cinema Arts Centre curator Alan Hofmanis traveled to Africa with Ben Barenholtz (producer of “Miller's Crossing,”

“Barton Fink,” “Raising Arizona”) to shoot a documentary about a remarkable man, Isaac Nabwana, a loving husband and father who produces feature films – mainly action – from his home in the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda. But they need our help to finish the post-production. They have just launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of their film, “Wakaliwood: The Documentary.” Please help to bring Isaac's inspiring story to audiences worldwide by either donating to the campaign or by sharing this link with friends and loved ones. Two weeks ago, Alan Hofmanis presented a special work-inprogress screening of “Wakaliwood: The Documentary.” here at the Cinema Arts Centre, and it was received with great enthusiasm. The Kickstarter campaign will run through Friday, Oct. 19. Link to the campaign:

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In the Sept. 13 story “Community Waging Own War on Drugs,” it was printed that heroin was believed to be a cause of death of Corey St. George. According to a medical report released last week, heroin was not in his system at the time of his death, his family said.

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Inside Catching up with “Tell It to My Heart” singer Taylor Dayne Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider keeps going strong Commack native talks touring with Jason Mraz

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Famous Faces From Huntington Area From art dealers and piano men to a diva and a Beatle, the Town of Huntington and its surrounding communities have been where a number of famous artists worked, performed and lived over the years. Here’s a look at some of Huntington’s most famous faces. Mariah Carey Vocalist Mariah Carey developed her love for music while growing up in Greenlawn. She participated in the junior chorus of the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, and is remembered fondly for her childhood role in their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.” Since then she’s gone on to sing on a wide variety of albums, act in movies, and well as engage in philanthropic work. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Saint-Exupery wrote The Little Prince, the story of a young boy who fell from an asteroid. He wrote the book while he was renting the Bevin House in Asharoken, where he settled after France was conquered by Nazi Germany in World War II. Deborah Gibson Although born in Brooklyn, Deborah Gibson would grow up in Merrick, later calling Lloyd Harbor her home back in the late ’80s when she was still Debbie. Following her venture into pop music at that time she would prove her staying power and talent with a successful move on to Broadway, playing such vocally demanding parts as Epoine in “Les Miserabes.” She returns to Huntington often, performing at events at Oheka Castle and the Long Island Fall Festival in 2007. Rosie O’Donnell Rosie O'Donnell was born in Bayside, Queens, but she was raised in Commack and is a graduate of Commack High School South. O’Donnell began her career as a stand-up comedienne. She has appeared in many movies and had her own talk show from 1992-1996. Billy Joel The Levittownraised pop legend and one-time Lloyd Harbor resident has a park named after him in Cold Spring Harbor – the town he named his debut 1971 record after. He is often still spotted around town, taking in shows at The Paramount and dining at Prime and Porto Vivo. Pat Lafontaine With 468 goals during 865 games from 1983-1998 Pat Lafontaine will be remembered as one of the greatest hockey players in history. After being the No. 1 draft of the Islanders in 1983, he would spend his entire career in the state of New York playing for the Islanders, Sabres and Rangers. He was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in

2003. Lafontaine is involved in many charities around the town of Huntington and resides in Lloyd Harbor. Larry Izzo As the child of a military man, Larry spent a lot of time moving around and even spent a bit of time at Harborfields High School. Larry would eventually play for the Miami Dolphins and later the New England Patriots where he would win three Super Bowls in four years. He is currently an assistant special teams coach for the New York Giants. John Lennon An accomplished solo artist and “second half” to one of the most influential pop music writing duos in recent history, Lennon composed “Imagine,” “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Instant Karma!” amongst countless other song with Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Lennon had a home in Cold Spring Harbor from the mid 1970s up until the time he was murdered in 1980. John Coltrane John Coltrane was a legendary jazz saxophonist and composer as well as a longtime Huntington resident. It has been reported that Coltrane wrote A Love Supreme from his Candlewood Path, Dix Hills home. Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital on July 17, 1967 at the age of 40. James Watson James D. Watson shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering DNA’s double helix structure in 1953. Still active at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Watson served as director (1968–94) and president (1994–2004), and continues as chancellor. He first came to Cold Spring Harbor in the summer of 1948 and became the first human ever to receive a copy of his personal genome sequence. Walter “Wally” Szczerbiak Walter Robert Szczerbiak, also known as “Wally” was born on March 5, 1977 and although Madrid, Spain can boast bragging rights as his birth city, this retired American basketball player attended high school in Cold Spring Harbor where he played both basketball and baseball. Harry Chapin Chapin was a singer and songwriter, though he originally intended to be a documentary film-maker. He directed the documentary Legendary Champions in 1968, which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1971 he decided to focus on music and played with Big John Wallace, Tim Scott and Ron Palmer, Chapin in various nightclubs in New York City. His debut album was Heads and Tales, which was a success thanks to the single, “Taxi”. He also wrote and performed a Broadway musical, The Night That Made America Famous. He lived in Huntington Bay with his

wife, Sandy. He was killed in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway in 1981. Edie Falco Edie Falco was born July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn. She was raised in Northport along with her siblings Joseph, Paul and Ruth. Falco graduated from Northport High School with the class of 1981. She is most famous for her role as Carmela Soprano on the hit HBO series, “The Sopranos,” which Falco won three Emmys. John Edward John Edward, who has offices in Huntington, is famous for his television show “Crossing Over” where he claims to be able to contact loved ones of studio audience members. In addition to his show he also does in-depth readings and lectures around the country. Ralph Macchio Best known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in “The Karate Kid,” Ralph Macchio is a graduate of Half Hollow Hills schools. Macchio also starred alongside Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny.” He recently was back in spotlight as a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars.” Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan, born July 2, 1986 to parents Dina and Michael Lohan, was raised on Long Island, in Cold Spring Harbor and Merrick attending Calhoun and Cold Spring Harbor High Schools for a time. Lohan’s first feature-length movie was 1998’s “The Parent Trap.” A string of successful box office hits include 2003’s “Freaky Friday” with Jaime Lee Curtis and “Mean Girls.” Patti Lupone The former Northport resident, she is famous for a diverse assortment of roles that includes originating the part of Eva Peron in “Evita” on Broadway long, before it ever crossed Madonna’s mind. From Ocean Avenue Elementary School to Northport High School, Lupone had a succession of teachers who were tremendous influences to her, and who she’s never forgotten to this day. Jane Fonda Former Lloyd Neck resident Jane Fonda is famous for being many things, Academy Award winning actress, writer, producer and political activist. Although she has been in many movies since the early 1960s she is possibly most famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War, something that still causes protestors to heckle her when she makes appearances today.

Henry Fonda Henry Fonda was an Academy Awardwinning actor famous for his idealistic roles. He made his film debut in 1935’s The Farmer takes a Wife but his career really took off after an Academy Award nominated role in 1940’s The Grapes Of Wrath. When not acting, Henry used to like to sail his yacht around Huntington Harbor. Walt Whitman Still America’s poet more than a century after his death, Walt Whitman was born in Huntington in a farmhouse that still stands across from the shopping mall that bears his name. Although he would gain fame for later ventures, “The Long-Islander,” which he founded in 1838, is still going strong today. Whitman was a journeyman printer when he published his first newspaper, which he wrote, edited, printed and even delivered from a horse-drawn wagon to readers from Huntington to Babylon. Whitman sold the newspaper before long, and later wrote for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and other newspapers, before he established himself as a poet. His groundbreaking volume was “Leaves of Grass.” Louis Comfort Tiffany Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass and is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. His best work could be seen at his estate, Laurelton Hall, in Cold Spring Harbor Albert Einstein Albert Einstein is known for being the most important scientist of the 20th century. His theory of relativity, along with other works, has helped us to understand the universe. Einstein reportedly spent several summers vacationing on Huntington Harbor and would sail into Halesite to pick up mail and groceries. Charles Lindbergh American Aviator Charles grew up in Minnesota. In 1927, he became the first aviator to fly non-stop from New York’s Roosevelt Airfield to Paris. Lindbergh married Anne Morrow in May of 1929. The couple had six children, including Charles Lindbergh III, who was kidnapped and murdered when he was 20 months old. To escape public scrutiny, the family fled to Europe for several years. Upon their return to the US, Lindbergh and Anne leased the Joseph Lloyd Manor on Lloyd’s Neck. Kim Sozzi Melville native Kim Sozzi graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School East in the mid-1990s and immediately pursued the music career that had started when she was 13. She also studied at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. Her first big break came in 1999 when one of her songs was used in the television program “Dawson’s Creek.”


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Still Telling It To Our Hearts Taylor Dayne reflects on breakout single, explains her career’s evolution By Danny Schrafel

In about two weeks, Taylor Dayne will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at The Paramount in Huntington village, and the occasion is particularly special for the Baldwin-born artist. Of course there’s the honor of being enshrined alongside dozens of local luminaries during the Oct. 18 ceremony. She also has close ties to Brian Doyle, one of the four principals in the concert hall – he was once her manager. And Dayne, who lived in Lloyd Harbor for most of the 1990s, saw many performances at the late Michael Rothbard’s IMAC theater. Last, but certainly not least, Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider, a former Dix Hills resident and longtime friend, will be also be part of the ceremony, during which Dayne is scheduled to perform. Before her big break with her 1988 smash “Tell It To My Heart,” Snider helped her get studio space at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove. “Dee was instrumental in a lot of ways. He was very close with my partner [Ric Wake], and a real friend,” Dayne said. “It’s nice that he agreed to introduce and induct and be part of that ceremony.” Dayne learned her singing craft by performing in nightclubs in Brooklyn. She signed a record deal in 1987 for two singles, with the option of an LP. She first had success in Europe; she and Wake were looking for a crossover hit to launch her career in the United States.

“There was this whole club, underground thing going on that I knew if I could get to be a part of, and have a breakout single that had crossover appeal, that’s what Ric and I were hunting for,” she said. As chance would have it, she encountered an old friend on the West Side Highway. Now working for Warner Chappell, she and Wake asked if he had any material. When they heard “Tell It To My Heart,” she and Wake agreed that was the song to launch her pop career. They borrowed $6,000 from her father, cut the record, played it for an A&R rep at Arista Records, and as the old saying goes, the rest is history. “We had a real plan – he knew how hungry we were,” she said of her father. “And that was the song we were recording in the middle of the night.” Dayne enjoyed continued success in the United States, with hits like “Love Will Lead You Back,” “Don’t Rush Me” and “I’ll Always Love You.” She has also made her mark in soundtracks, most recently receiving an Hollywood Music in Media Award for “Change The World,” which was featured in the blockbuster film “The Help.” “That was quite an honor. That movie was just so dynamic,” she said. She is also an active supporter of the Cambodian Children’s Fund, which, since being founded in 2004, has provided education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. The foundation cares for more than 1,200 children and provides services for their families and

Taylor Dayne, who lived in Lloyd Harbor for much of the 1990s, continues to be a fan favorite nearly 25 years after breakthrough single, “Tell It To My Heart,” topped the charts. communities in crisis. The goal, Dayne said, is to help children and families break free of a vicious cycle of human trafficking, become educated and emerge from devastating poverty. Dayne recently cracked Billboard’s Top 10 for the 18th time, climbing the dance charts with “Floor on Fire.” She continues to perform around the world, and is busy recording with Disco Fries and Clinton Sparks, and has re-recorded her greatest

hits for an upcoming project. Today, Dayne has a luxury most artists do not – she owns her studio masters, allowing her much more leverage in what she does with her hits. “I’m looking at licensing possibilities and other interesting developments,” she said, noting she’s in had some meetings with YouTube. “There are a lot of different ways to go in development and launching music now.”

Dee Snider Dishes On His Legacy By Mike Koehler

Just in case the crazy makeup, in-yourface attitude and constant presence in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years weren’t a clue, Dee Snider admits he loves being the center of attention. Born in Astoria before growing up in Freeport and Baldwin, the lead singer of hard rock band Twisted Sister is the oldest of six siblings born within eight years. “I went very quickly from being the golden child to being pushed aside. I’m definitely attention-starved,” Snider told Long Islander Newspapers. “The first year I was worshipped.” It’s not quite worshipping, but some 56 years later, Snider, a former Dix Hills resident, will appear at The Paramount next month to be honored. Already a member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Snider will receive the nonprofit’s 2012 Harry Chapin Award at the Oct. 4 event. He’s expected to sing something off his 2012 album “Dee Does Broadway” at the ceremony. “It’s really nice to be honored and recognized. It’s not why you do it,” Snider said. “I know there are people out there who do so much more, people who dedicate their lives. Mick Foley, my friend, he’s the guy who got me into being charitable. He cold calls cancer victims and hangs out at their house.” Snider has served as the celebrity face for the March of Dimes’ Bikers for Babies

for 13 years, helping them raise millions to combat premature birth and infant mortality. He’s personally hosted the Long Island Bikers for Babies event for the last decade. The singer has also worked with Broadway Cares to fight AIDS and hosted Jam for Autism. “I want to get into heaven and I realize that as we get closer, that we need to start doing something good,” he explained. Certainly well-established in Long Island philanthropy circles, Snider is obviously known for his work on stage as the frontman for Twisted Sister. Hungry for attention, Snider watched The Beatles take over America in 1964. He saw the British band on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” when the light clicked – he needed to be a rock star. Just 9 years old at the time, he held onto that “impossible dream.” The Snider family left Freeport for Baldwin when Dee was 10. In what he called his “f**ked up formative years,” Snider spent his teen years listening to records and performing in front of his mirror. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1973. The band was originally created in 1972, but didn’t become Twisted Sister for another year. The roster saw several shakeups in the first few years, including Snider signing on as lead singer and sole songwriter in 1976. Surrounded by Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda on guitar, Mark Mendoza on bass and A.J. Pero playing drums, the lead

singer said all five were the “oddballs” from five bands in the tri-state area. Their first show came at Max’s, a venue in Wantagh. Twisted Sister set up barriers stolen from police in front of the stage, despite the fact that just seven people showed up. Relying on human curiosity, Snider said, the barriers actually drew the audience closer to the stage. “We were so abrasive, obnoxious and over-the-top that half the people left before we were done. The other three, they were engaged,” he said, satisfied with both responses. “We want a reaction.” The band also drew plenty of attention for their on-stage appearances and personas. When the original Twisted Sister formed in 1973, glitter rock was at its peak. Huge in the United Kingdom, rock and pop artists performed in outrageous, flamboyant costumes with excessive makeup and wild hairstyles. The original members were enamored with the style, Snider said, even when it was on its way out later that decade. They wore makeup and women’s clothing along with big hair. The band kept wearing the outfits when the younger Snider signed on, bringing his metal influences. “I joined because they were from that era that I loved,” the front man said. With Snider writing their songs, the band played hard rock and heavy metal music through the New York club scene for years. It wasn’t until 1982 that they were picked up by a record company – British label Secret Records.

Former Dix Hills resident and Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider will be back in Huntington to be honored by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount next month. “We had to go to England to get signed and then we were part of the English wave of heavy metal,” Snider said. “We were just one of those bands and we were the metal band that wore makeup.” (Continued on page LI 10)

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Drummer Keeps Beat With Jason Mraz By Luann Dallojacono

As a teenager banging away on his drum set in the basement of his Ramita Lane home, Michael “Leroy” Bram knew music was his calling. A frequent patron of the former IMAC (Inter Media Arts Center) theater in Huntington, he fell under the spell of the big stage. “I grew up going to the IMAC theater. My mom and I used to go there all the time, saw all the cool things that came through. I remember seeing Richie Havens there,” Bram, a Commack native, said. “Every concert, I would envision getting up there – I would just be dying to be up there.” That vision has been realized, taking him to stages even grander than that of the 700-seat IMAC. Now the drummer for international music star Jason Mraz, Bram, 35, played in front of 15,000 fans at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater last month on the singersongwriter's world tour. Mraz, whose most popular songs include “The Remedy” and “I’m Yours,” played up Bram's hometown to thunderous applause from the Long Island crowd. “It's a surreal experience; that particular gig is really big,” Bram said. “And what's so amazing is the time I spent preparing for those moments, like only playing for $50, or for people who weren't listening.” It's been quite a journey for the drummer, who played his first professional gig at The Roxy in Huntington when he was 16 years old. It was at that Huntington night club where Bram got a taste for playing live on stage, and his appetite for it has not wavered since. “They had a stage with full lights and full sound, and three to four bands would play in a night, and all your friends would come and pay a $5 cover to get in,” Bram recalled. “We did that, I can’t tell you how many times. It was a big deal for us to be playing on a real stage.” Bram caught the rhythm bug at an early age. He started playing when he was 4 after receiving on his birthday

Commack native Michael Bram is living his dream as the drummer for Grammy winner Jason Mraz. Bram, right, and Mraz, left, recently recorded with Willie Nelson, center. a toy drum set and two classic LPs that would capture his heart: Elvis’ Golden Hits and a Buddy Holly album. By age 7, he had his first real drum set and began taking private lessons at the Long Island Drum Center. “The Long Island Drum Center gave me a leg up on the other drummers and music students when I was in school because I was taking private lessons,” he said. “It was sort of a musical oasis.” Meanwhile, as a student in the Commack School District, Bram was busy “participating in everything music,” from jazz band and pit orchestra to chorus and the marching band. “He was a great percussionist. He really was,” said Bram’s high school band director, Peter Brasch. “He read very well. He put his heart and soul in it. And he really felt the music as he was playing it, which is a great thing. I really enjoyed sitting and talking to him because he was interested in anything we had to say about music.” After graduating from Commack High School in 1995, Bram continued his music education at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. He completed

his degree and spent nearly 10 years doing a variety of gigs, including teaching, recording, and playing with Irish bands and blues bands, sparking him to pick up the harmonica. “I was just doing everything I could to be a working musician,” he said. Then a meeting in 2007 would take things to another level. Proving that it pays to keep in touch with your childhood friends, Bram one day found himself at dinner with Jonathan Eidleman, a fellow graduate of Temple Beth David nursery school in Commack. Eidleman, a booking agent, brought his client, Jason Mraz, believing that Mraz and Bram would be a good fit. “Within a couple days, Jason called me and booked me to play drums on a short tour on a trial run. And that was basically that. I knew something big was going to come out this,” Bram said. Bram has since circled the globe several times with Mraz, opening for him the door to a wide world of performing, traveling, television appearances and opportunities – one of which was recording with Willie Nelson. The drummer has also found time to showcase himself as an artist and make his mark on the blues world. His third CD, which he describes as an attempt at making the blues and country music sound seamless together, will be released on Oct. 2. The album has Bram’s mark on almost every aspect of it – he wrote half of the material, does all of the vocals, and plays harmonica, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and mandolin, leaving a few other instruments to other musicians. A particularly exciting moment for Bram, who now lives in Port Chester, N.Y., will come on Dec. 11, when he plays with Mraz at Madison Square Garden, giving local fans another chance to cheer on the man who never game up on a dream that started here in Huntington. “When you're growing up, everyone's always telling you to have a back-up plan when you want to be a musician,” Bram said. “I never really had that in mind. I just always wanted to be in music.”




‘Prime’ Spot For Stars By

For years, celebrities have been spotted at Huntington Harbor's Prime – An American Kitchen & Bar (117 New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515, Owned by The Bohlsen Restaurant Group, Prime is known for its breathtaking views of the harbor, its top cuisine by Executive Chef Gregg Lauletta, and exquisite interior design. Here is a look at some celebs who have stopped at Prime during their travels: Kiefer Sutherland: Kiefer Sutherland pulled up to Prime in June of 2011 in his California-plated silver Aston Martin DB9. Wearing flip flops, the “24” drama TV star who had just wrapped up his Broadway debut in the “Championship Season” two days earlier was seen dining on surf and turf while his guest opted for a dragon roll, beet salad and whipped potatoes. Billy Joel: Everyone’s favorite “Piano Man” has been spotted at Prime several times over the years, with his significant others, daughter, and even his mother.

Gregg Lauletta as a mid-course to share, and a crab cake. O'Reilly also indulged in the chocolate cake for dessert. Natalie Portman: Academy award winning actress Natalie Portman was spotted at Prime just last month. The Black Swan star and animal rights advocate dined vegetarian with her son, Aleph Portman-Millepied, and her parents. Russell Crowe: After getting a bit disoriented navigating the waters of Long Island earlier this month, actor Russell Crowe found himself at Prime. Crowe, who was filming “Noah” in Oyster Bay, went kayaking on Sept. 1 with a friend and flagged down a Coast Guard rescue boat in Huntington Bay. After being dropped off in Huntington Harbor, Crowe and his friend sat down at a cocktail table overlooking the dock area for a bite and a drink. He ordered a shrimp cocktail, burger and fries, and a specially-ordered pineapple margarita.

Beth Stern: For a July 2011 North Shore Animal League benefit featuring puppies, kittens, Ferraris, the wife of radio personality Howard Stern, Beth (Ostrosky) Stern, visited Prime to help the cause.

Henry Winkler and Mark Feuerstein: It was a “royal” scene Prime Sept. 10-11 as the waterfront restaurant became a new filming location for the USA Network television series “Royal Pains.” Among the cast filming at the restaurant were series star Mark Feuerstein and his on-screen dad, Henry Winkler. The scenes filmed at Prime are part of the season four finale to air later this year.

Lloyd Banks: Rapper Lloyd Banks echoed good taste across the Long Island Sound on March 2, 2011. Before headlining the midnight show in Connecticut's Tuxedo Junction, the plaid-jacketed and blue-jeaned Banks dined with friends at Prime, sharing crab cakes, sushi, porterhouse and rib-eye steaks with all sides.

Ashley Olsen: Ashley Olsen flew under the radar and enjoyed a peaceful harborside dinner in July. Wearing a black bomber jacket and maxi dress, the “Full House” star turned fashionista, joined by friends, dove into sushi, salads and strip steak with house dessert before being piloted away.

Bill O’Reilly: Political commentator Bill O’Reilly enjoyed dinner with friends and a view of Huntington Harbor in April 2012 at Prime. “The O'Reilly Factor” host downed a dozen littleneck clams followed by a gnocchi appetizer specially prepared by Executive Chef

Other celebs who have had a taste of the upscale dining at Prime include: Paula Abdul, James Caan, LL Cool J, Ron Darling, Paula Deen, Cameron Diaz, Rick DiPietro, Mike Francesa, Kathie Lee Gifford, Clark Gillies, Victoria Gotti, Bill Guerin, Sean Hannity, Kevin James, Ashton Kutcher, Pat LaFontaine, Ralph Maccio, Stephon "Starbury" Marbury, Demi Moore, Scott Pelley, Patrick Roy, Alan Stillman, Sharon Stone, and Al Troutwig.

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Field of Honor The “Field of Honor” flag will consist of a 3 x 5 ft. flag mounted on an 8 ft. pole placed in precision rows on the front lawn of Huntington Town Hall. Your flag will have a custom printed yellow ribbon personalized with your dedication. The impressive display of 1,000+ flags will be up from October 20 through December 8, 2012. Cost is $35 per flag. Your flag will be available as a momento after December 8, 2012, once the “field” has been disassembled. ORDER YOUR FLAG IN THE FIELD OF HONOR TODAY __ I would like to donate $35 for a flag dedicated in the name of: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ PRINT NAME OF HONOREE OR ORGANIZATION

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CROWE SIGHTINGS FLY: We’re sure seeing a lot of film superstar Russell Crowe around Huntington these days. Crowe, who stars with Lucy Liu in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino martial arts flick “The Man with Iron Fists,” was spotted with his director, hip hop star RZA, dining at Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington Village 631549-0100 last Sunday, Sept. 14. Crowe enjoyed fish tacos with a Carlitos Way margarita while RZA sampled the vegetarian tacos and fried plantains. The film is slated to hit theaters November 2. SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Celebrate your birthday at Vitae (54 New St., Huntington Village 631-385-1919 and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with your dinner. Just dine with them Sunday through Thursday at anytime during your birthday month, and tell them it’s your special day. For anyone who longs for the days when you got proofed, it’s the best way to guarantee you’ll be carded! MORE CHOCOLATE: There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, which is why we’re looking forward to the opening of national sweet shop franchise Kilwin’s at the former Lite Choice store on Main Street in Huntington Village. Kilwin’s always looks for a tourist destination with an upscale demographic for its locations, and Hunt-

Russell Crowe, who stars with Lucy Liu in the upcoming Man with the Iron Fists,” was spotted at Huntington’s Besito with his director, rap star RZA. ington fits the bill. The store offers “down home” confections and ice cream made with fresh ingredients. Look for the store to open before the holiday season. PINK BAGEL MONTH: Panera Bread’s 22

Long Island bakery-cafes will partner with radio station WALK 97.5 to raise money for local breast cancer prevention and support groups with a Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign. Panera Bread, in partnership with WALK 97.5, will be donating 25 cents for every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold in its Long Island bakery-cafes to help support: The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, Prevention Is the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. On October 1, Panera will kick start the campaign by contributing 100% from each bagel sold to the fund.

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Turning The Volume Up On LI Musicians Paradiddle Records produces albums for local acts creating original songs Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

A musician himself, Bill Herman believes his independent record label helps Long Island musicians get discovered around the world. Herman and Tom Crawford own Huntington-based Paradiddle Records. Founded in 2006, they work with local acts creating original music and help them create and promote albums. “We’re out there to support the people doing the original music,” he said. They founded the company after Crawford sold his pizza business. The name Paradiddle came from Herman’s background as a drummer – a paradiddle is a drum rudiment consisting of two single strokes followed by a double stroke. The duo enlisted the help of 13 different Long Island musicians to perform interpretations of Bob Dylan’s music in “Bob Dylan UnCovered.” “It came out great. It was played all over the world. We got great critical acclaim,” Herman said, adding that it was played from Australia to the Netherlands. With that album on the market, one of the artists, Johnny Cuomo, approached Paradiddle Records about one of his own albums. “American Idle” was released in 2007. In the years since they’ve formed, Herman and Crawford have produced about a dozen albums for local rock, roots, American and singer-songwriter acts like Iridesense, Russ Seeger, Butchers Blind and Cuomo. Like their Dylan album, Paradiddle also released “The Kinks UnKovered” in 2009. “We’re very pleased. We had some critical success in the beginning and that got us going. With the releases coming out this year, things are getting better and better for us,” Herman said. And in the process, they’ve worked with some very well-known Long Island bands. Russ Seeger is “a staple on the Long Island music scene,” while Iridesense and The Lone Sharks are locally established. One of Paradiddle’s upcoming albums will actually use musicians from across the country. “Trouble in the Fields,” a tribute to Texas folkabilly singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith, is expected to be released on Nov. 6. Producing an album takes between six months and a

Bill Herman and Tom Crawford of Huntington’s Paradiddle Record, produce and market local musicians. year, Herman said. It’s a lengthy process that includes recording the tracks, deciding which to use, adding additional layers of sound, mixing the sounds into two-channels, and more post-production work. Once the master copy is complete and additional copies have been ordered, the Huntington company also markets each album. That can include contacting local radio stations and music critics, but Herman said they set up a lot of Internet reviews. He also said they push their music online, on both their own website and digital mediums like iTunes. “They [customers] come from all over the world,” Herman said. “Now this band from Long Island gets heard in Australia.” The co-owner confirmed they sell more digital versions of their music than tangible discs; album prices range between $10 and $15.

“If you’re not on the Internet selling your mp3s, you’re not going to survive,” he said. Paradiddle also rents out its professional recording studio. Some of their artists perform, although the owners said it’s frequently packed with other local bands. “It’s quality recording in a comfortable environment. People come in, we get to share our experiences with them,” Herman said.

Paradiddle Records 14 Bunkerhill Dr., Huntington 631-680-0544

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Twisted Sister became a pioneer of the hair metal genre, which combined the aesthetics of glam rock with metal, rock and punk music. They toured the world, releasing five albums between 1982 and 1987, and made history with singles “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” On his own, Snider joined the fight against the Parents Music Recourse Center’s efforts to create a parental warning system in 1985. He joined forces with Frank Zappa and John Denver and successfully warded off attempts led by then First Lady Tipper Gore, although the effort did lead to the current “Parental Advisory: Explicit Content” labels. The band broke up in 1987, waiting 10 years to reunite. But after “Love Is For Suckers” came out in the months before the breakup as Twisted Sister’s final album, Snider found more solo work. He

toured with a self-tribute band in the 1990s, hosted a number of radio shows, appeared with his family on reality shows “Growing Up Twisted” and “Celebrity Wife Swap,” created Halloween rock orchestra, authored memoir “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic” and collaborated with theater stars performing rock-style show tunes in “Dee Does Broadway.” Twisted Sister is still alive and well, although their front man said they have no desire to tour forever. The band plays about 25 shows a year at their choosing, all festivals around the world. A show in Belgium attracted 70,000 people, and a show in Quebec with German rock band the Scorpions yielded 80,000 people. “We have fun. It’s pure fun. It’s a hobby,” Snider said. The band wore makeup and costumes when they reunited in 1997, and continued to until recently. “The bad news is we look like aging

drag queens. The good news is we always looked like aging drag queens,” he said with a laugh. But about three or four years ago, Snider was stuck at a New York City airport waiting for a flight to a major music festival with the likes of KISS and Motorhead. He had to be flown into the venue via helicopter with just five minutes before the show. With costumes and makeup requiring two full hours, they were left with the choice to cancel their performance or play in the street clothes he was wearing for 15 hours. “I poured a couple of bottles of water on my hair to loosen it up and ran out on stage,” he said. Afterwards, he heard Twisted Sister was not only one of the best parts of the festival, but they were getting more positive attention to their music now that their appearances weren’t the focus. Despite his appearance as a renegade

with a bad attitude, Snider admitted he’s never lived the rocker lifestyle. In fact, when Long Islander Newspapers caught up with the singer last week, he had just come back from a run. “If you look at the people who have kept it together and remained relatively relevant, they’re the ones who didn’t do drugs,” he said. “Because of my lifestyle, I’m healthy and happy. I’ve got a successful relationship. My whole world is intact because I didn’t screw it up.” Snider married his wife, Suzette, in 1981. The couple has stayed together in the years since, raising four children. Just like their father, the family has moved across Long Island over the years, calling Dix Hills, Babylon and Hempstead home. Unlike Los Angeles or Las Vegas, Snider said, living on the island has kept his personal life intact. “Long Island is a healthy place to raise a family. It’s tough to leave,” he said.


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Life&Style ‘Sweet Charity’ Is Sweet, Indeed Photos by AnnMarie Snyder

By Mary Beth Casper

When first we meet Charity Hope Valentine, the charming female lead in the Neil Simon musical “Sweet Charity,” she is being tossed into the lake in Central Park by the latest in a long line of losers whom she desperately hopes to marry. This guy has a heck of a way of dumping a lady! He’s also scoundrel enough to run off with her purse! Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel, dancer-for-hire style. As the evening progresses, poor, lovable, eternally optimistic Miss Valentine will continue to wear her heart on her sleeve (actually, it’s a huge red heart that is tattooed on her left arm). The play follows Charity’s desperate attempts to get out of the seedy dance hall business and into the arms of a decent guy who will really love her. “Sweet Charity” opened at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport on Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 28. With music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Field, the play is based upon the much darker Federico Fellini film “Nights of Cabria,” which focused on the life of a prostitute. The musical and its original Broadway production featured choreography by the late, great Bob Fosse and featured the legendary dancer Gwen Verdon in the title role. Shirley MacLaine won brilliant reviews for her portrayal of Charity in the film version. Engeman’s production is true to the old-fashioned tone of the script and stars Sarrah Strimel, who plays a Charity the audience instantly embraced for her sweet nature, plucky determination and comedic charms. Strimel is a strong singer and dancer, too. Playing each of her love interests is Jamie LaVerdiere, whose brilliant comedic timing is matched perfectly by Strimel in numerous hilarious scenes, many of which also have touching moments. They had the audience in the palms of their hands. The high point of Act One is its final scene, in which Charity, determined to better herself after her latest ro-

Sarrah Strimel plays a Charity the audience can embrace immediately. mantic disaster, high tails it over to the YMCA to take in a lecture. She gets stuck in an elevator with a shy, anxietyridden accountant named Oscar, and must calm him down. It works, and once the elevator starts moving again, Charity’s love life appears to shift into motion, too. She and Oscar begin dating, and the only glitch in the relationship is her hesitancy in revealing to him what she does for a living (he thinks she works for a bank). When Oscar finds out that his “sweet Charity” is a dancer for hire, he still

loves her and proposes. Has Charity Hope Valentine finally found true love? While this production is a charming throwback to a different era – the early l960s (if you are a jaded individual, please check your cynicism at the door) – it has several lackluster moments. A musical known for its big, brassy dance numbers, this production’s choreography fell flat on several occasions. In addition, some members of the small supporting staff appeared to be just going through the motions, rather than allowing their characters to take on lives of their own. However, one number that worked brilliantly and had the audience riveted, was Strimel’s solo dance to one of the play’s most memorable songs, “If They Could See Me Now.” Left alone in the room of a dashing foreign film star who has brought her to his apartment to make his girlfriend jealous, Charity, who believes this is her ticket out of dance hall gloom, soars as she dazzles the audience with her singing and dancing skills. Another knockout performance came from Charity and her fellow dancers at the Fan-Dango Ballroom. The women, who are resigned to the desperation of their chosen careers, momentarily fall under Charity’s optimistic spell and fantasize about a brighter future as they sing, “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.” A special nod should be given to Debra Walton, whose supporting role as Helene, one of Charity’s ballroom friends, had memorable performer written all over it. “Sweet Charity” is just that: Sweet – sometimes, bittersweet, too. It gives us a look at a much different time in our history – an era in which hope sprang eternal and heartbreak was nearly always cured by the promise that another, more perfect love was just around the corner. The ending of this play might have been a bit ahead of its time, though, for its outcome isn’t exactly champagne and roses. Still, it shows growth in a leading lady who is very easy to love. Sweet, indeed. Visit for ticket information.

Off-Broadway Gig A First For Producer Dix Hills’ Hershkowitz returns to the stage with ‘Cougar the Musical’

Dix Hills resident and producer Jared Hershkowitz returns to the stage with Donna Moore’s “Cougar the Musical.” While “Cougar” is Hershkowitz’s first off-Broadway show as a producer, he is no stranger to the theater. Hershkowitz’ career began at an early age, when his parents noticed his passion and talent for acting. While still in elementary school, his parents brought him to an audition, where he landed a role in Herb Gardner’s “A Thousand Clowns” on Broadway. Following that role, Hershkowitz continued to pursue his acting career. For almost 27 years, he taught drama and directed dozens of shows at East Meadow High School. Eventually, he retired to Five Towns College in Dix Hills, where he produced Rodgers and Hart’s “Spring is Here,” and Stewart Lane’s “A Moment in Time.” In 2008, these two productions earned Hershkowitz a Theatre Museum Award. According to the Theatre Museum’s website, awards are presented to individu-

als who demonstrate excellence in both theatre history preservation and theatre arts education. “It was great to win the award in front of my peers and colleagues in the industry,” Hershkowtiz said. “I’ve been a theater educator all my life. It was the culminating award to my career.” As a result of the award, Hershkowitz received recognition from other professionals in the industry. A little more than a year ago, playwright Donna Moore asked Hershkowitz to produce her latest work, “Cougar the Musical.” As the producer, Hershkowitz’s job entails running the business end of the show, including advertising, marketing and ticketing. “Some producers take more of a handsoff approach, but Jared will be out there putting up posters and talking to the audience,” Director Lynne Taylor-Corbett said. “Every producer and director team is different, but I can turn to Jared and know that he’ll get the job done.” Taylor-Corbett described her experience working with Hershkowitz as collaborative. “He is truly a team player. He’s ex-

tremely dogged, and has an eye for detail. He had a lot to do with where ‘Cougar’ went,” she said. “Cougar” is a social commentary that explores the lives of three women over the age of 40 as they fall for a younger man. “It shows a difficult time for these three women as they fear growing older, and shows an entirely different view through their friendship,” said Hershkowitz. “However, it’s extremely heartwarming and funny. Audiences should be prepared to be in a perpetual state of laughter.” Hershkowitz said his favorite part about his job is getting to listen to the audience’s response to the performance. “It’s phenomenal to see grown women literally hooting and hollering in their seats,” he said. “The show is like your baby. It very much has its own life, and it evolves with each audience.” Hershkowitz encourages audience members to share their feedback with him. “When people tell me that the production is great, it reassures me that I’m a human being with emotions. Too often in the modern world, we go through life so fast we

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Dix Hills’ Jared Hershkowitz is the producer behind “Cougar the Musical” in NYC. don’t appreciate who and what we are,” the producer said. “That’s why we go to the theater, to escape from the modern world.” For more information about the show, performance dates, and tickets, visit

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A10 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 THURSDAY Dog Training Class The next free Dog Education and Training Class (for people only!) will be held on Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m. at the Dix Hills branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. The one-time class will teach the basics of responsible dog ownership such as: basic training advice and techniques; puppy and dog behavior; children and dog safety; dog park etiquette; NYS and local town dog laws; and health and well-being. To RSVP contact Nancy Hassel at or call 631-446-1105.

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Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Notary Service is available normally Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings and occasionally on a Saturday or Sunday. Please call ahead to ensure a notary is available upon your arrival. $2 charge for each document to be notarized.

Self-Esteem In Relationships Women’s group Self-Esteem in Relationships begins again on Sept. 27 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 33 Bay Shore Road, Deer Park. The program is a free, confidential eightweek peer support group open to women of all denominations and backgrounds. Call Vicki at 631-667-4188.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Join the library’s popular book discussions series. Next up on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. is: “Homer and Langley” by celebrated author and soon-to-be Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Champion of Literacy E.L. Doctorow.

Benefit Fashion Show Jenna Rose, 13, of Dix Hills is the latest addition to list of performers including singer Aki Starr for the Brielle’s Fairytale Fashions at Oheka Castle. 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. The fashion show’s designer, Brielle Caro, 11, will donate proceeds from her creations to Angela’s House. $125. Call BluChip Marketing at 631337-1603.

Fashion, Food, Fun The Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition and Huntington’s Rexer-Parkes host a fall fashion event to benefit HBCAC’s Prevention Is The Cure campaign on Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Rexer-Parkes, 35 Gerard St., Huntington village. RSVP to 631-547-1518.

Torah Living Join The Chai Center for a weekly dose of thought-provoking practical applications for today’s living based on the weekly Torah portion on Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. $7 suggested donation. RSVP required. 631-351-8672.

FRIDAY Speaking Up On Drugs The Fallen On Long Island, in conjunction with other community groups, hosts a forum on drug abuse among young people on Sept. 28 at St. Patrick’s Church, 400 W. Main St., Huntington. Topics include signs and symptoms of drug use, access to help, personal stories and a candlelight vigil and march. 516-747-2606.

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

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Speaking Up On Drugs The Fallen on Long Island, in conjunction with other community groups, hosts a forum on drug abuse among young people on Sept. 28 at St. Patrick’s Church, 400 W. Main St., Huntington. Topics include signs and symptoms of drug use, access to help, personal stories and a candlelight vigil and march. 516-747-2606. has revived the 5K run/walk race it became famous for, and runners will trek the 3.1-mile course through the hills of Centerport on Oct. 6. $15. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Huntington that supports 18 local nonprofits. Registration and check-in start at 7:30 a.m. Visit for registration forms and more information.

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

SUNDAY Blessing of the Animals In commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 11 Ogden Court, Huntington Station will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sept. 30, 3 p.m. on the church grounds. All animals must be leashed or crated. For further information, call the church office at 631-423-1013.


Environmental Fair Starflower Experiences and the Town of Huntington present Long Island Naturally, an environmental fair and community yard sale, at Manor Farm, 210 Manor Road, Huntington, on Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Rain date is Sept. 30.) Enjoy live music with Solar Punch on a solar-powered stage, learn to “go green” at home, meet experts on green practices, and recycle old electronic equipment.

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


Kiss Cancer Goodbye! Gellerman Orthodontics hosts its first annual Kiss Cancer Goodbye walk to help raise funds in support of the American Cancer Society at Heckscher Park in Huntington on Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring activities for kids with a focus on healthy living, live music and performances from a local dance school. Volunteers needed; call 631-427-8444.

Fall Auction The People of the United Methodist Church Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor present the 24th annual Fall Auction to benefit Huntington charities on Sept. 29, 7-10 p.m. at the Dolan Family Health Center, 284 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn. Free admission. 631-427-0326

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125 Main St., Huntington. $10 members/$15 non-members. 631-549-0485.

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

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

A Flowering Club The East Northport Garden Club usually meets at 7:30 pm at the Atria Assisted Living Center, 10 Cheshire Place, East Northport, on the first Wednesday of the month. Guests and new members are always welcome. Visit for details or changes in schedule.

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Program sponsored by the Huntington League of Women Voters, will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. A focus will be placed on the road to the White House, as well as the powers and ever-changing role of the President from the Founding Era to the present. • Empire Safety Council offers its Defensive Driving course from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29. Register in person and bring a check for $30, payable to instructor Ramona Tracy. Deadline to register is Sept. 19.

Serious about growing your business? LeTip members are respected professionals who understand how to give and get tips to increase everyone's bottom line. Join them every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at their weekly morning networking meeting. For more information, contact Dave Muller, 631-831-1921. RSVP a must.

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

Zumba For A Cause Community Conversations On Oct. 2, residents are invited to engage in a public forum together with regional and local experts to explore perspectives on key family, work and life issues facing the Long Island region and the Town of Huntington. A screening of “Suburban America: Problems and Promise” will be followed by facilitated conversation. 7 p.m. at the South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. Sponsored by all town libraries and Leadership Huntington. Call 631-692-6820 x500.

Join instructor Annette Weiss for a great Zumba workout, and help children with autism and special needs at the same time. Classes are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. $5 per class, $25 for six. RSVP to 631-351-8672. Proceeds goes to the Chai Center Friendship Circle program.

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • An SAT review class begins Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • If you're a Mad Men maniac or just curious about the show, watch Season 2 with others on Tuesdays, through Dec. 11, 7 p.m. in Dix Hills. • A note from the library: Thursday, Sept. 27’s responsible dog ownership workshop, held at the Dix Hills branch, will begin at 6 p.m., not at 7 p.m. as published in the Library Newsletter.

Harborfields Public Library 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Get ready for Harborfields Public Library’s Mega Book Sale on Oct. 13-14 from 1-4 p.m. Friends of the Library is accepting donations of used books in good condition. Scanners will not be permitted in the sale room, and there will be no previews ahead of the scheduled opening times.

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • The Huntington Public Library will welcome classical pianist I-Heung Lee to the Huntington branch at Sept. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. Described by critics as “graceful, thoughtful and touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication,” Lee has performed around the world and the United States. She will perform a selection of Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Bach, Liszt and Gottschalk. RSVP required.

Northport-East Northport Public Library Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Always wanted to volunteer but never knew where to get started? This event’s for you: Learn new ways to give back at the annual Volunteer Fair, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Northport branch. Speak to representatives of local organizations seeking volunteers. • At East Northport, learn the ins and outs of online marketing for your business during an Introduction to Online Marketing For Small Businesses on Sept. 27 from 7-9 p.m. The course is designed to help you better grasp aspects of online marketing and how to use it to benefit your business.

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Train your brain to achieve “flow” and stay in the zone on Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m., and learn how to access that quiet, strong focus whenever you need it. At the Women’s Center of Huntington,

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • “Electing the President,” a lecture by James Coll, part of the Speakers in the Humanities

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • The Friday Flicks series brings “The Three Stooges” to the library at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Moe, Larry and Curly are on a mission to save the orphanage where they grew up from closing its doors. Sean Hayes, Chris

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Doing It Naturally

Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara. PG-13, 92 minutes. • Elinore Schnurr’s most recent series of paintings will go on display Oct. 6, with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Lately, the artist has been interested in images from the outside looking in, and a selection of those paintings comprise her latest show. The selection will be on display through Nov. 2.

Starflower Experiences and the Town of Huntington present Long Island Naturally, an environmental fair and community yard sale, at Manor Farm, 210 Manor Road, Huntington, on Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Rain date is Sept. 30.) Enjoy live music with Solar Punch on a solarpowered stage, learn to “go green” at home, meet experts on green practices, and recycle old electronic equipment.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • A fascinating and entertaining portrait of famed Bluegrass musician Chris Thile as he leaves his hugely popular band Nickel Creek to form the artistically ambitious Punch Brothers, filmmaker Mark Meatto appears for a screening of “How To Grow A Band”, with discussion and reception to follow on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. $10 members/$15 public. • Filmmaker Matthew Berkowitz of Plainview hosts legendary artist and writer Dean Haspiel, of HBO’s “Bored To Death” and Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor,” as he presents his work and discusses going from print comic books to graphic novels to web comics and beyond, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • The Bossa Nova Favorites of Antonio Carlos Jobim featuring vocalist Sofia Rei and the Bossa Nova Ensemble take the stage Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $25.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Watch the Neil Simon musical about the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful dance hall hostess, despite endless disappointments and bad luck with men in “Sweet Charity,” showing through Oct. 28. $65.

Township Theatre Group 631-421-9832. • In the Long Island premiere of Ken Ludwig’s rollicking comedy “The Fox on the Fairway,” members of two rival country clubs are utterly devoted to golf and will do absolutely anything to win the annual Inter-Club Tournament – and the large bet riding on the outcome. Shows Sept. 29, Oct. 5 & 6, 8 p.m.; Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 2 p.m. at the Helen Butler Hall Theatre at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave., Amityville. $20 general/$18 students, seniors.

AUDITIONS Minstrel Players Auditions for the role of Lombard in Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” – By appointment only. Age 30s. British accents required. Rehearsals will either be on Sunday afternoons, Monday or Tuesday nights. Performed by The Minstrel Players of Northport. Performances will be on Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 8 p.m. and Sundays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 3 p.m., at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport. Bring resume and headshot. 631732-2926 or

LIU Post Chamber Musicians Auditions for the 31st Summer Season of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival continue by special appointment. The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival offers gifted music students (ages 10-18), college/conservatory students and young professionals the opportunity to study and perform in a rich musical environment. To schedule an audition, call 516-2992103 or visit

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

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • E.L. Doctorow, the decorated author of “Ragtime,” will be honored as a Champion of Literacy at the fourth annual Benefit for Literacy Gala at Oheka Castle on Oct. 11. Tickets for the gala, a dinner-dance that runs from 6:30-10 p.m., are $250.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

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. • Sandra Benny and Richard Vaux present “Retrospective Exhibition,” through Oct. 28. • With a black lit gallery and visions of ghastly art at the Main Street Petite Gallery, the student exhibition “Nightmare on Main Street,” on display next month, is sure to be a thrill. K-12 students are invited to apply for this juried show. Visit the website for more information. • A Comedy Cabaret fundraiser, featuring comedy improv duo Isaacs & Baker as well as a buffet dinner, will keep you laughing Oct. 4, 6 p.m. at the Thatched Cottage in Centerport. $40 members/$50 non-members.

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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. • Beginning Sept. 5, the gallery artists’ exhibition fills two rooms with paintings, mixed media artworks and installations.

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. • Tours of the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill, the only surviving mill in Huntington, offer patrons an unusual way to enjoy Huntington’s rich heritage. Private tours, accessible by a short boat ride, will be held: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. Call ext 403. $10 members/$15 non-members.

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Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Features New York State's largest collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds. • The Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29 provides visitors the opportunity to learn from conservation and environmental groups, play games, and enjoy food and refreshments. Children under the age of 12 may fish for trout with all gear provided. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, Oct. 6.

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

fotofoto Gallery 14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448. • “still life still” runs through Sept. 30

Heckscher Museum Of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-351-3250. • Robert S. Neuman’s “Ship to Paradise” focuses on the colorful, large-scale, mixedmedia drawings in which Neuman addressed the timeless question of human folly. On display through Nov. 25.

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

Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Art in the Art-trium: 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. Gallery Hours: Monday Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-271-8423. www.hunt-

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 in a show opening Saturday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 28.

9 East Contemporary Art 9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • Elizabeth Mallia presents “Transitory Moments” in a solo exhibition through Oct. 21.

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

Ripe Art Gallery 67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Award-winning landscape impressionist Shain Bard displays “Familiar Territory.”

Suffolk Y JCC 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish Discovery Museum provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children 3-13 years old and their families, classes and camps. Now on exhibit: The Alef Bet of Being a Mensch. “Zye a mensch” is a Yiddish saying that means “be a decent, responsible, caring person,” infusing both the best blessing and the best that an educator can wish for his students.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 12-5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for holiday weeks. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students, and $3 children under 12. Museum tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555.

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Recently announced, The Wallflowers play Sunday, Nov. 11. $25, $35, $55 & $80.

Steinway Used Piano Gallery 505 Walt Whitman Road, Melville. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 631-424-0525. • In tribute of Debussy's 150th year anniversary, 16 pianists and musicians will perform short works on Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. $20. Seating limited, reservations only:; 631-261-8808.

SUBMISSIONS WELCOME Wishes For Seniors Advocates for seniors, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona, an elder law firm in Melville, is seeking submissions for a program that helps seniors in need. Examples of wishes that GDGC may grant include plane fare to bring families together, home improvements, and prescription drug coverage. Applicants must be 65 or over with income of no more than $1,500 per month for single individuals and $2,000 per month for a married couple. A letter or statement under 750 words describing the senior’s need must be submitted along with a Wish Request form. Applicants should also document how they have contributed to society. Application on the GDGC website at

AIDE AND ASSISTANCE Free Training For Post-9/11 Vets United Veterans Beacon House offers post9/11 veterans free training and job placement assistance in the green construction industry. Contact Tim Scherer at 631-665-1571 or The course will start at the end of September.

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

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

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New trustee chosen to replace resigned president (Continued from page A1)

“It just seemed that the time was right for me now,” he said. “The district has done a tremendous job in the schools, and I want to continue in that direction.” Kaston will serve the balance of Bottenus’ term, which ends next May. In that time, he said he sees the budget, and navigating the second year of the state’s tax levy cap, as a major issue. Managing the district’s assets will also be crucial, he said. “We have a shrinking enrollment, so we’ll have to manage the buildings and the personnel properly,” he said. Bottenus’ resignation set the stage for a pair of veteran school board members to be elevated to new leadership posts. Ptucha moved from vice president to president; he was first elected in 2006. Fellow Trustee Frank Grimaldi, who was first elected in 2009, was selected as the board’s

new vice president. In May, both ran unopposed and earned three-year terms on the school board. Coming into the new school year, Ptucha said the board’s primary challenge will be solving how to maintain services in the 2013-2014 budget while managing to close an approximately $9 million gap. “It’s a guess. But it’s a pretty good guess,” he said of the $9 million target. “There are a lot of factors. Pension costs have gone up tremendously… we expect them to go up double-digits again, and that’s a contribution that New York State mandates. Health care costs are going up. Everything’s going up.” The next round of belt-tightening comes on the heels of nearly $222-million school budget in which 35 teaching positions were excessed, 14 of them elementary school positions that were cut because of

declining enrollment. Twenty-six other staff members, including a dean position at Hills East, psychologist at Candlewood, 10 paraprofessionals, a custodial position, four clerical positions and a transportation position, were also cut. Ptucha said one way Hills is saving money is by using technology. One example is switching to digital school calendars to trim printing and mailing costs. But the

district needs help from the state, he warned, to head off much larger cuts. “We don’t want to cut sports. We don’t want to cut clubs, and we don’t want to increase class sizes,” he said. “So what do you do? Trim where people won’t notice, but we’ve been doing that last two, three, four years. And we’re reaching the point where unless New York State gives us mandate relief, people are going to notice.”

Round Swamp road (Continued from page A1)

feedback sign, which will bring attention to the speed they’re approaching at,” he said. Widening the road would force the town to navigate property rights issues with homeowners along Round Swamp Road. It would also be counterintuitive to calming traffic, McGloin added. And straightening the road, he added, would

take Round Swamp Road through county parkland and require approval from other levels of government. “That encourages people to speed some more. Speed is our problem,” McGloin said of widening the road. “You want to narrow people down. When people feel confined, they tend to slow down. To widen the road – we’re going in the wrong direction.”

New charges in crash (Continued from page A3)

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in Connecticut, found a new job and is in treatment for alcohol abuse, she said. “I want to thank my parents for standing by me and supporting me during this terrible ordeal,” she said. Indiere’s granddaughter, Gina Angevine, said her grandmother and sister are hoping to be back in their Huntington home by Thanksgiving. “The house is coming along very slowly,” Angevine said. “It’s been very upsetting to them both… Their lifestyle is so out of whack. We’re looking forward to getting them back home.”


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5-0 Colts Stampeding Players conditioned for continued success after latest wins By Jacqueline Birzon

The Half Hollow Hills West boys soccer team is maintaining the tradition of excellence that has characterized their team for the last four years. The Thunderbirds are 5-0 thus far into the fall season, taking Saturday’s match against Copiague 3-0. Seniors Nick Mercardante found the back of the net, along with sophomores Joshua Koval and Rich Mastrangelo to lead their team to victory. Carrying the weight of the team is center back Mercardante, midfielder Fred Fils-Aime, and center back Anthony Fiorella. All three are team captains. Undefeated since October 2008, the team has won 42 consecutive games. Coach Doug Gannon said they

typically rank among the top 20 teams in the state. Currently, Hills West is ranked No. 12 in the state. The Colts are slated to play their biggest high school rival, the Deer Park Falcons, on Thursday, Oct. 4. 2012 marks Gannon’s tenth year coaching the boy’s soccer team at Hills West, and has seen the team continue to strive for excellence in the sport. “We really have one of the best programs around. The kids get used to winning, so they expect to,” he said. Young players revealing a great deal of promise include sophomore Kobie Fraser, as well as junior center midfielder Cody Cao and midfielder Moosah Khanat. The Colts next play Huntington on Thursday afternoon, followed by a noon contest against Comsewogue on Saturday.

Midfielder Cody Cao is a promising player to watch on the Colts soccer team this season.


Lady T-Birds Start Season With A Bang Dynamic team undefeated at midpoint, expected to reach new heights By Jacqueline Birzon

Ask Lady Thunderbirds tennis coach Tom Depelteau, and he believes these girls are prepared to take the courts by storm. Currently 7-0 in League I, the team swept Smithtown East on Thursday with an overall score of 5-2. The Lady Thunderbirds then dominated the Commack courts on Friday, leaving their opponents

in the dust with a final tally of 6-1. At Friday’s game, Commack tried to one-up Hills East by shifting their two best players into a doubles team. But their efforts would be in vain. They continued their success on Monday with a 7-0 non-league win at Islip. At Monday’s game against Islip, sophomore Vanessa Scott made a special appearance in the doubles slot. “We actually had a weaker line-up than usual. We compromised a little bit,

and we still won,” Depelteau said. The Thunderbirds plans to take over the tennis scene with their secret weapon, Scott, who advanced from the number two spot on the team last year. “She started young and has become somewhat of a tennis prodigy,” Depelteau said. About half of the group is veterans from last year’s team, and Depelteau is optimistic about the five new faces that hopped on board this year.

Two seniors, Emily Spevack and Amanda Luper, hold the number one spot for doubles, often alternating with junior Allison Huber for a singles spot. Last year, Huber placed third in Suffolk County at the state finals. Their coach has been with the Lady Thunderbirds for eight years, and is a self-proclaimed ‘rabid fan’ of coaching the sport. “I have very high expectations for the season,” Depelteau said.

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