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THURSDAY, JULY 19 , 2012

DIX HILLS TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

By Danny Schrafel

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Town officials are seeking the power to tear down the firedamaged home at 6 Majestic Drive in Dix Hills to correct what they and neighbors call a blight on the community. piece of property again,” he said. “If he’s not responding to anybody, they should knock it down and let them redo it.” As time goes on, the home continues to deteriorate, (Continued on page A19)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

Call For Increased West Nile Aid Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Kelly and Andrew Tardieu, of 3 Bayley Place in Huntington Station, stood in front of their home proudly, as County Executive Steve Bellone and fellow colleagues discussed the importance of a program that gives homeowners help with their down payment. The Suffolk County HOME Consortium gives first-time homebuyers assistance in paying for down payments, and has $500,000 in grant funding. Potential homeowners must buy a house within the consortium area, which includes all of Suffolk County excluding the Towns of Babylon and Islip. “The only thing we can say is thank you,” Andrew said, all smiles, on Monday during a press conference. The two are newlyweds, with a son, and this program gave them the opportunity to kick-start their new life. Prerequisites for being approved of down payment assistance include: being a first-time homebuyer, having a low- to moderate-income household with $3,000 at the time of application, a documented minimum income of at least $30,000, and the ability to obtain a mortgage from a qualified lender. In addition, the appraised value of the home, which must be a single-family home, condominium or co-ops, must not exceed $322,790. Although there has been talk of this being a bad time to buy real estate, Bellone said, it is in fact a “great time to buy a home.” The Tardieus have been in their new home for the past five months, and have refinished their floors, added a new driveway and bought new appliances. “And I do it all with a smile on my face, because it's mine,” Andrew said. The couple found out about the application through the Long Island Housing Partnership and filled out the paperwork promptly. When they received the certificate that gave them the go-ahead to look for their new home, they were ecstatic. “It was almost like it wasn't real,” Andrew said. From that moment on, it was all about finding the home, which they knew they wanted to be in

Like several neighbors who live in the community, town officials want the burnt-out home at 6 Majestic Drive in Dix Hills to be leveled. Assistant Town Attorney Johanna Stewart-Suchow argued during an administrative hearing at Town Hall July 10 that the home is beyond repair and should be demolished, echoing the opinion of several neighbors in the area. “We are looking to demolish [6] Majestic [Drive],” town spokesman A.J. Carter confirmed Monday. He said the reason is similar to situations at 3 Forest Court in Halesite, a foreclosed home that has fallen into disrepair, and 69 East 11th Street in Huntington Station, which was damaged by fire in September 2010. In both cases, the town is pursuing the right to demolish the homes because engineers believe they cannot be salvaged or rehabilitated. Tim Stauder, who lives next door at 8 Majestic Drive, said he and his neighbors support that request. “I don’t think the house can be saved the way it is. I wish the homeowner would fix it and make it a viable

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Town: Tear Down 6 Majestic Dr. Potential Homeowners Get A Chance

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Lawmakers demanded federal assistance to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus in Suffolk County Monday. There have been 10 positive tests across Suffolk County, ranging from Dix Hills to the Hamptons, Dominick Ninivaggi, Vector Control Superintendent for Suffolk County’s Department of Public Works, said Monday. Across from Mill Dam Park in Huntington, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) urged the CDC to partner with the county to prevent its spread to humans. “Suffolk County is a front on the war of West Nile disease, and the CDC should partner with the Suffolk County Health Department to ensure we are doing everything possible to educate the public and prevent the outbreak of this disease,” he said. Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and occasionally rashes and/or swollen lymph glands. There were four human cases in Suffolk last year. Legislators Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) and William Spencer (D-Centerport) were on hand to echo Israel’s demand for increased education about common-sense precautions. Spencer said the early discovery behooves the county to act now. “The cases come out in August. We’re starting early…

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Flanked by Legislators Steve Stern, left, and William Spencer, Congressman Steve Israel demands federal assistance in fighting West Nile Virus in Suffolk. these will translate into cases if we don’t take immediate action,” Spencer said. Ninivaggi stressed the importance of ridding property of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water and taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. “I knock on a lot of doors, and I visit a lot of homes,” Stern said. “I see the standing water. I see the old tiers that haven’t been cleared out. I see where rainwater collects.”

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TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

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Town officials and children kick off the second annual Island Harvest’s Make A Splash Food Drive Challenge at Dix Hills Pool Monday.

Three major rating agencies uphold AAA bond rating By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

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Planning For A Bigger ‘Splash’ Summer food drive aims to exceed last year’s 550-pound collection By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

Town officials are marshaling the patrons of the Dix Hills Pool to win Island Harvest’s Make A Splash Food Drive Challenge. By doing so, they’ll be helping Long Island’s needy at a time when food drives may not be at the front of people’s minds. Now in its second year, the Island Harvest Make A Splash food drive pits the patrons of 18 municipal pools on Long Island in a challenge to donate as much food as they can to Island Harvest. Last year, Huntington’s 550 pounds of food were good for third place; the 18 pools collected 6,900 pounds of food overall. Councilwoman Susan Berland, who is sponsoring the town’s effort, thanked Island Harvest for their effort to drum up support for food pantries during a traditionally slow period. She was joined by

Highway Superintendent William Naughton, Parks Director Don McKay, Dix Hills Ice Rink Director Matt Naples and Doreen Principe, food drive manager for Island Harvest, at the poolside kick-off event Monday. “It’s not just the holidays – we do a great holiday drive to collect food for people for the holidays, but people are hungry all year round,” Berland said. “Now is the time we’re going to collect for the summer – and we’re hopefully going to have Huntington win this competition.” Principe said support from neighbors is critical in feeding the hungry on Long Island. “It’s vital, it’s necessary. Funds are needed all year long – it’s particularly low this time of year,” she said. Drop-off boxes will be stationed throughout Dix Hills Park through Aug. 12. Supporters are urged to drop off lowsodium canned vegetables, soups, fruit

in water, canned meats, whole-wheat pastas and cereals, nutritional beverages and personal care items. One suggestion was to send children to camp programs with a donation, Berland said. According to the 2010 Hunger in America study, about 300,000 Long Islanders use food pantries, soup kitchens or other emergency programs each year, and more than 110,000 of them are children. Nearly half are from families with at least one employed adult, and many others are on fixed incomes. About 65,000 different people receive emergency food assistance in a given week. And hunger is increasingly touching the middle class, she added. “Every day, people call us and say, ‘I once had a magnificent job, I had a beautiful life,’ and then all of a sudden they became ill, or lost their job – something tragic has happened to their family, and they need their support,” Principe said.

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Businesses Take The Lead Legislator’s summertime internship program gets off the ground By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

More than 30 local businesses are “leading by example” and offering high school and college students an opportunity to accumulate valuable work experience through a new summer internship program. The Lead By Example program, sponsored by Legislator William Spencer (DCenterport), the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, pairs the businesses with the aspiring young workers through Aug. 17. Participating businesses are located in Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Northport and East Northport. The program’s goal is to help young people become engaged with the community through new business opportunities, Spencer said. The participants will also attend personal growth workshops that touch on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, professional presentation and how to prevent bullying at work. The chance to shine, Spencer said, is

much-needed. “We tell our best and brightest students: stay in school, get an education, do well,” Spencer said. “Then they graduate high school and there are no opportunities. And when they graduate college, there are very few opportunities.” The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce helped Spencer’s office coordinate the program with Bethpage. Ellen O’Brien, executive director for the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, said the internships would help businesses get extra help while the interns build their resumes and gain valuable experience. “The results for everyone are priceless,” she said. Bethpage Federal Credit Union has been an eager participant, taking on several interns and hosting the kick-off reception at its Huntington branch on July 9, Spencer said. “They really were very excited about supporting the program,” he said. So far, the program is serving about 30 youths, giving them a chance to be involved in the community and have a pos-

itive summer outlet. Long-term, he said he hopes the effort will create local jobs, boost sales tax revenues and increase home ownership and entrepreneurship. Already, Spencer said, economic opportunities are afoot, noting some of the businesses are prepared to offer jobs to strong performers while others are voluntarily providing stipends. Spencer said he has high hopes for a larger program in the future, and suggested joining forces with an internship program sponsored by Councilwoman Susan Berland. “What we’re looking to do is join these programs together eventually and work on the county level as well as the town level,” Spencer said. Berland said she is eager to make such a town-county partnership come to fruition. She said her program through Town Hall should kick into high gear this fall. “We have companies laying in wait for interns,” she said. “We’ve got to get interns. Once the schools open again, we’re going to contact the guidance departments and ask them to get kids who are interested in pursuing internships.”

On the occasion of the town’s sale of $7.6-million in new municipal bonds, all three major rating agencies have upheld the Town’s AAA bond ratings, which Democratic members of the town board touted as proof of sound fiscal management. Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s issued their findings days before the bonds went up for sale on July 11. In addition to the current bond issue, the AAA ratings apply to the town’s $114 million in outstanding debt. The newest bonds mature in July 2027, and were sold at a 2.23percent interest rate, nearly six-tenths of a point better than the 2011 bond issue. Supervisor Frank Petrone chalked up the decision as validation of a conservative fiscal management style during his 19 years as supervisor and appreciation for the town’s consistency and willingness to make tough decisions. “In order to have fiscal stability, you need to be consistent,” Petrone said. “[Years ago], this town would have a big increase one year, then a tax cut the next year. When I came in, I said it was roller coaster financing and taxing. I said, ‘We can’t do that.’ You’ve got to stabilize, and then you have to be consistent.” In its July 6 report, Fitch said the town’s strong financial management practices and a mature and stable tax base have enabled the town to maintain strong reserve levels and financial flexibility, despite draws on its fund balance. A robust economy with lower-than-average unemployment in the mid-6 percent range, moderate debt and long-term liabilities are also cited. In its July 6 report, Moody’s said its rating “reflects the town’s solid financial position with currently healthy reserves, wealthy tax base that is expected to experience slowed growth given softening of the residential real estate market, and low debt burden with a manageable capital program.” And on July 9, Standard & Poor’s noted low unemployment, easy access to suburban and metropolitan employment centers, a diverse property tax base, strong fund balances, a low debt burden and the practice of regularly retiring debt validate Huntington’s strong bond rating. “This government has risen to the challenge of difficult economic times by making the hard decisions that hold down taxes and maintain services while keeping the town on sound financial footing,” Councilwoman Susan Berland said. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson added the ratings “directly refute those who have said the town is facing a fiscal crisis,” a thinly-veiled reference, perhaps, to Councilman Mark Mayoka, who has used the phrase frequently in his first term to (Continued on page A12)


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Danny Schrafel

Wishing On A Star A wish may be priceless… but it costs about

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$6,000 – or about what I paid for my Buick back in the day – for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in SufA friendly reminder… to folk County to make one come Messrs. Obama and Romney true. No wonder we have lots IN THE KNOW from your friend and voter of people in town who pitch in WITH AUNT ROSIE Aunt Rosie – could y’all to make wonderful things please stop the “I am rubber, happen for terminally ill children. The Northport you are glue” attack ads? It’s Yacht Club and the Centerport Yacht Club are two really silly, a waste of your donors’ money and it’s of those groups who make it happen by hosting spekind of insulting to the voters. Let’s be frank – we cial events that raise thousands of dollars to make have a country that’s in some serious need of some these dreams come true, and the best part is that leadership and TLC. Stop bickering and show us, many of the participants who make it happen are the voting public, why you think our country’s in children! Talk about getting a life lesson on giving trouble and how you propose to make it better for back at a young age. I love it, and you should supus. And you know what? If you do that, people port it. Read this week’s papers and learn about might pay attention to you more than if you just how you can pitch in. make fun of each other’s singing. It was SO hot… How hot was it? I’ll tell you how On the matter of uniforms… I take it many of hot it’s been lately – it was so hot that the pavement you have already heard about the kerfuffle over the buckled! If you were hitting some traffic coming inAmerican Olympic uniforms being made in China. to or leaving Dix Hills, here’s one reason why – a There is some good news for the 2014 Olympics in lane of traffic on Deer Park Avenue had to shut Sochi, though. Ralph Lauren, who made this years down Monday afternoon because the pavement togs, has pledged that the next round of uniforms buckled. Now they’re going to have to probably will be made in the good ol’ U.S.A. While I’m glad close the entire northbound side of the road to fix to hear that we’ll be able to show off some homethe mess correctly. While we’re on the topic of heat grown craftsmanship in two years’ time (and thanks – to the ladies and gents who are going to be fixing to Kirsten Gillbrand and Steve Israel, two of our the pavement, make sure you stay hydrated, and reps, for ringing the alarm) how didn’t we figure thanks for braving the heat while the rest of us zip this out sooner? I mean, when all heck breaks loose by in air conditioning. two weeks before the Olympics, there’s not much you can do. What I really want to know is who was Ice cream city USA… If there were such a thing, supposed to check up on this stuff and how they I’d bet it would be Northport Village. Is it just me, missed the “Made in China” tag in the contract. or does that little hamlet by the harbor have more ice cream-serving venues per square foot than any other place on earth? And considering they just had another deluge this weekend, I’m sure they could (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comuse the extra dollars. So while it’s still scalding hot ments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your out, pay Northport Village a visit and just go from neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know shop to shop and try their ice cream. And once the the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, c/o brain-freeze ceases, write to me and let me know The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntington NY who has your favorites. We’ve got plenty of time this 11743. Or try the e-mail at aunt.rosieli@gmail.com)

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It’s Hard To Be A Window These Days Suffolk police received a report from a Huntington convenience store that their pane glass window had been broken. The complainant believes the incident took place some time between 9 p.m. July 13 and 6 a.m. on July 14.

Cops Nab Suspected Wallet Thieves Police arrested a man and woman and charged them with stealing a wallet from behind the counter of a South Huntington department store. According to the complainant, she placed her wallet, which included credit cards, a driver’s license and identification, behind the counter at the department store at around 2:15 p.m. July 12. When she returned, an unknown person had taken the wallet. The 40-year-old woman and 34-yearold man were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

That’s Not Yours! Suffolk County police received a complaint on July 11 at 3:20 p.m. of credit card theft. The complainant said an unknown person had stolen their credit and debit card and used them.

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Police responded to a Huntington Station park July 9 at 4:45 a.m. after receiving complaints of an assault. The complainant, who is homeless, said four men on bicycles approached him and began to harass him. During the incident, the complainant said one of the men became aggressive, and one punched him in the face, causing him to fall. The complainant’s right arm was injured during the incident, and he required medical treatment.

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Suffolk County police rushed to a Huntington home at 11:15 p.m. July 14 following reports of an assault. The victim suffered lacerations to the back of his head following an altercation with an unknown subject. Police had no indication if the complainant had been treated for his injuries.

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Police responded July 9 at 7:30 p.m. to reports of theft from a car in Melville. The complainant said an unknown person entered the 2004 Audi, which was parked in the home’s driveway, and stole two laptops and credit cards. The car was unlocked, police said.

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While in Huntington village July 14, Suffolk police discovered that a plate glass window had been smashed at a Gerard Street storefront. Officers believe the incident took place sometime between 5:30 p.m. the night before and 2:35 p.m. that day.

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Police responded to reports of a graffiti incident at a public library in South Huntington July 7 at 7 p.m. Police said the suspect spray-painted graffiti on the outside door of the library.

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TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

Conte Bows Out Of Assembly Race Huntington Station politician battling cancer tremendous strains on one’s family, and I truly appreciate everyone’s support and well wishes.” Joe Dujmic, the Democratic nominee During the last 24 years, Assemblyman for the 10th Assembly District seat, Jim Conte, a lifelong resident of Huntwished his onetime opponent all the best ington Station, has waged many battles in retirement. in Albany. But the Republican Assembly“As you may have heard, Assemblyman man announced Monday he has decided Jim Conte has decided to decline reto step down from elected office to battle nomination for the seat he has held for cancer. the past 24 years, and is stepping down to “After speaking at length with my famconcentrate on his health and family,” ily, I have decided not to run for re-elecDujmic said in a statetion this November,” Conte ment Monday. “I hope said in a July 16 statement. you will join me in “This decision was very thanking Assemblyman hard for me, but after 24 Conte for his long record years of dedicated public of service to the people of service and fighting for the Huntington and Babypeople of the 10th Assemlon and in wishing him bly district, I feel that it is all the best in his retirenow time to take all my enment.” ergy and battle something Conte was first elected much more personal.” to the assembly during a Conte was diagnosed March special election in with T-cell lymphoma last 1988, succeeding Toni spring, and two months when ago, learned the cancer Jim Conte announced Monday Retaliatta-Tepe she became Huntington spread. Since then, he has he will not seek re-election. Supervisor. Conte, who been undergoing twice received a kidney transplant, has chemotherapy treatments at Mt. Sinai been a leading champion in the Assembly Hospital, which will continue for the next for organ and tissue donation, authored few weeks. several laws to increase organ donation The assemblyman, who served the in the state and helped create a Gift of 10th district, said his focus now will be Life Trust Fund and a statewide organ fully on recovery and spending more donor registry. Since 2010, Conte has time with his friends and family. Conte’s served as the Assembly Republican Conhealth has improved in recent days, acference’s floor leader. cording to the statement, and he took the Conte lives in Huntington Station with opportunity to thank his friends, family, his wife, Debra, and children, has three constituents and colleagues for their supchildren: Sarah, a senior at Manhattan port. College, Jeffrey, a sophomore at Manhat“These last few months have been a tan College and Samantha, a freshman at very difficult time for my family and me,” Huntington High School. Conte said. “A diagnosis of cancer places

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Memorial Walk To Be Held For Slain Mailman By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

A memorial walk to celebrate the life of Huntington’s Noel Mohammed has been scheduled for July 22, his family announced Sunday. The route for the walk, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., is being designed to recreate Mohammed’s mail route, coorganizer Martha Grill said Wednesday. Mohammed worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years. Mohammed, 44, was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of June 16 in his Spring Road home. His stepson, Matthew Hubrins, has been charged in his murder. While the exact route is being finalized, the walk is expected to begin on Elm Street near the municipal parking lot, follow Nassau Road to Spring Road and conclude either by Town Hall or near the co-op apartment building near Gibson and Orchid Place.

Grill said fliers are being designed, which neighbors will distribute in Mohammed’s Huntington neighborhood leading up to the event. On the “Remembering Noel Emmanuel Mohammed” Facebook page, neighbors are already planning for the day and preparing refreshments. The Mohammed family shared their gratitude for the outpouring of support following Mohammed’s death. “There is no word to describe the gratitude that the Mohammed family has for everybody that has sent so much love, prayers, thoughts and tears,” they wrote. “We cannot thank you enough. It has helped us stay strong.” And keeping with USPS tradition, the event will happen regardless of the weather, Grill said. Or, as it is engraved on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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Young Boat Victims Laid To Rest Funerals in Huntington, Northport honor children killed in July 4 disaster on the water Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

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As their families grieved an unthinkable tragedy, three children who died after a boat bringing them home from a fireworks display capsized on the Fourth of July were laid to rest. The lives of 12-year-old David Aureliano of Kings Park, his cousin, 11-yearold Harlie Treanor of Huntington Station, and Huntington’s Victoria Gaines, a family friend who was days away from turning 8 years old, were celebrated at funeral services in Northport and Huntington July 9 and 10. David Aureliano, whose service was July 9 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Northport, was remembered as a little boy who personified courage and determination in his short life. Supported by his parents Debbie and Greg, David’s older brother, Rocco, recalled doctors gave his little brother a poor prognosis at birth. But even at that tender age, he never gave up his fight to live. In the process, he became an inspirational figure to everyone he encountered, the brother said. “He was one of a kind,” Rocco said. “He was ours…. He worked so hard to live. He was an absolute gift to everyone in this room.” Love for his family was paramount; the boy could recite the names of his entire family right down to each and every pet. “So long as we were together, he was happy,” his brother said. Blessed with beautiful eyes and a disarming smile, David was the core of his family, Rocco said, and could wipe away the worst day at work, his grief-stricken father added. “That smile would just wash everything away,” he said. Harlie Treanor’s life was commemorated during a private gathering at M.A. Connell Funeral Home July 10. On the funeral home’s website, a picture of a smiling, redheaded girl is accompanied

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by memories of her contagious smile, a cheerful, upbeat personality and can-do, industrious spirit. Others recalled her talent on the softball field, her willingness to help her friends and memories of her recent graduation from Bowling Green Elementary School in East Meadow. One poster said young Harlie was an avid animal lover. “Perhaps God needed another angel to watch over the animals she loved so much. Either way, I am so sad for her and her family. RIP sweet child,” the comment reads. Not far away, the life of Victoria Gaines, the youngest victim at nearly 8 years old, was celebrated during a funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Her grandfather, Steve, said the little girl was “the light of our lives – a breath of fresh air.” “Victoria would grab my hand as we walked through town,” her grandfather recalled, adding that she and her brother would sometimes quarrel over who got to sit next to “Grandpa Steve” at dinner. Victoria, who recently received her First Holy Communion at St. Patrick’s, was an avid dancer. Her grandfather also recalled a sharp wit at a young age.

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One time, when she was eating ice cream, he asked where his was – “It’ll be here any minute,” she replied. Another time, when her nana scolded her and her grandfather for making too much noise, she deadpanned, “Whoa. I didn’t see that coming,” her grandfather recalled. “She was a sweet, innocent child,” he said of the rising Washington Primary School third-grader. “I thank God for letting one of His angels live with us for eight years.” FBI Undertakes Salvage Effort Hours after Harlie and Victoria were laid to rest, a specialized FBI forensic dive team began their efforts to recover the sunken 34-foot Silverton cabin cruiser owned by Harlie’s father, Kevin Treanor, who was on board with his daughter. David Aureliano’s uncle, Sal, told several media outlets he was operating the boat. Nassau County Police Department Inspector Kenneth Lack said as many as 27 people were on the vessel when it capsized between Center Island and Lloyd Neck. The first reports of a capsized vessel came in around 10 p.m July 4. All but the three children in the cabin were thrown overboard. Good Samaritans hauled victims into their boats and

Pall bearers for Victoria Gaines, one of three children who died when a boat capsized July 4, carry her casket out following her funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church. to land for treatment until rescue personnel arrived. Adults on the boat who were thrown overboard scrambled to free the children trapped in the cabin, as did professional divers. The FBI spent all of Tuesday attempting to salvage the boat from water 70 feet deep, and the recovery effort concluded Wednesday when the boat was raised. Nassau County Det. Lt. John Azzata said Tuesday that salvagers put straps under the boat, which would secure the vessel as it was gently lifted with air. “The boat is heavy, with the engine in the back, and it’s sitting in the silt, and (Continued on page A19)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

Calling For Stronger State Certification Rules By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

Days after a boat capsized and claimed the life of three young children, Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) announced he is drafting legislation to require boaters traveling in Suffolk County waterways to complete a boating safety course. However, boating advocates in Huntington are urging lawmakers to take the proposal statewide. Stern said the law, called Suffolk’s “Safer Waterways Act,” would also require all boaters to carry proof they had completed an approved, Coast Guard-compliant course in their boat. The law would make no distinction for a boater’s age or where they live, Stern said. “It should extend to all waters, including the ocean, that could be included within Suffolk County – that extent is really the final issue,” Stern said. According to the 2012 New York State Boater’s Guide, boaters under age 10 in New York State must be supervised directly by an adult. A boater from age 10-18 must be ei-

ther supervised or have completed an approved boating safety course. However, anyone over age 18 can operate a boat without that coursework, which includes eight hours of classroom instruction and a proctored exam. Many neighboring states require most power boaters to have some sort of state certification. Pennsylvania residents born after Jan. 1, 1982, Vermonters born after Jan. 1, 1974, and all Connecticut and New Jersey residents must have a state certificate. In April 2011, State Senator John Flanagan (R-Northport) introduced legislation that would have required such a change, but lawmakers did not act on the proposal. Stern stressed his proposal is not a licensing requirement and would not encroach upon state jurisdiction. But amongst Huntington boating community advocates, there is a renewed call for New York State to create a state certification program for boaters of all ages. It’s a demand that dates back many years, officials said. “There should be a written test and a test on the water. Any boat that’s motorized

should have a test,” said Jon Ten Haagen, former commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs and 50plus-year motor boat operator. Pam Setchell, president of the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, said she would like to see New York become a full certification state like New Jersey and Connecticut. She would also support tying boating infractions to the operator’s certificate much like a driver’s license. “You need a license to drive a car. It shouldn’t be any different in a boat,” Setchell, a 50-year boater, said. “People get killed in boats all the time. You could really, really get hurt out there.” Jackie Martin, current commodore of the boating council, said it’s something that should be considered carefully. “Even without this accident, with the erratic operation of watercraft that we see, it probably is an idea that deserves a good look,” she said. Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R-E. Northport) said he would support statewide legislation requiring all minors to complete a boat-

ing safety course. Under current law, Raia gave the scenario of a 12-year-old being able to drive a 50-foot boat, but not being able to use a jet ski. Currently, to use a jet ski, the driver must be over age 14 and have completed a boating safety course. Raia said he would also support public hearings to determine whether expanded regulations, similar to those in New Jersey, Connecticut and a total of 23 states, requiring adults to also be certified would be appropriate. But New York must learn from New Jersey’s efforts to implement such a mandate all at once, which kept many experienced boaters off the water until they could take a course. Such a move would hurt the economy and could also penalize many experienced boaters, he said. “If we learned from New Jersey’s mistake and did 18 and under, then 30 and under and worked your way up, yeah, that could be doable,” Raia said. “And if you consistently target that group [of young boaters,] eventually everybody over 18 would have a license.”


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To Russia, With Love, From Northport Village trustee seeks ‘sister city’ relationship with 2014 Olympic host By Danny Schrafel dschrafel@longislandernews.com

Family are the ties that bind, and Northport Village Trustee Tom Kehoe is looking to build those bonds by helping Northport become a sister city with Sochi, the Russian city where the 2014 Winter Olympics will be contested. Kehoe is no stranger to Russia. During the last two years, he has been to the country five times for K&B Seafood, his East Northport-based company that is a global seller of award-winning oysters and shellfish. He was last in Russia in mid-spring when he became aware of Sochi, a city of 125,000 with another 125,000 residents in the surrounding region. Sochi is located on the very western edge of Russia, just north of the Georgian border and across the Black Sea from Turkey. While Northport has 7,753 residents according to the 2010 Census, Kehoe sees many similarities between the two communities, like a Hamptons-esque, temperate climate. “They have very similar societies. [Both areas are] upper-middle class, waterfront. We have a lot in common,” he said. From that experience came the idea to affiliate as sister cities. Kehoe reached out to Ambassador Michael McFaul and Russian President Vladimir Putin in letters dated June 22, to suggest a partner-

Tom Kehoe, right, with Nanuli Bigvava, owner of Mandarin Café, and Aurelie Ancelin, owner of Huitres Ancelin oyster growers in France, during his trip to Sochi, Russia. ship as a way to educate New Yorkers about Sochi’s beauty and hospitality. Kehoe penned similar letters, dated

June 26, to Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachev, governor of Krasnodor Krai Region, and Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Niko-

layevich Pakhamov, suggesting the partnership. He found their mailing addresses with the help of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, and has also reached out to Congressman Steve Israel for help coordinating with the State Department. Kehoe said that during his four-day visit, he also became aware of a major predicament for a city about to host the Winter Olympics. “I realized they have no main highways like 25A,” Kehoe said. “I don’t know how the Russians think they’re going to bring in a quarter of a million people for the Olympics.” On that front, Kehoe and a team of experts have assembled to make a bid to the Sochi organizing committee for some of the contracts related to logistical preparations for the Winter Olympics. Logistics is something Kehoe knows plenty about – in addition to the seafood business, he owns Seaflight Logistics, a global shipper that specializes in time-sensitive cargo. While the relationship would not be a new concept for the Russian city – Sochi already has a dozen sister cities so far, including Long Beach, Calif. – Kehoe realizes the request is a bit of a shot in the dark. But with the potential reward, Northport has nothing to lose. “Nothing may come of it, or it may be the hottest thing since sliced bread,” he said.


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A Triple-A Hat Trick! It was with great excitement that Town of The excellent rating came amid quesHuntington officials last week announced tions, and perhaps answers to them. that its AAA bond rating has been upheld There were questions when the budget by the big three of bond rating agencies, was adopted by default instead of by a maMoody’s, Fitch, and Standard & Poors. jority vote of the board. Critics feared the That’s good news because it means the bond-ratings agencies would look unfavortown can borrow at lower interest rates. ably on this. That ultimately saves taxpayers money. There were questions about the integrity The ratings agencies reach their of the town’s fiscal policies and conclusions after exhaustive calls for a state audit. EDITORIAL analysis of the town’s finances, inThere were questions about cluding such factors as its ability whether a divided town board to meet budgeting projections, react to would have the ability to achieve the fourchanging financial situations, and maintain vote supermajority required for bonding. healthy fund balances. While it’s the kind of Despite the questions, the big three of stuff that for most people makes their eyes ratings agencies have given Huntington glaze over, apparently the bean counters and their stamp of approval. Congrats to the accountant types saw enough good news to current administration on the achieveuphold the town’s AAA bond rating, making ment. Let’s take it as an indication that Huntington one of only two towns on Long we’re doing things right in the Town of Island to score the AAA hat trick. Huntington.

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Keep The Lights On Senator Charles Schumer called on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to put in place an emergency storm response plan in conjunction with Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). His letter appears below. I write to urge you to immediately begin developing a unified and comprehensive emergency storm response plan, as required by the new 10-year agreement recently reached between your two organizations, that will address the issue of loss of guaranteed access to hundreds emergency of storm responders within National Grids gas and power generation divisions. During the transition between National Grid and PSEG, I would urge you to work collaboratively with National Grid, who will continue to have a skilled workforce of hundreds of potential storm responders on Long Island, as well as other potential contractors, and federal and state emergency experts, to establish an emergency storm response plan that will allow you to access the appropriate resources in

terms of personnel, technology, and communication infrastructure in the event of a major storm disaster. In the wake of tropical storm’s Irene and Lee, which devastated LIPA customers with protracted outages, it is imperative that PSEG has an appropriate emergency plan to meet the capacity of this region. 523,000 LIPA customers were without power in the immediate aftermath of Irene. As you know, the Public Service Commission (PSC) recently completed a LIPA storm response audit that identified a number of recommendations to improve future response activities. Among the numerous recommendations, PSEG and LIPA should work together to form a unified emergency storm response plan and improve communication between municipalities and, most importantly, the ratepayers during these storm events. As there are millions of dollars of federal emergency aid tied to these storm response activities, I strongly believe that LIPA and PSEG need to develop a more proactive approach to storm response that taps into national best practices, like cutting-edge communications

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technology to give ratepayers real-time information on the length of outages, “hardening” infrastructure improvements, and strategic removal of trees, which we know are the cause of the majority of downed power lines. For both of these issues – loss of potential manpower and implementation of the PSC recommendations – I stand ready to tap experts at the federal level in order to aid in the planning and development process. Experts predict that there are more regular and intense storm events in years to come and I remain concerned over the reliability of energy for Long Island residents. As you are aware, reliable energy distribution impact every sector of a region and can at times mean the difference between life and death. With LIPA delivering power to 1.1 million customers, among them homes, schools, and hospitals, it is imperative that PSEG is capable of meeting the needs of these anchor institutions during a time of crisis. I also note that LIPA received over 900,000 customer calls. Many ratepayers were in the dark for as long as 9 days. The PSC audit specifically said that, moving forward, there

needs to be a culture change at LIPA meaning it must give, “higher priority to communications as opposed to restoration.” Giving customers better information allows them to prepare for extends periods of outages. Therefore, I also urge LIPA and PSEG to improve its communication between municipalities and ratepayers as well as implement recommendations made by the recent PSC storm response audit. Again, I urge LIPA and PSEG, in light of its recent Operating Service Agreement approval, to develop a unified emergency storm response plane that addresses the reduction of hundreds of storm responders within National Grid's gas and power generation operations and improves communication between municipalities and ratepayers. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you are in need of any additional information please feel free to contact my office. CHARLES E. SCHUMER

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Life&Style MUSIC

Musician Shares His ‘Underwater’ Experience Singer to play The Paramount to promote album inspired by first time in water By Stephanie DeLuca sdeluca@longislandernews.com

Ever since singer-songwriter Joshua Radin was a child, he was afraid of the water. The doctor told Radin, a child at the time, that he had a hole in his ear and was unable to immerse himself in water; if he did, he would suffer excruciating pain. One of his first painful experiences happened at 7 years old when he got water in his ear. He developed a fever and ended up being in the hospital for a week. “I was very nervous and I never wanted to do it again because I thought it would be that painful again,” Radin said. But last year, his doctor told him his punctured ear had slowly healed over the years, and he could try to go in the water. “It was always painful when I went underwater, so when I was going to do it, I was going to do it right,” Radin said. “So I flew to Hawaii and I went in the ocean. It was an incredible experience that I can’t even put into words. When I went underwater there was an incredible silence.” While experiencing the ocean for the first time – with earplugs – Radin heard a melody of string instruments in his head, which inspired him to write a new album entitled “Underwater.” Radin, who will be hitting the stage of

Musician Joshua Radin plays The Paramount next week to promote his album “Underwater,” inspired by the first time he immersed himself in the ocean. Huntington’s The Paramount on July 27, contacted string composer Jimmy Haskell to create an album with an oldschool feel to it. “I wanted to record an album the way they used to do it,” Radin said. “There’s

no punching, starting, stopping. When you were recording [in the 1960s], you needed to nail it the first time.” “Underwater” is a more mature album from Radin. The songwriter said his fans may be surprised that his latest album is

the mellowest of all four of his records. His first album, “We Were Here,” released in 2006, was inspired by a bad break-up. Two years later, Radin released “Simple Times,” which topped the iTunes album chart. In 2010, the artist released “The Rock and the Tide,” which hit No. 5 on the iTunes album chart and No. 1 on its alternative chart. However, Radin wasn’t always a musician. He was previously a screenwriter in New York and an inner-city art teacher in Chicago. He turned to music when he moved to Southern California, bought a guitar, and taught himself to play and write music. In 2004, Radin wrote his first song, “Winter,” about a broken relationship with a longtime girlfriend. He submitted the song to his college friend and actor Zach Braff who passed it along to a producer for the television show “Scrubs.” The song was included in the hit television series. Radin said music is the only thing that keeps him going. He believes he has the best job in the world. “My favorite part is playing music in front of people every night,” the singer said. “Sleeping in a crappy bed and bunk beds on the bus… all the travel, that’s the work part, and for an hour and a half every night I make people feel and remember what it is to feel certain emotions.” Visit www.paramountny.com for ticket information.

LITERATURE

Authors To Share Story Of Castle’s History By Jamie Weissman info@longislandernews.com

Huntington authors Joan Cergol and Ellen Schaffer are staying local this month with a book signing for their latest work, “OHEKA Castle,” On July 27, Cergol and Schaffer will make an appearance at Book Revue in Huntington village. The event, beginning at 7 p.m., will also include a discussion with the authors. “It gives us the opportunity to talk about the whole experience. Ellen and I entered the story at different times. People love to hear the story,” Cergol said. “OHEKA Castle,” released June 4, tells the story of Long Island’s largest Gold Coast mansion, located in Huntington, from construction to present day. The 128-page book, which includes over 200 photographs, is a follow up to the duo’s original book, “OHEKA Castle: Monument to Survival.” “With many years of research and meeting the many wonderful people along the way, I feel very good that we have preserved the history of OHEKA Castle, which I think is not only an im-

portant building on Long Island but an important American building,” Schaffer said. Since the book was released, the book seems to be “selling very well,” the authors said. “Overall we are very pleased with the response. Everybody seems to love it. They love the photos, they love the stories, they love the history. I think they love learning things they didn’t know about the castle,” Schaffer said. OHEKA Castle was completed in 1919 by Otto Hermann Kahn, a New York City banker and patron of the arts. Following the Kahn years, the mansion was used in various ways before eventually falling to abandonment and ruin. OHEKA was eventually restored by Long Island developer Gary Melius. “It’s really a tribute for Gary who took the risk of saving the building. We are thrilled to be able to tell the story of the building and the man behind it,” Schaffer said. “OHEKA Castle” can be purchased for $21.99. For more information on the book and upcoming events visit www.Facebook.com/OhekaCastle.com.

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Calling on a career’s worth of experience dating back to 1972, Tokyo-born Ichiro Yamagishi and his team took six months to design the interior space at Ichiz, and they knocked it out of the park. Pairing a black-and-white interior with deep brown floors, soft lighting and signature interior touches – check out the brushed stone and copper carving as a particularly cool touch – they transformed the former home of Musashino, a traditional Japanese eatery, into a space that exudes metropolitan, worldly sophistication. As a sake bar, Ichiz is a new concept for Huntington village. They offer 16 varieties of sake by the glass, carafe and bottle, from standouts like Jumai Dai-Ginjyo, Junmai Ginjyo, Tokubetsu Junmai, Junmai and Hakushira Sake. Unfiltered Nigori sake is also available, along with plum wine, five varieties of Shochu and Sapporo draft and Koedo bottled beers, along with a selection of domestic and imported brews. Along with that, there’s an extensive wine of reds, whites and sparkling by the glass or bottle and a selection of 17 inventive martinis and cocktails ($12). Once you’ve handled the libation front, explore and savor the eclectic small plates on a menu that just starts at sushi and goes wild with imagination from there. Ichiro said his goal is to

Ichiz general manager Larry Gutman and owner and chef Ichiro Yamagishi show off their fare at the Huntington village restaurant. make his cuisine stand out. “Something unique,” he said. “Today, everybody makes sushi rolls. I want to make something different to give to the people.” His Godzilla Roll ($10) blends spicy tuna, crab and asparagus in a bursting roll, which is then deep-fried and served with

wasabi sauce. A master sushi chef who owned East Setauket’s Sushi-Ichi for more than a decade, his signature roll is a spicy treat that blends textures beautifully and should delight any tuna lover. So too will Spicy Tuna served on a toasted tortilla ($12). Jalapeno poppers ($8) come alive anew

with Japanese flair. The best way to describe them is as a jalapeno tempura, filled carefully with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and spicy tuna to create a lighter, crisper and more delicate spin on the TexMex favorite. Herb-marinated salmon, topped in decadent champagne cream cheese ($12) is sweet and sophisticated. We’ve heard a lot about the Filet Mignon Sliders with Wasabi Mayo ($13) and have them on our list next time we visit. And then there are the oysters. Oh, the oysters. Ying is the master of the oysters, and presents them fresh and raw ($6 for shooters, $9 for a deluxe shooter with uni and quail egg, $12 for a half-dozen) or sautéed in an outrageous garlic and butter sauce ($13) that demands being drunk right out of the shell. Oyster lovers should be very comfortable indeed at Ichiz in the near future, as should any lover of Japanese cuisine, an expertly mixed drink and a sophisticated night on the town.

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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY: The party continues at Finnegan’s Restaurant and Tap Room – and it hasn’t even begun yet! The landmark Huntington eatery (and drinkery) is celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 28 with a party on Wall Street that will include a bartender’s reunion, among other festivities. Leading up to the big day, there are specials every day and night of the week starting Thursday, July 5. Offerings are as follows: Sunday-Picnic Basket with buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, corn stick and sweet potato fries ($14.25); Monday-Soft Shell Crab ($15.95); Tuesday-Yankee Pot Roast ($14.50); Wednesday-Corned Beef and Cabbage ($13.50); Thursday-Chef ’s Pasta ($14.95); Friday-Mussels Pot with Fries ($14.95); and Saturday- Jack Daniels Honey BBQ Ribs ($15.95). NEW FADO MENU: Huntington village’s favorite Portuguese restaurant Fado (10 New St., Huntington village, 631-3511010) is on a roll. Not only did they just open up their second floor for private parties and dining on Friday and Saturday nights, they’ve just overhauled their menu. Allison and Eddie Nobre went wild with imagination, adding new appetizers, soups, salads and entrees, giving classic dishes a new spin and bringing popular specials like their Fisherman’s Stew to the main menu. If you’re a regular, you’ll have plenty of new treats to explore. If you’ve not been there in a while, it’s all the more reason to stop by. Tell ‘em the Foodies sent you! BACK-ROOM SALE: Chocolate season, so to speak, is usually the cooler months of the year, but for bargain-hunting chocoholics, July is prime time. Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington

Allison and Eddie Nobre’s Fado restaurant is growing – both in seating and its menu. village 631-549-1059) is opening up the back room for some summertime bargains. Starting on Friday the 13th, owner Mary Alice Meinersman offered up an assortment of candies and seasonal merchandise – an eclectic mix of fun things, as she describes it – at 50 percent or more off their retail price through the end of July. Rack up $15 worth of purchases in the back room and that entitles you to a 15-percent off coupon for one item up front. Those coupons will be good through August, she said. But to answer the most important question – yes, the chocolate smell is just as beguiling in the back room as it is up front. KASHI HEADS WEST: Congrats are in order for Kashi (12 Elm St., Huntington 631923-1960, kashijapanese.com) as the inventive and eclectic Japanese restaurant prepares to open its second location on Sunrise Highway in the village of Rockville Centre. In the meantime, enjoy Kashi in your backyard and its $25 early dinner prix-fixe Sunday-Thursday as well as drink specials at the bar during Happy Hour from Monday-Friday.

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describe the town’s fiscal condition. “The ratings show that both in the past and looking forward, the Town’s finances are in good order and in good hands,” Cuthbertson added. Mayoka said he “respectfully disagrees” with Cuthbertson, and said he stands by his argument that a fiscal crisis exists and is ongoing. “We are facing a fiscal crisis, and it’s no different than all the school districts,” Mayoka said. “It’s undeniable that all the school districts in Town of Huntington are facing a fiscal crisis… The town is not immune to it. The comment is silly.” The main culprits, Mayoka said, will be pension costs and state mandates. But the town must be proactive, address those concerns and work hard to maintain the AAA ratings, which will taxpayers money down the road. “I am concerned about it,” he said. “I am surprised and delighted the rating agencies have been benevolent enough to give us a AAA bond rating.” The rating agencies flagged some po-

tential hazards in upcoming years. While the town appropriated $5.2 million in the fiscal year 2011 budget but closed out with a $2.4-million surplus, the town did so with cost control steps, the sale of property and lower refuse and garbage cots. Most of those balancedbudget solutions, S&P wrote, were a result of one-time revenues and nonrecurring savings, “which we believe is a credit risk,” they wrote. The town also told the rating agencies they are anticipating an approximately $4-million gap in the 2013 budget, but are hard at work to address it already. Open dialogue, Councilman Gene Cook said, would be a key in that process. He said he was “thrilled” by the AAA bond ratings, and said continuing communication will help the town successfully navigate the 2013 budget and achieve the goal of maintaining services while keeping taxes and debt under control. “It is the questions that we raise that allow us to explore and discuss how to address the declines in ‘economically sensitive revenues’ and allows us to make a

plan to address any possible budget gaps,” Cook said. Petrone said a mandate for appointed employees and an agreement from bluecollar town workers to contribute to their healthcare costs will help that effort, and department heads are on notice, the su-

p e r v isor said, to keep a very close eye on spending. “Those were our projections. It’s not unusual,” the supervisor said. “We’ve had that before. What is the key here is making those decisions.”

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THEATER

Diverse Scenes Star In One-Act Plays By Katherine Vibbert info@longislandernews.com

Long Island theatergoers will get a taste of how original writers can be this weekend when the Minstrel Players Theatre Company’s first one-act play festival. Titled “It Happened One Act,” the festival will be performed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Northport Village on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. The theatre company, native to Northport, will put on its 40th production, featuring seven original scripts written by authors living throughout the country, the farthest contributor coming from Hawaii and the closest from Dix Hills. Executive Producer Ray Palen developed the Minstrel Players group in collaboration with his sister Tara Palen. Each production of the seven scripts will be directed by one of four Minstrels – Evan Donellan, Debbie Palen, Ray Palen and Tara Palen. Each of seven scenes contains two to three actors/actresses. The seven scenes won’t leave the audience with much to be desired, as they range from comedy to a unique homage to the “The Twilight Zone.” Ray Palen, a playwright, actor and cofounder of the group, said he is excited about “It Happened One Act” and its seven original acts, the first of its kind for

Cast members Ray Palen, Sue Burton, and Tricia Ieronimo practice for the Minstrel Players’ first one-act play festival in Northport this weekend. the Minstrel Players Theatre Company. “Overall, my part as executive producer and writer has been a dream come true. It’s one thing to put on a production

that’s been done before but it’s another to put on something completely original,” Ray Palen said. The cast is a mixture of veterans to the

Minstrel stage, including Sue Burton and Lisa Casillo, and some of the group’s newcomers, such as Lorraine Bettica, and Jeannie Gedeon. Directors Donnellan and Ray and Tara Palen, also double as cast members. In addition to the cast, Technical Director Rob Cashman and Lighting Director Bernie Caprera take care of the shows’ technical aspects. “The scenes move quickly, and each act is pretty different from the last,” Ray Palen said, adding that six out of the seven one-acts have “gotcha” endings, similar to his personal favorite and long-time running show “The Twilight Zone.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12, and $10 for groups of 10 or more people. Tickets must be preordered by phone or online. For more information, call 631-732- 2926 or visit the Minstrel Players’ website at www.minstrelplayers.org. Houghton Hall in Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 130 Main Street in downtown Northport. The playwrights and their plays are as follows: “Sugar Magnolia” and “The Night Before My Wedding” by Susan McBrayer Demchak of Rock Hill, S.C.; “Last Meal” by C.B. Knadle of Dix Hills; “Tea and Biscuits” by Lou McBrown of Sagaponack, N.Y.; “Tethered” by Robert Clem of San Jose, Calif.; “Time Slot” by Kay Poiro of Honolulu, Hawaii.; and “A Quarter to Three” by Ray Palen.

PERFORMING ARTS

Arts Festival Gets Folksy With All-Day Lineup Concerts in park will also feature children’s theater, African-American Pentecostal By Katherine Vibbert info@longislandernews.com

Huntington’s 47th Summer Arts Festival will continue to entertain with its July 20-26 lineup of talent, which encompasses everything from blue grass to modern dance on the Chapin Rainbow stage in Heckscher Park. The season will continue on Friday, July 20 with American acoustic music legend Mountain Heart Americana. With the group’s inception in 1999, it took on a folk/ blue grass style, but today fans applaud the band for its revolutionary acoustic performances, which are engaging, unique, and unforgettable. On Saturday, July 21 the Campbell Brothers will present the audience with a twist on their African-American Pentecostal repertoire with growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar. Chuck Campbell, steel guitarist, is joined by his brother Darick, a lap-steel guitarist, and Phil Campbell plays guitar while his son Carlton keeps the beat on drums. The dynamic Campbells collaborate with vocalist Katie Jackson to produce an energetic and different show. On Sunday, July 22, the weekend will close with a bang, with the Seventh Annual Huntington Folk Festival. Artists who are part of the Falcon Ridge Most Wanted Tour will headline the festival, such as Pesky J. Nixon, ilyAIMY, Louise Mosrie and Blair Bodine. The day will contain unplugged showcases and song swaps from about noon to 6 p.m., and fans can look forward to a special tribute to Woodie Gurthrie Centenary during the festival. Artists from the New York Metropolitan area and other areas of the country will precede the festival, which is

The Koresh Dance Company's performance in Huntington will be an intricate blend of ballet, jazz, and modern dance that's nationally and internationally hailed. co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington. On Tuesday, July 24 the Pushcart performers will present “Peter and the Wolf,” a family-friendly production. With musical backdrop composed by Sergei Prokofiev, the traditional Russian folktale is an introduction to music and musical instruments for children. The adventure illustrates many life lessons for children and families, who will be enthralled with Peter as he searches for survival in the outside world. The fifth and final concert of Musical Director Tom Gellart and the Huntington Community Band’s 67th season of concerts at Heckscher Park will be Wednesday, July 25. Robert V. Domencetti, music director laureate, will join the band as a guest conductor. “He [Robert] makes a guest conductor appearance every year,” Gellart said.

The concert band will play many standards and audience favorites, as well as the dynamic and much-anticipated “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky accompanied by a live cannon, with help from Cannoneer Jim McAward. “That’s always our encore for the final concert. It’s great,” said Gellart. A special guest soloist will also be joining in the show’s festivities. Be sure to arrive early at 7:45 for the concert’s pre-entertainment. Following on Thursday, July 26 will be the Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh, the performance is a blend of ballet, jazz and modern dance that’s both nationally and internationally acclaimed. The free concert series runs through Aug. 11 in the Chapin Rainbow stage in Heckscher Park, located at Prime Avenue

The Campbell brothers are sure to put on a performance rich with sound and energy as they put a spin on their African-American Pentecostal repertoire for the Summer Arts Festival. and Route 25A. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday- Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Bring blankets, cushions and chairs. Visit www.huntingtonarts.org. Also on Thursday, July 26, the Northport Community Band will put on its penultimate Thursday evening performance in Northport Village Park, titled “If You Knew Souza.” Under Founder and Musical Director Robert Krueger and Associate Musical Director Donald Sherman, the band exhibits a different theme each week. Each concert offers a blend of overtures, marches, classics and audience favorites, and this concert will feature a pre-concert by the Northport Community Orchestra. Each Thursday night concert put on by the Northport Community Band begins at 8:30 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music in the park.


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The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group hosts a night at the John Engeman Theater July 26, 6 p.m. at 250 Main St., Northport. Tickets are discounted at $40.

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Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. www.nenpl.org. • Kids get only one minute to complete each amusing challenge and lead their team to victory in an exciting, fast-paced contest. Online or in-person registration for this event on Monday, July 23 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. at the Northport branch. • Join retired New York City detective and fingerprint specialist John Whimple as he explores the world of fingerprint analysis and explains how fingerprints are used to identify crime suspects on Wednesday, July 25 from 7-8 p.m. East Northport branch.

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. mail@thechaicenter.com.

FRIDAY Bocce Tournament

Dr. Michael Kennedy and sports psychologist Tery Grant explain how to achieve peak performance on the field and bust through slumps on Aug. 3-4 at The Kennedy Sports Medicine and Wellness Center, 226B New York Ave., Huntington. $150. 516-627-0625. www.expertmedicalcare.com.

SATURDAY Kayak For A Cause

Kayakers will paddle from Crab Meadow Beach in Northport to Norwalk, Conn. on July 21 at 7 a.m. to raise money for a good cause. More information at www.kayakforacause.com.

Sunset At Seymour’s

Help celebrate the Northport Historical Society’s 50th birthday at Northport’s boatyard on July 28, 5 p.m., featuring foods from Northport’s Purple Elephant Specialty Foods, raw bar courtesy of K&B Seafoods, music, wine, beer, and launch tours of Northport Harbor. $100, proceeds benefit the society. 631-757-9859.

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!

Huntington Lighthouse Tours

Huntington Lighthouse Tours

Tour the beacon of history that is the Huntington Lighthouse on July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23. Tours depart from Gold Star Battalion Beach, West Shore Road, Huntington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested donation: Adults $15, seniors $10, children $8, family of four $30. Proceeds go to the ongoing preservation and restoration of the lighthouse. Only flat rubber soled shoes are permitted. 631-4211985.

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 flarpp@yahoo.com.

MONDAY Angels and Intuition

Explore how to connect and grow with angel guides on July 23, 7-9 p.m. at the Women’s Center of Huntington, 125 Main St., Huntington. $10 members/$15 non-members. 631-549-0485.

South Huntington Public Library

Tour the beacon of history that is the Huntington Lighthouse on July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23. Tours depart from Gold Star Battalion Beach, West Shore Road, Huntington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested donation: Adults $15, seniors $10, children $8, family of four $30. Proceeds go to the ongoing preservation and restoration of the lighthouse. Only flat rubber soled shoes are permitted. 631-421-1985.

TUESDAY

Dix Hills Diner, 1800 Jericho Turnpike, Dix Hills. 631-462-7446.

Zumba For A Cause

Games And Fun At Fireman’s Fair

Get your fill of amusement rides, games, gambling, food and fun as the Huntington Manor Fire Department hosts its annual Fireman’s Fair July 17-21 at Stimson School on Oakwood Road in Huntington Station. Fireworks will be set of at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 and Saturday, July 21. The annual parade is Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. starting at Oakwood Elementary School on West 22nd street and ending at Stimson.

Teacher Workshops

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts presents on-site teacher education workshops for elementary music and classroom teachers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 185 Colonial Springs Drive, Wheatley Heights, on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24-25. Elaine Gates returns to present her “Music For Learning – Music For Fun!”, a hands-on experience with 6- and 7year-olds. $95. Call 631-643-7900 or visit www.usdan.com.

Free Help For Vets

SUNDAY

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. harborfieldslibrary.org. • A drawing workshop where teens will learn how to create the gods and monsters of mythology instructed by David Miller will be on Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. www.thehuntingtonlibrary.org. • Everyone is invited to sit in and listen to rehearsals of the New Horizons String Orchestra on Friday mornings. 9:30 a.m.noon.

Torah Living

Sports Psychology Workshop

Harborfields Public Library

Huntington Public Library

Next up for this season’s Movies on The Lawn Program is a drive-in to watch “Jaws” (PG) showing July 26 at Crab Meadow Beach. Come early for the Marine Life displays by Cornell Cooperative. Movie starts at darkness (approx. 8:30 p.m.). In inclement weather, the movie will be shown indoors at James H. Boyd Intermediate School, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Elwood and begin at 7:30 p.m. Check the website for up-to-date information www.HuntingtonNY.gov. 631-3513112.

Registration ends July 27 for the annual Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce Tournament on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. Teams of four will converge at Mill Dam Park in Halesite. Free. 631-351-2877.

a.m. Dix Hills branch.

Long Island Cares dedicates every Tuesday afternoon from 12-4 p.m. to “Military Appreciation Tuesdays,” specifically assisting veterans, military personnel and their families at the Hauppauge and Freeport emergency pantries. Appointments can be made by contacting jrosati@licares.org.

WEDNESDAY

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 a class, $25 for six. RSVP to 631-351-8672. Proceeds goes to the Chai Center Friendship Circle program.

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. cshlibrary.org. • On display through July 31 is the art of Denis Ponsot, whose career started in 1966 while traveling through France with his father.

Commack Public Library

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. commack.suffolk.lib.ny.us. • Get fit where you sit with chair yoga – a therapeutic chair exercise class designed for older seniors or for those with disabilities, held on Tuesday, July 24 from 12-1 p.m.

Deer Park Public Library

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • When the sun goes down, it’s time for some animals to wake up. Join as Sweetbriar Nature Center brings some of these nocturnal creatures to the library on Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Elwood Public Library Business After Hours

Join the Huntington Chamber for Business After Hours at Valley National Bank July 18, 68 p.m,, 580 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station. To register, call 631-423-6100 or visit www.huntingtonchamber.com.

Tips For Business Owners

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

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. www.elwoodlibrary.org. • Make decorated cookies that look like flip flops sitting on a beach towel. And while you are creating your unique designs, enjoy a fresh fruit-and-juice smoothie on Monday, July 23 from 7-7:45 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. hhhlibrary.org. • A book inspires Mr. Mouse to build a rocket ship. Join the exciting times as Mr. Mouse explores the galaxy accidentally, on his way to the moon during this puppet show on Monday, July 23 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dix Hills branch. • Listen to stories, songs and finger plays about the stars and space with a simple craft on Wednesday, July 25 from 10-11

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. www.shpl.info. • Decorate your very own keepsake box with a beautiful assortment of mosaic tile pieces. Use your box to store your precious items. Registration required. Monday, July 23 from 7-8:30 p.m.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaartscentre.org. 631-423-7611. • In “The Bee Gees: A tribute to Robion Gibb,” rare performances from 1964-1980 will be shown as archivist Bill Shelley leads a celebration and exploration of the legendary band of Australian brothers on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Members $10/Public $15.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. • Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, formed in 1990, with its repertoire of more than 100 songs, plays Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $30.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. www.johnwengemantheater.com. 631-261-2900. • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – a musical about love in the suburbs – is a touching and insightful look at love and relationships. Opens July 5. $60. • Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Youth Theater Series presents “Rapunzel” July 14Aug. 19, Saturdays at 11 a.m., Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. $15.

The Minstrel Players of Northport

At Houghton Hall - Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport Village. 631-732-2926. www.minstrelplayers.org. • The first ever One Act Play Festival, “It Happened One Act,” is Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 22. The production features seven original, never-produced scripts from all over the US, with playwrights from as far away as Hawaii and as nearby as our own backyard. $15 adults/$12 seniors and children under 12.

AUDITIONS 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 516-299-

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Walt Whitman Birthplace

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

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. www.ArtLeagueLI.net. • What happens when you gather a group of local artists who share insights, critique one another and support each other in their craft? You find yourself with a talented group of dynamic contemporary artists called the “Critique Group of Long Island.” A compilation of their work will be featured in a new exhibit, “Critical Thinking: 12 in ‘12” in the Jeanue Tengelsen Gallery.

b.j. spoke gallery

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. www.bjspokegallery.com. • Visiting artist Henry Butz’s exhibition “Banished from Sayville” shows distorted, color digital nude photographs representing four years of work. On display July 5-29, with an opening reception Saturday, July 21, 2-5 p.m.

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. www.cshfha.org • Features New York State's largest collection of freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians housed in two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $3 students 5 -18, family $12; military and children under 5 are free. 631-367-3418. www.cshwhalingmuseum.org. • “Right Whales: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” is on display until Labor Day 2012. Thought to be on the brink of extinction, right whales are among the rarest animals on earth.

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. www.fotofotogallery.com. • Dis-Integration by Lois Youmans and Femme by Lauren Weissler now on display.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • The Heckscher Museum and Cinema Arts Centre are pleased to present the Long Island Biennial, a juried exhibition featuring work by artists and filmmakers who live in Nassau or Suffolk County. Show at Heckscher features 52 artists, 13 of whom call the Town of Huntington home. Film presentation at Cinema Arts Centre in July. • The Five Towns College Summer Workshop ensemble features a cappella jazz and popular music with a repertoire drawing from The Great American Songbook as well as contemporary pop-music on Friday, July 20, noon-1 p.m.

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. www.holocaust-nassau.org.

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.huntingtonarts.org. • The “Masters Show” runs through July 30 at the Main Street Petite Gallery. • Heckscher Parks hosts another group of performing artists this week as the Summer Arts Festival continues on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. The classic “Peter & The Wolf” starts off the week at the popular family series on

Friends At Home

Looking to earn some community service hours while changing a life? As part of the Friends@Home program, a project of The Ariella's Friendship Circle at the Chai Center in Dix Hills, visit a child with special needs in an environment they are most comfortable: their own homes. Together, bake cookies, play games, create arts and crafts, read books and more. Contact Nati or Sara at 631-351-8672 or fcchaicenter@gmail.com

Bocce Tournament Registration ends July 27 for the annual Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce Tournament on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. Teams of four will converge at Mill Dam Park in Halesite. Free. 631351-2877. July 24 at 7:30 p.m.; the Huntington Community Band performs on July 25 at 8:30 p.m.; and Koresh Dance Company takes the stage on July 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Huntington Historical Society

Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org. • Quilt in the Conklin Barn on Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. in July and August. Call Joan at 631-421-2382. • A pub crawl on July 26 will address “Huntington in the 19th century,” led by Town Historian Robert Hughes. $5 members/$10 non-members (drinks not included, but there will be discounts). • Walk back in time and stroll through Huntington's Old Burying Ground on Thursday, July 19, 2 p.m. Learn a bit of history, a bit of folk art and intriguing stories connected with this historic site. $5 members/$10 non-members. Reservations required. Call ext. 403. Tours also on Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.

LaMantia Gallery

127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. www.lamantiagallery.com. • The gallery welcomes back Edward Gordon and introduces Daniel Del Orfano.

9 East Contemporary Art

9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • “Nature Interpreted” is a solo exhibition by Sandra Benny on display until July 21. • Agnieszka Serafin-Wozniak presents a solo exhibition “La Sylphide” July 27-Sept. 8, with a reception on Saturday, July 18, 5-7 p.m.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. www.northporthistorical.org. • “50 years of Preserving and Celebrating Northport's History” honors the society's founders and their concerns and activities. • “Sunday at the Society” continues July 22, 3 p.m. with a presentation about 19th century landscape artist Edward Lange, who was locally renowned for his numerous paintings of Northport Village. Free for members/$5 for non-members.

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. www.ripeartgal.com. • “Retablos” by dojoro, aka Doris Rowe, a retired art teacher at Northport High School, re a sophisticated Andean folk art in the form of portable boxes which depict religious, historical, or everyday events. On display through Aug. 3.

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. www.suffolkyjcc.org. • 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. www.vanderbiltmuseum.org. • The Arena Players Repertory Theater presents “Tales of Neverland: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy” through Aug. 26 at the Carriage House Theatre Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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. www.waltwhitman.org. • Youngsters ages 7-12 can immerse themselves in a fun learning experience as they make history come alive July 30-Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Children’s Summer Program Week. $125 per child/$110 per additional sibling.

MUSIC & DANCE The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. www.paramountny.com. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Tickets for “Creed with Special Guests – Eve to Adam & Like a Storm” on Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. go on sale Friday, July 20, 10 a.m. $65, $75, $85 & $99.50.

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 an income limit 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 www.genserlaw.com.

VOLUNTEERING

Helping Runaway Kids

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

Eyes For The Blind

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

Help American Red Cross

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

Seeking Volunteer Advocates

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

Time For Meals On Wheels

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

Nursing/Rehab Center Needs Help

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

Be A Day Care Provider

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

Voice For The Children

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

Be A Host Family

Huntington Sanctuary is seeking families or individual adults to become Host Homes, which provide temporary shelter to youth between ages 12-17 who are experiencing a crisis with their family. Contact Jennifer Petti at 631-271-2183 for more information.

Helping Furry Friends

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of animals. Free

Send us your listings Submissions must be in by 5 p.m. 10 days prior to publication date. Send to Community Calendar at 149 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743, or e-mail to info@longislandernews.com


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Huntington Businesses By Alessandra Malito amalito@longislandernews.com

In 1952, Mort Kramer opened up the Huntington Animal Hospital. Now, 60 years later, his son, Jeffrey Kramer, is in charge of the animal hospital, and it is time to celebrate. “I grew up there,” Jeffrey Kramer, who has been operating the business since 1983, said. “I cleaned every cage, mopped every floor. I always loved Huntington. I loved the area and I love being a vet.” On Saturday, July 21, Jeffrey Kramer will be joined by his technicians, a new doctor at the animal hospital, his 91year-old father, and friends, families and clients, new and old, starting at noon. There will be tables with food and water, and a Chinese auction with six baskets to auction off with pet supplies. Tours of the practice will be available and there will be groomers there as well. “We've been in the community and serving the community for 60 years. I've never done anything like this before,” Jeffrey Kramer said. “We want to let them know who we are and what good service we offer.” Good service is definitely something they strive for, and, according to client Liz Winter, who has been a client since Mort Kramer operated the business, something Huntington Animal Hospital accomplishes. “He's certainly always available,” Win-

Far left: Mort Kramer, right, who opened the Huntington Animal Hospital in 1952, and his son, Jeffrey Kramer, who took over the business in 1983, from a photo in 1979. They will be celebrating the business' 60th anniversary at the hospital on July 21 at noon. Above: The Huntington Animal Hospital now, left, and then, right. ter said. “I've tried other places, other vets, but it's just not the same.” One of the most important aspects of Jeffrey Kramer’s job as a veterinarian is the fact that he doesn't force clients to have their animals undergo tests that aren't necessary, he said. “The one thing I've found a lot of friends with animals have complained about is unnecessary tests, and the feeling [with Dr. Kramer] has never been one of being forced into unnecessary tests,” Winter said. She added that he has always told her that if tests make her feel more comfortable, he'd do them, but he would be sure to add that it is not necessary. At the same time, however, he's not afraid to tell you something if you need to know, Winter said.

Jeffrey Kramer said he often reads journals to keep current with veterinary medicine, and his clients seem to notice. “He's always up to date on education it seems,” Winter said. “If he doesn't know the answer, he goes and finds it.” The animal hospital has changed over the years, but only in advancements, such as further means of technology with updated treatment rooms and more advanced dental care. The animal hospital also has specialists for ultrasounds and lab pickups twice a day for blood work. But as for the care of the pets, that hasn't changed. “These past few years, we've found our niche,” Jeffrey Kramer said. “We're a smaller practice but we work very hard at the personal relationship with our clients. I'd like us to be known as a fami-

ly-oriented, family-friendly practice.” And it’s something that may stay in the family business. His daughter, Becky, is attending Penn State and looking into becoming a veterinarian. And it's the very thing he’s wanted to be a part of since he was a child. “It's something that I've watched since I was a little boy,” Jeffrey Kramer said. “I love interacting with pets themselves. That's immeasurable, how it feels to be trusted and a member of a family.”

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Camp Embraces Giving Kids Historic Perspective Walt Whitman Birthplace summer camp lets children’s imaginations run free By Katherine Vibbert info@longislandernews.com

This summer, children have the option to forget the swimming pool for a week and dive into history instead. Children ages 7-12 can participate in the summer program at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site in Huntington Station Jul. 30-Aug. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will kick off with a tour through Walt Whitman’s birthplace, a 19th-century farmhouse. Each day will have a theme, such as Native American Day, Victorian Day, Twentieth Century Day, Walt’s Day, and Parent Participant Day. Organizers said activities will be both enjoyable and educational; on Victorian Day, for example, participants will have a tea party, and on Native American Day, they’ll make cornhusk dolls. “It’s a different type of experience, and it’s for the child that really wants to do some creative writing and crafting,” said program coordinator Shelly Chambers. A counselor will guide participants each day and children will participate in an array of activities with history incorporated throughout. Activities will include crafts, creative writing, time-period games, and physical activity.

Children enrolled in the Walt Whitman Birthplace’s summer program will let their imaginations run wild and get a taste of how life was years ago. Above, participants make an electric circuit.

“Every day is going to be educational. We want to encourage them to use their imaginations to go back in time and to be able to experience what it was like, but also do crafts, physical activity, and have a well-rounded experience,” Chambers said. Children will stay cool in air conditioning while taking part in daily activities in the Interpretive Center or the Gathering House. In some instances, children will learn in the historic house where Walt Whitman was born. For Walt’s Day, the children will set the scene for Whitman’s birth while in the historic birthing room, take a look at the authentic, antique printing press he used, and even do some writing related to the iconic, Long Island poet. In past years, activities have included creating an electric circuit to demonstrate how people lived not too long ago, and the construction of “Walt’s Well,” an eco-friendly project made with recyclable materials. At the end of the program, parents are invited to view the children’s creations from the past week. The fee is $125 per child and $110 for an additional sibling. Enrollment is limited, so if interested please contact Carolyn at 631-427-5240, ext. 113 or educator@waltwhitman.org.


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Huntington Station. At the time, they both worked in the area, and Andrew grew up not too far from his new residence. “It's turning around a difficult economic situation,” County Legislator William Spencer said. “With unemployment, there's a culture of despair. Programs like this create a culture of hope.” It also brings new homeowners to the Town of Huntington, which had a down payment program until the funds were wiped out. The town still has an affordable housing trust fund, however, and Councilwoman Susan Berland said she hopes more money can be put toward that for a

second turnover of down payment assistance. The consortium is specifically from the county. “It's the American dream,” Berland said. “It's a nightmare for some. This could bring it back to where it became the dream.” Applications will be received from the County Executive's office on a rolling basis, on a first-come, first-serve basis, until Sept. 30. They can be requested from the Community Development Office at 631853-5705 or at suffolkcountyny.gov. “Once you get over the hump of down payment, everything is easier,” Andrew said.

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Kelly and Andrew Tardieu stand in front of their new home in Huntington Station with County Executive Steve Bellone, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Legislators Steve Stern, William Spencer and Lou D'Amaro, made possible by the Suffolk County HOME Consortium, which has $500,000 in down payment funds.

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intensifying the drag on quality of life in the community, he added. “I’m living next to bugs and all sorts of other stuff because the grass is never cut,” he said. Stauder and his neighbors turned out to an April 16 town board meeting earlier this year during a hearing under Huntington’s blight legislation and demanded the town take swift action to address con-

ditions at 6 Majestic Drive, a home which town records show is owned by John Baron, of Melville. The home was badly damaged by fire Oct. 31, 2011 and neighbors said in April that the home has been a blight on their neighborhood ever since. The 2011 blaze was the latest in a series of incidents. In late October 1997, the Half Hollow Hills Newspaper reported on a drug raid at the address, which police

and neighbors then described as “a crack house” at the time. Six years later, in May 2003, the homeowner at the time was arrested, one of 12 accused by the Queens DA’s Office of Involvement in a milliondollar real estate scam. The town has been looking into blight at 6 Majestic since late January/early February. According to town records, the home was constructed in the early 1980s. Permits to build a swimming pool were

issued in 1998, and a permit to build an addition over the garage for two bedrooms and three baths was granted in March 2000. A series of permits were issued in 2007 to allow for an expanded swimming pool and kitchen and living room expansions. A decision from an administrative hearing officer, which could clear the path for the town to demolish the home, is expected in the next few weeks.

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the boat capsized, or mechanical failure. As divers were in Oyster Bay Harbor, attorney James Mercante, an attorney representing Kevin Treanor, “questioned the wisdom” of holding a fireworks display near what he described as a closedhorseshoe harbor. “There’s only one way in and one way out,” he said. “If you know anything about boating, you know that it’s going to create a tremendous amount of turbu-

lence in the water.” While the Coast Guard mandates limits for pleasure cruisers up to 20 feet in length, it is up to the boat operator to decide how many people to take on larger vessels. Mercante insisted the boat was not overcrowded, and the only person who could decide an appropriate passenger load is the captain. “Boats are like cars – you have BMWs, you have Chevys, Mercedes,” he said.

“Some are bigger than others and some are heavier than others. So I’d really have to be the captain of the boat to determine what was proper and what was not.” State boating laws require one approved life jacket for each person, and any passenger under age 12 must always wear a life jacket, unless they are in an enclosed cabin. Mercante said Tuesday that the boat contained the required supply of life vests.

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Islander Visits Hockey Camp

By Alessandra Malito amalito@longislandernews.com

The Summer Soccer Training Week, headed by Half Hollow Hills West soccer coach Doug Gannon and Hills East soccer coach Tiziano Carcone, has churned out several stars over the years. It is now going into its seventh season. There are four sessions: Session 1, girls entering grades 8-12 and Session 2, boys entering 8-12, for Aug. 13-17; Session 3, boys and girls entering K-2 and Session 4, boys and girls entering grades 3-7, for Aug. 20-24. “After a summer of possibly not playing every day, this camp will focus on getting them ready for their fall season whether it be school soccer or travel soccer,” Gannon said. The camp helps out the participants, but also the high school teams. “In the short run, it gets the kids together before the season starts, builds camaraderie and gets them focused on season goals,” Gannon said. “In the long run, we get to look at players from when they are young and in elementary school. We build relationships with these kids and know them and who they are as a person and player before they get to us in high school.” The training camp was started because the fall season of soccer gives players minimal time to prepare for the first game, especially at the middle school and high school levels where teams get two weeks. The camp creates an atmosphere to work on ball skills and getting players and teams ready for their seasons, including specialized positional training for all positions, soccer specific strength, speed and conditioning training. Past participants of the soccer camp include: Alex Aurrichio, a four-year started at Columbia University and a 2007 ALL American; Stefan Carter, a four-year starter at Boston College in the ACC and a 2008 ALL American; Nolan Gelman, of the University of Delaware, and the 2009 Suffolk Player of the Year; Donovan Fraser, of the University of Maryland, 2010 and 2011 ALL American; and Jake Freeman, of Harvard University, and 2011 ALL Eastern Region. All are Hills alumni. Participants are mostly from the Half Hollow Hills district, but the programs are open to other children as well. The programs are $140, except for the K-2 session, which is $125. For more information or to pay by credit card for a session, go to www.bepositivesoccer.com.

New York Islander Josh Bailey, left, takes a break from drills with a few of the participants of the Dix Hills Ice Rink Hockey Camp. The leftwinger skated with the young athletes and later signed autographs. Don Mckay, Huntington’s director of Parks and Recreation, second from left, thanked Bailey for visiting the camp and wished the Islanders well with the upcoming season. Also pictured is Camp Director Benoit Hogue, second from right, a former NHL player and Stanley Cup champion, and Kevin Young, assistant ice rink supervisor. The eight-week camp runs through August. For further information on the camp or the ice rink, call 631-462-5883 or visit tohparks.com. SOFTBALL

Lady Hawks Are Section 6 Champs By Jamie Weissman info@longislandernews.com

The Half Hollow Hills Little League is at it again, making history for the second time this season. After winning the District 34 championship title at the Williamsport tournament, both Half Hollow Hills’ 9-and-10year-old and 11-and-12-year-old Lady Hawks teams went on to the Section 6 Tournament. Both teams became champions once again, the first time the Half Hollow Hills Little League has had two Section 6 champions at the same time. The 9/10 team began the tournament on July 8, beating East Meadow 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. They won four other games before beating North Shore 6-4 in the finals July 15. “Each game somebody else from the team stepped it up. They have a great team chemistry. It’s tremendous for their age level but all around pitching, defense, catching, hitting, they just excel in every area,” Manager Michael Dreitlein said. The Section 6 Tournament is open to every Little League team on Long Island. Each district crowns a champion, and the champions then play each other. Winning the Section 6 Tournament earns the team the Long Island Championship title and the right to play in the state tournament. The 9-and-10-year-olds are: Megan

The 9/10 and 11/12 Lady Hawks continued their streaks by winning the Section 6 titles in their age groups. Diamond, Lexi Dreitlein, Elizabeth Erickson, Kaela Perri, Noelle Rivera, Elizabeth Alexander, Julie Jacobs, Erin Steinert, Makayla Pugliese, Emily Ross and Jia Romera. Also competing for the New York State Championship is the 11-and-12-year-old Lady Hawks who earned their Long Island Championship title in the Section 6 tournament as well. “I think it’s mostly the girls’ dedication. They work really hard in practice. You see it in the way they play,” Terry Ulmer, team manager, said. The team began competing for the Section 6 championship on June 30, beating Bethpage 10-0 with a no-hitter between three pitchers. The girls played five games, beating North

Bellmore/North Merrick 9-2 in their final game. The team began competing in the New York State tournament July 10, beating the Town of Esopus 11-1 in a mercy game. The Lady Hawks competed against New Hyde Park for the state championship July 16. Results came in after press time. The team is composed of: Isabelle Frank, Lauren Koplitz, Nahtica Shephard, Ale Vicente, Aurora Asadorian, Alex Parkas, Lauren Steinert, Kristen Ulmer, Maya Chin Quee, Dani Blaustein and Nicole Hecker. “It’s great for the community and it’s great for the girls. Our league is tremendous and our softball program is one of the best on the island,” Ulmer said.


Half Hollow Hills Newspaper - July 19, 2012