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Sound Smart at a Party Men who want to make it to triple digits may need a lot of luck. The 2010 Census found that out

of the 53,364 people age 100 or older, 80 percent are women. But the Census also found that those few men who do live to be 100 often function better than their female counterparts. Male centenarians were 43.5 percent more likely to be living with others in a household, while 35.2 percent of women were in nursing homes. If you do strive to hit the century mark, maybe it’s time to move to California, the state with the highest number of centenarians. California is followed by Florida, New York (who knew?) and Texas…

Alaskans finally found their long-lost moon rocks, and it only took them 39 years! Last week the

Alaska State Museum in Juneau put the rare rocks back on display for the first time since 1973, when they disappeared during a museum fire. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong gathered the first geological samples of lunar rocks ever collected during the Apollo XI mission in 1969. Out of the 48.5 pounds of rock brought back to Earth, each state received a portion mounted on identical plaques from NASA. Alaska’s rocks were put on display in Juneau but vanished after an arsonist set fire to the museum. In 2010 the moon rocks reappeared when a man who was the foster child of a museum employee said he found the plaque in debris on the floor and filed an action seeking to be declared the owner. Long story short, the lunar rocks officially went back to Alaska in September and will be on display until the plaque undergoes restoration work in December…

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An Australian study reported that kids are more likely to reach for sugary drinks after they eat salty foods. Researchers looked at 4,283 Aus-

tralian children ages 2 to 16 and found that every 1 gram of salt consumed in a day was significantly associated with an additional 17 grams of sugarsweetened beverages ingested. They also said that children who drank more than one sugary beverage (which included soda, fruit drinks, flavored mineral water, sports drinks and energy drinks) were 34 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. Researchers recommended that parents consider feeding their kids a less salt-based diet…

The Pope has new wheels. Pope Benedict XVI received a white Mercedes-Benz modified M Class crossover for the new Popemobile. This

vehicle is different from his previous ones because it has larger glass panels that let the Pope be more visible. It also boasts an illuminated roof liner and a built-in throne. Mercedes-Benz seems to know how popes like their rides. The company has been doling out Popemobiles for 80 years…

“There’s hardly an issue we deal with today that isn’t affected by science. I’ve even heard from a number of people in Congress that they often don’t understand what scientists are talking about when they go to Washington to testify, and these are the people who make the decisions about funding and policy.” —Actor Alan Alda, the host of PBS’s “Scientific American Frontiers” and a founder of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, is sponsoring an international contest for scientists, asking them to explain “What is time?” in terms a sixth-grader could understand. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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All of your weeklies have been great. Please try to keep Jerry Della Femina and Shelly Feuer Domash. They are both great. And if there is any better way to do distribution, try to make provisions again for home and mail delivery. I have not always been able to get copies at the few places you have papers in my area. Thanks, Richard Cardozo, Westbury Sandy Clues Dear Editor: Hurricane Sandy’s destruction lingers across New York with downed trees, battered homes and lost loved ones. One of my closest friends who lives on Facebook.com/ the South Shore of Long Island had her LongIslandPress home completely destroyed by floodwaters during the storm. Now her family is Leave LiLo Be Do you think that people provoke staying with friends until they can rebuild the home they’ve lost. her just to get this rise out of her? Global warming is apparently now You keep pushing and I’d do the more real than ever, and a warmer planet same thing Lindsay did, too. It’s makes storms like Hurricane Sandy much too bad people get a rise out of more common. In fact, because of global bullying others. warming powerful storms in New York now Linda Schill-Barber Nunes occur 64 percent more often and are 25 percent more severe than they were in 1948. Defending LIPA Unfortunately, these statistics have The local news was looking for a come to life in recent storms—the big story (“Frustrated Powerless estimated cost from Sandy has reached Residents Despise Inept LIPA”) more than $40 billion, in addition to the to grab headlines but forgot the pain and suffering of people affected by magnitude of a storm hitting us the storm. at high tide. Sure, people were Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that frustrated, and the news [outlets] we need to “reduce the energy consumpwere eager to show the angriest tion that contributes to climate change,” residents. But our utilities and but he failed to say clearly that we need infrastructure are very outdated, to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and we can’t pay the higher rates, to prevent further warming. It’s time or taxes to modernize them. for Cuomo to strengthen the Regional In any case, we’re always at the Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce our mercy of nature. We’ll learn, emissions and ensure a safer future. adjust where we can, and hope Sincerely, it’s at least several decades before Matthew Wellington another storm like this hits. Environment New York Stephen Flanigan

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The Target

1 MILLION MOMS—OFF TARGET The anti-gay, conservative “Christian” group that has launched campaigns against Disney and DC Comics continues to spew hate, calling Ellen DeGeneres’ role as an elf in the latest JC Penney commercial “offensive.” If this is the kind of company we can look forward to in heaven, we’ll m o d n a r gladly take hell. house

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RANDOM HOUSE—BULL’S EYE Every worker at the publishing house, from distribution to editorial, receives an additional $5,000 bonus this holiday season, thanks to huge profits and “unprecedented success” in 2012 due in part to E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. And they say print is dying…

LILO—PARTIAL SCORE Charlie Sheen says he never even got a “thank you” from Lindsay Lohan after sending her $100,000 to help ease her debt troubles. Then again, even if LiLo did express her gratitude, Charlie probably wouldn’t remember it anyway. SANTA—BULL’S EYE A new poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found that 44 percent of people in the United States believe that Santa Claus is a Democrat, 28 percent say he’s a Republican, and another 28 percent say they’re just not sure. And if you’re a kid, thankfully, you just don’t care. TAYLOR—PARTIAL SCORE Taylor Swift is dubbed the new Yoko Ono by British media after her One Direction boyfriend Harry Styles ditches his bandmates yet again to hop aboard Swift’s private jet, leaving the rest of the band to fend for themselves among crowds of fans. In other news, we hear Taylor is working on a new album… APPLE MAPS—OFF TARGET Months after Apple ditches competitor Google Maps, police in Australia call Apple Maps, which has become notorious for its errors, “potentially life threatening” because several people using its directions got stranded inside a national park where temperatures hit 115 degrees with no water. What, no good?

The Pink Slip

GOV. RICK SNYDER With pepper spray wafting in the Lansing air and angry shouts echoing in the rotunda of Michigan’s Capitol, Gov. Rick Snyder retreated to his private office to sign two bitterly divisive bills Republicans rammed through a lame-duck session of the legislature this week that will weaken unions, both public and private, in a state where labor leaders once stood tall. The legislation, which lifted language from a model bill prepared by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, makes Michigan the 24th state in the nation to have “Right to Work” laws, or as President Obama said recently, “the right to work for less money.” According to a study by the University of Notre Dame, average wages for workers in Right to Work states are thousands of dollars lower than in states without the laws. Snyder, a former businessman who rode into office in 2010, had said the bills weren’t high on his agenda because they were “too divisive,” but he changed his tune after the election because in January the Republicans would lose their ability to muscle this repressive stuff through. Snyder calls himself “one tough nerd,” but we can think of another word that rhymes better, considering what he’s willingly done to the earning power of his state’s hard-working families. Snyder…you’re fired.

The Quote

“Certiorari Granted”

The Supreme Court in an order made Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, announcing that it would hear two same-sex marriage cases, which could give justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. AP Photo/NASA

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In this image provided by NASA, the United States is seen at night from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The composite image was made possible using the new satellite’s “day-night band” of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and relies on filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight.

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2. BUY 12 NICE JEWISH GUYS: Firemen and Chippendales have had their spotlight long enough! The 2013 Nice Jewish Guys Calendar turns the spotlight on the underrated characteristic that pecs and tight buns can’t deliver: niceness. Created by Cupcake Wars producer Adam Cohen, The Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features a different mensch for every month of the year who’s good enough to bring home to your mother. Challahhh!

The Rundown

1. DOWNLOAD SHE & HIM’S YULE LOG APP: Enjoy the glow of a cozy Yule log in your home, office or favorite coffee shop, courtesy of indie duo Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, better known as She & Him. The She & Him Yule Log app features one free song from the album—“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”—and works on the iPhone and iPad. The song is from their 2011 A Very She & Him Christmas, which features “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the song Deschanel sang in the holiday classic movie, Elf.

3. ATTEND PEEPSFEST: We’re sure freezing your butt off in Times Square is awesome on New Year’s Eve and all, but we really can’t think of a better way to welcome in 2013 than by watching a 4.5-foot-tall, 85-pound, lit Peeps Chick descend from the sky in all its glory. Every year, Bethlehem, Pa., puts on its annual PeepsFest, a free event packed with two days of live music, arts and the cult-phenomenon of Peeps-related programming, culminating in the annual Peeps drop, fireworks, Peeps s’mores roasting, Peeps mobile, arts and crafts, and people dressed up as Peeps to ring in the New Year. Now excuse us while we file this under “Best Events EVER.” Photo Credit: Mark Demko. 4. BUY L’DOR V’DOR: Twelve residents of the Gurwin JewishFay J. Lindner Residences assisted living community in Commack prove the adage that with age comes beauty and wisdom as they share tidbits of advice in a 2013 calendar titled, “From Generation to Generation – L’dor v’dor,” which is peppered with the life experiences of 12 calendar models ages 82 to 101, and available at Book Revue in Huntington.

5. WATCH BLOODY CHRISTMAS: Rich Tague, a has-been ’80s action-movie star, is attempting to figure out the meaning of Christmas as he plays Santa on a public access TV show. He also fantasizes about murdering the people who do him wrong. Will he have the strength not to be on his own naughty list? Find out in Long Island filmmaker Michael Shershenovich’s Bloody Christmas, which was filmed along the North Shore of LI. 6. YOUTUBE “WE OWE IT ALL TO YOU”: Matty Kaspak of St. James has gotten nearly 11,000 views for his tune saluting our soldiers set to a military slideshow of pictures that soldiers sent him after listening to the song. Remember our soldiers at home and overseas this holiday season, and help push it past the 11,000 mark! 7. DRIVE THROUGH CAMP EDEY’S HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW: Drive along the picturesque, mile-long trail through Camp Edey to experience the magic and wonder of their magnificent light show. The presentation runs every evening through December 23 from 5-9 p.m. in Bayport. Visit the Holiday Village on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and you may even get to chat with the big guy himself. 8. JOIN 1 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS AGAINST 1 MILLION MOMS: This Facebook page is a response to the 1 Million Moms page, the group that has attacked brands from American Girl dolls to Oreo for giving their employees same-sex partner benefits, being pro-choice or promoting a slew of other “immoral” activities. OMM has only 51,768 members despite its name, but that’s still too many. Take a stand against hatred. 9. GOOGLE “DMX PERFORMS RUDOLPH”: During a recent stop at NY’s Power 105.1 FM, rapper DMX put his own spin on the Christmas classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and it’s pretty amazing. You’re probably going to want to add this to your Christmas tune lineup.

10. SAY HELLO TO WINTER: Winter becomes official on Friday, December 21. Get ready for snow!

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My Crazy Beautiful Life By Ke$ha Up until now all we really knew about Ke$ha is that she really likes to bathe in glitter and baby oil before every show, once threw up in Paris Hilton’s closet, possibly brushes her teeth with whiskey and that Teen Mom trainwreck Jenelle Evans is her number-one fan. Pretty scary stuff, we know. But in her book, My Crazy Beautiful Life, things go a little deeper. Ke$ha talks about not knowing who her father is and feeling like an outcast as a child. She also gives a behind-the-scenes look at creating her latest album, Warrior. In the book she thanks her fans, reflects on the past few years and on all the ups, downs and imperfections in her life. Ke$ha told MTV News, “Sometimes I would get presents from my fans like a piece of art or a letter or teeth or a scrapbook and instantly I’d be reenergized and know that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. So I wanted to make a scrapbook for my fans in return and share this crazy story with the people who have made it all possible: My Animals!” That pretty much sums it up right there. From thoughtful moments to the downright creepy (Insert bra made of fans’ teeth anecdote here) this book is exactly what the title suggests: crazy and beautiful, emphasis on the crazy. But who couldn’t use a little bit of that? —Jaclyn Gallucci

$60,400,000,000 The amount President Barack Obama has requested for RECOVERY efforts related to superstorm Sandy.

B-List B-Day CRISS “WANDS ARE FOR AMATEURS” ANGEL Dec. 19, 1967 Long Island native Criss Angel is a Sagittarius, symbolized by the half-man, half-beast archer. Angel, an illusionist who skipped college to pursue magic after graduating from East Meadow H.S., is also part man and part… something else. Angel, born Christopher Sarantakos, is known for walking on water, levitating, floating between buildings, cutting himself in half and making a Lamborghini disappear. We’re not sure how he does it, but we’d find this self-proclaimed mindfreak even more impressive if he could make a Lamborghini appear, preferably in our driveway.

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Adolescence is a critical time when girls make decisions that can impact them for the rest of their lives. The right role model can leave a lasting impression—and Theresa Roden does just that. Originally from upstate New York, Theresa worked summers at Gurney’s Inn and fell in love with East Hampton, making it her permanent home after her college graduation. She taught kindergarten at Hampton Day School, but after getting married and birth of their daughter Abby, the Rodens started

a publishing business and produce a boating lifestyle magazine. Theresa says she was overweight as a teenager and throughout her adult life she continued to struggle with her diet. “I put on a lot of weight and kept it on,” she says. “I was miserable.” A day trip to Block Island with a friend changed her life. As Theresa sat on the beach, she saw participants from the annual Block Island Triathlon run by. “I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do this,’” she says. Theresa and a group of six friends began training together for the

swim-bike-run endurance competition and by race time the number of women had grown to 20. Theresa trained for seven months. “It was such a wonderful period of time, of discovery and transformation,” she recalls. “Everything was changing, and it started with my thoughts. My go-to excuse was always: ‘I can’t.’” But this time was different. “I knew there was no way that I was not going to be in this race,” she says, adding the 1.5-mile running segment of the race was her biggest challenge. “My goal was crossing the finish line.” Theresa lost 50 pounds, but gained an immeasurable amount of confidence. “I appreciated my body for its accomplishments,” she recalls, “Instead of constantly criticizing it for not being a certain shape or size.” Today, she says, “I am strong, I’m fast and I feel beautiful.” As Theresa embraced her own triathlon experience and transformation, she saw that her daughter Abby, who was just entering her teens, was starting to fall into the same bad habits that plagued Theresa as a teenager. Helping Abby became the impetus for Theresa to find a solution that would assist other adolescent girls as well. Her idea was to help increase girls’ self-esteem and fitness levels through a triathlon program. “What if we took them and led them on this journey,” she wondered, “and gave them support and tools along the way?” Theresa discussed her idea with a Springs School social worker who loved the concept and he principal gave the go-ahead to start a program at the school. “It was the push I needed,” Theresa says. “I thought, ‘Just do it!’” The i-tri pilot program was launched in 2009 and included a group of eight girls from grades 6 through 8. The girls were selected from social workers’ recommendations and from a survey they completed created by the Women’s Sports Foundation. None of the girls considered themselves athletes before joining i-tri. The i-tri Triathlon consists of swimming 300 yards, riding a bike for 7 miles, and running for 1.5 miles. The girls are selected in January and train through July. The group has grown considerably. This year 40 girls will participate as i-tii athletes. Theresa is planning to expand into the Montauk

Theresa and Abby Roden after an i-tri event.

school district in 2013 and Southampton in 2014. The next race will be held on June 15 at Maidstone Park in East Hampton, and is open to kids ages 9 through 17. “We have the biggest group in the race,” Theresa says. The comraderie that has developed between the girls has been very rewarding as well. “Nobody leaves the race until every girl comes through the race,” adds Theresa. It’s a transformative experience for all of them. “There’s not one girl who will say she’s not a different person,” Theresa says proudly. i-tri also involves the girls’ families and invites them to participate in “i-tri meal makeover” sessions. Theresa has weekly workshops with the team to help improve their self-esteem through positive affirmation and visualization. i-tri alumni are invited to stay involved in the group by mentoring the race trainees. The group received its 501(c)3 non-profit tax status just last month. “Right now i-Tri is in its infancy,” Theresa says. “We’re a grassroots organization but our board and I are serious about fundraising.” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) is a full-fledged supporter of the organization. “It is fitting for i-tri to be a model for similar programs around our nation,” the Congressman says. “I have recommended i-tri to the Obama Administration for its consideration as the First Lady continues to promote her national ‘Let’s Move’ initiative.” Theresa believes that strong girls can grow up to become empowered women. “They are less likely to take drugs, and are taking charge of their health,” she says. “It’s something they can practice their whole life.” For more information visit www.itrigirls.org, email Theresa at info@itrigirls.org or call 631-902-3731.

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Jerry’s Ink BY JERRY DELLA FEMINA Publisher, the Independent

Did You Ever Smoke Grass? No? You’re Probably Lying It’s coming and no one—not even the federal government—can stop it. In our lifetime, marijuana, AKA grass, weed, pot, reefer, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, herb, whatever you call it, will be legalized. Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will be decriminalized. As of today, marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington. As of now, 18 states (including New Jersey) plus Washington, D.C., have already enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. And that’s good. In the case of New Jersey, this might pose a problem because if Jersey’s wonderful governor, the brilliant, tragically overweight Chris Christie, ever takes a toke of grass he will get the out-of-control “fat man munchies” and wind up eating Trenton. Over the years pot has been the source of so much lying and denying. In a survey a few years ago, just one-third of adult Americans said they had smoked pot. This leads me to believe that all but a small number of the two-thirds who said they have never smoked pot in their lives were lying either to themselves or to us. New York mayors Bloomberg and Koch admitted they smoked grass. I will bet every one of the Supreme Court justices have smoked pot at one point in their lifetime, although the thought of seeing Ruth Bader Ginsberg stoned makes me nauseous. What’s more, our past three presidents smoked pot. President Bill Clinton smoked grass. (He lied and said he didn’t inhale.) President George W. Bush did it too. (He wouldn’t talk about it but his drug use was legendary when he attended Yale.) President Barry Obama smoked grass in Hawaii and that didn’t hurt him, did it? (Tee-hee!) The fact is, if you were alive in 1960s and ’70s and ’80s, you smoked. I didn’t know anyone who didn’t experiment with pot at least once. You couldn’t walk a single NYC street in the summer without getting a whiff of the sweet pungent smell of cannabis. Pot smokers in those days, for the most part, were a docile, giddy, rock ‘n’ roll-loving, happy-go-lucky lot who only posed a danger to the ingredients of their refrigerators. It was a wonderful time. Sadly, it ended. Those long-haired pony-tailed kids cut their hair, cleaned up their act, and became corporate leaders, doctors, priests, teachers, etc. Perhaps smoking dope had indeed

robbed them of their memory, because no sooner had many of these pot smokers quit smoking pot than they joined the establishment and immediately denied ever taking a toke and set out to make life miserable for anyone caught with a joint. Sadly, at one point, nearly 1,000 people a week in the United States were being arrested, doing jail time, winding up with a record, losing out on college scholarships, and getting kicked out of schools for doing what those who were prosecuting them did when they were young. When marijuana becomes legal, it’s important that parents talk to their children about the drug. Talk to them the same way you should talk to them about liquor and cigarettes, which, in the long run, are far more dangerous than grass will ever be. Don’t wait to talk about it until your kids are 15 or 16 years old because the chances are, by that time, they have already experimented with grass and your input will be wasted. There is one part of the marijuana controversy that still enrages me. It is clear that marijuana can be of great help to those poor souls suffering from cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. Cannabis helps them deal with the nausea and horrible sickness that is part of the treatment. Withholding marijuana from these people for so many years is the real crime. Those holier-than-thou people who constantly refused to allow timid politicians to legalize marijuana for medical use should, frankly, burn in hell. A few years ago my late friend Joel Siegel was stricken with colon cancer and took his first chemo treatment. He called me and told me he had never felt so sick in his entire life. He said he heard that marijuana could ease his suffering. Could I find some? I told him I would make some calls. A few hours later I showed up at his door with five joints. I rang the bell. He answered the door. I held out the five joints in my hands and said, “The first five are free, but when you become a wild-eyed drooling addict, I’m going to charge you big money.” We both laughed. He later told me he took three puffs and he realized he would be able to bear the ordeal. Marijuana will soon be legal for all. It’s about time.

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A Look Inside the New Canon U.S.A. Headquarters By Spencer Rumsey srumsey@longislandpress.com

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anon’s bright red corporate logo shining on the clean white façade of its new headquarters now nearing completion in Melville is surprisingly modest for a company whose impact on the local economy is expected to be enormous. It’s almost easy to miss from the Long Island Expressway. But once the company takes up residence early next year at its new address, One Canon Park, its presence will be impossible to ignore. For one thing, the almost half-billion-dollar, 768,000 square-foot, five-story building is the largest commercial office space on LI. It will mark Canon U.S.A.’s culmination of a search it began two decades ago when this innovative maker of cameras and digital imaging equipment started to outgrow its original home on LI since opening its doors in Lake Success in 1980. The move to Melville should bring somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 employees, now working at three locations in Nassau and one in New Jersey, all under one roof, with another 750 or so personnel to be added by 2020. They’ll be handling business in the Americas, working with their colleagues in London and Tokyo, the home base of this international corporation, which had $45.6 billion in global sales last year and repeatedly ranks high in Fortune magazine’s list of “most admired companies” in the computer industry. “We felt that if we moved off Long Island, we would lose a lot of our valuable employees and all their knowledge,” says Seymour Liebman, Canon U.S.A.’s executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, as he led a tour 12

of the facility for the Press. “That’s why we wanted to stay.” He said the company had gotten offers from New Jersey and Connecticut officials who came bearing a host of tantalizing tax incentives. In the end, Liebman credits local and New York State leaders with coming through. “Everybody really bent over backwards to make sure that we stayed on Long Island,” he says. The Suffolk Industrial Develop-

the heavy lifting, Canon broke ground in May 2010 and put the last girder in place a year later, capped by a “steeltopping ceremony,” in May 2011. The five-story gleaming white building is flanked by two three-story garages on a landscape that will have two reflecting ponds in front and a mile-long walk through the woods in back. For its new headquarters, Canon is aiming high and thinking green. Don MacAvoy, the senior manager

“Once the company takes up residence early next year at its new address... its presence will be impossible to ignore.” ment Agency reportedly gave Canon U.S.A. at least $31 million in benefits, with $18 million dollars in sales tax exemptions and some $13 million in property tax abatements that adjust over a 10-year period. In 2013, Canon will pay about $362,000 in property taxes; then $600,000 in 2014; and $850,000 in 2015, according to Anthony Manetta, chairman of the Suffolk IDA. A study done by the Long Island Association a few years ago calculated that the county could receive many times more than the amount of its tax package when all the new salaries, spending and construction costs are added up. Certainly, Suffolk’s revenue from Canon’s new HQ will be much more than the 52-acre site ever yielded when it was just a pumpkin field. With Turner Construction doing

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image-making, Canon also thought about its outward appearance. “We’re going to plant trees all along the outside of the garage so you won’t see the garage from the Expressway—you’ll see the trees,” explains Liebman, adding its location was for the employees’ convenience so they can practically park near their floor and go right inside. The garage will also have chargers for electric cars. In the event of an emergency, like another superstorm, Canon U.S.A. can operate its own generators for four straight days on full power, according to MacAvoy. Bad weather wasn’t on Liebman’s mind as he proudly showed off the company’s new lobby entrance, with its 27-foot-high ceiling and a pair of tall columns, leading to a multimedia conference center that could accommodate 400 people. The new showroom, at 12,000 square feet, is more than twice the size of their old one in Lake Success. “We just kept running out of room there,” he says, with a smile. “We can have a lot of big kick-off meetings here!” Watching the new headquarters take shape has been an “amazing” experience for Liebman and his corporate team, he says. “We’re very proud of what we’ve done!” And that’s just the beginning.

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By Timothy Bolger, Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian and Jaclyn Gallucci

Top 10 Local News Stories of 2012

1. SUPERSTORM SANDY

2. NASSAU POLICE DEATHS

4. ISLES LEAVE LONG ISLAND

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The NY Islanders unsurprisingly announced Oct. 24 their blessingin-disguise plans to ditch the aging Nassau Coliseum they’ve called home for 40 years and skate over to the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, where they’ve signed a 25-year lease starting in 2015. Billionaire team owner Charles Wang pulled out in frustration after Hempstead town nixed his plans to build a mini-city around the Uniondale arena and the taxpayers voted down $400 million in proposed public borrowing to rebuild the 26thplace NHL team’s home. Now that the Isles are BK’s problem, Nassau wants to retry redeveloping the outgoing team’s prime real estate. 5. HOFSTRA PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

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Sure, there’ve been a few bad apples in the Nassau County Police Department arrested for wrongdoing over the years. But a grand jury indicting three ex-NCPD commanders—including a former second deputy commissioner—on conspiracy and misconduct charges for allegedly covering up a 2009 burglary—rivals even last year’s crime lab scandal. Prosecutors launched an investigation into the trio after a Press expose detailed the crimes and the lack of charges for the perpetrator, the son of a police nonprofit donor. The burglar has since been imprisoned and the former third top cop is scheduled to go to trial first next month. Stay tuned.

6. SUFFOLK WILDFIRES

Suffolk County police are still looking for the arsonist who started a massive brushfire in Ridge and Manorville in April that destroyed 1,200 acres of woodlands, three homes and injured three firefighters as dry weather conditions and high winds fueled the flames. More than 100 fire departments responded to the inferno. Many homes and businesses were evacuated as firefighters stormed wooded areas from the ground and helicopters dumped hundreds of gallons of water from above. Another brushfire broke out in Manorville a week later. Investigators confirmed that the Ridge-Manorville blaze was intentionally started north of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

9. GOP ALBANY ANTICS

No LI news year-in-review would be complete without some Albany weirdness trickling down the Hudson to our shores. Just this month, New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the chamber’s GOP majority leader, announced he will share power with a breakaway faction of Democrats in 2013. He and state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), head of the Independent Democratic Caucus—a group that defected from the pack amid dysfunction two years ago—will alternate leadership every two weeks. Basically, it means LI’s nine Republican senators managed to salvage their power despite Democrats winning the majority Nov. 6.

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The sudden death of Nassau County Legis. Peter Schmitt, the late presiding officer who led the GOP’s 10-9 majority, proved one of the most shocking and sad stories of the year. The 62-year-old veteran Republican lawmaker died of a heart attack Oct. 3 during a budget

Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a town-hall style format that landed some locals in the national spotlight. Security was much tighter than four years ago because there was a sitting president in the matchup. Some protesters, like the Green Party’s presidential candidate, complained of being detained for hours on a disorderly conduct charge. No prostitutes claimed that Secret Service agents tried to rip them off while they were off duty, so maybe the debates will be back in 2016!

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meeting in County Executive Ed Mangano’s office. Love him or hate him, politicos on both sides of the aisle mourned the loss of the no-nonsense lawmaker staunchly opposed to raising property taxes in the financially troubled county. His epic debates with Democratic rivals in the chamber he led will be greatly missed.

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8. NASSAU EX-COP INDICTMENTS

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The storm of the century indisputably tops the list of stories of the year. Superstorm Sandy prompted LI leaders to request $8 billion in federal aid. It caused 13 local deaths out of more than 200 nationwide. Most of LI was blacked out— many for weeks. Nassau’s Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant failed, flooding homes and waterways with raw sewage. Breaches tore through Fire Island and neighboring Westhampton Island. An ensuing gas crisis sparked lines blocks and hours long. Hundreds have been left homeless. Some waterfront roads and boardwalks were destroyed. And the full impact is still being calculated. This was an especially trying year for Nassau County police. Two veteran police officers—43-year-old Highway Patrolman Joseph Olivieri and 29-yearold Emergency Services Unit officer Arthur Lopez—died in the line of duty less than a week apart. Olivieri was assisting an alleged drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway on Oct. 18 when he was fatally struck by a SUV trying to avoid the crash scene. Five days later, Lopez and his partner were in Bellerose Terrace performing a traffic stop when the driver fatally shot Lopez in the chest and later gunned down a carjacking victim. Police made arrests in both cases. The line-of-duty deaths came amid a controversial consolidation of Nassau’s eight police precincts into four that spawned heated debates.

in this case, but questions linger about what went wrong, whether there were too many people aboard and if the operator was experienced enough to navigate through a squall.

When a cabin cruiser sank in Oyster Bay, claiming the lives of three children during a family Fourth of July fireworks show voyage, it did more than break LI’s collective heart. The tragedy raised public consciousness to the murky waters of boating laws— such as the fact that vessel operators can be charged with not having enough life jackets or having too many people aboard. No charges were filed

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10. SOUTHERN STATE DUI TRAGEDY

A deadly crash on the Southern State Parkway in the early morning hours of Oct. 8 claimed the lives of four Queens teenagers when 17-yearold Joseph Beer, driving with only a learner’s permit, lost control of his Subaru and slammed into several trees. The Queens teen has been charged with vehicular homicide, among other charges. His blood sample tested positive for marijuana two hours after the crash and he was driving 110 mph leading up to it, according to prosecutors. His parents were also charged for knowingly allowing their son to drive without a license.

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Top 10 National/International News Stories of 2012

President Barack Obama won reelection on Nov. 6 by 51 percent— becoming the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower to hit that benchmark twice. Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney had 47 percent, the same number he used to describe the portion of the country that he doesn’t “worry about,” as he told wealthy donors at a secretly recorded Florida fundraiser in May

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2. Global Financial Instability

From the still-unfolding saga surrounding the sluggish U.S. economy’s fast-approaching fiscal cliff—which would initiate sweeping tax increases and spending cuts, with global ramifications—to the ongoing European debt crisis, 2012 saw the world economy teeter on the brink of a new global financial meltdown. Austerity measures in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, among other countries, sent

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millions into the streets in protest, fueling violent clashes with police and political upheaval in several nations. More than 25 million are now jobless throughout the European Union as the crisis threatens its very existence and economists warn that Europe and the United States could be dragged into an even deeper recession. 3. Benghazi Attack

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1. Obama Wins Re-election

that Mother Jones magazine later released. Despite the Supreme Court upholding “Obamacare” in July— handing the GOP a hotbutton election-year issue— Obama ended up with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206, and beat the former Massachusetts governor by more than 4.6 million voters.

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Confusion was the operative word when State Department personnel at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, came under fire on Sept. 11 of this year by an armed group later linked to al-Qaida. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel were killed. The next day President Obama called it an act of terror. But Susan Rice, our UN ambassador, said the attack may have begun

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as a “spontaneous” reaction to events at our embassy in Cairo, where protesters had stormed the gates blaming the U.S. for allowing YouTube to broadcast an anti-Islam film. She was misinformed.

4. “God Particle” Discovered

Although the elusive particle itself proved to be amazingly small, the news was big indeed for the world of physics when scientists working at the “Big-Bang” atom-smasher otherwise known as the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland said convincingly on July 4 they had finally discovered a Higgs boson particle, theoretically the essential building block of the universe. It was named for Prof. Peter Higgs, a now-retired British physicist at Edinburgh University, who in 1964 first conceived of this infinitesimal thing that can give matter mass and hold the fabric of everything together. Continued on page 18

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5. Massacres

Movie theaters and Sikh temples were added to the list of places where Americans can’t go without fear of a psychotic gunman trying to kill everyone this year. The deadliest came when a nutbag killed a dozen and wounded 58 at a theater in Aurora, Colo. on July 20, the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises. The suspect, James Eagan Holmes, 25, used tear gas, dressed in tactical gear, dyed his hair orange and called himself “The Joker” for the occasion. Less than a month later, psycho white supremacist Wade Michael Page gunned down six and wounded four inside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5, before taking his own life. 6. Syrian Civil War

Last year’s Arab Spring broke down in Syria into a civil war claiming 40,000 lives since March 2011, as President Bashar al-Assad continues his brutal military campaign against civilian targets while trying to reverse rebel advances. LI native Marie Colvin, a veteran war correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, was among those killed. America has

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blamed Russia and China for vetoing UN resolutions to sanction Syria out of fear of outside military intervention. It’s a convenient excuse for a nation that just pulled out of Iraq, aims to end its longest war in Afghanistan in 2014 and recently suffered blowback for its involvement in Libya. 7. Penn State Pedophilia Scandal

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The least shocking aspect of this horrific national lesson in ferreting out predatory pedophilic rapists was the fact that Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at storied Penn State, was convicted and sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. Investigators have since turned their attention to how the once-proud university allegedly turned a blind eye to years of abuse allegations. Sandusky’s boss, college football coaching legend Joe Paterno, was among those fired before he died. The NCAA also stripped the school of 112 wins over the past decade and fined it $60 million. And there’s still more to come.

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8. Trayvon Martin Shooting

Racial tensions flared nationwide following the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, by Hispanic neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws, claimed self defense but was later charged with second-degree murder. Martin sympathizers formed million-hoodie marches to protest the oft-overreaction of suspicion toward people with brown skin—especially those wearing hooded sweatshirts, as Martin was when he was slain. The case also underscored the reality that despite electing the nation’s first black president, America has yet to evolve into a post-racial promised land. 9. Petraeus Sex Scandal

Retired Gen. David Petraeus resigned in November as CIA director after the FBI began investigating emails sent between the women in his life who weren’t his wife. He was having an extramarital affair with his married biographer, Paula Broadwell, whose book about the man of action was called, All In. The G-men got

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involved when they were on the trail of anonymous emails she’d sent to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley warning her not to mess with “her” man. The secret was out and Petraeus quit in disgrace although he didn’t breach national security. In France, he would’ve stayed on. 10. Giants Win Super Bowl

Twice in five years the New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, won the Super Bowl by beating the New England Patriots. The final score was 21-17, when Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fell on his backside beyond the goal line with the winning touchdown. With his team trailing by two points, Giants QB Eli Manning sparked the victory drive by completing another miraculous Super Bowl pass, this time to Mario Manningham along the sideline for a 38-yard gain. For the game’s last minute, the defense held Patriots’ QB Tom Brady in check, cementing Coach Tom Coughlin’s and Manning’s legacy.

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Holiday Give-Back Guide

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Pronto of LI, Inc. 128 Pine Aire Dr., Bay Shore. 631-2318290. www.prontoli. org. Donate furniture, toys, etc., daily. Kent Animal Shelter 2259 River Rd., Calverton. Daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 631727-5731. www. kentanimalshelter. com. Needs paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, canned tuna and cat food, Purina Cat/Kitten Chow, dog & cat beds/toys. Volunteers welcome. Harbor Child Care 999 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park, Room 119. Mon.– Fri., 7 a.m.–6 p.m. 516-248-7048. www. harborchildcare.com. Accepting new clothes, food and toys (no stuffed animals).

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Helping Hand Rescue Mission 225 Broadway, Huntington Station, Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 631-351-6996. Collecting new toys, new clothes, Christmas candy and also needs volunteers.

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SIBS Place Holiday Collection 1420 Broadway, Hewlett. Donations accepted anytime. 516-374-3000. www. southnassau.org/ sibsplace. Accepting any toys, clothes and books for children ages 5-17 who have a loved one with cancer or other fatal illnesses. North Shore LIJ Southside Hospital 301 E. Main St., Bay Shore; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Collecting gently used coats at the hospital’s Human Resources Department. Walk4Good Visit www.walk4good. org to feature someone inspirational in your life that the organization will pledge to walk a mile for. Monetary donations accepted for local charities. Email info@walk4good.org. Make-A-Wish Foundation Help create magical experiences for wish kids by donating goods such as frequent flier miles, hotel loyalty points, new electronics and more. Contact Maria Casey, 516-9446212, ext. 105.

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Saint Brigid 50 Post Ave., Westbury; Mon., 6-8 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-noon. 516-9975507. After Christmas, St. Brigid is accepting food donations. Our Lady of Loretto 115 Greenwich St., Hempstead; Wed. & Fri., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 516-483-0976 Accepting donations beginning Jan. 4. Little Flower Children & Family Services of NY 2450 N. Wading River Rd., Bdg. 3, Wading River; 631929-6200. Mon.Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Accepting new toys. Sea Cliff Center 93 Central Ave., Sea Cliff. 516-676-5507. Accepting toys for kids 5 and under. Drop off toys in a bag on the front porch. North Shore LIJ Health System 306 Community Dr., Manhasset; 516-5622572.Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Accepting toy donations. Lighthouse Mission Toy & Food Drive 1543 Montauk Hwy., Bellport; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. www. lighthousemission.net. Needs non-perishable food, in-season clothes. St. Mark’s Church 40 Main St., Westhampton Beach. www.stmarkswhb.org. A weekly food drive for the LI Council of Churches’ food bank in Riverhead. Nonperishable food items collected in wagon in the back of the church. Hempstead Center 30 W. Columbia St., Hempstead. Needs toys of any kind, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 516-564-1523. Glen Head Center 700 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. 516-6748395. Collecting toys, Mon.- Fri., before 6 p.m. Interfaith Nutrition Network 211 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. 516-4868606. Needs food and monetary donations. St. James Church 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. librarianfox@ yahoo.com. Needs sandwich bags, rubber gloves, bread, toiletries. Collection box at entrance.

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St. Killian’s Church 485 Conklin St., Farmingdale. Needs winter hats, gloves and scarves. Contact Lisa Molluso at 516-7569656. Mary Brennan Inn 100 Madison Ave., Hempstead. Needs canned goods, warm clothing and new, unwrapped toys. The Inn also needs volunteers to serve lunch weekdays. Contact Toni Ebron, tebron@the-inn.org. Old Steeple Community Church 656 Main Rd., Aquebogue. 631722-3070. Collecting sunscreen, gum, small snack food, Frisbees and shaving cream for soldiers overseas. Ronald McDonald House 26707 76th Ave., New Hyde Park. 516775-5683. Donate toiletries, linens, cleaning supplies and toys to aid families with an ill child. Splashes of Hope Donate $20 to give the gift of creativity to a hospitalized child. Checks can be sent to: Splashes of Hope, P.O Box 537, Huntington, NY 11743. 631-4248230. Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island Island-wide. There are two ways to give back; a donation, or become a Big Brother/Sister. www.bbbsli.org. Reading Reflections Woodbury and Stony Brook. Collecting new and gently used books. www. readingreflections.com LI Crisis Center Needs monetary donations. www. longislandcrisiscenter. org, 516-826-0244. LI FNB Toy Collection Urban Coffee, 101 Broadway, Greenlawn; Through Dec. 25, 631-2234370. Noon-11 p.m. Requesting new toys (all ages, new and used), warm clothing, sleeping bags, pants, shirts, gloves, boots, sweaters, leggings, blankets, hats, socks, etc. Community Food Council Food Pantry at Manor Field, 90 E. Fifth St., Huntington Station. Mon.-Fri., 10 Gi f t G u i d e

a.m.–noon. Accepting food including peanut butter, jelly and canned fruits and toiletries like soap, toothpaste and shampoo. LI Aquarium & Exhibition Center Holiday Collection 431 E. Main St., Riverhead; Mon.Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 631-208-9200. Collecting unwrapped toys and nonperishable foods. Forgotten Friends of LI Collection Pawprint chocolate proceeds from covered Oreos by Kiana from Cakes by Kiana are donated to the FFLI. magician@ptd.net. Pal-O-Mine Equestrian 829 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. Needs toiletries, office supplies, paper goods, bottled water, coffee, cleaning supplies, and monetary donations. A list of equestrian items are featured at www. pal-o-mine.org or call 631-231-8290. Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation Monetary donations needed for dolphin tank and surgery/xray room. www. riverheadfoundation. org. LI GLBT Services Network Monetary donations needed to provide a home and safe space for the local GLBT community. www. ligbtnetwork.org. Security Dodge Holiday Collection 345 Merrick Rd., Amityville; Thursdays till 9 p.m. Collecting toys. 631-691-5000. ISiBS Place Holiday Collection 1420 Broadway, Hewlett. 516-3743000. www.redcross. org/gifts. Accepting new toys for kids ages 5-18 to support siblings of sick kids. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Smithtown, 631-9309088. Needs monetary donations, office workers, dog walkers and other volunteers. Mercy Center Ministries 36 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631930-3978. Accepts new clothing and

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non-perishable food donations for Babylon Town Food Pantry Annex till Dec. 21.

Birthday Wishes LI Help make a small difference in a child’s life by giving a gift. Call 516-680-7990 for details.

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The Giving Doll - St. Regis Knights of Columbus 2850 Pond Lake Rd., Ronkonkoma. Thu. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 631-278-4699. Needs materials to aid in production of homemade dolls. Woodward Children’s Center 201 W. Merrick Rd. Freeport. 516-3790900. Seeking new and gently used toys, esp. for older children. Bethany House 102 White House Ave., Roosevelt. Takes new toys for children 2-12. Call 516-8686866 for drop-off details. Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. Mon.-Fri., office hours. 631425-1884. Collecting Friskies, canned cat food, pate, nonclumping clay litter, Science Diet Dog Food-canned and dry, paper towels and large black garbage bags. United Veterans Beacon House 1715 Union Blvd., Bay Shore. Mon.Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Collecting bedding, food, gift cards, toiletries, household goods, and daily necessities for veterans. Vietnam Veterans LI www.vva.org. 631924-8088. Accepts clothing, bedding, shoes, small appliances, furniture, TVs, radios, etc. Breast Cancer Help 2 Park Ave. Bay Shore. www. breastcancerhelpinc. org. Donate used vehicles, running or not, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Help and LI Cancer Help & Wellness Center. NY Blood Center Island-wide. www. nybc.org. Needs blood donations due to shortage from Hurricane Sandy.

FRIDAY 12.14 Kevin & Danielle Jonas FDNY City Harvest Food Drive @ 165 E. 51st St. Manhattan. Noon-2 p.m. The celebrity couple collects nonperishable food items. SATURDAY 12.15 Holiday Toy Drive @ Nocello’s Restaurant, 843 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport. 631761-1856. 2-5 p.m. Donate unwrapped toy, get a free picture with Santa. Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge @ Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai. 631-254-1465, ext. 10. Take a dive for NY Special Olympics. SUNDAY 12.16 Sugar Plum Ball @ Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury. 516-378-2000, ext. 651. 4-7 p.m. A daddy-daughter event to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County. Free Pet Services @ Island Park LIRR, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For animal owners affected by Hurricane Sandy, Central Veterinary Associates is offering free advice, examinations, and rabies vaccine vouchers to the first 70 people. Breakfast with Santa @ Camp PaQua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 631-878-1070, www.camppaquatuck. com. Proceeds benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. MONDAY 12.17 Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert @ The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. 6:30 p.m. 631-627-8787. A night of entertainment to help Sandy victims. Cars, Canines, Cuisines & Cocktails @ Little Shelter, 105 S. Service Rd, Huntington. 7-10 p.m. $80, 516-6717575. An event to help homeless animals due to Sandy.

Nature Conservancy 142 Route 114, East Hampton. www. nature.org. Donate online to help protect LI’s coastal regions.

Annual Food Drive @ 14 Glen Cove Rd., Roslyn Heights. 9 a.m-6 p.m. 516-6262060. Island Harvest collects non-perishables for local food kitchens. Through 12.21.

GallettAir 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon. 631587-8395. Accepting

SUNDAY 12.23 Theo’s Christmas Spectacular @ The Emporium,

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The Gift Cards That Keep On Giving HOLIDAY SHOPPING

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Come holiday season, it’s the thought that counts, and one of the most thoughtful presents of all just might surprise you: a gift card. Once thought to be the most thoughtless gift, it’s actually just the opposite. Gift cards give the recipients the freedom to buy whatever they want, whenever they want, something now, something later. They may even come with a bonus for you. Here are five no-fail gift cards. Pet Supplies Plus All pet owners know that taking care of a pet is a big responsibility and can get expensive, so a gift card to Pet Supplies Plus is always appreciated. Recipients can use the card for everything from grooming to trying natural pet foods. Even better, the card can be used at any of their 11 store locations. (Pet Supplies Plus, Multiple Locations, PetSuppliesPlus.com)

Governor’s Comedy Club A good laugh can be a real stressbuster, and the best place on LI to go is Governor’s Comedy Club. Governor’s hosts the funniest of the funny and offers a gift card that can be used for the show of their choice. Even better, the gift card can be used at all three clubs in Levittown, Bellmore and Bohemia. (Governor’s Comedy Club, Multiple Locations, Govs.com)

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Canz-A-Citi Roadhouse With football season in full swing, you can help your favorite football fanatic keep his/her bar tab down while they enjoy all the wings and beer they desire. A Canz-A-Citi Roadhouse gift card is the perfect way to make it happen. Allow your best friend to chow down on terrific roadhouse-style food with the added benefit of being at a great sports bar with a huge beer selection. Pick up a gift card and you can use it at one of their three locations. (Canz-A-Citi Roadhouse, Patchogue, Westbury and Astoria. CanzACiti.com)

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Lessing’s A great meal awaits you at any of Lessings’ seven restaurants, whether it’s at View, Library Café, Maxwell’s, Mirabelle Tavern, Post Office Cafe or Finnegan’s. Even better, through Dec. 25, every $100 you spend in gift cards gets you a $20 gift card for yourself. (Lessing’s Restaurants, Multiple Locations, Lessings.com) Beach Bum Tanning Give the gift of a golden glow from Beach Bum Tanning. A gift card to any one of Beach Bum Tanning’s 13 LI locations will surely shake away the winter blues and help your favorite beach bum hold out until the sunshine is back. (Beach Bum Tanning, Multiple Locations, ShopBeachBum.com) For a complete list of gift cards that come with bonuses for you, visit LongIslandPress.com/GiftCards.

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This business of art ONE VOICE Can BECOME MANY & TWISTED SISTER SANDY BENEFITS

Legendary LI hard rockers Twisted Sister will perform a 90-minute show along with special guests including New York Yankees’ Bernie Williams and Adrenaline Mob to benefit victims of Tegan & Sara join The Killers Hurricane Sandy on at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, 12.16. Then Friday, 12.14. come back for round two on Monday, 12.17 for the One Voice Can Become Many Hurricane Sandy benefit concert featuring Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Frankie Dee from WRCN, Michael DelGuidice of Big Shot, John Scarpulla, Tommy Byrnes of Billy Joel, Randy Jackson of Zebra and more. The Emporium. —Jaclyn Gallucci

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Iranian Schindler @ Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, Photos and artifacts honoring AbdolHossein Sardari, who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis. Through 12.31.

Guitar Extravaganza @ Dix Hills PAC

Girls Night Out/ Swizz Beatz @ Webster Hall

Sarah Conway Christmas Show @ Stephen Talkhouse Friday 12.14 Metalocalypse @ Roseland Ballroom Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom Aaron Lewis @ Irving Plaza Richie Byrne @ McGuire’s Comedy Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert @ Terminal 5

Dropkick Murphys @ Webster Hall Irish Tenors @ NYCB Theatre

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Concrete Blonde @ Irving Plaza

Grammy-nominated reggae rocker Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name, Matisyahu, brings his annual Hanukkah celebration, Festival of Light, to NYC with a full band in tow. This year’s festival features a careerspanning look at Matisyahu’s catalogue, which blends traditional Jewish themes with everything from rock to beat boxing. Expect to hear classics, songs off Spark Seeker and fan favorites. Terminal 5. Saturday, 12.15. —JG

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Every Christmas, we look forward to hearing the classics from Bing Crosby, Andy Williams—and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With more than 7 million albums sold, TSO has brought the rock opera back and secured a permanent spot in the classic holiday catalogue with radio hits like “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo” and “Christmas Cannon.” For the first time ever, TSO will be performing their acclaimed “The Lost Christmas Eve” live. Nassau Coliseum. Saturday, 12.15. —JG

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FridayCont. Girls & Boys/Little Boots @ Webster Hall The Dan Band Holiday Show @ Gramercy Theatre Carlos Mencia @ Governor’s Comedy saturday 12.15 Operation Rebuild Hope @ Assembly of God, 362 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, Bring donations of a $10 gift card or small wrapped present from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and help provide a gift to Island Park students. Face painting, free photos with Santa, live music, food, drinks and $10,000

in $500 gifts to those deeply affected by Sandy courtesy of Buttafuoco & Associates. If You Really Love Polar Bears @ Nassau County Museum of Art

Polar Plunge @ Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai WLIR Retro Dance Holiday Party @ Revolution Chef Robert Irvine @ NYCB Theatre

Carlos Mencia @ Governor’s Comedy A Rockin’ Hanukah Party: The LeeVees @ Brooklyn Bowl Hit the Lights @ Revolution Robert Klein @ Brokerage Comedy Eric Hutchinson @ City Winery friday

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The Misfits/Heart of the Matter @ Highline Ballroom Jose Filiciano Feliz Navidad Show @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Big Bad VooDoo Daddy @ The Paramount Woof & Walk Adoption Event @ Fido Fitness, 910 Railroad Avenue, Woodmere, Also 12.17. monday

@ Best Buy Theater Occupy Sandy Relief Concert @ Brooklyn Bowl

Mick Foley Book Signing @ Book Revue

Stand-Up U Graduation Show @ Brokerage

John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders @ City Winery, With Fountains of Wayne, John Roderick and more.

Jesus Won’t Steal Our Thunder: A Tribute to Dec. Babies @ Le Poisson Rouge

Carlos Mencia @ McGuire’s Comedy Club CPN Sugar Plum Ball @ Crest Hollow Country Club, A dance for your little princess and the man in her life to benefit United Cerebral Palsy. Pillow Theory @ Mercury Lounge This is Hell @ Revolution

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Christmas is Tuesday, 12.25! Make Your Own Ornaments @ Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. daily. Through Sunday, 12.23. Carols & Cookies @ Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Rd., Jamesport. Friday, 12.14. 6:30 p.m. Celtic Christmas @ Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Friday, 12.14. 7 p.m. Traditional music and storytelling. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical @ Patchogue Theatre, Friday, 12.14. Through 12.30. A Night in Bethlehem @ Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 420 Stewart Ave., Garden City. Walk through a re-created village where Jesus was born. Friday, 12.14, 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, 12.15, 7-9 p.m. A Charlie Brown Christmas @ BACCA Arts Center, 149 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Through 12.15. Bell Choir of Holy Name of Mary School @ Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Saturday, 12.15. 1 p.m. Breakfast with Mrs. Claus @ Dees Nursery & Florist, 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside. Saturday, 12.15, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, 12.22, 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa @ A Taste of Home, 1992 N. Jerusalem Rd., North Bellmore. Saturday, 12.15, 9 & 11 a.m.

St., Bay Shore. Saturday, 12.15, 1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa @ LI Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. Saturday, 12.15, 10 & 11:45 a.m. Gingerbread House Workshop @ Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Saturday, 12.15, Noon. Animated Toy Train Display @ Wrong Island Railroad, 679 Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma. Saturday, 12.15 & Sunday, 12.16, Noon-5 p.m. Candlelight Evenings @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Road., Old Bethpage. Historic buildings lit only by candlelight, hot apple cider and holiday spirit. Saturday, 12.15, 5-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 12.16, 5-9:30 p.m. O’ Christmas Tree @ LICM, Davis Avenue, Garden City. Learn about why we decorate a tree and Christmas ornaments from around the world. Create a unique hand-painted glass ornament. Saturday, 12.15 & Sunday, 12.16, 1-3 p.m. Christmas with the Nassau Pops @ Chaminade High School, 340 Jackson Ave., Mineola. Sunday, 12.16, 3 p.m. Breakfast with Santa @ Mill Pond Golf Course, Mill Road, Medford. Sunday, 12.16, 10:30 & 11 a.m. A Living Nativity @ St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 2332 Grand Ave., Baldwin. Sunday, 12. 16, 7 & 8 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa @ The Cupcake Corner, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City. Saturday, 12.15, 10 a.m.

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert @ St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 100 46th St., Lindenhurst. Sunday, 12.16, 4-7 p.m.

Steel Magnolia It’s Christmas Time – A Classic Country Christmas Show @ YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main

Christmas Boutique @ Trinity Episcopal Church, 1579 Northern Blvd., Roslyn. Sunday, 12.16, 11 a.m.

A Christmas Carol @ Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City. A live, radio-style reading. Sunday, 12.16, 3 p.m. Mick Foley: A Most Mizerable Christmas @ Book Revue, New York Avenue, Huntington. Sunday, 12.16, 7 p.m. Candleight Carol Sing @ St. William the Abbot, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. Wednesday 12.19, 7:30 -9 p.m. Film: Christmas Spectacular @ Bay Street Theatre, Expect to see classic vintage holiday performances by the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Eartha Kitt, Herb Alpert, The Supremes, Judy Garland and many more. Truly the ultimate yuletide variety show! Friday, 12.21, 8 p.m. Linda Eder Holiday Show @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. Saturday, 12.22. Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. Sunday, 12.23. Live Reindeer @ Hicks Nurseries, Jericho Turnpike, Westbury. Through 12.23. Beauty & The Beast’s Magical Christmas @ Vanderbilt Mansion, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Sunday, 12.23, 1 p.m. Cantata Performance: Lead Me Back to Bethlehem @ Christ Lutheran Church, Carleton Avenue, Islip Terrace. A musical celebration. Sunday, 12.23, 10 a.m. Christmas Day Celebration @ St. Luke Lutheran

Church, 20 Candlewood Path, Dix Hills. Carols and service. Tuesday, 12.25, 10 a.m. Frosty @ Bayway Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. Thursday, 12.27, 1 p.m. Barnaby Saves Christmas @ Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. Through 12.29. 9th Annual Holiday Light Show @ Camp Edey, 1500 Lakeview Ave., Bayport. Drive through a magical show of lights and meet Santa! Through 12.30, 5-9 p.m. A Cavalcade of Dolls & Toys @ Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main St., East Hampton. An exhibit of dolls and toys under Christmas trees of old. Through Sunday, 12.30. A Christmas Carol: The Musical @ CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. Through 12.30. Animated Christmas Story @ Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, Through Monday, 12.31. A 1950s Christmas in Southampton @ Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. Through 1.5. Rudolph @ John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport. Through 1.6. A Christmas Carol @ John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport. Through Sunday, 1.6. Ice Skating Around the Christmas Tree @ Tanger Outlets at the Arches, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. Ongoing. —Jaclyn Gallucci

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WednesdayCont. Live Comedy @ Plaza Cinema MAC Holiday Party & Toy Drive @ Holiday Inn of Westbury The Beatles’ Magical Orchestra Sandy Benefit @ Cinema Arts Centre thursday 12.20 Straight No Chaser @ NYCB Theatre Leonard Cohen/ Webb Sisters @ Barclays Center

The Slackers @ Revolution Ugly Sweater Soiree @ McFadden’s Nancy Atlas Christmas Spectacular @ Stephen Talkhouse Graf’s Toy Drive @ 859 Montauk Hwy., Suite 1, Bayport. Drop off new, unwrapped toys for victims of domestic violence, victims of Hurricane Sandy and Toys for Tots. Through 12.20.

Where it’s At Do This Venue Information

Apollo Theater—253 W. 125th St., Manhattan. www.apollotheater.org

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill—237 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. www.bbkingblues.com

Madison Square Garden—4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. www.thegar den.com

Mattituck-Laurel Library— Main Road, Mattituck. www.mattlibrary.org

Barclays Center—620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. www. McGuire’s Comedy Club—1627 Smithtown barclayscenter.com Ave., Bohemia. www.mc Bell House—149 7th St., guirescomedyshows.com Brooklyn. www.thebell McFadden’s—210 Merrick houseny.com Rd., Rockville Centre. www. Best Buy Theater—1515 mcfaddensrvc.com Broadway, Manhattan. www.bestbuytheater.com Mercury Lounge—217 E. Houston St., Manhattan. Book Revue—313 New www.mercuryloungenyc. York Ave, Huntington. www. com bookrevue.com Mr. Beery’s—4019 HempBowery Ballroom—6 stead Tpke., Bethpage. Delancey St., Manhattan. www.mrbeerys.com www.boweryballroom.com Mulcahy’s—3232 Railroad Brokerage—2797 Merrick Ave., Wantagh. www.muls. Rd., Bellmore. www.broker com agecomedy.com Nassau Coliseum—1255 Brooklyn Bowl—61 Wythe Hempstead Tpke, UnionAve., Brooklyn. www.brook dale. www.nassaucoli lynbowl.com seum.com Cinema Arts Centre—423 Nassau County Museum Park Ave., Huntington. of Art—1 Museum Dr., www.cinemaartscentre.org Roslyn Harbor. www.nas saumuseum.com City Winery—155 Varick St., Manhattan. www. NYCB Theatre at Westcitywinery.com bury—960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury Crest Hollow Country Club—Jericho Turnpike, The Paramount—Main Woodbury Street, Huntington. www. paramountny.com Dix Hills PAC—305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills. www. Plaza Cinema & Medhpac.org dia Arts Center—20 Terry St., Patchogue. www. The Emporium —9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. plazamac.org www.theemporiumny.com Revolution—140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. www.revolu Governor’s —90 Division tionli.com Ave., Levittown. www. govs.com Roseland Ballroom—239 Gramercy Theatre—127 E. W. 52nd St., Manhattan. www.roselandballroom. 23rd St., Manhattan. www. the gramercytheatre.com com Highline Ballroom—431 W. 16th St., Manhattan. www.highlineballroom

Stephen Talkhouse—61 Main St., Amagansett. www.stephentalkhouse. com

Holiday Inn of Westbury—369 Old Country Rd., Terminal 5—610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. www.termi Carle Place nal5nyc.com Irving Plaza—17 Irving Pl., Tilles Center—720 NorthManhattan. www.irving ern Blvd., Greenvale. www. plaza.com tillescenter.org Le Poisson Rouge—158 Bleecker St., Manhattan. Vibe—60 N. Park Ave., www.lepoissonrouge.com Rockville Centre. www. vibeloungeli.com Living Room—154 Ludlow St., Manhattan. www.living Webster Hall—125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. www. roomny.com websterhall.com news

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5 Celebrities We Wish Would Go Away in 2013

Try as we might, we just can’t avoid them. These are the people who couldn’t be ignored in 2012, the ones who appeared like an annoying Jack-in-the-Box at every turn. It needs to stop in 2013. Let’s make it happen. 1. TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor, you’re beautiful. You’re sweet. You are an excellent role model. But we never, ever, ever want to hear another one of your sappy preadolescent, written-in-60-seconds love songs again. And when you win your 90th award courtesy of your legion of 12-year-old girl fans, you can leave your open-mouthed shocked face at home. It was cute in the beginning, but enough is enough. As for the army of boy band members you’ve dated, we are tired of hearing about them. Stop picking out baby names on the third date and scaring them away. But if you insist on maintaining a merry-go-round of boyfriends so you can continue churning out useless country pop, at least hook up with guys more interesting than Joe Jonas and Harry Styles, so the next time we turn the radio on and hear you droning on about the latest prince to break your heart we won’t want to crash head-on into a semi-tractor trailer.

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2. THE KARDASHIANS

From Kim’s 72-day marriage to her overhyped big rear, sex tape and arrogant, idiot boyfriend Kanye West, to all the publicity stunts you expect the public to be dumb enough to believe, not to mention those ridiculous Christmas cards, there isn’t an iota of talent among this tribe to be had. The epitome of being famous for being famous, the Kardashians wouldn’t know how to function without at least three cameras rolling at all times. Even Kate Middleton gave Kim’s trashy and cheap clothing line the royal “nope!” We’re not really sure why this family is well known or what they actually do or why every one of them has a name that begins with a K. But their fame can all be attributed to a murder trial and a porn flick—Klassy!

Lindsay, you were adorable in Parent Trap but since then you have been arrested repeatedly, had multiple car crashes, stolen jewelry, allegedly didn’t pay your taxes, had an out-of-control lesbian relationship, reportedly run over multiple pedestrians and were charged with punching a psychic in the face. Oh, and your whole family is bat-shiz crazy. As your gallery of mug shots continues to grow, with much of your dysfunction taking place right here on Long Island, whether it’s your mom fighting Carvel employees or your dad revealing he had a secret child, you always manage to top yourself. It’s not that we don’t want to hear about your latest escapades. You are by far the most entertaining person on this list. But we feel we have a moral obligation to put your name here because the road you’re on leads nowhere good. We want you to go away—preferably to rehab.

3. CHRIS BROWN/ RIHANNA

We’re still not sure how Rihanna could call Chris Brown the love of her life after he bit and battered her face. We’re not into holding grudges, but after his continued violent outbursts and his recent Twitter feud with Jenny Johnson, it’s probably safe to assume this guy still has some issues, especially with women. And Rihanna, comparing your relationship to that of Whitney Houston—who is now dead—and Bobby Brown, who was just charged with yet another DUI, isn’t something we’d be bragging about. But to each his own. It’s none of our business, like you say. Unfortunately until you stop posting half-naked pics of each other and possible engagement rings online for every gossip site to latch onto, we’re stuck with each other. We’ll do our part, but the ball is in your court now…

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5. KRISTEN STEWART/ROBERT PATTINSON

We don’t get any of the hoopla around KStew and RPatz, but we can only assume it’s being fueled by the tween demographic. Despite the whole “trampire” saga, just like vampires, your relationship never seems to die and we continue to have your faces stare at us from the cover of tabloids on the check-out line. Kristen, try smiling once in awhile. Rob, have some self respect. Your girlfriend cheats on you, and you take her back like nothing ever happened? You seem like the perfect sap to be pushed around long-term. Let’s kill two birds with one stone: Rob, have you met Taylor Swift?

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF SUFFOLK Index No. 11-35464 AMERICAN COMMUNITY BANK, Plaintiff, JCM GOLD, LLC, COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated the 7th day of November, 2012, I the undersigned referee, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Town Hall, Town of Babylon, 200 East Sunrise Highway, North Lindenhurst, New York on Tuesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M the property described by said judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate lying and being in the Village of Amityville, in the Town of Babylon, County of Suffolk and State of New York, bounded and described on Schedule “A” annexed. SCTM # 0101-005.00-07.00-003.000. SAID PREMISES KNOWN AS 166 Broadway, Amityville, New York, 11701. SOLD subject to a first mortgage, held by American Community Bank, made by JCM Gold LLC, dated March 5, 2008, in the original amount of $345,000.00, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, on March 19, 2008, in Liber 21684, at page 638. SOLD subject to all terms and conditions contained in said filed Judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of Judgment $270,525.57 plus interest, costs, disbursements and allowances and attorney’s fees. WILLIAM F. MACKEY, JR., ESQ., REFEREE. PINKS, ARBEIT & NEMETH Attorneys for Plaintiff Office and P.O Address 140 Fell Court – Suite 303 Hauppauge, NY 11788 631 234-4400 SCHEDULE “A” ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Amityville, in the Town of Babylon County of Suffolk and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the westerly side of Broadway marked by a drill hole and cross in the concrete, distant 57.29 feet southerly, when measured along the westerly side of Broadway, from its intersection with the southwesterly side of Ireland Place; Running Thence South 19 degrees 52 minutes 40 seconds East along the westerly side of Broadway 49.81 feet to a spike in a joint and land now or formerly of M. Tarasenko; Thence South 82 degrees 22 minutes 20 seconds West along said last mentioned land 44.36 feet to a cross in the concrete and land now or formerly of Day and Wilmarth; Thence along said last mentioned the land the following two courses and distances: 1. North 33 degrees 50 minutes 40 seconds West, 20.47 feet to an iron pipe; 2. North 70 degrees 45 minutes 10 seconds West, 32.64 feet to a locust stake and land now or formerly of the Franklin National Bank; Thence North 70 degrees 10 minutes 20 seconds East along said last mentioned land 70.61 feet to drill hole and cross in the concrete on the westerly side of Broadway and the point or place of BEGINNING.

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TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the state of New York); and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Verified Complaint. Dated: 11/15/2012 Jamaica, NY 11432 Yours, etc. DOROTHY ATCHISON, ESQ. LAW OFFICE OF ATCHISON & ASSOCIATES P.C. Attorney’s at Law 90-25 161st Street, Suite 501, Jamaica, NY 11432 (718) 262-8032 NOTICE: Under DRL Section 255: The Defendant is advised that he may no longer be covered by the Plaintiff’s health insurance plan upon the entry of a judgment of divorce and that the defendant may be responsible for his own health insurance. The Nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL Section 170 subd. (7) – Irreconcilable Differences. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That there are no children as a result of this marriage, and no child is expected. That either party may resume the use of a pre-marriage name, as follows: the plaintiff may resume use of her maiden name to wit: TROTMAN That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem, just and proper. The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. TO DEFENDANT: MICHAEL T. MACK 107-43 142 Street, Jamaica, NY 11435 NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC ORDERS (D.R.L. 236) PURSUANT TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW Section 236 Part B, Section 2, as added by Chapter 72 of the Laws of 2009, both you and your spouse (the parties) are bound by the following AUTOMATIC ORDERS, Which shall remain in full force and effect during the pendency of this action, unless terminated, modified or amended by further order of the court upon motion of either of the parties or upon written agreement between the parties: (1) Neither party shall sell, transfer, encumber, conceal, assign, remove or in any way dispose of, without the consent of the other party in writing, or by order of the court, any property (including, but not limited to, real estate, personal property, cash accounts, stocks, mutual funds, bank accounts, cars and boats) individually or jointly held by the parties, except in the usual course of business, for customary and usual household expenses or for reasonable attorney’s fee in connection with this action. (2) Neither Party Shall transfer, encumber, assign, remove, withdraw or in any way dispose of any tax deferred funds, stocks or other assets held in any individual retirement accounts, 401k accounts, profit sharing plans, Keough accounts, or any other pension or retirement account, and the parties shall further refrain from applying for or requesting the payment of retirement benefits or annuity payments of any kind, without the consent of the other party in writing, or upon further order of the court. (3) Neither party shall incur unreasonable debts hereafter, including, but not limited to, further borrowing against any credit line secured by the family residence, further encumbrancing any assets, or unreasonably using credit cards or cash advances against credit cards, except in the usual course of business or for customary or usual housing expenses, or for reasonable attorney’s fees in connection with this action. (4) Neither party shall cause the other party or the children of the marriage to be removed from any existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage, and each party shall maintain the existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage in full force and effect. (5) Neither party shall change the beneficiaries of any existing life insurance policies, and each party shall maintain the existing life insurance, automobile insurance, homeowners and renters insurance policies in full force and effect. NOTICE CONCERNING CONTINUATION OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE (Required by section 255(1) of the Domestic Relations Law) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that once a judgment of divorce is signed in this action, both you and your spouse may or may not continue to be eligible for coverage under each other’s health insurance plan, depending on the terms of the plan.

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GETTING EFF-ENDED ACROSS 1 Disjoined 9 Spanish rice dishes 16 Little newts 20 Spoken test 21 Shekel earner 22 Boatloads 23 “If I Were a Rich Man” musical 25 Dirt-dishing Barrett 26 Appraises 27 Here, to Jean-Luc 28 Medical school subj. 29 Unkosher 30 San Francisco tourist area 34 Field of flight technology 40 King, in Nice 41 U.S. immigrants’ subj. 42 Treat for the prodigal son 45 Gentlemen: Abbr. 49 Booker T. & the 52 Luau hellos 53 Tiny charged thing 55 Online gabbing site 57 France’s Coty 58 Do some written legal summarizing 62 “Laura” director Preminger 63 Back-country 66 George’s lyricwriting brother 67 Country-pop singer Eddie 69 Polar laborer

72 Government bailouts, e.g. 76 “Phooey!” 77 Rust away 79 “... goes, - go!” 80 Under penalty 82 Korea’s continent 83 Crease to create two equal sides 87 “If only - known” 91 Germinate again 93 “Boy!” 94 Topped cracker 96 Tiny bit 97 Surpluses 100 Coq au vin maker, often 103 Ecol. monitor 105 “Bang!” 107 Property confiscations 108 Not be ailing 115 Sitar music 116 Purvey 117 It’s not gross 118 South Pacific island 124 “Have - a deal for you!” 125 Be beaten by 129 Nixing mark 130 Quaint batting game 131 See 33-Down 132 Canine lines 133 Some apples and potatoes 134 “Definitely, count me in!” DOWN 1 Big couch 2 Discord deity 3 Hippies’ digs

4 Alan of films 5 Have faith in, with “on” 6 Tree fellers 7 La Brea gunk 8 Funny Philips 9 Toss 10 More pale 11 Sonnet preposition 12 Wyoming city 13 Singer Lewis 14 Take out - (borrow cash) 15 Puts through a strainer 16 Rare - (some elements) 17 Wallpaper design, often 18 Printer ink 19 Walking stick 24 “- for Noose” (Grafton novel) 30 TV regulator 31 “... - joy forever” 32 CD- - (PC insert) 33 With 131-Across, U.S. Military Academy students 34 Way, way off 35 - of tears 36 Take - faith 37 Alternate 38 Classy org.? 39 Airport requests 43 - Abner 44 Adversary 46 - -fi movie 47 County lawman 48 Nadal of tennis 50 Mobster John 51 Struck, biblically 54 Getting exactly

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59 - de la Cité 60 “It’s chilly!” 61 Actress Charlotte

64 ET craft 65 Coyote’s kin 68 Art teacher’s deg.

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106 Assailed 108 Artist Kahlo 109 Raring to go 110 “Hell - Heroes” (1962 film) 111 Reeves of “The Matrix” 112 French feminine plural pronoun 113 Small paving stones 114 Ending for ordinals 118 Part of a dog 119 A.D. part 120 Sharp Aquos, e.g. 121 “Ah, yes” 122 Legal wrong 123 “Assuming that’s true ...” 126 Hole in one 127 Prefix with dermis or glottis 128 Brick holder

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