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A Letter From The Editor

It is with a wide smile on my face and a torrent of amazing memories flooding my mind that I welcome you to the 10-year anniversary edition of the Long Island Press. For the past decade we have strived to keep you informed about the most important issues and happenings affecting the nearly 3 million of us who call this Island home. For the past decade we’ve kept you entertained, with comprehensive arts and culture features, music reviews, profiles and an event listings section unrivaled in its scope and breadth. For the past decade we’ve educated you through in-depth reporting, leave-nostone-unturned news coverage and eyeopening, revelatory investigative pieces on everything from politics and the environment to business and government. For the past decade, we’ve told your collective story, Long Island, and have been blessed to do so. As you might know, the Press began as a bi-weekly newspaper called The New Island Ear in 2002, when The Morey

Organization (TMO), then owners of pioneering alternative rock station 92.7 WDRE/WLIR-FM, purchased the bi-weekly music publication, the Island Ear. Taking our name from the daily Long Island Press, which published for 156 years before shutting its doors in 1977, we re-launched as an alternative newsweekly in January 2003 under the direction of Publisher Jed Morey and the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver and took the Island by storm. We ran a freight train through local news, politics, government, you name it. Fueled by an insatiable thirst for the truth and having a complete and total blast along the way, we put our own stamp on what the Island and its residents deserved to know; no longer were they held captive by the singular monopolistic

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take presented by our lone daily Newsday and News12. We focused a light on many underreported topics and analyzed many alreadyreported subjects through a new, unique and independent set of lenses, refusing to take things at face value and always aggressively, yet patiently, pursuing the truth behind every person, institution and issue. We brought our own style of journalism to Long Island, one that bled heart. We’ve done a lot of damage, exposed a lot of misdeeds and held a great many public and private officials accountable for their action—or inactions. We’ve

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original crew: editor-in-chief robbie woliver, staff writer lauren e. hill, managing editor bill jensen, arts and listings editor michael nelson and editorial assistant christopher twarowski jazz it up at the press’ old garden city headquarters.

influenced the way this island thinks about some things and unquestionably opened people’s eyes about others. We’ve made an impact on issues of public policy and matters of public concern, from our neglected sewage treatment plants and how to address the Island’s ongoing heroin epidemic to corruption within our police departments and among our Continued on page 4

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elected officials. We’ve sparked dialogue among taxpayers and lawmakers alike, doing our best to keep the latter honest. Since 2003 we’ve been disrupting the status quo, shaking things up, raising hell, and having a whole lot of fun in the process. We have been a positive force for change on this Island and the region— and both are better off because of it. That freight train continues to roll on, and next week will take the shape of a larger, more-encompassing monthly magazine. A different format, perhaps, but still furiously adhering to the same principles, spirit and commitment to quality upon which we have built and solidified our reputation over the past 10 years. I promise you that. I joined the Press in 2002 as an editorial assistant for the about-to-belaunched New Island Ear. I was among its first hires and despite a roughly three-year hiatus to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and The Washington Post, I stand as the last one remaining from the original edit crew: Woliver, Bill Jensen, Michael Patrick Nelson and Lauren E. Hill. Edith Updike, Kenny Herzog, Brendan Manley, Tim Bolger and an army of others joined the ranks shortly afterwards and helped shape who I am today as a person and a journalist. Armed with curiosity, imagination and the omnipresent spirit of Johnny Cash, I was set loose; learning primarily

by doing and writing for every section of the paper in the process—though more and more drawn to those stories that required digging. Countless are the tales from the battlefield. I’ll never forget the time Jon Sasala and I, acting on a tip, ended up in protected wetlands behind a Suffolk County trailer park infested with feral cats to discover a literal mountain of undelivered Newsday products that’d been dumped. Or staking out recycling drops, utilizing a homemade anti-fraud tool my father fashioned for me out of a broomstick, and going undercover inside a junkyard to catch those in the act—just a few scenes from what became a nearly 20-part investigative series into the daily paper’s gross circulation fraud, possibly the largest in newspaper publishing history. I’ll never forget the time a sewage worker threatened to cut me up into little pieces and stuff my dismembered body down the sewage pipes of the deepest bowels of Cedar Creek sewage treatment plant (this conversation taking place while in the plant). The scar I later received as my head was ripped open by a rusty sewage pipe thanks to the negligence of Nassau County officials and their disregard for state and federal health and safety laws is another permanent reminder. Or the time a billionaire called to try and get me fired. Or when a top police official reamed me out in an attempt to kill a massive exposé.

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I could write volumes—the neardaily walks to the Gorm with Nelson and Jensen, the countless hours honing pieces with Woliver and Updike, the eternal debate about lunch, the endless days, nights and weekends hunting down stories with Bolger, Spencer Rumsey, Jaclyn Gallucci, Rashed Mian and so many others—as could all the people behind the bylines at the Press. We could have gone many different routes with this very special issue. For our fifth year anniversary, for example, we reprinted 6,000 words of past ledes. Something so monumental and celebratory as 10 years of entertaining, 10 years of informing, 10 years of truth-telling, 10 years of shining a light on some pretty dark places, and, I’d argue, 10 years of inspiring (especially in this ever-changing mediascape)—warranted something more. We felt it only fitting, therefore, to have many of those who made this newspaper what it was and what it now is share the Press’ history in their own words and voices. Throughout these pages you will hear from many people who worked so

hard to bring you years of Long Island stories, people who strove for perfection down to the last comma or ellipsis, people who cared enough to raise their hand and say, “No, everything is not okay!” who spoke out of turn, stood up and tried to do something about it, each in their own special way. People who have feasted on the Press’ legendary lunches. For some of you this issue will be a reintroduction to some writers, editors and former interns from years past, a reminder of all the stories we’ve told along our beautifully impossible journey. For others it’ll be a warm first encounter. (Sadly, former Press columnist, “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher did not respond to our request for a contribution.) Consider this issue not merely a grand celebration (which it is), but a love note and a sincere thank you. Thanks for welcoming us into your thoughts, whether or not you agreed with what we told you. Thanks for listening. Thanks for reading. Thanks for caring. Sincerely, Christopher Twarowski Editor in Chief

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Deadbeat arrest—BULL’S EYE Labeled by the federal government as their “most wanted deadbeat parent,” 50-year-old Long Islander Robert Sand is arrested for allegedly owing more than $1 million in child support. The only part of this story that really shocks us is that this guy’s at name isn’t Michael Lohan. eadbe

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Smart TVs—PARTIAL SCORE A security firm discovers that Samsung’s Smart TV has the ability to be hacked into, potentially giving outsiders a peek into your home via the device’s camera. We like our TVs smart—but not that smart.

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INSTAGRAM—OFF TARGET The popular photo-sharing app updates its terms of service, using a wording that would allow SMART the company to sell its users’ photos to other companies. After a firestorm of criticism on the Internet, Instagram says they have no intentions of selling our pictures, they just worded their TOS poorly. Hey, if Instagram wants to profit off our personal lives, especially those vintage-looking pictures we take of our lunch order every day, fine, but we want a commission. TVS

Porn—PARTIAL SCORE Right after it is announced that sales of redneck porn have increased by 250 percent in the past two years, Google changes its algorithm, making it harder for the public to use its search engine to find porn on the Internet. Coincidence? We think not. 9/11 Study—OFF TARGET A study by the New York City Health Department finds no obvious link between cancer and the dust and debris from the World Trade Center, but even those who conducted the study say the results should be “interpreted with caution.” No kidding. Participant Media—BULL’S EYE The company plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with shows it describes as “inspiring” and “thought-provoking.” You mean MTV’s Awkward, Jersey Shore and God-awful remake of British drama Skins, weren’t getting the job done?

The Pink Slip

GROVER NORQUIST As Capitol Hill moves ever closer to going over the fiscal cliff, the “one obstacle standing between Congress and compromise,” as Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said recently, is a 56-year-old, gray-grizzled pooh-bah plutocrat with a Harvard MBA who’s never been elected to public office. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, once compared bipartisanship to “date rape.” He has the air of a man who’s never faced harder times than when he has to wait for his cake at the dessert buffet table. Yet so many Republican politicians fear him today because he got them to sign his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” an idea he originally came up with in seventh grade (or so he boasted to The Daily Show). The idea is simple: promise never to raise taxes. His goal is to shrink government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” by slashing federal programs that benefit most Americans. Even Reagan knew when to raise taxes. It’s time to flush that pledge down the toilet. It’s over, Grover. Norquist…you’re fired!

The Quote

“These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change…No single law, no set of laws can do it. But surely we can do better than this…We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say we are powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics is too hard?”

The Photo

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Publisher Jed Morey and members of The New Island Ear staff stand alongside the presses at New Media Printing in Bethpage as its May 23, 2002 inaugural issue rolls out.

—President Barack Obama speaking sunday about the Sandy Hook School massacre in Newtown Connecticut

The Equation

20 Children + 6 Adults x Adam Lanza + Assault Rifle = Now Can We Talk About Gun Control?

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2. TURN YOURSELF INTO A SUPER HERO: The UK novelty company Firebox is offering personalized action figures that they create from your photos. Choose from five bodies— Superman, Batman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and The Joker. How do they do it? Firebox says it best: “Using advanced 3-D printing technology, your photographs will be turned into a fully-formed 3-D version of your noggin—including eye color, skin tone, hair style (or as close as possible) and hair color. Accurate? It’ll be like looking in a teaspoon.” 3. GIVE BLOOD, GET METS TIX: Long Island hospitals require almost 800 pints of blood per day to meet routine needs, and our region also suffers from a shortage of local blood donors, especially in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. And if you donate at the William H. Rogers Building in Hauppauge between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 27, you’ll be rewarded with two free Mets tickets. Your neighbors need you and, quite frankly, the Mets could use all the support they can get even if you have to bleed for it. 4. GOOGLE “DIRTY CAR ART”: Using dusty car windows as his canvas, artist Scott Wade has taken the “Wash Me” prank to a whole other level. So, next time you put off washing your car, you may be in for a surprise in the morning—Mona Lisa or Albert Einstein might be staring back at you. Check out Wade’s windshield masterpieces at DirtyCarArt.com.

The Rundown

1. SURVIVE: Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar and possibly Doomsday, the apocalypse, the end of the world, or whatever else you’d like to call it. To celebrate our final days—and also to celebrate our survival—there are both end-of-the-world and post-apocalypse survivor parties scheduled (check out page 31). And if you’re not sure when exactly the end is going to hit, stop by Nag’s Head Ale House in Huntington. Our friends over at the bar have a digital down-to-the-second countdown of our final moments. Good luck—and God speed!

5. Track Santa: NORAD (NoradSanta.org) lets you follow St. Nick using Google Earth as he makes his way around the globe on Christmas Eve. And since this is 2012, not only can you track Santa online, but you can even sign up for text message updates, so there’s no excuse not to remember to leave out those cookies. 6. SUBSCRIBE TO ROB BREZSNY’S HOROSCOPES: For all of you who say horoscopes are a waste of time, you obviously haven’t read Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology, chock full of metaphorical wisdom so spot on, it will make you a believer in the New Year. Subscribe to his free newsletter at FreeWillAstrology.com, and you’ll have your future delivered straight to your inbox every week in 2013. 7. Give a Prank PACK: Tired of headphones that cover your ears? Fed up with wires bumping against your body? Enter: ToeTunes. These slippers with speakers aren’t real, but your friends and family don’t have to know that. Visit PrankPack.com for all kinds of fake boxes to put your real gifts inside of this Christmas.

9. CHECK OUT THE BANANA BUNKER: If you go to BananaBunker.com, you can see a short clip of this extremely durable, magical device. Durable as in: “Watch this man drop a banana enclosed in plastic off a 30-foot-high fire escape.” You know, you’re standing on the fire escape, about to eat a banana, but then it slips out of your hands, plummets to the cold, unforgiving ground, and your day is ruined. We can’t tell you how many times this has happened to us.

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Santa vs. Satan: The Official Compendium of Imaginary Fights By Jake Kalish Adam vs. Charles Darwin, Lucky vs. Skilled, Virgin vs. Whore, My Dad vs. Your Dad, ManicDepressive vs. Obsessive-Compulsive, Married Gay Couple vs. Divorced Straight Couple, Dungeons and Dragons Players vs. World of Warcraft Players and, of course, the book’s title fight, Satan vs. Santa, are just a handful of imaginary battles author Jake Kalish lays out in detail in this book, which he dedicated to his folks, “who knew not to ask what I was doing in my room.” In these “fights for our lives,” Kalish details the battles that determine the ultimate meaning of our existence, then follows it with expert analysis from bloggers, actors, scientists, humorists, pop culture philosophers, social theorists, experts in random fields and other visionaries. If you’re tired of all the mushy and dramatic Christmas movies that run 24/7 on cable this time of year, this is a nice, not-so-politically correct, break. “Who would win between...” has been a question asked for lifetimes, but most people can’t actually devote such thorough study to these fundamental inquiries. Luckily for us, Kalish has spearheaded this scholarly masterpiece. —Daphne Livingston

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The Book

JOEY “I CAN GIVE YOU MORE ” MCINTYRE Dec. 31, 1972 Joey McIntyre, the youngest member of boy band New Kids on the Block, is a Capricorn. Back in the ’80s, his face and glossed lips adorned pins, posters and nearly every cover of Tiger Beat. Hard workers and people pleasers that they are, Capricorns like to take things “Step by Step.” But unfortunately, the rungs of McIntyre’s ladder to success were put in reverse, and he could never achieve that coveted Step Four. The youngest NKOTB member went on to perform a stint on Broadway, polish his nails, and appear on the first season of Dancing with the Stars, before reuniting with not only his own band, but with the Backstreet Boys, to form the disastrous NKOTBSB, as Justin Bieber, beholding his own future, looked on in horror.

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Off the Reservation BY Jed Morey, Publisher, Long Island press Facebook.com/JedMorey

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Lastly...

When I was 21, I got my first job working for a financial planner in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when I was a senior in college. I vividly recall staring at my first paycheck and wondering where half of it went. It seemed a devious pair of rapscallions named FICA and FUTA made off with a good portion of my of a weekly newspaper as of the printing wages. It didn’t really matter at the time. of this issue. Instead, I’m the caretaker I was young. And free. I had a paycheck. of a brand and an institution; a brand Next month I turn 40, and although that means something to the community I have accumulated knowledge from I love. As this caretaker, I’m therefore nearly 20 years of experience, married guiding us in the direction that I believe the woman of my dreams and become to be most meaningful for both brand the father of two perfect daughters, and community. I’m still wondering where the hell my Moving away from the weekly money goes. format has less to do with changing our As it turns out, much of it is in your business model and more to do with hands at this exact moment. (Or on the breaking from artificial deadlines and trascreen in front of you.) This little anach- ditional publishing constraints. As they ronistic information delivery vehicle, say in boxing, we are “letting our hands known as the Long Island Press, has not go” and allowing ourselves to swing only consumed the latter half of my pro- more freely at the targets we wish to fessional life but most of the money I pursue. Our monthly publication will be have earned along the way. It’s not that a fearsome thing. Moreover, our fledging it’s all gone, it’s just that there could have sister publications will have the opportubeen more left over. For example, had I nity to breathe and grow independent of stayed the course in financial planning, the Press and our scrappy gang of talented my path would likely have been more artists and writers will be given the most lucrative. I would have accounts estab- precious gift of all: time. lished in multiple financial institutions, The past decade has been far from a respectable handicap at a local country perfect but it’s been perfect for me. As a club and a subscription to The Wall Street reader, I hope you have enjoyed our work Journal on my iPad. as much as we have enjoyed producing it. Oh, and did I mention I’d be As you will read in this, our final weekly miserable? Had I taken this more obvious edition of the Long Island Press, we have route, I would have missed out on a accomplished a great deal in a relatively decade of rock and roll radio with my brief period of time and touched the lives dad. I never would have taken an ill-fated of countless writers, some of whom have political detour and run for mayor of gone on to incredible post-Press careers as Glen Cove (as a Republican, no less!) and a result of the opportunity this publicaI would have missed the opportunity to tion gave them. run a catering and concert venue, later a There’s not enough room for restaurant. Worst of all, I most certainly acknowledgements in this column or in would have been out of step with the this issue for that matter. The advertispath of my singer-songwriter wife who, ers who have supported us, the readers in an obvious moment of weakness, took who have hung on our words, and the a chance on a directionless, stubborn staff that I have been blessed to collaboideologue with too much gel in his hair. rate with are too numerous to mention. And there would Suffice to say this is the have been no Long end of the first leg of Island Press. a long, enlightening That’s not just my facebook.com/jedmorey journey. My only wish substantial ego talking. for the Press and this staff Owning the Press means it’s not only is to stay faithful to our mission to write my joy and passion but also my problem great stories, stay true to ourselves and and, sometimes, my fault. Upon reflec- remain the purveyors of truth on Long tion, it’s clear I’m more Zelig than Island. There will always be an audience Hearst, but turning 40, if nothing else, for such things. is the moment a person begins to see the Time to go as the next decade awaits. world for what it is and understand one’s There are stories to be told and I’m not place in it. I’m no longer the publisher getting any younger, you know.

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In a world where Lindsay Lohan and Snooki grab far too many headlines, the need for positive women role models seems to be never ending. Every Long Islander knows that Natalie Portman, Rosie O’Donnell and Mariah Carey are some of our more famous exports to Broadway, television and movies, but we wanted to sing the praises of the many so-called ordinary women doing remarkable things every day on Long Island. The Fortune 52 column became the vehicle that told Long Islanders their stories. Tanger Outlets at The Arches in Deer Park came on board as our presenting sponsor and along with some terrific local businesses like Alure Home Improvements, Sandwire and A Taste of Home Bakery, we were able to host free quarterly networking events, where we introduced Fortune 52 honorees to hundreds of Long Island business and non-profit professionals and entrepreneurs who read their stories and wanted to meet them in person. The events gave many of the attendees the impetus to volunteer, donate or fundraise which often resulted in new strategic alliances and business relationships. These women come from all walks of life. Some are astute businesswomen like Susan Hayes and Tracey Edwards from Verizon, others are nonprofit leaders like Kathy Munsch of the American Heart Association and the recently retired Hilary Hartung from the EAC. Still others sought to fill a need in the community when they learned a solution did not exist, like Gail Roca of Kids Kloset and Liz O’Shaughnessy of CoLoKi. Many founded grassroot non profits and foundations due to a family tragedy that have now grown to address the needs of thousands. We all fell in love with their confidence and determination to “just do it.” Even if “doing it” meant thousands of hours of work that resulted in no paycheck, no “me” time, and no sleep. The Fortune 52 column debuted in February 2006 and featured Princess Ann Marie Borghese, owner of Castello di Borghese in Cutchogue, a patron of the arts and a part of our very own royal

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family. Profiles that followed included Nancy Lynch, founder of Pet Safe Coalition. Nancy has been preparing for Superstorm Sandy since 2006, long before anyone could have predicted such devastation would come to Long Island. Nancy witnessed firsthand the horrific aftermath that thousands of pets endured after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She began making preparations on LI years ago and her careful planning saved an untold number of pets from certain death during and after Sandy. Both of Paul and Terri Magro’s sons, Michael and Mark, were diagnosed with cancer at almost the same time. Michael passed away and the Magro family went on to establish a foundation

get advice from someone who has been through a turbulent time, just like them. Aimee Holtzman, founder of Rock Can Roll, began collecting canned food at her children’s school concerts to help feed the hungry and the homeless, and now she’s “playing” almost every major venue on the East Coast. One simple act combined with a love of music can have a tremendous impact on another person and an entire generation. Karen Acompora lost her son, Louis, when his heart stopped after he was struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball. Karen lobbied for automatic external defibrillators to be installed in New York schools, and since the bill was signed

I’ve had the privilege of meeting more than 200 extraordinary LI women who are changing the world. in Michael’s name. They hold fundraisers and with the proceeds buy gift cards that are donated to families with sick children through Winthrop-University Hospital. The gift cards help ease some of the financial burden these families also endure during a time of crisis. Melissa Doktofsky has been helping more than 65,000 needy people annually through her Toys of Hope charity, and since our interview in 2007, that amounts to a staggering 325,000 people. Her annual Christmas Party at Oheka Castle benefits children from the Head Start Program and is pure magic for anyone who is there to watch as the doors to the castle open and Santa’s wonderland is seen through a child’s eyes. Even though Barbara Allen is retired, she still hosts twice-monthly support groups for Prison Families Anonymous members, a group she founded years ago that continues to help those whose loved ones are incarcerated. Thanks to Barbara’s efforts families can

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into law by Gov. George Pataki, 64 lives have been saved thanks to AEDs being available in an emergency. Since Heather Buggee and her volunteer artists from Splashes of Hope began painting hospital room ceiling tiles with soothing imagery, patients have had a much more pleasant experience when they open their eyes after having surgery in some Long Island hospitals and across the country. My feet will never be the same after walking 35 miles in the LI2Day walk for breast cancer organized by founder Ginny Salerno, but what a trek it was! Every mile culminated in a wonderful respite provided by dedicated volunteers. UPS drivers set up an entire tent city—an amazing sight to behold. At the end of the walk, the Moriches Inlet Bridge was flanked by survivors in pink and blue t-shirts, blue for the under-40 survivors. The endless sea of blue made

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Beverly with company founder Ron Morey at a recent Fortune 52 Networking Event

many cry openly. Discovering young women, some still in their teens, who possess an empathy and maturity that separates them from their peers has been another wonderful by-product of the Fortune 52 column. Jamie Isaacs, bullied out of her Suffolk County high school by more than 20 teenagers who threatened to kill her and her family, has become a beacon of hope for the untold number of children who endure this heinous crime every day. Jamie and her family formed the Jamie Isaacs Fouondation for AntiBullying, she has written a book and has been working with local politicians on legislation to protect all children from bullies. Project Heal was founded by Liana Rosenman, Kristina Saffran and Becky Allen, three LI teenagers who met while in treatment for anorexia. The girls were fortunate to have health insurance that allowed them to stay in treatment until they were well. They saw how many others did not have ample coverage so they began fundraising to help pay for treatment. Liana and Kristina continue to raise money more than four years later. The youngest Fortune 52, Sarah Haiken, was only 13 years old when we met and already was known as one of MADD’s most prolific fundraisers and volunteer recruiters. I can’t wait to see what she does next. I wish I could mention every honoree. They all deserve another round of accolades for what they’ve accomplished. I am so thankful for these so-called ordinary women. So step aside Lindsay and Snooki, we’d much rather learn about women who have a real and compelling story and are changing the world, right here on Long Island.

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Robbie Woliver Founding Editor-In-Chief (2002-2009)

It’s like I’m back at the Press and on deadline again. It’s been three years since I left the paper to feed my entrepreneurial fever. I knew that publisher, Jed Morey, would understand why I was leaving. After all, the Press was an entrepreneurial need I fulfilled back in 1999 when I came to him with my harebrained scheme to start an alternative newspaper. (I know this is the 10th anniversary edition, but the paper was actually born in 1999, and officially published in January 2002, under a different name, but with the same goals, and certainly the same vision as the new monthly version of the Press you’ve been hearing about.) Last week, my dear friend and cherished colleague, Chris Twarowski, who was recently named the Press’ new editor in chief, asked me to write a “retro” article about how I came up with the idea for the Long Island Press, the genesis of the paper and many of our biggest stories, and what my favorite moments were. Chris suggested I detail highlights such as our industry-changing Newsday-circulation scandal series; Borzou Daraghi’s exclusive, non-embedded reports from Iraq during the war there; our groundbreaking, awardwinning and news-making series on heroin, education, children’s health, toxic waste, green living, autism, and oil; our enterprise reporting on hazing, sexual harassment, the 9-11 truth movement, corrupt politicians, missing kids, underreported crimes and in-depth arts and lifestyle stories like no other publication was offering; initiating our programs like Fortune 52 and the High School Journalism Awards, “Our Children’s Health” and Best Of Long Island; creating columns such as Michael Martino’s “Dry Martino” (now, I have your attention!), Ron Beigel’s “Eater’s Digest,” Michael Nelson’s “Ravings,” Chick Dubinsky’s “Press Box” and Jed Morey’s “Off The Reservation”; and publishing other

attention-grabbing columnists like Amy Fisher, Matt Taibbi, Crispin Reynolds, Chris Cooke and Tristram Fox. Whether it was advocating in our paper for parents involved in a bitter hearing with school officials over vaccines, giving voice to victims of abuse by clergy or exposing the story of a maid being beaten by her employer—we told it all. I’ll defer to Kenny Herzog’s excellent contribution to this issue, which lists all the specific names I’d praise and thank. I can’t really fulfill Chris’ “detailed retro” request, because with many former colleagues coming together for this issue, and probably writing about everything that I would write about, I thought instead I’d take the opportunity to deal with the future, and let you, the reader, know how important it is to support this publication. Hey, I don’t have a horse in this race. Now, as a non-Press civilian, I am interested in the paper as a vehicle for information that I need to survive on the Island, and in the constantly changing world. I have great admiration for

That’s what’s important to you: to know that Chris and Jed are devoted to bringing you the truth, for being the voice of those who aren’t always heard, for being fair and balanced—and not my memories. the important type of journalism the Press is known for and how important it remains to support that type of journalism. That’s what’s important to you: to know that Chris and Jed are devoted

The press’ award-winning monthly series “our children’s brains,” later becoming the ongoing “our children’s health,” has been compiled into a comprehensive resource guide to help physicians and parents best understand and treat dozens of developmental disorders and conditions affecting our children.

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to bringing you the truth, for being the voice of those who aren’t always heard, for being fair and balanced— and not my memories of working with the best journalists and production and art teams that I’ve had the fortune to work with. I don’t need to praise them here in print; Many remain my good friends and they live with my daily admiration either as current Press staffers or having moved on to other interesting publications and ventures. They have also already been honored by a boatload of awards’ organizations. I am so proud of the always game-changing work we did together. Reader, you do need to know, from that guy without the horse in the race, that I can assure you that publisher Jed Morey and editor-inchief Chris Twarowski have you in their hearts and minds all the time. You and your family are what they think about and worry about—the best ways to inform and entertain you. You’re lucky to be in their hands, as you read the Long Island Press. Those bylines you’ll see in this issue—I love all the people behind them. My years at the Long Island Press were the best of times, and I am so proud of the great work we did, and I’m looking forward to all the fine journalism the current team will continue to do.

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Sonic Boom By Michael Patrick Nelson

Michael Patrick Nelson former EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MANAGING EDITOR, ARTS AND LISTINGS EDITOR (2002-2012)

My first day at Long Island Press was March 23, 2002—so long ago that, back then, the paper wasn’t even called Long Island Press; it was called The New Island Ear. It wasn’t a weekly publication either; it was produced on a twice-monthly basis. Heck, at that point, it hadn’t been “produced” at all—the new paper was still in the planning and preparation stages. I was a vestige of the old publication, The Island Ear, a longstanding local music newspaper that had just been purchased by The Morey Organization, who planned to reboot the whole thing, make it wider-ranging, more expansive, smarter. I’d been working as managing editor of The Island Ear and was swept up in the

purchase, along with a file cabinet full of slowly decaying promotional photographs and a few dozen mailing bins stacked with back issues. In those days, The Morey Organization had numerous media-related holdings—several radio stations, an events and catering hall, a graphic design firm—and The New Island Ear was just one more. So, on March 23, 2002, I showed up at TMO’s Garden City headquarters and was ushered by the paper’s then-Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver to my new “office”: a converted conference room crammed with three mismatched desks—one meant for me, one unoccupied, and one occupied by a young man unfamiliar to me, busy already on some

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data-gathering assignment, seated beneath a freshly hung Clash poster. Robbie introduced me to the young man, my new office mate—the paper’s just-appointed staff writer, an eager rookie named Chris Twarowski—and installed me in the adjacent desk, where I would begin work as The New Island Ear’s arts and listings editor. That was 10 years ago, I was 27 years old, and I still remember most of the details pretty clearly: the slightly toxic odor of lacquer lifting off the newly assembled desks in our claustrophobic workspace; the Dr. Evil action figure standing at the base of Robbie’s desktop PC, which I fiddled with absentmindedly during meetings; the rush and buzz as disc jockeys scurried down the hallway, to and from the radio-station studios, past the glass-paneled walls of the room in which Chris and I were stationed, chained to our computers, fueled by caffeine, ambition and a list of assignments so long and unrealistic that certain items remain on our docket to this day. And along the way, I witnessed, and occasionally contributed to, some of the most impressive journalism to come out of the region since Bob Greene was putting Pulitzers on the shelf in Melville—including breaking such stories as the Newsday circulation scandal, Long Island’s heroin epidemic and Nassau County’s troubled sewage treatment facilities—and worked with some editors and writers who educated and inspired me in ways I cannot begin to quantify or even express. The newspaper won nearly 300 awards in the decade I was there. I was very, very lucky. In 2003, I met a girl who had contacted me, care of the Press, regarding “The Nelson Ravings,” a weekly column I was writing at the time; In 2011, she and I got married (Chris officiated the ceremony, and half the office was in attendance at the reception). In 2009, Robbie left the Press, and the paper’s reins were handed to me, to sustain the brand that he, Chris and I—along with a vast and ever-changing editorial team—had been building since March 23, 2002. After Robbie’s departure, I was named editor-in-chief of Long Island Press by its publisher, Jed Morey, whose trust, confidence and courage have done more to propel my career than I ever could have managed on my own. This past May, I left the Long Island Press, to take a role as editor of the music blog Stereogum. After a decade of heartache and triumphs and laughter and growth, I said farewell

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to a team that was also a family to me—a team whose work ethic, dedication and heart served, and continue to serve, as an inspiration to me. The Press has enjoyed immense success and broken real ground, both during my time there and since my departure (Yes, I still read it every week), and I do not believe it would have been possible without that team, those players, from the superstar sluggers to the utility infielders, all of whom leave it on the field, day in and day out—all of whom play a role in the game’s outcome. I cannot begin to list here all the people who deserve to be recognized

And along the way, I witnessed, and occasionally contributed to, some of the most impressive journalism to come out of the region since Bob Greene was putting Pulitzers on the shelf in Melville. by name, but I must spotlight a few: Beverly Fortune, the Press’ associate publisher, as well as its center, its engine, its heart; Jon Sasala, the paper’s art director and its organizer and a genius and a genuinely good man, alongside whom I grew up at the Press, whose wholly positive influence extends to all aspects of the paper and the organization; Chris, Tim Bolger, Jaclyn Gallucci and Spencer Rumsey, my officemates and editorial team, whose Herculean and heroic efforts made my tenure as editor-in-chief look quite remarkable (To be sure, without any one of those people, my time in that role would have ended long before it did, with a decidedly different legacy); and Jed Morey, the Press’ publisher, who has staked his name on the pursuit of truth, encouraging his editors and writers to slay dragons, and serving as the shield and sword while the soldiers go to war. This newspaper moved its offices three times over the 10 years I worked there, but regardless of where my desk was placed, it sat adjacent to Chris Twarowski’s. Today, I have a new neighbor. I am greatly blessed and very happy, and I know, after 10 years, the time had come for me to move on. But I know, too, that what I left behind will never be found again, and how lucky I was to have ever found it at all.

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In their Own Words

Dry Martino My Life, Shaken And Stirred By Michael M. Martino Jr.

Michael M. Martino Jr. Former MANAGING EDITOR, NEWS EDITOR, CONTENT DIRECTOR, CONTRIBUTOR (2006-2009)

When my father died in October of 2010, I was no longer working for the Press. Instead, I was serving as the press secretary for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. On the day of dad’s funeral we all gathered at my aunt’s house. At one point I was holding court, sitting in a high-backed chair and telling dad stories. The big closer is always the tale of the swan attack, when dad and I were terrorized by a massive bird while trying to paddle a canoe. You can’t go anywhere but down after that one. I was fueled by grief and about a gallon of Maker’s Mark and I could have told stories for hours. But while he was sick, I did not tell stories, and I realized how cathartic writing Dry Martino was for me in the three years it ran in the Press. Starting off as a political column, it quickly morphed into a tell-all by yours truly. More often than not, it was ordinary in the way of both prose and topic. But then I would have a week when I let something flow and hit pay dirt. The column became my own personal therapist. I realized that for a guy who talks a lot, I don’t ever really say anything. For some reason I could reveal my life on the page of a newspaper. Without that outlet, my father’s illness was even harder to bear. As anyone who has lived through it knows, the days all morph into one long hospital visit. For five months I held it back simply because we were too busy caring, worrying and hoping. It was about three weeks before he died when I finally wrote something. I published it on my own blog, drymartino.com. It was akin to opening a steam valve, letting the pressure out and putting things back in balance. When I left the paper, I was beginning to feel like I was getting stale. To keep it going I would have to take the honesty up a notch. And man, you have missed a lot. I am remarried. I’m a stepfather.

There is no place to work like a newsroom. The only thing close is a traveling circus. Every day I came in to the following: A publisher who went from Reaganomic Republican to raging liberal communist. An editor in chief who, like Zelig, began to think he was a doctor or an attorney. A surly beat reporter who reserved most of his verbal communication to grumbling at his computer. A sales manager who would literally smash his head through a brick wall to make a sale. An arts columnist who worshipped Swedish sludge death metal but was breathless when it came to American Idol. An investigative reporter with more degrees than an influenza patient who didn’t believe anything you tell him, even if the proof was in your hand and on fire. A sports writer from the South who could tell you how wrestler Mick Foley liked his tea. A copy editor who could tell you who coined the phrase, “It is what it is,” and then explain how to punctuate it. An art department full of dudes who, at Christmastime, played probably 250 different versions of “O, Holy Night” to see which one was the best (Celine Dion). And passion. Lots of burning, contagious, unfaltering passion. I am still writing my column for drymartino.com, and I am close to completing my first novel. It is tough to do, though. Free time is at an historic low. I covered a lot of topics in those years. Family. Booze. Fatherhood. Divorce. Dating. Chocolate. The Simpsons. I can say without hesitation that it is the most truthful work I have ever done. Plus, I love a hard deadline. It works for me, although there were times the lunch order seemed much more important in the newsroom than the deadline. It will be nice to see the column in print again. Happy anniversary, Press. Peace in the New Year.

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In their Own Words

Timothy Bolger News editor; former senior news reporter, staff reporter, editorial assistant and intern (2003-Present) tbolger@longislandpress.com

It barely took five minutes on the streets of a well-to-do Long Island downtown to find what I was looking for: a group of high school students willing to share what turned out to be the region’s dirty little secret. “Heroin’s a good drug,” one told me before I went on to find more who concurred in nearby derelict woodlands. I was on assignment for the Press five years ago, and that exchange was the first of many in our investigation of the drug epidemic. In another interview, a Massapequa High School publicist told me their attorney would have to confirm the validity of police allegations that a student was dealing heroin on campus before school officials would comment— the most aggressive denial I’ve heard to date. We went on to expose the school for the cover-up in the course of the series that followed. Together, those two moments reporting that story helped crystallize why I do what I do. The biggest stories are often in plain sight and the more bureaucrats fight the release of information, the clearer it is that the story behind it must be told. At the time, not only did school officials do their best to kill the story, so did Suffolk County police while they were under the thumb of a county executive who sought to suppress crime news. That school’s publicist is now one of the heads on our mantle, so to speak, and the police have become leaders in the fight to raise awareness about the issue. Nowadays, the crisis and its related prescription-drug abuse epidemic are impossible to ignore. Six people were killed in two LI pharmacy robberies in a six-month span last year, including a 17-yearold girl and a federal agent. Every local news outlet since we exposed the story five years ago has run a series on the issue. And that’s great, because our only goal, truly, was to continue raising awareness,

since sunshine is the best disinfectant in scourges and scandals alike. After our initial series, local politicians passed laws in Nassau and Suffolk counties to map online for all to see where serious drug arrests are occurring. It was not the first time we prompted governmental action, but it was the first and only time we got laws passed. The only result of our coverage that proved more rewarding was hearing from substance-abuse advocates who gained funding and were able to, in turn, help more folks as a result of the exposure. Getting personal thanks from those advocates, a district attorney, DEA agents, local narcotics detectives, and overdose victims’ parents, among others, helped keep the mission clear in my mind. When factoring in the relatively anti-competitive mediascape in the region, there is no shortage of other stories to expose. Brazen alleged corruption that goes unreported is proof that local leaders feel they can practically get away with murder since they think no one is paying attention. All the more reason for those of us who know how to land such stories to stick with it. Although sometimes it comes as easy as finding those heroin addicts on the street corner, it’s not all about the thrill of the hunt. It is the public’s right to know. But it helps to have good aim.

The biggest stories are often in plain sight and the more bureaucrats fight the release of information, the clearer it is that the story behind it must be told.

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In their Own Words

Jaclyn Gallucci Managing editor; former Senior Writer, staff reporter, receptionist, intern and 6-foot panda bear with sideburns (2006-Present) jgallucci@longislandpress.com

I started out at the Long Island Press as an intern and one of my first jobs was to hand out mail, which should have only taken about five minutes, tops, except I had a package for Christopher Twarowski, whom I hadn’t met yet and couldn’t find. Everyone pointed me in the same direction— Chris sat at the last cubicle on the left. But where was that? I felt like an idiot. Then I saw something move from under what I thought was just stacked boxes and mountains of papers. I found Chris. A few weeks later, the receptionist stormed out only to return a few days later. They didn’t take her back, which is probably the only reason I’m still here today. The Press had no job openings at the time and my internship would have ended a few months later, so when a chance came to work full-time answering the phones, I jumped on it. Soon it was me piled under a mountain of papers, specifically, envelopes, when I mailed out thousands of issues every Thursday. I would fight with a printer that always seemed to jam, then stack the envelopes around my desk, fort-style. In between all of this, I’d write for the paper every chance I got as the phone rang off the hook. One week we didn’t print a crossword and I found out just how passionate people are about their puzzles. As I was being yelled at on one line, two other lines were ringing off the hook. I overheard some lady in the waiting room say, “How hard could it be to push buttons on a phone?” I wanted to hurt her. But instead I took the above photo. Over the past six years, I’ve done things I’d never in my life thought I’d be doing because of the Press—riding in a stunt plane, working backstage at a concert, dancing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade dressed up as a 6-foot panda, interviewing a Holocaust survivor. While most companies were having crazy holiday parties a few years ago, our publisher, Jed Morey,

Over the past six years, I’ve done things I’d never in my life thought I’d be doing because of the Press—riding in a stunt plane, working backstage at a concert, dancing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade dressed up as a 6-foot panda. told us the whole company would be spending the day at the Holocaust Museum instead. I was assigned to Gallery One. All the pictures in Gallery One were happy, filled with smiling families. I remember sitting on the floor thinking, “How am I going to write 700 words on this?” Then I realized that this room, which most visitors probably walk quickly through, was really the most horrifying. This was the before, when everything was normal, the way my life was at that moment. It was in this room that something changed to make all the horrible pictures in the other galleries possible. But if I was just visiting, I would never have known that. And it was that day I realized what the Press was about—making sure people know how important all the other Gallery Ones of the world are, whether they’re in a museum, or in the brush beyond a roadside memorial on Ocean Parkway. There are many stories that need to be told, and for the past six years, it’s been an honor being part of a team that has always been so passionately willing to tell them.

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Spencer Rumsey Senior Editor (2010-Present) srumsey@longislandpress.com

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A glossy photo on the wall above my messy desk is worth a thousand words, at least to me: three middleaged white guys in jackets and ties smiling at the camera. I’m in the middle. On my right is Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and on my left is Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. The former a Democrat, the latter a Republican, both leaders facing tough fiscal challenges trying to get their counties on firm fiscal footing following the recession, which I’ve spent time and energy reporting for the Long Island Press. That all three of us are clearly enjoying the moment—we were posing at the Press’ Power List Party held at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park last summer—means a lot to me because I’ve peppered both guys with hard questions, you know, speaking truth to power. In my reporting I’ve always tried to be gracious and fair, and if there’s a bad pun to be made, I uttered it shamelessly just because I could. Those men are my witness—and they still haven’t issued an executive order expelling me from the Island. Thanks to the Press, I’ve been

able to dig deeper into the stories that matter to me at greater depths—and longer lengths (oh, the patience of our poor readers!)—than at any other venue I’ve had the honor to work for in my checkered career. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity, or what we’d call the platform in today’s digital world. And there’ve been other perks. Where else would I get 250 words to give Jets owner Woody Johnson a Pink Slip and vent my frustration in print as he’s made the team a joke on late-night TV? My time here counts for only a fifth of the Press’ first decade in its present incarnation but I’ve been able to build on the editorial foundation laid down by those who’ve come and gone before me—and those veterans who remain. How we evolve through this rapidly changing, unforgiving marketplace is a daunting task, but I trust we will, in some way or another. There’s something intrinsically rewarding in knowing that the journalism we practice at the Press resonates with our audience and has earned the respect of our peers because it’s not easy to do well. But sometimes it’s fun as hell.

My time here counts for only a fifth of the Press’ first decade in its current incarnation but I’ve been able to build on the foundation laid down by those who’ve come and gone before me— and those veterans who remain.

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First Issue of Long Island Press Jed Morey publishes the alternative newsweekly Long Island Press on Jan. 16, 2003, changing the culture and dynamics of Long Island news media, unleashing a watchdog on local government, public officials and other media outlets, and giving its nearly 3 million residents a voice other than its lone daily newspaper. “Long Island’s Lost Girls” Managing Editor Bill Jensen’s March 6, 2003 cover story is the first installment of what would become an award-winning three-part investigation into the disappearance of three LI women from three different decades.

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Managing Editor—Lifestyles Brendan Manley’s award-winning April 3, 2003 cover story on the takedown of several of Long Island’s own “Un-Made Men”—part one of a two-part series, gives readers a rare glimpse into the Island’s dark, Sopranos-esque underbelly. He is looking twice over his shoulder to this day.

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“Dumping Newsday Every Day” Newsday was fraudulently inflating its circulation figures to rip off advertisers. The second piece in a nearly 20-part investigative series, this April 4, 2004 exposé by Christopher Twarowski documented physical proof of the scam. In the end they copped to fudging 20 percent and Tribune set aside $90 million to compensate affected advertisers, but the full extent of the fraud may never be known.

Back-Alley Deals This award-winning April 29, 2004 cover story by Lauren Wolfe and Christopher Twarowski exposed what Nassau County legislators didn’t even know: that several of its public parks were being rented out by private for-profit companies. Following outrage by lawmakers in the wake of the story, the process enabling such deals was changed. Hellhound On My Trail Christopher Twarowski’s July 15, 2004 cover story “Crossroads” probes the shady business dealings taking place behind the scenes of the annual Riverhead Blues Festival and features interviews with many of the Island’s most respected Bluesmen— several of whom who have since passed—who told Twarowski of being strong-armed by its promoter, among other allegations. It was the final year the suspicious activities took place.

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The New Island Ear Launches Out of the ashes of the bi-weekly music publication the Island Ear rises biweekly The New Island Ear on May 23, 2002, compliments of The Morey Organization (TMO), owners of alternative rock station 92.7 WDRE/WLIR-FM. The brainchild of Publisher Jed Morey and Editor-InChief Robbie Woliver, the inaugural issue features profiles of more than a dozen Long Islanders, robust arts and music coverage, a food section, sports, and everything from local politics to hundreds of event listings. A new voice on Long Island is born.

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Insurgency The Press’ March 27, 2003 cover story about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida is the first of many award-winners filed by freelancer Borzou Daragahi from the Middle East battlegrounds of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

Press Staff Writer Lauren E. Hill tells readers (and voters) in her award-winning Aug. 14, 2003 cover story “I’m Not Hiding Under A Rock” something Tim Yousik, who was running for Riverhead town supervisor, neglected to mention in his campaign literature: He was a convicted sex offender. On the day the issue hit stands, Yousik, according to witnesses, marched into Town Hall and removed all its copies. Soon thereafter, he lost the election.

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Mepham High School “Hazing” Scandal

“The Teflon Monsignor” Staff Writer Lauren Wolfe’s awardwinning Aug. 12, 2004 cover took an in-depth and eye-opening look into the Catholic Church’s child sex scandals and how the Long Island diocese’s Bishop Murphy somehow always seemed to escape accountability for the crimes. “Nassau’s Dirty Secrets” This award-winning May 20, 2004 expose by Christopher Twarowski documented the county using taxpayers’ largest public park and one of its most idyllic beaches as a personal dumping ground. Days later, bulldozers and backhoes cleared both areas and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued violations to Nassau for operating solid waste facilities on a public beach and parkland. Ironically, Nassau is currently using the Nickerson Beach property to store mountains of wreckage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“Taxed To The Max” Christopher Twarowski’s award-winning July 29, 2003 cover story shed a light on Nassau’s fiscally disastrous and unsustainable tax inequalities, an issue plaguing local municipalities and the entire county through to this day, despite more than a decade of promises. /// December 20 - December 31, 2012

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Ed Lowe Joins the Press Legendary Newsday columnist Ed Lowe announces in the Dec. 16, 2004 issue he will end his “love affair” with the daily newspaper and is welcomed into the Press’ fold.

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Spotlights

“Free Him”

There have been literally tens of thousands of people interviewed and featured within the Press’ pages throughout the past decade. In-depth, colorful several-thousand word features and cover stories require characters and painstaking development of those characters. Associate Editor Annie Blachley’s award-winning Nov. 16, 2006 cover story/profile of Richard Sonnenfeldt, interpreter/interrogator of the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials at the end of World War II, was exemplary of the Press’ dedication to quality story-telling and commitment to shining a light on very, very dark places.

Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver, Lauren Wolfe, and Press columnist “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher introduce readers to the torturous tale of Ronald Bower, a Queens father of two serving a 54-year sentence for sexual crimes that many—including local, state and federal investigators—believe he did not commit. The Press revisits the story and remains committed to exposing the truth.

“Secret Suffering: The OCD Epidemic” Editor-in-Chief Robbie Woliver’s award-winning Sept. 28, 2006 cover story about the oft-misunderstood and misdiagnosed anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder led many to seek treatment for the condition, helping “hundreds,” says a counselor.

“Safe In Sound?”

In this award-winning Jan. 20, 2005 cover story, Christopher Twarowski, Elizabeth Cady Brown and Lauren Wolfe paint a disturbing portrait of a proposed floating natural gas barge in the Long Island Sound. Following intense outrage among residents, activists and eventually local and state politicians, the idea eventually sunk.

One of several Press followups about Ronald Bower’s plight, this May 12, 2005 cover story was writen by Kristy Bower, his daughter, who reunited with her father as a direct result of the Press’ coverage.

Inside the Nassau County jail

Our Children’s Brains/Health Our award-winning, ongoing series “Our Children’s Brains”/”Our Children’s Health” highlights the developmental and physiological conditions affecting our youth.

“Slave”

Staff Writer Timothy Bolger’s award-winning June 14, 2007 cover story offered readers a harrowing peak inside the Muttontown mansion-prison where Varsha Sabnani and husband Mahender held two housekeepers against their will in forced servitude and human trafficking on LI in general.

“Out & About” One of the first in-depth stories exploring the issues faced by Long Island’s gay and lesbian community, this June 28, 2007 cover story by April Jimenez and contributor Abby Reilly offered readers a glimpse into the lives of neighbors oft-ignored by the mainstream media before more recent gay rights victories.

How to Read your Bills

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“The Killer Next Door”

Editorial Assistant Timothy Bolger ushers in Valentine’s Day 2005 with a hauntingly chilling Feb. 3 cover story about his jailhouse interview with his former Shirley neighbor, convicted murderer Steven LaValle. The New York State Court of Appeals used his case to nullify the state’s death penalty.

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“The Whistleblower” This May 26, 2005 awardwinning cover story by Christopher Twarowski details the scandalous allegations of political corruption among members of Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi’s administration as told by former county worker Georgina Morgenstern, who claimed in a federal lawsuit she was fired when she spoke up about it, among other charges. The case eventually saw the inside of a courtroom four years later, and the Press stayed with the story the whole way through, publishing a telling follow-up in 2009 titled “Skeletons In The Closet.” Despite denials and character assassination attempts by members of both administrations (Suozzi’s successor Ed Mangano became responsible for paying out any judgment award when he beat the Democrat in a 2009 nail-biter), and Newsday pooh-poohing the ultimate verdict, a jury awarded Morgenstern a multi-milliondollar sum. So, in the end, Nassau taxpayers ultimately footed the bill.

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“Special Ed Gets An ‘F’” Staff Writer April Jiminez’ awardwinning March 9, 2006 cover story exposed flaws in East Islip School System’s special education program and presented readers with the disturbing reality that all is not well when it comes to how the educational system deals with challenged children, and that something has to change.

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Hurricane Unpreparedness On Sept. 21, 2006, the Press published “Blown Away,” an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of Long Island’s emergency preparedness (or lack thereof) in the chance we would be impacted by a hurricane of significant force. Staff Writer April Jimenez documented the Island’s history with such storms, noting the disaster areas and utter devastation left in the wake of the Hurricane of 1938, infamously known as the Long Island Express. It also provided “22 Hurricane Survival Kit Necessities.” This wasn’t the first time the Press wrote such a piece; we had already tackled this issue in February 13, 2003’s “Code Orange: We Are Not Prepared,” by contributing writer Michael M. Martino, Jr., who years later became a managing editor. In fact, warning the public and raising awareness about the Island’s hurricane vulnerability has sort of been an annual duty of the paper’s. Now, in the wake of the supreme devastation rendered by Superstorm Sandy, the importance of such pieces is immeasurable. They also seem eerily prophetic.

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“Are LI Campuses Safe?” That’s a question our staff set out to answer in the April 19, 2007 cover story, which was published in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, to date the deadliest school shooting in national history, with 33 lives lost. The answer is mixed. Now, less than a week since the second-deadliest massacre in national history at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School—which claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six adults—we’d have to say no.

Back To The Future

For the 30th anniversary of the closing of our namesake, the daily Long Island Press, which published for 156 years until its closing on March 25, 1977, the March 29, 2007 issue offered readers a retrospective glimpse back into the daily and featured past writers and editors of the original. “The Long Island Press? I used to deliver the Long Island Press,” is a phrase that’s been repeated countless times to current-day Press reporters and editors throughout the past decade, and they continue to hear it on a near-weekly basis.

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Heroin

Bobbleheads County executives Tom Suozzi, Ed Mangano, Steve Levy, Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, and on this March 13, 2008 cover story, disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer know them all too well. They are the Press bobbleheads, and if you’re a public official who’s served as a model for one, consider it a badge of honor. You’ve done something memorable. Maybe not so good, but memorable nonetheless. It just may take some time for you to recognize this. Okay, a lot of time, in Spitzer’s case.

Robbie Woliver, Michael M. Martino and Timothy Bolger’s June 26 awardwinning cover story, part of a three-part award-winning series, was the first to expose LI’s heroin epidemic, a substance that continues to destroy the minds and lives of countless Long Island youth and fuel crime. The series helped prompt the passage of “Natalie’s Law,” which requires the online mapping of heroin possession and sales arrests. Now, sadly, it seems prescription drug abuse has eclipsed this scourge.

“Gangs of LI” This July 29 probe into the grim, violent reality of gang life on Long Island, by Timothy Bolger, was the first in a two-part series exploring the culture’s draw, its youth recruitment rituals, and law enforcement’s efforts to try and curb its deadly credo. With a number of national and international gangs ranging from the Bloods and Crips to MS-13 calling the Island home, the issue could definitely use the spotlight.

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“Toxic Time Bomb”

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Voters Guides

Featuring bios of LI’s county, state Assembly, Senate and Congressional candidates, along with their photos and platforms, our annual voters guides keep the public informed and prepared.

“Messed Up” Christopher Twarowski’s awardwinning Dec. 17 expose reveals how DWI-related vehicles in Nassau that are supposed to be seized aren’t, sometimes with deadly consequences.

Christopher Twarowski’s award-winning April 29 cover story exposed Nassau’s Cedar Creek sewage plant’s disastrous conditions and gross health and safety violations, including non-functioning methane gas valves. The first in a threepart investigative series that included the catastrophic state of Nassau’s Bay Park sewage plant (which recently suffered a complete meltdown), as well as a mini-documentary by videographer Joel Cairo, the stories helped spark positive changes at the facilities, including the ousting of the county’s sewage plants superintendent. Twarowski began investigating the plants in 2005.

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Michael Patrick Nelson

“Island Ink” This awardwinning illustration by Art Director Jon Sasala graced the award-winning June 17 cover story by Michael Patrick Nelson, which profiled internationally recognized tattoo artist, Massapequa’s own, Mike Rubendall.

is promoted to editor-in-Chief

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Providing the most comprehensive music and arts coverage on the Island has been a top priority of the Press, from insightful record and show previews and reviews to revelatory features on popular and stillunknown bands. Michael Patrick Nelson, as arts and entertainment editor, EIC, and resident musicologist, spearheaded this mission. He’s written incessantly on these topics, and now does so as music blog Sterogum’s news editor, but in between his own musings, he shepherded a legion of contributors and writers, and polished veterans’ guest spots. This July 31 cover story on the “new crop” of LI bands by contributing writer Jordan Edwards Page is but one example. Under the Volcano Publisher/Writer Rich Black’s seminal New Island Ear Nov. 7, 2002 cover “Hometown Heroes,” documenting the history of the LI hardcore/punk scene and the explosion of LI’s then-latest wave of bands it spawned—including Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw and The Reunion Show—set the bar.

“Lost Girls”

“Crude”

Publisher Jed Morey penned this award-winning Sept. 25 cover story about “How Wall Street Is Screwing America” and incestuous marriage of Big Bank Morgan Stanley and Big Oil amid the self-inflicted meltdown of the entire global financial system, when trillions of dollars in wealth was disappearing in the blink of an eye and people were left questioning what the hell had happened to the once-booming U.S. housing market (it was built on fraudulent, but mostly legal, subprime mortgage scams). It’s an eye-opening piece that shines a much-needed spotlight on this very dark and murky world, and a subject Morey continued to shed a light on throughout the years with his “Off The Reservation” column.

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“Undressing the Emperor” When Newsday endorsed Democrat Tom Suozzi for another term as Nassau county executive, they somehow forgot to mention that their parent company, Cablevision, and its owners the Dolans, had contributed at least a quarter of a million dollars to his collective political campaigns. The Press included that factoid in this award-winning Oct. 29 piece, along with a scoring card of how Suozzi had done on several key issues. He lost to his GOP rival, Ed Mangano, by about 400 votes. Good-looking man, though, wouldn’t you say?

“Troubled Water”

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Staff Writer Jaclyn Gallucci’s award-winning Nov. 5 cover story informs readers why they probably shouldn’t be drinking LI’s tap water, highlighting decades of leaky underground gasoline tanks and mismanagement from operators to regulators.

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Staff Writer Jaclyn Gallucci’s award-winning Oct. 21 cover story called attention to the disappearance of Megan Waterman and the media’s silence about it. Two weeks later Waterman’s remains were discovered on Gilgo Beach, along with four other victims of a serial killer. Gallucci has revisited the slayings several times, sometimes joining forces with Timothy Bolger. She’s also raised awareness about several other underreported and unsolved cases of missing girls and unidentified murder victims, continuing a tradition the paper began nearly from its inception. Her award-winning “Do You Know John Doe?,” “Beach Bodies,” “Looking For Judy” and “LI’s Other Serial Killer” further shed light on such brutal mysteries.

“Calling For Help”

Rashed Mian and Christopher Twarowski teamed up to deliver the award-winning June 10 cover story, a behind-the-scenes look into the harsh reality of Nassau and Suffolk’s suicide and drug prevention hotlines—the life-saving volunteers who operate them, and the people calling in.

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Politics

In-depth, insightful and enterprising coverage of all the characters who make up the Island’s political stage and create the legislation that affects our daily lives has been a mainstay of the Press throughout the past decade. From behind-the-scenes feeds from the campaign trail to probing investigations broadcasting to the public things the suits don’t want you to know, it’s something we feel readers not only have come to expect, but deserve. This award-winning Feb 24 cover story by Spencer Rumsey poses a lot of hard questions surrounding then-Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s former roommate George Guldi, who’s currently serving time behind bars for his role in a mortgage scam. Less than two weeks later, Levy announced he’d be leaving the political arena after his term amid a probe by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office into his campaign fundraising practices. Questions surrounding that still haven’t been answered. “Membership Has Its Privileges” Press contributor Shelly Feuer Domash’s March 31 expose, the first in an award-winning five-part investigative series with Christopher Twarowski, helped sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office that led to the indictments of three ex-top Nassau cops for the alleged squashing and cover-up of a burglary perpetrated by the son of a wealthy police donor. The series probed Nassau police’s potential misuse of asset forfeiture funds and the still-unfolding scandal surrounding its troubled police crime lab, among other issues.

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“Ripple Effect” Christopher Twarowski and Rashed Mian’s June 28 cover story and multimedia package details the ongoing spread of a subterranean toxic plume from an old Grumman/U.S. Navy weapons plant in Bethpage as it contaminates more public drinking water supplies and threatens the health of generations of Long Islanders. As you’re reading this blurb, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals are creeping closer to infiltrating Massapequa Water District’s wells, and the New York clammers fight State Department of Environmental for their rights in Conservation’s strategy is to let that oyster bay happen. Oh, and children are playing atop a toxic Investigative news Editor waste site that’s been Christopher Twarowski turned into a public park. is promoted to editor-in-Chief

The Long Island Press relaunches as a monthly The Press is expanding its coverage, distribution and its influence as a monthly publication in 2013 and rebranding itself as LI’s Cultural Arts and Investigative News Journal. The Long Island Press has won countless awards for its hard-hitting and, at times, irreverent coverage of the Island. Expect nothing less from us in 2013 and beyond. In fact, expect a whole lot more of everything. From in-depth investigations and well-crafted human interest stories to interesting profiles and arts features, the next generation of the Long Island Press will surpass your expectations. Here’s a look at a handful of other great publications our parent company has on tap for 2013:

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“Tunnelvision” Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey joined forces with Staff Writer Rashed Mian and Art Director Jon Sasala to take readers on a mucky multimedia tour of the East Side Access Tunnel. Through eyegrabbing photography, vivid storytelling and captivating videography, the award-winning April 21 package documents the historic $8 billion construction project, from the inside out.

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“On Thin Ice” When Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced his plans for a public referendum on a $400-million taxpayerfinanced facelift of the aging Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of millionaire Charles Wang’s New York Islanders, we had to weigh in. Partfinancial and cultural analysis, part-historical retrospective, all publicservice storytelling, this July 28 cover story informed readers about many of the details left out of the press releases and get-out-the-vote literature circulated by the parties involved. The plan was voted down, and now the Isles are leaving to Brooklyn.

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“Identifying Princess Doe” Jaclyn Gallucci’s Aug. 2 cover story sheds light on new efforts to identify unsolved murder victim Princess Doe, a teenage girl found dead in a New Jersey cemetery. Through vivid details and suspenseful storytelling, Gallucci brings readers to Princess Doe’s final resting place as investigators unveil new clues and announce new advances in technology to finally put a face to the remains found there 30 years ago. In addition to the published piece, Gallucci took it upon herself to create postcards to try to get the word out about Princess Doe’s case.

“Turf War” The quiet and now controversial disbandment of the highly successful Suffolk County police anti-gang unit was exposed by freelancer Shelly Feuer Domash, Timothy Bolger and Christopher Twarowski in an Oct. 11 cover story. Why the Suffolk County Police Department would shut down such a prolific team while its work has been fueling one of the largest federal MS-13 prosecutorial takedowns in national history has left many— from local legislators to national anti-gang activists and law enforcement experts—scratching their collective heads.

“Long Island Endures”

We all know the story. When Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Island Oct. 29 with gale-force winds and a 13-foot storm surge, it devastated many South Shore communities and left 90 percent of Long Island Power Authority customers here in the dark, many for more than a week (some are still without power), including the Press’ Syosset headquarters. So, we took to the streets and transformed our website and Facebook page into a bulletin board of up-to-the-minute posts, on everything from the nearest emergency shelter to whether or not it was safe to drink the water. We made it a top priority to tell the stories of all those who had lost so much in such unprecedented devastation, going to the hardest-hit neighborhoods and uploading words and art from wherever we could—along with the tales of those selflessly trying to turn the tide. We remain dedicated to this mission today. /// Special Collector’s Issue

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January 10, 2013 The results of the Bethpage Best of LI survey will be released in a special three-volume custom publication February 14, 2013 Milieu Magazine, sister publication to the Long Island Press, is also going monthly, with a twist. Milieu will be glossy. March 21, 2013 Our Private Label division will be publishing a new semi-annual guide to healthy, organic living on the Island called Long Island Organic. May 16, 2013 Ten years of the Press means there have been 10 editions of the Power List, our guide to the 50 most influential people on Long Island. We’re shaking things up this year and that’s all we’re at liberty to say. May 23, 2013 Hofstra University and Bethpage Federal Credit Union once again present the Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards. This year, the winning submissions will be printed in its own custom publication.

October 17, 2013 Most influential businesspeople agree that healthcare is the future of Long Island. We examine this idea in a very special annual healthcare guide.

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In their Own Words

BILL JENSEN MADE CRIME REPORTING A TOP PRIORITY OF THE PRESS DURING HIS TENURE. HIS 2003 “LOST GIRLS” SERIES SET THE BAR.

Bill Jensen

Founding managing editor (2002-2004); post-press: Boston Phoenix editor, Village Voice Media Director of New Media, now a media consultant and founder of nonprofit Epic Playgrounds billy@epicplaygrounds.org

Every story needs an ending. When we started the Long Island Press, we wanted to create a Long Island paper WE would want to read. For myself, I didn’t want to read about who won the hockey game, but rather who won the fights that took place during the hockey game. I didn’t want to read about traffic, but rather the best-hidden shortcuts to take on Long Island’s roads. And I didn’t want to read about crimes, but rather unsolved crimes, the ones where the guy got away, and the families searched for answers. But you know the thing about writing about unsolved crimes? No matter how competent of a storyteller you are, your stories never have an ending. And when dealing with murders, you cannot meet with your two main characters. For the protagonist you have memories of family members. You have old photographs and funny stories. You have the last things they said to their loved ones

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before they were gone. Details of where they were going; what they were wearing. The antagonist? The antagonist is a phantom. So you work. You chase. You dig. And you tell the best story in your power for two reasons. 1. It’s a story you yourself would want to read. 2. There’s an off-chance the crime can be solved through your work. That is how I found myself walking through the streets of Bedford Stuyvesant, knocking on doors, asking anyone if they remembered a murder that happened a year before—the only other murder in New York City on 9/11/2001. I was looking for the final chapter of the story of Polish immigrant Henryk Siwiak, the 46-year-old father of two who had gotten lost heading to his first night of work cleaning grocery stores, and was

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shot dead on Decatur Street on the worst day in the history of the city. Siwiak’s story still has no ending. Neither does the story of Long Islander Brian Booth, who was killed in an East Village apartment on Christmas Eve 10 years ago. Or the bombing of LaGuardia Airport in 1975, which killed 11 people and wounded 75. There was one Long Island Press investigation that broke the mold. In 2003, we launched “Long Island’s Lost Girls” series, we told the stories of three Long Island women, from three different decades, who had all left Long Island and then disappeared. In the first of those stories, “Broken Rainbow,” I spoke to the man who many believe had a hand in killing Huntington native Nancy Santomero and friend Vicki Durian in the mountains of West Virginia in 1980. The middle story, that of Jennifer Wilmer, the Baldwin flower child who went missing in Northern California in 1993, is still looking for its last chapter. In the final story of the series, we investigated the murder of Sag Harbor flight attendant Lynn Henneman, killed on a layover in Idaho. Finally, we received the ending all these stories deserve—as her killer was caught during the Press’ investigation. We wrote more than 100 tales, large and small, of unsolved crimes in

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the first two years of the Press. I left Long Island eight years ago, but I still speak with some of the victims’ families, trying to give them advice on how to get their loved one’s stories back into the news. We want to read the endings to all of these stories. There was one big reason I was able to begin them in the first place. The Morey Organization invested in a newspaper in 2002. When the economy was still reeling from 9/11, Jed Morey took a chance on what many called a dying media form for one reason—he knew Long Island needed it. Like a behemoth who had ruled the Island with little competition for so long, Newsday was a bloated beast. It saw the launch of the Long Island Press not as a threat, nor as a nuisance. Hell, I venture they didn’t even think about it at all. Then we forced them to think about it. We ventured into their backyard with a shovel over our shoulder and a pen in our hand, and methodically uncovered a circulation scandal that would change how every newspaper in the country did business. In just its second year, this little newspaper delivered a severe body blow to a paper that I grew up with, that I had written for, that I loved—but was lying to the people of Long Island. Having a team of a dozen people take down an army of a thousand was a story with an ending to be proud of. But the thing I am most proud of is that the Long Island Press has endured. That it is being helmed by the kid who took Newsday down, and that it is still locally owned and investing in the important stories the community needs to know. I want to read the endings to all of the stories I started back in the beginning. But I hope to never read the ending to the story of the Long Island Press.

When the economy was still reeling from 9/11, Jed Morey took a chance on what many called a dying media form for one reason— he knew Long Island needed it.

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In their Own Words

Sharon Steel Former intern (2002, 2003) and contributor (through 2005)

There is something magical about starting your journalism career at an alternative weekly. Thinking about it now sometimes feels like taking a photo and applying a forced, Instagram-faded nostalgia to an experience that is basically extinct by now. But even as the hardened cynic in me fears the worst, the way I view the media world, and alt-weeklies specifically, is rooted in idealism and adrenaline-soaked passion for cultural storytelling. Now that clicks rule content and staffers of some of the most successful glossy publications in New York regularly appear on popular reality television shows, good writing often takes a backseat to cool-chasing a hazy image of what editors think people want to read. But at the Long Island Press, I learned the stuff that

downloaded illegally off Napster on my parent’s dying old Dell computer after they went to sleep at night. Mike let me help copyedit the galleys of his column “The Nelson Ravings,” and loaned me stacks of CDs to burn. He even gave me boy advice once, when I was depressed and followed him outside, watching him chain smoke cigarettes next to his car. Lauren gave me a journal she decoupaged with pictures of John Mayer’s face. Chris and I once went on an epic misadventure to bring back Nathan’s hot dogs to the entire editorial staff. I wore jeans and Converse to the office while the rest of my interning friends were slaving away in awkward business casual attire. It was the perfect first job. A couple of weeks before I was

The way I view the media world, and alt-weeklies specifically, is rooted in idealism and adrenaline-soaked passion for cultural storytelling. they say you figure out at J-school but rarely do. While it’s become a clichéd trope to say it, it’s true that teaching someone how to write in a classroom isn’t the same as giving them a desk in a newsroom, and editing a thousand of their lousy words before you help them uncover a few decent ones. If you were lucky enough to have real training at a paper like the Press, you found that out quickly. I was 19, and I had big dreams of becoming a rock writer. Music was my life, and my favorite bands and musicians meant as much to me as family and best friends. When I walked into the LIP’s offices, then in Garden City, I met Michael Nelson. He hired me after I hassled him repeatedly for weeks that spring, back when the Press was still The New Island Ear. On my first day, he introduced me to Robbie Woliver, Bill Jensen, Christopher Twarowski and Lauren Hill. I sat next to Mike, and he gave me work to do, like writing music listings. He played the CDs record labels sent him on a small boombox by his desk. Sometimes after lunch, Mike, Chris and I would drive to a nearby record store called Empire Discs to check out their CDs.  We talked about Weezer, about Radiohead, about new, obscure indie bands I’d never heard of and

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due to return to school, Mike pulled me aside and told me that he wanted me to interview a then-popular pop punk band about their new record and write about it for the music section. I’ve interviewed many bands and artists I admire since, but the lightening thrill I got on that first real assignment is something I don’t think I can ever feel again. I spent hours writing and rewriting that first story. I think I was given about 500 words, to do with them as I wished. In typical alt-weekly style, I was encouraged to put myself into the piece, to be creative, and not to worry about writing something I thought the publicist would want to read. Even though the band was stoned during the interview, more concerned with stuffing their face with pizza than talking to me, they humored my ridiculous questions about their influences. That one article fueled the confidence I needed to try to make it in going this industry, which has only gotten harder over the years. In the years since, I’ve kept in touch with my LIP mentors, especially Mike, Bill and Chris. Working with them was and still is one of the most formative experiences of my life. I wouldn’t be the type of writer, or even person, I am today without it.

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In their Own Words

Lauren E. Hill Former staff writer and columnist (2002-2004)

I was no stranger to the halls of 1103 Stewart Avenue, but I was in unfamiliar territory. Instead of just on-air jocks, sales people, and techies filling the offices, there were now journalists in the office. Writers. A whole different variety of people: They liked to keep to themselves, putting into words what songs sounded like instead of merely listening. Expressing themselves at any opportunity, solicited or not. They loved the AP Style Book (that delicious neon orange cover was irresistible) and could—and would— debate the misuse of the serial comma endlessly (the horror). Somewhere between the high-energy radio personalities and the cranial writers was me. I worked for WLIR-FM part-time right after college (earned from a semester as an intern) and now I was brought on as the staff writer for The New Island Ear. I teetered the threshold between the radio and newspaper worlds. I loved my self-inflicted role of liaison, for better (Hey, any extra tickets from that giveaway?) or worse (I’m sorry—insert radio DJ name here—I can’t shamelessly plug your time slot in my column). My home and allegiance was with the paper (that’s where my paycheck was coming from and Robbie Woliver, the editor-in-chief, was tough to avoid—which I learned was true of all editors). I filled the seat between Mike Nelson and Chris Twarowski in what our officemates referred to as “the fishbowl.” The tiny office (I really would like to know exactly how big that office was—didn’t seem more than 6 feet by 6 feet sometimes, especially when Robbie and Managing Editor Bill Jensen piled in) was our creative incubator. We were the new kids at the office who were going to kick ass and take names among Long Island media. And we did. And we had fun. Robbie and Bill encouraged me with real-world lessons in journalism and uncanny words of wisdom. Mike and Chris always had my back (whether they wanted to or not). When we brought more staff on to the team, our dynamic was altered, but balance maintained, much

attributed to the foundation the five of us nurtured in the fishbowl. I was flung into situations that shaped my fearlessness. First, I was at a psychiatric center touring the living museum, when I realized my tour guide was talking to many non-existent people, not me. The fun and learning continued as we transitioned to the Long Island Press, which was when I found myself sitting across the table from an

alleged sex offender cross-examining him on his past, his run for office and how they coexisted. After two years of covering Long Island, I surrendered. For me, writing about news was like wearing socks at the beach—I wanted the full experience, no more of being a spectator. I needed to be submerged, needed the sand in my toes—the sand being the government arena. More than eight years later, I’m still going, and even found myself maturing, despite my best efforts to remain young indefinitely. I now work in a position in government that enables me to make New Yorkers safer and for me, there’s nothing else more rewarding (although winning first place in the Press Club of LI contest is pretty high up there). From my days at Morey Publishing, I hold dear many lessons: It’s “toward” not “towards,” your lead should be the first thing you tell your editor when you return from assignment, and the serial comma will always be a choice, just be consistent.

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In their Own Words

Dave Gil de Rubio Former listings editor and contributor (2002-2012)

If I were a ballplayer, the above would be my stats, making me the longest-serving employee that’s ever worked for the Long Island Press (up to this point). I’d spent the ’90s freelancing, mostly for free at the Island Ear, and did a paid threeyear freelance gig with the late Long Island Voice. Then I learned the Ear got purchased by a company called The Morey Organization (TMO). They owned WLIR at the time and my good friend and mentor Robbie Woliver was getting tapped to be the editor-in-chief. Since meeting him in 1994, Robbie had taken me under his wing, with prior stints including time spent at the aforementioned Voice and some other gigs including a handful of contributions to Country Music Weekly. But now Robbie was offering to bring me aboard fulltime (for which I’m forever indebted), as listings editor for this publication called The New Island Ear. It sounded great, particularly because my long-time Ear editor, Mike Nelson, was also being brought over. I technically freelanced for them until January 2003 when the paper re-launched as the Long Island Press and I went to the old digs on Stewart Avenue in Garden City— embarking on a great adventure that really helped me step up my game and take my abilities to the next level. We were quite the motley crew starting out. There was me and Mike Nelson, along with former Island Ear intern Kenny Herzog. Bill Jensen, who I knew from the Voice, was Robbie’s right-hand man. New people I met and later ended up treasuring the opportunity to work with and eventually befriending were the endearingly quirky Chris Twarowski, charming Lauren Hill, ridiculously gregarious Paul Perillie, slyly sarcastic Edith Updike, passionate hockey/metal fan/fellow Hofstra alum Brendan Manley and of course, publisher Jed Morey, who bore a passing resemblance to Jon Bon Jovi in a Brooks Brothers kind of way. (And I’m not even mentioning some of our contributors, ranging from now-Rolling Stone investigative reporter Matt Taibbi, whose “Sports

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Blotter” column got its start in the Press before ending up in The Boston Phoenix; Amy Fisher; and Survivor’s Rob Cesterino.) For the four years I held the position of listings editor, I was stuck in an oddly-shaped office dubbed “The Vertigo Room” because of the funhouse dimensions of the walls, situated across the hall from the editors’ pit. But I also had a fridge and the coffee pot, from which would evolve the weekly Coffee Club. In addition to handling the reams of emails, phone calls and snail mail from readers and musicians who wanted to get listed, I wound up collecting a couple of bucks from each person to ensure that a pot of coffee was constantly getting fired up. Opportunities writing for various sections of the paper made me grow as a writer/editor—my version of going to grad school. I wound up doing stories on a wide range of artists and subjects, discovered fantasy hockey and fantasy football (I continue to play with former and current Pressers) and even padded my resume with a slew of Press Club of Long Island awards. Took me long enough to nail down what I deemed the Holy Grail—a first-place award made of crystal, which I dubbed “winning glass”—but I finally did, with stories on the Morrison Hotel Gallery, Eddie Money and The Paramount. People came and went and I crossed paths with a lot of talented people—Dave Patrick, Anne Blachley, Josh Stewart, Rich Callaghan, Ryan Muth, Tom Butcher, Celeste Hamilton, Christina Sacco and April Jimenez are just a few from my extended professional family who helped make my time at the Long Island Press and beyond that much, much richer.

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Kenny Herzog Former managing editor, arts editor, staff writer and Dockers-wearer (2002-2006)

A lot of people loathe HBO’s The Newsroom, largely on account of its fantasist streak, but I love Aaron Sorkin’s drama for its realness. Viewed as a love letter to the machinery of journalism, The Newsroom is often moving and eloquent, and almost always loyal to how meaningful decisions get meted out in that environment. I don’t know this because I’ve spent several years producing online content from my home and various satellite offices— although I have. I know this because I spent nearly four years working, as needed, in various titular capacities for the Long Island Press from 2002-2006. I know this because for the better part of half a decade, I had the time of my life— and some truly harrowing times— determining what qualifies as news and how to best and most respectfully contextualize it for a widely diverse readership. During those four years, I learned things no one ever taught me in school, as well as lessons I simply never absorbed without practical application. I became a quick study in AP style, came to appreciate the art of a good editorial “kicker” (i.e. closing sentiment), saw firsthand the legal and ethical implications of diligent reporting, and experienced how ideas incubate with the help of collective intellects and perspectives before uneasily maturing into readiness for print. I came to appreciate that a single typo can undercut your entire message, and that long nights of confrontation and camaraderie are what define a newspaper’s identity and a journalist’s mettle. I’m still in touch with nearly every fellow Press staffer I ever shared masthead space with. We all went through something together. Moreover, we created a collective voice that keeps us inexorably bonded like a blood oath. That sounds dramatic, but it’s something that can only be described in

fraternal terms. I miss it every day. I miss the names, faces, opinions, strengths and weaknesses of all my ex-colleagues. I miss the Press audience and am grateful to them every day for even considering glancing at whatever fell out of my head onto those pages. I miss being in the trenches, rallying the troops and recuperating as a group from what could be very challenging, emotional work. Thank you Robbie, Jed, Chris, Mike and Mike, Tim, Brendan, Annie, Dave, Josh, Edith, Bill, Michelle, Lauren and Lauren, Elizabeth, Bev, Felice, Keith, Jon, Ryan, Dave, Sandy, Christina, April, Jaclyn, Sharon and any other superstar interns, and anyone else from publisher to head of payroll who were part of my unrepeatable journey at the Press. And thank you to Long Island. And most of all, thank you to my dad, Walter Margolies, who spotted an opening more than 12 years ago for an intern at the then-Island Ear, which transformed into the New Island Ear soon after and, ultimately, launched as Long Island Press in January 2003. And if I ever happened to publish an article or aside that caught your eye and contributed to your week in a positive way, it was my absolute privilege and pleasure. Happy anniversary, LIP!

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Brendan Manley Former managing editor–lifestyle and associate editor—lifestyle (2002-2006)

When I joined the staff of the Long Island Press in the fall of 2002 (then The New Island Ear), it was a year after the Twin Towers fell, and after 12 months of growing a beard and watching CNN, I—like so many other New Yorkers—was just finally emerging from a gloomy existential crisis. After witnessing the casual death of so many NY brethren I desperately, almost frantically, needed to feel like the work I was doing somehow mattered in the world, and in a moment of sheer serendipity the Press came along and offered a chance to carve a new identity for myself in paper and ink, every single week, 52 issues per year. I had no idea of the adventure I was embarking on, or how it would deeply change my life in so many ways. Getting a spot on the Press staff back in 2002 was like being recruited for the Navy SEALs of Long Island journalism—We were young, we were hungry, we were brash, and we were going to take on the world—and under the leadership of the ever-steady Robbie Woliver and at times hyperkinetic Bill Jensen, that’s exactly what we did. Whether we were duking it out with Newsday, exposing organized crime, glorifying hockey violence or aiming to be the smartest food and arts critics around, everything was intended for maximum effect, a kind of media shock and awe, and to show Long Islanders that we had a better way of telling the story than what was being presented by others before us. Looking back now, I still stand behind that belief. Of course, nothing new and glorious can emerge from the fiery forge of creativity without a little blood and carnage, but my own personal

positive memories of working at the Press far outweigh the negative ones. I could fill an entire tome with random recollections, like the time I crawled through a swamp with Chris Twarowski to discover a Newsday dumping ground, or going with Dave Gil de Rubio to meet a source at their place of business—an adult video store and peep show—or canvassing an Islip street with Chris to confirm a story that author Sander Hicks was being hunted by Feds (which he was). There were the meals—all our office pilgrimages for delicacies like Golden Krust and All-American Burger, and all the countless food adventures in the name of “Chris’ Lunchbox”—all the sports (I covered the Islanders during their brief resurgence at the millennium) and of course, the music. Covering Long Island music in 2002 was like being in Seattle for the breakout of grunge; Four years later, I was writing about those same Long Island bands for Alternative Press, the Rolling Stone of the emo generation, and it all started in a cramped newsroom in Garden City. In fact, living each day in the “Old Newsroom” as we called it—a big rectangle with a dingy carpet but a whole wall of windows that we’d arranged with a desk in each corner, one for myself, and others for Chris, Mike Nelson and Lauren Hill—is one of my fondest memories of all. I spent so many hours in that office, surrounded by those wonderfully gifted, inspiring people, that I can’t imagine the person I would be today if I’d never taken the job. I’ll always be proud, and extremely grateful, of what we achieved together within those walls.

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Theatre is evil

Do This Event Listings

thursday 12.20 A Christmas Carol/ Rudolph @ John W. Engeman Theater at Northport Ugly Sweater Soiree @ McFadden’s Ula Ruth @ Arlene’s Grocery

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For more than half a decade now, the NYC quintet have been blasting their blend of hardcore energy and pop-friendly melody around the globe to fans of all kinds, finding favor with everybody from the hardcore elite to the mainstream enthusiast. Celebrating the 15th Anniversary and re-release of Thicker Than Water, New York’s premier hardcore punk rockers bring a special show to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, 12.27. —Kate Kincaid

Mike Errico Holiday Show @ Joe’s Pub

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra ring in the New Year, Monday, 12.31 at Terminal 5.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

DMB is back in town following the release of their latest album, Away From The World. The first single from the album, “Mercy,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September, making the band the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut at the top. Renowned for their live performances, the band takes the stage at the new Barclay’s Center on Friday, 12.21. —Daphne Livingston Venue addresses and Info can be found on Page 39

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NICKI MINAJ CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA Young Money’s leading lady Nicki Minaj spends Christmas night at Webster Hall, hosting a party like no other with Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex and DJ Spynfo. Hopefully, Lil’ Kim doesn’t show… Tuesday, 12.25. —Jaclyn Gallucci

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Gilbert Gottfried @ Carolines Christmas Fest/ Home Brew Contest @ T.J. Finley’s Straight No Chaser @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury Leonard Cohen/The Webb Sisters @ Barclays Center Ollabelle @ City Winery Spider Bite Beer & Cheese Tasting @ The Lark

The Slackers @ Revolution Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy friday 12.21 End of the World Fiesta! @ Vibe Lounge Trash! End of the World Party @ Webster Hall Joey Arias: End of the World @ Joe’s Pub Jazz After Hours: Holiday Night @ Cinema Arts Centre The Bogmen @ Best Buy Theater Yule on World’s End @ Mill River Best Western, On the date the Mayan Calendar predicts the world will come to an end, the eccentric Macabre Faire chooses to be with everyone who can look into the eyes of an apocalyptic prediction and say, “Baahhhh!” Vendors, champagne toast, DJ music, live Continued on page 36

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fridayCont. performers, freak show acts, medieval theatrical re-enactment of epic battles, belly dancing. Joe Devito @ Governor’s Kerry Kearney Band @ Katie’s

Stephen Talkhouse Gift Card Weekend @ Nutty Irishman – All locations Buddy Fitzpatrick @ Brokerage Comedy saturday 12.22 Sandy Benefit Concert @ First Presbyterian, Greenlawn. 4-6 p.m. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishables accepted. Santa Pub Crawl @ Post Office Café – 3 p.m.; Wild Wild West, Nutty Irishman, The Republic, Croxley Ale House, Last Call Farmingdale Linda Eder @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury Los Lobos @ City Winery Buddy Fitzpatrick @ Brokerage

The Nutcracker w/ Eglevsky Ballet @ Tilles Center, Through 12.23. Joe Starr @ McGuire’s Christmas Spectacular @ Bay Street Theatre Ballyhoo! @ Revolution Nancy Atlas Christmas Spectacular @ monday

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Gift Card Weekend @ Nutty Irishman – All locations Half Way to Memorial Day Fundraiser @ T.J. Finley’s Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime @ Best Buy Theater Joe Devito @ Governor’s Comedy Feliz Navidad Fiesta @ McFadden’s, With 1-liter Santa boots.

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Almost Queen Christmas Party @ Revolution The Slackers Christmas Celebration @ Bell House Ha Ha Holiday Show @ The Paramount Joe Starr @ McGuire’s Comedy A Nightmare Before Xmas Party: Halloween Makes a Comeback @ Le Poisson Rouge

tuesday 12.25 The Maccabeats: A Hanukkah Celebration @ B.B. King Blues Club wednesday12.26 The Disco Biscuits @ Best Buy Theater Patent Pending @ Revolution Christmas in Acidland @ Cinema Arts Centre

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sunday 12.23 Kenny Rogers @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury Vivian Green @ Highline Ballroom Santa’s Neon Snow Storm Holiday Party @ Webster Hall Theo: Christmas Spectacular VI @ The Emporium Christmas Dance Party @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place Christmas Bash @ Loyal Dog Brunch w/ Santa @ The Library Cafe 2012 Customer Appreciation Holiday Party w/Screech @ Nutty Irishman Farmingdale monday 12.24 Bollywood Disco Xmas @ Le Poisson Rouge

Still Here! A Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief @ Joe’s Pub thursday 12.27 Blood Drive/2 Free Mets Tix @ William H. Rogers Building, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. He Is Legend @ Revolution Teen Open Mic Night @ Stephen Talkhouse The Rolling Stones: The Ron Wood Years @ Cinema Arts Centre The Disco Biscuits @ Best Buy Theater

Chris Webby @ Mulcahy’s Teen Music Fest @ Nassau Coliseum friday 12.28 Phish @ Madison Square Garden Continued on page 38

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fridayCont. The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute @ The Paramount

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Blonde Redhead @ Irving Plaza

Greg Johnson @ Union Hall

Jay-Z & Coldplay @ Barclay’s Center

Girls & Boys @ Webster Hall

New Year’s Eve Meditation @ Dipamkara Meditation Center

The Disco Biscuits @ Best Buy Theater

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New Year’s Eve 2013 Gala @ The Inn at New Hyde Park

Treffpunkt Berlin Club NYE Party @ Plattduetsche Park Restaurant

Ring in the New Year @ Post Office Cafe

New Year’s Eve Party @ Blue

Film & NYE Champagne Toast @ Cinema Arts Centre

NYE Dance Party @ The Waterfalls

NYE Dinner @ Mirabelle Tavern

New Weeds Eve Party @ Mulcahy’s

New Year’s Nigh Hike @ Suffolk County Environmental Center

Coldplay

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Phish @ Madison Square Garden Chrisette Michele @ B.B. King Blues Club Jane’s Addiction @ Terminal 5

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New Year’s Eve Party @ Mr. Beery’s

sunday 12.30 They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Phish @ Madison Square Garden

Nas/Elle Varner @ Radio City Music Hall

Dark Star Orchestra @ The Paramount

New Year’s Eve Sober Party @ Little Portion Friary

Gov’t Mule @ Beacon Theatre

New Year’s Laughin’ Eve @ Theatre Three

Pretty Lights @ Roseland Ballroom monday 12.31 new year’s eve Jeff Dunham @ Nassau Coliseum

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Phish @ Madison Square Garden Ring in the New Year @ The Library Cafe

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ACROSS 1 Magical stick 5 Shoots (for) 9 Haifa “Hi!” 15 Christmas verse opener 19 Have - (freak out) 20 G4 or G5 computer 21 Honolulu’s - Palace 22 Wild West’s Wyatt 23 Shrub that’s the source of brierroot 25 Knots up 26 Jazz great Fitzgerald 27 Exposing bios 28 Ben & Jerry’s flavor 30 Stripper St. Cyr 31 Wee children 32 “Tennis, -?” 33 NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity 37 Wolflike carnivore 40 “Life” actor Beatty 41 From long 42 “Boy Blue” rock gp. 43 Trained in the pool 46 “Buenas -” (Juan’s “Good night”) 50 Sun’s setting 55 See 51-Down 57 Fair-hiring abbr. 58 Ate away at 59 College in Worcester 65 McMahon and McBain 66 Kenyan’s neighbor 67 Deadened 71 “So that’s your game!”

74 Alternative to Barneys New York 81 Renovate 85 Motor City labor org. 86 Lively, musically 87 Beethoven’s Ninth 93 Actress Leachman 94 Like the moon’s surface 95 Motorists’ org. 97 Roman 201 98 “Ugly Betty” network 101 Lumbering 102 Small, short-term cash advance 106 Singer Jackson 108 “Taps” co-star Penn 110 King Ahab’s father 111 Hills over graves 115 Ceylon, now 119 Harrow rival 120 Well-drilling structure 121 Theme of this puzzle 122 Beach grains 123 Actress Peet 124 Iowa State’s city 125 “- Eyes” (1975 hit for the Eagles) 126 Murder 127 Less sparse 128 Ernie’s bud 129 Gas brand in Canada

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4 Resides 5 Actor Danny 6 Survivor’s shout 7 Vaulters land on them 8 PTA subj. 9 View 10 Wagner of baseball 11 Actor Thicke 12 Escapade 13 Solely 14 Handle wrongly, as funds 15 Pint-size 16 Small nonspeaking role 17 Dahl of “Sangaree” 18 Neutered, as a pet 24 Mane stuff 28 Trig. ratio 29 Even (with) 31 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” counselor 33 Wildly happy 34 Score - (get points) 35 Political satirist Mo 36 Shady giant 37 Bray ending 38 Peruvian Sumac 39 British isle 43 One of Hershey’s 121-Across 44 Letters after exes 45 - -mo 47 - d’oeuvres 48 Fashion designer Marc 49 Pond gunk 51 With 55-Across, 1980s Chrysler chief

52 Lime drink 53 Struck (out) 54 QB’s gains 56 Santa - (hot winds) 60 Org. for dock-

workers 61 Artist Muniz who’s the subject of the documentary “Waste Land” 62 Having a single flat, musically 63 Egyptian boy Pharaoh 64 Jewish youth org. 68 French seat 69 Diabolic 70 Audition CD 71 Tolkien fiend 72 Chuckle bit 73 - -lacto diet 75 Apartment building VIP 76 1982-2005 Saudi king 77 - Jima 78 Sleep: Prefix 79 Central New York city 80 Red dye 82 Ellipse bit 83 Yacht basin 84 Jet capacity

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