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In This Issue

“Beyond warping the Bible to suit the Republican ideology, there are secular issues that have been upended by its truth-twisting dogma.”


Off the reservation p.12 Jon Moreno is a Colorado-based illustrator. As a child, Jon drew stick figures and stick racecars on large pieces of newsprint shanghaied from his first grade classroom. Decades later he is still drawing (at times on newsprint as seen in this issue). Although he didn’t start utilizing color until well into his 20s, Jon still enjoys a nice monochrome indulgence to this day.

fortune 52 p.14

eReading Entrepreneur: Danielle Taylor and others vie for a share of the children’s book publishing market. investigation p.20

Atomic Warfare: Former workers at an atomic site in Hicksville fight for their lives.

Just Saying p.34

Brooklyn Found to Be Part of L.I.; Flatbush Home Values Plummet! out there p.46

Get Off Of My Cloud: Flying high over L.I. with stunt pilot Lt. Colonel John Klatt.

The Portrait p. 16

Those who know her, who’ve heard her, who’ve seen her perform, fully understand that Melissa Errico’s the real deal, one of the truly top-notch actresses and singers who can do it all.

“We’re foolish if we look for 100 percent recovery. We need to look for 200 percent recovery.”

Pete Tannen is a humor writer who has won multiple awards from the National Press Club (Washington, DC), the Press Club of Long Island and the Florida Press Association. His columns can also be heard on select Public Radio stations across the U.S.

news feature p.48 Rear View p.56

Marilyn Monroe’s Long Island Affair FOUR corners p.60

Barber shops across Long Island Art + Soul p.62

A Decade Under the Influence: An oral history of the L.I. music scene.

Special Section

Higher Education

College and University Open House Guide p.50

sTaff Picks p.66

Our favorite things on two shelves.

Special Insert

Express Checkout p.10 Hot Plate p.30 Calendar p.68 Crosswords p.75

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Connect On The Cover: Actress Marilyn Monroe photographed on a Long Island beach by photographer Andre De Dienes in 1949. (AP Photo/Christie’s, Andre De Dienes)

Author Solutions

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Jim Lennon is a Long Island-based photographer who has been working for regional, national and international clients and publications for more than 35 years. His work has been recognized with awards from Kodak, The Association of the Graphic Arts, The Long Island Advertising Club and Graphic Design Magazine.

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Readers React Here’s what you had to say...

Good luck on going to a monthly publication.

I hope that I can get four times the following articles: Sound Smart at a Party, Letters, The Target, The Photo, The Pink Slip, The Quote, The Equation, The Rundown, The Book, The B-list B-day, Jerry’s Ink, Crosswords and Sudoku. I’ll miss the Press every week, but I’ll survive. Keep up the good work. Lee Blumberg, Levittown

Changing your publishing schedule from 52 weekly issues to only 12 monthly copies means that every year there will be 40 (52 minus 12) murderers, rapists, serial killers, mass murderers, pedophiles, Ponzi thieves, crooked politicians, and dozens of other assorted miscreants who will not get “fired” by your public service “Pink Slips”—a loss to us all. Richard Siegelman Greatly looking forward to the next chapter in the evolution of LI Press— and Jed Morey! Doris Meadows Jed, Since the days you sat in my class, you were creative, never afraid, and knew there were no sacred cows anywhere. I am not surprised about the change…it’s the only way to grow! And I am certainly not surprised that you are leading this change. Go right on and continue to impress your audience. Rev. Allan B. Ramirez

I love reading your newspaper. Been a fan since the beginning. Your paper is well written and is so much better than Newsday. Good luck with the monthly edition. I’m going to miss my weekly crossword puzzle in your newspaper. Sue Now, if you could just bring back WLIR Radio, I’d be really happy!!!! Jim Perrone I’m going to agree with Jim Perrone about WLIR — sorely missed! Otherwise, well said, Jed. Good luck with the monthly. Frank Pomata Good luck with the new format. The weekly issue will be missed, but it should be interesting to see how the refurbished monthly edition turns out. I hope it will have more than one major article per month. Michael Cafaro Lillian Alzheimer Taylor Disappointed to hear this although I do understand your reasoning. PS, the LIP is the only newspaper I enjoy reading and trust to bring me real news that matters to me. Thank you for that. Eddie Muro Going from weekly to a time when Long Island needs another daily! I guess we’ll just be stuck with Dolan’s mouth piece.

Ed Gerbe I guess 12 per year beats zero. Taking a page from the Long Island Catholic? David Lynch Will miss the weekly.


@jcairo Monthly like a period. (disgruntled ex-employee) @Mike93434086

As always, I will look forward to “Off the Reservation,” The Target/Equation & your cover stor(ies)...


the Long Island Press is going monthly. curious to see how this move turns out.


I think this is a strong, good move. Online still stays current, monthly print can be more meaty.


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Sound Smart at a Party By Lindsay Christ

School shootings

may shock the nation, but unfortunately, children and violence are two words that are becoming more commonly linked with one another. The American Academy of Pediatrics named firearm-related deaths one of the top three causes of death in American youth, and the rate of violent crimes are higher for people 12 to 24 years of age than any other age group. And even if children aren’t the victims of violence, they’ve been exposed to it. According to the American Psychiatric Association, by the time the average child reaches 18, he or she will have seen an estimated 200,000 acts of violence on television alone.

Hobbit Fuel

During the filming of The Hobbit, producer Peter Jackson spent $1.5 million of the movie’s reported $150million budget on food and $380,000 on coffee. No word on whether it was Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.

If there were a database of cat criminals, it would be full of nose prints. Each feline’s nose print is unique, and the equivalent of a human fingerprint.

Snow way out!

For some people, snow days are even worse than slushy roads and shoveling driveways. Chionophobia is the fear of snow, and sufferers feel panic, shortness of breath, impending death and other anxiety symptoms when icy precipitation starts falling. The cause of the phobia is usually a traumatic experience involving snow and, luckily, therapy can help. Sometimes chionophobia is mistaken as a fear of the Chinese, but that malady is actually sinophobia.

2 0 1 3 will be the first year that doesn’t have repeated digits since 1 9 8 7. That’s soooo interesting

Studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving. Being surrounded by sarcastic people also makes you smarter, according to the Smithsonian. Scientists monitoring the electrical activity of the brain found that comprehending a sarcastic opinion as opposed to a sincere statement makes the brain work harder.

Rock Out

British journal BMJ Open found that being a solo singing sensation may not be all it’s cracked up to be. A team of researchers from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University looked at the mortality rates of 1,489 rock and pop stars who gained fame between 1956 and 2006, and found that solo performers were about twice as likely to die at an earlier age than than members of a band. In North America, 23 percent of solo stars died early in life, while just 10 percent of stars in a band met untimely deaths. They concluded that this may be because solo stars are usually more famous than band members, and have different sets of pressures and temptations. Interesting for anyone considering a career in the music industry.

“Whitney Houston” was the most Googled search term of 2012. The late singer was followed by “Hurricane Sandy,” “Election 2012,” “Hunger Games,” and “Jeremy Lin.”

“An estimated 65 percent of American children will have access to an eReader by the end of 2013.” Fortune 52 p.14


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westboro baptist church PETITION BULL’S EYE A petition is posted on to legally recognize the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its extremist ideologies against homosexuals, Jews and even their fellow Christians, as a hate group. With hundreds of thousands of cyber signatures so far, it’s the most popular petition ever posted since the Obama administration launched the site last year. Amen to that. TRUMP ON THE OCEAN

BULL’S EYE After five years of arguing over a basement, Donald Trump’s massive on-again off-again luxury restaurant and catering facility that would have eaten up 86,000 square feet of Jones Beach with a two-story building, formal terraces, etc., is off again, after waves from super storm Sandy flooded the site. The risk of the same thing happening again sends the billionaire packing—back to his Manhattan penthouse. #1PercentProblems


PARTIAL SCORE Lisa Jackson steps down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, issuing a statement that she is confident “the ship is sailing in the right direction” but doesn’t mention any reason for her decision. Hey, maybe she got a job on the board of directors over at Monsanto. It wouldn’t be the first time the agency charged with protecting the environment and the corporate giant set on destroying it swapped employees! We wish we were kidding.


OFF TARGET A genetically modified salmon mutated to grow twice as fast as natural salmon is on course to become the first GM animal in the world declared safe to eat, after the Food & Drug Administration gives it the OK, meaning mass production of the fish is just around the corner. So, the FDA, whose current deputy commissioner for foods is a former vice president of GM food giant Monsanto, has backed a mutant fish that will make the industry millions? Shocker!

THe Target BOTOX

OFF TARGET Botox users are warned that doses of the drug received by nearly 400 medical centers in the U.S. are unapproved and from foreign sources, putting patients at risk. But what those risks are is still unclear. We’re sure it’s just the government overreacting. Injecting paralysis-inducing neurotoxins between your eyes—what could go wrong!?


PARTIAL SCORE Sexting app Snapchat, which allows users to send videos that last only for a specified amount of time before spontaneously combusting, is outsmarted by the techies at BuzzFeed, who detail exactly how to get those files back permanently after they supposedly disappear... And the publicists of B-list celebs around the world get a belated holiday bonus this year.

Pink Slip Wayne LaPierre

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An Indian protester holds a placard during one of many protests sparked by the Dec. 26 gang rape of a young woman who was thrown from a moving bus in New Delhi, India. The 23-year-old medical student, who was raped for nearly an hour, was flown to a Singapore hospital, where she died three days later from severe internal injuries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

NY fracking reg comment x period till Jan. 11


DEC’s new drilling + Enviros’ likely rules in Feb. legal fight

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The Nassau & Suffolk County unemployment rate as of November 2012, according to the New York State Department of Labor, up from a rate of 6.8 percent in November 2011.

“They should have told us that place was contaminated.” —Gerard Depascale, one of three plaintiffs seeking to get a $12 million jury award reinstated after a federal judge voided their judgment in a toxic tort case claiming he and others developed rare cancers from a former atomic site in Hicksville. His case goes before the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Jan. 15. Investigation p.20

+ eager gas - Cuomo mum = Another year of barons on issue fracking fights!?

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Director Pablo Berger’s fairy tale/drama remake of Snow White set in 1920s Seville tells the tale of Carmen, her evil stepmother and a band of roving, bullfighting dwarves. Need we say more? The movie hits theaters Jan. 18.


An unknown visitor— or visitors—known as the mysterious “Poe Toaster” has celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday every year since 1949 in the early morning hours of Jan. 19 by leaving a bottle of cognac and three roses at Poe’s grave in Baltimore. But the Poe Toaster has been MIA for the past few years... Hint, hint.

Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate By Ginger Strand

An unusual mix of murderous tales and a thesis on the development of American roadways, Killer on the Road could have been two separate books, one a thriller and the other a case study. Instead, two different genres catering to two very separate types of readers are merged into one, meaning the mystery fan will likely skip over much of the historical pages in the book, and vice versa. But that dilemma aside, this is an extremely well-researched and well-written book that explores the development of the American roadway simultaneously with the development of the American serial killer. The book suggests roadways have given birth to higher murder rates and a new kind of bogeyman, one who preys upon hitchhikers and abandoned motorists. While one might argue increased transportation doesn’t create killers, but merely gives them new tools to work with, the book reinforces the connection between mobility and murder by detailing historical and notorious murders that could have never happened if a network of highways weren’t so readily available. It’s easy to get lost in the analysis of things like the sociological implications of auto ads, but lines like, “He won twenty dollars at the demolition derby the day before he killed his first victm…” will always snap you back into the plot as will true-crime characters like Ed “The Chopper”


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Kemper, who hung out at the bar with cops when he wasn’t murdering and dismembering young women in California. Long Island’s master builder Robert Moses even gets a mention in the book for his role in creating these highways to hell, as do notorious killers known to have plagued them, like the I-5 Strangler, the Freeway Killer and the Beltway Sniper. But while mobility and increased crime obviously go hand in hand, such a targeted comparison of mobility and violence, specifically murder, can seem forced at times, especially when the violence most associated with highways—road rage—isn’t mentioned at all. Killer on the Road is part of the Discovering America Series, which aims to explore the history and culture of the nation by drawing unexpected connections. In this light, the book definitely succeeds, a little too well. The storytelling is gripping enough to stand on its own, and sometimes the most unexpected connections are made by simply cutting the pieces and letting the reader put the puzzle together. —Jaclyn Gallucci


A&E’s spin-off comes to our stomping grounds in 2013, and follows a group of modern-day treasure hunters on their journeys every Tuesday at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 1.


A $30 stargazing permit

from New York State Parks allows you entry after sunset to six LI parks—Hither Hills, Jones Beach, Montauk Point, Robert Moses, Wildwood and Sunken Meadow—to observe the skies above. Cardcarrying stargazers are limited to the parking lots, so running into the ocean naked at 3 a.m. will still get you kicked out and/or arrested.

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Grand Old Pogrom O f f t h e R e s e r v a t io n

BY Jed Morey Publisher, Long Island Press


he Republican Convention was going rather poorly. The crowd was homogenous, the speakers were flat and the enthusiasm in the room was manufactured at best. And Clint Eastwood hadn’t even begun a rambling conversation with a chair. The Republican Party’s best hope for the convention was for its candidate to appear “human.” Although “Eastwooding” would eventually enter the American lexicon and Willard Romney would do his best to connect with his fellow Homo sapiens, it was a quiet delegate from New York who captured the essence of the modern GOP. Wading in among his fellow delegates, billionaire industrialist David Koch smugly took in the proceedings. Though the convention offered little in the way of celebration, he told a group of supporters at a nearby reception later that he and his brother, Charles, were “in this for the long haul.” Indeed they are. The Koch brothers are part of a well-established movement designed to vilify liberalism and many of the core tenets of democracy. They are hardly original. But they are unique in that they have elevated their insidious brand of propaganda to a high art form. Groups such as the nativist Know Nothings of the 1850s or the John Birch Society of the 1950s espoused similar hate-filled political messages as today’s GOP but they flamed out as quickly as their stars rose. In terms of longevity, the Kochs and their inspired think tanks such as Americans for Prosperity—busy these days attempting to deny Hurricane Sandy relief funds to our region—have succeeded where their predecessors have failed. For the first time in American history, a small band of angry white men has galvanized a vast number of Americans and irrevocably turned public policy on its ear. The modern American conservative movement has finally arrived. Much of this has been accomplished through the elaborate and coordinated messaging emanating from the rightwing propaganda machine. Theirs is a two-part strategy. The first is to consistently contend that the media have a liberal bias when the opposite is true. Talk radio is virtually owned by the right


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wing. Fox News has become an insanely biased juggernaut and the print media, with few exceptions, has essentially fallen in line with the conservative agenda. Even the majority of the New York newspapers—The Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Newsday and New York Post—endorsed Mitt Romney over Barack Obama. But to hear conservative pundits talk about media bias, one would think the New York Times is the only newspaper on the planet. The second part of the strategy is to plant false information from seemingly credible sources with patriotic names such as the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the American Enterprise Institute. Representatives from these organizations, which are funded by billionaires such as the Koch brothers, routinely appear on right wing talk shows spouting bogus statistics. These sources are then quoted in newspaper articles that are again mentioned in onair reports. This is what is known as “the echo chamber.” The rationale behind their approach is simple and time-tested. Over time repetitious lies begin to have the resonance of

“The GOP has joined forces with Christian Fundamentalists to misappropriate scripture while wrapped in the flag.” truth, no matter how far fetched. Selling an idea as its exact opposite, a mirrored reality, via the continual amplification of such lies has been an effective strategy employed by tyrannical regimes since time immemorial. For example, Adolf Hitler extolled the virtues of physicality, and gushed over the domineering blondhaired, fair-skinned Aryan, who was tall, reasoned and even-tempered. But Hitler himself possessed none of these traits. He was short, pudgy, greasy, and ill tempered. Likewise, the right-wing echo chamber has been successful in instilling a backward self-loathing belief system among its followers who blithely campaign on behalf of billionaires. Witness the retired worker receiving

Social Security and Medicare benefits carrying a sign bashing entitlements at a Tea Party rally. Or the middle-income wage earner resisting tax increases on the wealthiest Americans because they’ve been told it smacks of socialism. Or perhaps the enraged grandmother who believes “Obamacare” is a Communist plot, even though the concept was hatched in a conservative think tank and first passed into law by a Republican governor. Brilliantly, there is no single face of modern conservatism, only a secret cabal of dangerous men such as Charles and David Koch, who work behind the scenes to pull the last remaining threads from our democracy. In another stroke of genius, the GOP has joined forces with Christian Fundamentalists to misappro-

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priate scripture while wrapped in the flag to sell the American people on perverted interpretations of the teachings of Christ. The GOP has wed itself to fundamentalist leaders such as Douglas Coe who, since 1969, as the head of a secret society known as “The Family,” has presided over several Washington “prayer cells” that have been linked to some of the most deadly despots in modern times such as Indonesia’s General Suharto, Haiti’s Papa Doc Duvalier and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Not only have Coe’s associates been linked to some of the most heinous genocidal acts in history, they were all at one time members of Family-sponsored prayer cells. Genocide, it seems, is easily overlooked in Coe’s movement so long as lip service is paid to Christ and oil and other natural resources are provided to well-heeled Family members. Beyond warping the Bible to suit the Republican ideology, there are secular issues that have been upended by its truth-twisting dogma. The vilification of labor in this country, for one, is sickening and self-defeating. To wit, only 12 percent of the American workforce is unionized, but conservative pundits would have the public believe that unions are wholly responsible for our employment woes and lack of competitiveness. They would also have us believe that Social Security is collapsing under its own weight even though it is, by design, self sustaining and fully funded. Equally as disturbing is the malicious stance toward immigrants in the United States. The extent of Republican soulsearching post election was to examine strategies going forward that would deal with the problem of changing demographics: how to woo more Latinos into the fold instead of actually adopting more progressive policies. In fact, Republicans were anything but contrite in the wake of electoral defeat. Forgotten were the insults to women, equating nearly half of America with system-sucking leeches, and the notion of self deportation. The GOP has built a platform based upon misogyny, fervent nationalism, elaborate propaganda, and suppression of intellectualism—each one a hallmark of fascism. Others include high levels of incarceration, secrecy, militarism, and anti-union rhetoric. These are the enduring legacies of a party gone horribly wrong. The problem we face is that the men behind the curtain believe this past election was a momentary setback, a bump in the road. But this stands to reason. They are, after all, in this for the “long haul.” To comment on “Off the Reservation” email Jed at

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eReading entrepreneur

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Danielle taylor President & Owner Bish Bash Books

Danielle Taylor of Oyster Bay brings the best of both worlds together: traditional paper books and quality eBooks published by her company Bish Bash Books.

By Beverly Fortune


anielle Taylor, a mother of two from Oyster Bay, wanted to instill her love of reading into her sons Andrew and Christian, now ages 4 and 3. She began reading to the boys when they were very young and found that sitting quietly and enjoying a book was a wonderful way to connect with them. Danielle, who has a background in software development, had worked for a global investment bank creating software solutions but decided she wanted to use her skills in a more altruistic profession. “I wanted to do something heartfelt,” Danielle says. “Something that I believed in.” For Danielle, reading eBooks to her children became an interactive experience that was fun and exciting. She was intrigued with the confluence of technology, education, literature and art, and began to explore the business side of publishing. The world of children’s book publishing is growing larger by the minute as more small companies and entrepreneurs vie for a share of the market. For Danielle, publishing quality children’s books was a profession she believed in. She launched Bish Bash Books in January 2012, offering original reading material that is written to engage, educate and entertain children in a variety of formats including eBooks, classic paper books, storybook apps and podcasts. Millions of parents eager to introduce their children to reading at an early age are furiously gobbling up this new technology, resulting in skyrocketing sales of eBooks. According to Digital Book World, an online eBook community, an estimated 65 percent of American children will have access to an eReader by the end of 2013. Some books from our childhood still hold a special place in our hearts. Many of us can even recall the scent that wafted from the pages of a favorite book along with memories of a family member reading a story aloud or the hours spent

totally immersed in a story, escaping from the cares of the world. Today, eBooks can almost make a story magically come to life. Danielle says there’s a need for both traditional and digital formats and has plans to produce paper books from her original eBooks and vice versa. Last September Bish Bash Books published its first eBook through iTunes, and next plans to distribute its titles through Amazon and Google. Even though Bish Bash Books is small, it can still compete with publishing giants like Simon and Schuster and Random House. “New technology levels the playing field,” Danielle explains. “With eBooks you develop the book once and distribute it over and over.” Because today’s global market is as accessible as the local Barnes and Noble, a best-selling eBook is a distinct possibility. Recently Bish Bash Books announced a give-back program to benefit the local community and help

promote children’s literacy. “When we sell 50,000 eBooks, we will donate a set of iPads fully loaded with our eBooks to a classroom in a local school,” Danielle says. Her company’s goal is to publish 20 eBooks per quarter which will contain all original characters, stories, illustrations and music. Danielle is very cognizant of the quality of the material that is published so she can ensure that the reading experience is educational and not like a video game. “Right now we have six books published, so that’s really exciting,” she says. “I want children to get hooked on the simple pleasure of reading,” Danielle says. “We want to encourage and help children learn to read in a fun way.” In the near future Danielle has plans to begin publishing non-fiction eBooks on topics like the weather, constellations, water and dinosaurs. “I’d like to focus next on young adventurous readers,” says Danielle.

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Reading is critical to a child’s success in school and in life, so Danielle wants to make it fun and educational. “Reading, music, and art—all of these are what keep me going,” she continues. “It’s all of our responsibility to expose children to everything we can.” For more information, visit, call 1-866-944-8236 or email

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Quadruple Threat Melissa Errico can act, sing, dance. Oh, and did we mention she’s stunning?



Melissa Errico Hits All The Notes

Those who know her, who’ve heard her, who’ve seen her perform, whether in My Fair Lady and Dracula on Broadway or on national television, fully understand that Melissa Errico’s the real deal. She’s graced large concert halls like the Kennedy Center and intimate night clubs like Joe’s Pub and is no doubt destined to take her deserved place in the pantheon of truly top-notch American actresses and singers who can do it all. When we caught up with her recently, Errico had just finished filming an episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, playing an attorney vigorously objecting to Juliana Margulies in the courtroom—

no easy task. The episode will air at the end of January, but that is only one of her long list of upcoming appearances. Errico will also guest-star on CBS’s Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, while she simultaneously readies for her performance in Passion, one of acclaimed composer Stephen Sondheim’s most challenging works. Errico sings two to four hours a day, several days a week, to prepare for the Classic Stage Company production opening Feb. 7. Musically, she’s also worked closely with Marvin Hamlisch and even Randy Newman, whose “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 ranks as one of her favorite songs. She recently released her third album, Legrand Affair, produced by Phil Ramone, in which she performs the songs of French composer Michel

Legrand with a 100-piece orchestra. Her next album “isn’t clear to me yet,” she says, but it may include material by Rosemary Clooney, because she loves “keeping that stuff alive.” As for her acting, she’s done a TV pilot for Spike Lee, starred opposite Angelina Jolie in the film “Life or Something Like It,” and performed Camelot with Jeremy Irons, who used to pick her up on his motorcycle in SoHo, where she and her family live, and take her to rehearsals uptown, much to the amazement of her kids. She’s the mother of three girls—including 4-year-old twins—and just celebrated her 14th wedding anniversary to Patrick McEnroe, former tennis pro, TV commentator and U.S. Davis Cup team captain. Her oldest, Victoria, now

6, has been playing “since she could stand,” says Errico with a laugh, adding that she has her taking piano lessons “to temper her passion for tennis.” Errico says that she played tennis with her future husband while they were dating, but likes to point out that they first met at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn when she was 5 and he was in second grade. Later she went to Friends Academy in Locust Valley, before graduating from Yale, where she studied theater and launched her career. Long Islanders will get a chance to appreciate Errico’s wide-ranging repertoire on Oct. 18, when she comes to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Until then, stay tuned. Or catch her on Broadway. She’s a star and she’s in her prime. —Spencer Rumsey

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Atomic Warfare Sick Employees Seek Justice In Lawsuit Over Former Nuclear Site in Hicksville BY CHR ISTOPHER T WA ROWSK I Photo by Jim Lennon


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who worked at the 100 building and its warehouse precious groundwater supply. here’s a stretch of Cantiague from about 1990 till 2002, when the company It’s a revelation that Ronkonkoma resident Rock Road in Hicksville, suddenly moved (employees were told it was the Gerard Depascale, a father of three and recent just north of Hicksville High end of their lease; court transcripts reveal General grandfather, and his former coworker Liam School, its middle school Telephone and Electronics Corp. (GTE), who Neville, of Bayside, Queens fought relentlessly and Lee Avenue Elementary, merged with Verizon in 2000, “assumed” the lease to find out, a reality they live with every single where pedestrians aren’t from MDI after purchasing the 140 property in moment of their lives, one the global communipermitted to stand on the 1999 for contamination remediation efforts and cations giant is doing everything in its power to sidewalk. the 70 location in 2004) are literally battling for control. It’s an ongoing tragedy that a federal judge There are no signs stating this, no barricades survival. recently made even more tragic for the plaintiffs; a cordoning the area off, no flashing lights demarThey’re also fighting for justice. reality that will undoubtedly affect more families cating a construction zone or telling passersby it’s Depascale, his wife Joanne and Neville filed a in the future. private property. But if you stop there for even a toxic tort lawsuit against Verizon and its predeThis vacant 10.5-acre stretch of land, just few moments to take a gander at the fenced-off cessors claiming negligence and liability, among north of those schools, separated by a chain-link property—three decrepit-looking buildings and other charges, in Nassau County State Supreme fence from the public park and situated directly their equally decrepit-looking parking lots—any Court in 2007. The case was moved to federal across the street from Nassau BOCES Career Preday of the week, during any time of day, 24/7, court at the request of the defendants, who argued paratory High School, is a radioactive toxic waste someone will unquestionably instruct you to keep defense under government contractor immunity site where nuclear elements and fuel rods were moving, to shuffle along, scram. law—which protects contractors who perform fabricated and processed during the nation’s early If your intention is to snap a few photos, as federal work from lawsuits such as theirs. The atomic energy program in the 1950s and 1960s. mine was at about 3 p.m. on the Sunday before jury heard expert testimony from both sides, also Uranium was burned here. It was released Christmas Eve, you’ll get more than advice; learning that an untold number of records relating into the surrounding neighborhood from an open undoubtedly you’ll receive an angry visit by one of to the Hicksville site had simply disappeared from “smelting oven,” according to one former worker— several charged-up, plain-clothed men shouting GTE/Verizon’s files. Near the end of the trial, the or within a “burning building,” according to for you to buzz off—they might even chase you presiding judge in that case, U.S. District Judge another. It was also buried here, along with nickel away. Leonard D. Wexler, impaneled an additional two and much more. Unknown amounts of chlorocarThere’s really not much to look at, though. alternate jurors, and according to Neville, ordered bons—Tetrachloroethene, or Perchloroethylene, Sandwiched between a distribution warehouse on that for them to win, the verdict would have to be known as PCE and PERC, respectively—and its south, a driving range and children’s playunanimous. byproduct chlorinated hydrocarbon Trichloroethgrounds of Nassau County’s Cantiague Park on It was, and on Nov. 12, 2009 after just eight ylene, or TCE (classified as a human carcinogen by the east, and the county’s Department of Public days of testimony, the jury issued its verdict, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), were Works headquarters on the north, the three parcels awarding the trio $12 million on the grounds of dumped into unlined sumps and leeching pools, at 140, 100 and 70 Cantiague Rock Road are silent causation, negligence and damages, finding they and currently reside in the soil, the groundwater and devoid of life. got past the federal contractor immunity. and have volatilized into the air. The latter’s facade is a beat-up, worn-down That detail of this saga has been reported People who unknowingly worked atop the brown, with cloudy windows, drawn blinds and before—as well as the settlement the faded outline of its former of a 2002 complaint alleging that tenant, Air Techniques, tattooed nearly 300 Hicksville residents on its side. At 100 next door who live near the site developed stands a naked flagpole, a vast cancers and related injuries loading dock area long since because of it. abandoned and weeds towering Unreported is that more several feet high. Several massive than five months after Depascale metal frames arch above an alley and Neville’s win, following between it and the 140 building, an appeal by Verizon, Wexler, which has part of its exterior in the rare instance of a judge wall peeling off and is covered in going against the will of a jury— shredded plastic. ordered the case be retried, on It’s here where an outhouselimited grounds, effectively nulshaped guard booth is manned —Gerard Depascale, a former Magazine Distributors, Inc. employee, who developed Stage Four Extra-skeletal Myxoid Chondrosarcoma, an ultra-rare cancer, after unknowingly lifying the award and ultimately, around the clock. working atop a former nuclear fuel site in Hicksville deeming the jury’s verdict a “Off the property,” said an “miscarriage of justice.” agitated, bespectacled, middleThey lost that trial—Neville aged man sporting a moustache bleeding through his shirt in the courtroom, site, such as Depascale and Neville, have conwhen a camera crew and I recently visited to ask a though restricted to tell the jury that he or tracted rare—make that extraordinarily rare and few questions. A mock “Terrorist Hunting Permit” Depascale were even ill. They appealed, Verizon obscure—cancers. was fastened to his window. “This is private filed a cross-appeal, and now the pair is set to Neville has a rare kidney cancer called memproperty. Get off the property,” he commanded, present oral arguments for why Wexler’s order for branous nephropathy. Following years of dialysis, refusing to explain who he worked for before retrial should be overridden and the jury’s award he was lucky enough to find a donor and receive a slamming the door. reinstated before the Second Circuit U.S. Court of transplant, though now he’s currently facing some There’s a secret in Hicksville. It’s a secret Appeals Jan. 15. Yet it’s not simply reparations for complications. that only a handful of residents of this suburban their medical debts that they’re fighting for now. Depascale has an even rarer cancer, called hamlet know all too well while way too many The fate of countless other former residents, extra-skeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma. It’s Stage others haven’t a clue. A secret that has already cost former MDI employees and others who’ve worked Four and it’s in his bone marrow. one of the biggest communications companies in at the site may literally hang in the balance, since Besides the unquantifiable pain and anguish the world millions and may end up costing them Wexler ordered a stay on another pending class suffered by the two and their loved ones are insurmuch, much more. It’s a secret that no matter how action “medical monitoring” suit that could mountable medical bills and an inability to work, tight a lid the security guards stationed there or include innumerable plaintiffs until Depascale and not to mention their shortened lifespan. the site’s owners, Verizon, try to keep on it, the Neville’s appeal has been decided. Depascale and Neville, both former truth is literally leaking out—bleeding into the soil, A Press investigation—part of an ongoing employees of Magazine Distributors, Inc. (MDI), contaminating the air and poisoning Long Island’s

“They should have told us that that place was contaminated. If I knew about it, at least it would have been my choice to be there, not their choice.”

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series into how its industrial and military past is affecting the Island’s current-day environment and residents and consisting of the analysis of hundreds of pages of state and federal records, including investigative reports concerning contamination to the soil, air and water at the site, remediation plans, maps, assessments, internal correspondence and thousands of pages of court filings and transcripts, among others— has discovered that GTE, Verizon and state regulators certainly knew or should have known about the site’s contamination years before Neville and Depascale and the hundreds of others who worked along Cantiague Rock Road ever stepped foot there. It reveals a twisted and unconscionable game of pass-thebuck when it comes to informing these workers of even the potential for adverse health effects, a game that continues to this day. What’s absolutely indisputable is that many people living around that site and who’ve worked there have developed horrific cancers. And that some have already died from these. Additionally, the records reveal that despite several state-supervised “voluntary” remediation efforts at the site—the largest conducted by GTE, which one report states included the excavation and removal of at least approximately 100,000 tons of contaminated soil and unearthed, partially filled tanks of radioactive and carcinogenic elements and chemicals—it remains contaminated and its true ramifications on the health and safety of not only Hicksville residents, but all Long Islanders (since we all share drinking water aquifers), may never be known. Neville, a bachelor, self-professed pessimist, horse bettor and the more outspoken of the pair, staked he and Depascale’s odds in court at 60-40 in Verizon’s favor when I first sat down with them six months ago. Recently, those self-ascribed odds have gotten worse. He says 70-30 now, in Verizon’s favor. “You ever feel like punching someone in the face and there’s no one there to punch, you’re that angry?” says Neville of how he felt when he learned what was beneath his workplace. “This is a 60 Minutes episode. This happens to somebody else. This doesn’t happen to me. This is insane.” For Depascale, who has a family to provide for, things have been even worse. Adding even more insult to so much injury, his workman’s compensation claim—which he originally won, is back in court again following two appeals. “Betrayed,” is how he feels. “They should have told us that that place was contaminated. If I knew about it, at least it would have been my choice to be there, not their choice. “It’s been a nightmare since I got


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sick,” he says. Requests for comment to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Joseph D. Gonzalez, and William H. Pratt, a lead attorney for the defendants in the litigation, went unanswered for this story.

Mum’s The Word

ith the birth of the Cold War at the end of World War II fueling a nuclear arms and energy race with the Soviet Union, the U.S. government turned to the private sector for help with its atomic energy program—one of its earliest attempts at a public-private partnership. The initiative was spearheaded by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), created in 1946 to “manage the development, use and control of atomic (nuclear) energy for military and civilian applications,” according to its successor, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 1952, the AEC entered into a contract known as 1293 with Sylvania Electric Products in Hicksville to produce nuclear fuel rods and elements; there was also commercial work being performed at the site. Historically, the complex consisted of three main buildings and 12 support structures, according to state and federal environmental remediation plans and court filings—all demolished prior to 1970 but for a portion of the present-day 70 building. Atomic operations ceased at the site in 1967. Sylvania merged with the GTE around 1959, and GTE merged with Verizon in 2000—the latter thus inheriting successor liability for the site’s nuclear past. MDI, now Hudson News, then one of the largest magazine and book distributors in the Northeast, moved onto the site around 1990 before relocating to Farmingdale in 2002. Neville worked as a night and delivery foreman, among other positions there, with roughly 100 others in the company’s large warehouse in the 100 building. Depascale, among duties, was a driver and warehouseman. Whenever it would rain, the parking lot and the warehouse would flood—the workers wading through the smelly stew to rescue stacks of products or trying to squeegee it into overwhelmed drains that spouted like geysers. Then, there was the dust. “It was all over the covers of the magazines, all over the plastic, and people kept asking what it was, because it looked like dust,” says Linda Miranda, a longtime MDI employee who worked as a merchandiser in the warehouse. “It was so bad that they had to wear masks. And nobody would give anybody an answer.” The 56-year-old didn’t know about

much of the details of the site’s past until I informed her. She has lung and brain cancer, and says there’s no question it came from working at that site. “I had partial lung removal,” says the Levittown resident. “And then I had a piece of it that went into my brain, so I had radiation… I never had a problem [before working there].” Miranda expressed concern for park-goers and children at Nassau’s Cantiague Park, believing there should be warnings posted there to inform the public. It was a sentiment echoed by many interviewed for this story. “There should be signs, but they’re not going to do that, because they don’t want to alarm the public,” she says. “Just like MDI. They never told us, because they didn’t want us to know. Because they didn’t want to be where they are now, what, 14 years later? That so many people have problems? It’s all about money.” Another former MDI employee, Larry Moore, also has cancer, and two separate types: squamous cell carcinoma in situ of his right vocal chord and Stage Four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood

“I get busy living,” says the former MDI distribution and bookroom manager. So does Joe McCarthy, another longtime MDI employee that worked at the Hicksville site who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. “It was a very aggressive form,” he explains. “It was a very quick thing and it could have been fatal. But thank God, someone upstairs was watching me, I guess.” McCarthy rattles off a list of names of coworkers he knows who’ve also developed cancers, noting that some have died from their ailments. That grim reality is not lost on Pasquale “Patsy” Lobosco. Before MDI, he worked for Imperial News, he says, and was eventually put in charge of all the men coming back from their delivery routes at MDI. He says he was stationed at the back of the warehouse “right over the sump pump.” The father of three suffered a heart attack inside that warehouse, he says, and was later also diagnosed with prostate cancer. Patsy has endless stories about the

“They kept it secret.” —Pasquale “Patsy” Lobosco, a former employee at Magazine Distributors, Inc., referring to the fact his building was located atop a radioactive toxic waste site in Hicksville and neither its owners nor regulators told him or his coworkers

cancer. He worked at the site even before the company moved in, when Harbor Distributor was located there. The throat cancer he says could be attributed to smoking, but he believes it was brewing his daily coffee with the building’s tap water that spawned the latter. “Problem is I drank an exorbitant amount of coffee, I actually still do, and I used tap water not knowing what was looming underneath that building at the time,” he says in a raspy voice that he keeps apologizing for. “It was probably two pots of coffee a day. “At no time we were in that building were we informed,” he continues, later adding that it’s not a matter of “if ” the Non-Hodgkins “is going to rear its ugly head,” but “when.” “It’s there,” he says. “And then chemo is definitely in my future.” Moore isn’t one to sit around and cry about his situation, however. Despite his ailments, the 55-year-old husband and father holds down two jobs—driving a truck and a limousine—and hasn’t missed a day’s work, even throughout his radiation treatments. Ironically, Moore lives on Hope Place, in Wantagh. He quotes a scene from 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption to sum up his attitude: “‘You either get busy living or you get busy dying.’”

cast of characters who passed through its doors, adding that despite the deplorable conditions, they all shared a special bond. “We were like a family,” he says. “We were really tight… We had a family there. I didn’t want to leave.” “But we didn’t know—you’re an amateur at this stuff—what do you know about diseases?” he asks. “Nobody ever said anything to us. They kept it secret.” That’s something they’re all infuriated about, including Paul Walters, a former fire chief for East Williston who’s currently a fire communications tech for Nassau County. Walters was a longtime foreman at MDI’s Hicksville site, among other roles, working there from 1991 to 2002, when the company suddenly informed him they were relocating due to the expiration of its lease. Walters believes his contact with the warehouse floodwaters gave him skin ailments. He is also a prostate cancer survivor. He says he knew from the first day on the job there was something unhealthy about the site. “I went upstairs to the second floor to get a drink of water out of the water fountain…and there’s this green line running from where the water comes out of the fountain down to the drain,” he says. “It had a metallic taste to it… So that place was a cesspool to begin with, it Continued on page 24 L o n g I s l a n d P r e s s f o r J a n u a ry, 2 0 1 3 / / / w w w. l o n g i s l a n d p r e s s . c o m


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was just nobody ever knew it.” Walters recalls visits around 1995 from county and New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials conducting air and water samples and inquiring what the company was manufacturing that could be polluting the groundwater. They toured the facility and were shown that they were simply distributing magazines. He believes MDI’s urgency to relocate in 2002 had little to do with the end of a lease and everything to do with GTE’s looming remediation efforts. “We were all kept in the dark,” he says. Yet some higher-ups at MDI, GTE and the state DEC weren’t, documents show. When pressed by Neville and Depascale’s attorneys during their initial trial about what information GTE shared with “workers and individuals who were still working at the 100 building from 1999 to 2002,” Jean Agostinelli, a director at Verizon, confessed: “GTE did not share that information. It was provided to management.” Letters dated Nov. 10, 1998 and Oct. 12, 2001 from the DEC to MDI’s VP at the time, Joseph Elm—the October correspondence accompanying an investigative report on the site’s contamination, a “Monitoring Well Work Plan” and a “Radiological Survey Report” from the NYS Department of Health state—explicitly instruct him to inform and share their contents with employees. The 1998 correspondence refers to an “Investigative Work Plan” for the site that had been sent previously to Elm. The three-page letter then reminds him of its nuclear history, contamination and upcoming investigations into the “extent of chemical and radiological contamination.” “During a recent radiation survey of your property by GTE Operations Support Incorporated, elevated radiation readings were observed possibly resulting from activities involving material disposed of by Sylvania,” it reads. “Additionally, tetrachloroethene (PCE), a chlorinated solvent used for degreasing, has been detected in groundwater samples.” “We would appreciate it if you would notify your employees about the availability of the work plan in the public repository and/or make the copy that was sent to you available for your employees to read,” it continues, additionally listing the names of DEC officials—specialists on public health issues and chemical and radiological contamination—“should any of your employees have any questions or comments.” “Please share this information with your employees or let them know that a copy of these documents is available at the Hicksville Public Library,” echoes the 2001 letter, also including contacts for the


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“We would appreciate it if you would notify your employees...” —An excerpt from a Nov. 10, 1998 letter from the NYSDEC to MDI’s VP Joseph Elm, suggesting he inform employees about the availability of an “Investigative Work Plan” outlining contamination remediation efforts at their workplace. Elm says he never read it.

agency’s Radiation Section. Resoundingly, the current and former employees interviewed for this story say they were never informed. And they’re absolutely livid. Contacted on his cell phone, Elm denies ever seeing the letters.

Revelations n August 2004, Neville’s ankles, legs and torso swelled out “like a water balloon,” he says. Two weeks later, he was 25 pounds heavier. A week later, he was another 10 to 15 pounds heavier. A week after that, he was admitted into the hospital at 302 pounds—up from about 235 four weeks earlier. Doctor after doctor didn’t know what was wrong with him. Eventually he found a specialist that did: membranous nephropathy, a rare kidney disease. He suffered with the weight buildup until 2009, when he went onto dialysis, for nine hours a day, daily—self-dialysising in his Woodside apartment and draining the dialysis fluid into his bathtub. On July 20, 2011 he received a transplant from a childhood friend, Colleen Fortuna, something he’s forever grateful for. “Fifty percent of the people die on dialysis,” he says. “She saved my life and gave me life.” Neville didn’t know it back in 2004, but Depascale was also having serious health problems; the 53-year-old considers himself lucky compared to what he was enduring. One night in May 2006, Depascale woke up to find that he couldn’t breathe. “I thought I was having a heart attack,” he recalls. “I went to the hospital. They did an EKG, they did everything. They did the X-Rays and then they found something in my lungs. There was a shadow in my lung. That’s how I found out I was sick. A month later, I got a heart attack. I had both at the same time, Continued on page 26

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cancer and a heart attack.” Following several biopsies, they cut into his side to reach his lungs. He underwent chemotherapy and had a tumor removed from his leg and about a quarter of one of his lungs. It was Stage Four extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma, an ultra-rare bone cancer that had originated in his leg and spread to his lungs. Depascale’s still undergoing periodic surgeries. After seeing a news report on TV about the Sylvania site’s history and thinking back to what looked like a remediation project taking place at the site during a chance drive-by sometime shortly after they left the company in 2002, he called Neville. “I didn’t believe Gerry when he told me,” says Neville. “But he filed a Freedom of Information Act and in December we went into that building.” The pair was briefly allowed access to a room at the DEC’s offices at Stony Brook University filled with boxes of documents about the site’s nuclear past. Then Neville filed Freedom of Information requests of his own, for anything and everything to do with it. The DEC and state Attorney General’s Office, however, stonewalled him for months, he says. The two began connecting the dots. “I was healthy all my life,” says Depascale. “There’s no cancer in my family. There’s no heart attack history in my family… The doctors told me it was environmental.” In February 2009, only after Neville enlisted the help of a state senator, the DEC released 1,300 out of approximately 3,400 records it withheld from him. It was a treasure trove documenting exactly what went on at the site, and besides validating their worst suspicions, proved that GTE and regulators also knew of its radioactive past as early as 1986. They just kept it all to themselves. Some highlights from just one of those reports: “In 1986, during construction of a 30,000 square-foot (ft2) addition on the east side of Building #4, a cache of 57 buried drums was discovered. These drums, along with 80 to 90 cubic yards (yds3) of soil (containing primarily PCE and TCE), were removed from the area for off-site disposal,” states a December 2006 Soil Remediation Report prepared for GTE. “During this soil remediation, a total of 194,733,449 pounds (approximately 97,000 tons) of soil was excavated and shipped from the site for proper disposal,” it reads, referring to another phase of GTE’s remediation efforts. Even excavating nearly 100,000 tons and shipping it by train to Utah still wasn’t enough to clean the site, however, the records show: “isolated areas” of uranium, thorium, nickel and other


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contaminants remained. Neville also got photos: men in full-body Haz-Mat suits excavating massive buried containers full of radioactive sludge and liquids; another conducting a “field survey of bluegreen material;” crushed subterranean metal anomalies; “gamma spectroscopy analytical equipment;” an extremely deep excavation pit; and a movable tented “excavation enclosure with airlock entrance” half the size of a football field; among many others. Also eye-opening were the depositions he obtained from the 2002 classaction on behalf of Hicksville residents. Stuart Opdahl, who worked at the Sylvania site in the 1950s, said he originally contacted plaintiffs’ attorneys out of concern some of the operations may have polluted the area. He told defense attorneys he incinerated uranium fibers in a “very crude smelting oven” outdoors: “You would get this blue flame coming out. And many times, it would carry some kind of waste product with it. You know, just like any burning fire that was open of this nature. It didn’t have any—any kind of cleaning mechanism above this that, you know, would drop fibers back…This went straight out above the—the oven. Neville, upon finally learning the truth, says he “flipped out.” “I knew right away what happened. How could they possibly do this and allow us to move into that building?” he asks. The fact that Verizon has already performed so much remediation at the site is proof of their accountability, he contends. So is the massive paper trail. Regardless, the Jan. 15 oral arguments must focus on convincing federal Appeals judges that the 88-yearold Ronald Regan-appointed Wexler abused the district court’s discretion by granting a limited retrial, among other things. And though Neville’s a betting man, he still doesn’t like his odds. But he holds onto hope. It’s not just about two warehouse workers holding a $230 billion company responsible, he insists. He and Depascale will shoulder the weight of countless other workers from that site who may be sick or will get sick because of its atomic past, too. “How do I shave in the morning, look in the mirror, if I didn’t go all the way with this?” he asks. “Suppose, just suppose I walked away from this during the second trial, and just let it end. What about the other people that are sick? It ends here; then they can’t sue. Then Verizon wins the whole ball of wax. “It’s for all of us,” he continues. “If we lose with fighting the whole way, that’s fine, I just lost the fight… But if we can beat them here, then, everyone’s got a chance. “That’s what Verizon’s afraid of.”

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2013 Single Dish Trends Standout Selections from LI’s Best Restaurants By Rob Donovan

Any good restaurant can make quesadillas or sushi, but if you add a twist like a quesadilla with gyro meat or a bagel-and-lox sushi roll, then you’re part of the latest trend in Long Island eats—traditional with a twist. So, just because you know that a good steakhouse will wow you with its chops or a seafood joint with its swordfish, don’t bypass their potentially addictive reinventions or their updated classics. Here are some of the best single dishes on LI, from Floral Park to West Islip, that do just that. Expect the unexpected.


we ordered but, alas, I must pick one.

Consider this the Hellenic home of the reinvention trend: An innovative storefront eatery where you can get quesadillas or Philly cheesesteaks made with gyro meat. This is Greek like you’ve never seen, and it’s a gem of a find.

The Chianti Braised Short Ribs were served over a stunningly delicious creamy Gorgonzola polenta with grilled asparagus and topped with a roasted tomato demi glace and crispy onion strings. If you’ve had better, more tender, short ribs, I want to know where.

2144 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park 516-673-4545

Best Dish: Chianti SHORT RIBS

Best Dish: Wings—ALl of them

The Greek Place’s Athenian Wings are prepared with a spicy creamy feta and are juicy, flavorful and damn delicious. The Spartan Wings, perhaps my favorite, feature the tang of lemon oreganato. And don’t forget to try the Chef’s Special Wings with feta and owner Pete Kantoulakos’ own terrific tomato balsamic dressing.


60 Nesconset Hwy., Smithtown 631-656-8100

Anthony Scotto’s upscale steakhouse delivers first-rate food and quality service but it’s the seemingly simple, but surprisingly bold bisque that will knock your socks off. Best Dish: Lobster Bisque

With all of that excellent high-end food, it was our starter, the remarkable Lobster Bisque. Simply put, it’s the best I’ve had in years. Filled with chunks of buttery, meaty lobster and mushrooms, the broth hit the impossible spot between sweet and savory. I would have been satisfied to order bowl after bowl throughout the night.



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1095 Jericho Tpke., Commack 631-486-8664; 631-486-8865

Many Long Islanders know its sister location, the venerable Southside Fish & Clam in Lindenhurst, which opened in 1934. This is the upscale version. Best Dish: Bar Harbour Lobster

This 1.25-pound lobster, prepared in an insanely delicious, chardonnay lemon garlic sauce, will have you licking every last morsel off your plate. A gallon of sauce to go, please!

MEDFORD PASTARIA 3209 Horseblock Rd., Medford 631-758-5252

You can’t miss at this Italian eatery, and this pick is totally cheating and really unfair to you, because it’s about a dish they no longer serve. However, if you all call and ask for it, they might just add it back. Best Dish: PUMPKIN RAVIOLI

The unreal, heavenly Pumpkin Ravioli is drizzled with an amaretto and sage sauce and topped with homemade whipped cream. ’Nuff said.

1020 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park 516-798-1555


Thanks to Chef John Orphanos, the menu at Maggie’s is inventive and quality goes well beyond expectation. I was impressed by every single dish

From soup to dessert, I enjoyed every single item I experienced here, but

39 Roslyn Ave., Sea Cliff 516-801-4500

nothing beats the burger. Best Dish: Fancy Burger

The Bistro’s Fancy Burger, moist and flavorful with chopped short rib, grilled red onion and Manchego cheese, is my favorite burger on Long Island, period.


31 S. Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck 516-466-6369

Modern Japanese food with a focus on small, seasonal plates makes Miraku a true foodie destination. Best Dish: Everything Bagel signature sushi roll

The Everything Bagel Signature Roll, with smoked salmon, scallion, cream cheese, and “everything” seasoning is the extremely clever epitome of sushi reinvention. Simply genius.


2849 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh 516-785-0036

Traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist is what you’ll get at Mizuno. Best Dish: Tuna cracker


186 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park 516-354-1355

This low-key, 44-year-old Italian restaurant is well worth the ride from…well, almost anywhere. Best Dish: Chicken Chestnuts

The showstopper here is the Chicken Chestnuts, tenderized thin, with a sublime chestnut and red wine sauce that is almost fruity and completely reinvents the poultry flavor profile.


778 Montauk Hwy., West Islip 631-661-5599

Villa Monaco is somewhat of an institution in West Islip—a local Italian favorite for nearly four decades. Best Dish: shrimp orange

Lightly breaded shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and melted mozzarella in an orange sauce flavored by Triple Sec, this dish also can be made with chicken or veal. There’s an old adage that you don’t mix cheese and seafood, but this dish proves that sometimes old adages are just plain wrong.

An inventive selection, the Tuna Cracker Appetizer is unlike any I’ve had before. Tuna, mango, apple, avocado, tobiko, with a special chef’s sauce, all on a surprisingly crisp potato chip, this dish was fresh, innovative and filled with the perfect marriage of ingredients and textures. It’s probably the best single bite I’ve had all year.



Best Dish: Skewers & shooters

299 Raft Ave., Sayville 631-567-9054

The menu is huge, the service is attentive and friendly, and the food, especially their seafood, is first-rate. Best Dish: Caliente calamari

Piled high with incredibly tender fried calamari, heated with jalapeños and Cajun spices, and served with sweet marinara sauce, this is the best calamari dish I’ve ever had.


111 Mineola Blvd., Mineola 516-747-3458 156 Gardiner’s Ave., Levittown 516-605-1282

Their signature green sauce, fresh ingredients and large variety of Greek specialties are worth the a stop at either location. Best Dish: shrimp Souvlaki

Tender, marinated, char-broiled shrimp served with pita, lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

147 Mineola Blvd., Mineola 516-307-8056

Vinoco itself is like a tapas—a small, unlikely treat. The food is as hip and sophisticated as culinary fare you’d find in trendy Manhattan. The inventive offerings and sauce combinations here are brilliant. The Vinoco Marinated Chicken is flavorful, and arrives with a shot glass of Black Olive aioli. The Drunken Lump Crab Cake with its spicy Pina Colada shooter is another jaw-dropping dish with fresh ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations.

WILD HONEY ON MAIN 172 Main St., Port Washington 516-439-5324

I haven’t eaten here since Chef Roberto Baez left, but many of his exquisite dishes are still on the menu. The intimate, romantic Wild Honey is full of bold, rich flavors and subtle finesse. Best Dish: Oven roasted french cut chicken

The Oven Roasted French Cut Chicken with whipped Idaho potatoes, smoked garlic spinach and dark pan sauce was a spectacular twist to a classic.

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Just Saying

Brooklyn Found to Be Part of L.I.; Flatbush Home Values Plummet! By Peter Tannen


rom DUMBO to Coney Island, shock and disbelief gripped residents of Brooklyn when surveyors confirmed that Brooklyn was actually part of a very long island known as, well, Long Island. “No doubt about it,” said Chief Surveyor Eudora Fletcher, “Brooklyn is really the western end of an island, 118-miles long, that juts out into the Atlantic.” The survey was on everyone’s mind at a local bar in Cobble Hill. “I didn’t spend all this money moving to Brooklyn just to live on Long Island,” said one clearly annoyed patron. “They shudda told me where the house was located before I bought it.” “Look,” said another Brooklynite, “my 11201 ZIP Code has got real status. What will people think when they find out it’s on Long Island?” Two men wearing dark suits, obviously visitors, sat quietly in a booth across from the bar. “Where youse guys from?” asked a local resident, noticing the strangers. “Yaphank,” one man replied. “You’re kidding. There’s a place named Yaphank?” said the guy at the bar. “It’s on Long Island,” the man said. “So whatta you guys doing in Brooklyn?” “We’re theft consultants.” “Theft consultants?” “Yes, sir. You people stole the Islanders out from under our noses, and you’ve got Long Island worried. We’ve been hired to find out what Brooklyn is going to steal next.” “This is a joke, right?” “Nope. We’ve even heard talk about building a wall across the whole island. Or taking over Queens as a de-militarized buffer zone.” “Jeez. What do the other boroughs think about all this?” “Well, Queens is nervous, of course. The Bronx isn’t worried—they’re sure the Yankees are too classy to ever move


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“I didn’t spend all this money moving to Brooklyn just to live on Long Island. They shudda told me where the house was located before I bought it.” to Brooklyn. And, as usual, nobody really knows what they think in Staten Island,” said the consultant. “And Manhattan?” “Most people in Manhattan can’t even find Long Island on a map,” he laughed. “The only the people who know where Long Island is have houses in the Hamptons.”

“Listen,” said the guy at the bar, “Brooklyn is nuts about sports. And we didn’t just nab the Islanders, we got the Nets, too. You gotta problem with that?” The Long Islander shrugged. “What’s done is done. But Long Island accounts for a lot more interesting people than just athletes.”

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“Yeah, like who?” “LL Cool J’s from Long Island.” “O.K. But Jay-Z’s a Brooklyn boy.” “Alec Baldwin’s from Massapequa.” “Eddie Murphy comes from Bushwick.” “How about Jackie Kennedy?” “Classy, but we got Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” “Long Island’s Billy Crystal.” “Brooklyn’s Woody Allen.” “Rodney Dangerfield came from Babylon.” “Brooklyn’s got Bob Guccione.” “But you have to admit that Long Island’s way ahead when it comes to corrupt police officials.” “On the other hand, Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone were both born in Brooklyn.” “Fair enough. But who’ve you got to match our Bill O’Reilly?” “Hmmm. How about Curly from the Three Stooges?” The man from Yaphank called out to the bartender: “A glass of Brickhouse Red from Patchogue for our friend at the bar, please.” The guy at the bar laughed, “And two Brooklyn Lagers for my buddies in the booth.” He came over and sat down. The Long Islanders smiled. “So tell us, do you have anything worse than the LIE?” “What?! You guys have never been on the BQE?” The bartender brought over their beers. “So,” asked the guy from Brooklyn, “seeing as we share an island and all, do you think Long Island and Brooklyn will ever understand each other?” “Well,” said one of the Yaphankers, “we could run a ‘Know Your Neighbors’ event, so Brooklyn could find out what’s happening in foreign places like Mineola and Hicksville.” “And even Suffolk County,” said the other consultant. “You think Brooklyn people would be interested?”” “Not a chance in hell.” They raised their glasses.

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Get Off Of My Cloud By Jaclyn Gallucci


hen I told people I would be spending the afternoon with an emergency chute glued to my back, while strapped into the front seat of a plane the size of a Smart car, they looked at me like I was not too long for this world. I pulled up to Republic Airport in misty could-go-either-way weather, parked my car in a back lot and walked toward the hangar. In front of me was this model toy plane, red and blue, plastic bubble on top. It was adorable, and presumably left there to greet guests, like me, at the entrance. I stopped and peered inside, then made my way to Lt. Colonel John Klatt’s trailer. Klatt was in town to perform at the Jones Beach air show. And if you’ve ever been there, he’s the guy bouncing around the clouds in the world famous Staudacher S-300D, a 1,250-pound high-performance aerobatic aircraft, which tops out at 250 mph. He’s also a veteran of three combat tours in Iraq, who has logged more than 2,000 hours at the controls of the F-16 alone and served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years, flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world. Now a member of the 148th fighter wing of the Duluth Air National Guard, Klatt spends his free time wowing audiences across the world by defying gravity every chance he gets. Today he was meeting me in Farmingdale for a tour of Long Island’s skies in his two-seater plane, capable of pulling more than 20 Gs, which is twice the load of the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” Klatt flies in his “day job.” That toy plane in the parking lot—not a toy. I was climbing in the front seat, and Klatt was climbing in behind me, with only a thin plastic canopy between us and the wild blue yonder. He’d be controlling the plane from the back so I’d get the full pilot experience. I took a deep breath as one of the guys strapped me in so tightly I couldn’t move any part of my body even an inch. Then he tucked something under the belt on my leg.


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“Just in case,” he said. It was a plastic bag. Now I was really getting nervous, and thankful the only thing I had eaten that day was a strawberry. Klatt started the engine. I couldn’t see him but I was wearing a mic so we could talk to each other and I could ask questions. We sped down the runway, I felt like I was strapped to a cannonball. Then, in a matter of seconds, I was in another world, 3,000 feet up. I couldn’t stop looking down at the ground. The sky was blue up above the clouds, and another toy plane, this one red, pulled up right next to us. The pilot waved to me. I waved back. I felt like the Red Baron—the Snoopy version.

Klatt asked me, “So, you want the regular ride or the wild ride?” I was feeling great, so I didn’t give it a second thought before I asked for the latter. With that the plane jerked 90 degrees and we were going straight up to the sun, perpendicular to the ground. I felt weightless as we paused for barely a second before swirling and spinning straight back down, then flipped over and flew in a straight line upside-down over the Robert Moses Causeway. Strangely enough, dangling upside down over Long Island seems very natural. Things don’t look real from up there, where the tide is coming in above and the sky is at your feet. Today, I can’t even get down to the

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beach because the bridge is closed. After Superstorm Sandy, the whole area is shut down. There are orange cones and construction vehicles everywhere so the view over the causeway just isn’t the same on the ground. But if I were up there, I’m sure nothing would be lost. From above, everything looks so small, especially the things that are so big and heavy down here. We flew over a cemetery, which looked like a checkerboard of little white Chiclets from up there and nothing more, and I didn’t even realize what it was until I saw a group of little dots gathered around one of the small boxes.  “I’ve always enjoyed airplanes,” said Klatt, who began flying at 17. “My dad used to take me to air shows as a kid and I was always excited about it.” After a few more loops, rollovers and a hammerhead or two—whereby the plane did a literal cartwheel across the sky—it was time to head back down to Earth. We had been up there about 20 minutes. I didn’t want to come down. Slowly the beautiful white Chiclets became headstones and everything was real again. I felt sick, not in some spiritual and transformative way. I felt sick to my stomach, and I was reaching for the bag tucked in the straps on my leg, simultaneously glad that I had only eaten that strawberry and remembering that there was a video camera focused right on my face, recording every second of my in-flight experience. Klatt later explained to me that the body has to learn to adapt to the changes in gravity. This was my first step. In other words, next time I’d be a little less nauseous. Back on the ground, I climbed out of the plane, a little wobbly on my feet. Someone handed me a tape that I vowed to never let anyone watch, ever. Back home, I turned the TV on, popped the tape in, cringed for a few minutes, then pushed the play button. Nothing. It was blank. The camera on the plane didn’t record. I was a little disappointed and a little relieved. If something on the plane had to fail 3,000 feet above the ground, I’m glad it was the camera.

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Are We Normal Yet? Looking to Katrina for Perspective on Sandy Recovery Timeline


BY Dan O’Regan

ith tons of Sandy debris at Nickerson Beach shipped away, Long Island downtowns bustling again and conversations turned from hurricanes to holidays, it almost seems as if normalcy has returned two months after the superstorm.

But the side streets in the hardest-hit communities like Long Beach are still littered with debris. Stray sandbags used in futile attempts to stop the historic floodwaters continue to blot some sidewalks. Eerily darkened waterfront apartment buildings sit vacant. Although most of the Island has cleaned up and dried off after the worst storm to hit the region since 1938, more questions than answers remain. Many are tedious, like queries listed in insurance paperwork and Federal Emergency Management Agency applications. Others are unanswerable. “But, mommy, if we’re not home, how will Santa Claus know how to find me?” was one question Rev. Msgnr. Donald Beckmann of St. Ignatius Martyr church in Long Beach recalled hearing during Christmas Eve mass. The hardest of all to answer may be this: how much longer will it take? Local officials say it may be at least a year. Those still recovering from Katrina—the only hurricane to cost more than Sandy—and officials in other tropical cyclone-prone regions say a comeback could take even longer. Less certain is recovery from the incalculable emotional toll—or how many residents will permanently move off LI as a result. In the days immediately following Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called getting hit with such devastating storms “the new normal” after tropical storms Lee and Irene caused comparatively catastrophic flooding upstate last year. Amityville Mayor Peter Imbert is among those doubting the possibility of returning 100 percent to preSandy conditions. “Some homes just won’t be rebuilt,” he says of his village. “I think we can hope for a 99 percent recovery.” Other local officials, like Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman, see the recovery as a chance to plan for future storms. “We’re foolish if we look for 100 percent recovery,” he says. “We need to look for 200 percent recovery. If we build back exactly as things were before, we miss the opportunity to provide the protection and the security that our residents need and deserve.” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who’s requested nearly $1 billion to repair the troubled Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant that failed during the storm, characterized the superstorm as a turning point. “There are now two eras in the history of our county: pre-Hurricane Sandy and post-Hurricane Sandy,” he said in November.


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Clockwise from top left: This Oct. 30 aerial photo shows 126 burned-out homes in Breezy Point. (AP) Homes surrounded by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 in New Orleans. (AP). A New Orleans resident walks through floodwaters coated with a fine layer of oil in the flooded downtown area on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (AP) The remnants of the west end of the Long Beach boardwalk in December. (Joe Abate).


When Katrina, the costliest and fifth-deadliest hurricane in national history, breached the levees in New Orleans in 2005 and government response efforts collapsed, now-retired Gen. Russel Honoré was sent in to clean up the disaster. “Nothing will ever be exactly like it was before,” Honoré says of the Sandy recovery, noting that the Crescent City’s population is about two thirds what is was before Katrina. “Regardless of what politicians have said, they will not make this whole again. It will never be the same. Never.” LI will likely see a similar population drop as New Orleans, says Honoré, who has been called in to help with the Sandy recovery efforts. He attributes the decline after Katrina to increased insurance and property costs. Those working toward recovery shouldn’t be too hasty, he warns. “There’s a term we used to use in the Army called, ‘rush to failure,’” says Honoré. “In disaster recovery, you can literally rush to failure and people never recover because they made decisions too quickly.” Long after Katrina, New Orleans continues to work with FEMA on recovery efforts, according to Cedric Grant, the city’s deputy mayor. City officials are now planning to service their subsurface water lines and finally make permanent repairs to roads that were torn apart by Katrina. “This is just stuff that has taken that much time to get to,” Grant says. He expects all of the work to continue well into 2018—13 years after the catastrophic hurricane. It’s unlikely that LI will be dealing with Sandy through 2025. But, even if New Orleans is more vulnerable since it’s below sea level, Grant says that the best advice he can give to municipal leaders in areas affected by Sandy, is to practice patience. “[Recovery] is a long process,” says Grant. “I’m hoping that everyone in the country learns from us…it just takes time.” In North Carolina’s vulnerable barrier islands—the Outer Banks—officials say they only recently recovered from the damage left by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. “We were still working on [reconstruction] after Isabel as

late as 2010,” says Jessica Phillips of the Emergency Management Agency in Dare County, which includes Hatteras Island, the state’s easternmost tip. “The last problems we had to deal with were mostly mitigation projects, raising houses up out of the flood zones.” In Florida, home to the National Hurricane Center and the country’s most hurricane strikes, some officials say it’s the mental impact, not the structural damage that lasts the longest. Hurricanes can shake residents’ faith in the area as a safe place to live, causing some to move away for good. “I think the psychological effects last a long time afterwards,” says West Palm Beach City Administrator Ed Mitchell. After the back-to-back hurricanes of Frances and Jeanne in 2004, he recalls, some West Palm Beach residents packed up and simply said, “We’re not living through another hurricane season, this was bad enough.” The damage of those storms doesn’t compare to Sandy’s devastation, but the vacuum left by residents who fled can still be felt today, he says.


The hits LI took from Sandy likewise may be felt in more than just the destroyed homes and ruined beaches. Carole Shepherd, a therapist practicing traumatology with an office in Long Beach, is among those trying to heal the invisible wounds residents suffered when they lost their homes, possessions, or both. “I specifically have created group programs for this particular disaster because the need is so great,” says Shepherd. “Most importantly, the groups help to build community. A lot of people have different resources and information that other people could use, that’s happening all over already so this group is a way of consolidating that.” Shepherd says that trauma therapy has helped her patients put the past behind them and start to create a new present and future for themselves. “It’s inevitable that things are going to happen, the only question is, how are we going to deal with them?” says Shepherd. Predicting a timeline for

recovery is hard to do. “There is no way to put a time frame on it,” says Gordon Tepper, a Long Beach city spokesman. “There is a lot of work left to be done. We’ve worked around the clock and will continue to work around the clock and rebuild stronger, smarter and safer. We want to get the beach and the boardwalk up and running as soon as possible.” One thing is clear: it’s going to be very expensive. “Money is the fuel of the engine of recovery, says Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach. “Whether it be rebuilding the boardwalk or the beach; repairing and improving our water plant and our sewer plant to protect our residents and guarding against future storms, all of that takes money.” More than 100,000 people have registered for individual FEMA assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties, totaling about $316 million in individual assistance. Long Beach has already received $24.3 million to help fuel their recovery, although a $9 billion request for all of LI’s municipalities was pending in Congress as of press time. “I would expect we are going to be reimbursed,” says Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive, “but of course that’s going to be a concern because it’s a major hit in your budget in a time where we are already facing great fiscal challenges.” Village officials across LI were also facing the same cash crunch before the storm blew an even bigger hole in their checkbook. “If we didn’t receive FEMA money, we would be in big trouble,” says Imbert, Amityville’s mayor. “Spending that kind of money could cripple our budget.” Rev. Beckmann of St. Ignatius recalled that although the recovery process is still underway and uncertainties abound, there’s still plenty to be thankful for. “I can’t count how many have said to me, after talking about all of the things that you’ve lost… but those are just things,” he says. “We have our lives. We have one another…and in light of that, the other things really aren’t important.” —With additional reporting by Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger and Lindsay Christ

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Higher Education


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Navigating College Fairs By Alyssa Melillo

Preparing for college is one of the most important parts of high school. Although it can be a long process, it doesn’t necessarily have to be hard. There are many ways students can get ready for their undergraduate careers, and college officials recommend starting as early as sophomore year. Sunil Samuel, director of admissions at Hofstra University, says that students should begin making lists of potential schools during sophomore year and take more action once they become juniors. “College fairs are very good for students once they have their college lists,” he says. “The more they know about the school, the better.” But simply showing up at a college fair, which almost every high school holds at least once a year, might not be enough. Admissions officials stress that it’s important for students to do preliminary research on schools beforehand. Checking out a school’s website and preparing questions will give students a better idea of what the institution offers. It will help students

shape their questions, which officials say should include queries about the school’s academic offerings, campus life, application process, scholarships and internship opportunities. Presentation is key, too. Judith Berhannan, dean of admissions at Stony Brook University, suggests that students “dress for success” and bring printed address labels with them, as some schools like to collect information to compile mailing lists. Going to a college fair is a good way to get acquainted with a host of schools. The next step is attending an open house at a particular college or university. An open house gives students the opportunity to ask indepth questions pertaining to their desired majors and special needs, such as programs for athletics and those with learning disabilities, and it gives prospective students a better sense of what campus life is like. Marguerite Lane, dean of admissions at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, says students really can’t make an objective decision on where they want to go without visiting the campuses they are most interested in.

“It’s difficult for students to make a decision based on a website.”


“It’s difficult for students to make a decision based on a website,” she says. When they do visit a campus, she advises students to make an appointment with the school’s admissions counselor and prepare questions to show that they are interested in attending. As intimidating as the college prep process sounds, students don’t have to go it alone. Their school counselors are there to help. They typically sit down with every student to go over their transcripts and help guide them where they might want to go. At Commack High School, where college fairs are held at least twice a year and college representatives visit almost every week, Commack’s counselor James Del Giudice begins holding conferences with students in the middle of their junior year. He recommends they use websites such as CollegeBoard and Naviance to narrow their options to about 20 or 25 schools at the most. Many students dread doing the required essay on the college application, but Del Giudice tells them to consult the Common App, where many schools’ essay questions are posted long before their applications are due. As many admissions officials suggest, Del Giudice says a student should avoid becoming a “phantom applicant.” “What really matters to a college is whether or not a student visits,” he says. Students should make sure a school knows they visited by either signing up for a tour or dropping by the admissions office to introduce themselves. As Molloy’s Lane says, though, applying to college is all about both students and schools finding “the best match.”

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Moving Forward

At Hofstra University, innovation is central to everything we do. In the past few years, we’ve opened the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and announced a new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. With a rising national reputation, new opportunities in research and the sciences, small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1 in over a hundred areas of study, Hofstra University is more than you expected and all you can imagine. Each year, hundreds of students transfer to Hofstra, and now, transferring to Hofstra is simpler than ever. Our transfer students are given greater flexibility in fulfilling general education requirements with coursework from a prior institution. At a Transfer Day students can apply and receive an admission decision and credit evaluation, meet with an academic advisor and register for the spring 2013 semester.

Discover what Hofstra’s pride and purpose is all about at a Transfer Day this January. Find out more @

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Open Houses It may be January, but spring semesters at local colleges and universities begin this month. Too soon? There’s always summer or even fall. With many schools not only offering undergraduate, graduate and adult undergrad studies, but a rolling admissions process, and even online classes, the enrollment process has never been more convenient. Here are a few events to get you started. SUNY Oswego January 1 Information Program, St. Joseph’s January 3 One-Stop Adult Undergrad Enrollment, 8 a.m. Adelphi January 7 Transfer Registration Day, 1 p.m. Hofstra January 8 MFA Open House, 2-4 p.m. LIU Post January 8 Adult Admissions Event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. SUNY College at Old Westbury TBA, Register online at Hofstra January 8 Graduate Studies Open House, 6-8 p.m. www. Adelphi January 9 Graduate Open House, 6 p.m. St. Joseph’s January 9 Graduate Information Session, 6:30-9 p.m. St. Joseph’s January 10 One-Stop Adult Undergrad Enrollment, 8 a.m. Molloy January 10 Graduate Information Session, 6 p.m. www. Five Towns January 12 Open House, 1-5 p.m. Mercy College January 12. Open House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

St. Joseph’s January 17 One-Stop Adult Undergrad Enrollment, 8 a.m. St. Joseph’s January 17 Undergrad Preview Day, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Vassar College January 21 Campus Tours & Information Session, 12 p.m. SUNY Fredonia February 18 Open House, www. LIU Post February 19 Adult Students Open House, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Touro Law February 20 Open House, 6:15-9:15 p.m., LIU Post February 20 Post Preview Day, 1 p.m. St. Joseph’s February 22 Preview Day, 3-4 p.m. Skidmore February 22. Introduction HS Juniors/Sophomores, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. LIU Post

February 22 Post Preview Day, 10 a.m. Briarcliffe February 28 Open House, 7 p.m. LIU Post March 5 Graduate Open House, 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s March 6 Nursing Grad Program, 6:30-9 p.m. Five Towns March 14

Open House, www.

Information Program,

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Nassau Community College March 14 Transfer Day, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

LIU Post April 7 Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Five Towns April 13 Open House,

St. Joseph’s April 9 Graduate Open House, 6:30-9 p.m. www.sjcny. edu

SUNY Cobbleskill April 27 Open House, 8 a.m. - all day.

Skidmore March 22 Introduction for HS Juniors/Sophomores, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. www. SUNY Cobbleskill March 23 Open House, 8 a.m. - all day. SUNY Oswego April 1

LIU Post April 12 Transfer Registration Day, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. SUNY Farmingdale April 13 Open House, 10

Ithaca College April 27 Open House, www. Hofstra April 28 Open House for HS Juniors, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.,

LIU Post January 21 Preview Day, 1 p.m. LIU Post January 26 Preview Day/Affordability & Financial Aid Seminar, 9 a.m. Suffolk County Community College - All Campuses TBA, Visit St. Joseph’s February 2 Preview Day, 11 a.m.12 p.m. Marist College February 2. Graduate Programs Open House, 10 a.m. Cornell February 6 Biology Open House, 4-6 p.m. www.cornell. edu Iona College February 9 Campus Preview Day, 10 a.m.-noon, www. Briarcliffe February 9 Open House, 11 a.m. LIU Post February 9 College Affordability Seminar, 9 a.m. www.

LIU Post January 15 Enrollment Day, 3-7:30 p.m.

LIU Post February 12 Doctor of Education Information Session, 6:30 p.m. post

Molloy January 15 Pharmacy Technician Seminar, 6-7:30 p.m.

NYIT February 16 Tours/Information Session for HS Juniors, 11 a.m.

Adelphi January 15 & 17 Transfer Day, 12 p.m.

Colgate University February 16 Tour/Information Session, 10 a.m. www.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Lo n g I s l a n d A f fa i r BY Spencer Rumsey

a reader among the reeds: Marilyn Monroe was already one of the most famous women in America when she posed for Eve Arnold, herself a pioneering photographer, at a Mt. Sinai playground and in a nearby marsh in 1955. (Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos)


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hen Marilyn Monroe came out to Fire Island in 1955 to spend the weekend with Lee and Paula Strasberg, who were mentoring her at their famed Actors Studio in Manhattan, she famously remarked, “What a lovely place this is—it’s got water all around it.” But that wasn’t her first time on Long Island. In 1949 Monroe had visited the Town of Oyster Bay’s Tobay Beach with Andre de Dienes, a photographer friend who’d once been her lover in California when she was still using her real name, Norma Jeane, and struggling to get her footing in Hollywood as a model. Then she was a budding starlet and she’d come east to promote the Marx Brothers’ forgettable last film, Love Happy, in which she tells Groucho that she needs his help because “some men are following me” and he lasciviously replies, “Really. I can’t imagine why.” In de Dienes’ pin-up photograph, Monroe was 23 and full of promise. Her troubled childhood in orphanages and foster homes were long behind her. A bright future lay still ahead. By the summer of 1955 Monroe had become one of the most famous women in America. Her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, was over, and she’d left Hollywood in a contract fight with 20th Century Fox. Her studio bosses had

wanted her to do The Girl in Pink Tights. She balked and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions in New York. The image of her skirt billowing in the breeze from the Lexington Avenue subway—a still from the 1954 movie The Seven Year Itch—had become “the shot seen ’round the world.” Adding to the attraction was her 1953 appearance as the nude centerfold in the first issue of Playboy magazine, because the enterprising publisher Hugh Hefner had paid $500 for the rights to Tom Kelley’s nude photos that the California cameraman had taken of her in 1949, paying her $50 to pose on a swath of crushed red velvet. The news that the Hollywood star had been fully exposed broke in 1952 when Kelley’s photos turned up in a calendar illustration. Monroe showed her genius for self-publicity— and earned even more money for 20th Century Fox—by owning up to it. In answer to reporters’ breathless queries about what she’d been wearing during the shoot, she said she only had on “the radio.” At the Strasberg’s place on Ocean Beach, Monroe was sharing a bedroom with their teenage daughter Susan, who was about to appear on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank. There were “a lot of theater people” at that part of the island, Susan Strasberg recalled. “They were sophisticates, which meant they stared at Marilyn Monroe from a distance instead of staring up close.” Over the Labor Day weekend in 1955 Monroe was on the North Shore, staying at Norman and Hedda Rosten’s cottage in Port Jefferson. They were artistic college friends of Arthur Miller’s, whom Monroe had been seeing since she moved to Manhattan even though they were both still married at the time. Late that September afternoon she left to do a photo shoot with famed photographer Eve Arnold, the second woman to join Magnum Photos, the world-renowned agency founded by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Arnold, then living in Miller Place, took Monroe to a playground in Mt. Sinai. Monroe brought along three bathing suits and a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which she kept in her car. “She said she loved the sound of it and would read it aloud to herself to try to make sense of it,” Arnold recalled, “but she found it hard going.” Monroe had performed Molly Bloom’s sensual soliloquy to much acclaim at a small workshop at the Actors Studio. While Arnold was

“Adding to the attraction was her 1953 appearance as the nude centerfold in the first issue of Playboy magazine.” changing film, Monroe got the book out to read. “So, of course, I photographed her,” Arnold explained. It was almost 5 o’clock, the golden hour, photographers say. “The timing for the marshes was just right,” Arnold wrote, “the light soft and shadowless and ranging from pale yellow through deep saffron.” Monroe changed into a one-piece bathing suit with a leopard-skin print and waded in. “She was intrepid,” Arnold enthused later. “She stood in [it], sat in it, lay in it until the light started to go and I called a halt. She climbed out, covered in mud, but she was exhilarated—and giggling.” Later, Arnold would insist that Monroe told her “she had loved the day and kept repeating that these were the best circumstances under which she had ever worked.” Monroe’s career was nearing its apogee. In the summer of 1957 Monroe was married to Miller, who had won a 1949 Pulitzer for his tragic play Death Continued on page 58

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of a Salesman. They were living in a weather-worn farmhouse in Amagansett near the Rostens, who were renting a cottage in Springs. Also nearby was the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning, who painted Monroe for his series Women. The image, which Monroe biographer Lois Banner likened to “a cross between a grinning child and a screaming fury,” did not appeal to Monroe’s playwright husband but she didn’t mind. The married couple was in a hopeful phase: He was writing in his studio near the main house and she was cooking and tending her garden. And she was pregnant. But on Aug. 1, 1957 she cried out in pain. An ambulance rushed her to Manhattan where she hoped that her own doctor could save her baby. He could not. Suffering from a painful uterine condition called endometriosis, she had an ectopic pregnancy, and it had to be terminated. She spent 10 days in the hospital, Miller by her side. The loss was devastating. When the season was over, they moved back to Manhattan, he ensconced himself in a book-lined study at one end of the apartment struggling over a screenplay that would eventually become The Misfits, while she was at the other end, strumming a ukulele and crooning, “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” The next year they moved to a new house they had built in Connecticut, but they never could recreate the idyllic summer they’d shared on the South Fork. And Monroe’s happy times on Long Island faded into memory.


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Above: Marilyn Monroe is made comfortable in a car by her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, following her release from Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, where she spent 10 days in August 1957 recuperating from an ectopic pregnancy. (AP Photo) Below: An effervescent Marilyn Monroe manages to get a laugh out of her serious husband, Arthur Miller, in this series of candid black and white photographs taken in July 1956 when they were the most curious couple in the country. (AP Photo/Julien’s Auctions)


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the blessed Barber The voices of SportsCenter mix with the whirring of buzzers at Rockabilly Barbers North in Huntington where, for eight years, Katie Pope, 30, has used children, teens and middleaged men as her personal canvas, trimming beards, cutting hair and mastering her craft. Sporting a festive fedora and holiday-themed earrings during an interview, Pope (“like the guy with the hat,” she says) got her start after offering a free haircut to a homeless man who sneaked two $1 coins onto her workstation and mysteriously disappeared. The coins, tucked away in a jewelry box, serve as a heartwarming reminder of generosity from a man who didn’t have “a penny to his name,” she says. For her, cutting hair can be cathartic. She takes joy in lifting a person’s spirit with clippers and a razor—baptizing them with powder and rubbing alcohol. “I have a great feeling knowing he left the barber shop feeling better about himself,” she says of the homeless man. 188 New York Ave., Huntington. 631673-1750.

his father’s son It’s a few minutes before 8:30 a.m. and Joseph Mazzeo is already in his Sea Cliff barber shop soaking in 19th Century classical music as a cold wind climbs over the hills of the idyllic North Shore village. Mazzeo took over his father’s shop after he passed away in 1980 and transformed the place into an antique barber shop with modest charm. His father’s death instilled in him respect for the fragility and fleeting preciousness of life, so he decided to cut his own work week to four days. “You only have so many heartbeats,” he says. Now 70, Mazzeo works—and lives—at his own pace, collecting items given by customers and friends and proudly hanging them on the wall. Mazzeo treats all his patrons the same, and that includes Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who wandered in one day in search of a mohawk. He came close to selling his small shop seven years ago, but decided to hold on. “It didn’t work out,” he says of the sale, “and I’m happy.” 272 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff. 516-676-9770.

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One Common Thread --By Rashed Mian

haircuts for heroes Zoia Wilhelm admits that her thick Ukrainian accent has hindered her along the way since she landed in New York two decades ago. But that’s okay—the 52-year-old Glen Head resident lets her hands do the talking. For three days a week Wilhelm blissfully occupies the barber shop at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, treating her hero patients from several wars to warm shaves and well-earned haircuts. “Life is so beautiful,” she says. Wilhelm is proud of her work and believes a higher power has played a role in shaping her own life. “I believe in God, and I think it’s maybe my path here to help people,” she says. Despite the misfortunes these brave American soldiers may have weathered, she says they are thankful for all she does. Her job isn’t about the money, she says, her customer’s appreciation is her reward. “I work to make people feel better. I love to do this.” 79 Middleville Rd., Northport. 631-261-4440.


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The style artist It was a simple, yet easily answerable question posed 14 years ago to James Kiley: Would he want to flip burgers at McDonald’s or learn to style hair at a salon? The Wantagh resident considers himself an artist (even though he jokingly says he can’t draw a stick figure), and jumped on the opportunity. Now 29 and a hair stylist at Beautiful People Salon in Merrick, Kiley’s living his dream. For him, styling hair is very much an art—a client will come to him with an idea, he’ll consult, and then stylist and customer will find a happy medium. Kiley cares deeply about his work. “My biggest concern for any client I have is the integrity of the hair and making sure I don’t damage or ‘F’ it up,” he says. Judging by the amount of clients he shapes per day (15 when it’s busy), he’s doing all right. “I grew up in the field,” he says. “At 15 I ended up with a career.” 145 Merrick Avenue North, Merrick. 516-341-0276.

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Early Memories

O’Connell: I just remember getting into Eddie [Reye]’s van and going from city to city playing shows every night. I also remember thinking, “We can do this. We can become a really big band if we just keep on playing with the enthusiasm we are playing with.” I just knew something big was going to happen. We could feel it. Amiruddin: Prior to 2002, the scene was an exciting and creative thing to be a part of. Both the bands and shows were diverse and people came out regardless of who was playing. Heavier bands played with the more emo, indie and punk bands. I made friends with people from all over the Island and it was a really good feeling.


An Oral History of LI Music Scene’s Class of ’02-’03 BY BRENDAN MANLEY

TAKING BACK SUNDAY: (Left to right) drummer Mark O’Connell, vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist Eddie Reyes, guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper

arly in the millennium, around 2002-03, the underground music “scene” that had been steadily building for so many years on Long Island finally reached its watershed moment, thanks in no small part to the monumental records released during that period. Ten years ago, for both aspiring young musicians and their frenzied fans, Long Island was the place to be. After years of LI’s punk, emo, ska and hardcore bands packing VFW halls and bowling alleys—including seminal, often-overlooked outfits like Kill Your Idols, Mind Over Matter, Inside, Neglect, Silent Majority and Clockwise—a new breed of bands had started to materialize, ultimately centered around the “Big Four”: Glassjaw, the Movielife, Brand New and Taking Back Sunday (with the latter perhaps the most commercially successful of the LI crop). While the histories of these bands—and the tangled web of interconnections between members—are far longer than the space afforded here, 2013 seems the perfect time to take a look back. This past year the recently reunited Taking Back Sunday toured behind the 10-year anniversary of their wildly successful Tell All Your Friends record, released in 2002, the same year as Glassjaw’s last proper full-length, Worship And Tribute. It didn’t stop there: Brand New’s game-changing Deja Entendu dropped in 2003, as did the Movielife’s final opus, Forty Hour Train Back To Penn, and that’s just mentioning the “Big Four,” and not the countless other acts you’d catch at the Downtown or the Vanderbilt back in the day. Thus, to take stock of where the LI scene was a decade ago, and how it’s changed since, we tapped members of some of its most influential bands, who share their unique perspectives on a milestone period for Long Island music.


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THE PLAYERS Alex Amiruddin Guitar, the Movielife, 19972002; Guitar, Wiretap Crash, 2011-present Gary Bennett Guitar, Kill Your Idols, 19952007; Guitar, Deathcycle, 2003-2009; Guitar, Black Anvil, 2007-present Larry Gorman Drums, Glassjaw, 2000-2004; Drums, Head Automatica, 2003-2006; Drums, Asobi Seksu, 2009-present Mark O’Connell Drums, Taking Back Sunday, 1999-present Brandon Reilly Guitar, the Movielife 1999-2003; Guitar/ Vocals, Nightmare of You, 2004-present

Bennett: For me, the local scene was becoming a place I felt as if I had even less in common with than before…It had little or nothing to do with what Mind over Matter, Neglect, Berzerkers, Silent Majority and Clockwise were doing, yet in a lot of ways, it grew out from Silent Majority, Clockwise and Glassjaw. Reilly: I have very warm memories of those days. It was such an exciting time. I’ve never been quite certain of the reason, but it always seemed like kids all across the States were so perpetually drawn to anything that the Long Island bands were doing. Kids wanted to move to Long Island just for the scene and what we had, and in fact, many of them did just that. Ironically, I was doing all I could just to get out of Long Island. I remember leaving college in ’99 after only completing a half semester and then exclusively touring, writing and recording essentially 11 months out of each year for about four years straight with the Movielife. It was a great adventure, yet exhausting, and I look back on it not understanding how I achieved that sort of lifestyle. Surely, I had youth on my side. O’Connell: At that time, [TBS] was just starting to tour full-time. It was a really special feeling. One crazy memory that I have is doing a tour with Brand New. In the beginning of the tour, we were playing to 150 to 200 people max, and what we were doing blew up so much during that time, that on the last show in Worcester, Mass., we played in front of 4,000 people. Bennett: K.Y.I. had made the decision to stop touring as hard as we were… We all formed side projects—S.S.S.P., Celebrity Murders and Deathcycle—and all three bands were an attempt to be more extreme than what was currently going on here on LI. Amiruddin: Around 2002 and 2003, I had quit the Movielife and was trying to find a different path outside of music. I still played in bands, but I didn’t have the same

the movielife: (Left to right, back row first): drummer Evan Baken, bassist Phil Navetta, guitarist Alex Amiruddin, guitarist Brandon Reilly and vocalist Vinnie Caruana GLASSJAW: (Left to right) vocalist Daryl Palumbo; bassist Dave Allen, guitarist Justin Beck, guitarist Todd Weinstock, and drummer Larry Gorman

drive to be in a touring band that I had prior to forming the band. I cherish my experiences and memories from my time in the Movielife, but grew disenchanted with the new direction of the music, and my friendships with the other guys in the band suffered for various reasons. Gorman: I remember mostly skipping school and going to shows.

Sudden Fame

Reilly: It was wild. It baffled me a great deal, and I still look back on it pretty dazed…[But] as far as Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and Glassjaw are concerned, that was a much higher level of fame and success. It’s hard for me to put the Movielife into the same category as the truly famous Long Island bands. O’Connell: It came so quickly, that I didn’t really have time to have a reaction. I just remember thinking that this is crazy, and how could this actually be happening to us. Amiruddin: I was really excited, but I was definitely overwhelmed with all of the attention. I liked being part of something that people were excited about, but I was a little weird when it came to being the center of attention. I would probably appreciate the attention more now. [laughs] I think I’m a little more well adjusted now than I was.

Bennett: When hard work pays off for anyone, I’m glad for them. Eddie Reyes of TBS is my friend. We met at Wilson Tech when I was in 11th grade. He was in Mind Over Matter back then. He gave me a demo and introduced me to all these new hardcore bands…I was in Clockwise with Ed for two years. TBS isn’t my thing, but I’m glad my friend was able to succeed and buy a house from playing his guitar. He’s earned it. Reilly: I’m not sure why certain scenes and particular types of musical genres all of the sudden explode and ultimately fade away. I’d like to think the stars just align sometimes, or pandemonium, perhaps? O’Connell: Maybe it’s because what we were doing was special and original, and there was no other music at the time that sounded like that. When all the bands would play shows together, there was also a competitiveness to be the best, which made each band better and better. Gorman: I think like most things, it just became a focal point for labels to cash-in on. Bennett: I don’t know…Right place, right time? Hard work? Perseverance? All those things, I guess. Amiruddin: I think it was due to the strong scene and work ethic of the Continued on page 64 L o n g I s l a n d P r e s s f o r J a n u a ry, 2 0 1 3 / / / w w w. l o n g i s l a n d p r e s s . c o m


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bands. Relentless touring, label interest and talent formed some sort of synergy that spread. My band worked damned hard and sacrificed a lot to do what we loved. Not every band worked horrible temp jobs to save enough money to tour across the country and play in front of five people and have half of the shows canceled, just to do the same again when it was over, for years.

Present-Day LI Music Scene

Amiruddin: There is a great band called Playing Dead that I like a lot [featuring original TBS drummer Steve DeJoseph]. Iron Chic is great, too; They are becoming very popular on LI and around the country. O’Connell: I make beats with a friend of mine, Kenny Truhn. He is a really talented engineer, singer, songwriter and producer. He has his own band, and has a very original sound, which is why I like him so much. I definitely think people should check him out.


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Bennett: I will give a shout out to Polygon; they remind me of Sunny Day Real Estate. There’s a band called GANGWAY! who play real good hardcore punk. Primitive Weapons is from Brooklyn, but all those guys used to play in various LI bands. They are really awesome. Wiretap Crash is great. O’Connell: [TBS] are going to start writing a new record in February. We are actually renting a farm in West Virginia, so it is just us five together, with no interruptions. We are all pretty excited about it. Reilly: I just continue to write and record music for myself and Nightmare of You. We’ve slowly been releasing songs

KILL YOUR IDOLS: (Left to right) vocalist Andy West, roadie Anthony “The Watch” Venticinque, bassist Paul Delaney, guitarist Tom Chapman, drummer Raeph Glicken, guitarist Gary Bennett, and M.A.D. Tourbooking tour manager Daniel Quade on 2000 European tour

throughout the last few years. I’ve also been playing a few acoustic shows here and there, along with mini tours and a couple shows in Italy, where my wife is from. My main focus as of the last two years has been on my 18-month-old son. He finds a way to make sure that every moment of mine is accounted for. Gorman: I’ve been playing with a band called Asobi Seksu for the last four years; I’ve also been working at a studio called Astoria Soundworks with A.J. [Novello], who used to play in Leeway, Both Worlds and is currently in the CroMags; and also with Pokey, who also used to play in Leeway, and is currently the drummer for Agnostic Front. I’m right where I belong: back where I grew up and discovered hardcore music, chilling with all my heroes and peers, very content. Bennett: Black Anvil is almost ready to record our third release for Relapse records. It will be called Hail Death!... Deathcycle will play the Acheron with Catharsis in January…I just quit Sheer Terror after a year of running around the world with them again…I’m much too focused on Black Anvil and that’s where my vibe is, mentally. My last show with Sheer Terror is December 30th. Amiruddin: I’m playing in a band now called Wiretap Crash with George [Reynolds] from Mind Over Matter. We have an EP [Hand Over Fist]. They’re a group of some of my best friends…We all just love to hang, with writing and practicing as a way to justify the hang. We aren’t really a band looking to be rock stars. It’s all love.

About the Author Brendan Manley is an award-winning journalist, a editor and budding screenwriter currently working as a full-time freelancer. He has extensive experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, as well as digital media, covering topics including arts and entertainment, sports, lifestyle, news, technology, travel and history. He is an ongoing contributor to Alternative Press, Military History and HOTELS magazine, as well as the Adirondack Journal and Long Island Press, where he formerly served as Managing Editor and Lifestyle section head. In addition to currently developing his own projects for Hollywood, he works as a script consultant for Ipsos Media Motion Picture Group. Brendan is based in upstate New York.

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Jaclyn’s Pick

Andy Warhol Limited-Edition Campbell’s Tomato Soup

Rashed’s Pick

Jack Reacher’s Rules

The soup tastes the same, but these limited-edition, Warholinspired cans are way better. They come in four styles, are available at Target stores and each comes with a nugget of wisdom from the pop art icon. Get them while you “can”— their 15 minutes are almost up!

Don’t let Tom Cruise’s role as crime-busting Jack Reacher fool you. The fictional former military officer is as tough as it gets and this book explains why. Reacher’s “Rules of Coffee” are a must-read!

Chris’ Pick

Wiretap Crash’s Hand Over Fist EP

Wiretap Crash is a kick-ass posthardcore band from LI that’s best experienced live. A super-group of sorts—with former members of Mind Over Matter, The Movielife and Dearly Departed, among others—this EP, Hand Over Fist, their only release to date, is the perfect introduction.


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Spencer’s Pick

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Are the pink elephants real? They are if you think so. In Hallucinations, the brilliant professor of neurology, Oliver Sacks, shows how substantial our curious apparitions can be, and what their appearance says about the brain and its grip on reality. He says hallucinating is a vital part of the human condition. Come along as this wise guide explores the far reaches of our minds.

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JANUARY 5 DAVID WAX MUSEUM @ LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET The folk/roots band, primarily comprised of vocalists David Wax and Suz Slezak—who also plays a mean quijada made from a donkey’s jawbone—are known for combining Latin rhythms and infectious melodies, and have rocked stages at both the Boston Music Awards and South by Southwest. Hosted by WFUV’s John Platt. 232 Main St., Port Washington. 516-767-6444. $50, $45, $40. 8 p.m.

Long Island Press Event Listings for the month of January 2013 JANUARY 12 AMY HELM @ YMCA BOULTON CENTER Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/ songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful, spellbinding voice, whether singing traditional gospel, blues standards or as part of NY-based folk group, Ollabelle. 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore.

631-969-1101. $35, $30. 8 p.m.

JANUARY 12 SHELBY LYNNE @ THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE The country music sensation is on a solo tour supporting the release of a deluxe edition of her 13th studio album, Revelation Road, which includes bonus tracks and a live DVD. 61 Main St., Amagansett. 631-

267-3117. $90, $75. 8 p.m. Also Jan. 14 @ City Winery, Manhattan.

JANUARY 9 MORRISSEY @ TILLES CENTER British pop icon and former Smiths’ front man Morrissey performs his greatest hits from his legendary catalog plus new, unreleased songs in an intimate show. An outspoken artist who is no stranger to bashing other musicians, Morrissey has said in the past that having the head of Elton John on a plate would be the one time he wouldn’t consider eating meat murder. He may not be the most likable guy, but his music sure kicks ass. With special guest Kristeen Young. 720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale. 516-299-2752. $89.50, $69.50, $49.50. 8 p.m. Also Jan. 11 @ BAM Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn.

JANUARY 11 CAKE @ BOWERY BALLROOM The original Cake boss, John McCrea says there are two different things about the band’s latest album, 2011’s Showroom of Compassion: piano and reverb, both usually shunned by the Sacramento alt-rock band. But, no worries, the sarcastic lyrics, trumpet and word play are still exactly where they should be. 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. $49.50. Doors: 8 p.m.; Show: 9 p.m.

JANUARY 11-13 TRACY MORGAN @ GOVERNOR’S COMEDY CLUB Currently starring on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning 30 Rock, Morgan appears opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as the unpredictable Tracy Jordan. Morgan recently wrapped production on his next film, Predisposed, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo. 90 Division

Ave., Levittown. 516-731-3358. $75, $45. Jan. 11 - 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 12 - 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 13 - 7 p.m.

JANUARY 12 MARTIN KLINE: EXCERPTS IN ENCAUSTIC @ NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART New York Artist Martin Kline uses pigmented hot wax to sculpt the surface of his paintings, allowing them to literally jump off the page. The artist appears in person to discuss how he moved from representation to abstraction and then into three-dimensional encaustic wax technique and castmetal works. 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. www. $15, $5. Work on view through Feb. 24.


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JANUARY 12 FLEMING ARTIST SHOWCASE @ CITY WINERY A stellar line up of musicians, including Paula Cole, Kris Allen, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, Teitur and Leroy Bell and his Only Friends, perform as part of the APAP Music Conference. 155 Varick St., Manhattan. 212-608-0555.

$40, $38, $35, $30. Doors: 5 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m.

JANUARY 12 YELLOWCARD @ THE PARAMOUNT Florida pop punkers and Warped Tour alums Yellowcard broke through in late 2003 with their radio hit single, “Ocean Avenue.” Four albums later, the band is on the road playing new tracks and debuting an acoustic cover of Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait.” With special guests Fireworks, Young Blood and The Call Out. 370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. $52.75, $40; $27. Doors: 6 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m.

JANUARY 13 HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND @ CINEMA ARTS CENTRE A powerful look at the human costs of the recession on ordinary Long Islanders in documentary form, with Peggy Boyd of the Family Service League and Paule Pachter of Long Island Cares in person. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-FILM. www. $14, $9. 11 a.m.

JANUARY 13 JIM KOGEL’S MADONNAS @ RIPE ART GALLERY Centerport painter Jim Kogel creates truly original masterpieces, painting traditional Madonnas and renaissance-style layered portraits on pages from the New York Times. His newest collection is on display through Feb. 9. 67A Broadway, Greenlawn.

631-239-1805. Opening Reception, 2 p.m.

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JANUARY 14 YO LA TENGO @ BARNES & NOBLE UNION SQUARE The indie rock trio celebrates the release of their 13th album, Fade—a musical nod to the band’s earlier albums like And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out—by signing copies for fans on the store’s second level. 33 E. 17th St., Manhattan. 212-253-0810. 7 p.m.

JANUARY 15 LYNYRD SKYNYRD @ BEACON THEATRE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd continue to make music and rock stages with classics like “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Free Bird” decades later. Don’t miss this legendary band’s only New York performance. 2124

Broadway, Manhattan. 212-465-6500. $70.50, $60.50, $55.50, $46. 8 p.m. Great Cover: Google The Airborne Toxic Event covering The Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love.”

JANUARY 15 & 16 THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT @ WEBSTER HALL Named after a chapter in Don DeLillo’s novel, White Noise, in which a chemical spill from a rail car releases a black noxious cloud over a residential neighborhood, The Airborne Toxic Event is the brain child of writer/essayist turned musician Mikel Jollett and combines rock with orchestral arrangements. 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. 212-353-1600. www.websterhall.

com. $30. 7 p.m.

JANUARY 16 SOUNDGARDEN @ TERMINAL 5 While Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden have often taken a backseat to Nirvana, the band still came out on top during the grunge explosion of the early ’90s. Their album Superunknown became one of the most popular records of 1994, with radio hit, “Black Hole Sun.” The band plays three dates this week, including a second run Jan. 22 & 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom. 610 W. 56th

Kids’ Seats $15! Ages 2-12. Limit four (4) kids’ seats per purchase of one (1) adult seat. All seats $2 more day of show. Additional fees may apply. No double discounts. Excludes Gold Circle and VIP seats.

JAN. 25 – 27

NASSAU COLISEUM Fri. 7:30 PM • Sat. 2:00 & 7:30 PM • Sun. 2:00 PM

FEB. 1 & 2

IZOD CENTER Fri. 7:30 PM • Sat. 2:00 & 7:30 PM

Buy tickets at, Retail Locations, Arena Box Offices or call 1-800-745-3000

St., Manhattan. 212-582-6600. www.terminal5nyc. com. $15. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

JANUARY 18 MISSION OF BURMA @ BOWERY BALLROOM An integral part of the postpunk movement, Boston’s Mission of Burma has been cited as a major influence on bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Throwing Muses, The Pixies and Moby. The band parted ways in 1983, reunited in 2002, and are touring in support of their latest release, Unsound, with Exclamation Pony (Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic). 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. 212-533-2111. www. $22, $20. Doors: 8 p.m.; Show: 9 p.m.

JANUARY 18 LISA LAMPANELLI @ NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY The insult comic and Celebrity Apprentice grad famous for her controversial style—on stage as well as off stage, brings the drama and her dirty comedy to the North Shore. 960 Brush

Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. $49.75. Also Jan. 30 @ Apollo Theater, Manhattan. 8 p.m.

JANUARY 19 SELENA GOMEZ @ BEST BUY THEATER The Disney star, UNICEF ambassador—and Justin Bieber’s on-again, off-again girlfriend— plays a one-night-only concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. 1515 Broadway,

Manhattan. $250, $100. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

JANUARY 19 & 20 MACABRE FILM FESTIVAL @ BEST WESTERN – MILL RIVER MANOR Horror filmmakers, actors and movie fans convene for independent gems past and present. Experience hours of uncompromising films from local and international filmmakers in this spine-tingling genre. 173 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre. 516-678-1300. $15. 1-9 p.m.


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JANUARY 20 SONIA SOTOMAYER @ BARNES & NOBLE - UNION SQUARE The first Hispanic and the third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. She signs copies of My Beloved World, in which she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. 33 E. 17th St.,

Manhattan. 212-253-0810. 2:30 p.m.

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JANUARY 20 KINGS PARK: STORIES FROM AN AMERICAN MENTAL INSTITUTION @ CINEMA ARTS CENTRE A powerful and very personal documentary about the history and legacy of the now-abandoned Kings Park State Mental Hospital by filmmaker and former patient Lucy Winer, who will appear in person. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-FILM. $15, $10. 1 p.m. JANUARY 21 & 22 ELLIE GOULDING @ TERMINAL 5 The pop singer best-known for the song “Lights” has also collaborated with Skrillex on “Bittersweet” for the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. But we love her anyway. 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. 212-582-6600. www. $35. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

JANUARY 23 COLIN QUINN @ GOVERNOR’S COMEDY CLUB His one-man show, “Long Story Short,” was an award-winning Broadway hit and the HBO version was nominated for an Emmy. But before Colin took his show to the bright lights, he worked it out right here on LI.

90 Division Ave., Levittown. 516731-3358. Also Jan. 9 & 30 @ Brokerage, Bellmore; Jan. 16 @ McGuire’s, Bohemia. $42, $12. 6:30 p.m.

JANUARY 24 WAIT UNTIL DARK @ JOHN W. ENGEMAN THEATER AT NORTHPORT Frederick Knott’s thriller tells the harrowing tale of a blind housewife trapped in a battle of wits with three con-men searching her home for illicit drugs. 250 Main St.,

Northport. 631-261-2900. Runs through March 10.

JANUARY 24 & 25 POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE @ TILLES CENTER This parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven classic Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Dumbledore would be amused. 720 Northern

Boulevard, Greenvale. 516-299-2752. www. $90, $45. 5 & 8 p.m.

JANUARY 25 JIM BREUER LIVE TAPING @ GRAMERCY THEATRE Former Saturday Night Live cast member and Valley Stream native Jim Breuer brings the funny to NYC. 127 E. 23rd St.,

Manhattan. 212-614-6932. $30. Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7:30 p.m.

JANUARY 25 PAT BENATAR @ NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY This Lindenhurst High School grad went from playing Queen Guinevere in her school’s production of Camelot to becoming the real-life queen of MTV in the ’80s. This week Benatar is back on Long Island with guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo. 960

Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 516-334-0800. $49.50, $39.50. 8 p.m.

JANUARY 28 REEL BIG FISH @ IRVING PLAZA Ska punk ’90s staple, Reel Big Fish, recently released their seventh studio album, Candy Coated Fury, an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums. 17 Irving Pl., Manhattan. 212-777-

6800. $22.50. 7 p.m.

JANUARY 28 & 29 TEGAN & SARA @ BEACON THEATRE The 13-year career of Canadian twin sisters and new wave duo, Tegan & Sara, has seen them bridge the pop and indie worlds. Their songs have been covered by bands like The White Stripes and collaborated with David Guetta.

2124 Broadway, Manhattan. 212-465-6500. $75, $39.50. 8 p.m.


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JANUARY 29 CAT POWER @ TERMINAL 5 Six years after her last album of original material, Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, has moved on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues, writing and recording the entirety of SUN by herself. 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. 212-582-6600. $35, $29.50. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

JANUARY 29 PETER HOOK (JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER) @ STRAND BOOKS Singer and bassist, Peter Hook of Joy Division discusses his new book, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, with The New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. 828 Broadway, Manhattan. 7 p.m.

JANUARY 31 COMPANY OF THIEVES @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM Vocalist Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch launched this co-ed indie rock group in Chicago in 2007, and have since graduated from coffeehouse gigs to the stages of New York City, hitting the road with bands like OK Go and The Hold Steady. With Von Grey. 431 W. 16th St. 212414-5994. $17, $15. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

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January by Psychicdeb

There is a greater sense of loyalty toward friends, groups and organizational affiliations now. A friend from the past may find you again. Hard work is the only way to achieve your goals this month, but it will pay off in the near future. Spend time with a good book or hobby to take your mind off things. Now is the time to seek out spiritual groups that meet for creative or altruistic purposes. Look for the dream that keeps coming back. It is your destiny. Your self-confidence can cause others with less drive to view you as antagonistic. Do what you have to do to complete your tasks. Don’t worry about what others think. Power struggles with loved ones can be difficult. You can’t please everyone, so don’t take it personally. Listen to music to calm your nerves. You may feel a desire to escape your responsibilities at this time. That’s fine for a while, but you have to come back down to earth eventually. You may feel resentment toward a friend. Try to avoid angry confrontations that you may regret later. Be thankful for the things you have now. Control your spending this month. You’re a very generous person but you don’t have to impress anyone with extra nice gifts. They like you just the way you are. A short trip with a loved one can be just what you need right now. A rest from all the hard work you’ve put in for the past few months is just the ticket. Try meditation or yoga to calm you. You could be questioning your security now as Saturn, the planet of karma, completes its cycle past your sun. Whatever you put out for the past two years will come back ten-fold. Your vitality may be lowered during your Saturn transit and, along with that, more responsibilities are added to your already full plate. Use this time to learn something new. Your ruling planet in your seventh house will bring harmony in your marriage and partnerships, both personal and business. Revel in the moment.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for more than 25 years. She began her studies when she was 8 years old, learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older, she searched for books on astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. Now she teaches astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings, channeling her spirit guide, Helen. She is a reiki master and loves to teach others its benefits. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the fair dates are on her website,


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Volume 11, Issue 01 - January 2013  
Volume 11, Issue 01 - January 2013  

Volume 11, Issue 01 - January 2013 Atomic Warfare - Sick Employees Seek Justice in Lawsuit Over Former Nuclear Site in Hicksville