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MAY 2013 In This Issue

“Corporate media fell in line almost immediately with the government narrative after 9/11.” Off the reservation p.12

Propaganda vs. Journalism By Jed Morey fortune 52 p.14

Katherine Heinlein: A Fleet of Her Own By Beverly Fortune The Portrait p.16

Doon Gibbs: Science Guy, Soccer Dad By Spencer Rumsey Investigations p.20

Muslim Americans

Behind the Veil of a Religion Under Attack By Rashed Mian



EDIT Christopher Twarowski Editor in Chief/ Chief of Investigations

Spencer Rumsey

Things To DO With Your Family This p.34 Summer

News/Web Editor

Jaclyn Gallucci Managing Editor

Lindsay Christ Staff Writer

Rashed Mian Staff Writer

Licia Avelar Staff Writer Contributors

Chris Mellides, Steve Smirti, Peter Tannen ART Jon Sasala Scott Kearney

Sound Smart p.8 ExpresS p.10 sTaff Picks p.64 CrosswordS p.74

The 2012 Oddball Tax Awards By Peter Tannen

Timothy Bolger

Art Director

Letters p.6

Events p.66 Just Saying p.30

Senior Editor

Graphic Designer

Sal Calvi Graphic Designer

Jon Moreno Contributing Illustrator

Jim Lennon Contributing Photographer

Digital Mike Conforti Director of New Media


Out THere p.32

Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Sculling in Oyster Bay By Jaclyn Gallucci

“[Missing] adults, they’re just not taken as seriously.” News Feature p.44

Lost Not Found By Timothy Bolger Rear View p.50

Charles Lindbergh: L.I.’s Lucky Loner By Spencer Rumsey Art & Soul p.54

Greenlawn’s Ripe Art Gallery: Off-Color & On-Target By Spencer Rumsey THE HOT PLATE p.58

Road Warriors: Gourmet Food Trucks By Rashed Mian Four Corners p.62

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Recreational marijuana should be legal, taxed and regulated.

[“NY Medical Marijuana Bill Debated on Long Island,” April 9] It makes money for the state and localities, and removes generations of hypocrisy and ignorance that allows far, far more harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco to be legally sold. David Lynch

I’m as laid back as the next guy, but this heroin crap has got to stop [“Medford Man High on Heroin in Fatal Crash,” April 19]. Find out where he got it and find out where that person got it and find out where that person got it, put them in jail for attempted murder and any bas#%rd lawyer that tries to keep them out. Save the children and the peoples’ lives they ruin over drug dealers’ rights. Don’t get me started. Dom Tassone

groceries with a credit card—a bill which my husband and I work hard to pay...along with our other bills. Funny, but we actually work for what we have. Seriously, this scammer needs to be punished. May God forgive her. Ann Dorrian Guaglione

“The Revolution Will Be Satirized” reads like it was written by the DNC or maybe Barbara Streisand. Aside from the silly attack on Mitt Romney, a man of far more credentials than his radical opponent, the entire piece is @CJ_Marchello: “Just what we dishonest on a number of levels. Lewis need, more drugs on Long Island.” Black who happily has attested to his [“NY Medical Marijuana Bill Debated life-long commitment to the Left many on Long Island,” April 9] times is described as politically neutral, “A comedian who skewers Demoted? [“Nassau Police Aide politicians on both sides of the aisle.” Gets Community Service for Nothing is made of President Barack Harassment,” April 11] Frances Colvin Obama’s bid to expand the welfare should have been dismissed for using state on a scale never before seen. the system for personal reasons. The Only Romney’s comment (a true one, rest of it I could see, as the by the way) that half the nation is now harassment isn’t much more than living off the other half. Romney’s sin you’d normally see in that situation. wasn’t about the veracity of his Karen Gardiner Miller comments but the political incorrectness of it. Which brings us to @shoptiludrop15: “Not even safe the ridiculous, sophomoric depiction of in your own home. #scary.” [“Bay Lenny Bruce as a champion of free Shore Home Invasion Suspects speech. Huh? Expletives are not Sought,” April 8] speech. They don’t express ideas. If you think the Left supports free I knew it! [“DA: speech, try making a Woman Faked Cancer politically incorrect Let us know to get Drug Money,” statement in the April 10]. I saw Brittany classroom or on an what you think Ozarowski outside of American campus Guinta’s Meat Farms a today and see what few months back. She happens. Careers have was with an older been destroyed by the woman whom she Left over opinions claimed was her expressed by American mother. They had big citizens, a right mayo jars filled with guaranteed by the Bill cash and a long typed of Rights. The letter explaining her “comedic activists” plight. I took the letter mentioned in the piece and read it while are all on the political @LongIslandPress shopping. Something Left. It is a cynical, a was off. There were snobbish contempt of many typos, and the the reading public to story was just so present such a outlandish. My gut was politically biased piece screaming at me that as though it is this was a scam, but objective journalism my heart was telling and to glorify left-wing 575 Underhill Blvd. Suite 210 Syosset, NY 11791 me to stop being political advocates as cynical. I would have if they are merely given her a buck, but I “comedian activists,” a honestly didn’t have politically neutral term. one, and paid for my J. Fielding (516) 284-3300


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Higher education is bringing young people down, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For the first time in 10 years, 30-year-olds who did not go to college are more likely to be homeowners than college grads with student loans. Back in the old days (the 1990s), college led to better paying jobs. With the current economy and the rise of education costs, graduates now have far too many student loans to pay off before they can even think about taking out a loan for a house. But don’t fret, college kids—at least you learned how to play beer pong and can teach it to your new roommates (mom and dad).

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If you thought dating on Long Island was hard, you’ve never heard about what singles in Iceland go through. With a population of just 320,000, many Icelanders wind up seeing an ex years later—at a family reunion, since everyone’s basically a distant relative. But fear not, kissing cousins. A new smartphone app lets users “bump” phones and sounds an alarm if they’re too closely related. It uses an online database that contains nearly the entire population’s genealogical details stretching back 1,200 years. The slogan for Islendiga-App is: “Bump the app before you bump in bed.” Classy.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, people have only explored 5 percent of the ocean.

BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II causes ions to become 250,000 times hotter than the sun. The Portrait p.16

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Baz Luhrman may have filmed the latest adaptation of The Great Gatsby in his native Australia, but he still turned to Long Island for set design inspiration. He and his wife, designer Catherine Martin, based Gatsby’s mansion on places such as Huntington’s Oheka Castle, Upper Brookville’s La Selva and Sands Point’s Beacon Towers—some of the same Gold Coast mansions that inspired author F. Scott Fitzgerald while writing his classic American novel.

NASA recently announced that its Kepler satellite had discovered three Earth-like exoplanets—planets whose main star is not the sun—that could host life. The trio is located within the “habitable zone”—the area around the star where water can exist. It’s referred to as the “Goldilocks Zone” because the planets’ surfaces are not too hot or too cold for living organisms. While scientists can’t tell if there really are aliens living on these planets, they say the discoveries bring us another step closer to finding a world similar to Earth.

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OFF TARGET The pop star reaches new heights of self-love writing in a guestbook at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam that if the teen hadn’t died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, he hopes she would have been a “belieber.” Bieber then takes to Twitter to describe his time at the museum, which displays Anne’s handwritten diary, among other exhibits recalling the atrocities of the Holocaust, as a “chill day.” While some credit Bieber for addressing this dark chapter of history, the only thing he really did was cause his rabid pre-teen fans to take to Twitter in his defense, arguing that had she not been murdered for merely existing, along with 6 million

others, Anne Frank would, in fact, have probably been a Justin Bieber fan. Are this kid’s 15 minutes almost up?


PARTIAL SCORE The men’s crew team at Marist College in Poughkeepsie find a man’s head floating in the Hudson River, pull it to shore and the pictures go viral on the Internet. The only shocker here is the head was a 7-foot Styrofoam and fiberglass replica of a Greek or Roman statue.


BULL’S EYE The Long Island Rail Road announces the Cannonball, a premier express Friday afternoon train to the Hamptons and Montauk, will be departing from Manhattan instead of

Queens this summer. The LIRR promises a smooth and comfortable 94-minute ride covering 75 miles without making a single stop before Westhampton. An extra $20 will get you reserved seating, beverages and snacks. You don’t even have to leave from Platform 9¾ to catch it—the Cannonball will depart from Penn Station’s Track 19 at 4:07 p.m. every Friday. We checked.


OFF TARGET As the parents of Newtown victims watched, the Senate fails to pass a simple measure to curb gun violence, falling six votes short of expanding background checks of gun buyers. In other words, six of our senators would rather

THe Target those like the Tsarnaev brothers wouldn’t have had to rely on pressure cooker bombs for their plans to target Times Square. They could have just armed themselves with an arsenal of automatic weapons without a care in the world. Good job, guys!

star and its white-dwarf companion nearly 7,000 light years from Earth, was expected by scientists to be just those extreme conditions. But the genius’ theory held true and once again, Albert Einstein: 1; The rest of us: 0.


PARTIAL SCORE The Boy Scouts of America proposes to lift the gay ban for kids and even gets support from the Morman community. Gay adult leaders, however, will continue to be excluded. One step forward, one step back.

BULL’S EYE Scientists believe that eventually Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, published in 1915, will not hold true under extreme conditions. Without getting too wonky, a newly-discovered pulsar


Don’t allow the terror to prevail.”


–Sister Sanaa Nadim, chaplain of Stony Brook University’s Musilm Student Association. MUSLIM AMERICANS p.20

The number of people, and the largest turnout in the show’s history, who showed up for Simon Cowell’s The X Factor auditions at Nassau Coliseum on April 25 for a chance to participate in Season 3.

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By Joanna Hershon

1. Follow the coolest guy in the universe

Commander Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter) arrived at the International Space Station in December for a 5-month tour of duty and ever since he’s talked Star Wars with William Shatner, dropped the puck for the Maple Leafs, performed with the Barenaked Ladies and chatted up the Queen of England—all from space, where the Canadian astronaut gets to see sunrise and sunset 16 times per day. No big deal. It’s just another day. He also dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day, showed how hard it is to do things like add salt and pepper to food, while sharing fantastic photos he takes daily from space. Follow this guy. He’s awesome, which means when you retweet him, you’ll be awesome, too.

2. Ride The Run

The latest addition to Splish Splash will debut Memorial Day weekend, and it’s the first-ever water ride in New York State featuring new generation hydromagnetic technology. Bootlegger’s Run will take a four-person raft through a series of drops, including one from nearly five stories high, while powerful electromagnetic fields propel the steelbottomed rafts uphill, just like a roller coaster. “Imagine a cross between a whitewater raft ride and a roller coaster,” says Mike Bengtson, Splish Splash general manager. “Bootlegger’s Run is like a roller coaster that races on water instead of rails.” Sign us up!

3. Download


Now, instead of telling your Facebook friends and Twitter followers what you ate for breakfast and sharing pictures of your bagel on Instagram, you can video yourself taking your first bite for the world to see. Vine lets you take 6-second looping videos using your phone that are easily shared through social media. So, whether you’re polishing off a bagel or filming a family of geese crossing the street, this will probably be your new addiction.

4. Meet Steve Schirripa

You probably know Schirripa as Bobby “Bacala” from HBO’s The Sopranos, but these days the Brooklyn-born actor, comedian and Goomba series author has bridged the gap from TV crime to real-world crime. Schirripa hosted two seasons of the Investigation Discovery series, Nothing Personal, and is now hosting Karma’s a B*tch! on the same network. Schirripa will sign copies of his latest book, Big Daddy’s Rules, on May 22 at Roslyn’s Bryant Library, on May 23 at the Book Revue in Huntington and on May 29 at Port Washington Public Library.

5. Drink Long Island Craft Beer

Uniting local breweries, restaurants, retailers and bars with beer enthusiasts, the 2013 annual Long Island Craft Beer Week will be a 10-day Islandwide celebration of beer, the making of beer, and the enjoyment of beer. From May 10-19, local retailers and restaurants team up with their favorite breweries to host special events—pairings, tap takeovers, special menus, meet the brewer nights, and more—showing the local beer enthusiasts why they love craft beer. Visit www. for a full rundown of events.  

Brooklyn author Joanna Hershon’s father attended Harvard in the late 1950s. She was in middle school when she saw what’s known as Harvard’s Red Book, in which graduates write about what they’d done since graduation. “As a seventh grader, I read it cover to cover; and what always stayed with me was how wildly different all their lives had turned out,” she says. “The Red Book, in all its mystery, inserted itself into my imagination and I suppose it never left.” Inspired by these real-life stories spanning decades, Hershon creates an intriguing tale in A Dual Inheritance, which follows two very different Harvard students from their undergrad years to the present. Ed and Hugh have nothing in common. One is upper class, the other working class, and their unlikely lifelong bond launches this saga of passion and betrayal. One becomes a big shot on Wall Street, the other a global humanitarian, but their friendship ends abruptly, with only one of them understanding why. Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, this novel not only follows these two men, but the complicated women in their vastly different lives. The reader gets to see how the characters’ choices mold their futures while joining them on a global journey that takes them from New York to Haiti. This thought-provoking generational tale is a heartfelt and beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that fades at times, but never seems to go away. Joanna Hershon will appear at Book Revue in Huntington on May 9 at 7 p.m. for a book signing. —Jaclyn Gallucci

6. Read Murder on Long Island: A 19th Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge

In 1854, James Wickham was a wealthy Cutchogue farmer with a large estate. He and his wife were later murdered by an exemployee with an axe. The man was captured, and on Dec. 15, 1854, he became one of the last people to be hanged in Suffolk County. Written by the Southold Historical Society, this book documenting the murders can be purchased through the Southold Historical Society

7. Youtube

How Animals Eat Their Food So, two guys sit down at a table and start to eat their salads, when one asks, “Want to see how animals eat their food?” You can probably guess what happens next, so we won’t spoil the rest for you, but the flamingo and rhinoceros win, hands down.

8. Get Pixelated 8-Bit Glasses

For the old-school gamers out there who want to rock the kind of shades Super Mario would have in his hay day, hold on to your Atari stick. These sunglasses (Amazon, $9.99) laugh in the face of rounded edges and look pretty surreal in the 3-D world.

9. Check Out The Hot Baby Names for 2013 There are a ton of Johns and Marys already so maybe you’re looking for something a little different for your kids. What about Severine or Phaedra? Thor? Mingus? Are you cringing yet? Well, check out the rest of the list on

10. Celebrate Memorial Day!

Pin on your poppies, slap on that red, white and blue, and fire up the grill!

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O f f t h e R e s e rvat i o n

Propaganda Versus Journalism Obtaining Consent in the Digital Age BY Jed Morey Publisher, Long Island Press


he disease of the liberal class is the specious, supposedly ‘professional’ insistence on objectivity. Before the rise of commercial newspapers, journals of opinion existed to influence public sentiment via arguments–not to stultify readers with lists of facts. Our oldest universities were formed to train ministers and inculcate into students the primacy of the common good. Labor unions had a vision of an egalitarian society that understood the inevitability of class struggle. Artists from Mark Twain to John Steinbeck sought not only to explain social, political, economic, and cultural reality, but also to use this understanding to fight for a social order based on justice. Movements that defied the power elite often started and sustained these liberal institutions, which were created as instruments of reform. One by one, these institutions succumbed to the temptation of money, the jargon of patriotism, belief in the need for permanent war, fear of internal and external enemies, and distrust of radicals, who had once kept the liberal class honest. And when it was over, the liberal class had nothing left to say.” − from “Death of the Liberal Class” by Chris Hedges The above is a cynical sentiment, if ever there was one, because it speaks to the failure of the liberal establishment in the past tense. In Death of the Liberal Class, Hedges reserves his venom for those who should know better: the liberal elite who, by design, are supposed to act as a buffer to the establishment; what Thoreau called “counter friction to stop the machine.” Instead, as a nation, we have submitted to the masters of the corporate state by handing them our thoughts. Even those who retain them–the liberal class of clergy, scholars and journalists Hedges speaks of– have either tempered or fully vanquished these thoughts for fear of systematic retribution, which is to say, loss of freedoms and livelihoods. Speaking out against corporate America or the government is to risk losing everything. The indoctrination of an idea or of a complete ideology into the people of a nation happens in one of two ways. The first is by force. Noam Chomsky describes this authoritarian methodology of “consent without consent” as prescribed by the 19th century American sociologist Franklin Henry Giddings, who reasoned that an


imperialist agenda–whereby a conquered nation is forced to adopt the ideological systems of the conqueror–could be a noble pursuit. According to Giddings, this validity of consent without consent is rationalized afterward when the conquered people “see and admit that the disputed relation was for the highest interest.” This was the imperialist rationale used in Southeast Asia and Latin America by the United States and in India by Britain. It’s nothing new. But the world no longer buys in to American consent without consent. Our missions abroad have been too transparently imperialistic in the eyes of the world, which is why we are so routinely, yet cautiously, chastised by other nations. Selling wars that were waged abroad in

any Western nation in the alliance. Yet bullying the world into complicity was one thing. Gaining support among Americans was a different matter altogether. Americans were not going to be forcibly cajoled into supporting an invasion in Iraq. Thus began an explosion of antiIslam and pro-war propaganda within the United States concealed in the language of jingoism. “When the resources of violence are limited,” writes Chomsky, “the consent of the governed must be obtained by the devices called ‘manufacture of consent.’” Corporate media fell in line almost immediately with the government narrative after 9/11. Spreading democracy became the euphemism for sacking regimes. Caskets containing the bodies of U.S. soldiers were shielded from public view. The field of battle

“Blood for oil under the pretense of spreading democracy. Tax cuts for the wealthy as a way of helping the poorest among us. Corporate campaign contributions protected as free speech. Less regulation as a way to stabilize the financial markets. Bollox, every bit of it..” the 20th century relied on this form of posthumous “consent” from people in nations we deigned to conquer. Obtaining consent at home proved far more difficult as Americans began to understand the specious, unconscionable motives behind our “democratic” efforts in Vietnam, in particular. But the rise of anti-war protests had less to do with American sentiment toward the people of Vietnam and more to do with conscription. The era of genuine protest ended with the discontinuation of the draft in 1973. Undaunted, our belligerence has overcome the loss of faith entrusted in us by other nations after World War II and spurred America toward the “go it alone” philosophy adopted over the past few decades. This was best exhibited by George W. Bush’s “you’re either with us or against us” attitude in the months leading to our war in Iraq. Despite having the world’s sympathy after 9/11, America bullied other nations into a tepid alliance in support of our hostilities against Iraq–a country that simply had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and was ruled by a regime more repressive of Islamic militants than

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became known as “theater.” Despite sending our troops into harm’s way for undemocratic purposes, the phrase “support our troops” became ubiquitous and was spoken without irony. Laws that stripped Americans of civil liberties and privacy were passed in the name of “Homeland Security,” which itself has become more than a cottage industry. To wit, the Homeland Security Research Corporation, a D.C.-based research firm, estimates that just the U.S. market alone will “grow from $74.5 billion in 2012 to $107.3 billion in 2020.” Journalists who spoke out against the war, such as Chris Hedges, were smeared and tarred as unpatriotic. Artists who criticized the war, such as the Dixie Chicks, were ostracized and threatened. Americans were whipped into a frenzy by a government that warned of imminent destruction in the homeland by radical Islamists. Officials spoke with urgency about “weapons of mass destruction.” Before anyone could process what was happening, we were at war, overthrowing Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, 1,500 miles away from Afghanistan, where we were told the jihadists had planned 9/11—1,500 miles away from another war

we already started and soon forgot. A war that would eventually become America’s longest engagement in “theater.” In his book Crude World, Peter Maas, who was reporting from Baghdad at the time of our invasion, wrote, “President George W. Bush insisted before the invasion that it had nothing to do with oil, that it was about weapons of mass destruction and, to a lesser extent, democracy. He was not being honest.” Maas describes how “in Baghdad, the Ministry of Oil turned into the Ministry of Truth… While most government buildings, including the National Museum, were looted of everything from artwork to computers and light bulbs, after which the remains were often set alight, the Oil Ministry…was untouched.” He quotes a ministry official who told him, “The Americans will not steal the oil but they will control it; they will pull the strings.” And indeed we do; we have. Manufactured consent is essentially the end result of propaganda; the conformity of thought that exhibits itself in a nationalistic dogma. It comes from the repetition of twisted logic delivered through mainstream media channels, logic that somehow turns our authentic subconscious into synthetic reality. Blood for oil under the pretense of spreading democracy. Tax cuts for the wealthy as a way of helping the poorest among us. Corporate campaign contributions protected as free speech. Less regulation as a way to stabilize the financial markets. Bollox, every bit of it. Manufactured consent: backward logic and nonsensical ideas sold as pragmatic solutions to social ills and economic misfortune bought hook, line and sinker by a public pounded into submission by a relentless barrage of misinformation from seemingly credible sources. Robert McChesney, in his introduction to Noam Chomsky’s People Over Profit, observes that “proponents of neoliberalism sound as if they are doing poor people, the environment, and everybody else a tremendous service as they enact policies on behalf of the wealthy few.” Maddeningly, we have so much of the right information at our fingertips. As much as the digital age has given malevolent propagandists the ability to more easily disseminate false information, the same holds true for quality. Unfortunately, great information and quality journalism tend to be crowded out on social media by “listicles,” memes and pictures of cats. The world is complex and therefore the great stories (and there are many) take time to produce and time to digest. And time is slipping away from all of us.

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A Fleet of Her Own Katherine Heinlein President Captree Fleet

By Beverly Fortune


atherine Heinlein grew up in Sayville and settled in the Bayport Blue Point area on the South Shore. An ocean-lover, Katherine and her former husband owned a fishing charter boat named the Tradewinds II, and operated their business out of Captree State Park. Captree, located at the east end of Ocean Parkway at the tip of Robert Moses Beach, was in fact founded by Robert Moses as a place for Long Islanders to fish. It is also home to the Captree Fleet, the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island, where you can charter a boat for a day of fishing on the Great South Bay or Atlantic Ocean, and everything you need is provided by the charter boat owner; bait, equipment, food and drink. If you don’t want to fish, there are boats for sightseeing and even scuba diving. For land lovers, you can fish or crab from the piers without getting your feet wet. The Captree Fleet is comprised of between 24 to 28 charter boats owned by a group of independent boat and business owners. Katherine has served as president for the past seven years and is the liaison between the boatmen and the state. Beloved as a leader, when Katherine sold her boat, the association changed their by-laws so she could continue in her position, which is unpaid. “We’re the largest fishing port in the state, but we’re also the forgotten port,” Katherine says. “It’s important for us as an association to let people know that we are the heart of Long Island.” “I am one voice, instead of 24 complaining fishermen,” she laughs. “They need someone to be their advocate.” Almost daily, Katherine arrives at the Captree piers at about 5 a.m. to check in with the boatmen. “I should hang a sign like Lucy from Peanuts that says, ‘Psychiatrist 5 Cents.’ They wait on line to talk to me,” she says. The youngest member of the fleet is in his early 40’s and the oldest is Speedy, who is now in his 70’s and has been a

on the deck of katherine’s boat the tradewinds IIkatherine with current and past captree fleet captains and owners

fixture at Captree for decades. The family-oriented atmosphere is a big attraction for the throngs of people who visit every year. The fleet offers a broad range of boats, and many are outfitted for special services like catering and live concerts. When Sandy hit Long Island, the bridge to Captree was closed. After the storm passed, Katherine served as liaison between New York State troopers and the boat owners until the damage was assessed, which was minimal. “Only one boat broke through its mooring,” she says. “It was pretty much incident free.” What most people don’t know about Katherine is that almost 14 years ago, while in her early 30’s and a single mother of two, she was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis (MG), a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes varying degrees of weakness of the body’s voluntary muscles. She had been reluctant to discuss MG publicly because she does not want to be seen as having a weakness. A side effect of MG is fatigue due to muscle weakness so Katherine doesn’t spend as much time on the water as she

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used to. “I love to fish, but it’s hard at sea, a lot of muscles are required,” she says. Every two weeks Katherine has medication administered through a port surgically implanted in her chest. The IV bag is undetectable under her clothes so she can go about her day while being treated, which takes about six hours. Even with a schedule filled with boats and fishing, Katherine dedicates time to her other passions: education, the community and improving the lives of senior citizens. She sits on the Eastern Suffolk BOCES school board, and is the president-elect of the Bayport Blue Point Chamber of Commerce. On occasion she travels to Albany and Washington D.C. as a Suffolk county representative for the New York State School Board Association, and she also represents the fleet to promote fishing. “When I’m representing the schools, I’ll wear a fish pin, and if I’m representing the boat owners, I’ll wear my school board pin,” she laughs. She says the jewelry definitely sparks conversation. “Everything I love to do is tied together,” she says. Katherine has taken local senior

citizens under her wing as well. She wanted to hold an event that would involve the entire community, including local students and faculty, and began hosting an annual dinner dance that has grown to include more than 350 senior citizens. “The event is to thank the senior citizens for supporting the students. We have several generations living here, and it gives everyone an opportunity to network,” she says. Katherine’s commitment to her community doesn’t weaken her. It has given her the strength to talk publicly about her disorder and become an advocate for MG awareness. Her contributions have not gone unnoticed. Katherine was recently selected as one of three New York state residents to appear in a new “I Love New York” television campaign to promote tourism, which will be aired in the near future. Katherine and her sons, Brian, 26, a boat captain who works on the Port Jefferson Ferry, and David, 21, a fisherman, have made their lives around the water. It’s a sentiment that runs deep with Katherine. “The second people step on a fishing boat, their day is done. They calm down. It’s a wonderful environment and it’s not about catching fish, it’s about camaraderie.” For more information visit, email: office@CaptreeFleet. com or call 631-669-6464.

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Portrait By Spencer Rumsey

Doon Gibbs Science guy, soccer dad The newly appointed director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory—one of the nation’s most advanced research facilities—does normal things like any Long Island father of two teenage sons. He watches a lot of soccer and grills on the weekends. He also helps his wife in the kitchen. But Doon Gibbs’ career is routinely mind-boggling. He’s studied “scattered X-rays,” “condensed matter,” nanomaterials and magnetism; he’s stood elbow to elbow with scientists looking into the origin of the universe and others using isotopes to treat cancer or figuring out how to make a better battery. After getting his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in 1982, Gibbs joined BNL a year later as an assistant physicist. In 2007


he became deputy laboratory director for science and technology, and filled in as the interim director last December until he got the top job on March 29th. Now he oversees 3,000 employees, more than 4,000 facility users, and handles an annual budget of more than $700 million, which is subject to the very unscientific whims of Congress. Gibbs, 59, is fluent in the inner workings of BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, which streams X-rays to probe matter, and he’s familiar with another one of the lab’s cutting-edge technologies, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, pronounced “Rick”), which gives scientists “a glimpse of the universe within a few millionths of a second after it was born—and that’s really cool.” Basically, the multi-million-dollar device accelerates ions in opposite

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directions within some football field-size underground rings until the ions collide at temperatures that are 250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun. But the collision doesn’t last “long enough to heat your coffee up,” Gibbs says. “The protons melt for a very brief instant,” he explains, “and that lets us look at the fundamental particles inside—they’re called quarks and gluons—and what we find is that at those high temperatures and those densities they form a perfect fluid. It flows without viscosity, without resistance—and it’s a total surprise!” Physicists call these interactions of quarks and gluons “strongly correlated,” Gibbs says, “and they have surprising analogies in high-temperature superconductors and in ultra-cold atoms and, amazingly enough, in black holes. So there

may well be some underlying principles that connect those surprisingly different phenomena.” Gibbs grew up in Utah, where his dad was a physicist, but he didn’t intend to follow in his footsteps. In college he studied English and the humanities at first. “I tried lots of other things, and I discovered that the kinds of things I was really interested in ultimately had to do with science, with asking really specific kinds of questions and then trying to answer them definitively.” But some pursuits are better left unsaid, he admits. “‘Why is there a universe?’ isn’t the kind of question that us science guys normally take on,” he chuckles. Asked how he got his name, he says his parents had called him Grundoon, a baby groundhog character in Walt Kelly’s comic strip “Pogo,” known for having trouble keeping his diaper on. “When I was two or three, I said, ‘Me Doon, not Grundoon.’” His resolve was irrefutable, so the name stuck. One problem with becoming BNL’s director is that he doesn’t regularly get to do research anymore. It makes him wistful but he looks at the big picture. “When you do have some kind of a discovery that you’re a part of, whether it’s large or small, it’s really exciting and personal,” he says. “I think I’m pretty happy exactly where I am.”

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shifts between the kitchen and living room of her spacious Lake Grove home on a quiet Wednesday afternoon when the silence is suddenly shattered. White bold letters highlighted by a blue streak splash across her television screen as two figures talk excitedly about developments in the dual bombing of the Boston Marathon just two days earlier. Footage of gray smoke billowing above a chaotic frenzy of police, first responders, injured runners and spectators as others run frantically for cover stream behind them in an endless loop. Hamdani snatches the remote and raises the volume. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer hurriedly turns to one of CNN’s most senior correspondents, John King, who delivers the news: citing unnamed law enforcement sources, they declare there has been an arrest in the investigation, the first successful terror attack on a U.S. city since Sept. 11, 2001, killing three and injured more than 200. Police obtained video, says King, that shows a “dark-skinned male” placing a bomb near the second blast site along the Boston Marathon route. “I pray it’s not a Muslim,” worries Hamdani, glancing back at her television. Her fears, she says, were shared by others in Long Island’s Muslim community. Most likely they were shared throughout Muslim communities across the country. And they are justified. Since 9/11, countless law-abiding, peace-loving, family oriented Muslim Americans have been RMi a n @ l o n g


Center, never to be seen again—along with 2,700 other victims. What makes Salman’s death even more agonizing for Hamdani, however, is what transpired soon after authorities learned he was unaccounted for. Instead of her son’s photo ending up on a Missing Persons flier, a black-and-white NYPD handout displaying Salman’s image began circulating around the city about a month after the tragedy stating: “Hold and detain.” Another seeking his whereabouts declared: “NYPD Police Cadet Missing Since Attacks. Joint Terrorist Task Force Seeking Him. Has Chemistry Background!!” Then came a New York Post headline: “Missing— Or Hiding? Mystery of NYPD Cadet From Pakistan.” Her son—a Muslim—who had sacrificed his life to save others he did not even know, was wanted in connection with the Twin Towers attacks. Hamdani, a soft-spoken school teacher who moved to Long Island from Bayside, Queens seeking a fresh start after the death of her husband and son, has not only been speaking out to correct the public record regarding her son (the NYPD still will not include his name on its official 9/11 Memorial for those killed in the attacks), but has also been trying compassionately to educate the public about Islam, defending her faith in the face of misperceptions and the very extremists who have hijacked it. Her pleas come at a time when more Muslims are living on Long Island than ever before. A May 2012 religion census report released by the Association of

targeted, physically and verbally assaulted, spied on by law enforcement agencies sworn to protect all citizens, stereotyped as anti-Americans and even branded as terrorists. Islam itself, a centuries-old religion founded upon the universal principles of peace and love, say Muslim leaders, has become demonized due to its bastardization by those who commit the horrifying atrocities, such as the recent bombings in Boston, in its name. Hamdani knows this all too well. A 61-yearold mother of two from Pakistan, she can relate to the extreme anguish and sorrow gripping the latest victims of Islamic extremists. Just to her side rests a photograph of a smiling President Barack Obama, gray haired and in a formfitting navy blue suit, his right hand on Hamdani’s shoulder. The photo was snapped in Manhattan on May 5, 2011, three days after Osama bin Laden was taken out by Navy SEALs. Hamdani’s head is tilted upward as she reciprocates Obama’s grin. In the morning hours of Sept. 11, 2001, her son Salman was taking the No. 7 train from Flushing, Queens to Manhattan when “he probably saw the towers burning like everyone else,” recalls Hamdani, her face for the first time devoid of tears while telling this tale. Instead of heading to his job at Rockefeller University on the opposite end of the city, Salman, a New York City police cadet and an aspiring doctor “with a very compassionate soul,” says Hamdani, voluntarily rushed toward the burning World Trade


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Statisticians of American Religious Bodies reveals that the population of those who adhere to the Islamic faith on LI has grown exponentially between 2000 and 2010—up 40 percent in Nassau and 63 percent in Suffolk. That’s not even the total Muslim population; there are many Muslims, for example, who do not “adhere.” Many LI mosques have consequentially been expanding. And there’s a good chance many of them were monitored by the NYPD during covert surveillance of the LI Muslim population after 9/11. Hate crimes against Muslims increased after those attacks and tensions were reignited when Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) held Muslim “Radicalization” hearings as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. There’s been several failed terror attacks since then, some stopped by sheer luck, and others the result of extraordinary work by law enforcement, including the NYPD. The fight to dispel misconceptions gets harder with every attack and foiled plot. Making matters worse, two Long Islanders became radicalized in America and latched onto foreign terrorist groups. One of those men was an al-Qaeda propagandist from Westbury, killed by a drone missile in 2011, who was the editor of Inspire, an English-language al-Qaeda magazine, which the two alleged Boston bombers, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnev, both Muslims, reportedly read. But are terrorist extremists, essentially maniacs and murderers, truly Muslim? And should the deranged actions of a handful of sinister criminals proclaiming their association with a particular religion be allowed to define the entire faith and its 1.6 billion followers? Hamdani, along religious leaders from various other denominations, resoundingly declare “No!” “If you place a couple of dirty drops inside the ocean, it’s still the ocean,” says Sister Sanaa Nadim, chaplain of Stony Brook University’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), a support group that focuses on educational and spiritual understanding among its members, on-campus and outside communities. “How can we say all the ocean is ugly? Meanwhile, fish comes out of it, life comes out of it, so many amazing things. “That’s the ocean of the Muslim community.”


he sun melts the gray-blue sky over Stony Brook University into black as a crowd of about 100 students and faculty form a semicircle around one of the campus’ many water fountains for a candlelight vigil dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing organized by the school’s interfaith center. Nadim, chaplain here for two decades, who gave up a lucrative career on Wall Street to devote her life to Stony Brook’s Muslim youth, leads the prayer. Her eyes peer toward the crescent of onlookers as the colors fade, reciting Psalm 23 from the Bible then reading a Muslim prayer before offering her own words of

wisdom. “Don’t allow the terror to prevail, don’t let it make us hateful inside, don’t let the anger eat away at us,” she pleas. “On the contrary, let us defeat terror by surviving and by reaching out to one another, by building bridges with each other by educating one another on who we really are.” Nadim raised her family on LI. Her office abuts

PATRIOT: Talat Hamdani, whose son Salman, an NYPD cadet, lost his life in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center Attacks, has been a fierce defender of Islam and an outspoken advocate for peace. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

those of other religious leaders on the second floor of Stony Brook’s Student Union building, where the campus’ interfaith groups—Jews, Catholics, Muslims and Protestants—share a narrow hallway. This corridor, filled with inspiring messages of hope even during the darkest of times, exemplifies solidarity and how all religions can come together for a shared purpose. Stony Brook’s Muslim Student Association is the largest in the nation. Its members meet every Friday for Jummah prayer, which attracts upwards of 200 students. Those adhering to the faith pack a large room adjacent to the campus’ cafeteria. Bursts of laughter can be heard from students’ filing their bellies while its Muslim community prays solemnly toward Mecca—a city in Saudi Arabia home to Masjad al-Haram, which translates into “The Grand [or Sacred] Mosque” and the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. This mosque encloses another of Islam’s holiest sites, the Kaaaba—a cuboid-shaped temple which includes the “Black Stone,” a glassy, dark mineral revered as a relic by the devout and believed widely to be a meteorite. Devout Muslims are required to face Mecca during daily prayers, to be performed five times a day. They are restricted from drinking alcohol, owning a dog, are only permitted to eat specially prepared food (called Halal), must fast during the holy month

of Ramadan and cleanse their feet and hands before praying. As is any religion, Islam is a complex faith, with varying degrees of followers. “When you talk about the Muslim youth, everyone of them has a different journey,” Nadim says inside her office, replete with photos, certificates of appreciation from local lawmakers, a Koran and a book declaring: “You’re In Seawolves Country.” “And the beauty of this country, no matter what happens and no matter how negative the press can be, there’s good stories, there are beautiful stories of successes of Muslim young men and young women,” she continues. “And the beauty of this whole thing is that people don’t give up on themselves simply because they are disheartened about current events.” Muslim American Long Islanders are physicians and pharmacists, students and community leaders and teachers and Imams—the worship leaders of a mosque. Dr. Faroque Khan is the former chief of medicine for Nassau County University Medical Center. Now a board member for the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, he has become the unofficial spokeman for the Muslim American community in Nassau during times of crisis. It’s not like he had a choice in the matter. “We’ve been kind of the de-facto spokespersons for the community whether we want it or don’t want it,” Khan says from a couch inside his Muttontown home, where the concept of the Islamic Center was born. “People come asking questions, so we have to find the answers.” “Someone hits us with a sledgehammer 8,000 miles away,” he explains, “and we have to give an answer here, so that’s been the challenge.” Why are Muslims terrorists? Why do you guys destroy everything? What’s a woman’s role in the Islamic faith? Do you believe in Jesus? How do you reconcile the difference between church and state? These are common questions to Khan at events, he says, with terrorism always on the top of the list. “I can understand where people are coming from,” Khan says calmly. “Sadly, the first major exposure for American to a Muslim was 9/11, and that was a terrible introduction.” “These are people who are claiming to act in the name of Islam and they’re committing certain actions that most Muslims irrevocably hate and detest and completely condemn,” says Zain Ali, an ItalianPakistani senior at SBU studying Spanish and bio chemistry, who also serves as president of the school’s MSA. “What the community needs to do, rather than be reactive is be proactive.” Khan, Nadim and others stress that Islam is a religion founded on the fundamental principles at the core of all major religions: mutual respect. “It’s a continuation of the Jewish, Christian faith,” explains Khan. “We believe in all those previous faiths that have come through prophets. “We follow all Commandments except one: Keep the Sabbath,” he continues. We don’t have a day off; it’s a work day for us. The rest we all believe… The bottom line is the Golden Rule is the same for everybody: Do unto your neighbor what you would do unto yourself. Continued on page 22

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It’s the same in every faith. “Jesus Christ is considered one of the five great prophets in the Koran,” he adds. Muslim leaders ask non-Muslims to look deeper instead of believing everything they see and hear in the media. A February 2013 report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security found that Muslim American terrorism is actually on the decline. Thirty-three of the 180,000 murders in America since Sept. 11 were attributed to Islamic terrorism, the report states, while “more than 200 Americans have been killed in political violence by white supremacists and other groups on the far right,” according to a recent study by the Combatting Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, which the Triangle Center analysis cites. “Obviously 9/11 has made people hypersensitive to certain types of threats, and God-forbid that something should happen on a comparable scale from the white supremacists groups then I imagine our sensitivity to those kinds of threats would increase as well,” says its author Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. But the number of deaths by Islamic terrorists could be “in the thousands,” argues Congressman King, if it wasn’t for law enforcement’s ability to thwart recent plots. “What makes the Islamists’ threat different right now is it’s the only one right now which has an overseas component,” says King. Investigators began questioning a “Saudi man” who was injured in the bombing and was identified by the New York Post as a “potential suspect” just moments after the two pressure cookers exploded near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The paper noted that a bystander tackled him to the ground because he was running away from the bombing and looked “suspicious.” Just as CNN’s report blaring from Hamdani’s TV about the “dark-skinned male” turned out to be erroneous, the “Saudi man” was eventually cleared and


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“Let us defeat terror by surviving and by reaching out to one another, by building bridges with each other.” —Sister Sanaa Nadim, chaplain of Stony Brook University’s Muslim Student Association

never officially identified as a suspect. It’s this rush to blame Muslims— dubbed “Islamophobia” by the media— that has so many law-abiding Muslims, such as Hamdani and Khan, so frustrated. They want the perpetrators called what they are—homicidal maniacs, the same description that could be used to describe mass murderers from any religious denomination. “Now here’s the problem,” says Khan. “The same day that this is happening [in Boston], ricin-laden letters are arriving in Washington [D.C] and the person has been identified and he has been arrested. [Charges have since been dropped against Mississippian Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator and conspiracy theorist.] “And the first response coming out is he’s mentally disturbed, so why don’t you use the same principle when you talk about somebody who is crazy enough to put bombs and kill people like this? The guy is not normally obviously, he’s either brainwashed or he’s deranged. “Nine-eleven was a double-whammy for the Muslims,” he continues. “Number one, we lost a lot of people we knew from the community…then we became the suspects.” “None of these [9/11] hijackers were American Muslims,” says Hamdani. “Why are we held responsible? Similarly with this [Boston] attack—whoever it is—let’s say for argument sake it happens to be a Jewish person, are we going to Continued on page 24

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condemn all the Jews in this country? We will not and we have never done that. If it happens to be a Christian person we will not condemn him for his faith, we did not condemn Timothy McVeigh [who killed 168 and injured more than 800 when he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995] for his faith. “God-forbid it happens again to be a person of Muslim faith, it will have negative impact,” she laments about the Boston bombings, “it will definitely have a negative impact.” “It’s such nonsense,” blasts Nayyar Imam, chairman of the Muslim Advisory Board of Suffolk County, the Anti-Bias Task Force of Brookhaven Town and the Muslim chaplain for Suffolk County police. “I’m worried about our children. It [will be] worse before it gets better.” The backlash against some Muslims in the wake of the Boston attacks was immediate. A Bangladeshi man was jumped in the Bronx, described by his attackers as a “fucking Arab.” A Long Island man was also beaten in a mall parking lot but was saved by police officers. There have also been several incidents of people driving by hijab-wearing Muslim women and shouting obscenities, according to one Muslim community leader. “Young people in our society need to remain calm and not respond with anger and understand that tensions are running high,” advises a 29-year-old Long Island man who asked for anonymity because he’s been a victim of similar attacks before. “It’s our job as good Muslims to inform the public that everything will be okay, we are on their side, we are American.” In the wake of the recent Boston tragedy, some have been clamoring for surveillance of American mosques as a way for law enforcement to deter future attacks. Yet the secret surveillance of Muslims has already been taking place throughout the city and Long Island for quite some time—including Stony Brook’s student-run Muslim association website.


he notes scribbled on the NYPD’s Demographic Report for Nassau (2007) and Suffolk (2006) counties—a covert initiative to gather information on the local Muslim community—are vague and loaded with unenlightening observations. There are no smoking guns. The documents could very well be taken from the script of Police Academy or the law enforcement parody show, Reno 911! Combined, they amount to 166 pages describing surveillance of Muslim restaurants, religious institutions, smoke shops, and “locations of concern” in Nassau—the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay—and three religious institutions classified as “locations requiring further examination.”


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“9/11 was a doublewhammy for the Muslims,” he continues. “Number one, we lost a lot of people we knew from the community… then we became the suspects.” —Dr. Faroque Khan, Islamic Center of Long Island board member

The report is the spy world’s equivalent of the Yellow Pages for Muslim businesses and houses of worship, filled with descriptions of Korans, donation boxes, fliers listing phone numbers, wardrobe, stores’ capacities and presumptions about just how devout those observed were. “We recognized one of the Bengali males in the group as a regular in the vicinity of Jackson Heights,” one undercover officer writes in his report about a Suffolk Dunkin’ Donuts—twice noting that customers were visiting the location after prayer. “Nothing of [significance] was overheard.” Some are downright comical. One discovery contained in the NYPD’s covert stakeouts of a kebab joint in Huntington proclaims the revelation that “this location also has belly dancing on the weekends.” The program was a closely-guarded secret until the reports were leaked to The Associated Press, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on them. The NYPD also monitored Muslim student association groups at local universities, including the Stony Brook University MSA’s website, according to AP, and had informants reporting from inside mosques. “What did you get out of it?” asks Khan. “How much money did you spend and what was the outcome? I have not seen or heard of anyone who has been arrested, prosecuted and convicted based on that spying. So for me, it was a wasted effort. What was the downside? You lost the trust of the very community, which is willing to help.” Both NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have defended the controversial initiative, noting the necessity of preventing future attacks. “The NYPD is trying to stop terrorism in the entire region,” the mayor said last year. “When there’s no lead it’s just you’re trying to get familiar with Continued on page 26

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what’s going on and where people might go and where people might be.” For the NYPD, the spying may be an example of the ends justifying the means. There have been no attacks on the city since Sept. 11 and local and federal authorities have foiled several plots since then, including a plot to bomb the New York City subway system and, most recently, a plan to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City. And while the NYPD may have consequentially lost the trust of some LI Muslims, those same Muslims have no qualms with local law enforcement. “They are very different, they are

very open,” says Imam, comparing Suffolk police to the NYPD. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber and Chief of Department James Burke hold several meetings a year with Muslim leaders, he says. “We have a very good relationship,” agrees Dr. Hafiz Rehman, Commissioner for the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and an advisor to Webber and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “It’s because of our interaction with them that they respond so quickly to our needs,” he adds. “Was there much of a need to become directly involved [before 9/11]?”

says Det. Lt. Bob Donohue, commanding officer of Suffolk police’s Community Response Bureau. “Not so much perhaps 10 years or so ago or 20 years ago…there have been some challenges we’ve faced particularly the challenge that occurred last week in Boston…the tragedy of 9/11, but I think we have an excellent relationship and it’s because of the interaction we have with people.” Those relationships, law enforcement officials say, are invaluable. “[The] reality is you can’t look to have or start a relationship after something bad happens and to expect honesty and trust between people that have not had a relationship prior to that,”

adds Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon, SCPD’s lead spokesman. “The fact that we maintain a very good relationship helps us in both good and bad times.” Despite the positive gains made by Muslims in the community, suspicion remains, and they have radical Islamists abroad—and at home—to thank for that.


am proud to be a traitor to America,” is the title of an article reportedly written by Samir Khan, an al-Qaeda mouthpiece who spent his teenager years in Westbury before moving to North Carolina. “He’s a person who was basically raised on Long Island, became radicalized and became a terrorist while he was on Long Island,” King said at the time. Khan’s family grew concerned, trying several times to intervene and seeking help from religious leaders in their community, according to The New York Times. It didn’t work. Khan ended up leaving America for Yemen in 2009 and was killed two years later in a drone strike targeting al-Awlaki, an Americanborn cleric known for spreading antiWestern sentiment. Bryant Neal Vinas was another Long Islander-turned-terrorist sympathizer. The Patchogue native was reportedly raised Roman Catholic, then converted to Islam before he was captured in Pakistan and admitted to giving al-Qaeda information for a plot to bomb the Long Island Rail Road. Imam, the SCPD Muslim chaplain and former director of the Selden Masjid, remembers seeing Vinas, or Ibrahim, as he knew him, at the mosque. “Very quiet, very ordinary guy,” he says. “Never thought that this guy would wind up in [Pakistan] fighting against us. But that was a shocker, that was really a shocker.” Islamic Jihad was brought back into the fold on Long Island on Sunday, April 14—one day before the Boston bombing—when blogger Pamela Geller appeared at the Chabad at Great Neck after the Great Neck Synagogue caved to public pressure and cancelled their event. Hundreds turned out. Some held signs declaring “No Sharia Law”—the code of law derived from the Koran— while also defending Geller’s right to free speech. About a dozen men stood sentry holding American flags along path to the entrance of the Chabad, which overlooks Manhasset Bay. “Under the Sharia, there are blasphemy laws, you cannot criticize Islam, you cannot offend Islam,” Geller told the packed room while dozens of others watched from a screen outside. “In Muslim countries, if you blaspheme you’re put to death, that’s the penalty for Continued on page 28


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blasphemy.” Geller, whose Stop Islamization of America group was labeled a hate group by the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center, blasted her critics, proclaiming: “I do not promote hate speech, I expose hate speech.” Others, such as Khan and Nadim would disagree. But right now they’re looking toward the future—one without constant suspicion toward Muslim Americans.


t Stony Brook, Nadim exudes pride for the country, citing Woodstock, America’s forefathers and Martin Luther King, Jr. as examples. She holds onto hope. “I wish it didn’t happen, I wish it was a different place, different time where people didn’t have to deal with this. I wish this young 8-year-old boy didn’t die in the way he died,” she says, teary-eyed. “I wish there is no violence. I wish there are no wars…but that’s the fact of our existence in this world. Evil is existing, together with good, and human beings have the choice to act according to evil or to act according to righteousness and good.” The hope for a brighter future “is America,” she says. “The hope is the constitution. The hope that every person has an inalienable right to live in peace and harmony as long as they’re law-abiding citizens. That’s the hope. And that’s what makes this country a better place than any other place.” Hamdani also holds out hope for the future, hope that worshipers from all religions can finally see their shared common ground, hope that she too, through her story, can transform her hardships into tangible solutions that can be shared and embraced by not only this generation, but for those yet to come. “I’m so much at peace now,” she says, while confessing she has “one more fight to fight”—getting Salman recognized as a police cadet on the NYPD 9/11 Memorial, something the department has yet to do. Throughout the past 13 years, Hamdani has tackled every challenge thrown her way—whether it be fighting for her son’s name or dispelling misconceptions about Islam. And through it all, she never lost her faith in America. Standing proudly in front of her home, an American flag waving behind her, Hamdani is reminded about the love her son had for his country, a love so intense he laid down his life to save complete strangers’. “Nobody in this world would not want to become an American!” she exclaims. “In spite of what’s happening in the political world, I’m proud to be an American, too.”


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The 2012 Oddball Tax Awards By Peter Tannen


e all know our government is strapped for money. But you probably haven’t heard about some of the really bizarre new taxes people have started paying recently. So we’ve decided to honor America’s fiscal creativity with our first “Oddball Tax Award”— given for the most outlandish new tax that anyone has come up with this past year. Here, without further ado, are the nominees and winners in the 2012 “Oddball Tax Awards”: Alabama, for taxing any deck of playing cards that has less than 54 cards Connecticut, for deciding to tax children’s diapers, but not adult ones Arkansas, for a breakthrough new tax on tattoos and body-piercings Maryland, for taxing a bottle of your own wine you bring into a restaurant The Runner-up: New York, for its exciting “Bagel Alteration Tax”—a tax of 8 cents on every bagel that is “altered,” which means that if the man behind the deli counter cuts your bagel and adds a schmear, you pay an extra tax. Uncut bagels, however, are tax-free. Go figure. And our 2012 Winner: the Great State of Utah, which now has levied a 10-percent tax on the fees collected by nude or partially nude workers. (“Excuse me, ma’am, I’m from the IRS. I just saw that gentleman stuff cash down your G-string and I’m required to count it...”) Friends, it’s clear that America has to do better next year. Our country needs some fresh, outsidethe-box ideas for taxes. And we’re asking for your input. Here are a few ideas to help get you started thinking:


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handwriting, it should cost you. Non-Consumption Tax Our economy depends on the ever-expanding consumption of goods and services. This keeps our factories humming, our workers employed. So, if you’re not consuming enough stuff, you ought to step up to the plate and max out your credit cards, or face a stiff tax for not buying your “fair share.”

Animal Flatulence Fee Scientists tell us that methane from the flatulence of cows is one of the main causes of global warming. (Honest. I am not making this up.) Well then, this is a no-brainer. The only question is whether we extend this yearly fee to non-farm animals, possibly even to people who consistently overeat.

The Bullshit Fee This is perhaps the largest potential source of revenue there is, particularly in our state capitols and on Wall Street. Even though Ernest Hemingway claimed he had a “built-in bullshit detector,” this did nothing to reduce the enormous quantity produced each year. If economists could figure out a way to measure and charge for it, we could balance our budget in no time flat. If you have an idea for a new tax to help our government raise money, please leave a comment at the bottom of this “Just Saying” column. If you’re reading this column in the printed newspaper, go online to Your country needs you!

Illegible Penmanship Tax Tens of thousands of man- and woman-hours are spent trying to figure out what people have written— on IRS tax returns, on driver’s license applications, on write-in ballots, etc. If government employees waste their valuable time struggling to read your

Editor’s Note: This is a non-partisan column. In some cases, Pete has used the word “taxes,” as preferred by Democrats. In other cases, he’s used the word “fees,” as preferred by Republicans, mainly to prove they’re against new taxes. Bottom line: It all comes out of the same pocket: yours.

Pete Tannen is a humor writer who has won multiple awards from the National Press Club (Washington, D.C.), 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.

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Row Row Row Your Boat By Jaclyn Gallucci


or the past 40 years, Sagamore Rowing Association in Oyster Bay has trained thousands of rowers. Operating out of a historical building overlooking the bay which holds more than 80 rowing boats, called shells, they’ve trained Olympians, National Team medalists—and me. On Sagamore’s list of the Top 10 Things to Know About Rowing, No. 6—it only looks easy—is the golden nugget. Rowing takes technique and to fully master it, me and seven other students head indoors to use the rowing machines. For those who have never rowed before, it’s not as simple as just moving the oars. No. 1 on the list—even though it looks like an upper body sport, rowing is all in the legs. The instructor tells us what we’ll have to do when on the boat: Push hands forward, oars flat on the water. Reach as for forward as possible. Bend your knees so the seat moves all the way up. Roll your wrists so the oars are parallel above the water. Pull the oars back. Lean back. Repeat. There are two kinds of rowing—sweep, where each person has one oar and uses two hands to control it, and sculling, where each person has two oars, one on each side for each hand. For our first ride we are sculling, with four people in a shell. But we have to get the shell to the water first—a shell that is nearly 40-feet long (and less than 2-feet wide) and weighs more than 100 pounds. There are dozens of them stacked on racks from floor to ceiling. We’re using the one on the fourth level. In order to get this monster down, each rower stands equal distance apart. And balances their portion of the weight on their shoulder. I’m only 5’2” tall, so I’m one of the not-so-lucky ones who gets the end where all the weight tends to fall. With the metal of the shell digging into my shoulder and my arms not strong enough to lift it off, I try to slide a few fingers between my bone and the sharp edge and we inch down a hill to the water. The thing I’ve learned about hills, especially from riding my bike around the North Shore, is that when you go down one, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you’re going to end up climbing another one on the return trip. But I’d worry about that later. Now we not-so-gently get the shell in the water and four of us have to balance our way into our seats without flipping over. Because that would be

afterwards.” Oh, and the shell only moves backwards. By the third lesson, we were a welloiled machine and my right shoulder was turning from purple to black. It was the return from the water that did the most damage. On those uphill walks all the weight of the boat would fall to me on the back end. But I was getting used to it and the next day we had proved to our instructor that we were capable of venturing out for our first distance trip on the water. At the time I was answering the news desk phone and couldn’t leave till 6 p.m. So in order to make sure I was on time for our trip, I changed into my shorts and t-shirt and sneakers under my desk so I could leave at six on the dot. My friend Lauren, who signed us up for the lessons, was waiting downstairs. I jumped in her car and we headed to the water. As we got closer, the weather wasn’t looking too good. This was our last lesson and lightning would mean the end of our trip before it ever began. When we got there, the wind had kicked up and it was thundering. Trip canceled. It was back to the boathouse to work indoors. The thunder got louder. On my phone I could see there were tornado alerts for our area. But I’ve seen those before, and never once on Long Island have I ever encountered a tornado. No one else seemed concerned about it, and neither was I. Then the rain came and turned into torrential downpours. The wind was crashing against the boat house and thunder shook the ground. As the rest of our group continued rowing on the machines, Lauren and I were planning an escape route. I peaked out of the boat house, and there was a huge gray mass that looked like smoke and it was coming down from the sky and touching the water, the same water we were supposed to be rowing merrily merrily merrily merrily down. We had no idea what it was but with 5 minutes left to the lesson, we took off. The next morning I put the TV on and the first thing I heard was that a water spout, essentially a tornado made of water, had touched down in Oyster Bay the evening before. So, the bad news—our rowing trip never got off the ground. The good news—neither did we.

“The thing I’ve learned about hills... is that when you go down one... you’re going to end up climbing another on the return...”


embarrassing and there would be plenty of greater opportunities for that later. After a few rocky steps, we all manage to get in perfectly. Now it’s time to figure out how to move. Not only do you have to follow the above rowing steps in the right order, but you have to do it in sync with three others in order for the shell to actually go anywhere. This is harder than it looks. As bullet No. 6 continues, “Great rowing looks graceful and fluid, but don’t be fooled. Pulling oar blades smoothly and effectively through the water while balancing a boat that may be as narrow as 11 inches; across with 10-12 foot oars is very difficult work. Watch how quickly that graceful motion before the finish line turns into pain and gasping for air

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Things To Do With Your Family This Summer Long Island families looking for summer fun face the same challenge every year—how to pack as many adventures as possible into a three-month window. Whether it’s at the beach or a music venue, a park or a museum, here are 101 places to consider...

Bethpage Jones Beach Air Show Jones Beach State Park. Ocean Parkway, Wantagh The Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show kicks off the summer season at Jones Beach State Park on May 25 & 26 and celebrates our veterans as well as the show’s 10th anniversary at the park. Then it’s on to summer, when all the usual fun activities like mini-golf, stand-up paddle boarding and outdoor concerts across the street. 300 Long Island 895 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. 631271-1180. A place that actually encourages kids to knock things over—it’s every parent’s dream! At 300 Long Island kids can bowl for free all summer as part of their Kids’ Club. Sign up at freebowling.3hundred. com. Valid for kids 12 and under, Sunday-Friday through August 30. Adventureland

All Star a mind-blowing venue to have fun and bowl with friends and family. Then head over to the arcade for driving games, prize games, basketball, skee ball and more, while collecting redeemable E-tickets on your game card. American Air Power Museum 1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale. 631-293-6398.

2245 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-694-6868.

Animal Farm Petting Zoo

The All Star

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

96 Main Rd., Riverhead. 631-998-3565. Black lights, movies projected over the back of the lanes, awesome music, glowin-the-dark lanes and more make The

2114 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow. 631-369-0100.

296 Wading River Rd., Manorville. 631-878-1785.

Bayville Adventure Park

8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. 516-624-7433. Belmont Park 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 516-488-6000. At Belmont, there is plenty for the whole family including the special Breakfast at Belmont, free tram ride through the stables, free Paddock Shows and free Starting Gate demonstrations. Plus, you can step into the Belmont Backyard where kids can use the playground and enjoy the duck pond, while mom and dad can watch and wager upon the races with numerous television and betting windows. There are many picnic tables as well as plenty of food and drink available at concession stands. Bobb Howard’s General Store 581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park.

516-354-9564. From old-school games to candy you haven’t had since you were a kid to a warm family feel, Mom Eileen and Pop Ronnie offer a chance to go back in time at their shop Bobb Howard’s General Store with more than 1000 nostalgic candies, toys, memories, giggles, and fun “stuff ” from your childhood. Bollinger’s 282 Main St., Farmingdale. 516-501-4990. Book Revue 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bounce U. 101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale. 631-777-5867. Continued


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Boomers! 655 Long Island Ave., Medford 631475-1771. Boomers! is an amusement park for the whole family. With go karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, kiddie rides and a huge and a state-of-the-art game room with virtual reality and prize redemption games, they cater to birthday parties, group outings and families!

Bowl Long Island at Patchogue

Dave & Buster’s

138 West Ave., Patchogue. 631475-5164.

Multiple Locations.

C&B Archery

Discovery Wetlands Cruises

11 Commercial St., Hicksville. 516-933-2697.

Boatworks Marina, Shore Road, Stony Brook. 631-751-2244.

Captain Gillen Captree Fishing Captree State Park., Bay Shore. 621-586-5511. Carvel Multiple Locations. Carvel® provides an affordable ice cream experience and family fun for everyone by offering a variety of fresh made cakes, novelties and fountain ice cream products. This all-American favorite is the nation’s first retail ice cream franchise, and has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The Children’s Safari 6 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream.

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. Don Juan Restaurant 4899 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. Park. 516-798-1172; 124 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. 516-442-4944. This summer hot spot opens its outdoor seating area for the warm weather months, plus a new private party room. Don Juan’s is a family restaurant serving up authentic Mexican cuisine for your next fiesta. Fire Island Lighthouse

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. 516-692-6768.

570 Rockaway Tpke., Lawrence. 516-239-1743.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Flynn’s Fire Island

279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-3418.

Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island. Open weekends beginning May 17; Open daily beginning June 21

Country Fair Park

Frozen Ropes

3351 Route 112, Medford. 631-7320579.

Multiple Locations.

Crow’s Nest Mini Golf

Gateway Playhouse

742 S. Ocean Ave., Freeport. 516-223-0497. Re-opening better than ever after Superstorm Sandy, this 18-hole golf course has life-sized pirates, a cave, waterfall and a host of other buccaneer-themed holes sure to please kids of all ages. Birthday parties and fundraisers welcome!

215 S. Country Rd., Bellport. 631-286-0555. Those cool summer nights are back, with “Grease,” the high-energy stage musical, playing May 22-June 8. A full lineup of Broadway musicals, children’s shows, and special events also highlight this theatre’s 64th season! Continued


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Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor 11 Central Ave., Massapequa 516-797-3149. Take a walk on the wild side with homemade ice cream that comes in flavors from the traditional vanilla to the innovative rainbow cookie. This fun destination has 1950s-era soda fountains and serves up everything from old-school ice cream sodas and malts to gigantic sundaes.

Hallockville Museum Farm 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Harmony Vineyards 169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. Their free summer-long jazz series kicks off May 19 on the waterfront with internationally-renowned trombone virtuoso Ray Anderson and an all-star band performing, in their entirety, some of the greatest albums in jazz history.  Heartland Golf Park 1200 Long Island Ave., Edgewood. 631-667-7400. Hicks Nurseries 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. 516334-0066. Holtsville Park & Ecology Center Buckley Road, Holtsville. 631-758-9664. Iceworks 175 Underhill Blvd., Syosset. 516-496-2277. iFly Trapeze Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-640-6995. IMAX Dome at Cradle of Aviation 1 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-572-4111. Island Rock Climbing Gym 60 Skyline Dr., Plainview. 516-8227625. John W. Engeman Theater at Northport 250 Main St., Northport. 631-2612900. Jungle Bob’s Reptile World 2536 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. 631-737-6474.

Turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, salamanders, tortoises, scorpions and more—Aside from tons of creatures to keep your family in awe, Jungle Bob’s Reptile World hosts a destination experience, ‘The Outback!,’ a new outdoor educational nature center. It’s also a great place for birthday parties! Karts Indoor Raceway 701 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma. 1-800-718-KART. Landmark on Main Street 232 Main St., Port Washington. 516-767-6444. Laser Kingdom Multiple Locations. Lazerland LI 54A Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack. 631-543-8300. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-208-9200 Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-224-5800. Long Island Ducks 3 Courthouse Dr., Central Islip. 631-940-3825. Long Island Game Farm 638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 631-878-6644. Long Island Laser Bounce 2710 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. 516-342-1330. Long Island Maritime Museum 88 West Ave., West Sayville. 631HIS-TORY or 631-854-4974. Continued


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NYCB Theatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 516-247-5200. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury continues to present the best in live entertainment including the top names in contemporary pop, classic rock, comedy, country, and rhythm and blues. Summer highlights include George Lopez on May 4; Popovich Comedy Pet Theater on May 11; The Price Is Right Live Show on June 2; Summerland Tour 2013 with Everclear, Live Filter and Sponge on June 12; Long Island Comedy Fest on June 15 and the 2013 Children’s Summer Series. Visit for the complete lineup and new additions!

Long Island Science Center

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11 W.Main St., Riverhead. 631-2088000.

400 Patton Ave., West Babylon. 631-694-2707.

Long Island Sports Complex 103 Mill Rd., Freeport. 516-546-0900. Mariner’s Cove Marine / Oscar’s Fishing Stations / Jet Ski Rentals 9 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays. 631-728-8060. The Melting Pot 2377 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-752-4242. Monster Mini Golf Multiple Locations. Nassau Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. 631-920-1203. Nassau County Museum of Art 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. Nova’s Ark 30 Millstone Rd., Water Mill. 631537-0061. Nunley’s Carousel Pavilion Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-5724111. Old Bethpage Restoration Village 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-572-8401. Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury 516-333-0048.

Patchogue Theatre 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. 631-2071300. Peter Pan Diner 999 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore. 631665-1788. For more than 40 years, this very popular diner has graced Long Islanders with their signature dinner specials, pancakes and paninis, as well as a family friendly environment both you and the kids will enjoy. JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium at Cradle of Aviation 1 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-5724111. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. 516-922-9200. This historical park is a great place to spend a warm summer day. With more than 400 acres, the park has numerous nature trails, greenhouses, gardens, and the sprawling Coe Hall, which holds tours from spring until autumn. Pollock-Krasner House 830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton. 631-324-4929. Pump it Up 135 Dupont St., Plainview. 516-5752300. Rachel’s Waterside Grill 281 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. 516-546-0050. After suffering damage from Super Storm Sandy, Rachel’s is back and better than ever. Located on Freeport’s famous Nautical Mile, Rachel’s Continued


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39390 Route 25, Peconic. 631-7651100. The Rinx 660 Terry Rd., Hauppauge. 631-2323222. Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research And Prevention 467 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-369-9840. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. 631-725-0770. Shelter Island Kayak Tours Route 114 at Duvall, Shelter Island. 631-749-1900. Shoes I Love 2807 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside. 516-766-2033. Based on Long Island, this fun shoe store sells fashionable shoes, boots, sandals, flip-flops, sneakers and accessories at competitive prices to women of all ages, young and young at heart.  Skate Safe America 182 Sweet Hollow Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-249-1717. www.skatesafeamerica.pointstreak Splish Splash 2549 Middle County Rd., Riverhead. 631-727-3600. Sports Plex 1329 Newbridge Rd., North Bellmore. 516-785-8855. Staller Center Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. 631-632-2787. Stony Brook Village Stony Brook Village, overlooking beautiful Stony Brook Harbor, is a picturesque shopping village with 35 stores, seven restaurants and yearround events for the entire family. Suffolk Theater 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631727-4343. Re-establishing the cinema/playhouse tradition in downtown, this art deco cinema has been transformed into a full-service performing arts center, providing diverse programming for all ages, from live entertainment, music and plays to movies and catered affairs. Sweetbriar Nature Center

Washington Avenue (north of Merrick Road), Seaford. 516-5720200.

152 The Arches Circle., Deer Park. 631-667-0600. Tiki Action Park 1878 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. 631-471-1267. With tropical music, tikis, palm trees and flaming torches set amongst waterfalls, streams, caves and a fishstocked pond you’ll feel like you’re on vacation when playing Tiki’s mini golf. They are also known for the fastest go-karts and longest races. Tiki’s parties are loaded with so many extras that you’ll wonder how the pricing is so low. Tilles Center 720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale. 516299-2752. Trainland 293 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook. 516599-7080. Ultimate Gaga 575 Underhill Blvd., Syosset. 516921-4242. United Skates of America 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. 516795-5474. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium 180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport. Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. 631-427-5240. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. 631-288-1500. White Post Farms 250 Old County Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. Wickham’s Fruit Farm 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. Woodmere Lanes/Backstage 948 Broadway, Woodmere. 516-3749870. YMCA Boulton Center 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-9691101. This cultural institution provides high quality arts programs that entertain, educate and inspire the culturally, racially and economically diverse population of Long Island with music, dance, film and spoken word.

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Lost Not Found

How Some Missing Mentally Ill Never Return By Timothy Bolger

Dennis Shepherd was an energetic personal assistant living with his girlfriend in Port Washington until he fell into a spiral of paranoia, suspecting everyone of conspiring with the FBI to investigate him—an imaginary probe that, like the real one to find him when he later went missing, may have ended with his demise.  A year ago May 18, the 47-year-old athletic jack of all trades took off running the moment he stepped out of a vehicle from Stony Brook University Hospital’s psych unit, where he was involuntarily committed for a month. He vanished on the sprawling grounds of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, where it was a good sprint across fields surrounding the complex into the neighboring woods before he was gone. Despite a Suffolk County police investigation, a search party combing the nearby 813-acre Oak Brush Plains State Preserve at Edgewood and his picture being distributed to the local news media, he’s still missing. He was delusional, repeatedly put on suicide watch and showed signs of schizophrenia shortly before he vanished, according to his medical records. A Lake Ronkonkoma resident had reported him to police after Shepherd went door-to-door asking to call the United Nations to report the “conspiracy,” which he later believed involved his neighbor, the officers who hospitalized him, the lawyer he hired to get him out and 75 percent of the hospital staff. “I want to see how I do without medications,” Shepherd told doctors who decided he needed treatment over his objections—a decision he originally planned to fight when he arrived at Pilgrim for a mental health court hearing, according to court records that show he told doctors he planned “jumping off of a bridge, jumping out of a window, and hanging himself to escape from his paranoid ideation.” Attorneys hired by his mother recently filed a notice of claim, their first step in a $5-million negligence lawsuit against Stony Brook Hospital, Shepherd’s doctors and the security staffers who oversaw his transfer. His ex-girlfriend blames Suffolk County police, saying detectives in the Missing Person’s Section—a unit that was recently


WHERE DID YOU GO: Dennis Shepherd, a 47-year-old man who was reported missing from Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood last May, hiking in Honolulu, Hawaii in happier times.

serial killer. “The benefit of hindsight always means to put in sharp relief that which could’ve been done and wasn’t,” says Mitev. “I believe everybody in this case could have done more, from Stony Brook University [Hospital] on down to the chain of people who are responsible for finding those who go missing.” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is defending the —Vesselin Mitev, attorney for the family of Dennis Shepherd, who went missing in Brentwood a year ago May 18. hospital since it is a state facility. “We cannot comment on pending litigation,” time because I was so distraught,” she persons more quickly. says Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for says. “I was going to work and crying Shepherd’s case is one of more than the office. every five minutes.” 85,000 that the National Crime InformaDeputy Chief Kevin Fallon, Shepherd’s mother, Joan Kiesow of tion Center is tracking. The trail went the chief Suffolk police spokesman, upstate New York, referred a request for cold on some of them four decades ago. maintains that the department did all it comment to Vesselin Mitev, her attorney Last year, more than 22,000 people were could to find Shepherd—same as the rest with Miller Place-based John Ray & reported missing in New York State, of the nearly 2,000 missing persons cases Associates, the firm that also represents according the state Division of Criminal they handled last year. the family of Shannan Gilbert, whose Justice Services (DCJS). “I understand that it’s a very difficult “The belief was that he’d come to my disappearance from Oak Beach in 2010 situation for a family or loved ones of led to the discovery of 10 sets of human house because I had his car,” says Joanne someone who’s missing that they feel remains along Ocean Parkway—some of Villani, 49, Shepherd’s grief-stricken ex-girlfriend of eight years, recalling how whom police believe to be victims of a Continued on page 46 redeployed among the seven precinct squads—did not request a “Golden Alert,” a newly enacted investigative tool similar to the Amber Alert signaled for missing children. The case illustrates the complexity of such searches despite advances designed to find missing

police had checked her home for signs of his return but to no avail. Villani says she picked up the car from where Shepherd had told her he hid it in Westchester when he thought the FBI was closing in, and later she returned it to his family. “I wasn’t thinking clearly at this

“With each passing day the possibility that he would return unharmed diminishes exponentially.”

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that there’s always more that the police department can be doing,” Fallon says. “Any missing case we take very seriously because we always realize that not only the person could injure themselves, but a person may in fact be a victim of some kind of crime and we always approach it that way.”


As the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects showed last month, if law enforcement focuses all of its resources on finding someone, it’s only a matter of time. Or, as in the case of Raymond Roth, who authorities

searched for by land, sea and air after he was falsely reported drowned at Jones Beach last summer, sometimes the case is a hoax. Fugitives and faked-death plots aside, there are generally three types of missing persons: those with cognitive disorders, runaways and crime victims. Aside from adults and seniors with mental disabilities who walk—or in Shepherd’s case, run—off, police more often field reports of missing children, mostly runaways that don’t get much public attention. Amber Alerts—a nationwide program capable of blasting data on missing kids via email, text, TV, radio, highway signs and even Lottery

terminals—are typically reserved for child abduction cases. In late 2011, New York State launched the Missing Vulnerable Adult (MVA) system with nearly identical capabilities, similar to others like it that have been rolled out in most states nationwide. It was touted at the time as the Golden Alert system, a version of Amber Alerts for grown-ups. The MVA system also covers elderly missing people, who had been covered by Silver Alerts. But, just like teens who runaway from home tend not to be good candidates for Amber Alerts, adults with a mental disability who go missing may

wind up in fliers posted on the state’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse website while investigators opt for only alerting local police and hospitals, not using the all-out, statewide MVA alert. DCJS says there have been 33 MVA alerts statewide since it was enacted, four at the request of Suffolk police, none from Nassau. Det. Sgt. Mark Pulaski, who’s currently assigned Shepherd’s case, says Missing Persons investigators only submitted names to the system and didn’t request alerts. DCJS maintains it issued alerts at the department’s request for Volden Chung, 72, on March 9, 2012; Kurt Werner, 78, on Dec. 26, 2012; Marie Imbis [age unknown] on Jan. 10; and Fredrick Ellis, 90, on Feb. 28. All were found. “We did extensive searches there utilizing ourselves as well as other groups that had agreed to help, and to this date, obviously we haven’t found him,” Pulaski says, adding that the reason why no Golden Alert was sent out for Shepherd was because the case’s original investigators believed he was still in the area. “Some people are missing, some people are hiding from the police. Dennis Shepherd, by everybody’s account, was hiding from the police.” There hasn’t been any activity in Shepherd’s bank account since around the time he ran off, Pulaski adds. The family’s lawsuit suggests that he is presumed dead. “Adults, they’re just not taken as seriously,” says Todd Matthews, a system administrator for NaMus, short for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a national repository that includes records for thousands of missing persons and unidentified remains that is open to law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, coroners and the public. “When a child’s gone, you know something’s wrong,” he says. “And I think maybe there’s reasonable hesitation on law enforcement to start a manhunt for somebody that might just not be missing, not appreciate the search. You really have to give the local process time.” It’s not for lack of trying. Nassau and Suffolk counties in recent years have been taking preventative measures to mitigate cases of missing people who are mentally ill. Nassau has the REACH program— short for Return Every Adult and Child Home—in which the public pre-registers loved ones who suffer from a cognitive disorder such Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia or Autism. Should that person go missing, their information and photo can be shared with police and the media even faster, since it’s already on file. Suffolk does the same, minus the acronym. Nassau police have alerted the media to more than 130 missing people through REACH since January 2011, Continued on page 48


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although the department lumps them in with Silver Alerts. That’s a misnomer since the missing sometimes include children as young as 14 and adults younger than 65—all of whom are described as having mental issues. More than three dozen of those appear to still be missing and about 10 have been reported missing more than once. For the same time period, Suffolk County police have alerted the media to 44 Silver Alerts while sticking strictly to missing persons who were of retirement age, a handful of whom are also still missing. Shepherd is the only missing person Suffolk police alerted the media

to in recent memory who wasn’t over the age of 64. But outside the Suffolk police district on the East End, when 16-yearold Ashley Murray left a note threatening suicide before she left her Peconic home earlier this year, Southold Town Police publicized it immediately. The media spared no resources covering the case, reporting in excruciating detail her personal issues as friends harnessed the publicity to organize search parties. Twelve days later when she walked into a police station safe and sound, her story ended on a positive note. For others in her shoes, it doesn’t always wind up that way.


MIA: Dennis

Shepherd at the Back at Pilgrim, U.S. Open Tennis life has moved on since Championships in Flushing Shepherd’s disappearbefore he went ance. The same could missing. be said for the new approach to investigating missing persons cases in Suffolk. Deputy Chief Fallon, the Suffolk police spokesman, says the shift from a specialized unit based at headquarters in Yaphank to detectives working in the seven precincts alongside investigators handling general cases is similar to last year’s redeployment of the gang unit. “If you have somebody missing say from the First Precinct…it will be the

detectives from the First Precinct who will be responsible for the case,” he says. “They know the locations, sometimes they’ll know the person involved, or they’ll know people in the neighborhood involved. And they’re in a much better position, generally speaking, to do that type of investigation than, say, calling up the headquarters where you can speak to specialized detectives out here who aren’t familiar with the players involved.” Nassau County First Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter says his department has shifted its approach too, but hasn’t gone as far as Suffolk. “We use a hybrid approach,” he says. “We have dedicated missing persons people that work out of a detective squad out of headquarters… then we have...our precinct detectives take some ownership and some involvement. “Do they get more return on their investment by putting those missing persons detectives in precinct squads where they’re decentralized?” he asked rhetorically. “We’ve found that we have a hybrid and that’s what works for Nassau County.” Mitev, the attorney for Shepherd’s mother, says the family’s anguish drags on, nevertheless. “With each passing day the possibility that he would return unharmed diminishes exponentially,” he says. “They lose hope every single day that they’ll get him back.” Those interested in registering a loved one to the REACH Program should call the NCPD’s Asset Forfeiture Unit at 516-573-5775, Monday through Friday 9 am.-4 p.m. to set up an appointment. To register with the Suffolk County police, contact the Community Outreach Bureau at 631-852-6983. For more information about the state Missing Persons Clearinghouse, visit www.


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Charles Lindbergh stands tall at Curtiss Field, now the Roosevelt Field Mall, next to the plane that he flew to Paris on May 20, 1927. He designed the cockpit so the pilot sits behind the gas tank, reyling on a periscope to see ahead. (Photo courtesy Cradle of Aviation Museum)

Charles Lindbergh Long Island’s Lucky Loner By Spencer Rumsey


iven the rush of merchants trying to cash in on Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight from New York to Paris on May 20, 1927, it’s fitting that the spot where the famous aviator took off is the biggest mall on Long Island today. “Slim” Lindbergh, as he was known in St. Louis among his pilot pals and his business backers, spawned “Spirit of St. Louis” letter openers (named after his plane), ladies’ hats dubbed the “Lucky Lindy Lid” (gray felt with black trim, side flaps and a little propeller on the front), patent leather shoes with his photograph inserted on the top, boys’ britches, and even loaves of “Lucky Lindy Bread.” “Lindbergh became kind of a marketing phenomenon—from coloring books to games to toys to you name it!” says Andrew Parton, executive director of the Cradle


of Aviation Museum in Garden City. It has the first plane the famous aviator ever owned, a Curtiss JN4-D—a Jenny—which Lindbergh bought in Georgia for $500 in 1923. Later it was fully restored in the 1970s by George Dade, an LI aviation buff who first met Lindbergh in the 1930s. The museum also has one of three Spirit of St. Louis models that the Ryan Aeronautics Company in San Diego built to Lindbergh’s demanding specifications: no front window in the cockpit, just a periscope and two side windows plus enough tank storage to hold 400 gallons of fuel. Jimmy Stewart used this sister ship to portray Lindbergh in Billy Wilder’s 1957 classic biopic. “The legend is that Charles Lindbergh flew this plane on Long Island in the early ’60s and said it handled the same way,” Parton says. “So we go with the legend!” Nassau County was bustling with aviation activity long before Lindbergh climbed into the cockpit. Where the museum is today was Aviation Field No. 2, the

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military airstrip renamed Mitchell Field after John Mitchell, the second youngest mayor of New York City, who had joined the Army Air Corps after failing to get re-elected. He died in a training accident in World War I. The other two airstrips then in operation were both civilian. Roosevelt Field was named after President Theodore Roosevelt’s son Quentin, who died in flight combat over France in 1918. Curtiss Field was named after Glenn Curtiss, the first pilot to take off from the Hempstead Plains in 1909. The flat, windy topography was ideal for flying—and the wealth of Manhattan was perfect for financing flights of derring-do. Starting in 1919, Manhattan hotel owner Raymond Orteig, who was born in France, had offered a $25,000 prize to the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Years later, Lindbergh wrote that he was “much more interested in the flight than in the prize... [but he didn’t] mean to imply that the prize was not of definite interest, too.” “Knowing that the money was in New York, all the early aviators gravitated to Long Island,” says Parton. “That’s why it became the cradle of aviation.” So, on the morning of May 20, having gotten no sleep the night before at the Garden City Hotel, Lindbergh had the Spirit of St. Louis towed from its hangar at Curtiss Field, where the Roosevelt Field Mall is today, to the larger and longer runway at Roosevelt Field, which Admiral Richard Byrd had graded in preparation

for his own trans-Atlantic flight. That’s where The Source Mall is today. A gully, about where the Meadowbrook State Parkway is now, separated the two air strips. A crowd had gathered in the early light to see him off. Lindbergh later noted that it all felt “more like a funeral procession than the beginning of a flight to Paris.”

Fly Boy

Go to the Roosevelt Field Mall today and on the upper level by the south entrance is a large, airy mural honoring Curtiss Field’s contribution to aviation when it was “the world’s premier airport.” The smiling faces of Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart lofting among the clouds pale in comparison to the striking image of Nikki Minaj in a yellow one-piece bathing suit floating on a turquoise pool surrounded by purple gloss lipsticks, an advertisement for the MAC cosmetics store nearby. On the concourse level outside the mall management office is a plaque telling passersby that Curtiss Field was renamed Roosevelt Field in 1920. Lindbergh only referred to it as Curtiss in his accounts. A more prominent plaque, installed in 1967 by Nassau County and the New York State Education Department on the mall’s main level, proclaims in bright gold letters that “Lindbergh took off from here in the ‘Spirit of St. Louis.’” It can be found underneath an escalator near Tourneau, the pricey watch store. Thirteen clocks mounted in a row above the shop windows tell the time in cities like London, Cairo, Moscow and Seoul, but not Paris—Lindbergh’s destination that took him 33½ hours to reach. About a mile away, at The Source, now in bankruptcy, is an impressive bas-relief sculpture chiseled out of granite by Chris Pelletieri and funded by the Fortunoff family. It supposedly marks the second “bounce,” where Lindbergh’s heavily laden plane finally had enough thrust to get off the ground and barely clear the telephone wires on what’s now Merrick Avenue by about 20 feet. This monument is on a grassy knoll at the intersection of Source Mall Drive and Transverse Drive. On May 20, timed for the anniversary of Lindbergh’s takeoff, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) plans to reintroduce a bill called the Long Island Aviation History Act, which would authorize the Department of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study about incorporating parts of the area—the stone monument at The Source in particular—into “a unit of the National Park System,” a process that could take years. The notion was the inspiration of Adam Sackowitz, a Hostra University American studies major. Meanwhile, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby are “fully on

“My back is stiff; my shoulders ache; my face burns; my eyes smart. It seems impossible to go on longer. All I want in life is to throw myself down flat, stretch out— and sleep.” --Charles Lindbergh, describing his solo flight from New York to Paris

board” with getting the sculpture and its small grassy knoll a landmark designation, a spokesman tells the Press. “We are absolutely committed to it.” Shoppers might know this historical marker because it’s near where the nowdefunct Circuit City used to be. Shoplifters might have seen the monument because it’s within sight of Nassau Police’s 3rd Precinct “satellite” substation, where some 1,500 mall arrests are reportedly processed a year. When Lindbergh returned triumphant to the States, he had to steal time for himself. Everyone wanted something from him, especially his publisher George Putnam, to whom he’d promised a book recounting his inspiring journey. Fortunately for Lindbergh, Harry Guggenheim, whose father had established a Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, befriended him and took him under his wing. At Falaise, Harry Guggenheim’s palatial Gold Coast estate, Lindbergh cranked out “We” in three weeks, working at a polished desk in an upstairs bedroom or at a secluded table on the grounds to churn out almost 40,000 words and meet his deadline before he would embark on a three-month tour taking the Spirit of St. Louis to all 48 states. The publishers knew they had a hit if they could just get the work into the public’s hands. Lindbergh’s book came out the end of July in 1927 and by June 1928 it was already in its 31st printing. To call it a best-seller is an understatement. The prose, however, is almost child-like in its simplicity. “His writing got a lot better over the years,” says Josh Stoff, the curator at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. “He wrote a better book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” in the Fifties, which won a Pulitzer Prize.... That’s a much better book.” Wilder used it for his movie starring Jimmy Stewart. In his own words, Lindbergh painfully described how he felt after Continued on page 52


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flying for 17 hours and being awake for almost 40: “My back is stiff; my shoulders ache; my face burns, my eyes smart,” he wrote. “It seems impossible to go on longer. All I want in life is to throw myself down flat, stretch out—and sleep.” Decades later, Lindbergh admitted that after flying for 24 hours, he had visions: “vaguely outlined forms, transparent, moving, riding weightless with me in the plane.” They were benign, these misty humanlike shapes, and they spoke to him above the roar of his engine, providing him “messages of importance unattainable in ordinary life.” Soon they left him alone, and then he saw another vision that turned out to be real: fishing boats. Lindbergh circled one of them, came in about 50 feet above the waves, leaned out his window and asked a fisherman, “Which way is Ireland?” He got no reply. The next people he spoke to were in Paris.

Above and Below

“If you look at aviation before Lindbergh and then after his flight, it really changed the world,” says Stoff, the Cradle’s curator. “Commercial aviation really didn’t exist before Lindbergh’s flight because people were afraid to fly in airplanes.... But when Lindbergh made his flight, he showed that one person in a little airplane can fly the ocean safely and get to exactly where he was going on time and on schedule.” Understanding fully the man who made this solo achievement remains elusive, decades after his flight. In his invaluable 1998 book, “Lindbergh,” prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg says the celebrated aviator was “raised in virtual isolation.” America’s most famous flyer, Berg observes, “was A sculpture at The Source Mall marks the spot where Lindbergh’s plane finally got off the ground for good. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)


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born with a deeply private nature and bred according to the principles of selfreliance—nonconformity and the innate understanding that greatness came at the inevitable price of being misunderstood.” This explanation sheds some insight into other crucial events in Lindbergh’s life: his complex marriage to Anne Morrow, an ambassador’s daughter, and the tragic, fatal kidnapping of their baby from their New Jersey home in 1932; his acceptance of a medal in 1938 from the Nazi leader Hermann Goering “by order of der Fuhrer” in Berlin, and his apparent lack of sympathy for the Jews’ plight and his antipathy toward Britain that led him to support the America First movement. (Lindbergh’s father had been a radical Minnesota Congressman who’d railed against the “Money Trust” keeping America in the “Great War.”) In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt’s top aide Harold Ickes wrote FDR that “I ardently hope that this convinced fascist will not be given the opportunity to wear the uniform of the United States.” After Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh did want to go to war. He volunteered at the Mayo Clinic in 1942 to test the effects of altitude on pilots, and later he unofficially flew on 50 bombing missions in the South Pacific, according to Berg. Had Lindbergh not had an irreparable falling out with Roosevelt, he might have been made a general, says Stoff. Despite what was happening on the ground, the airman always managed to keep his eyes on the stars up above, and he proved instrumental in getting Guggenheim to invest in Robert Goddard, considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. So, in that sense, the history of modern aviation does owe a debt of thanks to the man who once used Long Island as his launching pad. “You’ve got everything from Lindbergh to going to the moon,” says Andrew Parton, the Cradle’s director, “and it’s all connected here.”

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herie Via doesn’t expect everything at her Ripe Art Gallery to appeal to everyone. She knows what she likes and that’s what matters. “I like weird shit.” She grins and her eyes sparkle. “Humor is what really pulls it all together for me.” Since 2006, Via has been carving out a growing niche for herself in Greenlawn, with a dedicated coterie of artists, now almost 40 in her stable, and an avid following of clients and fans who make her art openings a major event. For a woman who claims to no longer need caffeine, this curator has the energy of a human Roman candle. “THIS is about what I love!” she says, with a sweep of her arms as she takes in her gallery. “That’s what this is about! I don’t show anything I don’t love. I don’t show anybody I don’t love. I don’t do anything that I don’t love.” Her aesthetic sensibility, an academic phrase that doesn’t come close to encompassing the diverse artistic styles in the Ripe Art world, is “more rock and roll, and darker, although that doesn’t always apply,” she says. “I’m


Thanks to her energy and vision, Cherie Via has seen her Ripe Art Gallery in Greenlawn bear some strange fruit indeed and that’s the beauty of it. One of her favorite artists, Stanko, painted “Phyllis,” the psychedelized rooster above.

not showing landscapes and lighthouses and nicey-nicey. I’m showing much more edgy work. And that’s what I pursue.” She spells out her goal on her homepage: “Ripe Art’s aim is to present and foster Folk, Outsider/Visionary, and Self-Taught artists from our local Long Island community. Influenced by comic book art, graffiti/street art and pop culture, we represent a mix of emerging artists.” The new work of her artists occupies the front of her space, and her thriving custom-framing business is in the back. Next to her framing table is an area she calls her Bottlecap Boutique, featuring handmade jewelry, Day of the Dead (Dia del Muerte) Mexican artifacts and some of her favorite pieces from past shows. One of those is “Mona Trooper,” a digital painting on canvas in a mahogany frame, by ZIG, an artist pal of hers now living in Florida. It depicts Mona Lisa wearing a Star Wars storm-trooper helmet and cradling an automatic weapon. On the wall nearby is a gruesome rendering of Marilyn Monroe spewing a vile liquid from her parted lips. In other words, it depicts the platinum blonde’s

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overdose. David Graham painted it as part of his series of “celebrity death portraits,” Via says, adding that she may never let it go. She feels the same way about a small painting of the Ramones by Stanko, one of her top-grossing artists, who’d done the piece for Ripe Art’s annual Valentine’s Day group show. A Jersey girl, Via played the piccolo in high school and trained classically on the flute. She went to Ithaca College to study music. Once there, she became intensely interested in art, but never could take an art history class because it was always filled. So, she taught herself. She took advantage of Cornell University’s museum and immersed herself in its impressive collection. Her teachers also exposed her to John Cage and other avant-garde musicians and composers, but it was Salvador Dali who later “got in my brain,” she says. Her first job after graduation brought her to Levittown, where she ran the high school band, literally marching up and down Hempstead Avenue, for almost five years. She hated it. “You kind of have to be a fascist to run a marching band, and I wasn’t a fascist.” For almost two years, she commuted from her apartment in Norwalk, Conn. to Long Island, leaving at 6:15 a.m. every workday because she didn’t want to give up her apartment’s water view. Levittown was all she knew of Long Island until her boyfriend took her to Huntington and it reminded her of Ithaca. That made an indelible impression. After she left her music job, she worked at a

Above: ZIG’s “Mona Trooper” adds an ironic twist to an iconic image. At left, Doug Reina’s painting on a cigar box, “Pins,” brings creative tension to a typical LI beach scene; Nick Cordone’s “Live Free or Die” captures an enigmatic pair of flying fish.

bookstore in Huntington and studied customframing. In Northport she picked up the electric bass, and learned how to improvise on jazz. She had gigs but “it went nowhere.” But always in the back of her mind she clung to her gallery idea. The first painting Via had ever bought was by Lance Laurie, who, like her, was influenced heavily by Dali. “I always told him that when I have a gallery someday [he’s] going to be the first painter I show.” For her first art show, she rented a small space in the back of a boutique in Northport. Her enthusiasm for Laurie’s surreal bent wasn’t widely shared. One of his pieces is aptly named “My Flame-Broiled Skull.” “People were scared,” she recalls. “They didn’t Continued on page 56 L o n g I s l a n d P r e s s f o r M AY, 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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like the skulls... That’s when I said, ‘I’ve got to get out of Northport because I’m not going to tame this down for this town!’” She lasted four months before taking a bigger space in Huntington for about a year. “I started showing art by my friends,” she says, “and the next thing I knew I had artists coming to me and wooing me, showing me what they do, and wanting to show with me!’” When she finally moved to Greenlawn and opened her space on Broadway, she was scared. “The first thought I had was: What have I done?!’” But Via pressed on. Based on the framing shops she had apprenticed in, and seeing what other galleries in Huntington and Northport were selling, she figured she could succeed because their art was “kind of lame.” In fact, she was working at a gallery in Northport when she had an epiphany that helped spark her present artistic career. A customer came in and said he wanted to buy a print by Thomas Kinkade, the late contemporary American artist known for mass marketing his bucolic country scenes (or as some say, “the muzak of art”). Via balked, and her boss wasn’t happy. As she recounts the exchange: “‘Cherie, you’ve got to sell the Thomas Kinkades!’ And I said, ‘I can’t sell the Thomas Kinkades! They’re shit!’” The aesthetic differences proved irreconcilable. “I excused myself from the position,” she says with a smile. And the Long Island art world has never been the same since. On May 11, Ripe Art Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for a two-man exhibition, “Daydreams and Cigar Boxes,” pairing the enigmatic translucent goldfish paintings by Nick Cordone and the evocative “plein air” paintings of Long Island scenes by Doug Reina. Reina, who does indeed use cigar boxes for his canvases, met Via before she


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opened the gallery and liked her immediately. “She’s a delightful spirit and so full of life,” he says. Since she welcomed him into Ripe Art, he’s been glad to show his work with her. “She made me feel good about taking chances and going out on creative limbs. You don’t always get that.” Via said that Cordone “paints stuff that makes you think... I wanted to show Nick and I wanted to bring Doug back. They’re perfect together.” Her show next month promises something completely different. Called “Outside the Jam,” it will feature Rick Odell’s photographs of the roller-derby women known as the Long Island Roller Rebels. Via said she’s been working closely with him for months in preparation for this exhibit, which opens June 22. “For some people I am very much the curator,” she says. “For [others] I leave it up to them because I love them and I love their work, and I know whatever they’re going to bring me I’m going to like.” Right now she’s never had a contract with her artists, only a handshake, but her thinking is evolving on that. “I want to take a bigger stand in people’s careers, so I’m looking for some loyalty,” she says. The Ripe Art Gallery has a fresh aura reminiscent of the East Village art scene in the ‘80s and it’s surprising to find that ambiance in Greenlawn. Via is well aware of what’s showing in the galleries of New York City these days, but “it doesn’t influence me in any way, shape or form what I’m doing in my space.” It’s that independent spirit that keeps Ripe Art so fresh and alive. Ripe Art Gallery is located at 67A Broadway in Greenlawn. For more information call 631-239-1805 or visit Gallery hours are Tues.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday: 2- 8 p.m.; and Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Hot Plate

Road Warriors

Gourmet Food Trucks Roll Out Quality Across L.I. By Rashed Mian

Roberto Baez was burnt out. For more than a decade, the native Long Islander of Cuban heritage had worked as a chef—half that time head chef—within the kitchens of various popular restaurants, manning the grill, overseeing orders and directing staff. About two years ago he decided to jettison that exhausting lifestyle—and a good chunk of money—for a chance at a new beginning, taking his uncanny knack for concocting mouthwatering Caribbean on the road, literally. Baez hopped on a plane to California and drove from San Diego to San Francisco, soaking in the sun, making pit stops along the way, all the time inhaling the fresh aromas of gourmet food wafting from the Golden State’s fleet of mobile food vendors. That’s when it hit him. “Food trucks are popular,” the 30-year-old recalls, relaxing outside his Rollin’ Cubans food truck, parked just west of Rte. 106 on Old Country Road in Hicksville. “[But] you don’t see them on Long Island at all.” So, defying the fierce competition that defines the LI food industry, Baez decided to roll the dice, opening up his kitchen-on-wheels last July. “In the restaurant business your lifestyle is sacrificed for money,” he says. “I’d much rather sacrifice money.” Featuring painted flames curling upward from its wheel wells and large, bold purple lettering above its windshield proclaiming “Eat Cuban,” Rollin’ Cubans should probably be parked outside a crowded Miami nightclub. Instead, it’s adding a dose of culture and flare to an already-diverse Hicksville neighborhood. And it’s popular—despite being in operation for under a year, Baez’ roving eatery has nearly 1,000 “likes” on Facebook. Though Long Island is lightyears from becoming a food truck haven— you can’t go a block in Manhattan without seeing a mobile hotdog vendor or Halal meat truck, which isn’t the case here—there are hints the nationwide food truck craze may be catching on in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Several food trucks were parked outside Tanger Outlets at the Arches’ outdoor shopping mall in Deer Park last month for its Taste and Style event. In Long Beach, which was all-but


Roberto Baez (R.) is working inside his Rollin’ Cubans food truck in Hicksville Saturday, April 14. His food truck has become a hit, attracting dozens of people a day. Another food truck, Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale, has been so successful that its owner, Joe Bui, is opening up a Vietnamese restaurant this summer. His crispy spring rolls (top) are a crowd pleaser.

decimated six months ago, compliments of Superstorm Sandy, there’s currently an effort to breathe some life into the city’s rattled business community by opening a Food Truck Market at the end of Riverside Boulevard and Shore Road, starting this month. “One of the things that we heard loud and clear from our residents was they were looking for more opportunities to have food near the beach,” says Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman. “Hence, the food truck initiative.” “It’s going to create an oasis for the neighborhood,” adds Sugo Café owner Alan Adams, one of the Long Beach merchants taking advantage of the city’s plan. Adams’ truck, dubbed Beach Buns and Bites, will offer sliders, burgers and even some fresh seafood. There’s no telling what a successful food truck can lead to in the future. Joe Bui’s Rolling Spring Roll food

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truck, which serves Vietnamese dishes, inspired him to go all-in and open an actual restaurant. He’ll still be operating the food truck, but away from the restaurant, which remains as-yet nameless. “I did have a great following,” he

says, “people did like Vietnamese food and I wanted to bring it out more.” Food truck operators admit that the food-on-wheels lifestyle also comes with some hard-to-swallow challenges—some so difficult to overcome that they forced 42-year-old Liam Beardslee, who sold tacos out of Lumpy’s Food Truck in Bay Shore, out of the business. “It didn’t really catch on Long Island,” Beardslee says. “People didn’t really understand the food trucks that weren’t hot dog trucks.” Somehow, Baez of Rollin’ Cubans has found the opposite—a re-energized niche among hungry suburbanites. Baez, who is Cuban on his father’s side, begins each day early in the morning. He walks his dog, then spends the next four hours preparing empanadas, roast pork and Ropa Vieja, while also readying several Cubano sandwiches for the lunchtime rush. It’s common for him to find a long line forming at the curb as he’s pulling up. The Cubano Sandwich, the most popular item on the menu, is stuffed with roast pork shoulder, cured ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Baez presses the sandwich on the grill and repeats the process constantly during a busy day. “Cuban [sandwiches] at other places...[aren’t] as good,” says 27-yearold Benjamin Gutt, visiting Rollin’ Cubans for the second time that day. “You can take the meat off the sandwich and eat it and it’s amazing. Just everything about it is good.” Another crowd-pleaser is the roast pork sandwich, overflowing with pepper jack cheese, sweet plantains and hot-and-sweet buffalo sauce. Baez also prepares custom dishes. One of his regulars asked him to add Ropa Vieja and plantains to the Cubano sandwich, for example. The patron enjoyed it so much that he named it the “Super Cuban,” Baez laughs. Sure, there’s been road bumps along the way for Baez. Sandy crushed business, and winter forced him to close shop for nearly two months. But Baez is back in Hicksville, and he’s preparing for what he believes will be a busy summer. But Long Islanders interested in roadside Cuban cuisine will have to be patient, he warns. “I hate to make people wait,” says Baez, “but at the same time, if you want something good, it’s worth waiting for.” —With additional reporting by Steve Smirti and Rebecca Tobin

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As the buzzing shrieks of a track saw dissipate, Tommy Bunger emerges from behind a door covered in sawdust. His hands worn and tough, he lowers the respirator from his mouth and introduces himself. A second-generation surfboard maker, or “shaper,” as he calls himself, the 39-year-old has been crafting beauty out of fiberglass for nearly 20 years. It’s a family tradition. Tommy follows in the footsteps of his father Charlie, the owner of Bunger Surf Shop in Babylon. “I grew up surfing,” he says, leaning against a graffiti-ridden wall inside his factory, a dual garage-studio attached to an industrial complex off Sunrise Highway. Their family-run shop opened in 1962—the Bunger’s original factory burning down in the late 1980s and Tommy taking over shaping duties in the mid 1990s. “It’s been in my family for so long, since my father used to be a shaper,” Tommy says, in between stacking boards he’s planning on working on later. “Building the boards is a satisfaction you get out of making something that is mass-produced these days.” Tommy takes pride in seeing his creations enjoyed by kids and adults alike new to surfing. “[The boards] are all-custom, so you see people out there surfing, knowing that somebody’s getting a board that’s quality made right here on Long Island.”

/// The Shop Owner Dave Juan stands across from a row of surfboards propped up against a red brick wall at the back of Unsound Surf on East Park Avenue in Long Beach and attempts to explain the reasons for his shop’s success. “We’ve been around so long that we know so many of our customers,” the 37-year-old says. “Kids know they can come here, hang out and say, ‘What’s up!’” Pausing abruptly mid-sentence, he cracks a smile and greets a customer named Sean, who rushes over. A surfer for more than 20 years, Juan recalls that he bought his first board from his friend’s brother for $60 and hasn’t looked back. He and co-owner Mike Nelson opened Unsound in 1997. Floor space normally housing more boards, wetsuits and a host of surfing-related gear was laid bare due to Superstorm Sandy’s devastating wrath. Juan hopes to have the shop operating at peak condition by mid-month, when Unsound celebrates its grand re-opening. “The entire store was gutted, from ceiling to floor,” he says. “Mostly everything was gone.” Asked what he values most about running what has become a neighborhood institution, he joyfully explains: “The best is just seeing kids happy when they come in with their parents to get their first board!” He adds, “The smile on the kid’s face, that’s the best thing. There’s nothing better than that.”

/// The Board Shaper

FOUR Corners

One Common Thread

--By Chris Mellides and Steve Smirti

Elliot Zuckerman was exposed to surfing when he was just 3 years old. By the time he turned 10, he was catching waves at New York’s beaches during the summer and the winter. Now 59, Zuckerman credits his father and godfather for showing him the way. “As soon as I was able to walk, they put me on a surfboard, and I haven’t stopped since,” he says. Zuckerman’s passion for the sport and his knack for teaching others led him to start his own surfing school, Surf2Live, in 1978. Since then, it’s become an institution, of which Zuckerman is extremely proud. “I saw the ease that I was able to teach people a sport that I seriously love, and it just grew from there,” he says, from his large beach estate overlooking the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Besides the Long Beach native’s love for hometown surf, Zuckerman admits to being smitten by the flexibility of instructing vacationers in the warmer Caribbean climate during off-season. “Here, this is considered the East Coast’s Hawaii, the waves break on very shallow reefs and there’s a million variations on the breaks,” he says. Zuckerman also founded nonprofit Surfer’s Way, which has been exposing special needs children to the surfing lifestyle for almost 20 years. “It takes a long time to really get proficient at this sport,” he says. “But if you stick with it…anybody will be able to learn.”

/// The Pro Surfer TJ Gumiela, 22, shakes the water from his wetsuit and, with board in hand, leaps out of the frothy ocean of LI’s South Shore to meet a photographer. Born in Long Beach, Gumiela says he’s been surfing since he was six. “At first…I was boogie boarding,” he says. “I would stand on my boogie board, and my dad was like, ‘Oh, it looks like I’ve got to get him a surfboard now.’” In 2005, Gumiela became the first New Yorker to win the youth division of the Eastern Surfing Association East Coast Championships; he was just 15. “No one knew who I was, I was just some kid from New York,” he says. “I went through about 12 heats and ended up winning the event.” Gumiela had just returned from surfing in Hawaii; he annually visits Puerto Rico. But he says he has a soft spot for his hometown surf. “We don’t have waves every day, but when we do, they’re really good waves,” he says. Gumiela currently has five professional sponsors. Aside from competing, he also works at Skudin Surf, an all-ages surf school. When teaching kids, Gumiela recalls when he was their age. “People would say, ‘Oh, you surf in New York! Are there even any waves there?’” he laughs. “Now, people are going to know that there are waves in New York!”

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The tribulations and supreme glory of the world’s first trans-Atlantic flight, from Roosevelt Field to Paris, as told by the man who did it, Charles Lindbergh. Various editions of this priceless and harrowing 1927 account can be found in used book stores across LI. To say it was a bestseller is a gross understatement; By 1928, We was in its 31st printing. For more on LI’s Lucky Loner, check out “Rear View” on p. 50.




181 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. This warm and welcoming coffee shop up the road from the idyllic harbor boasts a stocked menu of muffins, Danishes, scones, chocolates, quiche and tarts to accompany some of the most daring and dopamine-inducing caffeinated elixirs around. Besides the healing espressos, mochas, cappuccinos, coffees and doppios, Sweetie Pies specializes in custom lattes! Meaning, if you can imagine it, they will create it. Hallelujah, dear s’mores. Hallelujah.

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For less than the price of a CD—and who buys them anymore?—Rolling Stone retells the story of “the greatest psychedelic band of all time” with archival interviews, classic photos and so much more that will make Deadheads JACLYN’S relive what a long strange trip it’s been and explain to the PICK uninitiated or the indifferent what the buzz was/is all about. YEAH YEAH I’ve seen only a handful of the 2,314 Dead shows, but for YEAHS MOSQUITO those who qualify as connoisseurs, the magazine’s David New York’s quirky trio the Yeah Fricke has picked 20 essential concert bootlegs that Yeah Yeahs, known for their arty“every fan should own, from early San Francisco yet-sexy take on garage punk, gigs to the late-period megashows.” And right up released their latest album Mosquito there is the Nassau Coliseum performance last month. The deluxe edition on March 29, 1990. I missed it, but I’m includes four bonus acoustic/demo sure it sounded great. tracks, along with 10 other New Wave-infused songs such as “Sacrilege” and “Area 52.” It’s addictive.

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Long Island Press Event Listings for may 2013

The New Yorker’s 8th Annual Passport to the Arts

Pick up a program guide, a map, and an official passport at the Passport to the Arts headquarters, located at AFA gallery, 54 Greene St., Manhattan. At each gallery on this self-guided tour, passports will be stamped with a replica of a featured work of art by established and emerging artists. Guests are invited to stop by Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel from noon to 6 p.m. and after the tour, participants can attend a cocktail party featuring a silent auction of 19 artworks. Visit passport. for details. May 4

George Lopez

NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 516-334-0800. May 4

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg

The punk drumming icon and his band will be fronted by the king of partying, Andrew W.K., to perform more than 30 of Marky’s classics that took him from the halcyon stage of CBGB’s to touring around the world. “When Marky Ramone asks you to be his singer, you don’t even think about it,” says W.K. “It’s an automatic YES! There’s never been better rock ’n’ roll music made than this, and I will give everything I have to do it justice.” This show kicks off the historic pairing’s world tour. Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St., Manhattan. May 3

The Breeders Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. May 6


Diamonds World Tour

Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. May 4 & 5


The Public Theater’s new Tonywinning production of Hair is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Hair features unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy to Be Hard.” Its continuing relevance is undeniable. Its energy is unbridled. Its truth is unwavering. It’s Hair, and it’s time! Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale. May 5

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Ideas City Festival

A major arts and education collaborative in downtown Manhattan, Ideas City is a biennial festival of conferences, workshops, art and performances around the Bowery, with more than 100 independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. Artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists share their ideas through this innovative, minimal-waste event, with street activities including artists’ projections on the New Museum building. New Museum, 235 Bowery, Manhattan. May 1-4

Fear Factory

Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan. www. May 2; Also with Hate Eternal @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. May 3

Little Boots

Flashback to 2009: One of the year’s most fevered pop breakthroughs emerges from the depths of clubland with a crossover dance-pop track called “Stuck on Repeat,” an infectious club hit produced by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, shortly followed by the chart-topping debut album, Hands. But the first real commercial headturning moment from English electropop singer-songwriter and DJ Little Boots’ second LP is the buzzing groovy disco-pop team-up with NYC heavy-hitters The Knocks, “Headphones” is an inspired loopy, sample-laden crossover. With remixes from house and garage producer Todd Edwards, French dance royalty Dimitri and pop-chanteuse Ronika, Little Boots is dominating the dance-pop scene. She’s also released a remix app for iPhone, which allows users to remix “Remedy”, “Meddle” and “New in Town.” With Avan Lava & Feathers. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. May 7

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Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

The Original MTV VJs

A unique brand of ballet, dancing a fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a company of dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire. Men dance all the parts—swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies. The “Trocks” comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. www.stallercenter. May 11

Back in the day when MTV played music, these guys rocked. Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter & Mark Goodman sit down for a conversation with Gavin Edwards to discuss their new book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., Manhattan. May 8; Also at Apple Store, 103 Prince St., Manhattan. May 9

Choice Streets Food Truck Event

Dozens of food trucks including Hibachi Heaven, Mac Truck, Miami Food Machine, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Mexico Blvd., Rhong Tiam, Solber Pupusas, The Squeeze and more will convene at Pier 86 of The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. Spun off from The Village Voice’s Choice Eats restaurant-tasting event, Choice Streets is set to feature samples from 25 of NYC’s favorite and highly sought-after food trucks! This year’s event will include complimentary food tasting, beverages, entertainment throughout the night and free private tours of the Intrepid. Visit for details. May 7

History of Bank Robbery

Wendy Williams The TV host and former Hot 97 DJ will speak and sign her new

book, Ask Wendy. Wendy has been giving out advice for more than 25 years, first on her popular radio show and then every weekday on TV. Now Wendy’s answering your questions. Have a problem with your husband? Are you constantly fighting with your mom? Do you think it’s time you break up with your BFF? If you’ve got a question, Wendy has an answer! Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., Manhattan. May 7; Also at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. May 10

Paramore Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., Manhattan. www. May 16


The first bank robbery in the United States occurred in Philadelphia in 1798. By the mid-19th century, bank robbers in urban areas became more and more sophisticated, cracking safes with precision tools and sometimes resorting to explosives. A race between the robbers and the safe manufacturers, similar to current technological battles with hackers, went on for years. Presented by Wilbur Miller, professor of history at Stony Brook University, this chronicle of bank robbery will highlight famous robbers and efforts to bring them to justice, from the Philadelphia criminals to Willie Sutton through the present day. Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook. May 13


Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. www.thegarden. com. May 14; Also at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. www.barclayscenter. com. May 18

Beth Hart

In the late ’90s, Beth Hart garnered mainstream popularity after “LA Song (Out of This Town),” aired during the final season of Beverly Hills, 90210. Hart soon lost everything— her label, tours, TV appearances—while battling drug and alchohol addiction. It’s taken her about a decade to get back on her feet, but she’s done it. Earlier this year, at the Kennedy Center Honors, Beth Hart delivered the most riveting performance of the evening with Jeff Beck when they paid tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy. Beth’s rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind” marked her first U.S. TV appearance in more than a decade. She blew everyone away, and her performance was received with a rare non-honoree standing ovation. With Christine Santelli. City Winery, 155 Varick St., Manhattan. May 13, 16 & 17


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Joe Bonamassa

When he was only 12 years old, Joe Bonamassa opened for blues legend B.B. King at Westbury Music Fair. Since then the Award-winning blues rock star, singer-songwriter and upstate New York native has debuted eight albums at the number one spot on the Billboard Blues Chart and played with other legendary guitar greats from Buddy Guy to Eric Clapton. Besides his solo work, Bonamassa has kept himself busy with the formation of the band Black Country Communion, featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol). Just in the past year, Bonamassa has put out two records and a DVD, and started a world tour. “I never get tired of it,” Bonamassa tells the Press. “I enjoy it, I’ve been doing this for 20 years at this point. It’s been a blessing and a real privilege.” Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan. www. May 16, 17 & 18

Toots & The Maytals Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. May 19


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Headliners The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Flaming Lips help turn Prospect Park into an amusement park of food, drink and music all weekend long. Eat and drink from 85 top restaurants and more than 50 wineries and breweries. Enjoy themed parties, lively presentations and demonstrations, and catch performances by artists ranging from indie rock to New Orleans Jazz to Italian pop. Prospect Park, Brooklyn. May 17, 18 & 19

AntiFlag The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. May 18 & 19

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Electric Daisy Carnival This Friday and Saturday, CitiField will be completely transformed into an immersive landscape complete with over-the-top production, special effects, and multiple stages of world-class music with dozens of performers including Afrojack and Calvin Harris. But what’s a carnival without rides? EDC’s landscape is an oversized adult playground dotted with all of your favorite full-sized carnival rides that are free for everyone. Floating chandeliers illuminate the plush VIP tables and state-of-the-art LED paneling, lasers and pyrotechnics bring each unique stage design to life. From giant misting daisies perched above the crowd to forests of light and sound, the entire venue will be transformed by theatrical performances, special effects, fire displays, water works, and illuminated art. CitiField, Queens. May 17 & 18


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The Mane Event

Colbie Caillat w/Vicci Martinez

The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. May 23


Federal Credit Union Air Show

Long Island’s official kickoff to summer, this year’s Jones Beach Air Show celebrates its 10th anniversary and will include appearances by stunt pilots and the Royal Canadian Force F18 Demo Team. Air National Guard Lt. Col. John Klatt will fly the world-famous Staudacher S-300D aerobatic aircraft and the Miss GEICO powerboat racing team will challenge their airborne counterpart, a member from the GEICO Skytypers, on the water. The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on both days, but make sure to get there early to save your spot! Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. May 25 & 26

BNB Superbowl of Hardcore

The Shins

Featuring Judge, Breakdown, Bane, Black Train Jack, Strife, District 9, Take Offense, Altercation, The Old Firm Casuals, Fire And Ice, Arrabio, Downpresser, and Judge Breakdown. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main May 19 St., Amagansett. www. May 26

Lez Zeppelin

Since 1996, The Shins front man James Mercer has turned what was originally a side project into a full band with an international following that began with their debut Oh, Inverted World, considered to be one of the definitive albums in the indie rock genre. Along with Mercer, the band’s current lineup includes singer/songwriter Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls and Mark Watrous. Williamsburg Park, North 12th Street and Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. May 26

Kevin James

Kevin James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch by starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career had started before that as a stand-up on Long Island. The King of Queens star heads back to LI Thursday night for two back-to-back shows. NYCB Theatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. www. thetheatreatwestbury. com. May 30

Monday, June 3, 2013 7:00 pm-12:00 am midnight Crest Hollow Country Club Woodbury, New York


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There will be plenty of food and drink to go around and the sounds of live country music will fill the air as you mix and mingle with friends and colleagues at BHF Horse Rescue’s first fundraising benefit. Visit www. for details. Country Western attire optional. 2114 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow. May 31

The Dandy Warhols

Having established themselves as musical icons with their songs “Bohemian Like You,” “Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth,” and “We Used To Be Friends,” The Dandy Warhols mark the 13th anniversary this year of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. To celebrate the occasion, and in anticipation of the forthcoming reissue on CD, vinyl and limited-edition vinyl boxset, the band will perform Thirteen Tales live in its entirety. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. 31

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May by Psychicdeb

Beware of becoming overly materialistic as Jupiter moves through your 2nd house since this may hinder potential spiritual growth and the development of an overall philosophy of life and purpose. As Jupiter moves through your 1st house, attention and care should be given to who you are and the ways in which you are unique and innovative. Live life to the fullest, but avoid overindulgence. Personal meaning and fulfillment may be found through involvement in behind-the-scenes activities as Jupiter moves through your 12th house. This can be found in research or charitable work. As Jupiter moves through your 11th house there is an opportunity to grow and expand your horizons which lies in your capacity to become part of something bigger than yourself. Networking with others. The focus is on concrete achievements and social accomplishments as Jupiter moves through your 10th house. The challenges which such achievements represent can unlock hidden potential. Jupiter in your 9th house brings the urge to undertake a quest for meaning and purpose. Benefits can be acquired by expanding your horizons, perhaps by traveling or learning a foreign language. Life’s changes will bring you psychological growth and development and open opportunities to you as Jupiter moves thorough your 8th house. Other people’s money and resources can serve to give you focus. Business and marriage partners will give you your major lessons in life as Jupiter moves through your 7th house. Don’t take for granted the benefits originating from these relationships. As Jupiter moves through your 6th house you may find you are constantly seeking to expand your capabilities and strive for excellence in service to others. You can unleash the potential of Jupiter to do good. Playfulness, lovers, and children can be the means to access your healing potential as Jupiter moves through your 5th house. Meditation involving your inner child can be especially helpful. As Jupiter moves through your 4th house you will find that growth and fulfillment are tied to the process of personal healing and may be found by undertaking a deep emotional and psychological journey. The need to learn and to be continually expanding your intellectual horizons holds the most promise of personal growth and development as Jupiter moves through your 3rd house.

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. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 years old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at:


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Volume 11, Issue 05 - May 2013 - Muslim Americans  

Volume 11, Issue 05 - May 2013 - Muslim Americans - Under the Veil of a Religion Under Attack • Propoganda vs. Journalism • Curbside Cuisine