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August2013 In This Issue
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Monica Zenyuh: Adopt a School By Beverly Fortune the portrait p.14
Greg Galant: L.I.’s Social Media Visionary By Rashed Mian
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EDIT Christopher Twarowski Editor in Chief/Chief of Investigations
Spencer Rumsey Senior Editor
Timothy Bolger News/Web Editor
Jaclyn Gallucci Managing Editor
COVER STORY UPDATE p.16
Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy, But Still Faces Life In Prison By Christopher Twarowski & Spencer Rumsey
“It’s a huge, hairy, honking deal.” Investigations p.18
Higher Education College and University Admissions Guide p.30
Same Fox, New Henhouse By Jed Morey
Just Saying p.26
First Consumer Drones Go On Sale August 15th! By Peter Tannen
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Sound Smart p.8
Events p.66 CrosswordS p.74
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Digital Mike Conforti Director of New Media
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A Small Plot of Land: Sarcophagus Hunting in East Hampton By Jaclyn Gallucci
“Since when did New York become the dumping ground for New Jersey?” News Feature p.44
Gas-Panned: Offshore LNG Port Pitch Makes Waves By Timothy Bolger Art & Soul p.52
Sea Cliff: L.I.’s Artistic Masterpiece By Cassidy Kammerer & Steve Smirti 4 Corners p.56
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PSST.... There’s a secret backroom deal to sell Oyster Bay land for millions less than it’s worth.
Oyster Bay has a secret sweetheart deal to sell town land to politically connected mall developers for millions less than what the town could get for it. The deal was made in secret over just one weekend, without any public debate. It will mean millions less for Oyster Bay — money that would help keep our taxes down and prevent cuts to vital services. And to make matters worse, the mall developers haven’t even disclosed their plans for the site. It’s another secret political deal Oyster Bay families can’t afford.
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PRESS WINS TOP HONORS The Long Island Press brought home top honors at the 2013 Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) Awards held in Miami, Florida July 11-13. The annual awards ceremony and convention recognizes outstanding journalism and graphic design among AAN’s 124 alternative news organizations across the United States and Canada. More than 900 entries were submitted throughout two circulation divisions and more than a dozen writing and design categories. Winners were chosen by judges at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. The Press earned four prizes, including: First Place – Public Service (50,000-and-over circulation division), for 2011 investigation and follow-ups “Membership Has its Privileges: Is Nassau County Police Department Selling Preferential Treatment To Private Citizens?” and follow-ups “D.A. Probe Ongoing,” “Nassau County Top Cops Surrender” and “Nassau Cops Indicted” by Press Contributor Shelly Feuer Domash and Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski. First Place – Long Form News Story (50,000-and-over circulation division), for Managing Editor Jaclyn Gallucci’s cover story “Identifying Princess Doe,” a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement’s use of the latest technological advances to help identify a 30-year cold-case murder victim and her killer. First Place – Multimedia (all publications), for Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian, Christopher Twarowski, Director of New Media Michael Conforti, and graphic designers Scott Kearney and Sal Calvi’s comprehensive and interactive editorial, graphics and video package “Ripple Effect,” exposing an evercreeping subterranean plume of toxic chemicals contaminating public drinking water supplies across Long Island. Twarowski, Mian and Art Director Jon Sasala earned Second Place Multimedia (all publications) nods for “Clam Wars,” a cover story and video package detailing the ongoing battle between baymen and a commercial shellfish dredging company in Oyster Bay.
Letters Too bad for the teacher, guilty by association. Pull the show & be done. I’m sure there’s another disaster of a show in the waiting. Bravo, what has become of your channel? Janice Caputo-Carroll on Merrick teacher losing job over cameo on Princesses: Long Island Let us @CJ_Marchello: Why? So they can talk about me? RT @ LongIslandPress: Join the National Paranoia Association. How come nobody was up in arms about the [Real Housewives of NJ] or Mob Wives? Both depict Italian American Princesses in less than a flattering light. I am a Jewish woman who was raised as a “princess” and I find these characters no less offensive than the others. Stop taking yourselves so seriously and watch it for what it is: the modern day version of a soap opera! Michele Marks Sholl on Princesses: Long Island.
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Dear Editor: You can learn a lot about our past by reading “Defeat, Retreat, Spies and Surprise: George Washington On L.I.” (Rear View by Spencer Rumsey, July 2013). Who knew LI residents played such a role in the founding of our nation? The article is worthy of any high school or college history class covering the War for Independence from England. Larry Penner
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Advice: When you go to attack another woman put your baby down. It’s pretty pathetic that another person has to take your baby out of your arms for safety. Maybe she should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Marion Marion on Commack Chuck E. Cheese brawl probe Ross Michael is now my hero, and I hope to have that job some day. Shannon Mary Warszawa, on lobsterman from Montauk featured in 4 Corners. @lliaPaganRivera I feel happy when I see journalism that dares to investigate and inform with valor. May you continue that path.
Sound Smart at a Party By Christine DeLuna
HARMONIES AND HEARTBEATS
Why bother going to a yoga class when singing in your car could do the trick? A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that singing could produce a calming sensation similar to the feeling one experiences during yoga and other forms of exercise. The study followed a choir of 15 teenage boys, examining their heartbeats as they belted out various types of songs, and discovered that singing’s controlled and organized breathing possessed health benefits similar to yoga and exercise. Just one more reason to ditch the overpriced gym membership.
A Stony Brook University study found that sleep deprivation in teens leads to bad health choices. The fact that they’re teenagers may also play a part.
Just when we thought we’d mastered ways to say “hello” in enough languages to get through a trip around the world, out comes one more. University of Michigan linguist Carmel O’Shannessy discovered a language spoken in Lajamanu, a remote Australian desert town of little more than 800 residents. It’s a mixture of English, Walpiri, the area’s original indigenous language, and Kriol, an English Creole. Dubbed Light Walpiri, it’s spoken by 350 residents— all under the age of 35. Perhaps Lajamanu developed as a means of trash-talking parents while standing right in front of them?
Man of Steel Superman’s weakness, Kryptonite—the pulsating green ore from the inner depths of the planet Krypton— was inspired by the Earth element krypton, a noble gas discovered in 1898 by British researchers William Ramsay and Morris Travers.
Thunderstorms work like massive natural terrestrial particle accelerators. Besides producing the bright flashes of electricity, they also create intense sub-millisecond bursts of gamma rays and particle beams of matter and anti-matter. This invisible radiation is referred to as “Dark Lightning.” Its exposure effects on airplane crews and passengers are currently under investigation.
THE SMART, THE DUMB AND THE TABLET OWNER
There’s always “that guy” at a party who tries to impress everyone with “I read this article on my iPad about…” For those keeping score, “that guy” thinks he’s smarter than you. But, in a poll of 1,000 people by Wakefield Research, 56 percent of tablet owners believed they knew more about current events than their friends. While they might think they’re smarter, 52 percent of tablet users polled admitted to faking their knowledge of current events to impress their friends. Even with all of this in mind, 70 percent of all those polled admitted to seeking out arguments about current events with friends—politics being the most popular subject. It all makes sense now. So next time “that guy” starts spewing his tablet factoids, ask him if he’s 52 percent sure he’s telling the truth.
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Off Target The federal government heads closer to bringing back low rates on government-backed college loans just in time for the fall semester. This would mean interest on student loans would not double come September. However, the new rates will likely be subject to market forces and will no longer be set by Congress. Good news for the short term and those graduating in 2014. As for the long term—those of you without yachts can head on over to studentaid.ed.gov for info on finding the scholarships you’ll inevitably need before graduation.
SEX ABUSE LAWS
BULL’S EYE In addition to saying he won’t pass judgment on gay priests, Pope Francis unveils
Vatican City legislation that provides harsher penalties for sex crimes, including sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes against children. Such crimes carried a penalty of three to 10 years in prison, but the new laws raise that to five to 12 years—which still doesn’t seem like a whole lot to us, but it’s a step in the right direction.
PARTIAL SCORE President Obama sets Twitter abuzz after claiming that broccoli is his favorite food at a luncheon hosted by his wife, Michelle. While everyone may now be wondering if the president’s gone insane, it’s clear that this was a message intended for the kids—the luncheon’s not called the
“Kids’ State Dinner” for nothing. I mean, we love broccoli just as much as the next guy, but out of all the foods you could pick as your favorite... we just don’t buy it.
PARTIAL SCORE A video of a Death Valley National Park employee frying an egg in a skillet with nothing but the sun’s rays to help her out has caused a bit of a problem for the park’s staff—namely, that their park is now covered in egg thanks to a bunch of overeager visitors who “forgot” their skillets at home. The park took to its Facebook page to tell the public not to crack eggs on its sidewalks, which the park staffer in the video explicitly said wouldn’t work anyway. Maybe the heat’s gotten to them.
BULL’S EYE A study published in the journal Science links hydrofracking to earthquakes. The scientists looked at the Maule earthquake in Chile in 2010, the Tohuku-oki quake in Japan in 2011, and the Sumatra in Indonesia in 2012 and found that these major earthquakes, even 20 months later, triggered smaller earthquakes in fracking regions of the Midwestern U.S. So, there are negative consequences to shooting pressurized chemicals into the depths of the Earth? No fracking way!
BULL’S EYE The remains of long-time Boston Strangler suspect Albert DeSalvo are exhumed, and DNA tests confirm a link between DeSalvo to the last murder victim of the 1960s serial killer who has never been identified. The 19-yearold victim, Mary Sullivan, believed to be one of at least 11 victims of the same killer, was found strangled in her Boston apartment in 1964, giving new meaning to French writer Emile Zola’s words: If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow…”
“I am going back into the funeral of a young man.” —Tweet from Journalist Alexa O’Brien, covering the July 30 verdict against 25-year-old U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who despite being found not guilty on charges of “Aiding the Enemy,” still faces 136 years in prison for sharing classified materials with whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
COVER STORY UPDATE p. 16 SENTENCED: Former Nassau County Police Department Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan (seen here following his March 2012 surrender) was sentenced July 15 to 60 days in jail for conspiracy and official misconduct charges stemming from his role in quashing the investigation of his friend’s son’s burglary. The execution of the sentence was stayed pending his appeal of the conviction. The Nassau County Attorney’s Office indicted Flanagan and two other former top Nassau cops following a 2011 Press investigation into the matter. (Rashed Mian/ Long Island Press)
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1. ATTEND THE HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with musical performances, arts and crafts, and two
days of dragon-boat racing. A centuries-old tradition, dragon-boat racing traces its roots to the legend of Qu Yuan, an exiled court minister who drowned himself when he heard that his home had been invaded. To prevent fish from devouring his body, fishermen threw rice dumplings in the water as a spirit offering. Today, rice dumplings are eaten during this festival of dance, martial arts, street theater and boat racing. See it all go down August 10 and 11 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens with more than 170 teams and 2000 participants taking part in the festivities.
2. TUNE IN TO THUG NOTES:
Getting bored of SparkNotes and their book summaries? Perhaps Thug Notes is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The YouTube channel features just-underfour-minute book reviews, with plot details and important themes conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner. And your host, “Sparky Sweets, PhD,” is hilarious as he explains the classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and Crime and Punishment. Join him each week as he brings “yo main hookup for classical literature summary and analysis.”
3. PRE-ORDER AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH:
Commander Chris Hadfield (@ Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter) has 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, the Canadian astronaut’s second home. 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. His first book is set for release in October and should be just as awesome as he is.
4. CHAT WITh CLEVERBOT: Wasting countless hours engaging in profound conversation with a robot has long been the dream of many an office worker. Well, that dream has finally come true— look no further than Cleverbot, an internet AI (artificial intelligence) who loves nothing more than to go back and forth with humans, endlessly
debating and winning arguments against eternally bored first-worlders. To give you an idea of how it works, we asked Cleverbot what it thought of humans, and this was its response: “I think humans need to learn to be nicer to one another.” Sage advice right there. Head over to www.cleverbot. com to chat with it, or download the Cleverbot app, which is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, to chat on the go.
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6. EAT A TWINKIE…BECAUSE YOU CAN:
After several Twinkie-free months, the snack cakes have finally returned and with an extended shelf life: They’ll now last for 45 days instead of the original 26, though Hostess is not revealing what made this possible. It also shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on a box, as the new Hostess plans to more than double their distribution efforts, reaching an additional 60,000 convenience stores.
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
By Robert Kolker I’ve made it a point to avoid anything connected to the “Long Island Serial Killer” case that results in a profit for anyone other than the victims’ families. So I had no intention of reading Robert Kolker’s just-released Lost Girls, essentially a 416-page character analysis and life history of everyone connected to the case, from the victims and their families to Internet sleuths and quirky local residents. Then I was contacted by one of the victim’s family members. She was upset over what she claimed were misrepresentations in Kolker’s book and thought I had something to do with it due to the book having the same title as a series of articles I began writing when Megan Waterman disappeared in 2010, also titled Lost Girls. Although not mentioned by name, part of my Lost Girls article is quoted by Kolker in his Lost Girls book, I realized as I flipped through, so I decided to read from page one. Lost Girls, the book, expands upon an article Kolker wrote for New York magazine in 2011, A Serial Killer in Common. Drawing from an arsenal of extensive interviews, both the article and the book give a comprehensive look at all the people connected to the victims as well as the rocky pasts that led these women to the streets. The criticisms I have of this book are not in the writing or the reporting. Both are done extremely well. But, while the majority of the book is written with a non-judgmental sympathetic view of the victims, one rarely found in the mainstream media, Kolker’s Lost Girls also reads like a long-form indictment of the women’s mothers, and even grandmothers, which I imagine has added even more stress to already existing familial rifts. Whether the not-so-flattering portrayals in this book are deserved or not, the reader is being told things that no one has a right to know. To state in print, no matter who the source, that one victim “despised her mother” seems unfair and unnecessary. And at a time when reality TV is the norm, personal details of who is sleeping with whom, who only dates black men, which family members didn’t visit the other in rehab, who has an eating disorder, who owes what on their mortgage and intimate sexual details of encounters with johns may not seem like a big deal. But these women are dead. And it feels like they deserve something in return for sharing their stories—or having those stories shared for them. As a book, Lost Girls is a good read, a well-written and engaging narrative that shines a light on these cases that, at least in the public eye, have gone cool—just keep in mind as you read it that this isn’t merely a story. These characters are real people and this tragic tale doesn’t end for them, as it ends for you, when the book does. —Jaclyn Gallucci
7. WATCH CELEBS PLAY BALL:
It once featured the likes of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock and now attracts celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Mark Feuerstein and Giada de Laurentiis. The annual Artists & Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park in East Hampton kicks off Aug. 17.
8. BUY MOLESKINE’S DETOUR BOOK:
This 352-page volume by Moleskine is a collection of more than 250 Moleskine notebooks that have been decorated, sketched in and filled with notes, clippings and drawings by internationally renowned authors like Ron Arad, Marti Guixe, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Zhang Yuan and many others. Be inspired.
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Adopt a School
By Beverly Fortune email@example.com
e never tire of hearing “Sandy stories” about Long Islanders who have gone above and beyond to help others when the storm struck. These stories make us feel good and reaffirm our faith in mankind. Since 1996, Monica Zenyuh of Northport has been teaching in the Harborfields Central School district. Besides being a teacher, wife and mother of two children ages 6 and 8, Monica also plays soccer with the Long Island Ladies Soccer League and coaches her daughter’s soccer team. She’s also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. Like most mothers, Monica has a lot on her plate and thought there wasn’t any time for another commitment. After the storm, like countless others, her neighborhood was without power for more than a week. Once the electricity was restored, Monica sent a mass email to her friends on and off Long Island letting them know that her family had come through the storm unscathed. Then she related stories of what was happening here, especially on the South Shore. When she checked her email the next day, she was surprised at the number of replies she received. “My inbox was jammed with emails from people wanting to help,” Monica says. “The response was huge.” Inspired by their reaction, Monica saw an opportunity for her and her colleagues to help the hardest hit schools by collecting donations for needed supplies. With the support of her husband, Christopher, Monica emailed the school superintendents from Long Beach, Oceanside and Rockaway and told them about her Adopt a School campaign. When Harborfields schools remained closed for another week, Monica had more time to coordinate the project, creating an Adopt a School letterhead and spreading the word to a broader network. “People started telling me what they needed,” she says. “I became a liaison with school social workers and began
raising money and collecting supplies.” Gift cards, box-top donations, clothing, cash, school supplies and books came streaming in and were inventoried for distribution. “It took on a life of its own,” she says. With her mathematical acumen, Monica created a spreadsheet of donors and helpers so she could match them with the recipients’ requests. Her Adopt a School spreadsheet revealed much more than the amount of supplies collected. It showed Brownie troops helping other Brownies, preschools supporting other pre-schools, athletes aiding other athletes, and musicians lending other musicians a helping hand. “Everyone knows someone,” Monica says. “That was the neat part about it.” As Monica was making connections
group found other areas in need. Monica would spend between four to five hours every evening matching donors and recipients. Dozens of requests for supplies were still coming in every day. After hearing that some students from Lindenhurst needed money to pay for a school trip, she put the word out, and funds were quickly raised. When Monica learned that New York City had a database similar to hers, she found a match between the Harborfields school district and PS 52 on Staten Island and coordinated the Adopt a School program between Long Island and Staten Island. Even now, months after the storm, requests for help are still being fulfilled by Adopt a School and despite its growth and her intention to keep it active year
“We found out who the school mascots were. We had the kids send stacks of cards and letters, and our kids connected with the other kids. Some are still pen pals.” around the Island, Harborfields Middle School principal Joanne Giordano asked Monica if she could promote her program on Long Island’s vast school Listserv as well as on Facebook. As the word spread, other schools from as far away as Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut contacted Monica offering to help. Using her spreadsheets, Monica was quickly able to match donors with recipients. Then she had to figure out the logistics of getting the supplies to Long Island while gasoline was still in short supply and many roads were impassable, making the trip a challenge, but not one that Monica couldn’t handle. “We brought all their donations home,” she says proudly. When Long Beach schools said they had enough supplies, the Adopt a School
round, Monica says it will remain strictly grassroots. “Everyone just wanted to help people and to know where their donations were going,” she says. “People trusted me to help.” And so the effort continues. “It’s not over if there’s something you need,” she says. Now that Long Island’s school budgets have been voted on and finalized, Monica will begin to contact schools to see what their needs are. The program was a huge success and impacted thousands of Long Islanders, but as a teacher, Monica also wanted student donors and recipients to learn from the experience. “I wanted it [Adopt A School] to be educational,” she says. Students were asked to do some research on the school
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Monica Zenyuh Founder Adopt a School
that they adopted and in turn, students who received the donations learned about their benefactor. “We found out who the school mascots were,” she says. “We had the kids send stacks of cards and letters, and our kids connected with the other kids. Some are still pen pals.” By Monica’s estimate, the Adopt a School program has provided supplies to more than 20 schools with the assistance from more than 40 different clubs and organizations. In the weeks immediately after the storm, when the need to match donors and recipients was critical, Monica remembers how it felt to find herself organizing a massive relief effort out of her own home. She had volunteered for numerous fundraisers in the past but never considered the possibility of being at the helm of such a large undertaking herself. “I had always marveled at how other people do this,” she says, “and when I was in the middle of it, I realized, ‘I am doing it!’” For more information about Adopt a School, to donate or if you need assistance, email: Monica.A.Zenyuh@Hofstra.edu.
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Portrait Greg Galant
and his buddies watched in dismay, day after day, as the parade of vessels barreling through Huntington Harbor sent the sea creatures they were trying so desperately to hook scurrying for safer waters. They continued to cast their lines for an entire summer, hoping something would bite; anything. Yet the season passed to no avail—the group with nothing to show for their determination. “I was never an expert fisher by any chance,” Galant laughs. No worries; he’d be reeling in a much, much bigger catch soon enough. The Huntington-born whiz kid cast a much wider net, turning his real love—technology—into a social media-inspired juggernaut that now carries him across the globe, worlds away from the North Shore waterfront village where he first began developing websites for local businesses. It was the mid-’90s, and many Americans—at least those who owned computers at the time— were just getting acquainted with the World Wide Web. Galant, however, the son of two Newsday journalists, had already been dabbling with coding and the inner workings of the Internet and was more than ready for the oncoming revolution about to sweep the globe. He credits suburban melancholy. “Growing up on Long Island I was always very much into tech,” he says, “very bored like a lot of kids were.” At 14 years old he began drilling into local
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businesses the importance of creating a website. Local newspaper The Long Islander and a French philosopher, of all people, were among his first patrons. His client list would soon be replete with businesses the world over—willing to take a shot on someone not yet old enough to drive because “nobody knew what they were doing on the Internet,” at the time, he says. Galant, now the CEO of Sawhorse Media, the umbrella company for Muck Rack, a social media site for journalists, and the Shorty Awards, which annually honors the best in social media, is an unassuming 30-year-old who wears a full dark beard and carries himself with quiet confidence. Social media drives everything he does. The Shorty Awards, which appeared on the scene in 2008, went viral on Twitter, forcing his team to make accommodations for more journalists than they initially expected. Shorty Awards was also one of the first to use Twitter as a nomination site. Galant wasn’t sold on Twitter at the social media site’s outset and actually admits he didn’t think it would be a success, but he became one of its first million users—his Twitter handle @gregory putting him in its exclusive “first name” club. It’s because of his initial skepticism that Galant chose the famous Big Duck in Flanders as his profile picture instead of his own headshot—an icon of his roots which he keeps to this day. A lot of what Galant has done in his short and wildly successful career has been on the whim. And to think, it all happened because he was a bored teenager on Long Island.
L.I.’s Social media visionary, Greg Galant Photo by Jim Lennon www.jimlennon.com
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Bradley Manning: Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy, But Still Facing Life Behind Bars By Christopher Twarowski AND SPENCER RUMSEY email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
A military judge has found U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “Aiding the Enemy,” the most serious charge the 25-year-old faced under the Espionage Act of 1917, though he still faces more than a century behind bars for leaking classified materials to whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Manning, whose case was the cover story and subject of a Press multimedia package last month, was accused of sharing more than 700,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables and military reports from Iraq and Afghanistan with WikiLeaks. The government’s
prosecutors had argued that the disclosures had assisted al-Qaida. Ultimately, the military judge hearing the case, Col. Denise Lind, disagreed. Manning was also acquitted of one count that came from an accused leaking of a video showing a U.S. military airstrike in Farah, Afghanistan, which reportedly killed more than 100 unarmed civilians, including women and children. But Lind did find Manning guilty of almost all the other charges against him. So he now faces up to 136 years in jail. The sentencing phase could last two to
three weeks with more than two dozen witnesses from both sides. He’s also expected to appeal. Manning’s prosecution has been viewed by advocacy groups, watchdogs, civil rights activists, and a handful of prominent journalists—such as Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Alexa O’Brien, to name but a few—as the latest front in an all-out war being waged by the Obama Administration against American civil liberties with serious ramifications for free speech and journalism. Manning’s conviction validates those fears, says O’Brien. “This verdict is act of aggression against a free press, civic society, and the conscience of a young man,” she tells the Press from Maryland shortly after the verdict. The Oklahoma-born Manning had enlisted in the Army in October 2007, and had been deployed to Baghdad as an intelligence analyst in 2009. While in uniform, he soured on the war and saw the conflict in a different light. In February, 2013, Manning had pleaded guilty to 10 of 22 charges, including giving classified cockpit gun-sight footage of U.S. Apache helicopters killing civilians in Iraq in 2007. Two of
the victims were a Reuters news agency photojournalist and his assistant. The judge, Col. Denise Lind, read her verdict from the bench at 1 p.m. July 30 at Fort Meade, Md., where the trial has been held since early June. No official transcripts have been made available to the public. O’Brien and a handful of other journalists and activists—including Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake, Adam Klasfeld of Courthouse News Service and the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Nathan Fuller—provided the only public record of the proceedings. After the verdicts in the specific charges were reported, O’Brien tweeted, “I am going back into the funeral of a young man.” Manning’s family also issued a statement, thanking Manning’s Army defense team and expressing gratitude that the judge did not find him guilty of Aiding the Enemy. “Manning didn’t have a chance,” O’Brien told the Press, from Maryland. “He faced Aiding the Enemy and eight Espionage Act Charges, two violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and five charges for stealing U.S. Government property—each at ten years a pop. “That the press just caught onto the fact that Aiding the Enemy is applicable to any person, that they are now wondering about the Espionage Act charges, speaks volumes to their negligence and dereliction of duty.”
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here is a scene in the Godfather II when the Hyman Roth character, played by Lee Strasberg, admonishes Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone over the death of the character credited with building Las Vegas out of a “desert stopover for GIs.” Roth fixes his steely gaze angrily on Corleone and says, “That kid’s name was Moe Greene and the city he invented was Las Vegas. And there isn’t even a plaque or a signpost or a statue of him in that town.” The same could be said of Thomas Jasper, the architect of the biggest gambling venture ever invented: the swaps market. In her book The Futures, Forbes writer Emily Lambert describes how in 1981 Salomon Brothers “pulled an investment banker named Thomas Jasper out of a cloistered office and set him up on Salomon’s trading floor with its loud, swearing, cigarsmoking men.” Jasper’s job was to figure out how to turn a new type of banking agreement called an interest rate “swap” into a contract that could be traded on an exchange much like a commodity. By 1987 Salomon’s new product was ready for market, and as Lambert notes, “by that spring, there were $35 billion worth of bond futures contracts open at the Chicago Board of Trade, and there were $1 trillion worth of outstanding swaps transactions.” For Wall Street this was like graduating instantly from slots to craps. Twenty years later, unregulated swaps would be at the heart of the global financial meltdown and the very banks responsible for creating them would be considered “too big to fail.” A lethal mixture of deregulation, manipulation and greed would transform swaps—a type of investment known as a “derivative” in which two parties exchange risk with one another in a negotiated agreement—into opaque mega investments that many traded but few understood. Today, the global derivatives market is estimated to be somewhere around $1.2 quadrillion—more than 14 times larger than the world economy. After the crash in 2008, the whole world became acquainted with these investments and some of the toxic assets they were based on. Yet since the crash, and despite the best attempts on the part of regulators to get their arms around the world of derivatives, surprisingly little has changed in the way they are
packaged, sold and regulated. By staying one step ahead of regulators, banks have continued to rake in historic profits. Bart Chilton, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC), is one of the U.S. regulators charged with implementing rules that would curb risky speculative behavior on the part of banks and protect American consumers. He expressed his irritation in an interview with the Press, saying, “The financial sector has made more profits every single quarter since the last quarter of 2008 than any sector of the economy by like a hundred billion dollars. So they crash the economy and still make more than anyone else.” Chilton points to the aggressive bank lobby against regulators as one major impediment to reform. “They have fuel-injected litigation against regulators,”
handful of banks found to be manipulating daily rates for its own benefit. The scandal rocked the banking sector and sent European regulators searching for a replacement to LIBOR or, at the very least, a new third-party administrator. Charting LIBOR’s new path was left to Martin Wheatley, who was head of the Financial Services Authority in the U.K. when the scandal broke. The recommendations, known as the Wheatley Review,
The ICE man
Jeffrey Sprecher, Chairman and CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
Photo taken from the 2012 ICE annual report.
“there are ten financial sector lobbyists for every single member of the house and Senate.” —Bart Chilton, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission
he laments. “There are ten financial sector lobbyists for every single member of the House and Senate.” Despite this frustration, Chilton believes in the importance of speculators “in determining what the prices of things are, whether it’s a home mortgage or a gallon of milk.” Instead of squarely blaming the banks, he believes the question “is whether or not government has allowed too much leeway so that the markets have simply become a playground for speculators to roam and romp.” One of the most important determinants in pricing everything from mortgages to the multi-trilliondollar derivatives market is the London inter-bank offered rate, better known as LIBOR. Barclays, the British banking giant, thrust LIBOR into the headlines last year when it was discovered that it was among a
included the formation of a panel charged with finding a new host for LIBOR that would restore confidence to the market and ensure transparency in the rate-setting process. In a twist even Michael Corleone would appreciate, the panel chose Wall Street.
LIBOR: “A huge, hairy, honking deal.”
eginning in 2008, rumors began to circulate in the financial world that several of the London banks were involved in influencing the daily posted LIBOR rates. During a 2012 House Financial Services Committee investigation into the matter, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted to hearing the rumors while he served as head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
In his testimony, Geithner said he attempted to warn U.K. and U.S. regulators but assumed they would “take responsibility for fixing this.” What the British and American governments knew and when they knew it unfortunately matters little at this juncture, as both have since levied financial penalties on the banks involved that amount to a slap on the wrist. What matters now is how rates are set going forward to ensure some degree of integrity. To understand how the Wheatley Review panel merely chose a new fox to guard the world’s financial henhouse, it’s important to understand how LIBOR is calculated and how much is riding on it. LIBOR rates are determined on a daily basis. According to an Economist article that details the scandal, “The dollar rate is fixed each day by taking estimates from a panel, currently comprising 18 banks, of what they think they would have to pay to borrow if they needed money. The top four and bottom four estimates are then discarded, and LIBOR is the average of those left.” Rates were submitted to the British Bankers Association (BBA), a nonprofit third-party administrator responsible for gathering and posting the data. In theory, the arms-length distance of a disinterested third party provided enough oversight and assurances to the market that rates were being determined fairly. Only the rates weren’t based upon actual market rates. Rather, they were estimates supplied by traders from Europe’s largest banks and therefore surprisingly susceptible to manipulation and, as it turns out, collusion. Traders were caught periodically manipulating these estimates in order to gain a trading advantage in the market and maximize profit on recent transactions. Moreover, because LIBOR is an indication of the perceived health of a financial institution, bankers had an added incentive to suppress rates to artificially illustrate confidence among their colleagues. In short, everyone was in on it. Because of the global credit crunch, few banks were actually lending large sums to other banks since both sides had cheap and easy access to government dollars to provide market liquidity. This reality made LIBOR even less realistic. Former Barclays president Bob Diamond initially responded to the scandal by admitting that while manipulation occurred, it didn’t happen “on the majority of days.” The Economist said Diamond’s response was “rather like an adulterer saying Continued on page 20
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that he was faithful on most days.” Diamond subsequently resigned and so far three U.K. traders, Tom Hayes, Terry Farr and James Gilmour, were swept up in the LIBOR price-fixing scandal. According to the Financial Times, “Mr. Hayes, Mr. Farr and Mr. Gilmour are the only individuals to face U.K. criminal action to date in a global scandal that has seen three banks pay a combined $2.6bn in fines for attempting to manipulate interbank lending rates.” Many bankers have distanced themselves from the importance of the scandal by calling it a victimless crime. Bart Chilton had a choice expletive for this attitude, and then added, “If it’s a home loan mortgage, or a small business loan or a credit card bill, if you buy an automobile or if you have a student loan, about everything you purchase on credit is impacted by LIBOR. It’s a huge, hairy, honking deal. If somebody says it’s a victimless crime, I bet you it’s a banker.” Michael Greenberger, a professor at the University of Maryland, has been an outspoken critic of the way derivatives have been regulated for several years. (The Press first spoke with Greenberger for a 2008 cover story on the price manipulation of crude oil.) He weighed in on the Obama Administration’s reaction to the LIBOR price-fixing scandal saying, “This Justice Department is settling these LIBOR cases for what you and I would consider to be traffic tickets.” Considering who is about to be in charge of administering LIBOR, the Obama Administration and U.S. regulators might want to pay close attention to how the process unfolds. The Wheatley Review panel chose NYSE Euronext to step into the BBA’s role as administrator of LIBOR. On the surface, choosing the members of the New York Stock Exchange—one of the oldest and most trusted brand names in global finance—to oversee rate-setting seems like sound concept. Only the NYSE isn’t the clubby, self-governed body of individual members it once was. Today the exchange is a publicly traded, for-profit business whose shareholders include none other than the world’s biggest bank-holding companies. “They’re moving from a disinterested nonprofit that couldn’t do the job,” exclaims Greenberger, “to an interested for-profit. There’ll be less transparency I bet in the way that rates are set.” Chilton is equally apprehensive at the idea of the transition: “When there’s a profit motive, I think it’s always suspect. That’s why key benchmark rates like LIBOR in my view should be monitored or overseen by either a government entity, a quasi-government entity or a not-for-profit third party that doesn’t have a vested interest in what the rates should be.” How LIBOR will be determined
“that’s the hidden story of detroit. detroit got clobbered in the swaps market.” —Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland professor
in the future is still being hashed out. A spokesperson for NYSE Euronext declined to answer the Press’ questions on the record, instead directing us to their standard press release. Most observers agree, however, that the days of aggregating estimates should be a thing of the past. “These benchmarks need to be based upon actual trades,” says Chilton, “not a poll of what the money movers believe it should be.” As far as the bankers’ claims that price-fixing was a victimless crime, there are several municipalities that beg to disagree. The cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, among others, have filed suit against several banks claiming severe financial injury due to LIBOR manipulation. “That’s the hidden story of Detroit,” says Greenberger. “Detroit got clobbered in the swaps market.” Greenberger also warns that “pensions are still in this market.” That’s a scary proposition considering the underlying risk and leverage that still exists off bank balance sheets. Eric Sumberg, the spokesman for the New York State Common Retirement Fund—the nation’s third-largest pension—says State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is watching the LIBOR transition closely. “There have been some calls for moving from LIBOR’s banker’s poll to a rate-setting process that is more directly based on a broader universe of transactions and on actual market activity,” Sumberg wrote the Press in response to our inquiries. “Such a change over time could have the potential to improve transparency and integrity in ratesetting, but potential details of any such process have not yet emerged. We will continue to monitor developments in this area.” Yet even when the proposed rules are made public and the administration of LIBOR has fully transitioned, NYSE Euronext will still only be the titular head of LIBOR. The real force behind the market is neither in London nor New York. Atlanta, home of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), is the new financial capital of the world.
ICE in his veins
any of the toxic assets the public became aware of after the 2008 crash have worked their way through the system and been mostly written off
by many of the largest financial institutions. Much of the credit for the industry’s stunning recovery belongs to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy and aggressive liquidity practices known as quantitative easing. Much like the exuberance that preceded both the tech-bubble crash of 2000 and the mortgage-backed securities crash of 2008, a capital bubble established by the Federal Reserve is artificially propping up the market. Hedge funds and bank holding companies fueled their own recovery by using deposits, borrowed federal funds and leverage to drive the equity market to historic highs and post speculative profits in the derivatives market. And while the financial sector was scrambling to regain its footing, regulators in Washington, D.C., attempted to keep pace by passing reforms to prevent the next global financial crisis should the Federal Reserve change course and remove liquidity from the system while simultaneously allowing interest rates to gradually climb. In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in an effort to curb speculation and create greater oversight in the financial sector. It was a monumental legislative task that has proven even more difficult to translate into regulatory policy. Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have been working against bank lobbyists and the fact that the markets are global and U.S. regulatory authority only reaches so far. To complicate matters further, banks have been busy changing the rules of engagement by shifting markets from classic bilateral swaps between parties to futures contracts, which are more standardized agreements traded on exchanges and therefore subject to greater regulatory scrutiny. In theory, exchange-traded derivatives will provide the transparency that regulators seek. In practice, however, this capital shift might simply move risky investments from the frying pan into the fire, as futures exchanges are global, meaning U.S. regulators must rely heavily on the voluntary cooperation of foreign exchanges. The one person set to benefit from this capital shift is Jeffrey Sprecher, founding chairman of the ICE. Though not a household name outside of investment circles, Sprecher has emerged as the unlikely king of the global trading exchange industry. In little more than a decade, he helped transform the commodities market from a $10 billion market to more than a half a trillion dollars, with the ICE being a huge beneficiary. The growth of trading on the ICE has been so explosive Sprecher is about to close on a deal to purchase the
vaunted NYSE Euronext for $8.2 billion. The deal has already been approved by European regulators and awaits final approval in the U.S. Once completed, Sprecher will not only run the world’s most famous trading exchange; he will also extend his reach into the global derivatives market as the acquisition includes NYSE Liffe, one of the world’s largest derivatives trading desks. Nathaniel Popper’s front-page story in the business section of The New York Times on Jan. 20, 2013 pulls the veil back on Sprecher, the man, and describes how he grew a little-known Southern exchange into a juggernaut capable of purchasing NYSE. As Popper himself writes, “It sounds preposterous.” Given the inevitable capital shift sparked by U.S. regulators, Popper also notes that “Wall Street firms will have to move trading in many opaque financial products to exchanges, and ICE is in a perfect position to profit.” Popper’s piece brings forward a story that few people know. Most have no idea that trading exchanges are even for-profit businesses. And while he does a worthy job demystifying the business of exchanges, he overlooks the planetsized regulatory loopholes that allowed Sprecher to convert a small energy futures trading exchange into a global exchange that is buying the most famous trading platform on Earth. To call Sprecher an opportunist would be technically accurate but cheap and intellectually dishonest. He understood the inevitability of electronic trading and the superior potential it held. But there’s a danger in spreading the accepted mythology of Jeff Sprecher and his plucky exchange. Behind his story is the familiar invisible hand of Wall Street. “The reason Sprecher has been so successful is he’s really representing all the major ‘too big to fail’ banks,” says Greenberger. “And they want him to succeed, and therefore he is succeeding.” Missing from the brief history of the ICE are the loopholes that gave it life and the ability to flourish beyond imagination. It was the oft-spoken of— but rarely understood—“Enron Loophole” that gave corporations the legal right to trade energy futures on exchanges such as the ICE even if the corporation itself was in the business of energy. The second loophole was a maneuver by the Bush Administration that granted the ICE foreign status as an exchange despite its being based in Atlanta. This initiated a massive shift of trading dollars, and influx of new ones, into the ICE for one reason: This singular move placed the ICE outside the purview of U.S. regulators like Chilton at the Commodities Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC). Essentially, corporations could now trade energy futures electronically through the ICE without Continued on page 22
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oversight or disclosure. Moreover, the mere fact that the founding investors of the ICE are some of the world’s largest bank-holding companies, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in particular, speaks to how little transparency there truly is. This in no way takes away from Sprecher’s genius as a businessman. It simply illustrates how willfully ignorant we are to the business of Wall Street and therefore how frightfully far away we are from properly regulating it. Everything Sprecher has done is legal and ethical, to the extent there is an ethos on Wall Street. Where all of this hits home for the consumer is at places like the gas pump and the supermarket. Now it’s easier to place the LIBOR issue in its proper context. Almost every “too big to fail” bank has a significant ownership stake in both the ICE and NYSE Euronext, soon to be one entity. This combined entity will also soon control LIBOR, the world’s largest rate-setting mechanism. In trader’s parlance, this would be considered the perfect “corner.” But wait, there’s more. In the attempt to rein in speculation and manage risk in the marketplace, DoddFrank might have unintentionally become the gift that keeps on giving— to Sprecher.
The Future of Futures
he sheer size and complexity of the derivatives market overwhelm even the most interested parties—including Congress, regulators and bankers themselves—leaving average citizens utterly dumbfounded and sidelined. It’s little wonder. Banks that were too big to fail in 2008 are bigger today in 2013. The vast majority of the much-ballyhooed Dodd-Frank regulations have yet to take effect, and bank leverage is back at pre-crash levels. A former trader who worked in both New York and London recently told me, “At the end of the day, this market is running on the [Federal Reserve]. Once they pull out it’s all over. Cheap money, loads of people making loads of money, but no lessons learned.” Derivatives themselves aren’t nearly as difficult to understand as the markets they trade in. They are essentially risk transfer agreements between two parties, a way to hedge investments. The word ‘derivative’ refers to the fact that the agreement derives value from other investments: a bet as to how the original investment would perform. It’s helpful to once again employ the casino analogy. Ten random players approach the roulette table and lay down $100 worth of chips on various numbers. Each individual gambler is making a bet, or an
“at the end of the day, this market is running on the fed. once they pull out, it’s all over.... no lessons learned.” —A former trader who worked in both the New York and London financial markets
investment, collectively totaling $1,000. Now imagine that another gambler watching the action on the roulette table calls his or her bookie and places a bet on the outcome of their total wagers when the wheel stops spinning. Having sized up the situation, the gambler predicts that overall this group will win and walk away with $1,100. But in order for this bet to be placed, someone else has to take the action and bet the group will lose $100, leaving them with $900. Before the ball drops on the number, the bookie connects the two outside gamblers and creates a new bet. This bet functions as the derivative investment because even though they’re not actually playing the game, they have a stake in the outcome. In the real world of investing, the bookie is a trader and the gambler
taking the action from the outside is a speculator. Sounds nefarious, but in reality, these transactions are essential to providing market stability. “If we didn’t have speculators,” says Chilton, the CFTC commissioner, “consumers would pay disproportionate prices.” There are three classic types of derivatives, all of which Chilton and the CFTC have been trying to rein in well before the crash introduced the world to this type of investment. All three involve counterparties, which trade these investments either directly or through exchanges. But the differences between the three types of derivatives are diminishing. The first type of derivative is commonly referred to as a “swap.” This is where two parties exchange risk with one another in a negotiated agreement. In the United States, these have traditionally been deals between banks that fall under the purview of the SEC. The other two types of derivatives, futures and cleared derivatives, are negotiated similarly but must be listed and cleared on exchanges. The CFTC and other regulators have long argued that these investments are similar in nature and should therefore be consistently regulated with complete transparency. With the exception of swaps, the investment Continued on page 24
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created at Salomon Brothers in the 1980s, this was historically the case. But despite the similarity between swaps and other types of cleared derivatives, regulators allowed swaps to be treated as banking instruments that were held “off balance sheet.” Over the next two decades a flurry of deregulation and the growth of global trading reduced the transparency of derivatives trading and increased the size of the market dramatically. The Dodd-Frank regulations were designed to put an end to this practice by requiring anyone who deals in large amounts of swaps to register as a swaps dealer and clear their trades through an exchange. Yet CNBC’s John Carney believes the new swaps regulations have already created a “flight to futures” from swaps, an unintended consequence of Dodd-Frank that will end up with a “world with less collateral and less capital, less transparency, less investor protection, more concentration of risk, and a huge unanticipated market transformation.” In other words, the ICE will likely be the greatest beneficiary of Dodd-Frank. Nevertheless, Chilton believes that there will still be “trillions, tens of trillions if not hundreds of trillions of swaps that will be traded in the U.S. and worldwide that will be regulated and
have the light of day cast upon them.” For his part, Greenberger agrees U.S. regulators are beginning to get a handle on the markets but thinks inordinate risk is still present in the market. He calls the original DoddFrank a “Rube Goldberg system” that was “prospective in nature. There’s still trillions of dollars of swaps that are operating in an unregulated environment.” The world will have to hold its breath until these unregulated swaps run their course and settle in the global marketplace. Intelligent reforms such as margin and capital requirements, position limits and cross-border coordination with respect to regulation are indeed around the corner. These reforms essentially mandate that everyone involved in trading these agreements has enough money to cover potential losses and plays by the same set of rules. “Ultimately we will have position limits,” Chilton believes. “I would be surprised if they weren’t in place by the end of the year.” Greenberger also believes the world will begin to recognize universal standards, saying: “The CFTC has made it clear that for futures the foreign
Sign from the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. Protests over the Wall Street bank bailout raged throughout the nation and yet little has changed since Occupy.
exchanges have to comply with U.S. rules.” Even still, he worries that “this international guidance is a roadmap for banks to avoid Dodd Frank. Just trade in foreign subsidiaries.” Chilton takes a more sanguine view on immediate concerns such as transparency, working with his European counterparts and the future of LIBOR, but he worries more about the things he cannot see. “I feel like we’re going to get things done on capital requirements and on cross-border stuff so that other regulators come to where we are,” says Chilton. “But there’s a bunch of new things that are around the corner that we can’t see.” He cites high-speed trading computers that he calls “cheetah
traders” as an example of the unknown. “The cheetah traders, the high-frequency traders, are proliferating. They’re 30 to 50 percent of markets on average but during feeding frenzy time, cheetahs can be up to 70 or 80 percent of the market. There’s not one single word in the Dodd Frank legislation that deals with high-frequency trading. Not one word.” Once again, pulling the strings behind this unseen phenomenon is Sprecher, the man responsible for making high-frequency trading what it is today. Thomas Jasper will likely never get that plaque for inventing the investment world’s biggest game of chance. On a positive note, however, he’s alive, well and wealthy, unlike Moe Greene, who infamously took a bullet through the eye. But there are better-than-even odds that a statue of Jeff Sprecher will someday be erected on Wall Street. Or, at the very least, downtown Atlanta.
J us t S a y i n g
First Consumer Drones Go On Sale August 15th! By Peter Tannen
The Drone Company of America (New York Stock Exchange Symbol: DRONECO) recently announced that its first generation of consumer drones will be released in major U.S. markets this month. Harrison Cobley, DroneCo spokesperson, said there would be five categories of drones for sale: minidrones for children and teens (8-15 years), drones for hobbyists, corporate drones for business, divorce drones for marital attorneys and detectives, and illegal drones for shadowy paramilitary organizations. “Little Snoop” — Mini-Drone for Kids ‘n Teens This drone has a half-mile range and comes equipped with a remotecontrolled video camera that sends a wireless signal to any iOS or Android smartphone (the app is just $2.99). It uses a rechargeable battery and four small helicopter-style, safety-enclosed rotors. Maximum forward speed: 5 knots. Climb rate: 3 feet per second. Maximum altitude: 65 feet. Flight duration: 45 minutes. Major use: general teen snooping. It can hover and take a video through the window of any apartment up to the sixth floor, focus inside parked cars to see what’s going on, follow good-looking classmates, irritate teachers and parents. Available in a wide variety of colors and designs, including: psychedelic, abstract flower garden, night sky, pink lace and death tattoos. “The One-Up” — Drone for Hobbyists Why waste time with an old-fashioned model airplane when you can enjoy the maneuverability and sheer fun of a helicopter-style drone? And what do model planes actually do, anyhow, except chase around after each other? Optional extras include faux armament and radar, faux rockets and faux 50mm-machine
gun. Uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (not included) and six safetyenclosed rotors. Maximum forward speed: 25 knots. Climb rate: 15 feet per second. Maximum altitude: 300 feet. Flight duration: two hours. “Drones-R-Us” — The First Corporate Drone Perfect for Fortune 500 companies who completely distrust their competition—and who wouldn’t? This allblack, stealth-engineered, ultra-silent drone can drift noiselessly above the gates of your competitors, gather confidential information and stream HD video right back to your headquarters. It can also be used to track members of your staff who you suspect are disloyal. Maximum forward speed: N/A. Climb rate: N/A. Maximum altitude: N/A. Flight duration: N/A. “The Silent Snitch” — Drone for Detectives and Divorce Attorneys A new kind of drone with the potential to revolutionize one of America’s major domestic industries! Small, lightweight, using dual electric propellers that are barely audible, the “Silent Snitch” includes low-light and infra-red sensors, as well as the latest facial recognition software. Ultrasensitive camera and microphone can record and transmit video and audio to your control center up to 10 miles away! Optional breathalyzer with 500-yard range. Maximum forward
speed: 25 knots. Climb rate: 15 feet per second. Maximum altitude: 250 feet. Can hover motionless up to eight hours. “Let’s Pretend We’re In The Army”— Drone for Patriots Okay, so you’re not really in the U.S. military, but with this new camouflaged drone, you can sure pretend to be. This top-of-the-line drone has two small turbo-fan jet engines, each with 250 pounds of thrust. Armament platforms are provided, but we are not licensed to sell the actual weapons themselves. (Note: Our affiliate company, DRONECO GUNS AND AMMO, has a booth at leading weekend gun shows from Texas to Florida to Virginia.) Maximum forward speed: 300 knots. Climb rate: 250 feet per second. Maximum altitude: 5,000 feet. Flight duration: six hours. IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: Due to recent filibusters in the Senate, as well as legal challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union, the freedom to own a private drone remains in limbo. A statement from the DroneCo Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs addresses this issue head-on, however: “Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court,” he says, “we expect all public and private drones to receive the full protection of the Second Amendment, the way our Founders intended.”
PeteR 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. www.tannenweekly.com
O U T T H ERE
A Small Plot of Land By Jaclyn Gallucci
t’s hard to enter East Hampton without passing its founding members. The oldest burial ground in East Hampton, the South End Cemetery has tombstones that date back to the 17th century. Here, only three steps down off Main Street, you’ll find shipwreck victims, socialites, artists, soldiers, an accused witch and East Hampton’s most prominent resident, Lion Gardiner, who now lies in a sarcophagus surrounded by pillars nearly four feet high. Gardiner was born in England in 1599 and died in East Hampton in 1663. A military engineer, he was hired to oversee construction of fortifications in the new colony in 1635. By 1639, he was the owner of what is known today as Gardiners Island. His is one of the oldest graves, but his tombstone is relatively new, erected in 1886 and designed by James Renwick, Jr., the architect behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington, D.C. An above-ground casket with a representation of the deceased carved in stone, sarcophagi are mostly associated with Ancient Egypt, used to protect royal mummies. Gardiner’s sarcophagus, a knight in complete armor, is the only one in the South End Cemetery. The inscription reads, “In memory of Lion Gardiner, an officer of the English army, and an engineer and master of Works of Fortification in ye Leaguers of ye Prince of Orange in ye Low Countries in 1635. He came to New England in ye service of ye Company of Lords and Gentlemen. He builded and commanded ye Saybrook Forte. After accomplishing his term of service he removed in 1663, to his island of which he was sole owner and ruler. Born in 1599, he died in this town in 1663 venerated and honored.” Generations of Long Islanders going back to the 1600s rest here, some of their headstones unreadable, cracked and covered with moss. An obelisk, a stone pillar with a pyramidal top, marks the graves of those who died in the 1858 John Milton shipwreck off Montauk. The grave of wealthy couple Sara and Gerald Murphy also sits at South End. The Murphys were the subject of Calvin Tomkins’ biography Living Well is the Best Revenge and they were F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Nicole and Dick Driver in Tender Is the Night. Many believe Goody Elizabeth Garlick, accused and acquitted of witchcraft in 1658, is also buried here in an unmarked grave. Garlick, then in her 50s, was accused of bewitching and killing the daughter of her employer, who just happened to be Lion Gardiner, as well causing the deaths of several infants in the neighborhood, according to village
records. The case, including depositions, takes up several pages in the printed records of East Hampton. Like the Salem Witch Trials, the trial was based on hearsay and lies. Garlick was sent to the General Court of Connecticut, since East Hampton was then within the jurisdiction of that colony. The jury found Garlick not guilty on account of lack of evidence. Her date of death has not been found, and her burial place remains a mystery. One of the oldest original headstones in South End is that of Pastor Thomas James, who died in 1696. His dying request was that his headstone would face the opposite direction of those around him so he could confront his accusers on Resurrection Day. It remains backward three centuries later. These are just a handful of colorful residents who reside in South End, just steps away from the art galleries and high-end shops of Main Street. So next time you pass Town Pond, pull over for a glimpse into the past. For more tales of East Hampton residents who are interred at the South End Cemetery, read “In olde New York,” written by Charles Burr Todd in 1907. Hugh King, East Hampton historian and “Town Crier,” gives tours of the cemetery for the East Hampton Historical Society. For details visit www.easthamptonhistory.org.
The tomb of East Hampton resident Lion Gardiner lies in the South End Cemetery overlooking Town Pond (above). Generations of Long Islanders going back to the 1600s rest here, some of their headstones unreadable, cracked and covered with moss (below).
Higher Education College and University Enrollment Guide
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY www.adelphi.edu Garden City Campus: 1 South Ave. Sayville Downtown Center: 30 Greene Ave. Hauppauge Center: 55 Kennedy Dr. Open House @ Sayville Downtown Center, 6 p.m. August 1
Information Session @ Garden City Campus, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. August 3
College Information Session @ Garden City Campus. 12 p.m. August 13 Transfer Admission Day @ Garden City Campus, 12 p.m. August 15 & 20 Open House @ Hauppauge Center, 6 p.m. August 20 Transfer Registration Day @ Garden City Campus, 1 p.m. August 21
Information Session @ Garden City Campus, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. August 24
offered MondayFriday at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., and select weekends. Register at connect.adelphi.edu/ campusevents.
BRIARCLIFFE COLLEGE www.briarcliffe.edu Patchogue Campus: 225 W. Main St. Bethpage Campus: 1055 Stewart Ave. *Call 1-855-5125333 to schedule an appointment with an admissions representative.
Oakdale Campus, 3-6 p.m. August 6 *To schedule a tour, contact contact 631-244-3303 or admissions@ dowling.edu.
FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE www.ftc.edu Dix Hills Campus: 305 N. Service Rd. Enrollment Weeks @ Dix Hills Campus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. New and transfer students can bring in transcripts for an evaluation of transfer credits, financial aid and scholarship eligibility. No appointment is necessary and application fees are waived. August 12-30
Open House for Undergraduate & Graduate Programs @ Dix Hills Campus, 1 p.m. October 19 *Campus tours may be scheduled by calling admissions at 631-656-2110. HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY www.hofstra.edu Hempstead Campus: 1000 Fulton Ave. *Information sessions generally occur Monday-Thursday at 10:15 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Fridays at 10:15 a.m. & 1 p.m. Saturday sessions are generally held at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. and select Sundays at 10 a.m. To view calendar visit www.hofstra. edu/visit or call 1-800-HOFSTRA.
Graduate Open House @ Garden City Campus, 4:30 p.m. August 7
DOWLING COLLEGE www.dowling.edu Oakdale Campus: 150 Idle Hour Blvd. Transfer Day @
As of Fall 2012, 93 percent of Adelphi students who earned a master’s degree held jobs related to their area of study. Learn more at our Graduate open House. Wednesday, august 7, 2013 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. to register, visit connect.adelphi.edu/register/GradopenHouseaug7.
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Library & Info Science Open House @ Tilles Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 6 Graduate Open House @ Tilles Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 6 MBA Open House @ Tilles Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 6 Information Session & Tour @ Tilles Center, 10 a.m. August 7, 14, 21 & 28 *Register for the above at www. liu.edu/CWPost/ Admissions/Events/ Admissions-Calendar.
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MOLLOY COLLEGE www.molloy.edu Rockville Centre Campus: 1000 Hempstead Ave. Campus Tour & Info Session for Prospective Freshman @ Rockville Centre Campus, 12:30 p.m.
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*To register for the above please e-mail Jackie Machowicz, at jmachowicz@ molloy.edu with the date and time you plan on attending, first and last name, major interested in and mailing address. Career Seminars @ Rockville Centre Campus, 5:30- 8 p.m. For pharmacy technician, health information management, addiction counseling, real estate, medical assistant, interior decorating, human resources, nonprofit management and home inspection professions. September 3
NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE www.ncc.edu Garden City Campus: 1 Education Dr. *Email admissions@ ncc.edu to request a meeting with an admissions advisor. NY COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS www.nycollege.edu Syosset Campus: 6801 Jericho Tpke. *To reserve your place for weekly information sessions contact admissions@ NYCollege.edu or 1-800-922-7337, ext. 351.
NYIT www.nyit.edu Old Westbury Job Search, Resume Campus: Northern & Cover Letter Boulevard at Seminar @ Rockville Valentines Lane Centre Campus, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. First-Year September 7 Enrollment Day @ Old Westbury *To register for any of Campus, 9 a.m.-4 the above visit www. p.m. August 1 molloy.edu/ce; call 516-323-3550; or email Transfer Enrollment email@example.com. Days @ Old Westbury Campus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 & 16
Graduate Tuesdays @ Old Westbury Campus, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. August 6, 13, & 20
Open House for the Military & Veterans @ Long Island Campus, 4-8 p.m. August 20
Information Sessions/Tours for HS Juniors @ Old Westbury Campus, 2 p.m., August 16; 11 a.m. September 28
One-Stop Enrollment for Adult Learners @ Long Island Campus, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. September 4
Graduate Enrollment Day @ Old Westbury Campus, 4-7 p.m. August 27
*From mid-September to mid-May, tours generally offered Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday tours by appointment only.
Open House @ Old Westbury Campus, STONY BROOK 10 a.m. November 3 UNIVERSITY www.sunysb.edu *Student tours are Stony Brook given during the week, Campus: 100 and can be scheduled Nicolls Rd. at your convenience by contacting *During the academic admissions@nyit. year, student-guided edu or 800-345-NYIT. campus tours are offered most weekdays ST. JOSEPH’S and Saturdays. COLLEGE Information sessions, www.sjcny.edu offered Mondays, Long Island Fridays, and Campus: 155 Saturdays. During W. Roe Blvd., the summer, campus Patchogue tours and information sessions are hosted Preview Day most weekdays. for Prospective To schedule an Freshman @ Long appointment visit Island Campus, 11 sunysb.askadmissions. a.m.-noon. August net/Portal/Templated/ 15 UserTemplate/Search.
SUFFOLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE www.sunysuffolk. edu Selden Campus: 533 College Rd. Brentwood (Grant) Campus: Crooked Hill Road *Ammerman tours offered most Thursdays during fall and spring semesters at 3 p.m. To reserve, call 631-451-4022 or email ammerman campustours@ sunysuffolk. edu indicating the date you would like to visit. *Contact the Grant campus to arrange a visit at 631-851-6719. SUNY FARMINGDALE www.farmingdale. edu Farmingdale Campus: 2350 Broad Hollow Rd. Fall Open House @ Farmingdale Campus, Noon-3 p.m. November 3 *Campus tours held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Register at www. farmingdale.edu/ admissions/campusvisit.shtml
SUNY OLD WESTBURY www.oldwestbury. edu Old Westbury Campus: 223 Store Hill Rd. *To schedule a campus visit or tour contact 516-876-3073 or enroll@oldwestbury. edu. TOURO COLLEGE www.touro.edu Bay Shore Campus (School of Health Sciences): 1700 Union Blvd. Central Islip Campus (Touro Law): 225 Eastview Dr. Health Sciences Info Session @ Bay Shore Campus, 6-7:30 p.m. October 15 *To speak with an admissions representative at Touro Law call 631-761-7010. *To speak with an admissions representative at the School of Health Sciences call 631-665-1600
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Suny College At Old Westbury
Discover… … your future and your success.
PreParing StudentS to go Farther
SUNY College at Old Westbury this fall will again welcome one of the largest student bodies in its history and continues its pace as a fastgrowing college with a reputation for preparing its graduates to succeed. What makes Old Westbury such a popular choice among college-bound students? “The core strength of our college is its teaching,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III. “From its competitive Honors College to its unique first-year student civic engagement program, Old Westbury’s reputation for excellence is attracting students from across Long Island, throughout the state and around the world.” High school students, college transfers, parents and the public who want to learn more are invited to attend Open House on Sunday, November 10, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration to attend Open House can be made online at www.oldwestbury.edu or by calling 516-876-3200.
In all, the College offers nearly 50 career-igniting undergraduate degree opportunities at the affordable price of SUNY tuition. From finance to psychology, communications to computer science, Old Westbury’s programs are designed to provide the skills students need to achieve their career and personal goals. For graduate students, the College offers 15 master’s programs in areas such as accounting, adolescence education, mental health counseling, and taxation.
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• More than 40 undergraduate majors, from Business to Computer Science, Psychology to Visual Arts
To support its students, Old Westbury opened last fall its new $64 million academic center, the latest improvement on a campus that, since 2002, has opened new residence halls, a new student union, new radio and television studios, new baseball and softball fields, and more.
• A challenging Honors College • NCATE accredited teacher education programs
Guiding students throughout their college careers is a faculty of men and women who are leaders in their fields. Of the College’s 154 full-time professors, some 80 percent hold the highest degree in their discipline. Four members of the faculty have been named Distinguished Teaching Professors and another four have been named Distinguished Service Professors, among the highest ranks recognized within SUNY.
• Internship and study abroad opportunities in virtually every field • 13 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs • Graduate programs in Accounting, Adolescence Education, Mental Health Counseling and Taxation
“Our expectations are high once you arrive on our campus,” explains Dr. Butts. “As an Old Westbury student, you will be taught by a faculty that includes a Fulbright scholar, a Guggenheim fellow and winners of research grants from almost every foundation you can imagine. These educators, writers, scientists and historians demand the best from our students — and they get it.” The evidence of their success lies in the more than 20,000 graduates of Old Westbury who are working and leading in positions throughout Long Island, across the nation and around the world.
Calvin O. Butts, III, President
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Register today to attend SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Fall Open House by calling (516) 876-3073 or going online at www.oldwestbury.edu.
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Farmingdale State College
STUDENTS ARE OUR PRIORITY. AT FARMINGDALE, WE STRIVE TO PUT STUDENTS FIRST As part of Farmingdale’s 100th anniversary celebration, President Keen announced ten goals for the next ten years. Those goals include ambitious enrollment growth while maintaining high entrance requirements, hiring new professors, offering graduate level degrees, and enriching the intellectual and social campus environment. Underlying all of these goals is our resolve to make Students First our priority. Our initiative—Students First—is designed to enhance the total student experience whether it’s through designing dynamic activities, streamlining registration procedures, or creating an environment conducive to learning. Transfer students – whether they are completing a four year or two year degree - are particularly welcome. In fact, the college’s Transfer Services Office ensures an easy transition into Farmingdale. And the number of students who elect to transfer to Farmingdale continues to grow. Another key goal is developing modern campus facilities, such as the newly opened Campus Center which provides dining facilities, a bookstore, and lounges to stimulate faculty – student interactions. Ground has been broken for a new School of Business building. It is worth repeating that Farmingdale State has been rated the fifth safest campus in the nation, according to The Daily Beast, an online publication. At Farmingdale, students have abundant opportunities in experiential learning—internships, clinical training, and faculty-guided research—that provide practical instruction and personal growth. Farmingdale students acquire the education, skills, and critical thinking to meet the challenges of a sophisticated, changing society No wonder Farmingdale has been ranked as one of the top colleges in the North by US News & World Report. And why Farmingdale ranked in the top five in the category of Least Student Debt.
Small, personalized classes, a lush 380-acre campus and a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program with modern facilities are some of the advantages Farmingdale State students experience while preparing for a whole new world—the real world. For instance, our professors have won grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling over $3 million that funded the creation of learning communities. Students can immerse themselves in subjects – either by adopting the persona of Benjamin Franklin for a course on the American Revolution or programming industrial robots for a robotics competition. Baccalaureate programs include Horticulture, Aviation, Business, and Science, Technology & Society. Unique offerings include the only 4-year Aviation program in northeastern U.S. public colleges and the only 4-year Dental Hygiene program in the region. Our Solar Energy Center and Institute for Research and Technology Transfer are engaged in pioneering research to develop alternative energy. Full-time student enrollment has grown by 95% percent since 2000 and the College’s enrollment last fall reached 8,000. This is one of the highest percentage increases in SUNY. Why is Farmingdale so popular? • Attractive and challenging academic programs that meet important needs of the economy • Ranked in the top 150 public colleges nationally in earnings power of its graduates by Payscale.com • Expert faculty • Affordable SUNY tuition— just $6,000 annually • Close to home. • Extensive partnership with local business and industry More than 600 students are living on campus. Residence halls offer modern amenities and a social setting where you’ll make friends for life. Find out more at Farmingdale.edu.
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Gas Pains N e w s F e at u r e
Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon By Timothy Bolger email@example.com
Hundreds of gallons of natural gas spilled into the Gulf of Mexico early last month when oil rig workers lost control of a well they were trying to plug, unleashing a four-mile sheen off the Louisiana coast still recovering from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. That July 9 slick escaped hours before a Long Beach public hearing where opponents spoke out against a proposed liquid natural gas deepwater port dubbed Port Ambrose, an LNG import facility named for the New York shipping channel. It would be anchored in more than 100 feet of water about 20 miles south of Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the since-sealed Gulf well and proposed LI port are more than 1,000 miles apart, the latest spill fuels fears—or what industry proponents called “environmental emotionalism”— among critics opposed to the possibility of LNG supertankers making up to 45 deliveries annually off Long Island. “Bottom line is that natural gas is dangerous,” says Lindsay McNamara, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action, citing the new spill—one of two in the Gulf last month—that came days after the latest explosion at a natural gas drilling well, this time in West Virginia. Environmental problems stemming from the possibility of such leaks were at the top of the list of concerns of the 90 speakers at the LI hearing and another the following day in Edison, N.J., where memories of a 1994 natural gas pipeline explosion still linger. The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will have to decide whether to grant the LNG deepwater import facility license application by Liberty Natural Gas, a five-year-old company trying again after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed their previously proposed LNG port that would have been closer to the Jersey Shore. This time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has a say. But it isn’t just fears of another Deepwater Horizon-scale disaster killing marine life, poisoning water and scaring away tourists that worry opponents. Critics
FRACKING MAD: Craig Stevens, who drove from Pennsylvania to Long Beach for the July 9 hearing on a proposed LNG port off the coast of Long Island, argues that the plan is a ruse to export natural gas from a drilling boom that he blames for poisoning drinking water with toxic chemicals.
also say that such facilities are targets for terrorism, that the port would force fishermen and a proposed wind farm from the same offshore area, and they argue, it’s a “Trojan horse” to export natural gas from the boom in hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice know as fracking—linking Port Ambrose to the debate over whether the practice should be allowed in upstate New York. “There is no truth to the claim,” said Roger Whelan, Liberty’s CEO, through a spokesman. “The project permits would not allow exports to occur through the facility.” The port, which aims to go online in December 2015, is one of one of four proposed import terminals and 23 export terminals being proposed nationwide as of June, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There are currently 10 LNG import facilities and one such export facility nationwide. The entire tri-state area is watching closely because the environmental, economic and national security concerns being hashed out are similar to a failed project, the Long Island Sound LNG terminal dubbed Broadwater vetoed in 2008 by then-Gov. David Patterson.
Liberty Natural Gas noted in its 1,500-page proposal published in the Federal Register four weeks prior to the public meetings that it is abiding by laws forbidding it from lobbying federal lawmakers or issuing construction contracts.
But that didn’t stop them from contracting a small army of lobbyists to push their cause in New York City and Albany. Whelan signed three $120,000 contracts— a total of $360,000—to lobby New York lawmakers, three times as many lobbying firms he hired in New Jersey, disclosure reports for both states show. “The natural gas industry has immense political sway,” said Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, pointing to the 2005 so-called “Halliburton Loophole” that exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act, shepherded into law by former Vice President Dick Cheney. To lobby New Jersey officials in 2011, Liberty hired Princeton-based Capital Public Affairs. Liberty hired New Jersey-based Bolton-St. Johns, LLC, for “legislative and regulatory representation” in New York from October 2011 through September 2012, the same month the company met with Long Island Association officials 10 days before submitting its intent to file its latest application. In March 2012, Liberty hired another New Jersey-based lobbyist, Matthew Greller, to lobby New York through April, when Liberty replaced him with two dozen lobbyists from Albany-based Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, through next spring. Financially backing Liberty is Toronto-based hedge fund West Face Capital via West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master L.P., a Cayman
Islands-based investment fund. Liberty, incorporated in Delaware before setting up a New Jersey office for its first port try, now lists an address in Manhattan. A spokeswoman for Cuomo said he is “monitoring the situation.” Christie’s office did not return a call for comment.
The Coast Guard and Maritime Administration held the back-to-back public scoping meetings so concerned citizens could suggest issues to be investigated in the environmental impact study for the proposed port. One issue the panel had heard enough of halfway through the proceedings. After listening to LI opponents urge the agencies to study the environmental impact of upstate fracking based on the possibility of the port being an export conduit, one official cautioned New Jersey speakers against making the same request. “There was what I can only describe as a mischaracterization of the licensing...of this particular project,” said Keith Lesnick, director of the Maritime Administration’s office of deepwater port licensing, in Edison before reading part of his agency’s letter to anti-fracking group Catskills Residents for Safe Energy, emphasizing only import impacts will be studied. But the Coast Guard and Liberty maintain that before Port Ambrose— assuming it’s permitted—could switch to exporting from importing, it would trigger a new license application process that would “likely” include more public hearings. Sean Dixon, an attorney with Clean Ocean Action, argues that the claim omits the fact that federal law doesn’t always require public hearings for deepwater port license amendments. He points to the process behind Port Neptune LNG facility off Boston suspending operations based on lack of demand after the Ambrose hearings. “This suspension was carried out in exactly the same way [the Maritime Administration] could amend the Liberty LNG license to allow exports,” he said. “This suspension was done as a license amendment, and had zero public input, zero comment opportunity and no mention of environmental review.” Bruce Ferguson, a Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy advocate who spoke against Port Ambrose in Long Beach, remains suspicious that an export terminal down the Hudson River would only help companies hoping that Cuomo will end a six-year de facto fracking moratorium so they can begin pumping carcinogens into the ground to drill natural gas near Ferguson’s home. “No one can deny that this terminal would be a potential export facility,” he said. “If there’s no market for imports, it’s going to be used for exports. Therefore it’s only reasonable to assume that all the potential environmental impacts, including the impacts of fracking, be
evaluated before hundreds of millions are spent on this project.”
Since the boom in fracking in the nation’s subterranean shale formations has flooded the domestic market with natural gas, the question of why New York City and LI would need to import higher-priced gas from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago has come up repeatedly. Liberty’s answer is that prices for natural gas—which fuels a dozen power generating facilities on LI and heats 43 percent of LI homes and businesses— spike during peak demand months of summer, but mostly winter, because of bottlenecks in the Iroquois and Transcontinental pipelines serving LI. Port Ambrose would link to the latter two miles off Atlantic Beach after a 22-mile, 26-inch pipeline was built. “Despite an abundant resource of natural gas within the United States, building new pipeline infrastructure across New York City is extremely difficult,” Liberty CEO Whelan said. “A mobile ship-based system such as ours costs considerably less and can be put to work elsewhere in our system during non-winter months.” Howard Rogers, director of the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, agrees. “The shale gas boom...has really negated the requirement for the U.S. to import LNG, but with certain specific exceptions,” he says. “There is a gas demand which can’t be met easily by the existing pipeline infrastructure and those are the areas where LNG is still imported.” As far as the possibility of the import-to-export switch, he noted that there are several multi-million-dollar LNG tankers currently under construction that would for the first time have the capacity to liquefy natural gas from the gaseous state in which it’s piped. Currently, on-shore facilities chill natural gas to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit so it’s condensed enough to be shipped long distance in cryogenic tankers that upon delivery re-gassify the LNG, which is mostly methane. Höegh, Liberty’s tanker contractor, is among those developing ships designed to liquefy natural gas onboard. But, even if Port Ambrose cleared hurdles to export, such tankers are being eyed for harder-to-reach natural gas fields, Rogers says. Port Ambrose would accept an expected annual average of 400 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas. National Grid sent 197 billion cubic feet of natural gas between July 2012 and June 2013 to LI, according to the utility, which a spokeswoman says is not taking a position on the proposed port. A Long Island Power Authority spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Herb, of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, isn’t buying it, saying he “would not put it past them to do a bait-and-switch.” “Natural gas companies are in business to make money,” he says. “I would not be surprised if the real purpose of the construction was not to stabilize prices, but to maximize profits.” Kevin Rooney of the Long Island Home Heating Oil Association, no fan of National Grid stealing his customers, notes that if the Department of Energy approves LNG exports to non-free trade agreement nations, more demand will cause a domestic natural gas prices spike. “Once we become the biggest gas
exporter in the world, you’re going to see the same thing happen in their market that’s happened in ours,” he says, referring to oil prices subject to the mercy of Wall Street and foreign powers. “They are setting themselves up for a rapid escalation in prices.” Congress is studying the same issue. “Five years ago companies were building terminals to import natural gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts believed that the U.S. was gonna need natural gas from overseas,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in an April hearing on exporting LNG. “Today that scenario has changed 180 degrees.”
The possibility of encroaching on Long Island’s fishing grounds was bad enough, but worse still is the prospect of a terrorist attack on an LNG tanker 30 miles from the mouth of New York Harbor—and not much farther from Ground Zero, opponents say. Al-Qaeda specifically cited LNG terminals as a desirable target for supply disruptions and “because an attack could result in a massive fire that could potentially kill scores of people,” according to a 2006 Council on Foreign Relations report citing homeland security experts. “Another scenario in the report Continued on page 46
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involves terrorists taking control of an LNG tanker, sailing into a major population center such as New York City and detonating the cargo,” said Klaus Rittenbach, a former Department of Defense Information Systems Agency official from Freehold, citing that report in Edison. When asked about plans to protect the tankers from a hijacking or a U.S.S. Cole-style attack, in which a smaller boat detonates next to the ship in an attempt to pierce the hull and explode the flammable cargo, Liberty was vague. “The U.S. Coast Guard will review all safety and security issues as part of the application review and will conduct
a detailed risk assessment,” Whelan said. “This assessment will be used to develop a security plan that will be approved and overseen by the Coast Guard, which will govern operations at the port.” When the same question was posed to the service, Charles Rowe, a spokesman for the Coast Guard—the only military branch that falls under the Department of Homeland Security—said that which ships get escorts is decided in real time. “It depends upon the threat at any given moment,” he says. “That’s something that is continually evaluated and revaluated and decisions are made quite literally on a daily basis.” Cynthia Kouril, a former federal
prosecutor who investigated environmental crimes, urges against taking the risk. “You do not put something that dangerous, that explosive, next to one of the largest population centers in the world ... a population center that is both a wellknown target of terror attacks....and in the path of hurricanes,” she said. “This project should fail at the earliest possible stage in the application process because the flaws in it are so self-evident.”
As much as the hearings unified upstate and downstate environmental advocates with those from across state lines, regional rivalries were also on full
display—most notably at the Long Beach hearing at The Allegria Hotel, which with 300 in attendance was twice as packed and far rowdier than the New Jersey hearing. Thirty five LI speakers were opposed versus four union members in favor, including Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, who supported the jobs the project would create. Time ran out before another 35 speakers had their turn. In the tamer New Jersey hearing, 46 were opposed, three supported Port Ambrose and two—perhaps in a nod to the town’s namesake, inventor Thomas Edison—urged federal officials to decide on the facts alone. “Gov. Christie already vetoed this,” said Jessica Roff of Brooklyn, referring to Liberty’s prior proposal. “Since when did New York become the dumping ground for New Jersey?” Before one union member told the opponents to “go to hell,” another from New Jersey who favored the proposal was booed when he told the Long Beach crowd—worried that more fossil fuels will increase climate change and strengthen hurricanes—that their Sandy damage wasn’t as bad as the Jersey Shore’s. Perhaps traveling the farthest distance for the LI hearing was Craig Stevens, who lives near Dimock, Penn., a small town that became wellknown since residents fought fracking companies they say poisoned their drinking water. “It’s not about gas, it’s about people,” says Stevens, who brandished a gallon container full of yellow liquid dubbed “Dimock Lemonade” or “Cabot Kool Aide,” after the oil and gas company. His trip to LI was just the latest in his continuing “scare the hell out of everyone tour.” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, was especially riled up about the proposed port overlapping with the area of interest for LI’s latest off-shore wind farm proposal. “We find it...ironic, but also insulting and alarming that we are having this hearing here, in the great city of Long Beach,” she said. “Because nobody knows better than the people of Long Beach the impacts of climate change. The life-altering impacts, the economic, the financial, the emotional devastating impacts of climate change. We know what it’s like to lose it all and yet we’re having a community discussion about shackling ourselves for another 30 years to the damn fossil fuels. No! We want renewable energy, we deserve that. We can’t lose it all again and your policies need to change!” Members of the public wishing to comment on the Port Ambrose proposal can do so through Aug. 22, a deadline that may be extended. —With additional reporting by Rebecca Melnitsky
1975-76 NEW YORK NETS Front Row (left to right): Chuck Terry, Tim Bassett, Jim Eakins, Julius Erving, Kim Hughes, Rich Jones, Trainer Fritz Massman. Back Row (left to right): Owner Roy Boe, John Williamson, Ted McClain, Assistant Coach Bill Melchionni, Coach Kevin Loughery, Brian Taylor, George Bucci, Al Skinner.
Julius Erving and the Nets’ Glory Days on Long Island By Rashed Mian firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrieks of joy reverberated through Nassau Coliseum as jubilant New York Nets fans rushed the court with just three seconds left to go in the 1976 American Basketball Association (ABA) championship. Nets forward Rich Jones had just flicked a layup through the net, giving the Nets a 112-106 lead over the Denver Nuggets, the bucket sewing up the Nets’ second ABA title in three seasons. “Pandemonium!” the broadcaster blared over the airwaves. The Nets barreled into their locker room, sharing sweaty hugs and champagne showers. Julius Erving—the pride of Hempstead and Roosevelt, and the best player in the league—emptied a bottle onto a reporter’s head and smiled. “It’s as sweet as it ever was, I tell ya,”
he exhaled. Erving, the league’s most popular player and a three-time ABA MVP—all with the Nets—scored 31 points as he led a dizzying comeback that saw his team erase a 22-point deficit with 17 minutes left in Game 6. It was another historic achievement for the hometown kid whose rim-rattling dunks had been revolutionizing basketball and inspiring legions of youngsters, such as future Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan— who’s now considered the greatest, ever. Yet before Jordan dazzled crowds with his high-octane performances, it was Erving who filled the usually sparse ABA arenas with his above-the-rim game and rocket-like adventures soaring through the air. Because ABA games weren’t nationally televised—back then National Basketball Association games were—much
of what the country knew of Erving they had read in newspapers or Sports Illustrated, which put Erving on its cover the week after the finals with the headline: “Dr. J Slices ‘Em Up.” “Too bad, America, but you missed one of the greatest basketball shows on Earth,” Pat Putnam wrote in the May 17, 1976 issue of SI. “Or, rather, one just a few feet off the Earth. That was Julius Erving last week, launching himself from various points on courts in Denver and New York, soaring and scoring, passing, rebounding, blocking and stealing—all in the undeserved obscurity of the ABA championship finals. By Saturday night Erving and his underdog New York Nets had Denver down three games to one, which is what can happen when humans go five-on-one with a helicopter.” Erving would take off from Long Island that summer, never to return to the Continued on page 50
Herb Turetzky, the team’s original official scorer, traces his ties to the Nets back to their roots in the American Basketball Association. [Photo by Jon Sasala/Long Island Press]
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Nets again. The greatest player in the team’s brief, nine-year history on LI was entangled in a contract dispute following the ’76 season, and Roy Boe, the Nets owner, then struggling to pay the enormous entrance fees to get his team into the NBA, sold Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers. There he’d win yet another championship, catapulting “The Doctor” to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Although the world’s sports fans may not have gotten a chance to watch Dr. J’s dominance from the comfort of their living rooms, the memories of Erving and the Nets’ exploits on LI from 1967 to 1976 are forever ingrained in the minds of those lucky few who witnessed some of the most exciting—and comical—basketball of any generation firsthand.
In 1967, Arthur Brown purchased the New York Americans with the goal of developing a New York-based franchise for the upstart ABA. But Brown failed to get an arena deal and was forced to set up shop across the Hudson, at the Teaneck Armory in New Jersey—a cavernous monolith that only seated 3,500. “The original idea was to be a New York City team, and the story is basically the Knicks more or less blackballed them from any arena in the city,” says Herb Turetzky, official scorer for the now-Brooklyn Nets, who has been with the organization since its inception. (Turetzky was so beloved by the team that the now-defunct daily Long Island Press noted one of his few absences in December 1973, for his daughter’s birth, “the newest Nets fan,” it read.) The Americans had a lousy inaugural season (24-58) in Jersey, but miraculously tied for the final playoff spot because the other ABA teams were just as woeful. The folks running the Armory hadn’t planned on the Nets advancing to the postseason, though, and had booked a circus event there instead. That’s when the Americans made their first trip to the Long Island Arena,
These ticket stubs [above] mark the last time the Nets were champions of their basketball world. They owed that play-off win to Julius Erving, who began his stellar career when he was 12 and playing for this Salvation Army team in Hempstead [right].
aka Commack Arena. “Well, we got out there; the facility was in terrible shape,” recalls Turetzky. “The floor had holes in it, cracks, warps, and it was really unfit to use, and we couldn’t play the game. We ended up forfeiting the game to the Kentucky Colonels, and that was the end of our season.” Despite the Arena’s faulty hardwood floor and freezing temperatures inside, Brown relocated the team to Commack for the 1968-1969 season and renamed them the Nets—supposedly to make the team rhyme with the Jets and Mets— before fashion entrepreneur, Roy Boe, purchased the team and moved it to Island Garden in West Hempstead. It’s a wonder the Nets actually played an entire season in there. “Visiting teams would get dressed at their hotel and come to the Arena in their warm-ups, because the locker rooms were freezing,” Turetzky says. Some players on the bench opted to wear overcoats over their red, white and blue jerseys and refused to disrobe until they were coming into the game. The minor league hockey team known as the Long Island Ducks also called Commack Arena home. Once condensation from the ice rink seeped through the court floor so severely that officials had to cancel a Nets preseason game—nearly sparking a riot outside. “The court was so slippery,” laughs Don Ryan, a Hempstead village trustee who coached Erving on Hempstead’s Salvation Army team. “I mean it was almost like we were some sort of prelim for comedy or something.” Real change finally came in 1974 in the form of a high-flying, charismatic forward with a funny nickname, who, as rumor had it, glided poetically over defenders, whirling his body in strange positions, stretching his arms like they were molded out of clay, and almost
hiding the red, white and blue basketball in his enormous hands. And he came to town just in time for the Nassau Coliseum’s opening in Uniondale.
The Operating Room is Open
The Nets scored Erving in a complicated $4-million package in 1973. “I mean, there were so many players and agents and team executives and league officials involved, and we were spending so much money in legal fees, it was just insane,” Boe, the Nets owner, told Vincent Mallozzi for his book, Doc: The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving. Erving had begun playing recreation ball in Hempstead for the local Salvation Army team when he was 12 before starring at Roosevelt High School and eventually the University of Massachusetts. He landed in Nassau County with much fanfare after averaging 32 points per game the previous year with Virginia. “Coming back to Long Island, life could not have been better,” Erving said in The Doctor, an NBA TV documentary, which premiered last June. “My time here, my era here, I think was very special.” For Ryan, the Hempstead village trustee and coach, Erving’s arrival meant a reconnection with his former star player, who had walked into his gym, now a half-century ago, with raw talent and sheer determination. “He got better every day,” Ryan recalls, two black-and-white photos of a teenage Erving splayed across a table. Ryan proudly shares a May 2005 New York Post article in which Erving compares his fondest memory in the ABA to Ryan’s teams in Hempstead. “The first year in Virginia was almost like going back to my basketball days with the Salvation Army,” Erving told the paper. When he stepped out on the Coliseum’s court, Erving didn’t experience the hometown jitters that have befuddled other athletes playing in front of friends and families. “The Doctor” averaged 27 points per game in his first season with the team and was crowned the league’s MVP, leading the Nets to their first ABA title. Erving was
awarded MVP honors the next season, but the Nets failed to capture back-toback titles. Everything came together for the Nets in their final season in the ABA, finishing second in the standings with a 55-29 record and dropping the Nuggets in six games in the finals. “Julius is among a group of players from the 1960s and the 1970s who epitomized style and cool,” states Bob Costas, who was also raised on LI, in Mallozzi’s Erving biography. “This guy was so much cooler than 95 percent of the athletes playing today, it’s a joke. He played the game with such style, such flair, but he never did it in away that showed up an opponent, or to show off in front of a crowd.” New York Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier laughs today when asked what it was like to play against Erving— possibly due to his memories of Erving’s legendary flights to the basket. “He was intimidating,” Frazier tells the Press. “He was magical on the court, flamboyant on the court.” Nate “Tiny” Archibald, who played in the Nets final season at Nassau Coliseum when the NBA absorbed the team, lamented missing out on the opportunity to run alongside Erving. “I came from Kansas City to Long Island,” Archibald says. “It was great coming to New York...I thought I was going to play with Erving. I was ecstatic about the trade.” Like Archibald, the Nets fans were crushed. Many of them lashed out at Boe for selling Erving to Philadelphia. ABA historians liken Boe’s decision to sell the All-Star forward to that of Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee’s December 1919 sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. In Erving’s finest moment as a Net, the 1976 championship, the future of the team and a possible dynasty were all on his mind. “Now, hopefully, we started something that we can keep and win some more championships in the years to come,” Erving told the cameras amid the champagne-filled celebration. “But we’re going to enjoy this one right now.” The Nets haven’t lifted a championship trophy ever since. L o n g I s l a n d P r e s s f o r A u g u s t, 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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Sea Cliff: L.I.’s Artistic Masterpiece
By Cassidy Kammerer and Steve Smirti
ld, tarnished knives spill onto the floor in front of a table on which a rustic suitcase rests alongside a small vase of red roses. A woman and man sit in complete silence beneath a single spotlight. “I happen to like cold pizza!” screams the man, ripping the flowers from the vase and madly stuffing them into his mouth. Tribal beats pulsate from the walls and fill the room. The couple clutch the knives, their limbs jerking in robotic motions as their heads bob to the rhythm. They remain perfectly in sync with one another, sporadically stabbing the blades into the table. Without warning, the man leaps from his chair onto the floor and slithers gracefully beneath the table while the woman proudly watches him with lingering eyes. Each move is engaging as he seems to float across the floor in a dreamlike trance. Contorting and twisting into pretzel-like poses and positions, the man collapses onto a vintage rug and convulses, violently. The music stops. “Okay, guys, good job,” says 22-year-old Sarah Mustek. Taylor Morrison, 25, rises from the floor, smiling, and Julie Mounsey, 22, hops from the chair, giggling. All three are members of Small Claims Court, an art performance group rehearsing vignettes from their
debut production, “The Fall of Rome,” in the back of the Creative Arts Studio, one of dozens of art spaces, studios and galleries dotting Sea Cliff, the one-square-mile bohemian enclave hidden atop the breathtaking precipices of LI’s famed Gold Coast. The storybook town is unlike any other on Long Island. Grand Victorian homes—some more than a century old—jut from sloping, curving streets bordering pristine beaches and more than a dozen parks. Artists nightly serenade the sunset. There are annual arts and crafts fairs, music festivals and a strong sense of community among its residents— who comprise a colorful collage of free-spirited painters, sculptors, musicians, families and business owners proud of their shared uniqueness. In the summertime visitors will find many locals walking the village barefoot; they may also likely catch a glimpse of Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, upside-down, performing headstands on his paddleboard just offshore its whimsical beachfront. “The thing about Sea Cliff is: Everyone takes ownership of this village,” he says, seated among dozens of onlookers at the annual Sea Cliff Palooza July 13—a music festival hosting an array of acts in a gazebo set right in the sand. “It’s the people’s. They take ownership, they take pride, and they care. With that, you end up with a community unlike any other.
MEMORABLE MELODIES: Besides yearly arts and crafts fairs, Sea Cliff is also home to an annual Palooza festival, which showcases local musicians and provides attendees a day full of music. (All photos by Cassidy Kammerer/Long Island Press)
“This is the most non-judgmental and accepting place you are ever going to come across,” smiles Kennedy, sporting a tie-dye t-shirt. “We are truly special people. “This was my creation; this is my vision of what Sea Cliff is: a celebration of the arts,” he boasts, pointing enthusiastically to the gazebo. “We wanted a place where musicians can perform, where plays can happen, where kids can dance! It’s important for government to embrace the arts and encourage the talent in others. It brings a community together. It is everything.” Sea Cliff has a rich history steeped in the arts. Originally a Methodist campground and religious meeting site during the mid-1800s, the town emerged as the setting for live theatrical performances by the turn of the century. “Sea Cliff always had a flare to it,” explains Sea Cliff Beach Committee member Elaine Neice, 41, who grew
ART HAVEN: Sea Cliff, just one square mile, is dotted with various quaint and quirky shops and galleries.
up in the village and whose group has been sponsoring Palooza for the past three years. “There were a lot of artists who lived here, and there were a lot of celebrities who would take the ferry across from the city and spend their summers here. It always had that community vibe.” That “vibe” reverberates through Sea Cliff to this day—and it’s hard to shake, says John “Superfly” Skvarla, a 37-yearold professional BMX biker, artist and resident who was MCing the Palooza. “It wasn’t until I left Sea Cliff and moved back that I had a new respect for it and appreciation for it,” he says. “I lived in Texas for a winter, and then lived in Brooklyn until I moved back here. It’s such a small town where everyone really knows each other. I have the mayor’s phone number; the trustees text us jokes back and forth—there really is no place like it.” “It’s the people that draw people to
Sea Cliff because it’s a very special place,” agrees soft-spoken Andy Gertler, a 53-yearold self-titled “Ephemeral Extremist.” “Look at this,” he smiles, stretching his arms to the crowd. He is donating free sandcastle-sculpting lessons at “Sand Castle University”— a gigantic sand box in his backyard—for a raffle. Sea Cliff is “just different,” he says, high-fiving the kids walking by. “It’s filled with artists, writers and musicians; it’s a fantastic place to be.” Gertler travels the globe creating improbable sculptures from ice, sand, pumpkins and snow. His work has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters, and he’s done commissions for major clients such as Yahoo, Oprah’s O Magazine and Atlantis Beach Resorts in the Bahamas. The village’s multiple arts fairs, its largest and most well-known being the annual Sea Cliff Arts and Crafts Fair, which took place this year on July 14, offer many locals their first chance to debut their creations to the world. “This month is the first time I’ve ever sold any paintings,” says Julia Cagney, a first-time exhibitor, with a grin. Though she resides in Bayville, the 66-year-old former Roslyn art teacher often frequents Sea Cliff. She is kept up-to-date on festivals and shows as a member of the village’s arts council. Cagney has received multiple invitations to present her work, but never felt her art was quite ready to be shown to the world until this year. “They kept sending me invitations to art shows, and I kept saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, someday.’ It was just the right time,” she says of her premier at a mini-show in the spring. “The people were so sweet to me. The other artists showed me how to set up and what to do.” “I love Sea Cliff,” says Cagney, as she greets a potential buyer. “I think people in Sea Cliff are looking for artsy stuff... I’m watching people walk by and they look like artists; they’re dressed like artists. They appreciate it.” Identical twins Alicia Andrus and Michele Sabatino sure do. Having grown up in the next town over, Glen Head, the 38-year-olds spent
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much of their youth exploring Sea Cliff. Now they balance their love of art and creativity with their day jobs as speech pathologists. “I went down to the beach yesterday and someone came up to me and said, ‘Oh, you’re the bracelet lady,’” laughs Michele. “I got that reputation now.” “People come to Sea Cliff with the thought in mind that you’re going to find more handmade stuff,” adds Alicia, whose arms, like her sister’s, were covered in a half-dozen custom-made bracelets sliding from elbow to wrist with each movement, sometimes clanging together. “You’re not going to come here and find a bunch of stuff that was made somewhere else,” she adds. “It’s a very artsy town,” says Michele. Sculptor, jeweler and former marine biologist Christina Bjenning, 41, loves wearing her handmade creations, too— forged from rocks and shells and accompanied by semi-factual back stories which she provides. “Sometimes I want to know if someone buys a piece because of the stone or because of the story,” she smiles. “There’s something about Sea Cliff, the people that live here; it’s almost like there’s a net that catches everybody and brings them back. People took a trip in the ‘60s and never left.” Perhaps it’s because art is part of the village’s very makeup itself, embedded in its DNA. Music and laughter flood the streets from pubs and restaurants. Eye-catching creations—such as a rotary-dial telephone hanging from a neighbor’s tree, a lawn sculpture born from a pile of bicycle frames and a random wall of mirrors— pull at passersby from nearly every direction. Barefoot residents still in their beachwear walk the streets with a smile on their faces while other residents strum
guitars from their porches. From blankets in Hippie Park generations of dreamers gaze at melting sunsets smearing orange and pink into the waters of Hempstead Harbor. Quaint bungalows splashed with pastels hidden amid Tim Burton-esque fairytale landscapes line Sea Cliff Avenue, the main drag. Vintage street lamps adorned with hanging baskets of flowers decorate sidewalks along old storefronts displaying unfurled American flags. Outside Bart’s Barber Shop, where Joe Mazzeo has been cutting hair for more than 50 years, an old-fashioned red, white and blue barber pole hangs. “You’re a stranger here but once, and you’ll always want to come back,” he says, standing amid the walls of his shop plastered with photos he’s collected over the years. “There aren’t really many villages that have a real village feel like this anymore— just the vibe of it here, it’s very comfortable.” Creative Arts Studio’s façade seems to sum up Sea Cliff ’s mission in one word. “Inspire” proclaims the white block lettering hanging in its main window, next to the late artist Herb Arnold’s “The Buddha Americana”—a breathtaking sculpture created from welded toy car parts, soda cans, nuts and screws. “Art not only can be used as an expressive means, but a way to bring a community together,” says Tracy Arnold Warzer, 55, the studio’s founder and director, as the members of Small Claims Court prepare for their next scene. Sam Mayer, a 22-year-old text developer from Texas, tinkers with his laptop to ensure that the music will be just right while Warzer’s daughter Rebecca, 19, stands atop a ladder fixing a projector. “It’s a small town and that is very welcoming; its incredible artistic support is pretty overwhelming,” Warzer says. “I just really love Sea Cliff. It’s just not like any other place on Long Island.”
/// The Sunbather
Felicia Abramowitz lounges in a lawn chair in the white grainy sand of Lido Beach’s Nickerson Beach soaking up the sun while reading The Girl on the Cliff by Rucinda Riley. An opened Chobani yogurt nestled alongside her, the 68-year-old is a shiny bronze from head-to-toe, and credits the sun’s glowing rays with not only her complexion, but her overall health and state of mind. “It is like a vitamin pill,” she says. “It cures whatever ails you.” Abramowitz describes herself as “semiretired,” because she occasionally works as an assistant teacher at a Long Beach school teaching mostly Hebrew classes. But during the summer, she doesn’t spend a day away from Nickerson Beach, only a short walk from her Long Beach home. Abramowitz has been visiting this beach ever since she was a little girl; her grandparents are from the area. She occasionally sees some pretty unusual things while catching some rays, she says, such as schools of dolphins and animal-rescue groups working to help injured birds. The sunbather, one of countless flocking to LI’s South Shore beaches each season, gestures to a nearby jetty, where lifeguards painted a boulder a vibrant purple plum. “It makes the beach recognizable,” she laughs.
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“All things nature is my passion,” says soft-spoken David Kelly, while peacefully rummaging through the warm sand cascading off the side of a hidden dune along the Jones Beach boardwalk. The 50-year-old made the trip from the city and is awaiting his friends’ arrival. “I took the right train; they took the wrong one,” he jokes. Originally from Chicago, Kelly moved to New York for a teaching job, he says, picking up two tiny shells and placing them on the boardwalk’s scalding handrail for further examination (he’s been scouring for seashells to show his students in class). “They serve as memories, or inspiration, then they eventually become a part of the education,” he muses, tossing one of them back onto the sand. It’s his first trip to Jones Beach, and Kelly is awestruck at its beauty. “I’ve been to Long Beach and to Montauk so far. I’m happy with how clean and peaceful it is here. I can hear the birds,” he says, gazing up to the bright blue sky. “It is beautiful.”
/// The Kite Flyer
With his red, white and blue kite dancing among the clouds above him, Paul Gee is a summer weekend fixture at Jones Beach, performing his mastery just a few feet from the crashing turquoise waves. “I fly all year round,” the 49-year-old says. “I used to be on a four-person kite team. We were ranked number three in the nation. We were stunt kite fliers; we got to travel all over the East Coast, and even were invited to France and a lot of other great places.” Gee hails from Freeport, his beaming tan testament to the countless hours he’s spent in the merciless sun playing puppet-master to his soaring passion. Stunt kite competitions are held up and down the country’s coast, he says. “They mostly feature individual flyers, precision flyers, or even flyers that do ballet; everything is choreographed and timed to the music. It’s all about timing,” Gee smiles, his colorful kite darting and tumbling against the gray sky. “There is a science to it,” he laughs. “A lot of people come up to me and ask, ‘How do you do that?’ So I try and give them quick little lessons.”
/// The Lifeguard
Sun-kissed Stephen Fregosi of Massapequa sits atop his white lifeguard stand perched in the sand of Tobay Beach and watches over dozens of beachgoers with an eagle’s eye. Leaning forward, the 25-year-old’s gaze is fixated on several people indulging in a refreshing swim just off the shoreline. “It’s just a great feeling when people come up to you and say, ‘Thank you,’” he says passionately. “Just last Saturday we had an incident where two 12-year-old girls were caught up in a riptide. Luckily, everyone was okay.” Fregosi, who is also an attorney and an avid surfer, has been a lifeguard for nearly 10 years. Although it started off as just summer job for him, he soon fell in love with it. “Making rescues, helping people stay safe and being outside all day—there is absolutely nothing like it.”
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Some books are bound for the beach and this has to be one of them, especially considering that August marks the month when Marilyn Monroe died under suspicious circumstances in her California bungalow in 1962. E.Z. Friedel—a New York novelist and surgeon—spent 20 years on research before giving voice to Marilyn’s raw emotions and troubled thoughts. She confides in her diary, “the best friend I’ve ever had,” right up to the very end—and beyond. It’s a literary device that lets us savor her anger at Bobby Kennedy, her frustration with Hollywood, her fear of the Mob and the CIA. All the men who messed up her life. I’d call this summer masterpiece a campy classic.
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Arthur Katsafouros drops his head and frowns while recounting the damage Superstorm Sandy wreaked on his humble beach-town ice cream shop. “This was a lake,” he says, motioning with his hands outside Marvel Ice Cream & Yogurt one recent Thursday morning, the searing heat pushing the mercury above 90 degrees, the only breeze coming from cars zooming along Lido Boulevard. As it did with so much of the South Shore, seawater slammed into the red-roofed, white-walled façade of his walk-up ice cream parlor (and its giant rooftop vanilla cone) Oct. 29, causing unprecedented damage. After nearly 30 years of putting in exhausting 16-hour days, everyday, the Greek immigrant almost gave up. “I was so discouraged, I did not want to start it up again,” he says grimly, “that’s how bad it was.” It was “devastating,” recalls his daughter Pauline Seremetis, squinting to protect her eyes from the boiling sun. Katsafouros realized it wasn’t going to be easy to bid goodbye to his business, an institution in Lido Beach, and his customers, many of them also victims of Sandy’s wrath, came out in droves to voice their support. “A lot of people have come to us and said, ‘Thank God that you guys are opened after the storm. The one thing we kept worrying about was whether you would be here,’” recalls Seremetis. Katsafouros had purchased Marvel from its previous owner in 1985 after running a Lynbrook-based machine shop that manufactured aircraft parts for the government for two decades. He had to dig deep to reopen in time for summer.
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Normally, from March to November, Marvel offers a rainbow of ice cream flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, banana and half-a-dozen others. Hundreds of ice cream-crazed fans flock there daily; dozens of their photos adorn the place’s windows. “We have an excellent product. People don’t come here for my looks!” quips Katsafouros, his humor thankfully not a victim of Sandy, either. The visit to Marvel—one of the myriad of hometown ice cream parlors dotting the Island [see sidebar for a partial list]—came during the longest heat wave on record for LI, seven sweltering days made much more manageable by the frosty treats served up by some of the best spots in the region amid their busiest time of the year. They relished the opportunity to provide customers with a welcome respite. “It’s a good feeling to know that I’m bringing some little piece of happiness to people,” says 59-year-old Dan Levine while adults and kids alike sprinkle into Rockville Centre’s Five Pennies Creamery, a cozy ice cream shop boasting more than 135 flavors—all made by Levine himself. The North Park Avenue spot, tucked into the heart of the village’s shopping district, offers everything from waffle ice cream cones to delicious sundaes and frozen ices. (Mango is a particularly refreshing flavor, FYI.) Levine, who worked at a small ice cream shop in Maryland before moving to Red Hook, Brooklyn, opened Five Pennies four years ago and makes it a point to thank every customer who walks in—and out—the door. And the folks who saunter in often ask: What’s with the name? Levine was inspired by the 1959 film The Five Pennies, starring Danny Kaye and featuring a song by the same name. Levine’s parents emulated its touching scene in which Kaye’s character sings “Five Pennies” to his daughter who couldn’t fall sleep. Levine sung the tune to his children as well. So he and his wife decided to bring that childhood memory to the shop. The songs’ lyrics have been etched in gold lettering on the store’s wall by a Five Pennies employee, who also painted a mural of Levine serving ice cream from a retro ice cream truck. “The idea of the store was to make an old-fashioned store that would bring back memories for the older children of when they were young and would allow the young children to get a feeling of what an old-time ice cream store was like,” he beams. Hildebrandt’s in Williston Park also serves a scoop of nostalgia along with its goodies. The eatery has been serving tongue-tingling ice cream, sweet candy and other oddities, such as Continued on page 62
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chocolate-covered orange peel, since 1927. Susan Strano Acosta and her husband are its fourth owners. Furnished with the same stools and counter from the restaurant’s debut more than 80 years ago, the classy luncheonette offers a trip to a much simpler era. “We want to get to know people and they want to get to know us,” Susan says of the iconic eatery, which mostly serves Italian dishes. It is decorated with photos taken by her father, a real estate agent, who had bought Hildebrandt’s 45 years ago after walking in for coffee one day and learning that the owners wanted to sell. He kept the original ice-cream-andcandy maker employed, and Susan still has his leather-bound recipe book. But the Acostas have also come up with many of their own flavors—apple pie smashed in vanilla ice cream is but one—because “it’s fun to invent new things,” she laughs. “There’s nothing that’s not made downstairs,” she adds. “From the front of the store to the back of the store, it’s just a factory.” John Murray, owner of Kilwins Babylon Village, never intended to go
into the ice cream business. “I was just looking to go into a business I like,” he says. Now his customers tell him he makes the “best ice cream they’ve ever had,” he claims. Kilwins, a chocolate paradise, takes the sweet and salty combination to another level with its soul-soothing arsenal of chocolate-covered apples, bananas, orange peels and bacon among loaves of thick, dense fudge and barrels of addictive ice cream with such names as “Salted Caramel” and “Babylon Mud.” “We have people who drive from as far as Staten Island,” Murray notes. What he and LI’s other homemade ice cream-and-treats purveyors share is a love for what they do—and of course, a love for their goodies’ effects on their customers. After all these years, Marvel’s Seremetis still smiles at the thought of serving the community, and she is humbled by its unwavering support. She also knows how to sum up America’s obsession with this frozen dessert. “It makes everybody happy,” she says. “It’s ice cream! There’s nothing negative about ice cream.”
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Art Exhibit: Car Culture
While some artists focus on images of the car itself, inspired by its alluring modernity or its status as an icon or expression of personal identity, others create art work from car parts such as scrap metal and tires. Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. www.heckscher.org. Through August 11
The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect, as band co-founder/singer/guitarist Shimon Moore explains: “There are two ways to shoot yourself in the foot—never changing… or changing too much.” With Connect, Sick Puppies came into their own, thanks in no small part to five years of touring and a full year of songwriting, finding their musical medium without sacrificing intensity or their trademark, dead-on lyrical acuity and introspection. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. www.paramountny.com. $47.25, $32.75. 8 p.m. August 3
A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious way of looking at life. Her new book Highs in the Low Fifties follows Winik’s attempt to rebuild her world as a once-widowed, once-divorced single mom. With her signature optimism, resilience, and poor judgment, Winik dives into a series of ill-starred romantic experiences. Winik will speak and sign her book. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com. 7 p.m. August 2
Known for her songs, “Toms Diner” & “Luka,” Vega is one of music’s most distinctive singers and storytellers, whose career spans more than 20 years. Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. www. stephentalkhouse.com. $95, $80. 8 p.m. Prospect Park Bandshell, August 3 Brooklyn, www.prospectpark.org. 7 p.m. August 4
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
Expected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows, Beyoncé’s latest tour is slated to run for almost one year and take her around the world. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. www.barclayscenter.com. $282.75, $59.15. 8 p.m. August 3-5
“NO NUKES, NO WARS, SAVE THE PLANET” PANEL DISCUSSION
In commemoration of the 1945 Hirsoshima bombing, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), and Margaret Melkonian and Ariel Flajnik of L.I. Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives will discuss nuclear weapons and drones. With music by folk singer Dave Sear. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. 7 p.m. Free. August 6
Gary Valentine (King of Queens)
A 20-year veteran traveling the country refining his comedy, performing at clubs, theaters and festivals, Valentine has since made the jump from standup to acting and is best known for his nine years as Cousin Danny on the hit CBS show King of Queens. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. www.govs.com. $55, $25. 7 & 10 p.m. August 3
Under the Influence of Music Tour
With Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods, Smoke Dza. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. www.jonesbeach.com. $175, $38.25. 6 p.m. August 6
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Their latest album Neck of the Woods sees Silversun Pickups stretching the boundaries of their exhilarating psychedelia with confidence, invention and undeniable ambition. Having long made their bones as masters of widescreen power, this Los Angelesbased band takes their filmic vision to another level entirely on their third Dangerbird Records album— this is full-on IMAX rock ‘n’ roll, in stereoscopic 3D and Sensurround. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. www.paramountny.com. $74.75, $35.25. 8 p.m. August 7
Why Are These the Best Places in the US to Retire? By R.J. Huneke There are many factors to consider when choosing where in the United States is a formidable place to retire, and so a list of the top three best places in the US to retire has been constructed using experience and the U.S. News: Best Places Rankings to not only offer up locations and describe their attributes but also to give a decisive reasoning for why these places are unique and exceptional home destinations for retirement. Number 1: Knoxville, Tennessee & nearby Sevier County to the Smoky Mountain National Park The reasoning behind this part of Tennessee is simple: it is incredibly affordable, full of entertainment as one of the nation’s biggest tourist destinations, has breathtaking natural beauty, and everything is highly discounted for the locals.
Consider this, the budget in Sevier County, Tennessee – an area a little less than an hour from Knoxville, is balanced, and the cost of utilities and taxes (property taxes especially) are practically non-existent. How is this possible? Well, the tourists flooding year-round to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg’s #1 ranked (in the country) Ripley’s Aquarium, or the year-round car shows and antique filled flea markets on a strip that rivals Orlando help to pay the taxes and much of the cost of living for the locals living there. And most residents get heavily discounted entrance into the amusement parks, like Dollywood, and all of the other shows and attractions, of which the Titanic Museum is tremendous and fun. Getting down to brass tacks the “typical resident age 60 or older with a mortgage in Knoxville pays a median of $1,060 per month. For those without a mortgage, the median housing cost declines to just $347 monthly. And retiree renters pay a median of $625 per month. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee and the headquarters of Regal Entertainment
Group, where senior citizens qualify for a small discount on movie tickets and AARP members can get deals on soft drink and popcorn combos. [http://money.usnews.com/money/ retirement/articles/2012/10/15/ best-places-to-retire-for-under40000?int=eb8ce7&page=2].” Number 2: Honolulu, Hawaii If you are looking for like-minded adults and value a city with one of the oldest median age, Honolulu, Hawaii is the eighth oldest in the country, at 41.3 years of age, and features sunny paradise year-round in the Pacific Ocean. Here you have everything you could want from a tropical sun and gorgeous beaches to the urban city and suburban communities. The place is unique in the US but is also a lot closer to feeling stateside than anywhere outside of the country would. A ton of historic and cultural spots, like the USS Arizona Memorial, help to keep retired residents busy as well.
Number 3: State College, Pennsylvania According to U.S. News, the average monthly Social Security benefit was $1,179 in March 2011, and therefore, a couple who each earns that amount would have a retirement income of $28,296 annually. With that said, State College’s cost of living is lower than the average Social Security benefit for a two-earner couple. The location is scenic and benefits from being the home of Pennsylvania State University. The median income is $23,800 and the town has a low cost of living coupled with a very high quality of life. State College is filled with top-notch restaurants, interesting historic sites, and just outside the town are myriad hiking and cycling spots that residents pride themselves on enjoying. Retirement is an important part of life and affording a place to enjoy it is vital to living well. Be sure to consult with a financial advisor and assess your status. Things like a reverse mortgage can help bolster the income of retirees and help to make the dream retirement destination a reality.
The Dillinger Escape Plan With Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, AEON, Rings of Saturn & Thy Art is Murder. Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan. www. bestbuytheater.com. $35, $29.50, 2:30 p.m. August 7
Jimmy Eat World With Royal Bangs. Central Park Summerstage, East Drive, Manhattan. $35, 7 p.m. August 7
North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival
This biographical film about Janis Joplin, from her Texas origins to Woodstock and super-stardom, features performances by Big Brother and The Holding Company. Refreshments including wine and beer are available throughout the evening, and audiences are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Post-show the party moves back outside. $10. 7 p.m. Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. www.tillescenter.org. August 11
Kelly Clarkson With Rozzi Crane. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. www.jonesbeach.com. $100, $35. 7 p.m. August 11
Showcasing the finest craft breweries—more than 50 in all—from across the country, the annual festival will feature award-winning beer from local favorites including Blue Point Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company and the Port Jeff Brewing Company; plus attendees will also have the opportunity to sample exceptional craft beer from national and international craft breweries. Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. www.northforkcraftbeerfestival.com. $85, $57. 2-6 p.m. August 10
Lecture: Free Speech & the Constitution
Despite the absolutist wording of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1919 decision that free speech does not “protect a man in falsely shouting ‘fire’ in a theater and causing a panic.” As a consequence, the government routinely makes laws preventing people from speaking or expressing themselves in every instance without recourse. So if free speech is an absolute right, then when are government restrictions permitted? In this lecture, circumstances and other landmark Supreme Court decisions will be discussed to analyze the challenge of balancing an important civil liberty and public safety in America. $25. 10 a.m.-noon. LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. www.liu.edu. August 14
With Mayer Hawthorne & Churchill. Hudson River Park, Pier 26, Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. August 10
With their first set of new studio material since 2003’s Vicious Cycle, legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with God & Guns, due out September 29 on Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. Recorded in Nashville in 2008-2009, the project was interrupted—but, tellingly, not ended—by the deaths of founding member/keyboardist Billy Powell and longtime bassist Ean Evans earlier this year. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. $80.50, $60.50, $40.50. 8 p.m. August 15
American Idol Live
Get up close and personal with Season 12 Idol Finalists Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley and Aubrey Cleland, who joins the Tour as the 11th Idol finalist thanks to the Tour Fan Save voted on by fans. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. www.nassaucoliseum.com. $81.55, $28.50. 7:30 p.m. August 15
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Part of the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m. when the park opens. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan. 7 a.m. Free. August 16
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Featuring Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, New Politics, Middle Class Rut, Danko Jones and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. www.jonesbeach. com. $128, $39.75. 2 p.m. August 18
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. www.jonesbeach.com. $133.50, $25. 7 p.m. August 17
In addition to co-creating and starring in NBC’s Mad About You, which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Reiser is author of multiple New York Times best-selling books including Babyhood, featuring his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. www. govs.com. $60, $30. 8 & 10:30 p.m. August 16; 7 & 9:30 p.m. August 17
Pastrami & Puns
A buffet dinner followed by a comedy show with Greg Rahner, Les Degen and Stevie GB. $35 per person includes all. Reservations must be paid in advance by calling 631-979-8770. Zan’s Kosher Restaurant, 135 Alexander Ave., Lake Grove. August 18
Madonnathon Bigger and better every year, Madonnathon is the annual celebration/dance party in honor of Madonna’s birthday, WWW.MRBEE W ERYS.COM OM featuring live performances by some of New York City’s most talented musicians/singers who collaborate to bring out the very best of Madonna’s huge repertoire. This year’s all-star cast includes Tammy Faye Starlite, Mark Rinzel (Jessie’s Girl), Amber Martin (Mattachine), Yana Chupenko (Shiny Mama), Hot Sausage, Emily Strigl (The Mynks), Cathy Cervenka (The HoHos, Love Bites), Daryl Glenn, Angela Di Carlo, Patrick Johnson, Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, Gia Mele, Edie Nightcrawler, Daniel de Jesus and a special appearance by “Renowned Madonna Tribute Artist, Chris America.” Wear your best Madonna look (virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, material girl...etc.). Bestdressed Madonna fans will sing onstage with the band and win prizes! Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. www.brooklynbowl.com. $12. 8 p.m. August 17
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Pay-to-GetOut Horror Marathon
Ricki Lee Jones Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. www.stephentalkhouse. com. $125, $110. 8 p.m. August 22
A showing of five hardcore classic horror films with vintage horror trailers until dawn. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaartscentre.org. It’s $25 if you survive the night and $35 to escape before the end. 11 p.m. August 24
Challenger Baseball League Benefit
A BBQ to raise money for Special Needs Little League Teams featuring the Hofbrau Mug Holding Contest Round One. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage, LongIslandJamboree.com. August 25
Toots & The Maytals He’s known for songs “Do the Reggae” and “Funky
Kingston,” but at the heart of it all is that voice— drenched in soul, rooted in gospel and still breathtakingly powerful after decades in the spotlight. Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. www.stephentalk house.com. $125. 8 p.m. August 30 & 31
Part of the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m. when the park opens to the public. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan. 7 a.m. Free. August 30
Now in its 5th year, New York’s Electronic Music Festival features DJs and live acts providing techno, trance, house, dubstep, electro, indie dance music and more over three days on multiple stages. This year’s festival includes Main Stage performances by AVICII, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and more. www.electriczoofestival.com. $359, $139. Randall’s Island Park, Randall’s Island. August 30-September 1
Performing classics like “I Want You to Want Me,” ”Surrender” and “Dream Police,” plus tunes from their more recent body of work, veteran rockers Cheap Trick hit Westbury, more than 30 years after forming in Rockford, Ill., in the early 1970s. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. $49.50, 8 p.m. August 24
Say goodbye to summer with the last show of the season on the Tanger stage. Owl City performs at the Arches Fountain for the finale of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The electronica band will play their top hits including quadrupleplatinum hit “Fireflies” and recent release “Good Time.” Tanger Outlets at the Arches, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. Free. 6 p.m. www.tangeroutlet.com/deerpark. August 31
Double Xword Pt.1 State Lines ACROSS 1 “Ditto” 9 Pop out from the cockpit 14 Capital of Eritrea 20 Flowed out 21 Bull using its horns, e.g. 22 “The - Cometh” 23 “Bus Stop” star, in Annapolis? 25 Offer freely 26 Null and void 27 “Life - cabaret ...” 28 Blue Light Special stores 30 Lots and lots 32 Question of incredulity, in Topeka? 37 Sing like Ella
Fitzgerald 41 Eyelid hair 43 Next in line to reign 44 Opt (to) 45 Successful investors pay them, in Austin? 50 Tooth driller’s deg. 51 Herb of the Tijuana Brass 52 Scooby- - (toon dog) 53 “Just a -” 55 Chairman with a “Little Red Book” 56 See 40-Down 58 Zig’s mate 59 Josh 62 Slip - (blunder) 66 Adage fostering pity parties, in Jefferson City? 71 Color shade
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72 Ping- 73 “... as - say ...” 74 Financial adviser Suze 75 Influential Darwin twork, in Salem? 79 Polite reply to a lady 80 Hobo’s attire 81 Golfer Ernie 82 Relative of a reindeer 83 Ending for 115-Down in a cereal name 85 Billfold bill 87 Narc’s org. 88 Persevere in 90 Java cup 93 Parasite-infested critter, in Montpelier? 100 Bar fixture 102 2,055, to Nero 103 Brontë’s “Jane -” 104 “Do - others as ...” 105 Gulf War leader, in Atlanta? 108 Country rocker Steve 111 700-mile African river 112 Bit of land in a river 114 Disco activity 119 Most favorable conditions 121 “Not as simple as all that!,” in Salt Lake City? 125 Corrupt 126 “- lift?” 127 Tooth next to a canine 128 “- Pointe Blank” (1997 film) 129 Italian city on the Adige 130 South-of-the-border citizen
DOWN 1 18-wheeler 2 “... I met - with seven wives” 3 Sportscaster - Albert 4 Irish New Age star 5 Foyers, e.g. 6 Web vending 7 Crime writer Ruth 8 Roush of baseball 9 Id regulators 10 Book after Obadiah 11 Drop the ball 12 Corp. biggie 13 Big fan of Captain Kirk and his crew 14 “Michael Collins” co-star Quinn 15 “Cape Fear” director Martin 16 Intellectual 17 Accrued 18 Hamelin pest 19 Meth- ending 24 - spot (shave imperfectly) 29 Chico or Harpo 31 Comedian 33 Very, very 34 Just painted 35 A-E fill 36 Sci-fi beings 37 Swindle 38 Soothing pink lotion 39 Designates 40 With 56-Across, marketing links 42 State bordering Veracruz 46 Melancholy 47 2, for helium: Abbr. 48 NASA scrub 49 Regarding 54 Resort near Naples 57 Bygone Toyota 58 Insults wittily 59 Foxworthy and
Bridges 60 Job bid figs. 61 Extent 63 Discovered 64 Tilting 65 Ob- - (delivery Dr.) 67 Jerky sort 68 Film director Nicolas 69 Infringe upon 70 Scoffing sort 71 Tot’s amuser 76 Hershiser of the diamond 77 Former Nair
competitor 78 Screen siren Sommer 84 Prefix for “quintillionth” 86 Pro gridiron match-ups 87 Segments: Abbr. 89 Kiwi relative 90 Chinese food additive 91 Sport- 92 Extend as far as 94 Hi-tech ‘zine
95 Atmospheric music genre 96 - -ray Disc 97 Turn a blind 98 Big gun gp. 99 Lush green vegetation 101 Planet paths 106 Laughable 107 “The Father of the Symphony” 109 Kind of paint 110 As a friend, to François
113 “- first you don’t ...” 115 Alternative to vanilla: Abbr. 116 Jamaica, por ejemplo 117 Flatbread of India 118 Greek pita sandwich 119 Part of WHO: Abbr. 120 “- favor, señor!” 122 - Lingus 123 Visit with 124 Engine stat
Double Xword Pt.2 Working Out the BUgs ACROSS 1 Sir, in old India 6 Floored by 13 High fliers 20 “George & -” (former talk show) 21 It may collect around a scratching post 22 Builds into a wall 23 Bug’s favorite kissing game? 25 Least active 26 One way or another 27 U.S. Navy off. 28 Sordid 30 Corporate shuffle, for short 32 Bug’s favorite book worm? 37 Citizen: Suffix
40 “There - sides to every story” 43 Soccer great Hamm 44 City near Lake 107-Down 45 Bug’s favorite state of mind? 50 Cake-and-ice-cream occasions, for short 51 Soft felt hat 52 Hang around 53 Last check box, often 55 Nonclerical 56 Soviet premier Kosygin 57 Mem. of Congress 58 See 60-Down 59 Peeples of “Fame” 61 Affirmative gesture
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62 “7 Faces of Dr. -” 64 Bug’s favorite interrogation aid? 69 Improve by making small changes 72 Mini, Nano, and Shuffle 74 French euro division 75 Bug’s favorite fall drink? 77 Rocky pinnacle 78 New Year in Vietnam 79 Dot in the Rhône 80 Beagle, e.g. 81 Kind of camera, briefly 83 Mogadishu native 86 Boar’s mate 89 Talks to God 91 Chinese premierEnlai 92 Clothing smoother 93 Actress Linda 95 Bug’s favorite Eddie Rabbitt hit? 98 Shankar with a sitar 99 Not well 100 Rowing a boat 101 Equine beast 102 Bug’s favorite naval officer? 105 Letter-shaped hardware items 109 Athens site 110 Atop, poetically 113 Capriciously 117 Cola holder 120 Bug’s favorite Fats Waller song? 123 Actor Chad 124 Matrimonial 125 Really rotund 126 July 4 events
127 Compound in plastics 128 New Jersey county DOWN 1 Impudent talk 2 Fido’s dishful 3 Actor Corey 4 Spiritual 5 Use the tub 6 Sore muscle application 7 Apprehend 8 Suit to 9 “Since -?!” 10 Erodes 11 Oman export 12 Not musty 13 Meal part 14 Golfer Mark 15 Flabbergast 16 Poet Kipling 17 Before, to a poet 18 Lo- - monitor 19 Retired jet 24 “Yoo- -” 29 Put a cap on 31 Concerto 33 “- my word!” (“I do declare!”) 34 Traffic (in) 35 Big name in New Age 36 Upbeat 37 Newborn girl, in Spain 38 Spinning skating leap 39 Finished 41 Punta del 42 IRS worker 46 Courteney of “Friends” 47 Tram cargo 48 One sending cybernotes
49 Play awards 50 Conan O’54 Adds to the database 58 Outmoded 60 With 58-Across, first play division 63 iPhone program 64 Part of FYI 65 - -friendly 66 Largest moon of Uranus 67 Alternatives to waffles
68 Turns in 70 Cato’s 151 71 Gives aid 72 “- solemnly swear...” 73 Tent stake 76 Pastoral 77 Hooky player 81 - -Pei 82 “Lush Life” co-star Petty 84 Suffix with co tradict 85 TLC giver
86 Feudal slave 87 Egg’s shape 88 Undulate 90 Sicknesses 91 Fanatical devotion 94 Torrent 96 Big inits. in overseas broadcasting 97 Of low birth 99 Imagine 103 Rainbowlike 104 Paper quantities 106 “A,” in Paris
107 Nevada border lake 108 Hefty slices 111 Arab chief 112 Matrimony, for one 114 They intersect rds. 115 Go skyward 116 Tinkertoy or Lego alternative 117 Mo. #9 118 Lab eggs 119 Köln article 121 - “King” Cole 122 - Luis Obispo
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Truman viewing the world upside down!
Dear Truman has been with us since February 2011. When found, we assumed he was a yard dog because his coat was filthy, full of tar and grease. He seemed somewhat detached, unemotional, and would just stay by your side like a sentry. Sadly, he didn’t even know what toys were. Enter LAP volunteers and what a turnaround! Tru is a different dog. Spend a little time with him and you’ll now see a sweet, mellow, affectionate, sociable fella. You’ll immediately notice how much Boxer he has in him... he hops and plays like a Boxer and is built like one, except for his big ol’ lunky head! In the middle of a play session, this clown will just stop, drop and roll on his back for some belly-rubbin’ lovin’. It seems he likes watching the world from a different perspective... upside down! Good-natured, comical and goofy, Truman is just too golden to keep all to ourselves. We know there is someone out there who will enjoy him as much as we do. And it’s about time Truman finds his home, sweet home. Will it be yours?
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August by Psychicdeb
You might feel as if your ability to concentrate has fallen by the wayside as Saturn moves through your 3rd house. Keep your mind flexible and don’t be so rigid in your thinking. Remain open to others’ suggestions. Your way is not the only way.
Saturn in your 2nd house moves you in a cycle where you must learn to hold onto your money. That “rainy day” could come sooner than you expected. You must learn to develop a more mature attitude with regard to your spending habits.
You are ending an old cycle and preparing the way for a new you as Saturn moves through your 1st house. But you must drop certain habits along the way; something about you must change. Keep your spirits high, let Saturn be your guide, and don’t be afraid to change. Saturn will never be more supportive than right now as it moves through your 12th house. Work hard on becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be and don’t let anyone else influence your thinking, including your thoughts of guilt and insecurity. As the expression goes, “You’re known by the company you keep” and now you’re searching for more quality time with those you wish to spend quality time with. If a friendship breaks up during this transit, it wouldn’t have survived no matter what the stars had in store. Are you totally frustrated over your career? You will eventually get what you want but you’ll have to learn a lesson about ambition. Saturn in your 10th natal house is not about to hand you a promotion on a silver platter, so you’ll have to earn it the hard way. Be patient. If you find that you have the time to spare, you will benefit greatly by taking a course that involves deep study or by educating yourself in a field that always captured your interest. A belief system will help you remain hopeful in the face of unexpected obstacles. So begins the process of weeding out those things that are no longer workable in your life as Saturn moves through your 8th house. Trust in your deepest beliefs that there is a plan to your life after all. Tap into your higher power to find it so you can grow naturally in both mind and spirit. Saturn in opposition to your natal Sun is one of the hardest transits, making you cranky during this period. This makes it difficult for those close to you to warm up to you. Don’t isolate the ones you love just because you’re not getting 100 percent from them. It will pass in time.
Your work and health are important to you now as Saturn moves through your 6th house. The physical demands of your job are taking their toll. Get plenty of sleep and learn the art of timing. Try to pace yourself whenever you can.
Saturn in your 5th house will make you feel as though there is a lack of gratifying opportunities in your life. Try to maintain a positive attitude about it all. Relax and nurture those free moments you have to spare for pleasure and creativity.
As Saturn transits your 4th house, there is something about your home environment that may be causing you a lot of frustration. What you are searching for is domestic stability. Your challenge is to make your home as loving and tranquil as possible.
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: www.astro-mate.org.