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Drastic Cuts to Police Dept.

New Budget is Over $93 Million





The axe will soon fall on 213 county employees and everyone left will receive a two-week pay furlough if County Executive Edward Mangano’s new budget proposed to the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) goes through. The layoffs will reportedly save the county $9.7 million while the furlough will save $17.1 million. The plan also includes having the Nassau County Police Department redeploy 142 sworn police officers and 41 civilian posts, mostly from desk jobs to patrol duty. That will reportedly save the county 104,150 hours of police officers, supervisors, and civilian overtime adding up to $8.4 million in savings. The proposed changes don’t sit well with Police Benevolence Associated President James Carver. “They will have a negative impact,” Carver said. “Departments can’t handle anymore cuts without it having a negative affect on public safety. We’re at the bare minimum right now. My job is to represent my members. I think the County Executive has to look at other areas for ways to make cuts. The government’s job is to protect the people through the police departments, and he’s not doing that here.” “Our union leaders still have time to offer voluntary concessions that save their colleagues jobs,” Mangano said. “The severity of these actions could be lessened if concessions are offered and an agreement is reached with our unions.” Another $22 million will be saved through the elimination of 307 budgeted vacant county positions. NIFA has already accepted $15 million worth of the vacancies. “Since the last thing Nassau families need in these tough economic times is a double-digit property tax increase, I have cut government spending,” Mangano said. “This first round of cuts will affect every area of the County and the services we provide.” The county has also asked NIFA to implement its wage freeze powers as they have estimated that it will save $10.5 million. If NIFA fails to implement this power by April 1st, there

Knowledge has a price and education has a high value, but how high is it in The Five Towns? The proposed budget of the Lawrence Public School District for next year is $93.1 million. There are currently 3,148 students enrolled in the school district, if the budget gets voted in on May 17, 2011, that education will cost approximately $30,000 a head. In the budget, $8.7 million is allocated towards administrative costs such as curriculum, supervision, the Board of Education, central administration, public information, and other services. The largest expense will be the actual school program cost which is $76.7 million, making up the actual cost of instruction, special education, summer school, technology, transportation, extra-curricular activities such as athletics, and transportation. The remaining $7.6 million will be put towards capital expenditures and debt services. To raise this budget, the school district will appropriate $78.9 million from a tax levy, which comes from local property taxes. New York State will provide an expected $6.4 million in aid, and the school makes up the rest of this budget from $3.1 million in various revenues, $1.5 million from an estimated surplus, $2.1 million in tax reserves, and $900,000 from all other reserves. The proposed budget for the coming school year at $93.1 million is a million less than the previous year’s expenditures, which was $94.1 million. This reduction was made in anticipation to the loss of educational state aid in Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget cuts in order to close the state’s projected $10 billion deficit. “We must wake up to the new economic reality that government must be more efficient and cut the cost of bureaucracy,” Cuomo said at the end of February. “We must streamline government because raising taxes are not an option. Reducing back-office overhead, administration, consultants and encouraging consolidations are the best targets to find savings.” The school budget will include a reduction

Hopefully we’ve seen the last Spring snowstorms. Local geese seem unfazed by the unseasonable weather at Hewlett’s Grant Park. Standard Photo by JC Chan.

Scaturro Tosses Hat Back in Ring 2010 GOP House Candidate Starts Campaign


Frank Scaturro has announced his second candidacy to represent New York’s 4th congressional district in the 2012 election. Scaturro lost in a Republican primary against Nassau County legislator Francis Becker 10,361 votes to 7,733 in 2010 and hopes he has a chance to unseat 4th District Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy this time around. “I’m doing it for the same reasons as last time,” Scaturro said. “I’ve long been interested in our country’s history and government. I fell in love with politics when I was seven years old, and I’ve spent my whole life getting involved.” Becker went on to lose last year’s election against McCarthy, garnering 46.4 percent of the votes. Becker said that he has been considering run-

Frank Scaturro’s Thursday email blast to local Republicans ning again, but with New York scheduled to lose two congressional districts before next year’s election, he isn’t ready to make any kind of announcement. “I just feel that for anyone to announce that they’re running for congress at this point is premature,” Becker said of Scaturro’s candidacy. “We



Nassau County is short $24 million in bus fare, and the MTA, which runs Nassau’s buses, is saying the free ride is over. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposed a plan to cut 27 bus routes, and the able-ride program, which would effect thousands of riders. As a result, thousands could be left jobless with no way to get to work because of few options for alternative transportation. County Executive Ed Mangano on Wednesday, asserted, “the MTA is mismanaging its budget.” Mangano referred to the MTA’s “astronomically high salaries,” and that an audit

conducted by State Comptroller DiNapoli’s office revealed that the MTA spends $560 million annually on overtime. It also noted that the MTA paid 8,074 employees over $100,000 in 2009, the chairman has an annual salary of $350,000, and allegedly paying employees when they’re not working. “It is these lavish spending habits that have caused the MTA to cut Long Island Bus service in the past and have caused this hearing to take place today. Let me be clear.  The MTA is putting bus drivers out of work, not Nassau County,” Mangano charged. The N31, which runs from Hempstead and Malverne CONTINUED ON P. A7



Lawrence and Cedarhurst Garnering Over $2 Million From Meters and Tickets

No Money to Plug Deficits


don’t know if there is going to be a congressional district. If they redistrict, depending on where the lines are drawn, you might not even be living in this district. I’m not surprised though. It shows his (Scaturro’s) lack of maturity in running for office and un-


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In the world of parking meters, every minute counts. Paying for parking is the last thing most Lawrence and Cedarhurst residents want to worry about, but considering that parking tickets, traffic violations, fines, and meters make up 43 percent of the $4 million budgeted revenue in the Village of Cedarhurst, and 29 percent of the $2 million budgeted revenue in the Village of Lawrence, scrounging for change is worth it for the villages. Cedarhurst Treasurer Salvatore Evola said that the village

has budgeted $723,000 in revenues from street parking meters, and about $1 million in fines, which are mostly tickets, but also includes vehicle and

traffic violations, in the 20102011 year. The actual revenue made won’t be available until May, which marks the end of the fiscal year. Evola said that 18 percent of the expected rev-

enue in the village budget is made from parking meters, and 25 percent of the expected revenue is from tickets, out of the $4 million total in expected revenues. Although the numbers seem high, Cedarhurst mayor, Andrew J. Parise noted that if there was free parking, tax rates could potentially double. Meters “are good for the village,” Parise noted. “Otherwise people would park there all day and shoppers wouldn’t find a place to park, people would park in all the spots to take the train, people working in the offices would park all day…where would everyone CONTINUED ON P. A3

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of civil service staff by 42, a reduction of administrative personnel from 23 to 19, and pupil services which includes guidance counseling and special education, will be cut by 21 members. Additionally, the school district plans to add two elementary classroom teachers to a pool of 70 and will not change the number of subject teachers at 164. Payroll will also be Current superintendent of the reduced by $3.4 million dol- Lawrence school district, Dr. John T. Fitzsimons lars. Governor Cuomo also has proposed slashing school su- would create such havoc in perintendent salaries at fixed the system.” The current proposal does rates depending on school district enrollment. If the not apply to assistant superproposal goes through, the intendents and other adminLawrence school district at istrators. Gary Schall, the asits current enrollment will sistant superintendent for have a superintendent sala- curriculum, earns $166,464 in ry cap of $165,000. The cur- salary and $26,726 in benefits. rent superintendent of the Elsie Friedman, the assistant Lawrence school district, Dr. superintendent for business, John T. Fitzsimons, who is re- earns $135,187 in salary and tiring at the end of the school $32,069 in benefits. year, earns a total of $336,111, Cuomo’s cuts could cost the including $255,000 in salary, school district $1.5 million in $71,111 in benefits, and $10,000 state aid, $800,000 in federin other costs such as addi- al and state grants, and an adtional insurance, housing and ditional $400,000 in summer moving allowance, personal special education funding. Touse of vehicles, and other ex- gether, that is a $2.7 million total loss in revenue aside from penses. “Why would anybody want local taxes. The school disto be in this district with 3,100 trict’s budget will maintain kids, making $165,000 taking the current tax levy. The six on this scope of responsibil- year average tax levy increase ity when some of the teach- is currently at .06%. The pubers here are approaching that lic can vote on the budget on rate?” Fitzsimons said. “It May 17.

else park?” Parise also noted that they have 10 parking lots to maintain, and the revenue is used for maintenance, such as a sweeper every morning in the business area, and meter repairs. Parise said that each meter cost around $400, and that they are currently replacing about 600 or 700 meters. Cedarhurst has one full time meter collector, and four part time collectors who combined, are paid roughly $130,000. With 283 stores in Cedarhurst, parking effects the merchants just as much as the residents. Sakoff’s toy store in Cedarhurst said that if there weren’t metered parking, commuters would park on the street, which would prohibit parking for shoppers. One of the store associates said, “They can only blame themselves,” referring to the unlucky customers who receive parking tickets. For some, avoiding meters altogether is a better option.

Water Flushing Season Begins BY JC CHAN



atch out for flushing water, the annual program to clean out iron deposits and sediments inside The Five Towns water system is underway by Long Island American Water. The program is conducted on an neighborhood to neighborhood basis. It will involve simultaneously opening fire hydrants in specific areas to creating an increased water flow to clear out deposits that have accumulated with winter’s reduced water demand. The flushing schedule for The Five Towns is as follows. Atlantic Beach: March 21 – April 4 Cedarhurst: March 21 – April 4 Hewlett: March 14 – March 25 Hewlett Bay Park: March 14 – March 25 Hewlett Harbor: March 14 – March 25 Hewlett Neck: March 7 – March 18 Inwood: March 21 – April 4 Lawrence: March 21 – April 4 Woodmere: March 7 – March 18 Woodsburgh: March 7 – March 18

Long Island American Water recommends you run water for a while if there is any discoloration until it becomes clear and that residents may notice a drop in water pressure if there are crews in your area. Lendel Jones, a company spokeswoman, assures that the water discoloration is not a health issue. “There’s nothing wrong with water quality,” Jones said. “Iron is naturally occurring in the water on Long Island. It is not a health issue, it’s more aesthetic.” According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the high concentration of dissolved iron in the Long Island ground water costs local water companies several million dollars annually. Long Island American Water opened a $7.5 million iron removal plant in October 2010 on Franklin Ave on the North Lynbrook - Malverne border, called Plant Number 8. The company is planning to construct another plant, called Plant Number 15, on Whitehall St. in Lynbrook along with infrastructure improvements such as the replacement of fire hydrants and service lines. The company works on a five year plan basis, scheduling new maintenance in its system every year. According to the water company, the average household in 2010 used approximately 110,965 gallons of water at about $1.50 a day. In an average three person household, the cost of water is about 50 cents a head per day. The company gets its water from wells tapped into the Upper Glacial, Magothy, Jameco, and Lloyd aquifers, which is layered like a cake under the ground of Long Island.

Shelly Moser of Lawrence said, “ I walk here [Central Avenue] just so I don’t have to pay the meters.” Another resident noted that she’s fine with the parking meters, but it would be helpful if parking on the street was free on the weekends. She also added that the muni-meters installed in many parking lots in Lawrence are often broken. “It’s a lot if you have your kids with you, and if it’s raining, or cold, and just walking to one of the machines is like half a block.” A Lawrence village official noted that the village is expected to receive a total of $641,900 in revenues from meters, parking tickets, and court fines. Revenues from Lawrence street meters are $115,000, $126,900 in parking lot meters, and $400,000 in court fines and parking tickets, for the 2010-2011 year. Also, there are three full-time meter collectors for combined salaries of $90,000. There’s also $30,000 appropriated for the salaries of the workers who empty me-

ters and fix them. Mayor Martin Oliner could not be reached for comment. Elisheva Taitz of Lawrence recalled a friend’s incident with a village inspector. “My friend’s husband walked out of the store just as his meter expired, and the inspector gave him a ticket anyway,” Taitz said. Patricia O’ Byrne, treasurer of Great Neck Plaza, said, “If we didn’t have meters, commuters would be parked all over the street. We need a turnover for stores, so people can get there and shop. This way, you don’t have to tax people, you can provide services from the revenue from your meters.” Byrne noted that for the last fiscal year, Great Neck Plaza earned $443,000 from parking meter fees, and $885,000 in code and moving violations, but the majority of that was from parking tickets. Conversely, even villages that don’t have parking meters are considering it during the current economic downturn. John Dominsky, an official

SCATURRO TOSSES HAT BACK IN RING CONTINUED FROM P. A1 derstanding the political landscape.” Other local Republican leaders weren’t as willing to comment on Scaturro’s announcement. “The Republican National Committee is very focused on the 2011 elections,” Republican Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony Santino said. “At the moment we have no reaction other than that we are focused on the 2011 elections right now and

will worry about 2012 when it comes.” Asked about potential opposition from within the local Republican Party, Scaturro remained optimistic: “I’ll leave it to them to respond to that. I hope that people look at what happened last year and reach the conclusion that we could use a fresh face to run for office, and I obviously hope that the opposition will be minimal. Of course it’s not unusual that when something like this becomes obtainable, that there will be competition for it.”

A 1997 University of Pennsylvania School of Law graduate, Scaturro has been active in politics since 1991 when he began lobbying for the repair of Grant’s Tomb, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant. He has served as Counsel for the Constitution to the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a key aide in the nominations of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. He has also written four books. Personally, he works at the law firm FSB FisherBroyles.


from Great Neck Village, stated that if the two percent property tax cap is imposed, “It’s something we’ll consider. If we find our backs against the wall, our board might consider it.” New York City, which is infamous for it’s costly parking, had $604.9 million in parking violation revenues in 2010, said a New York City Department of Finance spokesperson. A representative from the New York City Department of Transportation said that on average, $350,000 in meter revenues are generated a day, which means over $127 million a year. Cedarhurst and Lawrence residents pay considerably less than other parts of New York, and despite the nuisance of digging for change, Parise noted that it pays off in keeping Cedarhurst the place it is. “Ever since I could remember as a child, we had parking meters. That’s why we have a thriving village,” Parise said. However, thriving village or not, one resident said that paying for parking “sucks.” She added, “They should have 10 hour meters, or at the least three hour meters. I would shop in Cedarhurst more if I didn’t have to worry about the meters. “

He hopes to be part enacting political change if he reaches office. “So many politicians are afraid to speak about entitlement,” Scaturro said. “Once they get in power you see so many politicians back down on it. I want to join a few candid voices that want to have a discussion about what we are facing in the future. I think I offer honesty and experience to a job like this, as well as an appreciation and reverence for the constitution as a constitutional lawyer. Hopefully this is what the people in our district are looking for the next time around.”



Legislative Roundup

Your Weekly Guide to How Our Elected Officials Are Voting and What They’re Voting On. Carolyn McCarthy , U.S. Representative, New York’s 4th District Voted NAY On Passage of Bill H.Con.Res. 28 (Failed Passage in House) Mar 17, 2011. This bill is to direct the President pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan by no later than 30 days after this resolution is adopted; or if the President determines that it is not safe to remove them by such date, by no later than December 31, 2011, or such earlier date that the President determines that they can be safely removed. Voted NO On Passage of Bill H.R. 1076 (Passed, awaiting Senate vote) Mar 17, 2011. This bill prohibits the Federal funding of National Public Radio and use of Federal funds to acquire radio con-

tent. Voted YEA On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 1076 (Failed) Mar 17, 2011 Same as above. Voted NO On Passage of Bill H.Res. 174 (Passed) Mar 17, 2011 Same as above. Voted NAY On Ordering the Previous Question: H. Res. 174 (Passed) Mar 17, 2011. Same as above. Voted NO On Passage of Bill H.R. 861 (Passed, awaiting Senate vote) Mar 16, 2011. This bill rescinds and cancels permanently all unobligated balances remaining available, as of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assistance to states and local governments for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed

homes and residential properties. Voted NO On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 861 (Failed) Mar 16, 2011. Same as above. Voted AYE to Amendment 8 of Bill H.R. 861 (Failed) Mar 16, 2011. An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to list the number of homes in each state that have been vacant for 90 days or more and which would be eligible for rehabilitation under the program. Would also state that by voting to terminate this program, these units may not be able to be rehabilitated using NSP funds. Voted AYE to Amendment 7 to Bill H.R. 861 (Failed) Mar 16, 2011. An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to require the Secretary of HUD to study the num-

ber of homes that will not be mitigated in each Congressional district as a result of the funding rescission, and report findings to Congress. Voted AYE to Amendment 6 Bill H.R. 861 (Failed) Mar 16, 2011. An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to require the Secretary of HUD to send a notice to NSP grantees that would have received funding under NSP that the program has been terminated. Voted AYE to Amendment 3 to Bill H.R. 861 (Failed) March 16, 2011. An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to provide findings for the need for and efficacy of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Voted AYE On Motion to




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lazing trails from Woodmere to Elmont, Ann DeMicheal was honored by The Nassau County Legislature as one of 22 “Trailblazer’s Of The New Millennium.” In the thirteenth annual award ceremony held this past Monday afternoon, Legislator Howard J. Kopel, along with other legislators, awarded accomplished women in their districts. “While many people her age would have been content to retire, Ann maintains a schedule that would leave most 20 year old gasping for breath!” Kopel said of DeMicheal. DeMicheal, a 48-year resident of Woodmere, works as a

constituent for Legislator John Ciotti of District Three, is involved with the Woodmere Republican Club, and is also on the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development. “This is not political, this is doing the right thing by helping people,” DeMicheal said. In the past, DeMicheal had shoe giant, Steve Madden, donate 400 pairs of shoes to the children in the Lawrence school district. “It’s just nice to be appreciated,” DeMicheal added. DeMicheal, also a member of the Elmont Health Committee, will be involved in a health fair at the Elmont Public Library on Saturday May 14, from 9am-4pm. The fair will offer breast screenings, cholesterol and blood testing, and free giveaways.








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Action Packed March and Cabaret Night on the Horizon April For Lawrence Students At Hewlett H.S. on April 2nd BY DAVID KAUFMAN




he students of Lawrence High School certainly did not return from the week-long February break as sluggishly as one may have predicted. Rather, March has so far proved to be one of the busiest months of the entire year. The Dance Department held hours-long rehearsals in preparation for their benefit concert; the drama club was preparing endlessly for their annual Buskins show. The Italian Club and the Latin American Club pooled their resources to plan one of the largest cultural events of the year- Carnevale. The Lawrence High School Dance Department worked extremely hard since September to assemble a benefit concert that featured the tunes of Frank Sinatra, with a special guest performance by Mark Buttice and the Swing Easy Band, on March 6th. The show, choreographed by Ms. Laila Sales and titled “Come Dance With Me”, was a sold-out performance and was enjoyed by all generations in the community. The show benefitted the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a charity near and dear to Lawrence’s talented and respected art teacher, Mr. Rob Verone. Andréa Rizzo, a cousin of Mr. Verone, was a young woman who had a passion for dance and who battled and survived childhood cancer. Andréa realized the importance of dance in the healing process; she wished to share her love of it

Lawrence Model Congress delegates at Herricks Model Congress on March 19 by establishing a dance therapy program for sick and disabled children. Unfortunately, she was tragically killed at the age of 24 by a drunk driver. With the help of many friends and family, Andréa’s dream was kept alive through the foundation, which is nationwide. It was the Dance Department’s honor to host this benefit concert and donate proceeds to this worthy cause. From March 3 to March 5, the drama club showcased its annual Buskins performance titled “Leading Ladies”. All three performances were standing room only, thanks to the extremely talented (and hysterical) cast members and the director, Mr. Richard Buckley. I had the pleasure of seeing the show on opening night, and I must say it was the funniest show I’ve ever seen, surpassing many Broadway performances. Personally, I am not one to laugh during movies or shows, but this performance was the rare exception; I was

Brittany Beyer is currently a Lawrence High School senior who plans to pursue a career path in international relations and political science. She is also an avid reader who enjoys writing, dancing, performing community service, and fundraising for various charitable organizations.



doubled over in my seat and by the end of the show, I had pains in my side from laughing so hard. It goes without saying that there was never a dull moment in this show, whose basic plot was about two traveling Shakespearean English actors in America who wanted to strike it rich in order to move to Los Angeles to start making movies. Unfortunately for them, the cards did not fall in their favor, and they are broke. They then came across an advertisement for an elderly woman who is trying to locate her nieces, whom she had not seen in decades, so they can inherit her rather large estate when she passes away. This, of course, provides a golden opportunity for the male actors to quickly come into a fortune. Hilarity ensues from this point. On March 4 and 5, Lawrence High School’s debate club, Model Congress, traveled to Westchester to compete in one of the year’s largest “foreign congresses,” The New Rochelle Model Congress. A couple of times a month, the members of Model Congress visit neighboring schools, hence the term “foreign con-

h, springtime in Hewlett. The snow is gone, the flowers begin to bloom, Ralph’s is open and of course, there’s “March Madness.” No, not that much-hyped NCAA basketball championship, but rather the deluge of activity that seems to pop up all too quickly after a long and dreary winter. This season is certainly no exception. While many Hewlett students enjoyed coming back to school refreshed and relaxed after February vacation, there was no rest for weary band students, who awoke promptly at 4:30 am the following Friday morning for our “Grand Tour” in Puerto Rico. Arriving that same afternoon in sunny San Juan, band members didn’t have to try too hard to get used to their new surroundings. After a morning of “strenuous” hiking in the rainforest (we are, after all, musicians, not athletes), the Hewlett High School Festival Band headed towards its real challenge of the day: a concert at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto, a stunningly beautiful courtyard settings with acoustics comparable to those of Carnegie Hall, which Hewlett’s musicians had the privilege of experiencing just a short two years ago. The trip concluded with a joint concert, combining Hewlett’s festival band and the wind ensemble from the School for Performing Arts of Humacao, which proved, in the words of


won first place in the website category; and Spectrum took second place for best overall newspaper at the competition. This Friday is the annual Sports Night at Hewlett, a much-hyped event of friendly class competition, dedicated to the memory of former Hewlett student, Adam Barsel. Each grade is judged not only by their performances in the athletics of the evening, but also by an intense relay race between class captains and dance put on members of each grade. Lastly, Hewlett students are anxiously awaiting Cabaret Night, a night of music, dance, and comedy put on by some of Hewlett’s most talented students to raise money for the Laura Rosenberg foundation, dedicated to combatting pediatric cancer. This year’s show is scheduled for April 2. The cabaret team, led by Hewlett teachers Barbara Gluck, Calum Pasqua, and Cary Epstein, has raised thousands of dollars to date. As spring rolls around, often inducing pandemonium into our daily lives, it’s easy to get lost in the “madness.” The good news, however, is that spring only means one thing— that summer is just around the corner.

David Kaufman is a junior at Hewlett High School, and is the co-editor-in-chief of the Hewlett Spectrum, the high school’s newspaper. His opinion column, entitled “Keeping up with Kaufman” can be found in the upcoming issue of Spectrum or at

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Hewlett’s band director James Dragovich, that “music truly is a universal language.” Quickly shifting gears, superintendent Dr. Joyce Bisso, who accompanied the band on its voyage, along with members of the Hewlett High School Youth Leadership forum (many of whom were also on the band trip) hosted a “world café” entitled “Community Conversation on Educating the Future for the Future.” Calling on students, parents, faculty, and members of the community to participate in the discussion, the event drew a diverse crowd who were able to sustain meaningful conservations on the district’s new initiatives for learning, the impact of technology, and the future of education as a whole. Editors of Spectrum, Hewlett’s award-winning newspaper, upheld the newspapers’ reputation at Adelphi University’s Press Day on March 16. Spectrum was able to rack up a total of five awards at the event: senior Matt Vitha won a bronze medal for in the sports category; I received a gold medal for my submissions to the opinions category and an honorable mention in the editorial category, junior Jason Brooks

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he Mesivta Ateres Yaakov of Lawrence Legal Eagles have soared into the final four out of more than 60 teams competing in the Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament. Following the team’s February victory over Friends Academy, a winning streak ensured. After countless hours of preparation, on March 2nd the defense team beat Syosset High School. On March 7th, the plaintiff’s team won a close contest against Solomon Schechter High School. A week later on March 16th, the Legal Eagles’ plaintiffs scored another victory, defeating Roslyn High School’s team. The school’s General Studies Principal, Rabbi Sam Rudansky, M.A., J.D., commented, “We are extremely proud

of the boys. Their dedication and commitment has helped them distinguish their team as one of the top contenders in Nassau County. We are also grateful to the outstanding leadership and devotion of our attorney-coach David Kirschner who has worked extremely hard with the students since early November. He has helped them learn every aspect of trial practice including witness examination, opening statements, and closing arguments.” Rav Mordechai Yaffe, Ph.D., Head of School, said, “I find it amazing that our students are able to consistently compete at this level, given the multiple responsibilities they carry each day. Above the competiCONTINUED ON P. A7



Action Packed March and April For Lawrence Students CONTINUED FROM P. A6 gress,” in order to debate and socialize with friends from different schools. Model Congress is one of Lawrence’s largest student-run clubs. Over 40 students, better known as “delegates” in the Model Congress world, debated for Lawrence. The delegates’ debating skills and enthusiasm paid off, and LMC (Lawrence Model Congress) took home the “Best Delegation” award, besting the seven other schools who were also competing that weekend. LMC competed at Herricks High School on March 18 and 19, and will compete at Hewlett High School on April 8 and April 9. Hopefully, they will be just as successful at these Congresses as they were at New Rochelle. Lawrence’s business club, DECA, recently traveled to the all-state competition in Rochester, New York. Members of the club won numerous awards, and five seniors placed high enough in their respective categories to qualify to go to DECA International, which will be held in Orlando, Florida in May. The entire Lawrence High School community is wishing them the best of luck. March 7 through March 11 was Foreign Language Week at Lawrence High School; it was celebrated by two

events: The Italian Club’s culture festivities night called Carnevale on March 8th and a soccer tournament which took place over the entire duration of the week, in which Team USA was declared the winner. Carnevale benefitted the Italian Club Scholarship Fund; it also featured a performance by the Latin American Club. The event featured raffles, carnival games, a DJ, and delicious food donated by many favorite local restaurants. Carnevale was a huge success and the Italian Club and Latin American Club hope to be able to continue hosting this event in the coming years. There are many exciting events that Lawrence High School students have to look forward to in the coming weeks. Seniors will be receiving their college acceptances; Key Club, Lawrence’s largest community service organization, will be hosting their annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, Relay for Life, on April 16 and April 17 to which the entire community is invited; the Music Department will be taking their biennial trip with over 200 students and staff to perform in Disney World this week. I look forward to writing about these events that are sure to be wonderful experiences for the Lawrence community.

MTA Cutting Two Local Bus Lines CONTINUED FROM P. A1 through Lynbrook and the Five Towns to Far Rockaway, is being discontinued, as well as the N33, which serves Far Rockaway, Atlantic Beach, and Long Beach residents. According to the MTA, the N31 has an average of 2,170 passengers a week and each customer costs $3 to $4. The costs are attributed to operational expenses, scheduling, and road control, among other items. The N33 has a weekly average of 1,750 passengers, in which costs the MTA $4 dollars during the week, and $8 on Sundays. At $2.25 for bus fare, the MTA has an average deficit ranging from $1.75 to $5.75 per rider, per trip. In a recent statement, the MTA asserts that Nassau County hasn’t paid the fees needed to fund the buses in over 10 years. According to the MTA, they have already cut overtime by 13 per-

cent, the bus budget has been reduced by $10 million, and have tried cutting costs again for a total savings of $16 million, which is still not enough. Nassau County is only paying $9 million of the $140 million needed in the bus budget. Patricia Bowden of the local Transport Workers Union of America 252 said that although ridership has been up 10 percent because of the gas prices, since the proposed cuts have been announced, morale has been down. “ I was blaming the MTA, but now I’m blaming Mangano,” Bowden said. Bowden noted she is against privatization because “all private companies care about is money.” According to Bowden, Mangano’s assertion that the MTA paid employees over $100, 000 is incorrect. “No way, do my members make that much. If they did they would have to work 80 plus hours a week. Some of

Nassau To Cut 213 Workers Furlough Others For Two Weeks CONTINUED FROM P. A1 will be an automatic wage hike for all county employees. Mangano’s office has asked NIFA to respond to this new budget proposal by that date in order to avoid the hike. “I think that everyone is going to have to pitch in here,” Kopel said. “I can go down the list of cuts and each one will have constituents that will say this is wrong or unfair, and they will be right. At the end of the day, if the money isn’t there, it isn’t there.” NIFA has previously state that they do not have the power to raise income taxes, but some lawmakers aren’t buying it. “I’m afraid NIFA is going to say they don’t trust our num-

bers,” Nassau County legislator Howard Kopel said. “They say correctly that they can’t force anyone to raise taxes but that’s disingenuous because there are other ways of making that happen.” The second largest budget saving item in Mangano’s proposed plan is tax certiorari borrowing reform that will save an estimated $30 million. Also on the slate to be cut is $16 million in departmental cuts, both to operating cost and contracts. “You can’t balance budgets with borrowed money,” Kopel said. “That’s something that I agree with. I just wish they had made that stance years ago because then we wouldn’t be in this situation today.”

them make $56,000 a year, and some of them make less.” Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg said that the proposed cuts are “outrageous,” and “devastating to individuals who don’t have cars.” Dahlia Vassel, a Far Rockaway resident who commutes into Woodmere said that the bus cuts are “crazy” and “unfair.” Vassel added, “ People pay taxes, it’s unfair for them not to get to work. You have to go to work to pay your taxes, and now you might as well get a job where you can walk to work.” Getting a car is not an option, Vassel said. “Insurance and gas are so expensive, who can afford it? It’s cheaper to take the bus. Now, if you can’t get to work, how are you going to survive?” Vassel said. Natasha, a commuter from Jamaica, voiced, “That’s not fair. Metro cards are already high. People can’t go to work… with no bus, and no car, what are you supposed to do?” In addition, Weisenberg noted that although the MTA is under tremendous economic strain, that “the most vulnerable citizens in our society, es-


pecially the disabled, should not be forced to bear the brunt of our state’s fiscal crisis.” Although the MTA asserted that their top priorities are to “effect the fewest customers possible and maintain service on higher-volume routes,” alternative options seem slim to none for commuters. Gilbert Valentin, a Woodmere resident who works in Elmont, said that if the buses get cut, “It’s going to be ridiculous. The buses are going to be over crowded because of the commuters from the other buses.” Other options aren’t affordable, Valentin noted. “I can’t afford the Long Island Railroad…and a taxi? Out of the question!” Mangano is currently considering a public-private partnership to operate Long Island Bus, which would restore much of the MTA’s projected 56 percent route cuts. That is, according to the testimony, if the MTA “doesn’t rethink their demands.” The fiscal blame game between the county and MTA leave some residents like Valentin asking, “Why do they take it out on the people?”

Local Legal Eagles Flying High – In the Final Four CONTINUED FROM P. A6 tion itself, however, they are learning valuable life lessons that they will be able to internalize and apply to future experiences The team hopes to repeat the Legal Eagles’ 2008 performance by winning the Nassau County Division championship on April 6th. Each year, Nassau County Bar Association lawyers volunteer to encourage and motivate high school students to consider a career in the legal profession by giving them

support and advice to argue a real case in a real courtroom during Mock Trial. The annual New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament, the nation’s largest, provides students with hands-on opportunities to further their understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system, while honing their speaking, listening, reading and reasoning skills. With more than 45 high schools and more than 500 students participating, the Nassau contest is the largest single-county competition in the state.




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Lovely Rita, Meter Maid


e have a story in this issue about how Lawrence and Cedarhurst generate a pretty significant percentage of their total village revenues from parking meters and their natural corollary, parking tickets. Any Five Towns resident will tell you that rolls of quarters are as essential to the modern local vehicle as radial tires and GPS. Any Five Towns resident will also tell you that parking tickets can be as ubiquitous as geese on area golf courses or public parks. The leaders of these two villages make the argument that LIRR commuters and area employees would hog all the best parking spots or that shoppers would just never move, necessitating metered parking to encourage turnover, theoretically creating multiple users of the same space throughout the day. The reality is that many Lawrence and Cedarhurst residents choose to park at the Inwood, Woodmere and Hewlett train stations where parking is convenient and abundant. There just aren’t enough spots in Cedarhurst. The other reality is that many area employees forego obtaining annual parking permits and just choose to feed the meters all day for convenience sake. That’s why at key shopping hours there are endless columns of double-parkers along Central Avenue – because folks can’t find a space in what are supposed to be revolving parking spots. Most local residents, and certainly those from outside The Five Towns are irked by the incessant barrage of parking tickets and the need to constantly carry quarters. Those bothered by this are not just a few, but many. They vote with their gas pedals and choose to shop at the malls on Rockaway Turnpike, the plentiful free parking particularly in Hewlett and for high fashion, the endless no-charge parking at the Americana Mall in Manhasset, not to mention shopping online these days. This isn’t 1965 anymore. The tickets also are a regressive tax on nonCedarhurst residents, asking those from everywhere else to help subsidize that village. The leaders of Lawrence and Cedarhurst we feel are shortsighted. Take a look at Southampton. Very upscale to say the least. No meters. Their downtown is thriving. How do they stimulate parking turnover? They chalk the tires and give you two hours in your spot. Stay overtime, you get a ticket. But they’re not nickel and diming shoppers, harassing them over every half hour or hour with the parking ticket Sword of Damocles dangling over their heads. Upscale consumers don’t enjoy that. If Cedarhurst in particular wants to become the high-end shopping Mecca it once was, they need to make parking more shopper friendly – less of an anxiety-ridden experience. Building some parking garages wouldn’t hurt either. Tripling parking capacity (and providing it for free) would fill all the vacant stores, attract Class-A retailers, increase rents and most importantly, increase shopping traffic in the local stores and restaurants, making local merchants more profitable and bring people here from a 10-mile radius and beyond as The Americana does for Manhasset. Folks don’t have to shop on Main Street (or Central Avenue) anymore. The shopping alternatives are vast and the villages ought not be dependent on the traffic engendered by all the kosher food establishments along Central Avenue. That is a chimera that can’t last as even kosher sushi can be ordered online and delivered to your door. Time to stop counting quarters and attracting more shoppers.

Broadway and Franklin


ast week we reported how the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County have not a plan in the world on how to unclog the gridlock at Broadway, West Broadway and Franklin Avenue in Hewlett. This is a bottleneck that is strangling commerce particularly for Downtown Woodmere as many from Hewlett and points East are loathe to try and penetrate those blocked-up intersections. In fact, this impaction probably dissuades many from Lynbrook, East Rockaway and Oceanside from even shopping in Cedarhurst as Central Avenue can only first be accessed in Woodmere. What’s needed is a left turn lane on Broadway Eastbound and a right turn lane on West Broadway in the same direction. Likewise coming West, there needs to be a right turn lane from Broadway at Franklin along with turn signals. Doing this might require the Town to obtain some additional land at those corners but we’re sure this would speed ingress and egress to the heart of The Five Towns and pay handsome dividends in increased commerce for area merchants and increased convenience for area residents. We ought not have to live with the present primitive two lane scenario first constructed during the days of the horse and buggy.


What We Can Learn From the Dodgers BY GEORGE SAVA


n September 24, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field. After that game they became known as the Los Angeles Dodgers and many Brooklyn fans never recovered. They never recovered because the move was not simply the relocation of baseball players from one area to another, but rather the taking away of a rich history which tied generations of fans together. An important part of Brooklyn’s identity was lost that year and the emotional cost is very clear. What is not clear is the true extent of the loss of revenue and investment to Brooklyn. Regardless, many were left to ponder, what it was and what it could have been. The reason for the move

was the stalemate between ownership and government. Where Walter O’Malley, the owner of the Dodgers, wanted to build a new stadium in Brooklyn, famous city planner Robert Moses refused and offered land in Queens instead. Both sides dug in and the result was the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles. In Nassau County, specifically the Town of Hempstead, I believe we are watching history repeat itself. Many are aware of the obstacles that have been put in place against the proposed project initiated by Charles Wang, the owner of the New York Islanders. The Lighthouse Project, as it is known, is a plan to transform the property around the Nassau Coliseum into a superior destination, which will include a state of the art arena, luxury residences, a five-star

George Sava was the 2010 Democratic Nominee for N.Y. State Senate, 9th Senate District. He is an attorney with Port & Sava, a local law firm, and a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. George resides inThe Five Towns with his wife and three children.

hotel, a sports complex, a conference and exhibition center, a minor league ballpark, a trolley and many more amenities. According to some estimates the project is expected to generate almost $60 million in annual real estate tax revenue to Nassau County. Moreover, it is expected to create 16,000 construction jobs and many new businesses which in turn will create many more jobs. Whether you believe the estimates or not, it is hard to argue that a professional sports team and a new facility does not bring business, jobs and an increased tax base to an area. After deliberation, however, the Town of Hempstead refused to endorse the project and instead countered with a greatly reduced plan. Even though Supervisor Kate Murray has acknowledged the poor condition of the Nassau Coliseum, some of her concerns for a larger scale project seem to revolve around congestion and maintaining a suburban character for the CONTINUED ON P. B6


“Witch Hunt” Charges Fall Flat at Homeland Security Hearing BY FRANK SCATURRO


he weeks leading up to the recent House Homeland Security Committee hearing to probe Muslim radicalization in the U.S. brought debate and protest that were about as intense here in Nassau County, committee chairman Peter King’s home turf, as anywhere. Opponents denounced a supposed “witch hunt” targeting an entire community while supporters trumpeted the need for vigilance in a region that acutely felt the attacks of 9/11. Then the hearing occurred, and almost as soon as it had ended, it was eclipsed in our collective attention—understandably—by news of the devastating Japanese earth-

quake and tsunami that struck a day later. Still, a political event that had had such a dramatic buildup deserves a posthearing assessment. Those expecting a high level of finger-wagging and inflammatory rhetoric at the hearing were in for a partial surprise— it was largely confined to one side. Several Democratic members of Congress waged emotional or heated denunciations of the very act of holding the hearing, starting with a panel of congressmen who gave statements to the committee. Rep. Keith Ellison (DMN), the first Muslim member of Congress, put the hearing in line with past examples of “[s]toking fears about an entire group for a political agenda” such as the internment of

Frank Scaturro is a former Counsel for the Constitution on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in New York’s 4thCongressional District in 2010.

Japanese-Americans during World War II and anti-Catholic opposition to John F. Kennedy’s candidacy for the presidency. [His anger turned to sadness as he told the story of Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Muslim-American paramedic who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 while coming to the aid of victims. Crying openly, Rep. Ellison recounted, “Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers because he was a Muslim. But it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed.” The poignancy of that emotional moment aside, the account was misleading, omitting as it did the overwhelming and official recognition of Hamdani as a hero at the time. This was confirmed by a thorough internet search of contemporaneous articles CONTINUED ON P. B6

am not sure when it became acceptable to wear gym pants under one’s skirt and then walk around in public, but I do it all the time and so do plenty of other women in the neighborhood. Where else would that be considered ‘normal?’ I cannot say I have seen that as a hip trend on the Upper East Side. When I was in high school, wearing thermal underwear pants under a long flowy denim skirt to school was not only commonplace, but almost a quasi-uniform. While my teachers accused us of looking like we were wearing pajamas to school, which I guess we were, I wonder what they would think of me now as I and other like me parade around as if we are caught in a state of fashion purgatory. Usually pretty concerned about my appearance, I have been caught going out wearing outfits that may bring others to wonder as to whether I was dared to wear that in public. My niece dropped by my house last week as I was cooking up a storm but had just returned from running some errands. Not only did I have flour on multiple parts of my body and I looked completely sleep deprived, but I did not match. Otherwise, I was America’s Next Top Model. I commented to her that I had just come back from dropping off something at someone’s home and this was what I was wearing. Rightfully so, she was horrified. “You wore that?’ she asked. “I knew you were going to say that,” I told her, only to follow that by saying, “It takes a lot of selfconfidence to walk out of the house like this.” Always looking out for me, I think she would have appreciated a little less confidence on my part and a little more affinity for a mirror. On the other hand, I do not understand women who put on make-up to go to the gym. What would be the equivalent of that for a man: wearing cologne? Either way, I do not get the concept of dressing up just to sweat. I must be missing something but at 5:30 am when I, along with other lunatics, begin my day on the elliptical, the last thing I think about is making sure my mascara has set. I cannot imagine that any amount of eyeliner is going to make me look better while there is sweat pouring down my face nor do I care enough to give it a try. Looking like I just sat at the Mac counter for about an hour before donning my spandex gym pants is not what I am going for. CONTINUED ON P. B2

Miriam L. Wallach,

MS.ed., M.A., has been writing “That’s Life” for close to five years. She lives in Woodmere with her husband and six children and can be found all week long on her blog at www.





Coming Soon to The Five Towns – Back on The Bicycle, The Peninsula Boulevard Back on the Porch Monster Truck Spectacular! A W

ell, over the weekend, I ďŹ nally ďŹ gured out what was wrong with my 1999 Grand Marquis, and, no, it wasn’t the transmission. I really wasn’t surprised because these huge rear-wheel drive behemoths can usually reach the 300,000 mile mark with both the original engine and tranny intact. There is a reason why most police cruisers and radio taxi cabs share the same Ford chassis, suspension, and 4.6 liter engine – namely, two elusive qualities– “durabilityâ€? and “reliability.â€? So, I had a feeling there must be a more terrestrial reason for the trouble I was having with my celestial chariot. In fact, when I ďŹ gured it out – I quickly realized that many of my neighbors in The Five Towns may have been experiencing the same snafus with their motor transportation during the past two months. What occurred was an invasion of loose gravel from the current Peninsula Boulevard earthquake‌er, I mean, roadwork, had lodged in my Mercury stock teardrop alloy wheels, clogging them up to the point where they sounded like twin blenders full of nuts set to “liquefy.â€? I assure you – this is not a good thing. Perhaps, the only thing worse is having the same problem in your new Aston Martin Lagonda prototype! This deďŹ nitely got me to thinking – what exactly is this “projectâ€? taking place daily on our major Five Town artery and, may I add, “Flood (or tsunami) Evacuation Route?â€? Each and every day, I drive by a realistic-looking construction crew, complete with a wide array of digging apparatus, in-

dustrial vehicles, orange cones and ashing arrows. They work their way up and down the boulevard, digging, dropping in mammoth sections of concrete and steel, patching it up unevenly with asphalt, then switching into the opposite lanes and doing the exact same things – over and over and over, again – for at least the past 60 days – with no apparent rhyme, reason, or plan. It’s as if one of the President’s “shovel-readyâ€? federal stimulus programs was handed out to the Town of Hempstead and someone hit the “0â€? key a few extra times on the keyboard when budgeting this “road to nowhere.â€? If my rough calculations are correct, these efforts to turn the boulevard into a mile-anda half of prime Monster Truck Jam concourse has cost taxpayers approximately $12 billion! And, this does not include the millions spent by drivers on replacing their “low-proďŹ leâ€? high-performance 19 inch Pirellis, custom chrome rims and OEM mufers. Do you, dear readers, have any idea what it cost to perform a front-end alignment on a Mercedes CL50 AMG? Well, neither does President Obama and his crackerjack team at the Federal Budget OfďŹ ce. However, I would think that our own Dean Skelos, and Donald X. Clavin, Jr. should have a general idea of just how much it costs their constituents to live stylishly

bout six years ago having a had burning need to feel the wind in my hair, I ambled down to South Shore Bikes in Woodmere and purchased something from China (a country that knows something about bicycles with zillions of people using them to get around) with fuddy-duddy fatter tires, padded seat and shocks that makes no pretence than I am ďŹ rmly ensconced in middle age. The only cool aspect of this bike is the jet black color and chrome accents. Now in my adolescent youth, I owned a series of French-inspired “10-Speedsâ€? (this bicycle has maybe 40, I think, and I use perhaps four of them) that looked straight out of “Breaking Away.â€? Before obtaining my license at 17 I used to ride anywhere and everywhere, miles on end and without using my hands. I could navigate any trafďŹ c or terrain with both hands at my side or even eating ice cream, such was the measure of my teenage dexterity. Once I got behind the wheel of an unending series of cars however, bicycles were what Manhattan food delivery guys rode, not me. As part of the “Battle of the Bulgeâ€? (a/k/a Middle Age Spread) I decided on more aerobic pursuits, so hence the bike purchase. Typically, once we get past mid-November, the bicycle remains in the garage and doesn’t reemerge until sometime about now – midMarch. I am proud to report that this past Sunday I made my Spring 2011 bicycle debut in that beautiful 55-degree day and promptly discovered that despite using the bike machines at the gym all winter that my knees were not in the least bit happy to be pedaling to Hewlett Neck. Now, I’m in reasonably good shape for a 52 year-old but there is no denying time. Clearly it will take

in The Five Towns. To put this ďŹ gure in laymen’s terms – the numbers we are talking about would provide every area resident with three Starbucks Venti Caramel Mochiatas each day, a large cup of frozen swirl at Hewlett Yogurt – and still have enough change left over to treat each family to six weekly “hand-ďŹ nishedâ€? shirt launderings at American Cleaners! And, here’s the kicker. You know all those heretofore dreaded red light cameras up and down Peninsula? Well, they are going to come in real handy now – as “photo-ďŹ nishâ€? cams for the new Monster Truck Jam grand prix contests. Maybe even upgrade them to 3-D to better capture the video resolution of the chunks of gravel the size of hamantashen and hard as week-old green St. Paddy’s bagels ying through the air like ocks of Lee Lake Canadian geese. Even the Sprague Gasoline transport carriers are going to get in on the race, and those big green Petro Oil trucks and, even, Tom Tufano’s big moving van. The reviewing stands can be placed both in front of the Young Israel of Woodmere and in the CVS parking lot. Drivers will wear “helmet-camsâ€? and fashionable ame-retardant racing suits available exclusively at Morton’s on The Avenue, in downtown Cedarhurst. I can almost hear the massive seven liter Dodge Ram engines roaring and smell the acrid diesel fuel now!

This is The Legendary Danny O’Doul signing off and calling all you ladies and gentlemen to line up and “START YOUR ENGINES!�


At Long Last an Inclusive Five Towns Weekly Reecting, some would say, the relative decline in the fortunes of our vaunted Five Towns in recent decades, publications of general interest, too, vanished to be replaced by increasingly shrill, sectarian, divisive counterparts. In one instance, the Star emblazoned on the masthead was decidedly less than bright; in the another, the weakly --- for its was that, and a vain to boot --- audaciously announced the community’s Jewish Times, and then proceeded to discriminate, and exclude news from the considerable mass of Sephardim, and the non-Orthodox Jews. Indeed, because these journals inherently advance and perpetuate interethnic discord, they have been banned in our household! It is an omen to be gratefully acknowledged and proclaimed, therefore, that on the eve of Purim a new comprehensive, all-embracing newspaper appears, “A New Voice for The Five Townsâ€?as the maiden editorial states. The chorus of well-wishers will surely become deafening, as it becomes clear that editor-publisher

Howard Barbanel, himself a local high school graduate and a returning local resident, intends to rise above the doctrinal pettiness that has stilted his nominal competitors, happy as they are to pursue a “business modelâ€? that posits intra-religious disharmony. Perusal of the Standard’s ďŹ rst edition gives the discriminating reader ample reason for optimism that the founders’ goals are both sound and attainable! For Anna and me, long associated with worthy Jewish and secular causes, The South Shore Standard may be an answer to our prayers: the hope for a periodical where all people and their opinions can congregate in the public square without fear, recrimination, insulting prejudgment; in short, all that characterized the Old World, from which so many of us sought refuge in this glorious New World we call America! More, we pledge ourselves to heralding advent of The Standard’s arrival, seeking to enlist many, many readers, and adherents for an open professional journalism for the betterment of our community. After all, our common aim must be to seek information, education, entertainment, and culture, shed-

ding obscurantism, propaganda, incipient intolerance, even extremism! Sincerely,

Prof. Asher J. Matathias Woodmere

a few weeks back on board to shake the cobwebs out so I can resume my routine ride from Woodsburgh through Hewlett Neck, with a stop at the Woodmere Town Dock to admire the clear vistas to Mount Garbage in Oceanside and the Long Beach skyline and then on to the back of Lawrence to soak in the mansions of the rich and famous on Ocean Avenue.

First Day of Spring


was feeling so optimistic Sunday that I actually dragged out some chairs from the garage (and even cleaned them!) to put on my front porch where in nice weather I like to drink wine, read the paper and watch the geese poop all over the Woodmere Club fairways. Sunday’s chairs were of the molded plastic Adirondack variety which in Summer are consigned to the backyard. It takes real heat and warmth for me to put out the white wood Adirondack Rockers where I can truly morph into Bartles and James. Monday, on the ďŹ rst full day of Spring however, we were inundated with cold rain, clouds and 46 degrees. Wednesday morning was a smidge of January dĂŠjĂ vu all over again with snow on the lawn and all over my car. I thought we were done brushing snow off the car! As I said last week, I need some sustained warm weather and this past week hasn’t been it. The weekend is not supposed to bring much relief either. Will someone please turn on the tanning machine and leave it on through October?

Purim Costumes


ast Sunday was also coincidentally the Jewish holiday of Purim which for the ritually observant involves (aside from hearing the whole Megilla being read) parading oneself and one’s kids in costumes akin to a cross between Hal-

loween and Mardi Gras. In a twist on Halloween, instead of going house to house asking for candy, one goes house to house giving it. That means you also get a lot of it. This leads to massive amounts of cavity and high-calorie inducing sweets around the house for the next few weeks and I’m sure to much hyperactivity on the part of many area children. There was a trend this year for many adults to dress up as Chassidic guys from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, preferably Satmar, with the round fur streimel (hat), faux beard and side locks. This was designed I’m sure to drive down real estate values in certain neighborhoods by spreading the fear of a Chassidic invasion which is no less fearful in certain quarters than if real aliens from outer space were to land in Cedarhurst Park. Funny thing is many of these folks looked way too authentic and not as though they were in holiday costume at all, which is kind of opposite the point. Best adult costume was a friend coiffed and attired as Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s� handing-out Tiffanylike blue bags of treats. Best kids costume? A whole bunch of adorable tots dressed in full green dinosaur from head to toe.

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bout a month ago I switched my Blackberry from Verizon to MetroPCS. Why? No two year contracts. No contracts at all. My bill dropped from about $145 a month to $55 a month with unlimited web, email, text and phone to anywhere at anytime. That’s a $90 a month savings, or nearly $1,100 a year. That means more sushi for me and less lucre for Verizon. Happy to say that I’ve been happy with the service which has been 90 percent as good as Verizon for a whole CONTINUED ON P. B6





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What The Well Dressed Man Will Be Wearing… Emporio Says Green is The New Lavender BY SUSAN VARGHESE STANDARD ASSOCIATE EDITOR


kay guys, for spring 2011, green is the new lavender. When it comes to ties, the skinnier the better. Slim is in, according to Emporio storeowner, Josh Szpilzinger.

Small lapels, and skinny ties are going to be big, Szpilzinger explained. Even for the suit obsessed who don’t stray from traditional cuts and designs, Szpilzinger suggested updated neckwear to freshen up a dated wardrobe. Expect to see even the most rigid suit-and-tie men in patterned plaids, checkered designs, and pleat-less pants to accentuate the slim fit style. Just in time for the season, Szpilzinger is expanding their collection from traditional Hugo Boss to Hugo Boss Red Label, which is their younger trendier division. On the other end of the spectrum, for the classic customer, Emporio now has Ravazzolo suits that are “made to measure,” it offers customers custom-made suits starting at $2300. For a sporty ensemble, Szpilzinger suggested a green Lacoste polo ($95) Hugo Boss Jeans ($125), and Donald J. Pliner loafers ($298). To prepare the kids for Easter or Passover, Szpilzinger recommends a black blazer from Princeton ($200), a Linea Franco tie ($30), and slacks by Tallia ($43). Szpilzinger also noted suits from Ravazzolo, Canali, and Lacoste sportswear, for boys and men.

March madness at Emporio

men with some options, Szpilzinger said.

Pictured is a suit jacket by Alesso ($299), slacks by Alesso ($125) and a tie by Lario ($85)

“This is a very vibrant community…finding women’s shoes here? No problem, but for men’s shoes there was nowhere to go.”

The key to staying trendy and traditional is to not be too out there, Szpilzinger said. “Every trend has the extreme. The runway model and what they wear, and then there’s always something that a customer could pick up that’s actually wearable.“

About Emporio Emporio’s flagship store was started 20 years ago by Szpilzinger and co-owner David Rappapport, and is based in Brooklyn. However, Emporio in Cedarhurst opened only two years ago to provide

Shades of green neckwear ($29-$150)

Pictured clockwise: Black Canali suit ($1,595), grey Alesso suits (each $1,425), and ties by Lario ($85)

Lacoste Polos (ranging from $79.50-$88.00)

When asked what’s important to men when they’re shopping, Szpilzinger said, “to have everything under one roof.” Szpilzinger noted Emporio’s selection and free expert tailoring to be a valuable asset to customers. “A customer can get their sportswear, their ties, suits, and shoes, and they didn’t have to go to different places. For a retail store, we carry a massive inventory. People walk in, and generally speaking, they’re going to find what they’re looking for. I think that’s a piece of mind for a customer, to know that they can come in and know that they’re not going to do this three times--it makes all the difference.“

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Our recommendations on where to go and what to do

Friday, March 25th

Sunday, March 27th

HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS NIGHT, Hewlett High School at 7:00 p.m. A variety of athletic competitions will take place between members of the four grade levels at Hewlett High School. A friendly competition, each grade is also judged in a dance competition and a relay race between each grade’s captains.

14TH ANNUAL YOUTH BOARD BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, Lawrence High School, 8:00 a.m. 30 basketball teams, invited from New York and New Jersey will compete in a 3-on3 tournament at Lawrence High School. The Five Towns Community Chest is organizing the event, which will feature teams in three divisions: High School, Middle School and Young Adult. Snacks will be on sale and a raffle for spectators will also take place at the event. No tickets are required for this event.

A NIGHT OF COMEDY FUNDRAISER, Rocco’s Catering in East Rockaway at 7:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. Comedians Johnny Lampert and Tina Giorgi will be performing at this event to raise money for the Woodmere Public School Endowment Fund. Tickets for this event are $55 each, or two for $100. Members of the Hewlett and Woodmere Fire Departments may purchase tickets for $45. Call Loretta at 516-887-5526 or Patty at 516-374-8452 for more information about this event.

Saturday, March 26th SPRING CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, NASSAU COLISEUM, 12:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fifty craft brewers from all over the country will be on hand to show off their products at this craft beer festival at the coliseum, now in it’s fifth year. Over 100 different brews will be available. There will also be a beer garden with brew infused food. Tickets for this event are $45 if purchased online at and $55 if purchased at the event. Designated drivers get in for $12.

Monday, March 28th ILLUSTRATED ART LECTURE: IMPRESSIONIST WOMEN, Peninsula Public Library, 1:00 p.m. The library will host a presentation that will focus on three woman impressionist artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Eva Gonzalez. The presentation will delve into these artist’s lives as well as their art. No tickets are required for this event

Thursday March 31st NILSON MATA’S BRAZILIAN VOYAGE, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Nilson Mata, a Brazilian jazz musician will bring his talents to the HewlettWoodmere Public Library to perform some samba and jazz tunes along with percussionist, Portinho, and pianist Helio Alves. Tickets for this event are required and may be picked up at the library between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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MOVIE LISTINGS MALVERNE CINEMA 350 Hempstead Avenue, Malverne, NY (516) 599-6966 6966 Jane Eyre | 2hr 1min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 1:15, 2, 3:45, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 8:40,9:45pm | SUN: 1:15, 2, 3:45, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 8:40pm Barney’s Version | 2hr 12min | Rated R | FRI&SAT&SUN: 3:15, 8:15pm Of Gods and Men (Des homes et des dieux) | 2hr 0min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:45pm | SUN: 2:10, 4:45, 7:30pm The Music Never Stopped | 1hr 45min | Rated PG | FRI&SAT&SUN: 1, 6pm Certified Copy | 1hr 46min | Unrated FRI&SAT: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 9:45pm | SUN: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40pm

UA LYNBROOK 6 321 Merrick Road, Lynbrook, NY-(800) 326-3264 ext. 624 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules | 1hr 36min | Rated PG FRI&SAT&SUN: 1:30,4:30,7:30, 10pm Sucker Punch | 2hr 40min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 2, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30pm | SUN: 2, 4:45, 7:45pm

GREEN ACRES CINEMAS 610 West Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream, NY - (800) 315-4000 Battle: Los Angeles | 1hr 56min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30pm | SUN: 1:10, 4:10, 6:50pm Rango | 1hr 47min | Rated PG | FRI&SAT: 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:10pm | SUN: 1:20, 4, 6:40pm Paul | 1hr 40min | Rated R | FRI&SAT: 1:40, 4:40, 7:20,10 pm | SUN: 1:40, 4:40, 7:20pm The Adjustment Bureau | 1hr 46 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10,9:50pm | SUN: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules | 1hr 36min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 1:35, 4:05, 6:30, 9:00pm | SUN: 1:35,4:05, 6:30pm Sucker Punch | 2hr 40min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 1:50, 4:30, 7, 9:40pm | SUN: 1:50, 4:30, 7pm

SUNRISE MULTIPLEX CINEMAS 750 West Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream, NY - (800) 315-4000 Battle: Los Angeles | 1hr 56 min | Rated PG- 13 FRI&SAT: 1, 1:30, 3:40, 4:15, 6:35, 7:05, 9:20, 9:50pm, 12, 12:25am SUN: 1, 1:30, 3:40, 4:15, 6:35, 7:05, 9:20, 9:50pm Rango | 1hr 47 min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 12:15, 1:15, 2:45, 3:45, 5:15, 6:20, 9:05,11:40pm SUN: 12:15, 1:15, 2:45, 3:45, 5:15, 6:20, 9:05pm Red Riding Hood | 1hr 40 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 7:55, 10:25pm, 12:45am SUN: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 7:55, 10:25pm The Adjustment Bureau | 1hr 46 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 1:40, 4:10, 7, 9:30pm,12:10am SUN: 1:40, 4:10, 7, 9:30pm Paul | 1 hr 40 min | Rated R FRI&SAT: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35,10:05pm, 12:35am SUN: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35,10:05pm Limitless | 1hr 45 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45pm, 12:20am | SUN: 12:35, 3:05, 5:30, 8, 10:20pm The Lincoln Lawyer | 1hr 59 min | Rated R FRI&SAT: 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:25pm, 12:15am | SUN: 1:05, 3:55, 6:45,9:25pm Mars Needs Moms in Disney Digital 3D | 1hr 28 min | Rated PG FRI&SAT&SUN: 12:05, 2:15, 4:30,6:40pm Beastly | 1hr 35 min | Rated PG-13 | FRI&SAT: 7:45, 9:55pm, 12:05am | SUN: 7:45, 9:55pm I Am Number Four | 1hr 44 min | Rated PG-13 | FRI&SAT: 9, 11:30pm | SUN: 9pm Sucker Punch | 2hr 40min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 12, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 10, 10:30pm, 12:30am SUN: 12, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 10, 10:30pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules | 1hr 36min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 12, 2:20, 4:35, 6:55, 9:15, 11:35pm | SUN: 12, 2:20, 4:35, 6:55, 9:15 Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son | 1hr 47 min | Rated PG 13 FRI&SAT: 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10, 11:45pm | SUN: 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10pm

AMC LOEWS FANTASY 5 18 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY - (888) 262-4386 Battle: Los Angeles | 1hr 56 min | Rated PG- 13 FRI&SAT: 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15pm | SUN: 11:15am, 2, 4:45, 7:30pm Red Riding Hood | 1hr 40 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 2:05, 4:30, 7, 9:45pm | SUN: 11:30am, 2:10, 4:35, 7pm The Adjustment Bureau | 1hr 46 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 3:30, 6:30, 9:30pm | SUN: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8pm Limitless | 1hr 45 min | Rated PG-13 FRI&SAT: 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:30pm | SUN: 11:45am, 2:30, 5, 7:45pm Mars Needs Moms in Disney Digital 3D | 1hr 28 min | Rated PG FRI&SAT: 3,5:30, 7:45, 10pm | SUN: 11am, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:15pm


You Weigh What You Wear CONTINUED FROM P. A8 The most time I spend on getting dressed, however, is right before I get weighed in at Weight Watchers. Worthy of a psychological study, the obsessive ritual in which I try on different combinations of clothing, weighing myself in between each one, to determine which items weigh the least is not the craziest thing about me. In fact, I think it makes sense. After trying so hard to watch what I have been eating in an effort to make every ounce count, I do not need a fleece sweatshirt to tip the scale the wrong way. My husband makes fun of me every time, the pile of clothing growing from a hill to a mountain. Last week, however, was a bit extreme. I don’t believe for a minute that the woman

who weighed me in noticed that the shirt I was wearing was pretty sheer and meant to be worn under something. No one else noticed either, no one cared and no one looked at me twice as I stood there to take my pat on the back for having done so well. It only encouraged me to try it again this week. Meeting a friend afterwards, I rushed home to put something else on that would be appropriate for somewhere other than stepping on a scale. Taking off my jacket, my husband was taken aback by my rather creative outfit. “That’s what you wore?” he asked me, tone of surprise in his voice. ‘Where had I heard that before?’ I said to myself. Seems to me, the universe may be trying to tell me something. It’s time to get dressed.


ON THE MARKET 1345 Paine Road, Hewlett Bay Park

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STATS: A lot size of 88,426.8 (2.03 acres) with 15 rooms. Four of these are full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and six bedrooms. The property is going for $2.89 million. Taxes are $52,187 with an additional village tax of $1,625. DETAILS: A two acre gated estate property in Hewlett Bay Park. This renovated six bedroom center hall colonial has a big granite and wood eat-in kitchen. There is a family room, a formal dining room with fireplace, a living room with a fireplace, a library with a fireplace, a sun room and a wine cellar that overlooks a manicured property and pond. The master suite has a full bath, fireplace, a deck and walk-in closets. There is a putting green and it is located in school district 14. SELLER SAYS: “I’m a contractor and I renovated many parts of this house myself.” The fountain in front of the house is my work. WHY I’M SELLING: “I’m selling it as I’m looking for a bigger place for my family.” Contact Ronnie Gerber at Prudential Douglas Elliman, 516-623-4500 x256

360 Longwood Xing, Lawrence NY STATS: A lot size of 121,968 (2.8 acres) square feet with 15 rooms. Four of these are full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms, and seven bedrooms. The property is going for $3,850,000. Taxes are $32,445 with an additional village tax of $4,613.91. DETAILS: A Hamptons style spacious country manor estate located on a 2.8 acre lot in the back of Lawrence, built in 1895. There is a formal dining room with an eat-in kitchen, a library, a wet bar room, a breakfast room and dressing rooms. The house also features a heated pool. It has water views on a private road. Located in school district 15.

SELLER SAYS: “The view sold me. It is on a private road overlooking Reynolds Channel. The beauty of it is that it’s isolated, when you look out on the foliage and water, the color of the creek changes every month from season the season. When I walked in the front hall and I saw the magnificent view inside, I brought the house in 5 minutes.” WHY I’M SELLING: “The house needs a family to keep it occupied; it’s very hard to run a house from Florida. We are sad to see it go.”


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“We’re at war? Again? Don’t we already have two? Wars aren’t like kids, where you don’t have to worry about the youngest one because the other two will take care of it.” – Jon Stewart “And aren’t we out of money? You can’t simultaneously fire teachers and Tomahawk missiles.” – Jon Stewart “Remember when President Obama said we can’t fight two wars and vowed to change our policy? Well, he did. Now we’re fighting three wars.” – Jay Leno “Obama said we will send economic aid to Libya to help the Libyan people reach their dreams. And if that works, they’ll try it here.” – Jay Leno  “A miniscule amount of radiation from Japan  reached L.A. People panicked and ran out and bought gas masks and radiation suits. Then they went to the tanning salon.” – Jay Leno

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“Rich people are buying Geiger counters. Poor people are putting bags of microwave popcorn on the windowsill. If it starts popping, get the hell out.” – Jay Leno “The Pentagon held a press-conference about the military operation in Libya. They are calling it Odyssey Dawn. I believe it’s the first military operation named after a stripper.” – David Letterman “The strikes on Libya are costing $100 million. Or, in Moammar Gadhafi terms, five Beyonce concerts.” – Conan O’Brien “Sarah Palin visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. There was an awkward moment when she said, ‘So this is what keeps the Mexicans out?’” – Conan O’Brien “Sarah Palin visited Israel. She says she likes all religions, ‘whether they celebrate Christmas or Jewish.’” – Jimmy Fallon




Hewlett Baseball LWA Tigers Chomping Now to Play in for Second Championship “The Big Leagues” BY JONATHAN WALTER STANDARD STAFF REPORTER



ewlett High School varsity baseball is moving up to the big leagues and head coach Andy Debernardo isn’t happy about it. This year, Nassau County changed it’s league setup from an ability-based system to a population-based system and the Bulldogs have been thrust into a conference with some schools with a strong baseball tradition, including 2010 state champion runner up, Wantagh. However,

Left to right: Michael Piri, George Josiah, Ross Kleinrock, Alex Bernstein head coach Andy DeBernardo is confident that his team has the ability to surprise and turn a few heads this season. “It’s a good mix,” DeBernardo said, “a good team. They’re great kids. Talent wise, it’s going to be tough. I think if we played in the usual conference that we’ve played in for the past few years, we’d be able to compete.” The Bulldogs don’t have much home run potential in their lineup, according to Debernardo, so he is expecting a lot of his offense to come ‘gap-to-gap’, or between the outfielders. Starting shortstop George Josiah will lead off with his potent line drive ability this season. Jake Miller, the team’s third-baseman slash designated hitter is another good gap-to-gap hitter, producing a lot of line drives. Ross Kleinrock is the team’s centerfielder. On varsity since he was a sophomore, DeBernardo praised Kleinrock’s fielding and hitting. Alex Bernstein will serve as the team’s starting catcher. He’s another good hitter who, again, excels at hitting line drives. “Hopefully we’ll double the hell out of teams,” DeBernardo said. The Bulldogs are going to be relying heavily on their one freshman, Zach Benaharon, according to DeBernado. He feels that Benaharan will be an important part of the team’s starting rotation. He’ll also be playing infield, primarily at first base and a bit of outfield, making him a very versatile player. The headliner in this year’s starting rotation, and its one senior, is Spencer Prusack: “He’s a very good pitcher who’s got good stuff in the high 80’s (mph),” DeBernardo said. “He’s got a good changeup and just really good off-speed stuff.” Eddie Zaloba will be the team’s starting second baseman and will also be a starting pitcher. After just one scrimmage, Debernardo is unsure of his team’s status. He feels they hit well and pitch well at the moment, but it concerned about their fielding. The Bulldogs play on an artificial turf field at Hewlett Elementary School, while most schools play on grass at their high schools. It gives them a home field advantage, but they struggle to figure out how to figure out fields during away games. “This is our second season there,” DeBernardo said. “We field great at home, and we usually don’t field as great on the road because we’re not used to those good hops.” This is DeBernardo’s second season as varsity head coach. He was an assistant coach for two years before that and was the junior varsity head coach for eight years before that. With a core of freshman, sophomores and juniors, he is still hesitant to say that this is a year for growth. “I do have nine seniors,” DeBernardo said, “so I don’t want to tell everybody that we’re rebuilding. That’s a tough word, especially in high school and college where you get a couple of years and then you go. What’s great about this team is that a bunch of seniors have took it upon themselves to really help out with the younger guys and show them the ropes.” With Wantagh, Garden City, Southside, and Levittown all with multiple games on the schedule versus the Bulldogs, it’s going to be a tough year. They may not be in a great position to make the playoffs, but they can certainly make a mark on a few of those teams. “Do I think we’re going to go in and beat Wantagh twice? No,” DeBernardo said. “I’m going to be realistic, but I’m not going to tell the kids that we have no chance, because we do. That’s why we play them. We graduated six all-county and all-conference guys last year and so did a lot of other teams. We’re not the only ones who lost guys. We’re going to compete and we’re going to work hard.”


he Lawrence-Woodmere Academy Tigers have a target painted on their back and head coach Michael Cohn knows it. The Tigers won the 2010 Private School Athletic Association baseball championship game at MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones) in a 7-5 victory over Brooklyn Friends, finishing the season with a 10-5 record, and making them the team to beat. Five starters from last year’s team graduated and ace pitcher and 2010 eightgame winning sophomore Jakob Cayne along with senior captain Ian Shoenfeld lead a young team that looks a lot different as they aim for back-toback championships. “With four teams making the playoffs and with us having a young team but a good core,” Cohn said, “it’s going to be a very competitive season.” Cayne won both playoff games for the Tigers last season, pitching all seven innings in both games. He’s a lefty and most of his victories came in important division games. “He’s a smart pitcher,” Cohn said, “a grinder. He works through tough situations. He’s a strikeout pitcher who is aggressive. He’ll go after the batter. He’s got a couple different pitches and he knows how to use them. He’s accurate with them.” According to Cohn, Cayne is also one of the best hitters on the team. With his ability to make clutch hits, Cohn is planning to have him hit out of the third sport in the lineup. “He’s a lefty so I’m trying to teach him to hit to all fields,” Cohn said, “but I happen to think he’s a good hitter who’s improved a lot from last year to this year. So I have big hopes for him as far as pitching performances go this year.” Cayne will also play outfield when he’s not pitching.

LWA’s Ace Pitcher Jakob Cayne Shoenfeld is the team’s starting shortstop. He also pitches and does some catching. The only four-year starter on the team, Cohn praises Shoenfeld for his range at the shortstop position: “He’s able to get to anywhere on the field,” Cohn said. “He’s got a very strong arm, can throw from one knee, and can throw anyone out at first, even a fast runner.” Along with Cayne, he is probably one of the top two hitters on the team. Cohn says he’s a contact hitter, but also has some power. “He doesn’t try to hit homeruns,” Cohn said. “He’s an all fields hitter. He’s also been doing a good job as far as leading and making sure the other kids understand the right way to act and the right way to do things.” Junior Michael Licatesi is another one of the team’s returning starters from last year. He was an outfielder for the team last year, but this year Cohn will probably move him to the infield where he’ll be play different infield positions de-

pending o who is pitching. Michael Grasberg rounds out last year’s returning starters. He will predominantly catch, but he will also be expected to do a bit of pitching this year. New starters include sophomores Bryan Ruiz Diaz and Benny Shulman, who will play outfield, and Harris Fisch, a senior who will play some second base. Hunter Braverman, a junior, is joining the team for the first time this year. Cohn says he’ll probably be starting at third or first base, depending on the situation. Michael Levitt, a freshman who is new to Lawrence Woodmere Academy, will most likely be starting in the outfield but may also play outfield depending on the situation. “I make my lineup based upon my pitcher,” Cohn said. “Whoever is pitching will dictate where we have to fill in other spots. I teach my kids to play all positions. You have to be able to field a pop fly or a ground ball no matter what position you’re in, so I’m kind of telling them how to do both. We talk about rotation strategy

and how we’re going to do different plays. This way I’m prepared in every situation and so are they.” Cohn says that despite graduating five starters, his goal is to win the championship. “We’re kind of the hunted and everyone is going to bring their top game for us,” Cohn said, “and that’s also because we lost a lot of players. A lot of other teams are returning a lot of players, some of the better teams in the league.” Cohn listed Brooklyn Friends, Bay Ridge Prep, Evangel Christian, the other three PSAA playoff teams from their league last year as the teams to beat in their league this season. “I loved playing in Keyspan Park (now MCU Park),” Cayne said. “It was one of the nicest parks I’ve ever played in. It’s something I will remember forever because I might never get to play in a stadium like that again. It has made me excited about this year even more because I want to go back. With this team I do think we have a chance to go back.”

Hewlett Lacrosse Plans “Strong Attack” This Season BY JONATHAN WALTER STANDARD STAFF REPORTER


ewlett High School Lacrosse is sporting a number two seeding in their league as this year’s season approaches. Lacrosse powerhouse Manhasset has the number one spot, but nine-year Hewlett head coach Chris Passuella is excited about his team this season. The team has all three starters on their attack returning, including their leading scorer, junior Michael Gray, and senior captains, Chris Loria and Jake Geiger. Their experience and skill on offense should give them a decided experience over opposing team’s defenses, according to Passuella. “I think our attack is strong,” Passuella said. “Michael Gray is a very good, natural scorer and Chris Loria and Jake Geiger have great stick skills. They all really like the game and work hard.” With their three best players on attack, it leaves the Bulldogs somewhat inexperienced at midfield. They lost two of their best players at that position, Adam Betesh and Sam Mortorella, to ACL injuries sustained during the football season. They have their best overall player, according to Passuella, Mark Rizzo, playing long pole middleman. “He’s a junior,” Passuella said, “and he’s already been offered a

Left to right: Mark Rizzo, Chris Loria, Josh Rivlin, Jake Geiger scholarship to North Carolina. He’s an excellent student and a very good kid. He’ll be a key guy for us.” Also playing midfield is senior captain Josh Rivlin and senior Jon Alfieri, who will play defensive middleman. Other than Alfieri, Rivlin and Rizzo, the Bulldogs are left with a midfield rotation that includes sophomore Zack Richmond and freshman Kevin Fuchs. On defense, the Bulldogs are also trying to piece together a solid rotation. Jared Brent is the only returning starter. From there they are looking to fill two defensive spots. Quarterback of the Hewlett football team Alex Kahn along with

6’5”, 260-pound Hewlett football linebacker, Niv Sultan who according to Passuella is “a real monster,” are both trying to out for the positions. “So those guys are rotating in there along with a lot of young kids,” Passuella said. “so we’re going to get some athletic kids and see who fits in there.” Starting at goalie is senior Josh Levy. The Bulldogs also have a junior, Mike Fine, who moved up from junior varsity this year. “I like our team’s attitude,” Passuella said. “They’re into it. We’ve got a bunch of football kids from a good football season and I like when we have that. So they’re tough kids who have been through some wars.”

Passuella feels that while his team is currently ranked ahead of Lynbrook, Plainedge and Bethpage, their games against those teams will determine how they fare this season. “I think if we play the way we’re capable of,” Passuella said, “we’re better than the rest of the league. I think our attack is strong and I think our athleticism on defense is good, but we’re inexperienced there so that’s a weakness, but I think our athleticism and toughness could become a strength. With our midfielders, I think our youth is a weakness, but our enthusiasm is a strength. So we’re hoping to turn some weaknesses into strengths.”


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he best $18 million the cash-strapped Mets have spent in years. That’s what it cost for the team to dump two of the loathed kings of bad Met karma that they let go of this week – namely the hapless Little League (and no insult meant to Little League) pitcher Ollie Perez and second baseman Luis Castillo, he of the

“Let’s drop an easy pop fly in the ninth inning against the Yankees when we’re winning and can go home” variety. There is one last missing link left to purge the Mets from the miasma of the past four seasons – Carlos Beltran (whose knees are about as good as mine were last week on the bike) who can’t move and can’t hit but sure is getting paid a lot of money. The Mets unbroken precipitous descent into the pits of baseball hell began in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game Seven of the 2006 National League Championship Series when Beltran, with two outs and bases loaded and with the tying run on first got struck out by St. Louis closer Adam Wainright on three pitches with Beltran getting caught looking as pitch three

whizzed right by his head without him taking so much as a stab at it. I was at Shea that night. The air got sucked out of the stadium and the wind got knocked out of the Mets from that moment on. It was like the Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox. Now, Carlos is a good guy (even if he’s a bit hobbled) but the fact is he’s the nexus point of all the Mets’ bad luck which was born at that awful moment in October 2006. Nothing the Mets did after that ever worked. Nearly all the dead wood from those days has been chopped away with the cutting of Perez and Castillo. Now is the time for another bold move – bring some young buck up from the minors to play right field and let’s have some fun watching an up-and-comer and not a faded star in his death throes.

What We Can Learn From the Dodgers CONTINUED FROM P. A8 Town of Hempstead. In response, County Supervisor Ed Mangano and the Lighthouse Development Group issued a joint statement stating that “it does not appear to achieve the goals of the county and the developer.” Thus it seems the County understands what the Town does not; developers are not going to invest in an area where, based on their projections, the local government restrictions prohibit the Project’s ability to be economically viable. As I talk with my neighbors, I know for every person who supports the project there is another who has concerns. I understand that. What I also understand is that Nassau County faces one of the largest tax burdens in the country and many of our local busi-

nesses are struggling. Sadly, every day more Nassau County residents are losing their homes to foreclosure. The government’s plan of attack seems to be tax freezes. Although many people would support a tax freeze, what good is a tax freeze or a tax cap if you can’t afford the taxes you are already forced to pay? Thus, should we really be turning our backs on jobs and development for Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead? Should we draw a line in the sand and risk losing not only an historic professional hockey team but also a large development project for the area? No matter what your varying concerns one thing seems perfectly clear, we must bring business and growth to Nassau County. We must grow our tax base and I believe the Lighthouse Project is a much needed start.

My concern, however, is that our time is running out. Although the New York Islanders’ lease at the Coliseum runs until 2015 that doesn’t mean we have four years to make deal. First, many residents need jobs today and not needless stalemates. Second, when you look at new arenas throughout the country, they take two to three years to build. You also must factor in the time it takes to get the necessary variances and government approvals, which in many cases takes months if not years to complete before you can even break ground. Consequently, the time is now and our representatives have the responsibility to get it done before we as Nassau County and Hempstead residents are left to ponder, what it was and what it could have been.

“Witch Hunt” Charges Fall Flat at Homeland Security Hearing CONTINUED FROM P. A8 conducted by Matthew Shaffer of the National Review, suggesting that if any false rumors (painful as they would have been to his family) existed, they were at the margins and never made it far. In fact, Hamdani was singled out by name in the very language of the PATRIOT Act noting that “[m]any Arab Americans and Muslim Americans have acted heroically during the attacks on the United States.” That statute was passed before his remains were found. Afterwards, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attended his funeral, where they went barefoot in observance of Muslim practice.] Those who anticipated a Republican strategy of demonization at the hearing were disappointed. On the second panel that testified, which gave the public the chance to hear from people other than members of Congress, two of the three witnesses selected by the Republican majority were Muslim. In fact, none of the Republican congressmen spoke more strongly than M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who testified that “the U.S. has a significant problem with Muslim radicalization.” While he had “never known a Muslim that wouldn’t report somebody about to blow something up or commit an act of violence,” he did identify “small . . . but significant elements of ideology within our community that is radicalizing” and succumbing to “a culture of a lack of cooperation.”

Abdirizak Bihi, a self-identifying member of the Muslim Somali-American community, testified about his nephew’s radicalization in Minneapolis and disappearance into Somalia, where he was killed, and the family’s intimidation by Muslim leaders in the Minneapolis area who did not want them to notify authorities. A third witness, Melvin Bledsoe, testified about his son’s conversion to Islam and radicalization prior to shooting a soldier to death outside an Arkansas recruiting center. He appealed for help to counter radicalization even while contrasting his son with Muslim family members who were never radicalized. Committee Republicans for their part went out of their way to shun generalizations about an entire community— from “the overwhelming majority of Muslim Americans are outstanding Americans” (Chairman King) to “The moderate Muslim is our greatest ally in fighting recruitment of Muslim youth” (Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)). Otherwise, they seemed understated as they devoted most of their questioning to getting the panelists to elaborate on their respective experiences. The bluster was largely reserved for their Democratic colleagues, nearly all of whom voiced objections to the hearing’s focus on radical Islam without including other domestic terror threats. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) lamented that the Constitution “is in pain,” and Rep. Laura Richardson (DCA), in an apparent reference to film footage of the McCarthy hearings, asserted that

the only difference between those days and “today is that those shows were in black and white and this one now is in color.” The sight of Muslims sitting before them taking a stand against radicalization apparently did little to soften the rhetoric—not that the questioning of committee Democrats reflected much interest in what those panelists had to say. The demagoguery fell flat, and Republicans did not attempt to counter with a similar level of vitriol. It was a strange scene, given the absence of any major disagreement between the parties about the underlying facts. The threat of homegrown terror fueled by radical Islam is real, and over the last two years alone, it has included the murder of 13 at the Ft. Hood army base, plots to bomb the New York City Subway and Times Square, and the previously noted Arkansas shooting. This is not to mention the 9/11 attacks themselves, the very reason that a Committee on Homeland Security was formed in the first place. Of course, facts are one thing, and ideology is another. It does not discount other terrorist threats to recognize the distinctive threat of radical Islamic extremism, but House Democrats allowed their ideological rigidity to override a broader sense of perspective. The Senate counterpart to the House committee has held 11 hearings on this issue since 2006—10 during the chairmanship of Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman—without the acrimony surrounding this one hearing on the House side.


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o one in The Five Towns knows the inside scoop on what went down with the Brooklyn Dodgers like Lawrence resident Dr. Noel Kleppel. Sit down Kleppel for just an hour and he’ll regale you with first hand tales of Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider, and many other Dodger greats. Kleppel served as team doctor for the Brooklyn and then Los Angeles Dodgers from 1957 until 1958, when he left to join the Air Force in 1959. A lifelong fan of both the football and baseball Giants (his late uncle Louis Kleppel was a close friend with New York Giants owner Wellington Mara), Kleppel, 79, was recommended by Dr. Herbert Fett Sr. to replace him as the team doctor. Fett was also the chief of orthopedics at Long Island College Hospital and was a professor at the university. Kleppel knew Fett from his time serving as one of his residents in the hospital. One day, after Fett had decided to step down as Dodger’s team doctor, he recommended Kleppel to team owner Walter O’Malley. “One day when O’Malley was at the hospital, Dr. Fett said “come upstairs and I’ll introduce you to O’Malley,” Kleppel said. “We talked for a bit and that was it.” The decision to move to Los Angeles when the team made its big move was easy for Kleppel. “I was young, single, and had nothing tying me down, so I tried it out,” Kleppel said. “I didn’t really like it out there,

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but the baseball part was still the baseball part and I enjoyed that.” He lived well while serving as their doctor. O’Malley set him up with a large apartment identical to his own where his food was paid for, and he could have guests over at the Dodger’s expense so long as he didn’t overdo it. He was also paid $500 a week, a lot of money in those days. At the start of spring training, only the major league players would be at camp and a waitress served players. After a few weeks, the entire farm system would report, meaning hundreds in a dining room, so it became cafeteria style eating. “You’d grab a tray of food and I had to take a little of everything because if you didn’t eat it, the players weren’t going to eat it,” Kleppel said. “By the time I got to the end of the line, my plate was full of food. Baseball players burn five thousand calories a day, but I’m not a baseball player. I gained twenty pounds in a month.” He recalls being well liked

by the Dodgers because of his willingness to warm up with them. “I got along well with the players as a person relatively contemporary to them,” Kleppel said. “I would go out and play ball with them. Most of the doctors would sit up in their office and read a book, but I enjoyed playing ball. They would throw up ‘lollipops’ and give me a chance to hit something.” One year, during spring training in Vero Beach, a player approached Kleppel about obtaining some Vitamin E. Players, as they still do today, were always looking for ways to improve themselves physically and Vitamin E was rumored to have beneficial effects for athletes. “One thing that most people don’t know about baseball players,” Kleppel said, “is that they’re all narcissists and faddists.” Kleppel knew that Vitamin E had no effects other than to serve as a sterility drug for chickens, so instead of giving it to the player and having to suffer a bombardment

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Your Weekly Guide to How Our Elected Officials Are Voting and What They’re Voting On. CONTINUED FROM P. A4 Rise and Recommend that the Enacting Clause Be Stricken: H.R. 861 (Failed) Mar 16, 2011. This bill rescinds and cancels permanently all unobligated balances remaining

available, as of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assistance to states and local governments for the redevelopment of aban-

Properties Sold in the Five Towns since March 16 29 Park Cir, Cedarhurst. Split style with 11 rooms. Four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half bathroom. Taxes: $8,700. Built in 1957. Lot Size: 60x100 Sold on 3/17 for $535,000 475 Arlington Rd, Cedarhurst. Colonial style with seven rooms. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half bathroom. Taxes: $8,875. Built in 1928. Lot Size: 50x100 Sold on 3/17 for $315,000 696 Wilson St, N. Woodmere Colonial style with ten rooms. Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a half bathroom. Taxes: $11,200. Built in 1979. Lot Size: 67x104 Sold on 3/16 for $640,000 111 Barrett Rd, Lawrence Colonial style with ten rooms. Six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and a half bathroom. Taxes: $20,665. Village Taxes: $2,777. Built in 1962. Lot Size 225x124 Sold on 3/17 for $965,000

Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen and Rebbezin Oppen opened their home to HAFTR High School students and families on Purim. The Oppens hosted two megillah readings followed by a beautiful breakfast sponsored by an anonymous donor. The boys participated in shacharit and a siyum on masechet megillah while the girls heard the second megillah reading and also recited the entire sefer tehillim.

doned and foreclosed homes and residential properties. Voted AYE on Passage of Bill H.Res. 170 (Passed) Mar 16, 2011. Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 839) to amend the Emergency Economic Sta-

of requests for the drug from the hundreds of other players at training camp, he instead pulled an old doctors trick and gave the player a dose methylene blue. The next day he came back to Kleppel and exclaimed “Doc! I’m pissing ink!” “Oh, you must have an allergic reaction to the Vitamin E, it’s a good thing it didn’t turn red though.” Kleppel said to the player, explaining that red urine would indicate a fatal reaction to the Vitamin E. Kleppel then gave the player the “antidote,” which to the player’s dismay turned his urine red the next day. “By the third day he didn’t know if he would be pissing polka dots or stripes,” Kleppel said. “The rest of the players wanted nothing to do with Vitamin E after that. I’d probably get fired and arrested for pulling a stunt like that today.” Kleppel dealt with his share of emergencies working for the Dodgers. One night, during his first season with the team while they were still in Brooklyn and held spring training in Florida, he got a call in the middle of the night saying that three of the Dodger’s stars had been in a car accident, including Don Zimmer and Duke Snider. “Each one hurt something they shouldn’t have hurt,” Kleppel said. “Duke Snider hit his knees into the dashboard after having knee problems. Zimmer, who was always getting his in the head by baseballs got a head injury.” He spent all night driving around Florida looking for special plastic sutures to sew up head injuries. Kleppel emphasized his enjoyment of watching “smart

bilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 861) to rescind the

baseball” while at the games. He recalled a game where Jackie Robinson was on first base and another player was on second with the score tied 1-1. On a ground ball to the right side, Robinson allowed the ball to hit him in order to avoid a double play. Robinson was out, but it gave the next batter an opportunity with runners on first and third. The next player up got a hit and drove in the run and the Dodgers went on to win 2-1. When talking about Robin-


that there would always be fresh orange juice available to the players at the facility. In a bittersweet end to his time with the Dodgers, the team finished seventh in the National League in his last year with the team. The next year, 1959, they went on the win the World Series against the White Sox. Kleppel had to join the Air Force as part of his agreement with the Berry plan which he agreed to in order to have the government garuantee him

Kleppel alongside Tommy Lasorda ad Dodgertown. Lasorda was a former pitcher on the Dodgers, although more well known for his time as a manager.

son’s early days playing in major leagues and the adversity he faced Kleppel said: “I don’t care if he’s got polka dots. Get him a uniform. When you’re a surgeon you cut people open and they all look the same on the inside.” Recalling some of the more relaxing stories of spring training in Vero Beach, Kleppel remembers Campy’s corner where Roy Campanella would sit in his wheelchair under and awning and discuss baseball with rookies, and O’Malley’s employment of a man who’s sole job it was to squeeze oranges all day so

full residency training in a civilian hospital once he completed his service. Residents who didn’t sign up for the Berry plan could be drafted without the government’s aid in guaranteeing their residency training Kleppel is now retired as a surgeon but continues to teach medical students for the State University of New York. He is also been published in many medical journals and books He lives with his wife, Kim Kleinart Kleppel, a retired nurse, writer, and lifelong Five Towns resident, in Lawrence for the past 27 years.

third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and to terminate the program.

claim April 2011 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of New York. Sponsor of Bill A6461-2011 (Amend and Recommit to Real Property Taxation) Mar 22, 2011 This bill would prevent a significant tax burden shift to homeowners who live in communities with unique commercial to residential property growth ratios.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, 20th NY A.D. Sponsor of Bill K269-2011 (Adopted) Mar 22, 2011 This bill authorizes Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to pro-



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