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Bellmore • Merrick VOLUME 1, NUMBER 3

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DECEMBER 2013

Chatterton celebrates 90

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The Brotherhood Holiday Concert Shop locally this Holiday Season

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza

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MERRICK KIWANIANS HOLD PANCAKE BREAKFAST The annual Merrick Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast was held at Calhoun late last month. Students from the Calhoun Key Club and Merrick Avenue Middle School Builders Club served families, and made the event a success

he Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza in the town square at Vets Memorial, corner of Bedford and Broadway in Bellmore, on Friday, December 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Festivities include the tree lighting at 7 p.m.; Santa Claus making his customary appearance on a horsedrawn carriage to listen to the wishes of children, and to tell them to be good, most of all, during the Christmas season; and trolley rides through the community. The Lions Club will host its hot chocolate booth for the chill sure to be in the air this time of year. A horse-drawn carriage from 6-to-9 p.m. will, for a

slight cost, transport revelers throughout the adjoining streets to see all the wonderful Christmas decorations and lights adorning houses. Festivities will wrap up by 10 p.m. The treelighting follows the chamber’s annual Menorah lighting on Wednesday, December 4, in which children from temple choirs sang songs of delight, accompanied by bellowing cantors. For information on the holiday tree lighting call the chamber office at 679-1875.

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STAR tax exemptions must now be filed yearly

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tate Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. Republican of Merrick, reminds residents who receive the Basic STAR exemption that they must register with New York State in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years.  The registration requirement is part of a new initiative to ensure that tax dollars are not wasted on inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions. “More than half of all Long Islanders who must register in order to continue receiving the Basic STAR exemption have not yet done so, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  Don’t wait until the last minute; if you currently receive Basic STAR, register with New York State now to ensure that you continue receiving valuable school tax savings,” said Senator Fuschillo. Residents can register online with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance by visiting www.tax. ny.gov  or over the phone by calling (518) 457-2036.  As part of the registration, residents will need to:

   ·    Provide the names and social security numbers for all owners of the property and spouses.    ·    Confirm that the property is the primary residence of one of its owners (married couples with multiple residences may only claim one STAR exemption).    ·   Confirm that the combined income of the owners and their spouses who reside at the property does not exceed $500,000.    ·    Confirm that no resident owner received a residency-based tax benefit from another state.       Residents will need their STAR code in order to register, which was mailed to homeowners with Basic STAR by the Department of Taxation & Finance. Homeowners who lost or did not receive their STAR code can look it up through the Department of Taxation & Finance’s website.       Senior citizens who receive the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by these new requirements,

and as a result do not need to register with the Department of Taxation and Finance.  However, Enhanced STAR recipients must continue to reapply annually or participate in the income verification program, as they are currently required to do.       Residents who have questions about the STAR registration requirements can call the Department of Taxation & Finance at (518) 457-2036 or Senator Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630.  The deadline to register is December 31. WATCH OUT FOR STAR DECEPTIONS Meanwhile, the senator advises taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for theSchool Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.       New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which av-

Holiday Toy Drives are in Gear

erages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3000 for senior citizens on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.       “New Yorkers should not be fooled: registration to the STAR Program is free, convenient and provides millions of taxpayers with property tax relief each year,” said Senator Fuschillo.“Many consumers have been taken for a ride by companies offering feebased services and we must remain vigilant. I encourage any homeowner not receiving a STAR exemption to apply on their own and avoid deceitful schemes that seek to charge you for the tax relief that is rightfully yours.”       STAR exemptions are the only New York State-funded property tax exemptions. There are two STAR exemptions: Basic STAR for homeowners with incomes under $500,000, and Enhanced STAR for senior citizens with incomes under $81,900.       More than 60% of the 2.6 million Basic STAR recipients have already registered for their exemptions.

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Fuschillo begins annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive

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enator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) invites residents to participate in his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive for the benefit of children in Winthrop Hospital. Toys are delivered after the holidays, so that children can experience the joys of receiving a holiday gift throughout the year. “Each year, with the community’s help, this toy drive puts smiles on the faces of many, many children who need a little extra cheer.  I invite anyone who is interested in taking part in ‘Extend the Holidays’ to contact my office,” said Senator Fuschillo.  Local residents and community organizations are invited to participate in

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Senator Fuschillo’s “Extend the Holidays” toy drive by making donations of new, unwrapped toys. Any individual or organization wishing to donate toys should call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 882-0630 or email him through his website, fuschillo. nysenate.gov. DAVE DENENBERG'S LOCAL TOY DRIVE Meanwhile, Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg is running his “extend the holidays” toy and book drive closer to home and extends it beyond the customary Holiday season. Like other holiday drives, this effort collects books and toys for donations.  However,

this drive extends the season for giving beyond the holiday season and is intended to provide toys and books for hospitalized children and/or children in need after the holiday season.  In the days after the holiday season, it is exceptionally important to provide gifts to these children.  Unwrapped toys, gifts and books may be dropped off at Legislator  Denenberg’s district office, 2818 Merrick Road, Bellmore (just east of Bellmore Avenue), Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-to-4 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call Legislator  Denenberg’s office at 409-8524 or 571-6219.  

The Merrick Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Menorah Lighting near the Gazebo late last month to celebrate Chanukah. Many in the community gathered to celebrate this unusual time of year for celebrating the holiday

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☞ TABLE OF CONTENTS ● PAGE 7: MILESTONES: Bellmore Landmark to Close Roy Weinman of Weinman’s Hardware, a mainstay on main street, Bellmore, tells us he’ll close the ‘tool shed.’ ● PAGE 9: FEATURE: Chatterton Elementary Celebrates its 90th Anniversary Merrick’s Chatteron Elementary School has begun celebrating its 90th birthday – in smart fashion. ● PAGE 14: HOLIDAYS: Shalom – The annual Brotherhood Community Concert Giving thanks for the opportunity to sing once more and bring the neighborhood together during these trying times. ● PAGE 16: HOLIDAYS: Charitable holiday goings-on to consider Gift wrapping, a fundraising party, Santa coming, tree lights getting lit, a chorale sings… ● PAGE 20: YOUR HEALTH MATTERS

Straight talk on new spine care club; you don’t have to eat as much as you think.

● PAGE 26: RESTAURANT REVIEW:: Latino flavors rule in North Bellmore This restaurant kicks it up a notch with flavorful fare. ● PAGE 29:ENTERTAINMENT Are you dreaming of a Black & White Christmas? Where are they now? Something to wine about.

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his is my favorite time of year. The holiday iday spirit is everywhere, starting with the fabulous Thanksgiving Brotherhood concert. It is a wonderful event that brings our community together. I enjoyed the entire program from start to finish. I am proud to say that my husband Marc and son Harrison are part of the Temple Beth Am choir that performs, along with the Beit Shalom, Seventh Day Adventist Church. My hats off to all of those who worked so hard to put the program together er and to all of those who participated in the concert.

This year, Ann Burke, co-president of the Brotherhood Council, hosted the event in her usual delightful way. Lawrence Garfinkel, who usually co-hosts the event, was unable to attend. He is expected to be at next year’s concert with his usual witty and entertaining stories. There are pictures on page 16 and many more are available online. Please visit www.yournewsmag. com and link to our Facebook page, where you can find all of the pictures taken by Your NewsMag photographer. They are there for you to enjoy. As I travel down our main streets watching the season change and the last of the multicolored leaves fall, you can see the holiday decorations. The charm and warmth remind me of a small town, where you know the people working in the stores and those passing by. While shopping for family holiday presents, I’ve run into many people that I know rushing in and out of the stores doing their seasonal holiday shopping extravaganza. It is a good feeling to enjoy the convenience of having such a variety of places to shop without having to take a

trip to a busy mall. The personalized attention in one o of our neighborhood shops makes the th experience that much more enjoyable. If you enjoy the local shops as much as I do please shop locally. The chambers of commerce, made up of area business owners, are the ones responsible for raising the funds to decorate and make our towns look festive and give us m that tha Norman Rockwell feeling.

I am always secretly hoping for just enough snow to keep us home for the day from work and school. I look forward to coming home to light my fireplace and spending a cozy night home with my family. A quick homecooked dinner, or order in from one of our local restaurants, a fresh cup of coffee and playing an old fashioned board game is my kind of night. The time spent with our families is truly precious. In that tradition, Your NewsMag is inviting all of it's readers to enter for a chance to win a Family Photograph for the Holidays. The lucky winning family will have a professional family photo taken by Serengetti Design Studio. The winner’s family photo will be featured in the next issue of Your NewsMag. To enter visit our website www.yournewsmag.com , where you can register to win. Those who are more comfortable with snail mail can send a 3 x 5 post card with your name, address, phone number and email, if available to Your NewsMag, P.O. Box 15, Bellmore, 11710. All entries must be submitted by December 31. On behalf of my family and staff at Your NewsMag, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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t came as a surprise. “Roy is retiring and closing the store,” she said starkly. “Are you really closing?” we asked Roy, going right at the jugular of the story. “Yes, yes I am,” was his response – always that hint of a benevolence.. Roy Weinman, proprietor of Weinman Hardware, arguably the most historical and well-known hardware store in the region for at least 80 years, will close his “tool shed.” But “soon” is the only word out of his mouth regarding when, as this publication caught up with him again, sitting behind the wheel of his customary white van during the Bellmore Lions Club flea market on Sunday. How soon will soon be? We wondered. “It’s time, I’m ready now,” he said, no emotion in his voice as he spoke. “My son will open a small store to fix lawnmowers and screens, those types of things,” he continued. But it would go no further than that. What was once the region’s most thriving general hardware store serving a farming region as far north as Hempstead Turnpike to provide farming supplies and tools to farmers,

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to featuring marine supplies for mariners who trolled or lived along the canals long before the swamps were built over with tract housing, the hardware store was no longer sustaining the kinds of ‘dollar purchases’ to keep it open. Dollar purchases meant sprinkler systems and sewage lines and equipment needed by the communities to build them. Now, requests are often for screws to fit into walls. “I’m not as good or as fast as I used to be, either,” Weinman also admitted, adding another factor to the close. “Jack and I have known Roy all our lives,” exclaimed Valerie Skelly. “The thought of him not being in the village is a sad thought,” she continued. He and the Zagarino brothers, she said, are the only two original businesses left. She was pleased to hear Roy’s son David would continue the lawn mower and screen repair services, as those were doing well, she said. Walter Eisenhardt Jr., of Bellmore, told this magazine that “The store, with its original tin walls and ceilings, says much about the man and his trade. Gone and going are the things of the past, such as service, sound and accurate advice. He always

knew exactly what would fix your problem, and whether it would net him nine cents or $90 you got the same treatment. Find that today.” (See letter on page 28.) Bedford Avenue was a place where workers on Friday and Saturday nights after work would go home, have supper and come back and shop the street for their weekly provisions and goods, Weinman recalled. On Fridays stores were open until 9 p.m., and Saturdays they were open until 11 p.m.,” he told this website. “Roy is unique in what he offers,” said Teri Rosca of Bellmore. “Not many people deal with things in the way that he can,” she said. “Closing Weinman Hardware will change the entire nature the Bedford Avenue,” she concluded. Weinman once remarked to this reporter that when the big ‘box’ stores came in they hired professionals to occupy the aisles and help customers as they came in with questions. “But once the stores got a foothold, you couldn’t find those professionals as much,” he said. So Weinman’s excelled at customer service, still perhaps the most valuable asset a small business has over larger competitors.

“Roy is a landmark,” maintained Nina Lanci, a member of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District and president of the Bellmore Lions Club. “Roy has touched so many people in this community because of his positive outlook,” she said. Emailing to the yournewsmag.com website page, Steven Hunt said this: “I was just in Weinman’s Hardware Store in May to get mom’s screens repaired. I dropped them off and by the time I got home, there was a message that they were ready for pick up. “My brother, Bob, and I use to go in there to get the lawnmower blades sharpened when we had 30 lawn jobs to do each week. There is something magically special, like a Christmas story, when you go in to the place. The old wooden floor would give a little when you walk down the aisle. There was something comfortable about Weinman’s Hardware store, like the genuine feel of a newspaper that you just cannot get from a mobile phone or electronic tablet.” Ditto that, Steve. Weinman said he would continue in his role in the Bellmore Lions Club – and perhaps hang around at his son’s new lawn mower and screen repair shop?

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Chatterton Elementary Celebrates Its 90Th Anniversary By Sharon G. Jonas

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hen construction of the 10-room Merrick Avenue School was first completed in 1923, it welcomed 275 students from kindergarten-to-eighth grade. The cost of the school, including equipment, was $135,000. The first year’s budget was $9,000. Fast forward nine decades and four additions later, the 474 students at the Roland A. Chatterton Elementary school are celebrating the 90th anniversary of their state-of-the-art school – all stemming from the original structure and modest beginnings. Proudly embracing and connecting to its past, Chatterton Elementary School, renamed in 1971 after beloved past principal Roland Chatterton, has thoughtfully planned special events and curriculum to tie into their anniversary celebration. “We are looking forward to an exciting year,” said Dana Bermas, Chatterton’s assistant principal. “Instead of one event, we will be celebrating all year long. The students are very excited.” The anniversary began with a Welcome Back Picnic and ribbon-cutting ceremony on the updated library/multi-media room in September. Organized by Mary Anne Chin, the head of the 90th Anniversary Committee, the kick-off marked the first of many special events. (It was Chin who noticed and mentioned at a PTA meeting last year that 1923 was inscribed in Roman numerals on an overlooked plaque in the school’s lobby, and that the 90th anniversary was drawing near.) A food drive organized by the student council called “90 Can Make a Difference” was undertaken for the Thanksgiving season. Each grade was assigned a specific type of item, such as canned foods, paper products and boxed pastas, to bring to school for distribution to local families in need. The 90th Anniversary Committee awarded the first class reaching 90 donations with an ice cream party. Planned for January is PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) week, when parents and authors join students in reading and discussing books. T-shirts with the school’s 90th anniversary emblem created by third grader Sofia Macias, winner of

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the school’s logo design contest, will be given to all participants. Richard Nasto, Chatterton’s music teacher, in planning for the December 9th school concert, said, “The music will be our normal concert material, but I’m hoping to create a visual appeal, sort of like Radio City Music Hall, with velvet ropes and student ushers with flashlights.” He is well aware of how the musical past can be forgotten, as he said some students have questioned him about the record albums he has affixed to the walls of his classroom. One student asked about the “big black CDs,” he said. Art teacher Justine Dujardin said her

students in the second, third, fourth and fifth grades will be “working on projects based on art movements and artists around the time period when the school was built.” A roomful of second graders recently worked pastel chalks onto oversized flower petals in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. Without prompting one budding artist, Hannah Lewis, announced aloud, “This is our school’s 90th anniversary.” Roland Chatterton would have been proud. Cries of 'This is our school's 90th Anniversary" from Justine Dujardin's art class helped kids work the pastels ala Georgia O'Keefe

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Sofia Macias won the school's 90th Anniversary logo contest winner.

on today. According to Jerry Medowar, a member of the Historical Society of the Merricks and a former Chatterton math teacher from 1954-1959, Chatteron “was way ahead of his time. He developed a teaching concept he called a core curriculum based on integrating all the subjects and connecting them with a theme. The term he had for this was CHESGRAPHY, an acronym standing for Conduct and Character, History, English, Science, Geography, Reading, Arithmetic, Penmanship, Health and Yeomanship.” He also instituted small groups in classrooms, which required unbolting the rows of desks from the floor and rearranging them into circles of five students who

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would work together. Medowar fondly recalls how Chatterton, a former science and algebra teacher, interacted with the children. Back in 1943, a house on the school grounds was provided for the principal. Every day as Chatterton walked back and forth to have lunch at home he would talk to every child along the path. “He knew every student by name. He was an innovator, a marvelous teacher and a gentle man.” Chatterton retired in 1969 and died in 1989. NOW AND THEN Records indicate the first known school in Merrick was a log building on the Northeast corner of Merrick Road and Merrick Avenue. Around 1844, a one-room,

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yellow brick schoolhouse was constructed on the north side of Merrick Road near Kenny Avenue. In 1892 another school was built on Newbridge Road between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway. Overcrowding prompted use of the fire hall and Merrick Church for space until a new school was built around 1902 on Smith Street. Construction of this four-room schoolhouse was $6,000. The structure still stands as The First Baptist Church. As the population grew, 8.03 acres were purchased for $40,000 in 1922 and the original Merrick Avenue School was built. The proceeds of the Smith Street School were used to construct a house for the principal, who lived there and paid nominal rent. Learning from experience, the district built the school with expansion in mind. By 1947, 900 students were enrolled. In 1954, seventh- and eighth-grade students were moved to the new junior high school, which relieved overcrowding and double sessions. Today, the Chatterton school shines as an example of our current educational system. Recent updates include security cameras, which provide live coverage of entrances and areas throughout the building. While an apple was something students ate as a snack 90 years ago, Chatterton’s multi-media room stocks 25 Apples [computers] in the form of large screen computers and SMARTBoards that have largely replaced chalkboards as a teacher’s visual aid. What the future brings, no one knows. But visitors to the Chatterton School can see in the eyes of the children, and dedication of the staff, an overall sense of pride – and that it is always promising.

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The Bellmore Fire District is holding an election for a Fire Commissioner on Tuesday, December 10, from 2-to-9 p.m. at the district headquarters on Pettit Avenue, across from the Long Island Rail Road station. Fire Commissioner John Johnstone is running as the incumbent for his second 5-year term, while ex-Chief of the Bellmore Fire Department Bob Taylor is the challenger. The North Merrick Fire District is also holding Fire Commissioner elections on Tuesday, December 10, at district headquarters, 2095 Camp Avenue, North Merrick. By press time, ScottMichael Rockwin, current Fire Commissioner, was running unopposed. Oscar Thompson and Joseph Vicario were challenging for two-year seats, and Glen Smith and Scott Sabel were challenging for oneyear seats. Learn their qualifications at www.yournewsmag.com, and who else is running.

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y name is John Johnstone and I am asking you for your support as I seek re-election in the Bellmore Fire District's Commissioners Election on Tuesday, December 10, from 2-to-9 p.m. at 230 Pettit Avenue. I am a 42-year resident of Bellmore and have been involved in the community since I was a young child. I started my community involvement when I joined the Bellmore Little League, as well as the BMYA Football and Hockey programs. I attended Shore Road elementary, Grand Avenue Junior High and Kennedy High Schools. I continued my participation in activities by being a member of the Grand Avenue football and baseball teams, and the Kennedy football and baseball teams. All of these taught me about the importance of team work.

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y name is Robert Taylor and I am one of two candidates running for the five-year term for commissioner of the Bellmore Fire Department. The fire service has always been an important part of my life, growing up with my father, who was excaptain of Roosevelt FD Ladder Company. I moved to Bellmore 32 years ago and immediately joined the Bellmore Fire Department as a member of the junior squad. I became a member of Engine Company #2 upon reaching my 18th birthday, and quickly rose through the ranks, holding virtually every position in the company as well as line officer. On two occasions, I had the privilege of leading the Bellmore Fire Department as chief. My experience as chief gave me the honor to lead approximately 100 trained

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I began my fire department career when I joined the Junior Firematic Squad at the age of 14 and became a full firefighter at the age of 18. I started my role as a leader when I was elected to the rank of lieutenant of the EMS Squad, then later voted to the rank of captain of the squad. Next, I was elected to the rank Lieutenant and then Captain of Engine Co. #3. I held each of these positions multiple times within the department. In 2009 I was honored when I was elected to Fire Commissioner, where I now serve as Chairman of the Board for the past two years of the five-year term. Other positions I have held within the department are: president and trustee of West End Engine Co. #3, junior squad advisor. I have also worked on multiple committees. I have been an active member of the Bellmore Fire Department and emergency services for 25 years and have experience in all aspects, as well as a practicing EMT for 24 years. My commitment to the emergency service industry is rounded out by being a law enforcement officer for 21 years. fire and EMS personnel who provide round-the-clock protection to the residents and community of Bellmore. I am confident that my experience as chief and my dealings with the commissioners of the Bellmore Fire Department have prepared me for this challenging yet rewarding position. I will work hard to make sure that the people of Bellmore will continue to receive the highest level of service and provide our members with the equipment necessary to continue to achieve that goal. With the support of my wife, who is a member of B FD Hose Co. #1, and sons one of whom is a member of our junior program and one who will be soon - I am proud to announce my candidacy to the residents of Bellmore. The election will be held at Bellmore Fire Headquarters at 230 Pettit Avenue on Tuesday December 10, from 2-to- 9 p.m. All registered voters who reside within the Bellmore Fire District are eligible to vote. I am grateful for your support.

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Holiday Events Around the Neighborhood HOLIDAY CONCERT: MERRICK CHORALE

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he North Merrick library keeps its annual tradition alive by bringing in the Merrick Chorale again on Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m., for another exciting holiday program. Along with many favorite Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, the group will delight everyone with the stories of holiday traditions around the world. The chorale will make an entrance with an Irving Berlin favorite, Happy Holiday. They will follow with songs from many countries around the globe. These will include the Hawaiian Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka and the Swedish Cradle Song. The chorale will include Italian, Japanese and German carols. As part of the songfest, they will share the story of Silent Night, which comes from Austria, and O Holy Night, originally from France. Everyone is sure to enjoy singing along with many of the old-time favorites, as well as clapping in time to the great Hanukkah songs, including Hi, Ho for Hanukkah and Light the Candles.

During the month of December, Merrick Kiwanians will be at Roosevelt Field Mall daily between Nordstrom’s and Macy’s for their annual Gift Wrapping Fundraiser.  Come and support them by having some presents wrapped.  All proceeds go to support community efforts.  The club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at La Piazza.  The Kiwanis Club of Merrick was formed in 1949 and has approximately 75 members.  Its mission is to serve the children of the world, one child and one community at a time.  The club provides school supplies, food, clothing and toys to those in need in the community.  For information about the club, visit its website www.merrickkiwanis.com

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HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING PARTY The Bellmore Lions Club will hold its annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec ember 10, at Antoinette’s Restaurant, 2701 Merrick Road, in Bellmore. Proceeds of the fundraising event will go towards helping residents and students in the community better themselves or give them a lifeline when the need it.

Bellmore Lions participate in a vast variety of projects, such as Secret Santas, where they have provided everything from hearing aids to refrigerators during the holiday season. They also clean up local parks provide supplies to victims of natural disasters. In addition, the Lions support and supply soup kitchens to help families and individuals in distress or in turmoil. During Thanksgiving they gave food certificates to 250 local families in unfortunate circumstances.

TOYS FOR TOTS DROPOFF IN THE BELLMORES The Bellmore Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores will serve as collection sites for the “Toys for Tots” program once again this year. If you would like to be part of making a child’s holiday brighter, you may drop off a new, unwrapped toy by Friday, December 13, anywhere you see a “Toys for Tots” poster displayed.

MERRICK READIES FOR SANTA, TREELIGHTING Santa Claus is coming, Santa Claus is coming to Merrick! On Saturday, December 7, beginning at 11 a.m. Santa will arrive on a Merrick Fire Department fire truck at the Gazebo, near the corner of Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway, almost under the Merrick train station trestle. The Calhoun Choir will perform a selection of Christmas songs for the occasion. After stepping down from the fire truck and greeting the children – and adults, he will move into the gazebo, ‘shrink-wrapped’ for warmth, to listen to their concerns, find out if they’ve been naughty or nice, and listen intently to their wishes. The Christmas gaiety will continue on Sunday, December 8, when the Christmas lighting takes place, beginning at 6 p.m., also at the Gazebo. Be there to celebrate Christmas mirth and merriment!

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Brotherhood Holiday Concert Spices Up Festive Season By Cantor Dan Rosenfeld 

Shalom, ate last month the Interfaith Brotherhood Council of Merrick and Bellmore held its annual Holiday concert at Calhoun High School in Merrick. As always, the concert featured the talents of the numerous local choirs and ensembles from the community and from neighboring houses of worship.  At the risk of sounding maudlin, this is one of the best “feelgood” events of the year.  As the one Jewish congregation appearing at the concert, Temple Beth Am, along with Beit Shalom, the 7th Day Adventist Church of Manhasset, has been privileged to be part of this important occasion for a good number of years. The musical and choral high point this year and every year was the final performance of the Calhoun High School Choir under the direction of Sanford Sardo.  I’ve admired his work and the magnificent production he achieves from his choir.  Their performances always spark great memories from my own time as a choir jock in high school, and later in college.  I can say that the only thing more stirring than hearing a great choir is to participate in one. And those who sing under his tutelage know that.  This year Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincided.  The last time this supposedly happened was in the late 19th

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Century.  It’s said that it won’t happen for again for decades to come, if at all.  How fitting it is that these two holidays occur at the same time.  Both are festivals of gratitude that offer praise to the creator for the miracles wrought in our favor. Unfortunately, the miracles are sometimes joined with ill fortune. Many of us suffered firsthand the ravages of Hurricane Sandy and still are recovering.  Our nation’s government fell short of serving the needs of its citizens on a level unprecedented in my lifetime. Too many of our peers still languish in uncertainty and despair, as they try to provide for themselves and their families in this topsy-turvy economy.  Add to this the usual challenges in what we call the cycle of life; illness, pain, loss.    Music can help us forget the adversity we face on a daily basis.  The Brotherhood Council concert serves as a poignant reminder of that. So, if I can offer any prayer for the day, I’d pray that we can remember these moments of song in our times of trial.  And may they continue to lift our spirits every day as they have today. With Peace Cantor Dan Rosenfeld is cantor at Temple Beth-am, Merrick (See more photos of the Brotherhood concert on Your Newsmag’s facebook page)

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he spine is connected to all of the major organs,” remarked Dr. Russell Nersesov of the new Spine Care Club at 2071 Merrick Road in Merrick. “To maintain your health in keeping the organs healthy you also need to maintain and keep your spine” in optimal health, he continued. He added that maintaining the spine in optimal health can also prevent illnesses from occurring. Open since October, the Spine Care Club wants to be your wellness guru, helping you to maintain a healthy lifestyle through not only spinal care but by an infusion of products that supplement the body’s basic needs for nutrition and rejuvenation. The club treats and helps alleviate anything from chronic to occasional back pain, offers massage therapy to patients and it provides a nutritionist who can help you develop a diet that maximizes nutritional foods to create a more substantive lifestyle. With a special eye on the Merrick-Bellmore community, the Spine Care Club is aggressively reaching out to small businesses in the locale to offer wellness programs that can maximize employee productivity and their contributions to the businesses by helping them maintain a healthier lifestyle through spinal manipulation, massages and nutrition. Natanya Menna, a Calhoun graduate and marketing consultant for Bella Blue Market-

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to assist in the body’s natural healing process. “This bed can act to prevent back problems before they start and is also known to help patients avoid back surgery,” Dr. Nersesov maintained. While the non-surgical decompression bed is administered under a special membership price package, other membership price packages include chiropractic spinal care, massages and nutrition that range in price from $34.99 per month up to the most popular package, the Spinecareclub Ultimate membership package at $189.99 per month. “This package includes unlimited chiropractic treatments and massage (hydro or jaded),” remarked Menna. She noted that for the cost of four co-payments to see a specialist per month, a member could have unlimited treatments for less outlay with this membership. ing and Consulting in charge of providing visibility for the club, told this magazine that healthier employees are also happier employees who can be counted on to be more productive when they know they are considered and cared for by their employers. NON-SURGICAL SPINE DECOMPRESSION New and distinctive to the Spine Care Club is a non-surgical spinal compression bed that treats bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, failed back surgery and ongoing lower back or neck pain that does not respond to traditional spinal treatment. “It is a bed for back treatment of sciatica, spinal stenosis, herniated discs and other back and muscular conditions that is FDA approved while being given an 86% success rate,” said Dr. Nersesov, a 1997 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College in Manhattan. The bed provides decompression of the spine through repetitive movements on a customized treatment table. The motion table pulls and releases to create pressure changes within the invertebral disc, surrounding soft tissue and joints. The pressure changes are supposed to allow the disc bulges or herniations – along with nutrients – to be pulled back into the disc, where rehydration of the disc and surrounding structures are said to create a physiological change

SUPPLEMENTS Also available at the club are nutritional supplements designed to help create a more nutritionally balanced outlook and help the body rejuvenate from the normal pressures of the day.

These include Omega-3 gel caps providing 2100 milligrams of nourishment to help the immune system, reduce inflammation throughout the body and keep joints hydrated. Melatonin can “help people sleep better at night,”Dr. Nersesov said. Joint supplements help promote joint health by helping to reform connective tissue essential in the development of cartilage while they also help reduce inflammation, which can help control pain. The Spine Care Club will hold a workshop on what the club offers on Friday, February 7, at the Little Gym in North Merrick , 2128 Merrick Mall, beginning at 7 p.m.

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Alternate Expectations: A Guide to Navigating Holiday Eating By Warren L. Huberman, PhD.

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he holiday season is here and it’s time for us to quickly gain 10 pounds. What? Why would I say that? I say that because it’s stated in every magazine and on every daytime television talk show. Over the next few weeks, you will see and hear references to our tendency to gain weight during this time of year in every newspaper, magazine, website, blog and television news program – including this one! And, while the opportunities to eat may increase during this time of year and the kinds of foods pushed on us are often not the healthiest, you don’t have to gain weight. However, if you expect to…you will. What do expectations have to do with weight gain? Think of expectations as a combination of predictions and learned patterns of behavior. Outcomes that have occurred in the past we generally expect to happen again. Take Thanksgiving for example, or what I like to call “National Binge Eating Day.” Thanksgiving is one of those few days of the year where the holiday seems to be about overeating. Of course, Thanksgiving is supposed to be about taking the opportunity to give thanks for how fortunate we are to live in this great country and to count our blessings for what we have. However, if you ask most Americans what comes to mind when they think of Thanksgiving I’ll bet turkey, stuffing, pie and football come long before giving thanks. More importantly, it’s not only food and eating that we think of but also overeating and overindulging. [CONT. ON PAGE 23]

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HEALTH MATTERS Don’t starve yourself on the morning or on the day of a holiday party. This is one of the most common and foolish strategies people employ. The calories you give up by skipping breakfast and lunch usually pale in comparison to the calorie content of the evening binge at the holiday party. Instead, eat normally during the day. This may actually help keep you from binging later. You are far more likely to control yourself if you are not starving when you walk in the door of the party. Consider making some eating compromises. Who said you have to have turkey as a holiday dinner? Is pecan pie banned at other times of year? Consider having the foods that truly are once-a-year items rather than loading up on everything. And even then, you don’t need five pounds of the special foods. If your grandmother only makes her special stuffing once a year, perhaps you shouldn’t pass that up. However, I promise you that eating a ton of it will not make you happier than having two nice-size tablespoons of the stuff. Again, plan ahead and make decisions earlier in the day. Watch the booze. Alcohol causes our judgment to get a little fuzzy. You are going to be more successful controlling your behavior if your brain is firing on all cylinders. If you drink too much too early in the day, you’re going to have a tougher time sticking to whatever plan you created. Also, too much alcohol causes us to make other foolish decisions. There are enough unfortunate tragedies that happen this time of year. Make sure you’re not involved in one. I’m not suggesting that you be a killjoy, and I certainly don’t believe that it’s necessary to avoid holiday parties or gatherings where food is available. By planning ahead, changing your expectations and making a few specific eating compromises, you can truly have your cake and eat it too. Happy Holidays!

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Designing Festively After the Festivities By Randi Satnick

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he tastes, scents and sights of holiday staples, whether on the table or surrounding it, serve to heighten emotions that make many of us wax nostalgic long beyond the holiday season. Although certain edibles, attire and decoration are relegated to this special time of year, we can carry over lessons from this bright and joyous time and apply them to our daily lives. The same is true of home décor. How do you keep your home festive long after the festivities? Consider the senses and then “up” your décor a notch. Aromas floating from holiday kitchens are the stuff that fond memories are made of. Adults often harken back to the smells created in their mothers’ or grandmothers’ kitchens. Recreate smells that are indicative of the time of year with scented candles or potpourri that evoke seasonal recognition. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to reference the season. Tinsel, wreaths or holiday decoration of any kind adds to the texture of a

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furniture in a color that However, after the season space. Remove all that is specific to the speaks to you. Don’t continue to remind yourself holiday once it’s over, but then add seaallow your world to sonal greenery as well as decorative ele- to be grateful or kind or turn dull once the holiwhatever your favorite inspiments to display pieces such as bowls days have ended! rational quotes may suggest; and platters. Items like tall twigs or a So think smell, texpost them. Choose items cluster of twine or metal spheres can be ture, inspiration, such as pillows or small substituted seasonally and are a fun, sparkle and color to signs or picture frames that creative and personal way to add interadd a personal touch relay a written message sigest and texture to your home. to your home. Once nificant to you. If you can’t All that glistens isn’t always tinsel. As the scent of holiday find one, create it from flickering lights fade and are gatherings fade and a greeting card or postpacked away ‘till next year recthe hues and textures er and frame it yourreate some of that holiday glitof the season are self! Remind yourself ter by adding a bit of bling to stowed away, small, daily to share a smile, your décor. Metal accessories affordable additions to cherish… in chrome or golds can accomOf course, color, col- A unique shape and “sea- to your interior space plish that. Reflect light by adding Add sparkle or and yes…color! The son-less” interpretation of will keep your home a mirrored piece, small or large, with this feeling festive reds, greens, blues and a holiday wreath to add which is on trend in design. starburst throughout the year! Hang crystal from a chandelier wall sconce. golds of the holiday “greenery” all year long season bring cheer. or add a small task lamp with a shiny, fun Randi Satnick is Choose a hue to add just enough rhinestone bling for way to reevent and marketing coordinator for PS that added sparkle. flec t pattern through wall art or a pillow if Micaza Interiors (Mikasa at Home), Inc., you’re tentative. A bolder stroke “Tis the season, joy to…” and and light would be to paint an accent wall other holiday related sayings are onto your Dakota Design Center, 2355 Merrick or add a chair or piece of accent literally part of holiday décor. walls Road, Bellmore. 

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as Bahias Restaurant is celebrating its second anniversary as the first restaurant to bring simple yet warm and elegant Latin-American dining to North Bellmore and surrounding communities. The creation of Salvadoran chef-owner Jose Reyes, he has had many years of preparation to present a Latin cuisine that is both authentic and sumptuous. Be careful not to walk out with mouth still watering after indulging in several delightful dishes infused with cilantro, garlic and onions - and the ever-present secret sauce - particular to the Salvadoran way of preparing food. For customers who come from as far as Hewlett and Cold Spring Harbor to the restaurant at 2819 Jerusalem Avenue, to people wanting catering for parties of 300 – and let’s not forget Freeport party boats that request catering from Las Bahias – the trip and the wait will be worth it. After nibbling on a few chips mixed in a fresh pico de gallo, start with empanadas as an appetizer, or yuca topped with roast pork. The empanadas, or lightly fried

pocket wraps packing chicken or beef, come with garlic salsa. Their light, not greasy, taste , feature a slightly flaky consistency. The chicken is sautéed in cilantro, garlic and onions and Reyes’ ‘secret ingredients.’ The yuca, cousin of the potato, is lighter in texture and presented like French fries topped with a cabbage salad and chunks of pork. “The pork is marinated three days in a sauce and then slowly sautéed for up to six hours,” Reyes said. The result is portions of pork crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. “For Salvadorans crispy pork” is essential, he reminded this reviewer. And both dishes can be made into dinner plates at the diner’s request. Other appetizers include a Bahias platter consisting of chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and a cheese quesadilla with blue cheese and pico de gallo; shrimp and fish ceviches, both popular; chicken wings; and a Bahia king salad, made of mixed greens, roasted pineapple and corn with an added tortilla and grilled chicken in a raspberry-mango vinaigrette.

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While the most popular dinner is the reliable sizzling beef or chicken fajitas dish mixed with sautéed onions and mixed peppers accompanied by large fresh beans, rice, avocado, pico de gallo and very thin, soft flour tortilla, equally popular dinner dishes include the skirt steak, garlic shrimp and the succulent Bahias chicken. After imbibing in the special fruity homemade sangria sporting an almost healthy blush and ramped with a few extra flavorful ingredients, consider the Bahias chicken, two large pieces of chicken slow cooked and sautéed in cilantro, onions and, again, Reyes special sauce served “Salvadoran style” - a drizzle of Salvadoran cream - with a generous portion of rice. The chicken is moist, and can be pulled apart with the fork for individual bites to share with a partner at the table. For diners who may choose a dish and find it not to their liking, Reyes may suggest another dish and will not charge for the original dish ordered. “I have changed my menu four times in two years,” he told this reviewer, to try different combinations that he hopes will lead to a better dining experience. “I know what they order and what they don’t order,” and take note of what sells in what combination, he said. Other dinner features include pork chops cooked on a flat grill, he said, to lock the juices in and served with white rice and beans. Two combination dinners for a hungry table include parrillada para dos, featuring a pork chop, chicken breast and shrimp served with rice, salad and beans; and mar y tierra, with shrimp, steak and chicken breast served with rice and salad.

Pastas include penne and linguini, both in butter or red marinara sauce. Fish includes tilapia, lobster, and a combination dish of shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels over yellow rice. Several creative shrimp dishes ‘round out the appetizer and dinner features. Tacos, enchilada suaves, tamales and pupusas filled with pork and cheese are also some other Latin offerings on the menu. There is also a kids’ menu of chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and hamburgers. Desserts include leches, flan, atoll de elote and warm bread pudding with ice cream. HOMESPUN RECIPES Many dishes are indeed recipes he learned from his mother as a young boy in El Salvador. “We had a restaurant that I worked at, and many of the recipes are in the menus,” he said. Arriving in the U.S. at age 15, after high school he began working as a food preparer, then sui chef and then head pizza maker at an Italian restaurant in Queens before beginning a productive working relationship with the Scotto Brothers, where he learned about customer relations, presentation and skillful serving. He ended up the head server. “One of the secrets to better-tasting dishes is to use olive oil when preparing Latin Jose Reyes holds court everynight at Las Bahias. Entertainemnt Thur., Fri. and Sat. foods,’ he told this reviewer. Back home, they used corn oil to prepare the food," he said. Reyes has begun offering entertainment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a guitarist playing on Thursdays, and a pianist on Fridays and Saturdays to provide mood music to accompany the dining experience, he said. The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Reyes recommends reservations on Friday and Saturday to guarantee a seat. “It’s very busy here on the weekends,” he said. Take-out orders can also be taken over the phone at 308-7265 and 3087266; by fax at 308-7267; and online at www.lasbahiasrestaurant.com. DF

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LETTERS

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The End of an Era: a Cathedral Hardware ✉ TO THE EDITOR,

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f you need that hard-tofind screw, or that ‘whatchmacallit’ that no one else has, better run quick to see Roy Weinman, an era will soon come to an end. (See page 7.) For most of us who know, going to see Roy at his Bedford Avenue store in Bellmore was much like going to see the Wizard of Oz. The great and powerful held sway over so many of the needed parts of our lives from his distinct counter, saying politely “yes” to all of our needs. The store, with its original tin walls and ceilings, says much about the man

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while others disappeared. I am quietly attempting to quell my own fears about where my lawnmower will be cared for, where that screw for my Robert Findlay Fine Fixture from 1920 will come from. When I asked Roy if he might have one, his reply was, “how many do you need.” Do you know what that feels like? Sorry if you don’t. I salute you Roy Weinman, for your class, your ccommerce, and for your link to the past and what you gave to this town and its residents. Yours was a cathedral of hardware, with a smile. God speed Roy. Walter Eisenhardt, Jr.

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and his trade; gone and going are the things of the past like service, sound and accurate advice. Seeing Roy about a needed part was like seeing your butcher, doctor or shoe maker. He always knew exactly what would fix your problem, and whether it would net him nine cents or $90 you got the same treatment. Roy saw no difference, and was not in it for the money, he did it for the community. Find that today. A testament to his brand and service, and the fact that the opening of big box hardware stores laid waste to so many a mom-and-pop shop, Roy continued on

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am extremely disappointed that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo vetoed legislation I sponsored that would ensure that all residents affected by any proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare increase, toll hike or major service change are able to voice their concerns.  Residents who would be affected by any proposed MTA toll, fare or major service change deserve every opportunity to get information and share their concerns directly with the MTA Board at a public hearing in their area. Requiring the MTA to hold public hearings in each county affected by the proposed changes would have improved transparency and ensured that the riding public was given every opportunity to voice their concerns.

 Current law requires the MTA to hold a public hearing on a proposed toll, fare or major service change. There is no requirement that a hearing be held in each affected county. When it considered the most recent fare increase proposal in the fall of 2012, the MTA held public forums in different areas of the MTA region, but there were several counties in which no public hearing was held, even though residents of those counties were directly impacted by the MTA changes. The MTA also holds simultaneous hearings in different counties, thereby preventing all the Board members from being present at all hearings. The legislation (S.776/A.31), which was passed by the Senate and Assembly in May, would have required the MTA to hold hearings in each county in which a fare increase, toll and/or major service change is proposed. Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

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Dreaming of a Black & White Christmas? Rob Bartlett and Tony Powell are!

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he two long-time anchors and sidekicks of venerable radio star Don Imus of Don Imus in the Morning will bring their curious – if slightly askew – comedy to the Bellmore Movies on Saturday, December 14, beginning at 8 p.m. The comedians, who can also be seen on the Fox Business Channel from 6-to-10 a.m. weekday mornings cooking up comedy for their blog, look to loosen up any tightly developing body kinks forming this Holiday season with a roughly two-hour fun-filled show that will include the Barlettes, Rob Bartlett’s girls’ cabaret adorned in Christmas attire singing Christmas songs that are likely, eh… variations of songs that you love best! Powell , working alongside Bartlett – who has worked for over 20 years with Imus before taking a hiatus to sing and act on Broadway shows for several years, told this magazine the show will definitely be more upscale and professional than shows seen at comedy clubs, yet will be just slightly

more spontaneous and open than Broadway theater. “Clearly, Rob and Tony present almost-Broadway material,” remarked Gary Smith, owner of NYEntertainmentClub.com, which is hosting the show. “It’s Rob Bartlett that funny, good and professional.” Bartlett is one of the original Long Island comedians, coming of age along with Jerry Seinfeld, Rosy O’Donnell and Eddie Murphy during the 1980s, said Smith. And he cut his teeth in all the comedy clubs during the heyday of Long Island comedy clubs back then.

“We’re coming to Bellmore to entertain you,” Powell continued, “and offer some Christmas things.” But remember, he added, not all people celebrate Christmas so it’s Tony Powell not a completely 100% Christmas show. Look for 30-to-35 minutes of material from Powell, an African American not exactly dressed in Christmas attire, and 40-to-45 minutes of material from Bartlett, also not dressed in Christmas attire – unless otherwise seen that way.

“He’ll do some material from his character Sal Monella, too,” noted Powell. The Barlettes, of course, will be there to sing Christmas favorites of somebody’s – perhaps atheists’ favorites? Comedians by nature are nonconformists, Powell maintained. And because of that, audiences can expect the slightly askew aspects and points of view that provide plenty of parodies on everyday living and events. “Rob and I have been working on this material awhile,” said Powell. Working it at solo standup gigs and honing the material to determine what is useful and funny to the audience, and what needs work. And it all results in a tour de force of comedy come Saturday night, December 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the theater box office, 222 Pettit Avenue, 785-3199; online at www.nyentertainmentclub.com ; or by calling 784-4234.

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Where are they now? LIIFE is one of the 25 coolest film fests

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hat do actors Steven Bauer, Dash Mahok, Anthony Lacuria and William Sadler have in common? They’ve all walked through the doors of the Bellmore Movies past the aroma of freshly popped popcorn, boxes of Milk Duds and wrappers of Twizzlers and into the glamorous – if irreverent - spotlight during The Long Island International Film Expo that alights every year in early summer upon the venerable Bellmore Movies. They join other memorable actors such as the great Robert Vaughn of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Magnificant Seven, Kathy Moriarty from Raging Bull and The Two Jakes, Tony LoBianco from French Connection, City Heat, Nixon and Broadway’s A View from a Bridge, and Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire and Fargo, as having made the

Dash Mahok Bellmore Movies and The Long Island International Film Expo into attractive summer destinations. Let’s not forget the late Cliff Robertson, who played John F. Kennedy in PT 109, Kevin Brown of 30 Rock, Federico Castelluccio of The Sopranos , Edie Falco of The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, and Brian O’Halloran of Clerks and Vulgar. But imagine our surprise at seeing the first-mentioned four actors busy at work on screen on shows we might be watching – or

recently saw. Steven Bauer and Dash Mahok just wrapped up their roles for the season on the new Showtime series Ray Donovan, playing the characters Avi and Bunch Donovan, respectively. They mingled easily this first season with top-flight actors Liev Schreiber, James Woods, Jon Voight and Eliott Gould. Anthony Lacuria, unfortunately, couldn’t keep it down as Eddie Kessler on the hit series Boardwalk Empire, ending the character by jumping out a window after betraying his boss Nucky (Steve Buscemi). And then there’s veteran actor William Sadler of Shawshank Redemption fame - alongside star Tim Robbins - who has recently shown up as Mike, the chief of staff for the President of the United States , in Homeland, starring with Claire Danes and Mandi Patinkin. We did learn, though, without

really trying, that Robert Clohessy of Broadway’s Pal Joey and TV’s Boardwalk Empire, and who starred in the LIIFE award-winning film Send No Flowers with Sean Young and Tony Lo Bianco, will star in the new movie drama The Wolfe of Wall Street to be released soon. Before we forget, Nassau County Film Office Director Debra Markowitz of Merrick, the agency that helps sponsor the Long Island International Film Expo, told us last month that the film festival was just named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by the publication Movie Maker. How cool is that! Markowitz did throw in that filmmakers are indeed busy around Nassau County filming Spiderman 2, a remake of Annie and the TV series The Normal Heart.

William Sadler The Long Island International Film Festival will again appear at the Bellmore Movies from July 9-17 in 2004. You’re invited … See you in Bellmore (tinsel) town!

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ammille Leone and Michelle Fielding, co-owners of The Savvy Shopper in Bellmore, a woman’s consignment boutique, celebrate their one-year anniversary this month! The shop receives gently used and new designs for re-sale, as well as designer handbags. Items are sold at a 50/50 % split. The shop is at 2809B Merrick Road, across from Dunkin’ Donuts,

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Something to wine about ;-) By Linda Delmonico Prussen

Today’s tip: he Holiday season is nearly upon us and wine makes a great gift! To help choose what to buy it helps if you know if the person you’re buying for likes white or red, oaked or un-oaked, and sweet or dry wine. Not sure if a wine is heavily oaked? Tasting notes for an oaked wine might include words like, toasted, nutty, buttery, vanilla or almond. To get an idea of the sweetness of a wine read the label for the alcohol content. A lower alcohol content usually means more residual sugar and sweeter. There are exceptions like dessert and port wines, which while sweet, often have higher alcohol contents. Once you know the basic attributes you’d like in a wine, along with your price point, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let the salesperson know, “I’m looking for an oaky red wine in the $20$30 range.” Or, “I’m looking for a sweet

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white wine around $15.” A knowledgeable wine store employee should be able to point you in the right direction. Want to buy gifts and support Long Island Vineyards? If you want something prestigious, Bedell Cellars produced a Merlot that was featured at the luncheon following the Presidential Inauguration. Looking for something unique? Try Paumanok’s Chenin Blanc. The varietal is a rare find in New York State and, so far, has received rave reviews. Where to go/what to do: Going into the city to do some shopping? You might want to work one of these free tastings in your outing: Appellation wine and spirits - 156 Tenth Avenue http://appellationnyc.com/events Saturday, December 7 Fall Tasting Series: World Tour 4-to-7 p.m. MFW’s affable Michael Faulk will be joining us with three wines from around

the world. We’ll be sampling an elegant red Burgundy, aromatic Piedmont white and a spicy Rioja. Saturday, December 14 Fall Tasting Series: Natural Wines 4- to-7 p.m. No matter how you define a natural wine, one thing is true across the board - they are true to earth. Jenny and Fran-

cois’ Lauren Kennedy will be here pouring three, terra-driven beauties. For current tastings at Union Square Wines check its website: http://www. unionsquarewines.com/events/ For current tastings at Astor Wines check its website: http://www.astorwines.com/TastingEvents.aspx

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