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By Mary Malloy

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AARP Survey Finds Risk of Falling for a Medicare Card-Replacement Scam High........................ page 8

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aul Cartier doesn‘t seem to know what the word “retired” means. His day usually begins by heading to the South Hempstead Firehouse, where he’s been an active member for 40 years, to be greeted by mounds of paperwork. Serving on the district’s Board of Fire Commissioners for 20 years, 19 of those as its chairman, he also acts as President of Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County. He retired (the mandatory retirement age for the FA A) three years ago as an air traffic controller at MacArthur Airport after 27 years on the job. (Continued on page 29)

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May 2 Long Beach Art League. May meeting at the Long Beach Library, 111 West Park Ave; 7 p.m. Lisa Cangemi will talk about how to sell and promote artwork. Refreshments served. Info: longbeachartleague.com. May 6 Spring Concert. West Islip Symphony Orchestra. at the Beach Street Middle School in West Islip; 7 p.m. Adults, $10; Seniors, $8, students free. Info: 631-751-8154 or 631-661-8348. Spring Concert. Nassau Philharmonia at the Freidberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside; 2 p.m. Members, $3, all others $5. Lisa Charschan, Director of Adult Services, (516) 634-4169 or lcharschan@friedbergjcc.org.

May 14 Loving Hands (Knit & Crochet for Charity). At the Merrick Golf Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick; 1 to 3 p.m. 9th Anniversary party. Refreshments and raffle. Donations of yarns, needles, book accepted. Men welcome. Registration required at 516-246-9552.

May 17 Exhibition Dahlia Sale.

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May 17 Exhibition Dahlia Sale. At the Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Montauk Hwy., East Islip; 6:3p.m. Free info on how to grow your own dahlias to perfection. Info: www.longislanddahlia.org or 516-578-7699.

Silver Chords Chorus Concert. Includes a medley from Rent, selections from Disney films, classics and American folk songs.; doors open at 1:30 p.m., doors open at 2 p.m. At St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on Brooksite Drive, Smithtown. May 8th, 22nd & June 5th Free Defeat Diabetes Seminar. With Dr. Charles Timson; 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Jericho. (Also May 22 * June 5 at Hampton Inn, Commack) Learn steps to reverse type 2 diabetes. Call 631-560-2075. Reservation required. (See page 10). May 9th & 23rd Attend Free Surgical Weight Loss Seminar. Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 4 Technology Dr., Suite 220, East Setauket; Info: 631-228-8277 (See page 14). May 10 Senior Group Meeting SAGE. Wise Aging.” Speaker: Barbara Goldstein LCSW. At the Woodbury Jewish Center, 200 South Woods Rd. Woodbury; 10:30 a.m. to noon. Includes light refreshments; Fee - $5. Info: 516-496-9100 x352; www.thewjc.org. May 12 Summer Songs. Caroline Doctorow and The Ballad Makers. At the Bridgehampton Museum Archives, 2539A Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 7:30 p.m. Fee: $20. Info: 631-537-1088 The Long Island Comedy Club. At Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson; 8 to 10 p.m. Downstairs in Griswold’s Cabaret. Paul Anthony, John Larocchia (New York’s Funniest Fireman); 631-928-9100.

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May 18 7th Annual Pet Adoption Fair. At the Sachem Public Library, Holbrook; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adoptable cats, dogs, and more. Pick out a new family addition! Only adoptable animals from approved agencies are permitted. Swing Band Senior Social and Dance. Featuring the music of the Savoy Swing Band; 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Sylvester's Church, 680 Ohio Avenue, Medford. Admission: $15. Beverages and snacks included. Info: 631-567-1790. May 20 Silver Chords Chorus Concert. Includes a medley from Rent, selections from Disney films, classics and American folk songs.; doors open at 1:30 p.m., doors open at 2 p.m. At Mary Immaculate Church, Browns Lane, Bellport. May 23 The War Years: Long Island’s History in Combat. Examine our nation’s wartime history, from a Long Island perspective; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Must register. Copiague Library. 631-691-1111. May 28 Memorial Day Field Masses. Hosted by Catholic Cemeteries. See ad on page 30. 9:00 Holy Trinity Parish Church, Brooklyn. 10:30 am - St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery, Lawrence.

Learn about becoming an A ARP volunteer. Join us at one of our A ARP volunteer presentations and fraud prevention seminars near you. Thursday, May 17th. 12pm to 2pm. Hillside Library 155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park Hosted by: North Hempstead Volunteer Team

Informative Breakfast Seminars May 17, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. FREE DINNER SEMINAR with David R. Okrent, Esq., CPA and Shane Maer, Financial Advisor Elder Law, Estate Planning, Special Needs, Tax Issues, Beneficiaries, Long-Term Care. At the Bonwit Inn in Commack. Reservations Required: 631.427.4600. June 5, 2018 - 9 a.m. SUMMER FINANCIAL FITNESS CHECK-UP with Michael Hartzman and Ralph Galdorisi. - Bristol Financial Services Let’s make sure all your insurance coverage is up-to-date and your portfolio is on track. Limited Space. Call 516-349-5555. 50+ LifeStyles May 2018 • www.50PlusNY.com


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Local Author Publishes Children’s Book Keeta Kangaroo Learns a Lesson (or two)

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auren Auerbach, a Port Jefferson resident has recently published a children’s picture book on Amazon.com, Keeta Kangaroo Learns a Lesson (or two). Beautifully illustrated by Erin Bonner, the book uses animal characterizations and rhyming to teach about thinking before speaking and using kind words. Lauren's book was written 25 years prior to being self-published. One day while cleaning out a file cabinet in early 2018, she found the original manuscript and decided it was time to revamp and remarket. "Kindness should always be a relevant topic," said Lauren. Keeta Kangaroo Learns a Lesson (or two) is geared toward children ages three to seven, and available in paperback and digital form. Use this link: https://amzn.to/2Hx34SQ To arrange a reading or book signing, you may contact Mrs. Auerbach at Auerbach.lauren@gmail.com. Lauren has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the New York Institute of Technology. She has been married to attorney husband Ken since 1986. Together they have two adult daughters, Danielle and Melanie, and a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix dog named Benny. 50+

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AARP Survey Finds Risk of Falling for a Medicare Card-Replacement Scam High By Dena Bunis, A ARP

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ccording to a new A ARP survey (https://bit.ly/2r4HCtj) more than three-quarters of Americans over age 65 know little or nothing about the federal government’s initiative to replace their Medicare cards. And that makes them susceptible to scammers intent on taking advantage of the confusion. Individuals new to Medicare are receiving the updated card, which displays a unique combination of 11 letters and numbers rather than a beneficiary’s Social Security number (SSN). Current beneficiaries will begin receiving their replacement cards next month. A ARP found that 60% of those surveyed believe they might have to pay for the revamped cards. The new cards are free. And more than half of respondents said they might not be suspicious if they received a call asking them to verify their SSNs as a prerequisite to getting a new card. Medicare officials have emphasized that they will never call beneficiaries about the cards, which are being mailed out by the Social Security Administration.

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“The new Medicare cards are a step forward for fraud prevention, but con artists are working overtime on new ways to scam seniors,” says Nancy LeaMond, A ARP’s chief advocacy and engagement officer.

Sixty percent of those surveyed mistakenly believe they might have to pay for the revamped Medicare ID cards, making them vulnerable to scammers. Scammers posing as Medicare representatives have been calling beneficiaries demanding a processing fee. Other fraudsters are telling beneficiaries that they are owed a refund from transactions on their old card and asking for bank account info to process the reimbursement. Medicare will never ask an enrollee for a bank account number, and no refunds are owed. A ARP’s phone survey reached 800 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. A ARP’s Fraud Watch Network provides more prevention tips and advice on card-

replacement and other types of scams. Consumers can also sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails to get regular updates on new scams. 50+


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Around The Towns... Send your news items to Frank@50plusny.com 1

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1. (Left to right): Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilman Michael Loguercio, Housing and Human Services Commissioner Alison Karppi, and Youth Bureau New York State Clinical Psychiatric Social Workers Liz Derkevics and Amy Gironda, when Supervisor Romaine announced the Brookhaven Town Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Coat Drive collected more than 3,000 coats, as well as many pairs of winter boots, hats, gloves and scarves. Which were donated by to shelters, churches and agencies in the Town. 2. Vickie Calderon of Suffolk County Community College Children’s Learning Center at the Michael J. Grant Campus was honored as one of the recipients of the 2018 Society of Foreign Consuls International Women’s Day Recognition. 3. (Left to right): Bob Martinez, (far left) representing Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore at St. Regis Knights of Columbus 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ronkonkoma, joins other local leaders to congratulate Grand Marshal John Feal (third from right). 4. (Left to right): VFW Post 2913 Senior Vice Commander Dave Rogers; Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker; Jordan McClintock, Councilwoman Bonner and Suffolk County VFW Commander Sabrina Lacy. At the Suffolk County VFW Council Voice of Democracy Award Ceremony to honor Wading River High School student Jordan McClintock. Jordan earned 1st place in the County and 2nd Place in the District. 50+

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Microblading - 24/7 Eyebrows of your dreams!

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ead any fashion magazine today and you probably have heard about Microblading, the new semi-permanent esthetic treatment for enhancing eyebrows. When you've tried every pencil, powder, pigment, gel, and stencil at you favorite cosmetic counter and your brows are still thin or not shaped as you wish, Microblading, a semi-permanent solution for thin brows—is treatment that promises to change your brow life! It doesn't matter if you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature. If you are one of the many women who spend hours trying to reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over thin areas or just want to add a slight arch to your eyebrows you will find Microblading results are a natural & undetectable. The delicate, super-fine hair stokes created look so realistic this may just be the solution for you. North Shore Medical Spa specializes in this dream come true treatment and for sure you will want the guidance and skillful hands of an experienced aesthetician. We use a super-fine pen (technically a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment customized for your hair color into the skin. This only goes through superficial layers of the skin so it’s not permanent tattooing. Depending on a number of factors, with proper routine care results can last up to 3 years life for a procedure. Does it hurt is the first question we are sometimes asked? Pain is relative and compared to having a baby; no it doesn’t hurt. Each stroke is similar to a paper cut and that can be annoying so our brow artist numbs the area with a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort. You find compared to other techniques “Microblading will give you a very natural look and better stimulate hair” says Dr. Mark Schwartz, Medical Director of The North Shore Vein Center and North Shore Medical Spa Long Island’s only Board Certified General & Vascular Surgeon. We encourage you to come in for a consultation, call and ask as many questions as you like or visit our website NorthShoreMediSpa.com. Now through the End of May receive a $50.00 gift care with any purchase. North Shore Medical Spa 516-441-5110 1 Hollow Lane Suite 210 New Hyde Park NY 11042.

AARP Shredding Events

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he A ARP will sponsor a free paper shredding events. Shred and recycle your old documents and confidential files safely and securely! A ARP Members and Guests are invited to bring up to three bags or boxes of personal papers and may witness the On-Site Mobile shredding process provided by Quality Shredding Corp. No Businesses, thank you. All shredded papers are recycled. Sunday May 6 South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3 Oyster Bay - East Norwich Public Library, 89 E Main St, Oyster Bay; 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 TFCU Bank, 127 12 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset; 10 a.m. to noon

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Suffolk Federal Goes The Distance For Vets

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uffolk Federal is the lead sponsor for extreme distance ultramarathon runner and VP of Information Technology, Eva Casale, as she completed an incredible seven marathons in seven days in April to raise funds and awareness for Hope for the Warriors. Eva ran a total of 184 miles during her “Every Veteran Appreciated Week.” Each marathon was focused on honoring local servicemen killed in action. “I have a unique ability to run long distances, so I am using my passion for running to help others,” explained Casale. “I have created Team E.V.A. which stands for ‘Every Veteran Appreciated,’ to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s an honor for me to organize and run these events and to know that I can bring people together to take part in such an important mission.” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been a strong supporter of Eva’s efforts. "Each year Eva goes above and beyond to support local veterans through her Team E.V.A. event,” said Bellone. “Suffolk County is home to the largest veteran population in New York State and it is heartening to see residents like Eva step up to support these heroes.” For the first time this year, Team E.V.A. expanded into Nassau County. “We were inspired and excited to have Eva and her team expand their ef-

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forts into Nassau County. Their dedication, hard work and commitment to making such a significant contribution to our local veterans is admirable and helps to promote and unify a stronger community here on Long Island,” explained Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. One of Suffolk Federal’s priorities is to support and give back to the communities it serves. “Long Island is home to many veterans here in New York State. For this reason — and as a United States Air Force veteran — I believe that supporting our community’s veterans is a responsibility,” said Ralph D. Spencer Jr., President and CEO. This year’s marathons opening ceremonies took place at the Huntington Elks Lodge #1565. From there the team began their marathons in Northport, Eisenhower Park/Nassau Coliseum, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, Miller Place, Middle Island, Glen Cove, along the South Shore including West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Amityville, Bellmore, Merrick and more, and Brookhaven and Medford. The closing ceremonies took place at Suffolk Federal’s Headquarters in Medford as Eva and her team completed the last marathon. For more information go to www.goteameva.org; you can support her by donating to the effort at www.GoTeamEva.org. 50+


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Long Island

Accordion Alliance By Dominic Karcic

n April 3, 2018 accordionist Don Gerundo (New Rochelle) paid his third visit as guest artist to a Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIA A) monthly event at La Villini Restaurant in East Northport. On this occasion he teamed up with his good friend and woodwind specialist Spencer Bruno of Yonkers. Mr. Bruno, who is executive director of the noted Lester Lanin Orchestra, performed on flute, clarinet and soprano saxophone. Mr. Gerundo, who is on the governing board of the American Accordionists’ Association (A A A), performed on his new Beltuna (triple tone chamber) accordion and impressed the audience with the beautiful sound quality of this great instrument. Mention should also be made that Mr. Gerundo strictly uses the free bass system on the left hand of the instrument.

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Spencer Bruno (soprano saxophone) and Don Gerundo (accordion)

The duo collaborated in playing a nice variety of noted melodies that included Chattanooga Choo Choo, Emily, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Under Paris Skies, Chiquilin De Bachin, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Indifference. Noteworthy of their performance is that they maintained a beautiful balance between the accordion and the reed instruments used by Mr. Bruno, utilized a volume level that was never overpowering, used tasty, creative improvisations and very sensitive, dramatic dynamics changes. They really “set a mood” with each rendition performed. In all selections Mr. Gerundo showed his mastery and knowledge of modern harmony by interjecting so many beautiful chord changes and passing harmonies. Their whole session was so professionally presented and orchestrated. Mention should be made that they had the full and total attention of the entire audience throughout who, responded with many compliments at the close of the evening. It was a great evening for the accordion and good live music on Long Island. The next Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIA A) event sponsored by La Villini Restaurant in East Northport, NY will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and will feature accordionist Dominic Karcic and vocalist Cheryl Spielman. 50+ 50+ LifeStyles May 2018 • www.50PlusNY.com


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Walking to Raise Funds for the Adelphi

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ong Island sisters Jenn Rogak and Rachel Joffe are walking in the LI2Day Walk, a 13.1-mile walk to be held on June 9 in Shirley in Suffolk County. The annual event raises funds for breast cancer organizations and research programs on Long Island. Jenn and Rachel are on the Adelphi Team and they have raised funds for the LI2Day Walk. The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, located in Garden City, is a beneficiary of the event and provides emotional support, counseling and information to people coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Says Jenn, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in Stony Brook, “I walk to support and honor so many people who have been affected by breast cancer. Just this past year alone four of my friends (who are in their early 40s) were diagnosed with breast cancer. I have witnessed the physical and emotional impact breast cancer can have on individuals.” Rachel, a Greenlawn resident and also a social worker, participated in the walk last year. “I like this walk because the money is paid directly to

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agencies that add to the quality of life of someone diagnosed with breast cancer. I like that 100 percent of the proceeds are given back,” she says. There is a registration fee of $75 and each walker is encouraged to raise a minimum of $500. To raise the funds to participate Rachel and Jen did a charitable 50/50 Super Bowl pool. There is also an opportunity for those who can’t walk, but still would like to participate by raising money to register as a “virtual walkers.” There is no registration fee or fundraising requirement for virtual walkers. Weekly training walks are held in Eisenhower Park as well as in Heckscher State Park. To participate visit: www.li2daywalk.org. During the registration process participants may select to join the Adelphi Team. For information, call the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program at 800-877-8077. 50+


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Tax Time is the Right Time to Plan for the Future

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he stress of the 2017 tax-year filing deadline has passed and, though many Americans may be eager to put away their financial records, now is the perfect time to plan for the future. Instead of filing and forgetting it, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) encourages Americans to use the information in their tax return to develop a plan that will put them on the path to reach their financial goals. According to a survey of 507 affluent Americans (either $250,000 in investable assets or more than $200,000 household income) conducted online by The Harris Poll for the AICPA before the new tax law passed, nearly eight in 10 affluent Americans (78 percent) said they are likely to use the information on their tax return to guide their financial plan. “By not taking advantage of various tax planning strategies, Americans could be leaving money on the table every year that could have gone towards their children’s education, their family’s healthcare savings, or towards retirement,” said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, director – financial planning, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. “In today’s dynamic tax environment, taking some time after tax season to ensure your financial plan is

in synch with the current law will allow you to feel more confident you’re on track to meet your financial goals.” With tax-filing season having just concluded, CPA financial planners suggest Americans review their returns and see if any the following opportunities make sense for them: 1. Make your 2018 contributions as early as possible: Taxpayers should make their contributions to tax-advantaged accounts, such as IRAs, 529s, and workplace retirement plans, as early in the year as possible. By making these contributions earlier rather than later, taxpayers will benefit from additional tax-free compounding growth, which can be substantial over time. 2. 529 College Savings Plan for education expenses: For families with kids going to private elementary or high school, take advantage of the new 529 provision that allows you to pay $10,000 per year, per child, from a 529. 3. Participate in employer 401(k): If your company has a matching program and you're not participating in it, then you're missing out on an opportunity to reduce your tax burden while you save for retirement. 4. Review employee benefits: Tax time can be a good opportunity to review your employee

benefits and determine if any changes need to be made during the next open enrollment period. 5. Review investments: An annual investment review is always recommended to ensure that your goals and life circumstances have not changed, which will have an impact on your asset allocation. Moreover, you should determine if you need to re-balance your investments to maintain your desired level of risk. 6. Consider bunching medical expenses into 2018: If you have been putting off a procedure or visiting a medical specialist, now may be the best time to schedule that appointment. Under the new law, the 7.5 percent of income medical deduction threshold will be in place only for the 2017 and 2018 tax years. After that, the threshold reverts back to 10 percent of income. For what is and isn’t deductible, visit the IRS website. The AICPA’s Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Section is the premier provider of information, tools, advocacy, and guidance for CPAs and other professionals who specialize in providing estate, tax, retirement, risk management, and investment planning advice to individuals, families, and business owners. 50+

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Doctor Fall Prevention Review Dr. Timson is board certified in family medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, author of “Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed,” and has more than 30 years of experience in treating thousands of patients. His specialty is elder care attending to patients in the office, skilled nursing facilities, adult homes and assisted living facilities and serves patients from throughout Long Island. Question: Dear Dr. Timson – I am 68 and have fallen three times this year. Twice in my home and once while shopping. I am becoming hesitant to go out as much as I used to. I miss my active life, what can I do prevent falling so much? Answer: The question you ask is an important one for many older adults. One in three people over the age of 65 will fall ever year so you are not alone. Falls among Baby Boomers and older adults are the leading cause of both injury deaths and emergency department visits for trauma. Falls are a common and often devastating problem among older people. Fortunately research shows that many falls are preventable. The key in study after study is that identifying patients at risk is the best prevention, as many causes are treatable. In my experience a three step approach to evaluate a patient at risk usually uncovers the root cause of an individual’s mobility issues.

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• First is a simple 15 question survey which screens for patients at risk. • Secondly we have a portable balance plate (can be brought to the home) which is a 5 minute functional test to determine who is at significant risk of falling and will require further testing.

• Finally, we perform a comprehensive VNG test ( test of inner ear and central motor functions) in the office which can help us isolate balance problems due to inner ear and treatable with special physical therapy or if further neurologic testing is indicated. For those interesting in learning more about safety for themselves or their loved one through fall prevention screening; Dr. Timson may be reached at 631-560-2075 or visit drtimson.com.

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VeteransNews Voice of Democracy Award On March 27, 2018, Legislator Sarah Anker was joined by Brookhaven Town Councilwomen Jane Bonner, Suffolk County VFW Post 2913 Senior Vice Commander Dave Rogers, and Suffolk County VFW commander Sabrina Lacy to honor Shoreham-Wading River High School student Jordan McClintock at the Suffolk County VFW Council Voice of Democracy Award Ceremony. The 2017-2018 theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” For more information on the Voices of Democracy scholarship program, please visit the VFW’s website at vfw.org.

Western Waterfront Pier Dedicated in Remembrance of Highly-Decorated Fallen Vietnam War Hero Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino (front row third from right), Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson (back row left), Councilman Louis B. Imbroto (back row third from left), and own Councilman Thomas P. Hand (back row second from left) dedicated a pier at the Western Waterfront in Oyster Bay in celebration of the life and legacy of highly-decorated Vietnam War hero James A. Harrington, Jr. A 23-year old Locust Valley resident and local bayman, Harrington was killed in action while serving in Quang Ngai province on March 28, 1968. Also on hand for the dedication were James A. Harrington, Jr.’s two sons Robert Harrington (front row fourth from right) and Richard Harrington (front row center), as well as friend, family members and other elected officials in government “Sergeant Harrington was taken from his family far too soon but his spirit lives on today through his award, which has been given out for the past 42 years,” added Supervisor Saladino. “It is my honor today to celebrate the dedication, commitment, legacy, and sacrifice of Sergeant Harrington with the dedication of this pier.”

The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center Presents: On the Town with a Special LI Veteran Celebration Are you a military veteran or do you know someone who is, living on Long Island? A ARP Long Island and The Noel Ruiz Theater in Oakdale will provide complimentary tickets to Long Island veterans to see On the Town - The Musical on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Special events will include a free pre-show wine and cheese reception, military color guard and national anthem ceremony. Come by the A ARP table in the lobby before, during or after the performance. Meet representatives from the American Legion, Project9Line, A ARP volunteers, staff and other members, to learn more 50+ LifeStyles May 2018 • www.50PlusNY.com

about what we are doing in the local community! With the pomp and fanfare of New York City, the brassy lyricism of Leonard Bernstein, and the sweet immediacy of a day of freedom during a time of war, On the Town is an American classic, beloved both for its moment in history and for its timeless qualities of youth and exuberance. The show follows the adventures of three sailors on leave for just 24 hours in the great city of New York before heading off to battle in World War II. Goofy ladies’ man Ozzie is looking for a date - maybe seven or eight - and studious innocent Chip, guidebook in hand, has several days worth of tourist attractions to check off his list. But when idealistic Gabey falls for the photograph of lovely Miss Turnstiles, a subway beauty queen, they all join in an ambitious scavenger hunt around the city to locate this dream girl - and, on the way, find all of the romance, adventure, and New York atmosphere for which they could wish. All attendees must contact The Noel Ruiz Theater box office sales directly for more info and to reserve your free military ticket. Also, A ARP members and guests may purchase discounted tickets for the entire season at this theater by mentioning code “APCM18” when they call the ticket office at 631-218-2810. Schedule for the Evening’s Events: 6:30 p.m., Wine & Cheese Reception; 7:30 p.m., Honor Guard Service; 8 p.m., Performance. For this evening, any Active Duty Military or Veteran will be granted a complimentary ticket. Proof of service is required. For more information or to order tickets please contact the Box Office at 631-218-2810 or visit our website at www.cmpac.com.

The 15th Annual Bethpage Air Show At Jones Beach Final Performer Lineup Memorial Day Weekend Bethpage Federal Credit Union, New York State’s largest credit union, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announce details for the 15th Annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. Taking place Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26, 2017 and Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The legendary United States Navy Blue Angels, are returning for their eighth performance during their 72th anniversary season. The Blue Angels will give the final performance of the show at approximately 2 p.m. The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, who last performed at the show in 2016, will be making their fourth performance. The F-22 Raptor, the United States Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, will perform for crowds with its own remarkable demonstration, as well as alongside the United States Airforce Heritage Flight Team for a special aerial performance. Other performers include the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; legendary air show pilot Sean Tucker performing in his custom-built Oracle Challenger II biplane; extraordinary aerobatic pilot Matt Chapman; the John Klatt Airshows – Jack Links’ Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco Aerobatic Team; the world famous GEICO Skytypers and their flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft; the American Airpower Museum Warbirds; Long Island’s own David Windmiller; the Yankee Lady B17, our hometown, 106th Air Rescue Wing will show their support by performing a HC-130 and HH-60 fly-by demonstration; and new for their third air show performance, the SUNY Farmingdale State College Flying Rams who will fly seven of their 22 college-owned aircraft in a fly-by piloted by their top academic professional pilot performers. The Bethpage Air Show is free to the public, but the standard $10 vehicle use fee will be collected each day upon entry to the State Park. For the 2018 NYS Empire Passport holders, there is no vehicle use fee charge. For up-to-date information about this year’s show, please visit www.bethpageairshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/BethpageAirShow/, or contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Regional Office, Recreation Department at 631-321-3510. 50+


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Are You Avoiding The Dentist For Fear Of The Cost?

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f you don’t have dental coverage or feel insurance is too restrictive and costly there is another option: the EDP Dental plan. Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional dental insurance in the growing numbers of available dental plans that offer many advantages in convenience, savings, & procedures from top notch dentists. It is a great individual option and the industry is booming. Dentists and dental plan providers cooperate to make affordable dental care available to you and for more than 15 years EDP has helped thousands of Long Islanders get the dental care they need at an affordable price. Whether your kids need braces, you need a root canal, or if you just need your regularly scheduled check-up and cleaning, a family dental plan will save you money every time you go to the dentist. Typically, members will find their bills reduced by half and in some cases even more. At EDP Dental it is not uncommon for members to report an average savings for a family of four in excess of $1500 a year or MORE! With some of Long Island’s best dental care providers in their network, EDP members are saving up to 60% off the cost of their dental care every day!

The dentists that accept EDP are the same providers that take the big insurance company plans. However with EDP they can work directly with the patient for the best possible treatment at a reasonable cost. Best of all the discounts are applied to the patient right at the time of service, what’s easier than that? For only $99 a year you can have peace of mind that you have the best dental savings plan available when you need it and when you don’t. EDP will keep you smiling with our cost savings program that puts you in control of your dental care and money back in your pocket! Many people wonder how discount dental plans work. How can they be so cheap but still offer such significant savings? Almost everyone understands how traditional dental insurance works because it's been so common. But, this is not dental insurance. This is how we explain it at EDP Dental: Gain Access to In-Network Dentists Save on every visit with a dentist in our plan’s nationwide dental network. Dentists within our provider network have agreed to provide the same quality care for the discounted rates listed in the fee schedules. Discounts are exclusively accessible to discount dental plan members.

Save Money with Fixed Prices - No matter what your dentist would normally charge for a procedure, with a discount plan, you pay the dollar amount listed in the fee schedule. Everyone Wins! - Dentists get more patients and keep their dental practice running and agree to the reduced fee schedule in return. With EDP, dental coverage also includes specialists, such as, oral surgeons, orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and prosthodontists. These visits are charged at a 25% reduction of participating specialist’s regular fees. Our user friendly website www.edpdental.com has been designed to help you locate a dentist, compare pricing and easily enroll online If you have questions and would like to speak with one of our customer care representatives you can reach us at 1.800.777.1085.

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Gateway Opens 2018 Season

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he “Singular Sensation” will be kicking off the 2018 season at The Gateway - A Chorus Line, on stage opening May 11 through May 26, with previews beginning May 9. A Chorus Line held the record as the longest running show on Broadway for 15 years and heralds nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Director and Best Choreographer, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. An audition of a lifetime - A Chorus Line celebrates both the glamour and grind of 17 talented dancers, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream of making it in showbiz. The unforgettable score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater and is one of the biggest smash hit musicals to ever play on the Great White Way. The cast will be led by Victor Wisehart as Zach and Sabrina Harper as Cassie. Mr. Wisehart’s Broadway credits include Holiday Inn and An American in Paris. Ms. Harper appeared in the Broadway revival of Pippin as well as numerous international productions including A Chorus Line as Cassie. This is The Gateway debut for both. Ticket prices range from $59-$89 per show. Student Rush seats and Group Rates are available. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season, visit our website TheGateway.org, tickets on-line or through the box office at 631-286-1133. Student Rush Price $35 (one hour before show time with Student ID); Preview Performances start at $39; Wednesday, May 9 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Closing Performance will be Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m. TheGateway.org; 631-286-1133 50+

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50+ Book Review

The Menopause Book By Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz Review by (gasp!) Gary P. Joyce

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kay. So why is a guy writing a review on a book about menopause? I mean, what could I possibly have to contribute? Well, aside from being on the distaff side of all the stuff covered, all the women I asked to review who have been through menopause didn’t want to review it, and well … you get the picture. So, I’ll have to crib it off the reviews of others. The North American Menopause Society calls The Menopause Book: The Complete Guide: Hormones, Hot Flashes, Health, Moods, Sleep, Sex (second edition), “Dr. Spock for aging women … extremely wellresearched and presents cutting-edge science in a readable and comprehensive way.” Written by Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz, they explain why they wrote — and then revised — the book. ‘We know that it can be hard to separate fact from fiction …one disturbing development [since the first edition] …the growing influence of celebrities pushing their own ‘cures’ …. Our essential message remains the same. You are smarter than ever, and you know what you want. We’re here to help you get it …” From this male, all I can say is the book is impressively thorough and exceedingly well indexed and laid out. If I had to deal with menopause personally, that alone would make me pick it up. From Workman Publishing (workman.com); 532 pages. Softcover, well laid out, well indexed. $19.95. Hey, it happens to all women. May as well learn all about it when you can. 50+

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Age of Elegance Joan Allen

Marleen Schuss

Spring in the Air

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pril showers turned into April snowstorms but even snow will bring May flowers ... the weather cannot dampen our plans! New York Senior America’s inspiration and enthusiasm never wavers. We have been actively and successfully seeking women over-60 to audition in the 2018 New York Senior America Pageant. This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2018. Call for your seats at the Madison Theater at 516-323-4444. We already have had two auditions and look forward to the final one on Saturday, May 19. Be sure to fill out the coupon below and become part of this unique organization comprised of ladies who constantly prove — time and again — that charm, talent, confidence and untapped strengths make winners out of all who apply. The contestants will be judged on four categories: 1. A private interview with the judges; 2. Philosophy of life; 3. Evening gown competition (poise, grace and posture); and 4. Talent. Each year the pageant exemplifies the dignity, maturity and the ‘inner beauty’ of senior women. One of my very favorite acts at the pageant are the Seasoned Steppers, a show stopping dance troupe, choreographed by Marianne Stahl. They perform many showcases every year showing, not only dance ability, but also their vivaciousness, positive attitude and sparkle. If you have dance experience and want to become a Seasoned Stepper get those tap shoes out of the closet and call Marleen Schuss, New York State Director at 516-761-7503. Save the Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018, for our popular Fashion Show luncheon featuring beautiful gift baskets at the beautiful Crest Hollow Country Club. It’s always a blast! The 2018 New York Senior Idol contest is looking for guys and dolls to participate in the annual competition. Bring your talent and become the next Senior Idol. Call 631-286-0058 ext. 216. 50+ Until next time, Joan and Marleen COUPON

Women Must Be 60 Years or Over I would like to compete in the 2018 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant. Name Address Telephone E-mail Address

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32. They inspire 34. De-squeaker 35. Conduit 37. Land used for grazing 39. Mouths (Lat.) 41. You pass this to get to the bar 42. Cape (Span.) 45. Buries 49. Might be a sign at a truck stop 51. You can be one or smell one 52. Corner something 53. A negative prefix 54. Abate 55. No ifs, buts or these 56. Help at sea 57 All-knowing God in Islam

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1. Goes with aid 2. Brave New World happy pill 3. Biblically, woman was made from this 4. Noted Marine’s surname 5. Make untidy 6. Can carry 10 to 50 times its body weight 7. Beginner 8. Famed “club” store 9. Someone who rates something 10. Subject to debate 11. Gov’t accounting system (init.) 17. Green prefix 19. Cheese 22. Of the nose


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A MyNotifi Memo: 3 Top Fall Myths Debunked gnorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health and safety. It’s important that you remain informed about falls and fall risks. You’d be surprised how many people fall for these common myths.

Myth: Falling is not a big deal. Fact: Even though some falls are not serious, many are and can have long-lasting effects. In fact, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries for Americans over 65. Myth: Limiting my activity will prevent falls. Fact: This is absolutely false. Lack of activity and strength actually puts you at greater risk of falling. Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falls, especially if it helps improve lower body strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance. Myth: Once you’ve lost muscle tone and flexibility, they’re gone. Fact: Fortunately, this is just not true. It’s never too late to start getting the benefits of exercise. Unfortunately, many believe that they can avoid falling by being home and avoiding vigorous activities. Ironically, doing this actually puts you at

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greater risk of failing. Falling is serious business, but don’t let the fear of falling keep you from living your life. Instead, get some exercise, and get a MyNotifi fall detection device. Worn on the wrist or clipped to your belt, it goes with you wherever you go. If your MyNotifi detects that you’ve fallen, it uses an app on your smartphone to notify a list you’ve created of friends, families or neighbors, to let them know you may need help. And MyNotifi does more than fall detection. It also helps with fall prevention. The MyNotifi app comes preset with 38 certified physical therapy exercises to help you develop lower body strength, flexibility, balance, and range of motion. Don’t let the fear of falling stop you. Stay active. Stay independent. And stay safe. Get your exclusive and limited $25.00 off Discount today using code LIFESTYLENY. For more information about MyNotifi wristband or MyNotifi clip, check out mynotifi.com or call or email 1- 800-541-1420 | info@mynotifi


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Losing Weight Doesn’t Have To Be A Struggle

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s founder of Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm, patients often lament to me “Doctor, I am FAT. I have tried diet after diet, pills, and gym memberships - nothing sticks! I have lost lots of weight, but it always comes back. What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have the will power to stay on a diet and keep the weight off?” Many people believe that weight loss is a matter of willpower and that people who are overweight or obese are lazy or weak. This sort of thinking is a product of American culture, which teaches that with enough determination you can do anything. Unfortunately, it leads to the belief that if you can’t stop compulsive eating with a combination of prayer and will power, then you must be a weak person. That kind of viewpoint is just wrong. It is one of the reasons why obesity has become the most common cause of preventable death in America today! Forty five million Americans reportedly are on diets at any given time, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control, 36 percent of American adults are obese (BMI 30+) and another 33 percent are overweight.

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The Gastric Sleeve – A life changing new procedure Together with my associates Drs. Thompson and Leung, we have established one of the safest and most comprehensive surgical weight loss programs in New York. Our emphasis has been on offering treatments that are safe, virtually pain free and scarless. Our patients experience a fast recovery and many are back to work in days. If you are one of the thousands of Long Isare who landers 60-80lbs or more overweight and have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight and keep it off we have great news about an important procedure that our team has been on the vanguard of performing for patients just like you called the gastric sleeve. This technique is less invasive than other procedures, but doesn’t require monthly adjustments or an implant in your body. Because it eliminates the “hunger hormone Ghrelin” our patients lose significant amounts of weight quickly and permanently without the “fire” that dieters normally experience. If you suffer from illnesses associated with obesity like Type 2 dia-

betes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint pain – the gastric sleeve can almost overnight eliminate or reduce these related conditions. We have helped open the door to a more active, happier life for many of your neighbors and we would like to do the same for you. Our program is comprehensive and you will receive support before and after your procedure by our team of doctors, nutritionists and counselors. That is, we can help you choose the treatment best for you to take the weight off rapidly and keep it off permanent. Dr. Atwa is a skilled surgeon known for his caring and compassionate bedside manner, garnishing awards as Top Surgeon and the Most Compassionate Doctor awards (2011-2016) He is board certified in general surgery with a mini-fellowship in bariatric surgery. He currently is Chief & Director of Department of Surgery at Mather and St. Charles Hospitals, Port Jefferson. For further info call 631228-8277, visit us on the web at www.journeytothenewyou.com or download our free mobile app by searching major app stores for LILD or Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm.


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Buying Tires f r Y ur Car? What t C nsider

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he experts at Cooper Tires are offering easy ways to identify when you need new tires, as well as tips on buying new tires.

The Penny Test Tire tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. Check by inserting a U.S. penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by tread, there’s at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible at any point, it’s time to replace your tires. Even before tread is worn, regularly inspect tires for cuts, cracks, splits, punctures, bulges and uneven wear patterns. Also, replace all tires, (including full-size spares) that are 10 or more years older than their date of manufacture, or follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Know the Right Size As with shoes, buying the proper tire size is critical. Consult the information placard found on the driver’s side doorjamb, glove box, fuel door or vehicle manufacturer’s manual, which also contains technical specifications relating to your tire, including load carrying capacity, speed

rating and recommended inflation pressures. For maximum safety and performance, follow these recommendations carefully. If you don’t have this information handy, consult a tire professional to have all your questions answered, and check out the three-step tire guide from Cooper Tires, which can help you narrow down the choices by car/minivan, SUV/CUV or truck. You can find this guide at us.coopertire.com. Other Considerations There are many factors to consider when selecting tires to fit your needs, including: • Do you need dedicated winter tires, dedicated summer tires or all-season tires? Think about where you travel over the course of the year. • Do you have a long commute or take long road trips? Consider expected mileage, ride comfort, fuel efficiency and if the tires are quiet. • Do you have a sports car or do a lot of spirited driving? You may need tires that focus on handling and are developed for high-performance cars. • Do you drive in rain? Consider the tires’ wet

braking distance. • If you spend a significant amount of time on mud tackling adventures, dedicated off-road tires may be your best bet. At the Store Be sure to ask what services are included in the quoted price. And remember, if your selected tires are not immediately available, you can often have them ordered. It may be helpful to call ahead if you know what you need. To find a retailer near you, visit us.coopertire.com/find-astore. Final Thoughts Not all tire damage that can lead to tire failure is outwardly visible. Used tires, should be considered dangerous. Buy and install only new tires. Whenever possible, replace all tires at the same time. However, if you can only purchase two, the new pair should always be installed on the rear axle. Your tires are the only parts of your car that connect to the road. Select tires carefully, then maintain and inspect them over time. 50+ - StatePoint

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Ellen Morrison Named Woman of Distinction in the Fourth Legislative District

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ach year in March, Women's History Month is celebrated in Suffolk County. In 2002, the Legislature passed a Resolution stating that each Suffolk County Legislator shall select a "Woman of Distinction" who resides in his/her respective Legislative District to be honored as such. For Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore, 2018, Legislator Tom MuraEllen and Bruce Morrison of Selden tore named Ellen Morrison, a resident of Selden for over 45 years. Mrs. Morrison was joined by her husband Bruce, President of the Selden Civic Organization as she received her proclamation to commemorate the event at the March 20th General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. Ellen’s extensive volunteer work includes serving on the Bicycle Path Elementary School PTA, leading her sons’ Boy Scout Troops, and helping the American Cancer Society. In 2016, she helped organize projects in conjunction with the Selden Civic Association, including community clean-ups and fundraising activities. Also, Ellen is instrumental in the success of the Selden Civic Association’s monthly food drives. “Ellen’s dedication and commitment to the Selden community is greatly appreciated and worthy of acknowledgment,” stated Legislator Muratore. “I applaud her efforts and take great pleasure in recognizing her as a ‘Woman of Distinction’ in my district.” 50+


29 Cover Story - Paul Cartier Cartier, now 59, has been an active volunteer firefighter/EMT with the South Hempstead Fire Department since he was 19-years old. “I joined on a whim,” he said. “I’ve lived here all my life. When I saw my friends, who were already members, assisting at an auto accident, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” But Cartier has fulfilled other dreams: he’s the organist for the New York Islanders as well as the New York Yankees. “Since I retired from the FA A, I look back, and I don’t know how I did it all. I used to be up at 5 a.m. and talking to airplanes by 6:30,” Cartier said. Hockey always runs this same time, but a Yankee game could go on ‘til whenever. But if you stop and think about it, my job is to go to the ballpark or the arena — how great is that?” When Cartier was nine, his aunt bought him a small chord organ, and by 11 he was playing at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Roosevelt. To this day, he still fills in at local churches for masses and funerals. In 1972, When he was 12, his older brother, Rudolph H. Cartier Jr., took him to the Islanders’ first game at nearby Nassau Coliseum — and he was an instant fan. But he wasn’t just interested in the game, he wanted the organist’s job. “I emulated what the organist did,” he said. “I had already been playing the organ, so it was easy.” When he was 15, his mother drove him to see the director of music at the Coliseum. “He laughed at me at the time.” Cartier graduated from Uniondale High School and studied music at Hofstra University, with a stint at the University of Dayton. He auditioned again for the organist job at 19, and it was with the same music director who had turned him down four years earlier. He began playing the organ at Islanders games as a fill-in in 1979 and full-time from 1981 through 1985. He returned in 2000 as a fill-in, eventually going full-time.

In 2004, Cartier started playing the organ at Yankee games Monday through Friday, a schedule that he stills holds today. “I was there when they won the World Series in 2009 ... that was exciting!” These days, Cartier and his wife, Jan, are also busy with their two grandchildren, ages three and four months. “I’m getting something out of everything I’m doing. I’ve very blessed.” 50+

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SOCIAL SECURITY COLUMN

Checklist for Your Social Security Annual Check-Up By John Biundo; Social Security Assistant District Manager in Patchogue

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ay “annual checkup” and most people imagine waiting at the doctor’s office. But, there’s another type of checkup that can give you a sense of wellness without even leaving home. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and follow these five steps to conduct your own Social Security annual checkup. Your Social Security Statement is available online anytime to everyone who has a My Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Creating your account gives you 24/7 access to your personal information and makes it impossible for someone else to set up an account in your name. We still send paper Statements to those who are 60 and older who don’t have an account and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits. Your Statement provides information about work credits (you need 40 credits to be entitled to a Social Security retirement benefit), estimates for

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retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, plus a history of your earnings. Work Credits Count If you have earned 40 work credits, your Statement will show estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. If you don’t have 40 work credits, the Statement shows how many you have and how many you still need to qualify for benefits. Review Earnings Record Review your history of earnings year by year to make sure each year is correct. This is important because Social Security benefits are based on your lifetime earnings. If any years are incorrect or missing, you may not receive all the benefits you are entitled to in the future. If you need to correct your earnings, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please have your W-2 or paystubs when you call. Study Benefit Estimates Review the section titled “Your Estimated Benefits.” Be sure to review not only your retirement estimate, but your disability and survivors estimates. Since the value of the survivors insurance you have under Social Security may be more than your individual life insurance, be sure to check your survivors estimates also. Calculate Additional Estimates You can use our Retirement Estimator to compute future Social Security benefits by changing variables such as retirement dates and future earnings. If you want to project what future earnings could add to your benefit, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. 50+


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