After briefly living in Bayside, O’Flaherty returned to East Meadow and applied to be a member of the school district’s financial advisory committee, having seen an advertisement in Steps to Learning, the school magazine. He has been a valuable fixture on the school board for nine years, and served two terms as its president. He is also the treasurer of the East Meadow Kiwanis and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. “Brian is a fantastic person to choose as an honoree. He’s involved in everything,” said Harry Demiris, immediate past president of East Meadow Kiwanis. “He’s just a really positive person, and he gives back to the community in every way.” Everyone who knows O’Flaherty, who is single, describes him as the silent one in the background who would do anything to help a friend and his community. “He does so much for the community that people aren’t even aware of,” said Liz Fries, another past president of Kiwanis. “He’s the type of guy that if you need help, he’s the first one to volunteer.” O’Flaherty can be found at every school board and Kiwanis meeting, and every event held by those organizations. Since joining Kiwanis two summers ago, he has volunteered at its pancake breakfast, Thanksgiving food drives, Christmas and Easter dinners, fundraisers to send local kids to camp and the Thanksgiving senior dinner. He learned how to carve a turkey, he said, at the most recent senior dinner. “I grew up in East Meadow, and I went through the East Meadow School District,” he said. “That’s why I decided to give back. They gave me a good start in my life, and so I wanted to pay it back a little.” Board of Education Trustee Marcee Rubinstein said she met O’Flaherty on the financial advisory committee. “He has tremendous leadership qualities,” she said. “He’s a very dedicated, very focused, very community-minded guy. His heart is in the East Meadow community.” “He is extremely knowledgeable in school district matters, and his strong management background has earned him the respect of his colleagues,” added Louis DeAngelo, superintendent of schools. “Our East Meadow School District and our community at large are indeed fortunate to have been touched by a man of such integrity and dedication.” O’Flaherty prefers to be a low-profile, under-the-radar volunteer, but those who work with him say he is a significant asset to the community. “He’s just a wonderful, wonderful person,” said Kiwanis Presidentelect Debbie Kirsh. “He spends all his free time doing community service.” While he devotes countless hours to giving back to his community,
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any residents get involved in their communities, but one man in particular, who grew up in East Meadow, gives back while looking for nothing in return: Brian O’Flaherty, the Herald’s 2011 Person of the Year.
O’Flaherty, 48, was raised in the hamlet with five siblings, and graduated from East Meadow High School in 1981. He had a knack for numbers and calculations, and graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in accounting. He now manages an office building in Manhattan for Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial firm that specializes in real estate.
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New Year’s baby at NUMC Long Island’s first baby of 2011 was born at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. After enduring four hours of labor, new mother Elida Zepeda gave birth to Jalen Ruby, at 12:03 a.m. The newborn weighed in at seven pounds, 13 ounces and was measured at 20 inches long. The mother, Zepeda, and father, Juventino Castillo, said they were thrilled to have a baby girl and grateful to the NUMC staff for delivering a healthy baby. Zepeda and Castillo, originally from Guatemala, live in Hempstead. Castillo works in construction. This is the second child for the couple, who also has another child, a five-year-old boy, who lives in Guatemala with his grandparents.
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Another wrong-way drunken driver allegedly struck in East Meadow. According to the Nassau County Police Department, a Georgia man was arrested on the morning of New Year’s Eve when he drove his 2003 Honda Accord west in the eastbound lanes of Hempstead Turnpike at about 5:05 a.m. Police said that the driver, Jean Deshommes, 31, drove for approximately 100 yards in the wrong direction before an officer stopped him. The officer determined that Deshommes was operating under the influence of alcohol, police said. No injuries were reported. Deshommes was charged with driving while intoxicated and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations. His arrest was the second reported wrong-way DWI incident on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow in December. The first occurred on Dec. 12 at about 4:05 a.m., when a 20-year-old Huntington Station woman, Bernadette Behensky, was arrested. According to police, she drove west in the eastbound lanes of Hempstead Turnpike under the influence of alcohol. Behensky pleaded guilty at her arraignment later that day, and was released after posting $1,000 bail, according to court records. More than a dozen wrong-way drunkendriving incidents have been reported on Long Island since November. A spokeswoman from the state DOT told the Herald last December that the department had conducted a $2.2 million project in 1994 that improved signage on more than 450 highway ramps across the state. Double-posted Wrong Way and Do Not Enter signs were installed, and arrows were painted on street surfaces to indicate the correct direction of travel. The DOT said it would assess whether it needed to take any additional action, but noted that recent wrong-way crashes involved alcohol. “The frequency of wrong-way drivers on New York roads make it clear that more needs to be done,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. “Long Island remains the epicenter for wrong-way driving .”
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IN BRIEF January
EMFD takes on blizzard
Students honored for creative works in Reflections program
The last blast of wintery weather forecasted for 2010 came in the form of a memorable blizzard that dumped anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow over the community with drifts in blizzard conditions reaching depths more than two feet. As the storm approached, the East Meadow Fire Department Chief, Thomas E. Tergesen, took no chances in covering all bases to afford the community with a prompt response to any emergency. On the day of the storm, Dec. 26, all East Meadow firefighters and emergency technicians received an alert on their pagers by 2 p.m. requesting for available volunteers to go on snow standby. Through dispatch, Tergesen instructed members to make all lastminute preparations to depart from their families. By 3 p.m., scores of members began arriving with blankets, pillows and sleeping bags long before roads would become impassible. In a short time, members were tested in the elements as the first of nine calls began to come in. The overnight was far from quiet as East Meadow volunteers awoke several times during the standby at the height of blizzard conditions in frigid temperatures worsened by
extreme wind chills near zero degrees. Assistant Chiefs Carl Pugliese, Nicholas Corrado and Walter Griffin assisted Tergesen throughout the storm. In all, approximately 75 of East Meadows bravest left their homes to protect their neighbors for more than 24 hours until it was deemed that roadways were passable. No injuries were reported.
Crash kills one Clarke student, injures two others Groups of W.T. Clarke High School students stood in silence by a tree on Bowling Green Drive on Jan. 5, the day after Clarke senior Francesco Posillico fatally crashed his car there. Flowers were strewn on the ground, and a Clarke lacrosse jersey hung from the tree, which had been transformed into a makeshift memorial for a fallen classmate. People stopped by throughout the day to grieve, including classmate Samantha Penninipede and her mother, Ann. Penninipede, 17, knew Posillico since sixth grade at Clarke Middle School. “He was a really nice guy, he was like everyone’s friend,” she said. “When you say, ‘See you tomorrow,’ you actually expect to see them tomorrow.” Posillico, 17, was killed and two of his classmates were seriously injured when his 2006 BMW 330 slammed into a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at the intersection of Bowling Green Drive and Salisbury Road at about 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 4, according to police. Posillico’s car struck a utility pole and tree, and the Chevrolet spun around and came to rest on a corner, police said. Posillico was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His front-seat passenger, Daniel Roche, 16, suffered spinal injuries and a skull fracture, police said, and was transported to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, where he was put into a medically induced coma. Joseph Scaperrotta,
Students at W.T. Clarke Middle and High School participated in PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program. Through the Clarke PTSA, 29 students from both the Middle and High School submitted creative works inspired by the 2010–2011 Reflections Program theme, “Together We Can.” For more than 40 years, the national PTA Reflections Program encouraged students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in the annual Reflections Program. Students in preschool through grade 12 were invited to create and submit works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. Gregory Almeida was named Nassau Regional Finalist for his musical composition. “An arts education is important to the educational growth of children,” said National PTA President Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors. “That’s why we’re proud that PTA Reflections, in its more than 40 years, has given millions of students a way to express themselves through the arts. We’re excited for W.T. Clarke PTSA and the creative energy of their students.”
John Arigo named Man of the Year 16, the rear passenger, was treated at the NUMC for spinal injuries. “The building is saddened … it’s very quiet,” said Louis DeAngelo, East Meadow’s superintendent of schools. DeAngelo addressed the incident in a statement released on Jan. 5. “The East Meadow School District is extremely saddened by the loss of one of our W.T. Clarke High School students,” he said. “Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers remain constant for the recovery of our other involved students.”
Clarke hosts the Braille Challenge Wiggling their fingers, 23 Long Island students in bright yellow T-shirts marched through the halls of W.T. Clarke High School to greet what lay before them — a fun-filled day of intense competition doing what they do best. Audience members cheered as contestants armed with enthusiasm and a hunger for learning competed in the regional Braille Challenge on Saturday. The annual event allowed blind and visually impaired students to practice their literacy skills while interacting with peers, an opportunity that does not happen often. “We have a longstanding tradition here in East Meadow of providing programs for
children who have all kinds of diverse needs,” said East Meadow School District Superintendent Louis DeAngelo. “We are thrilled to be hosting the Braille Challenge for the fourth year in a row.” Students from ages six to 18 competed in several categories ranging from speed and accuracy to spelling and reading comprehension. Representing the East Meadow School District were Alex Calderon, 16, a student at Clarke High School, National Braille Challenge 2007 finalist Michael Taylor, a sixth-grader at Clarke Middle School and Parkway Elementary School fourth-grader Daniel Castro.
The East Meadow Chamber of Commerce honored John Arigo as its Man of the Year for 2011. Arigo has been a resident of East Meadow for more than 50 years. He graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1977. Arigo married his wife, Carol, that same year. They have five children: Lauren, Peter, Stefanie, Melanie and Cheryl. Arigo became a certified public accountant in 1979. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 1984, Arigo was made partner in the accounting firm of Frederick, Goglio and Bertolli. In 1989, Arigo started his own CPA practice in East Meadow. In addition to practicing accounting, Arigo and his wife own Pietro’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant at 476 East Meadow Avenue. Over the years, Arigo has given his time and efforts to various East Meadow organizations in addition to the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce. Arigo was a member of the St. Raphael’s Finance Committee and he has coached and managed many teams for the East Meadow Little League. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of East Meadow and was awarded the East Meadow Kiwanis Anton J. Kaiser Foundation Fellow Award in 2008. In 2009, Arigo was the Guest of Honor at the East Meadow United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. Each summer, Arigo donates hundreds of pizzas at the East Meadow Community Pride Day. In 2004, Arigo was selected by the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce as their honoree to receive the Small Businessperson of the Year Award at the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce 20th annual breakfast.
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On the night of Jan. 26, into the morning of Jan. 27, East Meadow, Salisbury and surrounding communities experienced what some forecasters called a “thundersnow.” That is because thunder could be heard in parts of the Town of Hempstead as snowflakes began to fall in the evening. It was already the day’s second round of snow, as the Wednesday morning commute was hampered by snowfall, followed by a wintry mix throughout the day into the evening. When all was said and done, East Meadow residents woke up on Jan. 27 with about 15 inches of snow on the ground. East Meadow’s schools were closed, as well as the library. Six days later, another winter storm struck the area. This time, early indications showed more of an impact by sleet and freezing rain, which was expected to hamper the commute on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Nearly 600 lose electricity after balloon hits power line According to Mark Gross, a spokesman for the Long Island Power Authority, at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, a Mylar balloon made contact with a primary wire on a power line on Newbridge Road, at the border of East Meadow and Levittown. Mylar balloons, often used for birthday parties and corporate functions, are made of a metallic material that can create short circuits, and they have been known to cause outages when they strike power lines. “This is not the first time,” Gross said. LIPA reported that 588 customers in East Meadow lost power as a result of the balloon incident. Gross said that most customers had their power restored by 5:30 p.m. The East Meadow Fire Department, whose Station No. 3 was within feet of the downed wires, responded to the smoky scene, where broken wires sizzled on the pavement. EMFD Captain Bobby Salvesen of Ladder Co. No. 2 said he was concerned with the proximity of the hot wires to homes, cars, fences and hydrants. “Some people had to stay inside their homes,” Salvesen said. “Some had to get out.” Crews from LIPA worked through the evening to restore power and to safeguard the area from danger. Many neighbors along Newbridge Road were temporarily evacuated from their homes until LIPA and fire crews deemed them safe to return to. As they gathered behind caution tape at the scene, neighbors said, they saw a bright light that resembled a lightning
bolt. The balloon created such a surge, that it led to more downed wires less than a mile south on Newbridge Road, at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike. Volunteers from the North Bellmore Fire Department were called to assist at that scene. Because of the hazardous conditions, police closed down the northbound lanes of Newbridge at the intersection of Bellmore Road. It remained closed through most of the evening rush hour, which led to snarled traffic across the community. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Town to install stop signs at site of fatal crash The approval of stop signs is often a routine task for the Hempstead Town Board. But one particular proposal had an emotional component, especially for the East Meadow School District community. In March, the town board unanimously passed a proposal to install two additional stop signs at the intersection of Salisbury Road and Bowling Green Drive — the site of an automobile accident in January that resulted in the death of a W.T. Clarke High School student. Though it is unknown whether the stop signs would have prevented it, the incident made it clear to civic leaders and town officials that it was time to take a closer look at the heavily used intersection. “It’s always a sad, sad thing,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Certainly when horrific crashes like that happen, there’s a certain tendency to look at stop signs in the area.” Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes — who represents Salisbury and East Meadow — received a request to implement a
four-way stop at the site. The intersection had stop signs on the north and south sides of Bowling Green Drive, but not on the east and west corners of Salisbury Road. Salisbury civic leader Helen Meittinis made the first request the night of the accident. Meittinis, the president of the Community Association of Stewart Avenue, promptly sent letters to town officials requesting a review of the intersection for potential stop signs. Her wish, shared by many residents on the block and in the community, was granted. “It’s a step in the right direction as far as public safety is concerned,” Meittinis said. “Sometimes it takes a tragedy to move you forward and to rectify the situation.” The residential streets are within walking distance of Clarke and Bowling Green Elementary School, and are heavily used by walkers and drivers during the week. Neighbors hope that the addition of the traffic signs, making the intersection a four-way stop, could prevent future incidents.
Health clinic opens in EM As she toured the new Veterans Health Clinic at Nassau University Medical Center a week before its official grand opening, Legislator Norma Gonsalves could hardly conceal her emotions. “You have no idea how excited I am,” the longtime East Meadow resident said. “Tears are coming to my eyes.” A few veterans sat quietly in the sparkling new lobby, waiting to be called on the fourth day of appointments at the clinic. The scene signaled the end of an 11-year effort that was anything but smooth for supporters of the clinic’s move from Plainview to more spacious confines in East Meadow. For veterans, namely members of East Meadow’s VFW Post No. 2736, it was Gonsalves’ tenacity and an unrelenting attitude that led them to the clinic’s long-awaited ribbon cutting on April 8 at Building Q of the NUMC. The veterans, led by Post Commander
Sal Pellegrino, 81, worked in tandem with the legislator, through years of ups and downs to open an upgraded, centrally located facility. Mainly because of his leadership to get a new V.A. Clinic, Pellegrino was the Herald’s Person of the Year in 2009. With members of VFW Post No. 2736, Pellegrino stood proudly at the grand opening, as the group sported T-shirts denoting the organization’s involvement and an expression of appreciation for Gonsalves’ efforts. The new 11,000 square-foot clinic is double the size of the previous center in Plainview, which was long criticized for its dilapidated condition and limited space. It includes more examination rooms and a state-of-the-art triage center for patients, as well as improved space for staff.
Local wins L.I. spelling title Naman Shakrani stood alone on stage at the Long Island Spelling Bee on March 10. The five finalists before him had taken their seats, each having misspelled a word. Judges told Shakrani, a 10-year-old from East Meadow, that if he spelled the next two words correctly, he would win the competition. With no questions asked, Naman spelled “perpend” and “noctograph.” With that, the W.T. Clarke Middle School sixth-grader was crowned the champion. “It was unbelievable,” said his mother, Bijal Shakrani, who, like his father, Kamlesh, is originally from India. Naman’s road to the stage at Plainview- Old Bethpage Middle School was remarkable, to say the least. He was a late bloomer as a baby, and did not speak until he was 26 months old. But he loved to read. By the time he was 4, he was in a program for gifted children and competed in his first spelling bee — which he won. He skipped parts of second and third grade at Meadowbrook Elementary School and entered Clarke as a 10-year-old. At the middle school, Naman’s spelling prowess took center stage. After school one afternoon, he nonchalantly told his parents that he had won a class spelling bee. “I said ‘OK, must be something going on in school,’” Bijal recalled. “Next thing I hear, we have a competition between all the winners in each grade.” Before the finals, Naman had about a month to study. The hard part was that there were about 500,000 possible words that could be asked from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. Studying the entire book would be impossible, said his father, as reading lists from just one letter of the alphabet could take a week. So the pair crafted their own training method. “We were running out of time,” Kamlesh said. “Our strategy was, what is the most difficult word on the page, and then let’s proceed.” Naman said he wasn’t nervous when he stepped up to the microphone for the first round of the finals. He stayed confident, even though the word, dogma, was unfamiliar to him. “I didn’t even see that word in the dictionary,” he said.
Heart attack victim revived at Aquatic Center in E.M. Volunteers from the East Meadow Fire Department, along with lifeguards from the Nassau County Aquatic Center, helped save a man who suffering from cardiac arrest in the facility’s fitness center one Sunday morning in April at about 9:57 a.m. On arrival, responders from EMFD Rescue Company No. 4, led by Lieutenant Giovanni Bautista, found the victim not breathing and without a pulse, officials said. According to the EMFD, lifeguards performed CPR and used a defibrillator in attempts to restart the man’s heart before crews arrived. EMFD technicians took over the CPR and resuscitation process and were able to restart his heart. According to EMFD Chief Carl Pugliese, the victim regained a pulse and heartbeat and began breathing on his own with oxygen assistance when he was loaded into the ambulance. The man was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where officials said he was admitted into the Cardiac Care Unit. Firefighters lauded the efforts of the Aquatic Center staff that launched the rescue process. “It was a great effort on all involved — lifeguards, first responders and emergency room staff,” Pugliese said. “I’m proud of all the members of my department who responded to the scene and helped save the patient’s life.”
YEAR IN REVIEW Mary Lowden dies at 86
Workers find piece of family’s past
Mary E. Lowden, formerly of East Meadow died on April 1, 2011, at her residence in Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, N.J., at 86 years old. Mary was a descendent of one of East Meadow’s oldest and largest farming families in East Meadow, “The Carman-Lowden Family”. Mary’s grandmother, Mary Ann Carman was born on 1844 in the Carman Homestead on Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. On Jan. 27, 1 8 6 7 , Richard Lowden married Mary Ann Carman and started their family in the homestead that was then called the “Carman-Lowden Homestead” on Hempstead Turnpike. Mary’s father, William, was also born in the family homestead, in 1867, and lived in the homestead for 94 years. Their farm was located on the north side of Hempstead Turnpike across the street from present Dunkin Donuts and Home Depot. Today, there is a strip mall where the Carman-Lowden Homestead once stood. Throughout the years, the home served not only as a family farm but also an inn and a toll house, where, as the traffic passed, a toll was paid for the upkeep of the road. At that time it was called the Hempstead-Bethpage Road and today, it known as Hempstead Turnpike. Mary was born December 16, 1924, in the Carman-Lowden Homestead, daughter of William T. Lowden and Estelle Berg-Lowden.
In his years working in construction, Tim Farrell has come across all kinds of interesting items, but nothing like what his Plaza Construction crew found inside a pedestrian bridge support column at the Nassau University Medical Center on April 6. “Once in a while, we find things like baseball cards worth a fortune,” Farrell said. “But not a time capsule.” Farrell and his crew discovered an old copper box filled with photos, a beer can and other well-aged items, as they worked on the renovation of the overpass by the NUMC’s Emergency Department. Based on dates written on the contents, the box was hidden in the column of the bridge in October 1976. Once Dean Dusharme, who works in the NUMC radiology department, heard about the discovery, he conducted his own investigation to try to trace the contents of the box to its collector. Dusharme’s interest was piqued because he happened to be on the lookout for a time capsule he’d heard was buried by a family he was close with in the Salisbury community. With construction projects ongoing at the NUMC, Dusharme had kept his eyes and ears open. He linked the photos in the box that Farrell’s crew found to his longtime friends from Salisbury, the Filloramo family.
Both families farmed along Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. She has two sisters, the late Betty Hansford and Ann Brandt, three cousins, Walter Lowden, Jane Williamson and the late Richard Lowden, and many nieces and nephews. She was born and raised on the family homestead, attended the Front Street School, where today, the East Meadow Public Library is located today. Mary grew up in rural East Meadow, in the days when most of East Meadow was a farmland. Mary was an artist, a respected teacher and a talented ceramicist.
“We put the puzzle together,” Dusharme said. To confirm his findings, he invited Esther Filloramo to look through the contents left behind, it turned out, by her late husband, Thomas, who died in 1990. When Esther arrived with her son, David, she was astonished to see the photos and items left by her husband and his fellow construction workers. “This is wonderful,” she said while looking at a photo of the couple in their younger years. “I can’t believe this.” David Filloramo, now 34, was 13 when his father died. His older brother, Carmine, told him about a time capsule their father’s company planted at the hospital. “It’s really cool,” David said. “I only heard stories about it, but to actually see it … My father passed away when I was young. It’s a piece of him.” The 1976 burial of the box by Thomas Filloramo and his construction team, Bayville Construction Company, came only two years after the 19-story tower was built on the campus of NUMC. According to Farrell, his crew came upon the box by accident as they did unplanned work on the bridge column. “We would have never found it,” he said. “There was no marker on it or anything. No way in a million years you can find that.”
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East Meadow reacts to bin Laden’s death Announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, set the stage for a Monday mixed with reflection, remembrance and celebration. The news of bin Laden’s death following a fire fight with U.S. Navy Seals at a compound located in Pakistan came about four months before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In East Meadow, home of Nassau County’s 9/11 Memorial in Eisenhower Park, residents trickled in and out of the lakeside landmark on Monday and Tuesday, many to pay tribute to lost loved ones whose names are inscribed on the walls of the monument. Kristina Hollywood, an East Meadow resident, expressed joy as soon as the news broke on Sunday night. Of the people she knew who perished on 9/11, she said the most difficult was the death of her cousin, Thomas Farino, an FDNY captain in Manhattan who responded to the attack on the World Trade Center. She said the death of bin Laden is a significant moment in American history, and should lead to a day to honor freedom and justice. “I’ve never been an advocate of 9/11 being made into a National Holiday, in fear that it would eventually become another ‘end of summer BBQ, beach and sale day,’” she said. “However, this date, May 1, may be a great day to commemorate freedom and justice by making it into a national holiday.”
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who represents East Meadow in New York’s 4th Congressional District, noted that while this was an important moment for America, it is also crucial to stay vigilant. “This is monumental news for so many Long Islanders who lost loved ones on September 11 and responded so selflessly after that tragic day,” McCarthy said. “Nothing will ever erase their pain and suffering, and the daily threat of terrorism is still very real both at home and abroad, but Osama bin Laden’s death is a development that we can only hope will have a positive effect on the safety of our troops and citizens. Today is a good day, but we must continue to be vigilant.”
According to NUMC, the adult pair mates for life and displays a strong nest site fidelity. The breeding season for the
Peregrine Falcon begins with courtship in February and March, followed by egg-laying in early March until April, officials said. Incubation of the eggs takes about 30 days, then the DEC bands them at about three weeks of age. Banding allows for the DEC to identify and keep track of the falcons as they grow. After that, at about five-and-a-half weeks of age, the falcons begin to fly, and continue to remain dependent on the adults until they go on their first flight and generally migrate from the breeding location by mid-to-late summer.
Long Island Lizards name newest ball boys The Long Island Lizards Major League Lacrosse team announced June 16 that two East Meadow residents, Andrew Noorigian, 11 and Matthew Fertitta, 11, were named the team’s new ball boys for home games and practices for the rest of the 2011 season. Andrew and Matthew have been involved with the East Meadow PAL fifth- and sixth-grade lacrosse program for a year, and it is clear that they both love the sport. When the boys aren’t practicing, they are likely to be found watching the Lizards working out at Hofstra University. Their enthusiasm for both the sport and the Lizards has earned them an opportunity to hang out with their biggest idols and improve their own skills. Lacrosse is a newly learned sport for both boys. “This is my first year playing lacrosse, and I really like it a lot!” said Matthew, who attends McVey Elementary School. And Andrew, a Barnum Woods Elementary School student who moved to Long Island from Florida a year ago, feels lucky to be exposed to lacrosse, which is not yet very popular in his old community. It seems that “awesome” is the word of choice for both boys when they describe their future with the Lizards.
EMFD pays tribute to EMS members The East Meadow Fire Department honored its own emergency medical service providers at a brunch held at fire headquarters in May. “Our department’s EMTs, paramedics, rescue personnel and first responders answer thousands of calls for help a year and ask for nothing in return,” said EMFD Chief Carl Pugliese. “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to this group of dedicated professionals.” Zachary Goldfarb was one of several members of the East Meadow Fire Department’s emergency medical services team honored by Chief Pugliese and other EMFD leaders at a brunch to kick off EMS Week.
‘Meadowbrooks’ give birth to five falcons Falcons “Mr. and Mrs. Meadowbrook” gave birth to five falcon babies for the 15th year in a row, totaling 55 falcons, born at NUMC since 1997. Peregrine falcons nest on the 17th floor window ledge of NUMC. The five new baby falcons, will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap, with the black eyed peas manager as the unexpected fifth baby falcon to hatch, were banded on May 13 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as Peregrine falcons are protected by New York state and are still listed as an endangered species.
Farewell, East Meadow In my three years as editor, I was lucky enough to meet many outstanding citizens. I shared moments with them at sporting events, school board and club meetings, parades, fundraisers and installation dinners. I stopped to chat with them at the bakery, the pizzeria or the library. I spoke with them over the phone to discuss local issues or to just chat. In my three years as editor, we laughed, we cried, we cheered, we mourned and we celebrated — together. I feel such a part of the community that I often catch myself saying we when referring to East Meadow in conversations. That makes this a difficult column for me to write as I am saying farewell to a readership that has embraced me. I tried to return that love by working hard to deliver readers an informative news source for their neighborhood. I will never forget my time in East Meadow. Thank you for welcoming me and for making me a part of the community. - Mike Caputo
NUMC celebrates expansion The Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow unveiled the completed first phase of the signature project in its long-term modernization program. Arthur Gianelli, president and CEO of NuHealth, the public benefit corporation that operates NUMC, and Craig Rizzo, chairman of the Board of Trustees, officially announced the completion of the long-awaited first floor of the hospital’s Emergency Department. The $36 million project nearly tripled the size of an Emergency Department known as one of Long Island’s major trauma centers because of its high volume of patients. “This is a wonderful day for the staff and the residents of Long Island,” Rizzo said. “I am delighted that our patients will be cared for in this impressive location.” The project was funded by state grants and money from the county’s Tobacco Securitization Program. The new 27,000-square-foot first floor features 32 private treatment rooms, a large trauma room and two resuscitation rooms. Once the second-phase renovations of the ground floor are completed, the two-floor Emergency Department will encompass 45,000 square feet, enough space to accommodate increases in its average of 73,000 patient visits a year. “This latest milestone in our modernization program encapsulates our transformation and marks the culmination of planning and hard work by many,” Gianelli said, “ensuring that Nassau’s community hospital with a progressive public mission serves all patients with the latest diagnostic technology in a 320-slice CT scanner, state-of-the- art monitoring equipment, [and] safer care in a modern, spacious, private and pleasing environment.”
YEAR IN REVIEW Woodland M.S. recognized for tolerance The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named Woodland Middle School in the East Meadow Union Free School District a “Mix It Up Model School” for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2010-2011 school year. Woodland Middle School is one of only 52 schools from across the country to receive this
East Meadow Jewish Center rabbi earns doctorate Rabbi Ronald Androphy is no stranger to hard work and dedication. As a rabbi for 33 years, he made the decision to go back to The Jewish Theological Seminary Graduate School part time, earning a Doctor of Hebrew Literature this year. Rabbi Androphy is a resident of East Meadow, a community with a Jewish Center that he believes is a very warm and welcoming congregation. This welcoming congregation is one he has been a part of for 28 years as a rabbi. While still keeping his full-time duties as a rabbi at the East Meadow Jewish Center, Androphy took on the task of going back to the school he graduated from first in 1978 because of his love for studying and learning about Judaism, a religion in which he thinks on-going education is an important value.
honor. “We are delighted to recognize Woodland Middle School,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “Mix It Up Model Schools have found innovative ways to create a school environment where respect and inclusiveness are core values. They serve as examples for other schools that are hoping to instill these values in their students, faculty and staff.”
Upon finishing his 15 years as a part-time graduate student at JTS, Rabbi Androphy is most proud of his 285-page dissertation, “Paronomasia in the Former Prophets: A Taxonomic Catalogue, Description, and Analysis,” a study of plays on words in the Hebrew text of the Biblical books of Joshua, Judges, I & II Samuel, and I & II Kings. “The day I handed in the final copy of my dissertation, I felt the thrill of completion and fulfillment, and the satisfaction that, in my own small way, I had made a contribution to the understanding of the Bible.” Now that he has earned his doctorate, Rabbi Androphy will remain a rabbi at the East Meadow Jewish Center, as well as continuing his other interests like cycling and jogging around the East Meadow community.
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YEAR IN REVIEW SPORTS
December 29, 2011 — EAST MEADOW HERALD
Lady Jets return to finals On three consecutive fourth-inning pitches, East Meadow senior Samantha Miller, sophomore Danielle Cutuli and senior Jaime Laird generated in order, a home run, a single and a home run that plated four runs and opened up a fiverun lead on top-seeded MacArthur in the semifinals of the Nassau County Class AA softball playoffs at Mitchel Field May 19. The Lady Jets staved off a pair of rallies by the Lady Generals in the 9-6 semifinal victory and had an opportunity to defend the county title they won last season. “It was like a rally,” coach Cindy McCarthy said of the two-out surge which came with East Meadow holding a one-run lead. “One girl got it started and then everyone else wanted to participate.” The Lady Jets (11-8 overall) advanced to the best-of-three championship series against Farmingdale, which claimed the title with an 8-5 win in the third and deciding game.
East Meadow senior Samantha Miller cracked a homer in its 9-6 Class AA playoff semifinal victory over top-seeded MacArthur May 19.
Clarke’s Ratner shows finishing kick
Clarke senior Eric Ratner took the Conference IV championship and finished fifth in the Section VIII/State Qualifier meet.
The first thing you’d suspect about Eric Ratner, Nassau County’s Conference IV cross-country champion, is that he’s blazing fast. The second is that he’s fanatical about running. But you’d be wrong on both counts. Ratner, a Clarke High School senior who won the county championship with a time of 17:16.2 on Oct. 29 at Bethpage State Park, is more disciplined than speedy and enjoys playing the trombone as much as he enjoys completing a 5K. He’s an All-State trombone player. “Eric is a great runner, but I think he’s more into music,” said Rams coach Sam Fox. “He plays about 30 hours a week.” And Ratner’s greatest strength as a runner is not pure speed, Fox said. “He just knows how to race. He’s a competitor.” Ratner took first place in each of Clarke’s five league meets this season, finishing the 4K in times of 13:41.0 and 13:29.1, and the 5K in 18:26.8, 17:33.6 and 17:05.0. After achieving his goal of winning the county championship, he finished fifth in the state qualifier meet at Bethpage State Park on Nov. 5, finishing at 16:29.8. He’d set a personal best of 16:35.8 as a junior, and said that experience set him up for his senior season.
Senior Rob Healy dazzled for East Meadow this season.
Banner football season for Jets East Meadow’s march to the Nassau Conference I football championship game at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium Nov. 19 happened mostly on the back of an offense that averaged 46.3 points per game. And that again figured to be the case against top-seeded Freeport, which like the second-seeded Jets produced points nearly as fast as the scoreboard operator could change numbers. But it was the East Meadow defense that provided several of the biggest plays in a thrilling 34-33 victory that pushed the Jets to their first county title since 2006. Slowing down Red Devils quarterback Isaiah Barnes was near impossible, as the senior completed 15 of 26 throws for 320 yards—just 13 shy of the Nassau County single-game playoff record. After guiding Freeport 66 yards on eight plays down to the East Meadow 4, however, space became tight, the pressure picked up
and Barnes tossed consecutive completions after getting sacked for a five-yard loss by sophomore linebacker Billy Andrle on first down. Senior Marvin Cajoles, who blocked an extra-point attempt in the first quarter, turned in perfect coverage on Barnes’ target, Evan Lapice, arriving at the same time as the ball with teammate Robbie Healy a half-step behind, and sending any hopes of Freeport’s fourth straight title bouncing to the end zone turf. “We basically said [to the defense before the game] give us a couple of stops and we can win the game,” East Meadow coach Vin Mascia said. “And that’s exactly what they did.” The Jets (10-2) lost the L.I. title game to William Floyd, 54-47, but claimed the Rutgers Cup, given to the best team in Nassau, for the first time since 1964, and Healy won the Thorp Award, given to the county’s best player.
YEAR IN REVIEW
IN BRIEF East Meadow Girl Scout elected to Nassau board
East Meadow High School seniors walked onto the football field for their commencement ceremonies.
Onward to the future Seniors at W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools celebrated a longawaited day on a Sunday in June, when their studies finally culminated in graduation ceremonies. Parents and other relatives, friends, faculty and school board members gathered to recognize the class of 2011.
Girl Scouts are known for their inspiring drive to make the world around them a better place. One East Meadow scout has truly proven herself to be just that, stepping up to a leadership role where she will continue to support, empower and inspire future generations of Girl Scouts. Carlie Mendoza, Bronze, Silver and Gold Award winner, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. on May 25, 2011 as a National Council Delegate. Mendoza joined other board members who work toward a mission to ‘provide leadership, innovation and constant support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.’ “I am very honored and privileged to be nominated and chosen as a representative of the Girl Scouts in Nassau County,” said Mendoza. Mendoza has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is currently an Ambassador Girl Scout, which is considered the highest level that can be reached in the organization.
Music students learn from the best
Clarke’s newest graduates celebrated their accomplishments.
Seven Girl Scouts achieve gold status Seven East Meadow teens were honored on June 3 for reaching the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement – the Gold Award. Each recently completed a community project. Melissa Kester’s undertaking, “A Different Mind,” was a workshop denouncing bullying and ignorance of special needs children. Group activities put attending teens in the place of a special needs child. Melissa will study Special Education at Cortland University this fall. Animal lover Kelly Chappell aspires to become a veterinarian and developed a program teaching young children the importance of care and respect for pets. She also worked with the Hempstead Animal Shelter. Kelly will attend Hofstra University this year. Sara Lapine’s empathy for the homeless prompted her “Cakes for Kids” project. Using corporate donations, she created birthday boxes of goodies for children forced to spend their birthday in a homeless shelter. A thank you letter told of a six-year-old boy who had his first ever birthday party as a result of her endeavors. Sara is finalizing her college plans.
Her desire to become an orthodontist motivated Elizabeth LiPuma’s “Save Your Smile” program. Her seminar included demonstrations of proper brushing and distributions of toothbrushes and floss. She is headed for the University of Delaware. Elizabeth’s younger sister, Victoria LiPuma, titled her project “Protect the Ocean.” She demonstrated to youngsters the difficulty in removing oil from feathers in her workshop and taught them to conserve water, clean beaches and protect the shoreline. She will enter her senior year at East Meadow High School. It was all about the environment in Shweta Shah’s “Going Green” project. Her seminar highlighted recycling ideas, such as using plastic bottles as planters. She will attend the University of Buffalo in September. Remembering the Holocaust is important to Danielle Syers. For her project she worked closely with local teachers to expand course instruction on this significant part of history. Danielle will attend SUNY Oswego.
‘90s bands rocked the stage at Eisenhower Park
East Meadow Little League wins district tourney The East Meadow 12-year-old Little League won the Williamsport District 32 tournament on a Monday in July and now moved on to represent the district in sectionals. Under the lights, the team, coached by Scott Scheer, John Hogan and Vinny Mascia, beat a Hicksville team. To start, Marcus Kabigting set East Meadow ahead by hitting a line drive home run. In the third inning, East Meadow blew open
Recognized as one of the nation’s 100 best communities for music education, the East Meadow School District has once again hosted its summer music program for Nassau County students in grades 4 through 12. The program boasts some of the most highly regarded music educators on Long Island. While giving kids something to do inside during the months of June and July, the program gets young people excited about playing music while preparing them for a series of concerts, at which they will treat audiences to the results of all of their hard work. The program took place at W. Tresper Clarke Middle and High School, and was attended by more than 400 students from all over the county. In the beginner classes, students learned note-reading and some simple music theory, and were given a lesson in their chosen instrument — flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or a stringed instrument. Following the morning activities, the beginners had the choice of going home or singing in the chorus. After three weeks of daily lessons and music classes, the sessions evolved into a beginner band or orchestra, which also performed concerts at the end of the program. The intermediate and advanced orchestras and bands, which were categorized by the age and playing level of the students, focused on group rehearsals in preparation for the concerts.
the game on home runs by Marcus Kabigting and Sean Hogan to make the score 6-0. In the fourth inning, after scoring another run to make it 7-0, East Meadow locked up the game with a three-run walk-off blast by Frank Ippolito to run-rule the Hicksville squad. Ryan Wallstedt shut down the Hicksville team by pitching a no-hitter and only allowed three base runners — two on walks and one on an error.
As part of the 2011 Eisenhower Park Summer Concert Series, the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre hosted the popular 90s bands Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms in July. Both bands featured their most popular hits, including “Little Miss Can’t be Wrong” and “Two Princes” and the Blossoms’ “Follow You Down” and “Allison Road.” Both bands recently released new records. Long Island residents appeared to enjoy the free concert as they danced to the music with friends or relaxed in the summer heat.
EAST MEADOW HERALD — December 29, 2011
YEAR IN REVIEW July
Eagle Scout honored for project
Local women latched on for support
Eagle Scout Charles Hillman, 19, of East Meadow, received a Certificate of Recognition from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano at an awards ceremony at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Hillman was honored for his Eagle Scout service project, a seven-month-long reconstruction of the kayak storage area at the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick. While visiting the park with his brother, cousin and grandmother in 2009, Hillman noticed that the facility’s kayaks were stored in a way that was damaging their handrails, which, he said, made it difficult to get in and out of the kayaks, especially for those with disabilities. “The kayaks were being leaned up against the handrail vertically, causing it to warp,” Hillman explained. With his Eagle Scout service project in mind, Hillman spoke to the Town of Hempstead’s deputy sanitation commissioner, Michael McConnell, about redesigning the kayak storage area. “Mr. McConnell, the Town of Hempstead and my Boy Scout troop” — Troop 189 in Wantagh — “helped me come up with the idea for the project and draw up the plan,” Hillman said. “The kayaks will now be stored horizontally instead of vertically,” Hillman said. “It’s easier storage, easier to get them in and out and it doesn’t warp the handrail.” With the completion of the project, Hillman earned his Eagle Scout badge.
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and on Aug. 6, a sunny Saturday afternoon, a handful of mothers met at Eisenhower Park to breast-feed their babies in an event known as Big Latch On. In an attempt to enhance awareness and acceptance of breast-feeding — and to break the Guinness world record for the most women breast-feeding at the same time — Big Latch On events took place at the same time around the world. An estimated 4,123 mother-child pairs in 294 locations worldwide took part. Courtney La Rosa was one of many
women who wanted to host one of the events. La Rosa, the founder of Mother’s Milk, a Long Island group, and her friends considered hosting the event in a member’s backyard, but ultimately decided to breastfeed in a public venue, Eisenhower Park. Nestled on blankets on the grass, the women held their children close and began breast-feeding them at 10:30 a.m. Six nursing mothers, caring for children ranging in age from 7 months to 3 years, participated in the Big Latch On in the park, but La Rosa hopes for a better showing next year.
Oxygen leak closed Hempstead Turnpike A liquid oxygen leak at Nassau University Medical Center prompted emergency personnel to redirect traffic on Hempstead Turnpike and shut down the hospital emergency room. Around 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning the East Meadow Fire Department responded to the hospital emergency. First on the scene, Chief Walter Griffin, Jr. sounded a second alarm and called in the Nassau
County Hazardous Material team when construction workers confirmed the leak. Construction workers were replacing the hospital’s two 11,000-pound oxygen tanks on the southeastern side when a valve broke releasing potentially hazard levels into the atmosphere, Chief Griffin said. To ensure patient safety, NUMC diverted emergency vehicles to nearby hospitals while the leak ensued. “It could have
been a very dangerous situation,” said Fire Department Chief Carl Pugliese. Five nearby neighbors on Clearmeadow Drive were temporarily evacuated from their homes and local businesses were notified. As a precautionary measure, fire chiefs Griffin and Pugliese asked the residents to close their windows for the day.
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Brian O’Flaherty is the E.M. Herald’s 2011 Person of the Year
EAST MEADOW HERALD — December 29, 2011
a lot of time to the community, and he does it in a quiet way.” he says he also enjoys staying physically active, “He was always there, then we got to know and regularly cycles around East Meadow parks. him [and] he became a friend,” said Helen “No matter how hot it is outside — 100 degrees Meittinis, president of the Community Association — I’m out there,” he said. of Stewart Avenue and a Kiwanian. “He contribWhen O’Flaherty joined the financial advisoutes to the school board more than anyone ry committee, he did not expect to become so knows. You see him everyactive in the community. “It “He’s a very dedicated, very where. He’s rolling up his just snowballed,” he said. But sleeves. Everything is for the he now enjoys keeping busy focused, very communitykids.” Meittinis added that with all the volunteer work. minded guy. His heart is in O’Flaherty never misses an He has also made many the East Meadow event even though he comclose friends. “They’re all there community.” mutes to Manhattan to work. for the right reasons,” he said Though he has of his fellow Kiwanians and his been a Kiwanian for less than school board comrades. two years, fellow member Alan Hodish said, “They’re great people. It’s nice to have these peo“Brian is always there for whatever is needed, and ple in your life.” he does it in an understated way. He certainly “I’m proud to call him my friend and an more than qualifies for Person of the Year.” associate on the board,” said Board of Education We agree. President Joseph Parisi. “Brian cares an awful lot about the education our children receive. He gives
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Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary member honored
Test scores trump county average
At a convention in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.S., Phyllis Sperr received the highest honor in the state Ladies Auxiliary, the 2011 Recognition Award of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, for her work with the East Meadow Fire Department. Sperr joined the Ladies Auxiliary in March 1964, and was added to East Meadow Rescue Company 5 in June 1994. Company 5, the busiest Fire Department in East Meadow, kept her occupied: Sperr responded to more than 60 percent of all alarms as an emergency medical technician. Sperr still works on countless auxiliary committees, including those for fundraisers and blood drives, and through the years has served on the executive board as corresponding secretary, recording secretary and representative to the Nassau County Ladies Auxiliary Association. Her dedication to the Fire Department is unsurpassed. She has been the editor of
the Ladies Auxiliary column in the monthly Firemen’s Benevolent newsletter, served coffee at fire scenes and remains a member of the East Meadow department’s competitive parade group, which has won numerous honors, including the New York State Championship Award. “For these four-plus decades, her service to our auxiliary has been a standard for
all of us to admire and achieve,” Nassau County Ladies Auxiliary President Kathleen Craft said in a letter nominating Sperr for the award. “To say that this dedication was the full extent of her community service would be an understatement.”
The New York Education Department released the 2010 English language arts, ELA, and mathematics assessments for Nassau County. While most ELA scores among all grades were comparable to the district scores presented last year, East Meadow faired well in compared to the county. Superintendent Louis DeAngelo credits the positive outcome on continually improving quality instruction and providing students with comprehensive academic programs. The most significant change among ELA scores was the 27 percent drop among 8th grade students. While the Nassau County average was 64 percent this year, East Meadow specifically dropped from 87 percent to 60 percent. DeAngelo recognizes there are improvements to be made, adding, “Overall, we’re pleased with the direction. This last year specifically, we very carefully looked at 8th grade math and made some changes which we believe had positive results.” This year, the 8th grade math scores increased by 13 percent, placing the East Meadow district 10 percent above the county average.
Getting over Irene Although the winds have blown by, Hurricane Irene left its mark on East Meadow, in the form of downed trees, flooding and other damage. Although the predominating thought voiced in the wake of the storm was that the hamlet dodged a bullet, the sentiment proved cold comfort to residents left with power outages and flooded homes. Although the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm as it reached the metropolitan area, Irene brought heavy rains and high winds that wreaked havoc on roadways, toppled trees and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. East Meadow experienced the heaviest weather early Sunday morning, between 2 and 5 a.m. In fact, by the time most residents awoke, the rain was letting up. Heavy winds, however, blew across the area for the remainder of the day. The Long Island Power Authority reported that during the height of the storm, half a million homes and businesses were without electricity. Many of the outages were caused when trees fell on power lines. LIPA brought in repair crews from western states, but
officials expected the effort to restore power to everyone to take severaldays. During and after the storm the East Meadow Fire Department and government officials stepped in to keep residents safe. “The East Meadow Fire Department responded to well over 60 calls during the height of storm activities, and it is a testament to each and every member of their commitment to helping out neighbors and community in its time of need,” Chief Carl L. Pugliese said. Between Saturday, Aug. 27 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 at 12 p.m., all seven companies of the East Meadow Fire Department stayed at headquarters on storm emergency standby, said Chief Pugliese, and they continued to remain busy until late Sunday night. During the storm, the department also set up an emergency operations center and was in contact with other emergency centers run by the Sixth Battalion and Nassau County. As of Thursday, Sept. 1, 1,600 East Meadow households were still without power, said County Legislator Norma Gonsalves.
A new battle against graffiti Graffiti is a problem in East Meadow, and is something way out of character with the picturesque homes in this suburban community. “We have seen an increase,” said Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes. “No question about that.” Hudes was one of the people who prompted the creation of a Nassau County graffiti task force 15 year ago. It’s a recurring problem, Hudes said. When the task force began its work, Nassau County was littered with graffiti, with 90 percent of the parkway signs defaced. Now, he said, the task force needs to be resurrected.
“I think it’s horrible!” Sabrina Camilo said on an East Meadow Herald Facebook
post. “There is a fence line on Merrick Avenue that I want to take a spray gun to,” added Becky Gillman Goldberg. “Seriously, what covers graffiti?” “Box it out,” said Hudes. He recommended immediately marking off the area and painting the fence or wall to remove the “tag,” which is what graffiti “artists” call their work. “You cannot get tired of removing it,” he said. According to a Hempstead town law, it is the responsibility of home and business owners to remove graffiti. If the town removes it, the property owner can be billed for the expense.
Clarke M.S. wins prestigious award W.T. Clarke Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School last week. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools across the nation for either their exceptional performance or significant progress in “help[ing] close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.” “America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a worldclass education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.” According to Principal Stacy Breslin, Clarke was nominated by a top education official in New York state. The lengthy application process started in November 2010 and was submitted in February. Breslin was communicating with Blue Ribbon officials throughout 2011, she said. “They are honored for consistently trying to open the doors for their middle school and giving them great opportunities for learning,” the director of the Blue Ribbon Schools program, Aba Kumi, said of Clarke. Breslin emphasized that the award was a team effort. “It’s not about one person,” she said. “The teachers and parents are so involved. It was a collaborative effort.” The award was also based on Clarke students achievements on the English and math state tests. A top-performing school must “place in the top 15 percent of schools in its state as measured by the state assessments in both English Language Arts and mathematics …” said Blue Ribbon Schools spokeswoman Jane Briggs.
YEAR IN REVIEW
IN BRIEF Santoro recognized for 70 years in the EMFD
East Meadow remembers 9/11 Ten years, ten months, ten hours, ten minutes, ten seconds, we will never forget repeated the families, friends and politicians who attended the Nassau County Sept. 1, 2001 10th anniversary tribute last Wednesday. Individuals were remembered and the firefighters who willingly endangered their lives for strangers were honors as heroes as the rain let up and the ceremony commenced. Silence penetrated Lakeside Theatre as family members read names of those who died, ending with the one they loved. One woman who lost her brother-in-law said through tears, “The sound of your absence is louder than any sound I’ve ever heard.” “The pain of losing the core of our family will never be filled,” recalled another family member and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano quoted a father who lost his son saying, “Ten years has passed and the pain is as sharp as ever.” While no amount of time may halt the tears of families, the
many names of those who lost their lives are now engraved on a wall bordering the lake at the park and as bag pipes played, family and friends walked with their lighted candles and placed white carnations and American flags near the name of the one they love. East Meadow also hosted a remembrance ceremony and on Sunday, Sept. 11, many locals were in attendance at Veterans Memorial Park. After marching down East Meadow Avenue, the fire department and scouts filed into the park and were surrounded by a sea of lighted candles. Julia Beckham, who attended the hour-long ceremony, said, “It’s just good to be together. I knew so many people in the city that day.” Residents for 41 years Marcia and Howard Aschner were also present. “We’re here to support the community,” said Marcia Aschner and Legislator Norma Gonsalves agreed. “That’s the kind of community East Meadow is. That’s what we’re about.”
NUMC, neighbors take on parking Nassau University Medical Center and East Meadow residents are trying to come up with an effective solution to an ongoing problem: hospital employees parking in the neighborhood around the hospital. NUMC President Arthur Gianelli acknowledged that the problem is caused by the hospital and said he wanted to rectify the situation as soon as possible. His plan to create more parking, however, will not go into effect until early 2012. About 40 residents who live near the hospital attended a parking-focused meeting Monday night at NUMC to discuss new rules the hospital has implemented to try to solve the problem. The tension increased over the summer when the facility’s parking garage was declared unsafe and mechanical parking lifts were set up near the hospital entrance to create additional spots. “In theory, if everyone used the stackers, there would be enough spaces,” Gianelli said. But he admitted that this option has not been as effective as he had hoped. Almost 25 percent of hospital employees are parking on neighborhood streets instead of using the lifts, he said. Gianelli has implemented new parking rules since he met with residents. All hospital employees are now required to register their cars with the hospital and place parking stickers on their front windshields. They can also call ahead to get their car during lunch
hours. Residents complained about increased parking congestion and impolite hospital employees and patients. “If there’s a snowstorm, I’m not going to get plowed because [employees] are parking there all day long,” said John Nikiel. “We don’t own the street, but we pay taxes to fix, plow and sweep the street. I haven’t seen a street sweeper in weeks.” “I realize that just because it’s legal to do something doesn’t mean it’s right to do something,” Gianelli added. In the meantime, Gianelli instituted a plan to create 230 new parking spaces on hospital property by the end of the year. He explained that the hospital would pay to demolish unused buildings, is asking the county for permission to create more spaces close to the Nassau County Correctional Center and has set aside some grassy areas as parking areas. Hudes said that Gianelli deserves “a great amount of credit.” Gianelli said he wants to continue the dialogue with neighbors as the medical center campus undergoes future renovations, and that he will address problems as they arise. NUMC proposed a new plan to alleviate neighbors’ parking problems.
Ex-Chief Dominick Santoro was honored for his 70 years of service to the East Meadow Fire Department at the Town of Hempstead 2011 Firematic Service Awards ceremony last Thursday. The petite man of few words simply said, “I am deeply moved.” A proud ex-military man, Santoro joined the EMFD at 18 years old and remains an active member. Throughout the years, Santoro served as Lieutenant and Captain and was a two-term chief and a two-term fire commissioner. Ex-chief Santoro authored the department’s standard operation procedures that have become a foundational component of daily firematic service. As explained by Chief Carl Pugliese, Santoro wrote the guidelines on how to react when responding to fires and 75 to 80 percent of his procedures still exist today. Santoro is also responsible for the addition of Ladder Company 2 that has now been around for more than 50 years. “He knew the company was growing,” said Chief Pugliese. “He had the foresight to react.” To date, Santoro remains an active and admired member of the EMFD.
5th grader initiates recordbreaking event The faculty at Barnum Woods Elementary School promotes active student participation and when 5th grader Justin Colon asked physical education instructor Debbie Barbato if the students could attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks, she listened. First Lady Michelle Obama, National Geographic Kids and Flash Mob America helped organize and encourage large and small groups throughout the nation to get more than 20,000 people to do jumping jacks for one minute within one day, and on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 641 Barnum Woods students participated. “I thought maybe I could make a big change,” said Justin, “and it just all fit together.” The young man, with Justin Bieber-styled hair and glasses, said he loves to dance and was on the Internet looking up flash mobs with his mother when he learned about the record-breaking opportunity. Justin, who could not stop smiling, said he was excited for America to break a world record and said the “Let’s Jump” campaign was a great opportunity to get people moving. “Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, everyone can be exercising and losing a lot of weight.” Shortly before school dismissal, students in grades 2, 3 and 4 gathered in the gym while 1st, 5th and afternoon kindergarten convened in the all purpose room. Physical education instructor Don Whearty addressed the later group and said, “We are going to be part of a group of people who are promoting health. People all over the country have been doing the same thing.” This excited the youngsters and the jumping began. Barnum Woods Elementary School will receive a certificate of participation after it is determined if the world record was broken. National Geographic Kids said this could take several months.
EAST MEADOW HERALD — December 29, 2011
December 29, 2011 — EAST MEADOW HERALD
YEAR IN REVIEW
IN BRIEF October
FREE Players delighted the crowd with ‘Damn Yankees’
East Meadow farm is in new hands The staff of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Center and Demonstration Gardens held a red ribbon-cutting ceremony in October, celebrating the opening of East Meadow Farms. As of Oct. 1, CCE had partnered with Nassau County to operate the farm, formerly known as Friendly Farms and one of the last remaining agricultural properties in Nassau County, on Merrick Avenue and Luddington Road. The farm, which has been operated by several families through the years, is now owned by the county. “This property came along and we decided to answer the [county’s] request for proposal,” said Bob Sympson, a past vice president and current board member of CCE. “This new location will make us more visible and expand what
we do,” added Extension Community Forestry Educator Julie Seghrouchni, who works at the organization’s Eisenhower Park office. At the new farm, horticulture experts will share research-based information on limiting pesticide use, drip irrigation and water conservation as well as tips on sustainable gardening. Community garden plots will also be available. CCE plans to utilize the farm as an educational and resourcebased center, and hopes to implement numerous programs, Interim Executive Director Deborah Colfer explained. The first step is to prepare the soil before winter and plant demonstration gardens in the spring. The gardens will be planted by master gardeners who will teach residents how to plant without pesticides and make the most of a small space.
Killed Al Qaeda blogger lived in East Meadow An Al Qaeda propagandist and self-proclaimed American traitor who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen on Sept. 30 was a former East Meadow resident who graduated from W.T. Clarke High School in 2003. Samir Khan, 25, was an American jihadist blogger who moved to Yemen in 2009 to help oversee the production of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The East Meadow Unified School District declined to comment on Khan, but residents were surprised to hear that an Al Qaeda member once lived in their town. “Oh my gosh, one of our own?” said Rosemarie Kerns, who added that it was scary to hear that Khan grew up nearby. “I never knew him,” added Robert Spear, “but we as a nation are better off with him being dead.” The president of the Long Island Muslim Alliance, Nayyar Imam, said he did not know Kahn, but was shocked when he heard
the news. “It’s very sad that an American wanted to kill our own citizens,” Imam said. A spokesman for Khan’s family, Jibril Hough, told CNN that Khan’s parents are embarrassed and frustrated. Hough confirmed that Khan “definitely was a terrorist supporter,” but said it was never proven that Khan was a terrorist. The second issue of the magazine Inspire, at 74 pages, is “as disturbing and alarming as the first edition,” said Northeast Intelligence Network director Douglas Hagmann. “The magazine urges all Muslims to wage personal jihad against infidels in the U.S., Canada and all non-Muslim countries.” In an article Khan wrote, titled “I am Proud to be a Traitor to America,” he explained his thinking. It begins, “After my faith took a 180-degree turn, I knew I could no longer reside in America as a compliant citizen. My beliefs had turned me into a rebel of Washington’s imperialism.”
W.T. Clarke High School honored two alumni W.T. Clarke High School in the East Meadow Union Free School District held its biannual Hall of Achievement Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29, honoring two Clarke alumni: Michael Goldberger (Class of ’68) and Irene Rosenfeld (Class of ’71). Goldberger is the Director of Athletics at Brown University and Rosenfeld is the current Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods. “This is an incredible honor for me,” said Rosenfeld. “I am overwhelmed. I haven’t been back here in 40 years. I just came back a few weeks ago for my 40th reunion. I learned a lot about leadership and self-reliance here. I made so many lifelong friends. This
school played an important role in my life. I’m thrilled to be back.” Goldberger was unable to attend the event because of prior commitments at Brown University, so Dean of Students John Boyle accepted the plaque on his behalf. W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels said that Goldberger had been captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams when he was a senior in 1968.
Parents, friends and students packed into the standing-room-only East Meadow High School auditorium to see this year’s FREE People “Damn Yankees” performance on a Saturday night in October. After months of practice, the cast took to the stage and impressed the audience with their musical talents. Many FREE players took part in the on-stage production and others were involved in the orchestra pit and decorating the lifelike sets. “It is particularly gratifying to announce the FREE Players, a talented group of young adults with special needs, who will present the wonderful theatrical performance of “Damn Yankees,” said Superintendent of Schools Louis DeAngelo. “It is always gratifying to see all of our children grow into young adults and blossom in their respective areas.” All proceeds raised during the performance went to benefit The FREE Players and the East Meadow School District’s SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and SERCL (Special Education Resource Center and Library).
Seniors attended Thanksgiving dinner at East Meadow High School The Future Business Leaders of America and Kiwanis joined together to feed nearly 400 senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner at East Meadow High School on a Sunday afternoon in November. The high school Jazz Ensemble, lead by Director Stephen Engle, performed as the seniors entered into the decorated gym after receiving carnations that were handed out by K-Kids and Builder Club members. After opening remarks by Kiwanians, Key Club members helped serve salad and dinner plates to the long rows of tables while EMHS students performed songs from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Those who attended the event included numerous veterans and members from local senior centers including Connie Greenberg. “It’s wonderful,” she said, referring to the event. “The children are so nice to donate their time.” Leah Hopping, 95, was also in attendance. Hopping, who has been an East Meadow resident since 1951, said she enjoyed her meal and added, “The children are very polite.” “There’s a lot of people who come together to make this happen,” said Kiwanis President Mitchell Allen. He said it took three or four months to organize the event.
YEAR IN REVIEW
IN BRIEF November
An inclusive playground comes to E.M.
Kiwanis sorts, delivers 107 Thanksgiving meals
After five years of fundraising and planning, the Let All the Children Play Accessible Park and Playground is officially open at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The one-of-a-kind playground will offer inclusive recreational opportunities for children of all abilities beginning next spring. The park was modeled after one in Ra’anana, Israel, which was the brainchild of Michael Alon, of Cedarhurst. “Personally, I wanted — no, needed — to show my children that they should never take their health for granted,” said Alon. “I have always played sports, and felt that by exposing children to children with disabilities in a fun environment at a young age, it would help increase acceptance.” When David Weingarten, the father of a 27-year-old man with Down syndrome, learned about the inclusive park in Israel, he joined up with Alon and they established the Let All the Children Play Foundation in 2006. “When I was first introduced to Michael Alon, the founder of the organization that developed and designed Israel’s first accessible playground, I knew that I needed to work with him to help make these parks a reality in the United States,” said Weingarten, who lives in Atlantic Beach. “I believe that the park is beneficial to both children with and without disabilities, since inclusion provides typical children with the ability to develop leadership skills and compassion, while children with disabilities develop a greater level of self-confidence and feeling of acceptance.”
The state-of-the-art, two-acre park contains a variety of playground equipment, including slides, swings, monkey bars and a sandbox. It is also equipped with ramps as well as safety harnesses on some swings, and will have a ground-level, wheelchair-accessible bathroom nearby. “Kids with disabilities are often left on the sidelines,” said LATCP representative Kerry Gillick-Goldberg, “but the park will bring them in together with kids who are typical.”
East Meadow resident turns 100, again Mollie Spiegel turned 100 for the second time on Nov. 25, 2011. The Russian-born woman moved to America with her mother and two siblings when was she was 10 years old, but her father made his children one year younger to acquire cheaper visas, she said. This year was her 100th birthday according to American records. Spiegel, who only spoke Russian and Yiddish when she came to America, said she didn’t learn English until she went to school. “I didn’t know what a pencil was,” she recalled. After raising her children, Mollie worked as a teacher and bookkeeper and after moving to East Meadow 30 years ago, she joined the East Meadow Senior Center and was president from 1986 to 1988, treasurer from 1983 to 1985 and their Woman of the Year in 1989. “I wasn’t one to stay home. I did everything,” she said. When asked what advice she would like to share with younger generations she said: “Don’t said you can’t. If you don’t know, you learn. Just keep going and you will get there.”
Local survivor remembers Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor survivor Gerard Barbosa, 88, of East Meadow, was one of six men honored on Dec. 7 at a 70th anniversary memorial ceremony at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. In March 1941, Barbosa volunteered for the Navy, and was sent to Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where he was a gunner’s mate on the U.S.S. Raleigh. Situated opposite Battleship Row, the Raleigh was adjacent to the U.S.S. Detroit and the U.S.S. Utah, the last of which was sunk during the attacks that Dec. 7. Remembering the “date which will live in infamy,” Barbosa said he was relaxing on the Raleigh when the Japanese attacked. “There were machine gun bullets bouncing off the deck,” he recalled, and as he looked toward the sky he saw the attacking planes overhead.
His entire body was shaking until he reached his gun, Barbosa recalled, but he quickly gained control and began shooting at any moving target. Then, “all of a sudden, it looked like the ship was picked up out of water and bounced back down again,” he said. The Raleigh had been hit. Before the battle ended, a torpedo plane hit the Raleigh on its port side and a divebomber struck as well. But fast-working seamen managed to patch holes in between the raids, and a tugboat eventually attached two large barrels of air to keep the ship from tipping over. “We put so much fire power between us, we could see planes going down,” Barbosa said, but it wasn’t until years later that he learned that gunners on the Raleigh had shot down at least six enemy planes. “We weren’t counting,” he said. “We were just trying to stop the planes from sinking us.”
Kiwanians met on Friday, Nov. 18, at W.T. Clarke High School to divide donated food into baskets for 107 needy, local families. The school Kiwanis clubs and adult Kiwanians divided the nearly 10,000 pounds of food into food groups before sorting balanced meals into bags for the families. The food donations were collected by members of the East Meadow High School Key Club, W.T. Clarke Key Club, Woodland Builders Club, W.T Clarke Builders Club, the Bowling Green K-Kids and East Meadow Kiwanians at Waldbaum’s in East Meadow over two weekends. “It’s not a small project,” said holiday food drive chairman Jay Steinmetz. More than 60 Kiwanians and 100 students were involved in food collection and delivery. The Kiwanians also met the following Saturday morning to deliver the food to the families before the Thanksgiving holiday. These service projects are always a highlight of the service year and bring together generations of K-family members working side-by-side to give back to the East Meadow community.
Residential burglaries are on the rise Burglaries are increasing in the East Meadow and Salisbury communities. Residential burglaries are up 34 percent this year in the Nassau County Police Department’s 1st Precinct and 8 percent in the 3rd Precinct. Residential burglaries in the 3rd Precinct were up more than 28 percent in November compared with the same month last year. “Every year in the fall you start to hear a little bit more,” said Helen Meittinis, a member of the Civilian Patrol and the president of the Community Association of Stewart Avenue. Meittinis said she recently noticed an increase in attempted and successful burglaries. “There aren’t sufficient patrols available,” said a 47-year East Meadow Fire Department volunteer, Dick Cardozo. “We need more police.” “We are now down to 2,380 [Nassau County police officers], and there have been units that have had significant decreases in manpower,” said James Carver, Nassau County Police Benevolent Association president. “You’re seeing a moment in Nassau County history where budget restraints are severely hampering what the Police Department can do,” Carver added. “I think it is going to get worse.” “It’s really important for everyone to be vigilant,” said Mindy Perlish, who has lived in the community since 1979 and is a past president of the Community Association of Stewart Avenue. “We’re going through terrible economic times, and people get desperate. There aren’t enough jobs, and people need money.” Perlish said her home was once broken into. An intruder entered through the back door and stole costume jewelry. “I can’t tell you how violated you feel,” she said. “It takes you a while to get over that terrible feeling.” “If you see something, say something,” Meittinis added. “I can’t say it enough.”
EAST MEADOW HERALD — December 29, 2011
December 29, 2011 â€” EAST MEADOW HERALD
East Meadow Plaza storeowners are working to hang on
East Meadow has many empty storefronts, and East Meadow Plaza is no exception. Some small businesses in the plaza nearly went out of business this year, but continue to hold on, hoping that things will improve. â€œWeâ€™re going to try to stay,â€? said Aquarius Cards owner Marcia Krinick. â€œI think some people think that weâ€™re not here anymore. We didnâ€™t know what was going to happen, but we worked something out with the landlord.â€? Krinick started working part-time at Aquarius Cards when her parents bought the store 42 years ago, and took over seven years later. â€œIâ€™ve seen a lot of stores come and go,â€? she said of East Meadow Plaza. â€œIt needs a major overhaul. Itâ€™s just not a high-traffic shopping center anymore.â€? Aquarius Cards is now stocked with merchandise that includes an extensive discounted card selection, Lenox and Precious Moments statues and holiday dĂŠcor, but Krinick said that her store was starting to look bare recently, when she couldnâ€™t afford to restock it. â€œI was really sparse before,â€? she admitted. â€œThis was the worst year.â€? The owner of a local dry-cleaning business, who did not give his name, said that he is also just getting by. â€œIâ€™m paying the bills at the end of the month,â€? he said, â€œbut if the rent goes up, youâ€™re pretty much out.â€?
The owner opened his store in 1986 and developed a loyal client base, but he said that his customers are coming in less often because they are wearing their clothes more than once before having them dry-cleaned. â€œI donâ€™t think anyone is doing great,â€? he added. â€œThe economy is affecting everything and everyone,â€? said East Meadow Chamber of Commerce President Walter Skinner. â€œEveryone is feeling the pinch. I feel it myself. Iâ€™m downsizing.â€? Skinner said that high retail taxes are contributing to storeowner woes, because the taxes are much higher than on a home. Part of the problem, he added, is that nearly 35 percent of East Meadow is non-taxable â€” areas that include Eisenhower Park, Nassau University Medical Center and the Nassau County Correctional Center. â€œItâ€™s very important that people shop locally,â€? Skinner added. â€œItâ€™s the small businesses who are giving back to the community.â€?
EMHS marching band honored by local politicians The East Meadow High School Jets marching band received their 10th first place finish in the internationally televised New York City Columbus Day Parade in October. To recognize this accomplishment, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes presented the band with a congratulatory sign.
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My best advice: follow the rules Q. It’s getting more expensive to build, and I’m really having problems finding a contractor to do a job. I don’t want to have to get a permit but plan to build to code, and I don’t need a licensed contractor who has expensive insurance. I have plenty of family and friends who can do this job, but I want to know if I’ll get “stuck” later for having done this. I have to save the money and will take my chances, but what should I know so I don’t have a problem I can’t get out of later? A. That’s like asking a criminal attorney for the best method to beat the system because you’re planning to rob a bank. Maybe the attorney can even drive the getaway driver. What you can be “stuck” with is myriad problems I can only guess at, based on the fact that building to code these days is like playing Monopoly with a 4-year-old. The rules keep changing, and you can’t win against a 4-year-old or the codes. For example, many ONTE EEPER municipalities are changing, and changing again, their local zoning requirements, so what’s passable today may not be in a year or two. Window sizes and flood requirements have changed, energy requirements and fire protection are next up to be instituted, and plumbing systems may be right behind. I work with many people who are “stuck” when trying to sell their homes but have construction that wasn’t permitted. Some come unraveled when told that the home they’ve lived in for years needs costly changes to meet current codes because of updates. The codes do have provisions for existing buildings, but still have issues that can’t be “grandfathered.” Just because you lived there and used something the way it was for a long time is meaningless to an official whose job is to enforce regulations or face their own consequences if they don’t. It’s ironic that codes were put in place for our protection, but can have the opposite effect because more people these days are opting to do what you’re planning to, leading to less-safe structures that, skirting the authorities, may cause injury, even death, and/or legal problems, and lead insurance companies to not settle. You need to save money. We all do. The best advice I can give is the same advice I give to those who tell me, up front, that they’re not going to file plans for permits and will be doing the job themselves. It’s my job, as a professional, to advise you to follow the law and to prepare documents that meet the legal requirements of your state and local jurisdiction. Fortunately, using computers, we can revise plans without a lot of messy eraser dust when the time comes, but you have the burden of reconstruction to make things right when the time comes. That’s the chance you take.
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EAST MEADOW HERALD — December 29, 2011
December 29, 2011 — EAST MEADOW HERALD
The masthead The box at the far left side of the page is called the “masthead.” It contains the newspaper’s “flag” or nameplate, and the lion logo of the parent company of the Herald Community Newspapers, Richner Communications, Inc. The masthead offers basic information about the paper and how it functions. Brothers Stuart and Clifford Richner jointly guide the business and news operations for the 15 weekly newspapers in the Herald Community Newspaper group, including: the Nassau Herald, serving the Five Towns, and Heralds for Baldwin, Bellmore, East Meadow, Franklin Square/Elmont, Long Beach, Lynbrook/East Rockaway, Malverne/West Hempstead, Merrick, Oceanside/Island Park, Rockville Centre and Valley Stream. The editor of each paper is responsible for the assignment, selection and placement of stories, most of which the editors and reporters write. The executive editor oversees the editorial department staff and the editorial content of all 15 newspapers in the chain. The production department is responsible for the paper’s design. The advertising and art departments produce the large, often illustrated, “display” advertisements that appear throughout the paper. They help clients decide what the ads will say and how they will look. The classified department produces the small ads at the back of each week’s paper that are arranged by headings. The masthead also lists the paper’s age, the names of its founders, its address, telephone and fax numbers and notice that the contents are copyrighted.
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Special features Other items will also appear on our editorial and op-ed pages, including the “Framework” feature that showcases creative work by the Herald’s photo staff, which, we hope, brightens the page and your week. We also make mistakes, despite our best efforts. We strive to correct them as soon as possible with a correction or clarification notice on these pages, the most prominent in the paper after page 1.
Letters to the editor Because community opinions are so important to us, we publish virtually all letters we receive. This policy, of course, can bring problems with it. Some letters may seem silly, dull or poorly written, but we believe you should have the chance to read them anyway; they are voices from our shared community. Letters may also be tasteless, racist or sexist, but we believe they should be published too. We cannot pretend that such attitudes do not exist; if we are to fight them, we must meet them head-on. We believe deeply that the remedy to “bad” speech is more speech, not censorship. Vituperative attacks on local people or institutions pose a more complicated problem. The laws governing libel apply to letters to the editor with the same force as anything else we publish. Both the letter writer and this newspaper can be held accountable for heedlessly damaging a reputation. Public figures like politicians have less protection from outraged opinion than do private citizens. Robust public debate must take precedence over our feelings and the sensitivities of those who have entered the public arena. We do not publish anonymous letters. Letters must be signed and include a daytime phone number and an address, so we can verify that a letter is genuine. Phone numbers and full addresses will not be published. We are reluctant to publish letters from people who are unwilling to stand openly behind what they have written. We are willing to withhold the name of a letter writer on request only when the letter states a valid reason for doing so. Within those limits, we will publish as much as we can each week, though letters will sometimes have to wait until there is enough room. We usually refrain from commenting on letters, but in certain cases an “editor’s note” may attempt to correct misinformation or misunderstanding.
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Each week, we publish two pages of opinion in addition to the editorial page. Most of these pages are devoted to the columns of our three weekly or bi-weekly contributors: Randi Kreiss, the former editor of the Nassau Herald; Scott Brinton, the senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds; former Senator Alfonse D’Amato; and our newest addition, former State Assemblyman Jerry Kremer. Our writers come from diverse backgrounds and from different points of the political spectrum. Their columns reflect their own opinions on topical issues. The newspaper does not select the topics on which columnists opine, and their publication is not an endorsement of the positions they espouse.
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Linguine Puttanesca ................. 40.00 .... 75.00 Lobster Ravioli .......................... 60.00 .. 110.00 Orechiette Escarole ................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Pasta Purses ............................ 45.00 .... 85.00 Penne w/Broccoli, Garlic & Oil 35.00 ........ 65.00 Penne Broccoli Rabe ................ 45.00 .... 85.00 Penne Calabrese ....................... 60.00 .. 110.00 Penne Primavera ...................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Rigatoni Alla Vodka ................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Rigatoni Bolognese .................. 45.00 .... 85.00 Rigatoni Mamma Mia ............... 45.00 .... 85.00 Rigatoni w/Peas & Prosciutto .... 40.00 .... 70.00
Add Chicken To Any Salad .......... 15.00 ..... 25.00 Asparagus Shrimp Salad ............ 35.00 ..... 65.00 Caesar Salad ............................. 20.00 ..... 35.00 Gorgonzola Salad ....................... 25.00 ..... 45.00 Greek Salad ............................... 25.00 ..... 45.00 Insalata Campagna .................... 25.00 ..... 45.00 Insalata Mista ............................ 20.00 ..... 35.00 Insalata Rustica ......................... 30.00 ..... 55.00
Baked Ravioli ............................. 40.00 ..... 75.00 Baked Stuffed Shells.................. 40.00 ..... 75.00 Baked Ziti .................................. 40.00 ..... 75.00 Baked Ziti Sorrentino ................. 40.00 ..... 75.00 Eggplant Parmigiana .................. 40.00 ..... 70.00 Eggplant Rollatine ...................... 45.00 ..... 75.00 Meat Lasagna ............................ 40.00 ..... 75.00
Chicken Cacciatore ................... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Capriciosa .................... 50.00 ..... 85.00 Chicken Francese ..................... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Gorgonzola ................... 50.00 ..... 85.00 Chicken Marsala ........................ 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Mona Lisa .................... 55.00 ..... 90.00 Chicken Paesano ...................... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Parmigiana .................. 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Piccata ......................... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Chicken Rollatine ....................... 50.00 ..... 85.00 Chicken Scarpiello ..................... 45.00 ..... 80.00
Cavatelli Roselle ........................ 45.00 ..... 85.00 Farfalle Al Pesto ......................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Farfalle Mille Grazie ................... 60.00 .. 110.00 Farfalle Del Sole......................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Fettuccine Alfredo ..................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Fettuccine Carbonara ................ 40.00 .... 75.00 Fusilli Rosso ............................. 45.00 .... 85.00 Fusilli Siciliana .......................... 40.00 .... 75.00 Linguine w/Clam Sauce (Red or White) .......................... 45.00 .... 80.00
Chicken Tenders (Homemade).... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Grilled Balsamic Chicken ........... 45.00 ..... 80.00
Veal Capriciosa .......................... 65.00 ... 110.00 Veal Francese ............................ 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Gorgonzola ......................... 65.00 ... 110.00 Veal Marsala .............................. 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Paesano ............................. 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Parmigiana ......................... 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Piccata ............................... 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Pizzaiola ............................. 60.00 ... 100.00 Veal Rollatine ............................. 65.00 ... 110.00
Calamari Marinara ..................... 45.00 ..... 75.00 Fried Shrimp .............................. 60.00 ... 110.00 Seafood Salad ........................... 50.00 ..... 85.00 Shrimp Fra Diavolo .................... 65.00 ... 125.00 Shrimp Francese........................ 60.00 ... 110.00 Shrimp Monochina..................... 65.00 ... 125.00 Shrimp Parmigiana .................... 60.00 ... 110.00 Shrimp Scampi .......................... 60.00 ... 110.00 Stuffed Flounder ........................ 65.00 ... 125.00 Stuffed Shrimp .......................... 65.00 ... 125.00
Filet Mignon Marsala ......................Market Price Meatballs................................... 40.00 ..... 70.00 Pepper Steak ............................. 55.00 ..... 95.00 Sausages................................... 40.00 ..... 70.00 Sausage & Pepper ..................... 45.00 ..... 80.00 Steak Pizzaiola .......................... 55.00 ..... 95.00
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