Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald 05-16-2024

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Students present science research findings at fair

Sixth-grader AnnMarie Plazza, above, presented her science project on women’s health at East Rockaway High School’s STEM night on May 9. Science research posters, displaying the concept of grounding and other environmental topics, were also on display. More photos, Page 5.

Horizon news sets a record

Lynbrook High School’s newspaper brings home seven NYPA awards

Lynbrook High School’s newspaper, Horizon, received more awards than it has ever won at the New York Press Association spring conference last month.

Horizon reporters and editors brought home seven awards from NYPA, with additional honorable mentions of the paper itself. Hundreds of journalists were honored at the weekend-long event, including Lynbrook High School students Madeleine Malinka, Cassandra Levinson, Colette Doyle, and Amelia Doyle. The Horizon staff started submitting their work to NYPA in 2019 and have been consistently winning awards since.

“I’m very proud of them,” Jessica Sanders, the paper’s faculty adviser, said. “I always feel very happy that these kids who work so hard, that they have competitions where they can get acknowledged for that work.”

Malinka and Levinson won second and third place in the Feature Story category, Amelia Doyle received third place in the News Story category. Colette Doyle received an honorable mention in the Sports Story category.

Malinka’s article was about the new reading curriculum at the Kindergarten Center. She spoke with John Walker, founder and co-author of the SoundsWrite literacy program. Speaking with Lynbrook curriculum specialists, along with Walker, Malinka produced an in-depth and informative article.

Levinson’s article was about a Lynbrook alum who studied in Israel right after the October 7 attacks. Sanders explained that the article dives into the alums’ experience of studying in Israel during the ongoing conflict.

Colette Doyle’s article was about Lynbrook swimmer Aimee Quinlan, who qualified for states. The story explains about Quinlan’s love for competitive swimming starting at the age of 6 and has not stopped since. Colette wrote about Quinlan’s drive and what pushed her to become a state qualifier.

Amelia Doyle’s article was about the Environmental Club hosting its semi-annual beach cleanup for the restore the seas program in Long Beach. Sanders noted that Amelia is an environmentalist and pitched this story in May of 2023. Ame-

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Meet your E. Rockaway Board of Ed candidates

Last Monday, all three East Rockaway Board of Education candidates sat in front of neighbors, pitching why they should fill one of the two available seats on the board.

Those that are running are Maureen Doyle, incumbent Joseph Kilgus, and Joseph Lores. The East Rockaway Parent-Teacher Association and the League of Women Voters of Central Nassau hosted the event. Each candidate spoke on why they should be elected candidate, along with pressing issues in the district that they’d like to address.

Maureen Doyle

Doyle is a retired engineer and a lifelong resident of East Rockaway. She grew up in Bay Park, went to St. Raymond’s and the graduated from East Rockaway High School in 1985. She has one daughter that also attended St. Raymond’s.

Doyle noted that her primary reason for running on the board is because of the budget and the “high unspent” money every year. She also wants to focus on and improve academic performance by allocating the unspent funds into the classrooms.

“We financially support the technology and we have been upgrading continuously,” Doyle said when asked about the need for technology education in the district.

Doyle emphasized the need to support technology education and believes that the district should provide opportunities for students to pursue trades. She mentioned that she compares the East Rockaway district to other school districts and sees that some districts receive more money, which in turn boosts their academic performance. This is something she would like to see happen in East Rockaway.

“I have an open mind and things should be talked out,” Doyle said when asked how she would respond to someone with an opposing point of view.

Doyle was also asked how important are the arts and music in helping increase the academic success of the students and she believes that they are very important. She goes on to say that arts and music enhances brain development. She noted that the district does a “very good job” with these subjects in events like Rock Rivalry.

Doyle feels that her responsibility as a board member is to tackle the fiscal aspect of the budget, provide the best education for the students, adapt all the New York State mandates into the schools, and listen to the public to “provide them with a good product,” which Doyle said is education.

If elected onto the board, Doyle will focus on improving the academic ranking of East Rockaway schools. Some of this, she noted, is due to the standardized testing scores, along with students opting out of taking those exams. Doyle said that the schools need to pay close attention to what classes they are put-

ting the kids in so they can get the help they need and succeed academically.

“People are looking to buy a house and the public schools have got to be good,” Doyle said in her closing statement. “So I’d really want to push on the academics.”

Joseph Kilgus

Kilgus, superintendent of one of the largest electrical contractors in New York City, is a lifelong resident of East Rockaway. A board member resigned last year and the board appointed Kilgus to fill the seat for the rest of their term. He attended Centre Avenue Elementary School and graduated from East Rockaway High School in 2001. His son graduated the high school in 2022, and he has a daughter and a son currently in the high school.

Managing over 220 employees on a daily basis, Kilgus explains that there are parallels to his job and being a board member. He noted that he keeps his projects running on time and under budget. He wants to do the same work as board member by giving children the highest quality of education with a safe, welcoming environment while being budget conscious.

“We need to start teaching our children how to work with their tools, work with their hands because that’s a lost art nowadays,” Kilgus said when asked about the need for technology education in the district.

Kilgus emphasized that tradework is still important for students to learn. Such work includes changing a tire, building a birdhouse, and more. He noted that he believes technology and A.I. is very important, but there also needs to be classes that involve students working with their hands.

“I listen,” Kilgus said when asked how he would respond to someone with an opposing point of view. “If we all had the same point of view, there would be no reason for us.”

Kilgus was also asked how important

are the arts and music in helping increase the academic success of the students and he believes that they are extremely important. He said that the schools need those programs to accentuate student talents.

Kilgus believes that his responsibility as a board member is to advocate for public education and be fiscally responsible for the district and the taxpayer. He said that board members also need to listen to the community and what their needs are.

If elected onto the board, Kilgus will focus on the educational performance of the schools. He said that the district needs to continue to work on improving test scores.

“If I am lucky enough to be elected again, you have my word that every decision I make in this district will keep the kids first,” Kilgus said in his closing statement.

Joseph Lores

Lores, a business analyst working at Weruva International, was born and raised in East Rockaway and is a third generation graduate. He attended Centre Avenue Elementary School and graduated from East Rockaway High School in 2012. Lores received a degree in business economics at SUNY Cortland in 2016.

Lores recently bought a co-op on Atlantic Avenue and now that he is living in the community, he decided to run for the board. He mentioned that because his friends and siblings are starting to have kids that will eventually be in the East Rockaway School District, he wants to see how the education system will develop for the future generations.

“We’re in a technology revolution,” Lores said when asked about the need for technology education in the district.

Although Lores believes that the district should utilize the new technologies, he noted that the schools shouldn’t use it because it is the “latest trend.” He

said that the school needs to use technology that will further improve the academic system in the district. He emphasized that he is a big proponent of using technology.

“It is my job as a board member to be the voice of the community so I believe I can put my opinions aside and do what’s best for the community,” Lores said when asked how he would respond to someone with an opposing point of view.

Lores was also asked how important are the arts and music in helping increase the academic success of the students and he believes that they are extremely important because, he noted, there are different jobs in this world that everyone’s going to end up with. Some of these jobs, he explained, will be in arts and music, which is why he believes that students should be free to express themselves.

Flores believes that his responsibility as a board member is to discuss issues with the community. He said that the board needs to hear the community out so they can implement policies that neighbors will agree with.

If elected onto the board, Flores will focus on encouraging students to improve their test taking skills and overall better the district’s education standards.

“I promise I’ll give my best for the children of this community,” Flores said in his closing statement. “And I understand it’s not always going to be easy, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will serve a full three year term, which will commence on July 1. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fulfill the unexpired term of a former board member who resigned, which term will commence upon the individual being sworn into office immediately following the election on May 21 and expire on June 30, 2025.

The public vote will take place on May 21.

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A truck overturned on May 2 at the intersection of Peninsula Boulevard and Hempstead Avenue.

News briefs

Driver pulled from overturned truck

Lynbrook firefighters under the command of Chief Scott Bien, cut out the windshield of a refrigerated box truck to pull the driver from his overturned vehicle at 5:05 a.m. on May 2, after the truck collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Peninsula Boulevard and Hempstead Avenue.

Firefighters from Truck Company and Tally-Ho Company, who make up the department’s Extrication Team, as well as the department’s Emergency Medical Company, Fire Police, Nassau County Police Paramedics, and Northwell Health Paramedics, all responded and worked to free the driver.

Lynbrook police officers were forced to close Peninsula Boulevard between Hempstead Avenue and Merrick Road.

A member of Truck Company used a saw cut the front windshield from the truck and the paramedics were then able to safely pull the driver through the windshield. He was placed on a stretcher and transported to South Nassau Hospital. He was not seriously hurt.

The second vehicle in the accident, a Mercedes, took down a traffic light stanchion on the north side of the intersection. Firefighters put down speedy-dry to contain the leaking fluids from the Mercedes vehicle. That driver was not hurt.

Lynbrook firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

— Contributed by Steve Grogan

Members of the crime family plead guilty

Last month, in federal court in Brooklyn, Salvatore Rubino, also known as “Sal the Shoemaker,” an associate of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra, pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business associated with the crime family.

Previously, on April 5, four co-defendant members and associates of the Genovese crime family pleaded guilty to various felony charges stemming from their long-running operation of several lucrative gambling operations in the Eastern District of New York. Carmelo “Carmine” Polito, a former acting captain and a soldier within the Genovese crime family, pleaded guilty to racketeering involving the operation of an illegal gambling business and an attempted extortion. Joseph Macario, also known as “Joe Fish,” a soldier within the Genovese crime family, also pleaded guilty to racketeering. Joseph Rutigliano, also known as “Joe Box,” and Mark Feuer, associates of the Genovese crime family, pleaded guilty to felony charges relating to the operation of various illegal gambling businesses also associated with the crime family.

The proceedings were held before United States District Judge Eric Vitaliano. Breon Peace, United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, James Smith, Assistant director-

in-charge of the FBI in New York’s field office, and Anne Donnelly, district attorney of Nassau County, announced the guilty pleas.

As detailed in earlier court filings and in facts presented at the guilty plea hearings, members of the Genovese and Bonanno organized crime families operated several illegal gambling operations in the Eastern District of New York. Beginning in at least May 2012, the Genovese and Bonanno families jointly operated a lucrative illegal gambling operation in Lynbrook called the Gran Caffe. The profits earned through the Gran Caffe and other illegal gambling locations generated substantial revenue, which was then “kicked up” to the crime families’ leaders.

Rutigliano and Rubino collected the proceeds for the Genovese crime family and distributed them up to higher-ranking members, including Polito and Macario. In addition to the Gran Caffe, the Genovese crime family — through Polito, Macario, Rutigliano, Rubino and others — operated illegal gambling parlors at establishments called Sal’s Shoe Repair and the Centro Calcio Italiano Club.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.

Health Benefits of Forgiveness

Each one of us experience countless injustices in the course of everyday living. Like other experiences, it is not the experience itself so much that counts, but how you process it. The Mayo Clinic addresses the health benefits of “forgiveness” which they define as “an intentional decision to let go of resentment and anger”. Letting go of grudges and bitterness can lead to:

• Healthier relationships

• Improved mental health

• Less anxiety, stress and hostility

• Fewer symptoms of depression

• Lower blood pressure

• A stronger immune system

• Improved heart health

• Improved self-esteem

• Better sleep

Everett Worthington, Profession Emeritus of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, provides a free workbook at to aid those

for whom forgiveness may be difficult (most of us!), focusing on the REACH method.

Recall: Recall the hurt. Look at the incident in an objective way and don’t try to push aside your feelings.

Empathize: Empathize with the offender without excusing the action or invalidating your own feels. Maybe the person was having a bad day or was raised in dire circumstances.

Altruistic gift: Give the altruistic gift of forgiveness. Think about a time when you were rude or harsh, and recognize that everyone has shortcomings.

Commit: Make a decision to forgive. You can write a letter that you don’t send to help yourself make the commitment.

Hold: Hold on to forgiveness. Memories of the transgression or event won’t change. But how you react to those feelings will.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”. Buddha

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Students share science projects with community

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Nathaniel Casas, grade 6, showing his science project on plants to fellow community members.

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A FOUR-YEAR STARTING midfielder, Paz has been front and center in the Seahawks’ resurgence this spring and reached a milestone May 2 in a hard-fought 12-11 defeat to Herricks. Paz netted all but two of Carey’s goals, giving her 50 on the season to go along with 11 assists. Her nine goals was a singlegame high, topping her previous mark of eight set April 4 against Jericho. She ranks in the Top 10 of Nassau County scorers.


Thursday, May 16

SOFTBALL: Nassau Class AAA quarterfinals at higher seed

SOFTBALL: Nassau Class AA quarterfinals at higher seed

SOFTBALL: Nassau Class A quarterfinals at higher seed


LACROSSE: Nassau Class A quarterfinals at higher

BOYS LACROSSE: Nassau Class C quarterfinals at higher seed

FLAG FOOTBALL: Nassau Division 1 semis at higher seed

FLAG FOOTBALL: Nassau Division 2 semis at higher seed

Friday, May 17

BOYS LACROSSE: Nassau Class B quarterfinals at higher seed GIRLS LACROSSE: Nassau Class A quarterfinals at higher seed

Saturday, May 18

GIRLS LACROSSE: Nassau Class C quarterfinals at higher seed

Monday, May 20 (at Long Beach Middle School)

FLAG FOOTBALL: Nassau Division 1 final 4:30 p.m.

FLAG FOOTBALL: Nassau Division 2 final 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 (at Adelphi University)

GIRLS LACROSSE: Nassau Class B semis 6 & 8 p.m.

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Lynbrook healthy for playoff time

Lynbrook’s girls’ lacrosse team will have a healthy roster for the first time this season on Thursday when it looks to win its first round playoff matchup.

The Owls suffered through a slew of injuries to key players, including junior Brooke Mazzei who missed half the season and returned to action on April 15, junior Gabby Meszaros, and senior captains Jesse Bodian and midfielder Caroline Larow.

First-year coach Joe LaBarbera knew just how much of an impact having those players back on the field would mean.

“Brooke missed half the season and has been averaging four or five goals in the games since she been back in,” LaBarbera said of Mazzei “She’s all over the place, she can really win any matchup on the offensive end. This is huge for us because when she is winning her matchups and drawing slides, she is getting other girls open and involved in the game.

Meszaros coming back serves to be the equivalent on defense of having Mazzei return on the offensive end.

“She’s going to help the whole defensive side,” LaBarbera said of Meszaros. “She is a freak athlete and can lock anybody down, she is always a threat to push in transition.”

LaBarbera also believes having the returning captains’ leadership on a fairly young team will help keep its composure and have guidance in the locker room.

Mazzei has 28 goals and 8 assists. Junior Olivia Palleschi has 27 goals and 18 assists to lead the team in points with 45. Junior Penelope Yaker has 22 goals and 12 assists.

“Our whole offense runs through them, they are a threat to score and could feed,” LaBarbera said of Palleschi and Yaker. “They really work well off each other, a lot of their assists go towards each other.”

Another key contributor is sophomore Sophie Deifel, who has 23 goals

and nine assists and takes every draw. In the net, the Owls incorporate a two-goalie system alternating senior Marie Costello and freshman Delia Kirkpatrick. Costello has made 72 saves while Kirkpatrick has made 56 stops. Costello has helped to nurture her younger counterpart and relished the opportunity to mentor her into being the best goalie that she can be.

“Those two are always together,” LaBarbera said. “If Deifel ever gives up a huge play Costello is always there to hype her up or give her a hug. There is no competition there its all love between them.”

The Owls are coming off back-toback losses on May 9 to Plainedge, 12-7, and May 6 to Carle Place, 9-5.

Lynbrook finished the regular season with a mark of 6-7 in Nassau Conference II, which was good enough to earn it the seventh seed in the Class C tournament as it awaits the winner of the Roslyn/ Friends Academy play-in matchup.

The Owls defeated both Roslyn and Friends Academy during the regular season in tight games, 11-7 and 7-5, respectively. Should Lynbrook win its playoff opener, a tough challenge in the form of No. 2 Wantagh would be next this Saturday.

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Junior Penelope Yaker has scored 22 goals and assisted on 12 others for the Owls, who earned the No. 7 seed in the Nassau Class C playoffs.
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Horizon recently added more color pages

lia authored several articles in the past on environmental issues and according to Sanders, this story was a straightforward news article about the club’s involvement in the beach cleanup.

Sanders said for their third-place award in the General Excellence category, the judges sent feedback, saying the paper has “innovation and fascinating content.” According to Sanders, this is something that the paper strives for with their in-depth reporting and coverage of a variety of issues.

“And for the Best Web Site category, we got second place,” Sanders said. “The feedback said it is simple with a strong and clear design and has a fresh batch of topical stories to keep readers returning.”

Sanders, who has been the paper’s adviser for 16 years and teaches the college journalism class accredited through Molloy University, said that Horizon helps students improve their writing and conversational skills. She said that she sees “tremendous growth” among students who stick with reporting over the course of four years.

According to her, students at the paper become much more comfortable speaking to other people and building relationships with sources like the superintendent, principals, teachers, or their peers.

Over the past 16 years, Sanders noted, the paper has grown. She also said that the paper’s website is relatively new, as it was created seven years ago, and she believes that the site encourages students to have more regular and timely content.

“I think it keeps them more motivated to write and to produce artwork,” Sander said.

More recently, the paper added more color pages to the print edition. Sanders said that this helped students be more

motivated to create a dynamic and attractive layout.

“We are really always open to kids pitching any of their own (story) ideas,” Sanders said. “And we want them to have an interest in what it is that they’re writing about.”

To find story ideas, the students ask faculty members about anything that may be going on in the school or classrooms that could be a story in the paper. Also, the editors of the paper produce a list of stories that they would like to be covered in each edition of the paper.

“In addition to that, I also make them read the news,” Sanders said. “They have access to some of the news publications through the journalism class like New York Times, Scholastic Upfront Magazine, and then they watch weekly CNN 10 clips so they kind of really get ideas from what they’re seeing in the news as well.”

Right now, the paper focuses on a variety of news from the local level to the international level. Some topics include politics, environment, sports, and more. However, looking ahead towards the future, Sanders would like to see more of an emphasis on the local level.

“I continue to remind them that they are the voice of Lynbrook High School,” Sanders said. “So that should be their main priority — to cover what is happening here.”

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Learning about cops, straight from the source

For nearly a century, the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department have put themselves on the line, protecting the communities they love. But how exactly do they do it?

Some 2,400 students from 23 schools across the county found out last week, as they were all invited to an open house at the police department’s David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence in Garden City.

Students ranging from kindergarten to those about to graduate high school received an opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers and learn about police work. Detective Lt. Richard LeBrun emphasized that interaction between students and officers was central to what the police department was trying to achieve.

“It’s all about community engagement,” he said. “Interaction with the students, exchanging ideas, and answering their questions. That’s the big thing because there’s a lot of myths about police work, and we bring out the truth. They get it right from somebody who’s actually a police officer.”

Each day of the open house featured a variety of activities as well as various demonstrations and exhibits — from watching the SWAT team in action, to interacting with K-9 units, to interacting with exhibits from the arson and bomb

squad, emergency services unit and highway patrol bureau.

“It’s cool to be here this year,” said

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Karen Barrins, a fifth-grade teacher from Newbridge Road School in North Bellmore. “The kids can see all the different

units where they could perhaps become involved in future careers with aviation, the K-9 unit, or the mounted unit.

“It’s important for them to know there are so many people that are willing to help them and that support them every day. If anything ever happens, we could always depend upon Nassau County police officers — but it gives them opportunities to think about their future. Being a police officer doesn’t just mean being in a car. There’s so many different things that they could do.”

Kyle Kelly, a forensics and special education teacher from Division Avenue High School in Levittown, brought his class to the open house for the first time. Many of his students are interested in forensic science.

“They have an opportunity to talk to people who have gone through the process before and see what different career opportunities there are within the police department,” Kelly said.

One of Kelly’s students, high school junior Justin Gesualdo, is interested in forensic psychology. The open house, he said was great to display the variety of different roles available in law enforcement.

“There are a lot more options than just being a cop, and there’s a lot of different things here,” Gesualdo said. “It’s definitely helping a lot of people out, so I think it’s a cool opportunity for us to get here and take the tour.”

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Gaffney named Hometown Hero in E. Rockaway

Theresa Gaffney’s community involvement received recognition from the East Rockaway Board of Education as they honored her as Hometown Hero.

Gaffney is a mom, community activist, and tireless public servant who has dedicated her life to enhancing the lives of others. She currently is an EMT with the East Rockaway Fire Department, as well as Secretary of Grant Avenue Hose Co. #1 and as the Village Clerk/Treasurer of the Incorporated Village. Gaffney is also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 958, Ladies Auxiliary for the Knights of Columbus, East Rockaway Kiwanis Club, and Director of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation.

In the past, Gaffney has served as Deputy Mayor of the Village of East Rockaway, president of the Village Foundation of East Rockaway, and president of the East Rockaway Library Board.

“I was honored,” Gaffney said when asked what her reaction was to receiving this award. “I thought it was very sweet.”

Gaffney explained that she was honored at the board meeting because in the past, she has helped raise money for local families in need. She also hosts the Life Skills and Achievement class and facilitates visits to Village Hall and the local Senior Center. This is her second year hosting that program.

“This is the special needs program that they have in the high school where they come to Village Hall one day a week and they learn about what it’s like to work in an

office,” Gaffney said.

Notably, Gaffney is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks and is responsible for the community’s 9/11 Memorial “Gateway to American Heroes” at Memorial Park. In her work as past President of the East Rockaway Village Foundation, she helped procure the steel girders from the rubble of the World Trade Center that stand tall at the entrance to the community’s 9/11 tribute to the fallen heroes.

Gaffney explained that she was on the 84th floor of tower two when the first plane hit. She ran down the stairs and at level 40, the second plane hit her building. She noted that 61 people who she was with going down

the stairs lost their lives.

“I went to the memorial ceremony and I wanted to get involved,” Gaffney said. “And I did.”

She said that there’s a reason why she is alive today, which is to make people’s lives a little bit easier. Being involved in many organizations, Gaffney said that she does what she can, when she can.

“I can’t make it to every organization, I can’t go to every fundraiser, but when I can, I do,” Gaffney said.

Looking ahead towards the future, Gaffney noted that she will continue to support different organizations in any way she can.

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Meet your Lynbrook Board of Ed candidates

Last Monday, all four Lynbrook board of education candidates sat in front of neighbors and officials, pitching why they should fill one of the three available seats on the board.

Those that are running are incumbent Lesli Denimo, incumbent Sean Murray, Shannon Kelly, and Courtney Knacke. The Lynbrook Council of PTA’s hosted the event and the Nassau Region PTA moderated the event. Each candidate spoke on why they should be elected candidate, along with pressing issues in the district that they’d like to address.

Lesli Denimo

Denimo spent 21 years in the Lynbrook school district. She has three kids; Eli, in Waverly Park; Joeli, who is in tenth grade at Lynbrook High School; and Alexi, who graduated Lynbrook High School in 2021. Denimo received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from LIH in 1997, Master of Science in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University in 2002, and Advanced Certificate in School District Administration from LIH in 2004.

Denimo told residents that they should vote for her because she is committed to serving the community. She wants to help the board be more fiscally responsible, transparent, and help enhance the district’s educational infrastructure by providing a safe and conducive learning environment for students.

“We need to know that everyone who comes in and out of the buildings really belongs,” Denimo said after being asked about what security policies she’d like to see addressed.

Denimo said she is very proud with how the district is already handling the safety of students. However, she said the district can be more safe if the schools utilize new technologies in the cameras and door access systems.

Denimo emphasized that technology is not going anywhere and as a Kindergarten teacher, technology is part of her everyday life. She noted that there are books that she wants her students to read that aren’t available to them in the library, so Denimo finds them through online resources. She also noted that new technology was very beneficial to the new digital art room and the drone program.

One of the questions that were asked was how Lynbrook can be more welcoming to minorities. Denimo suggested that there should be more peer mentorships to make the students that move in from other countries feel more comfortable. She also suggested prioritizing student input from the elementary level to the high school.

If re-elected to the board, Denimo would tackle the budgetary issues like lack of local control and she will go directly to Albany to fight for more state aid. She said this is the first year of the fiscal cliff and she will help the school receive more grant money.

“As we look ahead to the challenges

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and opportunities that lie before us, I am confident that, together, we can build upon the progress we’ve made and chart a course toward an even brighter future for our students,” Denimo said in her closing statement.

Sean Murray

Murray spent 17 years in the Lynbrook school district and has been on the Lynbrook board of education since 2021. He has two children in Lynbrook High School and one in Lynbrook North Middle School. Murray received a Bachelor in Arts in English and Literature with a minor in Chemistry from Binghamton University in 1998, a Masters in Science in Elementary Education from Hofstra University in 2000, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Policy and Leadership from Hofstra University in 2006.

Murray told residents that they should vote for him because he spent his entire career dedicated to public education and feels he can share his experiences to help improve the district.

“One of the things that I would like to see and I think would make our schools even safer is a system by which to manage the ins and outs of the students, especially on campus at the high school,” Murray said after being asked about school security.

Murray said that as a building leader and a district leader, his number one responsibility is keeping students safe and secure. He believes that the current lockdown system and the full time security consultants help create a safer environment for the students and faculty.

Murray said that the district is preparing students for their futures with new technologies. Although he supports the initiatives of bringing new programs into the school — like the Seesaw learning management system — he emphasized that students should still be learning how to use pencil, paper, scissors, and crayons.

Murray said that by utilizing the framework that the state laid out on how teachers can make every student in their classroom feel like they belong, minority groups will feel more welcome in the district.

If re-elected to the board, Murray said he will tackle the continual unfunded mandates and decrease in aids in the school budget. He said he will lobby for more control over local decisions, try to get a more consistent funding stream, and build relationships with elected offi-


cials to make this happen.

“I spent a career supporting the belief that all children are entitled to the knowledge, skills, habits and attitudes that will allow them to pursue their passions and navigate in the world,” Murray said in his closing statement. “Every child has the right to learn those things from educators with the highest degree.”

Shannon Kelly

Kelly spent 36 years in the Lynbrook school district. She has a daughter who is a senior in Lynbrook High School and she has two older children that graduated from the high school in 2016 and 2018. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 1996 from Molloy College, a Master’s Degree in Education/Adolescent Biology in 2009 from Long Island University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership in 2018.

Kelly told residents that they should vote for her because her vast experiences as both a parent and educator in the district would help inform her decisions as board member. She noted that she will use her analytical skills for the betterment of the schools. If elected onto the board, her “guiding question” would be “what is in the best interest of the students?”

“I think we trust in the relationships we built with local law enforcement and we allow for the free flow of information when there is a dangerous situation in our schools,” Kelly said after being asked about what security policies she’d like to see addressed.

Kelly noted that she is amazed by some of the security measures that are currently put in place such as the locked doors on the classrooms, security guards, and dual door entries.

Kelly believes that technology needs to be used in moderation, needs to be ageappropriate, and it needs to be reliable. Kelly wants to make sure that technology doesn’t make other skills, like holding a pencil and handwriting, become obsolete.

In regards to making minorities feel more comfortable in the district, Kelly said that as a mother of bi-racial kids, she is very cognizant that children may not look like their parents. She noted that diversity comes in many different forms. She suggested that the district can incorporate some holiday traditions like having dinner after sunset during Ramadan for muslim students.

If elected onto the board, Kelly will look for different ways to ensure the continuation and expansion of programs

that the board “carefully crafted.” She said that she will take advantage of every grant opportunity that is available to the district. Kelly noted that she secured $3.5 million in grant funds at Malverne High School.

“It would be my greatest pleasure to give back in a meaningful way to the community which has given me so much,” Kelly said in her closing statement.

Courtney Knacke

Knacke has been part of the Lynbrook district for 24 years. She has a child in South Middle School and two children in Waverly Park Elementary School. Knacke graduated from Lynbrook High School in 2001, then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland in 2005, then she received a Master’s of Science in Education from Hofstra University in 2006, and In 2013, she earned her certification in Educational Leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Knacke told residents that they should vote for her because as someone who graduated from Lynbrook High School and has kids in the district, she feels like she has a lot more to give back to the district that has already given her so much.

“When it comes down to keeping the kids safe, it really comes down to knowing students and making them feel like they belong,” Knacke said.

Knacke said she is really proud of the security measures that are put in place like the keypad doors, blue exterior lights to warn people outside about a lockdown, and improving the WiFi coverage for staff phones so faculty can communicate with each other faster during an emergency. Knacke said she wants to find out what technologies teachers are using regularly and what is working for them. She then hopes to find different ways that the district can save money. She also would like there to be a staff member who has a lot of expertise in educational technology to train their peers on different platforms or maybe host a “lunch and learn” on A.I. Knacke said to help minority groups feel more comfortable in the district, schools need to handle certain targeted attacks like anti-semitism with the utmost care. Knacke believes that there needs to be an overall improved sense of belonging for all children by making students feel welcome through their social emotional learning.

If elected onto the board, Knacke would tackle the overuse of phones and social media. She noted that kids get too distracted from the constant ping notifications to have discussions in the classrooms.

“I want to be here for the long run,” Knacke said in her closing statement. “My kids are still relatively young and I have so much more to give to this district that gave me so much.”

The public vote will be on Tuesday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find your polling place, get an absentee ballot, or for any other questions, visit


Chamber of commerce hosted Experience Lynbrook on May 4

About a dozen of local businesses set up shop at Lynbrook Public Library on May 4 to give neighbors a taste — literally — of their business.

From restaurants, delis, plumbers, kitchen designers, dance studios, florists, bicycle shops, audiologists and chiropractors, community members now know more about their local businesses. Neighbors learned the many ways that they can “shop local” and support community businesses.

— Ben Fiebert

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Warmer days mean

it’s time

to get that ‘cue going

Summertime is soon headed our way, when the grillin’ is easy. If you’re already reaching for the tongs, well then, it’s time to get in the grilling groove.

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner — or whether you just want to enjoy being outdoors with family and friends — forgo the oven and step outside.

Serving your gang the most mouth-watering grilled entrees with ease requires a little know-how and a few crowd-pleasing recipes. From versatile chicken to hearty ribs to tender seafood, it’s never been more fun to incorporate new flavors into grilled cuisine.

Find some inspiration with these recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Take a break from the burger and kick your grilling chops up a notch with new take on Buffalo chicken.

• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (if thick, cut horizontally into two even pieces)

• 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, divided

• 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing

• 4 hard rolls, split

• 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

• Lettuce leaves (optional)

• Tomato slices (optional)

• Red onion rings (optional)

Marinate chicken in 6 ounces Buffalo wings sauce for 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.

Mix remainder of Buffalo wings sauce and dressing together. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink in center. Place 2 tablespoons of mixed sauce on each roll half. Place chicken on top of roll half and top with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles. Add lettuce, tomato and onion rings, if desired. Top with second roll half. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.

Sweet Chili Ribs

As the temperatures rise, focus on flavor to take your backyard barbecue to a whole new level. Sweet and tangy, fall-off-the-bone ribs are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

• 2 full racks spareribs, trimmed (about 6 pounds)

• 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided


Heat grill to 250° F and prepare for indirect cooking. Spread ribs with ginger and garlic. Place ribs on rib rack or in foil pan. Cook on covered grill for 2 hours.

Spread 6 ounces sweet chili sauce evenly over ribs then cook another hour, until tender.

Baste ribs with remaining sweet chili sauce during last 15 minutes of cooking. If desired, at end of cooking time grill ribs over direct heat to char slightly.

Sweet ‘n Savory Teriyaki Kabobs

Kabobs are a tasty, healthy way to enjoy many of your favorite fresh flavors in a single meal. The potential combinations of meat, vegetables and fruit on a kabob are nearly endless.

• 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes

• 18 medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (1/2 to 3/4 pound)

• 1/2 cup olive oil

• 1/2 cup prepared mango chutney, chopped if coarse

• 1/2 cup bottled teriyaki sauce

• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• 18 large bamboo or metal skewers (about 12 inches long)

• 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

• 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

• 2 firm, ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and cut into large cubes

• 1 large green bell pepper, halved, trimmed, seeded and cubed

• Nonstick cooking spray, as needed

Place chicken and shrimp in shallow glass pan or large re-sealable plastic bag. For marinade, combine oil, chutney, teriyaki sauce and vinegar in small bowl with lid. Pour half of marinade mixture over chicken and shrimp. Cover or seal and marinate in refrigerator at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.

If using bamboo skewers, soak in water at least l hour before using.

To prepare kabobs: Drain and discard marinade from meat. Thread chicken, yellow and red onion, mango, green pepper and shrimp alternately onto skewers. Be sure to keep enough room at one end of each skewer for a “handle.”

Coat grill grate with nonstick cooking spray. Place skewers over medium coals, and grill for 12 to 15 minutes or until meat is done and vegetables are tender. Brush often with reserved marinade and turn skewers until cooked through. If needed, use spatula to gently loosen skewers before turning as they may stick.

Arrange skewers on a platter and serve with Serve with dipping sauce of your choice. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Internationally Ellington

Tilles Center continues its collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, when the Future of Jazz orchestra visits the Tilles Center stage. This all-Ellington showcase features a hand-picked ensemble of some of the greatest young musicians in jazz meeting the challenges posed by one of jazz’s great composers, Duke Ellington. Led by music director Joe Block — a recent Juilliard graduate and Essentially Ellington composition winner — this 15-piece band will keep everyone swinging all evening long. Ellington’s music is so elegant, so dynamic, so intimately detailed, that it takes a group of musicians with a genuine collaborative spark to fully bring out its inner magic. And that is what you will experience at this concert. You’re guaranteed to enjoy its timeless genius when the next generation of jazz leaders bring their fresh energy to it.

Friday, May 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $42; available at or (516) 299-3100. LIU Post campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville.

Musical memoir

See the inspirational documentary ‘Left Alone Rhapsody: The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless,’ at a special concert screening. At 25, Leonard Bernstein protégé John Bayless made his Carnegie Hall debut performing ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ At 54, a left-brain stroke immobilized his entire right side. The music stopped. John’s magical ‘first act’ disappeared. Award-winning independent filmmaker Stewart M. Schulman chronicles John’s rise from four-year-old Texas prodigy to international stardom, capturing his talent and his humanity, as he pushes himself to recover and reinvents himself as a storyteller-entertainer who plays only with his non-dominant left hand. What happens in a person’s brain that allows this kind of transcendence? The film provides some insight. It’s followed by a Q&A with Schulman and Bayless, along with a short concert.

Sunday May 19, 7 p.m. $40. Tickets available at LandmarkOnMainStreet. org or (516) 767-6444. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Sweet Chili Ribs Sweet ‘n Savory Teriyaki Kabobs Courtesy Hugh Kretschmer

THE Your Neighborhood

Aztec Two-Step

This unique and entertaining music and multimedia event chronicles the extraordinary career of Simon & Garfunkel, on the Landmark stage, Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. The music speaks for itself, anchored by Rex Fowler, co-founder of the renowned folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step, and his wife, Dodie Pettit, an original cast member of Broadway’s “The Phantom of The Opera.” Multi-instrumentalist Steven Roues, multi-horn player Joe Meo, and drummer/percussionist Peter Hohmeister round out the band.The show’s storyline was originally created by Pete Fornatale, the late great pioneer of progressive FM radio and author of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends biography. Now telling the stories, emceeing and directing the engaging and amusing multimedia show is Fornatale’s dear friend and protégé, Tony Traguardo, WCWP-FM radio host, noted rock music historian, podcaster and founding board member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Nostalgia and laughter abound, and a sing a-long is always in the mix! $42, $37. $33. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or

Family theater

Families will enjoy another musical adventure, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved children’s books, on the Long Island Children’s Museum stage, Friday, May 17, 10:15 a.m. and noon; Saturday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23, 10:15 a.m. and noon. Back by popular demand after a sold-out 2023 run, see Pigeon, Bus Driver, and some zany passengers sing and dance their way to help Pigeon find his “thing” in this upbeat comedy based on Willems’ popular Pigeon books Featuring a live band to bring Deborah Wicks La Puma’s jazzy score to life, audiences will thoroughly enjoy singing and flapping along with The Pigeon and friends. The audience is part of the action, in this innovative mix of songs, silliness and feathers. It’s an ideal way to introduce kids to theater and the humorous stories from Willems’ books. $10 with museum admission ($8 members), $14 theater only. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 224-5800 or

On exhibit Nassau County Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Urban Art Evolution,” is a comprehensive exhibit featuring a diverse range of compositions from the 1980s through the present by creators who were based in the rough and tumble downtown area of New York City known as Loisaida/LES (Lower East Side/East Village) and close surrounding neighborhoods.

Artists pushed the boundaries of what was considered “art” with a primary focus on street/graffiti art. The exhibit’s scope, guest curated by art collector/gallerist Christopher Pusey, offers an even broader view from other creative residents, who worked inside their studios but still contributed to the rich fabric of the downtown art scene from different vantage points and aesthetics.

Works include sculpture, paintings, photography, music, and ephemera from many noted and influential artists.On view through July 7. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9337 or


Bird walk

See some birds with the South Shore Audubon Society. All are welcome to join members for the next in its series of bird walks, at the west end of Jones Beach State Park, Sunday, May 19, starting at 9 a.m. The group meets at the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Parking Area. The entrance for the Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin is on Bay Drive going west. Walk leaders, other birders and nature enthusiasts are happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Bring binoculars. To register, text name and contact information to (516) 467-9498. No walk if rain. Text regarding questionable weather. For more information, visit

Walk MS:

Long Island 2024

Support the National MS Society at that annual walk at Jones Beach, Saturday, May 18 Everyone is welcome at Walk MS, with no registration fee or fundraising minimum. While there is no fee to participate, every dollar raised helps to lift up those living with MS and their supporters. Visit WalkMS. org and use the search bar to find the donation page, or call (855) 372-1331.

In concert

Sands Point Preserve’s reserve’s historic mansions and waterfront grounds are the backdrop for the latest edition of it’s unique chamber music series, “A Tour de France,” Sunday, May 19, 5 p.m. Feast your ears with French composers, old and new, when the duoJalal ensemblein-residence is joined by violinists Deborah Buck and Min-Young Kim, cellist Caroline Stinson and soprano Abigail Brodnick. With wine reception following. $56, $45 members. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road. For tickets and information, visit or call (516) 571-7901.

Election results

Obtain the latest information on East Rockaway and Lynbrook Board of Education budget and board trustee elections, Tuesday, May 21. To stay updated on the results, visit and

Having an event?

‘Thomas & Friends’

Long Island Children’s Museum welcomes families to experience its newest exhibit, Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!, opening Saturday, May 28. Participate in fun activities celebrate the arrival of this traveling exhibit, 1-3 p.m., during the drop-in programs. Step onto the Island of Sodor, where visitors can climb aboard a large model of Thomas the Tank Engine, race trains along a giant track, work together to sort and load cargo and maintain engines.

Kids engage in a variety of STEM challenges from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles. As they test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 2245800 or

Items on The Scene page are listed free of charge. The Herald welcomes listings of upcoming events, community meetings and items of public interest. All submissions should include date, time and location of the event, cost, and a contact name and phone number. Submissions can be emailed to

Westminster’s top dogs

Long Island Kennel Club welcomes families and their four-legged companions to its spring show, Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Planting Fields Arboretum. This year’s Long Island Kennel Club show follows the annual acclaimed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier in the week. Many canine contenders are expected to leave the Big Apple and then head east to compete at the annual spring dog shows (Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, all held at the same venue. The three days celebrate everything canine, from impeccable show dogs and trick-dog demonstrations to doggie dock diving and an agility obstacle course. Events and attractions make this festival a treat for anyone who loves dogs. Sunday also features a special demonstration by the NYPD Transit Bureau Canine Unit, at 11 a.m. Dogs must be leashed at all times. No prong collars, retractable leashes or head halters. $20 admission per car load includes all-day access. 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. Visit or call (516) 776-0923 for more information.

East Rockaway Memorial Day Parade

East Rockaway’s Annual Memorial Day Parade takes place, Monday, May 29, 10 a.m., kicking off at VFW Hall, 164 Main St. It goes east along Main Street to Ocean Avenue, north on Ocean Avenue to Centre Avenue, west on Centre Avenue to Atlantic Avenue, south on Atlantic Avenue to Woods Avenue past the reviewing stand in front of the East Rockaway Village Hall at 376 Atlantic Ave. Any veterans who wish to participate in the parade, contact Bill Halvorsen by phone at (516) 599-5335 or by email to

Lynbrook Cruise Nights

The Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce car shows are back on Atlantic Avenue!, beginning Thursday, June 6. Come enjoy a nice spring night out in Lynbrook. Check out the cars and have dinner in one of Lynbrook’s local restaurants. Spectators are free! Showing a car? It’s $5. Staging starts at 5:30 p.m. at 14 St. James Place between Forest and Earl. For more information, visit or (516) 2424649.

Board Meeting

Lynbrook Village Board meets, Monday, May 20, 7 p.m., at Village Hall. 1 Columbus Dr. For more information, call (516) 599-8300.

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POR LA PRESENTE, SE NOTIFICA que la reunión anual de los votantes calificados del Distrito Escolar East Rockaway Union Free, pueblo de Hempstead, condado de Nassau, se llevará a cabo el 21 de mayo de 2024, desde las 7:00 a. m. hasta las 9:00 p. m., en East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, 443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, Nueva York, con el objeto de que se concrete este asunto conforme lo autoriza la ley.

ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que la audiencia pública sobre el presupuesto se realizará el martes 14 de mayo de 2024 a las 7:00 p. m. en la biblioteca de Centre Avenue School con el objetivo de analizar el presupuesto propuesto de los gastos de los fondos para el año escolar 2024-2025. La reunión será abierta al público y se transmitirá en vivo en www.eastrockawayschool ASIMISMO, SE INFORMA que la votación de la asignación de los fondos correspondientes para cubrir los gastos necesarios para el año escolar 2024-2025, de todas las propuestas debidamente presentadas ante la Junta de Educación, y para ocupar dos (2) puestos en esta Junta tendrá lugar en East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, 443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, Nueva York, el martes 21 de mayo de 2024 entre las 7:00 a. m. y las 9:00 p. m. para votar sobre lo siguiente: a) Elección de dos (2) miembros de la Junta de Educación. El candidato que reciba la mayor cantidad de votos se desempeñará durante un período completo de tres (3) años que comenzará el 1 de julio de 2024. El candidato que reciba el segundo mayor número de votos cumplirá el período sin concluir de un exmiembro de la junta que haya renunció, cuyo mandato comenzará cuando la persona jure su cargo inmediatamente después de la elección del 21 de mayo de 2024 y finalizará el 30 de junio de 2025.

b) Votar el presupuesto anual de la escuela para el año escolar 2024-2025 y autorizar la imposición de un impuesto sobre la propiedad del distrito para los propósitos anteriores.

c) Votar sobre las siguientes propuestas: PROPUESTA N.º 2 (Fondo de Reserva de Capitales para Proyectos


SE RESUELVE que, por la presente, se autoriza al Distrito Escolar East Rockaway Union Free a realizar en todo el distrito determinadas compras o renovaciones de ciertos equipos y software de tecnología y telecomunicaciones (“Proyecto”) durante el período 2024-2025 según se establece aquí, que se financiarán con las reservas existentes sin costo adicional para los contribuyentes del Distrito, y consistirán en lo siguiente: (1) actualizaciones de equipos informáticos, (2) actualizaciones de conectividad inalámbrica de la red y (3) actualizaciones de telecomunicaciones, lo que incluirá el equipamiento, la construcción y otros trabajos necesarios, así como los costos preliminares, imprevistos y de financiación; se destinará para ello una cantidad que no exceda los $407,000, que se financiarán de la siguiente manera: $407,000 del fondo de reserva de capitales del Distrito para la renovación tecnológica II, creado el 20 de mayo de 2014; siempre que los costos detallados de los componentes puedan reasignarse entre esos componentes si la Junta de Educación determina que tal reasignación redunda en beneficio del Distrito y puede realizarse sin ningún cambio material en el alcance del Proyecto.


(Propuesta sobre Medidas de Eficiencia Energética): SE RESUELVE (a) que, por el presente, se autoriza a la Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar East Rockaway Union Free, en el condado de Nassau, Nueva York (el “Distrito”), a implementar mejoras de eficiencia energética en todos los edificios y espacios del Distrito, según lo autorizado por el artículo 9 de la Ley de Energía y la sección 155.20 de los Reglamentos del Comisionado de Educación; todo lo anterior para incluir el mobiliario original, los equipos, la maquinaria, los aparatos y espacios auxiliares o relacionados, la demolición y otros trabajos necesarios en relación con ello; y se destinará para ello, incluidos los costos preliminares y los costos imprevistos a ello y su financiamiento, un monto que no debe exceder los $4,500,000; (b) que se autoriza al Distrito a suscribir uno o varios contratos de rendimiento energético o contratos de compra a plazos en relación con dichas mejoras de la eficiencia energética; (c) que, en lugar de financiar las mejoras de eficiencia

energética con uno o más contratos de compra a plazos, por el presente, se vota un gravamen por un monto que no debe exceder los $4,500,000 para pagar los costos de dichas mejoras de eficiencia energética; dicho gravamen se exigirá y recaudará en cuotas en los años y los montos que determine la Junta de Educación; y que, en previsión de dicho gravamen, por el presente se autoriza la emisión de bonos del Distrito por el monto de capital que no debe exceder los $4,500,000 y, por el presente se vota un gravamen para pagar el interés de dichos bonos en el momento de su vencimiento y exigibilidad; (d) que, de conformidad con la ley aplicable, el Distrito recibirá el diez por ciento (10 %) de la ayuda para la construcción de parte del estado de Nueva York siempre que los votantes del Distrito aprueben las mejoras de eficiencia energética descritas en el subpárrafo (a) del presente documento, que se espera que se paguen con el ahorro de costos de energía, sin impacto resultante para el contribuyente; y (e) en caso de que los votantes del Distrito no aprueben esta propuesta, el Distrito está autorizado, en virtud de la ley aplicable, a llevar a cabo una o varias de las mejoras de eficiencia energética descritas en el presente documento en la medida en que el ahorro de costos de energía asociado a dichas mejoras sea suficiente para cubrir el costo de estas, con lo que no habría ningún impacto para el contribuyente. d) Votar sobre cualquier otra propuesta que se pueda presentar oportunamente en la reunión.

e) La elección se llevará a cabo de acuerdo con las Normas para la Organización de Reuniones y Elecciones adoptadas por la Junta de Educación. Se elaborarán tanto el resumen de la propuesta del presupuesto como el texto de todas las propuestas que aparecerán en la máquina de votación, como también una declaración detallada por escrito del monto que se exigirá para el año escolar 2024-2025, donde se describan los fines y el monto de cada uno. Asimismo, previa solicitud, las copias de estos documentos se pondrán a disposición de todos los ciudadanos del Distrito en cada edificio escolar del Distrito donde se encuentre la escuela entre las 8:00 a. m. y las 4:00 p. m. durante los catorce días inmediatamente anteriores a esta elección del 21 de mayo de 2024, sin incluir los sábados, domingos, feriados, y el

día de la elección anual.

ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que, de acuerdo con la sección 495 de la Ley del Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles, el Distrito debe adjuntar un informe de exenciones al presupuesto sugerido. En este informe de exenciones, que también formará parte del presupuesto final, se mostrará cómo el valor total estimado de la lista de tasación final que se utilice en el proceso presupuestario queda libre de impuestos, se enumerarán todos los tipos de exenciones que otorgue la autoridad legal y se expondrá el impacto acumulativo de cada tipo de exención, el monto acumulado que se prevé recibir como pago en lugar de impuestos y el impacto acumulativo de todas las exenciones otorgadas.

ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que las nominaciones para el cargo del miembro de la Junta de Educación se deberán realizar mediante solicitud firmada por al menos 25 votantes calificados del Distrito y se deberán presentar en la oficina de la Secretaría del Distrito en East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School entre las 9:00 a. m. y las 5:00 p. m. a más tardar 30 días antes de la elección, este año, el 22 de abril de 2024, a menos que la ley establezca lo contrario. Estas solicitudes deberán indicar el nombre y la residencia de cada firmante, el nombre y la residencia del candidato, y la duración del mandato. Los dos candidatos que reciban la mayor cantidad de votos serán considerados electos para el cargo. En el caso en que los períodos tengan distintas duraciones, el candidato que reciba la mayor cantidad de votos será la persona electa para el período más extenso. La Junta de Educación podrá rechazar una nominación si el candidato no es elegible para el cargo o declara no tener voluntad para tomarlo.

ASIMISMO, SE INFORMA que toda propuesta o consulta que deba colocarse en las boletas electorales debe presentarse por escrito mediante una solicitud firmada por al menos 100 votantes calificados del Distrito y presentada en la oficina de la Secretaría del Distrito entre las 9:00 a. m. y las 5:00 p. m., hasta 30 días antes de la reunión o elección en la que deba votarse esta consulta o propuesta, este año, el 22 de abril de 2024. Esta norma no se regirá excepcionalmente para las consultas o propuestas que deban informarse mediante la notificación publicada de la reunión ni para aquellas que la Junta de Educación tenga la potestad exclusiva,

conforme a la ley, de presentar en cualquier reunión anual o extraordinaria del Distrito. ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que se permite el registro de los votantes calificados de este Distrito para la mencionada elección anual del Distrito en la oficina de la Secretaría del Distrito desde las 8:00 a. m. hasta las 3:00 p. m., de lunes a viernes, hasta el jueves 16 de mayo de 2024 inclusive. Se preparará y presentará un registro en la oficina de la Secretaría del Distrito, que estará abierto para que cualquier votante calificado pueda inspeccionarlo entre las 8:00 a. m. y las 3:00 p. m. durante los cinco días previos a la elección, excepto los domingos, entre las 8:00 a. m. y las 11:00 a. m. el sábado 18 de mayo de 2024 solo con cita, y en el lugar de votación el día de la elección. El registro incluirá: (1) a todos los votantes calificados del Distrito que se hayan presentado personalmente para el registro; (2) a todos los votantes previamente calificados del Distrito que se hayan registrado anteriormente para cualquier elección o reunión anual o extraordinaria del Distrito, y que hayan votado en alguno de estos eventos realizados o llevados a cabo en cualquier momento durante los últimos cuatro años (2020-2023) y (3) a los votantes que estén registrados de manera permanente en la Junta Electoral del condado de Nassau. ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que la Junta de Registros se reunirá durante el horario de votación en la reunión anual del Distrito el 21 de mayo de 2024 con el fin de preparar un registro para las elecciones o reuniones del Distrito que se realizarán después del 21 de mayo de 2024. ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que las solicitudes de boletas electorales por correo anticipado se deben completar en un formulario elaborado por la Junta Electoral del Estado. Dichas solicitudes están disponibles en el sitio web del Departamento de Educación del estado en https://www.counsel.nyse o en el sitio web del Distrito Escolar https://eastrockawayscho tration_information, y en la oficina de la secretaría del Distrito entre las 8:00 a. m. y las 4:00 p. m., en los días en que la escuela está en sesión. Las solicitudes de boletas electorales por correo anticipado completadas deben recibirse a más tardar el 14 de mayo de 2024, siete (7) días antes de la elección si la boleta

electoral por correo anticipado se envía por correo al votante o hasta el día anterior a la elección si la boleta electoral se entrega personalmente al votante o a la persona que designe. No se aceptarán solicitudes de boletas electorales por correo anticipado antes del 22 de abril de 2024. Las boletas electorales por correo anticipado de los votantes se deben recibir por la oficina de la secretaría del Distrito a más tardar a las 5:00 p. m. del día de la elección que se vayan a escrutar. En la oficina de la secretaría del Distrito podrá consultarse una lista de todas las personas a las que se hayan emitido boletas electorales por correo anticipado cada uno de los cinco días anteriores a las elecciones, de 8:00 a. m. a 4:00 p. m., excepto los domingos, y solo con cita previa de 9:00 a. m. hasta el mediodía del sábado anterior a la elección. ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que las solicitudes de boleta electoral por ausencia para la elección de los miembros de la Junta Escolar y la votación del presupuesto escolar deben completarse en un formulario elaborado por la Junta Electoral del estado, que puede obtenerse en el sitio web del Departamento de Educación del Estado (http://www.counsel.nyse es/absentee-ballotapplication-andinstructions-english.pdf, http://www.counsel.nysed .gov/common/counsel/file s/absentee-ballotapplication-andinstructions-spanish.pdf), o comunicándose con la secretaría del Distrito por correo electrónico (namayamoran@eastrock o por teléfono (516-887-8300, Ext.1-433). Las solicitudes completadas deben recibirse al menos siete (7) días antes de la elección si la boleta electoral se enviará por correo al solicitante o hasta el día anterior a la elección si la boleta electoral se entregará personalmente al solicitante o a la persona que designe. La secretaria del Distrito no aceptará solicitudes de boleta electoral por ausencia antes del 22 de abril de 2024. Habrá una lista de todas las personas para las que se emitieron boletas electorales por ausencia disponible en la oficina de la secretaria del Distrito durante los cinco días previos al día de la elección, excepto el domingo, y únicamente con cita entre las 9:00 a. m. y el mediodía del sábado anterior a la elección. ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que, de conformidad con la Ley de Educación §2018-d, cualquier

persona que preste servicio en el Ejército, incluidos los cónyuges y dependientes, puede registrarse para votar en la próxima elección del distrito escolar. Los votantes militares que califican como votantes del Distrito pueden obtener un formulario de registro comunicándose con la secretaria del Distrito por teléfono (516-887-8300, Ext. 1-433), fax (516-887-1802), correo electrónico (namayamoran@eastrock, correo postal (433 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518) o en persona (durante el horario regular de oficina o entre las 8:00 a. m. y las 3:00 p. m.) Los votantes militares que estén debidamente registrados pueden solicitar la boleta electoral militar mediante una solicitud al Distrito poniéndose también en contacto con la secretaría del Distrito. Las solicitudes completadas se deben entregar en persona o por correo postal a la Secretaría del Distrito, y se deben recibir antes de las 5:00 p. m. del 25 de abril de 2024. Las boletas electorales militares se deben recibir antes de las 5:00 p. m. del 21 de mayo de 2024 si están firmadas y fechadas por el votante militar y un testigo con una fecha que no sea posterior al día anterior a la elección o no después del cierre de las urnas el 21 de mayo de 2024 si muestran una marca de cancelación del servicio postal de los Estados Unidos o del servicio postal de un país extranjero, o muestran un endoso fechado de recepción por otra agencia del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Los votantes militares pueden decidir si prefieren recibir un formulario de inscripción para votantes militares, una solicitud de boleta electoral militar o una boleta electoral militar por correo, fax o correo electrónico en la solicitud para dicha inscripción, boleta electoral o voto.

ASIMISMO, SE NOTIFICA que esta Junta establecerá una reunión especial a partir de ese momento, dentro de las 24 horas luego de la presentación ante la Secretaría del Distrito de un informe escrito de los resultados de la votación, en East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School con el fin de examinar y tabular estos informes del resultado de la votación y declarar su resultado; que, por el presente y de acuerdo con la Sección 2019-a(2)(b), de la Ley de Educación, la Junta se designa como un grupo de secretarios de mesa para emitir y escrutar los votos durante esta reunión especial de la Junta. Fecha: 26 de marzo de

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING AND ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION OF EAST ROCKAWAY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU, STATE OF NEW YORK, TO BE HELD ON MAY 21, 2024 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual meeting of the qualified voters of the East Rockaway Union Free School District, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, will be held on May 21, 2024, from 7:00 A.M and 9:00 P.M. in the East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, 443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, New York, for the transaction of such business as is authorized by law.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a public budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 7:00 P.M. in the library of Centre Avenue School, to discuss the proposed budget of expenditures of funds for the 2024-2025 school year. The meeting will be open to the public and livestreamed at www.eastrockawayschool

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the vote upon the appropriation of funds to meet the necessary expenditures for the 2024-2025 school year, on all propositions duly filed with the Board of Education, and to fill two (2) vacancies on the Board of Education, will be held in the East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, 443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, New York, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M, to vote upon the following: a) To elect two (2) members of the Board of Education. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will serve a full three (3) year term to commence on July 1, 2024. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fulfill the unexpired term of a former board member

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who resigned, which term will commence upon the individual being sworn into office immediately following the election on May 21, 2024, and expire on June 30, 2025.

b) To vote upon the annual school budget for the school year 2024-2025 and to authorize the levying of a tax upon the property of the district for the foregoing purposes.

c) To vote upon the following propositions:


(Capital Reserve Fund for Technology Projects):

RESOLVED, that the East Rockaway Union Free School District, is hereby authorized to undertake certain district-wide purchases and/or replacement of certain technology and telecommunications equipment and software (“Project”) during 2024-2025 as described herein, to be funded from existing reserves at no additional cost to District taxpayers, to consist of the following: (1) Computer Hardware Upgrades; (2) Network Wireless Connectivity Upgrades; and (3) Telecommunication Upgrades, including equipment, construction and other required work, and preliminary, incidental and financing costs; and to expend therefor an amount not to exceed $407,000, to be funded as follows: $407,000 from the District’s Capital Reserve Fund for Technology Replacement II, established on May 20, 2014; provided that the detailed component costs may be reallocated among such components if the Board of Education shall determine that such reallocation is in the best interests of the District and can be made without any material change in the scope of the Project PROPOSITION NO. 3

(Energy Efficiency Measures Proposition):

RESOLVED, (a) That the Board of Education of the East Rockaway Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York (the “District”), is hereby authorized to implement energy efficiency improvements at all District buildings and sites, as authorized by Article 9 of the Energy Law and Section 155.20 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education; all of the foregoing to include the original furnishings, equipment, machinery, apparatus and ancillary or related site, demolition and other work required in connection therewith; and to expend therefor, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and to the financing thereof, an amount not to exceed the estimated total cost of $4,500,000; (b) that the District shall be

authorized to enter into one or more energy performance contracts and/or installment purchase contracts in connection with such energy efficiency improvements; (c) that, in lieu of financing the energy efficiency improvements with one or more installment purchase contracts, a tax is hereby voted in the amount of not to exceed $4,500,000 to pay the costs of such energy efficiency improvements, said tax to be levied and collected in installments in such years and in such amounts as shall be determined by said Board of Education and in anticipation of said tax, bonds of the District are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of not to exceed $4,500,000, and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said bonds as the same shall become due and payable; (d) that, pursuant to applicable law, the District will receive ten per centum (10%) of building aid from the State of New York provided that the voters of the District approve such energy efficiency improvements described in subparagraph (a) hereof, which are expected to be paid for from energy cost savings, with no resulting impact to the taxpayer; and (e) in the event that the voters of the District do not approve this proposition, the District is authorized under applicable law to undertake one or more of the energy efficiency improvements described herein to the extent that the energy cost savings associated with such improvements are sufficient to pay the cost thereof, resulting in no impact to the taxpayer.

d) To vote upon such other propositions as may properly come before the meeting.

e) The election will be held in accordance with the Rules for the Conduct of Meetings and Elections adopted by the Board of Education. The condensed form of the budget proposition and the text of all other propositions to appear on the voting machine, and a detailed statement in writing of the amount of money which will be required for the 2024-2025 school year, specifying the purposes and the amount for each, will be prepared and copies thereof will be made available, upon request, to any resident in the District at each school house in the District in which school is maintained between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. during the fourteen days immediately preceding said election of May 21, 2024, excluding Saturday, Sunday and holidays, and at such annual election.


GIVEN, that pursuant to Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law, the District is required to attach to its proposed budget an exemption report. Said exemption report, which will also become part of the final budget, will show how the total assessed value on the final assessment roll used in the budgetary process is exempt from taxation, list every type of exemption granted by the statutory authority, and show the cumulative impact of each type of exemption, the cumulative amount expected to be received as payments in lieu of taxes and the cumulative impact of all exemptions granted.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that nominations for the office of member of the Board of Education, unless otherwise provided by law, will be made by petition subscribed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District, and filed in the District Clerk’s Office, in the East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., not later than the 30th day before the election, this year April 22, 2024. Such petition must state the name and residence of each signer, the name and residence of the candidate, and the length of the term of office. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will be considered elected to office. Where terms are of different length, the candidate receiving the highest vote will be elected to the longest term. A nomination may be rejected by the Board of Education if the candidate is ineligible for the office or declares his unwillingness to serve.


NOTICE that any proposition or question to be placed upon the ballot must be submitted in writing by petition subscribed by at least 100 qualified voters of the District and filed in the District Clerk’s Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., not later than the 30th day preceding the meeting or election at which such question or proposition will be voted upon, this year, April 22, 2024, except that this rule does not apply to those questions or propositions which are required to be stated in the published notice of the meeting, or to those propositions or questions which the Board of Education has the sole authority by law to present at any annual or special meeting of the District.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that registration of the qualified voters of this District for said Annual District Election is permitted in the District Clerk’s Office, between 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.,

Monday through Friday, up to and including Thursday, May 16, 2024. A register will be prepared and filed in the District Clerk’s Office and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. on each of the five days prior to the election, except Sunday, between 8:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 18, 2024; by appointment only, and at the polling place on election day. The register will include: (1) all qualified voters of the District who personally present themselves for registration; (2) all previously qualified voters of the District who have previously registered for any annual or special District meeting or election and who have voted at any annual or special District meeting or election held or conducted at any time within the last four years (2020-2023); and (3) voters permanently registered with the Board of Elections of Nassau County.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Registration will meet during the hours of voting at the Annual District Meeting on May 21, 2024, for the purpose of preparing a register for District meetings or elections to be held subsequent to May 21, 2024.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that applications for early mail ballots must be completed on a form prescribed by the State board of elections. Such applications are available on the State Education Department’s website at https://www.counsel.nyse on the School District website https://eastrockawayscho tration_information, and available at the District Clerk’s office between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on days when school is in session. Completed applications for early mail ballots must be received no later than May 14, 2024, seven (7) days before the election if the early mail ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter or to his or her designated agent. Early mail ballot applications will not be accepted before April 22, 2024. Early mail voter’s ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 P.M. on the day of the election to be canvassed. A list of all persons to whom early mail ballots have been issued will be available for inspection in the District Clerk’s office on each of the five days prior to the election during the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. except Sunday,

and by appointment only from 9:00 A.M. to noon on the Saturday prior to the election. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that applications for absentee ballots for election of school board members and for voting on the school budget are to be completed on a form prescribed by the State board of elections and may be obtained by visiting the State Education Department’s Website: (http://www.counsel.nyse es/absentee-ballotapplication-andinstructions-english.pdf, http://www.counsel.nysed .gov/common/counsel/file s/absentee-ballotapplication-andinstructions-spanish.pdf), or by contacting the District Clerk by email (namayamoran@eastrock or phone (516-887-8300, Ext.1-433). Completed applications must be received at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the applicant, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the applicant or to his or her designated agent. Absentee ballot applications will not be accepted by the District Clerk before April 22, 2024. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the District Clerk’s office on each of the five days prior to the election except Sunday, and by appointment only between the hours 9:00 A.M. and noon on the Saturday prior to the election.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that pursuant to Education Law §2018-d, any person serving in the military, including spouses and dependents, may register to vote in the upcoming school district election. A military voter who is a qualified voter of the District may obtain a registration form by contacting the District Clerk by telephone (516-887-8300, Ext. 1-433), facsimile (516-887-1802), email (namayamoran@eastrock, mail (433 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518), or in person (during regular office hours or between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M) A military voter who is duly registered may apply for a military ballot by requesting an application from the District by also contacting the District Clerk. Completed applications must be personally delivered or mailed to the District Clerk and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 25, 2024. Military ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2024, if signed and dated by the military voter and

one witness thereto with a date which is not later than the day before the election, or not later than the close of the polls on May 21, 2024, if showing a cancellation mark of the United States postal service or a foreign country’s postal service or showing a dated endorsement of receipt by another agency of the United States government. A military voter may designate a preference to receive a military voter registration form, military ballot application or military ballot by mail, facsimile, or electronic mail in the request for such registration, ballot application, or ballot. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this Board will convene a special meeting thereof within twenty-four hours after the filing with the District Clerk of a written report of the results of the ballot, in the East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School for the purpose of examining and tabulating said reports of the result of the ballot and declaring the result of the ballot; that the Board hereby designates itself to be a set of poll clerks to cast and canvass ballots pursuant to Education Law, §2019-a(2)(b) at said special meeting of the Board. Dated: March 26, 2024 East Rockaway, New York BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, EAST ROCKAWAY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NEREYDA AMAYA MORAN District Clerk 145931

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Peterson Place, Lynbrook, NY 11563. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Lynbrook, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of NY, Section: 42 Block: 126 Lot: 14. Approximate amount of judgment $1,024,415.54 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 005723/2012. The auction will be conducted pursuant to the COVID-19 Policies Concerning Public Auctions of Foreclosed Property established by the Tenth Judicial District. Foreclosure Auctions will be held “Rain or Shine.”

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Quartet of second-graders win doughnut art contest

Students were mixing together creativity and a sweat treat at Lynbrook’s Doughology

Flour, sugar, and chocolate, oh my!

Second-graders at Ogden Elementary School, in the Hewlett-Woodmere school district collaborated with Doughology in Lynbrook for a doughnut design art contest.

Elinor Danieli, Kelsey John, Brooke Schecter and Gabriella Schaefer and Elinor Danieli were chosen to have their doughnut designs come to life and featured as the doughnut of the week throughout May.

Each student also came up with an original name for their doughnut design along with a list of ingredients needed to create the sweat treats.

Art teacher Thomas Finn created this project to inspire creativity and works of art. Finn reached out to Doughology, and they were immediately on board with the idea of bringing these donuts to life.

“It became a project for the students, but seeing it go from sketches to drawings to practice to changing, revising and coming up with a final design then becoming a doughnut in real life,” Finn said. “It became something much more than an in-school project, it went outside the boundaries of the art room and the school.”

Finn started the project by asking his

Doughology of Lynbrook took the sketches and brought them to life. These are the four winning donuts from the Ogden second-graders.

students about their favorite doughnuts, different flavor combinations and then coming up with ideas. It then transitioned into creating sketches to get the children’s ideas onto paper. After the final drawing, the designs were sent to Doughology that picked four doughnuts to feature and create.

“It was a very cool process because we really took our time with it and it was refined and the results were phenomenal,” Finn said.

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There were over 80 entries for the design contest, and Doughology narrowed it down to picking the four that they liked the most and had one from each class being represented.

“To see unfiltered creativity is awesome, they’re not limited by taste, or what we perceive to be good, they just let it go and it’s just really refreshing to see,” said Brannen Brock, owner of Doughology.

The final challenge was naming their donut. Finn wanted them to use their ingredients and final design to come up with a name. The names match the respective donuts and are creative and unusual.

The names are Strawberry Pinkili -

cious (John), Rainbow Smash (Schecter), the Red Chocolate Express (Schaefer) and the Fluffy Donut (Danieli).

“I thought about that there’s lots of colorful stuff on my donut and they’re all rainbow so that’s how I came up with the name,” Schecter said.

Schecter’s “Rainbow Smash” was definitely and explosion of a rainbow on a doughnut.

The students used their art class time to create their donut designs and let their creativity flow.

“My favorite part is that the families get to see that the visual arts are real and that their here, and everywhere, and this is just one way of showing that,” Finn said.

Rachel Alcantara wins essay contest

Fromn left, Brooklyn Ave School Principal Scot Comis, Mrs. Anderson, Elks no. 1 District Deputy Brian Steckler, Rachel Alcantara and her parents Vashoda and Jairo Alcantara. Rachel Alcantara won an essay contest about drug awareness and was awarded $100.

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Melissa Berman/Herald photos Ogden Elementary School second-graders won the doughnut design art contest with Doughology of Lynbrook. Winners Kelsey John, left, Brooke Schecter and Gabriella Schaefer, and art teacher, Thomas Finn. Courtesy New York Elks Lodge no. 1


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Q. I was told by a contractor that the cost of construction has been increasing over the years due to many more requirements that, if we didn’t have them, would keep costs a lot lower. He said they make us put in a lot of extra metal to connect the wood wall studs and rafters, even in decks, and that it adds about $10,000 just for that. Plus he said that we have to use a lot more insulation than we used to, and the foam insulation, especially, really raises the price, up to $16,000 to $20,000 more. I know this is necessary, but are there alternatives to keep prices lower? We have plans we paid for, and now we may not even be able to build. What can you suggest?

A. The connectors for wood can be eliminated almost entirely if you build with metal wall studs, metal rafters and ceiling joists with metal screws. Metal to metal is strong. There are two reasons that people don’t build with metal more often, one being the ease of working with wood, because you can trim and adjust a wood cut to fit more easily, and not have to be so exact, and most people building residential construction don’t have the right tools or training to switch easily to metal.

You see, screws and nails are metal. Wood … is not. Because screws and nails don’t grab wood as well, the connections can pull apart more easily in high winds. Metal connectors brace wood connections with a lot of redundancy, making it harder for a home to pull apart in a high wind. Watch any news report this spring and summer, as homes rip apart from tornadoes, and you’ll see why insurance companies pushed for these regulations, to have better bracing of wall connections to roofs and floors. Metal actually would cost less if more people used the products.

The ease of putting down a metal track and fastening the top plate and wall studs is faster and lighter than working with lumber, but traditions die hard. Metal doesn’t burn easily, will not warp, twist or rot, and you don’t have to treat it with cancer-causing toxins to resist insect damage. Metal is generally stronger and more efficient to work with, and waste is minimal.

Other than that answer, I only know of certain connections utilizing long screws to avoid these connectors, and people in construction would need training to know where and when these types of long fasteners can be used. Even the metal braces widely used have multiple holes for nails, because every hole must have a nail filling it, yet I often see where some holes are not filled.

Insulation, just like metal, will come down in price as more is applied, but better insulation is one of the few products that pays for itself in energy savings. Higher insulation value was debated for years before becoming code. It’s a necessary reality that actually saves money in the long term. Good luck!

Readers are encouraged to send questions to, with “Herald question” in the subject line, or to Herald Homes, 2 Endo Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530, Attn: Monte Leeper, architect.

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What if you had to vote right now?

Last week, we were treated (or subjected, in one instance) to two presidential events unfolding simultaneously in different places. As the day progressed, I understood that if we see and hear nothing else during the campaign, we will realize, as sentient beings and patriots, that only one man deserves the honor of serving as our president. Only one man is intellectually and temperamentally fit for the job.

The first image we saw on May 9 was President Biden speaking at a Holocaust remembrance at the Capitol, a sacred moment of tribute to the dead and a promise to the living to fight a robust resurgence of antisemitism. The flip screen, on the same day and time, was of former President Donald Trump in a New York City courtroom, where an adult entertainment star testified against him, offering lurid details of their alleged affair. The testimony was part of the ongoing trial of the ex-president for an alleged hush money cover-up.

As Peter Baker observed in The New York Times, we were whiplashed by the images of the candidates: Biden recalling taking his grandchildren to Dachau to bear witness to the horrors of Nazi death camps, and Trump listening to Stormy Daniels describe him “sitting on a hotel bed in his boxer shorts waiting for sex.”

Imagine if, on May 9, you had just dropped onto our planet from another world where the arc of the moral universe does indeed bend toward justice, and good guys win, and presidents are held to high ethical standards, and you had to decide that very day whom would get your vote.

ILong Island, where many of us never heard a hateful word or experienced any kind of ostracism related to our faith. Now the rise of extremism, fueled by lies pumped out by social media, has put Jewish Americans in the cross hairs, along with any other group seen as a threat to a MAGA America.

magine if you had just dropped onto our planet from another, more just, world.

On one hand, you see Biden, a seasoned leader, vowing to fight antisemitism in America, stating that anti-Jewish rhetoric demands “our continued vigilance . . . and outspokenness.” You see him in action on just this one day, addressing hate speech and violence toward Jews, which he said is “ferociously” surging.

You hear him say that Jews will always have a safe place in America, a notion that many Jewish people in my age group have never questioned. We grew up in welcoming communities on

FYou witness Biden communicating his full support for the Jewish people and for Israel, and for peaceful college protesters on both sides, while pushing back against some of Israel’s most aggressive war tactics in its battle against Hamas. You are seeing impossible political and humanitarian dilemmas, in which no one answer is good or easy, in which any comment is instantly parsed and shredded by multiple raging influencers, ordinary citizens and political opponents.

You see Biden, a determined leader who knows himself and knows justice when he sees it, and knows how to move through this minefield.

That same day, when you drop into our country, you also see the former president, also an old man. You see Trump on TV coming and going from a

courtroom where he is on trial for allegedly covering up an affair he had with a porn star so that his 2016 presidential campaign would not be affected.

Stay with me. You just landed here from a better place. You see the two men in action that day. You know nothing about their respective policies on the economy or the environment or foreign trade or inflation or immigration. You know nothing about Trump’s presidency, when he alienated our allies abroad and denied the coronavirus pandemic even as it killed a million Americans. You never heard the speeches in which he called migrants “animals,” or suggested injecting bleach for a deadly virus, or said there were good people on both sides when white Christian nationalists marched in Charlotte chanting, “Jews will not replace us!”

You have not witnessed, in the past few years, the complete erosion of women’s reproductive rights and the diminishment of our Supreme Court.

You are just here this one day, May 9. Listen to Biden’s Holocaust speech. Look at defendant Trump, contemptuous and contemptible, an abject failure as a human being, not to mention a world leader.

Who gets your vote?

Copyright 2024 Randi Kreiss. Randi can be reached at

State proposes another misguided housing plan

or the third straight year, Gov. Kathy Hochul and progressive lawmakers who control Albany are attempting to advance a housing plan that would usurp local zoning laws that were put in place decades ago to protect the health, safety and character of the suburban communities we cherish on Long Island and throughout the state.

This time around, they have rebranded their prior ill-fated New York Housing Compact initiative as the Faith-Based Affordable Housing Act. If enacted, this proposal would grant thousands of houses of worship and nonprofits statewide the ability to develop high-density housing as high as five stories on property they own without any local zoning approvals. Here in Nassau County alone, that encompasses some 1,100 properties, many of which are next to or near single-family homes. Disturbingly, this latest effort by Hochul and supportive state lawmakers closely mirrors recent actions in Cali-

fornia led by another progressive, Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed an executive order in January that allows the state to lease its land for housing development while bypassing local zoning ordinances. In addition, last fall California legislators passed a law allowing churches, synagogues and mosques to build affordable housing on their property by right, even if local zoning prohibits this type of housing.

TFor generations, residents have left the city and come to the suburbs for the quality of life, open space, less dense housing, good schools, and safe streets. The quality of life in our communities has remained consistent for decades, primarily because residents demanded policies that protected against overdevelopment, and local government had the final say on zoning matters. Long Island relies on a fragile solesource aquifer for our drinking water. Increasing housing density will endanger that water supply, overcrowd our schools, and increase the strain on our critical infrastructure, from sewage treatment to the supply of gas and electricity to fire and police services. There will be more cars on the road and more

congestion, along with the environmental consequences that flow from that congestion.

he onesize-fitsall approach ignores the fact that every community is different.

With the cost of education averaging $36,000 per student annually on Long Island, a new influx of students resulting from this high-density housing plan will inevitably lead to higher taxes and fewer programs for students, all this during a period when the state is proposing school aid cuts across Long Island. Ironically, since religious institutions and nonprofits are tax-exempt, there will be no additional property taxes generated from any new housing development on these properties to ease that added burden.

We all understand that there needs to be more affordable housing on Long Island, especially for our seniors. However, this latest radical proposal will forever erode our suburban quality of life, which I believe is exactly what some progressive urban lawmakers intend.

The fact is, Long Island has been gradually transforming, with more transit-oriented multi-housing development in communities like Farmingdale, Lynbrook, Mineola, Patchogue, Rock-

ville Centre, Valley Stream and others. Rather than accept this gradual progress, the state is trying to force a radical transformation. The one-size-fits-all approach ignores the fact that every community is different, and what makes sense in one community may make no sense in another.

Recently, a large contingent of officials from village, town, county and state government joined school board members, civic leaders and concerned area residents at a news conference in Herricks to demand that Hochul and state lawmakers finally put an end to this relentless attack on suburbia. I stand united with these efforts, and will continue to fight against it every step of the way.

Together, we simply cannot stand by and allow this to happen. It is critically important for your voices to be heard. I encourage you to call the governor’s office and other state representatives to tell them to stop trying to override local government and local zoning. I urge you to contact Gov. Hochul, at (518) 4748390, and your state legislators to express your opposition to this latest housing initiative. You can also go to to submit comments.

Bill Gaylor represents Nassau County’s 14th Legislative District.


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With hurricane season coming, be prepared

the looming possibility of natural disasters — such as hurricanes and other severe storms — poses a significant, and ongoing, threat to Long Island, and particularly for those living in more vulnerable coastal communities, like Long Beach and Freeport, which are most susceptible to damage caused by high winds and surging floodwaters.

With hurricane season set to begin June 1, it is vital for all of us — especially those in communities with the highest risk — to take proactive measures to prepare. Resilience requires a strategy for severe weather conditions that are often unpredictable. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that means:

■ Developing an evacuation plan

■ Assembling disaster supplies — including food, water, batteries, chargers, a radio and cash

■ Getting an insurance checkup and documenting your possessions

■ Creating a communication plan with a hand-written list of contacts

■ Strengthening your home


From a government standpoint, preparedness often begins with comprehensive planning and investment in resilient infrastructure. Following the damage wrought by tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and Sandy in 2012, many coastal protection measures have been put into effect, including seawalls and reinforced jetties and dunes.

For instance, after Sandy decimated the boardwalk in Long Beach, the structure was strengthened when it was rebuilt, and sturdier dunes were constructed as an added layer of protection.

Collaborative initiatives involving local governments, community organizations and emergency responders foster a culture of resilience, strengthening the collective ability to withstand and recover from disasters.

In addition, having a robust earlywarning system and evacuation plans in place can be essential in ensuring the safety of residents in the event of a major storm.

The disasters resulting from previous storms continue to serve as a glaring reminder, however, that even the best preparations may not be enough. It’s hard to forget the images of homes sub-

Include Nassau residents in transit authority’s monthly rail discount program

To the Editor:

For so many reasons, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board’s April 30 enactment of a discount program for New York City monthly rail tickets that excludes residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties is extremely disappointing — especially amid the advent of congestion pricing and its likely fiscal impact on Nassau County households.

As a lifelong resident of Plainview and the representative of the Nassau County Legislature’s 16th District for the last eight years, I am keenly aware of the extent to which residents of my district rely on Long Island Rail Road train service to commute to and from work in the five boroughs every day. Moreover, as a policymaker, I am cognizant of the environmental benefits associated with increased mass transit use and the positive fiscal impact that greater ridership would generate for the MTA and our county.

Considering those clear benefits for our region, Nassau and Suffolk’s exclusion from this incentive program makes little sense. Furthermore, it strikes me as a missed opportunity to extend a gesture of goodwill to Long Islanders in an atmosphere rife with palpable frustration about the implementation of congestion pricing. Imagine the frustration of commuters who live in Elmont, minutes from the Queens border, when they discover that they will be paying more to ride the train to Manhattan than someone up the block in New York City simply because of an arbitrary line on a map dividing munici-

merged, fallen trees damaging cars and blocking roadways, and long lines of vehicles at gas pumps.

So it never hurts to have additional plans of action. Remember to store some extra gas to provide power to emergency generators. Store backup batteries and chargers. Prepare to-go bags in an easyto-access location. Have your home, auto and flood insurance information at the ready, just in case.

In the aftermath of any natural disaster, swift and coordinated recovery efforts are crucial. Having timely access to emergency services, temporary shelters and essential supplies is paramount to ensure the well-being of our communities.

And, as a storm approaches, it is of the utmost importance to listen to authorities, familiarize yourself with all available evacuation routes, and stay tuned for updates.

And always take warnings seriously. These storms cannot only destroy, they can kill. Being prepared, knowing what to do when a storm is on its way, and putting a plan in motion when the time comes is essential to staying safe and secure.


State lawmakers now have a responsibility to address this glaring omission. As stated in an April 30 news release announcing the five-boroughs incentive initiative, “the programs are funded by the Outer Borough Transportation Account, created in 2018 by the New York State Legislature to provide $50 million per year to improve transportation in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island in association with congestion pricing.” The MTA must now work with state officials to identify resources that can be swiftly applied to

funding a comparable discount for Nassau and Suffolk commuters. A strong and comprehensive commitment to mass transit will yield tremendous benefits for our future — but our entire region must be included to maximize those opportunities. It now behooves New York state to act, and correct the glaring and illogical inequities that currently exist.

ARNOLD W. DRuCkER Plainview
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Blakeman enthusiastically follows Trump’s lead

the political similarities between former President Donald Trump and Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman are now impossible to miss. Which is probably just what Blakeman intends.

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In his efforts to become Long Island’s leading MAGA man, Blakeman has adopted Trump’s combative and divisive style of leadership. Neither politician tries to find common ground on which to build effective policies. Both have acted as though they have strong mandates for rightwing programs, even though Trump got 3 million fewer votes in 2016 than did hillary Clinton, and despite Blakeman having bested Laura Curran in 2021 by about 2,000 votes out of more than a quarter-million ballots cast.

Instead of governing consensually, Blakeman and Trump strive to intensify a culture war that threatens to erupt into physical violence.

Like the head of the national republican Party, the Nassau County executive manipulates and exaggerates voters’ legitimate concerns in order to create an us-vs.-them dynamic. They both use inflammatory language to depict adversaries as not merely misguided,

Liberty customers, tell Albany to stop the hidden taxes!

To the Editor:

but mentally ill.

Who, for example, refers to the migrant crisis as “insanity”? And who denounces “crazy” progressive policies? Both the former president and the current county leader.

There have been other echoes of extreme rhetoric. Trump in 2019 urged progressive female members of Congress to “go back” to countries “they originally came from.” Blakeman in January warned Kathy hochul, New York’s first female governor, to “stay out of Long Island.”

It’s easier, of course, to turn disagreements into confrontations than it is to work collegially toward compromises.


unfounded sense of public menace by forming a militia to be mobilized in cases of “emergency.” his move in March to recruit “provisional special deputy sheriffs” has drawn criticism from gun-control groups that say Nassau County should not be encouraging more of its residents to take up arms.

oth strive to intensify a culture war that threatens to erupt into violence.

Blakeman has blamed “Albany Democrats” for an upsurge in crime in New York City and its suburbs. While horrifying assaults in the five boroughs have rightly stoked objections to bail reforms adopted by the State Legislature, it is misleading and irresponsible to suggest, as Blakeman has, that Nassau County had been experiencing a “crime epidemic” unleashed by Democratic-sponsored legislation. While rates of some crimes have indeed increased in the past three years, others have shown a decrease despite the easing of bail requirements. rather than allaying unwarranted fears, Blakeman is heightening an


For over two years, Liberty has been working hard to convince New York state to eliminate the Special Franchise Tax applied to utility water service so that we can remove that cost from our customers’ monthly bills. It represents a pass-through of the tax we are required to remit to the state government, and does not benefit Liberty in any way. And in many cases, it comprises a significant portion of your monthly water bill.

Your support of this initiative this spring has put us in a position to see real change, and eliminate the SFT from your monthly water bills as we work with officials in Albany this legislative session. While we have great momentum, we need our customers’ help to push this initiative past the finish line. provides details on the tax and the actions Liberty is taking to remove it from cus -

tomers’ bills. On the site, customers can click the Take Action button to let their local legislators know that they want the tax eliminated. Nearly 2,000 Liberty customers have already taken action through the site, which has resulted in more than 30,000 letters being sent to key decision makers in the state. This is great, but we still need more support.

Between 30 and 50 percent of our customers’ bills comprise taxes that provide no benefit to the water system itself. While they do help fund local taxing jurisdictions, it is our firm belief that it is inappropriate and unjust for these taxes to be collected through your water bill. To make matters worse, our customers are the only ones in Nassau County who pay this excessive tax.

The only advantage Liberty stands to gain in pursuing this legislative change is happier customers, and providing water rates that accurately reflect the true cost of providing high-quality water service. That’s it. We have dedicated ourselves to improving the customer experience, and this kind of rate relief will benefit all of our customers.

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This unrequested action also implies that Blakeman does not trust the county Police Department to protect the citizenry — despite his boast in a mass mailing earlier this year of having put 200 more cops on the streets.

Scapegoating is another tactic employed by demagogues such as Trump and Blakeman. It’s entirely reasonable to demand that the U.S. border be much more strictly enforced, but it’s not acceptable to refer to migrants as “animals,” a la Trump, or to denounce hochul’s proposed spending of $2.4 billion for “illegal immigrants,” as Blakeman recently did in another of his countywide mailings. That money is intended to help house and feed the tens of thousands of migrants who have made their way mainly to New York City — not Nassau County — through no initiative on hochul’s part.

Transgender Americans comprise another group susceptible to being stigmatized by pandering politicians. Blake-

man issued an executive order in February forbidding transgender females from taking part in competitive women’s or girls’ sports in county-owned athletic facilities. Again, there’s a reasonable basis for complaining that some former males have unfair physical advantages over many females. But when asked by a reporter how many transgender athletes have competed in his county, Blakeman said he didn’t know. The absence of any compelling reason to target a sexual minority has led opponents of this grandstanding stunt to call it “a solution in search of a problem.”

Blakeman, once more like Trump, aggravates grievances held by many voters as a way of diverting attention from his failure to fulfill promises on more substantive matters. In his 2021 campaign, Blakeman pledged to cut taxes “immediately” by $120 million. he did no such thing. Nor has he made good on a pledge to fix a “broken” assessment system.

rather than plastering his name and face on taxpayer-financed mass mailings, Blakeman should help break the political fever that’s preventing Nassau County from becoming great again.

Kevin J. Kelley was a congressional staff member in the 1980s, and is a retired journalist and journalism professor who worked for newspapers in New York, Vermont and Kenya and taught at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He lives in Atlantic Beach.

visit, click Take Action and fill in the information to have your voice heard. As a local Long Islander, I encourage you to take the time to tell your elected officials to remove this onerous tax from your water bill during the

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