Nassau Herald 05-23-2024

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All the news of the Five Towns

Courtesy Episcopal Health Services Board members, hospital staff and Assembly members took part in the ‘groundbreaking’ of the new Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum Unit for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s ninth floor. From left were Joseph Edwards, representing Congressman Gregory Meeks; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.; Dr. Jacqueline Marecheau, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Renee Hastick-Motes, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief external affairs officer and president of the St. John’s ICARE Foundation; Dr. Donald Morrish, Episcopal Health Services’ chief executive; Queens Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers; Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, EHS board president and chairman; Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato; and Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson.

St. John’s expands maternal services Hospital to cover delivery, recovery, post-partum

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, in Far Rockaway, broke ground, so to speak, last Friday on the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum Unit it is building on the ninth floor. What was formerly the hospital’s wound care unit will now house a large facility devoted to maternity care.

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, who has chaired the Episcopal Health Services board for 15 years, recalled when his primary objective was to eliminate obstetrics, because it was too “litigious.”

At the time, St. John’s was experiencing too many “bad births,” Provenzano said, but

he eventually realized that the problem was the lack of pre-natal care available at the facility.

“This speaks volumes about our commitment to the women and families of this community, the Rockaways, the Five Towns and the entire borough of Queens,” he said.

The groundbreaking, he added, symbolized a visible expression of the hospital’s continued commitment to “keep moving forward” and “keep rising.”

St. John’s officials called the groundbreaking a significant milestone, because it was the culmination of seven years of planning. The aim is to improve women’s access to quality care and eliminate what EHS offiCOntInUED On PAGE 12

Hewlett High students are science finalists

All that glitters is silver for three Hewlett High School sophomores were named finalists in the State Science Congress Competition and will present their research in Syracuse on June 9.

Deniz Artan, Darsh Chavre and Benjamin Zelikoff competed as a team in the 2024 Long Island Science Congress Competition in Garden City on April 15, with a project that explored the impact of silver ions and nanoparticles on plant cells that is inspiring realworld application.

“I wasn’t really too knowledgeable to begin with,” Zelikoff acknowledged. “I really like silver now. It’s a cool element.”

He, Artan and Chavre joined forces in Terrance Bissoondial’s science research class, where they were assigned a research topic.

“We worked with Dr. B through the whole process,” Artan said. “He taught us all different lab procedures.”

Using research journals and experimentation, they discovered silver’s ability to shrink plant cells and harm plant growth.

“It’s real-world stuff — it’s major,” Artan said of the silver impacting other areas through contamination. “Landfills are full of this stuff. It reaches streams through landfills.” They exhibited their findings at the Long Island competition, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Reckson Center, last month.

“Dr. B, he asks us a boatload of questions,” Chavre said of the preparation process. “We knew from there if we needed to research more.”

The group began working on the project last September, but decided against submitting it to the Molloy University Science COntInUED On PAGE 12

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Neighbors upset by an uptick in event traffic

Catering company cited twice by village

Lawrence village is responding to what a resident called “illegal operations” taking place in the community at May 9 board of trustees meeting.

Mark David Catering, operating out of 140 Central Ave. in Lawrence, managed by Moshe David, has upset village residents in the immediate area, especially those on Cumberland Place, homeowner Tali Halpern said, because of the traffic influx from events.

“The safety concern is real, my son bikes back every single night at 11:30 from yeshiva,” Halpern said. “He bikes back, I would not allow him to bike if there are weddings taking place on the block every night.”

Currently, events are not taking place between Passover and Shavuot. However they are expected to restart again come summer, Halpern said.

“There have been two tickets for each separate violation,” Ron Goldman, Lawrence’s village administrator said at the May 9 meeting, one to the catering company and one to the manager.

According to village officials, the caterer is violating village zoning laws, by operating as a caterer, a solo entity in an area where that is not permitted.

Halpern urged the village to handle

the matter through its Board of Zoning Appeals, ruling the operations of the caterer not a permissive use.

The village responded that as an appeal body, the BZA could not make the first decision on the matter. However, the caterer could seek relief from the BZA from the criminal ticket issued by the village. If the caterer paid the ticket fine, the issue would not go to the BZA, the village said.

The caterer appeared in Lawrence Village court on May 21 for a conference and trial.

“This is a village, so what has happened is that usually there are disputes between village residents, and the court takes an effort to resolve it between the residents because we all have to live together,” Goldman said at the meeting. “Hence, there’s an opportunity for a conference. In the event that it’s irreconcilable, then it gets set down for a trial and our trial here is before the judge, you don’t have a jury for something like this.”

Goldman said that after May 21, if the caterer were to violate the law again, the village would turn to the BZA.

“We’ll give him tickets for that and we’ll instruct the building department to take a shot,” Goldman said.

The 140 Central Ave. property is owned by the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC, which also houses Temple Israel of Law-

rence, a Reform Jewish congregation.

“We own the property they are our tenants,” Stacey Feldman, executive director of the JCC said. “They are two separate tenants as they always have been.”

The JCC purchased the property in 2017.

“There has been a caterer at that property for many, many years,” Feldman said.

In recent years, the JCC was informed

of neighbors concerns related to parking when events occur.

“There has been communication between the JCC, the caterer and the village of Lawrence,” Feldman said.

As of press time, the matter is pending in village court.

“Because there are proceedings pending in court my attorneys have advised me not to comment,” David wrote in an email.

Memorial Day parades on Sunday and Monday Holiday honors fallen

Once again, the Five Towns will commemorate Memorial Day — when those who lost their lives fighting for this country are remembered — with not one, but three parades.

The holiday is celebrated on the last Monday of May, this year on the 27. The parades will be on Sunday and Monday.

On May 26 at 10 a.m., Cedarhurst and Lawrence villages join forces to host the first parade of the weekend that kicks off on at the intersection of Frost Lane and Central Avenue in Lawrence. The parade route proceeds on Central Avenue and ends at Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park on Cedarhurst Avenue, where a Memorial Day service will be held.

“It’s an opportunity for us to remember and honor the service men and women who fought for us,” said Benjamin Weinstock, Cedarhurst’s mayor. “We’re lucky in the sense that we take all this for granted when we shouldn’t.”

The parade, more than a century old, has regained its dual civic luster with Lawrence becoming more involved in the past several years.

Attendees can expect to see members of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, the Lawrence- Cedarhurst

military personnel

American Legion Post 339. Both community-oriented organizations are helping to host the event, Achiezer members, baton twirlers, costumes, a mariachi band and elected officials among other groups involved.

“We want to honor those who have fallen, those who have died for our freedom,” said Paris Popack, Lawrence’s deputy mayor. “We just hope that it will be an interesting and entertaining event and that people will come out to support.

In Inwood, the John J. Oliveri Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1582, will host its parade, kicking off at the Inwood Long Island Rail Road station on Doughty Boulevard in Lawrence at noon on May 26.

The VFW invites other local civic organizations, including the Inwood Civic Association.

“It’s just a really great thing, we walk through town,” said David Hance, the Inwood Civic Association president. “It has that good old home town feel.”

On May 27 at 9 a.m. the HewlettWoodmere Memorial Day Parade hosted by the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association will step off from the firehouse a move along Broadway and end at Hewlett High School.

David Friedman, president of the HWBA, said the Hewlett High School

Rossein/Herald Photos Memorial Day parades will take place into Monday, May 27, throughout the Five Towns.

marching band, Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club, Chabad House of Hewlett, Heart and Soul Dance Studio, Hewlett Robotics Club and the Boy and Girl scouts were invited to participate, among other organizations.

“Every year, we organize the Memorial Day parade to pay tribute to those who were lost during the wars,” Friedman said.

American Legion Post 339 also takes part in the parade.

Pantano’s Gourmet of Hewlett donates hamburgers and hot dogs, Hewlett Bagel Boss donates breakfast and Friendlier Pizza of Woodmere donates Italian ices.

“We want to invite all veterans or active service members to march in the parade,” Friedman said.

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Herald File Photo Mark David Catering on the JCC campus in Lawrence is causing concerns for residents, due to an influx of traffic during events. The village is pursing the matter in its court. Keith

Richner Communications acquires CJ Publishers

Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, Massapequa Post join Herald Community Newspapers


Richner Communications, Inc. — Long Island’s largest publisher of local media — has acquired the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, Massapequa Post and Beacon Smart Shopper, from CJ Publishers Inc.

These brands join family-owned Richner Communications, which now owns and publishes 27 community-focused hyperlocal newspapers through its Herald Community Media division, which serves large parts of Nassau County, as well as parts of New York City through the Pulitzer Prize-winning Riverdale Press in the Bronx, and The Jewish Star, which serves the Orthodox Jewish communities throughout the region.

The Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon and Massapequa Post date back to 1904, 1966 and 1951, respectively. Today, they serve the communities of the Village of Amityville, North Amityville, Village of Babylon, North Babylon, West Babylon, Copiague, Deer Park, West Islip, Lindenhurst, South Farmingdale, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Plainedge and Seaford.

For decades, the newspaper group that included the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon and the Massapequa Post were published by Alfred and Carolyn James. Carolyn joins Herald Community Newspapers as an associate publisher.

Carolyn James, owner of CJ Publishers with her husband, Al, expressed a mix of emotions in announcing the sale. James says she trusts the sale will be seamless with careful stewardship, allowing the newspapers to remain “steadfast pillars within their communities under new guardianship.”

“In the pages of the June 19, 1991, editions of the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon and Massapequa Post, we embarked on a journey, pledging to carry forth the legacy of those who came before us,” wrote James in a note to readers last week. “Now, nearly 32 years later, we stand on the precipice of change as Herald Community Newspapers — a stalwart in Nassau County’s weekly news landscape — assumes ownership of our beloved papers.”

Leaving Assets to Minors

Generally, parents leave their assets to the children thinking that the children will then take care of their children. Occasionally, parents want to bypass the children, either wholly or partially, and leave an inheritance directly to the grandchildren.

Inheritances to minors come in different varieties, such as bequests in wills and as beneficiaries or contingent beneficiaries on IRA’s, investment accounts, life insurance policies and annuities.

Although well-intentioned, inheritances to minors, without a trust, must go through a court proceeding on death. Minors, those under 18, cannot hold property in their names. In the proceeding, the judge appoints a legal guardian to protect the minor’s interest until age eighteen, at which time the beneficiary receives the asset. The expenses of the legal guardian will be paid out of the minor’s bequest. Generally, the legal guardian will use the funds for the child’s health, education, maintenance and support having regard to any other assets or resources of the

minor known to the guardian. Again, ready or not, the legal guardian must turn over the assets to the minor at age eighteen, a tender age in today’s world.

A better plan would be to leave assets to a minor beneficiary by creating a trust. You leave directions for the use of the funds, distribution at a stated age, such as thirty years old and, in the meantime, the trustee, a person you choose instead of a legal guardian chosen by the court, uses the money for the purposes enumerated above, either by giving money directly to the minor or by paying bills on their behalf.

Trusts avoid probate court proceedings entirely for the trust assets. You either put assets into the trust while you are living or, alternatively, you may name the minor’s trust as death beneficiary on bank accounts, investment accounts, IRA’s or the retirement plans, annuities and life insurance policies.

The intention to benefit minor beneficiaries must be attended to with thoughtful planning to avoid having the good deed punished.

The Richner and James families have a longstanding relationship. Richner Printing has printed the CJ newspapers for years and also prints other daily and weekly newspapers, specialty publications and newsletters throughout the tristate region, as well as general, high-volume commercial printing and mailing.

Like CJ Publications, Richner Communications is a proud family-owned business. Founded by Robert and Edith Richner in 1964, the company is today led by their son, Stuart Richner.

“We are excited to continue the great work of Carolyn, Al and their team, to ensure that the Amityville, Babylon and Massapequa communities have the critical news necessary to remain vibrant places to live and work,” Richner said. “Our company believes deeply in the importance of local journalism, and we look forward to introducing ourselves to our new readers.”

Carolyn James will assume the role of associate publisher at Richner Communications and will continue to oversee the four publications. The (516) 798-5100 phone number of CJ Publishers will remain the same, as will the newspapers’ websites of, and MassapequaPost. com. James’ email address is now

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Baldwin Senior Lacrosse

Hewlett’s year ends in double OT

It ended too soon for the Hewlett boys’ lacrosse team.

The preseason goal was winning a round of the playoffs. As it turned out, the Bulldogs never technically qualified for the playoffs.

On May 13, Hewlett was eliminated in the Nassau Class C play-in round, losing a double-overtime heartbreaker, 7-6, to Carle Place/Wheatley. Hewlett, which finished its season at 8-8, had beaten Carle Place/Wheatley in the regular season.


“It’s tough because I felt we were the better team,’’ Hewlett junior goalie standout Daniel Lankri said. “We beat them earlier in the season so everyone’s ticked about it.’’

The winning goal came on an 8-yarder that bounced into the cage and past Lankri.

“It was a decent shot - bounced in from a couple of yards,’’ Lankri said. “He had a good look but think I could’ve saved it.’’


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BOYS LACROSSE (Hofstra University)

Friday, May 24

Nassau Class B championship 5 p.m. Nassau Class C championship 7:30 p.m.

IT WAS A NEAR-PERFECT regular season for the Bruins, who won 13 of 14 games and captured the Nassau Conference 3 title. And Ryan, who will play lacrosse at Hartwick College, was one of the biggest reasons for their success. She netted 52 goals, including the 100th of her career, and added 12 assists. She also had 87 draw controls. Ryan had eight points (six goals and two assists) May 6 as Baldwin sealed first place with a 14-13 win over Hicksville. 4:21:36

The best part of the 2024 season was Lankri turning into a star. He only started playing goalie in eighth grade after being a midfielder. He was convinced to make the change by middle school lacrosse coach, John Palladino, who also head coach of the football program.

“It was just hard work,’’ Lankri said. “I found it pretty fun, getting hit by balls.’’

Lankri is now a three-time captain and won All-County honorable mention this year after making 203 saves and boasting a 68.4 save percentage.

“It means a lot to me,’’ Lankri said. “My goal was All-County but I’m still grateful. Next year, I’ll be All-County.’’

“He’s been the backbone of our softzone defense and essentially our team,’’ coach Dale Pescitelli said.

From last season’s team, Hewlett had lost 10 seniors and 78.5 percent of its scoring after making the playoffs and losing in the first round. The goal was to win a round this season, even with the young team, but it fell short.

“I wouldn’t say I was happy to make the play-in game,’’ Lankri said. “I felt we were a pretty talented group of guys and could’ve gone way further than that. We can beat most teams. I wouldn’t put my head down about it, but we could’ve done better.’’

Youth caught up with Hewlett.

“I feel like we had a lot of new guys in new positions,’ Lankri added. “It was a relatively young team - some guys from JV. The key for next year is they keep getting better. It’s a big jump from JV to varsity. Those guys did well and there’s a lot of room for improvement on the field.’’

Hewlett still managed memorable moments in 2024. Senior Luke Rochler finished with 44 points, making 30 assists with a faceoff winning percentage of 65 percent. Ryan Rovner exploded for a team-leading 23 goals with 21


But the key to the Bulldogs’ 8-7 regular season was Lankri and that soft zone that allows more shots than other defensive systems.

Lankri said he felt he underperformed in two contests – including the Floral Park defeat. “I had a pretty good year, but I could’ve played better,’’ Lankri said.

Zachary Tucker was again Hewlett’s top defensive player. Regarding the defensive strategy, Lankri said,

“I feel like I’m pretty good in close shots,’’ Lankri said. “(I face) a lot of shots. At times the better teams you play they are able to shoot those shots and get better looks. Good shooters from 12 years out are able to put the ball wherever and in good spots and it makes it harder on me sometimes. But the zone is good.’’

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Senior Luke Rochler registered 44 points, including 30 assists, and won 65 percent of draws this spring for the 8-8 Bulldogs.
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Silver winners of the Maccabi Tournament, the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC team were on the court read to play. Team members Parker Scharf, left Mason Schein, Noah Golumbeck, Michael Boriskin, Nathan Rahamani, assistant coach Matthew Schein, Azi Tocker, Uzi Zamir, Liam Sheer, Alex Scharaga, and head coach Leroy Samuel.

Silver medal for Marion & Aaron Gural JCC team

Known as the “Corporate Capital of America,” Wilmington. Delaware took on more significance for the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC’s Junior Maccabi Team that captured the silver medal in basketball at the Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games on May 5.

Modeled after the JCC Maccabi Games, the one-day Olympic style tournament was geared for nine- to 12-years-old. The competition was hosted by the Sigel JCC Delaware.

Beginning with the opening ceremonies each team individually marching out, while singing “Hatikvah” (the Israel national anthem) and the ”StarSpangled Banner.” Then the competition got under way with team and individual sports, and the opportunity to take part in a service project.

Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway sixth- and seventh-graders comprised the Gural JCC squad with Leroy Samuels the head coach and Matthew Schein his assistant.

“We found kids that wanted to be on the team, practiced for the tournament, planned out the itinerary and drove to Delaware,” Schein said. “This was a fun experience for us and the kids.”

The team won all three of its games and was the No. 2 seed. The squad defeated the No. 3 seed.

Though the Gural JCC lost in the championship game to the No. 1 seed,

the boys had fun and appeared to enjoy this special opportunity.

“I had an amazing time at the Maccabi games, I was so excited to go and my team worked very hard together to win the silver,” said HAFTR seventhgrader Mason Schein. “It was so cool to meet people from all over and see so many people that like different sports and athletes.”

Improving their basketball skills and building up their stamina for multiple games in a short time was the initial impact of taking part in the tournament.

“I really enjoyed playing in the Maccabi games, we played five games in one day so we were really tired,” said HALB sixth-grader Uzi Zamir. Making new fiends and meeting people with the same interests and skill levels was also part of the experience.

“It’s such a great experience to play against kids from other states and delegation, meeting new kids and traveling to new places each year is awesome,” said HAFTR seventh- grader Michael Boriskin. “We practiced together, developed chemistry, and won second place!”

The boys’ caliber of play and the energy and sportsmanship they brought to the court is something their schools and the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC can take pride in.

“The boys competed at a high level and showed amazing sportsmanship, I couldn’t be prouder of all of them and the way that they played,” Samuels said.

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IDF war heroes visit Brandeis academy

Brandeis Hebrew Academy students received an education on Israel military history and an educated update on the current war as Avigdor Kahalani, a former decorated Israel Defense Forces officer, who later served in government, visited the school on May 16 and four days later IDF Major Shlomi Bicha came to Lawrence.

Bicha, who served for 24 years, was severely injured during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. His story of courage, faith and resilience was moving, Brandeis officials said.

The school presented a donation of $4,000 to Bicha to benefit the El Ami Wounded Soldier organization that sup-

ports IDF soldiers injured in combat. Kahalani took part in the Yom Kippur War and his leadership played a critical role in the Battle of the Valley of Tears — a major battle in the Golan Heights during the 1973 war — earned him widespread admiration and respect. After a 30-year military career,

he served in the Knesset — Israel’s Parliament — and then was Jewish state’s Minister of Internal Security. Both visits enhanced the students’ robust Jewish identity and the school’s commitment to forging an ongoing connection with Israel.

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Arts Below Sunrise draws largest crowd

As people walked up and down Broadway from Irving Place in Woodmere and Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library in Hewlett, they might have noticed less space between each other.

Because the 11th annual Arts Below Sunrise attracted its largest crowd and had the most attractions ever, according to Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association President David Friedman, who added that fire and police officials said roughly people attended the street fair on May 19.

The largest outdoor festival in the Five Towns had artists and dancers, carnival rides and games, craft and food vendors, demonstrations, hands-on educational activities and a petting zoo, and commemorated the 125th anniversary of the HewlettWoodmere school district.

Organizers included the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Endowment Fund, HWPL and HWBA. Herald Community Newspapers and LIPRIME were the media sponsors.

— Jeffrey Bessen

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Courtesy Howard Weinick Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Endowment Fund board member Nicole Eliopoulos, left, and Vice Chairs Icela Fischthal and David Friedman at Arts Below Sunrise on Sunday. Photos Courtesy Brandeis Brandeis Head of School Raz Levin illustrates a point in Hagit Genosar’s classroom, along with Avigdor Kahalani, a former decorated Israel Defense Forces officer and fifth-grader Shira Shabatay. Courtesy Kay Greenbaum Cedarhurst resident Diane and Syd Mandelbaum at the Arts Below Sunrise table that promoted Rock and Wrap It Up!, a charitable nonprofit organization that aims to reduce poverty and the human carbon footprint. Brandeis Hebrew Academy fifth-graders Tamar Vider, left, Hailey Brandsdorfer, Romi Oknin, Raiya Kaplan and Laura Samuelson with Shlomi Bicha, a retired IDF major, who visited the school on May 20.


School year wraps up with exams and activities

W“ork hard, play hard” has been the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School’s motto this past May. As students returned from Passover break, they dove into Advanced Placement testing, preparing for Regents and finals, and tackling the workload of finishing the year.

Seniors are trying to appreciate each minute of their last days as high schoolers, while juniors prepare to step into their shoes. Amid all of the end-of-year pressure, students were able to release the stress and enjoy a day of fun at North Woodmere Park in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have been working tirelessly to study and tackle the rigorous AP courses they have been taking throughout the year. Whether sitting through a double period of AP Sciences, attending occasional lunch classes, some night classes, and even weekend mock exams, students and teachers have been putting their utmost effort into preparing for the culmination of these courses: the AP exams. Students are prepared and ready to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities. We all have full confidence in each student and we wish everyone good luck! With hard work comes great rewards. In between testing and rigorous classes, students spent May 14, celebrating Yom HaAztmaut, Israel’s birthday. The day included a concert performed by Dovid Pearlman, and the afternoon at North Woodmere Park for a school-wide day of activities.

Students engaged in a variety of activities, including tennis, soccer, basketball, and even a faculty-student kickball game. Toward the end of the afternoon, everyone took a break to enjoy a delicious Israeli-style lunch before

resuming their activities. The excitement of the celebration was exactly what students needed to re-energize for the studying ahead.

As the school year draws to a close, seniors are wrapping up their final days at HAFTR. As they reflect on the past four years and all the great memories they have shared, they are eagerly anticipating graduation and the exciting future that awaits them.

Before long, seniors will be on their way to Israel and college, but until then, they look forward to receiving their yearbooks, celebrating Senior Dinner and those last moments together on their senior trip.

Meanwhile, juniors are beginning to step into their new roles as the seniors of the school, preparing for student government elections, chesed committees, and the “Big Sibling Program,” which

connects each freshman student with a senior to help navigate through high school.

In a month filled with difficult exams, exciting celebrations, and happy goodbyes, HAFTR is ready to enter its final month of the 2023-2024 school year on a high note. With exciting holidays like Shavuot approaching, alongside graduations and more trips, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming month.

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Silver research wins regional competition

fair, in March, because they wanted to develop it further. In the Long Island Science Competition, they were ready to vie for a spot in the finals.

On the day of the competition, Artan fell ill and was unable to participate, but Chavre and Zelikoff felt that they had so thoroughly rehearsed their presentation together that they knew one another’s talking points by heart.

“I’m so proud of them,” Artan said of her teammates still placing in the competition. “They really helped get us this.”

Chavre focused on data analysis for the project.

“It’s one thing to make sense of data plots and charts that you find online,” he said in explaining how the group presented their findings, but it is even more rewarding to understand the statistics you are reading, Chavre said. “Being able to make that connection is so important.”

Zelikoff, who was taking part in his first competition, Artan and Chavre both experienced science competition presenters, said he was nervous about presenting the project to the judges, who were teachers at the participating schools, but his nerves faded as they began.

“You realize they’re people, too,” Zelikoff said. “Dr. Bissoondial, he’s a bit tough, but he really helped.”

Hewlett High School sophomores Benjamin Zelikoff, left, Deniz Artan and Darsh Chavre advanced to the New York State Science Congress Competition with their research project on the properties of silver, which they presented at the 2024 Long Island Science Congress Competition.

The three learned that they had advanced to the state competition in early May, in Bissoondial’s science class.

“Our immediate reacting was just a jump of joy,” Artan recounted. “We literally jumped out of our seats.”

“I think that there’s a lot more improvements and developments to be made,” Chavre said.

Artan explained that they have made use of the National Center for Biotech-

The team members are now refining the research as they prepare to present it in Syracuse.

nology Information, a database of peerreviewed research papers.

“Winning another award in states, that’s our goal at this point,” he said.

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, in Syracuse, will host the state competition.

St. John’s expands maternal services

cials termed “racial disparities of care,” especially for women on the Rockaway Peninsula and in the surrounding communities.

“For over a decade we have been intensely focused in enhancing women’s health care, Dr. Donald Morrish, Episcopal Health Services’ CEO, said. “We are tremendously proud that St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has been designated as a baby-friendly institution. This highlights our commitment to supporting breast-feeding mothers, and the well-being of their children.”

St. John’s has implemented a doula program, to provide educational support and to reduce maternal and infant mortality, as well as a centering program, which offers holistic maternal and infant health education, with the benefits of lowering the rate of pre-term births and low-weight babies.

“At EHS, we’re dedicated to promoting health care equity and ensuring all women have access to the high-quality care, regardless of their background, circumstances or ability to pay,” Morrish said. “Our new LDRP facility will play a vital role in the mission to provide

accessible, inclusive care for women from all walks of life.”

The state-of-the-art facility will prioritize patient comfort and safety throughout the childbirth process. It will feature six labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms, each equipped with a private shower.

“This design allows patients to spend their entire hospital stay in a single room, providing enhanced comfort, privacy and continuing of care throughout their birthing experience,” said Dr. Jacqueline Marecheau, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The unit will also include two Caesarean operating room suites, two recovery rooms and four triage rooms. The hospital intends to provide superior care for high-risk pregnancies, and specialized services for mothers and infants who need additional attention and support.

“Family comfort was a big priority when designing this space,” Marecheau said. “A family lounge and pantry, and public restroom will be adjacent to the reception area. The facility also provides support spaces such as team member offices, nurses station, on-call

rooms, locker room and medication safety zone.”

Since the first meeting of board members and LDRP staff seven years ago, $4 million has been collected to help make the unit possible.

“If there’s more money needed, we will be committed to seeing this project done no matter the cost,” Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. said.

The goal is to ensure that pregnant women on the Rockaway Peninsula can get the care they need without going elsewhere. “No matter what your social economic status is, ZIP code or sexual orientation, health care is a right, and every community should have the same access,” Richards added.

The plan as well is to reduce the maternal mortality rate, and provide pre-natal care without cost.

“Done are the days of having to drive to Jamaica or Long Island to have your baby,” Richards said. “Done are the days of being disrespected by the health care system simply because of your ZIP code. We’re making history today, and every time a baby is born in this unit, we’re making the future of the community a whole lot brighter. This is a labor of love.”

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Melissa Berman/Herald Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. noted the significant benefits of the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and PostPartum Unit that St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is building on its ninth floor. Courtesy Terrance Bissoondial

Nassau County cheers 125 years, but work to be done

Nassau County turned 125 earlier this year, and an eclectic grouping of politicians, artists and celebrities celebrated with the clinking of glasses at The Lannin catering hall at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

Last week’s party — hosted by Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman — saw a packed room filled with dignitaries like Hempstead deputy town supervisor Dorothy Goosby and Valley Stream painter Mike Stanko, alongside celebrity guests like actor Vincent Pastore from “The Sopranos” television series, and singer Taylor Dayne.

“Nassau County was once known for agriculture, fishing, Gold Coast estates, and resort living,” Blakeman told attendees, during his toast. “Today, Nassau County is larger than 10 states in population. Our gross domestic product is larger than 146 nations in the United Nations. We are home to people of every race, every religion, every ethnic group, every lifestyle, and every ability. We are one of the healthiest — and thanks to our Nassau County Police Department, we are the safest.”

The county’s origin story was, in effect, an act of secession, according to historians. In 1898, when New York City annexed Queens County, its three eastern towns — Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay — pushed to split away,


Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums took The Lannin hall by storm at Eisenhower Park in paying tribute to Nassau’s 125th anniversary. It was all part of an all-star gala last week hosted by Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman.

drawing an invisible boundary between itself and the newly expanded city.

Thus, on Jan. 1, 1899, Nassau County was born with its suburban future firmly secured.

But for Alexandra Wolfe, chief executive of Preservations Long Island — a regional historic preservation nonprofit

Annual Concert at St. Agnes Cathedral

— the county’s historical value predates its official inception.

“You can find historical material as far back as the 18th century in Nassau County,” she said. “Every movement in history left an imprint on Long Island. But you’re not often aware of it. It’s hidden away, privately owned, or built around.”

It’s partly the reason why those like former Nassau County Historical Society president Natalie Naylor treated the milestone as less of a cause for celebration and more as an opportunity to underscore serious challenges in preserving the county’s much longer heritage.

“Nassau County once had a wonderful system of museums that, over the years, has deteriorated with less and less funding, staffing and expertise,” she said, pointing to the “county’s declining financial support and interest over the decades” as a main concern.

Naylor also mentioned that long-proposed projects like working with the county to bring back the Nassau County Historical Museum — formerly based in Eisenhower Park that shuttered in 1991 — have failed to get off the ground.

But the county still sought to make history a focal point of the celebration, commissioning Valley Stream artist Mike Stanko to create a rendering of the Theodore Roosevelt County Executive Building in his signature “pop-realist” style.

Stanko chose the subject matter for his painting after touring the building with Blakeman, who personally requested him for the occasion.

“It’s the office of the county executive and of many other elected officials and public servants, and it’s going to be prominently displayed there,” Stanko said. “It’s a classic historic building, and it’s a true honor and privilege to be selected for this work.”



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Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute

Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas Liszt: Battle of the Huns

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Agnes Cathedral 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, NY Suggested donation $20 per person at the door

Annual Five Towns 5K set to take off on June 9

Grab your running shoes, the 15th annual Beit Halochem International Five Towns 5K takes place Sunday, June 9 at North Woodmere Park, with the starter’s pistol firing at 10 a.m., sharp.

Proceeds benefit disabled Israeli military veterans through Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans out of Manhattan. Beit Halochem International is the only organization in the United States authorized to raise money for the rehabilitation of wounded Israeli veterans, according to officials.

Isaac Seinuk — co-chair of Beit Halochem USA-Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans — founded this race in 2009 with the immense support and sponsorship of Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group.

“Running a community-based organization for over 35 years, we believe in ‘for the community, from the community,’ and our community is well-known for supporting Israel and Israeli causes,” said Shalom Maidenbaum, founding and managing member of the property tax group. “In these challenging and faithful times both for the state of Israel and American Jewry, it is imperative that we all do our part for the community here and in Israel.”

Maidenbaum helped get the race off the ground and supported Seinuk, serving as the “father” of the event.



Thief’ Marcus gather after last year’s Beit Halochem International Five Towns 5K. This year’s race is — the 15th iteration of it — is set for June 9.

The 5K starts at North Woodmere Park, making its way through the local streets of North Woodmere with major stretches on Cliffside Avenue and Flanders Drive — along with a path through Nutley Place, Glenridge Avenue, Mulberry Place, Cranford Avenue and Kilmer Lane — before ending back at the park for an awards ceremony.

Other sponsors include Young Israel of North Woodmere, Young Israel of Woodmere, Congregation Beth Sholom, and the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. Volunteers are provided by the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway.

“I felt very strongly that I wanted to do something for Friends of Israel Disabled

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Veterans in order to raise funds, and much more importantly, to raise awareness,” Seinuk said.

Beit Halochem was not well known in the United States back then, but the Five Towns 5K changed that significantly. Seinuk’s goal was to have runners return each year to help support the cause and donate.

The organization was established to help assist the Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization, formed in 1949 following Israel’s War of Independence, according to the group’s website. There are currently four active locations in Israel with a fifth in the works.

Every year, Beit Halochem USA raises

around $30,000 from the North Woodmere event, Seinuk said, with this year’s donations expected to go even higher.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve raised over a half a million dollars — if not more — for Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans,” he added.

The race provides needed money to help disabled soldiers receive physical rehabilitation and mental health services, especially for those who may live without limbs, or are managing other permanent disabilities.

“This year, the need is multiple times more than in any year the race is transpiring, since the Oct. 7 war,” said Jeffrey Eisenberg, founder of the Israel Chesed Center. “We now have over 50,000 wounded soldiers from this current war.”

It was Oct. 7 when Hamas terrorists crossed over from Gaza into Israel, killing more than 1,200 people, and kidnapping hundreds more.

New programs and therapy are continually added to aid the Israeli disabled veterans in ways that keep them active, healthy, and socially connected.

“Right before this current war, we’ve helped 52,000 wounded soldiers,” said Tzvia Wexler, national developing director for Beit Halochem USA. “Unfortunately, now we had an additional 13,000 physically wounded and 15,000 to 20,000 with PTSD.”

Registration remains open until the day of the race. For more information, visit

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Courtesy Isaac Seinuk
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Look upwardHeading into summer at the BETHPAGE S OW

Parliament Funkadelic


Here we are — ready to kick back and enjoy Memorial Day weekend’s prelude to summer. Besides the observances, parades and barbecues, that yearly trek to Jones Beach to watch the action overhead during the Bethpage Air Show is a beloved tradition for so many of us.


Courtesy U.S. Navy

This year’s show — on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 — celebrates its 20th year with much fanfare.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, headliners at the first Bethpage Air Show back in 2004, return to helm the spectacular two-day display of flying stunts.

George Gorman, regional director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, enthusiastically says that “spectators are in for a real treat” this time around with 2024 being “a very special year for us.”

“Not only are we celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bethpage Air Show, but we are also celebrating the 95th anniversary of Jones Beach State Park and the 100th anniversary of New York State Parks and the Long Island State Park Commission,” he notes.

The Blue Angels have strong ties to the region, flying Grumman Hellcats, built on Long Island for the team’s 1946 inaugural flight. The team then went on to fly other Grumman aircraft, including the Bearcat, Cougar and Tiger, one of which now hangs at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic revolutionized funk music in the 1970s, blending psychedelic rock with soulful grooves and creating an extravagant stage show that influenced generations of musicians. Their iconic sound and outlandish performances made them pioneers of funk, with hits like ‘Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)’ and ‘Atomic Dog’ cementing their legacy in music history.

Parliament Funkadelic (often abbreviated as P-Funk), led by Clinton, is known for their innovative and influential contributions to the genre, combining elements of funk, soul, R&B, and psychedelic rock. The collective originated in the 1960s, with Clinton serving as the central figure and creative force behind both groups. He’s recognized as the godfather of modern urban music.

Saturday, May 25, 8 p.m. $99.50, $79.50, $69.50, $54.50, $49.50. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Tickets available at or ParamountNY. com, (631) 673-7300

the American Airpower Museum Warbirds; along with Farmingdale State

College Flying Rams, flying several of their 22 college-owned aircraft, complete

The Skytypers, an air show favorite, combine the best of old and new. The team uses five of the remaining World War II-era NA SNJ planes left in the world,

team uses five of the remaining World War II-era NA SNJ planes left in the world, meticulously restored with the latest technology.

“These were Navy scout planes used on missions in World War II and the Korean War,” explains Larry Arken, the Skytypers’ longtime flight leader. “We’ve modernized them and give them plenty of TLC. We have to take care of our warbirds. They’ve got quite a military history; they’ve landed on aircraft carriers and as fighter trainers they trained the Greatest Generation.”

• May 25-26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• $10 vehicle use fee

• Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh

• For up-to-date information, visit or text ‘Airshow’ to (516) 842-4400, to download the Bethpage Air Show mobile app

The distinguished squadron — back for its 10th headlining appearance — is joined by other elite military pilots, including the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the U.S. Air Force’s A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team, and the U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team. These expert aviators demonstrate the armed forces’ capabilities in fulfilling air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The renowned Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron always delights air show visitors with unparalleled displays of flight precision, in keeping with the Navy’s time-honored tradition dating back to 1946. A total of 17 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels, showcasing the precision and power of naval aviation. Each year, the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers, and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

As always, expert civilian performers join in the action. The popular Skytypers and their flight squadron of vintage World War II aircraft; Mike Goulian, North America’s most decorated aerobatic pilot; the Warbird Thunder team, piloted by former Skytypers members; Long Island’s aerobatic daredevil David Windmiller;

The Farmingdale-based Skytypers are, of course, a familiar sight along northeast beaches with their skytyped messages generated at an altitude of 10,000 feet with puffs of smoke in dot matrix-style letters. While those messages won’t be visible during the show this time around, the pilots are ready to entertain with their signature maneuvers.

“We’re thrilled that this is our 20th year with the show,” Arken says. “It’s so important to us as it’s our hometown show. For many of our friends, it’s the only time they get to see us (perform). We’re always excited to be here and put a smile on people’s faces. It’s great fun to fly down low and see everyone on the beach. This is a terrific event, and the pilots enjoy it as much as everyone on the ground.”

Flying at 500 feet, his team’s 18 minutes of precision skills always excite spectators. Among their favorite tricks is the “bomb burst,” in which the Arken’s planes come in at low altitude toward the spectators from five directions in a crisscross pattern.

“It almost looks like we’re going to hit each other,” he says. “It’s a real crowd pleaser.”

His team is a close-knit group of five pilots, with decades of military and professional experience, who honor the history and heritage of their refurbished aircraft.

“I consider us caretakers of these planes that had such a historical impact during World War II, “Arken says.”Everything we do is because we want to keep them alive for the generations to see them. We love flying these planes and bringing them to this show.”

The event is one of the largest air shows in the country. More than 240,000 people attended in 2022, when the Blue Angels last performed during a stormy weekend. Last year, more than 419,000 attended.

Simon & Garfunkel


Aztec Two-Step 2.0 chronicles the extraordinary career of Simon & Garfunkel. The music speaks for itself, anchored by Rex Fowler, Aztec Two-Step co-founder and his wife, Dodie Pettit, an original cast member of Broadway’s ‘The Phantom of The Opera.’ Multiinstrumentalist Steven Roues, 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 is Fornatale’s protégé, Tony Traguardo, 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.

Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. $42, $37. $33. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or

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Courtesy Larry Left: The Skytypers return each year with their display of flying expertise, a Memorial Day weekend tradition. Right: The renowned Navy Blue Angels are back in action over Jones Beach this weekend.

THE Your Neighborhood

Chris Botti

Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti visits The Paramount, Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m. Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. He has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Botti gained a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together. He’s been one of the most popular instrumentalists in the world for nearly three decades; he’s collaborated with some of the biggest superstars on the planet, including Sting, Paul

Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Joni

Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and others.

He knew his life’s dream was playing music after listening to Miles Davis play perform “My Funny Valentine” live from “Miles Davis – Four & More.” Before venturing out as a solo artist, Botti played in Carnegie Hall as part of the McDonald’s All American High School jazz band and went on tour with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler and others. His time performing with musicians such as Paul Simon, Sting, Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé in and out of the studio inspired the distinct style Botti has to this very day. He’s topped the jazz charts with numerous award-winning albums, and performed with symphony orchestras and on prestigious stages from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. After signing to Blue Note Records, Botti released his latest album, “Vol. 1.” In many ways, the album is a fresh start for the trumpeter. Having successfully crossed over from the underground jazz scene to pop stardom, Botti’s first album in over a decade finds him coming back to his roots, focusing on acoustic jazz and classic standards. $99.50, $89.50, $74.50, $64.50, $59.50, $39.50. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Tickets available at or



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, Wednesday through Friday, May 29-31, 10:15 a.m. and noon; also Saturday, June 1, 11:30 a..m. and 2 p.m. 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 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

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Floral design for kids

Old Westbury Gardens Director Maura Brush leads a 45-minute floral arranging class just for kids, Saturday, June 1, 1010:45 a.m., to explore their creative side. Fresh flowers will be used, and she will teach proper care and handling, water, and how to make sure your floral arrangement lasts and looks beautiful. Discuss flower names and fun facts about each flower. For ages 5-12. $30. Registration required. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For information visit or contact (516) 333-0048.

Villages of Cedarhurst and Lawrence Memorial Day Parade

The Villages of Cedarhurst and Lawrence come together with the Lawrence Cedarhurst Volunteer Fire Department, and Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion Post 339 for the annual Memorial Day Parade, Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-noon. The parade will take place along Central and Cedarhurst Avenues.

Game Time

The Peninsula Public Library hosts an in-person game time on Monday, June 3, 2 p.m. Join in to play canasta, Mah Jongg and scrabble, in the downstairs Bentley Room. Space is limited; seating is first come, first served. Peninsula Public Library, 280 Central Ave, Lawrence. Call Roxanne at (516)-967-5777 to confirm the day before.

Village of Greater Atlantic Beach Board of Trustees Meeting

The Village of Greater Atlantic Beach meets, Tuesday, May 28, 5 p.m. 2150 Bay Boulevard, Atlantic Beach. Call (516)-239-6777 for more information.

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 25. 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

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On stage

Plaza Theatrical brings back its acclaimed Broadway series. With the recent passing of Stephen Sondheim, regarded as one of the most important figures in 20thcentury musical theatre for reinventing the American musical, Plaza honors him with a staging of “Into the Woods,” Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, June 1, 2:30 p.m.; also Thursday, June 6, 2 p.m. See it at Plaza’s stage at the Elmont Library Theatre. 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $49, $45 seniors. Elmont. For tickets, call (516) 599-6870 or visit

Generation Luncheon

Congregation Sons of Israel hosts a luncheon in honor of their “greatest generation,” Saturday, June 8. This is a special Shabbat service and luncheon in honor of their 96th Annual Journal. Congregation Sons of Israel, 111 Irving Place, Woodmere. Contact Marietta at kostove@ for more information.

Village of Cedarhurst Board Meeting

The Village of Cedarhurst holds a Board Meeting, Monday, June 3, 8 p.m., at Village Hall. 200 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst. For more information, call (516)- 295- 5770.

Discussion Group

Village of Lawrence Board Meeting

The Village of Lawrence holds a Board Meeting, Thursday, June 6, 8 p.m., at Village Hall. 196 Central Avenue, Lawrence. For more information, call (516)239- 4600.

The popular informal discussion group moderated by Jay Gold is comprised of thought-provoking conversation and congenial company, on Fridays, at 10:30 a.m., at Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett.

Men’s Club

The Gural JCC’s Men’s Club brings together a men’s only club for discussions. Mondays, at 11 a.m. 207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst. To register call (516) 569-6733 ext. 231 or email andrew.kahn@guraljcc. org.

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Public Notices

SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. JOHN CASIMIR, Pltf., vs. UZI BINIAMIN, LYUBOV BINIAMIN, Defts. Index #602620/2021. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale entered July 6, 2023, I will sell at public auction on the north side steps of the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on June 4, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., prem. k/a 1269 Wheatley Street, Hewlett, NY 11557 a/k/a Section 39, Block 95, Lot 7. Approx. amt. of judgment is $535,304.05 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale.

BRIAN J. DAVIS, Referee. MARGOLIN, WEINREB & NIERER, LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 165 Eileen Way, Ste. 101, Syosset, NY. #101351 146498



SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU The Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York as Trustee for the Certificatedholders of CWMBS, Inc., CHL Mortgage Pass-Through Trust 2005-21, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-21, Plaintiff AGAINST Howard Miller, Mindy Miller, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered April 3, 2024, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the North Side steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 on June 10, 2024 at 2:30PM, premises known as 8 Ventana Court, Lawrence, NY 11559. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Lawrence, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York, SECTION: 41, BLOCK: 100, LOT: 310. Approximate amount of judgment $1,340,148.88 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #608092/2019. The aforementioned auction will be conducted in accordance with the NASSAU County COVID-19 Protocols located on the Office of Court Administration (OCA) website ( /Admin/oca.shtml) and as such all persons must comply with social distancing, wearing masks and screening practices in effect at the time of this foreclosure sale. For sale information, please visit at or call (800) 280-2832. Heather D. Crosley, Esq,

Referee Frenkel Lambert

Weiss Weisman & Gordon, LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 01-090994-F01 80389 146595


Outreach Church of God

In Christ Inc will file a Petition with the NYS Supreme Court, Nassau County, located at 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY, which shall be returnable on June 27, 2024 at 9:30am seeking an order pursuant to NYS Religious Corporation Law Section 18 seeking to dissolve the religious corporation. 146822



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Cedarhurst will hold a public hearing on 05/30/2024 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY for the following: Petition of SHULAMITH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Premises: 305 CEDARHURST AVE Sec/Blk/Lot 39/311/10

Case # 2024-006 USE OF PROPERTY FOR SUMMER DAY CAMP Variance from: 265-33 Permitted Uses

No building or premises shall be used and no building shall be erected or altered for other than one or more of the following specified uses: A.

One-family dwellings which may include, in addition to the dwelling, the office of a professional (limited to a physician, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, registered nurse providing counseling services only, attorney, accountant, architect or professional engineer), when actually used as the private dwelling of the aforesaid professional person, and the same individual who occupies the office shall reside within said premises and shall be the owner of record. No other professional shall use said office, regardless of his/her relationship to the owner-professional. The office space for said physician, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, registered nurse providing counseling services only, attorney, accountant, architect or professional engineer, may contain the following and shall not exceed the same: a waiting room, consultation room, two treatment and/or examining rooms and one bathroom with a total floor area not to exceed 600 square feet. The office space shall be entirely on the first floor

of the premises and shall have a direct access by means of one entrance door to the interior of the residential portion.

[Amended 7-7-2014 by L.L. No. 8-2015; 11-7-2016 by L.L. No. 10-2018]

B. Places of worship.

[Amended 3-6-1967; 10-6-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997]

C. Libraries, public museums and also schools as herein defined.

[Amended 3-6-1967]

D. Clubs maintained or conducted by any religious, philanthropic or patriotic organization.

[Amended 3-6-1967]

E. Accessory uses, customarily incident to the above uses, but not including a business or building or use not located on the same lots with the building or use to which it is accessory. A garage or a group of garages for more than two motor vehicles shall not be permitted as an accessory use. Each and every garage shall be at least 25 feet from any street line except on plots having a width of less than 50 feet located on a corner in which case such garage shall be placed on said property at a point as far distant as possible from any street line.

Garages comprising a portion of the main dwelling shall be deemed a portion of that building and the front, side and rear yard restrictions shall be applicable thereto.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all interested persons will have an opportunity to be heard at said hearing.

Dated:May 22, 2024 Cedarhurst, NY Benjamin Weinstock Mayor Salvatore Evola Village Clerk-Treasurer By Order of the Board Of Zoning Appeals 146957



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Cedarhurst will hold a public hearing on 05/30/2024 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY for the following:

Petition of LINCOLN STREET NY LLC Premises: 506 LINCOLN ST Sec/Blk/Lot 39/305/7,8 Case # 2024-009

CONSTRUCT NEW INGROUND SWIMMING POOL Variance from: 265-12.1B. Fences on residential properties. No fence in any side yard or rear yard shall exceed six feet in height.

265-44 B. & C. Open decks and patios.

A permit and certificate of completion shall be required for the construction of an open (uncovered) deck and/or patio built eight inches or more above grade. A deck exceeding 36 inches in height above the level of the curb shall be deemed a structure and shall comply with all requirements of this Code pertaining to structures, including setbacks. An open (uncovered) deck and/or patio, built eight inches or more above grade, but which is not more than 36 inches in height above the level of the curb, shall, in any event, conform to the following setbacks:

B. In the rear yard, not less than 10 feet.

C. In the side yard, not less than 6 feet.

265-125 Location restricted. (Pools)

No swimming pool shall be built or maintained except in a rear yard as defined by the building zone regulations of the Village of Cedarhurst. The pool, including the foundation for the purifying apparatus, if any, shall be located not less than 10 feet from the rear lot line and not less than five feet from the side property lines of the premises.

265-126 Area limitations. (Pools)

The pool shall not occupy more than 20% of the area of the rear yard excluding all garages or other accessory structures. For the purpose of computing the building area the base for the springboard or diving platform and the foundation for the purifying apparatus, if any, shall be included. Notwithstanding any other provisions contained in the rest of this chapter, the area occupied by the pool shall not be included in computing the maximum percentage of the lot area that may be built upon.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all interested persons will have an opportunity to be heard at said hearing.

Dated: May 22, 2024 Cedarhurst, NY Benjamin Weinstock

Mayor Salvatore Evola

Village Clerk-Treasurer By Order of the Board Of Zoning Appeals 146956


INC. VILLAGE OF LAWRENCE AVISO LEGAL AVISO DE NOMINACIONES PARA ELECCIONES DE ALDEA EN LA VILLA DE LAWRENCE AVISO POR LA PRESENTE QUE la eleccion general de la Villa de Lawrence se llevara a cabo en la el 18 de junio de 2024, Lawrence Yacht & Country Club, 101 Causeway, Villa de

Lawrence, Nueva York. Las urnas estaran abiertas al 7:00 a.m., y permaneceran abiertas continuamente a partir de entonces hasta las 9:00 p.m., momento en el que cerraran.

Las oficinas y los terminos que deben cubrirse en dicha eleccion son los siguientes:

Uno Alcalde, de dos (2) anos

Dos (s) Fideicomisario, de dos (2) anos

Uno Justicia del Pueblo, durante quatro anos

Los Siguientes son los nombres y direcciones de las personas que han sido debidamente designadas de conformidad con lo dispuesto en la ley Electoral:

Para el period de alcalde de dos (2) anos

Paris C. Popack, 371 Kenridge Road, Lawrence, NY 11559

Para el period de alcalde de dos (2) anos

Shlomo Nahmias, 575 Chauncey Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559

Para el period de fideicomisario de dos (2) anos

Aaron Felder, 120 Monroe Street, Lawrence, NY 11559

Para el period de fideicomisario de dos (2) anos

Steven C. Gottesman, Lawrence, NY 11559

Para el period de Justicia del Pueblo, durante quatro (4) anos: Gary J. Mandel, 281 Ocean Avenue, Lawrence, NY 11559

Por Orden del Patronato

Gerry Castro

Dep. Secretaria del Pueblo 146959



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the general election of the Village of Lawrence will be held on June 18, 2024, at the Lawrence Yacht & Country Club, 101 Causeway, Lawrence, New York. Polls will open at 7 a.m., and remain open continuously thereafter until 9 p.m., at which time they will close.

The offices and terms to be filled at such election are as follows:

One (1) Mayor, for a term of two (2) years

Two (2) Trustees, for terms of two (2) years each

One (1) Village Justice, for a term of four (4) years

The following are the names and addresses of the persons who have been duly nominated in accordance with the provisions of the Election Law:

Mayor, for a term of two (2) years: Paris C. Popack, 371 Kenridge Road, Lawrence, NY 11559

Mayor for a term of two (2) years: Shlomo Nahmias, 575 Chauncey Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559

Trustee, for a term of two (2) years: Aaron Felder, 120 Monroe Street, Lawrence, NY 11559

Trustee, for a term of two (2) years: Steven C. Gottesman, 33 Briarwood Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559

Village Justice, for a term of four (4) years: Gary J. Mandel, 281 Ocean Avenue, Lawrence, NY 11559

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Gerry Castro, Deputy Village Administrator 146958



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Article 9 of the New York State Constitution, the provisions of the Town Law and Municipal Home Rule of the State of New York, both as amended, a public hearing will be held in the Town Meeting Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead, New York, on the 4th day of June, 2024, at 10:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day to consider the enactment of a local law to amend Section 202-1 of the code of the Town of Hempstead to INCLUDE “PARKING OR STANDING PROHIBITIONS” at the following locations: HEWLETT

PROSPECT AVENUE (TH 185/24) West Side -NO PARKING ANYTIMEstarting at a point 111 feet south of the south curbline of Slocum Street, then south for a distance of 98 feet.


MARILYN DRIVE (TH 172/24) South SideNO STOPPING HERE TO CORNER - starting from the east curbline of Seamans Neck Road, east for a distance of 40 feet.

MARILYN DRIVE (TH 172/24) North SideNO STOPPING HERE TO CORNER - starting from the east curbline of Seamans Neck Road, east for a distance of 30 feet.


ORCHARD PLACE (TH 176/24) South SideNO PARKING ANYTIMEstarting at a point 214 feet east of the east curbline of Amsterdam Avenue, east for a distance of 32 feet.

ORCHARD PLACE (TH 176/24) South SideNO STOPPING ANYTIMEstarting at a point 270 feet east of the east curbline of Amsterdam Avenue, east for a distance of 15 feet.

ALSO, to REPEAL from Section 202-1 “PARKING OR STANDING PROHIBITIONS” from the following location: HEWLETT

PROSPECT AVENUE (TH 493/04) South SideNO PARKING ANYTIMEstarting at a point 158 feet east of east curbline of SlocumStreet, then east for a distance of

48 feet. (Adopted 1/11/05) ALL PERSONS INTERESTED shall have an opportunity to be heard on said proposal at the time and place aforesaid.




KATE MURRAY Town Clerk 146930





THAT the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Cedarhurst will hold a public hearing on 05/30/2024 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY for the following: Petition of RS & NS, LLC Premises: 424 ROCKAWAY TPKE.

Sec/Blk/Lot 39/337/1

Case # 2024-007


Lounge PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all interested persons will have an opportunity to be heard at said hearing.

Dated: May 22, 2024 Cedarhurst, NY Benjamin Weinstock

Mayor Salvatore Evola Village Clerk-Treasurer By Order of the Board Of Zoning Appeals 146954




PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Cedarhurst will hold a public hearing on 05/30/2024 at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY for the following: Petition of IDIDIA


Sec/Blk/Lot 39/272/6


265-49 C. Building area. The total building area, including all accessory buildings, shall not exceed 30% of the lot area.

265-51 Front yards. A front yard of 25 feet shall be required.

265-52 A. Side yards.

A side yard is required along each side of a building.

The side yards along the sides of a building used exclusively as a one- or two-family dwelling, shall have an aggregate width of no less than 16 feet.

Neither side shall be less than six feet in width, except on corner plots, the side yard shall be six feet.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all interested persons will have an opportunity to be heard at said hearing.

Dated: May 22, 2024 Cedarhurst, NY Benjamin Weinstock Mayor Salvatore Evola Village Clerk-Treasurer By Order of the Board Of Zoning Appeals 146955


SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, vs. SHERYL STARK, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered on December 5, 2019 and an Order Appointing Successor Referee duly entered on September 28, 2023, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction on the front steps on the north side of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on June 25, 2024 at 3:00 p.m., premises known as 175 Burton Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Lawrence, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 41, Block 47 and Lots 1-2. Approximate amount of judgment is $2,565,838.38 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #8158/2012. Cash will not be accepted. This foreclosure sale will be held on the north side steps of the Courthouse, rain or shine. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at the foreclosure sale. If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, the Court Appointed Referee will cancel the sale.

Richard L. Farley, Esq., Referee Knuckles & Manfro, LLP, 120 White Plains Road, Suite 215, Tarrytown, New York 10591, Attorneys for Plaintiff 146966

Place a notice by phone at 516-569-4000 x232 or email:


LNAS1-2 0523 To Place A Notice Call 516-569-4000 x232 Search for notices online at:

When a 3-year-old demands attention, is bored, or insists that he’s right and he’s got to have what he wants, what does he do? He cries, screams, throws things, tells you what a bad parent you are. He wants what he wants; other people’s wishes be damned! Not pleasant as any parent of a 3-year-old will tell you! But luckily most kids outgrow this stage and move on as they learn to compromise with others and practice self-control. But what happens if a kid never outgrows the toddler stage and keeps fighting like a 3-year-old? Strutting his power. Calling anyone who disagrees with him names. Insulting, ridiculing, threatening others. Demanding that things go his way. Such a kid (or now if he’s a full-grown adult) doesn’t hear you, validate you, or treat you respectfully. He creates distraction after distraction to avoid dealing with any issue he doesn’t want to deal with. Facts be damned! People on the other side of the fence be damned! His way is


A 3-year-old ex-president!

the right way! Living with this type of personality is a living hell. Ask anyone who has.

Now let’s look at a strange scenario. Imagine an adult who once had executive power and demands that it continues. It never should have been taken away from him! Never, never, never! He fights like a 3-year-old, not caring about anyone else but himself and those who are enabling him in the moment. Put him on trial and he’ll close his eyes and ears.

Everything said about him, especially by his exfixer, Michael Cohen, is a damn lie! Disagree with him and he has a tantrum, calling you names, throwing out insults, screaming on social media. He hasn’t the slightest idea about how to argue as a competent adult - listening to another’s perspective with practiced

self-control, fighting fairly. His mode of arguing is deception, dishonesty, devaluing anyone who disagrees with him! Fail to prop him up and you’re history! You’re ridiculed as soon as you dissent. Talk about science and he shuts his ears! Present him with facts and he comes up with his own facts. BTW, did you know that the Covid death count has always been low - if you don’t count the blue states? And who the hell cares about the blue states? They’re not our people! The only people he cares about (until he doesn’t) are those who love him! Who award him with cult-like adoration! Who view him as the Supreme Leader!

Like a little kid, he knows nothing about how to stop bickering. Indeed, he likes to pump it up.

So, how do you handle an adult toddler who keeps having tantrum after


tantrum and resists all your good teachings? Well, maybe you mimic him! “What,” you may be thinking, “I thought when he goes low, we go high.” Yup, I agree; that’s a good idea. Still, sometimes reverse mockery works. Especially when someone has thin skin and does such foolish things that, finally, people get to see that the Emperor has no clothes.

So, instead of calling him our ExPresident, perhaps we should refer to him as “Sleepy Toddler” or “America’s Oldest Toddler.” If you’ve thought of a better moniker for him, do let me know. Write to me at and we’ll have a toddler-naming ceremony!.


Linda Sapadin, Ph.D., psychologist, coach, and author specializes in helping people improve their relationships, enhance their lives, and overcome debilitating anxiety, procrastination, and depression. Visit her website at

Welcoming Trilogy Hair Salon to the Five Towns community

Trilogy Hair Salon celebrated the opening of its Hewlett location — 1502 Broadway — with a community ribbon cutting that included Assemblyman Ari Brown and Hempstead Town Clerk Kate Murray.

Trilogy is open five days a week Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The salon is closed Sunday and Monday; the number is (516) 593-6400.

Public Notices

THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OC3, Plaintiff - against - BIBI SHERIFFA ALI, et al Defendant(s).

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on July 21, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction on the North Side steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court located at 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, N.Y. 11501 “Rain or Shine” on the 25th day of June, 2024 at 2:00 PM. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and

improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York.

Premises known as 517 11th Street, Cedarhurst, NY 11516.

(Section: 39, Block: 290, Lot: 57)

Approximate amount of lien $1,001,229.89 plus interest and costs.

Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale.

Index No. 010427/2012. Richard T. Kerins, Esq., Referee.

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 840 New York, NY 10170 Tel. 347/286-7409 For sale information, please visit at or call (800) 280-2832

Dated: April 25, 2024 During the COVID-19 health emergency, bidders are required to comply with all governmental health requirements in effect at the time of sale including but not limited to, wearing face coverings

and maintaining social distancing (at least 6-feet apart) during the auction, while tendering deposit and at any subsequent closing. Bidders are also required to comply with the Foreclosure Auction Rules and COVID-19 Health Emergency Rules issued by the Supreme Court of this County in addition to the conditions set forth in the Terms of Sale. 146888

Service interruption through May 27

National Grid officials said that a billing system update will be performed through May 27, and a portion of the utility’ regular services and bill payment options will be temporarily unavailable.

The services that will be unavailable include:

National Grid My Account, including account profile access Budget Plan enrollment, unenrollment, and payment recalculation requests

Paperless Billing and DirectPay

enrollment and unenrollment

Online outage reporting

National Grid Marketplace

Stop/Start/Transfer Service Requests:

National Grid systems will return to normal business operations on May 28.

The utility will continue to respond to gas and electric emergencies 24 hours a day.

Gas emergency: 911 or 1(800) 892-2345

Electric emergency: 1 (800) 867-5222

— Jeffrey Bessen

LNAS2-2 0523 PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES To place a notice here call us us at 516-569-4000 x232 or send an email to: 19 NASSAU HERALD — May 23, 2024
Linda Sapadin psychWisdom — Jeffrey Bessen Courtesy HWBA Lenore Grasso, of Trilogy Hair Salon, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the Hewlett business. David Friedman, president of the HewlettWoodmere Business Association is on her right.


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Company Car/ Bonuses. Clean Driving Record Required, Will Train. Retirees Welcome!

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basement. Eat-in kitchen with granite countertops. Open layout. Den/family room and home office. First floor master bedroom. Updates include skylight. Security system. Taxes: $14,588.78

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Malverne $760,000

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Merrick $1,300,000

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Q. We are wondering what to do about our projects. Our building department told us that we probably didn’t need a permit after all for our kitchen, because we are only moving one wall and changing the cabinets to a new layout, but with the sink in the same location. At the same time, we are making changes to our business, which we know needs a permit because we are changing a warehouse space to offices, also with a kitchen and new bathrooms. In that case, we are being asked to provide a complete estimate, but not from the contractor (whom we haven’t chosen yet) but from our architect. Does that sound right to you, that the architect, and not the contractor, should provide the estimate with a breakdown of line items anyway?

A. Being put in this position, you wonder if your architect gave you any good advice. At the same time, the architect is wondering why they are being thrown under the bus in front of their client, who now does not trust them. The conflicts created here are by a party to the equation that separates itself less and less from health, safety and welfare and enters into the realm of “divide and conquer.”

The change made for your kitchen includes removing a wall. Unless your building department wants to lessen their control over such matters, you absolutely need a building permit. I am wondering if you told them the full scope of what you were doing. If you wrongly communicated or interpreted that you could do wall configuration or structural changes to your home, and told your building department that you were only changing the kitchen cabinets, you have misinformed, and then been misinformed in return. They only understand what you tell them.

Most people are not too eager to tell the whole story because of the concern over the amount of work they will have to file for, with expensive plans, so they diminish the amount of work, which then creates the friction you described. Regulations make everyone uneasy and often unhappy. It does not sound right to me, for example, that your architect would need to do the full breakdown cost estimate for your project, because it sets everyone up to be at odds with one another before the construction even starts. When the architect provides one set of numbers, which the unknowing owner sees as the cost and then the contractor provides their estimate, if the two are far off from one another, the conflict begins.

Either the architect’s number is too low or too high. Too low makes the owner challenge the contractor, who from then on will have nothing to do with the architect. Too high and the architect is made to look foolish. Unless the architect gets their numbers from the contractor and all agree, the project has been set up for failure by a third party. In both cases, communication and acceptance of facts is necessary. Good luck!

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Wishing for some of that World War II-era wisdom

Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a forum on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, hosted by Cornell University’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, which is directed by former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel. (Full disclosure: My daughter, Erin King Sweeney, works as an assistant to Israel at the institute.)

The event was held at upstate Hyde Park, the site of FDR’s birth, home, burial, library and museum, and it provided a perfect backdrop for the daylong series of discussions on the president who led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II.

As a history major and a political junkie who has read numerous books on FDR and his times, I found the forum interesting and rewarding. The most detailed and illuminating segment was the presentation by Andrew

Meier, author of the epic work “Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of an American Dynasty,” who focused on Henry Morgenthau, Roosevelt’s longtime friend and the U.S. Treasury secretary for almost 12 years.

What struck me the most while listening to Meier was a renewed realization of just how perilous those years were. The country’s fabric was being threatened internally by the corrosive economic and social dislocation of the Depression, and, of course, externally, our independence and freedom as a nation was imperiled by Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Tojo’s Imperial Japan. And in the years leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American people were committed to America First and strongly opposed to any involvement in foreign wars.

Would we and our leaders have the same stamina and unity of purpose today?

reality of the Holocaust, which he had to confront as the only Jewish member of FDR’s cabinet. Yet somehow, Morgenthau, Roosevelt and, most important, the American people came through all this, emerging with the world’s strongest economy and most powerful military, and the forces of Nazism and Japanese imperialism defeated and crushed.

because that was still not known to Japan and would damage our war effort in the Pacific, Dewey complied in the national interest. That contrasted sharply with what I saw in the war against terrorism, when secret agreements we had with countries were disclosed on newspapers’ front pages for political benefit, without regard to national harm.

As treasury secretary, Morgenthau had to deal simultaneously with severe budget, economic and banking crises as well as the Herculean two-front war effort against Germany and Japan. Hovering over all this was the horrific

This made me wonder whether America and our leaders would have that same stamina and unity of purpose today. And whether there would be the same level of patriotism, putting country before party. I remember reading that during the 1944 presidential campaign, Thomas Dewey, the Republican nominee, learned that the United States had broken the Japanese code prior to Pearl Harbor. This raised the question of whether FDR had been negligent or actually allowed the attack to happen (which Dewey believed).

Yet when Army Chief of Staff George Marshall asked Dewey not to disclose that we had broken the code,

My last impression from the FDR forum was how important it is for Americans to remember the past and the lessons to be learned from it. To realize that the world did not begin the day before yesterday or the day you were born. That crises do not lend themselves to the easy black-and-white solutions of social media. As the philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” America has had a difficult but proud history. A prouder history than any nation in the history of the world. A history we must do all we can to learn and never forget going forward.

Peter King is a former congressman, and a former chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Comments? pking@

Recapturing times gone by in politics

Everyone agrees that there is a massive lack of bipartisanship in today’s political arena. Washington, D.C., is the poster child for warfare between Democrats and Republicans. Which is why my recent trip to Albany was a throwback to times gone by. I refer specifically to an event known as the Pilots Dinner. Every year, present and former members of the Assembly gather for the Pilots Dinner. Any member who has served in the Assembly for at least ten years is eligible to be a Pilot. This year’s event attracted over 100 people, with a mix of present and former members in one room.

While some members clustered in corners with their party allies, the vast majority of the crowd mingled with old friends and the new Pilots. Within minutes of my arrival, I was greeted with an enormous bear hug by former Nassau County Assemblyman George Madison. Madison is now an upstate retir-

ee, but he has a newfound appetite for politics, because his son-in-law is an Assembly member.

There’s no doubt that a gathering of any former colleagues is a sobering experience, because all of us change with the passage of time. Some members whom we recall were strong, vibrant personalities now show that time is not always kind to our bodies. But the past years of collegiality shone very brightly as I moved around the room.

Within a few minutes after I arrived, I spotted former Nassau Republican Assemblywoman Donna Ferrara. I got the anticipated warm hug as she spoke proudly about her two grown children. She asked me about my two younger daughters and my wife, Suzan, and there wasn’t a hint of partisanship. It was just a few moments of talking about times gone by.

nisced about great floor debates and past Assembly leaders such as Perry Duryea and Stanley Fink.

Then we were joined by former Republican Assemblyman Willis Stephens Jr. Will comes from a family with a long history of public service. His grandfather Mallory Stephens was chair of the Ways and Means Committee, as was his father, Willis Stephens, who’s now 99. I was also chair of the committee, and have a long history with the Stephens family.

A t the Pilots Dinner, recalling when there were no barriers to getting things done.

Before I could move on for some more hellos, I was tapped on the shoulder by former Republican Assembly Minority Leader Tom Reynolds, who’s now a Washington lobbyist. Tom served for 10 years in Congress, where he held a major leadership position. We remi-

Once the meet-and-greet portion of the dinner was over, the assembled members sat down for the formal program. Newly minted members of the Pilots were introduced, and both Republicans and Democrats were given warm receptions. Past and present party leaders made speeches, and there was a warm glow in the room. The younger members were given some history lessons about leaders of yesterday, and they learned that many things were accomplished by people they had never heard of.

One of the final highlights of the evening was the tribute to Speaker Pro Tem Jeffrion Aubry, who is retiring

after 31 years of service to his Queens community. Jeff, as we know him, offered a few barbs to both Democrats and Republicans, chiding them for some of their conduct during floor debates. One of his proudest accomplishments was his success in getting the home of the late Louis Armstrong turned into a public museum.

Perhaps most of this is of little or no interest to readers, given the absence of familiar names and the lack of a controversial subject. But the Pilots dinner sparked lots of conversation among the younger and newer attendees about a time gone by, when there were no barriers to getting things accomplished in government. It isn’t a fantasy to wish or hope for more bipartisanship in any government forum. Perhaps with the passage of time and the disappearance of the public figures who promote anger and hatred in government, we’ll get a new crop of people who will want to work together. At least, that is my wish.

Jerry Kremer was an Assemblyman for 23 years, and chaired the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for 12 years. He now heads Empire Government Strategies, a business development and legislative strategy firm. Comments about this column?

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After 125 years, Nassau County still thrives

When we think about 125 years of Nassau County, we have to look back to when the newly expanded New York City enveloped Queens County into its new domain — well, not quite all of it.

The towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead were excluded from the plans to join the city — despite being part of Queens. The 55,000 people who lived in this part of Queens County were not happy, and they gathered at a Mineola hotel in late January 1898 to do something about it.

They decided it was time to create their own county — which they would call Nassau, for King William III, who reigned from the House of Nassau when this land was first settled, and whose house name was already used for some settlements on the island.

But convincing lawmakers in Albany wasn’t so easy.

The measure ultimately passed, however, and was signed into law by Gov. Frank Black on April 27, 1898, officially bringing Nassau County into existence as of Jan. 1, 1899.

Now, 125 years later, Nassau is New York’s fifth-largest county by population with nearly 1.4 million people — making it larger than both the Bronx and Staten Island — and the 29th largest in the nation.


Let’s make the most of this chance to learn from history

To the Editor:

Why do so many choose Nassau County to not only work in and visit, but also to call home? Especially with the bustling, never-sleeping New York City quite literally over the next hill?

That answer is simple: Big homes and big yards. Less noise and pollution. Quieter streets. Much lower crime rates. And superior schools — especially when it comes to public schools.

Where else can you jump in the ocean at Jones Beach, then head to Tanglewood Preserve, in Rockville Centre, to enjoy everything else nature has to offer, and finish your day exploring the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale?

Why just read about history when you can actually visit it? Like Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay — the home of Theodore Roosevelt, existing today pretty much the way it did when the 26th president lived there. There’s also Raynham Hall, also in Oyster Bay, which was a spy headquarters during the American Revolution.

The Rock Hall Museum, in Lawrence, brings Colonial times to life not just with the artifacts inside, but the 1767 mansion they are all housed in.

Even Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow, has made history. As the site of the former Meadow Brook Club, it hosted the first-ever national women’s golf tournament in 1895, won by Lucy Barnes — the wife of Charles S. Brown, who

As a history Ph.D. and a high school history and civics teacher, I was gratified to read Peter King’s column urging Americans to heed the lessons of history (“We should have learned more than we have from history,” May 9-15). Unfortunately, there is little that most Americans can do directly to help defend Israel and Ukraine from the evils that assault them, to reduce trade with China for the material goods we have no choice but to buy, or even to calm tempers on college campuses. But there’s one thing every American can easily do to help our politics, and that is vote this November, to preserve the norms essential to American democracy.

Before coming to power, Adolf Hitler made clear his intention to expel or exterminate Jews and create an Aryan Empire in Central Europe. Mussolini promised to use violence to cleanse Italian politics of leftists. Rodrigo Duterte campaigned in the Philippines on promises of summary mass executions of drug dealers. These men, and others like them, were brought to power by a combination of voters who were sadistic enough to want exactly what each one promised, and others who didn’t take their promises seriously, found the audacity titillating, or assumed that power itself would tame these leaders. But once in office, each leader set about doing precisely what he had promised. History’s lesson is that megalomaniacal politicians must be taken at their word.

Donald Trump repudiated the tradition of conceding power

would go on to found what is now the Brown Harris Stevens real estate company. The park also hosted the ninth PGA championship tourney in 1926, won by Walter Hagen — the “father of professional golf.”

There are also great places to shop, pretty much in every neighborhood. So many Nassau County businesses are family-owned. So many of them have been in families for generations. And you know it the moment you walk through their doors. The way you are greeted. The way you are served. It proves you don’t need to be a Roosevelt to be treated like royalty here.

But when it’s all said and done, Nassau County is all about all of us, the people. Our neighbors. Our doctors and nurses. Our school superintendents, principals and teachers. Our police officers. Our sanitation workers. Those who do good in public service. The men and women who volunteer — and put their own safety on the line — as firefighters and first responders.

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in,” Teddy Roosevelt once said. And that’s true not just for the United States, but also in our neighborhoods. And all of us here in Nassau County have shone for the past 125 years, and we look forward to shining for the next 125, too.

peacefully, a cornerstone of democracy. After losing the 2020 election, he and his henchmen assembled cadres of fake electors, spread demented conspiracy theories to confuse the public, and had Michael Flynn put out feelers for a declaration of martial law. Since the failure of his Jan. 6, 2021, coup attempt, Trump has campaigned on promises to turn the U.S. military against civilians, throw migrants into detention camps,

hijack Congress by withholding legitimately voted funds, and strip the independence of the judiciary in order to remove obstacles to these actions.

He has said he will countenance the tracking of women’s pregnancies by state governments and the invasion of NATO allies by Russia. It is beyond any well-informed person’s doubt that, in office, he will weaken the NATO alliance, give Vladimir

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Our public schools deserve better

after months of contentious budget negotiations, the State Legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul recently agreed to a historic $237 billion state spending plan. The final budget compromise included the Legislature’s reversal of Hochul’s proposed funding cuts to education, as it instead allocated nearly $36 billion in public-school aid.

The state’s public-school funding model can best be described as a three-legged stool consisting of state aid, commercial taxes, and residential property tax revenue.

But even as New York makes historic investments in our schools with taxpayer dollars, many corporations and commercial properties are skipping out on their fair share of tax payments, leaving residents to pick up the hefty tab for education costs.

According to a 2023 report, public schools in the state lost at least $1.8 billion in revenue to corporate tax breaks, also known as tax “abatements,” in fiscal year 2021. Nassau County ranked among New York’s top 10 counties in total forgone school revenue, and recorded the second-highest number of approved corporate net tax exemptions.

DThe independent report, published by Good Jobs First, a pro-economic development research organization, found that a massive portion of corporate tax abatements occur when local industrial development agencies acquire properties and lease them to private companies in exchange for payments in lieu of taxes. Of course, these PILOTs are only a fraction of the corporate tax revenue that would help fully fund our education system.

to private companies, resulting in billions of dollars in lost commercial tax revenue for school districts across the state.

istricts are losing many millions of dollars to corporate tax breaks.

According to this analysis, the lost revenue for Nassau County public school districts included $3 million — or $1,031 per pupil — for the Mineola Union Free School District, $8.4 million — $1,668 per pupil — for the Westbury Union Free School District, and $12.6 million — $1,827 per pupil — in the Uniondale Union Free School District, the highest in Nassau County and the third-highest among public schools statewide.

PILOTs where tax revenue was intended for public school districts. The bill has gained significant support from labor organizations, teachers unions and good-government groups seeking to reform IDAs to better serve our schools.

Fundamentally, the Good Jobs First report argues, IDAs should not have the power to waive commercial taxes that would otherwise benefit our schools. The report makes key policy recommendations toward this end, including expanding school and community representation on IDA boards, increasing transparency and accountability in reporting forgone tax revenues, and eliminating IDAs entirely.

Let’s recap: Industrial development agencies, which are essentially public entities, buy up properties and offer them tax-free, for pennies on the dollar,


Putin a green light to expand his conquests in Ukraine, and encourage leaders — from U.S. state and local officials to dictators around the globe — to copy his methods, including delegitimizing any election that does not favor him or his party.

History’s lesson is that if Trump wins, he will do all he says he will do, and likely worse. The next four years will consist of a struggle between Executive’s efforts to dismantle democracy’s guardrails, and other government branches’, federal and state, to preserve them. That’s why Americans should vote for Joe Biden this November, as well as for Democrats up and down the ballot, and only those Republicans who promise they will stand up, rather than acquiesce, to the installation of a Trumpist dictatorship in the United States.

What to do about college demonstrations?

To the Editor:

I share Jerry Kremer’s unease with recent campus unrest (“The blemish of college demonstrations,” May 9-15), but I’m also uneasy with his conclusion that college administrators need “outside help” to prevent future “drama.” My dissent is reflected in Kremer’s comment about “publicity-minded government officials” like House Speaker Mike Johnson and Gov. Greg Abbott. Jeremy Suri’s two cents indicates the category of “offi-

cials” extends beyond government.

The solution is for all involved to return to their respective corners, to reset the bargain, including the media. It must be remembered that the hardfought-for principle of freedom of speech and its extension to the principle of academic freedom began as protections against government power to suppress. This is what is at issue. Academic freedom developed during the Enlightenment as societies, and governments, realized that valuable and beneficial knowledge emerge from organized study, the pursuit of knowledge.

Many did not accept this intellectual freedom as a good idea, not then and not now. This is what we see in the general MAGA disdain for science, disparagement of expertise, distrust of libraries. Lately these “officials” have been supported by university donors who want greater control over staffing, curriculum and knowledge, undermining the premise of academic freedom.

Some academics have taken their protected status for an enhanced right of free speech to engage publicly in promoting their work, which has drawn criticism as activism beyond the original remit. Some students, too, have exceeded their commission to become learned in the service of social improvement by attacking that very privilege.

The media is part of all this, and can constructively be more balanced. But the outside agitators, those various “officials” seeking greater influence, must withdraw. Then university administrators need to review, clarify, revise if necessary, the ground rules under which they function, their unique status and

The estimated $1.8 billion in lost school budget revenue could have been used for such essential investments as air conditioning in classrooms, athletic field renovations, wages for bus drivers, and teacher training for new technology.

Last year, the State Legislature introduced a bill that would prohibit IDAs from granting corporate tax breaks and

In Nassau County, residents pay among the nation’s highest property taxes, 60 percent of which are earmarked for our public schools. But if we are to achieve a fairer, more equitable education and tax system, we cannot continue to allow corporations to shortchange our school districts at the expense of hardworking families.

Karl A. Valere is chief of staff and senior policy adviser to Assemblyman Khaleel M. Anderson. He lives in Baldwin.

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what they owe the greater society. They must assert their independence from outside interests.

Students, similarly, need reminding of concepts like noblesse oblige, of behavior that infringes on free speech, and how, especially for them, “civil discourse” should be considered a virtue.

The responsible media can seek less

drama and superficial speculation, and greater substance, and point out those who seek accommodation over those who prefer discord.

A very conservative suggestion to promote a very liberal goal.

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