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Courtesy Michael Amorgianos Students in the Social Emotional Learning room at Lawrence Middle School last year, working on socializing and arts and crafts.

Schools seeing the effects of anxiety

Leaving for school in the morning is a newly appreciated blessing for most students these days, who not long ago languished at home, learning remotely — or trying to — in front of their computers. They didn’t have to get dressed for school, but as the pandemic dragged on, they discovered all the things they missed about being there.

“When we talk about students coming to school every day,” Lawrence Public Schools superintendent Ann Pedersen said. “It goes

under the category of a sense of belonging.”

But with Covid limitations long since lifted, school attendance has become an issue, researchers have found.

According to data compiled by Stanford University education professor Thomas Dee, during the 2022-23 academic year, an estimated 6.5 million students across the United States were chronically absent. New York state saw a jump in chronic absenteeism from 19 percent in the 2018-19 school year to 33 percent in the year that ended in June, according to Dee’s research.

Districts assess AI’s potential to change education

Whether they will incorporate artificial intelligence into their curriculums — and if so, how — continues to be a hot topic of discussion in Five Towns schools.

AI, the ability for a computer program to think and learn substantially faster than humans, processing language and solving problems, is now in the spotlight, though the technology is hardly new. Smart speaker voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri, and automated phone services, have been around for years.

Children attending school are growing up with technology.

So how much of a role should it play in their education?

According to an EdWeek Research Center survey, 33 percent of educators view AI tools as “fairly important” when it comes to teaching students.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy, in Woodmere, is fully embracing AI, according to Hank William Sr., the school’s headmaster.

“We’re looking to embrace it, because I think the reality is — and it can be very debatable — that I don’t think it’s going away,” Williams said with a

chuckle.

“If we can expose it the right way, and have students understand it and use it the right way and embrace it enough, I think it would benefit the kids in the future.”

LWA, which completed several renovations and upgrades throughout its Woodmere Boulevard building in preparation for the new school year, also brought in tech expert teacher John Tiliakos to acquaint students with the technology.

Tiliakos has taught children and adults computer programming, and will lead students in grades five through 12 in a new class called “How Artificial Intelligence Works in our World,” which can be taken as a semester or full-year course with activities/assignments changing based on grade level.

“When we speak about artificial intelligence, we want a machine to ‘think like an individual,’” Tiliakos said. “So we must guide the machine to do things.”

But there are concerns about artificial intelligence’s impact. Most likely troubled by sky-isfalling stories in the media and their own worries, 54 percent of Americans view AI as a threat to humanity, according to a recent Quinnipiac University survey. ContinuEd on pagE 16

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Lit kits coaxing college students back to the library

In an effort to attract recent high school graduates back to the library before they left for college, the HewlettWoodmere Public Library incorporated an existing program for what are considered emerging adults to return to a place they may have spent time in when younger.

“Emerging Adult Lit Kits,” was a summer program that began in early July and concluded at the end of August, having emerging adults, 18 to 25, take part in a survey on the library website.

Based on the responses, students were given handmade-lit kits by librarians that included two library books and a few surprises such as diamond paintings, coasters, cooling towels, stickers and other items.

Questions varied, which helped librarians identify what participant’s interests were.

“The kids would fill out a form online on the library’s website that asked what kind of books they like, what they don’t like, authors they like and etc.,” said Shannon Dalrymple, the HWPL Youth Services librarian.

The program was an expansion of the lit kit program for teenagers last year in its inaugural year for those aged 11 to 18. Those who participated in that program may have felt some déjà vu.

“It was pretty popular with our teens

and we have a lot of kids that aged out of the teen program that we want to keep around in the library,” Dalrymple said.

Library officials gave credit to the upstate Port Jervis Free Library, which has a monthly-lit kit for its community. The reading survey along with snacks, activities, crafts and other freebies are included in the Port Jervis package.

Dalrymple was in charge of the pro-

gram for emerging adults, which included creating the HWPL kits and reviewing the answers to the survey for the program. A dozen signed up, but it was 12 more than they expected in its first year for the new group, she said.

“When Shannon came on board, she is an emerging adult herself, so I thought she would be very good to reach that age group,” librarian Caroline Kelly said. “She will continue doing

things for them.”

Kelly coordinated the program for the teenagers and saw a massive boost from its first year last year, as 34 teens signed up, an increase of 6 from last year.

“We promoted on social media and going to the schools,” Kelly said. “For the middle school, we went to the English classrooms and spoke about it. I also think word-of-mouth helped. Kids were telling each other about it.”

Both said the library members favorite choice of books were mysteries and thrillers.

Dalrymple also recognizes that college students use the library in other ways, such as using the library’s database and e-book services.

Nonetheless, both Dalrymple and Kelly are gathering ideas on bringing the group of college students back into the library physically when they are on break — starting with getting the lit kits back for next summer for their respective age groups, with the possibility of a winter session, too. Another possible activity as a paint night coordinated when the college students are home on break.

“The lit kits encourage teens to use the library by providing them with prizes addition to personalized book recommendations,” Dalrymple wrote in an email. “It is our hope that teens will be inspired to keep using the library once they see we’re more than just books.”

Lawrence High alums vie for state supreme court seat

Two state supreme court candidates are Lawrence High School graduates.

Gary Carlton, a Democrat, and Republican Christopher McGrath, were cross-endorsed for the judgeships by the respective Nassau County political committees. Carlton and McGrath will run unopposed in the Nov. 7 general election, for the 14-year terms, to succeed justices Gary Knobel and Jerome Murphy.

Carlton, 69, of Valley Stream, grew up in Cedarhurst, and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1972.

“I always thought that the education I received in District 15 was a quality education,” he said.

He stayed in the area, marrying his first wife, Debby Rosenhein at Carltun in Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow in 1980. After Rosenhein’s died in 2007, Carlton married, Patty Ziplow at the Lawrence Country Club in 2015.

After a 39-year-long career in private practice, including a stint at the coowned personal injury law firm, Goldberg & Carlton in Rockville Centre, the Democratic nominee believes he is ready for a judge position. He feels that his experience representing plaintiffs and defendants has helped in seeing all sides of a case.

He also served as deputy village

attorney in Valley Stream from 2010 to 2019 and ran unsuccessfully for Nassau County 2nd district judge spot in 2017.

McGrath, 64, of Hewlett Harbor, grew up in Inwood, and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1976.

He spent much of his upbringing working at Morton’s Army-Navy store originally in Far Rockaway and a Cedarhurst mainstay, under the owner Jerry Silverman, who taught life lessons and

people management skills, applicable to a career in law McGrath said.

The Republican nominee now serves as a personal injury attorney at Sullivan, Papain, Block McGrath, Coffinas and Cannavo law firm in Garden City. He has practiced for 41 years as a trial lawyer, in preparation for a judge spot.

“It’s my chance to give back with public service,” McGrath said.

McGrath lost the special and general

election for state senate to Democrat Todd Kaminsky in 2016.

Cross-endorsing candidates has always been controversial. Critics claim it limits the public’s choices. Political leaders say it’s a way to help ensure the same number of party candidates for the elected positions.

Lawrence School District Superintendent Ann Pedersen said she was thrilled to hear the news of the district’s former students.

While both Carlton and McGrath attended Lawrence High before Pedersen began working for the school district, she said she believes the principles of education going back to the 1960s at the high school made for an enriching education.

She attests a portion of the two candidates success to the longstanding diversity at Lawrence High School. As of March 2023, the school’s makeup was over 60 percent Hispanic/Latino, 20 percent African-American, 15 percent white and 4 percent Asian.

“I think that is preparation for dealing with multiple types of people that you’re going to meet later in life,” Pedersen said.

The superintendent said rigorous programming, advanced placement classes and informal motto, “diversity, pride and tradition,” at Lawrence High will continue preparing students for successful careers.

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Courtesy Shannon Dalrymple College-age students had the opportunity to participate in a survey this summer on the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library website to help them find two library books to read and receive free prizes. Photos courtesy Gary Carlton and Christopher McGrath Gary Carlton and Christopher McGrath to bring their Lawrence High School education to the state Supreme Court. The two graduates receive cross-endorsement.

Crime watCh

LarCeny from auto

According to police, on Aug. 31, an unknown person stole an Apple iPad from a vehicle parked at 114 Prospect Ave. in Woodmere at 9 a.m.

On Sept. 6, an unknown person removed a pair of slippers from a vehicle parked at 14 Wedgewood Ln. in Lawrence at 2:08 a.m., police said.

Petty LarCeny

On Aug. 31, at 10:52 a.m., a female

stole items from the Gourmet Glatt at 1030 Railroad Ave. in Woodmere, police said.

arrests

On Aug. 27, at approximately 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., an unknown person removed an Amazon package from 399 Westwood Rd. in Woodmere, police said.

According to police, on Aug. 16, an unknown person removed two license plates from Enterprise Rent a Car at 501 Burnside Ave., in Inwood at 8:44 a.m.,

People named in Crime Watch items as having been arrested and charged with violations or crimes are only suspected of committing those acts of which they are accused. They are all presumed to be innocent of those charges until and unless found guilty in a court of law.

Man arrested in connection with alleged attempted rape

A man, who Nassau police said is homeless, was arrested for an alleged attempted rape of a woman in Inwood on Aug. 4.

The woman, 50, was walking on Nassau Avenue that Friday around 5:30 a.m., when the man, Freddie Keitt, 44, approached her from behind, police said.

Keitt allegedly “forcefully wrapped his arms around the victim’s waist and dragged her to a concealed area between two parked vehicles next to the sidewalk,” according to police.

During the ensuing struggle, Keitt pushed the woman to the ground, got on top of her and tried to remove her pants, police said. With a fist, he allegedly hit the woman numerous times in the head. She sustained multiple injuries, but escaped. Keitt took off, police said.

Through the subsequent investigation, Keitt was found. He is charged with attempted rape and assault. Remanded without bail, Keitt is back in court on Sept. 11. The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County is representing him.

Police are asking if anyone believes that they might have been attacked by Keitt to call the Special Victims Squad detectives at (516) 573-4022 or 911.

Courtesy NCPD Freddie Keitt is alleged to have assaulted and tried to rape a woman on Nassau Avenue in Inwood on Aug. 4.

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Every soul in the world is a precious diamond

In April of this year, India quietly clinched the title of the world’s most populous country, with an astounding 1.408 billion people, surpassing China.

However, in the face of such colossal numbers, it’s crucial to remember the profound individuality and inherent value in each person — a message echoed in an ancient teaching from the stages of the Talmud:

“On Rosh Hashana, every living being passes before G-d like (a shepherd counting) sheep.” This signifies that on Rosh Hashana, G-d acknowledges and cherishes every single person, much like a shepherd meticulously counting each sheep in the flock.

The lesson to us should be clear: Just as Our Maker values each individual, so too must we endeavor to appreciate the uniqueness of every person.

My personal role model for how to view the importance of the individual is my teacher, the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory. In 1986, the Rebbe initiated a unique practice.

Every Sunday, thousands of people, including men, women and children, gathered to seek his counsel, receive his blessings, and a dollar bill to donate to a charity of their choice. What made this practice remarkable was the Rebbe’s extraordinary ability to make each individual feel like the center of attention, even amidst a sea of faces.

Although he was in his 80s, the Rebbe

would stand for hours on end greeting each person one by one.

An elderly lady once asked, “Rebbe, how do you do it? How can you stand for so long without tiring?”

The Rebbe’s response was profoundly enlightening: “Every soul is a diamond. Can one grow tired of counting diamonds?”

In a society often driven by numbers and statistics, let us remember that acts of kindness, compassion, and attention to others can illuminate lives and help those who might feel forgotten or overlooked.

As we approach the beginning of the new year 5784, let our charge be to be attentive to one another. To reach out to those who may need support. And to uphold the belief that every soul is indeed a precious diamond.

This is the ideal to which we have dedicated ourselves and strive to live up to each day at Chabad of the Five Towns. Thus, we ask you to let us know if you or someone you know needs anything from us.

You can contact us through our website at ChabadFiveTowns.com.

May our commitment to notice and take care of one another lead us all to a year filled with goodness, sweetness, hap piness, health and well-being. Wishing you a Shana Tova!

Rabbi Zalman Wolowik is the leader of Chabad of the Five Towns in Cedarhurst.

News brief

Clavin helps at town e-cycle event

Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin assisted residents during the Town of Hempstead E-Cycle and Shredding Program on Aug. 5 at Town of Hempstead Parking Field 2 in Levittown.

Accepted for e-cycling are all televisions, computers, computer components (including cables, cords, and wiring), monitors, tablets, e-readers, electronic

keyboards, mice, fax machines, scanners, printers.

Also VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receiv ers, electronic and video game consoles and portable digital music players.

For more information about upcoming E-Cycling events, visit HempsteadNY. gov/225/E-Cycling.

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Hewlett brings a more balanced attack

D’ANGElo GoRDoN Freeport Senior Football

A DUAL-THREAT quarterback coming off an AllCounty season, Gordon will look to lead the third-seeded Red Devils deep into the Nassau Conference I playoffs following a first-round exit in 2022. Gordon, a three-year starting signal-caller and defensive back, threw for 1,061 yards and 5 touchdowns and rushed for 910 yards and 12 scores last season. He also led the defense with 70 tackles to go with 4 sacks.

games to watch

Thursday, Sept. 14

Football: Elmont at Sewanhaka 1:30 p.m.

Football: Carey at New Hyde Park 3 p.m.

Football: Calhoun at Mepham 3 p.m.

Football: Hicksville at Uniondale 3:30 p.m.

Football: V.S. South at West Hempstead 3:30 p.m.

Football: Freeport at V.S. Central 4:30 p.m.

Football: V.S. North at Lynbrook 4:30 p.m.

Football: Wantagh at Clarke 4:30 p.m.

Football: Long Beach at Garden City 4:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Hewlett at Lawrence 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Farmingdale at Oceanside 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Hicksville at Freeport 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Westbury at Malverne/East Rock 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Uniondale at Sewanhaka 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Wantagh at Long Beach 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Seaford at Calhoun 5 p.m.

Football: South Side at Bethpage 6 p.m.

Football: North Shore at Seaford 6 p.m.

Football: Locust Valley at Malverne 6 p.m.

Football: Baldwin at Massapequa 6:30 p.m.

Football: Oceanside at Plainview 6:30 p.m.

Football: Kennedy at Glen Cove 7 p.m.

Football: Hewlett at Mineola 7 p.m.

Football: Roslyn at MacArthur 7 p.m.

Football: Lawrence at Cold Spring Harbor 7 p.m.

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A four-win ceiling that had capped Hewlett’s records for more than a half-decade was at last blasted away last season by the Bulldogs girls’ soccer team.

As Hewlett forward Marcie Iannico marched to her second straight All-County season leading Nassau Conference 4 with 13 goals, Hewlett went 3-1 in the stretch, with a vengeance win at Roslyn in its finale, to finish 5-6-1 last fall.

Iannico, who had both tallies in Hewlett’s season-ending 2-0 victory, stayed in stride with a pair of goals in Hewlett’s season opener Sept. 5, boosting the Bulldogs to a 2-0 win over nonconference visitor Valley Stream South. Backed on defense by Honorable Mention All-County twin sister Catie, Marcie Iannico leads a Bulldogs core of six returning starters as Hewlett, hot out of the blocks with what could be a statement win, looks to continue its climb heading back into Conference 4 action.

“We’ve had some solid teams the last few years, but we’ve been building,” said 23rd-year coach Gil Kreiss.

“Now, I think, all the pieces are there. In the past we’ve really relied a lot on Marcie. This year we’ll be able to spread it out more.”

Alongside junior returning starter Isabella Vardaro, who had an assist in the opener, sophomore fellow forward Olivia Brown joins Hewlett’s Iannico-led attack, with returning senior center

midfielder Brianna LiaoGreene also fitting into schemes in a kind of a point guard role. “Brianna understands the game so well and brings lots of energy; we’re looking for her to distribute,” Kreiss said. “Instead of just going to Marcie all the time, we can play towards Bella in the middle, generate offense from different positions.”

Senior returning midfielder Anabella Lamour has been named one of Hewlett’s four co-captains, along with LiaoGreene and the Iannicos. Catie Iannico heads a Bulldogs defense that crystallized in the latter half of last season, conceding a mere four goals over its final five contests, a stretch which included three shutouts by the Bulldogs.

“Catie doesn’t have the big numbers her sister has,” Kreiss said. “But if you kept stats on how many times someone makes a great defensive play, or takes the ball away from somebody else, Catie would be right up there with Marcie as far as great statistics.”

Behind first-string defenders Jean Rimbos (senior), Sienna Lapaglia (junior), Ella Yamen (freshman) and Iannico, freshman goalkeeper Emily Priotkowski had two saves in notching a shutout win in her first varsity start in the opener, but is set to make way for eighth-grade goalie Alyssa Reich, who Kreiss said claimed the starting job in camp and will debut in net as soon as she catches up on missed practices.

“Alyssa’s been a pleasant surprise,” Kreiss said. “Her

Brian Ballweg/Herald Senior forward Marcie Iannico, left, is a two-time All-County honoree who last year led Conference 4 in goals with 13.

technical skills are very good, and the way she reads the game. Having a goalie competition is nice; the battle made her better, and fearless.”

“The big difference this year, overall, is our experi -

ence,” Kreiss concluded. “There’s a few new girls, and some very young players, but they’ll fit in without a problem. Almost everyone else is a returner. At every position now, we look like a team that’ll be able to compete.”

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Program helps students become social again

It also found that Black, Latino and low-income students had higher rates of absenteeism.

Lawrence is one of two districts in the Five Towns that educate many students of color. According to data on the State Education Department’s website, 68 percent of Lawrence students are Latino, and 15 percent are Black.

Data on absenteeism for the most recent school year is not yet available yet, but in 2021-22, the chronic absenteeism rate was significantly higher than before the pandemic. At the high school level, 55 percent of students were chronically absent — a student absent 15 or more in the school year, would be considered chronically absent, according to the education department— and at the elementary level, 66 percent.

The 2022-23 school year was for many districts a full return to normalcy, with no lingering restrictions based on public health. But the persistent absenteeism continued.

“Fast-forward to where all those restrictions are removed, and now we’re in an everybody-comes-to-school, noquarantine age,” Pedersen said. “But at the secondary level, students are now chronically absent.”

With the disruption of the school routine caused by Covid, she explained, students began suffering various levels of anxiety. “Some students are over-

whelmed by the largeness of a school” since they have returned, Pedersen said.

The district’s middle school and high school have a Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, room, a place where students can go to escape the stress, whether it be the noise of a crowded classroom or any other source of anxiety. They also have access to school psychologists and social workers.

“It’s been a difficult time for our students,” Michael Amorgianos, a bilingual school psychologist in the Lawrence district, said. “The pandemic has affected them in a lot of different ways, and the main way that it’s affected them is their schedule, such as their sleep and socialization.”

“Because of the fact that lots of technological advances have been pushed for virtual home usage, we see students getting these addictions to technology,” Amorgianos added. “They stay up late at night, and sometimes they miss school as a result of that.”

The SEL rooms help students become more social at school in a small space, he said, which may be more comfortable for them than the typical socializing in the lunchroom, at recess and during arrival and dismissal.

“During those moments, they’re not getting as much direction on how to behave, how to act, what they should be doing,” Amorgianos said of time in an SEL room. “It’s very difficult for them …

where there have been gaps because they weren’t attending school, or because they weren’t socializing with their friends.”

Activities in the SEL rooms range from arts and crafts to social-emotional lessons individually or in groups.

“We see that students end up feeling more comfortable, transitioning going downstairs a little bit more often,” Amorgianos said. “Then we see other students coming up that have heard about positive

experiences and are wanting to get help for themselves.”

The rooms are capped at about 15 students.

At Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, a peer mediation program was launched a year ago to help students redevelop relationships and communication skills they may have lost while learning remotely.

Leading the discussions were HALB fifth-graders who helped their younger schoolmates.

“It was a tremendous success,” Abate said about the program. “Beyond even my wildest dreams. The children who were the mediators really learned a set of skills that will serve them well in life because they were able to navigate issues between students that would normally be handled by social workers.”

Creative Response to Conflict, a nonprofit organization that helps those dealing with conflicts in hope of turning them into positive experiences, trained the fifth-graders.

Outside of the SEL room, Lawrence schools goes above and beyond for their students in need.

“We all do our part in helping to contact the families as often as we can and as frequently as we can,” Amorgianos said. “Sometimes we do home visits, but most of the time we do a lot of calling home and staying on top of those families to make sure that the students are attending school.”

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ABC News reporter Stacey Sager visited the SEL room last May and spoke with students about their experience there. From left were Sabrina Castro and Jasmine Golden.
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Howard Kopel visits Israel and President Isaac Herzog

Deputy Presiding Officer and Legislator Howard Kopel in the 7th Legislative District, which includes Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, parts of Hewlett, Oceanside, Rockville Centre and Woodmere, joined a delegation of lawmakers from Long Island to Israel to meet with local leaders that included Israel President Isaac Herzog to exchange ideas of government.

A number of topics were discussed, such as the commitment to Jewish communities on Long Island, District 7 and

the best ways to help the Jewish com munity.

“It was an honor to be part of the contingent making this trip to Israel and the opportunity to meet with Presi dent Herzog has been the highlight of my visit,” Kopel wrote in a news release. “We spent some quality time together and had the chance to discuss important issues affecting the Jewish community here on Long Island, in his country and throughout the world.”

L’Shana Tovah!

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Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park once again hosted the 9/11 remembrance ceremony to commemorate and honor the lives of those lost in the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed by four hijacked airplanes, two crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and one rerouted and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to save lives on that Tuesday

Of those lives, seven were residents of the Five Towns and connected communities: Thomas Jurgens, Neil Levin, Bettina Browne-Radburn, Joseph Rivelli Jr., Kevin O’Rourke, Howard Selwyn and Ira Zaslow.

The hour-long ceremony, started off with “America” by Michael Francis Smith, performed by the Lawrence High School band. Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock welcomed attendees and the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department presented the colors. The Lawrence High vocal ensemble sang the national anthem, followed by Rabbi Moshe Monczyk invocation.

Weinstock reflected on how much time has passed since that tragic day.

“When I began to prepare my remarks for today, I was struck by the amount of time that has passed,” Weinstock said. “Someone who is 50 today was only 28, on that tragic day. Someone who was 40 today was only 18 when that happened. Someone

who’s 20 today, well you do the math, they weren’t even a thought.”

Congressman Anthony D’Esposito recalled the patriotism that followed, whether that was wearing American flag clothing or displaying a flag outside a home.

“To honor the men and women who made and paid the ultimate sacrifice, that

Tuesday morning, to remember those who are still dying today because of 9/11 related illnesses, what better way to pay tribute, what better way to show respect, what better way to continue their legacies, than to promote unity, than to work together, than to be as patriotic as we can,” D’Esposito said.

State Sen. Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpat-

rick noted the loss of life.

“You paid an unbelievable sacrifice and your family were heroes,” Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick said.

Assemblyman Ari Brown acknowledged the power of unity across the nation after the terrorist attacks.

“It was a day when we put aside our divisions, our disagreements and our doubts. It was a day when we became one. One Long Island, one New York, one America,” said Brown, who also serves as Cedarhurst’s deputy mayor. “Why mustn’t we remember Sept. 12, because it serves as a reminder of what we can achieve when we are together?”

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman shared that he felt most comforted remembering this day in the Five Towns, being that one of the community members lost was his nephew, Thomas Jurgens

“I’m amongst family and friends and people I’ve known for years, said Blakeman, who is originally from Valley Stream.

“This was my community. It is my community.”

Cedarhurst village trustees read the granite markers as part of the 9/11 memorial that recalls the day’s event.

A moment of silence, ”Taps” and performances of “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “God Bless America” by the Lawrence High School vocal ensemble, Deacon Tom Costello and the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department retiring the colors closed out the somber ceremony.

9/11 attacks remembered in Cedarhurst Park
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Using artificial intelligence with oversight may be best path

“You have to teach discipline to the individual, even adults,” Tiliakos said. “What to do and what not to do. It’s getting them engaged the right way. You give them the tool, but you must teach them how to use it properly.”

The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, which provides programs for educational staff development, worked with superintendents in the spring on becoming more familiar with AI and training their teachers to work with the technology.

“It’s here, kids are accessing it — now how do we acknowledge that and use that for the value that it has?” said Lawrence school district superintendent Ann Pedersen, who took part in the training.

Before it began, Pedersen acknowledged, her view on the technology was that it “should go away.” But that changed as she began to see its potential.

“It was fascinating,” she recalled feeling.

“I was arms folded, like ‘Nope, nope, nope, never going to use it,’ but then I walked away saying, ‘Oh, this is unbelievable.’”

The Hewlett-Woodmere district, too, is moving cautiously toward using AI.

“Our administrators and some teachers have attended conferences and workshops pertaining to AI and the impact that it will have on education,” Amanda Kavanagh, the district’s assistant superintendent for teaching, learning and technology, wrote in an email.

“We will continue to learn as these tools evolve and more research comes to light.”

Asked how he would teach his students at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Tiliakos said that one of his first assignments would actually be a field trip, so they could see it live at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, a hands-on science and technology center with over 400 exhibits.

“We have to go in the field set and see it in action, most definitely,” he said.

“Theory is one thing, watching the videotape is another, but to go into the actual environment is totally different.”

Have an opinion on how AI can be best used in education? Send a letter to jbessen@liherald.com.

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Artificial Intelligence, and whether and how it should be incorporated into curriculums, remains a hot topic in schools across the Five Towns.
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Welcome back to Lawrence Woodmere Academy

Lawrence Woodmere Academy welcomed back returning families and students and new ones at its Back to School Bar-B-Que on the nonsectarian school’s Woodmere campus on Sept. 9.

Along with fun such as hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon there were attractions like the dunk tank, a huge inflatable slide and games. There was also a uniform shop to fill in those school apparel needs at the four-hour event.

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Keith Rossein/Herald photos The Weber family from left , Mark, Jarrod, Jesse, Ina and Hayley. In front from left, Cole, 5, and Dax, 7, at the Lawrence Woodmere Academy family barbecue on Sept. 9. Boy Scout Troop 20 leader Eugene Corless introduces Vidlet Kongoli, 3, and Caelestis Kongoli, 6, to scout activities at the LWA barbecue. Splashdown! Tom Castagna got wet for fun in the Easy Dunker at the LWA barbecue. The Fire N’ Ice big slide was the ride for Neisha Kalyan, left, and Adrianna Longo, both 8, at the LWA family get together.

Just do the right thing all year long

As a child, whenever I saw the Nike logo with its accompanying “Just Do It” slogan, I thought I was looking at a shofar. It made sense.

As an adult —‚and a leader of the Jewish community here in Hewlett — that “Just Do It” slogan still reverberates with me as we prepare for the High Holidays each year.

The shofar — the ram’s horn sounded during the Jewish High Holidays — has many messages. It reminds us of the trumpets used during coronations of yore, as we crown G-d our ruler.

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It reminds us of the ram brought as an offering by our forefather Abraham, as we pray to G-d and invoke the merit of our holy ancestors.

Its sounds echo the plaintive wail of a child seeking to be reunited with their parents, as we seek to reconnect with G-d.

But most of all, the shofar’s call tells us “just do it.”

It is a call to teshuva — which is often translated as “repentance,” but really means “return.” As we approach the High Holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur — when G-d

opens our accounts and judges us for our deeds, both good and otherwise — we are all seeking a favorable outcome.

So we do teshuva. We return. We pledge to be better this year.

The first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman, taught that the most important aspect of teshuva, return, is not the weeping, sorrow, regret and chest-beating that is so often associated with the High Holidays. Instead, it is simply choosing not to do the wrong thing, and resolving to do the right thing.

In other words, just do it.

At Chabad of Hewlett, when we sound the shofar at 12:15 on Sunday, Sept. 17. We will welcome anyone from the community who wishes to join — no membership or

affiliation required: Just do it!

You can RSVP at JewishHewlett.com/ HighHoliday, and we look forward to welcoming you.

If you can’t make it to synagogue, there will be a Tashlich and shofar service later that day open to all as well. Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m., at Grant Park. And then again at 5:30 at the Duck Pond I Hewlett Harbor.

This year, the shofar will be sounded only on the second day of Rosh Hashana, as the sanctity of Shabbat accomplishes what the shofar would otherwise accomplish.

So even if you don’t always make it to synagogue on the second day of Rosh Hashana, this year, just do it.

Rabbi Nochem Tenenboim is the leader of Chabad House of Hewlett.

Looking back at the past propels temple into the future

In 1908 — the year President Theodore Roosevelt was succeeded by William Howard Taft, the year when the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, the year when the first Model T rolled off the production line in Highland Park, New Jersey — wealthy German Jews, summering in the Rockaways (which was their East Hampton) started meeting in a room above Nebenzahl’s Dry Good Store on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Mr. Nebenzahl went on to found a department store empire, and those German Jews founded what would become

one of our nation’s flagship Reform congregations, Temple Israel in Lawrence.

“Build Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them” God tells the journeying Israelites of antiquity. In 1930, a mere 22 years after their first meeting, the Reform Jews of Lawrence took these words seriously.

The red brick sanctuary they built is a local icon for good reason: For its circular and high ceiling, its comforting stained-glass windows dedicated to those long gone. Its gentle lighting, day or night, all made with the finest materials available in 1930.

These elements, along with the intense intangible of remarkable architecture, join to create an invariably spiritual experience — whether alone or together — for anyone who spends time in a space which is simultaneously and wondrously spectacular and intimate.

But the sanctuary is more than just a beautiful bottle. For more than a century, Temple Israel has been a proudly progressive Reform Jewish synagogue. And as Reform Jews in 2023, we mark more than 50 years of ordaining women as rabbis. Of meaningfully supporting both civil rights and the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. And, of course, supporting our beloved Israel, which now enjoys 40 Reform synagogues.

Temple Israel’s grand pulpit, especially

over Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, offers the rarified view of both worshippers and the backlit names of those long gone. Looking around one literally sees into both past and future.

The Torah that one of our founders, Moses Heineman, donated in 1908 has seen thousands of students over scores of years.

The synagogue our family founders dreamed of has, for 115 years, been a sanctuary for joy and grief alike — all finding embrace in our remarkable temple.

On behalf of the good people of my synagogue, please accept our prayer for a 5784 filled with apples and honey.

Marc Disick is the leader of Temple Israel in Lawrence.

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Everybody loved Lisa Deitch, ‘and she is missed’

Lisa Deitch, of Cedarhurst, a woman of known for her love of structure and community, died at 70 on Aug. 14.

Norman Deitch, Lisa’s husband, said that she was a kind, loyal woman, to family, friends and even acquaintances. She was one to never forget a birthday, anniversary or graduation, always sending a card to celebrate the milestones in the lives of people she knew.

Lisa grew up in Brooklyn, where her father owned property and her mother served as a secretary. Much of her childhood was spent with her grandmother. She graduated from New York Community College where she completed a program specific to medical assistants.

After her education, Lisa worked in a cardiologist office in Manhattan then made the move to Rockville Centre where she assisted in oncology. It was not long before Lisa decided to stay at home to raise her two daughters.

“She didn’t have the stomach for working with cancer patients,” Norman said, making it even more challenging, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself.

Lisa also worked in the Lawrence school district as an assistant teacher for over 10 years. She helped organize and facilitate the Creative Child program for early childhood education, where she made many close friends according to her husband. Norman also worked in the school district as a science teacher. He

came out of retirement to teach two classes, recently.

Lisa loved to travel, visiting Aruba, Maui, Bermuda, Jamaica, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Niagara Falls.

“I used to say, ‘Where else are you dragging me?’” Norman said, with a laugh.

Lisa’s best-known quality, according to her husband was her organizational prowess. The mother and wife organized both of her daughters bat mitzvahs along with their weddings, putting together arrangements, sending invitations, scheduling DJs and bands and setting up seating charts that made everyone happy.

“She had a talent for arranging the right people in the right places,” Norman said.

The couple belonged to Temple Hillel in North Woodmere under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Morris Friedman.

Since her death, Lisa’s family and loved ones sat Shiva at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Ryanne and Brandon Rosenblum. Lisa is also dearly missed by her daughter, Meredith Liebowitz and son-in-law, Sean Liebowitz along with her beloved grandchildren, Emerson, Olivia, Bodhi and Shai.

Norman shared that the pair’s opposite organizational habits could have been what made their 50-year marriage work.

“What I’m going to miss from her is when I can’t find my keys, or my wallet, she knew exactly where it was,” Norman said. “She was my finder, she was great.”

Community members have donated towards trees being planted in Israel in Lisa’s honor and have made contributions to benefit organizations fighting cancer, according to Norman.

“She was a good woman, everybody loved her and she is missed,” Norman said.

Courtesy Norman Deitch Lisa Deitch prioritized family and was a grandmother to four children, Shai, her daughter Ryanne’s son pictured.
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Female lifeguards own the beaches

Lido Beach Town

Park hosted an AllWomen’s Lifeguard Tournament last Wednesday, which tested the ability of some of the nation’s best female lifeguards.

The tournament featured events such as the one-mile distance run, Ironwoman and surfboard rescue competitions and an Ocean-Kayak Challenge, in addition to others.

The tournament marked the first time the Town of Hempstead has hosted the event, which included 15 teams of over 250 female lifeguards from states as far away across the region.

In addition to competing, the Town of Hempstead’s fleets of lifeguards serve some of the nation’s most popular beaches. The Town of Hempstead notes that their beaches have not had a drowning in the presence of on-duty lifeguards in over 80 years.

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Nassau remembers those taken on 9/11

It’s been 22 years since our world changed forever when our nation was attacked. But for so many like Susan Hutchins, it still feels like Sept. 11, 2001 — the day she lost her son, West Hempstead’s Kevin Nathaniel Colbert, in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

“Kevin was an amazing brother, nephew, godson, cousin and friend,” Hutchins told the crowd that gathered at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre for Nassau County’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

“Today is so unsettling. And, quite frankly, as emotionally painful as it was that day. Aug. 26 was my son’s 46th birthday. That last time I saw him, he was 25. In the blink of an eye, another day. Another week. Another month. Another year. It’s all passed. It’s 2023, and most people here are stuck in 2001.”

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman put together the ceremony and musical tribute, which moved forward despite the threat of thunderstorms — which didn’t arrive until the ceremony was over. While the primary focus was remembering each of the 349 people from Nassau County who died as a result of 9/11, Blakeman also wanted Monday’s ceremony to be inspirational.

To help, he brought in internationally renowned classical singer Christopher Macchio, to perform everything from “Ave Maria” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

“Remember them,” Blakeman said of those who were lost, including his own nephew, Thomas Jurgens. “Remember and comfort their families. And know, today, we stand together as a united county, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, political party. Today, we are one — just as America was on Sept. 12, 2001, when our nation came together to fight terrorism.”

While many of the names read, like Colbert, worked in the World Trade Center towers, many more were first responders from the New York City Fire Department and the New York Police Department among others, trying to rescue as many people as they could.

“Remember those who made the supreme sacrifice,” Blakeman said. “It was first responders running in to save people’s lives. And also the time to realize that innocent people just going to work that day, minding their own business, were murdered by terrorists. We will never forget them, and we will never, ever stop comforting those families who lost their loved ones on that day.”

Not far from the ceremony stands two stainless steel towers set inside a fountain remember all who were lost in the World Trade Center. Two steel girders recovered from the twin towers site were added to the monument in 2021.

A memorial wall there bears the names of those lost. And next to Eisenhower Park’s Veterans Memorial is a separate memorial site featuring a red granite monument honoring county firefighters who died from illnesses because of their attempts to rescue people in the days following the terrorist attacks.

“Don’t take anyone for granted,” Hutchins said. “I don’t know if we have one life, or many lives. I’m not even sure if there’s life after death. What I do know is all the time with family and friends is important before they are gone, and you are gone.”

Additional reporting by Rachele Terranova

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Michael Hinman/Herald photos Members of the Nassau County Police Department remove their hats during one of several prayers shared during the Nassau County’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and Musical Tribute at Eisenhower Park on Monday. Nassau County law enforcement Explorers salute while Christopher Macchio sings the national anthem. Members of the Nassau County Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band march in front of County Executive Bruce Blakeman and other dignitaries like Nassau County legislator Rose Marie Walker, Nassau County comptroller Elaine Phillips and county legislator Laura Schaefer. The Nassau County Police Department Color Guard and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard present the colors for the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman told the crowd that gathered at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre to remember those we lost on or because of Sept. 11, 2001, and to continue to remember and comfort those they left behind.

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The Wiggles

Adventures in the apple orchard

elcome to the short-lived delights of the season: juicy, crisp apples, sweet cider, fairs. And, of course, some pumpkins along the way. Yes, that harvest time of year approaches, and with it, apple picking awaits, underway at Long Island’s ‘u-pick’ orchards.

Growers are producing more of the varieties that everyone loves. Think beyond the classics (McIntosh and Empire) and enjoy returning favorites Gala and Honeycrisp, along with popular choices Zestar, Jonamac and Macoun. Zestar is considered an early-season apple that’s juicy, with a light and crisp texture.

Also check out the newer varieties such as RubyFrost, SnapDragon and SweeTango. The RubyFrost’s blend of sweet and tart flavors and its crisp texture make it a great choice for eating as-is and in for use in baking, salads and sauces. The sweet juicy SnapDragon is known for a “monster crunch.” One of its parents is the Honeycrisp — it’s characterized by a spicy/sweet flavor. Honeycrisp has also given us SweeTango, with its crunchy sweet flavor.

Once home with your treasures, make some delicious apple treats.

Dutch Apple Pie

Crust:

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening

• 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling:

• 8 cups sliced cored peeled apples

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping:

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 2/3 cup packed brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

In medium bowl, mix 1 cup flour and the salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite

directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary). Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap flattened round of pastry in plastic wrap, and refrigerate about 45 minutes, or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

Heat oven to 400° F. On surface sprinkled with flour, using floured rolling pin, roll pastry dough into circle 2 inches larger than 9-inch pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side and being careful not to stretch pastry, which will cause it to shrink when baked. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired.

In large bowl, toss filling ingredients. Pour into pie plate, mounding apples toward center.

In medium bowl, use pastry blender or fingers to mix butter, 1 cup flour and the brown sugar until a crumb forms. Sprinkle evenly over top of pie. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon granulated sugar on top.

Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until pie crust and crumb topping are deep golden brown and filling begins to bubble. Transfer to cooling rack to cool.

That crew from ‘down under’ is back, ready to entertain the pre-school set with their first U.S. tour since 2019. Ready, Steady, Wiggle! delivers all the fun and escapades fans have come to expect — a high-energy celebration of music and dance that captivates young audiences. Featuring all the Wiggly classics, such as ‘Fruit Salad,’ ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a-bye Your Bear,’ as well as new songs from the group. It’s the ultimate family party. And perhaps best of all, there are more Wiggles than ever. This is the first opportunity to see the new Wiggles lineup live. That means double the fun with eight Wiggles: two Wiggles for each jersey color on stage (and on TV), including Anthony, Simon, Tsehay, Lachy, Caterina, Lucia, John, and Evie. Enjoy an even more interactive, and engaging experience, with, of course, appearances by those beloved characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, and Captain Feathersword.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. For information/tickets, visit WestburyMusicFair.org, LiveNation. com or TheWiggles.com.

Great Marques

Concours D’Elegance

New York Apple Slaw Salad

• 2 cups sliced, finely chopped green cabbage

• 1 cup sliced, finely chopped red cabbage

• 1 medium red apple, sliced thin and cut into small matchsticks

• 1 medium green apple, sliced thin and cut into small matchsticks

• 1 cup grated carrot

• 1/4 cup shelled, roasted pistachios

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Sweet and Sour Cider Dressing

• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

• 1/2 teaspoon country dijon mustard (such as Grey Poupon)

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

• 2 tablespoons apple cider

In a cruet or jar, combine dressing ingredients and shake well. Set aside. Combine cabbage, carrot and apples into a large bowl. Chop pistachios with a knife or use a chopper. Add chopped pistachios to the bowl.

Add dressing, salt and pepper to taste, and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes; stir again before serving.

Old Westbury Gardens is the setting for a showcase of some the world’s finest cars. The Great Marques Concours D’Elegance — presented by Mercedes-Benz and BMW Car Clubs of America — features an outstanding array, along with Ferrari and other exotics. They’re arranged on the great lawn — to the delight of luxury car aficionados from throughout the region. In fact, this is considered the northeast’s premier Concours event. This edition celebrates 50 years of Mercedes Motorsport with special AMGs on display. See over 700 European cars that are representative of the best of their class, including some of the most historic and coveted vehicles.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with an Old Westbury Gardens general admission ticket. $15, $13 seniors (62+) and students, $8 ages 7-17, under 6 and members free. 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. Visit OldWestburyGardens.org, or contact (516) 333-0048.

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Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when — the one that’s etched in your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album Mix Tape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style. It’s a charm bracelet of 12 gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his “soul marinated voice.” He perform tunes from Mix Tape as well favorite Martin classics on the Landmark stage, Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Growing up in Syracuse, N.Y., uninterested in the music of the day, Sexton fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. He launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then he has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton); from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. Regardless of his reputation as a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His songs have appeared in television series such as “Scrubs,” “Parenthood,” “Masters of Sex,” “Sprung,” and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time. $49, $44, $39. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or LandmarkOnMainStreet.org.

On exhibit

View the landmark exhibition “Modigliani and the Modern Portrait,” at Nassau County Museum of Art. Devoted to the way that Modigliani powerfully re-defined the art of portraiture, the show includes his masterworks along with paintings and drawings by his Parisian contemporaries (Picasso, van Dongen, Laurencin). Modigliani’s enduring influence on artists even in our own time is shown in a selection of Contemporary paintings by such important figures as David Hockney, Eric Fischl, Elizabeth Peyton and others. The exhibition is being curated by Dr. Kenneth Wayne, founder of The Modigliani Project, which authenticates paintings and drawings (two of the works in the show have been recently approved by the committee). Through Nov. 5. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9337 or NassauMuseum.org.

Legends of Hip-Hop concert

Leaf Peepers

Celebrate fall and all the colors of the season with the family at Long Island Children’s Museum, Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-2 p.m. Use your imagination to make animal art out of colorful leaf shapes, focusing on the seasonal shades of vibrant yellow, deep purple, and fiery orange, at the dropin program. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 224-5800 or LICM.org

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Rosh Hashanah Menu

APPETIZERS

• chopped liver

• vegetable chopped liver

• gefilte fish • our own

homemade horseradish

SOUPS

• chicken soup • matzoh balls

• kreplach • pea soup

SIDE DISHES

• mushroom & barely

• derma • kasha varnishkes

• noodle pudding • potato pudding

• potato latkes • asparagus

vinaigrette • carrot tsimmis

VEGETABLES

• potato pudding

• string beans almondine

• honey glazed baby carrots

• tzimmes • carrot/zucchini kugel

PASTAS

• primavera • ziti pesto

ENTREES

• southern fried chicken

• roasted chickens

• glazed ducklings

• turkey

• stuffed breast of veal

• meatloaf • brisket

DESSERTS

• rugalah

• fresh fruit compote

• delicious party cakes

• miniature Danish

• assorted candies & nuts

• assorted dried fruits

• cranberry fruit & nut compote

• fresh fruit salad

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Yom Kippur Suggestions

• whole smoked large whitefish

• stuffed large whitefish

• whole poached salmon

• garlic baked salmon

• whole smoked Nova Scotia or Scotch salmon

• sturgeon

• brook trout

• belly lox

• kippered salmon

• butterfish

• lake trout

• baked salmon salad

• pickled lox salad

• vegetable cream cheese

• greek salad

• chopped herring salad

• pickled herring

• whitefish salad

• eggs-mushroomonions salad

• vegetable chopped liver

• cucumber salad

• fresh primavera salad

• matjes herring

• halibut salad

• farmer cheese, raisins, & nuts

• eggplant salad

• fresh garden salad

• pesto pasta salad

• schmaltz herring

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, Mayor Waylyn Hobbs Jr. and The Village of Hempstead host a free concert featuring Hip-Hop legends The Sugar Hill Gang, Rob Base, Hempstead native A+ and Keith Murray, Friday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., at Denton Green. The concert kicks off a year of activities in Hempstead, one of the bedrocks of early and current Hip-Hop. The event also will include vendors, food and activities. Dressing in early Hip Hop-era attire encouraged. 99 James A. Garner Way, across from Village Hall, Hempstead. September 14, 2023 — NASSAU HERALD
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Art classes

Nassau County Museum of Art welcomes those interested in improving their art skills or those who simply want to explore their creativity to participate in one of their many stimulating classes. The fall schedule includes Watercolor Florals: Beginner to intermediate levels (adults and teens 16+), Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Nov. 2-Dec. 14. $300, $270 members. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. For information and to register visit NassauMuseum.org or call (516) 484-9338.

Friendship Circle

The Gural JCC’s Friendship Circle joins together men and women with chair exercise and discussion, on Mondays, at 2:30 p.m. at 207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst. To register call (516) 569-6733 ext. 231 or email andrew.kahn@guraljcc. org.

In-person Game Time

Play canasta, mah jongg and Scrabble in the Bentley Room of Peninsula Public Library, 280 Central Ave., Lawrence, Monday, Sept. 18, 2-4:30 p.m. Seating is limited and is first come, first seated. Masks recommended.

Lawrence Village

The Lawrence village trustees hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14 , at 8 p.m., at Village Hall. 196 Central Ave., Lawrence.

Exhibit at the library

Portrait artist Donna Gabusi will have her mostly pencil drawn faces of people of all ages and Long Island landscape paintings on exhibit through Oct. 26 at HewlettWoodmere Public Library. 1125 Broadway, Hewlett.

Having an event?

Discussion Group

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 HewlettWoodmere Public Library. 1125 Broadway, Hewlett.

Italian Music

Vanessa Racci, a jazz and cabaret singer performs iconic tunes cherished by Italian-Americans and many others as part of a Taste of Italian Music

Take 2, Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., in Andrew J. Parise, Cedarhurst Park. 257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst.

College Workshop

High school students from freshmen to seniors can learn how to write a college essay and fill out an application at HewlettWoodmere Public Library,

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

Asset Protection is Inheritance Protection

Two overriding questions govern your choices in an elder law estate plan. First, what will happen to your assets when you pass away? Second, what will happen to your assets if you need long-term care? A comprehensive plan covers both issues. You must protect assets from going to long-term care costs so that the assets may transfer to your beneficiaries instead.

Plan A, and the best protection from longterm care costs, is long-term care insurance. Factors to consider include the daily benefit amount and an inflation rider that keeps pace with the increasing cost of nursing homes. Long-term care insurance also pays for home health aides, which allows you to “age in place,” rather than go to a facility.

If you don’t have, or cannot get, long-term care insurance, Plan B is the Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT). Assets that have been in the MAPT for a minimum of five years are protected from nursing home costs and, under upcoming laws, two and a half years for home care.

Consider the use of trusts, as opposed to wills, to avoid probate, a court proceeding that occurs when you die with assets in your name alone. It is also much easier to contest a will than a trust. If you are disinheriting a child, it makes sense to use a trust to avoid potential litigation. Generally, trusts save time and money in settling your estate.

You may want to leave your assets to your children in their own Inheritance Protection Trusts, rather than as outright distributions. These trusts protect the inheritance from your children’s divorces, and, when the child passes away, the inheritance goes to your grandchildren, not to your son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

To sum up, an elder law estate plan (1) protects assets from the costs of long-term care, (2) passes assets to your heirs, with the least amount of taxes and legal fees possible, and (3) keeps assets in the bloodline for your grandchildren and protects the inheritance from your children’s divorces.

Nassau BOCES, in partnership with Nassau County School Districts, holds a Job Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Freeport Recreation Center. It promises to be an exceptional opportunity for job seekers.

Representatives from Nassau BOCES, SCOPE Education Services and several school districts will offer an exclusive platform for candidates to explore a wide range of exciting career opportunities within the field of education. Attendees can look forward to engaging with representatives from the participating school districts. Job seekers, whether seasoned professionals or fresh graduates, are encouraged to attend this event to explore positions as Teacher Aides, Bus Drivers, Security Personnel, Naturalists, Bus Dispatchers, Registered Professional Nurses, Maintainers, Food Service Personnel, Cleaners/Laborers, HVAC and Electrical technicians, Groundskeepers, Monitors and more. Each participating district, offering insights into their educational programs, work culture, and career advancement opportunities; face-to-face interactions with district representatives, allowing candidates to ask questions, discuss job openings, and showcase their skills; networking opportunities and on-site resources and workshops to help attendees refine their job search strategies, improve interview techniques, and create effective resumes. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes, and prepare to make an impression.130 E. Merrick Road, Freeport. Visit NassauBoces.org/jobfair for information.

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Lawrence alum gives back through education

Robyn Mariah’s teaching beyond the classroom because ‘knowledge is power’

Whether it be students trying to catch up after Covid or students needing improve their grades, Lawrence High School alumna Robyn Mariah is aiming to provide help applying her educational expertise through tutoring services as a way to give back to the community.

Mariah, a former Inwood, now East Rockaway resident, started her career path in education at University of Connecticut studying adolescent mathematics for a semester, then transferred to Fordham University to be closer to home.

She spent a period of her college years at SUNY Empire as well. She later received her master’s in Special Ed. from Hunter College where she was required to tutor.

Gina Riley, Mariah’s academic advisor at Hunter College spoke highly of her former student’s ability to balance family, school and work as well as her expertise in forming specialized connections with students.

“She’s so empathetic, she knows the world of education so well,” Riley said.

Mariah’s mother, Lurdez Berrios, also an educator, inspired her to enter the field. Mariah’s first position working professionally with children was at Tutor Time

in East Rockaway where she served as an assistant teacher. After completing college, Mariah worked as a math teacher’s assistant at Woodmere Middle School and coached cheerleading, along with other positions in schools working with children and completing a caretaker role as well.

In much of her teaching Mariah has worked to focus on mindfulness in with students and honed in on social emotional learning opportunities. After the start of Covid, the teacher saw lasting impacts of

isolation on young minds, noticing developmental milestones missing from some students.

“We saw how Covid impacted us but were not thinking about the kids,” Mariah said.

She has taught coping mechanisms to students and looks to continue making an impression on the younger generation in the classroom and through tutoring, something she was interested in since serving as a math mentor in high school.

She self-advertises her tutoring offer-

ings on Facebook. Mariah writes about services including assisting with homework, on-going practice sessions, preparing for exams and regular tests that she will provide for students in one-on-one meetings.

Mariah recently accepted a position teaching seventh-grade special-education math Brooklyn through the Department of Education. She will be continuing to offer tutoring to families in the Lawrence area throughout her new position.

On average, Mariah charges between $35 and $50 per hour for students whom she is tutoring.

“I just want to find kids from the community that I came from,” Mariah said, adding that she wants to offer rates that are not outrageous.

In her sessions, she caters to what the parents and children are each looking for. In cases of students with an individualized education plan or program, she will refer to that and give extra attention to areas where she sees fit.

She has seen traction from her initial Facebook post in the Lawrence community group offering her services and plans to continue connecting with people, in order to build children’s repertoire and confidence in doing so.

“I want to give back,” Mariah said. “Knowledge is power.”

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A Rosh Hashana message from Rabbi Steven Saks

Psychology Today defines “mindfulness as: A state of active, open attention on the present.

When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad.

Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

Through mindfulness, one is able to acknowledge and process one’s emotions without passing judgment. Once we process our emotions without judgment, it’s easier to act rationally.

na and Yom Kippur, which are a time for judgment? The Tenth Commandment prohibits coveting, an emotion.

Yet, one only commits the sin of coveting when one acts on the emotion. It wouldn’t be sinful to be jealous of someone, but it would be sinful to let our jealousy get the best of us to the point where we lash out against that person.

Rabbi STEVEN S aKS

But should we not pass judgment on our emotions especially on Rosh Hasha-

So, if we are mindful of becoming jealous, we give ourselves the ability to conquer the emotion without acting on it.

Mindfulness allows us to reason that, though we are jealous of another (a normal emotion), we shouldn’t focus on what another has, but on what we already have.

The commandment to bless God after we eat is a way of training ourselves to give thanks for what we already have.

As Dale Carnegie observes, most people aren’t unhappy because they don’t have enough. They are unhappy because they don’t stop to enjoy what they already have.

By conquering emotions of jealousy, we actually make ourselves stronger. The rabbis ask, “Who is strong?” and answers, “one that can control his desires.”

Surprisingly, Isaac is considered the classic strong man in Judaism — not for conquering others (some faulted him for being overly passive), but for conquering his desires.

One only needs to recall his composure on the sacrificial altar.

The concept of mindfulness is powerful because it allows us to rein in our negative emotions before they get the

best of us. If we fail to rein in our negative emotions, depression will condemn us to live in the past, and anxiety will condemn us to live in the future.

We are at our best when we take the lessons we have learned in the past and apply them to the present and the future. In other words, we want to live wisely. In the moment.

How do we become mindful? When you feel yourself becoming overrun with negative emotions, take a few deep breaths. This action stops your limbic system (the emotional part of your brain) from overwhelming the rational part.

Essentially you’re resetting your brain to think rationally.

Let’s all take a deep breath as we enter the New Year.

Rabbi Steven Saks is the leader of Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere.

Democratic club to host ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ diversity panel News brief

The Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club is hosting “Hate Has No Home Here,” a diversity panel, featuring experts who will address hate incidents on Long Island and elsewhere.

The club will welcome:

• Donna Bialor to speak about antisemitism

• Christine Liu as a representative of the Chinese American community

• Laura Harding, president of Erase Racism

• Kerrie O’Neill of the LGBT Network

• Jasmine Pena of the Long Island Latino Alliance

• Maria Shaikh of the Pakistani American Community Excellence. The meeting is set for Thursday, Sept.

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NOTICE OF SALE

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AJM CAPITAL II, LLC, Plaintiff -against- FRED SAVOY, et al

Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated March 22, 2023 and entered on March 23, 2023, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction on the North Side steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court “Rain or Shine” located at 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on September 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. premises situate, lying and being in the County of Nassau, State of New York, known and designated as Section 40 Block 57 Lot 196 on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map as it presently exists. All bidders must wear a face mask/shield at all times and social distancing must be observed by all bidders at all times. Bidders who do not comply with the face mask and/or the social distancing mandate will be removed from the auction.

Said premises known as 13 EGGERT PLACE, “VACANT LOT”, INWOOD, NY Approximate amount of lien $16,083.17 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale.

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SUPREME COURT. NASSAU COUNTY. ELM LIMITED, LLC., Pltf. vs. ITZHAK HERSHKO, et al, Defts. Index #608671/2019. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale entered March 23, 2022, I will sell at public auction on the North Side Steps of the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on September 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. prem. k/a

Section 39, Block 344, Lot 222. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale and the right of the United States of America to redeem within 120 days from the date of sale as provided by law. Foreclosure auction will be held “rain or shine.” If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, then the court appointed referee will cancel the sale.

JEFFREY W. HALBREICH, Referee. LEVY & LEVY, Attys. for Pltf., 12 Tulip Dr., Great Neck, NY. #100636 141474

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NOTICE OF SALE

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff AGAINST JOSEPH DELUCA, PAULA DELUCA, ET AL., Defendant(s)

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered December 6, 2019, 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 September 25, 2023 at 2:00PM, premises known as 11 AVON ROAD, HEWLETT, NY 11557. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being at Hewlett, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, Section 39, Block 439, Lot 15. Approximate amount of judgment $661,525.22 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #002527/2017. The aforementioned auction will be conducted in accordance with the NASSAU County COVID-19 mitigation protocols and as such all persons must comply with social distancing, wearing masks and screening practices in effect at the time of this foreclosure sale. If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, then the court appointed referee will cancel the foreclosure auction. Foreclosure

Auctions will be held

“Rain or Shine”. Dan M. Blumenthal, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC 1775 Wehrle Drive Williamsville, NY 14221 17-000653 77144 141388

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SUPREME COURTCOUNTY OF NASSAU

CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST INC. ASSETBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FX1, U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, Plaintiffagainst- TAGEWATTIE NANDALALL, SEWNARINE SAWH, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated December 11, 2018, 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, NY on September 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. premises situate, lying and being at Lawrence, Town of Hempstead, County of

Nassau and State of New York, bounded and described as follows:

BEGINNING at a point on the easterly side of Lawrence Avenue, distant 161.52 feet northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the easterly side of Lawrence Avenue with the northerly side of Spring Street; being a plot 128.71 feet by 50 feet by 108.75 feet by 53.84 feet. Section 40 Block 32 Lot 113.

All bidders must wear a face mask/shield at all times and social distancing must be observed by all bidders at all times. Bidders who do not comply with the face mask and/or the social distancing mandate will be removed from the auction. Said premises known as 280 LAWRENCE AVENUE, LAWRENCE, NY

Approximate amount of lien $629,669.70 plus interest & costs.

Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney.

Index Number 10770/2014.

RALPH MADALENA, ESQ.,

Referee David A. Gallo & Associates LLP

Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 47 Hillside Avenue, 2nd Floor, Manhasset, NY

11030

File# 5025.1027

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Approximate Amount of Judgment is $524,385.18 plus interest, fees, and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 601823/2020. For sale information, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800) 280-2832. During the COVID-19 health emergency, Bidders are required to comply with all governmental health requirements in effect at the time of the 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. Should a bidder fail to comply, the Referee may refuse to accept any bid, cancel the closing and hold the bidder in default. 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. If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, then the Court Appointed Referee shall cancel the foreclosure auction. Foreclosure Auctions will be held “Rain or Shine.”

Harold Damm, Esq., Referee NY202000000018-1 141700

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INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF LAWRENCE NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

For the third time, Mount Sinai South Nassau has earned national recognition for nursing excellence by earning re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing care. Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of just 48 hospitals in the state to be honored, first earning Magnet status in 2014.

It underscores the hospital’s commitment to patient care and patient safety, and the accreditation is good for four years.

“Mount Sinai South Nassau nurses are among the very best in the profession, and their high standards and commitment to provide our patients with intuitive, expert nursing care in a healing and nurturing environment will continue on,” said Stacey Conklin, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at Mount Sinai South Nassau, in a release.

Research comparing Magnet organizations with non-Magnet organizations has

found Magnet recognition to be associated with higher job satisfaction among nurses, as well as a higher nurse-perceived quality of care. There are also lower rates of nurse occupational safety incidents, lower rates of patient falls, and improved skin integrity.

Data also shows Magnet hospitals are better able to attract and retain high-quality, professional nurses. This could help ensure a positive work environment as well as make certain the continuum of care remains coordinated, eliminating unnecessary and duplicative care, reducing costs, and improving patient outcomes.

To achieve re-designation, Mount Sinai South Nassau completed a rigorous process requiring widespread participation from leadership and staff members. The hospital also had to demonstrate that it exceeds national benchmarks for patient and family satisfaction, as well as nurse satisfaction.

Located in Oceanside, Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of the regional’s largest hospitals with 455 beds, 900 physicians and 3,500 employees.

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By Order of the Board of Trustees Village of Lawrence, NY Ronald Goldman Village Clerk/Treasurer 141879

LEGAL NOTICE

HEWLETT-WOODMERE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 JOHNSON PLACE WOODMERE, NEW YORK 11598-1312

LEGAL NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Purchasing Office that the Bid has been withdrawn.

Debra Sheinin, President Board of Education TO BE PUBLISHED:

Thursday, September 14, 2023 in Nassau Herald 141832

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.

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT NASSAU COUNTY LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff against JEAN ALEX LOUIS, et al

Defendant(s)

Attorney for Plaintiff(s)

Stern & Eisenberg, P.C., 20 Commerce Drive, Suite 230, Cranford, NJ 07016.

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered June 12, 2023, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at North Side Steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court at 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 on October 10, 2023 at 2:30

PM. Premises known as 224 Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere, NY 11581. Sec 39 Block 527 Lot 43. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being at Valley Stream, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that there will be a Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Lawrence, at Lawrence Village Hall, 196 Central Avenue, Lawrence, New York 11559, on the 14th day of September 2023, at 8:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER

NOTICE that all interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard on all meeting matters at the place and time aforesaid. If anyone needs special accommodations for a disability, such person should contact the Village Clerk at least 5 days before the meeting.

NOTICE IS HEREBY

GIVEN, pursuant to the requirements of the Open Meetings Law of the State of New York, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence will convene in public meeting at the place and time aforesaid for the purpose of conducting an organizational meeting where general business will be conducted.

Dated: September 6, 2023

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INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF HEWLETT HARBOR NOTICE OF MONTHLY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hewlett Harbor has been rescheduled and will now meet in both public and via Zoom on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 7:00PM, Eastern Standard Time, for the purpose of holding the Village’s regular monthly meeting. An agenda for the meeting will be made available to the public on the Village Website. All residents wishing to attend via Zoom can visit www.hewlettharbor.org for instructions. Residents wishing to speak via Zoom or in person must notify the Village Clerk in advance.

Dated: Hewlett Harbor, New York

September 8, 2023

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF HEWLETT HARBOR NICOLE GIACOPELLI VILLAGE CLERK 141880

The Board of Education of the Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District, Woodmere, New York 11598-1312 hereby invites the submission of sealed bids for:

TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS TO PUBLIC AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR.

Bids will be received up to 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 3,2023

Mailing envelope and bid envelope must be addressed to: Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District Attn: Business Office I Joseph DiBartolo 1 Johnson Place, Room 308 Woodmere, New York 11598

Specifications and bid forms may be obtained at the above address during school hours. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject all bids and re-advertise. Bids will remain firm for a period of forty-five (45) days following the date of the opening and shall thereafter remain firm unless the Bidder provides written notice to the School District’s

LEGAL NOTICE

REFEREE’S NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE SUPREME COURTCOUNTY OF NASSAU

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2006-OC3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH 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 12th day of October, 2023 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 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 Auction.com at www.Auction.com or call (800) 280-2832

Dated: August 22, 2023

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.

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A. Not every municipality has this long a process, but the process is generally the same in every government, no matter the size. The only way through it is to promptly apply at each stage but, unfortunately, the procedures and rules make the process extremely drawn out. In theory, each phase of approval is intended as a “checks and balances” procedure, and as long as you are writing the checks and keeping the local government’s balances, they rarely try to streamline unless you cooperate.

I did recently experience an exception worthy of recognizing Long Beach for its wisdom and compassion toward a homeowner. The person had a deck built that had columns running right along the property line, which is not allowed in the zoning regulations. The owner went through the building permit and zoning variance process, but the contractor deviated from the plans once the permit was issued.

Instead of putting all the columns right along the property line, even though the second floor deck was set back the required 5 feet, the contractor only put the first two front columns on the property line, and then installed the remaining three columns 5 feet in, so that a car couldn’t park under the deck. It made no sense, but the owner can’t read plans, and didn’t know what was happening until it was too late. They questioned this with their building department, and an official looked at the problem, but instead of forcing the owner to go back through the whole process, the official recognized that this problem had a simpler solution, and only required a letter of explanation from a licensed professional, and the problem will be solved without the expensive and time-consuming burden to the owner.

So it can be done, if only compassion prevailed. Good luck!

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some 158 million Americans voted in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but 63 million eligible people could not because they weren’t even registered to vote.

That’s disturbing.

In new york, there are some 13 million registered voters, and another 2 million people of voting age who aren’t registered. Voter turnout has increased in recent years, but voter registration has declined slightly.

Americans who neglect their civic duty to vote are roundly chastised every november, but the emphasis must be put on persuading unregistered people to register — and helping them to do so.

Education is a huge part of increasing voter registration.

Municipalities must continue to partner with nonprofits like the league of Women Voters to help people understand the importance of voting, and how simple it is to legally register. There are many websites that offer you help to register to vote. Perhaps the easiest is Vote411.org.

next Tuesday, Sept. 19, is national Voter Registration Day, which, since its

Local newspapers are our ‘eyes’

To the Editor:

Re the editorial “Why supporting local news is so important” (Aug. 31-Sept. 6): The story of what happened at the Marion County Record is an example of how political speculation can superficially justify police intervention to stifle inconvenient reportage. It happens a lot — it could happen here — and we can only hope it does not.

It’s too soon to assess the damage in Kansas. Will the Record become more “careful”? Will Marion’s officials become more clever? Some say the Fourth Estate, born before electricity, is outdated and deservedly fading into obscurity. That trend must be fought, because TV, with its entertainment bias and its preference for network and national news, and the internet, with its algorithmic distortions, do not — save for scandal/lurid crime/disaster — report on our towns, our actual “homeland,” or their problems and the officials we hope can solve them.

The answer to the ancient “Who watches the watchmen?” question is, today, our newspaper reporters. The scope of press freedom is disputed territory, besieged by many seeking redefinition. Each attack must be noted — as in the editorial — repulsed and condemned. Consider the local papers our “eyes,” and maybe we’ll take good care of them.

inception in 2012, has helped register more than 5 million Americans to vote. The West Hempstead Public library is holding an event that day to help people do so. More events will be held across long Island.

Clearly, voting is an important issue. The health of a representative democracy depends on people voting. It also depends on constant outreach to get people registered to vote.

In new york, citizens who are 16 or 17 can pre-register, an important first-step in joining the voting public. Civics classes in high schools often provide voter registration forms to students of eligible age to start the process. These students are educated about the history of voting rights, and the importance of exercising the right.

For those concerned about voter registration fraud, providing false information when registering to vote is a crime (and there is a notice on the form itself). The number of illegally registered voters is minuscule in reality.

Celebrate national Voter Registration Day next Tuesday by registering to vote yourself, or talking about the impor-

tance of voting with family and neighbors. Spread the word, and more people will see how important voting is to a strong America.

And while you’re registering to vote …

Becoming an organ donor is a personal decision. no one should intrude on a person’s right to decide to become an organ donor. We do, however, encourage people to learn more about the need for organ donors — especially in new york.

According to ny.gov, there are 8,500 people in new york state who need lifesaving organ transplants. Just under half of adults 18 and older in the state are registered as organ donors. Some 3,400 new york patients received lifesaving organ transplants in 2022, according to SUny.edu, and 1,002 new yorkers donated last year.

Becoming an organ donor is your decision. If you wish to do so, the process is simple, and can be done at the state motor vehicle department — or while you register to vote. Take time to educate yourself about the need for more organ donors, and what you can do to help.

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new, Senator

To the Editor:

I found the letter last week from State Sen. Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick, “The ongoing migrant crisis,” to be purely partisan bashing of the Democrats and Presi dent

Biden. The senator seems to imply that the immigration crisis is new, when it is, in fact, not at all new.

For at least the last 40 or 50 years, the two parties have been unable and unwilling to come up with any significant immigration reform legislation, and Republicans have mastered the art of using the immigration issue as a cudgel against the other party. The issue is a complex one that requires thought-

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Sometimes you just may be guilty until proven innocent

In recent months, former President Donald Trump has been hit with 91 charges in four criminal indictments. As an attorney, I’ve paid close attention to all of the cases, which may be hard for most non-lawyers to follow. His actions on Jan. 6, 2021, are well known, but it’s up to the special counsel, Jack Smith, to prove criminal conduct.

Most people I know have said nothing about Trump’s alleged retention of classified documents. An eventual trial will reveal what kinds of papers were involved, and then it will be up to a jury to decide right or wrong.

When it comes to the Georgia indictment, I’m not willing to give Trump the free pass he demands by yelling that the case is a “political witch hunt.” The 96-page indictment spells out conduct that’s best described as colossal chutzpah. While some of the other indictments used overly broad language, the Georgia case spells out conduct that is typical of what would happen in Russia, Hungary or Venezuela.

The day after his 2020 election loss, Trump embarked on a comprehensive campaign to change the results of the election in Georgia. Despite a number of statements by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp that the election in his state was run “according to law,” and his denials that there was any fraud, Trump continued his efforts to have the results thrown out. The whole world has heard Trump’s conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger demanding that he find 11,780 votes, which would have given Trump one more vote than he needed to win the state.

As a further display of pure arrogance, Trump also called the speaker of Georgia’s House, David Ralston, demanding that he convene a special session of the Legislature for the purpose of overturning the results of the election. Once he knew what Trump was asking, Ralston refused to take his calls. That was followed by more calls from the president to other election officials, asking them to find fraud. Those calls were coupled with calls allegedly made by a Trump lawyer accusing a Black worker of fraudulent conduct. Those accusations

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ful minds — not buoys, cages and busing unsuspecting migrants from red to blue states.

Want to solve the immigration problem quickly? Easy. Let’s get rid of the enormous “Help Wanted” sign at our border. Let’s fine and prosecute the employers. But that isn’t going to happen. We love paying substandard wages, and it is so much easier to blame.

We can only hope that more of us, including Sen. Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick, become politically engaged and more informed about the issues. Only then will we find humane solutions that are acceptable to most of us.

LIRR needs many millions in grant funding

To the Editor:

The Long Island Rail Road still needs to reach a state of good repair for the existing fleet, stations, elevators, escalators, signals, interlockings, track, power, yards and shops.

led to right-wing hate threats to her life.

If you think the other indictments are difficult to understand, this one is, as they say, a piece of cake. The case of the fake electors sounds like something you’d see in a movie. Over a dozen people, many of whom were Republican Party officials, gathered at the Georgia Capitol and signed a document certifying that Trump had won the state — in spite of Kemp’s statement that the returns had been counted three times and no fraud had been found.

And then there are the allegations concerning Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Once hailed as America’s Mayor, Giuliani had sunk to the depths of being something of a traveling conspiracy salesman, going from state to state, peddling tales of alleged election fraud. He went to Georgia to testify in front of a number of legislative committees, under oath, claiming that 11,000 dead people had voted and that thousands of ballots had been delivered in suitcases to polling places. Giuliani is now charged with multiple counts of election fraud and lying under oath. Sadly, his license to practice law is currently being challenged in three

That also includes more stations reaching compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All maintenance programs for all operating assets also need to be fully funded and completed on time to ensure riders safe, uninterrupted and reliable service.

Since its creation in 1964, the Urban Mass Transit Administration (known since 1991 as the Federal Transit Administration) has provided billions of dollars to pay for many of these capital improvements. The LIRR’s share of annual FTA grants to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority averages 15 percent. In 2023, this should mean $270 million of $1.8 billion in federal grant funding. The State Department of Transportation provides Statewide Transportation Operating Assistance on an annual basis to the MTA and LIRR.

Let’s give thanks to both Washington and Albany for continued financial support for our LIRR, the nation’s largest commuter railroad.

Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2.

states.

Of the six lawyers who have been indicted along with Trump, four worked directly under Giuliani. One of them, Sidney Powell, claimed multiple times that Dominion’s voting machines were easy to manipulate, and were controlled by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Those allegations cost Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News $787.5 million in damages, with one other major lawsuit yet to be resolved.

I’ve heard frequently that Trump is, like any other criminal defendant, considered innocent until proven guilty. I know that as a lawyer, I, too, should adhere to that noble sentiment. But the Georgia case has too many specifics — too many emails and too many voicemails — to merit that kind of thinking. There is no way Trump can deny that he never said what he said and never took the actions that he took. To my way of thinking, all the facts go against him, and I don’t believe that, like Harry Houdini, he can escape.

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? jkremer@liherald.com.

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Looking back again on a tragedy we’ll never forget

For all Americans, and particularly Long Islanders, who recall the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, reliving those tragic moments each year is devastating, and yet, at the same time, gratifying and reassuring. Devastating because we think of the friends, neighbors, family members and the so many innocents we never knew who perished that fateful day at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the many thousands who have subsequently died or are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses. Gratifying and reassuring because we saw Americans stand together united and strong as never before in our lifetimes. The enemy who had intended to break us instead generated a rebirth of patriotism and community spirit.

I distinctly recall being at ground zero on Sept. 14, just three days after the attacks, when President George W. Bush stood amid the ruins of the twin towers with his arm around the shoulder of retired FDNY firefighter Bob Beckwith, from Baldwin, pledging through a bullhorn that the terrorists would “hear all of us soon.” Inspiring as were the presi-

dent’s words, so, too, were the looks of determination and strength on the faces of the cops, firefighters, EMS and construction workers searching for remains among the tons of debris and twisted steel.

Then there were the endless funerals, wakes and memorial services to attend, beginning for me the morning of Sept. 15, at St. Killian’s Church in Farmingdale, where mourners lined the streets and filled the church to bid farewell to FDNY Chief of Department Pete Ganci. The services at which I was asked to speak included those for firefighters Tim and Tommy Haskell, of Seaford; George Cain, of Massapequa; and Michael Boyle and Dave Arce, of Westbury. It was agonizing to see the anguished looks on the faces of the spouses, children and parents of these brave men, brought down so unexpectedly in the prime of their lives.

The following several months saw federal legislation passed, and then tense public meetings and behind-the-scenes negotiations attempting to devise formulas for providing fair and adequate compensation for families of 9/11 victims. In short, play God and try to determine the value of a human life.

Significant changes were made in the federal government, with the creation of

the Department of Homeland Security as well as House and Senate committees on Homeland Security, while the New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County police departments formed and deployed sophisticated counterterrorism units. Because of those efforts, a number of terrorist attacks against New York have been prevented, and no large-scale attack has been successful since 9/11.

I was appointed to the House Homeland Security Committee when it was initially formed as a temporary committee, and then was named chairman soon after it became a permanent committee in 2005. I remained in a leadership position on the committee, as chairman or ranking member, until 2012, when term limits required me to assume subcommittee leadership roles. As chairman, I passed comprehensive chemical plant and port security legislation, and fought hard for adequate homeland security funding for New York City and Long Island. More controversially, I conducted a series of hearings on Islamist radicalization.

Separate from my committee work, there was a long, hard fight to finally get 9/11 health care legislation passed in 2010, and then subsequently to have it extended. Unfortunately, much of the unity of purpose that existed in Congress

after Sept. 11 dissipated over the years, and the lasting consequences and needs created by that day — health care, family compensation and added security and counterterrorism programs — came to be seen as New York problems rather than national responsibilities.

What has not changed, however, is the courage and determination of those who lost loved ones that day, or of the first responders who worked so hard and risked so much by working at ground zero in the days, weeks and months after 9/11. So many of those good people unfailingly attend one or more of the commemorative events at the World Trade Center site; at Point Lookout; at Seaford High School; at Burns Park, in Massapequa; at the Wall of Remembrance at the Brooklyn Cyclones ballpark, in Coney Island, or the other commemorations throughout New York and Long Island.

It is vitally important that the events of Sept. 11 be remembered from generation to generation, first and foremost to honor the memory of those who perished, but also as a strong warning that we must never let our guard down. Finally, 9/11 should be a lasting reminder to Americans that no matter what our political differences might be, we must make every effort to stand united, because we are still the greatest country in the world. God bless America.

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

Are you working those friendship connections?

Last week I had dinner with Jack, an old friend. We’ve known each other for 30 years, and he was my friend by extension, since his wife and I were best buddies for decades. She died about eight years ago. Since then, he and I have met up once or twice a year. Because we both loved her, we have woven together a new fabric of friendship from loose threads.

This time he told me that he was feeling seriously stressed about keeping his friendships going.

him and his new toys and his kvetches and his worries. I go because we share memories of Margaret. We both miss her. A tough guy, he surprises me sometimes with a candid revelation. Last week he said, “I know it’s foolish, but I wonder if Margaret knows what I’m doing and if she would approve of my life now.”

ple in our day-to-day lives.

Randi is on a brief leave. This column was originally published March 12-18, 2020.

At age 80, living alone, in a new relationship with a woman he likes a lot, he said he is frightened of being alone. He feels as if it’s a full-time job to keep up with friends, follow their life events, make dinner plans and generally say yes to any invitation, even when it’s something he doesn’t want to do. The planning is burdensome, yet it’s his lifeline.

My dinners with Jack are just OK. He is still the unapologetic, self-centered man he always was. We mostly talk about

“I know she would,” I said, and I sensed that my words mattered. He said he is thinking about whether and how to financially provide for his new partner. He said he isn’t sure if the new relationship will last. I suggested that he not think about how it will end, but how wonderful it has been these past few years. I suggested he be generous. More than generous.

I was glad I joined him for dinner, because we had a real conversation and an emotional connection.

Also, his anxiety about the need to keep his friendships fresh and alive resonated with me big time. It confirmed my sense that friends are the saviors of our senior years. As we get older, if we live geographically distant from family, friends become the most important peo-

Much has been written about the connection between loneliness and depression and cognitive loss. The antidote to being lonely is being a friend and having friends, but it doesn’t just happen. Especially as one gets older, friendships require more tolerance and good nature and forgiveness. Good pals sometimes forget a lunch date or don’t call when we’re sick or make a plan that excludes us when we wanted to be included. So, to keep our relationships viable, we have to be forgiving.

This one doesn’t hear so well, that one can’t drive at night, another one clearly is drinking too much. We have to turn the other cheek and turn the other way because we all live in glass houses.

Even more, we have to keep reaching out to people, accepting their bids to get together or share an activity. We have to get out of the house because no one knows we’re inside, feeling alone. We need to make the call, plan the dinner, send the email and be open to social connection.

As young parents it was easy for us to

become friendly with our children’s friends. During our working years, it was easy for a business friend to become a personal friend. As older people, we have to work harder to tend the ties that keep us bound to one another, responsible for one another and in touch with one another.

The thing is, not every friend meets all of our standards or fills all of our needs, and neither do we hit the mark every time with the people who call us friends. But everyone can offer something.

When we were young and when we were working and parenting, friends were our distraction, our biking buddies and our carpool partners. Now friends are vital to our health and well-being.

Friendship-building is the new work of the over-70 crowd. Some friends, like Jack, you see twice a year. Some friends are evergreen, and some are seasonal. No matter. Boomers need to tend that garden.

Copyright 2023 Randi Kreiss. Randi can be reached at randik3@aol.com.

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