Valley Stream Herald 06-13-2024

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More than 100 students at Valley Stream South High School have not received state-mandated vaccinations, prompting urgent action from school officials and raising concerns about vaccine hesitancy and public health risks.

South grapples with gap in student vaccine coverage

Over 100 Valley Stream South High School students went to school this year without being fully vaccinated with “one, some, or all” state-mandated immunizations.

Those were the concerning words disclosed to faculty in an email sent by Principal Matthew Swinson and school nurse Magee Sterlin in April whose subject line read: “Vaccination and Immunization — New York State Law Section 2164 — Urgent Read (2 min).”

Health experts have long credited vaccinations for their fundamental role in protecting the public against the scourge of deadly and infectious diseases. It’s largely why vaccines

are a statewide health requirement for millions of students of all ages who receive injections for a robust list of illnesses.

Yet Swinson’s email detailed a distressing picture to staff of a glaring gap in vaccine coverage that included dozens of students who for months did not have the required shots for diseases including hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Swinson, in that same email, issued a stern ultimatum. Letters would be sent to parents of their students’ unvaccinated status and demand they “present proof of vaccination or a confirmed appointment to receive clearance and return to school” by May 1.

“Meeting the vaccination deadline is not

Renovations underway at LIRR station

On a sun-drenched morning last Friday at the Valley Stream elevated platform station, commuters calmly waited for their train to arrive tuning out the dull mechanic roar beneath their feet.

On the ground floor, construction workers gathered near an industrial sandblaster removing away paint from the columns holding up the main station. Cars maneuvered past parts of the ground floor parking lot now surrounded by barricades and warning signs. At the sight of workers holding signs, drivers looked for open parking spots away from the work zone.

“A state of good repair work,” funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is fully underway at the Valley Stream main station. Six rows of columns, railings, and multiple overpass bridges are expected to be repainted. Any columns supporting the length of the village’s elevated railway tracks from Hicks Street to Satterie Avenue will also be “taken care of as needed” MTA officials noted.

While renovations are in process or in queue to begin, others have been checked off the to-do list.

Completed and forthcoming renovations

The roofing shingles at the platform waiting rooms have been replaced as scheduled, meaning the waiting areas, closed to the public for months amid construction, are now open.

The next imminent renovation will be the station’s elevators and escalators, whose work is expected to begin by the end of June.

“The LIRR is investing $32 million in capital funds for state-of-good repair work that is already underway at the station,” noted Long Island Rail Road President Robert Free in a statement. “When finished, these improvements will improve our customers’ experience and make for a more pleasurable commute.”

Commuters praise benefits but bristle at inconveniences

The reconstruction is an overall positive, noted commuter Damien Cotto, even though inconvenience and disruption Continued on page 7

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Valley Stream scouts turn Village Green into a big Camporee

The Boy Scouts of America Valley Stream troops gathered on the Village Green this weekend for their 42nd Annual Valley Stream Camporee, during which scouts camped overnight and engaged in community-building activities. Troops 99, 109, and 116 participated along with Packs 106, 367, and 372.

The weekend theme was “Christmas in June” and the scouts decorated their campsites with holiday flair. Each year, the troop or pack that shows the most spirit through decorating sites and tents, wearing uniforms, and participating in activities, including the Saturday night campfire, wins the Spirit Stick. The winning troop or pack holds the Spirit Stick for a year until the next Camporee. This year, it was awarded to Pack 367.

Chris Cavaliere, a 14-year-old member of Troop 109, won the Spirit Stick last year with his troop and said that the Camporee was an exciting opportunity to engage with other scouts.

“I’m looking forward to the cooking contest,” said Cavaliere. “And just hanging out with scouts, meeting new people, and doing our activities that we have planned.”

Patrick Burke, committee chair and

scout leader for Troop 116 said that the support the village shows for the scouts, especially regarding the Camporee, is unmatched.

“There is no other municipality on Long Island that lends scouts their common area, so Valley Stream is unique on Long Island for doing that for us,” Burke said. “They ask us what we need, there’s no fees, they give us the Green. …We’re very thankful to Valley Stream that they support scouting and support the youth.”

Gerardo Cavaliere, scout leader of Troop 109, chaired the planning committee for the weekend and noted the importance of the Camporee in building community among the scouts.

“It brings the units together,” Cavaliere said. “Hopefully people come by and see the tents up and we’re always looking to get more people into scouting. It teaches great fundamentals to the kids; it teaches responsibility and life skills...Unfortunately, scouting attendance started getting low, it’s starting to pick up again and we’re just hoping it brings the community together.”

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Keith Rossein/Herald Cub Scout Pack 372 of Valley Stream attends the village’s 42nd Annual Valley Stream Camporee for their “Christmas in June” theme. Keith Rossein/Herald Danielo Aiello, Caleb Garcia, Chase Caccavale, and Finn Lockhart take part in a sloppy joe-making contest at the village’s 42nd Annual Valley Stream Camporee. Keith Rossein/Herald Ten-year-old Liam Parris of Cub Scout Pack 372 is cooking up a storm in front of judges Carla Holness, Keisha Thomas, Weslyn Saul, Nsikale Ekong. Keith Rossein/Herald Assistant Den Leader Laurie Schour with fellow scouts Joshua Oldenburg, 8, Teddy Schour, 8, and Ayden Parris, 8, pose next to the virtues of the Scout Law.

Belmont Stakes celebrated with 16th annual Paul Sapienza Parade

While the 156th running of the Belmont Stakes was held in Saratoga Springs this year as Belmont Park undergoes renovations, neighbors throughout Elmont celebrated the historic horse race on June 1 with the 16th annual Paul Sapienza Belmont Parade. The parade was led by grand marshals Anna and

Vito Cortesiano, owners of Elmont Italian restaurant Salvatore’s of Elmont.

Many community members came out to march down Hempstead Turnpike earlier this month ahead of the race to celebrate their communal pride.

The Belmont Stakes is expected to return to Elmont

The philosopher Epictetus said “Men are disturbed not by events, but by the views they take of them.” Arising out of “The Good Life”, previously reviewed here, comes the W.I.S.E.R. model for reacting to emotionally challenging situations.

Watch. Initial impressions are powerful but may be incomplete. There is usually more to see. When the impression and the emotional response start to interact, take a moment to pause and thoughtfully observe the situation to prevent a potentially harmful reflexive response. As they say in psychiatry “Don’t just do something, sit there.”

Interpret. We are all seeing the world through our own eyes — what is happening, why it is happening and how it affects us. Our reality is not necessarily that of others. Thinking that a situation is all about us often leads to misunderstanding. When your emotions start to bubble up, it indicates you have something important at stake -- a goal, an insecurity or a vital relationship. Figuring out what’s at stake will allow you to interpret the situation better.

Select. Having watched, interpreted and re-interpreted, you must select your response. Instead of reacting reflexively out of stress, slowing down allows us to choose from more options. As “The Good Life” says “Given what’s at stake and the resources at my disposal, what can I do in this situation? What would be a good outcome here? And what is the likelihood that things will go well if I respond this way instead of that way?”

Engage. Now you are ready to respond more purposefully — aligning with who you are and what you want to accomplish. You’ve observed and interpreted the situation, taken some time to consider the possibilities and their likelihood of success, and you then execute your strategy.

Reflect. “How did that work out? Did I make things better or worse? Have I learned something new about the challenge I’m facing and about the best response? Reflecting on our response to a challenge can yield dividends for the future. It’s in learning from experience that we fully grow wiser.”

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Hello Herald readers, I’m the summer intern

This summer, I am serving as the intern for the Valley Stream Herald. I am 19 and have grown up in Wantagh, where I graduated from Wantagh High School in 2023. I recently finished my first year at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where I’m studying Government and Journalism. At school, I write for our newspaper “The Hoya” and am the treasurer of Active Minds, a mental health advocacy organization. I am also involved in our new student program to help welcome accepted students. I absolutely love D.C. and a favorite pastime of mine is visiting the monuments with my friends. My favorite is the Lincoln Memorial.

Writing has always been an extremely important part of my life

and I have been writing creatively since I was a child. I was introduced to journalism when I was in high school and immediately fell in love with it. Shortly thereafter, I decided journalism was the path I wanted to pursue and started looking at colleges that would allow me to do so. Outside of the newsroom, I love to read, listen to music and go to the beach, where I unfortunately usually get very sun burnt. I’m excited to be back home this summer to be reunited with my favorite Long Island beaches. I am thrilled for a fantastic summer at the Herald and to be learning from such encouraging and amazing mentors.

Jason Thomas/Herald photos Councilman Thomas Muscarella, left, and Islanders mascot Sparky, right, celebrate the 16th annual Paul Sapienza Belmont Parade with parade grand marshals Anna and Vito Cortesiano, owners of Salvatore’s of Elmont. Jason Thomas/Herald photos Gotham Avenue School students from Elmont march in the Paul Sapienza Belmont Parade on June 1. — Nora Toscano
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Gov. Kathy Hochul nixes city congestion pricing plan

Gov. Kathy Hochul is putting the brakes on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s controversial congestion pricing system plan more than three weeks before the June 30 start date.

Hochul, a Democrat, cited that the tolling program places an untenable financial burden on New Yorkers coming into the city on top of grappling with the state’s increased cost of living and housing woes.

Regular passenger vehicles would have been expected to be hit with charges as much as $7.50 to enter Lower Manhattan, with commercial vehicles looking at daily tolls ranging between $15 and $36.

“We cannot ignore the facts,” Hochul said. “Given these financial pressures, I cannot add another burden to middle class New Yorkers or add another cost to our recovery.”

Critics pounced on the indefinite postponement of the pricing plan, calling it an intiative that was doomed from the start and a political cash grab on the part of the governor.

“Congestion pricing is the newest component of Governor Kathy Hochul’s ever-increasing tax burden forcibly imposed on New Yorkers,” said Republican Congressman Anthony D’Esposito in a statement.

“Governor Hochul is realizing her constant nickel and diming of taxpayers is widely loathed across New York, but we can’t allow Hochul and her Democratic allies to merely delay the implementation of this new tax until after the election for solely political purpose...”

“We will continue the bipartisan effort to ensure this bad policy is canceled permanently,” he added.

MTA officials have staunchly defended the program arguing it would serve as a critical new revenue stream to maintain and expand its mass transit service — including the

Long Island Rail Road — and reverse the tide of its unstable fiscal position.

Environmental experts also praised the program as a way to curb congestion on city streets and ensure the safe passage of emergency vehicles.

MTA officials could not be reached for comment as of press time, saying all questions should be directed to the governor’s office.

“I am pleased to hear reports of a delay in the implementation of congestion pricing, a proposal I have vehemently opposed from the outset,” Assemblyman Ed Ra, a Repbulican from Franklin Square said in a statement. “The governor’s last-minute reversal exposes her true intentions— this was never about protecting the environment but rather a maneuver aimed at generating revenue from the pockets of suburban commuters and small businesses.”

It remains to be seen what alternative solutions the Governor will seek to generate the $1 billion in revenue for the MTA promised by the pricing plan.

Ra said that work needs to be done to establish a “streamlined and sustainable MTA that doesn’t perpetually seek new funds from Long Island taxpayers.”

“The political exploitation of revenue streams must end. It’s time to prioritize the well-being of New Yorkers above all else,” he added.

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced an indefinite postponement on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s controversial congestion pricing system plan weeks ahead of its rollout this month.

Griffin plans to prioritize opioid crisis, gun laws

After losing her Assembly seat in 2022 to Brian Curran by a slim margin of 138 votes, Judy Griffin is ready to pick up where she left off.

When she was first elected to the Assembly in 2019, Griffin was the first Democrat to hold this particular seat in more than 40 years. After the coronavirus pandemic upended her original plan, Griffin says she is looking for a reset in November to make the district a safer place to live.

“Sometimes, when I would go to the diner, people would be like, ‘I’m a Republican and I’m sorry you lost,’” Griffin told reporters at a recent Herald Roundtable session. “And now, it’s a year and a half since the last election, and I would say every day, community leaders, union leaders, constituents asked me to run again.”

Griffin wants to tackle the opioid crisis if re-elected, not only helping recovering addicts, but also their family members.

“I always believed that a multi-prong approach was necessary because I’ve seen and spoken to so many people who they said drug addiction harmed the whole family,” Griffin said. “We will support recovering addicts by finding them jobs, a place to live, and I would really love to do more of that.”

Griffin noted that one cause of the rise of the fentanyl crisis is drug dealers lac-

Judy Griffin is running to represent the Democrats in the race challenging incumbent Assemblyman Brian Curran in November. She wants to pick up where she left off in 2022 when Curran defeated her in the general election to take the seat back for Republicans.

ing drugs like marijuana and cocaine with fentanyl. She wants to continue advocating a bill she called “Death by Dealer” intended to hold these drug dealers accountable.

During her time in office, Griffin noted she helped pass legislation like the Red Flag Gun Law, which prevents people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. She also passed the “teacher gun law,” which

ensured educators will never be forced to carry weapons.

“In 2022, we passed even more gun legislation, but I still believe we aren’t done,” Griffin said. “I think there’s a lot more we could do.”

And with her “strong relationship” with local law enforcement, Griffin said she would help allocate funding to provide them with more resources. She committed to doing the same with the district attorney’s office and local schools.

“Something that was really important to me that I wanted to advance was doing something about mental health for police officers,” Griffin said. “That is a heavyduty job, and a lot is expected of them.”

Griffin also plans to gauge how her constituents are feeling on certain issues by resurrecting her “constituent survey” that is posted online each January. It would ask people their feelings on bills Griffin would vote on, and show the percentage of people that agree or disagree with an issue.

“You’re never going to have everyone be happy about everything you do,” she said, “but I tried as hard as I could to meet people in the middle, and meet them where most people were at.”

Griffin also plans to meet with neighbors to hear about the most pressing issues occurring in the district. It’s something she continued from her efforts in the past on the PTA, a nutrition committee, and while advocating for issues within local villages.

“Sometimes I’d be up at 4 in the morning, and that’s the kind of person I am,” Griffin said. “So, the dedication I had as a community advocate, I brought with me to office.”

Maher ready to listen closely to her constituents

For Patricia Maher, running in the June 25 Democratic primary for Assembly is about helping people.

“The only way you know what people are thinking in your constituency is to walk door-to-door to talk to them,” Maher told reporters during a recent Herald Roundtable session.

Running to represent Democrats in the November election against incumbent Assemblyman Brian Curran, Maher said she witnessed 700 people sign her candidate petitions. And they did so in places like Baldwin Harbor, Hewlett and Lynbrook — homes where many said it was first time someone running for office knocked on their door.

“These individuals, my future constituents, really feel like they are paying the highest taxes in the country and their roads are atrocious right in front of their house,” she said.

The problem, Maher learned — especially in Baldwin Harbor — was that one road would be repaired, but then that work would somehow cause flooding on an adjacent road.

“I talked to them and we decided we would go down to the town as a group and start to speak before the town council,” she said. “We would go to the county legislature speak to them, because this has to be a joint effort between the county, town

and the state.”

An advertising executive, Maher holds two law degrees — a juris doctorate from Touro Law School, and a master of laws from Hofstra University. Maher, however, is not a practicing attorney.

“The job of a New York state lawmaker is to make laws,” she said, noting that understanding the intent of a law is critical.

“I think I guess it’s after four years of schooling with my JD and LLM, I think I’m pretty well qualified to do that. You really need to know how the laws are written.”

A bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and state Sen. Kevin Thomas — both Democrats — which would increase the allowable property tax income for senior citizens and people with disabilities, is a measure Maher supports. The legislation is in committee.

“I think that would be a great start right there,” she said. “Most seniors want to stay in their own homes. The current exemption is not enough.”

Maher aims to support a potential law reversing a change in health insurance

coverage that impacts emergency medical technicians, firefighters, first responders, police and retired city teachers — all while still maintaining the promised coverage.

She said the state has good gun laws but they are not enough to battle the firearms coming across from other states.

“We need universal background checks on the federal level,” Maher said, adding she would work with federal officials to make that happen.

Tackling student loan debt is mainly a federal issue, but legislation could help. Such laws could be based on age, Maher said, noting the debt of older people. Some of these lenders are not telling borrowers they are eligible for debt relief, she added.

“I think maybe, on the state level, we could come up with some laws that would give penalties for these student loan companies that aren’t being truthful to students,” Maher said.

In the end, these elections — primary elections, especially — are important, Maher said.

“If you are a Democrat, you can come out to vote on June 25,” she said. “And early voting starts June 15. You come out to vote.”

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Tim Baker/Herald Tim Baker/Herald Patricia Maher, who is running to represent Democrats in November’s election challenging Assemblyman Brian Curran, She wants to keep senior citizens from losing their homes, and find ways to help alleviate student loan debt at the state level.

While some repair and renovation work, like the re-roofing of the Valley Stream LIRR station’s platform waiting rooms, are completed, others, like revamping the elevator and escalator, are slated to begin soon.

The station is undergoing extensive repairs and upgrades to its aging infrastructure as commuters cope with parking disruptions.

LIRR workers tackle columns at V.S. station

are a pesky side effect.

“Anytime you fix the infrastructure of anything like train stations or bridges, that’s good,” he said. “But people are inconvenienced because of parking.”

Cotto, a longtime resident of Valley Stream, argues the MTA did not provide commuters ample warning about the construction and its impediments to parking.

“I didn’t really see any great information that they provided to people who are commuters,” he said. “I soon realized that when they were setting up the construction, they would be taking all the parking away from people on that side.”

The construction has not been too bothersome for rider Becky Lodewyck.

“The waiting platforms look nice,”

Lodewyck said. “The station has been very easy to navigate, and I haven’t had any problems with safety.”

However, Lodewyck noted that she avoids the parking headache entirely by not parking at the station.

Valley Stream resident Wendy Prudencio, who works in Queens, is not a regular commuter opting to drive to work to avoid dealing with the “packed crowds” she experienced during past commutes. She has, however, seen the station go through various phases of change and is glad to see renovations made to the station’s “old and outdated” infrastructure.

“People who park down below the station can see that the columns do look old and rusty,” she said. “Aesthetically, it’s not an appealing station, but I’m glad they’re making improvements.”

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Nicolas Albarano (with Barry LeBron, music teacher), Rockville Centre

Mr. LeBron, since sophomore year, has encouraged me to do NYSSMA, jazz ensemble and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He’s helped me to develop my musical talent (piano) in and outside of school.

Is there a teacher, mentor, or friend who impacted you throughout your high school experience?

Stephen D’Amato (with Courtney Prestianni, guidance counselor), Wantagh

One person that stands out the most to me is my guidance counselor, Ms. Prestianni. She always helps me problem-solve and come to the best decisions. She treats me like one of her own kids.

Christian Auguste (with Arthur Ergistre, director of science), Uniondale I approached Mr. Ergistre with an idea for a paid peer tutoring program and with his guidance, he pushed me in the right direction. He has always been super supportive of what I want to do, and he’s always encouraged me.

Camdresa Davis (with Peter Buckley, English teacher/track coach), Baldwin During my sophomore year, I faced one of the most difficult challenges of my life, which was the loss of my mother. Mr. Buckley was always there for me I was able to talk to him and he helped me realize that even though I had lost someone close to me, I would never be alone.



I had Ms. Falvo in middle school and high school. Even when I didn’t have her, she always made time for me. When I was struggling with my English class or problems personally, I went to her and she would give me advice.

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Forecasters predict ‘extraordinary’ storm season

With at least 17 forecasted named storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates the most active hurricane season outlook ever.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1 when ocean temperatures are typically primed for storm development. Predicting that 17 storms will reach at least tropical storm status — with sustained winds of between 39 and 73 mph — is unusually high considering an average Atlantic hurricane season between 1991 and 2020 included 14 named storms — half of them hurricanes, and three of those major hurricanes.

“This season is looking to be an extraordinary one,” NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad told reporters during a news conference.

Nelson Vaz, a New York-based warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, noted the forecast calls for high activity in the Atlantic Ocean due to abnormally warm water

how the storms will form, it’s tough to predict on where they will end up.

“The one thing that is not in the forecast is landfall,” Vaz said. “You can’t forecast where the storms are going to go, when they are going to occur. So, those are going to be shorter term forecasts based on shorter term weather patterns.”

The threat for a landfalling hurricane is higher than it would be in a typical season, Vaz emphasized. Even in a low-activity season, it’s important for people on Long Island to prepare, even though only a handful of storms ever make it this far

The best time to prepare, Vaz said, is now before the hurricane season starts to pick up in late July.

state’s homeland security and emergency services division, says that anyone living on the coast needs to know if they’re in an evacuation or flood zone. And that even includes people who live inland, as flooding could very much be an issue.

Residents should to prepare for potentially being trapped for a few days if local authorities can’t get to them.

“Prepare a ‘go’ bag,” Bray said. “Flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, extra medication for you and your pets, tarp, duct tape, and stuff that you just might need.”

Homeowners should make sure they know where electrical equipment is located at their residence, and find out what their drainage situation is like.

Preparing for hurricane season

■ Know if you’re in an evacuation or flood zone, or flood-prone area

■ Prepare a ‘go’ bag

■ Have supplies ready like flashlights, batteries, bottled water, nonperishable food, extra medication for you and your pets, tarp, duct tape

■ Take note of where your electrical equipment is located

Learn more at

area, Bray explained her department would set up an emergency operations center. From there, they would start tracking local needs, such as generators, light and crews to remove downed trees.

“And because all signs point to an incredibly active season, we’re really focused now on the tabletop exercises, training exercises, and making sure our stockpiles are full,” Bray said.

To stay up to date on the hurricane season, visit For information on how to get notified during weather emer-

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National Weather Service forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center expect an above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin this year.

Over 100 without state-mandated vaccines

only a requirement but also a commitment to the health and safety of yourself and those around you,” wrote Swinson.

The district’s frantic efforts to bring families up to speed and students in line with inoculation requirements weeks from the end of the school year raises an obvious question — Why has the situation gone unresolved for so long?

The Valley Stream Central High School District could not be reached to answer questions as of press time.

State law is clear — no vaccines, no entry to school

Regarding vaccinations, state law with few exceptions draws a hard line: students not fully vaccinated should not be in school.

“Schools are required to exclude the students from school until or unless they have provided proof of compliance,” said State Health Department spokesperson Erin Clary. “To comply, the children must be fully up to date with all age-appropriate immunizations or be in the process of receiving their missing vaccinations.”

Students catching up on vaccinations must receive the first dose of all required shots and be on track for their next dose within 14 days of the due date to return to school.

Those who fail to meet the criteria, noted Clary, are barred from school, and reported to their local health department where their parent or guardian is notified of their responsibility to ensure they are fully vaccinated.

Clary says the department periodically audits anywhere between 150 to 200 schools statewide outside of New York City often with a history of struggling vaccination rates. Audited schools with unvaccinated students could potentially be exposed to legal penalties in the form of fines. But the potential public health risks are just if not more severe.

What is herd immunity and why it matters?

Each infection needs a certain level of vaccination coverage to get the benefits of herd immunity, noted Dr. Jonathan Garellek, an infectious disease specialist at Northwell Health.

Herd immunity, noted Garellek, is “when a sufficient amount of people are immune against a virus, mostly because of vaccination” that the disease can no longer spread and contaminate widely.

In cases like polio, for example, 80 percent of a given

population, according to the World Health Organization, must be immune to the disease to achieve herd immunity. For measles, a far more contagious disease, the threshold is far higher — 95 percent.

If over 100 Valley Stream South High School students are unvaccinated among a population of 1,225 students — according to the most recent education data — that means the student population has a 92 percent immunization rate.

South’s vaccination rates have fallen but not to a level that is immediate cause for alarm, argues Garellek, yet it should give the community pause over its broader health implications if the problem is allowed to worsen.

There is a worrying possibility that if vaccination rates at the school keep waning, now or in the future, noted Garellek, it can eventually compromise the mass immunity of the student population and give preventable diseases a foothold to spread.

Health risks of vaccine hesitancy

“Most of these diseases that (students get vaccinated for) have been eradicated or contained in the United States in large part due to vaccinations, and if vaccination numbers continue to decline, all that hard work that’s been done could be lost,” said Garellek who is concerned about the renewed rise of an old public health adversary — vaccine hesitancy.

Health experts suggest that vaccine hesitancy amplified by fearful resistance to the Covid-19 vaccine is driving up a record uptick in measles outbreaks — a disease nearly on the brink of eradication a few years ago.

Andrea Tobias, the practice manager at Valley Stream Pediatrics, says parents of students at her facility often come harboring misconceptions or misgivings about what is in a vaccine injection.

“Parents don’t understand the importance of the vaccine and lack knowledge of what they have to get at certain age groups,” said Tobias.

Tobias contends that parents are also worried about scientifically discounted side effects of vaccinations popularized among certain anti-vaccine circles.

“The other hurdle that we have is that a lot of families associate vaccines with autism or developmental delays despite no clinical research that warrants these concerns,” she said. “It’s just something that they hear on the Internet.”

“There are potential side effects with vaccines

Vaccine facts vs. fiction

Myth: Vaccines cause autism and sudden infant death syndrome.

Fact: Most vaccine reactions are temporary and minor, such as a fever or sore arm. It is rare to experience a severe health event following a vaccination, but these events are carefully monitored and investigated.

Myth: A child can get the disease from a vaccine. Fact: A vaccine causing complete disease would be extremely unlikely. Most vaccines are inactivated vaccines making it impossible to contract the disease from the vaccine.

Myth: Vaccine-preventable diseases are just part of childhood.

Fact: Vaccine-preventable diseases have many serious complications that can be avoided through immunization. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce an immune response like natural infection, but they do not cause the disease or put the immunized person at risk of its potential complications.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

because it is a medication,” said Garellek. “Is it possible that a person may have an intense allergic reaction to a new vaccine that we didn’t anticipate? Yes, it’s possible, but it’s extremely rare.”

Garellek assured that the likelihood of experiencing side effects from a vaccine is significantly lower than the side effects from the virus or infection the vaccine aims to fight off.

“The long-term ramifications of not getting vaccinated can be pretty significant for yourself and vulnerable populations like children and the immunocompromised,” said Garallek. “We need to allow for open and honest discussions between the public and health care providers to address any misinformation.”

Additional reporting by Nora Toscano

Rescuing Families celebrates Father’s Day

Rescuing Families will hold its second annual Father’s Day Community Marketplace on June 15.

The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. and is free for all. It will take place in municipal lot four behind Wendy’s on Hempstead Turnpike.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their pets as the events are pet friendly. The marketplace will include 45 local vendors selling different craft items and artisan food, among other things. There will also be a food truck, Los Parrilleros, and live music.

Most of the vendors will provide artisan crafts such as air plants, original art, crocheted items and more. Marketplace attendees will also be able to enjoy live music played by local band The Everything Band throughout the event. There will also be a dedicated Rescuing Families booth that will host pay-toplay games, wheel of prizes and corn-

hole throw, and sell t-shirts and hoodies that have “I helped restore hope #RescuingFamilies” printed on them, the proceeds of which will go to Rescuing Families’ upcoming projects.

There will also be a progressive 50/50 raffle that started at the first community marketplace and last throughout the season. The drawing of the raffle will be at the final community marketplace on Oct. 19.

Donations collected at the community markets throughout the summer will help fund two upcoming Rescuing Families projects, the renovation of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2718, in Franklin Square, and the Reyes’ family home in Valley Stream.

Centauro expressed the importance of the VFW renovation, saying that the building has fallen into complete disrepair and the veterans can no longer enjoy it.

“It’s just a space that’s not really accessible at all for anyone with a disability,” said Centauro. “It’s very challenging to use the bathrooms and any aspect of the building.”

She hopes that with this renovation, the VFW will be able to stay open and restore its status as the “center of the town” like Centauro said it used to be.

The Reyes’ home renovation will help make life more manageable for members of the Reyes family in Valley Stream. Doug Reyes, a man who became paraplegic who became paralyzed after a swimming accident when he was 18 years old and his father who has Parkinson’s have difficulty navigating their home. The hope is that with this renovation, it will be easier for them to navigate their home.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and personal care items to donate to the veteran’s pantry,

Vet Mart, located in East Meadow. Donations can be dropped off at the Rescuing Families booth.

This event would not be possible without the help of volunteers like the Valley Stream Key Club and H. Frank Carey High School Honor Society, Centauro said.

“Without the students help, we wouldn’t be able to do this type of event,” she said.

In keeping with the theme of the marketplace, Rescuing Families will be having a Father’s Day giveaway. Rescuing Families will be giving away keychain multitools while supplies last. People looking to get involved are encouraged to go to the Rescuing Families website,, for more information. Rescuing Families is always looking for volunteers.

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Ripe for the

Venture forth to local strawberry fields

June means … strawberries. Those luscious berries await during this precious — short-lived — season. So gather up your gang and venture out to one of the many u-pick growers for a day in the berry patch. The season reaches its peak here as spring transitions into summer, as the fruit grow and ripen throughout May and June.

Everyone can agree that local is always best, so skip those California and Florida supermarket berries and head out to one of the many farms nearby where you can pick your own. Then when you return with your bounty, be sure to whip up some yummy strawberry creations. These fresh gems are always terrific on their own, of course, but when used in a recipe, they’ll jazz up any meal.

Strawberry Shortcake

The quintessential summer treat never goes out of style.

• 3 baskets of fresh strawberries

• 1/2 cup sugar

• Whipping cream

• Vanilla

1. Remove the stems from the strawberries. Slice into thin (1/4- to 1/8-inch slices. Put into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet the strawberries are to begin with) and mix into the strawberries. Set aside at room temperature to macerate (which means that the sugar will soften the strawberries and help release their juices).

2. After the strawberries have been sitting for 20 minutes or so, take a potato masher and mash them a little. Not too much, just enough to get more juice out of them.

3. Whip the cream, adding a drop or two of vanilla and a teaspoon of sugar.

4. To serve, break up one biscuit per person into big pieces into a bowl. Ladle strawberries over the biscuit (either scratch-made or Bisquick recipe). Add a dollop of whipped cream.

Biscuits from scratch:

• 3 cups all purpose flour

• 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

• 3/4 teaspoon salt

• 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Toss with a fork to combine. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several

times in a food processor.) 2. Combine the cream and vanilla in a liquid measure. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry.

3. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, 3/4 to 1-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

5. Heat the oven to 425º F. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 9 even squares and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Makes 9 biscuits.

Classic Bisquick biscuits:

• 2 1/3 cups Bisquick baking mix

• 3 tablespoons butter, melted

• 1/2 cup milk

• 3 tablespoons sugar

1. Heat oven to 425° F. Stir baking mix, melted butter, milk, and sugar in a mixing bowl until soft dough forms.

2. Drop by 6 spoonfuls on to a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 biscuits.

Strawberry Tarts

All the sweet goodness of strawberry shortcake in a small bite.

• 6 2-1/2-inch tart shells

• 1 1/2 quart fresh strawberries

• 1 cup sugar

• 3 tablespoons cornstarch

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice

• Whipped cream

1. Wash and remove caps from the strawberries. Set aside the best half of the berries; combine the remaining berries, whole or cut, sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.

2. Cook, stirring frequently, 5-6 minutes or until the berry mixture is very thick. Stir in the lemon juice. Cook. Select a few of the reserved strawberries for garnish; add the rest, whole or cut, to the cooked mixture.

3. Pour into the baked pastry shells. Garnish with the whipped cream and remaining whole or cut berries.

Jessie’s Girl

Drag out that neon once again and give your hair its best ‘80s ‘do. Those crazy days are back — as only Jessie’s Girl can pull off, on the Paramount stage. So slip on some Jordache jeans, legwarmers, grab an extra-large bottle of Aqua Net, and get ready to dance the night away. There is no decade like the ‘80s, and no band that has mastered the music of the era like Jessie’s Girl. Hear all of your favorites by Prince, Madonna, Eddie Money, Duran Duran, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Van Halen, J. Geils Band, The Police and many more. The show is led by New York City’s top rock and pop vocalists and backed by a phenomenal band, who get everyone into that ‘Back to the ‘80’ vibe. Throw in a load of super-fun choreography, audience participation, props, costumes bubbles and confetti — and you have a party that audiences don’t want to leave.

Friday, June 14, 8 p.m. $45, $37.50, $25. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Tickets available at or

‘So Happy Together’

The Happy Together Tour is back with an evening of groovy tunes. The touring sensation that has crisscrossed the nation delighting audiences for more than a decade returns with a show full of ‘60s and ‘70s chart-toppers — an undeniable 61 Billboard Top 40 smashes. Surely an evening of hit after hit after hit that will have you heading home whistling the soundtrack of that beloved era. Returning favorites and new additions in this edition include The Turtles once again, the evening’s musical hosts. They are joined by Jay and the Americans, The Association, Badfinger, The Vogues and the Cowsills. The Turtles, of course, are best known for their harmony-heavy California pop sound. With such hits as ‘Elenore,’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me,’ ‘It Ain’t Me Babe,’ ‘You Showed Me’ — and the title of the tour, ‘Happy Together’ — the band ruled the airwaves in the late ‘60s. Rewind time and groove to the classics as you see these legends live on the same stage.

Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. Flagstar at Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. Tickets available at

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Fab Faux

The Beatles live on — in the form of the Fab Faux. The acclaimed band brings out the best Beatles moments, appearing on the Paramount stage, Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). The musical virtuosity of The Fab Faux — in actuality five New York City-based musicians —upends the concept of a Beatles tribute band. Far beyond being extended cover sets, their shows are an inspired rediscovery of The Beatles’ musical magic.

The Fab Faux tackles the group’s most demanding material onstage in a way that has to be experienced to be believed. In addition to their note-for-note accuracy, the band is famous for blurring the lines slightly and injecting their own musical personalities into the performances. Imagine hearing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “I Am the Walrus” performed in complete partperfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as “Because”, “Nowhere Man”, and “Paperback Writer,” reproduced with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect. That’s The Fab Faux experience. $55, $35, $30, $25. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Tickets available at or

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Family theater

Families will enjoy another musical adventure, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved children’s books, on the Long Island Children’s Museum stage, Friday, June 14, 10:15 a.m. and noon; also Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m.; Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 19, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Back by popular demand after a sold-out 2023 run, see Pigeon, Bus Driver, and some zany passengers sing and dance their way to help Pigeon find his “thing” in this upbeat comedy based on Willems’ popular Pigeon books.

Featuring a live band to bring the jazzy score to life, audiences will thoroughly enjoy singing and flapping along with The Pigeon and friends. The audience is part of the action, in this innovative mix of songs, silliness and feathers. It’s an ideal way to introduce kids to theater and the humorous stories from Willems’ books.

$10 with museum admission ($8 members), $14 theater only. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 224-5800 or

On exhibit

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

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

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

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Seasonal Sprouts

Bring the kids to Old Westbury Gardens for a Seasonal Sprouts session, Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Children (ages 4 to 6) can explore the grounds on a guided walk within the formal gardens and informal woodlands. Families will enjoy activities and plant a flower to take home. $10 per child. Registration required. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For information, visit or contact (516) 333-0048.

Car Show

The Village of Valley Stream hosts their annual classic car show, Friday, June 14, starting at 6 p.m., on Rockaway Ave. For more information, call (516) 8254200 or visit

Village meeting

The Village of Valley Stream holds its regular Board of Trustees meeting, Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m., at Village Hall. 123 S. Central Ave. For more information, call (516) 825-4200 or visit

Central High School Graduation

Valley Stream Central High School seniors will walk the graduation stage, Tuesday, June 25, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Memorial Junior High School. 320 Fletcher Ave. For more information, call (516) 872-5628 or email districtclerk@vschsd. org.

North High School Graduation

Valley Stream North High School seniors walk the graduation stage, Monday, June 24, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Memorial Junior High School. 320 Fletcher Ave. For more information, call (516) 872-5628 or email districtclerk@vschsd. org.

Summer Concert Series

The Village of Valley Stream hosts its annual Summer Concert Series, Saturday, June 22, starting at 8 p.m., at the Village Bandshell. Decadia performs a tribute to the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s. 123 S. Central Ave. For more information, call (516) 825-4200 or visit Vsvny. org.

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Marching through history

Step back in time and observe different eras of military history, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. As you “march through history” be side by side with knowledgeable and welcoming reenactors from Long Island and numerous other states portraying soldiers, their uniforms and weaponry from Colonial America through more recent conflicts. With firing demonstrations throughout the day, as well as tent and camp life displays. $15, $12 children, $12 seniors 60+. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road Old Bethpage. Visit for more information or call (516) 5728409.

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Midsummer Jazz

Enjoy some summertime tunes at Old Westbury Gardens, Thursday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. Hear jazz standards and original compositions by musician and composer Glafkos Kontemeniotis and his trio Monk for President, with Vince “Kazi” McCoy on drums and Fred Berman on double bass. Before, during, or after, stroll the gardens decorated with floral arrangements and illuminated with lanterns. Drinks and appetizers provided; you’re welcome to bring a picnic dinner. $30. Reservations required. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For information, visit or contact (516) 333-0048.

Summer sounds

Visit Eisenhower Park for its Noontime Concert series, Wednesday, June 26, noon-2 p.m. The Long Island Harmonizers perform four-part barbershop a cappella. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Their repertoire ranges from traditional barbershop to the Great American Songbook and Elton John. Bring seating. For information, visit

Celebrate Israel

Salute Israel, while welcoming Eisenhower Park’s summer concert season, at the annual Celebrate Israel concert, presented by Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island, Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m. Israeli superstar Raviv Kaner performs. Bring seating. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. For more information, visit

Movie matinee

Cool off with a movie on Henry Waldinger Memorial Library’s big screen, Friday, June 28, 1-3 p.m. See the 2023 dramedy “The Holdovers,” which follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. Registration required. 60 Verona Place. For more information, visit ValleyStreamLibrary,org or call (516) 825-6422.

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SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-FRE1 ASSET-BACKED PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, Pltf. vs. DONOVAN RUSSELL, et al, Defts. Index #17-001892. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Oct. 29, 2019 and order substituting the referee entered Sept. 20, 2022, I will sell at public auction on the north side front steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on June 26, 2024 at 2:30 p.m., prem. k/a 117 Martens Avenue, Valley Stream, NY a/k/a Section 37, Block 14, Lot 266. Approx. amt. of judgment is $780,261.11 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. JANINE LYNAM, Referee. MARGOLIN, WEINREB & NIERER, LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 165 Eileen Way, Ste. 101, Syosset, NY. #101427 146974

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST, Plaintiff AGAINST DHARMIE D. INDER, ET AL., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered March 7, 2023, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the North Side steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 on June 25, 2024 at 2:30PM, premises known as 208 DEAN STREET VALLEY STREAM, NY 11580 AKA 208 DEAN STREET NORTH VALLEY STREAM, NY 11580 AKA 247-15 135 ROAD, ROSEDALE, NY 11580. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being partly in the Borough and County of Queens, and partly in the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream, Town of Hempstead, State of New York, Block: 13230, Lot: 12 (QUEENS COUNTY), Section: 37, Block: 415, Lot: 0384 (NASSAU COUNTY). Approximate amount of judgment $382,521.71 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #602017/2019. 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”. Harold F. Damm, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC 1775 Wehrle Drive Williamsville, NY 14221 18-002063 80690 146910


Notice of formation of Monaco Muse LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on January 22, 2024. Office located in Nassau County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC92 E. St. Marks Place Valley Stream, NY 11580. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 146926

Knuckles & Manfro, LLP, 120 White Plains Road, Suite 215, Tarrytown, New York 10591, Attorneys for Plaintiff 147269



NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on April 16, 2024, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A MR. COOPER is the Plaintiff and CHARLES BROCKINGTON, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction RAIN OR SHINE at the NASSAU COUNTY SUPREME COURT, NORTH SIDE STEPS, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, MINEOLA, NY 11501, on June 26, 2024 at 2:30PM, premises known as 8 GREENLAWN BOULEVARD, VALLEY STREAM, NY 11580; and the following tax map identification: Section 0037, Block 00575-00, Lot 00029. ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF VALLEY STREAM, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU AND STATE OF NEW YORK

Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No.: 610699/2018. Janine T. Lynam, Esq. - Referee. Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. All foreclosure sales will be conducted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines including, but not limited to, social distancing and mask wearing. *LOCATION OF SALE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DAY OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH COURT/CLERK DIRECTIVES. 146994

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Grandeur Suites, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York, (SSNY) on 2/20/24. NY Office location: Nassau County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to:1 Gladys Lane, Freeport, NY 11520 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. 147096


Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee’s Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered on April 22, 2024, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction on the front steps on the north side of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 on July 10, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., premises known as 24 West Dover Street, Valley Stream, NY 11580. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 37, Block 164 and Lot 123. Approximate amount of judgment is $506,554.82 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #608747/2018. Cash will not be accepted. This foreclosure sale will be held on the north side steps of the Courthouse, rain or shine. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at the foreclosure sale. If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, the Court Appointed Referee will cancel the sale.

Heather Crosley, Esq., Referee

If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, the then Court Appointed Referee will cancel the Foreclosure Auction. This Auction will be held rain or shine.

Karl C. Seman, Esq., Referee.

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURTCOUNTY OF NASSAU WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET SECURITIES CORPORATION, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OPT 1, Plaintiff, Against UKNOWN HEIRS TO THE ESTATE OF PETER FORTUNATO, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the Complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, ET AL. Defendant(s)

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered 08/03/2023, 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 on 7/8/2024 at 2:30PM, premises known as 387 Sherbourne Road, Valley Stream, New York 11580, And Described As Follows: ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being At Valley Stream, Town Of Hempstead, County Of Nassau And State Of New York. Section 0037 Block 00579 Lot 00012

The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $508,685.49 plus interest and costs. The Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 003355/2016

MCCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, LLC, 10 Midland Avenue, Suite 205, Port Chester, NY 10573

Dated: 4/4/2024 File Number: 16-300688 CA 147271

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISTION TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. FRANK PULSIFER, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered on March 17, 2023, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction on the front steps on the north side of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501 on July 9, 2024 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 160 East Maujer Street a/k/a 160 Maujer Street, Valley Stream, NY 11580. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Valley Stream, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 37, Block 6 and Lot 432. Approximate amount of judgment is $323,747.17 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 609580/2017. This foreclosure sale will be held on the north side steps of the Courthouse, rain or shine. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at the foreclosure sale. If proper social distancing cannot be maintained or there are other health or safety concerns, the Court Appointed Referee will cancel the sale.

Mark S. Ricciardi, Esq., Referee Friedman Vartolo LLP, 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. Firm File No. 181933-1 147267





Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No.: 606634/2017. Mark Ricciardi, Esq. - Referee. Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. All foreclosure sales will be conducted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines including, but not limited to, social distancing and mask wearing. *LOCATION OF SALE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DAY OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH COURT/CLERK DIRECTIVES. 147257




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on December 21, 2023, wherein U.S. BANK

TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST is the Plaintiff and SANDRA MULLINGS, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction RAIN OR SHINE at the NASSAU COUNTY SUPREME COURT, NORTH SIDE STEPS, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, MINEOLA, NY 11501, on July 8, 2024 at 2:00PM, premises known as 140 ARLINGTON AVENUE, VALLEY STREAM, NY 11580; and the following tax map identification: 37-441-777 & 778.


Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No.: 008415/2013. Mark L. Lieberman, Esq. - Referee. Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. All foreclosure sales will be conducted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines including, but not limited to, social distancing and mask wearing. *LOCATION OF SALE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DAY OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH COURT/CLERK DIRECTIVES. 147259



WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY IN ITS CAPACITY AS OWNER TRUSTEE FOR CASCADE FUNDING MORTGAGE TRUST 2019-RM3, Plaintiff, vs. EUGENE DESEPOLI A/K/A EUGENE DESEPOLI III, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EUGENE DESEPOLI A/K/A EUGENE DESEPOLI, JR.; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF EUGENE DESEPOLI A/K/A EUGENE DESEPOLI, JR., any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and

all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICAPIA GUAGENTI; ANTHONY GUAGENTI, “JOHN DOE #3” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last ten names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Plaintiff designates NASSAU as the place of trial situs of the real property


Mortgaged Premises: 379 COCHRAN PLACE, VALLEY STREAM, NY 11581

Section: 39, Block: 452, Lot: 41 & 67 Defendants.

To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service. Your failure to appear or to answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you.

NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $930,000.00 and interest, recorded on September 27, 2007, in Book M 32372 at Page 771, of the Public Records of NASSAU County, New York., covering premises known as 379 COCHRAN PLACE, VALLEY STREAM, NY 11581.

The relief sought in the within action is a

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Howell students go to Coleman Country Day Camp

Howell Road Elementary School sixth-grade students recently embarked on a fun-filled journey to Coleman Country Day Camp in Freeport for a day brimming with excitement and camaraderie.

“This annual tradition allows our graduating sixth graders to bond, create lasting memories, and celebrate their journey through elementary school in a vibrant and enriching environment,” remarked Frank Huplosky, Howell Road Elementary School principal. “We are immensely grateful to Coleman Country Day Camp for their hospitality and for providing our students with an unforgettable day filled with laughter and adventure.”

The outing marked a delightful celebration of their impending graduation, offering a medley of exhilarating activities to mark the milestone. Nestled in Freeport, the sprawling western-style ranch of Coleman Country Day Camp provided the perfect backdrop for a day of adventure and teamwork. The sixth graders immersed themselves in various indoor and out -

door activities, each designed to foster teamwork, skill-building, and, most importantly, sheer enjoyment.

Among the highlights of the day were spirited games of gaga in “the pit,” indoor rock climbing, leisurely rides on paddle boats, and friendly matches of soccer and volleyball. As the day unfolded, students were treated to a mouthwatering barbecue lunch, while engaging in a trivia challenge and an enthralling spelling bee, adding an educational twist to the festivities. The laughter, cheers, and sense of accomplishment echoed throughout the campgrounds, encapsulating the joyous spirit of the occasion, noted school officials.

They further added the field trip to Coleman Country Day Camp exemplifies Howell Road Elementary School’s commitment to holistic education, emphasizing the importance of experiential learning and fostering a sense of community among students.

V.S. District 30 recognizes staff at board meeting

The Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education meeting on May 20 was marked by significant achievements and celebratory moments. The evening began with a delightful performance by the Shaw Avenue Jazz Band, led by music teacher Brian Kalinowski, setting an inspiring tone for the meeting.

The board was pleased to grant tenure to three exceptional educators, recognizing their dedication and contributions to the schools:

n Maureen Carrano, reading specialist, Clear Stream Avenue Elementary

n Lauren Langtry, reading specialist,

judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above.

NASSAU County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county.


If you do not respond to this summons and complaint

an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the

Shaw Avenue Elementary

n Naomi Yochai, kindergarten teacher, Forest Road Elementary

These educators have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their students and have made significant strides in enhancing the educational experience at their respective schools.

The GATE process is a unique districtwide initiative designed to evaluate a teacher’s progress and reward outstanding educators with the opportunity to move to the next salary range. This meeting celebrated the progress of two more educators:

n Ilissa Epstein, Quest/ Enrichment teacher

n Darlene Sinclair, third grade teacher, Shaw Avenue Elementary

Their dedication to fostering an enriching learning environment has been acknowledged through this advancement.

The board also confirmed the permanent appointment of Michael Deluca as the director of facilities & operations. Michael’s commitment to maintaining and improving the district’s facilities ensures a safe and conducive learning environment for all students.

The achievements highlighted at the meeting underscore Valley Stream District 30’s dedication to nurturing its students. By supporting educators and staff, the district ensures that students are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and competence.

“Our educators and staff are the cornerstone of our success in Valley Stream District 30,” said Superintendent Roxanne Garcia-France. “Their dedication, passion and excellence in

teaching inspire our students to reach their highest potential. Through the GATE process and other initiatives, we are committed to fostering an environment where both educators and students can thrive as Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”

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the court, a default judgment may
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–Juan Lasso Courtesy Valley Stream District 13 Howell Road Elementary School’s sixth-grade students took a trip to Coleman Country Day Camp. Courtesy Valley Stream District 30
What’s neWs in and out of the classroom
The Shaw Avenue Elementary Jazz Band opened the evening performing with music teacher Brian Kalinowski.


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The neighbors won’t leave us alone

Q. My neighbors from hell have been harassing me at every step of my construction, and I don’t know what to do. They tried to stop our permit, and have continued to try to have it revoked for several reasons, such as false claims that my contractor is unlicensed, that they start work before the allowed work times, that they work too late, that my permit wasn’t posted properly, that the simple deck we’re having built is in the wrong place, that our dog isn’t licensed … How can we stop this harassment? They are both attorneys who aren’t working, and have plenty of time to bother us.

A. George Herbert, a 17th-century poet, said, “Living well is the best revenge.” Apparently he had neighbors like yours, and he didn’t want to use all the other much more vindictive and possibly illegal means to stop them. After a while, like the story of the boy who cried wolf, the authorities will stop believing them and may even turn their attention to them, looking for issues to keep your neighbors busy with their own issues.

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I have heard many stories about vindictive neighbors over the years, and although it is puzzling what motivates people to behave this way, to not just live and let live, they have to be either dealt with or ignored. It’s hard to ignore some of the more dastardly things people can do to harass, but it has to be done. Being attorneys indicates that they understand how to manipulate the system, which was put in place for justice, to create an injustice.

In some cases I have knocked on a door on behalf of a client to ask what the problems are, with the best of intentions, to assure the neighbor that their concerns are being dealt with and everything will work out. The lesson I learned from this is that there are people put on this planet for the sole purpose of ruination, destruction, intimidation and harassment. It appears to give them a level of satisfaction that cannot be attained by some more meaningful method. It reminds me of what many people have told me when we hear about a criminal who went to great lengths to figure out how to commit the crime, that had that same individual put their energy into solving a positive, constructive problem, like curing cancer or helping those less fortunate, they may have had a productive life instead of creating the misery they thrive on.

I suggest writing down, in detail, your neighbors’ actions, compiling a book on how pathetic some people can be, selling the book, and living well off the royalties from the neighbors’ contribution to your making lemonade out of the lemons they keep hurling at you. I’m hesitant to write about the worst thing that a neighbor once did just to be difficult, because it really did cause lasting pain for a family whose small children were scared for life by what that neighbor did.

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This is the best part: All of summer lies ahead

Hardly any summer lives up to its hype.

How could it, when we’ve waited nine months for school to be out, slogging through dark, snowy days and freezing weeks? We’ve waited for the warming breeze, the gentle waves, the fresh cherries and soft-shell crabs. We waited, and here it is … now! All this freedom is too wonderful to grasp.

Our vacation time from work lies ahead, too, and we want our adventures, and our kids’ camps, and the rentals in the mountains or by the shore to be restorative and fun. In June it’s still possible that the big family reunion in the Poconos will be a life-altering love fest. In June, the outdoor concerts are still anticipatory joy. These are the best days of summer, when everything is possible. Here, pinned to this spot in time, there are no rampaging wildfires, no floods, no hurricanes, no Covid surge, no family feuds. Yup, the dangerous possibilities all lie ahead. Pre-summer is the golden window of

igood weather and unlimited expectations. That’s why people keep booking weekends in Maine, forgetting that last year they waited on line in the 95-degree heat for a $30 Kennebunkport lobster roller. These are the days of anticipatory dreaming.

BOn summer weekends, families head to our beaches, the Berkshires, the Jersey Shore or out East. Everyone is trying to recapture summer memories while forgetting the kids’ rainy-day tantrums or the traffic in the Hamptons or the prices at the farm stands that used to be a bargain. This is the time of dreaming and planning; there will be enough time in September to absorb the realities that subvert these fantasies.

in their hair. It was a significant cultural shift, which led to the end of the war and the beginning of a real push for civil rights, women’s rights and racial equality.

eaches? Trails?

Farm stands?

This is the time of dreaming and planning.

My big regret is that I didn’t go; I wasn’t part of history. I was planning my wedding and looking for a job. I didn’t go to Woodstock, either, in the summer of 1969. My heart and mind were with the progressive causes, but the path I saw for myself was fixed and somewhat narrow.

read “War and Peace,” all 1,200 pages. Truth? The last 50 summers have been my summer to read “War and Peace.” Never cracked the cover, but it doesn’t matter; I hold on dearly to the possibility.

In the big picture, we don’t know yet what kind of summer this will be historically, meteorologically or politically. Will it leave an indelible mark? Will our collective destinies stay the course or take a detour?

I remember the summer of 1967, when some 100,000 young people, widely known as hippies, descended on San Francisco, specifically the Haight, and protested the war in Vietnam, lived in casual encampments, did some drugs and wore flowers

So, young folks, this summer, get out there and live your days. Summer 2024 will not come around again. The calendar from midJune to Sept. 21 is blank. The summer could sweep in dramatic change. Anything can happen. The days are hot already and very long; worry is in the air about drought and wildfire and political unrest.

On an individual level, this is the time to plan our downtime activities. Is this the summer you get out on the kayak? Learn to surf? Start hiking the Appalachian Trail? Rescue a puppy and use the summertime to train it? Maybe send the kids off to camp and get reacquainted with your partner?

For me, this is the summer to finally

The freedom of some unstructured time allows us to prepare for the upcoming election. A minefield covers the ground between June and November. It seems unlikely to me that any of the legal cases against Donald Trump will be resolved in time to make a difference. We have, as individuals who are citizens of a great democracy, the time to think about what kind of man we want to be president. I will be casting my vote for Joe Biden, the sitting president who has displayed decency and solid, pro-American, forward-thinking policies. I hope that others who have the time and inclination will seriously weigh the kind of America we want to live in.

We don’t want to get terribly serious because, after all, it’s about to be summer. Put your feet up. Grab a bowl of Washington State cherries, and if “War and Peace” seems daunting, pick up a National Geographic and learn the important stuff, like “Do Spiders Dream?”

Relax with one eye open. The summer of 2024 is about to unfold.

Copyright 2024 Randi Kreiss. Randi can be reached at

Congestion pricing punishes commuters

n 2019, the Democratic majorities in the State Senate and Assembly passed the well-known Congestion Pricing Plan. At the time, every Long Island Senate Democrat voted in support of the proposal. The policy mandated an extra fee for most motorists entering Manhattan below 60th Street during peak hours. While the intent behind this initiative may be commendable, its repercussions for commuters — particularly those from Nassau County — are concerning.

Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that she was delaying the implementation of congestion pricing. I commend those of us on the Island who voiced our objections to the plan and made our voices heard. This is a victory for Long Islanders who simply can’t afford another tax. It is disappointing that Hochul’s decision was clearly motivated by politics rather than concern for overburdened New Yorkers, and after a substantial expenditure was made on the required infrastructure.

Elected officials should be held accountable for their actions, and a last-

minute effort to postpone the plan in hopes of avoiding accountability from voters in the upcoming election is shameful. Congestion pricing shouldn’t just be delayed; it must be repealed, and I am a cosponsor of Senate Bill 5425, which would do just that.

Congestion pricing is being promoted as a solution to reduce traffic and emissions, but in reality, its sole purpose is to generate revenue to fix the continuing mismanagement of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The state budget includes $1 billion of revenue for the MTA, which is expected to be generated by congestion pricing, so clearly there is an expectation that many people will continue to drive and pay the price rather than use public transportation. Many from Nassau County travel to Manhattan for work or medical appointments, or to visit family and friends.

enjoy themselves. For those who must travel into the city for work, it will increase their costs, which will in turn be passed on to the consumers of their products.

F or many Nassau County residents, driving into Manhattan is a necessity.

The additional charge would be more than just an inconvenience — it’s a regressive tax that disproportionately impacts our families, small-business owners and those who depend on their vehicles to earn a living. Congestion pricing won’t alleviate traffic or save our environment; instead, it will increase the cost of traveling to Manhattan, and may actually deter people from doing so to

For many Nassau County residents, driving into Manhattan isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Nurses working the night shift at hospitals, teachers who need to carry supplies and arrive early in the morning, and those with physical challenges who travel to take advantage of worldclass medical care have legitimate reasons for driving into Manhattan. Travel into the city is already fraught with challenges for those who use public transportation, making driving the most convenient, and sometimes the only, option. The introduction of an additional fee, potentially as high as $15 per trip, would be a significant financial burden. The policy would effectively penalize hard-working New Yorkers who have no viable alternative to driving.

Public transportation is a valuable asset, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. For many, using public transit means enduring multiple transfers, which can extend commute times to unmanageable lengths. Instead of punishing those who have no choice but to drive, we must prioritize investing in our

public transportation infrastructure to make it more reliable and accessible.

The MTA’s recent decision to offer a 10 percent discount on monthly Long Island Rail Road tickets is a step forward, but it unfairly excludes residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties. The discount applies only to travel within New York City, funded by a state account for city transit improvements, leaving Long Island commuters out. This exclusion, combined with congestion pricing, would further burden them. Both policies highlight a growing disparity, neglecting the needs of suburban commuters who play a vital role in the city’s economy. We must address this imbalance and ensure equitable support for all LIRR riders. While reducing traffic congestion and emissions are important, the congestionpricing plan, as it stands, is a misguided approach to correcting the MTA’s fiscal mismanagement, doing so by putting the burden on the backs of commuters. By continuing to advocate for our constituents, exploring alternative solutions and engaging the public, we can work toward a more equitable strategy.

Now that this plan is delayed, we must seize the opportunity to repeal it. The time is now. We need solutions that address traffic congestion without unfairly hurting the wallets of Long Islanders.

21 VALLEY STREAM HERALD — June 13, 2024
RAnDi KREiss Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick represents the 9th Senate District.

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We are all champions

Nassau county truly is the home of champions.

It’s where you can find the four-time Stanley cup champion New York Islanders. For more than a century, it’s where the Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race was held — and where it will return, bigger and better than ever, in 2026, when renovations are completed at Belmont park.

There’s also the four-time atlantic League of professional Baseball champion Long Island Ducks. and, for the past couple weeks, anyone trying to make their away around Eisenhower park, in East Meadow, couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the International cricket council Men’s T20 World cup, in which India upended pakistan in a highly anticipated international rivalry.

But our true champions are much closer to home. In fact, they are in our own backyards, if not in our own homes. They are our school athletes — young men and women who spend hours conditioning, training and drilling to step out on a baseball diamond, a track, a tennis court, a football field, a basketball court, a lacrosse field, or a soccer or rugby pitch to try to win it all in front of their families, friends, neighbors and peers. and then, after all that, they go back to their studies, so they can have the best shot at a successful future.

We are proud of every one of them for what they accomplish. and we support them as they look for ways to win, and


Thank you, Gov. Hochul

To the Editor:

Thank you to Gov. Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature for increasing funding for libraries in the fiscal year 2025 state budget! We deeply appreciate the strong support of our work. Hochul’s action brings much-needed relief to the operating budget of the Nassau Library System, a cooperative that provides shared services to the county’s 54 public libraries, and an additional $500,000 to local libraries for building improvements. Nassau’s public libraries serve hundreds of thousands of patrons each year.

Voters deserve thanks, too. Every library budget vote in Nassau passed this spring, with an average approval rate of 77 percent! Over 5,000 Nassau residents signed up for new library cards last month. Libraries truly have something for everyone, and we invite all to check us out this summer.

cheer them when they do so.

They always give us reason to cheer for them, and even more when they win titles — like the South Side High School boys’ lacrosse team taking home the state class B boys championship in a thrilling overtime win over Victor.

and they are hardly alone. The boys’ track and field team from Baldwin High captured its first county championship in more than a decade, while the girls’ track and field team from Oceanside did the same, over rival Syosset.

The boys from Malverne won a county championship of their own in track and field, while the Valley Stream North girls celebrated a number of individual county champions, like Moanna Thelusca in discus, Nattaly Lindo in shot put, and the Fessler sisters, paige and Brooke, finishing first and second, respectively, in the high jump. We also have to mention the amazing work of the North Shore girls’ track and field squad, which came away with the class a championship.

and don’t even get us started on the excellence in softball from the previous week, with Kennedy and Seaford winning Long Island championships, while Oceanside took home the class aaa crown.

Then there was the Wantagh girls’ lacrosse team beating Manhasset for the Nassau class c championship, while the Lynbrook boys’ tennis team won a conference title.

and then there are county champion-

ships for the calhoun girls track team, the clarke baseball team, and the Wantagh boys lacrosse team.

We could go on. There is a lot to celebrate — no matter what the scoreboard shows.

These young men and women are learning teamwork, leadership and resilience. as they work together to achieve common goals, they learn the value of collaboration and mutual support. The highs of victory and the lows of defeat provide lessons in handling success with grace, and the rest with dignity.

These experiences are invaluable as these athletes prepare to face the myriad challenges of adult life with a balanced and determined mindset. They also provide opportunities for college scholarships and career advancement, opening doors to higher education that might not have otherwise been available for many. Their journeys also serve as a powerful unifying force within communities. On Long Island, where villages and hamlets have distinct identities, high school sports can bridge divides and create a sense of shared purpose.

High school sports are much more than a venue for cheering on the home team. They are a cornerstone of physical health, personal development, academic excellence and community cohesion. By supporting and investing in them, we are nurturing the next generation of leaders, scholars and community members, ensuring a vibrant and dynamic future for Nassau county.

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opinions Saying goodbye to our beloved Holy Trinity

two weeks ago, the Herald reported on the closing of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Unfortunately, due to deadlines, I didn’t have a chance to add my comments to the story. My family and I have a long and detailed history with Holy Trinity — too much to fit here.

All of my grandparents were Episcopalians, and once they settled in Valley Stream, they, along with other Episcopalians, organized church services in their homes, circa 1922. later they moved services to the Corona Avenue firehouse. In 1924, a small parish hall was built on Brooklyn Avenue, and it doubled as a chapel. My grandparents, William and Prudence Fare and Henry and Mary Klein, were members from the beginning.

Their children, my parents, met through the church, and married there in 1944. All six of the Fare boys, including me, were baptized and confirmed there. My brother Charles was married there in 1970.

My history and memories begin in

the 1960s. We always attended services and Sunday school as a family, and took part in every church and community event — picnics at Grant Park, holiday fairs, bazaars, dinner dances, thrift shops, holiday decorating. My mother volunteered with the Altar Guild and Thrift Shop, and sang in the choir.

pastor, and even after he retired he came back to Holy Trinity to baptize me in 1962. our family remained close with all of our parish priests, and traveled to visit them in retirement.

clear the sidewalks to be ready for Sunday services.

The liturgical calendar was part of our lives, and every holiday and event seemed to revolve around our parish family. I became an altar boy as soon as I was old enough, and served for 16 years.

aBut what I remember most vividly was my father’s devotion to the church. He built its main alter. He was an exceptional craftsman and woodworker; there was nothing he couldn’t build or fix. He built the cross that hung in the side chapel and held the crucifix, as well as the narthex table in the vestibule. He was always building or fixing something at the church.

ll six of the Fare boys, including me, were baptized and confirmed there.

My father and some of the other men in the church removed and refurbished every window, one at a time. They would bring the large wooden windows to our garage and take turns sanding, stripping, cleaning, reglazing and repainting each one before returning it.

In the 1970s we spent long Saturdays there, as he diligently repaired the pipe organ, which his parents had purchased and donated to the church when the main nave was built. We had a wired intercom system, and my brothers and I would press the keys on the organ while he was in the pipe loft adjusting the valves, seals and air pressure.

All of the parish priests became family friends, and spent much time at our home on Valley Stream Boulevard. The rev. George Benson Cox was our first


Abortion, women’s equity loom large in November

To the Editor:

As the presidential election approaches, understanding the opinions of both President Biden and Donald Trump is pivotal when thinking about which candidate to vote for. Specifically, when it comes to abortion rights and women’s equity on both a national and global scale, the two candidates have differing opinions and differing degrees of action, and it is hyper-important for women to be informed about their standpoints, so they understand who to vote for in November.

In terms of abortion rights, Trump and Biden have starkly different opinions. Although Biden has stated that he is a practicing Catholic who doesn’t necessarily personally support abortion, he has avidly stated that women deserve the right to choose, no matter where they live, and that abortion care should be a human right. Trump, on the other hand, wants to leave abortion rights up to the states, meaning that each state can choose whether or not abortions should be legalized, potentially taking away that right to choose.

In terms of the international policy surrounding women’s equity, Biden and Trump have similar policies, but their

commitment to those policies is of varying degrees, and they have different motives for supporting women’s equality. They have both tried to combat women’s inequity through financial support of efforts in other countries, but Biden has directed hundreds of millions more dollars to those efforts than Trump.

Biden also states that women’s equality is a moral issue, something that should be intrinsically guaranteed to populations around the world. Trump, however, mainly sees women’s equality as an opportunity for economic growth. Biden also claims to aid specific countries that may need help promoting gender equity, making Trump’s policy appear weaker and less specific. These differences must be recognized by the people they would affect the most: the voters.

We reach out with the hope that you are aware of the stakes of this election, and that you share our concern for its possible outcomes. We strongly feel that in a world where information is hidden, falsified, misconstrued and polarized, it is important that our reputable local media outlets continue being dedicated to the truth — now more than ever.


North Shore High School Class of 2024 Glen Head

My dad built a 20- to 25-foot cross that he hung on the side of the “Williams Building,” a gym, classroom and office complex that was added to the church on 7th Street. It was a massive undertaking. Not only did he have to design and construct it, but he had to transport it from our home to the church and affix it to a brick wall. That cross was just recently removed, having been there for 50 years.

When my father retired in 1978, he took a part-time job as the church’s sexton, the caretaker of the building and the surrounding property. In the winter, he took care of all snow removal. I remember one bad storm when the roads were impassible. My father, my brothers and I walked to the church to

In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Holy Trinity had multiple services, and was filled to capacity at most of them. My father and brother were ushers, and attendance was over 100 all the time. I remember standing-room-only at many Christmastime services.

But gradually the village’s Episcopalian community dwindled. The attendance and monetary pledges by parishioners weren’t enough to pay the bills. our last few rectors were even part-time, or shared their time, borrowed from other parishes. It became impossible to maintain the property. Even the successful nursery school program began to suffer.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. The remaining parishioners and I will always love Holy Trinity and cherish our time spent and memories made there. But time marches on, and sadly, we must part ways with our beloved building, grounds and parish life. I will always have a special place in my heart for Holy Trinity, and I’ll continue to find ways to share and enjoy my faith, wherever they may be.

Ed Fare is the mayor of Valley Stream.

23 VALLEY STREAM HERALD — June 13, 2024
At the National Monument atop Calton Hill — Edinburgh, Scotland
eD Fare

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Only High Performing Hospital for Maternity Care

Mothers looking for a hospital at which to give birth should consider the quality indicators used by U.S. News & World Report ® to determine institutions deemed High Performing for Maternity care.

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• Reduced C-section delivery rates

• Low early elective delivery rates

• Low overall unexpected newborn complication rates

• Increased routine VBAC rates

• Increased exclusive human milk feeding rates

• Low episiotomy rates

• Routine birthing-friendly practices

• Transparency on racial/ethnic disparities

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