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automated external defibrillators at youth ball fields, but also raise funds to purchase the AEDs, which cost $1,500 each. And so Forever 9: The Robbie Levine Foundation was born. The organization is celebrating its sixth anniversary. Jill Levine, who has a degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s in social work from Boston University, now runs the foundation’s day-today operations. “The foundation really is like a full-time job,” she said. “I don’t, but I could work on it all day, every day. And it’s good because what it does is what it was started for. “It was started to memorialize Robbie,” she continued. “People hear about the Robbie Levine Foundation, and his name is spoken every day. And that makes us feel good. And the fact that lives have been saved because of this is, of course, an extra bonus.” For her courage in the face of unimaginable pain, and for her works on behalf of the youth not only in her hometown but across Long Island and beyond, the Merrick Herald has named Levine its 2011 Person of the Year. In the spring of 2006, only months after the Robbie Levine Foundation was founded, Jill Levine, with help from her husband, undertook a major project: Robbie’s Run, a 5K run/walk through the streets around Levy-Lakeside Elementary, where Robbie was an outstanding student. Jill said she hoped 300 people would attend. Instead, more than 750 turned out for the event, which began at Cammans Pond, on Lindenmere Drive, headed south, and looped through residential neighborhoods before returning to Levy-Lakeside. Robbie’s Run has now become a highly anticipated annual tradition in the Merricks, with more than 2,000 runners and walkers taking part annually. Each year the run raises $50,000 for the Robbie Levine Foundation. The Levines didn’t stop their fundraising with the run, though. For the past four years, they have hosted a Dealing with Hearts Gala, which annually raises $40,000. The fundraising has allowed the Robbie Levine Foundation to quickly expand, and provide AEDs not only locally, but in upstate Binghamton and as far afield as Kutztown, Pa., and even Israel and South Africa. “What we wanted was people to not say, ‘What is an AED?’” said Jill. “We wanted people to say, ‘When my kid gets on this field, where is the AED?’ And if the AED isn’t there, and they look at you like you’re crazy, that’s not OK.” Jill grew up in Michigan, where she graduated from Huron High School. She met Craig on a Caribbean cruise in 1991, while she was a student at Boston University, and they married in 1994. Jill moved with Craig to Brooklyn, where he was completing his residency in oral sur-

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Craig, an oral surgeon trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, gave his son CPR for five long, terrifying minutes until a paramedic arrived with a defibrillator and administered electric-shock treatment. But Robbie never woke up. The Levines, long active in the Levy-Lakeside PTA and in the Little League, were devastated by their son’s death. They could not sleep or eat for days. But charitable donations in Robbie’s name from the Levines’ many friends in the community poured in, and Jill and Craig channeled their grief — and those donations — into a nonprofit organization of their own creation that would not only raise awareness of the need for

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“There’s no describing her. She was just beautiful.” That was how childhood friend Nicholas McCormick summed up Erin Clare MalloyMcArdle, 18. Malloy-McArdle, a Mepham senior and president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club, was killed in a skiing accident at Windham Mountain in Greene County in early January. According to a press release from Windham, the accident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. off an intermediate trail known as Upper Warpath. Malloy-McArdle, who was not wearing a helmet, is reported to have lost control and left the trail at high speed, crashing into a tree about 30 feet off the trail. Though early reports described Malloy-McArdle as a novice skier, McCormick said that she was an avid skier and had been skiing for more than five years. “She knew what she was doing,” McCormick said. “It wasn’t like she was making these poor decisions to jump right into skiing.” According to McCormick, Malloy-McArdle circled “beginner” when she rented her skis, thinking nothing of it.

The two became friends through their parents – Beth and Steven Freifeld, from Merrick, and Andrea and Paul Mass, from Bellmore – who met several years ago at a Hadassah event. Since then, the two families have spent many hours together, including trips to the beach, as well as spending summers together. “We just kind of all hit it off,” said Andrea Mass. Over time, Morgan, a third-grade student at Winthrop Avenue School in Bellmore, and her brother Mitchell, 11, became close with the Freifelds’ two children, Sadie and her 8-year-old brother Max. So close, that it was easy for Morgan to decide what she wanted to do once she heard the news that Sadie had cancer. “The day that I came home and told Morgan that Sadie had cancer,” Andrea said, “she said immediately, ‘Mommy, I’m not going to cut my hair again, and as soon as I have 10 inches I want to donate it to Locks of Love.’” True to her word, Morgan did not get another haircut, and once her hair was over 10 inches long – the minimum length required for donation – she headed straight to Metromodes Salon in Bellmore and had her hair cut to donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children suffering from longterm medical hair loss from any illness. Morgan Mass, 8, from Bellmore, with 3-year-old Sadie Freifeld, of Merrick, shortly after Morgan donated her hair to Locks of Love.

The Mepham community mourned the loss of Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle who died in a skiing accident.

February

Daughter saves father’s life Colleen Oggeri, 18, became a hero after she administered CPR to her father, Doug, moments after he had a heart attack. Doctors said after that the CPR saved his life. The Oggeri family, from left, Elizabeth, Doug, Colleen, Linda and Dan.

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Two Calhoun football players, Nicholas Marcello, second from left, and Coleman Meier, fourth from left, are playing Division I football in college. They were joined here at Calhoun last February by their coach, Joe Bianca, third from left, and Marcello’s father, David, and Meier’s parents, Lucie and George.

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IN BRIEF A crisis for the L.I. Crisis Center The Bellmore-based Long Island Crisis Center faced a crisis of its own: Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts meant that the center could lose nearly one-third of its budget, possibly shutting down its call center. Part of the governor’s budget proposal called for cuts to many social programs, including those that fund the Crisis Center. Many of the individual programs — like Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention and the Office of Children and Family Services — were eliminated, and the funding was consolidated into one block grant program. “Our concern is that everything is going to go to essentially mandated services,” said Dorothy Jacobs, president of the Board of Directors of the Crisis Center. “It would eliminate services for mostly homeless and runaway youth, and that’s how our hotlines are funded.”

Not one but two Calhoun High School football players earned scholarships to play football at Division I colleges starting in the fall of 2011 –– Nicholas Marcello, a kicker who was recruited by

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and Coleman Meier, a linebacker who is headed to SUNY Stony Brook. Colts coach Joe Bianca said that it’s rare to

have even one football player recruited by a Division I school, let alone two. “Two in one season is a credit to the program and to [the players],” Bianca said.

March

Calhoun junior wows audiences on ‘American Idol’ Ten years ago, Robbie Rosen sat in front of his television and watched the first season of “American Idol” in his Merrick home. He was only 7 years old, but even then he knew he had it what it takes to one day perform on the show. “We’d mute the TV, and I’d sing some songs that I heard the Idols singing,” Rosen said. “My mom and I were like, ‘Man, I can do that someday.’” Turns out, they were right. On this past spring’s “Idol,” Rosen beat out more than 100,000 contestants to finish in the top 24. “It’s really cool looking back, and now looking how far I’ve come,” he said. Rosen’s “Idol” journey began when he performed in The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World, an attraction that simulates the show so people can enter and sing in front of a live audience. Audience members vote on their favorites, and the finalists receive “dream tickets” that allow them to skip to the front of the line at any “American Idol” audition site.


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YEAR IN REVIEW State eyes fishing at Mullener Pond Shaped like a footprint, Mullener Pond abuts the Meadowbrook Parkway amid a stand of oaks and maples just south of Jerusalem Avenue in North Merrick. It is a quiet place, hemmed in by a six-foot chain-link fence. The New York State Department of Parks owns the property and for years had prohibited people from entering it. So, environmental advocates said, local folks had only been able to marvel at it from afar. That changed this past spring when the Department of Parks and the state Department of Environmental Conservation approved a plan that allowed public access to the woodland, where fishing is now permitted in Mullener Pond.

A hike through the woodlands of North Merrick, south of the Brookside School, revealed widespread environmental damage. At left, oak trees with their roots exposed by erosion caused by dirt-bikers and all-terrain vehicle riders. With the roots exposed, the trees eventually die and fall. Scott Brinton/Herald

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IN BRIEF Case dismissed against fire chief slapped with ticket It took all of 20 minutes this morning for a traffic court judge to dismiss a ticket against North Merrick Fire Chief James Allen that a state trooper issued on the Meadowbrook Parkway on Jan. 26. The trooper slapped Allen with the citation after he refused to move his emergency vehicle at an accident scene, believing that doing so would create unsafe working conditions for his volunteers. The trooper wanted the vehicle moved to free up a lane of the parkway amid a heavy snowstorm. Allen left traffic court in Hempstead surrounded by nearly a hundred firefighters after his case was dismissed. “It definitely felt good that everyone was there supporting me, and knowing that I did the right thing,” said Allen, who is his fifth year as North Merrick’s chief.

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Birch Principal Kerri Schlissel and Assistant Principal Salvatore Dossena unveiled a time capsule that was buried in Birch School 50 years ago.

Birch School reveals time capsule On March 24 at 10 a.m., Birch Elementary School administrators, teachers and students uncovered a time capsule that was buried five decades ago on November 5, 1961. The school, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, held a special ceremony as the capsule’s contents were revealed in front of the student body.

Principal Kerri Schlissel and Assistant Principal Salvatore Dossena led the ceremony in the school auditorium, removing the capsule from a school wall, which was strategically buried behind the 1960 cornerstone just outside the school’s front entrance.

April

North Merrick rejects library bond The North Merrick Library’s proposed $6.5 million renovation plan was defeated in April, with the public voting 445 to 358 to reject a bond proposal to finance the project. The plan to renovate the 55-year-old facility would have raised property taxes by about $11 per month for a home assessed at $450,000, according to library officials. “I don’t think it has anything do with the perception of the library; I think it has more to do with the economy right now,” said Library Director Tom Witt. “I think there’s still a good

feeling in general about the library in the community.”

North Merrick residents voted against a $6.5 million renovation plan for the North Merrick Library. Courtesy Tom Witt

Teachers and administrators in the BellmoreMerrick Central High School District agreed to voluntarily freeze their salaries for the 2011-12 academic year in order to avoid further budget cuts and preserve student programs. In all, the wage freeze saved the district $840,000 in 201112, according to Central officials. “We thank each and every teacher and administrator in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for their selflessness in these tough economic times, “ said the then Board of Education President Nina Lanci. In February, the district announced that 25 teachers and staff members would be let go at the end of this school year. According to officials, the number of teachers and staff members expected to be laid off would remain the same, but the district would be able to avoid eight additional teacher layoffs because of the freeze.


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More than 250 people turned out for a public hearing to voice their opinions on a Republican plan to redraw the Nassau County Legislature’s district lines. Among the attendees was Golena White of Hempstead.

Legislature’s redistricting hearing gets heated In a public hearing that turned raucous at times, the Nassau County Legislature heard testimony from a long line of speakers who charged that a Republican plan to redraw the lines of the county’s 19 legislative districts would, if passed, dilute the minority vote while shifting roughly half of the county’s population –– 576,000 people in all –– into new districts. Meanwhile, the Legislature’s majority leader, Peter Schmitt, a Republican from Massapequa, defended the plan, saying that the county must redraw lines after the U.S. census if a district’s population is 10 percent greater than the allowable maxi-

mum of 70,000, which, in many cases, it is, while in others population has decreased. Thus, Schmitt said repeatedly, immediate redistricting is required. Monday’s hearing was the only public forum on the proposed redistricting plan. The Legislature plans to vote on the plan next Monday, which led many to say that the Republican majority was acting hastily to push through its proposal while “slicing and dicing” a number of legislative districts that have stood for years. Democrats challenged the GOP redistricting plan, which wound up in the courts, which ultimately decided that it could not apply to the 2011 election.

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A memorial at the corner of Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway in Merrick that pays homage to 9/11 victims Ronnie Gies and Brian Sweeney.

Merrick-Bellmore ‘thrilled’ that bin Laden is gone “I’m thrilled that he’s gone.” That was what Merokean Carol Gies had to say about the death of Osama bin Laden, shortly after President Obama announced to the world that the al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind was killed in a 40-minute firefight with U.S. Navy seals at a fortified compound outside of Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital. Gies’s husband, Ronnie, a New York City firefighter and Merrick Fire Department chief, died trying

to save others inside the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He was one of 343 city firefighters who were killed in the worst terrorist attack perpetrated on American soil. Ever since, Carol Gies said that she and her three sons –– Tommy, Ronnie Jr. and Bobby –– have struggled to make sense of the attacks and find some sense of closure, some relief from their psychic pain. News of bin Laden’s death

reopened the “raw” wounds that Gies felt in the days and weeks after 19 al Qaeda hijackers slammed two jets into the Twin Towers, causing them to crash to the ground in a fireball. At the same time, Gies said, news of his death gave her a moment to pause. She said she worries about her two oldest sons, Tommy, 28, and Ronnie, 26, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps and joined the Fire Department of New York.

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Her friends, family and coworkers said it wasn’t too much of a surprise, but Penny Ellis was shocked to the point of speechlessness when it was announced on May 16 that she was the winner of “Live! With Regis and Kelly’s” second annual Top Teacher contest. Ellis, of Merrick, a special-education teacher who was nominated for the competition by her friend and aide, Mary Bores, was one of five finalists chosen by the show’s viewers, who took part in a nationwide online vote. She was featured on the show on May 9 as part of “Top Teacher Week.” There was a second vote on May 13 to determine the winner. A camera crew showed up at Oceanside High School on May 16. No one knew who the winner would be, and crews were sent to all of the finalists’ schools. When it was announced live that Ellis was the winner, one of the show’s producers drove her prize, a new

Calhoun badminton grabs title The Calhoun Colts badminton team practiced throughout the 2010-11 school year while sporting T-shirts with the phrase, “Winning is a choice.” It was choice that the squad made three years in a row. On May 20, the Lady Colts defeated Port Washington, winning four of seven games to capture the Nassau County championship. It marked the third consecutive county title for Calhoun, which the program had never accomplished before. “It was probably one of the most fulfilling county championships for me as a coach,” said head coach Gregg Muscarella.


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Kennedy grad wins French open Those who know Scott Lipsky say he is a man of few words. Lipsky, who grew up in Merrick and graduated from Kennedy High School in Bellmore, has never been one to boast or complain. And that, in large part, was the secret to the 29-year-old’s success at last week’s French Open, at which he won the mixed doubles title at this Grand Slam event. His resiliency in the face of any chal-

lenge was what kept him going through the ups and down of his tennis career and what ultimately brought him to the mixed doubles finals at the French Open on June 2, his past coaches said. Alongside Australian partner Casey Dellacqua, Lipsky defeated the top-seeded Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia to win his first Grand Slam title.

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Calhoun High School seniors Sarah Shuster, Philippa Boyes, Melissa Gluck, Jen Battaglia, Marissa Levy and Jeanine Briotta prepared before their graduation ceremony at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury.

Graduation 2011

Much was the same about this year’s BellmoreMerrick Central High School District graduation ceremonies. Seniors came attired in their caps and gowns –– blue robes for Calhoun, green for Kennedy and red for Mepham. Excited parents showered their now adults children with flowers and balloons, and snapped hun-

dreds of photos. But much was different. For starters, there was the venue. For the firs time, Central District officials moved the ceremonies from the high schools to the NYCB Theater at Westbury, formerly the Westbury Music Fair.

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IN BRIEF Autism bill passes Legislature The State Senate and Assembly passed legislation on June 17 to ensure that people with autism receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate and by a large majority in the Assembly, was sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration, and he ultimately signed the measure.

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican from Merrick, was the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate. “This is a giant step forward towards helping families with autism get the care they need,” Fuschillo said. “Many of these families are literally going broke paying for this care because their insurance companies refuse to provide coverage.”

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Scott Lipsky, a Kennedy High School graduate, won the mixed doubles title at the French Open.

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IN BRIEF Evan Sachs pleads guilty to attempted murder Merrick resident Evan Sachs pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault, nearly 10 months after he stabbed an 8-year-old boy inside a Dave & Buster’s restaurant in Westbury on Oct. 8, 2010, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Sachs, 23, a 2005 Calhoun High School graduate, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault after Nassau County Court Judge Jerald Carter promised to sentence him to 14 years in prison, said District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Cuomo signed the tax cap law in Lynbrook . He was surrounded by, from left, Sens. Kemp Hannon, Charles Fuschillo, Dean Skelos and Lee Zeldin.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to the home of a Lynbrook family to sign New York’s first property-tax cap –– six days after the New York State Senate approved the legislation that proponents said would usher in a new era of fiscal responsi-

bility. Cuomo was joined y local officials, including Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis spoke to campers at Coleman Country Day Camp, on the Freeport-Merrick border, in mid-July.

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Hundreds of Coleman Country day campers sat eagerly in the bleachers, their chants of “Ike Davis!” rising into the hot summer air. Minutes later, Mets first baseman Ike Davis strolled out of left field to loud applause, accompanied by camp owner and director Ross Coleman The camp, on the Freeport-Merrick border, boasts nearly 900 campers –– all of whom got a chance to meet Davis, ask questions and share high-fives with the star infielder.


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August Flooding forced closure of the Meadowbrook Parkway on Aug. 14, and there to manage the emergency were Merrick Fire Department volunteers.

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Storm swamps the Merricks A massive storm barreling out of the southern Atlantic dumped more than nine inches of driving

rain on Merrick and Bellmore in less than 12 hours, flooding the Meadowbrook Parkway,

Coleman Country Day Camp and homes throughout the community. At the storm’s height, rain fell at a rate of more than an inch per hour, on par with a hurricane, according to the National Weather Service.

The area around the Meadowbrook Parkway was particularly hard hit, as the Meadow Brook, which runs along the parkway, overflowed its banks, sending water cascading in all directions.

IN BRIEF Merrick F.D. salutes 9/11 heroes

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Tropical Storm Irene rips through the Merricks Nearly 525,000 Long Island Power Authority customers lost electricity in Tropical Storm Irene, which struck Long Island in late August, as the storm’s strong winds, gusting up to 70 mph, sent trees crashing into power lines. Trees were particularly susceptible to collapse, officials said, because

the ground was saturated with water, first from Aug. 14’s record rainstorm and then from Irene, whose storm surge, combined with a driving rain, put many coastal communities south of Merrick Road under one to three feet of water.

Dressed in a black blouse and jeans, Carol Gies stood silently, her chin in her hands, her elbows resting on a crane that was lifting a twisted World Trade Center girder into the parking lot at the Merrick Fire Department’s Friendship Engine and Hose Company. Gies, who lost her husband, Ronnie, in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, looked forlorn. The beams, which were brought by flatbed truck to Merrick from John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Hangar 17, now serve centerpieces for two 9/11 memorials, one in down-

town Merrick, off Sunrise Highway, and the other at the Friendship Company, off Meadowbrook Road –– where Ronnie Gies once served as the Merrick Fire Department chief.

Nassau Coliseum vote fails

Nassau County voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a proposal to borrow $40 million to build a new Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Nearly 89,000 of more than 155,000 ballots case opposed the referendum, while just under 67,000 were in favor of it. The vote left he future of the New York Islanders in doubt, with their lease set to expire in 2015.

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American Legion unveils 9/11 memorial The Merrick American Legion’s ceremony to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks started solemnly, with an invocation by Rabbi Paul Kirschner, but, surprisingly, it ended on an upbeat note, when Sacred Heart School sixthgrader Alyssa Pallotta, wearing a bright pink dress, took to the podium and sang “God Bless America.”

A new monument, built with a World Trade Center team, was unveiled at the one-hour ceremony.

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At right, Merrick resident Carol Gies placed a wreath on a memorial in downtown Merrick in honor of her late husband, Ronnie Gies, who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Chabad lights the night with giant menorahs By DEIRDRE KRASULA and DAVID WEINGRAD dkrasula@liherald.com or dweingrad@liherald.com

f you happened to notice a U.S. military Humvee leading two limousines with giant menorahs atop them through Merrick and Bellmore streets last week, you were not dreaming. On the first day of Hanukkah, on Dec. 20, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Bellmore-Merrick held its annual Great Menorah Car Parade and Menorah Lighting. Members of the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Division led the procession, which began in south Merrick, made a stop at Sunrise Highway and Newbridge Road in Bellmore, and completed the journey at Sunrise Highway and Merrick Avenue, where a 12-foot-tall menorah was lit.

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A LIMOUSINE CARRYING CHABAD’S Hanukkah wishes made its way through the Bellmores and Merricks. Sue Grieco/Herald

RABBI MARC VOLK lighted this menorah with the assistance of a cherry picker.

RABBI SHIMON KRAMER, of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, thanked the U.S. Army veterans in attendance.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS enjoyed the menorah lighting, despite the rainy weather.


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YEAR IN REVIEW Pit bull mauls North Merrick woman A pit bull that mauled 64-year-old Shashi Sharma at the Brookside School in North Merrick –– one of two that dug their teeth into her arms, legs and head –– eluded capture as police closed in on the animal in North Merrick. Nassau County police officers fired at and possibly wounded the dog, but it ran off. Officials cautioned people to stay away from the animal and to call 911 immediately if it was spotted. Weeks later, police shot and killed the second pit bull on Jerusalem Avenue in North Merrick, outside a day-care center.

Levy-Lakeside ‘roars’ with school spirit Students and faculty members at Norma J. Levy-Lakeside Elementary School in Merrick “roared” loud and clear during an assembly to kick off the school’s new campaign to instill a sense of respect for others and one’s community in the children. Students donned bright-red T-shirts with the words “Levy Lakeside Roars” on the front. ROARS, an acronym of “Respectful, Open-minded, Accepting, Responsible Students,” is the basis for a new character-education program that aims to reinforce school values and expectations in Levy-Lakeside students.

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Two pit bulls attacked Shashi Sharma at the Brookside School in North Merrick.

November

Calhoun Colts reach county final Calhoun Colts goalie Alissa Battaglia saved 19 shots on goal in the Class AA girls’ soccer final on Nov. 9, but the MacArthur Generals found the back of the net three times in a 3-0 victory. The loss ended the Colts’ undefeated season, but coach Lori Biscardi said she was proud of how far her team went. Calhoun knocked off topseeded Farmingdale en route to the championship game and boasted the second-leading scorer in the county, Kristina Gandolfo, who netted 21 goals.

Calhoun Senior Kristina Gandolfo scored Calhoun goals in their Nassau Class AA quarterfinal playoff upset victory at Farmingdale, en route to the championship. Tony Bellissimo/Herald

Levy-Lakeside Principal Elizabeth Trencheny donned the “Lakeside ROARS” T-shirt during the school’s kickoff pep rally for a new character-education.

Tempers flare at county hearing A Nassau legislative hearing to review the county’s $2.63 billion 2012 budget turned chaotic when residents and MTA Long Island Bus drivers refused to cede the floor, demanding more time to be heard during a 30-minute public comment session. Peter Schmitt, a Republican from Massapequa and the County Legislature’s presiding officer, walked out of the meeting, only to return a half-hour later. Meanwhile, Grover Howell, union chairman of MTA Long Island Bus and a driver, railed against a decision by County Executive Ed Mangano to privatize the municipal bus system, whish serves upward of 100,000 riders daily. The county later signed a contract with Veolia Transportation to take over the bus system as of Jan. 1.

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Dozens of volunteers from the Five Towns and Bellmore-Merrick communities turned out to help at Rock and Wrap It Up’s annual Thanksgiving feat at the First Congregational Church at Beach 94th Street in Rockaway Beach, Queens, which provides a hot meal of turkey and ham with all the trimmings to families in need. The nonprofit global hunger-relief organization Rock and Wrap It Up, founded by longtime Cedarhurst resident Syd Mandelbaum, has sponsored the Thanksgiving meal each year for over a decade and a half.

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Kennedy earns top cheerleading title The Kennedy High School varsity cheerleading squad took first place at the 29th annual Nassau County Cheerleading Competition on Dec. 11 in Valley Stream. The team beat out 10 other squads to earn the top prize. At left, the Kennedy team, with Coach Mallory Cogan, at right, middle row, celebrating after the competition.

Courtesy Rhonda Bachenheimer

December

Sacred Heart School to close next June After more than 50 years of educating South Shore children, Sacred Heart School in North Merrick will close next June. The announcement was made on Dec. 6 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In a letter posted on the diocese website, Bishop William Murphy explained that the decision was the result “of a decline in school-age population and the economic climate of Long Island.” Parents vowed to fight the closure and were later incensed when Murphy declined to meet with them to discuss possibilities for keeping the school open. Sacred Heart takes in students from throughout the Merricks and Bellmores. Penny Frondelli/Herald

Katherine Keegan, 6, and her mother, Karen, were among the protesters at a candlelight vigil at the Sacred Heart School on Dec. 14. Parents say they hope to keep the school open, but Bishop William Murphy insists that it must close.

IN BRIEF North Merrick gears up for capital vote The North Merrick School District held a facilities referendum in December, giving the community the opportunity to vote on the expenditure of $1.2 million of a $1.4 million capital reserve fund to make repairs at Camp Avenue, Old Mill Road and Fayette elementary schools. North Merrick residents approved the expenditure. In May 2009, North Merrick resident voted to approve the establishment of the fund to address various facility needs. After the vote, the district began setting aside surplus money in the fund, which may not exceed $1.4 million.


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Kennedy sophomore wins wrestling title Robert Person never wavered, even as the Kennedy sophomore’s early three-point lead in the 96-pound finals of the Nassau County Division I wrestling championships against Oceanside’s Rocco Candella was whittled to nothing Feb. 13. Instead, Person kept his composure, and more important, his focus, scoring four of the last five points over the final two periods to emerge with an 8-5 victory and the Cougars’ first individual county championship since 2005. “I just had to keep my mind in it and keep wrestling,” Person said after running his record this season to 40-1. “It definitely helped knowing what he was going to do,” he added, noting that the two had met a week earlier, with Candella on the short end of a 12-5 decision. “He’s a really tough kid and he came after me. I have a lot of respect for him.” Person’s road to the finals as the No. 3 seed was far from easy. He advanced to the championship with a 6-4 decision over MacArthur’s Justin Cooksey in the semis, and his tournament began with an 8-7 victory over Wantagh’s Kyle Quinn after Person opened up what appeared to be a commanding six-point lead. In running up his career win total to 96, Person has demonstrated that he is far from the normal underclassman on the mats.

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Calhoun’s Carla Miguel, left, and Mepham’s Kelsey Simpson vie for control of the ball during a Nassau Class AA semifinal playoff game.

Lady Colts finish 16-1-2

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Kennedy’s Robert Person celebrates after capturing the 96-pound Nassau County Division I wrestling championship. He beat Oceanside’s Rocco Candela, 8-5, in the finals.

October

Cougars win five straight on gridiron

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Kennedy’s Matthew DelBiancoplows through the icy mud for some yardage during a Conference II win over New Hyde Park Oct. 29.

A regular season that began 0-3 and with a lot of question marks for Kennedy on the football field ended with a lot of answers and an exclamation mark. The Cougars ripped off their fifth consecutive victory, a 21-6 decision over New Hyde Park Oct. 29, to give the program its longest winning streak since the 1973 team finished a perfect 8-0. “The guys decided that we weren’t done yet,” head coach Nick Martone said of the turnaround that also helped Kennedy squeak into the first-round of the Conference II playoffs as the No. 8 seed. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.” Kennedy, which fell to eventual champion Garden City in the playoff opener, hit the five-win mark for the first time since 1975. “We had a couple of seniors that last couple of days that were [previously] soft-spoken starting to speak up a little bit,” he said of the week leading up to one of the program’s biggest games in years. “The other guys were just latching on to that.” The five-game winning streak also featured a comeback from a 21-point deficit against Carle Place Oct. 6. Racalbuto connected with junior Ralph Faiella for a 38-yard score on the game’s final play to give Kennedy a 34-28 win.

With just under two minutes of play in a Nassau Class AA girls’ soccer semifinal game at Tully Park Nov. 4, it looked like fourth-seeded Mepham was about to spoil Calhoun’s undefeated season. But Lady Colts outside defender Nora Charidah snagged a ball at midfield and lifted it toward Mepham’s goal. Jessica Foley took the pass just in front of the net and drilled a shot to tie the game. In the blink of an eye it was headed into overtime where No. 9 Calhoun would ultimately advance to the finals with a 2-1 win. Senior Mary Hijazi netted the game-winning goal. Calhoun, which upset No. 1 Farmingdale in the quarterfinals on Halloween, would finish the season with a 16-1-2 record after coming up short in the title game against MacArthur. “We had an incredible season,” Lady Colts coach Lori Biscardi said. In the stunning upset of Farmingdale, senior forward Kristina Gandolfo, who ranked among the county’s leading goal scorers, found the net twice and sophomore goalkeeper Alissa Battaglia made 13 saves to spark the upset for the Conference AA-II regular-season champs. Gandolfo had 21 goals on the year.


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My best advice: follow the rules Q. It’s getting more expensive to build, and I’m really having problems finding a contractor to do a job. I don’t want to have to get a permit but plan to build to code, and I don’t need a licensed contractor who has expensive insurance. I have plenty of family and friends who can do this job, but I want to know if I’ll get “stuck” later for having done this. I have to save the money and will take my chances, but what should I know so I don’t have a problem I can’t get out of later? A. That’s like asking a criminal attorney for the best method to beat the system because you’re planning to rob a bank. Maybe the attorney can even drive the getaway driver. What you can be “stuck” with is myriad problems I can only guess at, based on the fact that building to code these days is like playing Monopoly with a 4-year-old. The rules keep changing, and you can’t win against a 4-year-old or the codes. For example, many ONTE EEPER municipalities are changing, and changing again, their local zoning requirements, so what’s passable today may not be in a year or two. Window sizes and flood requirements have changed, energy requirements and fire protection are next up to be instituted, and plumbing systems may be right behind. I work with many people who are “stuck” when trying to sell their homes but have construction that wasn’t permitted. Some come unraveled when told that the home they’ve lived in for years needs costly changes to meet current codes because of updates. The codes do have provisions for existing buildings, but still have issues that can’t be “grandfathered.” Just because you lived there and used something the way it was for a long time is meaningless to an official whose job is to enforce regulations or face their own consequences if they don’t. It’s ironic that codes were put in place for our protection, but can have the opposite effect because more people these days are opting to do what you’re planning to, leading to less-safe structures that, skirting the authorities, may cause injury, even death, and/or legal problems, and lead insurance companies to not settle. You need to save money. We all do. The best advice I can give is the same advice I give to those who tell me, up front, that they’re not going to file plans for permits and will be doing the job themselves. It’s my job, as a professional, to advise you to follow the law and to prepare documents that meet the legal requirements of your state and local jurisdiction. Fortunately, using computers, we can revise plans without a lot of messy eraser dust when the time comes, but you have the burden of reconstruction to make things right when the time comes. That’s the chance you take.

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The masthead The box at the far left side of the page is called the “masthead.” It contains the newspaper’s “flag” or nameplate, and the lion logo of the parent company of the Herald Community Newspapers, Richner Communications, Inc. The masthead offers basic information about the paper and how it functions. Brothers Stuart and Clifford Richner jointly guide the business and news operations for the 15 weekly newspapers in the Herald Community Newspaper group, including: the Nassau Herald, serving the Five Towns, and Heralds for Baldwin, Bellmore, East Meadow, Franklin Square/Elmont, Long Beach, Lynbrook/East Rockaway, Malverne/West Hempstead, Merrick, Oceanside/Island Park, Rockville Centre and Valley Stream. The editor of each paper is responsible for the assignment, selection and placement of stories, most of which the editors and reporters write. The executive editor oversees the editorial department staff and the editorial content of all 15 newspapers in the chain. The production department is responsible for the paper’s design. The advertising and art departments produce the large, often illustrated, “display” advertisements that appear throughout the paper. They help clients decide what the ads will say and how they will look. The classified department produces the small ads at the back of each week’s paper that are arranged by headings. The masthead also lists the paper’s age, the names of its founders, its address, telephone and fax numbers and notice that the contents are copyrighted.

For your information . . . Editorial page

Editorial comment Editorials offer the opinion of the Herald. The editorials are written by the editors, but do not necessarily represent their personal views. That is why they are unsigned: editorial comment is the newspaper’s institutional voice. The editors and publishers meet weekly to discuss positions the paper may take and how those positions will be expressed. Most editorials respond to developments in the news, but they may also be based on independent reporting or discussions with reporters to gain information that goes beyond what has already appeared in print. Editors and the publishers may also talk with advocates for causes or experts in a field to help formulate opinions or policies. Before elections, they meet with candidates for office. Most editorials concern local issues, but the newspaper may speak out as well on national or international questions that are part of the lives of our readers. Usually those editorials will try to address those concerns from a local perspective, since that is what we know best and what makes us different from daily newspapers and weekly news magazines. We hope our editorials are forceful without being strident and that they may persuade our readers to think and act in the best interests of the community.

Editorial cartoon The editorial cartoons are supplied by a syndicate, which represents major cartoonists across the country and the spectrum of political opinion. They are chosen to provide thoughtful or humorous viewpoints on topics of general interest. They do not represent the opinion of the newspaper or its editors.

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What are the editorial pages all about? Who writes editorials? How do letters and guest columns get published? This week’s pages offer some answers to our readers. We thank The Riverdale Press for the idea.

Opinion columns

Opinion pages

Special features Other items will also appear on our editorial and op-ed pages, including the “Framework” feature that showcases creative work by the Herald’s photo staff, which, we hope, brightens the page and your week. We also make mistakes, despite our best efforts. We strive to correct them as soon as possible with a correction or clarification notice on these pages, the most prominent in the paper after page 1.

Letters to the editor Because community opinions are so important to us, we publish virtually all letters we receive. This policy, of course, can bring problems with it. Some letters may seem silly, dull or poorly written, but we believe you should have the chance to read them anyway; they are voices from our shared community. Letters may also be tasteless, racist or sexist, but we believe they should be published too. We cannot pretend that such attitudes do not exist; if we are to fight them, we must meet them head-on. We believe deeply that the remedy to “bad” speech is more speech, not censorship. Vituperative attacks on local people or institutions pose a more complicated problem. The laws governing libel apply to letters to the editor with the same force as anything else we publish. Both the letter writer and this newspaper can be held accountable for heedlessly damaging a reputation. Public figures like politicians have less protection from outraged opinion than do private citizens. Robust public debate must take precedence over our feelings and the sensitivities of those who have entered the public arena. We do not publish anonymous letters. Letters must be signed and include a daytime phone number and an address, so we can verify that a letter is genuine. Phone numbers and full addresses will not be published. We are reluctant to publish letters from people who are unwilling to stand openly behind what they have written. We are willing to withhold the name of a letter writer on request only when the letter states a valid reason for doing so. Within those limits, we will publish as much as we can each week, though letters will sometimes have to wait until there is enough room. We usually refrain from commenting on letters, but in certain cases an “editor’s note” may attempt to correct misinformation or misunderstanding.

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Merrick

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Each week, we publish two pages of opinion in addition to the editorial page. Most of these pages are devoted to the columns of our three weekly or bi-weekly contributors: Randi Kreiss, the former editor of the Nassau Herald; Scott Brinton, the senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds; former Senator Alfonse D’Amato; and our newest addition, former State Assemblyman Jerry Kremer. Our writers come from diverse backgrounds and from different points of the political spectrum. Their columns reflect their own opinions on topical issues. The newspaper does not select the topics on which columnists opine, and their publication is not an endorsement of the positions they espouse.


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