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Gets into Senate spat with Gianaris BY JA M ES G A L L O W AY Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ arrest dominated state headlines last week, but a contentious showdown between state Sen. Jack Martins, an outspoken Skelos supporter, and a Queens Democrat briefly stole the spotlight. Martins (R-Mineola) was presiding over the Senate last Wednesday when Democrats staged a dramatic attempt to force a vote to oust Skelos (RRockville Centre), who faces federal corruption charges along with his son, Adam. Martins denied the vote on procedural grounds — over the shouts of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), whose microphone was eventually shut off. During the heated exchange, Gianaris told Martins he “cannot single-handedly make up the rules of this Senate.” Martins said the Democrats’ motion was incorrectly filed and called Gianaris “out of line.” Continued on Page 49

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Roslyn alums held a tribute concert for retiring Roslyn theater director Brad Frey (center) on Saturday. Read the story on page 3.

Voters to decide budgets, ed board Roslyn Schools, Bryant Library spending join candidates on ballot BY B I LL SAN ANTONIO

tential candidates. Introduced in February and adopted by the Board of EducaRoslyn voters next Tuesday tion in April, the $103,851,841 will decide whether to approve school budget reflects a 1.09 2015-16 budgets for the Roslyn percent spending increase from School District and Bryant Li- 2014-15, and its $92,481,169 brary and elect three Board of total tax levy is .93 percent highEducation trustees from four po- er than what was approved for the current school year. Board of Education trustees David Dubner, Adam Haber and David Seinfeld have each filed nominating petitions to be

placed on the ballot in re-elec- will win three-year terms to the tion bids. They will be joined at board. the voting booth by Village of Voting will take place from Roslyn resident Mindy Kim, who 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School. School District Budget See related Among the largest spending increases in the coming year is a election coverage $400,000 spike in the district’s pAgES 24-25 technological infrastructure, through which Roslyn would inhas said she wants to provide crease its bandwidth, complete more of a “mother’s voice” on its disaster recovery project, the board. continue its rollout of the high The top three vote-getters Continued on Page 61

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Village of East Hills Roslyn students trip to China gets air noise monitor recall Culture shocks, language classes Track decibel levels of flights crossing over L.I.

BY A M A N DA BERNOCCO AND BILL SAN ANTONIO

BY B I LL SAN ANTONIO An aircraft noise monitor has been installed at the East Hills Village Park to track noise levels coming from flights that cross the North Shore en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials announced Thursday. The installation comes nearly two years after four federal officials wrote a letter to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to work alongside the Federal Aviation Administration to install air noise monitors throughout portions of Queens and Long Island, including in East Hills and Old Brookville. “We know that airplane noise is impacting local communities — making it harder for our families living on the North Shore. We also know that the best way to truly understand the local impact airplane noise is having is through additional air noise monitors in our communities,” said U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who was one of the officials to sign the letter. “I am thrilled to see the installation of an airplane noise monitor in East Hills, an initiative I have pushed since 2013, and the next step towards improving the quality of life for residents in areas under these flight paths.” Frequent use of JFK’s 22L and 22R runways, which utilize North Shore airspace and make up half of all landings at the airport and, has been a source of complaints for East Hills residents and officials in recent years. Among the chief concerns is the low height with which aircraft fly and the volume with which they cross Long Island. East Hills officials have said flights passing through the village have been measured at 80-

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) inspects an air noise monitor that was installed at the East Hills village park. 90 decibels. The federal standard for airplane noise is 65 decibels. “There is no question whatsoever that the noise monitors will bear out what we already know, that our village and others are being subjected to excessive noise from the planes that frequently fly in low overhead,” Village of East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz said. “They wake us up at night, they erode our quality of life. The answer is through an equitable redistribution of flights.” Aircraft noise monitors measure the decibel levels of flights in real time. Data from these measurements is made available through

the Port Authority’s data-sharing program, accessible through the agency’s website. The Federal Aviation Administration does not use the data from air noise monitors when producing noise reports, instead using a computer model that does not take ground noise monitoring into consideration, officials said. Israel has sought alternative routes for 22L and 22R flights. During a news conference last summer at the East Hills Village Theater, Israel threatened to cut funding to the FAA if it did not begin seeking additional flight paths that avoid Long Island.

Though Roslyn High School seniors Alexandra Tsolis and Victoria Tu had visited China before, they admitted Thursday their language skills were not all that refined before leaving Long Island for a two-month, foreignexchange trip to a school in Beijing this spring. But after immersing themselves in Chinese culture and attending classes at the Beijing No. 35 school, Roslyn’s liaison school in its three-year-old Chinese study abroad program, Tsolis and Tu said they felt right at home even though they were on the other side of the world. “You really realize that two cultures are really not that different,” said Tsolis, recalling the trip during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. “It’s just little nuances that make it different that you have to get accustomed to.” The girls, who returned April 30, prepared for the trip by taking a remedial Chinese language and culture course at Roslyn High School during their junior year. Their trip was financed through the Roslyn School District, though the students were responsible for the cost of their plane tickets. “I can’t think of two students I would be more proud of to send to from Roslyn to China and I

thank you for that,” said Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner. The trip was the first to take place during a Roslyn High School semester. Groups of students, teachers and administrators had gone to China during the last two summer vacations. While at Beijing No. 35 school, Tsolis and Tu attended classes in both Chinese and English. Tu said certain classes are first taught in Chinese and then in English in an attempt to prepare native Chinese speakers for study abroad programs to the United States. “So it’s like learning it twice,” she said. Eight Roslyn High School students are scheduled to go to China for two weeks this summer, Brenner said, while a group of Chinese students will come to Roslyn in the fall. Among the biggest culture shocks of Tsolis’ experience was learning that the Chinese do not drink water during meals, opting instead for soup or tea. Tu said one of the most memorable parts of the trip was being able to apply what she learned about China in Roslyn to what she’d later experience in Beijing. “To me that was so different because I learned about it in school. And to actually see it first hand and to put all my knowledge — like to apply it — it was really special,” she said.

Roslyn High School students Victoria Tu (second from left) and Allie Tsolis (right) recalled their two-month trip to Beijing during Thursday’s board of education meeting.

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Theater director gets his curtain call Roslyn High School students, alums host tribute concert for retiring teacher Brad Frey BY B I LL S A N A N TON I O

When Roslyn High School alumnus Andrew Hertz learned that his former theater director Brad Frey would retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year, he had an idea — to throw a party. “When I heard he was retiring,” he said, “I thought, what better send-off than we do a cabaret kind of party?” Hertz then sprung into action: He contacted Jay Pilnick, Roslyn High School’s assistant principal, to secure the auditorium, and then logged onto Facebook to round up old classmates and friends from his days with Roslyn’s Royal Crown Players theater group for a musical reunion the night before Mothers’ Day. “There are very few teachers, you can count them on one hand, who inspire you to pursue what you want to do with your life. Frey is one of them,” said Hertz, a Class of 2000 graduate who organized Saturday’s concert, called “A Tribute to Brad Frey.” Alums from Frey’s 32 years with Roslyn returned to perform one final time, resurrecting medleys from the finales of shows performed by the Royal Crown Players in the last three decades. Accompanied Saturday by his family, Frey took no role in producing the concert.

This time, he sat back and enjoyed the show. “I cannot thank all of you enough for attending and being part of such a special event that can or never will be duplicated,” Frey later wrote in a Facebook post. “You came home for one glorious evening. And for that I will always be grateful. I love you all my friends you are one amazing legacy.” Outside the auditorium, playbills from Royal Crown Players productions lined a series of tables, some yellowing with age. Alums as wide-eyed as the freshmen they once were wandered the hallways, marveling at how much different Roslyn High School looks now that they’re no longer students there. Some wrote messages for Frey on a corkboard that Hertz said will be framed and placed somewhere in the school’s theater wing, replacing a wall that was once signed by graduating performers but painted over in recent years. “You always hear about teachers who changed lives,” said Andrew Werner, a Class of 2005 Roslyn High School graduate. “You look around this room and it’s only a fraction of the lives he’s changed.” Hertz called Frey “the least pretentious person I’ve ever met,” a teacher who “understands there are things even he can

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Brad Frey (right) performs with a former student Saturday during a tribute concert commemorating his three-plus decades with Roslyn. learn from his students.” “We had people who flew in from Germany,” he said. “He’s one of the most well-respected teachers in the school,

and if you ask the other respected teachers in the school, they’d say they respect him too. He’s much more than the cool teacher who everyone loves.”


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Student filmmaker receives BOCES honor BY B I LL SAN ANTONIO

Max Novick, a Roslyn School District student enrolled at the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, has received the George Farber Outstanding Student award, given each year in recognition of a BOCES student’s talent, commitment, honesty, diligence, compassion and morality. Novick, a Long Island Scholar Artist Merit winner, has worked on nearly 20 film sets, contributed to 30 short films, and has written, photographed, directed and edited six original films. “Max’s passion for filmmaking is unrivaled,” said Anthony Petrucci, who lectures at the Long Island High School for the Arts filmmaking lecturer and nominates candidates for the award. “He has made it the centerpiece of his life.” Petrucci said Novick “an exceptionally intelligent, resourceful and self-motivated young man” who is “perhaps the top overall performer in the LIHSA filmmaking program.” “He possesses an emotional wherewithal I have rarely seen in my career,” Petrucci said.

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Town to weigh letting Nassau Republicans dogs in N.H. parks pick Murray in DA race BY B I LL SAN ANTONIO The North Hempstead Town Council set a June 2 public hearing on Tuesday to determine whether to begin allowing dogs at any of its 52 parks. If approved, the town would initiate a pilot program allowing dogs on leashes in parts of North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, the Mary Jane Davies Green in Manhasset and Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. As part of the program, dogs would be allowed along the boardwalk at North Hempstead Beach Park, as well as sections of the Mary Jane Davies Green and Tully Park. The town would also provide bags with which residents would clean up after their dogs. In an interview with Blank Slate Media Thursday, North Hemsptead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the program was “a start to becoming a lot more dog-friendly.” When asked whether the town would consider implementing a full-run dog park, Bosworth said “it’s a construction issue” that would require community involvement and various building hearings.

“I’m a big believer in community input,” she said. “...We want to hear whether it’s a good idea, and if it’s not we’d want to hear that, too.” In other developments: • The council set a June 2 hearing to establish a full stop for westbound traffic at the intersection of Roslyn Road and Locust Lane in Roslyn Heights. That intersection is where two Mineola teens died in a car crash in March 2014 that resulted in several efforts from the town and Nassau County to fortify nearby residents who had said the site has been a frequent locale for accidents. The town, which controls Locust Lane, set a guardrail along the edge of the street, increased signage to reflect a curve in the roadway and decreased the speed limit to 30 miles per hour. Nassau County replaced speed limit signs, reinforced curbing along Roslyn Road, which it controls, and is investigating the feasibility of installing a traffic light at the intersection.

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The North Hempstead Democratic Committee on Monday announced its support for Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, one of two Democratic candidates in November’s race to formally succeed Kathleen Rice as the county’s top prosecutor. The announcement comes days after Singas, who prior to assuming the acting DA position in January was Rice’s top assistant, was endorsed by Teamsters Joint Council 16, a union representing about 120,000 workers in the downstate area. In a statement, an unnamed North Hempstead spokesman said Singas is “uniquely qualified to safeguard our communities and ensure a fair and impartial justice system.” Singas, of Manhasset, is running against Port Washington Democrat Michael A. Scotto. The Nassau County Republican party selected Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as its choice for DA last week as well. “I am honored to stand alongside the North Hempstead Democrats, whose passion and dedication will be invaluable to winning this election,” Singas said. “They believe, as I do, that the Nassau County

district attorney must have a proven record of prosecuting dangerous criminals. I am grateful for their full support and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.” In its endorsement message, Teamsters Joint Council 16 officials said they support Singas’ “reputation as a tough prosecutor who believes no one is above the law.” “In her over-two decades-long career as a prosecutor, Madeline Singas has never been scared to take on the tough cases,” the union’s president, George Miranda, said. “I’m proud to endorse a candidate for district attorney who has extensive courtroom experience and a proven track record of prosecuting wage theft. We can count on Madeline to stop employment abuses and protect all Nassau County residents.” Singas announced her candidacy shortly after taking office in January. She told Blank Slate Media in February she would be tough on drug-related crimes and prioritize prosecuting offenses against women and children. Singas began her career as a prosecutor in Queens County in 1991 and was later promoted to a leadership position within its Domestic Violence bureau. She holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University Law School.


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On Monday Dean Skelos stepped down from his position as the state Senate Majority Leader. Following his arrest last week on federal corruption charges that accused him of using his powerful position to steer $200,000 to his son Adam, Skelos saw the writing on the wall. His action saved his party from the painful decision to force him out. To say the least his supporters, including eight senators from Long Island, are not profiles in courage. In a letter release last week half of the 32 Republicans in the Senate said they continued to support him. These senators put loyalty to Skelos above the demands of integrity. They should be ashamed. Sen. Andrew Lanza of Staten Island was the only downstate Republican whose name did not appear on the letter. In their letter the spineless senators said, “(Skelos) has the leadership we need to move the Senate forward so that we can continue to do the people’s work and finish out this year’s session in a productive manner,” the letter said. In other words, even if he is corrupt, he has the “leadership” that the GOP needs to advance its political agenda. Incredibly state Sen. Martins reportedly said it should be up to Skelos to step down. He argued that the conference should not be expected to decide when it was time for Skelos to go. “I don’t think we should make that decision at this point because I don’t think he’s let anyone down,” The charges brought by the federal prosecutor involve multiple felonies and are well documented. What would a colleague need to be charged with for Martins to feel let down? In Albany moral ambivalence can be found in abundance in both parties. Gov. Cuomo called the charges against Skelos “deeply disturbing” but he added it was not his place to say who the party leaders in either house should be. Why not? But Cuomo has more at stake here. Skelos is accused of using his position, to pressure New Hyde Park-based real estate developer Glenwood Management into giving a lucrative job to his son. Cuomo said he will continue to accept campaign donations from Glenwood, which is also involved in the cases brought against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Glen wood is run by Leonard Litwin, “a major political donor who through his companies has given Cuomo more than $1 million.” This is just one example of how companies are buying influence in state government, working both sides of the aisle. We have no reason to hope that either party will get serious about cleaning up corruption in state government. For that reason, we welcome U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara who has aggressively gone after corrupt elected officials in the highest places. We wish him continued success.

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quotation attributed to William Gladstone is that justice delayed is justice denied, but what happens when there is no justice at all? An answer was provided in Baltimore when protestors carried signs which read “No justice, no peace!” A democratic society relies upon justice being meted out fairly and swiftly. The 6th Amendment to the Constitution speaks of “the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury…” When this right is denied, our people are disillusioned and our democracy is diminished. It is important to note the word “impartial” because if the judge or jury has an interest in the case, it is unlikely that justice will be served. A classic example is the battle over the New York City, Civilian Complaint Review Board. A thumbnail sketch of that group’s history is instructive. Established in 1953, the board was composed of three Deputy Police Commissioners. In 1965, Mayor John Lindsay called for all civilian representation on the board. The president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association had a measure placed on the ballot restoring control to the police. It won overwhelmingly. In 1987, the Board was restructured with twelve members — six appointed by the mayor and six by the Police Commissioner. And in 1993, Mayor David Dinkins, the first black mayor of New York City, acting in conjunction with the City Council, restored it as an all civilian board. This back and forth wrangling reveals an important truth. No organization gives up power without a fight. The police resisted change

for years because they wanted to control the process. And, looking back, what has the result been? Tens of thousands of complaints have been successfully heard by the board with disciplinary action taken against thousands of police officers adjudicated guilty. While apologists for police malfeasance have not disappeared, the take-away lesson is that you can’t expect any group to police itself. An outside agency must be created which is objective when judging cases brought before it. Congress, hasn’t learned this lesson yet. If police brutality is a disgrace, what can be said about sexual misconduct in the U.S. armed forces? Last year, 20,000 instances of rape, sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact occurred in our military. According to a Department of Defense report, 76 percent of women say that sexual harassment is common or very common. There have been horrific tales of rape and even murder of victims. In many cases the military have ignored the facts and given the perpetrators a slap on the wrist. Why hasn’t the military acted on behalf of victims? Because they don’t have to. Military commanders are judge and jury and they protect their own. Again, we see the need for an outside arbiter who is not in the chain of command. A bill sponsored by Sen. Kristin Gillibrand of New York called the Military Justice Improvement Act would have taken the decision to prosecute out of the hands of company commanders. On March 6, 2014, the Senate voted 55 to 45 in favor, but

democracy was thwarted because a “supermajority” of 60 votes was needed for passage. This was a sad day for military women serving our country as well as for justice and democracy in our nation. George Santanyana wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” As citizens, it is incumbent upon us not only to know our history, but to learn its lessons. In the case of the Baltimore police and the Gillibrand bill, the lesson is simple. Do not expect justice when those meting it out have a vested interest in the outcome. Institutions are reluctant to change, especially when that change involves a loss of power. Decision-makers must be truly neutral and independent. Then, and only then, will justice be served. One other caveat. Ben Franklin correctly stated: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” The Baltimore youth who set buildings on fire may not have read Franklin, but they were proving his point. Their actions turned Baltimore residents who were diffident into stakeholders, and forced the rest of us to have a conversation about the relationship between police and the persons they are sworn to protect. As to sexual assaults in the military, history is on the side of those calling for “zero tolerance.” Women’s rights suffered a serious setback when the Gillibrand bill was defeated, but while dormant, they are certainly not dead. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

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Labels unhelpful in talking immigration

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ear Mr. Wren, Your letter in last week’s paper deserves responses in several respects. First, you exercised every citizen’s right to enter the market place of ideas, especially in our nation which is so distinguished by the First Amendment Second, you raised important questions about our current immigration system, and particularly about “illegal” immigrants. Those are matters of serious concern to you, and for other people in our country. Third, you describe me as demonizing fellow citizens when you write that D’Innocenzo “talks to us like we are Klan members who hate people of different races.” Those characterizations deeply sadden me because my goal during 55 years of teaching and community work is striving to build bridges to connect people, not barricades to separate us. I never give up on the process of seeking ways to connect with fellow humans regardless of our differences on politics, religion or any other matter. Decent and caring people can disagree about values and fundamental issues, but that does not justify unfair and unsubstantiated labeling. I challenge you (or anyone else) to give one specific example to back up the statement you have applied to me. I will try to elaborate on the first two matters regarding your letter that I raise above, but in a spirit of civility and community, I am glad to meet with you personally to consider this important immigration issue, to explore whether we might find common ground, reasonable compromises, and/or discover that we are not so removed from each other as your letter might suggest. We could meet for brunch (my treat) at one of our local spots (“Biscuits and Barbecue” in Mineola, or IHOP in Williston Park). If you are so inclined, please call me (516) 463-5606, or email at michael.dinnocenzo@hofstra.edu to offer a few options for days/times.

On the first point regarding your letter, I deeply believe that our democracy is best served when citizens are willing to engage in public discussion. No one of us has a monopoly of truth and wisdom (including me), and it is only through careful, factbased, deliberative discourse (sort of like our celebrated jury system) that we have a chance to reach informed public judgment (as Daniel Yankelovich, so eloquently argues in “Coming to Public Judgment” (among his other books, including “Wicked Problems” released this month in his 90th year). The immigration issue, as you and I both acknowledge, has been broken for a long time. All of our elected representatives also recognize that, but as you point out in your letter they have done nothing to fix it. It is important for us as citizens to try to understand why the system is broken and why it has not been fixed. Efforts to adopt effective legislation have come close on a few occasions (during President Bush’s 2nd term, and in 2013 when the Senate passed a “comprehensive” immigration bill); the House to this day has refused to address that bill or the issue itself. It is also important to emphasize that leaders in both parties have acknowledged the seriousness of the immigration problems, and they have expressed significant areas of agreement. All of this does not signify that you or I or national leaders or other citizens will have an easy time reaching common ground or compromise on what our policies should be; that is where the marketplace of ideas comes into play — listening to, and responding to, each other’s questions and concerns. You have not been my only critic concerning the writing I have done since the Hofstra/Long Island Wins Immigration Summit held on Feb. 26. Others, including some of my friends, have urged me to focus more quickly and sharply on today’s issues and on the particular challenges for Long Island. However, my goal is to try to address this issue for the long haul — as we seek effective new immigration policies, and also

as we seek to understand the centrality of immigration throughout our nation’s history. The facts that I grew up in an immigrant community and that I have studied (written about and taught) immigration for more than half a century do not convey automatic authority on me. But because I have made sincere quests for larger understandings, I hope that I can offer relevant perspectives on how we got to where we are, so we might use that knowledge to develop a better sense of where we want to go. I surmise that you might have judged that I was critical of you and others because I illustrated that there have been “haters” of immigrants. But my intent — and I believe my reality – was to show how that happened in the past, to illustrate that there were real “Klan members,” and that our nation sometimes fell woefully short of living up to its noble principles. That is the reason in last week’s column that I complimented the Ellis Island Foundation for its new exhibits that include contemporary immigrants and that show the 3 Rs of xenophobia. As the brilliant Jacob Bronowski wrote in “The Ascent of Man:” “Knowledge is our destiny.” We have a better chance to avoid becoming “prisoners of the present” if we have reliable data on the basis of which we can move from private opinions to informed public judgments. As I interpret your letter, two of your major points are: 1) that many leaders and others did not address the immigration issues because “they felt they all could profit from those illegals who broke the law.” That judgment certainly applies to some people who did indeed exploit immigrant labor, but the issue of immigration is vast and complex and cannot be reduced only to that conclusion. Your other major point is that “Around 15 million people did not want to wait in line; they broke the law and came here illegally.” Numbers of our fellow citizens share your view on this point.

Obviously, as Jeb Bush said last week, it is not good for a nation or for individuals when so many people “live in the shadows” (beyond the framework of the law). Here are some of my brief responses on the matter of “Illegals” — more extensive discussions will be coming because there are so many layers to this topic that it cannot be concluded simply. First, everyone (including those who arrived here “undocumented”) would value being part of our society of law. Second, as mentioned earlier, we need a better understanding of why and how we reached our current circumstances so that the immigrants themselves are not unfairly demonized. Third, as leaders of both parties acknowledge, many of the recent immigrants are part of a “humanitarian crisis” — they were people in flight from desperate situations, not merely seeking a better life in the U.S., but wanting to survive. My 4th point, and final one for now (continuations at brunch, and in later writings) goes beyond the opening sentence in your letter when you state, “We have a generous immigration system for people of all races who wait in line.” The U.S. generosity is even greater than you indicate: we often allow people to gain fast access to our nation as “refugees” and “asylees.” These special categories are for people in “flight” (aslyees are reviewed to receive status after they already arrived in the U.S., without prior legal approval). In my coming writings I will discuss how those special categories apply to our recent migrants. I will also consider views by Jefferson, Franklin, Paine and others that no human being should be labeled “illegal.” Michael D’Innocenzo Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change Founding Member of the Hofstra Center for Civic Engagement Hofstra University, Hempstead

Traffic enforcement lacking in Plandome Manor

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andates, rules and traffic signs are useless without enforcement. On Circle Drive at the intersection of Colonial Drive there is the village park which provides walking access for nearby residents to the LIRR platform and there are multiple village signs clearly and legally posted that state that our rules of no parking, no stopping and no standing in the area and the exact times that said rules are to apply to all. These signs were placed there to reduce the traffic flow of those [mostly from other villages] using the access as an alternative to the station but the other reason is that

in the morning there are school kids that are walking to the school bus pick up area. For the Shelter Rock bus pickup there are several kids, for the middle school there are more kids and there is a child is bussed to a private school. An additional benefit of the traffic rules is that those homeowners between Stoneytown Road and the village park are not subjected to cars racing up Circle Drive to catch a train or parked idling, radio blaring for a LIRR commuter pickup in the afternoon. There is an oddity here too, for some reason some commuters

seem to ascribe to the mistaken belief that by blowing their car horns aggressively the crew of the LIRR will keep the doors open for the late arrivals. The Village of Plandome Manor has an ‘enforcer’ whose job from time to time is to remind people that we expect compliance for our codes; however, this fellow has been scarce of late on Circle Drive. I am certain it is more lucrative for the village to issue citations to workers, craftsmen, contractors, and new home owners for building violations related to the myriad of newly minted building codes. The issue of the growing code

springs from building inspectors and code enforcement employees. This duo seeks to justify their jobs and to assure being well paid because only a building inspector or architect could navigate the grab bag of new codes they request each month at our village meetings. Their lifetime goal seems to be the end of common sense and a code for every possible event but that is another letter. The ‘village enforcer’ is not needed daily to address the traffic issues on Circle Drive but from time to time his appearance for several consecutive days has a real impact on excess traffic for weeks

afterward. It also has an impact on the village treasury as he can and should dispense tickets although not as pricey as building code violations. It is also helpful that the ‘enforcer’ can explain to one neighbor that there is not an exemption because they live on Circle Drive and seemed to believe they can drop off each morning or waiting idling each afternoon because they pay taxes. Taxes are also another letter! James A. Brodie Plandome Manor


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t’s prom-dress season, which means a panic-stricken parade of mothers and daughters pouring through local stores. Not only must they spend weeks finding the dress, but then there are the shoes, evening bag, belt, and jewelry to go with it… not to mention the perfect under-garments — which means magical constructions that will support without themselves being seen (much like the perfect spouse). Then follows a round of negotiations that would put the Iranian Nuclear talks to shame, all to ensure that no two girls show up in the same design — which would cause them both to go up in smoke, I assume. As the mother of boys, I’ve had it absurdly easy. All a guy has to do is decide to attend — say, the week before! — pay for the ticket, sign the contract, and drop by the tux rental place. Presto, he’s good to go. Honestly, if guys’ outfits were as much trouble as ours, I think the dress code for everything would be Tshirts and shorts. My own prom was pretty

simple, back in the day. My biggest problem was getting my father back down off the ceiling he’d exploded to, after learning my outfit would cost a massive FIFTY DOLLARS! I know that seems like a typo — that’s why I wrote it out — but then again, that was the Stone Age. It was a pink polyester pantsuit that got ruined in the first 30 minutes of the date, when the steamed lobster I was attempting to eat launched a pre-emptive strike, sliding off my plate and into my lap, splattering melted butter everywhere. But I’ve had no qualms eating lobster, since — as long as I’m wearing overalls and have a Sawzall handy. Actually, the closest I ever came to today’s prom-dress-fever was when I needed something for my oldest’s Bar Mitzvah. After outfitting two boys and their father in one short afternoon, I was still haunting Long Island’s dress shops for weeks, for myself. Finally, a friend of mine said, “You have no time to waste! This is a case for — “

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A Look on the Lighter Side “Superman?” “No, a Personal Shopper! You go to a big department store, ask for one and do whatever she says. It’s like having Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.” The next day I set out. “I need something for a bar mitzvah,” I confessed. “No problem,” said the Shopper. What ‘look’ are you going for?” My answer was ready. “I want to look matronly,” I said. She actually recoiled. “You want what?” she managed to gasp.

“You know; I don’t want to look like I think I’m 13. I want to look like a grown-up.” “Oh. So… maybe a suit?” she said, regaining her breath. “Sounds perfect.” She collected various outfits to a special rack and wheeled it to a fitting room I’d never noticed before. As I started trying things on, she asked, “So when is the bar mitzvah?” “I’m afraid it’s in just a few weeks. I’ve been so busy getting my son and family ready, making arrangements, I’ve had no time to shop for myself.” This time the lady stopped dead in her tracks. “Wait a minute,” she said. “You mean, this is YOUR son’s Bar Mitzvah?” “Well, of course,” I said. “Why else would I care how I look? There will be pictures!” “Wait right here.” She whisked away the whole rack, soon to return with another. Before I knew what had happened, I was buying The Perfect Outfit…plus the perfect bra, the perfect earrings, the perfect shoes, and the perfect bag.

The price tag was only one perfect order of magnitude more than my very top limit. It is indeed just like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother — except the wand is composed of cash. But maybe it’s worth it. I keep remembering the night I went to a “mixer” at college. My school had, until recently, been an all-boys’ school, and even though it was now coed, they still bussed girls in from other schools for the dances. For the first time that year, I put on a long dress, put my hair up, and put on some makeup. The boy who asked me to dance asked my name and what school was I from? “I’m from the same school as you,” I retorted. “We’ve both been assigned to the same dining hall all year!” “Oh, you’re THAT Judy!,” he said. “You look so good, I didn’t recognize you!” I never kissed him, so I’ll never know if he was a frog or a prince. But for sure he was no diplomat!

The wrong way to evaluate teachers

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he furor over the Common Core has again reopened a discussion about the nation’s educational system. I was the recipient of what I consider was a superior secondary education at a public institution at a time when large numbers of immigrants were afforded the great privilege of a free college education. We were in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930’s and yet our government must have considered this to be a priority. They must have done something right. Many Nobel Prize winners were the products and a whole generation saw a great value in it. Today, however, we are in the throes of concern about the ability of the richest nation in the world to educate our children to meet the challenges of the future. And they are many. We are not preparing our children for jobs that are going unfilled because our schools are not providing candidates.

That is perhaps a first priority. But beyond that, we do not care enough about the needs of everyone alive in this country to understand how to run our country, to attain the dignity of knowledge, to learn enough to manage their working and family lives. How can we call this the greatest nation if millions are in need of a good education? We have ample evidence of our failure. We regard as essential huge unnecessary expenditures on enough armor to blow the entire planet to oblivion. We enter wars that are proven to be for the benefit of huge corporations. We are under the delusion that we know how to turn the whole world around by destroying them, thus creating bitter enemies. It may be an oversimplification to blame many of our problems on the need to educate everyone properly. Can we accept the fact that an education that includes strong emphasis on critical thinking, a knowledge of history, serious

study in the sciences, an understanding that myth as an explanation for a lack of real information is to be rejected? Our only hope of salvation is to educate the future leaders of our country and to inspire the best motivated to choose politics as their professions. Our founding fathers, men of great classical education, joined together to write a constitution that they hoped would prepare us for a future that they could not foresee. The regrettable tendency of too many leaders is to regard narrow interpretation of that document, and the more regrettable tendency to study holy documents, written at a time when little was known of science, as the source of all knowledge, now retard progress. There are no easy answers to the dilemma we are faced with. The most recent example trying to evaluate our teachers has revealed that oversimplification is the wrong approach. Complete dedicated over-

haul, with a realization that many attitudes must change, is the real answer. Let us start by changing attitudes. Those who will have the responsibility of teaching our children should access to the best foundation, a strong, old-fashioned liberal education. Those who wish to enter the profession should be helped to afford to be educated at the finest teachers’ colleges we can fund. Let’s work on a system of mentoring by the most experienced master teachers we can discover, and human ways to evaluate them. Above, a free public education for all is paramount. Private alternatives and profit making enterprises must not dilute the power of the universal good. Considering the great responsibility we place on the shoulders of those who will spend much time with our children, let us try to understand their challenges. Perhaps

we have to spend some effort on educating parents. We can make them aware of goals, problems, something about approaches. As a former PTA president I understood that our mission was to educate parents. Of course we want parents to know what is going on, but we also need to encourage respect for teachers and their profession, and learn ways to work together to accomplish goals. Parents must realize that they put many kinds of children and the challenges in the hands of their teachers. It horrifies me to hear our leaders show extreme disrespect for teachers. Teachers, historically, in many communities, have been extremely vulnerable to criticism and expulsion. Perhaps the growth of their militancy is the result of their historical insecurity. Mutual respect and understanding is difficult. Esther Confino New Hyde Park, NY


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Freedom brings responsibilies

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aving just reread “Our Views” in this 5-8-15 Williston Times, I agree with what is written. I would like to add that our freedoms do come with responsibilities. Yes! We do have the right to say what we wish but also the responsibility of knowing when not to. This is especially true here in the USA where we live as neighbors with the people of the world-each with equal rights. Again, I want to say that President Obama did what was correct considering his position in not attending the ‘forum’ in Paris after the massacre there. While I think of it, what did an ostrich say to another ostrich? Oops! I already said something like that. Anyway, our president represents all of the residents of our country equally. He really had no choice but to do as he did. I do feel a need to apologize for that we have Texas and some other places in our household. I lived my first 18 years in a part of our country where the

following multiple choice questionnaire would fit. Two choices: 1. Are you Protestant? 2. None of the above? While I am at it, we still need ‘none of the above’ on the presidential ballot until there is a candidate the public accepts and he or she is sure is not a chameleon who might betray the electorate or possibly damage the USA. I have lived my last 55 or so years either in New York City or on Long Island and have rubbed elbows with the peoples of this planet on a daily basis. I always look for the human being in each one. As a result, my years have gone smoothly and my life has been enriched. Years ago I read that there are 160 languages spoken in Queens County. Not long ago I read it to be 120. I consider that those who answer the 311 hotline have an idea how many. There are a very few nationalities in our country who willingly do not integrate well, who speak only one or two languages: Those who stick together to influence everything for their

behalf and also who call on the foreign country of their name to further aid their interests. As for we who speak the other 158 or 118 other languages or just English, we all know who they are. In other instances, there are and have been some who one would expect would have the highest ethics and integrity, etc. who have succeeded in pushing others around. An example of this by willful interests are the Cherokees who had lived where they were since who knows when and the aforementioned in effect said “We want that land and we are going to take it away from you.” They did and The Cherokees were decimated during their forced exodus. Our country has some black marks on it. Everyone seems to conveniently forget so quickly. Recently was the situation about Syria and chemical weapons. It can’t be forgotten how much Agent Orange was used in Vietnam, a conflict which should never have happened. Then

chemical weapons in Iraq. The UN inspectors combed every nook and cranny in the entire country and didn’t find any. Yet the Bush-Chaney team overode all reason and bombed Iraq to rubble. That should never have happened. Saddam was in effect under house arrest (contained) and there was then the no fly zone. Again, that should never have happened as it did. Look at the situation now. It came at a high price. We have to be very careful who gets into the White House. Change of subject. I found some interest in that the highest IQ levels are in Asia. One would think that Western Europe would have been at least equal. Perhaps centuries of stupid chivalry games had a damaging effect on the mind. Of course, the majority of the people (minds) then were relegated as worthless peons. I recently entered a T-Mobile store to learn something about my smart phone. The only attendant who was not busy was

a lady wearing her traditional head scarf (need I say more)? She knew her job well and I learned what I needed to know. She was a nice lady in the highest sense of the word. As I said, look for the human being in everyone. It was a good experience. Later I was thinking that she could have her driver’s license, own her car, buy her own insurance and drive it alone or with others any time day or night. That wouldn’t be possible in at least one other country from what I have heard. It would have been wrong to ask where she was from as if that was important. It was in the news that the Klu Klux Klan is coming back to life. There were some shown even in New York State wearing their dunce hats. It seems that insanity is breaking out all over the place. Charles Samek Mineola

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Long Island is competing for MTA projects Long Island faces competition within the Metropolitan New York area for potentially $80 billion plus needed to fund major capital transportation improvements. Millions to billions more could be necessary by the time any project is completed and the true final costs are accounted for. Everyone has their own priority wish list which in many cases conflicts with others who have different agendas. One potential funding source for many of these projects would be the proposed MTA $32 billion 2015-2019 Five Year Capital Plan. The MTA faces a $15 billion dollar shortfall in the proposed MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The respected independent New York City Citizens Budget Commission released a well documented report on March 24th “M.T.A. budget problems may be bigger then expected.” They reported even greater shortfalls of between $16.5 to $19 billion in the proposed MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan. Current major capital construction projects under way include the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project. This will provide riders a direct connection to Grand Central Terminal at a cost of $10 billion. Next, is the first of four segments for the new Second Avenue Subway consisting of three stations between 96th Street and 63rd Street at a cost of $4.5 billion. It will take several decades and easily up to $20 billion or more could be required if you include an express track for completion of the next three segments of the 2nd Avenue Subway north to 125th Street and south to Hanover Square downtown in the Financial District. Add another $20 billion for those who dream of extending the 2nd Avenue subway north into the Bronx and south into Brooklyn.. The current No. 7 New York City Transit subway extension from Times Square to the Javits Convention Center is under construction. The original cost of the overall project was $2.1 billion and is now $2.4 billion not counting the subway station that had to be dropped from the original scope of work along with additional subway cars necessary to provide revenue service on opening day. No one could find $500 million dollars to cover the proposed new subway station to be built at

42nd Street and 10th Avenue. This station was part of the original project scope. One trick used by transit managers to complete any project within budget, is to drop a portion of the original scope of work. This saves the necessary dollars which were not available to deliver 100 percent of what was originally promised. Start of revenue service has slipped from December 2013 to July 2015. The first phase of the Patrick Moynihan Penn Amtrak Station Farley Building project is under way. This will extend the existing Penn Station Eighth Avenue west concourse from track 13 to track 1. In addition, two entrances for Amtrak commuters will be created at 31st and 33rd Streets along with train platform expansions, stairs and escalators at a cost under $300 million. In the early 1990’s, total project cost was estimated to be $350 million. Politicians promised a beneficial use date around 2000. Fast forward to 2015 and the new overall project cost exceeds $1.5 billion. The existing 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal is antiquated lacking sufficient capacity to deal with current and future needs. Thousands of buses use this facility on a daily basis. Upon completion of their morning rush hour trips, hundreds of buses have to dead head back to New Jersey for midday storage. They have to make another return trip in the afternoon back to New York City for outbound evening service. Costs could easily start at several hundred million for renovation and upgrading of the existing facility. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey just announced that up to $9 billion or more may be needed if you build a new facility at the same or new location on the west side in midtown Manhattan. Locally, there is the proposed $1.5 billion LIRR Main Line Third Track. This would provide additional rush hour and reverse service capacity in the mornings and evenings for those who live in New York City and either work or attend college on Long Island for several key LIRR branches including Port Jefferson, Huntington, Oyster Bay and Ronkonkama running between Floral Park and Hicksville stations. There is also a connection from Montauk, Speonk and Babylon via a spur between Babylon and Hicksville for access to this

corridor. Next, there is $450 million to complete double tracking on the LIRR Ronkonkama Line between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma. This was dropped in the 1980’s during electrification of this branch as a way to save money. It would have cost a lot less to complete this work decades ago rather than today. Earlier this year, some called for extending electrification of LIRR service on the Port Jefferson branch from Huntington to Port Jefferson, on the Ronkonkoma line from Ronkonkoma to Yaphank and on the Montauk line from Babylon to Speonk. All three combined could easily cost several hundred million dollars. Since 2005, there have been ongoing planning and environmental efforts to support a number of potential transportation improvements such as Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail for the Nassau Hub. This might connect Roosevelt Field Mall, Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, Museum Row, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the County seat in Mineola, Garden City, Hempstead and Westbury. The cost could easily be several hundred million dollars depending upon the transportation mode and route selected. Then there is the $16 billion to fund Amtrak’s proposed “Gateway” project for construction of a new tunnel providing additional access to Penn Station from New Jersey for Amtrak and perhaps New Jersey Transit. How do we find $8 billion to $10 billion more for the No. 7 subway extension from the Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan to New Jersey Transit’s Secaucus Junction station by Exit 15X on the New Jersey Turnpike? Ditto for $5 billion to build a alternative extension of the No. 7 subway to the PATH/New Jersey Transit Station in Hoboken, New Jersey. The proposed new Triboro X subway route starting from Yankee Stadium connecting the Bronx with Queens and terminating in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn would traverse dozens of neighborhoods impacting several hundred thousand people living nearby. No one knows how they will react to potential noise and visual impacts of a new elevated subway? There are serious legal and operational issues to be resolved with the Federal Rail Road Administration. They have regulatory jurisdiction over significant

portions of the proposed route which would run adjacent to existing active freight tracks. You have to deal with subway and freight trains coexisting on the same narrow corridor. Project costs will include a series of new stations with elevators and escalators. Add to that – new track, signals, power, power substations and several hundred new subway cars. This additional rolling stock may require construction of a new maintenance, operations and storage yard. There is also a potential serious conflict at the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn terminus. This is also a potential site for a connection to the proposed Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel. No one knows either the timetable for implementation or how many billions this project could cost. There is a new estimate of $3.9 billion for replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge. Gov. Cuomo has yet to identify how he will pay back a $3 billion federal loan used to finance this project. This could rise who knows how many billions at a later date based on previous estimates if you add either Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail or Heavy Commuter Rail capacity. Then there is $8 billion to $10 billion for construction of a new Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel, which would put trucks on trains between New Jersey to either Brooklyn or Queens through to Long Island. The proposed Metro North Rail Road access to Penn Station via the Amtrak Hell Gate Bridge which would include construction of several new stations in the East Bronx could easily cost over $1 billion. Several hundred million more would be needed to provide new service from Riverdale and the West Bronx using Amtrak’s Empire Hudson line corridor which already provides service into Penn Station. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced a project to extend PATH from its current terminus in Newark, New Jersey 2 1/2 miles to Newark Airport. Who knows if the estimated cost of $1.7 billion and 2024 revenue service date will hold. Others are revisiting an old idea periodically discussed for decades of direct access to LaGuardia Airport. One concept is to extend the N & Q subway lines from their current Queens terminus at Astoria/Ditmars Blvd to LaGuardia

Airport. Another option is via Sunnyside Yards. Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to build an Air Train with connections to Mets Willets Point subway and Long Island Rail Road Station could easily cost a $1 billion or more rather than the $500 million he suggested. $600 million to restore service along the LIRR Rockaway Beach branch, also known as the White Pot Junction Line that was abandoned in the 1950s. This route started off as a spur from the LIRR mainline east of Woodside at Rego Park running to Ozone Park connecting to the “A” line subway near Aqueduct Racetrack and on to the actual Rockaways. $500 million for restoration of the old Staten Island North Shore Rail line abandoned in the 1950’s which provided direct service to the St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Another alternative is to extend the existing New Jersey Transit Hudson/Bergen Light Rail line from the current 8th Street Station terminus to continue southward across the Bayonne Bridge to Staten Island. $200 million to construct the Woodhaven Blvd. Queens Bus Rapid Transit system. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio under his recently released “One NYC” Master Plan called for construction of the Utica Avenue subway. He has asked the MTA to initiate a feasibility study for this proposal. The concept originally proposed in 1910 would construct extensions for both the #3 & #4 original IRT subway lines in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. It would be built along Utica Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Avenue U. Costs for both the first phase of Second Avenue & No. 7 subway line extension averaged $2 billion plus per mile. One can only imagine how many billions would be required to do the same along Utica Avenue. Many of the estimated costs for these proposed projects are based upon planning feasibility studies and or environmental documents with little design and engineering efforts necessary to validate any actual construction costs. They will be refined as projects progress beyond the planning and environmental phases into real and final design efforts. Value engineering which is a process used to reduce costs will be used during the final design phase. Continued on Page 56


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Geller flushed out enemy in our midst

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hen Adolf Hitler published “Mein Kampf” in 1926, he spelled out his vision for Germany’s domination of the world and annihilation of the Jews. Germany would not have lost WWI, he wrote, “if 12,000 or 15,000 of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas.” In 1933, Hitler’s Nazis took power. The few people who had read Hitler’s manifesto and took him seriously fled in time to save their lives. But most — including most Jews — didn’t. Comfortable, often prominent, and fully accepted, they believed in German society and could not fathom that a madman actually meant what he said and intended to fully carry out his malevolent vision. Even as things grew increasingly menacing — through Kristallnacht, book burnings, the stultifying restriction of civil liberties, the expulsion of Jewish children from schools, the construction of Dachau, Auschwitz, Treblinka, and other death camps — there were Jews and others who downplayed Hitler’s ominous threat. Worse, they derided and vilified those who took him seriously, calling them fear-mongers and haters and liars. Sound familiar? Today, the entire world faces the threat of galloping Islamic terrorism. We see this every day in every newscast — grisly individual and mass beheadings, people chained in cages and set on fire, hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped, raped, and worse; Christian churches burned to the

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ground with their desperate congregants locked inside; innocent cartoonists shot dead and their colleagues gravely injured in France, Jewish babies murdered in their cribs and strollers. Increasingly, we see “honor killings” in the United States, as well as other freedom-smothering manifestations of Sharia law. What happened in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s is happening in America today, except the assault on our system is not coming from Nazism, but rather from radical Islam. The mullahs in Iran and their surrogates around the world stand at podiums and declare boldly: Death to America, Death to Israel! They tell us outright that their goal is to create a caliphate in which Sharia law is the law of the land, in which all infidels — anyone who does not practice or has not converted to Islam — are relegated to secondclass citizenship, draconian taxes, and groveling servitude, if not outright enslavement. Some of our own elected officials echo their words. All of them, like Hitler, rely on apologists who flagrantly lie about this escalating threat. Shame on them! During WWII, Winston Churchill was the proverbial canary in the coal mine, repeatedly issuing the earliest warnings to the Western world of Hitler’s psychotic megalomania and evil intentions. Again, few listened, while prominent, educated, and sanctimonious types derided and vilified Churchill and called him a fear-monger and a hater and a

liar. Sound familiar? Since 2004, when she founded the Atlas Shrugs website (now PamelaGeller.com), Pamela Geller has been our Winston Churchill, warning of the increasingly aggressive actions of radical Islamists, the terrifying acts they commit, and their fervent goal to eviscerate our Constitution and Bill of Rights — you know, those little documents that afford us spoiled Americans the right to say what we want, be it in speech, drawings, art, movies, and music, without fear of being murdered! That is why, as journalist Jonah Goldberg points, out, the First Amendment applies to things that people find offensive, for instance Andreas Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” in which the “artist” urinated in a glass and then placed a plastic icon of Jesus on the cross into it, or the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s exhibition of a portrait of the Virgin Mary, which was partly comprised of pornographic pictures and elephant dung. (I don’t remember an editorial in this newspaper decrying those things or attacking the sponsors). That is also why people who cherish the First Amendment agreed that it was okay to have a loathsome Nazi contingent walk the streets of Skokie, Illinois (with its formidable Jewish population) in the mid 1970s, and why other protest movements have been so powerful and important: for instance Patrick Henry’s bold declaration, “Give me liberty or give me death;” the Yo No rebellion in Cuba against its repressive government; the Boston Tea Party’s “no taxation

without representation” protest; Susan B. Anthony’s “illegal” vote for women’s suffrage; Henry Thoreau’s demonstrations against slavery; the history-changing actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks against racial discrimination...the list of heroic people sounding the alarms is endless. Throughout history, all of these crusaders for freedom have been insulted by the cowardly accommodators among us, the appeasers, the apologists, and the deluded masses who thought, as Churchill said, that “the crocodile [of tyranny, fascism, murder, even genocide] would eat them last.” Pamela Geller succeeded in literally flushing out the enemy within, two of the many jihadists in our midst. Only days after their failed assassination attempt, ISIS claimed credit for the attack and embarrassed our Homeland Security Department into increasing security conditions at U.S. military bases and elevating the threat level in the U.S. to BRAVO — not the highest level, but pretty damn high! But instead of praising Geller for her foresight and courage, cowards and apologists on both the left and right used the tactics of radical Saul Alinsky (described in his own manifesto, “Rules for Radicals”), which are to: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Hurling gratuitous epithets and insults and lying are also in their repertoire. Exhibit No. 1: The editorial in “The Great Neck News” — “Geller takes her hate to Texas” — which

was riddled with leftist bias and factual inaccuracies. In the very first paragraph, we read that, “Gellers’s obsession with mocking the Islamic faith ended in two extremists being killed...” Extremists? How about describing the men who advertised their desire to commit mass murder by their rightful names: terrorists? ” In the second paragraph, Geller is said to have sponsored an event “...in which people were invited to send in cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammad.” Completely untrue...fabricated out of whole cloth, and intended, malevolently, to influence readers to loathe America’s Churchill (i.e., Ms. Geller). In fact, Geller sponsored a simple “Draw Mohammed” contest, and that is what got her death threats from “the religion of peace.” But in spite of it all, Geller is not intimidated, because like Churchill she has truth on her side! She awarded first place to a graphic artist who left Islam for the freedom that the First Amendment offers. Will this newspaper’s next editorial state that it would have been better for him to remain under Sharia law than to be free? As journalist and author Mark Steyn reminds us, “…all the nice respectable people – including, it appears, the editorial writer(s) at The Great Neck News — are now telling us” what Mohammed Atta told the passengers on 9/11: “Stay quiet and you’ll be okay.” Joan Swirsky Great Neck

Re-elect three Roslyn incumbents

eing a school board trustee is, at its core, a fiduciary responsibility. The Roslyn School District’s proposed budget is $103 million. Financial oversight for a budget of this size needs to be taken seriously. I’m thrilled to see that Adam Haber, David Seinfeld, and David Dubner, all currently on the board of trustees in Roslyn, are willing to run again. This board has done an excellent job overseeing the spending of our community’s tax dollars.

Since Gov. Cuomo imposed a 2 percent tax cap, many districts have struggled to make ends meet. Some have been unable to come in under the tax cap, forcing them to go over. Others were forced to cut teachers and increase class sizes to come in under the tax cap. In Roslyn, we’ve seen none of that. We haven’t lost one program. We haven’t lost one teacher. Instead, we’ve come in under the tax cap each year, added programs, and our housing market is stronger than ever.

Whether you have students in the district, or you’re an empty nester, Roslyn has held strong in every measure. You can’t dispute that kind of success. On May 19<x-apple-datadetectors://8>th<x-apple-datadetectors://8>, I’m voting to re-elect incumbents Adam Haber, David Seinfeld and David Dubner to the Roslyn Board of Education. I strongly encourage you to do the same. Allen Rothpearl, MD Roslyn

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I can’t understand Obama supporters

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just don’t understand what makes all you Obama-lovers tick. Is there anything Barack Obama could possibly do or say, that would change your opinion of him? And I mean anything? What spell does he have over you? Is any failure ever his own fault? What is it about this guy that makes you accept mediocre results? I used to think it was because any criticism would label you a racist. But, it’s been seven long years now. Enough already! Does your extreme dislike for Republicans excuse any Democratic shenanigans? Why can’t you apply the same set of standards to everyone, and not always give your own people a pass? I just don’t understand why lying is accepted? Here are some examples: 1 - “Food stamps create jobs.” Nancy Pelosi. The truth is that under Obama, there are 46 million people on food stamps, yet there are still 8.6 million Americans unemployed. 2 - “We must pass the bill (Obamacare) before we will find out what’s in it” How could you vote for any congressman who voted for a 3,000 page bill, turning the greatest health-care system in the world into governmentrun, socialized medicine, without reading it first? 3 - “If we like our doctor, we could keep our doctor,”. (Barack Obama, mentioned this in 23 speeches.) The truth is that we would keep our doctor only if we continued with the same insurance plan and our doctor is still a listed provider. From the beginning, the whole point of Obamacare was that you would change to

a cheaper plan and thus you would lose your doctor. Aren’t you angry with this Democratic “bait and switch” maneuver? 4 - “Your insurance premiums will be reduced by $1,500 per family”. The truth is based on a simple concept. Premiums skyrocketed because in socialized medicine, everyone pays for all benefits, even those you never use. Under Obamacare, a 64 year old male is paying for a policy with Ob-Gyn coverage. 5 - “Obamacare will not raise your taxes”. According to Obama’s legal team, Obamacare is constitutional, because it is a tax. 6 - “Obamacare was going to cost us only $875 billion dollars for the first 10 years”. The truth is that they knew from the very beginning that it would cost $2 trillion! They lied to pass the bill. 7 - “Obamacare will never force anyone to violate their own religious beliefs” Tell that to Chick-Fil-A . 8 - “The IRS will never target conservatives or tea party members”. Does the name Lois Lerner ring a bell? 9 - “The Benghazi massacre was a response to an anti-Muslim video.” It took one week to retract this lie, but Obama still can’t call them Muslim terrorists. 10 - “ISIS is on the run and is a minor league player”. Obama has never retracted this ridiculous assertion but he used it to justify pulling our troops from the region and watching as terrorists groups reclaim thousands of miles of mid-east territory. 11 - “Israeli PM Netenyahu should not speak before congress because he is running for

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office”. Obama lied because he didn’t want anyone to speak against his absurd nuclear treaty. Will many liberal Jewish voters ever wake up? I’m beginning to doubt it. 12 - “We never call anyone who disagrees with our policies racists!”. “Opposition to Obama’s policy (Obamacare) is like opposing civil rights”. Attorney General Eric Holder If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is. 13 - “Out of the 30,000 emails on her personal computer, Secretary of State Clinton decided for herself, which personal emails she would delete.” Does it bother anyone that Clinton’s ex-boss on the Watergate Investigation Committee fired the then 27-year-old Hillary Clinton for being a “liar and unethical”? ( that was his words, not mine.)Some things never change. 14 - “We must immediately pass Obamacare because patients are dying in our emergency rooms because they have no medical coverage.” I was on staff at LIJ-North Shore Hospital for 20 years. I must have missed all those dead bodies. 15 - “When the Senate refuses to approve my policies, I am constitutionally allowed to circumvent their powers through executive orders.” Barack Obama, constitutional expert. 16 - “’The Keystone pipeline must be vetoed because it has not been studied long enough.” I guess three years of study by federal, state and local authorities does not count. Come on all you employed liberal’s. How about those estimated 30,000 high salaried, full time

jobs it would have produced? 17 -”I only have one iPhone,” Hillary Clinton Photos of her revealed her using a Blackberry and an iPad as well. 18 - “Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not paid his taxes in the last few years.” (D) Harry Reed, Senate Majority Leader, could only make this blatantly false accusation from the floor of the senate, where he is exempt from any prosecution for liable. 19 - “There are 35 million people without health insurance.” According to the government’s own statistics, there were only 12 million ! Maybe we should not have turned our health-care system upside down for this much smaller number of uninsured people. 20 - “We must re-train New York’s racist police departments.” Over one half of New York City’s entire police force are minorities. It’s the highest percent of minorities in the country. 21 - “I was to busy and had other more important commitments, so I couldn’t march in the Charlie Hebdo anti-terrorist parade in Paris.” Golf and fundraising were on his agenda that week. 22 - “Aborting an eight month old fetus who could live outside the womb, is not infanticide, but a woman’s right.” Is there anyone on the planet who agrees with Barack Obama and his Planned Parenthood supporters on this one? 23 - “The Republicans are the Party of no.” You do know that it was Harry Reid who prevented 275 Republican bills from being brought to the floor for a vote. 24 - “Obamacare is not

government-run medicine.” Really? If that were true, how come Obama put the IRS in charge of implementing the entire program. Everyone must indicate the name of your insurance carrier on your federal income tax return. The IRS collects the penalty if you do not have any insurance and can subtract it from any tax refund you are due or even garnish your wages. That’s “as government-run” as you can get. 25 - “Sarah Palin is a right wing fanatic. There is no such thing as death panels”. Barack Obama The truth is that Obamacare does includes a committee, composed of government bureaucrats, who determines what treatment elderly patients will receive and at what age they will stop receiving them. Call it what you want. Some elderly patients will not receive some life saving treatment because they are to old or because the treatment is to expensive. 26- “ I have a Cherokee heritage.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democratic presidential hopeful. Only many years of criticism for this claim, did she finally “amend it”. The list is endless. Don’t any of you Democrats feel a bit uncomfortable with all these lies? Please don’t answer that “The Republicans do it also “. In some cases you may be right. But, that still doesn’t excuse this behavior. Does it? Dr Stephen Morris DDS North Hills

Senators’ support of Skelos unforgivable Why is [state Sen.] Jack Martins defending Dean Skelos time and again? It’s offensive enough that Skelos has been using his office for his family’s financial benefit, but that he was going to “punish”

his own struggling county if it didn’t pay up is beyond the pale. I guess we don’t know jack about Senator Martins after all. The unwavering support Jack Martins and the rest of Long Island’s senate delegation have

given him is unforgivable. Skelos needs to go, and anyone that won’t hold the door wide open for him should be pushed out with him. Tammie Williams Elmont


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Manhasset budget merits support

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he Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Finance (CACF) is comprised of the undersigned residents of Manhasset selected by the Manhasset Board of Education to be broadly representative of the community, and it serves as an independent liaison between the community and the board regarding the annual operating budget for the school district. We have appreciated the extensive and open process that the Board has engaged in again this year to educate and to solicit and be responsive to input from our committee and from the community at large as the proposed budget was being formulated.

Despite an increase in student enrollment by 7.5 percent over the last seven years and numerous fixed expenses that the board and the district cannot affect, the proposed budget falls within the allowable tax levy cap — with an increase of 2.52 percent over the prior year. The average tax levy increase is only 1.9 percent over the last seven years and budgeted expenses increased 1.7 percent over that same period. Most importantly, this proposed budget maintains the school system’s highlyregarded offerings for our children and restores and rebuilds some of the effects of prior years’ cuts. For example, the proposed budget an-

ticipates that, unlike 13-14 and 14-15, all elementary class sections will be within the stated class size guidelines, and provides the high school the ability to add sections to existing courses as well as new course offerings, which will allow the district to maintain its competitive standing with neighboring school districts. Further, extracurricular activities ranging from music, art, intramural and varsity level athletic programs and current club activities were either added or maintained for our children to enjoy. Having been part of the process, we feel that the district is now well-positioned financially for the coming years. We commend the board for all of its

efforts on behalf of our children and the community. The members of the CACF unanimously support the proposed budget for the next school year. Vlassi Baktidy Eileen Bauer David Cielusniak Michael Hastava Pedro Jimeniz Brian Loughlin Spiros Maliagros John McCusker Peter Nikakis Members of the CACF

Manhasset budget restores losses

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he Manhasset school board’s proposed 2015-16 budget — which is within the allowable tax cap — presents an important opportunity to rebuild and restore many educational opportunities lost during the 2013-14 budget votes. Among other things, the new budget would achieve similar or lower class sizes, K-12, despite growth at the high school; add an additional math specialist at the elementary schools, offer a wide variety of new courses at the high school level including Advanced Creative Writ-

ing, Journalism, Mandarin, Multivariable Calculus, Accounting and AP Computer Science; create additional sections for support classes while maintaining the high school inclusion model; restructure the middle school inclusion model to better meet Common Core standards; add English as a New Language teachers, K-12, as mandated by the state; purchase Chromebooks in conjunction with the Tower Foundation’s “Digitizing the English Classroom Experience”; create a new middle school intramural athletic program; and support the Manhasset Co-

alition Against Substance Abuse and the Parent Child Home Program. These are extraordinarily important opportunities for our students and the district. Please vote yes on Tuesday, May 19 between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the high school gym. Evan and Valli Rajah-Mandery Christine Monterosso and Marc DeLeeuw Peggy and Mark Attanasio Beth and Mike Miller

Gary and Rosa Stein Rich and Lucy Puma Jeanne and Will Sylvia Stephen Cash Sam and Paula Gaccione Marirose Merola Mimi Donohue Anthony and Jen Johnston Jack and Laura Zaffiro Joy and Liam Sargent Mike and Kristen Ryan Patrick and Ann Hance Terri and John Larre Bruce and Christine Arella

Village tries to sway school election A Board of Education election is one of the truly down to earth, down home events in our country. A fully volunteer position, yet requiring the approval of the voters. Few people are willing and able to take on the monumental task of educating our youth, protecting our taxpayers and doing it without compensation. It is truly the epitome of a thankless job. As I have been watching this year’s campaign for Mineola School Board Trustee, it has become evident that the stakes have become much more than the education of our youth. Two candidates have suddenly appeared, with no prior attention to or participation with the Board of Education. They have openly admitted they were convinced to run by a Mineola Village official, (which has been denied by no one since I first revealed this). They stand for tax-exempt apartments and opting out of testing, that the vast majority of our communities oppose, yet they attempt to be victorious via a wall-

papering of our villages with more signs than a congressional candidate would be comfortable planting. Our small community is used to Board of Education campaigns. Most involve a modest amount of signs, 30-50 ending up on supporters front lawns. This year we see signs everywhere. Major street corners, the public strips of land between the street and sidewalk (a violation of village code) on church fences, public fences, roadways. All of these signs that violate code would normally be removed by our village as they are seen, but this year it seems a blind eye is being turned. The support is obvious but what is the goal? The goal is 856 apartments, no taxes paid for 20 years, an entire generation of new students. $24 million+ in “incentives” paid to the village and $30 million lost by the school district taxpayers. The impact on a Mineola Village taxpayer will be severe. The impact on a Williston Park, Albertson, Roslyn Heights and Garden City

Park district taxpayer will be even worse. These signs represent everything that is wrong with a small town school board election. It all became about big money and big buildings. It became about retribution and punishment of a school board who dared to question the financial impact the Mineola village board, which was unilaterally deciding while openly admitting they had no responsibility to their neighbors to the north. This same village board demanded civility yet showed none to its neighbors or the Mineola school board. These signs that litter our public grounds, in clear violation of Mineola village code, yet allowed to conveniently remain, are what is wrong with this year’s election. Two dedicated candidates, Christine Napolitano and Brian Widman, are up against the deep-pocket financing for two uninterested, uninformed and unengaged individuals who are running against them. I have little doubt the IRS filings of campaign spending and contributors will bear this out. Certainly they cannot file a

sub $500 affidavit. Our children deserve much, much better and I would be derelict in my duty to this community to not say so. Who can buy the most signs should never be considered a best choice. This year has made that abundantly clear. Our communities have become littered with signs which have no value or message. Only two names in the hopes people won’t pay attention to the issues and will only remember a name. We’re better than that. Please show up to the polls on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 and pull the levers of Napolitano and Widman. They have spent their years improving our schools, educating our children and protecting our taxpayers...... not a few days covering our villages with signs. Artie Barnett, President Mineola Board of Education The above is my opinion and should not be construed as that of any other entity’s.


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Widman insensitive at Candidates forum

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n Monday, May 4, I attended the Meet the Candidates Night at Mineola High School. I was expecting a professional forum where the potential candidates would state their views on specific topics. In my opinion, I witnessed the ugliest and most unethical display of character by Brian Widman and Christine Napolitano. I was shocked and dismayed by the nasty look on Ms. Napolitano’s face several times when Joy Renner and Mark Swensen spoke, but her partner, Widman, went even lower.

He spoke about a young child, who had the courage to speak at a board meeting in March. He spoke about my 11-year-old daughter, Haley. She spoke of her disapproval with the Common Core Curriculum and standardized testing. She spoke of how the testing, caused her anxiety and why she would not participate. It took a lot of courage for her to do this. Widman stated that Haley wasn’t worried about anxiety when she spoke at the meeting, insinuating that the state assessments shouldn’t have caused her such

stress. Obviously, Mr. Widman is not aware of the “Save Public Education” movement. There have been numerous children who have spoken up against the testing. Look on YouTube. My daughter was proud to take a stand for what she believes in. How can Mr. Widman compare a two-minute, child-created speech to 18 hours of developmentally inappropriate, no value testing? Do you feel proud of yourself? Do you really feel that a parent and a child speaking at meet-

ing, should be ridiculed at Meet the Candidate Night? Is that the respect you have for myself, a taxpayer? Is this the message you want to send to Mineola parents? Maybe I am mistaken, but I thought that parents voices were important in Mineola. I was under the impression, that if we spoke, and if our children spoke, we would at least be shown respect. I was not shown that at the meeting, and Monday, you went too far Mr. Widman. You crossed the line to make it personal. You spoke about my

daughter. How dare you. How dare you say that people who opt their children out of testing are using them as pawns? All she did was speak from her heart. All I heard from Napalitano and Widman was how wonderful they are for attending the board meetings, and how we should vote for them because they’ve been there so long. I’m sorry, that is not enough for me to vote for anyone. I vote for someone with integrity and values. Mary Goodfellow Mineola

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hristineNapolitano closed the meet the candidate night by speaking about the direction of the school board. She said “that’s exactly what I’m afraid of a new direction” . I would point out to Mrs. Napolitano that a new direction is exactly what this school district needs. It needs to move in a direction that advances technology at

a pace that shows well thought out implementation. Such that the teachers are taught new initiatives at times that do not impact instruction to our children. The Board of Education needs to be operated in a manner that is beyond reproach. The way to do this is be sure what is put before the board is looked at with due diligence. That important questions are asked, and those that are implementing these new initiatives

have answers for tough questions. Is this initiative financially sound? Has it been tested in other districts and if so, to what results? Is this technology going to move toward our goal of college ready children? When capital project bids come in more than a million dollars over our engineers estimates, someone needs to account to the district and the taxpayers for this failure.

A million dollars seems like a little more than a mistake. It indicates poor planning at best and incompetence at worst and needs to be examined further publicly. If PILOTs are so detrimental to this district then the board needs to work with the proper legislators to amend these laws. They also need to publicly answer to why they failed to hold anyone accountable for missing these meetings.

If due diligence, accountability and fiscal responsibility is the direction that Mrs. Napolitano fears than the voters have no other logical choice than to remove her from office on May 19th by voting for Joy Renner and Mark Swensen. Dr. Nancy Giordano, Ed.D., WNP Mineola

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ver the past six years, Christine Napolitano has proven to be an invaluable member of the Board of Education. Christine has been an integral part of many positive changes in the Mineola School District, including improved educational programming, cutting-edge technology for our students, lo-

cal and national awards for the district, and continued fiscal responsibility. Christine shows great enthusiasm and consideration for all of Mineola’s students, parents, and teachers. She is generous with her time, exhibits strong leadership, and is a true asset to our community. We will be lucky to have her

on the Board of Education for three more years. I met Brian Widman in the audience of the Board of Education meetings where he is one of very few consistent attendees. Brian has observed firsthand how the Board of Education functions and has acquired comprehensive knowledge of district happenings and issues.

He asks important questions and gives thoughtful and constructive suggestions. Brian is a devoted father and PTA volunteer who enjoys assisting at various school events. He is approachable, committed, and trustworthy. Brian will be a strong addition to the Mineola Board of Education. Christine Napolitano and

Brian Widman are people of integrity who embody the true spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the entire Mineola School District community. Please join me in voting for Napolitano and Widman on May 19, 2015. Debbie Tobar Mineola

Renner, Swenson offer needed skills

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ny successful program is run by a team of experts, Joy Renner is the education expert and Mark Swenson is the financial expert. They are new voices to the board of education that will ask questions, are approachable, and fiscally responsible. With two new board members, the Mineola School District will benefit from a much needed breath of fresh air and new vision that will work to improve upon the many positive things that the current board has put in place, while making sure the decision-makers are held accountable. Public education is at a crossroads and Joy lives it everyday as a teacher. She is knowledgeable of the

pros and cons in education and will be able to advocate for the students of Mineola. There are many educational decisions that need to be made by a board of education and I can’t think of a better person than someone who is in the trenches and understands children. Maureen and I help run the MAA and know sacrificing your personal time will help lead to any organization’s success. We appreciate the work that all volunteers give for the better of the community and our children. We have been lucky enough to be friends with Joy Renner for the past six years, and have seen first hand the commitment she has to her three amazing boys, her children’s schools through fundraisers she has

organized, to the MAA, to the Mineola Chiefs, and the list goes on. Commitment, dedication and making sure the job gets done is exactly what Joy Renner has shown she can do and will be ready to do, with-

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out hesitation, once she is elected. done so with the likes of Mark SwJoy knows that surrounding yourself ensen, which is why we are endorswith people that are hard-working, ing Joy Renner and Mark. passionate, and who put their perMike and Maureen Duda sonal agendas aside will make for Mineola a great team, and she has certainly

Widman offer character, vision, interest in children’s education

t is with much enthusiasm that I write to endorse Brian Widman for the Mineola Schools Board of Education. I have known Brian Widman for the past eight years and throughout these times I have seen his eagerness and interest in chil-

dren’s education and well being in the schools in our vast district. He is a man of vision with a great character coupled with leadership and ability to fulfill his duties. His honesty is unquestionable. For him every student matters. If elected, it would be in the best in-

terest of each and every student in our district. For that, I hope you join me in giving him your vote on Election Day. David Danialian Mineola Travel Soccer Coach


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E. Williston school trustees run uncontested B y J ames G alloway East Williston School District ballot next week will include votes on its $56.7 million budget proposal, two capital reserve measures and two uncontested seats to sit on the district’s Board of Education. The proposed budget would increase spending by 1.68 percent, or about $938,000, over the current 2014-15 budget. The tax levy would increase by 1.8 percent to $53.1 million. In her weekly newsletter, Superintendent Elaine Kanas said both increases were the district’s lowest in 20 years. The board unanimously adopted the proposed budget on March 30. In addition to the budget, one capital reserve referendum would allow the district to make repairs using funds from its 2013 reserve, while the second would allow the district to form a new reserve with a five-year lifespan and $3.5 million cap plus interest. Board of Education Trustees Robert Fallarino and Leonard Hirsch are also running for reelection unopposed. The proposed budget maintains current course offering and expands STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programming. It would fund the creation of a robotics program at Willets Road Schoool, increased coding

opportunities, more Chromebooks and enhanced wireless capability at North Side, staff development and further implementation of Project Lead the Way, an applied problem solving curriculum. It would also restore fifth grade intramurals and increase fifth grade English Language Arts instruction to a two-block period per day from 1.5 blocks, which middle school principal Stephen Kimmel said would bring the district in line with others middle schools. “Right now, you’re seeing a very good functioning East Williston School District,” Board of Education President Mark Kamberg said. “I think the Board of Education works well together and as a result we’re able to accomplish the things we need to for the children of East Williston School District.” The first capital reserve measure would, if approved, allow the district to expend the remaining $2 million in its 2013 capital reserve to replace unit ventilators, install steam control valves, replace DDC panels and remove existing windows to install of Dual sash, low E single glazed windows. The second capital reserve measure would create a new reserve with a five-year lifespan and $3.5 million maximum to fund bathroom reconstruction, flooring replacement and abatement, tennis court reconstruc-

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tion, exterior door replacement and kitchen ventilation reconstruction, among other projects, which would need to be approved by voters. The fund would be filled by any unused funds from the prior fiscal year. “The capital reserve tool is an amazing opportunity to fund large construction repairs and projects using unspent funds from budget years,” Kamberg said. “The public supported it back in 2013. We’re again asking the public to allow us the creation of another reserve, continuing again to use unspent funds in budget years [and] allowing large construction projects to continue without additional new costs to the taxpayers.” Kamberg said capital reserves reduce costs for the district by avoiding the bond interest payments and counsel costs that coincide with borrowing.

The budget proposal would continue to cut away at the district’s debt. Since the 2011-12 year, the district has decreased its debt burden from $17.9 million to about $11.2 million, according to the district’s Financial Advisory Committee. “Because you’re stabilizing your budget as the bonds roll off…you’re able to use the funds that once went to cover the expense of the bond and put that back into the needs that directly impact the children,” Kamberg said Fallarino, the board’s vice president and a medical malpractice attorney, will be seeking his third term. “I came on at a time where there was a lot of flux in the community and there were a lot of issues, and I think what I helped bring was a vision and stability,” said Fallarino, who has two sons in the East Williston school sys-

tem. “And now I want to do that for the future, and make sure the 2 percent [property tax] cap doesn’t negatively affect the students.” Hirsch, who grew up in East Williston and works as the chief financial officer of a New York investment fund, was first elected to the board in 2012. He had previously served on the district’s financial advisory committee. “It’s been a very good experience. I think we’re in a pretty good place right now, and I have personally been able to bring some value to the board,” he said, noting his experience as an accountant. He said he is a voracious reader and looks for any small way he can contribute to the school district while sifting through “all the data that comes my way.” “I (always) think there’s more to do, more to learn — there may be one small thing the school may not have considered,” he said. Hirsch added that the current East Williston board members collaborate as an effective team. “We work well together…. there’s been no drama whatsoever from what I’ve experienced,” he said. “It’s been excellent and I just want to keep moving forward in that direction.” Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Wheatley School gymnasium.

Herricks’ $108.2M school budget up for vote B y J ames G alloway Herricks School District’s ballot next week will include referendums on its $108.2 million budget proposal, the creation of a capital reserve and two uncontested races for the district’s Board of Education. The budget proposal looks to continue to restore programs and positions cuts during the economic downturn, when the state’s property tax cap and ballooning benefit costs forced the district to eliminate about 100 positions. The proposed $108.2 million budget is 0.6 percent higher — about $650,000 — than the current 2014-15 budget. It is the savings from a significant drop in the employer pension contribution rate, however, that would allow the district to

add a proposed 12 teaching positions and reinstate the elementary school class size caps that were suspended four years ago. Superintendent John Bierwirth and Board of Education President James Gounaris have both said that restoring the caps has been a top priority for the district. Kindergarten classes would be capped at 22 students, first to third grades would be capped at 25 students, and grades four and five would be capped at 27 students. “It was really nice to be able to restore at least some of the things we’ve had to cut over the last four years,” Bierwirth said about the proposed budget in a previous interview. “First and foremost [we wanted to] get class sizes back down.” A capital reserve would allow the district to transfer leftover money at the end of the fis-

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cal year into a fund that could be used for infrastructure projects and improvements and would help the district avoid borrowing or bonding. The proposed reserve would have a 10-year life span and a maximum of $5 million. In his budget recommendations, Bierwirth said establishing a capital reserve would allow Herricks to “address at least some major capital projects in a more flexible and timely manner.” “Instead of waiting for something to become irreparable and, thereby, become eligible to be replaced on an emergency basis or…put out a bond, the district would be able to tap the reserve,” he said in a memo. The Board of Education unanimously adopted the budget proposal and the capital reserve Continued on Page 61


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In their bids for re-election to the Roslyn Board of Education next week, trustees Adam Haber and David Seinfeld each said maintenance of the district’s $46 million capital plan and adapting to changes within the state Department of Education will be among the most significant issues the board will face in the coming years. “I believe that my understanding of how educational systems work, lends an expertise to the board that I see as

being important,” said Seinfeld, the assistant superintendent for instruction in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. Haber and Seinfeld, both Village of East Hills residents, are among four candidates for the Roslyn board of education, joining Trustee David Dubner and Village of Roslyn resident Mindy Kim on the May 19 ballot. The top three vote-getters will win three-year terms to the board. Haber was first elected in 2009 and has served two terms, while Seinfeld has served three terms since his election in 2006.

Haber, a restaurateur and commercial real estate investor who in the last two years ran as a Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive and the state Senate, said he is seeking re-election because “I’m proud of the fact we’ve helped make the Roslyn schools some of the best in the state,” adding he wants to be part of seeing the capital plan through to completion. Seinfeld said the Roslyn School District faces a key period of transition as the district adjusts from the forthcoming resignation of Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner to his

successor, current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Allison Brown, who will take over in the 2016-17 school year. “Allison is an extraordinary educator. She has an extraordinary acumen for the classroom and that’s what compelled me to support the plan going forward,” Seinfeld said. “I think I bring a unique perspective in that Allison and I have the same job in different districts, and I know her knowledge base and skill set is going to be a great thing for Roslyn children.” While Haber said he would

make sure “we stay fiscally solid and that [the capital plan] goes through well,” he noted there is “good fiscal stewardship of the board, which I’m happy to be part of.” Despite saying he would also maintain fiscal responsibility as a trustee, Seinfeld said he wants Roslyn to “continue to push the envelope” by continuing to seek innovations toward its day-today classroom experience. “The world changes faster today than it did yesterday, and for schools to do the right thing by the kids, they need to stay current,” he said.

Mineola School Boar May 19, 2015

Mineola race divides candidates on schools’ direction BY JA M ES G A L L O W AY The hotly contested Mineola Board of Education races between establishment candidates and challengers who say it’s time for change has transformed the budget vote on Tuesday into a referendum on the district’s approach to education. Incumbent Christine Napolitano and her running mate, Brian Widman, have touted the district’s education advancements in recent years with minimal tax increases and its innovative approach to technology. “When it comes to education, we’ve raised the bar and then some. We’re using nationally recognized technology — other districts come all the time to look and see what we do,” she said. “We did all of this without creating new debt.” Meanwhile, challengers Joy Renner and Mark Swensen say the district should slow its fullsteam-ahead approach to technology, re-evaluate its finances and do more to educate parents about Common Core. “This isn’t Legoland, and not everything is awesome,” Swensen said at a candidates debate last week. Mineola Board of Education President Artie Barnett, who is not seeking re-election, has laid his support firmly behind Napolitano and Widman and claimed at least one village official was behind the their candidacy. The Board of Education and village officials have repeatedly clashed over the impact of large developments in downtown Mineola, the use of tax breaks to finance them and their effect on

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the district. In a letter to the editor in this week’s Williston Times, Barnett said Renner and Swensen “suddenly appeared, with no prior attention to or participation with the Board of Education” and that they were “convinced to run by a Mineola Village official.” Swensen, who spoke briefly about the election in an interview Tuesday, could not be reached Wednesday to respond to Barnett’s claim that a village officials was behind his candidacy. Efforts to reach Renner on Wednesday were unavailing. The district’s $89.1 million budget proposal, which would increase spending by 2.1 percent and the tax levy by 1.37 percent, to $80.1 million, continues to invest heavily in technology and would allow the district to provide an iPad to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is the eighth-straight year the district’s tax levy would increase by less than 2.5 percent. “We remain lower than the rest of the county by far,” school Superintendent Michael Nagler

said at an April board meeting. “We’ve been able to [stay below 2.5 percent] four years prior to the tax cap being implemented — Mineola has flat-lined” its tax levy. The budget would also add four math teacher positions to help more students pass trigonometry, allow the district to install air conditioning in the cafeterias where tests are administered and create a robotics lab at the high school. Despite the school board candidates running in pairs, the seats will be awarded at-large to the two highest vote getters. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Throughout their campaign, Napolitano and Widman have criticized Swensen and Renner for their absence at school board meetings. Widman, who said he has regularly attended meetings for the past seven years, charged he does not recall seeing either of his challengers at a meeting prior last month when they declared their candidacy. “Change happens at the

Board of Education meetings. Change happens at the PTA meetings,” Widman said. “How can you advocate for change when it’s not important enough for you to attend [meetings]?” Renner replied that attending meetings does not make a person the best candidate. Swensen and Renner have accused the school board of rubber-stamping Nagler’s initiatives without sufficiently vetting them. “I think the superintendent’s priorities, while they may be well intentioned, stand to use some review,” said Swensen, a Mineola alumnus who runs an IT consulting service. He referred specifically to a capital improvement project for which construction costs were underestimated. A pro-Napolitano and Widman Facebook page dedicated to fact-checking the candidates’ statements criticized Renner and Swensen for saying they would ask the tough questions but not speaking up at a subsequent hearing on the budget proposal.

“At meet the candidate night it seems like the challengers called a lot of the district’s finances into question,” the Facebook post said. “Did they…ask those questions to the Board and Dr. Nagler” at the budget hearing?” The Facebook page jumped on a number of Swensen and Renner’s statements, including those about a proposed turf field, a lack of tax relief from the district’s reorganization and the district no longer having a drug and alcohol counselor. Renner and Swensen have also accused the current school board of doing too little to educate parents about opting out of state exams, saying that although officials cannot legally support opting out, they could provide parents with more information about testing. “I support parents’ choice for opting kids out or not,” said Renner, a teacher who lives Albertson and has three children in the Mineola schools. “[Parents] felt let down by the lack of communication from our district. Continued on Page 49

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Haber is the hardest Sen. Martins working candidate puts district last

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’ve known Adam Haber for over 20 years, and I don’t know anyone who’s more trustworthy or a harder worker. Adam was first elected to the Roslyn Board of Education six years ago. Still reeling from the theft that made national headlines, Adam has been instrumental in getting our financial house in order. He’s been a tireless and dedicated worker with innova-

tive and new ideas that saved our district substantial amounts of money. As an added benefit, Adam is on the Board of All Hands Volunteers, and is an experienced “Second Responder.” Because of Adam’s experience with disaster response, he was instrumental in getting Roslyn High School opened as a warming center after Superstorm Sandy, when so many of our residents were without

power. Adam Haber is a strong leader with substantial business expertise, and he’s a perfect choice to continue to represent the Roslyn community on our School Board. I strongly encourage the community to re-elect Adam Haber to the Roslyn School Board, Tuesday, May 19th. Peter Wagner Roslyn

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ime and time again, Senator Martins puts the people of his district last. It’s hard to understand why he’s been silent on the issue of state Sen. Skelos stepping down as majority leader in the wake of federal criminal charges. It’s interesting to note that just last year, Martins’ campaign received over $10,000 from Skelos. We need elected officials with stronger voices and the

courage to stand up against corrupted officials, no matter the position. The allegations are troubling and it’s even more troubling that my elected official is supporting this. How can we have faith in our government when our elected officials do not speak out against those who continually do wrong? Leslie Lewit-Milner Roslyn Heights

Haber has given schools solid footing

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ur family has made Roslyn our home since 1987. And with three children, ages 28, 16 and 14, we have seen and lived through the school district’s highs and lows. Since the financial scandal that rocked Roslyn more than a decade ago, the district has made a resounding comeback, thanks in part to a

capable and dedicated school board who has donated its expertise to bring the Roslyn school district back from the brink. In particular, our family has seen firsthand how Adam Haber has worked to ensure our district’s solid financial footing. Adam recommended many cost-cutting initiatives (like refi-

nancing debt and consolidating private school bus routes) that saved our district millions. In addition, he came up with ideas to generate revenue (like renegotiating broadcast rights with Cablevision for MSG Varsity and launching READ, The Foundation for Roslyn’s Educational Advancement and Development).

While many neighboring districts complain of cutbacks in programs and crumbling infrastructure, Roslyn has reversed this trend in great part due to Adam’s expertise. We are lucky to live in a district where someone as skilled as Adam is willing to give back to his community. We urge you all to participate in the school

board elections on Tuesday, May 19th and to re-elect Adam Haber. As we embark on a $40 million upgrade to our school facilities, Adam’s input will continue to serve us well. The Rust Family Roslyn

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n Tuesday, May 19th, we will be voting at the Roslyn High School to re-elect David Dubner to the Roslyn School Board . We have known David and his family for over eight years and remember meeting his family when they first moved to Roslyn. It will be reassuring to have someone we trust on the board with his experience, integrity and drive who is able to represent the interests of our entire community. Dave is a successful lawyer and investment banker who understands finances and that the school board owes a fidu-

ciary duty to the community to enhance student achievement in a fiscally prudent manner. David has been an advocate for fiscal restraint and cost-cutting initiatives across our $46 million capital improvement program and $103 million annual budget. Furthermore, Roslyn’s budget and tax increases have been among the lowest across Long Island during David’s tenure. David understands that the School Board does not have a blank check to tax and spend. As an active father of three young chil-

dren, David uniquely understands that all of our children’s futures are linked to the strength of our schools. During his two years on the Roslyn school board, David has been a vocal supporter of educational innovation and new course offerings, investing in teachers’ professional development, supporting our special needs program and providing diverse athletic and extracurricular activities. David is open-minded and has no special agenda other than student achievement and serving in the best interest of our community. There is no substitute for the experi-

ence that David has acquired as a board member and as an involved member of the Roslyn community. The school board is a very serious responsibility and we take comfort knowing that David will be watching over our children and our tax dollars. Join us in voting for an outstanding candidate. Vote for David Dubner for Roslyn School Board on May 19th at Roslyn High School. Thank you for spreading the word. Beverly & Philippe Edelman Rolsyn

No contest: Dubner should be re-elected

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he Roslyn School District has a contested election for the school board on May 19, 2015. There is no contest in our mind — David Dubner should be re-elected. What qualifies someone to serve on a school board? It must be something more

than having kids in the schools, paying school taxes or having good intentions. David has each of those things but, importantly, he also has years of professional experience as a lawyer, investment banker, and certified public accountant. His education and experience make him exceptionally well qualified to con-

tinue to represent the best interests of our community’s children and parents. We all want the best schools with the lowest property taxes. With David on the board we believe we have a fighting chance. Additionally, with a new superintendent starting next year, we need the ex-

perience and stability that David can provide more than ever. Please join us in re-electing David to the Roslyn School Board on May 19, 2015. Debbie and Peter Agulnick Roslyn


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The Art Guild invites the public to view the 2015 Members Showcase Exhibit and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Elderfields Historic Preserve at a Garden Party Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sunday May 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. Awards of merit and the annual Terry Shkuda Award for Broadening Creative Pursuits will be presented and there will be an acoustic music performance by Chris Kinnear. This annual exhibit will showcase 50 artworks – with a wide range of varied styles – by members of the Art Guild. Watercolor, oils, acrylic, pastel, drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, encaustic, and prints (i.e., etching, silkscreen, lithographs, monotypes) are all represented. The juror-of-awards for this exhibit is Gregg Kreutz, an award-winning painter and author of the classic artist’s guide,

“Problem Solving for Oil Painters.” After graduating from NYU, Kreutz pursued his training as a painter at the Art Students League of New York, winning a merit scholarship. He studied with Frank Mason, Robert Beverly Hale and, most significantly, David Leffel. Kreutz teaches drawing and painting at the Art Students League as well as workshops throughout the country and around the world, including The Art of the Still Life at The Art Guild in September. The show will be on view at 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, from Saturday, May 16 through Sunday, June 28, 2015. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information please call (516) 304-5797 or visit www.TheArtGuild.org. The Art Guild is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization.

Clockwise from top: Two Cups, oil; Aleta Crawford Liv, oil, Shelley Holtzman; Red Tulips, oil, Piper Lyman.

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Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. Perfectly Frank The Madison Theatre at Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (5176) 323-4444 http://madisontheatreny.org. Including hits such as “Come Fly with Me”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “My Way”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, and “New York, New York,” this afternoon of music - starring Sal Viviano - will pay tribute of the incredible legacy of the incomparable Frank Sinatra that is 100 years in the making. Don’t miss this opportunity to pay homage to one of the world’s greatest musicians – come experience the legend of Sinatra for yourself. Monday, May 18, 8:30 p.m. Jane’s Addiction The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 www.paramountny.com Led by core original members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins, Jane’s Addiction - originally formed in 1985 in Los Angeles - is still going strong. An influential and ground-breaking alternative rock band that helped lay the groundwork for the grunge movement of the 1990s, Jane’s Addiction boast “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song,” “Been Caught Stealing” and “Stop!” among their most popular songs. Tuesday, May 19, 8 p.m. Jason Isbell The Space at Westbury 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283.5566 www.thespaceatwestbury.com Formerly a member of the Drive By Truckers, Isbell released his first solo album, “Sirens of the Ditch,” in 2007, followed by “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit” two years later and “Here We Rest” in 2011. His latest offering “Southeastern” came out in 2013 for which he won the 2014 Americana Music Awards Album of the Year, Song of the Year for “Cover Me Up” and Artist of the Year. Craig Finn will be the opening act. Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. The Who Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 http://www.nassaucoliseum.com Legendary British rockers The Who invade Hempstead Wednesday for the Long Island stop of their 50th anniversary tour. With original members Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend at the helm, the Who’s massive back catalogue will be harvested for a night of classic rock, including such timeless classics as “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Reilly” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The band also swings through Queens and Brooklyn later this month.


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THE CULINARY ARCHITECT

Recipes for cooking Morel Mushrooms From mid-April to the beginning of June, Morel Mushrooms grow throughout the United States. These nutty steak-like flavored spores are prized by mushroom hunters every where. Their delectable flavor and easy to recognize shape make them choice prey for beginner and expert foragers. Trying to find these fresh flavorful mushrooms for sale is no easy task. After calling more than ten local “gourmet stores”, and searching on line, I found SOS Chefs, located at 104 Avenue B in New York Cit, 212-505-5813 on the web at www. sos-chefs.com. Right now they are selling fresh morels from Oregon by the pound at 60.00 per pound plus shipping and they are worth every cent! If you have time and patience, a google search yielded several fresh morel purveyors in the United States that sell by mail order. Morels, or as they are called in France, Morilles, are so flavorful that preparation is very simple. The most important part of preparing morels, is removing the dirt and grit. Because morels are so delicious, I recommend eating them on

their own, or on a white bread toast point, or as a topping to a sauteed chicken breast. If you are feeling very decadent, pair the morels with steamed asparagus and hollandaise sauce If you have never eaten morels, make this simple dish and I guarantee you will be looking to eat them every Spring. Menu Sauteed Morels Toast Points Pasta* Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce* Sauteed Chicken Breast *Recipe Not Given How To Clean Morels This is the most important part of morel preparation. Because morel mushrooms are wild and grown in dirt, they are very gritty. Immediately before preparation, clean them. This cannot be done ahead of time because mushrooms are sponges and they will soak up much too much water. 1. Place morels in a colander and “wack them about”. This will dislodge some, but not all of the

to DRY WELL!!!!) 2 tbsp. sweet butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 1/2 cup beef stock 1/4 cup Madeira 1 cup heavy cream Black Pepper to taste Chopped Chives (optional garnish)

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dirt. Do this a few times. 2. Place a large bowl in your sink. Fill with cold water. 3. Place morels in bowl and swish, dislodging as much dirt as possible. (If necessary, trim the dirty stems from the mushrooms.) 4. If dirt persists, run each mushroom under cold water, until all dirt is removed. 5. Once clean, dry mushrooms. You are now ready to proceed with morel preparation. Sauteed Morels 1 lb. Morels, cleaned (See above. Remember

1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and sweat shallots. When soft, and translucent, add morels and saute until soft, approximately 10 minutes. 2. Add Madeira and beef stock and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add cream, and continue boiling for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. 3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. 4. Serve over toast points, pasta of your choice, sauteed chicken breasts or just by itself. Garnish, if you wish. Toast Points 4 slices of high quality white bread, crusts removed, cut in half on the diagonal 1. Lightly toast bread. Serve as a base to soak up morels and cream sauce.

Foolproof Sauteed Chicken Breasts 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 4 6-oz. Boneless chicken breast halves, cleaned and dried well!!! Sea Salt Ground Pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a large oven proof skillet (I use cast iron), heat oil over medium high heat. 3. Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place chicken in pan skin side down and cook for 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 minutes more. 4. Place chicken in the oven and cook until chicken is 155 degrees (approximately 6 minutes). 5. Serve with Morel Sauce on top. Alexandra Troy is owner of Culinary Architect Catering, a 32-year old Greenvale-based company, specializing in private, corporate and promotional parties. For more photos and presentation ideas, follow Culinary Architect Catering on Facebook.

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The Space at Westbury 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283.5566 www.thespaceatwestbury. com Friday, May 15, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. Dark Star Ochestra Tuesday, May 19, 8 p.m. Jason Isbell and Special Guest Craig Finn Friday, May 29, 8 p.m. Get The Led Out Friday, June 12, 8 p.m. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m. Music Made On Long Island

Tuesday, June 16, 8 p.m. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang Friday, June 26, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Jim Jefferies

NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • http:// www.nassaucoliseum.com Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Nitro Circus Live Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. The Who Hits 50! Monday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. WWE Monday Night RAW Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. New York Pet Spectacular & Expo Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. New Kids On The Block with special guests TLC and Nelly Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. Shania Twain NYCB THeatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury.

(516) 247-5200 www.thetheatreatwestbury. com Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. Don Rickles Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m. 70’s Soul Jam Friday, June 5, 8 p.m. Glays Knight Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m. Peter Cetera Friday, June 19, 8 p.m. The Midtown Men Friday, June 27, 8 p.m. Happy Together Tour Saturday, July 11, 8 p.m. Dion Sunday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary Elwes Friday, July 17, 8 p.m. Rock The Yacht Tour Friday, July 24, 8 p.m. Josh Turner Monday, July 27, 8 p.m Whitesnake Friday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Joel McHale Saturday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Air Supply Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Neil Sedaka

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The Science Museum of Long Island, located on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Plandome Manor, will be the site of a new program, “Introduction to Bird Watching,” beginning on Saturday, May 30, and concluding on Saturday, June 20. Led by a noted ornithologist and cosponsored by CERCOM and Molloy College, the series will begin at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center, where coffee and light refreshments will be served. Following a short talk and orientation, participants will venture outside for the “field work” portion of the session. The first morning will conclude with a recap of the morning’s discoveries and lunch. The following three Saturdays will be-

gin at 7:30 a.m. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served at the start of those subsequent Saturday sessions, but participants will be on their own for lunch. This series of walk ‘n’ talks is limited to 25 participants of all ages and levels of experience. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a small notebook and pen, and to apply plenty of sunscreen prior to arrival. A field guide is helpful, especially for novice birders, but is not required. Registration, however, is required! The fee for the series (payable by check or in cash at the first session) is $65 for adults, $35 for students, ages 10-17. Register no later than Friday, May 22, by calling (516) 627-9400, ext. 10.

Fine art and craft fair on May 30, 31 The Art League of Long Island’s Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair returns to the scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31. Now in its 48th year, this juried fair attracts thousands of discerning art lovers from the metropolitan area. More than 70 artists and craftspeople will show and sell original works of art and handmade crafts such as paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, glasswork, wearable art, and more. Prizes will be awarded to artists and craftspeople for superior artistry and craftsmanship. The event will also feature live art dem-

onstrations by Art League instructors, familyfriendly hands-on activities, live music by guitarist Kenny Pascual, and magic performance by Corey Martin. A raffle will run throughout the weekend, winner to be announced Sunday afternoon. Proceeds will benefit the Art League of Long Island, a not-for-profit organization serving the community since 1955. This rain or shine event will be open to the public 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free for the entire family. For more information call (631) 462-5400 x222 or visit www.artleagueli.org.

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half-hour private consultation on any topic of concern. The next Senior Citizen Free Legal Consultation Clinic will be held Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at NCBA, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. This popular free program regularly fills up quickly. Registration is required by calling (516) 747-4070.

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Chamber Orchestra of N.Y. to play Adelphi The acclaimed Chamber Orchestra of New York will make its debut performance at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) Concert Hall on Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. with an all Ralph Vaughan Williams program. Under the baton of its music director, Salvatore Di Vittorio, the orchestra’s program features two U.S. premieres of firstedition publications of Vaughan Williams’ early works by publisher Oxford University Press, in collaboration with the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. The Solent will serve as an introduction to the Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra, showcasing German pianist Sina Klole. The evening will conclude with the masterwork The Lark Ascending, featuring British violinist Jennifer Pike. The music throughout the program is filled with Vaughan Williams ever-present sensibilities for folk song and evocative pas-

toral landscapes. The Chamber Orchestra of New York, established in 2006 in honor of the preeminent early 20th century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, is dedicated to presenting the great orchestral repertoire alongside undiscovered

or rarely performed gems that complement and extend the classical tradition. Modelled after European-style young professional orchestras, it is one of the first auditioned orchestras in the history of New York to feature leading young musicians.

The orchestra provides performance opportunities for young musicians exiting music conservatories, as well as those in the early phases of their careers. Its musicians are students and graduates of The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music, as well as other music schools in the tri-state area. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) is located at One South Avenue, Garden City. Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $30, with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. For more information about all events at AUPAC and to purchase tickets, visit aupac. adelphi.edu. Information is available at The Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at (516) 877-4000 or boxoffice@adelphi.edu. Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

Muttontown Preserve to host nature walk May 17 The Muttontown Preserve will host a guided Nature Walk entitled, “Woodland Wildflowers,” on Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The “Woodland Wildflowers” nature walk is a three-mile walk through the wooded trails and meadows of the preserve. Participants will be able to enjoy flow-

ers and trees in bloom, including Snowdrops and many more. Kettle Pond will also be on the walk and hikers will get a chance to see the pond’s inhabitants. The walk will begin at the Bill Paterson Nature Center. Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Mutton-

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Shelter Rock Library MUSEUM PASSES @ SRPL Shelter Rock Public Library cardholders can reserve a Museum Pass online for free admission to a variety of museums and gardens on Long Island and in New York City. Go to www.srpl.org and pull down the Library Services Menu then go to Museum Passes. Click the Reserve Now link and look for the red Request Pass button to see if the Museum Pass is available. Your library card must be in good standing. Advance reservations will be accepted for the next 60 days (one Reservation per family every 30 days). SHELTER ROCK PATRONS MAY RESERVE PASSES FOR: American Airpower Museum • Children’s Museum of Manhattan • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery • Cradle of Aviation • Garvies Point • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum • Long Island Children’s Museum • Museum of Modern Art

(MOMA) • Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum • Nassau County Museum of Art • New York Botanical Garden • New York Historical Society and Library & Dimenna Children’s History Museum Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that in cooperation with the Shelter Rock Public Library, the Nassau County Offices for the Aging and Mental Health are coordinating a support group that is specifically targeted to respond to the needs of caregivers of older persons. The group is led by Dora Lupo, LMHC, MAC, CASAC, Support Group Facilitator. Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shelter Rock Public Library, located at 165 Searingtown Road, Albertson. The meetings are open to residents of Nassau County.

This support group will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and to help one another. Persons interested in attending for the first time, or in need of additional information, please call (516) 2278725.

programs ADULT BOOK DISCUSSIONS The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran on Wednesday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m. Led by SRPL Librarians Susan Healy and Cathy Loechner. This is the riveting account of what happens when spouses Henry, Margaret, and Nancy face prosecution for bigamy. Narrated primarily by the two wives, and inspired by a widely publicized newspaper account, the novel explores the intricacies of mar-

riage, the construction of family, the changing world of the late 1880s. Limited registration begins Wednesday, April 29. COMPUTER FIRST GRADE for GROWNUPS Friday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this class, you will learn how to work with text including inputting, inserting, moving, and erasing, learn basic word processing skills, and understand files and commands. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten. Registration for Shelter Rock Patrons begins April 17 at the Reference Desk. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-residents may register April 30 if space allows.

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and their Parents with Jan & Tony Esposito College Consultants, Inc. COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: How to Make Them Work for You on Monday, May 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Find out about scholarships and grants and how to use them to offset high college costs. Learn about the latest trends in scholarships. Hear about the most unusual and generous scholarships even for students who don’t have an “A”. Leave with a practical knowledge of how scholarships work, and a personal action plan. Registration begins on Friday, May 1 in the Teen Room.

CHILDREN TODDLER STORYTIMES Designed for toddlers 2 – 3 1⁄2 with a parent or caregiver as a program of stories, simple songs,

fingerplays and rhymes with other toddlers and their parents. Children must be two by April 1, 2015. Registration begins Monday, March 16. Choose one of the following sessions: Tuesdays, April 14 – May 19, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, April 15 – May 20, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, April 16 – May 22, 10:15 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES Designed for children ages 3 – 5, this is a program of stories, simple songs, fingerplays and rhymes with other preschoolers. Children must be three by April 1, 2015. Registration begins Monday, March 16. Choose one of the following sessions: Tuesdays, April 14 – May 19, 1:30 p.m. Fridays, April 17 – May 22, 10:15 a.m.

East Williston Library SOCIETY PASSES: The passes are available to East Williston Library card holders. Each family pass (2 adults and children under 18 years of age) may be borrowed for a three-day period. Passes may be reserved in advance.

DAYTIME BOOK CLUB: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah – Tuesday June 9 at 1:30 p.m. EVENING BOOK CLUB: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr – Thursday June 11 at 7 p.m. Please register at the library. The discussion is limited to 15 readers.

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reading in a format they’ll love. Visit us at www. ewlibrary.org N0TARY PUBLIC: Hours are Monday & Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Photo identification is required. Documents to be notarized must be signed at the time of notarization, not before. You must bring your own witness if needed. Please telephone the Library to confirm a

notary is available. EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY: Willets Road School Art teachers Ms. Melinda Gomez and Mrs. Colette Hardy share with us some of their students’ artwork. Please come in and enjoy these beautiful pieces of work. Register for all programs by calling (516) 741-1213 or email us at ewpl@ewlibrary. org.

Roslyn Community Calendar ATID ATID (pronounced “Ahteed”) is Temple Beth Sholom’s new initiative designed to bring together young families. ATID’s next event, open to everyone in the community, is Friday Night Lights on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn. This event will be a great opportunity for those interested in sharing a very special Shabbat,

complete with dinner and drinks, with new and old friends! You can sign up for the event at www. bethsholom.com/event/ events or call (516) 6212288. $118 couples $60 singles.” RUSSIAN CHAMBER CHORUS OF NEW YORK The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York will present a varied program that traces Jewish

choral culture through music by composers from Russia, Israel, and the United States, illustrating the beauty of liturgical, secular, and folk traditions ranging from Bible stories to contemporary compositions on Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 425 Roslyn Rd. Roslyn Heights. Call (516) 6216800 for information. ACBL BRIDGE

ACBL sanctioned Bridge games take place in the Nursery School Atrium every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in the main building at Shelter Rock Jewish Center, 272 Shelter Rock Rd., Roslyn. Call (917) 658-5991 to make a reservation. Tuesday night bingo Veterans of Foreign Wars

Post #5253 will host bingo on Tuesday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. The top prize is $1,500 with additional cash prizes totaling $1,700. Admission is $4 at the post, which is located at 155 Searingtown Road. BUDGET HEARING The next meeting of the Roslyn Public Schools Board of Education will take place on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in Roslyn

High School. The meeting includes the annual Budget Hearing. Agendas and minutes for Board of Education meetings are available at www. roslynschools.org; click on “Board of Education.” The budget vote and trustee elections will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Roslyn High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For voter information call (516) 801-5002.

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Budget, levy increase lowest in years Budget As I’ve mentioned before in my newsletters, the Board of Education adopted a 201516 school budget on March 30, 2015. The budget-to-budget increase is 1.68% and the levy-tolevy increase is 1.80%, both are the lowest increases in the last 20 years and fall below the New York State allowable property tax cap. For full budget information, including the presentations given at our budget workshops, go to the district website at www. ewsdonline.org > scroll down the left-side navigation bar and click on 15-16 Budget Info. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at kanase@ewsdonline.org or by phone at 333-3758 or Robin Lufrano, Acting Assistant Superintendent for Business at lufranor@ewsdonline.org or by phone at 333-1707. The school district vote is on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM in the Wheatley gymnasium. Wow: Congratulations North Side Students, Families, Staff and PTO With my office at Wheatley I see many examples of our high school students engaged in projects and activities designed to help others. These activities demonstrate the well-rounded students our parents, school and community together support, where compassion and a broader understanding of the world are developed along with academic understandings. The foundation for caring starts early and builds throughout the school years. The PTO sponsored food drive at North Side just collected 1,171 items to donate to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN). Congratulations all North Side students (and their families) and a special mention to the third grade that won recognition for collecting the most items! Ongoing Staff Development Last week I mentioned that along with other administrators and the teachers providing Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) I participated in a day long workshop on the program. At the same time that we identify district-wide instructional goals to be accomplished each year, we also identify the professional development resources that will help us accomplish these goals. While LLI was introduced into the elementary school in previous years, it was implemented in the middle school

and the high school for the first time this year. At the start of the school year, teachers and administrators participated in two days of LLI training. After some months of experience working with the program with our students, the trainer returned for a third staff development session to check on implementation and respond to staff questions. This last workshop, as we get close to the end of the school year, provided the staff with the opportunity to reflect on this year’s implementation with students, share ideas and insights with colleagues and make some refinements for next year. We follow similar patterns of sustained staff development for new initiatives in order to support thoughtful, professional and collaborative implementation. LLI is one of the response to interventions the District offers to close grade level reading gaps. It combines reading, writing, phonics and word study and is provided to students in groups of four or less, every day. It encourages students to build higher comprehension skills that involve more than simple retelling, but, more importantly, get students to think critically about and beyond the text. All our staff (and students too, it seems) agree that the books that the students use in the program are high interest and entertaining, with the non-fiction books on particularly popular and attention getting topics. Early next school year we look forward to holding a Board of Education Work Session on our literacy programs and support interventions such as LLI. BOE Work Session held on May 6th At the May BOE Work Session, Tom Fitzpatrick, Director of Physical Education, Athletics, Health and Medical Services, presented information regarding new State Education Department guidelines for the Athletic Placement Process (APP). The APP sets standards and criteria for permitting students to compete at a level of competition deemed appropriate for their physiological maturity, physical fitness and skill level in relationship to other students at the desired level of competition. Also at Wednesday’s Work Session, Dave Casamento, Director of Science and Technology, presented the proposed Disaster Recovery Plan that is on Monday’s Board of Education Monthly Business Meeting agenda for approval. A disaster recovery plan addresses

the need, in case of natural or other disaster, for the East Williston School District to be back in operation and functioning in all areas - business, security, education and management - as soon as possible. To devise a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan as it pertains to technology and data, the Director of Science and Technology along with the Technology Team developed the recommended plan. Finally, on behalf of the multicultural steering committee, I presented an overview of past meetings and planned activities as described below.

Elaine Kanas Superintendent

Multicultural Project – Alive and Well! As you know, we needed to cancel the multicultural fair that had been originally set for May 31st due to a scheduling conflict with a Town of North Hempstead event our district is very involved in. However … the Educational Advisory Committee’s (EAC) focus on the richness of our community’s diversity is moving full steam ahead! The Multicultural Steering Committee met last week and here are some of the meeting highlights: • Multicultural Survey – Thank you to the parents at North Side and Willets Road who, to date, have answered the brief online survey. In addition to finding out the many countries of origin, ranging from families brand new to the United States to ancestors who arrived here many generations ago, the survey also seeks to identify many of our parents who speak another language and would be comfortable helping translate and welcoming new families not fully comfortable in the English language. • Planning of three dinners, for next year, to be held in district, that will feature learning about a particular culture. A similar project that originated in the Herricks School District,

many years ago, was shared. Teachers and parents attended small dinners featuring a particular culture, with some learning taking place before the dinner. The steering committee will be sharing this idea for planning with the EAC at its next meeting. I will keep you posted with details. • Students on the Committee are working with faculty committee member Karen Bartscherer and parent member Barbara Creamer to identify one or more charitable projects that have a global reach that could be supported at various events next year, as coordinated with building administrations, staff and student organizations. Earth Day at Wheatley As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Wheatley’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC) sponsored activities related to Earth Day. As part of the activities, Bob DiBenedetto (from Healthy Planet) spoke to students about how food choices impact one’s heart and visitor Carl Flatow set himself up in the courtyard with a live bee hive for students to observe and learn about. The lobby was filled with informational booths and activities related to preserving a healthy environment, manned by our students. One of the booths encouraged students and staff to make a pledge to do something positive for the environment. The pledges, written on leaves, hung on a ‘pledge tree’ for all to see. The tree was packed with commitments! Living close to Hempstead Harbor, I pledged to learn more about how to keep it clean and safe. (Inspired by the students’ enthusiasm and commitment, I attended a meeting of the Save Hempstead Harbor notfor-profit organization that very weekend). Congratulations to faculty advisor Steve Finkelstein for his work with our students, and his advisement of the Environmental Action Committee. Congratulations and Commendations Wheatley Senior Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award Wheatley senior Kieran Schnur has recently been honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was

granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Wheatley nominated Kieran for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service. Kieran earned this recognition for the hundreds of hours he has spent devoted to educating youths about Type 1 Diabetes. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service. Willets Road Artists on Display Congratulations to our Willets Road students who were selected to have their artwork on display at the East Williston Public Library throughout the month of May. The displayed artwork comes from each of the art classes offered at Willets Road, Grade 5 Art, Grade 6 Art and electives Grade 6 & 7 Drawing & Painting, Grade 6 & 7 Studio Art, Grade 6 & 7 Digital Photography and Grade 7 Sculpture. Grade 5: Katherine DeSarno, Charlotte Iannone and Morenike Oshodi Grade 6: Bari Bergstein, Nadav Cohen, Jack Fiorillo, Kaileigh Fiorillo, Shruti Goyal, Colin Liotta, Olivia Palmieri, Kylie Ramalhete, Avani Rambharose, Neil Shah, Matthew Valle, Brianna Werny, Gabriel Westreich and Elizabeth Yuen Grade 7: Peter Cuomo, Miriam Goher, Emily Gothelf, Allison Keller, Madison Ramos, Kiran Shaikh, Amanda Ustick and Allison Zheng A special thank you to our Willets Road art teachers Colette Hardy and Melinda Gomez. Wheatley Spring Varsity Athletic Teams Honored for Academics and Become School of Distinction Congratulations to our Spring Varsity teams who were all honored for their outstanding accomplishments and named NYS Scholar-Athlete Teams. Congratulations to the studentathletes and the coaches of Girls Track (cumulative GPA 99.175), Boys Track (cumulative GPA 97.823), Golf (cumulative GPA 96.064), Boys Tennis (cumulative GPA 94.919), Girls Lacrosse (cumulative GPA 94.477), Softball (cumulative GPA 93.554), Baseball (cumulative Continued on Page 42


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Wheatley duo win first in poetry contest

Wheatley senior Bonnie Lerman

Wheatley 8th grader Zachary Schloss

Two students from The Wheatley School earned first place in their respective categories at the annual French Poetry Contest held at The Portledge School on April 23. Senior Bonnie Lerman, a poetry contest participant since the 8th grade, earned top honors in Level IV for her recitation of “Quand tu dors” by Jacques Prévert. Zachary Schloss, a first-time participant in the 8th grade also earned first place among all 8th graders in Nassau County. Zachary chose “Soleils couchants” by Paul Verlaine as his poem. More than 150 students from Nassau County public and private schools participated in this year’s competition, sponsored by the Nassau County Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.

Students’ recitations were evaluated on interpretation, pronunciation, intonation, memorization and poise. “I am very proud of Bonnie and Zach,” stated Jean-François Henley, French teacher at The Wheatley School. “To have both a senior and an eighth grader win first prize reflects the wonderful range of talent possessed by French students in the district.” Joan Anderson, chairperson of the World Language Department in the East Williston School District, added, “We are all so proud that our students have met with such success in interscholastic academic competitions year after year. As teachers, we know how strong our students are in our class settings, but it is so important for them, as students, to meet and compete with peers studying French in other schools.”

Roslyn team advances to regional finals Roslyn High School students Arya Ahmed, Alexa Kahn, Jason Wu and Vincent Yao have been named the 1st Place Ninth Grade Team and Regional Finalists in the U.S. Army’s 2015 Ecybermission Competition. The team did a project as part of their Introduction to Research course in the high school and wrote up a Mission Folder to enter the contest. The group, who called themselves the Raysearchers, explored factors that affect

the protection that shirts provide against UV radiation. They found that greater UV protection was provided by shirts made of synthetic fibers and that were wet , likely because both factors decrease the size of pores in the fabric through which radiation can travel. The team worked closely with Mr. Kristopher Schmitt and Dr. Allyson Weseley, who taught this year’s Introduction to Research class.

From left: Vincent Yao, Jason Wu, Arya Ahmed and Alexa Kahn

Kanas: Budget, levy increase lowest in years Continued from Page 40 GPA 92.835) and Boys Lacrosse (cumulative GPA 92.448). With this year’s combined success of all our varsity teams, fall, winter and spring teams named NYS Scholar-Athlete Teams, Wheatley will once again be recognized as a School of Distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Brainstormers Team Competes in National History Bee and Bowl Four members of Wheatley’s Brainstormers team competed against quiz bowl teams from across the United States in the National History Bee and Bowl Competition in Washington D.C. in April. The weekend’s activities included many competitions with junior Mohammed Khanzada placing third nationally in the National Sports & Entertainment Bee. After competing in 10 rounds in the National History Bee, the team took home first place honors in the National History Bowl Consolation Tournament. Congratulation to team members, juniors Gabriel Besada,

Luke Cuomo, Mohammad Khanzada and Jake Williams and Brainstormer advisor, Joseph Crotty. Wheatley Math Students Shine at Math Fair On April 24, 2015, sixteen Wheatley students competed in the final round of the Nassau County Mathematics Fair at Hofstra University against students from across the county. As part of our Mathematics Research Program, students had been working on their research papers for the past several months, including presentations at the qualifying round of the fair in February. Congratulations to the following students who were invited to compete in the final round: 9th Grade: • Sufia Ainechi, “Golden Ratio” 10th Grade: • Abdullah Hassan, “Space Travel” • Ashley Lessen, “Magic Squares” • Gil Lotzky, “Game Theory” 11th Grade: • Ron Aldad, “Black-Scholes Option

Pricing Model” • Krista Chen, “The Candy Sharing Problem” • Arihant Jain, “Random Number Generator” • Mohammad Khanzada, “Graphically Applying Differential Calculus to Determine Internal Force and Bending Moment Diagrams” • Andrew Zuckerman, “Data Compression and Huffman Coding” 12th Grade: • Michael Braunstein, “I Bet My Math Teacher I Could Solve This Unsolved Problem” • David Fisher, “Synthetic Multiplication” • Anthony Graffigna, “Mathematics Behind Light and Sound Waves” • Hebah Hassan, “Mazes” • Arjun Kapoor, “The Search for a Symmetric Latency Optimal Interconnection” • Ziv Lotzky, “DeMoivre’s Theorem” • Seung Min Yi, “Markov Chains” Congratulations to our three gold

medalists, Gil Lotzky, Andrew Zuckerman and Ziv Lotzky. Congratulations to our four silver medalists, Sufia Ainechi, Ashley Lessen, Krista Chen and Ari Jain. Congratulations to our seven bronze medalists Abdullah Hassan, Ron Aldad, Mohammad Khanzada, Michael Braunstein, David Fisher, Anthony Graffigna and Seung Min Yi. A special thank you and congratulations to Wheatley Math teacher Kevin Meyers and Secondary Chair of Mathematics Dr. Jeffrey Lesser who work with our independent math research students throughout the year. A thank you to members of the Wheatley mathematics department who served as tournament judges for this event: Kevin Meyers, Jon Dinowitz and Peter Crisci. Have a Good Weekend As always, please email me at kanase@ewsdonline.org or call me at 333-3758 with any questions, suggestions and/or any topics you would like to see in this newsletter.


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H I S PA N I C R E C O G N I T I O N

From left: Back Row – Adeel Anwar, Sana Haroon, John Scudero, Khavi Ahmed, Brandon Zhu, Mana Shukla and Vedant Singh. Not photographed: Jaclyn Stroud.

Wheatley School earns ‘Gold’ Spanish status

Roslyn High School student Evan Gomez was honored as an academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school student in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. These students are from the United The students’ scores placed within Eight students from The Wheatley States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands, School have been awarded Gold sta- the top 5 percent of all students who took and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. tus for their performance on this year’s the exams in their respective levels. The National Spanish Exam. This academic National Spanish Exam is sponsored by Gomez is pictured with Roslyn High School Principal Scott Andrews.

A . A . D AY The members of the Roslyn Educational Secretaries Association, RESA, celebrated Administrative Professionals Day on April 22, by proudly wearing their RESA T-shirts. The Association is comprised of administrative assistants, clerk typists, secretaries and many other positions within the Roslyn School District that support the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents. RESA has proudly served the district for 49 years. The Association will be offering a scholarship to a graduating Roslyn senior interested in pursuing a career in the field of business administration.

competition tests skills in listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary and structure. This year’s gold winners include: 8th graders Khavi Ahmed, John Scudero, Mana Shukla, Vedant Singh and Brandon Zhu, freshmen Adeel Anwar and Sana Haroon and junior Jaclyn Stroud. “I am grateful to the dedicated teachers who continue to encourage our students to challenge themselves beyond the classroom,” said Joan Anderson, chairperson of the World Language Department in the East Williston School District. “Our students have proven to be very competitive in both local and national language competitions. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The Long Island Chapter of the organization will honor these students at a special awards ceremony on May 29th at North Shore High School. In addition to the gold winners, Wheatley students were awarded 17 silver, 17 bronze and 54 honorable mention certificates. ] “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015.”

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Rita Pavone and Lynda Waring.

From left: Marg Bifone, Melanie Cooper, Michael Betts, Elizabeth Wheatley, Marybeth Burns and Sophie Duval.

As part of the iPad initiative in the three elementary schools, teachers have learned myriad new ways to motivate and engage students in learning. Pictured here are second grade students at East Hills School working collaboratively to determine the correct answer to a question using the app Kahoot!, a game-based classroom response system that enables users to create and play quizzes. In this class, iPads and the SmartBoard work in sync to display the questions and make a friendly competition. The students at each table answer the questions collaboratively and then see who gets the correct answer first. It’s a great way to review concepts and has a wealth of categories to choose from, or participants can create their own. The class had a blast!


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Town approved for ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ them to a variety of possible career opportunities. “We’ve been kind of nursing it along The Town of North Hempstead received approval last week from the White and it’s just developing into something we House to implement mentoring programs think is doable,” Bosworth said. “It’s small as part of the federal “My Brother’s Keep- enough so we’ll be able to really have an er” initiative, which officials said would imprint on this and make a difference.” The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative help at-risk youth prepare to enter college was introduced in February and the workforce. 2014 as a means of improvDuring a sit-down intering graduation rates and view with Blank Slate Media “expected life outcomes for Thursday, North Hempstead boys and young men of colTown Supervisor Judi Bosor,” President Barack Obama worth said the town would wrote in a memorandum. partner with the Manhasset “By focusing on the critiand Westbury school districts cal challenges, risk factors on a pilot program beginning and opportunities for boys this fall. and young men of color at “The idea is to address Judi Bosworth key life stages, we can imthe needs of the community prove their long-term outon a small scale and then hopefully we’ll be able to expand it,” Bo- comes and ability to contribute to the nation’s competitiveness, economic mobilsworth said. Though the scope of North Hemp- ity and growth and civil society,” Obama stead’s program is still in its infancy stag- wrote. “Unlocking their full potential will es, Bosworth said the town was among benefit not only them, but all Americans.” Last September, the town was among the few municipalities in New York to apthe approximately 100 municipalities ply to join the initiative. She said about 10 ninth grade stu- in the United States to be named “early dents would be selected from each school acceptors” of the initiative and hosted a district for the program, which would in- summit of community leaders to discuss volve mentoring and potential internship efforts to implement “My Brother’s Keepopportunities with the town to expose er” in North Hempstead.

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Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss, trustees Dennis Sgambati and Gail Cohen and Village Justice Sigmund Semon will appear on the ballot this June unopposed, a village official said Wednesday. Tuesday evening was the deadline to submit petitions for a spot on the ballot for the June 16 election. The four incumbents plan to run a joint re-election campaign as members of the Homeowners party, Natiss said. Natiss has served as mayor since 2003, and prior to that he was village justice. He said he hopes to oversee the completion of the large construction projects in the village, including the Ritz-Carlton Residences and the proposed 46-home development on the former grounds of the St. Ignatius Retreat House off Searingtown Road. “Those are major projects that we want to see to completion and it might take another two or three years,” Natiss said. Natiss, an attorney, touted North Hills’ tax rate, which he called the lowest of 64 villages in Nassau County, and the establishment of a shuttle service from Village Hall to the Manhasset train station as among his

From left: Trustee Phyllis Lentini, Deputy Mayor Dennis Sgambati, Mayor Marvin Natiss, Trustee Gail Cohen & Trustee Elliott Arnold. largest accomplishments so far in office. “We’ve kept the village taxes low. We’ve stayed on budget; no elected officials have seen any increases, no appointed officials have seen any increases,” he said. “We try to run a tight ship, and that’s how the village

tax stays low.” He said the village would look to maintain the shuttle service, which has departures between 6:35 a.m. to 9 a.m. to the train station and return trips between 4:55 p.m. and 8 p.m. each weekday.

Unitarian congregation OKs $600K in grants BY B I LL S A N A N TON I O The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock will award $100,000 as part of its annual Large Grants Program to each of six non-profit organizations, including two based on Long Island, the congregation announced Tuesday. The Family Service League of Huntington and S.T.R.O.N.G Youth of Uniondale, which support individuals with mental illnesses and at-risk youth, were approved during a May 3 vote by the congregation’s board of trustees, along with four others that seek to improve the environment and spread Unitarian Universalist ideology. “In the spirit of generosity and commitment to ac-

tion, we collectively seek to provide funding for worthy organizations that align with our vision of building a more just world for all human beings,” said Nancy Chen Baldwin, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock’s president, in a statement. The congregation put out a request for proposal in January for organizations that match the unitarian mission, a non-denominational faith that places importance on inclusiveness and social justice initiatives. Created in 2007, Shelter Rock’s Large Grants program received 24 proposals, which congregation leaders narrowed down to six for which to provide funding. The Family Service League plans to use the funds toward its Assertive Community Treatment program, which offers therapeutic and rehabilitative servic-

es to people diagnosed with mental illnesses, while S.T.R.O.N.G Youth will focus its grant toward services to improve the lives of young people within the criminal justice system. The Oakland, Calif.-based Climate Justice Alliance and the Cambridge, Mass.-based UU Service Committee will receive funds toward environmentally-friendly economic initiatives. Two other organizations, the Boston, Mass.-based Church of the Larger Fellowship and the Sherborn, Mass.-based No Limits Media will focus their grants on promoting the Unitarian Universalist movement on social media and in the community as well as in larger media projects that seek to increase congregational awareness.

Merchant Marine Academy to host auto show B y A dam L idgett The personal town car of Chrysler Corporation founder Walter Chrysler, a 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 LeBaron Town Car, will return to what was once its home this weekend — the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. The town car, along with many other classic cars, will be on display this Sunday at the first Regimental Activities NAFI Auto Show at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The midshipmen of the Kings Point Auto Club organized the show to bring the car back to where it was once owned by Chrysler, whose Kings Point home is now the academy’s Wiley Hall. “This has been a long process,” said Paul Styx, a midshipman at the academy and the Kings Point auto club president.

Classic cars on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “We’ve had a lot of hurdles with trying to have this at a federal institution, so the fact that it’s actually happening is exciting for us.” The first auto show — which is sponsored by the non-appropriated fund instrumentalities, the association that financially supports midshipmen clubs at the academy — will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 17 at the academy, which is located at 300 Steamboat Road. The show is free to the pub-

lic, but those who wish to enter their car as part of the show had to pay $20 and pre-register by Wednesday. A barbecue concession stand will also open at 11 a.m. While the show organizers wanted to get up the 150 classic cars to the academy, Styx said “Chrysler’s Chrysler,” is the jewel of the show. The car is owned by Town of North Hempstead Historian Howard Kroplick, who bought it in 2012 from the Suffolk County

Vanderbilt Museum, where the car had been sitting in storage since 1959. Kroplick had reached out to the academy’s public relations department in recent years, trying unsuccessfully to get them to allow the Chrysler to be displayed at the academy. Once Styx and other club members discovered Kroplick’s Chrysler online, they reached out to him, eventually going to his house to see the car. “[The midshipmen] saw my car online and they knew my car,” Kroplick said. “They thought it’d be nice to have a reunion — to have the car coming home.” Kroplick hopes to get about 1,000 spectators out to see the cars. He said he also plans to bring three other high-profile cars to the show — a 1909 Alco Black Beast Racer, a 1964

½ Mustang III Prototype and a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H. This is the first time, he said, he will bring all four cars to the same show. Kroplich said his decision to bring all four cars was based on the midshipmen’s excitement. “The midshipmen came over to visit my garage and I was so impressed with their enthusiasm,” Kroplick said. On top of Kroplick’s collection, Styx said about 50 cars had been registered by Tuesday, including vintage Cadillacs and Ford Thunderbirds. Styx said the midshipmen have trouble connecting the academy to the community, and hopes this event will help promote the academy’s presence in Great Neck. “So many times people say ‘We didn’t even know you were here,’” Styx said. “It’s frustrating.”


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Mineola ed candidates clash on direction Continued from Page 25 Where does it say informing parents will remove you from the board?” Renner also called the board’s transfers of leftover balances to reserve funds a “backdoor bond,” saying Mineola should recoup the money to taxpayers. Napolitano, a six-year veteran on the board, noted that voters must approve capital projects funded by reserves and said that reserves allow the district to tackle projects without borrowing and save taxpayers from large interest payments. “I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that thinks they don’t pay enough in taxes,” Napolitano said. “These are not frivolous things we’re spending our money on…to call it a backdoor bond is ridic-

ulous. We have to go out and ask the voters, do you approve that project. A bond would require [interest payments].” When asked about technology at the debate, Renner and Swensen, who both said the districts should move forward with technology initiatives, also said training for new programs takes teachers out of classrooms and there is little evidence the technology improve students’ test scores. “I’d like to see the school district work to ensure the technology students are using is actually improving students’ scores,” Swensen said. Widman — who said Renner’s position on technology sounded contradictory like the army’s “hurry up and wait” — added that the many of the new pro-

grams the district uses allow parents and teachers to track student growth and adapt lessons to a specific students ability level. “The iPad has been doing great for the students. It has been opening up music, drama, art to students who may not have a natural ability for those disciplines,” said Widman, a Roslyn Heights resident with two children in Mineola schools. “I really see us being a leader as far as school districts in Nassau County, and I would like to see that continue.” The issue of tax breaks under payment in lieu of taxes agreements - known as PILOTs - granted to large developments in downtown Mineola has also played role in the race. Swensen, who spoke in support of

the developments at a public hearing, said school officials “dropped the ball” by not attending Industrial Development Agency hearings on the PILOTs. Napolitano, who like the rest of the current Mineola board adamantly opposes the tax breaks, responded by saying the School Board Association was unaware of the adverse effects of PILOTs at the time of the hearings. School officials worry the Mineola developments could lead to an influx of students, but the state tax cap prevents districts from increasing their revenue under the cap for projects using PILOTs. “Those three buildings are going to cost this school district about $30 million,” Napolitano said. “This affects all taxpayers.”

Martins in spat over Skelos ouster as leader Continued from Page 1 Then, in the midst of a resolution to honor a high-school basketball team, the Democrats walked out, in what the New York Times called “an oddity that might occur only in Albany.” The remaining senators proceeded without them — and news outlets statewide ate it up. Until Monday, when Republicans appointed Skelos’ reportedly handpicked successor, state Sen. John Flanagan (RSuffolk), as the new majority leader, Martins had remained one of Skelos’ most vocal supporters. Martins told the Daily News last week that Republicans should not move to replace Skelos because “I don’t think he’s let anybody down.” And Martins put his name to statement signed by 16 state senators saying Skelos should remain in the top spot. “We strongly believe that Senator Dean Skelos should remain on as majority leader of the New York State Senate,” the statement said. “He has the leadership we need to move the Senate forward so that we can continue to do the people’s work and finish out this year’s session in a productive manner.” But just hours before the Flanagan vote, a group of sign-bearing constituents rallied outside Martins’ district office to denounce his continued support for Skelos, who they called corrupt. “Jack Martins should be ashamed of his outspoken support of Dean Skelos. Both on the Senate floor and in the press, he has been the number one defender of Skelos and his corrupt practices,” said Adam Haber, an organizer of the rally and Martins’ 2014 Democratic challenger. Later Monday, however, Martins lined up behind Flanagan along with the rest of the Republicans following an hours-long closed-door conference meeting. After the vote, Martins issued his first public comment in support of a Skelos alternative. “Earlier today, I joined with members of the Senate Republican Conference in electing Senator John Flanagan as the new Senate Majority Leader,” Martins

Constituents rallied outside Sen. Jack Martins district office Monday to denounce the senator’s support for Dean Skelos. said in the statement. “Having worked closely with Senator Flanagan since entering the Senate, I am certain he will do a great job for Long Island and New York, and I offer him my congratulations.” Martins, along with all of Long Island’s senators, was subpoenaed in relation to the Skelos investigation. Martins spokesman Chris Schneider said the senator complied with the subpoena and that Martins is not the subject of an investigation. But at the core of the investigations into Skelos and former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) is a New Hyde Park-based real-estate giant whose reach extends into the coffers of dozens of elected officials across the state, including — but not limited to — Martins. Prosecutors say Dean Skelos leveraged his position to lead a company identified in news reports as Glenwood Management Corporation to pay $20,000 to Adam Skelos for title insurance work he never performed and to secure Adam

Skelos a $10,000-per month job at an environmental company in which Glenwood executives owned stakes. Leonard Litwin, Glenwood’s 100-year-old founder, is one of the state’s largest and most influential political donors to politicians on both sides of the isle. In 2013 alone, he donated more than $1 million, second highest in the state, according to the New York Pubic Interest Research Group. Using dozens of Limited Liability Companies to legally flout campaign contribution limits, Litwin directly or indirectly made at least 1,834 contributions worth $13.2 million between 2000 and 2014, according to figures compiled by the Gotham Gazette. Martins received $45,000 in Litwinaffiliated contributions, but that was not unusual either on Long Island or in New York. Litwin contributed $110,000 to Skelos’ campaign and $59,000 to nowRep. Kathleen Rice, along with dozens of other elected officials. Between 2000 and 2014, Litwin do-

nated $1.1 million to the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee and $1 million to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election bid. Litwin was by far the largest contributor to the campaigns of Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. And Litwin was the driving force behind New York’s real estate PACs, including one that attacked Senate Democrats. (He also donated over $200,000 to the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.) “They are equal opportunity givers,” Susan Lerner, executive director of the good-government group Common Cause, told Capital New York about Litwin, adding “They have used the L.L.C. loophole for the benefit of the governor, and various committees and other legislators. I don’t believe there is anybody they don’t contribute to in some way.” Schneider said Glenwood has “supported both Republicans and Democrats at all levels of government here on Long Island and throughout the state.”


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NEW YEAR-NEW CAREER GROUP SALES REPRESENTATIVE Fortune 500 company, voted top 30 places to start a career in USA by Business Week magazine, looking for individuals to grow with the largest provider of voluntary employee benefits in the country. Must be enthusiastic and have strong work ethic. Sales experience is welcome but not necessary. Extensive management opportunities available. Unlimited earnings potential. Office located in Garden City. Call Bill Whicher 516-574-1064

CAREGIVER AVAILABLE Experienced woman seeks full time position to care for your sick or elderly loved one. Live in. Very reliable, non driver, references available. Call May 516-292-2662

ELDER CARE: AIDE​/​COMPANION with 15 years experience available to care for elderly. Days, nights, weekends. Own car. Excellent references. Call 516-353-1626

CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE: looking for immediate full or part time work caring or the elderly 5 or 7 days per week. References available, valid driver’s license. Anita 347-729-9875 or 954-260-1588

HOME HEALTH AIDE / CNA Certified CNA seeking full time, live in or live out position to care for elderly. 25 yrs experience. Administer medications, light house keeping, cooking, laundry. Will work flexible hours. Please call 347-707-3498

TO ALL EMPLOYERS We offer the following services: Companions, Home Health Aides​/​Elder Care Nights, Days Child Care and Housekeeping Live In or Live Out Laborers, Housekeepers No Fee to Employers Evons Employment & Services 516-505-5510

OFFICE HELP: Part time position available for Inc. Village of Williston Park, detail oriented person needed with good customer relations and excellent computer skills. Hours 19.5 per week​/​afternoons. Please send resume to: jkain@villageofwillistonpark.org WANTED! Female driver who lives in Great Neck to do local errands 2 or 3 afternoons a week. ALSO WANTED, a cleaning lady, 1 day a week. Driver and cleaning lady must have own car. Call 516-487-5117. Let phone ring until answering machine picks up and leave a message.

DENTAL ASSISTANT: New Hyde Park. Full time, evenings & Saturdays required. Experience not necessary. Please call 516-358-4683 or email LandLDental@gmail.com FULL TIME NANNY WANTED: In Garden City (near train) in June 7:15am to 6:30 pm Mon-Fri for 3 school age girls (4, 9 & 10). Driving required (family car available daily). Light housekeeping a plus. Email Amy at schroederhearon@ aol.com or call​/​text 917-576-9754 JEWISH LEARNING CENTER is looking or a student willing to give class to a group of 6-8 kids (ages 4 to 6) every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm $20​/​hr. Location: 3 Grace Ave, 2nd floor, Great Neck. Contact Philippe 917-499-2452

A NURSING AIDE​/​COMPANION SEEKING position to take care of your elderly loved one. Experience and very good references. Live in or out. Driver. Light housekeeping, shopping, doctor appointments, etc. 516-353-9686, 347-257-4084 BABYSITTER AVAILABLE FT​/​ PT: Experienced with children of all ages. A very responsible, caring, loving, punctual and nurturing caregiver. Clean driver’s license and has a car. Excellent references. Long term or just summer babysitting. Please contact me at 516-509-6994 CARE GIVER: NEED A COMPANION or nursing assistant for your loved ones? Fear of your loved ones being alone? Need overnight companion care at home or a health care facility? Call 516-410-9943 NY State certified nursing assistant.

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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT with over 20 years experience available for long term care or the elderly with dementia, alzheimer’s. Medication reminders, doctor visits, activities of daily living. Excellent references, flexible hours. Call Ms. Daley 516-2043655, Ms. Henry 516-850-4258 or Ms. McCallum 516-232-0620 CLEANING / BABYSITTING SERVICES: 2 women available for cleaning homes, apartments, offices. Own supplies, own transportation. Also available for babysitting. Available 7 days a week, flexible hours. Please call 516-424-3740 or 516-240-3000 CLEANING LADY AVAILABLE Cleans, organizes. English speaking, honest, reliable. excellent references. Own transportation. Call 516-225-8544 DOMESTIC HELP: House, Office, Apartment Cleaning Available. Monday through Saturday. Experience and references. Own transportation. English speaking. Please call 516-445-2901 or 631524-9996 please leave message ELDER CARE GIVER seeking live in or live out job. Flexible hours. Excellent references. 10 yrs experience. Call Maria: 516-732-2189

HOME HEALTH AIDE Experienced woman with excellent references seeks FT live in position to take care of your sick or elderly. References available. Call Claudette 347-595-5491 HOUSE CLEANER AVAILABLE Good references. Monday​​Saturday. Experienced. Own car. Will provide own supplies. Free estimates. 516-485-3543, cell 516661-5282 HOUSECLEANING Young Ukranian woman seeking cleaning​/​ housekeeping jobs. Years of experience. References available. Call Svitlana 516-567-5003 HOUSEKEEPING, ELDERLY CARE OR BABYSITTING: Full time or weekends, 18 years experience. Please call 516-2361711 or 718-506-7529 MOTHER’S HELPER​/​BABYSITTER AVAILABLE Garden City HS student available to help with your young or school aged children. Games, activities, pool, etc. Available anytime. Also available for pet sitting and pet walking. Please call Amanda 516-741-9669

Career Training ATTEND AVIATION COLLEGE Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance training. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM or free information 866-296-7093

marketplace ELECTRICAL CORPORATION CLOSING DOWN & SELLING SUPPLIES !! In addition to misc electrical equipment, also selling Chevy 2008 van, Ferrari 1985 car, power washer, snow blower and more !! Please contact 516-325-5153 GARAGE SALE GARDEN CITY May 23 9am-3pm rain or shine 61 Roxbury Rd (1 block south of Nassau Blvd train station) Clawfoot tub, dining chairs, toys, incandescent bulbs, more! NEW HYDE PARK GARAGE SALE HUGE Multi-Family Sale May 16 9am-3pm Lawrence Street (East of New Hyde Park Rd) Something for Everyone ! Rain date May 30 PRIVACY HEDGE SPRING BLOW OUT SALE. 6’ Arborvitae (cedar) reg. $129 NOW $59. FREE installation​/ delivery. Call TODAY. Limited supply 518-5361367. www.lowcosttrees.com

Manorhaven Red Devils Swim Team Coach We are looking for someone with swimming and/or swim coach experience to be the head coach for a team that swims in the Nassau Municipal Swim Conference, Division II. Candidates must have current Nassau County Lifeguard Certification and CPR Certification (copies of certifications must be included with cover letter and resume). Anyone interested in applying for this position should send a cover letter and resume to: careers@northhempsteadny.gov.

Lifeguards The Town of North Hempstead is gearing up for SUMMER! How would you like to help us make this our safest season yet? The Town of North Hempstead is looking to hire Lifeguards for our Pools and Beaches. Full-time, Part-Time, Weekdays and Weekends are available! So if you have your lifeguard certification it’s time to get your feet wet! Get paid while giving back to your community! Remember interested applicants must be Nassau County certified and have current CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPR Pro). To fill out an application stop by: Michael J Tully Park, 2nd Floor 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11040 Applicants may call Jennifer Costantino at (516) 739-3129 or (516) 300-0260 or email at costantinoj@northhempsteadny.gov


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ONLINE AUCTION W/ BID CENTER, Historic Stewart-HawleyMalloy House and 5.17+/Acres & all personal prop, Laurinburg, NC in Scotland Co., Real Estate sale ends May 27th at 2pm, Bid Center: Hampton Inn, Laurinburg, NC, personal sale ends June 4th at 3pm. Online only, 800-997-2248, NCAL3936, ironhorseauction.com

AUCTIONS, TAG SALES & CONSIGNMENTS INVITED SALES by TRACY JORDAN Live and Online Auction House, Estate Sales, Appraisals and Consignment Shoppe. 839 Stewart Avenue Garden City 11530 516-279-6378 www.invitedsales.com Mon-Fri 10-6pm Sat 10-5pm, Sun 12-5pm Located next to the La Quinta and behind the Garden Gourmet Deli. Live Auctions Monthly! Free walk-in evaluations for items to be considered for Live Auction every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2pm. No appointment necessary. Auctions are live every Wednesday from 8am-8pm and pre-bids are accepted at anytime. Visit www.invitedsales. com and click on the online auctions tab. Visit www.invitedsales. com to see pictures and information regarding our upcoming tag sales and estate sales. Our 50% off room is open everyday and includes items that have been in our shoppe for more than 60 days. To receive discount coupons and promotional information, join our email list. Text “invited” to 22828 and enter your email address when prompted. Consignments are taken by appointment to provide you with the best service. Please call the shoppe at 516-279-6378 to schedule an appointment or email pictures of your items to info@invitedsales. com. We can provide fair market values on any item that you may want to sell, consign or enter into auction. If you need advice on hosting a sale, selling an item or liquidating an estate, please call Tracy Jordan at the shoppe or directly at 516-567-2960

PLEASE JOIN US 222 Third Street (off Franklin Ave) Saturday May 16 9am-4pm YOU’RE INVITED! Thursday, May 21 9:30am 34 Woolsey Avenue Glen Cove, NY 11542 House filled with collectibles, vintage items, tools and furniture......Visit www.invitedsales. com for pictures and details!

SULLIVAN COUNTY REAL PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURE AUCTION 350+ properties June 10 & 11 @ 10am. Held at The Sullivan, Route 17, Exit 109. 800-243-061 AAR www.nysauctions.com

wanted to buy CASH BUYER! Buying ALL Gold & Silver coins, Stamps, Paper Money, Comic Books, entire collections, Estates. Travel to your home. Call Marc in NY 1-800-959-3419 LOOKING TO BUY! Records, oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, flatware. Call George 718-386-1104 or 917-775-3048 PORTABLE BASKETBALL SYSTEM WANTED for reasonable price for son. Must be fully functional and working, not broken. What is make & model? Backboard width? I will dis-assemble. John 516-567-5309 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718598-3045 or 516-270-2128. www. iBuyAntiquesNYC.com

tag sale *BROWSE *SHOP *CONSIGN A.T. STEWART EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOP 109 Eleventh Street Garden City 11530 516-746-8900 China, Silver, Crystal, Jewelry, Artwork, Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4 Every Tuesday: 10% Senior Citizen Discount. All proceeds benefit The Garden City Historical Society email: store@atstewartexchange.org www.gardencityhistoricalsociety. org

EAST WILLISTON VILLAGE WIDE TAG SALE: Saturday May 16 9am-3pm. Rain date Sunday May17. Over 70 homes participating. Something for everyone! Map available 9am sharp at 460 Sagamore Ave, 11596 GARDEN CITY Contents of eclectic home fascinating items throughout! antiques & modern furniture, rugs (caucasian, oriental, tribal & country) loads of unique bric a brac, tons of interesting old books, antique portrait, wall decor, linens, unusual tables, 2 trumpets, cradle, large basement filled to brim, loads of records (some Caruso) sailboat, bikes, tools, ladders, much more!!

yard sale WILLISTON PARK: Multi family, Saturday May 16th from 9am-4pm. 72 Broad St. Treadmill, furniture, clothes, crafts, many new items....

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autos wanted DONATE YOUR CAR to Wheels For Wishes, benefitting Make-aWish. We offer free towing and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Call 631-317-2014 Today!

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pet services A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-505-9717 DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING Doggie Day Care & Walks Backyard Clean-up GC Resident 516-382-5553

apartment for rent GARDEN CITY BORDER: Studio, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments starting a $1,150+ electric. Gated parking, laundry room, air conditioning, hardwood floors, LIRR, NO BROKER FEE. www.gcbapts.com / 516-742-1101 GARDEN CITY S.E. SECTION Unfurnished second floor 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, large living area. Cable, wi-fi, utilities, parking. No smoking. No pets. $1600. Please call 516-650-5144 GARDEN CITY SOUTH 5 large rooms: Living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, closets galore. Includes heat & hot water. No Smoking / No Pets. $1,875/mth. Call Owner 516-987-3585

apartment for rent WILLISTON PARK Completely renovated, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, second floor 2 family private home. Bonus finished attic space, updated kitchen, new appliances, new wood floors, new carpets, off street parking. Few blocks to LIRR, village area, nice neighborhood! $1650 includes water and heat. Reference check required. Penny 917-848-9366

homes for rent GREAT NECK / KINGS POINT Glamford Rd, totally renovated, 4 bedroom, 4 bath, finished basement, 2 car garage, Great Neck North / Baker School District. $4600 month. Owner 516-482-3210

office space GARDEN CITY SOUTH Ideal location, mint, large office space, 1st floor. Must see to appreciate. Available now. $1,750 / mth. 2nd floor, 4 large room suite $2,000. Call Owner 516-5387474 or 538-7476 GLEN HEAD / SEA CLIFF Full building, prime location. Busy street, approx 1200 sf. $2800/ month OR office cubicles $495 /month each. Fully furnished. Perfect for professionals. Eileen 516-674-3777 NEW HYDE PARK: Corner office, 200 square feet, Western Nassau County, semi furnished. $550 per month includes all. Ask for Adele. 516-354-4340

vacation rental CUTCHOGUE NASSAU POINT Newly renovated. Minutes to vineyards & beaches. 3 bedroom, sleeps 8, 2 full bath, large EIK, den, LR, DR. Outside patio / dining table, CAC, bicycles, beach chairs & lots more. Available August $9000. Call 516-317-3440 EAST QUOGUE Large 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with CAC, heated IG pool, private patio, access to bay and ocean beaches, boat slip available. 1 hour from Garden City. Please call 516248-0079 or 516-732-9435 OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Best selection of affordable rentals. Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. Open daily. Holiday Real Estate. 1-800-638-2102. Online reservations: www.holidayoc.com PECONIC ON THE SOUND: Beautiful, large modern house, private beach, gorgeous sunset views. May-October or monthly. 516-660-2869 or 516-484-0256

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condo/co-op for sale CATHEDRAL GARDENS Top floor renovated 2 bedroom. It’s the Better of All Worlds! Hidden little community across from Sacred Heart Academy on Cathedral Ave. Asking $160,000. Open door showings by appt. Listed exclusively with Hagens Homes of Garden City. 516-741-7373 or cell 516-508-0043

homes for sale GARDEN CITY VILLAGE 119 Willow St. Classic side hall expanded Colonial. Fantastic features are highlighted by the ever popular EIK /Family Room w/ Fireplace design but it also boasts a news lovely first floor full Bath and a sunny Garden Room off the Kitchen. Traditional spaces include entry foyer, Living Room, formal Dining Room. Master Bedroom w/ bath, 3-4 additional bedrooms w/ hall bath, fully furnished basement. Near village supervised park and Locust School. New Price $799,000. Easy showings. Please call listing agent: Barbara Debold 516-6555728. Offered exclusively through Hagens Homes/Garden City 516741-7373. For more info or pics go to: msli.com enter lising #2751172

lots for sale SPECTACULAR 3 to 22 ACRE LOTS with deepwater access: located in an exclusive development on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Amenities include community pier, boat ramp, paved roads and private sandy beach. May remind you of the Jersey Shore from days long past. Great climate, boating, fishing, clamming and National Seashore beaches nearby. Absolute buy of a lifetime, recent FDIC bank failure makes these 25 lots available at a fraction of their original price. Priced at only $55,000 to $124,000. For info call 757-4422171, email: oceanlandtrust@yahoo.com. Pictures on website: http:/ /Wibiti.com/5KQN UPSTATE NY ABSOLUTE LAND LIQUIDATION! May 16th! 19 tracts rom 3 to 35 acres starting at $12,900. Examples: 9 acres $19,900. 20 acres$29,900. 35 acres farmhouse$169,900. Foreclosures, estates, abandoned farms! Waterfront, trout streams, farmhouses, views! Clear title, 100% g’teed! Terms available! Call 888-905-8847 to register or go to: NewYorklandandlakes.com

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apartment wanted APARTMENT WANTED: Single, mature, quiet, non-smoker school teacher seeks 1 bedroom apartment (non-basement) in this area. Call Tom 516-437-2927

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computers MICROSOFT TRAINING & MORE for individuals or groups. Local college teacher will help you build skills in WINDOWS, WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT. Please call Jim Kaplan 347-673-1785 or email: help@ jim-kaplan.com

home improvements AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Repairs & Maintenance *Handyman & Remodeling *Vanity & Kitchen Cabinet Installations *Furniture Assembly & set up *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 22 year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Owner Operated Call BOB 516-741-2154


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classifieds ▼ Home Improvements DEVLIN BUILDERS Since 1979. We do all types of improvements including HANDYMAN REPAIRS. No job too small. Bob Devlin 516365-6685. Insured License H18C730000 GARY MARC DESIGNS: Interior design, fabric​/ ​f urniture selections, paint color consultation, wall coverings, flooring, kitchen​/ ​b ath designs, custom window treatments, accessories and more. Free Consultation. Gary M. Schoenbach gary@garymarcdesigns.com / 516-680-0144 / www.garymarcdesigns.com

HANDYMAN Meticulous & Reliable Serving GARDEN CITY & Surrounding Area since 2003 Repairs & Installations of all Types Built-in Bookcases, Woodworking, Carpentry, Crown Moldings, Lighting, Painting, Wallpaper and More. 30-year Nassau County Resident. Many References Lic #H01062800 Insured Call Friendly Frank 516-238-2112 anytime E-mail Frankcav@optonline.net HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED OR SETTLED? Contact Woodford Brothers, Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD BARN. www. woodfordbros.com. Suffolk Cty- License #41959-H Nassau Cty- License #H18G7180000

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LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard 646-996-7628

CHEMISTRY Tutoring, Support & Test Preparation for Regents & AP NY State Certified Chemistry Teacher. Watch your child have success and confidence as test scores improve. Text​/​Call Diane Halka 516-469-6864

MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, PreCalc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314

COMPLETE JUNK REMOVAL​/​ DEMOLITION SERVICE: Strong Arm Contracting Inc. We haul anything and everything. Entire contents of home or office. We clean it up and take it away. Residential​ /​Commercial. Bonded​/​Insured. Free estimates. 516-538-1125

SKY CLEAR WINDOW and Restorations Inc. Window Restorations, Outdated Hardware, skylights, Andersen Sashes, new storm windows, wood windows, chain​/​rope repairs, falling windows, fogged panes, mechanical repairs, wood repairs, restorations, all brands. Call Mr. Fagan, 32 years experience. 631-385-7975 www.skyclearwindow.com

Health & Fitness ADVANCED AT HOME PHYSICAL THERAPY HOUSE CALLS: Unable to travel to physical therapy? We’ll come to you! Services covered by Medicare. Scheduled with a geriatric specialist near you! Call today: 516-399-0051 www.Advanceathomept.com

Painting & Paperhanging JV PAINT HANDYMAN SERVICES Interior-Exterior Specialist Painting, Wallpapering, Plastering, Spackling, Staining, Power Washing. Nassau Lic#H3814310000 fully Insured Call John 516-741-5378

Party Help LADIES & GENTLEMEN RELAX & ENJOY Your Next Party! Catering and Experienced Professional Services for Assisting with Preparation, Serving and Clean Up Before, During and After Your Party Bartenders Available. Call Kate at 516-248-1545

ENGLISH TUTOR: Diane Gottlieb M.Ed., M.S.W. SAT​/​ACT, College Essays, AP, Regents, ELA Test Prep, Reading comprehension and writing proficiency. 917-5998007 or email: dianegot@gmail. com LongIslandEnglishTutor.com Providing one-on-one professional support to build confidence, knowledge and skills in every student. MATH​/​LATIN TUTOR College Math major, Secondary Education minor, Dean’s List, Div 1 athlete available for H.S.​/​College students. Reasonable price. Call 516-236-4926

Tutoring MATH​/​PHYSICS​/​LATIN TUTOR College Math major, Chaminade honor roll alum, available for high school and​/​or college students. Reasonable rates. Call 516-776-5022 TUTOR BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, LATIN Cornell college student available to tutor your student for finals, regents or AP exams. Reasonable rate. Email emozdzer@ optimum.net or call 516-616-6056

Instruction LACROSSE LESSONS BY GCHS VARSITY PLAYER Boys call: 516448-7616 Girls call: 516-232-6063

To place a legal notice in one of Blank Slate Media’s 5 weekly newspapers, please call 516-307-1045x201 or e-mail us at legals@theislandnow.com. Prompt service, low prices, convenient deadlines, easy-to-understand instructions and free online distribution and affadavits guaranteed.

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ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314 PIANO LESSONS By Ira Baslow. Experience the joy of playing the piano. Private lessons in your home, free no-obligation piano lesson, all levels, all styles, all ages. Beginners a specialty. 516-312-1054 www.iwantmypianolessons.com

Cleaning SPRING INTO ACTION LET US CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WINDOWS GARDEN CITY WINDOW CLEANING Home Window Cleaning Service by Owner Free Estimates Inside & Out Fully Insured 25 Years Experience 631-2201851 516-764-5686 STRONG ARM CLEANING: Residential and commercial cleaning specialist, post construction clean ups, shipping and waxing floors, move ins and move outs. Free estimates. Bonded and insured. 516-538-1125 www.strongarmcleaningny.com

Services A & J MOVING & STORAGE: Established 1971. Long Island and New York State specialists. Residential, Commercial, Piano & Organ experts. Boxes available. Free estimates. www.ajmoving. com 516-741-2657 114 Jericho Tpk, Mineola NYDOT# 10405

OLD VILLAGE TREE SERVICE: Owner operated sine 1989. 24 hour emergency service. Licensed​/​insured. Free estimates, member LI Arborist Assoc. Please call 516-466-9220 HOME CARE INSURANCE: Single women have the biggest risk... Who will take care of you? Protect assets, care in your own home, free guide Master Choices LTC, Long Term Care Specialists. 516877-2704. Please see ad in Professional Guide for more details.

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NEED A CLEANOUT OR A MOVE? We can move it, sell it or haul it away! 2 Guys and a Truck Just $150​/​hr Call 516-279-6378 Invited Sales by Tracy Jordan 839 Stewart Ave Garden City, NY 11530 Bonded​/​Insured www.invitedsales.com NEW YORK MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: Joan Atwood, Ph.D. An experienced therapist makes all the difference. Individual, couple, family therapy and anger management. 516764-2526. jatwood@optonline.net www.NYMFT.com

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has specialized in sport psychology for 20 years and works in the fields of golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, football, wrestling, lacrosse, figure skating, gymnastics, softball, fencing and more. He has helped professional teams, Olympians and elite young athletes learn how to manage the intense pressure of competitive sports. He appears on both TV and radio and has sport psychology columns in 5 different newspapers and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall street Journal and the London Times. Golf Digest includes him in their list of top mental game gurus in America. For a consultation see below: Williston Park Professional Center 2 Hillside Ave, Suite E. Williston Park NY 11596 (building parallel to E. Williston railroad station)

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t legals Notice of Formation of 72 Planting Field LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secretary Of State of New York (SSNY) on Feb 24, 2015. Office is located in Nassau County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process to 6 Cotillion Ct, East Hills NY 11548. Purpose: Any lawful activity. RT 141371 6x 4/10, 17, 24, 5/01, 8, 15, 2015 #141371 Notice of Formation (LLC). Name: Medipia Realty LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Dept. of State on 01-15-15. Office location: Nassau COUNTY. NY DOS shall mail copy of process to: 18 Davis LN, Roslyn, NY 11576. Purpose: Any lawful activity. RT 141372 6x 4/10, 17, 24, 5/01, 8, 15, 2015 #141372 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION ROSLYN UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD AND TOWN OF OYSTER BAY COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing of the qualified voters of the Roslyn Union Free School District, Nassau County, Roslyn, New York, will be held at the Roslyn High School, Board Room, Round Hill Road, Roslyn Heights, New York, on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., for the presentation of the budget document. The budget document will be available at least seven (7) days before the public hearing. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that said vote and election will be held on May 19, 2015, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at the Roslyn High School Stage, at which time the polls will be opened to vote by voting machine upon the following items: 1. To adopt the annual budget of the Roslyn Union Free School District for the fiscal year 2015-2016, and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District. 2. To adopt the annual budget of The Bryant Library for the fiscal year 2015-2016, as presented by the Board of Trustees thereof. 3. To adopt a proposition for a lease purchase agreement that will read in substantially the following form: Shall the Board of Education of the Roslyn Union Free School District be authorized to enter into a five (5) year lease purchase agreement for the purchase of three (3) vans and two (2) buses in the amount of no more than $160,000 per annum? 4. To establish a Capital Reserve Fund known as the “ Construction Capital Reserve Fund”for the purpose of masonry renovation, plumbing upgrades, electrical upgrades, mechanical upgrades, technology upgrades, telephone upgrades, roof replacement on District buildings, door replacement, window replacement, site work, including but not limited to paving, curbs and sidewalks, renovation/ reconstruction of interior and exterior instructional spaces, abatement of hazardous materials and/or the purchase of furnishings/equipment. The maximum amount of the aforesaid Capital Reserve Fund shall be $10,000,000, plus investment income, and the probable term is to be ten (10) years;

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the funds are to be transferred from surplus monies remaining in the general fund including a sum not to exceed $2,000,000 from the 2014-2015 budget and thereafter in an a n nual amount of not more than $2,000,000 for each remaining year of the probable term. Upon the establishment and funding of said reserve, the Superintendent of Schools or his/ her designee shall be directed to deposit monies of this reserve fund in a separate bank account to be known as the “ Construction Capital Reserve Fund.” 5.To expend a sum not to exceed $ 1,300,000 out of the capital reserve fund established on May 17, 2011 for the purpose of completing capital improvements as follows: (a) renovation of the parking lot at East Hills Elementary School; and, (b) renovation of the athletic fields at the East Hills Elementary School including all labor, materials, equipment, apparatus, and incidental costs associated therewith. 6. To elect three (3) members of the Board of Education for three year terms, commencing on July 1, 2015 and expiring on June 30, 2018. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the School District’s budget for 2015-2016, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any resident of the District, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., during the period of fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the vote of May 19, 2015, except Saturday, Sunday and holidays, at the Administration Office, Harbor Hill Road, Roslyn Heights, New York, and at each of the following schoolhouses: Roslyn High School Round Hill Road, Roslyn Heights, NY Roslyn Middle School Locust Lane, Roslyn Heights, NY East Hills School Locust Lane and Round Hill Road, Roslyn Hts, NY Harbor Hill School Glen Cove Road, Greenvale, NY Heights School Willow Street, Roslyn Heights, NY Said voting will be by voting machine, except that paper ballots shall be used for absentee balloting for election of Trustees and the vote on the Budgets of the School District and The Bryant Library. The District will use a computerized election management system of maintaining voter records and facilitating voter activities at the Annual Election of the Trustees of the Board of Education, and the vote on propositions. NOMINATING PETITIONS: AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be filed with the District Clerk of said School District in the Administration Building on Monday, April 20, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Vacancies on the Board of Education are not considered separate, specific offices; candidates run at large. Nominating petitions shall not describe any specific vacancy upon the Board for which the candidate is nominated; each nominating petition must be directed to the District Clerk; must be signed by at least twenty-six (26) qualified voters of the District; must state the name and residence of each signer, and must state the name and residence of the candidate, who must have been a resident of the District

for at least one year prior to the election. Sample forms of petition for School Board members may be obtained from the District Clerk between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Special attention is called to the legal requirement that a nominating petition contain the signatures of qualified voters of the District. A qualified voter is a person who at the time of the Annual Election is (a) a citizen of the United States, (b) eighteen year of age, and (c) a resident of the District for thirty (30) days preceding the election. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable during business hours at the Office of the District Clerk; completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be provided personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00PM, prevailing time, on May 19, 2015. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That pursuant to the Education Law, the Board of Education has adopted permanent personal registration. Any person whose name appears on such register or who shall have been previously registered or who has voted at an annual or special district meeting within the last four (4) years, he /she is eligible to vote at this election and will not be required to register personally for this annual district election. In addition, any person otherwise qualified to vote who was registered with the Board of Elections of Nassau County under the provisions of the Election Law shall be entitled to vote without further registration. On May 21, 1996, Roslyn voters approved the adoption of a system of continuous personal registration for voters, whereby qualified residents of the District shall be permitted to register for school district meetings and elections at the office of the District Clerk on such days and during such hours as set by the District for enrollment of children for a school term (which excludes Saturdays, Sundays and school recess periods) and during the months of July and August from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The last day to register for the Annual Meeting is May 14, 2015. The Board of Registration will meet at the Roslyn High School on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the Roslyn Administration Building on Wednesday, May 6 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to register additional voters entitled to vote at the aforesaid annual election, and any person shall be entitled to have his or her name placed upon such Register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be then and thereafter entitled to vote at the school meeting or election for which such register is prepared, pursuant to Education Law, the register so prepared will be filed in the Office of the District Clerk at the Administration Building, Harbor Hill Road, Roslyn, New York, and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District on each of the five (5) days prior to the said meeting (except Sunday), between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturday, May 16 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and

12:00 noon. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to Education Law, the Board of Registration will meet from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Roslyn High School Stage to prepare the Register of the School District to be used at any regular or special meeting of the district to be held thereafter and any person may have their name placed on such Register provided that at such meeting of said Board of Registration he/she is known or proven to the satisfaction of such Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election for which said Register is prepared, or any special district meeting held after May 19, 2015. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to rules adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with Education Law, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said election, must be filed with the Board of Education at the Administration Building, on or before April 20, 2015 at 5:00pm; must be typed or printed in the English language; must be directed to the Clerk of the School District. The Board reserves the right to determine the exact wording of the referenda or proposition to be placed upon the voting machines and further reserves all powers vested in the Board of Education by the Education Law to determine whether any referenda or proposition shall be submitted at any District meeting or election. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part, and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION Nancy Carney Jones, District Clerk Dated: March 30, 2015 RT 141352 4x 4/03, 17, 5/01, 15, 2015 #141352

Baldwin man gets maximum for hit-and-run BY B I LL S A N A N TON I O A Baldwin man who pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run incident in Port Washington last year that killed a Lynbrook man was given the maximum sentence Tuesday, Nassau County prosecutors said. Cosmin Florea, 34, will serve between 2 1/3 to seven years for causing the death of Donald Mooney, 49, whom he struck last August while driving his 2010 Ford Fusion under the influence of drugs and alcohol before leaving the scene, prosecutors said. In a statement, Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said she urged the county Legislature increase the maximum sentence from five to 15 years, “so the law doesn’t work to encourage drivers to leave.” Florea pleaded guilty in March to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting as well as two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of driving while ability impaired by the combined use of alcohol and drugs. The crash took place at 11:57 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2014 on Main Street in Port Washington, where Mooney was walking west of South Bales Avenue. Mooney was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he later died from his injuries. Florea fled the scene and later told a police officer in Queens he hit a deer and sustained damage to his windshield, prosecutors said. He was arrested by Port Washington and Nassau County police. During his plea, Florea admitted to having a .13 blood alcohol content and active marijuana in his blood nearly three hours after the crash.

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Nassau County police arrested a Brooklyn man on Monday for attempting to withdraw $8,000 in cash using a fraudulent debit card from a Wells Fargo Bank on Jericho Turnpike. According to police, Steven Colon, 53, went to a Wells Fargo Bank in Hempstead and told an employee he lost his debit card. After showing the employee a fake Virginia driver’s license and a Mastercard in the name of one of the bank’s customers, he asked for a replacement card, police said. Police say Colon then attempted to withdraw $8,000 from a Wells Fargo at 2499 Jericho Turnpike in Herricks using the replacement card, but a bank employee recognized Colon and called the police. Police arrested Colon as he tried to leave the bank. A subsequent investigation showed that Colon had withdrawn about $12,000 in April from banks across the county using the information of Wells Fargo account holders, police said. Colon faces charges of forgery in the second degree, two counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree, two counts of grand larceny in the third degree and three counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree.


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Voters to determine budgets, school trustees Continued from Page 1 school and elementary schoollevel iPad program, develop its cloud-based storage system and continue to install security cameras and wireless access points throughout the district, officials said. In formulating the budget, district administrators said they did not eliminate any programs or costs suggested by subject coordinators, and even added four positions — an assistant director of facilities to handle the implementation of Roslyn’s $41.3 million capital bond, a high school guidance counselor whose primary responsibility would be to match students with scholarship opportunities, a data coordinator for more in-depth reportage to the state Department of Education and an elementary school guidance counselor. Salaries and benefits account for nearly 80 percent of Roslyn’s school budget, with 4.13 percent going toward materials, supplies, textbooks and equipment. The district is anticipating about 90 percent of its revenue in the next year to come from property taxes, with less than five percent ($5,063,165) coming from state aid. Roslyn has had a 1.24 percent average tax levy increase over the last seven years, district

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officials have said. Of the 5,982 taxable properties within the Roslyn School District, 88.8 percent are singlefamily homes and condominiums. With more than 99 percent of homes located in the Town of North Hempstead, the Roslyn School District also has 39 taxable homes within the Town of Oyster Bay. Approximately 3,300 students are enrolled within the Roslyn School District. The district’s cost-per-pupil during the 201415 school year was $31,121.21. The school budget also carries three additional propositions: A five-year lease agreement on three vans and two school buses that would cost $160,000 annually, known as Proposition 3; the establishment of a new 10-year

capital reserve fund which would hold a maximum of $10,000,00, known as Proposition 4; and the of $1.3 million from the district’s 2011 capital reserve fund, known as Proposition 5, for additional projects not included in Roslyn’s $46 million capital plan, which includes $41.3 million in bonding. Bryant Library Bryant’s $4,980,336 budget calls for $4,860,836 to be raised in taxes — a 1.4 percent increase from last year ­and the remaining $119,500 in non-tax revenue to come from the use of the library’s fund balance, grants, state aid and various fees. All but $906,583 of the budget is set to go toward staffing, including $2,787,600 in salaries, $435,469 in retirement obliga-

tions, $212,594 in social security/medicare payments, $473,260 in health insurance and $45,330 toward workers compensation. About $117,050 will be put toward building operations, which trustees said includes the $32,000 replacement of a flat roof and other various repairs, while $120,000 will be put toward capital improvements. The library plans to spend $366,695 will toward materials, including books, magazines and digital literature. School board Dubner is seeking his first full term to the board, having been appointed in 2013 to fill the remainder of the term vacated by former Trustee Dani Kline. Voters that same year upheld his appointment in an uncontested

race in which he received 588 votes. Haber, a restaurateur and commercial real estate investor who in the last two years has run as a Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive and the state Senate, has served two terms on the school board, having been elected in 2009. Seinfeld, the assistant superintendent for instruction in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, was elected in 2006. Kim is a co-president of the Korean American Parents Society of Roslyn, and chairs the district’s multicultural committee at Harbor Hill Elementary School, Roslyn Middle School and Roslyn High School, where her three children are enrolled.

Herricks’ $108.2M school budget up for vote

Continued from Page 24 referendum and generally expressed their support at board meetings. “I feel good about this,” Board of Education Trustee Nancy Feinstein said at one meeting. Feinstein and Brian Hassan are both running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Education. Feinstein, the mother of two children at Herricks High School, was first elected three years ago, also in an uncontested election. Feinstein, the board vice president, coaches Center Street School team for Girls on the Run, a non-competitive running program that trains girls

for a 5k run and focuses on social and life lessons. “It’s really one of the best programs that I’ve seen,” she said. Going into next term, she said she would like to help oversee the transition of the district’s incoming superintendent and find a “great” high school principal. Bierwirth and principal Jane Modoono both retire this summer. Hassan, who has daughters in the middle and high schools, also won an uncontested seat three years ago. Several years before he joined the board, Hassan, a PSEG employee, helped the district transition to dual-

fuel technology, allowing it to operate on either oil or natural gas. Herricks Director of Facilities James Brown said the change saves the district between $100,000 and $125,000 per year and reduces emissions. “When oil was skyrocketing, it was saving us quite a lot of money,” Brown said. “It really helped the school district tremendously, at it was through [Hassan’s] intercession on our behalf that that really happened.” Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Herricks Community Center gymnasium, located at 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park.

Mineola taps new high school principal

Continued from Page 46 “Whittney brings a lot to the table,” Nagler said. “It makes it a lot easier when you’re [selecting] a proven factor to be confident that moving ahead is the right thing.” Smith, who began at working at Mineola in 2002 as an assistant principal of the middle school, started his career as a special education teacher and athletic trainer. Working in special education, Smith said he learned the importance of individualizing lessons to students, something now possible on a larger scale using technological advances. “I’ve always found that by leverag-

ing technology you can hold students to a higher standard. You can actually ask more of them,” Smith said. “I think that by using technology, you can leverage those four C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) and really ramp up instruction.” During his tenure as supervisor of guidance, the district increased the number of students taking college-level courses and instituted a college and career readiness program he played a key role in. “I’ve been pretty proud of that accomplishment,” he said. Smith said his strengths are his organization, ability to listen and detail-

oriented work ethic. “I have high expectations,” Smith said. “I believe that with the right support, children can achieve at high levels.” Smith, the father of four, completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and received master’s degrees from LIU post and Adelphi University. In 2009, he received a doctorate from St. John’s University. In his free time, Smith said he like to ski and scuba dive, a hobby he picked up in his early teens. Escobar had served as principal of Mineola High School since 2005 and said he was excited for a “new challenge” at the district’s Board of Education meeting

last week. Board of Education President Artie Barnett and Smith commended Escobar’s personal, hands-on approach to education. “Mr. Escobar has seen my three children through the doors of the High School,” Barnett said. “He knows every student that has been in that building — he knows my kids’ SAT scores from eight years ago.” The assistant superintendent for human resources was created by consolidating two other central office positions. Nagler said the reorganization would save the district just less than $50,000 and increase efficiency.


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Cosmos stellar in win over Edmonton The New York Cosmos returned to Shuart Stadium looking for their fourth win of the NASL’s spring season in a Mother’s Day matinee against FC Edmonton. The Cosmos struck first in the second minute of the match, as Raúl’s cross found Lucky Mkosana on the back post. The header would be denied by FC Edmonton’s Matt VanOekel, but could not be cleared. The bouncing ball found its way to the feet of Carlos Mendes, who made the most of his opportunity to give the Cosmos a 1-0 lead just moments into the match. His first goal of the season caps a banner week for the defender, who became a father on Thursday. In the early going, both teams made the most of their opportunities. Off a free kick in the 15th minute, FC Edmonton played a threatening ball in from the left flank. On the delivery, a foul in the box led to a penalty for the visitors and Edmonton’s Tomi Ameobi stepped up and buried the equalizer. The goal was the first conceded by

the Cosmos in their past 368 minutes of play. Less than 10 minutes later, the Cosmos got an opportunity to get back in front thanks to a Mkosana cross that found the head of Danny Szetela. Szetela’s first effort hit the cross bar and came inches from going in. However, Szetela followed up with a volley that would once again hit the cross bar. The third time would be the charm on this opportunity, as Raúl would bury the chance to give the Cosmos a 2-1 lead after 23 minutes of play. In the 36th minute, the Cosmos were looking to extend their lead once more. On the other side of midfield, Szetela received the ball, and would play it into the box. His searching ball would find the head of Carlos Mendes, who tallied his second goal of the afternoon to put the Cosmos ahead 3-1. Edmonton would have an opportunity to make it a one-goal game in the 42nd minute, but Sainey Nyassi’s volley went

just wide of the near post. The Cosmos would go into the locker room with a 3-1 lead at halftime. The Cosmos didn’t waste any time adding to their lead, as a masterful display of dribbling by Leo Fernandes set up Mkosana, who was one on one with the keeper. The striker would complete the cool finish on a curling shot into the far post to make it 4-1 after 49 minutes of play. FC Edmonton showed signs of life in the 74th minute, when Tom Ameobi broke down the Cosmos backline. The ball found the feet of captain Ritchie Jones who was alone in front of goal and Jones scored a consolation goal to reduce the deficit to two goals. The Cosmos’ 4-2 win was their fourth victory in six games during the Spring Season, with the team remaining undefeated and top of the NASL standings.T The Cosmos are back in action next Saturday when they travel to WakeMed Soccer Park to take on the Carolina Railhawks.

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Post falls to S. New Hampshire B y M ichael O tero The LIU Post softball team traveled to Manchester, NH on Friday, May 8 to do battle with the Knights from Queens College in the first round of the NCAA East Region II Championship Tournament. Powered by sophomore pitcher Ashley Martin, the Pioneers punched their ticket to the next round. The lone scoring inning for both teams came in the second with the Pioneers at the plate. After a single by junior catcher Paige Swantek, junior infielder Maria Palmeri gave the Pioneers a tworun cushion with a home run to dead centerfield. Martin tossed seven innings of shutout ball while striking out eight Wheatley senior Katherine Keller (seated) signs a letter of intent to attend The Citadel. Behind her, from left: Director of Athletics Tom Fitzpatrick, Cross Country Coach and walking none. The Pioneers returned to the diaDan Walsh, Katie’s mother Suzanne Keller and Track & Field Coach Laura Gurick. mond once again on Saturday, May 9, but this time against the Penmen at Southern New Hampshire University. The Pioneers were again led by incredible pitching as they ended up beating the hosts by a score of 1-0. The lone run came off the bat of sophomore infielder Kayla McCoy, who sent a solo shot to left field. Martin, one The Wheatley School’s Katherine sociation. day removed from her impressive perforShe was named All-Conference mance against the Knights, tossed anothKeller signed her National Letter of Intent in April to attend The Citadel, where (2012, 2013, 2014), All-County-Class er gem as she went the distance allowing she will compete in their Division I Cross (2013) for Cross Country and All-Confer- only one hit and striking out two. ence High Jump (2012, 2013, 2014) for Country and Track programs next year. The final set of weekend games for Keller, a senior captain for the Wild- Indoor Track and All-Conference High the Pioneers was played on Sunday, cats, has been honored by the Nassau Jump (2013, 2014) and was part of the May 10, against the same Penmen from County Cross Country Coaches and the conference championship relat team in Southern New Hampshire, but the stakes Nassau County Girls Track Coaches As- the 4x800 (2014). were different this time with the sub-re-

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gion title on the line. The Penmen got on the board first with a bases loaded walk which forced in a run in the fourth inning. The Pioneers evened up the scoring in the seventh inning on an RBI single from senior outfielder Samantha Miller. The contest remained tied at one and extra innings were needed to decide a winner. In those extra innings, the Penmen had the last say as they won the game on a homer by junior infielder Lindsey Bolduc. Junior pitcher Isabella Corrao went 6.2 innings while striking out five and allowing just one run for LIU Post. In the third game between these two teams in two days, the Pioneers suffered the same fate, losing 3-2 in a hard fought battle. Miller added an RBI in the second game as well as senior catcher Aly Dzierzynski. The Penmen, down by a run in the late innings, got help from the LIU defense for their last two runs of the game and ended up taking the game, title, and spot in the NCAA East Super Regional. Head LIU Post softball coach Jamie Apicella and his squad went an impressive 31-17-1 for the year and will look to build on their success for next season’s campaign. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.


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