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THE PULSE OF THE PENINSULA

Vol. 93, No. 20

BANKING, FINANCE SECRETARY MATTIS TERRY AND REAL ESTATE GIVE USMMA ADDRESS S JAILED PAGES 37-44

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Voters endorse district budgets, incumbents

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TA L K I N G I S R A E L

G.N. voters approve $229.8M school plan, $9.76M library budget, re-elect trustees BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

deeply grateful to the community for generating this 2,000 plus vote on Election Day,” Ashkenase, the Great Neck school district vot- vice president of the board, added. ers approved the $229.85 million “It was truly extraordinary, and budget by a ratio of more than I was worried to death that we 5-1 on Tuesday, while incumbent wouldn’t even hit 1,000 today to and uncontested Trustees Donald tell you the truth.” Superintendent of Schools TeAshkenase and Barbara Berkowitz resa Prendergast also noted that were re-elected. Voters approved the proposed the vote exceeded last year’s 81 percent yes vote and budget, which feathe 84 percent yes tures boosts in seSee related vote in 2016. curity spending and Ashkenase, who maintains the school’s election coverage has served since programming, 1,856 PAGE 20 1982, was re-elected to 333 – meaning with 1,444 votes, about 84.7 percent of while Berkowitz, serving since voters said yes. “We’re very lucky to live in a 1992, was re-elected with 1,745 community that despite hardships votes. This year’s budget vote and that people feel … and the awareness of the large chunk of change trustee elections differ starkly from that goes toward school taxes, last year, when a $68.3 million there’s still that support,” Berkow- bond, $223.3 million budget and itz, president of the Great Neck two trustee seats became contested school board, said after the results after Lawrence Gross and Susan Healy declined to run for re-elecwere announced. Continued on Page 20 “In my mind, we need to be

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Nearly $1M Plaza project gets preliminary approval BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

Shoreward Drive transportation enhancement project at a special meeting last WednesGreat Neck Plaza officials day, and the project now awaits gave preliminary approval final state approval. J. Anthony Enterprises, for J. Anthony Enterprises to work on the Welwyn Road and which previously upgraded

the Maple Drive parking lot, was the lowest of four bidders, offering to do the project for $995,754. Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said the next Continued on Page 65

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Sec. James Mattis Friends of the G.N. speaking at USMMA Library group forms

U.S. defense secretary to speak at 2018 commencement Members seek to aid the institution BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be the commencement speaker at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point on Saturday, June 16, academy officials announced on Friday. The academy’s superintendent, Rear Adm. James Helis, said the academy is “extremely honored” to have Mattis speak to graduates this year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the academy’s founding. “It is especially fitting to have Secretary Mattis – who epitomizes our graduates’ highest aspirations and whose father was a Merchant Mariner – address the Class of 2018,” Helis said. Mattis served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 40 years, rising to the rank of general. He led an infantry battalion in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, a division of U.S. Marines in the Iraq War, and commanded the Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Forces Central Command during the war on terror. Mattis also served as the commander of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command. After retiring in 2013, Mattis was a Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University and co-edited “Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military.” Normally, a seven-year waiting period would have been required under the National Security Act of 1947 for Mattis’ nomination. The U.S. Senate approved a waiver and his confirmation as defense secretary. Mattis has been nicknamed both “Mad Dog” for his straight-

Great Neck residents have come together to create the Friends of the Great Neck Library group, a not-for-profit group aiming to help the library at an important moment in its history, members announced on Thursday. The Great Neck Library’s history can be traced to 1880, when a group of women formed a library to benefit the area’s 1,000 residents. The library was formally incorporated in 1889, with the Parkville, Station and Lakeville branches being added over time. Rebecca Rosenblatt Gilliar, a founder of the Friends group, said the library is at an important point. While the library has a newly renovated main building and a new director, Denise Corcoran, Gilliar said it also has fewer staff members and books. So, she said, no time could be better for the Friends of the Great Neck Library to form and help effect change. “I think this is an important moment for the community to come together and support the

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James N. Mattis, the 26th secretary of defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Jan 25, 2017. pressed a preference for diplomacy with North Korea, staying in the Iran nuclear agreement, “ t is especially which President Donald Trump fitting to have recently announced the U.S. pull out of, caution in Secretary Mattis – would Syria, and not banning transwho epitomizes our gender people from serving in graduates’ highest the military. Mattis has also championed aspirations and NATO, of which he was once suallied commander, mainwhose father was a preme taining a strong military, and Merchant Mariner – cited Russian aggression, an emChina and terrorism as address the Class of boldened considerable security threats. 2018,” Mattis would not be the first cabinet secretary to speak at the James Helis academy. Secretary Elaine Chao REAR ADM. THE ACADEMY’S of the Department of TransporSUPERINTENDENT tation, which the academy falls forward talk and military bra- under, delivered a commencevado" and “Warrior Monk” due ment speech in 2017, for exto his penchant for remaining ample. Generals, admirals, sitting a bachelor and careful study of senators – and even a president war. Secretary Mattis has ex- – have also spoken at USMMA commencements in the past.

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library,” Gilliar, who helped rescue thousands of books from being discarded following the renovations of the Main Library in 2016, said in an interview. A news release signed by members Mimi Hu, Joanne Rosenfeld, Maral Yashar, Robert Campbell, Cheng Ye, Karen Ashkenase, Eric Wang, Mary Alice Cunningham and Raymond Ashaghoff said the group will make efforts to maintain an active association bringing attention to the library and encouraging the community to support it. “The Friends will focus public attention on the Library, its services, facilities and needs, and it will stimulate the use of the Library’s resources and services,” the group said in a statement. “The Friends will encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Library and will support the Library staff.” Gilliar, whose daughter Rachel lives in Port Washington and serves on the school board, said the new Great Neck organization also looked to the Friends of the Port Washington Library, which held a fundraising luncheon on Friday that drew hundreds of Continued on Page 65

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The Great Neck Library, pictured here, now has a Friends of the Library group behind it.

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WWII vet Zimmerman recalls service BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN In more than 50 years in Great Neck, 95-year-old Mort Zimmerman said, he has always made it to the annual Memorial Day parade to honor the sacrifice and service of his fellow veterans. Now, the World War II veteran will be among its leaders on May 28 as grand marshal – and he feels honored. “I know I used to wave as they went by,” Zimmerman, who still carries his military identification, said in an interview. “Now I’ll do the waving from the motorcade.” Zimmerman, while attending Baruch College, enlisted on March 22, 1943, at 21 years old, joining the Army Air Corps. He was sent to Greeley, Colorado, and Montgomery, Alabama, for training. During that time, Zimmerman said, he met an officer by happenstance who “didn’t know how to take a square root.”" Zimmerman drew on his high school and college education to solve the problem. “I quickly did it,” Zimmerman recalled. “He said, ‘you’re

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World War II veteran Mort Zimmerman, now 95, will be the Grand Marshal of the Great Neck memorial parade. coming with me.'” Zimmerman said he was soon on a train to Pennsylvania, before boarding a Liberty Ship to Liverpool, England, where he joined the newly formed – and the only – European civil affairs regiment. This job would take Zimmerman through France, Bel-

gium and Germany to administer towns taken by the Allied forces, take care of refugees and follow American troops as they swept through the Western Front. “It was our responsibility to develop all of the necessary infrastructure that a city requires and of course we supervised it and made sure that it went in a

straight line,” Zimmerman said. The role put him in touch with many individuals, Zimmerman said. One of the topics often brought up was the Holocaust, where people either “weren’t talking,” “didn’t know,” or “didn’t care.” At the time, Zimmerman said, it was hard to tell whether they were being truthful. “But we used to prod them because we were involved with them in administering the city, getting it organized after when you have sheer chaos,” Zimmerman said. “It takes awhile for things to get straightened out.” Zimmerman said when they took one of the first cities in Germany, the area was flooded with reporters. They’d then read the names of the soldiers over the radio, which his father heard, Zimmerman said. But naturally, the job carried risks. Zimmerman recalled the death of one of his men, who was killed by shrapnel while guarding a post office in a city that was half controlled by the Germans and half by the Americans. He also remembered a horse had been hit with shrapnel that day, meaning he had to kill it. “I did and within an hour it was food,” Zimmerman said.

“They really didn’t have food in those days. You had sheer chaos.” As they moved further into Germany, Zimmerman’s regiment administered “a very large city.” One of his responsibilities was feeding refugees who were in the barracks by securing food from the local bakers. The war in Europe wound down sooner than in Japan, where Zimmerman said many men from the European front were transferred to fight. When the end of World War II finally came, Zimmerman said that while he took pride in his work, he was happy to finally head home. “In December ’45, they wanted me to stay but I’d been gone for three years – never been home once,” Zimmerman said. After returning home, Zimmerman graduated from Baruch College to become a certified public accountant and later got a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. Zimmerman married Annette, who lived in the same apartment house with him in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, two years after the war’s end. The two were together for nearly 68 Continued on Page 66

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Lot in Millbrook Court remains closed

Reps said they could re-open parking lot in days 2 weeks ago; VGN now mulling legal options BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N After getting questions from residents and officials, Millbrook Court representatives said at a Great Neck Board of Trustees meeting on May 1 that they could reopen a parking lot on the southern side of the property in a couple days. But two weeks later, two dozen parking spots remain blocked and a sign affixed to a building declares the parking lot is closed, save for trash and recycling. Affected residents have been redirected to the northern parking lot. For Louis Frisina, a Millbrook Court resident with a reconstructed knee, hip, and pelvis living near the closed parking lot, this is both unfair and creating “a little hike to get to our cars.” “It is now two weeks past the meeting and the superintendent is telling everyone, per the owner, that we are not getting our parking lot back even though they are not even close to any approvals,” Frisina said. Property manager Terrence Attus could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. At a Great Neck village board meeting on Tuesday night, Building Superintendent Robert Barbach said he consulted with Peter Bee, the village attorney, and they “expressed the potential to take action against Millbrook if they do not fulfill their commitment to this board.” “When we learned that the parking lot had not been reopened, we gently nudged,” Barbach said. “Failing to achieve the desired result, we are now showing that we can do more than nudge if we do not get the response [we want].” When asked after the meeting what actions are being considered, Bee said, “We are exploring a range of options.”

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Twenty-fourparking spots in the southern parking lot of Millbrook Court, which is home to 119 apartment units, remain closed off from residential use. This follows a May 1 meeting where it was hinted it could be re-opened within a few days. Mark Smith, a representative with Epoch 5 Public Relations, which is handling public relations for North Shore Millbrook, said the group is working with the village to create “long-term solutions.” “North Shore Millbrook is actively discussing with the village a variety of long-term solutions that will accommodate those inconvenienced by the parking lot consolidation throughout the entire renovation process,” Smith said. Developers from North Shore Millbrook LLC, which

purchased Millbrook Apartments in 2015 according to a notice sent to residents, have proposed erecting three new buildings with 101 apartment units, while 34 units would be demolished under the proposal. This would translate to a net gain of 67 apartment units from the current 119, meaning 186 would be on the property. Paul Bloom, an attorney representing the developers, previously said it “made more sense to consolidate the parking in one area” in anticipation of the demolition of the south building, which would be the first to go down, since tenants in the affected 34 units have largely been relocated. He also said it “reduces the maintenance that needs to be conducted in that area.” Mayor Pedram Bral and other residents had asked why the owners closed the parking lot when it would be at least six weeks before a demolition permit could be secured. Representatives for the developers at the meeting initially said they would “consider” reopening the parking lot before saying “there would have to be a couple of days” before residents could park their cars in the southern parking lot again. “Your concerns were heard, the questions and concerns was asked, and they agreed to open the parking lot, so that is done,” Bral said. “And hopefully whenever they’re ready to go ahead and build they’re going to rope it off again – but until then, you guys can have your parking.” The next hearing regarding the Millbrook Court proposal will be June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Great Neck Village Hall, 61 Baker Hill Road.

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Cuomo touts DA Singas’experience BY R E B ECC A K L A R Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas began her legal career in 1991 at the Queens district attorney’s office, where she was a founding member of the domestic violence bureau. More than two and a half decades later, the Manhasset resident will lead an investigation into allegations of domestic violence raised against one of New York state’s top law enforcement officials – recently resigned Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Singas would lead the probe last Tuesday, and at a news conference a few days later he touted her background in this area. “I have total confidence in her ability to do everything she can do to make sure justice is sure and swift,” Cuomo said. After a New Yorker article in which four of Schneiderman’s exgirlfriends allege he beat them, often drunk and in bed, the former attorney general resigned within hours. Schneiderman denies the allegations.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, from left, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas and Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini discuss the start of the Eric Schneiderman investigation. Singas said during the news conference she will treat this case as she has all others in her 27year career as a prosecutor, No stone will be left unturned, she said. “I have overseen in my career as a prosecutor thousands of cases involving domestic violence, involving assaults, involving sexual abuses,” Singas said. “I’m very well versed in this area of law.

And I intend to bring that integrity to this case as I do all cases.” Singas has spent the bulk of her career as a voice for vulnerable victims, she said. Helping them has become her passion, she said. “And I continue to do it every day because helping just one person make a difference in their life, helping one person leave an abusive relationship, is more grat-

ifying than any work that I have ever done,” Singas said. Following her domestic violence work in Queens, in 2006 Singas moved to the Nassau district attorney’s office, then led by current U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice,#to start the first special victims bureau for the county. Rice, who some Democrats said last week was considering a run for attorney general in

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the November election, said in a statement on Tuesday that she would not seek the office. Singas has also said that she does not plan on running for the post and is focused on the current investigation. She has assembled a team that together has more than 125 years of experience in these matters, Singas said. At the news conference Cuomo and Singas were joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Along with Singas’ expertise in the area, Cuomo said she was chosen to lead the investigation over Vance to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest. Vance’s office is currently leading the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse raised against Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer.# Schneiderman had been looking into how Vance’s office was handling the Weinstein case. “Emotions are high, feelings are high, suspicion is high, it’s very important that we do what we do right and fairly without raising any perception issues whatsoever,” Cuomo said.

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Assembly conducts search for new AG

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With Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigning last week, the New York Assembly is scrambling to find an interim replacement as state attorney general. The Assembly and Senate considered 13 candidates during sessions Tuesday and Wednesday in Albany, where each of the candidates was interviewed by a bipartisan, bicameral committee. “I have reviewed the résumés of each of the candidates, and each of them present a compelling history in involvement in the law and dedication to human rights and due process,” said state Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove). “Every one of the résumés was impressive.” The presumed front-runner is Barbara Underwood, the acting attorney general. Before Schneiderman resigned, she served as the solicitor!general for the state, a position she was first appointed to in 2007 by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. “I know Barbara,! I have worked with her and have great respect for her,” Lavine said. “But we’re going to listen to each of the candidates and I’ll make a decision when I’ve heard from each and every one.”

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A ‘Fountain of Kindness’ in G.N. Northwell wellness Great Neck resident starts nonprofit to help families in hard times center open

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Eight or nine months ago, Melody Zar Aziz of Great Neck said, a friend called her for help. A 21-yearold woman suffering from cancer had three months left in her treatment – but didn’t want to continue because it was so painful. Aziz said she and a few friends decided to get her an iPad, headscarves, stay with her and send meals to her and her family. The woman went on to finish the treatment three months later, Aziz said, and has since been in remission. “From there everyone asked for opportunities to do more,” Aziz recalled. The result was the creation of Foundation of Kindness, a Great Neck-based nonprofit organization awaiting government approval. The goal is to spread kindness to families experiencing hardship, Aziz said, and bring the community together. “We feel there’s a need to spread more kindness in the world we live in,” Aziz said. The organization’s public Facebook group, once known as “Great Neck

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Melody Zar Aziz said she founded a non-profit to help spread kindness around the community. Kindness,” now has more than 1,700 members, while more than 100 people form the core of the organization. Numerous people also reach out daily, Aziz said. Members have assembled gift baskets for a variety of families and children, including some who are hospitalized, recovering or recently lost their parents. They also offer rides, provide meals to the elderly, routinely visit hospitals and cooperate with other organizations for fundraising. When asked what the outpouring

of support for the group and what it does says about Great Neck, Aziz said it shows how much people care. “I think it shows that everyone cares for each other and wants to do good,” Aziz said of the group’s support. “I think there needs to be a platform to make it happen, especially for our children.” The organization plans to package and prepare food for the needy at the Masbia Soup Kitchen in Queens on May 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. and host an outdoor workout fundraiser on May 30.

When Northwell Health and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health acquired Practice Body Mind Soul in Roslyn two years ago, the studio began incorporating alternative treatment options into its ongoing yoga and Pilates classes, becoming the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Lucy Gade, who completed a twoyear fellowship in integrative medicine in 2016 from the University of Arizona, said the center originally opened in 2013 on Old Northern Boulevard above Besito and has since had a loyal group of yogis filling its all-level yoga and meditation classes. Now, the center has added acupuncture, specialty yoga classes and specialized exercise plans for those recently finished with physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as programs in the center and in hospitals to pair with existing medical treatments. “This isn’t an alternative; it’s definitely an adjunct,” Gade said. “What I’m seeing with patients is they’re more educated and Continued on Page 79

South High among top schools in nation: report BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Three North Shore high schools are among the top 200 – or top 1 percent – in the country, according to newly released rankings from U.S. News and World Report, making up half of the Long Island schools with that designation. The Wheatley School in the East Williston school district was ranked 180th, Great Neck South High School – which serves children in Great Neck and New Hyde Park – was ranked 195th, and Manhasset Secondary School was ranked No. 200. The other Long Island Schools represented were Jericho Senior High School at 98th, Cold Spring Harbor High School at 143rd, and Garden City High School at 169th. U.S. News and World Report looked at 20,548 high schools across the nation. Factors involved in the ranking included test scores, graduation rates, college preparedness, how the school did compared with others in the state and how well traditionally under-served students performed. Eight North Shore schools were also among the top 100 schools of the 1,263

measured by U.S. News and World Report in New York State. The Wheatley School was ranked 27th, Great Neck South 29th, Manhasset Secondary School 31st, Paul D. Schrieber High School in Port Washington was 33rd, Roslyn High School 35th, Great Neck North 38th, Herricks High School 47th and New Hyde Park Memorial High School was 83rd. Mineola High School was not ranked for the second year in a row. Sean Feeney, the principal of the Wheatley School, said it’s “always good to get some external acknowledgment,” but that U.S. News and World Report has used out-of-date measurements before and does not look at the value of the arts, community engagement and the overall student experience. “I think these attempts to rank high schools on different criteria are often misguided and don’t acknowledge or recognize the full experience of most high schools,” Feeney said. Three schools on the North Shore were also among the top 200 schools in the nation in last year’s reports: Great Neck North High School at 164th, Manhasset High School at 177th, and Continued on Page 22


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Middle Neck group presents to VGN board BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N The citizens advisory committee for the revitalization of Middle Neck Road and East Shore Road presented its recommendations to the Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, envisioning an easier approval process, a more walkable village and a number of related projects. Rebecca Davoudian, secretary for the committee, said that Great Neck is at a “crucial point” and wants to help “rebuild and re-establish” a corridor of Middle Neck Road as a “key destination for local residents and for visitors” alike. “We have come to an understanding that investments to energize our downtown core will attract a diverse population of new residents and visitors from varying ages, incomes and interests,” Davoudian said. The committee’s report outlined a series of recommendations, including simplifying the site plan approval process, updating the zoning code, quickly providing developers a yes or no answer, and creating a more vibrant and walkable space. To reduce reliance on cars, Davoudian said the group recommends incentivizing developers to invest in other modes of transportation like electric shuttle buses, improving the streetscape, and reducing parking requirements to one car per apartment. In terms of projects, the group recommended selling the current Department of Public Works building with the condition that the buyer create a mixeduse building with “moderately priced units” and an outdoor 40-by-200-foot area reserved for “pedestrian use.” The public works building would then be relocated to a site on Middle Neck Road.

The report also calls for selling the current Village Hall, located on Baker Hill Road, and opening a new Village Hall on Middle Neck Road – or the “epicenter” of the revitalization project. This, Davoudian said, would carry significant “symbolic weight.” Members also seemed to largely endorse the creation of an assisted living facility on Middle Neck Road, which was pitched in August of last year, with the condition that it expand sidewalks and restrict deliveries to the rear of the building. After the meeting committee member Jean Pierce said the beautification aspects were important and that she wasn’t against an assisted living facility, but took issue with the location, which would be on a busy corner of Middle Neck Road and Hicks Lane. Mayor Pedram Bral said VHB, the village’s consultant on the revitalization project, would likely present its findings jointly with the citizens advisory committee to the public “within a month or so.” The intention to form a citizens advisory committee was announced in March and its membership was announced in April. The group aims to serve as a liaison to the board, solicit community input, and brainstorm ideas on how to reinvigorate Middle Neck Road and East Shore Road based on a report VHB had presented. VHB had analyzed possible changes to the village’s zoning law and areas for possible development along part of Middle Neck Road and East Shore Road. Among its ideas were raising the maximum allowable building height, embracing mixed used development, adding traffic calming measures and easing parking restrictions. The full draft report can be found on the village’s website.

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ould state Assembly Democrats select a replacement for disgraced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman based on politics rather than competency — at a time New York’s AG might become the last hope of bringing to justice Trump aides for violations of state law in the event the president pardons them? Is the Pope Catholic? Does the sun rise in the east? Signs of the Assembly Democrats’ willingness to sacrifice the defense of American democracy for cheap political gain began just hours after graphic and very credible reports of Schneiderman assaulting women forced him to resign. The Democrats, who effectively have the power to pick Schneiderman’s replacement, began behind closed doors to push out the acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, and install New York City’s public advocate, Letitia James. Underwood is a former Yale Law School professor who"served as counsel and chief assistant to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, supervising a staff of more than 150 attorneys in Brooklyn and Central Islip. She has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. James is a Democrat who serves in the amorphous role of public advocate. Before that, she was a member of the New York City Council and worked as a public defender in the Legal Aid Society. Underwood, but not James, is

now among 16 people who filed applications to be considered by a panel created by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to determine who will serve out the remaining few months of Schneiderman’s term. Underwood is better qualified than anyone Heastie would pick, is already serving as acting attorney general and is familiar with the office’s caseload as a member of the office since 2007. So why change now? One word – politics. The selection of a replacement by the Assembly would give whoever is selected a large advantage at the Democrat’s May convention and in the general election in November. The candidate would have a" chance to serve in the public spotlight and run as an incumbent with all the advantages that provides. And the person chosen would also have the state Assembly to thank for their good fortune. A week ago, before Schneiderman resigned, there were no announced Republican candidates for the job. Since then two people have declared and several others are being considered by party leaders. But the possibility that a Republican will win remains small. New York is heavily Democratic, and no Republican has won a statewide contest since then-Gov. George Pataki in 2002. So selecting a new acting attorney general would give Heastie and Assembly Democrats a great deal of power. This is a frightening thought in a state known for its corruption. In fact, as state Sen. Elaine Phillips correctly pointed out in

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Silver-led Assembly in 2007 after the resignation of Alan Hevesi, a former assemblyman from Queens, following his indictment for political corruption. DiNapoli’s appointment was strongly opposed by then Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who rose to prominence as state attorney general and later resigned as governor following revelations of his involvement with prostitutes. We don’t think you need to be a conspiracy theorist to see a trend here. The resignation of Schneiderman, in"fact, gives New York State a notable trifecta – the forced resignations of the three top people in the executive branch in the past 10 years. And the convictions of Silver and state Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who is awaiting a

second trial, are a unique inside straight – the people holding the top five positions in the state resigning amid corruption charges. A number of prominent Democrats are forgoing Heastie’s process but might run in the fall. Among them are Bharara, former Nassau County District Attorney and current U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice and state Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Nassau County. So the Democratic Party will have no shortage of strong candidates for the fall. Add to that the important role the state attorney general’s office has assumed during the Mueller probe and the Assembly’s choice is clear – keep Underwood as the acting attorney general until voters can pick her successor in the fall.

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Is Trump good or bad, you decide

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his past week I received a few not so pleasant letters in the mail objecting to my comments about the dysfunction in Washington and the conduct of the President of the United States. I take pride in my writings because they reflect what I believe is the thinking of the majority of the American voters who want what I want, which is an America to be proud of. But in the interest of balancing the scales I will lay out the arguments pro and con about Donald Trump and let you pick what is your thinking. On the plus side is the fact that the President has stimulated an open discussion about North and South Korea relations. He has secured the release of three American hostages as well. Perhaps his bullying of Kim has worked. Some of my friends who invest in the stock market call it a “Trump Market” because it has risen so dramatically. Many of the people who

voted for Mr. Trump said they did so because he was a successful businessman and that he talks tough at a time when tough talk is timely. His tweeting may be annoying to some but he maintains that is how he speaks to 100 million Americans and no one can disagree that he gets to his people with the flick of a few cell phone buttons. Unemployment is at an all-time low and the latest announcements from Wall Street say that there are more jobs available now than ever before. We live or die by statistics so for purposes of bragging about the president, his supporters point to the low unemployment and say that is part of his success. Even if the crowds who attend his rallies are part of a loyal base, they come out in large numbers and cheer his every word. We can argue about statistics but with all the tumult enveloping our country the President holds on to his people.

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Come this November that base will be tested, as they will have to match the dissidents with vote for vote to be a real base. As proof of his strength, many members of Congress continue to be loyal to him and support his every word. So there is no doubt that he has the strong support of a portion of our country. I weigh all of these accolades with what I consider are the se-

rious negatives about his presidency. We live in a time when as the world’s leader we must work closely with our traditional allies such as England, France, Japan and Germany. We would not have survived as a nation during World War II without England as an ally and we very much need those other countries for our economic survival. Yet sadly, each and every day of the week the President disses them with thoughtless acts and angry words. When he campaigned for the White House, Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp.” Regrettably, each day the swamp gets deeper thanks to his appointment of some of the most unqualified people in American history. Education Secretary Betsy De Vos is a sworn enemy of our precious public school system. Interior Secretary Zinke is an accident waiting to happen with his lavish spending and daily un-

dermining of the environmental quality of life. Housing Secretary Ben Carson has turned on the very people who should be applauding his work and every day shows his vast ignorance of government and how it works. Steve Schmidt, a lifelong Republican campaign advisor described the White House contingent in graphic terms. “From a personnel perspective, we’ve never quite seen the assemblage of crooks, just outright weirdos, wife beaters, drunk drivers, complete and total incompetents that’s been assembled.” And last, but by far not the least is what Mr. Trump has done to the office of the president. For now, it is not the place that any normal child can point to and say, “I want to grow up to be like him.” Put the pros and cons on the scale and then draw your own conclusion as whether or not you support President Donald J. Trump.

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Be careful for what you wish-list

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was on the phone with a friend, while we both looked at the online list of another friend’s wedding registry. “There are so many things here,” I complained to my friend. “And most of them are just too much.” “I know. Like number 3 — a set of crystal glassware for eight. Who even uses crystal, any more?” “Or number 21 — a covered soup tureen? I thought those were obsolete!” At any moment, you can open a letter or an email and find yourself invited to an event where gift-giving is expected. It can be frightening. There are so many ways to go wrong! For example: in some families, money is taboo — how could you be so tacky as to give money? But in other families (mine for example), it was almost the exact opposite — money is the only gift that’s sure to please. I still love the friends who gave me a ceramic pitcher the exact shape and size of a 2-foot-

high penguin, and painted like one too — but I admit, I have wondered just a bit about their judgment. “Maybe they were just regifting what someone had already given them, Judy.” “Maybe; but that still leaves unaccounted for, somewhere in America, the kind of people who would give the gift of a ceramic penguin!” Reading somebody’s registry list is a little like reading their mind… the wackier parts. Some choices make perfect sense, but others…. Let’s just say that if you take two people who are still high on the adrenaline rush of declaring big news to their family; give them a barcode-scanning “gun” to compile their wishes, and let them loose in a store — well, maybe that explains a few things: “Barbecue Tongs.” “4 pairs of flame-proof mitts.” “Fire extinguisher.” “First-aid kit.” I once bought myself a set of kitchen tools at one of those

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A Look on the Lighter Side stores and when I opened up the box, I found a card inside: “We are so impressed that you two lovebirds want to share all the cooking! You’re the best!” Obviously, the two lovebirds had returned the gift without ever peeking inside. (Alas for me, there was no cash included.) Another problem I’ve had with giving things from a registry is that no one seems to be in charge when they go astray.

Take the time I bought a registry-listed set of placemats for a cousin, as a wedding shower gift. I never heard from her, and never got a thank you note, either — so I simply assumed her arm was broken, or that she’d never heard of such things as thank-you notes. I decided to forgive her for her bad manners and sent another gift for the wedding. A thank you note for the wedding gift arrived while they were still on their honeymoon! When I next saw this cousin, I had to ask: “What gives? How come you’re so quick with this thank you note but nothing for the placemats?” “What placemats?” she answered. They had never arrived. And until I asked about them, she’d been thinking I was the one with no manners! This is why handing someone a card with a check is infinitely preferable. Plus you never have to worry about somebody else’s inexplicable taste. “A china service for 8, with cups and saucers? I don’t even

like that pattern!” “That’s not the point, Judy. This isn’t about you.” “But I ask you — a dining table and chairs? Who lists that, as a wedding gift?” “If that’s what Sam and Sharon need us to do for them, then that’s what they need!” As it turns out, this is the second marriage for both Sam and Sharon, and they are trying to combine two households and downsize, all at the same time. So what they had set up was actually a Reverse Registry: Whatever you signed up for, that’s what you were agreeing to take home with you, and off their hands! “Well, I guess I can help with one chair and some coffee mugs. I go through those pretty fast. I’ll take the soup tureen, too — I think I gave her that, in the first place!” Just one more reason why folks should stick to giving money. It’s always in style, it always fits, and it’s easily returned!


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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

‘The Talk’ for older people, their families

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ex topics for parents with rising adolescents have never been easy. Discussing what euphemistically was referred to as the “birds and the bees” was also described as having “the talk.” Now, we urgently need another version of “the talk” – this time by adult children interacting with their own aging parents. These discussions seem to be as difficult and uncomfortable as the earlier sex talks. Yet, they may be more important. How do families address legal and personal implications of end-of-life realities? A major problem for all involved, of course, is recognizing when such talks should occur. Not to engage is to strew uncertainty – even legal distress – on the survivors, as well as lingering emotional travails. In our time of the aging of the aged, when many folks are living into their 80s and 90s, even their adult children would be considered “old” by standards of the not so distant past. So, we can note that children in their 50s have parents in their 70s and 80s, while the parents of children in their 60s can span into their

90s and past the century mark. Last year when I attended my 60th college reunion, the ranks of my classmates were severely diminished. At my 50th reunion, we were sent a list of the “deceased;” for our 60th we received a tally of “the departed.” Our generation had already exceeded life expectancy so it was not surprising that dead classmates outnumbered those “still above the grass,” (as humorist Malachy McCourt has described us). Grief for my lost classmates was accompanied by deep concerns for those who were unable attend because of serious health issues or from dementia (sometimes affecting partners). Naturally, we were mindful of end-oflife considerations. More than two decades ago, I played a small role as a consultant for a TV documentary that riveted the older person’s version of “The Talk” in my mind. I was invited to contribute ideas to Bill Moyers’ project “On Our Own Terms.” Working with his wife, Judith (as producer), Moyers typically was ahead of the social

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field and historical curve in focusing sharply on end of life challenges. Today, that documentary is more relevant than ever. In addition to the pleasure of associating with Bill and Judith (who I had known since their decades of residing in Garden City), our project also included Marilyn Webb, whose mother was regularly attending my programs at Great Neck Library. I vividly recall how stunned my precocious 7-year old daughter was when she saw the title of Marilyn’s book on my desk, “The Good Death.” Few people, certainly not children, regard the end of life in

an affirmative fashion. However, what Marilyn did, and what the Moyers achieved in their documentary, is precisely what having “The Talk” in 2018 is intended to accomplish. Bill and Judith spent two years on their project and it concluded: “There is a great divide separating the kind of care Americans say they want at the end of life and what our culture currently provides.” “Surveys show that we want to die at home, free of pain, surrounded by the people we love. But the vast majority of us die in the hospital, alone, and experiencing unnecessary discomfort.” The Unitarian Church in Manhasset (as one of its many creative programs) sponsors “Death Cafes.” That is not as macabre as it may sound. John McCain has received deserved accolades during the past week as he discussed his end of life considerations (while he met regularly with relatives and close pals – who span the political divides). Friends hope McCain will be alive to see his new book published on May 22.

The superb columnist, Timothy Egan, has written of “John McCain’s Lesson Before Dying.” Social psychologist Urie Bronfrenbrenner long argued that the gauge of a society is the extent to which one generation cares about, and for, another. Although adult children and their older parents are all likely to be beyond the half-century age, no one can take for granted that such maturity provides a comfortable guide to “The Talk.” Who should initiate it? Can both generations agree on key considerations? Should tradeoffs be part of the discussions? Clearly, family talks do not need to resemble the coming summit with North Korea. One hopes they can proceed with care and love when they are based on relationships of encouragement, support, empathy, gratitude and understanding. In my next column, “The Talk,” Part 2, I will try to consider some paths for these generational discourses. We should all be as fortunate as Thomas Jefferson when he wrote to James Madison (his surrogate son) with the request: “Take care of me when I am gone.”

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Turn L.I. into leader for wind industry

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ov. Andrew Cuomo sees the opportunity to create a new industry centered largely on Long Island to take advantage of the offshore wind power in an area of the Atlantic Ocean, considered “the Saudi Arabia of wind power.” In this, the state is acting much like other nations which jumpstart new industries by funding critical studies, research centers, workforce development. This is all to ease the way, lessen the risk and increase the likelihood of success for the private companies which are expected to vie for leases from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Cuomo has set a standard of the state generating 50 percent of its energy needs through renewables by 2030, and offshore wind, in addition to solar, hilltop windpower, hydroelectric and other sources (“all of the above”) are considered essen-

tial to meeting that goal, which Cuomo has proudly declared the most ambitious in the nation. Environmental groups including Sierra Club have long advocated offshore wind, especially as Long Island faces a crucial transition point of expanding or upgrading fossil-fuel based power plants to meet its energy needs, versus investing and transitioning to renewable energy. The state has a goal to acquire 2,400 megawatts of energy from offshore wind – the equivalent of what is generated by the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant – enough to power 1.2 million households. The associated industries that would develop to manufacture the wind turbines and platforms, to construct ports and stage the equipment, to install the turbines, to operate and maintain the systems are expected to employ some 5,000 people, and generate $6 billion in economic value for the local

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region. What is more, over time, wind power will bring down the cost of electricity on Long Island, where high costs of energy are considered impediments to economic growth. The master plan, being unveiled in public hearings, has been developed over a period of years by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The strategy is to be the furthest along in order to be first in line to contract for the electricity, which could also be sold to New Jersey and other regions, to reduce cost and risk to private entities which will bid for the rights to construct and operate the wind turbines. The state is not actually seeking to lease the sites, but to be the customer for the power. And the state is also aware that other customers – New Jersey, as one example (though the former Gov. Chris Christie showed little interest, the new governor Phil Murphy is) – will also be bidding. But there is great confidence because of proximity and the sheer market size, that New York City and Long Island residents will be the beneficiary. And there is so much energy potential from this area, one of the best for offshore wind on the planet, that it is believed to have enough for everyone. NYSERDA has conducted

studies in 20 areas – defining every aspect of locating the best places to position turbines and cables, where to build ports and stage construction, where to manufacture the turbines and components, even where to invest in workforce development. At the same time, the state has vigorously engaged stakeholders – including municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, consumer advocates, and commercial fishing interests. The state has allocated $15 million to spend on workforce development and infrastructure advancement (for example, building port facilities), and will be spending $20 million for research & development in component design, systems design, operational controls, monitoring systems, manufacturing processes, said Doreen Harris, director, Large Scale Renewables, NYSERDA. Continued on Page 61


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ALL THINGS POLITICAL

The Perfect Storm is coming A

“Perfect Storm,” is described by Dictionary. com as “A detrimental or calamitous situation or event arising from the powerful combined effect of a unique set of circumstances.” If you are a Long Islander, “Perfect Storm” conjures up the image of the massive Nor’easter that commenced on Oct. 28, 1991 and blasted the Northeastern coastline of the United States. This unexpected storm’s disastrous effects on the fishing boat the Andrea Gail, were accurately depicted in a book aptly named “The Perfect Storm” by writer Sebastian Junger, and subsequently made into a major motion picture. Many of us recall the storm’s aftermath, and the apocalyptic images of Westhampton Beach, after miles of Dune Road were washed away, leaving very few hearty homes struggling to remain upright. Sadly, in New York State’s near future, all levels of government are about to find themselves aboard the Andrea Gail, in the midst of a new Perfect Storm. On Long Island, a region already suffocating under one of the highest tax burdens in the nation, advocating for higher taxes would be political suicide. That’s a primary reason the 2% tax cap was passed by the

NYS legislature and signed into law on June 24, 2011. Luckily, since the 2 percent tax cap became law, inflation has remained at historic 50-year lows. Coincidentally, the strong economy has generated a surplus of fee, sales and income tax revenue filling the coffers of local, state and federal governments and mitigating the need for large tax increases. As a result, elected officials on Long Island have been pushing for 0 percent tax increases to show how fiscally prudent they are. The problem is, due to market forces outside of anyone’s control, this is all about to change. Here’s why: First of all, it’s no secret interest rates are rising. CNN reported last month that the Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates in the near future at an “even faster” rate to slow down the overheating economy. The Fed believes they need to do this in order to avoid asset bubbles like the ones we experienced during the dot-com crash in 2000, and the collapse of stock and real estate markets in 2008. Rising interest rates will negatively impact all Americans by putting pressure on business investment, job creation and most likely the stock and real estate markets. Second, the average yearly

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All Things Political inflation rate from 1970-2015 was 4.36 percent. Last year, for the first time in several years, inflation pierced 2 percent, and that was still less than half the rate of the previously mentioned time frame. Rising interest rates and inflation usually go hand in hand. When inflation spikes above 2 percent the costs of running government go up in tandem, as health care and pension costs continue to skyrocket, and municipal workers want to keep their income at least on par with inflation. Under this scenario how will local governments stick to a 2 percent tax cap without decimating services? I will focus on solutions to mitigate tax increases during a period of high-interest rates and

inflation in a future article. Finally, government always reactively responds to a financial crisis as opposed to proactively preparing for one. Look no further than the Republican shouts for a balanced budget during the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. President Obama ran large budget deficits by injecting trillions of dollars into the economy through quantitative easing. He did this by printing money while the Fed lowered interest rates, to encourage borrowing to keep the economy from collapsing. Congressional Republican calls for a balanced budget have mysteriously disappeared when President Trump recently lowered taxes during a strong economy, further expanding a larger hole in the ever-increasing deficit. Nobody on either side of the aisle has made any plans to pay down the huge federal imbalance of revenue and expenses. The poor fiscal discipline displayed by Congress is a terrible model for all other governments to follow and the interest payments on our national debt will soon eat up a growing portion of future budgets. Here’s the predicted Perfect Storm: In the near future health insurance costs continue to spiral upward at up to 10 percent a

year or more, wage increases rise above 2 percent annually to keep pace with inflation which moves closer to its historic average of over 4 percent, energy prices spike as demand grows from a soaring economy, and then the super-charged economy goes into a normal and healthy cyclical recession. As the recession deepens government revenue from fees, sales and income taxes drops on the local, state and federal levels. There is nothing to cushion the blow of diminishing government revenue because most elected officials don’t plan out further than a budget year, and reserves have been depleted to keep current taxes low. This confluence of events isn’t hard to imagine if you take a step back and study how America has a long history of boom and busts every 20 years. What’s frustrating is nobody seems to be focusing on the hard work of tightening up the expense side of government right now. I could go into detail about the eventual draconian budget cuts and slashing of services coupled with rising taxes and fees (not to mention bipartisan finger pointing), but it’s too scary to talk about. In the meantime, start saving my friends. The financial superstorm I’m forecasting is coming.

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his is in response to Karen Rubin’s article, “Honor moms: respect their right to choose” which appeared in your newspaper this past Mother’s Day weekend. What irony that the author should juxtapose a beautiful holiday, such as Mother’s Day which celebrates life and the honors the indispensable role of mothers in our society by then asking us to respect the right of mothers to be able to kill children in their womb so they can have the dignity of making their own decisions. This is a warped, narcissistic and barbaric way of thinking – all for the sake of one’s own convenience and autonomy. Whatever happened to the child’s right to self-determination? According to Ms. Rubin, to be the best mother you can be, a woman needs the ability to choose. She needs to be the master of her own destiny. Really?# I always thought all you needed to be a good mom was the ability to love your child unconditionally and be able to selflessly prioritize their needs before your own. Is anyone ever truly a master of their

destiny, or always in control of their life? Seems to me that life has a way of throwing us curveballs, and sometimes they come in the form of innocent babies. Abortion is not an act of love, but the ultimate selfish, irresponsible choice to murder one’s own progeny so that life will be made easier and less complicated. Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own. The author’s feminist male-bashing, (men will control you, take your jobs, be promoted over you if have babies) borders on hysteria. She also cannot control her contempt for President Trump. Whether it’s her fear mongering that Roe v. Wade will be overturned since Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court, or that Planned Parenthood will have funds taken away, or that Obamacare is being sabotaged, or how Trump “terrorizes” illegal alien mothers using economic levers. Hyperbolic words such as, “misogyny”, “tyranny” are sprinkled throughout her article. Did Ms. Rubin really need to be so mean and petty to put down the First Lady’s

motherhood by bringing up Stormy Daniels?# Talk about Mean Girls! She quotes statistics that having kids is the best single predictor that a woman will end up in financial collapse as the deck is stacked against working women. She also states that women are not able to fulfill their potential or productivity with children.# This sounds reminiscent of what Margaret Sanger also claimed about motherhood. What the author failed to mention is that black children in America are more than 300 percent more likely to be aborted than white babies. Abortion is currently the leading cause of#death#in America, but far more so for the black# community, and accounts for more black deaths than homicide or any disease, including cancer and heart disease. She also failed to point that that in its 2017 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood said that 94.3 percent of pregnant women seeking its help end up getting an abortion, whereas only 0.6 percent get adoption referrals and 5.1 percent get prenatal care of any kind. To date, over 60 million babies have

been aborted since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973. Why would Ms. Rubin think it a good idea to use Mother’s Day as a reason to write such an ugly, divisive article brimming with fear? Enough already! What she fails to see is that in spite of the lower salaries, lower job positions and lack of complete autonomy, mothers have said “yes” to life. “Yes” to the beautiful promise of nurturing another’s potential. One in which we don’t necessarily lose our own potential, but rather discover, through our sacrifice and love, the best parts of who we are as women. Motherhood is the one factor that unites women across every race, religion, culture and yes, even political affiliation. We unite because we intuitively know that our motherhood is not a hobby, but rather, a divine calling. God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers” ~ Jewish proverb Linda Inglima Williston Park


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Trump has no sense of decency

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s long as Blank Slate Newspapers print letters like that written by Barry Nathanson of Sands Point, (May 11, 2018) I feel the need to

respond. Nathanson points to the economic and foreign policy achievements of the Trump administration. In fairness, he also acknowledges Trump’s “despicable behavior with a porn star and countless other personality characteristics…which have led the country to despise and vilify him.” As to Trump’s leadership in the economic realm, I prefer David Rosen’s assessment in Public Citizen. Trump’s flurry of deregulatory policies and executive orders all point to one goal: allowing ruthless corporations to destroy the environment, cheat consumers and make unsafe products…all to boost their profits and power…The country never before has confronted the reality of a president who owns a complex business empire and seem uninterested in avoiding conflicts of interest. This week, a White House communications aide committed an unpardonable sin. Kelly Sadler was annoyed by Sen. McCain’s failure to endorse Gina Hospel as head of the C.I.A. Sadler,! then gratuitously, remarked

that it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” To talk this way about a genuine hero is despicable. Not to take disciplinary action against Sadler is tantamount to White House approval of the statement. Meghan McCain spoke out on ABC’s television show “The View.” She stated that her father’s battle with brain cancer made her realize the meaning of life was “not how you die, it is how you live.” It sounds as if Dr. Nathanson’s using the word “vilify,”! referencing those of us on the left, might be apt, were it not for the fact that this president has lied or made misleading statements 3001 times in his first 466 days in office. This data comes from “Fact Checker,” which did some long division and discovered that Trump lies, on average, 6.5 times a day. Do we really want a president who is a pathological liar? Do we want a man who thinks there were 5 million people at his inauguration controlling our nuclear arsenal?! Conventional wisdom teaches us that many politicians lie, but not on this grand a scale. There’s a joke making the rounds that Washington said: “I cannot tell a lie.” Nixon said: “I cannot tell the truth.” And Trump said “I cannot tell the difference.”

Returning to the McCain-Hospel broohaha, the Arizona senator’s full statement recognized that longtime public servant Hospel was “a patriot.” He was, however, disturbed by the fact that at the Senate hearings she repeatedly refused to acknowledge the immorality of torture. Opponents of torture!point out that it doesn’t lead to the acquisition of any useful information. They, further, believe that, as Orwell pointed out in “Animal Farm” the pigs began to look like the farmer who had exploited them. In other words, if we behave in a bestial fashion because our enemy does, we are no better than the enemy. Finally, those who oppose torture maintain the respect of the international community since we are abiding by the Geneva Convention. This is not the first time that Trump and McCain have clashed. In 2008, Trump stated: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Using this logic, soldiers captured in the Pacific by the Japanese during World War II who died on the Bataan Death March cannot be considered heroes. If one of my students at Queens College

made such a statement, I would, publicly, point out its illogicality and, privately, wonder if my student had suffered brain damage. Slinging insults and name-calling comes easy when trying to understand Trumpian behavior. Here is what Republican Steve Schmidt who was McCain’s campaign manager in 2008 said: “McCain’s life has been about decency and honor compared to a man who is unworthy to say his name out loud. A man who is small and vile and mean and cruel and narcissistic, a man who is a coward, a man who dodged the draft…” Since Trump criticized McCain’s heroism it is only fair that we look at Trump’s war record. Sorry, but there isn’t any! This is so because when Trump graduated from college in the spring of 1968 he became eligible for the draft. 300,000 men were inducted, many of whom went to Vietnam. But it was discovered that Trump had bone spurs and he was given a coveted 1-Y deferment.! More about this next week. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

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ill someone, please, show me where it is written that the broad powers bestowed upon a Long Island Mayor and Board are code for, “contempt for all, favoritism for some?” The men and women I know do not enjoy being snookered. New information concerning the inner workings of the Village of Great Neck government fell into my lap recently. Here’s a quick hint – – the “Honor System” is involved. Early in January 2018, I became curious about the status of a singlefamily home (near mine) that had been sold and was standing idle. With the very real threat of developers who seek to demolish every village home they can get their hands on, and a mayor who enthusiastically encourages such demolitions, I was becoming impatient with the system that, by design, keeps residents uninformed. I wanted answers. How was it possible that my immediate neighbors knew nothing about what was taking place on their own block? It turns out that several months ago, the Architectural Review Committee met at Village Hall to discuss the house in question. According to sources, my name

was on the designated list to be invited to this ARC meeting. My immediate neighbors were also on the list to be invited to this ARC meeting. I can attest to the fact that a least three neighbors, including myself, never received a written notice. Did any resident on that designated list receive notice, I wonder? Architects performing home renovation/construction in the village have always been required to send written notification to residents within a 200-foot radius. But our government has eliminated the standard operating procedure of Return/Receipt for ARC meetings. !Here’s where the honor system kicks in. Although the architect is still instructed to mail invitational letters (village provides the list) – there is no longer a process in place to monitor that the architect has fulfilled his obligation. Without the mechanism of return/ receipt, village government has removed all tangible proof that such a mailing did, in fact, take place. There is no paper trail tracking how many (if any) residents received the invitational letter. ! In the worst case scenario, and our Village of Great Neck is frequently a worst-case sce-

nario, an official ARC meeting could take place with zero attendance and zero participation from area residents. The benefit to the architect is as follows:! fewer residents in attendance means fewer objections to blueprint designs. Case in point: !In 2017, this same Honor System resulted in one resident in attendance at a critical meeting to discuss the subdivision of 35 Croydon. A single lot was designated to be divided into two single-family homes. This meeting should have been Standing Room Only. Instead, the sole resident in attendance was my own spouse – whose name was not even on the designated list – but who wanted to attend. !Where is the honor in that? Where is the transparency and accountability when critical meetings take place with row after row of empty chairs? Must we, as residents, resign ourselves to a collective sigh, thereby swallowing our anger and accepting the fact that deception by village government is the new normal? Only village residents, who are familiar with the community and its day-to-day workings, will pick up on potentially dangerous and glaring elements of a blueprint design that an out-of-area architect would never an-

ticipate. It all comes down to a single, disturbing fact. !We have elected leaders who have successfully removed our right to participate freely in our local government. They have, effectively, silenced us. I encourage you to share this letter with friends and commit to reading the Legal Notices of this newspaper on a weekly basis. Only then will you be informed on what is taking place in your community. If you have any hope of being an informed citizen in this Village, you will have to make an extraordinary effort. The cards are stacked against you. As in the game of chess, the players in village government are always two steps ahead, already calculating their next bold move. In this village, highly paid consultants and developers seem to finish first, while the taxpaying Everyman will always be the last to know. And when he or she does, it will be a fait accompli—too late to do anything about it. Judy Shore Rosenthal Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 61


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Voters approve budgets, re-elect trustees Continued from Page 1 tion. That year saw the defeat of an initial $85.9 million bond in February, 1,677 to 1,564, a rarity for the district sometimes framed as an attack on the public schools by community leaders. This in turn became a rallying cry for many parent leaders to get people in the district to vote. That election drew more than 8,000 voters to the polls in the second highest turnout ever to approve that budget 6,772 to 1,607, a revised bond proposal 6,299 to 1,925, and elect Jeffrey Shi and Rebecca Sassouni to the school board. Six candidates had originally vied for the two seats, with two people going for Healy’s seat and four for the one belonging to Gross, but eventually the race for Healy’s seat became uncontested and Shi defeated Nikolas Kron to secure Gross’ seat.

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Barbara Berkowitz and Donald Ashkenase were both re-elected to serve on the Great Neck school board. Michelle Ahdoot, the president of the United Parent-Teacher Council, said she was happy – although not too surprised – with the turnout this year in spite of stormy weather. She also thanked both the parent-teacher organizations for rallying voters and the community for coming out to support the school system. “I think this year is

what years past have been – that it’s just calm, we know that the budget makes sense,” Ahdoot said. “We know from all the presentations we’ve heard from [Assistant Superintendent for Business] John Powell and central admin the budget that is put together is sensible, it’s not pulled out of thin air, makes sense and it’s exactly what is necessary for our

wonderful community and amazing school system.” “It actually just warms my heart to see how everybody came out and supports and realizes how important a wonderful public school system is,” Ahdoot later added. Additionally, voters also approved a $9.76 million budget for the Great Neck Library, 1,709 to 456.

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1 contested election among 3 villages BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N At least one Great Neck village election in June will be contested, according to campaign filings, with the Voice of the Village Party fielding a candidate in the Village of Great Neck. Joe Gill, the village clerk-treasurer, made note of the contested election at a Tuesday night meeting. Perry Spector, running on the Voice of the Village Party line, is challenging incumbents Barton Sobel and Norman Namdar, who are members of the Great Neck Greater Village Party. The top two finishers will be elected. Residents elected Sobel, a Great Neck-based lawyer, to the Board of Trustees in 2010 after former Trustee Edna Guilor stepped down. Consequently, Sobel is currently the longest-serving trustee on the board, with Namdar being the second longest-serving member. They are among the last holdovers from the previous administration of Ralph Kreitzman, who served as mayor from 2007 until 2015, when Mayor Pedram Bral, Annie Mendelson and Ray Plakstis unseated him and two trustees. Bral and Mendelson faced a challenge last year from community activist Rebecca Rosenblatt Gilliar, who once

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Bart Sobel, seen here in a March meeting, and Norman Namdar, face a challenge from Perry Spector. backed Bral in an under-the-radar writein campaign to try unseating Kreitzman and two others in 2013 and ran the 2015 campaign, and running mate Adam Haral.

Plakstis resigned due to health issues, leading to Steven Hope being appointed to the board and elected in 2017. Angelique Melnyk, the deputy clerk of the Village of Lake Success, said Ste-

phen Lam, Peter Chang, and Robert Gal were running for trustee positions, while Mayor Adam Hoffman is running for reelection. All are running uncontested. The Village Party of Lake Success – the village’s sole political party – had voted to nominate Lam, Chang and Gal to run for trustee positions and Hoffman to run for mayor. Ira Levine, the former chairman of the Village Party, noted that the party had a “contested primary,” with four candidates going for three seats, and that, historically, the June elections end up uncontested because people respect the party election results. Fred Handsman, a longtime trustee, received the least amount of votes and was consequently not nominated. Trustee Alan Mindel, meanwhile, had declined to seek re-election due to “family and other commitments.” Campaign filings suggest that elections this year in Kings Point, meanwhile, are uncontested. Nobody has filed to run against Mayor Michael Kalnick and Trustees Sheldon Kwiat and David Harounian. Elections will take place on Tuesday, June 19. The six other Great Neck villages held elections in March.


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Yassin El-Ayouty offered a Friday night talk at Emanuel on “The Oneness of All Faiths.”

A standing ovation for the Mineola Choral Society at the conclusion of a Leonard Bernstein tribute concert conducted by Thomas Jones. PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE EMANUEL

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Dr. Kanti Rai offered a Thursday evening talk entitled, “What is New in Diseases of the Blood.” He is pictured here with Rabbi Robert S. Widom, Dr. Richard Libman, and Dr. H. David Lieberman.

Tom Stallone sang Broadway favorites at a matinee concert.

Israel addresses gun debate in novel BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Satires focusing on United States politics are hardly uncommon, but in the new book “Big Guns” that satire comes from a source inside the Beltway. Former Congressman Steve Israel recently published his second book and first since retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives early last year. “In the!15 years I served in the House of Representatives, there were 52 mass shootings,” said Israel, who represented the 3rd Congressional District now occupied by Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove). “The most prevalent question I faced after each one was, when will Congress do something?!The purpose of ‘Big Guns’ is to answer that question in the best way I know, through satire and snark, and from the inside.” The novel tells the story of an effort to ban guns in every American city, town and village, a campaign led by Chicago Mayor Michael Rodriguez. He is opposed by Otis Cogsworth, the chairman and CEO of Cogsworth International Arms, who convinces an Arkansas congressman to introduce legislation that every American must own a firearm.

Former Congressman Steve Israel When the mayor of a small Long Island village attempts to ban guns, Cogsworth orchestrates a recall election against her, pitting her against action movie actor Jack Steele in an election that features consultants, super-PACs and celebrities. Israel said that writing served as an escape from the pressures of Congress, and said it was something he had wanted to do growing up.

“When I grew up in Levittown, I had three dreams:! I wanted to be in Congress, I wanted to write novels, and I wanted to play centerfield for the New York Mets,” he said. “Since I didn’t excel at baseball, I focused on the first two dreams.” Israel’s first book was “The Global War on Morris,” which was published in 2015 while he was still in Congress. The novel tells the story of a mild-mannered Long Island man who mistakenly becomes the federal government’s public enemy No. 1. “I found myself attending meetings with President [George W.] Bush and Vice President [Dick] Cheney and was an eyewitness to the decisions that were being made at the highest level,” he said. “I became concerned that some of those decisions could be excessive and could hurt innocent Americans. So instead of writing a dry policy book expressing my concerns, I wrote a satire.” Israel said that his writing style is inspired primarily by American political satirist Christopher Buckley, along with Nelson DeMille, Mark Twain and “Catch-22” author Joseph Heller. On several occasions, he has spoken with Buck-

ley, who has helped the former congressman break through writer’s block and encouraged Israel’s writing. “I got an email from him once, which was better than getting a letter from the president of the United States,” Israel said. “The Washington Post compared my writing style to his, which is the deepest flattery I ever received.” Reviews from his Congressional colleagues have been more mixed. “Some, predictably, love it, and others who disagree with me on the issue don’t love it,” he said. “But I can tell you this: they all read it looking for their names.” Israel recently returned from California, where he had already sold the movie rights for “Big Guns.” He said he hopes to see the work adapted for the big or small screen, but Israel himself is focused on the written word. “I’m contemplating another satire, but there’s a debate going on in literary circles that in the current presidential administration, satire is hard to write because satire is a daily reality in Washington,” he said. “I’m going to wait and see how ‘Big Guns’ performs and then make some decisions with the next project.”


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Barak brings Israel to Sid Jacobson Former Israeli prime minister talks Trump, Jerusalem embassy, Iran nuclear deal

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke to an audience at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center on Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SID JACOBSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

The audience was filled for Barak’s talk. BY R E B ECC A K L A R Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak brought a piece of Israel to Roslyn last Thursday when he spoke to a packed room at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center. Which was exactly what Ariel Magal, director of the Randie Waldbaum Malinsky Center for Israel, was seeking to do. “He represents so many pieces in the puzzle that is Israel,” Magal said. “Hearing him speak is the manifestation of [the center’s] mission.” Barak is the most highly decorated soldier in Israel’s history and served as the 10th prime minister from 1999 to 2001. He went on to serve as the leader of the Labor Party until January 2011, and was minister of defense and deputy prime minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-

tanyahu’s second government form 2009 to 2013. Barak retired from politics in 2013, and recently released his book “My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace.” During his talk, Barak touched on the Trump administration’s decisions to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The moving of the embassy, which administrations had claimed they would do for decades but none acted on, became official on Monday – just days after Barak spoke. President Donald Trump first announced the embassy would be moved in December. Barak called it a “courageous decision” that should have been done 70 years

ago. Barak, who believes in a two-state solution, said the moving of the embassy does not exclude Palestinians. Once a Palestinian state exists, an embassy can also be in Jerusalem for Palestine. Just hours before Ivanka Trump unveiled the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, at least 60 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, according to The New York Times. While Barak supported Trump’s decision to move the embassy, he did not agree with the president’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal last Tuesday. Barak called it a “bad deal” but a “done deal.” The nuclear deal, formed in 2015, is an agreement between several world powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Ger-

many, in which Iran agreed to limit nuclear activities. “I cannot see what is the great advantage in this pulling out,” Barak said. “Basically, the Iranians are complying with the agreement, whether we like it or not … it’s frustrating, but they’re complying.” During a question and answer period with the audience, Barak also addressed what some described as declining bipartisan support for Israel. Barak did not attribute it to a change in the American political climate but rather to Israel’s recent policies. Barak said the current Israeli government under Netanyahu, in many ways, is wrong. In order to get the popular support of Americans, it is not enough for Israel to be strong, Barak said. “Of course, everyone respects strength,” Barak said. “But in order to attract support of Americans, especially Jews in America, especially young young Jews in America, we always have to hold the moral high ground.”

South High among top 200 schools: report Continued from Page 10 Great Neck South High School at 195th. Six schools also made it into the top 100 statewide: Great Neck North at No. 21, Manhasset Secondary School at rank 25, Great Neck South High ranking 30th, Roslyn High School at 32nd, Herricks

High School at 33rd and Paul D. Schreiber High School at No. 36. Mineola High School, New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Floral Park Memorial High School and the Wheatley School – now a top school in the report – did not receive rankings last year.

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Ex N. Hempstead Dem chair jailed Gerard Terry held after hearing in county court, pending sentencing for state tax fraud BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Former North Hempstead Democratic Chairman Gerard Terry was jailed on Tuesday after a hearing in Nassau County Court, pending sentencing for state tax fraud in June. The decision by acting Supreme Court Justice Christopher Quinn follows a push by Stephen Scaring, Terry’s attorney, to ensure that there would be no extra jail time for his client. Susan Deedy-Mahoney, the court clerk for Quinn, said Terry was sent to jail Tuesday and that Quinn pushed the sentencing on state tax fraud charges to June 4, a few days after a scheduled federal sentencing on May 29. The move came after Scaring sent a letter to federal Judge Joanna Seybert asking her to consider changing the sentencing date on the federal tax fraud charges from May 29 to May 14, in hopes of preceding the previously set state court sentencing date of Tuesday. “While the state court has committed a sentence concur-

In that time he took jobs stead, the villages of Port Washrent with whatever sentence ing nearly $1.4 million in inYour Honor may impose, the de- come tax despite earning over with various government entities ington and Manorhaven, and like the Town of North Hemp- other agencies in Nassau County. fendant will not receive the ben- $250,000 per year since 2000. efit of that commitment unless his state sentence follows the sentence that Your Honor may impose,” Scaring had written. Prosecutors have pushed for a 54-month sentence, while Terry supporters have urged leniency given Terry’s expertise, character and health issues. Terry, of Roslyn Heights, pleaded guilty to state and federal tax fraud charges last year. Terry!pleaded guilty in September in County Court to a count of criminal tax fraud and failing to pay $3,000 in state taxes. He had been charged with felony tax fraud for allegedly omitting income from his 2013, 2014, and 2015 state tax returns, as well as three counts of offering a false instrument. A guilty plea to nearly $1 million in federal tax evasion, which carries with it up to five years of imprisonment, restituPHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN tion to the IRS and a fine of up to $100,000, followed in October. Prosecutors previously said Gerard Terry was ordered to jail from Nassau County Court on Tuesday, pending a June 4 Terry, an attorney, avoided pay- sentencing.


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Phillips-backed bill sparks debate BY R E B ECC A K L A R State. Sen. Elaine Phillips is one of three co-prime sponsors of a bill introduced on Thursday intended to help victims of childhood sexual abuse seek justice, following years of the GOP not bringing the Child Victims Act to a vote. The Child Victims Act, which would expand the statute of limitations for both civil and criminal cases, passed for the sixth time in the Assembly last week. Gary Greenberg,! founder of ProtectNYKids,! said the GOP-proposed legislation is a step in the right direction. Other advocates, such as Marci Hamilton, founding member of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators founding, said it is a terrible bill. “It is outrageous that the Republicans are in the business of subsidizing institutions, which is what it does,” Hamilton said. The cornerstone of the proposed legislation is creating a state compensation fund that will be available to all time-barred victims of child sexual abuse. The fund, which will be overseen by the New York state comptroller and a chief administrator,

will consist of $300 million in asset forfeiture funds from the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Victims will go through a hearing and review process, facilitated by a hearing officer experienced in sexual abuse cases, and the claims administrator will make a decision on compensation. Information about the abuser’s name will be made public in cases receiving awards. In addition to the fund, the legislation would eliminate the statue of limitations for the criminal prosecution of sex offenses against children. However, the proposed Senate bill would keep the statute of limitations for civil cases at age 23 – which is one key difference with the Child Victims Act. The Child Victims Act would expand the criminal statute of limitations to victims who are 28 years old and civil statute of limitations to victims up to 50 years old. Another difference between the GOP’s proposed bill and the Assembly’s passed Child Victims Act, is the state Senate’s legislation lacks the one-year look back window for past cases to be tried. The look-back window was a main reason many religious

State. Sen. Elaine Phillips groups, including the New York State Catholic Conference, oppose the Child Victims Act. With the fund, the government will be footing the cost of the payouts as opposed to institutions. “This is a truly terrible idea, but what’s shocking about it is that it’s using available state funds in order to make sure that … all the institutions responsible don’t have to pay for what they did,” Hamilton said. Under the proposed legislation, institutions “don’t pay a dol-

lar,” Hamilton said. Hamilton said the fund also uses money that could go toward improving public schools or child protective services. Greenberg said the fund will help the “96 percent of victims who are abused by non-institutional cases.” “They weren’t abused by a priest, or rabbi, or a teacher,” Greenberg said. “They were abused by a stranger, they were abused by a family member, in most cases. The large majority of these cases lawyers will not take … I’ve been doing this for a long time and I haven’t had one lawyer approach me about suing my predator.” In a statement Phillips said the time has come in New York to compensate all victims. “I am proud to sponsor this historic legislation, which not only includes providing timely restitution for victims, but also eliminates the statute of limitations for criminal child sex abuse offenses,” Phillips said. “With the input of advocates and experts, the New York Child Victims Reconciliation and Compensation Fund was crafted to ensure victims receive the compensation they are due and that additional measures are made to

protect New York’s children.” The legislation though, does not help all victims, Hamilton said. She added that it’s not a $300 million fund for incest victims, “it’s a fund for all victims, and that’s why it is so immoral.” The “family justification,” Hamilton said, doesn’t justify letting the institutions off the hook. Greenberg said the bill is still a work in progress, but said it is a sincere attempt on behalf of the Republicans to help victims. Hamilton said there is a chance the Child Victims Act will get passed after the November elections. Currently, the GOP has a 3231 working majority, with Brooklyn Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder caucusing with the Republicans. Already a handful of GOP incumbents have decided not to run. In District 7, Phillips has drawn two Democratic challengers: North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan and Brad Schwartz. Both Democrats have said they would vote for the Child Victims Act if elected.

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Sheldon Silver convicted in retrial Second trial produces same result for former Assembly speaker, Manhattan Democrat BY LU K E TORRANCE When former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had his conviction overturned last year, he hoped the retrial would end differently than his 2015 trial. But Silver received the same verdict last Friday that he received three years ago: guilty. “Obviously, I’m disappointed at this point, but I’m confident that the judicial process will play out in my favor,” he said, according to Newsday. Silver was found guilty on all seven counts of bribery, extortion, money laundering and honest services fraud for a pair of schemes that secured him more than $1 million in kickbacks disguised as legal referral fees. Among those who paid Silver were a New Hyde Parkbased real estate firm, Glenwood Management; a Manhattan developer; and a Manhattan physician, Dr. Robert Taub. These payments were made through a Manhattan law firm

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted in his retrial. where Silver was of counsel over a 10-year period when the Manhattan Democrat was one of the most powerful men in the state. In exchange for the payments, Silver directed state"actions that benefited Dr. Taub and the two luxury real estate

developers. Silver remains free on bail and will be sentenced on July 13, according to The New York Times. In his first trial, Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The jury’s decision drew praise from former U.S. Attor-

ney Preet Bharara, who took to Twitter on Friday to congratulate the prosecution. “Great work by the SDNY team once again,” he wrote, referring to the Southern District of New York. “All New Yorkers should be grateful.” Despite expressing" his disappointment with the decision, Silver said he was optimistic that he would win another appeal, according to Newsday. Silver was first elected to the state Assembly in 1973. He was speaker, a position that gave him sway over many major legislative decisions, from 1994 until his arrest in January 2015. Silver was convicted later in 2015, but that decision was overturned last year following a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of corruption. While Silver’s lawyers praised the decision, prosecutors said they were confident that they would be able to convict Silver a second time. “Although it will be delayed, we do not expect justice

to be denied,” said Joon H. Kim, then the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York,"when the conviction was overturned. Silver will be followed in court by another Albany power broker who had his conviction overturned: Dean Skelos. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) served as the Senate Majority Leader from 2011 to 2015, when he and his son, Adam, were arrested and charged with six counts of corruption. Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos were accused of using the former’s political power and influence to secure more than $300,000 in payments for Adam from Glenwood Management, Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers in Roslyn and Arizonabased environmental technology firm AbTech Industries. Like Silver, Dean and Adam Skelos had their convictions overturned following the Supreme Court narrowing the definition of corruption. The Skelos retrial will begin in June.


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ence. “Minimizing the use of plastic bags is a logical and important step in keeping our bays and oceans free of the perils of plastic bags and the dangers they pose to our marine life.” The elected officials were joined by environmental activists and policy advocates also supporting the bill. The law would require a five-cent fee for single-use plastic bags at supermarkets. Money collected would go to the stores. Residents who use the New York state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or New York state Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children are not subject to the proposed fee. Since similar laws were passed in Suffolk and Long Beach, plastic bag usage has gone down by 70 to 80 percent, according to Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D-Freeport). The minority’s bill follows an April announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a bill to ban plastic bags statewide. Mulé said a county law is necessary because it is not known when the state law would pass, and because the proposed state ban on plastic bags would likely just increase the use of paper bags. If approved, the county’s law would fine stores that do not abide by the fee. Fines would start at $250 for a firsttime violation and go up to $750 for a third-time violation.#If violations continue, each day would constitute a separate, additional fine.

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near and Andy Aledort, on June 30 and Roomful of Blues July 1. July 4 will be sandwiched by blues this year, with Long Island’s Blue Velvo performing original blues, roots and rock songs on July 3 with Ray Lambiase and the Tin Kickers and Blue Race on July 5 with Jeanna Lewis. The stage will be packed in July, with jazz fusion band Brand X performing July 6, Robert Gordon on July 7, 15-year-old Long Islander Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer on July 11, reggae group Third World on July 12, John Hammond on July 13, and!Garland Jeffreys with!Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros on July 14.

The month finishes with singer-songwriter Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root with Dirk Miller on July 18, adult contemporary group Vista Hill on July 19, Zebra on July 20, Buffalo-based jazz fusion band!Spyro Gyra on July 21, singersongwriter!Jill Sobule on July 25, blues quartet NRBQ on July 27 and guitar legend Arlen Roth on July 28. Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner opens the August schedule on Aug. 3 followed by back-to-back performances by Long Island Music Hall of Fame members Barnaby Bye on Aug. 4 and 5. The first show is sold out, but tickets are available for the second performance.

Sophie B. Hawkins kicks off the following weekend with a performance on Aug. 9 followed by the Sweet Suzi Blues Band on Aug. 10, The Blasters with special guest Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones on Aug. 11. Singer-songwriter Howie Day on Aug. 16, Glenn Tilbrook on Aug. 17, Ken McGorry and the Achievements featuring Ray Lambiase and The Stollers on Aug. 23 and the Christine Spero Group finish out the month. Tickets and memberships for the 200-seat supper club are available on the!My Father’s Place website.


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The top seven events

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Tony Bennett

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Beloved crooner Tony Bennett, known for the hits “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” will perform for two nights.

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Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 • thetheatreatwestbury.com

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Musical: “Dreamgirls”

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. (ongoing performances through June 17) Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, the musical follows the story of a female singing trio from Chicago called “The Dreams” and the behind-the-scenes drama on their road to stardom. Where: Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 East Main St., Smithtown Info & Tickets: (631) 724-3700 • smithtownpac.org

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The Fab Faux: “The Beatles in Love & The Beatles in Rock”

Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. On the day when the world will be watching a royal wedding, this evening concert will honor British music royalty as The Fab Faux takes the stage to perform the Beatles’ many love ballads and rock songs. Where: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 283-5566 • thespaceatwestbury.com

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Aztec Two Step: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook

292 Plandome Rd Manhasset, NY 11030 516-918-9488 Mon-Fri 5:30am-7pm Sat-Sun 7am-7pm @forfive ForFiveCoffee.com

Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. One of acoustic music’s most enduring acts, Aztec Two-Step masterfully interprets and performs the timeless harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel — songs from “Mrs. Robinson” and “Kodachrome,” to “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Where: Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theatre 232 Main St., Port Washington Info: (516) 767-1384 • landmarkonmainstreet.org


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Jackson Browne Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m.

If you never saw Jackson Browne perform live in concert, this is your opportunity to hear the rocker play all his greatest hits, including “Running on Empty,” “Take it Easy,” “The Load-Out,” “Stay,” and many more. Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 thetheatreatwestbury.com

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Gold Coast Arts Center Film Screening: “Hearts Beat Loud”

Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Through their music, they begin to connect in new ways and, in turn, both learn about growing up, letting go, and the power of music. Where: Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Info & Tickets: (516) 829-2570 • goldcoastarts.org

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70th Anniversary of the State of Israel: A Cultural Celebration

Thursday, May 24, 7 to 9 p.m. This event, marking Israel’s 70th year as a nation, is presented in partnership with Sen. Elaine Phillips and includes a Q&A and book signing with author Francine Klagsbrun, recipient of the National Jewish Book Council’s Book of Year for “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.” Preferred seating will be offered to those who pre-purchase the book. Although this is a free event, RSVP is required. " Where: Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Info & to RSVP: (516) 829-2570 • goldcoastarts.org

5/31 6-10PM 6/1 6-11PM 6/2 2-11PM 6/3 12-9PM Free Admission • Free Parking • Free Shuttle Bus Service Greek, Cypriot, and American Cuisine, Desserts and Pastries, Wine and Beer Garden, Live Music, Dance Performances, Amusement Rides and Games, Cathedral Tours, Marketplace and Flea Market, Special Events, and much more!

Motorcycle Blessing Thu., 5/31, 6:30 p.m. Basile Comedy Show Sun., 6/3, 3 p.m.


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LEO’S Serving Leo’s Famous Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 8-11:30AM

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Saturday Only 25% Off Entire Lunch or Dinner Check Cash Only • Alcohol not included • Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 5/24/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Sunday Only 30% Off Entire Dinner Check

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Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 5/24/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

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Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly and puppet-filled musical about saving the world from environmental disaster. In this reinvention of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff ” fairy tale, children ages 3 and up will learn the importance of taking care of the environment.

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Children ages 6 and up can join a guided walk in the gardens to unearth their inner artist. They will gather natural inspiration to form a seasonally-inspired take-home craft. The event is free with museum admission.

Where: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury Info: 516-333-0048 or oldwestbutygardens.org

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Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m. (ongoing performances through June 24)

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets wins a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy, but the children involved in the hunt must follow Mr. Wonka’s rules — or suffer the consequences. All seats $15.

Where: Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 East Main St., Smithtown Info & Tickets: 631-724-3700 or smithtownpac.org

ater Safety Day at Goldfish Swim W School Saturday, May 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4. Goldfish Swim School will host a free Water Safety Day, where children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer. Where: Goldfish Swim School, 650 Stewart Ave., Garden City

Info: 516-267-5120 or goldfishswimschool.com

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rt Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Tuesday, May 22, 4 to 5:15 p.m. (also on June 5 and 12)

Based on current exhibitions at the museum, this workshop encourages teens with autism to explore different methods of art making and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. They will receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills.

Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor Info: 516-484-9337, nfletcher@nassaumuseum.org or nassaumuseum.org


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Granat, Segall sing in spirit of Sinatra, Simon BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Harvey Granat, a businessman turned cabaret singer in the late 1980s, said he first performed at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck a few years ago after knowing Rabbi Robert Widom for many more. Now he, along with his daughter Cheryl Segall, will be singing there on Tuesday for the fourth time – marking a countdown to Granat’s 300th performance, since he hosted his 275th show last Sunday. “I always wanted to sing and then business got in the way,” Granat, who has lived in the Great Neck area for more than 30 years, said in an interview. “I was in finance,” Granat said later. “We still have a boutique investment banking firm where we work with companies who are interested in either selling the company or buying a company or raising capital and we are the advisers who make that happen.” Granat said his turn to cabaret singing could be linked to Michael Moriarty, an actor and pianist who had also chaired the board of a theater company. One day Moriarty asked him to sing as he sat down to play piano, Granat said. “The long story short is he’s the one that got me started,” Granat said. Since making the turn to cabaret singing, thanks in part to a string of connections, Granat has performed in numerous clubs, resorts, venues and private functions. He said he has drawn influence from

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the Gershwins and the partnership between Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, particularly for the emotional resonance in their songs. “They get to me emotionally,” Granat said. In the case of the Tuesday performance, Granat and Segall will channel the works of Frank Sinatra and Carly Simon. Granat said during the performance, to be 90 minutes long, listeners could expect “some of the most beautiful songs and the stories behind those songs,” as well as “the influence that Sinatra had on Carly Simon.” “I want the audience to leave knowing something they haven’t known before,” Granat said, noting he tends to do a lot of research on artists before each performance. He characterized Sinatra as one of the “great singers” of his time for being able to bring a story to life on stage through song. “They interpret the lyric so that you’re watching and listening to a story being told,” Granat said. “I particularly feel very strongly about the men and women who wrote the lyrics to these great songs. I consider them the poets of our country.” “And I feel it’s my obligation and my joy to understand that lyric before I perform it so I’m a storyteller,” Granat added. Admission is free. Call 516-482-5701 for further information. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane.

Dance performance “The Wonder of Magic” June 3rd, 2-5:30pm Mineola High School. For tickets call 516-222-2849

Auditions for our Competition Team are on June 8th, 6-8 pm

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Cheryl Segall and Harvey Granat will be performing at Temple Emanuel on May 22.


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S U N D A Y, J U N E 3 • D O C K D A Y & C R A F T F E S T I VA L CELEBRAT ING PORT ’S NAU T ICAL HERI TAGE & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

The Town of North Hempstead and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce invite you to our 28th HarborFest. The festivities go into full swing at 10AM on Dock Day, Sunday, June 3.

Free Admission, Free Trolley & Shuttle Buses and Free Parking at the Railroad Station and Manorhaven Park

Dock Day & Craft Festival

An all-day event at the waterfront of Manhasset Bay on Sunday, June 3, includes:

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Craft Fair – 90 vendors along lower Main Street Nautical Singers and Entertainment Enviro-Expo Sails aboard the schooner SoundWaters Historical and Scenic Boat Tours of Manhasset Bay Fire Boat Demonstrations Children’s Fun Park: PRC Games and Crafts, Family Fun Stage & Talent Show, Treasure Chest, Science Fun, Sports, Dunk Tank, Gymnastics, More! Model Boat Regatta at Baxter’s Pond, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

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New Nautical Exhibit in Pride of Cow Bay Museum: “Preserve Our Beautiful Bay: Photos by Les Cuneo” “Art In The Park” Exhibits and Free Workshops PAL Baseball and Basketball Contests Tours of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club Free Rides on the BID Trolley Kayaking and Paddle Boarding “A Taste of Port Washington” Food Court Port Merchant & Organization Booths Free Reusable Tote Bags

HarborFest 2018 Sponsors

Admiral Sponsor: Anton Media Group

A.A. Madison Taxi/Manorhaven Taxi/Port Washington Taxi, Allstate Insurance – James Carew Agency, Anthony’s World of Floors, Atlantic Outfitters, Austin F. Knowles Inc. Funeral Home, Baxter’s Pond Foundation, Blank Slate Media – Port Washington Times, C2 Education, Center Island Contracting, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors, Dance Arts Centre, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, Dental 365, Diane’s Place Hair Salon, Dime Community Bank, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Greater Port Washington BID, Healthy Kids Pediatrics, Home Run Electric, InForm Fitness, Island Athletics, Keller Williams Gold Coast Realty, Ken Maguire & Assoc., Kiwanis Club of Manhasset/Port Washington, Knights of Columbus, Little Gym of Roslyn, Long Island Boat Rentals, Manhasset Bay Sportsmens Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Maura Bros. & Company, Newsday Home Delivery, Newsday Media Group, North Shore Yacht Club, Northwell Health, Orangetheory Fitness of Port Washington, Port Salt Cave, Port Washington Calendar, Port Washington Dental, Port Washington Federal Credit Union, Port Washington Public Library Foundation – Tepper Intergenerational Program, Port Washington Public Library – Nautical Advisory Council, Port Washington Yacht Club, Power Home Remodeling, Precision Work, Renewal By Andersen, Salvatore’s Coal Oven Pizza, Sandata Technologies, Sands Point Center for Health & Rehabilitation, Sheehan & Company – CPA, Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, Sid Jacobson JCC – Cohen Parenting Center, Spectrum Designs Foundation, St. Francis Hospital – DeMatteis Center, Strong’s Marine, Sylvan Learning Center, Toms Point Marina, Total Dollar Insurance

Special thanks: The Art Guild, Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace, Baxter’s Pond Foundation, CancerCare’s “Red Stocking Revue,” Grassroots Environmental Education, Nassau County, North Shore Vision – Dr. Scott Weil, Panera Bread, the Parent Resource Center, the Port Washington Fire Department, the Port Washington Police District, the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District, The Schmear Bakery and Market, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, Town of North Hempstead Highway Dept., Town of North Hempstead Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and the Village of Baxter Estates. For more information, call the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce at (516) 883-6566 or email: office@pwcoc.org

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GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER GOLDCOASTARTS.ORG | 516-829-2570

SUNDAY, MAY 20 | 4:00pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 | 7:30pm

THURSDAY, MAY 24 | 7:00pm

‘URBAN POP ’ EXHIBITION OPENING AND ARTIST RECEPTION

HEARTS BEAT LOUD

70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL: A CULTURAL CELEBRATION

THURSDAY, MAY 31 | 7:30pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 | 8:00pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 | 7:30pm

1968 & BEYOND: A LENNON TRIBUTE CONCERT WITH IMAGINE JOHN

A KID LIKE JAKE

Attention all Beatlemaniacs! Let’s bring it back to 1968! Join us for a rockin’ concert with Imagine John featuring Gary Van Scyoc, Elephants Memory, and Jimmy Mack on guitar.

Brooklyn parents Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) are lucky to have a kid like Jake. Their four-year-old is bright, creative, and just happens to prefer Disney princesses to toy cars and skirts to jeans. Alex and Greg have one patch of common ground between them: their fierce desire to do what’s right for Jake.

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Our annual Festival of the Arts performances conclude with our music students! They will be performing infront of friends and family to showcase their newfound skills!

Single dad (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) off to college. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes a hit, the two embark on a journey of love & musical discovery.

Our Making Memories with Music events will allow participants with opportunities to sing, clap and laugh along with our specially trained musicians. This stroll down Memory Lane will engage everyone in attendance.

Join us for an evening of food, music and a book signing with author Francine Klagsbrun for her book Lioness, Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. Co-presented by NY State Senator, Elaine Phillips.

The Quest of Alain Ducasse: Film Screening paired with cocktail tasting of Ducasse classics prepared by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Ginor

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New estate tax and capital gains taxes You may have heard that the current federal estate tax threshold is $11.18 million. What, if anything does this mean for the 99 percent of Americans who are below this level? Can we happily tune out of the estate planning discussion?! Not if you engaged in any type of estate tax planning during the past 20 years. Here’s why: Most estate tax planning has historically focused on reducing the amount of assets includible in a decedent’s ‘gross taxable estate’. If, for example, we did estate tax planning in 2002, our goal was to reduce the gross taxable estate to $1.0 million. Anything above this would have been taxed at a rate of 40 percent upon death. Some people made a gift of the excess directly to children. !Others (wisely) concerned about the children ’s possible liabilities such as divorce, gifted the excess assets to various types of estate tax trusts. These moves were correct at the time, but triggered a lurking capital gains tax problem for the gifted assets.

The reason for this is that a completed gift (whether to a trust or outright to a person) results in what’s called a ‘carryover’ basis. The original purchase price becomes the recipient’s “floor” to measure future possible (capital) gain upon sale.! Let’s say I bought stock for $20 and gifted it to my son during my life. If it is worth $50 upon my death, he will have to pay capital gains taxes on the $30 difference when he sells. By contrast, if I keep the stock and Junior inherits it through my will, living trust, or beneficiary designation, he gets a so-called ‘step-up’ in cost basis to the fair market value ($50) as of my date of death. He would then pay no capital gains taxes upon sale of the asset.! Specifically, the Internal Revenue Code (Sec. 1015)! provides that assets includible in a decedent’s gross taxable estate go to the new owner with a date of death cost basis. To reduce capital gains taxes as much as possible, our goal was always to maximize what passed through the gross taxable estate

ANN-MARGARET CARROZZA without overshooting the mark. Remember that every dollar in excess of the applicable threshold incurred 40 percent estate taxes. We, therefore, opted to move these ‘excess’ assets, even though doing so triggered a (historically 15-18 percent) capital gains problem. Using numbers to illustrate, if my estate was $1,100,000 in the year 2000, I wanted my children to avoid having to pay 40 percent tax on the $100,000 estate taxable amount. I would have been correct

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Potential long-term expenses to account for in retirement

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etirement planning involves more than just investing in a 401(k) and/or IRA. Individuals who hope to live comfortably in retirement must account for various expenses, including those associated with their health. A 2013 report from the U.S. Senate’s Commission on Long-Term Care found that each year an estimated 12 million adults in the United States require some type of long-term care. Planning for the following potential expenses can help men and women ensure they will have enough money to live well in retirement. Housing: Many individuals would prefer to spend their golden years living in their own homes. However, adults who can no longer take care of themselves and/or their homes may need to move. Homeowners who simply want to downsize may be able to finance their transitions to retirement communities by selling their existing homes. But those who need to move into assisted living facilities may find that even selling their homes might not provide enough capital to pay for such residences. According Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the annual cost of assisted living facilities greatly varies by state, with costs as high as $65,550 in Massachusetts and as low as $30,438 in Missouri. Whether they invest in long-term care insurance or develop another plan with their financial advisors, men and women must consider ways to finance potential housing costs in retirement. Renovations: Home renovations are another potential cost in retirement. Aging men and women who can no longer comfortably navigate staircases but are otherwise healthy may need to renovate their homes to account for their limited mobility. Such renovations might include the installation of a staircase chair lift and/or a ramp connected to the entryway of a home. Some may even need to convert a first-floor den or living area into a bedroom, which may also require adding a full bathroom. Maintenance: Homeowners who want to stay in their homes in

retirement must also factor potential maintenance costs into their retirement plans. Aging men and women may no longer be capable of maintaining their properties in retirement. Consider the potential costs of landscaping, home maintenance and maid services when making a retirement plan. Transportation: Diminishing vision and slower reaction times compel many retirees to give up driving. But retirees who still enjoy getting out and about will still need a way to get around. Moving to a retirement community with daily shuttle service to and from town centers is one way for seniors who no longer drive to get around. But men and women who do not want to move to such communities will need to find alternative means of transportation, the costs of which can add up quickly. Financial freedom in retirement is a goal for many working professionals. Attaining such freedom involves planning and saving for all potential expenses in retirement.

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THREE WAYS TO MAINTAIN GOOD CREDIT

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good credit score can go a long way toward helping men and women secure their financial futures. When armed with a good credit score, men and women can secure lower interest rates on mortgages and auto loans, saving them thousands upon thousands of dollars over their lifetimes. Some people deftly use credit to their advantage their whole lives by never missing a payment or never digging themselves into deep holes with regard to consumer debt. Others fight an uphill battle, earning a great credit score after digging themselves out of debt accumulated in early adulthood. Regardless of how men and women made it to the top of the credit score mountain, once they’re there the work has only just begun. Credit scores are fluid, so high scores must be maintained in order for lenders to continue to view prospective borrowers as worthy investments. The following are a handful of ways consumers can maintain their high credit scores so they can continue to benefit from their well-earned financial reputations. 1. Routinely monitor your score. Credit scores change constantly, so it’s important that you continue to monitor your score to make sure there are no inaccuracies that can affect your standing. While each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) must supply one free copy of your credit report every 12 months upon your request, some credit card companies now offer free monthly credit report updates. Cardholders can take advantage of such offerings to monitor their scores. Report any discrepancies to the appropriate rating agency immediately. 2. Sign up for automatic bill pay. Credit scores can plunge quickly when

consumers miss payments. No one is perfect, so it’s not out of the question that you might miss a payment one time. Numerous factors contribute to your credit score, but payment history is perhaps the most influential variable when determining the final score, so a single missed payment can do significant harm. One way to avoid that and protect your credit score at the same time is to sign up for automatic bill pay. When signing up, use a bank account that always has a relatively high balance so you don’t run the risk of having insubstantial funds when the money is automatically deducted from your account. 3. Don’t use too much of your credit. One of the benefits of having a great credit score is your available credit is likely to go up. That’s because lenders see consumers with high credit scores as good investments worthy of higher lines of credit. But using too much credit, even when you have a high score, can be detrimental to that score. Credit utilization is another factor used to determine your credit score. Your credit utilization rate is the sum of all your balances divided by your total available credit. A study from CreditKarma.com found a strong correlation between credit utilization rates and credit scores, as consumers who had lower utilization rates generally had higher scores. While it’s important to use credit (the study also found those with a zero percent utilization rate had lower credit scores than consumers with rates between 1 and 20 percent), avoid using too much of your available credit. Even if you pay your balances in full and on time each month, a high utilization rate may hurt your score. Achieving a good credit score is only half the battle for consumers. Once that credit score is high, consumers must take steps to maintain it so they can continue to benefit for years to come.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

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urchasing a house or property is about more than setting up a home. Although quite a number of people buy real estate to establish their future, long-term abodes, many others recognize the potentially lucrative investment that lies within a real estate purchase. Despite the ups and downs of the economy, real estate has become a common investment vehicle — one that has plenty of potential for making big gains for those who are willing to put in the effort. According to the experts at Entrepreneur, even in a bad economy, real estate investments will usually fare better than stocks. Real estate also continues to appreciate despite the occasional economical slow-down. Like any other endeavor, there is a right and a wrong way to go about investing in real estate. Novices may not know where to begin their first forays into the real estate market as investors, even if they already own their own homes. Buying a property as an investment is an entirely different animal than buying a home to establish a residence. However, with the right guidance, anyone can dabble in real estate.

Establish financial goals. Before you even begin looking at properties or put forth the effort of meeting with an agent, you must determine what you expect from the investment. The days of buying real estate and flipping it for a fast profit may no longer be here. However, real estate can provide a steady stream of long-term income. Understand what you hope to achieve by investing. If it’s to become an overnight millionaire, you may be looking at the wrong investment vehicle in real estate. Establish a plan. New investors who do not have a plan in place will likely

spend too much or have more setbacks than others who have planned accordingly. When investing in real estate, it’s more about the bottom line than the property itself. According to Springboard Academy, a real estate academy for investors, look for motivated sellers and stick to a set purchase price. Try to make offers on a variety of properties that work in your financial favor. And know what you want to do with the property (i.e., renovate and sell, remove and rebuild, or rehab and rent) before you buy. Fit the house to the plan, and not vice-versa. Start small. If this is your first time out there, stick with properties that will turn over quickly. Research areas in and around urban centers or close to transportation and shopping. A good starter property is a small house or a condominium that can be refurbished and then rented. Rental properties offer steady sources of income when renters are properly vetted, offers Investopedia, an investment resource. Look at many different properties. Become an expert by learning as much as you can about what is out there. Attend open houses; look for vacant/unattractive properties; scour the classifieds in your local paper; or put the word out there that you’re interested in buying a property. Only look at properties that have motivated sellers, because then you’ll get closest to the price you want to pay. And don’t forget to research the area and the home turnover rate for the specific area where you are looking. Don’t make assumptions that a property will appreciate without doing your homework. Real estate can be a worthy investment opportunity. With research, a plan and the right price, just about anyone can be a real estate investor.


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HOW COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN CUT LIVING EXPENSES

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he cost of college tuition is a concern for many college-bound students and their families. The cost of a college education continues to rise, but it’s not just tuition and room and board that students and their families must account for. College students may underestimate cost-of-living expenses when planning their school-year budgets. But such expenses can be substantial, catching even the most well-prepared students off guard. Fortunately, there are several ways for college students to save money on living expenses and still make the most of their time on campus. Venture off campus. Towns that rely heavily on colleges or universities

to support their economies typically offer great deals to students willing to venture off campus. Local businesses, including bars, restaurants and entertainment venues like mini golf facilities or bowling alleys, may offer student discounts to entice kids to leave campus. Students can take advantage of these offerings to save on food and entertainment, which tend to be among the more pricey costof-living expenses college students contend with. Buy secondhand furnishings. College students living in their own apartments or dorm rooms may not have the financial resources to purchase new furniture. Rather than purchasing brand new items they are likely to discard after moving out or graduating, college students can purchase secondhand items from local thrift stores or used furniture retailers that offer sturdy furnishings at low prices. Become a resident advisor. Resident advisors, often referred to as “R.A.’s,” typically receive free or reduced room and board in exchange for living in the dorms and monitoring the floors they live on. Competition to be an R.A. can be competitive, but students who

become R.A.’s can save thousands of dollars on room and board costs over the course of their time at school. Make your own meals. Meal plans may be ideal for college students during their freshmen years, when students may still be adjusting to campus life. But older college students can skip the meal plan in favor of preparing their own meals. Doing so can save students substantial amounts of money, and some students may even prefer the variety available at the local grocery store over the more limited offerings available at dining halls or other campus eateries. Move off campus. Some schools do not permit freshmen and sophomores to live off-campus, but older students may find that private housing is more affordable than on-campus apartments or dormitories. Students eligible to live in off-campus housing can contact local real estate agents to get a feel for the off-campus housing market before making a final decision. Cost-of-living expenses at colleges and universities can be considerable, but savvy students can find various ways to save money.

REPAY STUDENT LOANS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

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illions of people fund their college educations with student loans. Such loans can make it possible for students to attend the very best universities in the world, but they also can be burdensome when students graduate and face the unenviable task of repayment. Student loan debt figures are staggering. According to Debt. org, student loan debt in the United States is roughly $1.2 trillion, while the Canadian Federation of Students reports that education-related debt in Canada is more than $19 billion, a figure that reflects the cost of college tuition rising more than 137 percent in the last quarter century. The college resource website Cappex.com estimates that the average student debt for members of the class of 2016 is $37,173, a jaw dropping 6 percent increase from the average debt held by members of the class of 2015 upon graduation. Paying down that debt can seem like a daunting task, but recent grads need not fret that they will still be paying off student loans when their own children are ready to enroll in college or university. The following are a few

homeowners can work to achieve that goal before age 30. Once that goal has been set, grads can research average home costs in their desired areas. Such information can motivate grads to pay off their student loans as quickly as possible so they can be on track to achieve their larger goal of buying a home in accordance to their preestablished goal.

strategies college grads may want to consider as they look for ways to pay off their student loans as quickly as possible. Create a monthly budget before the repayment period begins. Monthly budgets are an essential element of sound financial planning, but grads should not wait until their repayment period begins to develop their budgets. Even if the repayment grace period has just begun, grads should build at least the minimum required payment into their monthly budgets. Simply put the money into a savings account until the repayment period begins. Adjusting to repaying loans as early as possible can soften the blow once the repayment period actually begins. Pay more than the minimum. Grads will have a relatively brief grace period to start repaying their loans after graduating. For those who are not going on to graduate or professional school, that grace period may be six months. As the due date for that first payment draws near, grads will receive a letter from their lenders indicating their overall debt and their minimum monthly payment. Paying more than that minimum monthly

payment can help borrowers pay off their student loans far faster than simply paying the minimum each month. Many homeowners employ this strategy with their mortgages, and grads can do the same when repaying their student loans. Establish short-term financial goals. Short-term financial goals can motivate borrowers to maintain their financial discipline, especially in those initial years after college when many new graduates struggle with money management. Be specific about goals, making sure to pick a target date to repay student loans in full. Grads who want to become

Live with a roommate or roommates. Recent graduates who landed their first professional job may feel living alone is the ultimate illustration of their financial independence. But living with a roommate or roommates can free up more money for borrowers to put toward repaying their student loans. Roommates share utility and cable/internet bills, and room shares are often much less expensive than studio or one-bedroom apartments. Many young professionals, especially those moving to a new city for their first job, find living with roommates after college is also a great way to develop or expand a social network. Repaying student loans takes discipline, but that discipline is rewarded when loans are repaid long before reaching their maturity date.


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7 WAYS TO ONLINE BANKING SAFETY TIPS SAVE ON FOOD

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ood is a necessity and an expense that simply cannot be avoided. A 2012 Gallup poll found that Americans reported spending $151 on food per week. Around one in 10 said they spent $300 or more per week, and those with higher incomes tend to spend more on weekly food bills than people who earn less.

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n the digital era, many errands that once required leaving the house can be conducted from the comforts of home. Groceries can be ordered online and delivered to consumers’ doorsteps, while bills can be paid online, saving men and women from having to drive to their nearby post office. Online banking has revolutionized the way people manage their money. Investors can buy or sell stocks with the click of a mouse, and money can be moved across accounts just as easily and instantly. Many consumers now even do their banking on their mobile phones. In fact, a 2016 study from the Federal Reserve found that 67 percent of millennials use mobile banking, suggesting that mobile banking is the wave of the future. While online or mobile banking makes it easy for consumers to manage their money, it’s also potentially much riskier than in-person banking at the bank. Unseen hackers and thieves are lurking online and in places where Wi-Fi is open and free, so online and mobile banking enthusiasts must exercise caution when accessing their accounts. Sign up for two-factor authentication. Some banks and credit card companies now provide two-factor authentication, and some may even insist their customers use it. Two-factor authentication requires two forms of verification before users can log into their accounts. The first might be the traditional username and password, while the second might be a temporary code texted or emailed to users after they log into their accounts. Some consumers may feel two-factor authentication is tedious and slow, but it’s an effective safety measure that should only delay online or mobile banking by a few seconds.

Use only secure network connections. Public Wi-Fi can be convenient, but consumers should never use such connections to do their online or mobile banking. The American Bankers Association suggests consumers always do their online banking via their own private home networks. Consumers who routinely use public Wi-Fi, even if it’s just for basic internet surfing, should log out of mobile banking apps or websites before logging on to public networks. Change passwords frequently and avoid using the same password for more than one account. Many banking websites advise customers if their passwords are weak or strong when customers first set up their accounts. Even if customers’ passwords are deemed strong, it’s best to change them periodically so hackers or criminals cannot guess them. And consumers should never use the same password for more than one account, as that can make it much easier for criminals to steal consumers’ identities. Monitor credit scores. Consumers have the right to one free credit report each year, but many credit card companies now update customers regarding their credit scores once per month. Consumers many need to sign up to take advantage of this service, but doing so is typically free. If credit scores suddenly dip unexpectedly and without reason, consumers may have been victimized by identity theft and can then take the necessary course of action to address the issue. Online and mobile banking is convenient, but consumers must tread carefully when accessing sensitive financial information online.

Compounding high food bills is the fact that people tend to waste food. According to the American Chemistry Council, roughly 80 billion pounds of food are thrown out every year in the United States. Britons throw away around seven million tons of food and drink per year, says BBC Good Food. Saving money on food may seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. With some smart strategies, individuals can reduce their food budgets and still have enough to eat. 1. Store food properly. Pay attention to the correct ways to store food, including promptly refrigerating or freezing items to prevent spoiling. 2. Do your own work. Prepackaged, presliced, or preportioned foods take longer for manufacturers to prepare, and those costs are passed on to consumers. Separating foods oneself and putting them into manageable portions may take a little time, but the savings for consumers could be considerable. 3. Buy in bulk when it makes sense. Bulk warehouse stores can make it easier to stock up on essen-

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Artists go BIG at new Art League exhibit The Art League of Long Island is thinking big with its latest juried exhibition. Artists from Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Queens were invited to submit applications to show large works in the League’s spacious Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Out of 259 works submitted by 115 artists, 39 works were selected to exhibit in the gallery by Exhibition Juror Bruce Lieberman. “The BIG Picture” will be on display from Saturday, May 26 through July 11. There will be a reception on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., and the public is invited to attend the juror talk in the gallery on Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm. An exhibiting artist for more than 40 years, Lieberman has been a force in the New York artist com-

munity. Originally from Brooklyn, he emerged in the New York City art scene in the early 1980s, eventually heading east to his current hometown of Water Mill. Much of his recent work is inspired by his bucolic Hamptons surroundings. He has exhibited in New York City galleries, and various galleries and museums on Long Island, including the Heckscher Museum and the Long Island Museum of American Art. His work can be found in public and private collections. " Lieberman also

teaches Studio Art at Stony Brook University. To learn more about Lieberman, go to www.brucelieberman. com The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills, is open free of charge Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Art League and to obtain list of selected exhibitors visit www.artleagueli.org or call 631-462-5400.

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Gold Coast Arts Center to showcase urban art If you want to take in and enjoy urban art without stepping foot in the city, you are in luck. On May 20, the Gold Coast Arts Center is introducing a new exhibit, aptly called “Urban Pop,” featuring five well-known artists whose work incorporates graffiti, street art, architecture, and urban culture. An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, on Sunday, May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.! Urban Pop will be on display until Sept. 8 on weekdays from 9 a.m.

to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The artists featured in Urban Pop! include Luis “Zimad” Lamboy and Shiro, whose controversial work appeared on the murals at 5Pointz, a warehouse complex and graffiti mecca in Queens. Their work, along with several other artists, was subsequently destroyed when whitewashed by the property owner and was the subject of a prolonged court battle, ultimately decided in favor of the artists, awarding them $6.75 million. Other artists displaying include Michelle Car-

ollo, Will Power, and Lenny Achan. Carollo, who conquers “one white wall at a time,” has exhibited at MOMA PS1. Power is a self-taught contemporary artist who was influenced by graffiti and hip-hop culture.! And Achan’s style reflects his experiences growing up in New York City as a graffiti and street artist in the early 1990s. According to the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Gallery Director, Jude Amsel, these artists “bring a myriad of visual cultural influences to their fine art practice.! Some hone their skills on the street, others working in the studio find their version of popular urban art, some having a unique language of their own not categorized within a specific movement.! However, each one of the artists offers something unique and different as to their expression of Urban Pop.” For more information about the exhibit and the Gold Coast Arts Center, visit www.goldcoastarts. org or call 516-829-2570.


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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE, HOME OF NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • www.nycblive.com Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 20, weeknights at 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Empire State Fair Long Island Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, June 10 (check venue website for daily showtimes) Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • www.thetheatreatwestbury. com Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. Tony Bennett Sunday, May 20, 8 p.m. Jackson Browne Thursday, May 31, 8 p.m. Apocalyptica Plays Metallic by Four Cellos THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • www.paramountny.com Friday, May 18, 8 p.m. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. Madison Beer “As She Pleases Tour” Sunday, May 20, 7 p.m. Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Performs the Music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & The Rat Pack THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283-5566 • www.thespaceatwestbury. com Friday, May 18, 8 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. The Fab Faux: “The Beatles in Love & The Beatles in Rock” LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-1384 • www.landmarkonmainstreet. com Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. Aztec Two Step: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • www.goldcoastarts.org Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. Film Screening: “Hearts Beat Loud” At Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m. 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel: A Cultural Celebration Event includes a Q&A and book signing with Francine Klagsbrun, author of “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.” NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338 • www.nassaumuseum.org Friday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. Fri-Yay Art Days! at The Manes Center Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center

Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum Tuesday, May 22, 4 p.m. Art Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point (516) 571-7901 • www.sandspointpreserve.org Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nassau Chamber Chorale LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Ave., Garden City (516) 224-5800 • www.licm.org Friday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Berries & Cream Cereal Bars For children ages 3-5. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members) Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Still Life with Stuart — Abstract Artist Series Children ages 3 and up can enjoy music and an art craft. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members) Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. May Flower Leis Children ages 3 and up can create their own colorful flower lei (necklace) to wear home. Free with museum admission. BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset and 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place (516) 365-6723 (Manhasset) (516) 741-9850 (Carle Place) • www.barnesandnoble.com Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. “Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century” Story Time BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 271-1442 • www.bookrevue.com Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meet Elephant & Piggie! Story Time for Kids CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • www.cinemaartscentre.org Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m. Author Talk: “Voices from Vietnam” by Charlene Edwards MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 323-4444 • www.madisontheatreny. com Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Musical Production: “On the Town” ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Ave., Garden City (516) 877-4000 • www.aupac.adelphi.edu Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. Chamber Orchestra of New York THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop. com Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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A&E Calendar cont’d Multi-author Event: John Contratti, “Mr. C Takes Manhattan”; Jacqueline Friedland, “Trouble the Water”; Jay Scheiner, “The Promise of Kilimanjaro”; and Michelle Weinberger, “Mom, You’re So Annoying” Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Author Steve Israel, “Big Guns” THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset (516) 304-5797 • www.theartguild.org Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Sip & Sketch OLD WESTBURY GARDENS 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury 311 or (516) 869-6311 • www.clarkbotanic.org Saturday, May 19, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids’ Craft Event: Maker Up! Maker Projects: Feathers and Friends PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-8678 • www.plantingfields.org Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dog Festival Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May Music at Coe Hall: Quatrain Barbershop Quartet TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • www.turnofthecorkscrew. com

Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-author Event: David Morrison, “The Long Island Railroad, Oyster Bay”; Reine Duell Bethany, “Hempstead Village”; Brian Wright, “Mets in 10: Best and Worst of an Amazin’ History”; and Constantine Theodosiou, “Jones Beach” Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Book Discussion Group: “Station Eleven: A Novel” by Emily St. John Mandel

THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • www.cshwhalingmuseum. org Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mermaids, Myths and Sea Monsters Children of all ages can find out how these stories began and create related crafts. $12 per child; $5 for adults; members half price.

COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • www.cshfishhatchery.org Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. Happy Father’s Day: Free admission for Dads when accompanied by their children.

LAMANTIA GALLERY 127 Main St., Northport (631) 754-8414 • www.lamantiagallery.com Friday, May 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Uncrating Event: Peter Max: The Retrospective 1960-2018

Community Calendar MPSC SOCCER ACADEMY TRYOUTS U7-U8 Players Friday, May 18 and June 1 and June 8, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. At Meadow Drive School U9-U12 Players Friday, May 18 and June 1 and June 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. At Hampton Street Turf U13-U15 Players Monday, May 21 and June 4 and June 11, 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. U16 Players Wednesday, June 6 and 1th, 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. At Wilson Park Mineola U18 Players Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24, 8:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. At Cantiague Park UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 • www.uucsr.org Friday, May 18, 7 p.m. Soulful Small Group Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Women’s Group Book Series: “The Woman in the Photo” by Mary Hogan Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m. Screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Strong Island” and Q&A with Director

Yance Ford Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Zen Meditation Friday, May 25, 1 p.m. Bridge Lessons and Game Play SHELTER ROCK JEWISH CENTER 272 Shelter Rock Road, Roslyn (516) 621-741-4305 x10 • www.srjc.org Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. Shavout Festival Shabbat Services There will be festival services through Monday, May 21. Refer to the center’s website for more details. TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S 9TH ANNUAL ASIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL Saturday, May 19, 12 p.m. At North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington For more information, call (516) 869-6311 or go to www.northhempstead.com. SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive, Greenvale (516) 484-1545 • www.sjjcc.org Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Planting Day At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp, 340 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury. For more Continued on Page 50

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A dog day afternoon in Oyster Bay May 20 There will be a lot of paws and awwws as the Long Island Kennel Club welcomes families and their furry children to the Long Island Dog Festival on Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The festival is part of the annual Long Island spring dog shows on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, held by the Ladies Kennel Association, and Sunday’s Long Island Kennel Club show. Sunday’s Long Island Dog Festival celebrates all things canine, from impeccable show dogs and agility training to doggie diving and talent shows. Fun-filled events and attractions make this festival a treat for anyone who loves dogs — that is to say, just about everyone. The day’s activities culminate with the Conformation Show on Sunday. Hundreds of superbly presented dogs — coiffed collies, pedicured poodles, dandified Dandie Dinmonts, and other breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club — will vie for bragging rights

as they contend for Best in Show. All are invited to this parade of pups and cheer on the winner of the coveted ribbon. Sunday is also Costume Day at the festival. This year’s theme is Long Island Nautical. Prizes will be awarded for the best adult costumes (male and female), children’s costumes (boy and girl), and pet costume. Whether or not your dog has fleas, the Sunday Flea Market will offer a huge assortment of new and vintage items for all tastes and budgets that includes jewelry, art, housewares, fashions, and gifts of all stripes (or spots) for any dog lover. Other Long Island Dog Festival highlights include: AKC’s" My Dog Can Do That!: A professional instructor will help your dog navigate tunnels and jumps, just like those highpowered agility dogs on television. Dog Trick Competition: Can your hound give a high five? Can your terrier tap dance? Four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff in the “My Dog Can

Do That” competition. Dock Diving: It’s the latest water sport for dogs! A professional will be on hand to teach your pooch how to make a splash. Dog Shows: From toys and terriers to herders and hounds, watch these professional pooches strut their stuff. Hosted by the Ladies Kennel Association on Friday and Saturday and the Long Island Kennel Club on Sunday. Ask a Breeder: This is your chance to meet local purebred breeders and ask them anything you’ve always wanted to know about your specific breed. Canine Crafts: A special coloring area lets even the youngest dog lovers be part of the action — and a professional face painter will transform little ones into playful pups. Chow: An array of food and drinks will be available for purchase — including hot dogs, of course! Vendors: Take some pooch-centric goodies back to your dog house. Admission includes all-day access to the Planting Fields Arboretum, located at 1395 Planting Fields Road in Oyster Bay, a beautifully-preserved Gold Coast mansion and gardens that hearken back Long Island’s gilded age glamour. For more information about the arboretum, go to www.plantingfields. org. " For more about the show," contact 516-3789081 or 631-928-4312, or visit www.longislanddogsshows.com.

Community Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 49 information and to sign up, call 516-4841545 or email jfalk@sjjcc.org NORTHWELL HEALTH JONES BEACH 5K WALK Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. At Jones Beach, Field 4, Wantaugh Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. All funds raised benefit the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Pre-register online at www.northwellhealthwalk.org 7TH ANNUAL LAURI STRAUSS LEUKEMIA FOUNDATION BIKE TOUR (516) 655-4164 • www.lslf.org Sunday, May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At the Port Washington Train Station, Main St., Port Washington Bikers will have the choice of three routes: long 21 miles, medium 14 miles and short 3.3 miles. The short route enables young bikers to participate; the longer routes take bikers along scenic roads in Port and surrounding towns. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN/LAKEVILLE SECTION MEETING Monday, May 21, 12 p.m. At Temple Tikvah, 3315 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park Guest May Feldman will discuss voter suppression and how we can stop it. For more information, call 718-343-6222. FREE COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP AT THE ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY 38 Old Country Road, Garden City Monday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. The College Whisperer Speaks This is a free college planning workshop where high school students and their parents will get the inside scoop on applying to colleges. For more information and to sign up, call 516-345-8766 or go to www.thecollegewhisperer.com. TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RESIDENTS Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. At Clinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park Road & Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park For more information: (516) 869-6311 • www.northhempstead.com

OLDE TRADING POST 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park (516) 492-3195 • www.oldetradingpost.com Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. Game on Trivia Every Tuesday night. NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 15th and West Sts., Mineola (516) 747-4079 • www.nassaubar.org Monday, May 23, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic: “Laws that Protect You and Your Pets” This is a free public seminar. NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL (516) 663-3916 • www.winthrop.org At the Winthrop Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free Stroke Risk Assessment & Stroke Awareness Fair Reservations are required by calling 516663-3916. Parking is available across the street in the garage behind 120 Mineola Blvd. SINGLES ASSOCIATION OF LONG ISLAND BOWLING AND MIXER At Herrill Lanes, 465 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park Saturday, May 26, 7 p.m. The group meets every last Saturday at the month. For more information, call 516-7418022. TRIVIA CHALLENGE At Abeetza Restaurant, 82 Glen Cove Road, Glen Cove Wednesday, May 30, 6 p.m. For more information, call 516-676-1976. STEPHEN C. WIDOM CULTURAL ARTS AT TEMPLE EMANUEL 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck (516) 482-5701 • www.scwculturalarts.org Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. Lecture: “How to Be A Muslim: Protecting Society’s Most Vulnerable” with Haroon Moghul HANNAH KRONER SCHOOL OF DANCE PRESENTS: “THE WONDER OF MAGIC” Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. At Mineola High School, 10 Armstrong Road, Garden City Park For tickets, call 855-222-2849.

N.S. Audubon talk about climate change The North Shore Audubon Society will present a lecture, “Preparing for Climate Change” by Mark Lowery, at the Manhasset Public Library on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Our changing climate is affecting both human-built environments and ecological communities. Tropical storms make headlines, but other climate-related risks are also on the increase. Signals of climate change include alternating fierce droughts and intense rains, unprecedented heat waves, earlier springs and later onset of frost, and the arrival of heat-tolerant spe-

cies and subtle decline of those less heattolerant. The less dramatic changes might proceed quite far before their harmful effects are fully recognized. Lowery’s presentation will include an overview of climate science and an examination of observed and expected effects of climate change, with a focus on New York’s birds and other natural resources. He will then describe several New York State programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to our changing climate.

A 30-year veteran of the State Department of Environmental Conservation, Lowery has served as a climate policy analyst in DEC’s Office of Climate Change since its formation in 2007. He previously worked as a senior wildlife biologist, regional citizen participation specialist and chief of DEC’s Bureau of Public Outreach. He currently oversees the office’s municipal support and adaptation programs, including Climate Smart Communities and implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which has included leading

work to adopt official state sea-level rise projections and to develop flood-risk management guidance. Lowery holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College, and a master’s degree in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. This event is open to the public and admission is free. " The Manhasset Public Library is located at 30 Onderdonk Ave. in Manhasset.


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A little magic at county Museum of Art At long last the humanities have come to Long Island. They arrived in the guise of Charles Scribner III who is a wellknown classical scholar, Princeton graduate and publishing giant. Now that’s what I call a Renaissance man. The Nassau County Museum of Art has outdone itself this time by putting together a blockbuster series entitled “Anything Goes: the Jazz Age.” When I heard about the show I got my ticket and arrived at the museum just at 3 p.m. thinking that the talk would be sparsely attended. I could not have been more wrong. In fact the talk was essentially sold out and filled their upstairs conference room to overflowing. I think what attracted the crowd was both the name of Charles Scribner III who is a true luminary in his own right and that he would be talking about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his literary classic “The Great Gatsby.” Let me briefly give you a definition of the humanities in order to prepare you for what I learned from Mr. Scribner. The humanities, in contrast with the natural sciences, takes us into the study of literature, art, music and philosophy. The reason the humanities is so crucial today is that it reminds us what it’s like to be human. So much of our post-modern life is machine driven that in very short order we will be more cyborg than human. This is why Mr. Scribner drew a full house. We all want to remain hu-

man just a little while longer and what better way than to listen to an expert on Fitzgerald chat about the writing of an American classic about life on Long Island. And make no mistake, “The Great Gatsby” is a true American classic, taught in every high school and college and translated into 42 languages worldwide. I do not have room to touch upon every point Scribner tried to make but here are a few gems for you to chew on. 1. The creation of the book jacket by Francis Cugat was so perfectly rendered that upon its completion it impressed Fitzgerald so much that he redid parts of the book in order to include the images on the cover. The image of two beautiful eyes and those red lips over a blue skyline is now considered the most celebrated piece of art in American literature and the original artwork is on display in the museum. 2. Fitzgerald changed the title many times including “The High Bouncing Lover” and “Trimalchio in West Egg.” Thanks to the good sense of Scribners, the original title remained as is. 3. There have been four full length films based upon the book with the most famous being with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. I still remember the scene when Gatsby showed Daisy the gorgeous London shirts he had stockpiled away and her Stendhal-like reaction to their beauty. The costumes in this film were all designed by Ralph Lauren which established his career as a

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fashion icon. 4. When “The Great Gatsby” was first published in 1925 it sold poorly. It was only when America emerged from the Great Depression and WWII twenty five years later that this work began to gain popularity. So for all you budding young writers who wish to write the next great American novel, do not lose faith. 5. I was able to ask Charles Scribner what he considered to be the magic ingredients of a great novel. He paused for a moment, then smiled and said “I would say all great novels must have three essential elements. They must first of all have characters that engage the reader and get you to care about them. Then you must have a plot that moves and draws you along with it. And finally you must have lyricism in the book. So often today’s novelists lack lyricism or joy. They don’t sing to you but instead tend to yell at you”.

WWII story to be told at Temple Beth Sholom Temple Beth Sholom will host Andrea Simon, author of “Esfir Is Alive,” a work of historical fiction based on a real-life story set during World War II, on! Tuesday, May 22, at 8 p.m. The book tells the story of Esfir Manevich, a young Jewish girl who leaves her Polish town and immediate family to escape anti-Semitism in the public school. After moving in with her aunt, who runs a boarding house in a bustling city, she struggles to find her place in her new life. As the war begins, she

experiences the bombing of her hometown during the German invasion of 1939, is forced to live in a ghetto, and faces numerous horrors as the war progresses. Author Simon is an award-winning writer. “Esfir Is Alive” was a finalist for the INDIES Award. The event is free and open to the community. Books will be available for purchase ($13.95) in the synagogue office. Checks can be made payable to TBS Sisterhood.! Wende Jager-Hyman, book group chair, will facilitate the program. Temple Beth Sholom is

located at 401 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights. For more information, contact 516621-2288.

6.! Maybe my favorite moment came when he gave a quote from Oscar Wilde, which was “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. What is found in life is not what is really there but is that which the artist taught people to find there, through art.” I believe this and that’s why I spend much of my spare time reading the literary masterpieces before I travel overseas. Before going to Hawaii I read Michener’s Hawaii and so before I even arrived I knew how look at the waves crashing on Diamond Head. Before going to Rome I read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Marble Fawn” and it was the best travelogue you could ever find about the secrets of Rome. And you can only truly appreciate the Tuile-

ries Garden in Paris after reading Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.” Wilde is right when he says the great writers teach us how to see the world and its true beauty. So thank you Charles Scribner III, thank you Dr. Charles A. Riley and thank you Nassau County Museum of Art for bringing some magic and some humanity back to a community that is hungry for it. The magic of great art is just like that green light across the bay that Jay Gatsby would always stretch out to reach. We’re all like Jay Gatsby in that way, all looking for some beauty and some solace and for a way to be saved. So I guess I should thank F. Scott Fitzgerald too. He died too young but he sure did leave us a sweet gift.

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Charles Scribner III and Dr. Charles A. Riley of the Nassau County Museum of Art

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Great Neck Library of martial art that is practiced for health and self-defense. Incorporating breathing with slow and fluid Great Neck Main Library is located movements, the exercise connects at 159 Bayview Ave. in Great Neck. the internal focus of the mind with Following is a sampling of upcom- the external control of the body. ing events. For a complete listing, go to www.greatnecklibrary.org. CURRENT ISSUES IN THE NEWS WITH RHODA PLOTKIN AT MAIN TAI CHI AT MAIN Monday, May 21 at 12 p.m. Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, 9, Discuss what’s happening in the and 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in news with Rhoda Plotkin in this the Community Room of the Main new monthly series. For more Library. Tai Chi is an internal form than a decade, she has led cur-

rent event discussions regarding domestic and international issues facing America at Independent Living programs on Long Island and Manhattan.

whether to negotiate with Adolf tions.com, type in their zip code or Hitler or fight on against incredible Great Neck Library and obtain inodds. formation on program cancellations or library closings. In addition, at no GREAT NECK LIBRARY CLOSING/ charge, residents can request auCANCELLATION INFORMATION tomatic e-mails from cancellations. WEDNESDAY FILM MATINEE AT ONLINE com when the library has posted MAIN: “DARKEST HOUR” Library patrons connected to the any information. This is a great way Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. Internet are asked to check the The next Wednesday Matinee at website: www.cancellations.com for library district residents who Main, is set in 1940 when the fate for library weather related closings/ are connected online to be advised of Western Europe hangs on newly program cancellations. In order to of weather related changes in appointed British Prime Minister access this service, library district library hours or programs. Winston Churchill who must decide residents can log on to cancella-

Great Neck Community Calendar THE ROTARY CLUB OF GREAT NECK Invites residents and business people to visit its meetings for social and business networking. In alignment with the club’s motto, “They Profit Most Who Serve Best,” all are welcome to discover how meaningful and satisfying it is to give back to the community while networking through the Rotary Club of Great Neck. On the second Wednesday of each month, dinner events

are held to support local Great Neck restaurants, and on all other remaining Wednesdays in the month, the group gathers for breakfast at 8 a.m. in the boardroom of TD Bank at 2 Great Neck Road. For more information, visit the website at www. rotaryclubofgreatneck.org or Facebook page at rotaryclubofgreatneck. To arrange for your visit as a guest or if interested in becoming one of their weekly speakers, please email rotary-

clubofgreatneck@aol.com or call 516-487-9392. FREE EXERCISE CLASSES Ongoing Program — Free Silver Sneakers exercise classes for those 65 and older at all levels on balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors on Monday through Saturday. Locations are in Garden City Park, Lake Success and Floral Park. For more details, including seeing if you are eligible and class times, go to www.toolsatsilver-

sneakers.com or call (516) 745-8050. TUESDAYS WITH REAP The Retired Energetic Active People group meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. (just east of Lakeville Road) in Great Neck. “Fall Prevention” is the topic for the May 22nd meeting. For more information, call 516-441-4949. For a monthly schedule of activities, go to www. greatneckadulted.org.

Great Neck Park District Great Neck House is located at 14 Arrandale Ave. in Great Neck. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For a complete listing or to register for any event, go to www.greatneckparks.org or call 516-487-7665. SUNDAY @ 2: DAVE NACHMANOFF Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. Dave Nachmanoff will perform a mix of folk, country and ‘80’s new wave style music at Great Neck House.

Dave has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, Firefall, and John Wesley Harding (among many others), at venues ranging from The Bottom Line to the Glastonbury Festival. Admission to Great Neck House requires a park card.

the whole summer. Age appropriate activities (ages 3 and up), optional door-to-door bus service (ages 4+), complimentary towel service, Tweens Travel Program (grades six through eight) and more. Call (516) 482-0355 for more information.

CAMP PARKWOOD 2018 REGISTRATION Camp runs from June 25 through August 17. Register weekly or for

PARKWOOD TENNIS CENTER Register for a tennis program this spring at the Tennis Center including Tiny Tots, Junior, Adults and Women’s Intensive Training.

Great Neck Social Center The Great Neck Social Center, located at 80 Grace Ave. in Great Neck, hosts a full calendar of events for seniors every month that includes tea times, lunches, game days, discussion groups, health and wellness lectures, reading groups and more. New members are welcome. For more information, go to www.gnsocialcenter.org or call 516487-0025. Following is a sampling of daily activities.

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Mondays 10 a.m. Tea Time 10:45 a.m. What’s Your Opinion? and Piano with Dr. Herb Saltzman 12: 45 p.m. Mah Jongg, Canasta & Open Game Tuesdays 9:45 a.m. Bingo 11 a.m. Card Playing Group 2 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. Tai Chi

10:30 a.m. Knitting & Handcrafts 1:30 p.m. Billiards Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Movie Day 2 p.m. World in Depth 2 p.m. Ping Pong Fridays 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing with David 12:45 p.m. Open Mic with Midye & Phoebe 2 p.m. Veteran’s Meeting

Pick up your tennis permits (a permit is required to reserve an outdoor court) and tennis coupon books (available for hourly play or for residents and their guests) at Great Neck House. Throughout the Park District, outdoor tennis courts are open from 9 a.m. until dusk, except Kings Point Park courts which open at 8 a.m. Call (516) 829-9050 for more information. CO-ED BASKETBALL CLINICS The Park District is offering bas-

ketball clinics coached by Steve Cronin at Memorial Field (grades 1-5: 6-7 p.m.; grades 6-8: 7-8 p.m.). No experience necessary. The clinics meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Choose one session or both. Session I meets June 26 through July 12; Session II meets August 7 through 23. Resident $180; Nonresident $200. Register online or for more information visit www. gnparks.org or call (516) 4820355.

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Jewish divorce talk on May 23

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The library board honored Francine Ferrante Krupski, a former trustee, for her years of service on the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees.

GNL board honors ex Trustee Krupski Also approves phone purchases, issuing badges BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees approved the addition of three phones, providing photo identification badges to staff members and presenting a plaque to a former trustee on Monday night. Former Trustee Francine Ferrante Krupski, who served on the library board for six years, said she had originally focused on raising her three sons as a teacher and educator. But after retiring, the Great Neck resident said she wanted to be more involved with the community. Krupski was elected to two four-year terms, but she said she resigned halfway through the second term because she was

traveling to Florida for three months and wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren. Marietta DiCamillo, a former trustee who served with Krupski, recalled when the trustees were working together during the renovation of the Main Library. While Krupski was not on the Building Committee, DiCamillo described her as “great” and part of a “very solid group.” “And she was very supportive throughout the process,” DiCamillo said. Trustees also approved the issuance of 130 identification badges for library staff members, on-call staff and library trustees. “This is for security and safety,” Trustee Josie Pizer said. Trustees also approved the

purchase of three additional telephones at the main building at a cost of $2,179.80. Weihua Yan, a trustee, said he felt the price sounded “awfully expensive,” before trustees explained this includes the telephones, licensing, programming and integration with the rest of the system. Library trustees also noted that the price was about 30 percent less than what was originally offered. There will also be a Branch Committee meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeville Branch on 475 Great Neck Road where there will be a presentation on the proposed redesign of the Station Branch at 26 Great Neck Road.

Bestselling author Tova Mirvis tells of leaving both her marriage and her Orthodox Jewish community in her new book, “The Book of Separation.” She will discuss her memoir at a Temple Israel of Great Neck program and book signing open to the community on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. “Women can feel trapped in a marriage,” said Temple Israel member Jacqueline Harounian, who arranged for the program. “I think there is much people can learn from reading this book and hearing Ms. Mirvis.”" Harounian, who has practiced divorce law for more than 20 years, said she has seen many religious people navigate the same problems discussed in the book. What is talked about is relatable to people who stay in a difficult marriage, but people make choices for all sorts of reasons.” “The Book of Separation” opens" with Mirvis’ appearance before a Rabbinical Court, known as a Beth" Din, to accept her Jewish Divorce Decree. After a heart wrenching" scene, she goes back in time to describe her Orthodox upbringing and her experiences as a wife and mother of three in her tight-knit community. Her main struggle is feeling trapped both in her marriage and in her faith. She also shares her painful encounters

with sexism, conformity and ostracism." According to Harounian," “the feelings of torment and indecision and"the process of grief and rebirth are universal to individuals from all backgrounds who go through marital break-ups.” “One of the things that impressed me about “The Book of Separation” was the respectful way that Tova and her ex-husband dealt with each other during the legal process and while coparenting their three children. Despite the emotional upheaval, they put their children’s needs ahead of their own and did everything they could to minimize conflicts.” Temple Israel Associate Rabbi Daniel Schweber, who was also instrumental in planning the program, said: “I experienced Mirvis’ book as being about self-discovery and how one weighs and balances one’s personal needs with familial and communal needs. After some soul searching, Mirvis seems to have found a way." I encourage people to come hear her story." The discussion, as well as a book signing, will take place in a Temple Israel member’s home. For reservations for the no-charge program call Temple Israel, 482-7800. Temple Israel, the region’s largest Conservative Jewish congregation, is located at 108 Old Mill Road, Great Neck.

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Students work on Holocaust project Students between eight and 12 years old participated in an art project related to Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, with art expert and teacher Lisa Weinblatt. “It was mostly family values and continuity and the idea of remembering and expressing it in art,” Rabbi Michael Klayman said. Klayman said this program, which gives students a chance to express themselves artistically rather than just in words, is in addition to other Holocaust remembrance programs like having a Holocaust survivor come to the school and tell their story.

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Blank Slate awaiting FOIA answer Town has asked for extensions in request filed in March pertaining to Troiano, Curran BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N

The Town of North Hempstead has not yet provided information requested in March pertaining to correspondence between Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s staff and town officials regarding Robert Troiano. The town said Tuesday that it was still working on the request. Blank Slate Media filed a Freedom of Information request for records of “all email correspondence between town officials and members of Laura Curran’s campaign and administration, specifically relating to Robert Troiano, since Nov. 7, 2017” – or Election Day last year – on March 9. Curran’s team appointed Troiano, a former adviser to Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, to serve as the commissioner for traffic and parking violations in Nassau County. He served as the agency’s acting commissioner, but resigned in January a day before his confirmation hearing following news that he had undisclosed tax liens. Troiano has maintained that the tax liens had nothing to do with his resignation. Troiano, who once served on the Town Board, left the town in 2010 to join the Nassau County Legislature before ultimately returning to work in the town in 2014. In that time he accumulated $81,533 in federal income tax liens, according to Newsday, and

Blank Slate Media received two requests for an extension from the Town of North Hempstead. had a $749,264 lien on a house he owned facing foreclosure. Blank Slate Media previously reported that in a 2014 financial statement Troiano failed to list the liens and that the town appeared to confirm Troiano failed to list federal tax liens in at least one financial disclosure statement. The town attorney’s office acknowledged receipt of the request on March 16 and said the town was “researching the requested information,” would notify Blank Slate “as to whether there are any responsive records subject to disclosure” and es-

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timated it could have an answer to the request within 20 business days. On April 13 Blank Slate Media received a letter stating the town attorney’s office had “done some searching” and required more time to answer the request, estimating it could have a response in 20 business days. Blank Slate Media received a second extension letter on May 11, which differed only in the date received, saying another 20 days are needed to fulfill the request. Robert Freeman, the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open

Government, said the town “can only delay twice” and beyond that it is required by law to set a date by which it will make the documents available “in whole or in part.” But, Freeman noted, the town should be able to extract the necessary information with today’s technology. “It’s not hard,” he said. When asked on Tuesday if there is a reason for the delay, like the quantity of information or a need to narrow the request, a representative from the town attorney’s office said, “It’s just a matter of us working on it,” and the request will be fulfilled.

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Northwell rewards employee projects $500K awarded to endometriosis treatment research, electronic record system BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Northwell Health has made a practice of using its employees to generate ideas and innovations that could possibly improve the operations of its hospitals, clinics and research centers and rewarding their efforts with project funding. Two teams were chosen from seven finalists and 121 submissions for Northwell’s Made for Big Ideas showcase on May 8. The winning study, “Early Diagnosis of Endometriosis Based on Analysis of Menstrual Effluent” by Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s Dr. Peter Gregersen and Christine Metz, was awarded $500,000 and the runner-up, “EMRBot” by Northwell’s Chief Innovation Architect Dr. Vishwanath Anantraman and Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Michael Oppenheim also won $500,000. CEO Michael Dowling compared the project to the

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Dr. Peter Gregersen, left, and Dr. Christine Metz celebrate winning Northwell Health’s Innovation Challenge. ABC show “Shark Tank,” with employees pitching ideas to a committee and defending the need for their innovation and explaining how it could improve the Northwell system.

“Northwell Health is unbelievably innovative with an unparalleled, forward-thinking culture that touches all areas of our organization,” Dowling said. “Other organizations

fashion themselves as innovative, but we are unique in providing employees the channels to bring their ideas to life.” The# endometriosis study focuses on potentially non-

invasive ways to test for and treat the painful and complex condition, which can lead to infertility that affects about 176 million women worldwide. The study could lead to an earlier diagnosis of the relatively unstudied disease. Gregersen said internationally about three or four papers have been published that focus on menstrual effluent, or menstrual blood, and none of them focused on endometriosis. “What we found was a striking difference between the biology of the cells in menstrual effluent, and we think this is going to rapidly lead to, at a minimum, a rapid diagnostic,” Gregersen said. Jennifer Schultz of Huntington had multiple surgeries over a three-year span, ultimately losing an ovary, before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. “Because it’s invasive, many women tend to delay having this done,” Metz said. “In addition, the condition Continued on Page 68

Closing statements in Mangano trial BY LU K E TOR R A N C E

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The case, prosecutors argued, was like so many others in New York state. A politician had power, and he used that power to enrich himself. “They traded their office for money, plain and simple,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond Tierney said Tuesday, according to# Newsday. The statement was part of the prosecution’s closing arguments as the 10week trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto crawled toward an ending this week. Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Venditto have been on trial in Central Islip since March. The three are accused of receiving gifts from restaurateur#Harendra Singh in exchange for contracts from Nassau County and loan guarantees from Oyster Bay. Singh testified earlier in the trial that he provided Venditto with gifts — such as free meals at his restaurants, limousine#rides and office space — in exchange for $20 million in town loan guarantees. He also said he#showered the Manganos with free meals and other gifts, includ-

ing a# $450,000 no-show job for Linda Mangano. Tierney spent much of his closing remarks reminding the jury of Singh’s testimony, Newsday reported. He said that the Manganos’ relationship with Singh was not one of friendship, as the defense has argued. “This is not a friendship … this is a business,” he said, after presenting a bill from Singh’s catering to the Mangano campaign for $57,000 and then a check from the campaign that paid only $15,000, according to Newsday. Mangano and Venditto are charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery and honest services wire fraud. Mangano was additionally charged with extortion and Venditto with securities fraud. Linda Mangano is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false statements to the FBI and obstruction of justice. All three have pleaded not guilty. Following Tierney’s remarks, defense attorney Kevin Keating argued that Mangano never took action to benefit Singh, citing a secretly recorded conversation between Singh and Frederick Mei, then Continued on Page 68


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Northwell rated No. 5 in nation for diversity as a company’s relationship with both its employees and the greater LGBT community. Only firms with a 100 rating by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index were considered."" “We are honored to be among DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals and Health Systems,” said" Jennifer Mieres, MD, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer of the health system’s Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity. “Fostering an inclusive workplace in health care is essential in a health care delivery model whereby we establish a partnership with our diverse patients and communities in meeting their health care needs and improving health outcomes.” The Diversity Inc. Top 50 event was held in Manhattan on May 1. Companies were judged based on their performance in key areas of diversity management that include CEO and leadership accountability, talent pipeline, employee development, employee resource groups and sup-

For the sixth consecutive year, Northwell Health has been named one of the nation’s top health systems for diversity, placing No. 5 on DiversityInc’s latest ranking of Top Hospitals & Health Systems. New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer was recognized for its ongoing efforts to formalize its diversity, inclusion and health equity strategy with a focus on enhancing the health needs of the disparate communities and the patients it serves." “Northwell Health’s strongest asset has always been its diverse workforce,” said Joseph Moscola, senior vice president and chief people officer. “Embracing and promoting diversity are hallmarks of our organization and we take great strides in creating an environment of inclusion.”"" Northwell Health was also named to DiversityInc’s 2018 Top Companies for LGBT Employees. This first-time recognition for Northwell is based on a metricsdriven evaluation of performance as well

plier diversity." Northwell was one of only two health systems nationwide named as a top company for LGBT Employees. This crossindustry recognition highlights the health system’s commitment to breaking down barriers and offering individualized, compassionate health care to each and every person inclusive of members of our community and team members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer." “We are proud of serving the health care needs of our diverse communities and are committed to fostering an environment of dignity, respect and inclusion,” said Michael Wright, Northwell’s vice president of diversity and health equity." For more information about the Northwell Health diversity, inclusion and health equity strategy, please contact 516881-7000.

NYIT honors Solazzo named top COO medical donors

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During a May 8 memorial service at the NYIT Old Westbury campus, first-year medical students from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and physician assistant students from NYIT School of Health Professions place flowers near the base of a tree planted in memory of anatomical donors. The education of physicians and physician assistants is de-

pendent on whole body donation, which provides the generous gift of knowledge, enabling students to learn the structure and relationships of the human body, more so than any review of a textbook or computer simulation. The memorial service paid tribute to 52 men and women who donated their bodies to science.

For the second consecutive year, Northwell Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer" Mark Solazzo has been named as one of the top 25 COO’s in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine. Solazzo has headed operations at Northwell" since 2005. In his role he oversees the health system’s 23 hospitals, 650-plus ambulatory sites, a medical group of nearly 4,000 physicians and 70 clinical and nonclinical joint ventures. Before being named COO, Solazzo served as chief of staff and chief administrative officer to Northwell CEO Michael Dowling. Previously, Solazzo held a number of senior-level positions within the New York Department of Social Services over his 15-year tenure there. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by Modern Healthcare,” said Solazzo. “I have

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Mark Solazzo been extremely fortunate to be able to help lead what I believe is one of the finest and most innovative health care systems in the county. It has an amazing leadership team and a true culture of collaboration.” Solazzo is a member of the Healthcare Institute, Inc.; The

Health Management Academy; and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Solutions Board of Directors. In addition, he is committee chair of The Academy Huron Institute and a committee member of the Dowling College Long Island Youth Summit. This is not the first time Solazzo has been recognized by Modern Healthcare. He has been recognized as one of the Top 25 COOs in healthcare by the publication for the past two years. Since 2009, Solazzo has been an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, teaching graduate-level healthcare management courses. Solazzo earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University, studied at Albany Medical College, and received an MBA with a specialization in health system management from Union College in Schenectady.

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LIU Post students graduate under sun

BY Q U E D US B A B A LOL A “After four long years, I can officially say that I am a college graduate,” said Motun Olusa, a !business administration major who graduated from LIU Post along with approximately 880 other undergraduates on Friday, May 11. Long Island University recognized approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the LIU Post, LIU Brentwood and LIU Riverhead campuses at graduation ceremonies at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on the LIU Post campus in Brookville.

This year’s commencement took place on the football field unlike previous years when commencement took place on the campus’ Great Lawn under a tent. LIU Post graduation (Photo provided by LIU Post)“Whoever made the decision to move over to the field is a genius,” Keolani Williams, a forensic science major who graduated, said. “The scenery is beautiful and there’s plenty of space. Usually, they start to set up while classes are in session, but with this change there weren’t any disturbances so I think they should continue to have it on the football field,” Williams said.

With blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s, the weather cooperated. The undergraduate commencement ceremony started exactly at 10 a.m. with the graduates, faculty and speakers marching in, followed by the national anthem. The program included the presentation of honorary degrees, recognition of the covaledictorians and co-salutatorians, and the conferral of degrees to the graduates. “Vindicated is the only word I can think of to sum up the last four years; it’s been a huge battle, especially this year with all my senior classes, but I made it and can’t wait to see what this door opens up to,” Taylor Hill,

a broadcasting major who graduated, said. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer reminded the graduates to not let the fear of the unknown deter them on their paths. Some of the graduates dreaded being asked about their plans for post-graduation. “I actually hate being asked only because I really don’t know; all I know is that I’m going to have fun this summer and overall in life,” Hill said. 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.

Bosworth hosts Shelter Rock hosts festival committee Shavuot festivities North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth hosted a meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Asian American Festival. The committee consists of residents, business owners and community leaders from around the

Town that help to organize the annual Asian American Festival. The 9th annual Asian American Festival will take place on Saturday, May 19 at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

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Shelter Rock Jewish Center invites the community to an evening of learning and fellowship, to include services, communal singing, a light dinner and discussion, in celebration of the Jewish Festival of Shavuot. The service begins at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. This year the evening will be spent with one of the oldest books of Jewish thought and belief, Pirkei Avot, newly translated by Rabbi Cohen and presented by himself, Hazzan Goller, and a team of dedicated volunteers. Earlier that day, regular Shabbat services will be held at 9 a.m. and evening service at the close of Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., and separate youth services. The Shavuout Festival continues, with morning services on Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21, at 9 a.m., when the Ten Commandments will be read aloud. The Festival of Shavuot marks the Torah being

given to the people of Israel in the Sinai dessert after their exodus from Egypt. A dairy Kiddush-luncheon follows services. The next day, May 21, a Yizkor service will be held, a part within the main service, commencing at approximately 10:45 a.m., to honor deceased relatives and others. Also on Saturday morning, May 19, separate age-appropriate services for youngsters are Gan Shabbat for children, ages 2 to 6, from 11 a.m. to noon, and Family Shabbat for children in Grades 2 to 7, from 10:45 a.m. to noon, which engage them and accompanying adults in stories, songs, learning games and prayer, and a Kiddush for everyone follows. Shelter Rock Jewish Center is located at 272 Shelter Rock Road (intersection Herricks Road), Roslyn. For information email!Barbara@srjc.org or call 516-7414305 ext. 10.

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COMMUNITY & SCHOOL NEWS

Board honors South students RFID checkout

system in use Ninety-eight South Middle School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Student honorees, in alphabetical order, were: Shifa Ali, Alexandra Arama, Tristan Atreides, Nyree Bacchus, Sarah Bernstein, Vincent Castelli, Luca Castilho, Chloe Chan, Karly Chan, Rena Chen, Zining Chen, Athena Cheung, Isabelle Chiang, Iris Cho, Andrew Choe, Daniella Cooper, Devyn Coval, Andrew Dea, Constantine Deligiannis, Sabrina DePaulis, Eman Elsayed, Oscar Fang, Angelina Fazzini, Grace Fong, Rosanna Gao, Jonathan Guo, Amy He, Byron Herrera Acosta, Aurora Hsueh, Ruoyi Huang, Ziya Jiwani, Nicole Kam, Eden Katz, Jongwon Kim, Lauren Kim, Joonhyuk Ko, Angelos Kokalis, Jacqueline Korn, Jeremy Kotlyar, Matthew Lahren, Kara Laufer, Andrew Lee, Jennifer Lee, Kaitlyn Lee, Sohyun Lee, Jack Lenga, Collin Li, Mei Lin Li, Grace Liao, Jessica Lin, Samantha Lin, Zoe Lin, Alexander Lopez, Amy McKiernan, Kaitty Mejia Arevalo, Elizabeth Moshen, Matthew Moy, Abisa Osei-Amankwah, Andres Paiz Calderon, Sangeon Park, Pritha Patel, Katie Presvelis, Emily Ramirez, Frances Roa, Gabriella Sanchez, Justin Semmel, Preeti Shaji, Shruti Shaji, Dana Siong Sin, Karmen Ta, Alice Tirakian, Matthew Tsui, Alexander Tung, Victoria Voigt, Amanda Volk, Alexander Voses, Ella Wang, Isabel Wang, Katherine Wang, Harrison Weinberg, Liam Weinberger, Ross Williams, Jansen Wong, Sophia Wotman, Mengyu Wu, John Xie, Rick Xu, Erin Yim, Nicole Yim, Charlie Yin, Sarah Yoon, Derek Yu, Anthony Zhang, Elena Zhang, Gordon Zhang, Kurtis Zhang, Jackey Zheng, and Andrea Zhou. Joining them were Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Donald Ashkenase, and Trustees, Donna Peirez, Rebecca Sassouni, and Jeffrey Shi), and school and district administrators. (Photo by Irwin Mendlinger)

Adult ed center offers classes The The Great Great Neck Neck Public Public Schools Schools Adult Adult Learning Learning Center Center is is off offering ering aa variety variety of of summer summer classes classes durduring ing the the day day and and evening evening for for adults adults seeking seeking to to boost boost their their English-language English-language skills skills or or earn earn aa high high school school equivalency diploma. equivalency diploma. Eligible Eligible participants participants include include individuals individuals 18 18 years of age or older, who do not have years of age or older, who do not have aa U.S. U.S. high high school school diploma diploma or or equivalent equivalent and and those those with with diplodiplomas or degrees outside the United States. mas or degrees outside the United States. Interested Interested participants participants can can register register for for summer summer classes at the Adult Learning Center, classes at the Adult Learning Center, 105 105 Clover Clover Drive Drive on on Wednesday, Wednesday, May May 30, 30, or or Thursday, Thursday, May May 31, 31, from from 9 9 a.m.– a.m.– 12 12 p.m., p.m., or or from from 6:30–9:30 6:30–9:30 p.m. p.m. Registration Registration must must be be done done in-person. in-person. Please Please allow allow two hours to complete the registration two hours to complete the registration process. process. A A full-range full-range of of English-language English-language classes classes will will be be

off offered, ered, from from beginning beginning literacy literacy to to advanced advanced ENL ENL –– or or English English as as aa New New Language. Language. In In preparation preparation for for the the TASC, TASC, or or Test Test Assessing Assessing Secondary Secondary CompleCompletion tion examination, examination, classes classes will will also also be be available available to to improve improve math, math, reading, reading, science, science, social social studies, studies, and and writing. writing. The The non-refundable non-refundable processing processing fee fee for for sumsummer mer only only is is $50 $50 for for those those who who live live or or work work in in Great Great Neck Neck (proof (proof of of residency residency or or employment employment is is required), required), and and $65 $65 for for non-residents. non-residents. Payment, Payment, at at time time of of registration, registration, can can be be made made by by cash, cash, credit credit card, card, check, check, or or money money order order payable payable to to Great Great Neck Neck Public Public Schools. Schools. For For more more information, information, please please contact contact the the Adult Adult Learning Center at (516) 441-4950, or visit Learning Center at (516) 441-4950, or visit it it ononline line at at http://alc.greatneck.k12.ny.us. http://alc.greatneck.k12.ny.us.

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Board of Trustees members Robert Schaufeld and Joel Marcus, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Library Director Denise Corcoran, Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Great Neck Public Schools, Stephen Lando atttended the Great Neck Library ribbon cutting for the new RFID self checkout . The Great Neck Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Library’s new RFID self checkout system on Tuesday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at the circulation desk of the Main Library. Patrons will now have the option to self-check-out books and other Library materials with this new RFID system at all Great Neck Library locations. RFID, or radio-frequency identification, is a term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify individual items. It is a combination of radiofrequency-based technology and microchip technology. The

information contained on microchips in the tags affixed to library materials is read using radio frequency technology. Board of Trustees President Robert Schaufeld cut the ribbon and checked out the first book, “Images of America: Great Neck” by Alice Kasten and Leila Mattson. Library Director Denise Corcoran was presented with two certificates for the Great Neck Library in recognition of the implementation of the radio-frequency identification system. These were presented by Legislator Ellen Birnbaum of the Nassau County Legislature, and Councilwoman Anna Kaplan of the Town of North Hempstead.

North High to showcase art, drama, music The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at North High School is proud to present Artfest, a week-long celebration of the school’s art, drama, and music programs and encourages the public to attend. Performances will take place over four days and three evenings from May 21–24. All events take place at the school, 35 Polo Rd, and are free to attend. Event descriptions, dates, and times are as follows: Concerto Concert The Concerto Concert begins at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The Chamber Symphony will perform works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Haydn, and more. Students will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher. ArtFest Theatre Event The Artfest Theatre Event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30# p.m. This evening will feature perfor-

mances by the Repertory Theater and the Improv Club. The Repertory Theatre will present “Swan Song,” original monologues about saying farewell. The Improv Club will present “Thin Ice Improv,” inspired by television game shows. Audience members will be a part of this improvisational theatre event. Students will be under the direction of Ilana Meredith Schikler, drama teacher. Art Exhibit The Artfest Exhibit Opening Night Reception will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, just prior to the Artfest Concert. The Exhibit will also be open during school hours (8 a.m.–2# p.m.) May 21–24. The Exhibit is the culminating display of student work from all fine art classes, including: Advanced Placement and Advanced Art, Architecture, Digital Design, Digital Photography, Fashion, Sculpture and Ceramics, and Studio Art. The artwork on

display reflects the students’ talent and commitment, as well as their joy in expressing themselves. Art teachers are: Joseph Giacalone (lead teacher), Samantha Barratt, Linda Haase Kane, and Emily Man. Artfest Concert The Artfest Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The theme of this year’s concert is “A Night at the Opera,” and it will include performances by the Choir, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra. The program will conclude with a combined performance by the Choir and the Symphony Orchestra. Vocal students will be under the direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, and instrumental students will be under the direction of Mr. Rutkowski. For more information on Artfest, please contact Dr. Pamela Levy, North High fine and performing arts department head, at (516) 441-4740.


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READERS WRITE

Trump gets move of embassy right, wrong

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hate ‘I told you so’s’, but… President Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was, in its elemental form, the right one. No other countries have the right to dictate where any other country sites its embassy in the legal capital of a country. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Granted, the guiding impetus for all things Trump is to do exactly what Obama did not do, or vice versa: but, in this case, this decision was justified. But, as I said to many calumnies on these pages when Trump first announced his intentions, moving the embassy without securing some meaningful concessions towards a lasting PalestinianIsraeli peace seemed like an opportunity missed. The rampant violence and chaos that ensued yesterday are somewhat of a validation of this view.

Hamas bears full, complete responsibility for the violence at the Gaza border. Sending Molotov Cocktail-bearing kites with swastikas adorning them is an aggressive, dangerous act. Severe fires resulted. In the chaos of a severe fire, terrorists can gather and exploit the chaos for their own greater blood-letting. Israel had a right to react, defend and protect its borders and citizens. The proximate cause of the violence lies at the feet of Hamas, a rotten, evil force exploiting the people of Gaza. We had a sick split-screen view of the Embassy opening: all clean, orderly pomp and pictures from Jerusalem on one side of the screen — and the tumult on the other side. The move to Jerusalem was a courageous move, a move advocated by both parties for over 35 years. Trump did it. In the abstract? Good move. He is capable

of those from time to time. Yet how hard would it have been to exact tough non-violence, policing, intelligence-sharing and other controls with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank? How tough would it have been to restrain some of the more controversial and not clear-cut non-Israeli land settlement-building? The Netanyahu government is a coalition that prides itself on dedication to strength. Indeed, its national security efforts have been effective and needed. Yet, it has no vision. As for Hamas, a dedicated terrorist organization pledged to destroy Israel, backed by their Iranian pay-masters? Not much hope of negotiation. The PA could be peeled off from Hamas through deft diplomacy. The U.S. and the Israeli government have no vision.

The United States could have been an honest broker, trying a new administration’s feel for a new peace process effort tied to the embassy relocation. It failed for many reasons, the most critical being that no one is in place, experienced or included to deal with the Arab-Israeli conflict in a meaningful way in this administration. Violence would have resulted regardless of what was done around the embassy relocation. Yet, one can now concretely ask: would it not have been better to link the move with some longlasting, positive peace concessions from both sides? History has largely borne this out. Jon Weinstein Port Washington The writer is a former U.S. Congress aide and U.S. Trade advisor

Turn L.I. into leader for wind industry Continued from Page 16 To attract private investment in port infrastructure and manufacturing, the state is planning to spotlight promising infrastructure investments (60 potential port sites have been identified), help jumpstart project development and “secure the state’s status as the undisputed home for the emerging offshore wind industry in the US.” Think of it: Long Island used to be the center for America’s aerospace industry. Now it can be a leader in a global offshore wind power industry. What is more, offshore wind power can also bring down Long Island’s historically high utility rates

which are considered an impediment to business development and economic growth. “We’ve established technical working groups to determine the best use of funds – to ensure New Yorkers are well prepared to serve the offshore wind industry and connected to the global Industry.” Indeed, offshore wind is brand new for the U.S., but has been in force in Europe for 25 years. The only kicker is that while New York State is being pro-active, it is BOEM that ultimately controls the leases and is undertaking similar studies, so people are concerned this can be unnecessarily time-

consuming and duplicative. And while BOEM under the Obama Administration was full-speed ahead and keen to develop off-shore wind power, concern was raised after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared the entire continental shelf open for drilling, and this prime windpower area used instead for drilling rigs or equally horrible Liquified Natural Gas terminals such as the Port Ambrose that had been beaten back by Gov. Cuomo. But BOEM’s Energy Program Specialist Luke Feinberg, who attended NYSERDA’s May 8 public hearing in Melville expressed enthusiasm for offshore wind

in this area. BOEM presented a timetable that projects out two to five years before actual construction might begin; BOEM intends to hold its next lease auction no later than 2019. BOEM is taking comments on the proposed “New York Bight” Call Area by May 29. Submit comments and view documents at boem.gov/New-York/. The New York Public Service Commission is now considering a number of options for the state to advance solicitations once the leases are awarded; send comments by June 4, or view materials at http://documents.dps.ny.gov.

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New mayor coming to E. Williston?

t appears that the current mayor of East Williston, David Tanner may not seek re-election when his term ends next year. We thank the mayor for his service to our community, but this decision appears to be good news for our village. Mayor Tanner’s tenure has been plagued with many issues that impacted residents. Below I will highlight three. Issue 1. The East Williston village water tower After thousands of dollars of wasted money. We ended up where we should have – with a revised agreement with Williston Park to provide water to our Village. The exercise of evaluating this multimillion dollar boondoggle was a complete waste of time, village resources and money. It also created an atmosphere between the Village of East Williston and Williston Park of tension and opposition. I am pleased this matter was ultimately resolved, but recent comments from Williston Park about who will fund their

new water tower, give me concern that the agreement negotiated will continue to burden residents with unexpected costs into the future. Issue 2. The broken property tax assessment system Mayor Tanner is the last remaining village official that supported the adoption of the current East Williston property tax assessment system. Since its adoption, the assessment system has been shrouded in secrecy and after multiple FOIA requests we now know why. Years after its adoption, the village can’t demonstrate that residents benefit if any way from this change. More concerning is that it costs us more to maintain and does not treat all residents equally and fairly. This is simply a terrible outcome for a public policy. Issue 3. Village security and vandalism. In 2016/2017, when our village was being plagued by an unprecedented crime wave.

The mayor was publicly leadingthe opposition against residents who expressed concern. Even after being presented with crime statistics from the NCPD that confirmed what many residents already knew, he continued to downplay the seriousness of the issue – then ultimately limited public comments altogether. Luckily, residents banded together and through awareness and persistence, the level of crime ultimately decreased. Some recent events confirm that crime is not gone from our Village but our residents continue to remain vigilant. Over the past years, each of these issues have impacted our residents and for the most part, the mayor’s communication with the community and actions taken to address these challenges have been largely inadequate. But today is a new day, and there is hope for residents that the next mayor will take a different path and be more responsive to the concerns of residents. Early indications are that two existing members of the board could run for the

position – the deputy mayor or Trustee Casella. In addition, a couple of other residents have expressed interest in running. I believe the challenge for existing board members is that they have publicly supported many of the current mayor’s unpopular positions. I believe the next mayor should focus on the following three things: 1. Are we prioritizing the spending of village taxes to address the concerns of residents? 2. Will we fix the broken tax-assessment system and begin to treat all residents equally and fairly? 3. Are we doing enough to prevent crime and vandalism in our village? I encourage anyone who is considering running for mayor to use this forum to share your views on what you would do as mayor. I look forward to sharing more on this topic as developments occur. Stephan Leccese East Williston

Honor waiters, waitresses Trump keeps word,

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n these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success." Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21?" As"regular patrons of several restaurants including Hildibrandt’s Ice Cream and Townhouse Diner in Williston Park, Peter Lugers in Great Neck, Aunt Bella’s, Greek Isles, Joe’s Marathon Food Shop and King Wok in Little Neck, Parkway Diner in Douglaston along with"Fontana Famous Gyro and Pizza in Bayside,"there are several ways to say thank you." Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service."" On this day,"don’t forget your cook and server."" We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar."

Why not leave a 25 percent tip on this day? If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering takeout, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated. Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant"are our neighbors. They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income." If we don’t patronize our local" restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases" keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. Why not drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff on this day as well? Larry Penner Great Neck

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erusalem is now recognized as the capital of Israel by the U.S. As of Monday May 14, the U.S. Embassy has moved" from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump made this promise to recognize Jerusalem and has kept his word where previous presidents have failed to do so. This has been a long time coming. As such I praise this de-

cision and believe in my opinion that once was" is now and forever will"be, for Jerusalem will always be part of Israel." I would like to applaud" President Trump" and would like" to echo this phrase on one of the signs displayed in Israel: President Trump, mazeltov on your decision to move your embassy to Jerusalem. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

Trump supporter ignores reality

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arry Nathanson certainly piled the slander and lies high and sank to incoherent depths in defense of this corrupt president. Expectable, of course, he is a PhD. and what does that stand for if not Piled Higher and Deeper? I won’t waste anyone’s time with a point by point La-Dee-Da of his defense. It has been my experience

that this corrupt president’s supporters are universally incapable of accepting verifiable truths about him and, by extension, themselves, thus rendering discussion pointless and, therefore, a waste of time. I wish Barry Nathanson, PhD. all the best in his ongoing battle with reality. Eric R. Cashdan Port Washington


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Who’s repping you in real estate sale? I have discussed the various ways an agent can represent a seller. Broker agency (and I quote from the New York State disclosure law) is when an agent cooperates or is engaged by a listing agent or a buyer’s agent (but does not work for the same firm as the listing agent or buyer’s agent) to assist the listing agent or buyer’s agent in locating a property to sell or buy, respectively, for the listing agent’s seller or the buyer agent’s buyer. The broker’s agent does not have a direct relationship with the buyer or seller and the buyer or seller can not provide instructions or direction directly to the broker’s agent. The buyer and the seller, therefore, do not have vicarious liability for the acts of the broker’s agent. The listing agent or buyer’s agent does provide direction and instruction to the broker’s agent and therefore the listing agent or buyer’s agent will have liability for the acts of the broker’s agent. Whoever you are representing and is providing undivided loyalty to, then full disclosure is required. You must make your client, (who you represent), fully aware of all the facts of the property that you are aware of. However, there are exceptions, with respect to a buyer, who is just a customer and you do not represent them, but you are representing only the seller; if the customer does not ask if someone has passed away, murdered, and other situations. Also, be aware that there are protected classes, as follows: • Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status and lastly those with arrest records. • Buyer agency is when an agent who is engaged by a buyer to represent only the buyer’s interests. The buyer’s agent does this by negotiating the purchase of a home at a price and on terms acceptable to the buyer. A buyer’s agent has, without limitation, the following fiduciary duties to the buyers: reasonable care, confidentiality, undivided loyalty, obedience, duty to account and disclosure (to remember. we call it CCLOAD).

A buyer’s agent does not represent the interests of the seller. The obligations of a buyer’s agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement between the agent and the buyer. In dealings with the seller, a buyer’s agent should (a) exercise reasonable skill and care in performance of the agent’s duties; (b) deal honestly, fairly and in good faith: and (c) disclose all facts known to the agent, materially affecting the buyer’s ability and/or willingness to perform a contract to acquire seller’s property that are not inconsistent with the agent’s fiduciary duties to the buyer. What you do disclose has all to do with whom you are fully and totally representing and who you are bound to without limitation the following: confidentiality, reasonable care, undivided loyalty, obedience, duty to account, and full disclosure (again, I learned it as: CCLOAD). This may seem very confusing and complicated to most sellers, landlords, investors, purchasers, renters, because it can be, if your agent doesn’t

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know how to explain it! However, it can be simplified and understood, if your agent spends the time and explains it to you properly and in the correct fashion; if you want to know and learn how you are being represented. Then at the point of the listing agreement or representation, your agent must perform their duties to you! I am quite sure the majority of Brokers and salespersons have only good intentions, but many times they get sidetracked when they get too close to either the purchasers or the sellers and then a conflict comes about. It can happen very easily if one is not constantly cognizant

of who they are truly representing in the transaction. Then again, in my 35 years in real estate, I have seen it all in the way some devious and unscrupulous agents try to “pull the wool” over sellers, landlords, investors, buyers and renters eyes! Remember, just because a person passes their class and then their NYS exam, leading to their salesperson’s license, doesn’t make them professional. Right from the start and throughout their career (assuming they last, where 65 percent do not as per National Association Realtors) they will have to brand themselves and learn how to become an expert, and earn their creditability, honesty and integrity amongst their clientele. I remember, way back when, that there was an 80/20 rule, where 80 percent of the money was earned by 20 percent of the agents; but that it was heading in the direction of a 95/5 situation and I believe that has come to fruition today. Agents will come and go as they always have, not understanding that this is a business and not a job (40-plus percent

of agents in the U.S. have jobs; and I ask, if you have a business and run it like one, do you really need a job? Assuredly not! Learning the ropes and understanding the intricacies of the laws of agency, technology, marketing and advertising, branding ones-self, and handling objections and truly learning how to consult the consumer, as opposed to selling them. One must perform in a straight forward professional, honest and credible fashion as well as dealing with all the issues that come about in the transaction process, is where an agent needs to be, to learn, earn and become a “Top Producer” in real estate . Phil Raices is the owner/ broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 7 Bond St. in Great Neck. He has earned the designations as a graduate of the Realtor Institute and is a certified international property specialist. He can be reached by email:Phil@ TurnKeyRealEstate.Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions or provide you a free comparative market analysis on your property


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Recent Real Estate Sales in Great Neck Great Neck Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $820,000 Demographics near Great Neck, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 10,143 7,535 38 3 81,778 39,915

County 1,361,350 4,744 41.3 3 98,401 42,949

30 Hillcrest Drive, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,260,000 Date: 12/21/2017 4 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 92x134 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $17,080 MLS# 2969202

19 Split Rock Drive, Great Neck Sold Price: $4,500,000 Date: 09/21/2017 5 beds, 5 Full/1 Half baths Style: Traditional # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 89.45X351.46 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $67,510 MLS# 2922214

94 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,075,000 Date: 03/06/2018 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 74x100 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $21,189 MLS# 2995163

1 Portico Court, Great Neck Sold Price: $920,000 Date: 01/03/2018 2 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Condo Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $13,141 MLS# 2980385

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Preliminary OK on nearly $1M project Continued from Page 1 step is for the state Department of Transportation, which is administering a federal grant that will pay for 80 percent of the project, to give a final sign-off that could come in a few weeks. “We’re just very excited about being able to see it come to fruition,” Celender said Thursday afternoon. “We think it’s going to be a transformative project.” The plan features a public plaza near the post office on Welwyn Road, new curbing and brick sidewalks, benches, trees and at least five extra parking spots. There will also be a new circular intersection, special bike lanes, a mid-block raised crosswalk, and other pedestrian features. “It’s going to be quite attractive and also have traffic calming features, which we hope will make it safer and easier to understand where pedestrian crossings are,” Celender said. The $995,754 bid from J. Anthony Enterprises is below a previous project cost projection of $1.04 million, when the project was outlined in 2016, and a more recent $1.09 million estimate. Village Clerk-Treasurer Patricia O’Byrne previously said officials had

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One of the two plans presented by LKB Engineers in 2016, the village’s consultant on the TEP project, shows the addition of Post Office Plaza, sharrow bike lanes, a raised median and other features.

David Kirschenbaum, whose public finance career began as a municipal bond analyst for Moody’s in 1969, said he believes he can be of “great value” to the Board of Zoning and Appeals.

raised their cost estimates to account for inflation and delays primarily came from exchanges with the state’s Transportation Department. Celender said the village first received notice of the award in 2014. In other meeting business, trustees appointed David Kirschenbaum to the

village’s Board of Zoning and Appeals. Kirschenbaum, who has worked in municipal finance for nearly 50 years and served as president of the Stonebridge Condominium for 15 years, said he “wanted to become involved in the other side of the equation” and believes his skills could be an asset for the board.

“I want to be able to utilize the many years of experience I’ve had both as a municipal finance adviser and also as a president of my condominium,” Kirschenbaum said.

Artist shares L.I. nature in photos Friends of BY R E B ECC A K L A R Diana Poulos-Lutz knows what the beach looks like in the dead of winter. It’s one of the natural beauties she discovered through photographing nature on Long Island. “As much as I love traveling myself and seeing new places, we have so much beauty here,” Poulos-Lutz said. “And many of us, myself included, don’t even know about all the species of wildlife.” Long Island nature is the focus of Poulos-Lutz’s exhibit “Our Connection to Nature: A Photographic and Literary Exhibit” at Clark Botanic Garden that runs until July 20. The exhibit is open during garden hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Poulos-Lutz is a Long Island native. She grew up in New Hyde Park and currently lives in Mineola. She also works in the library at Floral Park Memorial High School, and previously worked as an administrative assistant at Herricks schools. Despite her Long Island roots, it wasn’t until she discovered photography in adulthood that Poulos-Lutz started to recognize the beauty in her own backyard, she said. Before she discovered photography, Poulos-Lutz enjoyed writing as a creative outlet, she said. Through studying transcendentalist writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poulos-Lutz fell into her love for nature. “As I got older and had a child, I wanted to share that love of nature and

joy and fulfillment I had received from my connection with nature with others,” Poulos-Lutz said. “I felt the best way to do that, in my experience, was sharing photos.” Once Poulos-Lutz started shooting, she developed a love for capturing her own perception of what she saw – as well as comparing it with other photographers, she said. “How they perceived the same bird or same sunset … our photographs may look very different depending on how we see it,”#Poulos-Lutz said. On top of capturing nature’s beauty, photographs also allowed# Poulos-Lutz to learn more about the nature she was PHOTOS COURTESY OF POULOS-LUTZ shooting, she said. Poulos-Lutz said she would take a Poulos-Lutz discovered Long Island photo of a bird and was able to go home nature as her photography interest and figure out what species it was. Without her camera, she may not grew. have remembered the details as well to look them up in a guide, Poulos-Lutz said. “The use of my camera has helped me learn more about wildlife on Long Island and different birds and butterflies and flowers, all things like that,”# Poulos-Lutz said. Poulos-Lutz said it feels wonderful to have her work on display and be able to share her love of nature with other PHOTO BY DIANA POULOS-LUTZ people. She said she hopes her work can inspire others, even if it’s just using their Diana Poulos-Lutz, a Mineola resiphones, to get out and discover the nadent, has her photographs of Long ture that surrounds them.

Island nature and wild life on display at Clark Botanic Gardens.

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Continued from Page 2 people in support of the library. “We hope to generate such enthusiasm and dedication here in Great Neck,” Gilliar said. Gilliar also noted that the New York Library Association served as an adviser on the group’s formation. Jeremy Johannesen, the executive director of the association, said there is a close correlation between a library’s overall success and the existence of a friends group supporting the library through fundraising and advocacy. “I think having a friends group speaks to the level of the support and buy-in from the community,” he said, “because what you’re seeing is a very real demonstration that there’s a level of support within the community that leads itself and lends itself to having a group of individuals come together and give their time to advancing the library’s mission.” And to Johannesen, that support is really important at a time when libraries are evolving to be “less about the books and more about access” to information. “It’s not your grandmother’s library anymore in that the way the library meets the needs of the community is evolving,” Johannesen said.


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Cohen doctor thanked for saving infant BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I This Mother’s Day had a special meaning for one new Elmont mother. Susan Na’anmiap held her fourmonth-old son, Nathan, scars tracing the top of his head, throughout a news conference Friday at! Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, where just months earlier Nathan had been rushed into surgery after a near-fatal pit bull attack.! “I will be spending this day with joy in my heart,” Na’anmiap said of her first Mother’s Day. “My baby is safe and healthy. It’s a thing of joy to see your children alive and well. This Mother’s Day will be the greatest day of my life.” Na’anmiap was carrying Nathan in a car seat when she knocked on her neighbor’s door on March 8. Once the door opened, a pit bull raced out of the home and attacked the mother and the infant. Na’anmiap was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park to have deep lacerations in her leg evaluated and treated, but her baby’s injuries were much more serious. Nathan was taken to the Cohen Children’s emergency room with severe wounds across his head and face, and according to pediatric neurosurgeon

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Dr. Shaun Rodgers, left, visits with baby Nathan and his parents, Susan and Hyacienth Na’anmiap, two months after Nathan and Susan were attacked by a pit bull. Dr. Shaun Rodgers, “the dog’s teeth had punctured and fractured the baby’s skull.” “He was very sick when I first saw him,” Rodgers said. “I knew we had to move quickly, because at that first moment, we could see brain material seeping onto his pillow.”

Doctors determined that during the attack, the dog’s teeth had pierced the skull, leaving shattered bone fragments pushing into Nathan’s brain. “Thankfully, the damaged area occupied the right frontal lobe of the brain, which, fortunately, is a most forgiving area,” Rodgers said of the injuries. “To be

honest, when I first saw Nathan, I wondered if he would survive. As you can see, he is a very strong little boy. We will continue to watch him, but we have every reason to expect that he will have a wonderful recovery.” During Nathan’s five-hour operation, Rodgers performed a craniotomy to fix the fracture before repairing the covering of the brain, using artificial graft material, and removing bone shards from the damaged, bleeding brain tissue. Nathan’s father, Hyacienth Na’anmiap, spoke of the heart-felt gratitude he and his wife shared for the neurosurgeon who helped their son in his time of need as well as members of the hospital’s trauma team and all the nurses and staff who worked so closely during those desperate hours to save Nathan’s life. “I can’t describe how traumatic it was to get the phone call about Nathan’s attack,” Hyacienth!Na’anmiap said. “When I first saw him, I also had to wonder if he would survive. I remember I put my hand on him, prayed, and then let him go ahead into surgery. We are so grateful to Dr. Rodgers and all the people here who took such good care of our son. “We think this must be the best hospital in the United States.”

WWII vet Zimmerman reflects on service Continued from Page 3 years, until her death in 2015, and had two sons: Robert and John. After he worked in New Jersey and Massachusetts, Zimmerman and his family moved to Great Neck in 1964. He! served as the chief financial officer for Russ Togs Inc. for more than 20 years. “I looked for a school for the kids because I was here [in New York] and Great Neck was the place to be,” said Zimmerman, whose sons both graduated from Great Neck North High School. John became a cardiologist at Hackensack University Medical Center and married Ellen, and they had three children. Robert co-founded Zimmerman/Edelson, a Great Neck Plaza-based public relations firm, and has served as a national Democratic committeeman. Mort Zimmerman also served as president of Temple Emanuel in Great Neck for many years, he said, and remains involved in the synagogue. “This is a wonderful community. We enjoy being part of it,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a comfortable place, it’s secure, it’s a place you want to bring up your children.” Louise McCann, the chair of the Great Neck Parade Committee, said Zimmerman’s dedication to the community and his service made him a great fit as the

grand marshal. “As a veteran who served valiantly throughout Europe during World War II and as a resident of Great Neck for more than half a century, Mr. Zimmerman truly embodies the spirit of the Annual Great Neck Memorial Day Parade,” McCann said. The Memorial Day Parade, with a ceremony to follow, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, at South Middle Neck Road and Susquehanna Avenue. It is being led under the auspices of the GilliarNorwill!Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 372; Charles A. Fowler Jr. American Legion Post No. 160; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. No. 1 Inc.; Vigilant Engine and Hook and Ladder Co. Inc., and U.S. Coast Guard Station, Kings Point. U.S. military veterans from the Great Neck area are encouraged to participate in the parade and will get special seating at the ceremony at the village green. To reserve a seat for a veteran, register a group or get more information, contact Suzetta Gray at grays@northhempsteadny.gov. “The true meaning of Memorial Day is to honor members of the United States military who fought to protect the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy every day,” McCann said. “We are thrilled to honor [Zimmerman] as this year’s Grand Marshal and recognize his service.”

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nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset celebrates its 45th anniversary next month.

NuBest salon celebrates its 45th anniversary BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I

When nuBest opened 45 years ago, the full service salon and spa was moving into the building left vacant by Best and Co. in the early 1970s. Owner Michael Mazzei, who opened the salon on his birthday, chose the name as a play on the former department store’s departure and a new company prepared to stay on Manhasset’s Miracle Mile for decades. “Celebrating nuBest’s 45th anniversary feels like a dream. It has been an

incredible experience to witness firsthand how the salon has evolved over the years,” Mazzei said. “I am so proud of what my family and I have been able to achieve with nuBest — we have created a community for our clients, with the help of some of New York’s best stylists.” NuBest touts itself as the first fullservice salon in New York since its start on June 19, 1973, and during its history, the salon has been renovated from top to bottom to provide the ideal experience for its clients. Continued on Page 77


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Northwell rewards employee projects Continued from Page 56 has a lot of non-specific symptoms of pelvic pain — pain during sexual intercourse, pain going to the bathroom, pain with menstruation — that many women get misdiagnosed and hence that’s why there is this seven to eight year delay. “We believe this menstrual blood will tell us a lot about this disease so that we can not only develop a new diagnostic for endometriosis but may

also learn more about this debilitating disease so better treatments can be developed.” The ongoing study Research Outsmarts Endometriosis, or ROSE, is open to women with or without endometriosis. For more information, visit! feinsteininstitute.org/ rose-research-outsmartsendometriosis!or call 516562-ROSE. The second place idea focuses on the need for electronic medical records but hopes to reduce the

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“Nothing, nothing,” Singh replied. Venditto’s attorneys, meanwhile, tried to get a mistrial declared for their client last week. A federal judge rejected the request, according! to Newsday, but did agree to strike out several questions and answers from the record. The answers came from testimony given last week by independent auditor! Donald Hoffman and! municipal adviser Christine Crowley regarding Oyster Bay’s loan guarantee for Singh. “Don’t hold your breath for a mistrial,” U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack told Venditto’s attorneys, according to Newsday. Azrack also rejected Monday a final effort by the defense lawyers to have the charges against their clients dismissed, with Azrack saying there was “more than sufficient evidence” for the case to go to the jury. Closing statements by attorneys for Venditto and Linda Mangano were made on Wednesday.


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COMPANION AVAILABLE Available full time. Looking for someone to take care of your elderly parents in the comfort of your own home for peace and tranquility? 18 yrs. experience, references, driver w/ reliable vehicle Please call 516410-1892 or 516-967-1130

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BABYSITTER/MOTHER’S HELPER: Garden City college honor student with many years experience as a babysitter looking for work beginning the second week of May. Owns a car and is a member of ABC. Call or text Lily at 516-297-8617 CARE GIVER: NEED A COMPANION or nursing assistant for your loved ones at home or in a health care facility? Call 516-410-9943 for a NY State certified nursing assistant with excellent references ! CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE /COMPANION: many years experience seeks position with elderly. Prepare nutritious and appetizing meals, light housekeeping, live in or out. Excellent references. Please call Hope 347-898-5804 CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE: Hourly work, full time. 20+ years experience, light housekeeping, shopping, activities, appointments, etc, own transportation. Please call 516-236-1711 CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE with 8 yrs experience seeking live out position to care for sick/elderly. Call Pauline 347-925-4079 CERTIFIED NURSES AIDE Experienced 20 years. Honest and reliable seeking home care position. Available Part Time Days, Evening, Nights, Weekends. Licensed driver w/car.Contact Barbara 516-303-4501

ELDER CARE AVAILABLE Seeking a live in position to take care of the elderly. Available 7 days a week. 10 years experience with excellent references. Call Thelma 516-234-1888 ELDER CARE: Woman seeking position caring for the elderly. Available to live out and work nights or overnights as well. Over 20 years experience including in nursing home. References furnished upon request. Call V 516-943-3172 OR 516-576-4736 HOME HEALTH AIDE Ukrainian woman (previously Physical Therapist in Ukraine) seeking live in position of home health aide. Overnights no charge. Excellent cook also! Excellent references. Please call 516-294-9519 HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE Irish trained woman with 10 years experience and excellent checkable references available. Honest and reliable. Licensed driver with own transportation. Please call 516-383-7150 NANNY AVAILABLE My reliable, kind, trustworthy Nanny who cared for my little ones like family is looking for a loving family to work with. She’s available to start as soon as possible. Please call: Natasha 347-957-7584 NY State licensed nurses aide seeks full time position. Broad experience caring for elderly or ill. Gentle, honest, loving. Good cook. Wonderful references. Please call Grace 917-499-9520

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LEGAL NOTICE BID #2018-03 2018 Ford Explorer XLT The Village of Thomaston is seeking bids for one (1) 2018 Ford Explorer 4 door 4WD XLT with standard equipment plus various options, or an approved equal. Bids will be opened at the Village Hall on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM prevailing time. Copies of the bid specifications are available by calling the Village Hall at (516) 482-3110. All bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope prior to the time and date of the bid opening and marked with ‘Bid #2018-03.’ The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informality in the bids, and to accept the bid which, in its opinion, is in the best interests of the Village. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Denise M. Knowland Village Administrator Dated: May 14, 2018 GNN #148384 1x 05/18 /2018 #148384

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Thomaston invites sealed proposals for the furnishing of all materials and labor necessary for the performance of a contract to be let by the Village of Thomaston for ‘Road Improvements (2018-1)’. All such sealed proposals must be received by the Board of Trustees at 100 East Shore Road, Thomaston, New York, on or before Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. prevailing time. At such time and place, all sealed proposals will be opened and read aloud, and the contract will be awarded as soon thereafter as may be practicable. Instructions to bidders, specifications, the quantities of the said public work, a proposed contract, and Village forms for the said public work will be available for examination and procurement at the office of the Village Clerk, 100 East Shore Road, Thomaston, New York, during regular business hours. A non-refundable fee of $100.00 (check only) payable to the Village of Thomaston will be required of all prospective bidders for a copy of the proposed contract documents. Only such proposals as are made and filed upon the form of proposal provided shall be considered. Proposals are to be submitted in a sealed envelope, prominently marked on the outside ‘Road Improvements (2018-1)’. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any or all bids in the best interests of the Village. Federal equal employment opportunity and labor standards are applicable for all work performed under this contract. Dated: May 14, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES STEVEN WEINBERG, MAYOR GNN #148385 1X 05/18 /2018 #148385

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LEGAL NOTICE BID #2018-02 Asphalt Crack Sealer The Village of Thomaston is seeking sealed bids for the purchase of one (1) Asphalt Crack Sealer (Asphalt Melting Kettle), trailer mounted, 145 gallon capacity, diesel heat system, oil heated hose and wand system, or an approved equal. Bids will be opened at the Village Hall, 100 East Shore Road on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM prevailing time. Copies of the bid specifications are available by calling the Village Hall at (516) 482-3110. All bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope prior to the time and date of the bid opening and marked with ‘Bid #2018-02.’ The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informality in the bids, and to accept the bid which, in its opinion, is in the best interests of the Village. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Denise M. Knowland Village Administrator Dated: May 14, 2018 GNN #148386 1x 05/18 /2018 #148386

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee, successor in interest to Bank of America, National Association as Trustee successor by merger to LaSalle Bank NA as Trustee for Washington Mutual Mortgage PassThrough Certificates WMALT Series 2006-3 Trust, Plaintiff AGAINST Farzad Hematian; Orly Hematian; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 8, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Nassau County Supreme Court, Calendar Control Part (CCP) 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York, 11501 on June 12 2018 at 11:30AM, premises known as 40 Redbrook Road, Great Neck, NY 11024. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of NY, Section 1 Block 137 Lot 3. Approximate amount of judgment $1,370,649.81 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 6560-13. Giulia Palermo, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: April 20, 2018 GNN #148317 4x 05/11, 05/18, 05/24, 05/31 /2018 #148317

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT—COUNTY OF NASSAU DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR WAMU MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2003-AR10, Plaintiff(s), Against Index No.: 12/012764 A M I N A KHORDIPOUR A/K/A MINA KHORDIPOUR, BRUCE KHORDIPOUR, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered in the Nassau County Clerk’s Office on 10/18/2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY 11501, on 6/19/2018 at 11:30 am, premises known as 14 Farmers Rd., Kings Point a/k/a Great Neck, NY 11024, and described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Kings Point, Great Neck, County of Nassau and State of New York, and designated on the tax maps of the Nassau County Treasurer as Section 1, Block 156, and Lot 10. The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $1,593,910.81 plus interest and costs. The premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 12/012764. Cornelius James Droogan, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C., 145 Huguenot Street, Suite 210, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Dated: 4/25/2018 File Number: 120-3542 BGM GNN #148387 4x 05/18, 05/25, 06/01, 06/08 /2018 #148387

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee for holders of Banc of America Funding Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-8, Plaintiff AGAINST Lyudmila Babayeva; Heewan Bae a/k/a Hee Bae a/k/a Hee W. Bae; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 1, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Nassau County Supreme Court, Calendar Control Part (CCP) 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York, 11501 on June 19, 2018 at 11:30AM, premises known as 50 Tobin Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11021. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of NY, Section 2. Block 284 Lots 642, 643 and 644. Approximate amount of judgment $2,500,453.60 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 16-002451. Kathleen Wright, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: April 27, 2018 GNN #148394 4x 05/18, 05/25, 06/01, 06/08 /2018 #148394

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held as to the following matter: Agency: Board of Appeals Village of Thomaston Date: June 7, 2018 Time: 8:00 p.m. Place: Village Hall, 100 East Shore Road, Thomaston, New York Subject: Application of Emilio Susa, 25 South Service Road, Suite 200, Jericho, New York, as agent for Solihin Tjihaja and Lily Widjaja, 3 Linden Street, Thomaston, New York, to construct first story and second story additions, which would violate the following Village Code sections: (a) Village Code ß203-99(A)(1), in that the proposed additions increase the extent of the following pre-existing non-conformities, where no such increase is permitted: front yard setback, in that the second story addition will be 21.75 feet from the front property line, where the existing first story is 21.75 feet from the front property line, and Village Code ß203-37(A) requires a minimum of 25 feet, and aggregate side yard setback, in that the second story addition results in an aggregate side yard setback of 17.92 feet, where the existing first story aggregate side yard setback is 17.92 feet, and Village Code ß203-37(C)(2) requires a minimum of 24 feet; and (b) Village Code ß203-36(B), in that the proposed additions result in a floor area ratio of 46.5%, where a maximum of 40% is permitted. Premises are designated as Section 2, Block 258, Lot 22 on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map. At the said time and place, all interested persons may be heard with respect to the foregoing matter. This application is a Type II Matter under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which requires no environmental review. Any person having a disability which would inhibit attendance at or participation in the hearing should notify the Village Clerk at least three business days prior to the hearing, so that reasonable efforts may be made to facilitate such attendance and participation. All relevant documents may be inspected at the office of the Village Clerk, 100 East Shore Road, Thomaston, New York, during regular business hours. Dated: May 9, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS GNN #148382 1x 05/18 /2018 #148382

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NuBest marks 45 years on North Shore Continued from Page 66 With more than 20,000 square feet of space at 1482 Northern Blvd., the salon is divided into wings for hair, nails and spa treatments, changing the large space into intimate pockets where clients can relax and enjoy an hour or a day of pampering. Spa manager Yvonne Roth, who said she was a customer long before she became an employee, said the more than 125 staff members across the salon’s departments take a personal interest in their clients, knowing when birthdays and anniversaries are coming up or when someone has an illness or a death in the family. Though a large company, nuBest was founded as a family business, and the next generation of the Mazzei family, including his son Jamie Mazzei and nephews Vincent Cascio and Christian Fleres, continues to innovate and keep the salon’s reputation as a trendy spot for quality care. “I would love to thank the Manhasset community for their loyalty for 45 years and hopefully we continue for another 45 years,” Cascio, senior creative director, said. The salon, which was featured in the 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” has also been seen in Elle and Glamour magazines during its run. The salon and spa has also been a stomping ground for celebrities such as" Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Bailon, Renee Graziano, Paula Garces, Kym Johnson, and Tony-nominated couple Orfeh and Andy Karla. In 2004, the salon

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The enclosed spa section was part of the 2004 renovation. was completely renovated, Cascio said, removing the dated ’70s feel and modernizing it. During the renovation, departments were also reorganized for a more consistent flow and a dedicated, confined spa section was added, Roth said. Though a large and often crowded salon, friendly staff members are stationed throughout it, constantly concerned about the needs of the clients. “Our staff is friendly and nice, and we groom them that way,” Cascio said. “They come here as babies, and they work there way up, starting at the sink, then assisting us before getting their own chair. It takes a couple of years.”


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Del Cura to go pro, graduate NYIT Nine days before Alejandro Del Cura officially graduates from NYIT, the men’s soccer back will make his Premier Development League debut. Del Cura has signed with FA Euro and is expected to be in uniform for the club’s season opener on Sunday at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn against Ocean City at 6:30 p.m. “It’s really great to be able to further my

career after NYIT,” Del Cura said. Del Cura, who is graduating from NYIT on May 22 with a degree in mechanical engineering, was invited to sign with the club by the team’s captain, who also played in the East Coast Conference. Del Cura interned with a construction company last summer and hopes to pursue a career in that industry as well. A second-team All-ECC selection as a

senior, he completed his NYIT career with four goals in 67 matches and 54 starts. The appearance total is tied for ninth in program history. He also was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during fall 2017 semester. Del Cura hails from Madrid, Spain. The Premier Development League features 74" franchises in" four confer-

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Continued from Page 10 they are asking for things their traditional doctors might not mention as possible in terms of their treatment plans.” Gade said integrated medicine is a blend of traditional medicine with holistic and alternative complementary therapies. Based on five key principles, integrated medicine allows for individualized treatment plans for each patient based on his or needs instead of diseases. In March, the center began working with the Center for Advanced Medicine in New Hyde Park, offering tai chi, mindfulness, acupuncture and reflexology to radiation oncology patients in the hospital. Since the program started, about 60 patients have been treated, Gade said. This fall, the center will introduce an integrative cardiology program designed for those who have experienced a cardiac event or had a cardiac surgery and have completed rehabilitation but don’t know what to do next. “They know they need to make lifestyle changes and incorporate exercise, but they’re afraid of how to do it because they don’t want to over-stress themselves,” Gade said. “The cardiology program, what I’m calling ‘Phase 3,’ incorporates the body, mind and spirit along with nutrition, stress reduction and sleep. It takes a full, holistic, integrative approach to managing a disease with the hope of changing your lifestyle permanently in a positive direction.” In addition to two yoga studios, Pilates studio and two consultation rooms, the center has an exercise space stocked with free weights, medicine balls and fitness equipment for both one-on-one and group classes for post-cardiac rehabilitation patients," musculoskeletal patients and chronic pain management patients in physical therapy. Spencer" Scalzitti, a corrective exer-

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cise specialist and exercise physiologist, said he focuses on preventative work, building a treatment plan for each patient after a few appointments tailored to his or her abilities and injuries. “We focus on preventative work to avoid injury,” Scalzitti said. “We do muscular balance and asymmetry first. We want to correct that, and then we want to build people’s programs. It’s not a quick fix group or high-intensity class. It’s a new, more science-based approach to training.” In addition to standard yoga classes, Gade said, the center now offers a cardiac medical yoga class on Tuesdays for those who may have a cardiac or other medical condition that limits participation in physical activities. The class is chair-based, with participants using the chair for balance and sitting in the chair instead of on the floor. “It’s not an easy class, but it’s not expecting someone who may not be able to get up from sitting on a mat to participating in a headstand,” Gade said. The director of yoga, Lisa Bondy, has been specifically trained for the class, Gade said, with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and different ailments so she

can help modify poses for all participants. On Monday, the center offers a yoga and meditation class for healing taught by Stacy Lynn, who also has a certification in yoga for cancer patients. Gade said the class is energetic with spiritual, relaxing and meditative moments but isn’t physically demanding. Gade said the center offers two classes for prospective mothers to be, including yoga for fertility and pre-natal yoga. The center began with yoga for fertility with Dawn Peer, and has since expanded to two pre-natal yoga courses per week — one on Thursday with Peer and one on Saturday. “Trying to conceive is a very stressful time whether you’re going through artificial methods or trying to conceive naturally,” Gade said. “It’s a difficult time of getting to know your body, which feels very stressed. She’s been teaching that class for about a year now, and we now have people who have graduated her class and are in the pre-natal class now.” Gade said the center’s yoga for weight loss class, another specialty option, is for heavier people who may feel uncomfortable in a regular class and focuses on body

CORRECTIONS An article on May 11 about the Shireinu Choir of Long Island incorrectly described the experience of Deborah Tartell, the group’s musical director. Her musical career includes experience as a public school choral director, musical theater director and private voice and piano teacher. She did not teach in the Great Neck schools for more than 30 years.

An article on May 4 about the Great Neck Library seeking candidates for leadership positions misidentified a library branch that is being considered for renovations. In addition to the Parkville branch, renovations are being considered at the Station branch, not the Lakeville branch.

image and how to improve a negative image. The center also offers a four-week yoga 101 series seasonally for those with no experience in yoga who would be uncomfortable attending another course without prior knowledge. While many classes are $20 per class, Gade said the specialty classes are offered at 10 classes for $150. “It’s important that these special populations have these services accessible to them, and you’re getting highly specialized instructors,” Gade said. Though not typically thought of as a procedure covered by insurance, Gade said many plans that offer a flexible spending account will reimburse patients for their classes and treatments at the center. For those in the medical field, Gade said the center offers one-day training sessions for doctors and nurses who are interested in integrative medicine, including bedside nurses using aromatherapy and reflexology. Gade said the center will soon begin a program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Valley Stream with total knee replacement patients, focusing on acupuncture to reduce the need for opioid drugs to manage post-surgical pain. “The opioid epidemic is a big deal, and there’s a lot of literature to show that acupuncture can help,” Gade said. Thanks to additional staffing, Gade said the center was expanding its acupuncture hours to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. One-on-one services are offered at the center as well as a new group session, which combines restorative yoga poses and optional acupuncture needles in the hands, feet and head for stress reduction, balance and pain management.

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